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HUNDERWAY, SHIFT COLORS!" Those often heard words echoed over a rainy pier and WESTPAC 79
had begun. It was a long, hard road, but we'd finally made it. No more inspections, special ops, assist
visits or help from others-we were on our own, and did we show them! We steamed, we loaded, we
assualted, we launched helos and boats, we did it all and the fleet knew NUMBER 1 was there.
A ship is many things, pier side she is bells and honors, sideboys and decorations, imposing but
restrained. But she comes to life at sea. She is alive to her surroundings and becomes the dream she was
in a designer's eye. TARAWA, the Eagle of the Sea, has spread her wings and made her presence known in
the largest of the oceans. She adds a new dimension to our nation's defense and is a valuable friend to
our allies when they are in need.
TARAWA is our ship, and through these pages you'll meet her crew and sail with us on her FIRST
WESTPAC. We hope you enjoy these pages and memories. WELCOME ABOARD.
DEDI CA TI ON ............
COMMANDING OFFICER .
EXECUTIVE OFFICER . . .
FLA GSHIP ............,.
THE IST CRUISE ...,.
THE CREW ..............
EMBARKED UNITS .....,
NOTES FROM THE STAFF
DEDIC TI O
They endured it all and enjoyed little of it. They worked unbelievable hours on equipment never seen before. They
were inspected, timed, measured, visited, assisted, drilled, exercised and evaluated by everybody, but they never
quit, they never stopped trying-they were the first crew the PLANKOWNERS and it is to them and their captains
that this book is dedicated. '
It started on Nov. 15, 1971 when the keel was layed at a new
shipyard in Pascagoula, Mississippi. In the following years she
grew and became the largest man-made object ever moved on
land when she went down the ways. USS TARAWACLHA-11 came
to life on 29 May, 1976, at commissioning ceremonies under a
hot Gulf Coast sun with RADM MORRIS commanding.
May 29, 1976
Shortly after commissioning, RADM MORRIS was relieved by CAPT G.A.
CHURCH. Two months later NUMBER 1 anchored at Colon, Panama and
spent two days preparing for her transit as the First LHA through the
Panama Canal, fit was a very tight fitb. As was to become common, many
eyes were on her as she moved through the locks, conducting her transit in
less than eight hours, and she slipped into her ocean for the first time. After
a short taste of liberty in Acapulco, TARAWA steamed up the coast of Baja,
California and entered her new home port of San Diego in August 1976.
Panama Canal Transit
Now a full scale amphib-workup began, and its culmina-
tion was Exercise Varsity Eagle in March of 1977. At the end
of that month the Navy and Marine Corps realized they had
the greatest quantitative jump in amphibious capabilities
since the inception of the concept. But her tests were hard-
ly over. In June of 1977 five days of shock trials further
established her integrity for sea, the work was hard but, in
point of fact, the hardest was yet to come. Eleven grueling,
dirty, frustrating months at Long Beach Naval Shipyard ad-
ded additional capabilities, enhanced others and taught the
crew how to drive from Long Beach to San Diego and back
with their eyes closed on always too short weekends. More
REFTRA, AMPHIBREFTRA and suddenly it was 30 days to
deployment. For many however, the years of workup would
not be rewarded with a cruise and January and February
heard numerous rings of "Plankowner- departing".
Change of Command 9 Feb. 79, CAPT R. E. KLEE relieves CAPT. G.A.
Those Boilers Light Off Again Shock Trials
On February the 9th 1979 one who was not a plan
kowner but who had been through it all also departed
Captain G A CHURCH was relieved by Captain R E KLEE
in ceremonies on the hangar deck This encapsulated
history cannot begin to tell all the stories happy or sad
associated with the developement of this First of a Class
Ship It took many people and we can write this book only
because of their efforts The Eagle of the Sea has spread
her wings and joined the fleet providing depth ability
and a new responsive capability to our nations defense
and she does so because of these men the PLAN
COMMA DI G 0 FIC R
C t ' Robert E. KLEE began his Naval career by enlisting in the Naval Reserve at Tacoma, Washington in
May 1974 Upon completion of one year at the University of Puget Sound he received a Secretary of the Navy
appointment to the U.,S. Naval Academy and graduated with the Class of 1953.
After commissioning, Captain KLEE spent four years at sea on the USS LENAWEE CAPA 1953 and USS
NAIFEH CDE 3243. In August 1957 he was assigned to Stanford University as an NROTC instructor where he
remained until the summer of 1959 when he reported to the USS JOHN S. MCCAIN CDL33 as Operations
Officer and subsequent assignment as Weapons Officer. Upon completion of this sea tour, he reported to
Commander in Chief Pacific as Flag Lieutenant and aide to the Chief of Staff and later as Administrative
Assistant to the Deputy Chief of Staff for Logistics. He attended the Command and Staff course at the Naval
War College in 1963-4 and concurrently earned a Master's Degree in International Relations from George
Washington University. He then returned to sea as Executive Officer, USS PARSONS CDD 9493 until February
1966, when he assumed command of USS FALGOUT CDER 3523. He began his first Washington tour in the
summer of 1968 as an action officer in the office of the Chief of
Naval Operation, Plans and Policy Directorate COP 603. In 1970,
he reported to Avondale Shipyard, New Orleans and assumed
command of the newly commissioned USS JOSEPH HEWES CFF
10783. He returned to the Naval War College in 1972-3 and
attended a second Washington tour in the office of the Joint
Chiefs of Staff, Plansland Policy Directorate CJ53, where he
served until August 1976 before assuming command of USS DEN-
VER CLPD 93. In February 197-7, he attended the Senior Officer's
ship Material Readiness course at Idaho Falls. Captain KLEE as-
sumed command of USS TARAWA CLHA-13 on February 9th,
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EXECUTIVE 0 FICER
Commander John F. GAMBOA, from Lone Pine, California is a graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy, Class of
1958. After graduation he served as a sailing instructor for the plebes at the Academy. In September 1958 he
reported aboard the USS PUTNAM CDD 7575 where he served as First Lieutenant and CIC Officer. From
October 1960 to June 1962, he served as Communication Officer on the Staff of Commander Destroyer
Squadron TWO. He was then ordered to the U.S. Naval Post-Graduate School in Monterrey, California,
graduating in June 1964, with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Communications Engineering. ln July 1964, he
reported to the USS COLUMBUS CCG 125 and served two years as Communication Officer. In August 1966, he
was ordered to Commander United States Forces Korea!Commander in Chief, United Nations Command as
Chief, Operations Branch, J-6 Division. His next duty station was in Washington D.C., on the Staff of the
Manager, National Communications System. Commander GAMBOA also attended the University of Maryland
and earned a Master's Degree in International Relations. ln September 1970, he received orders to the
Commissioning crew of the USS PENSACOLA CLSD 385 in Quincy,
Massachusetts as Operations Officer. In May 1972, he assumed
duty as Executive Officer, USS LA SALLE CAGF 35, Fla shi of
Commander Middle East Force, homeport in Bahrain, Persain
Gulf. Commander GAMBOA then served in the Canal Zone from 3
December 1973 to 3 September 1976 as Commanding Officer,
U.S. Naval Communications Station, Balboa, and Secretary Inter-
American Naval Telecommunications Network. Commander
GAMBOA commanded USS FORT FISHER CLSD 405 from 3 De-
cember 1976 to 22 December 1978. On January 12, 1979 he
assumed duties as Executive Officer of USS TARAWA CLHA-15.
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CAPTAIN FRANCIS L. ROACH
Captain ROACH was born in Eric, Pennsylvania, on 9 De-
cember 1928. Captain ROACH graduated from high school in
1946 and joined the Navy as an enlisted man where he studied
electronics. He entered the Naval Academy inJune of 1949 and
graduated on 5 June 1953 as an Ensign. Captain ROACH'S career
includes duty on a destroyer, tank landing ships, a cruiser, var-
ious shore duty commands, and USS ST. LOUIS as Commanding
Officer. He assumed the duties as Commander, Amphibious
Squadron SEVEN on 2 June, 1978.
It was a cold, gusty, wet Thursday morning, 1 March
1979, which saw us off. Off on the first-ever deployment of
an Amphibious Assault Ship, the USS TARAWA.
Pearl Harbor, the first step on the deployment, was met
with anticipation by all. But first there was work to do, and-a
lot of it. The ship had to replenish the stores that it used and
then some, for it was here that the Marine units that would
deploy with us would embark. The loading of men and equip-
ment of BLT 2!3, HMM 262 and LSU HOTEL would be the
bulk of this inport periods work. With what litftle time was left
available, the crew found time for leisure in the Hawaiian
paradise. The beach, surf and "wahini" at Waikiki, fresh
pineapple, challenging the waves at Makaha, and for some,
a first taste of "night life" on the infamous Hotel Street.
A short two-day stay in Pearl after the exercise then on
17 March we were off for the Western Pacific. This transit
seemed slower than the first even though we "lost" a day
crossing the International Date Line. Finally on 25 March
we crossed the imaginary line into the Western Pacific,
under the Operational control of Commander Seventh
Fleet. But look, on the horizon it's an island. TARAWA
arrived at Enewetok on March 26th to exchange material
and information with the ships of Amphibious Squadron
One, anxiously awaiting our arrival, for they were on their
way home after a six month deployment. TARAWA an-
chored inthe middle of the Enewetok Iaggon and immedi-
ately became the highest point in the area. From the
signal bridge "high upon MT. TARAWA", you could easily
surveil the surrounding area. Enewetok, not the greatest
place to be stationed, especially at high tide or during
storms and throughout the ship novice sailors and lvla-
rines were asking, "Are we there yet?" Is this WEST-
PAC?" TARAWA departed Enewetok late on the afternoon
of the 26th setting sail for the Orient and ports west.
Between the 8th and 10th of April we took part in
a landing exercise, LANDEX 2-79, while anchored in
Subic Bay. This exercise tested the command and
control functions of the 31st MAU Staff and integrat-
ed all the USN and USMC units in Amphibious ready
Group ALPHA, to which TARAWA was assigned. This
exercise went well, however, it was agonizing to be
able to see Subic Bay and Olongapo and not be able
to have liberty. It was even more agonizing when we
were informed we wouldn't be pulling into Subic Bay
after the exercise. Instead, TARAWA had to,go to
Manila for liberty. The crew would wait several more
days before getting their first taste of the Philippine
TARAWA anchored in Manila Bay on 11 April. After
difficult hours getting the liberty boats in the water,
the crew was finally on their way to liberty in the
Phibippines: Manila. You watched the city grow be-
fore you as you rode the liberty boat on a 45 minute
excursion of the bay. Manila, a teeming metropolis,
a city of many contrasts, from ultra-modern civic
facilities to an old fleet landing. Manila, the hub of
Christianity in the Orient was closed for Easter
weekend, TARAWA's inport period. Oh well, you
can't win'em all.
Leaving Manila on April 15th, we had hoped to be
going to Subic Bay to replenish stores, take on wa-
ter, and enjoy the facilities of the Naval Complex
and OLONGAPO. However, TARAWA was soon to
find itself in the South China Sea, along with most of
the ships that had been inport Subic Bay, evading an
April storm. By the time the storm had subsided and
RATAWA had returned to Subic Bay, only two days
were left on the original inport period. But it was
time enough. While the ship took on vital stores,
those who could, made good their escape and
sought rest and recreation in the city of OLON-
GAPO. The "jeepneys" bars, and the "little flowers
of the orient" were there waiting for TARAWA's
crew. And for two days. . .and nights, the crew final-
ly unwound from the long transit.
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Leaving Singapore on April 30th, Davy Jones
and King Neptune played a "joke" on the ships
of ARG ALPHA. Instead of turning north for
Pataya Beach and the wonders that are Thai-
land, the ship's naviguesser became lost in a
sudden maelstrom, and the small task group
accidentally headed south. TATAWA crossed
the equator at 0800 on 1 May at longitude 106-
47 East and came under the influence of Nep-
tunus Rex and the various Denizens of the
Deep. King Neptune presided over the induc-
tion over 1000 Pollywogs or "WOGS" into
Shellback status using a sundry of nefarious-
looking devices and ancient rituals that are a
part of this time honored initiation. Having ride
the ship of dirty, filthy WOGS, King Neptune
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in-the-sun relaxation that only Pattaya can offer.
