Radarman Second Class Zack Martin finds himself with time for reflection while taking a smoke break on a moonlit early morning aboard a Navy aircraft carrier. He’d prefer to be almost anywhere else than aboard a “damned bird farm” crossing the Gibraltar Strait. The veteran sailor is not happy and longs to find a way to get back to destroyer duty in the Pacific.
The trick will be to accomplish that without sinking his Navy career. Carrier sailors find it challenging to transfer back to the surface fleet, and an ensign fresh from training who is bursting with self-importance isn’t helping matters. Yet another bungled job by a shipmate leads to a life-altering decision by the brass and before long Martin may have the opportunity he’s always wanted. In hindsight, however, he might have wanted to stay right where he was.
Drawing on author Bob Stockton’s twenty years as a Navy man, Stories from the US Navy: I. A Suicide in the Mediterranean puts readers in the heart of the action aboard an aircraft carrier and its dedicated crew.
Fighting Bob, a ten day journey with the ghost of my great-great-great grandfather Commodore ‘Fighting Bob,’ a journey filled with adventure, danger and conquest
"I just finished reading Bob Stockton’s latest book, Stories from
the U.S. Navy: II. Friendly Fire. I’ve read everything Bob has published,
and this is his best work yet!
If you ever served in the military, particularly the navy during the Vietnam era, this is a must-read. I spent my Navy career on Atlantic-based ships, and never made a Western Pacific (WestPac) cruise. By the luck of the draw, I never got to serve in the Vietnam war. After my seven Mediterranean cruises, many northern Atlantic operations, and an uncountable number of Caribbean cruises, I always felt that I was missing something when I heard my shipmates discuss their trips to WestPac. Reading Chief Stockton’s Stories from the U.S. Navy: II. Friendly Fire, I felt like I was back in the destroyer navy, and finally doing a WestPac cruise. Bob actually made me feel like I was there.
I give Stories from the U.S. Navy: II. Friendly Fire my highest recommendation! "