Tortuga (LSD 26) - Naval Cruise Book

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fm f f L ,, J I H99 Enrtuga new-za fx K1 N I , IV WI X MQ Q Q Sm M" , x I PIII RX , X IM- ' I I 'M II M' PACIFIC CRUISE KOREA ' JAPAN ' PHILIPPINE ISLANDS DECEMBER I950 DECEMBER I95l MU 19 ' I , I ,, I K? if" QUISU , I 4+-JI 1-1 God bless thzs shzp and all tts gallant crew May the lrght of Thx sptrzt guwle them through Dangerous waters enemy shot and shell Protect them with Thy power keep them sa e and well Through wars clark maelstrom hold ast therr hand Return them to therr own folk to therr own land MRS KATHRYN L DROUGHT I D I .Z . I . . . I ' 2 ' V 2 - ' 2 A It I 5 1 , , f ' 2 g Page Two Y 1 USS TCRTUGA LSD-Z6 Pg Th Page Four USS TORTUGA LSD-Z6 The USS TORTUGA QLSD-265 is named for the Dry Tortugas Islands, a group of ten coral ke-ys located sixty miles west of Key West, Florida. F'ort Jefferson, planned as the key to American defense in the Gulf of Mexico, was completed on the-se islands in 1861, and held by the Union Forces during the Civil War. The TO'R- TUGA is the first ship in the United States Navy to bear this name. The LSD is the largest of the amphibious family of ships developed during World War II. It is designed to transport and disembark smaller landing craft and troops in an invasion, but it is not designed to be beached. Instead, the landing craft are carried in a large welledeck amidships, which can be flooded to a depth permitting the landing craft to depart under their own power. More recently the LSD has been found to be an excellent repair and logistic facility for landing craft in areas where no dry-docks or machinery and hull repair installations are available. LSD's saw service in both the European and Asiatic theaters of World War II as members of amphibiou-s invasion forces, and gave an excellent performance of the duties for which they were designed. In the years since the war, and especially dur- ing the Korean conflict, LSD's have proven themselves highly versatile and useful on a variety of assignments. The USS TORTUGA was launched at the Boston Navy Yard on January 20, 1945, and was ,employed in occupation duties throughout the Pacific until decommis- sioning on August 18, 1947. She was recommissioned for Korean war duty on Sep- tember 15, 1950. The word "tortuga" means "turtle" in the Spanish language. Hence we have adopted a turtle as our ship's mascot, and have asked him to tell our story. THE U. S. S. TORTUGA CRUISE BOOK The Staffs: LTJG Robert V. Sedwick, CH. MACH. Charles W. Tappy, Howard D. Caudill, SA, Robert L. Ogan, BTG2, Charles J. Scardina, SN, Crawford E. Hyde, SN, Charles J. Murrell, MM2, John W.. Zylstra, MML3. The. Artists: Charles J. Scardina, SN, Richard P. Smith, SA. The Photographers: CH. MACH. Charles W. Tappy, LTJG Norman F. Daly, LTJG Robert V. Sedwick, CHPCLK John R. Davis, Jr., Joseph R. Griffith, MML1, Rene J. Bilan, RD2, Frank A. Tuttle, END3, Bryan T. Hines, FN, Willard E. Drought, FPG1, Anthony V. A. Nicosia, MML3, Nick Karas, MML2, Robert L. Ogan, BTG2, Ramon Rodriguez, END3, Charles J. Scardina, SN, Grant T. -Sherman, BMK3, grawfogdNE.. Hyde, SN, George P. Amburgery, RD3, John W. Zylstra, MML3 , Wayne ouse, . Our Publisher and ex-shipmate: Dean B. Acker. COMMANDER K. s. SHOOK W CQIYIMANDER E. W. HERMANSON Commanding Oificezj -- 15 September 1950 - 22 August 1951 Assumed Command 22 August 1951 LIEUTENANT COMMANDER H. deP. TELLER Executive Officer Page Five 7 I I I! V p If 38. v Jnm bwmows INDI-IIJN M I ... 0599 I QQHSPIKI ' es ANI f ' I I I ngeav if v I ER W W PHILIPPINES IME! ! MARSHALL ssuinvs l 1 -l'Z!'l 22001 -U9 Q... Z VID Tsgm-'DU N HAWAII 7 1 ' 'BREYIKRTDN X' 'Q Stlrrne I . In me 6 1 0 L . 4 . Nciuxeu ' . 9 two + QPAc1Flc QQEANQ ? Q HELLO FOLK9. WE JUST GOT BACK " DO You NIND IF I TELL YOU ABOUT 3' 0URTRlP,,,-f? Q, js 3 4 Q A 5 X v X if MA 7 HBEBRD 47" V' J - b X' ight Ski in V 1 i ? 1 k 4... L. . 4' it 'Q . 3 X I M V . t , p 3 e...,, gi if ' U , aa f 3 I . . 2 ik 03i,JDiA, "lf ' . il A -1:- 290 - -was ,F -f A uv' C . ,. A , A A A N ,E'75Y5R"""' , ,,,f,,ee , ei Wg? son! ouaeo BRENERTON "So this is an LSD, I said to myself. Well, what do you know! A fellow told me they ballasted down like a dry-dock and still could make sixteen knots with the laundry secured, so I didn't know what to expect. Anyway, we all stood up in our blues while the Admiral gave us a pat on the back and the commis- sioning pennant was run up, and then beat it into dungarees on the double to get her into shape to sail. Mothball fleet, they said. Why the moths had even set up a quarterdeck watch to pipe us aboard! The guys kept coming in from every- where . . . from other stations, from civilian life, and there were even a couple we felt sure had crawled up from under Pier 3. A good bunch, though! Nobody too happy about leaving home and the little woman, but you got the feeling they'd all be behind you if you ever really needed help. Sure, the "feather merchants" growled at the ones who couldn't forget the good old days on the USS NOGO in '35, but that's the Navy for you. You can't change it, and maybe you wouldn't want to. The Commissioning Ceremony Page Nine I guess we loaded just about everything the Navy had that would fit in our well deck during those first few months . . . and if you think the boys on the wingwalls weren't just a little dubious when that first LSU came toward them at about five knots you're sadly mistaken. Sure, I griped at the training exercises. Who didn't? But we got the feel of the thing, anyway. 