Aldebaran (AF 10) - Naval Cruise Book

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UodA , jlj-ucd r r j J a io - ' - i i firt t jtyi i tv. The star ALDEBARAN is the brightest star in the constallation of TAURUS THE BULL and forms his right eye. It is a brilliant, red-tinted star, easihj visible in the north kititudes. OSS jUMoMUt JlFio t eJi " ' " The Rambling Reefer is a six month history of the navy ' s oldest provision storeship, the USS ALDEBARAN AF-10. In this six month period from January to July 1953 the Aldebaran traveled over 25,000 miles and visited ports in Algeria, Cuba, Jamaica, Trinidad, Greece, and southern France. This pictorial record of that six month period is dedicated to the men who sailed her. It is dedicated to the seamen and firemen, boat- swain mates, radarmen, boilertenders, storekeep- ers, yeomen, pipefitters, enginemen. electricians, and to all the other men of the Aldebaran who shared the long; watches, the tough underway replenishment, the good liberties, and the many days and nights at sea. This book is a tribute to their faithful energy and carefree wit. It is a de- dication to the " Aldebaran Spirit " , which can never be duplicated. li ItMaMH i l9-IO The USS ALDEBARAN AF-10, formerly a ship of the Grace Lines (SS STAGHOUND), was built by the Newport News Shipbuilding and Drydock Company, Newport News, Virginia, in 1939. She was purchased by the Navy on 22 December, 1940, and four days later was placed in ordinary commission as a provision storeship. Until 1946 the Aldebaran operated exclusively in the Pacific Ocean. From Commissioning imtil the battle of Midway, the Aldebaran (except for a run to Samoa on her first cruise) transported fresh, frozen and dry provisions plus general cargo between the mainland of the United States and the Hawaiian Islands. During the long Solo- mon Islands campaign, the Aldebaran transported and issued stores to all units of the Third Fleet which was basing in Noumea, New Caledonia and Efate and Espiritu Santo, New Hebrides Islands, in their strikes against the Japanese Fleet. The first run followed close upon the ictories of Midway and the Coral Sea when the Japs were fighting to advance to the continent of Australia. From February to May, 1944, the Aldebaran operated in the Solomon Islands, staging area for various Third Fleet units for the invasion of the Marshalls. When the invasion of the Marianas Islands was staged from the Marshalls, the Aldebaran made fast runs out of Pearl Harbor to Eniwetok and Kwajalein Atolls. The Aldebaran was one of the first ships into Ulithi Atoll in the Carolines after the atoll was taken from the Japanese. During the battle for the Philippines, this anchorage was used for the Third Fleet which had outgrown any other an- chorage a ' ailablc in the forward area. From April until September, 1945, the ship operated with a sea-provisioning logistic support group off Okina- wa and the coast of Japan, supplying more than one-third of the dr ' provisions and almost all of the fresh provisions issued to the ships of the Third Fleet during these campaigns. When the " cease fire " order came through, proclaiming the cessation of hostilities and the surrender of Japan, the Aldebaran was in Guam taking on another cargo of proxisions for the fleet. She was one of the ships present in Tokyo Bay on 2 September 1945, when the terms of the Japanese surrender were signed aboard the USS Missouri. From commissioning in 1941 to October 1945, the Aldebaran logged over 251,320 miles of Paci- fic waters. In 1946 she was assigned to the Atlan- tic Fleet for the purpose of provisioning the Sixth Fleet, newly stationed in the Mediterranean. Since 1946 the Aldebaran has been employed in constant shuttle replenishment trips to the Medi- terranean. During the past year ports visited have been: Naples, Italy; Algiers, Algeria; Phale- ron Bay (Athens), Greece; Golfe Juan, France; Guantanamo Bay, Cuba; Kingston. Jamaica; and Port of Spain, Trinidad. 