CDR John F. (JC) Cole, U.S. Navy (1964-1994)

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The following Reflection represents CDR John F. Cole’s legacy of their military service from 1964 to 1994. If you are a Veteran, consider preserving a record of your own military service, including your memories and photographs, on (TWS), the leading archive of living military history. The Service Reflections is an easy-to-complete self-interview, located on your TWS Military Service Page, which enables you to remember key people and events from your military service and the impact they made on your life.

Can you recount a particular incident from your service, which may or may not have been funny at the time, but still makes you laugh?

While Preparing For Our ORI Off Gitmo, Cuba, The Engineer And Master Chief, Were Doing An Inspection Of The Engineering Spaces On USS Rockbridge APA 228 In The Summer Of 1967. Upon Entering The Machine Shop Area Of The Engine Room The “Strawberries” , (Yes.. Strawberries) Hit The Fan!

It Seems That During The Last, “All Hands Not On Watch” Stores Load Out One Of The BT’s Rerouted A Container Of Vanilla Ice Cream And A Case Of Six, One Gallon Cans Of Frozen Strawberries To The Engine Room Where We All Had Strawberry Sundays Untill The Ice Cream Was All Gone.

But…… There Were Two Gallons Of The Semi-Frozen Strawberries Left And Not Wanting To Just Throw Them Away One Of The MM’s Hid Them In The Overhead Of The Machine Shop Were They Were Promply Forgotten!

With The Temperature Well Over 100 Degrees In The Machine Shop The Fermentation Process Rapidly Increased The Pressure In Side The Cans To The Point That Just As The Engineer And Master Chief Entered The Shop They Blew Up, Leaving Them Covered Head To Toe With Very, Very Rotten Strawberries! You Can Imagine The Scene As The Guys Fell Into Fits Of Laughter, Only To Sober Up Very Quick.

The End Result Was Definitely Not Fun For All Involved And The Memories Of The Strawberry Sundays Were Totally Not Worth The Time We Had To Spend On Board While The Rest Of The Crew Had Liberty In Kingston, Jamica After We Passed The ORI!

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