Valley Forge (LPH 8) - Naval Cruise Book

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QQ--' '--H'-jjj,-ij-l-'--jrj - ,--.,.-,..--.,,,, ,.,, ,, ,mn A H N M M-,,,,,A,,,,,A-,, ,L,ml4 Sgr, e -LN Yi., ,4..,,-,.-- W .......Y....-4.- 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- ation Forces.. 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. Commanding fficer September 1964- to August 1965 apt. . . Conatser Us 1 ffufiwi ' fl ffl J XY, y, or -sw , X- f a .- , 1 f 5 1 fy 1' I f f- ff - , ,,. 5 iff W 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 Operations. 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. Commanding Officer August 1965 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 of 1964. Executive icer 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 of 1944. 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 January 1966 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 century. 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 o 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- tle area. 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 Korean War. 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- an attack 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 FORGE. 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 envelopment. 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 California. 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. s 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 . . that she and Task Group 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 A 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. 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Q rim' x-:rx f , sm if ,W x Z gg. ff 40 53,5 ,f f , ,, N: Jn t wg Q2 X, t ,V , ,QE ,,,M,cif,f w f W f f, 'f f, f x 4 'x X ff , hf,4,,f x ff , ,4 . , f, QSSQQFX Qs f f we I f, wxxs 5 X X X ' :WWW ,ey . ,QXNN xg 1 x X , vii I f Z Z SSRN ff 1, , S ffffy xr NW!! 'xl ,fx ' g N 'XSS Xxx f dw K 1 :xxx S AW x NN Y Q X Fm I9 KQQQ ,f The primary function of any carrier andfor 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 Air Department. 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 fgasoline crewl. 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 profession. Air officer Cdr. D.L. Smith Assistantflir Ufficer Aircraft Handling Ufficer JM ,, Lcdr. L.D. Quamme Lt. D.F. Garrett 13 1 Division 0 icer Division 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 ff l Ens. A.B.M. Lopez 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. l l BUT YOQlgflfllOi":Tt6Mf3.RwXG T 'TW-XE NEXT EMD ml Qt-MEF I X .-ff - k g ss- H --iiifL,1,sT l In if ,z- ' 6 1 ' p fgZf',ff 2 X xiiifwl :X jf X r j X g l "lQ5,.o.5'.7f I 5 4 X 2 E ........ it 'B X' 'UI J il,-3533-,H NR WVVQ uv f ,, ,W J, - ,. XFLT lf' ""' " l -.':Q:f1f3fj'J' 'I fkw-A , . SM .rfwf g 1 i Xl' ' , ' L-,,-,-.4 xii ' " ,I -. is W- .....- -ve ... V V V f, W. .. . , w o Row One, left to right: Garner. C. E., Pudvah, R. A., Jardee, J. L., Prezioso, J. J. Row Three: Danforth. M. R., Lund, D. A., Hohner Kisselburg, C. A., Alexander. W. E., Anderson, D. E., Briggs, J. L., Pond, M. N., Burkhart, B. H., Fasano, A. F. V. Cole, H. R., Cleveland, G. W., Shackelford, F. W., Boykin, T. E., :f ,- 0 ,, .-sa... ,f ' -,,,, f 2... X , X X f if 6 i n ef X Z X W K 2 -if ff e 2 Row One, left to right: Henry, W. F., Bickleman, D. J., Wagner, T., Risner, R. R., Shaw. J. W. Row Three: Hydock, J. C., Butler, J. A., Dawson, M. H., England, J. D., Feezle, R. A. Row Two: Pear- G. R., Hatcher, J. A., Smitherman, J. A., Young, A. J., Marietta, SOD, J. B., Spitz, J. W., Johnson, J. R., Spitler, A. H., Fitzpatrick, C L., Smoot, B. E., Ferguson, P. C., Lockhart, P. B. 15 Gregg, J. K., Kato, J. N., DeWitt, D. J., Hargraves, B. R. Row Two: G. W., Akins. R. A., Bothel, D. F., Leyva. J. H., Reed, H. E ', '7 V-3 DIVI I0 ' Division Ufficer ! 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 station. 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- ending cycle. 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 Division. ' 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., U ' 5 iggumixfgi .wmnqtm A N- x aged 2525331 N ,LJ GEEK' . og 6 Q 50 903 Q Q Q 'Q 112-f-vo Q Q Q-23.10 f- 0 ',,,..-qv 17 V-4+ DI VI I0 Past Dwlswn 0 wer 1 DW'-swf' 0 wer "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 of TNT. 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 refiners' art. ff 4 er., -. M41 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. r , ,T ---- -vi- 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 crews. 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 operators. A Division Officer 4 i Ens. G.A. Felgar r Citi? 4 C. . ' fl' tu" j!J:J 3 "1--4444...-lx . , Q ,lltll y N? 'arva , ,y n QW r fl W' g 4 'fvmqfi f fi S fig' at 41, my Q Q i i I 1' 35 5, tv . I..." V ,Q 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. DETL 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. Lcdr. Moyes and Lt. D.G. Zunilel l I I l 1 ' 5 f- - 7 Alf'-131 'T A V A ' .7 1-!:.1,. If i fr ,af V i, -f y ' xl f --were -1 X , . .- f 255 . 1 f ' ,ff ,525-. 'Q FS . ' I T '7 Q Q lg ' X' 'Ml' e E N I - 3, aff? " - N V'C e' 7:1 'A 11 R f 'Q t f- Ill s . e ' f 42's Q' 1 ' .J a ' Afffg' N I J I f ' i r A' 1 65 ' I '-5. ,- ' D' N 4 'Tl 'il l Uedcgll fl g -1 Q YE, xx ll,-1: f 46 ' L , ,, " s ' 2 I ' -, s. 