1 - - The first LSU --- as it actually was By Christmas somebody in PhibPac operations' took a big black pin out of a drawer, stuck it on a chart, and decided it was time the mighty "T" put out to sea. Wesaid goodbye to the States on Decem- ber 29th, with Vice Admiral Kiland paying us a special visit to wish us well on our journey west. Here we go . next stop . . . Pearl! tNew Year's Eve was pretty quiet last year. I had the mid-watch, myselfj. I Page Ten if C 7 fl, . K I C , Lai ,A ,, 6, '31 tunica The first LSU --- as we thought it would be Sick? You've never seen so much misery in one small space in your life as on our second trip to Bremerton to pick up LSU's. As a matter of fact, it was just about the roughest weather we encountered on our whole cruise. By the time we 'got back, though, our "SA's" had be- come "SALT'S," and a couple of them rolled so much as they walked down Broadway that it looked as if the Grant Hotel were underway! , Outward Bound! I fwipm , . , ' . . gf ' 5 ,. ,153 -,-'L - - - ' s . ., - T' ' .' 1 f ' -fi , -ss? -5 ,y '11 ' Ji e ' ' , 1 "L' ' - . ' ,.Abb 3 2.,, J . . Q' ,gffg I .5 . ,J X' V ff UY f -k . V. " ' sn 1 V. W s -sg fv sw, - -5 -f 9 T k f da . 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So it meant .another week 1n Pearl? 1 std! i , So you can feel mighty lonely all by your- 'N self at the end of that long green table. 5' I ,,, g Yes, Hawaii's a wonderful place. I'd like to go back there sometime. Want to come g I A1 g :ig along? e 1,-' , Zffff UW-"5 aaaaaaaaaaa aaaaaaaaaaaeaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa ,..i.',. i tf f"" ' ' .P .. . , . . , . , , f'1 V"t f i ..:,, ,v., .,.. H ,A .VV Qi T lti 'aif 2 ...T 2 . - ,.... . ....s. 5 54 Q " .f'r ' -' 8994 V.. ya eh X 54, 9 9 foes' aaaaaaaaaaiaaaaaa 9 C5 The Naval Station Page Eleven 7 4 V100 I didn't mind crossing the Pacific much. Kind of hot during the day, but it helped a lot to watch those passengers sweating away as they slapped on paint below decks. Passengers are swell people to have around, you know, particularly for those dirty jobs everybody has been letting go for just one more week. Someone asked the Navigator how he found Eniwetok. "Why I just came up on deck one morning and there it was," he said. Just a little pile of sand with three tree-s and no girls . . . remind me not to put in for shore duty there. We only stayed in Eniwetok overnight, and then steamed off again through the balmy . seas and beautiful moonlit nights of the tropics. Hey, wait! It's getting cold as he ..... awfully cold! You say you see snow on those hills, son? Why, boy, that's Japan you're looking at . . . Sasebo, to be exact. Japan's ex-No. 2 Naval base, now very busy working for Uncle Sam. Well, we got here, didn't we? Now what? 000 Wx ,'l GJ f'.,g':5-sm, QQ X505 XIDNQ-J' ---A-iW'N ff K-dbg N59: fn saw CHQ' N - r , -lwkvwn X ' -E Y - W 5:11-1:- T9'E,FlNEHDR rms mucnso aww-. SNK 3 THEY APE Homme. THE mx' Way Down! O O l ., 2 O .GMD X TL Q-J, Q 19 'U a n T imumnl e x CUT' W LINTSI W WS- "W9jcnn6mn Q' USS 'gn' X 5 , . p ,f,V -,4 HMS KENYA at Inchon We certainly didn't see much of Japan this trip! Just a couple of days in Sasebo, and then -off for Korea. A routine run to Pusan, we thought, but a midnight change of orders sent us north to Inchon . . . then still in enemy hands. This was it at last! The front! - So what happened? To tell you the truth, not very much. With a number of Ameri- can and British warships and transport-s we anchored in the cold gray dawn a few miles off Inchon and made what they call in the books an "amphibious feint." No, nobody passed out . . . We were supposed to fool them into expecting an assault here and thus deploying their troops away from the main point of attack inland. So we made smoke . . . we put boats in the water . . . we made more smoke . . . we took boats out of the water . . . we turned our lights on and off . . .and we made more smoke. ROK troops came in the next day and took Inchon, and no- body has ever told us whether or not we fooled the Communists. We had 'some pretty fancy company, too, I might add. The Big Mo . . . in all her glory. Sure she fired! No .... the wind was blowing the wrong way and I can't to this day tell you what a 16-inch gun s-ounds like when it goes off. Why didn't we fire too? Well, you know how it is, we didn't want to show up our big brother. H ozstzng the Wounded Aboard Page Thirteen There was a busy month ahead of us after we left Inchon. The Navy found plenty of work for the old "T", and we all got a kickfout of a little concrete action after all the months of train- ing. Our first stop was at Pusan for further orders and, a quick look at Korea's major port. It wasn't much to see, I'm afraid. Refugees all over the place, and such miserably filthy living conditi-ons everywhere that I think we all began to appreciate the old home town a great deal more. W f M .- , . , 1 ,, , I ., . . ,.,..,a .,.,,. .. H ., ., -M WM, . 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I QQ. ,i5,:g'.:-4 I-Ivv-'wgil-1-:':,4, ,J,1. f,4v.ff, ,g , .3114 ,jZ55.,S'jg,-2552, .- Q' ',j,.gk5Q.g,,"'-,,Y-',f,jg5'.,fq,f2Qvj. ' 14 51 ,,-4 ' 7 A , -we at-Q -In-M.m,: -W -1,4-si.,r.-pf-,,.,,,,-ya, . 4.g,1. M- --" " . , s .a . r , , 1 A ' -""' -V.. ,. ,A " I ' .. ' ' A '- . a 1 - . f' " , ' , ' sag' " 'if f - if-C121 1.17 F , -GC " "sive v,! ' i 5 1-'vffi 952' HI I :Wifi-I1Y'f I, .