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Show Hide text for 1959 volume ( OCR) Text from Pages 1 - 68 of the 1959 volume: “ LISBON SPAIN MADRID © ;adiz IOTAi VALENCIA ALMERIi M E B ORT( [SCUDC ' AMPHIBIOUS OPERATIONS ' POCTO iCUDO VIACEQGIO 5TAVEOMENO DERMA AfS ZIO ALMKgIA APft 3-IO APR 17-22 MAY 7-13 JUNE 21-26 JULY 17-23 AL fc 4-6 POQTS of CALL MALAGA CANNES NAPLES CATANIA SAN R.EMO £WODES MAR N - (4 MAR. 16-26 MAR £8-AP£ 4 APR. 11-15 APR 24-MAY2 MAY 5 -23 PATRAS coeru SETE LEQWOCW JUNE 5-IO JUNE 11-17 JUNE SO-JULY 7 JULY 9 -15 VALENCIA JULY 27-AU0 2 CADIZ -BOTA AUG 7 - II £ A N DERNA 1 U. S. S. FORT MANDAN (LSD-21 ) " They also serve who only stand and wait. " John Milton THIS BOOK IS FONDLY DEDICATED TO THOSE WHO WAITED. THEIR TASK WAS BY FAR THE HARDER ONE. THE STORY OF THE FORT MANDAN The U.S.S. Fort Mandan (LSD 21) was constructed during the latter stages of World War II, and was commis- sioned after hostilities had ended. The Fort Mandan ' s keel was laid on January 21, 1945, and the ship was launched June 2, 1945. The ship is named for Fort Mandan, North Dakota, the home of the Hidasa Indian Tribe on the Missouri River, near where the Lewis and Clark Expedition wintered in 1804-1805. The ship was officially commissioned October 31, 1945 at the U. S. Navy Yard at Boston, Mass., where it was built. She was originally assigned to the Atlantic 16th Reserve Fleet, but in December, 1945, was reassigned to the Second Fleet for duty with the Service Force, U. S. Atlantic Fleet. The Fort Mandan was assigned to the Atlantic Reserve Fleet in August, 1947, and was placed out of commission in January, 1948. As a result of the aggression in Korea , the Fort Mandan was ordered reactivated , and was recommissioned October 25, 1950. In December of that year she reported for duty with the Amphibious Force, U. S. Atlantic Fleet. The Fort Mandan participated in the initial NATO maneuvers, Operation Mainbrace, in August and September of 1952. The ship was assigned to the U.S. Sixth Fleet in the Mediterranean from October 1952 through January 1953. From September to November 1953, the Fort Mandan took part in Operation SUNEC (Supply Northeast Con- struction) and made calls at ports in Greenland, Labrador and Newfoundland. The year 1954, saw the Fort Mandan overhauling at the Norfolk Naval Shipyard at Portsmouth, Virginia. This was followed, later in the spring, by refresher training at Narragansett Bay, Rhode Island, and another cruise to the Northlands during Operation SUNEC. This time the ship visited Baffin Island, Labrador, and Newfoundland. In 1955, the ship made two trips to the Carribean area for training exercises. In July 1955, the Fort Mandan again sailed North on Operation SUNEC. Early in September, the Fort Mandan went through Hudson Strait and spent some time in western Hudson Bay. In the latter part of the same year the ship made a liberty cruise to Ber- muda, British West Indies. In January and February of 1956, the ship visited Fort Lauderdale, Florida, as a liberty port and later engaged in amphibious exercises off Vieques, followed by liberty in Havana, Cuba. April through mid-August was spent in overhaul at Baltimore, followed by refresher training at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. August through October of 1956 found the ship in Fox Basin (North of Hudson Bay). On the way home, between Labrador and Newfoundland, the Fort Mandan picked up a distress signal from a Canadian motor vessel, and under very severe weather conditions, towed the ship 140 miles down the coast of Newfoundland where a Canadian ice- breaker relieved the Fort Mandan of the tow. For this task, the Fort Mandan was highly commended by the Chief of Naval Operations, the Commander in Chief, U.S. Atlantic Fleet, the Commander, Amphibious Force, U. S. Atlantic Fleet, and other operational and administrative commanders. In November 1956, the Fort Mandan par- ticipated in the Fall amphibious exercises, which were curtailed due to the emergency situation arising in Europe at this time. During 1957, the Fort Mandan participated in several Amphibious Operations. Among them was CARIBEX, which was an amphibious landing in the Panama Canal Zone, and NARMID I and II, which were Midshipmen land- ing exercises. A summer Naval Reserve cruise to Bermuda was made in August. During the period September-November of 1957, the Fort Mandan was assigned to the Military Sea Transporta- tion Service for Arctic services. The ship accomplished the task of lifting U.S. Army personnel and equipment from Thule, Greenland, and Sondrestromfjord, Greenland to Argentia, Newfoundland and Norfolk, Virginia. This was a winter closing-out operation for the two Greenland ports. After spending a short holiday season at Little Creek, the Fort Mandan departed for Morehead City, N. C., and Port Everglades, Fla., to load the advance echelon of PHIBTRAEX 1-58, to be lifted to Vieques, P. R., and Roosevelt Roads, P.R. During this cruise, she participated in SPRINGBOARD training exercises and visited the port of San Juan, P.R. , for liberty. The Fort Mandan returned to the United States via Bermuda where she loaded personnel and equipment of DET H, of Mobile Construction Battalion Six, for transportation to Davisville, R.I. Enroute to Davisville, two severe storms were encountered, in which winds of hurricane force were experienced. The ship arrived at Davis- ville, R.I., on 3 February 1958. After three days of liberty here, the ship went back to Norfolk to prepare for the second phase of PHIBTRAEX 1-58. She sailed on 5 March 1958 for Vieques, and Roosevelt Roads, where she loaded Marine Air Units for a landing at Onslow Beach, North Carolina. The Fort Mandan entered the Norfolk Naval Ship Yard at Portsmouth, Va., for her Biennial overhaul in July 1958. In September, having completed the overhaul, the ship sailed for Guantanamo Bay, Cuba for refresher training. While visiting Cuban waters, the Fort Mandan paid a call at Montego Bay, Jamaica. The ship returned to Little Creek in October. November, 1958 found the ship steaming for Argentia, via liberty in Newport, Rhode Island. The ship again returned to Little Creek early in December 1958. Her crew prepared for the end -of- the -year holidays, then settled down to the task of preparing for the trip to the Mediterranean. A MESSAGE FROM THE CAPTAIN It has been my rare privilege to have had com- mand of the U.S.S. FORT MANDAN at a time when this fine ship was called to the front line of the Navy, the Sixth Fleet. We were ready as I knew we would be; we were willing as we are now, to do our duty; and we were able as we always are. In the ever pressing job of guarding the peace, there are few stations more important than being a part of the Amphibious Squadron deployed in the Mediterranean. Our presence, there, is a comfort to our friends and a constant reminder to all would-be aggressors, of the might of the American People and their unwaivering determination to de- fend the liberty and peace of the " free world. " I hope that in the years to come, you will turn these pages occasionally, as I know I shall, and re- call with pride that we served here, today, with honor. Stirling W. Bass, Jr. CDR. Stirling W. Bass