By Starla Pointer • Staff Writer • 

Stopping By: A sailor’s life for him

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Comments

Sponge

The first line of this story makes mention of a Navy “sergeant”. There is no such rank in the Navy. I know this is a nit-picky point, but it colored my perception of the accuracy of the rest of the article. Not a big deal, but details do matter.

E.J. Farrar

That looks like it may be a Springfield Model 1892–99 Krag–Jørgensen rifle mount on the wall in this picture. I remember it because my dad owned one back in the day.

Reporter Starla Pointer

Thanks, Sponge, I've changed it to "commanding officer." I've learned a lot from veterans, but apparently can't keep track of all the ranks. But I'm very confident about the rest of the details -- which matter a great deal.

Sponge

Thanks, Starla. While the correction is less glaring, the use of the word “officer” still raises a flag of uncertainty. It is highly unlikely that his instructor was a commissioned officer (although, he may have been a non-comm, or a warrant). Typically, any reference to an officer is assumed to mean someone commissioned, unless qualified otherwise.

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