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Spending most of 23 years working under water sounds a little crazy to most. But for John Smith, the experience was life-changing.

Smith, a Pekin resident, served in the Navy from 1956 to 1978, and for most of his career he was a submariner. For as many as 93 days at a time, Smith and his other crew members slept, ate and worked under water. It's unlike anything else in the Navy he said.

"The people are totally different," Smith said. "It's one of the most selective groups out there."

Smith was one of several submarine veterans at The Exchange Pub + Kitchen Wednesday afternoon to welcome Cmdr. Jesse Zimbauer and Master Chief Lafrederick Herring....