My Memoirs

Edifying Times
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  • Published: March 2019
  • Format: Dust Jacket Hardcover(B/W)
  • Pages: 270
  • Size: 6x9
  • ISBN: 9781480873957
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Walter R. Somerville Jr. grew up in humble circumstances with dreams of becoming a professional baseball player.

But with a young daughter to take care of and bills to pay, he enlisted in the recently integrated Air Force in 1951—never knowing that he’d spend the next fifty-four years serving his country.

After serving a tour of duty in South Korea, he returned to the United States before being honorably discharged and then re-enlisting to work at the Air Force Reserve Center in Baltimore. Eventually, he became a civilian Air Force Reserve technician at Andrews Air Force Base before taking a job at the Federal Aviation Agency.

He went on to work other jobs before becoming a chief with the Coast Guard’s Civilian Equal Employment Opportunity Division, in 1970. Later, he was appointed to a Senior Executive Service position as chief of civil rights, the military equivalent of rear admiral in the United States Coast Guard.

Join the author as he looks back at a lifetime of making a huge difference in the lives of ordinary people—especially women and minorities—and living an active life after retirement in these memoirs.

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