Monday, June 24, 2013

Cherry Hill Veterans' Car, Truck and Bike Show

I think this Chevy’s a ’49, the first postwar design.

Road-warrior ’59 Chevy.

Seated: Korea vet, submarine sailor from the Cuban missile crisis (Guppy boats), and Battle of the Bulge vet. Got to shake hands with the last. The presenter’s a retired Marine lieutenant colonel who joined in ’58. Probably a Vietnam vet.

Movie history: tribute to American Graffiti’s hot-rod racer with the actor’s autograph.



  1. Re: Cuban Missile Crisis and submarines

    I read an interesting account quite some time ago about a Russian conventional submarine commander whose boat was in the area of Cuba during the U.S. blockade. Allegedly, he and another submarine captain whose boat was also operating in the same general area already had nuclear weapons release authority from the Kremlin given the circumstance afflicting those Russian submarines. As was the custom in those days, especially during a blockade, U.S. Navy surface forces attempted to get one of the Russian subs it had detected and localized to surface. Forcing a conventional sub to surface is an unpleasant experience for the sub's crew. Essentially you make it impossible for them to recharge their batteries (usually done by snorkeling) by harassing them and ultimately, the sub has to "cry uncle" by forcing them to surface. Well this particular Russian Captain is IMHO a world hero and deserved the "Hero of the Soviet Union" metal; rather than being a war monger that our U.S. propaganda says that these folks are, he was determined not to bring the world to ruin in nuclear war by refusing to employ nukes even when so pressured to do so by the unbearable circumstances from which he and his crew were suffering. I don't recall if this sub had to surface or ultimately eluded U.S. Navy's surface forces.

    1. I remember that story; maybe you told it to me. Yes, on the other side, an unsung hero who arguably saved the world.

      Reminds me of the good fictional movie Crimson Tide, in which the captain and XO of one of our boomers fight when an order to fire the missiles is cut off mid-transmission. It's The Caine Mutiny meets Fail-Safe; the XO, who doesn't want to launch, relieves the captain, who does, of command, taking the conn from him just like in The Caine Mutiny, then some of the crew frees the captain from lockup in his quarters and tries to take the boat back.

    2. I remember Crimson Tide. Good movie even if the launch procedures are fiction. The details naturally are classified but it takes more than the Captain to launch. Yes, I admire that Soviet Captain! Shows that there are/were brains, courage, and integrity on the other side of the iron curtain!


Leave comment