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v;. ; ' M % 23-30 Aug. CANNES BARCELONA 31-7 Sept . ROTA 2 1-22 MAY 4-5 Oct. o ■ - ' » ALCUDIA BAY 23-25 May " 2-8 August GENOA 9-16 Sept. SARDINA 1 22-29 JULY NAPLES 27-3 JUM PALERM PORTS OF CALL 21 May - 23 Maj ' 25 May - 27 May 29 May - 3 June 8 June - 11 June 14 June - 20 June 22 June - 26 June 28 June - 5 July 8 July - 19 July 22 July - 29 July 2 August - 7 August 12 August - 20 August 23 August - 30 August 31 August - 7 September 9 September - 16 September 19 September - 23 September 26 September - 28 September 4 October - 5 October Rota, Spain Alcudia Bay, Mallorca Palermo, Sicily Suda Bay Kavalla, Greece Rhodes, Greece Athens , Greece Pilos, Greece Naples, Italy Genoa, Italy Porto Scudo, Sardinia Cannes, France Barcelona. Spain Aranci Bay, Sardinia Valetta, Malta Saros Bay, Turkey Rota, Spain Sept. 1 30 Sef 3 MALTA MALTA Name Rate Rank --5 a -: anon o to COMMANDING OFFICER 6 JULY 1961 - 29 JULY 1963 CAPTAIN DAVID SPENCER BILL, JR., USN Captain BILL was born on 22 October 1916 in Richmond, Vir- ginia. He entered the Naval Academy from Ohio State University in July 1935. The USS LEXINGTON, Gunnery Division Officer, was his first duty assignment upon gi aduation from the Academy in June 1939. His following tours of duty included command of PC-583, the USS O ' NEILL (DE-188) and the USS HUGHES (DD-410). Captain BILL was Commander DESDIV 1, which participated in the Bikini tests of 1946. This was followed by tours as Commanding Officer USS SHEA (DM-30), Instructor Armed Forces Staff College, Chief of Staff to Commander Middle East Force, and command of three LST and LSMR (Rocket Ship) squadrons. He attended the Industrial College of the Armed Forces and came to the Francis Marion from the Logistic War Plans Branch of the office of the Chief of Naval Operations. Captain BILL is married to the former Charlotte Harris of Norfolk and has two sons, David, age 18, Winder, age 14 and a daughter, Charlotte Randolph, age 10. COMMANDING OFFICER 29 JULY 1963 CAPTAIN RAYMOND M. HARRIS, USN Captain Raymond M. HARRIS, United States Navy was commissioned in the Navy in December 1940 as an Ensign from the Northwestern University ' s Midshipmen ' s School at Chicago, Illinois. A graduate of the University of California at Los Angeles, he was a member of the N. R. O. T. C. program prior to his appointment. Captain HARRIS served at the following duty stations and on the following ships: USS PENNSYLVANIA (BB-38); USS BREMERTON (CA-I30); Joint Chiefs of Staff, Washington. D. C. ; Student, General Line School, Newport, Rhode Island; Executive Officer, USS DENNIS J. BUCK- LEY (DDR-808); Bureau of Naval Personnel, Enlisted Discipline Section, Washington, D. C. ; Commanding Officer, USS BOYD (DD-544); Executive and Commanding Officer, Fleet Air Defense Training Center, Virginia Beach, Va. ; Executive Officer, USS BREMERTON (CA-1 30); Commander Destroyer Division 132; Office of the Chief of Naval Operations, Head, Navy Strategic Plans Sec- tion, (Op-605C); Washington, D. C. ; Commanding Officer, USS FRANCIS MARION (APA-249). Captain HARRIS holds the Bronze Star Medal with Combat V, Navy Unit Citation, Navy Occupation, Philippine Republic Presidential Unit Citation Badge, Asiatic Pacific (9 stars), China Service (extended), European Theater, American Defense with one star, Victory Medal and Philippine Liberation Ribbon with two stars Captain HARRIS is married to the former Miss Francis E. SPEARS of San Bernadino, California, and they currently reside in Norfolk, Virginia with their teenage son. EXECUTIVE OFFICER COMMANDER BURTON B. WITHAM, JR., USN Commander Burton B. WITHAM, Jr. , U. S. NAVY, was born at Portland, Maine on the I8th of March 1923. He entered the naval service as a student in the naval reserve officers training course on September 19, 1942. Commander WITHAM attended Northeastern University and Harvard University. Commander WITHAM received his commission as an Ensign on February 8, 1945. He subsequently served at the following duty stations: Explosive Investigation Officer, U. S. Naval Ammunition Depot, Balboa, Canal Zone; Staff Officer, Commander Caribbean Sea Frontier, San Juan, Puerto Rico; Gunnery Officer, USS HARRY F. BAUER (DM-26); Gunnery Officer, USS VAN VALKENBERG (DD-656); Commanding Officer, USS LST 822; Staff, General Line School, Monterey, California; Commanding