General W H Gordon (AP 117) - Naval Cruise Book

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gf, ,f . , K ' , fx N 'fl ng ' 5 ' , 1 Y: r.L.V,- , A 13. A -if 1. Qc -- , ' ,fbrj Fl ,- ' 1 -I' V "5-lf 1 gi, ,Jw Nj - ,, Y 4. K' lf' . ' ' Z, Y?" ff , f +1 an K , Q 1 , . N w ue., , W 0 'R' fs +1 BN ik -af v I' , V ' w P' Y 1' 'V 1 E I K 1 z , If , Dfw. , 'A if ' 5 , ' f 5, f -V 2 S - 'fu' ' 'V Q 4 x '. via, " "' , f. ' x Ev., , iiv V , AA we w' 5 2 .- ' , I If The U. S. S. GENERAL W.H. GORDON .f X r M x w , 'i K f ,LR af' 1 u Q5 E . The U. S.S. GENERAL w.H. GORDON A photo-story of duty aboard Navy Troop Transport AP-117 manned by the United States Coast Guard BY LT. fig? ROBERT N. AYLIN, USCGR Copyright 1945 QP d h U d S f A I I h , , on w,i TO THE CREW To each officer and member of the crew of the U. S. S. GENERAL W. H. GORDON a copy of this book is presented in appreciation of the part each has played in the success of the ship. lt is hoped that in years to come the book will revive memories of shipmates and of participation in a vital war time duty well done. ff f Mfg Commanding Officer, U. S. S. General W. H. Gordon O Ii'-' 'I 543432321 M v , ' - 1:22 -.n.,,., ,.,..,,. u .K., , .. , . ..I f .,.'. 4? ' it j' FOREWORD This book was written with the hope that it will give all who read it a picture of duty aboard a Coast Guard-manned troop. transport in World War ll. As an organization, the Coast Guard is often mis- understood through its own name.. Far-flung and varied are the Coast Guard's endeavors in this war. At the present writing over 90,000 Coast Guardsmen, almost two thirds of the entire service, are on foreign combat duty or the high seas manning vessels varying in size from attack transports to small landing craft. This book merely covers one Coast Guard activity, transport duty. However, someone writing the whole story of this sea-going branch of America's armed might would tell of Coast Guards- men at Pearl Harbor, of the victories in the battle against U-Boats in the Atlantic, Pacific, and Mediterranean, and of the hundreds of landings on islands of the Pacificg of the African, Sicilian, Italian, and Normandy invasions. ln addition there's the job that is being done on the home front-protecting the ports of America, guarding our country's 8,350 miles of coastline, and carrying out maritime duty connected with naval and merchant shipping. Of the photographs appearing here, fifty-three were made by Arthur Green, Photographer's Mate, first class, USCGR, who, before coming to the Gordon, distinguished himself by prize winning photos of Coast Guard action taken during battles with German submarines and torpedo-bombers in the Mediterranean area. Most of the seascapes and all photos of the ship her- self were taken by L. M. Liddle, Photographer's Mate, second class, USCGR, whose work speaks for itself. Photos of the GORDON's commissioning ceremonies were made by I. C. Dean Photographer's Mate, second class, USCGR. Several photos ot the crew were made by the writer. The artwork, includ- ing the jacket design and front cover, was executed by E. C. Donohue, Seaman first class, USCGR. It might be of interest to note that all the work, which includes planning the book, writing it, developing and printing all the photos ot ship life, making the layouts and doing finished art work, was accomplished aboard the GORDON while she was under way at sea. This was done in addition to regular duties. Other Coast Guard photos were obtained through the cooperation ot Captain Ellis Reed-Hill, USCG, Director of Public Relations, Coast Guard Head- quarters, Washington, D. C., and his assistant, Lieutenant Commander lack Dixon, USCGR, Director of Photography. Pictures ot the ship under construction were provided by Federal Shipbuilding and Dry Dock Company, Kearney, N. I. Photo of the ship's Christmas party was made by Drucker Hilbert Co., New York. Photo of U. S. Naval Training Station, Newport, R. I., was furnished by Navy Public Relations dwlslon' In selecting the photos shown here, the main object was to tell the complete story oi the U. S. S. General W. H. GORDON as far as censorship would permit, second, to include in pictures as many crew members as possible. Unfortunately, with the limited amount of space, and with the large organization on board, it was impossible to show everyone. To those men whose photos do not appear go sincere regrets. It is hoped that after the Victory is won and the smoke oi battle clears that we can all sit back in our easy chairs, light our pipes, break out this tome, and enjoy memories of the GENERAL W. H. GORDON. Robert N. Aylin At Sea, April 18. 1945 , , ,. -- ..,-..,,.,- .....,... .M . ......, ..,,, .,,,- 7 ,all vw., Her keel was laid in November, 1943, at the Federal Shipbuilding cmd Dry Dock Company, a subsidiary ot United States Steel Corpora- tion, beside the muddy Waters of the Hacken- sack River on the outskirts of Kearny, New Iersey. Work progressed on her hull with the usual Federal efficiency and the launching took place on schedule 1 -,ll-1, S lg w, 1 1 HU, s' fi.. -1 1 Y , 'jfs ,v pq 4. -.'1. 'V-1, VF,- ,sf v' Q N- I . . 01: .nlgg 4. 'two 7 4 ' Q ...i,. Q x f 3. Q,- '1 ,.. ,Q ,f r ,,-gal N aku.:-. , .af , Mfg, ,.. g.-. 4 -V .7 ff. x On May 7, 1944, the GENERAL W. H. GORDON was launched With the appropriate cere- monies. Over the Wires of the Associated Press to the newspapers of the nation Went the story: . . . "Named for the commander in 1917'of the 15th Infantry at Tientsin, China, and of the 10th Infantry Brigade in France, 1918, the GENERAL GORDON is in the largest transport class being built on the Atlantic coast. I. F , 4 ........,w 1....i....11- F'--lw'u"'v N-. '..,1 V . r -Q. , I ' H. - In M A ' 1 5 jg! gf' V. Q' ,fi gi, V ., . , I xt, ,Si .