Off the Fantail

1963 West Pac- off Japan with carrier Hancock- 1st Div seaman puts on life
jacket, makes sure fantail watch sees him and jumps overboard at 25 kts. We
turn around, launch whaleboat, pick him up. He was a thorn in 1st Div side
and got his wish to get out. While all this was happening the carrier and
other escorting destroyers came to a complete stop with the Admiral who was
on board our ship previously, now on the carrier. Good thing no one gets
hung up on the yardarm any more.

 

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