Doug McLaughlin, Cdr. USN (ret), was born in Canada in 1921. His family moved to California when he was in grade school, and he grew up in the--then--small town of Beverly Hills along with a lively group of buddies who still keep in touch. He left the University of Southern California in 1942 to train as a U.S. Navy fighter pilot, and was soon seeing action in the Pacific.
Now living on Camano Island, WA, the author and his wife, Avonne, enjoy traveling to USC Trojan football games and celebrated their 59th anniversary snorkeling with the Oceanic Society in Belize. They raised four children and have five grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.