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Stealth Boat: Fighting the Cold War in a Fast Attack Submarine


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ISBN13: 9781591145028
ISBN10: 1591145023
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Stealth Boat is a memoir of Gannon Mchale's years in the U.S. Navy and of the men he served with in the Submarine Service between 1967 and 1970, and some of what they accomplished and experienced during that time. It is my also his remembrance of what it was like to grow up aboard a nuclear powered Fast Attack Submarine. McHale reported aboard USS Sturgeon (SSN637) still a boy, and left a young man. This was the most important period in his personal development, and it profoundly affected the way he has lived the rest of his life. For many years any public discussion of the mission of Fast Attack submarines during the Cold War has been strictly guarded. The Freedom of Information Act now allows us to look back at a period in our nation's history that is worth remembering, and the part played by the U.S Submarine Service in winning that war is undeniable. America in the late 1960's was tortured by internal and external conflict. The war in Vietnam was unpopular and the Draft was still in operation.At the age of nineteen millions of young American men faced the probability of being drafted and sent to fight a war that many of them did not believe in. Some fled the country, others were drafted, and many more like the author chose to be proactive about their military service and enlisted. His book focuses on several men who did just that, and in the process became lifelong friends.

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Now a character actor based in New York, McHale, served with the US Navy's submarine service from 1967 to 1970, and here describes what it was like to come of age on a nuclear-powered fast-attack submarine, the USS Sturgeon. He focuses especially on the men he served with, and interviewed many of them to sharpen his recollection of events. Annotation ©2009 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (

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Gannon McHale is a New York-based character actor who has appeared on Broadway and in regional theatres across North America, Europe, and Asia during a thirty-year career.

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smitherie, July 12, 2010 (view all comments by smitherie)
This old surface sailor found more to connect with in Stealth Boat than he thought possible. The characterizations of Mr. McHale's USS Sturgeon shipmates are top notch and memorable. His writing sings describing them. He deftly incorporates a running primer on the ways of the Silent Service that's never overdone or boring. This reader felt like a member of the crew. Memoir, humor and adventure live in perfect harmony here. A national timeline that includes rock & roll references is a welcome touch that provides perspective and reflection. Gannon McHale deserves a hearty Bravo Zulu.
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Fighting the Cold War in a Fast Attack Submarine
Mchale, Gamnon
McHale, Gannon
Naval Institute Press
Cold war
United States - Submarine forces
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9 x 6 in

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