Blue and Gold depicts a fictionalized version of actual events that happened to crew members of the USS Francis Scott Key (SSBN-657) from 1972 to 1976. The book pivots around the lives of several people and how being stationed on a Fleet Ballistic Missile submarine affects them and the women they love.The book gives intimate details of events that happened at sea, on leave, on shore and what happens to the people they leave behind. Sex, anger, laughter, happiness, danger, fun and even love finds its way through the pages of Blue and Gold, told by a person who experienced them first hand.Other books talk about the strict military procedures and the equipment associated with being on submarines.
This book focuses more on the people. Things hardly every happen the way the Navy would like you to think they do. Life on a submarine is all about real life and not regulations.Inside are actual excerpts and articles from the Ship’s newspaper, copied word for word as they appeared, including all the typos and errors. The journal entries in the book are actual entries from the author’s journal, as they appeared. No grammatical corrections were made on these entries and articles.