'f' ,' - "fam - G' ' i QQ. Row One, left to right: Lahmeyer, H. A.g Wash- ' fx L Q. ington, T. L. Row Two: Hunting, K. G.g Dayne, A . 22 R. W., Jr. , V I , ,jf U M li W ii I ,il ,jr Z W X f I fx ,Q , I, xw f Q 1' . ' J' I , fs VZ , N V QW fy Q x x X' QQ , ,WA Q A , ,, M f Mg.. Q X f if fr ,ff x 5 q - 1 ' Q . x0 gg A f g W THE PRELUDH TO ACTION 13 THE womc of' THE ENGI'NE Room DEPA RTMENT A i,5Z,IJRgA1.LgfQ0E CQMMANDmzmfCHm? BArxLE QSJUTLAND X956 ff 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 themselves. G Engineering fficer Cdr. T. Miguel, .I r. Damage Control Main Propulsion A dministratifve A ssistant A ssistant A ssistant N' Ne.. - 1 f , A ,g i Lcdr. J. M. Ruesch Lt. D. E. Ritchie Ltqgj R. K. Lindsey A DIVI I0 Division Ufficer Ltfjgj E. K. Rosendale it f 3157 fy pf xxRW . l lb X 99' M i XX V! alglvia skr X X f A 2.. K X - 2 fa. ,Ti S l f fl' gif' - ,' - W4' 'f" V ......,..,1 f V, i 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 oat engines. 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 morale-affecting equipment. 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., 27 B DI VI I 0 Division Ujficers i 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". I L 55625 sg x X 6 5 u ASF x X OUTHINK H IT' 'T I T' T EF mil u"4C" 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 J 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 30 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, . . , 31 Divisionf Officer 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 enjoyment. 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. Division Ufficer Lt. N. C. Wettcstead Ens. B. D. Ladendorf T z K . I N V it 21 iw i I s I ' in J ,X R n 1 i33+5iif-- -fr 4 in fi'P':i:---gR"...i ffm rf 0 X 221-1 1 J f 5 Q. Q Wane.-'Eu Xf 9 X PM if N: 1 NN . . . - . - ' ' C. L.' Rod- Z . h : T , D. RJ P 11 , C, L,, W strxck, G. C., T. E., Surgeon, B. E.. Row Three. Schuff, R. .E., FIIZ, I , l-zlllgjbg 122115-lf, llijllnijllayse, B. Al Igzllu Two: Hainilton, H. E., riguel, O- A-S M01'aHd1Y11, D- M-S Date, J- T-Z DIHOH, M- J -Q Lenz, Tul- 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- 34 iv' P 4 I 2 i F , i I 1 v Q 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. -,....llGLfff- XX K' A- fill M 1 .R . 15 .,....-I .S WGS we SMFH 35 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 the best. Division Ufficer Ens. R. S. Jones T l I l r V 1 s 9 3 E l P -d 1 N. MQQKWSQQ H "AwRlGHT 'flf We GO1' To Z4j,7?.4g5X --' """ vi' Hhuz' 'I7'nr'fy KMo'1'S Ou'I' Q3 Q OF yo., name 16000, lg ' . 214W , M S 5 'iff' b e, 4 9: Ku I FH , 1, ,. . fc f LJ ,ff 'j ' xanax. X-,L -:ja-C., ,K 1q,f ..,. 0 , N-2 gp, E w . C, xt ,vr If f .,6W.5?5q- fl, K UY1 lm. I -A-E?.d. Aug' W I f M 'wif 7ifiEff5i"i'e + - X ,.w'31'f v,iE?'j'i f,-guna Vf x Q A -' .AQQ ',, X ,, f'!f2 ', 3 3 ,"if" "MEM X X ' fsa'.wF22: FEW X MM F' f QW an-want 5 xt' I 1 ' ' h : M' ' k,' N. E., M' h d, Grindle, J. L., Strickland, J. F., Stewart, R. A. ,JlmL.p'Eo1Jf1J3ll?: M., Lllllrlgford, T. A. ,lCI:i:h, Row Three: HHHCY, J- D-Z HUESUIS, D- R., Rob- 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 38 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 Duewiger, R, D. D1ffeY, 0- E- 39 X wav 1 ,, , i Division Ufficer Lt. Bi. D. Penner 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.', 40 ' 22 4 g 4 nad - ' ' ., J 1 ' C l , xv ' CJ s 2 Y Division Officer uf L xxbx x Ens. R. P. Carberry S I W v f W WhERi3 Ye " I n r f ,,. K n in . X X , fu F- 1 A- 95'-3 N Z f if , 4 E -f 7 'E 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. 41 U B r s 4 1 3 9 Q, Y ADMI I TRATIVE SSISTA T l Lt f G. T. Frazier 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- vice records. 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 education program. 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 personnel. 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 ' ' - Q ' ,' -Q 1 - -v , - -, . ., ggms, J. R., Poert h, C. W.R Th :B d ,D.G.: lgilgoi C-A f:0IlEi1l1gh,JWbIf?-3 Rollins, R. E. Row Two: Glover, .G. L., Patin, J. E., Audirsch. B. Overy, GtiwS., Q?i3azanllclo,rTiuJ., Grig- V0, -, eff, - -, Rlllg, J. J., Odenthal, R. E., Wilhelm, non, M. A., Dawson, J. E., Simmons, J., Tribbey, L. E. 44 I 1 I I I I I I I I I I I I I I I I I I I I I I I I I I I I I I I ' I I I I I I I i I I I I I I I I I I I I I .i 1 AD I 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. ... Officer-in-Charge Ltf G. T. Frazier ff ' 'fvt goo 5-SQ I 7" 3, 1, - 1flX f 92.-,rf . ll' A W4 dx! 5 qv illl llllvxifllll ,vw J U sl-Mfg ,L .Y X.....,.. ll ' 65' ' ft . f Nafyi 4 0 .64 i PERSONN 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 personnel. 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. Officer-in-Charge Ltf M. R. Wennekamp , -youu-I cqjmd if 2" oven" gang, TH! pl Qamsfwns - 'X RUSH A - x'i:'?' 0 A in yi? ' ' xl 1,1 I A "' ,ln O X V lf 7 l 4,1 NX 2,4 1 Jfl " 'T ff 1 ,SMITH wa s' . T "J 440 ll ll i Y, if l i I i I l 1 l I l v I lm r l i 1 3 x I l l I r Q l 3 1' I CAPTAIN' OFFICE 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 secret correspondence. I Officer-in-Charge cW0 4 G. W. Skoldberg , C, Th y bn T ET Qlke 5 7 - Q t 'X Q'5"v" O L 0 su Z, X! 1 ff f , EDUCATIO AL ERVICE OF ICE 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- vices Office. Officer-in-Charge Ens. P. J. McCarthy T aw usa? 1' COD A-"' ggi-1- I 25' sig' J - f i' . '5 l snlllfll n -as we q LEGAL OF ICE 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. N 'lt .... tr-T nv.