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Captain Robert P Lucas
United States Navy
Captain Robert P Lucas was born in New York City New
York He served in the Norwegian and United States Mer
chant Marine before attending the New York State Maritime
College at Fort Scnuyler He graduated in 1958 and is a
licensed Master Mariner
Captain Lucas reported to the icebreaker USS Glacier
AGB 45 in September 1958 as navigator and deployed to
both the Arctic and Antarctic He then volunteered for
Conger CSS 4775 USS Trumpetfish CSS 4255 and USS Darter
SS 5765 and is qualified for command of submarines He
also served as Director of Tactics at the FBM Submarine
Training Center at Charleston and on the staff of the Com
mander Submarine Force United States Atlantic Fleet
In May 1967 Captain Lucas attended the United States
Naval War College and completed advanced studies at
George Washington University and graduated with a Master
of Science degree in International Affairs
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In May 1972 Captain Lucas was assigned as Executive
Officer, USS Nashville CLPD 135 until May 1974 when he
assumed command of USS Portland CLSD 375. He subse-
quently served as Chief Staff Officer for Amphibious Squad-
ron EIGHT and Chief Staff Officer for Amphibious Squad-
ron ONE. In 1978 he assumed command of USS Fresno CLST
1182 until December 1979 when he was assigned as Assistant
Chief of Staff for operations for Commander Amphibious
of Staff to the Commander Amphibious Forces, United
States Seventh Fleet, homeported in Okinawa, japan, until
September 1982 when he assumed command of the Naval
Amphibious School Little Creek. In january 1985 Captain
Lucas assumed command of USS Ponce CLPD 155 until
October 1986. He has been in command of USS NASSAU
LHA 45 since january 6, 1987.
Captain Lucas is married to the former joan Mary
McGrath of Glen Ridge, NJ. They have one daughter,
Kathleen Darvishian, and two sons, Lt. C j.g.5 Michael Kevin
Lucas CSC5 USNR and john joseph Lucas.
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submarine duty and served in 'Uss Odax CSS 4845, USS Group THREE. In May 1981 Captain Lucas served as Chief
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Captain Vion was born in Nesconset, New York. He
graduated from the State University of New York at Oswego
in 1965 and was commissioned in the grade of Ensign upon
graduating from Officer Candidate School in 1966.
Following commissioning, Captain Vion was assigned to
USS Westchester County CLST 1167j Yokosuka, japan, as
Damage Control Officer and Engineer Officer. He was reas-
signed in 1969 as an InstructorfDepartment Head at the
Naval Damage Control Training Center in Philadelphia,
Pennsylvania. Following an assignment as Assistant Opera-
tions Officer on USS Julius A. Furer CFFG 6j, he attended
U.S. Naval Destroyer School and subsequently reported for
duty in 1972 as Engineer Officer, USS john King CDDG 3b.
Captain Vion next served as Academic Director at Surface
Warfare Officer's School in Newport, Rhode Island. During
this tour, he earned his MED degree from Providence Col-
lege in january of 1978 and was designated as an Education
and Training Subspecialist.
After attending the Armed Forces Staff College, Captain
Vion was assigned as Executive Officer USS Barney CDDG
Captam Charles P. Won
United States Navy
6j. In june of 1980, he reported for duty as Chief Staff
Officer, Commander Destroyer Squadron Twenty-six. Fol-
lowing this tour, he served as Executive Officer, Fleet Com-
posite Operational Readiness Group Two. From january 1985
to February 1987, Captain Vion served as Commanding Offi-
cer, USS Manitowoc CLST 11805 before reporting to USS
NASSAU CLHA 45 as Executive Officer.
In addition to the Bronze Star Q wf Combat Devicej, Meri-
torious Service Medal CwfGold Starj, Navy Commendation
Medal CwfTwo Gold Starsj, and Navy Achievement Medal
Qwf Combat Devicej, Captain Vion is also authorized to wear
Combat Action Ribbon, Navy Unit and Meritorious Unit
Commendations, Vietnam Cross of Gallantry wf device, Na-
tional Defense Service Medal, Republic of Vietnam Cam-
paign Medal, Vietnam Service Medal C14 Starsj, Navy
Ribbon and Sea Service Deployment Ribbon C 5 Starsj.
Captain Vion is married to the former Carol Annjohanson
of Long Island, New York. They have two daughters, Chris-
tine and Cheryl, and a son, Charles, all presently residing in
Virginia Beach, Virginia.
PNCM Bruce E. Rowe
United States Navy
Master Chief Rowe's career in both the Navy's air and
surface communities began with his graduation from Great
Lakes RTC and assignment aboard USS Kretchmer CDER
329D in 1962. Subsequent assignments included USS Courtney
QDE 1021j and Patrol Squadron 23 before his first tour of
shore duty at NAS Quonset Point, R.I., in 1968. Master Chief
Rowe returned to the fleet with an assignment to Helicopter
Antisubmarine Squadron Seven before returning to shore
duty with Naval Security Group Activity, Winter Harbor,
ME., in 1973.
In 1977 Master Chief Rowe, then a Petty Officer First
Class, returend to sea duty with a string of commands which
included a tour as Command Career Counselor at VAW-121
at NAS Norfolk and Assistant Personnel Officer on both the
USS Charleston CLKA 113D and USS Barney CDDG 65
before returning to shore duty as Personnel Officer at Per-
sonnel Support Detachment, Norfolk, VA. In 1986, Master
Chief Rowe marked his third return to sea duty when he
reported aboard USS NASSAU QLHA 4? where, after a brief
assignment as Assistant Personnel Officer, he became the
Command Master Chief in 1987.
A Time For Leaving
September 29, 1987 was a date everyone knew
was coming but somehow wished wouldn't hap-
pen. But arrive it did, bright and clear. All the
preparations were behind us, all the PHIBREF-
TRA's, onloads of everything from milk to clean-
ing supplies and spare parts, Blue! Green workups
and all the rest. Everyone had attended deploy-
ment briefings and put all their personal affairs in
But even with all the care that had been put into
the preparation for our deployment, it all came
down to saying good-bye. For many this is a
repeat occurance, for others it may be the first time
to be away from friends and family. But for all, it is
an emotional moment.
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But once the ship is away from the pier and well
on her way toward her job in the Mediterranean,
everyone, both on ship and at home, begins to think
of the homecoming which is only 180 days away.
Tomorrow it'11 be 179, the next day 178. The count-
down to homecoming has begun.
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Life at sea during the Atlantic crossing was an array of images, both hectic
and slow-paced. Clockwise, from left: Flight deck activity continues no matter
how far from land we may be, Captain Lucas takes a short breather, one of the
many beautiful sunsets we enjoyed in the mid-Atlantic, our fire controlmen
worked hard to keep our Close-In Weapons System QCIWSD in top-notch
working order, the crew gathered with the Executive Officer and Commander,
Amphibious Squadron TWO, Captain Cash, and the Commanding Officer of 22
MEU, Colonel Bartels, to celebrate the Navy's Birthday, and Marine helicopters
stand ready as we approach the Strait of Gibraltar.
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The Strait Gf Gibraltar
Land At Last!
All during the transit across the Atlantic, NAS-
SAU has been a busy place to be. A large amount of
time was spent indoctrinating our Marine shipmates
in the basics of shipboard life such as basic damage
control and firefighting techniques and generally get-
ting acquainted with shipboard routine.
Combat Systems Department was busy as well
during the transit. Because this was the first time a
carrier battle group had crossed with an amphibious
group, it was an excellent opportunity to conduct
various combined exercises and cross-decking of our
AV-8B aircraft on Coral Sea.
An historical first was achieved as well when Ma-
rine lst Lt. McCluskey of VMA 231 made the
30,000th safe landing aboard NASSAU in AV-8B
As we approached the Strait of Gibraltar on the
morning of the 11th of October, anticipation was
high. Only someone who has spent several weeks out
of sight of land can know how welcome the sight of
land, any land, can be. All hands had been tracking
the ship's progress across the Atlantic with maps on
the Mess Decks and outside the AIMD offices and,
when word was passed we were nearing the Strait of
Gibraltar, everyone made plans to get out and get
some shots of "the Rock."
At two in the afternoon we passed through the
strait. Anyone who was not involved in the naviga-
tion detail was encouraged to go topside and take in
the beautiful weather and stirring sight of two conti-
nents, one on either side of the bow. The straits
behind us, it was time to head for turnover and
"assume the watch."
After a few weeks at sea, land, any land at all
begins to look awfully inviting.
While some go to great lengths for a striking view, others go along for a well-deserved catnap.
Pian De Spille, Italy Land The Landing Force!
Marines Go To Work
After almost three weeks of being cooped up
aboard NASSAU, the embarked Marines were
more than willing to get ashore when we reached
the amphibious training area known as Pian de
Spille, Italy, on the 19th of October.
The pre-dawn L and H-hours on the morning
of the zofh go off flawlessly and the first
operational test of MARG 4-87 Marines as
Landing Force Sixth Fleet is an unqualified
success. We also received visits from VIP's in the
Pian de Spille area when the Chief of Police, Base
Commander and Area Commander toured
The backload also came off without a hitch as
we spent hours washing caked mud off all the
vehicles before stowing them below once more.
But once all the gear was re-stowed, we were
once more on our way for a similar exercise off
the coast of Sicily and France before we get to
our first port of call of the cruise, Toulon, France.
As a multi-purpose ship, NASSAU
can bring ordnance to bear on targets
near and far. At left, AV-8B Harriers
can provide a variety of combat support
missions while, below, tanks from
NASSAU can provide a more "person-
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an excellent opportunity to flex their operational
muscles and get their "land legs" back. But the
exercise also offered a chance to see some of Italy and
meet some of the locals on their territory.
Many Marines enjoyed the chance to get back out
into the field and get away from shipboard life. Many
others took advantage of this interaction between the
American military forces and local civil authorities to
learn a bit about the Italian culture and maybe a little
bit of Italian.
But the bottom line in all the planning and
execution of the various phases of amphibious assaults
in foreign lands is the good will engendered by the
friendly interaction of American and NATO forces,
both civilian and military. And the sailors and Marines
of MARG 4-87 were shining examples of ambassadors
The beach can be a very busy place. Clockwise, from left:
A truck leaves a Marine "expressway," courtesy of USS
Manitowocg the colors are proudly displayedg home is
wherever you find it when you're in the fieldg the local law
stops by to satisfy their curiosity.
Toulon, France . . . A Chance To Unwind
Alot To Do, Plenty To See.
Our first glimpse of Southern France as we went out
to man the rails on our arrival in Toulon was Mount
Faron, which dominates the skyline of the port city. This
impressive hillside played an integral role during our stay
here as well.
Tours were popular. NASSAU'S Chaplain, CDR Roger
Pierce, helped arrange tours included a wine-tasting tour
to the ancient city of Avignon, sightseeing in Monaco
and along the French Riviera, the resort villages of
Bandol and Cassis, a tour of the French Foreign Legion
museum, the city of Marseille and even several-day trips
to the city of Paris and skiing trips.
Community relations projects took NASSAU sailors
and Marines all over the city of Toulon. The most
impressive was the replanting of nearly 7,000 trees atop
Mt. Faron which had been decimated by a forest fire.
Other projects included repainting a charitable nursing
facility, hosting a tour for orphans of NASSAU'S working
spaces and attending various banquets and receptions held
in NASSAUS honor.
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With most of Southern France within reach,
NASSAU sailors and Marines made the most of
their liberty. Clockwise, from left: NASSAU sailors
celebrate landfallg sailors and Marines explore the
streets of Toulong signs that look confusing
because they're in Frenchg the view from atop Mt.
Farong the street mural outside the USO.
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The United States and France have shared their friend-
ship for hundreds of years. This mutual respect was exhib-
ited when the city of Bandol "adopted" the U.S. Sixth
Fleet, with USS NASSAU acting as a representative for the
Captain Lucas and the mayor of Bandol signed a treaty
of friendship between the city of Bandol and the Sixth
"It was an honor to participate in this ceremony sym-
bolizing the bonds of friendship between our two coun-
tries," the Captain said. After the document was signed,
the mayor led 50 NASSAU crewmembers to the town's
war memorial where a wreath was laid in honor of those
who fought in the World Wars and the Indochina War.
Our port visit to Tangier was a short one,
but was nevertheless memorable.
Perhaps more memorable than the sights
we took in while we were in Morocco was
the experience of climbing into a liberty boat
to get there. Large, rolling waves made the
trip to the beach almost half the fun. But, in
the short time we ran boats to and from the
shore, there were no safety-related accidents
. . . a true measure of the skill of NASSAU
coxswains and boat crews.
Tours during this visit included the
mountain villages of Teutouan and
Chechouan, a shopping tour of the
CasbahfOld City section of Tangier and a
tour to Casablanca Cthough no one seemed
to know how to get to the Cafe
With the sights and sounds of North
Africa added to our scrapbook of memories,
we hauled up the anchor once more and set
sail for "Exercise African Eagle."
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A flat sea made for a smooth, safe landing.
Above: The Navy decides to take the tourist role while the
Marine Corps takes a decidedly relaxed method.
From the 13th through the 17th of December, NASSAU
and the other ships of MARG 4-87 were off the coast of
Al Hoceima, Morocco, taking part in "Exercise African
Eagle." Also participating in the exercise was the destroyer
USS Thorn and the RMN L.C. Erhamani, a Moroccan
While an amphibious assault using helicopters and landing
craft raced toward the beach, USS Thorn and RMN L.C.
Erhamani simulated Naval Gunfire Support CNGESQ.
Elsewhere, an HC-130 dropped flares to illuminate the
landing objective. Overall, the L and H-hours, aided by
perfectly calm seas and light winds, came off precisely on
time and the landing was flawless.
VIP visits were also a part of Exercise African Eagle.
NASSAU was visited and toured by the Commander of
the Royal Moroccan Navy and the Commander of The
Royal Moroccan Infantry School. Both officials observed
the amphibious assault and commented favorably on the
While not a high- profile operation, Exercise African Eagle
proved beyond a doubt how well American Navy and
Marine Forces interface with their contemporaries of for-
eign nations. Undoubtedly members of both forces
learned something new from the other.
When the exercise was over and the backload complete,
everyone involved in the landing came away very secure in
knowing they have gone a little further down the road to
complete cooperation between all our allies in the Medi-
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welcome break from shipboard routine.
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A Medieval Banquet
The weather was beautiful the entire time we were in
Palma. Many crewmembers had their wives flown Over
to enjoy the Christmas holidays in this resort town.
And, again, tours proved to be a very popular item,
One of the most popular was the Medieval Banquet
tour in which crewmembers participated in a genuine
The inport period was somewhat disrupted by a
bombing incident at the USO in Barcelona, Spain, in
which one USS Thorn crewmember was killed. Security
was tightened around and onboard the ship, liberty was
restricted and the USO in Palma was closed for several
days, but the balance of the port visit went without
any incidents and was thoroughly enjoyed by
crewmembers and their families.
The island of Palma seemed also to offer anything a
vacationer could desire. A long, sandy shoreline
beckoned the sun-worshippers, while the bustling
nightclub scene enticed the more adventurous souls. In
all, there was something for everyone in Palma.
"You're sure this isn't BURGER KING?"
A Helping Hand
Community relations projects were also very popular
during the Palma inport period, the most obvious being
the new record set by sailors and Marines of NASSAU
for pints of blood donated to the Spanish Red Cross
QCruz Rojaj by a Navy ship in one day. Crewmembers
and embarked Marines donated a total of 150 units of
blood for use at a time when the need for blood is often
Other community relations projects included two
separate Christmas parties for orphans from local
orphanages, complete with gifts for each child and the
appearance of a Spanish-speaking Santa Claus. At times it
became hard to tell who enjoyed the parties more, the
children or the crewmembers who were involved.
Waiting for a chance to help.
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Who can forget the incredible steps up Mt. Carmel?
Our visit to Haifa, Israel, was educational for both the
sailors and Marines of NASSAU and MARG 4-87 and the
citizens of Israel.
For our sailors and Marines, tours were offered to such
historic landmarks as Masada, Acco, Galilee and limited
touring of jerusalem. Groups of sailors and Marines were
invited out to sample life on a kibbutz. Many were
impressed at the efficiency of communal life. Also during
the touring, special opportunities were presented for
baptisms in the river jordan. All in all, everyone took
advantage of this chance to learn more about one of
America's closest allies in the Middle East.
On the flip side, the presence of NASSAU and the other
ships of the MARG was providing an educational experience
for the military and civilian populace of Haifa. On one day
of open house visiting, NASSAU alone hosted more than
1,400 curious Israelis who poured aboard the ship eager to
learn more about the ship and the men aboard.
VIP's who visited during this port visit included many
high ranking members of the Israeli military, the American
Ambassador to Israel and the actor Lou Gossett, jr., who
was in Haifa filming scenes for his new motion picture
"Iron Eagle II."
A highlight of our Haifa port visit was an evening of
song and dance performed for the sailors and Marines of
NASSAU by the dancers of the folk dance troupe
These talented youngsters, taken from every aspect of
Israeli culture and from around the country and taught
the intricacies of the many types of folk dance native to
Israel, performed a more than two-hour show to the
delight of the several hundred crewmembers and
The show also included several sing-along segments
and, again, NASSAU crewmembers were quick to join in
on the fun. Smiles spread through the crowd far more
quickly than did the proper pronunciation of Hebrew
lyrics sung to unfamiliar tunes. But soon, both Israeli and
American were singing in unison, if not harmony.
The evenings entertainment concluded with what an
American might call a "hoe down" as the lithe young
dancers went into the crowd and invited crewmembers to
join in the dance. Captain and Mrs. Lucas were seen to
be joining in on the fun as was NASSAU'S Executive
Officer, Captain Vion Crightj.
We all learned a great deal about Israel in the short time
we were there. We found it was a country full of contrasts
and contradictions, yet somehow in harmony with its
Somehow it didn't seem strange to be in the midst of an
ultramodern city one moment and 3,000-year-old ruins just
a short drive away. And the inhabitants of both the city and
desert are equally proud to show you around their home
with the zeal of a possessed real estate agent. These were
people who would go out of their way to make you feel at
home or that you should make Israel your new home.
And the style of living was sometimes so radically
different from what we know as familiar. Many of
NASSAU'S sailors and Marines took this opportunity to get
an up-close-and-personal view of life in an Israeli kibbutz.
Many came away with a new respect for what they may
have previously thought a less than comfortable way to live.
Many found friendships and new acquaintances on these
communes and, undoubtedly, some will return at a later
date to expand upon the foundation which was laid during
our brief visit in Israel.
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Our visit to Marseille in February was
all the more comfortable due to our earlier
port visit in the nearby port city of
Toulon, so many of the sailors and
Marines from the ships of MARG 4-87
felt right at home in no time at all.
Many of the tours offered while we
were in Marseille were repeats of those
offered in Toulon, but even this was
turned to advantage as those who
regretted not taking a particular tour in
Toulon were given yet another chance to
see the sights of the French Riviera or
experience a wine-tasting tour of the local
Meanwhile, the shops of Marseille
offered excellent opportunities for
NASSAU sailors and Marines to grab up
an extra souvenir or two from this, our
last port call in France.
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bit of color on a Marseille sidestreet.
The Return Of NBC
The sailors and Marines of MARG 4-87 gained
national attention during our Thanksgiving port visit to
Toulon when a film crew from the NBC "Today Show"
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taped some of our community relations projects for the
show they were broadcasting from nearby Cannes. What
caught the imagination of "Today's" viewers was the
friendship between DP3 Danny Brennenstuhl and a young
French orphan named Ludovic.
And, with the help of USO representatives in Toulon
and Marseille, the NBC film crew returned when we
arrived in Marseille to film the reunion of these two
friends. Reports from the NBC segment producer said
that both segments drew more viewer response that any
segment in recent memory.
But, more important than the media attention, some
young boys in a home for abused and abandoned
children received some much needed companionship.
