Fitch (DMS 25) - Naval Cruise Book

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I0 - I2 Q Oct 24 ' I .EXECUTIVE UFFICER Lieutenant William lVI. NEWELL, Executive Olhcer of the USS FITCH, began his present eighteen years of service aboard the USS CHES- TER CCA 271 in December, 1935 as a Seaman second-class. Leaving the CHESTER in 194-3 as Chief Electricians Mate, Lt. Newell served as leading petty oflicer of the Engineering Group, Re- ceiving Station, Noumea, New Caledonia, where he was recommended for Warrant Electricians Mate. After attending General Electric's Turbo- Elec- tric School in Syracuse, N. Y. Mr. Newell was commissioned as Ensign and served aboard the USS DARBY QDE 2181 and the USS BURDO CAPD 1331. In 1948 lVIr. Newell attended Cornell Univer- sity after which he was assigned as Engineering Ofiicer of the USS .I. C. OWENS CDD 7761. From there lVIr. Newell attended General Line School in Monterey, Calif. for nine months, after which he was assigned to the FITCH as Executive Officer. BUMMANDING UFHCER Lieutenant Commander William E. UNDER- WOOD, Commanding Ofiicer of the USS FITCH CDMS 251 was born in Marion, Alabama. His formal introduction to the Navy was at the United States Naval Academy at Annapolis, from which he graduated on 19 December 1941. In October 1946, after a year of graduate work in Ordnance Engineering at Annapolis and a year at the University of California, he was awarded a Masteris degree in applied physics. Captain UNDERWOOD served aboard the USS VINCENNES QCA4-41 and the USS MOBILE QCL631 during World War II. After completion of his post graduate training he was assigned to the Staff of Commander Operational Development Force and in 1947 he was assigned to duty as Executive Ofiicer of the USS WITEK KEDD 84-81. Prior to his present command, LCDR, UN- DERWOOD was executive officer of the U. S. Naval Ordnance Unit at Key West, Florida. i . eff, llllll ENGINEERS They got us there FIREMEN Ist Row: Audet, Joseph R., Dyson, Paul H., Huber, Shel- don C., Carlherg, Jesse M., Martin, Francis X., Hender- son, William H., Cheyney, Jr., Harry P. 2nd Row: Engle- man, Lyle M., Doherty, James W., Anderson, William S., Hasch, Michael T., Bur- dick, Gordon S., Nestor, George R., Luizer, Edward L. 3rd Row: Tyson, Robert O., Gregory, Billie E., Fisher, Raymond D., Erickson, Du- ane L., Sacht, Arthur W., Carlile, James M, and back ENGINEERING OFFICERS Ensign David G. Harkrider, Lt. Roy M. Chipley, Ens. John T. Hickey. SHIPFITTERS lst Row Thomass Harold W Johnson Nels J Scraggs John C Austin Curtis P K1Jowsk1 Joseph E Bond Jimmie F 2nd Row Premo Robert E Whitney Lewis C Jr Angle John R Bauer Albert G. J Paul Allen B. Front: Sakel Daniel M CGA3, Ist Row: Dahlheim, William J., Jr., Riggins, John C., Jr., Tepper, Daniel E., Zuck, James E., Loveland, Lynn S., Hughes, John L, Front: Col- well, Clyde J. 5 QQ ,444 ss- ENGINEROOM Ist Row: Perry, James A., Abla, Lewis fnl, Ewan, Al- bert V., Calhoun, "J" "W", Maryjasik, Jr., John A. 2nd Row: Dahlheim, Robert L. Taylor, James E., Stone, George I., Kaeser, Joseph Hf, Campagnala, Jr., Mauro J., Giordano, Lewis A. 3rd Row: Gervais, Leon A., Penn, Le- Roy N., Gajewski, Jr., Con- rad R., Pomeroy, James D., Nordstrom, George E.,Numm- sen, Edward H. f X X 1 .J 9? - '45 1 52 X SW? S Wx .2 . . .,,., Z fu. ELECTRICIANS lst Row: Klein, G. G., Wel born, G. D., Unkel, W. C. Ahlstrom, N, E., Smalley, J R. 2nd Row: Douthett, M D., Duck, E. G., Bagby, E C., Lumbert, G. H., 0'Con nor, A. L., Kinkor, D. L. RU NN E I GUNNERY OFFICERS Ltjg. Harry H. Ste plrenson, Ltjg-Rfldefick J-Dar' ling, Ens, Patrick D. Kenan, EHS. Allan C- Gordon. x . 1 , 'i .- ' ' if K W-I - Al FV' . J , 'L -fu . x ' f, f "f" A GUNNERY DEPT. Ist Row: Jatko, Edward J., Werner, George L., Steven- son, Mickiell T., Ens. Kenan, Hackler, Harold L., Livick, Richard L. 2nd Row: Hag- gerty, Anthony R., Prohuska, James F., Obrymski, Paul T., Whitmire, William G., Ardito, Vito A., Morgan, Thomas E., Burns, Charles, Jr. 3rd Row: Swank, Donald E., Miller, Ralph H., Green, George W., Giffone, Anthony V., Gloetzner, Charles A., Jackson, Robert H. FIRST DIVISION Ist Row: Bonacci, Anthony S., Powell, Wallace D., Low- ery, Clyde Cnl, Gerth, David W., Corrao, Roy S., Lane, Neal fnJ.2nd Row: Matelko, John R., Crockett, Donald B., Krager, George F., Pritchett, Leroy fnl, Page, Phillip W., Johnson,J. D., Jock, Wilbur J. I SECOND DIVISION Ist Row: Ens. Stevenson, Mal- lory, lr., Willie, Williams David, Gibson, Floyd C., Mc- Atee, Carroll R., Locklear, Edsel. 2nd Row: Jones, Ger- ald E., Little, Arnie, Jr., Graham, Harry J., Duffy, John R., German, Porter. 3rd Row: Jones, Willard V., Lewis, William H., Moore, Ernest, McGann, Daniel W. 7 . 1 SUPPLY DEPARTMENT lst Row: Dellinger, David O., Hinson, Herbert H., Plott, Ernest H., Logan, Charles M., Duren, Romain L., 2nd Row: Floyd, Eugene R., Rob- erts, Leonard I., Doneyhue, Theodore C., Nigro, Joseph D., Cole, Kenneth R., Pi- wowarczyk, Gene I . 