The Blue and the Gold – Sixty Years of Sharing the Sea

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The Blue and the Gold

As I sit here writing the 41 for Freedom story for tonight, it is Easter Weekend. 45 years ago, the USS George Washington Gold Crew had taken over the boat from the Blue crew in Guam and I was enjoying my first taste of freedom in months. That first patrol was one for the books and really tested my spirit in so many ways. I rode both fast attacks and boomers in my day (sorry no DBF) and each had their ups and downs (see what I did there?)

But the constant cycle of a boomer was something that left its own impression on you. We had the Christmas run for two years which didn’t mean as much to me since I was single. Frankly, I think I was just a little homesick anyway no matter what time of year it was. I was still…

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