I certainly learned how to sew!
In the spring of 1955, the Bennington came out of the Brooklyn Navy Yard after extensive repairs and modernization. I believe we went back up to Rhode Island and then went on a shake down cruise to Gitmo. During this cruise, the crew participated in daily General Quarters Drills (2 per day) for 14 days. Since I was a Hospital Corpsman and my specialty was an Operating Room Technician, my duty station was the Sick Bay. Well, if you can remember what they told you about going through the passageways and hatches, "step-up & duck-down", well since most of the crew was green, some had to learn the hard way. Every day, twice a day for two weeks, I had swabies come to sick bay to be stitched up. Tell you what; I certainly learned how to sew!