David Bernhardt

David Bernhardt became my friend when I got out of the Army in 1973. We shared many experiences for a while and then he joined the Navy. His military occupational specialty was to put out fires whenever a jet crashed on his aircraft carrier. He used to joke, “I’ve been in the Navy 10 years, and I’ve never had to do my job.” Fortunately for him, no planes crashed on his watch. Unfortunately, he died in 1996. Photo by Don Mathis.

David Bernhardt became my friend when I got out of the Army in 1973. We shared many experiences for a while and then he joined the Navy. His military occupational specialty was to put out fires whenever a jet crashed on his aircraft carrier. He used to joke, “I’ve been in the Navy 10 years, and I’ve never had to do my job.” Fortunately for him, no planes crashed on his watch. Unfortunately, he died in 1996. Photo by Don Mathis.

David Bernhardt became my friend when I got out of the Army in 1973. We shared many experiences for a while and then he joined the Navy. His military occupational specialty was to put out fires whenever a jet crashed on his aircraft carrier. He used to joke, “I’ve been in the Navy 10 years, and I’ve never had to do my job.” Fortunately for him, no planes crashed on his watch. Unfortunately, he died in 1996. Photo by Don Mathis.