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USS GEORGETOWN «iAGTR " 2S i . OCTOBER 1967 THBOUGH MABCH 1968 ■.3vV PtZ II AC The USS ACROSS FOUR SEAS The Pacific - Caribbean - Atlantic iVIediterranean Deployment oil : USS GEORGETOWN (AGTR 2) .« Pi 16 OCTOBER 1967 Through 26 MARCH 1968 {I Ship ' s History The USS GEORGETOWN (AGTR-2) began her career as a Liberty Ship during World War . Christened the S. S. ROBERT W. HART, she was launched on July 10, 1945, at the New England Shipbuilding and Drydock Corporation, South Portland, Maine. After seeing limited service, the HART was retired to the Reserve Fleet by the Maritime Commission and remained there until being selected by the Navy for conversion to a technical research vessel. The conversion was undertaken in 1962 by the Newport News Shipbuilding and Drydock Company and culminated in the ship ' s commissioning on November 9, 1963, at the Norfolk Naval Shipyard, Portsmouth, Virginia. The name GEORGETOWN was selected to honor the twenty-two cities and towns in the United States that bear the name. They are located in the following states: Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Indiana, Illinois, Kentucky, Louisi- ana, Maine, Maryland, Minnesota, Mississippi, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee and Texas. On April 1, 1964, the original hull number of AG-165 was changed to AGTR-2 and GEORGETOWN became the second of what were to become five ships designated as Miscellaneous Auxiliary Technical Research vessels. Since commissioning USS GEORGETOWN has had four commanding officers. Commander W. A. Gleason, USN, commanded GEORGETOWN from November 9, 1963, to October 25, 1964; Com- mander G. H- Mullahy from October 26, 1964, to December 23, 1965; Commander M. B. Betts, USN, from December 24, 1965 to May 22, 1967; and Commander C. P. Gebler, USN, from May 23, 1967 to the present. v G ' . .o : . - V3. s. ?T r: c %i o. . -De aX 5i ®® aJ c fT e- ;tvas. a ' es re :f ' i-« C ■to a ' ,c Oti O ' P ' ® o-f G . ' ? ' ,0? ' ' ' ,.;G ' S tjYve- 1 ,rM ' ses eY ei are t e ■oftf ,mAi cap a-to u?° d xT itvg t a. - T.O ' itse A::,o nra " - " ve e ' - , e - . - ot e t ve .le ss» G-E.C itv atv oM A S- , 9l ' itv?. A f aJ ' .i af wef taet xfo- 1 ' ax ' -eT ,YneC 030. .USV ' ,ll ?- ' ;n a Ai to gjrvS-i C YVO ? ' o ' Ai ve itv s-p " ' A e Lse A:- je ' ctV ves» re ' e ®- ,A.S ,rM ' se o? so ® aS t o .ne ero ° . de , e X ai e e ,ce " P CS ' .p■ c. ■TlOV ' lS •toO ' ,oV A:,o nf " ' " V t o oV-1 ve .0?. ' ca ■teS- cre ' KS re ' :ttv f ' dec tYva Dec ific ve re sM j,c o A eac .r O ' V are itve dM ' .aVS f Yve se are T ex ' o? et ire cr e i ,o | ' ' .:.|JJnM ' lllll|lllll!w vl p |||| ||l llllll,llpl,JJ lJp™ Commanding Officer Hi 0 «i Commander Gerard Paul GEBLER, U.S. Navy, was born in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, on January 30, 1926. He graduated from the Pennsylvania Maritime Academy in 1945 and his first duty assignment was aboard the USS HARRY F. BAUER (DM-26). Later he served in the USS E-PCER (852) until his assignment to Motor Torpedo Boat Squadron ONE. Following a tour with the Fleet Training Group at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, he was assigned to the USS BENNINGTON (CVS-20) in the Pacific; he returned to the Continental United States as head of the Engineering Department at Officers ' Candidate School, Newport, Rhode Island. Following tours with Destroyer Squadrons FOURTEEN and SIXTEEN, Commander GEBLER served aboard the USS OGLETHORPE (AKA-100) as Operations Officer and later was assigned to the office of the Chief of Naval Operations. Before being ordered to GEORGETOWN he served as Executive Officer aboard the USS UVALDE (AKA-88). Commander GEBLER resides with his wife Roseanne in Norfolk, Virginia. They have three children. Lieiilaiuii aodfu jD Islaiij. UeUOM mi ill k acUoo ii from lie c LleiteHH Weuusm EXECUTIVE OFFICER MI ■ Ui first ■N iitiellSS ,(iieli|iiwii I I Lieutenant Commander James J. BLOEDORN, U.S. Navy, was bom in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and was graduated in 1956 with a BA degree from Carleton College, Northtield, Minnesota. He was commissioned as an Ensign in 1957 at the Navy Officer Candidate School, Newport, Rhode Island. Lieutenant Commander BLOEDORN served in Operations on board the USS HENRY W. TUCKER (DDR-875), as Engineer Officer of USS VEGA (AF-59), and as Repair Officer aboard USS FOR- RESTAL in the Gulf of Tonkin on 29 July 1967 when fire and explosions engulfed the ship. For his action in combating the fire. Lieutenant Commander BLOEDORN received a commendation from the Commander in Chief, U.S. Pacific Fleet. He has served ashore at the U.S. Naval Station, Treasure Island, San Francisco. Lieutenant Commander BLOEDORN is authorized to wear the American Defense Service and Vietnam Service Medals. He and his wife, EUena and daughter Karin reside in Virginia Beach, Virginia. Deck Department The Deck Department ia responsible for deck seamanship as well as the operation of the ship ' s boats and the handling of assigned weaponry. The GEORGETOWN is equipped with two nylon stockless-type anchors and all merchant type anchor gear. The anchor windless and capstan, unlike m o 6 t of those in the Navy today, is steam rather than diesel powered. The ship is supplied with all nylon lines and has an experimental nylon towing hawser. The ship has two five-ton capacity cargo booms as well as a bathythermograph boom. The three ship ' s boats are of the latest fiberglass construction and consist of a 33-foot personnel boat and a 33-foot utility boat each with acapacity of 45 persons and a 26-foot motor whale boat with a capacity of 16, The ship ' s 21 self -inflating rubber life rafts have a total capacity of 315. Firepower is not one of the GEORGETOWN ' S primary attributes; the ship is equipped with two .50 caliber guns mounted on the 03 level. These guns, however, are presently b e in g replaced by three . 