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TAh X U.S.S. FECHTELER DDR 870 EDITORS Ens. Cabot, Ltjg. Kane, Perkins B.C., RD 3, Chaffers J.O., SN, Gygi K.H., RD 2, Goodson G.L., RD 3, Deuchar A.J., QM3. CONTENTS HISTORY OF SHIP 4 THE COMMAND 5 THE OFFICERS 6 DIVISIONS 8-25 LIFE AT SEA 27-29 HAWAII 30 YOKOSUKA . ' . . . 32 R R 33-34 MANILA 35 SUBIC BAY 36 CARRIER OPS 37-38 SASEBO 39 HONG KONG 41-42 EQUATOR CROSSING 43-44 SINGAPORE 45 CEYLON 46 ADEN — SUEZ — PT. SAID 47 NAPLES 48 ROME 49-50 LISBON 52 AZORES 53 STORM 54 The USS FECHTELER was originally commissioned on March 2, 1946 at Staten Island, New York. The ship was named for Rear Admiral Augustus F. Fechteler but the name was later short- ened to FECHTELER to include the Admiral ' s son, Lt. Frank C. Fechteler. Admiral William M. Fechteler, Commander-in-Chief, Allied Naval Forces, Southern Europe, is another son of the late Rear Admiral Augustus Fechteler. In January, 1947, the ship proceeded to the Pacific Ocean via the Panama Canal and op- erated in the China area until January 1948, when it returned to San Diego. In the next five years the FECHTELER spent twenty-three months in the Far East, visiting the Philippines, China, and Japan, and operated with Task Forces 77 and 95 during the Korean conflict. ' " » C jfi jj - -rr.-- A J ml V In April, 1953, the ship was decommissioned for a major conversion to a destroyer radar picket. When the ship was recommissioned on I December 1953, Commander R. W. Savage assumed command. After a shake down period in the Long Beach San Diego area, the FECHTELER departed on 10 May, 1954 for duty in the Western Pacific in company with Destroyer Division 321 as the flagship. On I September, 1954, the Division completed its duties in the Pacific and departed for Newport via Hong Kong, Singapore, Colombo, Naples, Golfe de Juan, and Lisbon arriving in the United States on 27 October, 1954. Destroyers are a common thing to Captain Savage, having served aboard them during all of War II. At the end of the war he was the com- manding officer of the USS EBERLE (DD 430). Following his destroyer duty Captain Savage was with the Bureau of Naval Personnel and also spent three years in Cairo, Egypt, as Ass ' t Naval Attache. Captain Savage graduated from Northwestern University in June 1940 and was commissioned as an Ensign USNR. He volunteered and was ordered to active duty immediately. Captain Savage is a native of Chicago, III., and his wife is from California. They have three daughters. It is not a well known fact, but Captain Savage is a competent trombone player and is an accom- plished linguist speaking both French and Arabic. CDR. Neff, the capable and energetic second in command of the USS FECHTELER, entered the Academy on August 3, 1938 and received his com- mission on December 19, 1941, shortly after the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. Prior to assuming his duties aboard the FECHTELER, Mr. Neff spent a good number of his Navy years on board cruisers, notably the heavy cruisers NEW ORLEANS and BREMERTON and the light cruiser OAKLAND. He also spent four years ashore, two years at the Bureau of Ordnance in Washington, D. C, and two years at Caracas, Venezuela with the Naval Mission. Mr. Neff was born in Marion, Indiana, and Marion is still home as far as the Neffs are concerned. His family consists of his wife and two children, a boy and a girl. SHIPS OFFICERS ' : At IMff Top Row: Ens. Schaff, Ltjg. Firgau, Ens. Isbrandtsen, Ens. Kelly, L+jg. Kane, Ens. Cabot, Ens. West. Middle Row: Ltjg. Wendel , Ltjg. Mckenzie, Ltjg. Merow, Ltjg. Sullivan, Ltjg. Clowe, Ltjg. Hull. Bottom Row: Ltjg. Schlank, Lt. Pyle, Cdr. Neff, Captain Savage, Lt. Peterson, Lt. Shealy, Ltjg. Blase. { m ih m FIRST DIVISION Mr. Schaff t i fHm. k f i J-H Li- 1 i Standing: Feidner, Monroe, Hamel, Stroud, Lemie, Self, Slater, Broolcman, Miller, Anderson, Gillaspie, Beckham, Sober, Kayser, Owens, Julian, Dixon, Martin, Askey, Bryant. Kneeling: Wilson, Lee, Waller, Glisson, Graham, Tyree, Goble, Breeden, Klein, Byrd, Lime, Felix, Hernandez, Bush, Johnson, Crisp, Bolton. No. I DIVISION We ' re pretty crowded up here in the FIRST DIVISION. We have duck dealers, parrot peddlers, and monkey managers. There are