- ' ' .5531 1. ,,: -1 an-fx .wi f 1 f- -1 V1-V-4 2' :u w 2- 25 , , ..,,,:QmawW- M -0-Q-ac: ' f - , ,,,,, . ,V 3,9 ., ..,. y 'lgfusan The Army and the Navy were already repre- sented at Inchon, so to even up the score the Tor- tuga made another trip down south to Mesan for a load of Marines and their LVT's. Maybe they look a little strange, these armored tractors, but they're very handy in any brand-new beachhead. Page Fourteen Y We left Pusan with a sigh of relief that we weren't to be station-ed there perman- ently, and made a quick trip to nearby' Ulsan to pick up an Army Engineer out- fit and their landing craft for delivery to Inchon. Here they are, over on the left. The Marines Land i l l Swing her around LCM's alongside And it was cold, bitterly cold, all the time. Sure, we thought we had it rough, but not a man aboard won't admit that the guys we dumped on the beach had it rougher. When it comes to things I'd rather not do, spending a winter in Korea is at the top of the list. '- Tugpnggitwexlg' N0 H460 vb - MORE LlBERlY,'1LL DRILL You aouieesrynf Q lu ,, - :gif f GX1K6C9lE'X7Y"'ls1- 'T .W v 'l ' ', A3 A s e 1' lr7EH ---:. E was e x e ,X as f u..a - -,... AQQ, it EEQ , XX 'si j ln, 1 , 62? ,-gfs f..,..em. W1 Q 33' - e ,M j ,EQ XM4 Q ll-Tl! Q ,Q LDDLUOG J 5 ? isam GSE xt3E Lb ' D Q M I 9 tml le K Q if 0: R X Tumi., "1uArcAn'r BE AN Lsr! if! Xa- l ' 'QQ ummns caan rue sAcK",,' a',,Nm sX l Q , K U XX e f , l .-'A ' , , - ,Vf ,gk A ,. ,.,, V an S XX L,-5 A Now here's some good news! We're going to get a good look at Japan at last! Yokosuka in March . . . let's go!! Page Fifteen Some guys have got it made! Who? Why the ones on occupation duty, who else? Maybe they don't give things away free in the shops any more, but a serviceman in Japan is really living, anyway! All the best facilities of the nation are reserved for the occupation forces, and Uncle seems to have gone out of his way to make things easy and pleasant for you. Private cars on trains, -service clubs better than most in the States, and plenty to see and do all the time. It's funny . . . the Japanese people themselves seem to think Americans are the greatest there is. You can walk down a street in Japan at mid- night without a worry in the world, and I cer- tainly couldn't say that for the Philippines. Of course, let's not kid ourselves . . . the Japanese are making many a buck off all of u-s. You 'can almost feel the prices in the souvenir shops ris- ing whenever a carrier or battleship comes into port But why worry? The merchandise is still dirt cheap if you keep your eyes open and learn how to haggle A 1:---a""" '54-a-3'Z-': - so 6 'Gp ff as 3 , ,Z W ! i V 1 by f , I Y J' U' 9 4 Jams Our Welcoming committee . . Aband...Gir1s... and lots of laughs! Page Sixteen The Navy Yard Yokosuka, japan Y F w V I l 1 You don't see many signs of war in Japan any more . . . most of the skeleton buildings are new ones going up. Tokyo is a bustling, modern city. . . mostly. It's a little tattered, torn, and run down at the heels even a few blocks away from GHQ in the Dai Ichi Build- ing, but the streets are crowded with shops and people, nobody 'seems to be going hun- gry, and I guess everything's OK. There are taxis, taxis,- taxis everywhere. All shapes and sizes . . . and none of the drivers quite under- stand English. By the way, I wonder if I'll ever get used to driving on the right hand side of the road again after all these months of just the opposite in Japan. Tokyo Street Dai Ichi Building--General Headquarters . Supreme .-Allied Command , Traveling Salesman A Country .Shrine Former f-Summer Home of the Japanese C Crown Prince Page Seventeen NN! x .X K n if , - ' .H ' J l rwngmmiiun comepfe! BUGS There's a lot of beauty in Japan . . . particularly the religious shrines. Every village has at least a couple of them, and the Shintos and Buddhas seem to run a contest as to who can build the more beau- tiful structures., I guess I looked at more carved wood, laquer, and pagoda roofs than I'll ever see again. Maybe you wouldn't want them in your back yard, but for a sight-seeing tour you can't go wrong. Page Eighteen This trip to Yokosuka produced the first case of camera madness . . . and within two weeks the disease had spread through the ship like a fire out of con- trol. The symptoms are easy to recog- nize . . . a fixed stare, and an un- quenchable craving for more and more expensive cameras, more and more ac- cessories, and bigger and bigger bags to carry them all in. Finally the victim ends up buying a pack mule, loading it with 300 pounds of filters, and heading off into the wild blue slopes of Fuji- yama to die by throwing himself over a cliff trying desperately to get "that perfect angle shot." And the countryside is quite lovely, too once you get away from the port towns and the big industrial areas. On the left is some of the tall timber in the mountainous country around Nikko, north of Tokyo. You know, we get pretty spoiled in America . . . especially when it comes to taking machines for granted. Oh, they've got machines in Japan, too . . . but the average man doesn't have them in his house to help out the wife on wash day, or anything like that. Most of the people in Japan are really poor, and therefore most of the work is done by a pair of arms well lubricated with elbow grease. Japan has automobiles, too, but not in every ga- rage as we do. Most Japanese must get along with rickshaws, nondescript little wagons, and ox-carts: They drive you crazy on the highways. Oh, there's money in Japan, and a lot of brains too, but Mr. and Mrs. Public don't get the benefits of eitherthe way we do at home. There have always been two big problems in Japan . . . too many people, and too little freedom. I guess we've been lucky. Shopping in Kamakura Yokosuka is a very busy place right now. As the chief repair and recreation headquarters for the United States Fleet operating in Korean waters, its shops keep humming day and night and 1ts streets are crowded with sallors enjoying a chance to get off the ship and get that wonderful feel of pavements under their feet, again. In no time at all everybody knew at least a few words of Japanese, and loved to show them off. I wasn t the only one who-se jaw dropped