William Jennings

William Jennings, was just 18 when he joined the Navy to help with WWII. He trained in San Francisco for sound and radio work which included manually solving certain complex mathematical equations for determining distance and depth on naval ships. During instruction on one equation, Dad surprised the Navy officer instructor by completing the equation in minutes instead of the half hour+ that was standard. Dad showed the instructor his method for solving it – removing steps he realized were not needed to get to the answer. The instructor then tested Dad’s method over and over with different equation parameters and Dad’s method was correct every time in a fraction of the time! Dad’s method of solving the equation was practiced as the Naval standard going forward. Dad was stationed in Guam and worked as a member of the Island Command Fire Department. He was honored for his high devotion to duty for how he and his fire crew extinguished two serious fires at the Navy Air Base. After the war, Dad met our mom in 1951, got married in June 1952, and had four children and six grandchildren. He worked at the Colonial Bakery as a salesperson until he retired. He loved playing duplicate bridge and was a Life Master playing in many tournaments with his favorite partners. Dad was immensely proud of his service with the Navy and loved to tell us his stories. He loved life and we miss his smile and laugh every day.


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