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Captain Charlie N. Conatser, Commanding Oili-
cer of the VALLEY F ORGE from 24 September
1964- to 7 August 1965, was born in Dallas, Texas
and attended the University of Texas. Upon gradu-
ation in 1938 he underwent flight training at NAS,
Opa Locka, Pensacola, Florida and won his wings
there in 1939. is
During World War ll, Captain Conatser served
as flight oflicer for VB-5 in USS YORKTOWN and
VB-6 in USS SARATOGA, and also was flight in-
structor at NAAS, Cecil Field, Florida, until 1945.
After serving as air ollicer on USS CABOT he
attended Damage Control School at Newport, R.l.
and then was assigned as assistant supervisor of
training at NAS, Jacksonville, Florida.
His subsequent duties include: Commanding Offi-
cer, VA-154 aboard USS BOXER and USS AN-
TIETAM, Bureau- of Personnel, Personnel Policy
Board, Bureau of Aeronautics, Project Officer,
Student, Naval Photo School, Commanding Oflicer,
VC-61, Commander, CVC-12, Advance Training
Oilicer, Chief of Naval Air Training, NAS, Pensa-
cola, Florida, Executive Oflicer, USS SARATOGA,
Commanding Officer, AIRDEVBON 3, Air War-
fare. Division Officer, Operational Test and Evalu-
In 1960, he attended the National War College
and then was a member of the Joint StafffJCS as
a director. Before taking command of VALLEY
F ORGE, Captain Conatser was Commanding Officer
of USS CIMMARRON CAO-225.
September 1964- to August 1965
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Captain Richard O. Madson, who assumed command of
VALLEY FORGE on 7 August 1965, graduated from the
U.S. Naval Academy in June of 1942. His first assign-
ment was aboard USS BREESE QDM-185 in the Pacific
Fleet. ln 1944 he attended flight training and was awarded
his wings in January of 1945.
Tours in the Night Attack Combat Training Unit Atlan-
tic and in Fighter Squadron 17 were followed by his assign-
ment to Composite Squadron 5, the first Naval Air Squad-
ron with a nuclear weapons delivery capability. On comple-
tion of this duty in 1951, he served two years in the Office
of Chief of Naval Operations and a year as a student at
the Naval War College.
ln January of 1956, following a tour of duty with Heavy
Attack Squadron 7, Captain Madson reported to the Navy
Special Project Ofiice and participated in the development
of the Fleet Ballistic Missile System, Polaris, until June of
1958 when he assumed command of Heavy Attack Squad-
ron 6. His next duty was aboard USS INDEPENDENCE
'after which he again served in the Office of Chief of Naval
He was a member of the Class of 1962 at the National
War College and after completion served as Chief, General
War Games Section, Commander-in-Chief Pacific. He was
awarded the Joint Services Commendation Medal for this
service. ln luly of 1964 he was assigned as Commanding
Officer of USS PONCHATOULA from which he came to
the VALLEY FORGE.
apt. R. 0. Madson
Cdr. Adolphus D. Whilden, Jr., was born in Norlina,
North Carolina and raised in Wheeling, West Virginia. He
graduated from high school in 1940 and attended night
school at Johnfs Hopkins University while working for Glen
L. Martin Company in Baltimore, Maryland prior to enter-
ing the Navy as a Naval Aviation Cadet V-5 Program in
October, 1942. He was commissioned an Ensign and re-
ceived his wings at NAS Pensacola, Florida in July of 1944.
During World War II, Cdr. Whilden served in Patrol
Bombing Squadron 71, a PBY 4'Black Cat" squadron, and
participated in the Philippine and Borneo operations. In
June of 1947, he was assigned to the Advanced Training
Command as a PBM flight instructor.
His subsequent duties include Schedules Officer VR-6
KRSDJ Atlantic Division, Military Air Transport Service,
Flight and Maintenance Officer, NAS Moffett Field, Cali-
forniag Damage Control Assistant aboard the USS KEN-
NETH WHITING QAV-141 3 Anti-Submarine Warfare Offi-
cer and Operations Officer, Patrol Squadron 47 fP5Mjg
Aviation Programs and Leadership Officer, Staff Advanced
Training Command, and Commanding Officer, Patrol
Squadron 42 fP5M and P2V.l
Cdr. Whilden has attended General Line School, Mon-
terey, California, University of Mississippi fgraduating in
,lune 1960 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Educationj,
and the Armed Forces Staff College.
He reported to the VALLEY FORGE in February of
1964 from Patrol Squadron 42 and served as Navigator
until assuming his duties as Executive Officer in December
December 1964 to January 1966
dr. A.D. Whilden
Cdr. Michael T. Lulu, Navigator and new Executive
Officer of VALLEY FORGE, was born and raised in
Chicago, Illinois. He graduated from Calumet High School
and went on to the University of Chicago prior to entering
the Navy as a Naval Aviation Cadet in the V-5 program
in May of 1943. He was commissioned an Ensign and re-
ceived his wings at NAS Pensacola, Florida in October
His subsequent duties included Operational Training
as a Student Aviator, Patrol Plane Command in P4Y-2 as
an instructor at NAS Corpus Christi, Patrol Plane Com-
mand in P4Y-2 and PZV-5, Training Officer at Topcliffe,
England, Senior Program Manager for Guided Missiles
and Targets in Washington, D.C., Head Tactics Secretary
at NAS, Key West, Florida, Executive Officer of Patrol
Squadron 24, Commanding Officer of Patrol Squadron
24, and Training'Officer of COMFAIRWINGLANT.
Cdr. Lulu has attended Illinois Institute of Tech-
nology under a five-term program, Aviation Electronics
Officer's School in Memphis, Tennessee, and the General
Line School in Monterey, California.
He reported to the VALLEY FORGE in November
of 1964 to serve as Navigator. In January, 1966, he be-
came Executive Officer.
Executive 0 icer
dr. M.T. Lulu
A PRO HISTORY .......
As is true of many of the aircraft carriers in the fieet,
the USS VALLEY FORGE is named after a historic
battle in the history of the United States. Specifically,
she bears the name of General of the Army George
Washingtonis winter encampment of 1777.
Her existence was made possible by the citizens of
the Philadelphia, Pennsylvania area who raised more
than 376,000,000 in a war bond drive especially for this
purpose. This 33,000 ton Essex class aircraft carrier was
commissioned in November 1945.
Constructed too late for service in World War ll, the
VALLEY FORGE first reported to the Pacific Fleet for
duty in 1947 after her initial shakedown cruise 1n the
Atlantic. Homeported in San Diego,. she departed ln
October of 1947 for a routine cruise to the Far East.
While in Hong Kong, she received orders to return to
port via the Atlantic and therefore became one of the
few major Heet units to circumnavigate the globe
the days of the Great White Fleet at the turn of
During the course of the world cruise, the VALLEY
FORGE became the first carrier to operate in the Pe
sian Gulf and the largest ship to have ever
through the Suez Canal.
On May 1, 1950, the VALLEY FORGE
westward from San Diego, sailing to Pearl
the Far East as her ultimate destination.
another peace-time cruise to the Orient
resting peacefully in the harbor at H
news came that the Communists had
public of Korea. This was June 26, 1950.
Immediately, the VALLEY FORGE got
Subic Bay, Philippine Islands, to take on supplies
start for the area near the war-torn Korean
The first- offensive mission of the Korean War
launched by a carrier took off from the fiight deck
the VALLEY FORGE on July 3, 1950., These first
rier based planes to enter battle were called
provide close air support for the South Korean
ers and military targets of the North Korean
kept under constant attack. The strikes
July 3 marked the first time in history that
based jet aircraft were used in combat.
The VALLEY FORGE returned to it's
San Diego for overhaul on December 1, 1950.
the increasing tempo of the war and the.
were besetting the United Nations troops at this
the war dictated that the War-worn carrier
thick of the battle. On December 3, just tw
her arrival back in San Diego, an emergency
program started in preparation for another war
Three days later, on December 6, 1950, with
aircraft on board, the VALLEY FORGE once more
steamed out of the harbor and headed back to the bat-
This second combat cruise lasted from December 29,
1950 to March 29, 1951.
VALLEY FORGE became the first carrier to return
for a third Korean engagement when she again launched
attacks against the Communists on December 11, 1951.
She returned from this third war tour July 3, 1952, just
two years after launching her first offensive of the
The first strikes of the carrier's fourth tour were
launched on January 2, 1953, when she returned to San
Diego. After a brief rest period, the VALLEY FORGE
transited the Panama Canal and reported to Norfolk,
Virginia for duty with the Atlantic Fleet.
From August 17 to September 4, 1953, the VALLEY
FORGE was host to some 400 Naval Academy midship-
men on a training cruise to Halifax, Nova Scotia. Upon
her return from this cruise, she entered the Norfolk
Shipyard, Portsmouth, Virginia for conversion
carrier to a support fanti-subma-
type Redesignated as CVS-45, she re-
the January of 1954 and underwent re-
Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.
From the VALLEY FORGE was an intregal
Navyis anti-submarine warfare program.
first flagship of the now famous Task
of 1960 the VALLEY FORGE, then flying
of RADM Allen E. Shinn's Task Group BRAVO,
rfolk with approximately 400 Naval Academy
NROTC students for a cruise to the Medi-
During this time the ports of Barcelona and
de Mallorca, Spain, Cannes, France, La .Spezia
ltaly and to the British Crown Colony of
were visited. Upon her return to the United
she continued operations to perfect the concepts
warfare and she was once again fiying
of Task Group ALFA.
December of 1960, while on routine operations
in Operation MERCURY fthe retrieval of
a space shot at Cape Canaverali, the
FORGE once again made national news. In
I the merchantman, S.S. Pine Ridge, broke
during heavy seas and although seven men lost
lives, HELANTISUBRON THREE, then attached
ship. airlifted 33 survivors back to safety on
1, 1961 after conversion at Norfolk Naval
Portsmouth, Virginia, VALLEY FORGE was
an amphibious assault ship. Carrying Marine
helicopters, she now participates in
s Warfare technique of ."vertical
Departing Norfolk on September 26. 1961. VALLEY
FORGE became the fiagship of the Caribbian Ready
Squadron. During the periods 21-25 October and 18-20
A PROUD HIP
November, she cruised off the shores of the Dominican
Republic prepared to conduct such operations as might
be directed during the overthrow of the Trujillo regime.
On January 6, 1962, VALLEY FORGE departed from
her homeport in Norfolk, Virginia enroute to Long
Beach, California for duty with the Amphibious Force
of the Pacific Fleet. After the transit of the Panama
Canal, VALLEY FORGE paid a visit to the country of
Costa Rica during which time the President of Costa
Rica came aboard. On January 23, 1962 V
FORGE arrived at her new homeport in
Following three months of operations
Coast of the United States, VALLEY
on April 16, 1962, for duty as a
SIEVENTH Fleet in the Western Pacific.
VALLEY FORGE assumed duties a
Commander, Ready Amphibious T
SEVENTH Fleet, on May, 1962. On
was operating in the Gulf of Siam
the coast of Thailand and about 4-0
kok landing U.S. Marines in that
tious and effective deployment of U.S.
land and their subsequent withdrawal ih
with VALLEY FORGE again participating,
demonstrated that the U.S. SEVENTH Fleet
Power for Peace," with the ability to
might rapidly at the focal point of I
our national policy.
During VALLEY FORGE'S tour of
ern Pacific her officers and men had
visiting Manila, the principal city of
Islands, Buckner Bay, Okinawa,
Colony of Hong Kong. In
FORGE returned to her homeport
The first half of 1963 saw V
several operations. Operation STEEL
off Camp Pendleton Q28 F
ation DIRT ROAD off Hawaii
ation WINDSOCK off Camp P
On June 6th, VALLEY FORGE
Demonstration off Camp
On July 1st, VALLEY
Beach Naval Shipyard for her
11 f Fleet Rehabilitation and
On January 27th she departed
Diego for four weeks of Refresher Training.
2nd, she again departed Long Beach for
but this time for a week of Amphibious T
On March 20, VALLEY FORGE departed
Beach for her WestPac cruise. While enroute to Subic
Bay, Philippines, she visited the ports of Pearl Harbor
and Buckner Bay in Okinawa where she relieved the
USS IWO J IMA CLPH-25. She then proceeded to Hong
Kong and made a short stop in Kaoshiung, Tiawan.
The period of 29 May to 7 June found the VALLEY
FORGE participating in Exercise LIGTAS, an exercise
in which combined forces of SEATO Nations took part.
The VALLEY FORGE was graced by a visit of Philip-
pine President Macapagal.
In July 1964 the VALLEY FORGE was selected by
Chief of Naval Operations as Winner of the 1963 Naval
Weather Service Award.
The VALLEY FORCE was further honored when she
was awarded the coveted Battle Efficiency "E" for excel-
lence for the year 1964. She was judged the "best in
the fleet" for LPH and AGC class of ships in PHIBPAC.
Early in August, North Vietnamese PT Boats attacked
U.S. destroyers in the Gulf of Tonkin. On 5 August the
VALLEY FORGE and the Amphibio-us Ready Group
put to sea to take station in the South China Sea off the
coast of After spending 57 consecutive days
to Subic Bay. The VALLEY
high state of readiness was re-
A . .
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rmed Forces Expeditionary
support during the Gulf of
to her homeport of Long
after short stops in Buck-
Marine Corps Navy
West Coast 1n peace
Upon the completion
LLEY FORGE was called to
upplies, ammunition, and
March 28th, having de-
and troops, VALLEY
of Yokosuka, Japan for the
five busy but extremely re-
FORGE returned to Long
March 1965 VALLEY
FORGE again answered
supplies, aircraft, and 1700
the Westem Pacific. Stopping
to partially unload cargo and
then proceeded to Okinawa
5, 1965. The off-load at Buck-
completed and the ship returned
of upkeep. On completion she set
Long Beach, and, after a short stop in Pearl
arrived on July 1, 1965.
