Duxbury Bay (AVP 38) - Naval Cruise Book

 - Class of 1955

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I Commander Malcolm S. Ragan, USN, was born on 8 November I9I5, af Yonkers, New York. A+ 'rhe presenf fime, he and his family are residing a+ I I5 88I'h Sfreef, Virginia Beach, Virginia. Commander Ragan graduafed 'from Wa- bash College af Crawfordsville, Indiana, in I936. He enfered 'rhe Navy as an aviafion cadef in Ocfober I937, and was degignafed a naval aviafor in November l938, upon com- plefion of flighf fraining. Prior 'ro reporfing aboard I'he DUXBURY BAY in March I954, Commander Ragan was Chief Sfaff Officer of Commander Naval Air Bases, Thirfeenfh Naval Disfricf, in Sea'HIe, Washingfon. During World War II, he flew Liberafors and Privafeers in 'rhe Pacific and was in command of a pafrol bomber squadron in fhe Philippines during fhe Ia'Her parf of fhe war. I Capfain Henry H. Hale, USN, was born JuIy,23, I907, in Gary, Indiana. Af 'I'he pres- enl' he resides al' 5508 Brile Drive, Befhesda, Maryland. He is married and has fwo daugh- +ers: Sally and Rae. Capfain Hale enfered 'rhe Naval Academy in I927 and was commis- sioned as Ensign in 'rhe U. S. Navy in June, I93I. In I934 he was designafed a Naval Aviafor. In I940 Capfain Hale 'roolc ,command of a fraining squadron a'I' Corpus Chrisfi, Texas. In I94I he commanded fhe firs'I' Naval AviaIor's Ins'lruc'for School af Corpus Chrisfi. During' World War II he served on I'he carriers SAN JACINTO and"FRANKLIN and was decorafed for valor on bofh. He was awarded 'rhe Navy Cross while on 'rhe FRANKLIN. Capfain Hale has served on 'rhe Sfaff of Commander, Sixfh Fleel' and Sfaff of Com- bined American and Brifish .Forces in Triesfe. Since July, I954, he hasserved-as Command- ing Officer, USS DUXBURY BAY IAVP-38I. I I A I

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BRIEF HISTORY OF THE USS DUXBURY BAY CAV?-333 The USS DUXBURY BAY is a small seaplane 'render 3I0 feel long and 42 fee'I wide. Whera fully manned she has a compIemen'I' of .250 men. She began hercareer on 2 Ociober I944, when she was launched aff 'rhe lake Wash- ing'I'on Shipyard, Kirkland, Washinglon. The name DUXBURY BAY came from a bay of Ilwe same in Massak chuse++s. She was commissioned aI' Lake Washingron on 3I December I944. I A+ San Diego, in February. I945. She conducfed her shakedown cruise and performed her Hrs? flevfcling opera'I'ions. I The DUX Ieff I'he S'ra'Ies on I2 March I945, for Pearl Harbor. Upon arrival she was assig Sed I'o Commander Air Force, U. S. Pacific FIeeI'. From Pearl Harbor she proceeded +o Eni'Iwe+ok, Ihe Marshall Islands, Guam, 'I'he Caroline Islands and Okinawa. I+ was aI' Okinawa 'rhar +he DUXBURY BAY saw i+s only aclion during World War II. During an air a'I"rack she suffered sIighI' damage and IosI' one man. This was in May, I945. She conlinued 'I'o Iend seaplanes un'riI 'rhe end of hosI'iIi+ies. Af+er I'he war she re+urned Io San Francisco, arriving Ihere in OcI'ober, I946. In I947 and I948 Ihe DUX made Iwo cruises Io 'rhe Far EasI'. In March, I949, she was underway for a round- 'Ihe-world cruise Ihaf Iook her Io Pearl Harbor, Manila, Singapore, Colombo, and Ihe Persian Gulf. On Ihis Irip she remained in +he Gulf for one monlh, serving as Flagship, Commander Middle Easl' Force. In January, 'rhe DUX again deparled for Ihe Persian Gulf and Io du+y as Flagship, Commander Middle Easl Force. Since +ha'r 'rime she has compIeI'ed seven cruises 'ro 'rhe Persian Gulf.

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' if T ' we u. s. s. ouxsum' BAY IAVP-381 t 'ffl Care of Fleei' Posf Office . J- ' V S4Vl New York, New York Bolvigg It was late in August 1954 when our good ship, the U .S.-S. DUXZURYBAY' ' CAVP-382 was released to the Atlantic Fleet by the Portsmouth Naval ,Ship Yards A . I like all ships coming out of the Naval Yard, the "G needed grooming and training before as'-Sunngng ' ies. She was not exactly clean or ' ly six-ty-five percent wer aboard, one-h Per ' alloping Ghost", 4 her lmpending' responsibilitf- V ship-shape and of her crew, approximate-f f e new men and officers. Of the old timers fistill ' t"- - alt' were slated for transfer before her departure to theff. sian Gulf. After a brief few days to prepare for sea and load all , A aflvnnnition and stores, the USS DUXBURY BAY was underway on a months train- ing cruise to Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. At Guantanamo all hands turned to with a will to prepare forthe coming V cruise to the Middle East and to weld Ship and crew into a single- proficient Unit. The hours were long and the tasks tedious, but not without compensation, the first consisted of two good liberty ports - Santiago, Cuba and Port-au- Prince, Haiti. These interesting cities provided pleasant and well-earned ' relaxation and recreation. The greater reward, however, was a knowledge that as we returned to Norfolk we had become an efficient Ylhit of the Atlantic T Fleet.' The "DUX" was now clean, orderly and ship-shape, capably manned by a r pr0ud and experienced crew. After a week at Norfolk with friends and loved ones we put to sea for the start of a seven months' cruise. It soon became evident that the value of this cruise had to be measured by more than the training of a fighting Unit or the visits to strange and exotic portsg it must also include the value of the friendships established g on board. In seven months one learns the mea-ning of the term "shipmnte" and comes to rely on the association with the friends and companions with whom he lives so closely. It is such friendship that make the lonely watches pass .more quickly and add interest to the routine of shipboard duties. Moreover, it is such friendship that adds imneasurably to the enjoyment and pleasure of the liberty parties in ports far from home. It is the purpose of this cruise book to help preserve the pleasant memories of the l954-1955 cruise, and to strengthen and perpetuate the fond friendships which came into existence during this time. Althwgh transfers will separate many shipmates, the cherished memories will remain and later on in life we can live again, through this book, our trip to the Mediterranean, Red Sea, Persian Gulf, Africa, South America and the Caribbean. UQSQ NaVy Commanfiilng Office I'

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