War finds you as you are
USS Laffey (DD-724). My memory may be fuzzy, but I remember her call sign was "Wild Bull". Steamed with her in the Med in 1969 while aboard a DDG. We had a Radarman, a convertee from Boatswains Mate, in CIC on that deployment who had served on Laffey. That guy pronounced Laffey's call sign "WI-I-ILD Bu-ull". We followed his lead.
What a tale of heroism.
Truly closing with the enemy. As asked in the Bridges at Toko Ri, “where do we find such men?”
I missed the essential element of tue narrative- racial, ethnic, gender. How can we know this fight was fight by the equitable? What lesson an and conclusions for today as our leaders who have yet to end AUMF for Iraq and AMUF for Afghanistan speak of the necessity to attack the PLA as they attack Taiwan. Is a 4 year minimum volunteer in the US Armed Forces fighting China over Taiwan equitable with. Taiwanese conscript whose active service is 16 weeks? Maybe we need to think through a more comprehensive approach to China and figure better options for Taiwan’s defense, which does warrant support and attention- hopefully for effectively than pre-war Ukraine
I was stationed on USS Julius A Furer in the mid 1980s and we'd go over to the Laffey at Patriots Point and get repair parts for our 5" 38 cal gun director and gun. The museum directors were accommodating and we'd simply have to replace the part with our broken one.
Wow. What a story. Two battles and two Navy Crosses. That Hank's story and those of other heroes are not taught in our schools is a crime.
To paraphrase a line from Top Gun Maverick; It’s not the ship, it’s the Captain and crew. All the technology in the world doesn’t mean squat if you don’t have the Captain and crew who know their job and care about winning the fight.