War is ALMOST over!

by The Boatswain | December 29th, 2005

I left the Philippines on a transport full of released civilian POWs from the Santo Tomas camp in the heart of Manila. After about a 30 day trip, we arrived in San Diego, CA. and I was told I’d have to stay until my enlistment was up (about 3 months) if I wanted to leave the Navy, which I was considering.

Hanging around the barracks, I kept seeing all the guys who HAD quit, coming back in and saying there wasn’t any work for them on the outside! I went to the Personnel Office and asked how long I had to wait IF I reenlisted. I was told, “We can reenlist you first thing tomorrow morning, and then you can leave on a 30 day leave.”

Well, that evening I phoned Ellen in MA and told her I had something to say. “Don’t tell me,” she said, “You’re going to reenlist!” (Women CAN be tricky!) – So, next day I re-upped, got my reenlistment bonus and caught a train for the East Coast!

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The United States Navy rating of Boatswain's Mate is a designation given to enlisted members who are rated as a deck seaman. The colloquial form of address for a boatswain's mate is 'Boats'.

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