Jr., USN BIOGRAPHY Cdr. Stirling W . Bass , Jr. USN , completed his tour of duty as Commanding Officer of the U.S.S. Fort Mandan approximately two months after the beginning of this cruise. He was relieved by Cdr. Robert G. Laurie at change of command ceremonies held at Stavromenos, Crete on May 8, 1959. Cdr. Bass had been captain of this ship since December 2, 1957. Commander Bass enlisted in the Naval Service in August 1940 as an apprentice seaman in the V-7 Reserve Program. He received his Midshipman training at the Midshipman School of Northwestern University and was commissioned an Ensign, USNR, March 14, 1941. His first duty assignment was on the aircraft carrier U.S.S. Wasp, where he served as division officer, Officer of the Deck, and communications watch officer. Other assignments during World War II included duty on HMS Austonia as liaison officer, USS 0-3, USS 0-6, USS Yorktown, and a tour of shore duty at the Naval Air Station at Quonset Point, R.I. Commander Bass was promoted to Lieutenant Commander in July, 1945 and integrated into the regular Navy in September, 1946. After duty as Communications Officer on the staff of Commander Carrier Division Six in July 1949, he entered General Line School in Newport, R. I. , which he completed in June, 1950, and where he remained as instructor until August, 1950. Other post war duty assignments include duty on the staff of Commander Naval Forces, Far East as Officer in Charge of Communication Center during the Korean hostilities and duty on the staff of Commander Transport Squadron ONE with the Pacific Fleet. He also served as Executive Officer on the U.S.S. Catamount (LSD-17) from July 1952 to August 1953 and Executive Officer of the Naval Communications Station, Balboa, Canal Zone, from August 1953 to September 1955, where he was promoted to his present rank of Commander ' in July 1954. He has also served as head of readiness and ship control branches in New York. Commander Bass saw service in the American, European and Asiatic Pacific Theaters of operations during World War II and is authorized six battle stars in his Asiatic Pacific Theater Medal. He wears the Presidential Unit Citation earned while serving aboard the U.S.S. Yorktown. Other service includes the Korean Theater of Opera- tions, with three engagements to his credit. He also wears the Korean Presidential Unit Citation with second award cluster for duty with Task Forces 90 and 95 during the Korean Hostilities. THE CAPTAIN Commander ROBERT G. LAURIE relieved Commander S. W. BASS, Jr., as Commanding Offi- cer of the USS FORT MANDAN (LSD-21) on 7 May 1959 at Stavromenos, Crete. Commander Laurie is a native of Providence, R.I. He attended Providence Technical High School, and later studied at the University of Iowa under the Navy stemard gram. He is married to the former Christine Rebecca Bell of Kinston, N.C. Commander Laurie entered the Navy in 1933 as an enlisted man and served aboard the battleships, USS NEW MEXICO and USS TEXAS, and the destroyer USS LUDLOW as a fire controlman. He was commissioned Ensign, U.S. Navy on 4 June 1942, and was made Gunnery Officer in the LUDLOW, a position he held through the remainder of World War II. After the end of the war, he served aboard the Gunnery Training Ship, USS WYOMING, as Assistant Gunnery Officer, and later a s Navigator and Opera- tions Officer aboard the fleet oiler USS CHIPOLA. His first command was the landing Ship Medium Rocket 515. During the Korean conflict, he was Commander Landing Ship Rocket Division 32, serving three tours in Korean waters. This was followed by a tour of duty as Gunnery Officer with the Fleet Training Group at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. Immediately before taking command of the Fort Mandan, Commander Laurie was Assistant Chief of Staff, Intelligence and Security, of Joint Task Force Seven in Washington, D.C. He wears the bronze star with the Combat V, the letter of commendation with the Combat V, the American Defense Service Medal, the American Campaign Medal, the African-European Middle Eastern Campaign Medal with seven battle stars, the World War II Victory Medal, the China Service Medal, the Navy Occupation Service Medal, the Korean Service Medal with two stars, the United Nations Service Medal, the National Defense Service Med al and the Good Conduct Medal with two stars. 1(11 Vr COMMANDER ROBERT G. LAURIE, USN Commanding Officer, USS Fort Mandan The wardroom welcomed Captain Laurie aboard with a party, which included a fine looking cake that would do honors to any baker. Our two Captains give each other a hand in cutting the cake. While welcoming Captain Laurie, we also said goodbye to Captain Bass. CROSSING THE We had to get that " magic E " painted on the stacks before we left. Mr. Stemlicht did the job at Morehead City ... " The ship was cheered, the harbor cleared, Merrily did we drop Below the kirk, below the hill, Below the lighthouse top. " SAMUEL TAYLOR COLERIDGE It was a brisk February morning that we all pre- pared to get underway for our six-month venture into the Mediterranean. Wives, families, girlfriends, sweethearts all were on hand to give us a fond farewell. And it was with a wistful look that we saw Little Creek. We steamed down to Morehead City, N.C. where we picked up the Marines, and then proceeded on our long voyage across the Atlantic. It didn ' t take long for the chores brought on by an extended period of steaming to give us plenty to do to keep us occupied. There was cleaning to be done, watches to stand, maintenance to take care of, and a thousand and one other tasks that had to be accomplished. We steamed across in formation with four other ships of Amphibious Squadron Four--the USS Fremont (APA 44), which was our flagship at that time (the USS Mount McKinley, AGC-7, was to join us later), the USS Rankin (AKA-103), the USS Grant County (LST-1174), and the USS DeSoto County (LST 1171). We encountered a little rough weather on the way over, and there were several nights when we thought the rolls were about to get out of hand. But we wiapped ourselves around our bunks, held on with a firm grip, and weathered it. We had training sessions, and on the job in- struction as we readied ourselves for the job that we would have to do for the next six months. To some of us it was old stuff. But there were those of us who were making our first big cruise--and a few of us who were making our first trip out on a Naval vessel. We learned fast, and soon knew what we would be up against. In many ways the trip was tiring, but it was also profitable. We were all glad, however, when we finally reached that first port on the other side. Once we got underway there was plenty of work to be done, including menial tasks. Of course, we could pause for a picture . . . Checking out our fire power was part of the job too . . . Honest, fellas, I ' m working too- real hard . . . Well, Mr. Moncure, you see, it ' s this way . . . ATLANTIC OCEAN Now and then we ran across other ships out in the middle of the Atlantic . . . But our alert lookouts were always there to spot them . . Nothing like a coffee break and bull session to break the monotony and help pass the hours . . We had to eat too--and the delicate