Once Upon a Wagon-Book One is a young sailor's light-hearted story about his life in the US Navy at the close of WWII. It covers his first six months of service as portrayed through his letters to his family along with an accompanying narrative. It begins and ends in his home state of New Hampshire and includes his Boot Camp training, life aboard a battleship, and experiences in foreign countries.
It is not a war story and does not include traumatic experiences that are often associated with the military. It is, however, a rather different kind of navy memoir that includes letters, a narrative, anecdotes, Navy publications and a travel log.
The characters portrayed in this story were real people, however their surnames have been omitted. In some cases, the full names of foreign dignitaries, high level military, and well-known figures are included.