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Page 11 text:
Only about hall' ol' the men that were
aboard at the beginning of the year were still
aboard. There were many new laces, but all
were turned in one direction as the ship east
oft-toward the pier.
Many will never admit to nostalgia, but
everyone was trying to impress this scene to
memory. It would be a long time for many
of us before we would see it again.
FA REW ELL
Giving the ship a musiealf?j send-off were the CO, XO, and
other officers from the USS ENGLAND. The featured song was
'6Cood Bye to OKLAHOMA CITYN sung to the tune of "l've Been
Working on the Railroadw. The Beatles had better watch out!
Wives, sweethearts, and families line the pier to see the ship
leave for WestPae. Many were to follow later. but for then it was
Page 10 text:
Pre-deployment inspections and award presentations were
a part of the activities that took place prior to our de-
parture from Long Beach. Rear Admiral H. V. Byrd,
ComCruDesFlot THREE, presented the ComCruDesPac
Athletic Award to the OKLAHOMA CITY
The ship s missile battery gets a new hashmark with its
missile elticrency E RADM Byrd presented the award
following the pre deployment personnel inspection
The ship set new Talos missile records and knocked two
target drones out of the air following Refresher Training
After almost six months of final prepara-
tion, the ship set sail for the Far East for a
30 month cruise as the flagship of the US.
Behind us were nine weeks of Refresher
Training, two weeks of competitive missile
firings, a trial Public Relations run to En-
senada, Mexico, and a short leave period.
N r 1
Page 12 text:
Enroute to Yokosuka, the OKLAHOMA CITY stopped in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii for
a short visit.
During this visit the ship served as temporary flagship for the Commander-in-Chief,
US. Pacific Fleet change of command.
Admiral T. H. Moorer relieved Admiral U.S.C. Sharp in ceremonies conducted on the
High ranking civilian and military guests including the Lieutenant Governor of
Hawaii and the Commander-in-Chief, Pacific were present for the change of command.
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