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(Daily Mail)   Fair winds and following seas, shipmate. Damn these old warships are dusty   (dailymail.co.uk ) divider line
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2013-03-04 11:13:36 PM  
He choked up and paused when asked how it felt to be back.
'I just wanted to come back and see actually what happened to me in my early 20s,' the Elkins, Ark., man said. 'I think the bottom line was the four years changed me. I was a different person when I left.'



My friend, it changed every one of us.
 
2013-03-05 01:42:58 AM  
My grandfather served on the USS Laffey during Korea also. Small world.
 
2013-03-05 02:04:26 AM  
May the sea rise up to meet you.
May the wind be ever at your sails.
May the sun shine softly on your decks and the rain fall gently on your hill.
And until we sail again, May God hold you in the hollow of his bathtub
 
2013-03-05 02:23:26 AM  
He described how the ship would roll from side to side when the guns were fired and how he would go out with a couple other sailors in small wooden boats to clear mines.
It had to be done at night, with no lights and no weapons except for knives. The metal from the guns might have exploded the floating mines, he said.


Uhhhh... I guess they were sporting some special Aleut glass knives or something.
 
2013-03-05 02:47:23 AM  

HotWingAgenda: He described how the ship would roll from side to side when the guns were fired and how he would go out with a couple other sailors in small wooden boats to clear mines.
It had to be done at night, with no lights and no weapons except for knives. The metal from the guns might have exploded the floating mines, he said.

Uhhhh... I guess they were sporting some special Aleut glass knives or something.


Mines are often magnetically triggered, it's doubtful there would be enough steal in a knife to do so, but a rifle on the other hand just might.
 
2013-03-05 02:50:20 AM  

TerminalEchoes: My grandfather served on the USS Laffey during Korea also. Small world.


It was recommissioned the same day my mother was born.  Weird.
 
2013-03-05 02:54:00 AM  
+1 subby, awesome find.
 
2013-03-05 03:08:46 AM  

RatMaster999: TerminalEchoes: My grandfather served on the USS Laffey during Korea also. Small world.

It was recommissioned the same day my mother was born.  Weird.


My grandfather died trying to kamikaze it during WWII.  Small world.
 
2013-03-05 03:39:14 AM  
My grandfather served on her sister ship, the USS Taffey.
 
2013-03-05 03:47:13 AM  

TerminalEchoes: My grandfather served on the USS Laffey during Korea also. Small world.


Mine served on the original Laffey against the Japanese.
 
2013-03-05 05:24:57 AM  
The Laffey served on my grandfather, Poseidon.

Weird.
 
2013-03-05 05:28:25 AM  
My grandfather served on her sister ship, the USS Taffey.

God dammit, why am I laughing at that?
 
2013-03-05 05:49:04 AM  

joninaz: My grandfather served on her sister ship, the USS Taffey.


I've heard of that ship.  The pilot always had trouble docking it after being out on the ocean, so they'd get the whole crew onto the dock with smaller boats, then everyone would grab the rope and haul it in.  A good, old-fashioned, salt water Taffey pull.
 
2013-03-05 06:04:40 AM  
Bravo Zulu Shipmate!
 
2013-03-05 06:28:56 AM  
As much as I thought I hated my time aboard, 40 yrs later, it would be nice to revisit the ship I served on. Unfortunately, it's sits in Philly-rusting away and waiting to be scrapped.  Nice that this guy got to go back.
 
2013-03-05 06:31:23 AM  

RatMaster999: joninaz: My grandfather served on her sister ship, the USS Taffey.

I've heard of that ship.  The pilot always had trouble docking it after being out on the ocean, so they'd get the whole crew onto the dock with smaller boats, then everyone would grab the rope and haul it in.  A good, old-fashioned, salt water Taffey pull.


Oh that's just bad.
 
2013-03-05 06:34:47 AM  
RatMaster999:
I've heard of that ship.  The pilot always had trouble docking it after being out on the ocean, so they'd get the whole crew onto the dock with smaller boats, then everyone would grab the rope and haul it in.  A good, old-fashioned, salt water Taffey pull.

oneping.net
 
2013-03-05 06:36:56 AM  

SJKebab: My grandfather died trying to kamikaze it during WWII. Small world.


My grandfather actually is the only person alive to sink it. He was working at the ship yard and turned the wrong valve went to lunch, when he came back he found he'd flooded the dry dock where it was undergoing repairs.

The only other thing my granddad said about it was, it's good to be in a union.
 
2013-03-05 07:10:34 AM  
Safe and sound at home again, let the waters roar, Jack.
Safe and sound at home again, let the waters roar, Jack.
Long we've tossed on the rolling main, now we're safe ashore, Jack.
Don't forget yer old shipmate, faldee raldee raldee raldee rye-eye-doe!
 
2013-03-05 07:13:57 AM  
fair winds?  the first thing i thought of was the Freewinds

www.freewinds.org
 
2013-03-05 07:44:17 AM  

BlameBush: As much as I thought I hated my time aboard, 40 yrs later, it would be nice to revisit the ship I served on. Unfortunately, it's sits in Philly-rusting away and waiting to be scrapped.  Nice that this guy got to go back.


I agree, unfortunately mine is sitting on the bottom of the Pacific thanks to her becoming a target for practice.
 
2013-03-05 09:58:29 AM  
Diversity
 
2013-03-05 05:05:28 PM  
My father in law was a Tin Can sailor. When the John W Brown came to Cleveland, he and many members of the Tin Can Sailors crewed the ship. We met many men who had never been back aboard a ship since they came home from the war. Many cried. So many talked about their service, good stories(that you could actually tell in mixed company!) And to a man they said how wonderful it was to come back and remember some of the good. I would not have thought that a ship could bring closure and healing. I was wrong.

It was an awesome experience, and I even got to cruise on her. Wow. So big to look at from the ground, but so tiny when you walk the decks.
 
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