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You're In the Navy Now
excited, I was in the Navy. I had joined for two years and was immediately sent
to training school.Since I wasn’t
considered officer material I finished my basic training in four months.
For the next
few months I had what could be considered menial duty. I was working in the
preparation of the mess and cleaning up after “Slopping the hogs.”
still a year of my enlisted time left when I was given sea duty. My job didn’t
change while at sea but every so often I got to see the sea or ocean we were
I can still
feel the jarring in my stomach of the rough seas as the ship was tossed about.
I wished I had been on a carrier or cruiser instead of the destroyer I served
anchored off Busan, South Korea, I was excited and
thought I’m going to see another nation which was the reason I joined up to see
came down that only a few mates would be allowed to go ashore for the ship had
to stay on alert. So we were set for another week on the ship anchored without
some field glasses I was able to see the dock workers scrambling around but no
women were in sight or they were dressed like the men and I couldn’t tell the
For months I
had been hearing about the amazing adventures of those who had gone on shore
but so far I hadn’t even been near the shore.After a week we shoved off and headed for Osaka, Japan.
trip the guys that went to shore in Busan told of their exploits while on
shore.I didn’t care if they were lies
or not for they captured my imagination.
The word was
there would be passes for everyone while in Osaka, not all at once but while we were
Everyone was given double duty on
the trip to Osaka
for they wanted the ship to be spotless when we arrived.
we weren’t one of the larger ships, our captain was a proud skipper and he
wanted his ship to impress all who boarded her.
like leave was to be divided into four segments with one fourth of the crew at
a time going ashore. I was in the last segment. As the guys came back from
leave they had stories that made it that much harder to wait my turn.
stories of sexual exploits made the rest of group four extremely anxious.
this was what the navy was all about.After three weeks waiting for the last returnee from segment three to
return to the ship, we heard those most hated words that can be uttered from
the bridge “Now hear this.”
my heart dropped, I knew it; it was too good to be true. Our turn for leave was
going to be cancelled. Naturally it would be a good reason but I didn’t care
about why my fun time wasn’t to be.
background of my thoughts I heard the captain say; “Prepare the ship for
those words men began flying in all directions. I was barely moving till the
chief petty officer grabbed me and said, “Heave to sailor.”
know what “heave to,” meant but it put fire into my feet and I ran to my
station and got it ready for sea duty. Once we were out to sea the captain came
on the intercom and said the ship was overdue for retrofitting and the parts
they had waited a year for had arrived and the ship was ordered to Pearl Harbor immediately.
He said he was sorry that some
of us didn’t get to go ashore but we had to obey our orders.
arrived at Pearl Harbor for the retrofit most
of us were sent back to the States for re-assignment.
Since I only
had a short time left to serve it was back to the mess hall for me.