Activities included water skiing, swimming, jetskiing,
shopping for gold and precious gems, and yes "flow-
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cities that TARAWA visited during the deploy-
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culture brought this city closer to home than
any other. The fabulous shopping and multitu-
dinous things to see made us wish we had
more time and money to spend. For five days
TARAWA was the most visible landmark in
Hong Kong, having anchored between the Star
Ferry's Hong Kong and Kowloon Terminals.
Hong Kongg street markets, double decker
busses, exotic clubs and MACDONALDS!
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proceeded further north to Pusan, South Korea,
arriving on 7 July. While in Pusan almost every-
body pruchased either a bag or a pair of sneak-
ers, or both or several. Tours of Pusan and Korea
were also taken by the men of TARAWA and night
life included the places of liberation along Texas
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PO T OFFICE
"MAIL CALL" MEANS HAPPINESS ABOARD A DEPLOYED SHIP, EVEN FOR THE POSTAL CLERKS NOW
IC2 ROBERSON THROWS THE SWITCH, AND-
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EXEC U TI VE
THE EXECUTIVE DEPARTMENT, OR X-DIVISION AS ITS CALLED ABOARD SHIP, IS HEADED
BY THE EXECUTIVE OFFICER, COMMANDER FRANK GAMBOA AND IS PRIMARILY RESPONSI-
BLE FOR THE OVERALL ADMINISTRATION OF THE COMMAND. COMPOSED OF VARIOUS
OFFICES AND EXECUTIVE ASSISTANTS, THE DEPARTMENTS PRIMARY BRANCHES ARE: THE
CAPTAIN'S OFFICE, WITH THE SHIP'S SECRETARY, THE PERSONNEL OFFICE, TAKING CARE
OF ALL ENLISTED PERSONNEL RECORDS AND REQUESTS, THE ADMINISTRATIVE OFFICE
WHICH MAINTAINS ALL CORRESPONDENCE FILES, NOTICES, AND INSTRUCTIONS FOR THE
SHIP, THE LEGAL OFFICE WHICH PROCESSES ALL REPORT CHITS AND INCOMING CORRE-
SPONDENCE OF A LEGAL NATURE, THE PUBLIC AFFAIRS AND CLOSED-CIRCUIT TELEVISION
BRANCH, KNOWN AS "KLHA", TARAWA'S CLOSED-CIRCUIT TELEVISION STATION AND
SHIP'S ENTERTAINMENT SYSTEM, THE POST OFFICE WHICH HANDLES VERY LARGE QUAN-
TITIES OF MAIL, SELLS MONEY ORDERS AND STAMPS, AND IS ONE OF THE LARGEST
MORALE BOOSTERS ONBOARD THE SHIP, THE PRINT SHOP WHICH ABOARD TARAWA IS
QUITE EXTENSIVE, POSSESSING THE CAPABILITIES TO PUBLISH NUMEROUS INSTRUC-
TIONS AND THE POD'S ON A DAILY BASIS, THE 3M OFFICE WHICH MANAGES ALL EXTERNAL
WORK REQUESTING TO PMS AND CSMP, THE COMBAT CARGO OFFICE WHICH MANAGES
THE EMBARKATION OF ALL MARINES, VARIOUS CARGO HOLDS, ASSOCIATED CARGO AND
VEHICLES, TARAWA'S CAREER COUNSELOR WHO IS PRIMARILY RESPONSIBLE FOR COUN-
SELING TARAWA PERSONNEL ON VARIOUS ASSIGNMENTS, REENLISTMENT INCENTIVES
AND BONUS, THE CHIEF MASTER AT ARMS WHO WORKS DIRECTLY FOR THE X.O. IN MAIN-
TAINING GOOD ORDER AND DISCIPLINE, THE CHAPLAIN WHO PERFORMS HIS DUTIES UN-
DER THE COGNIZANCE OF THE EXECUTIVE DEPARTMENT AND IS RESPONSIBLE FOR THE
SPIRITUAL NEEDS OF THE CREW, THE NIGHTLY PRAYER UNDERWAY, CHURCH SERVICES
ON BOARD AND IN THE OTHER SHIPS OF THE SQUADRON, THE LIBRARY WHICH MAINTAINS
A LARGE SELECTION OF READING MATERIALS RANGING FROM PAPERBACKS TO ENCYCLO-
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Signals CCSJ Division, under the signals officer, is responsible for external visual
communications. Utilizing flashing light, semaphore flags, signal flags, and infrared
lights. TARAWA's signalmen on her first WESTPAC deployment continued to demon-
strate the unfailing value and reliability of this ancient form of communications.
lnspite of the advanced electronic communications capabilities of the TARAWA
visual signaling was heavily utilized and relied upon during our deployment. On 27
March, within a month of deployment, the 1000th visual message of the deployment
was received. On watch were SM2 Dean C. Cowley and Seaman Michael G. Bennett to
log this early milestone of the deployment. The following day at a cake cutting
ceremony for the occasion the Commodore of Amphibious Squadron Seven expressed
his congratulations and reiterated his faith in and expectations of visual communica-
tions for the rest of the deployment.
Besides performing their duties on the signal bridge, signalmen and their portable
signaling equipment were employed in assault boats to maintain close coordination
between the ship and the boats during the several landing operations of the deploy-
ment. Likewise, signalmen were assigned to ship's lifeboat detail and rescue and
assistance detail for the same basic purpose of assuring, if only as a backup, a positive
means of communications between the ship and her remote units.
In addition to providing visual communications support to the ship, CS division also
provided signaling services for the embarked Amphibious Squadron Seven staff. Sig-
naling simultaneously to as many as seven ships the signal bridge was utilized to pass
routine administrative message traffic as well as tactical signals for maneuvering the
formation in various exercises. TARAWA's signal bridge also coordinated visual time
checks, and sunrise and sunset ceremonies for the squadron.
The functions of the signal bridge are carried out by 12 enlisted signalmen under a
signals officer, Ensign Thomas F. McGuire served as signals officer until the first of July
when he was relieved by LTJG Timothy P. Jurek, CS division carries out its tasks under
the watchful eye and booming voice of signalman Chief Eugene Forbes Jr. The watch
supervisors for the deployment were SM2 William C. Kleinjan, SM2 Dean C. Cowley,
and SM3 Peter S. Laine. Completing the cruise from departure to arrival San Diego
were LTJG Jurek, Chief Forbes, SM2 Kleinjan, SM2 Cowley, SM3 Laine, SM3 Patrick R.
Meade, SMSN George E. Estes Ill, SMSN George M. Gordon, SMSN Billy C. Sample,
SMSA Rob R. Manley, and SMSR James C. Cochran. DEPLOYING with the ship, but
transferred prior to the ship's return, were SMC Melvin J. Taylor, SM3 Kenneth J.
Bastian, and SN Michael G. Bennett.
TARAWA's first equator crossing on 1 May 79 saw "polywogs" ENS McGuire, Chief
Forbes, SM3 Laine, SM3 Bastian, SM3 Meade, SMSN Sample, SN Bennett, and SMSA
Manley become "Trusty Shellbacks".
TARAWA's first deployment was enjoyable, long for some, and short for others. The
extensive use of visual signaling gave everyone in the division more experience than
they could have gotten elsewhere in six months. Nevertheless the signalmen were able
SMSA MANLEY SMSR COCHRAN
MAYBE THIS WILL TEACH YOU CORRECT PROCE-
to maximize their enjoyment and time off the ship while
visiting various WESTPAC ports. The effort and profes-
sionalism of TARAWA's signalmen made visual signaling
most effective and helped enable the squadron to be-
come more proficient and confident in this traditional
means of communication. A
YOU'RE CUT, BUT YOU'VE GOT BAD BREATH!
A SIGNAL IN THE AIR
NO! NO! CUT IT OVER HERE, I WANT THE BIGGEST PIECE!
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SMSA MANLEY AND SMSN MITCHELL
SMSN ESTES ON THE SIGNAL LIGHT
MAYBE IF I KISS IT, IT WILL WORK BETTER
SM2 KLEINJAN AND SM3 LAINE ON THE SIGNAL LOG
Eagle Scouts check out the "big eyes" on the signal bridge during the Eagle Cruise
CR DIVI I0
RMCS W. RMC W. MARTELL
LCDR S. ARLETT CWO2 P. SMITH STEADMAN
COMMUNICATION OFFICER RADIO OFFICER
RMC S. GREY
RM1 D. OLSON
RM 2 M. STEWART
The Radio Division, as part of the Communications Department, is responsible for providing the external radio
communications to ensure reliable, rapid, and secure handling of messages by voice, teletype, data, morse code, or a
combination therof, in support of the mission of the TARAWA and her embarked flag, COMPHIBRON SEVEN.
The radiomen on the TARAWA operate out of a compartment on the 05 level, known more commonly as the "Radio
Shack." In the "old Navy" you might expect to find a few short-wave receivers and a transmitter or two, coupled up
with a telegraphic more-code key for sending messages. On TARAWA, however, the Radio Shack is composed of a
computer assisted "Communications Data Processing System" which is a marvel of electronics wizardry closely
resembling the "Star Trek" installation. Gone are he standard equipments which have knobs, meters, levers, switches
and buttons. Now there are cabinets filled in with plug-in black boxes which respond to commands given by a
radioman stationed at a control console enclosing a video display terminal. The 4 video display terminals make
communications as easy as pushing a few buttons and typing a few abbreviations or "mnemonics" onto the screen to
tune a transceiver, connecting it to an antenna and microphone elsewhere on the ship.
Teletype communications is also made easier through use of the computer to aid the radiomen with a Message
Processing Subsystem for composing teletype messages for transmission ashore, and for screening incoming mes-
sages to determine if corrections are necessary prior to routing to the shipboard users. This sub-system provides for
instant storage, recall, and editing of up to 6,000 teletype messages which the operators have processed and printed
at 350 lines per minute on a high speed printer. These messages are reproduced by a XEROX 7000 duplicating
machine and slotted for distribution to the concerned departments and subscribers on board.
Notwithstanding the space-age computer-assisted circuitry and new-fangled "black-box" radios installed, the most
important part of providing communications and processing messages during the TARAWA's first WESTPAC cruise
were the Navy and Marine Corps communicators who provided the expertise and dedication to make it happen.
Without their "human" decisions and hard work, they couldn't hae composed and transmitted 110 messages a day in
an allotted 5.25 hour transmission period during "silent" transit from Pearl Harbor to Okinawa 17 March to 4 April
For the majority of the deployment the communicators worked in a "port and starboard" watch configuration, or 8
hours on and 8 hours off, day after day, and perhaps to a 3 section rotating watch while in a liberty port. But they were
able to keep up with their work, arduous as it was. They managed to provide all of the radio circuits required to
support each Amphibious Exercise, each Emergency Evacuation Exercise, and an actual Vietnam Refugee Rescue, all
with relatively no circuit problems. At times there were as many as 63 radio circuits in use, all monitored and
controlled by only two people with relative ease.
At 21342 CUniversal Coordinated Timej On 17 September 1979, the radioman processed the 80,0000th teletype
message since deploying on 1 March, 1979. lt represents 61,914 incoming and 18,086 outgoing teletype messages
handled, or one incoming message every 2.5 minutes and one transmitted message every 15 minutes of the entire
deployment. The occasion was celebrated by the presentation of a cake to the Radio Division by the Commanding
Officer, and a presentation of message number 80,000 to the Commanding Officer by the Radio Officer. Paragraph 3
is quoted as a conclusion to this cruise book entry:
"This is message number 80,000 and is composed of the Sweat, time, and dedication to duty of the Navy Radiomen
and Marine Corps Communicators who together made it all happen on TARAWA during her maiden WESTPAC
deployment. It is presented to you, with much pride, in the interest of command history and as a record to break on
our next deployment."
The radiomen sincerely hope that they set a new record, in reverse, by processing less messages on the next
deployment than they did this one.
LCDR K. KORHONEN
RM2 G. FODOR
RM3 S. CASEBEER
RMSN B. JUDD
RM3 T. ROWLAND
RM3 T. GARRIGAN
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RMSN T. HEFLEY GQLMAN
RMSN T. ADAMS RMSA T. EBELT
RMSN GRIAR, RMSN ADAMS, RM3 ROONEY
RM2 R. KAELIN RM2 B. Mc FERON RM2 R. FRAZEE
RM2 K CODY
RMSN D. DAVIS
RM3 P. VEALE
RMSN A. PIERSON
RMSN D. GRIAR
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RM3 CASEBEER PERFORMING TELETYPE MAINTENANCE AS RM2 FRA-
ZEE HANDLES INCOMING MESSAGE TRAFFIC
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IN DATE-TIME-GROUP ORDER
RMSN GORMAN FEEDS OUTGOING MESSAGE
TAPE INTO COMPUTER AS RMSN PIERSON RE-
CEIVES INCOMING MESSAGES
XEROX MACHINES ARE KEPT UP TO TOP RUNNING CONDI-
TION BY RM3 ROWLAND
SHOPPING ON TEXAS STREET IN PUSAN, KOREA MOPED MANILA IN HAWAII! CHELLS ANGELS WE'RE NOTD
SAMPLING THE MANY EXODIC DISHES, BANGKOK, THAILAND MANNING THE RAIL, HONG KONG
SOAKING UP THE SUDS WITH SOME FRIENDS, PATTAYS, THAI-
LAND SPECIAL EFFECTS TO REMEMBER SPECIAL FRIENDS AND GOOD TIMES.
