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The infamy of a Chief

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    Posted: 04 Feb 2019 at 8:34am
The Chief was bragging to the Ensign one day. You know, I know everyone there is to know. Just name Someone, Anyone  and I know them. Tired of his boasting,  the Ensign called his bluff, Okay, Chief, how about Tom Cruise. Sure, yes, Tom and I are old friends and I can prove it. So they fly out to Hollywood and knock on Tom Cruise's door and sure enough, Tom  Cruise, shouts, Chief ! Great to see You! You and your friend come right in and join me for lunch! Although impressed, the Ensign is still skeptical. After they leave Cruise's house, he tells the Chief that he thinks his  knowing Cruise was just lucky. No, no, just name anyone else, the Chief says. President Bush, the Ensign quickly retorts. Yep I know him, let's fly out to Washington. So, off they go. At the White House, Bush spots them on the tour and motions them  over, saying, Chief, what a surprise. I was just on my way to a meeting, but you and that Ensign come on in and let's catch up. Well, the Ensign is very shaken by now, but still not totally convinced. After they leave the White House grounds, he expresses his doubts to the Chief, who again implores him to name anyone else. The new Pope, the Ensign replies. Sure, I've known the Pope a long time. So, off they fly to Rome. They're assembled with the masses in Vatican Square when the Chief says, this will never work. I can't catch the Pope's eye among all these people. Tell you what, I know all the guards, so let me just go upstairs and I'll come out on the balcony with the Pope. He disappears into the crowd headed toward St. Peter's. Sure enough, half an hour later, the Chief emerges with the Pope on the balcony. But by the time he returns, he finds that the Ensign has had a heart attack and is surrounded by paramedics. Working his way to his side, the Chief asks the Ensign, What Happened to him.  

The Ensign looks up  and says, I was doing fine until you and The Pope came out on the balcony and the tourist next to me asked, Who's that on the balcony next to the Chief.

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One super sharp Chief I had the priviledge of serving with was Chief Bob Hatfield, an FT, I served on both Pargo and also Trepang with him.  I was Weaps on Trepang, and Chief Hatfield and I had come over from Pargo together.

My mentor on Pargo was its Weapons Officer, LT. Chuck Bean.  Bean and I shared a Stateroom with another guy - not so sharp  In any event, I got to hear many conversations between Bean and Hatfield.  Oh, did I mention Hatfield was a member of the Hatfield Clan of Hatfield and McCoy fame?

I remember Hatfield coming in looking for Emergency Leave - seems his father had passed away.  In conversation, Hatfield let on that his late father had wooed away the Chief;'s Girlfriend and married her.  Stuck in my mind.

Years later, Hatfield came to me on Trepang seeking Emergency Leave - his father had died.  He proceeded to tell me the tale about his ex-girlfriend.

Back on Pargo, apparently the Goat Locker sometimes got tired of some of Bob's seemingly Tall Tales.  One night the Goats were watching a WWII flick set in Pearl Harbor.  There was a scene where two people were seen to be standing behind a painted mural - the two had their heads poking thru holes so as to have their pictures taken.  Hatfield, who had served as a Gun Pointer on a Skimmer out of Pearl in WWII said he remembered the  photo mural.  Of course, they all laughed and called him on it.

Later, I was told, he went back to his bunk and reemerged carrying a photo of him and another in that very same mural!

Don't even get me going on how Hatfield sold me a Coon Hound Puppy for ten dollars saying the sire had been leashed and jumped over a fence to mate with the female that had the litter - he swore the male was found dead hanging by the leash from the fence with a smile on his face.  (I knew better than to doubt The Chief.)

When I bought my first house, Bob offered to come over and put a TV Antenna up on my roof chimney.  I had no ladder.  He brought me an old ladder that he said he got from Strip Ship at the base - missing rungs, etc.  I was afraid to throw that ladder away for years.

The Chief was a good friend and wish we could have served a third tour together...

PS I forgot to mention that Hatfield got to go to the Second Funeral for his Father.  XO never did find out!

Edited by SaltiDawg - 04 Feb 2019 at 1:47pm
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