PUV James Keeling
So how did the PUV James Keeling get its name?
This is how I think it happened.
Intro Music: Fade in Planetary Union Navy Hymn:
Eternal Father strong to save,
Whose arm hath bound the solar waves,
Who bid’st the mighty cosmic deep,
Its own appointed limits keep;
O keep us in your safe embrace,
as we traverse your endless space!
Planetary Union Medal of Honor Citation – James Keeling
Rank and organization: Lieutenant, Junior Grade, Planetary Union Navy, PUV Grace Hooper
Place and date: Whitok Homeworld Space, 19 March 2524
Entered service at: Thomas 3.
Born: 19 July 2501, Thomas 3 Colony.
Citation: For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty as an engineering officer attached to the PUV Grace Hooper when that vessel was fiercely attacked by enemy war ships during operations against Sklorno forces, near the Whitok Homeworld on 19 March 2524. Stationed in the main propulsion control center when the ship was rocked by a series of violent torpedo impacts, Lt. (j.g.) Keeling unhesitatingly risked his life to assist several dozen crew members trapped in burning smoke filled engineering spaces with no apparent means of escape. Groping through dark, debris-filled corridors, Lt. (j.g.) Keeling calmly led his engineering crew through the flames and blanketing pall of smoke to safety. Stanchly determined restore the ship’s propulsion, Lt. (j.g.) Keeling then organized and led damage control parties back into the blazing inferno despite menacing flames, lethal radiation levels, and the ominous threat of sudden explosive decompression. When the main propulsion control center was found to be inoperable, he fought his way through the carnage to the damaged auxiliary propulsion control center and restored the ship’s engines, before succumbing to lethal radiation levels. An inspiring and courageous leader, Lt. (j.g.) Keeling’s self-sacrifice and unwavering devotion to duty was responsible for saving his ship and her crew. His conduct throughout reflects the highest credit upon himself and upon the Planetary Union Naval Service.
Sound: Taps with 21 gun salute fade at end.
- PUV Grace Hopper would have to be Admiral Grace Hopper. She did make flag rank you know.
- Sergeant and Fire Team Leader, X-ray company, DOMREC.
The rank or title is normally not included in the ship’s name. For example the USS Nimitz and USS Eisenhower don not include the words Admiral or General in the ships name.
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