On July 20-22 VALLEY FORGE participated in Exer-
cise Heliex 66W off Camp Pendleton, California. The
operation was designed to provide afloat amphibious
training for Marine Corps Reserve Units. lt also had
the objective of training personnel in the handling,
evacuation and treatment of casualties from the field to
final disposition aboard an LPH.
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helicopter assault ship is to launch and land aircraft
in support of the ship's mission. Endowed with this
responsibility aboard the VALLEY FORGE is the
Responsible for the smooth coordination and
productive team work among the four divisions of
the Air Department is the Air Officer who is
assisted in this busy endeavor by the Assistant Air
Officer and the Aircraft Handling Officer. Division
Officers along with the Division Chiefs supervise
the activities of the Blue Shirts fplane handlersl,
Yellow Shirts fplane directorsl, Green Shirts
fmaintenance personnelj, Brown Shirts fplane cap-
tain and enlisted crew-membersl and Red Shirts
As the art of flying is unforgiving and un-
sympathetic to carelessness and mistakes, profes-
sionalism is not only desired but is mandatory for
self preservation. Rigid adherence to safe operating
procedures, the finest of equipment and materials,
expert maintenance and the relentless and thorough
inspections and tests have been instrumental in at-
taining a high degree of confidence and safety for
those who fly. The Air Department is proud to
be an intergal part of this rewarding military
Cdr. D.L. Smith
Assistantflir Ufficer Aircraft Handling Ufficer
Lcdr. L.D. Quamme
Lt. D.F. Garrett
Division 0 icer
V-1 Division is the flight deck crew. They are re-
sponsible for the launching, recovery and handling
of aircraft on the flight deck. Damage control, fire
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fighting, crash, salvage, and rescue are a part of
the extensive training each man receives.
At the sound of flight quarters each man responds
to his assigned task, and many times the day starts
in the pre-dawn and lasts well into the night. Such a
day would start with the spotting of aircraft for
launch. Troops are then loaded and wave after wave
is launched. Internal stores and external lifts to
supply the troops are just a part of this complex
and hazardous operation.
Each man is identified in relation to his task by
the color of his flight gear. The "yellow shirts" are
the experienced directors of all aircraft handling
operations. They are assisted by the "blue shirts"
who are the ujacks of all trades" on the flight deck.
The "White shirtsi' are the phone talkers who handle
communications. The Hred shirts" are the crash and
salvage team who, with the ahot pappav rescue men
in their flameproof suits, are responsible for rescu-
ing aircraft crews and clearing all crashes.
When not at flight quarters the men of the divis
sion have the responsibility for the cleaning and
maintenance of the flight deck, catwalks land the
nearly sixty compartments comprising the flight
deck level of the island structure. This never-ending
task is accomplished by the fifty-plus men under
the direction of their Division Officer and Division
Chief in the fcget it done yesterday" V-1 Division.
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Ens. A.B.M. Lopez
V-3 Division is the Hanger Deck Crew. Under the di-
rection of Ens. A.B.lVl. fskipj Lopez and Chief H. M. Wen-
hold, the 30-plus men assigned are responsible for the
handling and spotting of aircraft on the hanger deck.
They are charged with the responsibility for fire pro-
tection of all aircraft and equipment on the hanger deck.
Each man receives extensive training in damage control,
fire fighting, and the operation of the Hanger Deck Control
When uflight quarters" are sounded they go quickly
and efficiently about their business of spotting, respotting,
and supplying aircraft to the flight deck via the aircraft
elevators. During the long hours at flight quarters the crews
are under the capable direction of the "yellow shirts", or
directors. Each 'cblue shirtn performs many varied tasks re-
quired for the movement and security of the aircraft "be-
low." "White shirtedn phone talkers coordinate this never-
The men of the Hanger Deck Crew are truely the un-
sung heroes of the VALLEY FORGE. When not at flight
quarters they clean and maintain the ONLY area of the
ship that EVERY man uses. The Hanger Deck serves as a
recreation area, a church, a warehouse, and as a collection
place for anything and everything. The division's motto,
"United We Sweepw, is fitting because by the time the huge
area has been swept from one end to the other it's time to
start all over again.
No matter what is required of them, be it General
Quarters, Flight Quarters, or routine cleaning, the impor-
tance of their work can never be underestimated. High
morale and professionalism are the trade mark of V-3
Row One, left to right: Damico, V. J., Miller, R. D., Hunter, L. D., Foote, D. A., Mayo, M. D. Row Three: O'Quinn, J. C., Capps, H. L.
Wieland, R. N., Ohlandt, R. C., Hull, E. W., Helton, R. L., Pruner, Key, W. C., Davenport, R. K., Porter, D. P., Bounds, B. L., Barn
D. J. Row Two: Wenhold, H. M., Lessard, G. L., Johnson, J. R., um, C. V., Wheeler, H. L., Tanner, B. C.
Cizdziel, R. H., Word, C. W., Abram, G. L., Rodrigues, R. M.,
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"Now the smoking lamp is out throughout the slllpfi
and nine times out of ten this phrase over the IMC mdlcates
that V-4 Division, Aviation Fuel, is in the process of either
storing, handling or dispensing '4Avgas,'. When you consider
that five gallons of gasoline in a vapor state is equal to
415 pounds of dynamite, then theoretically, the VALLEY
FORGE, with her normal load of approximately 70,000
gallons of "Avgas',, is carrying the potential of 2,988 TONS
Charged with the responsibility of safe stowage and
handling of aviation gas and JP-5 aboard ship is the V-44
Division, which is comprised of 41 men, headed by the
Aviation Fuels Ufficer. Professionalism is fostered by di-
rectives which make it mandatory that the Fuel Officer and
at least one fourth of his division be graduates of the Navyis
Aviation Fuels School.
During the WestPac deployment last year off Viet Nam,
the VALLEY FORGE became the first LPH to refuel mine-
sweepers in the Pacific when over 80,000 gallons of JP-5
were delivered via a special close-in highline rig. Another
first for the VALLEY was accomplished earlier on the same
deployment when she became the first LPH in the Pacific
to issue JP-5 jet fuel to jet aircraft.
A 24--hour fuel integrity watch, modern laboratory
equipment and rigid adherence to latest directives and safety
precautions insure the VALLEY FORGE aviation fuel cus-
tomers of receiving the finest product of the petroleum
Row One, left to right: Peters, M. D., Barbour, D. L., Meola, Lear, H. C., Cox, D. R., Mulligan, W. C., DiStasio, R. G. Row
C. J., Geoffery, R. H., Burns, D. L., Wiggins, D. F. Row Two: Three: Lagerberg, C. H., Allen, S. P., Durkin, R. L., Evans,
Donat, J. J., Rossiter, J. M., Cavalier, V. A., Long, J. W., H. L., Way, R. C., Ross, S. L., Walker, G. W., Irwin, E. J.
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Row One: Emmel, H. W., Battaglia, C. J., Brook- N. L., Smith, J. D., Hall, O. G. Row Three:
over, R. L., Roberson, R. D. Row Two: Lambert, Kujawa, J. E., Erichsen, L. O., Raulston, C.
C. R., Babcock, J. W., Sedivec, D. W., Ramsey, Grignon, M. A., Martin, W. J., Smith, D. F.
V 6 DIVI I0
V-6 Division, the Aircraft Maintenance
Division, has the assigned duties of pro-
viding intermediate maintenance facilities
for embarked marine units.
Among the available facilities are ill
the power plants for the preservation and
depreservation of engines, transmissions,
and rotor heads for the UH-34D helicopters
f 21 the airframes, for hydraulics, painting,
and sheet metal repair, Q31 electrical and
Avionics, for the testing' and repair of helo
electrical and electronics systems and, Q40
Parachute Loft, for the upkeep of para-
chutes and survival equipment for the helo
In addition V-6 is charged with the re-
sponsibility tfor the maintenance and op-
eration of the ship's vehicles including the
captain's sedan, a carryall, two pickups, the
Valley Wagon, and all yellow equipment
not assigned to the Weapons Department.
V-6 is also ,concerned with the issuing
of all shipboard driveris licenses and the
training of all Ground Support Equipment
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Row One, left to right: Wills, T. D., Sanson, D., Bass, E. M., M. W., Emde, E. L., White, L. C. Row Three: Thaens, J. K.,
Carlson, C. D., Gesing, C. J. Row Two: Butler, T. R., Wether- Deplama, G. R., Niemann, R. E., Thompson, D. K., Risser,
by, M. J., Salgy, R. J., Campbell, R., Myrick, G. H., Cerow, J. A., Campbell, D. D., Jarrell, B. G.
Row One: DeBer1y, V. O., Garrett, R. A., Martsching, T. L., Moore, R. G., Weller, P. A., Nelson, F. C. Row
D. E., Mitchell, R. L., Campbell, D. O. Row Two: Three: Bush, E. J., Larsen, P. E., Bloh, F. J., Miller,
Gentile, J. W., Nybakke, D. R., Stephens, W. E., Jones, M. H., Ricci, D. A., Wilkie, T. E., Johnson, N. L.
Located on the third deck starboard
side, you will find the smallest department
on the ship. Although small in .area and
few in number of personnel, the Dental
Department of VALLEY F ORGE provides
a most useful and .necessary service for the
crew and embarked guests.
Using the newest techniques of dental
science, the .Dental Department provides
the best dental treatment available. The
Dental Department is proud of its person-
nel and the treatment it accomplishes. The
Dental Corps program of '4Preventive Den-
tistry", consisting of patient education
and stannous flouride treatments, has been
established. Through this program we en-
deavor to "get the word" to all hands in
an effort to stop dental diseases before
they begin and to effect early and adequate
treatment, thus assuring all hands of a
good state of oral health.
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The mission of the Engineering Department is to pro-
mote safety, material excellence, and efficiency of engineer-
ing operations, to develop proficiency in the peacetime
competitions and activities of the fleet, and to train per-
sonnel as an effective fighting unit during battle.
Machinists mates, electrician mates, Qiip fitters, pipe
fitters, boiler tenders, enginemen, interior communication-
men, damage controlmen-these are the rates which contrib-
ute professional know-how in performing the innumerable
services and tasks delegated to the engineers.
Engineering is responsible for the operation and main-
tenance of the main propulsion plant and auxiliary ma-
chinery and piping systems, damage control, operation and
maintenance of electrical power generators and distribution
systems, repairs to the ship's hull, and repairs to equipment
of other departments.
Frequently this means on-the-spot investigation as to
the cause of a breakdown, plus an accurate estimated time
of repair. This area of responsibility also includes items of
personnel comfort and welfare, such as refrigeration, air-
conditioning, showers, and telephone service.
Underway or in-port, the Engineering Department is
continually active, since any operational committment is
directly dependent upon the status of the engineering plant.
Whether it is in the capacity as a public utilities group or
a public announcing facility, the department is planning,
inspecting, and following- up with recommendations to the
activity concerned. '
Speed requirements must be met, inspections must be
passed on an annual basis, and normal, everyday services
must be maintained without interruption. These factors are
expected to be achieved, and with a minimum of outside
help which would possibly interfere with maneuvers. It is
a big job, but the job gets done. The results speak for
Cdr. T. Miguel, .I r.
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The men in Alfa Division fall into three separate
ratings: Machinist Mates, Machinery Repairmen, and En-
ginemen. They are divided into six specific groups that
maintain equipment throughout the ship, from the whistle
and siren on the mast to the steering engines in the stern.
The hydraulics Gang is responsible for the proper op-
eration and maintenance of our three aircraft elevators,
fueling and cargo Winches, anchor windlass, steering en-
gines, and all hydraulically operated valves.
The After Auxiliary Gang keeps the ship supplied with
air to operate pneumatic tools, starting air for emergency
diesel generators, and other air needs. They also maintain
three of the ship's fire pumps, and numerous other pieces
of auxiliary equipment. ,
The Refrigeration Gang maintains and operates the
shipls refrigeration plants. They also maintain equipment in
the ship's soda fountain, the Water coolers, the ice machines
and reach-in refrigeration throughout the ship, not to men-
tion all installed air conditioning.
The Steam Heat Gang maintains and repairs heaters,
all of the ship's laundry equipment, the galley and food
preparation equipment, the ship's hot water heaters, and
the whistle and siren.
The Diesel Gang maintains and operates the ship's
ldiesel generators, diesel fire pumps, and all of the ship's
The Machine Shop manufactures and repairs items for
every division and department on the ship. They do every-
thliqg ffrom Engraving name tags to manufacturing a new
s a t or a ire pump.
Yes, the Alfa Division is auxiliary but, as you can see,
they do cover a tremendous amount of real estate, main-,
taining and keeping in working order most of the ship's
Row One, left to right: Chavez, R.g Ferris, D. J., Meisser, J. E. Row
Two-' TOYCCH, B- D-3 W0lfgram, W. L., Degood, H. E. Row Three
Howell, R- D-3 ROHCY, L- T., Slnniger, C. L., Martinez, D., Wilson, J. R
Row One, left to right: Lee, J. A., Talbert, W. L., Bozeman, D. E., rad, L. F., Eady, M., Peppers, G. E., Marsh, W. L., Tennity, D. J.
Butler, J. A., Bacon, D. O., Mauldin, L. R., Prine, P., Naeger, I. A. Row Three: Gonzales, E., Chapa, E. M., Russell, R. W., Cogorno,
Row Two: McDowell, L. D., Mahan, D. D., Crabtree, W. L., Con- W. L., Rosauer, C., Wellwood, W. D., Johansen, W. J., West, W. H.
