A brief moment after a meal the Crew ventures on deck to share a smoke and a laugh or two as the red sky shines brightly in the distance. Red sky at night is the Sailors delight as they converse with smiles upon their faces. Those smiles are short, but much needed to keep moral within the Crew. The ones who smile for a short brief time doesn't mean they aren't scared. They smile to ease the pain with conflict of the one and only purpose of being where they are, Freedom. They go with courage and without question not knowing if they ever will return.
Thank you to all Veterans past and present for your courage and without question defending our Freedom so others can Live the Dream of being Free. God Bless you all!
An old photograph of my Father with a brief smile aboard the USS Rooks DD-804 Fletcher Class Destroyer.