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    Tac401
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    Misterstan posted this at the VMBB and I thought
    you all would apreciate it too as I did.
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    This is a letter sent to a buddy that was on the USS Forrestal by his son, his son is currently an Esign stationed aboard the USS Winston Churchill.


    Dear Dad,

    Well, we are still out at sea, with little direction as to what our next priority is. The remainder of our port visits, which were to be centered around max liberty and goodwill to the United Kingdom, have all but been cancelled. We have spent every day since the attacks going back and forth within imaginary boxes drawn in the ocean, standing high-security watches, and trying to make the best of our time. It hasn't been that fun I must confess, and to be even more honest, a lot of people are frustrated at the fact that they either can't be home, or we don't have more direction right now. We have seen the articles and the photographs, and they are sickening. Being isolated as we are, I don't think we appreciate the full scope of what is happening back home, but we are definitely feeling the effects.

    About two hours ago the junior officers were called to the bridge to conduct Shiphandling drills. We were about to do a man overboard when we got a call from the LUTJENS(D185), a German warship that was moored ahead of us on the pier in Plymouth, England. While in port, the WINSTON S. CHURCHILL and the LUTJENS got together for a sports day/cookout on our fantail, and we made some pretty good friends.

    Now at sea they called over on bridge-to-bridge,requesting to pass us close up on our port side, to say goodbye. We prepared to render them honors on the bridgewing, and the Captain told the crew to come topside to wish them farewell. As they were making their approach, our Conning Officer announced through her binoculars that they were flying an American flag. As they came even closer, we saw that it was flying at half-mast. The bridgewing was crowded with people as the Boatswain's Mate blew two whistles -Attention to Port- the ship came up alongside and we saw that the entire crew of the German ship were manning the rails, in their dress blues. They had made up a sign that was displayed on the side that read "We Stand By You".

    Needless to say there was not a dry eye on the bridge as they stayed alongside us for a few minutes and we cut our salutes. It was probably the most powerful thing I have seen in my entire life and more than a few of us fought to retain our composure. It was a beautiful day outside today.

    We are no longer at liberty to divulge over unsecure e-mail our location, but we could not have asked for a finer day at sea. The German Navy did an incredible thing for this crew, and it has truly been the highest point in the days since the attacks. It's amazing to think that only a half-century ago things were quite different, and to see the unity that is being demonstrated throughout Europe and the world makes us all feel proud to be out here doing our job. After the ship pulled away and we prepared to begin our man overboard drills the Officer of the Deck turned to me and said "I'm staying Navy." I'll write you when I know more about when I'll be home, but for now, this is probably the best news that I could send you.

    Love you guys.

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    Just reading it brings tears to my eyes. Thanks for shareing the letter home
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    There is nothing I can say to top that story. I know what it is like to be away from the USA in the military. Believe me every single ounce of support we can give our soldiers,sailors,and airmen is well appreciated.
    I fear we have awaked a sleeping giant and filled it with a terrible resolve. Jap. Admiral Yamamota directly after Pearl Harbor.

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    I can remmeber my days at sea, when I would wonder how my family was doing. It was very sad knowing you could not get in touch with them and find out how things were going.

    I am glad to know the services of our nations are sticking together though. I had a port call one time with a submarine from GB. We had a hellava a time together with those 'limeys'!! Good guys and we had an automatic bond with each other.

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    a submarine from GB

    Brand X has subs??? I want an airplane Tac.
    I fear we have awaked a sleeping giant and filled it with a terrible resolve. Jap. Admiral Yamamota directly after Pearl Harbor.

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    Yeah TAC, We need to build up our arsenal as big as or bigger than GB!! We need nukes too, they got micks!!

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    What a thread, from close to tears at the start to rolling on the floor laughing by the end!

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    What I need now is a truck to get my arsenal mobile!
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    GB doesn't stand for Great Brothal, it stands for Giggling Britain.

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