Five years ago I tried to put into words
for my book what I thought the submarine tradition was. As we reach out
to the young sailors of the Force today in our 100th year, and remember
our shipmates of past years, we might try to remember what makes us a happy
band of brothers. From the first five men chosen to sail on the Alligator
of 1862 to the men who will man the TEXAS, we all share this tradition.
THE SUBMARINE TRADITION
There is something about the submarine
service. It tends to create a bond between those who have served. It is
one born of trust. Every submariner who ever put to sea and submerged has
placed in the hands of another their very lives. The bond is not one of
close friendship, even though those do grow out of the time spent aboard
ship. It is one of mutual respect. The respect is blind to color, ethnicity,
religion, nationality and gender. The bond is one of personal responsibility.
Not everone has it. Some don't even know what personal responsibility is.
True submariners know what it is. It is their way of life. The trust and
respect and sense of personal responsibility is the submarine tradition.
|Jim Christley's website: http://www.oldsubsplace.com