Frank Flanagan


As Interviewed by Calvin Auby, March 17, 2018
"And the gravity of the situation... we all slept very well at night actually. It was not like being in Vietnam or someplace where you sleep with one eye open"
Frank Flanagan

Introductory Profile: About Frank Flanagan

My grandfather Frank Flanagan was born in 1938 and joined the navy because it seemed interesting and to learn things. He was in the blockade around cuba during the cuban missile crisis when he was 24 years old and had been in the navy for three years. He was on the U.S.S. blandy, and he was responsible for the combat information center on the ship. He was a lieutenant junior grade when he was on the ship and was a lieutenant when he was put in the inactive reserves in 1964. He currently lives in Bear Valley, California

In this interview, I had a chance to talk to him about his experience in the blockade around Cuba during this important event in history. He was scared stiff when he was told where he would be going because he expected there to be more action and fighting on the blockade than there actually was. The crisis is always described as dramatic in many books but it was really pretty calm and was not as stressful as it is often described. Other than surfacing one Russian submarine, not much happened in the blockade He described with much detail about what happened back in the fall of 1962 when the standoff between two world powers almost got nuclear.