Vesole (DDR 878) - Naval Cruise Book

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She is a work horse that never seems to know when to qult even s of constant activity though her plates and ribs must surely feel the effects of sixteen year ' - l s thrown Most of all, she's a good ship. When others have slacked or faltered, she has a way her collective shoulders back and gone ahead. This ability she owes to the men who serve on her. ' ' ' ' h Fl t dut almost ' Her life has been a busy one. She has seen the Mediterranean and Sixt ee y once a year since she first came into being. She's worked in almost all realms of the Navy, AAW, ASW, surface, and even experimental work, as with Project Mercury. - - - - - .1---. .:.,.,......,.A4-,+A i .HQ H l i 5 it F E I i z E , I H V w ! 1 2 f ,S N Q1 STATISTICS LENGTH 390 feet, 6 inches BEAM 41 feet DRAFT 15 feet Qmeanj MAIN ARMAMENT 6 5t"f38 cal. guns in three twin mounts 2 3"f50 cal. guns in one twin mount 2 Hedgehog mounts 6 MK 32 ASW Torpedoes 29 December 194 4 V fx 7 , f Z S iq I 14 69,06 I kg ff X ff fl MQ W, Q, ffz Ry S WS 0 N, sf A A S. ,, W COMMANDING DFFICER CW RICHARD S. WHITE, III CUMMANDER, USN Commander Richard S. White, III, USN, was born in Elizabethtown, North Carolina, 24 December 1919. After attending the University of North Carolina for three years, he entered the United States Naval Academy in June 1939. He graduated and received his commission as Ensign in June 1942. Commander White reported to the destroyer USS LA VALLETTE QDD-4481 for his first tour of duty and served in that vessel until November 1944. During this period the LA VALLETTE participated in convoy escort operations in the North Atlantic and in nine major campaigns i.n the Central and South Pacific areas, including support of the landings in the Philippines. He received the Navy Commendation Ribbon and Pendant for performance of duty as Gunnery Officer of LA VALLETTE during operations in the Soloman Islands when his ship was credited with the destruction of nine Japanese aircraft. He wa s promoted to the rank of Lieu- tenant ljunior grade! while serving on board the LA VALLETTE. In November 1944, Commander White returned to the United States and was assigned to duty as Gunnery Off' f d - ' ' ' icero anew estroyer, USS NORRIS CDD 8591. In October 1945 he was assigned duty as Executive Officer of NORRIS. After a tour of duty in the Far East he was selected for instruction at the U. S. Navy Postgraduate School. Commander White then attended the California Institute of Technology and in June 1948, was awarded a Professional Degree in Aeronautical Engineering. After a short tour of liaison duty at Wright Patterson Air Force Base, Dayton, Ohio, Commander White reported to Commander Cruiser Division ONE in April 1949 for duty as Aide and Fla L' t t D ' g ieu enan . uring the next two years he spent seventeen months in the Far East, including operations inthe Formosa Straits and Korea. He was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant Commander during this period In July 1951 Commander White reported to the U. S. Navy Bureau of Ordnance in Washington, D. C. , and served for two years as the head of the Air-Launched Missile Section. In August 1953 he was ordered to com- mand the USS I-IUSE CDE-1451. Highlights of this tour of duty were amidshipman cruise to Northern European ports and promotion to the rank of Commander, United States Navy, on l January 1955. Following the tour of duty as Commanding Officer of the HUSE, Commander White returned to the U. S. Navy Bureau of Ordnance for a three year tour of duty as Project Officer of the Terrier Guided Missile Weap- on System. Upon detachment from this duty in January 1959 hebreported to the Joint Staff of the U, S, Com- mander in Chief European Command for duty as Advanced Weapons Planning Officer, where he served until ordered to dutyas the Commanding Officer of USS VESOLE QDDR-8781. Commander White assumed command of USS VESOLE on 8 November 1960. THE WARDROOM fm- W as X , , X , 5 C . , 'V , if 5 ' UPERATIUNS GUNNERY EXECUTIVE OFFICER ALFRED C. LEIS LCDR, USN Lieutenant Commander Alfred C. Leis, USN, was initially commissioned an Ensign on3 January 1951. He attended Indoc- trination School at the U.,S. NavalSchool, Monterey, California and was initially assigned to Patrol Craft on Search and Rescue duty in the Middle Pacific. A After Z7 months duty on Patrol Craft, and while assigned as Executive Officer of PC 1170 he was transferred, in August 1953, to USS NEWPORT NEWS where he served as First Lieu- tenant. After a brief tour ,LCDR Leis was transferred to MSTSLANT where he servedas a Hull and Damage Control 1n- spector for one year. This was followed by two years of duty as Operations Officer on USS BRISTOL QDD-8571 from January 1955 to January 1957. Next came an assignment as Aide and Flag Secretary to Commander Destroyer Flotilla SIX for 18 months. During this tour he originatedthe Rapid Verification Tables QRVTT, a rapid voice communications authentication system used now through- out the Atlantic Fleet. His succeeding assignment was in the Officer Distribution Division, Bureau of Naval Personnel. LCDR Leis was born in Bellaire, New York on January 30, 1928. He has had prior enlisted service as a quartermaster and is a graduate of New York University School of Commerce, Accounts and Finance. 