New Memoir Presents View from Belowdecks in Navy

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R. W. Bishop’s ‘Nuts to Butts’ offers more than two decades of enlisted naval experience

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The new memoir from R. W. Bishop, U.S.N. (Ret), “Nuts to Butts: Anecdotes from a Career in the US Navy” (published by iUniverse), relates numerous anecdotes taken from a more than 22 year career in the U.S. Navy. It paints a broad stroke, covering a wide range of ships, duties and leisure activities for the American sailor.

“Books and movies only concern themselves with men and women that are senior to the others,” Bishop says. “I decided to write from the enlisted person’s point of view.”

An excerpt from “Nuts to Butts”:

He had a certain ritual he followed each time. Once he was awake he would get dressed with the exception of footwear and sit on the deck between the racks in a crossed-leg Indian style. He followed that by pulling the dirty sock from one shoe and stretching it out with his hands. He would then start at the toe of the sock and sniff until he got to the heel. After he was satisfied for whatever reason he put the sock on and started with the other shoe. Science tells us that smells, aromas and pheromones can be very arousing to humans. I cannot imagine what dirty socks from an old set of boondockers could arouse. I never asked him, either.

Bishop hopes that readers, upon completing “Nuts and Butts,” will have “… a better idea of various personalities to be found in the melting pot that is the U.S. Navy.”

About the Author
R. W. Bishop retired from the U.S. Navy in 1992 and is a retired Oregon state worker. He has bachelor’s degree from Virginia Wesleyan College. This is his first book.

Originally from Ann Arbor, Mich., Bishop served over 22 years in the U.S. Navy. He and his wife, Donna, live close to their sons near Portland, Ore. While he understands that military service is not for everyone, he strongly suggests that all young people serve at least one enlistment in the branch of their choice. Serving can be a character-building and an enlightening experience. Diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease in 2004, he is a supporter of Parkinson's Research.

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