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Ackemvmu, Roc oAvis, Mivic PUFFENBERGER, Bivic FLANAGAN, GMC LAKE. RMC
EGNOSKI HMC JONES, MMC KIMMEY, csc iosEPHsoN, atc RAMsEY, Frc
P E T T Y BENNER, MMC BELL, BTC COURTNEY, BTC
Once the sailor has commenced a second tour with the Navy and sews
on that first rating badge, his primary aim is to attain the position of
Chief Petty Officer as soon as possible. ln some of the open rates this
goal can be realized in a few short years, but in other rates where the
supply greatly overbalances demand, this achievement may be the final
attainment of a full twenty years of service. Whatever be the case,
stepping into chief's quarters and exchanging the dungarees for the
khaki brings the enlisted men into a new world, one of increased respon-
sibilities and of highly anticipated privileges.
Down through history the Chief Petty Officer or the Senior Petty
Officer has been known as the "Backbone of the Navy." Having absorbed
a vast practical knowledge of his specific technical field, the chief or
leading petty officer is the basic leader of the Navy's working men. The
Chief Petty Officer does not relay orders from his officers to his men,
but instead he receives his basic orders from his division officer, analyzes
them thoroughly for complete understanding, formulates his own orders
and issues them with a positive attitude that leaves the men no doubt
as to who is boss! The ability, attitude and temperament displayed by
the chief in issuing his orders, supervising the progress and inspecting
the results are the governing factors controlling the attitude toward and
the energy put forth by his men to accomplish any job. Make no mistake
about it, the men work for the chief, and woe be it to the man who
crosses his chief. Every request chit submitted, for leave, early liberty,
standby, special pay, etc., must go through the chief with his veto
virtually assuring negative response further up the chain of command.
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He is the man who assigns the good duties and the bad, who administers
the training and decides when the individual is ready for advancement
and in whose "pocket" the coveted liberty cards are kept, "lost" some-
times for days when the chief is angry.
"Tread lightly and carefully while entering chief's quarters, lad, for
the chiefs do not like the privacy of their quarters violated without good
cause." Chief's quarters, a most secluded area aboard the HAMNER,.is
one of the well deserved rewards accompanying the position of Chief
Petty Officer in recognition of their responsibilities and highly technical
skills. The chiefs here enjoy, away from the bustling activities of the
crew, the relative privacy of their own mess, recreation area, berthlng
compartment, pantry and head. For the chiefs, there is no waiting in the
chow line for an unselected portion of the meal to be placed on a tray.
Instead, the chiefs are served their meals, the choice of that offered in
the mess hall, on plates in the quiet atmosphere of their quarters, and
each knows that if he should miss a meal or not particularly feel like
eating, there is always food in the pantry icebox to satisfy his offuhours
appetite. After having made 0600 reveille for many years, the privilege
of sleeping in till 0700 is taken with so much enjoyment that occa-
sionally a chief may even miss quarters. Yes, the chiefs getfirsticrack
at the movies coming aboard and of the new magazines received in the
mails, and no man, who has time in the Navy, will ever contest the
chiefs for these privileges. For he knows that some day, some how,
he'll make Chief Petty Officer, and then those privileges will be his.
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THE DECK FORCE
FIRST DIVISION DECK-Front Row: MALONE, WICKS, IENKINS,
W. R., JOHNSON, V. H., BERRY, J. R.: Back Row: PACK, CROM-
WELL, SMITH, LTJG BETHEL, WALLROFF, NELSON, E. E., BERRY,
M. W.: Missing: SAADI, LUNSFORD, FUENTES, PUFFENBURGER.
From swab down in the morn till well after 1600 sweepers, we of
the deck gang, undermanned as usual, can be found working the
sides, cleaning or painting weather deck areas or, during foul weather,
blocking every inside passageway with our scrubbing and painting.
Topped by our two boisterous but very effective leaders, the Boatswain's
Mates of the HAMNER fight the continuous, often despairing, seldom
encouraging battle to preserve and keep shipshape the exterior areas,
the,crowded heads, and the equipment-packed passageways. To ease
our never ending need for more men, almost every seaman apprentice
reporting aboard fresh out of boot camp can look forward to a manda-
tory tour of duty with us to orient him rapidly to the rigors of destroyer
life before he is considered eligible to strike for other rates.
We are the "Turn To" gang on this ship, make no mistake about it.
It is we who ride the spinning anchor buoy while struggling to link up,
crawl out the mooring lines to tie on rat guards, and spend days
suspended over the sides in the dinky boatswain chairs or from swing-
ing stages. Whenever there is a refueling or transfer at sea to be
accomplished, the deck gang does the rigging, handles the greater
share of the inhauling, and receives, on occasion, the soaking black
slimy oil spray from an overflowing oil trunk or parted fuel hose. Upon
sighting our next port of call, little time is left for daydreaming of
liberty ashore, the "Boats" keep us keenly aware of more timely tasks
at hand such as a complete fresh water washdown of the ship, rigging
of awnings, laying out of mooring lines, assembling the accommodation
ladder and preparing the motor whale boat for its various duties in
port. The clutter of paint cans, uncleaned brushes, soiled rags, and
worn canvas about the paint locker in port or underway and the figures
of tired men, paint brush or chipping hammer in hand, at random
about the decks indicate we're busy, and as the other one hundred
and seventy HAMNERites start their eternal complaining about the
blocked-off passageways, secured heads, or roped-off deck areas, you
KNOW the deck force is turning to! Keeping the HAMNER's appearance
squared away is OUR job, and we give it our best!
We also draw our share of the watches varying at sea from the
various lookout stations, all either under the torrid tropical sun, in
the face of heavy winds, torrents of rain and bow salt water spray or
SECOND DIVISION DECK-Front Row: FOWLER, R. H., RITCH
DUFFY, SWALLOW, FLOYD, F., RO0TS:iSecond Row: ROBINSON
MEBUS, TAUL, ENS BEIERLING, SUMNER: Back Row: ROSENFIELD
BELL, S., BADAYOS, McCOgMICK, CALDWELL, MAKIQ Mlsslng
COX, I. E., CHEVEZ, SIMS, F WLER, C. S., JENKINS, D. L.
during the frigid black nights of the Taiwan Patrol, to the more shel-
tered duties as boatswains mate of the watch, helmsman, lee helms-
man, messenger, and phone talker. After a tiring day's work on mport
duty days, there is no escaping, no matter how much we try, the long,
uneventful, lonely, sleepy bow or stern sentry watches. However, regard-
less of how long, tiring, tedious or repetitious our duty may be, we
Boatswain Mates boast with great pride that our rate, senior in the
Navy, was pulling its load in our Navy long before most of the other
rates were conceived and will continue to do so long after they have
expired. For there is no ship, sail, oil or atomic powered, Man 0' War
or merchant, that will ever put to and stay at sea without us.
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