-rgszx-if W0 PUBLICI ORMA I0 E 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- tive publication. 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 Ye - 9 - 7 and Ray Weidenaar, all Seamen, staff the PIO office. "'f. Ufficer-in-Charge ..and'4"""'W"'? Lcdr. J. M. Ruesch .I . 2? Jw ! , Q- " r 5 ' Q . "' ni 'f . J ,- 'M-n..,, I! WL' ' Ea ...Ll A f .., lv, T A-:H -. xg o '-ml L f tfs il " "a "C'-f L- f F A7 is Q ' 1. ami x AZ at .. I "1-,tr .555 ,YH 1 K i I I r n I V l 1 C0 BAT CARGO Officer-in-Charge A ssistant The Combat Cargo section is composed of the Combat Cargo Officer, the Combat Cargo Assist- ant, and six other enlisted assist- ants IUSNJ. 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 the ship A Capt R B Mlckey fUSMCj SSgt ,I W Smlth IUSMCQ 7' Ffffstf 1 .J QW 9fQ?XQS ki V bc? ol ., 1 sq " ni ff: a 1 R '0 A la N . r gk , ' lla' . aff f y, ---l C' lu T X - 9 I C l,'5 lk, if ' r " u - "Wu W F' I I 7 1 L l X Xxxfsi A fl xg xl ,. ll , X , y yppu y 4 . -Vi A - E MA T ER-A T -ARM Y W W- , 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 discipline. 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. T 1'-Ol-0 YOU om: -ro W QET R Q If 1 HQIR CUT, lr' 1 A li I I I x 2 , DQ! ii ' 5' I -I ' vb- :. K lf, Inf' Q5 'ms M" In -X in J :.1' A H' , 1 if' ,Spas 15? K 9 I 1 -f N'C7:"f'f?-. 'Q . N.. ca fi' e p N-f gf sl 8 , G NLG.. Q SYMTH u'6'l POST OFFICE , as A7 -gi: P 1 -IA .xx W SHITH WGS use PRINT SHOP VXQYRNT w .jj ,A CHA PLAIN' FFICEC 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 Lcdr. ,l.A. Davis ag. Z Z a s ef KG-fb ffl. "after X , ' ' 1 f a f f .' lll 'il . lfl'lWif'l , l1f p 1 . S- ff 11' u " -5" - ".- - 'S MEDICAL 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. 56 v 5 I , , l l l u 1 F ,ij l I l I r I L s "5:"i1-- THE SHQT . ll' TT' 22 .2f2f,. LNz 5 ' gl- Q lfflgsji-41:aa1l jp K -fb ,N X 0 ' X,-X, ol Why -X X-' 1 X Q 4 A -V 1 9 f ' kj: ' . 'Z A ,o N. I X -ig, 4 f X HX? ' tk ,Eg Q ' xfx fi X 3 0. f 1 ' - S Q f y f 1 f ' f f ,,..6,Q" ff m XXV!! 1, frK,,"1r f 5 Surgical and Evacuation Team l I i Dr. D.F. Thomas 1 i l Dr. P. H. Broadley Dr. R. E. German Dr. J. A. Dekrey 58 V If ,mtv 1 X uw xx XE-NX xxf ff XS Q xw,,.,,,,,,,... f -nn Navigation Department cwigator dr. M.T. Lulu 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 may travel. l ? U y , DIIIO F 1 4 1 vo Q 0 O Dwlswn Uffzcer J 3 F . K .J M k -a . I Q s Q . Q S J - J 1 J S L 7L71lnfmfq,,Wll A, 2 ml! ' '41 " -1 Jinx bob 6 Dx, ' M! lift' 31- us, -M ' Ens. M. J. Mills 2 l l I . Y J - 1 i J Row One, left to right: Eberhardt, W. M.g Hurst, R. A., Famulare, C. A., Flowers, G. W. Row 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. I I 1 n H ow e.ov-'xen lF You ig! STU!-:lgS0 N 'iff THE QER Reno f ffwemomf K QS QAPrrnusT9? fr' X gpg.f,loNi,Q'-,,, .. frN?gsjgggn4- , 'W 5 U Wkk fivff '. , fl Q Q L sa 0 f f 7 5 m f I Dx,-2 X X , Q K9 E i ff l. "' J Z if' 1 X fl QE I ' , C: XWMW 3, ' f mln' 'ig 'wuz HSP :mtl-N L A -f- Ttnlelltf -E l . . 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 equipment. 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 moved. 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 ship's movement. The complex communications systems in to- Air Uperations 0 icer Cdr. W.D. Smith peratwns icer av-"""fI Cdr. H. V. PEPPER 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. Communications Officer Q Lcdr. K. L. Sterling ,L A ssistant A ir Uperations Ufficer Maj. P. U pschalie f USMC j CIC Officer Lcdr. K. R. Haas ,W,,,,, NN..-, I Wh I be x f ' -NW 1. ..:w-M., H X Commimications Operations Traffic Officer Administrative Officer V t Lt L D Bartlett Lt F R Herbert Meteorological 0 ftcer Lt F M Ivte U I I O O O 0 ' f 0 5 S E , 'S 7 - x X ,,,,,,, If f ,,f,,, A -1 ' V I X ex . ti 't', L . f 1 'iw-W XX? f-it W '--K t 4 5 V q 1 o K ' ' O I O 2 ' ' W, -1 Assistant Radio Officer CIC Officer LtfjgjL E Lybarger Ltfjg C G Coleman Tung-ku Chaco CIC Watch Officer Toffi' "'iZ" L ncoln blond Parocel ls Triton Island SOUTH CHINA SEA ldcdl N Dgnggy Mu Dmh NGIUKOYI U ,Q gg ,cub S Co-vu! F OF SIAM Conson spam me d 'IPO lf' Swuuw nn: MW K "' ""' N somfo ALAY -JPVIU 7 990 Q Pulau lun I9 'on Dun!! 'EN Kv-'HM Nlov lungwun ALA Anmnboi J I LUMPUI r ff-I ,rg we 5,g.,.,, Vg Shi 5 go Pulau :ma- Lt D C "o" Harper 3 a ummm 1, :aqua I Q O . 0 0 0 0 I uuu vu ff - - , - V : C 52:55 'ffiif 3 A s 005 V . ll i ' ' ,, X r 51.63 ' Q 5 f es: - : of ew C O my on V ' an . Q5 ' fag? , xo Mui ds- n A f K hmm ' yy I Buns Amboyna Cay agp f C 5, . zin l ,Q .- 4 ' as V V 'ham' O 2 if .9 N I o V ' F u an I , f ' M V' . A . V FA V .5 rn.. --. xu f N J 'Q vi' f Y L .D , K v 7 ' ':- . 6? X-1.4 A . won -' - ,, . 4 ff ' I . 'gb' 1 ,. ,J O 0 " .' , . ' qw I" sw.,-' , Ill 'Lin 3 - .. ff- Photo Officer Registered , A ir Intelligence Officer Publications Officer ,dilfaln W X Ens. R. A. Ortiz Ens. J- F - Dorsey CIC Watch Officer f I M Mm 1 PHILIPPINE 'F' UZ 3, 0,4 -.M PHILIPPINE , CITY 8.ros.ao n M ' s 'U"'w., X Cufondoones I 'df V, X f nsumos 4. mei, S , Pvwmf , 1: N071 x 1 S DT.. O A 60. ' Cf,','f"f., ' ' P lou Is f , ' J nor www 6 0 , ,- L mlu .b si C9923 l:-auum 'IO N l . 