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RADM. M. W
Mark W. Woods, son of Mr. and Mrs. F. Pace Woods,
was born on April 28, 1918, in Whitehall, Montana. In
1921, the family returned to Lincoln, Nebraska, where he
attended public schools. He spent two and one-half years
at the University of Nebraska, where he was president
of his chapter of Phi Delta Theta fraternity. He was ap-
pointed to the U.S, Naval Academy in 1938 and was
graduated and commissioned Ensign in December, 1941,
with Academy class of 1942. He was selected for pro-
motion to Rear Admiral in May, 1966.
His first sea duty in World War ll was on board
USS NORTH CAROLINA as Signal Officer, where he took
part in the Guadacanal operations. In 1943 he became
Aide and Flag Lieutenant to Rear Admiral George H.
Ford, Commander Landing Craft, South Pacific Force, for
the remainder of the Solomon Islands campaigns. He later
served as Assistant Operations Officer on the staff of
Commander, Amphibious Group FIVE during the assult
of Peleliu and Angaur.
Three years of post graduate training in Ordnance
Engineering resulted in a master's degree in engineering
at John Hopkins University, where he was elected
to the honorary engineering society, Sigma Xi. He has
had tours as Missile Research and Development Project
Officer in the Bureau of Ordnance, as Branch Head for
Surface to Air Missiles in the Office of the Chief of Naval
Operations, and as Director of the Surface Warfare and
Space Division of the Staff of Commander Operations Test
. WOODS, USN
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and Evaluation Force U.S, Navy. During 1963 and 1964
he was the Executive Officer and Deputy Director of-the
U.S. Naval Ship Missile Systems Engineering Station,
Port Hueneme, California. Prior to assuming command
of Cruiser Destroyer FLOTILLA NINE he was Command-
ing Officer of the USS CANBERRA CCAG-23.
Rear Admiral Woods has been awarded the
following medals and decorations: Silver Star, Navy
Commendation with Combat "V", Navy Unit Citati0I15
American Defense Service Medal with one star, American
Campaign Medal, Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal with
seven stars, World War ll Victory Medal, NavyOccupation
Service Medal, China Service Medal, National Defense
Service Medal with one star, Korean Service Medal with
one star, Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, United
Nations Service Medal, Korean Presidential Unit Citation.
Read Admiral Woods is married to the former Marjorie
Jane Williams of Quincy, Illinois, and Honolulu, Hawall-
Rear Admiral and Mrs. Woods currently reside .In
Coronado, California with their four daughters, lVIal'j0l'le,
Shauna, Rondi and Pace and their twin boys, Robert and
Rear Admiral Woods, Commander, Cruiser-Destroyel'
FLOTILLA NINE, and staff reported on board LONG
BEACH January 18, 1967, relieving Rear Admiral A.3-
Goodfellow, Commander, Cruiser-Destroyer FLOTILLA
SEVEN, and staff,
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Philippine's largest city. Three days later, the LONG
BEACH lifted her anchor with regret and set sail for
LONG BEACH remained in Subic for two weeks,
with part of that period spent on minor maintenance and
upkeep. The crew was anxious to be off when the mooring
lines were slipped and LONG BEACH glided out of the
harbor and pointed her bow towards the British Crown
Colony of Hong Kong. S
Hong Kong was to be the last port o'call before
returning to the Gulf, and promised the most rewarding
liberty we had yet encountered. Tours were very popular,
but many LONG BEACH men preferred to strike out on
their own. The native-supplied liberty boats, called
walla-wallas, kept up their frantic scurrying to and from,
desperately trying to keep up with the ever increasing
numbers of LONG BEACH sailors anxious tohitthe beach.
The LONG BEACH was never again to visit Hong
Kong, but she made several return trips to Subic Bay.
With April came several changes aboard LONG
BEACH. Probably the most noticeable was the change
of weather. With Spring finally arrived, the weather
improved immenseley. We returned to the Gulf to find
most of the fog and low temperatures replaced by sun
and warmth--sunglass sales picked up at the ship's store
and the air conditioning system was checked for possible
improvements and renovations.
