A Navy Life. First salute as a commissioned officer went to Gunnery Sergeant Jim Washington, USMC, my Aviation Officer Candidate drill instructor on 22 Feb, 1985. I gave him a silver dollar. 25 years later, as I left Norfolk Naval Station on my last day of duty, and while still in uniform, I had picked up a silver dollar from the bank that morning and as I stopped for gas on the base service station, I gave a silver dollar to the service member who gave me my last salute I’d receive while in uniform. Somehow it seemed fitting.
February 22, 1985. A lifetime ago.