0 Somoml la A ARCHIPE LAGO Mo Am 'W x 0 , . V zo p 'sad Mant I I ' g ' ni cflfafs SEA .O so-533' ,W O Mm, 'IUOQKQ l Mofdge 1 X 0 KG' 'Atv ,.,, -,M...,Q5HAWmA Eng, M , W. Pope I 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- tological summaries. 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 disposal. y 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 Ltfjgj W. M. Smith I 4 i I I l l l E I 1 l l 1 f 3 n E 4 i F i l l l ,.1 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. UL. G6 grrzxn-'1 if-' Axim! C., Al 7 Q 71 ,Operations Department. 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 and mission. 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 Division Officer Ens. J. E. Shaw Row One, left to right: Zeits, A. W.g Shelly R. Hn M h M I - Gunn, J- T-5 Queen, R. D. Row Two: Paulson, E. H.g lillalyldi, J. -1liaC0bf0Y1,..l- P-S Hllmall, P- A-S H0gg, J. W. Row Three: Binder, ' -lv Bolleaui R- J-S W0lf, K. A.g Christian, W. 1.3 Kotora, M. P, Q i N3 ch QE V 4,712 a f ' , QR L f 2 , r " 0 If 1 " r J ?aE'gQ2g'l' 0 Q ,Q ?g'.'Q3" 'M -.gi I E ,- f awe ? , -J f gg-, 1437 ., - fl: gli , 5" 6.5 ia 'S Q .-.1 it ...., ,T- .ltz g ,QGQES OI DI ISI 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 missiles. 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 status boards. 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. Division Ufficer Ens. J. A. La Fleur 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 W L 'sqm if F?nlm.9.gZ' L I fx qc? ll . Q, 55 ,TN 3" V' EZ 1- ax 1 A 7 Jsvxrj. Il - I1 I JSXVJ 69 --Q ' 1 3 ww 5 ee! ef X Ger e . .. 2-2 .. 7 L 'C G-in J' , is -2 -1 'JJQXK 'f"-j"'gi-- "'E"L"4 75 OR DIVI I0 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 with the other. t Division Officer Lt. J. E. Peterson 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. T a 4 Jff. Nxl, H-.L .,. 1 4 f 5 f' 7, s"' -'fir' i X OS! ,jfcff W' QE!-'RE1 'off N 'genie f W9 '. 3 3 ow x D it H gf ,ff 'VAQELLKY J X X I-roqew NE E E-RI X 59' l Row One, left to right: Scott, J. L., Hammerton, D. C. Row Two: Cray- ston, B. J., Counts, J. C., Martin, E. R., Hicks, S. Raw Three: Seward, .L H., Glidewell, D. B., Garrett, A., Mickel, N. P. GS we 77 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 most secure. Division 0 icer Ens. J. J. Sechler Q l E Row Oneyleft to right: Fitz, C. V.g Collier, G. W.g Batt R Coodwm W M Cocks T R Dunnavant L Row Two Alire, E. R.g Sansoucie, D. L.g Christianson, P. C.g Pele R D LCWIS R E i 1 44 i n A nr 4 os, .J , Ji? - X Q A U 4 ,H Y , x ' + i, A :J f P . fl iff F' l " M-16 -1 p-- Q is bigl'll1e1SS:cgply,nDXe1jRaI-rinlglf?tivghggombat Logistics Support Control Central" as it is known around the mess decks, 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 Suppl fficer 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- cial operations. 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- bat operations. 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." 1 DIVISIO 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. nw' K I x S I I r x 1 W 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 . , I DOI-l'T' QMZE xx: You 5 5. I -N--Wg mow ORDER 11' com? 1 K 1 C .IXS - Xxa :IS xx - ,ax ' Q : X .. :SNR ! X lr- . ' 1 7 . x. F X - f- .I gown M40 GET f, H , Wfffn Ar ' f f , aff- I, -5:5 X v vgff ffgigfxfg cfm . I Q uSERTE':T+oonc5 t A , .L.:iP.51:' - N ' ':::,T: 42' 4,., . , I I . Jxx, ,P ff? Q' I ' Q . -'if' rg X Qf K Wig, 1 7' ,, -H 1 'AT .fl fy. R E I . f EM. Q! ga Z, RM G W - -SVHTH VISIO 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. 0 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 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. ?,,,,,,,, , ,,,,, ,, "' Row One, left to right: Leising, P A., Sedillo, M., Booth, F. T., R. D., Battering, H. L., Porter, R. B., Kossack, H. J., Ander 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 I I pr gown' QMZE NF You jkfhy --A' Dt D'T ORDER 1T,COl'15 I L K gf g' xoowhx GET fl .W LJ S ,f as .Z We + ' R . . 'XCR J , 'I 1 - XR: Q 'Eff Gfrff 'L iff 24 R' use NO Home 6 A , x Q' Z5- h , -f-Ci' Q-.,, . , ' - F K'5' ' ' ' "1 f' v - L lx?- Vee! 1 jg! ff. . -NX 3' L :jS':.3Qf! W ' """" s 5 I 5 , A - fi -f A !",h ' 'i x' fu- ' R R 1.1. QZQEQ ' ,j g-aa.-Qc H'-'3""L -- - ,SVHTH S-2 DIVI IO 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 Division Officer Ltagj V. L. Pierce 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 VALLEY FORGE. 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" A E l l 1 I s 1 Y I E ! i l 6 I, I 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. 7 7 7 J V Now Q who wuz on compiamrf 02 lQU'Ow'l" UA Fo o cl 5,,Q,L'J ff . f ' f ,f I if o ,Y ,--1:-1 Wie? fr . I, if if ' mx ' MX 0 -7 x I Fx 9,v'n'H-K 2'lO-GLW W P v-IG. 85 t " s S 3 DIVI IO 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 per week. 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. 1 Division Officer LtUgj T. N. Beeman X ,Qffli ff . a f X .f K f ' l,,,f'1"""wl fp 1 il llxxxl A 4 l r f il' 2. ,Y xg ' .5Yll'I'I'i 2'to'G-6 1 f 1 Qu .V l ! 1 IK I N 2 Rayz One, left to right: Chauvin, I. P., Scott, G. E., V. L., Connes, C. B., Szumski, J. G., Elmore, K. M. 