Ed Offley has been a military reporting specialist since 1981 for online publications and newspapers, including The Ledger-Star, Norfolk, Va.; The Seattle Post-Intelligencer; Stripes.com; DefenseWatch, and The News Herald, Panama City, Fla. A graduate of the University of Virginia, Offley served in the U.S. Navy in Vietnam. He lives in Panama City Beach, Florida.
Scorpion Down: Sunk by the Soviets, Buried by the Pentagon: The Untold Story of the USS Scorpionby Ed Offley
One Navy admiral called it “one of the greatest unsolved sea mysteries of our era.” The U.S. Navy officially describes it an inexplicable accident. For decades, the real story of the disaster eluded journalists, historians, and the family members of the lost crew. But a small handful of Navy and government officials knew the truth: The sinking of the U.S.S. Scorpion on May 22, 1968, was an act of war. In Scorpion Down, military reporter Ed Offley reveals that the true cause of the Scorpion’s sinking was buried by the U.S. government in an attempt to keep the Cold War from turning hot. For five months, the families of the Scorpion crew waited while the Navy searched feverishly for the missing submarine. For the first time, Offley reveals that entire search was cover-up, devised to conceal that fact that the Scorpion had been torpedoed by the Soviets. In this gripping and controversial book, Offley takes the reader inside the shadowy world of the Cold War military, where rival superpowers fought secret battles far below the surface of the sea.
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As a 20 year submarine vetern, I found this book to be one of the best I have read. From what I have heard from fellow sub saliors I had made the same conclusions the auther outlined. A must read!
Mr. Offley labored hard and long on this book. He makes sure you will appreciate every minute of how long and hard he worked on this book. Unfortunately, the conclusion he WANTS the reader to come away with is not supported by any of the 'facts' spread around the book. This endeavor is a prime example of advocacy journalism run amok. Having said that, one must understand that the theory advanced in this book is as unequally unproven as any of the other rational theories for the loss of Scorpion. Just need one or two conclusive pieces of evidence to convince this juror.
Could the Scorpion have been sunk by a torpedo fired by a Russian submarine? The author gathers the evidence for this scenario and submits it to the reader in a logical and orderly manner. The possibility is explored in interviews with Navy commanders responsible for the search and the inquiry for the lost submarine. While you may be convinced, I have a hard time believing a conspiracy that involved this many people could have remained a secret in the Submarine Service. I remember the day the submarine didn't return and the impact on the Norfolk area Navy community, I served in submarines myself for 20 years. Never, in my memory, was a hint of this theory mentioned. The author writes a good story, but it failed to convince me.