Retired Naval officer recounts his time in military, how he dealt with religion, sexuality in new memoir

“Choking on Silence: A Memoir” by Paul B. Tripp illustrates common societal conflicts among religion, sexuality and the military

(PR NewsChannel) / October 2, 2012 / MISSOULA, Mont. 

Choking on Silence

"Choking on Silence" by Paul B. Tripp

Paul B. Tripp remembers his military service in a candid and heartwarming way in “Choking On Silence: A Memoir” (ISBN 1478152516). Tripp’s memoir shares his personal struggles of accepting his sexuality while dealing with religion and his military job as an officer in the Navy. While his memoir does share these troubling times in hopes of supporting others, Tripp also hopes to encourage readers to discover who they really are as individuals.

In “Choking on Silence,” Tripp provides readers with a raw, in-depth look at his life over the years. He opens up about his time in the military as well as how he came to terms with his homosexuality in an atmosphere that had refused to accept or acknowledge any sexuality other than heterosexuality.

Tripp gives readers a look into his marriage with a woman as well as his years in reparative therapy, an attempt to make his homosexuality go away. The now-retired naval officer shares intimate details of a nine-year investigation of homosexuality within the military.

On the one year anniversary of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,” Tripp felt it necessary to share his story with others who may be going through the same thing.

“When President Obama overturned ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,’ the political climate afforded me the opportunity to speak openly about my journey,” Tripp says.

Throughout his memoir, Tripp keeps a light-hearted and optimistic tone despite talking about some dark and serious subjects. Tripp hopes readers will appreciate his message and that his memoir will lead individuals on their own paths of self-discovery.

“Choking On Silence: A Memoir” is available for sale online at and other channels.

About the Author: Paul B. Tripp is a retired naval officer who served within the submarine force and the National Security Agency.

Paul B. Tripp
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