3rd Row: Booth, Levyonne M., Waas, Charles F., Harris, William B., Gallo, Arthur, Taylor, .lack N., Hoover, Donald E. SUPPLY DEPARTMENT HEADS Ltjg. Robert .l. Freebcrg, Pratt, Edmund L. ..a..... Am. , H msWMamm 1vJmm "C" DIVISION lst Row: Carlson, Harry R. Kepler, George M., Jr., La Rountaine, Charles L., Jr., 2nd Row: Minor, John A., Egenes, LeRoy D., Richard, Albert J., Golden, George H., Delgado, LeRoy H., Heaton, Floyd A., Jr. 3rd Row: Butler, Willie L., Rior- dan, Rexford E., Baca, Dan- iel P., Zuke, John A., Koen- ig, Charles R. UPERATIUNS OPERATIONS DEPARTMENT OFFICERS Ens. Charles E. Spears, Ltjg. Floyd R. Single- ton, Ltjg, John B. Backes, Ltjg. R. Blake Ire- land. Absent: Ens. Wesley G. Schmidt, "O" DIVISION Ist Row: Maziarz, Victor P. Kvicala, Charles F., Roach, Vincent F., Gaylord, James A., Zeboski, Donald A., Ma- han, Daniel J. 2nd Row: Les- zcynski, Robert, Enright, Ar- thur J., Powowarczyk, Henry W., Ferry, Jesse A., Waring, Norman N., Burns, Jr., Fran- cis J., Bowles, David A. 3rd Row: Tucker, Ervin W., Thorne, Edwin, Stuggings, Burton D., Croco, Donald F. ..F. sl EZ 1 1 1 .KA .xg ,. y. N- 1553 Z"5: 5? nf ' if fm' ff' 517 .,. 24. , we y 1 WY. Ts- .M ., 'It is early dawn of February 10, 1863, and the first light is beginning to tint the colors of the walls of the houses on Bujington Island, on the Ohio River. The 0 In crew of the USS MOOSE, Commanded by Lieutenant Commander Leroy FITCH, 0 USN, are tense and waiting. After following General fohn H. MORGAN, Army of - 0 ily the Confederacy, sometimes referred to as MF lying guerilla MORGAN", for more ,,,.: I gy than five hundred miles up the Ohio, the men and officers of the MOOSE are Q91 s-,"1- I 5 finally about to intercept the Confederate force in its attempt to recross the river. 1, General MORGAN is captured, a thorn in the side of the United States forces is ' removed, and Leroy FITCH has earned himself a place in American history. K' Seventy nine years later, Mrs. H. Walter Thomas, grand-niece of Leroy FITCH was present at the launching of the USS FITCH I DD 4621, part of the United sf! States' answer to the Nazi submarine menace in the Atlantic and the .Iapanese stain, spreading through the Pacific. The new ship, one of the New Bristol class, V displacing sixteen hundred and thirty tons, and mounting four five-inch thirty- v v V "1-Kg., . . . . :V zvvv: elght caliber guns and hve torpedo tubes, was authorized to be built on 12 June, 1940 and was launched at the Boston Navy Yard on 14 June, 1941. The disruption of Allied shipping by German U-Boats in the Atlantic caused - a desperate need for destroyers that left little time for the FITCH to complete the JZ? arduous job of fusing the "green" crew to the shiny new piece of machinery which ' 5 -.'. - Q51 was tolbecome their fighting instrument as well as their home. Her shakedown 'H cruise of Portland Maine, commencing on 5 May, 1942, over, the FITCH made - N ,JZ several short trips to the Canal Zone, New Orleans, and Bermuda on escort duty, , I S' :Q Then, in July 1942, under the command of Commander CROMMELIN, the still untried ship was given the task of escorting the USS RANGER and her shipment of planes to North Africa. From the fifth to the twelfth of November 1942, while assigned to Task Force 34, and acting as one of the screeen ships for the carrier ' I RANGER, the FITCH took part in the landing operations at Casablanca. I Q I fy One morning, word came in from the planes of the RANGER, "Submarine in the vicinity". The warning provided the men of the FITCH with the chance to : Z' show how well they had been trained in that brief shakedown period, "All hands ll' man your Battle Stationsv, and the FITCH was set for her primary function, en- ' xii, gaging the enemy. Then, one of the bridge lookouts, Seaman 1fc BISCHOFF, won I fggf the coveted prize of twenty hve dollars and ten days leave for being the first man if A to sight an enemy submarine or plane. His cry of "Submarine on the starboard 4 0 0 beam" added the last element of drama that was to be the new vessel,s first taste :i 0 0 of battle. Sonar gear was trained around and the FITCH was off, attacking with a l ' f 9 WRX lx 'Burch r 1--i 5532 6 -, ' sf 1 ' ' .. ,Milli Lf. 1 i- -.-L 4 v 3.29 1 ii 4- .. 5.3, 1 'is iz ni W' '41 o 0 -, 5 R 0 O 1 iii. TEE- 'Eff' fig. fi' sl X1 NY figm, --vqrgx. Slip' 5 ,NX 1 Q- 5 ' "' .rj -. 1. ,.. , V .f Q, N4 2155 . y L: Tiff ur 'ff I Sv bf . Jig- ' su Q 'uv -I L'- w,, 6' uf V'Ifi',:.' 529 ,sem 4' " - .. I ,f. .dir Eff. 0 42? 0 0 T5- 0 'H o 0 Ziff .att ly- ,,,. . 1 ,, S-I sd 'lf il" NP' 6 -1 :F L, 7. 5, if ...rl H 1 Zi ff 5. this " . 'r-S., '11 .. Y 'f . ., li? .11- - ' - -i- WV N4-qp,'!"7' pattern of fourteen depth charges. Although an oil slick appeared on the surface, the ship was credited with only a Nprobablev. But the FITCH was no longer a green ship with a green crew. W ith action behind her, a bronze star in her European African-Middle Eastern campaign ribbon, and a sea bag full of stories for the folks, she set a course for home, minor repairs, and a well earned period of liberty and recreation. In April 1943, the FITCH, over a year old and manned by an experienced crew, once more turned her bow away from home. This time her destination was the North Atlantic, where she was to operate with the British home fleet. Part of her duties at this time was to help protect the important Murmansk convoy route. While assigned this duty, the Fabulous Fitch, as she was beginning to be called