Fort Fisher (LSD 40) - Naval Cruise Book

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- - I £« - r 4 - y ' ■•- USS FOR T FISHER LSD-40 The USS FORT FISHER (LSD-40) is the last of a new class of multi- purpose dock landing ships built for the US Navy. Constructed by the Quincy Shipbuilding Division of General Dynamics Corporation at Quincy, Massachusetts, her keel was laid on 15 July 1970, and she was christened on 22 April 1972, and commissioned on 9 December 1972. FORT FISHER is 562 feet in length, 84 feet in breadth, and displaces 13,700 tons fully loaded. Her crew consists of 20 officers and 360 enlisted men. FORT FISHER is designed to transport pre-loaded heavy landing craft to an objective area and discharge them quickly. The ship is also equipped with with machine shops and repair facilities to provide dry-docking and repairs to small craft up to the size of harbor tugs. On 2 February 1973, FORT FISHER departed Boston and headed for Long Beach, California. She has made three cruises with the Western Pacific in the Seventh Fleet, including this one. FORT FISHER is the proud holder of a Commander Naval Surface Forces, US Pacific Fleet, Battle Efficiency " E " Award, the Amphibious Assault Award, the Engineering " E " Award, and the Operations " E " Award. USS FORT FISHER (LSD-40), THE 4. ship of the Navy. WELCOME ABOARD!! uur cruisebook is dedicated to Lieutenant Commander Beverly Daly and operations specialist David Franks, two former shipmates who distinguished themselves by their superb professionalism, friendship and overall contribution to FORT FISHER. Their sudden and uiexpected departure was a great loss to our ranks and saddened us all. LCdr Daly ' s illness required his emergency medevac from Numazu, Japan on the early morning of 6 December 1977 just as we were departing for amphibious exercises Sang Yong VII BLTEX 1-78 with the Republic of Korea. Seaman Franks passed away on our first night in Singapore, 23 December 1977. Both men contributed in many ways to the successful accomplishment of our mission, particularly in the ardous months of FORT FISHER overhaul and refresher training prior to deployment. We remember them with affection and recall with pleasure the days spent together on the FORT. WESTPAC 1977-78 For the majority of our 1977-1978 WEST- PAC deployment FORT FISHER was assigned to the U.S. Seventh Fleet-a major element of American foreign policy and deterrence in peace time and the first line of defense and primary striking force in the Pacific in the event of hostilities . The Seventh Fleet ' s area of operations en- compasses millions of square miles of ocean and coastline-the Pacific Ocean west of Ha- waii and a large portion of the Indian Ocean. In this area, the Seventh Fleet conducts op- erations to maintain a high state of combat readiness. This includes training, combined exercises such as Twin Dragons and Team Spirit, surveillance operations -Taiwan Straits Patrol, search and rescue operations - Brillig, and other exercises and missions as directed by high authority. As an amphibious warfare ship, FORT FISHER is a part of task force 76, a sub unit in the Seventh Fleet organization. Along with this assignment we have a more specific mission that we must be capable of accom- plishing. For our part in an Amphibious Ready Group (ARG) we must be prepared to transport and land combat ready troops from a Marine Assault Unit (MAU) or Battalion Landing Team (BLT). Inherent in our role as an LSD is the responsibility of being a pri- mary control ship (PCS) in an amphibious op- eration. Amphibious Ready Groups are the only amphibious resources always immedi- ately available for employment . As a fleet operating unit, FORT FISHER must maintain the highest possible state of combat readiness and training to en- able her to carry out all peacetime missions and be prepared to discharge her assigned responsibilities. Some of the requirements that may be levied upon FORT FISHER are: to provide a forward -deployed amphibious presence to add stability and to provide reas- surance to an ally in an area of importance to the United States; to provide a cover force for evacuation of U.S. and allied citizens or to conduct or assist in an evacuation; to pro- vide initial security of a logistic entry point (seaport or airport) required for the support of a friendly government; to conduct an as- sault landing to restore or support a friendly nations request for assistance; to conduct amphibious assaults in support of alliances and to project U.S. presence ashore. In order to be prepared to accomplish these tasks joint operations and training on the FORT FISHER ' S WESTPAC deployment in- cluded two joint U.S. and Korean major am- phibious assaults (Twin Dragons Team Spirit) , LVT and wet net training for Korean Marines and underway formation maneuver- ing and refueling operations with the Royal Australian Navy on RIMPAC 78. FORT FISHER ' S final mission area is to develop and test amphibious warfare proce- dures and tactics to increase the ability of the U.S. and allied forces to successfully conduct amphibious operations . As an element of the Seventh Fleet, FORT FISHER contributed significantly to the fur- thering of U.S. foreign policy afloat and ashore. As an ambassador of good-will and as a strong force to be reckoned with, our presence was noted with admiration and re- spect by friends and foe alike. W,; . ■::■■ ;■■ . FORT FISHER