- - i x - 1rb'vql g V Ar., O , !l ' . .gif -- . b,, J Ar'-1.112 Q . .- rls- ' I 1 L A BE X .,.,.k. i N . 5 I 1 1 M H.-,s4f5:, 1 f . A "Christened by Mrs. Clare Huster McNair, Wife of Lieutenant General Lesley Iames McNair, Commanding General, Army Ground Forces, the GORDGN was the eighth transport of her type from the Federal yards to slip into the Hackensack river. . . an human E r . I 1 . f' ! lv a f Li .L - .., ,A,, .,,'A , Jw, ,.,.,,.,..,.w.....,,..,..........,,.....- -,., ' P ,Q X "General Gordon was born at Artonish, Miss., Iune 24, 1863, and died in Washington, D. C., April 26, 1924. For his services in France during the last War he was awarded the French Legion of Honor, Commander, the French Croix de Guerre and the American distin- guished service meda1." fi ' ij: , Nw if ' -4 1 4 1 rj X 34:17 ' 1 5' ,. nj., sig' .1 -14.-f"7 L, Tj. , 35 A vu.,- " ff ..d', hs -- 'u .y.:n.,,. , 4 V . ,. 'f N N . in WY ,f .tad . . . And while Federal completed the ship the crew began to form. gli-Mil J 453 'SL 'H T I , H:-1 ' -,v,.'-QQ: .1 - P 5 ',:f I ' we Qin 4 .-,. us, . . A,.As1 il v - . ' Y 5 9 I-fluid: A-Qaihg ' 'Y . x g ffl - .Vial ' 'Quai " A7 ' ' :Nik i 0 H ':ll',nlfflXiv:'l',x Z' ' '4 ' -Af alll' fin A O I O 5 .--"t 9 - 4 1 .4 'Q-., 1. . ...v 'E k H 'i 1:37 ,sl......,h - Zghgiihwmvvirquqr . , -A , s? . -4 ,.,,V ,V A-A in-'MMM' 'hw-alta-,, ,.,,,.,...,..,.,,--..-,,,.,,.,.,,,, 1 1 From all parts oi the World Where the Coast Guard served came the men and officers. Emphasis Was on one thing-sea experience. From the C.G.C. Ingham cmd other cutter her class. . . 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'lf F., Av., Q W Q-umm W. 4- -' 4 'P' --T' A.,,, Cl of'- f'-"gv va-, - 1 fx mir. 5 f, From the U. S. Coast Guard known training ship, the DANMARK if ng., I 1 If X ,. q X f I Q x 4. X l x 1 -1 va 5 ' Ii xl X x ' s' fm ' I X r F N ' I Q' Q X . x ,, x X -fs:.g' 7 sf '13 From DE's, LST's, Pngefes, weather eighty-three footers cmd patrol craft of i every size and description came the men. . . .. -,. , v ',- . -vv...' Under the command of the tive officer, Commander R. C. Foutter, the crew went to the U. S. Naval Station, Newport, R. I. W 'N 'k wir, iulil .-...an-v""' ,.. ..... ,f ,, -1, 1 ... Q.: 4.l5:: ':.,2:l -L Q .J ..,.. U MU.. 3 l H...-1. , .. ' Zllillg.. ,.J'-P-M ""'Nuvu,:.,,.,,,u 11 Cf Q. I -5 . "Pant 'Amps sv., At Newport they CI'l.11SSd the nearby waters on tra1n1ng sh1ps and recelved lnstruction in gunnery seamanshlp sw1mm1ng, damage control and other subyects to prepare them for the1r command They became a close-knit organization. I u u u un u n I I I I s U i 5 ' Q- ' - fi Q ,uhm -M31-, N . V t Fl'-.L - So that after or few months they were reordy to take over the S15 O00 000 Shlp they were to run and hght and call home t , "' YH Q 'Q X f' 1, So , M zwmq . 4 ,. , M ' A , i. gl 'limi V A K , X' !"!,..v,.'.., - ,Q gg i f ,.,, - - !w P,-Q I' . ' 1 Q -Nd 3 A ah a""S 4-1 X rf, '- ,- 9,8 vii? Q -J H' l "-V wf'yf.fVt ', 3: .1-Q... in dean . Ninth' wt: A 'wb 4 5. . , .I i-I x 57? V. fg S. I . 153111 ' . G Zip .514 imp, ii' 1 f 'J' -'M fi 1 i O1 Commissioning ceremonies were held on board the U. S. S. GENERAL GORDON Satur- day afternoon, 29 Iuly, 1944, at the Bayonne, N. I. Navy Yard. The crew and officers and their families were a11 there. Captain Harold V. McKittrick, USN, accepted the GORDON for the U. S. Navy. ' '-" N'-'--' ""-"-Sr-'N-- --- 'TY r 21 . -Z-1 , 'DH . LIX5 I1 ' gf g 5 S 6 e I K , ' " " 27 , r l I n "Hn-urn' N - ,, i . As the band played the National Anthem, the Stars and Stripes ascended slowly to the gait' of the mainmast, and the Navy commission pennant was bent on and hoisted to the truck. ,i Q , I V,f" ,f gl I N J mx --....,,,-SM 4. x X. f .J ' "' - X fl Then, Captain R. E. Wood, USCG, read his orders . . . "for duty as Commanding Officer of the U. S. S. GENERAL W. H. GCRDON when vessel is commissioned. . V in 'usb A if ,-as' J, In K..- - ' ' 'wr' Y I x Y . Q Hug fi, 4 AY! ,I it 1 1 H After this came the reading of a message from B. R. Waesche, Admiral, USCG, Commandant of the Coast Guard. It said . . . "The GENERAL W. H. GORDON is about to take her place on the armed forces fighting team upon the field of action, and every task and mission to which she is assigned will fit into the general pattern in the drive for victory . . . l, personally will feel an added interest in your accomplish- ments as a Coast Guard-manned vessel of the Navy. . ." .Q- az,- Q x K X K xr .K fx,x. .R ,hitxfwl W fx H vvvv f , ' Q 5 ff' f haf! W" ?f'W .1 lly, :M-ff? , f, ' :HQ , 1.4, 'fs we 1- 1, 1 , 4' :gf ir if , 'Sf f , I fu ff,m,,V I I A , sh A ' JM j' if-5 -mg'q,g,54, KV I ff, g K , ,Eg V V. 1 '- ,Q V f M :yfzg -' vfggplu an ,kink ,jf :APA Q V Qi u 1 Q aka , , 'af 'r M ,g,',. ' . W any x ' 'Y' up 5 filnfqw 'I' at i s To the tune of the boc1tsWc1in's pipe the first watch was set. 'li-5.1 . . . And, after the guests were refreshed with cake and coffee, and finally Went back to New York, the ship settled down to the beginning of her military life. Q 'K ,M .4 ,A A yy fl ,.5.,: If 1 4 1 4 -4 H, Wyf Aw.: , gf. , . "."'Y' 1 .- X 2'-w .rig .. .ep 1 -,554 .av fr-. W . 1,0 Q J x. 's After a Week of loading stores on a 24-hour-a- day basis, she finally heaved raund in the North River. Yi? 'W 1 + "z fi?f 4 4 i P -N.-...-..... ........ ,-f1.M-m...- if 1 . . . And leaving the crew's favorite port be- hind, headed out to sea. Destination: the friendly waters of a bay Where the ship would complete her "shake down" and all hands could prepare tor that final Naval inspection which would mark the beginning of active service. 