Fighting Lady

Powered by under-belly wheels
State-of-the-art motorized assault battleship
She was Remco’s new Fighting Lady

Christmas 1960
I wanted her more than anything
First saw her, Saturday morning TV
Most beautiful woman I had ever seen

Complete with gun-tracking system
rotating pom poms
ash can depth charges
functional plane catapult, and a landing boat

Vividly imagined myself on her bridge
giving commands
steering her
through dangerous Japanese-infested waters

Her two-tone gray body
complete with U.S. Navy insignias
gave me goose bumps
as only a beautiful woman can do

Longed to possess her
Fill my out-of-control boyhood urge for control
Prayed Mom and Dad would approve
of my Christmas marriage to her

To my delight they did
Come Christmas Day, there she was
in her tan and red box, with a red bow
waiting for me under the Christmas tree

Eventually, other women caught my eye
but at nine, she was most special
To this day I wonder
whatever became of my Fighting Lady

Author: Don Iannone, D.Div.

Biography Photographer, poet, teacher, complementary medicine provider, interfaith minister, and former economic developer. Holds a Doctorate in Divinity, Master of Divinity, Master of Mind-Body Medicine, and Bachelor of Arts degree in Anthropology. Clinical certifications in Reiki, guided meditation, life purpose coaching, and spiritual counseling.  Author of 12 books, including two new books in the contemporary spirituality field. Learn more here. Contact Information Contact Don Iannone by email:

11 thoughts on “Fighting Lady”

  1. This was THE ONE toy that I remember from all the Christmas’s of my childhood. Like you, it was all I wanted for Christmas and when I saw it there under the tree at 9 years old I was in heaven. I took it to my best friends (twin boys) who lived next door in an old farmhouse that had a play room specifically for just that – PLAY! They had gotten ROBOT COMANDO and the battles between my gray beauty and the robot were nothing short of a dream come true. I fired my forward cannon, sent ash can depth charges to the foot of the giant robot and even sacrificed my fighter plane by launching it at the geat behemoth. I will never forget that Christmas or that toy!

  2. Thanks Andrew. It’s probably a good thing they don’t. My boys don’t have any war toys either.

    Floots: Thanks. So you wanted or had Fighting Lady? Wow. This ship was not for water, although I wanted it to be. Love your sense of humor. Brought a chuckle.

    Amazing how we learn to want things so early in life. We become obsessed with what we want. It consumes us. The Fighting Lady was one of those early wants. Of course, seeing the toy on TV intensified my wanting.

  3. I love this — brings back many memories for me. I miss my war toys, too. My kids don’t have anything as exciting as those were. 🙂

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