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Armed Forces of the United Stateg
NAME: USS GALLANT
DATE OF B1RTH: COMMISSIONED 14 SEPTEMBER 1955
PLACE OF BIRTH: TACOMA, WASHINGTON
MEASUREMENTS: 173 FEET LONG, S5 FEET AEEAM
WEIGHT: DISPLAGES Soo TONS OF SEA WATER
HULL NUMBER: 489
U.S. NAVY, ACTIVE
LCDR R. L. FREEHILL, USN
The Midni ht il
Most often heard quote:
Fix it. "
LCDR ROBERT L FREEHILL USN
A native of Melvin, Illinois, Captain FREEHILL received his commission from
the U S Naval Academy on 8 June 1960. His first tour of duty was in Destroy
ers on the West Coast, first in USS JARVIS QDD 7995 as EMO, then in USS
WILKINSON QDL 55 as CIC Officer. In September 1961 he commenced flight
training at Pensacola, Florida and he earned the wings of a Naval Aviator on
21 December 1962. He flew F-8 jet fighters with VF-174 until October 1963,
when he was voluntarily redesignated as a Surface Line Officer. Upon grad-
uation from the U. S. Naval Destroyer School in May 1964, he joined USS
DAVIS QDD 9373 homeported in Newport, R. I. as Operations Officer. After
two years in DAVIS he attended the U. S. Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey,
earning his Masters Degree in Oceanography in June 1968. LCDR FREEHILL
assumed command of GALLANT on 25 July 1968. He is married to the former
Charlyn Kelleran and they have three children. When relieved in August
1970, he is scheduled to attend the Armed Forces Staff College in Norfolk,
LT. LR. LAMPING, EXECUTIVE OFFICER
LT James R. LAMPING, USN
A native of Park Ridge, Illinois, Lieutenant LAMPING
received his Bachelors Degree from the University of Notre
Dame in June 1964. He was a member of the NROTC unit
there and was commissioned on 24 August 1964. In Decem-
ber 1964 he reported to USS HANSON QDD 8325, homeported
in San Diego. Serving as ASW Officer and Nuclear Weapons
Officer, he made two Westpac deployments in HANSON be-
fore reporting to Coastal Squadron One in Vietnam as a PCF
Officer-in-Charge. After nine months in-country Vietnam,
he served a three-month tour in Sasebo, Japan, supervising
PCF overhauls. LT LAMPING reported aboard GALLANT on
11 September 1968. He is scheduled for rotation in Novem-
ber 1970, to attend Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey.
LTIG John W. YEOMAN, USNR
A native of Wilmette, Illinois, and a graduate of
Denison University in June 1967 with a BA degree in
History, LTJG YEOMAN received his commission
from ocs in November 1967. He .mended Mine
Warfare School in Charleston before reporting aboard
GALLANT on 3 March 1968. He served as First
Lieutenant, MCM Officer, and Supply Officer
throughout his tour on board. He departed GALLANT
on 28 October 1969, just over halfway through the
deployment, under orders to Swift Boats in Vietnam.
LTJG Donald B. MEA KIN, USNR
A native of Yeadon, Pennsylvania, LTJG MEAKIN
graduated from Penn State University in June 1967
with a Bachelors Degree in Business Administration.
He received his commission from OCS in April 1968
and attended Mine Warfare School at Charleston be-
fore reporting aboard GALLANT on 4 June 1968. He
served briefly as DCA and Communications Officer
before relieving as Operations Officer in March 1969
He served in that capacity throughout the cruise.
LTJG MEA KIN is married to the former Sharon
LTJG Jonathan C. Prccruoto. USN
A native Ofyrugugte, Georgia, LTJG PICCIUOLO re-
eeived his Bachelors Degree from Georgia Tech in
june 1968, having majored in Aeronautical Engin-
eering. He was a member of the NROTC there and
was commissioned upon graduation. I-Ie attended
Mine Warfare School at Charleston before reporting
aboard GALLANT on 10 September 1968. He has
served as Engineering Officer throughout his tour
aboard GALLANT. LTJG PICCIUOLO is scheduled
for transfer from GALLANT in September 1970, hope
fully to a Naval Research and Development activity
LTIG Richard EDE, USNR
A native of Burbank, California, LTJG EDE received
his Bachelors Degree in Physics from UCLA in Decem-
ber 1968, and received his commission the same day
through the NROTC program. Thereafter he attended
Mine Warfare School in Charleston and reported
aboard GALLANT on 24 February 1969, relieving LTIG
MEA KIN as DCA and 3M Officer. ln October 1969 he
relieved LTJG YEOMAN as First Lieutenant, MCM
Officer, and Supply Officer, serving in that capacity
through the remainder of the deployment. LTJG
EDE is scheduled for release from active duty in July
ruise A enda CONN-tents
Jume 16 Underway for Pearl
July 14-30 Import Guam for upkeep
Aug 7-20 Import Subic for upkeep
Aug 20-Sept 30 Market Time Patrol
1-16 Market Time amd Salvops in Tomkim Gulf
17-27 Import Subic, upkeep
1-16 Import Damamg
23-27 Salvage Operations, Damamg
27-30 Market Time
1-3 Market Time
8-10 Import Taiwam-Rest amd Recreation
14-17 Import I-Iomg Komg, R amd R
20-30 Import Subic Bay, drydock
8-19 Import Guam for upkeep
23 Kwajaleim fuel stop
2-3 Import Pearl
12 Arrive Long Beach
Ship 's I. D. 1
C aptaim 2
Officers 5 , 6
Whaleboat, color 28
Kowloon, color 29
EMC John Heredia and EN2 Larson
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BM3 Delbert Durfee and SN Lucas
XO makes important adjustmentg behind him, PNSA
SN William Salley, amidships
SN Larry Fellows carving for
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Montanano, SN Lloyd Hollo-
