Eric's maternal grandfather was a submariner on the U.S.S. Sterlet (SS-392) in the Pacific in World War II. The following is a poem written about the Navy's idiosyncratic views on the utility of capital ships and attrition units in that war.
Old Fuds, Young Studs and Lieutenant Commanders
That's Lesson One in strategy.
They are the backbone of the Fleet.
Their fighting power can't be beat.
They dominate the raging Main
While swinging 'round the anchor chain,
And bravely guard your home and mine
While anchored out there all in line.
They fill the Japs with fear and hate
From well inside the Golden Gate.
Now Lesson Two in strategy--
Richard G. Voge