Webmaster's note: Ron has been kind enough to share his very personal TenderTale with us here. As with the other stories, this is retold from memory - with little help from any historical documentation. It is the way Ron remembers it - and I know he has worked (fretted, reworked) to make is as historically accurate as possible - however - like all things from memory - it may contain some minor errors regarding people, dates, times and places. The story as told relates very well the essence of the experience of being a Tender Sailor - and that is what TenderTale is all about.
SN Ron Boggio
On station La Maddalena, Sardinia, Italy
It celebrated it's 40th birthday within two weeks of my reporting aboard!
|If you don't have a sense of humor - the tedium of the job can get to you.|
GMG3 Boggio receiving congratulations on his new rate and rank from Lt. Henry.
|More than good Friends - Shipmates... unless you have had "shipmates", you can't really appreciate just how deep that word goes - but here is a short "Sea Story" that is just one example of "Shipmate". I remember one night Trent got off the LCM after an 18 hour shift. I had been watching from the 20MM forward gun mount as the LCM manuevered about. Not enough "qualified watchstanders with small arms" - so I was pulling a long haul watch of about 30 hours. Trent - just coming off watch - had 4 hours until he himself had to be back on watch - 4 precious hours to get some much needed sleep. So you can imagine my suprise when here comes Trent - toting two pans loaded with hot chicken, potatoes and gravy and 5 gallons of milk - in one of those very heavy "dispenser pack" cartons that go in a dispenser. The weather was dreadful - raining and blowing and it sure felt like 30 degrees. And instead of sleeping as much of that 4 hours as he could - he's seeing to it his shipmate is taken care of... I could tell a dozen "Sea Stories" about GMG2 Charles Peer, and a hundred more about Goober... I'm proud to have served with these "Shipmates".|
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