by her crew members, took part in several raids on the German-occupied Nor- wegian coast, and crossed the Arctic Circle over twenty times. After three grueling months of battling ice and snow, she once more turned homeward in company with the USS SOUTH DAKOTA and the USS ALABAMA. After completing a yard overhaul, the FITCH, in company with the RANGER and the cruisers AUGUSTA and TUSCALOOSA, returned to the North Atlantic to begin several months of very exciting operations. She screened the USS RANGER during her bombardment of 'German forces and installations near Bodo, Norway. Nine ene-my merchant vessels were sunk during this strike and the land based units were severely pounded. As a fitting climax to this period of operations, the FITCH reached a point in latitude of 78 degrees and 18 minutes North, GEN- ERALLY BELIEVED TO BE THE MOST NORTHERLY POINT EVER REACHED BY A UNITED STATES WARSHIP UP TO THAT TIME. After a brief yard overhaul in Boston and a training period at Casco Bay, 4Maine, the FITCH, in December of 1943, again put the States behind her.. It was at this period during the war that the famed killer groups were having tremendous success in combating the U-Boat menace. The FITCH, now a "salty" veteran of the Arctic Seas, was assigned to Task Group 21.14 and set out to hunt the U-Boats under the tropical sun of Southern waters. She hunted submarines in the South Atlantic until the twenty ninth of March, 1944 when she returned to Boston. History was being made. The invasion of France seemed imminent and the eager destroyer was sent to Belfast-Lough, arriving on the second of May, 1944. Assigned to escort duties between various British ports, she impatiently awaited orders to action. Finally, on the twenty fourth of May, the FITCH was assigned to Task Unit 125.83 and ordered to proceed through unswept waters to within 2000 yards of the French coast in order to observe German coastal emplacements. The night air was filled with the drone of hundreds of planes. On the FITCH'S bridge the concussion of the bombs falling on the French Coast, fifteen miles away, could be felt. She was leaving England and going forward to meet history of the French coast where smoke, flames, and the criss cross pattern of anti-aircraft fire resembled a scene from Dante's Inferno, At 0530 that morning the destroyer steamed in at five knots, to begin a very busy morning,s work. At 1533 the FITCH opened Ere, THE FIRST SHIP T0 FIRE INTO UTAH AREA. - if ' -A-A 1125, ig, ,if ti. .V 1. li ' I! 751, .59 -N1 Y ,435 Lg I fin eg, W W ifi .5 -'E , .. if fl I . .1 -1 B. 5. li izj' ,QTY if.. f . .'U - .' Na 5 N, sr. '34 5.5 -1.1 .-, . 1. .- f : ,.,,. cr- :1 .4 4- A fx .- x Il' 'I' ff. V., if ., 5' 'Q Q: . 3 E V-Il QT? I. Q f""i . .lr . ', l U 7. 0 I 0 ' 0 43411 . ,gli ni 21? :ji .. in n v an N..-Q J 'iv Z 3' xr- if jf 1 2 . I Y' in ., .5 , . , iz, 1.- .. , .v. f 1 If .I -P' V. , Y? I H . 1 -qi v y '4 NINI Sri' sr ew. s.-uv v ic.. si VN.. 'r ., Q. I . xiii- iff ' i . 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Wheeling about, the FITCH dashed to the aid of the stricken comrade ship before the enemy guns could get the range of the crippled "sitting duckn. Two hundred and twenty three survivors were taken aboard. As a result of those few minutes of selfless heroism, several special comlmendations were later received. But much more important to the crew and officers of the FITCH was the thought of the lives of the men who had been saved. As each invasion was undertaken by the Allies, the need for High Speed Minesweepers became more and more obvious. On 15 November 1944, the FITCH, who, along with many ships of her class, had been converted into a Destroyer Minef- sweeper, had her designation changed from DD 462 to DMS 25, By 3 January, 1945, all changes and trials were completed and the old veteran but new mine- sweeper was assigned to Mine Division 58, and with Commander Ennis W. TAYLOR in command, left the United States, bound for Pearl Harbor. Slated ,for duty with the Pacific Fleet in its struggle with the Iapanese Air Force of Okinawa, the FITCH was sidetracked by fate. While practice sweeping off Ulithe, she ran afoul of a coral pinnacle and was forced to return to Pearl Harbor for repairs. On the tenth of August 1945, with repairs completed, the new minesweeper, with Lieutenant Commander R. H. THOMAS on the bridge, set out for the forward area, only to learn of the cessation of hostilities against Iapan. But the work of the "sweepers" of the Mine Force had only begun. On the twenty eighth of August, sweep- ing was commenced on the mine field at Okinoyoma Bank, at the entrance to Tokyo Bay. It was here that the FITCH had the honor of being the first ship of the Bristol class to sweep an enemy mine, later being present at the ceremonies as General Douglas MacArthur received the unconditional surrender of the Iapanese Empire aboard the USS MISSOURI. In December of 1945, the FITCH further distinguished herself by setting a record for mines swept in one day,s operation, bagging 275 of the total of 1,040 cut by the five' ships of her division. With thoughts of home calling just over the horizon, the FITCH steamed out of Sasebo, Iapan, bound for the United States