the first time I heard a boatswain's mate using Japanese words to work'h1s gang on, deck. When I asked him about it at chow that day, he told me they understood it better than English. And we d only been out here a few months already! if Back for replenishment . . . Then Off again! Page Nineteen One of the most popular spots in the area was the little city of Kamakura . L . just a ten-minute hop away from the Yokosuka RTO by train. There was "then-Buddha" . . . a ,towering monster cast in bronze 500 years ago . . . and the famous shrine on top of -a hill that always seemed a mile high. At cherry blossom time this shrine was the site -of what seemed to be a big municipal picnic . . . with Japanese families spread- ing their lunches all over the grounds, going boating, playing games, and gen- erally behaving like the local Sunday School on its -annual outing. One ex- ception to that, though . . . .I'm afraid some of the Japanese men brought along a little more saki than was ab- solutely necessary to wash down' the rice. After a few glasses of saki the Japanese love to start 'singing . . . but I'm afraid the Oriental versions of "Show Me the Way to Go Home" just doesn't quite hit the spot 'with these ears. v 'The Shrine at Kamakura N 1kk0 Shrine The Carpenter kept wondering why the.sh1p kept sinking lower and lower in the water while we were in Yoko suka . . . until somebody got the bright idea of weighing the souvenirs coming aboard Let s see it averaged 100 pounds per man per day . . . times 300 men oh Just ask the mailman He carried It all over to the post office, anyway. Watch out, America . . theres going to be a boom 1n secondhand oriental curio stores next year. Page Twenty Now that the Peace Treaty has been 'signed and the American oc- cupation of Japan is coming to an end, I think everyone hopes that the Japanese people will remem- ber the lessons we've tried to teach them, and stay on the right side of the fence with us. We found -out that once you get across the 'language barrier the Japanese people are a great deal like us. They certainly can't get through the years ahead without our help, and without them on our side we're going to have a pretty rough time of it in the Orient. So 1et's hope bygones will be bygones for good! :Ii-NW2ffW2'1fffzu:'mv f.-' . fr''.fff:zf'-4.vf:f.:1.f"W 357 6 4 ,K 4, -. f ,4..,.aw2h:59- ..ff...,.-,fx .g 4 M, . ,,.,. ., . 'F K i. F ' - 4715 V -'W " ffl? V, 'fav' V v .-,:m':4:.e, v- 4 23213':pgJ-ffiTf-:,- ., , hge :::. 2 ' w'-,z:1- M 'vw :aff-as-if Q. ' '6,g:+y,fQw. ., , " ' if " , i':'l"- I "fl f"Vf2f?,1'zS2-VT? V .V " -'fy ,- '-135' i 1 ., --'t1 ,,. .,! ,,,,,,., 1 , i "s" ' W' 4 i ,,,. H, Ay., ,, 1 g XL 'M fm , ww 'Y ' 1, ' .,,- - f,.-'fy-11-135 we-jrsvis- 1, f'cc - to, J c r ,,e, L r i -5 7,4 1 I K, o:.:,f.2,A , -f p X ,.,VVk 1 441. my - , ,Tsyff -,,, ,. , gf. , .. ,,,., i, z - -P J y V, , ,ml 1 fp,, ,E 'I g ...,, , V -m3u, A 35- , .. , ' 221 fi'-ill?" "" ,, H .. ,1, , H - . . I was - 'f ' f'e' " i ' -"'A - "'- ""i ' ' y - ' -cf- , ,,,, , , ,,.,, - Hifi - ' , 1 i s"' 'fi' " '-fir 1, 'S 'S' 'rc' it oose J f r If you rode the train about three-quarters of an hour after leaving 'Yokosuka you'd arrive in Yokohama, a big commercial sea- port and one, of the U. S. Army's main headquarters in Japan. A very modern city . . . clean . . . and famous for its serv- ice clubs and the Hthieves' market" just across from the PX. This was the place to come just at closing time to swap yen and arguments with the proprietors who were trying to make just one last sale be- fore closing up. Page Twenty-One efvlb 'N -Qu-lf! 4"n gn. 'ff W - ea X p -f ' X O 51 1 ' ' f 'v. Q s gy, is l 1 ill, 4 . 2"5' 15' .i 4-f xt , p i p - Q h in g - : O - i I A W ' .nl-I-2 A A . ,I , I AA Q15 - pedigrees I U55 rnkcf-u R ,f- MZ g-14 CDi,qJ QDCZTD ,. A last glimpse of old Fugi Page Twenty-Two And of course the girls came clown to see us off Oh, Oh! Look what just arrived in the radio shack! Inchon again . . . and no overnight trip, either. What was that word just passed? A11 hands re- port for stores working party? Oh, my aching back! f 1 1' 'L Q , I 5 f, if , , x ' ' V 5-""SmimNh IIN ' V 6 NCI-l'DN,KDREA One or two of the boys were here just at the end of the last war, and acording to them Inchon was quite a big manufacturing and re- This place has really taken a beating! We couldn't fgo ashorefwhen we were here be- fore, and it certainly didn't look this bad from the ship! I heard. somebody in Fleet Activities saying that Naval bombardment before retaking Inchon last February when we were up here did all the damage. Glad I was on the other side of the Missouri! I don't believe there are more than a dozen houses in the main part of the city that haven't been hit at least once . . . and most of them are either leveled off com- pletely or have only the bare, burned-out walls left standing. uw: 1-VDN II I TY -KoREA '-Mizz-, .. W -'f if- 1 sort center when Japan ocupied -ffi ff-., all Korea. You can still see the -6-1 , smoke-stacks rising a b o v e the ho 0, 5 sf city and the 'shells of the fac- Q-9. . L . . , - Q-Ng A ., , A -Amt tories, but it lo ok s to me as it-13,55 ai e f though it will be many, many E -ff: I w wf? GAME'-K - lm .vu .15 AY ' 'A' ' "l"'1""1 ' years before this town gets back , - K QL 1- ' . . S 'w s.. 1' ' ,,- -.f on 1tS feet again. 5 sfo. - 1, 3 . Qi 'W ' ,A gi fs - L- , V - wr - ,, JCL.. 