Recognition should be given to Colonel William Lamb of Norfolk, Virginia, for his tireless efforts in the planning and construction of Fort Fisher, the protector of blockade-runners and Wilmington, which was the last important southern port to fall. Fort Fisher was the largest earthwork fortification in the Confederacy and was the scene of the two largest land-naval battles of the Civil War. Primarily, Fort Fisher deserves its important position in Civil War history for its protection of the port of Wilmington by means of its control over one of the two Cape Fear River approaches. The Confederate steamers preferred New Inlet as their entrance into Cape Fear River because it was protected by Fort Fisher. By the end of 1864 the fort extended from the Cape Fear River all the way across the Peninsula, half a mile, and then south down the beach one mile. It mounted 47 heavy guns and was called the " Malakoff Tower of the South. " •sJ NORTH CAROLINA • The Confederates evacuated the lower Cape Fear defenses after the fall of Fort Fisher and concentrated their troops and guns at Fort Anderson, a large earth fortification at the site of the extinct colonial town of Brunswick, on the west bank of the river, in a last stand to protect Wilmington. The Federal fleet moved into the Cape Fear River, while land units marched up both sides of the river. Fort Anderson fell on February 19, following a combined naval and land assault, and Wilmington, the capital of Confederate block-ade running, was evacuated on February 23, 1862. A movement to develop the site of Fort Fisher as a State or National Park originated with the local citizens of New Hanover County in the early 1930 ' s. The idea fell through completely. In the late 1950 ' s local and State forces joined to revive the idea of restoring Fort Fisher. Final reconstruction ended in 1961 and the site is now open to the public. COMMANDER JOHN FRANK GAMBOA, U.S. NAVY COMMANDER JOHN F. GAMBOA, from Lone Pine, California is a graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy, class of 1958. After gradu- ation he served as a sailing instructor for the plebe class at the Academy. In September 1958 he reported aboard to the USS PUTNAM (DD-757) where he served as First Lieutenant and CIC Of- ficer. From October 1960 to June 1962, he served as Communications Officer on the staff of Commander De- stroyer Squadron TWO. He was then ordered to the U.S. Naval Post-graduate School in Monterey, California, graduating in June 1964, with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Communications Engi- neering. In July 1964, he re- ported to the USS COLUM- BUS (CG-12) and served two years as Communications Officer. In August 1966, he was ordered to Commander United States Forces Korea- Commander in Chief United Nation Commander as Chief, Operations Branch J-6 Divi- sion. His next duty was in Washingtion, D.C. , on the staff of the Manager, Na- tional Communications Sys- tem. COMMANDER GAM- BOA also attended the Uni- versity of Maryland night school and earned a Mas- ter ' s Degree in International Relations . In September 1970, he received orders to the commissioning crew of the USS PENSACOLA (LSD- 38) in Quincy, Massachu- setts as Operations Officer. In May 1972-, he assumed duty as Executive Officer, USS LA SALtE (AGF-3), flagship of Commander Mid- dle East Force, homeported in Bahrain, Persian Gulf. Commander GAMBOA then served in the Canal Zone from December 1973 to Sep- tember 1976 as Commanding Officer, U.S. Naval Com- munications Station, Balboa, and Secretary Inter-Ameri- can Naval Telecommunica- tions Network. Commander Gamboa assumed command of FORT FISHER on 3 De- cember 1976. He has been awarded the Joint Service Commendation Medal with oak leaf cluster. NEW X.O COMMANDER EUGENE R. BAILEY is a native of Boston, Virginia having been born to MR MRS James Hatton Bailey on 1 October 1938. Commander Bailey graduated from Virginia State College with a Bachelor of Science De- gree in Industrial Arts Education. Upon graduation he joined the Navy and at- tended an intensive officer training course at the Officer Candidate School in Newport, R.I. Commander Bailey relieved Commander Harms as FORT FISHER ' S Executive Officer on 26 October 1977. PAST X.O COMMANDER JOHN H. HARMS arrived on board FORT FISHER on 2 May 1976. Having served as FORT FISHER ' S Executive Officer under both Commander Thompson and Com- mander Gamboa, Commander Harms has had the experience of being second in command to two commanding officers of an LSD Class ship. The experience he acquired in that status is certain to aide his ability to carry out his mission at his present duty station working for the Joint Staff at the Commander in Chief PAC, Pearl Harbor, HI. DEPAR TMENT HEADS CDR BAILEY - EX NAV LT MCDOW - DECK LCDR CARDE - ENG " , l« LT BOVEY - ENG LT EASTLUND - SUPPLY LT JAMES - OPERATIONS LT CORDASCO l« Vt J I LTJG McKIBBEN LTJG MITCHELL LTJG BROWN LTJG JOHNSON LTJG SCOTT LTJG BAILEY LTJG PRPICH ENS ELLISON SHIP ' S OFFICERS ENS FEIERABEND ENS BORCHERS CW03 MILES CW03 DOMBROW FORT FISHER ' S OFFICERS JAMES, CARDE, DOMBROW, MCDOW MCPO MASTER CHIEF ERNESTO SEBASTIAN serves as Senior Enlisted Advisor, Leading Mess Specialist S-2 Division Officer, Chairman of the Menu Review Board, a member of the Human Relations Council, member of the Command Re- tention Team , member of the Striker Board Committee, Chairman of the Sailor of the Month and Supervisor of the Quarter Committees, Chair- man of the Welfare and Re- creation Committee and Catho- lic Lay Leader. MCAA SENIOR CHIEF CHARLES JOHNSON serves as FORT FISHER ' S Chief Master at Arms. In 1973 he was selected for the first group of chiefs to make the MAA rating. He has attended a law enforcement school in San Antonio, Texas and a six week drug education school in San Diego. Prior to reporting to FORT FISHER, Senior Chief Johnson served as the leading chief at San Diego Shore Patrol Headquarters . 