Jack Sanzalone, fourth from left, stands on the deck of the USS Pache (SSN-683) with a cigar in his mouth, along with the sub's officers after the attack submarine surfaced during sea trials off Bangor, Wash., in 2003.
Sanzalone was a young quartermaster aboard the destroyer USS Coontz (DD-640) in 1983 when this photo was taken. He was plotting the ship's course at the time.
Former President Jimmy Carter, left, was on hand in 2006 for the commissioning of an atomic submarine christened in his name at the sub base in Bangor, Wash. On hand was Command Master Chief Jack Sanzalone, center, and Commodore Mack Myers, commander of Squadron 5, based at Bangor.
SUN PHOTO BY DON MOORE
Jack Sanzalone today at 51, at home in Port Charlotte.
Jack Sanzalone of Port Charlotte spent almost three decades under the sea in atomic attack submarines, keeping an eye on America’s enemies as the boat combed the deep searching for adversaries.
The gold chevron on his left shoulder topped with a white crow, a white star in the center and three gold bars below, indicated he was a rare breed. When he retired at 49 in 2011 from the U.S. Navy, he was a command master chief. There are slightly more than 700 in the Navy out of more than 350,000 who serve. He was one of the Navy’s senior enlisted men.
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