Just concluded reading the final pages of your book…checked out ex the Concord Public Library. Very enjoyable, mainly for having been stationed overseas with the U.S. Navy in 1977-1979 in Naples, Italy as a much younger man. I wish we could have lunch some day over Top Ramen and Hormel Chili, the food getting cold under a long winded confab of Evil Powers, exemplar gratis.
There are countless similarities worth a damn to speak of which you and i may attest. One of those being the end of your “tour” when HR begins lint picking and such. Our Command on base had in 1978-79 mandatory drug testing, all because some clown from CONUS was shipped a couple pinner joints of headache pot through the mail. Dubbed “OPERATION GOLDENFLOW” it was a sham ex the very start since the very person popped for the offence worked in Navy Personnel, spreading the word of the how and whys and whens would occur — I think it was odd/even digits of your Social Security number that determined who pee’d first — so after all the testing we had all been “clean” for days or so.
Anything happen like that at McMurdoo? Do tell…