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A voyage aboard a United States Navy
warship is a feeling few are permitted to
experience. From the comfort of your sofa,
share with us the thrill of underway flight
operations at 3:00 a.m., all the happiness
of mid-watches, steel beach picnics, am-
phibious operations and the thrills of be-
ing at sea and visiting faraway ports. As
much as possible we have included the
excitement and experiences of living at
sea for six months in these all too few
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THE CRUISE - DEPARTURE
SUBIC BAY, REPUBLIC OF THE PHILIPPINES
PATTAYA BEACH, THAILAND
PEARL HARBOR, HAWAII
Before November 20, 1943, the name of TARAWA was
known to only a few. Three days later that name, and the name
of Betio beach-head, went around the world like the flash from
an exploding shell. Today those names stand' for the first
sea-borne assault on a defended atoll. They will continue to
endure as monuments of unsurpassed heroism of the Second
Division Creinforcedb of the United States Marine Corps.
As one of his last acts as Commandant of the Marine Corps,
General T. Holcomb brought four men back to prepare an
authentic story of the assault. These men produced ai book
entitled "Betio Beach-head", a clear, accurate, and vivid story
of every step of the battle, from the days plans were laid until
the last shot was fired and the Stars and Stripes were raised over
the torn battlefield. '
ln respectful memory of the valor of all who engaged in that
heroic battle, condensations from the book are herein presented
to you with compliments of its authors, its publishers CG.P. Putnam
Sons? and those of the Commanding Officer of this ship, that you
may place these words among your momentos of your cruise
aboard the USS TARAWA. .
For two dragging weeks the crowded transports had been
zig-zagging through the blue waters of the South Pacific, and for
the Marines aboard it had been two weeks of weary monotony.
They were headed for one of the bloodiest battles in Marine
Corps history, but they did not know that then. They did not even
know where they were going. At the end of these two weeks,
on November 14, 1943, they found out.
"Tarawa" The Marines rolled the strange name off their
tongues and repeated it to each other. In their wildest
speculations, none had ever said the name Tarawa.
Six days later the first assault was landed. Nine days later
the bloody battle was history. '
If you want to place the small solitude of Tarawa, start from
San Francisco, go roughly two thousand nautical miles toward the
southwest and you'll be at Pearl Harbor, . . . travel three thousand
more nautical miles along the general route and you reach, where
they straddle the equator, the Gilbert Islands. One of them, a
few degrees north of the line, is the atoll of Tarawa.
Betio lies at Tarawa's southwestern end. lt is somewhat
smaller than New York City's Central Park. With a length of two
and a half miles, it is only eight hundred yards across at its widest,
and it narrows down to a fraction.
Over a period of fifteen months the Japanese did a very
sound job of perfecting their defenses for the Gilberts, and the
heart of their efforts was little Betio. The pillboxes for the
automatic weapons, and even the riflemen's pits, were
scientifically constructed to withstand heavy bombardment.
Guarded by these defenses was a landing field that gave the
Japanese a position nearest to our travel routes from San
Francisco to Hawaii and Australia. lt was our first major
obstruction on the road to Tokyo. In addition to Japanese made
defenses, there was the reef, there were the tides.
Three months before D-Day, a guard detail was posted
before the door of a room on the third floor of the musty old
Windsor Hotel in Wellington, New Zealand, where the Second
Division made its headquarters. This was K Room. To this room
came admirals and generals, colonels and naval captains. Fresh
data stamped "Secret"and "Ultra Secret" piled up on the desks
in K Room.
The task confronting these men was peculiarly difficult. For
the first time in military history, a strongly defended coral atoll
was to be stormed and taken from the enemy. It was a case of
precedents having to be created, not followed. Previously,
American troops landed las military gospel dictates? on the least
strongly held areas on the large land masses. This could not be
done at Tarawa.
The maps of K Room showed every installation the Japanese
had built. This was the first problem to be solved. Next was the
problem of the reefs. This was a tough one. The information as
to the depth of water over the reefs was indefinite. General Smith
and his staff did know that part of the reef was exposed at low
tide. Their reports told them that during the period of neap tide,
a maximum of three feet or less of water, even at high tide, might
be experienced. So they could not be sure that even at high tide
they could get landing boats to the beach. Even with the best
breaks there would not be much time. The span of high tide is
only four hours.
