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machines that either assist
or make, that make and en-
gage, that wage or prevent.
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men and machines . . . But
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a multitude of impressions,
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senses-to hear, smell, feel,
A carrier is the sound of vibrating turbines, bos'n's whistles and "reveille, reveille,
reveillef' it is the sound of an aircraft thudding against the flight deck and the con-
sequent whooshing and sucking of the arresting gearg the gravel of the bull horn and
"Prepare to launch aircraftf' the clack of the chocks hitting the deck and the "Easy
to port" as the plane-pushers ready another aircraft to go topsideg it is the sound of
nickels dropping to the bottom of empty Coke machines and the subsequent banging
and kickingg it is the sound of "General Quarters. General Quarters" and the thudding
of feet down a hundred passagewaysg "The smoking lamp is out."
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and liberty cards in hand, seeing life with a different
language, a different attitude Q . . the wink, the holding
of hands, the dance. The ceaseless clicking of shutters
. . . and beer is pronounced the same the world over.
It is the smell of aviation
fuel oil and black powder . . .
the smell of the galley and
chow and a can of detergent
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of salt air and the smell of
paint and linseed oil . . . of
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slow roll at sea or a barked shin, it
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low hatch, the feel of frustration as
the chow line is tagged just before
you, and the feel of a moist, cold
breeze at night.
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unique personalities and conflicts,
the close quarters or water hours
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overboard drill." lt is radar checking,
weather analyses, navigational plot,
or the voice of the Air Intelligence
0fficer in the ready room. lt is team-
work and a sense of pride and ac-
complishment to know when "pilots
man planes" is called part of the
mission has been completed.
Aircraft carriers are living, breathing things, capable of keeping men living and breath-
ing. But danger is close at hand, and to the pilot that approaches the multi-colored
flight deck, pitching with the sea, it is sometimes too close. lt can be a haven or
it can be hell.
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THIS BOOK IS DEDICATED . . .
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REAR ADMIRAL A.LLEN M SHINN
To be commander of a task group is a responsible position that must be filled
capably. When the commander of a Task Group, such as BRAVO, walks the
flag bridge his responsibilities are clearly before and around him-the ship that
has become known as his flagship and the eight destroyers and over live thousand
personnel. The success of the Task Group depends largely on its commander's abil-
ity to evaluate each situation as it arises, and through sound judgement, keen fore-
sight and guided by vast experience make the corresponding decisions. The suc-
cess that Task Group BRAVO has enjoyed during recent months attests to the
capable leadership manifested by its commander, Rear Admiral Allen M. Shinn.
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COMMANDER GREENVILLE R. BERKELEY, JR.
The position of executive oiiicer of any command must be iilled
capably and VALLEY FORGE is no exception. His is the job to mete
out penalty or praise, promulgate the commanding oliiceras orders and,
in brief, see that the ship operates efficiently. His job includes less-
oflicial matters too, such as the order for a cruise book . . . Thank you,
Commander, for giving us your confidence and enthusiasm and for
making this book possible.
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Prior to our arrival at Golfo di Palmas and before we became an oilicial
member of the Sixth Fleet, we welcomed a new member to the VALLEY
FORGE, Captain Hawley Russell who replaced Captain E.M. Stever as
JOINING THE SIXTH FLEET
AT GOLFO DI PALMAS
VALLEY FORGE and the ships of Task Group BRAVO oiiicially joined
the Sixth Fleet at Golfo di Palmas, Sardinia. Here in the great natural bay
approximately thirty-eight ships clustered to greet us. We debarked our mid-
shipmen and received the welcome of Vice Admiral Anderson, Commander.
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Barcelona. The on the sea stepping-stone to a land of
enchantment, mystery and charm. Barcelona with its statue
of Columbus overseeing all, its Ramblas, ceaselessly
moving night and day, its lighted fountains at every corner,
playing magic in the night. First port, first liberty, first
taste of Spanish culture, foods, entertainment . . . What
appeals? Perhaps the glory of the first "corrida" . . . the
constant present day touch with the ancient . . . perhaps
the never-to--be-forgotten mystery and ultra-femininity of
the Spanish woman . . . the loud clear notes of the trumpet
over the strains of native instruments . . . the strum and
clatter of guitar and castanet and their subsequent psy-
chological effect . . . Ah! Flamenco! The gaiety of color,
the clack of heels, the graceful swirlingiof the figure and
the hiss of crinoline, the classic masculine dancer in all
of his glory, the clapping of hand on hand and the in-
fectious beat or, the slow, musical pealing of monastery
bells echoing throughout the valleys far below . . . the
Spanish countryside, rolling, with its pueblos here and
there, mazelike constructions of pastel shading, indigents,
narrow alleyways and cobbled streets. These are to be
seen, felt, experienced in Barcelona, in Spain. Bits and
pieces of Spain, the countryside to the far corners, the
culture are in Barcelona, on the sea, stepping-stone to a
land of enchantment ....
The Ramblas: . . . Uceaselessly moving"
and beer is pronounced the same the world over."
The favorite European relaxation
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PALMA DE MALLORCA
From Barcelona it's an overnight journey and to the southeast. It appears like any other
island, from out of the sea . . . not high and mountainous but gently rolling, an indication of
the pace, the relaxation to be found . . . sunshine, beaches and beautiful women. It's a mixture
of all Europe, north, south, east and west, skillfully mingled and mixed in the bright sun-
shine of the Mediterranean, flavored au Espanol and marketed under the name of Mallorca
. . . Mallorca is the island and Palma the timeless port. High on a hill above the city a relic
of antiquity stands, pinkish in the sun, its archways and battlements beckoning to the traveler
. . . Bellver Castle. To the right, looking from seaward, stands the Cathedral of Palma,
timeless in itself, capturing the faith of Christianity over the centuries in its magnificent archi-
tecture. In between, incomparable modernity . . . the architecture of the present. The soft,
slow ascent of the sun, bathing everything before retreating from the neon-cla-d explosion of
sight and sound that is the Palma night . . . clip-clop, clip-clop . . . the basement cabaret . . .
the blend of jukebox, violin and guitar . . . black shawl and kerchief and cane of the aged
woman . . .bright, dark eyes, male or female, young or mature . . . and the devout at the
Cathedral door. All these are Palma.
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operations of the carrier as is flight operations. For men
on both carrier and destroyers it means hours of hard
work, endless pulling of lines and constant vigilance.
"Walk away with it" and "the smoking lamp is outn are
the constant phrasesg continued operations the result.
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After leaving Palma we were host to a group of our military
allies from the CENTO nations. CENTO, short for Central Euro-
pean Treaty Organization, is composed of Iran, Turkey and
Pakistan and forms a powerful alliance against aggression in the
central European area. Our guests, from the army, navy and air
forces of their respective countries, were briefed in phases of ASW,
refueling and air operations. I '
COMING INTO PORT
The call comes over the l MC: f'Set the special sea
and anchor detail." And once more a new port is not
more than an hour away . . .Sailors hurry to get into a
fresh pair of whites currency IS being changed eagerness
and anxiety reign high among the newcomers complacent
diflidence among the world travelers . . All this because
the special sea and anchor detail has been set and the
great task of maneuvering the great ship into position has
begun . Before us the casinos and hotels and dotted
plages with the Alps deep in the background-Cannes
watering spot of the wealthy the world over and an oc-
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era-behind the resort facade were the winding streets, the little
stores, stout women and old men trading gossip on the white-
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by with a detached interest, while nursing beer or wine, bread or
glacei . . . or take a more direct interest in the prettiness of the
girls from other countries, speaking in a language easily recog-
nizable from French. It was a good life, an easy one, and the very
proximity of the table and chair you were seated upon or the side-
walk upon which they rested, made you wonder about this world
that you live in, now quite far away.