11 OUR CHIEFS PNC COOPER MSC CHAVEZ BTC GROCHOWSKI YNC LOVETT OMC KING ENC MCLEOD DKC MACTAL SKC TAYAG EMC SASSER HTC MODELO BMC PETERSON MMC TOELLNER }% BMC RANDOLPH nCtWAMAf 13 CANDIDS QM3 Steinberg (left) holds a data board up for the CO to see as he controls the ship. BM3 Leon stands with a young lady as mem- bers of his " Farewell Party " standby. The USS FORT FISHER (LSD-40) as she steams overseas. LCdr. CARDE G CHIEF CHAVEZ CAST OFF THE LAST LINE IN SUBIC. F COMMODORE RAMSEY CAME FOR VISIT IS PUSAN. 15 ' ' KNIGHTS OF THE CHARTHOUSE 1 ' ffliKiSfw: SoSSjc " ' R ' JAMES ' QMC R ' KING ' QM2 T - GEISEL ' QMSN °- STEIN BERG, QM3 QUARTER MASTERS I .I ' »J1 NDID SHOTS OS2 VARNEY PRACTICING FOR THE PONG TOURNEMENT WE ' RE NOT LOST, OKINAWA IS DEAD AHEAD OP ' S DEPT LTJG JOHNSON WITH THE MEN OF CIC 4 I 4 ■ B J » .- •■ 1 ? " £»- 20 ET1 SOJOURNER HARD AT WORK? M V V? ETS i 21 22 YOU GUYS HAVE GOT TO SHAPE UP, YOU DIDN ' T EVEN FINISH THE KEG LAST NIGHT NOT NOW I HAVE A HEADACHE 23 SIGNALMEN SHUCKS, SHE CLOSED HER SHADES HE ' S NOT THAT GREAT AT SEMA- PHORE, BUT HE ' S GOT THE BEST BODY LANGUAGE ON THE SHIP 24 ■ ) t ,0 I nil m? m-i ' i THE VISUAL COMMUNICATIONS EXPERTS PCSN SOPER - THE MAN WHO BELONGS BEHIND BARS 25 THE COMMAND Oil THE CAPTAIN ENJOYS A LETTER FROM HIS DAUGHTER BORCHERS, MCDOW G DUNBROW A WELL DECK CONTROL 26 27 FORT FISHER CARGO Upon our departure from San Diego last September, we carried a lot of heavy cargo on board to Eniwetak. The FORT FISHER was involved in provid- ing an opportune lift for part of the construction equipment going there. The project to rebuild Eniwetak was a joint effort headed by the Air Force. Why rebuild it? After exploding 27 atomic bombs on or near the island, the U.S. decided to rebuild and re-sod the island. Hopefully, the islanders may return to a safe home again. 28 Face to face with a big, bad mixer- upper during the op- portune lift to Eniwetak from San Diego. n 3 Another one of many trucks loaded out . . tr fffigg ONE OF THE BIGGEST JOBS OF FORT FISHER IS THE TRANSPORT- ING OF MARINES. DURING WEST- PAC ' 78 WE HAD MANY DIFFERENT UNITS OF MARINES COME AND GO. TRANSPORTING OF MARINE VEHICLES AND CONEX BOXES WAS A FULL TIME JOB FOR DECK DIVISION AS THEY LOADED AND OFFLOADED AS MANY TRUCKS AS GENERAL MOTORS. AT TIMES AS MUCH AS HALF OF THE PERSONNEL ON THE FORT FISHER WERE MARINES WHICH MADE FOR VERY LONG LINES FOR CHOW AND CROWDED LIVING CONDITIONS. 30 31 HA WAII The historic raid of December 7, 1941 was launched at 0600, from six Japanese aircraft car- riers 200 miles northeast of Oahu. The first bomb fell at 7:55 and the attack ended about two hours later with the bulk of United States military might in the mid Pacific temporarily crippled. T lii THE CAPTAIN RENDERS HONORS TO THE USS ARIZONA MONUMENT THE SMOKE STACK OF THE USS ARIZONA 32 fl ' ft nt ii ii HAWAII - A beautiful island paradise and one of the favorite ports of call for Seventh Fleet Sailors. FORT FISHER visited Hawaii twice during West Pac 77-78. Once beginning the eight month cruise and again ending an arduous time at sea. It was time for the men to cele- brate their return to the United States . f i« r - i. - 33 Statue of a Dragon in Hill Park 1 Buddist Temple, the drum inside is used to call the monks to worship. ! So nrivi The famous East Gate in Souel Three women making silk thread in the Korean Folk Village. Above, a tower in Dragon Head Park. Below, a stone pillar in Pusan. -» Native Dancers in the Korean Folk Village. Korean Museum commemorating a Korea Hero. Below, a view of the scenic hills in Korea. PUSAN 39 A shell explodes on the coast of Po Hang during US ROK exercise. SSANG OPS Port Wingwall Aft is the center control spot in amphib operations. SSANG YONG VII was a joint affair, com- bining Republic of Korea forces and several US ships in an amphibious assault on Po Hang. An amphibious exercise is all it was; no one was hurt. At approximately the same time Sea and Anchor went down, Condition lAlfa was called on board the FORT FISHER, which was the control ship for the entire amphib operation. Deck dropped anchor over the spot prescribed by script and Navigation and the Combat Information Center correlated fixes and bearings to ascertain we stayed on station. Deck manipulated the boats out of the well into the water on cue, and the Marines (in the boats) hit the beach and initiated their of- fensive assault. Filling the well deck is the first step in preparing for wetwell ops. 40 All boats return to their ships on the twilight of 15 December 1977. From 10 - 15 December FORT FISHER, several other US ships, and forces from the Republic of Korea, expedited strategic deployment of marines in small boats from large amphibious ships such as ours. The results were magnanimous! The efforts extended by all hands were carried out in a professional manner previously unmatched in an exercise such as the one at Korea. ttfe As the smoke clears and all waves commence their return to their ships, having succeeded in " annihilating " the enemy ashore, capturing new land, and completing their mission with no argu- ments. SINGAPORE Ayy ) M 3 . SPSS ■■ Ir.