preparation of our food was performed by master chefs . . . Say, who ' s that following us? Now and then we played games within our own squadron. Finally came the glorious day when, after two weeks of steaming, we pulled into our first port and rigged the gangway. MALAGA, SPAIN " He awakes at morning in a foreign land, he draws his breath in labor in the wool-soft air of Europe: the wool-gray air is all about him like a living substance ... " Although the bull sometimes wins, he is more often the loser in the Spanish National sport of bullfight- ing. This " Toro " was one of the largest ever killed in Malaga. THOMAS WOLFE ' Twas in a little Spanish town that we first breathed the " wool soft air of Europe. " We anchored at Malaga and went ashore for our first liberty since departing Little Creek, and for three days built ou r castles in Spain. We missed the bullfight by two days, but took in the simple, picturesque landscape, the wine, and the senoritas. For some of us, the glories of Granada lived again as we marveled at the beauty and magnificence of the Alhambra, the pastoral calm of the olive orchards, the snow-capped Sierra Nevadas, and the colorful display of wandering gypsies. Malaga itself was a resort town, small but scenic. To the rear of the town, the mountains of Malaga stretched up and blended into blue sky and white clouds. Before it lay the expanse of the Mediterranean Sea. At night we rode in horse-drawn carriages, frequented wine cellers, chatted with Spanish people, and simply walked, absorbing all anew ex- perience had to offer. When we pulled into town the picturesque boulevards in Malaga were lined not only with trees, but with sailors too. The old Cathedral of Malaga, graced with a fountain at th e main entrance, provided a source of beauty. The Spanish carbinarri and traffic policemen are frequent sights around the square, and through- out town. GRANADA Sailors photographed sailors in the shutter- bug scramble to capture the beauty of the hills of Granada and the Alhambra palace. The Moorish architecture of the Alham- bra was breath-taking, as witnessed by this shot of one of the many courts there. 1 21 M m s . mm- 3 We encountered several Spanish gypsies in Granada who peddled castanets, told for- tunes, and asked for American cigarettes. In the Cathedral of Granada are the embellished tombs of King Ferdinand and Queen Isabella, who backed Christ- opher Columbus. CANNES This view was a familiar one — it was one of the first things we saw coming up into Cannes from Fleet Landing. Cannes has many beautiful parks with trees, flowers, statues and structures such as this one. " Men pass, but France is eternal. " HENRI -HONORE ' GIRAUD After a hurried review of our " parlez-vous " and " oui, oui, " we arrived at Cannes, France for a full week of life on the fabled French Riviera. We were all remorseful that we were a bit early for bikini season, but we found conso- lation elsewhere. The trip covering the Riviera area had much to offer--Nice, Monaco and Monte Carlo (we missed Grace), and some can- did shots for our shutter bug friends. Some of us managed to get in a short excursion to the French Alps for sight-seeing and skiing. Others made the long haul to Paris and came back ex- claiming " c ' est magnifique! " We sampled the champagne, the cognac, the hospitality, the sights--and some of us even came to like that black, syrupy substance the French call coffee. In France we found beauty, culture, tradition, history, and gaiety. We found congeniality. We found modern architecture, and structures erected hundreds of years ago. We saw many aspects of France --some of us saw the big city, others the rural areas, others the resort areas. But most of us gathered up memories that will make France eternal for us. The Funel perfume factory produces many pleasant fra- grancies. Some of us were able to see how they are made in the factory. Cannes is now a modern resort area, but scenes such as this old church are reminiscent of the past. 10 FRANCE The " Arc de Triomphe " and the Champs Elysees are only a small fraction of the beauties Paris has to offer. Nice was only a few miles from Cannes. This statue in Massena Square was a sight many of us saw there. The casino at Cannes is one of the feature at- tractions for tourists. Most of us never ventured inside. This statue is one of many which adorn the streets and parks of Cannes. The boulevard here is near the beach. A few blocks from the beach and the nightclubs, one can view a simple scene such as this in Cannes. 11 NAPLES, ITALY Our fleet landing in Naples was located near the Maritime Station, pictured here with ships at the station and in the harbor in the background. The Piazza Delia Borsa is located in the heart of Naples. This shot shows the area as it is illuminated at night. " Italia! O Italia! Thou who has the fatal gift of beauty. " GEORGE NOEL GORDON, LORD BYRON After the serenity of Spain and the gaiety of France, we found ourselves amidst the beauty and romanticism of Italy when we reached Naples, our third liberty port. And we were not long in discovering that Italy is, indeed, endowed with " the fatal gift of beauty. " Our timing could not have been better, for Easter weekend came during our visit here and many of us were able to be in Rome for the celebration of this religious holiday. And in Rome we visited the famous churches and cathedrals, the Vatican, the crumbling remains of what was once the heart of the old Roman Empire, and the thriving center of modern Rome. We saw paintings and statues famous throughout the world; and we heard many stories of the grandeur that once was Rome, and witnessed the grandeur that still is Rome. Those of us who could not make it to Rome were not without attractions. Once mighty Vesuvius was visible from our anchorage. Some of us ventured up for a closer look. And Pompeii, the town that once was destroyed by the raging lava gushing from Vesuvius, was only a short distance away. The ruins still present attest to the magnitude of the tragedy that occurred many years ago. Sorrento and " the beautiful Isle of Capri " were also nearby. In Naples we ate pizza, ravioli, and spaghetti; we drank red wines, among other things; and we occa- sionally sang " Scusa me, but you see, back in old Napoli, that ' s amore. " And we, naturally, purchased souvenir items, the main ones of which were the cameos made in Naples. We ran across quite a few of our buddies from other ships in the Sixth Fleet. We considered ourselves fortunate for having three consecutive liberty ports, made the most of the op- portunity, and then settled down to thinking about that first amphibious landing coming up. From our anchorage we had a good view of once mighty Mount Vesuvius, the volcano that destroyed a whole town with its deadly lava. 12 Town Hall Square shows the very center of activity in Naples. The view up the hill in the background is one of the finest Naples has to offer. This old fortress was one of the first sights we saw as we left fleet landing. Many cameras snapped the Maschio Angioino. Weary from walking and sightseeing, we found it an absolute necessity now and then to revitalize ourselves with liquid refreshment. And there were