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THE TONKIN GULF
The FIREDRAKE a v
, - y ars aval service
has had many Commanding Officers of which I am the eighteenth.
Each of us has conceived th ' ' ' '
e ship and its crew in a different way in
the light of the Shi ' ' '
p s operational commitment and our country's
political and military outlook at the time. As a result, our leadership
has undoubtedly reflected some variation in emphasis and style
aimed at the basic objectives of Operational Training and Material
Readiness along with economy and smartness. This is as it should
be, for if command leadership were to be stereotyped, it could not
accommodate the varied demands th t
a time, place, and circumstance
eteran of twenty five e N
With these principles in mind, I assumed command of FIREDRAKE
during its first major overhaul in three years and under the shadow
of a long report by the Board of Inspection and Survey which enumer-
ated many unsatisfactory and dangerous material conditions.
Even with all out efforts of the
ship's force and the Pacific Ship Re-
pair Corp., the list of things to be done -
far exceeded the resources needed to
accomplish them. Since shipyard plan-
,ning had emphasized repair of equip-
ment, little had been done to make the
ship more habitable,
With the cooperation of all hands
a habitability plan was devised and a
dedicated Habitability Team was formed,
As a result, every living and food prep-
aration space has been repainted, tiled,
and otherwise remodeled while a Crew's
Library and a First Class Mess have
been established. All living spaces were
air-conditioned, the laundry re-equipped,
mattresses and-pillows replaced and a
program of unlimited access to clean
bedding instituted, With this start and
continuous attention to upkeep, the living
conditions aboard FIREDRAKE are the
best achieved during the ship's life,
Our ship, however, does not exist
only to be comfortable and in a fine material condition. The ship and crew must com-
bine and merge into a single entity, capable of performing its mission. Because of the
extended period which FIREDRAKE spent in overhaul and the large turnover of per-
sonnel since the ship returned from WE STPAC, much training was needed, During
overhaul, individual training aboard and at Navy schools was stressed, but a com-
prehensive refresher training period for all hands was essential, Our schedule pro-
vided for a week's training readiness evaluation and two weeks of extensive refresher
training. The readiness evaluation showed that all hands on FIREDRAKE had prepared
themselves well on refresher training. The training itself was just what we needed!
Gur early exercises and battle problems were slow and devoted to training. By the
end of two weeks, however, FIREDRAKE was a team capable of all its missions which
it proved by passing its final battle problem with an excellent mark.
Within a few weeks after refresher training, we deployed to WE STPAC ready and
anxious to do' our job. I sensed a spirit of willingness to contribute to and pride in the
ship which our team experiences and effort had built, From that time on, the task of
commanding this ship has become easy and the pleasure of being a part of FIREDRAKE
On the line in Vietnam, FIREDRAKE picked up the tempo in a few days and began
to deliver ammunition quickly and safely. Over the years of its commissioning,
FIREDRAKE has seen many groups of men develop into fighting crews. None were
ever better than this crew!
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CAPTAIN ARTHUR K. BENNETT, JR.
Captain Arthur K. Bennett, Jr., came to the USS FIREDRAKE from
Washington, D.C,, where he served as Director of Office of Information
Systems Planning and Development in the Office of the Secretary of the
Navy, Prior to this position, he served on the staff of the Special Assist-
ant to the Secretary of the Navy,
Before being assigned to the SASN Staff, Captain Bennett served on
the staff of the Commander-in-Chief of the Pacific Fleet where he was
active in the establishment of a Command Systems Staff, He also or-
ganized the Navy Information Center QNAVICQ while on the staff of the
Chief of Naval Operations in the field of command and control, He was a
member of one of the first groups of naval officers to apply computer
systems to the problems of command while in Computer Programming
and Operations Analysis in 1959 at the David Taylor Model Basinfin
Maryland, Earlier, he served as an Operations Analyst on the staff of
the Commander, Second Fleet,
A naval aviator, Captain Bennett is a 1946 graduate of the U.S.
Naval Academy at Annapolis, Maryland, and flight training 11949-505
at the Pensacola, Florida, and Corpus Christi, Texas, Naval Air
Stations, He is also a graduate of the Navy's Photo Interpretation
School and the Operations Research postgraduate curriculum at the
U.S. Naval Postgraduate School. Prior to his Navy Service, he attended
the Northern Michigan University and the Michigan College of Mining
and Technology qnow the Michigan Technological Universityl at Hough-
ton in his home state of Michigan,
He holds a Bachelor of Science Degree and a Master of Science De-
gree in Science and Mathematics.
