Above left, 2012 Pike County High School graduate Tyler Scott walks across Parris Island during basic training. Above right, Petty Officer Thomas Gill of The Rock serves as a Machinist’s Mate aboard the USS Bataan.
The Journal Reporter is grateful for all the men and women who fought to make the United States of America an independent country as well as all of those who continue to serve to preserve our freedoms.
Outstanding news on the young men from our area. It is easy to understand Petty Officer Gill's statement of "a huge sense of fulfillment when I hear the plant come whirling to life." When you leave a safe port for patrol in the seas all sailors become accustom to that sound and depend on it. Any change in RPM's or boilers lighting off will automatically wake you from a sound sleep. Often the sound is constant for months. Once you return to port and shut down the plant you cannot get use to the total silence. A cold iron watch is ghostly and a seaman looks forward returning to the sea and that "whirling of life."
We appreciate your service Petty Officer Gill, now turn to and carry on.
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