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Through a narrow opening, lying beyond a large harbor
dotted with islands and inlets is La Spezia. A salute thunders
from high on a cliff overlooking the harbor and ahead is the
famous Italian naval base, Roda de La Spezia.
La Spezia-a tangible history of World War II. It was the
hiding place of the Italian fleet for three years before the fleet's
sudden ruin by hurricane and the guns of the Royal Navy.
La Spezia olfered the lirst sample of Italian wine and spa-
ghetti. Hamburgers and cokes sufliced for many. The artistic
boarded a speedy train for Pisa or Florence. Florence-the bridges,
the Medici treasures, the museums of the capitol of Renaissance
art. Pisa-the leaning tower. The laws of gravity continue to be
defied. Then, a sortie, leaving La Spezia and SACLANT,s ASW
research and on to Naples.
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want to buy cameo ring?" . . . And on and on it went . . .
peddlers and cabbies and touts . . . all a part of the Nea-
politan scene. There was much to be seen-the steeply in-
clining alleyways and the congested existence. There was
much to be seen-interesting and attractive in its very being.
Naples had little of the old world charm, but the relics were
there. It teemed with people, scurrying here and there, push-
ing their way through the teems, hurrying, hurrying. The
weary traveler haltingly acknowledged the volunteer guides
with elusion becoming his foremost thought . . . Naples had
been through a lot over the last two decades. There were
evidences of a great war, set apart in a city that has been
slow to rebuild itself. Off in the distance, a dormant Vesuvius
dominated the horizon. Further in the distance was the more
dormant Pompeii, that never did rebuild itself, waiting for
the casual but interested onlooker with its charms of another
era. Capri and the legendary Sorrento, both indescribably
beautiful and rising from the blue Mediterranean, welcomed
Yankee dollars. With the dust of Vesuvius on shoe tops,
orange juice and antipasto were digested in the shade of a
sidewalk umbrella. All this was left willingly behind in an-
ticipation of Gibraltar, the last liberty port. But the memories
of a side trip to Rome, the "Eternal Cityj, of Pompeii whose
stirring ruins provided a clearer picture to the imagination
of a once virile empire, will linger far longer than the cries
of "Hey, Joe."
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From the OOD on the bridge to the first flights in the new light of dawn
It receives little newspaper attention, but anti-submarine warfare is one of
the most important parts of the Navy's mission. It is the dedication of keeping
track of the lurking menace of the submarine and preventing it from doing damage
to our lifelines, and, in this day of the underwater missile, our cities.
ASW is the job of the "hunter-killerl' groups, the combinations of carrier-
based aircraft and speedy destroyers. While at sea, even on a "pleasure cruise"
to the Mediterranean, almost all the time is spent in operations that perfect our
technique. The primary mission is never forgotten . . . the line personnel polishing
and checking their aircraft, the "mechs" double-checking every little detail, working
together as a team to ensure safety and efficient operations.
The success of the mission depends on each man doing his job ably and well.
No gas leaks, bad breaks, dented props, or any of the multiple of things that can
go wrong with a plane can be afforded. This means long hours of work with little
thanks for all the men involved, but they share .equally in the work of defending
the freedom of the seas. When getting up at 0300 and being pulled out of the chow-
line to get to work, they mutter unprintable phrases, but it can all be summed up
by one well-known quotation: HThat,s the breaks of Naval air . . ."
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F leer Landing, Gibraltar, British Crown Colony
And now Gibraltar . . . vast rock, British Crown
Colony and our last Mediterranean port. From a distance,
the Rockis silhouette is impressive, but proximity even
more elfectively emphasizes the vast, steep stability of it.
The fortifications, radio towers, the houses clinging to its
raw sides add to this. Perhaps a large anthill protruding
from the Mediterranean . . . more realistically, a monu-
ment to the works of nature.
There were two fast days of shopping and buying
goods from everywhere at a "jolly good pricei' . . . then,
as quickly as we had come, all hands were ready to leave,
loaded down with everything from foreign cars to English
0500, 22 August, 1960 . . . the bos'n's whistle pierced
the darkness . . . "Reveille, reveille, reveille. Let's go
home! All hands heave out and trice upf' Flight deck
parade in the early half-light of dawn . . . gray, ominous
clouds gathering up and over the Rock. The sea and
anchor detail had been set . . . past the Pillars of Hercules
on another continent, VALLEY FORGE slid into the vast
Atlantic headed west, going home.
A view of the Rock
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We were going home and on a voyage that would never seem to end. But
there were things to break up the monotony and to add interest to the days. Our
midshipmen tugged at war with one of the squadrons, or amused the crew with
their high-jinks on the hangar deck. Flight operations continued, but more in-
frequently, and the derelict freighter "African Queen" adrift with a four man crew.
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Commander N. D. Champlin
ii CAG of CVSG-56 and Co vs-27
First row: Dr. T. M. Schluetierp CDR J. A.
' Reed: CDR N. D. Champlin, Carrier Air
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First row: LTJG Guy: LTJG R. S. Siaffy LT R. 0. Wirtp LCDR H. A. Chipmang
LCDR J. L. Mullenp CDR N. D. Champlin, Commanding Officer: CDR P. V.
Conversef LCDR C. C. Carterp LTJG S. C. While: LTJG J. R. Campbell. Second
row: L.TJG R. D. Hudginsi LTJG R. C. Genfzf LT W. Sprunkg ENS R. A.
Chadwickg LTJG H. R. Dombrowskif ENS W. F. Carverp LTJG T. E. Sanderson:
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From the launch signal as the first SZF screams
down the flight deck to the "Recovery complete" from
Pri-Fly, it's a long, tough grind. To the llight deck crew
the call 'Gilight quarters" means hard Work with no horse-
play, and to the pilots of VS-27 and similar anti-sub-
marine squadrons it might mean seemingly endless ennui
or the sudden thrill of making' a contact.
The two-engine S2F's of VS-27 are a proven com-
ponent of hunter-killer anti-submarine warfare, capable
of extending the all-out, never ending search of the air
LTJG S. L. Foxg LTJG J. L. Bayneg LT R. P. Counts. Third row: LTJG D. A.
Pcmony ENS J. C. E. Picardg LT R. L. Smilhp LTJG F. B. Stumckeg LTJG W. A.
Doughertyp LTJG C. E. Warnellp LTJG A. W. Stoeckelp LTJG W. R. Suther-
landp LT W. H. Wellsp LT W. T. Miesse.
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First row: Morgan, Edwardson, Renfro, Cowels, Edwards, Aragon, King, Third row: White, Davis, Pontes, Clark, Christian, Robertson, Hogan, Chase,
Lupeikis. Second row: Collins, Vizfhum, Nolette, Began, AEC, ENS S. C. Murry, Vilardi, Pittman. Fourth row: Trotter, Butler, Serra, Baldwin, Graves,
White, LTJG W. A. Dougherty, Mauney, ADC, Brandon, Connor, Bolden, Peck. Bisbing, Dunlap, Moon, Carney, Zebrowski, Plummer, Jackson, Stob.
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In front: Berry, Gosselin, Sturtevant, Bland, Reeves. First
LTJG R. S. Staff, LTJG D. A. Patton, LTJG F. B. Strumkep
wick: Murphy, ATCS7 Tatu, Brandenburg. Second row:
row: Abel, Mine, Quinton, Conover, Treutel, Carpenter, Carmack, Cummings, Chapman, Wash.
