SAT & BAF! Memories of a Tower Rat

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  • Doug DePew
  • 07 December 2018

About the Author: Doug DePew

The author was an Infantryman in the Army and a Master at Arms Storekeeper in the Navy He has a BSEd in history from Southwest Missouri State University and has taught high school, been a correctional officer, taught juvenile delinquents for the state, and it now a teacher in a federal prison.


SAT & BAF! Memories of a Tower Rat The Year Is The Soviet Union Is Five Years From Collapsing, And The Arms Race Has Ramped Up To Unbelievable Proportions It Appears Nothing Can End This Standoff Except Nuclear Annihilation Or Capitulation By One Of The Antagonists One Company Of Infantry Stands Between The Entire Soviet Arsenal And Live Pershing II Nuclear Missiles Which Are The Threat Used By President Ronald Reagan As He Orders Mr Gorbachev To Tear Down This Wall In This Brutally Honest And Irreverently Funny Account, One Of The Men Who Stood The Perimeter Describes What It Was Like You Will Be Taken To The Field, Inside The Towers, And Out On The Town You Will Be Carried Through The Two Year Tour Of One Very Young Infantryman As He Arrives In Germany Straight Out Of Infantry School And Gradually Navigates His Way Through The Mind Numbingly Tedious And Insanely Active Life Of A Tower Rat For Possibly The First Time, A Person Who Was Actually There Relates The Amazing Bond Forged In The Towers Of Waldheide Nuclear Weapons Storage Area You Will See It Through His Eyes You Will Live It

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10 thoughts on “SAT & BAF! Memories of a Tower Rat

  1. Jeff Dawson says:

    I have read many accounts of veterans from WWI to Vietnam This one stands out on its own All of the other books were of soldiers in the front lines fighting a known enemy The main enemy in this book is boredom and the threat of being attacked Mr DePew graphically describes the escapades of the unit he served with for two years in Germany, 2 4 At first I was turned off by the content but then this isn t like Chickenhawk, or Soldat The only real enemy appears at the gates of the Pershin I have read many accounts of veterans from WWI to Vietnam This one stands out on its own All of the other books were of soldiers in the front lines fighting a known enemy The main enemy in this book is boredom and the threat of being attacked Mr DePew graphically describes the escapades of the unit he served with for two years in Germany, 2 4 At first I was turned off by the content but then this isn t like Chickenhawk, or Soldat The only real enemy appears at the gates of the Pershing compound once a year Easter to demonstrate against the US deploying mid range nukes aimed at Russia How many of us remember the protests being carried on TV I do The Germans wanted us out, or at least the young people who thought the US was somehow inflaming the Russians to use Germany as the testing ground for WWIII Wonder how many protests occurred in the Eastern Bloc countries during the same period How does the average kid of 18 to 24 spend his days when not on duty Liquor and women, what else Some might not like the content because of the subject matter, but seriously, how many of us that attended college or even those that didn t how did we spend our days after work Work, yeah we went to work everyday for eight to twelve hours We knew the tasks assigned to us with something to show for our efforts each day These men women only had the tedium broken by the entertainment that was on hand Imagine being boxed in an area of twenty acres for two years, with only drills and Tower Duty to break the monotony of the routine How many of us have the fortitude to survive solitary for two days, weeks, much less, two years Once I finished the book I really thought about how highly strung these men women were Boredom has killedpeople then we care to think of So, don t be too hard on these men and women who really did have a thankless job keeping the United States military on a twenty four hour alert during the Cold War Their effort and sacrifice under the leadership of Reagan were instrumental in bringing down the Russian Bear without ever firing a shot in anger On a final note, I had to listen to the song Silverwings, by Merle Haggard the German girls hated it because those wings were taking away the men they had enjoyed and come to know Mr DePew, I salute you and your comrades for your service

  2. Lynn Hallbrooks says:

    Having read Recall Return of the IRR by Doug DePew, I knew I wanted to read his first book I was not disappointed I could envision what I was reading Sometimes I would laugh until I cried and other times I just cried because it was a scary time This is a memoir of Mr DePew s time in the Army during the Cold War This story is anything but cold It is full of warm blooded male hormones set against a backdrop of uncertain times where one wrong move could get you killed.

  3. Joanne Mazzotta says:

    Doug Depew is rich in truth, humor, and touches your emotions with his memoir about things most Americans don t know Read this book, get informed and follow Doug and his friends through Germany where our govenment has hidden too much.

  4. Lee Boyland says:

    Young men, graduates of the Infantry School, arrive in Germany and are assigned to a special unit that guard s Pershing II nuclear missiles They are given a high pressure assignment that requires a secret security clearance with no preparation or special training for the job Not what they expected Doug DePew tells it like it was, not something the average civilian can understand or relate to You have to have been in the program to understand the pressure and responsibilities associated with Young men, graduates of the Infantry School, arrive in Germany and are assigned to a special unit that guard s Pershing II nuclear missiles They are given a high pressure assignment that requires a secret security clearance with no preparation or special training for the job Not what they expected Doug DePew tells it like it was, not something the average civilian can understand or relate to You have to have been in the program to understand the pressure and responsibilities associated with nukes and guarding them SAT BAF Memories of a Tower Rat is part of the Cold War story, and what it took to win Unfortunately, the importance of the Cold War is being deleted from history books, along with much of what made America great.For those not familiar with military terms, I suggest creating a glossary as you read SAT and BAF, the reader discovers on page 56 mean Security Alert Team and Backup Alert Force Guard towers were placed around the Pershing site and the men who manned them were Tower Rats DePew s book is insightful, and gives the reader a peek into a corner of the secret world that protected the U.S from the USSR DePew and his buddies were hard drinking, brawling, fraulein chasing, pranksters who, when duty called, seriously guarded the warheads and missiles from Soviet and peacenick attacks Men who bonded and always had each others back Men I would have been proud to have commanded, and I can speak from the experience of having had a couple of NCOs who were like DePew and his buddies.I enjoyed the lieutenant and the password scene I never forgot a password, but it brought back memories of a couple of men who did, and one who talked too much about them I was very pleased to note that while the author and his buddies had numerous run ins with the MPs, there was never a security breach or incident, and when all is said and done, that s all that matters.The book contains descriptions of the author s travels through out Germany, Spain and Switzerland, along beer, wine and frauleins I think DePew had a good time.Having been a member of the nuclear fraternity, I appreciated DePews story and will keep the book on my shelf