Dave Butler grew up in a small town in Louisiana. By a twist of fate, he was handed a Naval Academy appointment. As a midshipman, he was first assigned to a surface ship and thought better of it. He ended up on a diesel submarine and never looked back. Dave relives his career including his influences, challenges and triumphs.
Rich Damm was born and raised on Long Island and decided to join the Navy. He spent several years working as a ballistic missile tech and transitioned to become a successful entrepreneur and owner of 636solutions a tech company that caters to small businesses.
John Colley is a boarding school and Cambridge University graduate who became a tank commander. He went into finance and eventually became a entrepreneur and the Six Minute Strategist.
David Helms grew up in a large family in Nebraska. Being a ballistic missile submarine sailor was his dream since he was in the 6th grade. He got his chance after almost failing out — twice. Then the real adventures began, eating shark shot by a machine gun and surviving a crash dive after a shipmate lost it. All in a day’s work.
Gannon McHale grew up in New England. He attended great schools but decided to enlist in the Navy to avoid the Vietnam draft. He served aboard USS and lived to tell many tales and captured them in a book, Stealth Boat which chronicles his time on USS Sturgeon.
Gannon McHale is now a New York City based character actor who has worked on Broadway, in Regional Theatres, Tours, TV and Film, including a featured cameo role as Representative Aaron Haddam in Stephen Spielberg’s LINCOLN. This Fall he will open the season at Baltimore’s Center Stage Company as Royal Chamberlain von Strack in Peter Shaffer’s AMADEUS.
Nikolay Teplyakov went on his first submariner at the age of three. He eventually became a chief engineer. Nikolay discusses daily life aboard a Russian ballistic missile submarine and a submariner’s true enemy, the sea.
International Submariners Association
Dave Bowman grew up in Oklahoma but was hooked to joined the Navy when he was taught to sail as a youngster. Eventually he found his first love, the USS Michigan and as you know, you never forget your first love.
Tom Weiss grew up in Michigan and was of age during the Vietnam War. He joined the Navy like his Dad before him. After joining, he missed Woodstock (too tired, his buddies went), failed his electronic tech school but kept on going. He ended up on the submarine the USS Gurnard and received his dolphins a few days before he was discharged. Those dolphins sit on his law office desk, one of his greatest achievements.