Friday, November 01, 2013

In Memoriam: Douglas DeWitt

His user name was djdewitt, but he was much more than that. He was a charter member of BWSVW, and a Blue Water Navy Veteran of the Vietnam War. The Blue Water  Sailors of the Vietnam War mourns the passing of Douglas DeWitt. Doug was a sailor, valiantly serving off Vietnam in the years 1963 to 1967 aboard the USS Valley Forge LPH 8. He will be missed.

 In Psalm 107, at verse 23, we read:

They that go down to the sea in ships, that do business in great waters;
These see the works of the LORD, and his wonders in the deep.
For he commandeth, and raiseth the stormy wind, which lifteth up the waves thereof.
They mount up to the heaven, they go down again to the depths: their soul is melted because of trouble.
They reel to and fro, and stagger like a drunken man, and are at their wits' end.
Then they cry unto the LORD in their trouble, and he bringeth them out of their distresses.
He maketh the storm a calm, so that the waves thereof are still.
Then are they glad because they be quiet; so he bringeth them unto their desired haven.
In Shakespeare’s The Tempest, Act I, Scene ii, we read this song, sung by the character Ariel, a spirit rescued by the Magician Prospero and therefore bound to his bidding:
Full fathom five thy father lies;
Of his bones are coral made;
Those are pearls that were his eyes;
Nothing of him that doth fade,
But doth suffer a sea-change
Into something rich and strange.
Sea-nymphs hourly ring his knell: Ding-dong.
Hark! now I hear them — Ding-dong, bell
And so we bid farewell to Sailor Doug DeWitt, Veteran, now embarked on his Eternal Voyage to his desired haven.

Ding-dong. Hark! I hear them – Ding-dong, bell.

Ship’s Company: Attention on Deck!

Hand Salute!

Two! 

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