When you bury someone, you expect them to stay
dead. I helped bury the Noxubee in Green Cove
Springs, FL in 59. what a pleasant surprise to learn
in 03 that the second life far exceeded the Noxubee
I knew. the Noxubee I knew had been relegated to the
Atlantic Fleet odd-job handy man. How can you have
pride in being a crewmember of what was considered
the dirtiest, rustiest bucket in the Navy? I think
it was because, unbeknown to the powers that be,
only the Navy's best were assigned to the Noxubee.
The things we didn't have aboard the Noxubee were
more than made up for by the comradre aboard ship.
to a man I think we all looked forward to bigger and
better things. In retrospect, we may have been
driving the Cadillac.
The atlantic fleet used the Noxubee as target for
sub exercises off Newport. We were spotter for after
firing exercises off Puerto Rico. we escorted US
Navy giveaways to Greece as far as the Azores. A
stopover in Bermuda for repairs and two more at sea
breakdowns were just another day's work. You name
it, we ended up doing it. the ice in Newport and
also in Norfolk are unforgetable. Boston Shipyard
and Fenway park are fond memories. i bought my first
new car, a winged 59 Chevy. Capt Keller gave me
permission to drive it to Green Cove Springs.
Every once in a while, an unexpected perk would
come along.One of these happened in the fall of 59.
one of the Navy's newest and shiniest destroyers had
been assigned to attend the Rockland, Maine Lobster
Festival. Rough weather in the North Atlantic
damaged the can and she couldn't meet the schedule.
Wouldn't you know it, the Noxubee was the only ship
close enough to make it. Margaret Chase Smith, Rhode
Island Senator and Chairman of the Armed Services
Committee, insisted that the Navy be represented.
With utmost pride and on our best behavior, we
sailed into Rockland, anchored among all the lobster
traps and enjoyed all the activaties and freebes of
the festival. Lobsters were $ 1.0O each and steamed
in a mesh cylinder at the landing. The good old
Time has a way of changing how we look at both
the good and bad, but i wouldn't take anythiny for
my Noxubee experiences. My appreciation for country
and patriotism were moulded by the time spent aboard