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John Barell
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  • New York, NY
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Where were you or your family stationed?
Started as Regular NROTC student at Harvard. Then stationed in San Francisco on USS Mauna Kea (AE-22). During Cuban Missile Crisis, helped convert USS Mattaponi (AO-41) from tanker to oiler. Then did two Operation DeepFreeze cruises to Antarctica as Operations Officer, USS Glacier (AGB-4), "the free world's most powerful icebreaker." Completed service on Active Reserves in NYC onboard USS Bristol.
Veteran of Foreign War
Current Status with the US Navy
Start date of your service
July 1, 1956
End date of your service
September 1, 1968

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Captain Last Man to Leave Sinking Ship

Posted on April 24, 2014 at 2:19pm 1 Comment

It is distressing to this sailor to read accounts of the terrible loss of life onboard the South Korean ferry, most all high school students off for a vacation.

There was an inexperienced third mate at the helm and after she made a hard right turn, the ship capsized.

And who were some of the first "rescued" and off the ship? The captain and his officers.…


Like Tom Clancy. . .

Posted on February 5, 2014 at 10:01am 0 Comments

Absolute Bearing, Free on Kindle today, 2/5 and tomorrow 2/6:

"Like Tom Clancy. . ."

"Your ticket to High Adventure. . . "

"Not since reading Nicholas Monsarrat's THE CRUEL SEA have I read a sea story, indeed, a tale of life itself, like this."…


Absolute Bearing--"Your ticket to high adventure"

Posted on December 9, 2013 at 2:18pm 0 Comments

Your ticket to high adventure.

For those who still enjoy reading a good book, John Barell has once again met his mark by telling an engaging story of one man's inner self doubt, resolve and redemption for decisions made during the worst of situations. One need not be active or former military to appreciate the perspective of making decisions that could define your life or change the course of history for many lives.

The weight of responsibility is…


ABSOLUTE BEARING--Maximum Hazard at Sea

Posted on December 1, 2013 at 8:30am 2 Comments

How do you avoid collision at sea?

You’re steaming alone on a ship of the line through a violent storm at midnight, plowing into fifty foot waves that crash over the bow onto the navigation bridge.  Winds whip the ship port to starboard and everything in the pilot house becomes a dangerous missile.

Then, all of sudden, radar spots Skunk Alpha approaching from beyond five thousand yards.  You follow her track, constant bearing…


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At 8:21am on May 18, 2013, richard alan schlesier said…

thank john the Navasota was my first ship out of shore duty I went aboard as a e-3 and through I knew everything first night we had night fuel ops boy was I scared. I retired as a storekeeper what was your mos. 

At 9:22am on May 17, 2013, richard alan schlesier said…

welcome john I see you made a couple of cruses to deep freeze I was on the USS BURTON ISLAND  operation deep freeze 63-64 were you with us pushing the ice berg out of the channel also there is a deep freeze page you might want to see

At 8:43pm on May 16, 2013, Lindsey E. Ford HMC (SW) said…

Welcome aboard!


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