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USS MONTICELLO lLSD-351 bears the name 0 t e 0 . ,
Declaration of Independence and third President of the United States. She is the third U. S.
warship to bear that name. Her armament, troop and equipment load capacity and speed make her
a versatile top performer capable of multiple amphibious tasks and very much in demand by the
Fleet. ln 1971 alone she steamed over 40,000 miles.
MONTICELLO! keel was laid at Ingalls Shipbuilding Corporation, Pascagoula, Mississippi, on
6 June 1955. She was launched on 10 August 1956 and commissioned on 29 March 1957. After
' ' ' ' t via the Panama
outfitting, MONTICELLO trained at Norfolk, Virginia and sailed for the west coas
Canal, arriving in San Diego on 29 May 1957.
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Meeeeeee 1971 was an eventful and well-traveled year for the crew of the IflOlVTIClfLLO. The tempo
seemed to never slach as home port periods were spent preparing for another of the six underway
operations or deployments of the year. Under the new command of Captain W. Spangenberg, the
year began for USS MONTICELLO as other years have begun for other ships, in home port San
Diego, anticipating refresher training and amphibious training, and then a normal deployment to
the Western Pacific for duty with the Seventh Fleet. But p1lON1'IClfLLO,s schedule soon changed:
partly as a result of an Amphibious Force reorganization which made MONTICELLO available,
and partly as a result of plans in Washington to build a naval communications station on a tiny
coral atoll in the Indian Ocean. MONTICELLOES large wet well was needed to transport unusual
things to a very unusual place in an effort called Project Reindeer Station.
Changes followed changes as the months progressed and when 1971 drew to Cl Cl0S6,
MONTICELLO had made not
Carrying equipment and materials outbound and ret, if h
from Viet Nam.
one but two long and interesting trips to Diego Carcia Island,
urning uit. retrograde equipment sent home
In the summer period between these two long voyages, MONYYICELLO took part in several
Slwrcef 0P3fU5i0n.s which tools us to Hawaii twice, to Bremerton, Washington and to Camp
Pendleton Cal' ' ' ' '
, tfornia, for the amphibious landing phase of a First Fleet Readiness and Opera-
tional Ilvaluation exercise.
The year 1971 will d h
en muc as it began, with MONTICELLO in home port San Diego, looking
forward L0 the USM! Sequence Of aC5iUili6S in a ship's overhaul-training-deployment cycle. But
me m'e"'?m'5le days, f7lil6S, people and places have made a very unusual 1971 for MONTICELLO
Sailors: Che aCC0mPliSlW1'6fl5S and experiences of MONT1CELLO,s people using their own talents
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and :assigned to the Pacif' Fl ' '
xc eet cruiser PASADENA in 1947. .He was deslgfla e d Viet Nam
in NAU. and has served in carrier-based f' li
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X-Division is the focal point of all administrative paperwork
on hoard a Navy ship and is composed of Yeomen, Personnelmen,
and Postal Clerks. The Yeomen manage the Ship's Office, which
is the center of 'shipis administration and correspondence. They
handle officer's service records, legal and public affairs papers,
and mast reports. T i
The ship's Personnelmen take care of aiifjiinlistedl men's
service records and handle' all request chits educa-
tional courses and courses for rating requirements.iii-coli
The Postal Clerk is responsible for the cqjiiplefepostal
service of the MONTICELLO, selling stamps andiimoney orders,
sorting and postmarking letters.
PN2 C oray
'fader the direction of the Navigator the quartermasters of
N-Dixision .assure that the XIQ,YflClil-l-O gets to where it is
gunz safely and on time. llginghnclgstinl and loran navigation as
v-.eii me rndnr to cmipute fiurltlqffnmintain n continuous plot of
our poszti-an when underwiy. h lilkion they keep our charts
'JP-I-J-.idU? and zztuntnin the bilge, pilot house, chart house and
fl-.mg bridge. lhew. strand watches around the clock at sen to
esxsure tie -unter-sv. of our xuyage.