Row One: Ely, R. D., Mosley, H. L., Jones, G. B., Clines, D. P., Bilyeu, C. E., Wetherby, R. H., Pieratt, B. L., Pittman, T. J. Row
Ethridge, J. S., Iverson, L. J., Albritton, W. E., Kitts, C. C. Row Three: Buster, T. S., Hopkins, R. F., Frye, N. R., Scott, C. L., Wal-
Two: Carse, W. D., Knight, J. F., Barrios, R. F., Fulk, D. L., lin, J. E., Proctor, S. D., Barrett, C., Truitt, J. L.,
B DI VI I 0
Ltf R. W. Wellman and Ens. B. C. Fanslow
B Division is thellargest division aboard the VALLEY
FORGE, but this is not what it is known for. What it is
known for is hard, hot, dirty, and constant work, which we
consider the most important on the ship, for we produce
the lifeblood of the ship, steam. Steam to propel the ship,
to provide power for the shipis machinery and generators,
to cook the food and heat the living spaces. Bravo Division
also produces the shipis pure water, water for cooking and
drinking, for taking showers and for many other uses most
people never think about.
The production of the shipis steam is a big job. For
instance, steaming at 20 knots the ship uses approximately
80,000 gallons of fuel oil a -day, which at current market
prices would cost about 35,000.00 We produce approxi-
mately 100,000 gallons of pure water a day, more than an
average family of five uses in a year. 0
To do this king-size job it not only takes hard work
but also requires skilled labor. This labor is manifest when-
ever anyone looks at the vast amount and many types of
equipment that B Division maintains. This equipment ranges
from large boilers, half the size of a house, to small bilge
pumps, and it takes constant care and attention to keep this
equipment in top running condition.
This then is Bravo Division's job, a big job, but one
which to us is an everyday task. B Division takes pride in
saying "WE GET YoU THERE".
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Row One left to rzght Campbell 11. R bmder D W Rawhns Row Three Clarkm C T Bradshaw J. A.' Labauve M. L.' Mims
Bump P E Row Two Belew J R Casto J M Pollok S E Damel J L
Morton L M Duhon D J Egan D S Vanlatham, B F Garza IL
D. E.. Gnnin, D. T.. Duncan, O.,D.g Barnett, Lf s.Q Lian, R. R.g, T. Q.. Niekolson, D. 'H.',B.g Mnrkf-32, H. ,R.g Engel R. fig MCT
Row One: Barnes, T.g Cannon, C. C.g Barton, J. P.g Hole D. C ' R E ' Bova W D ' H 'nz R G - G R . 3
Moore, D. L.g Mncnnneu, A. E.. o n , L. A.. C1' , R.,D. 1: " R' '57, .' ' " C' .mann ' " teen, J' " Rogefs' R' I '
Two: Castillo, L. R.g Sacher, D. Di egallawine, Mfnilg Overbeglgj G? 'fee' Bravo, N: A., Moore, G., Jones' C' J' BW Mafkt
, THVCT, K- M-, K0hI1, R. R., Proctor, M. T.g Dalley, F. Si
Row One, left to right: Shambo, M. C., Gleason, J. E., Cuntrum, Harding, T. D., Bowman, H. C., Combs, S., Peveler, T. E., Fayle,
S. R., Gartin, R. F., Kincade, E., Wisner, J. W., Sweeney, W. W., W. M. Row Three: Davenport, R. E., Gracy, S. L., Howe, G. R.,
Hayden, J. O. Row Two: Brunton, J. V., Shelton, J. L., Bonley, T. J ., Schroder, J. A., Miller, J . D., Penler, R. S., Batula, P. W., Boyd, L. L.
Row One, left to right Meinz, C. J., Lokey, P. C., Brown, J. M., Drezdzon, R. J.
Row Two: Montagne, J. A., Johnson, C. R., Horner, K. L., Harrison, G., Gabgarg,
J. L. Row Three: Hull, G. W., Pietras, R. J., Jolmson, D. J., O'Shogay, D. C., Lair, . . ,
E DIVI I0
Echo Division is the second largest division
in the Engineering Department, consisting of 79
enlisted men and two officers. The different rates
that form the division are Electrician Mates Q EM's1
and the Interior Communication Electricians QlC's1.
E division is composed of six separate work shops,
several of which branch out to other smaller ones.
Some of E division's duties include Q11 main-
taining electrical equipment throughout the engi-
neering spaces, Q21 generating electrical power for
the entire ship, Q31 maintaining the electrical sys-
tems of all liberty and life boats, Q41 the upkeep of
all ventilation systems on the ship, Q51 maintaining
the shipis complex telephone system, Q61 keeping
the gyro-compasses in top notch order, and Q71,
procuring and distributing movies for the ship's
This is Echo Division, striving to keep the
ship's electrical circuits and equipment in top op-
erating condition. At times it is a strenuous and
exasperating "round the clock" job. But the men
do their best and are proud to say that they are a
part of one of the most important divisions aboard
the USS VALLEY FORGE.
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Richey, B. D., Roberts, L., Green, 0. L., Coutinho, O. M., Bower,
Row One, left to right: Purviance, .l. R., Dumey, M. W., Yar- rington, R. A., Borden, L. P. Row Three: Portoghesi, C. P., Carenza,
brough, Mather, G. S., Frye, M. H., Williams, W. S., Conway, A. M., King, L. J., Pellolio, J. P., Cosgrove, T. R., Josephson, H.,
D. D., LlV1I1gSt0Il, L. Row Two:- Spaeth, .l. D., Cochran, P. M., Thurman, J. A., Anonveno, G. R.
Bloomer, J. R., Smxth, W. E., Devrles, D. E., Sheppard, L. N., Har-
Row One, left to right: Churchill, D. C., Felver, J. E., Koleszar, K. F., Henderson, O. N., Robinson, S. A., Drummond, A. W., Shenk, D. L
Shoup, R. L., Baker, R. L., Smith, F. A., Day, H. L., Notter, R. E. Row Three: Kirchgatter, J. L., Bullen, S. K., Klinger, R. A., Schrick,
Row Two: Gardner, J. P., Carlo, K. J., Kloch, G. E., Riles, A. R., D. E., Sanders, D. M., Gibbs, R. H., Strebel, W. D., Kearney, P. L.
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M DIVI I0
Mike Division operates and maintains the main engines
and turbo generators so vital to the ships operations. The
four main propulsion units have 37,500 SHP each, the
equivalent of 3600 average automobiles. The four turbine
generators each have a capacity of 1250 kilowatts,-enough
electrical power to light an average American city.
These units are only a part of the miles of piping and
associated equipment of Mike Division. In temperatures in
excess of 1150 F the work of Mike personnel goes on, 24
hours a day, 7 days a week. The motto of Mike Division,
"we can mend anything but a broken heartf' is the keynote
because reliability on the main engines is the key factor in
keeping a combatant vessel on the move.
Mike Division is made up of 80 rated men and strikers.
These men are distributed to maintain the Forward Engine
Room, After Engine Room, Generators, Shaft Alleys, and
divisional berthing areas. The unrelenting efforts of these
men are required to overcome the aging machinery and
provide the ship with a reliability standard as one of
Ens. R. S. Jones
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G. DZ Row Two: Davis, M. A., Faloon, J. C., iIlS0l1, L- W-3 GHHCY, A-3 Ellef, D- L-
Row One, left to right: Leger, D. R., Loring, R. G., Garner, H. D., Hollis, D. E., Wilson. J. L., Gledhill, D. R., Correll, I. A., Storey
Welch, C. JJ SCh11CkCfI, M- E-9 Dunkirk, R. J., Riley, P., Har- R. H. Row Three: Paulsen. L. E., Cypert, J. R., Levan, R. K-3
rig, R. D. Row Two: Thornton, J. A., Sullivan, J. L., Osborn, F. F., Clark, C. L., Johnson, G. H., Higgins,J.A., Nibler, R. P., Wood, M. R
Row One, left to right: Neilsen, S. W., Griffin, D. V., Rowe, E. T., Campbell, K. L. Row Three: Voss, B. W., Burke, R. J., Ferguson, G.,
Rasor, W. N., Bronson, J. R., Caraska, F. J., Thomsen, O. H., Paris, W. G., Hamilton, L. C., Conoly, C. E., Fisher, R. W., Rig
Shelton, T. C. Row Two: Fuhrman, H. E., Lewis, P. W., McCoy, gin, J. B.
M. J., Giles, J. R., Bulf, A. P., Jenkins, M. K., Clancey, D. G.,
Row One, left to right: Weber, M. W., Risley, S. S., Anderson, D. W., RQW-0710, left to fight! M3SSiflgill, D- L-S
Deiotte, I. L. Row Two: Hammonds, J. D., McGee, J. E., Snell, B. D., WIHIHITIS, 0- L- Raw TWO? Hllllef, R- P-3
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R DIVI I0
Romeo Division, or Repair Division, is in the business
of Hull and Structural repair.
lf you need a locker repaired or constructed, a bracket
welded, a head or drain unplugged, or a C.C. plug for a
movie seat, contact HR" Division. The Division is made up
of the Shipfitter shop, Pipe shop, Damage Control shop, and
the Carpenter shop. The Shipfitter shop performs the greatest
variety of jobs, including ship structural repair and fabri-
cation, except piping systems.
The Pipe shop is nestled on the Fantail and has an ad-
joining veranda overlooking the usually blue Pacific. The
talents of this shop are directed by a First Class Petty Offi-
cer, the head plumber of the "HAPPY VALLEY," com-
monly referred to as 4'Grouch'7. .
The Damage Control shop can be recognized by the
large quantity of empty C02 bottles outside its entrance.
The shopis primary interest is in Damage Control gear and
Damage Control Material Readiness. Their biggest headache
are the gremlins in the fog foam generators.
The Carpenter shop cranks out the necessities of life,
such as cruise boxes, picture frames, ladders, and saw
horses. This shop also provides safe cracking and keyless
lock service. lncidentially this service is not bonded.
The administration of this division is performed by a
division officer with a Chaplainis disposition who has an ear
for everyone's repair or construction problems. There is
also an able-bodied Master Chief, a diplomat who does not
become too emotional when he hears a sad, sad story from
any of the troops that come to him, and who endeavors to
correct those people who constantly upulli' on doors that
are marked "push.',
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Row One, left to right: Kenney, J. M., Boutwell, P. F., Thomas, W. M., Kneidinger, J. A. Row Three: Barger, M. M., Chambers
C. E. Jr., Reams, C. R., Gerra, S., Taylor, J. H., Ellingson, D. O., T. V., Stevens, S. R., Cameron K. P ' Sciaccio T. .l.' Brechhiel
Greene, H. W. Row Two: Nichols, D. E., Wallace, W. R., Cowan, D. R., Bristol, R. B., Mardis, B. ll l l l
D. L., Morris, D. A., Hodge, J. W., Zacharias, R. L., McNally,
Row One, left to right: Dedmon, G. H., Kirby, R. A., Stanley, S. L., mons, E. J., Hoopes, E. L., Sparacino, A., Jaeggi, E. W. Row
McCulley, D. K., Phillips, B. H., Lowe, O. W., Lopez, E. Row Two: Three: Swann. W. L., Warden, R. E., Craver, J. D., Horton, C. H.,
Gray, C. H., Clark, R. A., Nobles, T. M., Boyrington, W. S., Em- Sanders, B., Ivy, .l., Mason, D. C., Hewmg, T.
ADMI I TRATIVE
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The executive staff and HX" division personnel assist
the Executive Officer in discharging his administrative
responsibilities to the Commanding Officer. Whether it's
a reenlistment, transfer or discharge, a legal matter, a
high school diploma through USAFI, a mail call, a public
information release, a printing job, or even a task in-
volving embarkation of Marines, it all comes under the
watchful eye of the executive's assistants. These assistants
act in supervising the functions of the following officers:
the central administrative office, the Captainis office, the
personnel office, the legal office, the educational services
office, the special services office, the combat cargo office,
the public information office, the master-at-arms office,
the post office, the printing shop, the chaplain's office,
and the library. A
The administrative office serves as a center for all
incoming and outgoing ship's mail and paper work.
The Captain's office carries the responsibility for
the administration and custody of officer personnel ser-
The personnel office handles the enlisted personnel
placement and the administration and custody of enlisted
personnel service records.
The educational services office administers the shipis
The legal office is concerned with the maintenance
of discipline and the administration of justice aboard
ship and with all legal matters that arise involving ship's
The special services office handles the ship's recrea-
tional and athletic activity.
The combat cargo office is concerned with the em-
barkation and debarkation of troops, and also the load-
ing, storage, and unloading of troop cargo.
The public information office carries out the public
relations program of the ship.
The master-at-arms office assists the executive officer
in the enforcement of regulations and the maintenance
of good order and discipline.
The post office and print shop handle the shipls mail
and printing chores respectively. s
The chaplain's office and the library are responsible
for the ship's religious program and reading facilities.
Thus these executive assistants and the personnel
under them work to coordinate the internal administra-
tion of the ship including matters pertaining to the work,
exercise, training, discipline, morale, welfare, safety,
rights, and privileges of all shipis personnel.
Row One, left to right: O'Donnel, J. C., Embler, P. F., Seda, J., W. B., Rhynerson, 0. K. Row Three: Sawyers, J. E., Marlar, K. E.,
Stegall, C. H., O'Malley, P. J., Doughty, M. R., Burson, T. W., Gordon, M. E., Crabbe, R. G., Geer, J. I., Dever, J. P., Wichmann,
Descant, D. Row Two: Smith, J. W., Farmer, J. J., Salvador, C. G., D. D., Hesse, J. L., Ivy, K. I., Thomas, D. C.
