Monday, July 21, 2008

WWII Submarine Veterans numbers are down to fewer than 3,000. Reach out, ask for their stories, and thank them for a job well done. Thank all veterans. I am excited, for tomorrow I will become associate member of the USSVI Twin Lakes Base, Mountain Home, Arkansas.

Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Submarine Stories of World War II
by Mary Nida Smith
The book was written to record what the Submarine Veterans of World War II endured. Written for children ten and up. Most of the veterans entered the service
when they were teens and it was their first time away from home.
Nine submarines share their stories.
William Dreher USS Boarfish SS-327
Melvin T. Smith USS Snapper SS-185
Marion Shinn USS Guavina SS-362
James Davidson USS Guitarro SS-363
Wayne Goodenow USS Sea Cat SS-399
Billy Grieves USS Thresher SS-200
Gail Diamond USS Scorpion SS-278
Joseph Blanchett USS Seal SS- 183
Ervin O Schmidt USS Saury SS-189
Included in the book are WWII Submarine patches & battle flags,
submarine memorabilia, statistics, a glossary and photos. A poem by Irma, wife of Wayne Goodenow. They were married for 59 nine years before he rested his oars. He didn't get to see the book in print, he passed away shortly after I received his story.
A limited addition has been published and it is looking for a publisher for an up coming addition.
I still have a few copies. To order one or more send $12.00 each, plus $2.00 each for postage to Mary Nida Smith 162 Stamford Drive, Lakeveiw, AR 72642 Thank you!

Wednesday, July 9, 2008

Submarines Stories, Military writers conference, & book authors. I want to thank the editor of U.S. Submarine Veterans WWII/Minnesota Viking Squadron for sending me their newsletter. A quote from their editor, "It's hard to believe, but this newsletter has been in existence for 48 years!?! It's also hard to believe that we have all been around for 80 years and more." The Military Writers Society of America 2008 Conference will be in San Antonio, Texas November 10-11-12 for more information go to their website It will be in May/June issue or email President Tony Lazzarini, He and his wife are wonderful people. Information provided by Ralph Luther - Crew members of the USS Sennet (SS-408) who have published books. Sarn't Jamey Doan by Jim Brannon ( A fiction about a Civil War Rifleman.) and The Slight Edge by Lee Weidner. Provided by Commander Kirk Smith of the Twin Lakes Base an interesting story, A Nuclear Submarine in the Vietnam War by Admiral Charles R. Larsen, U.S. Navy (Retired), with Captain Clinton Wright, U.S. Navy (Retired) and Paul Stillwell. It can be read on the USS Nathanael Greene website. Check out the USS Sea Fox (SS-402) George Arnold and other crew members keeps this updated with all the members news , newsletter and crew list.