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A Sailor Went To Sea
- Coming of Age in the U. S. Navy
Submitted by STGCS Jeff Bosworth (USNR Ret.), DESA Life Member,
USS Knox Plankowner
Webmaster of USS Knox website
A former Knox crewman, Thomas Boggs, has written a book that
chronicles his 4 years in the Navy in the late 70's. Most of the
book reveals his experiences aboard USS Knox (DE/FF 1052) which was
then homeported out of Yokosuka.
Here is the book description :
This is the true-life account of a four-year hitch in the U. S.
Navy in the 1970s. From boot camp in San Diego, to a year in the
Bahamas, to a West-Pac cruise on a frigate, the USS Knox, anyone
who has ever been in the Navy will be able to identify with the
eye-opening adventures which befall the youthful narrator. And
anyone who hasn't is in for an unforgettable ride. Like a wacky
cross between Two Years Before the Mast and Tropic of Cancer, this
coming-of-age story is by turns tender, illuminating, and ribald.
About the Author:
Thomas Boggs grew up in Japan as an Air Force brat. Shortly after
graduating from Yamato High School, he joined the U. S. Navy. At
present he lives in Tokyo and is married, with two children.
From the Author:
I've finally published my Navy memoirs. It's titled A Sailor Went
to Sea, and it covers my four years in the Navy, from boot camp, to
A- school, to my first duty station on Andros Island, and of course
to my two and a half years on the USS Knox. It's subtitled Coming
of Age in the US Navy, which I think accurately describes my
transition from a naive, wide-eyed kid to an experienced sailor of
Plenty of stuff in there about Subic Bay, Green Street (Pusan),
Taiwan, Singapore, Hong Kong, Thailand, etc, etc. Lots of laughs.
I'm not saying these are the adventures of every sailor, but I
think there's a lot in there that you can probably identify with. I
haven't read a book yet which honestly describes the day-to-day
life of a sailor in the modern Navy, but I think I've done it here.
If you like, please check it out on Amazon.com.
I'm sorry to say that the price is a little steep, because it's a
480-page book. But the good news is that you can read it for
free online at iUniverse.com.
If you just want to read about the Knox, click ahead to page 195.
That's where I first board the Knox at San Diego. And of course,
the rest of the entire book is about my time on the Knox.
Thanks for this chance to plug my book. But as I said, you don't
even have to buy it. (Though I think there's a cheaper version on
E- books for Adobe readers.) I would like as many sailors and
former sailors to read this book and relive the good old days with
me. It was fun writing it, and I hope it's as much fun for you