Hank Staples, at 94 years old, is a World War II Veteran.
After World War II broke out, Hank, along with his kid brother and a neighbor boy, went down February 4, 1942 to join the Navy.
Hank’s kid brother asked for flying duties in Naval planes during basic training. The brother was declared Missing in Action in later years and Hank never saw him again. Hank had an older brother who was in the Army. Luckily, that brother came home after serving during the war.
They did basic training at Great Lakes Naval Base. During basic training, volunteers were requested for submarine duty. Hank had stated there were two things he would never do while in the Navy: get tatooed and get in a submarine. He learned he should never say “never” because he ended up doing both. He volunteered for submarine duty after all. Read More →