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Submarine Sea Stories | Ever wonder what it's like to spend the cold war under water with 100 other guys?
45 minutes | May 29, 2021
EP54 Smoke Shack Standout, Daniel Newcomer
Daniel Newcomer started his submarine career aspirations in 8th grade. His dad was a traveling Baptist preacher and when he was onboard the USS City of Corpus Christi was exposed to a family tour that both surprised and shocked him. Now Daniel reconnects with his submarine brothers and enjoys reminiscing about his times in the smoke shack. He also has reconciled with his Dad. I guess his dad came around to the fact that submariners are good folks deep down.
43 minutes | Dec 11, 2020
EP53, Playing with the radio, Kevin Loewe, Radioman
Kevin Loewe couldn't find a job in his native St. Louis, so he proposed joining the navy out of necessity. That began an over 22 years stint of active duty service as a radioman aboard both boomers and fast attack submarines. Kevin shares several stories that you won't want to miss, including the mash potato story!
36 minutes | Apr 29, 2020
EP52, From a steel town to a submarine, Jim Glunt
Jim Glunt grew up tough suburb of Pittsburgh, Pa where the smoke from the steel mills blocked his view of the night sky. He had to grow up quick also and began working at the age of 9. He had to help his Dad, a steel mill worker, put food on the table for Jim sisters and him. Joining the military seemed like a way out and he took it. He got his first airplane ride and his first view of the ocean. He served onboard the USS Groton as a machinist mate (nuclear trained) and he also became a diver, when a shipmate filled out the forms for him. After the military, Jim worked at different jobs and noticed that the ocean was awfully close to one of the plants he worked at briefly. That plant was called Fukushima.
29 minutes | Mar 25, 2020
EP51, From a Supply Officer’s Son to Trident Missile Tech, Wood Frampton
Wood Frampton grew up around the enlisted club on base where his Dad was a supply officer. He’d have french fries and watch the sailors get into fights. But that didn’t deter him from signing up for the Navy after a stint in the Coast Guard. He eventually became a missile tech, operating the C-4 missile launching system for Trident subs. He learned a lot from his 16 years in the Navy and is thinking of retiring to the Philippines with his new wife. He lived there as a child and thought he would never return. Wood in the NavyWood todayWood’s Dad
35 minutes | Mar 13, 2020
EP50, Stew Burner (Mess Cook) Greg West
Greg started his military career in the 8th grade (crazy story) and continued over several decades until he retired as a Chief Culinary Specialist. Now he teaches High School kids how to cook! Listen to this episode chocked full of the challenges of cooking on a round-hulled constantly diving and rising killer of the deep!
37 minutes | Nov 10, 2018
EP49, Submariner through and through, PJ Clarke
PJ Clarke made a rash decision to join the submarine service. He was promised that the galley was open 24/7. That was enough to get him to volunteer. Serving on the Snook and the Billfish, his career spanned 9 years and included West Pacs and spec ops that would make Tom Clancy’s novels look tame. He put in the time and effort to get qualified in submarines and learned what he could accomplish anything he put his mind to.
48 minutes | May 29, 2018
EP49, From Subs to the Internet of Things, Rob Tiffany, CTO of Hitachi
Rob Tiffany grew up in West Texas and set off to become a Navy pilot after seeing Top Gun. Of course, that didn’t work out, but he found the submarine service and had some great mentors. He ended serving on the USS John Marshal that was outfitted to serve as a seal delivery submarine. Rob talks about his seal friends and the rest of his career. Rob got into computer programming and ended up finding work in several high tech startups. Currently, he is serving as Chief Technology Officer for Hitachi and he credits a lot of his success to his time in the submarine service. robtiffany.com https://www.linkedin.com/in/robtiffany/
41 minutes | Sep 17, 2017
EP47, Royal Navy Artificer and Officer, David Cunningham
David grew up on the West Coast of Scotland and was surrounded by water. His Mom said he always talked about joining the Navy, but he doesn’t remember why. He joined as an Artificer Apprentice in 1983. This position was created back in the Victorian Era as the amount of technical work required on ships increased. David learned the book information and then he learned from a salty guy that he didn’t know it all. From then on, David’s real education began. David did some “sneaky” patrols and eventually became an officer, commanding the very place where he learned to be an artificer. Pretty cool.
