ANOTHER PHYSICAL ASSAULT BY "HORRIBLE
HOLLY GRAF" - WHILE DESTROYER SKIPPER ON
USS WINSTON CHURCHILL, FOUL-MOUTHED
FEMALE "CAPT. BLIGH" ATTACKED LT. STEWART
YATES OF THE ROYAL NAVY IN FRONT OF CREW
"DID YOU RUN MY F - - - - - G SHIP AGROUND?"
THE SHREW SCREAMED - WITNESSES SAY USNA
GRAD LITERALLY DRAGGED BRITISH OFFICER TO
STARBOARD BRIDGE BY HIS SHIRT AND NECK
"IT WAS HER FAULT WE BROKE THREE BLADES
OFF AND JAMMED ANOTHER," SOURCE SAYS.
"GRAF ORDERED US TO LEAVE HARBOR AT 25
KNOTS. SHE ENDANGERED SHIP AND CREW."
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"Horrible Holly Graf," the shrill screamer who was relieved of command of the USS Cowpens earlier this year for "cruelty and maltreatment" of her crew, has a long record of physical assaults and incidents where her sanity could be seriously questioned.
MilitaryCorruption.com has learned the troubled U.S. Naval Academy graduate almost instigated an international incident when she skippered the destroyer USS Winston Churchill.
A lieutenant commander at the time, Graf's outbursts of temper and poor seamanship put at risk not only her ship, but good relations between the United States and Great Britain. It also could have badly damaged the U.S. Navy's officer exchange program.
In front of crew members on the Churchill, Graf physically attacked Royal Navy Lt. Stewart Yates, grabbing him around the neck and yanking him by his shirt over to the starboard bridge, where she shrieked: "Did you run my f - - - - - g ship aground?"
The military exchange officer, of course, had done nothing of the kind. It was pampered and protected Graf, a misfit who never should have graduated USNA in the first place, that was at fault. Showing total disregard for the safety of her crew, and risking the loss of the ship, Graf was so annoyed at delays in steaming out of Augusta Bay, Sicily, she ordered the tin can to leave harbor at 25 knots!
To physically assault, much less curse out a British naval officer on board a ship named after one of Great Britain's most beloved wartime leaders, may seem beyond the pale, but for Graf, spoiled and promoted beyond her ability by gutless "politically-correct" supervisors, she was just acting naturally.
"ASSAULT" ON THE USS WINSTON CHURCHILL
We thought we'd quote some of the witnesses, who prefer to remain anonymous for obvious reasons, so you, dear reader, can get a picture of just how out-of-control Graf is.
"I was on the bridge," said a subordinate officer, "and Graf was already spun up because of the poor English of the harbor pilot. All she could think of was getting us off the pier and out to sea. Well, we had to wait in the basin for another DDG that was coming in through the breakwater. That enraged her more. Right after we passed the breakwater, she ordered 25 knots because, she said, she wanted to get the hell out of there."
The officer then states that running so fast in shallow water caused the prop blades to hit bottom. "We broke three off, and bent another, just because that crazy woman couldn't be patient."
Next, came the assault on Yates.
"Suddenly she grabs the British officer by the neck, and dragging him by his shirt to the starboard bridge, she curses him out and accuses him of running the ship aground. He wasn't to blame for anything. It was her recklessness that caused the damage. We had to limp the rest of the way through deployment with severely reduced speed and finally made it to England where hubs were flown in for replacement. I wonder what THAT cost the U.S. taxpayer?"
It was fortunate for Graf that Lt. Yates, being a gentleman, did not file a complaint about the incident and report it to the British Admiralty. If the emasculated U.S. Navy "leadership" got wind of it, they did nothing but continue to enable Graf to "move up" the promotion ladder, setting the stage for more misconduct and physical assaults. [See Related Stories, below.]
Here's another version of the Churchill incident from an enlisted crewman: "I watched her grab the British officer and blame him for what she had done. She was the one who made the speed changes that our navigation team had noted was unsafe. It was her lack of seamanship and navigation ability that caused the trouble. Just as we passed breakwater, it seemed the ship bumped, and at first we thought we'd run aground. Actually, we bounced, but there was heavy damage to the screws. She ordered us to lie on the SITREP about our speed, saying we were only doing 10 knots."
