Admiral W S Benson (AP 120) - Naval Cruise Book

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Navy Admiral Benson was born in Macon, Georgia, on Sepfember 25, l855, and graduafed from fhe Naval Academy in l877. During his naval career he was appoinfed Chief of Naval Opera- fions wifh fhe ranlc of rear admiral when 'l'ha'l' office was creafed in l9l5, and was lafer commissioned admiral when fhal' accompanying ranlc for Chief of Naval Operafions was aufhorized in I9I6. Admiral Benson held fhis office unfil refired from acfive service on Sep- fember 25, l9l9. He was awarded fhe Disfinguished Service Medal by fhe Navy Deparfmenf for "excepfional meriforious service in dufy of greaf responsibilify as Chief of Naval Opera- fions." ln addifion fo fhe Disfinguished Service Medal he received foreign decorafions as follows: Grand Cross Legion of Honor lFrenchl. Grand Cross Order Sf. Michael and Sf. George lBrifishl. Order Sf. Gregory, fhe Greaf lMilifary Class, Firsf Orderl by Pope Benedicf XV. Affer his refiremenf from acfive dufy, Admiral Benson served as chairman of fhe Unifed Sfafes Shipping Board, which office he held unfil l928. Admiral Benson died May 20, l932, and was buried in Arlingfon Nafional Cemefery. ,,,,11f111,,,'-Q-i ., 1' QNT OF Q' sxll 41 4' 6 35" SSW, 11 B n I 'Ni - rack 'S X Y V E l XSS, N.. ,452 ll i X N if 5 Q f 31, RN Q Q E ',!Q,f4'1nrnxxxv's,Q?lEfy2i 5 S X U5 X qhfwl' , to 6 N 'ff 0 E " 'fl an WS' lfflf' 4-ffl!!!-ffllfjfl IIN, ll 1' QNT OF 1" 7' Q- xs is Qwxllfff 4x X44 S Q ,NW 5533,-1 E Akyqggq ij? Z N 4 X 0 I sg, Hp W ffl f ffllf, 1' 2-L , '05 , '96 E s v ' X E w ,Q ,YV 5 N, . H '1 X Q if fb ff S 7 N ".. 0 ex Ek? so E 41 ' 'fffllffff 1111, U.S.S. ADMIRAL W. S. BENSON IAPIZOQ Top fo boffom: U.S.S. Admiral W. S. Benson IAP-I20j Pier 88, New York: San Fernando, Luzon, PJ. ,I l,,f1ffzf,,,', 1' NT OF E ,H E r 3 S Lily! XXNIILX Jax? E S Q :ISS "W ggibgi E x ar if N 8 g g x?4Z'lHl1Xix--Sjnz S X4041lN ' 69 M' 'Ea ffl!! -4 ,fl "'f7fffffll X 1 . 0 - I to , p Q. 1 : 0 f a 0 4, We K Q U.S.S. ADMIRAL W. S. BENSON CAP-1205 cfo Fleet Post Office San Francisco, California RESTRIQTED - NOT TO LEAVE shi? Saturdey5 25 August 19 PLAN OF THE DAY 0600 - 0630 - X Call all Masters-at-Arms. Reveillo. Up all hands. Sunrise - Light ship. The smoking lamp is lighted on all weather decks. 0605 - 0700 - 0715 ' 0800 - 0330 - 0900 - 0930 - 1130 - llb5 - 1200 - 1300 - 1530 - 1600 - l7l5 - 1730 - Sunset NOTE: Turn to. Clean sweep down. O Mess Gear. Breakfast. 'Call all officers, Turn to. Muster on stations. Make preparations breakwater and moor alongside of wrecked vessel. to load Army advance detail. to move ship insid Make preparation QAb0utj Station Special Sea and Anchor'Deteils. BAKER. Sick call. .Set Materiel Cmnt Cnboutl Got underway. Establish fresh water schedule. Cnboutl Commence loading Army advance detail. Clean sweep down. Troops and passengers go to your compartments. Mess Gear. Dinner. Turn to. Liberty for Port Watch to expire on dock et l?Q0. Clean sweep down. Troops and passengers go to your compartments. Sick call. Mess Gear. Supper. - Dsrken ship. The smoking lamp is out on all weather decks. Cll Division Officers submit names of men for Shore Patrol to the Executive Officer's Office not later than 0900. C22 Division Officers will insure that morning reports are made promptly to the Executive 0fficer's Office. C3D Men going on liberty are cautioned against eating or drinking ashore. CAD All men are reminded that permission must be obtained from th: Executive Officer prior to bringing visitors aboard ship. l ,612 -E-,W D. 0. nLrnh Corzimander, U Executive Officer. ,f -s ,. , gf. 04,651 sf wa, ,ff u,,.'Q7f,t ie, X ,. Qffxwff .M ff, 'f tw .L ft..:,0.f, rf, - , 1 CAPTAIN FRANCIS H. GARDNER. USN Capfain Gardner has had a varied and inferesfing career in fhe U.S. Navy. A nafive of Porfland, Oregon, he was appoinfed fo fhe Naval Academy in I920 and graduafed in l924. Affer graduafion he was ordered fo fhe U.S.S. Arizona for engineering dufy, and since fhal' fime has spenf fwenfy of his fwenfy-five years of naval service on sea dufy. Leaving fhe Arizona in l925 Capfain Gardner served five years as Engineering Officer aboard fhe desfroyers Reno, Wm. Jones, and Aaron Ward consecufively. Nexf came dufy aboard fhe fanker U.S.S. Ramapo in fhe capacify of Firsf Lieufenanf. His firsf shore dufy came al' fhe Navy Yard, Bosfon, where Capfain Gardner, fhen a junior grade Iieufenanf, filled fhe billel' of Ordnance Planning Superinfendenf. A+ fhe end of fwo years ashore a shiff fo new dufies came wifh assignmenf as a gunnery officer aboard fhe U.S.S. Oklahoma for a period of fhirfy-five monfhs aboard which ship he was promofed fo Lieufenanf. Immediafely following came a four of dufy as Junior Aide fo fhe Commandanf of 'I'he I Ifh Naval Disfricf. On June II, I938, he reporfed aboard fhe desfroyer Monaghan as Execufive Officer and Navigafor. Two years of desfroyer dufy wifh fhe baffle fIee+ followed and fhen back fo baffleship service on fhe Nevada as Engineering Officer wifh 'I'he rank of Lieufenanf Commander. Leaving fhe Nevadaiaffer eleven monfhs Capfain Gardner 'I'ook over his firsf command, 'rhe U.S.S. Ellel' IDD 398I of fhe Pacific Fleef, on 22 Jun-e I94I. Under his command fhe Ellef saw plenfy of acfion in fhe crifical early monfhs of fhe war, serving in fask forces wifh fhe carrier Enferprise and doing ofher escor'I' work in baffle areas. Affer almosl' 'I'wo years of exacfing combaf dufy in fhe Pacific during which fime he was promofed fo Commander, Capfain Gardner was again given shore dufy in fhe U.S. and spenf fhirfeen monfhs in fhe Subordinafe Operafional Training Command, San Francisco. On 23 Augusf I944 fhe Capfain placed in commission and assumed command of fhe U.S.S. Admiral W. S. Benson IAP IZOI. Under him fhe "Migh'I'y B" has fravelled over I25,000 miles, has seen five confinenfs, called af various porfs of five counfries and several Pacific islands, and carried over 40,000 froop passengers. CAPTAIN FRANCIS H. GARDNER, U.S.N I fl'fflflflf,,,.r ,Ill 1 QF! 