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Friday, June 1, 2012

USS VANCE (DER-387) AND "MAD MARCUS"

The USS Vance (DER-387).....did not have the best of "reputations".....as the word was.....the crew had somewhat of an unkempt appearance about them, and junior officers not having organizational skills in keeping a tight rein on there units.   It also was well known for being infested with cockroaches.
Well this all changed when Lieutenant Commander Marcus Aurelius Arnheiter took command of the Vance.  Actually he became known as "Mad Marcus"....and this whole transformation from what the crew was use too....too what there new Captain expected....was a disaster waiting to happen.
This all boiled down to "Vietnam War's Real-Life Captain Queeg."

Combining a ship with a dubious reputation and a captain of questionable sanity creates a very real recipe for disaster.

Link to: MAD MARCUS