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Captain Howe was born in Blue Field, West Virginia, on 2 December, 1924.
Upon graduation from the University of Virginia in Januagf, 1946, having completed
the NROTC Program, he was commissioned an Ensign and reported for duty to USS
CLEVELAND CCL-555, following tours were on USS FRASER QDM-243 as Communica-
tions and CIC Officer, CIC and Fighter Director School, USS TACONIC QAGC-171 as
CIC Officer, USS GRAMPUS QSS-5235, and USS POMPON CSSR-2671.
In 1956, after a tour in the Submarine Branch of the Bureau of Ships he reported
for duty as Executive Officer, USS BLACKFIN CSS-3225. He was detached in 1959 to
attend the Armed Forces Staff College, after which he commanded USS CUTLASS
CSS-4785 until 1961. Following were tours in the Special Projects Office, Washington,
D. C. , and on Submarine Flotilla SEVEN Staff at Yokosuka, Japan. In December,
1969, he assumed Command of USS MAZAMA QAE- 95 ln April of 1970 u n the
. , po
decommissioning of MAZAMA, Captain Howe reported on board USS NITRO as
Commanding Officer. A
Captain Howe has been awarded the following medals and citations: Bronze
S ' ' '
tar, American Campaign Medal, World War ll Victory Medal, National Defense
Service Medal with Star, Vietnam Service Medal, Vietnam Campaign Medal, Navy
O . . . . .
ccupatron Medal, Meritorious Unit Commendation, and the Armed Forces Expedi-
He is married to the former Mary O'Leary of Newton, Massachusetts.
COMMANDING OFFICER '
USS NITRO IAE-231
5 May 1971
To the Crew: -
In theyear of 1970 the word "sacrifice" seem to have
passed out of common usage. Though many self-proclaimed A
patriots are more than willing to assert that their fellow
Americans are oppressed, drowned in pollutants and exploited
by the politico-military-industrial Wconspiracyn, very few
will jeopardize their comfortable positions in their
noppressiven society by transmitting their loud rhetoric
into positive action. ,
The real hero of 1970 is the fellow who quietly endures
the hardship of long family separations, extended operating
periods under difficult conditions, and.a working day that
is liable to include twenty-four hours and a seven day week.
He is the man whose vigilance and fortitude help to keep his
country safe and free for everyone. He is every crew member
of NITRO and his sacrifice has not gone unnoticed. 1
The USS NITRO's Executive Officer, Lieutenant Commander G. E. Mott III, re-
ported on board in September of 1970, just prior to the Mediterranean deployment. He
brought with him twelve years of Naval experience stretching from Antartic 1ce-break-
ing to the office of The Joint Chiefs of Staff.
Q The "X.O." is a native of Virginia Beach, Virginia, where he was born on 3
December, 1935. He was graduated from Duke University with a Bachelor of Science
degree in 1958, at which time he received his Navy commission as Ensign. His first
duty station was the USS GLACIER where he served as Damage Control and CIC Officer.
His next assignment was as Engineering Officer aboard the ALLEN M. SUMNER until
1962. From 1962-1964 he attended Naval Post Graduate School in Monterrey, Cali-
fornia, where he received a Bachelor in Communications Engineering. Before joining
the NITRO, he served with COMCRUDESFLOT TEN and the Office of the Joint Chiefs
Lieutenant Commander Mott has been awarded the following medals and awards:
Joint Service Commendation Medal, Navy Unit Commendation, National Defense
Medal, Navy Expeditionary Medal, Antartic Service Medal.
He is married to the former Priscilla'An.ne Weedon of Alexandria, Virginia.
U.S. S. NITRO CAE-233
ZCARE OF FLEET POST OFFICE
NEW YORK. N. Y.
5 U!! 1971
To the Crew:
Historian Douglas Southall Freeman once wrote, n
'Know your stuff. Look after your men. Be a nan."
Simple fundamentals, but they are as applicable for us
today as they were to the men who sailed the wooden
ships with canvas sails. Time and technology have
brought many changes to a sailor's life in the years
since those words were written. Electronic equipment
and computers have replaced top sails and belaying pins
as tools of the trade. The mess decks now grumble about
'too mach roast beef' instead of the classical complaints
about salt pork and hard tack. The liberty uniform has
nearly disappeared and a crew-cut sailor is hard to find.
