Well remember they were in uniform and present on the ship during the ceremony at the start. I doubt anyone would want to take them out on the drill with them, so I just figured they were staying on the old ship out of the way until they turned up again.
My Grandfather was a WWII vet as well and he'd be 91 by now. So, you can imagine my disbelief. I never said they didn't act like 'Old Salts' or that I thought it was uncool. I just just can't believe that they'd be around the ship waiting to sail off, in uniform no less. As far as the technical side of an old boat like that, yes they would be invalueble.
I see your point... However, the Mo also served in Korea, and for a time in the Gulf. If could be that they were from those periods, making the old salts 'only' eighty.