Tag: Submariner

Below the Waves

All you Navy veterans out there, check out this cool poem by Brad over at Commonsensiblyspeaking. Even an old grunt like me can appreciate this!

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Submariners, a special breed

Sailing the depths of oceans blue

In the confines of sweating steel

A world bathed in fluorescent hue

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The metal sings in creak and groan

As the depth and the pressure build

Warship patrols Poseidon’s home

Running quiet, these men so skilled

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Whatever may befall this crew

They share the fate that lies below

There is no walking home from here

A tragic truth each one well knows

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Like a dark hole in the water

They ply their deadly hunting trade

In the ghostly realm far below

Many sacrifices are made

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And when in port for needed rest

They will appear a motley crew

For when you ride a nuke all day

You need to blow off steam it’s true

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But you will not find one braver

Than these denizens of the sea

The bubbleheads do rule the deep

Unseen…

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Janine’s Mission 43– Veteran’s Last Patrol Volunteer

I like this organization. There has been a link to it on my blog for some time now. I am sending out a card, how about you?

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Art AlumA few missions back, we sent out cards to the vets that Veteran’s Last Patrol works with.  I recently learned that one of their volunteers could use some ‘get well’ messages from all of us. Here is what Veteran’s Last Patrol founder, Claude Schmid shared with me about Art Allum:

One of Last Patrol’s earliest volunteers, Art Allum, has been a rock and a gentleman. Art’s a submariner who did 20 years in the Navy. He visits veterans in hospice to provide that end-of-life friendship we’re all about. He’s also gone the extra mile to help at least one track down an important personal record. Beyond that, Art has made food can goods deliveries to veterans unable to leave their homes, he’s participated in numerous honor ceremonies, and has driven disabled, solitary veterans to medical appointments. (The last two have been over 100 miles away.)

Unfortunately, a few weeks ago…

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