20 millimeter. Ji ENSIGN J. A. FLACK FIRST DIVISION OFFICER First Divlsbn A. Cai-r, SN E. Covington, SN W. Enyart, SN W. Frazier. SN R. Graff, SN A. Jewell. SN L. McCandlesB, SN F. Saccente, SN W. StooU, SN L. Wood, SN L. Jeffers, SA ' " " WTS,,:,, ■ Will, a Second Division M M 1 ni n - B 1 KmI ENSIGN G. L. NELSON SECOND DIVISION OFFICER Maintenance and preservation of the ship ' s boats is an important job of Deck Force. J. Waters, SN J. MuUikln, SN LT. DONALD FINOTTI ENGINEERING OFFICER ENSIGN JAMES DAVIS MAIN PROPULSION ASSISTANT Engineering Department R Division F. DUi, EM2 J. Mantanona, DC2 E. Murray, IC2 W. Rosa, MM2 C. Whitfield, EN2 D. Coffey, EM3 N. Daughtry, SF3 D. Pope, EM3 J. Rothe, MR3 S. Schaefer, EM3 R. Berg, FN D. Beuchert, FN J. Drake. FN C. Fisher, FN L. Lindemann, ENFN H. Mick, FN E. Morrison. FN S. Rodgers, FN D. Sutero, DCFN Lijiiwuai miufflcoinioi i ' I [ P.UiiilM.BIl C II • . ladle, am |_ j ii ' ws vouc B. Tustin, ICFN R. Ulbrich, FN S. Vess, FN P. Wills. FN S. Price, ENFA ' •» ' »««. r» LTJG McGregor gray DAMAGE CONTROL ASSISTANT M Division The major engineering equipment of the GEORGETOWN ia that which was originally installed in 1945, and is of more than passing interest since it is of a type rarely found in the Navy today. Two header-type boilers of two hundred and fifty pounds per square inch maximum pressure provide the steam to power the triple expansion engine that drives the single power screw. The GEORGETOWN is capable of making 11. 3 knots at flank speed; at flank speed the capacity of the fuel tanks would permit the ship to steam for seventy-sex days continuously without refueling. An automatic reversing engine allows the ship to back down from flank speed to dead-in-the-water in less than five minutes. The ship has three 350 kw generators, one used exclusively for the vast array of electronics equipment. Also available is an automatic emergency diesel generator. For the making of fresh water GEORGETOWN is equipped with two of the latest flash type evaporators, each with a 500-gaUon per hour capacity. The Engineering Department is made up of two divisions M Division and R Division. M Division per- sonnel are responsible for the operation and maintenance of the main engine, boilers, destilling pumps and evaporators. R Division personnel are responsible for the operation and maintenance of all air condition- ing equipment, electrical equipment, outside repair, internal communications, carpentry and welding. P. Morales. BT2 G. Blackwell, BT3 V. Carlson, MM3 D. Ledford, BT3 J. Lynch. MM3 E, McCloud, BT3 W. Pegeese, MM3 ) t. A. Randle, MM3 V. Cook. FN R, CraviUion, FN i .N, xr ' YOU KNOU VOU CANT PUHP BILGES IN POUT ' L. Holder, FN J. Jenkins. FN V. Lipinski, FN C. Osborne, FN R. Pike, YNSN D. Sheridan. FN D. VesB. FN A. Lofoco, FA T. Zimmerman, FA ' Executive Division LT H. ANSON CONE X DIVISION OFFICER L. Clayton, CTC K. O ' Brien, HMC The Executive Division is directly responsible to the Executive Officer and is responsible for the ad- ministration of the personnel records of the ship. The Medical Department is also a part of the Executive Division and is responsible, under the Commanding Officer, for maintaining health of the personnel of the command and for making inspections incident to hygiene and sanitation aifecting the command. I J A. Brose, HN S. Clements, SN E. Garcia, SN A. Warford, YN3 A LITTLE OF HIS OWN MEDICINE, from HMC 0 ' BRU:N, LT CONE receives a shot iWl LT. RAYMOND JOHNSON OPERATIONS OFFICER Operations Division The Combat Information Center and Navigational functions fall within the administrative organization of the Operations Department, The CIC is the nerve center of the ship where combat information, gathered by radar, visual sightings, and messages are plotted on status boards, evaluated, and dis- seminated to the bridge. Safe navigation is accomplished through celestial and terrestrial means and by the use of the fathometer, loran, and both the gyro and magnetic compasses. u, iiarbin, RMC r R. Carney, RD2 R. Gagnon, RD2 W. Baker, RM3 R. Davis, RM3 t W. Gilliam, RM3 J. O ' Connor, RM3 K. Blubaugh, SN R. Cutsforth, SMSN ii ach division on the ship is responsible for the cleanliness and preservation of its spaces. Here QM3 Moberly paints out the railing on the signal bridge. Supply Department The function of the Supply Department is to feed, clothe, provision, pay and support the nearly 300 personnel aboard the GEORGETOWN. To accomplish this there are three galleys which pre- pare over 300, 000 meals a year. When the G EO RG E T O W N puts to sea, there is enough food to last for 150 days without replenishing. The GEORGETOWN has its own machines to make both ice creann and soft ice creann. The crew ' s berthing area is provided with m o da r n NORTHAMPTON-type bunks. Each man has his own locker and bunk light. The well equipped laundry has four presses, compared to the one usually provided on a destroyer. Eight hundred pounds of laundry is