Finch (DER 328) - Naval Cruise Book

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After a year or two at most, we feel we know all about a ship. But do we? The ship has housed many more crews than we have lived on ships. It is likely that she knows more about us by the way we handle her, maintain her, and care for her than we know about her. Take FINCH: Last December 13th she had seen twenty-five years since en- tering the Service. r y J I f ff ' Q in ,A fi M M as-if Tele , 1,-7, f...., . .f-'A' ,. 29 f ll -" at 74? J I i. i In her years, FINCH has served in three wars in three different configurations and travelled around the World. In fact, FINCH has seen so much more of life than us that we really do not know as much about her as we should. 'Throughout this book are scattered Datelines which are miscellaneous tidbits of our year and her past. So, sit back, laugh and feel nostalgia, and put together these reflections of the FINCH and her crew. Then, we hope, you'll have a pretty good picture of the ship and her men. - '- V - , f 4 , -.,1....,--,.,..1a.-ff ,. -.-- -. f-'-+,..4,-Y-:W fl H -A44 f-4-1,1543 f " H . FI CH HISTORY The USS FINCH QDER 3285 is a 1740 ton Radar Picket Escort manned by 150 officers and men She IS 306 feet in length has a beam of 36 feet in and is powered by four diesel engines Since her construction in 1943 FINCH has had a rich and varied history The Consolidated Steel Corporation of Orange Texas laid down her keel in uly 1943 In December of the same year she was commissioned as a Destroyer Escort During World War II FINCH served on convoy duty in the North and South Atlantic and in the Mediter ranean FINCH then passed through the Panama Canal in summer 1945 and headed for Pacific duty The war s end caught her between Guam M I her present homeport and the Philippine Islands FINC H spent the next few months aiding various Chinese cities In April 1946 FINCH left the Orient for a round the world cruise to the United States The first part of FINCH s travels terminated in the Autumn of 1946 when she was decommissioned With the Korean Crisis FINCH was called from the reserve fleet and commissioned as a United States Coast Guard Cutter QWDE 428, As an ocean station vessel she served in all parts of the Pacific Ocean until December 1953 In April 1954 FINCH was again decommissioned this time to join the Pacific Reserve Fleet In the fall of 1955 FINCH began conversion to her present configuration She was given more living space and modern radar and communication facilities FINCH was recommissioned as DER 328 in August 1956 Shortly there after Seattle Washington became her new homeport FINCH served as an early warning unit of the Western Continental Air Defense System as a member of Escort Squadron FIVE until September 1958 She then changed horneport to Pearl Harbor and took up reporting unidenti fied air surface and submarine contacts on the Pacific Barrier May 1960 saw FINCH return to San Francisco for duty with Radar Picket Squadron ONE on the Western Contiguous Radar Barrier With the impending discontinuation of the Radar Barrier the FINCH once more headed for decommissioning How ever her suitability for Seventh Fleet service was recognized and she departed San Francisco in june 1965 Guam . ,7 I . . ,.J ' . . .l ,7 , l' , , .., , .I . . 1 . , . .., . . ...I . , Y . A 1, V7 I 1 1.v,, 1 . --I . Q. . A -4 . , , a .... 1 l . U A . .ij ,'. 6 l -4 si . I ai .- 7. H. H .... 1 U H .. Mariana Islands became her homeport After lust twenty years FINCH returned to work in the Western Pacific Presently, FINCH performs Seventh Fleet Market Time Operations off the coast of Vietnam and Taiwan Patrol Duties. Some of her other assignments allow her to visit ports throughout the Western Pacific and add to her repu- tation as a world traveler. In these capacities, the USS FINCH QDER-328j continues to build on her already rich record. COMMA DI G OFFICER W3 1' A, ' ,"'t rt , f, , , Wifi 5 ' ff, Lieutenant Commander Robert L. GRIMMELL was born in Los Angeles, California on October 2, 1928. After attending John H. Reagan Senior High School in Houston, Texas, he enlisted in the Navy in 1945. LCDR GRIMMELL served in various capacities and advanced to Chief Electricianls Mate. Among his assign- ments was participation in mine sweeping operations in Korea and the Antartic Expedition "Deepfreeze I." LCDR GRIMMELL also instructed at Electricians Mate "A" school and Engineman "AH and "C" schools. In 1956, LCDR GRIMMELL was selected for the Inte- gration "Seaman to Admiral" Program. Through this program and graduation from Naval Officer Candidate School at Newport, Rhode Island, he received his com- mission in June 1956. Subsequently, LCDR GRIMMELL served as First Lieu- tenant of the USS BREMERTON QCA-1301 In April 1959, he became Executive Officer of USS PIVOT QMSO-4635. LCDR GRIMMELL followed his first Executive Officer billet with that of Commanding Officer of the USS HUMMINGBIRD QMSC-192j in june 1961. From there, he became Fleet Training Advisor to the Royal Thai Navy, USMACTHAIXJUSMAG, Bangkok, Thai- land. Prior to coming to USS FINCH QDER-328j, LCDR GRIMMELL served as the Executive Officer of the USS TAYLOR QDD-468j. He has commanded FINCH since 22 April 1968. LCDR GRIMMELL makes his permanent home in EXECUTI E OFFICER Lieutenant Stephen W. BARBER was born in New York City on February 24, 1957. After graduating from St. Mark's School, he attended Princeton University, earning his A.B. degree. While at Princeton, LT BARBER was in the Regular NROTC Pro- gram, from which he received his commission. His first duty was CIC Officer, USS NOBLE QAPA-2183 from June 1960 to June 1962. He then served as Operations Officer of the USS DEHAVEN QDD-727j. After a year of school at the American Institute for Foreign Trade, he received his B.F.T. degree. In june 1965 he served on the staff of Commander Mine Flotilla ONE in Sasebo, japan. During this tour he met Miss Maryann Comisky, whom he married in February 1967. In May 1966, LT BARBER began training to be Officer in Charge, Mobile Inshore Undersea Warfare Surveillance Unit TWENTY-TWO. He and his unit subsequently deployed to Nha Trang, RVN. For his work in Vietnam, he received the Navy Commendation Medal. He reported aboard FINCH in july 1967. A, 1 ,.' I ff ,'. A Q 4' . . U-limi!-lr sv , , Y M5 nw ww -0 mi MA? 