also Texans and musicians, and there is rarely a moment after knock off ship ' s work when a fiddle, guitar or banjo can ' t be heard. Our evenings are spent letter-writing, cardplaying, and movie going. Our days are spent sweeping down the decks, draining water from the boatswains locker, firing the guns and doing everything else that is expected of real sailors. SECOND DIVISION Kneeling: LeDoux, Day, Douglas. First Row: Ramos, Paulson, Boyd, Flager, Soberg, Parks, Ruby, Ruzicka, Land, Caple, Campbell. Second Row: Hendricks, Chapman, Price, Davis, Polin, Kreps, McCoy, Stigile, Routh, Garrett, Coppedge. Third Row: Waters, Stewart, Furrh, Gartin, Sicke, Podany, Craven, Rowley, Rudd, Blanton. Fourth Row: Fones, Brown. The second division consists of the 3 " 50 battery and depth charge gunners mates, the boatswains mates, and their seamen. We have the responsibility of maintaining the entire after part of the ship which includes the fueling stations, highlines, boat and three inch batteries. Our deck force led by " Smiling Doug " has always been the best in seamanship, cleanliness while the three inch battery led by Day has often been referred to by the Commodore as the main battery of the ship. !■% R " DIVISION Mr. Cabot i Top Row: MacLeod, Morelli, Tuttobene, Burk, Bergum, Barrett, Salard, Howard, Clements. Middle Row: Yowell, Hammock, Olbert, Dacus, Cartrette, Brown, McAdams, Kern, Hollaway. First Row: Meyers, Cox, Todd, Frazier, Beran, Misegades, Peters, Coleman, Breaux, White. " Omnes Gallia in tres partes divisa est. " Caesar ' s statement of the division of Gaul into three parts fits the " R " division to a tee. It is almost impossible to speak of this division as one because of the many diversified jobs carried out by these three groups of highly skilled men. The bulb snatchers and IC boys make up one third of this triumverate. Most of these men at the outset of the cruise were inexperienced, but by the time Newport was in sight, a saltier bunch of electricians could not be found. I don ' t know of a single port that these boys missed seeing. Let me just say that they were not " stay at homes " . Their most notable performance was the purchase of the furnishings and hardware in a hotel at Kyoto, Japan. This was rest and recreation?!! The auxilliary gang, under Chief Haynes was probably the biggest bunch of bum dope ar- tists on the Fechteler. If the ship had gone everywhere these enginemen and machinists pre- dicted, our cruise would have taken us a hundred and fifty thousand miles and two years. The third group is the shipfitters, pipefitters, damage controlmen and metalsmiths. This group kept the heads functioning. Armed with plumbers friends, these men could be found at any time of the day or night plunging at a head or drain. They tell me that this is learning a trade! 10 f Beran 1 t Misegades Cartrette, Breaux, Olbert, Burk, Frazier Yowell, Morelli, Hammock, Salard, MacLeod BarreH, Todd White, Howard, McAdams, Clements 114 S " DIVISION a -» Top Row: Nunley, Canady, Herrick, Smith, Moran, Young, Knowles, Schaeffer, Farinas. Middle Row: Adams, Lynd, Anderson, Coleman, Hyder, West, Norton, Dykes, King. Bottom Row: Squibb, Christie, Zumwalt, Marsh, Spychalla, Hanson, Collins, Runge, Penberthy, Martin. Remember the Commissary Department and its old standby " roast beef " ? Each man on the ship ate approximately seventy-four pounds of beef during the cruise. In the few hours that the ship ' s store was open more than 22,000 dollars went into the cash register. The disbursing section will always be remembered for its 0500 paydays. At that hour of the morning more than 173,000 dollars was paid out. We can not leave out that important information center, the barber shop, where Hyder SH3 is on hand eight hours a day for tonsorial needs, nor the wardroom pantry where Pete Farinas and his boys ably take care of the Wardroom. 12 Schaeffer, Canady, Kesner Adams, Spychalla, Squibb, Marsh, Mr. Mckenzie, Hanson Cleveland, Collins Adams, Chapman Young, Ramos THIRD DIVISION If it ' s to pin point a target on the land, sea, or air, we of the THIRD DIVISION are ready. Starting from San Diego as FT ' s and SO ' s, we worked into a highly efficient and skilled team by the time we arrived in Newport six months later. ! Mr. Kelly Top Row: Panicacci, Sandifer, Kaleiohi, Radke, Walker, Brown, Dalm. Middle Row: Mangan, Goudeau, Morgan, Bogh, Mayberry, Barkowsky, Nunnally. Bottom Row: Mitchell, Casey, Meyer, Caviness, Peralta, Mienert, Meyers. 