A TRIBUTE TO THE CREW & THEIR SHIP
At first glance you would have never put
Given by Ed Fournier
They were all different. They didn't seem to fit.
Some short, some tall;
Some thin, some - not so thin.
Some baby faced, some with beards,
Some light, some dark.
They came from everywhere in the land.
From the farms, from the factories, from the schools, from the cities.
From the shores, from the mountains, from the plains, from the valleys.
And for twenty-six years they never stopped coming...
...coming to a 220 foot long, 890 ton ship we
all came to know,
as our home away from home,
And they did fit together! They breathed life into a steel ship and
it became alive,
and stayed alive. They were known as the CREW.
In those twenty-six years, this crew served our great nation in three wars
War II, the Korean War, and the Vietnam War.
They were bold, they were undaunted, they were courageous, they were the
of America, when America needed the best.
They got the job done regardless of the odds, regardless of the enemy's
determination that they fail, regardless any short comings they might have
they got the job done.
Eighty men and officers, untried at the beginning, but the world's
at the end. They got the job done.
Years have passed.
Memories have dimmed.
Buddies have left our presence.
And we are the ones left. And we are still the CREW.
Today let us remember our departed shipmates, our buddies.
Let us remember:
We have buried their bodies, but not their great
We have buried their hands, but not their great
We have buried their hearts, but not their great
love of Country and
their fellow shipmates...
And let us all be thankful for that brief moment in our lives when we shared
greatest of all titles given to mankind, that of
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