Bravo, Enrique!

A while back, I wrote a story about my Dad and his service aboard the submarine USS Cubera in the 1950s. Several times a week, people Google their way here for information on the Cubera and check out that post. I always hoped that one of Dad’s former crewmates or another Cubera alum might someday leave a comment.

I just always figured it would be a US sailor, not a Venezuelan one:

eventhough 3 years has almost passed onĀ  the story of your dad and mom, I would like to add that your dad behavior could not be better, I’m a venezuelan citizen who served onbaord the ARV Tiburon( SS CuBERA) for 5 years; I was P.O.1; the type of man I’m now is due to the formation I received while in the navy, but must of all is due to the great opportunity I had when we came to Philadelphia in 1975 for 2 years for overhauling, I met men like you dad with a big hart and heavy principals and solid foundations. thank god for provinding so many good men to this nation.
I’m currently living in Hosuton Texas and very soon I will become US citizen.

best whishes for you and unforgettable memories to your dad.

–Enrique Bravo

So, do you think that made my day?

“…a big hart and heavy principals and solid foundations.”

Yup, that was Dad in a nutshell.

Bless your bones, Enrique Bravo. It does my heart good to know that you’re going to be a US citizen soon. In an age when we’re submerged, so to speak, in cynicism, sometimes it takes a fresh perspective to open our eyes to the blessings that surround us.

Bravo, Enrique! Stop by anytime you like, and best wishes and blessings to you and your family.

  1. Jason Bybee

    This is really cool, Mike. Awesome.

  2. That Girl

    That’s what every kid would like to hear about their dad!

  3. Mike the Eyeguy

    Just to be clear, Enrique didn’t know my Dad, apparently, just men like him.

    I think these guys stick together pretty tight and network quite a bit, and they consider anyone who ever served on their boat (or their relatives) to be a part of the “family.”

    I’m thrilled to be included.

  4. Laurie

    Must admit, this one made me a little misty-eyed.

    When my FIL had Alzheimers, the last stories to go were the ones of his Navy years. He participated in ship reunions till the year before he died. His experiences played a huge role in creating the truly good person and dad he became.

    Congrats on receiving this Comment o’Gold.

  5. Mike the Eyeguy

    “Comment o’ Gold,” indeed.

    The other search string that lands people on that post is–what else?-It Came From Beneath The Sea.

    Laurie, as you well know since you’ve had some doozies yourself, the colorful and wacky variety of Google search strings that bring people to this blog are a constant source of wonderment and entertainment for me. I am totally addicted to this data.

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