December 8, 1941, the day after the attack on Pearl Harbor, Don joined the Navy. In the Navy he became a Photographer's Mate, honing his skills. After the war, Don continued to take photos. He was a member of the Carlsbad Oilers, and he used to take his camera along when they went racing on the lakes. He also brought along a then-new 35mm Kodachrome slide film, and many of Don's color photos ended up in Robert Genats book The Birth of Hot Rodding.
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