'Zi y 05 we K YF xwfif fx d Ixgyi AIZK rw . f,f IITIWY- f , H kivmw 9 0453 1 If X xl 'XKREX ' xftifgs R N Up kj' 3 Q5 L'ffff:EN1 ff M-2 E Q lb :J Mlm ggirxm KL Q A f 2223 S30 ik E 5 fr: S f Z' ll Y f 2 5 1 ' N ' IX X, N X W, X H rn " Q E 'U x ' 2 L !,y5'jfJx-J x lr- f,,., f 5 E H 0 1' an QffMw,Sf- dm "",, I 'ffffffffllf COMMANDER D. E. ALLEN. l'l'I X l'l'I FX Z :' 4 l'l'l O 11' m I F3 I'l'l Z 1jlf!l!1,, lf' Nl' QNT OF 7 ' Y' nil!!! X 'lf ,355 Sa 7 +7 lflfflfllffo,-'I' f .. ,II ' . ' 1' ld 'L 0, I Qfl'lW!.!Lfff X. ff I sbgfihff if - X ff Q, ,x 1. irlkh ,ffl '51, fl' 111111 u.s.N.R. ex X f,,m,,,,r?,7g .Tj to 'PAL W 56 1' Y., ,I ""fffffflfll ,l lLe++ +o Rlghll Firs+ Row: lsi++ingl L+. Col. Brown, Troop Commander: Cmdr. Allen, Execu+ive O++icer: Cap+aln Gardner Commanding Officer: L+. Comdr. Anderson, Naviga+ion: ls+andingl L+. Pike, Supply: L+. Morris, Firs+ Lieu+enan+: L+. Heard Gunnery L+ Goodale Communica+ions: L+. Cmdr. Gregory, Engine ering: L+. Cmdr. Vi++, Medical Dep+. SHIP S OFFICERS ILe++ +o Righ+I Firsf Row: L+. Cmdr. J. Heard: EIec+rician Cockrell: Is+ L+. W. A. Gagola: L+. J Barbaro: L+. J. C. S+one: L+. Wm. Delaney: L+. R. R. Felver: L+. J. S. McGowan: Cap+ain O. L. Bris+oI, U.S.A.: L+. J. E. Spiegel: Second Row: L+. G. E. Pike: CPC W. Burgess: CPC R. E. Taylor: L+. D. S. Morris: L+. Col. H. E. Brown: Cmdr. D. E. Allen: Cap+ain Francis H. Gardner, Commanding Officer: L+. Cmdr. J. F. Anderson: L+. Cmdr. M. M. Gregory: Cmdr. E. F. Vi++: L+. V. A. Pagno++o: Third Row: Ch. Mach. J. E. Newman: Ch. Pharm. W. F. Thomason: L+. D. B. Marsh: L+. J. E. Durley: L+. Cmdr. H. M. Hough: L+. J. D. Wyckoff: L+. R. L. Goodale: L+. W. N. Larimer: L+. D. Hu+I: L+. Hu+cI1eson: L+. Macllwinnen: Fourfh Row: L+. R. R. Murdock: Ch. Carp. G. R. Berilla: Ens. J. Flora: Cap+ain J. F. Nemecek, U.S.A.: L+. R. A. Isola: Cap+ain Eubanks, USMC. j1l.lllf,, NH, '2- lllIl,KxhQNT I Q ' xx 6 1 I v ' Nuff! rx 'If X I 12-,AS Qgjgz 3 QQ ,XSS M .pai -4 x N if 'il-i55rIl f I Q C 3K7 5552 5 x 9:31. 4 -,ye s R 5 4 ...... .J If -'E fill '13, ,ffl "'-ffffffllf lLef+ fo Rngh+l FlfSf Row Seaberg L L Jackson L H Louls F S Trueblood M E Marks V Smlfh W S Thomas T W Courler D L Smlfh, W L Fuck M G Esslmger T S Second Row Barfle C H Cranford T E Olden kamp E M Branflngham E M Sydebofham S Burns J F Evans T R Braunllng K L Bergman T H Alexander G B Craner D L Schaeffer l H Third Row Looker W A Hammons D L Counfs F F Welsler W M Topmlller P E Dlvlslon Boafswaln Mafe Lf R R Felver L+ J E. Spiegel Dlvlslon Officer Ensign J D Wyckoff Nlckerson E M Walling H C Hllllard C L Roderick M D Duncan J. O Fourfh Row B ck J C Schneider D H Zmk J W Ball L K Wllleff W M Moody H M Bufler J W Humphrey C. T Marlow J A Chapman C M Flffh Row Deal N E Parker W H Bagwell E L Whlfeslde W M Hall C Sfepplck A C Dumlch F A Ferranfe P Whlfworfh W D Norfon R C ND lLeff fo Rlghfl Rrrsf Row Riddle H L Workman F D Childers L D Jelllson D L Jones Crosser O L Trullllo D E Gonzales J M Shelley R E Smlfh S T Riser C W Thomas S V Second Row OBrien nry S L Jones E S osler J B enall G o nson L Meler A Sha er W Scof M Lowe H Scherer F C Harney E L Malek A K Lofhlan T E Third Row Suggs J M Gagllardl V J Blankenship A Flaherfy A Dlvlslon Boafswaln Mafe Lf J C Sfone Divlslon Officer Lf lg J E Durley Vallado C J Johnson C H Welfer L H Gunn R T Llesfman A J Fourfh Row Mllhollln, J E Von Feldf V J Gladson B L Sfanlford W P Marflnez M D Sfone V L Davis D V Holf J B Ferney R E Crf G A Dyygp I, R Koehler A H Hack A W Flffh Row Woolf J A Colanflno P Garlow P W Snow W C Rushlng I .B Sums M E Jones H C Casey J A f S lffffff 0 I xx LL' xQ W! R Z fLef+ +o Righfi Firsf Row: O'Brien, V. R.: Togne'I'+i, P. E.: S+ou+, J. E.: PiaH, C. A.: Pia++, S. L.: Wuer+h, C.: Miicheli, A. W.: Second Row: Dunbar, G. M.: Heinz, F. C.: Dickerson, P. L.: Koonfz, R. H.: Eliades, L. J.: Gaslcins, G.: Keesling, J. L.: Third Row: Kearney, R. B.: Vay, S. B.: Haldeman, D. F.: Toile, H. L.: L+. D. E. Huff, Division Officer: Johnson, W. H., Division C.P.O.: L+. J. H. Heard, Gunnery Officer: Greco, R. W.: Heeringa, G. J. 'Wil Corp Aspley: Corp. BoroFF: Corp. Bauslaugh: Sg+. Heald: Is+. Sgf. Casanova: fLef+ +o Righ+j Firsf Row: Cap+. Eubanks: Sgf. Baum: Sg+. Harris: Corp. Aughenbaugh: Corp. Moden. Second Row: Pfc's Burns: Barnes: Ches+nu+: Rich- mond: Kra+z: Oronhime: Laslrowski: Beeson: Borisic: Burnham. Third Row: Pfc's Schmidf: Kaiser: EllioH: Long: Tucker: Lund: Fairbanks: George: Blaclrs+one: Baker. 0 IQAL W 5 3111414 lll,1lll1f,,,,, ll ft.- Qw. i 1 X 6 QF . Qwffbf 21x.'?'y E N Q, G5 f A N S Q EQ? 3453 -1 Y S ir Ji if 5 f " ' 5' X6-Ef'1":"r? if 5 .0-5 A I rl' 1 R '47 4" Eu 47 . ' -t""'ff 1 If llfll 5A lLef+ 'lo Rigl1+l Firsf Row: Johns+on, D.: Morrison, B.: CMM, Peierson, H.: CMM, Weishaar, J.: Funcilc: Fowler F. Second Row: Reecl, T.: Grabeel, I.: Corbeff, R.: Procfor, I.: Fineran, R. 5B lLeH +0 Righ+l Firsf Row: Scl'1ue'He, L.: King, R.: Hefu, D.: Fleischer, L.: Heavrin, F.: Foley, J.: Canzone, F. McDonald, R.: Graves, E.: Johnslon, M. Second Row: CWT, Lash, W.: Groeger, W.: He+hering+on, C.: Sarno, P.: Hefriclc, C.: Copen haver, F.: Keller, J.: Roberfs, H.: Reiser+, S.: Helle, E.: Meyeres, W., Blomberg, E.: CWT, Lamberf, D. I :x ,llfllffll,,,' 1 '5- ff' NT OF 1 :llll W' R 0' QF. QWW 734' R Q QI IQ X j?,R-Q N 14 Sf R Q N N F- rf 4- w...F,95ZS X Q Q x . sl u"70 ' 'Q 4' 'ig ,ffl f "ff1fffflf'l I 'M lLef+ +o Rigl'1+l Firsf Row: Mascavage, P.: Ackerman, D.: Frens, J.: Black, J.: Kelley, E.: Cox, M. Second Row: lvy, R.: CEM Nunn, M.: Elec. C. Cockrell: CEM Boclimer, R.: Sawyer, T.: Fiizgerald, T. Third Row: Bricker, M.: Hendrickson, C.: Robinson, C.: Har+, H.: Fleming, F.: Neeley, M.: Bennyworllw, J.: Gro+l'1, D.: VanWie, H. lLef+ +o Righfl Firsf Row: King, S.: Thomas, C.: Jones, J.: Walker, D.: Bell, T.: Bell, W.: Noble, J:: McGee, W. Second Row: Coley, J.: Kinnarcl, C.: Williams, J.: Odegarcl, R.: Goodson, R.: Hickson, R.: Schilperoorf, J.: McFarlan, R.: CMM Walker, C.: Wilson, H.: Coulson, R. Third Row: DeAngelis, H.: Parrish, J.: Brown, D.: Paraylia, J.: Ken+, R.: Hil+on, F.: Mayer. E. iff!-fffllf uid' '2 'll' a , ,sa m sl Q' f x Q0 Ev-llxgwlullif Qi,"-Z E Q Q ,559 135. Qfilgd. R 15 X ,, . s ti. ggi., ,...f,.gP 5 s X w .T I 'dt Tit W-S'l,lfll ' I "ff111 lllll Sl Q lLeH +o Righ+1 Firsf Row: L+. W. Larimer, CPC, Taylor, R.: L+. G. Pike: CPC, Burgess, W. Second Row: Mar+urello, R., SSML3cg Carlisle, R., SSMB2cg Smifh, G., SC2c: Newell, C., SC2c: Keel, M., SClc: Frydrychowicz, T., Bkr2c: Benich, J., SCB2cg Renkas, E., SC3c: Rober'rs, D., Bkr3c: Gaymon, H., SC2cg Mar+i, E., SSMB3c. Third Row: Rowan, D., SCIc: Sheehan, R., SKIcg Rusnak, S., SSMT2cg Boone, T., SKIC: Kennedy, E., Slc: BarreH, SKIcg Buresch, F., SK3c: Wahl, A., SKDlc: Marks, N., Bkrlci Wal+on, W., SCIcg Charles, T., SCB3c. Fourfh Row: Shives, l., SSMLZC: Squires, G., Slc: Remesal, D., Bkrlci Bre'rz, R., Bkr2cg Luhrs, C., SK3c: Chadburn, A., Slc. Sfancling: Prevos'l', J., CSK: Newlon, J., Sic: May, H., SC3c: Buchinger, A., SK2c: Day, J., SKD3cg Erichkson, N., SK2c: Muzik, W., Slcg Groce, D., SK2cg Bross, A., Bkr3c: Smi+h, J., SC3c: Vogel, E., SSMBZC: Quarry, J., SC3cg Tigner, M., SCBIcg Ingram, G., CCS. .