Aaron Ward (DM 34) - Naval Cruise Book

 - Class of 1945

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After a few liberties in Pearl we were on our way again and headed for our real test. We could see the result of all our training during the days off Okinawa as you can see in our action report on another page of th' b k. ls OO Lunetta, Curr, Cooper THE "Y" OF IT Whatever the discomforts we may have suffered throughout our Navy career, there is, and always has been, the consoling thought that We have formed newand permanent friendships. In the entire ship there was unquestionably no closer group than the "Y" Division. The twelve of us being together long before the actual commissioning of the ship. Under the leadership of Lt. Cjgl Dillon, the Division was formed early in the month of September, 1944. t Our activities from that time on, both Navy training and social, were, more .or less, inclusive for all of us and inevitably this close relationship was bound to follow. An outsider would probably have mis- understood some of the friendly, but vehement arguments that often took place between the Tex-ans and Californians, or the Democrats and the Republicans, yet each of these helped us to have a clearer under- standing of each other and more thoroughly cemented those friendships that, without a doubt, will last forever. . Our first trip after being assigned was to the Mare Island Radar Sichool. Closely following this we received our introduction to sea duty aboard the U.S.S. Foote, leaving Treasure Island out through the Golden Gate to the island of San Clemente. This trip was not without its humorous side, especially to those who were able to withstand the roll and toss of the ship, which was new to all of us. San Clemente had its inter- esting side as well as instructive: The Seal Cove trip, the hotly contested ball games, the good shows and the good food. The few months that followed, our liberties in Pedro, Long Beach, Los Angeles, and San Diego, were in most instances similar to those of any other Navy man. Throughout, however, we were so consistent in our training that when that time came when we nee ded it most, that day that we had been trained for, our actions were more or less automatic. This thoroughness in our training, though often tiresome, is probably what led the Commander of the Pacific Shakedown Group to compliment us on the excellent work that we had done. , The "Y" Division was representative of any Navy group to a certain extent: Lt. Cjgl Halsted, who was assigned Division Officer in March, was a former coach from Iefferson City, Mo., 'butche didn't have to be shown. Peter Aitchison, our red headed leading Petty Officer from Chicago, was "Scotch in, nationality only" and he too had that feeling that meant "share and share alike" for all of our Division. The "Y" Division was really a swell bunch, and fellows whose friendship I consider one of the most important things in my life. Raymond Hoskingl RDMSXC THE RADIO GANG The Ra-dio Men of the Aaron Ward, like the rest of the crew, had their fir-st meeting at Treasure Island. With the 'liberty as it was, muster was about the only time all the Radio Men were together. After muster, each would seek out his own little corner to get the much needed rest for the night's liberty. 'On arrival at San Pedro, they were met by a radio shack full of mysterious looking equipment, a Chief Radioman and three technicians. ln less time than it takes to wink your eye, they had the liberty situa- tion well in hand. At night, to find a RM. from the Ward, all you had to do was drop in at Zendas on Figureo. iSoon all this had to end, for we pulled stakes for San Diego and our shakedown. It was there the poor Radio Men set to the busy task of becoming acquainted with their equipment, setting up the freq- meter, tuning an xmitter, and copying Fox. Our last night in Diego was spent in the xmitter room with Chief Shane and Striker Rader cutting the boys' hair for the Admiral's inspection. l might add every man in the Division got called down on hair cuts the next day. . Then it was back to Pedro for more radio equipment, of all things. Chief Shane and Patrick Coyne here left us for the San Pedro Receiving Station. Geise, RM2fc, reported aboard to fill their shoes, A -I 29 1-

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