'l Q lf f 6 Q, r QS f' , fi! --.4 ,W 2 M? Z wwf 4 1 '70 F ,K .k:... W 21 Nov 68: LCDR Grimmell out arm-wrestles BMS Treacy L , 'K -S53 ' . .. X' 44 Q Y, Wig? ' L 1 if AQ 38: CHA GE CDF CCJMMA D EQQ QE 1000, 22 APRIL 1968 BERTH NUMBER NINE U. S. FLEET ACTIVITIES YOKOSUKA, JAPAN CDR M. A, Skzfbifzmz Jldlldj' refieved by LCDR R. L. Grimmell Our new Skipper addrefref hir gzreytf and new Cnltifzg lhe Cake J 16 5 ENCS Meyer firerefzkr the mffzzzzifriofzifzg pemzmzf mzder zvhirh CDR 5121151121141 romzmwfled CDR Skubinna turned over command of FINCH to LCDR Grimmell in a half-hour ceremony held on the shipls fantail. Many notables attended, including VADM W. F. Bringle, Commander Seventh Fleet. Following the transition, refresh- ments were served and former and present Commanding Of- ficers cut the commemorative cake. This break in routine did not last long, however, for within two hours she was underway for her Training Battle Problem in Refresher Training. VADM Bringle 9Xf6?77!iiJ rofzgmfnlaliofzr fo LCDR Grimmell mm' bert wirfaef to CDR Skffbizzfm x ,af 'fm 1 g l Q OC I ISblO AJ differezzl as llaey all ure, OC! fall into line for an impeftiorz Radiomen are the biggest single group in OC fOperations Com- municationj Division. This division, however, is really the ship's catchall organization. The ship's "Doc,l' Personnelman, Yeomen are in OC although they really work for the Executive Officer on administrative matters. Quartermasters aid the Officer of the Deck in finding his way. In doing so, they too work for the Executive Officer, who is also the Navigator. The division contains the ship's Postal Clerk and the Signalmen. For administrative affairs all seven ratings are united under the Communications Officer: LTJG Cooper. Radiomen mainffzifz fl flare 'lt'01'kl1Zg . . . or playing . . . allimzre ufilh fbeir ET buddies. I O l MQ., At Sea Detail or General Quarters most of OC is up on the bridge. All are under the watchful eye of our leading QM . . . especially the Duke who thinks he's a DJ. every time he gets those phones on his head. When no special evolutions are in progress, however, you can always find a few OC types back down in their luxu- rious compartment. M Apr 68: FINCH is notified of getting the Green E. 2-"T" ,,f,"z-'it in A 'WW we Boblq Lee and the Flagbag Four f .2 ,212 A good job get! rewarded. OC has its share of Characters. All you had to do to find out was hit the beach with Mencel or Randall. And Snort-nicest guy on the ship. If you don't believe it, he'll run you up the mast. Then, therels Doc and his magic needle. Kassing will draw your Picture, P. will write your life's story. Slesinski fSleezy to his friendsj is renowned for his taste in female com- pany, if any. Radiols own smiling "Chee- tah" Lopez takes the award for quietest. l l l u N0 dznzgareef for nf 1 - , -A--H, , , 1. fe fly., ' - 1 M-V ,-131' '- L . , ,ng V4 m f, e f f Q ' ' may ' My f X I get all ehnked up when I get fbi! lowe feeling, My feworiie Comm gear , . . l 2, 1? We A W Oh, yeah, I'd be pleafed to fend 4 flax: Easy. l M 26 Aug 52: FINCH departed Yokosuka, japan for Ocean Station "Sugar." Tay mn type the POD. No one for medieine-ball? is ff. ex an sei Q, in e Q Q R iii? It f 'i KN!-. Sak K .xmkk I 12 Syl u N141 'H'-pei 09 'N '-'s 13 a , , Q , ...M Now, when I give lhe I4 word e11e1'y170dy will pm' bif camera away, get on! bi! hammer, and .vtart rlaippifzg. J I 1 J H u 1 K1 41 . J 4 OI Division fOperations Intelligencej is responsible for collecting and plotting all information of a tactical nature. There are two major sub-groups: Radar- men and Electronics Technicians. The former man the radar scopes and other gear, While the latter maintain all the equipment. Together, these men com- prise one of the most technically profes- sional groups on the ship. This doesn't mean that they are stuffy, for it's hard to imagine a bigger bunch of clowns when off duty. The RDS are under the direction of Ens. Lewis, and the ETS report to Ens. Burris. 13, 3 Hir bark if worre 112411 bi: bile W 10 Dec 68: Power struggle begins in CIC ...-gg. Zi, fi V II M . 11 i i ! i L i A 4 i L i I Ib' , "fir, gi 26 Sep 68: FINCH helps give Admin Inspection to USS WILHOITE QDER-3971 mm in " , i Q -mf .Ee .. .5 K if One happy family Qu WTFO M f 4 f1 E s.N369x 195' WABBAEWETEEEFFOOH, Ne? Ben zfentriloqnill art in Weft Pac X VA-41 19 May 58: Conducted steaming exercises with USS MIDWAY QC isa! V k I i w l M DIVISIG f . - ref, FINCH is blessed with an award-winning bunch of Snipes . . . the men of M Division. These are the guys who tum to in the most physically uncomfortable areas of the ship. What makes a real snipe, however, is some quirk of nature that makes them almost like it. M Division runs the ship. Their engines give power for electrical generation, their evaps usually give us water, the boilers, ship's service steamg and, most important, snipes make the ship go. Lifting out a crankshaft takes a lot of muscle, but repair work also takes a lot 5 of brains. The men of M Division are some of the few people We know who can go down into the holes ' pf, and get covered with slime and come up smelling like a rose. "Well doneu for getting us out there and back . . . always on time. Division Officer: LTJG Blanchard. ' l l G l l i 2 l Repair job: call for a Jtrid af- Jembly profedzzre. A main engine front cover ir one of the lar! itemr to be done in iz big jobp Getting there gizxketf on just so to :top lube oil from rquirting izcrorf an engine room mn be prelty liekiifb. ll , if 4 : I ii ,, M -, ..-..,,.,,,.., -. Snipes have a reputation for heing naturally friendly and gregarioizr hoth ahoard and ashore. Of rozirfe, they are all Enginernen, exrept for an orfafional Boiler Tender. - Q , r 'Wi , 1 . , V . A . ra N Q' 3, gg A 1 K " sung . Q. , -41 0 Sw f H' 1 U- QW . . ,,.7,m,,,,M, In there pirtzirer we Jee one man Jhar- ing the Jeeretf of how to do a good joh with another. In the renter, a fzztnre First Clays Jhowr hir cohort the proper way to remove a main engine liner. Alfo inrluded are Jhotr of the men enjoying the military pride of Jtanding at strict attention for an in- rpeftion, and others handing together to reftrain the anger of an old DER Jailor who haf jurt torn ont all hir hair. gm ' 1' I M 18 May 46: FINCH first American ship in five years at Fuchai, Madeira Islands I9 Y WAX1 14 Aug 68: EN1 Honeyman heard the Ghost the first Mme Y- 1 I K 4 I A -WW W , ,.. I 59 'EEJUU' 151' . 4ZY" hu. -v VN" " ' '-bv 1 mlwluli ,i!1pQK,, 'K 1-j ' 'g' l 'S' 5-IKE ' gr ll L ' ' 7 ,1 f 23-Mi' X 1' K K ag, . , F , x it v .""w as 2 1 .s" um? , -xg V ,gn qc? i H f " , .X . .Q , 1, . M Division always manages to have some of the ship's most legendary characters. There is Crater who was known and loved by man and beast alike . . . especially by frogs. His feats inspired a whole generation of snipes. And, of course, let us not forget Wild Willy and his winning ways. Here was a man well known at every echelon of command. Most recently departed of the late greats was FINCH'S answer to Wrong- Way Corrigan, , , , S "'-'bf x"Q'b . 