I enlisted in the Navy in 1958. I use myself as an example in describing my
pre-navy life and my first duty assignment in Newport, RI. I wanted to represent the tens of thousands of sailors who made the same walk.
Edward T Duranty
This is the saga of one sailor who came to Newport out of the tens of thousands of sailors who came before me, after me, and continue to arrive to date. Whatever path they chose in life's journey sailors will never forget the day they came to Newport. It was a steaming Navy town where the Tavens tripled the number of churches. Thames Street and the "Blue Moon" became topics of daily conversations. That is, not to rule out "Blood Alley!" Shore Patrol, Newport cops and dogs tried to keep control. But, them sailors were a rowd bunch.