and her first nstatesiden Christmas. After spend- ing the holidays in San Diego, a trip through the "Big Ditch" to Norfolk for demobilization and rehabilitation of the crew. By March, 1946, nearly a full peacetime crew had been assembled and the next weeks were spent in performing target towing tests for the bureau of Ships. May, Iune, and .Iuly went by quickly in -operations between the Atlantic ports of Norfolk, New York, and Charleston. After finally settling in Charleston, South Carolina in November, she made a short trip to Guantanamo Bay, Cuba and back to Charleston for the Christmas holidays. During the fleet maneuvers, early in 1947, the veteran minesweeper once again proved her worth by sharing top honors in total mines cut with only one other vessel of her class. -in--.. ,.- I' . -9 I 2?-l fi I' 155' X. . 1 . , wil . Q if 3 1 af' A fri 1.-A 1 2? ef 755. gift Q 24,5 'Hui ng aw: ?'L.'1??' iF' X.. C12 I 317: ,. High 5522 1 W. .. I ., ' we T32 iafkilj 'TEH n - :gf 1 1 1 ' ' ' fp i. 5? 5 lf!! ' .115-I tit. 1-1 . wi' 'ig-slr .xI',lq. Q 53'f ' sts, 3,4 1 '7 is . ,gf .- '23, .- wh: - -r If ff? 1, .Vai E 2 -1 I -'fu' -1 , M, ,' . .. ,gg . ,P J ..Yf:. IW' . L. E J' l EE , J X O 0 O O L73 xrurv- g,-'lv' if bf 3 See, Srsr-I S27 O 0 D Q 0 0 334 W Nia! 0 0 0 if" Jes 'H N ' ' ii' i..ii Y ' l 14 -- in-- i I - ..,-... A 4 S ' Q if n-1 s .'F 1 X A V' .. :Z -T I f 4 QV 'x , O o N, 0 I I I NS il M! Nf xr V we si 9 x Sr ir ' I . . .,, , . 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It was while the ship was in the Naval Shipyard at Charleston that a skeleton crew was assigned, Commander T. A. GREGG assumed command, and certain structural changes made and new equipment added to inl- crease the vessells fighting efficiency. In Ianuary, 1949, having been molded into a well-coordinated team on a freshly painted ship, the FITCH set sail for the Mediterranean Sea to take part in fleet exercises, After visiting such ports as Gibraltar, Golfe fuan, Malta, and Naples, the FITCH sailed for home in April. In Iuly, Commander R. H. BUCK- LEY took command and, in September, the FITCH left Norfolk for fleet exercises in the rough North Atlantic. On the 15 of fuly, 1950, the FITCH once again saw a change of command with Commander G. A. WOLF relieving Commander BUCKLEY. Shortly after, while plane guarding ojf facksonville, Florida, the Fabulous FITCH once again made news by rescuing a pilot off the escort carrier USS CABOT, who had crashed during flight operations On March 20th, 1951, with an intensive period of refresher training behind her, the FITCH left Charleston and headed east across the Atlantic for fleet exer- cises in the Mediterranean Sea. During this cruise, the longest made by the FITCH in peacetime, she visited such ports as Phillippeville, Monaco, Naples, Taranto, Palermo, Athens, Genoa, Trieste, Cannes, Le Spezia, and Gibraltar, On the 18th of August, while in Taranto, Italy, Commander WOLF was relieved by Lieutenant Commander B. H. BRITTIN, former member of the United States Naval Mission to Turkey. After returning from this cruise, the FITCH underwent an upkeep period 1 'I I f Il L.. A 'E fy- ' 1 -sw, .L -I 1- 1 5 if ? .Jh- 5 ,' -1 W E' ZF .f i I -1 .n 1- .L-. -:rr '4- s if fl. at 1, 5 . xi I' R 95 :Si .1. -1 I in Charleston. Following this yard period came several simulated wartime exer- cises with units of the Atlantic Fleet, the second of which took her to the Panama If,- Canal Zone and gave all hands an excellent chance to develop deep tans. Back from the Canal Zone in March of 1952, the FITCH spent several weeks in Charles- ton undergoing minor repairs and left for the U. S. Naval Mine Countermeasures -- Station, Panama City, Florida, where she took part in testing of experimental "F torpedo evading devices being developed by the Navy. Back from Panama City in Iune, the crew and officers of the FITCH got a small taste of shore duty as the ship went into the Charleston Naval Shipyard for a major overhaul period. In September, her sea trials behind her, the FITCH set sail for Refresher Training at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. During this cruise, on November 24, Lieutenant Commander William E. UNDERWOOD reported aboard, 'I I fresh from the U. S. Naval Ordnance Unit, Key West, Florida and, on 8 December the FITCH, now in Charelston for the holidays, saw another change of command ceremony as Commander BRITTIN was formally relieved by Lieutenant Com- mander UNDERWOOD. ,f . kascubauuz W wi V 1 , I pl. Xu I A 'ff--',, , , - I f 1 'yi' "V " Wu' Pe'-L.-Ziisif ' ' L- ,. ,-" ',' ,' I I V' 'f-hf-':,-f'- QA' If: ttf- -W -' ff Y A ff I2 1' 5 .-:E 5,5 WX .1 LF .lk I 1 I I I I I I I I I I I F Doclcside in Algiers I - - ,I ff ,,.. x3gZ::2.:. 7 ,,1,W7'n l,q , li-..s. r,-M I I I , A ,, f .A E. uw! , fag f 'f"p 3.:'.:.?W,5f," '- 4 II X .' gs N f ' ' I , ""'L"" X AR 'I ff , " X I , x' f 1 , LLC' ' May7-May9 I X' l f ,,, - -'f' 2 Kasbah means walled city, but it held far more meaning than that to each of X u 0 4 - XX X' fi X XX us as we steamed into Al iers that Thursda mornin the seventh of Ma . It meant 17, ,- , Y 44 I Q adventure and the romance of far away places we'd heard of in songs and movies, and ji X- X A. even more it meant a welcome relief from two weeks of stead steamin and one fn' ' Q' X , f A521 I XX X xg in three watches. il' If ' Ay- X lg A tour was arranged and we found the real Kasbah to be a wretched cesspool 1 If Zi I 57,1 l .. I , .', H--.