Crestview World War II vet recalls war stories, innovations (VIDEO)

Published: Wednesday, May 8, 2013 at 10:37 AM.

Oneby also worked for the Navy at the Atlantic Undersea Test and Evaluation Center in the Bahamas, where he held a part-time job teaching oceanography.

"My wife said, 'What do you know about oceanography?'," Oneby said. "I said, 'I'm learning oceanography. I'm a month ahead of my students.'"

Chess master and Toastmaster

Oneby has been a Crestview resident for 35 years. He has delivered more than 30 Toastmasters speeches.

A rising chess champion as a teenager, he still enjoys the game, which he now often plays against his computer.

"I can beat the computer pretty easily if I play white, so now I play black and the computer beats me," Oneby said. "I discovered I have to learn all its nasty tricks."

He was first matched against a computer in a Florida state tournament.

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