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 If ,. iw f ,rx I l ,V JV 1' V 'w :J l W 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. 87 .ii -4 DIVISIO 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 occupation. . 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 T wo Glllmgham G W cumella C. J., Mohr, c. G., Parker, M. W. R0w'0rre,.left to right: Butler, C. E.g Santos, N. R., Bauer, L. A.g Kapler, T. M. Row .',-...-,..-.- Q, -a -Li 'CN l'ilNuTE5 1 BEFORE' V 4 2 ,gg x x4 ij.. 1 Mfr Eg WINIO ,JE ,Rc , KN A - f5K Q15g-ELI 5 V 6 3 U' E , 9 JO 5 -----4 mmjlq V +A 30 , cj 0,58 2 N A 'QL . ff- . ik' 5 'fig L l A . QQQW, ' ' I 1 VB 5 5 1' 7 X ,jf g H 'fb W uv- U,-'. A uf' -- 1 .3 if . u , M , SYHTN-K, ' glib, 3 Qi-tl Xi El A -.1-1-:nn v-be Z G.-ii 1, 1.2 an S-5 DIVI I0 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 wardroom. Division 0 ficer Ens. J. L. Mancini 'B -N""': 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., You OON'T Suwosa AN YUM LouLO ddgf SOVIETHISSG 9 L-ll E Ti-MS VOR Flin IRTHOQY COMLO YUU- 1 GHIEFW y "' A WWC 1 1 r it I if J K "iii, B jj. fl Q . A, flklf A F 1 .f-.7 s-H-1 A 'LJ ed rf. 0 ,.,,., Lv -i'-.1 sl ' I fl as h, i ' .V Huff! Y vw, "lf W H 1 no H mx i. min S-6 DIVI I0 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 gasoline. . 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. 'lui 'H:e:'ji'5' ' ,kggsk 1 M -N ' 'FL' ff fl Wh 'RE N 'fill Q u -, 'E-f?5??E,',1:f.fjI . S H I N N," : 5 ' ,,, , -"':'1 H E CULT X V4 ....-.5 - 4 5 7 'LZ A J , ' K0 I OF QL ADES ? V, 1 - S ' ! 'T l LJ V- I . Q X O Qweyxviwrwqm-w,'4' P G ,fy ,. ,- Q A " -' .. . '-'L' P 'a QW X lb , mb-' -- ' ' ' fy, Tip, ' ' ! . ... 'rf N . "'1Kmn5 "if Sufi' V X' 45' v v ,Ja.A2,,y.' h A an 'ss V, ' ff fffff WI. , f I N ,,7W !Li I :xv A If ,: if - A: .s . M , 193 A I ' uf , .xiiei-JTf'V.fj-'w"75 , : : , W ,: xg' H" 15322 S"7'T,H 2-2O'c,f. Weapons 'Department E I 5 1 S ! Y 5 s E 1 Y I x E Weapons fficer Weapons fficer Dec. 1964 - Nov. 1965 Nov. 1965 Cdr. U. M. Meek First Lieutenant ,i,. 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 Urdnance Officer Lcdr. A. E. Demarest Lt. J- DF- Engelking DIVI I0 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 maintained. 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. Division Officer 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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A. 2N DIVISIO Division Officer Division Officer Ltqgj P. D. Reichenbach l T 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 fire power. Ens. G. A. Ganun I7Q:X v -'1 , 1 l apo ! 5 SIVIITI-1,51-.22-6.6, -e .ws ceeesg fA R xfigggag N I , HAHRGH. 51 i Row One lgt to nght: Demahy J Rogers R D Bodley A. R' B J " Benavldes D J Hennessy J Marlow J A Row Three P' . Y ' ' - Two' Nuels L Kil ore D L Spillers J W Los A T Johnson Srmth C R Drosche J C Burnett W D ma, J ,. ., Buatlsta, S. P.g Helnandez, R.g .Coleman GTE. Role Clzmimlaell, F. J.g, Allmentz H. A.g gtralnvn, M. 173.5 .SteiJhens, H. E. Row One.. Moore, D. J.. Rhodes, C. PJ Orgeron, G, R,g John- B. D.g Fitzgerald, H. E.g Walker, D. L. Row Three:AiVI.arAeGoft, son, J. R.g Harris, .l.g Lucas, T. H. Row Two: Vanselow, R. L.g EdW211'dS, D- E-3 Beall, H- Camenilfv 'v ex' T. D.g Noble, K. E.g Flinn, R. D.g Alvarez, R.g Lorenzini, ander, W- H-5 Furman, C- L-S H6Hdf1kS, M- J- - '99 100 3RD DIVISIO 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 VALLEY FORGE. r Division Ufficer Ens. F. J. Nyhan X, L A ! R 0 e, left to right: Hansen, D.g Edmaiston, D. L.g Todd, 0- J-3 Gleell, T- Row Thfeef Webb, G-S Malallg, OINIJ C RCHpfRSRT TC t B l LA .R.g rum, , ,g ofau, , , ow wo: . .gWai,D.W.g roome, L. W.g Dilavou, . .3 M t S D.g Silva, E.g Jackson, C. L.g Milligan, D. E.g Ramey, K. R.5 Reeves, R. E. K s, f EEE Q5L1d' nm cami! ,3aQb 7 ff DOSEN'T E gvs N' K QQ rug um osx. nu.'1r0uR me ,P K ' if "" fl LU 5FS,Q'!'l!4- -a a ff KN W 'l jf?" Q "1il-Q55f Ml ff , M x ,,4 a U xx 4 fm ,'A vOQ:m:2sf ' 'SWG --1, kj '2- saga: EU! lf - 7 l M - A X l , I G X A. "'7?fQ-f- ff fl , f I ,f T55 ffff 4 fi f lf f w l l XV f KI : fy D F ml sgfizll-I ' . '- i . 11' Nl C f 1 101 I li x m l l l 1 Q 4 S E 4 1 4 r 3 J i , l I l 2 , I 1 3 1 l I f I i 1 1 li 2 i Q I i l l , I . i I 1 1 1 5 v , K, , 1 1 i. l l QM f l .V1 T1 ri ' 53 'lz 1 . i . l K, ml 1 i , x r i i f L. f ey. . lil 1o2l H DIVISI 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 the gun. Early guns were crude and unpredictable, often more dangerous to the gunner than to the enemy. Division .Officer 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 5"f38's. 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 position. 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 1 ,4lf-'c':"P"ff7' Sw m145i',4fQf" 1'-E,-,K..ffff, S li-11-01-D - 5 THEM wif' :'?.':'Z I -, coorow QE , "FIRE moo - 'j,i':: n Q' RouNDS f f" if H VHW' A ' My , K 1' 4 s X A ,B Q - as IU J M he .9414 " 4immmmmAgl.l'ffQ,,, f tim WI. S , W 2 - D jQZfLwy,. ' "Yi A SYIITK -11-66 ,.I. D. 103 104 FOX DIVI I0 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 radar range. Division Officer 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 Officer. ' 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 use. 