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Offline charles white

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What is a sailor?
« Reply #1 on: July 27, 2006, 12:28:50 PM »
WHAT IS A SAILOR?  I wonder if anything has changed!!!

“A SAILOR is a guy who is worked too hard, gets too little sleep, takes verbal abuse no civilian would take, does every imaginable kind of job at any imaginable hour, never seems to get paid, never knows where he’s going, can seldom tell where he’s been – yet accepts the worst with complete resignation, and last but not least, he really kinda likes it!  You know why?  When you’re dog tired, been up since 4 a.m., working like hell all day, and about to hit your sack at 8 p.m., a voice shouts “turn to on a work detail!”  Then you unload a ship’s cargo of perishable refrigerated food. You are ready to die by 2 a.m., but the job must be finished before dawn.  Soon you don’t care if you live or die, and suddenly, you’re a sailor, it’s over, and you did it and you think of all the people you know and how they would react under the circumstances and you begin to grin.  You grin because you ain’t scared of nothing, and it is a fact that there is no ordeal you can’t face – and you know it!”

--From a Sailor’s letter.
(from the U.S.S. Midway (CVB-41) Personal Information Booklet as distributed to the first Midway crew in 1945)

I know as King Sailor's we put in a lot of overtime, and as BT's even more with 4 hours on and 4 hours off minus.  Minus because of GQ, all hands replenishments, ammo handling details, drills, chow, laundry, movies, inspections, quarters and a few other things we chose to skip sleep for.
« Last Edit: July 27, 2006, 13:05:54 PM by Chuck W »
Chuck White 1963-1967
BT3, EB Division, USS King DLG-10
USS King (DLG-10/DDG-41) Association Webmaster
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