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Mark always seemed to be able to manage to make the most of any situation even an uncomfortable one as this must have been for everyone.

posted by Kabu on August 6, 2022 at 11:14 AM | link to this | reply

Good afternoon

Warm milk is really gross, especially when trying to wash down a sandwich. Those guys had it rough, but despite all of the hell that they went through, your son still managed to get medals. That in itself is amazing. 

posted by Sherri_G on August 6, 2022 at 9:54 AM | link to this | reply

Boats have a tendency of having mechanical issues. The joke is that Boat stands for Bust Out Another Thousand.

posted by FormerStudentIntern on August 6, 2022 at 7:46 AM | link to this | reply

A bit of a nightmare, I suppose most sailors are fairly young and can put up with minor hardships. I don't know what the situation was at that time, but it has always seemed dodgy somewhere.

posted by C_C_T on August 6, 2022 at 7:12 AM | link to this | reply

This first hand account is so vivid..the hardships, the struggles, the stamina to withstand all that is happening around you and do your duty to the best of your ability. ❣️


posted by shamasehar on August 6, 2022 at 6:07 AM | link to this | reply

I know the Navy wouldn't let this ship go for too long with a wimpy

boiler. That kind of breakdown has a bad effect on crew morale, but he was dealing with it using humor. Our country was lucky to have him and his mates on duty.

posted by Pat_B on August 6, 2022 at 5:27 AM | link to this | reply

Good Morning

Oh my!  This sounds scary to me.  I think eating sandwiches is one thing but drinking lukewarm milk is rough.  Thankfully nobody got hurt when the boilers blew up.  That has to be scary for everyone onboard.  I know your son was very proud of getting his new ribbons.  I think he wanted to share that with you because he knew how proud you would be.  There's one thing I'm sure of and that is I would have never survived on a ship.  Once the boiler blew up I'd be done.  These men were so brave.  Our family was Marine Corps and Air Force and I know what they went through but I never knew what the Navy men went through.  Thank you for sharing these posts.

posted by Goldiec on August 6, 2022 at 12:33 AM | link to this | reply

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