Cauley, Jack

Jack E. Cauley was born during the Great Depression on September 19,

1931, in Brunswick, Georgia, at a cost of five dollars. Jack’s father was a heavy equipment operator who also held a license to pilot ships, so the family was constantly on the move, going from one job to another. As a small boy, Jack lived on Sapelo Island, Georgia, for almost two years alongside eight white families and four hundred African Americans whose forefathers had moved to the Island for one reason, freedom.

On Sapelo Jack heard many stories from the black race which was handed down from their forefathers and grandfathers about slavery and the despicable U.S. government. At the age of eight, Jack moved from Brunswick, Georgia, to Plattsmouth, Nebraska, where his father helped build a military air field in Omaha. Just over a year later, Jack was living in Colorado Springs, Colorado, where his father was helping to construct another air field for the U. S. government. While living at Colorado Springs, the Japanese Empire had Pearl Harbor and several other areas in the far east bombed, drawing the United States. into a world war.

This traitorous act by the Japanese enhanced Jack’s curiosity about peace, politicians, history, war, men with delusions of grandeur, and survival. Jack became an avid student of history, especially fishing, war, dictators, and ranching.. After the air field was finished in Colorado, Jack returned to Brunswick, Georgia, where his father worked at a shipyard as a gantry crane operator until the end of World Warl 1. When Jack graduated from high school, he joined his father working on a shrimp boat off the cost of Mexico for almost two years.

Jack worked as a deck hand and the fishing trips lasted between thirty to forty days and nights. What time Jack had onshore, he constantly visited stockyards and ranches, because he was fascinated with bullfighting. Jack had a birthday on a Sunday and received a draft notice on a Monday, notifying him that he had a two week’s notice before he was compelled to report to an induction center in Jacksonville, Florida. Jack joined the U.S. Army and became a paratrooper, simply because it paid more money. While in the paratroopers, a Mexican gunboat committed piracy and seized his father’s vessel and six others that were anchored in international waters exactly twenty-three miles offshore of Tampico, Mexico.

At the time Jack wrote to a Texas Senator on behalf of his father and the other seamen trying to have their case heard in an international court of law, however, he received no answer. President Truman ordered the Mexicans to release the fishennen and their boats but they refused and kept the seamen in a dungeon. This was Jack’s first hard lesson about politicians, journalism, and U.S. law. After fourteen days of brutal treatment the seamen were fined and released, but their boats had been stripped of their seafood, radios, depth recorders, nets, hardware, tools, anchors, spare parts, and ninety percent of their fuel had been pumped from their tanks.

After being discharged from the U.S. Army, Jack returned to fishing for another year. During that year he survived one violent hurricane at sea, and watched a seismograph boat being blown out of the ocean. However, Jack’s most humiliating experience was a Mexican gunboat boarding his vessel and at gunpoint stealing his seafood. Two weeks later, Jack watched the Mexicans sell his product to a seafood house on the U/S Mexican border at Port Isabel, Texas. The U.S. government began importing shrimp from foreign countries causing the price to drastically drop so Jack quit fishing.

Disgusted with government, Jack returned to Brunswick, Georgia, and joined Hercules Incorporated for thirty-seven years and worked at analyzing, producing, and then supervising the production of terpene and synthetic products for the world market. Jack’s education consist of high school, courses in law, bookkeeping, management, and chemicals.

In 2017 the author self published a biography, “The Call of the Sea,” and a novel, “Olga.” The author now tries to avoid liberals and politicians.





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