"Brother" Jim Lanning- Daily Record Columnist
My journey this week took me to Chief Petty Officer(retired) Mike Townsend, a veteran and 1973 graduate of San Marcos high school. He served 24 years in The United States Navy, 18 of those years in the Submarine service. Leaving home and going from the routine of a safe place into the unknown,
Mike Townsend raised his right hand and enlisted in 1974. He had to say goodbyes to family. Can you imagine his feelings as he departed San Marcos alone, fresh out of high school, to answer the call of the sea as a sailor?