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A Shutterbugis Paradise
Lisbon and its environs proved to be an
amateur photographers dream.
Here there were ancient buildings to
explore and photograph, smooth beaches
populated by fishermen intent on earning
their daily wage from the bounty of the
sea and a modern, bustling city chock full
of people from almost every European
It didn't take a skilled eye to spot the
good picture. "Picture postcard" shots
leaped into view at every turn. Friendly,
open people made picture taking even
easier. These pictures are but a sampling
of the sights that were Lisbon.
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Marines from a shipboard sailor's point
of view are always underfoot. Marines
aboard ship are equally frustrated by the
situation. It's been said that the only place
a Marine is truly at home is in the field.
And the Marines of Landing Force Sixth
Fleet were no exception.
Whether it was at Pian de Spille, Pian
de Monaco, Sete or Al Hoceima, our
Marines were only happy when they were
bivouaced under the stars somewhere.
And, by the time they returned to
NASSAU, even the sailors were glad to
have them back.
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Above: Standing room only. Below: Time to hit the beach.
When the end of September rolled around in
1987, we all knew we were in for a busy six
months, so there were few surprised faces around
the shop when any new wrinkle appeared in any of
our evolutions. But it still seemed that, whatever
we worked hardest at to prepare for, something
else would come along, requiring us to adapt and
And the men of MARG 4-87 adapted well.
With each short-notice UNREP or unscheduled
event, NASSAU sailors and Marines dropped what
they were doing and focused their attention on
doing the best job they possibly could. If the
situation called for work late into the night, you
could be sure that NASSAU crewman could be
depended upon to do the job safely and
Yes, this was a hard-working, dedicated group
of men who made up the crew and embarked
Marines of USS NASSAU during MARG 4-87.
But, as hard as we worked while at sea, we also
worked hard while off -duty. In almost every port we
visited, we invited children on board - special chil-
dren who brought joy to us. They spoke French,
Hebrew and Spanish, but they had those things in
common which all children share. They laughed and
hugged and wept when they had to leave.iSome of us
did, too. They came aboard excitedly to see a huge
ship and aircraft that had only been pictures in books
to them. But about halfway through each visit, each
child would be holding a sailor's hand and there was
a new bond of friendship that suddenly seemed as
important as the ship around them.
Maybe we filled their days with a little excitement
and joy - they certainly filled ours with happiness.
When they left they went back to orphanages and
shelters, some because their families had thrown
them away and didn't want them anymore. But they
looked just like our children at home, and the world
belongs to them, too.
There is no question we came back from the Med
better professionals because of our training. But we
also came back better men because we reached out to
the world. The irony is that we received so much
more than we were able to give.
Time To Go Home
Rota was a long-anticipated port call
for one simple reason - it would be
our last port call in the Med before
heading home. Our relief, USS Iwo
Jima, was on the way and due in any
day. Then, our job done, it would be
time to go home.
And, even though liberty was limited
to the confines of the naval station,
there were still plenty of recreational
opportunities. Softball and soccer games
abounded, divisional picnics were held
and everyone took the opportunity to
visit the Navy Exchange and Stars 8:
Stripes bookstore. Naval Station Rota
even offered those amenities many
sailors and Marines would consider
necessary for survival - a pizzeria
serving American-style pizza and a
Baskin Robbins ice cream parlor that
At right: LT Calloway CRD and ENS Welch take
a break in the well deck.
Above: Nassau sailors and Marines look on as
the Iow Jima pulls in for turnover.
At left: Sailors looked to the west once the
turnover in Rota was complete.
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Everywhere you looked on this
homecoming day, people were waving.
Waving to loved ones above them, be-
low them or across the pier from them.
And slowly, too slowly, the crowd came
down the pier and came aboard.
Never had the ramps between the
well deck and hangar deck seemed so
long as sailors waited Cimpatientlyj for
the families to enter the reception area.
Then the moment of looking
through the crowd for the face of the
people you've gotten letters from the
past six months. People you've loved
and looked forward to seeing for every
day of the cruise.
But the reunions are warm and brief.
It seems everyone wants to get home as
soon as possible on this day of home-
coming. No one wonders why.
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United States Navy
Captain Cash became the thirty-sixth commander of Am-
phibious Squadron TWO on 27 April 1987 after twenty-four
years of naval service. A native of Memphis, Tenn., Captain
Cash graduated from Memphis State University in 1962 and
was commissioned in May 1963 after completion of Officer
Candidate School in Newport, R.I.
Captain Cash first reported to Pensacola, Fla., for Naval
Aviation Observer C N AOD training, which was followed by a
ten-month tour in VF-41. Captain Cash was then ordered
back to Pensacola to begin flight training, becoming the first
F-4 RIO to "retread" and earn his pilot wings. During the
Vietnam conflict, Captain Cash served with the "Tarsiers" of
VF-33 and the "Black Lions" of VF-213, flying over 300
combat missions. On 10 july 1968 he was credited with
downing a MiG-21, the first MiG kill of the Vietnam conflict
by an AIRLANT F -4 squadron.
Captain Cash has served in various tours including VF- 121,
the Naval War College, the Systems Analysis Division C OP-
96D of OPNAV and an exchange tour in the 58th Tactical
Fighter Wing with the U.S. Air Force.
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Captain Cash's command tours have included: VF-31,
Navy Fighter Weapons School CTOPGUND, Carrier Air
Wing FOURTEEN aboard the USS Coral Sea KCV 43l,
Fighter Wing ONE at NAS Oceana and USS El Paso CLKA
Captain Cash's military awards include the Silver Star
Medal, Legion of Merit Medal, Meritorious Service Medal,
18 Air Medals, both the Navy and Air Force Commendation
Medals, various Navy and Air Force unit, campaign afld
service awards and the Vietnamese Cross of Gallantry Wlfh
Gold Star. He has accumulated 4,700 flight hours and OVC!
1,200 carrier-arrested landings.
Captain Cash is married to the former Billie Hall of Mem-
phis, Tenn. They have a daughter, Kellye, who reignedlas
"Miss America" in 1987, and a son, Carey, a senior at BayS1de
High School. Captain Cash and his family reside in Virginia
Captain john R.
United States Navy
BTCM Allen Furt
United States Navy
Chief Staff fficer
Amphibious Squadron Two
Captain john R. Busch was born in Champaign, Illinois and attended the
University of Illinois, graduating with a Eine Arts Degree. He was commis-
sioned through the Officer Candidate School, Newport, Rhode Island, in
December 1964 and proceeded to his initial duty station on board USS Vireo
CMSC 2055 homeported in Sasebo, japan where he served as Operations
Subsequent sea tours include Combat Information Center Officer and
Communications Officer onboard USS Charles S. Speery CDD 6975, Engi-
neering Officer, USS Strong CDD 7585, Executive Officer, USS Dupont CDD
9415 and Executive Officer, USS Austin CLPD 45. Prior to assuming his
current position as Chief Staff Officer, Amphibious Squadron Two, Captain
Busch was Commanding Officer of USS La Moure County CLST 11945.
Captain Busch has served in the Bureau of Naval Personnel, Washington,
D.C., and on the staffs of the Supreme Allied Commander Atlantic and
Commander Second Fleet. He is a graduate of both the Command and Staff
Course and the Integrated Warfare Course at the Naval War College, New-
port, Rhode Island.
Command Master Chief
Amphibious Squadron Two
Boiler Technician Master Chief CSurface Warfare5 Allen Furr reported to
Amphibious Squadron TWO in january 1986. His nineteen years of naval
service include tours aboard USS Hull CDD 9455, homeported in San Diego
CA., USS Somers CDDG 345, homeported at Pearl Harbor, HI., and Fleet
Maintenance Group, Pearl Harbor, HI.
Master Chief Furr served a second tour aboard Somers and an assignment
aboard USS Barney CDDG 65, homeported in Norfolk, VA., and a tour at
Ship Intermediate Maintenance Activity, Little Creek., prior to reporting
aboard Amphibious Squadron TWO.
Master Chief CSW5 Furr's 'awards include the Navy Commendation Medal
and three Navy Achievement Medals. He has additionally been qualified as an
Enlisted Surface Warfare Specialist.
Master Chief CSW5 Furr is from Alexandria, VA., and is married to the
former Sheri Scott of Norwalk, CA. They presently live in Virginia Beach
VA., with their three children, Allen III, Rachel and Lauren.
Colonel William E. Bartels jr.
22d Marine Expeditionary Unit
Lt. Col. William T. Tucker
Executive Officer, 22d MEU
Sgt Maj Lawrence R. Cromwell
Command Sgt. Maj., 22d MEU
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Six Months Of Memories
Looking back, everyone has their own special
memory of the cruise. But whether it was of a
special tour taken in France or an amphibious
landing that went off without a hitch, it all came
down to one thingy our deployment was a success
on both personal and professional levels.
In addition to the daily tasking as the sole
Mediterranean Amphibious Readiness Group on
an individual and collective basis, sailors and Ma-
rines were spending their precious spare time do-
ing charitable work at orphanages and nursing
homes as American ambassadors of good will and
taking special computer-based college night
courses to increase their personal and professional
But, no matter what special memory each man
takes home with him, the memories we left with
our allies in the Mediterranean are as important as
the work we have done. And, judging from the
level of pride sailors and Marines of NASSAU
have put into their work, the legacy of our deploy-
ment will be the positive effect we have made on
the hearts and minds of those we have met on the
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Above and Below: One of the surgical teams operates on an injured sailor who was medevaced to Nassau from another ship in
Command Religious Program
Chaplain Roger Pierce QLD counsels AN Sheldon Stratman on a personal matter.
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in Toulon, France.
CAPT Lucas donates needed medical supplies in Marseille, France, as part of Project Handclasp.
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Master At Arms Force
Keeps Nassau Secure
Men of the Master at Arms Division are charged with helping
to maintain good order and discipline among their shipmates.
Also known as Security Division, the MAA force is headed by a
division officer whose primary duty is security officer. His
collateral duties include brig officer and OIC of the Ship's Self
Maintaining good order and discipline includes investigating
violations of Navy Regulations, the UCMJ and the ship's in-
structions. Members of the MAA force roam Nassau 24 hours a
day, and when necessary, write deficiency slips for safety and
AE2 McCain patrols the passageways of Nassau
making sure things are going along as they should
MAC Ron Blevins MA1 Bruce Hannan MA1james Hoover
MA1 Lubnert Nicolas
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MA1 john Powell
AE2 Michael McCain ABF2 Stephen Williams SR Michael M h
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AS1 Brett Tucker
ENFN Thomas Reed
The Print Shop gang poses in front of one of their presses. From left, they are LISN Rob Light, SN Will Hairston, Lance Cpl.
Nickolas, SN Greg Curtis, LI1 EJ. Terrell, DM2 Luis Santi.
X Marks The Spot
For A Lot Of Activity
In comparison with other divisions onboard, X Clixecutiveb
Division is probably the most diverse. The ship's secretary is the
X Division officer and works out of the Captains Office.
Serving under him are a wide variety of personnel performing a
wide variety of tasks. The journalists handle public affairs, the
religious program specialists coordinate the commands worship
services, the yeoman handle administrative tasks, personnelmen
are in charge of service records, the postal clerks tackle the
monumental task of mail service, the commands career coun-
selor helps crewmembers with their career paths, and the guys in
the print shop take care of numerous types of printing requests.
Also in X are the legal officer and the ship's 3-M coordinator.
Things never slow down in X Division, but these sailors are up
to the challenge.
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102 Stillings works on a Familygram in the Print Shop.
PC3 Peters handles mail in flight deck triage.
AIMD Qfficers -Q1
LCDR Robert Gumprighf
ENS Kent Ferguson
LCDR Gumpright CLD verifies information in the AIMD office
with ASC Allen.
AZ3 Bill Quiroga keeps things going in Quality Assurance.
IM O1 Is The Staff Division
That AIMD Depends On
The staff division of AIMD includes Production Control,
Material Control, Quality Assurance, Aviation 3M Analysis and
Maintenance Administration. This is the "brain" of the depart-
ment and coordinates the workload flow with personnel and
material requirements. Maintenance of a quality product deliv-
ered in an expeditious manner at a minimal cost is the goal of all
personnel assigned. Success is measured by the readiness of the
embarked squadron and its capability to complete assigned
AMH1 Gregg Klotz goes over some figures
AD3 Carlson CLD and AMSC Howard make repairs on Nassau's Penthouse 838 helicopter.
IM O2 Provides Repairs
For Many Components
Aircraft Division rovides re air ca abilities for aircraft ow-
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survival equipment. Non-destructive testing is accomplished
utilizing onboard.X-Ray equipment operated by specially
trained NQVYXMZIIHC technicians. The addition of a portable
engine test cell will significantly enhance onboard engine repair
LCPL Kennedy adjusts a rotor head
PRAN Charles Handy AA john Lawson ADAN Anil Malhotra AMSAN Paul Vernon
Colors are raised on USS Iwo Jima as she relieves Nassau Cforegroundj in Rota, Spain.
While painting at an orphanage in Toulon, France, AZC Dudo is interviewed by NBC News Paris.
Supports Many Areas
USS Nassau's Avionics Division encompasses six distinct
workcenters. Repairs are accomplished on complex electroni-
cfelectrical components by highly skilled NavyfMarine techni-
cians. Specific areas supported are communicationfnavigation
systems, electrical instumentation, aircraft batteries, calibration,
and weapon systems. A separate facility has been installed in
vans supporting the AV-8B Harrier aircraft. A Type III calibra-
tion lab provides support for other workcenters in addition to
the embarked squadron.
AE3 Lewis "tweaks" a piece of gear in the
ASE3 Ishmael makes an adjustment to a piece of equipment in the hangar bay.
The Men Of IMO4
Give Equipment Support
Support Equipment Division provides the "yellow gear" re-
quried to complete every mission. Their efforts are required
from the flight deck to the cargo holds. Maintaining and
repairing equipment for maximum readiness is their total mis-
sion. This professional NavyfMarine team exhibits a "Can Do"
spirit and consistently meets all demands placed upon them.
Over 160 items of assorted equipment are maintained in maxi-
mum readiness throughout the ship.
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The Crash and Salvage Team hopes that it will be an uneventful day for them on the flight deck.
V-1 Takes Charge
Of The Flight Deck
V-1 is the largest division in Air Department and one of the
largest on Nassau with nearly 50 officers, chiefs, and enlisted
personnel assigned. V-1 Division's primary mission is the safe
movement of aircraft about the flight deck, including launch-
ing, recovering and towing helicopters, and launching and taxi-
ing AV-8B Harrier jets.
They are also responsible for continuously manning the flight
deck with fire fighting personnel and crash and salvage crew-
men in the event of an aircraft accident.
Through the course of MARG 4-87, over 11,000 take-offs
and landings were logged on Nassau's flight deck and over
6,000 aircraft were moved - all without a single accident or
This deployment also marked the first time that AV-8B's
have operated at night aboard ship. Nassau also became the first
ship to deploy to the Med with a combined air wing of
helicopters and Harriers.
Members of V-1 blow out padeyes on the flight
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AN Clyde Wilhiff AN Benjamin Williams ABHAN Everett Williams AN Leslie Wright
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ABH1 Persutti keeps a watchful eye on things happening on the flight deck.
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ABH3 Bolton QLD and ABH2 Nelson air a minor disagreement in the hangar bay.
Keep It Movin,
In The Hangar Ba
V-3 Division is responsible for safe movement of aircraft,
cargo and support equipment on the hangar deck. They are also
the primary fire party for any aircraft fires on the hangar deck.
V-3 maintains qualified directorsfLSEs CLanding, Signal Enlist-
edj, blue shirts and crash and salvage members to assist the
flight deck with high-tempo operations,
They are also responsible for safe and expeditious movement
of Marine supplies and vehicles to the flight deck for air
transport to the beach.
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V- 4 D1'v1's1'on Helps
Keep Aircraft Fueled
They're called "grapes" because of the purple shirts they wear
on the flight deck. For the men of Aviation Fuels Division CV-
4j, the nickname is a compliment.
Aviation boatswain's mates Cfuelsj and their Marine counter-
parts are the only ones who wear purple shirts. This distin-
guishes them from other people wearing different colors and
manning different specialties on the flight deck.
The division is responsible for fuel, from the time it comes
aboard from an oiler during UNREP until it's pumped into
whatever type of craft or vehicle that uses it. To insure that fuel
meets or exceeds purity standards, V-4 runs several types of
tests, some on a daily basis.
Before fuel is transferred from storage tanks to service tanks,
it passes through a centrifugal purifier which removes both
water and sediment. The fuel also passes through filters and
other purifying processes before it is pumped into an aircraft.
AN Ken Estes takes a fuel sample to make sure it
meets purity standards.
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AN Tenner Kimbro mans the phones during a fueling operation.
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AOS Kept Busy
During MARC? 4-87
The aviation ordancemen on Nassau were extremely busy
during MARG 4-87. The division was tasked with providing
ordnance for the various exercises. Often they had little or no
prior notice. Despite this, CA Division provided the necessary
ordnance without fail.
They maintained perfect record keeping and accountability.
Ibunng an inventory of ordnance and ordnance records 100
percent accuracy was found in CA Division's records. This
surpasses COMNAVSURFLANTS goal of 99.5 percent
Slviition ordancemen relax during a lull in the action on the flight
AOAN Rubin Hyman AOAN Donar Kenner AOAN Rich Linton AOAN Thomas Miner
AOAN David Ray AOAN jamie Wheatley
AO1 Smith fforegroundj demonstrates ordnance techniques to members of CA Division.
DSC Stolze enters an address into the Keyset Central Multiplexer.
DSS Help Computers A
Stay On Line
CD Division is made up of data systems technicians. The DSS
have seven computer systems under their cognizance. During
MARG 4-87, five of these systems had an "up time" of 100
percent and the other two were up 97 percent of the time.
Three of the DSS attained their Enlisted Surface Warfare
Qualification during the cruise. CD's LPG performed so admi-
rably that he was nominated for the Navy Achievement Medal.
CD's CPO was selected for a commission in the Navy's LDO
DS3 Barrett troubleshoots the UYA-5 controller.
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E Ts Are Impressive
The electronics technicians of the Combat System's Depart-
ment's Electronics Division are primarily "fixers" of equipment.
Because of the gear they maintain, CE Division works closely
with other divisions and departments. In addition to keeping
gear operated by radiomen in CR Division working, they main-
tain the hand-held MOMS Cman on the movej sets used by the
MAA force, Deck, Air and Engineering Departments.
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ET3 Chris Rafanello ET3 Keith Wallace ET3 Gary Wood
ET3 Grady fseatedj, ETI Frankhouser fbackj and ET2 Gehrt review ma
intenance cards in the ET shop.
FC2 Gagnier works on maintenance schedules for the MK-86 gunfire control system.
FCS Keep CIWS
During MARG 4-87, Fire Control Division achieved an aver-
age equipment up-time of 95-100 percent, far exceeding the
fleet average. Gnly careful, daily attention to PMS, constant
monitoring of equipment functions and superior troubleshoot-
ing and repair skills could account for such high rates.
In addition, CF Division conducted numerous successful
live-fire exercises with the MK-15 CIWS, and the division
directly contributed to a score of 95 percentfOutstanding dur-
ing a SELEX anti-air gunnery exercise using the Nassau's 5" 54
FC5 Schlag QLD and FC2 Dargan perform
maintenance on a CIWS.
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During MARG 4-87, CI Division, which is manned by Oper-
ations Specialists, provided the command and control of six
highly successful amphibious landings, along with providing
over 150 hours of air intercept control. While we were deployed,
the following personnel decided to continue their Naval career:
OS1 Craig, OS1 King, OS2 Martin, OS2 Allen, OS2 Donaldson,
OS2 King, and 082 Venable.
The hours were long, the work sometimes tedious, but we
returned home a combat-ready CIC team.
