Tutulia (ARG 4) - Naval Cruise Book

 - Class of 1968

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'TUTUILA is the principal island of American Samoa. The first Navy ship to bear the name was a Gunboat of the famed Yangtze River Patrol. TUTUILA, PANAY, OAHU, LUZON, MINDANAO, and .GUAM Qrenamed WAKEQ were constructed and commissioned at Shanghai, China in 1928. Specifically designed for the Yangtae, these little ships were oiliired shallow draft vessels with two triple-expansion steam engines driving small propellers in hull tunnels, and triple rudders. Carrying 3" guns and powerful radio equipment, they protected U.S. shipping and maintained U.S. communications on the great river that was the main highway to half of China. PANAY was sunk by japanese air attack during the seige of Naking on 12 December 1937. When Hankow fell ,.... , 'J in 1938, cutting river transport, TUTUILA carried the American Ambassador to Chungking, and stayed to serve him there. . i In june of 1941 TUTUILA, together with a British gunboat, fought off a japanese air attack, TUTUILA-suf- fered moderate damage which was subsequently repaired. On 4 December LUZON, OAHU, and MINDANAO made for the Philippines, arriving in time to join in the battle of Bataan. Wake was captured at Shanghai on 8 December, and the others went down defending Corregi- dor. T UTUILA was transferred to Chang Kai-Shek's forces at Chungking in January 1942. I-Ier end came in July of that year, when heavy bombing by Japanese aircraft wrote First Tutuila a close to the Yangtze River Patrol, a colorful 75-years in American Naval history. In the winter of 1943-44, USS TUTUILA QARG-4j, an internal combusio,n engine repair ship, was converted from the newly launched Liberty Ship QEC-Zj ARTHUR P. GORMAN, and was commissioned on 8 April 1944 at Maryland Drydock Company in Baltimore. Her first Commanding A Officer was Commander Qlater Captianj George T. Boldizsar, USN. Against World War II air and surfaced submarine attacks, the ship mounted a 5" gun, three 3" guns, two 40mm twin cannon, and twelve 20 mm machine guns. After a shakedown cruise, she sailed from Norfolk in May for Pearl Harbor, via the Panama Canal and San Diego, California. TUTUILA arrived at Eniwetok Atoll in the Marshall Islands on 8 July 1944, and immediately undertook her portion of the responsibility for the main- tenance of the Pacific Fleet. In early August 1944 TUTUILA joined Service Squa- dron TEN at Purvis Bay, between Savo and Guadalcanal in the Solomons. She operated until the end of the war with SERVRON TEN, which had been newly created to act as a Boating advance base for the Fleet in its sweep I across the Pacific. The battle of the Philippine Sea and the Saipan campaign were being successfully concluded, and many ships needed repairs befor the Leyte assault which was to begin liberation of the Philippines. TUTUILA commenced a round-the-clock work schedule-which was maintained throughtout, her long stay in the Pacific Thea- ter. On the surrender of japan, TUTUILA sailed for Okinawa with 11 smaller ships. Struck by a typhoon on 31 August, T I I l l 1 l - 1 i 1

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Commanding Officer Commander Ernest Carl Castle was born in Sioux Falls, South Dakota on 22 December 1925. He attended the U.S. Naval Academy from which he received his commission as an Ensign, USN on 4 June 1948. He has served in USS MINDORO QCVE-1202, USS NORRIS QDDE-859D and as Executive Oflicer of USS CHATTERER CAMS-40j. In 1953, Commander Castle attended the Post Graduate School in preparation for assignment as Intelligence Officer on the Staff of COM- NAV Germany. In 1956, he was assigned as Commanding Officer of USS CROW QMSC-7j, and later became Flag Secretary for Commander Cruiser Division FIVE. He has served as a legislative assistant in the office of the Secre- tary of the Navy, and in the oflice of the Secretary of Defense. Following command of USS SERRANO QAGS- 24j, he became U.S. Naval Attache to Israel. In addition to campaign medals for World War II and Korea, Commander Castle is holder of the Silver Star Medal. Commander Castle is married to the former Wilma G. Graff of Sious Falls, South Dakota. Commander ErnestC. Castle, USN For the men of TUTUILA and their families, the events recorded in this book cover the highlights of the past year's history of our ship, USS TUTUILA. A one year span has a special meaning for us. It is the exact length of time each of the men appearing in these pages spend in their Vietnam tour of duty. Many have kept charts to check off the days. There is even a reminder of those charts within this book. To count the days of separation from loved ones is understandable. It is especially understandable in the case of TUTUILA'S sailors who have marked oil' each of those days with a full measure of work and duty. The men this book records performed important necessary jobs everyday they were aboard. Each man, regardless of his division assignment, helped create and preserve TUTUILA'S "CAN-DO", E- ship reputation. You all met every new and difficult challenge that came to us. You manned the ship that "repaired", "restored" and "renewed", and kept the Navy's gun ships and craft ready for action. We missed some of the glamor experienced by other ships, but we made it possible for them to do the glamor jobs. You men of TUTUILA and your families have in this souvenir cruise book both the memories of the year past and a constant reminder that you did a hard and vital job well. You gave generously and patriotically of yourselves. For that, your ship, your Navy, your country and the Free World are, in some measure, in your debt forever. Ernest C. Castle