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Four more subs lie in a rusting heap at the bottom of one of the mooring slots . . . com- pletely uncovered at low tide. The Jap- anese Rising Sun is still visible -on the conning tower of one of them . . . even the high tide does'n't quite cover it. Pretty quiet around there . . . I guess the place is dead. Come to think of it, I didn't ever tell you why we came to Inchon in the first place, and what we're doing here. Well, it's this way. Inchon harbor is one of the nastiest I've seen. The tide rises and falls thirty feet twice a day, and moves at a speed of four knots. At low tide even an LST can't make it into the inner harbor. Up until recently steamers could tie up safely in a tidal basin in the inner harbor . . . but our troops blew the locks of the tidalbasin up when they evacuated Inchon in December. As it is now the troop and supply ships must anchor in the outer harbor and have their cargoes brought into the beach by landing craft of all sizes. So what happens to landing craft when they're continually run up on the beach to land their cargo? They get beat up, that's what. And what's an LSD good for besides amphibious landings? Repairing landing craft . . . get it? We had our well deck full of LCM's and LSU's needing repairs all the time, and some of the boys had to work around the clock seven days a week to keep them operating. We did it, though . . . kept the tanks, food ammuni- tion, and troops rolling in smoothly to the beach and up to the front . . . and left every one of those landing craft in better shape than we had found it. Not much fun to the job, and no write-ups in Stars and Stripes, either, but that doesn't lessen its importance nor our pride in getting it done right! A Day's Work Page TwentyLFive s - ' ' We repaifed buoy We found that baseball was about the best way to spend, an afternoon ashore . . . that, and a little beer-drinking now and then. There was a pretty good ball diamond at one end of town, and we took on all comers. The Korean children, of course, came down to watch . . . and take us for everything they could. Nobody minded their carting away the empty beer cans. to make pots and pans, ash trays, and Heaven knows what all, but when their grubby lit- tle fingers started going after cameras, wallets, shirts, and gloves we'd have to hold a general house-cleaning and .run the little imps far enough away to leave us alone. Keeping our gear safe and off the local black market proved to be a game in itself! and LCM s . . and LSU,s li. Vrrl A ,,vh k,k,,, A,,k,1,K,:5 '- ,1 ,i.,,1jg3,l.,1 j rprkvy ' ' 11,2 , L. 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A number of trans- ports and cargo ships came up to stand by in case of need, while the ELDORADO arrived to mastermind the operation. The Koreans started leavinig town by the junk-load, and for a week or two we didn't know what to expect. The TOLEDO anchored in the north- ern end of the harbor and started heaving 8-inch shells into the enemy lines north of Seoul, but in a few days the offensive had been broken and the danger was past. . Evacuation We'll also remember May as inspection month at Inchon. While the ELDORADO was there just about every Navy ship in the harbor got a thorough going-over. They called it an administrative inspection . . . and getting ready for one of these means taking care of all the filing that has been piling up for the last six months and catching up on reports, schedules, organization charts, orders, memorandums, etc., etc., until you wonder whether you are 'living in a ship or a newspaper office. The great day finally arrived . . . and with it a pouring rain. There we were . . . lined up in dress whites for Admiral's-inspection, with the rain soaking us to the skin and the TOLEDO firing at the enemy just a mile away. What a picture! Oh, well . . . Still and all, it's not so bad being in a port like Inchon. . . for a while, anyway. There may not be much night life, but the free and easy atmosphere when you get ashore is OK. You know, it's surprising how well they're all pretty well up toward the front and more or less in the same situation. You don't find many inter-service squabbles among the beer drinkers at the EM Club in Inchon. The 'next guy who comes in may be soldier, sailor, marine, British, Australian, Belgian, or anything at all. So what? Buy him a beer! Page Twenty-Seven 1 r . - 1, he 141 , . 11111 11111 1111 1 - l A V A"A h Q ' 1 , 1h11 .. u 1 1 T -n he f, 11 ,' ' , ,- ' 141.1 'A J 1 - 1 -1 41' V1 if 1 1euu ' 1 1 1 X . u Ag : . .lg-33.-gr? 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"4" I , 1 ., 1 1 ,,1, - 1 1 e u Whzle the young folks Through the ruins and fhe Old folks .ffglsf wander . . of their city . . . X esif and Wait Page Twenty-Eight l 5 I s Q 1' - 3 ie '-aside--'M 1 ' " While most of us had been saving our money at Inchon, it seemed that our anchor had been doing a little col- lecting on its own. So much, and to tell you the truth the Navy frowns on this sort of thing, that we couldn't pull the darn thing up when we tried the first time. We dragged anchor a little bit one afternoon, and that was when we got the bad news. Now what does a ship's crew do when they find anchor chain is twisted and they can't pull the anchor up? Well . . . they don't let any grass grow under their feet until they can. Oh, yes, we finally did it . . . but just take a look at the anchor when it did come out of the water. BOSN Shel- ley had to go over the side with a blow torch and cut the cable, line, and mis- cellaneous scrap iron away. We thought for a while that we might have to steam around and around in circles until the anchor chain got untwisted, but fortun- ately that wasn't necessary . . . and a good thing, too. If that had happened you could have heard the laughter from other Navy ships all the way to Tokyo. We just didn't deserve such troubles . . . after all, we'd only been minding our own business! Our two months at Inchon went by faster than most of us had expected, and there we were in early June strain- ing our eyes for the WHETSTONE' and thinking longingly of going back to Japan. "Well," we thought as we final- ly got underway and watched Inchon fade away into the Korean haze, "that's the last we'll see of that place." Ha! But I'm getting ahead of myself, so 1et's get on to Japan in June and I'll tell you about a strange and wonderful Far East custom . . . R 8z R! Americans take to it like ducks to water . . . and after I tell you about it I think you'll see why. Hammond, Bilan, and part of the ROK Army just look at it! The USS TOLEDO on guard' Page Twenty-Nine SEOUL, THE CAPITAL OF KOREA, IUST 25 MILES NORTH OF INCHON LET'S TAKE A QUICK LOOK AT IT The capitol is burned out . . . and 116 'LY ' G r . 