'W' qi- It takes work, study, and lots of practice to reach the snipe hall of fame. Our present group never fails to show itself a worthy successor to the proud heritage of M Division. And the traditions are something to be proud of, for all the comic anecdotes and problems, long hours and wild liberty, the FINCH has not missed a commitment. The stories and truths passed down by these legendary M Division leaders never fail to stir new inspiration in the present generation. Who can forget hearing the call of Finch's Ghost, or the B-1 Hand. And how about hearing Delgado sing? Take a fellow like Nava and his covering of sootg he's clean at heart. Ever watch Berry pick up a fire and bilge pump . . . alone? Sometime for laughs, go and ask Castaneda how you wet down a main. 22 R DI ISIC In this group of individuals, and we mean it in every sense of the word, there are really two divisions. E Gang is composed of Electrician's Mates and Interior Communication Electricians. The remainder is Our Gang. This group takes in a couple of Shipfitters, Damage Controlmen, a Machinist's Mate and a Machinery Repairman. Both gangs are in charge of all the ship's auxiliary engineering equipment. Let's take some examples: Supposing you are down in Combat and it starts to get really hot. Being an ace mechanic yourself, you figure that the air con- ditioning isnlt working. Right. So, the MM has to go figure out what's wrong with the AXC units this time. Maybe there is a hole in a chilled water line, so he gets a Shipfitter to fix that. Meanwhile, the vent motor has burnt up, causing not a little consternation for the Electricians. Another common problem: the scuttlebutt that refuses to bubble, or shoots out your eye. Here again, it will be torn down by the MM. He has found that the inter-framistat coupling is gone. Now the MR has to get out of his rack and make a new one. The worst, however, is when the head over- flows and the phone circuit doesn't work, so you can't get hold of anyone. Now, see how all these men have to work together? I. : ., it I 2, Q' r sta: 18 Feb 68: DCI Ware bought a motorcycle 15 E: .1 .. . A f ,AM ,..-,,..t-.,-,,-v.,., ,Q ., r ab Mk M 9 ? Q? 4 R Di1zi.ri0n'J Big Daddy 45' A. , W 229.0 .i ,t-J. , str-'1v..v1a, WL 1 7' M if fiery? 1 U QQ, La if f ,,', f Wiz R' .f, - Kaya ,V . --WL ., wwlilww M gy if I , M Mm fm W' .Manda R Gang has their hands full providing a lot of the luxuries we regard as essential, like ice, air conditioning and installing that extra bookcase or new door. In case of actual damage, they would take over repair operations. Ens. Angelicola is the officer in charge. E Gang is responsible for every motor, generator, switchboard, light, and power supply Wire on the ship. ICmen attend to the vital gyro which feeds inputs to fire control gear, degaussing, dead reckoning analyzer, and radar. Officer in charge: Ens. Senger. R'5 Mmiml Troupe Wha! 4 Jwingin' lmm on that IMC ! 23 3 ,1'j,Ma1Q.,: Q It'J Love? Muna, , MQW R X X a- R F: "1 5 zz N 'W N QQ Q Q N N :mx N E 'U 'fl w- -5 'ur 2. 03 Q Q 'E if-. Q 'L The guy: zaz R Dzvzfzozz atlaek their work with iz feme of humor . . . how elfe roizld they? They alxo get more Zhoiz a few laugh: oirl of Jome of the bap- penirzgf on the heheh. J N Whofx a rzire guy like me doing here? E 415,22 .ff A , h 4- A, f 'yoga' V 4 I f Anybody .feerz Weaver? Worek Weaver .9 I'll give ya the amiverx. You . - . . want to meet lhe tzoopf thu 7lZ0l'lIl7Zg, dorft yon, Jzr? . , A W'eewer'J got it all noun Here I am at the peak of my fame. You never can Zell about all there mtf. l' lv My azztograph .9 ,Ma k Sure. And I l77'IlJ'f7 after lunch, too, How do you xpell "P1'0lei1z . rl Maybe IllfJb7Z'.I' Jtzzfk rf-9 FUX DI ISIC S V y WW i I lc lv Fox Division is comprised of a motley crew of in- ' dividuals. On board and ashore, they show the spirit of guys who enjoy their Work. 26 "3 - 5 fix ,nw s 1-'W 5 M lVait!!! D01z't pull that pin out! r 19 Aug 43: Crew's first beer party, Oran, North Africa -wwwaw pggfjtjnf Red Wfzifll I gel my finger out Daffy! 27 4 l i l 1 1 1 l 1 w l l Q I 1 l l v l l 9 , I on-' V v,QYE155ZfQQ7?: K 7 ' K I ! 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On several occasions during the deployment, the Gunn:-:r's Mates and Fire Control Technicians fnow we have only onej proved their skill in zeroing in on small targets. During realistic exercises, the Torpedoman and his Sonarman friends have shown their abilities. Fox Division is responsible for the maintenance and operation of all FINCH weapons sys- tems. While their equipment is not always in use, it must stand ready on a momentls notice. Division Officer: Ens. Williams. X. 3 Sk lil fsmwfwvik g Www N X W ww' 'M N W A . X , E 3 4' iff . f Q2 A i g--- I if 1 1 X fi' is M em - . ,.., 4 V, x V, " . Mimi' 7 Jul 68: All-time record sleep-in in Sonar shack ends after ten hours. ff The :brew ix 4 fearlexf and ferariom creature H um plare y live: ! if FIRST DI ISIO vv- " 'f A M K ff fill -5. w- y 1 The men of First Division are the ship's true "deck apes." They maintain just about all topside surfaces. Among their responsibilities are the overall appearance of the ship's exterior, insuring that the ship is properly moored or anchored, and standing taut underway watches. Boatswain's Mates and experienced seamen see that underway replenish- ments are carried out safely and swiftly. Division Officer: LTJG Dewing. . , ,f.. 4 W, vf N-13?-" s...:.2 -1 'W . -gg osss . -f ' , Twf 5: , H M 0: as ' - "..,..W -ex .. N' 4 ,.,ff,W, ,.M.,:Q, . af", ...A , 0--X Q Q, A W x z ,X V V . N L N . 1 .13 ,,. 1 - "" f' .M JL. 3 2' ' 4-'K 'WW if ,, , y ,Y M ,I I, iv, , X -- ... -, My , , up ,, . ,U My -, . QW, HW .... . ,vf " , ' .H R .-. ""' W A -X Y- L H s, s, MM fx '1' l "rf rrav - X .r..t.........4 if ,. ,,g-,JZ me M., f ,W ' ' wavy. ' M, , ""- -5" ,. "" ,, . x " a Ml! Valli' -'V V! V I M,,,,, A Z NAM , fn s,,,,,,, W A 'M A MA ,. x LQ x f f-M-'M M ff.' f , rQMM"7s""s 1' K ' , Aff ' - 'I ,. L K .wanna ' 0 ' ' ' W- .,y""""' f -" , 'fm' ' dans.. , -M Af- QSM ' . , N V I ' W u A Z4 M .L I ' wi ' "Q X. 