times, after a long, hard day, when the refreshment we needed turned out be somewhat more than liquid. The trip to Rome was the highlight of the Naples visit for many of us. Saint Peter ' s Square was one of the landmarks we witnessed there. ,, " Somewhere in the heart of Rome ... " The Trevi Fountain is familiar to us as the fountain in the movie " Three Coins In A Fountain. " CATANIA, SICILY " Tis distance lends enchantment to the view, And robes the mountain in its azure hue. " THOMAS CAMPBELL As we pulled into Catania, Sicily there was enchantment in the distant view of Mt. Etna with snow still visible on the peaks, and cloud formations twining round its summit. And we found later that there were other attractions to make this a welcome liberty port after our first operation at Porto Scudo, Sardinia. Some of us mustered the energy to ascend Etna. (Well, we must concede that we did ride a bus nine -tenths of the way up). There we saw the last traces of snow that was beginning to melt with the coming of spring, and warily peered into crevices reported to tunnel 4,000 feet down. (We took the guide ' s word for it.) The ancient city of Syracuse was a new sight for some of us. There we saw the remains of Greek influence, and witnessed other sights in this city that Shakespeare made the locale of his " Comedy of Errors. " And for further diversion, some of us made our way to Taormina, perhaps the grand gathering place in Sicily for tourists. And, finally, there was Catania itself, quiet but pretty and pleasing. Beautiful parks and imposing churches were among the things which helped to make Catania an interesting port. This tusked elephant located in a water fountain in the center of town was the town symbol of Catania. ■r mmma ii •- • ' t J! u -.;- «sx»sfei«;; J ' .— HBRHk Miw- , v Catania has several churches with interesting architecture. This is one of them. Here is a monument to King Victor Emanual II, the man who was responsible for the unification of Italy. This street scene with trolleys, busses, horses, and bicycles captures something of the atmosphere of Catania. The central crater of Mt. Etna is a gaping hole, shown here with snow still clinging to the rim. 14 San Remo has many beautiful parks and many beautiful statues. This is one of the more prominent statues. SAN REMO, ITALY " Beauty, thou wild fantastic ape, Who dost in every country change thy shape ! " ABRAHAM COWLEY After one operation with plenty of sand and wind under our belts, we journeyed back to the Riviera- -the Italian Riviera this time. We were told that San Remo was a world vacationland, and we soon discovered why. Although we arrived a bit too early for the season, wt nonetheless found plenty to keep us occupied in San Remo. Here and there we found a bikini with a girl in it. We saw the luxurious hotels and clubs that become home to many playboys during the summer. We ate in fine restaurants that served chef d ' ouevres of culinary art. A few of us tried swimming, even though it was still some- what chilly. And the sightseeing was superb- -we got our eyes full of everything from beautiful parks and statues to exquisitely constructed young damsels. Some of us, still vaguely remembering an eventful week at Cannes earlier in the cruise, ventured back down the French coastline. We revisited Cannes, and dropped by Nice, Golfe Juan, Menton, and Monaco, among other places. We found San Remo itself to be very picturesque, with green hills, mountains in the background, beautiful buildings, and nice beaches. We were somewhat disappointed that we arrived just barely too early for the Cannes Film Festival, and for the visit of Louis (Satchmo) Armstrong in San Remo. But we didn ' t let it get us down. We made San Remo a " big " port because we knew it would be the last Western port we would see for a long time. The next lap of our cruise was to be in the Eastern Mediterranean. While in San Remo some of us ventured back to Cannes, Nice, or Monaco. This scene is of a boulevard in Cannes. The Municipal Casino looked fancy from the outside. Most of us didn ' t venture inside. Many dollars turn over here each night. I " ) This Russian Church in San Remo gives an Asiatic touch to Western Europe. The architecture makes it a sight worth weeing. RHODES, The Acropolis at Lindos shows part of the outstanding ruins around Rhodes. St. Paul came here on a missionary journey. Here, at the entrance of the inner harbor, stands the animal that is the symbol of Rhodes--the doe. Like a band of Argonauts we made our first approach to the " glory that was Greece. " Our visit to Rhodes, a Greek island separated from the main- land by a considerable distance, was the beginning of a period of approxi- mately two months duration in which we remained in the Eastern Mediter- ranean and visited Greece and the Greek islands. We found that Rhodes had remnants of the ancient Greek civilization that is the basis of today ' s Western culture; but we also found that it had many of the advancements of the modern world. The old and the new blended in a pleasing mixture that made our first impression of Greece a favorable one. Here we found a clean city with likeable people. A city that was quiet enough to be relaxing, but lively enough to provide ample entertain- ment. And we found a city that, be- cause of the Moorish and Turkish influence in architecture blended with the classical Greek style, presented an appearance quite different from that of any city we had yet seen. We visited old monasteries; saw the ruins of temples, fortresses, theaters, and stadiums; and found good beaches. (We also found a few night spots to keep us from getting bored after the sun went down.) Some of us flexed our flabby muscles for the first time in a long time as we played Softball, both within our own ship and against other ships present. And we had a USO set up which pro- vided us with fine gastronomical treats --hot dogs and hamburgers, com- modities we didn ' t often find on the beach. The beauty of the harbor itself is captured in this view. In the background stands part of the old city. ■ GREECE Bicycling became a sport in which we often indulged--it saved wear on the feet and pro- vided exercise too. The interior of the Byzantine Church at Lindos provides a beautiful and sacred view. Greek chuches have an unique beauty. • • ft PI J; ijj This was our " hamburger heaven " where the USO was our affable and genial host. ■■■ ' ■ " f r » tttxmu I JB , .nitoun | K Softball was almost a daily routine. That " morning after ache " showed us what kind of shape we were in. Very little happened in the early afternoon, as one can see from the bareness of the streets at that time. 17 Pantokratoros Church is an imposing structure with a heavy sort of beauty. It is perhaps the prettiest church in Patras. PATRAS, GREECE " A land without ruins is a land without memories--a land without memories is a land without history. " ABRAM JOSEPH RYAN The day we pulled into Patras, Greece was a welcome one, for it marked the end of a two week period of fleet exercises at sea, and we were all ready to plant our feet on terra firma again and relax for a few days. Patras was a quiet and small town with very little grandeur. But we found