Captain Bennett has received many campaign and service medals
for his wartime and peacetime service in the Navy, Among them are the
Navy Unit Citation Qwith three starsyg Navy Commendation Medal ig Syn-
gman Rhee Division, Vietnam Service Medal, Armed Forces Ex-
peditionary Forcesg Korean Theatre Q six starsyg China Service,
National Defense Serviceg United Nations Ribbon, World War II Vic-
tory, and Atlantic and Pacific Theatre Service, During the Korean Con-
flict, he was a member of Task Force 77 on USS VALLEY FORGE,
taking part in the battle for the Pusan perimeter and in the landing at
Inchon and Wonson, He was in command 419642 of Patrol Squadron
FOUR when it won the Battle Efficiency Pennant and the Anti-Sub-
marine Warfare Trophy, Other duty tours for him have been Com-
manding Officer, Patrol Squadron FORTY-TWOg USS HORNET, USS
BIRMINGHAM, and Operations Analyst on the Staff of Commander
Captain Bennett and his Wife, the former Minnie Jo Crittenden
were married 3 August 1968, They have five children. Miss Lynn
Bennett, a Fulbright Scholar, in India, Earl Bennett, atending Stock-
bridge School, Interlaken, Massachusetts, Arthur K, Bennett, III,
attending the U.S. Naval Academy, Robert D, Sullivan, attending North
Texas State College, 'Miss Patricia L. Sullivan, residing in Washing-
KENNETH A. BARNABY
Lieutenant Commander Kenneth A, Barnaby, a native of Norfolk,
Virginia, assumed duties as Executive Officer in January of 1969 after
having completed a tour as Operations Officer on the USS FIREDRAKE
Q AE-141. He initially reported aboard on 17 March 1967 after com-
pleting a three and a half year touron the Staff of Commander Service
Force, U.S. Pacific Fleet, where he was the Force Communications
While serving as Communications Plans Officer on the Staff of
Commander Service Force, U.S. Pacific Fleet from 27 June 1964 to 21
February 1967, LCDR Barnaby formulated the initial communication
installation planning for U.S. Naval Support Activity Danang, Republic
Commissioned as Ensign upon completion of Officer Candidate
School in February 1960, he reported for' his first duty station at
Little Creek, Virginia, where he was assignedto Beachmaster Unit
TWO, While assigned to the Amphibious Force, LCDR Barnaby made
two deployments to the Mediterranean and numerous deployments to
the Caribbean area as Officer-in-Charge of the Naval Beach Group
Detachment. His three and a half year tour at Beachmasters was
followed by Naval Communications School at Newport, Rhode Island,
LCDR Barnaby is a graduate of the College
of William and Mary in Norfolk, receiving a B.S.
Degree in Medical Technology in June 1959, He'
wears the following campaign and service medals:
Navy Achievement Medal, National Defense,
Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal for Cuba,
Vietnam Service Medal with Three Bronze Starsg
Vietnam Campaign Medal.
Married to the former 'Miss Shirley Virginia
Scott of Onancock, Virginia, Lieutenant Commander
Barnaby is presently residing with his wife and
daughter, Kay, in Walnut Creek, California, '
Mr, Barnabarf puts out the word to FIRE-
DRAKE's o icers. Funny, eh Mr. Voss?
XO and Father McHale resolve
FIREDRAKE morale problems.
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FIREDRAKE receives the USS TICONDEROGA to port and the USS BUCHANAN to
FIREDRAKE CONTINUES HER
The USS FIREDRAKE fAEe14l was built in 1944 by the North Caro-
lina mipbuildlng Company of Wilmington, North Carolinag Her original
but short-lived name was the SS WINGED RACER, a merchant vessel
designed to carry produce. When she was commissioned in December
1944, after being converted fornavaluse, she was named USS FIRE-
DRAKE QAE-14l. Sxe thus started a long and proud mission for the U.S.
Navye ' t '
W Immediately after receiving her commission, the FIREDRAKE
entered the Second World War as part of the Pacific Fleet. me par-
ticipated in many conflicts such as the invasion of Okinawa in 1945. me
supplied various forms of ammunition to combatant ships--her prime
tnnctionthroughout her naval career, S '
At the end of the war, she was de-commissioned in Orange, Texasg
FIREDRAKE was recommissioned in October 1951, and in February 1952,
sailed for the waters off Korea. Her mission during the Korean Con-
flict was to supply the United Nations Naval Forces with ammunitions.
