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Page 17 text:
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
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.
Page 16 text:
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
Page 18 text:
September lst came only too soon. We
were ordered to join the screen of fast
carrier Task Force 77, operating in the Sea
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.
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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