"I REMEMBER, I REMEMBER ..." by Dick Raymond


"Midshipmen may not be the smartest people in the world,
but they can out-memorize anybody." -- Old Brigade saying

"How long have you been in the Navy?"
The plebe reels the answer off straight--
He may be a bucket in Skinny,
But his memory cells are first-rate.

"What time is it, mister?" the plebeling
Is off in high gear from the start,
With "Sir, I am greatly embarrassed ..."
He's got the whole Reef Points by heart.

I've never forgotten that nonsense,
It's branded for life, like a game--
But there stands my old Youngster roommate,
By gosh, I can't think of his name!

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