.1,1 ■■ ' ?- V ' C ' ' ' 1 USS ALAMO (LSD-33 WESTPAC 1969 I T: Captain William L. Harris, USN COMMANDING OFFICER To the Men of ALAMO Years from now this cruise book will help you relive the memories of our WESTPAC in ' 69. As you page through you ' ll recall the sounds of " Set the Ballast Detail, " " Man all Flight Quarter Stations, " " Post Sentries " and the all too infrequent " Liberty Call. " You ' ll remember many friends made among ship ' s company and our attached Navy and Marine units. You ' ll remember the precious few days we spent in port playing every bit as hard as we had worked. To these memories I must add the pride I feel for our fine ship and you, her crew. Together we have spent seven months of seemingly endless days off the Viet- namese coast. Days already full of our daily routine were yet loaded more with a long list of training evolutions. Our energies and our morale met the chal- lenge. Our ability to perform our mission steadily increased and peaked at the cruise ' s end; we had shown that we could handle any assignment. Thife goal was reached through dedicated effort by each of you. You reaffirmed that it is men who make ships and navies go, and you have made ALAMO the smart, depend- able vessel which never missed an assignment. Because of your loyal perform- ance many honors have come our way. You have matched the spirit of those brave defenders of the Mission Alamo for which our ship is proudly named. In performing a vital part of our Navy ' s role to fulfill our nation ' s objectives, you have added a new page to the Navy ' s traditions. Ours has been a full and memorable cruise throughout which it has been my pleasure to lead you. Smooth sailing. W. L. HARRIS Commanding EXECUTIVE OFFICER CDR. James C. Rowland, USN i •V OPERA TIONS DEPARTMENT OPERATIONS STAFF LCDR, R. P. ROWLAND, USN OPERATIONS OFFICER LTJG. H. A. CHILD, USNR CIC Officer ENS. W. R. LESTER, USNR Communications Officer Signalmen OC DIVISION standing left to right; Gorski, SMSN; Wray, SN; James, SM3; Bishop, SMSN; Jesse, SMI; Kneeling; Geedes, SM3; Jordan, SM3. Radiomen Sitting left to right; Huffty, CYN3; Guyton, RMC; Henderson, RMSN; Carlson, SN; Swetland, RM3; Turnbill, RMl; Wood, RMl; Kneeling left to right; Whitley, RM3; Norling, RM3. 01 DIVISION Ra del mien Left to right; Beasley, XD ; Bowman, RD3; Ragazzo, RD3; White, SN; Arnett, RD3; Miles, iiD3; Jaros, RD2; Carey, RD2; Rabideau, RDSN; Lowe, RD3; Steele, RD2. ET s Top; Hoffman, ET2; Lynn, ET3; Curren, ET3; Griffits, ET2; Bot- tom; Swisher, ET2; Clark, SN. MEDICAL , " Let me ease your pain. ' Standing left to right; Ritimaki, HM2; Pitts, HM3; Sposari, SN; Johnson, HM2; Sitting; Bowen, HMC. POSTAL Hirtzel, PC3, sorts out crews ' mail. n DECK DEPARTMENT Departmental meetings help iron out personal differences. DECK DEPARTMENT OFFICERS " " ' ■,, 1 w F BI w r- " r ' H ■ ■ ■ 1 LT. R. M. HORNE, USN First Lieutenant LTJG. P. W. MONTS, USNR 3rd Division Officer Through July ENS. S. T. O ' NEAL, USNR 3rd Division Officer Since July ENS. J. J. NEALON, USNR 2nd Division Officer ENS. D. M. McGRAW, USNR 1st Division Officer CW04 C. MACCIOLI, USN Ship ' s Boatswain 12 FIRST DIVISION standing left to right; Larsen, SA; Laforte, BMl; Gray, SA; Stell- mon, SA; Duncan, SN; Hardy, SN; Hogue, SN; Reynolds, SA; North- cutt, SN; Dodd, SA; Seggerman, SA; Havens, SA; Robinson, SN; Grondziak, SA; Stearman, SN; Randall, SA; Lamken, SN; Womack, SN; HoUins, SN; Jackson, SA; Cann, SA; Kneeling left to right; Long, BM3; Vanroy, BM3; Scialla, BM3; Frederickson, BM3; Lester, BM3; Fisher, BM3; Hippie, SN. 13 SECOND DIVISION f Back row left to right; Jordan, SN; Penrose, SA; Upchurch, SN; Lane, SA; Johnson, SA; Warren, SN; Velasquez, SN; Stapleton, SN; Sutton, SN; Mac Peters, SN; Hamilton, SA; second row; Ed- wards, SN; Baldwin, SN; Maxwell, SN; Laver, SN; Rodriguez, SN; Stein, SN; Davis, SN; Griffin, SN; Rothwell, SN; Johnston, SA; Hare, SN; Persons, SN; front row; Murphy, SN; Mormino, SN; Heinrich, BM3; Mobley, BM3; Thibodeaux, BM3; Butler, BM3; Fink, BM3; Detrich, BM3; Lillard, BM2. 