Another source said several crew members broke out into song: "Ding-Dong the Witch is Dead." They mistakenly thought the Churchill had indeed run aground and Graf's Navy career was over. No such luck.
GRAF STILL DRAWING A FAT PAYCHECK
MONTHS AFTER BEING RELIEVED OF COMMAND
The retention board that Graf is supposed to face "this summer" has yet to convene, and if what we hear is correct, "The Sisterhood," a powerful group of high-ranking lesbians in the Pentagon, have been successful in pressuring weak-kneed Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Gary Roughead into passing the word Graf is either to remain in the Navy, or be retired as a captain 0-6 despite UCMJ regulations about qualifying for pension only at "the last grade satisfactorily served in." If the Navy went by the rule book, that would put the female "Captain Bligh" out on the street as a two-stripe lieutenant. And there are those who would dispute even that as a fair retirement grade.
Here's a sample of the mail:
"I served with then-LCDR Graf during her XO tour. I was one of her department heads . . . she had zero ship-handling skills. I could go on and on with stories that make me shake today when I think of them. In my eyes, she never should have been given a command. She should be forced to resign for the good of the Navy."
"If there ever was one wish I have had in my entire Navy career it's this - that that bitch gets what's coming to her. She deserves to be in prison. She committed acts of assault more times than you can count. For all the physical, mental, and emotional abuse she inflicted on us, and careers she unfairly ended, Graf will burn in hell!"
"Her mental illness was very apparent to me when she was a LT. I was also a lieutenant and her room-mate on board. After even a few days being around her, I felt compelled to go to the XO about her bizarre behavior. We discussed it with the C.O. She (Graf) was far too wacko for me."
"Shame on all her supervisors for writing her glowing FITREPS. She will rot in hell for all the pain and suffering she has caused others. The Navy needs to put her in jail for her criminal behavior."
"When I was to transferred to the Churchill, a senior commander warned me that Graf was trouble. Little did I know, however, the hell that I was in for."
"Never have I been in such a toxic environment, where the person in charge had so little concern for established procedures and the people under her."
"Graf was absolutely evil. She never missed an opportunity to insult, embarrass, attack, undermine, or belittle those under her. She did it with both shrieking and silence. With frontal assaults and snide comments. She was a monster early on, and only got worse as she acquired more authority."
It is obvious "Horrible Holly Graf" has lasted this long because cowardly senior officers in the U.S. Navy didn't dare risk the wrath of the feminists who might accuse them of being "politically-incorrect." So they enabled this creature, Graf, to stay in the system and move up, creating more havoc each place she went.
Only a miracle has saved crew members from losing their life due to her negligence and lack of basic sea-going skills.
We at MilitaryCorruption.com recognize powerful forces are working to excuse Graf's egregious misconduct. Already, the specious line, "she wasn't properly mentored," and "women have to be tough to survive" has been floated. Those of her ilk are trying to make her into a "victim" instead of abuser. Totally ignored is the fact Graf is a walking, talking disaster. Drag-racing your ship with another at full speed on the high seas, coming within a few feet of collision and heavy loss of life, deserves only one result. Removal from the Navy. Now.
Perhaps the top brass hope a passage of time will dull the memories of those of us who dared to cover this outrage, or at least the public who - for a while - were concerned about Graf's inexcusable behavior. We will NOT "go away." We will wrap this case around the neck of Adm. Mike Mullen himself (chief of naval operations), if the White House bootlickers attempt to "save" a Naval career that has been a shame and disgrace, from beginning to end.
You, reading this, need to be pro-active and send this story far and wide. E-mail and phone your senators and congress people. Contact retired Navy associations. Call in to talk radio. Write letters to the editor of your newspaper or the NAVY TIMES. Don't let them get away with it. With Graf's relief of command, we won a battle, but we have yet to win the war.
[EDITOR'S NOTE: Some time ago, we asked you to please join us in prayer for the improved health and well-being of our dear friend and journalistic colleague, Susan Katz Keating. We wish to do so again. A brilliant military affairs writer, (www.susankatzkeating.com), she has fought beside us, shoulder-to-shoulder, for truth and justice. It would be a terrible tragedy to lose her now. Light a candle, go to your synagogue, say a prayer, think of her whenever you think of those who have faithfully honored and supported our brave men and women in uniform. Thank you.]