I’m excited and proud to begin work on the “Cribbage in the Armed Forces” chapter of Cribbageland. I’ve had the opportunity to speak with a few active and veteran warriors–some young, some not-so-young–about how the game has informed and impacted their lives while serving for our country. From bunkers to battle cruisers, I’ve heard amazing stories and seen amazing photos of some 15-2 combat, both on and off the cribbage board.
One of the first people I spoke with was John O’Hehir, a Navy man on active duty from August 1971 to August 1973. He served on board the USS Amberjack (SS 522) and USS Trutta (SS 421), “some of the last diesel breed. Consider that when at sea, we stood for four hours on, eight hours off. The off period was free time. Also consider the time period and technology of that time; we didn’t have CDs, DVDs, MP3 players, personal computers or cable TV. We had movies, but these were shown on a movie projector, and the boat provided two films per week. TV and radio were on board, but those signals were rarely available. In the end, reading and cards became the most popular activities. And we would play cribbage for hours on end.”
I’d love to hear your story–please leave a comment below or feel free to contact me via the Contact form above. Thanks to those Armed Forces deployed, on leave, and contributing to relief efforts after the Japan tsunami, and God Bless.