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We-4 Tattoo King 32 , K , K , ,' f figs, i iy. ings, . -X 2 252 ang A little illegal mzuic on the firczzit belpf pau the watrb All the new fancywork that has been sprucing up the ship is the result of efforts by our Boatswain's Mates. With all the Work the guys in Firts do, they still find time to crawl into the rack, when no one's looking. The deck seamen get the award for finding the most unique places to rack out. All in all, theylre a pretty spirited bunch and deserve a lot of credit for many jobs well done. After all, it isn't easy to keep up a whole ship with only fifteen or so people. Buzz off , . . 'v--M.. m- fwwfw an e ff Lili!! I 8 f , fwififwf ff ,I W M "" 'H In an W 12 Apr 68: SA Story stated that it was impossible for man to sleep while standing up. Leaking tlaif may I mn fee lbem before they fall over. 33 ax X f f f Everyone likes a good roll X .ff SUPPLY DEPART A Jtorving Newman getf his ration at a fookouz The most apparent thing about the Supply Department is that it feeds us. That alone is a tough job, because someone always grumbles. Supply has the thankless task of attending to our petty wants. They wash our clothes with equipment that came out just after washboards. The Disbursing Clerk pays us. Ship's Servicemen see that the Coke machine gives us a nickel's worth of water for a dime changej, run the store, and shear our locks. Storekeepers get us the parts we need, when they can be found. If all goes OK, no one bothers to compliment, but just one little red splotch on the whites gets notice fast enoughi Overall, our "pork- chopsl' do their best to make FINCH "a home and a feeder." Supply Officer: LTJG Nunley. When I get a little low on flour, I pad it with mme plaxter. 13 day payday . . . 38.54 4 day A I 1 hmmm 1 ' . Gath goes to war Why d0em't he leave me alone and go get fmt write your Co1zgre.rJman . . . 2, af' ff We I 9 Kiwi! 42911. ,M wwvfw ? T X 'M l l e a f,,5 a meat .rlirer or Jomething? lg' Ami Anaezn doemt upfet my .rtomarh . ' 9 wi Here the Mafter at Awm if 11 Cook, and the man if mxbing at work. Most non-rated men new to the ship get an opportunity to serve as messcooks. Working under the beneficient eye of the Mess Decks Master of Arms, they aid the cooks in clean- ing, serving, and peeling. The rewards are plenty of sleep in the scullery and three months of all they can eat. Some like it so well, that they stay on to become cooks. Supply's Steward's Mates make life comfortable for the officers. Among their ranks are a few of the most accom- plished chefs aboard. Care for some great gili-gili? I Sroop-4-doop-4-doo Six-way beef the Jeoenlb way fi' nit you gzzyf, laerelr another mp you forgo! f0 da ,Ly "' W J .pw ' W f f M 25 Jul 67: Ensign Nutting departed the ship vii 4 ? 1 'U' 1 9 4 H ,W 5 K i 1 f I ' 5 X 73 , 3 A K No, tbif one if for zu. , ,f a l W , 1 Z M, ,WMM W, '8 A CHIEF PETTY OFFICERS Aww? A devoted Enginemczn, Chief Willy ibinkr wiitfzzlly of cl rwect jimmy be knew. The Chief is one of the mainstays of the Navy. H6 is the man who has proved himself to possess both exceptional technical knowledge in his specific rating and maturity. His experience is a great asset to his division. A chief can get things done, for his men know that he was once in their position and worked his way up. FINCH was unlucky to start the deployment with only three chiefs and finish with but one. She WHS lucky to have three good ones: ENCS Meyer, ENC Williams, and SHC Quick. BMI Farmer is to be con- gratulated for his performance on the August examS- He puts on his khakis in March '69. XWe're looking forward to that initiation . . . Chief Quick ciemofzszmlei ihe melbod of removing claewizzg tobacco rerzdue med down on the farm. W1 1 ' ff 4? 9 T KX Z f f' Q Chief Meyer an hix harh porfh l Fixx' w h 'prix U., no uk " 2, A mm W if 4, 5 Who can read gauge: thif morning? And thif if how you make chief? RDROOM f , ffm V. 'Wen rl Left to Right: LTIG COOPER, LT ANGERHOFER, ENS LEWIS, LTIG STEWART, ENS BURRIS, LTIG NUNLEY, ENS SEN- GER, LTIG DEWING LCDR R. L. GRIMMELL, COMMANDING OFFICER LT S. W. BARBER, EXECUTIVE OFFICER A LT G. E. ANGERI-IOFER, OPERATIONS A OFFICER I LTJG C. R. DOVE, ENGINEER OFFICER LTJG J. B. STEWART, WEAPONS OFFICER I LTJG D. L. NUNLEY, SUPPLY OFFICER 5 2 LTJG M. W. BLANCHARD, MAIN 4 ' PROPULSION ASSISTANT LTJG J. P. DEWING, FIRST LIEUTENANT S 1 LTJG D. A. COOPER, COMMUNICATIONS x OFFICER fi' .kg ENS R. A. WILLIAMS, ANTI-SUEMARINE X Ag I' R'EE WARFARE OFFICER E RII . .... I' ,M 'S' R ' ENS R. L. LEWIS, COMBAT INFORMATION RI ' CENTER OFFICER Cf ENS J. M. SENGER, ELECTRICAL OFFICER R.1I Q4 ENS A. F. ANGELICOLA, DAMAGE I I SL CONTROL ASSISTANT ENS M. J. BURRIS, ELECTRONICS 40 MATERIAL OFFICER Q I --- - 2-ffl.. .. f,-.....,..,A , , ,, I E Eff an-'M' Supply Offirer at Jea vw? on -ay !f V. 5 1 a if 'I sm, xl f ! , A 'T 22,51 ill 1' fl . J f My f f 2 5 ,f , -ef-wwfnwl My va, 2 My X 114 ,, X ahaha :ff 2.4: W ,,-we ,' '1' fl vvl, Oar Captain, a maple of year! bark Ahhh , , H ff-i Tbeyre actually all bere. Gzzeff I told him. 'im Ever lry Ilffllg a fork? 4l l We 4 In 4 I 36 y ,xy l W 5 X if "' W t Ifr gain' fart. 'A MQ 1' W e it t we , gf? I y 1 -1 xr 1 A... ri, , X V f' The Big Three. Pre-1711111 man Lens-mp was Aww no! IJ that what on for el fzzll back" meam. roll Contrary to popular opinion, a lot of work gets done by the denizens of the Ward- room. For one thing, they keep the mass of paperwork flowing. With as fine a crew as the FINCH's, the officerls workload is eased considerably, so that they also have plenty of good times fmost of them are with usj. They must be doing their jobs, though, for there always seems to be enough work as- signed us . . . 'N AOQ'r Official Greeter Cezfft gel rid of that San Miguel, f A N5 -. ff! I i X 'SA X .J He mu Jleep in any porifiofz, any fime. "in .. 53 P1etty Jw: t eb? Ban ttzkef the wana out 0 bezrzg clofe X ,mf ery, 1 "' Tiptoe through the tulip! C orfican imitate Na- poleotz. N 'M, fu' f' V, The Paine ibn! Refreyhey 1- T 4 ,-. .11 ..- :Af fig :ri U15 94 Z5 Di mg r-4 E-' LI. +-I 5 2225Dec Y v .i 1 'f fl Ns , 5. - 45: FINCI-Vs first Christmas underway 11 ,3 'V 'ag sffax i W-v ,M Q A Leapfrog anyone? ,px RQ? f ,, .Q 5' Fm takin' this plane fo Cuba, fella '52 , nw -ar' N ,um1,x'9! Pretly good likefzeff, els? 52? , 1? W! 6 t, I ju ft le!! 'em all to lake Iwo aspirifzf - 2 f",+ ' :mam I'm a man of high Jtandard: 1 V, ig I' f f , gg W 9,3 ' I - A, 1, 75 f 1 3 -," f,,, G 4ff" 9 ' wg . W4 W J af 1? QQ Q! faq? wow lliirf 4 1 if 1' -K gl A A at f A 5 ,'., I ,,,, Groazfifz' on a Szzbif af-tdfzoofz. A Men C00kilZ, . . . on .cz Szzzzday af-tdrzaofz M T.,,.,,m...,T gk A as f' ' ,,..M if by f W X A-xi Af gf' X 5 52 X 43 1 i and this if fupply depfzrmfelll NOTICE: IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE NAVY'S CURRENT PAPERWORK MANAGEMENT PROGRAM PAGES 48 THROUGH 59 HAVE BEEN DELETED. 