1 Y 2 1 r F E i ...fwf Ll .lj A f S Drills, general quarters, Watches, more drills . . . secx bug inspection . . quarters for muster. . . Jil, - g,' Y-. 2 A " l "f'P"'-2 ' 517- ' I - V ' V A ""f 'Q I , . ' f 1 'iii-.r 1 . 2 . V t J, . f P X V nf' h 5- I Qfgggf. . 2+ 1 f s- fs'-ffkx Q L ', , v,. F .Q ,1,., ,,5 . I .V , . , my N V ,f, . 5 A x-wsm , Z 15q.v,4'-,'- fi l 5 " 1-ve:-' Q - - f ' 'r1hf.,:, - l I1 h V. . I F ' ,I wg e' Iii! . 2 2 "-Q-'nf . nf' 'v 1' 2.2.4 ., , w,,.f.F' K pv- xxx in J' J, ,fr- f M5 rt Q-4 .,, ,C 'Q nggi ' 'Y at .ff "Lower away all starboard life boats" . . . "This is a drill" . . . "Fire in No. 3 hold!" . . . "This is a drill-Man overboard!" fl? M 3 .XS " HX 'A-. vi Ya ,, .1 5 I . XR wr' -Q. 7 Q M ka-Ju-,, ..f4.L.f... I-Ill. Finally, with sun-burned faces and slightly shortened tempers, the GORDON pulled into the Navy Base. The GORDON was ready. f. z X. d 51 4 .1 .. 1 ww signs-n 3 ' 55" ' I .- s nf lv -cl.-L... I l i l 4 5 a s i Q 1 1 2 1 l E 9 i I, . i it 1 5 A A 2 3 -Q 1 l lf shi ll 2 - Ii the crew didn't comprehend her great size from her blueprints, they knew, after Weeks of running up and down the ladders of eight decks, ond going fore and cttt over the two city blocks of ship's length that the GORDON was "BIG" spelled With cotpitotl letters. X ' l 1 1 n Jaf ll. , I rm 4 s .3 , , ' , 'r ., ,i,,v,f,f I 1- ,.-' xii rv , ,.,,, W, ,ii 'www .mg Mi ,, -,. -4 ,f She is ot the largest class of Vessel specifi- cally designed as a troop transport ever manned by the Coast Guard. She displaces 20,000 tons loaded, is 622 feet in length and has a beam ot 75 feet. i ZI"j:,,,,.,, .--'JT' Av I 1 Q, 2 xx , Vp. 3 .,, ' " ff' Q . ..F'0' - 'I' ,br 1, Q 'Z , " -QE Q I ll' - ,,Q."'- 1 '-'-if ' M" 1""TX . A S- ferr- fQ,,,g'g:y -M . V FI'Z'M'1'i: f, , 3f., X 1 . ' fl--. -y it S..--3:!'gpA' .', I. , -:. ink -Rv, . l llqLkE?wfiL 4 E.,-1 ,, fp. N g Q. . fix W, . K ' 'J' vf nf' - A 5 I , 1'-f Zntuftvg' L. A' xrr Q 1 l I ?'2'5 ii.Z mtl. 4, In her structure are living facilities for over 5,000 souls. Enough wiring is strung in her hull to reach from New York to Providence, R. I., and her electric generators could easily pro- duce enough current to light a small town. 1 g 41 gi? Q x3.'?'i5 " gfiff 4, K, , ..... , -MDA, X , , , O 'x v v w Q x . X ,A I 3216 3 :W e t ' Y if 'M-msg, J ,-w-"' .Av Q 5 ,vi- e MX I 'K T mf e -5 ,Nj x I ,T '1 'f . P , .Sur f M 3 YJ XX , png Irl, ...,,tW5 1 'is -x X 1 x H. , X 4 a 2 X Dur1ng ci s1ng1e voyage the GORDON s two engmes consume enough fuel to heort cx V111otge oi 1 500 homes through cr New England W1nter . . 1 I I I 'YQ' aux gi' MA. I ' fa, ' 1 ,I K K W '60 1 9 kr V X w xx " 1 4 3 f"""' I VX,- X r . P 1 i , +1 S I Q J 4 1 I 1 l s 5 3 2 2 5 I rl 1 l 1 s. as -1 f 3 T l 1 1 Like that great American mythical character like Bunyan, stories about her prodigious dimensions have begun to circulate among the crew. Paul Bunyan, her proportions are great. And M,-5 I." '. A, - f f..gM-" ff' 1 wg --ff-1' -2??? -12 ?i L -'L Mfr- ffiif"' i"" ". f:43Z1gI ex-f fx fn. 1 .14 539' xv 2 -ar-...., ar, s-u---.R ..w,.,.-.-..-..- Y. -.,..,,,..,,, ' w rl gf fl 1 t M The GORDON's two stacks are so high, that according to some of the sailors, an unwary apprentice seaman accidentally fell down the forward stack. Before he hit bottom, he Was a chief with three hash marks and six campaign ribbons! 'X F f I The GORDCN was designed to meet the rigid requirements of the U. S. Navy. She does two important jobs. First: She transports the maxi- mum number oi able-bodied men under the best possible living conditions in the shortest period of time to the fighting fronts. 4 2 l xx S ,nv I I 1.-Q af S And second: She returns at fastest allowable speed With a large number of Wounded, providing them with all the care and comfort they deserve. 'am-T S, x Wxhk i 'WTTXHN-N, 'Mm 5 f ' ' A i" T' af' 5 f 1. R' 'wx 'W .Mk . -V., A' f-mr- Nsxwv . -l"S. ' , my -i v "" L A .-.W V 'Q """"'-Q--.,.,Q I ,J ,,,,f Ad-',,,,....--f , 4, ,gpo- 'ik But, sometimes, the GORDON brings back other cargo-tired, beaten representatives of the "Super Race". " A , 1 h.- - .1' , Wil' . N ,if 1 lag-ggi: f,,,, f A, 4- X- - - fzfl" Q," " 1 ' P . - - ' ' I4 , -o Q""- ,I f' 'r , f A if 'faq' if P. I ,4 5 .' aff Q ,, - ' -f , V p Q, , - ' Q Q " 'ff' '- pf..- t.. .r..4 ' , x ' if " ggi? ff, ,. g"' X ff le A -I RQ I., - ' q y '- , 2 . , if f u M ff x f f , I Q " ' 5 V A - x K ' . V . 1. , 1 p V r ' I ' 5 ' H' A ' , 1 -is -3 Q 1.9 ' ' I - w x .5-t . N 4' . uf rl. F' . . S Q- - K E. I i . , 4 I in 1, - L Q ' ,, 4 'Inf l V. ., .. R pb Q 0 K-'FHM . Al, I X V ' x, I "" he'-V! " E -I. -' -A xt ' '. X V J' 1 f f ' ' ff f dr 'Q-f' fN , i , -- , ' f M E - . p 1' V X tl , 'N 5-4, ' ' . J - ' LJ 'W' . , ' , , A , ' fr"- 5 WL . i ' XA ' . 'A , , A 5- .1 V1- ' ve 'I "A H f 7 4 w-N , , ', ,. h r 1 X . 1 ' 1 - . ,Q - 0 . tv. , A ,A 1 Y 1 L I E W I Q ' i r 9 P: ' ,N M f' J: 1 .1 F5 ' 3 n kgs ff QS In If J." if 'Q .1 W .1 ' 1 an ,Q l' : 4 ' z ,, . N ' I ,fig P gm I pw ' A I4 : ' 1 J I an . 41 2. I V ,, Q l r I X fi! , 'S si Af 'Z ll 5 My xl Graf' I ' -4 2 -S Ia 5 1 I, xl 'Q H I Normally, the routine of carrying troops begins on ct cold, drotity dock Gt night. Red Cross Women dispense cheer in form ot hot coffee otnd doughnuts to the Wctiting troops. Somewhere in the darkness otn Army bctnd strikes up "Sweet Sue" or perhotps "Anchors AWeigh". 5-3 g , EK, 13 s. jlk 4 A . ' if 'tj' I .- 1- ff? ff ., ,,. , Q 'KJ ' it. 'X if 3 A .L . 'xl -1 L. A Y ' 4 9 , ' A N, ,, , ' aw fi ' 8: ' -W , .N A 'g . 'Q f 1 , 7 f' H. 