There were other things which they knew. that added to the
natural barrier of the reef were underwater obstacles which the
enemy had built, which were certain to stymie the ordinary
landing boat. They considered the amphibious tractor as a
possible answer. Before committing himself to such a plan,
General Smith decided to test them. Every conceivable
underwater obstacle was erected, and live ammunition was fired
at the "amphibs" as they moved through and over obstacles to
the beach. The results of this rehearsal satisfied him that
amphibian tractors could cross fringing coral reefs and that
medium tanks couldbe disembarked from LCT's on the edge of
such a reef.
lt was Sunday morning and the sunlight felt warm and good.
Church services were held. Landing craft moved between
transports with the clumsy grace of a big fish.
When morning came on, the 1st day of November, 1943, they
were moving to sea.
On November 14, 1943, Task Force Commander Rear Admiral
Harry Hill sent this message to his ships: "Give all hands the
general picture of the projected operation and further details to
all who should have this in execution of duties. This is the first
assault on a defended atoll and with northern attack and covering
forces the largest Pacific operation to date."
On the morning of D-Day, troop officers read this message,
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from General Smith, to their men: "A great offensive to destroy
the enemy in-the Pacific has begun. American air, sea and land
forces, of which this division is a part, initiate this offensive by
seizing Japanese atolls in the Gilbert Islands which will be used
as bases for future operations. The task assigned to us is to
capture the atolls of Tarawa and Apemama. Army units of our
Fifth Amphibious Corps are simultaneously attacking Makin, one
hundred and. fifty miles to the north of Tarawa.
Early this morning combatant ships of our Navy bombarded
Tarawa. Our navy screens our operations and will support our
attack tomorrow morning with the greatest concentration of aerial
bombardment and naval gunfire in the history of warfare.
lt will remain with us until our objective is secured and our
defenses are established. Garrison forces are already enroute to
relieve us as soon as we have completed our job of clearing our
objectives of Japanese forces."
"l know that you are well trained and fit for the tasks
assigned to you. You will quickly over-run the Japanese forces,
you will decisively defeat and destroy the treacherous enemies
of our country, your success will add new laurels to the glorious
tradition of our Corps. Good luck, and God bless you all."
As the sun went down on the eve of the assault, the men
stretched out on the decks earlier than usual to get as much rest
as they could. Reveille was scheduled for 3:45 in the morning.
Few of the men slept.
3:45 a.m.: Saturday, November 90, 1943 - D-Day: The
transports, several miles off Tarawa and its coral reefs, lay-to in
darkness. The warshipsmoved in closer. The moon was at quarter,
the sky emptying itself of stars. Over the transports sounded the
thin piping of bosun's whistles and the whines of winches as the
landing boats were lowered over the side for their load of men.
4:41 a.m.: Tension was beginning to build up on our side and
among the Japanese. It broke with them first. From the long black
fringe of the islet came a burst, a red star cluster. Our warships
loomed through the darkness, moving in closer, their guns trained,
5:07 a.m.: Daylight was coming. Suddenly the Japs opened
up with their big coastal batteries. The firing was close. Casualties
were claimed among the boat crews.
5:19 a.m.: The flagship pointed her bow beachward and,
supported by two of her sister ships, let go a salvo from her
16-inch guns. The Jap's 8-inchers were silenced, wiped out. They
had been in action twenty mintues. The flagship had been in Pearl
Harbor on December 7, 1941. Many of her crew had been
survivors of that day.
6:13 a.m.: The aerial bombardment began. It was not
haphazard destruction for their bombs found home. The first
phase was swift and brief. It lasted nine minutes.
6:58 a.m.: The Navy was having its day. The task force ceased
"scheduled firing" and began to silence individual batteries at
their own discretion. Ships competed with ships as they worked
in for the kill.
8:99 a.m.: The first assault waves left the Line of Departure
on their journey to the reef - their journey to hell. The Japanese
guns were ominously silent. The amphibious tractors moved
stoically toward the reef.
Fire from the Japanese coastal guns were intermittent at first.
The deluge of steel from the bombardment had shocked and
dazed the defenders. The amphibious tractors in the first three
assault waves therefore managed to lumber over the reef and
reach the beach with relatively few casualties.
9:10 a.m.: Second Battalion, 8th Marine Regiment landed. Half
hour later the commanding officer messaged: "Heavy
9:19 a.m.: Second Battalion, 9nd Marine Regiment landed.
