Brown (DD 546) - Naval Cruise Book

 - Class of 1953

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After two days at sea, the elements began to work. The force encountered a tropical storm which roughed the "DD'S" considerably, although the "CVA" was hardly aware of the destroyers or storm.ln fact, one "airdale" was overheard to shout while the Brown was alongside, 'Shove off coxwain, your boat's loaded!"' c The storm was highlighted by a 47 degree roll causing damaged to twenty five feet of the port railing, which was mild compared to the chaos created in the crew's dining lounge. Also of note was the laik gf fresh water on this leg of the journey, many bathless days re- su e . Neverthless, on July 17th Subic Bay greeted us. Despite the heat, many enjoyed "San Miguel's" abundant hospitality. The next morning brought 'H farewell to the Phillipines as we left to carry out our special assignment. By now our force had swelled to eight destroyers and two carriers. We had join- ed the Phillipine Sea, another of our CV class carriers, and were proceeding to the Formosa Straits. The object, an air de- monstration for the Chief of Naval Operations to impress the chinese Nationalish leaders , whom he was conferring, that our Naval Air Force is a vital and powerful link in Formosa's defense. After receiving a well done from the "Chief", our divison set course for Sasebo, Japan, one of our Fleet Support Centers in Southern Japan. The lines were over and secured on July 26th for a 48 hour stay to allow provisioning and refueling. Leaving Sasebo on July 28th, we pro- ceeded to our next destination, the front lines on the East Coast of Korea. At the "bombline" our primary purpose was to assist the advance- ment of ground forces by utilizing shore fire spotters. Six 'days of bombardment showed the effectiveness of our five inch batter while blasting targets near Wonsan and Kosong. A challenge by two of the enemy's seventy-six millimeter guns proved ineffective. In short order, counterbattery fire was silenced by our observant fire control team. This was the initial skirmish with the "Red" forces in Korea on our second cruise. As the third of August rolled around, our relief arrived and DesDlV 132 headed for Southern Japan for anti-submarine war games. A break in asw operations on the weekend of August 9th and 10th provided an opportunity to enter Kobe, Japan. The two major Japanese cities of Kobe and Osaka proved excellent for liberty, having many variations in recreation and souvenir hunting. With our anti-submarine warfare completed, we set sail for Yokosuka, Japang anixiously awaiting two weeks liberty. On arrival, we joined the nest of the U.S.S. .Bryce Canyon, a large U.S. repair ship who assisted us with our upkeep. A While here, many of the 'facilities such as Navy Exchange, swimming pool, tennis courts, theatre, clubs, andathletic fields, were utilized. Much competition was given these activities by the interest taken in bargaining with the Japanese shopkeepers. 13

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midi if 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.

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September lst came only too soon. We were ordered to join the screen of fast carrier Task Force 77, operating in the Sea of Japan. This SCI-'eening operation was highlighted by a bombardment mission with the battle- ship U.S.S. Iowa, one of our heaviest dread naughts. This was quoted as a fast "hit-run Two incidents of a curious nature occured raid which inflicted considerable damage to here, The Brown "poking" in close to the beach when a lookout spotted a small sampan drifting near the shore. A closer look showed many people in the boat frantically waving white flags. Captain Hayes called away the boarding party which set out in the motor- whaleboat to ascertain the intentions of the strange occupants of the craft. Further ob- servation determined that these ill clothed, half frozen people were fleeing to South Korea and freedom. Ensign Oh Hjoung Won, our South Korean Naval Laison Officer, spoke to the leader and discovered the entire group of thirty-eight people were all of the same family, an old couple and their de- scendants of three generations. While effecting the transfer, both ships I were necessarily dead in the water. Being very close to shore we presented a fine target. If the enemy had intentions of unlim- bering their guns, they soon changed their minds, for commencing to circle us as our screen was the unmatchable U.S.S. Iowa. The operation was completed without mishap, an- other example of Navy teamwork at its best. ' 14 enemy coastal rail lines and fortifications. ' Captain Hayes offered these refugees aid in reaching South Korea. When brought aboard they were fed their first meal in many hours their only provisions being one apple clutched possessively by a small child. All ties with their former world were severed when their boat was destroyed! this had to be done to prevent their abandoned craft from becoming a navigational hazard The forty millimeter gun crew found it a very "able" target. Later, they were trans ferred to the appropriatly named, H.M.S. Charity, a British destroyer, which was to carry them to a South Korean port.

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