Harriman Nelson's Journal

My Friend Lee-page 24
The Creamsickle
The Invitation
Bike Week
The Java Connection
Lee's Tattoo
My Friend Lee-page 33
My Friend Lee-page 34
My Friend Lee-page 35
My Friend Lee-Page 36
My Friend Lee-page 37
My Friend Lee-page 38
My Friend Lee-page 39
My Friend Lee-page 40
My Friend Lee-page 41
My Friend Lee page 42
My Friend Lee-page 43
My Friend Lee -page 44
My Friend Lee-page 25
My Friend Lee-Page 26
My Friend Lee-Page 27
My Friend Lee-Page 28
My Friend Lee -page 29
My Friend Lee -page 30
My Friend Lee-page 31
My Friend Lee-page 32
My Friend Lee-page 24
My Friend Lee-page 23
My Friend Lee- page22
My Friend Lee-page 21
My Friend Lee-page 20
My Friend Lee- Page 19
My Friend Lee-page 18
My Friend Lee page 17
My Friend Lee-page 16
A Short Story
A 'Harry Halloween'
My Friend Lee-page 15
My Friend Lee-page 14
My Friend Lee-page 13
My Friend Lee-page 12
My Friend Lee-page 11
My Friend Lee-page 10
My Friend Lee-page 9
My Friend Lee-Page 8
My Friend Lee-page 7
My Friend Lee-page 6
My Friend Lee-Page 5
Life With Lee-page 4
Life with Lee- page 2
Life with Lee-page 3
Reflections-the 'In Between Years'
My photo-scrapbook album
About Me

A Marine has been accused of treason but claims to have been brainwashed. The prosecution doesn’t buy it.  Lee, of course, having had first-hand knowledge of such things requested JAG to include him as a material witness as to the legitimacy of brainwashing.  Bad  memories, those.  If anyone hurts Lee again I won’t be responsible, friend or foe.

The People’s Republic  had kidnapped Lee, held him for three days, torturing him psychologically and physically with  electroshock, in effect brainwashing him in order to thwart a new weapon we were going to place in some deep trenches.  Mighty weapons that once placed could very easily insure that no power would even want to tangle with us.

Lee started to sabotage things, which he did pretty successfully, but the kicker was when he was ordered to kill me. Later Forrester, whose aim was fast and true to maim  not kill him,  told me Lee’s hand was shaking so hard there was a good chance that Crane’s aim wouldn’t have come close to it’s mark. And Lee is normally a crack shot.

It was heartbreaking to question Lee in Sickbay, his befuddled mind spilling out that he was a ‘sworn agent’, as incongruous it could be. A real agent would rather have died than spill the beans. He looked so vulnerable, so helpless on that gurney, while he spoke those words by rote, fighting his conditioning with what was left of American loyalty. Confused and hurting, Lee was increasingly agitated and Doc made us stop questioning him.

There was another ‘sworn agent’ aboard too, who nearly blasted the view ports with a special explosive that not even Seaview’s high tensile strength plastic could resist. Fortunately we broached surface just in time. Parker was wounded  by a bullet as well. He too, had been kidnapped and conditioned separately from Crane.

I filed a full report to the SecNav and Lee and Parker spent the next few weeks undergoing psychological examinations to determine if they were no longer ‘under the influence,’ so to speak. 

While that was happening, Doc asked me how Lee got a slight bruise on his cheekbone. I had to admit we’d had words early in the mission, and I’d slapped him. But considering the circumstances, I don’t think Doc’s all that upset with me.

In retrospect, I should have realized something was seriously wrong with Lee since so many things were going wrong on the cruise, and removed him from command for the duration of the mission, but still, what good would that have done? He’d still have followed his captor’s orders. 

He still broods at times how he very nearly succeeded in betraying his country, brainwashed or not, and also that he was responsible for Evan’s  near death when his sabotaged PDR shorted out. Evans is fine, and suffered no lasting effects, but Lee, being Lee, well, he sometimes still hurts from it. As for the damage to Seaview, even at the hand of another man, he thinks he should have been able to stop it somehow.

The shrinks said he wasn’t quite over it, but I countered that if he didn’t have these occasional feelings of guilt we should be more worried.

And so Lee will be offering testimony as to how brainwashing affected him, and that there’s a very real possibility that the Marine’s excuse is justified. We’ll have to wait and see.

In the meantime, the staff  and crew are stuck with my little moods and I even heard Angie complaining to Curley that she wished Captain Crane could be if only to ‘beard the old bear in his den,’ that’s how good he is at it.


Kowalski rendered this picture from Lee's description of his electroshock conditioning,


Just after our confrontation. I wanted to know why he 'aborted' the mission and that it was vital to the peace of the world. He yelled back at me that I didn't care about the peace of the world.
I should have realized right then and there that he was in no condition to command Seaview but  I'm afraid instinct took over and  I slapped him. Hard.


Shot by Forrester, just in time. Lee had come into the Missile Room, presumably to check on something. Instead, he hid behind the weapons and was ready to fire on me.


'Sworn Agent'.


I was heartbroken and Lee was dangerously agitated but I still wanted answers. Doc made us leave. 


Lee feeling guilty. Sometimes even now he still does. it's just the way he is.