Interview with the hero from The Guardian’s Honor by Marta Perry:
1. Adam Bodine, tell me the most interesting thing about you. I’m a Coast Guard officer, through and through. That’s what I wanted to be since the first time I can remember seeing my daddy in uniform, and I’ve never changed my mind about that, even if I sometimes fear I’m not cutting it.
2. What do you do for fun? Fun is spending time at the family beach house on Sullivan’s Island with the whole Bodine clan. When all the brothers, sisters, and cousins get together, anything can happen, and probably will!
3. What do you put off doing because you dread it? Facing the memories that haunt my nightmares.
4. What are you afraid of most in life? That I’ll let down the people who depend on me—my crew, the Bodine clan.
5. What do you want out of life? I want to be the kind of man and the kind of officer my daddy is.
6. What is the most important thing to you? Honor. Duty. That sums it up.
7. Do you read books? If so, what is your favorite type of book? I still have a collection of kids’ books out at the beach house, and I like sharing them with a kid. I don’t get a lot of time for reading, but when I do, it’s likely to be a biography of a historic figure in American life.
8. If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be? I wish I could get past my fear of failing, but I’m not sure I ever will.
9. Do you have a pet? If so, what is it and why that pet? As much time as I spend on duty, there’s no room for a pet in my life—not unless you count those sea turtles that my grandmother, Miz Callie, always rounds us up to help with.
10. If you could travel back in time, where would you go and why? That’s an easy one. I’d go back to Sullivan’s Island in the summer of 1942. Then maybe I’d really understand the thing that changed my family’s story.