Our lives are half fate and half our choices. And when such moment arrives it tells you what kind of a person you are. We all are born as same species but such events define us as individuals.
While watching movies like “Dunkirk”, “Hacksaw Ridge”, “The Great Escape” all of us have wondered for at least once about how long these people’s stories stayed unknown. And how they were unaware that their names will be recorded in the books of history forever.
This story is hard to believe yet its the truth that no one can deny. Why a sailor locked himself and his friend inside a sinking submarine? The answer is going to bring you to disbelief.
In Direction Of Danger
Well, our today’s story takes us back in the ages of war. Every boy who chose the soldier life for himself is aware of the risk involved from the very first step. The thing that scares most of the people is death and a soldier always stays ready for it. Being prepared for death is a different thing and actually facing it is different. And even the greatest of thinkers can’t be sure of what it takes to decide between running away from danger and running towards it.
On October 14th, 1900 in Putnam, Connecticut in the Breault family, a healthy boy was born. Joseph and Flora, his parents named him Henry. Since an early age, Henry loved oceans and always talked about sailing. He grew up listening to stories of his relative’s voyages. What his parents thought to be a childish love was going to shape this little boy’s life in a whole different direction. Even before he could finish his schooling he made a choice.
It was during the First World War that the oceans were calling Henry and he knew he must go. Royal Navy needed more dedicated men and Henry was ready to become one of those. At the age of 16 when most of the boys are lost in their first love charms, Henry put his name for selection in the navy and got selected. His family didn’t want him to go but he knew where he belonged.
The Golden Opportunity
Indeed getting selected in the Royal Navy was a golden opportunity for 16-year-old Henry. Being selected in the navy meant getting paid for doing what he loved. Henry always dreamt of doing both. So, the young boy worked for the White Ensign in the Royal Navy. He was just one face among thousands of others, wearing the same uniform, brought together with the aim of winning the war.
No Time For Love
Like most of the teenage guys and girls, Henry never indulged in teen attraction. He was always amused by the idea of the vast oceans. His uncle Albert J. Breault, who was honored as the local V.F.W post was named after him always told him what great work means and how some people are always different from the crowd. His words truly inspired the youngster.
The Underwater World
Submarines have been used in the wars and have proved to be one of the most effective methods. Unlike jet planes, submarines can reach its target without being noticed. Not to ignore that it involves the highest risk factor. Trying to get an exit from the bowels was always a difficult thing. Uncountable sailors lost their lives with no ways to get out of the submarine and eventually drowned in the ocean.