Luther Neal Watts: My WWII Service as a Mechanic on Midway

You train a man for the military, then when you put him back in civilian life, you rehabilitate him. We called it R and R, rest and recuperation. Submariners who had been out for six months or so came back in to the island changed. I don’t know how to explain it. When you’re living in close quarters – think of 90 men living in one of those boats – everything you do is related to somebody right at your elbow, everything. You have to see it. I can’t tell you how confining it is. When they close that hatch, you’re in a sealed vault.

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