Sunday, 9 May 2010

Going back a Fair Bit.

REMINISCING or GOING BACK A FAIR BIT

Vest is very busy at the present, I thought this excerpt would fill a gap.

Our ship and crew sailed north to the conflict in company of a vast number of other warships on Feb 28 1945. The period of three months involving operation 'Iceberg' which included eight weeks of continual contact with the enemy and lesser periods of involvement, near places like Okinawa 'The big one', on all fools day April 1, Easter Sunday 1945, where American forces landed and other places like Ishigaki, Myako shima and Sakashima gunto.

In my precarious, unenviable action station on the air defence position, I could see Kamikases galore. on many occasions, the brown trouser situation seemed imminent, but I was convinced that I was far too young to die; there were far too many more exciting things for me to achieve before that happened.

After leaving the operational area, we called into the U S A base at Guam in the Marianas. With us Were our escorting destroyers, The HM Ships Troubridge , Tenacious and Termagent. The crews enjoyed the shore recreational facilities and three cans of free beer, one or two beers were usually enough for me.

Lying at anchor close by was the USS Battleship Missouri. The crew of this great ship were surprised that our ship did not carry amenities such as Coca Cola and ice cream, so the American fleet soon rectfied this problem. The Battleship HMS King George V, became the first British warship to have an ice cream machine.

Our ship then sailed for Sydney Australia on the 30 May and arrived Tues June 5; for 3 weeks R and R and replenish our stores and ammunition. The war was soon to end.

Of course I have my own opinion regarding the use of the atomic bombs which decided the end of hostilities, during Operation 'Iceberg' over a quarter of a million civilians and Japanese, American and British Commonwealth servicemen lost their lives, prior to Hiroshima and Nagasaki. It is sad that the innocent have to suffer for the immoralities of war.The millions of us who survived ww2 owe our lives to the clear sighted wisdom of the allied leaders in Washington and Whitehall who understood the jungle of problems to be faced and left the moralistic chuntering to those lost in the woods.

Our ship and others returned to the conflict up north June 28 45. Few people knew until much later that on July 16 (my 19th Birthday) the first Atomic test took place in the New Mexico Desert, also on this same date the British Pacific Fleet came under the direct control of the American fleet Commander. I believe this was due to a logistical support problem, the details I am not privy to, a good guess would be that us Brits had sort of 'run out of gas' as we were being refuelled at sea by American tankers.

I must mention here that the last warship of battleship class to fire an angry shot in wartime was HMS King George V in the afternoon of VJ day a few hours after the cease fire.

During the final days of the war against Japan KGV was involved with other ships( mostly American) that were bombarding the coast of Japan. On one particular night, one of our 'B' turret guns malfunctioned and only loaded the full charge without the 17cwt shell, in the confusion the gun fired and the full charge provided the best firework display ever, pieces of burning cordite in the thousands stuck to every one and anything in range burning decks and paintwork, trying to remove the burning cordite from my action overalls it burned through the anti flash gear I was wearing to prevent such burns.

Later on our journey back to Sydney , sailors were employed to Patch up burnt paintwork , the burns on the decks were rubbed down with pumice blocks called holy stones, the larger blocks were called Bibles!!

HMS King GeogeV, was the 2nd British ship to enter Tokyo, there was much dissension when HMS Duke Of York entered first, (This created an angry response from most ships of the fleet particularly as HMS King George V had been on the job longer than any other ship) HMS Duke Of York  had only just arrived from Sydney where it had been swinging around a bouy for several months and had not fired one angry shot, the senior Admiral Bruce Fraser was the CinC in his nice clean unscathed shiny ship, so our vice Admiral Bernard Rawlings and our crew took second billing. I being a great surviver from other minor conflicts too, and being a gunnery man during my career, I feel it is fair to say the sight of guns and the stink of gunpowder and cordite really fails to turn me on  slightly less than dismembered body parts.

34 comments:

kate..fb. said...

Vest , you will always be my hero.
Luvs ya Kate XXX.

Jimmy said...

Sheeesshh

Jimmy said...

but I dont fear no one
not even ROSE
not even GOD

u see I love GOD
I dont fear Him

to me God is just Jesus, a good buddy
whose first miracle was making wine for a wedding feast

who ridiculed the rituals of the Jews
and preached a new religion of LOVE

LOVE God and neighbor He said
and u can trash the rest of the Bible

the BIBLE led some idiot POPE to imprison Galileo
and BUSH and BLAIR said God told me to bomb IRAQ

and the catlik church made the padres to take the oath of Celibacy
when Jesus did not preach a word about sex

He only talked of LOVE
Sex is no big deal without Love

Jimmy said...

Vest is very busy at the present??
is this ROSE now?

Jimmy said...

Of course I have my own opinion regarding the use of the atomic bombs which decided the end of hostilities, during Operation 'Iceberg' over a quarter of a million civilians and Japanese, American and British Commonwealth servicemen lost their lives, prior to Hiroshima and Nagasaki.