But new dress codes and better chow are .only superficial
benefits to the seagoing sailor. His computers have ll not
taught the winds to be still or the seas not to boil into
thirty foot swells of steaming spray. Long hours of hard
work and little sleep are as uncomfortable to the liber-
ated sailor of the 1970's as they were to hardnosed
swabbies of 50 years ago. Navy life is still tough and
probably always will be. I ,
Many began this cruise as inexperienced naive
young men, fresh from the fam or the sandlot. Most
will complete the trip as well-travelled, well-rounded
sailors with a good knowledge of themselves and the '
world they live in. We've worked hard, played hard and
learned from our -shipmates and the countries we have
visited. For those leaving the ship, my best wishes for
"fair winds and following seas." For those remaining,
keep up the .good work!
G. E. Hott
Lieutenant Commander William N.
Euans is the Nitro 's First Lieutenant. He
was born in Columbus, Ohio, on 23 March,
1938. He is a graduate of Ohio State Uni-
versity where he earned a Bachelor of Fine
Arts degree. He joined the Naval Reserve
in 1957 and received his commission in
February of 1962. His pre-Nitro travels
found him as the ASW Officer on the USS
I. D. BLACKWOOD QDE-2195 and Weapons
Officer aboard the USS I-IAMMERBERG QDE-
As First Lieutenant, he is responsible
for the supervision of deck seamanship
operations and evolutions, for maintenance
of the armament and ordnance equipment
and for procurement, handling, stowage,
and issue of ammunition and pyrotechnics
He supervises loading, unloading and stow-
age of cargo, and plans anchoring, moor-
ing, fueling, and sea replenishment de-
tails. V .
Lieutenant Commander Euans has re-
ceived the following Service Medals: Navy
Expeditionary Medal, National Defense
Medal, Armed Service Reserve Medal.
Lieutenant Ralph H. Lord, the Nitro 's
Engineering Officer, was bom on 9 October,
1921, in Providence, Rhode Island. He is a
graduate of Cranston High School, Crans-
ton, Rhode Island.
As Engineering Officer, he is respon-
sible' forthe operation, care and mainten-
ance of the Ship 's propulsion plant and the
electric generators, hull repairs, and
maintenance of the ship 's interior com-
munications equipment. He supervises
fire fighting and acts as technical assistant
to the Executive .Officer in Nitro 's NBC de-
fense procedures. W
During Lieutenant Lord's Navy career,
he has received the following medals: Navy
Unit Citation Ribbon, Navy GoodsConduct
Medal, American Service Defense Medal,
American Campaign Medal, Asiatic-Pacif-
ic Campaign Medal, Navy Occupation
Service Medal, World War Two Victory
Medal, Antartica Service Medal, Amaed
Forces Expeditionary Medal, Republic of
Viet Nam Campaign Medal.
Lieutenant Robert I . Gould serves as
Nitro 's Operations Officer and Navigator..
He was born on 19 February, 1934, in Prov-
idence, Rhode Island. A graduate of
James T. Lockwood High School, he has
attended the University of Rhode Island.
A former Chief Quarter Master, Lieutenant
Gould was commissioned in July of 1963.
As Ops Officer, he is responsible for
the planning, scheduling, and coordination
of Nitro's operations and logistic service.
He collects, evaluates, and disseminates
combat and operational intelligence infor-
mation, supervises maintenance and repair
'of electronics equipment, and insures re-
liable, secure and rapid external communi-
cations. He obtains clearances and operat-
ing area assignments incident to the move-
ments and operations of the Nitro.
Before service on the Nitro, Lieuten-
ant Gould was stationed on the USS
SALMONIE from 1963-1967, acted as a
Naval Science Instructor at Officer Candi-
date School in Newport, Rhode Island, and
was the Nitro's First Lieutenant until assum-
ing duty as Operations Officer. He is
authorized to wear the following medals:
Navy Good Conduct Medal, American
Expeditionary Medal, European Occupa-
tional Medal, National Defense Medal.
Lieutenant David M. Santucci is the
Nitro 's Supply Officer. He was born on 18
August, 1940 in Palmer, Massachusetts. He
attended Monson High School and later the
University of Massachusetts, where he grad-
uated in 1963 with a Bachelor of Science
degree in Mathematics.
