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‘Million Dollar Experience’

Former Sheffield resident to sign book at Homestead

Published: Monday, Aug. 25, 2014 3:00 p.m. CST

Dale Maddy, a former resident of Sheffield, recently released his new book, “Million Dollar Experience.”

Maddy is the son of the late Gordon and Leda Maddy of Sheffield. He graduated from Western High School in Buda. A few months later, he enlisted into the U.S. Navy and completed two Vietnam tours. His Navy experiences from 1966 to 1970 inspired the book.

The story is about a boy who became a man. Growing up on a farm in Granville, then as a teenager he moved to Sheffield. In spite of his objection to war, he was called for duty, and he chose the Navy. He was about to embark on an experience of a lifetime.

Maddy was assigned to a magnificent aircraft carrier during the Vietnam War, from 1967 to 1970. His story begins pre-Navy, continues with his time in basic training, Class A school, and on to the Navy man’s adventures, concluding with life after honorable military discharge.

Maddy shares the history of the ships name starting with her service in the Civil War, World War II, the Korean War, and the Vietnamese War and to the final days of the proud mighty vessel of the U.S. seventh fleet.

Follow Maddy on various maneuvers and liberty calls in Far East ports. He meets interesting influential and sometimes silly people throughout his journey. Find out how he rocks a 31,000-ton ship from side to side.

Navy Captain Charlie Plumb, a carrier pilot and Vietnam POW from 1967 to 1973, says “If you’ve been in the military, reading ‘Million Dollar Experience’ will bring back wonderful memories (as it did for me). But if you haven’t, you’ll get an up-close look at the life of a U.S. Navy Sailor. In either case, you’ll be intrigued and inspired at the successful life of Dale Maddy and the down-to-earth, can-do attitude he honed while he was a ‘flat-top’ sailor aboard the USS Kearsarge.”

Maddy will be selling and signing “Million Dollar Experience” at the craft show during the Homestead Festival in Princeton. For more information, go to www.milliondollarexperience.net.

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