No Good Deed Goes
Unpunished or We Come a Wassailing
ROK minesweepers were the bootleggers of the fleet. If you
could make contact with the one of the minesweeper you could get booze. It may
be in a well know brand but what was inside was not always the original
contents. The Koreans were ingenious at making the bottles look as if it has not
been tampered with.
For Christmas the plan was to anchor out of harms-way and
the ship would be on "Holiday Routine." A day before Christmas some of
the ROK minesweepers came along side for a meeting. That's all it took for an
ample amount liquor to make it abroad for those inclined to celebrate in that
manner, I was not. As soon as the anchor dropped on Christmas Eve the corks
began to pop. About midnight the Christmas spirit was in a full roll. Five or
six of the spirited ones decided to share their merriment with Captain Murphy by
caroling under the captains cabin porthole.