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ISS1 2016

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north toward Okinawa. That evening the storm slowed down and, just as it approached Okinawa, began to greatly increase in intensity. The sudden shift of the storm caught many ships and small craft in the constricted waters of Buckner Bay (Nakagusuku Wan) and they were unable to escape to sea. On October 9th, when the storm passed over the island, winds of 80 knots and 30-35 foot waves battered the ships and craft in the bay and tore into the Quonset huts and buildings ashore. A total of 12 ships and craft were sunk, 222 grounded, and 32 severely damaged. Personnel casualties were 36 killed, 47 missing, and 100 seriously injured. Life after the war When I got out of the service in 1945, I started going to St. John's College on Lewis Avenue in Brooklyn. The college was comprised of mostly veterans. We all had our G.I. Bill to use. We had very few high school graduates at that time, mostly veterans and chaplains. I have a great affection for my time in the service. I was very lucky to have had all the experiences that I did. It gave me some confidence and I got to know that New York isn't the only place in this world. I learned that there are all types of people and places to see in this world. And the CG Reserve gave me that opportunity. With the exception of my time in the service, my whole life has been spent in New York. Another thing I learned is that you have to care for other people. When you are a Pharmacists Mate it's your job to care for others. I really like that aspect of it all, because my father wanted me to be a doctor. So when I came home and told him that I was going to be a basketball coach he looked at my mother and said, "look at what you raised, he will disgrace the family." Skills learned to use later in life First thing I learned was how to take orders. You learn to take a secondary role; you are not number one all the time. You have to be a part of a team. Don't wear a big hat. You are not the only guy in the thick of it. They break you down to size to let you know that you are a part of a larger group, and that is important to know. Try to study as much as you can, and improve yourself when you get a chance. Don't be satisfied with the minimum. You learn how to work with people. The main thing that I took away from my time in the CG Reserve is that you can always find a way to help somebody in need. When they come to you, usually they are in trouble. The "Carnesecca" Motto My father had a very simple education; he was a stone mason. He came from Tuscany in 1923. He worked on the Bronx River overpasses, you know, those bridges along the parkway along the river. My father taught me three things that I still use today: First, be there. And by that I mean, be there when your friends and family are in need. Just be there in any way that you can. Second, don't have short arms; pick up the tab when it's your turn. Third, you don't have to tell people how good you are. Those three simple things have done me well in my life. I try to give my father's philosophy to my players when I coach. I teach my players that you don't have to tell anyone how good you are; the way you present yourself speaks volumes. You need to show your hard work, not tell people about it. It's a good philosophy to have. Advice for the members of today First of all, you have to learn to work together. As I said before, the CG is a small, compact group that treats each other like family. Team-like work is essential to advancement. It is very important to realize that you can't be the "#1" guy all the time, sometimes you have to take a secondary role in order to help others succeed. People are people and you can't change that. So, if you take those principles in no matter what field, civilian or military or sports, you're going to be ahead of the game. More important, you have to learn to live with people. I use these principles in coaching and in my daily life. I have been very fortunate to be able to do that, because even in coaching you have to learn to live with victory and defeat. That is just a part of life. You have to learn to work with hardships and sometimes you have to have to learn some bitter things. Try to do the best you can. You can't always be a winner. It's not so important if you've been successful; it's how you react to that defeat or success that makes a difference. How do you react in a disappointment, are you able to come back from it? Tomorrow is another day. Life goes on, and you still have to live it. Final thoughts I think the Coast Guard is very much like the Vincentian Fathers, because they never blew their own horns. Their job was to work with the poor, and they were very good at it. If you're that good, people will know about it. You don't need to go around telling everyone how good you are. They used to call us Coasties the "Hooligan Navy." People don't realize what an important job we did back then, when all the submarines and cutters were working hard together. I think we took a second seat, but when it came to doing important things, we were number one. It's a part of my life that I never talked about until now, and I'm so proud of my time in the CG Reserve. I have a good warm feeling every time I come across a CG unit, because I learned a lot and met wonderful people. Those are things that you always carry with yourself throughout your life. And, I would do it all over again. � Carnesecca is raised by his jubilant team after St. John's beat Boston College 85-77 to win the Big east Championship at new York's Madison Square garden, March 23, 1983. Issue 1 • 2016 � RESERVIST 47

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