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OS2 David King
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OS2 Harvey Crayton OS2 Robert Donaldson OS2 Michael Kaszuba
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OSSA Greg Dockery OSSA George Hendrickl
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OSSA Tom McLerran
OSSN jeff Shawlee
OSSN Maurice Murrill
OSSA Jerome Smith
OSSN Andrew Oberheim
OSSA Thomas Ward
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OSSA Douglas Warman
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5" 54 gun shoots, firing a total of 230 rounds, 120 from mount
51 and 110 from mount 52. They conducted several ammunition
breakouts for SEAL Team Four and EOD Det. 56, thus provid-
ing support crucial to these embarked detachments.
They maintained the 5" 54 guns in immaculate condition,
Zero Casreps were needed during MARG 4-87 as a result of
dedication and attention to detail. The gunners conducted a
flawless precision 21 gun salute upon entering the port of Palma
de Mallorca, Spain.
Most important of all, CO had a 100 percent safety record
during the Med cruise.
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There 's No Task
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The Electronic Warfare Division is a highly trained and
skilled technical team that operates and maintains Nassau's
countermeasure warfare systems. The purpose of these techni-
cians is to defend the ship from anti-ship cruise missile attacks
and torpedo attacks.
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ing emissions Cradars and equipmentsj from ships, aircraft and
landbased sites. Once an emitter has been identified as hostile,
EW technicians have a wide array of countermeasures available
for neutralization of the threat.
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CR Handles Mountains
Of Message TrafHc
MARG 4-87 was truly a very busy time for the Massau's
Radio Gang. During the six-month cruise, the "shack" handled
over 125,000 incoming messages and over 15,000 outgoing mes-
sages, which equates to more than 1.5 million message copies
reproduced and distributed throughout the ship.
The 33 radiomen on board received plenty of "hands on"
training and hope never to hear the phrase "port and starboard"
again. CR Division can be proud of the reputation they earned
as a legitimate "floating communications station."
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RMSN David Boyer RMSN Paul Bundy RMSA Charles Butler RMSN Rick Cross
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RMSN Tim Perry RMSN Steve Santa Maria RMSN Duncan Shepard RMSA Samuel 5ifl1S
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SM2 jones takes a look through the "big eyes" on the signal bridge.
CS Division Signals
From The Top
Nassau's Signal Gang was very busy during MARG 4-87.
From routine underway watches to "silent" amphibious land-
ings, flashing lights, semaphore, and flaghoist communications,
these guys did it all from the perch high atop Nassau on the O8
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visual messages, maintained a vigilant visual watch and identi-
fied numerous military and merchant surface contacts. In Haifa,
Israel, the signal bridge put all of their training and extra effort
together to score a 95.41 percent on the Type Commanders
Communication Exercise. During MARG 4-87, Nassau's signal-
men combined hard work and team spirit to provide Nassau
with a very efficient visual communications team.
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"Nassau's Deck Department has
excelled in every evolution they
have been involved in during the
cruise. I'm proud to be a
member of this fine crew."
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The UNREP team of IST Division takes a break to pose for the camera.
1 st D1'v1's1'on R esponsjbl e
For Many Tasks
The 22 men who make up Nassau's 1ST Division have
various duties and responsibilities. They are responsible for
maintenance of 50 spaces, 118 lifeboats, 2,000 CO2 lifejackets,
and both boat davits. In addition, they operate the trash burn
room Cfor the destruction of classified materialj, the forecastle
Cfor anchoring evolutionsl, the forward and flight deck refuel-
ing stations, and assist in the movement of boats during well
1ST Division also supplies petty officers and seamen to stand
Boatswain's Mate of the Watch, Helmsman, Lee Helmsman,
and Lookout watches on the bridge. They also supervise line
handling working parties.
Their work is vital to ensuring Nassau's high state of contin-
BMC Wilson gives ALF a stern reprimand in the hangar bay.
SN William Fitch SN Steven Haney
SA John jones SN Patrick Kelly
SN Daniel Kemper SA Mike Kingsley SR jim Lenahan AN Charles Metzger
Members of IST Division make sure the fueling probe is
SN jim Smolarz SN Russell Taylor
SN Lee Walden SN Kevin Walters
BM2 Adkison receives his Good Conduct Medal from CAPT Lucas.
Znd Djvilsjon Is Full
Of Hard Chargers '
Many of the men in ZND Division are non-rated, relatively
new to the Navy and Nassau. The manning level of the division
varies greatly because many people come to one of Deck's
divisions before striking for a rating other than boatswain's
Those who choose to become boatswain's mates find variety
and challenge in the work assigned to the division. Responsibil-
ities include maintenance and preservation of the well deck, all
vehicle stowage spaces, the after refueling station, and the boat
and aircraft crane on the flight deck. ZND Division rigs and
mans the after refueling station during underway replenishment
and handles lines during wet well operations and sea and anchor
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potentially dangerous work. Yet their efforts are vital in main-
taining Nassau's high level of readiness.
BM1 Sansom QLD and BM1 McComas QRD watch LUG Sarafoleafl
do some typing in the Deck office.
ABH3 Hodge gives Nassau a new exterior coat of paint.
3rd Is Small But
Does A Lot
The 3RD Division officer is the ship's Bos'n, and as such, the
senior technical advisor to the command for deckfmarlinspike
3RD Division is the smallest in Deck Department consisting
of the LPO, 7 petty officers and 7 non-rated men. Their number
may be small, but their duties are anything but that. 3RD is in
charge of issuing gear from the Bos'n's Locker, Paint Locker,
and cleaning gear issue for the entire ship. Members of 3RD
also maintain and operate the ship's Sail Loft, where articles of
canvas and fabric are sewn.
In addition, the division is responsible for maintaining and
operating all the ship's boats. Nassau has six boats, two LCM-6
landing craft and four LCPL MK-12 boats Cpersonnel launchj.
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LT Walter Laurel
LT Richard Rottier LTIG Peter Marotta ENS Amilcar Padilla
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A D1'v1's1'on Takes
On Diverse jobs
A Division has the most diverse number of jobs in any of
Engineering's divisions. They work closely with Electrical Divi-
sion on many types of equipment for which the divisions have
overlapping responsibilities. Both A and E divisions, for exam-
ple, work on Winches, galley equipment and laundry gear. In
another instance, R Division assists A Division with cutting and
During the cruise, Nassau's A Gang performed much of their
work at night because the equipment they maintain was in heavy
demand during working hours. For them, night life involved the
hum of machinery.
MR2 Morris operates a lathe
MM2 Snyder operates a monorail in the well deck during 1-Alpha.
Assa ul t DI.VI'SI.OU Is
Small But Mighty
Assault Division maintains and operates Nassau's equipment
for water-borne operations such as ballasting and deballasting,
cargo handling gear Cincluding five cargo weapons elevators,
the well deck vehicle stowage conveyor, nine diesel-driven
monorails and the well deck overhead, various hoists, Winches
and associated gearj, and the 90-ton stern gate. Unlike other
amphibious ship classes, LHAs can land Marines both by water
and air. Once the Marines get ashore, AS Division's job is not
over, the division supports people from Combat Cargo in get-
ting additional supplies and equipment ashore.
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A tank from Nassau arrives on land to begin an exercise,
EM2 james Madison gives an orphan in Toulon, France, an idea of what the U.S. Navy is all about.
E D1'v1's1'on Works
All Over The Ship
The electrician's mates and interior communications electri-
cians of E Division go virtually anyplace there is electrical
The EMS are responsible for all 110 and 440-volt power on
the ship. They provide power and maintenance for motors that
operate such diverse equipment as winches, laundry machinery
and the main engine room where pumps distribute fuel and
water around Nassau. In addition, EMS repair electrical parts on
turbine and diesel generators.
The ICs maintain and repair the ship's entertainment system,
the ship's television system, the IVCS phone system, the sound-
powered communications system, and the MC systems. The
IMC is the general announcing system while the 2MC, 3MC and
SMC serve the engine room, welldeck and the flightfhanger
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EMFN Kurt Shampine EMFN Kevin Simmons EMFN Tim Stimson ICFN Michael Thornton
ICB CGeedunkj Smith's
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EMFA Gaylon Williams
FA Robert Womack
LCDR Santos QLD and his crew in Main Control keep things running smoothly
M am Propulsion D1,V1.SI.OHS
Get Nassau There Safely
Main Propulsion Divisions 1 and 2, respectively, run Nassau's
forward and after engine rooms. They are comprised of boiler
technicians and machinist's mates.
Other equipment operated and maintained by the MP Divi-
sions includes main circulation pumps that pump 19,500 gallons
of sea water per minute, four forced draft blowers that push
87,000 cubic feet of air through each boiler per minute, four
fresh water pumps, fuel oil pumps and bilge tank stripping
It isn't unusual for a man to stand a four-hour watch that
begins before reveille, then "turn to" for a normal work day,
followed by another four-hour watch before hitting the rack.
For men in the MP Divisions, holiday routine means only an
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BTFA Duane Grimes FN Steven Hermance FA Brian Hutchinson BTFA Lester Liston
MMFA james Malone FA Willie Watkins FA james Westover
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To Improve Lrfe Onboard
Nassau's Repair Division performs a variety of functions in
its three shops, Pipe, Metal and Damage Control. They serve to
improve the quality of life for everyone onboard. Among the
functions performed by them: maintain all Damage Control
equipment, repair structural damage to Nassau, maintain all
plumbing, make habitability and other improvements, train and
sign-off damage control PQS for shipmates and provide people
to fill leading positions in most repair lockers during general
quarters. They also provide about 90 percent of the Flying
Squad, Nassau's elite firefighting unit.
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LT Wilford Gibson
LT Chris Sacash
Dr. Gibson gives 053 Yargeau his pre-seperation physical.
HMCS Miller gives an innoculation to a less-than-enthusiastic HTFN Bradt.
Corpsmen Keep Nassau
Healthy And Fit
H Division's main responsibility is to maintain the crew's
health through treatment and prevention. The latter method
includes daily sanitation inspections of messing facilities and
water samples Cfor pollution and proper chemical balancejg
running the hearing conservation and weight control programs,
inspecting stores, checking sewage holding tanks where waste is
treated before dumping, and running the heat stress program.
In addition to their other duties, the corpsmen clean and
maintain 82 spaces. Among those spaces are four operating
rooms, a laboratory, a pharmacy, an x-ray room, blood bank,
physiotherapy room, medical supply storerooms, and a 69-bed
ward which includes full intensive care facilities. Nassau has the
capability of being turned into a 300-bed hospital if necessary.
Nassau has the distinction of having the largest medical
facility afloat on a warship.
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HN Wir1Sf0H Floyd HN Daniel Friedel HN Thomas Hozey HN Daniel Myer
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Department and embarked units was phenomenal. Our four- I. ' i
man department was responsible for the dental needs and sup-
port of the nearly 2,500 sailors and Marines on board Nassau i
plus hundreds more from various ships and stations throughout
the Med. During the deployment, we did thousands of fillings, 'W
cleanings and root canals. We even had the opportunity to wire s I
a sailor's jaw together in the Medical Department's operating -S Wi
room because he had broken his lower jaw Trul an incredible
amount was accomplished in such a short period of time - and
all done painlessly!
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According to the quartermasters, "You can trust your keel to
the man who wears the wheel." The men of Navigation execut-
ed numerous precision anchorages at such exotic places as Sierra
de Retin, Tangier, Galera and Onslow Bay.
Having safely navigated the nearly 18,000 nautical miles of
the cruise, their main concern was to make sure they steered a
straight course and made it back home to loved ones "on time."
Navigation can say, "We made it happen!"
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the pilot house.
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OA Is Nassau's
Aviation platforms such as LHAs, LPHs and CVs have mete-
orological units because weather is such a critical factor for
flying. Gut well deckfsmall boat operations are also affected by
weather, which can change rapidly and dramatically. Although
Nassau has some sophisticated equipment for forecasting
weather, some things are still done manually to achieve greater
accuracy. At-sea forecasting, for example, benefits from hand
plotting of surface weather mapsg ashore the maps are comput-
er- generated and are less accurate.
OA's job is a continuous process and the same effort is
required whether the weather is good or bad. Their goal is to
maximize our understanding of the weather for safety, mission
success and tactical advantage.
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AGQ Don Hart AG1 Mark Zimmerman AG3 Mike Davis AG3 Todd Widergren
AGAN john Foote AGAA Pete Miller AA Scott Peterson AGAA Charles Roediger
AGAA Miller takes weather readings on the 08 level.
AC3 Caron CLD and AC1 Rotenberry plan the next day's flight operations.
Arr Con troll ers Provjd e
For Frjen dl y Skies
The air controllers of OC Division direct all aircraft bound
for Nassau between five and 50 miles from the ship. Under five
miles, the aircraft are controlled by the Air Boss from the tovver.
They are also in charge of all airborne assaults, getting aircraft
to landing zones on the beach and back to Nassau. OC Division
conducts pilot's briefts, makes up and distributes the daily air
plan and maintains flight log books for all ship's company
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PHAN More examines a color print of the ship.
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Although it doesr1't take up the most time or material,
intelligence photography is the most important job of the photo
lab. In addition to tal-ring public affairs photography, the lab
does reenlistments, official portraits and documentary photog-
raphy. The latter involves such diverse areas as investigations to
shots of the crew at work and play for the cruisebook. The lab
also supports many embarked units and other ships with less or
no photographic capabilities.
PH2 DeAugustine CRD and PHAN More look over
negatives in the photo lab.
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OZ Division Provides
In tellrlgen ce Da ta
"Away the Snoopy Team, Away" was an announcement that
frequently blared over Nassau's IMC during MARG 4-87. What
did it mean?
For the men of OZ Division who man the joint Intelligence
Center UICD, the phrase signified that the OOD had spotted a
Soviet or unidentified ship or aircraft. When that happened, a
member of OZ division rushed to the signal bridge and identi-
fied the ship or aircraft in question. A ship's photographer also
responded to the call, recording the ship or aircraft on film.
.IIC also provides intelligence for the ship and embarked staff,
provides intelligence support for Marines ashore and basically
handles anything having to do with classified or sensitive mate-
rial as it pertains to security.
ISSN Taylor entertains an orphan in Palma, Spain. The children
were aboard Nassau for a Christmas party.
IS1 Ray Allan DP3 Dan Brennenstuhl
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SK1 Richard Harris takes stock of supplies in S-1.
S - 1 Takes Care
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The S-1 CStoresD Division is broken into two sections -
Main Issue and the Supply Support Center. Goods ranging from
toilet paper to cleaning gear are dispatched by Main Issue. One
of S-1's biggest customers is S-2. They go through a lot of
plastic bags, cleaning gear and paper hats on the mess decks.
S-1, in fact, handles all breakout, issue and storage for
Nassau except for those specific aviation items carried by S-6.
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S - 2 Division
MS2 Rhodes CLD and MSSA Lindsay cook up some burgers for the noon meal.
S-2 Serves Up
Deljcjo us Chow
S-2 is a 24-hour-a-day operation. Duty cooks get up at about
0400 to start preparing for breakfast, which starts at 0530. Lunch
is served from 1030 to 1300 on the mess decks. The evening
meal runs from 1530 to 1830. The pace settles down at about
2000 when quarters are held before the night shift takes over and
the day shift secures. Midrats are served from 2230 to 2345.
Although the shipls private messes obtain some of their
provisions independently, the majority of the food they serve is
purchased from S-2. S-2 helps keep the crew's morale high by
serving only the best on the mess decks.
The mess decks gang prepares another taste
tempting meal in the galley.
SH3 Tony Collins QRQ checks out another satisfied customer in the ship's store.
S-3 Takes Care Of
Sales On Nassau
S-3, the sales and services division, handles the ship's store,
laundry, three barber shops, vending machines and dry cleaning.
In addition to the 19 ship's servicemen, 30 Marines assisted in
keeping clothes clean, soda machines filled and the never-
ending struggle to keep the ship's store full.
The unofficial motto, "Our prices are insane," was heard
throughout the ship in February when everything from ashtrays
to stereos was reduced below cost and offered to the crew on
the hangar bay.
Most of the work in this division goes on behind the scenes
and after hours. The standard operating procedure for liberty
call is to muster in the storeroom and stock the store or move
merchandise from the pier to various storerooms.
Open seven days a week, S-3's official motto, "Service to the
crew," was in force and appreciated by all concerned.
SN Tim Seagle gives another fine haircut in the
crew's barber shop.
SHSR Stephen Shapiro
OS3 David Yargeau picks up a few snack items in the ship's store
SHC Hugh Grubbs QLD directs incoming supplies to their proper destination.
S -4 ivision
Keeping a watchful eye on the money are these disbursing experts: from left, they are DK2 Gullick, DK2 Avilles, LTJG St. john and
Takmg Care Of Money
Is Their Business
Whether it was francs, shekels, dirhams or pesetas, the dis-
bursing personnel were there to make sure Nassau's crew had an
ample supply of the local currency. They often worked long
past liberty call paying dealer's bills, travel claims and shore
patrol expenses, but still found enough time for a rate training
program that produced 100 percent successful advancement on
each man in S-4 who took the Navy-wide competitive examina-
2 Avilles rounds the bases during a softball game ovel'
MSSN Terry slices and dices in the wardroom galley.
S-5 Keeps Wrdroom
0fHcers Well Fed
Nassau's Wardroom Mess caterer doesn't exaggerate when he
calls S-5 Division "a 24-hour hotel and restaurant." S-5 some-
times feeds and provides rooms for guests on short notice.
That's one reason why someone mans the wardroom galley and
is cleaning S-5 spaces around the clock at sea.
S-5 Division is responsible for cleaning about half of the 02
level. Between frames 40 and 92, S-5 has 219 spaces, which
includes 106 staterooms, the wardroom, wardroom galley, two
lounges, three heads and numerous passageways
wardroom galley's bowls,
wn stirs up a meal in one of the
MSC Wilfredo Frias
MS2 john Meyer
MS3 Johnny jones
MSSA Robert Tolan
MSC Alan Hardy MS1 Sonny Rosales MS2 Chris Hamiltgn
MS3 Rudy Dowdy MS3 Kevin Jamison MS3 Eddie jones
MS3 jerry Manrique MS3 Rodney Spivey M53 Oliver Trinidad
MSSN Anthony Brown MSSN Staten Zook
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S -6 Handles
Avia tion Supply
Aviation Supply CS-65 Division provided aviation logistics to
the embarked air squadron, AIMD and Nassau's UH-1N heli-
copter. The availability of parts determines aircraft readiness and
material condition. To insure ready access, S-6 puts in many
long hours. All the protective clothing for aviation is supplied
by S-6, including cranials, jerseys, life vests, safety shoes, flight
During the cruise, S-6 was absorbed into the S-1 Division.
AK1 Coleman Hillman AK2 Richard Bozeman AK2 Michael Capuano
AK2 Serafin Ilao AK2 Paul Loveless AKAN Paul Amaral
CAPT Lucas helps serve up chow on the mess decks.
S - 7 Division
CWO3 Mikovits QLD and DP2 Gleason review SNAP data.
Good Orgamka tion:
It's A SNAP!
The SNAP system - what's that? Well, when all went well,
nobody noticed usg when crisis management took over, every-
SNAP I: The producers of paychecksg Watch, Quarter and
Station Billsg the ship's CSMP and .ISN logsg SUDAPS support
for SMI. We guard your personal data and provide access to
your "tube." S-7 Division has had requests from six different
areas with everyone having the highest priority. Miraculously,
we survived - even liberty.
DP2 Campbell replaces a tape reel on the SNAP
AK2 Bozeman types up a stock order in the S-8 office.
S - 8 Dl.Vl.Sl.OH Takes
Con trol Cf Stock
Stock Control Division is responsible for financial transac-
tions and reports as they relate to divisional OPTARS and Navy
stock accounts. We validate and update all outstanding material
orders and assure proper billing and accounting.
