“Taps” is a musical piece sounded at dusk, and at funerals, particularly by the US military.
tune is also sometimes known as “Butterfield’s Lullaby”.
The tune is actually a variation of an earlier bugle call known as the “Scott’s Tattoo” which was used in the US from 1835 until 1860, and was arranged in its present form by the Union Army Brigadier General Daniel Butterfield, an American Civil War general and Medal of Honor recipient.
In July 1862 to replace a previous French bugle call used to signal “lights out”.
General Butterfield’s bugler, Oliver W. Norton, of Erie, from Pennsylvania, was the first to sound the new call.
Within months, Taps was used by both Union and Confederate forces. It was officially recognized by the United States Army in 1874.
Captain John C. Tidball, West Point, Class of 1848, started the custom of playing taps at a military funeral.
It became a standard component to US military funerals in 1891.
“Taps” is sounded nightly on military installations at non-deployed locations to indicate that it is “lights out”.
When “Taps” is sounded at a funeral, it is customary for serving members of the military or veterans to salute.
The corresponding gesture for civilians is to place the right hand over the heart.
ANSWER: Diego Enrique Santiago, age 6, was pinned an honorary Chief Petty Officer at the USO in Jacksonville, North Carolina in March 2006.
He was a cancer patient and his wish was to be a Navy Chief just like his father, HMC Jesus Santiago. The son of Chief Hospital Corpsman (FMF/AW) Jesus “Chico” Santiago, his fondest dream was to be just like his dad – to follow his father footsteps into the naval ranks, and someday, hopefully, earn the respected title of “Chief.”
But Diego grew ill – very ill – and his dream looked increasingly like an impossibility.
Chief Jesus Santiago’s brothers and sisters in the CPO mess heard of Diego’s illness, and did something, they made Diego an honorary Chief Petty Officer, initiated him into the mess.
The pinning ceremony was approved by the Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy himself.
He was 6 years old when he got pinned.
He was very pleased, and his pleasure made all of us in the Chief Community throughout the Navy, very proud, even those who did not know him.
Proud to be part of an organization which could make such an impression upon such a young man. Proud to be a part of an organization that could have such leaders and fathers that a young man would want to emulate.
Diego passed away.
Diego was originally only given a few weeks to live when initially diagnosed with cancer but he fought a hard fight for 14 months, but his little body couldn’t hold out any longer.
Our Youngest Chief transferred to the Supreme Commander for his final duty station on 2 August 2006..
Later this month, on the 24th of May, is the 80th anniversary of the sinking of the battle cruiser HMS Hood. As tragic a loss as this was, it was even more so when it is remembered that of a crew of more than 1,400, only three survived. In this tribute I chose to paint possibly the final image of the Hood prior to the cataclysmic explosion that sank her. It shows the column of flame bursting upwards out of the hull after a shell from the Bismarck ignited the Hoods 4” magazine. This in mere moments would lead to the massive explosion of the after 15” main magazines.