Standing A Captain’s Inspection or What’s In a Name?
I don’t remember ever standing an inspection while assigned to NSGA Taipei at Shu Linkou Air Station. That may be due to the efforts of those brave and bold CT’s that came before us.
Roland “Roy White Cloud” Roy (CT(I) 1964-66 sent us this explanation:
“One time we had a Captain’s inspection scheduled on the tennis courts outside our barracks. Well, the guys did not prefer to have it. So we got a wee bit drunk and I, being a Chippewa Indian, met up with one of the Zoomie medics who was also a Chippewa. As one would expect what whiskey would do to a couple of Indians, we got way higher and performed a “rain dance” to the delight of all who were watching.
Needless to say, the next day it rained and the inspection was cancelled.
So I came to be called a lot of cloud names, red, black, gray and white. That is how I became known as LUO BaiYun, Luo being the transliteration of Roy and of course White Cloud.”
A sincere debt of gratitude is owed to Roy for establishing a no-inspection policy for Linkou Navy CT’s that followed him on the ROC. The only thing I can think of to offer you is the can of Brasso that I never had to open again after ‘A’ school. My belt buckle turned green, never to reflect my un-shined shoes again.