- ' dW ' • ' •• ,v l ' • ,, ' at f i - j . j EM 11 1 1 _. • ' . 1 ■ . ,_. - 42 • jd flfl k_ J- r ' MlHQ Bk ill S P MP U« « TiiftiMjl - ■•Sfc Mif ABBA SINGAPORE Singapore is an island na- tion. Independent, bustling with activity and blessed with prosperity. Singapore is small as countries go and this is its greatest virtue . For within the Republic, it is possible for the visitor to become in- volved in the many influ- ences and experiences that make Singapore quite differ- ent from its neighbors . Visitor to Singapore always receive a warm and friendly welcome from the people. Singapore lies just 85 miles north of the Equator and covers 225 square miles in area. It is 26 miles long and 14 miles wide with 83 miles of coastline. v - JraJB g! " ' " , Jasi Bi 44 ' I - 45 PHILIPPINES ■ fc B ■ II ft " " ,HB THE PHILIPPINES - Without a doubt the favorite Port of Call in the Far East. The Filipinos are some of the most friendly people in the world . With one of the largest Naval Stations in the Pacific, Olongapo City is a tourist and recreation center for fleet Sailors. Three hundred years of Spanish rule made the Philippine the only Roman Catholic country in Asia. The country is a rare mixture of Spanish and Native Filipino culture. FORT FISHER visited Subic Bay twice during this cruise and it was always a sad occasion when it was time to say good-bye. Also for many Filipino FORT FISHERMEN it was a time to take leave and go home to their families and friends . «J - -- - ■■ ■■■■■ 47 Inchon, Korea unfolded many oddities, including the " prospective haunted house " here. Inchon It is custom to carry bundles on the head. Relay race at Inchon girls school. Inchon, Korea -- " the land of the locks " was one of FORT FISHER ' S stops during her WESTPAC Cruise this year. Inchon is one of the largest cities in all of South Korea, with a population of 646,013. The Korean population is one of the most homogeneous in the world. The primary nationality in this country is Tungusic, with a Chinese mixture through- out the general populous of people there. We had the opportunity to join hands with the Republic of Korea in two amphib exercises. Korean dancers on a tour offered us. Typical Korean store in Inchon. ' Night of Ships " in port Inchon. ROK Navy visits the FORT. Congeniality was apparent that day. LOCA TION SHOTS i« SN HAGER G SN MACDONALD THE GALLANT KNIGHTS OF THE CHARTHOUSE _ FA MEINEN G FN HOWARD y- . ' ifey,-:. — - . - — - ' : — « - - 52 M - DIVISION MR. JOHNNY JOHNSON 1 ' GENERAL QUARTERS , MAIN CONTROL ' ' THE CAPTAIN G MM2 MURPHEY SURVEY ENGINE ROOM ' OUR GANG " THE MID -WATCH CREW Zj§ TORRE DOING THE JOB I r " • " OUR LEADERS " 55 57 E DIVISION .... ■ -»7« ' T " »ty» | , » " , ■ «II I 58 ' I i 59 R-DIVISION Who says the FORT can ' t be a dry dock? FN Richards just ' ' hanging out. ' ' R DIVISION or the " Smoke Eaters " as they ' re more commonly known, are made up of the FORT FISHER ' S HT ' s. These are the men who make repairs to the ship ' s hull and during WestPac they designed the ship ' s interior quarterdeck. 60 M»f9» « «,«•$ A GANG ENl WOLLNEY AND NUMBER ONE MM1 WANKOWSKI MMC DAMIAN JUST ONE OF THE BOYS MR1 CHESNEY ENl SCHOLTEN LITTLE JOHN 62 BILL DAVE TRANNY BILL 63 Around The Command www DECK DEPARTMENT Deck performs a variety of jobs around the FORT FISHER. Chipping and painting decks, handling lines, standing underway watches, etc. , the list is too long to name. 66 HEAVE AROUND ON THOSE OPERA TIONS KHS DECK OFF-LOADS MARINES STERNGATE MARRIAGE ALTHROUGHOUT WESTPAC ' 78, DECK DIVISION HAS BEEN INVOLVED IN EVERY MODE OF SHIP ' S OPERATIONS. FROM ONLOADING AND OFFLOADING MARINES TO LAUNCHING AND RECEIVING ALL SORTS OF BOATS IN THE WELL DECK, DECK WORKS ALL HOURS TO GET THE JOB DONE. (LEFT) SN MACDONALD CASTS LINE TO INCOMING LCU. (RIGHT) UNDERWAY REPLENISHMENTS KEEP DECK BUSY. DECKS DOING IT (RIGHT) DECK HEAVES AROUND ON A LINE WHILE TAKING ON FUEL. (LEFT) SN SANCHEZ AT THE WHEEL. MANNING THE LOOKOUT. (BELOW) DECK SETS THE SPECIAL SEA G ANCHOR DETAIL. MEN WORKING SN BACA, SN TORRE G BM2 JOHNSON DECK DIVISION ... the men who make ship ' s operations possible. These are the salty sailors of the FORT FISHER, known for their hard work at sea and hard partying in port. FIGHTING THIRD THE GUNNERS MATES . . . THE DEALERS IN DEATH OF THE FORT FISHER. THESE ARE THE MEN CONTROL ALL ARMS ALONG WITH THE BIG GUNS. THEY MAKE SURE THAT WE ARE READY TO DEFEND OURSELVES IN TIME OF EMERGENCY. 70 REPEAT AFTER ME, ' ' CUNNERSMATES HAYT LONGER BARRELS. ' ' GMG3 SMITH (ONE STANDING) . 