Sorry for no new blog post yesterday.
There was only one thing I could really think about. I wasn't sure what I should write about it or if I should write about it at all. I can't deny that it's been on my mind for the past several days though.
Yesterday was the second anniversary of the MSP accident in Plymouth, U.K. (For reference, see these two previous blog posts.)
I sent the photo above of the entrance to Plymouth Harbor to my family on Shutterfly the day before we left port with the caption, "That's where I'll be tomorrow."
I only knew COB Higgins for a couple of days before the accident, and I don't think I had even met Petty Officer Holtz yet. I suspect those who knew COB Higgins and Petty Officer Holtz have a much harder time with this than I do. In my case, I will never be able to erase the graphic images of their deaths that are permanently etched in my mind, nor will I be able to forget the deep, dark, heart-wrenching feeling of terror and helplessness to save them.
My thoughts and prayers go out to the families of ETCS(SS) Thomas Higgins and STS2(SS) Michael Holtz, as well as to all the crew and families who suffered through that terrible experience.