1' Q1 'X afe 6 Us are Meets avec The S keg n 4, The railroad station is still standing ' . 4 . and some of the shrines I 1 ,QQ-LL-iA,,q 1 f ' V f ,l, ,f., f , ., ,.,, , , 4 , '2iZiif1I'55f f I ' , ' "':'7-Mi, WfZ?f:-:S-fwfr"7f:f,'Tf 27 7'1:f7':-fzzgf, ,, f . , ,I 4 ,. ,Dwi- f, f , ff-ffyfwwzv wf,4.4f4,f.v.,,, fw-l,,,?sw,.,' , .,.. f,,..wA4..1M4,. . 1 .45 -V 142-4 f"'-:.: . 'f- 41- Q , I7 up , -The-:tanks rumble . . . through the ruined city . . . ,but the little girls still smlle Page Thirty One of the many reasons why none of us felt sorry for the poor boys on Ocupation duty in Japan was the network of rest hotels found all over the islands. Japan's finest tourist hotels have been turned over to the Armed Forces exclusively for their use in enjoying a little R 8x R . . . Rest and Recreation, if you want to call it that. Exhausted as we were from the grueling days at Inchon, we jumped on this bandwagon as soon as we hit Yokosuka again '. . . and everybody came back asking for more. No wonder . . . for-8.50 a day it made Ri1ey's life look monotonous. Like Hank says, "We never had it so good!" Most of these R 8x R Hotels are located well away from Japan's main cities, in beautiful mountain or seashore country, and the Shore Patrol somehow manages to forget all about them. You get up in the morning when and if you please . . . and from then on the day is yours to ,sight-see, swim in hotel pools, play games, fish, loaf, drink, or loaf. The Jap- anese hellp in the hotels gives you such good service that before long you're too lazy even to scratch a match for yourself . . . and there's no tipping! Dun- garees without hats are the uniform of the day, and who's to' worry about keeping a shine on the shoes? Ah, so . . . could I use a large dose of this! While some of us were off on R 8z R, the others still on board enjoyed watching Japanese laborers swarming over the well deck like ants and disappear- ing into our ballast tanks for a majorcleaning and repainting job. The general sentiment was, 'Tm glad it's them and not me!" . . . for this job is just about one of the dirtiest the Navy has to offer. fAll right, I know about B Division cleaning the boilerslj. Lnflj ,slime 1, we-l..'h' fir?-i I ygi? J' Q .Qs in ,, s , f' Q ' tiff We V Q mR6INH R 4. R J APAN Rest Hotel Restees Page Thirty-One tg 2 if 22 if f' HAEHINDHETGPGN In July the Navy decided that perhaps we were suf- ficiently recovered to go back to work for a little while, so we joined forces with a number of trans- ports and LST's for the first Hachinohe operation. This was quite a thing! First we had to run up to Hachinohe from Yokosuka, about a 500-mile trip, to pick up an Army regimental combat team and its equipment. On the way up, steaming in forma- tion, the Commodore decided it was high time for a little tactical maneuvering. Now don't forget that these were the first 'fleet maneuvers we'd ever had . . . and the cussing started when the first signal hoist hit the air. Oh, it's not so tough to get in column and stay there, but when those Emergency Turns 'start coming at you one after another you feel like you're driving in LA traffic, and fourteen knots seems like the speed of a jet. Even with all this it's not so bad in the daytime . . . but just wait until they spring those night zig-zag plans! Quiet . . . dark . . . no moon . . . and all at once you look at the clock and swing 50 degrees to the left, only hoping the other ships are doing the same thing, too. They tell me one of the OOD's almost fell off the bridge trying to see if the SKAGIT was turning the same way we were . . . and a helmsman who swung right on a left rudder order was left hanging at the starboard yardarm for three whole days. Well, we're here, aren't we? So I guess you know luck was with us. '-Loadedofor bear . . . Page Thirty-Two 'and 'ready to go! Tallring it over Transferring Cargo Underway Z V I Swells like these made the ,operations tough at times and the LSU's took a beating, too! Page Thirty-Three After loading the troops and vehicles in Hachinohe we made our actual landing back down near Yokosuka at Sagami Wan. And we gave them the works, too! Put the smoke boats over and fired up the smoke generators on the wingwalls back aft . . . starting a nice hot fire in a 40mm gun mount in the process. No damage . . . and after we'd put our cargo of LSU's to work unloading troops from the trans- ports we declared holiday routine, bal- lasted down, and all hands went for a swim. That's one thing good about an LSD . . . it doesn't take long to get rid of your cargo. Why, those guys on the transports were working all night . . . and here we were enjoying a swim in our own private pool. Not bad, huh? N Af CHR We put the second Hachinohe operation under our belts easily, and then came back to Yokosuka once more for some really interestingf news. Yes boys, it's true! We're going to get a look at something else out here besides Korea ,-., ,and Japan. They want us to run some LSU's down to Subic Bay . . . so