that the people there were very friendly and courteous, and they showed us a fine time. We discovered that we didn ' t play basketball as well as some of the Greeks when the ship was challenged by local teams--it proved difficult for us to wind up on the long end of the score. The local wine factory and an old fortress were the most interesting sights we found in Patras--but oh, those step s we had to climb to get to them. The USO set up our own private " night club " for us, and a spirited band from the USS Fremont (APA-44), one of our squadron- mates who was in Patras with us, supplied the music. The beer, the food, and the music all were fine. We found that Patras does hold some of the ruins of ancient Greece, and that it does give evidence of the long history that Greece has had. Greece is a land with ruins, a land with memories, and a land with a rich history. At the head of the main street of Patras was a lengthy set of steps that led up to an old fortress and to a fine view of the whole city. This shot covers the whole town of Patras, with part of the harbor, and with the picturesque back- ground of mountains. CORFU, GREECE " It is perhaps the highest distinction of the Greeks that they recognize the indissoluble connection of beauty and goodness. " CHARLES ELIOT NORTON The Greek Island of Corfu was our last liberty port before returning to the Western Mediterranean. Here, we found, was an island that combined beauty, the ruins and waste of time, history, legend, myth, and pleasure. As we had done elsewhere in Greece, many of us hopped bicycles and formed our own private sightseeing parties. There was much to see in Corfu--the natural beauty of the island itself, the old German Kaiser ' s palace, the home for the British Royal family, fine beaches, and beach resorts. Some of us took a tour of the whole island, and others of us remained in the area of the city itself. Either way we found enough to see and do to keep us occupied during our visit. Many of us found Greek friends, and others of us found French friends here--for there was a colony of French people on the island. We got our last glimpse of Greece and then set our sights on the landing coming up at Libya, and the prospect of an- other visit to France following that. JW Fleet landing was right at the edge of town. We could get souvenirs, drinks, and snacks only a short distance away. J This picturesque panorama of Podikonisi is an example of the beauty one finds on and around the Island of Corfu. Here one sees the main part of the town, one of the major parks, and a small portion of the harbor at Corfu. The left side of the picture shows the area where fleet landing was located. I I l Si ' f ' - - I ,1 1. This street scene is typical of the streets of down- town Sete, with shops and cafes. SETE, FRANCE " Unhappy lovers should always be Frenchmen; So sweet a tongue for any kind of pain! " -Christopher Morley- Our return to the Western Mediterranean and to France was something we all looked forward to. Not only did we still remember the pleasantries of our last visit to France, but moving Westward meant that we were headed in the right direction--a little nearer home. We found in Sete a different aspect of French life from what we had seen on the Riviera at Cannes. Here we found a quiet little fishing village, quaint, picturesque, and very much French. We saw something of provincial life in France. We had ship ' s beach parties in Sete, and found that the beaches were amply supplied with typical French scenery. Those bikinis set some of us on our ears, and our eyeballs got more exercise than they had had for quite some time. We were welcomed with the hospitality that only the French know how to give --both warmer and cooler than in other European countries, but always straightforward. We had envied some of our squadron mates who were going back to Riviera ports while we were going to Sete, but after our stay there, we found that we had no cause for envy. By the time we departed, many of us felt that this was one of our best ports. On Sunday afternoons, much of the town turns out for boating events and sporting activity in the town ' s canals. We hit the beach frequently during our stay at Sete, as we held ship ' s beach parties. mw $ % " ' ]$ £ IT- 3 t 3 • V: There were always crowds on the beaches. We made many friends, both male and female. 20 THE FIRE AT SETE Local newspapers carried front page accounts of the fire, and later ran pictures of the ship ' s crew in action. During our visit in Sete, an Italian tanker, the OMBRINA, caught fire inside the port, and threatened to cause a major catastrophe in the town. While entering the harbor, the tanker struck the side of a canal and spilled fuel on its decks. Minutes later the fuel was ignited, making a flaming holocaust of the ship. The fire threatened other ships and small boats in the harbor, and gave rise to fears that people and buildings in the town itself would be killed and destroyed. The tanker, however, did not explode. The flames in the canal and aboard the ship were extinguished before the great potential of the fire was realized. It was mainly through the efforts of members of the FORTMANDAN crew that this fire was brought under control. Our sailors embarked in boats and went aboard the burning ship to put out the flames. Others helped keep order on the pier in the vicinity of the fire. The ship was thanked and congratulated by members of the local govern- ment, the province government, the National Assembly in Paris, the French Navy, and other maritime officials. While it is always unpleasant to witness any disaster, we were glad that in this instance we were able to render assistance in saving lives and property. This scene on a street in Sete at the time of the fire shows the black cloud that rose above the town. The OMBRINA is pictured sprawling across a canal here, after some measure of control had been attained. FORT MANDAN sailors fought the fire from our LCM, and boarded the ship to halt the spread of the flames. 21 £?: This square is the center of interest in Pisa. In the background is the fabled Leaning Tower of Pisa. LIVORNO, ITALY " I pass like night from land to land; I have strange power of speech . . . " -SAMUEL TAYLOR COLERIDGE - Livorno, Italy (otherwise known as Leghorn, a name given it by British sailors) was our third Italian port of the cruise. Ideally located, Livorno placed us in an area rich with things to see and do. Most of us made the short trip to Pisa and saw the Leaning Tower, and the other beautiful buildings that make Pisa a " must " for sight-seers. And a few miles farther away was the city of Florence with its art, architecture, sculpture, and overall beauty accumulated through centuries of cultural and artistic activity. Those of us who were not able to make it to Rome earlier in the cruise found that city to be all that our friends had said it was. And Livorno itself was not without attractions. The beaches there were better than those in many of our ports, and we soaked up health and fresh air while basking in the sun. Camp Darby, an Army base located nearby, gave us the opportunity to buy foreign items we had not been able to acquire before, and provided a good place for a good drink. Our squadron flagship, the USS MOUNT McKINLEY, was there with us, so there were plenty of sailors around to take care of the town. After a week of liberty, we gathered ourselves together and took off for another operation, this time at Anzio. Down near the waterfront at the edge of town, there are usually swimmers and sunbathers. The lower end of town and the inner harbor are viewed clearly in this panoramic shot. 22 f 7 7 - ' tttf The Arch of Constantine in Rome was a sight that many of us were able to see. The old Roman Coliseum still attests to the spectacles that took place in ancient Rome. The Tiber River, its banks and bridges, cut a beautiful path through the heart of Rome. The old Roman baths are among the many interesting ruins to be seen in that city. The shores on the outskirts of Livorno present a picture of serenity. Boccale Castle is in the background. 