The author was born in Pittsburgh, Pa. in 1922. His mother died in 1926, leaving his father widowed with three small children, they were placed in St. Paul's Orphanage in 1928, due to economic conditions. He and his siblings remained there for eight years. When his father remarried he made a home for them in Brookline, a suburb of Pittsburgh. This book tells his personal story of what it was like living in an orphanage during the years of the great depression. Then five short years later, to spent his youth in World War II aboard a Sub-chaser fighting the Nazi and Japanese undersea menace.
During his teen years it was evident America would soon be involved in the world conflict. After graduation from South Hills High School in 1942 he enlisted in the Navy, and in November of that year he was sent to boot camp at Great Lakes Naval training Center in Chicago, Ill. Selected to train in the war against the Nazi U-Boat's menacing Americas coasts he received anti-submarine training at Key West Florida for service on a sub-chaser, the USS PC 606. He served aboard the ship in the Atlantic and Pacific war zones, escorting troop and supply vessels in convoy to their destinations. He served aboard his ship until wars end, in September 1945.
After discharge from the Navy in April 1946 his Navy training in electronics was a great help in obtaining employment with the Western Electric Company. a subsidiary of AT&T communications. He spent 35 years with the company, as installer and supervisor, installing telephone office equipment in Pennsylvania and Florida. During his working years, he helped to install the first all-electronic telephone PBX system in the country for the Apollo space project at Cape Canaveral Fla. He also worked for time on the historic, nuclear submarine project, Nautilus, at Westinghouse Atomic Plant in Pittsburgh Pa.