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USS Nimitz CVN-68 1981-1985, USS Coral Sea CV-43 1987-1990, USS America CV-66 1990-1991, USS Eisenhower CVN-69 1994-1997

Aviation Boatswain's Mate - The Evening Prayer

I am convinced, Our Father, that your fondest feelings are reserved for the least pretentious and most genuine of us.
I am sure that Aviation Boatswain's Mates are some of your favorites.
Certainly Aviation Boatswain's Mates have yet to find the virtues of humility, or soft-spokenness or gentleness
They do lead with their jaws
And they always seem to be more ready to fight than to switch.
They can be singled out by their red eyes, and by a grubbiness which is a mark of their trade.
But their wills match their strong backs
And their love of each other is a wondrous thing to behold. They are the salt of the deck
And the saltiness is honest and open
And they are uniquely Your sons. We are grateful for them
As you love them specially, we mark them particularly tonight. Bless them every one
And forever keep them from harm and hurt
In Christ's name, Amen.
R. W. Bedingfield, Chaplain (USN) USS NIMITZ CVN-68

Here richly, with ridiculous display,
The Politician's corpse was laid away.
While all of his acquaintance sneered and slanged I wept:
for I had longed to see him hanged.

Hilaire Belloc

“We seem to be getting closer and closer to a situation where nobody is responsible for what they did but we are all responsible for what somebody else did.” - Thomas Sowell