He marched up to the quarterdeck, stood at attention, and said, “petty officer Klauser reporting for duty.”
petty officer Jonathan Keefe later said, “It was like moon dust, or snow, and we were sinking in.”
He was awarded the Navy Cross for combat heroism in 2006 and retired as a petty officer 1st Class in 2007.
Meantime a petty officer named Hicks had been promoted captain of the foretop.
You'd never git any higher 'n a petty officer, 'cause you don't know enough.
The petty officer—he was a petty officer, though Sara Lee had never heard the term—was inclined to be suspicious.
He becomes a seaman gunner, with the billet and pay of a petty officer.
The Sub made his way to the after-end of the raised platform, where the petty officer was standing as rigidly as a statue.
Shrilly the whistle sounded at the lips of the petty officer.
On one never-to-be-forgotten occasion the petty officer cautioned him for talking and joking in the ranks whilst at drill.