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. II II .I II II II 5, TI I II I' E I I I I I I I. II I I I II I I A u 1 I . I I I I I I I .i 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. M 5.1.92 may 05553. 8 ,......' I MS. lQ:Q,Q ,. 5 lf. ' J .ff J 1 f 'Z .IN ' i:'ff-f,,..z '-13: iff gi 3: ',-l'7-'-'Z-P..-.3-L-Q 3 U 'Af ' . itll? .V-:fi re W X' - taxi ix J'--QQ-,QQ SM-l-2-I-If-M 105 106 G DIVISI "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 day." 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. Division Officer 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 re-stowed. . 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 small arms. W 'i i l . l l A l 1 l ii I 1 4 1 I 4 4 I s F w w l i l .....J D. A., Scott, R. L., Wilson, G. W. Row Two: Howe, D. G 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., ' Moudry, R. W., Collier, G. W., Lacey, E. E., Young- hear,C.J. 'LZ - fx! e - . x A b slr ' X 11 HI :PM I .- I Ht u? is-:L 1 ,' - xv , ll -3 J l ul '11, x Y 371 fr V F" , 1 D i NE-2 4, 32 0 W efffef xzlf f i J , If ,ff . X 'f,f ' ' ,. I UI 107 12 Q W ix " H 6, F, .F M1 'Nvvs" I W ' '4 N anvil , .Ax , Q ' x Q 'FQ f W as f Q-.f. - an Why 'Qs L. 9' N K V .. ' X Wh, xx x. f Q f - F .SED 4- 1 W " my + X . Q' Q .. xi-Q I ,. in , ,A 'w X . ' SKXQ. -'J ' Q .4 11 . M f . + Q ' N ' ' 'Vw X. .X -. 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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. 1 w 3 Wi, li april 1965. . . rv 2 'wgff Q7 X-aa., wi! W A 4 ' + f if A . , 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. 116 5 fi: QW, 'jfii' x The twisted, broken fuel hose indicates that one breakaway came a little too late. Q My kxk, One brave sailor "rides the highlinen over the rough seas in an experience he'll never forget. 117 l . 118 f-,,4 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. h 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. ,,ff,,, ff f we ... ,, 119 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. 1 4 19 U The Tokyo day tours were good . . . but the night tours were outstanding! 121 E I E I V VE J ?! li it i i in l , 1 w -a if r 1 w i I E14 -Y N We! U! zi 2 S ta x t + fl Fi i! M i 5 E la 1 P p Iii I 's A , E 1 ii 3: 3 I i I, 4. a ? 1 T! ,B E .TZ in llkll vi! fn 122 jul 1965 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 cruise. 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. I N I 2 4- fm 7 4 1 1 If 1 p Nh W., Zan 45 X M W I I , I -3 f "' !'!f,wrf0sa-1 1, J. M' W if f Y i s V A M, t, 1, W4 ,,,, . ff 0 ef!',,:L 2 W ' f Wwwwwfw g i W f 'ri 'M i X . 'kay NW M ww I . 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Q4 Q' 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 hands fbelowj. 124 K Y f 5 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. 125 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 A-x wa? 2? ' V Neff! Z' 15.22 , -Y-iii? Qs-F ff f w 3 Z 5 1 ,+ 1 + F C al i n 1. it 4 W-....,......-.2--n--1:--1-:r"f'--:ff-e-elf: .1 ,mdk wg if-. L , X ' wwf. 3 V .A my I. ,, , R ,u 1- qi .hu-. ' 130 Resupply hop brings in food, in one form or another. 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, Alaska. From here, C-135's transported the squadron to Kadena Air Force Base in Koza, Okinawa, for 3 Weeks. 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 history. 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- bat operations. 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 wopw driving. 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 QMAGJ 36. 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, f ., Wi 'Q XX ff W h , . ,, , ff ,ff ,WH wma W . I f W af ,W 9 , was s ss- J f' . hard floors, running water, or hot showers, the "Ugly Angelsn nevertheless retained an irrepros sible spirit. 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- ing Force. 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 team spirit. The mountainous terrain of South Vietnam. 7. 131 132 , x QQ Cows seem unconcerned as 261 holds inspection in Da Nang encampment. Spare ammun1t1on 1S always close at hand if needed. w w 1 l N i 1 i S i Y 5 I il The infamous rice paddles of Vietnam . MQ, M-. , V 1 7 A The crew chief is always ready when his plane goes into combat. l Flight deck scene during early-morning strike against Viet Cong coastal positions. 133 134 l The "Dogpatch" sector of Da Nang. 1 8 ..s. n , , Gum, candy, but especially friendship made pilots popular with Vietnamese children W.. 1 l 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 I I 1 1 V 1 1 1 I S 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 i 1 P 1 The best form of International Relations. The much-fought-over "Hill 327' outside Da Nang. Typical street scene in Da Nang. 135 i d I In n! HQ LH. Fri! M ' 1 M wi lfi , ni ml it , i 'Q n WV -mi 'fix M2 M! ni 41" H 1 Elm? -11133 Q!" ll N WE Ma EM fin' Y ,slam VQEH EW 52,3 'P JE' g.N ,ll Hi if ikggfgg 1 im A ng: illwq mf Wim WH. Q! 21 gifwdl 'H' J Yung ii Mi wf.,1q.,5 "5 Wi- nn 111' Y' Nfl?- S-1193 gina Tam 1 J' ng a ? ' 47 X ' 'l gs i ., Q, ,fx 1j!'E5 V, ,, k 1 l . Q I V: .Q 1 Nil: TEM .4 : ,J M vfwlq I ,1 fifly gig! A 1 ' 1 QW 52? 451 ? ii? ,1 ET, 1 EZ! 