1776 - 2015

Busnell's Turtle - Covert Shores: The Story of Naval Special Forces Missions and Minisubs

Independence Day brought to mind the world’s first combat submersible. Built in 1776 during the War of Independence, Bushnell’s Turtle submersible was used in an attack on HMS Eagle on September 6th 1776. Being a history buff I cannot bring myself to buy some of the myth surrounding this undoubtedly courageous endeavor; it cannot be described as a success. My skepticism has nothing to do with being a Brit, I promise. But there’s no disputing the Turtle’s place at the start of the line for Submarine and Swimmer Delivery Vehicle (SDV) development.


Sailor Man: The Troubled Life and Times of J.P. Nunnally, U.S. Navy

Horrific combat…teenage courage…plummet into alcoholism. Join the author as he draws you inside the story.

Title:  Sailor Man: The Troubled Life and Times of J.P. Nunnally, U.S. Navy
Author:  Del Staecker
Category: Memoir
Reviewer: Joe Epley
ISBN (links go to the MWSA Amazon store): 1555718167

Author(s) Mentioned: 
Staecker, Del

Down in Laos

Navy pilot shot down,how the will to live takes over, great story. Just one of the many POW experiences.

Title: Down in Laos
Author: Francis J. Partel Jr.
Category: Historical Fiction
Reviewed by: Sandra Linhart
ISBN (links go to the MWSA Amazon store): 0989305910

Author(s) Mentioned: 
Partel Jr., Francis J.

Surrender: September 2, 1945

An opportunity to be at the surrender of the Japanese on September 2, 1945. Feel the emotion from Lt. Cmdr. James L. Starnes Jr USNR (Ret). the Officer of the Deck on the Missouri that day. 

Title: Surrender: September 2, 1945 
Author: Suzanne Simon Dietz & James L. Starnes Jr. 
Genre: Memoir
Reviewer: jim greenwald
ISBN (links go to the MWSA Amazon store): 0984139540

Author(s) Mentioned: 
Dietz, Suzanne Simon
Starnes, James L. Jr.