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William Brinkley

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William Clark "Bill" Brinkley was an American writer and journalist.

Brinkley is perhaps best known for his 1988 novel, The Last Ship, and his 1956 novel, Don't Go Near the Water, which was later adapted to film in 1957 by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer as Don't Go Near the Water.

Brinkley was born in Custer City, Oklahoma on September 10, 1917, the youngest of five children and the son of a minister. He graduated from the University of Oklahoma in 1940.Brinkley was an officer in the United States Navy during World War II, where he served in Europe and the Pacific, primarily in public relations duties.