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view of her. Sometimes we get so
involved in the day-by-day work and
frustrations that we lose track of
the over-all pattern. Hopefully, this
book will start your memory rolling
and you'll raise a whole raft of re-
flections of your days on FINCH.
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.
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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.
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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
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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
COMMA DI G OFFICER
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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
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-
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.
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BERTH NUMBER NINE
U. S. FLEET ACTIVITIES
CDR M. A, Skzfbifzmz Jldlldj' refieved by LCDR R. L. Grimmell
Our new Skipper addrefref hir gzreytf and new
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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.
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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.
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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-
M Apr 68: FINCH is notified of getting the Green E.
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Boblq Lee and the Flagbag Four
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.
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Oh, yeah, I'd be pleafed to fend 4 flax: Easy.
M 26 Aug 52: FINCH departed Yokosuka, japan for Ocean Station "Sugar."
Tay mn type the POD.
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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.
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26 Sep 68: FINCH helps give Admin Inspection to USS WILHOITE QDER-3971
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Ben zfentriloqnill art in Weft Pac
19 May 58: Conducted steaming exercises with USS MIDWAY QC
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 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
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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.
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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.
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14 Aug 68: EN1 Honeyman heard the Ghost the first Mme
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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
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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.
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
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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.
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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.
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FUX DI ISIC
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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.
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The men of Fox Division pack the punch of the FINCH.
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.
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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.
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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.
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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
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 . . .
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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?
Six-way beef the Jeoenlb way
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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 . . .
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GER, LTIG DEWING
LCDR R. L. GRIMMELL, COMMANDING
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
LTJG M. W. BLANCHARD, MAIN 4 '
LTJG J. P. DEWING, FIRST LIEUTENANT S 1
LTJG D. A. COOPER, COMMUNICATIONS x
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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
They must be doing their jobs, though, for
there always seems to be enough work as-
signed us . . .
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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
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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
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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
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FIN CH 'J Faire!!
M 28 Sep 68: Ship's Subic picnic cancelled by Elaine
Can you pick 0111 Mabel, who watclaef over Il! all?
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N ER were decommissioned
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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
H i, Admiral
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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-
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
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-
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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
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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
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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
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
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
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
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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 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
Such were the courses we steered last year. We
steamed among islands of laughter, reflection, buying,
sightseeing, resting, good deeds, and most of all serving
our country. Through hard work we reached our objCC-
tives of pride and satisfaction of doing all that waS
asked, and then some.
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