I received my PADI scuba certification while attending the University of Louisiana in Lafayette. My instructor, Mr. Terry Crownover, was an awesome divemaster who helped me advance from my open-water certification, to advanced, and then onto rescue diver. I had no idea at that time that my scuba training would take me across the globe to explore the distant oceanfloors, but I'm grateful it did.
While deployed in Rabaul, Papua New Guinea (PNG) to assist the USNS MERCY for its Pacific Partnership mission, I went scuba diving and was in awe to see this Japanese Zero warfighter plane that had been shot down during WW2 and crashed into the ocean. PNG was a wealth of WW2 history on land and in the sea.