Shortly the commanding officer messaged, "Meeting heavy
9:17 a.m.: Third Battalion, 9nd Marine Regiment landed. The
commanding officer messaged, "Troops receiving heavy fire in
Shortly after the action opened, the wounded began to move
back to the transports. Men risked their lives to swim to their
wounded buddies and drag them back to the boats. Many of
these became casualties themselves. The first of the landing craft
took off for their return to the transports loaded down with the
wounded. They carried, on this tragic journey, boys who thirty
minutes earlier had been among the finest physical specimens in
the country. A
10:45 a.m.: The commanding officer of the 8th Marine
Regiment reported: "Stiff resistance. Need half tracks. Tanks no
11:05 a.m.: The Third Battalion operations reported "Heavy
19:03 p.m.: The carrier-based planes roared in.
1:00 p.m.: In a gashed tractor were bodies of two Marines
and a Navy doctor. The shell that killed them also wounded ten
other men. In the blazing sun, Marines and bluejackets removed
their steel helmets. "We are in the presence of the last great
enemy, Death." Almost as an echo, strident through the
loudspeaker on the bridge, came the report: "The issue is in
1:45 p.m.: Colonel Shoup received this message: "Reserve
teams unable to land. Heavy enemy fire. Is there another beach
where we can land"?
4:11 p.m.: All planes in the air were ordered to expend every
round of ammunition before leaving the area.
4:45 p.m.: The Sixth Marine Regiment was released. This was
all that was left of available manpower. The bolt was shot.
5:90 p.m.: General Smith received first fragmentary casualty
reports. They were bad.
10:00 p.m.: Colonel Shoup summed up D-Day in this report
to General Smith: "Have dug in to hold limited beach-head."
All through the night and into the early morning hours of
November 91st, boats held back from the Line of Departure tried
to run the gaunlet to the beach. There were casualties. The
transports by now were being converted into hospital ships.
Marines on top of the pier weathered heavy enemy shelling as
they struggled to bring ammunition ashore. The inferno lighting
up the shore prevented any chance of secrecy. '
9:00 a.m.: Firing from behind was discovered coming from
the wrecked hull of a Japanese tramp steamer on the reefs off
Beach Red 9. The Task Force promised: "Will bomb at daylight."
8:93 a.m.: Colonel Shoup to General Smith: "Urgently request
rations and small arms ammunitions landed on the beach."
10:50 a.m.: The Third Battalion of the 9nd Regiment reported
it was pinned down. They wanted dive-bombers, they wanted
tanks. Both requests were filled.
19:00: First indications Japs were beginning to break
reported. Cases were starting to be found of hari-kari.
The tide had turned definitely, in favor of the Marines.
November 93, 1943.
1:00 p.m.: Casualties were again heavy. Medium tanks had
to be dispatched to replace light tanks in neutralizing pillboxes.
3:30 p.m.: "B Medical land on Bairiki, establish field hospital as
soon as possible. A and C Medical land Beach Red 2 soon as possible.
Bring morphine, plasma, dressings, stretchers."
Before gigging in for the night the companies re-formed and
moved into defensive positions.
The sky deepened from rich purple to blackness. The first stars
began to shine. Silence settled, disturbed only by faint scuffing of
shovels as the men went on digging their foxholes,
Then - "Banzai!"
Blood for the Emperor!
Two words went through the line: - "Stand Fast."
The first lap counter-attacks lasted one hour. The laps leaped
from their holes and charged, running like possessed demons, wav-
ing sabers, tossing hand grenades, firing light machine guns from
the hip, charging with fixed bayonets.
With knives, bayonets, rifle butts, the Marines fought them back.
They were repulsed but not before opening a gap between A and B
companies of the Sixth.
Our wounded could not be moved. Men opened their first aid
kits, bandaged their buddies in the darkness, and gave them water
from their canteens. Non-commissioned officers moved among the
men, shaking them, warning them to stay awake.
11:00 p.m.: The laps attempted to create a diversion. A few min-
utes later they charged as before, screaming "Banzai!" The Marines
stopped the charge and threw the laps back.
4:00 a.m.: The laps launched their final and most desperate attack.
It was now or never. A few laps were naked and armed only with
knives. For an hour, hand-to-hand fighting went on. Men gave
their lives to save their buddies.
