Yesterday, at the request of our Grand-Daughter In-Law, we went to the USS Alabama Memorial. My Wife, Son, and Allie went to tour this great Battleship. She wanted to get some idea of what I did for 40 years and the Alabama is a wonderful teaching tool. I have not been on the Alabama for a couple of years and I was very excited to be "Home" on a Navy ship again. Once aboard, I am young again! My memories of being a Navy Gunner's Mate, a Master Chief, a Leader, a MAN, come alive. I don't hurt! I can run around the ship, bound up ladders, duck through hatches, and know exactly where I am on the ship, no matter what!! People were following us and listening to my explanations of the systems on the ship. I spent some time with young and older people, explaining al l the capabilities of the ship and her systems. I was home! I was young and alive again!!
Everyone else got worn out, but, at least in my mind, I could have gone on for hours more. This may have been my last trip to the Alabama. It was a good one.