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Welcome To our world. The world of o UniTed SToTes Novdl Worship
oT seo. The world of Torowd. FirsT in her closs ond one of The Novy's
newesT omphibious rnulTi-purpose ships. Those of you who ore non-
orewrnernbers ond ore reoding our book, will see Things you've prob-
obly hedrd obouT, buT never seen, ond oTher Things ThoT you rnoy
never hove irnogined. Unreps, verTreps, dll will be exploined in boTh
words ond pioTures, ThoughTfully provided by our crew for your enjoy-
rnenT. Don'T jusT look dT The picTures Though, beoouse if you'll use
you're imoginoTion for o mornenT or Two, you rnighT geT o liTTle feel of
whoT our life dT seo is like. Imogine The rush of high winds, ond The
orosh of heovy seo's os Two huge ships rnoneuver wiThin soonT yords
of one dnoTher for fueling. The Thudding sounds of greoT helicopTers
bedTing The dir, ond The screom of jeT engines os Torowo's Horrier
oTTook dircrofT roll down her flighT deck oi o hundred-plus knoTs. For
Those of you who will go where we hove been, here's o window To
you're fuTure, ond for Those who'lI never geT The chonoe, o window
To our lives. We hope you'll enjoy whoT we've Tried To bring you, ond
oT The some Time rnoybe undersTond o liTTle beTTer jusT whoT o cruise
rneons To o soilor, ond why when he reTurns frorn one he sTonds jusT o
liTTle sTroighTer, moybe o liTTle Toller, ond o liTTle prouder. He's jusT
reTurned from o Tough job well done, he's goT The righT.
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TABLE OF CONTENTS
THE CAPTAIN I
COMMANDER, AMPHIBIOUS TASK GROUP SEVEN
MEDICALXDENTAL DEPT.'S I
NUCLEUS LANDING FORCE STAFF
EMBARKED UNITS ,
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Well folks, we're bdck. We're home dgdin offer our second overseos deploymenf. lT's been d long six
monfhs. We've sfedmed Thousdnds of miles, looded ond consumed Tons of provisions, burned millions of
gdllons of fuel, sTood counfless midwdfches, ond only Nepfune knows how mdny lonely hours dndiminor
discomforTs we've endured since wdving our good-byes To you on The pier in Sdn Diego.
Well, we're bdck from dnofher good cruise, we've hdd o few pdfs on The bdcks, ond we're preTTy
proud, buT noT Too proud, noT enough To Try ond Tdke dll The crediT for ourselves, becduse we jusT didn'T do
iT dlone. You were There. Every mile, every sTep of The wdy. - T
You wroTe us liTerdlly Tons of mdil. When The words Ulvldil Coll" sounded ThroughouT The ship, you would
hdve ThoughT you were of The superbowl To hdve hedrd The cheers. We received IeTTers full of news from
home, good Tidings for The new yedr, dnd enough cookies ond cdkes To feed d smdll drmy, for DGVYD.
Funny Thing obouT Those pdckdges, Though some
of Them mdy hdve spenT weeks in Trdnsif, every
biTe of every cookie, Tosfed jusT d liTTle beTTer
Thdn ever before, becduse iT wds d liTTle biT of
You pdid our bills, hdndled dll our domesfic
mdTTers, Took core of our homes ond belongings.
In mdny coses you were pressed To provide The
love ond dffecfion of Two pdrenfs To our children,
when only one wds home, ond in The coses of
liTTle ones, iT wds up To you To expldin why ddddy
couldn'T be There for Chrisfmos. We jusT couldn'T
hdve done iT wiThouT you. Sure, we worked hord,
buT so did you, ond in wdys some of your Tridls
mdy hdve been Tougher Thdn we'Il ever redlly
We cdn'T ever repdy you for your love, ond
foifh ond courdge, buT we con Thonk you. We do
so now, from our hedrfs, ds we dedicdfe This, our
book, To you. To dll The wives, sweefhedrfs,
mofhers, fdmily ond friends ThdT sfood by us in
These Times of long sepdrdfion ond uncerTdinTy,
we Thonk you, we honor you, ond mosT of dll, we
THANK YOU ALL
"A million men cannot take Tarawa in a
hundred years." . . Japanese Admiral de-
fending Tarawa -
The battle had raged almost three full days. The pounding of big
guns from naval ships had all but deafened the some 8,000 partici-
pants in what was to become one of World War Il's bloodiest and
most decisive battles.
At 1300 hours, 23 November 1943, the island atool of Tarawa was
pronounced secured by the Second U.S. Marine Division, having
taken it from some 5,000 veteran Japanese Imperial Troops. Con-
spicuous for their valor, the marines of the "Fighting 2nd" were
awarded four Medals of Honor Qthree posthumouslyj, 44 Navy
Crosses of Valor, and 223 Silver Stars.
This was her namesake and when the second ship-of-the-line to
bear her proud name was christened December 1, 1973, Tarawa
carried on in fine Navy tradition. '
With two cruises under her belt the 820-foot-long ship is certainly
the most tried of the new vessels and in addition to being the first in
her class she's gained the reputation of setting "firsts" and doing it
Tarawa has operated in exercises from small to the size of 1979's
26-ship "Fortress Gale", and this year's "Team Spirit". She's operat-
ed in anti-air warfare exercises where previously an amphib was not
even considered for the role. Her guns and missiles make her a force
to be reckoned with when it comes to self-defense.
She could light a city of 160,000, evacuate a large city in time of
national disaster and land two complete Marine Battalions in a mat-
ter of hours in time of war. Tarawa has even given the gift of life when
during her first cruise 400 Vietnamese refugees were taken aboard
and a new baby was delivered in Tarawa's advanced medical facili-
ties and was named in Tarawa's honor "Grace Tarawa Tran".
She's quite a ship and has quite a crew, evidenced by the more
than 100 volunteers who spent Christmas in Thailand repainting and
fixing an oprhanage and playing Santa for the children. Tarawa's
quite a ship and her size is equalled only by the amount of pride her
sailors have in her.
Dwight D. Timm, CAPT USN
A native of Jamestown, North Dakota, our C.0.
has the reputation aboard ship of belng quite a
guy. No wonder. Among other accomplishments,
he can claim more than 4,600 hours of fllght time
in over FORTY different models of alrcraftl Since
his commissioning in 1957, Capt. Tlmm has
served in a variety of billets ranging from Naval
Test Pilot to commanding officer of two combat
ships. He has over 200 combat missions in the
Vietnam conflict, more than 1,000 carrier land-
ings, and a chestfull of medals includlng the
Bronze Star, Individual Air Medal, Distinguished
Flying Cross, 14 Strlke,'FIIght Air Medals and the
Vietnamese Air Gallantry Cross with Gold Star.
Why would a man with his obviously distin-
guished record want to squirt his X.O. wlth a wa-
ter pistol? Well, it was "Polly Wog Day". It seems
that with all of that air and sea tlme, Capt. Timm
just never seemed to be in quite the right sea at
the right time to cross the equator and when we
crossed the line this year, he was as much a
"wog" as any of the others in the ceremony. This
was changed when the good Captain took his
turn in the Initiation proceedings.
We got the feeling that he was as proud of that
accomplishment as any previous ones.
In less than a year's time as our C.O., the Cap-
tain has won the respect, admiration, and frlend-
ship of his crew. If he decides to accept another
sea command he might look around and find
many old Tarawa faces among his new crew.
We salute you and our best wishes are with you
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EAGLE OF THE SEA
The wonder ls always that any sane man
can be a sallor.
Ralph Waldo Emerson
A captain's job ranges between The grimy ana glamourous, but
aboard ship he is always number one.
R. F. SCHUERGER, CDR, X.O.
Commander Richard F. Schuerger, TARAWA's Ex-
ecuTive Officer. has served in a varieTy of posiTions,
boTh aT sea and ashore. Included were command
of USS CANNET QMSC-2905 and USS FRESNO QLST-
'i'l82y as well as Teaching posiTions aT UCLA, The
Naval War College and aT The FleeT Sonar School in
Key WesT, Florida. OTher sea Tours since commis-
sioning were 'in USS DAMATO CDD-8745, USS D. H.
FOX QDD-7795, STaff of COMDESDIV THREE SIX TWO
and as XO of USS RACINE CLST-44825. All of CDR
Schuerger's service has noT been spenT as an offi-
cer, however. Having enlisTed in San Francisco in
4952, The Commander is one of The many ex-enlisT-
ed men who Took advanTage of The Navy's NESEP
program in which acTive duTy enlisTed personnel
can receive a commission. During his Tenure aT
UCLA CDR Schuerger was awarded a docToraTe in
VocaTional and Technical EducaTion, seTTing an ex-
celIenT example for Those enlisTed men who Think
They mighT wanT a liTTle more Than The service offers
buT aren'T sure jusT how far They can really go. Our
XO will Tell Them The sky's The IimiT. He oughT To
know, afTer all. he's been There. Our XO is quick To
poinT ouT ThaT his iniTials really indicaTe "Ready for
Sea" raTher Than his name. WiTh This being his elev-
enTh deploymenT, he may be righT.
Richord F. Green, CopT. USN
Commodore, Phibron 7
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A NoTive of Philodelphio, Pennsylvonio, CopT. Green begon his No-
vol Coreer in 4958 os on AvioTor. From his firsT operoTiondl ossignmenT
To PoTroi Sqdn. 47 oT Alomedo, The Commodore hos enjoyed o vdri-
eTy of overseds ond domesTic bilIeTs. AfTer Three yeors ds Heod of The
Technicol InformoTion Bronch in The Office of The Specidl AssT. for
Congressionol Lioson, iT wos Dock To flying ogoin ond The nexT few
yeors were spenT in Floridd ond Spoin wiTh PoTroi Squodron 46 unTiI
4968 when CopT. Green joined The ships compdny of The USS Americd
os AssT. NovigoTor. During This period, The Americo mode her "round
The World" cruise, ond Two deploymenfs To The Tonkin Gulf in SouTh-
eosT Asio. During The second holf of This Tour The Commodore ossumed
duTies of NovigoTor. In 4974 CopT. Green received his MCISTGFS Degree
in lnTerndTionol Affoirs from George Woshingfon Universify, while o
sTudenT oT The Novdl Wor College. He Then ossumed duTies of DirecTor
of PoTroi ASW DevelopmenT Group, ond subsequenTIy become X.O.
of PoTroi Squodron 23 in Brunswick, Moine, ossuming commond in
4973. During Their Tour VP 23 wos oworded The Arnold J. Isbell Trophy,
symbolic of ASW excellence omong ATlonTic FIeeT PoTroi Squodrons. ln
4974 CopT. Green received orders To, ond served os Specidl AssT. for
Congressionol ond Medio Affoirs in The TelecommunicoTions DirecTor-
oTe. ExecuTive Office, of The PresidenT of The UniTed SToTes. Following
his WoshingTon Tour, he ossumed commond of PoTroi Squodron 34,
ond Then USS JUNEAU QLPD- 405 PresenTly The Commodore resides in The
Son Diego Areo wiTh his wife, Mory ond Their Two sons. We ore sure he
is os onxious os The resf of The crew To reTurn home To Them ofTer
onoTher successful TARAWA deploymenT. A
Commodore Green ConducTs o
personol Tour of his Flogship. The
Commodore hos conducTed sever-
ol personol Tours This cruise for The
mony Fldg Officers ond visiTing Dig-
niTories ThdT TARAWA hos hosTed
fback row left to rlghfj LT Fldel Casfellanos LCDR Zal Villanueva LCDR Roy Aasen LCDR Barry O Malley LT Larry
Parker LT Vlctor Bllfz LT Qgj Ron Maul CAPT Gary Bnsbois Qfront row left to rlghtj CDR Blll Masslcot CDR Donald
Gnnnell CAPT Rlchard F Green CDR H F Tahaney LCDR Moses Stlth
Amphlblous Squadron Seven QPHIBRON SEVEN, was established In Long Beach California 1 October
1954 and remalned there untll It was shlfted to San Diego ln 1973 lnltlally a squadron of twenty one
shlps lt has been reduced to Its present strength of slx ships Although fewer In number the ships
presently comprlslng the squadron retain the capability to transport and land assault troops and
combat cargo which was the hallmark of their predecessors Further these shlps are representative of
the newest ln shlp design and possess the most Improved capabllltles of the Amphlblous Navy Since
1954 unlts of Amphlblous Squadron Seven have participated In numerous major exercises and employ
ments both In the waters adjacent to the United States and in the Western Paclflc ln addltlon units of
the Squadron parhclpated in troop movements ln response to the Laotlan crlsls durlng May 1962 and
were present ln the Caribbean Sea In October 1962 durlng the Cuban Misslle crlsls More recently the
Squadron has made numerous deployments to the Western Paclflc partlclpatlng In amphlblous oper
atlons In support of free world mllltary forces ln the Republlc of Vletnam and ln the re deployment of
gnited States Marlnes The Squadron is commanded by a U S Navy Captaln who holds the tltle of
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Rlvii Sowyers AA Leto AA Wise AC2 Lozeou
LCDR Wolsh AC2 Nodeou ASH3 Brown AC2 Woodoll
MAJ Lowson AC2 Minikowski MSSN Speer AN Fogg
LCDR Neuburger AC3 Roustodt AC2 Anker
LCDR Boitutis LCDR Reilly Cnot shownj
Tocticol Air Control Squodron One is homeported ot the Novol Amphibious Bose, Coronodo Colifornio. Eoch time
o PHIBRON deploys TACRON deploys one of its four units under the operotionoi control of COMPHIBGRU ONE.
TACRON's primory responsibility is to coordinote ond control oll oir operotions within the Amphibious Objective
Areo CAOAQ during omphibious operotions. The unit currently deployed is Unit Brovo with seven officers ond fifteen
enlisted men. The unit is further broken down with four officers ond thirteen enlisted men on boord the USS Torowo
os members of TACRON ONE, Detochment Brovo One. '
Det. Brovo One performed vorious duties in between omphibious operotions. The officers ond senior petty officers
stood wotches in the Tocticol Air Control Center os oir odvisors to the commonder of the omphibious squodron os
well os plonning ond preporing for upcoming events. The rest of the unit stood diligent flog plot wotches ond our
one Mess lvldnogement Speciolist ossisted ship's compony.
TACRON personnel leorned o lot ond worked hord os well os ployed hord during this rigorous deployment oboord
the "EogIe of the Seo".
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"LeT's get serious now." "Joe, who did you have over The beoch?