Perez, O. R., Robinson, H. D., Phillips, F., Higdon, R. L., Solis, '
Row One left to right: Hoerst D L ' Imm R D ' Kemp T R ' M N Ri ' '
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V0, -, eff, - -, Rlllg, J. J., Odenthal, R. E., Wilhelm, non, M. A., Dawson, J. E., Simmons, J., Tribbey, L. E.
It would be appropriate to refer to the admin-
istrative office as the ship's ucentrali' office to
which all roads lead. The administrative office has
a tremendous variety of duties ranging from exer-
cising control over the shipis post office and print
shop to publishing and distributing the "Plan of
the Day" every night.
The primary function of the admin office is
the coordination and responsibility for the admin-
istrative details of all officers and units of the
Executive Staff. The office must review all corres-
pondence and directives written for the Executive
0fficer's signature as well as observe and report
to him onthe implementation and effectiveness of
administrative policy, procedures, and regulations
of the ship.
All correspondence and directives routed to
the Executive Officer are screened by the admin
office and then appropriate action is initiated. In
matters concerning the Executive Staff, the office
coordinates the assignment and training of enlisted
personnel of the staff, takes proper action on all
administrative matters within the staff, and handles
budgetary control over all staff funds.
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Work does not end with "knock off ship's
work" for the men in the personnel officej The
midnight lights are often burning brightly for these
men as they, night after night, pursue the inevitable
task of attempting to catch up on their work. The
unexpected emergency work is merely routine in
this office, but the everyday responsibilities are, of
course, most typical of the office's tasks.
The primary function of the personnel office
is the responsibility for enlisted personnel place-
ment and the administration and custody of en-
listed personnel records. The office processes all
enlisted men's orders, handles all the transfers, re-
enlistments, and discharges of the ship's enlisted
personnel, and is responsible for tending to person-
nel requirements for the various departments, needs.
Estimates are compiled of future personnel require-
ments based on anticipated gains and losses, and
the necessary correspondence is originated con-
cerning the allowance and utilization of enlisted
Then there are the many small but often pains-
taking duties such as the daily muster report, as-
signing messmen, and controlling their rotation.
But all of this, as mentioned earlier, is nothing
for a man in the personnel office. He realizes
extra effort needed to perform his job, and he
performs it well.
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The Captainis Office is staffed by a
Chief Warrant Officer fShip's Secretaryl
and two enlisted personnel f Ship Yeomenj
This office is primarily concerned with
officer personnel accounting and officer
service record maintenance.
Within this scope are such matters re-
lating to officer personnel as receipts and
transfers, security clearances, records of
emergency data, Officer Distribution Con-
trol Reports QODCRJ , personnel diary, ros-
ter of officers, social directory, personal
correspondence and requests, officer fit-
ness reports, leave requests and account-
ing, and temporary additional duty orders.
ln addition, the Captain,s Office per-
forms personal clerical services for the
Commanding Officer and handles the re-
cording, dissemination, and control of
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The Educational Services Office is responsible
for carrying out the ship's educational program
and for procuring and maintaining custody of train-
ing aids such as films, courses, and books. Also, the
office has the duty of administering the monthly
E-3 examinations, the semi-annual E-4 and above
tests, the high school and college General Equiva-
lency Diploma tests, and several others.
The office must process the applications of
candidates for Limited Duty Officer, Warrant Offi-
cer, Naval Academy Prep School, Officer Candidate
School, Naval Reserve Officers Training Corps, and
the Naval Aviation Cadet Program. Also, reviewing
boards must be set up for the screening of appli-
cants for these programs.
With the procurement of self-improvement
educational films in Psychology, English, American
Government, Mathematics, and Algebra, the Educa-
tional Services Office attempts to benefit the per-
sonnel of the ship by showing these films nightly
at sea. It can be safely said that the personal im-
provement of every interested member of the ship's
crew is the main concern of the Educational Ser-
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The legal office is concerned with the interpre-
tation and application of the Uniform Code of
Military Justice the Manual for Courts-Martial, and
others sources of military law, for the maintenance
of discipline and the administration of justice
aboard ship. Extensive investigations, preparations
for captain,s mast, and court reporting for the
various courts-martials that occur are only a few
of the functions performed by the ship's legal staff.
While in port, the legal office coordinates it-
self with the civilian authorities to insure that mili-
tary law may be allied with civil justice and disci-
pline. This is for the purpose of following up on
the inevitable misdemeanors which occur by and
against ship's personnel. While the ship is at sea,
even though personnel are not exposed to possible
civil offenses, the workload of the legal office does
not slack off due-tgi the civil and military offenses
committed in portwhich require timely processing.
PUBLICI ORMA I0
The Public Information Office is the
voice ofthe VALLEY FORGE. Through its
publications and news releases, the public
is informed of the ship's missions and ex-
periences. The publication most dear to
the Valley's dependents is the Captainis
Newsletter. Long hours of preparation, not
to mention mailing, go into this informa-
The HValley Forge Sentinaln, the shipis
monthly magazine, is born in the PIO
office. Also, an important morale booster,
the "Morning Watch At Sean, is published
daily by the PIO staff. k
The PIO Assistant is Ens. P. Ji. Mc-
Carth Jr Tom McGuire John O'Donnell
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The Combat Cargo section is
composed of the Combat Cargo
Officer, the Combat Cargo Assist-
ant, and six other enlisted assist-
The primary function of this
section is the embarkation and de-
barkation of troops and related
equipment. During the perform-
ance of this job, Combat Cargo
has many other duties, such as
stowing holds and decks, driving
fork lifts, tying down cargo, hook-
ing up external lifts of helicopters,
manning debarkation stations and
working ln close coordlnation with
all other related departments
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The Master-at-Arms force is responsible
for the enforcement of Navy Regulations,
ship's regulations, and other pertinent di-
rectives that may be in effect. A master-
at-arms is present at all official gather-
ings, mess lines, pay lines, store lines, and
at any emergency to maintain order and
They administer control of the brig, the
confinement, supervision, and release of
prisoners as ordered, muster men in a re-
stricted status, and assign extra-duty men
to working details. They supervise the
rigging and unrigging of church, movies,
and other special functions, act as escorts
for the Commanding Officer, Executive
Officer, and high ranking visitors at in-
spections, visits, or as required. Also, they
require the crew to be in the proper uni-
form, maintain custody of all spare bed-
ding, and operate the Lucky Bag, a lost and
found from which articles are sold.
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The Chaplain of the VALLEY FORGE is a Protestant
f Southern Baptistl , but is responsible for providing for the
religious needs of men of all faiths. This is done by pro-
viding lay services conducted by a lay leader of the par-
ticular faith involved. In addition, priests of the Catholic
faith are invited to conduct Mass and receive Confessions
aboard ship. Regular Protestant worship services and Cath-
olic Mass and Rosary are conducted on the hanger deck.
Daily services and Bible studies are held in the Chaplain's
Reception Room or the Upper Room Chapel.
Assisting the Chaplain in his Work are Cary Clover,
Paul Embler, Ronald lmm, and Paul O'lVlalley, all Seamen.
They are responsible for the cleanliness of the Chaplain's
spaces, typing correspondence, setting up for religious ser-
vices, operating the library, performing duties, and standing
watches as assigned. Also located in the Chaplainis Office
is the Career Appraisal CPO, Chief McPherson. The recep-
tion room is used by men waiting to see both the Chaplain
and Career Advisor. Thus, this is one of the busiest spaces
aboard ship. ,
' The Chaplain is also the ship's library officer. The
library contains over two thousand books supplemented by
paperbacks and reference books. An average of more than
50 books are checked out daily, with an attendance 'of be-
tween 50 and 60 men during the regular Working hours.
ln addition, the librarian distributes over thirty differ-
ent magazines to different parts of the ship.
Ship 's Chaplain
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With 10 corpsmen and two doctors, the med-
ical department is active 24 hours a day caring for
all those on board. In addition to general health
the department is responsible for sanitation, dietary
regulation, and medical education. Frequent lec-
tures are given throughout the year on first aid
and emergency treatment, with special attention
given to the care of the acutely injured.
This year, much has been added to and im-
proved in the department. In the fall of 1965, the
department was augmented by a surgical team from
San Diego, California, and a medical evacuation
team from Corpus Christi, Texas. The addition of
these many skilled personnel did much to improve
the combat readiness of the department. Hard work
and good purpose have given the ship a medical
department that all can he proud of.
Dr. W. H. Brigance Dr. A. L. Cervino
Row One, left t0 Tight: Luedke, J. E.g Pellicia, R. A.g McKin-
ney, W. D. Row Two: Fairbanks, R. B.g Ragland, R.g Scho-
field, L. E. Row Three: Peterson, W. D.g Adams, M. L.g Col-
linson, R. J.
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For as long as men have put to
sea in ships, the art of celestial
navigation has been practiced. To-
day the Navigator, assisted by the
Quartermasters, is able to main-
tain an accurate plot of the. sl1ip,s
position by visual and electronic
means as well as by the use of
the celestial bodies.
The Navigation Department pro-
cures, maintains, and corrects all
hydrographic and navigation
charts and publications and is re-
sponsible for the safe, passage
through whatever waters the ship
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J. D., Foxworth, D. W., Lance, J. W., Lettieri, R. Three: Landron, M. A.g Jacobson, J. G., Rowe,
Row Two: Worthey, W. T., Flood, R. L., Kozak, D. H., Roden, T. J., Cobb, J. M., Bomnes, D. G.
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Planning and coordinating the many different
operatlons of the VALLEY FORGE is the complex
task of Operations.
Composed of 19 Officers and 121 Enlisted men
and divided into five divisions, Operations com-
piles weather information and intelligence reports,
supplies radarmen, radio operators, signalmen,
and photographers, and provides the specialists
needed for the maintenance of the ship's electronic
Naturally, since the main job of any U.S.
NAVY is to carry out an assigned function or op-
eration, the Operations Department is always in-
volved and always busy.
Since our ship carries embarked helicopter
squadrons and marine batallions, it is Operations'
Job to know when and where these troops will be
The typhoon season in the Pacific provides
another job for Operations, that is tracking the
storms, evaluating their intensity, and making rec-
ommendations as to how they might affect our
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day's navy molds another important task for the
radiomen, signalmen, and electronic technicians.
The various radio shacks, in addition to "main
comm", must always be manned and ready to re-
ceive andfor transmit a radio message, be it un-
classified or top secret.
The signal gangs must keep a watchful eye for
visual communications, be it by signal flag from
the flag hoist or by flashing light. A
Of course, the complex radio transmitters, re-
ceivers, and radars are not infallible, and when
they break down the electronics technicians are
always ready to lend a capable hand and a special-
ized mind to get the equipment back into working
order in the shortest possible time.
The most fascinating element of this depart-
ment is CIC, or the Combat Information Center.
With its complex radars, it provides information
on everything from a small fishing boat to an un-
identified plane approaching from far overhead.
With air-search and surface-search radar, close-
control and height finder radar, UHF direction
finders, and ECM felectronic countermeasuresj
equipment, the men in "combat" keep always a
watchful vigil to insure our ship a safe passage.
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A D VISIO
OA Division is composed of men from three
offices. They are the Weather Service Officer, Pho-
tography Lab, and Air Operations Office CHDCE.
The services performed by each office is of par-
ticular importance to the mission of the ship.
The Weather Office provides meteorological
services for the ship, marine and staff units when
embarked, as well as for ships in company. Services
provided include routine and special surface and
upper air observations, forecasts and flight weather
briefings, advisories of heavy weather, and clima-
The Photography Lab performs all photo-
graphic requirements for the ship. This work covers
from the boiler rooms to aerial photography and
from VlP's to orphans of many nations when on
board for a visit. Assistance is given to other units
without photographic capabilities. When marines
are embarked, the photo lab facilities are at their
The Air Operations Office is responsible for
the coordination and scheduling of all flight oper-
ations from the ship and control of all helicopters
and aircraftoutside a three-mile radius. During an
amphibious operation, Air Operations runs the Heli-
copter' Direction Center fl-IDCJ which coordinates
and controls all helicopters in the amphibious objec-
tive areaqduring both the assault and support phases.
Division 0 icer
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Row One, left to right: Faragi, G. N., Amerling, C. P.g Langstaff, Roney, J. W., Evans, W. L., Ridenour, J. P. Row Three: Rearick
R. A.: Amerman, H. K-2 Souders, W- R.: Richardson, C. A. Row C. O., Woods, E. W., Marvin, L. D., Clover, E. J., Cherry, S. C.,
Two: Hurley, L. E., Meek, D. R.g Potts, W. D., Lighty, V. K., James, J. E., Erickson, L. E.
OE DI VISI 0
To OE Division's small group of highly trained
technicians falls the task of insuring that the Oper-
ations Department can perform its assigned tasks
On OE Division falls the responsibility of in-
suring that the complex radar systems, radar re-
peaters, and associated electronic equipments lo-
cated in CIC and utilized for air and surface search
and air control are operating at peak performance.
Another responsibility are the vast communica-
tions systems, utilizing the many radio transmitters,
radio receivers, teletype terminal equipment, and
cryptographic equipments that are on board.
OE also maintains the electronics systems and
equipments used by the aerographers for monitor-
ing and predicting the weather, and also the equip-
ment used by the Navigator for determining shipis
position and depth of water. Also maintained is the
infrared signaling equipment used by the signalmen.
Surely it can be said that MOE supports the
Ens. J. E. Shaw
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Gunn, J- T-5 Queen, R. D. Row Two: Paulson, E. H.g lillalyldi, J.
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The mission of CIC is to keep command,
control stations, and other ships in the
force informed of the tactical situation.
This includes the location, movement, and
identity of friendly and! or enemy air-
craft, surface and sub-surface vessels, and
In addition, CIC assists the Navigator
in fixing the position of the ship through
the use of the shipis radars.
