This morning held a grand opportunity for me, as I was honored to sit at a table with other Submarine Veterans for the annual Breakfast Meeting of the Bremerton Chapter of USSVI. At our table sat a World War II Submarine Veteran, as well as another fellow USS Michigan sailor.
There aren’t very many places I can go anymore where I can say about things, “That was before I was even born,” but listening to the exploits and tales of some of these fine men, I feel like an infant. And compared to the WWII guys, I was still a generation away when some of them left their boats.
The guy I was sitting with served aboard USS Raton (SS-270) during the War. The boat made eight war patrols, earning six Battle Stars. But what makes her unique was where she was born. Of the hundreds of US Submarines that served in World War II and into the Cold War, twenty-eight were built in Wisconsin. Yep… Wisconsin, the heart of America where the real Americans live. Read the rest of this entry