1» I CotttfnahiftH O0icef Cdr. William L. Fey, Jr. USN assumed command of the Alde- baran after serving two years in Bangkok, Thailand (Siam) as Chief of Navy Section, NI.A.A.G. Graduating from the Naval Academy in 1937, he first served on the battleship Mississippi and later on the battleship New York and the cruiser Minneapolis. His duties during these years, from 1937-40, were in gunnery, engineering, and communications. He entered submarine school in 1940. He was on the R-7, his first submarine, from 1941-43. Then he was given command of the R-4 during 1943-44. From 1944-45 he was a relieving commanding officer with the submarine relief crews in the Southwest Pacific. After two months on the submarine Barbero in 1944, he took com- mand of the Caiman. In 1945 he was assigned as navigator on the H. W. Gilmore, submarine tender, and during 1946 and 1947 was a division engi- neer in SubDiv 22 on the staff of ComSubLant. From 1947 to 1950, before he was assigned to Thailand, Commander Fey was attached to the Sixth Naval District as Assistant Director of Naval Reserve. f Change o f €mtnah f. . . It was a cold day in late December when the Aldebaran received her new skipper. After a very thorough inspection of the ship and its person- nel, the ship ' s company was called together for the official act of change of command. Cdr. R. C. Klinker, USN first read his orders to all hands, and he was followed by Cdr. Fey ' s reading of his orders. Then, in accordance with naval re- gulations, Cdr. Fey said, " I relieve you, sir, " and the act was complete. The Aldebaran had a new commanding officer. (Right) Cdr. R. C. Klinker welcomes Cdr. W. L. Fey, Jr. on board the USS Aldebaron prior to Change-of-Commcnd ceremony (bottom left) {Bottom right) Ex-Captain bids Quarterdeck forewell I i Lcdr, C. M, Taylor, USN CxecuWe O icet Lcdr. C. M. Taylor, USN enlisted in the navy in 1925 and worked his way up through the ranks. He took recruit training in Hampton Roads. Va. and ser ' - ed as a signalman, first on the USS TRENTON until 1930, and then on the USS HOUSTON in 1931. From 1931 till 1939 he was with the staff of ComBatDiv 3 and CincUSflt, rotating among the battleships IDAHO, MISSISSIPPI, PENNSYLVANIA, NEW YORK, and ARIZONA. From 1939 to 1942 his duty was in the Philippines area. He served on the USS HERON, the USS PID- GEON, and was executive officer of the Receiving Station at Ca ite, P. I. He was assigned to Corregidor during this period as submarine service officer and was machine gun company commander attached to the Fourth Marines during the siege of Corregidor. From 1942 till 1945 he was a prisoner of war of the Japanese, first in the Philippines and then in Japan. He participated in the famous " Hell Ship " cruise to Japan following upon the fall of the Philippines, and while in Japan watched the atom bomb explode on Nagasaki. From 1946 to 1948 Lcdr. Taylor was distribution officer on the staff of the Commandant of the Fourth Naval District. During 1948-49 he was First Lieuten- ant on the USS Providence. From 1949 to 1952 he returned to the staff of the Fourth Na al District, this time as Assistant Director of Training. uritil From }iv3 iliips EW ' ivint nni edto Ai if the apan, isf (o oiirtli JUtCD- o21 istricl, S hip S Ot ani atm i Lt(jg) A. J. Sehlinger, III, USN first Lieutenant heck t epattmeht Keeping everything shipshape is the responsibility of the Deck Department. If it sounds Hke an easy job don ' t be deceived. The corosive