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    Posted: 11 Dec 2017 at 7:34pm
I was reminded by the wife that we once flew out for Scotland on Christmas Day. We were told the Gold crew had volunteered to stay the extra day if necessary, so at least one crew could enjoy Christmas. However, we were told all the logistics were in place, and we were leaving as scheduled. Somehow I have got to believe someone somewhere messed up by going by schedules and never noting the day involved. Then when it was realized, it was too late. 
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Poor Boomer crews.
Only two crews to share Christmas.
The Operating Forces would have loved the chance.
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Ya know, I just thought we all went where the detailer sent us. I wasn't looking for any sympathy, simply pointing out Naval logistics. 
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OK. LOL


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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote FTGC(SS) Lane Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 12 Dec 2017 at 11:40am
Well, I WAS going to post about my deployed holidays.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote 610ET Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 12 Dec 2017 at 11:44am
Originally posted by Sewer Pipe Snipe Sewer Pipe Snipe wrote:

Ya know, I just thought we all went where the detailer sent us. I wasn't looking for any sympathy, simply pointing out Naval logistics. 


Some of the pinging between SSN and SSBN sailors is in good fun.

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Diesel, Nuke, Boomer, or whatever, we all had the common goal of keeping the green monster out of the people tank!
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Then there was Seahorse coming back to Charleston 2 days before Christmas. and the handful of guys who were confined to the boat with with STDs picked up in San Juan, our last pit-stop on shake-down cruise. Imagine having to explain why daddy wouldn't be ashore until after Christmas. Wink
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Originally posted by Flapper Flapper wrote:

Then there was Seahorse coming back to Charleston 2 days before Christmas. and the handful of guys who were confined to the boat with with STDs picked up in San Juan, our last pit-stop on shake-down cruise. Imagine having to explain why daddy wouldn't be ashore until after Christmas. Wink


Yikes.

Some busy lawyers after that run?
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I think  Hawaii was the most depressing time for me my first Xmas away from home in '67.  I think I saw only one Xmas tree tied around the submarine escape tower.  Now Oahu seems to be the Xmas vacation spot of the middle class, and I'm sure trees are flown out.  Hell in those days NFL  and college games were shown on a week delayed basis, as communication satellites hadn't come to fruition.

Things were going somewhat okay with twenty five cent beers and likewise for rum drinks that day at Beman's.  This was our little sub bar right next to our barracks and down the hill from the huge Bemans.  Things were okay until our buddy and shipmate Denny "Country" Wilkerson from Indiana said Gawl Damn this is the best Xmas Eve I ever had.  Country earlier had taught us to mix tomato in our beers and we were especially appreciative of him just then.

That simple not meant to upset anyone comment started our downfall.  All of us around him looked at Country and let out a groan, a few even moved their chairs farther away from him.  One of the movers  got too close to one of the three young cutesy Hawaiian dancers on what passed as a  "stage", and that caused her boyfriend in the band to go to battlestations alert.  Next thing the boyfriend locks into a  karate stance as our half drunk shipmate picks up his chair as a defense weapon.  Luckily it never made it to fisticuffs, but a chair or two was broken as the Hawaiian kicked chairs out of the way as he circled and got nearer to the trespasser.  Beman's almost immediately closed down and we walked, or crawled the maybe 100 feet back to our barracks.

Funny how it went bad.  We all were drinking and having a decent time.  We weren't at sea, and we weren't in Vietnam in a rice paddy.  but we weren't home and it wasn't our best Christmas Eve.



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