Captain Herbert G. Claudius
Commander Herbert G. Claudius, USN, was
born in Omaha, Nebraska and graduated from
Omaha's Central High School in 1926. The
next four years were spent at the University
of California, Berkeley, California, where the
Captain was studying Business Administration
and Naval Science with the Naval ROTC unit.
Graduation from Cal. in 1930 meant a BS
degree in business and an Ensign's Commission
in the U. S. Naval Reserve dated 19 June 1930.
Captain Claudius performed the duties of
Division Officer, Executive Officer, and Com-
manding Officer between 1930 and 1940 while
he was active in the organized reserve in San
Francisco. The Captain has been on active
duty since 1940, having been commissioned
Commander in August 1943 and having trans-
ferred from USNR to USN in July 1946.
Captain Claudius has had many interesting
assignments in the last ten years as the following
Executive Officer Naval Reserve Training
Base, Yerba Buena Island, California.
Personnel Officer, Staff Commander Patrol
Forces, Treasure Island, California.
Biography of fha Commanding Officer.
Commanding Officer U.S.S. P.C. 566.
Commanding Officer U.S.S. Haste CPG94j.
Commanding Officer U.S.S. Austin CDEISJ.
Commanding Officer U.S.S. Runels QDE793j.
Commanding Officer U.S. Naval Station
Executive Officer Naval ROTC, Oregon State
College, Corvallis, Oregon.
Commanding Officer U.S.S. Floyd B. Parks
The Captain took Command of our ship on 16
July 1949 in San Diego and brought us through
the long summer and early fall of 1949, during
which time we were being trained for Operation
MIKI and for a tour of duty with the Seventh
Fleet in the Far East. During his cruise in the
"Floyd B." Captain Claudius has had very
little time to be with his wife, daughter and son,
who have been living in Oakland, California,
their misfortune having been our good fortune.
He has brought us over 35,000 miles of water,
some dangerous, some not so dangerous, but all
requiring the utmost of his efforts. It is not by
chance that reports reach us from one of the
large aircraft carriers we operated extensively
with that the PARKS is the best "Can," she,
the carrier, had ever worked with. At the close
of this cruise we can look aft at our record and
be proud. Even as this book goes to press we
look forward to another cruise with Captain
Claudius and the promise of many leagues of
good sailing with the best damn Skipper in
Left to right
Lt. fjgj Harold A. Bres, Jr.
Daniel M. Karcher
Lewis A. Shea, Jr.
Robert M. Weidman, jr
Paul E. Trejo
Albert G. Cohen
Francis B. Busch
Marvin S. Hutchinson
Herbert G. Claudius
Albert B. Hallman
R. K. Stewart Cole
Ass't. First Lieutenant
A. S. W. Officer
Left to right
CHIEF PETTY OFFICERS
Joyner, J. C., ETCA, Johnson, C. L., TMC, Hanel, E., MMC, Nottingham
C. N., CSC, Mohn, C. H., MMC.
Rawson, R. E., HMC, Dunbar, R. M., MEC, Gilchrist, W. L., MMC
Henery, J. J., MMC, Tye, R. C., QMC, Drescher, R. L., FCC.
Helton, J. W., ENC, Walton, B. M., RDCA, Stevens, C. S., BMC
McGraner, E. J., GMC, Owen, B. G., GMC.
Bost, J. W., BTC, Carroll, A., HMC, Frank, S., BTC.
Left to right
Cohen, A. G., ENS., Tipps, W. L., SO1, Zech, C. O., QM2, Andal, E. O.
SN, Pendergrass, D. K., SOSA, Mansfield, W. L., SOSN, Parker, J. J.
SA, Harris, P. D., SN, Lowry, D. M., Potts, F. H., RDSN, Wallace
L. E., RMSA, Nicholson, C. L. RDSN, Weidman, R. M., ENS.
Walton, B. M., RDC, Burcham, T. A., Pina, E. C., Fadness, R. K., Paul
L. W., RD3, Jackson, G. W., RD3, Zimbelman, B. M., RDSN, Williams
J. G., Thompson, K. W., SN.
Bres, H. A., LTjg, Massie, L. D., SN, McGrath, J. R., RDSN, England
C. W., Purcell M. C., QMSN, Mails, C. E., RM3, Robinson, R. J., Apple
ton, M. R., SOSN, Moore, S. R., SOSN, Tye, R. C., QMC.
Hinkley, A. A., SN, Parker, K. W., SO3, Greear, J. L., Phillips, H. L., SN
Djerf, J. G., RD2, Plish, W., PN3, Longmire, L. L., RM3.
Left to right
Schoonover, R. E., Crawford, C. W., Walton, C. E., Small, L. T., Johnson,
Prichett, E. E., Thompson, M. J., Palmer, F., Pigg, B..R., Hall, L. W.
Ellis, T. J., Watson, F. L., Ragon, L. G. Jr., Gutierrez, R., Hunter, A.
McGraner, E. J., Murillo, C. P., Romero, J., Poddany, H., Morgan
A. N., Nieto, R. L., Wood, E. G., Spurbeck, L. J., Drescher, R. L.
Owen, B. G., Osbourne, F., Royal, V., Beck, O. E., King, L. J., Crowley
L. E., Patton, J. H., Cole, G. M., Kinne, L. E., Yeager, K. J.
Trejo, P. E., ENS., Smith, A. L., Kinsman, J. A., Conner, A. M., Penner
G. D., Thomas, H. N., Keith, C. W.
Left to right
Shea, L. A., Jr., ENS., Whipps, J. W., Ogden, E. R., Clark, R. L., Robbins
J. P., Abney, C. J., Colquett, G. M.
Vaden, J. L., Lewis, J. M., Johnston, L., Crawford, B. S., Phillips, J. L.
Rogers, J. L., Purdom, O. F., Spradling, B. A., Sensenney, E. J., Hardee, R
C., Swett, H. H.
Cole, R. K. S., LT., Everett, C. S., Pickard, P. W., Papez, P.
Schultz, R. L., Hinson, J. E., Pacheco, L., Wiggins, J. W., Wood, S. H
Whitaker, E., Hughes, F. D., Cavanaugh, G. L., Reade, A. V., Musgrave
O. A., Wolfe, D. F., Carter, R., Leighton, F. E., Stevens, C. S.
Beck, R. F., Schroeder, F. J., Cox, J. E., Jones, J. V., Rich, J. Leigh
ton, S. N.
Left to right
Not in picture:
Conley, O. S., Cooper, J. D., Hunter, W. E., Zimny, L. M., Tisdale, W. E.
Nottingham, C. N., Marsh, J. P.
ENS. Hutchison, Rawson, R. E., Gooch, R. L., Lawson, W. E., Stewart
J. L., Camp, T. C., Guanciale, R. C., Acosta, P. P.
Gilmore, F. J. K., Brown, L. J., Large, F. A. , Dancer, D. L. , Damaske, R. H
Burkett, W. S., Marquez, J., Warden, W. R., Brown, C. R., Brumley, G.
Palmer, F., Payne, E. A., Gifford, J. P.
Left to right
E N G I N E E R S
Gutierrez, D. M., EMFN, MacKay, A. J., DC3, Lively, J. M.,
Gunn, M. R., FN, Christiansen, J. J., FN, Meredith, L. H., FA, Wilhamsi
M. H., EP, Longmire, L. K., FA, Sanders, L. E., BT3, Wyatt, T. W., FN.
Rinehart, O. L., FN, ENS. Hallman, Madarena, A. H., BT3,Wimber1y,
R. P., BT2, Saxon, B. J., FN, Ward, G. B., BT3, Smith, A. L., 1CFN
Ross, C. D., 1C1, Joyner, J. E., ETC.
LT. Busch, Harmon, H., FN, O'Brien, R. J., ET3, Frazee, W. N., FN
Sanchez, J. P., FN, Worrell, D. E., BT1, Lewis, V. L., EMFN, Baucum
W. R., EM3, Fields, E. S., FN, Dunbar, R. M., MEC.
Mohn, C. H., MMC, Turner, T. M., FP3, Stoddard, H. D., MM2, Tarpley
A. V., ICFA, Rodriguez, P. C., FN, Duffourc, A. J., MCFN, Barnes, T.
FN, Cobis, J. E., ET2 , Acuna, F. G., FN, Mitchell, B. W., EM3, Litchford
M. C., EMFN, Harden, K., FN, Parnell, T. D., BT3, Bulla, G. H.
Left to right
Parrish, T. J., FN, ENS. Hallman, Forsythe, H. G., MM3, House, R. E.