The Supply Officer is responsible for
"procuring, receiving, storing, issuing,
shipping, transferring, selling, accounting
for",the command 's stores and equipment,
and feeding the crew. He also supervises
the Disbursing Officer, the ship 's stores,
the Welfare and Recreation Fund, coordi-
nates departmental operating budgets, and
Before coming aboard the Nitro,
Lieutenant Santucci spent tours on the USS
LEONARD F. ,MASON-QDD-8525 and on the
USS GRENADIER QSS-5255. He wears the
following medals: National Defense Medal,
Vietnamese Service Medal, Vietnamese
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A HISTORY '
USS NITRO QAE-233 is one of the more
modern ammtmition ships in the United States
Navy. It was the first of a new Nitro class of
ammunition ships. And it is the second ammuni
tion ship to bear the name Nitro. I-ler predeces-
sor, decommissioned in 1945 after twenty-five
years service with the fleet, established a proud
tradition towhich the present Nitro falls-heir.
The first Nitro was built in Bremerton,
Washington, just after the First World War and
her stacks bore combat flags from both theatres
of operation by the time V-J Day ended the sec-
ond global conflict in 1945. She was part of the
mighty fleet which supported the Normandy in-
vasion on D- Day, as well as taking an active
part in the invasion of Southern France. In the
Pacific, she listed in her service record the re-
armament of the fleets which took Okinawa and
Iwo Jima and recaptured the Phili ines. ' The 5
end of the war found the first USS Nitro on her
way back to the States for much needed repairsg
she was decommissioned shortly thereafter.
Ammunition ships have been traditionally
named after volcanoes or terms associated with
ammunitiong but Nitro was made more appropriate '
by the fine combat record established by the Wold
Nitro. The present Nitro's design grew out of the T
experience gained in replenishment in World War y
Two and the Korean Conflict. Speed and safety
are the ideas behind her ammunition' handling
The second Nitro was built by Bethlehem
Steel Corporation at Sparrows Point Shipyard,
Inc. , Sparrows Point, Maryland. Her keel was
laid on May 20, 1957, and she was christened on
June 25, 1958, by Mrs. Randolph McCall Pate,
wife of the then Commandant, U.S. Marine
Corps. The Nitro is 512 feet long, has a beam
of '72 feet, a maximtun draft of 29 feet, and a
full load displacement of 17, 000 tons. Her
geared steam turbines develop 16, 000 horsepower
to drive the single screw which propels her
through the water at 20 knots. Following delivery '
of the Nitro to the Navy at Norfolk, Virginia, she
was commissioned as United States Ship on May
1, 1959. i
After a near record outfitting time, Nitro
loaded ammunition for the first time and headed
for Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, for extensive under-
way training at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, in 1961
shakedown cruise followed by the Nitro's first
welcome to its home port at Davisville, Rhode
Island. Final acceptance trials and a post shake-
down yard period in Boston were completed late
In February, 1960, USS Nitro deployed for
the first time to the Mediterranean to join the
Sixth Fleet. ln September there followed a ten
week yard period in Boston, three weeks of under-
way training at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba in 1961,
and another Mediterranean deployment in the
summer of 1961. Seven months and fourteen
ports later, Nitro returned to Davisville. During
April and May of 1962, Nitro operated with the
Second Fleet in various LANTFLEX and CONVEX
exercises in the Caribbean. After a tender avail-
ability in Norfolk, Nitro departed for an opera-
tional and good will visit to Northern Europe.
In the fall of 1962 Nitro engaged in the quarantine
of Cuba. Another Med deployment followed from
February to September of 1963. ln November
Nitro was awarded the Battle Efficiency "E. "
Also in November, Nitro steamed into Tood Ship-
yard, Brooklyn, New York, for the installation of
a prototype FAST fFast Automatic Shuttle Trans-
Nitro traveled, once again, to Guantanamo
Bay, Cuba, in March of 1964 and departed in July
for the Mediterranean where she participated in
the Cyprus Patrol. The ship returned to Davis-
ville in January, 1965. November brought another
cruise with the Sixth Fleet which lasted until
March of 1966.
Nitro was placed "In commission, in re-
serve" from May 17, 1966, to August 31, 1967.
ln the Maryland Shipbuilding and Drydock Com-
pany, Baltimore, Maryland, she underwent a
major overhaul and conversion to a permanent
FAST system. The FAST system enables the
Nitro to safely transfer at sea, at high speed, the
deadly guided missiles of the United States Navy.
To preserve and protect the vast arsenal of muni-
tions beneath her decks, an environmental control
system was installed. To the 280 members of her
crew, this meant that the ship was completely
air- conditioned. A helicopter flight deck was
added over the fantail to provide vertical re-
plenishment capabilities. The Nitro could thus
land, refuel, and launch helicopters. With the
Nitro 's four FAST system stations and total of ten
replenishment stations, she can transfer ammuni-
tion, fuel, freight, mail and passengers underway
at high speeds, with a ship on each side. Thus
on October 16, 1967, it was a new Nitro that re-
joined the Atlantic Fleet and returned to her
home port for the first time in a year and a half.
