I didn’t enjoy Navy Boot Camp at Bainbridge, Maryland in the winter of 1956-57. The cold weather, lack of sleep due to watch-standing after lights out, and the constant attention to order and neatness kept us “boots” tired. A twelve-hour liberty in the town of Lancaster, Pennsylvania after our ninth week was certainly my fondest memory. A WAVE (Women Accepted for Volunteer Emergency Services) and I sat next to each other on the bus trip back to the training center. (The lady sailors also trained at Bainbridge.) We had danced with each other several times at the USO (United Service Organizations).
Yes, I did get a goodnight kiss.