Knee-High Knickers

By the way, I recall CO Fred Bailey’s arrival aboard JC. He had a few pairs of new khaki pants and needed some “tailoring” done.  I forget the sailor’s name who handled such matters for us, but I told Fred “he’d do the work for him if he’d like.”  Well,  turns out the young man took the crotch-to-cuff measurement and used it (accidentally) as the hip-to-cuff  measurement! Fred went somewhat...

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Stern Anchor

I understand that Captain Ted Fischer may have earned the nickname, “Stern Anchor” on several occasions but the one that I remember occurred on his very first day as CO. We were scheduled for a local op off the Strand and were berthed at the inner most berth at the Mole Pier. This was a very tight spot with not much room to maneuver as we backed out from the pier. As was usual, we were using the “Papa” boat as a pseudo...

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