Wednesday, November 27, 2013

2013 Thanksgiving Tribute

In a departure from our custom of the seven preceding years (examples), M.E. offers the following historical Thanksgiving tributes presented courtesy of others...
Thanksgiving Menu Cover from USS Hartford, a sloop-of-war steamer commissioned in 1859.  Note: USS Hartford (SSN-768), a Los Angeles-class submarine, commissioned in 1994, is the second USS Hartford.

USS Darter (SS-227 commissioned 1943, or SS-576 commissioned 1956) courtesy of WannabeSoldier at GRANDPA's NAVY (see also Navy Chaplain W. T. Kennedy's accompanying prayer) :

And finally, this tribute written by a Pulitzer Prize-Winning Novelist who had served in the U.S. Navy in WW2, (as neither a skimmer nor a submariner) the late James A. Michener:
“I saw the submariners, the way they stood aloof and silent, watching their pigboat with loving eyes. They are alone in the Navy. I admired the PT boys. And I often wondered how the aviators had the courage to go out day after day and I forgave their boasting. But the submariners! In the entire fleet they stand apart!”  - Tales of The South Pacific, James Michener

Happy Thanksgiving to our sailors, especially these: "Though serving beyond sight of others, submariners remain on very influential minds ." - Juan Caruso Davenport

Submarines are always silent and strange.


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