Silent Service = Not Noticed
A commentary on a line from a speech
"The Navy is a mysterious institution", said Harry Levins in Jan. 2002 at a Navy League council meeting in St. Louis, Missouri.
Mr Levins, a senior writer for the St. Louis Dispatch, is a former Army officer who served in Germany during the early '60s.
Levins' bio excerpt, copied from the archived text.
Levins' speech offered an informative and wry look at the Navy from the perspective of a ground pounder - but near the end of his narrative this phrase caught my eye:
"In the Cold War, you folks took a back seat to the Air Force and Army."
Now I really can't let that one slide.
So I respectfully offer in evidence, as a form of clarifying enlightement to Mr. Levins - and for all other legs - this very small sampling. Three references, which I think will illustrate the fact that the USN was definitely NOT in any kind of "back seat" Cold War role. We just kept our mouths shut that's all.
Exhibit B: Remembering Lost Cold war Boats
Exhibit C: 41 For Freedom
The defense rests.
Sid Harrison - March 2002
A cordial e-mail response to this webpage from Mr. Levins
Dear Mr. Harrison:
Your rebuttal falls under the category of Fair Comment, and I have no problem at all.
But I <am> astounded at the circulation of that speech. To tell you the truth, it was an off-the-cuff effort. Somehow, it made the e-mail circuit, and it has generated a surprising amount of comment.
Still, like most writers, I crave being read.