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SM3 Myers, SM3 Galvan
GC Division, comprised of Hadiomen, is the
communications huh of the MONTICELLO. During our
cruises they were our ,Connection with the rest of the
world. The MONTICELLO HOTLINE kept us informed
of world events, sports, and the stock market.
A Radioman's job includes maintaining, tuning, and
operating 18 different types of transmitters and 28 various
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The Radarmen are the fog eyes. of the ship.
They track and plot courses and speeds of other
ships and planes in the sea.
During General Quarters and condition lA,
the RD's advise the officer of the deck as to the
ship's maneuvers and control traffic for planes
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and landing craft. Radarmen an e p
operation publications and orders. They stand
underway watches on the PPI scope in Combat
Information and assist navigation on Sea and
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Deck force is composed of First and Second Divisions.
Responsible for the operution of the ship's capstains,
winches, cranes, davita, forklift! and boats, the boatswain
and seamen of these divisions play essential roles in the
mission of an amphib. In addition they maintain all weather
'decks below the 03 ala-vel and several compartments including
troop spaces. Theiruibasic lD0ll are A swab, paint brush,
Sanders, line, ro qglmarlin I ika, and sewin machine.
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During numerougfibn-loltla and off-loads at Port Hucneme,
Diego Garcia, Tau. long arduous hours often
running all night Ybfypthese men. During ROPEVAL
71 they proved th'et?t"-iawwfyi io function efficiently in an
Amphibious Operation and on occasion safely conducted
an UNHEP evolution.
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I' C' t I Technicians make up Third
Gunners Mates and 'ire ion ro '
Uivision. The Gunners maintain and operate the MONTICELLO's
six twin It-int-h gun mounts. in addition they are responsible for
the safe stowage of unnnunition and all magazines. They maintain
nil wen ons in tht- ship'-1 nrniorv arsenal and function as the
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of the ship'B iunding party.
The- hire Conlrolmcn innintnin and operate the radars, directors
und i-icctro-mechanical coinputcr systems which track and keep
tht- guns pointed at their intcndcd targets. On occasion in
int-lenient wenthcr such as dense fog. when other radars an
nnvigntiqnai systems are at the mercy of the weather, the FTS
ply their ciicrgit's and resourccfnincss to lock-on and track
iinportunl nnvigutionui aids to insure safe passage through
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nmmtmn the 'Slain Propulsxon Plants wluch turn
the slup z- blunt screws and drive the slnps
Nruu Generators provxchng electr1c1ty for
luylxtmg and delivers the punst fresh drmkmg
s-.mer an nluble anywhere nn the world as well
run more pure feed water for our tlursty
l il -rr lrsm the low pressure dxsullmg plants
ll y url. also l'eBp0l1B1ble for the ballast
f 1, x lxiclm mulce our mission as a dock landmg
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The chief function uf the Ni0N'i'ifiifl,l,O's Huiier
Technicians is the operation and maintenance of the
ship'f-1 two 600 pound modified D-type: builers. ln the fire-
ronm wnrid of muchinery, pi ing, noise and tcmpcrutures
frequently reaching 120' Ig, the men uf H Dixismn
muintnin an close eye on numerous guys which iridiuulc'
steum pressure, fuel oil nm-i, feedwater li-wl und imiivr
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E Division is made up of Electricians and
Interior Communications Technicians.
Electricians control the distribution of
AC and DC electricity throughout the ship,
and along with theiiflfrngen stand watches on
the engineroomewitthboards for this purpose.
EM's maintenance y-Work'-:involves virtually
everything electriobalfrom flourescent lights
to re-winding motorsg they charge the boats'
batteries and repairboat electrical systems,
maintain and issue ship's power tools, and
keep the ship's running lights and search
lights in top notch shape.
IC-men make sure the 1-MC is fully
operative so that the Boatswain's call can
always be heard throughout the ship. They
maintain the ship's numerous fire, flooding,
and security alarm systems as well as the
ship's master gyro, its repeaters and the two
boat gyros. 'IC-men maintain all sound
powered phones and ship's service telephones
and all associated gear. The IC-men combine
tape decks, radios, amplifiers andscores of
remote speakers throughout the ship to
provide entertainment for the crew. Along
with the electricians they bring you nightly
movies and the Sunday Matinee.
