More Men Overboard!

Near the end of my enlistment one of my jobs was the ship's Master-at-Arms. They brought this poor 3rd class in who had been AWOL and the Captain came down on him hard - reduction in rank, forfeiture of pay, etc. The 3rd class, now a seaman, marched right up to the bow, dove over the side and started swimming for San Diego (we were tied up at North Island at the time). We had to put a boat in the water and go after him. First man-overboard drill I've ever seen that wasen't a drill.

J. Michael Taylor

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