Kirt asked me to repost this as a new topic, enjoy.....
When I was stationed on the first ship I was on, (USS
Dixie (AD-14), I was assigned as a compartment cleaner
(guy who cleans the divisions sleeping quarters, does the
divisions laundry, etc..), our Division Chief (a Master
Chief Gunnersmate who just finished a tour pushing boots)
thought it was a good idea to have the cleaners also PRESS
everyones working dungaree uniform.
So off to the
ships laundry I go and ask the Petty Officer who worked
there how to operate the presses. When he heard what I had
to do, he about popped a cork. He said "kid, go get all of
the laundry, all of the spare sheets, and strip all of the
bunks" (he actually helped me strip the bunks, so I knew
this was going to be fun). He then helped me sort out the
dirty laundry and pull out all of my clothes, and he then
pulled out 4 bed sheets and two pillow cases. He told me
to put all of my stuff and the 4 sheets and 2 cases in a
pile by two old Maytag machines, and to load up the whites
in one and the blues in another.
He then proceeded
to load the rest of the laundry into the huge machines (if
you never seen a NAVY washing machine, you ain't never
seen anything like it). The then pulled out scoops made of
old Clorox gallon bottles and proceeded to add the
detergent and then he added several scoops of Starch to
When it was all dried, he helped me
press all of the shirts, pants, and sheets (sheet press).
The stuff was like cardboard.
This guy even helped
me take all of the stuff back, remake the bunks and sort
out the laundry.
Everyone was really impressed
until they realized that EVERYTHING was starched, bedding,
working uniforms and best of all all of their SKIVIES
The next morning at Muster & Quarters,
I was told that because of my excellent performance as
Compartment Cleaner, that my services were no longer
needed . The the real kicker was that we had been on
WESTPAC and moored at anchored in the lagoon of Diego
Garcia B.I.O.T, where it is very Hot and Humid. Now that
was the life!
Actually the Real Life was when I
made E-5, too high up to do the crap jobs and too low to
have any real responsibility.
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