Naval Stories

Use this forum to discuss the November 2019 Book of the month, "Deadly Waters: The Vietnam Naval War And Its Aftermath", by Randy Miller.
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One of the things that fascinate me are war stories and the bonds that grow among soldiers. In Deadly Waters, right from the beginning we get a whole lot of colorful characters - the Chief, Captain Foley, Quigly, Palmer and the rest. What is your favorite moment ?

Also we get plenty of great stories from these men. Like the one when we get to know how Ensign Wells fears the Chief. What is your favourite ?

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So far, the most vivid scene was the trip from the harbor to Olongapo over the 'sh*t River.' My husband tells me that there were little Phillipino children who would taunt the sailors to toss coins over the edge of the bridge, and then dive into that mess to retrieve them. In reality, they had a net stretched below the surface that caught the coins, and they had a coin in their hand when they jumped in. They would harvest the money from the net just after dark. My husband's buddies gave him no end of ribbing for falling for these tricks.

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Howlan wrote:
01 Nov 2019, 09:04
One of the things that fascinate me are war stories and the bonds that grow among soldiers. In Deadly Waters, right from the beginning we get a whole lot of colorful characters - the Chief, Captain Foley, Quigly, Palmer and the rest. What is your favorite moment ?

Also we get plenty of great stories from these men. Like the one when we get to know how Ensign Wells fears the Chief. What is your favourite ?
I'm still reading this book. So far, my favorite parts are in Vermont. This book is like opening the gates to Dachau and seeing what really was happening.

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The slap game. I thought it was a joke at first, but Zack did his best. I wonder how young men sacrifice their life way back on the times of the events in the book and treated 'harshly', something like that.
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I just started reading the book, but what stood out to me was that the characters did not really care what their shipmates' background was. They would only start to ask personal questions once the first bonds of friendship has already been laid. It is as if the military is a great equalizer, where the only distinction between men is their job title and rank.

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djr6090 wrote:
04 Nov 2019, 11:00
So far, the most vivid scene was the trip from the harbor to Olongapo over the 'sh*t River.' My husband tells me that there were little Phillipino children who would taunt the sailors to toss coins over the edge of the bridge, and then dive into that mess to retrieve them. In reality, they had a net stretched below the surface that caught the coins, and they had a coin in their hand when they jumped in. They would harvest the money from the net just after dark. My husband's buddies gave him no end of ribbing for falling for these tricks.
I love this story. How cute and clever of those kids. I’m going to guess it was desperate times, but I still think it’s a cute little act.
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Hester3 wrote:
12 Nov 2019, 14:11
I just started reading the book, but what stood out to me was that the characters did not really care what their shipmates' background was. They would only start to ask personal questions once the first bonds of friendship has already been laid. It is as if the military is a great equalizer, where the only distinction between men is their job title and rank.
So true :)
Military brings such unity among people

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I'm still at the start but I like the bonding between Zach and Eastman so far.

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djr6090 wrote:
04 Nov 2019, 11:00
So far, the most vivid scene was the trip from the harbor to Olongapo over the 'sh*t River.' My husband tells me that there were little Phillipino children who would taunt the sailors to toss coins over the edge of the bridge, and then dive into that mess to retrieve them. In reality, they had a net stretched below the surface that caught the coins, and they had a coin in their hand when they jumped in. They would harvest the money from the net just after dark. My husband's buddies gave him no end of ribbing for falling for these tricks.
:D These kids were really clever. And adorable.
But the path I’ve chosen has always been the right one, and I wouldn’t have had it any other way. :)

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Hester3 wrote:
12 Nov 2019, 14:11
I just started reading the book, but what stood out to me was that the characters did not really care what their shipmates' background was. They would only start to ask personal questions once the first bonds of friendship has already been laid. It is as if the military is a great equalizer, where the only distinction between men is their job title and rank.
I agree with you, the military is a great equalizer. When you are wearing the same uniform and fighting on the same side of the war then your choices on who to befriend are very limited.
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I have not read the book yet but from other sailors novel, there is always great adventure and action. I don't think this book is any different.

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I got a kick out of the scenes with McCoy. He is a really colorful character with the profane names that he comes up with to call the recruits.

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ciecheesemeister wrote:
15 Nov 2019, 15:41
I got a kick out of the scenes with McCoy. He is a really colorful character with the profane names that he comes up with to call the recruits.
Yes, he was salty, wasn't he? He made a science out of berating his swabbies, and they seemed to live him for it.

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"Be a Navy, and see the world." The Naval motto, which catches the eye of young men, a sacrificial journey for the sake of the country.
Zach had recently graduated in college and entered Navy, he did his job well as he was told. He is an outstanding seaman apprentice.
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I love the discipline the junior officers always have for their seniors. But i also don't like being given unquestionable instructions, maybe that explains why I'm not in the military 😊
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