done each day on the GEORGETOWN. The Supply Department also manages the barber shop, soda countain and ship ' s store, which does $100, 000 a ye ar business, the profits of which go to p r o vide recreational facilities for the LTJG. STEPHEN T. GUTHRIE SUPPLY OFFICER J. Cox, SHC R. Zaide, DKC E. Datan, SD2 F. Eder, CS2 i m. TN JOHNSON serves SN HOCAN during Recreation Night festlvltle G. White, SK2 S. Anderson, SK3 »«ttll, DKC ZAIDE and DK3 MUROSKI hard at work on pay Usts. THI ' Ke foSpEAl to 9oM EO»e XfJ cMflRq AflRQE A. Gracia, CS3 w. Hogan, SN B Kaopuik, TN .Ift inCiwQ " ' ■ NOTE: AU personnel whose pictures to not appear with their divisions were not available when cruise book portraits were made - The Editor, Research Department 1 LCDR THOMAS O ' DEA RESEARCH OPERATIONS OFFICEK LT. PHILIP E. REEVES ASSISTANT RESEARCH OPERATIONS OFFICER The Research Department is the largest on the ship and is assigned the responsibility for carrying out the basic mission of the GEORGETOWN, which is to conduct technical research operations in support of Navy electronic re- search projects, which includes electromagnetic propagation studies and advanced communications systems, such as lunar satellite communications. To accomplish this mission, the GEORGETOWN is configured with sixty various types of the most modern and complex transmitting and receiving antennae which connect to over seven million dollars worth of electronic equip- ment, including a variety of radion transmitters and receivers, electronic countermeasures equipment, recording devices (including a video tape recorder, the recording hear of which alone costs ten thousand dollars to replace), facsimile equipment for printing weather maps, and the most modern of electronic shops for the caring for of all this equipment. RA Division I ititknif. t I CTC SHELLENBERGER and CT3 BURKERT of RA Division R. Shellenberger, CTC D. Harper, CT2 W. Williams, CT2 M. Burkert, CTSN W. Williams, CTSN ? OI U " LT. JOHN H. LEWIS RC DIVISION OFFICER J. Brown, CTC RC Division J, Bouarirgo, CTl R. Wilson, CTl I. Crittenden. CT2 E. Gibson, CT2 M. Rozeveld, CT2 R. Fine. CT2 C. Hardin, CT3 A. Hoaglund, CT3 D. Walk. CT3 W. Aquillano, CT3 C. Bookout, CTSN P. Kodosky, CTSN RE Division LT. H. CARSON DIVISION OFFICER A. Nelson, CTl J. Conat. CT2 f mi H.iL.)iii. CT2 J. Knost, CT2 C. Martensen, CT2 C. Riggs, ETN2 R. Rzeszutek, CT2 L. Whltten.ore, C TZ R. Baker, ETR3 D. Biediger, ETR3 J. Carter, CT3 R. Hanshaw, CT3 t- iJiwt, c:i W. Jones, ETR3 R. Kline, CT2 F. Reed, CTM3 J. Smolski, CT3 T. Thomas. ETR3 S. Boyd, CTSN P. Cary. CTSN f btii J. Otis, CTSN J. Pirck, CTSN M. Rees, CTMSN D. Schiarb, CTSN F. West, CTMSN N. Young, ETNSN W. Goff, CTSA RR Division F. Uber, CT3 M. Wehrenberg, CT3 RR Division ' s finest, hard at work in the First Class Mess, S. Crapo, CTSN E. Fitzgerald, CTSN ( J. Frederick, CTSN D. Jennings, CTSN II one ii ■ ' . BirrOBjhi, CII f. RR Division personnel conduct a drill at General Quarters. J. Lehman, CTSN 5 ' ■ f " «, CTi n a itod. ' I ' fi. CTi R T Division lt g. r. johnson divlSion officer R. Grant. CTG M. McVey, CTCS Mj J. Burroughs, CTl F. Hyatt, CTl D. Wisell, CTl J. Bryant, CT2 J. Dolieslager, CT2 H. Hallett, CT2 D. Marcille, GTZ ilainU,C}9 .)k ttMC ' ' R. Pratt, CT2 R. Rudd, CT2 C. SpUchal, CT3 D. Brltton, CT3 P. Letourneau, CT3 C. MuUikin, CT3 H. Polito, CT3 A. Rodgers, CT3 K. Sohler, CT3 J. Beck, CTSN R. Bentley, CTSN J. Buatamante, CTSN M. Cave, CTSN M. Glark, GTSN J. Conklin. CTSN T. Cox, CTSN R. Johnson, CTSN J. Menges, CTSN J. Miller, CTSN L. Miner, CTSN R. Panzarella, CTSN W. Tidwell, CTSN ii p. Thornieldt, CTSN M. Patterson, CTSN J. Powell, CTSN fi A. Rutter, CTSN R. Wachs, CTSN iC Eddy, CTSA tms I ' A sailor spends a good deal o£ his " spare " time writing home. Here CT3 POWELL pens a letter to his best gal, now Mrs. Powell. October 16, 1968 and another cruise begins ' ■ " SI " , CTSS ■• " », era i .If - T ie J SS GEORGETOWN (AGTR-2) departed Pier 2, U.S. Naval Base, Norfolk, Virginia, on October 16, 1967. Three and a half months were spent in port in preparing the ship for the cruise and training and orienting the many new personnel. Many children, wives and parents were pier- side to see the GEORGETOWN off and catch a glimpse of ' ' their sailor. " Crew members bid loved ones goodbye. One last embrace before Left to right: Jennie Carson, Emily Carson, Barbara Gray and Kathy White watch as GEORGETOWN pulls away. Arriving at Gitmo for a period of training... Underway for Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, and the Fleet Training Group for Refresher Training, GEORGETOWN incurred rough seas her first day off stormy Cape Hatteras. Continuing her southerly route, the weather warmed as GEORGETOWN changed time zones and climates. In Guantanamo Bay, GEORGETOWN underwent rigorous training in a two-week program designed to test the physical ability of the ship and her crew under simulated battle conditions and problems. In- cluded in the training were seamanship exercises which included hi-iine replenishment exercises and precision anchoring and docking. Hi-lines were conducted with the USS HOLDER, USS O ' HARE and the USCG CAMPBELL. General Quarters exercises involving nuclear attack, damage control and air attack were executed as a part of our training by Fleet Training Group observers. The two week training period was culminated by a general material inspection by Commander, FTG. Having successfully completed her