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Foreword   Capturing stories of Not-Famous People

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Sid's   N T I N S   Locker
(NTINS??? Think about it!)
Mostly Submariner Memories
...with some exceptions
Below is a growing list of selected gleanings of stories mainly from various submariner internet boards or items passed to me via e-mail.

Mostly just Submariner mind- dumps of good times and bad  (After a few decades it's hard to know the difference). Some are things that are long overdue and need saying. Submariners will understand. Perhaps even a few normal people might too.                        ...and it is pronounced sub-ma-reen-er

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Content Tweaks:     Aside from running a spell checker - content tweaks will of course, include sanitizing for security purposes. Also any dates and /or names that may bring embarrassment to old shipmates will be "blanked out" . Likewise anything that gets too far into the X-Rated zone. Minor syntax adjustments may be made if the meaning is not clear or to improve the narrative flow..

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Near the end of the SciFi movie BLADERUNNER there is a line spoken by a character who is dying.    It goes like this:

"I've seen things you people wouldn't believe... Attack ships on fire off the shoulder of Orion... I watched sea beams glitter in the dark near the terhausen gate... All those moments will be lost in time like tears in the rain..."
Over the years when I read any of the many diverse no-shitters and sea stories on this magic internet I think of that phrase:
"All those moments will be lost in time like tears in the rain."
I think that pretty much sums it up for most of us "un-famous people" . 

The "big picture" stuff normally finds its way into the better books (fiction and non-fiction) but all the day-to-day experiences and minutia of each individual's military service will, for the most part, be "lost in time like tears in the rain".

Dex once wrote that - being a bottom feeding, low ranked, raghat and one who didn't know the big picture - he often thought about going to the phone booth at the head of the pier and just calling up old Arleigh Burke and asking, "what the hell is the big picture?"

Many of us try to save what we can on this will-of-the-wisp internet and most of our stories have zip to do with any "big pictures". But everyone of us who ever served in whatever capacity has stories.

It would be beyond anyone's capacity to share everyone's experiences. Fortunately there are a few of us that spin out our vignettes and save what is possible. 

The payoff is that some of these stories will strike a chord of familiarity in others - and elicit comments like, "Yeah I did that too - and until I read so and so's story I had forgotten those 'moments in time'. "

I reckon the best we can do is to assemble our own small jigsaw pieces so that perhaps the totality comes just a tad closer to forming that elusive "big picture".

Sid (2008)

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  001   Roger "RamJet"  Burleigh's Mind Dump Roger Burleigh
  002   WWII - Some Memories Bob Harrison
  003   WWII - Thanksgiving Memories Bob Harrison
  003a   WWII - Out To Sea Bob Harrison
  003b   WWII - On To Samar Bob Harrison
  003c   WWII - Moon Over Samar Bob Harrison
  004   4th Of July, 1976 "bo the nook"
  005   Luke's Christmas Cross. - Luke was an Airdale who
frequently posted on Martini's BBS.
Luke The Lid
  006   Sirago's visit to Monaco in the early 60s Joe Roche
  007   22 November 1963.   Where Were You? Various
  008   The 7th of Decemeber
Gil Raynor remembers his father's WWII experience.
Gil Raynor
  009   Submariner Brothers "bo the nook"
  010   FORCES ADRIFT Chuck Charlton
  011   The Doc CAPT Bill Green
  012   Christmas Memories - 1942 Bob Harrison
  013   New Years Thoughts Sid Harrison
  014   USS Diablo / School Boat Ops Buck Conrad
  015   A Poem For Ron Martini Amy Cole
A Submariner's Wife
  016   So you thought those "old Navy days" were rough?
The Old Country Outhouse
Bob Harrison
  017   Rankoon Remembers Jack Mike Rankin
  018   As Wives Wait Amy Cole
  019   Submarine Knocks Over A phone booth Bill 'SOB' Parker
  020   Captain Greene and The DIVCOM Bill Parker
  021   No Stress Cards Needed Len Ledgerwood
  022   Tribute To A Lost Friend Grog Carpenter
  023   Sweet Bird Of Youth Sid Harrison
  024   It's A Small World Andrew Buck
  025   3rd Generation SS Qualification Bill Maness

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