|I got to thinking about the stupidest,
dumbest, and most embarrassing thing I ever did while on the boats.
When I reported aboard my first boat,
the Sterlet, in 62, I had shipped over regular Navy from the Reserves,
and while in the Reserves had made several dives, including a weekend with
Roy Ator and John Clear aboard the Diodon, so being on and around a submarine
was not a "new" experience to me.
I crossed the brow after requesting
permission to come aboard of the topside watch, and reported as ordered!
I was told to lay below to the after
battery where I would be met by the yeoman who would take my paperwork
from me and get me settled in.
Went to the AB hatch, yelled the requisite
"look out below" warning before dropping my sea bag down the hatch (no,
I didn't hit the COB with it, you're getting ahead of me), and started
down the ladder after it.
Now, I had climbed up and down the after
battery ladder on no less than five boats since I had joined the reserves,
including the Cabezon, our training boat. No big deal, right?
True, except for a BIG case of nerves,
bein as this was my first "real life" assignment. I somehow got my knees
up in front of me on the ladder, and was stuck tighter than anything you
can imagine! I didn't panic, kept a cool head and was trying to unwedge
myself when the Topside Watch wandered aft of the sail and saw me.
He, being a very salty NQP immediately
figured out my problem, and instead of offering to help he went forward
and called down to the Control Room so the whole damned duty crew could
gather either on deck or in the AB to laugh their asses off at me!
Finally took two guys pulling on my
arms from topside to get me out of that predicament! And it took me over
a year to live that down, if in fact I ever did!
Ok, who's next?