Bob Sauer Remembers

Sept 15, 2000-Seems like a good day to think back on something that happened 50 years ago. I was 20 years old and a Radarman on the Dehaven. Eddie Snellings' pictures sure do bring it all back more clearly.

Bob Sauer standing Master at Arms watchWell, I was not up there firing the first rounds at Wolmi-Do. My station was the Primary Tactical (PriTac) radio circuit. Crew members may remember this equipment (or at least a key part of it) because the motor generator for it was the big round object down in the scullery area. It was the thing you fell against when the ship rolled a pretty good one (to port) while you were going through the chow line. I think the equipment name was TBS something.

Anyway, on the 13th, I was hunkered into a corner with my handset and logbook. Those 58 minutes or so that we were in there that day seemed like a very long time to me, and I imagine to the rest of the men aboard. It made me think that old familiar thought that millions of young Americans had experienced before us - something like: "what the hell am I doing here?" My thoughts of the farm in Kansas, and the thickness (or rather the thinness) of the TinCan's bulkhead at the 01 level beside me, were interrupted by those immortal words from Captain Allen, "Let's get the hell out of here." His voice was so distinctive, that he did not really have to say: "this is Bookcase Baker." All listeners were quite ready to get that clear order, even though it didn't come out of the General Signal Book. I'm sure Bob Burns could give us the flag hoist that went up then.

I believe we had orders (By the Op-Order) to be at anchor in there for an hour, but I'm not sure the hook ever got wet. Those snipes seemed to respond better than ever before to those bells to get moving out of there.

Many thanks to Eddie's family.

RDSN Bob Sauer

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