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United States Merchant Marine Academy

He Loved Ships, And She Loved Him

He Loved Ships, And She Loved Him

Earl Maxfield and a classmate headed to the Staten Island Ferry station after a year away in Mississippi with the Merchant Marine. "I knew the young girls came down to that ferry around five" to head home from their jobs in Manhattan, he said. Earl saw Viola Wanser, a former high school classmate in Staten Island, and asked if he could call her while he was home for three weeks. "Oh, yes, that would be fun," Viola said. They knew each other growing up onn Staten Island but had different groups of friends "How could you resist" two cadets standing there in their uniforms, she says now. He called the next day, and they went out a few times during his break...

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