53 minutes | Sep 13, 2017
EP46, Field Vets CEO and farm boy, Dan Eddinger
Dan Eddinger grew up on a farm in eastern Ohio. He played in the woods a lot and really didn’t have a plan after high school. He did fall in love with his high school sweetheart and decided to join the Navy (and he kinda forgot to tell his girlfriend). But all was forgiven (they got married and still are married today), and they began their nuclear Navy, submarine career together. Apparently Dan had what it took to become an officer and 20 years later, he retired. After several technical and leadership positions in the civilian world (Target Store Manager too), Dan decided to use his skills to start a company, Field Vets. Field Vets connects contract companies with vets that need work. They can learn tower maintenance, cable TV installer or other technical jobs that pay well and could lead to more opportunities. Check out field vets, it is free for vets and their is no obligation! Contact Dan Eddinger on LinkedIn.com for more information. https://www.linkedin.com/in/daneddinger/ fieldvets.com
40 minutes | Aug 30, 2017
EP45, Duck down, there’s a sub overhead!
Neil Midkiff got a tour of the USS Iowa when he lived in Rio de Janeiro as a child from the Naval Attache, Captain Andrews. At that point his mind was set, get in the Naval Academy and become a naval officer. While in the academy, he saw a picture that showed Captain Gilmore order his sub to submerge when they came under fire, even though he knew it meant his death. Neil was assigned to the USS Jack, SSN 650, and an incident in the Mediterranean when they were trailing a Russian submarine that cost the Captain his command. Enjoy! By U.S. Navy photograph – http://www.navsource.org/archives/08/08604.htm, Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=10248486
45 minutes | Feb 26, 2017
EP44, West Virginia golfer and submariner, Matt Tate
Matt Tate grew up in the mountains of West Virginia and landed a job at the Greenbrier as a caddy by the age of 12 (he lied about his age). After doing that for a while and trying college, he joined the Navy. He barely passed the nuclear power aptitude test and eventually ended up with Bill Nowicki in the same Nuclear Power school class. Matt recalls some tough nights of studying and some fun when Bill decided to create a character called Reactor Dan. Matt went on to get married and stayed in the Navy for 20 years. He learned a lot and I would say the Navy helped him become a life-long learner.
48 minutes | Dec 29, 2016
EP43, 9/11 Recruit and A Ganger, Hector Rodriguez
Hector Rodriguez thinks everything happens for a reason. He grew up in East Oakland, California in a rough neighborhood. He loved sports so he played basketball and dreamed of playing professional sports. He was always bored in school and daydreamed his way to college. His parents payed for him to sit in the cafeteria and BS with his friends. At 22 things changed and he headed to the mall and found the Navy recruiter and was picking his jobs when the Twin Towers we’re hit on 9/11/2001. He ended up choosing signalman on a carrier, but switched to machinist mate and ended up on the USS Norfolk. Hector recounts his time on the sub, the diverse group of folks he met and the way his life was changed. Great stories!
42 minutes | Dec 28, 2016
EP42: Vietnam War Hero and friend, Lee Ellis
*FOR MATURE AUDIENCES* Lee Ellis grew up on a farm in rural Georgia, but when he saw an airplane, everything changed. Even as a child, he longed to have control of the skies. After going to the University of Georgia, he trained to become a pilot and ended up going to Vietnam. He was captured by the Vietnamese after being shot down and spent many years in a Vietnamese prison camp. Lee tells the story of his time in captivity and what he learned about leadership and his new book, Engage with Honor. Click the link to get access to Lee’s books and some of his media appearances. http://www.leeellis.us
43 minutes | Jun 16, 2016
EP 41: Sonarman, enlisted, officer, skimmer and marine
Stu Hubbard is the son of a Navy Mustang and became one himself. At the age of 17, he approached his Mom and Dad about enlisting which started his 20-year adventure in the Navy. Starting as a destroyer Sonarman he quickly learned that submarines were the place to be. He went from submarines to the Navy Medical Service Corps, finally serving the U.S. Marines. It wasn’t a straight path – but what a great ride. Stu and his Dad Stu and Glen Stu gets Dolphins Tacked-on Stu in a bunker President Bush 41
41 minutes | Nov 30, 2015
EP40: Linguist, Lawyer and Bubblehead, Michael Goldstein
