Since this blog is about my Navy career, I was just talking to my son and a story about my past came to mind. I commissioned the USS Leftwich (DD 984). We were homeported in San Diego and going through training called Refresher Training. (Reftra) Since we were a new crew on a new ship, I am not sure what they were refreshing. But, there we were, anchored in San Diego harbor, parallel to the Rueben E. Lee, a paddle wheel ship turned in to a restaurant. I was standing on the fantail of the ship, in the early evening,
with the CDO who was a young Lieutenant, and all of the sudden the fantail of the ship started to lift up!! I mean lift up a couple of feet! It felt like King Neptune had hold of the anchor chain and was pulling down on it. As the anchor went down, the forecastle went down, and the fantail rose up! The, just a fast, the fantail would fall back into the water. This went on for about a minute or so, up, down, up, down, violently!! The CDO asked me; "Chief, what's going on!!?" The answer was obvious, earthquake!! The CDO ran 100 miles in a one foot square! He was in a panic! But I thought, what's the big deal, we are floating aren't we? But he continued to panic until I said; "Sir, when you are in charge, things sure happen!!" He never liked me. I wonder why?