-.E , k , ,,. Q? Z , J S2 lLef+ +o Righ+l Firsf Row: Smi+h, R., S+Mlcg Ford, J., S+Mlc: Robinson, R., S+MIcg SuHon K., S1'MIc: Edwards W., S+MIc: Miles, R., S+M2c. Second row: Green, A., S+MIc: Sfewarf, L., S+Mlc: Mi+chell, L., S+Mlc: Lorick, T., S+Mlc: Riley. T.i S+MIc: Barron, L., S+Mlc: Walker, W., S+MIc: Jones, R., S+M lc: Love, M., S+MIc. Third Row: Lee, J., S'I'3c: Anderson, A., Ck2c Qtejander, E., S+3c: Wea'rhers, J., Ck3c: Badua, F., Sflcg Fralser, J., Ck3c. Sfonding: lLeH +0 Righ+l Edwards, L., S'l'M2c: Gipson, V. 1' lc: Sawy-er, A., S+3c7 Pierce, J., S+M2c: Mll+on, R., S+M2c: Pendlefon, J., S+MIc, Coleman, S., S+M2c: Vincenl, R., S+MIc Lindenmuih, H., S+M2cg McKinney, L., S+MIc: Milam, Q S+MI cg Rodgers W. S+Mlc' Hudles+o C S+MI ' F kl' J Ck3 Smifh, L., S+M2c: Briggs, C., S+M3cg Carr. A.. S+M,'f4zlf 'Q-'g f -QMIQ Nelson, W., Sflcg Burgess, WI., civc. CI ran ml H C sl'llQ5iix f-Fbslox i afw-wfss 4 E 16 l 3' 2. E liX6E,f4'lniixxx"y:g?,9? 5 Q R N "uluxv"y I 0, ol xVo4F52LfflfS,,i1' ia, WS' ,nfl T-"'f111f1llfll , Q lLeH +o Righ+l Firsf Row: L+. Comdr. VIH: L+. Hough: Lf. Marsh: Ch. Pharm. Thomason: Bowles. Second Row: H Froelich: Chun: Barne'H': Babyalcq Prohaslca. Third Row: Bearclsleyg Walser: Vincenig Carcler: Donahue: Pahl. 1 II G b'no Maness' Fallon' Henry' Campbell' Onclalc: Buck: N Iffgr- 2:92- m2w"' - -0- 39:0 n.u15" --:--Z? X190 5'0 5 Lal-9.8-.s.f -m ' :SX O' :fa ' u1'9m F3'z -saga Z-. " 2,25-um 2--U 10 -.?-.5 273091 2525 :fa -.g,.2Q im--9 4 2730: 3' T3 BWTHG' mg -- 55-K -. W mg'- tango' 3'-Img li"- FPO a--5 E EQ2- E Q 7:35 Q Q ' 3 S 310 l -eng MIP: 13" 13: 11' 725- Z 2:65 mo ng- 7.1 ai 3-2 ... - '-'im -., UJY' 23 To '1 22 I 9- Qw- DI 'S-I! on 32 CD -u-4 W-. 9. 22 33 E-1 ' If QNT OF7- I 1' "Q:- 1 I Q59 ' 6'4" E Qu oy I Qwlfpf N512 m X I Q A' XSS R ZQEI, -4 5 f l S Xggklnlxxxxfgggj 5 X W? N f,"'l'1j '9 ll X , ...... I 2,0 . 1 E, ' I ,JIU "'011ll 4 XGN"WG-c-v 6 ll 47l,9AL W 5 6, ,1 ll fffflffll R lLef+ 'lo Righ+l Firsf Row: Wres+: Hei+lcemper: Mar+in: Wenlger: Kennedy: Sorenson. Second Row: DeCos+a: L+. Morris: L+. McGowan: Chf. Carp. Berilla: CSF, Romanchulc. Third Row: Faron: Pra++: Donaldson: Mallory: Millison. Lasf Row: Lasley: Meelc: Reyes: Sewell. lLeF+ +o Righfl Kneeling: Pfc. CroseH'i, Fred' Tf!5 Den+on Jonalwl' SXS1- Willis S-fanle TfS 1-, J0ne5, James: R-edmon, Kenne+l1. Sfand'ng: Pf . N l P +' C 1- 'I - I ' ' g " ' Y: 9 ' Gagolaz M!S9+.. Hodge. C. A. I C eson' a ' ap ' O' L' Bmlol' L+' Col' H' E- Brown: Capf- J- F- Nemecek: ls+ L+- W- A- , lll!,1ll!f1,,," . fl 11 dll QYXENT of-D9 E :ll of QWW fxftf' R ' x x S 3' 3 55332 E 18 R gplii 4'1nnlW"..- -.: fp Z Q X 110 0 rxjff? S 24054546 1,0 'azz' IIPAL w.5. ,Nfl 4-"'ffuf1lf'll W? H 2 E5 Q55 6 U f .cp if 1 fx ff' I Q AX rf MW J DW Q f , 7 N SKU SAXNY U S A-D M5 Lf 9 wb' ' LF gn, L 18.4, SHE fjyirf- Q - 5 TI-H5 p I2 QR.. ' TF! 9,1887-tHe. iSHE'5' , i V 4 3 ,WMM xN Mmmskw lLl fwgmwupfa THE SAGA OF THE BENSON By E. M. NICKERSON, BMIc Since all good biographies begin wifh vifal sfafisfics, so musf fhis Saga of a sound and frusfy ship, our home for fhe Iasf fourfeen monfhs, conform wifh sfandard procedure. The Admiral W. S. Benson, IAPI20l was conceived in 'Ihe Befhlehem shipyard, Alameda Branch on I0 December, I942, and designed for ulfimafe use as a luxury liner of 22,380 fons, wifh an overall Iengfh of 608.I I feef. Builf on femporary lines as a navy fransporf wifh a pas- senger capacify of 4800 enlisfed and 263 officers and spaces for ship's company of 533, she was fhe firsf of a fIee+ of fen ships of her class wifh a cruising range Iwifhouf refuelingl of 34 days, and capable of a speed of 2I.3 knofs. She was fhe Iargesf ship consfrucfed on fhe Wesf Coasf since fhe Baffleship California was launched on 20 November, I943, and was furned over fo fhe Navy on 23 Augusf, I944, on which dafe she became our home. Commissioning day will be a long remembered evenf in our lives. The almosf unbelievable confusion, mislaid equipmenl' and all 'rhe affendanf misforfunes which all ships undergo while in fhe fhroes of labor-pains, were wifh us on fhaf day and 'Ihen some. Surely, we fhoughf, we can never gef fhis ship squared away, plus fhe facf fhaf sevenfy-five percenf of 'rhe crew had never been fo sea before, which didn'f help maffers any. Buf commission her we did, and in grand sfyle foo: and when fhe Bos'un piped for his mafes and sef fhe firsf sea wafch, liffle did we know fhaf in fhe nexf fourfeen monfhs, she' would fake us all over fhe world and cover almosf I50,000 miles, mosf of if in overseas wafers fo be considered one of fhe mosf efficienf fransporfs in fhe service. Affer spending abouf five days af fhe Naval Supply Docks faking on provisions, we sailed for San Pedro fo undergo our shakedown cruise. Now a shakedown cruise is difficulf 'l'o explain fo a landlubber, for if is an experience so sfarfling, soul-shaking, and disillusioning as fo beggar descripfion. For fhree weeks you are subiecfed fo drills, more drills, rigging every conceivable piece of equipmenf, and fhen unrigging if, and learning fo do riqhf fhe hard way, refueling af sea, crash sfops, zig-zag, firing pracfice, fire drills, collision drills, abandon ship, gas affack, drills, drills. Pracfice musf make perfecf. By fhe end of fhe firsf week, you greef your buddies wifh a malignanf sfare: you hafe fhe navy and wonder how in fhe devil fhey ever won a baffle, and you muffer dire imprecafions againsf your officers. This finally came fo an end for us-only fo sfarf all over again! For several more weeks we became a fraining ship and proceeded fo frain pre-commissioning crews in fhe same manner, unfil finally fhe ship and crew, on fhe verge of collapse, refired fo Todd Shipyard in San Pedro for 30 days resf and badly needed repairs. Would we ever go fo sea, we wondered? We began fo refer fo our "Big B" as fhe "U. S. S. Never-SaiI." TRIP NO. I The greaf day finallv came, 28 November, I944. We sef sail from San Pedro wifh a capa- cify load of "Doggies" bound for Bombay, India. Before we were ouf of sighf of fhe Breakwafer, mosf of our passengers and crew were sea-sick. Whaf a mess! The firsf big evenf af sea came on 6 December, on day norfh of fhe equafor. For several days previous, conspiring shellbacks had gafhered in dark corners fo plof unspeakable indig- nifies upon fhe lowly pollywogs, which, unforfunafely for fhem Ifhe shellbacksl oufnumbered fhem abouf eighf 'ro one. So fhis day, pandemonium reigned supreme. The pollywogs had done a Iiffle conspiring on fheir own, and Ioosed all available firehoses on fhe boaf deck upon fheir salfy brofhers in fhe fradifional wafer fighf. The shellbacks had fhelr revenge fhe nexf day wifh inferesf, however, for as we crossed fhe "Ilne., Kmg.Nepf.un-e and his diabolical Courf came aboard and subiecfed fhe neiphyfes 'ro a rigorous miflaflon Ia gross undersfafe- menfl, fhe likes of which, fo quofe fhe Capfain, he had never seen In all his naval career. Several days lafer, we crossed anofher rubicon-fhe I80fh Meridian, and fhus also became