Refresher Training, GEORGETOWN again got underway on November 3, for Kingston, Jamaica. Deck force prepares to throw over lines as the ship approaches its berth in GTMO. Hi-liners assemble, ready to heave-ho! delivers lif si HE ran mm SUP ffewiliiesJip ' s Two hi-liners take on the communications cable from the USS HOLDER during replenishment. jWi We Aquire Professional Polish HANDS ACROSS THE SEA! GMGSN McCandless delivers the shot-line to the CAMPBELL. ENS FLACK and BMl DICK direct hi-line handling and SN ENYART busily signals as a Fleet Training Group observer evaluates performances. OA HE WENT THAT A WAY. The Captain and the Admiral inspect GEORGETOWN ' S berthing. The Admiral gets acquainted with Hobby Shop WGTR2 operator CTl BURROUGHS. WHO WILL BUY? Captain GEBLER and LCDR BURT present the ship ' s walk-in store to the Admiral for inspection. |gj Mile froii tic The Captain bids a member of the FTG inspecting party farewell as sideboys stand by. Historic, Colorfui Kingston and our first liberty on tiie " Island in the Sun We Saw the Sights Entering the harbor at Kingston, Jamaica. GEORGETOWN crew members examine a bentwood bench in one of Jamaica ' s botanical gardens. Arriving in Kingston early on November 4, we took on food and provisions and saw the sights of the historic city that harbored many of the Caribbean ' s most ruthless pirates and bucaneers. Founded in 1692 after an earthquake had destroyed old Port Royal, Kingston became the seat of govern- ment in 1870. A constant and recurring victim of tremors, the city was almost destroyed by an earth- quake in 1907. Still retaining its provincial air under a strong Commonwealth influence, Kingston is primarily a resort center. Among its fine old buildings are St. Andrew ' s Parish House and a museum and library in the Institute of Jamaica. Just across the bay from Kingston is Port Royal, a seventeenth century fortress and ghetto for sea rogues. Port Royal was valued by Henry Morgan and other pirates for its tricky, narrow channel which often landed their pursuers on the rocks. Still further across the bay is Spanish Town, a quaint quarter which, despite its name, is a very real reminder of early English dominance and sea power in the Caribbean. Kingston ' s 124,000 inhabitants incorporate English, Spanish and Negro in a sub-tropical ' ' melting-pot. " Situated on the southwest coast of Jamaica, Kingston is one of the finest deep draught harbors in the West Indies. Singing our own version of ' ' Jamaica, Farewell, " we departed Kingston November 6, bound for Limon Bay, Panama, and . . . Andrew ' s Parish House. and made some friends GEORGETOWN played host to a group of Jamaican Sea Scouts while in Kingston. Here CTSN PATTERSON, CTSN MINER and a troop member pose for the photo- grapher. Paiaia, ( " CaUffl Lat« " artivedai " Paci ic coasi «• IS tie oppofWin aiJal onleiillKf ' toiflistM! ' ! lotlief i.1 li tte y . . . The Panama Canal GEORGETOWN arrived at Limon Bay, Colon, Panama, (the Atlantic entrance to the Panama Canal) on Sunday, November 19, 1967. Beginning our Canal transit at approximately 12:45 p.m., we went through the series of six locks, crossed Gatun Lake and the Continental Divide and arrived at the Naval (acility in Rodman on the Pacific coast around 9:00 p.m. The transit gave us the opportunity for a fresh water washdown and afforded the crew an opportunity to see first hand what many people read about but few people experience. Transiting the Canal I - GEORGETOWN approaches the Atlantic entrance to the Panama Canal, the Gatun Lock. Inside the lock, GEORGETOWN is towed by one of the Canal ' s mechanical " mules. " The mules, named for their live counterparts which were once used for the same thing, help transport all large ships through the Canal. %:. liltt ' sf it r We Passed Other Ships GEORGETOWN overtakes . . . And the Continental Divide After two days liberty in Rodman and Panama City, GEORGETOWN weighed anchor and pulled out to begin her sunny South American cruise. . . . and passes a fellow canal passenger. below: This waterfall is only a few feet away from the Continental Divide. !• , ' 4: We Got " All Wet " || But We Got Therei In Gatun Lake, a fresh water lake in the middle of the Isthmus of Panama, GEORGETOWN held a fresh water washdown to clean the exterior of the ship of the salt accumulated at sea. Some of us got a little wet. i ri Two daw Ml prepafiijf ' " ' . ' ■ojlieai ' ton onierfd fiirllier o presetll! ' ' " Speciilaii J ouKoveite ' ' Oii ontes " Hsviiisleft tleoMsaralK Crossiij tiK crossiiij " w visions ami ft cruise came lielicopterlroi " lat Arriving at Rodman on the Pacific coast, GEORGETOWN pulls up pierside. I The famous International Bridge connecting Rodman with Panama City. The Panama Canal was originally begun in 1896 by a French corporation headed by Count Ferdinand de Lesseps. An alien to finance, de Lesseps ' estimates for digging his sea level canal had been too low His investors, horrified at the prospect of losing their large investments, resulted to corrupt means to try and regain their capital. A scandal resulted, a trial ensued in France and the project was abandoned in isyi) even though a lock-type canal had been decided upon by then. In 1903 after much deliberation and investigation, the United States purchased the Canal for $10 000 000 outright and $250,000 annually. After securing treaties with Panama and Colombia, the United States ' took possession of the Canal