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TAKE ME HOME IM SPENT Congratulations folks You are the winners of a breathtaking six-month trip sailing the pacific In the usual course of events most people would dive in on the chance to sail the Pacific for free However as we are all aware free doesnt always mean free as I was soon to find out At the time of this deployment I was aboard the USS Cleveland serving as a member of the 1st Reconnaissance Battalion in the United States Marine Corps Realizing that the taste of fear was rushing though my veins I soon learned the price of our trip as a SAM site had radar lock on our ship I soon learned the price of our trip Realizing that the taste of fear was rushing though my veins as a SAM site had radar lock on our ship 1It was another gorgeous summer morning aboard the USS Steamn Cleve We had merely commenced to sailing out of the beautiful waters of the Persian Gulf I can remember going out on the flight deck after an early breakfast of fresh fruit and a bowl of corn flakes I had to get outside to catch what would be myour final sunrise in the Gulf As I did often often did with some of my friends We would watch anxiously as the new day began Which meant we were one day closer to returning safely to the States and to our loved ones Who at the time of are return would have be away from uswe would of been away from for a challenging six months Six months is the standard duration of a West Pac deployment Our stops along the way included Singapore Hong Kong Thailand United Arab Emigrants Kuwait Bali Perth and Hawaii It was leaving Kuwait and sailing South to Bali were we encountered our life or death situation 2Captain --- - ------ ordered the petty officer on watch
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