FN, Gunn, R. W., MMFN, Mills, M. E., FN, Boutwell, C. A., MM3
Hodgins, W. L., FN, McCall, C. A., FN, Overturf, R. J., MM3, Payne
G. W., MM3, Southern, J. W., FN, Riley, D. W., FN, Blakeslee, N. D.
FN, Minnock, F. J., MM1, Alvarado, E., FN, Pettingill, P. E., MM1
Hanel, E., MMC.
Helton, J. W., ENC, LT. Busch, McAninch, H. V., MM1, Miller, R. E.
FN, Capshaw, T. E., ENFN, Roach, H. G., FN, Allen, A. G., FN, Lawson
W. E., MM3, Stoddard, H. D., MM2, Gilchrist, W. L., MMC.
Seated: Capt. Walter C. Winn Commander Destroyer Squadron One
Lcdr. Melvin F. Peterson Staff Operations Officer
Left t0 fight Lcdr. Stewart V. Glenn Staff Engineer Officer
Back row: Lt. Arthur T. Emerson Staff Communications Officer
Lt. Cjgb C. Cooper Stanford Staff Medical Officer
Left to right Herrero, Angel C., SD2g Preston, Donald E., RMC, Emerson, Arthur T.,
Back row: LT, Nahgonbe, Henry L., QMCQ Haun, Carl E., SN.
Balajadia, Remon I., SD2 g De Long, Robert L., SN 3 Sharp, Richard E.,PN3g
Front row: Zeman, Oren, QM1g Tuazon, Julian L., YN3g Baluyot, Florencio E., TN.
The Petty Ufficers' Club, Yokosuka Japan
By R. H. Damaske, HM3
Seems as how they cast an eye for me to write
about the P. O. Club, where so many of us spent so
many leisurely hours during our stay in Yokosuka, so
I will try to remember a few things about it.
Probably the chief drawing card of the place was
the "chow" situation. You could get a very delect-
able meal there for a reasonable sum and you had to
be a pretty hearty eater to get it all down as they
put as much or more on the table as they do back on
the farm and approaching the quality, too. Naturally,
the farm atmosphere was missing.
After dinner you could, if you wished, retire to the
main bar for a cocktail or two. Woe to the fellow who
tried to drink the place dry though, as they had more
on hand than any one person could use. CI tried.D
Another thing, it was impossible to drink them as
fast as they Japanese bartenders could mix them.
CI tried that, too.Q Of course there was some difference
between drinks these Japanese mixed than one of the
same name back in the states. This was due partly
to a shortage of the different materials and partly to
the inexperience of these men who were previously
accustomed to mixing Japanese drinks.
After a drink or two, you could go dancing on the
second deck. Orchestras and entertainment, both
American and Japanese, was provided, there being
both a modern dance floor and a regular dance Hoor.
For those with a quiet disposition and who do not
care to drink, there was also, on the second deck, a
lounge and reading room.
Bingo was played twice a month on the second deck
for those with the wagering spirit.
Summing it all up, I'd say that the Petty Officers'
Club in Yokosuka was one of the best that I have had
the pleasure of visiting. Q
History of the Cruises of the Floyd B. Parks CDD-8847
By William R. Baucum, EM2, USN.
fFf0m material compiled from Ship's logs and personal diariesj
The Cruise Book, 1950 Edition, is concerned
primarily with the history and activities of the
Parks during the cruise in the Far East during
the period from October 1949 through June
1950. However, to bring the reader up to date
on the whole history of the Parks since her
commissioning in August 1945, the ensuing
paragraphs will briefly outline some of the
major points of interest and give a chronological
history of the places the Parks has visited. After
this brief history a complete description of the
present cruise will be given.
ship in excess of 30 knots and at cruising speed
can drive her without refueling over 6,500 miles.
There are facilities aboard for berthing, messing,
and providing the normal services of laundry,
barber shop, etc. for over 350 men. It is of
general interest to note that the two bower
anchors weigh 4,000 pounds each.
The ship's keel was laid on 30 October 1944
by the Consolidated Steel Corporation in
Orange, Texas, on the banks of the Sabine River.
Mrs. F. B. Parks, widow of the late Major
Parks, sponsored the ship at her launching on
31 March 1945. Parks was put in commission
in Orange on 31 July 1945.
Parks is named for Major Floyd Bruce
Parks, U.S.M.C., who was a Marine aviator
reported missing in action 4 June 1942 in the
defense of 'Midway Island against the assaults
of the Japanese Navy. Major Parks, born in
Salisbury, Missouri, was enlisted in the Navy
for two years prior to his appointment to the
United States Naval Academy in June, 1930.
Major Parks was commissioned Second Lieu-
tenant in the Marine Corps the day after his
graduation from the Academy on 31 May 1934
and rose through the ranks in the Corps to be
commissioned Major less than a month before
the action at Midway. Major Parks has been
awarded the Navy Cross, Special Letter of
Commendation from the Secretary of the Navy,
Purple Heart, Presidential Unit Citation, Ameri-
can Defense Service Medal, and Asiatic-Pacific
Area Campaign Medal.
The ship proceeded from Orange, Texas after
commissioning to the Todd Shipbuilding Cor-
poration Yards at Galveston, Texas for final
work to her bottom. After the completion of
this work she was all shipshape and ready for
her "shakedown cruise" to Guantanamo Bay,
Cuba. After this cruise the ship returned to
Charleston, South Carolina in October, 1945
for shakedown overhaul.
Navy Day of 1945 saw the Parks taking part
in the ceremonies at Pensacola, Florida.
Receiving her orders to join the Pacific Fleet,
Parks proceeded through the Panama Canal on
7 November 1945 on her way to San Diego,
California which was to become her home port
for the next several years.
Bad luck first hailed aboard while the Parks
was enroute overseas on her first cruise to the
Far East. While entering Pearl Harbor on 28
November 1945 she ran aground off the entrance
to the harbor. Consequently she entered the
yards at Pearl Harbor for overhaul where she
remained until 24 January 1946. Leaving Oahu
she set her course for Hong Kong, Where she
arrived on 9 February 1946.
Parks is the fiagship of Commander Destroyer
Squadron One and serves in the U.S. Pacific
Fleet under Commander Cruiser-Destroyer
Force, Pacific Fleet. Her principal duty is that
of anti-submarine warfare, although she is
equipped to handle numerous details such as
anti-aircraft defense, surface and shore bom-
bardment, and surface attack with torpedoes.
One of the GEARING Class "cans", Parks is
390 feet in length and 41 feet wide. She dis-
places, fully loaded, over 3000 tons and has an
average draft of 15 feet. Her two engines,
developing a total of 60,000 HP, can drive the
Parks operated in the Hong Kong-Hainan
area, until June when she moved to Shanghai.
After Shanghai she operated in the Tsingtao,
China-Jinsin, Korea area until August of 1946
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when she proceeded to Guam. At Guam she
participated in fleet maneuvers stopping over at
Sasebo and Yokosuka, Japan on the way back
to Shanghai, China where she spent Navy Day,
After Navy Day, 1946 Parks operated again
in the Guam-Saipan area until relieved on 28
January 1947 to return to the United States.
Upon return to San Diego area she partici-
pated in various maneuvers and exercises before
going into the naval yards at Hunter's Point,
San Francisco, California for overhaul in 30
After overhaul, Parks returned to the home
port area of San Diego, California to operate
until time for her second cruise in the Far East
in February 1948. An interesting trip made
during this time was a short stay at Santa
Barbara, California over the Navy Day period
Parks participated in OPERATION SAND-
STONE during March 1948. After being re-
lieved from this duty Parks proceeded to Japan
for her first complete tour of duty in the Occupa-
tion. During April 1948, Parks had the distinc-
tion of representing U.S. Naval Forces at the
funeral of President Roxas in Manila. One
officer and twenty five men paraded in the
I Parks was relieved from duty in Japan on 30
September 1948 to return to her home port of
San Diego via Pearl Harbor arriving in time for
the Christmas holidays of 1948.
Having received her initiation of tropical
heat she was due for a bit of cold weather, so on
1 February 1949 Parks was ordered to partici-
pate in cold weather exercise, OPERATION
MICOWEX, visiting Kodiak, Alaska.
Parks' second general overhaul since com-
missioning took place at Mare Island Naval
Shipyard, Vallejo, California from 1 April until
1 June 1949. After the completion of this work
she returned to the San Diego Area to operate
until the beginning of the present cruise overseas.
Since her commissioning the PARKS has had
four commanding officers, six division com-
manders, and five executive officers. The divi-
sion commanders in the order of their serving
are: Capt. Miles H. Hubbard, Capt. James H.
Ward, Capt. Gale E. Griggs, Capt. Charles T.
Singleton, Capt. John B. Taylor and Capt.
Walter C. Winn. The commanding officers
in the order of their serving are: Cdr. Morgan
Slayton, Cdr. John H. Brandt, Cdr. Richard E.
