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Mon Jan 21, 2019, 02:15 PM

This day in history January 21

On January 21, 1954, the USS Nautilus, the world's first nuclear powered submarine, was launched.

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Response to oflguy (Original post)

Mon Jan 21, 2019, 03:04 PM

1. My dad dropped out of high school and joined the Navy to get into the nuclear sub program.

Strangely, once he had enlisted, he was advised he had to be a HS grad to be eligible.

So, he studied his butt off and got his GED. After 3 years, he was approved for the program but realized his best hope was to make Petty Officer after 20 years; this was after being deployed to Korea and being depth charged by the Norks.

So, he mustered out, and went to college instead. Got a degree in Education and wound up an Elementary School Principle.

Strange path.

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Response to Muddling Through (Reply #1)

Mon Jan 21, 2019, 06:38 PM

2. What year was he depth charged by the North Koreans?

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Response to oflguy (Reply #2)

Mon Jan 21, 2019, 06:49 PM

3. I dunno.

He passed in 1995; didn't really talk about his service time much. He was proud to have served, but always considered his legacy to be an educator, not a veteran.

The only reason that story came up was one time one of his older brothers made some comment that the Korean conflict wasn't a "real war" and he replied that it's pretty real when you're sitting on the floor of the ocean (Sea of Japan?) being depth charged. It's been years and my memory could be fuzzy.

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