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Commander William R. JENKINSON can goo whole
day, weeks or even a whole cruise wifhouf ever hearing
his name. He goes by yanofher name: AIRT BOSS, The
"BOSSf' of The AIR DeparTmenTis an experienced heli-
copTer piiofiwifh more Than 4700 hours in ali Types of
heiicopfers. The Monfepelierl Idaho naTivei joined The
Navy in 4962 earned his WINGS,of GOLD in 4963 and
WESTPAC 80-84 smokes his sixfh WESTPACdepIoymenT.
The "AIR BOSS" is marriedrfo The former MissiKaThleen
Pefersonfrom Cohiville, Wyoming andis The faTher of
eighT children. He is ia solid family man. Commander Jen-
kinson says Thafifhe dedicafed hard working officers and
men of The Air DeparTmenT are whaf madeifhis cruise an
enjoymenfwfo be on. T A A A y Q
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In the beginning there were ABHs. Most
people refer to us as almighty, brave, hand-
some, dynamic and of course macho. We
tend to agree.
We carry a great deal of pride with us and
it shows in the way that we do our jobs. Our
crash and salvage team is the Navy's an-
swer to "Emergency One". Their expertise
in fire-fighting and rescue is beauty in mo-
Then there are the "yellow shirts", who
like their forefathers of courage, the pony
express riders, perform their mission by di-
recting aircraft through rain or shine in the
air or on the deck. But they love it.
Last but not least are the "blueshirts".
They are the backbone of the flight deck
who risk life, limb and the hope of ever hav-
ing clean dungarees. They chock and chain
down every aircraft in any way and every
way possible. E
The men of this division show our pride
through the awards that we have earned:
the Admiral Flatley and two "Battle E's" just
to name a couple and a record of accom-
plishments that is as long as your arm
"ETERNAL VlGlLANCE" is our motto.
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HANGAR DECK CREW
The Hangar Deck is The primary area for The mainTenance and sTowage of The various,Types of aircrafT
aboard TARAWA. Due To The complexiTy of aircrafT mainTenance and iTs supporT eauipmenT, all available
space is of uTmosT imporTance. NoT only is The hangar deck The backbone of The sauadron's mainTenance
efforTs, iT also provides many uses, viTal To The crew's morale. MosT crewmembers and embarked marines
have enjoyed The crew's movie, shown nighTly. Many have parTicipaTed in various recreaTional acTiviTies,
such as baskeTball, caTch, or even jusT a chance To be alone. WiTh such varied uses, The hangar deck CV-33
division has The difficulT Tasks of supporTing viTal aircrafT mainTenance as well as mainTaining The cleanliness
and safeTy of The deck. Given numerous reauiremenTs for The use ofhangar space, V-3 personnel have
had To develope, very precise and finely coordinaTed Teamwork for The safe and expediTious movemenT
of aircrafT. AT Times aircrafT musT be moved wiThin six inches of an obsTacle, requiring The undivided
aTTenTion and quick reacTion of everyone on The aircrafT handling Team. Through The individual skill and
hard work of each man in V-3 division, TAl?AWA's aircrafT were professionally mainTained and moved. The
hangar has conTribuTed To The morale of each individual onboard.
LT SHEEHY AN SELINSKI ASHLAND, PENNSYLVANIA
ABH1 PALMER FAYETTEVILLE, NORTH CAROLINA AN SHANKS BRONX, NEW YORK
T ABH2 DANNER CLEVELAND, OHIO AN BUTLER PHOENIX, ARIZONA
ABH1 ROHR BEEVILLE, TEXAS AN CORMIER VIRGINIA BEACH, VIRGINIA
ABH3 PETERSEN VENTURA, CALIFORNIA AN GALLEGOS ALBUQUERQUE, NEW MEXICO
ABH3 SALVADOR SAN JOSE, CALIFORNIA AN OLSEN HOBOKEN, NEW JERSEY
ABH3 GALAVIZ EL PASO, TEXAS AN CALALO OLONGAPO CITY, PHILIPPINES
ABHAN COOPER QUEENS, NEW YORK AN MILLER LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA
ABHAN LAMMI VALLEJO, CALIFORNIA AN MARTOS SEATTLE, WASHINGTON
AN MATTHEWS OKLAHOMA CITY, OKLAHOMA AN LYON HASTINGS, NEBRASKA
Next, with crewman aboard to
help steady the huge rotors . . .
The tedious job ot mov-
Ing alrcratt from the
Hangar Bay to the Flight
Deck. Flrst, It's posi-
tioned on the elevator.
. . . the trlp up begins
Almost to the top.
Upon arrlval, the blrd is hand-
ed over to V-1 personnel who
then take control, and an-
other Sea Cobra Is on Its way
to tllght deck spotting .
Meanwhile back aft
. . . a ponderous H-46 is started on its
way up the att elevator.
. . . much easier and taster, and
away she goes!
TARAWA has two ot them
making aircraft moving
from Hangar to Flight Deck
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Flight Deck Fuels
The AvioTion BooTswoin's MoTes qFuelsQ of V-A Division, beTTer known os The "Groupes" becduse of Their
purple-colored jerseys, operote ond mointoin The ship's oviotion fuels ond moTor vehicle gosoline system.
They ore responsible for The sdfe fueling of oil ossigned ond Tronsient oircroft.
V-A Division olso provides JP-5 jet fuel for The ship's booTs, ground supporT equipment, monoroil cors,
emergency diesel generotors ond even hos The copobiIiTy To provide JP-5 To The ship's boilers in on
The flighT deck crew is heoded by ABF3 Clorence Dovis, who is olso d member of The flight deck fire-
fighting Teom. The "oirdole snipes", who operdte ond moinToin The JP-5 pumprooms ond dll reloted
equipment ond mochinery, ore The heort of The division. The below decks crew is heoded by ABF4 Mihoch.
The repoir division, led by ABF2 Thomos Deloney, perform dll emergency ond scheduled mointenonce To
The fuels mochinery ond equipment.
V-A is proud of iTs mony occomplishments ond one look ot iTs mochinery spoces will show This pride. The
Division Chief ond Leoding PeTTy Officer ore ABFC Robert Boird ond ABF4 John Mihock respectively. LTQjgj
Bojune. The V-A Division Officer, hos ouThoriTy over dll enlisted personnel in The division,ond insures Thot The
moteriol up-keep ond mointenonce of The oviotion fuel system is properly performed. '
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PeTTy Officer Pierce Takes charge of The Training program. The Bos'n will never know."
Ah yes, ag well-Taken
"This looks like a good spoT for our nexT fuel spill."
"Our fearless LPO, ABFT Mihoch.
WhaT more can be said?"
"ThaT's righT. Keep The chains on Till he paysl"
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Just hangin' out.
"Our faithfull JP-5 purifier."
gfql-,ding by fo stand by- "One down, many more to go."
"The one and only Captain Fuels Watch
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R.C. DeLong, LCDR. USN
LCDR DeLong attended LaJara High Schol in LaJara, Colorado and graduated in 1954.
He then attended Adams State College from 1954-1955. He entered the Navy in January
1957 and after recruit training at San Diego and completing Tradevman "A" School in
Memphis, Tennessee, his first assignment was NAS Correy Field followed by NAS Pensa-
After finishing Tradevman "B" School in June 1962, he was assigned to the Fleet Anti-
Air Warfare Training Center in San Diego. Then in July 1967 it was back to Memphis as an
instructor at the Avionics Fundamentals School. It was from this assignment that he was
selected for Chief Petty Officer and Warrant Officer in 1968.
Warrant Officer DeLong's first assignment was as the Electronic Data Processing
Maintenance Officer aboard USS Saratoga. After completing three Mediterranean
cruises he was transfered to Naval Aviation Schools Command Pensacola as a Naval
While at Pensacola CWO3 DeLong was selected for Limited Duty Officer and promoted
to LTUgj in 1974. Additionally, he completed his BS Degree at the University of West
Florida just 20 years after graduating from high school.
Following this assignment he made three deployments to WestPac with the Golden
Eagles of PATRON NINE, serving as Assistant Aircraft Maintenance Officer.
After a three-year tour at NAS Lemoore, where he served as a station security officer,
he reported aboard Tarawa in September 1980 as AIMD Officer. It was in this assignment
that he was promoted to LCDR in November.
hLgDR DeLong resides in Lemoore, California with his wife Bonneta and their seven
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The Aircrdff lnTerrnedidTe lvloinfendnce Depdrfrnenf
consisfs of T3 soilors ond five mcrrines cissigned The Tosk of
providing infermediofe level supporf To The emborked
squodron ond orgonizofionol supporT To The ship's heli-
copfer ond is ougrnenfed by 55 rnorines when The
squodron is embdrked. A
The AIMD moinfenonce officer, LCDR DeLong, heods
This deporfmenf ond olso performs The dufies of The ship's
sofeTy officer. CWO2 Kinshoffer, The rnoinfendnce moTe-
riol conTroI officer, ASC Hodges, mdinfenonce chief ond
ATT Biizzord, Producfion Confrol Supervisor form The nu-
cleus of The rnonogemenf Tedm wifhin The deporTmenT.
They ensure ThoT The hundreds of componenfs inducfed
info The AIMD ore screened, processed, repoired ond
reTurned To Supply in o srnooTh ond expedifious monner.
AZT Gollogher, The deporTrnenT dofo onolysf, ensures
proper docurnenfofion of repoir ocfions while providing
ofher monogernenT personnel wiTh The necessory infor-
mdfion To gudrdnfee Thdf boTh equipmenT ond rnon-
power ore ufilized in The mosf effecfive monner.
The quolify cissuronce bronch, heoded by ATC Cole, is
The wofchdog of dll moinfenonce ocTions occomplished
by The deporfmenf, ensuring Thof The uTrnosT sfondords
of rnoinfenonce ond scifeTy ore complied wifh by ron-
dom somplings ond inspecfions To sofegudrd ogoinsf ony
reloxofion of This deporTrnenT's high sfondords. Quolify
Assuronce hos The oddifionol responsibilify of ensuring
Thof our ship's helicopfer, Eogle One, is olwoys in The rnosf
sofe ond relioble sToTus before eoch ond every flighf.
The divisions consTiTuTing The resT of The deporfmenf
ore The Generol lvioinfendnce Division heoded by AET
Fosfer ond The Ground Supporf Division heoded by ASC
MGYSGT Jones, J.A.
ASC Hodges, lvlichdel A.
Virginio Beoch, VA
ATC Cole, Jock D.
Cdnyon Counfry, CA
AZT Gollogher, Roberf A.
WhiTe Sulpher Springs, W
ATT Biizzord, Thomos W.
Son Diego, CA
SSGT Bolesworfh, W.M.
Apple Volley, CA
ATT Roberfs, Horry R.
Son Diego, CA
AMS2 Johnson, Trenfon L.
AD3 ShulTz, Jdmes D.
AK3 Colibo, JudniTo A.
AZ3 Hoynes, Louis A
Tolluloh, LA '
AK3 Hdrrison, Lorry G.
SGT Griffin, Timofhy lvl.
FT. Louderdole, FL
AMS3 Gore, Williom M.
LCPL MocNiven, Croig F.
CPL Kiefzke, Fronk E.
AZAA Allofey, Thomos P.
New York, NY
CWO2 Kinshoffer, George
WHO? WHAT? WHERE? YQU TALKHXIG TO ME?
g GROUND SUPPORT EQUIPMENT
GSE maintains all of TARAWA's "Yellow Gear" Q"YelIow Gear" being the nickname
for all of the forklifts, aircraft tractors, and pallet transporters that TARAWA could not
function properly without.,
Whether loading or transferring stores, re-spotting an aircraft on the flight deck or
anytime a piece of "yellow gear" may be called on to do a job, lt's up to the men of
GSE to make sure it's up and running. According to the record, they do it well.
GSE gang discussing strategy
ASC Heimann, Gregory P.
San Diego, CA
AS1 Santos, Pablo A.
San Diego, CA
ASE2 Wright, Doiel W.
Mc Clean, TX
ASM2 Fulkerson, Mark A.
Mineral Wells, TX
AZ2 Harris, Leonard M.
Hamburg, New York
ASH2 Smith, Algin G.
ASE2 Warnock, Dean A.
Farmers Branch, TX
ASM3 Gagnon, Rollin J.
ASM3 Brinks, Lonnie R.
ASH3 Morand, Tracy M.
ASHAN Denna, Michael J.
North Highlands, CA
SGT Jones, George W.
Niagrra Falls, NY
CPL Mc Dermott, Matthew
LfCPL Deen, Jerry E.
LfCPL Stuckmeyer, Steven
St. Louis, M0
LjCPL Bonham, James P
LjCPL Parson, Scott A.
San Francisco, CA
LfCPL Dashnaw, Max A.
What's on tire?
GSE BARBER Shop, Open for business
Never fails, get it waxed, ya got a flat.
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TARAWA's Avionics division is comprised of a
group of highly skilled technicians, knowledge-
able in the fast growing field of Aviation Elec-
tronics. Responsibility for repair, maintenance,
and all necessary field changes to electrical
systems and gear aboard TARAWA's many and
varied aircraft is no small task, but add to that
calibration of test equipment and several other
assorted jobs and you' have one busy group of
Avionics handles the load through, with sup-
porting help from the attached Marine Air
Squadron and keeps the birds in the air and off
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AE1 Foster, Wesley D.
AT1 Corbift, Barney M.
AT1 Shipley, Michael B.
AE1 Rinehart, Tom D.
Santa Monica, CA
AE1 Seifz, John E.
AT2 Beason, Darrell E.
Cherokee Village, AR
AT3 Ortiz, Roberto S.
El Paso, TX
AT3 Rapos, Paul E.
Fort Peck, MT
AT3 Debose, Omar
AE3 Rikard, Michael L.
Muscle Shoals, AL
AE3 Holt, Richard E.
CPL Benoit, James N.
Deer Park, NY
CPL Wolt, Joseph R.
CPL Floyd, Henry W.
Oklahoma City, OK
SGT Sloan, James A.
San Antonio, TX
CPL Walters, Mark C.
LCPL Verbeck, Robert M.
SGT LeGrande, Ross A.
CPL Coe, Nathan L.
Las Vegas, NV
LCPL Davis, Kenneth R.
SGT Taylor, Clittord L.
CPL Kelly, Brian E.
SGT Hanson, Paul A.
CPL Crissy, Michael F.
SGT Wise, Steven E.