ENS R. A. Chad- Third row: Wood, Kissiah, Harper, Poppe, Willey, Boddie, Bushong, Pearson,
Schultz, Mclntyre, Jones, Paul.
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Baggeff, ATC, Marvin, Miller, Porflock, Brown, Kindred. Third row: Page,
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Marsh, Emerick, Eldridge, Nafzel, Squir, Moore, Bryant, Shafer. Fourth row:
O'Connor, Cappuchio, Volkmer, Davidson, McBride, Mundell, Thomas, Clark,
Timmons, Cox, Bradford.
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CDR Eslinger and CDR Rush talk it over.
VS-24, like its sister-squadron' VS-27, utilizes the
S2F fixed-wing aircraft in its part of detector and pursuer
of submarines. These aircraft are utilized in area searches
about the ship using their RADAR and electronic gear,
to pounce upon friendly underwater craft in routine
ASW exercises as Well as any unfriendly submarine that
may doubt its integrity.
VS-24 was recommissioned recently as an anti-sub-
marine warfare squadron. Initially commissioned in 1943
as VB-17, it participated in many of the air attacks made
in the Pacific during World War II. After numerous
changes of designation the original squadron was decom-
missioned in 1956.
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ln front: Eman, Fufrell, Sieberi, Szuba, Walski, Demell. First row: Mitzkoviiz, Wheeler, Walden, Munyan, Modica, Makovski, Best, Ziegler, Parnell. Third
Powell, Pettengill, LTJG L. A. Edney, LTJG C. S. Sword, LTJG W. R. Sachsep row: McCormick, Vinfila, Stanko, Rickman, Achenbaugh, Basco, Cole, Murphy,
Evans, Westley, Childress. Second row: Dickerson, Nolen, LeNeave, Cattoor, Anderson, Roark, Pearson.
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ln front kneeling: Elliot, Bailey, Talbert. First row: Patterson, Hanes, Rapp, Warren, Hicks, Fortier, Brennan, Vallett, Third row: Smith, Seiders, Hill,
AMCA, LTJG E. T. Mueller, LTJG B. H. Collopyg LTJG F. M. Clark, Kleinsasser, Miller, Rhodes, Travers, Chesnaky, Mitzel, Melton, Moss.
AKC, Robinson, ADCA7 Mooney. Second row: Howard, Culp, Heinkel, Fritts,
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Dawn on the flight deck.
Kneeling in front: Dockins, Thornton, Thompson, Johnson, Huff, Mundy, Dudley,
McRee, Kennedy, Shuppan. Second' row: Hartpence, Thomas, ADC, Mullin
ATC, Shealey, ATC, ENS J. T. Christian, LTJG R. F. Patterson, WO-l R. A
Begg: White, AEC, Freeman, ATC, Hoots, ATCM, Spencer. Third row: Bater
Peterson, Wade, Klenovich, Rope, Tophan, Burkholder, Wilson, Boyd, Dugan
Zimmerman. Fourth row: Weyenburg, Williams, Morgan, Swofford, Westbrook
lmfelcl, Barton, Roberts, Miller, Cunningham, Chinchar, Schrock.
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The primary mission is ASW and ASW is what
they do. As another important component of CVSG 56,s
ASW team, HS-3's men, pilots and aircraft participate
in the job of training and readiness. The participation
requires an all-out effort by every department, division
and man for the desired result-an effective ASW unit.
It is a ready-duty job with early briefs, condition II's,
and standbys, night checks, heavy operating periods and
"pilots man your planes? You can see them i'beat" their
Way to their positions, lower their sonar gear into the
sea, and start the vigil. It's a search and surveillance job
with each helo crew teaming in the eiliort to find and
track this elusive thing called submarine. v
Utility duty is a secondary mission but one that in-
cludes some important specifics-personnel transfers, guard
mail runs, and rescues at sea.
First row: CWO-2 K. C. Baierp LCDR S. J. Jacobchik, LTJG Z. D. Hausmanng
LTJG D. F. Smith, LCDR R. L. Carpenter, LTJG R. H. Hall, CDR A. H. Munson,
Executive Officer: CDR W. L. Bennett, Jr., Commanding Officer, CDR R. A.
Close, LTJG H. W. Linebackp LTJG W. H. Solo, LTJG W. B. Medlinp LTJG
R. A. Davis, ENS T. Collins. Second row: LT L. H. McGlone7 LTJG K. R. Kray-
nak, LT J. B. Weiderholtp LTJG l. D. Goodman, LTJG H. R. McDonald, LTJG
K. R. Yenni, LTJG M. J. Retzp LTJG C. J. Profiletp LTJG B. F. Doe, LT F. R.
Commander William L. Bennett, Jr.
Commander Arthur H. Munson
Bartlett, ENS J.F. Rowles III, LTJG D. S. Brown, Jr.: LTJG R. E. Clarke, LTJG
E. J. Duplechin, LT J. E. Ryleep LTJG R. H. Masson. Third row: LTJG A. M.
Wirthp LTJG J. P. Combs, LTJG J. M. Hayes, LCDR B. C. Young: ENS D. A.
Fauschp LTJG J. I. Kinekep LTJG C. H. Smith Ill, LTJG C. F. Montcxg, LCDR
S. F. Montag, LCDR S. F. Powel Ill, LTJG C. W. Turner, LTJG B. H. Buy, LTJG
B. l. Snow, LCDR C. Stuck, LTJG P. F. Frankenberger.
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The line crew at work
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Firsl row: Wood, Humphries, Bobst, Conkle, AMC, Mullen, AKC, Shackleford
AMC, Maddox, ADC, LTJG R. D. Davis, Jarvis, ADC, Kurkowski, ADC, Thomas,
ADC, Barron, Bailey, Landrum. Second row: Stephens, Yow, Hathcock, Lef
kowitz, Burgeri, Horlon, Gentry, Dewberry, Shaw, B., Shirley, Duncan, Doran
Pearl, Dominiak, Lewis. Third row: Whafley, Radford, Smith, J., Price, N.,
Parker, Bellflower, Collins, Price, J., Fluker, Mason, Cadle, Scoggins, Williams,
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The constant job of maintenance.
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First row: Carneal, Zimmerman, Shell, LTJG D. F. Smith, Martin, Vosler, Burris. Second row: Pritchard, Long,
Carper, Robinson, Bucy, Klenke, Kanour, Bertrand, Richards. Third row: Reede, Blevins, Bohannon, Hankins,
Ireland, Funk, Barker, Sayers, Peraino, House.
First row: Norman, Avila, Riggs, Thurtell, Kenyon, Kuebelbeck, McAdams
LTJG F. R. Bartlett, Lumpkin, Martinez, Nunnelly, Mericle, Pasterchak,
Gardener, Snow. Second row: Aylward, Gay, Brantley, McGruder, Llovd,
Conrad, Brown, Marshall, Garrone, ATC, Delaney, AEC, Williams, ATC
Williams, SOC, Soliday, ATC, King, Schubert, Pressley, Waine, Redner, Puskas
Skinner, Parker. Third row: Goen, Whittaker, Boyce, Cain, Ruch, Reese, Gallick
Mclntyre, Engestrand, Dziegkowski, Kellay, Johnson, Fowler, Lundsford
Rindgen, Connors, Burdick, Armbrust, Albert, Daugherty, Cleckler, Buchanen
Fourth row: Felty, Trent, Grace, Capecci, Joyner, Morris, T, Wright, Rowley
Storey, McLane, Burnett, H., McKnight, Morris, S.
