Dear Blogging Buddies,
This will be probably be my last post for a while - a long while!
I can't believe it, I've been recalled to active duty!! I'm being shipped off to the Persian Gulf! God damned Bush and his friggin' war! I have only two weeks of civilian freedom left! Two weeks!
I don't feel like posting much more right now. I'm too upset - too angry! I have scanned and uploaded the letter I just received today.
Department of Defense, U.S. Navy
Greetings Michael W. Ashley,
Service Nbr. B-20-17-32
Rank DC 2nd Class
You Have Been Recalled to Active Duty
The US Navy has recalled you to Active Duty.
Because of the current shortage of military personnel, you will be
receiving orders calling you to active duty. The DOD has decided that your
services are needed on board a newly commissioned patrol ship to operate
in the Persian Gulf, so you will be joining your shipmates in the next
couple of weeks.
This will be tough duty for an elderly man like you, but, in the face of
the present manpower shortage, you must answer your country's call to duty.
You will receive orders in a few days, directing you to your home port in
time to meet the ship, which will be returning from shakedown training.
They are a ragged and scurvy lot, rather young and rough; no doubt they
will need extensive training.
Best wishes for a very rewarding cruise.
I have attached a photo of your new crew
After some careful thought, I have decided that it is an honor to serve my country!