'A' H xl, Then, in single tile, helmeted, they come up the gangvvay. Each is laden with over 60 pounds of equipment: gun, horseshoe blanket roll, canteen, first-aid kit, musette bag, knap- sack, barracks bag, gas mask, and a small shovel for digging fox holes. No matter what his training, no matter how tired, or scared, or brave the soldier is, the orossing of that gang- plank is the beginning of a new chapter in his life. ,ff ,.. , .1 H' ig., 2 ' 'QV' 3 7 ' fr H , X . -fi ,r MH 4 Z - V' ',. Q 4. l, '. :Af is I "' 5 , -,- . ny W U fy ' Us 123'-, Q an -H " l . V. ,i r. 'I ' 1 ' ' '.- A A xl .! .I . If Q , ds: Qi npr I' 1 I iv f Q -+ 'Lai , .. ,f 1. - is 0' ' f g ,,.,.l J.. ' .1 . MS' L V . xv' .1 ' .. 2'-V. . G., I . .J 'I Oi the tens of thousands of soldiers who have marched up the GORDON's gangway, 90 per cent of them say the same Words as they step down into the ship, "Well-this is it!" Some of them Whisper this to themselves. Some of them laugh, look around to their buddies behind them and shout it. But they all say it-or think it. i - 2 M- l :r.A..x:L.-.L .. -fc "', . 5 fl- v 11.13 ii? l --xii I And each realizes that soon the War will be very real-that danger will be imminent-that between him and the battlefield lies a Wide and rolling sea. "Wonder it I'm gonna get seasick?" Stomachs tighten. Voices are ot a higher pitch than usual. N 1 1 QW? l' K U R in g -T .-. A Every member of the crew knows that past the submarine nets of American ports lies the "no-man's land" of the battle of the Atlantic mines cmd German bombers. Anywhere in the Atlantic may come U-boats, Q, E V F, E L I C . f5nQyf'2,' 25.5 . -. dl 'ir Then too, there are always the natural haz- ards-storms, pea-soup logs and mountainous seas, that make captains of ships traveling in convoy, get old before their time. M . . ff X -- n ,- - . , , . , ,.. . ,. f 1 Q ',:. -..'r,,,. SKY' y ,Pug A,-.x W. . JH.. o , 1. .'.5.':,',7n'-' V., hh ,. -,lf .x ,.f4.g A ' .- , - .I . . -4 ,h My .N ,. ..z,,5- af-.4 wr' . hr ,. ' '-"-' ' nga Vkxl, . -,Q ' 1 9 5,31-.4 X- - mwah .kb 1 - wh -4.',1x-414. s-ft ,ir X. W' fl 1 1 , ,H 1 r A., -qw, .r x 4. x A fn--.fi V L1 4, 4 ,K 1 ' I W 110 U .ax 'M .11 ' W... X , -,LiL A , Vw V s 'I W: ,I 4 s 1, jr I I 1 A w J 01 .11 a Por, convoys travel in close formation so that all ships will be protected by the screen of the escort vessels, and this formation is kept through all types of weather. I 1 I , Q . Q... . .gi , ,Msn fv,.i,,.,..- V 12 1 Q Z J 1 Y W W 1 I 5 x 'r T .. 3 After the troops are embarked each Coast Guardsman has his job to do on board the GORDON. Captain Wood tells the troops over the public address system, "Our job is to get you to your destination quickly and safely and with the maximum comfort our facilities will provide." Y ff" ' 6, 5 Ok 4' MN X 1 . , . .,..f...... ... f From the time the soldiers are escorted to their compartments by the ship's Marine guards until they debark at their destination, an end- less drama of ship operation takes place on the GORDON that passengers know little about. 'i "TQ j' H r 1 First, steam is slowly built up in the giant boilers by the firemen, under the supervision of the chief engineer, Lieutenant Commander C. F. Kaminski, USCGR+-steam that drives the two steam-turbine engines to turn the ship's eighteen-foot screws. i I1 'Y' 1 if i L- F L wg'3rJ ,Abi .' qL.03 n., ll U UYUFIYU 3' il! 106 ,.w.1'1fp, ,qog-n og . 'fn iii! 'n 7 travis!-s lglfug Qu, . f 'TY' i 'onql:o:f 1 - n 3 TE .1 iv If: 'r 1 2 ? nun-.eww :-fm.. ,M-Nunn-1-as-...... .. 1 ummm-azz.:-:ww , l l 5 The old adage that "an army travels on its stomach" is just as true at sea as it is on land- as Commissary Officer Lieutenant R. T. Swem, USCGR, will tell you. The holds are loaded with 400,000 pounds of meat, fish and poultry, half a million pounds of fresh vegetables, 76,000 pounds of butter, and over one million pounds of dry provisions-just to be sure no one will go hungry during the trip. Y ,e l 5' 'ff' rf" ' """"" f '7'r".Y.""'!d"3'?'7:i""""""T"" . M ' . , .-+ ai A ' A RW' ., ' . . . .W V ... .,.....'.,r,m' ' -,v , A.,-N st.. 1-f... .. .sf-2-we A -' - f- 4' ,J N 1 Q i 1 L Topside, the deck divisions lower and secure for sed the giornt cargo booms that Were used to load the holds dt dockside. i is.-...,Y..-in-swf'-f-f-nv.f-'L-V e-.N-W --...w..,,g-,c,,,.a,,,,,,,w- g n., i I N fl .' 'V .-. Qfm x fb ,,,,.,.:,4-7 L ' , Hcxtches are bctttened so that the ship will be water-tight and Weather-tight. X R Q G X 1, X XX uk "Wu, XS- X , . ,M 'N 'X fi . -4-',. ,,, xx S -s. . + Q - , 4, QF' , 1,-lip' , ,L ' riifgt fa if l 'az 0 fl 4 ' 71- ,f Pivimn The ship's permanent Army staif. Captain R. E. McManus. USA. ship'Spj transportation officer, make last minute tions to the passenger list. '91 X Of' yx A X fix- f F' v- -.V hi! 9 vi!! 'wglf' ! K Y Z ,..-v- a .gg fl Gunner's mates, under the direction of gun- nery officer, Ensign H. E. Dilcher, USCG, carefully cleorn and lubricate the GORDON? mighty battery of iire power. . . li' Q it a M 'G ., ax 'K - Wx few - ' w I J - X W' 1.5-11 ,L " -4' .- ,,y . nil K' X 1 -z ., 1-if - -.vw , K K V 1 V 1 .1 , - , -QA IF, gr - -,z-if 5.16 My 1, L A sr I -fa' 'L ' Tx. -""4i0:Q.i-- , 'T MM' 1 A4 ff' .1 ' ' ' 'L 'W' ,,. in fl AN w ' L Q' . ' " ' ' . gn. .. , I t 'V' if' 'lv ' -'xii -L' V, 'V - 4 X . , a ,,-. J All . H MTA 4 .4- V . I v V 'V - I Q. ..: ' l A, L 1 . , , , "' W- 'A A,, - x-- vane-V C ' ' X".mr: 9 -. Q 'N ghp+4f"fvG' kr . ' ' 'Q-'Y 'H' x . - " way. w ,I LI! ','.i,,,qa-N. 'Q Y I Q , . """"" " ' 1 ' V .1 'ai . Y. Q' dltub o . , :ff V , ..," nw lfwivg' "1 'Y Asn .. X l I -4 ' s I ' . Q 4 4' 1 1,1 7. 'lf . . . so that all guns are ready for instant use should the occasion arise. in x 'Qi 1 A At the master electric control panel, elec. tricians under Warrant Electrician D. E. Sim- kins, USCG, make sure that enough electricity is provided for the guns, lights, stoves, ovens, steering engines, Winches, and countless other outlets on board. 