For our second segment, we spoke with David a veteran from Kentucky about his experience in the Navy for 6 years. David provided us with many memories and stories of triumph and bravery. So before we begin, we just wanted to say thank you, David.
David Haley was drafted into the Navy in 1969. He served 4 years active and 2 years inactive. David was in the submarines or what they called “silent service” after becoming certified through many rigorous tests.
During his time he served on 3 different submarines. Which included being a part of the ballistic missile submarine, where he would often spend 72 days underwater without sunlight.
Being a part of the submarines was no small task. You had to earn it. He says you had to do a lot of jobs and there were many lives depending on you to do your job correctly. Much of the job was staying still, so as to avoid detection by the enemy.
The hardest thing about being underwater was the lack of contact with family and friends. Since they were in an undisclosed location they could only receive mail and these letters were limited to 25 words, and could not write back.
During his time in the Navy, David was stationed in South Carolina, Spain, the Virgin Islands, Florida, and Argentina. As well, he went to boot camp in Great Lakes, Illinois. Which he says is the coldest place on earth!
Many of his most fond memories were spent with his submarine mate, Thomas. They created a bond that lasted a lifetime. One of his favorite things about the Navy was meeting many people from all walks of life. They were all brothers and would sacrifice their lives for each other.
Thank you, David, we do appreciate you taking the time to share a little bit about your life in the Navy with us. We are proud to share your voice and thank you for your service to our country!
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