19 Jun '16, 7pm
Navy forges ahead with plan to hire civilians for chief, captain
The Navy even brought in professional athletes to take charge of physical training. Legendary Cleveland Indian’s baseball pitcher Bob Feller was laterally accessed into the Navy in 1941 as a chief petty officer. He started and finished his career whipping recruits into shape as a chief specialist; he also served as a fitness instructor on the battleship Alabama and was a turret captain when the ship was called to general quarters. He served in combat during the Battle of the Philippine Sea in this role.