Alamo (LSD 33) - Naval Cruise Book

 - Class of 1968

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VOPAC nssAuyio 1947 - (%8 We left Long Beach October 9, 1967 and headed toward San Diego. After embarking two LCU ' s we headed for WESTPAC. The smooth seas of refresher training that we, as Balboa, thought were representative of the Pacific, disappeared that night. ROLL PITCH HEAVE Never had there been so many waves on one ocean. Never had a ship rolled so much. Never had the rails been so crowded as " boots " learned the difference between windward and leeward the hard way. However we quickly gained our sealegs and were soon able to listen to the Boatswain ' s Mate piping lunch without blowing ours. inspections Six months in the yards just prior to deployment had left us a little unpolished. But alter weeks of inspections, discrepancy sheets and countless check-off lists we regained our former luster. In December the Commodore inspected us and found us to be one of the best looking, proud ships he had ever inspected. And we have come a long way since then. fN l»« tillNlgF yf wrtAisffr -- Danang was our homeport while in WESTPAC. The dark green mountains streaked with mud slides and veiled in clouds were familiar sights. The city it- self, with the deep water piers, fleet landing and the tree lined banks of the river, was our logistics base at which we picked up Marine equipment, sup- plies. Good Humor products, and about everything else that anyone could think of. For Danang is not a liberty port, but if you went on official business there was no reason not to stop off at the club, for business purposes, of course. Sitf WE DELIVER. . . " We Deliver - Anything, Anytime, Anywhere " is the motto we live by. After dropping the LCU ' s off in Danang we picked up our pile driver. Some of us were sure it was actually a missile gantry, complete with blockliouse. We squeezed it into the well deck and headed for Subic. Once in Subic we unloaded the pile driver and re- fueled, leaving just in time to meet a typhoon out- side the harbor. Would the ship ever stop rolling? On our way to Apra Harbor, Guam we spotted a derelict junk. After a brief inspection we contin- ued on our way. A PILE DRIVER AND A SLUDGE BARGE Loading the sludge barge, we headed back to the P. I. for our first liberty in a foreign port. OLONGAPO DELIVERS. . . Olongapo Delivers - Anything, Anytime, Any price. This is the town that Seventh Fleet built. Bars and clubs sport ships ' names all along its crowded streets. Once you pass over the bridge you are in a make-believe world where dreams come true and love at first sight is a reality. Although it is dirty and hardly sophisti- cated, after sLxty days on the line no one seems to notice. After a while, one gets used to monkey meat and San Miguel. However, balutes take some practice. BEER X ScdiAyj acilo . v The ready groups Were our largest and most important mission. Returning from Subic we relieved the Belle Grove and began our tour with the ready groups which lasted from De- cember through May. We conducted amphibious landings, supported our Marines and other units ashore, participated in salvage and rescue operations, and dodged " LBGB ' s " (little bitty gook boats) as we steamed in our op areas just off the coast. The work was hard and the hours long, but we could do and did do, earning the WELL DONE of everyone we were associated with. -1 % ■ t 1- THE