While the two-engine S2F circles the operational
area at low altitude in its search for the submarine,
another part of ASW operations is being undertaken at
a higher altitude by the AD5W, the single-engine air-
craft employed by VAW-12.
This aircraft, commonly called the "Skyraider", was
used extensively as an attack plane in the Korean War.
Since then the increasing role of ASW in naval pre-
paredness has forced the AD to undergo modihcation
to adapt it to the role of a RADAR warning plane and
a communicational link between carrier' and other air-
craft or surface vessels of the ASW group.
First row: Rowe, Brown, Hale, Ward, AEC, McAdams, ADC, Marshall, An- ' LTJG G. O. Cooper, LTJG R. H. Yates. Third row: Carr, Siano, Hinds, Dion
halt, Maiorana, Follett. Second row: LTJG H. R. Brant, LTJG G. F. Mac- Santore, Haupert, Thompson, Corbisier. Fourth row: Selby, Hoagland, Kelly
Cormack, LTJG K. N. Kermes, LTJG H. C. Curran, LT T. W. Conboy, Officer Nettles, Oliver, Schenk, Elliot, Schlegal, Malinowski, Dunn, Cawvey, Murphy
In charge, LTJG H. W. Pearson, LTJG J. B. Amrine, ENS M. L. Hofflers, Courtney.
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703! Coming home.
Tieing her down.
They're called the Angel Crew, an appropriate title
for an essential part of the carrier, for their job is watch-
ing the hunters. They watch with a paternal-like affection
and launch and recovery finds the HUK in its plane-
guard position ready to act if needed. It's a tranquilizing
thought for many a pilot to know that if he ever has
to ditch, the "Angel,' will be swiftly on its way, ready
to pluck him from the sea.
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They are seen everywhere on the ship The
multi-colored yerseys that are such a large part of
part of the comprehensive m1ss1on That linal
result without which there would be no ASW no
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brown - scrambling across the ilight deck, carry-
ing chocks, hoses . . . there are the two prehistoric
monsters, encased in their glassine cages, ambling
slowly about ready to try their tough skins if
chance should warrant it . . . Day . . . and the
harlequined flight deck is a plain of ceaseless
activity . . . rotor blades churning the air . . .
whirling propellers . . . Night . . . and the same
and on and on and on. The planes come in one
by one . . . some belly-flop onto the restraining
wires and some are waved off, screaming their
engines, to wait another turn. Eventually they
come, great lumbering pigeons that have come
home, but there is that time that one doesn't make
it . . . All this- is a part of flight ops, that small
Commander Charles U. Walkeley
purpose involved To insure that there is ASW
that there is purpose, that the aircraft fly, there
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The multicolored jerseys of V-1 could tell quite a tale if they could talk.
In blue are the plane pushers, whomove the planes around the deck, keeping
them spotted and avoiding confusion.
The phone talkers, in white jerseys, direct this traffic from deck to deck
and back. The yellow-shirted directors keep the planes moving and send them
on down the flight deck. Finally there is the repair crew in red shirts, ready
with the right tool in the right spot.
At all times, Hight quarters sends these men to their stations. Far ahead
of operations, V-1 is on the job.
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"Don't tell the others, but I've found the cookies!"
In green jerseys are the men of V-2, the people who
operate the launching catapults and arresting gear. On
the ilight deck, they tie down newly landed planes and
keep the cats ready for constant use. On the hangar
deck, they keep the aircraft secure for the night. Below
decks, V-2 phone talkers help direct work above and
operators control the multiple complex of gear control-
ling the operations.
A division with jobs spread throughout the ship
needs teamwork and co-ordination.. V-2 has this
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Rose, Chappell, Barnes, Ward, R. Second row: Kilmer, Knox, Dehurf, Dudeck, Medlco, Cramer.
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"Easy to port" . . "Lock your tail wheel" . . . The
piercing sound of a whistle . . 'CCLACKH . . Another
aircraft is in the proper space.
V-3 men are the masters of the hangar deck -- the
Showplace of the ship. Any time a plane is in the way of
ship's activities, the blue shirted V-3's are there to move
the offending aircraft.
The job of moving high-priced planes is routine for
V-3. Hard work, diligence and skill are important. V-3's
contribution is a precision piece of the total machine . . .
"Nah! Cat ta nine tails don't hurt. That comes later.
They're only friskin' us now."
"We're not here to cause trouble, but listen to our
story . . ."
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Williams. Second row: Zornick, Rinaldi, Rutledge, Hines, Ritchie, French, Lczhey, Benson, Geiger, Doughton. '
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shirts are at their posts. The aircraft continue to come and go, thirsty for L!
another drink. Working in shifts, the red-shirts man the pumps, keeping flight R
ops alive. They search for flammable gas leaks and clean the last traces of li'
gasoline oif the deck so their efforts won't be betrayed by a stray cigarette or y
Long hours and hard work With potential danger ever present do not
prevent V-4 from keeping a spirit of teamwork and sense of humor.
"Tell me when "
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V-6 Division, consisting mostly of aviation electronics technicians, assists
the embarked squadrons in keeping the aircraft in lighting trim. .
In addition to the work in the shops, where the variance of repairs is
made on every type of engine and part, V-6 includes the paraloft, home of
the parachute riggers. These are the men of whom it is said: "Nobody ever
complains about our mistakes? V-6 also supplies the crews for and maintains
the shipis mail plane, one key part of our morale program. Afwidespread and
versatile group is V-6.
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First row: Hollis, Pietras, Edward-s, Moorehead, Bowersox, Bochenczak, Gale, Fleming, Beauchamp, Leyva. Fourth row: Curtis, Champagne, Pierce, Raimes
1' Blodgett, Bonk. Second row: Burgess, Boles, Brown, Sharp, Davis, Hardwick, Boudreaux, Copeland, Visor, McCarty, Asbury, Bearham, Stevens, Morrison
White, Edmundson, Cole, Garcia, Metheny, Welch. Third row: Cogley, Jones, Chattin, Russell.
I, Small, Stewart, Hickey, Somerton, Pulliam, Blanding, Stewart, Bailey, Dacken,
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Within the air-conditioned space behind the
door marked "Operations OHice" there are many
labeled chairs . . . Air Intelligence Oflicer . . . Air
Operations Oliicer . . . Communications Officer
. . . CIC Oflicer . . . Upon the bulkheads topo-
graphic maps, airlanes deiined, stretch and sched-
ules plaster the space. This is an important part
of the ship, perhaps even its core, cerebrum - it
governs the actions of the entire vessel. From the
occupied chairs come the decisions and, collec-
tively, the ship responds. From the Air Operations
Officer comes the flight scheduleg the Communica-
tions Officer keeps alive that vital link between
ship and shore. The Operations Officer oversees
all and the whereabouts of the ship are determined,
even her berthing space. CIC keeps ready in
preparation for that day We hope will never come
when it must determine the very moves and
maneuvers of the great ship, coordinating her
very course with the objective in mind . . . ASW.
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Abercromby, Hunt, Schmidt, Otto, Portwood, Schmitz.
"Cumulus clouds . . . six-tenths coverage at 1500
feet . . . visibility five miles and light rain showers . . .
dry bulb temperature of 74" . . . wet bulb temperature
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isn't complete yet. When this information is analyzed it
will be ready for the quartermaster on the bridge, Hag plot
or the Air Operations Oflicer. This important part of
Operations is done by O-A, the ship's weather station.