Officer, USS BOLD (MSO-424); Commander Mine Division 82; Director of Enlisted Training, Fleet Sonar School. Key West, Florida. Commander WITHAM ' S naval honors include: American Theatre, World War n Victory, World War II European Occupation, National Defense, United Nations Service Medal, and Korean Theatre with 2 stars. Commander and Mrs. WTTHAM are both very active in community affairs and Mrs. WITHAM was awarded the Meritorious Service Award for her years of work in Navy Relief. Commander WITHAM is a ham radio operator and has received several commendations from the state of Florida for his radio assistance during hurricanes Gracie and Donna. Commander WITHAM ' S civic organizations include: Temple 86, AF AM, Westbrook, Maine; Eagle Chapter, Ram, Westbrook, Maine; and past President, Key West Chapter, National Sojourners. Commander WITHAM is married to the former Caroline Milliken of Portland, Maine and has two daughters; Anne, age 16 and Mary, age 12. Commander WITHAM and his family are presently residing in the Princess Anne Plaza section of Norfolk, Virginia. DEPARTMENT HEADS LCDR D. W. ANDERSON Operations Officer LT William W, WERNDLI 1st Lieutenant LCDR James B. RARIEY, Jr Supplj ' Officer LT Edwin F. WOOLARD Engineering Officer LT Pearce C. RAY Communications Officer ENS Luke F. MAYER Navi gator LT Norman WALL Medical Officer LCDR Robert G. THOMPSON Dental Officer CAPTAIN JOHN J. BECKER, USN Captain John J. Becker, U.S. Navy, former Com- mander Amphibi ous Squadron TWE LVE , gi aduated from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1935. He sub- sequently served on the following ships: USS PEN- SACOLA(CA-24), USS PRINCETON (CVL-23), USS RANDOLPH (CV-15), USS VALLEY FORGE (CV- 45), and Captain Becker attended the Postgraduate School at the Naval Academy as a student in the first general line course. His next assignment as a student was at the Armed Forces Staff College. Captain Becker commanded the following ships: USS SHEA (DM-30), USS FURSE (DDR-822), USS CAPRICORNUS (AKA-57). Captain Becker spent two years on the staff of Commandant, lOth Naval District at San Juan, Puerto Rico. In May 1956 he was promoted to Captain and ordered to a post- graduate course at George Washington University where he was awarded a Master ' s Degree in Bus- iness Administration. Captain Becker was relieved as Amphibious Squadron TWELVE on August 13 by Captain Sheldon H. Kinney. CAPTAIN SHELDON H. KINNEY, USN Captain Sheldon H. Kinnev entered the Navy as a recruit in 1935. He served as a Seaman on USS OMAHA (CL-4), and was ' a Signalman on board the USS NEW YORK. Captain Knney entered the Naval Academy in 1937 and was commissioned as Ensign on February 7, 1941 and subsequently ad- vanced to the rank of Captain to date from August 1, 1958. Captain Kinney served on the following ships and duty stations: USS STURTEVANT (DD-240); Sub- marine Chaser Training Center, Miami, Florida; USS EDALL (DE-129), serving first as X. O. and Navagitor andlater as Commanding Officer; Commanding Officer, USS BRONSTEIN; Anti-Submarine Warfare Officer and Planning Officer on the Staff of Commander Destroyers, U.S. Atlantic Fleet; Office of the Judge Advocate General of the Navy, Navy Department, Washington, D.C.; Gunnery and CIC Officer on the Staff of Commander Cruiser Division FOUR; Aide to the Commandant of the 6th Naval District; USS COLUMBUS (CA-74); Commanding Officer, USS TAYLOR (DDE - 468); Bureau of Naval Personnel, Navy Department; Anti-Submarine and Naval Gunfire Support Instructor, U.S. Naval Academy; Commanding Officer, USSMITSCHER (DL-2); Office of the Chief of Naval Operations, Washington, D. C. ; Assistant Chief of Staff for Logistics, Commander in Chief, U.S. Naval Forces Europe, Commanding Officer, USS MISSISSINEWA (AD-144), and Captain Kinney assumed command of Amphibious Squadron TWELVE on August 13. Captain Kinney has been awarded the Navy Cross, Legion of Merit with Combat " V " , Navy and Marine Corps Medal, Bronze Star Medal with " V " , the Com- mendation Ribbon, Presidential Unit Citation Ribbon, Korean Presidential Unit Cita tion Ribbon, American Defense Service Medal with Bronze " A " , European- African - Middle Eastern Campaign Medal with four engagement stars, American Campaign Medal, World War II Victory, Navy Occupation Service Medal, Eu- rope Clasp, National Defense Service