captain was a putz whose name I can't remember. The first time at sea we were
playing plane guard with a carrier when a plane went down. Both pilots got out
OK but this ass ran over them and killed one. The next time out he hit the pier
coming in and did $3,000,000 damage to the pier. Shortly after that we had a new
captain. Captain Kelly came aboard and let it be known "That's the way we have
always done it!" was no excuse for not doing it right. The first morning he held
inspection and restricted the crew for a week until everything was "Up to MY
standards" as he put it. Then two days of liberty and we went to sea for two
weeks that we were to be in port and ran drills 24/7. By the end of a month that
ship went from being sloppy to being the sharpest destroyer I ever saw by far.
Moral was high and we felt invincible. I was on that ship from 1960 until 1963
witch was an interesting time to be in the navy, Cuba and all. Kelly liked me.
He let me get away with things no other captain would have. The reason was I was
a lot like him. I was a hothead. I'd tell a Commander he was full of it as fast
as I would a seaman. Also I was good at my job. As an E5 I was as good at my job
as any E8 on the ship. And several times I came up with answers that no one else
could. He got transferred just before I did. I made E6 and got drunk to
celebrate. Sure enough the new captain busted me to E4 and I was transferred as
E4. I'll tell several short stories about this ship and those times one day
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