elements of the sea are enough to drive to distraction the most patient boatswain mates. Day in and day out the deck force is continualh ' waging a never ending war against rust, fraying lines, worn fittings, and fouled deck gear of all descriptions. Their only tools are a chip- ping hammer, wire brushes, paint brushes, paint, chemical sol- vents and their own two hands. These ingredients when blended with know-how makes a trim ship that will pass the toughest deck inspection and add to the comfort and safetv of all hands. D. Simmons A lookout — with only his shadow for company Bos ' n ChBos ' n W. F, Ronkin, USN inspects gig, while T- Martin fleft, ■coxswain, and W. Trower (right), bowhook, stand by rKi ■ ' •si ■■ ' fiW lion Id to i S - r V ' ' •-«»f 1 r. i y t H A First Row: (Left to Right) W. Trovver. N. Bryant, C. Schlcndcr, T. Martin. F. Moneymaker. , tg. • • • Second Row: F. Leibinger, E. Willis, Ens. ' . V. Baldassano, J. Kcrdock, R. Burton, R. Musial. Ttit A r t tklt AtAl t Third Row: G. Heck, F. Rick, M. Roerick, W. Fallon, E. Colantuoni, W. Jackson, yirffj C f%jiVtfOiVfl R. price, W. Chisholni, V. Wells, O. Ensor, I. Sandidge. I ' ourtli liiiu : J. O ' Neal, F. Bove, D. Simmons, W. Reynolds, R. Mitchell, E. Sapp, R. Fayle, C. Porter, J. Garrison. Anchor aweigh me lad . :« 4 l . V f ' t.1 «jf V Vi f t i 1 : ) ( 1 fr First How: (Left to Right) E. Collnirn, C. Sawicki, G. Turpin, S. Frustaci, C. Kinard, D. Nichols. Second Row: K. Stenstrup, M. Schlueter, Ens. F. Pokorny, D. McGill, R. Shingle, W. Jorgensen. Third Row: , I. Kendrick, R. Endres, A. Lewis, R. Saclzer, F. Forwood, E. Mnse, M. Rizzo, J. Olsick, J. Ceraso, G. Sazan, R. Graham. Fourth How: H. Lion, D. Malone, C. Reinhardt, E. Fisher, J. Feese, R. Barley, N. Allaire, H. Parsons, R. Poss, O. Voorhees, N. Serrano. eco n4 hiHUioh D. McGill, BMl, and W. Jorgenson, BM2, leading second division petty ofFicers - ' %» ' W. Chishobn, C. Schlendcr, F. Leibinger, J. O ' Neal and F. Moneymaker Seaman heaves line. R. Mnsial, Ens. Baldassano and plionetalker F. Bove, stand bv Ens. M. B. Moore, USN Chief Engineer The engineers, like the deck force, have a large area of responsibihty. In addition to maintaining the tur- bines, boilers, and other machinerv that keeps the screw- turning and the ship mo •ing, the engineers are also charged with much of the ship ' s maintenance. " If it moves, it ' s ours, " says the chief engineer, and the repair and upkeep on moving parts is an endless job. The engineering department offers a number of vo- cational opportunities to persomiel that might not otherwise be afforded them. Shipfitting, machinery re- pair, plumbing, metalwork, carpentry, electrical work, and mauN- other specialties are not only Navy ratings but also valuable trade knowledge. The Aldebaran alwavs reaches her destination, and that is indication enough that the engineers are on the job. ' 1 st " D. Hochstetler A iteller member o( the Engineering Department , •—■■- I (I V " Itf - 1 I V r. First Row: H. Martin, J. Humphreys, E. Charette. Second Row: C. Sandoval, T. Greier, CliMacli J. M. Gittiner, W. Schneider, ETC, J. Hammond. Third Row: (Left to Right) W. Van Houten, H. Webster, L. Malcolm, W. Ver Schneider, T H.nry, J. Rowe, G. McBride. IH l MJ ch First row: (Left to Right) D. R. Faux, R. H. Schultze, R. W. Bradley, N. H. Slunski, J. A. Reigel, K. E. Edsinga, J. W. Hcniimann. Second row: H. W. Curll, N. E. Johnson, R. R. Dtrr, MMC, Ch. Mach. Gittingcr, V. H. Klatte, MMC, C. E. Messinger, V. F. Collins Third row: C. J. Dupriest, L. J. Gawlick, L. L. Htrrtn, W. C. Miller. F. |. Miller, |. E. Mover. " l : x y hMAm First Row: (Left to Right) P. Avery, E. Humphrey, T. Degnan, L. Straight, J. Stevens, R. Kosic, H. Buck. Second