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Connick was born in Mobile, Alabama on 27 March 1926. He moved with his family to New Orleans, Louisiana at the age of two. His father was employed by the Corps of Engineers. He attended local schools and churches. When he was in the sixth grade, the family moved to the Lakeview neighborhood on West End Boulevard. He remembers the day that the war started, he could not believe it. His father worked as a civilian and was a member of the Army Reserves, he became active before the war. His father was transferred to Mobile and ultimately to Atlanta, Georgia. The family moved to Atlanta.Connick entered service in July of 1944, just after his eighteenth birthday. His school principal encouraged him to finish high school before enlisting. He was inducted at Ft. McPherson, Georgia. He volunteered for the Navy, initially submarine duty, but he went into amphibious training. He entered boot camp at San Diego, California. He recalls the train that he had to take to San Diego, it was very old. The train was very crowded. He saw parts of the country he had never seen before.He trained at San Diego for eight weeks. They were taught the basics like carrying a gun, marching, morse code, identification of Japanese aircraft, and mock jump training. After completing basic training, he went to amphibious training school in Coronado, California. They lived in tents during training and this is where he was taught the basics of operating an LCVP [annotator's note: Landing Craft, Vehicle, Personnel]. Training was very serious, many received injuries from the boats. This frightened Connick the most.


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