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HM3 Hammond G. HM3 Frates C. SN Hunt
The USS TARAWA contains the largest medical facility afloat. Our "hospital" has a
300 bed capacity, two complete X-ray units, pharmacy, laboratory and the capabi-
lity of four complete operating rooms.
An average month in sick bay will result in 1000 people being treated, 2500
laboratory tests, 450 X-rays being taken and over 2000 prescriptions being filled.
During the course of this WESTPAC the ships doctor and our operating room
technicians have been unusually busy with an operating schedule that has resulted
in seven appendectomys, one small bowel resection, and a pilonidal cystectomy.
One of the highlights of this cruise was the opportunity to help over 400 Vietnam-
ese refugees. The medical department responded quickly to render any care that
was needed for the refugees after they were transferred to the TARAWA. The ships
corpsman, as well as the corpsman who were attached to the embarked troops
spent many off duty hours working with the refugees. Another TARAWA first was the
birth of a baby girl by one of the Vietnamese women. The babys name - Grace
An indication of the esteem that is placed in the U.S. Navy occured at Pataya
Beach, Thailand. A group of English tourists were swimming off of a pleasure boat
near the TARAWA. While swimming one of the women suffered a heart attack and
her friends immediately brought her to the TARAWA. The medical department again
proved its ability to respond to an emergency situation. The woman was revived and
transferred to a civilian facility. Word was received from the woman that indicated
she had been able to continue her vacation and she is doing well.
Operation Fortress Gale was the finale to the WESTPAC cruise. During this exer-
cise the medical department was augmented by the addition of ten medical, and
Medical Service Corps officers. For the first time an operational Medical Regulating
Network was established. This network provided continuous communications be-
tween all ships in the task force strictly for personnel casualty reporting and routing.
Using the medical regulating network, the medical regulating team was able to
direct the flow of incoming casualties. This permitted the efficient distribution of
casualties to the ship best suited to provide early treatment. During the course of
Operation Fortress Gale the TARAWA received and treated over three hundred
simulated casualties. N
Overall, the first WESTPAC deployment of the USS TARAWA was a valu-
able learning experience for the personnel in the medical department. We
learned much about working with one another and with people from differ-
ent cultures and countries. During the exercises that USS TARAWA partici-
pated in, the medical department was able to restructure some of its
operational proceedures to facilitate smoother and faster patient care. With
the experience and knowledge gained during this cruise, we now feel quali-
fied to render even better medical care for our shipmates and any other
persons who look to the U.S. Navy for fast, efficient, and compassionate
SAY DOC, IT DlDN'T LOOK LIKE THIS IN THE BOOK
NO, THIS IS NOT A PERISCOPE.
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LET'S SEE. . .WAS IT TWO OR THREE OF THESE?
CLEANING INSTRUMENTS IS A MUST!
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During the deployment the main responsibility of dental was to provide both routine
and emergency dental care to the Navy crew and embarked marines. This was accom-
plished through the combined efforts of the ship's dentist and his 3 technicians and also
the embarked dentist and his technician. Together they were responsible for the men
aboard TARAWA as well as the other sailors and marines aboard accompanying ships of
Deployment often lend themselves to novel experiences upon several occasions while
at sea, emergency dental patients were flown to the TARAWA from nearby ships which
had no dentist. We came to refer to these emergencies as "Tooth-Evacs." another
unusual experience occured off Pattaya Beach, Thailand, when after receiving the Indo-
chinese Refugees, we had the opportunity to treat several in the dental department.
As is true on any ship when in heavy seas, equipment and people would move about the
operatory, making dentistry more of a "Challenge" than it normally is. It was not
uncommon for the patient to also assume the role of dental assistant by holding the
dental light and bracket table stationary while at the same time undergoing dental
The department was pleased to learn that one of its technicians, DT1 ERIC HARP, was
chosen both TARAWA and COMPHIB GRU EAST PAC sailor of the year. Considering the
keen competition this was indeed a prestigious honor.
Thanks to the modern and dependable dental facilities aboard TARAWA, sailors and
marines were afforded the opportunity of experiencing up-to-date dental treatment while
deployment on TARAWA first WESTPAC.
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ASST FIRST FIRST DIVISION
LIE U TENAN T OFFICER
BMCM WITTA BM1 HINES BM2 ROBISHAW BM3 SHEPHERD
First Division is one of four divisions .within deck department. Under the leader-
ship of the division officer LTJG OWENS and Master Chief Petty officer Wiita the
division maintains thirty percent of the ship including the fueling at sea rig, Forecas-
tle, vehicle decks and the massive well deck. The responsibilities of the division
include the operating of boats, storage of vehicles, mooring, anchoring, and the
transferring of fuel at sea. When not engaged in special evolutions normal watches
are maintained on the bridge and several other stations throughout the ship.
Through five major operations across the Pacific during this deployment first
division worked the many hours that were so necessary to meet the operational
requirement of the command. Sometimes exceeding 100 hours per week, per man.
First division's training and experience paid off for the deck department when the
USS PERRY and the USS ROARK were both refueled and on their way within three
hours after making their request for fuel. Later in the deployment, during MAFLEX
1-79, TARAWA refueled two more FF CUSS KNOX 81 USS KIRKJ to enable them to
obtain required flexibility for typhoon Juoyo storm evasion.
In Hong Kong the ship moored to a bouy for the first time, making it look like a
routine evolution. lt was handled professionally and in style taking only 18 minutes
to complete. When there was time to play it was done in such exotic ports as
Singapore, Pattaya Beach, Thailand, Hong Kong, Pusan Korea, Okinawa, and of
course Subic Bay etc.
ln sumation the deployment has been a success in all areas. First Division has
advanced professionally as well as personally. Individuals have widened their knowl-
edge of the world and the peoples in it thereby enhancing themselves as individuals.
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"G" Division operates and maintains the MK 86 Gun Fire Control system. Its major
components are the 5"!54 MK 45 Mod O Gun mounts, SPQ 9 Radar, ANSPG 60
Radar, and MK 152 computers. Additionally we are called the "CARGO HOLD COMMA-
DOES" as a dubious distinction for having the responsibility for maintaining cargo
holds 4, 5, 9 and 10. We store all types of ammunition onboard TARAWA, and maintain
20 sprinklers groups in cargo holds, magazines and our gun mounts.
Gunnery division is managed by a group of highly trained Gunners-Mates, Fire
Control Technicians and Aviation-Ordnacemen. G division has coined a phase for
themselves of "Killers Elite." Our arsenal in the ship's armory is loaded with a variety
of small arms including: 45 Cal Pistols, M-14 Rifles, M-60 Machine Guns, Riot Shot
Guns, 50 Cal Machine Guns and some other unmentionables. Our six 20 MM mounts
protect the port and starboard gallery decks.
Personnel managing and administering gunnery division and their work spaces
include in MT 51 GMG1 Porter as mount captain, GMG3 Peake as EP2 panel operator,
GMG3 Allison and GMG3 Philips as safety and loader supervisors. MT 52 is headed by
GMG1 Kagamaster as mount captain, GMG2 McKay as EP2 operator, GMGSN Mead
and GMGSA Jones are also included. ln MT 53 mount captain GMG2 Harper, GMG3
Bowman and GMGSN Foreman run the show.
The care and maintenance of small arms has been the responsibility of the three
separate ship's armorers, A01 Rivera started the cruise advising on aviation ordnance
and performing as the ships armorer. Than GMG1 Porter took over the armory upon
his departure, and now A01 Thomas has the job. AOAN Johnson has maintained his
position in the ships armory throughout the cruise.
The firm handed leading petty officer for "G" division is GMG1 Ellingson and GMGC
Waymire is the overall supervisor for workcenters DG01, DG03 and DG04 and maga-
zine sprinkler inspector for the entire ship. LT Lunny and LTJG Kunz are the Gunnery
Gunnery division has proven to be a fine team. While on the cruise "G" division
earned TARAWA its first NGFS Qualification. During several surface gunnery exercises
the shooting was excellent, and as claimed by the target ship, "THE FINEST SHOOT-
ING THEY'D SEEN IN THE PAClFlC." Small arms training was successfully conducted in
Subic Bay for the SAT and BAF team members. TARAWA's first aviation ordinance load
and download was' successfully achieved early in the cruise in transit from Hawaii.
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The Gunfire Control Section of G Division FTG 1 PASTULA has been the gen
control roorn supervisor until his recent departure. His prote'ge' FTG 1 ROGERS
now has the controls with FTG 1 SMITH assisting. FTG 2 DUNN, FTG2 UTYCH, FTG3
DALEY, AND FTG3 HEAPS are all on the team topside at the GCC panels. The
outdoor TDT operators are FTG 3 BULLOCK, PTGSN MACRIS AND FTGSN KRAMER.
FTGC WOITKOWSKI is the supervisor for work center DFO1 and assists in weapons
FTG2 UTYCH ABOUT TO SAMPLE CHINESE CUISINE IN HONG KONG.
WHICH ONE CAN IT BE.
THE NIGHT LIFE OF EVERY FT'S DREAM
I HOPE THAT IS A MATCH LETS TEST THIS SWITCH
I WONDER WHATS ON THE TUBE FOR TODAY.
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FTM2 HURLESS GMG2 BUZZARD
FTM2 HOUTMAN FTM2 SCOTT
Fox Division operates and maintains the Basic Point Defense Missile System CBPDMSJ onboard TARAWA. The basic
pint defense system is comprised of three major subsytems: the missile launchers Cone forward and one aftj, the MK
115 Mod O fire control system, and the ANXSPS-52B Radar. The purpose of the BPDMS is to counter and destroy
incoming missiles and or hostile aircraft directed at TARAWA. Fox Division consists of a group of highly trained
technicians whose expertise is in one of the afore mentioned subsystems and many of which posses a NEC in that
particular area. The fire control system has been maintained in a high state of readiness by an extremely professional
team. It is the FTM's tribute that they were able to make great strides in TARAWA history, by bringing the ANXSPS-52B
radar up to an operational status. Their work has been frustrating to say the least but they continue to work diligently.
FTM2 HOUTMAN, FTM2 SCOTT and FTMSN SMITH are the technicians assigned in this area. The missiles launchers
and the missiles are maintained by Gunners Mates with a special NEC for working on the subsystem. GMG2 BUZZARD,
GMG3 PAEY and SN FLOWERS work in this area. They have been tasked with the arduous job of maintaining TARAWA's
launchers at a maximum state of readiness of which they have accomplished with exceptional results. This of course
would not be possible if it wasn't for the other FTMCSJ in F Division assisting in their maintenance of the launchers. This
was necessitated by a condition that progressively got worse through the cruiseg called "shortage of personnel." As a
result the FTMCSJ and GMGCSD have crossed trained and worked in both the missile launching and fire control system.
It is to be the credit of everyone in F Division that maximum cooperation and team effort prevailed during this cruise.
Particular distinction should be paid to GMG2 BUZZARD, the F Division LPO. His efforts and leadership abilities yielded
an effecient and highly productive Missile team. The big event that missile types work fro and dream about did not
take place this cruise, "a missile shoot." However, F Division cheerfully looks towards the near future in hopes for
their missile shoot. In closing F Division feels That not only was the cruise made successful in their area by the people
presently in the division but also by the people who left during the cruise. These people F division wants to give a
special thanks and farewell to: FTM1 TAYLOR, FTM2 HURLESS, GMG3 CLONTZ, FTM2 MCGREEVY, FTM3 RE, TEM1
MCLOUD, GMGC KEARNS, AND FTM1 WRIGHT. Someone who just recently departed after being F Division Officer the
majority of the cruise was LT LYDIARD. He was unable to finish the deployment as he was medivaced back to the
states prior to the to the ships return. The present Division Officer is LTJG KUNZ. F Division would also like to give a
special thanks to FTMSN TERRANCE TANTENELLA for all of his time and effort as F Division cruise book representa-
tive, and who by the way became the proud father of a healthy baby boy by his wife Connie, during the deployment.
