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All Hands Magazine's mini-documentary series "Making a Sailor": These six videos follow four recruits through Boot Camp in the spring of 2018 who were assigned to DIV 229, an integrated division, which had PIR on 05/25/2018. 

Making a Sailor: Episode 1 - "Get on the Bus"

Making a Sailor: Episode 2 - "What did I get myself into?"

Making a Sailor: Episode 3 - "Processing Days"

Making a Sailor: Episode 4 - "Forming"

Boot Camp: Making a Sailor - Episode 5

Making a Sailor: Episode 6 - "I'm a U.S. Navy Sailor"

...and visit Navy.com - America's Navy and Navy.mil to learn more.

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Twas the night before Christmas, the ship was out steaming,
Sailors stood watch while others were dreaming.

They lived in a crowd with racks tight and small,
in a 80-man berthing, cramped one and all.

I had come down the stack with presents to give,
And to see inside just who might perhaps live.

I looked all about, a strange sight did I see,
No tinsel, no presents, not even a tree.

No stockings were hung, shined boots close at hand,
On the bulkhead hung pictures of a far distant land.

They had medals and 20 badges and awards of all kind,
And a sober thought came into my mind.

For this place was different, so dark and so dreary,
I had found the house of a Sailor, once I saw clearly.

A Sailor lay sleeping, silent and alone,
Curled up in a rack and dreaming of home.

The face was so gentle, the room squared away,
This was the United States Sailor today.

This was the hero I saw on TV,
Defending our country so we could be free.

I realized the families that I would visit this night,
Owed their lives to these Sailors lay willing to fight.

Soon round the world, the children would play,
And grownups would celebrate on Christmas Day.

They all enjoyed freedom each day of the year,
Because of the Sailor, like the one lying here.

I couldn't help wonder how many lay alone,
On a cold Christmas Eve on a sea, far from home.

The very thought brought a tear to my eye,
I dropped to my knees and started to cry.

The Sailor awakened and I heard a calm voice,
"Santa, don't cry, this life is my choice."

"Defending the seas all days fo the year,
So others may live and be free with no fear."

I thought for a moment, what a difficult road,
To live a life guided by honor and code.

After all it's Christmas Eve and the ship's underway!
But freedom isn't free and it's sailors who pay.

The Sailor say's to our country "be free and sleep tight,
No harm will come, not on my watch and not on this night."

The Sailor rolled over and drifted to sleep,
I couldn't control it, I continued to weep.

I kept watch for hours, so silent, so still,
I watched as the Sailor shrivered from the night's cold chill.

I didn't wat to leave on that cold dark night,
This guardian of honor so willing to fight.

The Sailor rolled over and with voice strong and sure,
Commanded, "Carry on Santa, It's Christmas and All is secure!"

HONOR, COURAGE AND COMMITMENT.

From: VetFriends.com

Merry Christmas to all! Jesus is the reason for the season!

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Comment by nana on December 25, 2011 at 9:14am

I love this poem and very much miss my son this Christmas day, this poem brought me joy!

Comment by Sue-Pillowcase lady on December 25, 2011 at 3:20pm

glad to know that Nana.    This is the 1st Christmas since 2006 that I will spend Christmas with my son.  Last year he was deployed on the LIncoln.

Comment by trackmom on December 27, 2011 at 7:12pm

One of my Recurites friends posted this poem on my facebook page so I went on line and printed the poem and am going to put it with my Christmas Decorations.  I cried.  I was one of the lucky moms this Christmas.  My recurit gradutes bootcamp Jan. 13th and was able to take part in the Adopt a Sailor program so off to Great Lakes I went Christmas day.  It was so good to see him.  I not call him my Holiday Baby.  He was born on Thanksgiving day 19 years ago and this Christmas was so honored to spend the day with him as a Proud Navy Recurit. 

Comment by Sue-Pillowcase lady on December 28, 2011 at 9:28am

Trackmom, what a special Christmas blessing that was for you!

Comment by Donna on September 1, 2013 at 6:44pm

BROUGHT CHILLS AS I READ THIS.  BEAUTIFUL, I'LL BE PRINTING THIS UP TO USE FOR THE PACKING PARTY DONATIONS I'M SEEKING!

Comment by Sierrascrapper (ETN2) on October 14, 2013 at 2:54pm
That is such a moving story and my Future Sailor hasn't even left yet. Thank you for sharing. I will be sure to share with my family when the holidays come around.
Comment by sher on October 22, 2013 at 11:55pm

I think I get to see my future sailor over the Christmas holiday, so I'm happy. Moving too, if in the future we don't get to see each other over Christmas and for all the other sailors out there over the holidays.

Comment by Angela Smith on December 21, 2015 at 11:04am
I love this poem! It brought tears to my eyes knowing that my sailor will not be home for the holidays...Thanks for sharing this beautiful poem!

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