14 £2- z Dalm, Casey, Peralta, Chief Brown, Brig hi , Panicacci Meyers, Brown, Kaleiohi, Goudeau Morgan, Nunnally, Meyer, Sandifer, Radlce 11 C " DIVISION Idt ?• ■■ «■? ' " " Ski • " ' -. ' . V Top Row: Coatney, Fernandez, Thomas, Parker, Long, Baumgarrner, Sloan. • Middle Row: Opela, Peterson, Anderson, Goodrich, Lauderman, Thompson, Mings. Bottom Row: Wallace, Lapham, Rindfleisch, Cabral, San Filippo, Deuchar, Copeland. We of " C " division stake a claim of having stood more watches per man than any other division on the ship. We know what port and star board means, but we also know how to ap- preciate our time on the beach. Parker still talks about a place called Celler Club, and Rind- fleisch claims that he left a string of broken hearts from Kobe to Golfe de Juan. We have, also, learned our way around radio and the signal bridge. Semaphore and Charlie William are our friends now, and for the last month Wescott has not missed sunrise by more than ten minutes. 16 Pi ' I— 1 Copeland, Baumgariner Wescott, Sloan, Deuchar 4v j£ Anderson, Wallace Chief Higginbotham, Long, Mings Wesco+t, Deuchar, Lapham, Cabral, Thompson Long, Rindfleisch, Opela Mings, Sloan l l- E " DIVISION First Row: Hollaran, Croan, Nicklin, Lake, Schultz, Morse. Second Row: Martin, Nelson, Bridges, Underwood, Szafranski, Tobias, Richards, Kysar, Martin, McAlary, Hines. Third Row: Curttright, Webb, Edwards, Cleavinger, Railton, Carlton, Crosier, King, Fogland, Justus, Cox. Fourth Row: Balduck, Lopez, Winegarden, Hawkins, Clifton, Batt, Yoder, Irvine, DeVorzon, Tomlin, Patterson. Fifth Row: Drake, Tackett, Buffalo, Howell, Ramp, Vaughn, Gilbert, Hughes, Nakashima, Pick. The primary function of any engineering plant is to convert the chemical energy of a fuel into useful work and to employ that work in the propulsion of the ship. That is what the largest division, the men of the fireroom and engineroom, do aboard the ship. We ' re proud mainly of two things: one, that we have the ability and know-how to see that the ship fulfills her mission one way or another, and secondly that no " deck ape " has the authority to call himself a " snipe " . Mr. Isbrandtsen 18 T i 11 0 " DIVISION Mr. Kane Mr. West " We may not always be right, but we are never wrong, just misinformed. " This is the motto of CIC, the " nerve center " of the ship. The radarman ' s job of maintaining an efficient radar search and coordinating maeuvers among ships put plenty of wear on all the electronic equip- ment, so the six ET ' S have their hands full keeping the equipment operating. If you like being the first to receive the scoop, and are willing to put in many hectic hours, CIC is the place for you. 1 V t ! Top Row: Yates, Amstutz, Jenkins, King, Tewes, Alarcon, Harthill, Flahive. Middle Row: Wichern, Nelson, Iverson, Cook, Creitz, Clark, Stinebaugh, Dalton. Bottom Row: Casey, Cygi, Bruce, Brown, Goodson, Perkins, Chaffers, Lambeth, Walton. 20 riP Harthill, Nelson, Wichern, Casey, Stover, Ams+utz, Brown Perkins, Gygi, Cook, Chaffers Jenkins, Alarcon, Walton, Tewes 21 Perkins, Stinebaugh, Mr. Blase, Chief Lane, Cook " XO " DIVISION Willoughby, Lowery, Helbing, Cox, Templeton, Huntone, Woodruff The XO division consists of the clerical department, messmen, MAA department, and new personnel reporting to the ship. Service records, incoming and outgoing mail, the plan of the day, and the ship ' s organization book are but a few of the many tasks assigned to ship ' s office. Continual dissemination of in- formation arriving in ship ' s office is probably the biggest job required of the yeoman, and the question " Hey Woodie, what ' s this instruction mean? " is heard many times a day. It can be justifiably said that the ship ' s office is responsible for " Liberty, Leave, and the pursuit of almost anything. " STAFF DES DIV 321 Ltjg. Thornton Lt. Ruddisill, Commodore Herron, Lt. Esch THE CHIEFS Top Row: Haynes, Estes, Larson, Thompson, Cronkrite, Hubbard. Middle Row: Allan, Cote, Miles, Lane, Keisler, Brown. Bottom