Long ago, when sailing ships ruled the sea, a
captain and his crew were in danger of being boarded by a
pirate ship. As the crew became frantic, the captain bellowed to
his First Mate, "Bring me my red shirt!"
The First Mate quickly retrieved the captain's red
shirt, the captain put on and led the crew to battle the
pirate ship. Although some casualties occurred among the crew,
the pirates were repelled.
Later that day, the lookout screamed that there were
two pirate vessels about to attack.
The crew cowered in fear, but the captain, calm as
ever, bellowed, "Bring me my red shirt!" And once again the battle was on.
This time, the Captain and his crew repelled both
pirate ships, although this time more casualties occurred.
Weary from the battles, the men sat around on deck
that night recounting the day's occurrences when an ensign
looked to the Captain and asked,
"Sir, why did you call for your red shirt before the
The Captain, giving the ensign a look that only a
captain can give, exhorted, "If I am wounded in
battle, the red shirt does not show the wound, and thus,
you men will continue to fight unafraid."
The men sat in silence marveling at the courage of
such a man.
As dawn came the next morning, the lookout screamed
more pirate ships were approaching, 10 of them, all ready to
attack. The men became silent and looked to the Captain,
their leader, for his usual command. The Captain, calm as ever,
"Bring me my brown pants!"