In 1953, while on her second and final 'deploymentto Korea,gthe
FIRVEDRAKE and the USS PRINCETON QCVA-373 established a new record
rate for transferring ammunition. T-he average was285 short tons of
ammunition per hour at sea, This was the standing record until 1967.
At the end of the Korean Conflict, EIREDRAKE began operating out
of her homeport of San Francisco. Even though the latter part of the ,
fifties were relatively peacefulithe USS FIREDRAKE made ca yearly
deployment to the Western Pacific. n 6
During a routine deployment in the South China Sea in early 1964, '
the Vietnam Conflict broke out. SFIREDRAKE was extended in her de-
ployment to rearm combatant ships of the Seventh Fleet. As 1964 came
to a close, USS FIREDRAKE returned to the United States with the taste'
of all war that she was destined to return to again and again. Q c
- During the summer of 1965,the Helicopter Landing Platform was 9
added just over thelfantail. With this fface-lifting. FIREDRAKE was S
"modernized" for this modern war. 9 an e , - 9 N 5 . t '
S After a much' neededyard period and -a RefresherfTraining off San
Diego5ftheFIREDRAKE again left fortVietnam'.e So, under the command of
Captain ARTHUR Kg BENNETT, JR., the USS FIRESDRAKEyQAE-141m A
hoisted colors cn the twengyafifthtiogfnqmguaryd 1969, for her seventeenth 5
deploymentysince ,.QSQjIl1'SIl1iaSQiQIlil'lgjgigllALSQ44. p ZS S, 1 5 ' c S ,
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"Good morning, Captain Bennett. The USS
FIREDRAKE QAE-145 is a 25 year old ammuni-
tion ship home-ported in Concord, California,
For many years the FIREDRAKE has been em-
ployed in support of First and Seventh Fleet
units of the Pacific Fleet. Your mission, should
you decide to accept it, is to take command of the
FIREDRAKE and proceed to the South China Sea
where you will be called upon to transfer am-
munition and receive retrograde, As always,
should you fail, the Chief of Naval Operations
will disavow any knowledge of your mission.
In the event of an emergency, the FIRE-b
DRAKE will self-destruct in five seconds.
Good luck, Art."
OPERATIONS DEPART ENT
The Operations Department pro-
vides coordination and control of the
ship's mission, The diligent efforts
of the Signalmen and Radiomen pro-
vide early information on rendezvous
positions and ammunition require- y
ments. The Radiomen are backed by
the Electronics Technicians who keep
the complex electronic gear in work-
Just prior to rendezvous and
during replenishment operations, the
Combat Information Center provides
a continuous stream of vital infor-
mation concerning customer ships'
locations and locations of possibly
Another Operations function is
the ship's Post Office, Handling not
only FIREDRAKE mail but in many
cases, coordinating delivery to
Seventh Fleet Units in the South China P!eCiSi911 ShiPhaHd1i11S is 3 Pfimafi! 1712110121011 Of the
Sea Operations Department during rep enishment at sea.
' Shown above is the Operations Department Head, LT
The Operations Department pre- voss taking the ship alongside Uss SACRAMENTO.
vides a daily challenge to its men,
This deployment has proven once
again that they were able to answer
that challenge through quick and in-
Whether using flashing light. . . or. . . signal flags, SM2 Boyd and SM3 Muir get the job done.
Petty Officer Granger is one of the
SM3 Phillips and Granger "ragchew" with a ship more enthusiastic members of the
alongside. Signal Gang.
RMC Nobles and SMC Riegert, senior enlisted
supervisors, shown at left, after morning quarters.
7, msg 13
C.l.C. - RD'S
RD2 Blanton and RD3 Emmons perform everyday
From left to right: RD3 Davies, RDS Lewis, RD3 Emmons, SN Smullen
RD3 Johnson, RD2 Blanton, comprise the CIC Team.
SN Smullen practices his karate on SN Souff1e1:'s back.
"He2ilEmmons, You're following the wrong bug--1:hat's Smul1en's
pet ea! "
LTI G Traughber, Communications Of-
ficer, prepares to coordinate another helo
detail. SN Briggs relays situation reports.
RM1 Ramos flirts with overseas operator.
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RM2 Lampman enjoys Playboy and a good cigar
RM2 Nice supervises as RM3 Mrozek receives another "hot one" on
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RM2 Morningstar dictates a letter to
RM3 Potts-- He never lets his mom
RMSN Wasley gets ready to shred top secret material.
