The Times West Virginian

November 15, 2012

Expected to serve

Garcia, by third grade, knew he wanted to join Navy

By Emily Gallagher
Times West Virginian

MANNINGTON — Ever since he was a young third-grader, Robert Garcia wanted to go into the Navy after high school.

Three days after his high school graduation in 1955, Garcia joined the Navy.

“I use to look at the map and say, I’m going to see a lot of these countries,” he said.

When joining the Navy, Garcia thought he was going to stay for a few years then get out but stayed a little longer.

“I planned on going for four years,” he said. “I ended up staying 30 years.”

Even though his two brothers, brother-in-law and cousin went into the Navy, Garcia decided on his own what he was going to do.

“I just made up my own mind that that’s what I wanted to do,” he said.

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