CAPTAIN RELIEVED OF COMMAND - SKIPPER OF
USS PELELIU "WALKS THE PLANK" - 12TH NAVY CO
TO BE DUMPED SINCE FIRST OF YEAR - DAVID
SCHNELL ACCUSED OF "IMPROPER RELATIONS"
NOT WITH THE GALS, BUT THE GUYS - NAVY
FOUR-STRIPER FACES END OF CAREER - IS
REASSIGNED TO SHORE DUTY AT SAN DIEGO
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The Navy has just fired it's 12th commanding officer this year, the skipper of the San Diego-based amphibious assault ship USS Peleliu. That, in itself, isn't out of the ordinary. But the sanitized version of events, reported by our friends over at STARS & STRIPES, doesn't mention just "who" Capt. David A Schnell was supposed to have had "unduly familiar" and "inappropriate relations" with.
We can clue you in on that one. It isn't the girls, but the guys. It seems the handsome, blue-eyed four-striper has a thing for young sailors - male ones - preferably "boyish and slim."
Usually in these cases, it's a female that complains, but on the Peleliu, those not "light in the loafers" reportedly weren't eager to spend time alone with Schnell in the captain's cabin.
KATZ-KEATING HITS A HOME RUN
Once again, the excellent military writer Susan Katz Keating dug out the real story when one of her many sources on the high seas tipped her off to what was going on aboard the US warship, presently assigned to humanitarian duties helping flood victims in Pakistan.
Our esteemed colleague is feeling a bit better (thanks God, and all of you who joined us in "get well" prayers) and hit a journalistic home run. Our readers would be well served by putting www.susankatzkeating.com on their favorites list. Yes, she's that good!
According to her source, a former crew member "in the know," says Schnell had a reputation on ship for "preying on" young, good-looking enlisted men.
FAVORED TREATMENT FOR HANDSOME SAILORS
" . . . the skipper regularly rewarded potential targets with chits entitling them to a day off from duty, along with a private lunch with Schnell himself in the inport cabin," Katz-Keating quotes her inside source. "Each 'Sailor of the Week,' was offered niceties not otherwise enjoyed on board ship."
Details on what happened afterwards apparently reside in the NCIS report. Just what will happen to Schnell now is open to speculation. We do know he's been relieved of command for "loss of confidence in his ability to command" because he allegedly acted in "an unprofessional manner towards several crew members."
Schnell didn't last long on the Peleliu. He'd taken command less than a year ago.