Wednesday, July 29, 2009

And another thing...

24 years ago today, I joined the Navy. My recruiter called me the day before and asked if I could be in Newport, Rhode Island in about a week to start Officer Candidate School. I told LT Greg Connor that I could, so I drove downtown to Navy Recruiting Office Detroit, and Lieutenant Dawn Wells had all the paperwork ready for me. I arrived at theoffice and a few moments later, after reading the documents and signing a few documents, she told me to raise my right hand and told me to repeat the following:

"I, Paul Kratochwill, do solemnly swear that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; and that I will obey the orders of the President of the United States and the orders of the officers appointed over me, according to regulations and the Uniform Code of Military Justice. So help me God."

I thought I would join the Navy, serve for 4 years and then get a real job. Well, as Forrest Gump said about a box of chocolates, "You never really know what you are gonna to get."

5 comments:

Michael said...

I wasn't there for the Detroit part, but I was there in November when you actually finished OCS...

Paul's Blog said...

MK,
I truly appreciated you being there in November, 1985!

PK

Lisa said...

I'm glad you decided not to get a "read job." Thanks for many years of selfless service! :-)

L.

Deirdre said...

Nice picture. :)

Paul's Blog said...

Needless to say, I could have never made the Navy a career without Deirdre's support.

And yes, she took the picture in this post. ;->