In case you missed it there was a documentary on Spike TV about the US Navy
Pirate Hunters. You can get the videos here
Among the many striking things in the one segment that I watched is how young the sailors are and their level of professionalism.
During WWII my Dad was a Lt in the Navy
. My Grandfather was a Captain
at that time, and retired as an Admiral. My uncle was a career marine
. Two other uncles served in Korea
. As I watched the video I recalled that my Dad, my uncles, and Grandfather were also very young when they were on active duty.
For all that I have accomplished in my life, I was never in the military. Some of my high school
classmates went to Annapolis
and West Point, then on to SE Asia
. To be perfectly honest, I am not sure that I could do what they did or what these kids
are doing out on the coast of Somalia
This video is as much about the modern Navy as it is a tribute to our parents and grandparents, and to our peers who may have been in the military. After all, military training involves, at least in part, the passing down of tradition from one generation to the next.
Anyway, be safe out there on the water
. Remember, the USCG and Navy are trying to keep things safe for all of us recreational