That my brother is EXACTLY why I would never get near a submarine.I thought about you tunnel rats, infantry, and the river boat runners whenever our 5" guns let loose their thunder. We couldn't see the target(s) from the ship..."I sure hope nobody screwed up sending us strike coordinates." I recently had the pleasure of chatting with a pilot of one of those planes Danny Glover flew in BAT-21. Thankfully, they had their shit together. A salute of respect for all you who were in-country. May those who never made it back home and those who passed on afterwards due to the effects of that and subsequent wars rest in peace.
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It got "freaky" a few times on the sub...There's some things you never want to hear aboard a submarine:
When we were getting ready to leave Italy and head up to Bremerhaven, Germany we got word that a few Russian trawlers were waiting to track us just outside the Strait of Gibraltar. So, instead of passing through the strait on the surface like we did on our way in, we remained submerged and exited the Med directly beneath one of those gigantic super-tankers. The sound of that tankers "wheels" sloshing through the water was so loud you'd swear the blades of one of those huge props were about to slice right through the skin of our boat. That'll get your attention!
On the way to Germany we received a radio message that redirected us to Holy Loch, Scotland to pick up new written orders. They didn't want them going out over the electronic airwaves. Russia was launching a new aircraft carrier. Since the Nautilus was the only US sub with a noise "signature" identical to a Russian Foxtrot Class submarine, we got elected to sneak in amongst the carrier's defense squadron and take photos of the it through the periscope. Oh, joy! Hearing the "pings" from multiple enemy surface combatants' sonar units piercing the hull..."Oh shit!" We got the hell outta Dodge City and hid "under the ice" for a couple of days. On my way to the Mess Deck after watch, as I was passing by the Conn the Officer of the Watch saw me, "Heesen, want to see something cool?" Sure! He pointed to the periscope's eyepiece and said, "Have a look." He had the mirrors in the scope positioned for an up angle view. I got to see what the underside of the Arctic ice looked like. Not many people in the world can say that.
And, the one thing you NEVER EVER want to hear while cruising along at 625 feet below the surface is the loud sound of the klaxon going off:
"Aah-Ooh-Gah! Aah-Ooh-Gah! JAMMED DIVE! JAMMED DIVE! This is NOT a drill! I repeat! This is NOT a drill! JAMMED DIVE! Aah-Ooh-Gah!"
You can put me in total dakness deep underground, you can drop me from huey in to a hot LZ you can put me in a FOB being over run but dont EVER ask me to get in that tin can !!!
NO Fin WAY......PERIOD.
MY dad was a machinest mate 1st class at Iwo Jima, Sipan and Guadacanal.
While jap kamkazi planes flew in to the side of battleships he hung from a scaffold welding plates on the side to keep it afloat
That my friend is a real hero. Took huge balls to do that with no way to defend himself.
So compared to him I was just a big chicken shit. He recieved any recogniction for that