Sailor, rest your oar.
Here’s a photo of then-RADM Fluckey (on the left), who was SUBPAC when this photo was taken. It was a decade after he earned four Navy Crosses and the Medal of Honor commanding USS Barb, the only ship to invade the Japanese mainland in World War Two, the first submarine to launch ballistic missiles in war (rockets he stole from the depot), the first to attack convoys from the stern, the Galloping Ghost of the China Coast. It was years after his command of a tender, command of Submarine Flotilla Seven immediately after the war. But there is a truly vital man, adapting to the Cold War, nuclear powered submarines, ballistic missile submarines.
A true hero has just gone on eternal patrol.
(Thanks to Bubblehead for passing the word.)
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