members of fhe "Realm of fhe Golden Dragon." Now were saI+y indeed, albeif somewhaf black and blue, buf fhen if was worfh if, and we knew we'd have our furn nexl' fime--if our wounds healed by fhen. 111111111149 ' lf' 1. lf' NT OF x I S of ls? I vylulwf 434.2 E S Q IIS? 12' ggiiffl S if :SSM Q 'I9 Q ju, Z Q 3 G ' lmxf- 's I B 'P 3 "I" 0? If l 'P X . ...,... : f' is I 140475 Si" :Ill T13 IPALW-5'l,1rl' ""f1fff1llf', 20 S. gc srsgui Melbourne, Ausfralia, our firsf porf of call. Whaf a cify! Beaufiful parks and buildings, fhe quainf Brifish frains wifh fheir firsf and second class carriages, fhe wlndlng Yarro rlver snaklng ifs way fhrough fhe cify under frescoed fairy-book bridges, fhe fall cafhedrallsplres, congenial buxom bar-maids serving fhe finesf beer in f e world, and fhe naflonal dish of sfyke and lges g -oh yes, and men-hungry hoards of gorgeous girls swooping down upon whole llberfy parfles and picking fhem off fhe sfreefs like June-bugs off a bush! December was mid-summer here, and fhe cify was a riof of vivid color from millions of flowers and summer dresses. Balmy mghfs on moon-drenched beaches. Cerfainly fhere never was a sailor's heaven like fhls. Af leasf, we've never found anofher fo compare wifh if. All foo soon we sailed fo plunge info sform-fossed wafers for fhe second leg of our journey. Around fhe Bighf info fhe placid lndian Ocean, where we had our firsf Chrisfmas af sea. An ingenious Chrisfmas free builf of scrap lumber wifh fwisfs of wire for evergreen spikes: a fur- key dinner wifh all fhe fixings-buf all fhis did nof compensafe for home and family. We were a lonely and fhoughfful bunch fhaf day as we opened our Red Cross boxes. Across fhe Equafor again, where we were picked up by fwo Brifish desfroyers fo escorf us fhrough fhe Arabian Sea, and finally on fhe brighf morning of December 3l, fhe mysfic domes and spires of Bombay came info view. Affer being warped info Ballard Pier by panfing coal- burning fugs, and discharging our load info 'rhe maw of an odorous warehouse, we sef ouf fo see and smell fhe wonders of fhe Far Easf. Our firsf impression of fhe sfronghold of Allah, Brahma, Buddha, and forfy-eighf ofher and lesser Deifies was a series of sfrange and almosf overwhelming sfenches, each one compefing for fhe uffer dismay of our olfacfory senses. The ci'l'y ifself proved 'lo be a chaos of archifecfure, as fhough fhe incredibly old and fhe very new had been dumped info a bowl, fhoroughly mixed wifh an eqg-beafer and spewed forfh all over fhe landscape. Modern office buildings crowded ancienf mosques, while creaky ox-carfs vied wifh fhe lafesf in mofor cars and double-decked busses. All fhese wonders we viewed 'midsf ear-shaffering cries from fhousands of almosf naked children wifh fhe nafional greefing of "Haba Haba", followed by a declarafion of fhe nafion's foreign policy-"Baksheesh, oh Bis- mallah Sahib, Baksheesh for fhe love of Allah!", fhen an amazing round of obscene curses when fheir plainfive cries failed fo move us fo fhe poinf of scaffering coins largess among fhem. The Tai Mahal, Green, and Argenvfine hofels became Benson hangoufs wifh bad liquor af fhree rupees a fhrow. For five excifing days we shopped and fook in fhe sighfs. Haggling unfil ex- hausfed wifh well fed merchanfs who called loudly upon Allah fo wifness our infenfion fo ruin fhem wifh our niggardly offerings for fheir exquisife wares, and finally emerging from fhe shops loaded wifh goods which cosf us only fhree fimes fheir worfh. - Wandering mendicanfs everywhere wifh baskefs of cobras and mongooses on leash - A beer parfy af a nearby beach -Lepers displaying fheir mufilafions - beggars - peddlers - smells everywhere: basking in fhe cool of fhe evening on fhe roof garden of fhe Green Hofel wafchinq "red sails in fhe sunsef" and fhe grofesque skyline of fhe cify fade gracefully info fhe shadows. Such is India -an aura of mysficism fainfly sensed fhrough a babel of confusion and smells. Finally, we shoved off, Homeward bound, loaded fo capacify wifh war-weary froops, mis- sionaries from China, evacuees, and Chinese army and navy cadefs. Wonderful Melbourne again, fhenaf long lasf San Pedro. Bands on 'rhe pier and crowds fo greef us. Three weeks avallablllfy in fhe shipyard again, wifh shorf leaves and Sfafeside comforfs. TRIP NO. 2 26 February, I945. A cold misfy morning. Loaded wifh froops army nurses and Red Cr s o . , I 0 S Laxlleasgavyre slipped our moorings af San Pedro and sfeamed down fhe channel, bound for Bom- +w?r:rccenr11grZ agzrvgssgglheweguafor and fhe Domain of Nepfunus Rex. Now did fhe inifiafes of u g . elr vengeance upon a handful fh l ll - fh '. dlan-fhe unbelievable Soufh Pacific sunsefs-affernoon ciianigzzseiasnpigloilmboggfch idr82ilewM:fibl Egfiexgexrggp peace-fume Navy was never like fhisl-'rhe coasf of Ausfralia, and Melbourne, 'I' 3' -0-O gs m SE. -I4 'DPL U5 Cf 'Um 'gm ""9. 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Anolher beer parly al lhe beach, lhis lime al a privale mansion laken over by lhe Army. 3l March, and homeward bound, loaded wilh lroops, civilians and gruesome casuallies ol war. We by-passed Melbourne lhis lime lloud screams ol anguish lrom lhe lhe crewl and pro- ceeded lo Brisbane. Friday, lhe lhirleenlh, and an unlucky day indeed, lor over lhe air' came the announcemenl ol Presidenl Roosevell's dealh. A slunned and sorrowing ship as we pul inlo Brisbane lhal morning, our llag al hall-masl. We did nol like Brisbane. Nolhing like Mel- bourne. Smaller, nol so hospilable and loo crowded wilh mililary personnel. Here we look on more passengers, army and navy, headed oul lor New Caledonia. Everylhing aboard lrom a pregnanl missionary lo a Chinese movie aclress. Several days laler we arrived oll New Caledonia, and lell our way cauliously lhrough a greal barrier reel lhrown around lhe Island like a magical proleclive ring: a ring ol lhunder- ing breakers as lar as lhe eye could see, lilling lhe air wilh rainbow sludded loam resembling an endless row ol sparkling jewels wrapped in lilmy gossamer. Then inlo lhe placid land-locked harbor ol Noumea, a charming old French village populaled by colonials, husky nalives, and lhousands ol American marines and sailors. Here was lhe crossroads ol lhe Pacilic, where one mel buddies lrom olher ships over endless quanlilies ol beer and hamburgers al lhe Slockade, a mililary canleen supreme. We look on aboul a hundred Seabees here and weighed anchor lor Espirilu Sanla. Aller wending our way lhrough lhe counlless brighl green Islands ol lhe New Hebrides, we arrived al our naval base on Espirilu Sanla, a lropical lace ol greal beauly, wilh sandy beaches slid- ing inlo limpid emerald waler, which mirrored lhe lush and waving cocoanul palms. lThis in- spired descriplion will no doubl be mel wilh a disgusled "Nuls" lrom such ol our personnel who were marooned lhere lor several yearsl. Near lhe enlrancelo lhe harbor is seen lhe walery grave ol lhe lransporl "Coolidge" marked wilh a square ol buoys. Our slay here was only a maller ol hours, and lhen oll lor lhe Slales once more. Al sunrise on lhe morn-ing ol 3 May, lhe breakwaler ol San Pedro hove inlo sighl. We were mel al lhe pier wilh lhe inevilable bands and crowds ol shouling people. 