CPL Allen, Guy M.
PFC Addair, Jonathan W.
CPL Gimmy, Kirk A.
East Alton, IL
CPL McClure, Eugene L.
CPL White, Michael E.
"Pow!! Powerman takes a devastating blow but Iron-
man comes to the rescue!
AD1 Johnson AM51 Owens
SAR Crewchief Crewchief
AMHAN Bonnette SAR
St. Thomas, U.S.
EI Paso, TX
Post Falls, ID
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AMH2 BoniT, A.I.
AMHAN Willicims, D.L
CPL Noc Niven, OF,
N. Pidgeville, Ohio
AMH4 Ask, PP.
CPL WoTTs, Cl.
LfCPL Aguirre, N.
WhoT do you meon, cumshow?
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GMD is one of The ship's divisions wiTh mulTiple
responsiloiliTies. lT's mode up of five work cenTers
which include Airfromes, PowerplonTs, Hydroulics,
Aircrew, ond Aircrew Survivol. They hove respon-
sibiliTy for oil generol oircrofT moinTenonce from
llnose To Toll, ond jusT obouT everyThing in be-
Tween". ln oddiTion, They Troin ond ossisT oircrew
for survivol, os well os pock ond moinToin dll life
vesTs, porochuTes ond relciTed survivol equip-
menT ThoT is insTolled in The oircrofT. Any Time o
bird is down, or one of The crew heors ci "Funny
noise" in The engine, There'll be ci GMD mon on
The woy wiTh o Tool kiT.
Then you Toke The Tope ond you wrop iT like This!
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Cpl. Whifcomb shows us how to make a ship within a ship.
I sprcypaint people ioo!
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You need what kind of fitting? .
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AMS 1 Chiles, B.D
AMS2 Greco, J.A.
Oak Park, IL
AMS3 Gore, W.W
SSGT Sanchez, V.
Santa Fe, NM
SGT Hudson, C.L.
SGT Antilla, G.A.
CPL Bruce, R.L.
Hard at work in the front office.
Who asked you anyway?
PR2 Thompson, E.W.
c':io?,l:::La'Nv' "The Very Best
CPL D- skgor In Aircrew SurvivaI!!!"
A I.iHIe Bii Of Everyihing
You goha be joking!"
Let me see, Slot A to Slot C, No,
wait! Slot B! Slot B!
"Alas poor Harris, we knew him well
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TEAM SPIRIT - 1981 -
ANOTHER SUCCESSFUL HELIBORNE ASSAULT
ACCOMPLISHED THROUGH THE MAGNIFICENT EFFORTS
OF TARAWA'S AIRCRAFT INTERMEDIATE MAINTENANCE
DEPARTMENT . , ,
With a little help of course from our friends in Air
Department, Fuels, Operations, Engineering, Deck, Medical,
and Oh yeah, There were some Marines there too . , . !
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PRINT POST 3M
SHOP OFFICE I
CARES CFIAPLAINS CAPTAINS
PUBLIC I I5 , 9 'v
The Executive Depart-
ment, statted by Yeomen,
phers, Drattsmen, Rell-
glous Program Speclallsts,
Navy Counselors, Postal
Clerks, Journalists, Photog-
raphers, as well as the
force and 3-M Specialists,
provldes the many ser-
vices indicated by these
speclallties. Ever chal-
lenged and successful, the
ment conslstently applies
the principle of "Quality
Service" to the myriad ot
evolutlons in which the De-
partment Is involved. We
are proud to serve and we
PNSN Stewart- "Have typewriter will travel". "You want it when?" But seriously, folks, without the gilded tmgers and
smoking typewriter ot the irrepressible PN2 Mog, this cruise book may not
have existed. From us to you Bryce, "Thanks Bunches!
People being people, on a ship the size of
Tarawa, there are bound to come up problems
ot a legal scope. Tarawa's legal ottice is open
whenever necessary to advise the sailor ot his
rights, and help wherever possible with tree
advice whenever possible on non-military Ie-
"AND ALL THE WORLD'S A STAGE . . . "
quoth Shakespeare, and he was rlght
when it comes to the various roles played
aboard ship by naval otticers. Virtually all
otticers "wear more than one hat", as evi-
denced by the indomitable Ens. Glynn in
his guises of Junior Otlicer ot the Deck
Underway Qlettj and courtroom-ready le-
gal otticer Qrightj.
Boy, you better be outa town by sunsetl
Llke any small clty,
TARAWA has her own "Po-
llce Force". The differ-
ences between our Master-
at-Arms and the munlclpal
pollce ls noted by the var-
led responslbllitles. For ln-
stance you won't llnd
many local pollce monitor-
ing a chow llne, or perform-
lng customs lnspectlons.
The hours are long, but
TARAWA's MAA's do a
good job and Ilke every-
one else aboard, they're
proud of the job they do.
TARAWA Municipal Police Force, Cadet Class ol '69. M981 WestPac Folllesj
Ncc weasel: C
How about a rate change, or maybe just a change In scenery? Say, an East
Coast shlp for a whlle? Better yet, that grand exalted Mecca for all sallors,
SHORE DUTY! Well, here's the place to start to answer the questlons. If you want
to stay around a few more years, Chief Webber will be glad to type up a new
contract, and if you want to get out early, well, lotsa luck, but here's the place to
start for that tool
Shlps 3-M Coordlnators
The 3-M Offlce processes work requests, feedback
reports, PMS spot checks, dlstrlbutes speclal Issue
PMS documents andtralnlng pamphlets for 3-M PQS
and general knowledge Info In fllllng out varlous 3-M f
documents. Addltlonally 3-M dlstrlbufes updated 3-
M computer prlntouts on work requests processed
by the 3-M offlce.
ENS SKY FELT
"Want to go to school? Would you llke to become an
offlcer maybe? Well, do you have a degree you'd llke
to go back and flnlsh? How about a hlgh School Dlplo-
ma? Flnanclng for a course you're already attendlng?
Questions, all the tlme, Questlons. Well, that's what
TARAWNS Educaflonal Servlces Otflcer ls for, to answer
these questlons, and any more you mlght have toward
any klnd of educatlon you can thlnk of. ln addltlon, the
ESO offlcer coordinates on board PACE and other pro-
grams for actual classes at seal T
If you've got a questlon about educatlon, stop by the
ESO offlce. They'II be glad to answer It for you.
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WELCOME T0 THE USS TARAWA PRINT SHQP
Entering the world of Lifhographics in Eagle of the Sea's prinfshop, you will notice the creativity
and awareness to detail that leave with every completed reproduction request. Satisfaction ls
guaranteed with every professionally finished product in the reprofacility. With a wide variety of
services, your every printing need can be fulfilled in the second largest print shop afloat. During 80-
81 WesfPac, Tarawa print shop supplied administrative support items such as the plan of the day,
instructions, notices, flyers, menu's and three newspapers to mention a few. Even the Cruise book
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One of The newer pieces of oTfseT equip-
menT in The shop geTs chollenged wiTh The
ship's Welcome Aboord Brochure ThoT disploys
holfTone copobiliTies ond loyouT Techniques.
The vdlue of preporing o job for press con noT
be expressed ony beTTer Tndn by The prinTer
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Rough seos or noT, The presses keep on rolling,
wiTh us Trying To mdinToin o level ink ond woTer
mixTure combinoTion needed for delivering ThoT
"jusT like downTown" producT.
Mony of The jobs ThoT The prinT shop is Tosked
wiTh, begin in The grophics shop where our
residenT drdfTsmon disploys o TolenT few pos-
sess in The novol communlTy. A TolenTed indi-
viduol ThoT This work cenTer depends on.
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The Combaf Cargo offlcer IS the Commandmg Officer s dlrecf represenfaflve concerning the
Ioadmg and off Ioadlng of fhe Marlne Landing Force personnel supplies and equlpmenf He furnlshes
fhe llalson befween fhe Iandlng force and shlp s company In order lo provlde fhe commumcahon llnk
Debarkahon Confrol manned by CAPT CHANEY and MGYSGT MANGRUBANG Flrghf Deck Debarka
hon Confrol manned by GYSGT MILLER and Well Deck Debarkahon Control manned by MGYSGT
in fhe Chain of Command. The LHA Combaf Cargo deparfmenf has fhree areas of responsibilifyg
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CHAPLAIN S CFFICE
One of Tarawa's busiesT and mosT energeTic offi-
cers, Cdr. Norman Goodwin, ship's chaplain.
Like any oTher small
ciTy, Tarawa has her own
Goodwin provides spiriTu-
al guidance as well as
counseling in maTTers
ranging from finance To
marriage for The local
I sux fs.
Probably The nexT ToughesT job To being a chaplain
on a ship The size of Tarawa is Trying To keep up wiTh
one as energeTic as our Cdr. Goodwin, RPC CasTro
does an admirable job as well as keeping charge of
The ship's library.
lT's noT exacTly ST. Paul's CaThedral, buT The ship's library is aT leasT quieT and
doubles as a chapel for religious. services.
YNC Corley. Under the PQS
chart Iles a HUSTLER MAGA
CAPTAIN S OFFICE
Where would we be wlthout the
services ot YN! Redmond, YNC Cor-
ley and the rest ot the guys in the
Captain's Ottice and Administratlon
Section? We would be about 20,000
leagues under. Under paperwork
that is, because these guys process
an enormous amount of lt. They also
process a couple more unimportant
ltems llke your leave chlts and the
POD. This is one small unlt that defl-
nltely does a big lob. Thanks, guys:
We really appreciate lt. You See, we
really do know that you work in an
oltlce and not a storage Iockerl
Yeoman, palnter, jack
of-all trades, YN3 Barrett
does It alll
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A graduate of the U.S. Naval
Academy, LCDR Michael R.
HAGY is a native ot Lancaster,
Pennsylvania. Commissioned in
1971 LCDR Hagy served his ini-
tial sea tours aborad USS CHAN-
DLER QDD-9175, and USS CLEVE-
LAND, QLPD-7j. He was selected
for flight training in 1974 and
earned his WINGS of GOLD in
November of that year. Subse-
quent billets included a stint as
Patrol Plane Commander, flying
P-3 CRIONS, out of Brunswick,
Maine, for Patrol Squadron No.
8. Just prior to receiving his or-
ders tor TARAWA, LCDR Hagy
was an instructor pilot in the P-3
Fleet replacement Squadron
based at NAS Moftet Field, Cali-
LCDR Mike HAGY
LCDR Hagy on the bridge. "Uh Sir, is that the C.0.'s Chair?
11311 'WIOSLAE "The Navigation Department is charged with the safe and professional navigation of the ship. This
responsibility includes shiphandlingg interharbor and coastal piloting, as well as oceanic navigation
utilizing celestial and electronic methods. TAWARA's navigator, LCDR Michael R. HAGY, is directly respon-
sible to the Commanding Officer for the safety of the ship. He is held accountable for the bridge watch
feam's professional performance while underway. The navigator's assistant and navigation division
officer is QMC John BROWN, who is responsible for personnel and administration management. Our
leading petty officer is QM2 David AIELLO, who interfaces with the department chief and subordinates in
matters of training, maintenance of departmental spaces and equipment, and is assigned the additional
responsiblity of damage control petty officer. The most demanding of all navigation evolutions is the
navigation sea detail. It requires that all personnel be at their highest professional level. A mistake or
mlscalculation during the transit of restricted waters could mean disaster for the ship. In closing, the
navigation department feels that this deployment was a great success for the ship as a whole, as well as
the individual men presently in the division. However, we also feel the loss of the contributions made by
those members who left us during the deployment. For QM3 Palacios, who left the Navy for civilian life, we
wish the best of luck and success. For our late shipmate and friend, QM1 Jerald KREGAR, we retain the best
memories of his humor and professionalism. Finally, we of the navigation team would like to give special
thanks to QM2 Toeppe, for his time and effort as the department's cruise book representative.
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J. KREGAR, QM1
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li' gill Age sholl not wedry Them nor The yedrs .
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QM3 Wdugh '
'J Wgetting TARAWA there and back on her second time around
Qwho kept us pointed in the right direction.
LCDR M. Hagy
QMC J. Brown
QM2 D. Aiello
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QM2 J. Rash
QM3 M. Polocios
QM3 J. Wilder
QM3 C. Gilbertson
QM3 R. Nagore
QM3 J. Waugh
QM3 M. Glinski
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QM3 Toeppe QM3 Wllder, shootlng the sun of! ol QM3 Nagore s
taklng bearlngs head.
Chlef Brown, "Now this Is the way It's gonna bel"
QM3 Wllder, "Yup, I know where we're at I think."
QM3 Rash, "Logs, Logs, Logs."
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J.D. King, CDR, USN
Even an ops Boss can find a little time to relax
with favorlte pastime, as evidenced here by the
commanders enthusiastic support of TARAWA's
softball team. Not one to be a bench warmer,
CDR King prefers to be part of the actiong any-
time sir. You're a welcome addltlon to any feaml.
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Before reporting aboard TARAWA, CDR King served in a myriad of sea
and shore billets. CDR King recieved his commission through the NROTC
program upon graduation from Oregon State University in 1964. Hls tlrst
sea tours were served in the engineering department as DCA and Engl-
neer on USS JEROME COUNTY QLST-8481, and USS CLARION RIVER QFS-4093.
USS CLARION RIVER was one of the first major Naval gunfire support ships
on the line in Vletnam. CDR King attended postgraduate school from 1967
to 1969, earning a Master of Science Degree in Physical Ocenanography.
Upon Completion of Destroyer school in the spring of 1970, CDR King
served as engineer on the USS Garcia QFF-10401 for two years. Subsequent-
ly a three year teaching tour at the U.S. Naval Academy ensued and was
followed by a twenty month tour as Executive Officer on USS FRESNO QLST-
1182Q. CDR Kings's most recent tour was as research and development
program manager in undersea surveillance at the Naval Ocean Systems
Center in San Diego, California. CDR King is married to the former Mlkell
Tidd who with their two daughters reside in San Diego.
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While far from being the largest division onthe ship, OI Div., is certalnly
one ofthe most important. We make our home aboard ship in CIC, or the
Combat information Center. CIC is sometimes called the "brain" or "ner
vecenter" ofa combat ship and for good reason. The best planning In the
world won't make up for a lack of skilled operators to execute it. Oper
atlons Specialists provide that skill.
