In his new memoir “Fair Winds and Following Seas: Reflections on the Navy Career of a Teenage Ensign” (published by AuthorHouse), author Ronald Vail retraces his steps through life, giving readers an intimate glimpse into his experiences while serving in the United States Navy.
“Fair Winds and Following Seas” is a compilation of the major events of Vail’s life. In this memoir, he concentrates on his experiences in the U.S. Navy, tracing his military career path from World War II to his retirement after a total of 25 years of service. Vail also includes recollections of his childhood, as well as descriptions of the events he lived through while travelling to places like Hawaii, Enewetak Atoll in the Pacific Ocean, China and Guam.
An excerpt from “Fair Winds and Following Seas”:
“Had the invasion of the Japanese Homeland become a necessity, the number of lives on both sides of the battlefield that was saved by the nuclear attacks is incalculable and makes the loss of lives and property from those attacks insignificant in comparison, if the loss of any life can be considered insignificant. The United States has never apologized for the attacks and should never give it the least bit of consideration.”
Vail concentrates on the major events of his life, including his engagement and marriage to his wife, but he always contextualizes his story by connecting it to the major historical events of the time. “I want readers to see that Navy life is a good and rewarding life, despite being hard at times and disappointing at other times,” he says. “In the long run, Navy service leaves you with strong feelings of accomplishment and honorable service to your country and your flag.”
“Fair Winds and Following Seas”
By Ronald Vail
Hardcover | 6 x 9in | 164 pages | ISBN 9781481734882
Softcover | 6 x 9in | 164 pages | ISBN 9781481734875
E-Book | 164 pages | ISBN 9781481734899
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About the Author
Ronald Vail joined the U.S. Navy during World War II, two days before his 18th birthday. He was assigned to the U.S. Navy V-12 program as an apprentice seaman for the purposes of achieving the two years of college education needed for entry to the U.S. Naval Academy, the successful conclusion of which lied to a commission as ensign, U.S. Naval Reserve. After the war, he transferred to the U.S. Navy and served at various commands and activities, performing numerous duties until retirement with the rank of commander after 25 years of service.