The “Dog Tag” – Sub Commander Chris Lagemann

Commander, USS West Virginia (SSBN-736)

Welcome to the Dog Tag, Episode XX, Season 1 a podcast by the St. Charles County Veterans Museum.

Tonight’s guest is Chris Lagemann a U.S. Navy Submarine Commander retired. Sailing on a U.S. nuclear submarine is a trip into a cramped, timeless, and windowless undersea world.  Today’s submarines will often spend up to ninety percent of their time underwater making night and day indistinguishable.   While on patrol, the crew is largely cut off from the outside world, including their families, for long periods of time. There are regular launch drills which challenge the physical and psychological stamina of the crew.  And just like in the movies, there are close encounters with enemy submarines.  More so than on a surface ship, the submarine commander and officers face additional challenges because of the stress, tight living, and working environment.  Here tonight, Chris will share his story about life aboard, commanding a nuclear submarine.

To listen to Chris’ story, click on the link below.

Chris Lagemann our our host Jason Galvan

Please contact the St. Charles County Veterans Museum Oral History project at or call 636-294-2657 for more information and lets’ talk. We want to hear from you because we know…Every Veteran has a story.