After boot camp at the Great Lakes in 1958 and a stint in aviation electronics school in Patuxent River, Md., Radioman 3rd Class Jim Spence wound up as a radio operator aboard a U.S. Navy four-engine Super Constellation patrol plane flying out of Argentia, Newfoundland, in Airborne Early Warning Squadron 13.
“It was a rock in the North Atlantic off the Canadian coast,” said Spence, now 72 and living in South Gulf Cove. “It was as desolate a place as you could find. There were no trees, no vegetation at all.
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