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O-C Division coordinates the iiight operations
through flight deck control and CCA. Theirs is the job
of making sure that the aircraft are sent out and come
back in good order. Another job that is taken for granted
-but it must be done with coordination and be in
continuous preparation for accident or combat readiness.
Efiiciency is a must for O-C.
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They are called, somewhat affectionately, '4Twidgets,'
. . . a strange breed of man in the modern Navy, as
inexpendable to the workings of a great ship as the wheel
itself. They repair, devise, and create the electronic
wonders of the naval ship. Their hours are long and, if
you engage one in conversation, he's apt to turn it on a
technical bent which you don't quite understand. And
then he'll go away, quietly, -muttering about transistors,
tubes and flashing lights . . .
'ls1'. row: Murray, Glick, LTJG J. F. Judson, LT F. M. Hollenp CWO-3 J. H. Johnson, P. N..Kice, ETC, Galvin.
Standing:Skaggs,Sfeele, Wendling, Clark, Gencich, Clements, Melton, Arnold, Moravek, Collins, Popour, Raley,
Crothamel, Willoughby, Kane.
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Hayes, Walters, Murdock. Second row: Howard, Healy, Hastings, Folan, berger, Davis, Puckett. Fourth row: Keuscher, Holler, Gahn, Kelly, Hamlin.
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the ship in position and plot courses and contacts, help--
ing to detect those unknown subs to feed the rumor mills.
RADAR comes from radio detection and ranging-
which aptly describes the Work done by O-I. Using the
familiar radar scope, they turn ilashes or f'blips'? into a
report to the Operations Officer of what is around, under,
and over the VALLEY. Over, because air plotting is
part of O-I's job. They keep Operations informed.
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First row: Hendricks, Robertson, Flores, LCDR J. Mudrrock, Marshall, Boyd, Pottger.
Whitney, Dina, Henderson, Troyonos.
Perhaps one of the busiest spaces in the ship is the
Photo Lab. At sea and at flight quarters they maintain a
vigilant watch on every take oil and recovery lest some-
thing go Wrong. Their cameras capture shipboard life.
They are the Valley's graphic historians. They're con-
tinually at work on VIP coverage, liberty port coverage,
accidents or getting their very popular photo display
boards ready for the public to view.
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The division officer speaks.
Another vital part of the Operations Department is O-R Division.
R stands for Radiomen who man their posts, their earphones set.
Receiving and transmitting messages is done by Radiomen in
Main Communications and Radio 1. Switching plugs, turning dials,
typing messages, O-R knows iirst where the VALLEY goes and what
operations go in tomorrowis POD.
A lesser duty of O-R is important to morale. They compile news
for the MORNING WATCH, covering world crises and ball scores.
Keeping the wires hot is O-R's job.
First row: Lushenko, Sellars, DeGraffenreid, RMCQ Sanford, RMC, ENS R. L. Smith, W. L., Gunther, Mitchell, Lockwood, Barnes, Cross, Berry, Watson,
Seegelp H. W. Chermak, RMC, Riner, Schick. Second row: Mosley, Reynolds, P Ludovico, McElvar. Fourth roxy: Grail'iw0l1l, WUYQOI Allen. CYGSS, Keller, siali-
Nugent, Nelson, Stafford, Ryan, McSwain, Adams, Shea, Gomez. Third row: ings, Mushnlck, DemlC0, Keflflngf SYFIGC-
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Seated in front: Burge, ENS E. V., .laycoxp B. L. Long, SMC, Moore. Second row: Connelly, Hunfsberger, Bandor
Molinelli, Guerra, Shure, Whittaker, Seifert, Stewart. Third row: Parker, Allen, Groves, Hunt, Boles, LaFolleHe
Shelby, Campbell, Ross.
Nothing seems to look quite as nautical as a halyard filled with
brilliantly colored signal flags, each doing its own part for the resultant
message or perhaps just dressing up the ship, or the staccato-like blinking
of a blinker signal from one of the "cans" across the dark expanse of
ocean. In either case, O-S Division is responsible for what flies from the
halyards, or the answering message to the destroyer blinker signal. Routine
or urgent, the message will be sent.
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'4Prepare for a firing run to port" . . . the
VALLEY shakes with the impact. Preceding this
are the combined efforts of the Gunnery Depart-
ment personnel who know whichdial to crank
and button to push to overcome problems of roll
and pitch, lead angle, range and deflection.
Whether the target is a drone or a bogey, the
same result is desired. I
Constantly, when not drilling, the crews
clean the guns keeping them in shape for what
we hope never comes. Below decks, there are
checks on the complex fire control mechanism.
The guns sleep in peacetime but the crews are
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row: Donovan, McConnell, James, Story, Dicken, Ambrose, Sisk, Riggs. Third Wagoner, Bellamy.
row: Kelso, Spinnazzola, Scott, Hogate, Stoke, Eggiman, Archer, Cosom,
Whether it be sea and anchor details on the forecastle or
squaring away a space, First Division ably does its job. At any
end of the VALLEY FORGE, at any deck level, they may be
seen, doing one of many small, but necessary jobs. These are the
utility men, a valuable part of any team, ready to get the job done
wherever they are sent. Manning the replenishment line, keeping
the hangar deck clean . . Whatever it is, the First is always a
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"Away the gig away" . . . "Make the starboard
accommodation ladder." The boat calls are familiar to
the Second Division -- the boats crew. These are bo's'ns
mates . . sailors of the old school . . smallcraft seamen.
They keep the boats trim at sea - always preparing for
the next port.
It's not all boat tending. "Second" is also a backbone
of refueling andreplenishment and chips and paints -
and they pass the word to all but the "ten percent."
First row Urlch Hundley Erb WOI C. Helms, ENS W. J. Metzger, Temfe, BMC, Days, McWhorter, Seymour.
Standing Hammersmith Sfefamk Jacobsen, Finger, Bower, Jones, Hendley, Burnham, Morgan, Mann, Wullck,
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backbone' of the fueling details which take aboard the
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The men of the Fifth Division are the hard core
of the Gunnery Department - Gunners Mates, as old
a rate as the Navy itself. No dramatics for them - no
spit and polish, except for their guns. There, they wait
for their call. They will, as in the past, load, fire, and
load again preparing for what they hope is not the
inevitable. The mechanics have changed, but the job
remains the same.
Firsf row: Mundy, Meuse, Pollock, GMC, ENS C. Hannon, Rogers, Gibson, Clonis. Behind: Stone, Brown, Heilprin,
Lee, P. L., Haralson, Greene, Roberts, Maloney, Wilson, L. C., Miller, Wilson, D. L., Meyers, Duncan, Gordon,
Joyner, Fellenbaum, Whifs, Evans, Gamble, Fischer, Jackson, Whitson.
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"Granny says . . Y' is a favorite Marine Detachment expression
aboard the VALLEY FORGE, and if "Granny saysi' something it
must be right.
"Granny says . . ." that the Marines stay battle ready and effi-
cient at all times. They do. Granny says theyill act as orderlies for
the Captain and Executive Oflicer. They do. Granny says they must
stand brig watches. They do. Granny also says that all Marines will
be neatly pressed and neat appearing. For this reason the detachment
has its own press shop and many a white hat has often thanked lucky
stars for it.
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The never-ending boot camp.
First row: Heath, Carter, Larvie, First Lieutenant Gentry, Captain Lowrey
Brannon, Kaufman, Schwartz, Rathbun. Second row: Guide-on: Timilty, Larsen,
Yates, Butler, Faulkner, McDaniels, Taylor, Futch, McKinnon, Dixon, Waite,
Roberts, F. J., Gertler, Dinota, Goulart. Third row: Davis, Falkenstern, Fitz- Crum, Hedrick.