Row; W. Wheeler, B. Sever, Ens. M. Moore, P. Patterson, EMC, W. Marsalek, MMC, G. Notvedt. Third Row: J. Stadler, J. Favaro, W. Kime, T. McElrath, B. Williams, G. Corbett, F. McMahon, N. Hebert, W. Brust. Fourth Row: F. Herbst, D. Zyskowski, D. Marcum, J. Dillon, R. Brauns, G. Murray, A. Costigan, D. Hochstetler, L. Dwards, M. Prutzman, J. Clancy. I ve Anybody got a hairpin? R. Schultze and F. Miller Let ' s convert her ond hook her up to the punt R. Kosic and B. Williams The Navigation Department is the smallest department on le ship, consisting of the navigator himself, the chief quarter- master, and the four to seven junior quartermasters. But there i a vast detail of hidden work involved in successfully piloting |ie Aldebaran from place to place. Care of the delicate instru- jnents and correction of the thousands of charts are handled by le quartermasters, whose work here simplifies the problems of le navigator. The consistency with which the Aldebaran always inpoints its destination and the many " excellents " received luring inspections testify to the eflBciency of the department. Lt(ig) J- B. Murray, USN Navigator Leo Kahl, QM2, tokes a morning sun sight f— JBTlfi . P Up— p— ■ • -mm C. Broun, QMCSS, assistant navigotor, charts the day ' s progress as P. Wilson, QM3, looks on T tUMti D « % 0 iefatmJ l e faHnteht The Operations Department is a mixed collection of radar- men, yeomen, telemen, radiomen, and quartermasters, who, be- cause of their signaling, are also classified as operations person- nel. The radarmen track the shipping encountered at sea and ease the strain of the conning officers; the radiomen stand long watches accentuated by the ever-important weather reports; the yeomen catalogue and process the endless flow of official mail; and administrati e traffic; and the quartermasters blink back answers to the signal lights flashing from all directions. Formations, maneuvers, signals - all are problems for the operations oflicer and his assistants. The ease with which the Aldebaran meets and solves the many situations provided when steaming with the Sixth Fleet is an indication of the alertness of operations department personnel. L ' (ig) J. A. Thorpe, III, USN Operations Officer %A First Row: (Left to Right) P. Wilson, L. Kahl, LTJG. J. D. Delaney, C. Braun, QMCSS, F. Younger, R. Whitson. Second Row: B. Boycns, R. Barr, J. Rolfe, J. Boyles, C. Haynes, J. Mellugh. J. Stalil. Third Row: R. Wenz, A. Svoboda, G. Schlensker, J. Savare, J. B. lul. r. W. Leach, P. Altman. O t iUUhH J. Jeffreys, RM2, pauses a moment between tronsmissions ir Lt. J. A. Whitver, (SC), USN Supply Officer If it ' s money, food or clothing that we desire (and who doesn ' t) then we look to the Supply Department. They are the keeper of the keys; the holders of the pursestrings. In this age when indi idual bartering is a thing of the past it is essential to ha e an efficient agencN ' to proxide goods and ser ices. Thus it is only natural that the men of Supply should pla - an important roll in life on hoard the Aldebaran. The job is e en more important by irtue of the fact the Aldebaran is a veritable floating supcr-mark( t. In addition to the regular duties of the Supply Department such as pay roll, the galley, ship ' s store, small stores, soda fountain, barber shop and laundry, they are also responsible for keeping books on all stores which are transferred to other ships during replenishment operations. It is to their credit that they are able to complete large trans- actions, tons at a time, more easily and in less time than it takes the average housewife to have her groceries tabulated and paid for at one of our modem land-locked super-markets. ChPclk. N. C. McDowell, USN, cargo