Chief Nobles checks incoming messages for correct sorting.
RM3 Mandell calls into Harbor Control.
"It was here a moment ago"---RMB Hendricks usually has
everything under control.
RM2 Jerry Ross, watch supervisor, checks out the R-1051
ETN3 Cook and SN Telles decide which one
of them is the striker. '
SN Telles, ETN2 Thomas, and ETR3 Jones
smile for the camera.
HM2 Hamacher, I-IM3 Burkhart, HM3
Taylor, and HM1 Permar are seen here
giving the business to Mr. Webster,
Anyone for the game of jiuin the tail on the Donkey? Jab and pull is the motto of these two,
Seaman Cook wants to p ay.
FIREDRAKE's only postal clerk is PC3 Leeseburg.
He is seen in these three photos doing what he
most often does and that is very little. fActua11y,
he does an outstanding job.J
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Navigator-LTI G Von Heimburg.
From left to right areg QM3
Szewczyk, Q 3 Martin, and
Navigation Department is the
smallest on the ship but has the big job
of insuring that the ship is headed on a
safe course at all times, The depart-
ment is composed of six young men who
handle this responsibility Well, The '
Navigator, LTJG Von Heimburg heads
this group, QM1 Passon is the Assis-
tant Navigator and Leading Petty Of-
ficer of the department, QM3 Charles
Fox, or Charly, as everyone knows
him, listens to country music when he's
not working, QMS Joseph Szewczyk
when not on watch, is busy correcting
charts. As Catholic Lay Leader, Joe
helps with services aboard ship. QM3
David Martin has a great talent for
mechanical drawing, Dave plans to
become a professional draftsman. SN
Kenny Waldschmidt enjoys recording
music to play on his new stereo tape
SN Waldschmidt and QM3 Fox relax from a hard
day's work, What does Charly have in his hand?
PN2 Downing ponders his huge two cent
income tax return.
YN2 Chisholm always delivers service with a smile.
SN Oliver and SN Trowbridge work their fingers to the
bone - apparently.
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LT Darrah fChief Engineerj
Contrary to popular opinion, Engi+
neering Department's responsibilities
do not end with supplying propulsion
power to the screw. Underway, FIRE-
DRAKE's "Snipes" perform a multi-
tude of tasks, Gur Boiler Tenders and
Machinists Mates combine efforts to
furnish motive potive power to the
ship's single screw, Electricians, IC-
Men and Auxiliarymen combine efforts
to provide electricity, interior com-
munications, steam heat, air-conditioning
refrigeration and the maintenance of
Winches and deck machinery, Enginnemen
have the additional responsibility of
caring for our four ship's boats. Ship
Fitters and Damage Controlmen are
responsible for both routine and emer-
gency repairs to both hull and struc-
tural members throughout the ship plus
maintaining fire-fighting and damage
EM3 Maxwell replacing cover on
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This is it no more holiday routine on Wednesday, Chief!
MPQL Ruddell and MR3 Reimer adjusting lathe in the
Slach is always ready . but are the boats?
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in "A" Gang.
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Reyes and Maxwell make further repairs to the motor whale boat.
FN Leach repairs electric hand transporter.
Borg?-len demonstrates how easy it is to work and sleep
at t e same time.
Llfjust signed my life away---now I see Why they call me a
"Which one of you is hiding my dog and cat ?" LTJ G Gaertner has IC3 Friel performs PM's on auxiliary gyro
many additional duties besides being the ship's Damage Control
EM2 Wyatt Jones is alive and living in the resistor
Slugger" McCullough checks fuse on IC switchboard.
Bobby Hitt here, can I help you?
,NL W' SF1 Joe Hart can handle the job.
If you wo11't tell, I won't tell,
PMS, MDC, 3-M, LID, SMA, NMMFO
It's enough to put you asleep.
Now you stlck thls 111 here see Petty
Offlcer Larson always has a flrm grasp
of the sltuatlon
Happmess 1S a clean repalr locker'
"Mr, Webster, this is the last time I want to see you
here in MY engine room."
MM3 Taylor lost the auxiliary exhaust again!
Todayl must be my good day- -I only used a dozen
bell s eets.
Bailes--it's shave or live down here,
What do you mean b11ge party? I m a yeoman
No k1dd1ng'P They reall have a
Charley Brown cup for t s'P
The survlvors of another M and B
But sir, we're onky playing "o1d maid
Carter, Elliot, A ves, an McKinney
look so innocent, don't they?