-. ,I -, Y ,, Ui: it if 5-9 if nga. iffsx- f J' IJ III ! Xa X M . 1' XXIJJWKZZL :If gg x ig iF'4lffa "-t EI M fXxNi I Hush' X fl XXX 1, jj? twrg3?: L ilmmllll Z" lx I, ' I X IQI - Ig f IX . J I H X of humanity but never-the-less exciting and different. Its tortuous streets and treacherous population, the windowless houses and steep stairways suggested that we had stepped three hundred years into the past. Of course all of Algiers was fascinatingg the veiled Moslem women who believe it indecent to show their faces to any but their own familyg the Moslem men in their "crazyH red fezesg the ragged, predatory kids with their international catch phrase, "Hey Joe, you got ceegaret?"g and the Arabs who seem to delight in winding their dirty linen about their heads to form turbans. One of the best hotels in Algiers is the Aletti, which provided us a popular gathering spot, serving good food, good-drinks, and good music. Then there were other gathering spots like the Sphinx and the Rainbow which failed to favor the patron with good food, music and drinks, but nevertheless had certain 'fattractions". One of the most beautiful places in Algiers is the Botanical Gardens, laid out in Moslem Women 'elf First Tour - In the experi- mental gardens 44 classic French style and displaying many strange trees and exotic flowers. For those that took the all day tour, the Lunch at Monkey Brooke Inn was a memorable occasion. Though the steaks we had, demonstrated the durability of Algerian leather, the setting was exquisite. Cradled in the rugged Gorges of Chiffa, the Inn provided general mess for the monkeys in the area. Most enjoyable of all probably was just casual walking around the town, stopping at a bar here and there, and haggling with a shopkeeper there and here. And we all took a French lesson: V00-LAY VOO DAHN-SAY A VEK MWAH? TTA VENUE 0 P002 FRJOO Main Street Aiaccio AIACCIU May 14 - May 18 AFTER Algiers, and one night in Cagliari, Sardinia, flVlay 125 the little French town of Ajaccio was B welcome sight,'Nestled in a quiet cove at the foot of steep green hills, it appeared as peaceful as a sleeping faun, guarded by the quiet snow-capped giants of the interior. The people seemed happy. There were no "kids" too tough for their years, roaming the streets. Even an atempt at obliterating the MU. S. Navy Co Home" signs had been made. VLiberty in Ajaccio was nothing outstanding, like a small town in the States they urolled up the sidewalks" at nine, but it afforded a wonderful opportunity for leisurely strolls about town and to the beaches where some of us saw our first "Bikini', suits and the fascinat- ing way in which the young lassies change them. A tour up the coast revealed the rugged and varied beauty of the island. Swimming at Sagonne, lunch at Coraggio, and beer at the rocks of Piana, all were. high points of the tour. We had shared Algiers with the Macomb and Ajac- cio we shared with the Tarawag another town and a lot of white hats. We said "Ajaccio is nice", but we also said, "Ah Ha, it is our last stop before CANNES". Small Corsican town near Sagonne Volcanic rock and azure sea Pretty good tour 'ftll E' it 1 W0 9 -f - C r- 754' I 9 , . fv,sf,f filfjfll Ns.'," I G',nl'5, I , 1:51 N- '9 1 5 fd iff 1 ,lf !.'1- 'L V ::E 5:4 '4S,7 . I -L to-f 0Q,!!N.E3 "Dear Mom, well here I am in Cannes That's on the French Riviera you know. Went up to Nice last night and, uh, well, that's all for now. Love, "Salty" A Cannes was good liberty, even if one didnat go to Nice or Monte Carlo one could have a good time at the beaches, which are the best on the Riviera. The scenery was nice too. We got a close look at the Bikini suits and a distant view of the Maritime Alps and adja- cent areas. There was always something to write home about. Probably the biggest attraction was Nice with its famous Promenade des Anglaise fthe name is almost synonomous with Rivieral and its foot-bruising cobble- stone beaches. Nice boasts a number of small cafes that serve an interesting variety of foods, wines, and enter- tainment, but who said that French wines aren't strong? There were many ships in the harbor with us, six in our nest alone, if you want to count a submarine, so we were never lonesome ashore for the sight of a fellow Casino at Monte Carlo UST fl'l9HdS Monte Carlo from Palace at MonaC0 gil. 5 , If View from Eze mariner. Such large numbers of men enabled us to have a choice of tours every day. The Riviera tour took us to Monaco and Monte Carlo where we visited the famous Casino. We had lunch in Nice and visited some of the ancient little towns of the interior, Eze and St. Peter, after which we stopped at the perfumerie at Grazze to see how they turned hog fat and musk into' rare French perfumes. Though not as varied as the Riviera tour the Alpine tour provided us with some magnificent scenery, a rest- ful day ashore, and a few more photographs for the album. - A few of us and a couple of officers managed to get to Paris for four days and a few