Thursday, April 25, 2013

Bring My Red Shirt

Long ago, when sailing ships ruled the sea, a captain and his crew were in danger of being boarded by a pirate ship. As the crew became frantic, the captain bellowed to his First Mate, “Bring me my red shirt!”
The First Mate quickly retrieved the captain’s red shirt, the captain put on and led the crew to battle the pirate ship. Although some casualties occurred among the crew, the pirates were repelled.
Later that day, the lookout screamed that there were two pirate vessels about to attack. The crew cowered in fear, but the captain, calm as ever, bellowed, “Bring me my red shirt!” And once again the battle was on. This time, the Captain and his crew repelled both pirate ships, although this time more casualties occurred.
Weary from the battles, the men sat around on deck that night recounting the day’s occurrences when an ensign looked to the Captain and asked, “Sir, why did you call for your red shirt before the battles?”
The Captain, giving the ensign a look that only a captain can give, exhorted, “If I am wounded in battle, the red shirt does not show the wound, and thus, you men will continue to fight unafraid.” The men sat in silence marveling at the courage of such a man.
As dawn came the next morning, the lookout screamed more pirate ships were approaching, 10 of them, all ready to attack. The men became silent and looked to the Captain, their leader, for his usual command. The Captain, calm as ever, bellowed,
“Bring me my brown pants!”


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Andropov writes to U.S. student, 1983
American Revolution
Cornwallis retreats from Guilford Courthouse, 1781
Italian Formula One driver dies in crash, 2001
Civil War
Confederates overwhelm Union at Marks' Mills, 1864
Cold War
Andropov writes to an American fifth-grader, 1983
A father is exonerated after 21 years, 1989
Air tragedy hits Canary Islands, 1980
General Interest
Ground broken for Suez Canal, 1859
Space telescope in orbit, 1990
Ginger Rogers dies, 1995
Robinson Crusoe is published, 1719
Ella Fitzgerald is born, 1917
Old West
A play lionizing Davy Crockett opens, 1831
Truman inaugurates White House bowling alley, 1947
Maple Leafs win third Stanley Cup in a row, 1964
Vietnam War
Johnson announces appointment of Westmoreland, 1964
North Vietnamese Army close to cutting South Vietnam in two, 1972
World War I
Allies begin invasion of Gallipoli, 1915
World War II
Americans and Russians link up, cut Germany in two, 1945

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