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- Posts: 61
- Joined: Wed Oct 25, 2006 7:25 pm
- First Name: Roy
- Last Name: Bowen
- Crew?: Both
- Which Years on Board: 1967-1971
- Special Crew?: Neither
- Rate: EM2(SS/DV)
I sat down this morning to make my reservations for the 627 reunion and guess who rang my mental door bell... yep, Calliope herself. I was thinking about the tolling of the bells ceremony and here is what she brought to me. Although I dashed it off and will probably modify it, I applied for the copyrite because I thought it was good enough to put it on the website. I hope you like it.
Beneath the Waves
Take me down beneath the waves
Where few have gone before;
Where secrets abound and mystery is found
Intertwined with truth on the ocean floor.
Pass with respect through these waters
Where broken submarines lie;
Their crews will never see another sunset,
Or kiss a new bride goodbye.
They volunteered to serve, when duty called,
To end wars and strife;
Each went to sea to purchase freedom,
And paid the price with their life.
Every Submariner who died in these waters
Was qualified by the ultimate test;
Neptune, himself, signed each card
And guards their place of rest.
So take me down beneath the waves,
Pin dolphins on my chest;
Let qualified men tap them gently
To place tradition deep in my breast.
Toll the bell once and call the name
Of each submarine that lost men to ocean graves,
For the spirits of their men are yet on patrol,
Standing watch beneath the waves.
Roy Mack Bowen 3/31/2015
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1967-1970 blue crew April 1970-1971 gold crew