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? EPILOGUE THE DESTROYERMEN SERIES Into the Storm Crusade Maelstrom
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FOR: REBECCA—AND MY NIECE, JENNIFER. (I ALWAYS
HAVE TO WRITE OR MENTALLY ADD “NIECE” WHEN I THINK
OF JENNIFER BECAUSE, IN SO MANY WAYS, SHE WAS
ALWAYS THE “DAUGHTER” I NEVER HAD— BEFORE I HAD A DAUGHTER.)
JENNIFER, YOU AND REBECCA COULDN’T BE MORE
DIFFERENT, BUT NEVER DOUBT THAT I LOVE YOU BOTH WITH ALL MY HEART
TO: THE MEN AND WOMEN OF THE ARMED FORCES
OF THE UNITED STATES—AND THOSE OF ALL NATIONS
WHO FIGHT BRAVELY AT THEIR SIDE. PAST, PRESENT, AND FUTURE. GOD BLESS YOU ALL.
As usual, there are some great folks I need to thank: Chief among these are Russell Galen, thebest agent in the world, and Ginjer Buchanan, the finest editor anyone could ever hope to have.CPO, (SW-MTS) USN—(Ret.), Bruce Kent ranks near the top as well. He reminded me that I’veneglected the EMs and he was right. Granted, there weren’t nearly as many things for
on four-stacker destroyers as even I originally thought, butelectrician’s mates to do
that’s because a truly astonishing variety of machinery that would later be electricallypowered was either manually or steam operated. That doesn’t mean EMs on four-stackers wouldhave been bored. Far from it. They were dealing with the same broken-down, archaic equipment aseveryone else; equipment essentially representing the very dawn of the electrical age! Becauseof that, their contributions would have been particularly difficult and essential. Theinformation Chief Kent kindly supplied, or pointed me toward, was both fun and fascinating.Together we made a number of discoveries that contributed significantly to this story, Ibelieve. If I didn’t use the information right, it’s my fault, not his.
Dave Leedom, LTC, USAFR, helped, as always, to inspire my aerial high jinks, while keeping myhead out of the clouds and my feet on the ground—figuratively speaking. The inimitable (Bad)Dennis Petty continues to provide . . . inspiration . . . and remains a formidable companionduring my own unusual adventures. Just so everyone is clear on this, it’s my turn to shoot
him —just a little. My parents, Don and Jeanette Anderson, have always inspired me and remainpossibly my greatest fans and fiercest critics. My wife, Christine, mostly falls in the general“fierce critic” category, but I guess I’ll keep her anyway. James Kirkland and SchuetzenPowder LLC have my deepest appreciation for all their “ballistics testing” support over theyears, and all the guys and gals on my gun’s crews are still the best in the country. AndyGillham is the greatest musician alive and I will always fondly—if vaguely—remember theSasquatch and space alien hunts of our younger years. We never caught any of the boogers, butthat never really mattered, did it? Special thanks go to Tom Potter, a fellow historian and“naval thinker” with a brilliant mind. Ha! He’ll get it.
Otherwise, the list of usual suspects is long and has been recited before, but I need to addPete Hodges and Kate Baker to the list. Good friends are hard to find and I treasure all ofmine—even Jim. If I forgot to mention anybody or goofed up in any way, it’s all Jim’s fault.Actually, Jim deserves a lot of credit. He did more in a few brief seconds to disprove theconspiracy theory surrounding the Kennedy assassination than anyone else has done in the lastforty-six years. “Magic bullets” do, in fact, exist. We get it, Jim. No need to KEEP provingyour point! (Jim is nothing if not thorough, when it comes to science.)
“Weapons more violent, when next we meet.”