"We sleep safe in our beds because rough men stand ready in the night to visit violence on those who would do us harm"
                                                                                                                                                              -- George Orwell - 1944

Sea Stories
The Bosun's Locker

by John S. Perilloux - DPC - USN (Ret)

Welcome Aboard

What follows is part fact, part fiction, but all very interesting. These are the stories of Frank O. Dodge, Boatswain's Mate First Class, USN - Retired.


Frank enlisted in the U.S. Navy one month and four days after the Japanese attack at Pearl Harbor. He saw action in the North Atlantic and the Mediterranean Sea and later in the Pacific, as the United States took back the islands of the Pacific from the Japanese.

Dec 7 flag

Frank was back again for what was called a "police action" in Korea by politicians too timid to call it what it really was, which was "war," and was still around for the first two years of the next war that the politicians, in their cowardice, refused to declare. I'm speaking, of course, of Vietnam. Frank retired in 1966 to Gonzales, Louisiana, began writing interesting stories, and enjoyed his retirement until receiving final orders to join the Staff of the Supreme Commander on 9 Feb 2001 at age 79. Frank was laid to rest in Port Hudson National Cemetery in Zachary, Louisiana on 12 Feb 2001.

          Port Hudson National Cemetery
Digital photo by John S. Perilloux, 1 Apr 2001

The Tattoo
The Times Square Shuttle
The Right-Arm Bosun's Mate
The U-Boat
Walks Between Winds
The Murmansk Run
The Wake of the Bonnie Lass
The Kansas Dorothy Caper
My Navy Career

Night Watch

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