U.S. Naval Training Station
Sampson, New York
For Immediate Release March 27th, 1943 Exclusive to Wide World Public Relations Officer Geneva 9 Ext. 315
Credit: Official U.S. Navy Photo
Goehring, Hess, and Hidler, Start their Recruit Training at U.S. Naval Training Station, on the shore of Lake Seneca, Sampson, N.Y.
This must be a gag, thought Lt. jg. Thomas Harris, USNR, as he mustered Co. 144 and read off the names "Goehring," then "Hess". He paused and said: "all right, where's Hitler?"
"Here, sir," said a voice and Bluejacket William E. Hidler, Cranson, R.I.. stepped forward.
The story was spoiled, however, when Hidler explained his name is pronounced "Highdler"; Louis W. Goehring, Dedham, Mass., pointed to the "H" in his name, and Robert J. Hess, Erie, PA., said he was glad his first name was not Rudolph.