Every amphibious landing ls controlled by CIC and the boats are literal
ly talked all the way to the beach, whether loaded with tanks or Marines
In addition, in a hostile environment, this is where the shlp's defense is
organized and put into practical use, whether lt be defense of our boats
from forces entrenched on the beach, or our own shlp's defense against
surface and air threats at sea. All ships' sensors are operated and coordi
nated from CIC and every ship at sea or plane in the air that comes within
range will lind itself being tracked, watched and Identified by the OS's on
watch. Just one more facet ofthe complex CIC job structure ls navlgatlon
Our job doesn't really start until we pull out to sea and then we're among
the first to man up for Sea and Anchor stations to assist the ships' navlga
tor in getting TARAWA safely out of the harbor. All in all lt's a busy place
sometimes filled with what seems far too many people and far too many
hours, but along with the drawbacks comes the knowledge that you do an
important job aboard a complex ship and gain the satisfaction of a lab
So it's 3 A. M. and skunk AZ is CBDR. Tell somebody
who's not short.
- "Look Dave, you want to get salty Ilke mo, ya
A goha walch close."
Vlhaflya moan wo're out of coffee?
Whdi? MQ WOWY7
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mnaggs rlghtguys. Only 10 more mlnufos to rellef
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Then Superman say's to Lois Lane
"Hey Chuck" "SurprIsel" i
Come Gaiiex Trackexl
You're Right Dave, Nlike's giving Bo-
gus mark's again.
"Lord it's hard to be Humble", espe
cially when you're this good! The Oper-
ations SpeciaIist's ot TARAWA's Ol Dlvi
sion have been magnificently repre
sented by the following . . . j
LTJG L. Lotton, Montrose, Ca.
OSC D. Maxon, Portland, Or.
OS1 C. Ray, San Diego, Ca.
OS2 D. Anderson, S. Sioux City, Ne.
OS2 C. Petrach, Tawas, Ml.
OS2 S. Citron, Philadelphia, Pa.
OS2 S. Daniels, Glenolden, Pa.
OS2 M. Jensen, San Diego, Ca.
OS2 K. Edwards, Aurora, Co.
OS3 C. Ulner, Indianapolis, ln.
OS3 L. Middleton, St. Louis, Mo.
OS3 D. Karlovich, Villa Park, ll.
OS3 K. Tompkins, Scottsdale, Az.
OS3 C. Heard, Lompoc, Ca.
OS3 R. Cannon, Del Mar, Md.
OS3J. Hill, Youngstown, Oh.
OS3 M. Harwell, Memphis, Tn.
OSSN K..WllIis, E. Liverpool, Oh.
"And as tar as I'm con-
cerned, you guys aren't
just '0S's, you're Radar-
OSCM Nelson - Sept '79.
OSSN C. Massey, Houston, Tx.
OSSN l. Rosario, San Juan , P.R.
OSSN V. Cuellar, San Antonio, Tx.
OSSN R. Milacek, La Habra, Ca.
OSSN M. Patton, Columbus, Oh.
OSSN R. Bernstein, Philadelphia, Pa.
CSSA M. Denny, Richmond, Ky.
OSSN D. Guerra, San Antonio, Tx.
OSSN S. Lhamon, Kenton, Oh
OSSN J. Gamson, Winter Park, Fl.
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OC Davlslon ls responslble for TARAWNS alr operatlons and In partlcular the posl-
tive control of both tlxed wing alrcratt and helicopters that deploy with the shlp. OC
Dlvision ls headed by the air operations ottlcer and hellcopter dlrectlon center ottlcer
who combine to oversee the work of TARAWNS handtul ot talented alr trattlc control-
lers. Although it is one ofthe smallest divisions on the shlp, OC carries the responslbll-
Ity of assistlng in the formulation and execution ot amphlblous assaults In addltlon to
the normal logistic and training tllght operations. TARAWNS alr trattlc controllers are
tasked with the essential job of providing sate and expedltlous servlce to all alrcratt
operating within the ships' control area In a variety ot weather condltlons and tactical
situations. Rounding out OC divlslon is the operations department yeoman who has
the unenviable position ot processing the enormous amount ot paperwork that the
various divisions require.
MAJ HINDS, William Hg TAHLEQUAH,
CDR BARR, Richard W: WATERBURY,
LCDR CASEY, Glenn Ag WINSTON
ACC JOHNSTON, Edward Kg
AC1 O'DONNELL, Patrick Ag LAKE
AC2 WAMBLE, Kenneth W: MEMPHIS,
AC2 SILVER, Kenneth R3 CANTON,
AC2 HOFFMEIER, Deron J: HONEOYE
AC3 MACE, Mlchael Wg PORTLAND,
AR CARLSON, Danny Ag PRINEVILLE,
LCDR G. L. CASEY
Hey Chief, the pilot says a CH-53 won't tlt there, where else
should I tell him to put lt?
Revlew ot tralnlng publl-
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That's rlght guy, roomies. Just llke back at college. HAHA
HI, l'm Pat, cool, suave, sophlstlcated LPO of
OC dlvslon. I'm also short, so klss ottl
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press the button?
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5 OW Dlvlslon conslsts of the shlp's Electronlc
E' 'A Warfare Technicians and ls tasked wlth the shlps
g Electronlc Warfare actlvltles.
As Electronlc Warfare Technlclans, our job not
only entalls the operatlonal slde of Electronlc
C' 'jf Warfare but Includes the maintenance and repalr
I of our equlpment.
WAV, Electronlc Warfare has been descrlbed as the
" ' of f"1 ffV'- E, f key operatlon vltal to wlnnlng any naval engage-
f W L ment of the future. The maln responslblllty In an
gfgfm . -f ' 1' ' , EW envlronment Is to locate any radar acflvlty In
, 1 2 2 the area by monltorlng the Electromagnetlc
A '7 Spectrum and as a result, determlne the radar
"if operator's frlendly on hostlle Infentlons. Lesser
g responslbllltles of EW, but of equal Importance,
Q7 lff' Include actlons deslgned to deny or decelve the
fflug enemy's use of the Electromagnetlc Spectrum
If whlle at the same tlme ensurlng our free and
unlmpalred use of the Spectrum.
. EW3 Burkett, Kevln Altoona, PA EWSN Parnell, Vlrgll Cleveland, OH
EW2 Carllsle, Raymond Fllnt, MI EW1 Velotas, James Blrmlngham, AL
4 EW1 Dletrlch, Russell Orlando, FL EW1 Wlrks, Paul Rocky Rlver, Ol-I
E EW3 Drill, Terry Troy, ol-I EW3 Hood, Ronnle San Pedro,,CA
EW1 Herman, James Orovllle, CA EWC Tate, Fred Llttle Rock, ARK
I gf EW2 Large, Phlllp Pallcades, CA ENS Wagner, Russell Mlddlesboro, KY
EW2 Legg, Rudy
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can play." Gods."
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OE Division is comprised of two work centers under the control of the Electronic Materials
Officer. Work Center 0EO2 is responsible for preventive and corrective maintenance ot radio
communications, navigation, and radar equipment with the exception of the fire control
radars. The calibration lab, OEO6, calibrates all electronic test equipment or schedules it for
calibration ashore if necessary. The Cal lab is also responsible for repairing and for replacing
damaged test equipment throughout the ship. While on deployment and during operations,
the men of OEO2 work eight hour shifts around the clock to provide swift response to all
Corrective maintenance is a major part of 0EO2's workday and can involve anything from a
minor alignment to hours of painstaking troubleshooting. Since TARAWA's radar and commu-
nications gear is so complex, an understanding of each individual component as well as an
overall knowledge of systems is required. ln their assistance to the communications dept., the
ET's perform a variety of tasks such as tuning radios, patching circuits, making quality control
checks and loading Crypto dates. In addition, before initlal use and then whenever required
later, the ET's have the overall responsibility of tuning all surface search radars to ensure
TARAWA's sensory abilities are operating at their fullest capacity. While operating with a task
group, as on deployment, TARAWA's ET's may be "loaned out" to smaller ships to perform
much needed emergency maintenance or calibration of sensitive gear. When not performing
repair work, the ET's spend much of their time doing preventive maintenance which on a ship
the size of TARAWA, can constitute asdmuch as fifty percent of their daily workload. '
LTJG Wright, Bogue Chito, Mi.
ETSN Andrew: Galt, Ca.
ET2 Annagueyg San Bernadino, Ca.
ETC Birkenmeyer: St. Louis, Mo.
ET3 Browng Port Huron, Mi.
ET2 Chandler, McAlester, Okla.
J ET1 Dobbs, Santa Cruz, Ca.
ET3 Draper, New Smyrna, Fla.
ET2 Dytrlchg Georgetown, Tx.
5 ET2 Flategraffg Pequot Lakes, Mn.
ET2 Graves: Grass Valley, Ca.
ET3 Herbsterg Lewistown, Pa.
ET2 Kasterg MantecaCa. ,
ET2 McCIungg Granada Hills, Ca.
ET3 O'Keefeg Niagra Falls, N.Y.
ET2 Reardon, Auburn, Wyo.
ET2 Ringeiseng Hastings, Mn.
ET2 Sengewaltg Wheeling, W. Va
ET3 Sloang Grand Island, Neb.
ET3 Vandermoleng Cerritos, Ca.
ET2 Warner: Spokane, Wa.
ET2 Webb: Garden Grove, Ca.
ET3 Wootong Mena, Ca.
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OA DIVISION IS one more of the many and complex rates
belonging to Operations Department Composed of Aero
graphers Mates the number 1 responsibility of their dlvislon
is reporting and more importantly accuratly forecasting the
local weather scene Knowing weather condltlons at sea IS
vltal for the safe operation of any sea going vessel but
double Important for a shlp llke TARAWA whlch may need to
launch aircraft or send troop boats into a beach head at any
time Besides havlng a reporting and forecasting responsl
blllty to TARAWA our AG s also report condltlons to the
other ships ln Phlbron 7 as well as passing local condltlons
information to shore based statlons vla radio communlca
tlons Sometlmes In spite of all the charts maps, sattellte
pictures and whatnot a cloud forms that shouldn t have
been there and a spot of raln occurs Hence the jestful
nlckname for the most part un earned of Weather Guess
ersl Well guessing or not TARAWA s AG s have done a
pretty good job thls cruise and as It s summer time in San
Diego we slncerely hope they keep it upl
A61 Taylor taking a break
QAG1 Taylor is ALWAYS taking a Break.,
"StupId computer, 2x2 equals 5l
"Due to a total and complete lack ol Interest on
the part ol the AG's, today's weather has been
Llght, followed by dark.
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A63 R MULES
A63 M. WALLACE
A6AN M. JOERN
A6AN R. KOLLAR
A6AA D. FRAZELL
A6AA D. HILKER
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TERMINI, ISSN MAILMAN, CTO2 BERTRAM, DP2 HOWARD, CTO2 QUIJANO
Unllke most other amphlb's, the LHA has a "new kld on the block": the Jolnt Intelllgence
Center QJICJ. When deployed, the JIC supports not only the Captaln, but the Commodore
and MAU Commander In accompllshlng thelr respectlve mlsslons. Its Iunctlon ls to supply
these commanders wlth Intelllgence Intormatlon, lncludlng Electronlc Data Processlng
Into, that wlll help them In maklng declslons pertlnent to the squadron mlsslon and Its
securlty. The shIp's Slgnals Exploltatlon Space QSSESJ Is manned by tour CTO's durlng
deployment to augment the JIC with tlmely cryptologlc support.
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The CCTV Crew programs and monltors entertainment tor the
crew via video programs, closed circuit T.V. and Its own radlo
station. Additionally, they give us the 6 0'CIock nlghtly news, as
well as provide intel briefs for JIC and the Squadron.
IC2 Gembola with some ot CCTV's extensive equipment
ENS John Hopklns
Publlc Attalrs Ottlcer
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The Data Processing Technicians operate the Integrated Tactical Amphibious Warfare Data System QITAWDSJ. The
ITAWDS system is divided into two sections: the Tacical Data System QTDSQ and the Management Information System
QMISJ. The TDS section supports the Combat Information Center QCICQ and their functions. The MIS section runs such
jobs as SUADPS, for supply accounting, Jump for payroll, aviation 3-M, and surface 3-M. In addition, the datq
processing center QDPCJ supports joint intellegence, Marine staff, and Navy staff personnel. OD division is composed
of two rates: the Data Systems and Data Processing Technicians. Together they maintain and operate the ITAWDS
computer and many of it's peripheral devices. The Data Systems Technicians QDSQ maintain and repair the communi.
cations and ITAWDS computer systems, along with all of the CIC display gear. The DS gang works closely with the DP,
CS and RM operators, as well as the ET, FT and IC shops for coordination of systems repair. The entire division is
manned 24 hours a day, seven days a week, living up to the divisions' motto: "It can be done."
DPC John Follrs Albuquerque
DP2 Dan Stephens
DP2 Steve Pruett St Lours Mo
DP3 Chuck Volstad Edlna Mn
DP3 Rick Hood Manson Ia
DP3 Doug Dorrval Olongapo
DPSN Rick Wrssrnger Killeen Tx
DPSN Clyft Crawford
DPSN Clay Bracken West Munster
DPSN Brad Bostater Flint Mr
DPSN Pat Dawson Flagstaff Az
DPSN Bruce Turner
DPSN John Dvorak Las Vegas Nv
DPSN Mike Moore
DPSN Gary Dozrer Sandpoint ld
DSl Joseph Rodrrgues
DS2 Mark Scott Barstow Ca
DS3 George Green Chicago II
DS2 Michael McDaniel San
DS2 Thomas Smith Hacienda Hts
DS3 Wrlllam Taylor Westerville
DS4 Nathaniel Bacon Mrlwaukee
DS2 Charles Baker Cllntwood Va
DS4 Elwood Schwenn
DS3 Steven Trmmer Brown Deer
DS2 Wrllram Caldwell Wrchrta
DS3 Michael McSweeney
DS3 Thomas Sprung Flint Ml
DSSN Russell Vanwrnkle Gassvllle
ENS Stephen Smith Troy Oh
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'iHonesf, chief, we weren'f doing
Be o DP . . . remove yourself from monuol
Yup, Only 6792 days to go!"
Better Believe I m shortl
"But you said "Pull the tape"
didn't you Chief?
Ens. Smith trouble shooting a supply problem ln the com-
forurhe - , If
"Playboy Calendars? Not
from this division, Sir."
PRU-baby diddles hls disk drlve.