S-8 works directly with ADP and the SNAP system. We also
order material for stock based on AVCAL and COSAIQ require-
ments, and based on repetitive demand on high usage items
placed by each division onboard Nassau.
AK3 Reynolds inventories forms in Stock Control.
SKC jim Hendricks AKC William Riley
SK3 Bryan Dreckman AK3 Kevin Reynolds
AKAN Mike Callahan AKAN Rick Hernandez
AN Winfred Kessler SA uan Moscol
AKAN Hernandez places a supply order
Marine Expeditionar Unit
The 22d Marine Expeditionary Unit CMEUD, as
the former 22d Marine Amphibious Unit CMAUD,
came into being on December 15, 1982 as a result.
of the redesignation of the 32d MAU.MThe'rifl22d'
MEU, and its sister units, the 24th and-26th' MEUs,1 ff' 1 7
serve on a rotational basis as the iof
the United States' Sixth Fleet-jfoii operatifiins pri.-X
marily in the Mediterraneanlf i
While deployed as tlfiej Farce Sixth
Fleet CLF6Fj 1-83 fromifebruaryfiito Zpp 1983, 22d
MAU was ordered aslfiore to segvefas the 'United
States' contingent to lYIult'iglEat1onal,Force,
Lebanon. The 22d severiallkey
operations includingfthe rescuegof Lebanese
ians snowbound in pgrr. mountains north andlfeast
of Beirut, and the gresfcueelandfsalvage operations
following the U.S. Embassy in
Beirut on April 18? 1983. The 22d MAU returned
to the United States june 26, 1983 after completingjjgi yy
a short training exercise in Key West, Fla. ,ir,,,,, 'btr
after embarkatiorr, ,sir the abruptly changed
course for the isiandfffof,5'Gfenada. After several
barked for a Med float as 1-84. Several daysii perxp
On july 26, 1984 the 22d MAU deployed from
Camp Lejeune and relieved the 24th MAU on
August 8, 1984. As LF6F 3-84, the 22d MAU SOC
received, many accolades for its outstanding per-
formance in training exercises in Italy, Turkey,
Turrisia, Spain and Morocco, and for its impressive
record during port visits throughout the Mediter-
ranean Sea. The 22d MAU was relieved as LF6F on
February 7,1985 and returned home to Camp
Lejeune on February 19, 1985. On july 3, 1985 the
MAUi'reassumed the LF6F commitment and was
deployed as LF6F .2-85 until December 19, 1985.
The 22d MAU participated in Exercise Ocean
Venture '86 and embarked on August 19, 1986 in
preparation for NATO exercises Northern Wed-
ding Qand Bold Guard ,in-.'Northern Europe. The
LF6F 1-87 commitment was reassumed on Octo-
ber19, 1986, and the MAU returned from the Med
february 22, 1987. On May 5, 1987 the MAU
embarked naval shipping and served as the landing
On October 18, 1983 the 22d MAU again i iiii iiii iforce for Phase II of Solid Shield '87 in Honduras
returning to the United States May 20, 1987.
, affflmmediately following that exercise the 22d
a 7,5 ,X
days of fighting, the.,VllEtofri,ous 'Marines backload iiii
ed and again sailed 'eastward for,jthef7Mediterra,2'f iii'
nean. The 22d MAU ecommencedfa detetmirfed
effort to improve securityfarrangementsgin Leflja..
non while supporting ongoirfg,.pU,S.
efforts. Despite numerous
these missions were executed with proficieyncy and
professionalism. In late February 1984 the Marines
MAU commenced preparing forits SOCEX C Spe-
Cial Operations Capable 941-Exercisel before another
float, the 22d MAU
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redeployed to Navy shipping off the coast off iiii 8
Lebanon, except for a small detachment left to
provide embassy security. The 22d MAU was re-
lieved as LF6F on April 9, 1984 and returned to
Camp Lejeune, N.C. on May 1, 1984.
SOC steamed for the Mediterranean to relieve the
Augusta Bay,'Sicily to serve as LF6F
On February 1, 1988 the 22d MAU
redesiggigated"'as a Marine Expeditionary
Unit t.he22d SOC. Relieved on March 14,
bythe 26th MEU SOC in Rota, Spain as the
LF6F, the 22d MEU SOC and returned to the
United States March 27, 1988, having conducted
seven landings, five exercises, numerous training
evolutions and twelve Community Relations Pro-
JCQTS - many of these 22d MEU activities were
"f1rsts" in the Med.
22d MEU Commanding fficer
col. WE. BARTELS, JR.
is briefed in the field
Colonel William E. Bartels, jr., was born in Quincy, Mass., and was
commissioned a Second Lieutenant in the United States Marine Corps, in
1964 following his graduation from Ohio State University, Columbus,
Ohio. Following his completion of the Basic School, he entered flight
training in january 1965 and was designated a Naval Aviator in june 1966.
Colonel Bartels' aviation assignments have included Schedules Officer,
VMA CAWD-225, Quality Assurance Officer, VMA CAWD-242, Air Liai-
son Officer, lst Air and Naval Gunfire Liaison Company in support of the
First Brigade, Republic of Korea Marine Corps, Flight Instructor, VT-22,
Assistant Operations Officer, H8cMS-14, and Commanding Officer, VMA
Staff assignments for Colonel Bartels have been All-Weather Attack
Instructor, Marine Air Weapons Training Unit Cduring which time he
consolidated the A-6 program for Marine Air Weapons Training Squadron
Onelg Marine Corps Representative at Nuclear Weapons Training Group,
Atlantic, and the Assistant Fleet Marine Officer! Fleet Exercise Officer for
the Commander, U.S. Sixth Fleet.
Besides the Basic School, he has attended the following military
schools: the Armed Forces Staff College, Norfolk, Va., and the College of
Naval Warfare, Naval War College, Newport, R.I. In addition to his
Bachelor of Science degree from Ohio State, Colonel Barrels holds a
Master of Arts degree in International Relations from the Salve Regina
Colonel Bartels' personal decorations are the Defense Meritorious Ser-
vice Medal, the Meritorious Service Medal with one gold star, the Air
Medal Gold Numeral 1 and Bronze Numeral 18, the Navy Achievement
Medal and the Combat Action Ribbon.
He and his wife, Connie, live in Morehead City, N.C. and have three
grown daughters Amie, Beth and Lori.
. . . leads staff meeting and operational planning . . . . , , and entertains a variety of VIPS!
22d MEU Executive Officer
Lieutenant Colonel William T. Tucker was born on August 28, 1946
in Troy, Alabama. He graduated from the University of Tennessee at
Martin and was commissioned a Second Lieutenant in the United States
Marine Corps in june 1968. He attended the Basic School Class 1.69
graduating in December 1968 and WHS Ordered to the Republic of
Vietnam the following month. In Vietnam LtCol Tucker served as a
Platoon Commander with Company A, 1st Military Police Battalion,
Force Logistics Command, FMF Pacific. Returning to the United States
in February 1970, he served as the Embarkation Officer, S-4 Officer and
Commanding Officer for Company K, 3d Battalion, 6th Marine Regi.
ment, 2d Marine Division at Camp Lejeune, N.C.
In September 1972 he transfered to the Naval Amphibious Base, Little
Creek, Virginia, to serve as an Embarkation Instructor at Landing Force
Training Command, Atlantic. Reporting to the 9th Marine Regiment, 3d
Marine Division in january 1975, he was assigned to Headquarters 3,
Service Company, 2d Battalion. He served first as the S-2 Officer and
later as the S-4 Officer. While with Battalion Landing Team 2f9 he
participated in the SS Mayaguez recovery operation. In October he
assumed command of Company F, BLT 279.
LtCol Tucker attended the Amphibious Warfare School in 1976 and
in 1977 was assigned as Executive Officer of Company C, Marine
Security Guard Battalion at the American Consulate General in Hong
Kong. He became the Commanding Officer of Company C, MSGB in
june 1979. Returning to the United States in 1980, he reported to H815
Company, Headquarters Battalion as Executive Officer.
In june 1983 he was ordered to the field grade officers Air 8c Ground
Exchange Program with the 2d Marine Aircraft Wing at Cherry Point,
N.C., where he served as the G-3 Plans Officer. He joined the 22d
Marine Expeditionary Unit as Executive Officer in january 1986.
LtCol Tucker's personal decorations include: the Meritorious Service
Medal, the Navy Commendation Medal, with combat "V", the Vietnam
Cross of Gallantry, with bronze star, the Vietnam Campaign Medal, and
the Vietnam Service Medal, with four campaign stars.
He is married to the former Lucy Harkins. They have two sons,
William and Matthew, and a daughter, Rebecca.
. . . and fights - and wins - the Paper WM!
22d MEU Sergeant Major
Sgt Maj L.R. CROMWELL
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"in the field" . . .
Sergeant Major Lawrence R. Cromwell joined the Marine Corps
january 1954. After four years of service aboard the USS Iowa CBB-61D
and Marine Corps Schools, Quantico, Va., he was released from active
duty and returned to his hometown of Baltimore, Maryland, working as
a police officer with the Baltimore City Police Department. In january
1968, he returned to the United States Marine Corps, 10 years after he
was first discharged. Sergeant Major Cromwell attended Advanced
Infantry Training, Reconnaissance School and Vietnamese Language
School, before serving in Vietnam from 1968 to 1969. Sergenat Major
Cromwell was a team leader, scoutfsniper and interpreter with 'E'
Company, 3d Reconnaissance Battalion in Quang-Tri Province.
Returning from Vietnam in September 1969, he served as a Drill
Instructor at Parris Island, S.C., and later as a Platoon Sergeant at Officer
Candidates School, Quantico, Va. He was also an instructor at the Staff
Non-Commissioned Officer Academy, Quantico, Va. Prior to reporting
to the 22d Marine Expeditionary Unit in March 1987, the Sergeant
Major saw service with the joint Casualty Resolution Center, Thailand,
and as Company Gunnery Sergeant and First Sergeant for 'K' Company,
3d Battalion, 3d Marines and 'D' Company, 3d Amphibious Assault
Battalion, 1st Marine Brigade, Kaneohe, Hawaii.
SgtMaj Cromwell has also served as Squadron Sergeant Major of
Marine Attack Helicopter Squadron 369, Camp Pendleton, Calif., In-
spector-Instructor 'E' Company, 2d Battalion, 25th Marines, Harrisburg,
Penn., Squadron Sergeant Major of Headquarters and Maintenance
Squadron 36, Okinawa, and Marine Corps Recruiting Station, Detroit,
His decorations include: the joint Service Commendation Medal, the
Combat Action Ribbon, the Meritorious Unit Commendation CArmyj,
the Good Conduct Medal seventh award, the National Defense Service
Medal with star, the Meritorious Unit Citation with two stars, the Navy
Occupation Service Medal, the Humanitarian Service Medal, the Sea
Service Deployment Ribbon, the Vietnam Cross of Gallantry with Palm,
the Vietnam Service Medal, and the Vietnam Campaign Medal.
Sergeant Major Cromwell is a graduate of Baltimore City College,
and is married to the former Patricia Carlson of Baltimore, Maryland.
The Cromwell's have four children and three grandchildren.
. . . and enjoys the
privileges of rank - an
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LCpl B Shannon Pfc A. Nails
Command Element Cornmandant
LCpl W.F. Morris
"Chaplain, he says even though this is a Mass Casualty Drill . . . you
LCDR R.O. Weimer should give him wine!"
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LT R.L. Parry
LT. R.W. Cason
HM1 L.T. Chapman
Capt P.F. Roche
LCpl O.A. Pacheco
. . . at the Naval Hospital, Camp Lejeune
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S - 2 Intelligence
Maj WA. King
Capt M.H. Schoelwer SSgt D.M.
Androshuk "Why won't someone 'beam me up'?! -
Sgt V.E. Bell It's tiring . . . all day watching TV!
Sgt E. Vargas
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SSgt B.A. Messier
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GySgt ,I.L. Clarr
SSgt A.G. Bates GySgt FJ. Jessie
Cpl AJ. Platt
"Honest, Gunny 'they said' this shot would not be used!"
"Come on guys, who was chewing on . . . the Major's cigar!"
S - 3 Gperations
Capt james Capt CW. Schmitt Capt B.E. Danielson
Maj F.G. Duggan
Capt T.B. McClelland
1stLt S.G. Beukema
"Have I ever jumped?! - Are you kidding me!?"
"Hello, Club Med . . .
May I take your reservations?!" Us b we
Omffwhere . . . in here . . . is the name and address of that . . . uh, du
went to . . . last night!"
Cpl D.F. Favors
GySgt MJ. Hill SSgt F.A. Adorno
LCp1j.L. jalomo LCpl TJ. Warner
"Hombres, I tell ju - don't mez . . .
dez club . . . uh . . . dez LZ at 2230 tu-night!
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"Field-day the Acclime Room Gunny? . . . We know who could be in-charge!"
C. . . the heavy hand of fate falls . . . on . . . "Why me, Lord?!,'j
S -4 Logistics
Maj D.B. Sayers
1stLt RJ. Correll 1stLt S.B. Smith
1stLt W.R. Strickland SSgt M. Gattuso
"Man, these Med floats
"Sgt Zawatski told you we could order
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order . . . is right here - in my inventory!"
i . . . don't get much more
exciting than this!"
"Who's going to fell i
Cpl WK. Sanders
Cpl D.F. Combs
Cpl GJ. Knoble
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tough reading . . .
LCpl B.M. Bailey
LCpl C.M. Brown
Some 1iked digging into . . . others found reading tough . .
LCpl R.M. Buchanan
B and still others asked . . . themselves, why . . . they weren't
LCpl j.A. Gates invited . . .
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Sgt C. Zawatski
Cpl P.V. Holden
LCpl M.T. Montgomery
the XOW, "'til I see yora money, don'ta toucha da briefcase!"
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GySgt E. Lindsay SSgt WJ. Varnold
Cpl Neira Cpl B.C. Rich
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Cpl M. Rogers
Cpl H.S. Rucker
Cpl M.D. Henson
Cpl P. Romano
Cpl j.A. Schmidt '
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"Doc said my thumb would be fine,
if . . . I just wrapped it every day!"
be kidding me!"
"At this hour, Brannon, no-
prob-leem! -just for you,
I'll call the home of . . . your
Look operator, I'm SONY
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LCpl H.D. Helmer LCpl P.G. Perkins LCpl D.A. Plotz LCpl M.V. Riggins
LCpl D.L. Roys LCpl D.S. Symonds LCpl DJ. Stelianou LCpl M.A. Vanhorn
LCpl T. Dickson LCpl R.E. Enders
LCpl B. Robinson LCpl W.D. Rogers
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. . . when the President calls?!"
"Now do we look like . . . we have
an 'outside' long distance line?!"
OK, OK, we'll guess: You're f
'signing'? . . . No! - You're
giving weak 'high fives'?!
but we really don't know
- - - this phone's number!"
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Cpl Morrison, Cpl Gentry,
Back row: Capt Mosher, SSgt Goodnoh, HM2 Coleman, Sgt Glembin, Cpl Orse, Sgt Gardner, Cpl Butts, Cpl Thomas,
Cpl Miller, 1stLt Hedequist, Cpl Schanz, SSgt O'Meara,
Photo not available: Sgt Burns, Cpl Labarge, Cpl Harsh.
Cpl Caldwell, Cpl Sims.
Capt A.S. Mosher
Special Ops are tough, but someone . . .!"
Det Air And aval Gunfire
Liaison Compan Detachment
LT 1.11. Levin
"Your Navy-Marine Corps team sends its greetings!"
Front row: Cpl Clayton, LCpl Lane, LCp1 Seals, LCpl Oneal, LCpl Simons,
Back row: SSgt Williams, LCp1 Anderson, LCpl Warner, Cpl Garcia, Cpl Wyville, Cpl Davidson.
Photo not available: LCp1 Locke
Det C adio Battalion
Front row: Sgt Hayden, Cpl Stark, Cpl Mackey, LCpl Donohue, LCpl Graham, SSgt Neese, Cpl Spivey, LCpl Phelps,
Middle row: Sgt McCleary, LCpl Webb, Sgt Canipe, Cpl Hastings, Cpl Gifford, Cpl York, LCpl Schisler, SSgt Snyder,
Back row: Sgt Delahunty, Lt Meredith, Sgt Mashny, Cpl Seignous, GySgt Rhoads, Cpl Dawson, Cpl Harkins, Sgt
Boner, Cpl Smith, LCpl Freburg, 1stLt Williams.
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Front row: LCp1 Hamilton, Sgt Newcom, LCpl Gilchrist, Cpl Bonene, LCpl Draper, LCpl Lane, LCpl
Middle row: SSgt Elliss, SSgt Harper, LT Lyles, 1stLt Stopp, GySgt Bussman, SSgt Howard,
Back row: HN Mitchel, Cpl Harville, LCpl Abbott, LCp1 Wise, LCpl Daddario, PFC Macaulay, Cpl
Holliday, LCpl Betlach, LCpl Godwin, PFC McGovern, Cpl Evans, DN Brown, LCpl Hays.
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Commanding OfHCer, BLT 2X6
Ltcoi SJ. BATHURST
While our deployment as the Ground Command Element of Twenty-Second
Marine Expeditionary Unit Special Operation Capable began on 30 September
1987 as we embarked aboard the ships of Amphibious Squadrons 2, we actually
became a Battalion Landing Team in late March 1987. And as a BLT we
accomplished much during our thirteen months together. Our work-up was both
demanding and challenging, for each of us was required to make many personal
sacrifices and push our bodies and minds to the limits we may not have thought
possible. I also realize that some may have thought these activities unnecessary,
for there is nothing short of war itself that can verify one's ability to survive and
win. While BLT 2f6 was not put to the ultimate test, I believe we had our mettle
tested through a rigorous training syllabus, aided by an extensive physical training
program that included much humping, and of course, that ever present "2f6
weather factor". You have, on many occasions, endured the unendurable. I have
seen, first hand, some of the finest Marines and Corpsmen our society has ever
produced. I have witnessed NCO leadership at a level never before experienced in
my career. I have seen SNCO's that would challenge the best the Corps has to
offer, and I have served alongside officers like none other with which I have had
the pleasure. Throughout our association as a Battalion Landing Team I found
myself constantly asking the question: Where did we find men of such caliber, of
such integrity, of such talent and of eagerness to learn and grow?
Each of you has every right to be extremely proud of this BLT's
accomplishments - for you were the BLT. You may have thoguht it was I who
was leading you on to those unending miles of humping, but it wasn't, it was
you pushing me. You have proven to be some of the finest Marines and
Corpsmen that ever laced up a pair of combat boots. As you puruse the
following pages, remember the closeness you felt with your fellow Marines and
Corpsmen, remember the tough times, remember what it was like to belong to
something that was good, something that was proud, something that you may
never again experience in your lifetime. To all of you, the "Few Good Men" of
Battalion Landing Team 2f6, you have my sincere and very deep appreciation for
providing me the opportunity and the distinct pleasure to have been one of you
for a short period of time. No matter what your future holds, I wish each and
every one of you the very best that life has to offer. Keep Humpin'.
Never ask a Marine what he does,
if he is a GUNFIGHER, he will tell you,
if not, why embarrass him?
Executive Ofzqcef, BL T 2X 6
Maj JD. MACKENZIE
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Although in a small cubicle of an office, the S-1 .
belied it's assigned space by spilling forth huge volumes
of paperwork in characteristic S-1 style and supporting
the Commanders' administratively so they could better
accomplish their mission.