'ff PFS ,.. Q, 2 S 1 , . qc-.. . Y xv, 3. ,f , fa ,316 rig? X 'iran 9' -ya-V , 73 ' gm-5" WL- 752' .-'W yx. ,,-whiff 1' -uw' . " 1 i V"!'., ,W IM! D n sr f. ,bb ,V . 51' .f 1 S u 5 - an -1 In the holds, the supply department, under Lieutenant Commander D. P. Burke, USCG, takes inventory of general issue stores that have come aboard at the last minute. . S Jang 'T ,V 3? in m EVM ws BQ P ill , .Ln i s Q HF .am fr 5, . uw- 9?E1ifz2 Lggjiiifif JSHVQ5 Llagseq 1.6: ...iw . js.. 5 ' ' v X- , ,H -9: .EH 2313 tl ' hw an fn- ... dv-- 1 33- EX 594, I-- .us ' rein? 'E A 1 ilE,fEQ4rf.r!G-nun Wglsfgqjgi " 154821755 - K Yum, 'V vm:.nn'5.' 2' .. -,,,,..54h K 4 A , : . :iff f i mam "W if . x nil' RHI! 'J2..f'-'llIHHH .ds 1' MYYSSN ,. ., 353551 M' .41!1?:gE?' ,XE Luiz., lyiuxtscll .J Q-Pgf?1?'?"7 ' V L L . Av - .1- tif 0 "xiii And after taking the draft cmd securing the cargo ports, the ship's carpenters, under the leadership of Lieutenant Commander S. Y. Hammond, USCG, the GORDON's First Lieu- tenant, return to their present job of putting the finishing touches on a towing target. , gh Qi. 2 'Q , Z F .,"' 1 fi I ,. . 1 I .233-'9' fx -- Jil .1, ., 75?-,.s,, .x"'- ,.'vA n X 1 V. L , , a+ a 1. lf' www" F' 1 ' AQ wr fm, 'uf'-41 nys"-4 " 1. H9 eww HBH 43 Q ,JK 4' .. ix .try J fs- Wg l fgilllal 'ar Ay J' fx VY 0 -fy 4, ff. , uf .U r -xg, - Y 'v My W' 7 , U 4, PQ Jr v- 'Q , 5 x X 1-N.. f vrx sq w f-454 :MAF 'g,..--- w, K 4 For .f fe ,,,L,v :fy -,Q Q- a N455 1 H""" 31501-I - In the chart room, quartermasters assist the ship's navigator, Lieutenant Ioseph Green, USCGR, by laying out the navigation equip- ment, and keeping up the entries in their log. J .r"7 M,-. ,fr in.,- -.: ..'f. Hg.: A v. 'Z -we 6 5 K Q ' Q2-f 5- v, H ri-QF? f ,. The First Lieutenctnt's office examines the entire passenger list to see thot every soldier has ct life belt--which becomes pctrt of his uniform for the voyage. . w-ue., ., may wx S1 ' 4 X 'YN X 4 1 f" 'Q K fl At dawn the harbor pilot comes aboard, deck divisions take in the lines, and the GORDON, with the aid of chugging tugs, backs slowly out ot her slip into the roadstead, pauses a moment, like a colossal ocean greyhound, then moves carefully out the channel. 11" ."llF'x F 1 14 X.. vf - High on the flying bridge, the signalmen receive by blinker light lcrst-rninute instruc- tions for the convoy, and relcry them to other ships by signcrl flcrgs. NV-1, 7' 'N nga V f X A . , A v L V i-LA ' , f , 'C uns "Ulf A 417 ,,..,.. . .. .pai in 1 .Q ,QP ' The sea watch is set. Lookouts keep vigil constantly through ecrch twenty-four hours. The GORDON, filled to capacity is CI prize target that would get any U-Boat commander the Iron Cross. A 5 ,pl Xiu 3 Ml The helmsmcrn stecxdies on the course. . . D ... --Ti? 1 xW 0- V.. C' A ..-I IPI I . 5' 9 . . . and "Standard Speed" is rung up on the engine room telegrcxphs. Y ff ,-1 ' ,iii sf' 1"'X 01' S- .,f 2 5 ? ? s ? . 1-F..-I aya bv Below, the passengers, who have had little to eat for the past 24 hours, prepare for their first meal aboard ship. Mess attendants, un- der the direction of Lieutenant Cjgl G. B. Adams, USCG, assistant supply officer, are in- spected by the ship's physician Dr. Palumbo, USPHSR, and receive instructions so that food and service will be up to Coast Guard caliber. If fi" .. ab I5 f-' i git! 4 X X Y X... I N h Ks With the ship's cooks and bakers augmented by army working details, the galley is as busy as the kitchen at the Waldorf-and probably better equipped. There are complete cooking facilities, including bake ovens for fresh bread-plus a "mechanical coW" that does everything but "moo". t YI 3- , a J , lr' L , jig? 4' 1 , 1 ax .4 "PL-E1 , . - " I ' -J v. , ' X J gl' 5 , 3 '-VY ' ri f N- 0 , 'Z . K ' M Q. ' , 4, ng gx as , Q ,, ir, - . 5 is 1 i i, 3 P' 4 mmnr: ' 5" Q' FQ b A,,, 'Q 'T X , I s , .., ,E 'QQ """ 9 In the radio room Lieutenant Cjgl I. L. Mitchell, USCG, informs his department of radiomen what frequencies to guard. Radiomen also listen to news broadcasts, so that there will be plenty of material for the ship's own daily news broadcast and newspaper. f ' - n 3 : wif f""- N w. , , 'J N Sw ."c, fl u A Q I ..: 1 Q a . A Radio equipment on the GORDGN, thanks to the many new inventions in that field, has become one of the most important parts of the ship, and a complete staff of radio technicians, under Chief Radio Electrician Gustave Fried- ner, USCG, are on call 24 hours a day to take care of the delicate mechanisms included in the fields of radio and electronics. Q I K it vu,-Q.v,,,,,, ,, M.- ,.f, .. W k.., W ,- 4 Y 2 ua 1.-zwvwvf -ww ,,,,, f M W An.: . .,l .,.,, W ,Zi .QV , li. T5 5 D xx ,P .il e,ff JJ? I 5" yi ,-f li ii was .lbw il Ev 25 mNu-m.-,-,,.---,,.,.11.-in1.35.1-- W-'T---,--, .-7-'H-'cfs ,,w,-,WWHM V As the mail accumulates, the censoring board of ship's officers takes an hour off each night, under the direction of Lieutenant Cjgl Mitchell, to read the letters and to approve them by stamping and initialing each one. The crew of the GORDON as a Whole Writes religiously to those back home. , . 'ip S !Q I When the GORDON arrives at a foreign port the ship's postal clerks take charge and see that the mail arrives safely at the local Fleet Post Office. fit' -ffl , 2 J ,' f',,4 .. . ,v9'l' V ' iw'- -vf ...R 5 , 41,,, 1 -Biff :f '2 ' Q P ..- F' 2 - ,. .v ' V' .,.-..f .-we - 'T' f lif I -f,'1-1 AL! i 'ug I ,L VHAKA 1' R' f ij f Q, I 'W' ,fgkftv sr nf J K. 5 ht., k"z,v, 5 -Qi -1 1 ini-1 tv iff'-3 if J? - N951 'E 1,3 f., " xi 'X ... I A, 1 ,,'la..N 471: ,'-sf" , A M .1 In ...f" --5' -- 1.f"::v- ,N l., Q -,K jfmf-'jjj,'l Q .f in A- N. h P x --f A Q .P ly- -Y V .iv - 'S X -4 11,1 --an 1113- 'L 'K ff' W- " V . 