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EM3 Smith, FN Doncy
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furniture. DC-men maintaiii
fire fighting and NBQ
emergenc ' 1 -
fires, flooding, contamination, helo crash?
damage and assistance to other ships in need. 8
Shipfitters are the ship's plumbers and welders. Their
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five lockers con
turns out repairs to valves, plum ing, afoundationggg
scores of varied products such as clogging , jf
stancions, metal cabinets, tanks and racks andfliq g
of all types. During our Diego Garcia Voyage the
up with Boatswain's Mates of USS VERNONQPEQUNTY
and poured a new socket for the wire Cgblefsf VERNQN
COUNTY'S Main Deck to Tank Deck rampiifiiiging rig.
More recently they helped everyone with the inginlation
of scores of new personal lockers. DC-men and s'wi,.,1h
stand sound, security and DC 'Central watches.
modern welding, sheetmetal and pigffitting shop reguli g i
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up with a little recreation. An empty well deck
would function as a gymnasium for basketball
tournaments, volleyball, jogging, frisbee,
football, or when flooded, a swimming pool. ln
addition, cookouts were held on the mezzanine
deck where everyone could get his fill of steaks
and hot dogs while being entertained by the
liven the marltsman could be satisfied by
Skeet shoots held on the 02 level aft. Clay
pigeons were slung off the side of the ship as
shooters attempted to hit them with shotguns
provided by the welfare and recreation committee.
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f rers have honored ceremonies synonymo
' f Gibraltar qualified one to enter the
Since ancient times sea a
Neptune. ln the .Middle Ages passing through the Straits 0
ancient domain of Neptunus Hex and even the Vikings believed they received certain privileges
from Neptune upon crossing certain honored parallels of latitude. ln modern times the tradition
and ceremonies are observed upon crossing the Equator.
During deployments in 1971 the MONTICELLO crossed into this region twice, first at a unique
point few have encountered: 00 00'V latitude, 1800 00' longitude, the double throne of Neptunus Rex
and his Dragonic Prince, the Golden Dragon. ln the Royal Court, unworthy pollywogs who had
tried and initiated into the most ancient order oi Golden
never crossed the equator were
f m Pearl Harbor to Tonga during
' l' ceremony occurred enroute ro
h d reviously crossed duly
The second crossing the ine
our second Diego Garcia deployment. The Golden Shellbaclcs who a p
initiated all new pollywogs. 1n these ceremonies 98 MGNTICELLO men entered into the fabled
Kingdom of King Neptune as Shellbacks.
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Sydney, capital of the state of New South Wales, is the'olCl6St
and largest city in Australia with a population of QA m1ll1OI1.
ltounded in i788 as a penal Colony, it has developed into 8
fascinating international city, a center of industry and finance
and the busiest port in the South Pacific.
Sydney's skyscrapers rise up just south of the old section
known as 'lihe liocks, the tallest building being Australia Square
'l'ower, rising over 600 feet above the harbor. Not far from
Australia Square is the Sydney Opera House, still under construc-
tion nfter ll years of building. Between the two buildings lies
Circular Quay whose busy ferry boats and fast hydrofoils take
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commuters to and from work and many sailors an oca re
to the world famous 'liaronga Park Zoo and Aquarium on the
liarlmor's northern shore where many see their first kangaroo or
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llurbor liridge, just two feet shorter yet double the width of its
Many lVlON'l'llIlCl.l,,O sailors surfed and baked in the sun at
liondi licnch, took in the night life of Kings Cross, or hiked in
nearby mountains. Many enjoyed one of several daily tours which
were available. Some even found their way to New Sguth Wales
llnivcrsrty for a pop concertg but nearly everyone spent much
time trying to understand the Australian language.
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Fremantle, Western Australia's principal
Po,-ty is the "Western Gateway to Australia."
