Best and Worst of Times
by Commander Bob Getman, Executive Officer (August 1968 to August 1970)
Best of Times (Humorous)
Lourenco Marques in Mozambique was our last port call of our around the world cruise. It was also a port call with no official functions so we were able to grant plenty of liberty. I believe a good time was had by all. When it was time to get underway, all hands were back on board with the exception of one seaman (whose name I do not remember). We advised the U.S. Consulate of a missing person and headed back to Baltimore. The next day we received a call from the consulate. He advised us that that the missing seaman turned himself into the consulate because he was afraid to return to the ship. It seems (according to him) that a homosexual ring of SW personal were preying on young seamen and he feared for his life. We advised the consulate to ask the seaman why he did not report this activity to the XO or CO. His response was that if would have been to no avail because the CO was leader of the group.
Editor’s Note: I think that the individual's name was SN Morgan, and I seem to remember the Mess Deck Intelligence indicated he reported to the U.S. Consulate with no money, no shoes, and no socks!