23 Downtown Valencia presented the aspects of the modern metropolis- -big, bustling, and active. VALENCIA, SPAIN " Valencia, in my dreams it always seems I hear you softly calling me . . . " -POPULAR SONG- The beauty, color, carefree atmosphere, and rigid tradition of Spain were all blended in our last big liberty port--Valencia. And after our visit there, Valencia will call in the dreams of many of us who stored away pleasant memories. We were in Valencia during the time of the local summer festival season, and there was much activity. Every night there was much merry-making at the festival ceremonies. There were Spanish bands, colorful decorations, dance pavilions, Flamenco singers and dancers, plus the acting out of various festival customs. Every night there were big fireworks displays. There was the crowning of the Queen of the festival, the wearing of traditional Spanish dress, and the big climax to it all with the spectacular " battle of the flowers. " We were able to see expert bullfighting, performed by the best bullfighters in Spain, who were gathered in Valencia for the festival. There were bullfights almost every day we were there. Many of us saw the fights the day Dominguin and Ordonez, the two top bullfighters in the country, engaged in a " mano a mano, " and Dominguin was gored, but not fatally. And many of us saw Ernest Hemingway, noted American author, at the fights. We had a full week of color, festival gaiety, excitement, and good times. Valencia and Spain were very hospitable and treated us with warmth and friendliness. That ' s a fierce looking bull, but those pseudo-matadors look even more frightful. ffi Stt %ti £rr ' " The bull arena, where many Spaniards and tourists come frequently to see Spain ' s biggest spectacle. 24 HMk. tax 1 WHTUlIlTTlIIlf « a a • • fifiiiiii, ■ : ■■■■■ mm wai : m% a i a a a g i ■ ■ 1 1 • = TrSrSTr4 ft wff-sto smt; V Ptlfc The bull arena itself, from the outside, has the appearance of an old Roman coliseum. During early morning hours, as shown above, the area is deserted. By late afternoon on fight day, however, it is swarming with a mass of color and people. Below some of the excitement and grandeur of a bullfight is captured in this scene of the crowd, the bull, the matador, and others who combined make this a big spectacle. £$8 JT finn — • ■ I 25 The YFN enters the well deck. Many spectators were amazed that we could " swallow up " something that large. ROTA, SPAIN By the time we reached Rota, we were already making rapid preparations for our return to the States. We had completed our last landing, had visited our last big liberty port, and were now ready for the trip home. During the time that we were at Rota we took a YFN into the well deck and repaired it. Then we started cleaning up and getting the ship in good shape for our home journey. We found good American food and drinking matter at the clubs on the base at Rota. We also saw a modern, well-equipped American Naval Base still in the process of being erected. For those of us that ventured off the base, there was Jerez, the small town with the wine factory. And only a few miles away was the larger city of Cadiz. We p ulled some good liberty, but our main thoughts were now of the voyage across the Atlantic, and the day when at last we would see Little Creek again. The barge barely clears, but it makes it--and now the repair job will begin in the well. Cadiz had many imposing and interesting buildings which made good photography subjects. The typical atmosphere of a Spanish town is captured in this street scene in Cadiz. 26 N H M ' Twas a glorious morning when the USS SHADWELL, LSD- 15, pulled into Rota. She was our relief, and we knew it wouldn ' t be long before we ' d be home again. i i X - On the trip home we found that we had a little time for sunbathing, even if we were pretty busy getting the ship in good shape for our return to Little Creek. Our Marine friends often seemed to lack anything strenuous to do on board the ship--so they passed the time thusly. Throughout the cruise we had music on board, provided by " Dink and the Links " . . . and they kept on playing until we got back. J J— " » M _ M ' ! 11 The beautiful palace at Versailles, on the outskirts of Paris, is one of the finest sights in Europe. The palace was built by Louis XIV. One of the most outstanding features of the interior of the Versailles palace is the magnificent GALERIE DE GLACES (hall of mirrors). 28 The Louvre in Paris is one of the world ' s finest museums. Many famed statues and paintings are there, including the Venus de Milo. Of the many fine statues in Rome, this is one of the more outstanding- the statue of Moses done by Michaelangelo. The ruins of the old Roman Coliseum bring to mind the glorious days when the Roman Empire ruled the world then known. prr A product of the architectural genius of Michaelangelo, Saint Peter ' s Cathedral is one of the beauty spots of Rome. The splendor pictured here is that of the imposing altar in Saint Peter ' s Cathedral in Rome. The Arc de Triomphe in Paris is a familiar sight to all of us, whether we went to Paris or not. Some of us saw it. This archway in Catania, Sicily leads out to one of the beautiful parks located in that city. This shot is of the embellished tomb of Ferdinand and Isabella in the Royal Chapel at Granada, Spain. A sombre, but serene view of a small cemetery some- where in the French countryside. 