Medal, Korean Service Medal with one star, and the United Nations Service Medal. C 1RGE «= When in Doubt... Charge! " Charge What? ' DECK DEPARTMENT The Deck Department is responsible for almost anything and everything on the ship that is topside. It is the men of the deck force who have to be up that extra hour or so early each day to help keep FRANCIS MARION looking smart and functioning smart. The Deck Department is responsible for refueling and highlinc transfers; operating, stowing and loading of all boats, gunnery and firearms; and last, but by no means least, general maintainence of all topside spaces, which of course means using the good old chipping hammer and paint brush. The Deck Department if divided into five divisions and all topside spaces are their realm. First Di- vision is in charge of the entire forward portion of the ship wMch covers four hatches, seven boats, and the starboard quarterdeck. Second Division takes care of the after portion of the ship, the port quarterdeck, the helo deck, where over 1,000 helo landings have been made, and the incinerator. Third Division laiows more about the sides of the ship then they care too; it is the " Painting Third " who maintain the sides of the ship and is responsible for the sail and paint lockers. The " Wyatt Earps " of the sliip make up Fourth Division and are in charge of all gun mounts and firearms. The Fire Controlmen of this division operate, maintain and repair the fire control radars, and fire control systems. Fifth Division ranks supreme among the " elite " of the deck force, the " Salty Fifth " being responsible for the complete maintenance and operation of all boats while both in the water and out. From the Foc ' sle to the fantail, hard work from the " Gentlemen " of deck have helped to make FRAN- CIS MARION the outstanding ship she is. It you don ' t believe it, just ask any man on the deck force. LT William W. WERNLI First Lieutenant LTJG Charles W. HAYES Ship ' s B ' osn 4 ' J First Division Officer Ensign John G. RYDEN Second Division Officer Ensign Jon B. LINDEMAN Fourth Division Officer Ensign John F, WILSON, III Third Division Officer Ensign Heyward B. CLARK E Fifth Division Officer Ensign Vincent G. BOLLINO FIRST DIVISION SECOND DIVISION THIRD DIVISION FOURTH DIVISION FIFTH DIVISION HIGHLINING Hey there you with the stars in your eyes Rub-a-dub-a-dub You can come out now, inspection is over I laiow the bullet goes in here some place! A sea-going lite is a hard life? ? ? My line in the sky -■■J I ' iM " Mike 22 at the rail " Don ' t uu ever run out of paint? Look sliarp, feel sharp, .paint sharp. I tell you, the powder was in there this morning SUPPLY DEPARTMENT ■ •w LT(j.g. ) James A. QUERY LCDR J. B. RAMEY ENS Charles A. WEST u- ,rt ' " = 7 SH ' P To 1)6 5 fR»A, r 5 WWl The Supply Department is responsible for the procurement, receiving, storing, issuing, ship- ping, transferring, selling, accounting for and maintaining of all stores and equipment for the Francis Marion. The Supply Department administers the ship ' s operating allowance so that all essential logistic requirements are met. It operates the general mess and the wardroom rness as well as the ship ' s stores, laundry, tailor shop, disbursing office, barbershop, clothing and small stores and the general branch. Every piece of equipment used, is ordered, accounted for, maintained and stored by Supply until the need arises for it. All hands eat chow, get payed, have their clothes cleaned and see to various other necessities, all of which come under big " S " jurisdiction. In other words, the Supply Department takes the place of MOTHER while at sea: $ is for the money that you pay us U is for the Uniforms you press P is for the Paperwork you do P is for the pots in which you cook L is for the Laundry that you wash Y is for the Yank ship you serve Put them all together, they spell $UPPLY, Mother to us all. t r t t « ;r » a.«- v STEWARDS J f - t ' " V ' COMMISSARYMEN STOREKEEPERS DISBURSING CLERKS SHIP ' S SERVICEMEN I «y ' J 1 ) € 111 MESS COOKS •INSPECTION □ No matter how many times I add it up I still only get 99! Of course I eat my own chow! A little greasy meat is good for you in rough seas ! This is good bread! ! ! Hmmm, how many different ways can we fix potatoes? Back in ' 58 it wasn ' t tliis way ,A r v- = i SI ■ n • 1 " The Smiley Boys " m M L I i V I J I tell you, it was in here yesterday JT If 2+2s4 2 + 3s Hmmm 9,999,998,9,999,997,9,999,996, etc. Gtc Gtc Yes Sir! We promise delivery within 30 days q didn ' t ' actuallv lose a thousand Hmm, I wonder who could have ordered a - m ,-i» ' - m m k- gross of hair nets? ■•1 m ii H ' f-- ' t Nothing off the top, thanks Just wait until " Shot-time " I 1 I wish they would stop blowing charge A Well they pi;. .