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TUTUILA brought her charges safely through the storm and through the mines cast adrift by high seas. At Buckner Bay she took charge of a convoy of 33 Navy and merchant ships headed for Korea. At jinsin, Korea and later Taky, China the ship acted as repair ship for the vessels repatriating japanese troops. Leaving China in April 1946, TUTUILA arrived in New Orleans on 20 May, having served overseas for two years. When TUTUILA was inactivated in the Reserve Fleet at Galveston, Texas, she had successfully furnished repair services for more than 1,800 United States and Allied ships. The Korean War recalled TUTUILA to active duty, on 7 May 1951 she was recommissioned at Orange, Texas. Except for the three-inch battery, her guns were removed to make room for new shop machinery. She reported to Commander Service Force, U.S. Atlantic Fleet, at Norfolk, Virginia on 30 May to resume her duties as a fleet repair shi . During 1961 TUTUILA visited New York City and Fort Lauderdale, Florida, and December entered the Norfolk Navy Shipyard for overhaul. In April 1962 she completed refresher training at Guantanamo Bay with the grade of High Excellent. Euroute from Montego Bay, Jamaica to Norfok she encountered the merchant ship Vflilliam John- son in distress, a repair crew was dispatched by boat, and in a few hours the freighter was underway again. The Cuban quarantine was initiated in October 1962. TUTUILA, with wartime load, rendered services to Am- phibious Squadron SIX at Morehead City, North Carolina, After reloading at Norfolk she operated at Roosevelt Roads and Vieques, Puerto Rico, supporting the quaran- tine line. The ship returned to Norfolk 8 December, having been buffeted for -three days by high seas and 80-knot winds on the return trip. In August 1963, TUTUILA called at Halifax, Nova Scotia, where her crew entertained 100 orphaned and crippled children. November found the ship in Bermuda. During April of 1964, the crew visited Port of Spain Trinidad, where they invited the children of the Belmont Orphanage on board. TUTUILA men saw the New York World's Fair in August when the ship called at Brooklyn Navy Yard. Beginning in January 1965, the ship provided repair services to NATO units during the Caribbean exercise. Operation SPRINGBOARD, visiting San Juan and Roosevelt Roads, Puerto Rico, Frederiksted in the Virgin Islands, Fort Lauderdale, Florida, and Norfolk before proceeding to Bayonne, New Jersey in March. At Bayonne a special project was undertaken to reclaim equipment from the radar picket ships which were being decommis- sioned there. TUTUILA then returned' to Norfolk to become flagship of Commander, Service Squadron Four for the following month. April and May found the ship off Dominican Republic shores, a unit of the Task Force supporting the Interamerican troops there. In addition to the expected repair and other support duties, TUTUILA assumed responsibility for an unprecedented evolution, when rebel fire prevented normal tanker delivery of fuels for Santo Domingo's light and power. Petroleum products were successfully tranferred ashore by a complex operation involving a seabee unit and an "Oil Can Flecti' of small craft. The Commanding Officer and five crew members were awarded Navy Commendations and Commendation Medals for the Dominican Republic Action. After welcomed visits to San Juan and Norfolk, the ship commenced a three-month period of overhaul and modernization in the Naval Shipyard at Portsmouth, Virginia, when completed in October, TUTUILA sailed for San Juan and then refresher training in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, returning to Morfolk in November. In January, TUTUILA provided repair services to PCF's and WPB's of CTG 115.3 at Vung Tau, RVN. The 9th of January, marked the first in-country tender availability for a Seventh Fleet Unit, USS HISSEN CDER-4005. Radm T. R. WESCHILER, COMNAVSUPPACT, Danang and Capt. King, COMMAVSUPPACT, Saigon visited TUTUILA on 11 January. On 22 February, TUTUILA completed the construction of 22 large Bolsters for use in salvage operations in the Mekong Delta. 17 February saw the visit of Radm N. G. Ward, Commander, Naval Forces Vietnam. During the months of March and April, TUTUILA remained on station in Vung Tau and continued to pro- vide support for patrol craft and seventh fleet units of operations Market Time, Game Warden, and Stable Door. Ships and craft receiving services during this time included the USS VANCE QDER-387j, USS KOINER QDER-3315, USS BRULE QAKL-28j, USS GARRETT COUNTY Tutuila-1944 ' f

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