The general functions of CIC are: Col-
lection, Display, Evaluation, and Dissemi-
nation of information and the Control,
when designated by the proper authority.
Display is accomplished by means of
various tactical and strategic plots and
Evaluation is the process of weighing all
factors bearing on a tactical situation in
order to extract all essential information
necessary for a sound tactical decision.
Dissemination is the distribution of the
information collected displayed, and evalu-
ated, to command and control stations.
To perform CIC's assigned functions, the
use of modern electronic equipment by
trained officers and intelligent enlisted per-
sonnel is required.
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R One, left to right: Jarriel, K., Koch, M. L., Ellett, H. E., Mc- yan, D. A., Board, G. W., Sopher, T. J., Larsen, V. H., Selby, W. J.
Ph l, R. G., Fuerch, J. M., McAmish, C. L., Wells, D. E., Tigh, Row Three: Butler, D. A., Kempcke, D. D., Devlin, R. W., Carr,
G E. Row Two: Lowell, R. O., Harris, C. L., Odey, C. G., Day- K. L., Thomas, E. J., Sigurdson, L. S., McGuire, M., Krok, P. D
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To be a radioman is to deal with the excep-
tional and the unexceptional simultaneously. ln the
course of processing the shipls message traffic, the
radioman may handle a top secret operational mes-
sage and the late reruns of the weekend football
scores within seconds of one another. In the course
of plying the technical side of his rate, the radio-
man may be able to hold a frequency for days, in
defiance of all the laws of wave propogation, and
then just as quickly lose it and not be able to get
it back despite all his efforts.
While a radioman's professional pride may
lie in his knowledge of electronics and radio trans-
mission techniques, a great deal of his time is spent
on much more mundane tasks. Messages have to
be typed, logged, filed, and finally, delivered.
Maintenance is a constant chore for OR Divi-
sion. While lying out at the end ofone of the cross-
arms of the mast, cleaning insulators on an an-
tenna, it is very hard to communicate with anyone.
All one can do is hang on with one hand and scrape
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Different parts of the radioman's world move
at different speeds. ln the message center there is
the constant drone of the teletypes and a chaos of
human activity as messages arelprepared for trans-
mission and delivery. ln the transmitter rooms
there is almost complete silence, the only popula-
tion being the tall steel-cased transmitters standing
on the rubber' matted- deck. In the evening on the
catwalk there is only the rigid line of the antennas
against the horizon, sending their invisible signals
over the silent sea.
Every job has its own touchstones. If the sound
of a teletype is not music, it at least has its own
rhythm. The slowing turning waveform on the face
of a convertorymay not be art, but it has its own
symmetry. The radioman's job has its particular
frustrations, and its own rewards.
Row One, left to right: Carpenter, L. W., Holman, D. E., Hoyle, E. L., Andreasen, F. M. Row
Two: Bailey, J. B., Lutz, J. B., Owen, R. B., Nardinger, D. W., Robinson, R. A. Row Three:
Burdett, R. D., Jensen, J. C., Dean, H. A., Van Fossen, D. L., Edwards, L. W.
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0 DIVI I0
Communications is the vital key to the com-
mand, involving the transmission and reception of
military instructions and information. lt is the
voice of command and the arm control, and without
it coordination would be impossible. We are pri-
marily concerned with visual communications.
As far back as 1776, signal instructions were
issued to a squadron of ships to harass the British
in the West Indies. These were the first instructions
issued to naval ships by visual means. Even further
back in time, visual signals were employed by the
cave man to warn his family of dangers. From an-
cient to modern times, visual signaling is of most
importance for tactical and administrative purposes.
Why use visual means when radio is more
effective in range and so far more advanced? One
answer is security. Radio waves are hard to control,
and they reveal the ship's position to the enemy,
while visual methods can be more closely controlled.
Another answer is that certain visual methods
are very accurate. Here the sender can be quite
positive that the receiver has the message exactly
right. Also, some forms of visual communications
require only the simplest of equipment-equipment
not likely to break down if the ship or unit should
take a hit.
The three main systems of visual communica-
tions are: the flashing light, using the International
Morse Code as a basis, the semaphore, using only
the arms in different positions fthe most rapid
means of communicationl 3 the flaghoist, which,
like semaphore, is a daytime method, but uses alpha-
betical flags and special pennants.
All these and others are vital functions in com-
munications. Throughout the naval service the first
and simplest mode of communication is still the
Division 0 icer
Ens. J. J. Sechler
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ThlS department provides both the supplies necessary to keep the ship operating and the services so important to
the welfare and morale of the crew. ' '
The Stores Division takes
care of general stores such as
office supplies, cleaning gear,
and all the repair parts re-
quired for support of ship's
equipment. Over 3600,000 of
inventory is maintained for
this purpose by the storekeep-
ers of S-1 Division.
The Commissary Division
IS-21 operates the General
Mess. The huge task of feed-
ing the 1200 men of the VAL-
LEY FORGE is nearly doubled
with troops and squadron em-
barked. This group consumed
an average of approximately
32,000 worth of food a day
during the cruise. To keep
"all stomachs full," over
3l80,000 of provisions was
carried in inventory in store-
rooms and refrigerated spaces.
The Sales Division QS-35
operates all the ship's stores
and service activities. S-3 has
spent long hours loading those
items of foreign merchandise
so popular in the stores. The
success of their efforts is
readily shown in the average
total sales of over 375,000
The S-4 Division handles
that most important morale
factor-PAY. With normal
Lcdr. J. R. Corn
paydays averaging over 372,-
000, over a million dollars was
paid in regular pay while the
VALLEY was deployed.
The Wardro-om Mess Divi-
sion CS-51 berthed and fed not
only the officers from the ship
and embarked staffs, battalion,
and squadron, but also many
visitors, transients, newsmen
and others embarked for spe-
The Aviation Stores Divis-
ion CS-61 maintains and ac-
counts for aviation spare parts
for the ship's helicopter and
embarked aircraft. Providing
parts required when needed is
a big challenge and an essen-
tial task when involved in com-
Supply provides logistic
support and services necessary
for ship's operations. Many of
these tasks are perhaps neither
as glamorous nor adventure-
some as those performed by
shipmates, but each is essen-
tial and contributes to the
overall teamwork required for
the VALLEY to do its job. In
carrying out their responsibili-
ties, Supply takes pride in do-
ing their job as the "business-
men of the Navy."
The General Stores division has the responsibility of
supplying the ship with general, every-day consumables, re-
pair parts for the various equipment on board, and if neces-
sary, the equipment itself. '
Behind the scene in S-1 many diverse tasks are neces-
sary. Stock Control and Financial Control are large Words
that encompass many areas. Under the heading of Stock
Control we find the operation and maintenance of-38 store-
rooms. Our stock control cards tell us where, in these store-
rooms, the 410,000 items carried can be found.
A dayis work in the storerooms involves over 200 issues
to the various other divisions aboard ship.
Just like in all family households, money and finances
are a problem. The ship normally receives between 360,000-
2HS80,000 each quarter to finance operations, and the budget-
ing of this money involves department requests, replenish-
ment of stock, and control of issues and receipts. Numerous
records and reports must be kept to facilitate the spending
that is done.
The men of S-1 work hard to get the ob done--both at
sea and in port. Our Technical Library is an area of high
activity throughout each Working day and many times is
open for business far into the night. lt gets done-efficiently
and effectively. Twenty-four hours a day, seven days a Week,
service is maintained by the S-1 Division, with a Duty Store-
keeper sleeping in the office at nights for emergency issues.
Row One, left to riglrt: Leising, P A.g Sedillo, M.g Booth, F. T.g R. D.g Battering, H. L.g Porter, R. B., Kossack, H J Ander
Clewette, L. A., Schrable, W. H., Reyes, C. G., Hanson, M. L. son, H., Grant, R. L. Row Three: Steffens, D C Buzzard
Row Two: Manders, R. A.g Jenkins, K. E., Harris, M. H., Exans, M. A., Landrum, N. B.g Hall, W. M.g Penson, A.g Slmmons W E
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supplying the ship with general, every-day consumables, re-
pair parts for the various equipment on board, and if neces-
sary, the equipment itself. 0
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sary. Stock Control and Financial Control are large words
that encompass many areas. Under the heading of Stock
Control we find the operation and maintenance of-38 store-
rooms. Our stock control cards tell us Where, in these store-
rooms, the 40,000 items carried can be found.
A day's Work in the storerooms involves over 200 issues
to the various other divisions aboard ship.
Just like in all family households, money and finances
are a problem. The ship normally receives between 360,000-
SB80,000 each quarter to finance operations, and the budget-
ing of this money involves department requests, replenish-
ment of stock, and control of issues and receipts. Numerous
records and reports must be kept to facilitate the spending
that is done.
The men of S-1 work hard to get the job done-both at
sea and in port. Our Technical Library is an area of high
activity throughout each working day and many times is
open for business far into the night. It gets done-efliciently
and effectively. Twenty-four hours a day, seven days a Week,
service is maintained by the S-1 Division, with a Duty Store-
keeper sleeping in the ollice at nights for emergency issues.
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Clewette, L. A., Schiable, W. H., Reyes, C. G., Hanson, M. L. son, H., Grant, R. L. Row Three: Steffens, D. C., Buzzard
Row Two: Manders, R. A., Jenkins, K. E., Harris, M. H., Eyans, M. A., Landrum, N. B., Hall, W. M., Penson, A., Simmons, W. 'E
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The Commissary Division, S-2, has a big
job aboard ship. Feeding the shipis crew
threeftimes a day takes up a large part of a
Commissaryman's day. Up at 0430 each
morning, the cooks and bakers have a
steady business until the evening meal se-
cures at 1800. Each day, the commissary
division feeds approximately 7,000 meals
to the ship's crew and embarked Marines.
However, this is only part of the Com-
missary Division's job. Cleanliness, sanita-
tion, and preparation of the meals takes up
most of the time left after meal hours. How
do 30 men keep up with this big job? Part
of the answer is the modern galley and
scullery equipment installed on the mess
decks. The VALLEY FORGE recently has
installed nine new cooking kettles, each
with a capacity of 80 gallons. A "First', for
the VALLEY FORGE is the unusual bak-
ing ovens installed last winter. These ovens
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are the largest baking ovens installed on
any ship in the U.S. Navy. They are cap-
able of baking enough bread and pastry
products to make the ship completely self-
sufficient, with enough extra to transfer to
less fortunate ships in company with the
Another morale booster is the new salad
serving lines which offer a variety of salads,
salad dressings, and fresh fruit and vege-
tables. The latest addition to the galley
equipment is the four new ice cream cabi-
nets. This allows each man to serve himself,
and make the Navy's favorite dessert avail-
able in large quantities.
The cooks and bakers of the Commissary
Division have a big responsibility to live
up to. The working hours are long, and
there is no vacation from the preparation
of food for the crew, as all commissary
personnel soon find out. ls the effort worth
it? It sure is, especially when crew mem-
bers come back for "seconds"
Row One, left to right: Evans, W. L., Dennis, M. L., Croston, Parrick, J. D., Redd, F. D. Row Three: Hesseltine B. R.' Sands
D. L., Page, D. W., Coltran, L. R., Sears. A. M., Hannigan, P., Smith, W. W., Leslie, R. G., Rodriguez, N., Scott, D. D.,
J. J., Lefko, K. W. Row Two: Henry, D. W., Shelton, T. C., Eades, S. J., Araujo, L. T.
Sparks, C. D., Branham, T. N., Thames, W. J., Greening, O. D.
Row One, left to right: McGovern, D. L., Hoof, W., Johnson, E. L.
Row Two: Jones, C. W., King, B. R., Branstetter, D. L., Miller, M. G.
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Every time a crew member gets a haircut, puts
on clean clothes, or buys a Sony tape recorder, a
set of skivvies, a soda pop, or a smoke, he utilizes
one of the services provided by S-3 personnel.
This division of less than forty men orders, re-
ceives, stows and sells some five hundred twenty
seven diiierent types of luxury items, seventy nine
kinds of candy, forty one dilierent clothing items,
and two hundred kinds of toilet articles and smok-
ing gear. In addition the stores offer approximately
one thousand different booktitles and one hundred
thirty seven models of hobby gear.
During the last Regular WestPac deployment, the
ship's stores and vending machines sold over 35360,-
000 worth of merchandise.
With just ship's company on board the barber
shops will give a minimum of 2400 haircuts per
month, while the laundry will wash and dry an
average of 10,000 pounds of clothing and gear
The designation of "Ship's Servicemanv is a most
appropriate one for the men of S-3 division who do
so much to serve their shipmates.
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Knight, J. L., Steward, A., Baughman, R. L., Dinero, Row Three: Hernandez, E., Phyfer, W. A., Bowie, L.,
F. A. Row Two: Brunson, R. A., Smith, B. L., Walker, Green, A., Dean, J. D., Johnson, K. M. 3,2
Row One, left to right: Cotellesse, R. J., Meiss, W. S., P. R., Sta. Elena, L. L., Taylor, T. V. Row Three:
Hayes, J. D., Kibit, M. R., Arenivaz, T. Row -Two: Gledhill, D. E., Olson, W. W., Hall, R. A., Johnson,
Stanek, D. L., Hatten, E. R., Peel, K. D., Berghuis, J. C., Davis, B. E., Jarred, H. D.
Keeping our shipmates, morale high is the funda- Divlslon offlcer
mental job of Disbursing. Some of the key factors
to the success of this job are insuring the individual
that his dependents are provided for and that he M w p M p,aaa,
has adequate insurance and savings programs to
meet his financial obligations. We also provide the
individual with adequate funds for travel in con-
nection with his military duties. Last but not least,
we provide the man with ample funds to go on
liberty for a brief respite from his respected naval
Some of the miscellaneous jobs performed by
Disbursing are to provide the post office with money
orders, store operators with change to expedite
their sales to the crew, and the conversion of for-
eign ports demands. V
On an average payday, the Disbursing Office pays
out approximately fB70,000, while total gross dis-
bursements for a month average around SB200,000.