went fishing for two days in the Alps. It's hard to write a letter convincing the folks that the Navy isn't a tourists' paradise when you're on the Riviera. Letters ring with familiar names associated with the 'cplayground of Europe" we write of liberties filled with peddle boats, sidewalk cafes, streets full of bicycles, Madamoiselles, French cooking and a hundred other won- derful new things. For every day ashore, though, there is at least one at sea. For an account of this less glitter- ing aspect see the next section. I Monaco Palace Guard STEAMING There are many little cliches, bromides, aphorisms and stock sayings in the English language but probably the one that has been recorded most often and been subjected to the most use and misuse is the ready little entry HSTEAMING AS BEFORE". Walker Baca Mr. Darling Replemshmg at sea. Ship's work? rf, Just what does this magic phrase mean? It means one in three watches, four hours on and A eight offg with ship's work, sleep and meals on the off hours. 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Baker Easy Easy Roger SH PS WURK Pu m p Flxers A Good Team Wm, l H Peinfing Focsle 4 IIHmmm,l WG' J HRS , .asm X 'gram Harbor Florence Florenqe Cathedral Santa Maria del Fiore Pisan Monks .gp-.qxlf LEGHURN .lune 9 - June 16 On June ninth, after seven days at sea, we squeezed into the snug little harbor of Leghorn, only to find that we were actually in Livorno, or at least so it is called by the inhabitants. Leghorn is outstanding for two reasons: 1. it's near to Florence fFirenzelg 2, it's near to Pisa. Pisa was the closest, about twenty minutes by cab and was well worth the trip to all who went. There we saw the leaning tower, built in the 12th century as the bell tower fCam- panillel for the Cathedral, Santa Maria Maggiore, which we also saw along with the Baptistry where we listened to its wonderful echo. Florence was the main attraction. Some of us were lucky enough to get there on a two day tour. We found the city much as it is heralded, one of the cultural and artistic centers of Europe. From our rooms in the Hotel Majestic, we visited the Medici palace and famous Pitti palace and museum, complete with works by Raphael and Andrea del Sarto. The squares were show places alsog at the Piazza Vecchio we saw Michaelangelo's David and Benvenuto Cellini's Hermes and Medusa. The huge Cath- edral Santa Maria del Fiores and Giobherti's doors' on the Baptistry opposite will long live in our memories of Italy, along with the Ponte Vecchio bridge and its jewelry shops. As for Leghorn, our lasting impressions are of the bombed out buildings, Communist posters by the thousands and of course Chianti. The snack bar and E. M. club offered the delights of American beer, malts, fresh milk and a good jukebox. We've been away from home over two months, any- thing American sounds good now. Not that foreign travel isn't interesting but we are beginning to look forward to that one best port, Charleston, S, C ..., homeport. Typical Tour Bus s Nepfune's Statue, Florence i 77 'QW Q1 w W 4 ' 1 ,f um.. Halian Orphans' Tour of flue Ship Doors of Ghiberfi, Florence fw. 1' 1 I Leanmg OWGI' Logue Della Sngnore BH MX Q. , f Wwfl ,Ng I Y si' ki 1 Ap, me Florence in fhe Verano I don'+ dig this Cal' ww 5 www 14195 Qfa , Indian AM. Valletta in background Dance Hall ,T V181 UW yr "5 27' 1, 5 .arf I XR s-5'4" ll ydfll i ll Ill ul lt q I llfll' 1 if l 'lr I or W! lb ,lyric 4 . T , June Z4 - June 30 Malta . . . rock and rock dust . . , most heavily bombarded spot in the world . . . dumping depot for Nazi bombers returning from Africa. It was hot, and the first impression on steaming into Sliema creek was, "No trees", just scrubby bushes. We were anchored with a group of British and Indian Corvettes and Minesweepers commanding a full view of the city, its yellow and white stone buildings blending into the pale yellow rock of the countryside. In the next harbor, just fifteen minutes by bus was Valleta, ancient walled city dating back to the time of the Phoenicians. The wall was probably the most im- pressive part of Valleta. Forty feet thick, it served in, ancient days to shield the city from both sea and land attacks, additional protection being provided on the land side by a sixty foot moat. Also in Valleta was the Phoenician hotel, famous for a lethal John Collins. Just as we were beginning to get used to the im- possible pound, shilling, crown, farthing, bob, etc., cur- rency it was time to go, Malta wasnlt bad liberty though, the 4'Chatteau" overlooking the sea was a good place to dance and drink and the Maltese lace provided many with an interesting souvenir. Beach? Harbor t , Q' - Gout IUAN 2. SAN nemo 4 I San Remo Promenade Eiffel Tower if g. -A 'Slx July 2 - July 8 July 8 - July 12 Retracing our steps from Malta we arrived at Colfe Juan, just around the corner from Cannes on the road to Nice. A few of us didn't stay long on the Riviera but hustled off to Paris for a gay four days, now filling our memories with thoughts of the Eiffel tower, Notre Dame, the Champs Elysee', the Louvre and of course a touch of 'lHeather". The rest of us stayed to tour the cafes, sample the wines, enjoy the nightclubs and soak up the luxurious