A brash film producer that gets his comeuppance. A one-night stand with an alcoholic singer that ends badly. A young sailor that can’t seem to do anything the right way. A dilapidated honky-tonk saloon where anything goes on a Saturday night. These stories and more can be found in author Bob Stockton’s ninth book, Sea Stories: Tales Told by an Old School, Politically Incorrect Navy Chief.”
Sea Stories is author Bob Stockton’s remembrances from the U.S. Navy of the Cold War and Vietnam era where sailors aboard ship worked long, hard and often dangerous hours at sea and played equally hard – if not more so – when after long periods at sea they came ashore to blow off steam in the sailor bars and B-girl clip joints in foreign lands thousands of miles from their American home port.
Find your favorite chair, get comfortable and enjoy the often improbable but always entertaining adventures – and missteps - of the young Navy men who went to sea more than a half-century ago.
Trenton, New Jersey native Bob Stockton left high school in 1957 to join the Navy, where he served for 20 years, sailing the seven seas. His duty assignments sent him to serve aboard destroyers, diesel electric submarines, aircraft carriers, auxiliary vessels, reconnaissance attack squadrons and patrol gunboats in Vietnam. Bob, who retired as a chief petty officer, went on to receive undergraduate and graduate degrees. Since retiring from the Navy, Bob has worked as a shipyard welder’s helper, epidemiologist, adjunct graduate instructor, small business owner, pharmaceutical trainer and international radio host.
Exposure to Agent Orange while in Vietnam led to the Veterans Administration declaring Bob fully disabled. He now lives near his three children and four grandchildren in Jacksonville, Florida.