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The Galloping Ghost: The Extraordinary Life of Submarine Legend Eugene Fluckey

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Eugene Fluckey was one of the great naval heroes of World War II. His exploits as captain of the submarine USS Barb revolutionized undersea warfare and laid the groundwork for a nuclear-powered ballistic missile submarine fleet. He retired as a rear admiral and was awarded numerous presidential, congressional, and military honors, including the Medal of Honor and four Navy ...more
Paperback, 206 pages
Published November 15th 2011 by US Naval Institute Press (first published May 11th 2007)
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Rear Admiral Fluckey's advice to nuclear sailors: " Serve your country well. Put more into life than you expect to get out of it. Drive yourself and lead others. Make others feel good about themselves; they will outperform your expectations, and you will never lack for friends."
Carl LaVO's biography of one of the great submarine commanders, Galloping Ghost: The Extraordinary Life of Submarine Captain Eugene Fluckey, was recommended to me by a Naval Commander when I asked him about life aboard a submarine. Sure, today's nuclear Virginia-class subs are a world of difference from the WWII USS Barb, commanded by Medal of Honor winner and now-retired Admiral Eugene Flucky, but the spirit of the captains of America's submarine fleet and their command strategies are the same. ...more
I really liked this book, with the exception of the ending; it started out like gangbusters, but quickly turned into a blow-by blow of "who's who" in the Admiral field. This book clarified much of the undersea warrior techniques which have been refined over the years; Admiral Fluckey (go through life with THAT name... remember "A boy named Sue"?) was one of the pioneers. The author attempted to weave those details into reality. For the most part he succeeds. An interesting review of a man positi ...more
Similar story to Thunder Below! Focuses less on the submarine missions and more on Fluckey's overall life.
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