5.0 out of 5 stars
By Joe Garrett “retired sub sailor” (Groton, CT USA)
I was privilaged to meet the Admiral at a submarine reunion in Manitowoc WI last year and bought his book (complete with autograph) and have read it a couple of times in the past year. Each time I find the similarities in careers facinating. I was in subs at approximately the same periods and laugh as I recall similar experiences. This book is very well written, enough depth for boat sailors to visualize the exact event or space and yet those not familar with the various slang terms and ship descriptions to get the flavor of the incident the Admiral is describing.
For any boat sailor fom the 50-80s this book is a rememberance of times past and the good times had by all.For those who were not so privileged it is a glimpse of life in the undersea world.
He minimizes his career after his command tour and I wish he would write a follow on as he told me some incidents from the follow on commands and since he has such a flair for writing I would be honored to possess another of his books.
I hope to see the admiral and his lovely wife in May at the annual Manitowoc reunion of the crews who rode the fine 28 boats built there in WWII and the great people who built them. Admiral if you read this please try to attend the reunion and bring more copies of your book so I can give some to some of my closest friends (both boat sailors and non submariners as well.
If you are looking for a book that describes life in subs in the 60-70s or are just looking for an interesting book to read ,this is it.
Joe Garrett in Groton CT , where it takes a REAL boat handler to get alongside the pier without tugs.
By Jay M. Siegel
As I read Hank McKinney’s book, I was fascinated and amazed by his ability to recount details of every phase of his Navy career, from midshipman to admiral. His recall is truly incredible. And not only does he recall events, he relates them with understanding, with humor, and with depth. Having retired from the Navy after 35 years of service, I look back through a fog of memories. Hank McKinney looks back through a microscope, and one with a crystal-clear lens. For anyone who has served in the Navy this book will bring back memories long-forgotten. For anyone who has not served, the book will entertain, delight, and inform.