1 .,. M wif' V A X uf N m ia ,Q - Y lx 511 1 2 1 'V V' X L. ll wa , I m dow my f fflgfzjjf Jpeed feadzlzg 'f 'g,iWg ,, -H6454 V I E I 4 f If 4 F l r u Y K u Y Y 5 Y . w i ,,--v-, .N ..ssf -m 60 M 6 Apr 68: -L M D1v1s1on defeated the Vifardroom m boxxlmg fmals un 4. :- 3- ,S S 9" s 9 4 Y R YOKUSUKA PARTY w f g 15 Aug 57: First dependents cruxse on third commissioning f 'ss s s ss A T s ' N- X A , I ""f4 W. X Waifll Bennell tripf over lhiy wife Fin: C1455 Sypgwiyjgfz + J 1 go: KUAM Left hand thread .9 f'N .N 63 X Yi- Y 1' Anyone Jee the gf-gm f1,,Ij,': I 3: .. , , 'E Make al hole for the G. L. 0. Finfh, they'J 720 Jzzch thing af ghoxtf 1 X ' r 1 Ng The Arhanmf Pancho Villa Yoxemite Sam i I ug 45 Crossed International dateline as If- LY ,, .. X. STICKI G TOGETHER fm .4471 FINCHMEN are gregariom bean: and grozzpx of them mu alwayf be foznzd in the be!! reflaurmztf 15 Oct 68: SN Wilson spotted adrift life jacket. Impromptu man overboard drill TA I Keeluzzg Harbor ,i fr- H W XX 1i?"P21?K .., N -. .., -X.'-- s Mm W 6 Sep 45: FINCH helped evacuate 1,189 Allied P O W5 from Kurun Tanwan ' ' ' ' ' W- F vw ff 2 , 15.1, , f': i-'Links' A .K fkwwwif- e- L: in ,,,v X4 M3 1 , 5 , ,',,,, gf ,, Y we .y ll, A " N,,V,,, av Q , f ,af l M V' :ilg..... fs l Q e 1, e Q . ' Mi le' ' Hlgx, 'nr iw, A 5 3 ::: 3 Q mfa, f 'A' A,. ,..,, l. f wwswymwfwwwwwe , l ,l.g.,,, 1m'.i qw vwviewlwwfpw 'VVV lllv ,Q ff wwf" 4 S YV W 2 Jia ff Q2 4 g? , I? 2 1 V, X ff I ? . 22.5 f yy 1 AMR, W Window Jlaoppifzg if g real in Kaoluiufzg ,,,.2Q During our deployment, we experienced some pretty heavy seas. Fortunately, however, seas were moderate for most of our underway replenishment. The "unrep" is one of the most coordinated evolu- tions of a ship. The two ships must maintain exactly the same course and speed so that lines carrying men, supplies, and fuel stay straight. .wh V A ana: WIQZIW W 'a,7,,aW. Jw zerryv ,Mm-env 27 APr 46: FINCH transited the Suez Canal ! 5 1 i ' r 4 'SK Y .,,, , ,W Ygfmlz , ' v V P A, x . X f 2 X 1 " QV X ,,,,, iff 3 f' fl A 2 V f,G , X Xt, , X 5 X -ci. E' A.. 'U 'Z' 9 5 U J: .. -5 1: :s ,- ii L. G 3 .4 va c Q. -0 2 M ,,,,,,,, 3 Q. E o U Q5 wr bw VS 2 Q Ol 32, f "W ffl' 'QT f ff ,. , ,, W-, L f .- ffqf f 5,6 f' 2, Aff! 351 QW? W-M f Q WJ 'MW I QQ v Q ,Nl ,H 4 Wanna buy fame piclzzref, kidf? FX w X .fix I loved Inf! yemfr rruife book :wg N Y. 4 . ax v 9 67 2nd nnual Finch Poll Worst liberty port: Guam, Subic Bay Best liberty port: Hong Kong, Kaohsiung Place you would most like to visit: Australia, Bangkok Place to go in Hong Kong: Rooftops, Hilton Best duty that the FINCH has: Taiwan Patrol, Station Ship Hong Kong Best buy in Westpac: You guessed it! Best skating spot on the ship: Sonar, AOQ Best thing about FINCH: Its ports of call Most likely to ship over: ETN2 ADAMS, EN1 ANGLE, BM3 TREACY Most likely to succeed anywhere: SA STORY, EN3 SMITH Biggest rate grabber: BM2 GOBLE, SN DUCHARME Stingiest: SH3 GOETZINGER Most generous: BM5 BROWN, CS2 WAGNER Biggest whale: EMFN MILLS, BM5 BROXVN Easiest: FTG3 MART INO, LTJG NUNLEY Toughest: SA SMEAL, ENS ANGELICOLA Fairest minded: LTJG DOVE, LTJG STEWART Most honest: SM1 JACKSON, DK1 ESPIRITU Makes most excuses: FN NAVA, RD5 SMITH Best story teller: FA RUSHING, GMG2 VINEYARD Most religious: ICFN BENNETT, MR3 FOGEL Biggest Smokestacker: ICFN BENNETT Biggest non-drinker: FTG3 MACNEIL, DC2 WEAVER Biggest: EM1 IUTSON, FTG3 MARTINO Best all around guy: XO, BM1 FARMER Best steamer: FN COPP, CO Most proficient in his rating: EN 1 ANGLE, RD1 RAMBO Strongest: QM3 SULKOWSKI, SA STORY Laziest: STG3 DUFFY, DC1 WARE Most aggressive: RM3 LOPEZ, SN CRESSWELL Most popular deck ape: BMI FARMER, BM5 BROWN Most popular snipe: EN2 SCI-IULTZ, EN3 SMITH Best helmsman: QM3 TOTH Luckiest: BM3 TREACY, EMFN MILLS Most intelligent: SA FORSYTHE, CO If you had the time in the Navy, would you want to make another Westpac cruise? YES, 70W AOQ itil! life M: 9 Aug 51: First dock trials in second commissioning 1 i is if if f if .Z 6 flu Chop: ougbtta take off bi: Jlmglaffex for the impectzon Ami for your five buckf, herd: your ring bafk. Wm 1 'Zi reports Contact in Sugami Wan as statue ll : SN Cresswe 68 'H' 1 May 70 WEST PAC GIRLS The ports of the Orient abound with girls. There are pre y perk up the tours we take, and Winsome waitresses none quite so fair as the girls at home. tt entertainers, and curious lady sailors. Stylish guides make our meals more enjoyable. But all in all there are Hong Kong Harbor zfifiton They fdllil bear lo ree zu leave FIN CH 'J Faire!! w, M 28 Sep 68: Ship's Subic picnic cancelled by Elaine Can you pick 0111 Mabel, who watclaef over Il! all? Young love WW X , U , 1 gui", 6 i f i 7I l w w w w w S 4, l w gl: il U fz rl rl 4 l ll l l il ,Qi . iM' l l. i .1 ill lf' 12 45- l ll? .J ll ll ll li 4 l , , 1 :l I 72 l 1017?- M 21 Sep 68: Our sister ships USS LONWE and USS KOI N ER were decommissioned 011,119.42 on if fpomz to fm me other way? Tbfff aff gm, figbf Chief? MISCELLANEOUS CRUISE DATA Meals served: 546 Number of rations: 40,950 Cups of Coffee: 10,500 Bread: 4,224 lbs. Shots given: 969 Fuel Consumed: 532,777 gal. Underway Replenishments: 17 H 20 May 68: The ill-fated swab color code classification system was inaugurated Ill Elf., H i, Admiral Really like flame Jour lemon mndief, hub? FINCI-I if a hard charging :hip il ,W H ow? All I mined way one meal , . . Z s fi ' fi is l ,5 ,gy li .,,,, Baby, tba min mmf fall. , , 1 Q , Q M , ' . I I, 452 W . , v, ,f' . ' 'B-a'w"W"f " w . Q 1 .. ' fA7W'M?Z gf 63 jQ5 V WA ' ,V f V ,, ff Q 2? .sew Lwitqw if 2 15. E XV ,, 4. G? ? 5 2 5i4'a9'55'.5?Eg-V T7 gfgwmgi Q ,,. ,Q " 3 - g i FINCHU Abdominable Smmfmmz W 11 jan 44: First shakedown cruise, only U4 of the crew well enough to eat Like line Roan Beef? if xm?-Q .4 K X r N J i I I A P Gimme a little Jlack ' A 1 x ,gr X FQ! 1 Q Q The Dole ' L ' Liberty Call Y V '-,'L' .mg A as Q W.. ,,,, Ag, " 1 K WN K M 'vii ' A 5 , kk n 'Q ' , mx ,,.+i -an K '- W Q , BEEN-S' , . .A,. . 2 Q H , , f Q ? 