officer, checks cargo lists with D. Gotiss, SKI L. " Doc " Bower, HMC, mokes out his doily report A V ■ - First Row: (Lutt to Kiglit i E. Turner, J. B%rtus, CliPclk. H. Bateman, R. Hays, CSC, G. Robbins, R. Boyd. Second Row: J. Weeks, E. Schultz, U. Topacio, J. Blair, H. Johnson. Third Row: L. Kaiser, D. Marr, J. Ragiisa, L. Wheelock, F. Rudat, L. Wright, N. Boutin. ST hM ' AiCH First Row: (Left to Right) G. Alverson, L. Bower, HMC, ClilVlk. M. .McDowtll. D. Cowan, SKC, D. Gatiss, P. Winkles. Second Row: J. Jones, D. Bcahan, D. Cramer, P. Stokinner, L. Sewell, J. Gogan, R. Boutin. Third Row: R. Burnie, W. Coughtry, W. Curtis, J. D ' , bruzzi, T. Olson, R. Folsom. ■r r « ( J I At wjxfjn Don ' t tet! me they ' re selling money tax free in the ship ' s store T. Olson and J. Byrtus Ni Sometimes I so depressed A. Reyes How obout o raise in pay? J. GiJgaii This isn ' t very good advertisement ). W Ccks and 1). rojjacii) lJ( 4cfu aif PtciJUhHiH Vhdeti aif Ptci)UhhiHf . . . In 1945, in an article " Provisioning at Sea " , by Commander C. R. Bcaman, SC, USN, the USS ALDEBAHAN is mentioned as the ship to provision the battleship WASHINGTON, while underway, dnring the Okinawa campaign. It reads, in part as follows: " Along came the Okinawa operation which made the Saipan deal look like a cruise on the Hudson. If my memory serves me well, we stayed at sea for 82 days. The WASHING- TON ' S refrigerators would keep us in good shape for fifty si. days. Towards the end of that operation the food situation Ijecame serious. Most ships were out of fresh pro isions and Were screaming for an additional supply. The answer was pro ided by sending the ALDE- B. RAN up to the operating area to service the fleet. During one of the replenishment periods the Aldebaran came alongeside to delixer pro- visions to us. " " The first time alongside was more or less of a trial run. It had ne er been done before. With the two Burton rigs on tlie VASHINGTON it was a simple matter to tie into the cargo whips of the ALDEBARAN and drop the provisions on our decks. " Since that time, during World War II, when underway provisioning was looked upon as a wild experiment forced by necessity upon remote op- erating units, the Aldebaran has slowly but me- thodically built and de eloped the processes into a precise and smooth functioning science. During Mediterranean Replenishment No. 3-53, conduct- ed south of France in the waters between the Balearic Islands and Sardinia, the Aldebaran replenished half of the Sixth Fleet underway, in- cluding two large carriers and several cruisers, transferring over twelve hundred tons of cargo in this manner. It was a feat in naval history, something never done before. But the problems of naval logistics, which have prompted this intense concentration on the ability of reefers to pro ision underway, have only a re- mote existence for the seamen who carry out this gruelling routine. Underway pro isioning is a dreaded grind of hard labor and nights with little sleep. It is a nightmare of sweating bodies shifting heavy crates, cargo nets going up and down, whining winch drums and popping resistors, shouting storekeepers and boatswain mates, and the constant traffic of strange ships pulling along- side to recei e their rations. The period of labor is always short, seldom more than three days, but in these short periods the reefer justifies its exist- ence. The winchinan Tnaneiucrins his load is to the Aldfharan what the firecotitrolman on the cruiser is to his hit; mins. The ammunition passers on the destroyer find their counteqiarts on the reefer in her cargo handhng seamen. Underway provisioning really hegins the day before the rendezvous with the fleet. The holds are opened, booms topped