Listen up bubbleheads! Shannon Cason is an award winning storyteller and he tells his backstory and explains his motivation to share his life on stage.
Tim Sullivan was an outlier. He went against his parent’s wishes and joined the Navy on a whim. He became a striker, which means he started painting the boat. In fact he painted his name on the fairwater plane and really made a name for himself.
Checkout Tim’s book on Amazon! Hot Run by T. Steven Sullivan
Tom Conlon was born and raised in the garden state of New Jersey. As a boy, submarine TV shows excited him so he joined the sub service when he was old enough.
While never good in school, Tom found he loved learning from his shipmates. He served as a torpedoman aboard the USS James K. Polk and the Francis Scott Key and was discharged in 1973 after 7 years of service.
After the Navy, he continued to learn and take as many classes as his employer, the US Postal Service would allow.
He also wanted to give back to the submarine service and rose to the rank of Sub Vets (USSVI) National Commander.
Tom also gives back to his community, teaching elderly residents how to use computers one morning a week.
Certainly a submariner to look up to!
Andrew Fletcher went three years in college and freaked out when he had $5,000 in debt. He ended up joining the Navy and trained as a Sonarman, one of the most important jobs on the boat (read Hunt for Red October if you don’t believe me).
Andrew discusses why surface ships ARE targets for submarines and some cool stuff you may not know about the noisy ocean.
I know you will enjoy this episode!
Nancy Yockey Bonar became fascinated with submarines thanks to her brother, Captain Harry Yockey. You’ll love Nancy’s explanation of submarine living is like when compared to a 3 bedroom house with 135 house guests!
Ken Westhaver grew up in the tough streets of South Boston. He wanted to be on a submarine so bad he could feel it. Thrown aboard the Minneapolis / St. Paul was the beginning of a career that took him to the Constitution (Old Ironsides), a tank and finally to the Boston Police where he currently serves as a detective.
Enjoy this fun filled interview.
Darryl Jackson grew up on the tough streets of Newark, New Jersey. He was a standout athlete in school, but ended up in trouble with the Navy being a great choice to avoid possible jail time. He had a few rough years, but with good mentors, he turned it all around. A sailor of the year and quick learner and made chief and now mentors troubled sailors and his future looks brighter than ever. He wife Lisa makes sure of that.
Raul Robles is a chief on a mission. He has 15 years serving aboard fast attack submarines and deep submergence rescue vehicles. Raul balances his work and home life with his wife, Amy Robles and their 3 year old daughter.
Mike Fieser is a winner. Besides being and Nuc ET and now a photographer, he won a radio contest to guess his profession. He came up with the ET version of another day at the office. Mike reads the winning entry and tells you what it all means…
Radm Chuck Beers (retired) was a submariner as his dad before him. He eventually became the commanding officer of the USS Minneapolis / St. Paul, SSN 708. He discusses Starve X 1985, the Butter Liberation Front and the new Virginia Class Subs.