Thousands of travelers and migrants from the
world over gain their first impression of Australia
and its people at Fremantle. In addition,
thousands of tons of imports and exports are
handled by the modern port facilities annually.
Unly ll! miles up the Swan River from
l'rcmantle lies Perth, the capital city of West
Australia. ltlrom early settlement in 1829 Perth
has grown to a population of 600,000. Recent
developmf-nt ol rich mineral deposits in West
Australia is greatly influencing the future of this
heuutiful -ity of parks.
Highlights of MONTICELLOE visit to
Western flustralia consisted of athletic and social
ew-nts at llhl.-XS l.EPlUVlllN, tours of the Swan
llrfewcry oliserving the process and partalcing of
the fruits 'il the brewing art, and treks out into
thi- hush vountry of Yanchep National Forest to
hutch a glimpse ofthe local wildlife in its native
On Nitty, Day, 27 October, Captain Spangenberg
with .in honor guard from NlON'l'lCi'iil.l.O
purtiiriputi-fl in a wreath laying ceremony at a
nll'nuu'i.tl honoring U. S. Navy submariners who
lost tht-ir lives while operating out of Fremantle
llllfllltl ll-wld liar ll. Captain Spangenberg was
tlwotiipuritff-l hy the American Consul from Perth.
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located in the heart of the lndinri Ocean.
lhe i-slunil Diego l
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by Portugese explore-ra hu! remuiried unsettled until the French
estuhlinhed coconut pliuitutioiis there in the early' li'00's. when the
French lox! the urea tu the lfnglish the plnntutioiia were operated by
companies based in Nlduritiuni and the 5:-xchelles lslunda, me well as
ltnglund. Une of the-se plunliitioiis rc-iiiuiiied in operotion until late
l.uti- in lflfifi iluwliin 'ton und london Hi 'neil ci 50-year ii ref-ment
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station lhiit woulil ilosv the grip in llritisli und Ainericun Nnvul
communiiaitionfi in the' liifliun liilivnii.
MON'lillQl'il.l.U has plum-el un ini-triimr-ntiil role in the initiul
phases of this opvrutiiiii, fll'HlKlltlll'fl llroject llcinilner Station, hy
making two rleplmments-i to llif-go liiiriiu in WTI 1-mlmrking Navy
Sea Hoes, niuteriail, und cqiiipnicnt for ifoni-striir'tion of fuel furins, un
8,000 foot air strip. housing, nn influutrinl ronipli-x und mitcnmii-4.
ln addition, during the second dr-ploynient, MUN'l'llil'il,l,O provided
dry dock services for hull rcpuirs to thi- is-alnnd's bout pool while
anchored in lficlipse Bay.
During both visits time was set aside for a ship's hnacli party
w ere eer and coconuts were the primary refreshments. 'l'he ii-ilnnd's
pure white sand beaches, clear water, and coral reefs offered
fantastic swimming and skin diving opportunities.
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During our short visit MUNTICELLO sailors
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handicraft, tapestry rugs, and pewterware.
For the sightseers the island offered such points
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Gardens, an American rubber plantation, the muddy
Singapore River, the majestic National Theater, and
priceless pieces of fine jade in the House of Jade.
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with a Chinese accent, or China with a British accent, Hong Kong
offers something to all. The Wanchai District, a destination of
many, offers all of the intrigue advertised in the World of Susie
Wong. The eager buyer can find top quality electronics, cameras,
silk, art, furniture, and tailor made clothing for fantastic prices
all under one roof at the China Fleet Club. The camerabug and
adventurer can discover a panoramic view of Victoria Harbor
from Victoria Peak via tramway or journey via the Star Ferry
to Kowloon, then by bus through the countryside of the New
Territories to the Red Chinese border. For the gourmet there
are the floating restaurants of Aberdeen amid a city of sampans
and junks. However you think of Hong Kong, each visit to the
world's most alluring bargain counter reveals something newg
perhaps because something is always new in the fastest growing
city in the Far East!
