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Posted: 10/25/2001 11:53:45 AM EDT
Got this from a friend today. Thought some of you Navy folks would enjoy it. Very touching. I'll edit it for length, but leave the best part. U.S. SAILOR ABOARD THE USS WINSTON CHURCHILL from a U.S. sailor aboard the USS Winston Churchill. The Churchill is the only U.S. Navy warship named after a foreign national. About two hours ago the junior officers were called to the bridge to conduct Ship handling drills. We were about to do a man overboard drill when we got a call from the LUTJENS (D185), a German warship that was moored ahead of us on the pier in Plymouth, England. While in port, the WINSTON S CHURCHILL and the LUTJENS got together for a sports day/cookout on our fantail, and we made some pretty good friends. Now at sea they called over on bridge-to- bridge, requesting to pass us close up on our port side, to say goodbye. We prepared to render them honors on the bridge wing, and the Captain told the crew to come topside to wish them farewell. As they were making their approach, our Conning Officer announced through her binoculars that they were flying an American flag. As they came even closer, we saw that it was flying at half-mast. The bridge wing was crowded with people as the Boatswain's Mate blew two whistles- Attention to Port- the ship came up alongside and we saw that the entire crew of the German ship were manning the rails, in their dress blues. They had made up a sign that was displayed on the side that read "We Stand By You". Needless to say there was not a dry eye on the bridge as they stayed alongside us for a few minutes and we cut our salutes. It was probably the most powerful thing I have seen in my entire life and more than a few of us fought to retain our composure. It was a beautiful day outside today. We are no longer at liberty to divulge over unsecure e-mail our location, but we could not have asked for a finer day at sea. The German Navy did an incredible thing for this crew, and it has truly been the highest point in the days since the attacks. It's amazing to think that only a half-century ago things were quite different, and to see the unity that is being demonstrated throughout Europe and the world makes us all feel proud to be out here doing our job. After the ship pulled away and we prepared to begin our man overboard drills the Officer of the Deck turned to me and said "I'm staying Navy." I'll write you when I know more about when I'll be home, but for now, this is probably the best news that I could send you. Love you guys. Thank God for this encouraging news of our friends on the German warship. May it also encourage us all in our resolve to prevail in this war against terrorism. You can view pictures of the Lutjens' salute to the Churchill at the following web site: ttp://www.wnd.com/images2/germanship.jpg
Link Posted: 10/25/2001 12:08:42 PM EDT
Here's the pic: [img]http://www.wnd.com/images2/germanship.jpg[/img] Thanks WX!!!
Link Posted: 10/25/2001 12:10:17 PM EDT
ONe of the big 3 TV networks had this story on the 6'oclock news on 10/24. Just blew me away.
Link Posted: 10/25/2001 12:12:40 PM EDT
Excellent Story. Who knows maybe in 50 years we will have the Muslims rehabilitated also?
Link Posted: 10/25/2001 12:20:22 PM EDT
Link Posted: 10/25/2001 12:37:47 PM EDT
Very touching tribute.
Link Posted: 10/25/2001 12:46:41 PM EDT
Link Posted: 10/25/2001 1:00:38 PM EDT
Thats really cool,it's good to see a type of brotherhood like that.
Link Posted: 10/25/2001 1:14:02 PM EDT
Originally Posted By warlord: ONe of the big 3 TV networks had this story on the 6'oclock news on 10/24. Just blew me away.
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Damn, it took them this long. This happened shortly after the attack See [url]http://www.ar15.com/forums/topic.html?id=60008[/url] And for the full text, see [url]http://www.ar15.com/forums/topic.html?id=57441[/url]
Link Posted: 10/25/2001 7:46:39 PM EDT
HvyAR.....Thanks for doing the pic. When it comes to that sort of thing, I'm afraid I'm not the sharpest pencil in the box.
Link Posted: 10/25/2001 9:35:53 PM EDT
Originally Posted By WX: HvyAR.....Thanks for doing the pic. When it comes to that sort of thing, I'm afraid I'm not the sharpest pencil in the box.
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You're very welcome. I'm just here to help...
Link Posted: 10/26/2001 6:07:36 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 10/26/2001 6:02:44 AM EDT by warlord]
Originally Posted By LARRYG:
Originally Posted By warlord: ONe of the big 3 TV networks had this story on the 6'oclock news on 10/24. Just blew me away.
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Damn, it took them this long. This happened shortly after the attack See [url]http://www.ar15.com/forums/topic.html?id=60008[/url] And for the full text, see [url]http://www.ar15.com/forums/topic.html?id=57441[/url]
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------------------------------------------------------ Well, guess I missed it, with everything going on, I couldn't be on the boards 24x7. I goes to show how old the general news media can get also.
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