Town: Bushnell

Branch of service and rank: U.S. Navy, AMSC (chief)

Enlisted or drafted? Enlisted. Seemed like the thing to do when everyone else was doing it.

What did you do in the service? I fixed airplanes.

Why do you feel that was important? They broke them all the time. We did repairs on landing gear and structures. They'd get a hole in the side from time to time.

What is your most important memory from service? The camaraderie with my fellow shipmates.

What did you like least? I guess duty — having to stand duty for 24 hours. The other things, I really didn't mind. After a while, you forget the bad stuff and remember the good stuff.

What would you like people to understand about war? It's not healthy.