Nichols, and Cdr. Herbert G. Claudius. The
Executive officers in the order of their serving
are: Lt. Cdr. Oscar D. MacMillan, Lt. Glen A.
Kirby, Lt. Cdr. Sidney Brooks, Lt.Cdr. Michael
A. Censale, and Lt. Daniel M. Karcher.
Of her original crew there is only one remain-
ing "plank" aboard in the present crew. He is
Roy Llewellyn Drescher, FCC, of York, Penna.,
who was FC1 at the time of Commissioning.
The present cruise with which this Cruise
Book primarily deals began on Saturday, 15
October 1949, when the Parks, in company with
the OPERATION MIKI Task Force, left San
Diego for a 7 -month and 28-day cruise in Far
Eastern waters arriving back at her home port
on 12 June 1950. During these intervening
months, she visited many interesting places in
Japan, the Philippine Islands, China, and Ma-
laya as well as crossed the equator on a voyage
to the south seas and Singapore. There were
many days of maneuvers and routine exercises
but these were more than compensated for by
the many fine liberty ports of call where the
ship's company had wonderful opportunity for
recreation and sightseeing. This made the
third cruise of the Parks to Japan during 'a
period since 1946 that has seen that country
recover almost completely from a war-wrecked
area to a country with laughing people and
playful children and whose economy once more
is in a period of partial stability. Whereas on
the first two cruises Japan was under a state of
rigid military control both for the military
personnel as well as the Japanese Nationals this
third cruise saw a large relaxation of these con-
trols and a policy of democratizing these people
of radical ideas really begin to take form. With
some limitations of local nature the Occupation
atmosphere is now one of free mingling of the
military personnel and Japanese on as near a
stateside basis as conditions will permit.
In Japan the two principal ports for naval
activities are located at Yokosuka, near Tokyo,
on the island of Honshu, and Sasebo in extreme
southern Japan on the island of Kyushu.
Although we visited numerous other ports
during our period of duty our principal activities
were centered at these two ports. Yokosuka,
former Japanese home naval base, was damaged
quite seriously by Allied bombing during the
months preceding the surrender but these
facilities, including drydocks and repair shops,
have been restored employing skilled Japanese
labor and under the supervision of American
naval personnel. Sasebo has some facilities for
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Personalities About The Ship
Let's take a jaunt
about the ship and take
a look at some of the
personalities of the vari-
ous divisions. While
doing so we'll take a
note here and there
about some of the best
guys in the world, your
shipmates. Then some-
time, years later, when
you have your "twenty"
or "thirty" in, you can
break out this book and
....there you'll be back
in 1950 with your old
crew on the old Floyd B.
By H. M. DAMASKE, HM3
The Supply Division is a small but very important
division of the ship. For in it are the important services of
food, clothing, material, medicine and surgery, and laundry.
Ratings, whose duties comprise these occupations, are in
this division and, although of diverse character, they still
all have to do with some sort of service to the ship. The
ship would be a miserable place, indeed, if it weref1't for
the men in this division. We could not get any food, if we
did, we could not get it cooked. If we got sick, we would
not have any medicine or pharmacists to administer it.
We would not be able to get our clothes washed. We
would never get paid! We could not get any of the many
other supplies that we need for the maintenance of the
ship. It is a small division but a very important one.
As for personalities in the Supply Division, those are
not hard to find. They may be a small division but they
make themselves well-known. Sometimes, perhaps they
are too well-known!
Rawson, HMC-He doesn't wear a pigtail it just looks
Carroll, HMC-What's that you got under your nose,
Burkett, CS1-CPoppasonJ. You can take it from there!
Marquez, SH2--He's not hard on his boys. They just
like to gripe.
Guanciale, SH3-Just call me "Mousie." I love it.
Palmer, T. R., SH3-They call him "Slugger" but he's not,
he's a lover.
Brown, L. J., DK3-There's one in every department.
He's in the "S."
Warden, CS3-He thinks he's a baker, but we know better.
Damaske, HM3-Here's a king. Anyone got a Queen?
Gilmore, SKSN-He plays at baseball, that is.
Cooper, J. D., SKSN--What would he do without Ellis?
Brown, C. R., CSSN-Could he be a relative of Brown,
Large, CSSN-He likes the hospital in Yokosuka, but he
likes other things better.
Lawson, W. E.-CSSN-Just call him nothing-hum.
Dancer, SN-"Tiajuana, here I come. I can't stand pale
faces." fUpon arrival back in overseas U.S.D
Zinney, CSSN--Here is a man of experience.
Camp, SN-He thinks he's a corpsman. Humm.
Payne, A., SN-You're a laundryman, not a shipfitter.
QYou'd never know it from where he hangs out.J
Gooch, CSSN-Isn't 18 hours a day enough sleep?
He sings "Yokosuka here I'll return."
Phipps, SN--He was a boatswain mate striker but he
decided to work for a change. How's the laundry, Jesse?
Tisdale, CSSN-He used to weigh 150. Now he's in the
By W. E. TIPPS, S01
The "Operations Gang" on the PARKS this trip have
all turned in a 4.0 performance, and having done so,
deserve due and proper acclaim. In order that such credit
may be impartially distributed, we must take a close look
at the "specialized talents" that these men displayed so
unselfxshly. Let us divide the division into the various
rating groups so that we may more accurately evaluate
the personalities involved!
First-CNow we're getting down to businessll-let us
take a peek at the QM's CQuartermastersD-CFlag wavers
to youse guys D
Never in this young writer's "career" have I ever seen
a more motley crew of Quartermasters. Ah yes, the ring-
leader, none other than "Yoddy" Tye, QMC. Reports
have it that he wants to be a "Ping Jockey." Then there
is his right- for left-H hand man "Chickiesan Chighizolaf'
QM1. "Chick" is the only man we ever knew from the
fair state of Alabama who never heard of "corn pone." We
wish him good luck in his coming tour of shore duty in
good ol' "Alybam." The QM staff is supplemented by
the following "able" and "willing" ???--hard-hitting
crew. "Big Red" Zech, QM2. He's the hottest thing
goin' on the sewing machine. CGirls kindly take note.,
"Buddy" R. E. Shrewder, QM3. Rumor has it that
Shrewder's ambition is to get back on carriers so he can be
near the "airdales." "Chicago" Joe Wallace, QM3. Too
bad you're getting out, J oe. The old Floyd B. will never
be the same without it's sea-daddy. "Jerry" Skyles,
QMSN-Sayonara, "Jerry," see you in the "Gyrene"
Recruiting Office. "Hooligan" Massie, QMSN-The
Navy's gift to the women. "Mike" Purcell, QMSN-
"Oh you -must have been a beautiful baby"-Red hot, hot
rod enthusiast. "Asiatic" Harris, QMSN-Favorite
hobby, sitting on the port flag bag listening to "Japanese
Jive" recordings. "Heinrich" Hinkley, QMSN-"The
voice" on the ship's Public Address System. "Peaches"
Andal, QMSN-Mainstay in the semaphore branch.
Next we look in on the COC QCombat Operations
Center, "gang," more affectionately known as "the daffy
dozen." The "blip" Qradarj boys are still mourning the
loss of their chief, "Windy" Walton, RDC. However,
when the going gets too rough, they can always rely on
ever-reliable, "Gordo" Djerf, RD1. Djerf is trying to sell
the Navy on a new operating technique for the air search
radar that he "dreamed" up himself . . . wearing "Holly-
wood" type sunglasses while operating the gear. Bolstering
the aforementioned "Gordo" are the following "ever-vigil-
ants": "Rack Time Cowboy" Jackson, RD3-Harry
James Striker-Favorite theme song-"Somebody else is
taking my place." "Lindy" Paul, RD3-In training to
become a test pilot for the Beauty-Rest Mattress Com-
pany. "Ace" Potts, RDSN-Top-flight athlete-favorite
sports are basketball, baseball, and shufflin' the paste-
boards. "Specs" McGrath, RDSN-Delights in giving
the sonarmen a bad time-Also famous for his ability with
the "Joe" pot. "Nick" Nicholson, RDSN-Mathematic-
ian par excellence. Can't figure out why the whaleboat
never catches any whales. "All RAD" Zimbleman,
RDSN-Always has the scoop on all the news and never
fails to "cut-in" his fellow "pip" men. "Tiger" Thompson,
RDSN-Sometimes referred to as "Dive Bomber." Can
smell a pot of coffee brewin' a mile away D. O. Thomp-
son, RDSA-The bargain hunter. He never pays more
than half-price. "Jesse James" Parker, RDSA-Wants to
get Senator Claghorn elected President-Also is instigating
a bill to have the Mason-Dixon line moved up to the
Canadian Border. "Jimmy" Greear, RDSA-Sorry to
hear that you are a "short-timerf' James, the mess hall
will miss you. -
Now let's open the door to the sonar shack, which we
iind inhabited by the "ping jockeys" who spend their time
listening to the "salt water quartet" composed of the
Four Porpoise brothers. "Pierre" Tipps, SO1, heads this
bunch of eager 'beaver sonarmen. His strikers insist that
someone, somewhere must have invented a musical
instrument "Pierre" can't play. He is assisted by the
following lads, "Ken" Parker, SO3-one of the hydro-
graphic oHice's leading reporters. He still wants the deck
in sonar painted at least once a week. "Lover" Appleton,
SOSN-The Navy's other gift to women "App" says he
is only trying to keep up the Navy tradition of "A girl in
every port." "Slow-motion" Mansfield, SOSN-The only
man in the Navy who can talk ninety miles an hour and
still say nothing. "Mumbles" Moore, SOSN-The L.A.
