Joe Simon enlisted in the U.S. Coast Guard during World War II. He said in his 1990 autobiography that he was first assigned to the Mounted Beach Patrol at Long Beach Island, off Barnegat, New Jersey, for a year before being sent to boot camp near Baltimore, Maryland, for basic training.Afterward, he reported for duty with the Combat Art Corps in Washington, D.C., part of the Coast Guard Public Information Division.
CAPE MAY, N.J - A Coast Guard recruit at Training Center Cape May does pushups during incentive training July 31, 2012. Incentive training is not only a tool for correcting misconduct and negative behavior, but it also prepares the recruits for their physical fitness assessment. Coast Guard photo by Chief Warrant Officer Donnie Brzuska.