The two images right above are of Watty on a fascinating port of call. He's sitting at a streetside cafe at a hotel in Rabat, French Morocco. The boy next to him is Jerry Quinn. In the other image, Watty is at Port Lyautey, French Morocco. The short boy on the left is Lester Axley. Watty could not remember the name of the boy in the center.
Here's a letter Watty wrote requesting a change of duty. Not sure if it was granted.
Below is a letter written by Uncle Watty when he was on his "tour of duty" with the US Navy. He was a mere 19 years old. Pay special attention to the paragraph where he expresses his concern with his aunt's upcoming trip to Europe. After reading Watty's entire letter, come back and click here to find out more about Aunt Frances' journey.
To read of Watty's encounter with Lucky Luciano while on this stint in the Navy, click here. UPDATE: I have several of Uncle Watty's books. One is a Lucky Luciano biography. The other day, while thumbing through it, I made a big discovery: On a few pages, in the margins, Watty made some notes that support his story of meeting the mobster Lucky Luciano. My plan in the next few days is to scan those pages and attach them to the Luciano post I am hyperlinking to in this paragraph. Be sure to check it out.