National Geographic : 1943 Apr
"... a man can think, up here" "The trade wind's warm tonight. That's good. Not so good, that bright tropic moon. Too good a target, in a crow's nest. "Lots of time for thinking up here, watch ing. Nobody to butt in. Nobody but . .. maybe a black plane out of a white cloud, or a white streak out of that black water. Gotta keep your eyes peeled in a convoy. "Some load aboard. Crammed with cargo for Uncle Sam's boys. One of our destroyers off the port. Comfortable feeling. Wish that moon wasn't so bright, though. "Never was a fighting man. But we've gotta fight now. Gotta get these cargoes through. Man a gun, maybe. Never can tell. Okeh, if that's what it takes to win this war. We all feel the same, even if we don't talk much. "But a man can think, up here. About folks back home. About getting this thing over with. Say, those two clouds up there in the moonlight, sure look like a V." Just the thoughts of a MATSON able seaman at his post. Pieced together from a few words, now and then, and actions at all times. Back in 1776, they would have been heroes in homespun. Only the clothes are different today. Hundreds of such men man our ships, and our plants ashore. They don't "talk much" but they are doing. And, what they're doing expresses the homespun patriotism of the total MATSON organization, devoting its total resources to the only cause that counts today... total victory.