After Fleet Refresher Training in Guantana-
mo Bay in early 1968, she conducted an evalua-
tion of vertical replenishment operations and,
once again, deployed to the Mediterranean for
February and March of 1969 found the Nitro
back in Davisville for a few weeks of well de-
served leave and upkeep. After making several
trips to the Caribbean Sea and contributing to a
major Second Fleet Exercise, Nitro deployed in
July, commencing her seventh Med. cruise.
While in the Mediterranean, she offered services
to various units of the U. S. Sixth Fleet and con-
ducted exercises with British, French, and Greek
forces. Leaving six months of hard work and
interesting liberty ports behind, Nitro returned
home to enjoy the Christmas holidays with
family and friends.
February of 1970 found the Nitro again
traveling to the Caribbean Sea. While partici-
pating in a RIMEX there, Nitro carried out the
largest transfer of missiles in the history of the
U. S. Navy using the STREAM system. Just
prior to a later RIMEX in June, Nitro spent two
weeks of Selected Refresher Training in Guantana-
mo Bay, Cuba. The summer saw the Nitro in-
volved in one more RIMEX in the Caribbean as
well as local operations and load out procedures
in Yorktown, Virginia, and Earle, New Jersey.
The Nitro began its eighth Mediterranean deploy-
ment in October of 1970 and returned to the
States in early May.
The United States Ship Nitro provides her
"Service to the Fleet" by delivering ammunition
to the ships of the United States Navy. Upon the
high seas and narrow waters of the world, in fair
weather and foul, by day and by night, we proud-
ly share the responsibility of our Navy to preserve
and strengthen the security of the United States
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The 28th of October, 1970. Underway for
the Mediterranean. People on the dock at Davis-
ville getting smaller and smaller as Nitro heads
into Narragansett Bay. Feelings of loneliness
mixed with the exhilaration of travel. And no
one could figure out just how long six months
would be. But we were sailing. America fell
off the horizon and became a memory.
From Narragansett Bay into the Atlantic
for the crossing , , , there were vague recollec-
tions of "sea legs" as the ship rocked and the
crew rolled. The first few days out were filled
with readiness drills and the establishment of the
routine we were to work in. The USS Pawcatuck
was the first of our alongside visitors as she ap-
proached for STREAM training. We were to see
a lot ofthe "Singing Indian" in the next several
Our first stop was in Rota, Spain for turn-
over. Palm and orange trees, flowers in Novem-
ber, coastal flat lands. Europe. After reac-
quainting ourselves with Spanish money, we left
Rota and started steaming for Palma, Mallorca.
We arrived in Palma for a three day stay on
November 12. A bustling island during the sum-
mer tourist season frequented by young Europeans
the activity was somewhat wound down when
Nitro arrived, 'but the crew delighted in the isl
land 's beauty and its night life. .From Palma we
sailed to Naples, Italy, where we conducted
operations with NATO units. Next was a short
stay in Augusta Bay, Sicily, and a rearming of
the USS John F. Kennedy, marred by a lost mine
and a cargo drop reel failure. The Thanksgiving
holidays found the Nitro anchored in Malta for its
Our next assignment was to refuel the Pur-
vis and the Roan on December 10 and 11. During
this active two day period we also conducted a
vertical replenishment with the USS Sylvania,
the Sixth Fleet 's floating Stop and Shop. Load
after load of victuals for the crew were passed
from the Sylvania to the Nitro via helicopter.
The boxes of Grade A U.S. inspected steak were
handled with particular care. And the usual
grunts were heard for the endless supply of the
Navy staple, roast beef.
We visited the-island of Crete for an over-
night stay in Soudha Bay where we did bottom
research and received a fresh supply of fuel. A
brief return to Malta was next on the agenda.
On the 13th of December a group of Maltese
youngsters visited the ship and requested pictures
and patches. The history of Malta is written
along its seacoast. The scars of bomb craters,
fortresses, and caves dot its cliffs, - a' testament to
the continual barrage of Malta in World War Two.
