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Old 04-23-2004, 18:47   #8
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Originally posted by insightAZ
Thank god.

I wouldn't want you watching my six.

I respect your opinion, but I would like to let you know once again that you couldn't be more wrong.

Your inability to understand the global war on terror after everything that has been explained to you scares me.
Hey, AZ, you haven't known many submariners, those who've earned the right to wear these Dolphins, have you?
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I've known just one. I'd trust him on my six every time. Do we agree on everything? Hell no! But, in a fight, I pick him.

Here is something I found. You need to read it carefully, really read it.

We Are A Submarine Sailor - A proud Heritage
We are not the first of them and we will not be the last. Our heritage runs back to the first submarine. This heritage line continues forward into an unseen future. Each generation is trained by the one before. This will remain so until there is no more use for submarines, which will be never.

If one of us goes aboard a new or old submarine, we are comfortable with the men there. For they are us and we are them. Stand us in a line in all our dress uniforms or naked in our coffins, we are the same. We are and forever will be submarine sailors. We are one.

We can have everything taken from us, uniforms, medals, our sanity and our lives, but we will always be recognized by others and ourselves as a submariner. This status can not be removed from us.

Our Dolphins worn on our chests then, hung on our walls now, or later pinned on moldering uniforms in our graves mark us forever. We are first, last, and always men that stepped forward and worked long and hard to become what we are.

We are unique among sailors for we sail down deep into dark and always dangerous waters. We do this not with foolhardy go-to-hell bravery, but with cool calculation and care. We challenge the dangers with training and practice.

We know that the time for bravery will come when two shipmates close themselves in a flooding compartment, knowing that the whole boat and crew depends on them to control the flooding.

We believe in each other, because we must. Alone at sea, the crew and a pressure hull are all we have to reach the surface again. Men with confidence in each other dive and surface submarines countless times. Each man trained by others holds the lives of those shipmates in his hands. Dolphins are the symbol of this tradition.

Submarine hulls have numbers and men have hearts and souls. We carry those numbers in our hearts in life, and they mark our souls in death. Silver or Gold, Dolphins are the symbol of this.

To us Dolphins are it, no other symbol matters or means anything as important as they do.
First let me ask Gary42141 if he subscribes to this description of a Submariner; do you?"

Assuming he does, and I believe this is one time making an assuption will not make an "ass" out of me, and you and he are on the same team, would you still not want him on your six?

I'd suggest that to judge Gary42141 on his one comment before you get to know the man behind it isn't fair.

Hey, it's only my opinion....;?
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