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Navy corpsmen bandaged, applied tourniquets, injected mor-
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"You'll be all right, kid." u
Soon after the Sixth had finished its job, the First Battalion of the
Eighth succeeded in cleaning out the last remnant of resistance on
Beach Red 1.
1:12 p.m.: General Smith had the announcement carried by field
telephone to all units on the islet and by radio to the ships of the
task force that the battle of Betio was over.
November 24, 1943.
The assault troops began leaving Betio. It was slow business. They
were leaving many comrades behind, in shallow graves, still lying
face down in the waters of the lagoon, lying along the battered
beaches, hanging on brutal wire. They did not talk much, these men
who had done the impossible. There were no longer boys among
them, only men.
"Bloody, bandaged heroes."
Private First Class lames Williams of Birmingham, Alabama,
stepped forward and liftes his bugle to sound colors for the first time
over Tarawa. Men turned from digging foxholes, unloading boats,
burying the dead. They stood at attention their dirty tired young
hands at salute. Some of the wounded managed to stand up too. The
piore seriously hurt could only turn their heads as they lay on their
They lost their weariness, a little of their sorrow. They could see
their flag. It made them proud.
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USS TARAWA CLHA-19 is the second ship named in honor of the battle of
TARAWA. The previous TARAWA CCV-407 was one of the Navy's potent new
97,000-ton aircraft carriers and sister ship of the ESSEX, YORKTOWN, SHANGRI-LA
and PRINCETON. She served from 1945 until her decommissioning in 1960. First
Navy ship so named, the TARAWA was built in Norfolk Navy Yard, Portsmouth,
Virginia, and launched in the Elizabeth River on May 19, 1945. In a speech at the
launching of the TARAWA, Marine General Smith, who commanded the furious
76-hour fighting on Tarawa atoll, said: "lt is eminently fitting that this great ship
should be named for an operation which marked the turning point of the war
in the Pacific and began a new era of amphibious warfare."
The same battle flag that went ashore with the Marines at Tarawa on November
20, 1943, was presented to the new carrier. The colors, under which 786 Marine
and Naval medical personnel died, were hauled down from a riven coconut palm
on February 13, 1944, by a picked color guard of men who had taken part in
the assault and who had come into the Marine Corps from all sections of the United
The big carrier, although nominally a sister ship of the other Essex class
carriers, was given improvements in design and equipment that set her apart. The
vessel was 856 feet in overall length, 110 feet extreme beam and 24 feet draft.
Fully loaded the TARAWA displaced more than 34,000 tons and was able to be
driven at a top speed of more than 30 knots. The TARAWA carried 80 planes
and was equipped to launch and land the first developed jet-propelled aircraft.
To operate the ship, man and service the aircraft, the TARAWA carried
approximately 9,500 men.
Heavily armed, the TARAWA carried twin and single mount five-inch guns,
quadruple 40 millimeter and twin Q0 millimeter anti-aircraft weapons. Profitting
from the lessons learned in the Pacific carrier war, the ship had new improved
facilities for the stowage of bombs and rockets.
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CAPT. ROBERT B. MCMANIS
Captain McManis was born in Picwick Dam, Tennessee, on
October 3, 1937. He received his Bachelor of Arts Degree from the
University of the South in june 1960 and was commissioned an
Ensign in january 1961 after graduating from Officer Candidate
Captain McManis' sea assignments, predominantly concentrat-
ing in the area of amphibious warfare, have included: USS RAN-
DOLPH QCVS 151 as Division Officer, USS BEXAR QAPA 2371 as
Communications Officer, USS O'HARE QDD 8891 as Operations
Officer, USS DURHAM QLKA 1141 as Executive Officer, USS
BRISTOL COUNTY QLST 11981 as Commanding Officer, Am-
phibious Squadron Five as Chief Staff Officer and USS DU-
BUQUE QLPD 81 as Commanding Officer.
Shore assignments have included: Officer Procurement Officer,
Naval Recruiting Station, Cleveland, Ohio, OPNAV, in the office
of the ACNO for Communications, Naval Postgraduate School
where he received a Master of Science Degree in Management
with a Communication subspecialty, Executive Officer of Naval
Communications Station Londonderry, Northern Ireland, and Re-
sources Director at the Naval Telecommunications Command.
