Mr. C. loved being in the Navy.
After almost 7 years he was a ME (Metalsmith)-3 and trying to decide if he should stay in for a career.
(A Metalsmith was a U.S. Navy rating established in 1948. ME's performed the metal work necessary to keep all types of shipboard structures and surfaces in good condition. They also maintained shipboard plumbing, sanitation systems, repaired small boats, and maintained the ballast control systems.
In 1957 ME's were redesignated as Shipfitters.)
His first daughter was born while he was at sea.
When he came home she was almost 1 and "cried at the site of me because she thought I was a stranger."
He decided then that he preferred to be a family man so he separated when his time was up.
He went on to a very successful furniture making business.
He even reports doing the waiting room sectional sofas for both Bob Hope and Michael Jackson.
He has no regrets.
He feels like he made the right decision.
He's been married for almost 61 years, has 6 children and a combined 35 grand and great-grandchildren.
He's a family man for sure.