In June 1959 a popular teacher was assigned to talk with graduating students. When I walked into his office Mr. Campbell said, “Dickie, what are we going to do?” He knew that I was not going to graduate.
He asked, “What do you want to do?”
I said, “Join the Navy.”
He knew that I had dual citizenship and asked, “Which?”
I said, “Canada.”
He said, “I spent three years in Canada Forces. You have a choice — go to the U.S. More amenities.”
“I have something here,” he said, as he reached into a desk drawer. I was presented a pamphlet on the U.S. Coast Guard. I spent four years, my brother four years, and my son 11 years in the USCG because Charlie Campbell had a pamphlet.
I never did get a high school diploma. At age 30 I had a Masters and taught school for 28 years.
~ Richard A. Perkins of Oregon,
formerly from Kingsville, Ontario.
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