14 THIRD DIVISION Front row, left to right; Paxton, GMG2; Soto, GMG2; Pickett, SN; Knight, P ' TG2; Rials, FTG3; Miller, GMG3; Woottan, GMG2; Gar- rett, FTG2; baclc row, DeBurh, FTG3; Grovum, FTG2; Stewart, FTG2; Schoffner, FTG3; DeBoer, GMG3; Reese, GMG3; Wood, FTGSN; Dodge, SN. 15 E ENGINEERING DEPARTMENT ENGINEERING DEPARTMENT OFFICERS LT. T. C. SHIRMER, USNR Chief Engineer LTJG. M. A. WOLFE, USNR Repair Assistant CW02 T. H. DAVIS, USN Electrical Officer CW02 W. J. SWART, USN Ballasting Officer 17 LTJG. W. R. BUTLER, USNR A Division Officer WOl I. J. JONES, USN M. P. A. A DIVISION W : EN ' S Standing left to ri t; Goode, EN2; Cronkhite, EN2; Melvin, ENS; White, ENC; Kopel, EN3; Magnellp, EN3; Daniels, FN; Stuffer, MM2; Kellner, ENS; Weatherhead, FN; Kneeling; Christenson, FN; Carroll, ENS, i Hey, Where ' s my wrist watch? MH ' s left to right; Delprete, MRC; Hutchinson, MRS; Olsen, MR FN. 18 B DIVISION t f f I t No. 1 standing left to right; Sabatino, BTFN; Gilbertson, FA; Thomp- son, FN; Carlson, BT2; Yusko, FN; Crawford, BT2; Jones, WOl; kneeling left to right; McCarther, BT3; Entrekin, BT2; Dean, FN; Stuckey, BT3; Cantu, BTl. f f f t f ff No. 2 Standing left to right; Entrekin, BT2; Cross, BT3; Kostelecty, FN; Thompson, BTFA; Zehringer, BT3; Demalade, BT2; kneeling left to right; Bell, FN; Meneely, FN; Manson, BT3; Martin, FN; Koen- ing, FN; Cantu, BTl. 19 E DIVISION iCs standing left to right; Marvin, ICl; Schoemehl, FN; King, ICFN; Puckette, ICFN; Kneeling left to right; Walls, IC3; Housen, ICFN; Rose, FN. EM ' S Standing left to right; Salminao, EM2; Morack, EMS; King, EMS; Liberda, EM3;Deloach, FN; Jackson, EM FN; Witmer, FN; Voss, FN; Lewis, EM2; Vance, EMS; Kneeling left to right; Lee, EMC; Childress, EMC. s 20 1 I DIVISION No. 1 No. 2 standing left to right; Cadwell, MMC; Kehl, MM2; Orr, FN; Col- lins, MM2; Holcomb, MM3; Nieder, MMl; Manning, MM2; Jones, WOl; kneeling left to right; Bray, FN; Venne, FA; Heil, MM2; Brewster, FA; Walsh, SN; Howard, MM2; sitting left to right; Thompson, MM3; West, FN; Dalesio, FN; Lee, MM3; Fogle, FN. Standing left to right; Jackson, MMC; Bluntschly, MM3; Barrett, FN; Smith, FN; Hall, MMFN; Vrabel, FN; Jones, WOl; kneeling left to right; Beadle, FN; Die, MM3; Miller, MM2; Ruckle, MM3; Barham, MM3; Bell, FN; sitting left to right; Spicicka, FA; Dipie- tro, FN; Rohling, FN; Powell, FN; Paris, MM3. 21 SF ' s (Standing left to right) Cooper, SFl; Fitzgarrald, FN; Fulmar, SF2; Vance, FA; Kim, FA; Sousek, FA; Weaver, FN; Spade, FN; Adorjan, FN; kneeling left to right Stokes, SF2; Carlione, SF3; Schuerman, SF3; Bryant, FN. R DIVISION DCs (Left to right) Johnson, DC2; Synder, DC2; Coleman, DCFN; Stover, DC3; Warring, DCC. 22 SUPPL Y DEPARTMENT 23 S DIVISION LT. J. R. LENGA. SC , USN Supply Officer ENS. M. W. MAGEE, SC, USNR Disbursing Officer Back row, left to right; Burgess, SN; Dodge, SN; Kennedy, CSl; Matthews, SN; Wray, SN; Bohlen, SN; Coleburn, SN; Lolley, SK3; Helmer, DKSN; Billings, CS2; Placidon, TN; Stockton, SA; McKinney, SDl; middle row; Spencer, SHC; Villeras, SN; Kisz, SK2; Barrier, SN; Andrews, SK3; Mel- lon, SH3; Almonte, SKI; Digiacomo, CS3; Balmer, SN; Luevano, SN; Vil- larial, TN; Ecija, SDl; McKenzie, SK2; demons, SDC; seated; Coleman, CS3; Mitchell, FN; earner, CSl; Conn, SA; Espino, DK2; Graham, SN; Cabulong, SD3; Nieva, SD2; Saculsan, TN; Vyehara, CS2; Sabino, TN; Dennis, SH2; Atis, TN. 24 ADMIN LT. R. D. WOLFE, USN Ship ' s Navigator LTJG. H. C. HEINZ, USNR Personnel Officer X DIVISION SHIP ' S OFFICE: left to right; Brownlee, yN2; Shirek, YN3; Holt, YN3; Moench, VN2. The duty yeoman. 