Coming in to the Golden Gate to SF Bay
after WWII on a troop ship. It wasn't just sailors. The Army guys saw it, too.
Brings back a lot of memories.
through Puget Sound, a much longer ride. They turn right in front of Vashon and Blake Islands and thread their way through a narrow passage with Bainbridge (my island) to the north and Manchester/Port Orchard to the South. They can only go through there at high tide. Those carriers are so big that it looks like you could reach out and touch the deck as it sails by. When the Carl Vinson came back from Afghanistan after that very first operation, both sides of the shore were lined with people waving American Flags. There were kicker boats everywhere and a Fire boat was shooting water into the air. The Decks were lines by the crew in their whites (as per tradition). The ship kept blowing its whistle in acknowledgement of the crowds. The cheering of the larger groups was awesome. The dock where it was to berth was loaded with people.
THAT'S the kind of "welcome home" for our guys (and gals) I like to see. It was just amazing.
I remember some long nights when "channel fever" kept us awake anticipating some round eye pussy.