'E W QW. P ,, ,i g 5 'IQ' M Q M 14 Sep 68: Five Letters of Commendation awarded , my 2, 9 ,f HERE E GO 'R Steering course 0880, the USS FINCH stood about halfway between the Philippines and the island of Guam. Three sudden blasts screamed from her whistle and escaped across the midnight ocean. This was 1968, a year to prove as eventful for FINCH as the one before. A little more steaming and Guam was sighted about 1000 on January 3rd, By 1500, she had cleared the annoying delays of medical and customs boardings. FINCH was back. Those with families in Quam streamed off. This exodus signalled the end of one deployment and the start of another cycle which would itself end with yet another six month journey through the Western Pacific. Shipboard life flowed by casually that first week back in Guam. Those "brown-baggers" with their on- island families settled back into homelife. The single crewmen began their trips to Club Mocambo on base or night spots in town. "Guam is good," so said one humorist. Most sailors agreed fthis in itself was un- usual, that Guam held no island paradise-unspoken for females just do not exist. You can see how this called for a major readjustment from West Pac liberty. Consequently, our first week was one of maximum liberty and adaptation. Serious work began-again on the 13th with com- mencement of RAV fRestricted Availabilityj, which is sort of a baby overhaul. Snipes QENS and BTSJ tore into main engines, generator diesels, boilers, evapora- tors, and anything else they could find that used to run. Radiomen and Radarmen fiddled and tuned and cali- brated every piece of electronic gear. Gunnery types replaced a whole gun mount and then spent days play- ing with it. Boatswain's Mates covered everything sta- tionary with gray paint. Meanwhile, ETs delved elbow deep into mazes of colored wires. Shipfitters cut braces here and welded a stanchion there. No fooling, the work of this RAV was hectic business when added to the normal chores of running the ship. Hammers deaf- 76 OU AGAI ened and flying paint chips blinded. Snipes poked greasy noses from holes and burrowed back into their work. The cooks up and moved to the Naval Station Galley. So, to eat we shuttled back and forth from that galley -when the bus ran. Inport OODS had to be sharp lest some visiting Admiral pass by and proper honors not be rendered. FINCH enjoyed hosting the Taiwanese RCS Ta TUNG QATF-5-Q for her two-day visit to Guam. Somehow, in the midst of it all, time was found to play football, tennis, basketball, baseball, hold a bowling tournament, and hit Gab Gab beach for a picnic that really swam. PC Jensen and LT Robbie Flash Newton entered the COMNAVMARIANAS Boxing Tourna- ment. LT Newton, 1964 All Navy Champ of his light- weight class, became West Coast Champion and then took the All Navy second spot after losing a very close championship decision. Other amusement came in as- sisting CDR D. F. Milligan, COMCORTRON SEVEN, and CAPT R. L. Law, COMDESFLOT FIVE, in the inspection of our sister ship, USS KRETCHMER QDER-5291 At the end of February, the pace accelerated as com- pletion deadlines neared. Engineers worked around the clock to meet dock trials. All others had to have their gear back together by the second week in March for sea trials. After numerous short delays, disappointments and malfunctions, sea trials were completed. The next few weeks were spent in independent ship exercises preparing for Refresher Training and working the bugs out of all equipment. The brownbaggers homelife and single man's frus- trations came to an end on April 15, when we left for Yokosuka, japan. The day before, LCDR R. L. Grim- mell came aboard as prospective Commanding Officer. Four day's transit and a weekend's liberty and we were ready to begin a whirlwind Reftra. Our first day, April 22, was rather busy. Under overcast but dry skies, LCDR Grimmell relieved CDR M. A. Skubinna and became FINCH's new Captain. The 1000 fantail ceremony was attended by numerous notables, including VADM W. F. Bringle, COMSFVFNTHFLT. As soon as the refresh- ments and congratulations were at an end, FINCH cast off and began her Training Battle Problem. The TRB provided a measure of our initial training readiness. While we did well, We sought to improve ourselves through the next three weeks of intensive training. Days and nights were spent steaming in Sugami Wan and the entrance to Tokyo Bay conducting drill after drill. The emphasis of all exercises was realism. Engines "blew up," smokebomb "fires" "killedy' men. We transited simulated minefields and conducted precision anchor- ages. The whole ship worked together in exercises which combined communications drills, navigation, engineer- ing tests, and damage control practice. By the end of the three weeks all had a new proficiency and greater pride in working together. We wound up our stay in Yoko with five days of upkeep and lots of liberty, plus a great two day ship's party. May 16 brought our visit to a close as we got underway for Guam. During RAV, Guam weather had been moderately bearable. During the next three weeks on the rock, how- ever, we were treated to Mother Natures steam bath. The sweat started rolling with a combination Distant Duty and Admin inspection by our new Commodore, CDR Murphy and again CAPT Law. The three days' work showed that weld done our homework and were ready to deploy once more. While doing our final tuning up, we moored at SRF alongside the Thai ship, PRASAE. The Thails swapped food and hats. Along with their beer, they proved congenial hosts who worked and played hard. And so we passed the days until deployment. june 17th dawned remarkably clear, and FINCH stood out past Orote Point. Preparation had ended. Waiting for West Pac ceased, we were on our way. Four days of steaming ended with the "animal show of the Pacific"- Subic Bay. just two nights liberty there-but that was enough for most. One of the days was taken up with a gunnery practice. Again we shot as we left on june 23 for Market Time Patrol. On the morning of the 25th the USS Falgout's crew was glad to see us. The turnover of area five surveillance was accomplished in the midst of a drenching downpour. Some of the Falgout officers weren't quite sure leaving Viet-Nam was worth the soaking they got boating over to the FINCH. Needless to say, with FINCH on duty, skies soon cleared-as much as they do there. The first two weeks went smoothly, the only thing not under control was the heat. Those sitting in Combat had it made, except when the AC units dropped off the line. Still, the ship seemed pretty comfortable to the PCF crews which took every other day off resting on FINCH. And could they eat . . . Our Market Time work of boarding and inspecting junks was interspersed with the usual leisure pursuits. There was the fantail steak cookout where for once the cooks were supervised properly. The Captain gave sharp- shooting lessons on the nailing of jellyfish. All sun- . L., .. ,i . I Y Q i l l n bathedg many took in the rays during their nooners. Our favorite pastime was the Unrep. This was enjoyed about every three days, Here was a chance for everyone to get in