Former Crew Member Writes About Serving on the Kam in the 1970's
A little while back, I received an email from former crew member Richard Sprowl:
nice job on the website. Perhaps in
the near future I can dig up some old pictures, scan them, and then send them to
you for inclusion in your website.
am laughing at myself now because while I was on the Kamehameha, I was so
anti-Navy, anti-Kamehameha, anti-authority, anti-you name it, and now I am
really interested in this stuff and have pride in that I survived the ordeal.
I can still remember how strongly I held these feelings, and how I could
not wait to get out and forget about that period in my life.
When I got out, I hung my discharge paper on the inside lid of my toilet
( had to toss it eventually due to the smell ), just as an example.
I got out while the Kamehameha was in Portsmouth (I signed a page 13 to
get into the shipyard instead of punching holes in the ocean, and of course I
had no intention of honoring that piece of paper), unemployment was in the
double digits, and I can still remember the WEPS telling me I would be
unemployed, a failure and a bum on the outside.
I told him that I would rather sleep under a freeway overpass and eat out
of garbage cans than stay one extra day in the Navy.
I miss most about those days is not the boat itself, but the
the XO's door and him posting a watch until he got it back.
raids on the Goat locker for pistachios and reading material.
Adding the secret ingredients to the officers sauce on pizza night.
Making raisin jack and strawberry wine.
the officers silverware and being at battle stations missile until
Trim parties for new OOD's.
Sabotaging the officers toilet seats and phones with copier dry ink.
a Shellback and crawling through 3 days of garbage so you can drink the
'The Last Waltz' and 'The Song Remains The Same' over and over
Whooping the XO every 30 minutes with the sound power phone.
XO not waiting for pressure to equalized and being cold cocked on a missile
tube after opening the hatch.
The OOD bringing the boat to the buoy.
the officers toilet handles and shower heads. etc...etc...etc...
Not to mention the really crazy stuff we did on shore.
seems to be a shame (or a waste of money) to be converting the
up the great work on the site. And
if I may offer a