NO RIGHT TO WIN
A CONTINUING DIALOGUE WITH VETERANS OF
THE BATTLE OF MIDWAY
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THE MIDWAY VETERANS OF NO RIGHT TO WIN:
LCDR SAM LASER, USNR-Retired
Left: Laser in 1942.
Right: Laser in 2005.
Sam Laser enlisted in an advanced rating program in
1941 that sent him directly to the fleet as a Yeoman 2nd class (equivalent to an
army sergeant) with no training whatsoever!
His qualification for all that: he could type. Although the going was initially
rough, he says that on-the-job training may be the best way to do it.
Assigned to USS Yorktown’s gunnery department,
his battle station was atop the island in the forward 5-inch gun director,
giving him an amazing (and highly hazardous) view of the Battle of Midway. He left the Navy at the end of the
war to attend law school, then returned to the Naval Reserve as a JAG attorney.
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