The Submariner’s Lament; When you understand 12

When you understand

This was a post that I put up on Facebook in 2014. It has been shared over 8500 times in the time it has been on Facebook

I am grateful for the feedback already sent

On February 16, 2017, it came to my attention that the story has been cut and pasted with unauthorized alterations and no attribution. I never copyrighted the post or the material but rest assured that it is still my intellectual property. I have shared this freely with the submarine community. All I ask in return is that it not be altered and credit be given where possible.

Mister Mac

When you understand 2


  1. As an old sailor it makes me proud to know that there are brave young men still carrying on the great traditions. Godspeed and safe waters.

  2. Something I posted in another FB Group, 41 for Freedom…

    Under black of night, she pulls away, leaving all behind.
    Her silhouette, no familiar contour or defined form.
    Her whispers, softly lapping at the darkness.
    No one to wave goodbye to her, sending her on her journey.
    No lover to kiss her tenderly, no family to miss her.
    She is one of…them….one of forty one….
    Each given a life only to give it for countless others…
    Many will call her their mistress…seeking shelter inside her…
    Though her namesake may be male, she is a lady all the same…
    Her power…their power…wielded by the many inside her.
    Pacing…ever vigilant…ever quietly surveying for those that would do harm…
    This lady of silence…hoping never to speak….
    Should it come, her words…her song…death and destruction.
    As all her children are we, here in our homes, in our beds.
    Never remembering that she is there….that they are there….
    Those forty one brave ladies….those forty one…..for freedom.

  3. Jack Sumner Chief Warrant Officer(retired), submariner and Father of a retired submariner that have gone in Harm’s Way in pursuit of Freedom

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