The High Cost Of Service, An Expose Of PTSD And Agent Orange

The High Cost Of Service, An Expose into PTSD And Agent Orange

         This book is a fictional novel and may bear some similarities to situations or people. Any resemblance to a person, ship or incident is purely coincidental.

Chapter 2 – The Rise of the Red Tide

Chapter 2 – The Rise of the Red Tide

The Rise of the Red TideChapter 2“Капитан, отпустите командование этим кораблем. Мы вооружены и готовы умереть за наше дело.” English translation, Captain, release command of this ship. We are armed and are willing to die for our cause.Fifteen sailors were...

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Chapter 3 – Fire Away

Chapter 3 – Fire Away

Chapter Three FIRE AWAY   He followed orders and none too soon as the Captain appeared with his cup of coffee in hand and a stern look on his face. “Are we locked in position, chief?” “Yes, Sir” he uttered. The chief checked the coordinates put into RUR-5 ASROC...

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Chapter 4 – Bob – Years After Vietnam

Chapter 4 – Bob – Years After Vietnam

  Chapter Four Bob - Years after Vietnam He stood gazing down the pier.  His eyes although stoic swelled up producing a tear that grazed his cheek.  It was a lifetime ago, but the memory was still as vivid as the day it happened. He stared at the ships lining the pier...

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Chapter 5 – The Unveiling

Chapter 5 – The Unveiling

Chapter Five The Unveiling   The thick fog covered Point Loma and the Harbor in San Diego like a blanket warming an infant from the cold.  A foghorn sounded alerting mariners of the dangers that may await them. The loud bellowing blast echoes “-BWAAAAAAH-caution,...

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Chapter 6, Time to Say Good-Bye

Chapter 6, Time to Say Good-Bye

Chapter Five The Unveiling   The thick fog covered Point Loma and the Harbor in San Diego like a blanket warming an infant from the cold.  A foghorn sounded alerting mariners of the dangers that may await them. The loud bellowing blast echoes “-BWAAAAAAH-caution,...

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Chapter 7 –  His Side of the Story

Chapter 7 – His Side of the Story

Chapter Six Time to Say Good-bye Bubba wasn’t married when he entered the Navy, but some of his shipmates were. He had the opportunity to meet a group of the wives when the Captain invited the families of the crew to come aboard for one last visit before the ship...

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Chapter 8 – The Ship

Chapter 8 – The Ship

Chapter Seven His Side of the Story The ship slipped away from the pier and is no longer tethered to the dock. Left behind are the families, the homes, the friends and the country all which they so loved. Alone on the ship meant being with three-hundred-fifty sailors...

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Chapter 9 – The Orders

Chapter 9 – The Orders

Chapter Eight The Ship Vietnam was reaching a pinnacle and the Conflict escalated in the late sixties.  The naval vessel, the USS Mathers, was a fighting ship.  It was new and outfitted with some of the most modern equipment a ship of this size could handle. She was...

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Chapter 10 – The Motive

Chapter 10 – The Motive

Chapter Nine The Orders The Mathers arrived in beautiful Hawaii for two days of rest and recreation (R&R) before heading out to its station in Vietnam. It was 1969 and even though the word was out that we were winning the war, the reality was that U.S. led forces...

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Chapter 11 – ‘Til Death Do Us Part

Chapter 11 – ‘Til Death Do Us Part

Chapter Ten Motive  This was a significant time in the history of the United States. There was divisiveness at home splitting the country into several factions.  Vietnam remained high on the list of reasons why the relations between China, Russia, and the United...

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Chapter 12 – ‘Nam Away

Chapter 12 – ‘Nam Away

Chapter Eleven Until Death Do Us Part The helicopter searching for the Russian submarine radioed a find. “Located target. The coordinates are 27.49 North and 161.59 East. Do you copy?” “Mathers copies,” replied a voice from the ship. “We have visual confirmation. She...

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Chapter 13 – Who Do They Think They Are?

Chapter 13 – Who Do They Think They Are?

Chapter Twelve Nam Away Bob noticed the ship wasn’t going in circles.  She was steaming Southwest with the controls set at fast speed ahead.  If you were on the bridge, you realized they were going twenty-five to thirty knots.  The Mathers could go faster, but for...

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Chapter 14 – Home Sweet Home

Chapter 14 – Home Sweet Home

Chapter Nine The Orders The Mathers arrived in beautiful Hawaii for two days of rest and recreation (R&R) before heading out to its station in Vietnam. It was 1969 and even though the word was out that we were winning the war, the reality was that U.S. led forces...

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