Michael Goldstein grew up in Cleveland Heights, OH and was fascinated by submarines. He won a science fair contest at the age of 14 and was invited to New London to a special tour (see below). I let him tell you the rest of his story. I dropped out of college after three years in 1966 and enlisted in the Navy, although the Army offered me a commission as a 2nd LT in the infantry. Note the year for my obvious choice. I went to Great Lakes the day after Thanksgiving, entering as an E-3, and spent the winter in Hell for 13 weeks in boot camp. For some interesting reasons I opted for language school and began a 30 year active duty and active reserve career in the Naval Security Group. Three years active duty in Rota after boot camp, language school, and USAF Security Service school at Goodfellow AFB, TX, and did one submarine trip as a spook. You haven’t aired a boat-rider spook interview yet. I left active duty as an E-5 Communications Technician in 1970, went back to college, and transferred to active reserve USNR. Graduated in 1971 and entered law school, finishing in 1974. I’ve been practicing law for 40 years, but a year ago I did a partial and very interesting career change, which I’ll explain below. Made E-6 (then Cryptologic Technician) in the reserves. Took the Chief’s Test twice, was selection board eligible twice, and twice no one made chief: there were no billets. I went to the powers that be and told them that I had 11 years enlisted service, was a lawyer, and if they didn’t give me a commission I would get out. They gave me a direct commission, and I went from E6 to O-2 in a five minute ceremony. I was CO of our Naval Reserve Security Group unit in Cleveland and traveled to other cities where billets were available, retiring as LCDR in 1996 after 30 years service. Unlike most other Naval Reserve communities, in SECGRU we ran an active duty mission out of the reserve centers. I did one 2-week active duty for training at the sub base in NL in the mid-80’s. I am now working in the nuclear energy field with the eGeneration Foundation (www.eGeneration.org). I had been a Senior Attorney with the Cleveland Electric Illuminating Company and the first CEI attorney at our Perry Nuclear Power Plant in Perry, OH while we were building it. At eGeneration Foundation I am Director of Government Affairs and Director of Strategic Alliances. We have here in Cleveland a beautifully restored WWII submarine, USS Cod (SS-224) (USSCod.org), and I sometime lead tours of the boat. CTI3 Michael Goldstein and new Fiancee Beverly Ann Hern Cleveland Hopkins International Airport November 22, 1967 MIKE GOLDSTEIN ON THE BRIDGE OF USS HOLLAND (AS-11) SUBMARINE BASE NEW LONDON, MAY 1960 MIKE GOLDSTEIN AND HIS FATHER, MAURICE GOLDSTEIN, ON THE DECK OF USS SEA OWL (SS-405) WITH SEA OWL’S COMMANDING OFFICER SUBMARINE BASE MIKE GOLDSTEIN ON USS SEA OWL (SS-405) SUBMARINE BASE NEW LONDON, MAY 1960
32 minutes | Nov 15, 2015
EP39: Listen up Bubblehead! Shannon Cason, award winning storyteller, shares his wisdom
Listen up bubbleheads! Shannon Cason is an award winning storyteller and he tells his backstory and explains his motivation to share his life on stage. www.shannoncason.com Shannon Cason on Snap Judgment Homemade Stories on iTunes
31 minutes | Aug 27, 2015
EP38: 2nd grade detention to striker, Tim Sullivan
Tim Sullivan was an outlier. He went against his parent’s wishes and joined the Navy on a whim. He became a striker, which means he started painting the boat. In fact he painted his name on the fairwater plane and really made a name for himself. Checkout Tim’s book on Amazon! Hot Run by T. Steven Sullivan Tim Sullivan Diver Let’s get together! Tim and his family today
32 minutes | Jan 11, 2015
EP37: Jersey boy submariner and Sub Vets National Commander, Tom Conlon
Tom Conlon was born and raised in the garden state of New Jersey. As a boy, submarine TV shows excited him so he joined the sub service when he was old enough. While never good in school, Tom found he loved learning from his shipmates. He served as a torpedoman aboard the USS James K. Polk and the Francis Scott Key and was discharged in 1973 after 7 years of service. After the Navy, he continued to learn and take as many classes as his employer, the US Postal Service would allow. He also wanted to give back to the submarine service and rose to the rank of Sub Vets (USSVI) National Commander. Tom also gives back to his community, teaching elderly residents how to use computers one morning a week. Certainly a submariner to look up to! Tom and Gina Conlon Tom and his family. Blue nose! Torpedo tubes
39 minutes | Dec 18, 2014
EP36: Sonar dog fighter and listening to the ice
Andrew Fletcher went three years in college and freaked out when he had $5,000 in debt. He ended up joining the Navy and trained as a Sonarman, one of the most important jobs on the boat (read Hunt for Red October if you don’t believe me). Andrew discusses why surface ships ARE targets for submarines and some cool stuff you may not know about the noisy ocean. I know you will enjoy this episode! Fun on liberty. Relaxed and ready Badass sonarmen
38 minutes | Dec 4, 2014
EP35: Women in a snake ranch and smoke boat sister, Nancy Yockey Bonar
Nancy Yockey Bonar became fascinated with submarines thanks to her brother, Captain Harry Yockey. You’ll love Nancy’s explanation of submarine living is like when compared to a 3 bedroom house with 135 house guests! Tee Shirt to help the show and look cool doing it. Nancy Yockey Bonar Getting underway with number 10 cans Some of Harry Yockey’s exploits. Captain Harry Yockey
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