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Shipmates, I have some very important Links below regarding Patriotic Traditions, but please allow me to take a few minutes of your time here, since I believe, as do many of us, that things in this country are not what they use to be, and though I am seldom political, I do have, and share with you, many of your own concerns. The following is a commentary by your Yeoman, Jake and other Patriotic thoughts for Patriots. Please note, that the following commentary was written B.911 [Before September 11, 2001] - when our Nation was viciously attacked by fear mongers and evil terrorists; for after this date which will live on in infamy along with December 7th, 1941, there has been a 'New birth of Patriotism' and the 'Sleeping Giant' has once more been aroused from his slumber, which your Yeoman is keenly grateful. However please allow me to say...

that our "Giant" often lapses back into slumber, and I feel that it is very dangerous for us to allow him to do that in these dangerous times.

Some of the Issues on our Plate today are pretty much described in the Document, which our Founding Fathers, by God inspired, so eloquently put down in our Bill of Rights.

No issue facing our Nation has affected our Veterans more today, than the current trend to abolish those rights guaranteed under the Veteran's Bill of Rights which were created by a grateful Nation and Congress for the Blood, Sweat and Tears shed in defense of what we all perceived as 'Righteous Ideals." We all feel committed to this fight, just as much as we were committed to achieving Victory in all the wars of the past.

However, there is today an even more expeditious concern for all of us, whether Veterans or not.. a concern for all Free Born Americans.. for an ominous evil threat has raised it's ugly head, known by all those patriots of today and the past, as "collective national complacency and apathy" towards our Freedoms and our Flag.

America, Protect our Flag!
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The Protection of our National Emblem, has never been a more urgent issue with all of us, for today, it is shamefully being disrespected, dishonored, insulted and even burned. We Americans should all feel equally disrespected and dishonored by those who would deface, burn and destroy this Emblem, which represents the Blood; the Purity of Purpose and the Blessings of Heaven and represents all the Lives given as a sacrifice, in defense of these Freedoms we all hold so dear. To deface such a sacred emblem, is to me, like scourging and spitting in the Face of the God who Saved us.

You may ask how I might be able to equate our Flag with Him? Why, it's because of Him, we do enjoy our lives in the most blessed nation in the history of the earth, and all these blessings we enjoy are a direct result of God's Love and Mercy for us, and the fulfilling of His Promises to the sons and daughters of God who are His heirs. Have you not known? America is the New Jerusalem, and where God has set up His Everlasting Kingdom! (Read Isaiah 2:2-3). If you can't see it, remove those 'scales' from your eyes!

I am not Equating the Flag with God, nor putting it up on a Pedestal to worship. Our Flag is a representation of the Mercies of Heaven, and the Standard under which these Blessings are Protected. Alone, it is nothing more than threads and often faded colors, BUT when backed by the millions whose blood was shed and died for it or served under it, and lived so Freely as Americans, it becomes the Lasting Emblem of a Free and Democratic Society. With it, as with the Holy Name, we can achieve any Righteous endeavor; but deface and disrespect it, takes those same freedoms and mocks every thing it stands for.

Remember this, America! This nation is only great and free by the proportion of those who have faith in Him. To disrespect the Emblem of these Blessings, is, in my estimation, a disrespect and manifestation of contempt for the Eternal.

America, we owe all those who fight or have fought for these God-given Principles, but even more importantly, do we owe those men and women in uniform, living and dead, this protection of our Flag. We owe also this protection, for the millions of yet unborn Americans, who will inherit the Freedoms and the Democracy which we all have striven to achieve for over 235 years now. We owe it to those myriad, huddled masses, the refuse of other nations, who yearn to breath free.. we owe it to God. Every one of those immigrants and every one of our youth should serve in the Military, for only then, will they appreciate what "Old Glory" stands for.

Being a Proud Veteran, who did serve our Nation in a time of Peace and also a time of War, I am so very Proud today to have done so and to have the Joy of that knowledge that so many living in this country don't even consider worthy of a moments thought; or even giving a backward glance, when passing a Flag, unfurled on the Street.

From the day the first shot, which was heard around the world in 1775, to when the last shot in Iraq and Afghanistan is heard, we need to preserve and protect our National Emblem, for if we fail to do this, it will be our Nation that will next be trampled on by our enemies.

