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Tommy Cox spent much of his naval career as a member of the Naval Security Group, riding submarines through some of the most intense period of the Cold War. But the retired Senior Chief Petty Officer is best known for his creation of a unique genre of submarine music.
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  • Paperback: 212 pages
  • Publisher: Riverdale Books; annotated edition edition (August 31, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1932606165
  • ISBN-13: 978-1932606164
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.5 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,845,902 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Ray Dufour on September 25, 2006
Format: Paperback
TANGO CHARLIE

By Tommy Cox

"We drank their water, ate their food and breathed their air - But we were never there"

That's as close as it gets to revealing some of the nation's highest secrets about submarine activities during the Cold War.

Tommy Cox was a U.S. Navy Spook aboard submarines during the Cold War and who chronicles his experiences in song; 25 of them to be exact. His works are full of submarine lore, history, passion for lost submariners (both U.S and Russian). A Spook carries the classification of Communication Technician (CT) and who is trained in the Russian language and is charged with intercepting and translating Russian military communications.

Tango Charlie is Tommy's sobriquet as a CT and his story is partly autobiography, showing his maturing from being a teen age idol to being a submariner, a husband and father. It also depicts the strain on submariner's families. He was the first CT to qualify to wear the Silver Dolphins, an honor that requires proficiency in all aspects of submarine operation. He is the proud bearer of numerous personal, Presidential and unit citations to his credit.

You will enjoy reading the lyrics of Tommy's songs and the background story that inspired each song. The story behind the song "Frenchie" that involves LTC Oliver North is especially poignant

Tommy has entertained many military veterans at VA hospitals and at Navy reunions as well as at various social gathering and, of course, the famous Norm's Lounge in Groton Connecticut. Tommy is retired and lives in Caribou, Maine with his devoted wife, Sandy.
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I spent twenty years riding boats during the same time period that Tommy did and retired as RMC(SS. I never met him during that period of time but we were on the same boats at different times and I know some of the people in the book. A book that evokes laughter (especially the speed key thing), tears (Ollie North and his fellow marines), a few familiar names (one of a very close friend) and a lot of "He nailed that right", makes for great reading. Thanks Tommy.
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Tommy Cox is a retired Chief Petty Officer who spent most of his illustrious career aboard submarines during the height of the Cold War. This was the time of great peril to this nation and the submarine service was at the forefront of our nation's defense. Cox writes of his experiences with complete candor and unusual insights, the stories are those can can only be told by one who experienced them. But his book is more, much more. For Cox has for years written and performed songs about his experiences in the silent service, songs with such catchy titles as "BIg Black Submarine", "Diesel Boats Forever" and "Freedom Patrol." He prefaces his chapters with the words of those songs, that he performs in a nice baritone, and then explains the songs origins. His is a memoir, his is a great reference book, his is the work of a born raconteur, but most of all, this is the work of a great patriot who performed a great service to his the submarine service, the Navy and this nation. I heartily recommend this book.
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Tommy Cox has captured the spirit of what it was like to ride submarines during the cold war. I've never met him but I feel like I know him well through his music and now his book. We rode similar submarines to many of the same places. He just went their more often. Reading his book took me back to those long patrols in places we never went to doing things nobody would ever talk about. If you've been there you will enjoy the trip back in time; if you haven't been there you will learn things that will amaze and amuse you. The only thing missing from this book is the rolling of the seas and that wonderful submarine aroma.
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Tango Charlie tells the real life story of singing submarine sailor, Tommy Cox. The book reveals much of the meanings behind his songs, written during some of the most intense moments of the cold war, by a man who was really there, at the very pointy end of the spear. Between the lines, between the notes, Tommy tells stories that were never meant to be told. In his songs, and in the book "Tango Charlie" Tommy captures the true grit of those who bravely served aboard US submarines during the cold war.
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Knowing Tommy personally, I consider it a great privilege to heartily recommend "Tango Charlie" to all those who served on the boats, as well as anyone with an interest in submarine operations during the cold war era. I especially appreciate Tommy's motivation for writing this book: to preserve the history of the music of our Submarine Force. For years, Tommy has entertained those of us in the "Silent Service" with his unique genre of music specifically tailored for submariners and born of personal experience. Now, in this book, he has given us the story behind these wonderful songs. And what a story it is! Tommy's straight forward and often humorous style of writing makes this an extremely interesting and enjoyable read!

Terry L. Schmidt - Qualified Submariner
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