1 V a Flight Quarters ■■ As is common for any ship with a flight deck, helo ops is one evolution that must be practiced. It A helicopter makes its final approach. Dropping a load on the flight deck. A common sight in Helo Operations here. Taking up a load is common too. Once all maneuvers have been, the helo zips off. . . i- X-DIVISION OUR FEARLESS LEADER, THE X.O. THE EXECUTIVE DE- PARTMENT handles most of the paperwork on the FORT FISHER. The department is made up of Personnel, and Admin along with the 3-M Coordinator, Career Coun- selor, Chief Master at Arms and the Ship ' s Journalist. JT « YNSN CLEGHORN WITH HIS SEA DADDY, YN1 ACKER SENIOR CHIEF JOHNSON, MCAA (L-R) PN3 ESPIRTU, FN ABLE YN2 PHILLIPS AND YN1 ACKER 76 SEN01R CHIEF JOHNSON ON THE HOT LINE YN2 EDDIE JOSN KENYON DOING WHAT HE DOES BEST IN PERSONNEL, YNC LOVETT CONSULTS FN ABLE 77 SENIOR CHIEF, NCI EDWARDS AND X.O. 78 SN SMITH PERFORMS A LOBOTOMY WHILE DOC MATA SUPERVISES MEDICAL DEPAR TMENT J ( HM3 SULLIVAN TAKING IT EASY HM3 SMITH IN THE LAB 79 UNREP One thing that the FORT FISHER excelled in was the underway replenishment (UNREPS) that we preformed during WestPac . During one UNREP the Captain of USS Navasota sent a message to us saying " You guys have real class. " 80 -- " ... I M 81 Leisure GR UNTS 83 L FORT FISHER may need the Engineers to give her power to move her through the seas . She may need the Bos ' n mates to keep the decks looking new . And the FORT may need these and many others to go from one place to another. She may need the Navigators and Radio Operators to keep us on the right course and keep us in touch with home . BUT WITHOUT SUPPLY THE GOING WOULD BE A WHOLE LOT HARDER! SUPPLY DEPT 1 ' WHAT DO YOU MEAN IT ' S TIME TO GO TO WORK? IT ' S ONLY 1100. ' ' NO, YOU CAN ' T REQUISITION YOUR OWN SHIP. " 1 ' YOU WANT TO ORDER 5000 . WHAT? ' ' " OH WELL, IT ' S 1400, TIME TO KNOCK OFF. " A £ ' : 1 ' I STILL SAY THAT WE DON ' T HAVE TO WASH EACH AND EVERY BEAN. " 1 ' A RATION AND KIND FOR EVERY MAN, AND THIS IS MINE. " 1 ' IF YOU WANT IT YOUR WAY GO TO BURGER KING . " fe 1 ' WHAT DO YOU MEAN GET A MESS COOK? 1 AM A MESS COOK. " " CHIEF, WHY DO YOU WANT S00 CASES OF PEANUT BUTTER ? ' ' ' ' I SHORT SHEETED HIS RACK THAT ' S WHY. " GRAFFITI, WHAT GRAFFITI? " WHAT, ME WORK? ' " " I CAN ' T BELIEVE IT EITHER, BRIEFS WITH RED HEARTS? " " I ' M SURE GETTING TIRED OF ALL THIS WORK. " " YEAH, BUT I NEVER GET TIRED OF SEEING YOU DO IT. " " CHANGE, SURE, THREE QUARTERS ON THE DOLLAR. " " MIRROR, MIRROR ON THE WALL, WHOSE THE BEST LOOKING ONE OF ALL. " NOW REMEMBER, THAT ' S F.E.U.L. STUDYING FOR FIRST CLASS S-3 " BUT CAPTAIN, I KNOW I ' M $2000 SHORT. BUT HONESTLY, I CAN EXPLAIN HOW I BOUGHT THOSE FOUR TELEVISIONS. " " ARE WE UNDERWAY ? WHERE ' S MY SEA SICK PILLS ? " " I WORK DOWN HERE AND IF I WANT FOUR PAYDAYS A MONTH, I ' LL HAVE FOUR PAYDAYS A MONTH. " " DON ' T LOOK AT ME, I CAME IN THE MIDDLE OF THIS MESS. 90 MORE MARINES 91 n I53hH iM S i flH? V -m I il w VIP ' S Brigadier General Smith (left), who is head of the New Zealand forces in Singapore, paid a courtesy call on the FORT FISHER while we were inport Singapore. The ship ' s Captain treated the Brigadier and Mrs. Matzner to lunch in his cabin. A couple of the Brigadier ' s aids also attended this luncheon on the 4th of January. The Captain discusses ship ' s trivia as his guests look on (bottom left). Later, after the meal, Mrs. Matzner chats with the Brigadier on the couch (bottom right). All who attended the affair had an enjoyable time and were openly impressed with our ship and its crew. Hosting guests in this manner is just another way to maintain good ties with the people abroad. The Navy has always excelled in this area of diplomatic relations overseas. 94 Rear Admiral Morris was one of the many fine guests to be entertained by the CO on board. (Left to right) Mrs. Gravely, CDR Harms, Vice- Admiral Gravely, and the Captain in the ship ' s galley. Vice- Admiral Gravely and his lovely wife graced the FORT with a visit while we were in Hawaii. While the Admiral and Mrs. Gravely were aboard, they toured the ship in grand fashion, being escorted by the CO, XO, and other key people on board, including ET1 Lacy, YNC Lovett, Senior Chief Johnson. Another facet of our VIP entourage included military representatives from the Republic of Korea. Some of their faces are shown here. FORT FISHER prides itself in being the most hospitable amphib ship in the Navy. All our visitors must agree! 95 PERSONNEL INSPECTIONS To maintain defense readiness, and in order to support military discipline, it is a common practice for the Commanding Officer to hold personnel inspections on board this ship. Our ship was no exception to this highly effective and routine ordeal. On these pages we see Commander Gamboa conducting a critical in- spection. H V i m ! y - ' % i%« THE SPECIAL SEA ANCHOR DETAIL After a week or two at sea everyone is happy to hear " Now station the special sea and anchor detail. " That means that we are entering port or the opposite leaving port which can be just as good since we will just be traveling some- where else. The Special Sea Anchor detail tend the mooring line and make preparations for getting underway. 98 BOATSW ' AINMATES HANDLING MOORING LINES ON THE FOC ' SLE PREPARATIONS ARE BEING MADE FOR ARRIVAL IN SAN DIEGO. 99 One of the biggest thrills of the cruise was when a Seventh Fleet Band came on board in P.I. to entertain us on our way to Japan. " THE ORIENT EXPRESS " a seven member combo performed for the crew on the Flight Deck during good weather and in the Mess Deck and Officer ' s Wardroom during rough seas. Their musical sets consisted of rock, folk, country-western, soul and dixieland. ORIENT EXPRESS Whether they played on the flight deck or mess deck the Orient Express had no trouble gathering a crowd. 101 Admiral Morris (center top) , was one of many higher-ups who payed FORT FISHER a call. LCDR Daly (1) and the Captain (r) . RMSA John- son (right) in Radio Central typing up a message form. Below, Seaman Flowers painting, and bottom right, an UNREP detail, generally mem- bers of the Deck Force . W9U Shipboard 102 Life Deck ' s head haunchos on the Flight Deck: Chief Randolph (forward). Wetwell operations , conducted with great pride aboard this ship. YNC, XO, CMAA, lined up. YN1 Harry R. Acker lounging about. 