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Before Mike was 30, he'd been in everything from an Arctic hurricane to a rum factory in Haiti. He'd gone to sea for a living - truly the second biggest crap game in the world. It was a place where the only chip in the game was your life and it was on the table every time you got underway.
Mike's job history reads like a Doctor Strange comic book from the 1960's. He's sold insurance, encyclopedias, computers and commodity options. Jobs have included scuba diving, retail sales, computerized embroidery, marketing marine navigation software to mega-yachts in Florida, telemarketing and building models of everything from sailing ships to weapons systems.

On the docks of Boston, his tires were flattened by an ice pick wielding competitor when Mike got an order for ship supplies before he did.

Helping to bring a sailboat back from the Bahamas, he experienced the copper taste of fear for the first time and there was gray in his hair when he reached shore.

He's been blessed by the Northern Lights, sailed through Prince Christian Sound at the tip of Greenland, a land so old that you expect to see Leif Ericcson pull out from the next fiord, seen the Green Flash as the sun set behind the Leeward Islands and watched dolphins play in a tug's bow wave in the Gulf of Mexico.

The words "Boarding Party" and "Prize Crew" evoke images of pirates and bloody cutlasses. Reality for him was a .45 pistol and backed up by M16's and .50 caliber machine guns.

One time on ship if I had zigged instead of zagged, they would have buried me in two pieces.

He's known the love of a great woman and how heart wrenching it can be to raise children.

All this and a buck gets him a cup of coffee.

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"Enduring Freedom, Enduring Voices: US Military Operations in Afghanistan"
Using the voices of the men and women who have fought in America's longest, sustained war entailing combat operations The Hand of War for the first time weaves together the documented history of U.S. military operations in Afghanistan with their experiences.

The war in Afghanistan has transformed not only the U.S. military's structure, but the lives of every soldier, sailor, marine, coast guardsman, and airman who served there, many for multiple tours. The personnel include Regulars, Reservists, and National Guard thrust into a hostile country where Death can strike at any moment.
He has posted Situational Reports (SITREP) of the trips his Facebook page.
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"Forgotten Sacrifice: The Arctic Convoys of World War II" is now available.
In Forgotten Sacrifice, historian Michael G. Walling tells the complete story of the Arctic Convoys and the vital role they played in helping Russia repel the Germans. The tale involves torpedo attacks and survival at sea in open boats in the biting cold; Stuka dive bombers, naval guns, and weeks of total darkness in the Arctic winter; ships disappearing into the sea because of the ice and snow that weighed down their decks; and political calculations that needlessly put countless men into harm’s way. There are colorful stories of the female workforce that staffed the Soviet ports and of the meager, frozen conditions that awaited Allied sailors when they finally reached their icy destinations. Life in port was barely more comfortable than life at sea during the Arctic Convoys.