Tribute to Naval Signalmen

Woods, David L.
February 2004
U.S. Naval Institute Proceedings;Feb2004, Vol. 130 Issue 2, p26
Conference Proceeding
The near-inevitable loss to the United States Navy of the signalman rating represents much in the culture and lore of all naval services. The accomplishments, triumphs, and failures of signal personnel and systems have been recorded for history by a number of dedicated naval officers. Perhaps the finest tribute to the signal breed and the often mysterious "systems" these "skivvywavers" mastered is a poem "The Lay of the Last Signalman," found in the annals of the British tabloid, "The Army and Navy Illustrated," popular in the last decade of the 20th century and first several decades of the 21st. This lengthy poem was written anonymously by a British signalman under the pen name "Flag-wagger."


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