Brid e reported black smoke in number 2
stac '? Reid and McKi1me?1 get their jollies
at the expense of the Bri ge.
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MM3 Lemke and FN Opelka WILL make
What's the name of that admiral who's
FN Oliver and BT3 Carter blow tubes on the boiler
for the enjoyment of 2nd Division and the Signal
You mean nobody has a match around here!
Let's see. . . . .I can cross all these checks out,
o hit my rack, and Chief Miller will still
ghink l'm doing a great job.
Supply Department means service
to the ship and to the men Early in the
morning before the rest of the crew is
awake the Cooks and Mess Cooks are
'already preparing breakfast The laundry
runs 24 hours per day to keep the ship'
personnel in clean cloths and linen The
.laundry also provides a place to press
clothes for those who need it The ship'
barber shop is the place to go for a
there would be no need for haircuts if
the disbursing people Wouldn't have
payday for the crew The DK's keep an
eye on the crew's money and provide
help in making out allotments When
ever a part is needed to repair a
machine that has broken down the
Storekeepers are called upon to get a
replacement out of stock Of course
nothing breaks down during working
hours The Stewards take care of the
officers' mess keep the wardroom
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liberty haircut, and it's free. Of course,
cleaned, and keep the "Off1cers'
Country" in a state of cleanliness,
Supply gives every kind of service to
the ship and the ship's personnel,
"Dehydrated potatoes are mixed similiarly to
cement" says CS3 Martin.
The commissaig personnel, Left to right: Morris, Forster, Colgrove,
Martin, Garr, sborne, McCracken, Silva, and kneeling is Murphy.
Moore instructs Colgrove on how pots and pans are to be washed.
Here is the gang after a hard meal. Was the
food hard or the work?
Hill and Shipley show off their third class
K5 Shipley says his crow is darker because it's a
3 Wold has pressed so many clothes he can do
i it in his sleep, see.
After a busy day, Williams counts
? his "liberty money". ,
SH3 Hill works over Bitterly. How did that bald
spot get there?
What do you mean Fudge Ripple?
Smith has it in the bag.
Johnson and Shipley just pressing away.
Watch where we're going, not me!
Knights of the Round Table, left to
right: SD1 O, Patriarca, G. Capuyan,
R, Cruz, I, Dalisay, L. Sister, A,
Ticzon, R, Boada, M, Ballesteros,
and H, Lapid,
The Everly brothers of the FIREDRAKE! TN Boada
and TN Suarez keep the officers entertained.
Working ? Believe them?
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FIREDRAKE's 25th anniversary. Or is it
Olongapo, here We come!
Damn that ship's office.
They call this clerical aptitude?
Hey fellas, I stand relieved.
You guys think you're underpaid!
Ding, ding. . . . Disbursing arriving. They only Way to fly.
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All Storekeepers gather in supplily office
for periodic training lectures. o day
is too busy to put aside training.
"A11 hands to quarters" is the call and
the order of the day is inspection. A11
supply falls out in ranks to make ready
for Commanding Officers inspection.
Supply Department's leading petty
of 'cers in formation.
Keeping the ship's company fed is
another responsibility of the Supply
Department. Here, all hands help
in stowinlgl supplies received from
a stores s ip.
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Mr. Darrah fChief Engineery, and Mr. Kastl qlst Division
Officerj assist as the First Lieutenant, LT France, co-
ordinates a re-arming.
"To deliver ammunition and
That's what FIREDRAKE is all
about and it's Deck that does it.
The work ishot, strenuous, and
often, dangerous, but in terms of the
ship's mission, it's the most im-
portant work on board,
"Welcome to Deck,"
Come meet the BM's, GM's, FT's
and EOD's, who comprise the Deck
BM1 Lammi also keeps a close eye on
Sweepers, sweepers man your brooms
You d better watch out because
Mr Kastl is alert and watching closely
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Drive that forklift, hold that line,
lift that powder. . . fun, isn't it guys?
The winch decks are a busy livqlace
during re-armings. See how ard
everyone's working up there?
With Messinger in hand and message in
mouth, BM3 Bellard takes charge.
Mr, Hedges sees it. He doesn't
BM3 Formby sees it. I-le doesn't believe it.
What is it?
Well, first you fill up the pig-
pen with it. Then you fill up the .01
level aft with it, Next, the boat decks
, . , then the main deck . . . then
the deck office . . . your rack , . ,
the shower stalls . . . it NEVER
BM2 Phillips sees it. I-le wants to shoot
Seamen Bryant, Constantino, Hefner,
McCaa, and Silver eagerly await
another glorious rearming. Petty
Officers Bonney, Quilt, and Roebuck
back them up.
