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Hail and Farewell: Part 1 

Harriet receives a commendation, then she changes to the inactive reserve because she has become pregnant with twins. Six men have died in a rough sea while trying to rescue a party in a ... See full summary »



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
John Walcutt ...
Commander Albert Hocking
Michael Bellisario ...
Todd Kimsey ...
Chief Boatswain's Mate
Kim Miyori ...
Commander Shelly Purcell
Aaron Seville ...
Admin Officer


Harriet receives a commendation, then she changes to the inactive reserve because she has become pregnant with twins. Six men have died in a rough sea while trying to rescue a party in a rubber boat; Sturgis investigates. The admiral appears to stay in a happy mood. When he confirms his reservation for his wedding reception at the O Club in Annapolis, he converts it into his retirement party, which turns into a dining out. Harm learns that Mattie's father was not drunk at the time of the wreck; Mattie reconciles with her father. Webb appears to keep his promise to stay in touch with Mac each day while in Germany, but then the surprises stop, and Mac receives word that he has died (in the boat). Due to persistent back pain Mac has a laparoscopy; the news is not good. During the dancing after the dining out, Harm and Mac step outside and have a serious conversation. In the admiral's last official act as the JAG of the Navy, he presents a pair of shoulder boards to Bud. Written by DocRushing

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21 May 2004 (USA)  »

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The fictional ship here is USS Thomas Lyons (DDG-96). No vessel of the US Navy has ever borne the name of Thomas Lyons, a seaman, who received the Medal of Honor for his bravery in action aboard USS Pensacola during the Civil War. The real DDG-96 is USS Bainbridge, a guided-missile destroyer of the Arleigh Burke Class, which entered service in 2005. See more »


In the real world of the US Navy, neither the commanding officer nor the conning officer orders the helmsman to execute a Williamson turn (a standard maneuver for dealing with a man overboard); instead the conning officer gives the specific rudder orders and engine orders in such a way as to make a Williamson turn. However, here the conning officer improperly ordered the helmsman to "execute a Williamson turn", and the helmsman repeated that improper order. See more »


[promoting Bud to Lt. Commander]
Adm. Albert Jethro 'A.J.' Chegwidden: Consider this my last act as Judge Advocate General.
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Hail & Farewell was A.J. Chegwidden's finest hour
1 February 2007 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

This television series JAG had the perfect ensemble cast, great writers, sound background research. I always felt, as a detached viewer of JAG, that I was right there in the room with the actors and actresses. They always made me feel as though I was a part of the story, an unnamed yet vital colleague who was privy to their deepest innermost feelings and emotions. Especially AJ Chegwidden, the Navy SEAL admiral who ran his JAG office with an iron hand, yet always managed to treat everyone humanely and with great dignity. This particular episode was very sad for me, because of the way I admired and respected the actor and the role he played in the series. To see him just walk away from his military good-bye party was almost heartbreaking, and I must admit shedding a tear or two at his departure. John Jackson made that role HIS role, over the six seasons at the helm of the JAG office. I would appreciate any chance possible to thank him personally for his work in JAG. Kinda wish he had been one of my commanders, when I served in the US military many years ago.

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