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Then info vasf Gafun Lake where we.anchored +0 awaii ne o a . . biiyfuricfhriaugh fhe lasf. sef.of locks, fhe panorama of fhe Caribbean :In hVI6W pn Jlhe dlsfaix horizon. The call for swimming parfy sounded, and we enioyed Se-vera OUYS In 959 Wal' wafers before fhe red neon arrow on fhe locks announced if was our furn 'ro enfer. By 2000 we cleared fhe canal and sfeamed off across fhle lgsfcqrip gsrlbbeannanldarigfg fh Afl f' , h b uf fen- days lafer we enfered f e ng is annecw fqgnfly visiiblecoiil oiiire piarfi beam, and anchored af sunsef in fhe Bay of fhe Seine off Le Havre, France. , , The nexf morning we enfered fhe breakwafer and moored af an.army ponfoon pier amldsf an appalling shambles. This once busy French porf gave mufe fesflgmony of fhe efficiency of our bombers which had sysfemafically wiped ouf over half of fhe cify. Those ofuus who wenf on liberfy fhaf affernoon were fouched by fhe pinched faces of fhe in ablfanfs, digging abouf in fhe runins of fheir former homes. Buf whafever sympafhy we fell' for fhem was almosf wiped ouf affer we had sampled 'I'he nafional drink of "gasoline and biffers" labelled "Cognac", and dispensed shamelessly from all bars for fhirfy francs a fhrow. Everywhere we encounfered work parfies of German prisoners clearing rubble, or marching in small groups under fhe wafchful guard of American negro froops. This musf have been galling fo fhose proud members of fhe "Masfer Race." Upon our refurn fo fhe ship, we found her already loading our happy passengers, all of whom had recenfly been evacuafed from German prison camps. By early morning we had a full load and were underway once more, ouf fhrough fhe crumbling breakwafer and pasf a sunken Liberfy ship, lying fhere like a silenf senfinel, her supersfrucfure awash in fhe lazy swell, and sef our course for fhe Sfafes and New York Cify! When only six hours ouf, and in mid-English Channel, we had a very close brush wifh a floaf- in-g ouflaw mine. The ship hove fo, and we sunk if wifh our 40mm. guns. Nofhing furfher oc- curred fo break fhe monofony of six foggy Norfh Aflanfic days unfil we passed 'rhe Ambrose Lighf and anchored off Sfafen island af sundown, wifh fhe fowering spires of lower Manhaffan aglow in fhe disfance. Came morning, we dressed ship fore and aff wifh rows of brighf signal flags, weighed an- chor, and proceeded down fhe crowded bay, and up fhe Hudson River fo our berfh af Pier 88. As we glided pasf "The Lady" and fhe skyscrapers of Manhaffan, we were greefed by fhou- sands of whisfles, a boafload of "Pulchrifude" alongside, and a fumulfous welcome such as only New York can give fo refurning heroes. One hecfic monfh in New York. Times Square, Broadway, Radio Cenfer, Greenwich Village, Coney Island, fhousands of bars and nighf-clubs, and all fhe lafesf shows. A grand climax was our ship's dance al' fhe exclusive ,Roosevelf Hofel. Our sojourn here leff us broken in purse and healfh, buf all agreed fhaf never had we had such a fime as fhis. TRIP NO. 4 6 July, and we slipped ouf of our berfh af Pier 88 quiefly. No ringing cheers or a symphony of raucous whisfles fhis fime, for we were unloaded, and wifh fhe longesf cruise yef ahead of us. Our desfinafion-Marseille, France, where we were 'ro load soldiers for 'rransporfafion fo fhe Philippines via fhe Panama Canal. We anchored off New York harbor overnighf 'l'o refill our magazines wlfh shells and powder, fhen off across fhe Aflanfic for fhe fhird fime. Anofher unevenfful crossing, nofhing fo break 'I'he monofony of endless wafer for abouf six days excepf for several of fhe Azores, which we slipped by one nighf af dusk. We enfered fhe Sfraifs of Gibralfar on a brighf sunny morning wifh fhe gloomy rocky coasf of Africa on our sfarboard, and 'I'he arid coasf of Soufhern Spain on our porf. Af one poinf 'rhe sfraifs narrowed down fo seven miles, and we could see fhe old cify of Tangiers clinging fo ei preclplfous hillside, while on fhe Spanish side, numerous liffle villages, each wifh fheir profecf- Ing casfle, or walled fower sprawled iusf ouf of reach of 'rhe surf. Then mighfy Gibralfar 'uf- fing ouf info 'I'he channel-massive, formidable, menacing, her fowering sfeppes brisflinglvslifh large guns, and challenging us wifh inquisifive blinkers. Now 'I'he brigh+ vivid blue of fhe Mediferranean creaming under our bows-'I'he confinuing coasf of Spain and Soufhern France-fhe Balleric Isles fainfly visible on our sfarboard. We fel:-'.a sprf gf Infhrllll fc? be In fhese wafers, 'I'he cradle of world hisfory and fhe baffleground of an :qui y. c oos o porpolses frlsked abouf us. and quainf fishing boafs doffed fhe horizon. X 3? i '9 of 0 Q53 ,if .3 'll ' lf" .. eiixfflffd lllfllflllflr' 1 fa 'yglllxxhv-NT 01-7:9 :L l Q- 0 F il V ' K eg is ,bgslllldfpg E zz if 'SHT' A 1' x se f , .5 ls N av Q-...... Eg 41 , 1 ' 1 The nexf evening a'l' sunsef we arrived in Marseille, and were subiecfed fo fhe usual roufine of feeling our way fhrough a maze of sunken ships and ruined docks. The cify ifself had nof suffered much damage, buf mosf of fhe waferfronf had been sysfemafically desfroyed, wifh almosf every pier blocked by scuffled shipping. Affer clearing fhe narrow channel inside fhe breakwafer, we were finally moored alongside a scuffled ship which fhe army had ingeniously converfed fo a loading plafform by virfue of building a gangway from 'l'he pier across her supersfrucfure. Marseille, known as Messalina fo fhe ancienf Romans, was builf in 50 A.D., and is one of fhe oldesf and largesf cifies of France. Her gray sfone houses are so mellowed wi'I'h age, fhey seem fo blend info fhe hills fhaf encircle fhem. Topping fhe cify is a cafhedral, a iewel of per- fecf Byzanfine archifecfure, perched precariously upon a crag overlooking fhe cify. Ouf in fhe harbor sprawls a gloomy forfress on a small island, fhe Chafeau D'If, made famous by Alex- andre Dumas' novel, "Le Comfe de Monfe Crisfo." We spenf four days af fhis famous wafering place and were subiecfed fo fhe same vile cognac everywhere. Paramounf in fhe inferesf of fhe crew were 'rhe quainl' "sidewalk urinaIs" which never ceased fo be a wonder fo us, and second in fhe ifems of vifal sfafisfics was 'rhe complefe absence of any