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For a fact this does happen. At least it did back in the day. Probably nothing pisses a soldier off more than missing or being late for a meal and they knew and used this tactic for this reason.
The Navy was a bit different. It was far to often, a very real joke... You'd hear the announcement shipwide "Dinner for the Crew" followed by "Left full rudder". The officer of the bridge would almost always put the ship through a series of maneuvers while the crew tried to eat chow. It was an art... hold your tray down with an elbow and your drink with the hand of the same arm, all of your silverware in the other hand at the same time. Then you could only hope you remained in your seat. There were always 1 or 2 victims who'd go sliding across the deck, food, drink flying everywhere, usually a rookie, who hadn't mastered the fine art of eating with your tray at a 45 degree angle.
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I always felt bad for the galley crew who had to clean up the mess afterwards... Hey, they do call it a "mess" for a reason.
 
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33 years ago today I went shopping… in Izmir, Turkey. The only “Christmas” thing I saw that day was a cardboard Santa in front of a used car lot. A storm blew in about dark and the shuttle boat out to the ship quit running (seemed to happen to me a lot).

I ran into another shipmate, we decided to get dinner and see if we could find a hotel since we couldn’t get to the ship. At a hotel we found 9 other shipmates. They were drunk and broke, no money for a room. We decided to get the hotel penthouse suite, 2 bedrooms with a fold out couch in the livingroom.

Later, I’ll never forget the sound of 9 drunk sailors trying to sing silent night. It was depressing as all heck. I was half a world away from home but didn’t feel alone. I knew what Christmas meant.

A pic of a few shipmates taken on that same deployment… We were goofing around with a missile system, came up with a way to fire the missiles with a damaged system.

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Here is the same missile launcher in a live fire exercise. A buddy took the photo, by accident. He flinched when the missile fired. It was a neat system. If you listened close you could hear 2 "booms" when a missile fired.

One when the missile ignited, the other... Just as the missile left the launcher it would break the speed of sound... 2 Booms!

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33 years ago today I went shopping… in Izmir, Turkey. The only “Christmas” thing I saw that day was a cardboard Santa in front of a used car lot. A storm blew in about dark and the shuttle boat out to the ship quit running (seemed to happen to me a lot).

I ran into another shipmate, we decided to get dinner and see if we could find a hotel since we couldn’t get to the ship. At a hotel we found 9 other shipmates. They were drunk and broke, no money for a room. We decided to get the hotel penthouse suite, 2 bedrooms with a fold out couch in the livingroom.

Later, I’ll never forget the sound of 9 drunk sailors trying to sing silent night. It was depressing as all heck. I was half a world away from home but didn’t feel alone. I knew what Christmas meant.

A pic of a few shipmates taken on that same deployment… We were goofing around with a missile system, came up with a way to fire the missiles with a damaged system.

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Wouldn't their hair get singed when those rockets ignited??? :)
 

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33 years ago today I went shopping… in Izmir, Turkey. The only “Christmas” thing I saw that day was a cardboard Santa in front of a used car lot. A storm blew in about dark and the shuttle boat out to the ship quit running (seemed to happen to me a lot).

I ran into another shipmate, we decided to get dinner and see if we could find a hotel since we couldn’t get to the ship. At a hotel we found 9 other shipmates. They were drunk and broke, no money for a room. We decided to get the hotel penthouse suite, 2 bedrooms with a fold out couch in the livingroom.

Later, I’ll never forget the sound of 9 drunk sailors trying to sing silent night. It was depressing as all heck. I was half a world away from home but didn’t feel alone. I knew what Christmas meant.

A pic of a few shipmates taken on that same deployment… We were goofing around with a missile system, came up with a way to fire the missiles with a damaged system.

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I spent Christmas at sea twice. We made a Christmas tree out of bubble wrap and different colored plastic plug caps. It sucked.
 

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The Navy was a bit different. It was far to often, a very real joke... You'd hear the announcement shipwide "Dinner for the Crew" followed by "Left full rudder". The officer of the bridge would almost always put the ship through a series of maneuvers while the crew tried to eat chow. It was an art... hold your tray down with an elbow and your drink with the hand of the same arm, all of your silverware in the other hand at the same time. Then you could only hope you remained in your seat. There were always 1 or 2 victims who'd go sliding across the deck, food, drink flying everywhere, usually a rookie, who hadn't mastered the fine art of eating with your tray at a 45 degree angle. View attachment 55610

I always felt bad for the galley crew who had to clean up the mess afterwards... Hey, they do call it a "mess" for a reason.
Son was Navy for 4 yr.s.He had all kinds of awaeds even had his picture across deck for sailor of the year,he had already made sailor of the month almost went down into Navy history liking 2 points for class. Of course he was 31 when he joined almost too old to join.He joined to get education in 1997.
Of course after what I saw from V.Nam I wasn't happy.I told him he was my only son and 'it was time for them to find another war' he can't do that to me, but he said " not asking for your permission,just blessing".
I said no way was mad but got over it.Of course I was right, started another war in 2003. They were using dolphins to mind sweep in the Persian Gulf.
 

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Somehow missed this thread. Our family has a very long service record. Dad and uncle were in Vietnam. Older relative in the battle of the bulge. Maybe this is why I feel as I do about rights, our Constitution, etc. I am very opinionated regarding all service members in that regard. Both Dad and uncle are gone now. Hard to wath what is going on in the world today and in my view sickening.
 

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