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Posted: 4/26/2001 6:58:58 PM EDT
//SUMMARY OF MISHAPS// RATUZYUW RUCOPAW1465 1151630-UUUU--RUCRNFE. ZNR UUUUU ZUI RUCOMCB6927 1151948 R 251630Z APR 01 PSN 537486J33 FM COMNAVSAFECEN NORFOLK VA TO ALSAFE BT UNCLAS ALSAFE 011/01 MSGID/GENADMIN/COMNAVSAFECEN/00-103/APR// SUBJ/SUMMARY OF MISHAPS// RMKS/1. DECISIONS, DECISIONS, DECISIONS. ALL OF THEM BURSTING WITH CONSEQUENCES. SUCH AS: A. THE DECISION TO CLEAN A LOADED RIFLE. NOW THAT COULD HAVE A CONSEQUENCE IN YOUR LIFE -NOT THE LEAST OF WHICH COULD BE A HOLE IN YOU. SURE AND A FINE HOLE IT WILL BE, TOO, IF THE GUN YOU'RE CLEANING HAPPENS TO HAVE A .308 CARTRIDGE IN THE CHAMBER AND YOU PULL THE TRIGGER WHILE IT'S POINTED AT YOUR FOOT. THE DOCS AREN'T VERY OPTIMISTIC THEY CAN SAVE THIS GUY'S TOES EVEN AFTER A LENGTHY SURGERY EXCUSE ME? "WAS THAT A MARINE?" YOU ASK? MAIS OUI! YOU DON'T THINK A SAILOR WOULD DO ANYTHING AS DUMB AS THAT, DO YOU? SILLY WABBIT, THINK AGAIN. THE MAJOR DIFFERENCES BETWEEN SAILORS AND MARINES ARE THEIR TARGETED BODY PARTS AND THEIR CHOICE OF WEAPONS. IN OUR SECOND EXAMPLE A BOS'N WAS CLEANING A SEMI-AUTOMATIC PISTOL WHEN IT WENT OFF AND SHOT HIM IN THE HAND. COULD HAVE BEEN WORSE, I SUPPOSE ... AND IT WAS. THE BULLET WAS A HOLLOW-POINT. THE SLUG HIT THE BACK OF HIS LEFT HAND, MUSHROOMED, THEN TORE THROUGH HIS FLESH DESTROYING BONES, BLOOD VESSELS, TENDONS AND NERVES, BEFORE IT RIPPED OUT FROM THE UNDERSIDE OF HIS FOREARM LEAVING A MUCH BIGGER HOLE THERE THAN WHERE IT WENT IN. "I DIDN'T KNOW THE GUN WAS LOADED!" THEY ALL CRY. BUT THAT'S NOT EXACTLY WHAT HAPPENED, WAS IT? NO ... THEY - AND OTHERS BEFORE THEM - DECIDED THE GUN WAS UNLOADED. THEY - AND OTHERS WHO ARE BOUND TO FOLLOW THEM - DECIDED IT WASN'T WORTH THREE SECONDS OF THEIR PRECIOUS TIME TO CHECK AND BE SURE. THEY DECIDED - BASED ON NOTHING - THERE WERE NO BULLETS IN THOSE GUNS. THEY DECIDED. AND NOW THEY MUST LIVE WITH THE SURGERY AND THE THERAPY AND THE PAIN AND THE LIFE-LONG CRIPPLING WHICH RESULT FROM THOSE DECISIONS. WE CALL THESE PAINFUL REALITIES, CONSEQUENCES. F. BUT IT'S ALL ABOUT CHOICES, ISN'T IT? CHOOSING TO DRINK IS A DECISION FRAUGHT WITH CONSEQUENCES WHOSE SEVERITY IS DIRECTLY RELATED TO THE AMOUNT ONE DRINKS. ON THE ONE HAND, PROPERLY SPACED, MODERATE AMOUNTS OF ALCOHOL CAN TAKE MARTS AND MOLES OFF OTHER PEOPLE'S FACES AND PUT A WARM, ROSY GLOW ON AN EVENING'S ENTERTAINMENT. WHILE ON THE OTHER HAND, GROSS OVER INDULGENCE CAN LEAVE YOU, AS IT DID THIS MARINE, STAGGERING AROUND ATOP AN ELEVATED WALKWAY OVERSEAS, LOOKING FOR A PLACE TO PUKE. HE EVENTUALLY FOUND HIS WAY TO THE RAILING WHERE HE TRIED TO EASE HIS PAIN BY LAUNCHING YESTERDAY'S MRE'S, THIS MORNING'S BREAKFAST, AND ALL OF TONIGHT'S GRAPPA AND ALL-YOU- CAN-EAT PASTA INTO THE EVENING AIR. THAT SUDDEN SHOWER OF PURPLE RAIN SENT THE UNSUSPECTING PEDESTRIANS BELOW SCATTERING IN ALL DIRECTIONS. NOT THAT THAT WAS A BAD THING, YOU SEE, BECAUSE THAT BRIEF DOWNPOUR FROM ABOVE CLEARED THE LANDING AREA FOR THE METEORIC DESCENT OF THE LANCE CORPORAL HIMSELF WHO PASSED OUT, TIPPED OVER THE RAILING UP THERE, AND FELL SIXTY FEET TO THE PAVEMENT BELOW. YEAH. HE'S STILL ALIVE. WHAT'LL IT BE? 2. THAT'S ALL WE HAVE TIME FOR TODAY. UNTIL THE NEXT TIME, TAKE CARE OF YOURSELF, WON'T YOU? AND TAKE GOOD CARE OF ONE ANOTHER.// BT #1465 NNNN
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