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Edward Latimer Beach, Jr.

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Captain Edward Latimer Beach, Jr. USN (ret.) graduated from the United States Naval Academy in 1939.  His first assignment was to the heavy cruiser USS Chester (CA-27), but in September 1941, he underwent submarine training.  During World War Two, he served aboard the USS Trigger (SS-237), USS Tirante (SS-420) and was the commanding officer of the USS Piper (SS-409) near the end of the Pacific War.  During his career he also served as a Naval Aide to the first Chairman of the Joint Chiefs, Omar Bradley; a Naval Aide to President Dwight D. Eisenhower; as the Commanding Officer of the fifth nuclear submarine launched; and, in the Office of the Chief of Naval Operations.  Captain Edward Latimer Beach, Jr. died in 2002, at the age of 84.


Captain Edward Latimer Beach, Jr. is the author of: Run Silent, Run Deep; Submarine!; From Annapolis to Scapa Flow: The Autobiography of Edward L. Beach Sr.; Dust on the Sea; Cold is the Sea; Salt and Steel: Reflections of a Submariner; Around the World Submerged: The Voyage of the Triton; Scapegoats: A Defense of Kimmel and Short at Pearl Harbor; The United States Navy: 200 Years; and, The Wreck of the Memphis.  He is also the co-author Keepers of the Sea and, three editions of the Naval Terms Dictionary.

According to the book description of Keepers of the Sea, it is a photographic history of the United States Navy.


According to the book description of Dust on the Sea, “The battle for the Pacific rages. The most destructive subs in the U.S. Navy are dispatched to Bungo Suido in the Yellow Sea to harass and destroy enemy troop ships--a near-suicide mission in the very heart of Japan's home waters.”

According to one reader of Cold is the Sea, “I first read 'Cold is the sea' about ten years ago, and from that time I have become attached to life on a submarine. Edward Beach demonstrates and dramatizes the simple live or die choice of those who fight in a submarine. The book has become often read and the inspiration and bench mark by which I judge any exciting war novels.”

Booklist said of Salt and Steel: Reflections of a Submariner, “The latest volume by this outstanding American naval writer is both a collection of essays and the closest thing to autobiography Captain Beach is likely ever to give us. He writes with his usual freshness, grace, compassion, and well-informed opinions on his own life, his father's career, Admiral Rickover (who was indispensable to the nuclear propulsion program but impossible to deal with on the personal level) and the intrigues that cost him his promotion to rear admiral, and the role of the U.S. Navy in the twenty-first century, concerning which he also suggests reforms. Along the way, he tells anecdotes about his marriage of more than 50 years, his wartime service, the origins of several of his novels and of the characters in them, and the complexities of having the nuclear submarine Nautilus christened by Mamie Eisenhower. If this should be Beach's last book, it fittingly concludes his career as writer and seafarer. We can most sincerely say, "Sailor, rest your oar.”

According to the book description of Submarine!, “For the World War II submariner, every day was a life-or-death trial: going to sea for months at a time; existing in dank, claustrophobic conditions; enduring long stretches of monotonous silence punctuated by adrenaline-spiked episodes of paralyzing fear and victorious elation. It was a duty few men could handle -- and even fewer would survive. This is the true story of those brave men who served and too often died under the ocean surface, written by a man who was there. Edward L. Beach masterfully weaves his gripping experiences aboard the USS Trigger with those of other boats fighting the war in the Pacific. Part action-packed combat chronicle, part testament to the courageous sacrifices made by those who never came back, this is a compelling eyewitness account of the war as few have seen it.”

According to the book description of Run Silent, Run Deep, “After Pearl Harbor, Captain Richardson is given command of a submarine with instructions to destroy Japanese shipping in the Pacific. Richardson's missions go well at first, but when he takes on the infamous Japanese destroyer, nicknamed Bungo Pete, a terrifying game of cat and mouse ensues. From the training of the crew right through to the breath-taking climax, this is a novel that reeks authenticity. Based on true events experienced by the author during World War II, this story will have fans of Tom Clancy and Lothar-Gunther Buchheim gripped from start to finish.”

The MOAA said of From Annapolis to Scapa Flow: The Autobiography of Edward L. Beach Sr., “Written in the 1930s but never before published, this book is as much about the U.S. Navy as it is about Beach. In his early days Beach served with Civil War veterans aboard wooden ships, while late in his service his shipmates were the future naval leaders of World War II. As Beach describes the growth of the Navy from the 1880s, when the modern Navy had its beginning, to the end of World War I, when it was on its way to becoming the most powerful naval force on earth, he tells not only what happened but how and why. Beach Jr. puts his father's writing in historical context for today's readers, and in some cases offers insights into his father's feelings. Preparing this memoir for publication was the younger Beach's last project. He died in December 2002 after making final corrections to page proofs.”

From Annapolis to Scapa Flow: The Autobiography of Edward L. Beach Sr
Edward L. Beach Sr.  More Info

Naval Terms Dictionary
John V., Jr. Noel  More Info

Submarine! (Bluejacket Books)
Edward L. Beach Jr.  More Info

RUN SILENT, RUN DEEP (FICTION) (Cassell Military Paperbacks)
Edward Beach  More Info

Dust on the Sea (Bluejacket Books)
Edward Latimer Beach  More Info

Cold Is the Sea (Bluejacket Books)
Edward Latimer Beach  More Info

Keepers of the Sea
Edward L. Beach; Fred J. Maroon  More Info

Salt and Steel: Reflections of a Submariner
Edward Latimer Beach  More Info

Scapegoats: A Defense of Kimmel and Short at Pearl Harbor
Edward Latimer Beach  More Info

Around the World Submerged: The Voyage of the Triton (Bluejacket Book)
Edward Latimer Beach  More Info
United States Navy a 200 Year History (The American Heritage Library)
Edward Latimer Beach  More Info

The Wreck of the Memphis (Classics of Naval Literature)
Edward Latimer Beach  More Info

According to one reader of Around the World Submerged: The Voyage of the Triton, “This is a work to bring feelings of nostalgia to any former sailor. Especially a former submarine sailor such as myself. I recognized old shipmates in the antics of the crew of mostly very young men on the Triton. The operational, mechanical and navigational problems faced during the voyage of the Triton are similar to and will be recognized by any experienced submarine sailor. The technical information in the book is very "lite", but it reflects the era of restricted data in which this book was authored. Ned Beach is a wonderful narrator. His other books of fiction and non-fiction are outstanding. This book is no exception.”

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