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U.S.S. Wright


Number One “Deep Sink”

Part of Navy life for a lowly unskilled enlisted man on a ship involved duty of extremely long hours and hard work on the Deck Force (the real sailors) or the Mess Deck (the chow hall of a ship). As soon as I came aboard the USS Wright I was assigned to the latter. To multiply the misery, the ship was involved in a Navy worldwide competition for the best mess (food service). Shortly after starting as a mess cook I got into a fight and was “sentenced” to the galley deep sink. Some would say that was worse than the brig. Imagine, scrubbing pots and pans for a crew of over 1000 guys! There I stayed for 76 days and qualified as the best “Deep Sink” in the U. S. Navy because we won the coveted Ney Award for the best large mess afloat category.

References:

USS Wright (history)
http://www.navy.mil/navydata/navy_legacy_hr.asp?id=63

and

“Award Winning Ships and Stations”. All Hands. November 1968. 18-21
http://www.navy.mil/media/allhands/acrobat/ah196811.pdf

and

personal experience!

I did some other things while on active duty, but nothing that compared to the frist three months aboard ship. Some day I will write about the misdeeds of a Mess Cook and other shipboard and Navy misadventures.