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Fair winds and a following sea, Sailor and Scouts.

Honorary Chief David Eberhart, USN.

AOC Eberhart passed away last Saturday. The note I got from the Goat Locker was:

"...a life well lived, but cut too short."

I don't know if Sailors go to Fiddler's Green, or somewhere else, but I'm sure they'll pull him up a stool at the bar.

There's a new tent at Fiddler's Green, as well. Last night's storms gave Prodigal Son and his SO a near-miss as a tornado went through Manhattan, Kansas, and then that line of storms smashed Chapman, Kansas, and went marching on through Nebraska and into Iowa, where it struck a Boy Scout camp, killing Josh Fennen, 13, Sam Thomsen, 13, and Ben Petrzilka, 14, and Aaron Eilerts, 13.

I was a Boy Scout, and a camp counselor, and we always played Taps at "Lights Out" in camp.

So, I'm assuming that Josh, Sam, Ben, and Aaron have all pitched a tent together in the woods around Fiddler's Green, and that Chief Eberhart was there to greet them.

So, now is the time at Castle Argghhh! when we dance: In Memoriam.


Davey Jones' Locker
*sigh* tears are right on the brink... and have been since I heard about the Scout camp last night. My youngest is at Scout day camp this week. The line of storms that killed those boys is supposed to hit us this afternoon. They don't have enclosed shelters- just the typical large picnic table shelters you find at parks. We were supposed to get bad weather on Tuesday, but it passed before camp started that day. I asked the counselors what they would do if the weather turned bad, and they said "unless there's a tornado, we won't call you to come get them". For me.. that wasn't much of a plan. When I dropped him off today, the older Boy Scouts were signing the kids in; the leaders were all in a meeting, undoubtedly talking about last night's deaths in Iowa and the storm tracking here. There is a special place in heave for all 5- the 4 Scouts, and our lost Sailor. *heavy sigh*
I just heard a news report from FNC. Apparently one of the Scouts told a reporter something along the lines of, "If it had to hit someone, it's good that it hit us, because we know what to do." Future soldier right there. "Then I heard the voice of the Lord saying, "Whom shall I send? And who will go for us?" And I said, "Here am I. Send me!"" -Isaiah 6:8
I am so proud of those boys. Some broke into what was probably the only still-standing building in the campground- a storage shed- and used the ATV and tools to rescue people. Some went to the camp director's house (which is on the campgrounds) and found it completely collapsed on top of him and his family. They dug them out, possibly saving their lives. This is why I want my boys in Scouting; not because of the unimaginable horror of the experience, but the fact that Scouting programs are raising MEN. Men who do not shirk from duty, who show incredible strength under stress, and men who know how to properly honor, and serve, their country & fellow citizens.