30 There were many small boats in the harbor at Valencia, Spain when we were tied up there. We ran across quite a few things on our tour to Granada A rainy day in Naples provided the basis for this shot of --including a few jackasses. the old fortress at the lower end of the city. The spires and steeples of Rhodes, Greece gave it an enchanted look, reminiscent of Turkish kingdoms. The old Roman Forum was seen by many of us on our visit to Rome. It is located opposite the Coliseum. Sunday afternoon in Bellini Park in Catania, Sicily found several anxious camera subjects ready to pose. The early morning hours in the harbor at Patras, Greece found a number of vessels " still sleeping. " The Royal Palace in the Principality of Monaco is now the home of Grace Kelly, whom we didn ' t see. From the front of the Casino at Monte Carlo, one finds this view of a well kept park. A visit to the monastery at Philermos was on the agenda for many of us during our stay at Rhodes, Greece. AMPHIBIOUS LANDINGS " In the great field of battle, In the bivouac of life, Be not like dumb driven cattle, Be a hero in the strife ... " HENRY WADSWORTH LONGFELLOW THE STORY BEHIND THE OPERATIONS When we left the states in February, there were some of us who were old hands at amphibious landings, but there were others among us who were new at the game and had only vague notions of what was in store. After six landings during our cruise, however, we all felt that we had become adequately acquainted with the principles of amphibious operations. Our first landing was at Porto Scudo, Sardinia, where we found more than enough wind and sand, and where we got extremely chilly at times. The Porto Scudo operation was a small one within our own squadron, designed to prepare us for Operation Greenswing, our second exercise at Viareggio, Italy. Greenswing was a NATO landing which involved many ships from several nations. By the time we reached our third landing at Stavromenos, Crete, the weather had gotten warmer, and conditions were more favorable. Our fourth landing was in Libya, and we got a sample of the desert and hot weather. Ships from the British fleet participated in Operation White Bait in Libya. For our fifth operation we returned to the site of a famous World War Two battle, Anzio, Italy. Our final operation was a short one at Almeria, Spain as we were on our way home. During the course of our cruise we had short landings of the raid type, and operations which lasted a full week. The Naval Beach Group and our Marine friends spent many hours on the beach and in the hills. We had plenty to keep us busy back on the ship too. All of us received a lot of on the job training during these landings. The Marines had their battle problems; the Beach Party Team learned more about the problems of co-ordinating Naval and Marine operations; and back on the ship we exercised at general quarters, had communications drills, and battle problems. Our LCM and LCVP crews got experience as assult boat coxswains; and the crews on the LCUs learned better methods of operation. We all worked and learned for six months. The LCUs hit the beach and begin to discharge their loads. Marine tanks grind out onto the beach, ready for action. The Seabees offload a dozer, part of their salvage gear. Beachmasters set up communications equipment. 34 The USS Grant County (LST-1174), after finishing backloading, breaks marriage with causeway, closes bow doors, and prepares to retract. Rough going for vehicles coming off over the causeways. Part of the UDT outfit talks the situation over. A big 8-incher looks ready to do any job required. The Marine Shore Party found time to pose for this one. 35 Col. Wilherspoon puts out the word on the situation. Tankers line up, prepare for whatever action arises. Offloading or backloading finds many vehicles on beach. Things are quiet in the Beachmaster operation area. LCUs retract and prepare to return at end of operation. Back to the ship--another operation completed. 36 THE SHIP AND HER CREW " We sail the ocean blue, And our saucy ship ' s a beauty. We ' re sober men and true, And attentive to our duty. " WILLIAM SCHWENK GILBERT THE OFFICERS Lt. Cdr. J. A. Edwards, Jr. Executive Officer J3 JEL J% = r ., -»■ T— f nv C Lt. E. C. Moncure, Jr. Lt. J. G. Farrell Ltjg G. R. Perry Ltjg P. J. McCormick Ens. C. M. Lawrence Ens. R. C. Crocke Engineer Supply Navigator Operations Communications 1st Lieutenant 0 Ens. J. L. Schwartz CWO R. P. O ' Leary WO R. L. DillinWO J. A. Abbott, Jr. WO J. R. Reames Disbursing DCA Electrical Boatswain MPA BEACH GROUP OFFICERS MARINE OFFICERS Ltjg C. H. Carpenter, Jr. Ens. J. E. Trawick Ltjg R. L. Kiefer Capt. W. F. Bethel 1st Lt F. D. Heitler 1st Lt H. N. Fletche OinC, Beach Party Asst. OinC, Beach OinC Salvage Det, CO Embarked Tank Platoon Shore Party Team ELM 1-59 Party Team Beach Party Team Troops Commander Commander E DIVISION M. w l l If, Li.U FRONT ROW: Elec. R. L. Dillin; Burns, EM2; Richardson, FN; Roland, EMFN; Boswell, IC3; Hawkins, EMFA; Birmingham, EMCA. BACK ROW: Malm, ICFA; Kierstead, FA; Stewart, EMI; Plaga, ICFN; Tooth, EM 3, Augeinstein, EM3; Hohn, EMFN. NOT PICTURED: Caldwell, FN Clayton, EMFN; Hunter, EMFN. yXSBnflflEK There ' s always something to do in the electric shop. 39 Making repairs to navigational lights. B DIVISION l.li i — i f - Wl ■ FRONT ROW: Winkler, BT2; Millett, FA; Rand, FA; Moxey, BT2; Howell, BT3; Lauher, FN. BACK ROW: Patter- son, BTCS; McGinnis, FN; Hayden, FN; Mcintosh, BT2; Kale, BT3: Gorby, BT3; Cotton, FN; Mach. J. R. Reames. NOT PICTURED: Broughton, BTFN; Russell, BTFN; Kliest, FA; Silas, BT1; Butler, BT3; Gattshall, FN; Walden, FA. Time out for a break down in one of the boiler rooms. 40 M DIVISION ' 1 wrw KNEELING: Ray, MMCA; Briggs, FA; Boothe, MM3; Keller, MM3; Lawrence, MM3; Flannagan, MM2; Bane, FN; Julitz, MM2. STANDING: Workman, MMC; Adkins, MMFN; Wilson, MM3; Hanel, MM3; Seely, MM3; Talmadge, MMFN; Barnes, FN; McCartha, MM3; Cowan, FN; Hurley, MM3; Mink, FA; Knutson, MM1; Brown, FN; Wright, FA; Hanscom, MMFN; Campbell, MM1; Mach. J. R. Reames. NOT PICTURED: Wiland, MM3; Bell, MMFA; Kilpatrick, FN; Jones, MM3; Coleman, FN; Whaley, FN; Haigh, MMFN; Vespia, FA; Walden, FA; Sanders, MMFN. » At the throttles in main control . . It ' s coffee break time . . . 41 A DIVISION 9 u I I FRONT ROW: CWO R. P. O ' Leary; Bushey, EN1; Hackworth, EN2; Vick, MRFN; Richards, MM3; Martin, MM2; Radcliff, MRCA. BACK ROW: Gentry, EN3; Bond, EN3; Donahoe, FA; Preiss, EN3; Engle, FA; Decode, FN; Davis, EN2. NOT PICTURED: Hughes, EN2; McClure, EN3; Atkins, FN; LaChance, FN. Engine work on the pier at Valencia, Spain. Cleaning up in the emergency diesel generator room. 42 R DIVISION FRONT ROW: Currie, SFC; Porch, DC1; Bell, SF1; Joseph, SFM3; Nipper, SFP2; Mitchell, SFM2. BACK ROW: Leach, FN; Fair, FN; Gebheim, FN; Montgomery, SF1; Markle, FN. NOT PICTURED: McGuire, FN; Sunzeri, DC3; Alexander, SFM3; Williams, FN; Mclntyre, DC3. Catching up in R-Division ' s tool room Welding is all part of the daily routine 43 FIRST DIVISION N FRONT ROW: Christy, BM1; Evans, BM2; Davis, BM3; Carp, BM3; Dunham, BM2. SECOND ROW: WO J. A. Abbott; Mayes, SN; Amigh, SN; Yacklon, SA; McBaughton, SN; Duncan, SN; Rouse, SN. THIRD ROW: San Nicholas, SN; Highfill, SN; Riddle, SA; Niediffer, SN; Borden, SN; Karpinski, SN; Godbold, SA; Aliff, BM 3; Sarti, SA; Pritchett, SN; Billings, SN. NOT PICTURED: Stump, SN; Stewart, SA; Lowden, SA; Swartzel, SN; Vanderlofske, SN; Pierce, SN; Hughes, SA; Creel, SN; Newbauer, SA. I " Now away number one LCVP means work. . " The call that From man to walrus in one easy mustache 44 SECOND DIVISION I5 ri ma FRONT ROW: Dalton, SN; Manning, BMSN; Owens, SN; Liddell, SA; Anderson, SA; Baker, SN. SECOND ROW: LTJG G. R. Perry; McCain, BM1; Toll, SN; Brumbaugh, SN; Kaufman, SN; Shisler, SN; Collis, SN; Lester, SA; Nix, SN; Saut, SA; Ens. R. C. Crockett. THIRD ROW: Antoine, SN; Jacob, SA; Mueller, SN; Bomo, BMSN; Sanders, RMSN; Stockton, SN; Stuckey, SA; McKendree, SA. NOT PICTURED: Pulfrey, SN; Morrell, SN; Brown, SA; Nail, BM3; Jones, BM3; Brandel, SA; Dunham, BM2. Manning the high line for replenishment We provided part of the " police force " too . . . 