Wednesday, September 22, 2010
On the Town! Rangers Gentile and Hoptak.
My two favorite Park Rangers swung by the Naval History Center in Washington DC this morning.
The USS Barry, a Vietnam-era destroyer remains at the Navy Yard as a ceremonial platform and museum ship.
The Yard has cannons everywhere and I got into a hasty arms escalation with John...
who thought he had trumped me with this sixteen-incher,
until I opted for quality and quantity.
The inside of the museum building is bright, airy, colorful, and chockfull of really cool stuff...
including some of my favorite things:
and more ship models.
On this cutaway model of a Sumner class destroyer, I was able to show John where I lived and worked during my time aboard the U.S.S. Dehaven in 1973-74.
And in this twin 5-inch 38 caliber gun house,
I was able to show him where I nearly lost my life way back then, as the "hot shell man".
But he wasn't listening. He was too busy being menaced by...
some sort of undersea robot-monster thingy.
What a fantastic museum facility.