Fair winds, doctor John Fakan!

I am surprised and saddened to learn about the passing of Dr. John Fakan, skipper of the USS COD submarine memorial in Cleveland.

 

Dr. Fakan and I used to talk during the development of Silent Hunter 4 – Wolves of the Pacific. As game designer, I was obviously trying to immerse the players in the historical context of the US Submarine War in the Pacific, but also to give the players a good image of the technological challenges and realities of taking a fleet boat into battle.

 

Its in no small part due to the help of Dr. Fakan and his team at the USS COD memorial that the game came out so great. And they were in it just to help us “do it right” bound to their mission at the memorial.

 

Now I read this man’s obituary and am amazed of all the things that he has left behind in his life. So much that I didn’t know about the man I was talking to. I wish i asked him more, and I wish I met him in person.

 

I hope that when its time for me to go, I’ll be able to look back at such a full life myself. But for now, I can only thank John for all he has done. Thank you, and Salute, sir!

 

It is foolish and wrong to mourn the men who died.
Rather we should thank God that such men lived.
-George S. Patton, Jr.

http://usscod.org/fakanobit.html

 

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