MAN OVER BOARD OPERATIONS...
I was on the Helm and It was sunny & calm. It was about 1530. The Skipper had walked up to the Bridge. All was fine, until he walked out to the STARBOARD LOOKOUT AREA. The was SN MIKE FERRANTINO with binoculars up to his eyes & sort of in a resting position. The Skipper said, HI MICKEY. No Response...Said it again...HMMM Still no reply.. So the SKIPPER took the LIFE RING & the 4"x 4" piece of wood with the salt water activated light on it.. He threw it into the DRINK... The Skipper shook Mike & said " WHAT WOULD YOU DO IF YOU SAW A LIFE PRESERVER IN THE OCEAN" ? HE replied saying " I'D SAY MAN OVER BOARD.". The Skipper said " WELL, WHAT IS THAT & POINTED TO IT.." It is now 1545 & My relief is approaching ME along with SWEETPEA , one of our 2nd class BM's. to take over the helm..  I was about to give him the course that I was steering & checking to give to the officer of the deck to assume the helm. when MIKE SCREAMED, " MAN OVERBOARD".. WELL, forget about the new recruit jumping on the helm,  I TOOTED THE SHIPS WHISTLE 6 times.. ( I HATED THAT HORN, RATTLED MY TEETH..)..The BOOT ENSIGN said LEFT FULL RUDDER & as I'm turning the Helm, he yells out, " Make that RIGHT FULL RUDDER"... the guys in the CHOW HALL LOVED THIS... hold on to your trays & cups. I WENT thru all the proper procedures & finally retrieved the LIFE RING..& 4"x4" piece of wood.  Meanwhile all my crew has been relieved... even Mike.. & I'm still on the HELM...  I'm also missing SUPPER...  Now I hear the Skipper tell the ENSIGN he needs more work on the MAN OVER BOARD OPERATIONS... 
Caribbean, St Thomas.. Liberty Call. 
1967... Ray Hauser BMSN  & Ted
Another time in the Caribbean, St Thomas.. Liberty Call. I was on Boat Duty most of the day & we had just returned with a number of Sailors. It was about 2300... The other boat was getting the remaining sailors to bring back to the DIRTY D , but when loading with them the boat wouldn't move.. NO, NOT TOO HEAVY, BUT THE ENGINE WOULDN'T START... Our crew was notified & back into our boat we went to retrieve our MEN & the other boat, too...We got there, got along the 50' boat & tied ourselves together. We had 1/2 the crew in our boat & the other 1/2 in the other... 1/2 way back to the "D", our boat lost it's steering.. We had power, the other boat had steering... what a ball  getting back to the SHIP. it worked though...the crew was happy to get back home to the "D". The funpart was getting them up on the ship, connecting up to the davits. Finally, mission accomplished. 
Submitted by Ray Hauser BM3..