You Can't Make Up Stuff Like This
Still no useful tabs on Blogger, so I'm doing this all with html tags; bear with me if it doesn't work (although it did work on the post below.) The latest issue of Undersea Warfare has a picture (bottom of page) of one of my shipmates on the Topeka, who's now XO on one of the USS Henry M. Jackson (SSBN-730)crews. This got me to thinking of another JO I served with on Topeka who has probably finished up his XO tour by now, and a sea story he once told. This one is so out there that I figured no one could make it up. He was doing a split JO tour on Topeka, so he had started off on another boat that had been decommissioned. Here's his story:
"This is a no sh*tter. Our last underway, I got relieved as evening watch Engineering Officer of the Watch at midnight, and went to find the off-going OOD. We were going to wake the CO to give him our relief report, when the OOD says he's got an idea. We dress up in anti-C's, Mk V gas masks, and grab two battle lanterns. We quietly go into the COs stateroom, shine the lights in his face, and scream, 'My God, we found one alive!' He chewed our ass, but seeing the look on his face before he realized it wasn't his worst nightmare coming true was totally worth it."
Note: Although this is listed as being published at 2:46pm, I'm actually getting it onto the web site at 5:53pm MST because the Blogger server bites...