When picking up money from a bank, the Dis-
bursing Officer, with armed personnel, usually "re-
turns with upwards of 3150,000 at a time.
The efficient Disbursing staff log many long hours
of service and endure the sacrifice of many liberty
hours to get the job done. But then again, you
should see the crew smile on payday. Ens G Z L ance
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R0w'0rre,.left to right: Butler, C. E.g Santos, N. R., Bauer, L. A.g Kapler, T. M. Row
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In the Navy a steward has a tough job, working
long hours. Their day commences sunrise and lasts
until after taps. .
Come morning, the cooks are up first, and by
reveille the watch section is busy preparing break-
fast for the seventy-five officers in the ship's com-
pany. When embarked with Marines as many as
two hundred officers may have to be fed at each
meal. This means two sittings, and no sooner does
one group finish eating than another takes their
place. After the morning meal there are rooms to
be cleaned and linen to be changed.
The wardroom is home away from home for the
officers. For decor there are several trophy cases
filled with the "USS PENNSYLVANIAU Battle
Service. This elaborate one hundred sixty-one piece
silver service was fi gift from the state of Pennsyl-
vania to the. cruiser, PENNSYLVANIA. The cost
of producing this silver in 1904- was more than
325,000 The VALLEY FORGE acquired this serv-
ice when the PENNSYLVANIA was used as a
"guinea pig" during the Bikini bomb tests.
Lunch and dinner are served through the com-
bined efforts of the division. A somewhat over effi-
cient steward can prove that the hand is quicker
than the eye-shaazam and no plate! Following the
evening meal the air-conditioned wardroom is pre-
pared for the daily movie, including preparation of
the daily treat, buttered popcorn. After the movie
the pantry watch acts as a short order house by
preparing hamburgers and grilled sandwiches.
The great service given by the men of this division
have earned a well-deserved title of '4South China
Hilton" for the operation of the VALLEY FORGE
Division 0 ficer
Ens. J. L. Mancini
Row One, left to right: Thomas, C. E., Dela Rosa, I. D., Lorenzo, Abayon, R. S., Macaspac. H. O. Row Three: Bascos. C. L., Del
V. C., Garner, C. A., Martin, J. M., Taitingfong. J. S., Felipe, Rosario, M. M., Eusoof. I. B., Maniulit. R. R., Abayon. A. S.,
J. F., Bacud, B. S. Row Two: Winston, R. A., Enriquez, S. P., Bantigue, J. S., Rivera, F. T., Reyes, S. Z.
Angel, F. M., Poblete, E. C., Arevalo, A. M., Dela Cruz, M. D.,
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The S-6 Division, or Aviation Stores Division, is
the smallest division in the Supply Department
with an allowance of five enlisted personnel. How-
ever, we carry the largest money value of supplies
and repair parts, over 31,500,000 worth to be exact.
The S-6 Division's function is to furnish support
of supplies and repair parts for all helicopters at-
tached to the VALLEY FORGE. One helicopter,
known around the ship as '4Bearcat," is assigned to
the ship on a permanent basis, plus twenty four
additional helos are normally aboard with an em-
barked marine squadron.
S-6 personnel, Aviation Storekeepers, handle the
receipt, stowage, and issue of all aviation material
received aboard ship with the exception of aviation
The 3800 various items normally carried in the
six stores accounts are distributed throughout the
ship in eight storerooms. The items carried vary 'in
size from small nuts and bolts to complete engines
ready for installation in the helicopters.
In addition to the repair parts, a wide range of
items for the crew members is carried, including
flight clothing, helmets, shoes, and sunglasses.
Division 0 icer
Ens. H. D. Bennett
Row One, left to right: Ratchford, C. R.g Reed, F. E., Kutz, R. B.
Row Two: Pritchett, D. R., Kautz, D. H., Heth, R. A.
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Dec. 1964 - Nov. 1965 Nov. 1965
Cdr. U. M. Meek
Bosun's Mates, Gunner's Mates,
and Fire Controlmen are the three
enlisted rates that keep the Weap-
ons Department in a high state of
readiness for any situation that
might arise. The 200 oilicers and
men of the department have been
faced with a variety of tasks from
fueling minesweepers or being
ready to "rig for black oilw in the
middle of the night to defending
the ship from attack or expedi-
tiously loading troop ammunition
under adverse conditions.
The responsibilities of Weapons
are wide and diversified. To under-
stand this, you have to travel from
the fo'c,s'le with its anchors to the
fantail with its 5 in.f 38 cal. load-
ing machines. You have to descend
to the seventh deck to see the
ammunition magazines and then
climb fifteen levels up to the for-
ward gun director. When you get
off the ship and observe her from
a liberty boat, you can see about
6,000 square feet of the ship's
sides that are cleaned and pre-
served by the Weapons Depart-
ment, without forgetting that the
boat you are in is a product of the
hard Work of Weapons personnel.
It would be incorrect to View
Weapons just in the light of its
Work. Weapons has led or partici-
pated in all the ship's recreational
evaluations with as much vigor as
they have attacked their Work. Our
relatively youthful department has
provided a lively spirit in the ward-
room, the ship, and on liberty.
First, Second, Third, Fifth, Fox,
and G Divisions all have given an
equal share of effort and all have
received the respect for establish-
ing a record to be proud of.
Cdr. T. M. Bogart
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lst Division, consisting of 33 men, is responsible for
the seamanship evolutions required to moor the VALLEY
FORGE to a buoy, to drop and take in the anchor when
anchoring, and to handle number one, two, and three
mooring lines when mooring to a pier.
A secondary requirement is the operation of the for-
ward starboard fueling sponsor from which underway
replenishment is conducted, including the receipt and
transfer of fuel oil, aviation gasoline, stores, ammunition,
and general cargo.
Additionally, the division has the responsibility for the
operation of the Bosun's Locker for the issue of all
rigging gear, tools, and cleaning gear. Also, this same
locker, the working space for the splicing of heavy Wire
and repair of life lines. The Sail Locker, where all canvas
and leather Work is manufactured and repaired, is also
The upkeep and appearance of the Quarterdeck, the
area where all visitors and dignitaries are greeted and
where all honors are rendered, is also a First Division
responsibility. Other spaces for upkeep and general main-
tenance include the Fo'c's'le, Bosun's store rooms, for-
ward Officers Country, gear lockers, living compartment
and the ship's bell located on the Forecastle.
Lt. L. A. Morgan
Row One, left to right: Skare, P. J.: Huffman. J. W.g Lucas, Gracia. J. Row Three: Young. J. M., Likens. T. P.: Farrell. J. F
R. H.: Washington, J. L., Olson, L. E.: Wilson. W., Tyler. J. B.: Dillard, L. A.: La Clare, G. S.g Atchison, J. E.: Glasco, J
Powers, T. C. Row Two: Moses. J. F., Teixeira. D. E., Wilson, Webster K. C
R. Lg Stewart L. A., Blue L. V., Pittsley T. J , Lucas H. L.'
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Second Division, largest division
in the Weapons Department, is
comprised of the sidecleaners and
boat detail. The Sidecleaners main-
tain the preservation and cleanli-
ness of all the ship's sides and
most of the island structure. They
are a hard-working group of sail-
ors, who work from dawn to dusk
while in port, and keep in physical
shape by climbing stage lines from
the water line to the Hight deck,
all day long.
The boat detail maintains and
operate the ship's boats. There are
three 410--foot utility boats aboard
the VALLEY FORGE. Each has a
capacity of 75 personnel. We also
have two 40-foot personnel boats
and a 26-foot Captain's Gig. The
Port and Starboard motor - whale
boats bring the total to eight.
When anchored in a harbor, the
boat detail works 24 hours on and
24- hours off to transport liberty
parties and ship's supplies to and
from the beach.
Second Division also operates
the ship's incinerator and paint
locker. Most of the men's time at
sea is spent standing ready Watches
on the emergency lifeboat, which
is manned on a 241-hour basis. One
of this Division's most important
duties is the manning and opera-
tion of Mount's 52 and 58. These
single 5" X 38 mounts are located
on the port side of the ship and
account for M4 of the shipis total
Ens. G. A. Ganun
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Third Division personnel are seen and
heard daily by most of the ship's company.
They pipe reveille, pass the word, call the
day to close at taps.
During onloads and offloads they can
be seen working around the clock by the
B and A Crane. The 1457 fueling station is
kept busy throughout the WESPAC deploy-
ment and is professionally manned and
cared for by this small but busy group.
At liberty call, ship's company departs
by the after brow or port accommodation
ladder which are another part of Third Di-
visionis responsibilities. Although trash and
garbage are dumped daily from the fantail
while at sea, this space is kept smart and
well preserved for all to enjoy. The officers
pass through still another of Third Divi-
sion's spaces each time they leave and
enter the wardroom. i
Third Division carries their share and
are a small but essential unit of the
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Fifth Division, or Fighting Fifth as it is known
aboard the VALLEY FORGE, is responsible for
the shipis main armament, which includes two single
mounted 5"f38 caliber guns to port, and four
double mounted 5" X 38 caliber guns to starboard.
These 5"f387s are the main stay of the Navy's gun
arsenal. They are dual purpose weapons capable of
firing as many as twenty rounds a minute against
surface or air targets.
It is almost beyond the grasp of one's imagination
to think back along the development of weapons
from the cave-man's club to the guided missile of
today. The delicate and complicated guns and their
associated equipment aboard this ship are a product
of the refinements of this development.
Our story begins near the middle of the thirteenth
century, when Friar Roger Bacon gave the western
world its first useful formula for gunpowder. About
the same time, a Friar Bertholdus, attempting to
convert mercury to gold, added Baconis ingredience
to his mixture. The resulting explosion blew the
top off his kettle, repeated experiments produced
the same result and thus evolved the principle of
Early guns were crude and unpredictable, often
more dangerous to the gunner than to the enemy.
Ltfjgj H. A. Breard
Their effectiveness was not so much in damage, but
rather the noise, smoke and flame which frightened
the enemy. Powder used to be mixed on the spot,
then ladled into the gun, today our powder is ac-
curately mixed, measured and encased. No fuses to
light as in days of old, but electrical sparks or per-
cussion hammers fire our guns. Stone, bronze, lead
and iron balls have been replaced by bullet like
projectiles. Canister and grape shot have given way
to fragmentation shells. Range of fire has increased
from a few hundred feet to nine miles for our
Guns were used aboard ship as early. as 1453,
but less than 200 years ago Naval guns were fired
at point blank range and aimed by maneuvering
the ship. Today we do not even have to see our
target, and we can bring our guns to bear on any
point of the compass independent of the ship's
As it would be hard to detail the development
of guns, so, too, it would be hard to detail all the
duties of the Gunner's mates of Fifth Division.
When, and if, our decks are ucleared for action,"
our 5"f 38 battery will be ready, and it will be so
because of the knowledge and efforts of the men in
the "Fighting Fifth".
Row One, left to right: Marcks, R. C., Lynch, M. D., Carter, Louque, G. A., Gann, V. D., Gorton, T. W., Sandegren, D. L..
J. B., Pierce, L. E., Pike, L. F., Lee, N. T., Huber, R. E. Row Row Three: Cox, L., Ramos B., Aken S. A., Smith D. D., Nim-
Two: Ellig, J. M., Locke D. B., Jenkins T. C., Duncan, M. E., mo, C. A., Alston, C. A., Schneider, J. J., Christianson
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Plot set . . . Plot solution . . . Air action starboard
. . . Commence firing!
The rumble of the ship's gunnery main battery
swings around at the aircraft's future position.
Every mechanical and electrical device goes into
action: intregators, multipliers, differentials, arbi-
trary correctors, 3-dimensional cams, function gen-
erators, linkage computors, servos, follow-up mech-
anisms, and radar. Compensations have been made
for errors both by man and nature.
This is the Fire Control Technician's job: know-
ing what each unit does, how it is done, and every-
thing else that will get the projectile at the right
place at the right time. Much information is needed
for a task such as this, including ship's speed, ship's
course, latitude, longitude, apparent wind, true
wind, average effective wind, target speed, target
course, target angle, height, and rate of climb. Also
necessary are director train, director elevation, and
Ens. I. W. Pugsley
Thus Fox Division's mighty contribution to the
ship's fighting efficiency is accomplished.
At lax times there's always preventative main-
tenance and upkeep. At other times, when equip-
ment is out, the day does not hold enough hours.
The efficiency and training of a team such as
this is the responsibility of the Weapons Oflicer
assisted by the Ordnance Officer and Fox Division
Fox Division is comprised of two batteries, or
systems: the gunfire control system MK 37 and the
gunfire control system MK 56. These systems are
under the direct control of Ens. Pugsley, Division
Ofiicer and Fire Control Officer.
At sea, the fire controlman's day starts at 0615
with what is known as a transmission check. This
check insures the operation of the director, com-
puter, radar, and the gun mount itself.
Irregularities in systems and daily checks of the
systems are made each day and recorded for future
This then is the never ending job of the Fire Con-
trol Technician. Responsible yes, but most reward-
ing for the defense of our ship.