Captain McManis is entitled to wear the Legion of Merit, Meri-
torious Service Medal, Meritorious Unit Commendation, Battle
Efficiency Ribbon, Navy Expeditionary Medal, National Defense
Service Medal, Vietnam Campaign Medal and the Republic of
Vietnam Callantry Cross.
Captain McManis is married to the former jean Sherrod Brew-
ster of Birmingham, Alabama. They have two children, a son,
Robert and a daughter, Ruth.
COMM DING OFFICER
Captain Roger L. Newman was born in Neptune, New Jersey. He
attended Lafayette College and entered the Navy through the Naval
Aviation Cadet Program. He was commissioned an Ensign on No-
vember 16, 196O, and after flight training a Naval Aviator in May of
Captain Newman's first assignment was with VAW-12 at Qounset
Point, Rhode Island, where he deployed to the Mediterranean in USS
SARATOCA and participated in the Cuba Missile Blockade in USS
INDEPENDENCE. Captain Newman's initial shore duty was as a
primary flight instructor in T-38B's at Saufley Field, Florida. This
tour was followed by instructor duty at the Aviation Schools Com-
mand in Pensacola. During this time Captain Newman began the
transition to jet aircraft which was completed at VT-21 in Kingsville,
Texas. Upon completion he was assigned to VA-85 where he made
two combat cruises to the Western Pacific flying the A-6 Intruder. In
July 1970 Captain Newman reported to the Naval Postgraduate
School for duty under instruction. Upon graduation, he assumed
duties as Squadron Maintenance Officer of VAQ-137 following tran-
sition to the EA-6B Prowler and deployed in USS ENTERPRISE to
the Western Pacific in 1974. In May 1975 he reported to VAQ-129,
the EA-6B Fleet Replacement Squadron as Executive Officer, fol-
lowed by duties as Executive Officer and Commanding Officer of
VAQ-138 in May 1976. Following a tour of duty at OP-506 on the
Chief of Naval Operations staff, Captain Newman assumed duties of
Commanding Officer of VAQ-129 from Iuly 1979 to january 1981. In
August 1981 he reported for duty as Executive Officer of USS MID-
WAY QCV 41j where he served until assuming command of USS
OKINAWA QLPH 31 in March 1983. He served on the staff, Com-
mander Amphibious Squadron THREE, until being relieved in Janu-
ary 1985, when he assumed command of TARAWA.
Captain Newman's decora-
tions include the Meritorious
Service Medal, eleven Strike!
Flight Air Medals, the Navy
Commendation Medal and
various campaign ribbons.
He is married to the former
Teresa Ann Hawkins of
Westfield, New jersey. They
have four children: Timothy,
Kristin, Andrew and Daniel.
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Commander David L. Wetherell was born
in Grand Junction, Colorado, on january 24,
1943. Upon graduationfrom hi h school inf
Scottsbluff, Nebraska, he attended the Uni-
versity of Nebraska Ona Navy ROTC scholF
arship, He received a Bachelor of Science De-
gree in Electrical Engineering and was com-
missioned an Ensign in June 1965. C i
Captain Wetherell has served tours afloat
as Communications ,Officer one USS GAIN-fo
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BAUSELL QDD 845j and Executive Officer of
USS Tl-IOMASTON QLSD 285. In addition
he has served asnOfficer-in-Chare of Patrol
Craft QPCI? 513 during combat operations in
Vietnam, and Commanding Officer of USS
INFLICT QMSO 4561, USS MONTICELLO
QLSD 351, and Assault Craft Unit Fiveg In
june 1985, Captain Wetherellsassumedhis
present duties as Executive Officer ,ofe,USS
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gation and Operations instructor ax, theellni-
versity of Idaho, NROTC Unit andgdury an
the staff of Commander, US. Naval Forces,
Marianas and Commander, Amphibious
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Naval Destroyer School, the4Coilegeo of Com-
mand and Staff ai the4U.SgoNaval War4C0i+
lege and holds a Masters of Business Admin-
istration from the University of Idaho. C
Personal awards include the Navy Coins
mendation Medal, the Combat, ,Action Rib-
bon, the Vietnam Armed Forces Citation
fflallantry Crossl, Navy Unioteifornxnenda-
tion Ribbon, Humanitarian Service Medal,
Vietnam Service Medal and the Republic of
Vietnam Campaign Medalg 4
Captain Wetherell is married to the former 4
Carol Ann Keller of Allentown, Pennsylva-
nia, they have one daughter, Lara. to
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CDR L. D. COOPER
Commander Lynn D. Cooper began his naval career when he
was commissioned an Ensign February 5, 1965.
