Floyd Parks (DD 884) - Naval Cruise Book

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E , l , 1 il .N P P1 l P l E E L Q l. F E I I g , P I n r, n 3 F 1 I . Y Y J' F. i. fx F 2, as Q if w 'Z 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 list demonstrates: Executive Officer Naval Reserve Training Base, Yerba Buena Island, California. Personnel Officer, Staff Commander Patrol Forces, Treasure Island, California. Biography of fha Commanding Officer. "OUR CAPTAIN? 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 Argentia, Newfoundland. Executive Officer Naval ROTC, Oregon State College, Corvallis, Oregon. Commanding Officer U.S.S. Floyd B. Parks CDD884j. 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 DesPac." Left to right Back row: Front row: OFFICERS Lt. fjgj Harold A. Bres, Jr. Lt. Ens. Ens. Ens. Ens. Lt. Ens. Comdr. Ens. Lt. 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 Operations Officer Executive Officer Ass't. First Lieutenant Communications Officer Gunnery Officer A. S. W. Officer Engineer Officer Supply Officer Commanding Officer Electronics Officer First Lieutenant Left to right Back row: Second row: Front row: Absent: 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 Back row: Third row: Second row: Front row: OPERATIONS 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 Back, row: Fourth row: Third row: Second row: Front row: GUNNERY Schoonover, R. E., Crawford, C. W., Walton, C. E., Small, L. T., Johnson, C. L. 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 Back row: Fourth row: Third row: Second row: Front row: DECK 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 Back row: Second row: Front row: Not in picture: SUPPLY 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 Back row: Second row: First row: Kneeling: 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. 1CFN. Left to right Back row: Front row: ENGINEERS 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. STAFF 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 ass.. r 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 r gf ..,- ,ul -Q11-'zrysmsfgc ' A ' ' ' M-dw .sk 'P' .'Kra'L mf, ef, ...-4.13 -N fr . A gf Q'-m-,--1' M-1 ,f I7 . ,315 1-fs Hi: PP-W . . '10 'Ltr - .1 ftlfmggj .f .343 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, 1946. 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 June 1947. 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 of 1947. 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 funeral procession. 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 fContinued on page 251 Mrs. Fltlyll B. Parks - Christening nn-sad U. S. S. Floyd B. Parks - launching, 31 March 1945 I aj. 1 'Ks -a-Q -ix PML! PNN! SEA - . - y i c ' : ' ARC'-we nsumos I oils -l,, coRAn. ssA bg X soLomoN X asn.ANos S . "5 N. A 5 H B ,,,f' A, I- . 5 :fir NDR? H PACIFIC- Of-EAN x x 1 l N HANNANAN QSLANDS B , , Q- " 'x , s , Q'- . '7'a 5 xA' .1 JS 1 . s I 1 A fi N X Nl , UP' L x", 2 S1 Wong 4 au' I If W Q' H ' Brumly, G., CSSN-Some sing "California here I come." 9 9 2 960 06 ell "' , N 6 iliousi ,ev 9 ss., Nl ,nl s ill ie ff 5 ISCRRF Xiffo I 0 Q5 5 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. ,ui SUPPLY DIVISION 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 that way. Carroll, HMC-What's that you got under your nose, Chief? 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, L. J.? 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 galley. C240Jl OPERATIONS DIVISION 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, l a N ,. R i il ii lx 1 l 1 L l lx f l P r E l i i l 3 , l M l 4 is ,fl E El ll ii in 1. 1. in ln l 1 l gl J J W. 1. M 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 hall. ENGINEERING DIVISION 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 boards. 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 sonar. 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." was ,f 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- bage scow." 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 involved "Cappy?" 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 out today? 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. .-,,-, . ,, -- rossing 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 I he me 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. Sports By J. M. Lewis, EMFN Flashes and Highlights of Parks 1950 base- ball team. 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 QBoxerj CV21. 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: Batting Average 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 W 1 M- Cole - - - - - - . .406 f c A g r E- G- W00d- . . . .295 ZW 11 ,f .I 0 ,'-.- ' , .rgfgi x B N. .- , .. .1 ,f K Q . .ywgj -f 5. .5 .- .Q -, " f.r.' ,- . ' 1et0-- - - - - - .316 " h 1 R . , V. H 1 C S . W L .- ' ' - ' ".' 1 '7 ..,. ie ' ' 0 ef 1. Q 2 'rj J' ' - - - . . - W- L- T1ppS- - -- . 3 1 M 1 ' f P I 'W W flfzf.-G2 ' ' " . . . , , Football Too? Shea and Cohen Opposing Managers 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 Japanese area. 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 the Hunan. 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 Saturday night. 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- day noon. 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. l- 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 enjoyable. ,N i . 1 I I E A wi Ei ,4 11 1: LN 1 1 'N i 1 el 2 F 3 . 1? 1. 'V 1, ,f 1 X 4 6 F I Y l 1 r i x . I 1 1 1 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 gills fffvlfll f -'S Ai .- Lxfx J .,-N l. v , Lf -- -3- - - -I f .,-g,,'- tfm- Let's Gu "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 Japan." 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 BT ....... FM: COMCARDIV 25 MAY 1950 TO: COMDESRON ONE IF B PARKSIJR CRAIGlGUADALUPElBOXER IN: COM7THFLT 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 RUSTER 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. Carroll, Arbelle Christiansen, Harry J. Crockett, James R. Drescher, Roy L. Dunbar, Ray M. Frank, Stanley Gilchrist, Wayne L. Jr. Gould, Winston R. Hanel, Edward Abney, Charles J. Acosta, Pedro P. Acuna, Fernando G. Alanzo, Colbert J. L. Jr. Albright, Robert L. Alexander, Cecil G. Allen, Aubrey G. Allen, Wyatt Alvarado, Eziquiel 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. Brumley, George Buffington, Robert L. Bulla, George H. Bullock, Everett R. Burcham, Thomas A. Burkett, Willie S. Camp, Thomas C. Capshaw, Thomas E. OFFICERS 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. CREW 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. Durbin, Thomas Ellis, John S. III Ellis, Ted J. England, Clinton W. Everett, Curtis S. Fadness, Robert K. Farr, Frank D. Fields, Earl S. Firme, Bienvenido 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. Gutierrez, Reymundo Hall, Louis W. Hardee, Richard C. Jr. Harden, Kenneth Harmon, Harley 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. Horowitz, Paul House, Richard E. Hudson, Otis S. Hughes, Freddie "D" Hunter, Ashel 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. Latham,Theodore L. 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. Lopez, Amado 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. Marquez, Jose Marsh, Johnny P. Massie, Leland D. Mathis, William W. McAninch, Harvey V. McCall, Charles A. McClanahan, Alex McGrath, Jerome P. McKee, John T. McNiff, Edward L. Meddles, Jack G. Medle ,Earnest D Jr. y . 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. Osbourne, Fred Overturf, Ray G. Overturf, Roy J. Owens, John L. Pacheco, Lupe Jr. Palmer, Forrest Palmer, Thomas R. Papez, Paule Parker, Jessie J. Jr. Parker, Kenneth W. Parnell, Travis D. Parrish, Tennill M. Jr. Parrish, Tully J. Patacsil, Emeterio 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. Plish, Walter Poddany, Harry 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. Romero, Jake Ross, Charles D. Royal, Vaughn Sanchez, Juan P. Sanders, Luther E. 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