Tuesday, July 14, 2015

GO NAVY!  What It's Really Like

THE GOOD LIFE   THE GOOD LIFE   THE GOOD LIFE   THE GOOD LIFE

                      YOUR PERSONAL GPS
You might reach your life's destination better if you remember
IT IS THE FUNCTION OF THE NAVY TO CARRY THE WAR TO THE ENEMY SO THAT IT WILL NOT BE FOUGHT ON U.S. SOIL - Adm. Chester A. Nimitz

DAMN THE TORPEDOES! FULL SPEED AHEAD! Adm. Farragut, 7-10-1801


USS SARSI ATF111
A Sea Going Fleet Tug
People think of the Navy as being ships of battle but there is another whole Navy, the service fleet, the tugs, the tenders, the tankers, the supply ships.  The last ship ship sunk in the U.S. Navy was the USS Sarsi ATF111, a sea going tug, sailing in Korean mine fields, hit a floating mine released by the Chinese.

IN THE SAME AREA I SAILED THROUGH THE MINE FIELDS ON A DARKENED USS YUMA ATF94 BUT THANKFULLY MISSED THE MINES



Want to know what the Service Fleet was really like?  Watch the movie "Mr. Roberts" aboard the fictional supply ship USS RELUCTANT AKL.  Life was extreme boredom most of the time, especially for a Radioman who operated alone in a restricted radio shack.  While liberty in Sasebo or Yokosuki, Japan, or Lisbon Portugal was "Ding How Good", cruises to places like Guam, Saipan, Midway, or Iwo Jima, was sheer boredom.  Sorry to say, we had no Mr. Pulver to round up the Navy nurses!

  

SURRENDER,HELL!  I'VE YET BEGUN TO FIGHT - John Paul Jones


For the most part, my only real military experience was in boot camp.  We had to wear boots all the time.  THEY NO LONGER DO THIS.  We marched with a 9 pound rifle everywhere we went.  THEY NO LONGER DO THIS. There were constant inspections of everything.  If it moved we saluted it, if it didn't move we painted it.  I really lucked out, I was made a Recruit Petty Officer in charge of 16 men.  Personally, I never really had to work, just boss those who did.  I MADE A GREAT BOSS -- DID SO MOST OF MY LIFE.  Dad was tougher on me than any of the officers.  I was big and had played football and boxed and was in great shape.  I loved the drills.  I felt so sorry for guys who couldn't swim.  Check out my hair cut!  I loved boot camp.  Click on pictures to enlarge.


SAILORS HAVE THE CLEANEST BODIES AND THE FILTHIEST MINDS - E.Roosevelt



  As a Radioman, I may have sent or received messages once or twice a week.  I copied the fleet broadcast (FOX) every six hours. What did I do most?  Shined my shoes.  Yep!  Every sailor did this.  Not for inspections, which were really rare on a tug.  Started in boot camp and was still shining my shoes on my last day.  I STILL KEEP MY SHOES SHINED.  Sailing from Guam to Yokosuki, Japan, I was restricted to the ship for a week for fighting.  (The restriction was a Captain's joke as we would be at sea)  On the way I got a message saying I had been promoted to Petty Officer Third Class.  When I presented the message to the Captain, he looked at me for a long minute, smiled a knowing smile, signed the message, held out his hand and said "Congratulations".

THE NAVY IS MUCH MORE THAN A JOB; AND MORE THAN SERVICE TO COUNTRY.  IT IS A WAY OF LIFE.  IT GETS IN YOUR BLOOD - Albert Pratt


Serving a one year extension of my enlistment for being in the war zone, I broke my left wrist and had to have surgery.  Was in an Army hospital until I could be flown back to the states to a naval hospital.  I lost everything I had when my ship sailed without me.  I had to replace my own uniforms, never did get it all.  In the picture on the left I have a cast on my left arm.  After I got out of the hospital, with a few months of my extension left, I was aboard an air craft carrier for a couple months and a few months aboard a destroyer escort.  I sailed through the Panama Canal.  From Norfolk, Va., I made a cruise to Jamaica and also to the Virgin Islands.  My last cruise was to France and Portugal.  I went into the Navy weighing 166 pounds, came out weighing 218.

A GOOD NAVY IS NOT A PROVOCATION TO WAR.  IT IS THE SUREST GUARANTY OF PEACE. Theodore Roosevelt




GOD BLESS OUR SERVICE MEN AND WOMEN

GOD BLESS YOU AND YOURS

GOD BLESS THE USA

1 comment:

Cheryl said...

I really enjoy reading about your time in the Navy! The pictures are really neat to see, too.