Commander Cooper's previous tours of duty include: Destroyer
Squadron 13, Destroyer Division 132, Naval Air Station Whidbey
Island, Marine Aircraft Group 11, Naval Communications Station
Harold E. Holt, Australia, Phillips University, Oklahoma, USS
HUNLEY QAS 31,5 Marine Aircraft Group 26, USS CANDON
QAOE Zjp Naval Hospital Bremerton.
Commander Cooper is married to theformer Marlene Aydelott,
they have three children, Kevin, Kathy and Karen.
QLeft to rightj joseph P. Bartoli, COMUSNAVPHILQ Honorable Teddy C.
Magapal, Mayor of Olongapop CDR Lynn D. Cooper, Ship's Chaplain, USS
TARAWA, Dr. Generoso E. Espinosa, Olongapo Health Officer
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AVCMQAWJ B. SMITH
AVCM Richard B. Smith has been serving the
United States Navy longer than anyone aboard
AVCM Smith first enlisted in 1953. He was pro-
moted to Master Chief in 1976.
AVCM Smith's previous tours of duty in-
clude: VU-10, Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, VW-4
NAS jacksonville, Florida and Roosevelt Roads,
Puerto Rico, Instructor, NATTC, Memphis
Tennessee, VX-8, Patuxent River, Maryland
NAVPHIBSCOL, comnado, California, VI:-126
and VF-2, NAS Miramar, San Diego, California,
COMFITAEWWINGPAC, NAS Miramar, San
Diego . . .
Master Chief Smith is married to the former
Eleanor Nutting. They have three children, Da-
vid, Mark and Sheri.
'mply called "X Division" by most the Executive Department aboard TARAWA
works directly for the Executive Officer
ile most of the department is involved in administrative evolutions fpaperworkj
the range of Job specialties is one of the most diverse on the ship
The Executive Department is staffed by Yeomen Personnelmen Lithographers
Illustrator-Draftsmen Religious Programs Specialists a Navy Career Counselor Postal
Clerks journalists Master-At-Arms as well as the ship s 3-M specialists
The department s primary branches are the Captain s Office with the Ship s Secre-
tary- the Personnel Office taking care of all enlisted personnel records and requests the
Administrative Office which maintains all correspondence files notices and instruc-
tions for the ship the Legal Office which processes all report chits and incoming
correspondence of a legal nature the Public Affairs Office which runs the TV and
radio stations the Post Office which handles very large quantities of mail sells money
orders and stamps and is one of the largest morale boosters on the ship the Print Shop
which posesses extensive capabilities for publishing whatever the command may need
the 3 M Office which manages all external work requests the Planned Maintenance
System and the Current Ships Maintenance Project the Career Counselor who is
primarily responsible for counseling TARAWA personnel on various assignments
reenlistment incentives and bonus the Chief Master at Arms who maintains good
order and discipline and the Chaplain who is responsible for the spiritual needs of the
MASTER AT ARMS CAREER
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REUGIUUS IOURNALIST YEOMAN
Like a small city, TARAWA
has her own "police force." The
differences between our Master-
at-Arms and the municipal po-
lice is noted by the varied re-
sponsibilities. For instance you
won't find local police maintain-
ing the chow line, or performing
customs inspections. The hours
are long, but TARAWA's MAA's
do a great job and like everyone
on board, they're proud of the
job they do.
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them, but this is one group of
guys we couldn't do without.
One of our most vital links with
the rest of the world, especially
during a deployment,
TARAWA's Post Office plays an
important part in maintaining
Much like their civilian coun-
terparts, TARAWA's Postal
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mail, cancel stamps and send
mail on the way.
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some of the Westpac goodies you
received went through
TARAWA's Post Office.
