Like millions of other young men before and after him, Howard Mack joined the Navy right out of high school. It was 1954, he was 18, and the Korean War had been over for a year.
After basic at Bainbridge, Md., he was assigned to machinist’s mate school. Then he went aboard the World War II-era, Essex-class aircraft carrier USS Ticonderoga, being updated and refitted at the Brooklyn Navy Yard.
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