My childhood was spent bouncing from station to station with my two older brothers. Finally at the young age of ten, my now salty twenty active year Marine Gunnery Sargent father was given orders to South East Asia. His responce was, "Time to retire!"
Off we went to Tennessee........High School a blur.....Work.....A
I gladly selected Fire Control Technician Missiles. Having
What ship do I want to serve on...Hum, Nuclear??? Oil fired??? Ok unreps!!! Rope pulling NAAAA .....Nuclear.. All we would ever unrep for is food, parts and mail.
Haze Gray and always underway. "See the world son", echoed in my head. Nuclear it is...Truxtun CGN-35..been around for twenty some years. Might be a great place to live...
Reported for duty on Aug 29, 1978..I was alomost killed after being onboard for only two hours. It seemed that a landing light fixture weighting in at around 150 Lbs. was not properly secured and I was assigned to move some boxes from the flight deck into the hanger bay when...Whhooosshh it grazed me on the backside. BANG it hit the deck. No one even asked if I was OK. I saw the light. After being settled down by the ship chaplain I began my four year tour of the Mighty Tommy T.
I will not bother telling the rest... I'm certain your pretty bored by now...
I left the NAVY with good feelings and sometimes I really do miss
I'm sorry the Truxtun CGN-35 is no longer sailing the seven seas.
I just know her name will be given to another... Maybe not in my lifetime, but my sons of grandson...
Farewell, sail by a star and continue on this tack until sun up....Good bye Tommy T.
Gregory L. Faith
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