Sword Astray

1964- San Diego - The Ship was going to have a full dress inspection by an
Admiral, etc. We were all in whites and the Officers had their long swords.
When the Admiral came along side in his gig, he was piped aboard, side boys
and all. As the Officers came to salute they raised the swords. Our Division
Officer, Lt. Steiber raised his smartly. In doing so he forgot he was
standing under the white awning over the quarterdeck area and his sword went
right through the awning. Instinctively he flinched and his lips formed,
Oops!,and withdrew his sword. We all had a good laugh later, but at the time
we had to bite our lips, so to speak.


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