ARMED FORCES: Luckiest Afloat

Scarcely a month had gone by since 17-year-old William Buie, fireman third class, was transferred from a harbor-bound oiler to a rolling, seagoing Navy destroyer, and ex-Farm Boy (Mulberry, Fla.) Buie was one seasick bluejacket. One night last week, when his ship, U.S.S. Arnold J. Isbell, was rocking along 60 miles southwest of San Diego, Buie went topside to watch a movie. He was still pretty green around the gills, so he wobbled aft to smoke a cigarette. On the port quarter, he leaned over the side. As he leaned, the ship rolled—and over, into the sea, rolled William...

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