USS Bonhomme Richard
U.S.S. Bonhomme Richard:
I sail aboard you, “Poor Richard”,
We pull away from the shipyard.
To new duty we depart,
You can bet…I have an anchor…tattooed across my heart.
The anchor…a symbol which is to me a way of life,
Another six month tour of duty…away from my children and my wife.
A mighty carrier in our fleet…sets out…once more to sea,
Among the finest ships and crew…of the U.S. Navy.
How many sailors have stood on your deck...my old friend?
How many flyboys have been launched from you into the wind?
I wonder what John Paul Jones, himself, would have to say?
To see your gigantic broadside silhouette, across the bay...
To know you carry with you legendary spirit, and might...
Once again, I hear him saying, “We have not yet begun to fight”!
And...What would Ben Franklin write of you...named honorably after his “Almanak”?
Guarantee that we’ll write a new chapter in history…Should we have to land an attack!
Turbulent waves below are splashing...Undaunted though...we get underway...
Our hull pushes them away crashing...As it answers to what the helm has to say.
Listen closely…You can hear it…As the dolphins take the lead...
The propellers churning towards our mission…taking us there at top speed.
A floating fort or a mobile airport, "Revolutionary Gator"...you perform up to your name,
You're every bit the ship...transformed through time...worthy of the original frigate’s fame.
And with Marines aboard you…ready to lead out on an assault,
America...you just can’t help it…you are the greatest by default!
So sail on...You Mighty Carrier…to far away…and seven sea,
But know that in all your glory…You take along with you…a part of me!
________________U.S.S. BONHOMME RICHARD________________
Dedicated to my father who served upon the (*) U.S.S. Bonhomme Richard (CVA-31); Post-Korean War Patrols. (Poem Author's Note: The (*) fourth picture below is from the current U.S.S. Bonhomme Richard’s History Web Page. It shows the (*) old girl (CVA-31) in all her glory…extremely well…I must add! Two more pictures (at the stern of this Hub Poem) have been added to this Hub Page under that fourth picture. The bottom two photos were found in conjunction with archives relating to the Puget Sound Navy Yard in Bremerton, Washington. The first of these photos is of the second Bonhomme Richard (CV-31) named vessel...in her early days before her deck was modified for Jet Fighters (CVA-31). The very last picture is of her sitting with the "Mothball Fleet"...there in the Bremerton Yard...before she was scrapped. Sad to discover that my Dad's ship was eventually scrapped...but the "Bonnie Dick" (CVA-31) lives on... transformed through time...as the "Revolutionary Gator" (LHD-6). "We have not yet begun to fight," John Paul Jones quote. Go Navy! "Know you carry with you legendary spirit, and might..." Manly Poetry Man.
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