San Marcos (LSD 25) - Naval Cruise Book

 - Class of 1966

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CD2-UZJPSEO A5 xx, M , CAPTAIN JAMES S SPIELMAN Captain James S, Spielman, USN, is a on the staff of Commander South Atlantic native of Maryland and a graduate ofylash-M-w.mmwForce with headquarters in Trinidad: oper- ington College, 1941. I ahhgsground South America and the coast He joined the Navy in N emb x of Africa, and was commissioned Ensi n at t Ashoixex Captain Spielman has served Midshipmen's School aboar SS A Director at the Navy Officer STATE in May 1942. During hi hool and lateQias,,in command naval service, he has had . , ..,i Reserve Traiihihfr .fc--1 - - - 'K tf-t - A 2' -f RN Y patQ1Jsh1psgSS VA I N , ,.,., ,1:, S X .f.L -- bqvl '.A'i' f '57 Q I d A30 , 'if"i'ii U L VANS, an MA RC os in De ce mber 1 Q sgqapiiaain amphibious ship USS SAN MARCOS. He also served in the radar picket destroyer, USS HIGBEE. In 1960-62, he was Operations Officer Spielman was attached to the Dj,.ig9SiOn Of Pan American Affairs of the Officer of the Chief of Naval Operations.

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THE LOG of USS SAN MARCOS LSD-25 1 Jan. Little Creek, Virginia 8 Jan. Guantanamo Bay, Cuba 22 Jan. Montego Bay, Jamacia 1 Ifeb. Key West, Florida 19 Mar. Rota, Spain 23 Mar, Lisbon, Portugal 13 May Boston, Massachusetts 18 July Turnover - Almeria, Spain 25 July Genoa, Italy 4 Aug. Naples, Italy 23 Aug. Patrai, Greece 2 Sept. Valetta, Malta 27 Sept. Taranto, Italy 8 Gct. Palermo, Sicily 24 Got. Barcelona, Spain 11 Nov. Palma, Majorca 21 Nov. Turnover - Almeria, Spain 4 Dec. Little Creek, Virginia if frail wx w



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i The SAN MARCOS QLSD 251 was launched on 10 January 1945, and was com- missioned on 15 April 1945 at the Phil- adelphia Naval Shipyard. She is named f or Fort Castillo De San Marcos, Florida, the oldest masonry fort standing in the United States. Ordered to the Pacific Fleet in April of 1945, the SAN MARCOS participated in operations at Saipan, Tinian, and Iwo Jima. In 1945 and early in 1947, the "Fighting Two-Bits" was present at the Atomic Bomb Tests at Bikini Atoll and made shuttle runs between Seattle, Washington, the Aleutians, and Alaska. With the Navy returning to peace time strength, the SAN MARCOS reported to Commander, Pacific Reserve, Fleet,for de- commissioning at San Diego.fi., , On 26 January 1951, IUIGQSAN MARCOS was recommissioned and inrlvlgaygwas trans-4' fered to the Atlantic Fleet. On11fJune1,95l, cercises in Greenland. A 2 ' The year 1952 foundthe SAN MARCOS engaged in local, operations and a, deploy- ment to the ,Med with the United States Sixth Julyito Septei5iibIegf i,fne.t,sh1p participated in Arctic resupplyf,fSUfNECJ in LQQIQZ-nk., Labrador, with the PineTree Three 'tefa'Yn"embarked. T,lge',ts5liipfithen went to On- slow Beach for Lantfleygoperations'-with the Amphibious Fleet. The .next two years con- sisted of deployments to the Sixth Fleet and another SUNEC operation. 1957 found the SAN MARCOS deployed on several training cruises and special operations in the Caribbean, followed bythe 1957 SUNEC operations. August and Sep- tember 1957 were spent on cold weather operations in the Arctic. In March 1958, the ship went to Gitmo, Cuba, for refresher training. From June to August 1958 the ship participated in two Midshipmen Cruises. In September 1958, SAN MARC OS combat loaded elements of the Second Battalion, Sixth Marines, aboard and again departed for a six month cruiseto the Med. In March 1959, the ship returned to Little Creek. During the period June to August 1959 SAN MARCOS took part in Operation "In- land Seas". Essentially this operation con- sisted of sending 28 ships through the newly opened St. Lawrence Seaway to the Great Lakes. Task Force 47, the official name for the 28 ship group visited 28 ports in seven she left Norfolk to participate in states on the Lakes. Between 9 September and 10 Novem- ber, The SAN MARCOS took part in two major Atlantic Fleet training exercises, in which Marines were embarked and landed at Onslow Beach, North Carolina. In January 1960 , SAN MARC OS departed for her fourth cruise to the Med, returing to the U.S. in June. With the start of 1961, the SAN MARCOS was again ordered to the Caribbean area, for LANTPHIBEX 1-61. This operation con- sisted oflanding a Regimental Landing Team at Vieques Island. The operationlasted from 14 February until 7 March 1961. During this period SAN MARCOS was also one of the vessels assigned to Project Mercury., Finally, in September 1961,work began to modify the -s,hip.,fgiOQr operations as' a Helicopter 'LauiichingfffiiRecovery' Vessel. With elements of the Fleet Marine Force "Pathfinders" and Marine Helicopter Squad- roar, HMRQLD 262, The SAN Maacos de- parted Little Creek in October for the Med. The SAN MARCOS was the helo-car- rier in the Med during the October 1961- February 1962 deployment. The SAN MARCOS was then' deployed to the Car- ribbean for five weeks. During this time, .the ship took part in a fleet demonstration for President Kennedy. A Upon returning to Norfolk, the SAN MARCOS then entered the shipyard to un- dergo a FRAM II fFleet Rehabilitation and Modernizationl overhaul and was followed by a period of refresher training at Nor- folk. Local operations occupied the first six months of 1964. The SAN MARCOS then made short Carribbean deployments until September when she participated in Oper- ation "Steel Pike I" at Huelva, Spain. On 9 February 1965, she sailed for her seventh deployment to the Med, where she served as a helicopter platform ship for the Marine Battalion Landing Team. September through December found the SAN MARCOS undergoing overhaul at Philadelphia and preparing for refresher training at Guan- tanamo Bay, Cuba in the beginning of 1966. Local operations at Little Creek, with a trip to Rota, Spain and Boston, Massachu- setts with "Alvin", the mini-sub, occupied February through April. May and June found the SAN MARCOS preparing for her 8th Med deployment, scheduled from 29 June to 5 December.

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