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Edward Atkins in the navyEdward Atkins as a student"On Which We Serve: Where Life-Lessons are Learned," by Edward Atkins, is a first-person account of a young sailor's experiences working on the flight deck of a World War II aircraft carrier.

Originally titled "Flight Deck: A Pictorial Essay of a Day in the Life of an Airdale"

"On Which We Serve" is an anthology of values and virtues derived from the activities taking place on the flight deck of a WW II fleet aircraft carrier as experienced by the author. This book consists of 355 full-page National Archive photographs, each of which has a caption that seamlessly segues into a half-page discussion of life-lessons learned on that flight deck.

These topics are based on First Principles such as responsibility, accountability, respect for others and self, earned self-esteem (those who have such will "never" do anything antisocial), empathy, trustworthiness, and similar values and virtues. The title also embraces the Navy motto:

  • Honor (to see one's duty),
  • Commitment (to do one's duty) and
  • Courage (to fulfill one's duty).



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755 pages, 355 photos
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811 pages, 398 photos (not yet published) continuation of Vol. I
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Ed Atkins working on aircraft

Edward Atkins, the author, kneeling beside an F4U Corsair whose 2,000-hp unmuffled engine is powering a 13.5-foot propeller (page 389).

The author was transferred to the V-1-F Airdale Division one week before this photo was taken and before he was issued a blue clothe cap, goggles, a blue shirt and nonslip flight deck shoes.

 

 

 

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