It is a tradition that a
Chief pass on his anchors to a new CPO initiate and it is a personal
receive and be pinned with another Chief's anchors.
My friend, Rick Burris had been pinned with anchors from his friend,
Atlantic Fleet Sailor of the Year. Rick, in turn, passed his
me. I was the only class of 1991 CPO initiate 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
anchors. During the initiation, it was discovered that someone
forgot to buy enough anchors to pin all of the initiates - we were one
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
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 ever had.