More time away from home!

by The Boatswain | November 14th, 2006

During the fall of 1952 we heard that the Wasp would return to the States and under go a major upgrading. Most of the crew would be transferred to other duties, but a lucky few would get to spend months in Brooklyn. Since Ellen was about to have another baby, I asked the Ship’s Bos’n if I could be included in the ones that stayed and he said, “Why not.”, which encouraged me. We pulled into Jacksonville, FL, across the pier from the USS Midway and I was handed orders to move over to her!

I complained, but to no avail. So, when Ellen was delivering our son, Carl, at the Naval Hospital in Newport, RI, I was THREE DAYS at sea headed BACK to another six month Mediterranean Cruise! Bummer!

My new ship - USS Midway (CV-41)

My new ship - USS Midway (CV-41)

Aside from the news that Carl and Ellen were okay, I had one other consolation. I was promoted to Chief Boatswain’s Mate, which meant that, as a Chief Petty Officer, I not only made more money, but had privileges, including sleeping in Chief’s quarters, eating in Chief’s mess, and being in charge of many more people!

Our Brand New Chiefs - Note the handcuffs, which were part of a day long initiation.<br />I’m second from right, in front.

Our Brand New ChiefsNote the handcuffs, which were part of a day long initiation.I’m second from right, in front.

In addition, I was now eligible to be in charge of a Shore Patrol team and would go ashore, assign my team to their duty areas and, usually patrol with a local policeman, who would know the most likely trouble spots.

On Shore Patrol<br />This is in Thessalonika, Greece.

On Shore Patrol
This is in Thessalonika, Greece.

Me in my new shore going uniform!

Me in my new shore going uniform!

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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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