Nov

23

 Today is Ernest J. King's birthday.

Borrowed from StrategyPage:

One night, about two years before Pearl Harbor, young Ens. Arthur R. Manning was serving as communications watch officer of the carrier Saratoga. A message came in. After it was decrypted, Manning took it up to the ship's darkened bridge.

Stumbling about in the dark, Manning bumped into someone. Excusing himself, he asked, "Sir, are you on duty?"

The reply came swiftly, "Young man, this is the admiral. I am always on duty," said Rear-Adm. Ernest J. King.


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