I was in the group that looked after the mothballed ships in Bremerton from '65 to '66 and had Mo then. My son was born exactly 20 years after Japan's surrender on Mo and I had him on the Q'deck on his 1st birthday. He doesn't remember that but I sure do. Just standing there brought chills up my back and the history/significance was palpable.
Ahhh, fresh water. A rarity even on the GUPPY types I was on. It was mostly used for the batteries and we mere mortals got only a little of what was left for such things as brushing our teeth. Even fresh air was a rarity and only available on the surface or by Snorkeling (along with those horrible vacuums those big diesels pulled). Freeze your D*** off on a northern run or sweat n***s off in the Caribbean. And all the while drinking "Bug-juice".
There's a reason they were called "Pig Boats" but I truly loved the duty.
The Navy was pretty good at weeding out the misfits before they rode the boats and the crew took care of those that got past the screening process. "Don't ask, don't tell" wasn't even a concept then and it wouldn't have mattered had it been. They wouldn't be around long enough to get qualified. "Rocks & Shoals", prohibited elsewhere, could still be found in "Hogan's Alley".
"Steel boats and Iron Men" - DBF
It was a better time.
Take care and God bless, for we are one.
Bob (Squidly Down Under) & Peg - 2013 Ford Focus pushing a 2011 Phoenix Cruiser 2552S
"In God we trust" to preserve our country and bring our Troops safely home.
Carry on, regardless..................