Warlick was a radio operator on a PBY during a daring rescue of a downed B-17 crew in the stormy Pacific on December 30, 1941. He recounts the actions of the pilots and crew during the rescue. Both the pilot, Frank M. Fisler, and co-pilot, co-pilot, Leonard H. Wagoner, were awarded the Navy Cross, and crew members received other medals. Fisler was killed in action in 1943. Wagoner, a native of Mitchell County, retired in 1961. Warlick earned his Navy Wings of Gold and retired after 27 years with the rank of Commander.