Poopie Suits Series, Book 4
History - US submarine Force
Date Published: 09-08-2023
Sub Tales 4 is the latest offering by brothers Charles and Frank Hood in their prolific output of nonfiction books about the US Submarine Force. Like the three volumes preceding it in the series, Sub Tales 4 offers a detailed recounting of some of the most pivotal and poignant moments in the rich history of the Silent Service. Arranged as an anthology of individual short stories, the book covers many subjects with prose, photographs, maps, schematics, and other illustrations to complement the narrative.
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About the Author
Charles Hood is a Physician in South Carolina. He is the principal author of 7 of the 8 books in the Poopie Suits Series of True Stories, not fiction, from the US Submarine Force. Covering decades and wars and the Cold War, these stories offer insight into the severe world of the men (and now women) living inside a steel tube designed to sink. What were the pressures they faced, the close calls, the unique encounters in ports, how did their families cope? These subjects, and a whole lot more are covered in the Poopie Suits Series.
Frank Hood served on a nuclear submarine from 1968-1972 and his story "Poopie Suits & Cowboy Boots - Tales from a Submarine Officer During the Height of the Cold War" was his story. Surviving an odd interview with VADM Hyman G. Rickover was the first test. His story interweaves with the culture of the time, the Vietnam War, campus protests, the race with the Soviets to build deeper diving, quiter submarines, and a lot more.
Excerpt from "Sub Tales 4"
a day passes, it is no longer there. What remains of it? Nothing more than a
story. If stories weren’t told or books weren’t written, man would live like
the beasts, only for the day. The whole world, all human life, is one long story.”
—Isaac Bashevis Singer, Naftali the Storyteller and His Horse,
F or this, our eighth
book covering the many facets of US submarine history, we chose from dozens of
suggested snippets and leads to produce the volume you now hold. The beauty of
this particular subject lies in the sheer abundance of worthy stories that may
be drawn from the legacy of the US Submarine Force. Although some of the tales
are well-traveled and familiar, many more reside in obscurity, just waiting to
be discovered and told. We chose stories that allowed us to weave engaging
narratives while informing, inspiring, and (in some cases) amusing the reader.
Like the three Sub Tales volumes preceding this, the format of Sub Tales 4 is
suited for abbreviated bursts of reading. The book may be opened to any chapter
and read in any order. Some chapters are short while other lengthier offerings
allow one to pick and choose a topic based on the time available. This
short-story anthology approach seems to resonate with many readers who find
that life’s other demands permit only a few minutes of reading absorption
during any one session. Unless specified otherwise at the start of the chapter,
all writing is original and composed by the authors. The process may be aptly
described as a wiki effort enlisting the minds and memories of many of the
8,000 followers of our Facebook page, “Poopie Suits & Cowboy Boots.” Story
ideas for the book—many submitted by the group—and early chapter drafts were
routinely shared on the page to solicit valuable input about descriptive
accuracy, the proper use of terminology, and any relevant historical context.
The ability to tap into this virtual human xi SUB TALES 4 library gave us an
extraordinary advantage; questions we posed on the page were reliably answered
within minutes by members of a worldwide online audience comprising thousands
of retired submariners. By this thoroughly modern approach, we are privileged
to serve more as both muses and storytellers. The Silent Service is
unflinchingly tightlipped about its rich history. This mindset protects
legitimate security interests, but the extraordinary emphasis placed upon
secrecy comes at the cost of allowing ordinary Americans and others to glimpse
the inner workings of a proud fighting force. To remedy this disconnect, we
have sought to explore that trove of information within the scope of what may
be safely revealed; we have always distanced ourselves from any stories best
kept confidential. In shining a light on the men (and now women) of the
Submarine Force, we hope to provide the children and grandchildren of
submariners, and the general public, some idea of the sacrifices involved, the
risks taken, and the honors earned through such noble service.