Lad. He wants the home port of the Parks to be moved
to Los Angeles so he can get home sooner on week-ends.
"Okie" Mathis, SOSN-The latest of the "ping jockeys."
While this is being written, he is sitting down in lower,
lower sound, trying to get out of painting the bulkheads.
"Tex" Pendergrass, SOSA,-Tipp's Pupi-He's learning
to play the guitar. He stands at attention whenever he
hears "Deep in the Heart of Texas." "Pendy" thinks that
the United States is around Texas, instead of Texas being
in the United States.
In his own little department is "Stamps" Phillips. He's
the. only mailman we know of who carries "ge-dunk" in his
mailbag. He uses stamps to patch his clothes with.
Next we come to those "dit-da" boys, the radiomen. At
the time of this writing they are all arguing with them-
selves trying to get somebody to stand their watches.
Leading the radio gang is "Jiggs" Lyons, RMS. When
smoking his stogie on the O1 Deck, he makes the ole
Floyd B. look like a three-stacker. We have been trying
for a long time to decide which is the bigger, him or the
stogie. "Jiggs" is "ably" assisted by the following boys:
"Gertrude" Mails, RM3, Cfuture civilianj, the only man in
the Navy who can press a mattress cover without an iron.
Smooth sailing on the outside, "Gertie" and keep that
mattress cover pressed. "Lucky Larry" Longmire, RN3,
currently working on the problem of how high is up. He
stilll insists that paradise is spelled F-L-O-R-I-D-A.
"Willie" Williams, RMSN the only man who can get
muscles out of a rubber ball. Or is it dynamic tension on
the telegraph key? "Don" Lowry, RMSN, born with
a silver horse shoe in his mouth. He still thinks that
"Buffalo Bill Cody" was the father of our country. "Ted"
Latham, RMSN, GeDunk sailor deluxe. He thinks the
Navy will never be modernized until ice cream parlors are
installed on every ship. "Eddie" Pina, RMSN, he's work-
ing on the idea of revolutionizing the industry of hop-
picking. This will undoubtedly enable the "boys in blue"
to purchase a cheaper, tastier five-cent beer. "Bullet"
Burcham, RMSN, Larry Adler striker. He believes the
harmonica should be used instead of the boatswain pipe.
"Happy Jack" Meddles, RMSN, the boy with the million
dollar smile. Jack says that if all the girls don't quit
chasing him, he is going to ask for shore duty in the Ant-
arctic. "Lew" Wallace, RMSA, sack rat deluxe. Lew is
also a past master of those "galloping dominoes." You
will find him in the Ice Box every payday. "Benny"
Lynch, RMSN, that Georgia peach. Currently he has
been running around trying to find a cheap Ford of the
Model A Type to take him home again to his beloved state.
"Buff" Bufiington, the 'Subic Bay Lover. He thinks
morning muster should be more of a bed-check, rather
than at quarters!
Last and least of all, we come to those Yeomen. The
ship's office boasts one hard-hitting Personnelman 3rd and
five strikers. Here are the "Yo-Yo's" as they are some-
times affectionately called. "Blinky" Plish, PN3, whip-
cracker. He is noted for his attention to duty while on
shore patrol. "Robbie" Robison, YNSN, future civilian,
ge-dunk sailor, thinks all ships should be cruisers. Always
yelling for somebody to pull his fingers out from between
the keys of the office typewriters. "Clin" England,
YNSA, one of the "Toni Twins," not recommended for
the job of bill collector in civilian life as it took him 6
months to collect 353. "Helen" Fadness, YNSN, second
"Toni Twin," spends most of his time helping Robinson
pull his lingers from between the keys of typewriters.
"Skate" Allen, YNSN, spends all of his liberty at the local
roller rink. Currently spending time in the scullery,
"Starve-em" Trasvina, YNSN, thought he had to pay for
all the chow he put out while serving his term in the mess
CCompi1ed by H. G. RoAcH, MMFN, T. E. CAPSHAW,
ENFN, SUTHERLAND, C. J., ET3, A. R. Durrounc, MEFN,
and W. R. BAUCUM, EMZJ
The engineering division is the largest division aboard
ship. The engineers are divided into separate or sub-
divisions each having one particular job to do, and specific
machinery and machinery spaces to maintain in top work-
ing condition and cleanliness.
First comes "M" Division, or main engine division.
This division has charge of main propulsion machinery and
main steam systems.
Next comes "B" Division, or "Boilers" This division
has the responsibility of caring for boilers and fuel other
than diesel oil.
The electricians maintain lighting and power circuits,
repair motors and generators, motion picture equipment,
interior communication equipment including the gyro
compass, and stand watch on the main distribution power
The "A" or auxiliary division has charge of boat engines,
emergency diesel engines for generators, refrigeration, ma-
chinery repair and heating systems.
The "R" or damage control division is made up of
ratings who are the plumbers, Welders, metalsmiths,
carpenters, and shipiitters of the vessel.
Last, but by far not the least is the Electronics Division.
These men repair and supervise the operation of the im-
portant electronic devices of the ship's radio, radar, and
Back about frame 170, there is a living space filled with
some guys, a bunch of swell guys that is, who would be
psychiatric nightmares. It seems as if all these men have
dual personalities. Take N. D. Blakeslee, FN, for instance.
He thinks he is the emergency radar just because he can
wiggle his ears. There is Richard House, FN, who thinks
he is "Killer McCoy." Ah yes, he is a killer. Aubrey
Allen has a strange feeling he is a professional sailor. Boy,
won't he be surprised when they put the last ship in
mothballs. A. Boutwell, MM3, believes he is Diamond
Jim Brady, just because he bought a couple of jewels. J.
W. Shirley, FN, hasn't quite made up his mind, but he
either is a sailor or a civilian. F. J. Minnock, "Pappy,"
MM1, vertebra from backbone of the engineers, thinks he
is a seeing-eye dog. H. D. Stoddard, MM2, could be the
answer to his troubles. Our pride and joy, Andrew A.
Robison, FN, has a strange notion that he is Joe Di-
Maggio just because he plays in the pasture for the Park's
ball team. Rod Scace, FN, our Navy Buddy, is just a bit
more peculiar than the rest in that he has a three-sided
personality. He thinks he is a lover, a hot rod racer, and
Mr. America. A. McClanahan, FN, a newcomer to the
ship thinks he is Edward G. Robinson, but it seems that
when he didn't have a cigar, he tried to make off with one
of Henery's CJ. J., MMCJ! M. H. Smith, FN, must believe
he is sleeping beauty. "Hey, Smitty! It's time to go on
watch." "No, it ain't. It's only 29 minutes after 3:00."
M. E. Mills, FN, seems to be one of the most level-headed
men in the division, as a matter of fact, it's almost square.
He has a silly notion that Chief Miller wants him to ship
over. H. V. McAninch, MM1, has an idea he is about to
become a father. Congratulations, Mac! Nate Lawson,
MM3, feels he is very right when he says,"My N-N -N ame's
N-N-Nate Lawson." He says he is the only man that can
make that statement, but then, who else would want to?
D. W. Riley, MM3, has spoken to the Exec about his
shoes. It seems that someone used them to go ashore in.
Well maybe they did, but what did they use for paddles?
A. D. Meyers, FN, has been trying to prove to the crew
that his name is really Al Capp. "Bugs" C. A. McCall be-
lieves he should have been a female. R. J. Parrish, FN,
thinks he should have been a Yankee. Heaven forbid!
George fhow long is my beard?J Payne, MM3, is trying to
convince the crew that his real name is Honest Abe. J. W.