The S-1 Marines included: long-time member of 2f6,
Cpl Thibodeau, the BLT Legal Clerk who kept our legal
work flowing, LCpl Hickman who provided virtually all
of the correspondence for the BLT with his skillful
typing, LCpl Felker who kept all of our files current and,
with LCpl Myers, who provided entertaining cartoons for
the BLT 2f6 "Bull Sheet", LCpl Talasco who was the
"keeper of the book" carefully kept track of the
classified messages and the always disappearing messages
boards, LCpl Yancey reigned over his empire of CMS
gear and made sure that no classified material escaped
the ship by destroying massive amounts of secret
documents, LCpl Myers, the BLT Postal Clerk who
helped to shorten the cruise by sorting and distributing
tons of mail, and Sgt Castleberry, "The Dream Weaver",
the BLT Career Planner kept our Marines' hopes alive
with promises of reenlistment bonuses and outstanding
duty stations. Directing this menagerie of talent was the
ever-smiling SSgt jackson, Administrative Chief
Extraordinaire. Last, but not least, was the Adjutant, 1stLt
Corson, last of the 0180's in Infantry Battalions. All this
comprised the BLT S-1, a tight-knit group that
exemplified the term "Gung-ho" The BLT S-1: "Proud
1stLt Corson, SSgt jackson, Sgt Castleberry, Cpl Thibo-
deau, LCpl Hickman, LCpl Felker, LCpl Myers, LCpl
Yancey, LCpl Talasco .
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The BLT Administration Center is the shop that serves the BLT
in many unseen ways. Our mission is to see that all pay and
allowances for each Marine are in order and are monitored
accordingly. We take care of the countless problems before the
individual Marine even knows a problem exists. We serve the
Marines of the BLT by providing ID cards, SRB maintenance,
travel claims, and general input into the ,IUMPSXMMS system via
the Unit Diary. On July 11, 1987 we attached 319 Marines to the
BLT which put an extraordinary burden on the section without
any additional manpower, yet we still handled the situation in the
usual professional manner. There have been many highlights on
this cruise that will always be remembered. SSgt Hudson, after fiv
tries, had a son this time, born on 11 jan 88, weighing 7 lbs 13
ozs. Rumor has it that he was born in a pair of high-top Nikes
with a ten-year no-cut contract with the 76er's. CWO-2 Sauber
has been stressing out the troops throughout the float, but not
with push-ups or 16 hour work days. Instead, he plays Madonna
and Beach Boys tapes causing hate and discontent throughout the
office. Overall, it gives us great pleasure to serve the finest BLT in
the Corps and to be an exclusive part of "Tested Mettle".
Back Row: SSgt Hudson, LCpl Brennan, LCpl Burris,
LCpl Cook, LCpl Byerly
2nd Row: LCpl Shorter, Sgt Halbert, LCpl Maccracken,
Cpl Becker, LCpl Walters, LCpl Brazier, LCpl Dinnan
Front Row: Sgt Sanchez, CWO-2 Sauber, LCpl Garro,
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The BLT Intelligence CS-2D Section is responsible for
providing the BLT Commander with accurate, timely and
up-to-date information concerning the enemy, terrain and
weather. Working in conjunction with the intelligence assets
of the MEU, the BLT S-2 consolidates the information
provided by the various external agencies in order to "paint
a picture of the battlefield" for the Commanders. We believe
that this is one of the finest, if not the finest intelligence
sections ever to serve in the FMF. Where does the Corps
get such men?
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This is a photo of the STA Platoon. At least we think it
is. No one knows what they do or even if they really exist.
If they do exist you couldn't find them anyhow. STA
Platoon is able to disappear individually, or as a group.
Their Platoon Commander doesn't see them for weeks at a
time . . . even when they are aboard the ship. These
Marines are especially good at hiding out when it comes
time to form working parties or get immunizations. lt's been
said that you might get a glance at one of these creatures if
you put a hamburger and a cold beer on a tree stump and
hide out until nightfall. You must be very quiet and patient
though. And by the way . . . this doesn't work if you are a
Back Row: Cpl Mazoyer, LCpl Freeman, LCpl Ashton, Sgt Ginnever, Cpl Parks
2nd Row: LCpl Faryniarz, LCpl Marlow, LCpl Courneya, LCpl Andrews, T.B.,
LCpl Guard, Cpl McDaniel, SSgt Owens
Front Row: LCpl McCoy, LCpl Andrews, M.D., Cpl Phillips, Cpl Hinderliter,
Top: Sgt Lafieur, LCpl Benavidez, LCpl Norfleet, Cpl Acock
Mid: Capt Supchak, Capt Houlihan, Maj Sposato, Capt Kunhardt, Cpl Mujsce
Back: GySgt O'Neil, CWO-2 Phelps, GySgt Gerrard, Capt Dowdy
The S-3 COPERATIONSD section of the BLT is primarily responsible
for matters pertaining to operations and training. The Section is made
up of Marines with various backgrounds and MOS's to include: infantry,
aviation, NBC, drafting, and administration. The S-3 is no ordinary staff
section. As the float progresses they are each seen in herculean struggles
trying to accomplish the truly worthy personal goals they have set for
The Boguemaster is refining his oratory skills in order to, in the
telling of one story, achieve the perfect transition from Beirut to Ranger
School to Recruiting. Skyler, utilizing the lightning reflexes of a fighter
pilot, attempts to break "62" at St. Andrews. Raven and Dozo, with
magnifying glass in-hand search for "special slides" for a helo egress
class or officers' school. Two figures concealed in the shadows,
predatory senses ever-alert, reconning their objective, they make one
final check of their "packages", and advance like grim-reapers into the
night. The W.O. and Gunny are in search of a utopian liberty port or
the ultimate MORP 5 and a 4,000 foot jump respectively. RJ. strives to
perfect his linguistic skills for the betterment of the Corps while trying
to assume the billet of duty "sacred cow". Benni-Hanna works diligently
to meet the demands which tax his skills as a cartographer to limits
behond human endurance. In the interest of man-kind, Gontri and
Gator try to convince anyone who will listen of the benefits of a pre-
emptive first strike. As the remaining days grow short we see Fleet
wandering, dazed, asking what sort of insane asylum he's been
committed to. Amidst it all, a solitary figure stands, the Major. As the
red-headed stranger slips by in the passageway, the Major's heard to
utter those immortal words, "Hey Lieutenant, aren't you on duty section
tonight?" In the final analysis, looking into the steely-eyes of these life-
takers and heart-breakers, one can only wonder if they can find the
courage to face the post-deployment routine without their daily MORP?
THE STRONG SURVIVE, THE WEAK FALL BY THE WAYSIDE.
As part of the S-3 Section, the Air Office's stated purpose is to effect
coordination between the BLT and supporting air agencies, utilize the experience
of its members to advise the Commander in all matters dealing with air and to
contribute to more effective planning. To the Aviators, this translates to obtainin
a higher level of appreciation of civilized living by exposing them to the g
experience of "wallowing in the mud"! They must also learn to beat their heads
against the wall in frustration on numerous occasions while trying to deal with
creatures of lower intelligence. Occasionally, the Air Office is known as the
Tactical Air Control Party CTACPD. It is comprised of three Aviators and twelve
communicators from the Comm Platoon. The senior Aviator is the Air Officer
and is responsible for planning, coordinating and advising the Battalion
Commander on air matters. The other Aviators serve as the Forward Air
Controllers and together with a team of three communicators function to control
all air at the company level. Lastly, the TACP is there to offer training in all
Aviation matters. They also serve as examples to the BLT as to what happens to
a Marine when he gets to heaven.
There is nothing more demoralizing to the enemy or motivating to the Marines
on the ground than a section of aircraft, loaded with ordinance, rolling in with a
"Mark in sight . . . CLEARED HOT!"
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After watching the OIC of the NBC Defense
Section throughout the deployment, one might "
think that NBC stands for Nocturnal Broad
Chaser. Actually it stands for Nuclear, Biological
and Chemical Defense. Our job is to , , , eh 0 D
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because if we did somebody would probably
make us do it. If that happened it would
interfere with important things like sleeping,
eating or other important stuff. The section
consists of an OIC, CWO-2 Phelps, NCOIC
Cpl Mujsce and a clerk, LCpl "The Beef' ' i
Acock. We don't locate, close with and destroy
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BLT S -4fArmoryfEmbark
To the acclaim of thousands, the BLT S-4 CLogisticsD Section
provided never ending and much publicized logistical support to the
battle-weary Marines of BLT 2f6 during the last year and in particular,
those last six months on float. The S-4 Office is responsible for all the ,
logistical support to the BLT to include supply, maintenance,
transportation, embarkation, ordnance, food service, weapons repair and
financial management matters. The best way to think of the S-4 shop is
to think of the Marines who coordinate the procurement and movement
of beans, bullets and bandages to the field in the quickest manner
possible while tracking maintenance on the delivery vehicles and the
money to pay for it all.
Fearless, brave and untiring during all tactical operations, the hard-
charging S-4 Marines were always eager to charge ashore to provide the
combat service support that they trained long and hard for! Consisting
of steely-eyed "ammunition techs" who in the blink of an eye could
produce thousands of rounds of ammunition to the cunning
"maintenance management specialists" always looking for goodie boxes,
to the embarkation Marines willing to off-load the ship in the dead of
the night, to the "Mr. Fix-it" armorers always looking for a damaged
weapon of war to repair. The logisticians were always ready to provide
total support to the infantrymen up front.
Back Row: Sgt Harden, LCpl Cavalier, LCpl Tiner, LCpl
Sullivan, 1stLt Phelps
Front Row: SSgt Caraker, Capt Attaway, SSgt Watson
Sgt Downing, LCpl Fletcher, SSgt McKenna,
,H S UPPIY
The mission of Supply is to keep the grunts prepared to "locate, close
with and destroy the enemy . . . Every piece of gear that is humped to
the field finds its roots in the Supply WarehO11SC- ThiS includes everything
from "bug juice" to cold weather underwear. It is our goal to see that
every Marine and Sailor in the BLT goes into combat with the best gear
that the government can buy and to ensure that additional gear is readily
available. During the predeployment phase, supply was "under the gun."
Everything focused on the ability of the section to provide the BLT superb
supply support. The professionalism displayed by all members of the section
was the underlying factor that contributed to the success of the mission.
Whatever isn't nailed down is mine and whatever I can pry loose, isn't
- Collis P. Huntington
Back Row: LCpl Barbee, Sgt
Martin, B.F., LCpl William, LCpl
2nd Row: Sgt Martin, F.G., SSgr
Setters, LCpl Atwater, 1stLt Fegan
Front Row: LCpl English, Sgt
Maricic, LCpl Frutchey
Food Service Opera tion
Back Row: Sgt Garmon, SSgt Pope, Cpl Walton The preparation of hot chow, fresh bread and
2nd Row: LCpl Dudley, LCpl Kuhn, LCpl Gibbs, LCpl Rose, LCpl james, pastry for the 1800 Marines and SailO1'S aboard the
LCpl Reynolds, PFC Lineberger USS Nassau was the combined efforts of the USS
Front Row: GySgt Ward, Sgt Frey, LCpl Miller, Pvt Tourangeau, LCpl Nassau Sailors and BLT 2f6 Food Service Marines.
McPherson, LCpl Patterson When requested, the Food Service Marines provided
the necessary support to the ship and field exercises
for every occasion that required its use. During all the
A training evolutions ashore the Food Service Marines
J proved to be an extremely professional organization by
A providing hot meals as required. The cooks of BLT
216 will always be ready and willing to support the
,. fighting Marines and Sailors anywhere in the world, in
any conditions, to ensure the health and welfare Of
the finest fighting unit in the FMF. And we will
always be there to "serve",
Headquarters And Service Company
Back Row: LCpl Dominguez, LCpl Werner, Sgt Bledson
Front Row: LCpl Silveira, 1stLt Walker, GySgt Brooks, LCpl'Boltin
Need any non-combat support? If so, H 8z S
Company does it all. Need a machinegun repaired?
How about an administrative action request? Do you
have a pay problem that needs correcting? Want
motor transport support? How about some 782 gear?
OK, no more 782 gear but one out of five isn't too
bad! In fact, anything that the Battalion or the
Companies do require H 8: S Company participation
and support. Our Cooks have the ability to prepare a
seven course Marine cuisine meal and our Corpsmen
have the expertise necessary to "heal,' you afterwards.
Our Special Services section ensures that you always
get beer rations and entertainment and our religious
support section provides you with the forgiveness for
partaking. Our Headquarters Element or Battalion
Staff is the "brains" of the organization and after
spending a day with one of the staff sections, such as
the Intelligence Officer, you will see that not all the
"brains" possess intelligence. During the LF6F
deployment we were also privileged to have a platoon
from 2d Recon Battalion, 2d Combat Engineer
Battalion, 2d Tank Battalion and a section from Anti-
Tank Company. These combat support attachments
maintained a very fast-paced "training" schedule. They
could never be found and were always at "training".
We know that they were onboard the ship, however,
because they all signed the liberty log. Thus with such
stalwart means as these, H 81 S Company "guided"
BLT 216 around the Mediterranean.
The mission of the BLT Motor Transport Section is to
provide tactical and logistical motorized transportation in
support of the BLT. The MT section is also responsible
for the second echelon maintenance of all vehicles. There
are eleven vehicle operators, five mechanics, one MIMMS
clerk, one MT chief and one MTO in the section. Motor
T is capable of most field expedient repairs and small
vehicle recoveries. Contact teams are either dispatched to
the location of any vehicle and driver in need of assis-
tance or attached to separate units.
THE PRIDE DON'T RIDE WITHOUT MOTOR T
Back Row: LCpl Coates, LCpl Rockhold, Cpl Lyles, LCpl Wilson, LCpl
3rdVRow: Cpl Pollock, LCpl Nicholas, LCpl Mosier, Cpl Small, LCpl
2nd Row: LCpl'Baker, LCpl Blocken, LCpl Nethers, PFC Hoover
Front Row: 1stLt Waigand, GySgt Lech
Comm umca tions Pla toon
The Communications Platoon provides the
Commander with the means to exert personal
influence in the exercise of command and control of
the assigned forces, supporting fires and combat
service support over larger areas than would otherwise
be possible. In order to accomplish this task, the
platoon is organized into four sections: Headquarters,
Radio, Wire and Maintenance. These sections combine
to establish a communications system that is reliable,
secure, flexible and meets the needs of the
Commander in the tactical situation.
"Communications dominate warg broadly considered
they are the most important single element in strategy,
political or military."
- Admiral Mahan
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Hodges, HM2 Kollins, HM3 Newbill, HM3 Williams, HN McKenzie, HM3
Cash, HN Roberts
4th Row: HMC Schmahl, HM1 Scott, HM3 Horne, HN Brownlee, HN
Raymer, HM1jenks, HM3 Dixon, HM3 Hayes, HM2 Anderson, HM2
Lambert, HN Terhall, LT Liberman
3rd Row: HM3 Buczek, HM2 Staples, HM3 Rang, HM3 Hall, HN
Stenwall, HM3 Foster, HN Rotunda, HM3 Deshazor
2nd Row: HN Tasto, HN Rupert, HM3 Snow, HM3 Cicarelli, HM3 Teaver,
HN Gonzalez, HN Rodriguez, HM2 Gonzalez, HM3 Smith
Front Row: HM3 Herron, HM3 Shenberger, HM3 Orman, HM2 Burris,
HN Mitchell, HM3 Spriggs, HN Thayer
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Cha plains Office
The BLT Chaplain is concerned with the spiritual
welfare and morale of the troops. This concern is
realized through the Command Religious Program.
The CRP includes provision of Divine Services, special
events, seminars, counseling, Bible studies and creative
ministry designed to promote the well-being of every
Marine and Sailor in the organization and support the
overall mission of the BLT. Chaplain M.R. Johnston
and RPSN Friar enjoy the special challenges of their
assignment with BLT 2f6 and anticipate continued
success in maintaining the high standards of excellence
that earmark the Marines and Sailors of "Tested
Mettle". God Bless You!
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Known throughout the Landing Force as the Big
Characterized by an aggressive can-do spirit, the Big "E
lists dependability of mission accomplishment, small unit
leadership and teamwork as its hallmarks. Since locking-
on in April 87, Echo has participated in diverse, special-
ized training to include rubber boat operations and exten-
sive cliff assault training. We conducted the largest
rubber boat raid operation to have been conducted in the
Camp Lejeune area in recent years. Deploying with LF6F,
Echo Company Officers and SNCO billets were manned
fully and the company was reinforced with combat ser-
vice land supporting arms attachments. An aggressive
deployment schedule ensured continued training and fur-
ther development of advanced infantry skills and special
operations capabilities. In recognition of the importance
of small unit leadership, emphasis was placed on squad
leader training during the deployment. As with other
companies of the BLT, the Big has a cadre of
dedicated NCO's who ensure the combat readiness of the
unit. Proven and tested, Big stands ready at the tip of
the whip of American military power in the Mediterra-
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Frrst Platoon, Company E
First Platoon - dedicated to its mission - constantly testing its
mettle and honing its warfighting skills. If luck is what happens when
preparation meets opportunity, then First Platoon is waiting for an
opportunity. Live-fire cross training with the Lagunari in Northern
Italy was our training highlight in the Mediterranean. We're just thirty-
three "GRUNTS" out here on the tip of the whip doing our best for
God, Corps, and Country.
Second Platoon, Company E
Second Platoon IS known as the Mountain Warriors One look
at the platoon will show you what fighting spirit is The highlight
of their cruise was the independent cross training they received with
the Italian Alpini Bn Tolmezzo Their endurance was tested in
cold wet mountainous terrain conditions in the Italian Alps
Emphasis was placed on the ability to survive move and frght as is
expected of the small unit leader Although ropes and rubber boats
may take them to their objective it is their fundamental infantry
skills which will let them take it
Third Platoon, Company E
Third Platoon has yet to be tested, but is ready to accept all challenges. It
assumes the role of the raid force assault element and has the responsibility
for conducting platoon-sized rubber boat operations. Training is directed
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towards promoting and encouraging initiative an aggressiv , p
action at all levels. Thus far, training efforts have been concentrated on
developing tactical skills and leadership. Unlike Caesar's Legions, Rommel's
Panzers and countless Leathernecks, we have yet to earn the fame and glory.
May God help those who shall test us.
"Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they
shall be filled."
Weapons Platoon, Company E
.During LF6F, Weapons Platoon has met many challenges beginning
with live-fire exercises in Monte Romano, Italy. Elements then trained in
the tugged Alps with the Italian Alpini Bn. "Tolmezzo". Also cross
training with the elite "Lagunari of Venice" proved to be another high-
Our mettlewas tested at Sierra de Retin, Spain in rubber boat and
mei ppger opirations. Morocco provided the opportunity for night live-
quic -kill courses. Honed by extensive training and hardened
with Esprit de Corps, Wea ons Pl t d '
to face any challenge. p a oon stan s at the cutting edge ready
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Back Row: Cpl Douthett, Sgt Daniels, LCpl Brennan, Cpl Laiche, LCpl Coraci,
LCpl Chandler jr.
2nd Row: LCpl Schneider, LCpl Laughlin, LCpl Whitsell, LCpl Graham, LCpl
Cresta, GySgt Zayas
Front Row: Capt Kusch,,Capt Houlihan, LstLt Earle
These are the GRUNTS of BLT 2f6's mechanized rifle
company. "Fighting Fox" and the AAV Platoon, in con-
junction with the substantial assets of the Dragons, the
FAC, the arty FO, the 81 FO, the Naval Gunfire Spot
team, the tanks and TOW's become a guantlet of mutual-
ly supporting combat power. The heart and soul of any
organization, however, is the men, these are young men
who have voluntarily chosen a Marine's world of rain,
mud, long nights and endless hikes. These are men who
are willing to sacrifice their lives, not so much for ideals
of God, Country or Corps, but for the men on their left
and right. Beside these men you will always find the Navy
Corpsman, equally tired, muddy and dedicated to his
trade. These are men on which the burden of victory will
finally and ultimately rest and of which legends are made.
As you thumb through the next few pages, look at these
men. Look at their faces and into their eyes. Remember
their look because they are different now from when they
first left their parents. Remember this look because in the
future they will be different after they return from war.
Remember this look because, most importantly, they are
the Marines and Sailors of "Fighting Fox Company" . . .
