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John Viele is a retired naval officer and a former submarine commander now living on Cudjoe Key. He writes a monthly column on Keys history for the Island Navigator newspaper, and his articles have also appeared in Florida Keys Magazine and Tequesta, the journal of the Historical Association of Southern Florida. He is a frequent lecturer on Keys history. He serves as a director on the boards of the Key West Maritime Historical Society and the Historic Florida Keys Foundation. He served as history editor for a resource textbook on the history and environment of the Florida Keys prepared for Monroe County Public school teachers.