-.J the woi d " Sweepei ' s man your brooms " ! Heck No! I ' ve been cutting hair 2 days ENGINEERING DEPARTMENT LT (j. g. ) David R. ROOP Damage Control Officer Chief Warrant Officer William O. MARSH Repair Officer LT Edward F. WOOLARD Engineering Officer LT (j. g. ) Watson W. LUNT II Main Propulsion Officer More steam damn it, speed it up, if we use all of them we won ' t even have to go in to Morehead I William G. O ' LEARY. EMCM A Division Officer ENS Michael D. KEATING B M Division Officer William GREANY, ICCM E Division Officer ENGINEERING DEPARTMENT The Engineering Department is responsible for the operation, care, and maintenance of FRAN- CIS MARION ' S main propulsion plant, auxiliary machinery, and piping systems; for the control of damage; for the operation and maintenance of electric power generators and distribution sys- tems; and for the repair of equipment which is related to the Engineering Department ' s skills but is not part of Engineering. The Engineering Department is divided into five divisions. B Division operates and maintains the steam generating plant. It is B Division ' s re- sponsibility to provide the steam which is the basic power source for the entire ship. With out the hard work and vigilance of these men the ship would be powerless. M Division is re- sponsible for the running of the turbines which convert the steam energy into propulsion power and electricity. The ship ' s electricity is the responsibility of E Division. The " Sparks " have the job of looldngafter all things electrical, which includes all lights, motors, telephones, coffee kies " who operate the motion picture projectors for the movies in the CPO Lounge, First Class Lounge, Wardroom, and mess decks. R Divi- sion is made up of carpenters, pipe fitters, plumbers, locksmiths, welders, and men of just about every other type of " handyman " skillimagi- nable. Every time a pipe in a head is clogged, or some one has lost their key or needs to have something built, or when some work has to be done on one of the boats, it is the men of R Divi- sion who have to " Turn To " and keep working until the job is finished. It is often an unthankful job that the men of R Division have, but it is a very necessary one. " A " Division takes care of the ship ' s boats, heating, air conditioning, emer- gency power, fresh water and laundry mainte- nance. The Officers and men of the Engineering Department have a difficult and dirty job to do, but, with their diversified skills and hard work, the FRANCIS MARION has an outstanding Engi- neering Department. If it weren ' t for these men, we would only be a " hull ' of a ship without power. pots and the ship ' s radio system. It is the " Spar- A DIVISION B DIVISION E DIVISION M DIVISION R DIVISION Let ' s lix it so we head back to the girls ill I get a shock? But they keep calling lor more steam! See, only 1 boiler on the line OPERATIONS DEPARTMENT LCDR D. W. ANDERSON Operations Officer H. H. TROOP. RDCM OE Division Officer LT (j. g. ) R. S. SCHENCK OI Division Officer The Operations Department is responsible for the collection of intelligence information, maintain- ing air and surface surveillance, and keeping the ship informed of combat, tactical and operational information by means of visual and electronic communications . The Operations Department is divided into two divisions: " 01 " Division with its radarmen and photogi-apher and " DE " Division with the electronics technicians who are responsible for the upkeep and maintenance of electrical gear used for recognition and identification aids for navigation and combat. " OI " Division is responsible for donducting Air and Surface Radar Search and Tracking; for supply- ing combat and tactical information to appropiate sonar search. " DE " Division has the responsibility for maintaining all equipment that is used by " 01 " and " OC " Division. ENS M. J. GONATOS Assistant CIC Officer Administrative Assistant Flight Quarters, Flight Quarters OE DIVISION f f t t » ' f % y ' lu W f ' ' " S Ol DIVISION OC DEPARTMENT LT p. C. RAY Communications Officer OC Department Head LTJG R. E. JOHNSON Assistant Communication Officer The OC Department is the ... .