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Carter Tucker | USS Bluegill (SSK-242) - Navy

4:49   |   It was an odd life aboard a submarine. Carter Tucker describes the unique challenges and dangers faced by the crew on an old diesel ship. You could even be done in by your own batteries.

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Cold War
  • Carter Tucker  |  Cold War  |  USS Bluegill (SSK-242)  |  6:08

    The Korean War had started when he graduated high school, and though he had started college, Carter Tucker felt the call to join the Navy. At first he was with the Seabee school but he wanted to go further than California so he volunteered for the unique world of submarine duty.

  • Carter Tucker  |  Cold War  |  USS Bluegill (SSK-242)  |  4:49

    He had joined because of it, but the Korean War ended while Carter Tucker was in submarine school. Without a shooting war, the vessels were used for intelligence gathering and this nearly led to an icy disaster for him on his first patrol off the coast of Russia.

  • Carter Tucker  |  Cold War  |  Multiple Units  |  3:32

    After two tours in Vietnam, Army chaplain Carter Tucker served in Germany and at Fort Benning. In Germany, he was also chaplain to a large civilian population of dependents, who could have it rough in a strange country. Even with all his time as a chaplain, and with his previous service in the Navy, he wonders if he'd done enough.

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