up, machinery check- ed, and cargo broken out. Chilled and frozen foods are left untouched, but dry stores are brought up to the main deck. The breakout, a big job in itself, is made c en more onerous be- cause of anticipation of what ' s to come. The day of actual underway transfer starts with reveille at 3:30 a.m. and is an all hands evolution. It ' s still dark when the men commence breaking out more stores for the first vessels maneu ering alongside. With much confusion and some pro- fanity- the first lines are jxissed o er and the rig is established. Then begins a long day. Netload after netload pass over the span, over the churn- ing water. Men struggle in the holds with the 100 pound crates of potatoes or the hea y cartons of beef. Well-trained winchmen adroitly manipu- late the tra eling cargo. Amidst the low whine of the spinning winclulrums. the popping of the overloaded resistors, the grind of the cargo whips at the fairlead blocks, and the raucous shouts and grunts of all hands, officers supervise each hold and carefulK ' watch for a boom casual- t -, a piece of cargo sli])ping back into the hold, or a (parting whip tliat could slice a man in two. Occasionally a bag of Hour will break, leaving a trail of white dust across the deck and the water. Perhaps once a whole netload will break loose and tumble into the thrashing sea. ' C ' iOt All day long the work continues. One ship completed, another pulls alongside. From both sides the Aldebaran disgorges her provisions. It is late at night when the last vessel pulls away. Officers and crew are both exhausted. The Plan of the Day says " Lights Out " at 2200. but there are still men working in the holes breaking out for the ne.xt day. and the nightwatches still have to be stood. Reveille ne.xt morning is at 4:30 a.m. The Aldebaran ' s success has been unique. It is difficult to trace it to its source. Part can be accounted for in the far-sightedness of com- manding officers who were eager for experiment. Part can be accounted for in the ingenuity of the ship ' s bos ' n and those who assisted him in devel- oping the rigging techniques. But jierhaps most important of all is the spirit of the Aldebaran ' s men whose faithfulness and cooperation even in moments of greatest fatigue ha ' e proved the deciding factor in the transfer of tons of pro- visions. Underway replenishment aboard the Alde- baran has been a smashing success and has drawn praise and admiration from all directions. But these words of praise have always been ac- companied by e en greater demands upon the ship ' s resources, demands for more improve- ment and more ships replenished underway. Complete satisfaction will arrive only when the Aldebaran has replenished the entire fleet under- way, transferred her entire cargo at sea, and thereby illustrated that it can be done, that a remote operating task force can readily function without local landbased supplies. WBBBB ' BWPrtWIff ? " if ' iHiTiw-Ar --- j ' j-ft .T, ; if k Ofiei-at hfi Schedule e H ket yMiniH —Januatif uahtahamc Saif, Cuba r . J tr- ?5 - Hope Botanical Gardens . . . Myrtlebonk Hotel Hih MpH. Jamaica THE GTMO EXPRESS tKe w i:.. tHatch m ic JbuLii.iL, .UM mi -— IH; . .-4 • r- : T ' i J ' ■I ; • •■ j.. - . 1, 0—4 PkaletPH Sa , (jnece s . . i The wonders of the old world ' . ,; L -.,,-,r; ji?L:;-r 1«- l;J, i Cannes, France . ?». Wi " « " (Top) Post Office - Golfe Juan ( Bottom ) Casino — Nice Liberty party heads for Fleet Landing, GoUc Juan O Three men chiefly enjoying themselves A middle ' mid ships In the wake of the Wisconsin PcH 0 paiK TtihiM Ship ' s party in Trinidad € ' C ' 7.- , : s ' .