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A View from the Minesweeper's Bridge

Commander Richard J. G. Goodwin’s A View from the Minesweeper’s Bridge: A Royal Navy Officer’s World War II Memoir is a posthumous remembrance. It was originally intended as a family keepsake, but after Goodwin’s death, his children were compelled to share the manuscript and its engrossing account of their father’s life – a legacy of service and achievement that played out against pivotal events of the twentieth century that still inform the world we live in today. As a World War II Royal Naval Officer, he participated in numerous missions, including the top-secret testing of cutting-edge minesweeping technology aboard the first coastal commercial vessel to be fitted with a four-hundred-ton magnet. This was to protect Britain’s coastline as Germany was laying magnetic mines in and around British waters – aiming systematically at starving the nation. He participated in missions including the invasions of Sicily and Normandy and the decisive victory at the Battle of Britain. Most compelling is his riveting account of dangerous assignments in support of the Eighth Army’s advance on North Africa as he participated in the longest recorded minesweeping mission across the Mediterranean. Edmund Burke once noted that the only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing. While Goodwin may have lived in a bygone era, his journey as an ordinary person doing the right thing for the greater good in extraordinary times of political uncertainty, social upheaval, and rapidly changing cultural mores is timeless – and never more relevant.

Commander Richard J. G. Goodwin

Richard Goodwin was born in Persia in 1913 where his father was British Vice Consul. He was educated in the UK public school system, Haileybury College. His naval training was on the well-known training ship, HMS Conway, of the Royal Naval Reserve. Entering the Second World War as a navigator, Goodwin eventually served on top secret, highly classified mine sweeping operations during the war, on HMS Borde and HMS Whitehaven. He married Joan Gamon, during the war, whom he met in Chile while with the merchant marine, as a cadet, sailing between Liverpool, UK and Valparaiso, Chile. Goodwin participated in the invasion of Normandy in charge of landing crafts and was wounded on the beaches there. In December 1943 he was awarded the Distinguished Service Cross (DSC) for valor, among other medals. He was selected by the British Admiralty to travel to Central and South America as the British government’s envoy to speak about the efforts of the Royal Navy in World War II. He later took on a post for marine operations in northern Peru with Lobitos Oilfields and later became the South America representative for W.R. Grace’s shipping division, Grace Line, New York and Lykes Lines, New Orleans. He was transferred to Panama. He retired in Naples, FL, where he became the Court Interpreter for the City of Naples until age of 80. Commander Richard J. G. Goodwin died in Peru at the age of 99.

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