First Pla to
Back Row: SSgt Marone, LCpl Hines, LCpl Pee, LCpl Wyche, LCpl Lafferty
2nd Row: LCpl Smith, LCpl Shacklette, LCpl Villa, LCpl McCabe, Cpl Paige, 2ndLt
Front Row: LCpl Wallace, LCpl Hayes, LCpl Moore, LCpl McAplin, LCpl Hough
on, Compan F
The Marines of First Platoon will always be
able to look back with pride and distinction
knowing they constantly strived to be the best
damned platoon in the Corps. Camaraderie was
what allowed the "Bad Boys" to become the
Hnest run and gun club around. Let us
introduce you to a group of men, none finer
that form the team, G-man, Mr. Wieder, Haiji
Big Daddy, Sgt. Major, Leadbelly, Buster, Blue
Mad Dog, Gravey Base, Love, TA, Hurricane
Hoot, Mixed Connection, Pink Panther, Six. ,
nine, Mergatroid, Big Gensic, General, Noid,
Golden Child, Light Bulb, Jacque, Baby Boy,
Shack, Possum, Paper Doll, Sandman,
Mandango, Turkey Neck, Padia and Eggo,
2ndLt Goodman, Ssgt Marone
Second Platoon, Company F
The mission of 2nd Platoon is to locate and destroy
the enemy by whatever means available. The tenacity and
determination of the Devildogs that built this unit,
continues to prevail within 2nd Platoon. They defeat their
fears, draw their strength and overcome their foe through
the camaraderie known only to the GRUNTS. Therefore,
the best description of this platoon's character isg Chesty,
Harry, Holly, Doc Fats, Gungi, Cpl Mac, Mandaugo,
Squirrel, Granddog, Shan, Harpo, Riggo, Nads, T.C.,
Precious, Penguin, Papa Biggs, Salty, Mumms the word,
Eggie Rockman, Farmdog, Westerdog, Buckey, Nasty,
Mickey "C", Tex Mex, Sir Nose, . . . and most
Back Row: LCpl Scott, LCpl McCarty, Cpl McCray, LCpl Shanley, Cpl Miller
3rd Row: Cpl McLemore, LCpl Grandioun, LCpl Biggs, LCpl Hollier, LCpl
Eggleston, LCpl Gist
2nd Row: Cpl Westerman, LCpl Hills, LCpl Hale, LCpl Ridges, LCpl Davison Hn
Front Row: SSgt Galow, LCpl Guerrero, Sgt Harrison, Cpl Goins, LCpl Farmer
HN Brownlee, 2ndLt Tolley
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Back Row: LCpl Durham, LCpl Green, LCpl McGhee, LCpl Lyons, LCpl
Sheehan, LCpl Shumard
2nd Row: HN Tasto, LCpl Hugo, LCpl Henderson, R.D., LCpl Norman, LCpl
Brophy, LCpl Henderson, T.L.
Front Row: LCpl Ford, LCpl King, LCpl Werner, 2ndLt Mendenhall, LCpl
Thompson, LCpl Barbon, Cpl Lee
No matter how technologically advanced war becomes,
when the dust settles, the final issue will not be settled
by the pilot, artilleryman, or the amtracker, but by the
Infantryman. In Third Platoon, the training centered on
settling issues on the ground at close range. Third
Platoon has distinguished itself as a highly-motivated
combat unit that will do whatever it takes to impose its
will on the enemy. From the fire and maneuver
orchestrated by the Team Leaders to the close-in lighting
that the individual Devil Dog thirsts for, everything
evolves towards inflicting the maximum of Hell, Death
and Destruction on our opponents.
Weapons Platoon, Company F
In the chilly half-lit dawn of some disputed battlefield,
assault gunners tensely charge their high explosive rounds
and jerk open their LAAW rockets. Mortarmen make a last
check at their luminescent aiming posts and prime their cold
green shells. Machine gunners snug up tightly to the butt-
stocks of their M6O's. All await the signal that will unleash
an impenetrable wall of flying steel and copper-jacketed
death. Such is the mission of the Weapons Platoon. These
Marines have fired tens of thousands of rounds and strug-
gled under their heavy weapons for countless miles in prepa-
ration for this. They only await the signal.
Back Row: LCpl Persinger, LCpl Tront, LCpl Schmilla, LCpl Wrighter, LCpl
Sullivan, LCpl McGhee, LCpl Dively, LCpl McMore
2nd Row: LCpl Woodworth, Sgt Barttells, Cpl Peters, Cpl Trias, LCpl Edwards,
LCpl Brice, LCpl Meadows, LCpl Cause, LCpl Daniely, LCpl Hughes, HN Rymer,
Front Row: Cpl Davis, Cpl WinterBorne, Cpl Lambert, LCpl Miller, LCpl Bethea,
2ndLt Owens, LCpl Whitehead, LCpl Lewis, Cpl Raposo l
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During the six month work-up and the LF6F deployment,
Golf Co. held fast to its mission as the BLT's heliborne force.
To execute a helicopter mission requires the highest standard of
military proficiency and warrior spirit by both junior and senior
Marines alike. The Marines of Golf should not soon forget their
own courage for seizing that difficult baton and carrying it
proudly for the Corps. The heart and soul of the company was
1stSgt. john Clark. Having served the Company enthusiasti-
cally for two floats, he will likely always be remembered as "Big
Dog". In likewise fashion, the Executive Officer, 1stLt. R.
Kimbrell, provided an experienced foundation to guide the
training of the Company and the fire to succeed to all the
Marines, especially his beloved "sponges". The Company Gun-
ny, GySgt. W.R. Nixon, kept the Marines going and communi-
cating regardless of the situation. HM2 Anderson provided both
fine medical care for the Marines and a solid leadership example
to his subordinate corpsmen. It is not clear yet whether the
Marines of Golf Co. have achieved the high standard of those
honored men in the Corps' past who have earned the title
"Marine" for us. It's nearly impossible to measure up with the
circumstance of war. However, the Marines of Company "G"
are indeed a special breed who gave it all in a worthy cause and
shall therefore always hold an honored place for those privi-
leged to lead them.
LCpl Edwards LCpl McKenzie, 1stLt Kimbrell, LCpl Reed, 1stSgt Clark, Cpl
Williams GySgt Nixon, LCpl Carpenter, LCpl Beauregard
First Pla toon, Company G
Back Row: 2ndLt Monroe, Cpl Wallace, Cpl Pickard, Cpl Freeman, PFC Dabney,
LCpl Klaus, LCpl Muratore, LCpl Stewart, LCpl Vincinzi, HN3 Teaver, LCpl
Wilkinson, LCpl Rice, SSgt Lauer, LCpl jackson, LCpl Fergeson, LCpl Liegeber,
HN3 Cicarelli, LCpl Thompson
Front Row: Sgt Clark, LCpl Adams, Cpl Pierce, LCpl Lockhart, LCpl Binder, LCpl
Hall, LCpl Phillips, LCpl Dacey, LCpl johnson
Second Platoon, Company G
First Platoon is commanded by 2ndLt. D.M.
Monroe of Brooklyn, N.Y. The Platoon Sgt, SSgt.
S.V. Lauer, has been an instructor at Squad Leader
School and is in his third year in the Company. Sgt.
Clark and Cpl. Wallace are the Platoonls Squad
Leaders. Both have years of experience and provide
excellent small unit leadership to their squads. Having
ended a comprehensive work-up at Camp Lejeune,
First Platoon eagerly accepted it's duties as part of
MARG 4-87. Numerous live-fire exercises, many
hours of helicopter operations, long conditioning hikes
and fast roping are examples of the training that were
successfully accomplished. First Platoon is always
willing and able to take on any mission that should
arise. After all, "War is our business".
2ndLT Schlotzhauer A
Second Platoon is commanded by 2ndLt
K.D. Schlotzhauer from Lancaster, PA. Sgt D.G.
Frazer, aka "Worlds Deadliest Weapon", out of
Port Huron, MI holds the exalted billet of
Platoon Sergeant. Second Platoon's mission, like
that of all Marine Rifle Platoons, is to "locate
and close with . . . However, 2d Platoon
prides itself on another mission . . . To set the
standard as the "Premier" Rifle Platoon in the
Company. Overseeing these missions is the
backbone of the Platoon, the formidable Squad
Leaders, Sgt A.H. Arnold jr., Cpl B.M. joles
and Cpl GJ. Schlaufman. These Squad Leaders
have in their midst the deadliest, steely-eyed
killers the world has ever known.
Back Row: LCpl Allen, LCpl Rivera, LCpl Rosarivera, LCpl Taylor, LCpl Smith,
LCpl Webb, LCpl Davis, Cpl, Hall, Cpl Foyles, HN Spriggs
Middle Row: 2ndLt Schlotzhauer, Cpl joles, LCpl Whitelocke, LCpl Ochoa, LCpl
Castle, LCpl Martinez, LCpl Watkins, LCpl Green, LCpl Pierce, LCpl Rose, Sgt
Front Row: Cpl Schlaufman, Sgt Arnold, Cpl Harris, Cpl Riazzi, LCpl Unhoch,
LCpl Martinez, LCpl Mundy, LCpl Medlock, LCpl Kuczynski, LCpl Gaddy
Third Platoon, Company G H
Back Row: LCpl Gates, LCpl Henderson, LCpl Fidelman, PFC Webb, LCpl
Adams, LCpl Hargrove, LCpl Lincoln, HM3 Williams, LCpl Cook, LCpl Peterson
Middle Row: 1stLt Kirwin, LCpl Daffern, Cpl Denton, LCpl Lanterman, LCpl
Lopez, LCpl Hopkins, LCpl Douglas, LCpl Kemp, LCpl Vinke, SSgt Moore
Front Row: Cpl Scallsa, Sgt Kitchen, LCpl Tugade, Cpl Diazk, LCpl Goodson,
LCpl Martin, Cpl Kyle
Weapons Platoon, Company G
GySgt Epps K
Weapons Platoon set a standard that will not easily
be approached by those who follow. Our M6OE3
Machine Gun Section, under SSgt j.H. Faulk and his
Squad Leaderes Cpl j.A. Gipson and LCpl R.D.
Griffin, have developed a unit with the foundation
being expertise, endurance and teamwork. The 60mm
Mortar Section, led by Sgt. K.E. Oakes with Squad
Leaders, Cpl JJ. Simpson, Cplj.R.Allen and LCpl
M.R. Miller give new meaning to the phrase Company
Commanders "Hip Pocket Artillery". As the
undisputed finest Mortar Section in the Division, their
motivation, technical knowledge and brotherhood
allows Golf to attack knowing that rounds are on the
target. As we recall the tough and the fun times of
the float, remember the pride that you felt being a
member of Weapons Platoon.
The men of Third Platoon are able to look back upon
their tour of duty as Part of LF6F with pride. They met
head-on the challenges of the deployment to the "Med"
with the traditional Marine spirit of hard work. If it's
possible to summarize the activities and events of this
deployment in one word, it would be "TEAMWORK".
The Marines and Sailors of this platoon learned how vital
each is to the accomplishment of the mission. As we
move on to future assignments, let us not forget the
individual of our responsibility to the mission.
Back Row: GySgt Epps, Cpl Smith, LCpl Harrison, LCpl Lakis, LCpl Griffin,
LCP1 H0f10SkY, Lcpl Hagemann, LCpl Sanson, LCpl Sanders, LCpl Smart, LCpl
Newell, PFC Df1ViS., Lcpl Sippiah, LCpl Miller, SSgt Faulk
Front Row: Cpl Gipson, Cpl Allen, LCpl Andrews, LCpl jackson, LCpl Williams,
LCPI V01b1'CFl'1f, LCpl Weiss, Sgt Oakes, LCpl Huffstutler, Cpl Holtzclaw, LCpl
Perez, Cpl Simpson, LCpl Mellett, HM3 Orman
"We Got It Alli'
It is within Weapons Company that the Battalion
Commander finds the force multiplier to turn the tide
of battle decisively in his favor. Whether in general or
direct support or attached to the line companies, the
awesome desructive firepower of crew-served weapons
opens the gap in the enemy's defense that allows the
infantry to pour in to close with and destroy the
The 81mm Mortar Platoon stands ready to put
accurate, responsive indirect fire support three miles
ahead of the Battalion. Light and mobile, they are
often just behind the infantry as they rush forward,
ready to assist in the attack with high explosive
rounds, white phospherous, and battlefield
illumination. When the going is particularly tough,
they mark the target for destruction by aircraft.
Darting about the battlefield in "Ninja" jeeps, the
Heavy Machinegun Platoon adds the weight of the .50
cal. machinegun and 40mm grenade launcher to the
fight. A modern version of the "Rat Patrol", these
men can reach out and touch the enemy over a mile
to their front, destroying lightly armored vehicles and
personnel that stand in the way of the infantrys'
Frequently attached out to the infantry, the Anti-
Armor Platoon or "Dragons", offers medium range
protection from the enemy armor. While they have
lighly armored vehicle support available to them, most
often they are with the infantry on foot, ready to
engage that tank which suddenly interferes with the
company's advance. Day and night capable, the
Dragons are in the mud at the ready.
Highly qualified, highly capable, the professionals of
Weapons Company provide the BLT the firepower
necessary to meet the mission of closing with and
destroying the enemy. Knowledgeable and proficient
in practically every weapon used in an infantry
battalion, crew-served or personal, the Company "has
it all" - firepower, mobility and esprit!
Back Row: 1stLt Black, Hm2 Collins, 1st Sgt Warner
2nd Row: LCpl Sandoval, LCpljackson, Cpl Rotz
Front Row: LCpl Tindall, Cpl Rhodes, Cpl Browning, MSgt
81MM Mortar Platoon
Winners of the 1987 Division Crew-served Weapons
Competition, the professionals of "81's" provide close and
continuous support to the BLT. Having fired more
rounds in six months than most units fire in a year and
having more field time than any other Division 81mm
Mortar Platoon, they have honed the cutting edge of the
LF613 sword. The platoon further sharpened their skills in
the mud of Italy, the rains of Spain and the snow of
France. Further improving not only their mortar gunnery
skills, they tested their mettle on the M60 machineguns
and the M203 grenade launchers. On "quick-kill" courses
with personal weapons in France and Morocco they
became as proficient in close-in destruction as they are in
reaching out to find the enemy with "hip pocket
artillery". Ready, willing and proven able, 81's are waiting
for the call.
Back Row, 2nd Lt Ellithorpe, Sgt Dejesus, Cpl Vertti,
LCpl Maguire, PFC Garcia, PFC Scott, PFC Simmons,
Pvt Lewis, LCpl Andress, LCpl Whitaker, LCpl Kins, Cpl
Lee, Cpl Rudolph, GySgt Claussen
3rd Row: SSgt Noriega, Cpl Summers, LCpl Carpenter,
LCpl Guzman, LCpl Johnson, LCpl Christian, LCpl Roark,
LCpl Biddle, LCpl Midkiff, LCpl Edgington, LCpl Thar,
LCpl Harrington, LCLpl Avery
2nd Row: Cpl Ellars, Cpl Golder, LCpl Dopart, LCpl
Brown, LCpl Marino, LCpl Williams, LCpl Erazo, LCpl
Brock, LCpl Hardy, LCpl Simmons, PFC Eisenberg, HN
Rupert, LCpl Marsh
Front Row: SSgt Barnes, Sgt Stevens, Cpl Gagnow, LCpl
Degarmo, LCpl Rodrguez, LCpl Mendel, HM3 Snow,
Lcpl Rheome, LCpl Tsosie, LCpl Meshefski, LCpl
Front Row: SSgt Barnes, Sgt Stevens, Cpl Gagnow, LCpl
Degarmo, LCpl Rodrguez, LCpl Mendel, HM3 Snow,
LCpl Rheome, LCpl Tsosie, LCpl Meshefski, LCpl
Heavy Machine Gun Platoon
The awesome firepower and high mobility of the
Heavy Machine Gun Platoon makes it one of the most
lethal weapons in the BLT. Though one of the smallest
platoons in the organization, with six M-2 .50 cal
machine guns, six MK-19 40mm grenade launchers and
six special operations "ninja" jeeps, they are indeed
"Heavy Metal". Winners of the 1987 Regimental Crew-
served Weapons Competition, they have continued to
earn their reputation for rounds on target in all
conditions and terrain. A new concept, with new
weapons and new vehicles, the "Heavy Guns" have
rewritten traditional doctrine. Ready and capable, the
Platoon is blazing a path to the future.
Back Row: 1stLt Brock, LCpl Fischer, Cpl
Valenzuela, Cpl Frick, Cpl Swanner, Cpl Dana,
LCpl Finley, LCpl Tyler, LCpl Woodfork, GySgt
Miciotto 2nd Row: HN Emerson, Sgt Richey,
LCpl Triano, LCpl jenkins, LCpl Eddy, LCpl
McMillon, HN Jennings, Cpl Morvec 1st Row:
LCpl Swanchez, LCpl Kollarik, LCpl Coon, LCpl
Zamunio, Sgt Morton, LCpl Lancaster, LCpl
Anti- Armor Platoon
Dedicated to provide medium range anti-armor
support for the BLT, we accomplish our mission by
employing our Dragon missiles to engage and destroy
tanks and other armored vehicles in both offensive and
defensive combat. If armored targets are absent from the
battlefield, we engage other point targets such as non-
armored vehicles, crew-served weapons and bunkers. We
are also trained in the use of demolitions. We are
organized into a Headquarters and three Sections
consisting of thirteen Marines, each a bold, daring, young
soldier of the sea . . . FIRE MISSION . . . PREPARE
TO FIRE . . . TANK , . . ENGAGED . . . DEAD
Back Row: Cpl Armstrong, LCpl Hayes, LCpl Tasonis,
LCpl Bradshaw, LCpl Huddleston, LCpl Lambrei, LCpl
Laveronie, LCpl Willcocks, LCpl Mulvihill, LCpl Supulski,
LCpl Dehlin, LCpl Vicor, LCpl Moore, HN Breedlove
2nd Row: SSgt Bondi, HN Terhall, LCpl Vlery, LCpl
Burrel, LCpl Cole, LCpl Herndon, LCpl Hollinger, LCpl
Desilva, Cpl Whiting, LCpl McFarland, PFC Massimilla,
LCpl McCormick, Cpl Eckendorf, Cpl Ridall, LCpl Mills,
Cpl Holmes, LCpl Anderson
Front Row: Sgt Washington, Cpl Donald, LCpl Smith,
LCpl Blalock, LCpl Deimling, LCpl Herin, LCpl Rock,
LCpl Bundy, LCpl Roy, LCpl Spurgeon, LCpl Taylor, Cpl
Capt Barile, 1stSgt Howell, 2ndLt Hull, GySgt Patterson
The mission of Battery E entails shooting, moving and
communicating as a direct support artillery battery for
BLT 2f6. Battery E, commanded by Captain David
Barile of Bound Brook, Nj, consists of eight howitzersg
four light, M101A1 105mm "Beast" howitzers of Second
Platoon. Battery E is supported by its Headquarters
Platoon, which provides radio operators, wiremen, motor
transport drivers and mechanics, artillery mechanics, small
arms repairmen, engineers, scout observers, naval gunfire
spotters, and FSC liaison personnel. Battery E uses the
"Eyes, Brains, and Muscle" method of employment. The
forward observers fthe eyesj locate the target for the
infantrymen, call to the fire direction center fthe brainsj,
located with the Battery, to calculate the data necessary
for the cannoneers on the gun fthe musclej to maximize
effect on the target. Working closely with the Battery
Commander, the Battery First Sergeant, 1stSgt Kevin B.
Howell of Kingston, Ontario, Canada, maintains
responsibility as the senior enlisted Marine of the Battery
in regard to the health, well-being and discipline of the
Marines. The Battery Executive Officer, 1stLt Michael P.