Row: Strehlow, Higginbotham, Reed, Barth, Layton. FOR. UB trY - OOAT 23 ■ - . ' ■ ' h •■• : ■ ■ lull I ■ f " ' ■ ' if n m ill 11 1 MB SB UN M Long Beach weather Hotel Wilton, Long Beach LONG BEACH Sun, sand, oil wells, and fog! Lots of fog and always when the ship was coming in for a weekend. There was also UTE during which we learned how to aim the guns, put up shoring, put out fires, and operate the fancy radar gear. When the training was over we went back into the yard, picked up the pieces, put them together and prepared to leave the Pacific fleet and join DESLANT. We didn ' t know which way we would go. Some dreamed of the charms of Panama City, others, of Fujiyama, and some didn ' t think we ' d ever leave. But when the pharma- cists mates loaded their hyperdermics, we were convinced. On May eighth we cast off for the Far East. Farewell to Kelly Sunday Entertainment 24 SAN DIEGO San Diego Harbor San Diego was our last port of call in the United States before heading west as well as the last we were to see of the States for six months. We left with mixed memories. Some of us recalled pleasant evenings in " Tea-Town " across the border in Mexico, others remembered the beaches and girls at Coronado and all of us had sore arms from the many innoculations given us by the Medical Dept. In any case whether you left with memories or a hang-over from one last fling before shoving off all of us were looking forward to what would prove to be the cruise of a lifetime. Mr. Isbrandtsen at Balboa Final innoculations Preparing for Inspection " Steady on 270, sir " Mr. Blase and Bruce plotting a spook Chow down K. P. at Sea ' All Hands . . Chip and paint, paint and chip 28 ■ ■t. . 29 khuai You didn ' t have to like poi, ukeleles, and surf boarding to enjoy Hawaii, although, of course, it helped. This was our first overseas stop and a very pleasant one at that. Tours were arranged upon our arrival at Pearl Harbor to visit the island and included Honolulu, the Blow Hole, Diamond Head, and the Upside Down Falls. Almost everyone managed to go swimming at Wakiki Beach and try out a planters punch served in a pineapple at the Royal Hawaiian Hotel. In the evening there was Honolulu and the Hula dancers. For weeks after our departure some- one could always be heard playing " I Want to Go Bade to My Little Grass Shack in Hawaii " almost any time of the day or night. The first stop in the Far East was Yoko- suka, Japan, well known to those who had made the Wes-Pac tour previously. We were greeted on arrival by a myriad of middle age fishing vessels and upon moor- ing were descended upon by bum boats try- ing to vend their wares. During the day sight seeing was of much interest due to the vast difference between Japanese dress, customs, architecture, and people and our ov n culture. Since transportation was read- ily available, many took the train ride to Tokyo and Yokohama, going first class of course. Yokosuka itself, however, kept the average sailor busy enough. For an after- noon snack and highball, the E-M club proved adequate and cheap, while most of the shopping could be done across the street at the Oriental Arcade. Night life was fascinating and new for most of us. There were many cabarets with good American dancing, cheap drinks, and pretty girls. Needless to say standbyes were hard to find. •Jf ' f£f rjytf i±i JM ' tt ' -V wll ti _ ££ t w 1 !» i 0VBT - R ANDR The nine days R R in the Kobe area was some of the best liberty experienced on the cruise. Kobe, the largest sea- port in Japan, was very conven- ent both for shopping on Motomachi St. and night life in that same area. Kyoto, the an- cient capital of Japan, was the center of the R R periods with headquarters at the Hotel Rakuyo. Kyoto had severa famed Japanese Buddhas and many other points of interest such as the park at Nara inhab- ited by several hundred friendly deer, the big bell where one could wash away his sins for ten yen, and the famous Dimaru department store. Kyoto ' s nightlife was excellent and the cabarets there seemed to be a bit classier than those encoun- tered in other parts of Japan. Evidence of the fun and ac- quaintances made there was shown by the number of wav- ing hands on the pier as we