When World War II ended, I was accepted into a new...

When World War II ended, I was accepted into a new officers' training program in the United States Navy and assigned to a major East Coast university. I was extremely happy about this, as I'd always been interested in the sea and would not otherwise have had the finances available for a college education.

In the spring of my sophomore year, following an annual physical examination, I was told to report to the naval district headquarters. As I waited, I was asked if I knew why I was there and said "No." "You've failed your physical examination" was the response—which was a total surprise to me, since nothing had been said to me at the time of the exam itself.

I was soon ushered into an examination room, where two Navy doctors checked me over and discussed my condition. They said there was something wrong with my heart and that they had confirmed the earlier findings. I was asked to return the following week for another examination.

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Testimony of Healing
It is time for me to express in writing my gratitude for the...
May 17, 1993

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