103 105 . - i- 4 Fort Fisher Swimming Hole It was first suggested last year during our overhaul in San Pedro to use the ship ' s welldeck as a swimming pool for the crew at sea. The initial response was that of shock. Use the welldeck as a swimming hole! People could get hurt by the swells of sea water. Not only that, we might get splinters from the wood deck. " Pessimism " is not in our vocabulary, however. So, one hot, sunny, Sunday afternoon, dressed in shark killer garb, the Captain and Seaman Spinney ventured out into the pool bound and determined to kill the biggest and meanest shark ever! Fortunately, these courageous men were able to succeed. After that display of heroism, the entire crew went swimming in FORT FISHER ' S own swim- ming hole. The days follow slow at sea, but while time passed, other " sharks " died. 106 Yahoo! And then splash! What a nice way to spend a Sunday afternoon at sea. . »• r J Jfc»- " ' WET WELL One of the main tasks of an LSD, dock landing ship, is the docking and launching of boats in the well deck. Shown here are a few of the many wet well operations that the FORT FISHER performed during WestPac. Deck was kept busy all hours of the night and day in wet well ops for the onloading and offloading of Marines and vehicles. 108 L. itmUf™ 109 FORT FISHER SPORTS Basketball has been one of the most invigorating sports activities undertaken by FORT FISHERMEN on our WESPAC cruise. In Subic Bay FORT FISHER finished 5-5 in ship-to- ship competition. Consider- ing the teams we went against, our overall average has not been too bad. It is the goal of this command to stress active partici- pation in sports, either as a team player or spectator. A school atmosphere is pre- dominant in all of our sports activities. no Bowling, particularly inter-departmental, has been the most popular shipwide sports activity FORT FISHER has been involved in during our WESPAC cruise, and long be- fore, back when we were in drydock in San Pedro Ca. It ' s a relaxing sport, involving a lot of ribbing from one group to the next. It was all in good fun and helped tremendously in maintaining good morale on board the ship, when the workload was usually heavy. D DAY!! For all Wogs that is have one kissing " baby " . . Here we Going through the garbage chute was loads of fun for everyone! Shellback Day " Alright Wog, get outta yer rack and get into the Uniform of the Day! " That sweet reveille came from one of the Shellbacks on board Saturday, 8 January 1978. Such expressions could be heard throughout the ship on that black day, for on the 7th, this landing dock ship had crossed the equator. King Neptune ' s blood was boiling, and no matter how the Captain pleaded with Davey Jones to have the King take it easy on this bunch of guys, there was no way around it. Wogs were Wogs and had to be ministered to properly. And so it was. Ouches and barks were heard throughout the ship, coming out of the mouths of lowly, slimey, greasy Wogs. For this ship, Wogs far outnumbered Shellbacks during the traditional initiation ceremony, and though they were many, they were a humble lot! The entire experience was well worth going through, for memories if nothing else. 112 - On these two pages we attempt to " recapture " those golden moments when the haves once again overtake the have nots -- and in such an effective manner too! See anybody you know? Petty Officer First Class Edwards took all but one of these depictions of humility and ridicule. The regular photographers, namely J03 Johnson and JOSA Kenyon were not able to provide picture-taking technique, as they were nothing more than Wogs themselves. They learned quick and hard, the meaning of what being a Shellback Sailor was all about. It was an education for everyone from the Executive Officer on down. Each newly initiated Shellback was awarded with a special card for their wallet, and a large, colorful pasteboard " diploma " , suitable for framing. These were provided by YK2 Ed Phillips of the Executive Department, who was a Shellback. J NAVY DAY FORT FISHER celebrated the Navy ' s 202nd birthday on 13 October 1977. The crew all played an important part in the celebration by displaying various work centers within each division. Third division conducted the fireworks by holding a gun shoot. The Mess Cooks and messmen finalized the day by preparing a Navy Day cake which was cut by the oldest (MPOC Sebastian) and the youngest (SA Ness) crew- members along with the captain. MASTER CHEIF SEBASTIAN, THE CAPTAIN AND SA NESS CUT THE CAKE IN CELEBRATION OF NAVY DAY. THE FIGHTING THIRD PUT ON AN ARMS DISPLAY AND PROVED THE IMPORTANCE OF SEA POWER. CHRISTMAS PAR TY The FORT FISHER celebrated Christmas in Singapore. A service was held in the Mezzanine Deck led by a choir made up of crew members and embarked Marines. Afterwards Santa Claus paid us a special visit. Santa is shown at right with the Captain and the Executive Officer. A combined Sailor and Marine Choir sings Christmas Carols . 