Hull of Springfield, VA and the Battery Field Artillery
Chief, GySgt Rodney S. Patterson of Upland, IN, work
closely with the Battery Commander, the Battery First
Sergeant and the separate Platoon Commanders to ensure
continuity of training towards mission accomplishment.
Overall, the "Animals" of Battery E provide BLT 2f6
with accurate and timely "Death from a Distance"
artillery fires. In summation, it is important to remember
that, artillery is the "King of Battle" and to "Party with
Arty" is to party with the best.
Headquarters Platoon, Battery E
Battery E's Headquarters Platoon is commanded by the
Liaison Officer, 1stLt David W. "Slam" Duncan of
Cleveland Heights, OH, and guided by its Platoon
Sergeant, also the Liaison Chief, SSgt Wilse J. Sample of
Pickens, MS. The Headquarters Platoon consists of all
the support elements necessary to keep the Battery
talking, not balking, riding, not walking, and repaired,
not impaired. The two largest sections of the Platoon are
the wrench turning "Bastards" of the Motor Transport
Section, led by the Motor Transport Chief, GySgt David
"Rod" Rodriquez of Ontario, Canada, and the "Mangy
Modulators" of the communications section, led by SSgt
Stephen W. Hare of Dundee, IL. Without the hard
working men of the Headquarters Platoon, Battery E
would have a tough time shootin', movin' and
Back Row: R. Owens, B. Mathis, T. Stahl, G. Vanvleet
2nd Row: W. Sample - LNC, D. Duncan - LND, M.
Wilson, K. Macicek, J. Pritchard, C. Nelson - NGLO
Front Row: L. Taylor, G. Moran, J. Oltmanns
Back Row: S. Hare, F. Brown, S. Neff, M.
Cardinale, V. Puzycki, W. Segers, B. Bates, S.
2nd Row: Crowe, F. Brown, L. Killmeier, R.
Ooten, E. English
Front Row: T. Clark, G. Williams, T. Stevenson,
S. Wilde, D. Davis
Liason and Naval Gunfire CSFCPJ
Motor Tf Engineers f Ordanance
Back Row: K. Kern, R. McCammon, J. Jablouski, N.
Como, J. Spence, Coffield, C. Hughes
3rd Row: C. Smith, J. Castro, B. Rothenberger, M.
Vanhuss, A. Alexander, W. Bacon
2nd Row: D. Rodriguez - Motor T Chief, M. Wilson,
L. Leon, C. Albano, C. Felton - Motor T Officer
Front Row: D. Legg, R. Maxwell, T. Adair
First Platoon, Battery
Gun 1 and Gun 2
Gun 3 and Gun 4
Back Row: M. Vredenburgh, T. Bister, T. Meador, T.
Lewis, T. Clayton 2nd Row: M. Burnette, D. Subject, P.
Horn, G. johnson, W. Quarry Front Row: T. Tekesky, I.
Bench, M. Loviska, H. Hasse1l,j. Moore, K. Parsons, M.
The First Platoon is commanded by 1stLt Gary W.
"Cub" Cubbage of Stanley, VA and the Platoon Sergeant
Gysgt William H. Whitehurst of Denison, TX. First
Platoon are the proud owners of the M101A1 105mm
light, towed howitzer. Howitzers number one through
four, commanded by Sgt Russel Bowers, Cpl Todd J.
Tekesky, Cpl Mark A. Copsey and Cpl Vince Rosseti,
have the ability to be helo-lifted by virtually any Marine
Corps cargo helicopter. Consequently, First Platoon found
itself conducting many heliborne operations. Requiring
detailed planning and rehearsals, First Platoon mastered
the concept of the "friggin' " artillery raid using the light
M101A1 howitzer. First Platoon's FDO, 1stLt Carl
"Sidney" Felton of jacksonville, FL, and the Operations
Chief, SSgt john "Rat" Racine of Springfield, MA,
rounded out the First Platoon's Team of excellence. First
Platoon lived by its motto, "If they haven't crapped their
jeans by round number three, then we'll load with round
four and give them some more."
Back row: R. Bowers, S. Castaneda, W. Bacon, K.
Lemaster, T. Askeland 2nd Row: W. Whitehurstf-
PltSgt, V. Rossetti, V. Goin, Logg, M. Carmon, G.
Cubbage - PltCmdr Front Row: A. Chaidez, B.
Gilliland, D. Medina, T. Garner, E. Schultz
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The Second Platoon is commanded by 1stLt
William E. "Wildman" Noel of Newport News, VA
and Platoon Sergeant, SSgt johnny L. Norward of
Moody, TX. Second Platoon owns the Marine Corps'
newest artillery piece, the M198 155mm towed
howitzer. An extremely accurate weapon, made so
even more by Section Chiefs of guns five through
eight, Cpl. Jeffery P. Geringer, Sgt Bobby G. Extrom,
respectively. Second Platoon is called upon time and
again, to wreak havoc from the skies. Second
Platoon's Fire Direction Center was led by FDO,
GySgt james R. Loreman of Milton, PA and the
Operations Chief, Sgt Richard C. "Sgt Carter" from
Plater of Alpena, MI. Second Platoon left no doubt in
the minds of BLT 2f6 that when a "Big Bang" was
needed - "Death and Destruction" was only a radio
Gun 5 and Gun 6
Back Row: W. Wood, R. jefferson, M. Cover,
Haltinner 2nd Row: P. Binger, M. Gerbounka, Mcallen,
S. Childs, Norwood - PltSgt Front Row: Geringer,
W. Smith, G. Graham, D. Legg, G. Arteaga
Gun 7 and Gun 8
Back Row: T. Poitra, D. Hamilton, M. johnson, S.
Hall, T. Bell, W. Noel - PltCmdr 2nd Row: T.
Chandler, M. Hagen, Benavidez, B. Extrom, T.
Hines Front Row: Comfort, J. Bowling, R. Blake,
E. Leman, M. Hall
FDC 1 and FDC 2 -
Back Row: j. Baumegartner, J. Bukoski, E. Carlson,
R. Stoehr 2nd Row: Connelly, C. H0gafd,
Racine - OpsChief, J. Loreman - FDO, C. Felton
- FDO Front Row: F. Warrington, Hozey, A-
Lanceta, A. Mong
Third Platoon, Company D, Second AAV BN
AMTRACS, workhorse of the amphibious assault.
Their mission is to land the surface elements of the
landing force and their equipment in single lift from
amphibious operations to inland objectives, to conduct
mechanized operations and related combat support in
subsequent operations ashore. The AAV7A1 is a fully
tracked, aluminum armored, diesel powered amphibian. It
mounts an M85 50 cal. machine gun, smoke grendade
launchers and a smoke generation system. Capable of ten
foot plunging surf, it can operate easily on land and sea
without modification. It is our goal that every crewman
learn proper maintenance, operation, navigation and
employment of their AAV. This includes proper terrain
driving, immediate action drills, emergency procedures
and firing the 50 cal. We got saggerdances, turret watch,
mass casualty drills, armor piercing chaulk, Cobra fights,
volleyball, boxing, engineer vehicles, the palace, the Sete
cookoff, Montpielier liberty, cheese and rice, flowergirls
and not enough repair parts. Now listen up gents: 35,
how about taking the laundry off the antenna, 32, how
far on the hardball, Let 37 lead, My feet don't hurt . . .
your feet hurt?, No brains, no headaches, It's not my
pole, Do you want some cheese to go with that wine?
Tractor rats: Coonass, Bobo, Rod, Chief, Lud, Frank, LZ,
Surfrat, Chaz, Chill-will, Mouth, Teddy Ruxpin, Spud,
Bouncy, Wally, Hawkman, Mooch and the rest of the
third herd. YAYTAS.
"The rest of the world has swimmers,
the Marine Corps has Surfers."
Second Platoon, Company D, SeC0Ud Tank BN
As the Tank Platoon for the BLT, our mission is to
provide support through firepower, mobility and shock
effect. This is done through five M6OA1 RISE Passive
Tanks. These fifty-six ton beasts are manned by four-
man crews who are capable of inflicting more damage on
the enemy in ten minutes than an infantry company can
do all day. After fording up to eight feet of water, the
platoon can support the infantry attack from up to 2500
meters away, or can lead the attack with bullets and
shrapnel merely bouncing off. Those not paralyzed by
our advance would turn and run only to be destroyed by
our one shot, one kill gunnery. Five 105mm cannons, five
50 caliber machine guns and five 7.62mm maching guns
blaze a trail for the rest of the BLT to follow. The
training goals are: to achieve a level of gunnery and
tactical proficiency unmatched by any other in the Corps
and to maintain the vehicles in superior condition so that
we can thunder across the battlefield and then past the
BLT as they hike home after watching the tanks perform
feats of tactical excellence. All this, provided 2-3 isn't
stuck, 2-2 isn't broken, 2-4 isn't off listening to rock-n-
roll and 2-5, . . . Oh well he just "Don't rightly know."
"And that's a fact."
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Back Row: LCpl Rockwell, LCpl Tucker, LCpl Sgambellone
2nd Row: SSgt Schaefer, SSgt Eul, Cpl Shelly, LCpl Hillyer, LCpl Whittington,
LCpl Brock, LCpl Vetetoe, LCpl Mayer, LCpl Hammond, Sgt Czubinski, LCpl
Houk, Cpl Schneifer, Sgt Brandel, LCpl Todd, Cpl Dobbs, Cpl Rose, 1stLt
Front Row: LCpl Grabowski, LCpl Cohen, Sgt Mize
Third Platoon, Company B,
Back Row Cpl Foy LCpl Prrdemore
Front Row Cpljestel Cpl Larkins
Second Reconnaissance Battalion
Cpl Keller LCpl Pettersen LCpl Miller LCpl Martinez
SWIFT SILENT DEADLY The trademarks of Recon Our mission
is to conduct ground reconnaissance and surveillance in support of the
BLT We seek out and destroy the enemy through directed artillery
naval gunfire and close air support A highly skilled four man recon
team armed with a radio and handset can wreak havoc and send the
enemy screaming back to the homeland These well camouflaged steely
eyed killers can penetrate deep into enemy territory vanquish the enemy
reduce his city to ashes clandestinely withdraw and still make it home
in time to pop a cold one before dinner Recon is the eyes and the
ears of the BLT that allow the fist to hammer the enemy out of
action To the enemy we reign death and destruction from the sky
Airborne sea Scuba and the ground ARS jungle warfare
Team 3 Team 4
Back Row LCpl Moller Cpl Thompson LCpl Harrison LCpl Barry Cpl Brown Cpl Norman
Front Row Cpl Brown Cpl DeBeau
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2d Platoon, Company B, 2d Combat Engineer Battalion
Combat Engineers are tasked with a broad and
difficult mission: to provide the BLT with the mobility,
counter-mobility, survivability and general engineering
skills. An engineer squad is capable of destroying enemy
obstacles and breaching minefields to give the tactical
commander the desired rates of advance. Engineers can
construct obstacles and emplace minefields to channelize
the enemy. Engineers are tasked with building bunkers
and hardening areas so the BLT can survive the enemy
onslaught unscathed. General engineering skills include:
water production, electrical power production and
carpentry. The hardest part of our mission is
communicating with the infantry. The "grunt talk", as we
fondly call it, of BLT 2f6 changes with geographic
location. The following are examples of the mindless
dribble that the engineers have had to try to work with.
The list could go on, but as "they" would probably take
too long to read it, here are a few:
"Individual units will bivouac in their training areas"
CFind a spot clear of cow "dip" and sleepy
"Engineers are going to De Garrigues for training"
CGO to De Garrigues, but end up at Brignoles . . .
for unscheduled trainingj
"Provide COC security"
CGO up into the mountains, protect us against goat
attacks . . .
Back Row: Cpl Reed, Cpl Eldridge, LCpl Reed, Cpl Moran, LCpl Goodson, 3rd
Row: 1stLt Eller, Sgt Vanpelt, Sgt Tucker, LCpljohns, Cpl Wickline, LCpl
Kersey, LCpl Tyler, LCpl Waters, LCpl Derr, LCpl Lee, LCpl McKisic, LCpl
Miller, LCpl Mallozzi, LCpl Steinmetz, LCpl johnson, SSgt Roberts 2nd Row: Sgt
Gipson, LCpl Sherwood, HM3 Rushing, LCpl Wurtsbaugh, LCpl Beachy, LCpl
Flinchbaugh, LCpl Kemp Front Row: Sgt Dillon, Cpl Schneider
then we'll displace and leave youj
"Engineers, order materials and build a bunker"
CFind whatever you can to build a bunker . . .
Take your Tonka Toy dozer . . .
and dig some crappersj
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Back Row: LCpl Snow, LCpl Conner, Cpl Gallagher, LCpl Gizowski, Cpl Fraser,
3rd Row: LCpl Perser, Cpl Hubbart, LCpl Wilkes, LCpl Darnell, SSgt Mulkey,
2nd Row: LCpl Vernon, Cpl Varela, LCpl Plurien, Cpl Collins, Cpl Samples
Front Row: LCpl Pardo, LCpl Spence, Cpl Barrios, LCpl Hinson
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T.O.W. . . . That elite band of brothers, forceful yet
dynamic, whose soul purpose in life is to put metal-on-
metal. The long range of the T.O.W. provides new
meaning to Ma Bell's phrase, "Reach out and touch
someone." What is a T.O.W.? Could it be as our fellow
Marines refer to us as "Tired of Walkingn? No, actually
it is an Anti-Tank section comprised of a rogue gallery
of Marines. As we look over the Section, our eyes are
drawn to the central figures. The Section Leader, SSgt
"Mulk Monster" Mulkey, that irrepressible man set on
developing pain with his "death runs" while the growing
rumble of regurgitated breakfast echos in our minds. To
help in his relentless pursuit, he has his henchmen, the
Squad Leaders, Sgt "Big Al" Alexander with 1st Squad,
"Highcenter Crew", notorious for finding every hole
where a HUMMV can get stuck. Sgt "Coop the Scoop"
Cooper with 2d Squad, "The Searchers", a map and
compass in hand, riding off into the sunset, never
actually knowing where they will turn up. Sgt "Bust Ass"
Batchelor with the 3d Squad, "The Schemers", always
ready with their "Zulu Mikes" and other fast moves.
Finally, Cpl "Bum Scoop" Barrios with the 4th Squad,
famed for flying the "friendly skies" yet forced to eat
someone else's dust. This is T.O.W. Section, the leading
edge of death and destruction that is guaranteed to blow
your mind . . .
Ti SSgt Mulkey
Verona Loop 1913. SOC and live-fire training. All at-
tachments onboard. '
Crew-served Weapons Evaluation. n
BLT Staff participated in 22d MAU TWSEAS exercise.
40km MCCRES -forced march.
Field Exercise at Camp Lejeune.
Embarked aboard shipping and subsequent MCCRES
Staff Exercise at CAST Trainer with BLT SNCO's fill-
ing key billets.
Crew-served Weapons Competition.
Family Day aboard USS Nassau.
Embarked aboard Amphibious Squadron 2 for Blue-
Green Water work-up.
Predeployment leave began.
Predeployment leave ended.
Anti-Terrorism training and final embarkation prepara-
Embarked aboard Amphibious Squadron 2 at More-
head City. Sailed for the Mediterranean Sea.
TransLant. Conducted SACCEX Training.
Turn-over in Augusta Bay, Sicily.
Surface assault at Pian de Spille and heliborne assault at
Monte Romano, Italy.
Small unit and live-fire training at Monte Romano and
Pian de Spille.
Conducted 26km hike from Monte Romano to Pian de
Spille and backloaded.
Conducted NCO School ashore at Piano Monaco, Sici-
Attached 70 French Infantry Lt's and conducted am-
phibious assault in Sete, France with cross training.
Arrived Toulon, France for port visit. Established
Camps at De Garrigues and Brignoles, France.
BLT participated in Armistice Day.
Company-level training at De Garrigues and Brignoles,
Tank Platoon trained with 1st Saphis Regiment.
Static display and airshow at French School of Infantry,
Company F cross trained with French Foreign Legion
Departed Toulon, France.
Attached Spanish Naval Infantry Rifle Company for
Company E conducted pre-assault rubber boat raid at
Sierra de Retin, Spain.
Combined surface and heliborne assault with force-on-
force, free-play with Spanish at Sierra de Retin, Spain.
Battery E and Weapons Company conducted live-fire
training and BLT conducted 15km hike.
Backloaded aboard shipping.
Arrived Tangier, Morocco for port visit and joint plan-
ning with Royal Moroccan Armed Forces.
Attached Royal Moroccan Naval Infantry Company.
Conducted rehearsal landing 25km East of A1 Hoceima,
Surface assault by Company E and Moroccan Naval
Infantry Company 40km East of Al Hoceima in support
of African Eagle 88.
General offload of BLT 25km East of Al Hoceima and
conducted small unit training, live-fire and cross train-
Battery E conducted artillery raid at Al Hoceima Air-
field for Moroccan VIPs.
Company G conducted heliborne destruction raid vi-
cinity of base camp.
Backloaced aboard shipping.
Port visits in Palma de Mallorca and Valencia, Spain.
Departed ports of call and proceeded to Haifa, Israel
Training ashore 15km East of Tel Aviv, 15km hike and
Physical Readiness Training.
Departed Haifa, Israel.
Arrived Marseilles, France.
Conducted offload and proceeded to Camp de la Cour-
tine, France for live-fire training.
Backloaded aboard shipping.
Arrived Lisbon, Portugal and staged equipment for
Desnailing in preparation for TransLant.
Departed Lisbon and proceeded to operating area for
Combined surface and heliborne assault with the Por-
tugese Infantry and conducted cross-training in sup-
port of Galera 88.
Turnover in Rota, Spain and completed preparations
Outchopped from Rota and TransLant.
Disembarked from Amphibious Squadron 2 at More-
head City. WE'RE HOME!
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Are you sure this passageway is supposed to be
This flak jacket is squishing my new 18 hour bra.
When the captain said field work, I didn't know
he meant his field!!!
"Do you think this is a trick . . .? Nahhh."
You win Yours IS the biggest head in the BLT
Tell me about the old Corps again.
Ive always looked up to you Guys
Well gems, this is what I want you to do
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Gne more Coke, then its off to the barber shop
Friday night at Movie Six.
I miss my teddy bear.
T0daY'5 EUGSY Dj - Lt Timberlake - Yes sir this is my actual height.
That does if, them? Hghfing Words- If says ... Place Rod A into Shaft B.
"The Pepsi Generation!"
s here "Open other end" what do you suppose they mean by that?
Doc said he wanted a realistic mass casulaty drill.
Oh no, 6 months worth of beef parties.
I will be your host for the next six months.
We may be ugly, but we're intellegent intellijont smart. . , ,
Next hump, I'm wearin my boots.
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Thanks for the beer money, see
Office Hours can be rewarding.
Some day all this will be mine.
What . . . me worry?
Who used the MOGAS to start their campfire?
SgtMaj do you think the troops want to really Lo Righta
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We heard theres a party here.
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Time for a package check.
The beach is that a way.
The high bid goes to H8cS Co
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EENIE, MEENIE, MINIE, MOE.
Its a shame the Enlisted Mess Deck isn't this nice.
Is this where they're holding the punk rock tryouts?
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Of course we trust the pilots, why do you ask?
He say's he's got a daughter he really wants me to meet.
You broke your legll Doc says to Gunny if you didnt use your hands
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We're making big bucks selling this stuff on board ship.
Now where did I put that can of grunt repellant.
Honey, have you cleaned this lately?
This new cami paint is great, and its
When EF Hutton talks . . .
Hey, knock off the "Big Dog" imitations here comes the lst
This little piggy went to market, and . . .
E-tool Qual, doesn't mean hit me!
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It says here . . . "Made by Mattel"
Where did Dorothy and Toto go? If I only had a brain.
20 more mikes and then I'm outta here.
Then you squeeze here and the targets fall down.
. . . And if elected there will be no more MRES. Down 24 Set i . i hut D i u hu
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on my finger bone Learned that in Med School.
