Steve Cohen

A renewed call for glasnost and perestroika

I recently gave a talk at the Norfolk Naval Base, the world largest, to officers, sailors and members of the technical staff of the Mid-Atlantic Regional Maintenance Center.

David Furey of Williamsburg, Team Leader at the Center was assigned to organize the event and he asked me to talk about my survival during the Second World War. "A first-hand account would provide our people with a new perspective on the history of World War II," he said.

The interest was apparently high. More than 300 men and women filled the auditorium, ready to ask penetrating questions. Furey, in turn, provided me with a glimpse into America's naval power. During a drive-around guided tour of...