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December 1, 2002
Edward L. Beach
Author and First Round-the-World Submariner, Dies at 84

Text copied from the
2 December 2002 
New York Times

Capt. Edward L. Beach, the skipper of the nuclear-powered submarine TRITON when it made history's first round-the-world undersea voyage in 1960 and the author of the best-selling war novel "Run Silent, Run Deep," died 1 December 2002 at his home in Washington. He was 84.

The cause was cancer, his family said.

Captain Beach, a highly decorated officer in World War II, blended the daring of a submariner with the descriptive talents of an accomplished writer. He lived a life of high adventure that he shared with readers in memoirs, novels and naval histories.

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USS TRITON SS(R)N-586, skippered by Captain Beach made the world's first undersea circumnavigation, following for two months submerged the wake of Magellan's ship, the Victoria, at an average speed of 18 knots for 41,519 miles.

Photo below from the 1960 TRITON around-the-world-submerged voyage

24 February 1960

USS TRITON SS(R)N-586 crossed the equator for the first time
and by so doing, entered the Domain of Neptunus Rex.

Image above and text excerpt shown here is copied from the USS TRITON website
    Captain Beach welcomes King Neptune (Loyd Garlock), Ruler of the Raging Main, his cigar-smoking Queen (Wilmot Jones), Davy Jones (Ross MacGregor), the Royal Baby (Harry Olsen), the Royal Scribe, Concubine, Prosecutor, Sea Lawyer, Barbers, Dentist, Baker, High Sheriffs and others of His Domain.

    The Crossing the Line Ceremony is a British tradition that goes back some 200 years. The basic premise of this tradition is that the instant a ship crosses the equator, all become equal save one class of seaman - the Shellbacks!

    The Captain pleaded for mercy for the lowly pollywogs (a standard request) and King Neptune gave him the standard response, "NONSENSE." All wogs were brought before the Bar of Watery Justice and all were, of course, found guilty and subsequently initiated into the Solemn Mysteries of the Ancient Order of the Deep.

Beach - CO of TRIGGER II
CO of USS TRIGGER II (SS 564), 1952
Go here for more photos copied from his sons' website

Article copy from the Wall Street Journal
More Than Most, This Writer Lived What He Wrote
By Tom Clancy

A few external Links
Interview with CAPT Edward L. Beach  From August 1999, ALL HANDS magazine
Captain Edward L. Beach biography via
Naval Institute Foundation: The Beaches
Navy League of the United States - The U.S. Navy's Remarkable Transformation
Navy League of the United States - Pen and the Sword
Naval Institute Foundation: Beach Hall

There is a port of no return, where ships
May ride at anchor for a little space
And then, some starless night, the cable slips,
Leaving an eddy at the mooring place . . .
Gulls, veer no longer. Sailor, rest your oar.
No tangled wreckage will be washed ashore.
Lost Harbor   --- by Leslie Nelson Jennings

Bomber crews , the loss of Glenn Miller,
and an island nation's affection for them both
I doubt that most who were born after WWII can fully grasp the enormous size of American forces, both men and machinery, spread around the world during the war. Nor the indelible, global, physical and cultural footprint left behind by the American Armed Forces.

The 15 December (1944) anniversary of the loss of Glenn Miller, the famous USAAF band leader, presents an opportunity to consider the impact of our forces upon England during that time.

I recently found an excellent commentary from a Brit that provides a clear and succinct summary of Yanks in wartime England.  I have combined the essay with some selected images along with an offical historical summary from the Arlington National Cemetery.   Credits for all images and copied text sources are shown throughout.
      ---Sid H.                            Posting date: 2 December 2002


On August 27th, 1944, the recently promoted Major Alton Glenn Miller led his world-famous orchestra in concert at RAF Twinwood as a thank-you gesture towards the officers and men of the airfield. Just a few months later, on a foggy December day, Glenn Miller waited in the Control Tower, before he boarded a Norseman aircraft and was never seen again.

In June 2002, Twinwood Events Ltd completed refurbishment and restoration work on Twinwood Airfield Control Tower and it is now open to the public to explore and experience.

Plaque at Twinwood
Image source

The Twinwood control tower - before and after

Twinwood - 1999
The control tower as it looked
after years of neglect.
Image source
Twinwood - 2002
Completed and painted
in wartime camouflage colors.
Image source

Chris Nash's Commentary   || Glenn Miiller History - via Arlington

External Links
U.S. Air Force Band remembers Glenn Miller's Orchestra
Glenn Miller - U.S. Air Force Museum
Music in the Miller Mood An excellent reference site
Fort Morgan Colorado Museum - Glenn Miller