Southern, F. N. is convinced he is a MM1, since he was
swapped to the engineroom for P. E. P. H. G. Forsyth,
MM3, must believe he is Simon Legree. How about some
liniment for my welts? "Zeke" Alvarado, FN, thinks he is
John Smith. Boy, won't he be burned when he discovers
Pocohantas is married to J. L. Alonzo, FN, who thinks he
is Marco Polo. He explored many of the "hills" of China
and Japan. Don't tell him that a white man had been
there before him. G. L. Gibson, FN, thinks he is chef for
the Waldorf-Astoria. I wonder why? A. D. Miller, FN,
our favorite blonde, thinks he is destined to become Miss
America. I'll vote for him. Just because Overturf, R.J.,
MM3, is a garbage collector, he thinks he lives on a "gar-
The "A" gang is made up of reliable and capable engi-
neers only. They are known throughout the ship by their
skill and ability in the various jobs which they undertake.
The division is headed by J. W. Helton, ENC., whose
leadership has made the division one of the most outstand-
ing divisions aboard ship. Leading petty officer is held down
by Paul Pettingill, MM1 . Paul is known by his shipmates for
his quick thinking, mechanical ability and leadership. H.
A. Stoddard, MM2, is tops as one of the "A" gang's leading
petty oflicers. His instructions and leadership on a job
always gets a "Well done." Ed Fisher, EN 2, Chill climbing
Edl, is well-liked by everyone and his leadership as one of
the division's petty officers is unlimited. R. W. Gunn,
MMFN, is known to his shipmates as number 1 when it
comes to making something in the shop. What good
would the lathe be without Gunn? Hodgins, FN, fshel is
known as the first-class water boy in the forward engine
room. While in the Orient, he found a "home" but was
unable to find a swap. So now he moans at being "over-
seas in the states." Herbert J. Tartt, FN, is one of the
many noted "tarheels" aboard ship. He is strictly a "fu fu
sailor." On our return to the states, Herbie is looking for-
ward to the companionship of "Tiajuana Red," the "T"
town queen. "Buzz Baldy" Godden, ENFN, the husky
sailor from Iowa is truly a sailor's shipmate. His personal-
ity and high ideals have won him many shipmates aboard
ship. Miller, R. E., FN, who credits his good looks and
sex appeal to the "good ole navy chow," always seems
happy and never worries. He is a good twenty-year man.
Capshaw, T. E. ENFN, is happy-go lucky. Generally, he
doesn't like to stay in one place too long. Do things get too
The ET's, electronic technicians, claim to be Engineers.
Sometimes there is doubt about that. However, here are
quite a range of personalities in their small group. There's
Joyner, J. E., ETC, "Standby, girls! I 've got it all figured
out." Cobis, J. E., ET2-"My wife knows she's got a
man." CThe question remains does anyone else know it.,
Sweeny, ET2 -"Whatl You mean I can't go hit my rack
when I feel like it?" Sutherland, C. J., ET3-"Just give
me a case of Budweiser and a ticket to L.A." O'Brian, R.
J., ET3-"You mean there's somewhere besides Japan?"
The Electricians have quite a name for themselves about
the division. Ross, C. D., IC1, "All right, you guys, just
one call today." Mitchell, B.W., EM3, "Where there's a
will there's always a way." Baucum, W. R., EM2, "No,
never happen! I didn't cut out those lights." Litchford,
M. C., EMFN, f'Well, you see it was like this . . . and so
. . . C30 minutes later, . . . and so." Tarpley, A. V., "Wait,
till I get through eating." Moxley, C. G., EMF N , "There's
nothing like the Navy." Lively, J. M., EMFN, "Sure
thing! Where are those shipping over papers?" Bulla, G.
H., ICFN, "Why worry, tomorrow's another day." Smith,
A. L., ICF N . . . QEd. Note?-Not available for comment,
Too busy these days over in town with something., Lewis,
V. L., EMFN, "Howdy, howse yo'all?" Gutierrez, D. M.,
EMFN, "I'll only be young once."
Where to iind the shipfitters: MacKay, A. J., DC2, is
making the rounds and checking on tools to see if they're
stamped SF. Mohn, C. H., MMC, is checking out Long-
mire, L. R., FN, with a P500 or a handibilly. Duffourc,
A. J., MEF N , is just about making muster. Dunbar, R.
M., MEC, is probably taking his daily sunbath. Turner,
R. M., FP3, is in the shop "shipping over." Or is he going
DECK AND GUNNERY DIVISION
By JOHN A. KINSMAN, FC1, and P. Honowrrz, SN
And now we come to the working division of the Floyd B.,
introducing the Deck and Gunnery Force. It doesn't look
like much work to keep the decks of a ship all spick and
span nor a few guns in top fighting efficiency in peacetime.
But did you ever consider the old bugger, RUST and his
cousin CORROSION? They are at work all the time on
every piece of equipment that is exposed to that salty air
that hangs over any ocean. It takes all hands all the time
to even keep up with these two unwanted shipmates with
paint and oil, chippers, scrapers and brushes.
Seamen are always the happy-go-luckiest people aboard
a ship. They have to be. Just look what they have to put
up with. Personalities? Yes, we got 'em. Royal, GMSN,
"What youse guys drink tailer made liquor when Aqua
Velva sells cheeper?" Hall, FCSN, "Oh well, let it go. It'll
work out O. K. itself. It's done O. K. so far." King,
GMSN, "Just because I look like a slop head, there's no
sense in calling me 'ape'." Keith, FCSN, "No I don't care
to go ashore. I've got a good educational book to read."
Pricket, GMSN, "You guys are crazy. Just because my
ears and nose are big doesn't mean I'm banging ears with
the chief." Pigg, GMSN, "Just because my name is Pigg
and 'snort' a little in my sleep doesn't mean I'm a Razor-
back." Cole, GMSN, "Well, if I can't live at home I've
always got Mount Z." Ellis, GMSN, "What do ya mean
quartermaster? My eyes don't blink that fast." Romero,
TMSN, "I'll ship for six, maybe more but it's got to be on
the Floyd B." Smith, GMSN, and Penner, GMSN, "You
guys can have the can. We'll stick to the cruisers."
Gutierrez, GMSN, "Some people sure like those Japanese
and Chinese gals but that one in San Antone??" Wood,
GMSN, "Just as long as brother and I are together, we're
happy." Patton, TMSN, "I wasn't married in Japan, but
wait till I get home. I'1I find out then." Lake, GM3,
Carrey, GMSN, and Bettfreund, GMSN, and Lein,
FCSN, "She ain't much on liberty but she sure is a feeder."
CN ew men in division,. Kinsman, FC1, "OK, Youse guys,
this is it, saddle up and get hot." MacGranner, GMC,
"Be happy, be gay, and for my sake, get hot or I'll lose my
job." Owens, GMC, "All right boys, get with it! The
beer and liberty, that is!" Drescher, fDutch, FCC, "Don't
worry I got the latest and the straightest on A11 ball
leagues." fDutch is the only "plank" aboard, i.e., original
member of the crew at the time of commissioning., John-
son, TMC, "Just give me my Corbito, a jug of Sentory's,
and a good shack fhouse that is, and let me know when my
twenty's in." Petshold, TMC, and Goul, TMC, fSheriff,
"We ain't got much to say. We're new on board here."
Morgan, TMSN, "You guys are all crazy, I ain't cross-
eyed. You're just drinking different liquor than me, 'dad
gum'." Yeager, GMSN, Nieto, TMSN, Thomas, GMSN,
and Spurbeck, GMSN, "Well we don't care. You guys
can have the NAVY." Palmer, TM2, "Well, I'll get sub
duty sooner or later." Thompson, GMSN, "O.K. you
guys get a look at this physique. That's what Charles
Atlas can do with a good start." Ragon, GMSN, and
Watson, GMSN, "Boy, we sure made out last night, didn't
we? I can't figure it out. Every time we go ashore we
make out. Just lovers, I guess." Small, FCSN, and Craw-
ford, FCSN, "That's OK, we need the sleep. These mid-
watches are hard on us Kids." Poddany, GMSN, "Yes
sir, best things in the world." CAS he looks at his false
teeth, soaking in a glass of beer., Osborne, GM1, "Just
take me back to Diego and let me see Point Loma. I can
swim from there home." CAs he stares out into space with
nothing in sight., Connors, GM2, "OK, cousins, let's
have ta little music, while the sergeant meditates." fAs he
sits back easy playing his steel guitar., Crowley, TM3,
"Noll You can't make me go overseas to the States. Don't
take me from my happy home fYokosuka,." Qlmagine a
picture of two sailors in front of a sign pointing stateside
and pulling each other in different directions., Schoon-
over, FC3, "You guys can have the Navy. Just send me
back to Sand Point, Idaho, to a gal named Ruth." Walton,
FC3, "Oh well, what's the use, might as well go to the
states. I've had enough loving for this cruise." As he
holds a picture of his and a letter saying "from your darling
wife, "Dela.", . . .
Well, this turned out to be more than just a little jaunt.