A Nation that was asleep and in a stupor was attacked by an angry, and ambitious people living on islands smaller than the state of New Hampshire in the 1940's. But they found out that, although we might have been in a slumber, the sleeping Giant awoke with a fearful and a dreadful resolve. That was in a time of patriotism and National solidarity. Do we still have this solidarity today? I pray that we do, and that the 'sleeping Giant' will awake before it's too late. After 911, we discovered that Patriotism still exists, and that it was time to take our Flag out of mothballs. When the Yeoman saw every street, house and Government Building ablaze with the Colors of our Flag, it made him come alive as well.

Lets not put "Old Glory" back in mothballs. Protect our Flag, America! Protecting the Emblem that represents our Freedom is protecting our Freedoms. These Freedoms are only secure as long as those who consider them sacred are willing to do whatever it takes to preserve them.

Please read my Editorial on "The Generation that Saved our World" Page.

~ Jake ~

Iwo Jima

“For those who fought for it... freedom has a flavor the protected will never know!”

Shipmates such as LCDR D. Garvey, Rick Roberts and Cpl Daniel Snuffer provide for us some of the most eloquent words on our ship, that your Yeoman has had the experience of reading. I thank all for their contributions here, and invite you to take some of your precious time to read their words...

 A Poem by LCDR Garvey

Our "911" Tribute
American Eagle
An American Tribute to Americans


Have you ever wondered why the Flag of the United States of America is folded 13 times when it is lowered or when it is folded and handed to the
next of kin at the burial of a veteran? Here is the meaning of each of those
folds and what it means:

  • The first fold of our Flag is a symbol of life.
  • The second fold is a symbol of our belief in eternal life.
  • The third fold is made in honor and remembrance of the veterans departing our ranks who gave a portion of their lives for the defense of our country to attain peace throughout the world.
  • The fourth fold represents our weaker nature, for as American citizens trusting, it is to Him we turn in times of peace as well as in time of war for His divine guidance.
  •  The fifth fold is a tribute to our country, for in the words of Stephen Decatur, "Our Country, in dealing with other countries may she always be right; but it is still our country, right or wrong."
  • The sixth fold is for where our hearts lie. It is with our heart that we pledge allegiance to the Flag of the United States of America, and to the Republic for which it stands, one Nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.
  • The seventh fold is a tribute to our Armed Forces, for it is through the Armed Forces that we protect our country and our flag against all her enemies, whether they be found within or without the boundaries of our Republic.
  • The eighth fold is a tribute to the one who entered into the valley of the shadow of death, that we might see the light of day, and to honor mother, for whom it flies on Mother's Day.
  • The ninth fold is a tribute to womanhood; for it has been through their faith, their love, loyalty and devotion that the character of the men and women who have made this country great has been molded.
  • The tenth fold is a tribute to the father, for he, too, has given his sons and daughters for the defense of our country since they were first born.
  • The eleventh fold, in the eyes of a Hebrew citizen represents the lower portion of the seal of King David and King Solomon, and glorifies in their eyes, the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob.
  • The twelfth fold, in the eyes of a Christian citizen, represents an emblem of eternity and glorifies, in their eyes, God the Father, the Son and Holy Spirit. When the Flag is completely folded, the stars are uppermost reminding us of our Nation's motto, "In God We Trust."
  • After the Flag is completely folded and tucked in, it takes on the appearance of a cocked hat, ever reminding us of the soldiers who served under General George Washington, and the Sailors and Marines who served under Captain John Paul Jones, who were followed by their comrades and shipmates in the Armed Forces of the United States, preserving for us the rights, privileges, and freedoms we enjoy today.

The next time you see a Flag ceremony honoring someone that has served
our country, either in the Armed Forces or in our civilian services such as
the Police Force or Fire Department, keep in mind all the important reasons
behind each and every movement. They have paid the ultimate sacrifice for
all of us by honoring our Flag and our Country, so,


~ Author unknown ~

Old Glory

I am the flag of the United States of America.
My name is Old Glory.
I fly atop the world's tallest buildings.
I stand watch in America's halls of justice.
I fly majestically over institutions of learning.
I stand guard with power in the world.
Look up at me and see me.

I stand for peace, honor, truth and justice.
I stand for freedom.
I am confident.
I am arrogant.
I am proud.

When I am flown with my fellow banners, my head is a
little higher, my colors a little truer.

I bow to no one!
I am recognized all over the world.
I am worshipped - I am saluted.
I am loved - I am revered.
I am respected - and I am feared.

I have fought in every battle of every war for more
then 200 years.
I was flown at Valley Forge, Gettysburg, Shiloh and
I was there at San Juan Hill, the trenches of France,
in the Argonne Forest, Anzio, Rome and the beaches of
Normandy, Guam, China/Burma/India,
Okinawa, Korea and Khe San, Saigon, Vietnam,
I was there.

