The demise of the CSS Alabama


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I think I will go tonight. I could not find much about Judge Terry Bronson on line other than him being a judge and a Navy officer.

So perhaps a judgemental Naval officer?

I wonder if he will make us call him Captain Bronson?

I should find out some interesting details about the CSS Alabama.
 
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I think I will go tonight. I could not find much about Judge Terry Bronson on line other than him being a judge and a Navy officer.

So perhaps a judgemental Naval officer?

I wonder if he will make us call him Captain Bronson?

I should find out some interesting details about the CSS Alabama.
Active Navy or retired? He could be a navy lawyer, Judge Advocate General (JAG) Corps.
 

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Active Navy or retired? He could be a navy lawyer, Judge Advocate General (JAG) Corps.
I am no expert on Navy officers, the Ann Arbor newsletter which I finally found, claimed he served 27 years in the US Navy on active duty and reserves. It goes on to state he was a qualified surface warfare office. I am not sure if "qualified surface warfare officer" has a particular meaning. He served on a destroyer, guided missile destroyer, repair ship, destroyer tender, LST. Retiring as a Captain. The newsletter does not say exactly what tasks he performed.
 

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He was a line officer then (like myself), must have either taken up law or run for office after retiring. Enjoy the lecture!
 

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I have known officers in the Army Reserve who had spent several years on active duty, then went to college, held civilian positions, ran for office, and such for the 20 additional years they served in the reserves.
 

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I have known officers in the Army Reserve who had spent several years on active duty, then went to college, held civilian positions, ran for office, and such for the 20 additional years they served in the reserves.
Except for the running for office part, you described my wife to a "T".
 

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Navy captains were the equivalent of Army full colonels, no line officers they.
Perhaps you're thinking of Army or some other terminology; in the Navy a line officer is a combat officer - surface warfare, subs, aviation, special warfare - as opposed to a support branch like JAG, supply, medical, etc. Could be any rank from ensign to admiral.
 
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Perhaps you're thinking of Army or some other terminology; in the Navy a line officer is a combat officer - surface warfare, subs, aviation, special warfare - as opposed to a support branch like JAG, supply, medical, etc. Could be any rank from ensign to admiral.
True enough, but in the army a colonel in a combat assignment would normally be called a "field officer," not a line officer. That was my only point.
 
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Navy parlance was "line officer" = in the line of command. As opposed to specialist or warrant officers, such as chaplains or engineers. In photos, if you see a star on the sleeve above the cuff stripes, it's a line officer.
 


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