Wednesday, October 26, 2016
McHale's Navy: One Of The Reasons I joined The U.S. Navy In 1970
My late father was a chief petty officer and a UDT frogman in WWII and I inherited my love of country and the U.S. Navy from him.
I also inherited his love of military history, especially naval history. And I was also inspired by McHale's Navy and other TV programs, movies and novels about the Navy.
As for McHale's Navy, I recall an episode where Captain Binghamton ("Old Leadbottom") was having lunch with an admiral and Binghamton told him that McHale and his crew were pirates. He had to watch them all the time.
"You have to be ruthless with them, " Binghamton explained.
The admiral responded that his style was less adversarial and his men loved him.
"But that's me, admiral," Binghamton said. "Lovable and ruthless."