"You can'i play pinochle
CDR PARKS was born on 15 July 1936 in Gainesville,
Georgia and graduated from Gainesville Public Schools in
1954. He received a Bachelor of Science degree in Business
from Nordy, Georgia College in 1959 and a Master in Busi-
ness from Stanford University in 1969. He attended Officers
Candidate School in March thru August of 1962. Upon
graduation from the Naval Supply Corps School in March
1963, he assumed duties as the Supply Officer aboard USS
STRIBLING QDD-8671. He attended the Naval submarine
school and, upon completion, reported aboard USS JOHN
ADAMS QSSBN-6205. Subsequent duty stations include the
Naval Supply Corps School fStatfJ 1969 - 19725 Command-
er, U.S. Forces Vietnam QBudget Officerj 1972 - 19733 U.S.
Naval Station, Rota, Spain QComptroIlerj 1973 - 19775 Head-
quarters, Naval Material Command, Washington, D.C.,
1977 - 1979, Headquarters, Naval Supply System Com-
mand, Washington, D.C. 1979 - 1980 and in October 1980
he assumed duties as the Supply Officer aboard USS
TARAWA. His interests lie in sports. He is a Boy ScoutfGirI
Scout volunteer and is a licensed lay leader In the Eplsco
pal church He IS married has three children ages 21 19
and 13 years and IS a current resident of Orange Park
CDR Leonard C PARKS SC USN
CDR PARKS and Asst Supply Officer
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The Stores Division is in charge ot procurement,
receipt, stowage and issue of all repair parts and
consumables for the ship. Fifteen stroekeepers
maintain twenty storerooms and an inventory of
some 40,000 ditterent line items with a total value in
excess ot tour and one halt million dollars. In addi-
tion we manage the ships two million dollar budget.
The men of S-1 work long hours at sea and are
usually tasked to bring on stores upon entry into
port. One hundred percent supply support is our
goal and each member ot the division works hard
toward that end. Despite the heavy workload, ev-
eryone had plenty of time to enjoy our visits in Ha-
waii, the REPUBLIC OF THE PHILIPPINES fP.I.Q, THAI-
LAND, SINGAPORE, KENYA, AUSTRALIA, AND PUSAN,
"Told ya we really worked. , ."
S- 1 DIV
TARAWA's new asst. Supply Ottlcer replacing LCDR
ZAWADZKI is LCDR R.G. THORNTON.
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Bolts nuts screws nails welding rods glue tape string wax wood
steel aluminum canvas cotton polyester plastics typewriters rib-
bons bows nonskid yellow paint blue paint orange paint pink
paint purple paint black paint green paint and even some char-
"Yeah, we got . . ."
Bombs, bullets guns dungarees hats
coats shirtsncoveralls bananas peaches
plums pears pencils paper clips aspirin
tablets rubber gloves ear plugs potato
chlps cassette tapes typewriters rubber
bands toothpicks supply forms order
forms blank forms printed forms cocoa
tea coffee milk film cameras flash lights
duty belts buttons pins pens erasers
grease oil sand paper creosote . . .
Airplane engines Whellcoptor rotors ignition parts J-P5 diesel fuel tires ballbearings
belt, buckles shoelaces socks long underwear T-shirts ships patches deck logs
Rudders topmasts computer
cards magcards digital
electronics dental floss tooth
paste prophylactics and
But I still got no damn . . .
Liberty Call ' Anything to get out ot work.
SK on working Party
"They ain't called It away yet?" t A in You HIGHT,
The Food Service division provides hot, nutritious meals in the Enlisted Dlning Facility and three private messes. The
messes aboard TARAWA are open for approximately twenty hours a day at sea. Feedlng 2500 Navy and Marine
personnel is no easy task. Flexibility is the word and the 170 Navy and Marine cooks and messmen must remaln
flexible and be ready to feed the crew on very short notice. In the flrst slxty eight days of TARAWA's deployment, the
crew consumed 16,047 gallons of milk, 7,564 lbs. of bread, 6,760 lbs. of hamburger patties, 5,875 lbs. of french frles
and 3,682 lbs. of roast beef. That's a lot of chowl But the Food Service dlvlslon has the "can do" splrlt that enables
them to maintain high morale and enables the crew to work together In harmony as a team. Guided by the expertise
of the Food Service Officer, ENS PANADO and his assistant, MSCS RAMOS, TARAWA cooks strlve for perfection to
Insure each crewmember receives top service and that each patron is a happy one. TARAWA is presently a nominee
for the 1980 Ney Memorial Award for food servlce in the large afloat category.
PANADO, Ernesto F. ENS Malabon RizaIfOlongapo Clty, R.P. SCHWARTZ, Steven G. MS3 Coronado, California
RAMOS, Alberto C. MSCS Oxnard, Callfornla
ARMENTIA, Armando Y. MSC New Lucena, Ilollo, R.P.
GARCIA, Roger E. MS1 Candelaria, Zambales, R.P.
VALDEZ, Juanito B. MS1 Lakewood, California
VIRAY, Abelardo, A. MS1 Bataan, R.P.
MAGTOTO, Romeo G. MS1 Mira Mesa, Callfornla E
PANGANIBAN, Renato T. MS1 San Dlego, Callfornla
MANZANO, Rogello P. MS1 Manlla, R.P.
GAERLAN, Perfecto E. MS1 San Dlego, California
SALAZAR, Ricardo MS1 Cavite Clty, R.P.
MONTEFALCON, Ramon C. MS2 Sublc, Zambales, R.P.
AQUINO, Marlano A. MS2 San Dlego, Callfornla
DULAY, Marcellono E. MS2 Manila, R.P.
VERACRUZ, Claudio A. MS2 Cordon, Isabella, R.P.
METZ, Gordon T. MS2 Lincoln, Nebraska
CALACSAN, Wllfredo M. MS2 Vallejo, Callfornla
ROSTRO, Tom N. MS2 Manila, R.P.
CUELLO, Jose D. MS2 Manlla, R.P.
HUBILLA, Rudy T. MS2 Blclol Reglon, R.P.
TUOSTO, Albert A. MS2 Rlchmond Hlll, New York
MORA, Raul G. MS2 San Antonlo, Texas
PEPPERS, Carl M. MS3 Cleveland, Ohio
HAMILTON, Kim E. MS3 Flushing, Michigan
LIPP, John A. MS3 Baltimore, Maryland
DAY, Christopher G. MSSN Leominster, Massachusetts
GREEN, Richard A., Jr. MSSN Dedham, Massachusetts
FRANKLIN, Michael A. MSSN Cedar Rapids, Iowa
BARRO, Steven MSSN Kolas, Hawaii
FAROL, Sofronlo I. MSSN Lipa City, R.P.
POMIER, Steve G. MSSN Duson, Louisiana
POMIER, Jimmy SN Duson, Louisiana
WOOLRIDGE, Anthony A. MSSA Indianapolis, Indiana
BOWEN, William A. MSSA Santee, California
SNIDER, Doyal W. MSSA Yaklma, Washington
KING, Robert-D. MSSA Mesa, Arizona
FLECK, Darln C. MSSA Oshkosh, Wisconsin
CRUMBLEY, James MSSN Atlanta, Georgia
BOURLAND, Robble R. MSSA Oxnard, California
SOLE, Brian MSSA Kansas City, Kansas
PRICE, Matthew A. MSSA Mesa, Arlzona
MS4 Monzono, Roger
MS2 Hubillo, Rudy
MS3 Pomier, Jimmy
MS'I Goerlon, Perfecto E.
MSSN Wooldridge, Anthony
MS3 Fronklin, Michoel
MS3 Hordin, Horvey
MS2 Gorcio, Arturo S.
MS2 Moro, Roul G.
MS4 Pongonibon, Ren
MS3 Borro, Steven
MSi Voldez, Juonito
MS2 Tousto, Albert
MS4 Monzono, Roger
MS1 Viroy, Abelordo
LTjg Ponodo, Ernesto
MS4 Mogtoto, Romeo
MS1 Gorcio, Roger
MS1 Cuello, Joe
MS2 Duloy, Mor
MSSN Snyder, Doyoi
MSSA Bouriond, Robbie
MS3 Hamilton, Tiny
MS3 Lipp, John
MS3 Green, Richard
MSSR Fleck, Darin
M82 Swariz, Sfeven
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MS2 Mefz, Gordon
MSSN Crurnbley, James
MS3 Pomier, Steve
MS1 Calaesan, Wilfredo
MS2 Vera Cruz, Claudio
MS4 Moniefalcon, Ramon
MSSR Sole, Brian
MS1 Aquino, Mariano
ENLISTED DINING FACILITY
ENS FRANK M. LONG PORTLAND, OREGON
SHCS JIMMIE D. MASON BIG SPRING, TEXAS
SHC ANTONIO A. TANUYAN CAVITE, PHILIPPINES
SH1 PERCIVAL E. EDNALINO OLONGAPO CITY, PHILIPPINES
SH1 JOSE Z. GALANTO QUEZON CITY, PHILIPPINES
SH2 DAVID C. MINGLANA PANGASINAN, PHILIPPINES
SH2 LESLIE D. ORR INDIANA, RICHMOND
SH2 NILO V. ARENAS CAVITE, PHILIPPINES
SH3 ROBERT JARRETT CHESTER, PENN
SH3 ENRICO M. BAUL PAMPANGA, PHILIPPINES
SH3 DAVID B, HUBBARD ALMA, ARKANSAS
SH3 PATRICIGJ. BARRETT MENDHAM, NEW JERSEY
SN THURSTON M. MOULTRIE CHARLESTON, SOUTH
Sales and Services operates the Ship's Store, the Laundry
and the Barber Shops. The Division is composed of Shlp Ser-
vicemen and nonrated personnel dedicated to serving the
crew. At sea the Ship's Store is open seven days a week
providing the crew with health and comtorl items Qsoap,
toothpaste and cigarettesj, as well as a wide variety of luxury
merchandise fwatches, cameras, and stereosj. While the
store is closed, ten vending machines provlde "gedunk". The
Laundry and Dry Cleaning Shop process mountains ot unl-
torms and bedding each day. There is an endless supply ot
dirty clothing and the Laundry serves to make this mountaln
Into a mole hill. Our barbers work hard to provide that "bal-
anced haircut" which Iies somewhere between "high and
tight" and "just trim the neck". Finally, to back up the store,
laundry and barbers, a team ot clerks, records keepers and
storeroom operators keep the paper work and supplies tlow-
SN JOHN M. BROOKS NEW YORK
SHSN LOUIE NMN BYRNES NEW YORK
SN JIMMIE D. ROGERS PARAGOULD, ARKANSAS
SN TRINIDAD A. ROMERO SALINAS, CA.
SHSN STEVEN P. BOLTON FAIRFIELD, CA.
SHSN JOSEPH LALUK GLOUCESTER, NEW JERSEY
SHSA WILLIAMS S. HOKE, MOLINA, COLORADO
SHSA ANTHONY LEWIS CLEVELAND, OHIO
SHSA A. G. GARCIA CLOVIS, NEW MEXICO
SA B.P. MULLINS PHILADELPHIA, PA.
SA LINBERGH WILSON ALEXANDRIA, LOUISIANA
SA RUSSEL VANERON HUNTINGTON, NEW YORK
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LeI'S See, 50'k or.1009S? Hell vlllfh II, 2001!
Some of the most used, Cand abusedj machinery on the
ship undergoing repair. qagainj
Stocking up. Can't sell it if it's in the storeroom.
While it's not exactly the general store with a pickle barrel and pot
bellied stove, the EAGLES NEST still manages to carry a wide assortment
of personal and luxury items, from cakes to koala bears. Often the lines
are long, reflective of reasonable prices, good service, fair business,
and the fact that its the only place in town. We tried to get an exact
figure on the dollar amount of business the ship's store has done this
crusie but they were closed for inventory. Oh well.
And the line gets longer. But where do
they all come from?
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Ldundry for Three Thousond people? Yup, One ploce on The
ship ThoT -never geTs Too cold is The loundry, where ship's
servicemen wosh, dry, press ond even provide dry cleoning
services for upwords of 3,000 enlisTed ond officers on deploy-
WoiTing for The sTorT of business.
Top: SHSN Wilson, SH3 JGFFGTTG, SN Mullins, SH2 Orr, SHSN Gorcio, SH3 Rogers. BoTTorn: SH3 Vdneron, SHSN Gorcid, SHSN Byrns
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Sales Oltlce Crew
Iett to right SH2 Arenas, SH2 Baul, SH1 Galanto Qtrontj SH1 Ednallno
Watch the tlngersl
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ENS Long who runs the show and has
plans to open his own Edsel dealer-
ship when he get's out ot the Navy,
hates Koala bears. He was heard to
say, "Before they go to a dollar I'II
teach the little suckers how to
swIm!" For shame Slrl
The sales crew puts It all together, coordl-
natlng laundry and store personnel, taklng
care of all the paperwork and speclal or-
derlng those Illtle overseas goodles for
The DK rating is a general rating and is one of the most challenging rates in the Navy. Today's
DK is on the "ground floor" of transition from a manual pay system to the computerized JUMPS
system. The success of the JUMPS program wlll be directly attributable to the DKs ln the fleld.
DKs must be adaptable to a very flexible system, welcome change and thoroughly enjoy
working with people. The Disbursing Officer is solely responsible for disbursement of government
funds and the submission of associated reports and returns. The disbursing clerks are assigned
to aid the Disbursing Officer in the preparation and filing of the multitude of disbursing docu-
ments the computation of the various monetary entitlements including pay and allowances and
the maintenance of other administrative functions of the disbursing officer.
LT Giles, Personnel Ofilcer and ENS QChicago Kldj Deaderlck, Dlsburslng Offlcer.
Our old pal Fredg "I ain'l got il. Call CIeveIand."
ENS Deaderick Chicago, Ill.
DK1 Dreaden Spring Valley, CA
DK2 Twalls Tucson, AZ
DK2 Dandrea Philadelphia, PA
DK3, Eslacion Baguio Cily, Phlllipplnes
DKSA Jacklmek Syracuse, N.Y.
"Tha1's rlght. We open for buslness from
0955 to 1000, then close for lunch unill
1525. A1 1525 we open unill 1530. Ii's 1531
now. Come back tomorrow."
"Heh Heh. Good job Dandrea. This dude
won'1 gei pald agaln untll sometlme In
"What do you mean' about tlme?' Thls ls the second tlme thls month we've been open tor
"See? There It ls. Page 79, Par. 4, subparagraph c. "Member wlll not be pald It deemed
ugly or unklnd to dlsburslng clerks."
