By Leo Block
This e-book describes the lifetime of the enlisted guy aboard a Farragut classification destroyer in the course of the pre-World battle II years; the battle instruction interval in 1941; and the wartime years. It positive factors first-person narrations accumulated from interviews and correspondence with the few closing Farragut type destroyer sailors, and in brief describes the evolution of the destroyer and the Farragut classification destroyers, 5 of which survived the struggle.
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The organization of the ship’s company consisted of the following four primary departments: 1. Gunnery 2. Deck 3. Communications 4. Engineering The Gunnery Department was the most important. All other departments and activities existed solely to allow the ship to discharge her weapons. The gunnery ofﬁcer (called the gun boss) was a senior lieutenant and the department included enlisted gunner’s mates, ﬁre control men, torpedomen, and seamen (strikers) that were eventually to advance to one of these ratings.
Eventually the chief would order attention and the ordeal would be over with. After boot camp, shit head was never or seldom used aboard ship. It must have been just part of the recruit training curriculum. The Social Structure The enlisted men of the ship’s company were unofﬁcially subdivided into the following three categories: Chief Petty Ofﬁcers were the most dominant (it was their job to be so) and the most prestigious group. They had their own chief ’s quarters that included a berthing section, their own head and a large table with chairs for meals and lounging.
The chiefs did not socialize with the commissioned ofﬁcers and seldom with lower rated enlisted men. The Old Salts was the next category. They were the older enlisted 40 ABOARD THE FARRAGUT CLASS DESTROYERS IN WORLD WAR II men who mostly entered the navy in the 1920s and the early 1930s, advanced to ﬁrst and second class petty ofﬁcer and most had served on other ships. Some had served on ships assigned to the Asiatic Fleet. Many of them had tattoos and impressive tailor made liberty blue uniforms with fancy embroidery inside the cuffs (inexpensive in the China Station).
Aboard the Farragut Class Destroyers in World War II: A History With First-Person Accounts of Enlisted Men by Leo Block