resfauranfs in 'rhe cify. One could sfarve fo deafh in fhis place wifh- ouf some feeding connecfions. We enioyed anofher beer parfy here on fhe shores of fhe Mediferranean, and some of us even wenf bafhing. Much fo our amazemenf, fhe wafer was icy cold, buf 'I'he women warmer. Meanwhile, German prisoners swarmed over our ship, loading gear and provisions. Soon our froops came aboard in sfeady sfreams, among which, we were pleased fo nofe, were a goodly number of nurses and Red Cross girls. On July 7 we gof underway for Panama, and arrived fhere aboul' I0 days lafer. Affer being shoved fhrough fhe canal wifhouf delay, we moored fo a pier once more in Balboa for fhe nighf, and our passengers were all faken ashore for an overnighf parfy, which musf have been a good one, judging from 'I'heir condifion as fhey were poured aboard fhe nex'l' morning. Of course we had Iiberfy, foo. Good fime again. Up anchor and bound for fhe Philippines, almosf a I0,000 mile run from here. This leg of fhe frip was an uncomforfable one, paralleling fhe equafor all fhe way. If was insufferably hof. The firsf welcome break in fhe monofony of fhe endless Pacific was our passing Eniwefok, in 'rhe Marshall Islands, reporfing in by blinker as we passed. This was fhe firsl' land we had seen in almosf sixfeen days. Several more days wenf by, and we arrived af Ulifhi, where we dropped anchor for fhe nighf. , Ulifhi is probably one of fhe leasf known of our Pacific conquesfs, yef one of fhe mosf impor- fanf. If resembles an emerald necklace fhrown upon blue velve'l', wifh ifs ring of fwenfy-six small afolls. If is sifuafed abouf sixfy miles norfheasf of Yap, and was faken from fhe Japs in I943 wifhouf fhe loss of a single man, fo become one of fhe mosl' imporfanf fleef supply bases in 'I'he Pacific. The Navy refers fo if as ifs "grocery s'rore." The day of our arrival here was a momenfous one, for iusf as we passed fhe submarine nef, hundreds of ships here were sounding fheir whisfles fo celebrafe official news iusl' received of fhe surrender of Japan, earlier fhan was generally expecfed, which required severe changes fo be made in personnel. Several days Iafer when we approached our desfinafion in Leyfe Gulf, a confusion of blinker messages greefed us wifh all sorfs of conflicfing orders, and we were re-roufed 'ro Lingayen fo unload insfead of Manila. The frip fo Lingayen was an inferesfing one fhrough 'rhe hearf of fhe Philippine's 7000 islands. We sfeamed 'rhrough narrow Surigao Sfraifs, which could be called "Iron Boffom Bay No. I", for fhe reason fhaf fhe flower of 'rhe Japanese navy was resfing in ifs depfhs as a resulf of fhe greaf naval baffles foughf fhere. Lingayen proved fo be anofher disappoinfmenf, for we could unload only I I00 of our pas- sengers fhere, and we were roufed fo Manila fo dispose of fhe balance. Overnighf from Lingayen found us passing befween Corregidor and Bafaan af sunrise, and a few hours lafer Manila hove info view. Manila Bay proved fo be a vasf graveyard of sunken ships, wifh spars and supersfrucfures awash as far as fhe eye could see. And fhe cify, once known as fhe "Pearl of fhe Orien'I"' lay in horrible ruins, almosf complefely guffed. We wan- dered fhrough fhese ruins, faking scores of picfures. These ruins more deeply impressed us, fhan fhose in fhe European fheafer, because fhis more resembled one of our cifies af home, 'Q s if X .40 K , ....... 'dsl If lf1ff0,,, fl - ir QT'-L ,llfl 5 n Q Xlllllffi' Iliff +"If"'4,!l I K6 X :N tiftgg 3 S - I. i X " .H , S 0 Q . . ,S ' Wffffu,f.,s o Tags" XX ill -. ,km llllf 'T fffffllflli hi UJ H. Ill!! ""f1ffffllll I and gave us a chill fo know fhaf fhis was whaf our homes would have been if fhey had been sub- iecfed fo fhe horrors of invasion. 0 Almosf a week was spenf here, unloading, fhen reloading soldiers and sailors for fransporfa- fion fo fhe Sfafes. Finally we gof underway for San Francisco, refracing our course fhrough Surigao sfraifs fo Homonhom, where we joined a convoy fo Ulifhi, and from 'rhere on our own a am. Thegmorning of I4 Sepfember dawned clear of fhe usual dense fog, and 'l'he Golden Gafe bridge loomed info view ahead. Our passengers had been eagerly searching for fhls famous landmark since before daylighf, and many of fhem were crying unashamedly. Before noon, we were safely moored af Pier I5, and discharging our load. Then, Iiberfy In Frisco! We had been looking forward 'ro fhis for almosf 70 days. TRIP NO. 5 On 28fh Sepfember we sfarfed on our fiffh frip. This fime we were loaded enfirely wifh sailors bound for fhe Receiving Ship af Okinawa fo relieve high poinf men due for discharge. We sailed 'rhe Greaf Circle roufe fo fhe norfh and soon ran info nasfy weafher which per- sisfed a day beyond fhe I80fh meridian. As we proceeded down fhe soufhern arc of fhe circle, a new menace fhreafened us - a monsfrous fyphoon, forming near Saipan and headed in a nor'I'herIy direcfion, cerfaln fo blsecf our pafh. Close fabs by radio was kepf on 'rhis sform which developed a confrary affrlude and consfanfly changed course, causing us 'I'o do 'I'he same in a sorf of a game of fag played on a grand scale. Meanwhile, our course fook us fhrough fhe islands of Haha Jima and Chichi Jima in 'I'he Bonin Group, and lwo Jima, wifh ifs famous Suribachi Hill which inspired fhe fheme picfure for fhe 7fh War Loan Drive. Some of fhese islands were sheer cones rising from fhe sea like aquafic Fuiiyamas and were acfive volcanoes as recenf as I9I9. AI' Iwo Jima we learned fhaf our fyphoon had changed course again, and insfead of head- ing for China as indicafed in fhe lasf reporf, was now blowing sfraighf for Okinawa! We had n-ofhing fo fear from i'I' now, as if was ahead of us, so we rode ifs fail info Buckner Bay, Okin- awa, arriving fhere fwo days behind if. Words cannof apfly describe fhe devasfafion we found fhere. The desfrucfive force of a wind of I40 knofs is hard fo conceive, buf if simply flaffened everyfhing, damaging or de- sfroying 82 ships. Insfead of being able fo unload, we had fo play Good Samarifan and fake aboard over a hundred survivors off some of fhe reefbound ships, and since no quarfers were available now ashore, we could nof unload, and were sfuck wifh over 4600 sailors, which no- body seemed fo wanf! For eleven days we swung af anchor fhere, in fhe course of which we were able fo debark some 800 SeaBees, fhen were ordered 'ro Japan fo dispose of fhe resf. We did noi' relish fhis new assignmenf, for we were advised fhaf fhe wafers adiacenf fo Kyushu, Shikoku and Honshu had been heavily mined by our B29's, along wifh all porfs on fhe Inland Sea, and con- sfifufed a grave hazard fo all shipping. So, wifh orders fo passengers fo wear life belfs af all fimes, and fraining fhem