He has had a full career—as a Merchant Marine officer, a journalist, a television commentator, a world-class sailor, and today, president of U.S. Sailing, the national governing body of the sport. Gary Jobson served only brief stints on active duty as a Naval Reserve officer, but he says they influenced his career and his life—and helped him cope with cancer.
The celebration on board our destroyer, the USS Newman K. Perry (DD-883), was important. Senator Edward Kennedy (D-MA), several of his family members, and a variety of VIPs were due to arrive in a few hours. The occasion was the transfer of the USS Joseph P. Kennedy Jr. (DD-850) to the city of Fall River, Massachusetts, for permanent display at Battleship Cove. It was January 1974, and snow was beginning to fall. I was a reserve ensign and had been serving as first lieutenant.