atmosphere of summertime in Europe's playground. On the eighth we steamed out of Golfe Juan and arrived after three hours in San Remo, on the Italian Riviera. San Remo was as nice if not nicer than Golfe Juan certainly less expensive. It was a very clean town built on the face of a hill that was brilliant with many flowers and gardens. Some of us saw the Harlem Globetrotters play a local team in Monaco, a little province just over the French border. The beaches were good, providing a variety of entertainment and much to please the palate and much to please the eye. San Remo is an international ,resort area, half of its 70,000 population being tourists, so naturally the American "tourist', lwith accompanying lirel were warmly welcomed. The stay in San Remo was a nice little breather before we shoved off for two weeks on "Minex Dragexn Liberty Eas Coast Our Minex Dragex exercise wasnt as tedious as we had feared it would be. We steered straight from San Hemo through the Straits of Messina to the Ionian Sea where we anchored just off the Sl10rC Of sure was a nice place to go and have a quiet drink. Even at 10000 drachmae the drinks were cheap HOW. We often anchored off the little Greek islands of Zante and Qephelonias for the night Only a few ' 5 Patras. Patras wasn't much of a liberty port but it t i N I T f They are everywhere weeks afterward these islands were to be torn by earthquakes, their cities left in ruins. The first port after Minex Dragex was Taranto, Italy, the scene of heavy air-sea fighting in World War II. The first thing we noticed were the hideous jellyfish fMedusaJ that clogged the harbor and filled up our basket strainers. Taranto did not suffer as much war damage as many other Italian ports and presented a spacious and neat appearanceg however, after ten o'clock the town died. There wasnit much to do but walk around or take the tours. One tour went to the Grotto Albero- bello, and was a gratuity of the Italian Navy. The other tour went to a nearby resort which provided a pool and a combo. ,,... Y. I 1 . X he W-Ffa? a. ,rem 0. 4. is y . . . r ss V ., .5 f , V,VVVV 'af i'7'sf"f' ,., . O, 4 FA . f"'. N xi JSI' Wgxln, ...NX l A TX- N : .if 3' 5 . - 49? 1 ' -uvfcsxf . ,XI a fxx I9 .fe 5 1' .' ..-I 1 ll' 1 ,I l I 1.1 I. MINEX DRAGEX July 12 - July 27 TARANTO July 27 - July 31 BRINDISI July 31 . Aug. 3 BARI Aug. 3 - Aug. 6 ANCO-NA Aug. 7 - Aug. 11 Alberobello Grotto It was in Taranto that we said goodbye to Phil N? S 4 s ly ,van , fl' is gg. I ,Caffe Kirk and Mr. Kirk bid a "sad" farewell to the Navy. Unfortunately he missed the party that we threw for about thirty orphans. With only a few hours steaming we were in Brindisi. It too was a surprisingly clean town, in fact we found the East coast of Italy from Taranto to Trieste a great deal more attractive than Leghorn and Florence. We moored outboard of the Macomb with the huge Mariner's Monument fthe crazy bottle openerj across the harbor on our starboard beam. We were the first American ship to call in Brindisi this year and the people seemed quite friendly to the American Sailor. The shops and Cafes even kept their doors open after hours to accomodate us. Bari "'Wf42"" One of the nicest spots in Brindisi was the Hotel Jolly where you could get a good Italian dinner in- cluding the wine for a buck sixty, f1,000 lirei. The pool was pleasant and cold. Just a few hours K69 miles! North of Brindisi lies the town of Bari, so we were able to cast off and moor on the same day. We were quite a way from town, in fact, about the only way to get to town was by carriage or taxi, but the ride proved worth while. Bari was a happy place. There were many little cafes filled with laughing people and gay Italian music, like "Botcha Me" along the bustling streets. Only one thing detracted from the general well beingg the water had a funny, salty taste. f?J We had a whole day at sea underway from Bari to Ancona, it was a good day, for that day we success- fully towed the Macomb and made smoke. Ancona furnished us with the activity that we were beginning to crave. First, we could play ball alongside the ship, even the duty section, except those who had the watch, could play. Then there was the big basketball game with the Ancona Club team. They lucked out in the last half but we gave them a good fight. Tours went to the Loreta Shrine and to San Marino, and almost every afternoon we escorted a bunch of Italian orphans around the ship. The town of Ancona was good for liberty, They sold beer in huge glass boots the shape of the Italian peninsula. It took a pretty thirsty man to drink all the way down to Rome . . . and there is no record of anyone getting all the way to the straits of Messina. Sfraifs 1Mhif:: as-Hfff'-,...m xxxx " ,,,,, A ai I . a a - F A 1'ai:?t-':,:,f,, .LW ,,,. 3' , WW fa Wm! NW -And there was lots of Iibertq 1-ga. X M.. 