It is a tradition for a Navy Chief that
he pass on his anchors to a new CPO initiate and it is a personal
honor to receive and be pinned with another Chief's anchors.
My dearest friend, Rick Burris had been pinned with anchors from
his friend, who was the Atlantic Fleet Sailor of the Year.
Rick, in turn, passed his anchors to me. I was the only one
of the class of 1991 CPO initiates in USS California to be pinned
with passed anchors.
I was privileged to have
been pinned with two passed anchors. I received my collar
anchors from my dear friend, Rick Burris and on my cover I wore
the anchor passed to me from my wife's Grandfather, MMC Donald
Davison, who had a ship sunk from under him in WWI.
A year later, during the USS California CPO initiation, no one was
slated to receive passed anchors. During the initiation, it
was discovered that someone forgot to buy enough anchors to pin
all of the initiates - we were one set short. It happened
that a friend of mine was being initiated that year so I ran out
to my car, pulled the tattered anchors off my working uniform and
directed that they pin my friend with them. I then pulled my
friend from the initiation and explained the situation and the
history of my anchors. I also charged him to never forget
that the anchors came off my work shirt and he was being pinned
with "working anchors." He broke down in tears. He
also never forgot and became one of the best chiefs California