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IN MEMORY OF
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JOHN WILLIAM DOBY
Hospital Corpsman First Class John
William Doby, United States Navy, served
his country well, that he surrendered his
life in the defense of freedom. His sudden
and tragic death was a great loss for the
"Doc" was a leading petty officer, a
corpsman with professionalism he set for
himself in carrying out his ability and de-
sire to help othersg a friend, a qualified
Officer of the Deck, and a morale builder
for the crew when the MUNSEE went to
sea for several weeks at a time.
This book is dedicated in his memory
by the Officers and Men of the MUNSEE.
I dedicate this note of praise to a
friend and fellow shipmate of mine who
passed away on this sixth day of February
in the year of our Lord, 1968.
A corpsman is needed by every ship
for emergencies of different types, but
somehow, as I look back, John was needed
in a more special way. To me, he was an
older man, but somebody whose authority
you respected. I could look up to him. These
few words that I write are not enough for
him, and his sudden death hits us all very
deeply. I will close with this prayer: Al-
mighty Father, we entrust all those who
are dear to us, to thy never failing care
and love, knowing that Thou can do much
better things for them than we can desire
or pray for. For this life and the life to
Feb. 6, 1968
RADM W. V. COMBSJR.
Commander Service Force
United States Pacific Fleet
RADM N. G. WARD
Commander Service Group Three
LCDR R. L. GOODWIN JR.
Lieutenant Commander Robert L.
Goodwin, Jr. received his commission up-
on graduation from Massachusetts Mari-
time Academy in August 1958. He assumed
command of USS MUNSEE on January 3,
1967 at Adak, Alaska. LC DR Goodwin
achieved his present rank shortly after the
Ship's deployment to the Western Pacific.
In September 1958 he began his Naval
career aboard the USS AMHEARST QPCER- 1
853 trainin Naval Reservists on the At-
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lantic Coast and on the Great Lakes for two . ht ml'
years. His next assignment was the USS
DOUGLAS H. FOX QDD-7793 as Operations
Officer. In February 1964, LC DR Goodwin
was enrolled in the U.S. Naval Post Gradu-
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LT E. E. SEARS
Lieutenant Everett E. Sears began
his Naval career in January 1955 and
was commissioned on LDO in March
1965. Joining the MUNSEE in July 1965,
Mr. Sears served as the Ship's Engineer
Officer and later, as Navigator. He soon
mastered the many administrative de-
tails involved in operating a sea-going
ATF. Mr. Sears was promoted to the
rank of lieutenant during MUNSEE'S
cruise to the Western Pac ific.
Chief Boatswain Joel Porter entered
OCS in January 1966 after completing his
enlisted Naval career as Chief Quartermas-
e 'oined MUNSEE in April 1966 as First
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First Lieutenant, Supply Officer and Assist-
LT E. E. GAGE
CHBOSN J. PORTER
Lieutenant Ervin E. Gage, a graduate
of Adelphi Suffolk College, Oakdale, New
York, received his commission from U.S.
Naval Officer Candidate School, Newport,
Rhode Island, subsequently being assigned
to MUNSEE in October 1965. Mr. Gage was
promoted to the rank of lieutenant during
MUNSEE'S cruise to the Western Pacific.
LTJG J. H. HALEY JR.
Lieutenant Qjgy Richard F. Baker, a
graduate of the U.S. Naval Officer Candidate
School, Newport, Rhode Island, reported
aboard the MUNSEE on January 4, 1968 to
assume responsibilities as Engineer Officer.
Lieutenant Qjgy John H. Haley Jr., a
graduate of Georgia Technical Institute, re-
ceived his commission from the U.S. Avi-
ation Officer Candidate School, Pensacola,
Florida in November, 1966, Mr. Haley
joined the MUNSEE on January 25, 1968 as
Communications Officer and Diving Officer
LTJG R. F. BAKER
USS HIUHSEE' 'HTF-l U7
MUNSEE was authorized by an Act of
Congress on September 20, 1941. Her keel
was laid on August 20, 1942 at the United
Engineering and Drydock Company Ltd.,
Alameda, California. The MUNSEE was
commissioned on October 30, 1943.
MUNSEE is a Fleet Tug with a proud
history of continuous service since com-
missioning. She proudly displays 13 medals
and ribbons. MUNSEE, in keeping with the
traditions of the Navy bears the name of an
Indian tribe the "lVIUNSEE."
As a unit of the mobile logistic support
force, the mission of an ATF is primarily
salvage and towing of ships which are battle
damaged or non-operational. Tasks which
an ATF must be capable of performing in-
1. To be capable of towing at sea oper-
2. To perform salvage and rescue at
3. To perform diving operations.
4. To be capable of extinguishing fires
of vessels in distress at sea.
5. To be capable of limited self-defense
against air and light surface attacks
MUNSEE is 205 feet long and 39 feet
wide. When MUNSEE is fully loaded with
fuel, she weighs approximately 1,650 tons.
