By Peter F. Stevens
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They derided the handful of plebes who obtained to Annapolis in terms of the fleet-wide tests as interlopers who had used a “back-door” course and needed to end up themselves worthwhile in their “betters. ” after all plebes who had truly served aboard a boat loathed some of the traditional midshipmen as kids of privilege whose households had pulled strings for them. Captain Arthur Abele knew his nephew measured up, and he insisted that Jim stick it out. Jim repaid his uncle’s self assurance through proving himself within the school room and at the varsity football pitch as a ball-hawking center-forward for all 4 years. Jim had a souvenir of his uncle ever current at Annapolis—the Reina Mercedes, one of many Spanish cruisers Arthur Abele had dueled on the conflict of Santiago, was once anchored within the bay. The captured warship, which have been refurbished by way of the U. S. army, was once utilized by the midshipmen as either a barracks and a brig all through Jim’s years at Annapolis. regardless of being considered one of a handful of midshipmen chosen for naval aviation education as a result of their unheard of hand-eye coordination and the power to imagine quick below severe strain, Jim declined that profession direction. He had joined the army to serve at sea, and he asked that he be allowed to take action. His request was once granted. Jim Abele graduated with the Annapolis classification of 1926 and used to be assigned as an ensign to the battleship USS Colorado. one in every of his first assignments used to be to educate the Colorado’s football squad opposed to the groups of different warships at bases from long island to Portsmouth, nice Britain, and Sydney, Australia. His groups excelled. An officer was once anticipated to marry and lift a relatives, and after his commencement from the Academy, Jim begun relationship a wise, appealing, and entire track instructor named Catherine “Kay” Eaton, a far off cousin who had boarded at his relatives apartment in Quincy along with her sister, Frances, for a time after Jim’s father died. Kay have been born and raised within the rural Massachusetts city of Middleboro, a vintage Yankee hamlet with cranberry toilets, farmland hacked from dense woods, and one of many region’s oldest Congregationalist church buildings. An finished musician, she had taught violin in either Quincy and Lowell, Massachusetts, prior to carrying on with her reviews on the Eastman tuition of track in Rochester, manhattan. Kay had no scarcity of suitors, and Jim Abele knew it. He additionally knew that no longer all ladies have been like minded to army lifestyles, yet he sensed that due to her sensible character, Kay may be. within the spring of 1927, Jim used to be hospitalized for minor surgical procedure. whereas improving, he pursued Kay and gained her hand. They have been married on June eight, 1927, in a small outdoors rite on the domestic of her sister, Frances, in Brookline, Massachusetts. presently afterwards Jim was once ordered to report to the Colorado, which was once stationed with the Pacific Fleet at Pearl Harbor. The newlyweds headed instantly for Hawaii, the place Kay adjusted good to her new lifestyles, making buddies simply with the opposite officials’ better halves and instructing piano and violin to enhance the couple’s source of revenue.