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Calvin Barrick grew up on a farm. He had four brothers and one sister but two of his brothers have died. Barrick was the third in the line of children.Barrick was out on a drive with a friend when he heard on the radio about the attack on Pearl Harbor. He enlisted in the service after he graduated from school in the spring of 1942. He and a friend decided that they wanted to get into the fight so they enlisted. He does not recall why he chose the Navy. After enlisting he was sent to Great Lakes for boot training along with his friend who he had enlisted with. After boot training his friend was sent to pharmacy school and Barrick went to quartermaster school. Quartermaster school was at Newport, Rhode Island. When he got out he heard about the submarine service. It sounded interesting so he volunteered for it. He was sent to New London, Connecticut for submarine school. The physical tests to get in were pretty rigid and a lot of the sailors who applied did not pass them. The submarine service was strictly voluntary. They went through escape training in the tower at New London. The first time he used the Momsen lung it was scary but after that it was not bad. They would start at the bottom of the 50 foot deep tower and would follow a line up to the surface. After getting on a submarine and qualifying he passed and got his dolphins. Barrick was assigned to the USS Tang as soon as he got out of submarine school. He was ordered to Mare Island, California where the Tang was being built. Barrick helped commission the Tang. The commissioning ceremony was a short one. Barrick was even aboard when the submarine was launched and slid down into the water for the first time. All of the men assigned to the ship were aboard. Barrick had not heard of O'Kane [Annotators Note: US Navy Rear Admiral Richard H. O'Kane] prior to going aboard the Tang. When Barrick went to report aboard the Tang she was the first submarine he had ever seen other than the boats they used as trainers at the submarine school. That is where he met most of the officers.
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