As a submarine
commander, LUTZ was apparently well
above average evidenced with his bringing his crippled 205 Alpha boat safely
into port after an on board fire and carrying many tons of sea water that leaked
into the boat during this fire emergency. To command a submarine in a navy
that has only two dozen boats, one had to be exceptionally qualified.
officer and indeed, as a man, he fell far short. In charge of the chantey
choir of the naval school, they were in an east German city just after the end
of the DDR and the USSR when some of his drunken cadets went down the historic
old street, smashing the centuries old globes on the street lights. When
the mayor complained, LUTZ became angry, arguing loudly with the mayor
and then called the mayor an "Eastie", a very derogatory term
that referred to someone formerly living in East Germany.
LUTZ was disciplined by his superiors for this.
instance, his superior officer, much younger than LUTZ, ridiculed him
because he was single and not moving up in the ranks because, his superior told
him, only married officers were getting promoted - so LUTZ got married.
This apparently was not a happy marriage. When he and his wife were in
the USA for an International Submariners Convention, they had a fight. It
was reported to us by some American submarine veterans, that LUTZ took
away her passport, airplane ticket and money then told told her to 'go out on
the street' and earn the money to get back to Europe! The American
veterans thought this was an extremely terrible thing to do and for the most
part, had nothing more to do with him.
He was later posted in England and
allegedly physically beat his wife on more than one occasion. One day he
returned to his apartment after work to find - nothing! His wife had every
stick of furniture shipped back to Germany, informed him that she was going to
divorce him and get deeply into his wallet. His exit from the Bundsmarine
was less than memorable and when all this came to our attention, he was put out
of Sharkhunters immediately and permanently.