Bluejacket (bloo-jak-it) noun: An enlisted person in the United States or British navy; a sailor
"Chet Bright is a deep-diving, double-crimping, steely-eyed frogman,
a bare-knuckle fighter, sailor of sailors and the last of the ballroom dancers.
Be prepared to read an exciting adventure that leaves you with envy, laughter and sadness.
Thoroughly enjoyable. A must read for all."
– Capt. James R. Lake, U.S. Navy (Retired)
EOD/UDT/SEAL, BUDS Class 55,
former commander of Explosive Ordnance Disposal Mobile Unit 3
and Naval School Explosive Ordnance Disposal
Chet Bright faced the prospect of death on
the water many times – during World War II,
Korea and Vietnam – but in the end the sea
was his savior.
The son of a West Texas cowboy, he ran away at 17 to join
the military after the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor.
Aboard a destroyer during World War II, as a frogman with
the Navy's elite Underwater Demolition Teams in Korea and
later as an Explosive Ordnance Disposal expert, Bright found
himself anchored to life on the water. It thrilled him and it
scarred him, but he could not untether himself from the
adventure it promised.
Bluejacket is the story of those adventures, from his time at
war to his post-military years sailing the Caribbean in a boat
built from a shell in his back yard.
He gave his life to the sea. In return, it gave him these