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CARROLL, GLINSKI, MICHAEL RASH, JOHN D. GILBERTSON,
The TARAWA Navigation Department is charged with the safe navigation of the
ship. This responsibility encompasses all aspects of navigation including interhar-
bor and coastal piloting and open ocean navigating by celestial and electronic
The TARAWA's Navigator is LCDR W.E. PARRY, who is directly responsible to
the Captain for the safe and proper navigation of the ship. The Navigator's
assistant is QMC L.R. THOMPSON, who is responsible for personnel and material
management of assigned assets. The LPO is QM1 KREGAR who interfaces with
the department Chief and subordinates in matters of training, watch organization
and performance, maintenance of department spaces and equipment and de-
Navigation Sea Detail, the most demanding of all navigation evolutions, re-
quires all personnel be at their stations and perform at their highest level. A
mistake or miscalculation during transit of restricted waters could mean disaster
for the ship. During this detail the bridge wings are manned by QMSN TOEPPE
and QMSN CARROLL. The bearing recorder is SQMSN RASH and deck log keeper
is QMSN GILBERTSON while QM3 SCHUMAN is the plotter. The all important
but often neglected after steering detail is manned by QMSN WAUGH and QMSN
WILDER. Navigation Department personnel who were detached from the ship
during the deployment included QM2 MCELROY, QM3 YOKUM and QMSN
CHRISTOPHER. The department was saddened by the sudden departure of QMC
THOMPSON who was transfered to shore duty in May 79. Newcomers during the
deployment included QM3 LASALLE and QM3 PALACIOS.
The deployment gave the Navigation Department the opportunity to sharpen
skills learned during REFTRA and AMPHIBREFTRA. Celestial and electronic navi-
gation presented significant challenges and much experience was gained. The
navigators hadconsiderable success in qualifying as Quartermasters of the
Watch as well as completing other ship wide and extra rate training. In summary,
all department goals were met during the deployment, much fun and enjoyment
were had in liberty ports and the six and a half month cruise is considered an
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The Auxiliary Machinery Division consists of 34 men divided into four work centers.
Personnel assigned to the Auxiliary Machinery Division are Machinist Mate, Engineman
and Repairman ratings. Work center EAO1 is responsible for operating and maintaining
the ship's two Aircraft Elevators, steering gear machinery, Medical evacuation and
personnel elevators, Nitrogen system that supports the Aircraft elevators and aviation
maintenance systems, Anchor windlass machinery, BalIast!Deballast hydraulic sys-
tem, replenishment at sea winches, Boat and Airplane crane, stores conveyors and
sideport stores handling cranes, and the mooring capstains.
Work Center EAO2 is responsible for the operation and maintenance' of the ship's
two Ship's Service!Emergency Diesel generator Engines, diesel engines in six landing
craft, ship's service air compressors and associated low pressure air system, medium
pressure air compressors, ten deballast air compressors and four electric driven fire
Work Center EAO3!5 is responsible for maintaining all refrigeration machinery, four
300 ton centrifugal air conditioning systems, sewage treatment plants, laundry and
dry cleaning machinery, hot water heater systems, steam heating systems, and the
galley and scullery machinery for three large dining facilities.
Work Center EAO9, the ship's Machine Shop, supports the entire ship's need for
machine shop work and is capable of machining just about anything needed to repair
Although severely undermanned the Auxiliary Machinery Division has maintained
assigned machinery in a good operating condition throughout this deployment and
has even been able to place some machinery back in commision which had previously
been down for an extended period.
CWO4 H.W. Turner is the Auxiliaries Officer. MMCM J.T. Hampton was the Leading
Chief Petty Officer during the early part of the deployment however since July ENC
EP. .Kajioka has been the Leading Chief Petty Officer in the Auxiliary Machinery
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EN3 RHINER EN3 SCOTT MR3 VIRREY EN3 WOODRUM
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EM2 S. LANDRUM
EM3 W. GREEN
ICFN A. BEAN
ICC M. CONNOR
EM1 H. CALLOWAY
IC1 M. CAMPBELL
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EM3 G. HERMAN EM3 J. MANSANET
EM2 D. TRUAX
EM3 L. SHERWOOD
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IC3 J. FRITZ
IC3 M. TURNER
EMFN R. SCOTT
EMFN R. TOBER
EMFA M. FOX
ICFN T. CUMMINS ICFN J. ESTVANIK ICFN B. HYMAN EMFN K. KNOTT EMFN R. MURPHY
TARAWA's Electrical Division consists of two major groups, the Interior Communi-
cations, "IC", group under the supervision of ICC Conner and the Electrical Distri-
bution, "EM", group under the supervision of EMCS Donaldson.
The IC group is responsible for IVCS and shore phones, Gyro compasses, ship
wide announcing systems, Engine room and bridge control consoles, alarms, fire
and smoke detection equipment and the repair of microfminiature circuits Cprinted
The EM group is responsible for the repair and maintenance of shipboard lighting,
convenience outlets, power generators, power generation and distribution equip-
ment, motors, batteries and small boat electrical systems. Particularly significant, is
the small motor rewind which has facilities to completely rewind AC and DC motors.
The "E" Division team provides "Round-the-Clock" trouble service both inport
and at sea for those in need. For the most part these services go unnoticed.
However by working together to handle casualties "E" Division has earned its
reputation as a working division.
The Elecrical Division Officer is CWO2 W. W. Chapman USN.
EMFN F. WISSLER
EMFA E. DAMM EMFA M.
ICFA T. SANCHEZ EMFA D, SCHAFF
FA V. EDWARDS
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"ACE" LANDRUM, EMFN G. FISHWICK, EM2 O. LOZANO, EMFN R. TOBER, EMFN R.
EM2 S. LANDRUM AND EM2 O. LOZANO TEACH EEO1 PERSONNEL HOW TO
PERFORM SWAB PMS EMFN R. MURPHY AND EM3 J. MANSANET OB-
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POWER-REWIND SHOP CEEOZJ LEFT TO RIGHT - EM3 B. FIGUEROA, EMFN F.
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Repair Division is comprised of twenty-nine Hull Maintenance Technicians headed up by
Ensign T.F. McGuire as division officer under the direction of LT R.L. Clark, the ship's Damage
There are three assigned work centers, the HT Weld Shop, Carpenter Shop and the CO2
HT1 Christenson is in charge of the HT Weld Shop. Here all welding requirements for the
shop are coordinated and carried out. Additionaly structrural plumbing and piping systems are
maintained as well as the three installed sewage treatment plants.
HT2 Novak's Carpenter Shop is limited in the amount of wood work that is turned out. The
most significant of his assigned duties is in maintaining six AFFF Fire Fighting Stations and the
remote controls for all Sprinkler Fire Fighting Systems on board as well as the Twin Agent
Systems in the Main Machinery Spaces. Charging SSD's, ensuring Radiacs are calibrated and
that all repair lockers have the proper emergency gear are additional Carpenter Shop respon-
HT1 Stewart coordinates the efforts of thirty Damage Control Petty Officers from the CO2
Transfer Shop. Working directly for the Damage Control Assistant, all damage control main-
tance is scheduled, repair parts provided and assistance rendered. Daily Maintenance in-
cludes, ensuring fire stations are properly equiped, fire extinguishers are ready, vents cleaned,
ladder hand rails safe and emergency lights working. PMS records are maintained up to date
weekly. Damage Control Petty Officers training is also a primary function of LT Clark and HT1
Under the watchful eye of HT1 Carmickel, Repair Division's LPO, a twenty-four hour watch is
maintained in Damage Control Central. Here reports are received from the forward and after
roving security watches that the ship is secure, The DC Console is monitored for fire, smoke
and flooding in vital spaces. Other systems monitored or controled include the ventilation, fire
pumps, fire main pressure, AFFF systems, water curtains, ballast and NBC washdown system.
Repair Division is where the Damage Control experts derive. Fire Marshalls, key members in
each repair locker, each lnport Emergency Team and at sea the flying squad all come from
HT3 BANVILLE HT3 BARSLOU HT3 HENDERSON HT3 COOPER
HT3 POST HTFN FRIERSON HTFN GALL HTFN DOWNS
HTFA WETZEL HTFA HAMPTON HTFA DOHERTY HTFA POSEY
HTFA CONDE HTFA MINICK HTFA NYITRAI HTFA LOZANO
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Main Propulsion Division consists of 60 hardworking Boiler Technicians and Machinist Mates
responsible for the operation and maintenance of TARAWA's forward and after machinery
spaces. Each machinery space consists of 1 main engine capable of supplying 35,000 shaft
horsepower to on of the ship's two propellers, 2 Ship's Service Turbo Generators capable of
supplying 2500 KW each and 1 Distilling Plant unit capable of producing 70,000 gallons of
water per day. Supplying the steam to produce the above is one very large Combustion
Engineering Boiler per machinery space. These boilers. incidentally, are the largest boilers in
use in a U.S. Navel vessel and are the largest for Marine use ever manufactured in the U.S. MP
Division as it is commonly known, is composed of five workcentersg EMO2 and EBO2 in the
forward Machinery space, EMO1 and EBO1 in the After Machinery space, and the Oil Lab
The main Propulsion Assistant is LCDR R. W. HILL, while the MP Division Officer is LTJG P. D.
Ring. BTC M. D. Decoste and MMC R. L. Trafton are in charge of the forward space while MMC
R. A. Gladney and BTC D. C. Willishave the after space with BTC Willis taking the Oil Lab. In
August 1979 BTCS L. Johnson relieved BTC Willis and became the LCPO of MP Division.
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MMFN HEAPY AND HTFN FRIERSON SHOW THAT THE LONG HRS OF
TRAINING PAYOFF AS THEY SUCCESSFULLY HANDLE A CASUALTY
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ASSIST BRINGING FWD BOILER ON THE LINE TO INSURE SANITATION OF SHIPS WATER
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EM3 J. BOLGER EN3 B. DIETER
EM3 J. EN3 M. BECHMAN
MM3 K. PORTER
ENFN D. SAUER EMFN K. AITKEN
ENFN G. MESSICK FR. C. AUDET FR M. HENRY
The Assualt Division is a diverse and tightly knit division consisting of 12 men from
various rates in the Engineering Department. Personnel assigned to the Assualt Divi-
sion as Enginemen, Machinist Mates, Interior Communication Electricians, and Electri-
cians Mates. Work Center EA11, assualt division's work center, is responsible for
maintaining the LHA-1 class assualt system. The LHA-1 class assualt system is a
complex system consisting of such unique equipment as diesel driven monorail cars,
monorail tracks and switches, five cargo elevators, cargo elevator doors and hatches,
Longitudinal conveyor, line handling system, water barrier system, Vehicle and Am-
phibious recovery winch, stern closure and various auxiliary equipment required to
conduct a successful well deck operation. These subsystems require the skills of these
A large task indeed,but the Assualt Division has maintained their equipment in a high
state of readiness and ready to meet the requirements oa ny amphibious operation. lt
has been through their professional dedication and team effort that they been able to
meet this challenge.
LTJG Lapating is the Assualt System Officer. ICC Connor was the Assualt Systems
Division Officer prior to the last inport period in Subic Bay. MM2 Weinerth is the work
center supervisor of EA11 and is responsible for the every day corrective and preven-
tive maintenance of the Assualt System equipment. The Electrical Assistance to the
work center is provided by EM3 Bolger, EM3 Swa, EM3 Humphrey, and EMFN Aitken.
The Engineman Assistants to the work center are EN3 Beckman, FN Messick, and FN
Sauer. MM3 Porter, FR Audet and a newcomer, FR Henry, round out the team.