- .--. . — . -. — gang who are responsible for the transmission and receipt of visual, tactical and general information signals and other communications affecting the operations or maneuvering of the ship. The Radiomen of OC operate typewriter and teletypewriter equipment, tune radio transmitters and receivers, and perform operational and preventive maintenance on all radio equipment. It is the RM ' s who always have the latest ball scores, and keep us in touch with the news from home. The Signalmen of OC Division are responsible for sending and receiving messages by flashing light se- maphore, and flaghoist; performing duties of lookouts; and repairing signal flags, pennants, and ensigns. The OC Department is a new department, formerly under the direction of the Operations Depart- ment. They have gained their " Sea legs " and are doing an outstanding job. c ° o - e e. o e a c t a B o a 9 9 a rr, - - . , ' I X O «9 O » o o o o ° € : £ n c o e o e o o %N Wfr-M «- oonc y OoLo I ' 0 0 ' k Sof J Hey Joe which Imob do you turn to get the World Series OC DIVISION ' J J™ W " • NAVIGATION DEPARTMENT I ENS Luke F. MAYER Navigator The Navigation Department is responsible for the safe navigation and piloting of the slup, for main- taining all charges, and for the maintenance and upkeep of all navigational equipment. This small, but very important and reliable department, under the watchful eye of the Navigator, Ensign MAYER, is a proficient team, plotting courses, taldng fixes and keeping a running log and assisting the OOD in any matters concerning navigation. Often their assistance is unsolicited and loud, but what officer could resist the charm and wit of these helpful Navymen, guiding the " Mighty Swamp Fo.x " to the four corners of the earth . . . " Which direction is Morehead City? " MEDICAL DENTAL DEPARTMENT f y v V ,X J LT Norman WALL Medical Officer LCDR Robert G. THOMPSON Dental Officer The Medical Department is responsible for maintaining the health of all personnel assigned to the FRANCIS MARION. It is also part of the Medical Department ' s job to make certain that high sanita- tion standards are met at all times in all spaces, and to carry our periodical inspections to insure that FRANCIS MARION maintains not only these standards but to guarantee she is completely free from any possibility of contagious diseases which may be spread through unsanitary conditions. FRANCIS MARION boasts the most modern medical and dental facilities of any ship in the amphibious fleet. Our Sickbay is a floating hospital, and there have been several cases of serious illnesses that have occured on other ships where the man has had to be transferred to the " Swamp Fox Hospital " for treatment. Sickbay has a 24 bed ward and a 4 bed isolation ward, a pharmacy, laboratory, X-Ray unit, and a darkroom, plus a special diet Idtchen. The operating room in Sickbay is equal to any found in the best civilian hospitals. We also have extra accommodations in the event of war, which include room for 350 patients plus two auxiliary operating rooms. The Dental Officer and Dental Tcclinician are responsible for the dental care and oral health of all ship ' s personnel, including instructions to the crew in the field of preventative denistry and control of dental disease. The " Dentist ' s Office " is equipped with the most modern equipment, which includes an air turbine drill and special dental X-Ray facilities. We are all proud of our Medical and Dental Department and can always be sure of a kind word and a ready smile when ever we are in Sick-bay, especially when it is time for " shots " . The last time I saw your glasses, Jim was just before we closed the guy up. Hell, it don ' t matter Norm, I need a new prescription anyway. MEDICAL DENTAL DEPARTMENT EXECUTIVE DEPARTMENT S- p?!ir t fl jl iijl JPTf Iri m r x; CDR B. B. WIT HAM Executive Officer Executive Department Head LT (j.g. ) G. P. SMITH " X " Div ision Officer Personnel Officer » w j ENS. R. S. SPEER Assistant Division Officer Training Officer 5) m ' ' So ' Personnel assigned to the Executive Department assist the Executive Officer in the administration of the