Row One left to right: Brummett, D. I., Kirk, K. E., West, P. R., Oneal, D. E. Row Three: Babor, J. M., Tatom, G. T., Mansmith,
Berry, G. T.g Muns, P. S., Burg, L. E., Loewen, R. E., Jackson, D. M., Roberts, J. L., Schnyder, G. C., Mciliwaine, J. W., Bal-
R. H. Row Two: Benham, D. C., Fornes, G. M., Cockrell, J. K., lard, J. D., McLaughlin, T. M.
Young, A., Moore, M. F., Towle, M. R., Benjamin, J. M.,
Row One: Kolosick. J. A.: McFeeters. J. R-9
Prasol, E. J. Row Two: Blum, R. A., Young,
H. E., Gillert, J. P.
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"G" division is part of the ordnance section of
the weapons department. Itis maj or responsibility is
the procurement, stowage, and safety of all the
ship's ammunition. With the journey to Wespac,
this job is doubled by the addition of all the basic
Marine L-form allowance, battalion allowance, and
Marine squadron allowance ammunition. Coupled
with this major responsibility is the ship's armory,
and it's assorted duties includes sentry training,
small arms stowage, cleaning and maintenance of
small arms, and break-out for the "guard of the
The day to day routine of the crack HG" division
team centers around the central stowage area for
all ammunition, the magazines. Magazines must be
kept thoroughly clean at all- times, free of dirt, dust
and any combustible. Their temperatures must be
checked daily to insure safe conditions of stowage.
The conveyors and elevators leading to these maga-
zines must always be in a state of good repair, as
wellias the hoists which carry projectiles topside to
the various mounts. These and other duties are
essential to the ship's condition of readiness, and
are the sole responsibility of the HG" division.
Ens. P. S. Sweet
Operating in Westpac, yet another duty is thrust
on the back of the ship's armory, that being am-
munition breakout for amphibious Marine- Navy
operations. Coordinating with the combat cargo
office, "G" division is ready 24 hours a day to get
needed ammunition from as far down as the seventh
deck to the flight deck in ia matter of minutes.
Using muscle as well as hoists, boxes and crates of
Marine ammunition are sorted, carried and pallet-
ized into ready "external" helo loads for the sup-
port of Marines ashore. The job does not end with
"break-out," for just as important for the safety of
the. ship is the process of 'cback-load." This is the
return of unused ammunition and it's ready stowage
below decks as soon as possible. The hundreds of
varieties all jumbled together in the haste of evacua-
tion must again be sorted, safety inspected, and
This then, is the "G" division aboard the VAL-
LEY FORGE, concerned primarily with ammuni-
tion, and its safe handling, but also involved in the
training and orientation of all hands in the use of
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Hall, J. W., Perry, D. L., Hayden, J. H., Moore, D. K
Row One left to right: Connolly, J. T., Rader, G. E., Beckes, McSparin, R. L. Row Three: Cierpisz, F. A., Mingus, G. R.,
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January was a unique month because the VALLEY actually spent the entire
month in Long Beach, except for getting underway fahovel for a few days of heli-
copter operations. However, it was not a month of slack for the crew, as the personnel
inspection fhelowj indicates.
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LEY FORGE participated in the largest
peacetime Navy -Marine Corps exercise
ever scheduled on the West Coast. -
With VALLEY FORGE as the backbone
of the assault, over 30 ships participated
in Operation SILVER LANCE, landing
30,000 troops on the beaches around Camp
Pendleton, California. The VALLEY
FORGE alone launched over 1,000 Marines
by helo to inland points behind the beaches.
Th1S CXCTCISC, combining the principles
of V6l't1Cal assault and regular amphibious
landing, fully demonstrated the high capa-
bilities and battle readiness of the Amphib-
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On March 5, during SILVER LANCE, we received orders to proceed immediately to Hawaii. Arriving at
Pearl Harbor early in the morning on March 13, we found the traditional hula girls absent. Instead, on the pier
were tons of supplies, ammunition, aircraft, and Marine personnel waiting to be loaded aboard. The crew worked
around the clock to remain on schedule. Upon arrival in Okinawa, we off-loaded the Marines and their supplies and
on 28 March we set sail again, this time for Yokosuka Japan. Arriving on 30 March, we off-loaded the aircraft and,
after a short upkeep and rest period, we set sail for Long Beach.
april 1965. . .
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Enroute from Yokosuka to Long Beach, the VALLEY FORGE sailed in company with the USS O'BANNON
QDD 4501. Because of the destroyer's small capacity for fuel, she had to depend on the VALLEY for refueling. As
these photos indicate, the sea didn't offer too much cooperation, and many emergency breakaways were required be-
fore fuel could Iinally be transferred.
The twisted, broken fuel hose indicates that one breakaway came a little too late.
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ma 1965. . .
fAbovej Early in May, Chief Berry QRMCJ , who was retiring from the Navy
after many years of dedicated service, and Capt. Conatser conduct a personnel in-
spection in Long Beach.-Friday, 14 May, was the day that the Command of the
Amphibious Forces of the Pacific Fleet changed hands aboard the VALLEY FORGE
while We were moored at North Island Naval Air Station in San Diego. fBelowJ , Capt.
Conatser welcomes Vice Admiral B. F. Roeder aboard.
fAbovej Vice Admiral J. B. Colwell relinquishes his command
to Vice Admiral B. F. Roeder, who fbelowj gives his acceptance speech
to become the new Commander Amphibious Forces Pacific.
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une 1965. . .
sAgain in June, VALLEY FORGE made a uquickn ferry trip across the Pacific
with ammunition, planes, and the ever-present Marines. Departing Long Beach on
241 May, we arrived in Yokosuka and, after one day, weighed anchor for Okinawa to
oil-load our cargo. Returningfagain to Yokosuka for 10 days upkeep, ship's com-
pany took advantage of the many available tours. Some went to Kamakura to see
Daibutsu, the famous bronze Buddha Cabovej, while others visited the Imperial
Palace in Tokyo fbelowl.
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The Tokyo day tours were good . . .
but the night tours were outstanding!
Twenty-six ,luly was a special day for the
VALLEY FORCE, a day when not only
her. sailors put to sea but their families
and friends as Well.
Approximately 313 dependents reported
aboard for a day of adventurous priva-
teering. They were entertained with air-
craft elevator rides, helicopter landings and
take oifs, demonstrations of fire fighting
and gunnery equipment, and by anti-sub-
marine operations provided by USS KEAR-
SARGE CCVS-335, which cruised along
with VALLEY FORGE. Musical entertain-
ment was furnished by the ship's combo.
The privateers dined on filet mignon
and lobster and were given a complete in-
spection of their ship during the 7-hour
lt was a day that will be long remem-
bered by young sailors of tomorrow among
the families and friends of those who serve
aboard VALLEY F ORGE.
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fabovel, a more formal one was paid by Rear Admiral R. B. Erly and his staff for the ViALLEY's annual Admin-
istrative Inspection. fBelowJ, one of the staff members conducts a ship's company personnel inspection.
august 1965. . .
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A heavy smog provided the background for the ship's 23rd Change of Command ceremony on 7 August. Capt.
R. O. Madson relieved Capt. C. N. Conatser, who has since reported for duty on the staif of Commander, Naval Air
Forces Pacific, in San Diego. Following. a ship's company inspection fabovel , the command of a mighty ship changed
Also in August, the Miss International Beauty Pageant was held in Long Beach. Many of the beautiful con-
testants were honored with having escorts from the vast trove of handsome junior officers from the VALLEY FORGE4
Turnabout is fair play, and thus the ship was honored when Miss Chile, Erika von St. George, came aboard for a
first-hand glimpse of the power of the U.S. Navy.
31 august 1965. . Ol
This is the day that the crew had long awaited, some with happiness and others
with dread. We had arrived at North lsland Naval Air Station in San Diego the
previous day and were in the process of again loading Marine squadrons with their
F-LLB "Phantoms" and A-44D 6'Skyhawks" for transportation to Japan. However, this
would not beljust another "ferry" run. This was it. This was the big one.
and so it began
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P Marine Medium Helicopter Squadron 261, better
known as HMM 261, and commanded by Lt. Col. M.
B. Porter, was stationed on. the ,VALLEY FORGE
from12 October 1965 to 6 January 1966.
Composed of .53 officers and 187 enlisted, HMM
261 had an interesting and impressive history built
up upon reporting tothe ship. '
Stationed at MCAFtNewlRiver, North Carolina,
the squadron left on 18 May 1965 and flew to
MCAS El Toro, in southern California.
On 29 May they climbed aboard C-135's which
took them from warm southern California to not-
so-Warm Elmendorf Air Force Base in Anchorage,
From here, C-135's transported the squadron to
Kadena Air Force Base in Koza, Okinawa, for 3
Life was great at Kadena, but the going became
a little rougher when 261 traveled by pickup 'truck
to MCAS Fatima, also in Okinawa.
Scenic travels and comfortable quarters 'soon
came, to an end, for on 21 June 1965 HMMH261
was flown to that popular Vietnamese resort area
known as Da Nang. Here the squadron drilled
themselves into combat readiness for the inevitable
day when they would go into action against that
Viet Cong. -
That day soon came, for on 8 September, the
squadron shifted to the infamous Marble Mountain,
6 miles outside Da Nang, from which they flew
logistics support and trooplift missions in support of
the South Vietnamese Army and the U.S. Marines.
Their operations included Operation HStarlight,"
c'Piranha," and 'cMidnight,,' the latter being the
first night helicopter assault in Marine Corps
While headquartered at Marble Mountain, they
also flew search and rescue operations out of Quang
Tri, the northern-most air base in South Vietnam.
After boarding the VALLEY FORGE, HMM 261
participated in- Operation's "Dagger Thrustf' "Har-
vest Moon," and "Blue Marlin." U
Flying the UH-341D 'cSeahorse" helo, HMM 261
carried over 4 million pounds of cargo and 12,685
troops on various missions against the Viet Cong.
On leaving the ship at Cuh Lai on 6 January
1966, HMM 261 had logged in over 7,000 hours of
flying time with only three helicopters lost in com-
From April through July of 1962, Marine Me-
dium Helicopter Squadron 362 was deployed in the
Republic of Viet Nam. Hence, 362 was the first
Marine aviation unit in Viet Nam.
Returning to Santa Ana, California, the unit then
became the West Coast transition squadron, train-
ing Marine fixed-wing pilots in the fine art of "Wop
The 'cUgly Angels" resumed the tactical role
when Lt. Col. James Aldworthitook over as Com-
manding officer on 1 June 1965. On 11 October,
the squadron departed from San Diego, California
aboard the USS PRINCETON QLPH-55 for the new
helicopter facility being constructed at Ky Ha, near
Chu Lai.'After flying ashore on 1 September, all
hands turned to the effort of building an air facility
out of red dust with the rest of 'Marine Air Group
The squadron lived in pup tents for the next
week before moving into 10-man tents for the next
three months. Wallowing in mud, feeding first on
HC" rations and then on the most primitive types of
cooking, flying every daylight hour for months on
end, and doing without such luxuries as electricity,
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"Ugly Angelsn nevertheless retained an irrepros
Involved in Operation's, "Blue Marlinf, '4Black,
Lerrettf' 4'Hiep Duc," and "Harvest Moonf' as well
as the conventional day-to-day resupply of outposts
medevacs, and troop lifts, 362 accumulated nearly
5,000 hours of flight time in Viet Nam.
On 6 January 1966 the 'LUgly Angels" were re-
warded for their perserverence when they boarded
the VALLEY FORCE as part of the Special Land-
From that time on, wonders never ceased, nap-
kins, running water, real beds, and clean decks
were only a few of them.
After a short rest in Subic Bay, it was back to
the war and Operation "Double Eaglef' where the
ship and squadron performed admirably.
Throughout the tour aboard the "VALLEY," per-
sonnel of HMM 362 were continually impressed by
the 'efficiency and competence of VALLEY FORGE
officers and men, who evolved a genuine fighting
The mountainous terrain of South Vietnam.
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Spare ammun1t1on 1S always close at hand if needed.
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The "Dogpatch" sector of Da Nang.
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The best form of International Relations.
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One of the memorable sights of our
cruise was the size and majesty of
Ah, goin ,Iapan,s famed Mount Fuji.
ln spite of typhoon Warnings and heavy fog, we slipped into lwakuni, Japan
fabovel on 15 September to off-load our planes, passengers, and Project Handclasp
material, which was destined for 'the under-privileged in Hong Kong, Saigon, and
Da Nang. Leaving lwakuni a few days hence, we made the 27-hour run to Sasebo,
one of ,lapan's busiest seaport cities, Where all hands took in the beautiful sights,
some recording them for the folks back home fbelowj .
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In Sasebo, the ship entertained a group of Japanese school children fabovel,
While the ship's hand fhelowj entertained any and all customers of the Club Black
Rose, one of our favorite night spots, Where many an 'cAsahi7' or "Kirin,' ended a
busy Work day.
Capt. Thomas R. Weschler
Captain T. R. Weschler, a native of Erie, Penn-
sylvania, was born on 21 December, 1917. After
attending the Cathedral Preparatory School in Erie,
Pennsylvania, Capt. Weschler entered the U.S. Naval
Academy, where he graduated in the Class of 1939.
Capt. Weschler has served in various interesting
positions. His first sea duty was aboard USS WASP
QCV 71 until she was sunk in 1942. By 19413 he
was back in the Pacific in USS SIGSBEE HDD
5021 . Capt. Weschler participated in the bulk of the
amphibious operations in the central and southern
Pacific areas during World War ll. When the
Korean truce was signed in 1953 he was on a
Korean patrol in command of USS C. K. BRON-
SON HDD 6681. Capt. Weschler's tours ashore in-
clude Post Graduate School at MIT in Fire Control
Ordnance, three years at the Naval War College as
both student and member of the staff, Personal Aide
to Admiral Burke for his first two years as Chief
of Naval Operations, and three years with the Spe-
cial Projects Office of the Bureau of Naval Weapons.
During this last assignment Capt. Weschler received
the Secretary of Navy Commendation Ribbon for
participation in the development of the Polaris sys-
tem and for getting Polaris to sea on time. Capt.