15' Y- ' ., , 11 .. H ...A A -. ,fi 'Alix if A' Jf Q., 'Yr W ..l 1, , 1 H , ,JJ ,, " f-'TJ 'fi' 'Q- 'f--ff iff' . "fi- 4- 7"' 4'1'f' ' f 16 ... ' . " -V .,,g,-v..:: :g I 1 Q-. UA... .a- During the day "sick call" for passengers and crew is held by the ship's staff of medical officers provided by the U. S. Public Health Service, since the Coast Guard does not have its own medical corps. coc,, h We Assisted by a full staff of Coast Guard phar- macist mates, the medical department runs a full to overflowing hospital on most return trips. The GORDON's "Sick Bay" boasts a com- plete operating room, X-ray laboratory, sur- gical clinic, biological laboratory, pharmacy and galley for preparing special diets. A cc,,rc, r cccrr X .xx rL X 3 it - 4.5 ...--.lx - 1,,,, 4 -11:-. I 1. I V? :iq 4 r X,,"S..,f . 5 A 41, Wm . V. xx. xX xx' -X' " A Y if x , an x, AJ i .ni , , Lv--" .P UA -x nf" Z- X. 5 ,rp 4 5? -.,S. 2-"ix x,N x 1 1 . . . And if you have ever had a toothache you can readily appreciate having a dental clinic on board, Doctor A. A. Roobin, USPHSR, in charge. In Q X Q155 K 4 if ' c I L T 1 ' g 1 ar ' . f X' I-fl. , li O ff' kk x The ship's security is in the hands of the U. S Marines and the contingent, under the corn mand of First Lieutenant R. E. Crain, USMCR is kept busy, showing the troops to their com partrnents, manning one of the large guns aft and patrolling the decks 24 hours a day 'Qof Q! 1 K-N4 fgh: 4-'S fill' 1' lil .4 5x W' 'X . ' V f , ' I I lg" . 0 54 ' ' X - X b V S " - ,Q I. A - 'L fha.-, A , . - , Q. , .. V ,. .W FY, I Q 5 Q-1 . V 1 .V-U. ," , l ' , Q. , 'O 'A' 4 , s V.. --,kl5!,,,J3 ,agar 'O tl tl 'K A L. With a crew ot half a thousand men, there's an endless job of keeping personnel records, issuing ship's orders and handling ship's cor- respondence. Under the guiding hand of Ensign R. M. Goebel, USCG, the ship's yeornen carry on this Work, and in their spare time publish the GORDON NEWS, ship's news- paper. I I Kill! J 1 ff 1 Gne of the most popular places on the ship is the pay office. Twice each month, the crew receives its pay from Lieutenant L. W. Farns- ley, USCG, ship's disbursing officer. ix In WSJ-gl 15' Only one Navy man is assigned to the Coast Guard-manned GENERAL GORDON-Chap lain T. F. Maher, Iesuit, Who directs the religious activities of the ship, assists with the welfare of the men, and runs the ship's library. M noep-y,,L SBDC!! f-if A-OKBL Lf' 1 f f' 'f ,4- 1? 1 Ill Ni' -Q .f., ,M Q AX, - 'L Sunday is a busy day on the GORDON. Serv- ices for a large number of different denomina- tions are held for the passengers and crew, and when possible, the crew observes the day as a day of rest and relaxation. Al-"' X ,guyz ..,.:.o,f'1 f - ,P Z tl cg XX . . . And the respite is Well earned, for many times the passengers and crew hear this over the loud speakers, "All hands Will sleep fully dressed tonight." The Captain is talking-and he's not kidding. Radio reports indicate that the ship will run a gauntlet of submarines tonight. Q I I lx-' I - ' r 5 'W ,'-1, 1' Fg. ah 5. x..N,:'.-'X' . fi, ,A - 0-X"'5f'.. i Protection? Yes. A force of fast, heavily armed escorts surround the convoy, but usually the GORDON is the largest ship in the convoy- with her two towering stacks. "Why in thun- der did they build 'em so high?", is the usual query from some of the passengers. - - . , .,....- -1 ',..,--m .11 28: . 'Y Ai .Jr M Aly E , .gl V -.f, 1--,,.., V FSLMS-fiB..i " ' 'an-5'f',- Nm ' -fs, 1-4 wt- A 5:-'HP' L N' .1--five" -ww-. 14 N 1--f ,F- , , :J 1 Q lixkw- ,- an-. 15451 will-? , 'fi ' 2 .ae . . . And then, if comes. GENERAL ALARM! Bong, bong, bong. "Mom your battle stations", shouts the voice over the spectker. .f"""" 7 K E 'Sh' if - fx' 'nay 11.-AA: 1 K Q.. 5 , , ILT' A 'Y Y X, if -W , , TN, iL,V,L:..A,',v g'x..., V I V! J Aibq , . , 1, .xy X v 11 ., J. 4 ,XPS ,r .wh ' ,FI 01' .,, .Bi s 4..T':',V """' I' I my 41 Q lr- N 5 V , Q 'R "f 'fin Q. -L... I ln life jackets and helmets, the crew hurries to their guns. There's no confusion-but plenty of excitement. Out there in the cover of dusk danger lurks. Two escorts peel off and speed down the starboard side of the convoy. The GORDON lurches heavily as depth charges explode a few thousand yards away. xl, I fn, ld ,, M, ' , an 'P' K- ,Q-, 7'1" i, f 1 1 5 J kr, A-4nmn..Q yeffez F . . . And as the escorts continue their attack on what they think to be a U-Boat, all ships in the convoy, upon signal, turn sharply to the left-all keeping close formation. ' . his , A, Q., Aw 1- -vflf f ,,,,, i 1 A , H- 'F' im. 2 .x gs. 'NK- ' U29 1 3 1 1 I n ,. : - T Q, Vu Q 7 1' ? pw L+, f' nw .1 .gud ' .' 1 4 , ,-1, 11, . 1 1'-"ex I M' N' ,,, I if f . 1 A -3 -1- - 5 4 WJQQQMMEW ,,,,"1"'.,. ,V aug? 2' ,sir - n pr ' ., V-r ',, -34 1 Q N V' N I 7 fl-sv-4 7"L4'-S 'ii gf 1 'il' 1 " 1-'1'l3.?g-'if ' Q , N I p 3 0 I QW f I " S' uw A Q 3 ., 0031 V.-1 JJ- aiggvll . -N W .n ,. , . - 'x,- QM .. i "' . X , ' -1 I . J.-A' :QH fr ...QQ , , . , '.4l"' 5 1 :Hb ,, is . ' -V., , if .V , I , ,.N,,,,.., ,.Jf' K -my ig . ,- . 1, ,DJ 9.1 7 2 L ' D - It ' --P f"""' P' . b"',1..-iz,.----L, -Q .- f 4""' '- -f' :Er 1' M- , ,fx 5 gmfx- . ' -' . .-Y - . 'M A ' ' W ,, ,.f 'ur' A I " V f-"1-'glfm 'k a v 'sr' ' 'Avia -I 'V frizvl ,,- " Q ,fww 1 ..., W u. .oi N. W. n ' RMI- "Q .sqf fl- M 1 A N qt -an " K' ' -4' fb 'x Q. -,M V A K, --' 5 In 1, ,M . A" - V..-A'!...o-" K 3,....,,rf 1. V ,qv ,,, --5-1 - -. +A..gYff3gw M ,L "' . H- ff'.::y'f - " ,.-7 , 'Elf' 'N . 81, nwtf A kq,s,.,,, 'RWE' . ,. Q-, A ' ' A "' ' 1 - I, ... -11" Explanation of the action and of the convoy's maneuvers comes over the loud speaker. It's the Chap1ain's voice, describing the attack, the emergency turns, the depth charge ex- plosions. Troops in their crowded compart- ments check their life belts-just in case. 51 ei, W iw, , f-,. wr ,Q ..,,-Y ,. l . J ,.l,.