site and property on May 4, 1904. The American enterprise was almost defeated before it began. The engineers and technicians suffered setback after setback, and bitterly renamed the Canal the " Big Ditch. " Malaria and yellow fever were rampant: administrative indecision and bickering took its toll in delay, too. Several halts in the excavation were called, usually to reconsider plans for an alternate design or an alternate route. The Medical De- partment of the Army and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, under Colonel William C. Gorgas and Lt. Lolonel George W. Goethals, respectively, utilized the delays and devised methods for controlling and preventing the spread of malaria and yellow fever. Sewerage systems and water supply systems were constructed for Atlantic coast Colon and Pacific coast Panama City. Construction and excavation con- tinued, if not smoothly then certainly more comfortably. Construction was prosecuted vigorously from 1907 to completion of the project in 1914. On January 7, 1914, the self-propelled crane boat, ALEX LA VALLEY, made the first passage through the canal. On August 15,1914,the Canal wasopened tocommerce although it wasnot of ficially opened until July 12,1920. In transiting the Panama Canal a vessel must pass through a fresh water lake and six locks. The locks operate on a flood- and-release principle, initially r aising the ship gradually higher in each of the ascending locks until the maximum elevation is crossed at the Continental Divide. The transit is completed in the descending locks which are operated on the same flood-and-release principle. The difference in sea level between the two oceans is slight, but the crossing of the Continental Divide adds to the difficulty and length of a Canal transit. Due to the strange geography of the Isthmus of Panama, a ship must travel from west to east to get from the Atlantic Ocean to the Pacific Ocean. il iavaJI Then A Period of Wonder Two days out of Panama as GEORGETOWN steamed toward Guayaquil, Ecuador, our cooks were busy preparing Thanskgiving dinner. And then: ' ' Now hear this; this is the Captain. There has been a change in our operating schedule, and we have been ordered to turn around, re-transit the Canal, steam up and down the coast of Colombia and await further orders. I don ' t know any more about this than any of you do, but we ' ll all know soon. We are presently heading back for the Canal. Happy Thanskgiving to each of you. That is all . . . " Speculation and rumors were as plentiful as the turkey and trimmings. So again we transited the Canal on November 23 and 24, this time at night. Our orders were not long in arriving - " Proceed at once to Rota, Spain, and then on to Naples, Italy. " Having left Norfolk anticipating a sun-soaked South American cruise, no one needed to be reminded of the old saw about the ' ' best laid plans of mice and men ... " Crossing the Atlantic GEORGETOWN was plagued by heavy seas and engine trouble which extended crossing time to twenty- four days. Initially a stop had been scheduled for Rota, Spain, to take on pro- visions and fuel. But the mandate for change established in Panama and which was to augur the whole cruise came into play once more. Instead of stopping at Rota as had been planned, we were met by a helicopter from the U.S. Naval Station at Rota as we approached the Straits of Gibraltar on December 16. In a two-hour Helicopter Transfer we took on official administrative Sixth Fleet publications, transferred personnel and dispatched mail, sailing on through the Straits to become members of the Sixth Fleet. As Our Course Was Changed... And Our Plans Revised The Naval helicopter from Rota, Spain, makes its way toward GEORGETOWN for a rendezvous. The helicopter closes in to take on its load. December Found Us in Naples, Italy As a Member of Sixth Fleet Entering the Bay ot Naples, December 21, 1967. On December 21, GEORGETOWN arrived in Naples, steaming past the Isle of Capri just as the sun rose. Another first for GEORGETOWN came in a docking maneuver known as Med Mooring, which entails anchoring as well as tying up. We took on provisions and fuel and 109 ba gs of Christmas mail! Cheered by the many cards, letters and packages from home, the crew was ready for some recreation and sightseeing in Naples. Many did some Christmas shopping; and just as in America, the shops were open later than usual to accom- modate the last minute shoppers. Decorations covered shop windows and streets alike. The usual bustling Christmas crowd was there, too; and copious vendors, hecklers and street urchins selling everything from tapestries to sub-machine guns! GEORGETOWN ' S inport period in Naples lasted five days during which time tours were organized to Naples, Pompeii and Rome. With GEORGETOWN ' S Welfare and Recreation Council providing most of the funds for the tours, we saw the ruins of ancient Pompeii and many of the historical sites and landmarks which have made Rome ' ' The Eternal City. " Underway again on December 26, GEORGETOWN incurred minor engine trouble in the Straits of Messina, the area which separates Sicily and Italy. Returning to Naples the same day, we procured parts for necessary rep airs and put our engineers to work. A surprise materiel inspection by Admiral Dacey and his staff of Service Force, Sixth Fleet, netted glowing compliments for GEORGETOWN and an evaluation of ' ' outstanding. " Authorized to remain in port for the remainder of the year, GEORGETOWN again organized tours. The tour itineraries were expanded this time to include not only return visits to Rome and Pompeii, but also tours of the Amalfi Coast, Sorrento and Capri. Our repairs complete, New Year ' s Eve found GEORGE- TOWN again at sea, underway for a period of technical research operations. i " CHRISTMAS IN NAPLES. The Castel Sant ' Elmo over- looks ships of the Sixth Fleet in port for the holidays. We Worked To Keep The Big " G " Ship Shape . . . 