Thursday, August 27, 2009



Dad served a number of years on a minesweeper in the 40’s and 50’s. One night they were on the way to San Francisco for a week in dock. The night watch officer was making a round through the sleeping quarters when he tripped over someone’s sea bag. All sea bags were supposed to be stowed away.

He yelled out, “Whose sea bag is this on the floor?” No one answered.

He said, “If I don’t find out who this sea bag belongs to there will be no liberty on this ship tomorrow!”

Someone shouted, “Give me liberty or give me death!”

The officer swung his flashlight around and demanded, “Who said that!”

A voice behind him exclaimed, “Patrick Henry you dumb SOB!”

Needless to say, there was no liberty on the ship the next day.

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