Submariners and their families lived
mostly on base or near their boats' home ports during the Cold War. At
submarine bases, life was generally structured, protected, and insular.
For both married and single submariners, social life was closely tied
to the submariner's professional life.
The sweeping changes in American society that marked the 1960s and 1970s
also affected the submarine community. As more and more wives began to
work outside the home and children adopted the trappings, or sometimes
the substance, of the counter culture, the once-sharp boundaries between
military and civilian communities began to erode.
Submarine base housing,
Groton, Connecticut, 1965
The Museum gratefully acknowledges the following individuals for donating or loaning their objects and photographs to the Life Ashore section of the exhibition:
Janice W. Baird,
Eleanor and Peter Boyne,
Kathleen and Michael OiBeirne,
Cathi and Steven Zavadil