0 tie but Q ispreparaU ' oafoi A would-be Michelangelo makes his mark on the GEORGETOWN. II rwCaslelSaii ' Eliio over- all port to lie liol%s. iii Of I " 6 " And the Troops Sharp Our Work Done, We " Hit the Beach " ENS GUTHRIE presents the Supply De- partment to Captain GEBLER during a Personnel Inspection in Naples. One of the boat crews brings the Captain ' s gig alongside in preparation for liberty call. And Saw Naples A common sight in Naples are the horsedrawn carriages of a by-gone era. Mount Vesuvius. Naples lies on the eastern coast of Italy, 120 miles south of Rome, a booming city of 1.5 million people, Naples draws chiefly on its geographical beauty, and its cultural and re- ligious heritage to make it one of Italy ' s chief tourist centers. There are many churches, museums, galleries and other points of interest in Naples proper; Mt. Vesuvius, and its twin victims Pompeii and Herculaneum, are only a few miles away. The famous Blue Grotto on the Isle of Capri is also nearby. A panorama of ancient and modern history, Naples abounds in medieval fortresses and castles - a reminder of the city ' s value as a seaport and harbor. Among its most important buildings are the Castel Nuovo, the Castel dell ' Ovo and the imposing Castel Sant ' Elmo which overlooks the city and the Bay of Naples from a hill. The cultural center of southern Italy, Naples is the home of many museums and galleries. The Royal Palace of Capidomonte houses numerous paintings by the 18th century masters and many fine porcelain pieces from the famous Capidomonte Porcelain Works. The National Archaelogical Museums contain many Roman, Greek and Etruscan art treasures as well as a large collection of artifacts from Pompeii. Perhaps one of the most noteworthy structures in Naples is the San Carlo Theater. One of the world ' s most famous opera houses, it contains six tiers of boxes and two galleries. Its elegant interior provides a splendid showcase for the many operas, ballets and concerts presented there every season. The seat of a bishopric, Naples has over 200 churches, many of which have a long distinguished history. One of the most interesting is Santa Chiara which houses the Chapel of San Gennaro (the patron saint of Naples.) Inside the chapel are two vials of the saint ' s blood, said to come to a boil twice a year. Ever a haven for artists, musicians and writers, Naples has charmed such famous people as Shelley, Von Goethe, the Scarlattis and Virgil, the Roman peot of antiquity who is buried on Mt. Posillipo. Although Naples is not without western influence, it still maintains its old world charm. The city supports many suc- cessful industries, although its chief source of income is tourist trade. k TJeMs A central Piazza on the Via Depretis. w A Neapolitan street photographer displays his work to a skeptical customer. in m n, « Coles art. Caste] Nuovo (Maschio Angioino). Built in 1279 by Charles 1 of Anjou, it has been restored recently and serves as the meeting place for the Naples City Council. In the Shadows of Vesuvius The main street of ancient Pompeii. « ' i«ViaDepfeiis. Pompeii is twelve miles southeast of Naples and im- portant as being preserved almost intact to our own time by a shower of ashes and pumice from nearby ML Vesuvius on August 24, 79 A.D. Though few of the inhabitants es- caped, the better class of buildings was scarcely injured by the ashes and pumice. Located in 1748 by a peasant digging a well, Pompeii remained untouched until 1755 when Charled III sponsored a project which unearthed a few public buildings. Under Marat (1808-1815) excavation was resumed under the sponsorship of the Italian government and the manage- ment of Fiorelli. The site is now more than half exposed; the completion may take many more years. The historical importance of the city is that it is a preservation of the pose and setting of first century Italy. However, the city is neither typical of Rome be- cause of its being subject to Greek influence nor of Greece because it was hastily repaired and rebuilt in a Romanesque style after an earthquake damaged it heavily in 63 A.D. Few buildings were gutted or destroyed by the eruption which buried Pompeii. Most were well preserved, as were many of the bodies of Vesuvius ' human victims. Scores of household artifacts, utensils and art treasures were excavated in superb condition; even loaves of bread kept their shape, though turned to charcoal. At each of Pompeii ' s eight gates are sentry boxes in which Roman legionnaires were found, still " on duty " when the ex- cavation of 1808 began. We Toured Pompeiian Ruins i • spbysi IT ' S NOT WHAT IT SEEMS! These clay vats once held heated wine which was sold at roadside concessions, much as Cokes are sold today. A fine example of the Pompeiian blend of the Greco-Romanesque culture is this Roman copy of a favorite Greek sculpture. In the villa of the Vetti brothers. And Saw An Ancient Civilization IN CASE OF FIRE BREAK