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William Atha

Chief Petty Officer 
Merchant Marines

William M. Atha, Sr., was born in 1925. He served in the Merchant Marines as a Chief Petty Officer where he spent a lot of time making freshwater out
of saltwater and performing the other duties necessary to run a ship. Mr. Atha remembers learning how to run a ship, getting caught in some fierce
storms in the ocean, and saving a drunk shipmate who fell overboard.

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