LT(jg) Fritz Stern
1960 - 1963
Mr. Stern on the flying bridge with IGNATIO, SN
"Round up the usual suspects."
"All hands on deck to witness punishment" Cranmore and Lt(jg) Stern ham it up on #3 hatch.
Fritz Stern was the OOD when I reported aboard in April, 1961 as a new Ensign. I had been in the reserves for six years so felt fairly comfortable with Navy protocol. But for some unknown reason even to this day, I saluted the jack staff instead of the ensign. I realized my mistake immediately. The Petty Officer of the watch, HOBGOOD, EM2, kept a straight face but I know it must have been hard. Fritz carried on as if everything was OK which definitely helped with my embarrassment.