'fw-alswwm f - mm, A ,RMC In , i . mga M, me," A Liberfy commences immediafely fo expire on board ai' OIOO Officer of fhe Deck Soffball Tgam f , frm., um, f f ,fa A205 a , x in ,' 2 riffiis-5 N of Messina Noi' Black Eyed Beans again! X Xyx N X fxf x X0 Q XS ,, X J WN X Q ' , R fx ,X , a Q xx fx QZ 4, 5 X X N wg xx ,Q X XX '-hwy XX f XX xN X V 'Q .Q Q -W ew- X X l XX w xx XX X XR X X xx XS iw W ,W TE Free Territory X August 12, - August 16 Trieste, free city, powderkeg of Europe, and friction point between Italy and Yugoslavia, seemed like a little bit of home to us after we had gotten our lines doubled up and secured. So close that you could smell the hamburgers frying was the Army P.X. where they had plenty of fresh milk, malts, french fries and American beer and there was dock liberty for the stand- bys. We held the ship's party in the P.X. Some of them even made it back for the second night of the party which was as glorious as the first. i f Trieste . T ' -1 , I Flourne "Tweety" H. and Company S'faW'a1'?Z , xl of c. V Q, Qs 5 'Z f, ft' is Tia 1 "' A " if-32 1 f if 3 av: .f:,',.,. 2, ue? 4 7 iff .7 l meg, f ,4 .XX . T , TL, . ft" Tw W , . X Kgs, ifiw Trieste Floor Show 1. 1,1 vw, 1 5 K Ji .1 N . W X Qi s if W X fs , X f Z 'N 7,44 - 95Z":s'Tf l f 72 Q 1,5142 .i f W X , ai f It was a gala occasion for all hands. When the P.X. grew dull there was the Hanger Club or the Kit Kat Club or the city sights, which included the old castle on top of the hill and the Roman theater. The town didn't seem too much different from the other Italian towns we had seen. It was a little larger, and boasted a streetcar system but aside from that the people, currency, and food were all familiar, all Italian, and all good for liberty. g For four nights the movies aboard were not crowded, fMovies? What m0vies?J 4 W,-v-x f if f "'E"7 Ellinger and Friend Sl1ip's Party S f 3 - t N I--as 1 QW 'ffl 2 f Qvisc ' , ' ff' W ,V', 5' J ,Q , i 52 , s 'V W r 1 .S 4 is , Q X t ,,,,f 1 ' W, V . 54 , Trieste y 4 fwwmi fi' SX Y 1 3 4 N 1 f 'X 1 X f W M I g ,. 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The city of Naples was interesting, with its panoramas and hills and bustling crowds of people, but the main attractions were outside of the city, Two hours away by steamer was the Isle of Capri, famous for the Blue Grotto and a rugged sort of island beauty. "Come Ye Back to Old Sorrento" was for most of us just a song that we had heard in the States. After seeing that lovely little Italian town we understood why the song was written, and some of us concurred. There was also Pompei, ancient city, well preserved by the ashes of Vesuvius, to tempt the tour goers. But best of all was Rome, the Eter- nal City. We'll never forget the Colosseum. The Vatican, Capitoline Hill, with the Victor Eman ual Il monument, St. Peteris and St. Peter's in Chains where we saw Michaelangelo's Moses. We even tossed a coin in the fountain of Trevi, insuring that we would return to Rome some day, and - NAPLES fi X A f ff Galena Umberh -"T " Seiya X 5 4 Wfxsffwmfzaza I ' tg , f . 1 ' I l'Z75'XWf44f'V'25fi Y as 'H 'I f, 3' se 1 fy 'W W it , ,, - f . H- N'f"'fY' " fra, M:L'f""'X1f""M"'y e- ,J fjg' ye W' .1 f M,.,,.sQ.m,,.i1, JA! I, x , s qfqffgxi if., ,,,, ..... Q I i , Z i Wi, , fm, , V f- ' im ' 7 3 , M f 2: i so 1 at X M. f 14W f 1 'V f'f" 5' -gsgmzs g f "f "N-'MN tg, mam -1' r ...cnacfstat-5.4 N. ......., .. ,, x., ff sg, y qyr 4 ,,.,,,,,,si. . Y, N k i X 6 in ,V Af , -1 .e V 1 167 A lift, is 5 "" , : ,+-.t fm J. 'XV ww fn. 'ff Q ssf,Z".f ' was f . " wise X, Q mai, f ,r , ,,,,, , Wg . V ,jkif ,,p , , was . 7-., WX. 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They don't'call it 'ibullfight Spain, they say "the running of the bu about 90 ki-lometers from Malaga, to see a 46 77 l 4 '4Corrida de los Toms", if Prices in Spain were a lot lower than we l found them to be in France or Italy . . . and Malaga from Old Caslle liberty was good, C"Si como no?D D ' Mira Mar Hofel Harbor tu H ? i Tunnel and Gardens of Castle Gilbralfero De-Feel' ZA ' ,... Q...-,....,,.,.g..,.Qx.u.. l LA SPEZIA Sept. 21 to Sept. 25 La Spezia, was a rather pretty little Italian town with many good restau- rants, shops and interesting little side streets. We were moored close to town, so very little of our liberty was wasted walking to and from the ship. La Spezia was nice, but we were beginning to grow restless, for there was a port, now only one month away that promised to be best of allg Char- leston, S. C. Golte Juan, Fieet Landing tHow did we get here7t Main Street, Lespezia -.....,.....,..-M., ..,,.......,,....,,.... Wm-MM ,,-. n nu-nn lust another Italian tnwn View of LeSpezia from Bow of Ship 2 t n I t s z l I ! Harbor ot Lespezia Main Street, Lespezia ,.,.,....---- ..-- -w,.....X.u sl. u xx W t-Jw .- st f f. v ' - fww---f-nf. :sat r.Qwmh.t :Qu-nu.. wsu GUING HUME We're going home, homeward bound, no words fall easier on our ears than these. No thought is more wel- come. Spirits brighten with each mile. We worked hard, stood a lot of watches, turned to a lot. We did a good job, we know that, not smugly but proudly, we know. We got in some good liberties too. Tops. They're waiting for us thereg it'll be good to see them, It'll be good to get home, welre going home. On April 22, 1953 we set sail from Charleston, S. C. On October 24, 1953, six months and two days later, we returned. We,re home. The Lasi' LeH'er Going Home 4mumn4m.w, z,. Z47f fj ' fav 91. X 'A ig'Qf,,wf f' .M..g,-.iw , , A . iz X, Wd' U 2 , ' f . U g h ' . 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