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While deployed onboard TARAWA for its first Western Pacific Cruise,
OA Division responsibilities have been basicly routine. The TARAWA
weatherguessers have torn and filed teletype data, plotted weather
charts, provided forecasts to the Commodore, Captain, and embarked
units, and taken hourly weather observations. But it wasn't all dull work
and no play. We all looked forward to liberty as much as the next guy
and sometimes that liberty was cancelled, as in the case of Manila and
typhoon Cecil. Cecil was the first typhoon of the season and decided to
pay a visit while we were anchored in Manila Bay. We weatherguessers
were recalled, providing current data and positioning on Cecil, and the
TARAWA ultimately had to sortie 300 miles west of the Philippines while
good old Cecil made up his mind as to where he wanted to go. One
highpoint of the cruise was having AV-8 Harrier aircraft aboard. We
worked closely with the pilots providing them with altimeter readings,
visibility and density altitude. It was really mindboggling to see a fixed
wing aircraft take off and land like a helicopter and a real thrill to see
one blast off the flight deck. It seems to be the concensus of the
weathergussers that Pattaya Beach Thailand was the best of all the
ports we visited and we think the rest of the crew would concur. It
offered everything from sunny skies and beautiful beaches to para-
gliding, motorcycling, waterscooters and beautiful women. The people
were friendly and the beer was cheap. Who could ask for more! As the
cruise progressed we settled down to our standard at sea routine
always to give them nice weather, but try as we might there was
always that chance of rain. Talking about rain, our last month in the
Philippines we received almost 100 inches of rain. A record!!! It even
rained in the weather office, thanks to some hidden leaks but now the
skies are clear and we are headed home, tired but happy and a little
more aware of the world around us. So from the aerographers mates
of USS TARAWA, Lt Frank MCNAB, AG1 CHUCK TAYLOR, AG1 TOM
POLLEY, AG2 SCOTT DITTBERNER, AG3 TOMMY CABOT, AG3 RICKY
MILLER, AG3 DAVID THOMPSON, AGAN LYNN DYER AND AGAN BOB
BISHOP, we would like to say f'ALOHA." Its been a great cruise!!!!!
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OD Division operates the ships computor. We take all the facts and figures from
the rest of the ship and, with the computor, rearrange it so they can understand
whats going on in their world and tell someon else about it. We help everyone
report their P.lVl.S. accomplishment, we tell supply what their parts status is, we
tell the captain how much optar he has left to spend, we help the OS's with their
tactical data system and nav data and we help the marines with their files. We key
punch all the cards that are read by the computor and provide the ship and her
crew with the information they need when they need it.
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"We maintain the electronic eyes, ears and brains of TIARAWA. Radars are the electronic eyes
of TARAWAQ sending pulsed bursts of energy that we receive and display on various consoles. The
'Radar Tech', who, by virture of their jury-rigging technigues qualify as on-the-job design,engi-
neers, combine with the Operations Specialists to keep TARAWA safe in clearlor foggy skies. The
ears of the TARAWA are kept sharp by the communications repair gang maintaining the radios,
couplers, antenae and numerous sundry items that the radiomen operate. The brain of the
TARAWA is the Integrated Tactical Amphibious Warfare Data Systems computer, which takes up
a goodly portion of the O4 and O5 levels. It processes all the senior information forthe Combat
Direction Center, establishes data links with other ships and can even generate training exercises
to keep our OS's up to speed. In it's off hours it even finds time to turn out our pay checks.
The O4 level houses that much maligned area referred to as the Electronics Material Office- it's
more familiar name is CASREP control. The O5 level the largest user of comm repairs talents, the
Communications Center. The vast communications requirements of the LHA require a vast
amount of lst generation equipment that is maintained by lst caliber personnel. The O6 level
communications repair, where the techs bench test and repair radios, antenae, couplers, mod-
ules and almost everything else that comes to hand. Tucked away in CIC is display repair, where
Data Systems techs repair the intricate consoles that are used to display computer and radar
information. Across the way is radar room 2. lt houses the Surface Search and fire control radar
in addition to just enough stereo gear to throw a fair sized rock concert. At the top of the ladder
on the O7 level is radar repair, where the technicians, who maintain air and surface search
radars, TACAN, and various military systems along with a heavy side line of stereo repair, reside.
The Technician be he a DS or ET is only as capable as the quality of test equipment at his
disposal. Our test equipment is as exotic and varied as the system we maintain. Just off the mess
decks is the Calibration Laboratory. lt's very position, so remote from the user, ensures that the
equipment is in need of calibration upon arrival.
This has been a story of our efforts at sea. ln port the job varies only slightly. Maintenance and
repair are always necessary. Vlfe work 'hard' and our play is equally demanding. For a typical
night on the town, tag along with "Spaz, Worm, Marty, Jerry" and Gene some evening.
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DS2 Striklen ET3 Williams ET3 Chubick ET3 Dikeman DS3 Scott
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OS2 D. WHITE
OI Division consists of Electronic Warfare Technicians CEWJ, and Operation Special-
ists COSJ Ol Division's primary purpose, although tasked with innumerable responsibil-
ities ranging from blind navigation to Electronic Intelligence, is to provide the com-
mand with real time intelligence inputs in regard toward enemy and friendly position-
ing, and as a result advise the command as to weapon assignment.
Although the cruise proved uneventful in regards toward contacts with Soviet Com-
batents, with the only Soviet contacts being Merchantmen and Bear aircraft, the
division did however play a key role in the amphibious exercises, contributing invalu-
ably as boat and air control. Ol Division has not been one to take it's liberty too lightly,
and has been noted as being one of the first divisions to hit the beach, and once on
liberty, has been inclinded toward heavy steaming.
Ol Division has gone through a major turnover throughout the cruise, and has lost
several key personnel due to their rotation dates. Among the new personnel have been
LCDR Wright, who has replaced LCDR McKinley as the Combat information Officer
ENS Lofton, who has replaced LT Anderson as the Electronic Warfare Officer, and
OSCS Nelson who has replaced OSCS Cross as the Division's and Operations Depart-
ment Leading Chief. Despite the loss of key personnel within the division, there still is
the desire and capability to compete and be awarded the "Combat information
Center-Battle Efficiency Award" for the second year in a row.
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OS2 R. COLON
OS3 C. SANDERS
OS3 A. RYLOW
OSSN F. MAINES
OS3 K. BISHOP
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OS3 G. OS3 M. JENSEN OS3 V, LYTE
OSSN C. OSSN K. OSSN L.
PETRACH LORDHOLT MIDDLETON
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LCDR RAYMOND ZAWADZKI
FOOD SER VICE
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I The Stores Division is responsible for stocking, issuing, and requisitioning all repair parts and consumables
li for the ship, crew, and troops. The eighteen storekeepers manage a computerized inventory of 50,000
'W different items worth 54.5 million. During the seventh month deployment they processed 10,000 transac-
l tions at an annual spending rate of S2 million, issues of everything from nuts and bolts to 540,000 electronic
M 5 parts were made daily from nineteen storerooms, requiring frequent stock replenishment. lnport at Subic
ii j Bay, the material was loaded by means of cranes, trucks, and forklifts. Our most exhaustive effort was a 36
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hour loadout CPressured by an approaching typhoonj after 45 days at sea. That is a lot of computer paper,
cleaning supplies, repair parts, and toilet paper! We once had to help out a sister ship, they did not
appreciate the substitute offer of bilge wiping rags. At sea, requisitions were sent out by radio message and
material received from a stores ship. Cargo was simultaneously sent across by high-wire and lowered onto
the flight deck by helicopters. Storekeepers manned and operated forklifts, pallet transporters, cargo
elevators and conveyors. They processed receipt paperwork, marked the material for its destination,
supervised the working party within the ship, and stowed the material in the various storerooms, all at a
furious pace. The USS WHITE PLAINS landed 200 fully loaded cargo nets on the flight deck in less than two
During amphibious assault war conditions, the storekeepers fill several vital roles. Many were assigned to
cargo handling for the massive off-load of the Marine equipment, ammunition, and support gear. Others
were assigned to Damage Control Repair parties, and of course it was businness as usual for the few who
remained to make issues of both battle-emergency repair parts and normal daily requirements. We must
have won the war at least six times! The deployment wasn't all work, occassionally the helicopters rested
and we could stretch, jog, and get blissfully sunburned on "Steel Beach." Shore liberty allowed the
enjoyment of the cities countryside, food, and people of seven different countries Cnot to mention the
consumption of at least as many different national beerslj. We made four-day stops in Hawaii, Manila,
Okinawa, Singapore, Thailand, Hong Kong, and Korea. Our Westpac home was Subic Bay in the Republic of
the Phillippines. For many storekeepers it was a long awaited return to their homeland and to joyous family
reunions. The Navy base offered a wide range of facilities. Outside the gate and across "crystal creek" there
was excellent shopping, and the friendly Filipinos served cold San Migual and picked up Pesos. The first ever
LHA deployment was marked by numerous milestones, many of them personal: experiencing the first
Westpac, livinglthrough "Shellback" initiation, baving birthdays at sea and births at home, enduring the first
typhoon, meeting and helping "Boat People", learning rudimentary tagalog, and, as always in the Navy,
extending hails and Ifarewells. Westpac was long, successful, and full of hard work, lessons learned, and
bitter-sweet memories and Stores Division is sure glad to be home.
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SK3 JENKINS YNSN CLINTON SKSN HENSEL
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SUBMITTING THEM TO THE SUPPLY OFFICER
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THIS WAY AND IT CAME OUT WRONG SIR-WHAT NOW SIR
LT PRATT IS HEARD ASKING SK2 CHAPMAN WHAT'S GOING ON, THE
COOKS JUST WENT THAT AWAY WITH SOME OF OUR STOCK -TOILET
IT LOOK LIKE ANOTHER FINE NAVY DAY
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VAL IN PEARL HARBOR. HAWAII
OFFICE STOREKEEPER'S WHAT's THAT NUMBER
AGAIN FORGIVE ME I HAVE A SHORT MEMORY.
BOTH TRYING TO MAKE THE END OF FY 79 BUDGET REPORT TO EVEN
OUT BEFORE THE CDR ASKS FOR IT. PAYUMO WAN'f"S A RELIEF
LEAVE ME ALONE I HAVE WORK TO DO
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WHEN AT SEA FOR LONG PERIODS OF TIME, THE TAKING OF A MEAL BECOMES AN
EVENT OF INCREASING IMPORTANCE. IT IS A TIME TO RELAX, TO CONVERSE WITH
FRIENDS IN A NON-WORKING MODE, AND TO GENERALLY REJUVENATE ONE'S BODY
AND MIND. THEREFORE THE WORK AND EFFORT OF THE MESS MANAGEMENT SPE-
CIALISTS AND THE FOOD SERVICE DIVISION IS CRUCIAL TO THE SUCCESS OF ANY
DEPLOYMENT. THEIR PRIMARY MISSION IS TO PROVIDE SHIP'S COMPANY AND
EMBARKED MARINES WITH A WHOLESOME AND NUTRITIOUS DIET, PROPERLY PRE-
PARED AND SERVED. ON BOARD TARAWA THIS IS A CONTINUOUS, AROUND THE
CLOCK EFFORT INVOLVING OVER TWO HUNDRED NAVY AND MARINE PERSONNEL.
THE BULK OF THE TIME AND ENERGY OF THESE MEN IS SPENT IN THE AREA OF
DAILY FOOD PREPARATION, BUT PROVIDING THE TYPE OF FOOD SERVICE WHICH
THE CREW DESERVES MEANS THE MESS MANAGEMENT SPECIALISTS MUST POS-
SESS A VARIETY OF SKILLS. THEY MUST BE EXCELLENT BAKER, ABLE TO PRODUCE
A VARIETY OF BAKERY GOODS FROM BREAKFAST PASTRIES TO DINNER ROLLS.
THEY MUST BE COMMISSARYMEN, CAPABLE OF MANAGING AN INVENTORY OF 175
DIFFERENT FOOD ITEMS WORTH OVER S400,000. THEY ARE CALLED UPON TO
CATER BOTH INFORMAL PARTIES AND FORMAL RECEPTIONS. AND THEY MUST
MANAGE 110 STATEROOMS, PROVIDING HOTEL SERVICES FOR TWO HUNDRED
OFFICERS AS WELL AS OTHER MILITARY AND CIVILIAN, GUESTS AND OBSERVERS.
THE ENTIRE RANGE OF SKILLS COVERED BY THE MS RATING WAS CALLED UPON
DURING TARAWA'S FIRST DEPLOYMENT. AFTER BEING AT SEA OVER THIRTY DAYS, A
MAJOR LOADOUT OF PROVISIONS WAS ACCOMPLISHED IN THIRTY-SIX HOURS OF
CONTINUOUS LOADING. THE DIVISION PLAYED A MAJOR ROLE IN THE CARE AND
SUPPORT OF THE VIETNAMISE REFUGEES. WHILE IN OKINAWA FOR THE FOURTH OF
JULY, THE FOOD SERVICE DIVISION CATERED CTF 76'S RECEPTION PROVIDING
APPETIZERS, PUNCH, AND SERVICE FOR 400 GUESTS. THE DIVISION ALSO CATERED
THE SHIP'S PARTY PROVIDING ENTREES FOR A VARIETY OF APPETITES.
