USS A Long Time Ago




16998962_10211935795618636_4306627519461194984_nIt would be untrue to say that I do not talk – a lot – about submarines. What I haven’t spoken of nearly as much is my experiences on my boat, USS Michigan SSBN-727(G) from 1983-1987.

For nearly four years Michigan was my home. In fact, up to that point in my life, it was longest I had ever “lived” in one place, and it moved around the Pacific Ocean. What made her home for me wasn’t just 18,500 tons of HY-80 Steel and billions of dollars in the latest (ahem) equipment designed to accomplish the mission. It was 165 people who all had pretty much the same goal.

Last night I sat up quite late doing something that was never imagined in 1987 when I walked off the boat for the final time. And in those hours last night I found that feeling of home again. And I thought that maybe I could take a few minutes today and talk about it…

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About Dave

Talk Show host, lifelong Baseball and Star Trek fan, US Navy Submariner and Fire Control Technician (Ballistic Missile) 1st Class Petty Officer (Submarine Qualified), Dave is married with four daughters, one son, two sons-in-law and two grandchildren plus one on the way. He resides quietly in Manteca, CA, where he records his podcast, Plausibly Live, three days a week. He also writes for several other blogs and as a "Stay at home Dad" plays a lot of games with his son. Dave loves books, history and is learning to weld and drive a forklift. Just for fun. Dave is also a Life Member of the Disabled American Veterans and a Member of the US Submarine Veterans.

Posted on February 28, 2017, in Nuclear Weapons, US Navy, USS Michiagn and tagged , . Bookmark the permalink. 3 Comments.

  1. It’s not meaning-less…My time on the 727 certainly help shape the person that I am today. But as you said, I must have been in some kind of a mind warp at that time because I can’t remember 90% of the sh*t I did.
    We lived…we help prevent WW3….and…?

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  2. Hi Dave,
    Mitch Ferguson here. I was an A-ganger on 727Gold from around 1988-93. Like you, I don’t remember a lot of things from that time, and I’m not even sure of the exact years I was on there. I need to dig through my records to find out.

    I think this thing you’re doing is great. I’m working on a book about my life to preserve as much of that history as I can. I will try to contribute what I can to your project. I hope we can meet at a reunion someday.

    Thanks,
    Mitch

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  3. I can neither confirm or deny that I remember anything. Belay that. I remember Dave Bowman, and I appreciate him as well. Great work Dave.

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