The Boomer Pin turns 50 in 2019 One of the most divisive subjects in the American submarine family is the breast insignia know by most as the Boomer pin. This little device has been a part of my uniform since January 1974 when I completed my first ballistic missile patrol. Wearing the pin by itself […]Read More The Boomer Pin Turns 50 – (Does that mean it can finally join the Holland Club?)
By January 1963, the United States Navy submarine force was growing at an amazing pace. The Soviet launching of Sputnik had sparked a fire in the Defense Department and the government as a whole to find ways to counter the perceived threats of an unbridled Soviet Union. The answer of course was to capitalize on […]Read More You’re a Nuclear Submariner? How did you get such a cool job? (1963)
The rest of the story This will hopefully be the final segment in my saga of how the Submarine Dolphin insignia came to be. Each stage along the way has been a lot of fun as I have sifted through magazines, articles on line, historical societies, the Library of Congress and a source which contains […]Read More The Origin of Submarine Dolphins – The Fourth (and I think) Final Chapter
It must be true, I saw it on the Internet The great thing about living in the age we do is the incredible access to resources on the internet. I have a number of historical reference sites that I use to build my stories and enjoy finding nuggets form time to time. I take it […]Read More Submarine Dolphins Part Three – The Artists that created the Insignia
Nothing like stirring the pot… (you can always count on a Submariner to do something like that). In the last couple of days, the Post about the Origin of Submarine Dolphins has been one of the most viewed articles on the blog in a long time. Along with the views came the comments. Some were […]Read More The Origin of Submarine Dolphins – Part Deux
Submarine Warfare Insignia One way to distinguish a United States Navy Submariner from any other sailor is to see the dolphins predominantly displayed on his or her uniform. Officers wear a gold version and enlisted wear a silver version. I have seen many stories over the years about the origin of the insigne but this article […]Read More The Origin of Submarine Dolphins – All Hands Magazine January 1961
One of my favorite pastimes is discovering unique stories about the United States Submarine force and the development through the ages. There is no better witness to the phenomenal growth than that of one of the most profound influences on submarine operation and development: Fleet Admiral Chester Nimitz. The most fascinating thing about this man […]Read More Submarines: “from a boy to a giant”
“Three may keep a secret, if two of them are dead.” Benjamin Franklin, Poor Richard’s Almanack Submarines by their very nature are designed to operate in an atmosphere of stealth. The fact that they operate beneath the ocean’s surface places them in a dangerous environment under the best of circumstances. From the very beginning of […]Read More shhhhh… Can you keep a secret?
The First Thanksgiving If you are expecting a traditional story about Pilgrims and Indians, you might as well go back to your search engine and try again. This is a story about my real first Thanksgiving that occurred somewhere in the western Pacific Ocean about 150 feet below the ocean exactly forty years ago today […]Read More The First Thanksgiving (Updated from Original Post in 2013)
Caution: Some salty language may be found in this post I belong to a number of very fine military organizations that all have special purposes. The Navy League for instance is a group that supports and promotes the sea services. I think this is important because of the dangers still present in the world at […]Read More I’d like to be a submariner. How hard could that be?