Dad was 14 when he completed elementary school and received his diploma in May of 1942. I am surprised that when he graduated from elementary school he could go to any high school in the state.
I don’t know if this was a result of training, or just experience, but Dad became a boilerman and got a certificate to prove it.
(Seal of the United States Department of the Navy)
To all who shall see these presents, greeting:
Know Ye, that reposing special trust and confidence in the fidelity and abilities of
Elvin Manuel Patrick, I do appoint him Boilerman Third Class in the
United States Navy
to rank as such from the sixteenth day of October nineteen hundred and fifty one.
This appointee will therefore carefully and diligently discharge the duties of the grade to which appointed by doing and performing all manner of things thereunto pertaining. And I do strictly charge and require all personnel of lesser grade to render obedience to appropriate orders. And this appointee is to observe and follow such orders and directions as may be given from time to time by superiors acting according to the rules and articles governing the discipline of the
Armed Forces of the United States of America
Given under my hand at USS Roanoke CL 145, this sixteenth, day of October, in the year of our Lord nineteen hundred and Fifty One.
/sig/ J. W. Florence, Commander, USN, Executive Officer
Even though Dad quit school at 16 or so, he still kept on learning. For one, he completed a Navy Training Course to become a fireman. This was news to me.
Navy Training Course Certificate
Bureau of Naval Personnel & Navy Department
United States of America
(silhouette of Naval ship)
PATRICK, Elvin M., FA, 302 80 08, USN.
Having completed the Navy Training Course
for Fireman with a mark of 3.55 and all required practical factors for Petty Officer —- Class and for the rating of Fireman in accordance with Manual of Qualifications for Advancement in Rating (NavPersl8068) Code 610.011 is awarded this First day of January, 1950.
Notification to this effect has been made in his service record.
/sig/W. H. Sample, ENS., U.S. Navy “B” Division officer
/sig/ E. E. Yeomans, Captain, U. S. Navy. Commanding U.S.S Roanoke (CL-145)
Here’s a certificate from the primary course — about 6 months before the one at the top.