- ' v? ir ' if ■ , f Solemn Mtstieiriies of the ' i)isoi)ev ihis orticr inutfr pen; ' ' • " -■•■ .. sJ ' " " ' t ' ' ■ Kits IvIajetJty ' s ■ribl» .,5— --» , " N 4i kan( Me y z: m r m a 7 vjr : - ■ ' •. ■ » -■ ' ' , I JIENT OmJIyEE dDF THE DEEF df sc ' Jo A ' m wA-f ' y ' ffV ' u ur y ' of Our Royal Displfasij i i4 . - r ' - r 4m , :; ..,C- .rvy?V Jhe IteA o( KlejfituM On July 11, 1953, the good ship Aldebaran, bound southward to a rendezvous with the great midship- man cruising force returning from Rio de Janeiro, crossed the equator with her two hundred and thirty officers and men. In accordance with one of the oldest traditions of the navy and the sea the entire morning was set aside in order to initiate one hun- dred and seventv-six of these men into the Ancient Order of the Deep. The Neptune tradition, which traces some of its origins as far as the ' ikings, says that the ocean areas near the equator are waters sacred to King Neptune. Accordingly, anvone entering into this area must pa - homage to the roval dignit) ' of King Neptune. . li men coming into the domain of Neptune for the first time must be duly initiated into all the mysteries of the Ancient Order of the Deep before they can be considered true sons of Neptune and thence pass unmolested through the sacred area of the equator. Whenever a vessel approaches the equator. King Neptune sends his trusty messenger and scribe Davev Jones to investigate the loyalties of the crew. Davev Jones, discovering anv " pollv wogs. snails, or other forms of uninitiated sea life " aboard, reports this fact to his royal master and thus brings about a holding of court the following day to try and pun- ish the offenders. " Shellbacks " , those sons of Nep- tune who have crossed the line, make up the court, and hand out a variety of harmless and humorous punishments to the " poUywogs. " Neptunus Rex The Ruler of the Raging Moin . . . Neptunus Rex alias Patrick Potterson, EMC The Royal Court of King Neptune consists of the following personages: King Neptime. Davev Jones, Queen - mphitrite. the Babw the Princess, the Judge, the Prosecutor, the Doctor, the Dentist, the Barber, the Police, the Devil, Pegleg Pete, and va- rious other piratical figures. All pollywogs are given a trial, and all are found guiltv of ha -ing offended the dignitv of King Neptune b) ' entering the south latitudes for the first time. Such offense demands punishment, and the roval court is right at hand to provide a number of curious t pes. The ceremonies aboard the . ldebaran |uK ' 11th were verv colorful. There was a good variety of eve- patches, satin knickers, flintlock pistols, and other standard pirate gear. With the skull and bones of the " joli ' roger " flving from the ardarm. the court as- sembled on number two hatch, summoned up the offending pollywogs, and handed out the following punishments: a visit to the stocks or the doghouse. a gooti hosedown, some gagging medicine from the royal doctor, a good ducking in the pool by the royal bears, a skinclose haircut from the royal barber, and several other humiliating " tortures. " All the poUvwogs took their punishment in good tri(i( ' , and it is generalK ' agreed that King Neptune increased his tainilv this time in one of the most spirited ceremonies in man ;i moon. The royal court in all its splendo The ( ci al Ccuft Now is the time for all good men to come to the aid of their part ' Allow me to pour The Royol Band. Petrillo would have a fit There are rough times ahead for the pollywogs ,n Into the chute Out of the chute . Down the gountlet The Master-at-Arms pleads for Mercy See no evil . . . hear no evil . . . speck no evil Before the Court of Neptunus Rex Git along tittle doggie The chamber of horrors Sometimes we ' re hoppy . . . Sometimes we ' re blue ' How much is that doggie in the window? " Ijf A hair razing