Originally published October 12th, 2003.
And speaking of Josephus Daniels, many aren’t aware the phrase ‘Cup of Joe’ when referring to coffee was created by US Navy sailors – in reference to the man that took away their beer and rum….
In his book of short stories The Left-handed Monkey Wrench Richard McKenna wrote a heartfelt tribute to Josephus Daniels, extolling his possitive effect on the enlisted experience. As SecNav Daniels improved habitability, training, and shore-side treatment of sailors and marines. It’s a good read.
Todd – why doesn’t some forward thinking Sec of the Navy re institute booze? Every other service can get it no further than their O-Club or NCO Club.
Seems to be a ration of rum is a time-honored tradition.
I can see some 18 year olds over indulging (and then facing a Captain’s Mast? – but criminy – the hours those sailors put in – after watching Carrier i got to feeling for a lot of those sailors – in the bowels of the ship full of grease – on deck sweltering trying not to get killed (swivel the head!) – 12 hour days are the norm.
Interesting about the origins of “cup of Joe”
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