I led my troops, I was dirty, battle worn and tired,
but my soldiers cheered me And I was proud.

I have been burned, torn and trampled on the streets
of countries I have helped set free.
It does not hurt, for I am invincible.

I have been soiled upon, burned, torn and trampled on
the streets of my own country.
And when it's by those whom I've served in battle - it
But I shall overcome - for I am strong.

I have slipped the bonds of Earth and stood watch over
the uncharted frontiers of space from my vantage point
on the moon.
I have borne silent witness to all of America's finest
But my finest hours are yet to come.

When I am torn into strips and used as bandages for my
wounded comrades on the battlefield, When I am flown
at half-mast to honor my soldier,
Or when I lie in the trembling arms of a grieving
parent at the grave of their fallen son or daughter,
I am proud.

My name is OLD GLORY - Long may I wave...
Dear God in Heaven, Long may I wave!


~ Author unknown ~

The following Pages are about important Issues the Yeoman feels we need to either address, read or be aware of. Please make sure you give 'em some of your precious time.

ð John Paul Jones, Continental Navy ð
The United States Navy reveres Rear Admiral John Paul Jones
in equal regards as do the British of Lord Horatio Nelson

ð The History of Memorial Day ð
Military.com has some insightful Information on Memorial Day on the Link above.
Check out Side-Bar Memorial Day Links also.

ð It Happens every Friday Morning at the Pentagon ð

ð John McCain's Feelings about the Pledge of Allegience ð
Some men still have courage to stand up for the Pledge of Allegiance - do you?

ð The Declaration of Independence ð
A Precious Document

ð The United States Constitution On-line ð

ð Those who saved the World ð
a Tribute to the WWII Veterans

ð God, A Marine and a Spider's Web ð
When we think we are facing insurmountable odds and have no hope...

ð The Navy Chief ð
From the Perspective of a Sailor who remembers them well

ð From a Military Doctor ð
a closer look at a generation passing out

ð I am the American Sailor ð
that we may never forget who we are...

ð Bury Me With Sailors ð
Adapted from "Bury me with Soldiers" for "our" guys

ð We were Sailors Once - The Navy ð
VAdm Harold Koenig, U.S. Navy, Retired reminds us of what we loved about going to Sea

ð What the Word "Shipmate" Means to a Sailor ð
Contributed by the late Courtland "Corky" Johnson, NCCM (SW), USN

ð A letter from the Founding Fathers ð

ð Naval and Naval Reserves Jargon ð
If you have forgotten those strange terms, here's where you find them again...

ð Deck Log Poems - A Navy Tradition ð
Our Naval Tradions are much of what the Navy is Today, thanks to Traditions that refuse to die
This Page, courtesy of the
Destroyer Escort Sailors Association

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ð The Navy Band playing 'Anchors Aweigh ð


ð Our National Anthem ð Stars and Stripes Forever ð
God Bless America  ð America the Beautiful  ð
The Navy Hymn ð
Our Website Music ð The Traditional Navy Flag ð

Vietnam Service Medal
Making Sense of it all ð
If you had the 'Vietnam Experience' Up Close and Personal, this Poem by the Yeoman
will bring those emotions Full Circle - and perhaps bring also some Closure for you.

Send an invitation to a Friend to come Visit
Jake's 'Yankee Station' - USS Hancock Memorial

The Hannah Lives on in the Lone Sailor Memorial!

Recently James "Jim" R. Barbour, a Hancock Shipmate and Member of our Admin Department, sent Jake an Email that should be of interest to all those who served in the Navy, and more particularly, those who served in HANCOCK:

"Hi Jake,
I stumbled across this info and thought of our ship immediately I was very surprised...


Jim Barbour"

"...As part of the casting process, the bronze for The Lone Sailor was mixed with artifacts from eight U. S. Navy ships...The ships span the Navy's history...Constitution (``Old Ironsides'') and Constellation; the steamer Hartford, flagship of Admiral David G. Farragut in the Civil War era; the battleship USS Maine; the iron-hulled steamer/sailing ship USS Ranger; the World War II-era cruiser USS Biloxi and aircraft carrier
USS Hancock, and the nuclear-powered submarine USS Seawolf..." To see complete write-up....

The Lone Sailor

"Lone Sailor"

I am the American Sailor
that we may never forget who we are...

Asiatic Fleet Memorial

"The Fleet that did not Exist"

Asiatic Fleet Memorial Presidential Proclamation

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