AMPHIBIOUS READY GROUPS Our first mission with the Ready Group was to aid the stranded LST USS CLARKE COUNTY. Sending working parties, repairing pumps and other machinery, supplying hot food as well as material we watched the progress be- ing made on the beach. We also watched the first attempt at the vertical re- plenishment of a submerged sub-marine. The descent went smoothly, however. . . CLARKE CTY OPERATIONS began with a backload of men and equipment, we put the Marines ashore using helicopters We participated in four amphibious operations while with the ready groups: BADGER TOOTH, FORTRESS RIDGE, BADGER CATCH, and FORTRESS ATTACK IL Each and a long wait until the signal " LAND THE LANDING FORCE. " Then boats and LVT ' s. Flight Quarters was sounded and soon the roar of huge CH-53 helicopters was heard. The troops ran out to the waiting helo and the jeeps and trailers were driven inside. The helicopter took off and then hovered while a howitzer was attached by a sling to the external cargo hook. The size and power of the helicopters varied with each operation, but the ex- citement never diminished as they lift- ed off and headed for the beach, our prayers going with them. I — • One-Alfa is our most important product. Although the helicopters were capable of carrying large loads , it is the boats which brought in the heavy trucks and tanks, as well as troops. In all types of weather the boats were " kicked out " of the well and headed for the beach or river. OUR MAIN ARMAMENT In addition the boats were used daily for inter-ship transfers (S. I. T. ' s) or trips into Danang to pick up supplies. When the Army needed some heavy machinery hauled up the coast, we worked all night for two days loading and unloading the material from the well. It was operations like this that show- ed how smootUy and efficiently we were able to use our main battery. r-- ■h Cua Viet The Cua Viet River is now as familiar as the Mississippi. Almost daily during our time in ARG " A " our boats would go into or up the river. Each time it was a new experience, for you never knew if you were going to be fired on or not. Carrying trucks, machinery, or any other supplies to the Marines was our primary mission. On one oc- casion we sent our fire party in to an explosion fire at the supply dump. It was during this action that CWO Tinley was wounded and for which he re- ceived the Purple Heart. V " THE ARGOOD HUMORMEN " The LARC is coming, the LARC is coming! " Now all liands not actually on watch lay to the " mezzanine " deck. " Gently now. Keep it moving. Don ' t be rough. Move it faster. It ' s melting! ! ' SPLOTT ' . Get a swab. " Flight Quarters. Flight Quarters. All hands not actually on watch muster on the superdeck. " Get the ice cream first. Keep it moving. " ' SPLOTT ' . " Milk. Send the milk. Gently now. Don ' t throw it. " GOOPS! SPLOOSH! ! Drip, drip, drip. CRITICAL CARGO After the TET offensive in February the Marines were having trouble getting supplies to their men fighting in the vicinity of Hue. We solved that problem by load- ing over 350 tons of food and ammunition in Danang and then proceeding to a rendezvous point off the coast Marine helos then took the critical cargo to the in- country for ces in a series of 230 pick-ups. The smooth- ness of the operation demon- strated again our ability to Deliver - Anything - Any- ' l f time - Anywhere. i ' I- iw In order to stay on the line for sixty