ship. The " X " Division Officer, Lt. (j. g. ) Smith supervises the enlisted men in their assigned tasks. The Captain ' s Office is responsible for all incoming and outgoing official correspondence, maintaining officers ' service records and putting out the plan of the day. The Personnel Office keeps enlisted service records and handles matters pertaining to the enlisted man, such as transfers, leave papers, special requests and various related matters. The Information and Education section of the Personnel Office handles correspondence courses, USAFI High School and College Level tests and Fleet Wide Advancement Examinations. The Legal and Training Office takes care of all judicial functions and coordinates the ship ' s training program. A great morale factor during extended deployments is the post office, our contact with the folks back home. Operation orders, the ship ' s newspaper and port information pamphlets are some of the things run off in the Print shop. Although reluctant to admit it, the Boatswain ' s Mates on the Master- at-Arms Force also come under the " X " Division. OOPS! EXECUTIVE DEPARTMENT SWAMP FOX POLICE FORCE ' n 10 D P ' WTTTT MARINES Captain William H. LEONARD, USMC Former Combat Cargo Officer 1st Lieutenant Hubert T. WINSTON, USMC Combat Cargo Office The primary mission of FRANCIS MARION is to transport combat troops to any troubled spot in the world. After arriving at this troubled spot, the " Swamp Fox " is responsible for getting the troops to the beach and providing the necessary combat material needed to support the attack. FRANCIS MARION has room for 1,650 combat equipped troops and space for carrying jeeps, trailers, trucks, and light armored vehicles. All Marine divisions and personnel that are embarked on FRANCIS MARION are coordinated by 1st Lieutenant Hubert T. Winston, USMC, the ship ' s Combat Cargo Officer. Lt. Winston coordinates the loading, stowage, and off-loading of all vehicles and equipment. Through these long months in the Mediterranean, every where we turned there has been an olive green uniform to greet us. Marines everywhere-on the deck, sleeping in passage ways, cleaning rifles, sunbathing, waitingin lines. -and what for?- " ! don ' t know, there was a line here and I thought it would be a good idea to get in it. " And so it went. But more important than these things, in the last five and a half months the Navy and Marine Corps have worked as a team and have accomplished an out- standing job. FOR Gfv f ' The primary object of deploying to the Mediterranean is to maintain a battle-ready force for peace. Our first operation anchorage was Alcudia Bay, Majorca, Spain. Seldom does a striking force visit the Mediterranean without stopping off for at least one friendly war game. The exercise was a turn-away landing. Landing craft, loaded with troops and equipment, headed for the beach, pivot- ed and returned to the ship before reaching shore. At Kavalla, Greece, the force performed an ex- hibition landing for our Hellenic allies. The operation gave an overall picture of potential American striking power. Lt. Gen. Martin J. Greene, Chief of Staff, U. S. Marine Corps, on an official tour of the Mediterranean, viewed the landing with Vice Admiral William E. Centner, Jr., Commander Sixth Fleet. Following this, we landed at Pilos, Greece on the morning of July 8th. At Porto Scudo, helicopter operations all day long, loading and unloading landing craft, work, work and more work made up another average day in the life of a " Charging Gator " . Enroute to Aranci Bay, Sardinia, we hit a stretch of bad weather, during which the ship experienced 20-30 degree rolls. At Aranci, Marines maneuvered ashore while Francis Marion headed out to sea for a gunnery shoot. The cli- max of these war games was Operation South Tramp, which took place at Turkish Thrace and was the largest NATO " invasion " of the cruise. The operation was consummated with an assault landing at Saros Bay, September 26th. Involved in the exercise were 29 Sixth Fleet ships, approximately 200 aircraft, 12,000 Navy and Marine Corps personnel, two Hellenic ships, one infantry battalion, two American, three Turkish, two Bintish, two Italian and two Hellenic submarines. It was with a sigh of relief that we steamed out of Saros Bay. We had just finished our last amphibious am- pliibious landing of the cruise and