|In the Distance
|by Carol Foss
|* This photo is contrived from another source.
And the Caption Contest #1 winner is:
"Gosh, Captain! All that hair! Are you turning into that Manbeast again?"
Caption contributed by Sally.
Arnold Marcus as a midshipman at the US Naval Academy
After serving aboard cruisers and gunboats, Lt.(Jg.) Marcus was assigned to command of the submarine
While on patrol in the Phillipines, there was a gasoline explosion within the sub and a fire which fatally injured
several of her crew. The Captain managed to beach the boat, allowing rescue instead of a watery grave for them all. He was
the last man off the boat and refused medical attention until all of his men had been seen to. Sadly, he too, died the next
* In 1921, a destroyer was named for him.
Questions and Answers
Q. Where is the food stored on a submarine?
A. Wherever there's room. Actually, each boat has several storage rooms and freezers. However, it's been known that men
have had to walk on top of of the canned goods stacked on the decks during long deployments.
Q. Are aerosol spray cans allowed aboard a submarine?
A. No, not normally, unless specificallly allowed. It's a pressure thing. Of course, speaking of pressure, once
women serve aboard, there may be some complaints about no hair spray. (Just kidding-I'm a girl too, and applaud the new regs).
From the Galley (in another time, another place)
One day Cookie approched the XO and asked, "Er, excuse me, but we just loaded a couple of cases of frozen and canned
beef that says rejected by the US Air Force."
"Don't worry about it Cookie. We're not Air Force. And we have other foodstuffs to feed our crew."
"Yeah, the ones that say 'Rejected by the US Prison System."
(Based on more than a few real submarine food incidents cited in The Stupid Shall Be Punished.)
(In some of my stories I complain that Nelson uses Army surplus, so perhaps I wasn't all that far off!)
*Today's subs can boast better food and better chefs, and most crews gain on average about ten pounds per cruise.