By now I'm sure the reader is convinced as I, that there
are many "characters" on even a small a ship as a "tin
can." Actually, I wonder sometimes if it really IS so small.
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When the ship crossed the line on April 26th
almost the entire crew had the well-known initia-
tion to look forward to.
The Royal Court was composed as follows:
King Neptunus Rex .... H. L. Nahgonbe, QMC
Royal Queen. . . ....... W. B. Chighizola, QM1
Davey Jones .......... J. J. Henery, MMC
Royal Prosecutor ...... S. V. Glenn, LCDR
Royal Defense Counsel .D. M. Karcher, LT.
Royal Baby ........... O. S. Conley, SD1
Royal Barbers. . ....... I. J. Whitt, BT3
R. P. Wimberly, BT2
Royal Bears .... .... A . T. Emerson, LT.
P. E. Pettingill, MM1
F. J. Minnock, MM1
A. J. MacKay, DC2
Royal Doctor .... .... R . E. Rawson, HMC
Festivities began on the 25th when the Polly-
wog sea monster and iceberg watch was posted
on the forecastle. At 0700 on the 26th, the
Royal Court convened and from then until 1030
salt water was liberally applied to the slimy
backs of the miserable pollywogs, much to the
glee especially of the newly-made shellbacks.
We all received engraved diplomas proclaim-
ing this important event and designating us shell-
backs over King Neptune's signature and the
seal of our good ship.
By J. M. Lewis, EMFN
Flashes and Highlights of Parks 1950 base-
Manager: Ensign Shea
Team Captain: Jose Marquez
The "Parks Ramblers" opened up the season
with a 10-0 shellacking from the U.S.S. Pied-
mont, at Subic Bay Stadium. After losing to
J. R. Craig and Orleck, and finally got into the
win column by defeating the Bass, Orleck, and
Craig in succession.
One of the most thrilling games took place in
Singapore, in which an All-Star team selected
from the Craig and Parks played host to the
Players selected from the Parks were:
Jose Marquez . .......... Infielder
J. D. Cooper. . . . . .Pitcher
E. G. Wood. . . Outfielder
R. Gutierrez. . . Iniielder
A. Robison ..... Outiielder
F. J. K. Gilmore Outiielder
T. E. Capshaw. . . . . . .Infielder
W. L. Tipps ............ Pitcher
The game was a thriller all the way, and the
fans were on their toes the full nine innings.
Played in the beautiful Padang Field before a
near capacity crowd, the tin cans' boys went
down in a 6-5 defeat.
Players of 1950's team were:
Jose Marquez ..... . .296
F. J. K. G1lmore.... . .321
T. E. Capshaw. . . , .313
J. M. LCW1S.... , ,265
R. Gutierrez , ,286
1 X f J. R. Palmer. . . , ,306
, 1 A. Robison. . . , ,369
,W ,,,,. A ,... , t, t ,, E. Prxckett . . . 281
1 M- Cole - - - - - - . .406
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Shea and Cohen
The rough, tough deck technicians took on a
favored operations outfit on Berkey Field in
Yokosuka for one of the outstanding touch
football games of the 1949 season.
Ensign Shea's brilliantly coached eleven
played good ball the entire afternoon and crashed
through with an 18-6 victory over Ensign
Cohen's fighting crew who played hard but not
quite hard enough.
HISTORY OF THE CRUISES
CContinued from page 141
repair but is used chiefly as the southern anchor-
age and fueling base for Occupation naval
activities. The ship's company, for the most
part, enjoyed the area around Yokosuka best
because of the excellent recreational facilities
both on the Naval Base, including several
enlisted and oflicer's clubs, a theater featuring
films flown direct from the states, and athletic
facilities, and ashore where were located many
souvenir stores. Also, Yokosuka is only about an
hour's ride by japanese electric railway from the
Tokyo-Yokohama area where there were many
places of entertainment and sight seeing value.
Most of our time spent in the Philippines area
on this cruise was at Subic Bay on the island of
Luzon, north of Manila. Not too much can be
said of this areag it was frankly a letdown from
the interesting things of Japan. However, many
interesting and leisurely hours were spent off
duty at the naval activities clubs and athletic
facilities. Mostly everyone was interested in a
cool drink and a place to relax, the heat at first
being almost unbearable after a winter in the
Perhaps the highlight of our entire cruise was
the visit to Singapore where we were the guests
of the British. Truly we were given a "royal"
welcome which took many of us days to recover
from. Indeed many of us had quite a lot to
recover from as the Parks and its company had
its initiation into the "mysteries" of the realm
of King Neptune when she crossed the Equator
enroute to Singapore.
We cannot forget to mention our short visit to
Hong Kong, China just prior to returning to the
United States. There also we were the guests of
the British and once more we all had a very
good time. The Parks made the headlines back
in the States while in Hong Kong by making a
rendevous with the British freighter Hunan to
pick up the Americans, Chief Electrician's Mate
Smith and Marine Sergeant Bender who had
been in captivity of the Chinese Communist
authorities at Tsingtao for about eighteen
months. The ship's company gave them a
rousing welcome as they came aboard from our
whaleboat which had transferred them from
It was a tired but happy ship that finally set
its bow in the direction of 'Diego on May the
20th in the company of the Seventh Fleet. The
cruise had been highly successful from every
standpoint, both operational and recreational.
The Esther Incident
Back in 1943, the American Naval Liason
Officer for Australian forces in the Far East
placed in competition between ships of the
Allied powers, a picture of Esther Williams, and
a very striking photo it is. Through the war
years and since, a code of rules has been de-
veloped to govern this competition.
The original picture is mounted on a wooden
frame together with a running account of the
history of the trophy added by each ship as she
takes possession. A copy of the picture known
as the "fighting" copy is mounted in a plastic
frame and displayed in the wardroom of the
ship holding the trophy. The idea is that the
"fighting" copy must be taken by force by the
wardroom officers of the ship on the offensive
from the wardroom officers of the possessing
ship. Once the 'ffightingn copy is taken, the
trophy must be delivered over to the new ship
having "Esther" and the new ship must be
prepared to defend her against all other comers.
The trophy cannot leave the Japanese area and
if her ship is relieved, it must be transferred.
During the winter on 18 February 1950 the
ship found itself in Sasebo Ko with HMAS
Shoal Haven. The ship's wardroom officers
played a rather strenuous softball game Saturday
afternoon in the course of which there was some
discussion as to whether Shoal Haven could hold
Esther against an assault by Parks. After a
brief exchange of dispatches Shoal Haven
knew they could standby for a raid that same
The "commando" party consisting of Lt.
Karcher, Lt. Emerson, Lt. Busch, Lt. Cjg.j Bres,
Ens. Trejo, and Ens. Cohen left the ship in the
bottom of the VP intent upon stealing up on the
quarterdeck watch and boarding over the accom-
modation ladder before the defenders could
muster their forces. Mr. Emerson and Mr. Trejo
stood in the boat wearing white hats and trying
to look like some of the returning liberty party
in spite of the beat-up khakis they were wearing.
The ruse worked perfectly and the OOD was
overpowered and hog-tied. Mr. Weidman had
gone to Shoal Haven for dinner and had hoped
to be in a good position to give the raiders a
hand from the inside when the time came.
After' about two hours of hand-to-hand combat
which turned the Shoal Haven's wardroom into
a shambles and completely exhausted all hands
engaged in the battle, an armistice was signed
which gave Esther to the Parks for what we
hoped would be a long stay aboard. The victory
was celebrated with a short party Sunday aboard
Shoal Haven followed by dinner on Parks Sun-
Unfortunately, Esther's stay on our ship was
short lived. About a week later three officers
from Orleck pulled a fast shuffle in our wardroom
and one of them dived overboard with the
"fighting" copy before we could take care of him.
The same afternoon the ship was to get under-
way so we felt that the only honorable thing to
do was to make a counter raid to recover her.
The boarding by Lt. Emerson, Lt. Busch, Lt.
Cjg.j Bres, Ens. Weidman, Ens. Hutchinson,
Ens. Hallman, Ens. Trejo and Ens. Cohen,
was effected very well, but during the ensuing
battle all our officers were pitched into the
harbor where our whaleboat was busily engaged
in picking up survivors.
We did not again have the honor of holding
Esther, but did get a letter from Esther, herself,
expressing her appreciation for our efforts ' in her
behalf. The following masterpiece of modern
literature was composed several days after our
tangle with Shoal Haven.
In all seriousness it can be said that such
friendly competition is a very good way to be-
come acquainted with our comrades-in-arms of
the other sea-faring nations of the world and does
wonders to make a tour of duty in the Far East
love's labor Won
CThey've Had It
Seven Parks did a wooing go,
Esther's hand to gain.
By force they went aboard Shoal Haven
One black night midst rain.
