Friday, April 30, 2021

The head -- latrine -- toilet

Memorable Automobiles from The Past:

 1995 Jeep Wrangler

For today:

Having served in three different branches of military service I learned the language of each one.  The Marines language corresponds with the Navy, since the USMC falls under the USN structure. In the USN/USMC the toilet is called a head. It comes from the early ships where the toilets were in the bow or ‘head’ of the ship.  Do not get that confused with poop deck, which has nothing to do with toilets. The poop deck is the stern of a ship and comes from the term ‘la poupe’ which in French means stern.  It is an elevated deck, mostly on sailing ships.

Floors are decks and walls are bulkheads in the Navy.

The USAF I learned the term ‘latrine’ is the toilet; floors and walls are actually floors and walls. LOL

Now my history of military service was not a very wise one, In each branch I started off at the bottom of the rank structure. The military enlisted rank structure is E-1 thru E-9. I retired as a Chief in the USN which is a respected rank in the military. Chief is E-7. 

(Sherry with her chief, we don't have many pictures in uniform)

Military personnel sorta look at me as weird, since I spent over 8 years of my service as E-3 and below. LOL So friend I had a lot of experience cleaning heads and latrines. LOL I expected it, and knew I would eventually go up in rank if I would stay in one branch. So I stayed with the Navy once in.

Our separations were minimum. Around 2 years totaled. The love of my life, Sherry, carried the weight of the family while I was at sea and during some moves. Military wives and families do not get the credit they deserve over all. They handle alone, many moves, travel and shipping; they also have their lonely days and nights.



betty said...

That is a great picture of the two of you! Sherry looks the same then as she does now :) You are so right, Jack, military families bear the brunt of a lot of the military life and don't get much credit for it. Kudos to Sherry and your boys for "putting" up with your absences and making the best of them as they could!


Victor S E Moubarak said...

Wonderful photo of you two together. Thank you Jack.

God bless you both always.

I'm mostly known as 'MA' said...

I agree Military families have it tough and the wives must do a lot alone. It's hard on family life. You were lucky to have Sherry at home taking care of every thing . One go my sons was in the navy so I know how hard it was for him and his wife. Now they are retired and enjoying being home together. Just like you and Shrry!

Mevely317 said...

I just laughed out loud at your comment, "The poop deck has nothing to do with toilets."
I was never a service wife, but sure respect those ladies (and men) whose husband or wife is deployed. This is a GREAT photo of you and Sherry!

Woody said...

Great Picture of the Chief and his Mrs. My experiences with Latrines, Heads, Bathrooms and "Outhouses" is funny. I went to a Country School, Our House had an Out House, the Country School had one also, a Boys and a Girls. When I went to the Big Central School in the 5th Grade I saw my first Flush Toilet and Urinal. I didn't know how to flush it !! So lucky for me watched the next Kid behind me and realized what I had to do !!!
Gotta go check Fire Place, we got 4 inches of Snow last night and although sunny t is a cold wind blowing ! Take Care, sending down love from the North ! Gary an Anna Mae

yaya said...

First, Thank you for your service in all branches! That alone is pretty remarkable. Second, I love the pic of your and Sherry! A very handsome couple! My toilet language is limited to "little girls room", Go powder my nose, See a man about a when out in a group if one of us has to powder our nose, every girl in the group has to go together! Not sure why that's a rule!

Dar said...

I was a military wife for a while and never got used to it. It really is lonely sometime...especially with a baby on the way and he's deployed. Everything happens for a reason so remembering that, made it easier somehow.
I got a kick out of all the throne duty you had. Isn't it nice to only answer to the two of you now. lol
loven'hugs from up north where we had a gorgeous day up to 80. I cut Bill's hair outside today...delivering his locks for the birds to line their nests... lol