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USS Wasp sailors wait patiently to purchase an autographed copy of Petty Officer 1st Class John Heatherly's debut book entitled "Earth Whispers." The book of poetry includes more than 100 poems offering Heatherly's views on life, death, love, and earth. Wasp is undergoing maintenance at the Norfolk Naval Shipyard. U.S. Navy photo by Signalman 3rd Class Derrick Ingle[/caption]
For some people, such a scenario doesn't exactly illustrate a promising future. Don't utter that to 14-year Navy veteran and author Petty Officer 1st Class John G. Heatherly II, however.