¡El Capitán!

In 1958, Frank Gamboa became the first Mexican American from Owens Valley, California, to graduate from the United States Naval Academy. His memoir’s focus is his professional development as a naval officer of the line from 1958 to 1988 in the U.S. Navy’s surface warfare community. It highlights his duties, challenges and opportunities during more than 17 years of sea duty in destroyers, a cruiser, and six amphibious warships operating in the Navy’s Second and Third Fleets; and in frequent and extended deployments in the Sixth and Seventh Fleets during the Cold War.