-31' , V b fy. pm., .4 ,M ' 'kv I..-V v- rf "" Nd .V ,4f4 ,,,w . - .- vin li wiv. ,..f H.. YS.-al :-in 1- 1 g,,...f., .v--'A 'Vi nl fl- ,, -o tv.- h. 'R -xr .4597 Ag. 3 x -ov 'If' v -v .. pr" 'Ryu -N .g.1fjd."?"'. I ,fm- ,.....-' lf .4 ' ,, we .4 gait, .. ..1.-- :f gm -fl-lkfdri-Q . . .1 ,C ff' - '39-'nw I 'Ja ,,,egj , : 'f"""' V 1 X ' V ' "-me-L59-N-, , A uh, 54 -fx 9 ld" Tar' fhifi ' M . .44 -,,,- v , 14 4 Q.. jns,l,,.i.lv?xt:ri 'l.w,,f.. -.,. , ,V ,. ,"g,--:..a'un. Q B , - .1 1' 4 ,I ,,,,,,-ff ' sf, gpg, :af-'1f'!"' Y..'x."'e v V -- Q ,- Y- f Y f ,. n- .., Y ,lv , ' ,, -.- I "' :fl-4 . Q fe-any kg.: , -Qr: 4 .'1T!" ' -- 1- li loaf' 1 . - . 4-w ...--yrfli L k - B v. .M ,QTY V 4... ff, , - ...A jf , xv , .fu W ..-,,1..., s,.Y,.Q Y -. W , M .I . w.. . 11.-fb " 'igxgg :-ug.. an, 3',.x Ms ' ,W " -x...v is --.nJ ',v-1 gm ,u , 5 - v L ia'- ,,. uw . wr Nfl, pf v. -MF' ,-:. G . ,,V, I is x , , ,, ' fr, . V in as .Aw J X ,, - I , 5 dr fi' A v, k ' if '7"'o'fff" Od A V ,ha , , xl' V , , ' frm - -we a, --V f , u :I if J. . -. '.'-4.11 V- , 'Q . 1 "fl, - , V -I L sw-,nf . .. , nj'-f . -- A .,. 1 'Q , ' n E ' 'Mtg ' 2 1-A .........,....-. Ship's photographer Art Green, Who along with Captain R. E. Wood, is a survivor of a Coast Guard DE torpedoed in the Mediter- ranean, goes into action, shooting photo- graphs ot battle stations at the gun under the charge of Lt. Ciglt R. N. Aylin, USCGR. .-if M ,mm R13 'x ' 37.51" S . , . . . vu Y, ,- . . . But action for the gun crews does not come. The escorts have the situation Well in hand and the first voyage of the GORDON is not marred by any more attacks. A few days later, on a rainy September afternoon, the GCRDON drops anchor in a half demolished port on the coast of Normandy and the first troops to come directly from America to France in convoy march down her gangway. Q, I xv xA..L-i 6. .fi ' 1 2? '71 2- , X 3 I ,ns f.Qf'-:mvaffsmh V- W , , - ' - JYQWUT' 1' ,, , """"" "if non--f-qisi-inniuiiul - f M H-if l '1-fi 3+ 3"'LS i-gawf.L 4 A' an . , 4 J, U ,mf NE, , asian 11' mail gat" A . fp 11.41 , ,,Q5.,.SA ' 'U 1' a,.. II. 4 1 a F1 i -.gr 'V' x yi e X9 -F' - vb' ., 2, jj.. Vihlhyv A .,..s-v- rv? . 9 Oi... dip! ffm' lr 1' 5 'f H147-ff 'Qu ar .X ' ,ig xi J . 1 x Q ,fvi-ELG 1 'Bin A .4 1-"""' 1 ur O IDM ,n4"' A v-1-,wow Q .-"'4f' E' .Y I K K, P, . . 0" .n-f" pa 5 L fn For some of the Coast Guardsmen, this was their first opportunity of viewing the ravages of precision bombing and seeing at close range the effective destruction of German demolition squads. It was a sight many of them would behold time and again. ,-,,,,..- I Z ull I 'W .Pg i With the aid of local harbor pilots, Who, in broken English or with Lieut. Tyson Dines, Ir., USCGR, as impromptu interpreter, gave orders to the wheel and engine room, the GORDON's 622 foot hull was turned around practically on a dime and placed safely at her assigned mooring position. -L' .. , . .4 42 H Wu! -gixnvx ,- - 1' 1 1 'ftZf".. F40 - -Hr 'psi .- 4 I W, f fx ,310 'I -bp.. A -,.f5iiin.., li -4 ,, ,. 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' ' 0' 0 Cf-" ' 1' Z "15- "-Tw 1, The crew soon learned the value of Lire, Francs, Pounds, and picked up enough of local vernacular to order a glass of beer, or find the location of the American Red Cross Can- teen... xxx XX. 5-.. -..- F s. 1 I lm, T "--. NX ' NN'-. is 'k fu- .1 Qro- -V , 1 Wu ' 1 f -Q , .,. -0... A SLSTJXEQ -f D ...A 1' v,,.An V-1-A' -- ...H :fuufgw b .. 9 Q X , .arp p-5.1 ...ff M I na: ,.f,rw,lr- ZQ4 G . fa- L- , ... rw' Fin'-H, , . F" , Q 3' if 3 F 3. x 1 Q 4 ,K C ' 'i R ,. F 1- vm 1 Q ..,-- 115' " ' F y M. 1 fffw ' 0 s 2 ' ' 1- Q sw Y T ' ' 7'5.., i ' " V ' .. A Q H I4 Q 1 . 4 'T g H , Y . i , A I I I ' t Gum! Wm ' I 1 ,wr . is . 1 , ' f Nr ff- 5' .r , 'T 4 Q - Q .111 aKY,f .x0"f, Q , A b LQ E fb' v'- . V. L, tm I 1 ' I, , 'H ' X.: ' . if -ii w-upv-v -1 Q ,' V' "' -QI! n: ' ' 1-gf' ,L 5 0 I , Q N: fi v 'X' ,N Pt X T.: -'vs-,df ', an " fb- - A 27" . 'WL 5" M4 D f P n-9 -s . ..,.. FLE- ? ll' .gQ3,1' S , Q ,A tl 4- '-" 55 mils vt, . . S I U. -V W 'R' 5 ,L ,a I "1 V, '99 ' A M. 5 , .4 0 ' .ilu - h " ."S 441'-x" ' 'Ns aw' 51 M ww -N - - - -4 -' f Q f - .,, -, A.: ,,, , V 1 1. 4 5, ... ., 1 ing!-, Q .' - gr ' " lu u Q1 -Q .V-. if - "' ,,-j,,""q .s.,,- Q -H 7 , Q R 'i - "nfl I 1 X' . ,'f'--Am. .A W I , -- 0' ' ' Ld 6 ,, ir' .- Q : .. i t tv V " - Q v.-., . '-f-..,., ., y"'?"u f-.. -'Q 'M' . O 5 . . . or to inveigle local belles into friendly poses for photos-just to prove to the folks back home that the Coast Guard is doing its part to improve international relations . . . Q I I s 8 --64. V, 3 ul- .. 3 1544 , 31 s' r m ..........w --s "-N r .,l ,, I Ffa U49 gi N I -3' 4. e , P l 1 'Fx 'Q A r- V ff ,W 1? fy Y. 1- il' ffg I' of ,0- ,luv IQ A 5 1 3 N. . . . or to hire a guide, to see the "o1d section" which is ever or part of European ond African towns . . . l 1' X, r f EDJ s x , t .rr E 4: - f . . . 1 ,. .kyg5l"i.' ' K x-Ss- f. , ,Q . . .K A 'if n in r 1 1 F5 , , ,gq .- 4 1 5.2. .1 Jn um 1 19,63 V .11 1 9 , ' 2 ing . i i , s I gil' 2. 5 F 1 Emi mv 'f Europeans who offer their Wares on sidewalk tables . . . . . . or to inspect the handiwork of War-Weary - Mlwv lv yi'-A Eli., Q . 4 K V .5 ,M in . L. -- QM ..t. 9. . . . or to dicker with Arab urchins who come up with "Beezeniss, Ice?" and will buy any- thing from a cigarette to cr "sack" cover-if they have cr chance. Y V ,V 1 , A-, ,.-4" ' 31 ' s"'A- " . sry., , I ' rv ,V 1 ,Y V . ig ,JI .. 