I love this, that Brian Rice spent 24.5 years in the Navy as an IT Senior Chief (ITCS) and now he is playing college basketball at NCAA Division III Geneva College Golden Tornadoes.
I am guessing Brian is a Senior Chief, because High-Year-Tenure, HYT, for a Chief is 24 years. And he did more time than that. Of course, he could’ve been a Master Chief, but writers usually would think to include that. Still, getting to Senior Chief is a heckuva career. Go Golden Tomatoes Tornadoes! (Dayum, now what is that all about? I throw down a nice write-up ’bout the Senior Chief and now I gotta do his team like that. I’ll go extra hard in tomorrow’s zero five (0500) pt. I owe the Golden Tornadoes that much!)
Ketcham started in the business as an animator for Walter Lantz and eventually Walt Disney, where he worked on Fantasia, Bambi and Pinocchio. During World War II, Ketcham was a photographic specialist with the US Navy Reserve. Also while in the Navy he began a camp newspaper strip. Half Hitch, which ran in The Saturday Evening Post beginning in 1943.
I wonder if Dennis was modeled after a Sailor he knew. I could think of several.