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OLD MEN IN Funny Hats

 I came across this essay and thought it was a beautiful Memorial Day tribute. I hope you enjoy it.

I wrote this a while after I got home from Iraq, and I post it every year. Happy Memorial Day.

 

You’ve seen them. The old guys in the parades. They march- or shuffle- along, parts of uniforms hanging, bits of ribbons and old medals tarnished black with the years pinned on shirts and jackets unevenly, smiling and waving as they pass. They wear odd, envelope-shaped hats,…

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Added by Lee Damicone on May 23, 2020 at 12:04pm — 1 Comment

Below Zero 40% of the time in NOV. -Feb. @ Great Lakes..."SOUNDS LIKE SUMMER TIME".

Grew up and lived in the Great Lakes area most of my young adult life and had the good fortune to get a call for shore duty as an instructor at GLNTC from 1963 to 1966. Below zero was a MILD term....it starts getting Chilly at around -40 deg's, then there is always  the Lake Effect Snow. Always was a Big challenge as to where to put all that snow.

Finlay wise up and mover the family to Southern Calif  in 1979. LOVE IT HERE IN PARADISE.

Added by Lee Damicone on May 20, 2020 at 9:53pm — No Comments

Surface Warfare Mosaic

I took Emmet Molloy's suggestion and got a good book to catch up on my reading...a Xmas gift from my oldest daughter...THE NAVY, NAVAL HISTORICAL FOUNDATION, BEAUX ARTS EDITION.I came across this passage entitled " Surface Warfare Mosaic"...hope you enjoy it as much as I did.

Surface Warfare Mosaic:  Puffy white clouds of a mid-Pacific sunrise catching the first rays of their creamy peaks…night Tomahawks launches…fantail cookouts…batteries released…haggling…

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Added by Lee Damicone on March 22, 2020 at 4:00pm — No Comments

Co. 924 Triple Threat Great Lakes

Any one here from Company 924 “Triple Threat”?
May 1980 CC was TM1 Nordman

Added by William E.Trempe on February 26, 2020 at 7:19pm — 2 Comments

USS Doris Miller (CVN 81)

USS Doris Miller (CVN 81) Naming Ceremony

Acting Secretary of the Navy Thomas B. Modly will name a future Gerald R. Ford-class aircraft carrier in honor of World War II hero Ship’s Cook Third Class Doris “Dorie" Miller during a ceremony in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, Jan. 20.  In selecting this name, we honor the contributions of all our enlisted ranks, past and present, men and women, of every race, religion and background,” said…

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Added by Lee Damicone on January 20, 2020 at 5:19pm — 2 Comments

USS Doris Miller (CVN 81)

USS Doris Miller (CVN 81) Naming Ceremony

Acting Secretary of the Navy Thomas B. Modly will name a future Gerald R. Ford-class aircraft carrier in honor of World War II hero Ship’s Cook Third Class Doris “Dorie" Miller during a ceremony in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, Jan. 20.  In selecting this name, we honor the contributions of all our enlisted ranks, past and present, men and women, of every race, religion and background,” said…

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Added by Lee Damicone on January 20, 2020 at 5:15pm — No Comments

USS Doris Miller (CVN 81)

USS Doris Miller (CVN 81) Naming Ceremony

Acting Secretary of the Navy Thomas B. Modly will name a future Gerald R. Ford-class aircraft carrier in honor of World War II hero Ship’s Cook Third Class Doris “Dorie" Miller during a ceremony in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, Jan. 20.  In selecting this name, we honor the contributions of all our enlisted ranks, past and present, men and women, of every race, religion and background,” said…

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Added by Lee Damicone on January 20, 2020 at 5:13pm — No Comments

2020 Anniversaries

As David De Rooy commented on January 1st…”We’re heading into the “Roaring Twenties”. I loved that phrase. Here are some things to look forward to in 2020:

2020 will see anniversaries of many significant events in history. Here are ten to note:

75th Anniversary of End of World War II, 1945.

25th Anniversary of the Creation of the World Trade Organization, January 1,…

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Added by Lee Damicone on January 12, 2020 at 3:51pm — No Comments

Old Navy Christmas

Old Navy Christmas

'Twas the night before Christmas, compartments were still,

The sailors were sleeping, as most sailors will.

The ditty bags hung by the lockers with care,

In hopes that St. Nicholas soon would be there

The men were all peacefully dreaming in bed

As visions of liberty danced in each head.

The Chief in his skivvies, hopped into his rack,

Having just came from town and a quick midnight snack.

When out on the…

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Added by Lee Damicone on December 2, 2019 at 4:13pm — No Comments

"Guarding Christmas" The embers glowed softly, and in their dim light, I gazed round the room and I cherished the sight. My wife was asleep, her head on my chest, my daughter beside me, angelic in re…

"Guarding Christmas"

The embers glowed softly, and in their dim light,

I gazed round the room and I cherished the sight.

My wife was asleep, her head on my chest,

my daughter beside me, angelic in rest.

