Quote of the Day
I am not a product of my circumstances. I am a product of my decisions.
— Stephen Covey
Hollywood movies usually show WW2 sub skippers as men in their late 40s or 50s (e.g. Operation Pacific or Run Silent Run Deep). I found a list of the top scoring US submarine skippers of WW2 and was able to figure out their birthdays. Given their birthdays, I determined that they had an average age of 32 years on December 7th, 1941. The following table summarizes their ages and their post-war "ships sunk" scoring. When you think about the responsibility they had, these men were very young.
Note that in 1940 (pre-WW2), the average age of an Army major (comparable to Navy Lt. Commander) was 48. The demands of war thrust young people into command roles much more quickly than in peacetime.