“Things turn out best for those who make the best of how things turn out.”

JUST BEFORE I WAS DUE to ship out on the U.S.S. Franklin during World War II, I got appendicitis and was rushed to the hospital for emergency surgery in Iowa City. While I was recovering from the operation, the Franklin shipped out and left me behind. The sailor who took my place on board was a friend of mine, Freddie Stalcup, a fraternity brother and former football player at Purdue.

Weeks later news came back that the Franklin had taken a disastrous hit from a kamikaze while on patrol somewhere out in the South Pacific. Freddie’s battle station, the one I would have been manning had fate not put me in the hospital, was destroyed when the kamikaze ...

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