The empty husks of bombed out cathedrals and
the shards of houses present a unique blend of
history living in the present. And the crew was
learning how to get to Valetta. On the 16th of
December, Captain Bartlett QCOMSERVFORS-
SIXFLTJ spent the night on board and observed
readiness drills the next day. On December 17th,
the Nitro conducted a consolidation with'the USS
John F. Kennedy who received an early Christmas
gift - the Nitro returned a missile to her wrapped
in Christmas trimming. Soudha Bay and the Bob
Hope show aboard the Kennedy. Christmas time,
sailors lonely for home and the seemingly peren-
nial Bob Hope. And the bevy of beautiful girls.
There is no need to do any more than mention
Ursula Andress. Good humor and well wishes
from America's top comic. No snow in sight.,
On December 21, the Nitro arrived in
Athens, Greece, for the holidays. Sixteen mem-
bers of the crew flew back to the States to be re-
united with their families for Christmas, and
other crewmen had their dependents flown to
Greece on a special charter flight, part of Ad-
miral Zumwalt's new plan to ease the burden of
separation. Athens provided a beautiful setting
for sightseeing, trips to the Acropolis and Placa,
purchases at the Flea Market, tours to Delphi,
and a leisurely respite from sea duties. We
ushered in the New Year in Athens, and prepared
to leave January 6th, On the fifth, however, six
of the personnel who flew to the States missed
connections on flights. MM1 Ferland aided the
six while in transit at Rhein Mein Air Base and as-
sisted them in securing alternative reservations
for a flight to Naples, and they joined the crew
in time for the departure from Athens. Ferland
received a Letter of Commendation for his meri-
After eight days at sea and an overnight
stay at Augusta Bay, Sicily, for a mine loadout,
we had a harrowing experience. We were re-
ceiving fuel from the Pawcatuck and making
preparations to break away when the Pawcatuck
suffered a rudder casualty and lost her spanwire.
Good work by the deck gang on the Nitro pre-
vented any injuries and we resumed our course
for Valencia, Spain, thankful for teamwork and
safety. Valencia offered inexpensive shoes and
boots, a city mingling new apartment buildings
and old squares, and quality Spanish rum. The
month of February was a busy one. We spent
most of the month underway. After another port
call to the now familiar Malta, we churned into
Soudha Bay to pick up ,a firetruck for transport to
Augusta Bay, where we unloaded the broken Cap-
tain's gig. Then we began training for Mini-Na-
tional Week, -four days of combat condition train-
ing which were to be held the 11th through the
15th. Our Ally was to be the Pawcatuck. On the
15th the Nitro, so accustomed to delivering mis-
siles to other ships, delivered three missiles in a
decidedly different manner. Three jet planes,
attached to us for the games, served as our mis-
siles as we launched an attack on the FOIIGSI31'
After the games the Forrestal and the Nitro re-
sumed their friendship.
The 23rd of February found the Nitro tucked
in the harbor in Naples in the shadow of smoky,
dormant Mount Vesuvius. We were treated by
access to Pompeii, Capri, and Rome through
ship 's tours. Rome was no more than a European
train ride from our mooring. It was easy tO S66
the pride Italian people have in living, -in ele-
ganceQ in friendship, and in family. The splen-
dor of its statuary, the elegance of its cathedrals
and the many offerings of its art world added to
make Naples a most enjoyable port. h
After receiving fleet freight, we left
Naples on the lst of March. Once again to .
Augusta Bay, and then to a rendezvous with the
Brumby, Rush, Talbot, and Pawcatuck on March
3. For the -next three days, the Forrestal came
alongside for cargo transfer. 'And the brass band
played and we were dwarfed alongside this sea-
going airfield, our bridge barely reaching to the
Forrestal 's flight deck.
Our next visit was to Antalya, Turkey.
Amidst the turmoil of recent weeks in Turkey,
the crew was somewhat uneasy about their re-
ception, but found Antalya a unique city, older
and poorer than what we were accustomed to,
devoid of night life, yet intriguing in its Eastern
orientation. Minarets, the Moslem prayer tow-
ers, were visible throughout the city, open
markets clogged the alleyways, and horsedrawn
carriages served as taxi cabs. The outer fringes
of Antalya found bands of Nomads camped in
tent clusters and camels angling down dirt roads.
The Governor of the Province and the Mayor of
Antalya paid visits to the Nitro. The basket-
ball team from the ship even engaged a local
high school team in the sport, and the Turks
proved that they have assimilated our sport well
as they trounced our band of sailors, 52-30. The
crew conducted itself in a most mature manner
and we left Turkey after an incident free visit.
