A poem written while onboard the USS Galveston. ⚓️(Circa 1960-something) By Thomas Marian Vanderhoof. (Ret. US Navy)
A poem written while onboard the USS Galveston. ⚓️
(Circa 1960-something) By Thomas Marian Vanderhoof. (Ret. US Navy)
"Thoughts at Sea."
Way down in the Caribbean anywhere marks the spot
where men are doomed to spend their lives on a ship even God forgot.
Down with the banjos and barracudas. Here where a man gets blue,
Right in the middle of nowhere a thousand miles from you.
We sweat, we toil, we labor.
It's more than I can stand.
We're not exactly convicts,
Just defenders of our land.
We're men in the U.S. Service earning a measly pay,
Guarding people with millions For just two-fifty a day.
Living with our memories and thinking of our gals.
Hope that while we're gone away they won’t go marry our pals.
No one knows we're living and no one gives a darn.
Most of who don't know us; so it's none of their concern
But when we pass through the pearly gates
We'll hear Saint Peter yell
"Fall in, men from the Galveston, You've done your time in hell"
USS Galveston (CL-93/CLG-3) was a Cleveland-class light cruiser of the United States Navy that was later converted to a Galveston-class guided missile cruiser. She was launched by William Cramp & Sons Shipbuilding Company, Philadelphia 22 April 1945.
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