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fice is manned by Personnel-
men fPN'sj. PN's provide
crewmen with information
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jobs, opportunities for educa-
tion and training, promotion
requirements and rights and
The Personnel Office is also
the home of every TARAWA
sailor's service record. Consid-
ering each sailor's record con-
tains about 20 pages and docu-
ments every event in his mili-
tary career, the PN's responsi-
bility for keeping the 800 plus
on board up to date is an awe-
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Commander Richard W. Barr has been serving his coun-
try since September 1966 when he was commissioned an
Commander Barr's previous commands include: Helicop-
ter Attack Squadron Three, NAS Alameda and NAS Moffett
Field, Sunnyvale, California, Officer-in-Charge, Detach-
ment 5, Helicopter Training Squadron 8, Helicopter Train-
ing Squadron 18, Helicopter Combat Support Squadron 3,
USS WHITE PLAINS QAFS 4, and USS NIAGARA FALLS
QAFS 315 and is presently the Air Officer onboard.
Commander Barr is married to the former Kate Rogers,
they have two children Matthew and lean. C J A R
The Arr Department consists of three divisions: V-1 Qlflight Deckjp V-2 fHangar Deckj
and V 3 fAVl3tl0H Fuelsj. The Airdales consistently demonstrated theirscan-dossprrrt
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Boatswam s Mates are all about. Their camaraderie, friendship and loyalties are the
catalyst that makes the Arr Department what it is today . . . a Battle Efficiency "E" winner
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bly in all endeavors from missile shoots
and naval gunfire support, to electron-
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department continues in the proud tra-
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Lieutenant Commander john L.
Alexander began his naval career in
May 1973 when he was commissioned
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QLPH 101, Fleet Anti-Submarine War-
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ently he is the Combat Systems Officer
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married to the former Marie C.
Childers, they have two children, John
lr. and Sean.
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rooms, a 17-bed intensive care unit, a 52-bed primary care unit, a 300-bed casualty overflow ward, X-ray,
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drinking water, heads, ship's laundry and berthing compartments.
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Department provides quality health care to the ill from the most common of maladies to actual life
support and intensive care.
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combat casualty care anywhere, anytime!
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Naval Station San Diego, USS
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Diego: USS VANCOVER QLPD-2
Training Group San Diego, and
serves as Chief Engineer on TARAWA.
CDR Carroll is married to the former Irene
Herring, they have two sons: jerry and Paul.
They also have three daughters: Sandy, Sher-
ry and Stephanie.
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CDR ALBERT I. GRAF III,
Commander Albert 1. Graf III was com- ALLACASH QAO 971-
missioned an Ensign in June 1968. He was ter, Newport, R.I.p
promoted to his present rank in May 1983. Scotiag USS CONCORD
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The Stores Division is in charge of pro-
curement, receipt, stowage and issue of all
repair parts and consumables for the ship.
In addition, they manage the ship's bud-
get. The men of S-1 work long hours at sea
and are usually tasked to bring on stores
upon entering a port. 1O0'Z1 supply support
is their goal and each member of the divi-
sion works hard toward that goal.
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Custodio, SK3 Porter
The Food Service Division provided hot, nutritious
meals to approximately 2500 Navy and Marine Corps
personnel a day during our deployment. The messes are
open approximately 20 hours at sea, and flexibility is the
key word. S-2 also provides services for special occasions
or ship's events. Whether it's a ship's party, a Steel Beach
picnic or a VIP reception, S-2 is called upon to provide
and prepare the food.
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Sales Division oper-
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laundry and barber
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crew. At sea the ship's
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SH3 Olaes, SHSR Lawsh, LT Elauria, SHSR Snider
DISBURSING UFFICE - 4
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with the safe navigation of the ship. This
responsibility encompasses all aspects of
navigation including inter-harbor and
coastal piloting and open ocean naviga-
tion by celestial and electronic methods.
The Navigator, LCDR Gilbert Leh-
mann, is directly responsible to the Cap-
tain for the safe and proper navigation of
Lieutenant Commander Gilbert D.C. Lehmann is another of
TARAWA's fine officers who have made the transition from the
enlisted ranks to the officer ranks. LCDR Lehmann first enlisted in
March 1970 and was promoted to his present rank in April 1986.
LCDR Lehmann is married to the former DeVonna Lynn Zimmer-
man, they have five children: Gilbert Ill, jason, Peter, Adam, and
LCTJR G.D.C. LEHMANN
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airliner, Navy fighter or Russian "Bear". These are the Operations Specialists - the heart of the department.
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FRONT? AG2 Runge, Ir., ETSN Channel, AG2 Heinkel, AG3 Rickard, AC1 Taber BACK: LT Buchanan, ACAN Burr,
AC1 QAWQ Puralewsi, AC3 Davies, AGC Eckard
OZO1's mission is to provide
intelligence information 'that
will help in making decisions
pertinent to the squadron mis-
sion and its security. Supporting
the Captain, PHIBRON ONE
and the MAU Commander are
TARAWA's Intelligence Spe-
cialists, who man the Joint Intel-
ligence Center UIQ.
