Sunday, May 08, 2005

Sub Tragedy Fallout

The awesome responsibility of the men and women who serve in the armed forces cannot be forgotten. In the fallout from the January submarine tragedy in which the U.S.S. San Francisco ran into an underground mountain in the South Pacific, killing one sailor, the Commander has been relieved of his command and reprimanded.

This part of the story caught my attention, and reminds us of how much responsibility are on these people's shoulders:

(Sub cmdr.) Mooney recently met with (deceased sailor's) Ashley's father and together they visited the sailor's grave in West Virginia.

"He took full responsibility, and with tears in eyes, he asked me to forgive him," Ashley said in a telephone interview from Akron.

"And I know Joey and him were very close."