My dad's story starts two years before Pearl Harbor, on a summer day in Sioux City, Iowa.
There, 18-year-old Art "Bud" Montagne left a note behind in an empty house. To his parents and six younger brothers and sisters, he wrote: "I've joined the Navy. I'll write when I get to California."
His family was still struggling out of the Depression. Even with a small scholarship, this high school track star couldn't afford to go to college. The Navy offered a shot at radio school.
Soon, his mother received a gleeful letter.