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This command is one of the familiar ones that the men of the First Division hear so often in the execution of their duties. The duties of the men of the deck force are many and varied and encompass all points of the seamanship compass. The salty boat- swains mates of the deck divisions seem to have all the knowledge of the ages of seagoing men at their fingertips. Refueling, replenishment, lifeguard details, RID de- tails, piping the side. . .these are but a few of the chores these men face daily. First row: Wilkinsong Atkinsong Blewitt. Second row: Crabtreeg Belcenerg Smithg Gallowayg Deary. First row: Browng Billieg I-lite. Seqond row: La Bargeg Hughesg Vos Traftong Verson. Second, ,D'UIlAllHb 4 M 7 M ' -'Q . Q I Mediterranean mooring. . .lowering the MWB. . . rigging for high line transfers at sea. . . scrubbing the sides. . .these tasks fall to the lot of the busy boatswains mates of second division. The oldest and most honorable traditions of the sea fall the shoulders of these sailing men. The job is long upon and hard but it somehow always manages to get clone. Um' First row: Heidtmang Crenshaw. Second row: Cuddifordg Derosiag Fisherg McKee. E K First row: Howeg Coleman, Second row: Davisg Calk. First row: Wilsong Sanger. Second row: Garbettg Bartramg Dallaire Kolesarg Orr. 1 3 Fox division includes-in its ranks the following rates: Gunners Mates, Torpedomen, Sonarrnen, and Fire Con- trol technicians. Thus, the men of Fox division make up the nucleus of our surface and anti-aircraft gunnery teams. The fire control technicians control the complex solution of the fire control problem and feed the required orders to the mounts. The excellence of this team is attested to by the new E's which adorn Mounts 51 and 53. VESOLE's outstanding ASW team is composed of the Sonarrnen and T 0 r p e do rn e n supplemented by th e men manning the I-UH mounts plus the bridge and combat. The pride of this team is, of c our s e , the time we picked up sonar and radar contact on a sub at the phenomenal range of five miles. We carried out five to ten attacks before another ship was on the scene. 4. 0 performance. X W' x 'ZZ wx.-i....,,-M ,5 ??'?'saw ' I ' zniaflzul' First row: Looneyg Stone. Second row: Coyleg Ens. Floyd. First row: Kosenai R0b91't5 Second row: Jonesg Mlndok. Roebkeg Fittsg Taylorg Cureton. OI Umm First row: Knightg Ragang Moensterg Treat. Second row: Milligang Gunterg Outlawg Simrnonsg Taylor. A 2 , 1 r First row: Tayiorg Simeoneg Ordingg Payton. Second row: Hornerg Burtchellg Hal13Scesny3 Ray I The men of the operations intelligence division are Vitally concerned with the veryreason for VESOLE's existence. These men man and maintain the compli- cated radar gear that allows us to fulfill our mission of early detection and evaluation of threatening enemy air and surface raids. As well, CIC is invaluable in its assistance to the OOD during tight maneuvering situa- tions. During ASW, CIC assists the conning officer and Sonar plot to evaluate the actions of the subsurface elflemy. Their proficiency was the watchword of the pickets in the Sixth Fleet. The electronics technicians did an outstanding job of .keeping our vital electronics gear in action at the critical times. Without their devotion to getting the job dope we might not have amassed sucha favorable reput- ation for reliability with the Sixth Fleet. m First row: Filkinsg Killamg Curlg Boone. Second row: MacRaeg Spellmang McCarleyg Dorang Lucas. WX iw il .,,.,..,.,.....f,...1.Yam-,T -ff--r-A-1"-fff+f"""f' -P "'f""f'f - 'T"""' T Q W 3 r , ,L yr 3 X f, iQ 71' fl, W I m 4 l 12: N ,my fa? y i T il If 'A ., ,I M ,. A, ,N N 'w ,, .Y N Vw 1 V1 . l O wiAio-nf Brown Spmggs Payton Harvey Dr Chamblee Greer F1I'St1'OW Rlchards Johnson Second row Wallace, Troup Edmonds w iv' l i . 3 ' s . I 3 l I i I A l I T i R , 5 a A .d,dddd,, of f 1 I i 'f ' 1 ' 5 . Caldwellg Clooperg LoWellgCzarnitzky. W f -X-+V--Q-may-nqpupg Plastererg Lambg Nowling Ennisg Sabic. Communications - vital link of all armed services... and VESOLE was fortunate to have one of the hardest working and best "Comm" teams in the Sixth Fleet. Since they were on port and starboard watche s for the majority of the cruise, if not all, their excellence speaks well for their stam- ina. VESOLE's communications effort has been outstanding. First row: Burtong Stewart. Second row: Ellisg Tolbert s t ntt tt it 1 SDMM, N Q is Q 5 M ' 351 ,ji .Ls .H k First row: Thorntong McClanr1ahan. Second row: Perryg Simsg Smithg Littlet First row: Laytong Rose. Second row: Gholstong Ltjg. Engstromg Cassady Antipolog Trayham. Qvgbyi Q Q 1? 