Another series of underway replenishments
in the next several days as we refueled the Roan
off the coast of Egypt, received fuel from the
Pawcatuck, and serviced the Forrestal. On the '
17th of March we returned to Athens for eleven 1
days, and then it was another replenishment with Q
the Forrestal. The first five days of April found
us in Naples accompanied by heavy seas which 1
prohibited liberty. Many people, hoping to pur-
chase some stereo gear at the discount prices of-
fered by the NATO base, spent their shopping '
time playing pinochle in the crew's lounges. a
And cursing. On the 6th of April, while steam-
ing for Barcelona, we ruptured tubes in our ffl
boiler and momentarily lost power. Heavy, A
black patches of smoke were spewing out of our
stack as we glided to a stop in the water. The
boiler technicianspatched our injured boiler and
the Nitro found Barcelona on the 7th of April.
We were faced with having to replace the
damaged tubes before attempting the rapidly ap-
proaching Atlantic crossing, and on the 13th of
April we moved pierside, amidst all the luxury
liners, for repair. The Spanish enginemen and
our own 'black-gang' worked extra hours to avoid
delay in our outchop time. Meanwhile the rest
of the crew was enjoying walks along the Ramblas,
a misplaced Big Ben's, lbullfights, and a zoo that
featured the world 's only captive albino gorilla.
And the thrills of an international Grand Prix,
with the world's greatest drivers touring a course
set atop a hillside guarded by a fortress. Bar-
celona is also the sight of a Picasso museum and
an excellent maritime museum, as well as a
replica of Columbus' Santa Maria. It was easy to
sympathize with our latter day sailing predeces-
sors after seeing the ship that discovered Am erica r
- it was about the size of our helicopter deck.
The ship offered a ski trip to Andorra, a tiny
mountain country tucked in the Pyrennes between i
Spain and France. Last minute shopping, over-
due souvenir buying, and exchange of collections
of currency, and we left Barcelona under full
power on the 24th of April. Rota, Spain. We
had seen the same base six months earlier, but
it looked much, much better this time. The
Suribachi, AE-21, looking mighty good moored
in Rota. Our relief. Turnover. Goodbye to
Europe. At 0955 on the 27th of April we de-
parted from Rota for the United States. Home
to Earle, New Jersey, home to Davisville and
brass bands and family. Home.
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The bones of the twentieth century tell of
two world wars and two undeclared wars. They
tell of racial violence and political derision.
They tell of a metal and neon light world of im-
personality where progress has outstripped man 's
evolution as a cultured being. In a century
where sleek rockets have expanded the world
beyond the earth, people mourn the death of
human concern and uncover pockets of hunger
and squalor untouched by the world's money.
Man has provided alter images of life - the sub-
stance of the moon is no longer a matter of spec-
ulation through a telescope. Yet man has turned
a deaf ear to the cries of brothers. For the sake
of cosmic expansion we have lost some sight of
life's details, perhaps of life itself. In essence,
we have learned to collar science and energy
but we have not learned to live with the people
We all know what makes us peaceful.
The course of the sun from rise to set, the in-
evitability of the tides, the sounds of new life,
the comfort of love. Good things. Things
which reassure us in their recurrence. Things
which challenge us to meet their beauty with
'beauty in our own lives. But also the beauty in
a cry of pain, the beauty in the chancres of
life. There is a world picture fuller than that
of science, a world picture to which our eyes
and ears are not sensitive. There is a world of .
people trying to live together. And failing.
We have accepted peace as simply the
absence of war. Within this negative stance
we have reached a malaise which prohibits posi-
tive action. We are intent on maintaining a
steady, forceful balance between people not
reconciled to sharing the earth. Rather than
recognizing the universal man in each of us, we
recognize the national separateness which divides
us. Peace trancends a merely political orienta-
tion. Its scope includes the unison and harmony
each man searches for within himself.
Man has frequently turned to nature for
metaphors for peace and union. The balance of
the seasons, the cycles of life. In nature's repeat
ing patterns we can find an internal harmony, a
blend of life elements, a peace. Within each
tree nature bears herself. What we need to see is
that in each man lies the same potential, all of
life springing like a fountain from each man. By
simply changing the focus of our observations,
people become not handsome or ugly, liberal or
conservative, black or white, but life sharers.
The same life. Bearers of the same legacy, .the
inheritance of the earth to preserve for others or
to destroy. The bones which stand as temples to
our century are made of bits of each of us.