, patrick, Sanger, Ransom, Marshall, Jordan, Pool, Baker, Roberts, W Fourth
Row: Gillmann, Cannon, Lowery, Sanderlin, Miller, Kelly, Risher, Streeter
Callahan, Phillips, Voorhies. Fifth row: Alten, Hallquist, Bull, McLaughlin
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First rowi Kreider, Kuchercavy, Bostick, Bennett, FTC, LTJG R W MacKay Nlemann Sykes South Second
row: Davidson, Gustin, Hindman, Sparti, Hudson, Lane, Baker Winslow Third row Love Llpmskl McCaIlo
Royston, Steere, Grew, Rose.
FOX is the Gunnery Department ordnance division.
FoX's men provide the mechanical gunlire for mounts
which cannot produce firepower by manual Clocalj
Besides regulating the iire of the guns, they partic-
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visibility. By tracking weather balloons on radar they
supplement the shipls weather report. FOX division is
versatile and it is an essential part of the ship's smooth
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Hawkins. Standing: Pulliam, Obrisch, Lindwall, Bradshaw, Goddard, Smale, Forney, Pierson, Putman, Salerno,
Maher, Bradley, Bischke, Donofrio, Wells, Smith, R. H., Smith, R. T.y Ziegler, Welch.
p "The smoking lamp is out, frames 78 to 112 while
handling ammunition s. . .', As familiar a piping as
for ". . . while refueling aircraft on the flight deck . .",
but not as frequent. The elevators and the rollers hum
with usage as the ammunition is taken up from the maga-
zines, rolled to the elevators, and start their upward
ascent. It's a gingerly process, but the men of G-A Divi-
sion see to it that the ammunition reaches topside and
is in readiness for the aircraft, either for dummy runs
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G-O Division is strapped with the task of handling
ship's ammunition. Danger is everpresent but G-O's
answer is "somebody's got to do it - here We are."
In addition to actual handling of ammunition, G-O
keeps the magazines in order . . stocking bombs, rockets,
and 5-inch "ammo," They carry fuses, a ticklish detail,
and man the line-guns when replenishment gets under
way. Dangerous and thankless, but vital is G-O.
First row: Ray, Gosseh, Stalnaker, CWO-3 Micklos, Shelby, Orme, Gasi. Second row: Webb, Hartley,
Mooradian, Hammond, Hanna, Landers, Lavoie, Walters, Jenkins. Third row: Lavacca, Henderson, Crawford,
Suchman, Huff, Curtis, Scandura.
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The colorful name of 4'W,' Division smacks of liberty
ports, but its job is definitely dissimilar. Whiskey Division
is the special weapons detail of the Gunnery Department,
taking care of Whatever torpedoes, missiles, depth charges,
or new-fangled weapons come into the VALLEY's coifers.
The work of Whiskey Division is even more explosive
than the name they carry, and a mistake would be costly
in more than dollars. May their efforts be only for ORI's.
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Like any ship, she needs men to make her go.
Within her depths are the men who meet the
The work below decks which keeps the
VALLEY steaming is handled by the ive engi-
neering divisions. From Chief Engineer to raw
FN, these men supply "Bren to keep her going.
The engine order telegraph is their task master
and they ably comply to its demands.
The engineering department keeps steam
coming, night and day. Steam does more than
keep her moving. Showers, drinking water, effi-
cient running boilers, engine upkeep - these are
a few of the results of the work done "in the hole."
The men with the red rating badges undergo
a rigorous preparation for their specialty. They
have to understand thecomplex machinery which
keeps the VALLEY going. It is impossible to
learn each part of every nut and bolt, but when
these men make a rate, they are competent -
they are the Navy "mechs." The job isn't dramatic.
Seldom is it seen. The results must be right. If
not - the ship breaks down, water stops, light
goes off and shipboard life slows significantly.
The engineers don't want attention. A capable
job satisfies them, because they know they make
the VALLEY live.
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Handling auxiliaries of the ship is Alfa division. They
give you air conditioning, heat, ice for fruit-ade and hot
water for coffee. HA" division makes liberty possible by
keeping boat engines in trim and diesel equipment running.
They run the hydraulics which keep elevators going
and have a share in damage control and watertight integ-
rity. Making new parts, repairing old ones, Alfa division
is evident in every passage, oiiice and working space.
First row: Hagerman, Engle, Brannon, MMC, ENS T. l.. Ridingsp ENS J. A.
Ekelundg Hulsman, MMC, Wheeler, MMC, Penland, Johnson. Second row:
Rochford, Porlhouse, Wade, Dean, Carlson, Kramer, Piplinski, Maines, Camp
bell, Richardson, Stephan, Chaisly. Third row: Murry, Seef, Daniel, Brock,
Holt, Sigman, lngoldsloy, Coleman, McCabe, Carano, Fults, Hedley, Pavlovvec.
Fourth row: Vella, Hopkins, Dorward, Garganese, Talmadge, Hall, Rusch,
Leek, Mayhew, Davis, Wills, Prine, Laxfon, O'Rourke, Kramer.
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L. R. Servnes, Flynn, BTC, Mullins, Griffin, lowry, McWade, Bondy. Second Silvis. Fourth row: Bacque, Greeley, Sharp, Calipetro, Stenfankwicz, Aguon,
row: Durham, Wilkins, Hoffman, Combs, Owens, Shutt, Green, Harrington, McLain, Lannius, James.
Niles, Zawadzkl, Stevens, Joyner, Grether, Moore. Third row: Tschappatt,
Swank, Kirby, Ferland, Bryant, Dickson, Brooks, Lawrence, W. E., langstaff,
They come up from down below, hot and dirty . . . the possessors
of one of the most important jobs but one of the most thankless.
They're "snipes,' and BT's and they work the boilers of great ships.
Boilers that give propulsion so it can make its way. The temperature
sometimes exceeds comfortable heights, but still these men, uncom-
fortable, make her run, answering the bell codes.
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Kimble, Noel. Third row: Kimble, Renner, Januliwicz, Rutledge, Haggerty, Haskins, Edwards, Wolfe. Fourth row
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CWO-3 G. W. Bonnette, Sloan, ICCM, Corley, Lee, Second row: Hardy, nett, Butler, Llptak, Fake, Dean, Gregory.
Morris, Sibery, Whitehouse, H. R., Mercier, Whitehouse, R. L., Pfleeger, Cook,
Echo division is a good name for the electric shops, and the
people who keep the Valley lit up - but assuredly sober.
Besides lights, the men of E division keep the boat-motors
and electrical deck machinery in repair. With plenty of hard Work
and 'round the clock duty, E Division completes the various circuits
and keeps the ship well plugged in.
First roy: Helms, Whitlow, Kubala, Sturdevant, EMC, ENS T. J. Rogers, Bracewell. Third row: Ross, Sosa, Pearcy, McConnell, Burgess, Kuhar, Softel,
ENS R. Pmgenot, Harrington, Lineweaver, Besack, Morris. Second row: Mitchell, Hoggatt, Smith, R. H., Frederick, Jones, Moren, Enos. Fourth row: Moore,
G. .W. Stream, Hicks, Quintana, Lovelace, Neph, Morrison, Shay, Woods, Enget, Mitchell, MacFarland, Stoneback, Miles, Duda, Flanders, Greene,
Soltls, Allen, White, J. R., Smith, l. W., Britton, White, J. E., Henderson, Briggs, H. T., Young, Yett, Davis, Rice, Stanley.
