FAR AWAY BUT CLOSE TO HOME - VETERANS STORIES 2
Surgeon : A doctor trained to do operations where a person is cut open.
Wavy stripe : Navy officers have stripes of braid on their coat sleeves. The stripes for Regular Navy officers are straight. The stripes for Reserve Navy are wavy.
Not what you know,
but who you know
My father was a doctor. He was a surgeon for the navy. Many of his patients were sailors on leave who were sick. He knew the captain of the submarine school at Gosport. And so when I volunteered to go to submarines, I got accepted. I suddenly found myself in training to be a very junior submarine officer. My uniform coat had one wavy stripe on the sleeve.
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