It is sad that the innocent have to suffer for the immoralities of war.The millions of us who survived ww2 owe our lives to the clear sighted wisdom of the allied leaders in Washington and Whitehall

who understood the jungle of problems to be faced and left the moralistic chuntering to those lost in the woods.

Jimmy said...

OK so u guys condoned the use of WMD to save precious white lives

yellow and brown and black lives dont count huh?

Jimmy said...

all is fair in Love and WAR

the muslim jehadis dont have hi tech munitions

so they use guerrilla warfare
hence 26/11 in INDIA

and 9/11 in USA

Jimmy said...

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Jimmy said...

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Jimmy said...

after WW II the UN was formed by the victors with the Security Councill manned by US UK FRANCE CHINA

these Nations then formulated the NPT forbidding any other Nation to go NUCLEAR

INDIA went NUCLEAR under the command of Indira Gandhi

Jimmy said...

PAKISTAN and IRAN and ISRAEL have secret Nuclear weaponry

u cant stop any Nation from going Nuclear

this is not a WHITE Mans WORLD no more

CA. said...

My graddaddy was in the US Navy during WW11 he is 89 years old, vest said they had young kids doing mens jobs in the English Navy, which my grand daddy says is true as he met some in Guam when the came shoreside for a rest for a coupla hours, some not eighteen and been at sea for eighteen months.
Mr jimmy you have too many racial problems, and your language needs some attention as well.
You should not abuse people as you do, you seem to run hot and then cold for sme peculier reason. Are you the full dollar?

Jimmy said...

they had young kids doing mens jobs in the English Navy


CA
it happens here as routine and the kids dont cry

poor families in INDIA cant afford to send their kids to school

before the age of 10 they work in factories in the unorganized sector

we cant stop child labor
as we have nothing better to offer to those in poverty

Jimmy said...

I think I am the full dollar
I may be wrong CA

who is sane and who is not
is a difficult question in this mad, mad,mad, mad,mad, mad,mad, mad, mad World

Jimmy said...

the full dollar ....

IQ of the Worlds population is variable it varies over a wide range

if your IQ is less than 80
u r an IDIOT

if IQ is more than 120
u r a GENIUS


the rest of the population 90% have IQ around 100, this is called NORMAL (the full dollar?)

Jimmy said...

all CHANGE in this WORLD is a result of the GENIUSES and IDIOTS



the rest just plod on doing a 9 to 5 job at work

come back home and watch TV
do their marital duty to their spouse

and every day is the same as any other day

same LOCATION
same STYLE
same POSITION

Jimmy said...

those in POVERTY if they are NORMAL kids will WORK their ass out

the enterprising kid will BEG or STEAL

the real DARING kids will ROB or join AL Quaeda


the terrorist KASAB, the lone survivor of 26/11 in MUMBAI has been sentenced to DEATH

He is only 22
He did a mans job

Jimmy said...

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Jimmy said...

Music:Enjoy live music, my iPod and satellite radio. My favorite genres at the moment are Alternative and Smooth Jazz. And sometimes it just depends on my mood, I do enjoy R & B, Hip Hop, Country Western and Hispanic music.


Movies:Action, sci-fi, suspense, some comedy, and the occasional "chick" flic.
TV:Don't do the "reality" shows. Fan of CSI-all 3, Criminal Minds, The Mentalist, Eleventh Hour. Discovery channel, A & E and Food Network (give me a break,

I'm female and yes I cook pretty well).
Books:Fan of Clancy, Koontz, King, Cornwell, Jance. Love anything to do with mystery, suspense, horror and the occasional romance novel.
Sports:Football - 49'rs, Raiders, Chargers Basketball - Lakers College Football - USC Are you seeing a pattern???


I was born in L.A., CA specifically Van Nuys. My football teams may be rebuilding but USC and the Lakers "rock".


Interests:Many..

Vest said...

Jimmy: All of these punk sites are off putting to me- too diverse - never know where you going to wind involved with.
Anyhow, I am too busy delving deeply into the new thing. After life communications, mainly how not to become involved, I am thinking a hereafter snooze should not be interfered with.

Jimmy said...

Heyyyy Vesty
lay off

that was my girl Cecilia

Jimmy said...
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Jimmy said...

After life communications, mainly how not to become involved,

OMG

Jimmy said...

Heyy Vesty
u reading the rong books

Life is about attachment to things of this World and women of this World


taking SANYAS is akin to death
Read OSHO\not any other Guru

Jimmy said...

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and in the pink of health when ...

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Jimmy said...

when u will walk a mile for a camel

Jimmy said...
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Jimmy said...

in INDIA we work all the time
but when we play

we play hard

Jimmy said...
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rosemary said...

Jimmy, KEEP IT CLEAN !!! I am not wasting my time saying more.

Jimmy said...

Not FAIR Rose
u get to read all the hott stuff I write

but u dont allow the other guys