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A FRIENDLY ENCOUNTER AT SEA
The Aircraft Resource Center ^ | Unknown | Anonymous

Posted on 05/28/2005 1:49:33 AM PDT by Robert Drobot

AN ENCOURAGING WORD

Below is an e-mail from a young ensign aboard the USS Winston Churchill to his parents. (Churchill is an Arleigh Burke-class AEGIS guided-missile destroyer, commissioned March 10, 2001, and is the only active U.S. Navy warship named after a foreign national.)

"Dear Dad,

"We are still at sea. The remainder of our port visits have all been cancelled. We have spent every day since the attacks going back and forth within imaginary boxes drawn in the ocean, standing high-security watches, and trying to make the best of it. We have seen the articles and the photographs, and they are sickening. Being isolated, I don't think we appreciate the full scope of what is happening back home, but we are definitely feeling the effects. "About two hours ago, we were hailed by a German Navy destroyer, Lutjens, requesting permission to pass close by our port side. Strange, since we're in the middle of an empty ocean, but the captain acquiesced and we prepared to render them honors from our bridgewing. As they were making their approach, our conning officer used binoculars and announced that Lutjens was flying not the German, but the American flag. As she came alongside us, we saw the American flag flying half-mast and her entire crew topside standing at silent, rigid attention in their dress uniforms. "They had made a sign that was displayed on her side that read, "We Stand By You." There was not a dry eye on the bridge as they stayed alongside us for a few minutes and saluted. It was the most powerful thing I have seen in my life. The German Navy did an incredible thing for this crew, and it has truly been the highest point in the days since the attacks. It's amazing to think that only half-century ago things were quite different.

"After Lutjens pulled away, the Officer of the Deck, who had been planning to get out later this year, turned to me and said, 'I'm staying Navy.'

"I'll write you when I know more about when I'll be home, but this is it for now.

"Love you guys."


TOPICS: Extended News; Foreign Affairs; Germany
KEYWORDS: aegis; allygermany; americandestroyer; germandestroyer; germantroops; germany; letters; lutjens; navy; sailors; usn; usswinstonchurchill
And here's a picture of what that scene looked like:

"We Stand By You."

1 posted on 05/28/2005 1:49:33 AM PDT by Robert Drobot
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To: Robert Drobot
What a difference sixty years makes!!!

God bless the German crew aboard the German Destroyer "Lutjens", and our own seamen aboard the "USS Winston Churchill" !!!

2 posted on 05/28/2005 1:54:25 AM PDT by Robert Drobot (Da mihi virtutem contra hostes tuos.)
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To: Robert Drobot

Too bad their Crap Weasle government didn't feel the same way.


3 posted on 05/28/2005 1:56:13 AM PDT by konaice
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To: Robert Drobot

They stood by us for what 2-3 weeks?


4 posted on 05/28/2005 2:27:52 AM PDT by Xenophobic Alien ("Blessed are the cheesemakers")
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To: Xenophobic Alien

Seems to me the German military have the same problem our own politicians here - being made to 'fight' ( if you can call it that ) with one hand tied behind our back.


5 posted on 05/28/2005 2:37:06 AM PDT by Robert Drobot (Da mihi virtutem contra hostes tuos.)
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To: konaice
Too bad their Too bad their Crap Weasle government didn't feel the same way.government didn't feel the same way.

Are they any different from the 'Crap Weasle' Congress we have?

6 posted on 05/28/2005 2:39:30 AM PDT by Robert Drobot (Da mihi virtutem contra hostes tuos.)
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To: Robert Drobot

Don't get too excited everyone. This is from the week after 911 when the whole world said it stood behind us. Silly us, we attacked our attackers and the whole world went away.


7 posted on 05/28/2005 2:44:36 AM PDT by mazda77 (Sabre)
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To: Robert Drobot

Unfortunately, the ship is named for that rabid Nazi Admiral that was in command on the Bismarck.


