View more books by Bob Stockton: Stories from the US Navy I: A Suicide in the Mediterranean, Stories from the US Navy II: Friendly Fire, The Third Tour

Stories from the US Navy I A Suicide in the Mediterranean

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ISBN: 9781457533556
116 pages

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Radarman Second Class Zack Martin opened the watertight door and stepped out onto the gun sponson for a quick smoke. The clear moonlit early morning sky had yet to display the first intrusion from daylight and a brisk breeze from the big aircraft carrier's sixteen knot speed embraced his tired body as he tried to let his thoughts drift away from the controlled chaos that usually began long before the eastbound transit of the Strait of Gibraltar.


About Bob Stockton

Bob Stockton was born in Trenton, New Jersey. Leaving school in his junior year Bob began a twenty year Navy career in 1957. During the course of that twenty year carreer Bob has sailed the seven seas while serving in surface vessels (destroyers), diesel electric submarines, auxiliary vessels, aircraft carriers, reconnaissance attack squadrons and patrol gunboats in Vietnam.



Radarman Second Class Zach Martin needed a smoke. It was 0400 on the morning of September 14, 1964. Martin had been on watch as Supervisor in the Surface Detection Module of the USS Shangri-La’s CIC—the Combat Information Center—since 2100 of the previous evening. The ship’s new operations officer, Commander Klinger, didn’t smoke, which meant that no one smoked in CIC…ever!


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