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Sorry for posting this as an image. I got it in a pdf and couldn't extract the text.

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

1 posted on 11/11/2007 4:29:59 PM PST by Vermonter
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http://www.yorktownsailor.com/yorktown/likenavy.htm


2 posted on 11/11/2007 4:34:45 PM PST by Vn_survivor_67-68 (CALL CONGRESSCRITTERS TOLL-FREE @ 1-800-965-4701)
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Great post! God bless you and thanks for your service to your country.


3 posted on 11/11/2007 4:35:50 PM PST by Jean S
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Aye, mate. Once a sailor, always a sailor.


6 posted on 11/11/2007 4:42:56 PM PST by Jim Robinson (Our God-given unalienable rights are not open to debate, negotiation or compromise!)
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To: Vermonter

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.


9 posted on 11/11/2007 5:24:55 PM PST by Dominnae ("An appeaser is one who feeds a crocodile hoping it will eat him last." -- Winston Churchill)
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Ahhhh......the memories.

Nice post. Thanks.

10 posted on 11/11/2007 5:38:33 PM PST by jmax
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Great post! Brings back a lot of memories!


11 posted on 11/11/2007 5:42:13 PM PST by navyguy (Some days you are the pigeon, some days you are the statue.)
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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.


12 posted on 11/11/2007 5:51:57 PM PST by RC2
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USS Oregon City -- CA122 (Heavy Cruiser - Atlantic '46-'47)

13 posted on 11/11/2007 5:54:22 PM PST by Eastbound
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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.


14 posted on 11/11/2007 5:56:35 PM PST by Mr Rogers (I'm not sweating global warming!)
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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.


15 posted on 11/11/2007 6:13:55 PM PST by burzum (None shall see me, though my battlecry may give me away -Minsc)
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Being a Tin Can sailor puts a little extra kick in one’s step.


16 posted on 11/11/2007 6:20:34 PM PST by em2vn
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23 posted on 11/11/2007 7:03:44 PM PST by groanup (A good way to debate is to answer your opponent's questions, not hide under a rock.)
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Thanks for the memories. It brought a smile to this Navy vet’s face.


24 posted on 11/11/2007 7:07:50 PM PST by ExpatGator (Extending logic since 1961.)
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“I WAS A SAILOR ONCE. I WAS PART OF THE NAVY& THE NAVY WILL ALWAYS BE PART OF ME.”

And how!


29 posted on 11/11/2007 7:16:52 PM PST by Ronin (Bushed out!!! Another tragic victim of BDS.)
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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.


32 posted on 11/12/2007 6:36:14 AM PST by CTOCS (Some people drink from the fountain of knowledge. Others just gargle.)
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...the ship beneath me feeling like a living thing as her engines drive her through the sea...

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!!!

34 posted on 11/12/2007 7:11:02 AM PST by Drew68
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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.


35 posted on 11/12/2007 7:14:50 AM PST by Irish Queen (Nevada Gal)
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I retired from the Navy 21 years ago,and this article sums it all up better than I could. I gave them 26+ years ,served aboard seven different carriers made twelve major deployments of six months or more,(usually more!) and countless smaller things like Carquals and stuff.

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!

39 posted on 11/12/2007 4:53:46 PM PST by oldsalt (There's no such thing as a free lunch.)
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outstanding post...it brings back good memories, bad memories and some things we’d rather forget ;)


40 posted on 11/12/2007 5:10:59 PM PST by Bottom_Gun (Crush depth dummy - proud NRA member & Certified Instructor)
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Nice post. Thanks.


41 posted on 11/12/2007 8:58:35 PM PST by GATOR NAVY
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