8 posted on 05/28/2005 2:44:55 AM PDT by TexConfederate1861
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To: Xenophobic Alien; konaice
The bottom line here is the respect the German Navy displayed to the American Navy on the open sea. It's entirely possible the German brass on board caught hell for that display. Politics sucks, when it comes to support for the military. In the wimp world surrounding us, every country's military is experiencing the same lefty/socialist/commie disdain.

Remember the Billery White House, and their eight year demeaning insult of military personnel? The same attitude exist in every Western nation today.

9 posted on 05/28/2005 2:57:28 AM PDT by Robert Drobot (Da mihi virtutem contra hostes tuos.)
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To: Xenophobic Alien
They stood by us for what 2-3 weeks?

"They had made a sign that was displayed on her side that read, "We Stand By You."
I would interpret this to be a message from the crew of the ship, not from the German government. The German skipper took a chance doing this. It might not be good for his career.
11 posted on 05/28/2005 3:45:03 AM PDT by R. Scott (Humanity i love you because when you're hard up you pawn your Intelligence to buy a drink.)
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To: konaice

Yes, but we cannot tar the German Military with this blackness not German honour. They had nothing at all to do with it.


12 posted on 05/28/2005 4:31:54 AM PDT by CasearianDaoist
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To: Robert Drobot

Thank you.

A great post, and fitting for Memorial Day.


13 posted on 05/28/2005 5:20:20 AM PDT by StoneGiant
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To: Robert Drobot
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/557103/posts
14 posted on 05/28/2005 6:15:56 AM PDT by ASA Vet (Those who know don't talk, those who talk don't know.)
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To: Bob from Fairfield

Ping


15 posted on 05/28/2005 6:18:18 AM PDT by ASA Vet (Those who know don't talk, those who talk don't know.)
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To: Robert Drobot

Now for a little perspective: In the year 1942, at the height of the U-Boat war, which saw millions of tons of Allied shipping sent to the bottom by U-boats, American maritime attack/patrol aircraft attacked and sunk two German U-Boats that were involved in a post-sinking search for survivors who might be of intellingence value.

These two subs could not take on more than a handful of men. If left to operate, these subs would have sunk tens of thousands of more tons of ships, each. As tragic as events such as this are, it was regrettably necessary, regardless of what Nazi apologists say. If this qualifies as a killing frenzy then I am Mahatma Frickin' Ghandi.


16 posted on 05/28/2005 6:31:20 AM PDT by ExpatGator (Progressivism: A polyp on the colon politic.)
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To: mazda77
Don't get too excited everyone. This is from the week after 911 when the whole world said it stood behind us. Silly us, we attacked our attackers and the whole world went away.

Yo got that right.

We are all Americans now was the sentiment then. As long as we stayed victims we had the world's sympathy. Once we fought back and there was a prospect that those other countries might be asked to pay more than lip service they dropped us like a hot potato. - Tom

17 posted on 05/28/2005 6:46:24 AM PDT by Capt. Tom (Don't confuse the Bushies with the dumb Republicans - Capt. Tom)
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To: Robert Drobot
Thanks R.D., I remember this being posted right after 9/11, with quit a different reaction from FReepers at the time. The Germans are good, industrious people. Unfortunately many FReepers buy into the MSM propaganda that "All" Germans are leftist pinkos that hate America. Looking at some of the remarks on this thread, I wouldn't blame the Germans if they were.
18 posted on 05/28/2005 7:23:09 AM PDT by ScreamingFist (Peace through Ignorance)
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To: ExpatGator
These two subs could not take on more than a handful of men.

Your point is exactly right. Anyone who has ever been on a WW II era submarine could tell that there was no possibility of a survivor rescue, as you say, of more than a couple people, maybe an officer with intel value, but that would be it.

19 posted on 05/28/2005 8:26:14 AM PDT by hinckley buzzard
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To: Robert Drobot

Zundel & friends not wanted here, thanks.


20 posted on 05/28/2005 9:12:35 AM PDT by Admin Moderator
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To: Robert Drobot
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/555615/posts
21 posted on 05/28/2005 5:19:32 PM PDT by A.A. Cunningham
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