Now Commence Ship's Work...


Deck Painter in 1st Div3rd Div worker

Jake at work in the Captain's OfficeMy buddy Steve Moncur - that's him over there - Jake's buddy Steve, Side Cleanerwould enjoy these two pictures above, since he was blessed to be sent to Side Clearners upon coming aboard the Hannah.  I was lucky to avoid that and Mess Cook duty, since I had taken a lot of clerical courses in High School.. Instead, being assigned to X-Divison, I was temporarily assigned as a 'compartment cleaner.' Eventually, I was sent to the Captain's Office where I became a Yeoman striker. Steve never let me forget that.. "because you could type!!" Ha ha from Jake

He still kids me about that..I said, 'well, it helped me 'skate' through my time on ship.. I had about the best duty you could hope for.. I guess I was lucky...

CWO James, Ship's Secretary at work...

This picture is of CWO James, Ship's Secretary, my immediate superior while working in the Captain's Office...

(We didn't see eye to eye )
Ha ha from Jake

The Personnel Office - X-Division Space

I bet everyone knows this office? It's the enlisted personnel office.. these are my fellow shipmates of the X-Division..Jake typing TAD Orders in the Captain's Office
This is the old familiar Royal typewriter that was the Yeoman's best friend. I typed out the Daily Diary, along with many an Officer's TAD orders on this machine, and also many Officer Fit Reps, too. That was one of the most tedious jobs I can remember, for a Fitness Report is made of paper that will not allow erasures. Make a typo on this paper and into the Circular File it goes. My patience often grew very thin with this job, which often got me in trouble with my Master Chief, Dewey Alexander....




Jake discussing 'Privacy in the Navy' with Chief AlexanderThis is Chief Alexander.. He was a good man. He often would
Yeoman Master Chief Dewey Alexander lose his patience with me for I often made dumb mistakes, but I never lost my respect for him. I later found out, when I returned to civilian life, that Chief Alexander was killed in the terrible fire in Oriskany CVA-34, on October 27, 1966. I wrote some about him in the Oral Histories Site. You can get there by clicking on Chief Alexander's Picture. This Site is dedicated to Chief Alexander. I will never forget him. He was old Navy, someone you'd call a 'Lifer' but he was the kind of guy you could grow to love. I will always remember him. All I have to do is close my eyes, and I can see his face, his smile, and his perky way of conducting himself. Please visit my Site Tributes to see my Dedication to him.





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