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DISHONORABLE NAVAL DISCHARGE

IF YOU WANT FOLKLORE, YOU MUST MEAN TRADITIONS,
RIGHT? WELL, HERE IS A BIT OF NAVAL TRADITION. WHEN
I WAS IN THE U.S. NAVY, I WAS STATIONED IN SAN DIEGO,
CALIFORNIA. ONE TIME WE WERE ALL ORDERED TO (GO) OUT
ON THIS LARGE FIELD, (SOMETHING LIKE DRILL FIELD) AND
STAND AT ATTENTION. SOON THE OFFICERS LED THESE THIRTY
OR SO MEN ON THE FIELD. THE MEN WERE ALL DRESSED IN
BLACK. THEY HAD BLACK HATS, SHIRTS, TIES, BELTS, PANTS,
SHOES AND SOCKS. THEY WERE ALL BLACK! WELL, ONE BY
ONE THEY WERE TOLD TO COME FORWARD TO GET DISHONORABLE
DISCHARGES. THE CHARGES THAT WERE PLACED AGAINST THEM
WERE READ PUBLICLY. WHEN THEY WERE LED OFF THE FIELD,
ALL OF US WERE TOLD TO TURN OUR BACKS TO THEM. ALL OF
THESE MEN DRESSED IN BLACK WERE PUT ON A BUS AND LET OFF
IN DOWNTOWN SAN DIEGO. THEY HAD NO MONEY EXCEPT $2.00
WHICH WAS GIVEN TO THEM. AS I UNDERSTAND IT, THIS HAS
BEEN THE NAVAL TRADITION FOR A COUPLE HUNDRED OF YEARS.

Submitter comment: THE INFORMANT LEARNED OF THIS TRADITION IN THE NAVY.

Where learned: NAVY

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- F535

Date learned: 05-19-1965

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LINE OF NAVAL PRISONERS

HERE IS ANOTHER NAVAL TRADITION I LEARNED WHEN I WAS
IN THE SERVICE. IF THERE'S A LINE OF PRISONERS
THAT ARE GOING TO BE SENT TO THE BRIG, AND
SOMEONE BREAKS THROUGH THE LINE, EVEN IF IT IS AN
ACCIDENT, HE WILL GET THE LONGEST TERM OF ANY OF THE
MEN IN THE LINE.

Submitter comment: INFORMANT LEARNED THIS IN THE U.S. NAVY.

Where learned: NAVY

Subject headings: Observation

Date learned: 05-19-1965

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The Lady in White

Legends tell of a ghost of a lady who warns ships
of impending doom and must turn back to port or else
they will perish. An example is of a British ship
called the Usk which was visited by this phantom lady
and told to turn back. The captain believed her and turned
back and he was beached. Months later the ship went down
with all hands, burned at sea not heeding her warning.

Submitter comment: My father learned this while in the Navy.

Where learned: NAVY

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Ghost Spirit Phantom Specter

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Why do blacks keep their fly open?
In case they want to count to eleven!
What did Lincoln say after his five-day drunk?
I freed who?!
Why do blacks wear wide brim hats?
So pigeons can't shit on their lips!

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Where learned: NAVY ; VIRGINIA ; On the base

Keyword(s): African American ; Black ; JOKE ; Offensive ; RACISM ; Racist ; RIDDLE ; Stereotype ; Tasteless

Subject headings: RIDDLE -- Riddle Question
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Story

The recruit would go around the base in a constant search looking for a piece of paper. He would go through elaborate to attract attention [sic]. He would turn over rocks, pick up other pieces of paper or what have you. After each act he would exclaim "no, that's not it!" Finally he got the attention of the camp doctors who then had him confined. Finally the doctors deemed him unfit for service and gave him a medical discharge. Then the guy said he finally found the right piece of paper.

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James Callow comment:

Original Bogg Number [B600] crossed out and replaced with B646

Where learned: NAVY ; Myself

Keyword(s): Discharge ; FEIGNED INSANITY TO GET OUT OF MILITARY SERVICE. ; Fool ; INSANITY ; INSANITY ; Mental Disorder ; MILITARY ; Parable ; Recruit ; Sanity ; Wise Fool

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Romantic Realistic

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Saying

Saying About Navy Chow:

The cooks perform miraces. How else could you take good food and turn it to crap without passing it through the human body?

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James Callow comment:

Original BN [B400] crossed out. Replaced with current classifications.

Where learned: NAVY

Keyword(s): Chef ; COOK ; Crap ; FOOD ; HUMOR ; INSULT ; JOKE ; Navy ; Rude ; Saying

Subject headings: SPEECH -- Formula

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