I didn't know Joe,
but because of him, my lifelong friend (Ray) is still
with me. Joe was electrocuted on the USS America while
trying to correct a malfunction in the arresting gear.
All the men were exhausted from the day's duty. They were
running sorties that day and Ray was working with an
electrician to repair the problem when Joe insisted that
Ray exchange responsibilities with him so Ray could rest.
When Joe went into the work area to continue the repair
work, he contacted a "hot" wire that killed
him. There is no doubt that had Ray been the one in there
at that moment, he would have died.
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