let's 'castoff and get going! Page A T hirty-Four .M W A' .igvflbiwn Back to Yokosuka again for another short yard period before the second amphibious operation . . . and a little more R Kz R. The weather kicked up one night . . . our mooring shackle parted from the buoy . . . and we had a really tense moment or two drifting slowly down on the AJAX with the tide . . . out of control. .Nick Gonzales got a commendatory mast for letting go the anchor in time to stop us, and also eafrned himself a place in the "famous last words" de- partment by insisting when he relieved the bow watch just before the incident that "that thing will never break!" Maybe you think Lady Luck wasn't on our side a time or two this trip! aft we J lil y D ' , 'L , 4 o. ri YEAH Somew LISSEM TO 04.0 SER DADDY ,, mo vouu mme cmec :one You KNOW W-- We'll just make a quick stop in Sasebo to pick up the "U's", and then . . . whatis that? Pusan! What are we going there for? Nobody knows? Well I'll be ..... !!! v And here we are at Pusan, and still nobody knows nothin'! Friday . . . Saturday . . . there go those three days we had saved up for visiting in Manila. Saturday night. . . and you say the orders just came in? Good, 1et's go! What? They're cancelled a-gain! Ahhhhhhhh . . . To make a long story short, we finally left on Sunday morning, went back to Sasebo for the "U's", and set our course for the Philippines on Monday. Me gripe? Naw, I like Pusan! awww PHIUPPIN EQ o- s A . I are running along between Luzon and Formosa, and I don't think there's a breath of air stirring anywhere! Everybody's grabbing one last chance to get a tan, and usually winding up the color of those beets we had for lunch yesterday. The night before we arrived in Subic Bay everybody decided This is like coming out here . . . hotter than blazes! Here we f' 1 1 2 ? , , 4. , ,, 'K 5- I I :g 26 'lv l I A 27435 W 1 3 n "Y A in Rx' Q X CNRS 1 Q Everybody got liberty who could possibly be spared, and we all started out to 'see as much as we could in the short time we had. First the Naval Station itself . . . a beau- tiful little place that seems to combine a maximum of efficiency with a maximum of comfort and good times for all hands. No wonder Mr. Tappy's been raving about the place all this time. In Subic they've even given the quonset huts a modern' de- sign, and no effort has been spared to pro- vide everything the personnel there might need to make life more pleasant. it would be a good idea to sleep outside, and under a full' moon the 5-inch gun deck looked like either Coney Island or a pan of worms, I'm not sure which. Oh, it was coo1er,. alright, but we found out that even the softest deck plate gets pretty hard by six o'clock in the morning. Theyjust don't seem to have much give to them. Subic Bay is beautiful on a bright summer morning . . . even the Naval Station looks more like a city suburb than anything else. Yet you can't forget that this harbor saw some pretty rough days not too long ago. The rusting landing craft still hung up on the beaches and the big freighter aground just off the inner harbor are mute reminders. Let's go take a look at this place! Page Thirty-Five Now that we've bought out the ship's store and taken pictures of the main gate of the old Spanish Naval Station . . . built over 100 years ago . . . let's go on into the town, they call itf'Olongapo, and look for some bright lights. Well, where's the town? You mean this is it here? Why you don't even see more than a couple of souvenir stores! Wonder what these people live on? And why do they build their houses on stilts? Oh, when it rains the town is covered with several feet of water, is it? Great place only I'm not a duck! Jeeps seem to, have taken the Philippines by -storm, Converted jobs, that is .... neither quite 'car nor jeep, but very handy for taixifservice. Still, where can you take a taxi except back to the Naval Station? They tell me the woods around here are' full-eof Huks, and Marine sentries won't let you go more than a few miles out of town along the main road to Manila. Living in the Philippines right now is like living in an armed camp. You don't notice it right off the bat, but this place is a tinderboxl So we liberated these people from Japanese rule . . . try telling that to a Huk and see where it gets you. All they can see is that big red -hammer and sickle. The United States has big problems out here . . . and no f-ooling! Wish we could have spent a few more days in the Philippines . and .at least had a glimpse -of Manila. Anyway, we won't soon forget the hospitality of every- one at the Naval Station. The Base Com- manding Officer had the Chief's Club -opened especially for us in the afternoon, and even the Shore Patrol and MAA's seemed more like big brothers sometimes than anything else. Sorry-we have. to go so soon . . . maybe we'll see you all again sometime. Except. for having to make 9, little emergency turn of our own to avoid be- ing run. d-own by a whale, and turning Mr. Wh1tman's hair white by running over an unchartered 5-fathom mark in the mid- dle ofthe night, the trip back to Sasebo was a' quiet one. What"s in store for us now? Well, wou1dn't you know it! Page Thirty-Six Main Gate of the old Spanish Naval Station Yes, it rains here now and then S ' Native Sons Xz1ElC?ME BAC-A. r INCH OM, pf 'O use Tonrogfif 36 fn' :Q i f f f e 'if Haven't we seen this place somewhere before? That ain't Point Loma over there, brother, that's dear old Wolmi Do . . . and this is Inchon again. Yes, son, I know we were here for two months in the spring, but just settle-yourself for a long winter's nap . . . because we're going to have a repeat performance! They've cleaned up the city a little, I see, but that's about the onlyrchange. Oh, the front seem-s quite a bit farther away than it did before, probably because things have been stagnant for so lonfg while the peace talks go on and on. But the harbor's still busy, and they still keep punching holes in the landing craft. The EM Club is still here, too, considerably improved by some wall murals contributed by local Korean artists, and a vote of thanks is due the Enlisted Recreation Committee and all the CPO's for their efforts in keeping the club run- ning smoothly. i ,. M, , ', 5- , W - A' 2.