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How a 12-year-old tricked the Navy into letting him fight in WWII | Military Times

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Graham, the youngest person to enlist in the Navy during World War II, was sworn in on August 15, 1942, when he was 12 years old. 

Calvin Graham and his brother were placed into a Texas boarding home in 1942 due to their terrible living condition. He came up with a risky escape strategy there: Enlist in the United States. combat Nazis in the navy. He did, however, encounter difficulties when a dentist discovered Graham still had baby teeth, which was a little out of the ordinary for a self-declared 17-year-old. Graham persisted though, and the agitated dentist let him through. After training, he was deployed to service in the Pacific as a gunner aboard the USS South Dakota. Graham received shrapnel to the face during the Battle of Guadalcanal, yet despite being hurt, he kept aiding fellow sailors. Graham received a Purple Heart and a Bronze Star for his efforts.

Source: https://www.militarytimes.com/off-duty/2022/10/05/how-a-12-year-old-tricked-the-navy-into-letting-him-fight-in-wwii/


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