Mr, Hedges and Seamen Plummer and
McElroy look on cheerfully as Plummer
prepares to smash BM3 Littlefield's
hand. . .just don't hurt the watch,
Happy birthday to you Mr. Hightower! How
about a side order of lobster with your cake
Chief Orme. . . . the Mario Andretti of the Wor1d's
Fork Lift Drivers.
GMG3 Crawford does intricate repairs on a giui
mount or is it a forklift would you
believe an ice cream machine?
Petty officers Balicki, Hoskins, and
laros work on Director 30 in prep-
aration for an attack from the
Goodyear blimp. Think ou'll pick
her up fellas? Y
GMG2 Borowiak conducts PMS on
Mount 31. The fuze looks good. . .
if we just don't run out of grape-
cou1dI1't find the picture of Borowiak
pt untangQlAinKg the heaving Line from
FIRED E's rigging.
There are many vital members of the Deck Force
not included in these pages. Some were left out because
there was insufficient light in the area of their racks
to enable us to photograph them,
We regret the absence of Chief Brawley, the
Ship's Boatswain, The Chief would never stand still long
enough to be photographed, No one contributed more to
Deck's performance on this cruise.
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LTIG Tom Behan A
"He's got a 2000 pound anchor he wants us
to do WHAT With?"
C, D, Smith, GMGCS
"What do you mean I don't qualify for
medicinal brandy after that shower? I
got cold didn't I?"
T. J. Williams, C-MT2
"Ifl can't make a leather case for it,
it must not be worth having. "
Midshipman First Class Eckert assists QM3 Martin in steering
a straight course.
RDZL Fallon shows CS3 Osborne how easy it is to "ship over
SD2 Lapid and TN Dalisay prepare to serve another
meal to the Commanding Officer, I
GMG1 Quan and QM3 Ta visit the ship from the
"Dear Mom, you'd never believe who I have for a roommate
BM3 Tofson greets a new SA
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On their first visit to efwans Worked sae A by
Mabayo, theye discovered side' More rocks' dm' mud
that due to lack of pres-. and undergmmh 'Was
Sure, not eve1'ybOdy had ed-r Sevew1,daw+FhH'
waten' ' I dam was gomplered and
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fwith tar paperj finish construction
of school house at Mabeyo.
MM1 Girouard discusses the Dam Project with
one of the Mabeyo workers.
Chief Fisher spreads American good will to
children of Mabeyo.
RADM Long. shakes hands with Chief
Warrent O icer Gorring.
Vic Kawasaki meets the Admiral as
Mr. Voss and Captain Bennett look
CTF 73 VIP'S
Captain Bennett greets RADM Long, CTF 73.
RADM Combs meets FIREDRAKE's
CWO -2 Gorring wonders if his engine room will
Mr, Voss, are you really looking forward to
...of terraced mountain rice paddies...
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The ever-faithful water buffalo and his mounted owner. Taxi!! Taxi!!
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Nagasaki tailor shop.
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A Tokyo woman washes and separates the rice.
Yokosuka bar hostess. "You buy me drink, ne?"
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few buildings which survived the blast.
The Tokyo Tower spans to 1,093 feet, thereby
being the largest steel framed structure in the
HONG KONG A Clty of 1mpress1ons
leaves 1ts mark on a sa1lor Ta1loredsu1ts
new cameras from the Ch1na Fleet Club
the Star Ferry Kowloon n1ght clubs ra1n
every day the tramway, bearded sa1lors
w1th Br1t1sh accents, warn1ngs about
bulldlngs, the left hand dI'1V1I1g fleet
landmg cheap pr1ces the crowded harbor,
the water t3.X1S, s1dewalk vendors Junks
the smell of the Or1ent m1xed w1th gasolme
fumes those blg Hong Kong dollars and
glrls That was Hong Kong
rickshaw drivers, the look-alike concrete
A typ1ca1 Hong Kong street scene
CTop leftj R1ckshaws are a common mode
of transportatlon CLeftD A mother QIVGS
her baby a bath curbs1de
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"Swim Call" is always popular
with the CIGW. During one of our many skeet shoots, FTG3 Jaros sighted a "flaming duck",
SN Pittman receives "Best Boxer" award from Captain Bennett. Would you like to bet what Emmons has in
that brief case?
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typistsg LTIG Traughber and LTJG
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