April also saw the Executive Officer, Commander
Smith, relievedbyCommanderJ.D.Watkirigs, USN, Com-
mander Smith had served as Executive officer since
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Probably the most spectacular highlight of the entire
WESTPAC cruise was the LONG BEACH's April visit
to Australia, After crossing the Equator in mid-April,
with the traditional Shell back ceremony still fresh in their
memories, LONG BEACH sailors descended upon the
beautiful town of Sydney. After seven days liberty in
Australia's largest city, LONG BEACH onceagain returned
Time spent on station seemed to pass much faster
than the days in port. We had so much work to do in the
Gulf, that we fell into a rigid routine, rarely broken,
which made one day seem exactly like the last. This
routine saved us from boredom and restlessness, but
didn't eliminate the crew's eager anticipation of our next
One pleasant aspect of our time on station bore a
direct result on our pocketbooks and purchases. We drew
seven months Hazardous Duty pay, which admirably in-
creased our paydays and our bank accounts. Tape re-
corders were fashionable, as were record players, radios
and jewelry, and all were direct result of the wealth
offered by duty in the Gulf.
And finally came summer, and with it the end of
LONG BEACH's first tour of duty in WESTPAC. She
had seen thousands of miles of ocean, interspersed with
port calls, where her men stopped to look, relax, and
enjoy themselves. She had experienced a variety of new
sensations, but probably the most 'rewarding of all, was
pulling back into her homeport amidst the cheers and
cries of her loved ones.
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Captain Paul Roth, USN, was born on June 15, 1921 in
New York, New York where he attended Peter Stuyvestant
High School and Queens College. He was graduated from
the United States Merchant Marine Academy at Kings
Point, New York and the United States Naval Line School
at Monterey, California.
Upon graduation from Kings Point in January 1944,
he was assigned to the Fleet Oiler USS RAIVIPOCAO-121'
participating in operations in the North and Central
Following World War ll, Captain Roth served as
Engineering Officer of the USS TURNER CDD-8341 and
as Executive Officer of the experimental EPCER 857
which was engaged in research and development work
in sound, oceanography, and electronics.
During the Korean Conflict, Captain Roth was assigned
as Executive Officer of the USS HEED CMSF-1001, then as
Commanding Officer of USS DEVICE CMSF-1285 and later
as CommanderMinesweeper Division 31 engaged in Combat
Minesweeping Operations. In 1957, hewas orderedas Com-
manding Officer of USS MALOY CEDE-7915 engaged insonar'
research and development work for the Underwater Sound
In his Staff assignments he served as instructor of
Naval Science atKings Point, in the Logistics Plans Division
of the Staff of Commander in Chief Atlantic Fleet with ad-
ditional duty in the NATO Staff of Commander in Chief,
CHIEF or STAFF
Western Atlantic, and most recentlyas the SurfaceMaterial
Readiness Officer in the Office ofthe Anit-Submarine War-
fare Readiness Executive to the Chief ofNavaI Operations.
In December 1961 he reported to New York Ship-
building Corporation, New Jersey, under orders to Com-
mission and Command BIDDLE CDDG-53.
Upon completion of his tour as Commanding Officer
of BIDDLE Captain Roth was orderedto NavalShip Missile
Systems Engineering Station in December 1963 as the
technical director where he remained until ordered as
Chief ofStaffto Commander Cruiser-Destroyer FLOTILLA
NINE in September 1966. Since assuming his present
duties, Captain Roth has been intimately involved in
organizing and planning for COMCRUDESFLOT NlNE's
deployment to the SEVENTH Fleet and to the USS LONG
Commencing in January this year as Chief of Staff
for COMCRUDESFLOT NINE AND CTG 70.8 Captain Roth
has been responsible for planning and execution of surface
operations in support of CTF 77 and SEVENTH Fleet
including the Sea Dragon operation and expansion thereof
to include the present concepts as they pertain to the
CRUDESGRU Commander CCTG 70.8 and CTG 77.03.
Captain Roth is married tothe former UrsulaReynolds
of New York. Captain and Mrs. Roth have five children:
Elizabeth, Marilyn, Martha, David and Barbara.
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