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Page 14 text:
Above: Top: LT H.P. Johnston, LT
B.J. Martin, CDR M. Artuso.
Center: Top Row: C. Coler, P.
Mion, L. King, C. Hunt, C. Filley, F.
Jones, J. Jacobs. Bottom Row: D.
Jones, T. Moorman, P. Chaput, R.
MacMillin, M. Heflin. Bottom: P.E.
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CGEJ, L.H. Garrison QGEJ, A.
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Page 13 text:
. .. preparatlons
As always, there were the many details and tasks that
had to be given attention and completed. Load-out for
the Apollo 16 recovery mission was just about the same
as for a regular cruise, but with a few new twists. Special
equipment suddenly appeared on the pier to be loaded
aboard TICONDEROGA. Among some of the more
interesting objects were the Television and Radio Pool
vans that were set up in hangar bay number 2-an
unusual sight on TICO. Another interesting item was
the Mutual Broadcasting Systems van which was placed
adjacent to and outboard of the island structure. Later
on, many of TlCONDEROGA's men would be quite
fond of this piece of equipment, for it furnished many
telephone calls home.
Western Union International was in on the mission.
Their piece of equipment consisted of "the Bubble",
which was the transmitter unit used to cover the last 9
Apollo recoveries. "The Bubble" is capable of live
television transmission from 94 per cent of the Earth's
surface. On splashdown day, the television signal was
transmitted 22,300 miles to Intelsat III-F4 hovering in
orbit above the Pacific Ocean. From this satellite, the
signal was transmitted to Jamesburg, California, from
there to NASA, in Houston, and then to New York
where the signal was distributed across the nation, the
United Kingdom, Europe, Latin America, parts of
Africa, the Near East, Japan, Hawaii, and Australia.
It was all falling into place, special equipment and
special people. TICONDEROGA and her crew were no
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Farewell of Tico Sailors
T MINUS 36 DAYS . .. Our departure from
San Diego brought sadness to our hearts. You were
being left behind . . .
As we stood there on the pier while preparations
were being made for "Getting Underway," your
tender squeeze of my hand reassured me of your love.
The mistl saw in your eyes caused a now familiar
tightness in my throat as we parted once again. Very
soon, the pangs of loneliness would again dominate
our thoughts, and we will equally yearn for my
You cautioned me to "Take care" and tried to
appear lighthearted for the children's sake, but I
sensed your feelings of sadness and felt a need to hold
you in my arms one more time. All around us, other
wives and children were openly crying, but you drew
upon that inner strength which is so much a part of
your natural beauty, and it was then thatl knew you
really understood . . .
lt's because l love you and the children so much,
thatl must leave you often. The security, peace, and
tranquility you know here at home is because of a
protecting shield of U.S. ships out there on the
lt's strange really, what a contradiction life can be.
l never want to leave you or the children, butl have
job to do. Sometimes it's not a pleasant job . . . the
hours are long, and the conveniences are few. But,
because I, and other men like me, are willing to do a
very necessary job in the Navy, you and the children
are safe and secure here at home.
Write often! Those long days at sea are always
made happier and seem shorter by your faithful
letters. Even the tropical nights appear more
beautifully lighted because of the happy memories
you have given me.
l go now to the South Pacific to recover men
returning from the Moon. How exciting it must be
to travel into the star-lighted space and walk upon
the Moon. But you know what? I'll always be
contented to sit quietly holding your hand on a clear
Summer night and just observe from the earth the
stars and the Moon in their true splendor.
-W0-l C. Fortier-
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