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Wendall & The Kraken



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In 1944, a submarine slid sideways into the Manitowoc River near where it empties into Lake Michigan. As she kissed the water, some 1500 miles to the west, a young man who wanted to be a farmer heard the clarion call of his country, left his home in Ogden, Utah and joined the US Navy. After a detour through Connecticut and New Guinea, he would arrive in Manitowoc and report aboard that new submarine.

Commissioned in September, the USS Kraken (SS-370) would sail down the Mississippi River, through the Panama Canal and on to the Pacific Ocean where Wendall would make all four combat patrols of USS Kraken, and eventually leave the Navy after the war ended. He would return to Ogden and become well involved in farming. Kraken would be decommissioned and placed in reserve until she was needed again.

The United States Submarine Veterans exists “To Perpetuate the memory of our shipmates who gave their lives in the pursuit of their duties while serving their country. That their dedication, deeds and supreme sacrifice be a constant source of motivation toward greater accomplishments. Pledge loyalty and patriotism to the United States of America and its Constitution.”

In 1982, almost 38 years after she touched the waters of Lake Michigan, Kraken was scrapped. Last year, Wendall passed away, after a long and fruitful life.

I just thought that you might like to know their stories…



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Spammers, Spies & Soda



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More “bombs,” more questions…

The recent reports of the Facebook “hack” seemed to alarm people. For about an hour. It should alarm you still, not because it was a “hack,” it wasn’t. It turns out that there was hardly any effort at all. Mostly because we are stupid. Is my own Social Media use affecting my son? Read the rest of this entry

The Submarine Movie or Gerard Butler Saves The World



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Gerard Butler is an actor. A good actor, in my view. His most recent film, “Hunter Killer,” is about a US Submarine and it’s glorious mission to save the world. look, The Submarine move genre is, obviously, one of my favorite. But… all submarine movies have the same three plot elements. If they don’t have them, they are not a “Submarine Movie,” they are a move with a submarine in it (alá James Bond).

The co-founder of Microsoft and well-known philanthropist Paul Allen passed away on Monday. Within hours, tributes were pouring in from a City that loved him, not just for the Seahawks, and appreciated his generosity and sense of adventure. for me personally, it was his efforts to locate and document shipwrecks which most resonated with me, even though I am writing this on a Microsoft product that I have used and loved for years.

Last year he and his team discovered the wreck of the USS Indianapolis, one of the most tragic and moving stories of a ship and her crew. Like so many, I sat enthralled as the footage rolled by. so many people, sailors and the children and grandchildren of sailors watched as the finally gained some sense of closure.

His passing was felt across the tech world, but nowhere, perhaps, as much as it was here in the PACNORWEST.

Well… except for a few asshats…


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