26 N DIVISION Left to right; Hall, QMSN; Clement, QM3; Richardson, QM3; Hart- nett, SN; Schwab, QMl. My God, we ' re lost! Personnelmen : Erlich, PN3; Malcolm, PNl; Williams, PNSN. 27 LONG BEACH FAREWELL A day of long faces long last looks. 29 30 JANUARY 1969 HAWAII BOUND In Pearl Harbor there were briefings, stores to be loaded, fuel to be taken on and so many last minute things to fix. In a brief two days Hawaii was behind us as we began a twenty knot dash for Danang, R.V.N, 30 ™ " ' ' " " ' ™™ BKifi iyifl ' Vl ' .ir ' lir- " ' r:-r " ;;, tt ' ,ij ,K- ' ■ ' -- " " ' ♦■ l IUiij !T JW 31 • ■ • DANANG, R.V.N. m KiV. and the Op Areas — - «?ti:S if»-- - - " ■- ' ■spr. ' " mi The Danang Experience Danang is a city of variety like no other. By day Danang is one of the world ' s busiest harbors, alive with military and commercial ship- ping. She is a residential city and a city of commerce with traffic conjestion to prove it. Within her limits the tattered remnants of French colonial buildings, the shanties of the poor and barbed wire camps stand side by side. By night Danang becomes a city under siege and a flare-lighted battle- field where only armed patrols dare roam the streets. I t 34 To the men of ALAMO, Danangwas the closest point of approach to land for weeks at a time. Danang ' s fleet support activities provided fresh milk, cottage cheese and ice cream for our tables; for our mor- ale, stateside mail. Danang ' s China Beach recreation area gave wel- come relief from the routine of long patrols and a chance to go ashore to do battle with a barbe- cued hot dog and several cans of beer. 4 35 Free Stick Runs Beach Parties • h X 36 FLIGHT OPERATIONS I p r SMiSSSSSSSSiSiSiSSSMSSSSSSSSSSSS x 37 ALL HANDS MAN YOUR FLIGHT QUARTERS STATIONS! mill •I It - iivtdMni i ON THE LINE . . . MARCH THRU AUGUST ' 69 COMMANDER AMPHIBIOUS FORCES PACIFIC ARRIVING... April 14, 1969 Vice Admiral John Victor Smith. USN COMPHIBPAC, visited ALAMO in Danang harbor on a whirlwind tour of both Am- phibious Ready Groups, After a closed door briefing with Captain Harris, Admiral Smith made a quick inspection of ALAMO. The Admiral liked what he saw and took time to say so to the men of ALAMO. A2 i. . % i - II I V f 43 THE LONG VERTREP MONTHS I We learned quickly that an Amphibious Ready Group patrol was no pleasure cruise. Every day had a way of becoming com- pletely filled with working evo- lutions. Eleventh hour schedule changes arrived with agonizing regularity. The daily routine existed only as an abandoned ideal. Short notice sea details, two replenishments a week and at least four flight quarters each day cut deeply into time normally reserved for routine preservation, paper work and sleep. Moreover, a vigorous training schedule never failed to claim its fair share of the working day. Gradually the strain toughened our muscle; good training and lots of practical experience began to turn rough evolutions into routine. Very early in the cruise ALAMO had become one highly integrated team capable of handling any assignment with remarkable skill and a real " can do " spirit. UN REP 44 • •» i ' j 45 : C X . ' C 46 47 OPERATIONS the: toti oftl hart keei with troc raw AL tos Thr alio mai staj rep: wer ypasrt u Months of preparation and training passed before ALAMO was allowed to do the job she had been ready to tackle from the beginning of the cruise. After all the hard work of maintaining a keen edge, real operations with controlled landings and troop support seemed no more than child ' s play. ALAMO finally had a chance to show her great versatility. Throughout all our oper- ations ALAMO acted as pri- mary control ship, a mobile staging area and a floating repair dock. Moreover, we were the ALAMO air ter- minal and R ' R hotel for some very tired marines. sjiiL . ' : miim?m " -4 M AT LAST, WE DELIVER! " V 50 1 V ' BOREDOM: THE SECOND ENEM r iuil,p! " ; " :M.r::i ' iiiiii||;||iiii;i fill mm« i: " «lllllllfflllill!ii 1, JWpl ili ' l,i ' ,iiifiiii,i 1 1 II iiiiiiiip 52 FLIGHT DECK SMOKERS. . . 54 COOKOUTS! 55 SrBIC BAY OLONGOPO Ml " ! r 56 where the morning after is often more memorable than the night before, but never quite as pleasant. 58 OKINA WA Rain was the order of the day in Okinawa. Our en- tire stay there was marked by damp weather, which failed to dampen the spirits of ALAMO, fresh from the line and hungry for liberty, Okinawa was ALAMO ' S first good shopping port. Many men spent their en- tire liberty rushing from one store to another, keep- ing up with the bargains and staying out of the rain. Others just toured the is- land, ignored the rain and enjoyed the curious mixture of American and Japanese cultures. Unfortunately no one took pictures. ' .mm) The Great Papa Boat Disaster Nature turned against ALAMO only once this cruise. While moored to a pier in Buckner Bay, Okinawa, a rapid change in wind and seas wrenched our number one LCVP from its lines and dashed it against a rock-fill pier. ALAMO ' S hard-working deck force turned to and collected the pieces for return to Sub- ic Bay where we traded for a new Papa Boat and a set of heavi- er mooring lines. 60 •( i it I 61 r ■glf r, !»ifi . ' i r t •■ ' t F- -af «fc I,-::..- • •■ - =;; • ■1- ., V -f • •i ' I ' JiJl fi ' " W 62 HONG KONG Hong Kong is W ' ESTPAC ' S dream port. In this teeming city we found the diversions we had l)een waiting for and all hands made the best of them. Wine, women, song and the best bargains in the Pacific were all within our grasp and for a short time the men of ALAMO lived the good life. The fascination of Hong Kong is too great to see in just six days. Hong Kong has a unique culture and beauty. Its small geographic bounds con- tain an astounding number of fantastic sights and activities. Hong Kong ' s free port prices caused many a sailor to go broke saving money. Those fortunate enough to have a few dollars left :ifter shopping discovered that they were well spent entertaining some of the world ' s most beautiful women. 64 !? ' " " MB- ■■ — — iij. •- III. T- -. 57 65 finii .fTrz ra Byfi place seemi shopf in all rapid nearl were ft ' or. JAPAN By far the most sophisticated place ALAMO visited, Japan seemed to have the best touring, shopping and simple relaxation in all Asia. Japan ' s fantastic rapid transit system placed nearly all points of interest within a short train ride. Optics and stereo component prices were incredible. Japan ' s baths, traditional restaurants and coffee houses provided a fine taste of world renowned oriental hospitality. YOKOSUKA SHIP ' S PART i i|f» ... - ■ " I " :3 " r ' HOMEWARD BOUND ' ■ •»- LONG BEACH i After 238 days home was our greates t reward. 71 STAFF CREDITS Cruise Book Officer Editor . . LTJG W. 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