In His Own Words: George W. Carmany III
I grew up on eastern Long Island and in southern Florida. My family was in the resort hotel business, and I was on the water at a very young age. Naval history became my early hobby, followed naturally enough by sailing. Horatio Hornblower was my hero. In 1962, when I graduated from Amherst and felt the time had come to serve, I was all-in for the Navy with one little problem: I had poor vision (even though it corrected to 20/20 and still does). So it was the Supply Corps for me, and, after OCS, four months at supply school in Athens, Georgia (which, remarkably, continued to operate until just two years ago).
The Supply Corps School was a wonderful experience. It was the business end of the Navy, and a number of my 30 section mates went on to quite successful careers in investment banking. There was a greater esprit de corps than one might have expected.
In due course I found myself as the supply department head of a destroyer escort, the USS Cromwell (DE-1014). This was a terrific life experience because of what it taught me about working and getting along with men of all backgrounds and in close quarters.