were homeward bound! ONE ALFA " SET CONDITION ONE ALFA " " LAND THE LANDING FORCE ' liMMnai .f4« v $=5 - As all hands know FRANCIS MARION set sail from Norfolk on May 7th to start her five month Medi- terranean Cruise. The ship arrived at Morehead City, N. C. , site of the Marine Corps base, Camp Lejeune. Over 800 Marines of Battalion Landing Team 1 6 and their equipment, consisting of trucks, jeeps, amphibious tractors, tanks, machine guns, cannons and other assorted warlike contraptions embarked on the " Swamp Fox " . By the 9th of May, we had rendezvoused with the other ships in the squadron and set our course for the Mediterranean. Much of our Transatlantic Voyage was spent at General Quarters and Condition 1 Alfa, and of course, in talldng about the forthcoming liberty ports ROTA, SPAIN FRANCIS MARION arrived at the U. S. Naval Station, Rota, Spain on May 21st after twelve days sailing time. From the way many men talked one would tliink we had been at sea for twelve months rather then twelve days. The liverty in Rota was on base liberty only, but there were many forms of entertainment. The base offered roller skating, movies, restaurants, golf, bowling and many other interesting activities - especially the E. M. Club, which we helped fill to capacity. Hey Gang! Hold that Liberty Boat Arrival, Rota, Spain PALERMO, SICILY Palermo, our first real liberty port in the Med. , is a fairly modern city, bustling with cars, buses and trucks. Buses lined the pier in the mornings to take men of the FRANCIS MARION on tours of Monreale, the Catacombs, the Sanctuary of Santa Rosalia and Monte Pellcgi ' ino. Many tried pizza " Italian style " and from all indications most preferod pizza " Americania " . Modello Beach was the place for a few stout hearts Who wanted to go swimming, though the local populus warned that it was too early in the year. But swimming they went, and after getting over their colds they reported that they had enjoyed themselves and that the swim was well worth the sneezes and sore throats. Rembmer the horse carriages in Palermo-the fine cakes, and the " bitter ' coffee in the dainty cups? After a week of enjoyable liberty it was time to head out to sea again, and we were underway on June 3rd. " Want to buy a shot gun, a hand painted picture, some hand made clothes? " Yes, we were met by merchants that followed Francis Marion during the entire Mediter- reanean deployment Catacombs r ft . a« i A. • »v . Memorial Day Services -r ' - -r j m RHODES GREECE RHODES, GREECE The FRANCIS MARION formed a strildng con- trast to a background of fortresses, castles and sculptured deer, the elements which form much of Rhodes, Greece. The name Rhodes, translated into English, means, the Island of Roses; a fitting nomen for one of thfe Mediter- ranean ' s most beautiful Greek city-isles. Its streets are immaculate and the Aegean coast is lined with foam-crowned sandy beaches. As the curtain fell on our five day sojourn, we re- luctantly weighed anchor and set our course for the " Queen City " of the Golden Age, Athens, Greece. | 5s h f ' f ' • V ' ' «-. t ' V ATHENS, GREECE Piraeus is the ancient harbor used by the Golden Age Grecians to gain access to Athens, the most glorious city-state of the era. Today the vessels which drop their anchors in Piraeus are no longer propelled by oarsmen, but the harbor serves the same purpose. We arrived in time for Greek Navy Week and FRANCIS MARION was full-dressed June 28th in honor of his Hellenic Majesty ' s visit to Greek naval ships in the harbor. A visit to Athens without seeing the Acropolis is no visit at all. The buildings there have not only existed for thousands of years, but have withstood many sieges as well. The Parthenon, partly destroyed by Turldsh bombs, still dominates the Acropolis with its architectural grace and splendor. Athens combines a glorious past with a bustling present. Marble columns and ancient amphitheatres stand as silent sentinels amid modern buildings and busy traffic, making time stand still in the minds of visitors and residents alike. 