FLEXIBILITY WAS THE KEYNOTE OF THE DEPLOYMENT, AND FOOD SERVICE DIVI-
SION MAINTAINED IT'S POLICY OF SERVICE TO THE CREW WITH FLEXIBLE MEAL
HOURS WHICH BENT TO THE SHIP'S OPERATIONAL SCHEDULE, BY PROVIDING
SPECIAL RATIONS FOR BOAT CREWS AND SHORE PATROL PERSONNEL, AND BY
OFFERING A COMPLETE DINNER MENU FOR MIDRATS.
DURING THIS DEPLOYMENT, THE FOOD SERVICE DIVISION ACCEPTED AND MET
THE CHALLENGES OF A WIDE VARIETY OF ASSIGNMENTS PROVING THAT NOT ONLY
IS TARAWA THE EAGLE OF THE SEA BUT SHE EATS WELL TOO.
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MS2 MARIANO MS2 LABAGUIS MS2 WILLIAMS MS2 MADICDEN
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SH2 MOORE SH3 WHITE
SH3 ORR SH3 SANTOS
SHSN HUBBARD SHSA FROST
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SH3 KELLY SH3 BATSON
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DKSN TWAITS DKSN D'ANDREA
The Disbursing office during tarawa's initial westpac cruise was manned by LTJG
R.A. Quinto, DK1 F.E. Dreaden, DK3 F.A. Aukuso, DKSN J.E. Twaits, and DKSN T.M.
During tarawa's visits to various liberty ports, the disbursing office provided the
crew with "Fresh Money" by working overtime to provide "Special Paydays" along
with the normal paydays.
Professionally speaking, the disbursing office provides a wide variety of services,
namely maintining nine hundred pay-records for the nine different commands
onboard, processing five to ten travel claims per day, providing advance payment
for shore patrol personnel, producing and processing payday checks, filling out
allotments for loved ones or credit unions and providing answers on financial
matters for individual crew members.
Overall, the disbursing office enjoyed tarawa's initial westpac cruise. As with any
first time evolution, the disbursing office had some kinks during the cruise, but with
one westpac cruise under its belt, the disbursing office will be ready for its second
DK3 F. AUKUSO ENS B. BARR
WELL I AM GLAD THAT WE GOT IT
I WAS SURE THAT THIS WAS RIGHT?
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K. A. EICKHOFF
J. G. GRUSPE
-6 DIVI I0
T. G. MONCRIEF D. R. MOLINE
E. A. AQUINO H. GAPZA
The prime function of the Aviation Stores Division is to provide direct material support to the
embarked squadron and AIMD. Items as large as complete rotor heads and as small as a cotter
pin are stocked and issued as required. The division first becomes involved when the squadron
or AIMD submits a requisition. The requisition is processed through technical editing and
screened against on hand assets. If the item is onboard it is issued, if the item is not carried a
requisition is submitted into the supply system. All high priority requisitions are monitored on
a daily basis. The ship carries a total authorization of 9 AK's CAviation Storekeepersj to
perform its function. Additionally 4 Marines from the squadron are assigned to assist. AK1
BADERE served as the LPO for the division until his departure in August. AK2 MONCRIEF
provided expertise in the area of repairable management while AK2 EICKHOFF directed the
efforts of the night crew and acted as the SUADPS coordinator. AK2 MOLINE managed the
financial books and was the Hangar Bay supervisor. AK3 AQUINO directed the management of
the sqaiting parts locker and AKAA GRUSPE worked the NORSXNFE requisition desk. AKAN
GAPZA, AKAN CALIBO, and AKAA YZAGUIPRE worked in the storerooms and made the issues.
CPL's HERNANDEZ, NAU, and PEACHER and LICPL DIETERLY were the Marine augmentees
and provided invaluable assistance and man hours in supporting the squadron. In mid-May S-6
underwent a division officer change. LTJG SWAINSON departed for a new assignment in
Puerto Rico and was replaced by ENS WALCOTT who came from the USS GUADALCANAL
CLPH-75 where he was the Aviation Stores Officer. Throughout the deployment over 7200
requisitions were processed by the division and an average of 79 percent net supply effective-
ness was maintained. Over tS588,000 was spent in providing the support necessary to keep the
helos flying and the squadron meeting its committments. The men of S-6 Division worked
extremely hard at sea or inport and deserve a "Well Done" for outstanding service.
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PAYAL, LIKE MY ART WORK
FOURTH OF JULY PARTY TIME
PREPARING SHIPMENT DO YOU WANT THIS DONE BY WHEN?
GETTING THE JOB DONE
UPDATING 8 O'CLOCK REPORTS ORDER PARTS BY MESS
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THEY STILL REMEMBER ME
REVIEWING THE FINANCIAL I CAN YOU GET IT RIGHT
STANDING WITH SOME FRIENDS
ALL FOR A PIECE OF CANDY
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LCDR MONTANA LCDR ARNOLD LCDR PONZO
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ABH-ZMARTINEZ ABH-3 ADAMS ABH-3 COLLINS
ABH-3 GUECO ABH-3 HOFFMAN ABH-3 INMAN
The Air Department's V-1 Division is responsible for the
operation and maintenance of the flight deck. Composed of
64 men, V-1 is the largest division on TARAWA. The division
is made up of three separate segments, Fly 1, Fly 2 and
Crash and Salvage. Fly 1 and Fly 2 are responsible for air-
craft launch recovery and movements on the flight deck.
These two segments are also responsible for secondary
firefighting in the flight deck area. Fly 1 handles spots 1
through 5 and the forward slash and Fly 2 has responsibility
for spots 6-10 and the after slash. Crash and Salvage is
responsible for the operation of tow tractors, crash crane,
and firefighting equipment. This group is also tasked with
primary firefighting responsibilities, which includes initial Le-
sponse with the TAU as well as crew rescue and salvaging
damaged aircraft. In V-1 Division there are three color cod-
ed jerseys worn on the flight deck to distinguish job assign-
mentsg yellow jerseys worn on the flight deck are worn by
ABH-3 R. SMITH
ABH-3 D. SMITH
ABHAR BALLIS ABHAA BARBER YNSN BARRETT
AN CHRISTOPHEL AN CLATT AR CROSS
AN FOLEY AA GILLENWATER AN GONZALES
the LSE's CLanding Signalmen Enlistedj, flight deck chief,
and flight deck officers. The men who handle aircraft secur-
ing and tow hookups wear blue jerseys. Red jerseys are
worn by all crash and salvage personnel. Capable of 10
simultaneous helicopter launches, TARAWA's flight deck can
also handle the AV-8 Harriers or a mixture of both. The
ingenuity of V-1 handlers has allowed an increase in the
number of spots to eleven, depending on the placement of
its twenty five embarked helicopters, proving additional
flexibility to an L-Hour launch. The V-1 division on WestPac
79 completed five major amphibious assault excercises in-
cluding the first concurrent AV-8 and helicopter operations
on the LHA. During the cruise TARAWA's flight deck crew
has handled over 5000 accident free landings and also
passed the 13,000th accident free landing milestone. V-1
handles the most visible of TARAWA's many mission capabi-
lities and does so with style and pride.
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During the recent Westpac 79 the hangar deck division enjoyed an accident free safety record. Aircraft
movements within the confined space of the Hangar Deck were done with professionalism and called for a
particular kind of expertise. During MAUFLEX 79 and other amphibious exercises the "Heavy Movers" of V-3
Division supported airwing operations and battalion landing team formations drills and inspections. The
Hangar Deck claims title to being the largest enclosed "Working Space" on the ship, always the center of
activity the Hangar Bay has also served as a parking lot for ground support equipment CGSED, an area for
engine transmissions, stowing empty cans and other supply parts that nobody claims, enginnering nitrogen
bottle hole if1,a place to jog, have jam sessions park jeeps, pallet transporters, tanks, 105 howitzers, and last
but not least doing maintenance on aircraft. Leading the "Heavy Movers" of V-3 Division during TARAWA's
maiden voyage was LT ROBERT RIVERA QDIVISION OFFICERD, ABH1 CHARLES HUNT CSEA HUNTJ as LPO from
Centrilia lllinoise, and ABH2 RALPH CLARE From Ologapo City, R.P. assistant LPO. The men of V-3 Division
worked hard and played hard too, of particular note was the crossing of the equator and the entering of King
Neptunes domain. Three "Shellbacks" in the division had the job of initiating the 15 "SIimy Wogs", most
"Wogs" had to be initiated twice to prove they had learned the wisdom required to become one of King
Neptunes trusty shellbacks, but all in all the first "Cruise" of the Eagle of the Sea was exciting and gratifying
for the "Heavy Movers" of V-3 Division.
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The Aviation Boatswain's Mate Fuels of V-4 Division, better known as the "Grapes", because of their purple
colored jerseys, operate and maintain the ship's aviation fuels and mogas system. They are responsible for the safe
fueling of all helicopters and other assigned and transient aircraft. V-4 division also provides JP-5 jet fuel for the
ship's boats, ground support equipment, monorails, emergency diesel generators, and even has the capabilities to
provide .lp-5 to the ship's boilers in an emergency situation. The flight deck crew which is headed by ABF2 Gary
PIERCE, also is a member of the flight deck firefighting team. The "Airedale Snipes", who operate and mainta'n the
Jp-5 pumprooms and all related equipment and machinery, are the heart of the division. The below decks cry w is
headed by ABF3 Carlton POYTHRESS. The repair division is headed by ABF2 HART, perform all emergency and
scheduled maintenance to the fuels machinery and equipment. V-4 division is proud of their many accomplish-
ments and one look at their manchinery spaces will show this pride. The division chief and leading Petty Officer are
ABFC Robert BAIRD and ABF1 A1 COLLINS, RESPECTFULLY.
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The Aircraft Intermediate Maintenance Department headed by LT Pruter is one of the most
unusual departments onboard Tarawa. Commonly referred to as AIMD, the depnartmentfs normal
compliment of personnel is forty-seven, however the department almost doubles in size when
the composite squadron checks aboard and thirty-six marines augment the AIMD. The depart-
ment, split into four divisions, IM-, IM-2, IM-3, IM-4 carries out a sizable workload repairing
aircraft components, maintaining the more than one hundred and forty pieces of ground support
equipment and mechanical handling equipment and supporting maintenance alalysis, material
control, and quality assurance personnel, is managed by the Maintenance!Material Control
Officer, LT Mixon, and Master Chief Petty Officer Hann, the Maintenance Chief. This division
directs the maintenance efforts on the ship's "Eagle" and all intermediate maintenance per-
formed on inducted aircraft components. Quality assurance inspects the work performed on a
random sample basis and ensures that quality is built in, not tacked on at the last moment.
One, the men of this division also compile all the data and send out the reports on the aircraft
engines received and transferred by the ship. The data analyst provides all the information on
,work accomplished so management can track man-hours on each type of job. They are also
responsible for ordering and receiving all parts for the department. The IM-2 division, led by ADC
Foster performs organizational level maintenance on the "Eagle" and performs intermediate
level repairs on hydraulic, pneumatic, structual and life support equipment and components.
H Two, They manufacture and test hydraulic lines, build-up wheel assemblies for all the helos and
yellow gear , do welding riveting and x-ray inspections and ins ectfre air th l'f ft d
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survival equipment for the pilots and crewmen. Additionally they perform intermediate level
maintenance on T 58 T400 '
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ance on the T-64 engine. Also the oil analysis laboratory is operated and managed by the IM-2
division providing oil sample results to the embarked squadron, Engineering department and to
the IM- division for the "Eagle". The IM-3 division is split into three important branches, avionics,
electrical, and the calibration laboratory. The avionics branch, supervised by AT Blizzard, fault
isolates and repairs ashigh number of UHFXVHF receiversftransmitters, tacans and miscella-
neous commfnav equipment to support the embarked squadron. The electric shop, supervised
by AE2 Hartman, repairs automatic flight control systems and a variety of electrical components.
