Author: Rody Johnson

Off Vero's Beach: 1942

During the early months of 1942, German submarines, unopposed, ravaged shipping lines along the Eastern Seaboard from New England to Florida. With the demands of a two-ocean war, the Navy and Coast Guard initially had few resources to defend against U-boats.

Off Vero's Beach: 1942

I was eight years old. I stood outside the kitchen door in the warm, early-morning sunlight, a cigar box full of marbles in one hand and my book bag in the other, ready to head down the dirt road to catch the bus to Vero Beach Elementary School. I