4 In Piraeus we met Aphrodite In Athens it was Dionysos G x1 of Ouzo NAPLES, ITALY Much of Italy ' s most beautiful music comes from Naples. The harbor here is situated in the shadow of Mount Vesuvius ' s smoky summit. Besides its local inducements, Naples is a convenient jump- ing-off pad for Capri, Rome, Pompeii and Sorrento. During a. four-day tour to Rome, Father An- thony Volz, the Marine chaplain, was able to gain a special audience with Pope Paul VI for Francis Marion men. ry " Woweee! " CANNES, FRANCE Cannes and the French Riviera, scene of the international Film Festival, birthplace of the bikini, and world-famous resort area, was our next port-of-call. The beaches there are among Europe ' s most beautiful. We arrived during the tourist season and the place was crawling with sun- worshippers of every nationality. We thought we had seen bikinis before! Well, maybe we had - stateside versions. But in Cannes, if the brief bikini got any briefer, it wouldn ' t e.xist! As it is now, there can ' t be more than a dollar ' s worth of material in the French bikini, and I don ' t care if they were to make them of silk, there still wouldn ' t be enough material to make a fair size scarf. But they sure look nice! After laying around the beautiful sandy beaches and eating the expensives, but good, French cuisine, we had to leave Cannes and all her beautiful " scenery. " y r r B ID Cifffues i3 GENOA, ITALY Crew members of the FRANCIS MARION took tours to Rome, Venice, Florence, Pisa and the Italian Riviera and Munich, Germany from the port of Genoa, Italy. Some also took local tours of the city which is the birthplace of Christopher Columbus. Furthering the " People-to-People " progTam men from the " Swamp Fox " painted corridors and rooms of the Orphanage of Divine Providence and presented the young girls with Project Handi clasp materials. VALLETTA, MALTA On the 16th of September, FRANCIS MARION and three other ships of the squadron separated and sailed into Valletta, Malta. Malta serves as a Mediterranean base of operations for the British Royal Navy. Warm beer and strange money-pence, shillings, pounds-certainly had us confused for a while, yet , we got the hang of both before we left. Malta was out last liberty port and a few of the guys were already starting to get " channel favor " . BARCELONA, SPAIN Barcelona is an ancient city, claiming a history based on lore and fact. Built on a wide plain, Barce- lona stretciics from tlie sea to the hill of Tibidabo. The city offers awide range of activities including anything from bull fights, to swimming, tennis, golf and bowling. Many of the men found themselves with mi.xed feelings regrading the sport of bull fighting; though cruelty is anherent in the sport, so is gi ' ace and nobility-both of which are also exhibited in the Flamenco, a spainish dance of unparralled beauty. Because of rough seas, boating was cancelled twice, so many men in the liberty party " had " to stay ashore overnight. But to tell the truth, all hands were good sports about the whole business and very few complained. Barcelona was a real treat to most everyone, encouraged by the fact that in Barcelona everything seemed so inexpensive. Perhaps it was because we had just come from Cannes where everything was so very expensive. PEOPLE TO PEOPLE The Mediterranean itself has a reputation of having the most precious shade of blue. her ports glisten like jewels in the southern european sun and glow like fire- FLIES AT NIGHT. Words alone are inadequate to describe THE PLACES. TO BE SEEN AND EVEN THE FOLLOWING COLOR SHOTS FALL SHORT TO TELL THE FULL STORY. ' - v . i« No comment! BEAUTIFUL BEACHES ( ANNES Harbor is Full of Sleeping Yachts Beaches are Sometimes Empty Statue on Grounds of the ROYAL Palace of Manaco French Fishermen Cast Their Nets Church of St, Peter in Rome Entrance to Catacombs in Rome Ancient Site of the Roman Senate FOUNTAIN OF TREVI The Colloseum in Rome One of many memorials in Rome mw MUSEUM AT Entrance TO ANCIENT Pompeii A Garden Courtyard in Pompeii Ancient Columns in Pompeii Bread Ovens in Pompeii The Famous Parthenon on the Acropolis " EVZONE " Guard at the Royal Palace Boy with Donkey friend Detail of Sculpture " The Santa Maria " Familiar Sight to Sixth Fleet Sailors Shopping for Flowers BATTLE EFFICIENCY " E " 2ND ANNIVERSARY MEMORIAL DAY SERVICES CHANGE OF COMMAND " Commander Sixth Fleet, Arriving " Captain Francis Marion visits USS Francis Marion |., . ,. .,_ Mr-:?ii?«».sr; 7:; v . .. ' " ' ■ ' •fv steaming in formation " Oh well, you can ' t land them all " «« 1 -1 Civilians think they have traffic problems ! 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