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M-Div ELT Stories from the early days....
J.T. Linville í66-í71 Gold M Div:
of short stories come to mind about first cycle gold crew patrols 1 through 9.
Three out of Rota, three out of Holy Loch and three out of Charleston. Sort of
a submarine EastLant or something. A couple deal with the ELT gang
of which I was a member. First patrol our lead was Larry Sorensen who
was a good guy. There also was another ELT who was already qualified ELT
but not SS if I remember right. Anyway back on those days, before the
charged disc for you young ELTs, you actually did an iodine separation with
chemicals and glassware. At the end you had to shake a flask with a
stopper before filtering the contents. Well olí Charley (who I notice
isnít on the crew list and left the boat immediately after that patrol)
forgot to hold his finger over the stopper and shook the entire reactor
coolant iodine sample all over his coveralls! What a mess. Had to
shoot his suit out the TDU and Sorensen disqualified him on the spot.
This then led to the next problem a patrol later. Boat was in dry dock
for something, screw perhaps, and someone decided to retile galley during the
refit so everyone was taking a boat over to the tender for chow. Problem
came from someone noticing I was the only qualified ELT on board and we had
weapons on board. So I ate ďtake outĒ food that someone would bring
back, usually cold and nasty, from the tender.
ELT story was coming into
of personnel on the sail, there was a great moment when our Engineer, one J.A.
Schmidt (better known as Jasbo to M Div) was on the sail and a certain young A
gang member was up there. The A gang guy was eating a lifesaver and olí
Jasbo, said how about giving me one. Well this young man slipped a
Teflon Wahl seal on top of the lifesaver roll and happily offered the roll to
finally another M-Div story regarding a young second class MM. I wonít
use his name for fear there is still a court warrant for him in