This book of prayers and insights of a Navy Chaplain centers around prayers offered during the author's first two sea tours. It will be followed by a second volume of prayers from his two tours as Command Chaplain aboard the aircraft carrier USS MIDWAY. They will have special meaning for men who served at sea and for whom evening prayers were t just a time-hored tradition but a special part of the life and times of their ship. They will have special resonance for men who served on ships of Destroyer Squadron Fifteen (CDS 15) and USS PELELIU (LHA 5). Anyone who loves the sea and naval life will find them worthwhile. Even persons t familiar with life at sea will find eugh contextual information to enable them to enter into the spirit of the prayers. A person who treasures prayer as a dynamic element of a vital faith will be able to find something to enrich their life.
The author was a Navy Chaplain, first in the Naval Reserve and then on active duty (from age 44-60). Prior to active duty service with the Navy and Marine Corps as a Chaplain he was a College Professor and College Chaplain. His active duty career included four sea-going tours, one tour with the Marines and two tours at Naval Bases Chapels. He received numerous awards and commendations including Meritorious Service Medal (with gold star) and Navy Commendation Medal (with two gold stars) as well as medals for service in Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm. His Reserve involvement was with the Navy and Marine Corps Reserve Center, Lexington, Kentucky with a variety of Active Duty for Training and Temporary Active Duty assignments over a seven year period. He holds a Ph.D. in theology from Vanderbilt University as well as a BA, M.Div., M.S.L.S. and M.B.A. After retirement he returned to college teaching as an adjunct professor in religion, philosophy, business leadership and ethics, and the humanities. Fuller biographical information may be found in Who's Who in America (2012).