consfanfly in abandon ship procedure, we proceeded fo Sasebo, one of 'I'he major cifies on fhe Island of Kyushu. Our firsf glimpse of Japan while approaching Sasebo was a fascinafing one. The counfry is exfremely mounfainous. The lower hills are precipifousg dropping abrupfly info 'I'he sea. Dof- fing fhese hills are picfure-book farm houses and villages, and fhe mounfainous ferrain is made fo produce by a series of ferraces, each so painsfakingly builf and reinforced wifh sfone, as fo appear in fhe disfance like many carefully fended formal gardens. Sasebo is sifuafed on a complefely landlocked bay, and was one of Japan's mosf imporfanf naval bases. The base and fhe adiacenf cify now exis'I's only in fhe imaginafion, for a good fhree-fourfhs of if lies in.compIe+e ruin. Here was our firsf confacf wifh fhe Japs, and we found fhem fo be docile and resigned, and seemed even eager 'Io please us. This affifude was prevalenf everywhere we visifed. Ivlosf of I-he men were sfill wearing remnanfs of army uni- orms. Affer we had managed fo dispose of a few more passengers af Sasebo, we proceeded 'Io our second porf-Mafsuyama, on fhe Island of Shikoku. To arrive here, we had fo fake fhe ' fConfinued on Page 712 , 1 I - df! QNT OF 7-6' 1 Q- 6 Oil Ev- bww, 9 :Z r I Q sf I -4 R 0 6940 of I W S 6 ,II I 0111! ll, I ,1fff1z,,,, 1' 1. 1 QI, - . X I I Xa 1 Q 1155 B ggi X 24 gg 3 R Us ' 4'1fmx -'I ffl z I . N gp I 14 uv- ffl O I X 'Y N 4 v...- .JJ Q Eu 41 , I 2 ' "riff CROSSING THE EQUATQR By K. A. SPAULDING, QM3fC 1uu4Lu1u The Greeks, as usual, had a word for i+. To lhe ancienl salfs who girded lhemselves io sail around 1'he Mediferranean lhe wa+er jusl oufside 1'he Sfraif of Gibraliar was a river encircling a disc-shaped earlh, an ominous sea ruled by +he dread Oceanus. To 'rhis fearful deify fhe sailors of ancienl' Greece made cos+ly sacrifices, buf if was noi un+il Roman +imes +ha'r any- one dared sail lhe wafers beyond 1'he Pillars of Hercules. And even 'rhe Romans paid +ribu+e fo 'rhe god-now named Nepfune-who ruled The grey A'rlan+ic. During 'rhe cenfuries fhal followed,i+he abode of Nep+une was shiffed 'From 'rhe S+rai+ of Gibralfar +0 +he Equa+or, al+hough he re+ained 'rhe old Greek symbols of fish spear, dolphin, and sea horses. Why 1'he change was made is a mysfery, buf for several hundred years seamen have been forced lo pay 'rribule +o Neplunus Rex on firsf crossing fhe Line. ln modern limes 'rhe ceremony consisls of ga+hering 'rhe Pollywogs and bringing Them one a'I' a lime before 'rhe Royal Cour'I'. Nepfunus Rex and aH'endanl's 'rhen +ry 'rhe neophyfes for crimes commiH'ed againsl' 'lhe King, 'rhe Cour+, and 'rhe Royal Domain, and 1'es+ fheir wor'rhi- ness 'ro consorl' wilh cilizens of rhe Deep. 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KSXM 1' V4 V: Q V V" " 'M V JV V" ., 3 ,3 V- 5 C, K,-. , MTV " , V 04 X f' 'ir ,W VVV 1' V V 'V -.,V V , V. 3-14" ' -VV ' V A' x V. 'NV 'A 'Y ,,,!,w' X MV 1 l,,ff1.11z,,,' 'gil QNT OF,- 'P 11", Y l Y' f' WI! R4 xl Q QQY Vfxx-7 QEAQQQQA S' " ll Mat. W 'R HK -WN: x 54 NS-a 255: if 'J S F5 lf I ' 91' Z R' N 'l""lif'!J"? so x Vfmagxa-' cl' ,ll 1, 41 9 1 Tre, ' If '-fill!! lan WWW H , If 'fffffllllll 'T -a I i W! CHRISTMAS AT SEA 1944 Chrisfmas I944 found fhe Admiral Benson sfeaming fhrough fhe Indian Ocean bound for Bombay. Loaded wifh Gls, a few assorfed Red Cross girls, USO workers, and civilians, fhe Mighfy B was on her maiden voyage. Wifh a businesslike Brifish desfroyer as escorf off eifher bow fhe fropics in warfime seemed an unlikely locale for Yulefide fesfivifies. However, Sf. Nick's helpers gof busy. There being no Xmas free lof nearby Boafswain Elam and fhe boys up in fhe forecasfle manufacfured a free from wood and wire rope. From 'rheir supplies fhe Red Cross people produced decora- fions, and 'rhe resplendenf free was sef up on fhe main ladder for all fo see. Thanks fo fhe Red Cross and fhe folks back home everyone on fhe ship received a giff package. Much of our mail hadn'f caughf up yef, and fhose liffle Sfafeside giffs pleased everyone. Special religious services for all denominafions refold fhe' beaufiful Chrisfmas sfory, and silenf prayers for peace came from fhroughouf fhe ship. Topside on hafch five fhe Army shows were doing a land office business. Remember fhaf swell red-headed Irish fenor? And fhe sing- ing of Whife Chrisfmas under a blisfering fropic sun? Finally on fhe supersfrucfure deck fhe ship's company gafhered fo hear fhe Capfain's Chrisfmas message and fo exchange fhe fradifional season's greefings. Everybody gof his fwo-bifs worfh in and shook hands all round. Good company fo be in on Chrisfmas away from home! I If QNTOF7- 'll Q xl x 0. 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Cafhedral Sfeps. l,,,,,f,,,,,,,' ,f" ENT Or H ,swqfxx I 596' z Qva Qxwvwfl 4 Sa' in HQ? x af SG -?5' ' fa? 2 N U' x ' ,PAL W 5 ff ,I 9011111117 I I 1111" If If " sa" eg - Q ' r.. faq, 2. 50 1+ -z""f111111l"l i A i i i 1 4 1 1 2 E I Q w l r I 3 Top leff: V-J Services iChaplain Hufchesonig Top Righf: Cafholic Mass iFa+her Nemecekig Cenfer righf: "Keep Silence Aboui' 'Phe Decks"g Cenfer leff: Firs'l' Anniver- sary, Mighiy B3 BoHom: Capiain Cu'l's 'l'l1e Cake. f sul, 3' S11 fi-51 5091? vmiemiseifo ONANG-0-e""fiQ? viii "'ff11fllf' !l,fflf1f,,,, If -G'-A wh ,C E 'ii' niilff S5364 R Ns Q 1 M 4 Rx 7 X S 'SQ 12: N X ll Nm S ir X N Z X J1 'U IJ! R 27 X .N ,- ...... I r to K E 4 un 47 . ' 1 TT. W ' Ill -C-"ffffffflf'll SPECIAL OCCASIONS 37 Top Public Building Cenfer Fruil' Building: Boffom righf: Philippine Min+. l,,,,f111z,,," di" QQXX' V 7042 N Y' ' wi! Q Q J l gl fi? 3' QQ 6- S xzfr Z 4 CD :S 0-so O 7 H m . O 'O- 'I- O . 3 . S fb -. 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"' 4 : 'a 2 Z Q -' S ' XxgWfflj11,!.,"'Q7 'O x .S wR'3'74YO rf" """f1111llfflI CONDENSED LOG OF THE U.S.S. ADMIRAL W. S. BENSON IAP-n2oI , Commissioned 23 Augusf, I944 af Befhlehem Sfeel Shipyard, Alameda, California. Arrived De parfed - Locafion-Employmenf 23 Aug. '44 2 Sep. '44 I8 Sep. '44 30 Sep. '44 I5 Ocf. '44 I6 Dec. '44 30 Dec. '44 I7 Jan. '45 2 Feb. '45 3 Feb. '45 I4 Mar. '45 27 Mar. '45 I4 Apr. '45 70 I Sep. '44 I8 Sep. '44 30 Sep. '44 I4 Ocf. '44 30 Nov. '44 I8 Dec. '44 5 Jan. '45 I9 Jan. '45 3 Feb. '45 27 Feb. '45 I6 Mar. '45 3I Mar. '45 I6 Apr. '45 NSD, Oakland Fiffing ouf and provi- sioning San Pedro, Calif. Shakedown wifh Cofc- PUC Todd Shipyards, Wil- mingfon, Calif. Shakedown availabilify San Pedro Area Training vessel for APA crews. Operafing un- der SCTC, San Pedro, Calif. Todd Shipyard, Wil- mingfon, Calif. , Availabilify and embar- kafion of froops Melbourne, Aus'I'. Fueled and provisioned Bombay, Inclia Debarked and embarked froops Melbourne, Ausf. Debarked and embarked froops Los Angeles, Calif. Debarked froops Todd Shipyard, Wil- mingfon, Calif. Availabilify and embar- kafion of froops Melbourne, Ausf. Fueled and provisioned Bombay, India Debarked and embarked froops Brisbane, AusI'. I Debarked and embarked froops I8 Apr. '45 22 Apr. '45 3 May '45 23 May '45 3 June '45 ' II June '45 I4 July '45 27 July '45 I5 Aug. '45 20 Aug. '45 2I Aug. '45 3 Sep. '45 I4 Sep. '45 I I Ocf. '45 22 Ocf. '45 26 Ocf. '45 27 Ocf. '45 3I Ocf. '45 I 4 Nov. '45 8 Nov. '45 lll,,,1ffff1,,,,-,Q 1 Z.. l I' Q- - 1 I v -' uw Cx 4- X I 65 S Q "T Fggslsl 4 Y xy ' " r 'Q IRQ? rw".