days at a time we had to conduct frequent un- reps. It seemed that we had one every day and that it was usually at night. And if not at night, in the thickest fog. But tlie fresh food and packages from home the unrep ships brought were well worth the lack of sleep. SET THE REPLENISHMENT DETAIL 1 mm oiCK BAR-B-QUES Some Saturday afternoons after the last helo had taken off, we held a barbecue on the flightdeck. These were a good break in the operating schedule and a chance to get some sun and exercise. Everyone turned out, including Commodore Harbert, to watch SMS MacQueston take on all comers. Who won, Mac? c WB HAP SUN m SURF BUT HO SUDS OR SANl MoHg Kong Ilong Kong, the most beautiful, fascinating city in WESTPAC. The monsoons made sightseeing a little damp, but nothing could dampen the attraction of Hong Kong. The international atmosphere. The stores and shops selling pearls, cashmere sweaters and hun- dreds of other goods at bargain prices. The tailors who hand-crafted suits and shoes to order in two days. The varied nightlife, from street level bars in Kowloon, to the Eagle ' s Nest perched atop the Hong Kong Hilton. Hong Kong, a Western city with the excitement and mystery of the Far East. irJ- -; -- ■ ' . w I ho eHws PllK Mud The view from Victoria Peak is as breathtaking as the ride up the side of the mountain in the cable car. At night Hong Kong enchants even those un- fortunates aboard ship with its lights covering the mountainside and reflecting softly in the harbor. iriiinrrrr ' T ' inii . " TTfrff. " . ixiia! r !■■ «■■ •■■ j V??I A street in Yokosuka lined with bars. A patli in Meiji Park near a Shinto Shrine where a Shinto wedding is taking place. The modern sports arena and the Meiji Shrine have much in common. Gigantic Buddhas and the Tokyo Tower. Japan, where Kast meets West with fascinating results. COMMANDING OFFICER CAPTAIN ROBERT E. ADAMS, USN 24 DECK DEPARTMENT " Commence Holiday Routine. One-Alfa well deck crews, man your stations. " This is how it went for deck force throughout the cruise. If the boats were not being oper- ated, or the ship was not about to unrep, or we were not going into Danang, then it was the perfect lime to chip, sand, and paint. Although there was the usual grumbling about the workload, it could not hide the pride in the im- proving appearance and the " Can Do " reputation that they were helping give the ship. " General Quarters, General Quarters " . E verytime we entered or left port and sometimes while on the line, we would have a practice gunshoot. By the time we left Subic for the last time, tliis practice paid off as Third Division won the ship four Gunnery E ' s. I LIEUTENANT E. W. DUNSMOOR, Jr., USN FIRST LIEUTENANT 26 GUNNERY OFFICER LTJG W. C. ALLEN, USNR Third Division Officer SECOND DIV. OFFICER LTJG N.J. WALTER, USNR Oui " Boat Group Commander SHIP ' S BOATSWAIN WO-l W. HOLLINS. Jr. , USN First Division Officer SN LAMKEN SN FREDERICKSON BMl LE FORTE SN CASTO SN SCLALLA SN LESTER SN STEARMAN FIRST SN SMITH S. S. SN ANDERS SN DELEE SN BARBA BM3 HICKMAN BM3 BROWNINli -r. - 28 1 BM2 BATES SN LILLARD SN HARTNETT BM3 LONG SN VANKEUREN SN BURGESS SN BUTTS SN COLBURN DIVISION SN WITTEBORT SN VANROY SN SMITH J. D. SN OCHOA SN ANDERSEN 29 K f WJ BMl ANDERSON BM3 McCALEB mm BMy PHILLIPS f L " 1 % n SN RIGBY SN SPOSARI SN FINK H 1 m • ' . it ■4 SECOND SN DAVIS SN AMES SN DETRICH SN VELASQUEZ SA RHOADS SN ENGLE SN LINDLEY 5| SN