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A Lost Soul Sought Harbor in the Navy

When Greg Mitrakas said, “Let’s join the Navy,” it was as if a light suddenly flashed on over my head; as if the sun had burst from a black cloud and illuminated the darkest corners of my dreary world.

Greg and I were teammates and best friends at Middleboro High School in southeastern Massachusetts. When I graduated in 1939, he had a year to go. That same summer my family moved to Melrose, a city just north of Boston, while Greg’s parents went off to visit Greece, their country of origin. They picked the worst of times. Hitler…

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