Born into a middle-class Jewish family in Detroit, Mike Rabin continually hopes for a better future. Wanting to be a free spirit, Mike drops out of Cass Tech’s art program in the eleventh grade. But in his neighborhood, he is more likely to end up as a street hustler instead of something more prestigious, a fact that makes him feel pessimistic on more than one occasion.
The story describes the people Mike meets in the navy (both military and civilian) and how these individuals contribute to his maturation. As his military career unfolds Mike also begins to realize that his Russian-Jewish roots played a significant role in helping him to understand his place in the world and the importance of having hope.
Even though he frequently volunteers to be a fleet marine corpsman, Mike spends the entire Korean War never seeing combat. But Mike’s cultural roots and his relationships with the people he meets in the navy influence his attitude—an attitude that pushes him toward hope and away from the cynical pessimism of his youth.
Rub Up: Musings of a Navy Corpsman is one sailor’s inspiring journey of self-discovery.
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Published June 6, 2007
Action & Adventure, Literature & Fiction, War.