Runnin’ With Frogs
Title: Runnin’ With Frogs: A Navy Memoir
Author: George R. Worthington
Publisher: Greenberry Publishing, LLC
Genre: Biographies & Memoirs
Reviewed by: Anthony Avina
Hollywood Book Reviews
Douglas MacArthur once said, “Like the old soldier of the ballad, I now close my military career and just fade away, an old soldier who tried to do his duty as God gave him the light to see that duty. Goodbye.” Yet in George R. Worthington’s book Runnin’ With Frogs: A Navy Memoir, this author proves that their life in the military doesn’t have to end by fading away, but rather can live on by sharing that life both in and out of the military with the world to see.
This book is an incredible first-hand account of the author’s life, retired Rear Admiral George R. Worthington, U.S. Navy. The author showcases in great detail their life by outlining it in three separate phases. Phase 1 explores the author’s childhood (including living in the age of WWII and the Third Reich), as well as the journey of the author’s education at South Kent School and Brown University. Phase II explores the author’s very detailed account of their military career, including unique assignments and interactions with military servicemen, generals, senators and leaders of the government. Finally, Phase III explores the author’s life after military life, and reflects on the lessons learned throughout a full career.
The author’s ability to go into great detail regarding the life of a servicemen in the Navy and the vivid description of every action taken, even in transportation scenarios, was amazing to see unfold. You can read the author’s detail in passages like this, “The transit to Pearl Harbor was remembered for its rough (Pacific—calm waters?) passage a day out of San Diego. Six destroyers in formation for the normally five-day transit at sixteen knots. We endured three days of Sea State 4!” Here the author highlights a disciplined yet relatable way of showcasing the journey taken on the sea surrounded by destroyer ships.