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  • For a fellow Chief

    Most of you won't "get" anything from this post, but a friend and fellow Chief is "going ashore" Friday. He reads these forums but does not contribute. So in the finest tradition of the U.S. Navy,....Here's to you John.

    The Watch

    For twenty years
    This sailor has stood the watch

    While some of us were in our bunks at night
    This sailor stood the watch

    While some of us were in school learning our trade
    This shipmate stood the watch

    Yes.. even before some of us were born into this world
    This shipmate stood the watch

    In those years when the storm clouds of war were seen brewing on the horizon of history
    This shipmate stood the watch

    Many times he would cast an eye ashore and see his family standing there
    Needing his guidance and help

    Needing that hand to hold during those hard times
    But he still stood the watch

    He stood the watch for twenty years
    He stood the watch so that we, our families and
    Our fellow countrymen could sleep soundly in safety, Each and every night
    Knowing that a sailor stood the watch

    Today we are here to say
    'Shipmate... the watch stands relieved

    Relieved by those You have trained ,Guided, and Lead
    Shipmate you stand relieved.. we have the watch..."

    "Boatswain..Standby to pipe the side...Shipmate's going Ashore.."

    Best of luck, and fair winds and following seas.


  • #2
    Good luck to you, Chief....


    Aviation Machinist's Mate Airmen, USN


    • #3
      He said thanks!

      Surprisingly I can still fit into my Dress Blues!