I was a nerd back then. I was the salutatorian. All I did was study and work. In fact, the only date I had was to the senior prom.

My father was the sales manager for the 7-up bottling company. The war took a bunch of workers, so they hired some high school guys. We couldn’t buy bottle caps during the war, so our job was to boil the old, used caps and re-cork them. Who else but high school kids would do that?

I enlisted in the Navy before graduation, but they wanted me to graduate so I didn’t have to leave until about 6 months after graduation. Of course all the boys wanted to enlist. We were young.

I remember Jack Dennehy was the smallest and shortest guy at graduation. After the war I saw him again and he was 6′ 2″.

Mother’s Club “War Bond”