“You are most suited to complete the mission that I require.” With those spoken words I began a ten day journey with the ghost of my great-great-great grandfather Commodore ‘Fighting Bob,’ a journey filled with adventure, danger and conquest. I would witness the duels with British Officers while narrowly avoiding capture and imprisonment, subdue both Barbary Pirates and savage tribesmen and invade the California Territory, wresting it from rebel armies in pitched battle. Why was I selected? What skills or knowledge did I possess that I was the one uniquely qualified to carry out his mission? It wasn’t long before the answer to these questions and more would be revealed. I was about to embark on an unforgettable odyssey.
Bob Stockton was born in Trenton, New Jersey, in 1940. Leaving school in his junior year, he began his Navy career in 1957. Following Navy retirement in 1977, Bob has earned undergraduate and graduate degrees, worked as a shipyard welder’s helper, adjunct graduate instructor, epidemiologist, pharmaceutical trainer, and radio host. The author, an avid motorcyclist, currently resides in Jacksonville, Florida in close proximity to his three children, three grandchildren and a large American Bulldog named Bowser.