This story will be done in two parts. In 1940, Rear Admiral Joseph Taussig was called to testify to Congress about the ship building program and the perceived threats that were emerging in the Far East. This controversial testimony placed him at odds with an old nemesis – the former Assistant Secretary of the Navy […]Read More The Tanaka Memorial – Real or Imagined?
This morning, I had a vision of an elegant cruise ship floating on a glassy sea. I have been working on my sermon for this Sunday and the main topic is from Matthew 25:14–30 Where is your treasure stored? What have you done with your talents? In January of 2020, the fragility of what man […]Read More Travel and trade should continue… WHO January 31 2020
As we approach the end of the first year of the Biden “presidency” Its not a bad idea to examine why things are as horribly bad as they are. For one thing, they told us up front what they were going to do. Its all in black and white and there should be no surprise […]Read More 2 Days
Happy Navy Birthday I had thought about doing nothing more than my traditional Navy birthday greeting but decided that the current countdown series related to the 2020 election is pertinent to the United States Navy. For the record, I am a volunteer with the Trump Victory team in Pennsylvania serving as the South West PA […]Read More 21 Days
2020 – The year of the Fast Attack Coming Soon Well, that was the plan last December. I was thinking that a good follow-up to my 2019 year of highlighting the 41 for Freedom Boats would be a logical way to spend the year. To be honest, I spent a lot of time helping to […]Read More 2020 – An Epic New Year (In Retrospect, using the word epic might have been a mistake)
The Cost of Freedom To the Editor Pittsburgh has long been a source of the materials and equipment necessary for our national defense. The propulsion equipment for submarines and aircraft carriers comes from manufacturers in the Steel Valley as it has for generations. A strong fleet ensures freedom of the seas and guarantees the level […]Read More The Cost of Freedom – Letter to the Editor Pittsburgh Post Gazette
Years ago, I read my first Tom Clancy book, “Hunt for Red October”. I have always enjoyed reading and novels that held stories that could be plausible given the right circumstances have always intrigued me. Being a former submariner, I have had to suspend my disbelief in many cases in order to enjoy the […]Read More Now Read This – “Empire Rising” by Rick Campbell
I wrote this story a few years ago before the current North Korean situation evolved. I wonder how real it could actually be The launch was not detected by our satellites because they were looking in the wrong area. No one would have suspected that the slow moving foreign flagged freighter carried such a horrible […]Read More In the First Hour of the Next Day