departed from Kobe. Shrine at Kyoto Parks, Panicacci, Templeton, Chapman, Parker, Amstutz Meinert, Casey, Goodrich Bruce and friend 34 M A N I L A President ' s Mansion Morton, Schultz, DeVorzon and friend Croan and Ramp talk it over. The first we saw of the Philip- pines was Bataan and Corregi- dore. We were on our way to Manila for the fourth of July weekend. Having come a good way south we got our first taste of really hot weather which showed its greatest effects when mixed with a few San Mijuels. Manila was a fairly expen- sive city with Jai Lai and air conditioned bars being the biggest attraction. There was a minimum of sight seeing to be taken in with the President ' s Mansion gettinq most of the film. Being both ours and the Philippines Independence Day, there was a parade in town and full dress ships in the harbor as a background. 35 SUBIC BAY If you wanted to play Tarzan, Subic Bay offered all the necessary jungles, vines, and monkeys to be desired. Unfortunately there was little else at this second port of call in the Philippines of any interest. If you felt that you had to spend some money, the neighboring colony of Olon- gopo offered certain entertainment and souvenirs could also be purchased. Otherwise the E-M club proved to be the best place to spend your pesos. uy Pool at Subic Clements, Chapman, Blanton Mr. Isbrandtsen, Stroud, Hyder, Lake CARRIER OPS 38 SASEBO After finishing some extensive ASW ex- ercises in the China Sea, we returned once again to Japan, anchoring in the harbor of Sasebo. Despite extensive U.S. Military activity, Sasebo still managed to keep many of its traditional Japanese ways. The enter- tainment offered in this city did not differ extensively from that which we had encountered else- where in Japan. There were some famous nightspots such as the Matsu Lodge, Mitsikato num- bers one and two, and the Queen Bee Hotel. The best sightseeing in the area was in the country side where, if one bicycled, you could visit coal mines that have been in operation for hundreds of years, see rice paddies, and traditional Japanese farming villages. On September first we left Japan for the last time but not until most of the crew had their " sayonara " with all the trimmings. A drink to the girls (Croan and Lake) The girls 39 Homesick? 40 Even before we reached Hong Kong you could hear heated discussions on the advantage of the double over single breasted, Worcester over flannel and just how the hell do you know if it ' s genuine cashmere. In any case at thirty-five dollars a suit plus a cardboard suitcase to carry it in, it was all too cheap to pass up. With luck you might end up with a suit that actually fitted. Our arrival, we discovered, was not the closely guarded secret we ' d believed, that inteprid side cleaner and garbage disposal, Mary Sou, was on hand to greet us with a little yellow flag flying from her sam pam reading " Welcome Fechteler. " However, the delights of Hong Kong did not end at the tailor shop. There was Aw Ben Haw ' s Tiger Balm Gardens, the floating restaurants at Aberdeen, Repulse Bay, and Kowloon. With luck you could almost walk to the borders of Com- munist China and stare at a Chinese Red who was probably too busy cleaning his finger nails to even notice you. At night you could eat bird ' s nest soup, egg foo yong, or other exotic foods and if you were lucky you might attend a Chinese Birthday party. As a last resort there was always a pretty girl in a slit skirt passing by. 41 Barkowsky, Meyer, Nunnally Tiger Balm Gardens Tiger Balm Statues 42 -gj gRlVM NEPTVNI EQUATOR: It would be difficult to con- vince a professor of Biology that a polywog can become a shell back, but it ' s true, three quarters of the Fechteller crew proved it conclusively when we crossed the equator on the tenth of September. Of course it was not an easy transformation, your back- side was sore, your head shaven, and you reeked of fuel oil. But you had met Nep- tumus Rex and his royal court and were now a qualified blue water sailor. The night before the polywog watch wearing deep sea divers gear searched for the line. The next morning as the ship steamed slowly towards the equator the Jolly Roger was run up the mast and Neptune and his court came on board. In the afternoon, the polywogs were introduced to his majesty and initiated by majestic rites into the ways of a deep water mariner. 