experience " Come on in the water ' s fine . , " Whol are you? " . . , glub . . . " SHELLBACK!!! " Ancient Order of the Deep i. This is to certify that I. M. A. SHELLBACK hafl been gathered into our fold and duly initiated a 8 a TRUSTY SHELLBACK having crossed the .Elquator and invaded my Realm at Latitude 00° 00 ' 00 " , tonxitucle ij,U 1 ) ' UU Wpst , DAVY JONES vi r-w NEPTUNUS REX His Majesty ' s Scribe lzS !jbiii!LW V Raging Ma Att..t«, ,,.W.Lr1 Y, ?rCDR. . am CH r H - M " " H - M-H-M ' H-H-M-M-ir-M-n-if-ir-irv-n-w-if-ig g:g NO CAR-4044 (New 3-51) NAVY— OPPO 5ND NorV; The Royal Barber has left his mark on the smiling new Shellbocks fTlXL SH K Wliitsnn, V 2 THE ROYAL SCRIBE A. Jones. GMl PIRATE Cdr. W. L. Fev, Jr., USN, and I.cdr. C. M. Tavlor. USN ChMath. J. . ' . Cittinger, USN ROYAL ADMIRAL and ROYAL NAVIGATOR QUEEN Lt. J. . Wliitvw, (SC) USN ROYAL CHAPLAIN W Marsaltk. MMC PRINCESS W. Wlucl.r. IX :i DEVIL ROYAL PROSECUTOR Hcti aif cutine " C: r . Marsalek and J. Gogan lead Catholic services t ii iHe etiDiceA Lt. (jg) W. E joiner (CO V ' S leads Protestant services, assisted bv R. Wliitson IH limft J f is ■( m First Row: (Left to Right) LTJG. A. J. SeliHnger, LT. J. A. Whitver, (SC), CDR. W. L. Fey, Jr., LCDR. C. M. Taylor, LTJG. J. B. Murray, LTJG. J. A. Thorpe. Second Row: ChBos ' n. V. L. Rankin, ChPclk. M. C. McDowell, LTJG .(CC), W. E. Joiner, Ens. V. F. Baldassano, Ens. F. J. Pokorny, Ens. M. B. Moore, LTJG. J. D. Delanev, ChPclk. H. Bateman, ChMach. J. M. Gittinger. Capt. L. M. Wright ( SC ) USX and J. Delanev Offfice ' J m ■ ' --. r0t s |. B. Murray m ' J. Thorpe, A. Sililinger. and ' . Baldassani n 4 .. Delaney, C. Taylor, Captain L. Wright, Captain Fey, and Chaplain Garabowski M. Moore PLOTTING THE NOON POSITION ]. Thorpe and F. Pokorny Malinraja Habul and friend ' f OFFICERS ' COUNTRY First Row: ( I,i-tl to Higlit) W. Khittc, MMC, J. KcTclock, BMC, P. I ' attersoii, i;. K;, C. Hr.iuii, QMCSS, R. Hays, CSC, W. Marsalck, MMC. Second Row: W. Schneider, BTC, B. Sever, MEC, L. Bower, HMC, D. Cowan, SKC, H. Crowder, BMC. CpO i chaplain L. Wrj lit ,iii(l Cliicf 1 ' . I ' attcrsor Two Aldcliaran " salts " i et tonetlicr. - W . St. Iiiicidri . t.isl iiKiii witi 1 ;i camera I J -r " r p : " f X Quattet ct HtuMe NAME ADDRESS ALLAIRE, Norman A., 40 Broadway St., Suncook, N. H. ALTMAN, Paul (n), 94-18 207th St., Queens Village, N. J. ALVERSON, George T., 27 Monmouth Ave.. Leonardo, N. J.»». AVERY, Paul R., 1621 Dorchester Ave., Dorchester, Mass. »»• ' BALDASSANO, Vincent F., 515 E. Marshall St., Norristown, Par. BARLEY, Ronald W., 20108 Derby Ave., Detroit, Michigan BARR, Robert R., 419-6th Ave., Juniata, Altoona, Pennsylvania BATEMAN, Harry (n) Jr., 30 Harris Ct., N. Abington, Mass. il - - BEAHAN, Donald C, 1645 E. 77th St., Chicago. 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Special acknowledgement is due to ComPhibLant, Public Information Office, for the assistance of Dennis J. P. O ' Neill, Jr., J03. A large measure of appreciation is also due William H. Schneider, BTC, and Frank J. McMahon, DCS. Particular thanks goes to William D. Coughlin, of Ideal Reproductions, Inc., and Raymond P. Coughlin, of Coughlin Typesetting, Inc., Cleveland, Ohio, and L. F. Snoops, of The Albrecht Company, Baltimore, Maryland, bmders. It was through their combined efforts that the book was completed much earlier than anticipated — - before the ALDEBARAN sailed on another Rambling Reefer assignment. Jomes D. Delaney, Lt(jg), USN Editor THIS BOOK HAS BEEN PRINTED AT NO COST TO THE GOVERNMENT The lookout si :,hts the flare of Chesapeake Lifihtship creeping, over the horizon; a vague rim of land rises sloulij in tlie west . . . 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