Topics discussed by Keller include service on board the
OKLAHOMA during the Spanish Revolution and before entering the Naval Academy (p. 3); his intent in and preparation for enrolling in the Academy (pp. 1, 3-5, 20-21); use of the USS
REINA MERCEDES (IX 25) at the Academy as housing for midshipmen being punished (p. 5); use of the USS
CUMBERLAND (IX 8) as segregated housing for stewards and mess attendants at the Academy (p. 5); the dairy farm at the Academy (pp. 5-6); reasons why he left the Academy (pp. 6-7); and his education and experiences in his plebe year at the Academy (pp. 7, 21). His discussion of wartime events includes comments on his reasons for reenlisting (p. 7); service in the
WHARTON in the Pacific (pp. 7-8, 22); service as boilermaker and "oil king" on board the
KENDRICK (p. 8); service as first class boilermaker on board the
CALIFORNIA while at the pier in Bremerton (pp. 8-9); service as boilermaker and oil and water king on board the
THOMPSON in Atlantic Ocean convoys (p. 9); personnel transfers between sea and shore duty (pp. 10-11, 18); and experiences with civilian employees on fleet shore patrol in Norfolk (pp. 24-26), San Francisco (pp. 26-27), and Casablanca (pp. 27-28).
Topics regarding his time following the end of the war include service on board the
DUXBURY BAY on a round-the-world cruise (pp. 11-12), plus a description of sights in the Persian Gulf (pp. 30-31); life and service in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, in 1950 and 1951 (pp. 12-13, 18-19); service at the Naval Air Station in Quonset Point, Rhode Island (pp. 14-15), and the training there of several chief disbursing clerks (p. 15); employment as an Army Reserve technician (p. 16); and summer lake patrols as a Coast Guard Auxiliarist (pp. 17-18). Keller also discusses relationships between Academy graduates and non-graduates (pp. 18-20) and the sinking of the
OKLAHOMA (pp. 23-24).
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