Quickly tieing the 0.0.D.
They crashed into the wardroomg
Then fighting elbow, hand and knee-
Great Guns! they lowered the boom.
The battle raged o'er chairs, through doors,
No quarter asked nor given,
As speaks the blood upon the floors
We had successfully striven.
21 February 1950
USS FLOYD B. PARKS CDD-8845
Sasebo, Kyushu, Japan.
To say both sides did fight with vim
Would be to underestimate.
Their purpose being never dim,
The highest praise they rate.
For when a lady's favor is at stake,
The conflict ne'er will end,
Until without a doubt, you make
Her smile and condescend.
Now she's in her champion's home,
Aboard the Floyd B. Parks.
She's happy here and will not roam,
You see, we've made our marks.
THE GREAT QD BARD
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"A restful, zestful Pacific cruise on a country
club afloat" is what Mrs. K. F. Carraher says of
her voyage on the S. S. President Wilson.
"Forty-two enchanted days and nights of
rest, fun and sun-with exciting visits to the
fabled ports of the Far East. Hong Kong, the
fabulous, is one of five exotic Pacific and Far
East ports you will visit on your Pacific Cruise.
When you sail into Hong Kong harbor, you
enter one of the most beautiful harbors in the
world-an unforgettable sight. Hong Kong also
offers many wonderful bargains in silks, jade,
ivory, and objects of art.
"Your Pacific Cruise will also take you to
lovely, languorous Hawaii . . . charming Manila
. . . Yokohama, with its beautiful gardens and
temples. . .and Kobe, gateway to Southern
Courtesy of Time Magazine's advertisement of American President Lines.
FM: CTF 75 12 JUNE 1950
TO: TG 75.1
BEFORE SHIPS AND AIR GROUP PEEL OFF
FROM BOXER TOMORROW I WANT TO TELL
ALL HANDS OF TASK FORCE ZEBRA HOW
VERY MUCH I APPRECIATE THE WAY YOU
HAVE PLAYED BALL THROUGHOUT THE
CRUISE X YOU ARE A SMART ALERT SMOOTH
WORKING OUTFIT AND I HAVE BEEN PROUD
OF YOU IN EVERY OPERATION X GOOD BYE
GOOD LUCK AND A HEARTY WELL DONE X
HOPE YOU HAVE A HAPPY REUNION WITH
YOUR FAMILIES AND FRIENDS AND A REST
FROM YOUR LABORS X YOU CERTAINLY
HAVE EARNED IT 'X RADM BOONE .......
FM: CTF 75 05 JUNE 1950
TO: TF 75
THE SECOND LEG OF OUR HOMEWARD
VOYAGE ENDS WITH A HIGHLY SUCCESSFUL
EXERCISE IN WHICH THE PERFORMANCE OF
SHIPS AND PLANES HAS BEEN MOST GRATI-
FYING X ...... A . X RADM BOONE ......
FM: COMSEVENTHFLT 27 MAY 1950
TO: SEVENTH FLEET
TASK FORCE ZEBRA LEAVES THE SEVENTH
FLEET WITH A FINE RECORD OF ACCOM-
PLISHMENT IN THE WESTERN PACIFIC X
YOU HAVE SET A HIGH STANDARD OF
COMBAT READINESS COMDR SEVENTH FLEET
WISHES ALL HANDS A PLEASANT VOYAGE
HOME X TO RADM BOONE AND THE OF-
FICERS AND MEN OF THE TASK FORCE CMA
WELL DONE .......
FM: RDO SASEBO MARCH 1950
TO: PARKS CRAIG ORLECK BASS
FOR ALL OFFICERS X THE OFFICERS OF
FLEET ACTIVITIES PLUS JACKSAN AND
JANESEY REGRET SEEING YOU GO AND
WISH YOU THE VERY BEST OF LUCK lBTl
FM: CTG 96.8
TO: TG 96.8
IN: COM7TH FLT
IT HAS BEEN A PLEASURE TO HAVE
OUR TWO WESTERN PACIFIC FORCES
WORKING TOGETHER X STEADY IMPROVE-
MENT IN OUR OPERATION HAS BEEN
APPARENT EACH DAY X WELL DONE TO ALL
HANDS X HOPE WE CAN HAVE ANOTHER
RENDEZVOUS IN THE NEAR FUTURE X
SIGNED REAR ADM BOONE BT .......
FM: COMCRUDIV 30 MARCH 1950
TO: COMDESDIV ELEVEN
ON THE EVE OF voUR DEPARTURE TO JOIN
THE SEVENTH FLT I WISH TO COMMEND
ALL HANDS OF YOUR DIVISION FOR THE
OUTSTANDING NIANNER IN WHICH THEY
HAVE CARRIED oUT THEIR DUTIES IN sUP-
PORTING THE OCCUPATION OF JAPAN
x WELL DONE fBTl '
FM: COMCRUDIV 12 JUNE 1950
TO: DESRON ONEICTF 75fCOMDESDlV 12
ON THE EVE OF OUR DEPARTURE TO BASE
FOR OPERATION LEAVE AND RECREATION I
WISH AGAIN TO EXPRESS MY APPRECIATION
FOR THE COOPERATIVE AYE AYE AND
THOROUGH AND SUCCESSFUL MANNER IN
WHICH YOUR SHIPS HAVE ACCOMPLISHED
THEIR VARIED TASK DURING THE PAST
EIGHT MONTHS WE HAVE BEEN IN COMPANY
X I DISLIKE SEEING A SMART EFFICIENT
OUTFIT BROKEN UP BUT IN THIS INSTANCE
WE HAVE KNOWN OUR JOBS AND WE RATE
THE PLEASANTRIES OF OUR NEW OPERATION
X YOUR PERSONNEL RATE THEIR REWARD
IN THEIR REUNION WITH FRIENDS AND
LOVED ONES X GOOD BYE FOR NOW GOOD
LUCK AND A WELL DONE T HAT WAS EARNED
BY LONG AND POSITIVE PERFORMANCE X
HERES HOPING WE MEET AGAIN BT ......
FM: COMNAVPHIL 20 MAY 1950
TO: COM7THFLT 7THFLT
IN: NAVSTA SUBIC SANGLEY
UPON DEPARTURE OF THE SHIPS OF YOUR
COMMAND FROM PHILIPPINE WATERS I
WISH TO EXPRESS THE GREAT PLEASURE
THAT HAS BEEN OURS IN HAVING YOU HERE
WITH US X THE OFFICERS AND MEN OF
YOUR COMMAND HAVE CONDUCTED THEM-
SELVES IN AN OUTSTANDING MANNER AND
HAVE LEFT NOTHING TO BE DESIRED X
THE IMPRESSION THAT YOU HAVE ALL LEFT
UPON THE FILIPINO PEOPLE AND FOREIGN
COLONY SHALL LONG BE REMEMBERED X
MAY EACH AND EVERY ONE-OF YOUR HAVE
A PLEASANT CRUISE HOME AND SOON HAVE
A HAPPY REUNION WITH YOUR FAMILIES
FM: COMCARDIV 25 MAY 1950
TO: COMDESRON ONE IF B PARKSIJR
COMCARDIV 5 DEEPLY GRATIFIED TO QUOTE
FOLLOWING LTR FROM COMMISSIONER
OF POLICE AT SINGAPORE TO US CONSUL
GENERAL QUOTE SIR X DURING THE RECENT
VISIT OF THE AMERICAN FLT THERE WAS
ONLY ONE POLICE REPORT CMA AND THAT
WAS A CASE OF SIMPLE ROBBERY X PARA X
CONSIDERING THE LARGE NUMBER OF MEN
ON SHORE LEAVE THIS IS A RECORD TO BE
PROUD OF CMA AND ON BEHALF OF THE
SINGAPORE POLICE FORCE CMA I WISH TO
CONVEY TO YOU OUR APPRECIATION ON
YOUR ADMINISTRATION OF THE EXEMPLA-
TORY STANDARD OF DISCIPLINE AND GOOD
BEHAVIOR WHICH WAS DISPLAYED X I HAVE
THE HONOR TO BE CMA SIR CMA YOUR
OBEDIENT SERVANT CMA R E FOLGAR UN-
QUOTE X COMCARDIV 5 CONGRATULATES
THOSE RESPONSIBLE FOR THIS FINE RECORD
AND RECOMMENDS THAT THIS BE PUB-
LISHED TO SHIPS COMPANYH BT ...... I
If we have inadvertently omitted the name of a shipmate, our apologies to him.
Blackburn, Elmer E.
Bres, Harold A. Jr.
Busch, Francis B.
Claudius, Herbert G.
Cohen, Albert G.
Cole, R. K. Stewart
Emerson, Arthur T. Jr.
Bost, Joseph W.
Christiansen, Harry J.
