David Banagis Shares Memoir of Navy Service in TWENTY-THREE DAYS AT SEA
"Often times my late wife would encourage me to write a book which she felt needed to be written," Banagis recalls. "I promised her that I would. My only regret is that I did not do so while she was still with me, but, albeit late, I have finally delivered on my promise."
"Twenty-Three Days at Sea" is direct, factual and fast-paced, and Banagis delivers humor and drama in equal measure. During his time in the Navy, he interacted with a variety of people, from battle-hardened veterans to recruits fresh out of boot camp. His stories give a unique, honest portrayal of the dynamic that exists when men and women work together to accomplish a mission, and readers will be drawn into the day-to-day life of a dedicated Naval chief petty officer.
From the book's introduction, written by Rev. Harold G. Birkenhead:
"Here we have a book, or maybe it would be better to say, an enthusiastic celebration of Dave's military memories. However, what I found with each turn of the page seemed to be a rehearsal of what I too would encounter in my own future military enlistment spent a decade later. Although a bit younger, I could easily and precisely identify with the events Dave so systematically retrieved from memory. Dave vividly reminds us that we are all frightened and timid young men aggressively pushed into mature soldiery by the torturous yelling and screaming of our basic training instructors, who, as we would find out in the end, were great guys."
"Twenty-Three Days at Sea"
By David Banagis
Hardcover | 5.5 x 8.5 in | 174 pages | ISBN 9781458211156
Softcover | 5.5 x 8.5 in | 174 pages | ISBN 9781458211163
E-Book | ISBN 9781458211149
Available at Amazon and Barnes & Noble
About the Author
Upon leaving a small Michigan farming community in 1959, David Banagis embarked on a 20-year career in the U.S. Navy. The early part of his career would see him assigned to duty involving blimps and being in Guantanamo Bay during the Cuban Missile Crisis; he was ultimately assigned to Naval Aviation and the Weekend Warriors.
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