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AMERICA'S SILENT SERVICE - ON ETERNAL PATROL "Sailor Rest Your Oar and Be At Peace"

Friday, April 20, 2012

"ANCIENT ORDER OF THE DEEP" Membership Card

I have no idea where Grandpa would have gotten something like this, whether it was a Navy joke, a real sailor's fraternity of sorts, or a WWII Submarine Veterans thing. It's clearly meant to look like a membership card to some sort of fraternity. It's even signed by Davy Jones, "Ruler of the Raging Main" An amusing novelty trinket, but of dubious value. I guess at one time he carried it around in his wallet? As if he actually had to prove to anyone he was in the Navy. I always wondered where the name "Davy Jones' Locker" came from when referring to the ocean. I thought perhaps it was a modern Navy thing and referenced some Navy sailor's shipboard locker that was so dirty and disorganized that the nexus of the Bermuda Triangle could be in there. But who was he? Was there ever a real sailor who went by that name? 

Or maybe the "locker" refers to the ocean and how it buries its secrets for all time. Maybe "Davy" was just chosen arbitrarily because that name rhymes with "Navy." 

Or maybe he's this guy. Who knows.

...Or what if it's this late Davy Jones of the Monkees stardom? Did he have a secret Navy career nobody knew about? :)

David "Davy" Jones was the lead singer of the Monkees, the Beatles "wannabe" group that made many teenage girls of the 1960's wet their pants.  Ask your Mom who he was.  I don't personally know much about him or the history of his band, besides the fact that they were actors picked for TV publicity who in the beginning had no musical talent and couldn't even write their own songs, and yet somehow managed to sell millions of albums.

He died this year on February 29, 2012.

More likely the Monkees' Davy Jones was named after this mysterious character the Davy Jones of the sea.  He's an enigmatic figure of unknown origins like the Easter Bunny.

Rest in peace, Davy.  And no, I'm not cleaning out your locker.

And rest in peace, Hughie.

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