M Division, often known as the "Black Gang", is
the Main Engines Division. The three sections, are for-
ward engine room, after engine room and the generator
gang. These are the people who get down to the "brass
tacks" of making the VALLEY FORGE go.
Machinist Mates, oldtimers to the Navy, con-
adjust themselves to the latest in generators,
and buttons. Here, in the bowels of the ship,
the thrust is supplied to make the ship steam to the point
where its orders may direct it.
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R. N. Bolster, CWO-2 L. R. Servies,
Mitchell. Second row: Haney, Beard,
Mueller, Alger, Daronco, Hall, Kyle,
Cloniger, Stitt, Gilbert, MMC, LTJG
Jethro, MMCp Croy, Ricker, Norris,
Miller, Godfrey, Murray, Melichar,
Scaton, Correa, Capuano, Mehalek,
Byerly, Coleman, Dean, Bohn, Micari, Babin. Third row: Mayeux, Demko,
Patterson, Miller, Shissler, Widmer, Hackbart, Ventura. Fourth row: Tolbert,
Pettice, Moon, Graham, Hart, Higginbotham, Hamilton, Seal, Rule, Jacobs.
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Cruise boxes and more cruise boxes . . .
"R" is a suitable initial for repair and Romeo divi-
sion does just that - from leaky faucets to high-pressure
steam lines. Day and night, they handle metalworking,
carpentry, and pipefitting.
Damage Control is just another of the additional
assignments of R Division and it's important. With
Damage Control they are concerned with maintaining
safety in battle and at other times of peril. But actual
repair isn't the only part of their job that is important -
the fact they are ready is the key to eilicient battle
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Allen, SFC- Talbot, SFC, Keen, Zimmerman, Milbourne, Hyland. Second row: SsdlibeHolT:NPl?e,:ley,mllussell?'eMoorrZig.2,bral:1l:lyba:d:eTecl'lLFoil-:HH lrgvvlll-. gllzlzfrlidl
Parsons, Chatham, Holley, Edder, Miller, Axion, Pringle, Angevine, Corbin, Cerne, Murphy, Maloney, Heller, Mclain, Pearce, Trowbridge, Pieperl I
Material needs of the ship are handled by
the Supply Department. The six divisions of
Supply keep the ship clothed, fed, and stocked
with the equipment needed to keep over 2500
From the day you board the VALLEY
FORGE until you step off the gangplank for the
last time, the Supply Department is with you every
step of the way. The pay check comes from Dis-
bursing, uniforms from small stores, haircuts at
the barber shop, athletic gear, chow, 6'gedunk",
weekly laundry, cobbler, tailor, are all there to
help keep things uship-shape."
The S in Supply also stands for its prime
duty - service which keeps the VALLEY
FORGE functioning. Besides the material things
of life, Supply also pours forth a multiple of parts
and gadgets needed in shops and offices. Without
borrowing the well-known "What you want, Joe?"
from the ubiquitous street vendor, Supply has It.
Anything from pencils, typewriter ribbons, screws,
bolts, airplane parts, literally everything from A
to Z to keep the ship operating.
Commander Robert L. Rubel
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S-1 is the storeroom of the VALLEY FORGE. Here,
the Storekeepers receive, inventory and distribute the
articles to the various departments of Supply
The men of S-1 also do the bookkeeping for the
ship, ordering the supplies from the allowed funds and
checking and re-checking their records to see that they
are balanced. During replenishment they can be seen,
checking off the items, always on the job.
First row: Bednar, Cassidy, SKC, ENS F. R. Corovefte, Ofiman, SKC, W'I . R d 'k, T b' . F th : Ch
Second row: Lindsay, Dawson, Rosafi, Trobucco, Judol, Pilliar, Applewhiig. Lgvgix EiSI?1dll?, Sliliih, glaafler, Iglgnqouylil Holmes' ward' McQueen' Smanwood
Third' row: Kerr, Grushkin, Walther, Kargill, Harris, Damron, Hillen, Nelson,
Firsi row: Renninger, CSC: Gilbert, Robinson, Markham, Carilli, Horton, Banks,
Coldiron, Mosi, Baker, Wells. Second row: Hornberger, Shannon, Bazemore,
Casper, Moore, Martin, Shemley, Moore, J. R., Trulett, Ellard, Almond,
Good morning. How would you like your eggs?
Glover, Pimenfal, Rodrigues, CSC, ENS L. Stevens. Third row: Branch, Watson,
Brouse, Jones, Engess, Ramsay, Selma, Cooley, Miller.
The Navy travels, on its stomach and S-2 division
. . . cooks, bakers, messcooks and scullery hands . . .
feeds that collective stomach to the brim.
Work begins long before dawn as the 25 hand work-
ing party musters with a CSI. It goes on, particularly at
sea when the chow is served virtually around the clock.
It seems thankless. There is seldom a good word when it
is tasty - at least the galley cooks never hear it. Suppose
S-2 would quit for part of a day. Hungry? Affirmative.
First row: Edmonds, McVey, Nelson, SHCp ENS J. R. Kwolekp ENS R. A.
Thomas, Ryan, SHCp Bent, Kelly. Second row: Edmonds, L., Willett, Fish, Bush,
"Closed DeWitt Clinton's Birthday" the sign read
and so the usual "gedunks" will wait. But at least the
Barber Shop is open.
Meanwhile anything from cameras to stencil pencils
can be purchased from Shipis Store i-1:1 and Ship's Store
36,2 has the soap or the cigarettes you need. Further aft,
"small stores", the tailor and cobbler shops and the
laundry can be found . . . 4'Empty? Don't kick that
Coke machine! Call 811. That's S-3. They'll fill it?
First row: Renwick, Moye, Shelton, Dixon, ENS J. R. Kwoleky ENS R. A.
Thomas, Bruno, Spruill, Burks. Second row: Worley, Decker, Elder, Pipkin,
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Krack, Moore Jewel Dowst Wilson ONelll Hanes Rollins
lreland, Benfleld Elkins Young Melllng Leonard Third row McKenzie Kirby
Milton, Geist Cadle Svanoe McElroy Hodges
Cash-gelt-moola-shekels-coins-bread . . . Anything
you want to call it all adds up to one thing . . . pay check.
S-4, the disbursing department, sees that each man
gets what's coming to him on the lst and 15th of the
month and for the Mediterranean cruise S-4 turned inter-
national. Pesetas, Francs, and Lire Were, at different times,
as plentiful as dollars in the disbursing oifice. This
S0 thafs where my pay check goes . . .
First row: Glymph, Theriof, ENS C. T. Dean: Waits, DKCp Lansberry, Vega. Second row: Reicke, O'Rourke,
Clarke, Boles, Lynch.
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"Out of sight, out of mind . . ." goes the old saying,
and although the stewards of S-5 Division are infrequently
seen by the rest of the crew, their presence is very much
felt by the officers. Serving food, carrying laundry or
keeping spaces clean, the stewards do their job in quiet
First row: Arquelita, Newbern, Golson, ENS J. Perkins, H. Hyman, SDC,
Parker, King, Bartoleme. Second row: Jones, Aline, Del Rosario, Gurian, Call-
away, Arrington, Hatch, Huffman, Bantog. Third row: Boyd, Harrell, Harris,
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S-6 Division's mission is singular and definite: to keep the planes
in the air by supplying the necessary repair parts.
The average daily routine is processing dispatches, instructions,
directives, and requests and funneling them into proper channels.
