by Ken "Jake" Jaccard, YN3, USNR-R
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The best sleep I have ever gotten was at sea during rough weather. I don't know why, but the rocking of the ship, and even the water rushing past the hull sort of lulled me. I have missed that ever since I left ship.
Our compartment (X-Division) was in the same compartment as was the Post Office. A busy one during the day and sometimes at night and during GQ.
We weren't far from an expansion joint, and the Starboard amidships hull; there the creaking when going over seas, and the rush of the seas on the hull had a strange but lulling affect me. It probably did the other seasoned Sailors on the ship.
Keeping Warm in Winter
Does anyone remember sleeping inside their "Fart Sack" during winter? I never could get my hands on an extra blanket, so I crawled inside the Fart Sack - to landlubbers, it is a Mattress Cover - which felt like in a cozy and warm cocoon. I got that idea from other seasoned sailors and so I'm sure you have your own special story to tell about your own Fart Sacks.
Lucky for me, I was never in one during GQ, or I can't remember it anyway; It must have happened at least once in the 2 years I was aboard. Well, you learn how to egress a Fart Sack real fast - the advantage of being 19 and agile. Today after over 48 years past, this old body isn't as agile as it was back then.
Thanks for the Memories, Hannah!
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Ken "Jake" Jaccard,
Web Yeoman, USS Hancock CV/CVA-19 Memorial
22 September 2003
40 years later