This brought back fond memories of years ago service on a Destroyer.
It came to me in the newsletter of the alumni association of the USS Robert H. McCard DD822
Great post! God bless you and thanks for your service to your country.
Aye, mate. Once a sailor, always a sailor.
Thank you & God Bless.
I’m going to read this to my Father,
who served in the REEVES DE156/APD52
Atlantic & Pacific, WW2.
I know he will appreciate it, and send his thanks too.
Nice post. Thanks.
Great post! Brings back a lot of memories!
Works for me. I was a Sonarman aboard a Destroyer....old Fletcher Class. Worse duty I ever had was shore duty.....especially after being at sea. Thanks for the post and as others have said “Brings back a lot of fond memories”......even in rough seas it was a time to remember.
USS Oregon City -- CA122 (Heavy Cruiser - Atlantic '46-'47)
I was doing OK until I read, “I like sailors...”
But as a USAF officer with a few years in a Navy squadron, I THINK I know what is meant.
I once knew a lieutenant who talked like this. This LT went through the enlisted ranks to become a Master Chief, then became a Chief Warrant Officer and finally a LT. He *hated* being in port. I had to do my submarine qualification walkthrough with him and it was thorough! I had the fewest mistakes on a walkthrough that he had ever seen but that still meant that I had over 30 lookups!
He also had a saying “A man is never really free unless he is underway.” Let’s just say that most of the crew DID NOT agree with this sentiment.
Being a Tin Can sailor puts a little extra kick in one’s step.
Thanks for the memories. It brought a smile to this Navy vet’s face.
“I WAS A SAILOR ONCE. I WAS PART OF THE NAVY& THE NAVY WILL ALWAYS BE PART OF ME.”
I actually served on the McCard in the spring of 1969 as part of the spook detachment. We were tailing the “Moskva”, the first Russian aircraft carrier. Tailed her all over the eastern Med for about 2 months.
And when the propellers of a carrier cavitate the water, it'll shake the computers off your desk!
...the piercing trill of the boatswainspipe... ""Sweepers, sweepers! Man your brooms!"
...the syncopated clangor of the ship's bell on the quarterdeck... "FIRE! FIRE FIRE!" FIRE IN THE AFT MESSDECKS!"
...the harsh squawk of the 1MC... "This is a drill! This is a drill!"
I like the surge of adventure in my heart when the word is passed "Now station the special sea and anchor detail..." "The smoking lamp is out throughout the ship!"
...I like the tempo of a Navy band blaring through the topside speakers As we pull away from the oiler after refueling at sea...
Our ship played Metallica.
HAPPY VETERANS' DAY!!!
Thank you for posting this poem. My husband was on the Coral Sea in the early sixties. I’m printing it up write now to give to him when he wakes up. God bless you.
I loved it then and I miss it now,but at my age all I can do about it is tell my 11 grandchildren lots of Sea Stoies,I have to tell the grandkids because everybody else has heard them all....more than once!
outstanding post...it brings back good memories, bad memories and some things we’d rather forget ;)
Nice post. Thanks.