We Helped Win the Cold War

Wayne Magro: Started August 18, 1959 as an Electrician; Retired as a Program Manager

In the beginning, it was 10 hours a day, seven days a week. The 598 was getting ready to go to sea – that’s the George Washington, the very first Polaris ballistic missile submarine – and the Patrick Henry was going to be launched. She was in the South Yard. Everything stamped “Polaris Action” had to move. It got priority because of the Cold War.

If you go to the Nautilus park, the sail that’s there is from the George Washington. The first job I had was in that sail, putting in an antenna. So it’s interesting when I drive by there and see it.

I worked on all those early boats that were pushing the limits. I knew there was something going on out there. That really motivated everybody, at least in my area, to work harder. I wasn’t going to go into the service, but this was my part. That was the culture.

You worked hard.

After I got into management I probably put in 60, 65, 70 hours a week. My wife Nancy was supportive. She raised the five children with me gone all the time. Without her I wouldn’t have had a career at EB. She was an integral part of what we did.

I enjoyed the work and I felt I was doing my part. I’m very proud to have been in that generation of people. We helped win the Cold War. We put the boats out so quick that Russia couldn’t keep up.