Aaron Ward (DM 34) - Naval Cruise Book

 - Class of 1945

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, v W, ,,.,......t.... . ..., ....,...........,-........ -., ... ,. RANDOM THOUGHTS OF A RESERVE A Before too many moons have come and gone, most of us "Pearl Harbor Avengers" will be back in our prewar "civvies" trying to take up where we left off before we started wearing the Navy blues. At heart we are not sailors in the true sense of the word. Most, if not all of us, are sort'a-,waiting around until those elusive 44 points Cas it stands at this writingl are ours. Then our short naval career will be but a memory. l think, however, we can all truthfully say we will always look back on our Navy experi- en-ces with a certain amount of pleasure and, most certainly, with a great deal of pride. This is especially true in connection with the Aaron Ward. You know, in the Navy you meet hundreds of fellows as you are transferred from station to station, or ship- to ship. We have all made many liberties with fellows we will prabably never see or .hear of again, and in the majority of cases, we don't give a hang. l, for one, d-o not believe this attitude is true on our ship. There are a bunch of "darned fine" fellows on the DM34. Oh, sure, there are a few we like better than others-that condition always exists. l'm speaking of our crew in general. They're hard to beat, and l for one am not looking forward to the possibility of never again sharing our joys and sorrows together. That's -the real "rough" part of separations. We've all known each other less than a year, but during that period of time, we have become closer than the average group does in ten years. We have been through too much together to ever forget and, for my part, l never want to. Always, in a small corner of my he-art, there will be a place for the fighting men of the Aaron Ward, no matter what l do or where l roam. Especially, will l remember many times-sadly, to be sure, but always with the greatest of pride- those 42 who gave their lives that tragic night off the coast of Okinawa so that we, and so many others like us, could live and enjoy life to the fullest. Could there be a greater sacrifice? l am indebted to them and always shall be, Oh, we will think about them many, many times during the remainder of our lives, and our thoughts will usually be accompanied with a lump in our throats and a tear inlour eyes. l'm grateful to them, and l'm sure not at man aboard the Ward today feels any different than l. i r Yes, we reservists will be gone soon, but we know we are leaving the Navy in mighty good hands. Wasn't it those "career" men who taught us practically everything we know? They didn't le-t us down then, and l know they never will. They are the real officers and sailors. So, in the twilight of our Navy 'lcareer", we reservists say to you fellows who will carry on for us after we have gone, good luck, Gods speed and the best of everything. We won't forget you. - To all you men of the Aaron Ward, both regular and reserve, l say, l feel honored to have known you and proud to have been one of you. l won't forget-ever! HAROLD HALSTED, Lt. Cjgl, USNR. -I 351-

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