Additionally the shop maintains a pool of NICAD aircraft batteries for the UH-IN, AH-IJ and CH-46
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aircraft. The calibration laboratory managed by AT Shipley repairs and calibrates mechanical and
electronic equipment utilized by the entire department, embarked squadron and assists other
departments as occasions permit. IM-4 led by ASC Heinmann and AS Wolf maintain and sustain
all of the ground support equipment, commonly referred to as "Yellow Gear". GSE shop per-
forms scheduled and unscheduled maintenance on two tractors, forklifts, pallet transporter as
well as well as other various pieces of equipment, to provide Tarawa and her embarked units with
yellow gear to assist in o'ne-alpha, unreps, and flight operations GSE personnel maybe found on
any given day, at any given timeg anywhere from the cargo hold on the 6th deck to the flight deck
at the O3 level. The performance of GSE plays a vital role in Tarawa's ability to accomplish her
mission. Still they find time to train ships company personnel in the proper operation of pallet
transporters, forklifts and aircraft tow tractors and composite squadron personnel in the proper
operation of aircraft support equipment. The AIMD all in all covers a myriad of maintenance tasks
and functions while supporting the needs of the composite squadron and ensuring the "Eagle" is
ready to launch for the main, to carry VIPS or to conduct holy helo ops for the chaplin. The high
caliber of personnel assigned to AIMD carry out "their" mission with a ready and willing attitude.
AS1 Santos AK1 Berg
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Front Row Left to Right LCPL Meiers, LCPL Lybrand, CPL Acosta, SGT Fox, LCPL Velasquez, SSGT Glantz, LCPL Taylor. Back Row
Left to Right LCPL Salinas, SSGT Gurney, CPL Young, LCPL Andrews, LCPL Maples, CPL Bieker, SGT Kelly, Clcplj, SGT Lester
LT Mixon reviewing monthly maintenance plan
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taking part LT Pruter, SSGT Berg and others.
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Ortiz, AZAN Haynes, AMSAN McClendan, ASH2 Deleon, AMH1 Ask, ADC Foster. 2nd Row Kneeling Left-Right CPL Serna, LCPL
Garcia, LCPL Salinas, CPL Bieker, SGT Fox, LCPL Andrews, SSGT Glantz, SSGT Gurney, CPL Acosta, AT2 Corbitt, AFCM Hann.
Standing Left-Right PRAA Hedricks, CPL Young, AMS3 Chavez, ASH3 King, AMSAA Woods, ASMAA Brinks, ASH2, SGT Lester, LCPL
Giles, SSGT Cambell, ASH3 McKinley, PR3 Morgan, AT1 Blizzard, AK2 Anderson, AT1 Littke,AS1 Lott, AE1 Stephenson, AMS1
Owens, AT1 Smith, AE2 Hartman, AD2 Plumb, AD3 Senior, ASC Heimann, ASE3 Warnock, ASE2 Griffin, AK1 Berg, AT1 Shipley,
ASM2 Clemente, LT Pruter, LTbMixon
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SGT Wine, AT1 Shipley
Airframes Left-Right AMS3 Lagdamen, AMS3 Arcena, SGT Fox, CPL Young,
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Meiers, ASH3 McKinley, ASH Jones, ASE2 Griffin. Front Row L-R:AS1 Santos,
AS1 Powrie, ASH3 Nelson, LCPL Velasquez
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PHIBRO SE VE
Amphibious Squadron SEVEN CPHIBRON SEVENJ was established in
long beach, California on 1 October 1954 and remained there until shift-
ed to San Diego in 1973. The squadron started with 21 ships and through
transfers and inactivations has been reduced to the present size of six
ships presently comprising the squadron. Although fewer in number, the
six ships presenlty comprising the squadron retain the capability to trans-
port and land assault troop and combat cargo which is the hallmark of
their predecessors. These ships-The Amphibious Assualt Ship, USS
TARAWA CLHA-15, The Amphibious Transport Dock Ship, USS DENVER
CLPD-99, The Attack Cargo Ship, USS ST LOUIS CLKA-1163, The Dock
Landing Ship, USS FORT FISHER CLSD-405 and two Tank Landing ships,
USS SCHENECTADY CLST-11853, and USS BARBOUR COUNTY CLST-
1195j are representative of the newest ships and most improved capabi-
lities of the Amphibious Navy. The USS TARAWA CLHA-15 ls flagship for
commander Amphibious Squadron SEVEN.
The Squadron is commanded by a U.S. Navy Captain who holds the
title of Commodore. Commodore Roach and his staff are presently em-
barked onboard TARAWA. He has exercised Operational Control of Am-
phibious Ready Group ALFA which included USS TARAWA, USS FORT
FISHER, and USS BARBOUR COUNTY during the Western Pacific deploy-
ment, as well as the other ships of PHIBRON SEVEN when in company
with the flagship.
The many responsibilities of the PHIBRON staff include monitoring and
supervising the training, material readiness and the personnel and admin-
istrative status of assigned ships in order to initiate promptly corrective
action required to maintain a high degree of readiness. The staff also
supervises assigned ships in maintaining vigorous personnel retention
program, fully enforce prescribed standards of conduct and adhere to
the tenants of equal opportunity and prosecute effective safety pro-
grams. Staff also monitors all facets of training, overhaul periods, pre-
overseas deployment preparations, onboard inspections, and ships visit
by the Commander, his staff and assistants of particular expertise. These
are only a few of the many tasks the staff is assigned to carry out in order
to maintain the squadron at full readiness.
CDR P.R. GIVENS
CHIEF STAFF OFFICER
CAPT. F.L. ROACH
AMPHIBIOUS SQUADRON SEVEN
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ACU-ONES integration into ships company was a somewhat show and painful process but
by mid-cruise we were difinitely TARAWA personnel. We began our first operation in Hawaii
with high morale and great expectations. We were Charlie on time with no problems except
one slight bump at the end, for this the LCM-932 gets the cruise "pug nose award".
Okinawa was our first taste of foreign liberty, from there it was on to our first assualt on a
foreign shore, green beach, Subic Bay. Our next assault was on Botolon, RP where the LCM-
694 earned the cruise "Broadside" award for being the only boat to broach. Also during this
operation the LCM-820 won the "Tie a String" Around Your finger award Us my mast still
upj. The LCM-929 won the "Malingering" award when her entire crew fell out sick in the
middle of well deck operations. Our next operation was Okinawa and an assault on Blue
Beach. The 4th of July was spent at White Beach. Pusan, Korea and we ran liberty boats
again. The buys were great and liberty was good. The end of July saw us back in Subic again
for our Iongestand last visit. Rain everyday but liberty was still good. August 13th we said
our final goodbyes to Subic, we started the great MAFLEX and found out we didn't have an
active role, which didn't bother us. Two more awards were earned during the cruise. The
LCM-781 wins the "Tugboat" award for the excellent towing job done on the 932 which
caused some neat bu unwanted modifications to her port side. Last but not least the LCM-
93O is awarded the cruise "Skate" award for accumulating the fewest dents and the
smallest number of operating hours.
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ARE YOU READY MARTY?
HOW DO WE LOOK"
HERE WE COME, READY OR NOT
OKAY GUYS IT'S LIBERTY CALL
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HELPING OUR FRIENDS
LOAD THEM UP
ASSUALT ON THE BEACH
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MAJOR G. WASTILA
MSGT J. COSGROVE
GYSGT B. HUTTO
SSGT K. SOBERG
SSGT D. BRADLEY
SSGT J. SEAMAN
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ISTSGT T. SUIT Ill MSGT D.
The first Nucleus Landing Force Staff CNLFSJ was acti-
vated aboard TARAWA in March 1976 to assist embarked
landing force staffs in the utilization of TARAWA's sophis-
ticated command, communications, control and intelli-
gence computer support systems. Each member of the
NLFS has received extensive Navy Shipboard data systems training and is tasked to provide a full
systems utilization capability to the commander of the landing force.
The NLFS is composed of one Officer and nine enlisted and is subdivided into three sections:
the Executive!Administrative section, the Automated Systems Section, and the Communica-
Executive!Administrative Section: This section is composed of one office and two enlisted. The
Executive!Administrative Section provides command and administrative support to the NLFS,
and also augments the Automated Systems Section for operations. The Executive!Administra-
tive Section is organized as follows:
Officer in Charge- Major G. M. Wastila Jr.
Command and Control Systems Chief- MSGT D. L. Guardanapo
Admin Chief- Sgt. F. Martinez
Automated Systems Section: This section provides the expertise to assist the landing force in
the utilization of TARAWA's computer systems. The Automated Systems Section is organized as
Command and Control Asst COperationsJ-1st Sgt T. H. SUIT
Command and Control Asst CLogisticsJ-MSGT J. W. COSGROVE
Command and Control Asst Clntelligencej-SSGT K. R. SOBERG
Communications Section: This section is composed of four Staff Non-Commissioned Officers.
This section provides expertise in TARAWA's automated communications systems. The commu-
nications section is as follows:
Communications Chief-GYSGT B. R. HUTTO
Comm Center Chief-SSGT R. W. EASLEY
Radio Chief-SSGT J. M. SEAMAN
Radio Technician Chief-SSGT D. N. Bradley
During TARAWA's WESTPAC deployment the NLFS played a significant role during all amphibi-
ous operations including Exercise Fortress Gale, the final and largest amphibious operation held
in the Western Pacific since WW ll.
During these operations NLFS members were able to exercise their expertise in TARAWA's
complex computer systems by providing assistance to the embarked landing force staffs, thus
ensuring maximum utilization of TARAWA's unque command, control, communications and
intelligence systems which enhanced the readiness and success of the landing force.
SSGT R. EASLEY SGT F. MARTINEZ
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A FEW GOOD MEN"
ONLY 10,000 MORE ENTRIES TO GO
FIRST YOU GOT TO PUT THE QUARTER IN HERE
"A FEW GOOD MEN" HEADING FOR THE "VILLE"
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HEADQ UAR TERS PLA TOO
Headquarters is comprised of various sections that provide wide spread support to
the LSU as well as the other Embarked Marine Units. Headquarters is composed of
Disbursing, who takes care of all pay matters involving the embarked units, a Dental
Section, which handles all embarked units, a Medical Section, a Postal Section, a
Sycor Computer Team, who provides data processing support, an Administrative
Section and an Operations Section, who act as the brains behind all tactical exercises
involving LSU-31, as well as working hand in hand with the other units.
1ST ROW LEFT TO RIGHT 2ND ROW LEFT TO RIGHT 3RD ROW LEFT TO RIGHT
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SGT HIGRICHI SGT BOHAC
CPL GUIDRY CPL JAKUBOWSKI
CPL BENNETT CPL MANLEY
CPL HOLBROOK WO BURPO
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LA DI G S UPPUR T PLA T00
The Landing Support Platoon consists of two main bodies. Shore Party Section and
H v E uipment Section. I u . . ,
Tihe! mcilssion ofthe Shore Party Section is to landnthe BLT with all of it sdngen and
equipment across the beach. This is accomplished in two WBYSI by alf an
The mio" of the Heavy EqUIpmeSI?e9Il?? 9.Zl?f?S'D'SJi3i,LZPiF5.?!I1230,,.mer
JUNK"j is to provide support to the WI 0 1 ' '
1ST ROW LEFT TO RIGHT LCPL MORRISON, LCPL DAVIS, LCPL JOO, CPL MOON, CPL WILLIAMS SGT COTTON 2ND
ROW LEFT TO RIGHT LCPL MYDLAN
D, PFC MILTON, LCPL AGBISIT, LCPL YODER, LCPL KEMMERLING, SGT HARRIS
3RD ROW LEFT TO RIGHT CPL MARFONGELLI, LCPL HERRERA, PFC AKERLY, LCPL VANCOTT, LCPL CLOUD 4TH
ROW LEFT TO RIGHT LCPL FLORES, LCPL OIMEI, LCPL PARADES, LCPL HECTOR, CPL DUNTON 5TH ROW LEFT TO
RIGHT LCPL MCCARTHY, LCPL PEREZ, LCPL ROJAS, LCPL HERNANDEZ, LCPL KASHIAN, LCPL RUCKER, SSGT KING
1STLT PANTER 6th ROW LEFT TO RIGHT LCPL GADL
EY, LCPL CROAK, LCPL PEDERSON, LCPL MOSER, PFC
SKELTON LCPL CHAMBERS, LCPL LIND, SSGT SADLER
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The Maintenance Platoon is a complex organization, comprised of nine sections. They are
ENGINEER, MOTOR TRANSPORT, TANK, AMT-RAC, ARTILLERY, ELECTRONIC MAINT, OPTICAL and
INSTRUMENT REPAIR and INFANTRY WEAPONS REPAIR. The platoon is authorized 3rd and limited
4th echelon maintenance.
