Standing Watch Book Release

April 28, 2019 | 1-2PM

April 28, 2019 | 1-2PM; Doors open @ 12:30PM | All Ages | Free; Please RSVP here


Standing Watch: American Submarine Veterans Remember the Cold War Era with Jonathan Li-Chung Leung, Author


Join us in OMSI’s Auditorium for a lecture and book signing with OMSI volunteer and author Jonathan Li-Chung Leung. Books will be available for purchase in the OMSI Science Store.



Featuring interviews from seventeen veteran submariners, Standing Watch: American Submarine Veterans Remember the Cold War Era offers the perspective of the submariners themselves—lending them a voice and paying homage to their service. Jonathan Li-Chung Leung provides an original glimpse into a world of unique challenges and characters, a life isolated and submerged, and a duty defined by the juxtaposition of monotonous routine and unparalleled excitement.


These personal accounts of life below the surface offer readers a front-row seat to close encounters with Soviet submarines and the naval blockade during the Cuban Missile Crisis, as well as an intimate understanding of daily life onboard the vessels, the culture of military discipline, and the religious-like fervor exercised in honoring traditions big and small. By applying first-hand perspectives to a larger thematic overview, this book uses authentic narratives to deliver a lively and colorful picture of the Silent Service.


Set against the backdrop of sobering geo-political disputes and their own role as the nation’s defenders against a seemingly ambiguous super-enemy, these veterans focus on their responsibilities and reflect on careers built on the simple axioms of pride and service. This invigorating and unalloyed account is an unprecedented addition to the existing literature on naval and military history.



Jonathan Leung volunteers on the USS Blueback (SS-581) at the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry in Portland. As a high school freshman, he started leading public tours in 2002, and is now involved mostly with the maintenance crew and in special projects. After stops at LAS and his hometown PDX, Jonathan now works as an air traffic controller at HNL. He is a graduate of Swarthmore College.


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