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The Aviation Stores Division QS-6, provides material support for the TARAWA's heli-
copters, Eagle ONE, and the Marine squadron of helicopters and Harriers. When fully
loaded out, S-6 division is responsible for managing an inventory of over 20,000 llne
items with a money value exceeding eight million dollars. S-6 division works in close
cooperation with the ship's AIMD department and the Squadron maintenance activity
to ensure all aircraft are maintained in a maximum state of readiness. One of the major
challenges S-6 division faced during the deployment was providing support for harrier
aircraft during their first shipboard deployment. During the deployment, the division is
augmented with a force of highly trained Marine personel.
S-6-Division is represented by, . .
SSGT J.T. CAMPOS New Braunfels, TX
CPL D.B. GARRISON Lexington, KY
AKAA K.C. MURPHY Middlebury, VT
AK3 D.L. PAULE National City, CA
AKAN VZAGUIRRE D.G. Houston, TX
LCPL VINCENT E.C. Torrance, CA
AK3 J.G. GRUSPE Zambales, Philippine
AK3 J.T. CONTE Tucson, Arizona
LCPL RON RUSSELL Phili, N.J.
SGT BALLARD Las Vegas, NV
SSGT KEOWN Evansville, Indiana
CPL FALO San Francisco, CA
LCPL DUPIN Magan, KY
Chief HALE San Diego, CA
Chief SHELINE Bellingham, Wash.
ENS BARR Newburgh, NY
AK3 GARZA Corpus Christi, TX
"Dear son, we have moved. We don't have a new
address tor you yet. . ,"
tl "Hope the computer can read this. I sure can't."
"Okay, we have slx A-V8's on board. What's an A-V8?"
"lt that's a request chit, I don't wanna see ltl"
01513 Z fi
"Where am I?"
Wrltlng a lefler on navy ilme.
AKAA Murphy gehlng hls lleld day PQS slgned
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Thafs rlght. Says here that we got 1 12 ol 'om
and the boss wanis 'em Ilxed by tomorrowl
". . . A four leiier
word meanlng ..."
AK3 Paulo hard at work. Qbear Mom, What I
dld In the Navy ioday . . .J
And then Goldllocks went upstairs to fry the
"ThIs box welghs
Would you belleve
Would you belleve
12 pounds . , .?"
"What goes In fhls block? The fund code or
the zlp code"?
"Yeah, I work sometimes ..." oh
IDIEIDAI W MKIENW
s C.W. BURCK, CDR, USN
According to rumor, CDR Burck's first assignment was as Chief Engineer on the Ark. That's
ridiculous though, because everyone on the ship knows he was an enlisted man then. Also,
contrary to popular belief, the Commander did not invent the steam plant. He just helped. At any
rate, it's a fact that Commander Burck has more sea time than quite a few of us younger sailers
combined. Starting out as an enlisted man in engineering years before most of the crew was born,
the Commander has steadily climbed the ranks through the LDO program to become Chief
Engineer aboard one of the largest ships in the Navy. The engineering team has put out max effort
and max hours to keep TARAWA steaming on her second time around and just like last cruise she
performed admirably. Between TARAWA's Engineering Department and her Chief Engineer, we
think we've got two of the best.
"No my hat's not crooked . . . this is
Internal Combustion Englne Shop Dlesel Weasel s
What can you say about a group of guys like A Gang 7 Well what ever lt
IS It had better be nlce unless you llke drlnklng warm water or more lmpor
tantly your equipment needs chllled water to operate Also there s the llttle
factor of a 300 Ton alr condltlonlng system that they keep runnlng at max
capacity at all tlmes Well most of the time Thelr hydraullcs personnel take
care of and operate all the elevators aboard and the guys in the ICE shop
malntaln the engines on TARAWA S boats as well as LP and MP air compres
sors and the 2 800 HP Diesel generators for the bow thruster and emergency
power generators Every week you ll have direct contact wlth a man from
A Gang because he s the guy that cleans the filters for your alr condition
mg All In all these guys do a heck of a lot that you mlght take for granted
unfll you need that emergency power or your equipment starts screaming for
chllled water There s a lot more you could say but there just lsn t room here
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But as mentioned before whatever you say lt had better be nlcel
DIV OFF CWO4 TURNER
DIV. LCPO ENC KAJIOKA
LPO EN1 McCUE
WCS EA09 MR1 CLARK
WCS EA03f04 MM2 FREDOCK
WCS EA01 MM3 MOORE
One of A Gang s tiny preclslon tools
ENFR SMITH, R.J.
ENFR SMITH, L.
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Alr Condlilonlng and Refrlgerailon shop
Fluld Power Gang, "CeIluIube 'l'amers"
"Lef's see now.
Who's on todays IIstI"
"Our Buns Burn to keep yours cooII"
Machine Shop, "A-Dlv. Central"
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It aIn't Fast,
But lt's BIGI
One of TARAWAS
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No, V.W. dldn'f bulld Ihls one.
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EM3 Fox C W
E division consists ot eight work centers and it is responsible
tor all electrical and interior communications systems aboard
TARAWA. These eight work centers include the EM and IC rates,
include the lighting shop, the electrical powerfmotor rewind
shop, the battery shop, atter IC, torward IC, the console main-
tenance shop, tlight deck lighting and miniature circuit card
repair. The division otticer is ENS Decuir and the ship's electri-
cian is CWO2 Connor. They are assisted by IC group supervisor
ICC Soles and EM group supervisor EMC McMasters. In addition
to providing shipboard lighting and power to all electrical
equipment, E division repairs and maintains all electrical mo-
tors and generators, IVCS telephones, EOS and ship control
consoles, batteries, gyrocompasses and many other electrical
systems. These systems are essential to TARAWA and the men
ot E division help to ensure the ships capability to pertorm its
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Main Propulsion Division is a division ot engineers otten called "Hole Snipes" who work deep wlthln the shIp's hull. MP Dlvlslon
is the heart ot TARAWA. We insure the proper operation ot the maln propulsion plant. Thls consists of two ofthe Navy's largest
Van marine boilers which provide the steam to two main turbines, the galley, laundry, hot water, and ships whlstle. We also
provide fresh water from two 70,000 gallon per day distilllng plants, electrlcal power from tour SSTG's, and tlremaln pressure
from eight F fF pumps.
MMCS GLADNEY BT2 FREEMAN ENS HILL MMCS BIIUDIF
MM1 DURING BT3 BURKE MMC WILEY BT2 IIIIDFRWUOD
MM2 HEAPY BT3 ANDERSON MM1 DEJESUS BT2 LIIIIFUIID
MM3 BAILEY BT3 FERREBEE MM2 RILLAMAS BT3 HANNA
MM3 ENRIQUESZ BTFN JOLLEY MM2 MYSAK BTFN BAFTISTF
MMFN MADRIGAL BTFN HAWKINS MM3 WALWORTH BTFN L059
MMFN HERNANDEZ BTFN SCHATZMAN MM3 BATES FA Bl-OUNT
MMFN MARLOW BTFN MIGLIACCIO MM3 SHIRLEY FA NELLUIVIS
FN MICLAT BTFN EOFF MM3 JOHNSON BTFA -IIISTI-I5
FN WILEY BTFA DVORAK MMFN PETRACH BTFA MILLER
FA FRENCH FA LOMBARDI MMFN HINDERS BTFA ELLIS
FA DAVILA BTFR GOLLY MMFN LEMMONS BTFA SANTISTEVEN
FA ARRECHEA FA COX FR BESSINBER BTFR A5I'IwoII'I'I'I
FA HEIDBRINK FA KRAMER MM3 NIEMELA BTFR MILLER
FA RENFORTH BT1 DAY FA MONSON FR GREENE
MM2 VOLS BT2 RYBICKI
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Dear Mr. Carter. . ." h '
97, 93, 99, 100!"
f I ever find that recruiter. . A"
Sure we're smlIln', it's PAYDAY! "Up to open, down to close
Damage Control Asst.
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ENS SHARP A
DIVISION OFFICER x HTECESLE
Repair Dlvlsion is exactly what the name lmplles. The Hull Technicians of the USS TARAWA are hlghly trained individuals that
maintain all aspects of plumbing from simple water faucets to the complex assortment of valves Involved In the waste dlsposal
system and firemain systems. Several shops make up TARAWA's Repalr Dlvlslon. Flrst ls the shlp tltters shop, wlth people skllled
in welding, pipe fitting and plumbing. Second, we have the carpenter shop whose maln task ls to keep flre flghtlng systems ln a
high state of readiness. Knowing that thesesshops are on board helps people to sleep easier. The carpenters also handle all
aspects of woodworking on board ship. The third shop Is the C02 transfer shop. Thls ls the home of the shlps damage control
petty offlcer QDCPOJ, who supervises the professional care and upkeep of all portable flreflghtlng equipment as well as lnsurlng
that the ships' water tight integrity is maintained. The DCPO works dlrectly wlth the shlp's Damage Control Assistant. Hull
Technicians are kept abreast of all areas and the HT ratlng by constant schooling In new technology and flre flghtlng skllls.
They are overseen by a hlghly trained dlvislonal chlef and a sound and respected dlvlslon officer. We hull Technlclans want you
to know that we wlll always be there when the shlp calls on us and when the flre ls the hottest.
R DIVISION "If we cdn'I fix II, IT'S BROKEP'
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HT1 cARlvllcKLE, ship's Damage Control Petty ottleer. HT3 Rover. lisfening 10 fhe gdme, again
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GETTIN' HIGH ON THE
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The Assault Dlvlslon ls responslble tor the repalr and malntenance ot all gear used to move cargo durlng an amphlblous
landlng by the embarked Marlnes. Thls Includes the cargo elevators, pallet conveyors, well deck, cargo monorall system,
sldeport cranes, hydraullc operated doors, vehlcle recovery wlnches, boat llne handllng system and the stem closure. The
complex nature ot thls equlpment Is such that our dlvlslon requlres the talents ot technlclans from three dltterent ratlngs:
MachlnIst's Mates and Englnemen to repalr mechanlcal parts, hydraullc systems and dlesel englnes and Electrlclans Mates to
work on the elaborate electrlcal motors and controls.
It has been a blg job tor just seventeen men but one whlch Is very central to the mlsslon ot an Ll-IA. Our small slze and the
vlslble results ol our work made us a tlght dlvlslon and helped us to keep our morale very hlgh even when the golng got tough,
as lt olten dld. Several tlmes we put In long hours tlxlng the stern closure and the elevators but we more than made up tor lt wlth
untorgetable nlghts ot llberty ln Australla, Thalland and many other ports. All In all lt has been a super deployment and one
whose memorles and sea storles we'lI enloy sharlng tor many years to come.
LTQJ.G.j T.F. McGuIre BRACKETTVILLE, TX FN C.J. AUDET GREAT FALLS, MT
ENC C.R. PARRAS BAKERSFIELD, CA ENFN R.W. SHARPLEY PONTIAC, MI
MM2 N. Delozler MID WEST CITY, OK FA T.E. FLEENER ILOOMINGTON, IN
EN3 D.T. SAUER LOS ANGELES, CA FR D.A. MOONEY TIFFIN, OH
EM3 F.R. WISSLER CONNERSVILLE, IN FR M.J. PURCELL HAZELHURST, WI
EM3 W.R. GALLIHER KEY WEST, FL FA J.L. STARJINSKI PORTLAND, OR
EM3 C.M. THOMPSON ARKANSAS FA K.E. GREGORY OJAI, CA
FN M.E. HENRY FA MJ. SCALZO LAS VEGAS, NV
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"Why'd you do thai?"
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THE DCCTQR 9
A Native of Fall River, Mass., Dr. Kosmo is a fairly new addltion to TARAWA's modern
medical facilities. The Doctor graduated Magna Cum Laude from Boston College with a
Bachelor of Science in Chemistry and then attended the University of Mass. Medical Center
from 1975 to 1979. His Naval career began 1 June 1975 when he was commissioned under
the Armed Forces Health Professional Scholarship Program. The Dr. was later accepted for
internship aft NRMC, San Diego. Off ship the Dr. stays physically fit with a variety of sports
from jogging to tennis and swimming as well as toning the muscles of the mind with outside
interests such as classical art, music and dancing with his lovely wlfe Stephanie, also a
Mass. native. Following his operational tour on TARAWA, Dr. Kosmo plans to continue his
residency in Internal Medicine at NRMC, San Diego.
TARAWA follows a long standing Navy tradition of rendering
medical aid when needed. As Fleet Admiral Chester W. Nimltz
once said, "The U.S. Navy's errands of mercy have saved more
lives than it's guns have destroyed". In the heart of TARAWA lies
a modern medical facilty capable of preserving those lives.
TARAWA's "angels of mercy" have four operating rooms, two x-
ray rooms, a blood bank, laboratory, pharmacy, physical ther-
apy room, two minor operating rooms, a 48 bed primary ward
and a 17 bed intensive care unit to work with. This makes it the
largest medical department afloat. Joining Dr. Kosmo, LT
Blacke QMSCJ, and their staff of 16 corpsmen this WESTPAC, were
an 18 man Surgical Team and a 10 man Surgical Support Team.
All of this talent was put to the test during Operation "Valiant
Blitz" when TARAWA received mock and actual casualties. A
few of those casualities required surgery. All of this and more
shows that the "Eagle of the Sea's" Medical Department is truly
HM3 Lombardi, Jerry W. Butte Montana HM2 Tyree, Micheal L- TUCSON, A1-
HM2 Flores, Norman A. Orondoro Philippines HM2 Black, Jon Svmfefl 5-C-
HMCS Poindexter, Wllllam A. Chula Vista, CA. HMC Carter, CIIHOI1 PhllidelPhlC. PA-
HM1 Bickerstaff, Dale F. Irvin, PA. HM2 Beers, James R- Sheeds, Fl-
l-lM3 McEwen, Timothy D. Sonora, CA. HM3 Letho, David K- Palm BBUCI1, Fl--
HM3 Sngw, C, D, N, wildwogd, N,J, LT Kosmo, Micheal Fall River, Mass.
HM3 West, Mathew F. Cleveland, OH. LT Blacke, Stephen Denver. COI-
SN Crawford, David D. Dayton, OH.
HN Corwley, Waymon H. UR., Portland, OR.
HM2 Beagle, Terry R. Saratoga Springs, N.Y.
HM2 Decker, Micheal Endicott, N.Y.
HMSN Gates, George J. Covington, Kentucky
"Now watch close, Doc. I'm gonna
show you one more tIme."