Peace is the responsibility everyone shares to add
the flesh of life to these bones, to plant a seed
in the world 's body.
The Catholic Faith has a ceremony in its
Mass called the handshake of peace. Each of
the parishoners offers his hand to another in a
greeting, a wish for a peaceful day. A congrega
tion of offerings and the extension of one to an-
other that they may find the peace each of us is
seeking. The individual natures blend into a
common votive. It is a small communion.
As everything valuable in life, peace is
achieved only with risk, the risk of self and the
risk of selflessness. Life's tree can grow in our
world, but it can become a larger and more
brilliantly full tree if we make it prosper. If
we allow the limbs of all people the life of the
same tree. The idea is as simple as one voice
repeating a song, joined by other voices, joined
by all voices. The same song, the same voice.
lt is in the singing that peace is to be found. A
century of death has taught us that war is not the
answer. Nor is merely the lack of war.
The beginnings lie within all of us: to see
that we all share the sun, the tides, birth and
death, love. The distinctions which barricade
people must be seen as human barriers, walls
we have built. To level these walls we must
relate our whole self to other men in honesty.
We can make every day and every Life a hand-
shake for peace. The answer is the will of man,
the need he must eventually Q to save his
world for others to live in, to share with all peo-
ple. Peace is the song all of us were meant to
singl The words are life, the music is truth,
thesinging is the wor1d's voice, the unity is
man. The seeds can grow from a handshake,
from sharing, from living together. The seed
must be planted.
"But it is not only at outward forms that
we must look to find the evidence of a nation 's
hurt. We must look as well at the heart of guilt
that beats in each of us, for there the cause lies.
We must look, and with our own eyes, see the
central core of defeat and shame and failure
which we have wrought in the lives of even the
least of these, our brothers. And why must we
look? Because we must probe to the bottom of
our collective wound. As men, as Americans,
we can no longer cringe away and lie. Are we
not all warmed by the same sun, frozen by the
same cold, shone on by the same lights of time
and terror here in America? Yes, and if we do
not look and see it, we shall be all damned to-
gether. " Thomas Wolfe, You Can 't Go Home
And if we do not look and see it . . .
There is an implication of responsibility
in these words. Whatever we do we must
examine our own failures, expiate our own
guilt, and establish a direction in our life which
will lead to harmony. We must repair our
wounds. So the first step then is one of self-
recognition and self-discovery. Peace for us is
the completion of a form, the form of our life.
The process winds down to a simple fact.
Peace will be achieved from the very weather
of our lives. It will be won when we can say,
individually and collectively, that we are all
warmed by the same sung that we are guilty of
the peace that is most often merely the absence
of war, but as we are guilty of it we are also
capable of achieving its counterpoint, peace
as a positive entity.
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R 1608462 APR 71
PM COMSIXTHFLT '
TO USS NITRO
PERFORMANCE OF NITRO
1. IT IS A PLEASURE TO COMMEND NITRO FOR OUTSTANDING
PERFORMANCE OF DUTY DURING HER DEPLOYMENT TO SIXTHFLT.
YOUR ABILITY TO RESPOND TO SHORT FUZE REQUESTS FOR ORD-
NANCE, SPECOPS, REFUELING, AND PMC MOVEMENT REFLECTS A
HIGH LEVEL OF PROFESSIONALISM AND COMPETENCE. ALSO THE
LACK OF DISCIPLINARY PROBLEMS DURING MEDITERRANEAN PORT
VISITS INDICATES A HIGH LEVEL OF MORALE AND ESPRIT DE
CORPS AMONG NITRO 'S HARD WORKING CREW MEMBERS. I AM
PLEASED TO ADD, ALONG WITH YOUR INDIVIDUAL CUSTOMERS
MY UNQUALIFIED ENDORSEMENT OF YOUR MISSION ACCOMPLISHMENT.
2. THE SIXTH FLEET LOSES A DEPENDABLE AND HARD WORKING
TEAM MEMBER WITH YOUR DEPARTURE, YOUR RECORD OF PERFOR-
MANCE IN EVERY UNDERTAKING HAS ESTABLISHED A MARK WHICH WILL
BE A CHALLENGE TO THE NEWER TYPES OF AE'S WHICH FOLLOW.
PLEASE EXPRESS MY SINCERE APPRECIATION TO ALL HANDS IN
NITRO ALONG WITH MY BEST WISHES FOR A IOYOUS HOMECOMING.