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I X .' eo fr- O J 1 ku I, Beyoneusu Refsugan C006 LI-ffSimisu Jima NAMPO X fTanega Shima I I mC Suwanose Jima RYU KYU ISLANDS '- Tori Shima- SHOTQ " S5fu Gan ' QLofs Wife, Top photo: Night life in vvor1d's largest city is second t to none. Instead of "Gay Pareef' it's now "Terrific Tokyo." Bottom photo: Japanese wrestlers - - pretty rough boys. - g glue func! of flue riding dun H One of the memorable sights of our cruise was the size and majesty of Ah, goin ,Iapan,s famed Mount Fuji. 138 sf 5 'e .rt ff, if 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 . MNYL ' x "-'f. - 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. 139 1.1 1 111' I .QQ X 14 11' -1 1 1 w 1 1 .1 11 1 1111 . 1 W 21 1 5 1 1 113' T111 '151 111 1,1 11 H. 1. '11 1 1 1 1'f -111 WK ,- -113 'l-1 1-1 11 1,111 15lL 1-'11 111' 1131 '1111 51:1 1.1, iff? 11511 5115 ,111 E-5 dr, 1111 1 .11 '11 111 1111 11 11 1111 11 Q1 Q L 5 l!1Y 111 1: Ml 11 11: 1.. 1 Lf 1,11 4 .vw 11-111 ill'-.1 1. f FW 11171 Fi i 1 111. 1 :if Mi: 11151 1111 121212 11 K 1 Capt. Thomas R. Weschler 140 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 COMM DER AMPHIBIO ADRO THREE 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. COMMA DER AMPHIBIOU QUADR0 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 SQUADRON 3. 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 Squadron ONE. Among Captain Westervelt's awards is the Bronze Star which he received as Commander Mine Divi- sion 13 for minesweeping operations in the Formo- san Straits. 141 142 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 1939. 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- CO MA DER S ECIAL LA DING FORCES 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 March, 1966. l 2 lx Al 4 Q l ii l 1 1 L 1 4 3 I 1 al 1 I 3 4 . 1 6 1 1 D fix 172, if .p fri U' f. xi .S , 1 ,A 3 '-Q., y x 1 , ring: K 5' 1-. Q ,,.v X ' Q ,Aga I , fix 'Elf' I 'xii " S.. If - .WISE if, as , I , it 1.. Q Q U ,f 3,14 3 v .. . nm l .1 1 21 l 1 .E I .1 -QW llff , 4 11, 5 41" al.. lv QI-' ' 1 l I .mg ll il, . ll, 1 ,, 'ml Ei"l l,,l 1. fl- I Mil Elf? ,ll , ., 1 lil A W :W lf-M' NW: il 'L lla ll , :ilu I1' Nm 1.1. 1:1 A .W ll-qt . lgqlgl ll V' - E 1 Ml vu 'vl l 1 we l lil' itll wil. , s ul Hi Ms, -M -1 N. , ,,, Al, qi, M ill 1 .VI Ira, rl l 2 S if fl' I iw! rw Jill 1 sg D l l lf lyw is li Q23 'il lg- v Z in 55:3 ,alg 5:1313 H35 14 - :fini lil-2 ifng ,. T".I 1 il l All al.. vigil li '54 fi? 5' . li , lf A Jw w .- y et ,ry , ' f ff On 12 October 1965, Batallion Landing Team 2X1 came aboard the VALLEY FORGE in prepara- tion for amphibious operations against the' Viet Cong. 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 Qui Nhon. 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- try worsened. 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 history. .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 'fun-., Practically before the G'bird" had set them down the troops would head for cover, wondering what they would find but prepared for anything. 145 146 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 Q7 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. 147 148 , , ,, .xxx aw W, The enemy was found, and the M-60 machine gun was invaluable I 7 A f X ,W ff ,Ag ms ,Wffm-.X Many times the troqps had good cover . . . x J Q fftjfw . . and many times they didn't. 3- gm IN 149 150 Much of the scenery was beautiful,- but the troops usually had more important things on their minds Some walked away, but many had to be carried. Mhs.. .Q I . ,- I L 44' , H F 4. I Vw -as I ,u V f.. - ,QM ' Viet Cong prisoners were always too few, but when 'the Marines got them, they kept them. M' s Two Viet Cong carry a third who wasn,t lucky enough to be taken prisoner. 151 IMIYVAN ,rf '-'e"'V'oO ' 'V 'ai nan P 'A Hung-f'ou HSU 'Chg LUZON STRAIT' ff Tung-Sha Tao 'LUNCH 'S ST ,S 4, . ' Babuyan ls i C- B0fe0d0f . . 0' C. Engano lm If I Dfvalocnn I. 1.0 . A uzou QUEZQN 30"'5 S. Rock I CITY B Polillo u B . b bm B SEA Shzonfx X D Cafanduanes I O . . Mindoro . 5 ' . TQ X S, ISLANDS Busuanga - , , . . . H . " . " , Samar shanfl. A P0naY y d S' I ...-" .'Negras ' s S, A ' Palawan ,,.. , 9 'argue .0 Q CW" P' -ff U E ' fiff: sqm S A digg: WNDANSA0 Palau 'ls 5 Cagayan ' 05' ' ' ..-- . Wo' P s I' Sulu Pufoda Bay 'P 9 'U -- Ja A .-" O , Sonsorol ls . i . -Slbufu Kep. I ,- ' Kep. PUIQ Anna 5:51. 3 253 , :,-Q: . 9 13,2 Meri' I 5,9640 Kawgg ., t X Talaud Q 'af CELEBES SEA S Keg. S Pubu Mamma U ' Sangshe Tn S. , r . 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"cz "" ' - 11 gg 1 1- ,311 Ff QT: ill - Y ,P ' X y 4 ., xx 4555, rv M. 5... 73 km X L21 b 154 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. Q J.-.,........ - 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 shoes, Commander? 155 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. l . t , l f QQ 156 l 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. cp ' -wa W' 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. T me-anne zzffff t 157 158 'iw 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. Jf, .4 -.uk 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 - 159 ,I mwmm ww, w..wfwm.Ww.-,,,www .w,w.ww.uwmww m.fMm,MWf .W....AmmL , 4.f.mf.1m,wmf. BLT 2X3 troops head for their objective as HMM 362 pilots prepare to return to the ship for reinforcements. f f ff! Yin. I :pf we Vw, , 'W . 161 162 ?l.l...