OF "PLANK OWNER"
A plank owner (also referred to a plankowner) is an
individual who was a member of the crew of a ship when
that ship was placed in commission. Originally, this
term applied only to crew members that were present
at the ship's first commissioning. Today, however, plank
owner is often applied to members of newly commissioned
units, new military bases and recommissioning crews
is a term used by the United States Navy, and has consequently
been variously defined by different units. The origin
of the term is the implication that a crew member was
around when the ship was being built and commissioned,
and therefore has bragging rights to the "ownership"
of one of the planks in the main deck.
a plankowner in the United States Navy and United
States Coast Guard, or his widow, could petition
the Naval Historical Center's Curator Branch for
a piece of the deck when the ship was decommissioned.
who are plank owners at their current command
often have the word "PLANKOWNER" embroidered
on the back of their uniform ball cap to denote
this designation. A plaque is placed aboard the
ship with the crew names. When in port, the departure
of a plank owner for the final time is usually
announced on the 1MC public announcing system
with a bell-ring, as <ding, ding> "Plank
lieu of an actual 'plank' from the deck of a newly
commissioned ship (these being pretty hard to
come by in this day and age) crew members are
presented with a Plank Owner Certificate commemorating
their unique status of being part of the Original
Crew when the ship became part of the U. S. Navy.*
information from wikipedia.org
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