-4 Lf V :iw , 1 , "1 V ' F ' V ,V N q . 1 . ' V ' ' V ""' Vu at, , ,1 ,gli ,. ,V 3, 44 Z, W e ,,"t 1 , f ,,,,,',. ,,,,, . ,,,' .,,, . f , f ,i,i,,",' . ,,,., .- ,. ,. 'L lissr s't,1 ,..' ' ' , sV-- 3 is ' ' ' --- chon - - - e mam railroad stat1on In Fleet Actxvztzes and Port Command T There was one more addition to the local scene this time, too. We called him "bed-check Charlie," and a few less flattering things with substantially the same meaning. He would usually arrive overhead in his flying washing machine either at 8 p. m., midnight, or 2 a. m. Flash Red! Flash Red! General Quart- ers! H-ow can a guy get any sleep this way! And the worst of it was, we never even saw him! The AA batteries on shore would start what looked like a Fourth of July celebration sometimes, but from talking with a couple of GI's in the outfit my guess is that some- body got trigger-happy, let go with a shot or two, and then the rest all.f1red at his tracers. The worst part of lt was that they'd fire right over our heads sometimes. Wonder what they would have thought if we'd fired back? U4 mint. moi N fr '37 Page Thirty-Seven I've t-old you about the little children you see everywhere in Korea.'The ones that have the toughest time, of course, are the orphans . . . and the TORTUGA tried to do what it could to help them out. This time, as in the spring, all hands dug down into wallets and sea bags to come up with the money and clothing so desperately needed by the orphan- ages. Made you feel kind of good . . . to be able to help these poor little fellows out, if only for a short time. We even took some of our cartoon movie shorts over and gave them a showing one Sunday aftennoon. They loved it . . . and I'l1 bet these were the first they had ever seen! n training ' ' ' Wahdered throu W 6 kept O gb t0Wn and helped ,Out anfews kids . Page Thirty-Eight zike this one. l 4 The first big draft of dis- chargees left us in October . . . here they are over on the right. Sorry to see them go, but it's a funny thing. . . they were all smiles when they waved goodbye to us! No doubt a lot of the gang will be joining them soon, and in six months you won't even see anyone you know at quarters. We left Inchon . . . 5 still in ruins . . . and Sfill af Wai' Page Thirty-Nine That about wraps it up, I guess . . . the TOR- TUGA's Far East Cruise. Maybe the part we played in the war wasn't glamorous, and maybe We didn't win any citations, but we did our part, and more! One thing about the TORTUGA . . . she never fell down on any assignment given her, and she always found a way to get the job done, no matter how tough ,it was. We've got a lot of memories of the good times and the bad . . . and a lot of friends. That's the most important thing, I think. If there's anything left to say, it's this. We left a lot of guys .still in Korea. They want to come home, too . . . but they're not going to be chased home! Let's get behind them and give them what they need to come home 'soon . . . and with their flags flying! That's the way we do things in this country, remember? I, 16K i t A A r 5 im X . W 5 ,.1lmM'v'? if .1 .. ,, ' V qu '4 X 5 Qi' I D! EMS' , 2 I I IAC ' - "- f 5 V ' 'x .0 ' xx -. -H - 1: "wE..LtDme .reams B15-Bovf' Page Forty flznndmq IQ, -'AW AY 915 tu 5 ,L , me I 3-8 X- fx-Q ' ' .r1':f32.c,, W ,XX f 'S ff e - T4 . Q "Winter didn't catch up with us until the very end of our stay, and we played baseball well after the World Series had ended. Everybody's thoughts were pretty far away from Inchon, though, for the big day wasn't far away. After almost twelve months, we were going home at last! When our orders to sail finally arrived late one night they came as a surprise to everyone, for we had one more mission to perform before we could g-o home. Back to Sasebo -on the double for more LSU's, and then up the East coast of Korea this time to the tiny port of Chumunjin right on the 38th paral- lel. Our circuit -of Korea was completed now. We left the "U's" behind us, and set our course for Yokosuka . . . another short overhaul . . . and some last-minute Christmas shopping. 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W., Miller, J. E., Thomason, H. L., ENS Nash, Walker, M. I., Panter, D. L., Hartwick, B. A., Evans, T. M. Third Row fl. to r.J: Gates, M. A., Spencer, R. D., Walla, J. F., Horn, L. C., Clark, T., Goodro, C. D., Stewart, R. L., Roberts, J. H., Smith, R. P. Page F orty-Seven . ,,Q,,,.,. V ., M - E A DIVISION First Row fl. to r.J: Strand, E. J., Williams, C. J., Stanford, R. C., Garland, J. T., Klement, L. A., Rodriguez, R. Second Row fl. to r.J: Zylstra, J. W., Danieri, R. F., James, R. L., CHMACH Tappy Hauge, R. B., Tanner, J. D., Forney, J. D. Third Row fl. to r.J: Partridge, H, Tuttle, F. A., Vendt, L. E., Finley, J. D., German, W. D., Fowler, D., Towell, H. R. B DIVISION I . First Row 1. to r.J: Montes, E., Robinson, J. W., 0 R L - . - - . - , I. P. Second Row 41. to 1-.ya Miner, J. L., Shirley Walk B1-u1i12,R1til1Sif. I3ialf1gif1g2lf1?' II' IIIQIli?Q,Bj. Phillips, Doss, E. W., Baird, E. L., Parrish, G. S., Goins, T. B. Third Row 1. to Inj: Murrell, C. J.' Wood D F . Bramlett,-D. 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