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The mission of the Supply Platoon IS to provlde combat service suppor o a
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Sigel? ITIIIFAMS, FISCAL ACCOUNTABILITY, MAINTENANCE FI-lICOlAghXC6ASHhSeAI5E2r2JgrTg
LET, SUBSISTANCE, BULK FUEL, AMMUNITION and WARE f I ue-
stock within the LSU carries over 3000 Ilne Items available or ISS .
1 ST ROW LEFT TO RIGHT CPL JONES, LCPL CALLICUTT, SGT SHUGA, LCPL MERCADO, LCPL MCFALL 2ND ROW
LEFT TO RIGHT LCPL WASHINGTON, SGT LOMBARDI, SGT WALKER, SGT SMITH, CPL DOLINA CPL GREER 3RD ROW
LEFT TO RIGHT LCPL SCHINDLER, LCPL HOYT, CPL QUEJA, LCPL WILLIAMS, CPL MARCUS 4TH ROW LEFT TO RIGHT
CPL NIVERTH, HM3 CROLLARD, LCPL YEAGER, LCPL SPRINGER, SSGT BONO LCPL COBLE, 1STLT DOMBROWSKI
5TH ROW LEFT TO RIGHT SSGT PATTERSON, GYSGT ELDER
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DEMOLITION, LANDMINE WARFARE, BREACHING OBSTACLES, CAMOU ,
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3RD ROW LEFT TO RIGHT LCPL SAUCEDA, PFC GUMPAL, CPL FRAMSED, LCPL DUNLAP, LCPL WEBER, LCPL TIOUI
4TH ROW LEFT TO RIGHT LCPL LEPAGE, SGT MACAULEY, LCPL HERMANN, SGT JAMISON PVT COAK LCPL
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MESSAGE FR OM L U -HOTEL EDITOR
UNITED STATES MARINE CORPS
MAU Service Support Group Three One
1st Marine Brigade, Fleet Marine Force
from: MAU Service Support Group Three One Cruise Book Representative
To: USS TARAWA CLHA-13
Subj: Letter of Appreciation
On behalf of the marines of MSSG-31,l wish to thank you for allowing us to partici-
pate in the TARAWA's Cruise Book on her maiden West-Pac cruise.
With special thanks to GMG2 John M. McKay for his assistance in setting up our
section of the cruise book. Also the photo lab section for their expeditious service in
developing our negatives and pictures.
We wish you good luck and pleasant sailing on all future West-Pac's
Robert H. Welliver
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J. RAMSEY-LCDR T. CHILES-AC1 L, KEGANS-OS1 B. BUSBY-OS2
T. COGBURN-AC2 AC2
Tactical Air Control Squadron One is a flexible administrative .component of a tactical air
control group which provides the control mechanism for the ship based tactical air control
center. Tacron One is responsible for the safe and expeditious flow of aircraft during an amphibi-
Some of the tactical air control center functions are:
A. To ensure effective use of every aircraft assigned to support the amphibious force.
B. To coordinate an integrated air defense unbrella for the amphibious force.
C. To schedule close air support missions and other air support as required.
D. Monitor and coordinate all helicopters operations.
E. Coordinate aircraft assets for search and rescue.
Tacron One is home based at the Naval Amphibious Base, Coronado, California. Capt. John
BLEY, Jr., USN is the commanding officer. The squadron is comprised of approximately 80 Navy
Tacron One rotates a unit C4 officers and 11 enlistedb and a detachment C2 officers and 3
enlistedj to a WestPac deploying amphibious squadron every 6 months. Usually the unit and
"Det" Cfor this 1979 cruise Unit Bravo and Det Bravo Onej are combined for the transit
across the Pacific Ocean aboard an LHA. Once the amphibious squadron arrives in WestPac and
the "turnover" operation is complete, the unit and det become separate bodies with the unit
reporting to COMPHIBGRUONE KCPG-lj at White Beac, Okinawa, Japan or CPG-1's flagship
Cusuallyj an LPDJ if embarked. The det remains aboard the amphibious squadron commander's
flagship CLHA-15 to support tbe amphibious ready group "Alfa" CARG-AJ missions. During the
cruise the unit and det personnel were serving side by side with each other aboard LHA-1 during
the MidPac CHawaiian areal training exercises in March 1979 as well as many watchstanding
assignments in flagplot bridge, Tacc!Sacc, HDC, message center, and messing facilities. Owing
to the regular large capacity and diversity built into this amphibious Cgeneral purposej command
and control ship, the required manning of all stations during TARAWA's first Western Deployment
was ably orchestrated by LCDR Ron BANSEMER, Officer in Charge of the Tacron detachment.
Starting with very few Tacron air controllers, his complement of det personnel rose sharply
owing to the needs of the COMPHIBRON SEVEN Staff and the numerous amphibious exercises
that TARAWA had been tasked to accomplish. The det's peak strength rose to 3 officers and 11
enlisted during the summer exercises CMAULEX and CASEX!FAMEX'sJ. Culminating their West-
Pac deployment in a massive amphibious exercise called Fortress Gale in August 1979, the
Tacron personnel aboard TARAWA's first long cruise feel justly honored to have served aboard
the "Eagle of the Sea" during an extremely safe Cno air incidentsfaccidents journey.
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MA TER CHIEF PETTY OFFICER
HTCM Richard STEPHENS is TARAWA's Command Master Chi f l
e . n addition to his heavy work load as the 3M
Coordinator for the ship. He deals with numerous crew members on a daily basis. He assists them in expediting
special requests, information and reenlistment as well as providing a direct route for crew member roblems and
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ques ions to the Executive Officer and the Commanding Officer. His position is a major contributor to maintaining
high crew morale on TARAWA. '
MRS. SANDY HATCHELL
TARAWA's new fFeb 791 Ombudsman is Mrs.
Joy Pearson, wife of PC2 PEARSON. ln her
short tenure she has handled such diverse
problems as the Tiger Cruise and the ships
homecoming with impressive enthusiasm and
results. Her friendly manner and dedication will
further enhance the Ombudsman Program on
TARAWA. WELCOME ABOARD MRS. PEARSON!
TARAWA's first Ombudsman was Mrs. Sandy
Hatchell, wife of lC1 HATCHELL. Mrs. HatcheIl's
hard work, dedication and rapport with the
wifes and the crew were invaluable during the
hard work leading to our first deployment. She
was instrumental in establishing the
Ombudsman Program on TARAWA and provided
the stability and performance required of this
demanding position. We wish her and her
husband smooth sailing.
MRS JOY PEARSON
TARAWA'S FIRST UNREP CUSTOMER
INDONESIAN H-3, FIRST FOREIGN HELO ABOARD
31ST MAU CHANGE OF COMMAND
TARAWA'S BIRTHDAY, THE OLDEST: SENIOR CHIEF DONALDSON, THE YOUNGEST: AIRMAN
TARAWA'S FIRST ROYAL COURT
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On May 8th TARAWA took aboard 442 Vietnamese refugees from the USS PEARY. The PEARY had picked up the
refugees after their boat, adrift in the South China Sea, had floundered. The refugees remained with TARAWA,
receiving rhedical attention and good TARAWA care until they were able to go ashore under United States custody
on May 12th. The highlight of their stay on TARAWA was to come with the birth of a baby, on May 10th, named
Grace TARAWA Tran.
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ARG ALPHA UL YMPICS 79
The ARG ALPHA Olympics were
also held during this inport period.
The professional olympics encom-
passed competition between the
three ARG ALPHA shipsg TARAWA,
DENVER and BARBOUR COUNTRY,
using both mental and physical skills
acquired during naval training, com-
bined with a healthy measure of
good fun. TARAWA, of course, fin-
ished first in the competion.
LEFT TO RIGHT- JOHN SWEENEY, STEVE ARLETT, BILL MARTELL, JOE PORTER,
WALT "WALLY" STEADMAN, DAN STEVENS, TOM ROSTRO, PAUL SMITH AND RICK
MILLER CNOT SHOWNJ
LEFT TO RIGHT- CPL LAWLEY, HMM 262, ETC PEDERSEN, AN HALL, SMSN MANLEY
LEFT TO RIGHT BACK ROW- AR TRUITT, ABHAA SCHMITT, ABHAR HAMILTON ABH1
MARTIN, ABHAA BARBER, ABH3 INMAN, ABH1 MEJIA, ABH2 WRIGHT FRONT RO-
YNSN BARRETT, LCDR PONZO
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"TARAWA's Eagle One" was PHIBRON SEV-
EN WESTPAC BOWLING CHAMPS and unless
one of the currently deployed WestPac ships
can come up with more than 188 points by 31
DEC 79 "Eagle One" will also be the 1979
WestPac Division I Champions. These bowlers
dedicated most of their WestPac liberty hours
in competition against any willing command or
unit in an outstanding effort to be winners.
During their tireless attack the team won 52
matches and lost only 2, which means, game-
for-game, 146.5 wins and 15.5 losses. The
team saved a separate significant victory by
winning the annual Subic-Cubi 1979 Bowling
Tournament, a new first for TARAWA.
TARAWA's first Pool Team, with a 4-1 record
including a 3rd place finish in a tournament
with the Hong Kong Press Club.
PR UJ C
Not all the time on liberty was sightseeing or
barhopping. The Air Department fielded a spe-
cial projects team which painted a 4 room
school, in two days after working hours while
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"YOU WANT TO TAKE A AIR TRIP?"
GETTING THE SUN AND LISTENING TO THE MUSIC
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DID YOU SAY THAT THIS WAS A TIE"?
BOGGIE ON DOWN THE STAGE
THE TALENT ABOARD TARAWA WAS QUITE GOOD AND VERY PLENTIFUL WHEN
TARAWA JAM I 81 II WERE DONE.
ENJOYED BY ALL, THE MUSIC, COUPLED WITH BEAUTIFUL SUNNY DAYS AT SEA
PROVIDED GOOD ENTERTAINMENT 84 RELAXATION.
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HOLIDAY ROUTINE? YOU BET! "STEEL BEACH" SUNBATHING ON THE
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TARAWA left PUSAN on 11 July and headed
back to Subic Bay via the Okinawa Op area. While
operating off of Okinawa, TARAWA evaluated dual
Helicopter and AV-8A Harrier Operations. The five
day evolution went extremely well and displayed
a new capability for the LHA- NUMBER 1 did it
On the morning of the 23rd of April a mere 12 miles north of the coast of Borneo, the TARAWA TEAM
CUSNXUSMCJ worked together towards the accomplishment of a common goal. This time though, instead of
an amphibious landing they found themselves embarked on a peaceful mission. A CH-53, Sea Stallion, from
HMM-262 flew deep into the rainforest of Borneo to pick-up the fuselage of a Malaysian Air Force C-7 Caribou
that had crashed and brought it back to TARAWA. The Caribou was taken by the ship about 100 miles down
the coast to the Malaysian Air Force Base at Kuching. Here it was once again transported by a CH-53 from
TARAWA to its final resting place at the air base. The TARAWA TEAM received many "well done's" and HBRAVO
ZULU's" for the smooth, professional manner in which the C-7 was moved. TARAWA then continued on to
Singapore, arriving on the morning of April 25th.
CO S INSPECTIO
CAPTAIN KLEE DISCUSSES EVENTS WITH CREW AFTER INSPECTION. THE CHECKING OF UNI
FORM QUALITY AND SMART APPEARANCE IS VERY
xo TOURS COMTHIRD FLT THROUGH DEBARK CONTROL CN0 REENLISTS CREW MEMBERS WH,EE IN SUBIC
MALAYSIAN MILITARY VISIT TO DISCUSS C-7 RECOVERY
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Enroute home from Hawaii, TARAWA
hosted a "Tiger Cruise", which included
fathers, brother, uncles, and friends of
crewman as well as special friends of the
Navy. Their days at sea allowed them to
observe their sponsors at work as well as
other phases of shipboard life. Special
activities included AHIJ Cobra flight ops,
formation, steaming and a gun shoot. lt
was a most rewarding experience for both
crewman and "Tigers",
EAGLE CRUISE ,7
As part of the Tiger Cruise program TARAWA hosted 25 Eagle Scouts from the San Diego and Honolulu
Scout Councils. Under the able direction of ABCS EUBANKS the scouts toured all spaces aboard, stood
watches, observed flight ops and a gun shoot. It was a special week for these top scouting performers.
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tRep from TARAWA to SCHENECTADY. Pilot in
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this book emerge from our Hrst Wes tPac. The photos come from
too many of the crew t t'
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Chief WALH and his men in the Photo Lab for their herculean
efforts, MSGT SMI TIL RM3 ROWLAND, AN FOLEY and of
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