line and pull together. And FINCH, it must be ad- mitted, was one of the best unrepping ships in the busi- ness. During our one mishap, a nighttime emergency breakway was executed admirably. And then we steamed in close to cover a survey ship working on Bottom studies-a field in which the crew was proficient in Subic. With these several touches to break the routine, the first half of our time in Area Five passed. Fourth of july was our most active day. First a dawn refueling, By 0800 we had gone into the eight fatham curve inside an island enclosed cove. Local langouste fisherman sailed near us and paddled their little round basket boats under the stern. Finally, they kept clear as we fired on steep slopes 1000 feet above a coastal vil- lage. Viet Cong assembly areas comprised our targets, An army aircraft spotter fed us full of shot information and praises. Any local V.C. would have had a nice close view of our fireworks display. After several hours of firing we left the cove, the fishermen returned to their tasks, and waved pleasantly. As we steamed out, we spotted two beautiful green sea turtles beneath four feet of clear blue water. The play of light on those large carefree animals was kaleidoscopic. The water, sea creatures, rocks, and beaches of this central Viet Nam coast are all magnificent. But back to work, we went to refuel two smaller patrol craft which worked in con- junction with us. In the few remaining hours we en- joyed holiday routine. A certain pride permeated the ship. What better way to celebrate one's country's in- dependence than by serving it? During the remainder of the patrol, FINCH visited Cam Ranh Bay and Nha Trang for a few hours each. Cam Ranh Bay was studded with interesting but ineffec- tive old French fortifications. The bay was a series of clear, deep coves. Nha Trang was somewhat similar, but not so pretty. Most beautiful of all were the moun- tains close on a narrow coastal plain on which at dawn and sunset sharp orange, red, green, yellow, and blue tinted clouds piled up. july 29th, our OOD's could stop playing in and out the fishing stakes when the USS HAVERFIELD QDER- 3935 finally managed to relieve us. Off it was to that favorite place in West Pac, Hong Kong. Best of all, we were to be "station ship" at a time when few other ships would be there-until the AMERICA arrived. Our as- signment as SOPA ADMIN made us a coordinator for all visiting R.8cR. U.S. Navy ships. We ran the movie exchange, handled all communications, arranged calls with British officials, got captains their cars and phones, and ran Shore Patrol. Our Radiomen and Boarding Of- ficers were the busiest aboard, and yet even they had plenty of free time to enjoy our two-week stay. Liberty went down at 1300 daily. And to make things better, there was no water shortage this year as there was l215f year. a, "' 2 ,,,Y,. 2.1 , i aff, ' 1 k I ,gnu J 'Wg , E N W ' H' ,435 l " f f f 5 J ..............,, A- ff: lf ' W f ,. 8 5 11" x . fx ,:2" , . X-,I , ' I ,F-nf., 'L g ' , V -4- 1 1 l 4-W - ' Q L W," L. 2' fltfybr , ' 1' , 7 4 . I wi!Lf f,f,,4,49gr iw.. , ,f , A nf ' ' ,ff ,if ' .. 1, , M, . M' f W M 'wh 1 m"!'f f'W"v 'WA if ' 1 ' , M 24 ul 68: FINCH makes successful emer enc breakawa durm m ht refuelm , 12 y y g g sz y , ,- f -A , - 'W k , A ' j "X A Qi Z Q YINQS f ws,-wa 'Qxac ixs 6 X 4 5 M W ,,.:'f'f"f ?z. 5 , ,,,,. V 5. 8 I :M "" f' , V saw, "This will be K1 motor wlmleboaz boarding." 4 1 ll ! Checking 4 jllilkyf paper! L 79 The Chinese tailors, Indian merchants, and JapanCS6 businesses that we dealt with were all united under the British government-with which we stayed out of trouble. Any product, service, or food could be found in this most international of cities. The bargain system often was the method of purchase. One could observe, however, different approaches to haggling. A Chinese Tailor stressed how cheap he could sell it. The Indian asked one to try to tear the material because it was such good quality. More than one man wound up with an extra suit because he accepted the alcoholic generosity of his tailor. In Hong Kong shops the rule was, if you want it, they'll sell it-out of the back went a boy down some alley. Five minutes later he returned with the article in question. And our inquiring man? He felt obliged to buy. Well, maybe. Many of our FINCH men were sharp traders on their third or fourth visits. The Royal Navy China Fleet Club U.S. Navy Contract shops did a whopping business. Most of us were fairly certain this would be our only HK. trip this year and stocked up on cameras, hi-fi equipment, jewelry, golf equipment, you name it. It was hard to plan for Christ- mas in August, but being 10,000 miles away and in a place with such fantastic buys made it necessary. And many of the gifts were early ones for ourselves. We roamed the streets of Wanchai seeking enter- tainment. The search was not too difficult. Most time was spent in Wanchai vice Kowloon because the R.8cR. troops with all their money had priced it out of reason. Some men took a few days leave to get away from the rigors of shipboard life and spent them in the Hilton. The Hilton seemed to be the FINCH convention center. If a man couldn't find a FINCH friend he just looked into the Den or Dragon Boat. While some were relaxing in lounges, others were out stuffing themselves at Jim, my's Kitchen, Gaddi's. the Parisian Grill, the Mandarin, Grill, Eagle's Nest, Showboat, Tai Pak, Lindy'5-the last being one of the few places in West Pac that a decent Hot Pastrami can accompany a beer. We did some good deeds in Hong Kong, too. While there, men from the Navy's Taipei medical research unit descended on us and drew blood twice. The Hong Kong Flu was raging, and 7075 of us got it to some extent. With blood from only the FINCH, the Navy learned about the flu and made the present vaccination serum. On two occasions we also hosted groups of orphaned school children. In addition everyone had a good time, bought what he wanted, returned with what he expected, and no one got in trouble. Hence FINCH reaped her second award of the Serviceman's Guide Good Conduct Award. I I -. ? is Y la tt sis . 3 see . ge if X It 1 d at , eete. se- till'-gg L ,E , .4 ..,1,J3c7lii5-5 f I 1 N , SSE rf q -its ,L . A sw Q t , csgjsi ax gagsis , . ll X':,i,v.Qx.ith',tXfr . F .tt .,.. . V gg ,xi v , . 1 ,a l 1 . - I : .. V. ...,4,r......:..,, . ... ..., .MN , . ,,., ., , L:-:JAN aging? ' V fp gg? .s . . ' 1. 