She is powered by a diesel electric power
plant which develops 3,000 HP, and produces
a maximum speed of 16 knots. At economi-
cal speed she has a cruising range of over
On the fantail there are three drums
of wire. The large one or 2" towing wire is
used for handling large vessels. The two
smaller drums hold 1" wire which are used
to tow target sleds for surface gunnery ex-
MUNSEE is a hardworking vessel enjoy
ing a fine reputation of service to the Fleet.
This is attributed to the high performance
of the officers and men who serve her in
defense of freedom on the high seas.
It is a sincere privilege for me to have
commanded MUNSEE during her cruise to
the Western Pacific. During the past several
months, MUNSEE and crew have steamed
several thousands of miles as a unit of Ser-
vice Group Three, attached to the mighty
They were hard rigorous months of
constant vigilance, often at sea for extended
periods of time with few liberty ports in be-
tween. But the performance of all hands has
been magnificent where strict reliance on
training and responsibility was put to the
We have spent many hours together in
a company of wonderful shipmates. I was
honored and proud to have been your Com-
manding Officer. We have seen interesting
sights, and helped to spread good will to
the countries we have visited. We have
shared trying experiences in defense of our
cherished freedom, an inborn sense of loy-
alty to our beloved United States.
As you read through this Cruise Book,
relive those days aboard the MUNSEE and
her cruise to WESTPAC.
I wish you fair winds and following
seas, and Godspeed in your future ahead.
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Following an extensive refresher train-
ing period at its homeport in San Diego, the
Western Pacific bound crew of the MUNSEE
exchanged farewells with their families and
friends as the Ship weighed anchor on Octo-
ber 19, 1967. Utilizing her towing capabili-
ties, she took along two barges of equipment
supplies and steamed out for the blue Pacific
The first stop, Pearl Harbor, Hawaii,
gave the men a chance to catch their first
glimpse of the tropical countryside, white
sandy beaches and tourist centers, coupled
with brief exercises in rescue and assist-
ance procedures and precision anchoring
techniques in shallow waters. After com-
pleting replenishment of supplies, MUNSEE
slipped away from her Hawaiian berth for
a 17-day sea voyage, to arrive in Subic
Bay, Republic of the Philippines on Novem-
The Ship's stay in Subic was cut short
when she was assigned to tow two lift craft
fYMLCsy to Vung Tau, South Vietnam, as
replacements for the craft that were there.
For extensive turnover and rigging prob-
lems, MUNSEE received a commendation
for a job well done from the Commander of
Naval Forces in Vietnam.
With another craft in tow, MUNSEE
fought her way back to Subic Bay through
adverse weather conditions, but safely ar-
rived on December 20th.
Her presence in Subic over the Christ-
mas holiday enabled MUNSEENS crew to at-
tend real Church services for the first
time in over a month. It gave the cooks a
chance to prepare a fine Christmas dinner
without having to fight the continuous mo-
tion of the sea.
Following brief target towing opera-
tions at Subic, MUNSEE was assigned a
mission in support of the mighty Seventh
Fleet operations which sent her back to
Vietnamese waters in January 1968.
A weary but spirited crew spent sever-
al weeks at sea in the Tonkin Gulf keeping
ever alert and accomplishing the tasks re-
quired of the Ship. An almost uninterrupted
ritual was the welcoming of a helicopter,
as the big "bird" would hover the fantail of
the Ship and lower stateside mail and need-
MUNSEE'S mission was successfully
completed in mid-February and she was
soon released to speed her way toward
Sasebo, Japan, a welcome sight for the crew
The Ship completed her cruise in oper-
ations in the Sasebo and Yokosuka area and
departed the Western Pacific for a long voy-
age back to the warm California coastline
and her friendly pier in San Diego.
Only a few of these memories were
captured on film or by written word, but all
recorded forever in the hearts and minds
of those who made them, the Officers and
Men of MUNSEE.
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Bottom Lto R: D, Walker, J, Nosse, I. Van Wanseele, D. Cochran and R, Finnety.
Top Lto R: D. Schmidt, L, Amette, J. Sinclair, F. Lamere, R, Schade, W. En ield,
J, Childress and W, Hardimon. Not pictured is E. Van Wagner.
lt is the men of the Deck Department who are responsi
ble to keep the ship looking smart in the traditional manner
of deck seamanship. The Gunner's Mate is also an integral
part of the Deck Department. To him falls the task of main-
taining the Ship's gun mount in a state of readiness. The
work is rigorous but it insures the MUNSEE of her primary
mission. The seaman is the backbone of this department.
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Anthony, J. Hanson, T, Nelson, J, Doby, K. Stika and L, Williams. Not
pictured is R. Gates.
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Our grateful thanks is given to CHBOSN
Joel Porter, Cruise Book Officer, whose
photographic genius captured the Crew of
the MUNSEE throughout her Cruise in the
Special thanks are extended to Kenneth
Stika, who also contributed interesting pho-
tos toward the success of this publication.
Layout and literary credits go to Paul
A. Christo, editor-in-chief, who, together
with Walsworth Publishing Company, made
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