Graduate of the United States Merchant Marine Academy. Retired Navy Captain. Youth spent sailing the oceans of the world with several voyages into the war zone in Vietnam. There is an important story of the part played by Merchant Mariners in the Vietnam War as there was in WWII. I have a family history in the Civil War with perhaps 20 forefathers and three GGGrandfathers who fought at Gettysburg. Family stories form a very readable tale of the history of the veterans of this country from French and Indian wars through Vietnam. It is a story I want to tell with all the emotions of anger, love, pathos, romance, irony, sadness and life’s rewards.