Bob Goff grew up in Placida, south of Englewood, and joined the Army at 16 after he dropped out of Venice-Nokomis High School in 10th grade. He lied about his age and signed up for the service “because I didn’t want to be a fisherman or farmer.”
After basic training at Fort Jackson, S.C., he wound up taking one electronics course after another at Fort Monmouth, N.J.
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