About this Book
USNS General W.C. Langfitt in dry dock, head-on
Sea Time recounts the early career of the author as Cadet-Midshipman and Deck Officer with the United States Merchant Marine during World War II and its aftermath, and his adventures as Ship's Medical Officer in the U.S. Navy in the 1950s. From Kings Point (Long Island) to San Francisco and Pearl Harbor to Saipan, Midshipman Bill Haynes was a witness to the last violent days of the War in the Pacific. His service took him across the Equator to the South Seas and finally to a brief period of action as the Allies gathered their forces for the final assault that would end the conflict.
Returning to Kings Point for further training in the United States Merchant Marine, he received his license as a Deck Officer, and thus began a number of voyages to Europe on missions that included the return of American troops back to the States and German and Italian prisoners returning to Europe in 1946. After these assignments, he studied at Princeton University and Columbia University's College of Physicians and Surgeons (P&S) to become a physician. He was then called back to service as a United States Navy officer during the tumultuous times of the Hungarian Revolution (1955 to 1957).
Color Guard at Kings Point
As Deck Officer and then Ship's Medical Officer, he made, all told, 64 Atlantic Ocean crossings, another four in the Pacific, and two voyages to the Caribbean. He was able to broaden his medical expertise, by necessity, to such esoteric specialties as veterinary medicine and dentistry, whilst deepening his knowledge of mal de mer (sea sickness). Recounting adventures both humorous and sad, Dr. Haynes provides insights into the human condition in times of great upheaval. Always present in the background and sometimes dictating the course of human events is the sea-in all her beauty and terror, a place of tranquility and storm-the one constant against which the human spirit can be measured. He finds Mankind up to the task, optimistic that humanity will, in a spiritual sense, prevail.