Sailor Jerry: Gator Navy
In Wisconsin, United States
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April 3, 1973
0545 - Reveille - Another day starts at NAB (Naval Amphibious Base) Coronado. As an amphibious landing craft training instructor, new adventures await every day. Today, a new class of students, called tadpoles, will try their hand at becoming assault boat coxswains. Fresh meat. I love it.
0608 – Breakfast - On the way to the chow hall I run into Boatswains Mate (BM) 2nd Class Perry Peckham. Perry is a tall, thin, 20 year old hippy from Madison, Wisconsin. He mentions that he had to stand the dreaded mid watch last night. No wonder he looks like he’s been keel hauled. Better him than me I guess.
0702 - Morning muster - Radarman (RD) First Class Bob Koltenbraun calls for everyone to fall in. Bob is a 24 year old from Trenton, New Jersey. His East coast accent sounds totally out of place as he finishes roll call. He reports that all men are present and accounted for and continues his morning inspection of the troops.
0707 – Daily Assignments - Yeoman (YN) Apprentice Jay Robbins takes command. Jay is an 18 year old, guitar playin’, John Lennon wannabe, from Little Lake, Michigan. He gives the men their orders for the day and moves on to other business. Today, as with every day, I am assigned as Coxswain of Salvage Boat #1. I am in charge of this small fleet of LCM’s (landing craft, mechanized) once we get underway. Being the salvage boat, my 2 man crew and myself, will sit offshore, observe all operations and make sure everything is completed in a safe manner. If an emergency should arise, it is then our responsibility to act and react.
1044 – Repair - Electricians Mate (EM) 1st Class David Quatrochiocci, coxswain on LCM 2, pulls his boat alongside. Dave is a 29 year old artist from Albany, New York. It seems that a shaft packing has come loose on his boat and it is now taking on water. My 2 man repair crew enter his engine room, perform the quick repair and then pump the bilges dry. Dave and LCM 2 are back in action in less than 20 minutes.
1152 – Lunch - Equipment Operator (EO) Recruit Rosa Lynn Akree, a 21 year old blonde from Dallas Texas, ties off her LARC (Lighter, Amphibious Resupply, Cargo) to my starboard side. She is delivering box lunches to all the men out on boat operations today. She is the only female in the Operations and Maintenance Division and she fits right in.
1456 – Breakdown - We receive hand signals from LCM 6 off in the distance for us to come alongside. Some sort of breakdown has put her out of action and it is now our turn to go to work. As we tie up beside her, my crew member, Hull Tech (HT) 3rd class Ron Maez, a 27 year old redhead from Caldwell Idaho, jumps over to the disabled LCM. He enters the lazarette and discovers that she has snapped her steering linkage. This damage can’t be repaired while she is afloat but must be repaired after she is set upon dry land. We will have to tow her back to base ourselves. This is going to be a long slow trip.
1618 - As we head back into San Diego Bay, I see Aircraft Carriers moored to our starboard at North Island Air Station, Submarines moored to our port at the Naval Base Point Loma, and my old duty station, the U.S.S. Schenectady (LST 1185) moored at the Naval Base 32nd Street directly in front of me. Life is good.
Within this puzzle are hidden 6 numbers. In order, call them A through F. Once found you will be able to finish the equations below. Now you can replace the letters in the coordinates, U through Z, with the correct numbers.
U = A - 1
V = B - 3
W = C + 4
X = D + 4
Y = E + 1
Z = F + 1
Solve for 44 28.UVW 088 00.XYZ
Are you a tadpole, or a Gator.
The Amphibious Sailor
You've heard of the fliers, Marines, and the troops,
The Navy and frogmen, and all sorts of groups.
But give it some thought, and then tell if you can,
Have you ever heard of th'Amphibious Man?
This seldom seen gob is a wandering sort,
Since unlike his brothers he's got no home port.
He goes where he's needed, he does what he can,
This orphan-type sailor, th'Amphibious Man.
He might be a seaman from off of a ship,
Or just out of boot camp, a skinny young whip.
He's picked out at random-how else to decide?
A few might have chose it, but most were Shanghaied.
He runs with the boats, wherever they go,
And nobody told you, so you’d never know.
Yes, no one has told you of him or his job,
He’s not known or heard of, th’Amphibious Gob.
No matter his duty or how much he knew,
He got special training before he was crew.
They showed how to run ‘em, and told what they’re worth,
And taught how to land ‘em, then back through the surf.
You’ve heard of the Navy, of ships fore and aft,
But probably never of this: "landing craft."
They’re building 'em plenty, we need a lot more
To land on the islands, and win this damned war.
Both Mike Boats and Peters, and others as well,
Of wood and of metal, and sturdy as hell,
With ramps in the front, and with engines in back,
And armed with machine guns, for when they’re attacked.
They’re loaded from transports, in darkness of night,
He sails ‘em in circles without any lights.
Then out through the gunfire to land on the shore
Through surf that can kill them, then go back for more.
Surviving the first wave’s the start of his job,
Since those on the beach, they depend on this gob.
He brings reinforcements and all that they use,
His job’s in the battle, but not in the news.
When battles are over, the radio tells
Of soldiers and heroes, their beaches and hells.
You’ll thrill at the stories of them and their jobs,
But never a word of Amphibious Gobs.
And after the conflict, in good civvy life,
How can he explain to his kiddies and wife:
He fought in the Navy, but not on a ship—
An orphan-like sailor, now ain’t that a pip?
They’ve heard of the fliers, the troops and the draft,
Marines and the Navy, but not landing craft.
And no one has told them of him or his job...
He’s a hell of a mystery, th’Amphibious Gob.
The actual Sailor Jerry and Cerilene in the Colorado Rockies.
Picture was taken in June of 2010.
The adventures never end.
Other Sailor Jerry Caches.
GC1JE3K Sailor Jerry
GC2E9QD Sailor Jerry: Full Astern
GC2E257 Sailor Jerry: Life At Sea
GC2ECFD Sailor Jerry: Day of Infamy
GC2ECPX Sailor Jerry: The Navigator
GC2EJCN Sailor Jerry: Oceanus
GC2ENM7 Sailor Jerry: Battle of Sunda Strait
and GC2J4H6 Sailor Jerry: Final Voyage
I would save the final coordinates
to all of the Sailor Jerry caches.
They will be needed to solve
GC2J4H6 Sailor Jerry: Final Voyage.
Congratulations to biomass with the FTF and becoming a Gator.
[Classified Information. Loose lips sink ships.
All Sailor Jerry caches are located near water.]
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Last Updated: on 6/12/2014 1:30:47 PM Pacific Daylight Time (8:30 PM GMT)
Coordinates are in the WGS84 datum