Weschler reported to USS MONTROSE CAPA 2121
in July of 1963, following his completion of a
course of instruction at the National War College.
On being relieved of this command at Yokosuka in
April of 1964, Capt. Weschler reported for assign-
ment as Assistant Chief of Staff for Plans, Opera-
tions and Training, Amphibious Force, U.S. Pacific
Fleet. From here he assumed command of Amphib-
ious Squadron Three, and was deployed in VALLEY
FORGE from October of 1965 to early January,
1966 in command of the Amphibious Ready Group.
Awarded to Capt. Weschler have been the Ameri-
can Defense Service Medal with uA," the European-
African-Middle Eastern Campaign Medal with two
Bronze Stars, the American Campaign Medal, the
Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal with seven Bronze
Stars, the World War II Victory Medal, the Korean
Service Medal, the United Nations Service Medal,
the Philippine Liberation Medal with two Bronze
Stars, the Navy Occupation Service Medal f,Europe1,
and the National Defense Service Medal.
Captain John D. Westervelt
Captain John D Westervelt assumed command
of Amphibious Squadron ONE on 2 December
1965 Born 1n Philadelphia and reared 1n Massa
chusetts he graduated from Tufts Colle e with a
Bachelor of Science in chemistry prior to entering
the Navy Following commissioning in 1911-1 h
served in the Mine Force for several years His first
tour of duty was as Engineering Officer of the USS
IDEAL QAMG 851
Subsequent seagoing duties mcluded tours as
Executive Officer of the USS HEROIC fAMC 843 '
Commanding Officer of the USS REVENGE QAM
until he was transferred to Norfolk V1rg1n1a as
Staff Secretary and A1d to the Commandant of the
Fifth Naval District A tour as Commanding Officer
of the USS NEWMAN K PERRY QDDR 8835 was
followed by assignment to the Mme Warfare desk
1n the Office of the Chief of Naval Operations
Suceeding assignments have all been with the
operating forces first 1n the Far East on the staff
of Commander Amphibious Group THREE then as
Tra1n1n Officer for Commander Fleet Tralning
Group next as Commander Landing Ship Flotilla
ONE followed by duty as Chlef of Staff for Com-
110Jg Executive Officer of the USS CAPTIVATE
CAM 156Jg Commanding Officer of MINE DIVI-
SION 135 Executive Officer of USS R. H. MCCORD
KDD 82255 and Commanding Officer of MINE
Following this succession of sea tours he reported
to the Mine Countermeasures School in Panama
City, Florida where he served as Executive Officer
mander Amphibious Group THREE. It IS from th1s
duty that he assumed command of Amphibious
Among Captain Westervelt's awards is the Bronze
Star which he received as Commander Mine Divi-
sion 13 for minesweeping operations in the Formo-
Col. John R. Burnett
Colonel John R. Burnett, Commanding Officer of
the Special Landing Force, was born in Boston,
Massachusetts and graduated from Bridgewater
State Teachers' College with a Bachelor of Science
degree. He first enlisted in the Marine Corps in
1937 and was commissioned a second lieutenant in
After a one year tour as an infantry officer, Col.
Burnett attended flight school and won his Naval
Aviator's wings in 1942. During World War ll he
served in the South Pacific with VMF-214, first as
its Executive Officer and later as Commanding Ofli-
cer. He also served in various staff billets through-
out the Pacific area.
The post-war years found Col. Burnett serving in
China with VME-533 QNJ and as an instructor at
the Marine Corps Schools in Quantico, Virginia.
During the Korean conflict Col. Burnett was
Commanding Officer of the First Marine Air Wing.
After graduation from the Marine Corps Com-
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mand and Staff College in 1953, Col. Burnett once
again became an infantry officer. He has served in
Various assignments since then: Battalion Com-
manderg staff billets at Headquarters Marine Corps
and Ll7'TULANTg Comanding Officer of the Ma-
rine Barracks at Argentia, Newfoundlandg and
Deputy Director of the Eighth MCRRD. Prior to
assuming comand of the SLF in October of 1965
he served as Chief of Staff of Task Force 79. He
was promoted to his present rank in 1959.
ln addition to numerous campaign medals and
unit citations, Col. Burnett lists among his personal
decorations: the Distinguished Flying Cross with
two starsg the Air Medal with ten starsg the Navy
Commendation Medal with the Combat 'cV,'g and
the Purple Heart Medal.
Col. Burnett skillfully directed the Special Land-
ing Force in the amphibious raids from the
VALLEY FORGE from late October to early
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On 12 October 1965, Batallion Landing Team
2X1 came aboard the VALLEY FORGE in prepara-
tion for amphibious operations against the' Viet
Under the command of Lt. Col. R. T. Hanifin, I r.,
BLT 2X1 has won acclaim in recent months for its
raid-type operations in South Viet Nam. These raids
were the first battalion-sized raids to be conducted
since World War 11, and the first of their kind
fcombining amphibious assault and vertical envel-
opementj in history.
A Battalion Landing Team is a task unit built
around an infantry battalion. Such a battalion is
composed of four rifle platoons, one weapons pla-
toon, and one headquarters and service company,
consisting of an 81 mm mortar platoon, a 106 re-
coilless rifle platoon, and a flame thrower section.
To this basis, several specialized units are at-
tached to provide support. The BLT's artillery fire
support comes from a battery of tanks and other
types of fire power. Also attached are amphibious
tractors, an engineer shore party, reconnaissance
party, and motor transport units, all of which per-
form their specific duties vital to the eflicient oper-
ation of the BLT.
BLT 2X1 has participated in two major opera-
tions since its arrival in the Southeast Asia area in
early September. The Marines were charged with
the responsibility of keeping the eastern portion of
Viet Cong-held Highway 19 clear in support of the
U.S. Army's First Cavalry Division's landing at
The BLT then conducted three separate raids in
ten days as part of Operation UDagger Thrustf,
destroying Communist emplacements and man traps,
uncovering supply caches, and inflicting numerous
casualties on the enemy.
While its assault elements were still ashore par-
ticipating in the third of these raids, BLT 2X1 re-
ceived orders to a position from which it could
have assisted in the evacuation of United States
citizens from Indonesia, had the crisis in that coun-
While operating from the VALLEY, BLT 211
played the major part in Operations uDagger
Thrust," and '41-larvest Moon," performing in the
highest traditions of their proud Marine Corps
.lust after dawn, the ship would go to General Quarters and the helos, loaded with troops, would
begin their continuous runs toward the beach. V
Practically before the G'bird" had set them down the troops would head for cover, wondering
what they would find but prepared for anything.
Disembarking on the beach, every man had the Viet Cong uppermost in his mind. A
However, the Marines always seemed to be pestered by another enemyg the infamous Vietnam mud was everywhere
The Marine's job was to seek out and destroy the Viet Cong.
But, many times he had trouble segregating the good guys from the bad ones.
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On Sunday, 24- October, over eighty members of the faculty and student body
of St. lVIichael's College in Papanga toured the ship and presented a program of
Philippine folk music and dances on the hanger deck of the VALLEY FORGE.
The ship was well-rewarded for our hospitality when the troup turned the
usually-busy ifl elevator into a stage on which to present their program to an in-
terested VALLEY FORGE crew. The national dance is the utiniklingl' where the
dancers nimbly step back and forth between bamboo poles being slapped together.
Below, Cdr. Pepper shows everyone it isn't really that hard. Any scars on those white
A highlight of one of our
visits to Subic Bay was the
arrival on board of Admiral
Roy L. Johnson, USN, Com-
mander-in-Chief, U.S. Pacific
Fleet. Admiral Johnson was
' escorted on a brief inspection
tour of the ship before de-
parting by helicopter on still
another leg of his visit among
other Seventh Fleet Units.
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An emergency landing by a Marine helicopter of HMM' 261 near the remote Filippino fishing village of Lucky
Beach on the morning of 28 October brought up an unusual situation. The villagers naturally gathered around to
talk, and, when the crew chief pulled out a bandage for a sore on a little girlis leg, the Word spread and soon it was
necessary to fly two doctors in from the VALLEY to tend to all the sick from surrounding areas. Departing the next
day, we knew that a highly successful people-to-people program had been carried out.
While in Subic Bay, VALLEY FORGE entertained a throng of 195 Filippino
Boy and Girl Scouts from the Bataan Institute and Dinalupihan Elementary School
of Bataan on a guided tour of the ship followed by Catholic Mass on the forecastle
and lunch with the crew.
January saw us again in Subic, where the VALLEY's crew enjoyed the usual
good liberty, but not without a Captain's Inspection to assure everyone's uniform was
in keeping with the high Navy standards.
Manila, the "Queen City" of the Philippines, provided more liberty for the
VALLEY. Sites like the old barracks on the island of Corregidor in Manila Bay make
many a serviceman proud of the heritage behind the uniform he wears.
t While -conducting carrier qualifications one of our Marine helicopters lost
power shortly after take-off and crash landed in the water some 100 yards abeam of
the ship and immediately sank. Attempts by a sister helo to rescue the swimming
crewmen were unsuccessful. A VALLEY FORGE lifeboat crew quickly .retrieved all
three crew members. None were injured. This quick lifesaving tactic is a source of
comfort indeed to all who flyoff the ship. e -
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but elsewhere the "Corn State" is making itself known.
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High grass seems to offer this Marine the best cover.
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Punji sticks," sharpened bamboo contaminated with feces and stuck in the ground caused extreme pain for many.
Letters from home temporarily allowed the Marines to forget their problems.
One holds a hand another a foot, and still another a bayonet as prisoner is searched.
Happiness is two captured Viet Cong.
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others were taken to various points on the beach for interrogation.
HH0pe deferred maketh the heart sick!
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Hong Kong - The Pearl of the Orient!
Central district of Hong Kong as seen from "The Peak."
Top photo: "The Sea Palacef floating restaurant. Bottom
photo: Refugees from Red China prefer to live as "Squat-
tersi' here rather than behind the Bamboo Curtain.
Many Hong Kong gals reminded us
of our sisters at home,
"Dagger Thrust" became a common term on VALLEY
FORGE throughout the major part of the cruise. This
term, the code name for many of the ship's amphibious
raids against the Viet Cong, meant long hours of hard
work for the whole crew as the ship kept up the hectic
pace of war. During our amphibious landings hundreds
of the crew gave blood so that their comrades-in-arms
might live. A ' g . , .
The top of the previous page shows a typical flight
deck scene as Marines are loaded into helos during a
landing, while members of the South Vietnamese Armed
Forces are shown at the bottom after they were trans-
ferred to the VALLEY in preparation for one of the
earlier raids. During one landing the shipls sickbay made
room for a family of Vietnamese civilians, some of whom
had been wounded. Above, a little boy, scared but unhurt,
is carried in the arms of a corpsman, while below, his
grandmother is carried to the casualty dressing station
for treatment of a leg wound.
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The Wardroom provided the setting for the celebration of the 29,000th helicopter landing on
VALLEY FORGE. Above, lst Lt. Otto, of HMM 261, the pilot of the bird, cuts the commemorative
cake and fbelowj begins the distribution of the low-calorie UD delicacy with a piece for Capt. Madson.
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Even though Christmas was spent at sea during operations off Vietnam, VALLEY FORGE took
time out to properly observe the most hallowed day of the year. Church services on the hanger deck
plus a veritable feast in the Wardroom and General Mess eased slightly the pangs of homesickness
experienced by all hands. Special holiday menus were distributed fabovej , while below Capt. Madson
prepares to sample one of S-2 Division's greatest masterpieces.
As the number of miles and meals mounted, so did which almost all hands "turned to" in one way or an-
the number of VALLEY FORGE's underway replenish- other. In these photos, USS SACRAMENTO QAOE-lj
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oil to beef was transferred during the many 'cunrepsn in and VALLEY FORGE by highline and helicopter.
While operating off Vietnam, VALLEY FORGE played the perfect host to mem-
bers of all major civilian news media from the United States fabovel . Also, an offi-
cial visit was paid the VALLEY by Vice Adm. J. J. Hyland, COMSEVENTHFLT,
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Operation DOUBLE EAGLE, the largest amphibious
invasion since the lnchon landing in the Korean War,
saw VALLEY FORGE again playing the major role, with
13 other ships directly involved, some of which can be
On the second day of the operation,
before fuel installations were completed
ashore, the VALLEY pumped over 27,000
gallons of aviation fuel and JP-5 to over
200 aircraft in a 15-hour period, which re-
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vious pagej. Customers during DOUBLE
EAGLE included helos from Army, Air
Force, Marine, and Navy units. All Army
and Air Force aircraft departed the ship
with a red anchor painted on their fuse-
lages, indicating carrier experience. On one
occasion, the red paint can went dry and
an Army pilot refused to leave until the
supply was replenished and his aircraft
received its red anchor. Refueling became
so popular on VALLEY FORGE that the
fuels gang had a flag made with the abbre-
viation "ESSO," which of course stands for
"Extra Special Service Only."
LATE ARRIVALS TO...
Navigator Operations Officer
Cdr. K. W. Sharer Cdr. D. A. Wente
O i Assistant Air Officer
Lcdr. L. H. McGlone
...OUR WESTPAC CRUISE
Assistant B Division Officer
Ltagj T. F. Feeney Ltagj L. F. Warnken
S-5 Division Officer 5th Division Officer
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During the last month of our cruise, besides regular duties, ship's company
took up the task of erasing six months' operational wear from their home-away-
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cruise, one pensive sailor answered, "How to paint. You name it, I can paint it."
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Three times in 1965-1966 did VALLEY FORGE enter the port of Pearl Harbor, Hawaii to gaze
upon both solemn memories and a beautiful, modern culture. The island of Oahu gave us much to
remember, well-demonstrated by the native beauty fabovej and internationally-famed Waikiki beach
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