The Rhymes of Jack Smith, one of only two survivors from Gun Turret #3 which was destoyed in an bombing attack on February 4, 1942. While the air battle was in progress, Jack and one other sailor volunteered to leave the 8 inch after gun mount (which was useless in an air attack anyway) and undertake some minor repair elsewhere on the ship). When the last bomb from the last plane hung, and then fell, the ship was hit in a most vulnerable spot which killed everyone in the after gun mount. But Jack was not there.
Jack and his Bride, June are very active square dancers. Some of his rhyme seems to come from the call of the dance floor. But, mainly, Jack loves the use of rhyme to honor his shipmates. Many of his poems are published here.
Jack is now standing watch with his shipmates. He lost his battle with cancer in 2003.
of Jack's poems are available here in the Adobe PDF format.
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