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Carol Petillo on: Going to West Point
Carol Petillo Q: What did getting into West Point mean?

PETILLO: Well, getting into West Point for Douglas provided him with the opportunity to get on the fast track to success in the American Military. It also provided him the opportunity for a free education, which was no small thing for a family that didn't have a lot of money. But most of all, it provided him with the one nugget of experience that his father hadn't had. His father would have liked to have gone to West Point, and his grandfather tried to persuade him to do so rather than join the military and fight at that point. But he didn't have that opportunity. It didn't work out that way. And Douglas would have the opportunity. And it would provide the polish that went with it for the career that he and his family wanted him to have.

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