Iver Yeager grew up during the depression on a small ranch in northwestern South Dakota, attending a one room school and doing plenty of chores on the ranch. He was attending Macalester College in St. Paul, MN when Pearl Harbor occurred, and after graduating went through officers training at Plattsburg, New York and Hollywood Florida. He was assigned to the USS Dyson, a Fletcher-class destroyer cruising the dangerous waters of the western Pacific. His ship survived both a horrific typhoon and kamikaze attacks while supporting the fighting on Okinawa.
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