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It was 1963, and John F. Kennedy was president. Author K.R. Trout, just a high-school student, had heard of the Vietnam War, and it seemed it had been going on for some time. On April 10, 1963, two days after his seventeenth birthday, the submarine USS Thresher SSN-593 sank during a test dive in the Atlantic, with the loss of all hands. A few days later, Trout dropped out of high school without finishing his junior year. Now, nothing was holding him back from realizing the goal he’d had since he was twelve. Trout just needed his father’s permission.