Hold Fast - Part 1
Six Navy Divers of UCT 1 and Their Unimaginable Ordeal
It was another typical early spring morning at the Underwater Construction Team ONE headquarters in Little Creek, Va., when Bobby Stethem reported for duty.
"Bob Stethem," smiled the new guy, extending his hand.
Stuart stood to shake and was immediately overcome with a strange sensation. "I wasn't superstitious or religious," he would recall years later. "But I had this sudden, enormous sense of fear and dread ... of terror."
For whatever reason, he felt compelled to immediately assign Bobby to his own division: November Mike. It was a close-knit group already - Stu, Tony, Clint, Dave, Jeff and Kenny. To call these Navy Divers close was an understatement. They were brothers.
Stu gave the event little thought until a few days later when Bobby uneasily approached him. He too had experienced the same dark, sudden feeling of dread. They both shrugged it off - there was work to be done.