Ever dig up odd facts on the internet, here is a little bit of Navy trivia for you.
Today is the anniversary of John Herbert Dillinger “Public Enemy #1” joining the US Navy.
Would you call this man Shipmate?
Dillinger joined the Navy on July 27, 1923 to avoid charges of auto theft in Indiana and went to basic at the Great Lakes Naval Training Facility. He was later assigned to the ill fated USS Utah (BB-31).
The Navy life did not agree with Dillinger. Five months after enlisting, the man who would become America's most wanted bank robber, deserted the Navy on December 4, 1923 when the USS Utah docked in Boston MA.
A quick timeline of Dillinger's crime career, including his going AWOL from the Navy, can be found here.
As far as my research can tell, there is no truth to the rumor that Dillinger took the XO's door on the way off the USS Utah.