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November 2017

First Submarine DIRSUP Operator: Fire Onboard! (5 of 5)

The events of August 25, 1949 according to CT1 Austin:

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First Submarine DIRSUP Operator: The Mission (4 of 5)

According to Blind Man’s Bluff,  The Untold Story of American Submarine Espionage.

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First Submarine DIRSUP Operator: Equipment Install Finally Complete (3 of 5)

It was on or about August 1, 1949 and the COCHINO was finally ready!
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First Submarine DIRSUP Operator: Arriving at USS COCHINO (2 of 5)

After three days waiting for the submarine CT1 Austin finally saw the USS COCHINO (SS 345) arrive at the port of Londonderry, Northern Ireland.  With orders in hand, Austin promptly delivered them to LCDR Rafael C. Benitez, the Commanding Officer of the COCHINO.
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First Submarine DIRSUP Operator: CNO Request Two Volunteers (1 of 5)

Nine years after Harris Monroe “Red” Austin enlisted in the Navy and served as a Radioman (RM) during WWII he made a significant change in his job and became a communication technician (CT) in 1949.  After indoctrination by OPNAV, CT1 Austin was immediately sent to Cheltenham, Maryland where he received training as an ELINT/ESM (electronic intelligence/electronic support measure) intercept operator.
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Remembering CTC Harris Monroe “Red” Austin, The first Submarine DIRSUP Operator!

Harris Monroe “Red” Austin was born in Lincoln, Lancaster, Nebraska to James and Louie Austin on November 2, 1920.  In August 1939, at the age of 18, Red enlisted in the U.S. Navy and attended a 12 week boot-camp in Norfolk Naval Training Station.
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