War on drugs

War on drugs

This is a story told to me by a gentleman I met in prison named Fred.

The War on Drugs started in 1983 when the Navy started to stop small boats coming into the US from the Virgin Islands, Jamaica, South America, Cuba, Puerto Rico, Mexico, Grenada etc... that were transporting drugs. The cartels were behind this drug trafficking.
Fred was with the Navy from 1987 til 1991 and spent six months on a Navy Destroyer locating these small boats with drugs. Fred was 19 at the time. They would sit on the destroyers waiting for these small boats with drugs; many driven by young families.
There were 400 guys on 20 different 512' destroyers patrolling the ocean. The Coast Guard patrolled 50 miles out into the ocean and then the destroyers took over.
Fred also spent time in the Persian Gulf. Fred spent a total of 4 years, 1 month, 2 days and 8 1/2 hours with the Navy. He was in 30 countries in four years with the Navy.
During the time Fred was patrolling the ocean for boats with drugs, it became at times very traumatizing when the small boats were destroyed with young families on board. The boats were sunk with the families on board to never be heard from again. These memories have bothered Fred til the present. These kind of memories have caused many service men to commit suicide today. Besides being sexually abused as a young kid, these Navy experiences has left bad thoughts and memories for Fred. He went into the Navy as a young boy to get away from the child abuse, but the killing of young families tended to warp Fred's mind. He has been very fortunate to overcome what happened in the Navy and leads a more productive life today.

Fred will be writing a book about all these experiences in the future.