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Old 08-17-2011, 01:19 AM
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U.S. Navy 1915 film. Pretty nifty.

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Subs were very small. Fifty years after the Civil War.
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Well Done, Leatherneck! I enjoyed that alot.

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Subs without deck guns.
Ships with open gun turrets.
Ammo loaded aboard by hand.
Enlisted men uniforms the same fifty years later.

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Thanks for posting, very enjoyable. Interesting to see the use of 'marlin spikes' for making splices and fenders. Loading and storing projectiles and powder casks were not that much different from my experience. I've always admired anyone who could cope with the confined spaces of a sub (bubble heads as we affectionately called them).
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Great find! Interesting to see how much has changed and yet how much has stayed the same. Or at least to see how we may do some of the same things and yet the tradition still shines through. I still think every sailor today should make a first tour through Deck Division and soak in some of the basics of Seamanship. Even if most of my time there was spent chipping and painting!!!
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I think ive taken larger boats fishing than those old U boats.
they must have turned to liquid to move around in there
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Thank you for a wonderful and enlightening experience! That was really interesting. I never knew our subs were so small, but I really enjoyed seeing the big Dreadnaughts. No wonder our navy comrades are so proud of their service!
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Get a copy of "the Bluejackets Manual" from 1930 to about 1945 and you will see a LOT of stuff in there the "average" shipboard sailor had to learn.

Impressive considering the time period. Plus the book makes a good read overall.
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And, we submariners affectionately called y'all "targets."
Ahh, but you can swim away from a sinking ship...... there is much to be said about sunlight and fresh air.
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That's the reason I joined the Navy instead of the Air Force. I can swim further than I could fly.
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Yo! Bubbleheads!! Salute!!! Hey, I never had to tie those knots. Nice fender...
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I spent some time on a DLG target in the Gulf of Tonkin Yacht Club before I submerged. Left her the year the N. Koreans shot down a PBY in international waters - 1968. Nixon sent the entire Pacific fleet, except us and a few others, to Korea. I had orders to school and was roped up to a Chinook, flown all around the Gulf, landed on a carrier, was shot off that and dropped in the Phillipines. After that, subs were no problem.
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Ah, yes...submarines. I was an NSG CT...
We ate their food,
We wasted their water,
We breathed their air, but ...
"We Were Not There!"
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Nice find! It was also interesting to see the Marines' PT and comms from back then. A simple mirror and shutter frame was cutting edge communications!
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I spent some time on a DLG target in the Gulf of Tonkin Yacht Club before I submerged. Left her the year the N. Koreans shot down a PBY in international waters - 1968. Nixon sent the entire Pacific fleet, except us and a few others, to Korea. I had orders to school and was roped up to a Chinook, flown all around the Gulf, landed on a carrier, was shot off that and dropped in the Phillipines. After that, subs were no problem.
I was on the Enterprise at the time, we were just completing our 9 month deployment and were getting ready for some I&I in the Philippines. Went to Korea instead, we went from boiling hot to freezing cold (it seemed) in just a couple of days, lots of us got sick from the big climate change.
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I was a hospital corpsman, and I was stationed for the last two years of my enlistment at Cherry Point, NC. Of the various names the Marines had for us, I think the only one I can post here is "Doc."
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Also those of us on "Targets" didn't have to hot rack, how'd that work out for all you bubbleheads. err... sub sailors.
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It's amazing what normal men will do to protect the folks back home. Great film. Thanks.
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That's the reason I joined the Navy instead of the Air Force. I can swim further than I could fly.
and that's the whole reason I joined the Army in '70, because I always had this secret desire to low crawl. I could low crawl over anything, chest on the ground, butt down, I could crawl to town and back, I could....... well you get the Idea.
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Cougar14 - Wm. H. Standley, DLG-32. We sailed with you guys and the New Jersey. We were N and S Sea-Air Rescue, pulling downed pilots from the Gulf and directing air strikes.

thndrchiken - I was on a modern FBM, We had our own racks and didn't have to swab decks.
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That's the reason I joined the Navy instead of the Air Force. I can swim further than I could fly.
Even though I was a college swimmer, I joined the Army.

When you get tired of swimming, you have to tread water.

When you get tired of running, you can just sit down.
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Here's a wealth of info and historical videos/documents:
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Worked with an ol' country boy BM2 who was totally into marlinspike stuff. Our PB had the most awesome fenders in the squadron! He taught us how to do it, too. Freaked out a couple ol' bos'ns that a twidget knew how to do an eye splice.

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When I was on the Peleliu in the '80s humping 5" 54 projectiles was an E6 & below operation. I'm not really fond of heights so I never really got used to the part where we went down a skinny ladder to a skinny catwalk with both arms full of iron.
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Also, lets not forget that there are allot more airplanes at the bottom of the ocean than their are submarines in the sky!
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I was on active duty for 8+ years...Made 9 polaris patrols, then 2 years on attack boats.... loved it at the time..wouldn't take a million bucks for the memories....BUT... wouldn't do it over again for that same million$$$.. The FBM's were caddilacs of the fleet.. we worked hard , ate really well and were the highest paid in the fleet... I always hated the flights to Rota and Holy Loch.... cause I could swim pretty good....couldn't fly a stroke!!!! Merry Christmas to all you guys bubble heads or not!!!
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I was a hospital corpsman, and I was stationed for the last two years of my enlistment at Cherry Point, NC. Of the various names the Marines had for us, I think the only one I can post here is "Doc."
Doc is good.

A Corpsman is the only sailor a Marine would buy a drink for. Corpsmen went into the jungle, mud and dodged bullets with them and if one experienced a severe wound his link to life was that Corpsman. If a Marine confused a corpsman with a deck ape he was green, and had not yet been across the pond.
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Nice find. There is a blurb in the film about each 14" shell cost $940 or so in 1915 money. Today it takes $23.25 to buy what $1.00 bought in 1915.

Today that 14" shell would cost over $23,000 per shot. But then add in electronic guidance and a couple of other add on's. I shudder to think what each TOW or guided ordinance costs.
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I'll note here to our underwater guys that our merchant marine has been providing outstanding unarmed targets to the brigands of the world for over two hundred years. Thanks for covering us, guys.

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I hope those deck guns wernt shootin at the pool hall.
Awesome vid.
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A Corpsman is the only sailor a Marine would buy a drink for. Corpsmen went into the jungle, mud and dodged bullets with them and if one experienced a severe wound his link to life was that Corpsman. If a Marine confused a corpsman with a deck ape he was green, and had not yet been across the pond.
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Obviously you've never encountered Navy Seabees! I spent two tours in Vietnam (67-69), sharing the sun, heat, mud, incoming mortars and rockets with the Marines.
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I was in the enginroom #1 temps could get to 140 and over. We were putting salt tablets in our coffee cause we were sweating out the salt in our bodies so fast.Temps in the dog house on the second level of the pump room were 160 and stood watches on the deairating feed tank regulating the level by using a hand valve. No automated controls on my ship. Frank
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Spent a little time in the fireroom on YARNELL (CG (ex DLG))-17 underway and, believe me I have nothing but respect for main hole snipes!
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