1 L ' ., , X. in f , A if 4 1- 67 F. 8, ' 'x ' ,f i 7-. in x -l Q r" 1 is iii' 5 9 From the first, the ship took well to the life for which she was designed: and although there were always new places to see, the routine aboard ship was just about the same: the endless work of ship maintenance . . . - 5' -K.,-Q . . . and the heavy schedule of emergency drills held so that each man would knew exactly what to do should disaster strike. I 'V 4 1 I 1 5 i i s i A i r k Occasionally, variety-in femine form-came to the GORDON. One voyage the GORDON had the entire cast of a USO road show, who did much to entertain the troops and the crew. t?'! 'ug . I' M M2 Q, ,,,,,.---""" 1--,,,-nv' "' vm X CTQ fx, We Av I' 3. ew' L H "J an-.W 4' ,qs 'V gk' f .I Q -.,A. 0 1, -:fm '55 y if 1 5 1 I 5' 4-1' in 'Y' g ' Q 111 E.. ..gg, us.'fff "-fa. P? vus,L, L fn? -1 Red Cross women were also passengers- American girls who helped to make the cross ing more enjoyable. 5' Tg ll wig K 3 'W LWQIID U I f f 1 a 4 K A ,. MN p 'I in Typical of the varied types of passengers who have been carried on board is this group photographed with Captain Wood. In it are represented from left to right: U. S. Coast Guard, U. S. Public Health Service, American Red Cross, Army of France, WAAC, U. S. Navy, USO, U. S. Army Air Forces, French Air Corps, French Volunteer Nurses Corps, and U. S. Marines. rc' ' M- - - .,.,,,.,,.,.....-.,., -- -N.. - .'.,4"W , 3' . . ,,rv ix X - ., Y-x .- -- --7--Y -' ,- w .. -5 . .1 Y ,v , v , ,QA ... , lx, A ""- Y .-'fx ' xi fg,s w- L 1- A ii -' t any-x 5 5 ' I ' T5 4-Q.. . Lfgmig i ,. 14' N, V, V, ,V ,I X I, , ' ,LQ "' f Q 1' 1 3 I rv Y.. 1-v. 1-,M 'Km-ng-nt -ii -ls. In order to break the rnonotony of the Voyage, activities are planned for the troops by the special services officer, such as boxing. . . A ?1u fl 7' -T. ,W AF, ..x Qt' ng L we 19 'large A A U 'R Z !Fl...f .. ' lil Q." l 1 my 15 50 a:'s'V' if . ffl' Y '4 3 if Q1 N ak Ql- O ,B xi- .H ,H ap, 9 hz . .P eff 3? Ki I JF' id ,gr ,. 'G , ,J ,nf f Y , 1 -'V f ,wf,f, . 'U K 5 Mgr. VN '-J" 4 . - I uf" M ,M Q Q Lf- if -up! if lb ', F qu ,IJ A ,M W it "rf if "" , ' ' , D I xg, 'I Aw? . ff tj' ,fi , . ,,. ff f, X ff V Q 5 Yr 'A - K Qty, x X f ,F . :Qi 1 it 2. ,D ,I i Q! Q . ! 5 'r 3 is fi w 1, ex 4? .4 5 1 , . a...,, ., i, G. I. soldier reviews like this one entitled GORDON's Corn is Greener" . . ' A ' ' ' """A'f':':L' if -Q-N 1 w.e- "m.sz.i. - ..i..,i.,, , -:.i.......,..-,.-.,.,. rw . 4 45125.39 ' 1 Q , s ' iw' 'f I" , fi wi ,, ar' . ,xv - .1..1gvr. fl- ., X -4. 'wr 'vi ' x 4 , 1. 4 ,p 1 4, V: rf 'QR -T Q ," Q: T ,wi J, 5 , , , pb f K' Q K.- ... 2 lm, S F 0 ,,,-K 1 suv C , an ff Y 4-AA 4 J . .N -,v. ' in, I IN Y F X r-vt 1 3 vt lil :FF E 4 Q 1 , . . . Movies for both enlisted men cmd officers in the ship's two movie theatres which are set up in No. 3 Hold and in the officers' Worrdroom. ,5, 5 ,e , 1. 1 at i , +2 ' , Y 1 ,L 74 Ha xg. ""' Q4 9' ' ' V Rf! F-, -Q' -S82 JS Then there are the unplanned diversions 1 ,iqm-. 'rv -' ffsfk 1 :nj ' 1 at , .-ai!! .rv-v xs.f" ,P k' 4 i zxg EE :JM i 7.0 ...5. f .W-7-1-Aw-wvf v, Q. ! W I 2 5 -1, E Y -5 'Z E X.. Ky if Ve .4 154 .1 . . . Reading in the ship's Well-stocked li brcxry. .. fi n 1, 43,X vt , . V M' 3 A 'Q 1 -If B fu 1 if R 'V+ 3' ,tiff Q ff' E, if . . . Writing the "sugar report" to the Wife or girl friend. . . KW N 44 .-Y , .L 4 .4 v,. n. N., , x r i x 0 - 5 Y' W 'J' W .H A .,...- W., ,ff fra l , f LiL - I It --,L 1 My m' , . ,?i.,g '4- vn- .. l g'i"un-rdf' un.. P 5 Washing GITMO, ship's pooch 1 g 1 ,Q tn 'li ju' Q as C' i 4 SQ A -42' "' 3 ' 1 :U an :Q i. Exe . 5' ' .3 ,P iv xx! 11 -, ,,.. - J" 35 - w lu ' .,. O 1 i S YI Q . f '... m sz, -. 2 M-' "' ' ' Y "M 1'--.V Q-LS' " . . . or "chowing down" onthe mess deck and discussing the latest "scutt1ebutt" with ship- ITICITGS. 7-A . ...WW -, f-W 47" Q .HH ' v fi 3 g v 1 Ili: 4 , n E I N 1 1 Xkr! , A X 4? i xi The short period in port provides little time for leaves, for the crew Works harder and longer in port, preparing for sea, than they do While the GORDON is under way. LT, F..- .-nv ..-.Y.-- - V w- 4 Rx 1 1 ' , , Y' ff. -.. 3 Q.-A , in J-9 "' However, occasionally the enjoyment of liberty is heightened by a ship's dinner party such as one held for the officers and crew during the Christmas holidays at the grand ballroom of the Waldorf-Astoria. a 4751 is But each time the GORDON Weighs anchor, or leaves the security of an American harbor, her crew and officers are back on the job, remembering the Words of the Commanding Officer back on that summer afternoon when the GORDON became a part of the Coast Guard . . ' raft V"w..."'.-,...g...,, .a ,uk ,, , A ' U V - ' ..-., . .,..... ..., - .-.,.,...-,.,-.........., ..- ... .. AV -Y. 1 1 4' 4 fr ' X iisfgl A . . x I - r . Q' c'0 1 .qv I ' 41' 09500 qqujoggoi 1,"ff1a' ' . "J 1 x A I u ' L Q ' A , - , V ,A-.X Q U.. ,, 4 n ' u ' ' L- ' w,,Q Mug, 41 A V ,A , , ,1i ' A ' -3 ag ',, f s,,x'. , 1 4- . ' Him ,. IVE 0 4 Vi- ' 1-ga a ffm xt A 1nev,,.rf -j.'+w. ' 15 ' ,X O E K r it ' ' 4 9' PVT. . ' Q -- -a M-. . , X' Q 'T' n I I .. , 4 ' Q 0 l Q ,l M -ii? He said, " We have been entrusted with the best designed, best constructed, and best equipped transport in this or any other man's navy. Maintaining that trust is a personal responsibility of each individual officer and man on the ship." And in his heart, each man feels, as he leaves for ports unknown with the ship's precious cargo of human lives, that he is doing his part in the Winning of final victory. 1 ,.,. ,A,qgzptvqgrififj,gr"':ifxgre, ,?,, , 1 ..V-. : ,..1 . ...., , , ,.,,. L ,,1L4i.' ."- i , - ,,...--.,s Y ,- YYV. ,, , W- .:1:,-.,. h-.-:.f,s..-.is-.. .sn s fs - v 1 ' 45, ,wh fm: , vm WMM' 7'2z.,f,'w? X 0 , Wi: ,,, :M ,, e X 1 1 A -2 .aa fu X Y w w 1 1 ,,,g, 5775 51:91, Q L' if , , , , . 'L e 2 x wk , .:, -2. rg-f ' 83,3 I E-qw. ,gm X .xy ,un -A -am v


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