GLASS.CT2 PERRY examines one of the FiorelU piaster casts of petrified bodies ' •■ found in excavations in Pompeii and Herculaneum. pompeii Almost Compieteiy Preserved The entrance to the gladiators ' barracks, west of the Temple of Apollo. myo liievilluJiiKli lost mi Cupids and satyrs, such as this one, adorned many of the villas in ancient Pompeii. A partially preserved skeleton of another of Vesuvius ' victims. Leaving Pompeii We Visited... After a full day in first century Italy, GEORGETOWN troops head back to the modern world. ...r re Amalfi Coast We were awed by the views Looking north along the coast. And entertainment One of the most picturesque of Europe ' s seacoasts the Amalfi Coast. Just a short distance southeast of Pompeii is the seashore-mountain village of Amalfi. Chiefly a resort area, Amalfi is a popular tourist drive. The coastline is noted for its breathtakingly sheer drops and craggy beauty. Amalfi ' s famous wines, liquers and grappas are the area ' s chief export items. at lunch LAWRENCE WELK A LA AMALFI. A group of local musicians entertains the troops during lunch at one of Amalfi ' s terrace hotels. And afterwards we mugged for the photographer r ....■ A camerire (waiter) approaches as GEORGETOWNERS prepare to ' ' chow down. " 4 TleiWo Like True Tourists We Saw Rome Witii Cameras and • ' hilieiiistJe i-CMf a resort ive. He coastline ii er in% mi ? GEORGETOWN troops ' ' snap if up " at the Forum. A German monk elaborates on a point of interest in the Catacombs of San Sebastian on the Appian Way. The Arch of Constantine, just opposite the Colos- seum. The arch was built by the first Christian emperor of Rome to celebrate the victory of Christi- anity over paganism. The Castle of Saint Angelo, the Pope ' s fortress. The castle is equipped with medieval armory and artillery and is connected with the Vatican by a catwalk. GEORGETOWN personnel made two tours to Rome. Many of the GEORGETOWN crew spent Christmas in Rome; several attended the Pope ' s Christmas Blessing on Christmas Eve noon in St. Peter ' s Square. CIT and American Express tours took us to the many famous sites of the city that was once the " hub of the universe. " What you see pictured here is only a part of what we saw and did. " . . . to the glory that was Greece and the grandeur that was Rome. ' ' - - - Edgar A. Poe, ' ' To Helen " The Arch of Setimo Servio served as an entrance to the Forum. The Forum . . . The Forum. ' W . P. And an Increasing Sense of History Forum Panorama with the Temple of Hector and Pollux. Tiie Colosseum ii 5i The Colosseum. From the floor of the Ampitheater of Flavius. (Colosseum). ' ' While stands the Colosseum, Rome shall stand; When falls the Colosseum, Rome shall fall; And when Rome falls - the world. " Lord Byron, Childe Harold ' s Pilgrimage tit Em mi mm San Sebastian Catacombes. . The monument to San Sebastian in the Catacombs of the saint. The original tomb of Saint Peter and Saint Paul at San Sebastian. In the basilica of San Sebastian. St. Peter ' s Square - the Vatican. One of the famous Swiss Papal guards. A World Famous Sculpture Michelangelo ' s " La Pieta " in the Vatican. And a World Famous Fountain GEORGETOWN crew members at the famous Fountain of Trevi. CT2 KNOST admires an example of Roman pulchritude. Left to right: CT2 PERRY, CTl WILLIAMS and YN3 RUSSELL toss coins into the Fountain. LT UAGILL at Trevi. 4 I m fkmmi Mind lie I R TJe state 0 . Wi of St, f intematjooal t m liiiili viii Hie I ' alicaj S I " WeJUoum Some. " ■■■%el(|,( Victor Emanuel... 1»W!W I The monument to Victor Emanuel, also known as the Altar of the Nation. W M " - " Q The statue of St. Paul in the court- yard of St. Paul ' s Cathedral. An international edifice, the Cathedral was built with materials given to the Vatican State by many nations of the world. And Mussolini ' s Balcony Michelangelo ' s statue of Moses. In San Pietro in Vincoli Church. Part of the Medieval section of Rome with its winding, narrow streets. ' ' When thou are at Rome, do as they do at Rome. " Miguel de Cervantes, Don Quixote Mussolini ' s balcony in the Palacio Venezia, the WWII dictator ' s headquarters. LTJG FLACK takes a break from the frantic touring. Through and the Straits of Messina on to our Op area The USS LAWRENCE approaches for a hi-line. " fifslWoD Lfxmci Messina, Sicily. Where We Hi-Lined A hydrofoil in the Straits of Messina. Underway again on New Year ' s Eve, GEORGETOWN headed through the Straits of Messina once more. Our technical research operations in progress, we were " visited " on occasion by several ships of the USSR. One visitor, a Russian destroyer, stayed with us from early one afternoon to noon the next day. We were given an opportunity to exercise our GTMO Refresher Training during this period. With her escort, the USS LAWRENCE, GEORGETOWN successfully hi-llned lube oil, parts and movies. Carrying out our routine daily duties, we remained in our operating area until mid-February when we headed for our last Sixth Fleet liberty port - Augusta, Sicily. Arriving in Augusta on February 26, we were just in time for the local Mardi Gras festivities. A small town of 40,000 people, Augusta houses an Italian Amphibious Base. While at Augusta, GEORGETOWN was visited by Captain CONSOLO of the Italian Navy who made a brief tour of the ship and was presented with a ship ' s plaque. The hospitality of the Italian Navy and the facilities provided GEORGETOWN by them were outstanding. An