Okay, who put the plzza In the Incubator?
Pronto and the lone Stranger. I
The sllvor bullet twlns. Q
I1's okay. We
sfudled at Three Mlle
Pulse? Whdf Pulse?
Captaln Getz, Chlet Surgeon ot the surglcal platoon, op
ates on a patlent wlth the help of HM2 Presley.
Surgical Platoon Cadre Unit 49
HM3 Rodney Taylor OR Technlclan
HM2 Howard Wagner OR Technlclan
HM1 Gerald Koltes Lab Technlclan
HMC Eddle Johnson Leadlng Chief
HM1 William Rhodes Admln Technlclan
HM3 Ralph Apparacio Orlho Technlclan
CAPT Davld Wllson Orthopedic Surgeon
ENS Mlchael Biggs Admln Ottlcer
HM1 Ron McAdam X-Ray Technlclan
HM2 James Cunnlngham Pharmacy
HM3 Joseph Gallagher OR Technlclan
HM3 Gary Gllson OR Technlclan
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Tralnlng? What Tralnlng?
C'mon guys. I dldn'f mean to drop the mailbag over the sldol
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A native of San Antonio, Dr. Patrick Taylor Glasscock graduated from the University of Texas
and in 1966 graduated from the University of Tennessee Dental School and joined the navy.
LCDR Glasscock's first duty assignment was MCRD Parris Island, S.C. From there he went to
Port Hueneme, CA. and was subsequently deployed to Danang, Vietnam. One year later Dr.
Glasscock left the Navy for private practice in San Diego, but retained inactive reserve status
in the Medical Officer Corps. ln 1978 Dr. Glasscock made the decision to sell his practice and
return to the Navy. After two years at the Branch Dental Clinic in Kingsville, Texas LCDR
Glasscock accepted orders as head of Dental Department aboard USS TARAWA. Havlng
revived the art of "painless" dentistry aboard TARAWA, Dr. GIasscock's skills are renowned
throughout the crew and his shipmates hope to see him around for some time to come.
Dr. Glasscock and DT2 Mirador. "Painless dentistry at lt's best."
A dental office, 3 operating rooms, an x-ray toom, laborato-
ry and a preventive dentistry room, make 1'ARAWA'S dental
facility one of the largest afloat. There's no wasted space or
manpower because the dental needs of the crew as well as
TARAWA's embarked Marines are of paramount Importance.
In addition, when on deployment TARAWA takes the position
of Primary Medical Facility Afloat and this includes dental
care. When Marines are embarked, another dentist and extra
technicians are provided to help handle the extra load and to
provide emergency care to civilian patients durlng TARAVllA's
secondary function as evacuation crises-control in times of
natural disaster or evacuatlon of refugees in time of war.
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AN Martinez, "Don't miss this appointment."
Dr. Simpson, "You hold him, I'Il yank."
DT3 Ripoll, "Next
THE DENTAL TEAM X
LCDR P.T. Glasscock E
San Antonio, TX +
DT2 R. Mirador lx
San Juan, Launion, R.P.
DT3 G. Ripoll
Sanlurce, P.R. l
DN D. Maninez 7
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LCDR Kenneth R. Korhonen, the shIp's Communlcatlons Offlcer, ls ln a dual hatted
job onboard shlp. In addltlon to belng the shIp's communlcatlons offlcer, he ls also
assigned additional duty as communlcatlons support offlcer for the embarked COM-
PHIBRON SEVEN Staff. In both of these jobs he works closely with the numerous USN
and USMC embarked personnel to coordinate the use of TARAWA's vast external
communlcatlons capabilities. LCDR Korhonen has held numerous jobs In Naval
communlcatlons and related operational flelds since jolnlng the Navy. His most
recent tour was with the communlcatlons sectlon of the Commander In Chief U.S.
Paclflc Fleet Staff in Pearl Harbor where he was the PACFLT Frequency manager
among other duties. Prior to that he was the ACOS for Communications for COM-
PHIBGRU ONEfCTF 76 in the Western Paclflc. He has also had tours at the Naval
Postgraduate School in Monterey, Californlag Operations Offlcer on USS Missis-
slnewa QAO-1441, advisor to the Vietnamese Naval "Junk Force" for one year and
CIC Officer onboard the heavy crulser USS SAINT PAUL QCA-735. LCDR Korhonen was
commissioned an Ensign ln October 1962 at Newport, Rhode Island and currently
resldes In San Diego with his family.
Signal Division fC.S.J, under the signals officer, is responsible for external visual communications
utilizing flashing light, semphore flags, flag hoist and infrared light. In spite of advanced electronic
communications capabilities of TARAWA, signalmen continue to demonstrate the unfailing value and
reliability of this ancient form of communications. 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 throughout the
deployment. Signalmen were also assigned to ship's lifeboat detail and rescue and assistance detail
for the basic purpose of assuring, if only as a backup, a positive means of communications between
ships and remote units. C.S. Division also provided signaling services for Amphibious Squadron Seven
Staff QCPR-71, signaling simultaneously to more than 4 ships, passing routine administrative message
traffic as well as tactical traffic for maneuvering the formation in various exercises. We also had
intensive drills to broaden our knowledge of visual communications. The extensive use of visual
signaling gave everyone in the division more experience than they could have gotten elsewhere in
six months. The signalmen were able to maximize their enjoyment and time off while visiting various
WESTPAC PORTS, but the effort to make visual signaling more effective helped enable the squadron to
become proficient and confident in this traditional means of "Communications".
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The other flag rs used to wave
off flies when in port, Subic
SMSN Cochran trying desperately to attract
the Barbour County's attention. The ship's
PAO just found out he traded the wrong
As SK3 Mitchell and SMSN Manley pass and receive signals to and from
the bridge, flag bridge and CIC via the 21 MC. SM2 Hightower and SM3
Betterton are transmitting and receiving signals for maneuvering to ,and
from the other ships in the squadron. These drills proved to be valuable
experience not only to TARAWA's Signal Bridge and CIC Team's but to
the squadron as a whole, improving professionalism in our jobs.
Although used only ln daytlme, semaphore flags stlll
see much use In todays' Navy. Merchant shlps tor ex-
ample, carry Ilttle In the way ot electronlc communlca-
tlon gear compared to TARAWA and In the event we or
they deslre to pass Intormatlon, semaphore wlll do the
trlck. SM3 Mitchell demonstrates the use ot flags here
wlth the letter X-Ray. In the plcture however, he says
he's waving hl to hls MOM. Okay. HI, MOMI
Though lt may seem archaic and out ot place ln to-
days' modern Navy, a couple ot thousand years atter
the tlrst caveman waved to hls mate from behlnd a rock
to show her where the Wooly Mammoth was hldlng,
vlsual slgnallng is stlll extensively used. Among other
advantages vlsual slgnals are completely sllent, can-
not be plcked up by electronlc surveillance equlpment
and In order for an enemy shlp to plck them up, It must
be close enough tor us to plck HIM UP.
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actual unretouched photo ot RM2 Resto. Well, later guy. Take care and good luck, from all ol us to you
YONKERS, NEW YORK
LITTLE ROCK, ARKANSAS
BROOKLYN, NEW YORK
SAN FRANCISCO, CA.
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TARAWA's CR dlvlslon fCommunlcatlons, Radloj ls one that we
really could not do without. Wlth the ald of modern computerlzed
tacllltles, fort t l "
y o sxty separate radlo clrcults may be up and
operatIng" at any one time. These clrcults are cruclal to any exer-
clse and extremely Important durlng normal steamlng. Wlth the
communications set up by CR we communlcate wlth the other shlps
in the squadron, our own and other trlendly alrcratt, our boats,
monltor dlstress lrequencles and vla satelite comms, even recelve
news and sports from back home and around the world. Part ot
TARAWA's major responslbllltles are Command and Control and
without communlcatlons, nelther Isposslble Far from the old t
shloned days ot the "Radio Shack" where "Sparks" sat ln a room
full t t b
o u es and mysterlous dlals, TARAWA's Radlo Central ls
crammed wall to wall with vldeo screens and computer key punch
boards. All to make TARAWA more ettectlve, her mlsslon easler and
use less ot the Navy's most valuable resource, manpower Th RM'
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ot CR dlvlslon have done an excellent job on TARAWA's "Second
Tlm A "
e round and now look forward to a good rest perlod as our
Crulse comes to a close and San Dlego grows ever closer In our
sights and louder ln our FM recelversl
ERIC T. WILLIAMS
L. MICHEAL RAY
REX M. AMSTUTZ
DUAMNE E. BRATTON
ARTHUR WATKINS III
JOHN S. HOLTON
DAVID M. HIMDERLITER
MITCHELL P. JUBES
GREGORY J. MATURO
ROBERT C. RIVAS
HAROLD E. AMBOREE
TOMMY D. ADAMS
LESLIE M. STOVER
DAVID J. URIBES
JEFFERY L. HARDISON
MARVIN L. SHARP
WILBERT J. CORMIER
DWAYNE B. GRIAR
DELMAR N. GOBER
DENNIS R. GOLDSTEIN
DOUGLAS W. KWAST
GEORGE A. KIRBY
JAMES S. FELT
HAROLD E. BASSETT
ROBERT F. WADE
PETER J. WASHINGTON
EARL S. BROUGHMAN
GREGORY D. JACKSON
STEVEN T. SMITH
DAVID E. JACKSON
SAN ANTONIO, TEXAS
CORPUS CHRISTI, TEXAS
BIG BEAR LAKE, CALIFORNIA
KANSAS CITY, KANSAS
KISTLER, WEST VIRGINIA
MISSION VEIJO, CALIFORNIA
WHELLING, WEST VIRGINIA
ST. JOE, ARKANSAS
BALDWIN PARK, CALIFORNIA
UNION GROVE, WISCONSIN
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J.J. DAY, LCDR, USN'
Anyone with questions about the "bluewater" Navy should ask our
seagoing 1st Lt., who since commissioning in June of 1970 has managed
to compile over three years on cruises. This does not include local OPS,
REFTRA's, or any of the other time that we spend at sea. This is the sum
total of four WESTPAC's a Med Cruise and a Carribean Deployment. The
thirty two year old Notre Dame graduate has served in a wide variety of
billets and duty stations getting his first experience as an Ensign aboard
USS TERREBONNE PARISH QLST 11563 as Asst 1st Lt and Gunnery Otficer.t
October of 1971 found him aboard the USS G.K. MACKENZIE QDD-8363 and
a taste of destroyer life was in the offing. Typical of tin cans LCDR Day
soon learned the true meaning of flexibility as applied to Navy thinking
This was a must for any man filling the shoes of both DCA
and CIC Officer
1974 was a pretty busy year for our Intrepid 1st Lt In January of that year
he was placed in the billet of OPS Officer for COMDESRON 7 and shortl
after rearranged his domestic life by getting married In the summer of
1976 he took a break and attended Swoscolcom in a student capacity
before reporting back to sea aboard USS CHARLES B CECIL QDD 835, This
time his operations experience held him in good stead and the New York
City native once again served as OPS Officer Finally com I t
the Gator Navy and is
currently serving as 1st Lt and head of Deck Department
I've got the bridge when
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cycle of events, LCDR. Day has returned to " " '
So you wonder about Boatswain's mates, eh Sonny?
Well, sit down here and I'lI tell you about 'em. Before
there was steam englnes, there were sails and lines
a-plenty on deck. Lines tor this and lines tor that. A
good seaman had to know hls Ilnes to stay workIn'.
Now, when steam came along thlngs changed. Only
the Ilnes stlll needed to be handled and so the Boat-
swaln's mate was around then and Is around today
to handle Ilnes, chains, fids, commanders, blocks,
tackles, palnt brushes, prlmer and a load of other
detalls. What does he know? Well, hls ratlng manual
ls one ot the thlckest on the shelt. He knows hls shlp.
These guys know Tarawall
Another llne handllng detall thls tlme set durlng condltlon 1A In the well deck for wet well ops
BM1 Knight, LPO of ist DIV Qlettj and BM3 Word
One of the most important evolutions that the ship will go
through at sea, Unrep fUnderway Replenishmentj, is a com-
bined First fsecond Division effort. Once the fuel line is over, it
must be constantly monitored to keep it out ot the water and
reduce the chance of the llne being ruptured by wave actlon.
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Probably 6096 ot the ship's preservation is kept up by the bosuns. Without
preservation TARAWA and all other Navy ships would become rusted shells untlt
tor sea from the constantettects ot corrosive salt water, wind and the cllmatlc
changes undergone in sailing from the 90-plus temperatues of the Phllipplnes to
the below freezing temperature ot Korea. Below, TARAWA "provides" for USS
Saint Louis QLKA-1165 by sending a robb fitting across to retuel her. Thls Is just
another ot Deck Departments many jobs.
Under the able leadershlp ol BMC Rultln and BM1 Stephens Second Dlvlslon malntalns an outstandl t k d f 105
, ng rac recor or a
well done. Second Divislon Is prlmarlly responslble tor the care, upkeep, malntenance and operatlon ot the shIp's boats. The
three atrol I h '
p aunc es and the Captain s glg belong to them and every tlme the call went out to "man the ready llle-bod?"
Second responded smoothly and ettlclently getting the boat ln the water and Into operatlon seconds alter recelvlng their
In addltion, the hours ot ott-tlme care and. extra attentlon that the CaptaIn's glg recelved thls crulse detlnltely made Tdrawa's
gig a real eye o en r. Wlth h
- p e er chrome ralls polished to perlectlon and her cover gleamlng whlte, she's sure to be the envy ol
any harbor she motors in. Hard work, like patlence, does pay olt and In thls hard-worklng crew, It showsl
The men of Second Division, USS TARAWA. The picTure below shows PL-2, sTorboord IifebooT. As dlwoys during un-rep or ony
evoluTion where more Thon The normol omounT of people ore working close To The edge, The lifebooT crew is on sTondby,
reody To be puT inTo The woTer oT o momenT's noTice should o mishop occur.
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With TARAWA'S huge boilers a "sail
Ioft" seems ridiculously out of place but
on TARAWA it's a busy place. Called
"sail loft" more from tradition than ac-
tual use, it is run by second division
personnel who repair and even manu-
facture such things as gun covers,
equipment and boat covers, signal
flags and even uniforms in a pinch!
When a line is holding stress upwards
of several tons, a snagged or broken
line can mean at the very least a lost
limb or even loss of life. Equipment must
Q9 kepf in good, safe operating condi-
tion at all times.
