Bridge Chaos:

		We were steaming to Sasebo Japan for R & R from Korea in late 50 or early 51, 
	I cannot remember the exact date.  I was on Special Sea Detail as Helmsman, a Lt. James
	(not his real name), a first class quartermaster and a guy on the engine order telegraph
	had the bridge. James, had the con, we were leading a convoy.We had the Commodore on 
	board ship and he was using the Captains main deck cabin. The Captain was using his
	Sea cabin and was there resting. Mr. James gave a command  “left standard rudder”  
	I acknowledged the command by repeating it and went quickly to left standard rudder, 
	calling out the heading every 5 degrees, loud and clear, “passing so and so sir”, 
	this continued way past where we should of straightened up our course, but he never gave
	me a course to steer. Me, the quartermaster and the engine telegraph operator were kinda
	going nuts, but we could not say any thing (you did not question an officer back then)!
	All the ships behind us began blowing their horns as distress signals, I suppose. 
	Then all hell broke loose, the Captain came thru the hatch from his cabin, hit me on the
	right shoulder and knocked me clear across the bridge and up against the bulkhead, 
	went to full right rudder and brought the ship back to the middle of the channel leading
	to the docking area. 
           
		By this time every one was back on the bridge, and the Captain was screaming for
	all of us to go to his cabin on the main deck, we assembled in his quarters and he was
	still screaming " you (me), were a trusted helmsman and how could you do some thing 
	like this" I replied that I was given a rudder command by this officer and he never gave
	a course to steer and I can prove it. He screamed “then prove it”, the quartermaster
	spoke up and said “he is telling you the truth Captain” and so did the engine telegraph
	operator, the LT said we were all lying and was out to get him because we did not like
	him (he was right about that, no enlisted person that I know liked him)! The Captain said
	we were all restricted to the ship until he got this straightened out. 

 		Later I was on deck and the Captain came by and said I was ok and not worry he was
	not going to court martial me. That was the only apology that SOB offered. The Lt came by
	and said he couldn't understand why a fellow (we were from the same state) would do that
	to him and I told him he was dead wrong and he knew it. He later left the ship and I never
	saw him again, I don't know what happened to him, but I hope it wasn't good. When we went
	to sea again I was the helmsman. 

	Well that is my only sea story, I hope you like it.

 	
			Dudley Conner, Sr.  BMSN 49-52