I pulled this from Grandpa Bluewater at the USNI Blog:
Grandpa Bluewater Says:
In heaven the saints and the angels listen up to the word on the 1MC:
“Now muster the Honor Detail sideboys on the quarter deck with the Officer of the Deck”…
and at the quarterdeck Saint Michael informs Saint Peter he will take charge of sideboys, while St Barbara will act as BMOW. The side boys are at attention in place in full dress white: “Attention to Muster. Answer up when your name is called:
Paul Jones – ‘Aye’;
Preble – ‘Aye’;
Porter – ‘Aye’;
Farragut – ‘Aye’;
Dewey – ‘Aye’;
Sims – ‘Aye’;
Halsey – ‘Aye’;
OHare – ‘Aye’.”
Hand Salute. Eight bells are rung as the Bosun’s Pipe trills.
“Carroll LeFon, Captain, USN, Retired – Neptunus Lex, Arriving”.
Those not yet aboard wait, in the sure and certain hope of the resurrection, when the sea will give up its dead, until we meet at Fiddlers Green.
Deepest condolences to the Captain’s lady wife, daughters and son,
as well as us, every one. There, by God was a man.
Here’s to Lex, and us, and those like us, one fewer left. Drain the cup and smash it into the hearth.
Damn. Just…Damn. Just…Damn. No man knows, but this one hurts to the center of my heart.
March 7th, 2012 at 5:35 PM