My Kiddie Cruise is a coming-of -age adventure. The author, eager to see the world, joins the Navy and leaves home the day after graduation from high school. The story takes us on a train to Great Lakes Naval Base, where our hero hopes to toughen up and become a man. Instead, he becomes a cigarette smoking company clerk.
On his way to guided missile school, he is stationed temporarily at Annapolis, Maryland serving his country by running the bowling alley.
He finally arrives at guided missile school, only to contend with the distractions of Spring Break a few miles away.
With training completed our adventurer is at long last assigned to a destroyer in the Pacific. Changing ships in the middle, he spends most of 1963 at sea, with a few humorous nights on the town.
My Kiddie Cruise ends the day the Vietnam war officially started.