115 A WARDS COMMEND A TIONS BM2 Hall (left) reenlists HT1 Ewing awarded for idea PN3 Espiritu commended for efforts YNC Lovett (right) reenlists HT3 Gentile (right) makes Third QM3 Davis (left) awarded for being selected Sailor of the Month on board the FORT FISHER for the month of October, 1977. Throughout our WESTPAC period, many people were awarded and advanced. This progress represents a successful cruise. The invisible snipe EM3 Toth at FORT FISHER ' s very own swimming hole enroute to Hawaii. SPECIAL MOMENTS GMGSN Whitley demonstrates expert marksmanship Navy Day Ensign Feirabend shown looking in scope on Bridge determining location. YN3 Rice, QM2 Geisel, BM2 Hunter, and PN1 Hutcliins at party in Hawaii o YN1 ACKER YN2 PHILLIPS YN2 RICE YNSN CLEGHORN EXECUTIVE DEPT. PNl HUTCH INS MN3 SULLIVAN HM3 SKILES NCI EDWARDS GMG2 HOFFMAN FN ABLE ' HM3 SMITH HM1 MATA SN SMITH JOSN KEN YON PCSN SOPER 120 NA VIGA TION 1 QM2 GEISEL QM3 DAVIS QM3 STEINBERG QM3 BUTTREY QM3 GARNER QMSN SHILLING QMSA BIGELOW 121 0S2 KARNES 0S2 VARNEY 0S2 MCCARTHY OI DIVISION 0S3 MINTON OSSN FRANKS OS3 LUNA OSSN REEVES OS3 SMITH OSSN ZIBER ET1 LACY ET1 SOJOURNER 122 ETR DANIELS ETN3 BURKE ETR3 REARDON OC DIVISION $■ B RM1 HONDERICK RM3 SONN RM3 UNDERWOOD RM3 VALDEZ 1 RM2 BRENNEMAN RM3 TILLMAN RM3 WARD LOW RMSN ADAMS RM3 CATINCHI 123 RMSN RITMAN SM2 WILLIAMS SM2 NELSON SM3 BRUCE ■ k SM3 LEHANE SMSN COVELL SMSA ATKINSON SMSN RAMOS SN LARE 124 THIRD DIVISION GMGl MUNOZ GMGl GRAZIER GMG3 FERGUSON GMG3 SMITH GMGSN PATANO GMGSN WHITLEY ;mgsn BOYLAN 125 1ST BMl ENDERUD BM1 LOUTH BM2 FARINSKY V BM3 JOHNSON BM2 HUNTER BM2 McDUFFIE BM2 JOHNSON BM3 SMITH BMSN PALMORE SN ARGENTI SA BACA 126 fr y SA BECKER SN BEDOIT SA CADIGAN SN T. CLARK SN S. COOK SA DECHOW SA DAVIDSON SA ESGUERRA SN FERNETTI SN FLOWERS SN FRANKLIN SA GIVLER SRHAGER SR HAMMONDS 127 f " ' SA HARRISON ..._ ■HI SA HOLLAND i y SA HORNING SN INMAN y SR JOHNSON SR MCMAHAN SA KING SR LAHUE SN LEON SA MADIGAN SN MATHEWS No No Photo Photo Available Available SA MATZKE SR BATEMAN SA MCDONALD SA MCGRATH 128 SR MERION SA MILLER SN MUELLER m SA MUMFORD SA NESS m SN PEREZ SA PALL ACE SN PARRISH SA PENNIX r SA RHOADES SN RIVERA SA ROMINE SA SANCHEZ SA SCOLLINS 129 SA SPINNEY hm? v. 1 SR WIDEEN MS2 CABANBAN Pi SA STICKMAN SR TORRES SA YOUNG SUPPLY MSI AN IT MSI ILOG MSI LEAVITT MS2 GONZALES MS2 HIGH MS2 MEDINA MS2 GARCIA 130 MS2 PABLO MS2 PAPA MS2 VALENCIA MS3 BIGLEY I MS3 RILEY MS3 VANE PE REN MSSA BANKS MSSN CALKIN MSSN DUNN MSSN ELLIOT MSSA FITZSIMMONS MSSA MURPHY SHI CARDENAS SH2 CROW SH2 MAALINDOG SH2 COWLES 131 SH3 HARRIS SH3 HUMPHREY SH3 MOO RE R SHSA E SPINA SHSA FRANCISCO SHSA FREEDLE SHSN VANDENBERGHE SHSN WARE No Photo Available SHSA BENSKEN No Photo Available SKI GOODMAN SK3 BOYLE SK3 MANALO wgg m SN PALLERA t SHSA ATKINS DK3 ISAAC 132 DK2 BURKHART SK2 DELOSREYES " " -•. ENGINEERING HTl EWING J HTl FOOR, ' t ; V N HT2 BALL HT2 SULLIVAN f f y HT3 DAVENPORT HT3 DELAND HT3 DUGGER HT3 SCHIERLOH 133 r HT3 SEMANS HTFA BROYLES HTFN CARSNER HTFN FINNEY HTFN GEE LAN HTFN GENTILE HTFN ISENBARGER HTFR GARLAND I T a i m Mi p Pv K.jlVi i HH d HTFA QUACKENBUSH FA GORRING FA MINER FA MONK FN RICHARDS FN SPENCER HTFA RUKES EM2 HARRIS 134 fa EM2 SANCHEZ EM3 DUGAY EM3 JOHNSON EM3 REYES EM3 SAMSON EM3 TOTH " J 0. EMFN CARR EMFN MOORE EMFN NAVAZIO EMFN OZO EMFN SHIRKEY IC1 MCALLISTER IC3 FIELDS IC3 HARDCASTLE IC3 WRIGHT 135 FA BRADLEY MM1 ALFORD MM1 CUNNINGHAM MM1 MITCHELL MM 2 BEATO MM2 MALM MM2 MURPHY MM2 WHITBECK MM3 BLOCKER MM3 BRINTON MM3 CALTABIANO MM3 KING V MM3 PELTON MM3 SLINKER r MMFN ADAMS MMFA ARMSTRONG 136 s f f% { . MMFA BARR MMFA AUBUCHON MMFA BILLS MMFA MEINEN MMFA DINGMAN MMFA JOHNSON MMFA KAIN MMFA LOPEZ y MMFA RADOWICK MMFA ROBERTS MMFA ROBINSON MMFN SCHWARTZ . MMFA SHEELEY MMFN E TIVERS • MMFN TRAMMEL MMFA TORRE 137 J MMFN WALLACE FN ALBIN FA BOEHM FA ESPINOSA FA FARLEY FA HOWARD FA MASON FA MORRIS FN PATNODE FR RUNNER FA SLUSSER FR TURNER BT1 BAXLE uflH BT1 BROWN BT2 MONEY BT3 BAILEY 138 BT3 F LATER BT3 HASH Y T • y BT3 NEWCOMB BT3 SHEPPARD BT3 VIDENA BTFR WIMBERLY BTFA BEST ifll ■ - k J ' ' BTFA HAMLIN BTFN HILL BTFN MARTINEZ BTFN MCMILLIAN - y BTFN MORRIS BTFN WADE FA COLLINGS FN COYNE 139 FA GLICKMAN FA LOONEY F A MCCOLLUM FN RAMSEIER if . FA RICHARDSON FA RUBIN SON FA WACKER MM1 WANKOWSKI MM3 TRANCOSO MM3 CARR EN1 SCHOLTEN EN1 WOLLNEY EN3 MOWREY ENFN ESPINOSA ENFN GOSSE ENFN KNAPP 140 ENFN RATHBURN MRFN KELSON FA BURKE T FA LITNER 1 FN NO ». », SA HOWELL BTFA MENDEZ 141 TEAM SPIRIT 78 OPERATION TEAM SPIRIT ' 78, a major exercise involving an amphibious landing of both U.S. and Republic of Korean Marines, was the FORT FISHER ' S final operation in WESTPAC ' 78. The " Wet Net " training (next page) was the first of its kind to be per- formed on FORT FISHER. Throughout the day 1000 Korean Marines boarded and departed via RED 1 and RED 2. — • £ ■ wiu- 142 fiS :rm ?. m m 1 AROUND THE SHIP SH2 Doug Harris (far left) recently ter- minated active service . To the right of that SN Baca, an officer candidate lis- tens to HT2 Sullivan discuss being the ship ' s CODAC. Around the ship we have an interested audience at the well , a busy cook in the galley, and GQ on Bridge . ANOTHER HELO LANDS ON THE FLIGHT DECK THE COKE G CANDY EATING CONTEST !