|Reminiscences as a teenager on a Tuhikaramea farm in the 1930s and 1940s|
Recalls that going into airforce was an increase in wages. Describes process of selection and training. Chose option to get overseas. Describes trip by boat - S.S. Lurline - troop ship, awareness of war in the Pacific,
"war was starting to feel very, very close"
Discusses nature of marine corps.
Details of journey to Vancouver, then Winnipeg.
After graduation, travelled to Britain in New Amsterdam, unescorted, quickly trained as gunners. Stories of journey through winter across the Atlantic.
Queried the stationing of NZ and Australian troops by waterfront- safety aspect.