Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Do not refer to him by name

Do not refer to the captain by name. He is The Captain.
—Recruit‘s Handbook, U.S.S. West Virginia (1935)


General Quarters said...

He-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named: Captain Voldemort.

Anonymous said...

Captain Lambert,

Some 40 years ago I had the Quarterdeck watch on a Saturday or Sunday at the FBM Training Center, Charleston, SC. The duty officer informed me that the Captain would be coming aboard and his wife would be with him, and they should be rendered the proper greeting. I informed my roving security watch to open the door for them and give them the proper salute. This First Class Petty Officer opened the door stood at attention while holding the door, then saluted the Captain and said “Good morning Captain” He held his salute and when the Captains wife came abreast of him he said “Good morning Mrs. Captain”. The first POD note the next work day explained how one should address the CO’s wife.

Very Respectfully,

Rich said...

BWAHAHAHA! That's hilarious!

Anonymous said...


An individual that has combat, preparing for combat and other very serious movies, that I like by the way, as his favorite views should have a more substantial comment to make than BWAHAHAHA! That word did not pass my spellchecker, please elucidate so we may all share in your response.

Your Faithful Servant,