> Mind is fogged this morning, probably advanced dissociated sensibility
> wasn't Leman or Lehman a Sec of Navy years ago.
Lehman I think. I believe it was he and the Commandant of the Marine Corp
who had a race along the Potomac. The Commandant running along the shore
and the Secretary in a one-man racing shell. I forgot who won.
> And of course Oscar is the man overboard dummy a much abused creature who
> normally hides in the bosun locker but is brought out every now and then
> the amusement of Ensigns. He has drowned more times than not because of
> general incompetence of those children.
Yep. When a man goes overboard the ship hauls up the letter "O" (Oscar)
pennet when they look for him. Thus the name for the dummy.
One Coast Guard officer of my acquantaince, a woman, was known in Officer
Candidate School as Deadeye because of her sharpshooting ability (never
having fired a gun before she listened to instructions.) When she was on a
training cruise they threw over a barrel with a radar reflector for practice
with the 3 inch gun. "Who'll go first?" the gunnery officer asked.
"Deadeye!" every said. Forgeting exactly what to do she asked "What do I
do?" "Get the gun pointed at it and give the order to fire." End of
practice, there were no more barrels. She got a direct hit and sank the
thing with the first shot. Of course someone like this gets the desk job at