Not too long ago I had my U.S. Navy Deck clock repaired. I realized from the certificates of origin that the clock is now 70 years outdated and I’ve had it for 45 of these years. I used to be within the Navy, and shortly after going aboard the USS Energy DD-839, I used to be assigned to dump trash right into a dumpster on the pier. I couldn’t imagine my eyes once I noticed this clock nonetheless mounted to a board within the dumpster, which was situated by the pier proper close to the car parking zone the place I parked my automobile. I assumed, Effectively I’m not throwing away that clock, so I made a decision to go dumpster diving and retrieve it. I bought my instruments out of my truck and I eliminated the clock from the board and put it within the trunk of my automobile. I ought to have saved the board, too, however I threw it within the dumpster as ordered. The glass within the entrance was not damaged however the clock wouldn’t run. I boxed it up and carried it house with me once I went on go away. Whereas serving my time on lively obligation, my dad and mom moved a number of instances and the clock was misplaced. After they handed away, I used to be cleansing out their attic and located the clock nonetheless within the field that I had put it in. A couple of months in the past, after 45 years, I made a decision to have it repaired in order that I may use it. Effectively this clock has been a delight for me — having it restored and bringing again all of the reminiscences related to it — seeing it day by day. To me it’s extra valuable than gold, silver or platinum.
Former Petty Officer 2nd Class Frazier W. Langley, EM2