£ j FINE NAVY DAZE SN SPINNY DURING G.Q. Brillig Incident One of the most significant pictures taken on this cruise was the one above -- the Brillig, which was taken into custody on 12 October 1977 by the Vietnamese and de- tained for two months. The picture above depicts our interception of the yacht. In the foreground lies the Brillig and behind her is the Navy ship FORT FISHER. (The picture was taken from a small boat of the Navy ship ' s). We intercepted a hesitant crew on the Brillig, but after some coaxing, steak and eggs in the FORT FISHER ' S CO Cabin were the order of the day for this hungry crew! Afterwards came a tour of the FORT and navigational guidance from the Bridge for their safe passage to Singapore. The crew: Charles Affel, Leland Dickerman, and Cornelia Dellenbaugh, were all very happy to be in contact with Americans again and were quite animated in their conversations. It was like freedom re-newed. All three crew members claim that they were at no time mistreated by the Vietnamese during their time in custody. They claim that they were treated better than most of the other people being held in custody. 146 Leland Dickerman, Cornelia Dellenbaugh, and Charles Affel (left to right) in lifejackets. After a hearty breakfast and a tour of the ship, the young Brillig crew returned to their yacht which was anchored out and being guarded by Ensign Borchers. Singapore was their point of destination after a long stay in Vietnam. The yacht was in need of a minor overhaul, and Singapore prom- ised the best facilities for that purpose. After the yacht and its crew were gone, the FORT headed for Okinawa. TIGER CRUISE During the last days of West Pac 1977-78, FORT FISHER conducted a dependents cruise (Tiger Cruise) to show FORT FISHER fam- ilies what the modern Navy is really like. Many tours were conducted throughout the ship of all working spaces along with special events including a gun shoot and kite flighing off from the flight deck. Many of the younger dependents along with some Sailors enjoyed flighing kites . It was a week filled with many devents and a unique experience for the Tigers . 148 Many of the younger Ti- gers took part in a Flag Hoist Drill and competition between Tigers on the other ship in the squadron. The signalmen would re- ceive a message via flashing light and the Tigers would relay the message by Flag Hoi st. For the older generation, there were many fond memories of their years in service and the pride that their families were now part of the modern Navy. 149 MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR. MEMORIAL ' ■■■•■ . l 4 H Selected FORT FISHER personnel held memorial services for the late Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. 15 January on the Signal Bridge. The service con- sisted of prayer, song and recitals of the late King ' s life. All ethnic groups on board were invited to attend the ceremony. The reason King ' s life was celebrated here was because it was commonly felt that the man was a cru- sader for human rights, non-violence and unity of mankind. MS2 High (left) gives a heart -warming recital for King while the Captain spoke of King (lower left), and a black Marine sang along with the audience and participants (be- low) . . . Dr. King fought passively, for peace among all peoples, and for human dignity and humble pride. AMEN. ■ :!.■■ OSSN DAVID FRANKS MEMORIAL Our Pacific cruise was a memorable experience, full of good times, and unique experiences. With every happy " excursion " though, there are sad mo- ments. One of these for us was when OSSN David Franks passed on in his sleep while on liberty in Singapore. Franks died while serving his country. He died of natural causes while in his sleep on Christmas Eve morning, taken from the world at 21. He was one of Operations ' most valuable men, progressing rapidly up the ladder within his rating. He suffered frustrations and confusion like we all do at his age, but what shined forth most were his intelligence and willingness to learn. To those who knew David Franks, your loss is heartfelt. We grew to know and love David and miss him dearly. In the words of Samuel Butler, " Death is only a larger kind of going abroad. " And so it is that he departed us this last Christmas Eve. SHIPBOARD LIFE Following Frank ' s memorial. HT2 Sullivan (left) talks with BT1 Baxley on Sigs. Lieutenant Commander Daly and Professor Hobbs bask in the warmth of an inport day. " Smokers " is a great morale booster on board. 152 Deck Seaman T. King as he leaves the chow line in search of a comfortable seat in the galley. u I A couple Engineers, various 1 messmen and cooks " hanging out " . ■flB B HH Leisure hours are few and far apart on an amphib ship, but the time that is found is used freely by FORT FISHERMEN. X MOST NAUTICAL WINNER SNBOYLAN MOST SCENIC WINNER GMG1 GRAZIER 77 12 16 PHOTO CONTEST MOST INTERESTING WINNER HTFN ISENBURGER ' r . MOST NAUTICAL RUNNER-UP SH2 CROW MOST SCENIC RUNNER-UP UNKNOWN MOST INTERESTING RUNNER-UP QM3 BUTTREY FLASHBACK 1 ; ' ; - . JiXUJu HELLO SAN DIEGO After eight long months of cruising the Pacific , FORT FISHER finally re - turned to a waiting crowd of families and friends . This was the high point of WESTPAC 77-78, coming home to San Diego. 158 : -.■■ ■ CR UISE BOOK STAFF THE CRUISE BOOK STAFF — (Standing) JOSN KENYON, QM3 BUTTREY, HTFN ISENBURGER, EN3 GOSSE, BTFN MORRIS, MMFN MORRIS (Sitting) SH2 CROW, RM3 SONN, SA MCMAHAN, ETl LACY, EM3 TOTH I would like to thank the crew ' s book or cruise book (whichever is proper) staff for all their assistance in the preparation and production of this book. Many long hours of photography, laying out pages etc, etc, . . were spent getting it all together. Thanks again for a job well done. JOSN KENYON 160 -J K ti 4 I .

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