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“Uncommon valor was a common virtue.” Fleet Admiral Nimitz’s words in 1945 ring true today as we tell the sweeping story of World War II in the Pacific. This is the story — the history — we are dedicated to honoring, teaching and preserving at The National Museum of the Pacific. Visit us to experience this extraordinary chapter of our nation’s history.
Monday, September 24, 2018
Life would have turned out much differently for Lt Commander Jack Whetsel had he liked accounting.
Whetsel took a job as an understudy to an accountant at a Waco steel plant shortly after graduating from Baylor University in 1941. “I was there for two weeks and knew I never wanted to be an accountant. I walked in one day and said, ‘I’m sorry. I’m taking your time and money and I don’t want to be an accountant. Before I get any deeper into this I’m leaving.’ They said, ‘Well if you stay here, we will get you an exemption from the armed services.’ I said, ‘I don’t want to be exempt. As soon as I leave here I’m going down and volunteer with the Navy.’”
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