LUEVANO SN JAMES :: BM3 KNOBLICH SN FISHER SN EAMES SN WILLIAMS SN BUTLER SN VILLEGAS DIVISION SN CARLSON SN DELEZEN SN ROTHWELL I SN COCHRAN SN ALLEN SN VANDERHONING SN JUSTUS SN DIETZ SN HIRTZEL GMGl KOEHMLEIN GMG2 DAVIS GMG2 HERBERT GMG2 WIESE GMG2 FRANKLIN SN DE BOER ' ■ ' ■ . ■ ' £ OM THIRD DIVISION SN ARNELL SN REESE SN MILLER SN MONKS SN MONTAGUE SN WINTKRLE f , 1 ' I FTG2 GRIFFIN FTG2 DENIS FTG2 GARRETT FTG2 STEWART FTG3 VOKEY y9 i 9.MMM1P4 LCDRJ. O. RICHTER, Jr., USN OPERATIONS OFFICER OPERATIONS DEPARTMENT " I have a contact, bearing one one zero, twenty miles. " " Signals! Starboard side. " " Give me fleet common on four. " " Tone burst, no modulation. Get an ET. " " Steady bearing, decreasing range. " The sounds of the operations department go on twenty-four hours a day. Sending and receiving messages, tracking contacts and directing boats into the beach, repairing the ship ' s complex electronic gear are all part of " Operations " job. The signalmen handled the flashing light traffic, flag hoist and deck gratings. The radiomen handled a record number of messages, kept the radio guard up, and the OC Division compartment darkened. The radarmen tracked what seemed like hall the Seventh Fleet, plus a million fisliing boats, and developed new teclmiques for directing the boats into the beach. The ET ' s kept the boat radios in constant repair and managed to keep everything else running at tlie same time. And the beat goes on. " Why wasn ' t that message routed to me sooner? " " I can ' t raise the Mark IV. Get Prucyk in there, on the double. " " What is the CPA on that last contact? " . . . . " Tone burst, negative modulation. " 40 CIC OFFICER LTJGH.A. CHILD, USNR OI Division Officer COMM OFFICER LTJGM. E. McFARLAND, USNR OC DIVISION OFFICER LTJGG. R. CHURCHILL, Jr., USNR Public Affairs Officer 41 jl r 1 RMl WOOD RM2 SANDERSON RMS SEWARD RMS STOECKLEIN T- RADIOMEN OC CYN3 LONG CYN3 KISER RMS STOCKSDALE RMS KELLER RMSN FIIANSON RMSN ILARVEY i M t DIVISION SMI PETERS SMS JORDAN SIGNALMEN SM3 MACQUESTON SMS ROOS SN FLEMING RDl BEASLEY RD2 HOVERSTEIN RD3 PLUMB RD3 LOWE RD3 BATCHELDER RD3 SCHROEDER RD ' S 01 SM? SM3 KESSENICH RD3 STEELE RD3 BECKMAN V ETN2 STEVENS ETN3 BOARDMAN ETN3 PETERSEN ETN3 ASHBY ETN3 PRUCYK ETN3 FARRISH DIVISION ET ' S HMC POWERS HM3 MELUNEY SN SANTERELLI ■■ U NAVIGATOR LTJG. R.D. WOLFE, USN PERSONNEL OFFICER The quartermasters managed to get us tliere, keep us in the correct op areas and get us back, man- aging to break Uie time barrier at Guam in the pro- cess. Keeping their notebook and hounding the OOD for his log, they made sure that the cruise would be permanently recorded in Washington. In addition some of the strikers developed new methods of taking fixes which " work every time " . The yeomen and the personnelmen kept the tons of paperwork flowing, mostly downhill. Inspection discrepancy sheets by the thousands and hundreds of new instructions poured off their typewriters. Nowlin, allhougii subject to many complaints about the lack of mail, did manage to keep us in touch with home. " X " division also has artists who rival Audubon. LTJG. R. P. ROBERTSON, USNR 48 d p r Ir - ■i n NAVIGATION - ADMIN 0i f c. { V r 1 k: ' -- KT B " 5 -. 