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Yokosulca, America's largest and best equipped naval l-use in
the Western Pacific. To MONTICELLO sailors it sorted as nn
enticing bargain counter with an unlimited selection of Jupnnese
products including cameras, handicrafts, and electronic gt-nr nt
the large exchange facility.
For the sightseers it was the gateway to japan: fifty minute-ft
to Yokohama or only an hour and twenty minutes to Tokyo by
train. Many braved the cold to snap pictures of the scenic
tranquility of the countryside, majestic Mount Fuji, the hustle
and bustle of the world's largest city, and the architectural
sp en or of ancient shrines.
Japan is a wonderful blend of new and old. Most of the people
who dwell in Tokyo are completely westernized cxce t for 1-4
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of the traditional rituals such as removing shoes hefore entering
a home and bathing communal style.
om the crowded streets of Yolaosultu and its beckoning
haven of Thieves Alley to the top of 'liolcvo lower, ,lnpun is nn
oriental playground for Seventh Fleet Sailors.
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Some of Tonga's interesting postage stamps read "The
Friendly Isles, Where Time Begins." This only independent
Polynesian Kingdom is a group of 150 South Pacific islands
just west of the International Date Line with a population gf
almost 80,000 on 45 inhabited islands. Strongly under the
influence of Wesleyan, Roman Catholic, Mormon and
Seventh-Day Adventist missionaries, Tonga enforces the
strictest Sabbath Blue Laws on earth.
As the MONTICELLO approached Nulcu'alofa, the
capital city on the main island of Tongatapu, she passed
near the white wooden Victorian Royal Palace, spired and
turreted, home of King Tanfa'ahau Tapou IV who stands
six feet two and weighs 320 pounds.
Tonga's great scenic attraction is a stretch of roclty,
terraced coastline where the surf pounding into holes inthe
coral reef sends geysers spurting sixty feet into the sky.
Although only there for a few hours, the crew took advantage
of the beautiful beaches, tropical scenery, and unique
souvenirs of this South Pacific paradise. Among tlie
interesting souvenirs available was taps cloth, which iS
still widely made and used by Tongan pe0pI6 in their
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MONTICELLO in '71 than San Diego. Fuel stops,
customs, and some liberty typified our visits to this
During the day, the sun-bleached beaches of Waikiki
saw many sailors delighting in the pleasures of body
surfing, soaking up sun, and taking a dip in the blue
Pacific, while others visited Diamond Head or toured
the isle of enchanting flowers. Nighttime flashing signs
of downtown nightclubs attracted many of the crewg and
some experienced the famous Hawaiian drink - a Mai Tai.
The crew also enjoyed the steak and lobster dinners as
well as the entertainment which was provided at the
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The "Cello" has traveled to the ends of the earth,
Stopping in fapan, Viet Nam, and Perth.
But we,re on our way home now, for at least a day,
V It may be almost a month before we get under way.
Its time for the yards, hard work ahead,
A Fixing the "Hof, cause she,s almost dead.
After we're through, all should be smiles,
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1971 ended with the MONTICELLO returning
home to families and friends. December also
brought a change of Command thus ending another
episode in the life of the NIONTICICLLO and
commencing u new year with a new Commanding
Officer as Captain Walter Spangenberg, Jr.
turned over command of the USS MONTICELLO
to ffmnnmndcr Bruce A. Tager.
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C0mmander Bruce- A. 'Pager
Commander Tager enlisted in the f'iav7, in 18151 and 2.1'lYiil'iL'f!Cl
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Commissioned as an Ensign in the ljnrestrictffd line in 1956
through the USN Integration Program.
Since 1956 Commander Tager has served in various capacities
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He has experience on Destroyers first as Weapons Of icer, e
later as Executive Officer of the USS RICHARD S. EDWARDS
liDD-950l. ln addition, he has had two previous commands,
USS PAGE COUNTY QLST-1076i and USS COOK fl,PH-1305.
Prior to taking command of the MONTICELLO Commander lager
was at the Fleet Computer Programming Center, Pacific. where
he served as Head of the Amphibious Warfare DeV6l0plH9l1l
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