Crockett, James R.
Drescher, Roy L.
Dunbar, Ray M.
Gilchrist, Wayne L. Jr.
Gould, Winston R.
Abney, Charles J.
Acosta, Pedro P.
Acuna, Fernando G.
Alanzo, Colbert J. L. Jr.
Albright, Robert L.
Alexander, Cecil G.
Allen, Aubrey G.
Andal, Elmer O.
Appleton, Milton R.
Armstrong, Walter E.
Balajadia, Ragmon I.
Baluyot, Florencio E.
Barnes, Thomas Jr.
Baucum, William R.
Beach, Albert J. Jr.
Beck, Oren E.
Bettfruend, Charles I.
Bjurstrom, Virgil W.
Blakeslee, Norman D.
Boutwell, Charles A.
Bramlette, James H.
Brock, William I.
Brown, Charles R.
Brown, Leland J.
Buffington, Robert L.
Bulla, George H.
Bullock, Everett R.
Burcham, Thomas A.
Burkett, Willie S.
Camp, Thomas C.
Capshaw, Thomas E.
Enquist, Edwin R.
Glenn, Stuart V.
Hallman, Albert B.
Hart, William J. III
Hutchinson, Marvin S.
Karcher, Daniel M.
Peterson, Melvin F.
CHIEF PETTY OFFICERS
Helton, Johnnie W.
Henery, John J.
Johnson, Clarence L.
Joyner, John E.
McGraner, Everett J.
Miller, James E.
Mohn, Charles H.
Nahgonbe, Henry L. Jr.
Nottingham, Cecil N.
Owen, Ben G.
Carey, Marvin O. Jr.
Carter, Ralph Jr.
Cavanaugh, Gerald L.
Chighizola, William B.
Christiansen, Julius J.
Clark, Robert E.
Cobis, James E.
Cole, George M.
Colquett, George M.
Conley, Oslie S.
Conner, Austin M.
Cooper, Johnnie D.
Cox, James E.
Crawford, Bob S.
Crawford, Charles W.
Crowley, Lawrence F.
Crowley, William R.
Damaske, Robert H.
Dancer, Don L.
DeLong, Robert L.
Djerf, John G.
Dexheimer, Walter R. Jr.
Duffourc, Armond J.
Ellis, John S. III
Ellis, Ted J.
England, Clinton W.
Everett, Curtis S.
Fadness, Robert K.
Farr, Frank D.
Fields, Earl S.
Fisher, Ed. R.
Forsythe, Horace G.
Sanders, Roy N.
Shea, Lewis A. Jr.
Stanford, Carl C.
Trejo, Paul E.
Weidman, Robert M. Jr
Winn, Walter C.
Petzhold, Robert L.
Preston, Donald E.
Price, Delbert E.
Rawson, Ralph E.
Stevens, Curtis S.
Taylor, William H.
Tye, Robert C.
Walton, Ben M.
Wehn, Elwood H.
Franzee, Wayne N.
Gibson, Gorman L.
Gifford, James P.
Gilmore, Frederick J. K.
Godden, Forrest L. Jr.
Gooch, Robert L.
Greear, James L.
Guanciale, Richard C.
Gunn, Maynard R.
Gunn, Ralph W.
Gutierrez, Derly M.
Hall, Louis W.
Hardee, Richard C. Jr.
Harris, Paul D.
Hatten, Ray G.
Haun, Carl E.
Hendrix, Lorraine O.
Herber, Kenneth S.
Herrero, Angel C.
Hinkley, Alexander A.
Hinson, James E.
Hodgins, Willis L.
Hogan, James L.
House, Richard E.
Hudson, Otis S.
Hughes, Freddie "D"
Hunter, Wilbert E.
Jackson, George W.
Johnson, Thomas B.
Johnston, Lawrence, Jr
Jones, James V.
Keith, Charles W.
King, Lemar J.
Kinne, Lawrence E.
Kinsman, John A.
Kirby, Paul D.
Lacroix, Thomas E.
Lake, James M.
Large, Fritz A.
Lawson, Nathan D.
Lawson, Winfred E.
Leano, Epifanio T.
Lee, Buford W.
Leighton, Francis E.
Leighton, Shirley N.
Lewis, James M.
Lewis, Vernon L.
Lien, Floyd M.
Litchford, Monroe C.
Lively, John M.
Longmire, Larry L.
Longmire, Lowell K.
Longnecker, Robert D.
Lovell, Walter G.
Lowry, Donald M.
Lynch, Bennie L.
Lyons, Albert C.
MacKay, Andrew J.
Madarena, Arthur H.
Mails, Charles E.
Mangum, Albert V.
Mansfield, Walter L.
Marler, Fred F.
Marsh, Johnny P.
Massie, Leland D.
Mathis, William W.
McAninch, Harvey V.
McCall, Charles A.
McGrath, Jerome P.
McKee, John T.
McNiff, Edward L.
Meddles, Jack G.
Medle ,Earnest D Jr.
Medlin, Houston W.
Meredith, Louie H. Jr.
Merrill, Phillip A.
Meyer, Allyn D.
Miller, Arthur D.
Miller, Robert E.
Mills, Melvin E.
Minnock, Francis J.
Mitchell, Burl W.
Moore, Samuel R.
Morgan, Arlis N.
Morrill, Lyle "B"
Moxley, Clyde G. Jr.
Murillo, Cipriano P.
Musgrave, Otis A.-
Nicholson, Cloyce L.
Neilsen, Orville L.
Nieto, Robert L.
O'Brien, Robert J.
O'Diam, John H.
Ogden, Edward R.
Overturf, Ray G.
Overturf, Roy J.
Owens, John L.
Pacheco, Lupe Jr.
Palmer, Thomas R.
Parker, Jessie J. Jr.
Parker, Kenneth W.
Parnell, Travis D.
Parrish, Tennill M. Jr.
Parrish, Tully J.
Patton, James H.
Paul, Lindberg W.
Payne, Escar A.
Payne, George W.
Pendergrass, Donald K.
Penner, Glenn D.
Perry, Robert R.
Pettingill, Paul E.
Phillips, Henry L.
Phipps, Jessie L.
Pickard, Phineas W.
Pigg, Bobby R.
Pina, Edward C.
Potts, Francis H.
Prickett, Erwin E.
Purcell, Michael C.
Purdom, Oren F.
Rains, Phillip L.
Ragon, Lewis G. Jr.
Ramsay, Richard W.
Reade, Albert V.
Rich, Frank A.
Riley, Dwight W.
Rinehart, Orbra L.
Roach, Herbert G.
Robbins, James P.
Roberts, Charles C. Jr.
Robinson, Ralph J.
Robison, Andrew A.
Rodriguez, Pat C.
Rogers, Joseph L.
Ross, Charles D.
Sanchez, Juan P.
Sanders, Luther E.
Saxon, Billy J.
Scace, Rodman H.
Schoonover, Robert E.
Schroeder, Frederick J. Jr.
Schultz, Robert L.
Sensenney, Elson J.
Sharp, Richard E.
Shepard, Thomas C
Shrewder, Robert E
Shirley, James W.
Silva, John C.
Skyles, Gerald E.
Small, Lee T.
Smith Archie L.
Smith Billie J.
Smith Harold R.
Smith, James V.
Smith, Matthew H.
Southern, James W.
Spradling, Billy A.
Spurbeck, Loyd J.
Steele, Ronald M.
Stewart, Jessie L.
Stoddard, Harold D.
Stoegbaur, Richard A.
Sutherland, Charles J.
Sweeney, Ernest J.
Swett, Harris H.
Tabadisto, Ralph L.
Taketani, Kenzi K.
T anega, Antonio B.
Tarpley, Aubrey V. Jr.
Tartt, Herbert J.
Thomas, Harry N.
Thome, Clarence A.
Thompson, Kenneth W.
Thompson, Milton J.
Thorpe, Herbert D.
Tipps, Weldon L.
Tisdale, Wallace E.
Trasvina, Rudolph M. Jr
Tuazon, Julian L.
Turner, Theodore M.
Vaden, John L. Jr.
Wallace, Joseph M.
Wallace, Lindsey E.
Walls, Walter T.
Walton, Charles E.
Ward, Green B.
Warden, William R.
Warren, Herbert M.
Watson, Forrest L.
Webster, Benjamin F. Jr.
Whipps, Lawrence E.
Whitt, Israel "J"
Wiggins, James W.
Williams, Jerry C.
Williams, Marvin H.
Wimberly, Robert P.
Wolfe, Donald J.
Wood, Elbert G.
Wood, Sherwood H. I
Worrell, Dwight E.
Wyatt, Thomas W.
Yeager, Kenneth J.
Zech, Clifford O.
Zimbelman, Buddy M.
Zimny, Leo M.
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