One Saturday morning while John Alter was attending the Navy’s flight school in Pensacola, Fla., he was driving his Triumph TR3 with the top down when he spied “two young ladies all dressed up and on their way to a sorority tea and their car had conked out. They saw this naval aviator and somehow knew I could fix their car.” Alter got it started, but when he declined payment, they invited him and two buddies to a homemade spaghetti dinner. A year later, in June 1962, Alter was awarded his ...

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