1S- ■ rr Ml ?! ' ) $pfy- 1 SINGAPORE a A TWER BULK GARofS 4 1 ■ 9l 1 Tiger Balm Gardens If you didn ' t see the Tiger Balm Gardens in Hong Kong, you could see them in Singapore as well as visit the Botanical Gardens to feed monkeys, view a rather run down Buddhist Temple, and best of all have a cool drink at the Raffles Hotel. Our arrival in Singapore was hailed by the local newspapers as the most significant event since Lend Lease, " 1500 Free Spending Americans Arrive in Port. " The cash registers of the local merchants were well oiled but in vain as Hong Kong had left us ready for the bread lines. Even so the sharp operators in the crew were able to pick up a few souvenirs on a straight barter basis. Sight seeing, how- ever, still remained the most popular a ctivity and the camera fans though short on film did their best to record Singapore for the family album. Pool at the Britannia Club 45 Snake charmers, teak elephants, and jewels! You might end up with a piece of glass in a brass setting but it was such a bargain you just couldn ' t pass it up. On the other hand you might have been fortunate and bought a really valuable stone. In between the bargaining with the Ceylon- ese jewelers, we toured Colombo visiting Buddhist Temples, watching ele- phants dance in the Zoological Gardens, and eating curry until it came out of our ears. As for the teak elephants, they came in every shape and size rig- ged up as lamps, bookends, or just decorations. We probably owned more elephants than Hannibal when he crossed the Alps. Mr. West, Hunfone, and Mr. Wendel Nakashima, priest and reclining Buddha ADEN SUEZ PORT SAID Rug Merchants The big ditch Canal Station Canal boats PiW SSB T ■ ■ The ship anch- ored at Aden on September twenty-fourth long enough to refuel from the floating oil lines and then sailed northward up through the Red Sea. On September twenty-sixth, we tied up to a quai stern in off Suez and immediately swarms of Arabs bearing camel skin hassocks, rugs, and inlaid trays des- cended on us. Despite our bargaining ex- perience in Wes-Pac, most of us wound up on the short end. Even Mr. Firgau was done in. At six in the evening with a large flood light tied under the bow, the ship led the northbound convoy into the Suez Canal. What a ditch! Even in Texas it would be im- pressive. A short layover in Port Said, Egypt, and then out into the Mediteranean, the weather was cool and we felt we were almost home. (0== Pompeii must have been quite a liberty town even judging by the ruins and if Mt. Vesuvius is not as high as the Grand Teton it ' s still an impressive hill. However, if you were not interested in antiquities, modern Naples afforded a wide variety of entertainment from spaghetti and wine in a side walk cafe to pretty Italian girls, whose dimensions would put Marilyn Munroe to shame. In between you could buy cameos, Borcellino hats, and new leather gloves. On October second, Admiral Fechteler, his wife, and daughter visited the ship. 48 ROME All roads lead to Rome they say, and you would have followed one of them if you went on one of the three tours that left the ship. The city of Rome offered more than any place on the cruise. For the archaeologically inclined there were the extensive ruins of ancient Rome Those with historical interests could visit ancient churches and buildings and the camera fans could have a field day photographing all of the above. In the evenings there was a wide variety of entertainment ranging from excellent restaurants such as Passetos to opera at the Baths of Car- ncallus One of the tours was fortunate enough to attend an audience with the Pope at Casa Godolpho. There were few who did not feel that the tour to Rome was one of the most interest- mg and worthwhile events of the trip. Coll Train station at Rome Rotunda at St. Peters Hanson and Caviness and the Trevi Fountain The Victor Emmanuel Monument St. Peters CANNES On the morning of October sixth, we anchored off the Riviera at Golfe de Juan. Although the summer season was over there was still much to see and much to do from touring the heights of the Grande