Outside the snow fell, a blanket of white,

Transforming the yard to a winter delight.

The sparkling lights in the tree, I believe,

Completed the magic that was Christmas Eve.

My eyelids were heavy, my breathing was deep,…

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Added by Lee Damicone on December 2, 2019 at 4:05pm — No Comments

Old Sailors Poem

Old Sailors Poem



OLD SAILORS SIT AND CHEW THE FAT

IN POORLY LITE BARS SITTING IN THE BACK



THE LIVES THEY LIVED AS THOSE DAYS DON'T LAST

AND ALL THE GOOD TIMES REMEMBERED FROM THE PAST

WITH THOUGHTS OF BELL BOTTOM BLUES

AND THOSE LITTLE WHITE HATS

AS THEY SINGLE UP LINES

BOTH FORE AND AFT



THEY RECALL LONG WATCHES LATE AT NIGHT…

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Added by Lee Damicone on November 14, 2019 at 5:25pm — No Comments

Why Do We Honor "Veterans"?

When you see Old Glory waving in a breeze,

When you hear the silence amongst the trees,

When you, to sleep, you lay your head ,

Your dreams can be happy, not filled with dread.

When you gaze upon a starlit night

And are not filled with constant fright

Because across the sky a star is streaking

And not a missile or mortar shell is shrieking.

When in your streets car horns are blowing

Instead of fires from bombs are glowing

When the sound…

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Added by Lee Damicone on November 7, 2019 at 3:29pm — No Comments

A Sailor's Story



Early in the mornin' alarm clocks are ringing

My bags are packed 'cause we're leaving today

Defending our freedom by sea twenty-four seven

The boys in blue rushing to get underway

Deep down below a sub lurks in silence

And a ship's striking fear from her presence above

The carriers armed with their helos and planes

Deliver bombs signed "From the Navy, with love

Hi…

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Added by Lee Damicone on October 31, 2019 at 6:20pm — No Comments

ATTENTION ALL" NAVY VETERANS" This coming Wednesday 9-11-2019 is "Patriot Day & National Day of Service & Remembrance". Break out OLD GLORY & fly her proudly @ your home. (as a friendly reminder...DO…

ATTENTION ALL" NAVY VETERANS" This coming Wednesday 9-11-2019 is "Patriot Day & National Day of Service & Remembrance". Break out OLD GLORY & fly her proudly @ your home. (as a friendly reminder...DON'T FLY HER IN THE DARK...thank you for your support.)

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Added by Lee Damicone on September 7, 2019 at 8:46pm — No Comments

MS3 Marbley

Thanks fellows for welcome abroad. I served onbroad the USS New Orleans LPH -11 Aug 1985 -Apr 1988. I am looking for old shipmates that served with me onbroad. I would like catch up and talk about old times.

Added by Tommie Marbley on August 8, 2019 at 4:55am — 2 Comments

To all who Served

The sailor stood and faced his God which must always come to pass He hoped his shoes were shining just as brightly as his brass.

"Step forward now, you sailor, how shall I deal with you? Have you always turned the other cheek? To My Church have you been true?"

The sailor squared his shoulders and said, "No, Lord, I guess I ain't because those of us who stand the watch can't always be a saint.

I had to work most Sundays and at times my talk was tough, And sometimes I've…

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Added by Lee Damicone on July 22, 2019 at 8:24pm — No Comments

I am the American Sailor

Hear my voice, America! Though I speak through the mist of 200 years, my shout for freedom will echo through liberty's halls for many centuries to come. Hear me speak, for my words are of truth and justice, and the rights of man. For those ideals I have spilled my blood upon the world's troubled waters. Listen well, for my time is eternal - yours is but a moment.

I am the spirit of heroes past and future. I am the American Sailor. I was born upon the icy shores at Plymouth, rocked…

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Added by Lee Damicone on July 22, 2019 at 8:21pm — No Comments

REMEMBERING Key West in the early 1960's

 

When money was scarce and you had the weekend off we (John Skondill, Richard Brown & et al) headed to Smathers Beach, across Roosevelt Blvd. and the Key West Airport. All you needed were a Swim Mask, Fins and a Hawaiian Sling (spear gun). The water there was shallow (waist deep) for approximately ¼ mile (give or take). After that it dropped off to an unknown depth, but there among the crevices were numerous Longouste’s …also referred to as Spiny Lobster I only…

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Added by Lee Damicone on July 22, 2019 at 7:41pm — No Comments

Hello, Remember me?

 

Some call me Old Glory, others call me the Star Spangled Banner, but whatever they call me, I am your Flag - the Flag of the United States of America...There has been something that has been bothering me, so I thought that I might talk it over with you here today.

I remember some time ago, (I think it was Memorial Day, or was it Veterans' Day?) that people were lined up on both sides of the street for a parade. A high school band was behind me and,…

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Added by Lee Damicone on July 22, 2019 at 7:08pm — No Comments

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