Italian warrant officer and an Italian military bus were available to GEORGETOWN while in Augusta. A tour was arranged to the ruins of nearby Syracuse, an early Greek colony. Departing Augusta on March 2, GEORGE- TOWN cleared the Straits of Gibraltar on March 9 and off-loaded Sixth Fleet publications and dispatched mail in another helicopter detail on March 10. mease DM Hi-liners man their stations. HN GROSE stands by during hi-line in case medical assistance is required. And Received " Guests " A Russian destroyer identifiable only by her hull number - 388. " V f H| ■ ■1 Hi 1 ■■j P ' - m 1 ■ - il t t- ' ' M 1 ' f.p is a a MgaMiS m jJ 4 I ;5 ■Si 1 1 III PPI m Itefore Oi r Last Liberty Ports And a Visit from the Italian Navy GEORGETOWN, aided by two tugs, prepares to dock in Augusta, Sicily. LCDR BLOEDORN, Captain CONSOLO and Commander GEBLER torn the ship. BM3 WOOD stands by awaiting the arrival of Italian Navy Captain CONSOLO. ielotoi This articulate gentleman, as- signed to assist GEORGETOWN in Augusta, is Italian warrant officer Dino Meglorini. LT LEWIS and sideboys salute Captain CONSOLO as he departs GEORGETOWN. 1 : I ,uaj(i dtp. Another Helo Detail GEORGETOWN off-loads Med pubs in the second helo detail of the cruise. " Them heljocoptrrs is fiyin ' loo damn low " Before Heading. . . SN CLEMENTS prepares to dispatch mail as the helicopter hovers over the fo ' c ' s ' le. UP. UP AND AWAY! Home! " Mow All Hands To Quarters For Entering Port " Pier 7 was a welcome sight on the morning of March 26, 1968 as GEORGETOWN pulled into her homeport after a five and a half month de- ployment. The morning was chilly, but excitement and anticipation caused as many shivers as the weather. Waiting on the pier were many families and friends of the crew, and as GEORGETOWN drew alongside the pier, shadowed by eager waiters, the SERVLANT band struck up a medley of popular tunes ... a postal clerk waited patiently in a mail truck to off-load GEORGE- TOWN ' S mail. At last the brow was rigged and the wives, parents and friends poured on board to welcome home " their sailor. " Nar EIGHT Opera " ' Coiaaiiier Sf CsptaiiGEBLE STRIKE UP THE BAND! The SERVLANT Band plays ' ' Music to Watch Girls By " which is what most of us were doing. Below: A yard worker assists in rigging the brow as de- pendents and friends wait to come aboard. ' ' The Look of Love. " Eager wives, fiances and girlfriends search for their husbands and boyfriends. March 26, 1968... i tBRteiloii;. He brai as lie- " " .ft? ' I Left to Right: Commander GRAVES, Service Squadron EIGHT Operations Officer, and Captain CHADWICK, Commander, Service Squadron EIGHT, visit with Captain GEBLER and LCDR BLOEDORN. RCP«Ar Dni«NitTi6N e ua«t Hkmk Did The Sun Shine A Little Brighter That Day ? Kathleen Gebler, Captain GEBLER ' S daughter, is all smiles as she spots her daddy. Recreation What do three hundred men do during a six-month deployment to entertain themselves? There are the all too infrequent liberty ports, of course; but that leaves a lot of time remaining! The crew of GEORGETOWN was rarely at a loss for recreation. When we tired of books, maga- zines, card games and toe-counting, there were other things to do - things such as . . . Swim Gail GERONIMO! The first two brave souls into the water at swim call. Mo openiag for a social director here. . . We create our own fun A CT Tug-0-War. PULL! CTl Wilson draws a bead on a sheet. II And Worked up an Appetite K 9 U T Officers and crew hungrily ' ' chow down " at one of GEORGETOWN ' S Recreation Day Cookouts. CS2 MORGAN, TN JOHNSON, and CSS MELVIN prepare steaks and burgers for the troops. KNIGHTS OF THE SQUARE TABLE. Recreation Day DK3 MUROSKI, PN3 GARCIA and SK3 HATTON in a lively game of shuffleboard. l 0ii In a Competitive Spirit... Beard Contest H THE LINE UP: ET3 Jones, SK2 White and EMS Beuchert " .Vice Try " The Mess Deck Becomes A Night Club m MINER, MM3 PEGEESE, and SGT WICKEN- ISER, as the Notations, brought the house down Ih their fine vocal stylings of popular songs. The mp won first prize in the Talent Contest. As the Marine Corps and Navy join forces to entertain tiie troops in a talent show MC BURROUGHS cracks a joke with SN CLEMENTS, accompanist for the Talent Show. And Re-enlistments Captain GEBLER looks on as BMl DICK signs his I re-enlistment contract. The Captain administers the enlistment oath to CTC GRANT. EN 2 WHITFIELD ' ' ships. " And Praise for a Job " Well Done " liisMoHite Captain GEBLER presents LCDR BLOEDORN with a com- mendation from Commander in Chief, U.S. Pacific Fleet, for LCDR BLOEDORN ' S efforts in firefighting aboard the USS FORRESTAL (CVA-59) when that ship was gutted by fire in the Gulf of Tonkin last year. The Captain reads a letter of appreciation to SGT WICKENHEISER commending him for his contribution to morale through his talent and time. iJl?S ' CPO Initiation IN THE BEGINNING IT ISN ' T TOO BAD. CTC HYATT commences his chief ' s initi- ation as Chief Cox reads an order. ' " - fm .jk; — 1 As traditional as a bosun ' s whistle and bellbottoms is the initiation upon being advanced to Chief Petty Officer. Subjected to a day ' s servitude to the CPO ' s on board, the initiate is harrassed by all. 1 i Cryise Bock Staff Advisor LT MAGILL Editor YN2 RUSSELL Business Manager SN CLEMENTS Photographers CTl BURROUGHS CT3 BENTLEY CT2 MARCILLE CT2 MACGIRVIN CT3 POWELL CT2 SMITH »SSLm ir. MaaMaaxHniHi i tiy i

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