Sign up now to be notified about Brat and the Kids of Warriors

In the fall of 1957 I boarded the USS Upshur (technically the USNS Upshur) bound for Bremerhaven, West Germany. The ship had 1,500 military personnel and almost 400 dependants onboard. At the time my father was a Major in the 4th Armored Division and we were all enroute to Cooke Barracks as part of Operation Gyrascope. That operation reassigning the entire 4th Armord Division from the States to duty in Southern Germany. My mother was sick much of the trip, and that left my sisters and I freedom to rome the ship. The opening scene of my book Brat: Kids of Warriors has the McMasters children on the USS Upshur. There story is fictional, but one or two things they do may have some small resemblance to what my sisters and I got up to while abord ship.