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Mon Apr 26, 2021, 12:13 PM

It's a joke: The Debutante Party

A US Navy cruiser anchored in Mississippi for a week's shore leave. The first evening, the ship's Captain received the following note from the wife of a very wealthy and influential plantation owner:

"Dear Captain, Thursday will be my daughter's Debutante Ball. I would like you to send four well-mannered, handsome, unmarried officers in their formal dress uniforms to attend the dance. They should arrive promptly at 8:00 PM prepared for an evening of polite Southern conversation. They should be excellent dancers, as they will be the escorts of lovely refined young ladies. One last point: No Jews please."

Sending a written message by his own yeoman, the captain replied: "Madam, thank you for your invitation. In order to present the widest possible knowledge base for polite conversation, I am sending four of my best and most prized officers. One is a lieutenant commander, and a graduate of Annapolis with an additional Masters degree from MIT in fluid technologies and ship design. The second is a lieutenant, one of our helicopter pilots, and a graduate of Northwestern University in Chicago, with a BS in Aeronautical Engineering. His Masters Degree and PhD. in Aeronautical and Mechanical Engineering are from Texas Tech University and he is also an astronaut candidate. The third officer is also a lieutenant, with degrees in both computer systems and information technology from SMU and he is awaiting notification on his Doctoral Dissertation from Cal Tech. Finally, the fourth officer, also a lieutenant commander, is our ship's doctor, with an undergraduate degree from the University of Georgia and his medical degree is from the University of North Carolina. We are very proud of him, as he is also a senior fellow in Trauma Surgery at Bethesda."

Upon receiving this letter, Melinda's mother was quite excited and looked forward to Thursday with pleasure. Her daughter would be escorted by four handsome naval officers without peer (and the other women in her social circle would be insanely jealous).

At precisely 8:00 PM on Thursday, Melinda's mother heard a polite rap at the door which she opened to find, in full dress uniform, four very handsome, smiling black officers.

Her mouth fell open, but pulling herself together, she stammered, "There must be some mistake."

"No, Ma'am," said the first officer. "Captain Goldberg never makes mistakes."

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FakeNoose Apr 26 OP
3auld6phart Apr 26 #1
FakeNoose Apr 26 #2
FakeNoose Apr 26 #3
GopherGal Apr 26 #4
Aristus Apr 26 #5
FakeNoose Apr 26 #6
csziggy Apr 27 #7
NNadir Apr 27 #8

Response to FakeNoose (Original post)

Mon Apr 26, 2021, 12:38 PM

1. True or not

It brightened up my day. Thanks.

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Response to 3auld6phart (Reply #1)

Mon Apr 26, 2021, 12:43 PM

2. It's a joke from Reddit

I read through a lot of crappy jokes so you don't have to.

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Response to FakeNoose (Original post)

Mon Apr 26, 2021, 12:57 PM

4. While reading it, I was pretty sure the 4 young sailors sent would be Black.

The "Captain Goldberg" point was a nice addition.

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Response to FakeNoose (Original post)

Mon Apr 26, 2021, 03:00 PM

5. This story is true, at least according to my Dad:

My father was a Registered Nurse who was trained as a surgical tech. He was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in the US Army Nurse Corps, and posted to Vietnam.

Part way through his tour, an officer from the nearby armored cavalry regiment called the medical director of Dad’s hospital asking him to send some nurses to a party the cavalrymen were planning.

The medical director complied and put a number of nurses on a helicopter the regiment had flown over.

When a group of brawny guys stepped off the helicopter, the cav soldiers offered puzzled smiles, and craned their necks to see if the ‘nurses’ were still on the helicopter behind the disembarking men.

Finally one of them blurted out: “Where are the nurses?” One of my Dad’s colleagues said: “That’s us!”.

After a few moments of disappointment, the cavalry guys laughed good-naturedly at the joke, and they all ended up having a good time.

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Response to Aristus (Reply #5)

Mon Apr 26, 2021, 05:32 PM

6. Oh man I love this - great story!



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Response to Aristus (Reply #5)

Tue Apr 27, 2021, 10:18 PM

7. That's a great story - I wish I could have shared it with my parents

Because it reminds me of how they met. During World War II Dad was US Navy Reserve Lt. (jg.), Mom was a Navy Nurse LT. Dad's submarine operated out of Pearl Harbor. Mom was stationed at a Navy hospital. Of course, Dad and the rest of the crew didn't have much to do, so one day the Captain called in my Dad told him arrangements had been for the Navy nurses to tour the subs that were sitting idle. His instructions as my Dad told us were to pick out the prettiest group of nurses for his sub.

Dad went and picked out the group my Mom was in. He was duty officer so he didn't get to lead the tour but at dinner, Dad and Mom were seated next to each other. By dessert, the Captain asked them when they were getting married. They dated a couple of week until Mom was sent back to the mainland to be mustered out. She left her roommate, an older nurse, to keep an eye on Dad. Meanwhile she found a job in San Francisco and made arrangements for their wedding a month later when Dad was let out of the Navy and joined her.

By the time Dad died at 90, they had been married for 67 years.

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Response to FakeNoose (Original post)

Tue Apr 27, 2021, 10:25 PM

8. I heard or read this one before, but it never gets old. n/t.

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