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Clear the Bridge by Commander Roderick Burtram, USN Retired
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This memoir is a recollection of events which occurred during a Navy career that spanned nearly forty years, mostly with the Submarine Service. The saga begins on Pearl Harbor Day, 1941, when the author was in Junior High School, and continues through teenage misadventures which laid the foundation for a Naval career. It follows a path through Boot Camp, Basic Enlisted Submarine School and subsequent duty as a Torpedoman's mate for ten years aboard diesel submarines; USS CORPORAL (AS 346), USS BASHAW (SSK 241) and USS SEA DEVIL (SS 400). Following a year as a Navy Recruiter, the author was commissioned an Ensign through the Limited Duty Officer Program. His first duty as an Officer was with the Regulus Missile Program in Hawaii. Subsequent tours of duty were with U.S. Naval Submarine School, New London, Connecticut; and Staff, Commander Submarine Squadron Six, Norfolk, Va. In 1971 he was ordered to the Commissioning Crew of USS DIXON (AS 37), where he served for three years as the Weapons Repair Officer. Later tours of duty were Staff, Commander Submarine Group Five in San Diego, California and finally Staff, Commander Submarine Force, U.S. Atlantic Fleet, where he served three years as the Nuclear Weapons Safety Officer. This story relates episodes good and bad at all his duty stations. It is written with wry, sometimes risque humor interspersed with sober treatment of the dangers inherent in submarining. In 1979, Commander Burtram was re-designated as an Unrestricted Line Officer and served an additional eight years. His final tour of duty was Commanding Officer, U.S. Naval and Marine Corps Reserve Center, Bessemer, Alabama, from which he retired 1 Jan., 1988. Commander and Mrs.Burtram reside on their farm near Springville, Alabama, where he grows pine trees and a small herd of cattle.
Release date Australia
April 1st, 2004
Country of Publication
United States
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