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On a warm sunny morning of June 16th, the U.S.S. Brown DD546 departed
from San Diego harbor, commencing a mission to be completed some six
months and fifty thousand miles later. This date originated the Brown's second
departure for duty in the orient since recommissioning.
All hands showed a feeling of confidence 'derived from the knowledge that the
ship was in tip top condition. This was due to extensive work accomplished by
Long Beach Naval Shipyard in a three month overhaul. During this period many
new electronic improvements, some of the latest in design, placed the Brown
high in the Navy's standard of destroyer capabilities. A feature in streamlining
was the installation of a tripod mast, the first built by the shipyard.
Six months underway training followed under the guidance of Commander
E.H. Dimphel who commanded the ship until shortly before departure. On June
10th, Commander Dimphel relinquished command to Commander G.A. Hayes in a
formal 'fChange of Command" ceremony. ,
With a new skipper, we set sail for the land of
the hula skirts in the company of the U.S. aircraft
carrier Essex, and the three other "cans" of
Destroyer Division 132.
Six days later, our small task element slipped
into Pearl Harbor. Hawaii's world reknowned
beaphes and ente rtainrnent were greeted with much
fervor. Although relaxation and enjoyment were the
keynote, the crew was well occupied readying the 'ii
ship for the war zone. During the eleven day stay, the
sonar sound projector was discovered smashedg
necessitating drydocking. The work was accomplished
quickly, however, and repairs were made without '
delay in our schedule.
Our Hawaiian holiday terminated on July 3rd as
our group left for Yokasuka, Japan. To our surprise,
however, orders were changed shortly after leaving
A sending us to Subic Bay, Phillipine Islands, gn a
special assigmnent. ”