1 m QMl SCHWAB QM2 GUILLOT QMS RICHARDSON SN MARKS SN CLEMENT SN BURTON N DIVISION YNl KRCMARICH PMl STAFFORD YN2 PAGE YNS WESTMORELAND PC3 NOWLIN PN3 WESTAFER PN3 AGEE YN3 STUART SN HOLT SN MURPHY SUPPLY OFFICER LT. R. G. TITUS, USN DISBURSING OFFICER LTJG. R. H. DENTON, USNR 52 SUPPLY Shaved heads, although it would be hard to tell now, started off the cruise for the storekeepers. Then came mustaches. It was that kind of cruise. Al- tliough some people still tliink that all " S " division spaces have decks of ice, everyone admits that the food was good, parts were relatively easy to get and the soda fountain a refreshing pause. CSCS GEARHEART CSl HUNTER SN VANDENBUHG CSl REAMER CS2 DAVIS SN DIGIACOMO SKI ALMONTE SK2 McKENZIE SK3 KILKER SK3 LESSARD SK3 HEXDUICKS SK3 MARTINEZ SK2 WARD SN KISZ SN MELLON SH2 DENNIS SH2 DARBY SH2 CARUNGAY SH3 MANCOUR SN ELLIOTT SN MAY DIVISI ON DK2 ESPINO DK3 HARGROVE SN LOLLEY SDl McKINNEY SD3 VARGAS TN NAUTANAUN TN RIVERA TA SABINO TA REYES ENGINEERING DEPARTMENT The engineering department was always busy at- tempting to overcome the effects of our six month Todd overhaul, and after eight months of patient work with the Bailey ' s and the feed pumps and the forced draft blowers we were able to run better than we ever did. " A " division had its moments with the boat engines, V-drives and the now in- famous air conditioning. . . Is it really cooler in the engineering compartments ? R division had its moment of glory (and twenty-four hour a day work) when we repaired twenty-three river craft from the Cua Viet River in eleven days. E divi- sion, under the giaidance of George, kept the ship lit and happy watching such great epics as " In Old Chicago " with little Alice Faye. But it is gener- ally conceded tliat the high point of the cruise came the month we went over the one hundred percent barrier with our MDC forms. Lieutenant T. C. SCHIRMER, USNR CHIEF ENGINEER 58 i LTJG. R. T. HILL, USNR REPAIR OFFICER CW02 R.W. DIONNE, USN M.P.A. CW02 R. G. TINLEY, USN D.C.A. ELECTRICAL OFFICER WOl T. H. DAVIS, USN 59 MMC TETRAULT MMC CADWELL MMG JACKSON MM3 DONOHUE MM3 DYE MM3 MILLER FN RUA M MMFN COLLINS FN SIZENBACH MM3 ELSEN FN MOTT FN HOWARD MM FA McAMIS FN BARllAM FN STOCKINGER . ■ ¥ MMl BREEDEN MMC JACKSON MM2 MAXWELL MM3 HEIL MM3 BECKER MM3 MANLEY H FN ROBERTS FN CHAPMAN FN CARR DIVISION FN BUMGARDENER FN LAMBERT FN THOMPSON FN BEADLE MMFA BLUNTSCHLY FN MANKINS ' " " ' f ' SM iPq F •-.-.„, . d ( ' J ' H I J 1 ' I BT2 ARMENTA BTl CUMMINGS BT2 DAILEY BT3 HARAPOT B BT3 CROSS BT3 KUGLIN FN ZEHRINGER FN EVANS FN SISCO FN MARTIN BTC ROBERTS BT2 BARE LA I FN THOMPSON FN CUMMINS FN STUCKY BT3 ENTREKIN BT2 WITHERWAX BT3 COLE BT3 LIESVELD DIVISION BT3 BIEBERDORF BTFN MULLINLX BTFN MANSON FN McARTHUR FN MAYO SN BARROWS MRC DELPRETE ' ' ' ' Ifl MR2 ERICKSON k DIVISION W EN3 COLTON MRS DOWLING YN3 HANELINE SFl DAVIS SFl WOODY SFM2 BROWN FN STOKES DC3 SCHMITZ SFM3 MOELLER SFM3 BRYANT SFM3 LOWRIE FN CARBONE DC2 REYNOLDS SFP2 FULMER DCS SLAGGLE SFP3 JOHNSON SFP3 DANCY SFM3 BOELLING DIV SFP3 DENTON FA ADORJAN FN KYSAR i i EM2 DRYSDALE EM2 GORDON EM2 GEORGE EM2 GRANT EM3 RANTZ EMS RAIRDON EM3 OESTREICH EM3 EHICKSON EM3 SALMINAO EM3 TIIOMASON ICl MARVIN DIVISION IC3 ERWIN IC3 GRAUBERGER IC3 SHELBY ICFN McKIBBEN On the twenty-sixth of June we arrived back in Lo ng Beach, eight months and seventeen days after we left. It fell awfully good to be home once again. WESTPAC STAFF EDITOR LTJG. G. It. CHURCHILL, Jr. PHOTOGRAPHY SN E. OCHOA, Jr. LTJG. G. R. CHURCHILL, Jr. TYPIST SN W. E. HOLT V s fi ffOME St ) I alKr laiii. V f icK 4 ■mMm

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