This site contains some personal information about me, the author
of a newly-released historical book called Hornet Plus Three.
I wrote the book because there is very little public information concerning
the US Navy's support for the NASA moon landing program in the 1960's. It is a compelling story that deserves
to be told. While honoring those who executed a flawless spaceflight recovery operation in the midst of the
Cold War, I hope to inspire young people to embrace strategic national goals in the years ahead.
I focussed on the Apollo 11 splashdown & recovery
for two main reasons:
> It was the most complex of the Navy's 31 manned recovery
operations (Mercury, Gemini, Apollo and Skylab). In addition to actually recovering the spacecraft and astronauts, Captain
Carl Seiberlich, CO of the USS Hornet, had three major additional responsibilities to deal with - President Nixon's presence,
intense media interest and the moon germ issue.
> My position as a Trustee of the USS Hornet Museum in Alameda,
CA provided a unique vantage point from which to unravel this exciting yet complex story. The highly-decorated WWII aircraft
carrier USS Hornet (CVS-12) recovered both Apollo 11 and Apollo 12. Unlike other history books that
just walk the reader though a timeline of events, Hornet Plus Three contains personal insights
from key leaders who planned and executed these recoveries.
This website contains a little information about me such as my personal
background and professional interests. Over time, I'll create a larger Photo Gallery that includes images never before
seen in public. There is also a list of Key Links to other sites with relevant information about this topic.