-- ryll 5 I X .kay xlxbvclllllicjf Q xx C N 1- ...-.. .v f X 1 xxx -Gu 'sl VIS' ,Ill 'c. fl "'ff1fffl""l 2I Apr. ' 22 Apr. ' I7 May 2.4 May' 4 June 6 July I7 July 28 July 26 Aug. 20 Aug. 29 Aug. 3 Sep. 28 Sep. '45 20 Oc'I'. '45 25 Ocf. '45 27 Ocf. '45 30 Ocf. '45 3 Nov. '45 6 Nov. I0 Nov. '45 Noumea, New Cale- donia Embarked froops Espirifo Sanfo, New He- brides Is. Debarked and embarked froops Los Angeles, Calif. Debarked froops Naval Drydock, San Pe- dro, Calif. Panama Canal Zone Fueled and provisioned Le Havre, France Embarked froops New York, N. Y. Debarked froops and availabilify Marseille, France Embarked froops Panama Canal Zone Fueled and provisioned Ulifhi, Caroline Is. Fueled and provisioned San Fernando, P. I. Debarked froops Manila, P. I. Debarked and embarked hoops Ulifhi, Caroline Is. . Embarked Navy Person- nel ' San Francisco, Calif. Debarked and embarked froops Buckner Bay, Okinawa Debarked froops Sasebo Kyushu Is. Debarked and embarked froops Mafsuya ma, Shikoku Debarked froops Hiro Wan, Japan 1 Debarked and embarked froops Wakayama, Japan Debarked and embarked froops Nagoya, Japan Debarked and embarked froops Naha, Okinawa Embarked iroops Seaffle, Washingfon THE SAGA OF THE BENSON fConfinuecl from Page 242 long way around 'fhe soufhern end of Kyushu, for fhe Inland Sea was closed fo all fraffic. Arriv- ing af Mafsuyama, we found fhaf fhe Army had only iusf occupied fhaf area a few days pre- vious, consequenfly no one was allowed fo go ashore. Here we peddled a few more passengers 'ro assembled ships in 'rhe harbor, and fhen confinued on our way across fhe Inland Sea fo fhe porf of Hiro Wan. Wan means "harbor" and on fhis wan is locafed side by side, fhe cifies of Hiro, Kure, and Hiroshima. This was an imporfanf naval base and manufacfuring cenfer, and visible everywhere were scuffled baffleships and ofher naval craff, and one huge plane facfory af Hiro had been reduced fo a mass of fwisfed sfeel and embers. Hiro escaped damage, buf Kure nearby was over half desfroyed, and Hiroshima simply exisfs no more. One single afomic bomb has Ieff only fhe remains of eighf buildings and a small fringe of dwellings on fhe oufskirfs. A few more passengers peddled fo nearby ships here, and fhen off again, fhis fime fo Waka- yama, Honshu. Here we found a Japan more as we expecfed if should be. Wakayama is fen miles inland, and nof foo badly damaged, and on fhe waferfronf is Wakanoura, a fashionable resorf, and unfouched by fhe ravages of war. Fashionable hofels and fine homes dof 'I'he hill- side, while along fhe beach are a series of small fishing villages. We found no end of souvenirs available af Wakanoura and af oufrageous prices, and fhe way fhe sailors were spending fheir money for fhese useless wares musf surely have broughf on fhe greafesf wave of prosperify fhese parfs have ever known. This was fhe Japan of quainf liffle bridges, wind blown pines, impressive Shinfo femples, and kimona clad nafives. We enjoyed ourselves here. Shopping was much easier foo, for in fhe beffer shops, English was spoken. In facf, one of fhe Jap sales- ladies claimed 'I'o be a graduafe of UCLA in Los Angeles. A few more passengers gof off here, and fhen we were off again. This fime fo Nagoya, fhe fhird cify of Nippon. Here we found anofher mufe wifness fo 'rhe efficiency of our bombers. This once modern cify was a rubbish heap wifh only a few fen and fwelve sfory buildings sfill infacf. Nofhing much of inferesf remained here. Our occupafional forces had only faken over a few days prior fo our arrival, buf had fhings preffy well under confrol. Af Iasf we were able fo dispose of our remaining passengers, excepf for 76 which we had decided fo refurn fo fhe Sfafes because fhey had almosf acquired enough poinfs for discharge by fhis fime. Now we were hearfily sick of Japan, and ready fo go home. We had had no frouble wi+h mines excepf for a close call enroufe fo Mafsuyama, when we sighfed one floafing near us. This, our following escorf desfroyed wifh gunfire. - November 8fh found us underway for Okinawa again, fhis fime fo pick up a load of soldiers due for discharge, and we arrived off Naha, fhe capifol cify of Okinawa on fhe morning of fhe I0fh. There was no delay fhis fime. Wifhin 36 hours we had our load and were on our way 'ro Seaffle. I Again we encounfered a floafing mine over a fhousand miles af sea, and we sank if wifh gun- fire, as usual. No ofher evenf franspired while homeward bound, and we arrived in Seaffle on 2I Novem- ber, affer crossing in II calendar days. On previous frips, fhe firsf fhing mosf of our homeward bound passengers were anxious fo see was a whife woman, buf nof fhese veferans of Okinawa and many ofher island campaigns: fhey had been so sfeeped in wreckage for so long fhey wanfed somefhing enfirely differenf-M fhe sighf of a complefe building devoid of all damage and shellpocks. IN APPRECIATION In years fo come fhe voyages and accomplishmenfs of fhe Admiral Benson will recall pleasanf memories. By phofographs and arficles if is hoped fhis book will bring back fo you fhe doings of fhe Mighfy B and her people. A lof of work goes info preparafion of fhis kind of a book. Lf. Sfone and Fafher Nemecek, Army Transporf Chaplain, fook fhe picfures we reproduce. Beauporlanf, A., S IXC, 2nd Division, did much of 'rhe necessary darkroom work. Nickerson, E. M., BM IXC, of fhe MAA force, confribufed "The Saga of fhe Benson". Spaulding, K. A., OM 3fC, N Division, wrofe "Crossing fhe Equafor" and devofed much fime fo composifion and Iayouf. The sugges- fions of Lf. Macllwinnen had a Iof fo do wifh fhe final makeup and confenf. And we hope you like fhe resulf! The End i 5 X x x E x Q N DL-304453 rx M IK fn 5 S S Ruff of Y ,fx .,f ,XA LY! ll lfflfflffoo flip, w v x 4 1' X ,S ,ff f 1 X 9 -fb: 1 -. x ' s , Wxexeffflfllx 632' A5 u :L-'A' 5 1 -90N , rx ,N , ff' 111' 111111 'gf' x , X 'foil-.2:g15LfffQ,Jv, ,sfo ,PAL wS 1 l -,'ffflfllll,l 3 : k , L xii 1 W . . W 2 I , E 1 , 1 x 1 X , ,U A 'm -o -V 1 X . X , x ' N S . , x 1 W , W K r . , 1 1 I Q f K. 4 I I 1 1 QS F, 1 J 9, 1 'E Fe 34 51 5 5 a. ,IJ , x 12 .-. -. X' 1!' :,.-r V- ,. , . 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