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Richard Lee Newman - Interview with Richard Lee Newman: clip: Joined Merchant Marines in 1942; after 2 months of basic training, sent to sea and served six months; entered academy for 8 months of study and became eligible to sit for Third Mate's license examination; though commissioned in US Naval Reserve as Ensign, was urged by Navy to stay in MM, which needed well-educated officers; had studied navigation, cargo-handling, ship construction, and rules of the road; on top of that had spent 6 months at sea.
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