During the height of the cold war when Ronald Regan called the Soviet Union the evil empire, Bill Nowicki was in the Navy. He was a nuclear-trained electrician's mate aboard the Los Angeles class fast attack submarine, the USS Minneapolis / St. Paul (SSN 708) with 100 highly trained shipmates. These are the memories of those difficult (and sometimes hilarious) times told by the men who depended on one another for their lives.
From Community College Professor to Sub Captain, David Rifkin
David Rifkin never planned on joining the Navy. He found the salary for a community college professors not quite enough. He consented to an interview with Adm Rickover and was accepted to the Navy Nuclear Power program.
David worked his way up the ranks, supporting his sailors and officers making decisions while commanding the USS Billfish, SSN 676.
He is still active the USSVI as the base commander in Jacksonville, Florida. Who knows, it might be time to take a trip down there for a visit.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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 […]
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!
Fun to listen to, takes me back
A fun collection of sea stories from a variety of people. Bill goes out of his way to really let the people tell their tales and each one is so unique. If your a Bubblehead it’ll take ya back. If not it like listening in to buddies reliving the good ole days.
Great stories of a hidden world
I really enjoy hearing the stories from submariners about their boat and their experiences. The host, Bill, is friendly and kind.
We need more episodes!!
Great podcast! I am sure many of want many more episodes!! Keep up the great work!