The Aviation Supply personnel like to avoid "AIRCRAFT OUT OF
COMMISSION FOR PARTS" on the status board. They know theyive
done their job if AOCP doesn't enter the picture.
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Second row: Crosby, Bresson, Biggie, Dickson, Millstein, Hadlock, Kelly.
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Long before the first crude compass appeared in the
binnacle of those early day undersized sailing vessels that
plied the earth's oceans, there were stars and sextants.
They have been used for centuries by mariners and are
still an essential part of modern navigation for an over
sized man o' war.
The principle remains the same - to set out from
one point and arrive safely at another. LORAN, radar,
and the DRT reckoning tracer help in navigating the ship.
As navigator and quartermasters bend over their charts
in the dimly lighted plot room, they follow in the same path
as their predecessors who sailed long 'before them. g
Commander Percy E. Kedigh
Keeping the log up to date.
Taking a Hx.
Front row: Williams, Williams, D. D., QMCg CDR P. E. Kedigh, LT A. C. Freedman, Cleveland. Second row:
Robinson, Rose, Shaub, Mcxckewicz, Herring, Duris, Lareio, Ahern, Knigge. Third row: Pape, Grundy, Shirley,
Wilson, Nauru, Pethe.
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Red arrows lead to Sick Bay. Here, H divi-
sion tends to the medical needs of the VALLEY's
more than 2,500 men.
Sick call is three times a dayg however some-
body is always on duty in case of emergency. The
corpsmen, with the large red crosses on their White
jerseys, are in attendance during flight operatio-ns,
ready for the accident that everyone prays will
Captain MORRIS and his staff of five doc-
tors and 22 corpsmen are dedicated to the
mammoth job of keeping the VALLEY fit.
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At work in the pharmacy
First row: French, Dr. E. C. Clark, DR. K. M. Sussman, CAPT. N. Morris, Dr. Third row: Ward, Dean, Andrews, Bohannon, Swink, Babbitt, Chittenden
W. L. Irwin, Dr. T. M. Schlueter, Baltimore. Second row: Clark, HMC, Har- Britton.
grove, Ragsdale, Crouse, Roberts, Ayala, Zabivnik, McWilliams, Thompson.
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gap required, not only for her own men,
but for her foster children, the "cans," The
two dentists and live corpsmen take care
of, on an average, 300 patients a month.
Simple removals, fillings and oral surgery
are all in a day's work and are made, if
not more pleasant for the patient, easier
by the use of the department's three high
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Future dentists of America.
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First row: Dr. J. H. Lessigp Dr. J. G. Hancock, Moynihan.
Second row: Hankel, McKenna, Raynor, Eck.
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First row: Bullard, PNC, CWO-2 R. A. Stroutsp LTJG J. R. Lawsong WO-'I
R. A. Remillard, Berbo, YNC. Second' row: Quebbman, Ockerman, Lapentigny,
Reed, Norton, Joannides, Novak, Silberfine, Campbell, James. Third row:
X Division, or ADMIN, is perhaps the center of all
the paper Work that goes on in the floating city called
The familiar mimeographed sheets that appear nightly
are products of the Administrative Office. The Legal
Oilice capably handles all judicial paperwork an-d the
Personnel Oflice sees that quarterly grades, promotions
and other necessary data are entered into the service
records and that the records are properly kept. The library
maintains a comprehensive stock of all the latest maga-
zines and books - a convenience that every Whitehat
I8zE, another branch of the division, keeps the men
informed on the educational benefits available to them
through Navy schools or at colleges and universities after
discharge. The Print Shop does all the printing for the ship
and Separations sees that men are discharged after Career
Appraisal has done its best to underline the benefits.
First row: Curry, Render, TMC, CWO-2 R. A. Strouls, LTJG J. R. Lawson,
WO-l R. Remillard, Pipher, ABC, Clark. Second row: Brennan, Grinnel,
Hinkle, Moscini, Roberts, Hairen, Trueit, Ezelle, Mayer, Ridenhour, Byars.
Alford, Hoeber, Hulsey, Lemarcly, Cheney, Middleton, Anderson, Vitai,
O'neill, Geiken, Pappas, Holt, Sobczak.
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Third row: Tilley, Herman, McDine, Bumbray, Landrum, Lange, Hicks, Hardy
Parker, Minish, Pressley.
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Name, rate and serial number . . .
B0st0n's own fills up the Lucky Bag.
Amidships, below the hangar deck is the Master-at-Arms Shack,
the center of ship's discipline. This is the home of the men who enforce
the ship's regulations.
Under the Chief Master-at-Arms are a group of veteran Navymen.
These 'csaltsl' are not expected just to sign report chits. Primarily,
MAAS are expected to exemplify a model petty oflicer. When that
example is set and followed, the MAAS have accomplished their
mission . . . a "squared away" ship.
Chief Adams breaks in a new Chief Master at Arms.
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how, Sutton, Hathcock, Pike, Moiney, Howard, Hill.
First row: LCDR J. Mullen, Jr., LCDR F. K. Sione, LCDR J. B. Haines, CDR Schwolbe, Stephens, Emmell, Thomson, Zuege. Third row: Formichella, DePiro,
P. G. Dye, CAPT W. L. Pack, CDR W. T. Bruce, CDR W. E. Cummins, LCDR Hanson, Cordonnler, Belew, Schlmonski, Brooks, Worden, Ingram, Lugo,
D. P. Jones, Tonner, YNC. Second row: Broncn, Shea, Forbes, Hood, Buehler, Folleth.
When a ship is known as a "flagship" she has gained a bit of prestige, for on her
Hag bridge can be seen the commander of a division, group or element. With this comf
mander, usually an Admiral in the instance of ComCarDiv FOURTEEN, and entire
staff of yeomen,personne1men, quartermasters, Marines, radarmen and oiiicer advisors are
in accompaniment. The job is not an easy one. For this reason the staff must be large
and efficient, qualities which the "Flag" staff has manifested every day.
The mzdshzpmen arrive.
CAPT Russell reviews
at change of command.
Each summer hundreds of midshipmen from the
Naval Academy at Annapolis and many other colleges
and universities go to sea with the Fleet. This summer
and cruise was no exception. As junior oHicers-under-
instruction they stood watches, attended lectures and kept
up with their schedules, all designed to train them as
oilicers in the United States Navy.
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Left fo righi: CDR Hansen, LCDR Mudrock, LCDR Wood, LT Platt, ENS Neal.
COMMUNICATIONS WATCH OFFICERS
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Hurst. Sfondlng: WO-I R. A. Remillcxrd, WO-2 D. A. Conquest, WO-I C. P. Helms, CWO-2 G. R. Bonnelfe
CWO-I R. A. Begg, CWO-2 K. C. Boier, CWO-3 E. E. Wilgus.
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Left to righh ENS Ekelund, ENS Rogers, ENS Norris, LTJG Bolsster, LTJG Roberts, ENS Hanson, LTJG Spillors
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What is an ASW carrier? lt is a combination of many
things . . . sound, space, reality and the intangible. lt is
also an idea . . . an idea still to be tested, still to be proven.
ideas are simple things. Proof becomes more difficult, for
then the hypothetical must be forced into actuality, an
actuality that we hope will never happen. ,
ln the testing of the hypothesis, in the around the
clock operations, the operational readiness, the pitch and
roll, other things come to pass . . . good things, good times.
There are liberty ports, seeing places with another voice,
another language ....
But the purpose can never be forgotten, for there may
come a time when the actuality may be forced upon us.
Then, no later, we must be ready. This is an ASW carrier.
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