45 THIRD DIVISION FRONT ROW: Ens. R. C. Crockett; Taddei, GM1; Golden, GM2; Lewis, GM3. BACK ROW: Schroeder, FTSN; Van Dyne, GM3; DeLeon, GM3. NOT PICTURED: Wright, FT2. Part of the duties of our division is to provide helmsmen. Now and then along the way, one of us shipped over. 46 O DIVISION FRONT ROW: Wise, ET2; Levy, ET3; Reed, RMSN; McDowell, SN. SECOND ROW: Ens. C. M. Lawrence; Mossey, TE(RM)C; Clark, RM3; Richter, RD3; Smith RD2; Stoner, RMSN; LTJG P. J. McCormick. THIRD ROW: Brad- ford, RDSA; Sanders, RMSA; Diggs, ETRSN; Kneram, SN; Dangerfield, RD3; Kachelmeier, RMSN. NOT PICTURED: Toll, RMSN; May, RDSN. Going over a few essential points in CIC . . Another day, another pile of messages in radio . . . 47 S DIVISION s i ■ 1 , f ■ « y if o j i 5 k I 1 1 ' FRONT ROW: Smith, SH2; Julian, CS3; Moody, TN; Bibb, SD2; Caron, SHI. SECOND ROW: LTJG C.S. Dawson, Jr.; Rivers, CS3; Harrison, SN; Vuolde, SH3; Breen, SN; Thomas, SN; LT. J. G. FARRELL. LACK ROW: Liggins, SKC; Parsons, SK3; Silva, SH3; Long, SA; Franks, SAj Clarke, SK2; Burns, DK3; Gordon, SK2; Schmidt, CSC. NOT PICTURED: Schramm, CS3; Davis, SD3; Moss, TN; Gillifin, SN; Giampietro, CS1; Brown, SD3; Davis, SD3; Duff, TN; Sparks, SD3; Patey, SH2; Stafford, SN; Icayan, TN; Thomas, SN. " You say we ' re missing over two thousand dollars? . . . " 48 N DIVISION FRONT ROW: Dukeman, QM1; Gemellaro, SMSN; Drawbaugh, SN; Derry, SA; LTJG G. R. Perry. BACK ROW: Beyer, SN; Dickens, SM3; Donaldson, PN1; Dew, SMI. NOT PICTURED: Gergely, YN2; Schultz, YN3; Cima- kasky, PN3. " Get that light . . . " is a familiar sound on the conn. Dipping into the flag locker for another message . . . 49 NAVAL BEACH GROUP BEACHMASTERS rjrmmm KNEELING: Hobbs, BMSN; Goddard, SMSN; Spicer, FA; Jackson, GM3; Hoker, FN; Atchley, EMFN; Peyton, SN. STANDING: Zelek, FN; Ens. J. E. Trawick; Knoll, PN3; Vink, RM2; Ervin, EN3; Lavallee, SN; Bowen, CS3; Esparza, SN; Altenburg, SN; Roberts, SN; McClellan, SN; Bamett, FN; Carpenter, RM3; Conley, SM3; King, RMSN; LTJG C. H. Carpenter, Jr. NOT PICTURED: Kircher, BM1; Hurst, SFN3; Jordan, SN; Scalpi, SN. SEABEES KNEELING: Peck, CM2; Mathews, BM1; Widener, SN. STANDING: Lehnertz, EOl; Elmore, EOC; Harmon, SN; Huddleston, BM3; Allred, CEM3; LTJG R. L. Kiefer. 50 LCUs 1473 FRONT ROW: Ludden, ENFN; Rush, EM3; Rutledge, BM3; Hill, EN3; Vinson, RM3. BACK ROW: Phillips, BMC; Rowland, ENl; Hampton, CS2; McMillian, BM2; Cook, SA. 1487 h FRONT ROW: Hyp, ENl; Hunt, EM3; Shaw, EN2; King, FN; Miley, BM2; Herubin, BMC. BACK ROW: Cooper, SN; Kroll, CS2; Meyer, SA; Richardson, RMSN. 1490 TO ' f-t . FRONT ROW: McCullen, EN3; Howland, ENFN; Crippens, BM3; Henry, SN. BACK ROW: Norwood, ENl; Brookshire, EM2; Osborne, RM3; DiLorenzo, SA; Sandrock, CS3; Nobles, BMC. 51 MARINES ■ : ; - , t i • M LANDING SUPPORT DETACHMENT FRONT ROW: G. Bennington, R. English, M. Dzikowski, W. McCollum, J. Margaitis, E. Smart, D. Trojan, H. Dotts. SECOND ROW: J. Brydges, G. Wood, E. Hamilton, J. Redding, Verrett, A. Cerone, L. Hilton, E. Morton. THIRD ROW: R. Tavik. P. Moore, C. Hornbeck, W. Floyd, T. Casey, C. Edwards, J. McDanough, E. Westfall. FORCE ARTrLLERY DETACHMENT (8-INCHERS) FRONT ROW: R. Weiser, W. Redmond, L. Hughes, L. Sappington. BACK ROW: B. Barnhardt, G. Speelman, E. O ' Leary, M. Mc- Gonnigle, K. Seaton. £ 52 MARINES TANK PLATOON FRONT ROW: J. Small, W. Bishop, W. Hoth, J. Bailey, R. Sheets, W. Van- tassel. SECOND ROW: D. Flannigan, C. Roush, C. Silva, T. Hutchinson, J. Hubbard, J. Flory. THIRD ROW: K. Koehmichel, W. Freund, W. Kilgore, T. Colligan, R. Sherman, K. Lisinski, F. Ash. PIONEERS AND HEADQUARTERS DETACHMENT KNEELING: S. Glossich, L. Barley, G. Kelley, L. Mize, F. Stubbs, R. VanKirk. STANDING: W. Forrest, J. Wendling, R. Mallett, Lord, J . Solo, J . Kendzorski . 53 The days we took on provisions meant extra work for everybody, particularly the deck de- partment personnel. At times we went about this matter of taking on stores in the modern way --whirley-bird style. Si 11 : But it wasn ' t all work, even when we were out in the middle of the deep blue sea. It ' s swim call in the well deck. 54 The captain ' s off to an- other conference. Second division bears a hand in getting the gig in the water. Easy does her- -down she goes. We ' re playing carrier again as we bring the helicopter down on the flight deck. Now and then the captain " gave us the eye. " We were always " spruced up and looking in our prime. " 55 That infernal machine made a helluva racket, but we used it frequently to get paint off the decks. " Let ' s keep those hands clean now. " The mess cooks get an inspection before handling our chow. Mr. Carpenter mugs it while Mr. Trawick makes an effort to look busy in tense action on the conn. " What ' s that? You ' re going to take my picture? Well, by all means do pro- ceed . . . " 1 jl v i - M M i am Rogue ' s gallery lineup finds Mr. O ' Leary, Mr. Carrigan, Mr. Sternlicht, and Mr. Dillin in the lineup. 56 It took those rating results long enough to arrive, but we finally got promoted, with the captain ' s congratulations. The captain gives a few last minute instructions to the Exec before departing the ship in a liberty port " Steering course 270, checking 281, Sir. " We gave the helmsmen a good workout during the course of the cruise. Naval Beach Group personnel at quarters for entering port, anxiously awaiting the signal to secure. 57 Well, it ' s liberty call again, and from the looks of this boat load, none of us wanted to miss out. The chiefs had more work to do than this indicates. We just happened to catch them together in their mess. iMP piF ' CT It ' s getting about time to knock off ship ' s work, so let ' s get that Mike boat cleaned up before liberty call. It ' s another bull session on the port boat deck. But why is everybody looking up here? I Hughes in the ice room Emergency generator room. 1 Who ' s this we ' re alongside today? And is it for replenishing, or for another of those " water-boy operations " ? Capt. Bass got a chance to ship over a few of us before he was relieved early in the cruise. The well deck was full of LCU ' s and the LCU ' s were full of all sorts of Marine and Beach Group oddities. I ' ll play this thing yet! Mr. Dawson, Mr. Kiefer. 59 Get it right, Bushy. WINGED VICTORY The famed statue of Winged Victory, regarded by many as one of the finest pieces of sculpture in the world, is located today in The Louvre museum in PARIS. This statue, symbolizing victory and freedom, was the inspiration for the ship ' s symbol of the USS FORT MANDAN, seen on the cover of this book. Winged Victory itself can be seen in that symbol. 60 LISBON SPAIN MADRID © :adiz lOTAi VALENCIA ALMER| tALAGA O • AMPWIB OU5 OPERATIONS POCTO SCUDO viACEqoro 5TAVEOMENO DtENA AfS ZIO ALMEKIA APtt 5- IO APR 17-22 MAY 7-13 JUNE 21-26 JULY 17-23 AU j 4-6 [SARI »ORT( [SCUDC M E o , flA POQT5 of CALL MALAGA MAR II - 14 PATRAS JUNE 5 - lO CANNES MAR. IS -26 CORFU JUNE 11-17 NAPLES MAR £8- APE 4 5ETE JUNE SO -JULY 7 CATANIA APE. II -15 LEQWOCW JULY 9 -15 SAN R.EMO APR. 24 -MAY 2 VALENCIA JULY Z7 AUG: 2 eUODES MAY 15 -23 CADIZ -BOTA AUG 7-u DERNA V A ”
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