When Pearl Harbor occurred Jack was in training at Anacostia (Naval Air Station, Washington D. C.) to become a flier. A few weeks later he washed up (out) - he landed in a pasture after getting lost and had to be rescused. Pilots had no instruments and used sight (dead reckoning) to get around-He was following a river but going the wrong way. The final down-check came after a perfect landing-3 feet above the ground (Pancaked). He was sent home on leave but received a commission as Ensign in the Navy. Meanwhile the selective service had him report for induction in the Army over protests but the Navy paper work was slow so his protests went unheeded and he ended up at Keesler Field, Biloxi, Mississippi-a private at that. He talked to corporals and sergeants and lieutenants on up to the commandant. All to no avail. He even had his commission by now. Finally he sent a personal letter-return receipt requested to the Adjutant-General and Mirabile Dictu the wheels turned and he was released and sent to Washington D.C. to the Navy Department for duty. He created a "ninety day wonder". He stayed there for serval months and then went to officers Training at several schools Ohio State-Princeton-Columbia. P. S. When he retired 20 years later he received re-bursement for that expense. About forty dollars.
PP.S. Another wrinkle I almost forgot. He was registered for the draft as Jack E. Mooney but was in the Navy as John E. Mooney. He had to get several notarized statements from his parents and life-long friends to prove Jack and John were the same person. While at Keesler he Jack/John was assigned to rake patterns in the sand (or dirt?) and look busy when the Sergeant came near.
Written by his wife Estelle