A Ditty Bag of Navy Poems

Rated 4.75/5 based on 4 reviews
Thirty-five poems concerning my U.S. Navy days, Great Lakes Boot Camp, USS Mullinnix (DD-944) and SK "A" School, Newport, RI. Another batch is on deck covering my years at the Fleet Anti-Air Warfare Training Center, Dam Neck, Virginia Beach, VA and aboard the USS Miller (DE/FF 1091).
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  • Category: Poetry » Biography
  • Words: 5,650
  • Language: English
  • ISBN: 9781311342171
About Thomas M. McDade

Thomas M. McDade is a seventy-four-year-old former programmer / analyst residing in Fredericksburg, VA, previously, CT & RI.
He's married, no kids, no pets.
McDade is a 1973 graduate of Fairfield University.
He served two tours of duty in the U.S. Navy.


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Greeenie reviewed on Sep. 4, 2018

I had this on my phone for several years, read bits and pieces here and there. Many of the little stories inside these poems have stayed with me. The author has a real knack for capturing the side glances in life, especially as they pertain to a sailor in the Navy aboard ship and in ports overseas.
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NateG reviewed on Sep. 5, 2016

There are many great lines in this book of poems, a couple of my favorites just as a sample are:

- like a nuclear fart for an Admiral nurse

- the blonde marine
with legs from here to Montezuma
at the mess hall having lunch.
That got me humming the Corps hymn
like a traitor the rest of the day

- I’m the fog
Buoys clang.
Horns repeat.
A destroyer
nearly caresses us.
The damp smoke
feels like barrooms
and my first hooker
I can see for miles.

There are so many wonderful images a sailor experiences and this author has captured many of them in these poems.

Thank to my shipmate (and author) Malcolm Torres for telling me about this book.
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RobinR2016 reviewed on Sep. 5, 2016

I love nautical lit and so I really enjoyed this story. A sailor who can write poetry is a special thing in my book, takes us along on shore leave, shows us the moments that make up a sailors life which is a unique thing.
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Pops reviewed on May 25, 2015

Mr. McDade shows us a sailor's experience through poetry. In this case, it's better than a story or novel because he's able to capture many of the moments that a sailor experiences. I've read quite a bit of nautical literature, and in novels and stories the author and the reader have to go through plot and character development, but not here. Mr McDade throws us right into scene after scene and makes us see and taste and feel the magical moments that make up a sailor's life. I'm looking forward to reading his other books.
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