-1 The action -isn't too heavy here . . . but elsewhere the "Corn State" is making itself known. x Ss 1 .Q R A ' X, S The men above have a good position behind sand bags, while the man below gets close-up action. "Nu 163 64 High grass seems to offer this Marine the best cover. Man gets treated for leg woimd by corpsmen who had very little time to relax iiix ,s t vig, .. It iw 4 'O p Q . A 1 A r 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. 165 I Y 166 One holds a hand another a foot, and still another a bayonet as prisoner is searched. 9 F5 N fa 4' 'elf U fm we eff is ,f- ,vm .1 .W M Q J Happiness is two captured Viet Cong. W W, Wy! f X , I uw, f W, H, ,W ,, M f f i 45- 'WW , I M , .B f f ,, V I W f 0 X ,, ' . W V Z ff, , Z wwwff WM , ,, , I vw x 4 ,Ml X 2 , X V gf' f , 4, ft' ' V if ff 0 4 ,sf Lwffw H "2,,QM! 4 ,fnjf if ff fl' f , WWW. ,,, . , - ,ti M7 , ' W 'fy 2457 M 4 .if 7 , M ' ni fixing-3463 MZ I It av Some prisoners were flown back to the VALLEY for medical treatment while others were taken to various points on the beach for interrogation. 167 168 99 HH0pe deferred maketh the heart sick! 1 Kings, 111, 12 ...need we say more? 1 'v E113 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 W FEI 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, 170 -s..,,,-It "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 . , . H 4 I 6 I l L i .aaa 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. 171 Q . ix' i 'Maw ' f H at 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. V 172 7 R' 1 amaasiwcv US: GNU? X , ff f, X WX ,f XXNQX W Q-'rlfffq 'WW f ,ff x if , f' W SSX ss ff 1 ,ffo 0 fm? , 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. 173 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 ments. Everything from uavgasn to asparagus and black simultaneously replenishes USS MONTROSE QAPA-2121 oil to beef was transferred during the many 'cunrepsn in and VALLEY FORGE by highline and helicopter. 174 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. 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WWW 'FTEESQXXX-XX XX ,, , XM ,f W" , ff f WZ f 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- quired that we replenish our supply, fpre- 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." 177 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 A dministrative Assistant B Division Officer Ltagj T. F. Feeney Ltagj L. F. Warnken S-5 Division Officer 5th Division Officer Ens. J. G. ,Ionasson Ens. P. H. Nolan fav.,-N"'A""' W ,w. ,mwN I 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- from-home. is S W X 180 X 5 x .. , xx -1' io 51 Paint, paint, paint. See the man paint. Asked what he had leamed on the cruise, one pensive sailor answered, "How to paint. You name it, I can paint it." N 1 y 1 jg fi, 1 A 2 FANTAH Q 3 mm uw rnzoz zuz igf Qqg N N Y N Y if , 3 V f X f sw", I, 5 g H14 'ff' 4 , 2 f v 1 WMWQG WY , wf v,f,s w f ' se ' s .win , 4 was x A i' X 1 iii ixg Q ,.JiQfA, ' ui,'gjx.ir'31 1xW?' f .X . S. K iv. 181 2 xX , X X p X lx' XE X ' Q 'gi ffl Q Y c - X1 fe, ff it s vi - f 'wr cXN 1-ei-gk M N jfs, X veggie? 'W i l u v: Qffygal Q R . 5 r A456 medical efvacuations and 85 u major surgical procedures 80 days in the combat zone, 62 of which in actual combat K X" , X 17 Ml ' 182 X U operations 17,631 troops lifted in combat operations Afqff ' S ang' 'Www' 'R " '0' me ,,,, NSN ...QM iittiti tiiiii 314,000 gallons of aviation gasoline consumed 8578 combat sorties flown by embarked squadrons 8030 helicopter landings on her flight deck 184 I ! NuhO0 i Niihau, QKouoi K I ' i h Quo 'HonoIuluQOLUMo'oko5 ' Lonoi9gMoui 1' Keolokekuo xp" 4,0 Hilo B. Hawaii -si' f X I LV.. nl I E I I E M I I cz: S x,l 1 'Fm ,. ', 1. L ,IQ 'ff E .Av-Q .1-1 wwf, ww f f Q xv s S is uf 1 f, 1 1 Q x X t x 1, Aw. .MA .....,x-,, -'lg ,,, x-.mr . . Arm., - . ,,.-.- N A-A Q . sg ' 'ff' ' -X-x , 1 ,L ,- .Q 'f-JNL. KN .mg - x Q. .L .N ,A- -, .. K , . A , .- .. -1. f . .f-0+ -L. Q Q xg ... - Q ,.., x w www- .f W " mu x' , ' . "i"""1 N. X5-w. Q AM. nf VM A X ly' ,.,-u. -.T ,,,, , X- -ff -V .....-.Nw K "ws-'.:, , KQQ. 5 '1 I o T F s P li i 1 v j 4' as me -A Q J. Fi--' f"""" X 1 F sr mf u we M I M Mania X s h..,,,,,, 5 ,,,,,,,, , ' 1 ' if if 1 f 'IZ ' 4 -5 , .av , M sd I 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 fbelowj. 'iv 187 EAST PAC CRUISE 1966 HOW SWEET IT IS! 190 f fa' ,W any NN A X, xnxx NIV X-., X Q x my 4 f R E 7 4-v A ...fm X 1 v H i N N N r N. N W 9 I W 1 W y. N 1 yu 1 N Q s I M W. 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Edmund Muskie, just back from around-the-world, five-Senator fe finding mission for Joh" ' ed by Dc ocratic Seneff ' o Mansfie MMV A " infornr X S whate Nlllml 'if es H no l gf mrs Seat got Uh pc cal guerrillas were .r-new-t o t king the broadening ' 0 ew S .can drives. i , Q Elsewhere, the Vi i I Ml .l 01n 3-Dav -:sswsueef an cl e' A t " v .S.delivered gorial P th e, a note has any e l , on Battle s if t i nounced the point. li ' g not lead Ha- withd 1- """""" e, This time zure ' , Three may it Marines Are Airlifted f' IFN fl? fs xqgf SAIG0N'fUPD Zrations-one - From Carrier Intogl xx Q p 'fe,gAmeUcag'2gg'ZSt of the War F Fightg Try to -Close" s ' " in Nhe deeper into the i Escape Route , 11. 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