R 1917482 APR 71
FM CTG SIX ZERO PT ONE
TO USS NITRO
INFO CTF SIX THREE
. THROUGHOUT THE PAST THREE MONTHS IT HAS BEEN
MY PLEASURE TO HAVE SERVED WITH THE FINE OFFICERS AND
MEN OF THE NITRO DURING THAT TIME YOUR ENTHUSIASM
PROFESSIONALISM AND FLEXIBILITY HAVE BEEN IN KEEPING
WITH TI-IE' HIGHEST TRADITIONS OF THE SERVICE FORCE
THE ACRONYM "FAST" REFERS NOT ONLY TO YOUR GEAR BUT TO
. ALL OF TG 60.1 WISHES YOU SMOOTH SAILING HOME AND
HAPPY REUNION WITH YOUR FAMILIES
REAR ADMIIUXL TA LLEY
In a military organization, 'discipline is
considered a prime requisite in training men for
the responsibility of fighting and dying. Amidst
the anti-war clamoring of recent years, leaders
in the service branches concede that there is a
growing need to make the military relevant to
society's demands. In lieu of this, the Navy has
selected Admiral Elmo Zumwalt as its latest
Chief of Naval Operations. Admiral Zumwalt
came to his new position from the service as
Commander of the United States Naval Forces in
Viet Nam, where he distinguished himself as a
leader interested in men, men more than hard- ,
ware. He has brought this compassion for in-
dividual rights with him. ln an extensive series
of missives directed at relieving the boring busy
work and petty rules aimed at creating "disci-
pline, "Admiral Zumwalt has scored successes
for the often ignored voice of the enlisted man.
In short, he has begun a radical drive to human-
ize military life.
The onset of the 1970's carries the prospect
of an all volunteer military establishment as ear-
ly as 1973. Coupled with re-enlistment figures
that have dipped to their lowest level since 1955,
and a society that is turning away from tradition-
al American attitudes toward the military, there
is a need to make military life appealing enough
that an all volunteer force will be feasible. Con-
vinced that life in the Navy must be reshaped to
include concern for dependents and the root
causes for unrest among sailors, Admiral Zum-
walt has lodged an attack on the useless regula-
tions and the "demeaning and abrasive" rules p
which have led to increased disenchantment in
the ranks. In Z-gram 47957 the message was,
bluntly, that "Mickey Mouse" and "chicken a
regs" must be abolished. Naval Commanders
were instructed to alter their grooming standards
to conform with changing fashions, and the hair
length standards have been relaxed to accommodate
neatly trimmed longer styles as well as beards
and mustaches. Motorcycles are now allowed on
base, and civilian clothes are being authorized
for a growing ntimber of enlisted men.
One of the more important aspects of the
Zumwalt regime has been the increased oppor-
tunity for communication between the lower
ranks and the senior administrators in the service.
The CNO personally insures this with visits to se-
lected commands with question and answer peri-
ods. At several bases, telephone hot lines have
been established so that beefs can be aired and
worked out rather than shuttled into paper obli-
vion. The thrust of Admiral Ztunwalt 's efforts
is clear - if you treat people like people, they
will work for you. If this does not come to be
true, the military can only expect the retention
problem to continue. With the new freedoms,
those affected are challenged to accept responsi-
bility and to exercise adult behavior in all quart-
The fine line of discipline that enables a
force to be ready at a moment's notice to face
combat conditions cannot be dispensed with.
Some individual commanders have reacted
queasily to recent increases in individual rights.
Concern has been expressed that the new free-
doms will lead to a laxity that will make impos-
sible the discipline needed to insure combat
readiness. However, Admiral Zumwalt found in
his Vietnam tour that " , . . I have yet to be shown
how neatly trimmed beards and sideburns or neat-
ly shaped Afro haircuts contribute to military
delinquency or detract from a ship 's ability to
carry out its combat function."
The NavyI's new look is, like so many parts
of the American historical experience, an experi-
ment. lf Admiral Zumwalt's regime succeeds in
revamping it so that happiness and effectiveness
exist side by side, then the experiment will prove
fruitful. The fulcrum of the program is that free-
dom and responsibility are compatible, and the
Navy's old timers and its young people have to
find a common ground built on mutual respect
for the beliefs of both age groups.
Tradition must make way for more responsi
ble attitudes toward the world 's problems. Ad-E
miral Zumwalt 's new grooming standards apply
not only to the people in the Navy but to a pro-
gressive new image for the Navy as an institution
The belief is that the Navy can let its hair down
and remain neatly trimmed.
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