USS Salt Lake City CA25|
"The Salt Shaker" - September 5, 1943
Contributed by A. J. "Jack" Crose
Captain Rodgers Leaves the SALT LAKE CITY
As you all now know, I am scheduled for detachment upon arrival of my relief, due any time. The regret that I feel in leaving this ship cannot be expressed in mere words --it is something far beyond expression. When men go through battle together, a bond of comradeship arises which makes parting much more painful than is ordinarily to be expected.
"When the tumult and the shouting dies, and the masters and the Kings depart" and the screaming headlines in wartime newspapers have cloistered themselves in the condoning pages of history, there will be some who have gleaned from the fields of battle many things that will not die. Perhaps the best of these is lasting friendship and understanding. Friendships are born of a twinkle of an eye, and nursed with mutual enjoyment and with sorrow. They ripen fastest under fire of a common enemy. Neither combinations of Greek letters nor oaths of fraternity can weld men together like the heat of battle.
The officers and men of the Salt Lake City in bidding farewell to our skipper wish to say a few things in passing. All of us have been most fortunate in having as our Captain B. J., "Komandorskie" Rodgers - the finest, most gallant, intrepid, fairest, squarest skipper that ever wore four stripes or steamed a ship to battle. Our hearts are sad as the end of your cruise in the Salt Lake City approaches. We say a found "au revoir" and give you our heart-felt and sincere good wishes for your continued success and hope that we, the men you led in battle, will again be led by you when you are wearing the stars you so richly deserve. We are proud to have been your shipmates!
America is a nation which in initiative, in aggressiveness, in courage, in inventive genius, in power of organization yields to none; a nation which has never bowed its head before a conqueror and which gives evidence today that it never will.
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