way, and SN Calvin Leblanc
In the galley, SN Larry John-
son, left and FA Melvin
Working on menu, CS3 Jona-
OPS gang, upper left standing, RDSN
Phil Kelly, ETN3 Bob Simonsg below
SMSN Pat Potter and STG3 Ed Mahler
Shhh. Nooner time for SFP2 Rickie
Quarterdeck, left, manned by ETR2
Paul Moore and SN Lloyd Holloway
Splicing line, SN Wilfred Woollard
passes the times during a long sea de-
Upper left, RM3 Ken Davis and RM2 Rich Gillett
Upper right, QMSN William Morgan
Left, FN Gary Morton and RM3 Dale Fournier
Below, left, RM3 Tom Hawkins, cruise book editor
and a portable typewriter named I-lawk's Beast
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SKSN Wayne Nelson and EN2 Larson BM3 David Mangin
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EM2 Ed Schulz and EN2 Larson
EM2 Dennis North
TN Fernando Rosario
DC3 Kenneth Dawson RD3 Duane Brown
Every crewman has his own story Q just ask himj. Here are a few select quotes-
"secure the H1655 decks: SCCUFC the C0mP2Lr1Imentsg secure the head. Fantail is secured. Water over the
forecastle. Where'n the hell are we supposed to go?" QM1 jghm-ly 5, Jackson A
-'Very stimulating. " RD3 I im Felton '
"Best chow in Westpac. just ask ole Moore. " ETR2 Paul R, Moore
"My EM's kept the gear running so well, I was able to take a fall vacation. " EMC John I-Ieredia
"And the recruiter said this was the life. . . " EMFN Douglas Moisenco
"Worst cruise I've ever been on, but, because I'm a lifer, I really enjoyed it, and would like nothing more
than to go on another one. " RDI Richard Kabel
"Any person who can hack aWestpac cruise on a minesweeper can handle anything the Navy puts out. " DC2
"Missing Japan? That brings an unquotable comment. " RM3 Dale Fournier
"Gripes? No use griping. If you don't like it, don't join. That's what the Navy Is! " SKI S. C. Batucal
"Combat reported a contact tracking on course 090 degrees at a speed of 12 knots. The bridge visually
identified the contact as Triton Island. " LTJG Donald B. Meakin
"Conn: 'House the anchor. ' Foc'sleg 'The anchor is fine. "' LTIG Jonathon C. Picciuolo
The Crew Speaks.
While Schulz Swims
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DEPARTURE FROM LONG BEACH
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On the DMZ, whistle blasts and warn-
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bring jtuiks alongside
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Fantall durmg operauons equlpment
and technlcnans were flown
A HINT TO IVAN
A RUSSIAN TRAWLER
AN ODE TO OUR SA LVAGE OPERATION
A whale swam by,
The look of hunger
In his eye.
He swam awayg
In his gut
Was the CZA
And as we search
As search we must,
Somewhere a whale
Is burping rust.
LEAVING SUBIC, astern are USS EMBATTLE, USS REAPER, USS EXCEL, USS COHOES QANL-78, net laying
shipj and USS FIRM, far right. '
Can't Believe . . .
We're Goin Home
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CDR G. E. SCHMIDT, USN, COMINEDIV SEVEN TWO ADDRESSES CREW
CDR SCHNHDT CONGRATULATES EN1 COLE above AND QM1 JACKSON
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The following are not necessarily official statistics, but give some idea what goes into an eight
month cruise on a minesweeper. The ship's beefy Packards burned 233, 198 gallons of fuel, and '
soaked in 16, 047 gallons of lube oil. Spare parts for all departments netted about 340, 840. And
the crew consumed 10,000 pounds assorted fresh meat, 800 gallons of ice cream, and 5,000 gal-
lons of fresh milk. Also, 6,000 pounds of bread. No one bothered to record how many times Doc
Stevens suggested we clear the mess decks, but responsible estimates go into the millions.
Men in the engineering department who stood sound and security watches in three sections through-
out the cruise, logged in 325 watches each.
Each radioman worked about 1, 900 hours on watch. Throughout the cruise, 1, 300 messages were
sent out and 200 relayed for other stations. Roughly 350, 000 broadcast messages were screened ,by
radiomen and electronic technicians. The. teletypes unraveled 360 rolls of paper.
Meanwhile, the Combat Information Center obtained 2, 880 radar fixes on the DMZ, and 4, 232
during the deployment.
Underway, the crew snorted down over 24,000 cans of soft drinks. And ashore, we spent a recorded
323,494 37 on purchases, as declared to customs.
On Friday, 1 May 1970, the following were awarded USS Gallant officers
and men, in order of presentation:
1969 White Hat Award: SK1 Bafucal
C. O. Gallant Letters of Commendation: SN IOIUHSOD
ETN 2 Rosensteel
Com Seventh Flt Letters of Commendation C52 P611HiI1gI0l1
, , ' STG2 Hughes
S K1 Batuc al
Good Conduct Medal: STG2 Huges fFirst Awardj
RD1 Kabel fSecond Awardj
Combat Action Ribbon: SN Fellows
fPrevious commandsj BM3 Mangin
Navy Achievement Medal: RM3 Gillett
SM2 Bisenius fPrevious commandj
Navy Commendation Medal: Lt Lamping
BM1 Boyce fPrevious commandy
Bronze Star Medal: LCDR R. L. Freehill
THE EDITOR wishes to express thanks to photo
editorNeal Larson. Some of his pictures are of
best professional quality. Also, to the XO who
supervised and assisted. And most especially,
thanks goes to the crew, without whose collec-
tive sweet tooth the financing of this book would
not be possible.
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