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No rain in the forcast! So they said.
Dear Penthouse, I never thought
something like this could happen to me
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HMM - 264
The Black Knights of HMM-264 were activated on 30 June 1959. The squadron was originally named Marine Helicopter Transportation
Squadron CLightj 264. In February 1962 it was redesignated to it's present title, Marine Medium Helicopter Squadron 264.
HMM-264 has been a leader in helicopter tactics, being the first squadron to develop the doctrine of vertical envelopment, while aboard the
USS BOXER LPH-4. A modern day example of this tactic was the heliborne landing of U.S. Marines on the island of Grenada in October 1983.
The Black Knights, in the fall of 1961, were called upon to assist kin evacuating and resupplying the unfortunate victims of Hurricane Carla
which devastated portions of Texas and Louisiana. Also assisted were the victims of Hurricane Hattie which hit British Honduras Qnow Belizej.
Humanitarian service has been a part of the Squadron's history to this day.
The Squadron has been the recipient of numerous medals and awards. One of the more memorable awards was the Armed Forces
Expeditionary Medal, earned during the 1962 Cuban Missile Crisis in which the Black Knights played a key role.
28 April 1965 was another special date in Black Knight history. On this date, from the deck of the USS BOXER, HMM-264 launched the first
ever all helicopter nighttime assault under actual combat conditions into an unsecure landing zone. The place was Santo Domingo, Dominican
Republic. This marked the first landing of U.S. Marines on Dominican soil since the early 1930's. It was also the first time that a helo assault had
been made over the beach without supporting units ashore. The results of this effort accounted for over 1750 American Embassy personnel being
evacuated from the war-torn Santo Domingo.
Shortly thereafter, in May 1965, the Black Knights were distinguished as the first Marine helicopter squadron to fly 25,000 accident-free hours.
The squadron continued this pace, logging milestones of 30,000, 40,000 and 50,000 accident-free hours.
In 1968 the aging UH-34 was retired and the new Boeing-Vertol CH-46 was received. Undergoing numerous improvements over the years,
this aircraft proved to be the workhorse of the Squadron during the Vietnam War. '
Through the 1970's to the present the squadron made numerous cruises from the warm Caribbean Islands to the icy waters of the North
Atlantic and on the sun-drenched beaches of the Mediterranean. In keeping with Squadron tradition, the Black Knights served with the Multi-
National Peace Keeping Force in Beirut, Lebanon in 1983. Due in part to the heroic rescue of snow-stranded Lebanese civilians in the Chauf
Mountains, the Squadron was awarded the Defense Transporation Award of the National Defense Transporatation Association, the Marine
Corps Expeditionary Medal, the Navy unit Commendation and the 1983 Commander of Naval Operations Safety Award.
In October 1983 the Black Knights were at sea again, this time to Central America and an important exercise, AHAUS TARA II in Honduras.
This was the first joint Honduran-U.S. Marine amphibious assault on the northern coast of Honduras. In addition to tactical maneuvers, the
Squadron conducted humanitarian services as well, transporting food and medical services to impoverished inhabitants of inland villages.
Injuly 1984, the Black Knights embarked aboard the USS INCHON LPH-4 as the Aviation Combat Element of the 22d MAU. This would be
the first deployment of a Marine Amphibious Unit since 1982 that would not transit directly to Beirut. Without the benefit of the normal
turnover information from the outgoing Squadron, the Black knights planned and executed no less than five shore basings in over four countries
and seven exercises in six different locales, to include Display Determination. LF6F 3-84 ended 19 February 1985 after the successful completion
of two major PHIBLEX's.
During April and May of 1985 HMM-264, just one month back in CONUS, redeployed to Atlantic Field for participation in Bold Strike 1 -85.
Showing their flexibility and readiness, the Black Knights flew in support of Solid Shield 1-85 immediately following Bold Strike. The remainder
of 1985 found HMM-264 beginning the intensive training build up prior to the rapidly approaching Mediterranean deployment, in May of 1986.
During the early months of 1986, HMM-264 was hard at work putting the finishing touches on six months of heavy training evolutions in
which the goal ws to become a special operations capable squadron in support of the 24th MAU CSOCD. LF6F 2-86 began 8 MAY 1986. HMM-
264 met all challenges required of the special operation capable MAU. Exercise included: Spanish PHIBLEX at Sierra de Retin, Tridente I 8: II at
Capo Teulada, National Week at Brindisi, Italy, and Display Determination '86 at Capo Teulada and Saros Bay, Turkey. A very successful six
month cruise ended on 2 November 1986, as the Black Knights returned to MCAS New River to prepare for another deployment to the
Mediterranean in nine months.
Once again, 1987 found the Black Knights preparing for another deployment tothe Mediterranean. In only five months HMM-264 went
composite again to include not only the helicopter portion of the ACE but also the AV-8B and elements from LAAD and DASC. A complete
composite squadron wasa feat never performed before by an East Coast Marine Helicopter squadron. All the while HMM-264 was still receiving
and analyzing the new SR8cM CH-46E and deploying to many areas to receive specialized training. just six months after being composite the
Black Knights departed CONUS for the Mediterranean on 30 September 1987. While serving as part of LF6F 4-87 in Spain, Italy, France, and
North Africa HMM-264 has constantly set the precedent in innovative ideas for helicopter operations
Lieutenant Colonel R. arner
HMM-264 Commanding fficer
Originally from Maryland, Lieutenant Colonel Robert D. Garner was commissioned in 1969 following graduationfrom the U-5- Naval
Academy. Upon completion of the Basic School, he reported to NAS Pensacola to begin flight training. He received his wrngs in February. 1971-
First Lieutenant Garner reported to HMT-402 in March 1971 to undergo CH-46 training and was subsequently assigned to HMM-261 mjuly
of that year. While a member of '261, Lieutenant Garner served as Flight Line Officer and as AvionicsfOrdnance Officer and completed fW0
Mediterranean Sea deployments.
In March 1973, Lieutenant Garner was reassigned to the 1st Marine Aircraft Wing. At MCAS Futenma, Okinawa he was assigned duties aS
aircraft division officer with HMM-164 and was promoted to Captain in November 1973. Upon completion of his WESTPAC tour, CaPfam
Garner reported to NAS Saufley Field, Pensacola, Fla. for duty as a primary flight instructor with VT-5. He served there as Operations Officer
and was selected as VT-5 instructor of the Year for 1976. Upon deactivation of NAS Saufley Field, Captain Garner was reassigned to NAS
Whiting Field where he instructed Aerodynamics and Engines in ground school. He was also a flight instructor with HT-8, flying TH-57's.
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ptain arner s next tour o duty was with 2d ANGLICO at Camp Lejeune, N.C. His duties there included Air Liaison Officer and Motor
Injuly 1978, Captain Garner reported again to HMM-261 as the Flight Line Officer. Following a six month Mediterranean Sea deployment, he
was assi ned d t A ' O ' f ' ' '
g u y as ssrstant peratrons O frcer. He completed the Weaspons and Tactics Instructor course in March 1979 and was promoted
to Major rn November. Upon completion of LF6F injanuary of 1980 Major Garner was temporarily assi ned to HMM-263 as Logistics Officer
for Caribbean Operations. Upon his return he was reassigned to MAG-26 headquarters as the Assistant Operations OfficerfWTI.
In Au ust 1981 Ma'or Garner d h M ' ' ' '
g j reporte to t e arrne Corps Command and Staff College Upon graduation rn 1982 Major Garner reported to
Naval Air Systems Command as Marine Deputy. In conjuction with this assignment, he attended the Defense Systems Management College at
Fort Belvoir, Va.
Major Garner assumed duties as Executive Officer of H
MM-264 in july 1985 and was promoted to his present rank on ljune 1936- He
assumed command of '264 in january 1987.
Major art l . Rasmussen
Executive Officer, HMM-264
Major Rasmussen joined the Marine Corps in September 1971 under the Aviation Officer Candidate fScholarshipj program. He reported to
Pensacola, Florida, for flight training in january 1972 and received his designation as a Naval Aviator in March 1973
Reporting to HMT-204 at MCAS New River in April 1973, he was designated a CH-53D Copilot in September 1973 and reported to
HMH-461 where he was promoted to First Lieutenant. He served as Legal Officer at HMH-461 until transferred to HMM-264 in july 1976
where he was promoted to Captain. Before leaving HMM-264 in November 1978, he completed two Mediterranean deployments while serving
first as the CH-53 NATOPS officer and subsequently as the Quality Assurance Officer in the Maintenance Department
Attending Brigham Young University from December 1979 to june 1980 under the Degree Completion Program, he earned a Bachelor of
Science Degree in Business Management before receiving orders to report to MCAS Futenma, Okinawa. He served as the Administrative
Officer, Executive Officer, and Commanding Officer of Headquarters and Headquarters Squadron at Futenma. While at Futenmac he earned a
Masters of Science Degree in Systems Management from the University of Southern California and was promoted to Major
Reporting to the G-3 Section at 6th Marine Amphibious Birgade in july 1983, Major Rasmussen participated in the standup of the first
maritime Prepositioning Ships CMPSD Brigade. He also was assigned as the Air Officer of 26th Marine Amphibious Unit February through june
Returning to HMM-264 in November 1985, Major Rasmussen served as the Director of Safety and Standardization during his third
Mediterranean cruise as a Black Knight. He assumed the duties of Executive Officer injanuary 1987 before departing on a fourth Mediterranean
cruise as a member of HMM-264 in September 1987
Major Rasmussen is married to the former Kathy McDonald of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and they are the parents of seven children
Sergeant Major jose D. Ibarra r., USMC
Born on 22 March 1946 in Chicago, Illinois, Sergeant Major Ibarra enlisted in the Marine Corps upon graduationfrom
high school in june 1964. After completing recruit training at MCRD San Diego, Private First Class Ibarra was assigned
to Communications 8c Electronics School Battalion, MCRD San Diego and attended the Radio Telegraph Operaor's
Course. In 1965, he was assigned to the 3rd Tank Battalion, III Marine Amphibious Force, in the Republic of Vietnam as
a radio telegraph operator and tank crewman.
Injuly of 1966, Lance Corporal Ibarra returned to the United States and transferred to the 2nd Marine Division where
he served with the 2nd Battalion, 2nd Marine Regiment as a radio operator in the Forward Air Control Team. His next
assignment was with the 2nd Marine Regiment as NCOIC of Tactical Air Control Party.
In October 1968, Sergeant Ibarra attended the Marine Aviation Operations Clerk Course at Memphis, Tennessee and
upon completion was assigned Marine Fighter Attack Training Squadron 101 at MCAS E1 Toro, California, as ANCOIC
of the Operations Department. In August 1969, his next assignment was again in Vietnam with the 3rd Marine Aircraft
Wing where he served as the Operations Chief with Marine Fighter Attack Squadron 542 at DaNang Air Base. With the
withdrawal of U.S. Forces in Vietnam, he returned to the U.S. with VMFA-542 in the Marine Corps biggest-ever trans-
pacific flight from DaNang to MCAS El Toro injanuary 1970. After the deactivation of VMFA-542, March 1970, he was
transferred to the 2nd Marine Aircraft Wing where he served as the Operations Chief of Marine Training Squadron 203 at
MCAS Cherry Point, North Carolina until February 1973.
In March 1973, Staff Sergeant Ibarra was transferred to the lst Marine Aircraft Wing and served as the Operations
Chief of Headquarters and Maintenance Squadron 12 at MCAS Iwakuni,Japan. He was temporarily assigned to the 9th
Marine Amphibious Brigade Staff Nucleus aboard the USS Blue Ridge during May -june 1973. On returning to the U.S.,
he was transferred to MCAS New River, North Carolina and served with Headquarters and Headquarters Squadron as
Station Flight Clearance Chief, Station Training Chief and NCOIC of the station S-3. In March 1978 Gunnery Sergeant
Ibarra was transferred to Parris Island, South Carolina, where he attended Drill Instructor School and served as a Drill
Instructor, Series Gunnery Sergeant and Chief Drill Instructor with the Second Recruit Training Battalion.
In August 1981, he attended Marine Security Guard School and upon completion, First Sergeant Selectee Ibarra was
reassigned to Parris Island. In October 1981, he attended First Sergeant's School and upon completion he waS
transferred to Okinawa where he served with the 9th Engineer Support Battalion as the First Sergeant of "A" Company-
In January 1983, he returned to MCAS New River th H d ' '
Sergeant Major Ibarra assumed the duties as the Sergeant major of Marine Medium Helicopter Squadron 264 on 1
as e ea quarters and Headquarters Squadron First Sergeant until
HMM - 264 CRUISE PATCH
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"A BULKHEAD IN THE MAKING"
LEFT TO RIGHT: CAPT RICHARDS, LCPL RICKELS, CAPT HEDELUND, LCPL TEASDALE, LCPL SNIDER, CPL CRAWFORD,
SSGT WILBER, CPL FRYE, LCPL BERRAZUETA, LCPL WIMMER, CPL UMICHELETTI, PFC DAVIDSON, WO WHITTEN, LCPL
RODRIQUEZ, 1stLt FANCHER, 1stLt DEIERLING, 1stLt STAUTBERG, CAPT ROTHENBERGER, 1stLt LARA, MAJ GOODMAN
GYSGT GLASER, CAPT MCMILLAN, 1stLt FRANKLIN, SGT GALLAGHER
S- 3 OPERATIONS
STANDING CL-RQ SSGT CONDRA, CAPT SMITH, CAPT CLARK, CAPT WASHINGTON, CAPT JUSTICE,
MAJ THEISSEN, ABDULE RASSULLI CFOREIGN EXCHANGE OFFICERJ, HOLDING "LITTLE BUDDHA"
CAPT MCCLUSKEY, CAPT READ, 1stLt EVANS, CAPT BANN, CAPT HUDSON
KNEELING CL-RQ CAPT FROSLEE, CAPT SCHATZ, CAPT BARLEY, 1stLt WESTMAN
SITTING QL-RD CPL PONDER, LCPL MAY, CPL PENDERGRAPH, SSGT GREEN, LCPL FOWLER, CPL
1st ROW QL-RJ LCPL MILLS, LCPL HAWKINS, LCPL EREIGENZER, LCPL FAVORS, SGT HOLMES
end ROW CL-RJ LCPL MEMOL1, LCPL PALS, LCPL GERACI, LCPL DAY, LCPL DAY, CPL CORMIER, CPL
DOUGLAS, 1SfLf WOOLLEY
STANDING: CL-RJ MAJ PERRY, LCPL GEASLAND, CPL GOULD, 1stLt BELONGIA, 1stLt ORANTHAM,
SSGT RIVERS, CPL LERMA, LCPL WHITE, LCPL HUNTER, CAPT FLOHR, CPL CONRATH, LCPL TOLLENS
CL-RD CAPT RICKERT, CAPT ROTHENBERGER, 1stLt STAUTBERG, 1stLt HINDS
COCHRAN 1stLt SALTZIEDER
AVIATION MEDICAL DEPARTMENT
QL-RD HM3 WARNER, HM2 BODINE, LT GOYINS, HM3
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KNEELING CL-RD CAPT FRIEDRICH, MAJ CURTIS, CAPT HALE
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CENTER ROW CL-RD CPL CRUZ, CAPT VILLALBA
BACK ROW CL-RQ SSGT SMITH, CPL THOMAS, SGT SHERMAN, SGT SMITH, PFC WILLIS, SGT STATHAM, CPL
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FRONT ROW CL-RD SSGT WASHINGTON, CPL CARR, CPL FLOWERS, SGT SILVA
FRONT ROW CL-RD CPL STEELE, LCPL GILMORE, GYSGT LARCK, MSGT EGGENA
CENTER ROW QL-RD SSGT LANZIKOS, CWO3 CHAPMAN, MGYSGT THOMPSON, GYSGT MARTINEZ
BACK ROW QL-RD CPL WILLIAMS, GYSGT SCHERBER, CAPT HARDWICK, GYSGT MYER, SSGT
COTTRILL, 1StLt COULSON, CPL WEBB
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KNEELING CL-RD CPL HEITMILLER, CPL TATE, LCPL
STANDING CL-RD LCPL STREETER, CPL RAINER, CPL BLANKENSHIP, SGT MCKIE, CPL STEVENSON
CENTER ROW CL-RD CPL HICKS, LCPL REPASS, SGT GUICE, SGT BURGESS, SGT EDWARDS
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SITTING CL-RD CPL KUSCHEL, LCPL BAKER, LCPL MORSE, CPL RHODES, LCPL LAWRENCE
STANDING CL-RD CAPT RAGLAND, SGT BRANDENBURG, CPL LARSON, LCPL ANDERSON LCPL
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CENTER CL-RD CPL STEINMILLER, CPL VIET, CPL BIMONTE, GYSGT REESE, SSGT EGGELSTON
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SITTING CL-RD LCPL BARNES, CPL BAGALUE, LCPL MIRELES, CPL PALACIOS, CPL BURKE
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STANDING CL-RJ SGT SHIRLEY, LCPL PREWITT, SSGT
CLARK, LCPL WOOD, CPL CHAPARRO, SSGT VEGA BACK ROW CL-RD LT RUSSET, LCPL GUSTAFSON, LCPL
KNEELING CL-RD CPL MOSLEY, CPL ANTHONY, LCPL HUNTER, SGT WANCIK, LCPL CARRANZA, CPL VANWINKLE
FRONT ROW CL-RD LCPL PLUMMER, SGT RAMOS, CPL
FRONT CL-RJ CPL DUDA, CPL COLAIZZI HQWE, QPL BQESING
STANDING CL-RD GYSGT PAYNE, SSGT RIVERA, SGT EAGLE, SGT JANSSON, CPL LANGHAM, CPL
SMITH GYSGT BUTLER
KNEEIIING QL-RD SGT SEVERANCE, CPL FUELING, CPL HAYES, LCPL MYRICK, SGT HARRIS
SITTING CL-RD CPL KRAFT, LCPL VANDOVEN, LCPL PRATT, LCPL LEE, CPL RICHARDSON
FLIGHT LINE STAFF NCO'S AND OFFICERS
STANDING CL-RD CAPT SKINNER, CAPT MUMLEY,
KNEELING CL-RD SSGT RICE, GYSGT HARRIS, SSGT
SKID FLIGHT LINE
STANDING QL-RD CPL MADDOX, CPL COLLINS, LCPL BUCKLES,
CPL HEERN, CPL NELSON
CENTER qL-R5 LCPL RODRIQUES, CPL KNIPPLE, CPL STERLING,
I1jEg1liT CL-RD LCPL CAFARELLA, SSGT RICE, SGT WORLEY, SGT
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STANDING CL-RD SGT GAULT, CPL USELTON, LCPL SAVDOVAL, CPL VEIT, SGT WOMACK, CPL SCHMIDT,
CPL FITZSIMMONS, SGT WRIGHT, LCPL POPE, GYSGT HARRIS, CPL HASERT
CENTER CL-RD CPL HORVATH, CPL BAKER, CPL SESSAMEN, CPL HERGERT, LCPL COREY
FRONT CL-RD LCPL SWANN, LCPL SARVISS, CPL MACKINNON, LCPL HAMM, LCPL ALLEN
CH -53 FLIGHT LINE
STANDING CL-RJ SGT SIMMS, LCPL PREBLE, CPL THOMPSON, LCPL DONALDSON, LCPL FLYNN, LCPL
SILVESTER, LCPL WOOD
CENTER CL-RJ LCPL BRYANT, CPL VAUGHN, CPL DIMONTE, LCPL SCHNEIDER, SSGT LAKEY
FRONT CL-RQ LCPL JACKETT, SGT STILLWELL
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STANDING QL-RD SGT ZAMBORY, LCPL PERKINS, SGT MOORMON, SGT ARNZEN, SGT ARNETTE,
FRONT CL-Rj LCPL MILLER, LCPL HAYES, CPL SIGMON, LCPL MILLER
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