Photo courtesy Roy Vega

U.S. Navy veteran Douglas Gould, second from right, was initiated into Mullins-Nickerson American Legion Post 108 on April 11 by Post Senior Vice Commander Harry Harris on left, Post Chaplain Don Strait second from left and Post Sergeant-At-Arms Warren Grams on right. Joining the Navy at age 17, Gould graduated from Radioman School and was assigned to USS Mount Baker (AE-4), and later to USS Mount Katmai (AE-16), on which he served a seven-month Western Pacific deployment. AE ships are ammunition transports, usually named after volcanoes. His most memorable experience was being at sea when President John F. Kennedy was assassinated on Nov. 22, 1963, and going on full alert. He enjoyed numerous ports of call, but his favorite was Pearl Harbor and Waikiki Beach. He left active duty as an E-4 radioman third class.