The Metro Office on
TARAWA, led by LT A.D. Bu-
chanan, the ship's Meteorologi-
cal Officer, provides a wide vari-
ety of meteorological! oceanogra-
phic services to COMPHIBRON
ONE and all squadron ships, and
to the embarked Marine aviators
and landing forces.
Surface observations, upper air
observations and surf forecasts
are prepared and taken to pro-
vide timely and professional
weather information. Allowing
TARAWA to perform her mis-
sion without missing a beat be-
cause of inclement weather.
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TARAWA's Photo Lab pro-
vides a wide variety of photo-
graphic support to the joint ln-
telligence Center, embarked
staffs and squadrons as well as
the PAO. The Photographers
Mates fPH'sj are an integral part
of the Snoopy Team, they pro-
vide coverage for VIP visits, and
special events and accidents, as
well as I.D. Card photo's. In ad-
dition to the above duties, the
Photo Lab personnel have ex-
pended a tremendous amount of
effort toward the completion of
this book. They have donated
hours behind cameras and in
dark rooms to supply us with
over 90'Z1 of the pictures con-
tained herein. To all of you, a
special thanks is in order.
Qfrom l to rj: PHAN Nightingale,
PHAN Kaiserman, PH2 Cornett,
PH2 Edwards and PH2 Waldenburg
OC Division is responsible for TARAWA's air oper-
ations and in particular the positive control of both
fixed-wing aircraft and helicopters that deploy with the
Although it is one of the smallest divisions on the ship,
OC carries the responsibility of assisting in the formation
and execution of amphibious assaults in addition to nor-
mal logistic training flight operations.
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Osborne Jr., on TARAWA is responsible
for ship and aviation safety at all levels.
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evolution to ensure that all safety precau-
tions and requirements are met.
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Ayers, LT Osbourne
The Combat Cargo Office is the
Commanding Officer's direct represen-
tative concerning the loading and off-
loading of the Marine landing force
personnel, supplies and equipment. It
furnishes the liaison between the land-
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to provide the communication link in
the chain of command. Combat Cargo
has three areas of responsibility: De-
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onboard TARAWA. The primary mission of the NLFS is to assist the landing force in the use of the sophisticated
command and control computer systems. During this deployment the NLPS played a significant role in each amphibious
exercise that was conducted. The NLFS was able to lend their expertise to the embarked landing force staffs thus ensuring
maximum utilization of TARAWA's command and control, communications and intelligence systems.
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helicopters, and VMA-513 with six AV-8C "Harrier" jump-jets,
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tablity of today's Marine Corps to any situation and their
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the tone for the rest of the deployment.
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and relax. Subic Bay is the largest overseas naval
base in the Pacific theatre. It provides ship re-
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after participating in Exercise COBRA
GOLD '86 with Thai military forces. Pattaya
Beach is a large tourist resort. Long, quiet
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ly clubs provided something for everyone.
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available at very reasonable prices. We ended
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port of call - Singapore!
Bangkok is the capital city of the Kingdom
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CALL. FOR DUTY SECTIONS
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0700, 23 NOVEMBER 1986.
NOW LIBERTY CALL.
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Hong Kong was exciting
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chored. It is a British Crown
Colony which includes Hong
Kong Island, Kowloon and
the New Territories. It is also
Southeast Asia's largest port
and TARAWA sailors found
it to be an interesting, but ex-
pensive place. The good buys
again were electronics, par-
ticularly calculators, comput-
ers and, of course, cameras!
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Looking to, the north of Kow-
loon, you can see the mountains
of the People's Republic of China
fRed Chinaj. This communist-
controlled country was only ac-
cessible to crewmembers who
held valid passports. The nearly
two billion people fand almost as
many bicycleslj provided some
of us a look into a foreign culture
we'll never forget.
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TARAWA's television and radio stations are
all closed-circuit, and provide two channels of
TV and four channels of radio. Staffed by three
Journalists and three Interior Communications
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ship's TV's, play "live" radio shows, and provide
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crew, producing a nightly newscast on TV and a
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Marines for their operational briefs, familygram
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