It’s great to have a “special” connection to our readers – the sweet and the snarky, the erudite and the average, fans and smarty pants. We love ’em all! After 11 and a half years of publishing InCity Times, we do a lot of sharing. Here is a letter from a reader who questioned my p. 7 story in this issue of InCity Times – “Slagging my neighborhood.” He didn’t have anything to say about the developer but wanted to talk about other stuff – the smarty pants. Here’s the email/smart phone exchange. How ever, this turns out, I want him to keep reading ICT. – R. Tirella:
OUR READER WRITES:
Let’s talk about your Uncle “Joe”. First thanks go out to him for his service
to this country during WW II. Second, as a Naval Lieutenant he did not command
a battle ship. You used all capital letters in the December 14-27, 2012 edition
of In City Times, COMMANDED A BATTLE SHIP IN OKINAWA.
World War II battleships generally had a complement of between 2200 and 2900
officers and men. They would not be commanded by a 20 something lieutenant and
this is not intended to insult your Uncle Joe. Because you reference “battle”
“ship” as two words and not the single “battleship” indicating the largest
warship in the US Navy at the time of WW II, Uncle Joe might have be assigned to
a much smaller sized ship.
>A battleship, such as the USS New Jersey, generally was under the command of a
Captain, officer grade O-6. Uncle Joe as a lieutenant was either an O-2 or O-3
grade. Any one that is in command of a naval vessel is referred to as captain
regardless of official rank, officer grade, title.
>If I had to offer a guess, I would say that uncle Joe may have been assign to a
vessel as small as a PT boat, the same as JFK in WW II, perhaps a minesweeper,
oiler, seagoing tug, supply ship or other support vessel.
It doesn’t matter as long as he carried out the assigned duties that went with
his rank and position in a professional manner and to the best of his abilities.
He returned home safe and deserves thank and appreciation.
Just sign me,
ROSALIE’s RESPONSE (via smart phone):
Hi. I have pics of my uncle. He was an officer. The pics have him in uniform. He was a Holy Cross graduate. The Bishop of Springfield put him through college because my mom and her two sisters were the Bishop’s housekeepers for a decade. College grads were officers. Sorry. If you want to meet at library some time, I will show you the photos.
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