As the wife of a submariner, she lived through many troubled day. Her husband, Melvin T, Smith, was one of these honorable men. He is a lifetime member of the USS Submarine Veterans Inc., (Holland Club) and the Vice Commander of the USS Submarine Veterans Base, Mountain Home, Arkansas and also former member of the Idaho Spuds-USS Submarine Veterans of WWII and the Northwest Regions/Idaho/
Mary Nida Smith, author, freelance writer, poet and photographer has lived in several states, submitting and publishing in local magazines and newspapers. Magazines: The Ozarks Mountaineer, Ozarks, Arkansas Living, Good Old Days, Polaris (WWII), Grit, Northwest Living (Field Editor), Storyteller (photographed cover), Salute, Journal of the Ozarks and contributed to the anthologies Echoes of the Ozarks and Women in Nature. Newspapers: Magic Valley Farm Lines (South Idaho Press-Clark newspapers), Port Orchard Independent (Washington-
Her non-fiction, Submarine Stories of World War II (First Edition) was published by Red Engine Press, 2008. Then came The Sub Report http://thesubreport.blogspot.com. Her blog Submarine Stories and Military Writers (2007 –present) http://submarinestories.blogspot.com was displayed in the Ralph Foster Museum (Collage of the Ozarks), and in three military museums: St. Marys’ Submarine Museum, St. Mary’s, Georgia, Wisconsin Veterans Museum, Madison, Wisconsin, USS Razorback and Arkansas Inland Maritime Museum, Little Rock, Arkansas, and cataloged in the Donald W. Reynolds Library Baxter County, Arkansas.
LLA is seeking republication of this heroic endeavor, along with enhanced personal stories and photographs.
Submarine Veterans of World War II is about teenage boys who left the farms, small towns, and inner cities to go on the adventure of a lifetime during the early 40s. When they returned home as young men, they were older and wiser.
These stories were shared by nine men who rode the submarines to great depths and across the world into unknown strange seas. They share a peek into the dangers encountered while on war patrols. Many stories will never be told; held securely within a deep, secret compartment of their souls. One story was shared by a Pearl Harbor survivor of the Battle Wagon USS California BB-44, bombed by the Japanese Air Force. Soon after, he joined the submarine service. Another veteran checked the sonar on the U-505 that is displayed at the Museum of Science and Industry at Chicago, Illinois.
You will be able to share the fears and joys of the submarine sailors who went out to sea for many days, where friendships were formed and sealed for a lifetime. They are a special breed of men who chose to brave the sleek steel giants of the seas known as “submarines.”