When our ship was
in port and alongside a pier the Admiral of our flotilla chose to board
his two husky puppies in a kennel on our aft gun deck. I never saw the
puppies; they were said to be charming, little, identical dogs that
the admiral had acquired and was taking stateside with him. The second
night they were on our ship they both disappeared and, you can imagine,
our captain was beside himself. The story circulating around the ship
was that Sammy Draper, yeoman second class, somewhat inebriated, released
them and that they had either fallen overboard or that Draper and company
had taken them ashore and they had gotten lost.
No matter what happened, our Captain wanted those husky puppies back.
The captain ordered Paymaster Day to get to the bottom of the affair
since Sammy Draper reported to him. Day didnt have a witness to
work with except Sammy Draper himself, who proved to be quite uncooperative.