An old friend is being retired from her service to this great country tomorrow. The USS John L Hall (FFG-32) is being decommissioned tomorrow after nearly 30 years of loyal service. She holds bitter sweet memories for me. I spent countless LONG hours on her bridge at the helm and as Boatswains mate of the watch. It was aboard her decks that I first came to New Orleans, navigating up the Mississippi River to what was then the Avondale Shipyard in Avondale Louisiana. During the 14 months we were in the shipyard, I met the woman who would become my wife of nearly 23 years.
After the shipyard period the operational tempo was fast and furious as we worked to regain our stature as one of the best of Destroyer Squadron 8. We worked long and hard and played even harder. I might not have realized it at the time... but I was privileged to have served aboard an exceptional ship operated by an outstanding crew.
So... I sit here tonight on the eve of the decommissioning ceremony that prior commitments forbade me from attending, and I raise my glass in a toast... to all former Officer's and Crew of the USS John L. Hall (FFG-32); SEMPER VICTORES! Always Victorious!
Last edited by Parallel; 03-08-2012 at 11:40 PM.
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first of all I want to thank you for your service. I have known , several in my family and others just friends that have served on ships. Mostly WW2, Korea, and veitnam. All were good men and like you had a respect for their vessel. Again thank you.