7. -' f,. .. ffm. ntfff: A . ly V i , .5 V-, V i f p am. .. - -W. 4 ' 4-1. ' ' f ,. ' ,,,,. .. , A . g, H ' , f s . Q as f as a t . sf t of K 'Q - ' 4 me siwsaeap. if-v.a33pg,i:. . f cn ss -it " N a.. : . ,"g.aff f 1 1' ...Q it ... Q N Mig... rcZlQi5V,g,i4gg-5 ..f.a'Q!x ft my -- Xx x H 5wf4r2.w+:. at-A 4 .M f - ' 15'-, , . 2. H" vt ,-'-f tg: :fa fw... my faffaw Afgf. T M mf, ,A it . . 1 Mai- M. . W N ..Q"f"?f?f531'f1ZaWf'f"-f-3"i7' ' ' J 2 .I?'Zf7'i.. W.. Q , 5:7--1 5 Kaobrimzg, Taiwan On this good note we said good-bye to our loved ones Qfour officers' wives joined them in H. KJ, turned over our duties to USCGC BIBB QWI-IEC-Blj, and headed for Kaohsiung. Seas were moderately rough, but we made the one day passage on time. Snipes, however, had their work cut out for them after a generator diesel crankcase explosion. Undaunted, EINCH lost not a day of underway time. Kaohsiung, Taiwan was almost a second homeport for many of the crew. A town of over 500,000 and Taiwan's major seaport, it held a variety of pastimes. There were good buys on wood carvings, marble vases, furniture, cloth, and many other handicrafts. Kaohsiung bustled with activity-someone was always trying to sell you something. The people were clean but the town was filthy. You had to watch taxi- and pedicab drivers who would take you out in the boonies, if you let them. One also had to be careful not to get into scraps with mer- chant sailors. All this plus the good entertainments made Kaohsiung an interesting spot. It was great for a short time. So to break up the monotony of staying in port we patrolled out into the Taiwan Straits numerous times. The Straits lay unusually calm and the patrols were almost dull. But at the end of each five-day outing we had to grope our way back to Kaohsiung. The Quarter- masters felt they could navigate by smell-Kaohsiung's essence reached far to sea. The townis sweet fragrance was a delicate blend of flowers, incense, food, sewage, and coal smoke. To make things a little hairy, OOD's had to pick their way through heavy morning fog to find the narrow harbor entrance. Ships from sailing junks to Japanese tankers to floating scrapheap tramps always nearly blocked that entry. Sooner or later SOPA ADMIN KAOSHIUNG would make arrangements for our mooring and we would go in for more work and liberty. Toward the end of our Taiwan employment, we were moored alongside the USS MARKAB QAR-23j trying Szzbir Bay, P,I. to replace that generator engine crankshaft. Storm warn- ings went up for the doubleheader typhoons Wendy and Agnes. 1600, September 3rd all U.S. Navy ships sortied. The following day we rendezvoused with the KRETCH- MER and accompanied her to a lee north of Luzon. For four days we conducted inter-ship exercises. DER's don't get much chance to practice formation steaming, but now we did. We steamed in circles, racetracks, squares, leapfrogged, flashed lights, highlined, held comm checks -just about everybody got into the act. Storm evasion proved an enjoyable and profitable bonus. Originally, EINCH had been scheduled to reap a Sep- tember Sasebo upkeep. Sked changes, alas, sent us back to Subic, whence we arrived September 18th. During this work period, some diversion showed up in the form of the USS NEW JERSEY QBB-625 on her way to Viet Nam. No doubt the gun studded battlewagon looked big to a FINCH sailor: One of the NEW jERSEY's 16" gun turrets outweighs FINCH by better than two to one. As for other diversions, Olongapo City was the same as always. Mud and warm San Miguel, plus a chance to be run over by a jitney composed the thrill of a night's slumming. We'd had enough of Subic when we hauled in our lines and got underway for Vietnam. That first day out was very rough. The tossing was made no better by two weeks in port and a last night's reunion with old shipmates. On October 5rd the groan- ing ceased, seas calmed, and we assumed the guard of Market Time Area Two. This area seemed quiet for the first few days. Then from the seventh through the ninth we were involved in gunfire support for the Army's "Operation Logan Field." Cape Batangan, a rocky pro- jection 68 miles southeast of Danang, had been a tradi- tional V.C. hold out. The Army pushed from the west, the Air Force attacked from above, and we hit them from the sea. While in radio contact with an Army pla- toon we saw them round up a group of black clad sus- pects from a redoubt we had just destroyed. When we ceased fire, the crackle of small arms fire was easily heard. With only a little over 500 rounds of 3"f50 caliber fire, FINCH was credited with damaging or destroying nearly forty enemy structures. Our sharp shooting won notice in several newspapers, including Starr and Sniper. More than one sailor received a box of goodies from a wives' club which had seen the article in a hometown paper-Yes, Virginia, Fleet Home Town News works. The rest of the patrol passed normally and by October 22 we were back in Kaohsiung ready for more Taiwan Patrol. This time we spent as much of the inport time as possible in Keelung. Keelung itself is not so much better than Kaohsiung, for it is still cluttered with rust- ing tramps belching smoke. It also has a Nancyls. The situation of the town was its most liked feature. Scenic hills crowd the harbor, and-in addition-Keelung is Siglyfreeilzg in japan at it Underway from Szzbic Cape Bntmzgmz under fire only twenty minutes from Taipei. The real attraction was, of course, the capitol with its good restaurants, clubs, museums and scenic tours. Some people just couldn't get enough of Taipei, for there was plenty to do. To make matters even better, this pleasant Taiwan patrol was followed by an upkeep period in Yokosuka. After having worked with the MARKAB in Kaohsiung and Subic, we moored alongside in Yoko on Thanks- giving Day. Our stay started with a tough Officer fwith a little helpj-Crew football game which stalemated 0-0, Our Cooks turned to and put out a great meal. Then we got down to work. This period was a wind- fall, for it gave us a jump on our next RAV and let the crew whip up a storm before the doldrums of Guam. A two-night ship's party at the Club Alliance helped liven things up, and then there is always the Yoko Shore Patrol to make an evening interesting. In all a lot of good work was done on board and on liberty. With four days of exceptionally rough steaming, the l68 deployment chapter ended as we reached Guam on December 16th. And as the brownbaggers ran off and the families drew in close, a new cycle began. A little RAV preparation, a quiet Christmas and we were ready to get back in shape so that we would go to sea once more. Such were the courses we steered last year. 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