We were off Viet Nam for some time. I had stood the mid
watch in the Radio Shack. Since the mid-watch goes to bed so late, they
sleep an extra hour.
I was asleep when General Quarters sounded. I awoke
sometime later and hurried to my General Quarters station. (I knew
that I was in trouble.)
Chief Gunn came to me after GQ to tell me that he would have to put me on
report. He asked if I had anything to say.
I told the Chief that I was with my grandfather. We were in the
sleigh behind the horses. It was snowing and all the neighbors were waving.
I remember looking at the bells on the horses and wondering why they were
going BONG BONG BONG. My grandfather had to have heard it, but it
didn't seem to bother him; besides, it was snowing and all the neighbors were
Chief Gunn never did put me on report and we never spoke of it again.
I guess that whoever he talked to understood special times with your
I will never forget the wonderful time I had with my grandfather.
After 40 years I can still see him driving those horses and it's snowing and
all the neighbors are waving.
(For my grandfather Walter Ellerbeck, US Army - WW1)