When it's time to enter port, there's
no shortage of bodies to bear a hand
in getting TARAWA to the pier and
getting the brow across.
Chief Ruffin ties the knot, securing
the huge fuel line from swinging free
and possibly rupturing itself or caus-
ing injury to one of TARAWA's sailors.
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Traditionally reenlistments are
performed at a place of the ser-
vice member's choosing and we
reenlisted people in some strange
places this cruise. It's rumored the
idea behind this one pictured here
started with LT Giles because the
anchor has long been the symbol
ofthe Boatswain's Mate and what
more fitting place could there be?
Well, a few problems ensued but
the re-up took place and LT Giles
and BM3 Bethard will be remem-
bered, standing on the anchor, in
Subic Bay pleading with the boat
crew to come and get them off.
Good show, Boatswalnl
ln fhe early days of wind and sail, one facf became evidenfg A man could
only enjoy fhe freedom of fhe high seas if he had fhe power fo hold fhaf
freedom for himself. Since fhe glazing cannons of fhe Spanish Maln, fhe arf of
naval warfare and technology has grown by leaps and bounds and foday, no
longer do we find cabin boys hauling powder or fhe cooks manning fhe "long
guns". Today's 'sea baffles are foughf by small, efficienf, highly fralned
feams. One such feam is TARAWA's "Fox" division. Wifh fhe ship's fore and
aff missile launchers af their command, fhey sfand ready fo flghf off and
desfroy modern warfare's Iafesf and deadliesf innovafions, fhe alrcraff and
fhe even fougher fargef fo find and kill, fhe missile. Obviously weaponry such
as TARAWA's Sea Sparrow missiles can'f depend on a lookoul ln a crow's
nesf for proper fire confrol informafion and defecfion of hlgh flying, fasf
moving air confacfs. Accordingly, TARAWA's air search radar sysfem ls an
infegral parf of Fox division and balances ouf one of fhe mosf sophlsflcafed
weapons sysfems on fhe high seas foday. ENS Izenberg, Dlv. Offlcer FTMI1
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As with any multiple load launcher, loading is
no accident, nor is it automatic. TARAWA's FTM's
obviously have their hands full getting one ofthe
Eagles' Sea Sparrows in the nest.
With the bird on the rails it's time for final
adjustment, and last minute "tweaking" be-
fore the launcher is buttoned up or ready for
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Every one has done their jobs, the birds are silent and
waiting in their perches, the 52 picks up the target, locks on
when in range and almost quicker than thought it's swatted
from the sky by one of TARAWA's claws. This bird may be
called a Sparrow but it flies more like a Hawk or maybe an
Eagleg high, straight, and FAST!
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on't tell me you lost lil"
While you're doing thai, I'm gonna find oui why that guy's up there on the brldgel"
"Hi, I'm an FT.
What am I doing on the bridge?
Damned if I Know!"
The air is thick with the stink of burned cordite and the smell of sweating bodies. The temperature in the turret is well over a hundred
degrees. One of the gunners passes out from a combination of heat exhaustion and over-exertion, passing the heavy 5-inch shells up
to be slammed home in the breech and sent on their way to the enemy. The turret is armored, of course, but all the men know the
facts. One well- placed enemy round in a weak spot and none of them will ever live to tell about it.
That was 4945 and it had been that way for close to 65 years, it was the only way. Fighting ships had guns and guns required men:
to feed them, fire them, direct them, aim them and in many cases, die with them. lt was the way. The only way. TAl?AWA's three gun
turrets contain no gunners. There's not even room for one inside. Instead, a completely automated system loads, aims, corrects and
fires our three 5-inch 54s with information from the ship's computer providing the link between fire control radars and smoking barrels.
They are safer to operate, faster firing and deadly accurate. Today's Gunner's Mate is more of a technician than ever before. Just
knowing his gun isn't enough any more. He also has to know about his radars, electronics, and a multitude of information, much of
which was only dreamed about in 1945, but he learns and he performs.
Accurate fire ata fairly high rate is one of the necessary preludes to an amphibious landing. Without it, enemy gun emplacements
would sink our small troop carriers before they got half-way to the beach. TARAWA's gunners can provide that support and do it
better than ever before.
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wlth the tlve-Inchers. They also malntaln
the shlp's armory, taklng care ot all small
arms as well as the 20MM cannons mount-
ed on each slde ot the shlp.
Blg guns and llttleg only 20MM rapld tlre
cannon aren't so llttle.
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Exerclse s for one ot the 20MM's was slnklng slmulated tloatlng mlnes.
Crammed lull ot sophlstlcated electronic
and hydraullc equipment TARAWA's gun
mounts are a world away from old ta-
shloned gun emplacements.
Perlormlng tault checks ot part ot the gun control systems.
Shoofs over, tlme to crashl
The first Nucleus Landing Force Staff was activated aboard USS TARAWA in March 4976 to assist embarked landing force
staffs in the utilization of the command, communications, control and intelligence computer support systems aboard the LHA.
The members of the NLFS are assigned to provide experienced assistance in specific military occupational specialties and also
receive Navy LHA shipboard data systems training. This has been TARAWA's second WESTPAC Deployment and only the third
time on LHA class ship has deployed overseas for a six month period. The NLFS members had the opportunity to provide support
for one MAB exercise and two MAU exercises. The mysterious MIS is a system which although little used to date, shows much
promise for the future.
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LtJg. Smethers Wichita, KS. EM3 Lee Fremont, Ca. .
BMCS Boivert San Diego, CA. RM3 Purviance Sheridan, Wyo.
SM1 Hankins Panama City, Fla. GMG3 Schrat San Diego, Ca.
QM1 Martinez Pittsburgh, PA. MM3 Seabury Summerville, S.C.
HM2 Guzzo Buffalo, N.Y. QM3 Skiera Manistee, Mi.
BM2 'Ifanenholz Brooklyn, N.Y. TM03 Trapp White Plains, N.Y.
OS2 Womble Coronado, CA. PR3 Yates Dryridge, Ky.
HT3 Bollman San Diego, CA. FN Davis Torrington, Wyo.
GMG3 Caracci Corning, N.Y. SMAN Franchino West Covina, Ca
HT3 Dunn San Diego, CA. MMFN Soto San Juan, P.R.
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Underwater Demolition Teams provide one platoon of
22 men to each Amphibious Ready Group. Their primary
mission is to perform hydrographie reconnaisance on
beaches to determine obstacles, gradient, surf and en-
emy defenses. On the day of the landing, UDT personnel
go in first using explosives to clear away obstacles and
radio back surf conditions. Secondary missions may in-
clude inland demolition raids or swimmer Iimpet mine at-
tacks on enemy ships. All UDT men are trained extensively
in distance swimming, diving, parachuting, small-arms and
explosives. Together with SEA, AIR, LAND QSEALJ Teams,
they form Navy Special Warfare, a small, elite group of
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ASSAULT CRAFT UNIT 1
"Noah", with part of LCU 1646's ultra modern comm. gear.
The mission of Assault Craft Unit 1 ls to provide,
operate and maintain assault craft in sufficient
quantity, as required by the Amphibious Task
Force Commander, to provide assault configured
Iiterage for the surface ship-to-shore movement
and support of U.S. Marine Landing Forces during
and after an amphibious assault.
BMCS MICHAUD MEDFORD, MASS.
BMC COPE SNOHOMISH, WN.
EN1 LEGER BULL SHOALS, ARK.
RM1 SALAZAR RATON, N.M.
EM2 REED MARYSVILLE, OH.
QM2 SULLIVAN BOSTON, MASS.
MS2 OARDENAS ManlLA, R.P.
EN3 BALL MINNEAPOLIS, MINN.
BM3 THOMAS WESTON, OR.
ENFN ANDERSON WASHINGTON, PENN.
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"On with the daily grind."
This is what it's all about.
Getting the equipment to the beach
"The tlrstest with the mostest!"
You got it, we'Il haul itI"
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BMU-1 is a separate command under Naval Beach Group One, ot Naval Amphlblous Base, Coronado. Comprlsed ot a I
sea element ot six beach party teams that deploy as detachments on varlous amphlblous shlps and one shore element 'B ' I
tor support, they are always ready to pertorm thelr Important and varled mlsslon. Each team ot 22 enllsted men and one L!
ottlcer is responsible tor several dutles, some times slmultaneously. By use ot radlo and semaphore tlags they control
boats from the surtllne to the high watermark, as well as asslst In battle salvage uslng assault boats, evacuatlon ot I
casualties and POW's, detense ot beach posltlons, marklng beaches tor Iandlngfembarkatlon polnts, and overall Ilason B
between the beach and shlps tor coordlnatlon ot all supplles, actlvltles and re-embarkatlon ot troops. All In all, a blg and
necessary job. No amphlbious Iandlng would be complete wlthout the BMU, and wlth them, TARAWA's have gone
Richard K. RHORBACHER CWO4 Bartley NEB.
Robert H. HOUSTON HMC Farrell PENN.
Larry J. ANDERSON BMt West Plains MO.
Kenneth D. HENDERSON SMt Milwaukee WIS.
George A. CASITY RM1 Olathe KAN.
James W. SHIVER BM2 Oceanside CA.
Ronald S. TRUNK CM3 Seattle WA.
Peter C. PAULSON CM3 West Covlna, CA.
Jerry L. JOHNSON SN Tulsa OK.
Robert G. FERGUSON CMCN Orovllle, CA.
louis "MONK" LOVELL CMCN Tracy City TENN.
Huckley ARMSTRONG SN Tupelo MISS. '
Mlchael P. WEST CMDN Tampa FL. '
Vernon C. Grlttlth SN Bloomsbury NJ.
Rlchard L. ELLISON SA Hanford CA. .
Jesus LOPEZ SA Patterson NJ.
Robert GILBROOK SA Boston MASS.
Davld B. BUSSERT SR Anderson, IND.
Harold D. SANDERS SR Compton CA.
Warren E. HALL SR Logan IA.
David E. JACKSON RMSR Chattanooga TENN
Garrett A. ECKARD EOCR Meadow Vlsta CA.
Just hangln out on
The "Terrible T."
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ya gotta have the shots."
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Damn these cruises
Gotta do the TYPIN,
no one else can spell."
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Does this mean we gotta go to work?"
Unloading, with a little help from ACU-1
Gee! lt's a Mattel!
Come left! Come left!
A year is a long time. At least it feels
that way when you're waiting for some-
thing. When it finally arrives and you're
boarding a west bound ship in the cold
grey dawn and waving good-bye to your
loved ones standing on the pier, that year
was just a moment in a life time. The provi-
sions are loaded, the crew is aboard and
it's time. The Eagle of the Sea made her
maiden voyage, her first WestPac and
now she's going again, taking the exper-
iences of a ship and crew that's been
there before. The men know what to do
and so does the ship. Her big bow swings
around and she steams proudly out to
sea. USS TARAWA QLHA 15 begins her
"Second Time Around."
HAWAII, Blue skies, sunny peoohes,
oeouTiful girls, o BoTTolion Londing Teom,
o Horrier Souooron Well, you oon'T
hove everyThing. This is The firsT sTop for oil
WESTPAC bound ships Tor fueling, finol
provisioning, losT rninuTe repoirs ond in The
cose of omphipious ships, loocling The Mo-
rine BoTTolions ond chopper squoclrons
oboord for The cleployrnenT.
Swim Call' Hula Dancing's Birthplace: Hawaii
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in the United States of America. Millions of
visitors each year enjoy that freedom as
we did while we were there. There are
reminders of those who defended this
small paradise from a surprise attack thir-
ty-nine years ago. A small white building
across the harbor reminded us ot the re-
ality ol our business each day we were
TARAWA arrived in Subic Bay Sunday, Novem-
ber 15th, 1980. As the number 1 loomed in the
background of Olongapo, the crew enjoyed a
picnic at Grande, a ball game or two and we
even offered some help to the Mindaro natives by
moving water buttaloes inland for them.
"Looks like beer . . .
Smells like beer."
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Boy, was it different!"
.One ot the most modern cities in the orient,
Singapore I5 always a relaxing break from weeks
at sea tor sailors from around the world.
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modern roads and a high state of technology.
However, Singapore still manages to maintain
that old, world flavor and the ancient customs
that are a delight for world travelers.
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French influences in the architecture. TARAWA ar-
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were half-way home and counting the days.
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Originally founded and designated a penal colony for
incorrigibles and political exiles, Freemantle, Western
Australia has grown into a thriving city remarkably
reminiscent of San Diego. Many ot the older buildings
that are still standing today, such as Fremantle prison
cfop rightj and the railway station, were built by prison
'alan contrast, the marble watering trough below is a
tribute from a loving English father to his two sons who
were among the first to try and make a lite in the barren
and unknown land. Ernest and Peter Taylor were only
two of the many men who gave their lives trying to
tame and settle this wild land.
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the School tor Dependent Children, Hialeah Compound, South Korea and the pride and
joy just well up inside you. It was worth it.
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With a record of 24 and five over a four-month period, participating in four tournaments in three
countries, winning three and runner-up in the fourth, USS Tarawa QLHA-45 was truly number one in Far
East basketball competition. l'The Eagles" had a total of 4,364 points in 26 games for a 54.4 point
game average, while relinquishing only 894 points for a 34,4 point game average per opponent. They
averaged over 50 rebounds, five blocked shots and 45 steals per game. back row: Mike Stewart,
Happy Wilson, John Wells, Tyrone Eleby, Leslie Orr, Bobby Williams Center row: James Gilliam, Tee
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sports activities. Foremost among these events were the efforts of the Proud Eagle's softball team.
Virtually starting from scratch with the ship's departure from San Diego, a strong group of enthusias-
tic, talented ball players was slowly melded into a cohesive, highly spirited and successful team.
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result, the "Proud Eagles" were forced to play many double-headers to compensate for the ship's ,
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sales, general help and resident staff marine.
"Liberty in Korea?"
Well, here it is. Finally. Seven months in the making, but a
pretty good product. We want to make one thing clear
though, the guys in the picture? Well, they're the ones that
lost the most hair, the most sleep, the most liberty time and
did most ofthe cussing to put this thing together. But we didn't
do it alone. A ship is only an empty hulk without a crew to
make her come alive, and the cruise book reflects the eltort of
the crew. lt's not just the guys on this page that made this
book possible. To everybody who touched this project,
thanks, and to everyone else, enjoy, it's for you.
1980-81 Cruise Book Staff
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