Corniche to playing the tables at Monte Carlo, and if you were really energetic you could bicycle back into the country side past ancient stone castles and villages. The more rugged members of the crew went to the beaches to get in one more swim and soak up the last rays of the autumn sun. Others went to Cannes or Nice and sat in the sidewalk cafes watching pretty girls on the boulevard over a glass of Cinzano and soda. Everyone got a kick out of practicing their high school French on the local mademoiselles with varying degrees of success. Gearhart, Martin and young lovelies Last rays of ys ot summer LIS BON If you like the Bull Fights, " Springtime in Portugal " played on a squeeky fiddle, and driving in a Mercedes-Benz (even if it was only a taxi), you probably enjoyed the liberty in Lisbon. Of course there were other attractions as well. You could drive down to Estoril and lose a few dollars in the local casino, sunning on the beach or you might have gone out on the tour to the shrine of Our Lady of Fatima. Perhaps you didn ' t do any of these things but spent your liberty in Lisbon itself, even so there was much to see and do. If you got out to one of the factories that manufactured cork products you may have come back with some good buys. As a last resort there was always a convenient sidewalk cafe selling everything from Madiera to Scotch. All in all it was a short stay but a pleasant one. 52 0R6S » ' | ' ;T| trtrtmr. MMM We didn ' t stay long enough to get any liberty in the Azores but if you liked pineapples, it was better than Hawaii. Every bumboat that came alongside was loaded to the gunnels with fruit. On the way back to Newport, pineapples kept appearing in CIC, on the bridge, and in the engine rooms. Someone might have thought that we were cornering the market judging by the quantity on board. The Azores also offered freshly roasted peanuts, fancy tablecloths, and wicker baskets. The last port of call on our trip home was pleasant if short. 53 On 25 October, 1954 en-route to Newport, Rhode Island the ship encountered heavy seas and winds up to sixty knots. The crew of the ship encountered sea-sickness, sandwiches for breakfast, lunch and dinner, and sleepless nights. Boating enthusiasts could operate their Japanese bought electric motor boats in the lakes accumulated in the compartments. Those with a mind for carpentry could practice building shores to support the stove-in bulkheads and shores to support the shores. Several people who had not previously done so read " The Cruel Sea " and one yeoman was seen with a copy of " The Sea Around Us. " The damage to the ship was considerable. The Ship ' s boat was smashed to pieces, two vents were ripped apart, bulkheads were bowed in and three compartments were flooded solid. The Damage Control people had the best drill of the year playing with shoring, submersible pumps and stability diagrams. In regards to the latter a misplaced decimal point indicated that the ship had turned over, this did not appear totally inaccurate at certain stages of the storm. The Dam- age Control Parties were roundly cursed for letting the water in, in the first place and then maligned f or not getting it out. Stores lost in the flooded compartments included a year ' s sup- ply of toilet paper for the first Division, five thousand tea bags and several cans of sardines al- though the latter were salvaged by shipfitter personnel in an example of heroic selflessness. We could call ourselves real blue water sailors but most of us said " Thank God it ' s all over " . 55 WELCOME HOME NEWPORT 56 SHIPS ROSTER 57 ADAMS, John W. ALARCON, Alfred A. ALLEN, Kenneth R. AMSTUTZ, Marvin F. ANDERSON, James F. ANDERSON, Norman L ANDERSON, Richard A. ANDERSON, Robert J. ASKEY, Stanton M. BALDUCK, Richard J. BARKOWSKY, Alfred V. BARRETT, Donald J. BARTH, George L Jr. BATT, Fred H. BAUMGARTNER, James F. BECKHAM, John C. BECKHAM, Leon O. BENFORD, William (n) BERAN, John J. RERGUM, Clifford B. BLANTON, Dan P. BOGH, Ronald G. BOLTON, Wilmer (n) BOYD, William F. BREAUX, Eneise (n) BREEDEN, Reed G. BRIDGES, Hubert (n) BRIGHI, Richard D. BROOKMAN, John A. BROWN, Fred M. BROWN, Harold E. BROWN, Ralph L BROWN, Ralph O. 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