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  • As the first-born child, I had the honor of naming all of my grandparents, and Norman became Naunie. He would be known by this name for the rest of his life.

    Naunie was a war hero. He served on a ship in the Pacific in World War II, and some nights he would act as the signal-man, in charge of the light that was used to signal to other ships.

    One night, Naunie's ship was traveling near Japan, when it found itself caught between 2 Japanese ships. He did not panic. Instead he waited for the first ship to flash the "Friend-or-Foe" signal to him. Then he turned around, and flashed it to the second Japanese ship. Getting the Japanese Friend signal from the second ship, he turned around and flashed it back to the first ship. Then he took the response from the first ship and flashed it back to the second ship. Thinking that his was a Japanese ship, they let his ship pass without incident.

    And that's how he saved the lives of a ship full of sailors.
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