19 mf X. M ua 19 49 Q. fm OI1. fiilffiy 9 "WN QQX -Aw 'N 2 Burgessg Hollowayg Soloman. W is WZ 5 mqynw- N,-KM i'l"""'+w- 1 at ff f it U 5 NHVAA The importance of the supply personnel is too often under-ratedona small ship because their many services do not reacllly 1dent1fy wrth the operational abilities of the shlp group food we eat provlde us wlth clean laundry cut our halr and of utmost 1mportance malntaln the spare parts 1nventory wh1ch allows VESOLE to mamtaln her envlable rel1ab1l1ty record The forelgn merchandlse sales whlch were enjoyed by the whole shlp were a cllrect result of the efforts of the d1v1s1on The sh1p's store 1S another SCIVICS Wh1Ch thls group offers W1thOut them we would be a mlghty unhappy The men of thls lmportant d1v1s1on provlde the Flrst row Barnett Wlndhorst Saulters Srnlth Second row Lhost, Story Brown Casady Parker SUPP! y Dfpf 10 71 51 wp!! ' . . I I I P 1 I 0 u ' 1 s I ' D I I ' . . . . . ' I I I ' 1 I- S gf, I, Q , , X ,gmy ygy ff 4 .1T' 47 - f A ' 'A -f 4 wg: f'a.,,.r,. - , "W N My ,,,,,..5.,:L' y , r eW..o,r.,,-. 445. 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G " i, ' X rf . f 'N 2 S--, 'x N C ,.,,?1fXs,'5f5!5 4 ?f , 7 zfwww vw ff ,Y Q --if SQ sf' ffzkxsx Q' X ,N X, Sw X w km X M wwf fg S iffy WW AK-K 4 .X Q Q Q S X Q XX Nw WN S -wx JNS ff" Nw NX- X AN M- N XXX- ,xxN,sX, fx 'S' S Sfffy, W '4 W ff." X N5 VNS Sf KMX 'Ax xi "XX Xi? X Fa f X X- mf :A .:.gRmg1'NmN XXNCN1 ,mmm --A N Firsic row: St. Peterg Alexander. E Second row: Turnerg Bocciag Fiarchild. First Secon row: Lindermang Wishon. drow: HastWe11gCooper3 Jones. v 'Q-u-u--v W X ,fy X ,J First row: Carrierg Richards. Second row: Taylorg Hansleyg Jonesg Bensch. Without the services of M division VESOLE would be a hulk. Hard to believe ? It shouldn't be. . .the steam produced in the firerooms and the electricity pr o duc e d in the enginerooms power every device on the ship that isn't human. The men of the "holes" are indeed an indispen- sable part of the VESO LE team effort. The Machinists mates and Boiler tenders of M division keep VESOLE on the go while supplying the power to run the radars andweapons systems. X X Y' , f 4 f 4 Q' f E Ex Q S 4 f X w Z 3 g ff 101 -Q5 N yy 5 f X . X f 2 ff lr VVVV ' gt. S X CWSM in 7-'ll , is I First row: Taylorg Roberts. Second row: Shatneyg Whiteg Floyd. First row: Huffg Tropstein. Second row: Kellerg Wrightg Manning. ' Horneg Covingtong Breitweiserg Talley. First row: Sackg Matteson. Second row: Wilsong Collinsg Barker. ill A' A 'X iq 9 XX X' X 1 J N x IX .. , FZLX g First row: Simmons, Lagspin. Second row: Evans, Bacon, Blocker. First row: Robinson, Locke. Second row: Boydg Hacksteddeg Armstrong. Interior communications, welding, damage control, shipfitting, electrical repair, and the list stretches on and on. The versatile members of R division are on the job at all times to keep VESOLE ready for the demands her operating schedule produces. The area of respon- sibility of this gang includes just about the who le ship including the vital s e c ur ity watch with their constant hourly rounds of the ship, First row: Smathersg Knight. Second row: HodgeS3 HSTCGSS Cgwarts Metzger VESOLE left CONUS on a beautiful third of August in company with the other members of DESRON SIX, It seemed like any other passage down the Cooper River but we all knew that we would experience a great many new and exciting events before we once more made the trip back up the river. Waving to our loved ones on the pier didn't make the strain of parting any easier, butwe weren't even out of the river before we began to fall into the routine we would come to know so well. ' We followed a great circle route across the Atlantic until we were in the vicinity of the Azores where we Joined up with other transit units and diverted to the south. After that it was a straight shot to the ME D, The transit through the Straits of Gibraltar was in the early dawn and so no one saw the "Ro c k " as we entered. Before w,e knew it, we were in the MED. Now the mission began. We relieved the USS TURNER QDDR-834D at Pollensa Bay in a single morning, and steamed out of the anchorage an active member of the Sixth Fleet. We must have looked good to the TURNER as we steamed 11? that morning. We were already discussing what we would feel like as our relief hove into sight, some six months hence. That was a long time away though. 4 P Napfm Naples was our first port-of-call and it looked good from the ship as we nosed into the inner harbor that first day. It didn't take too many liberties to discover that the presence of the Sixth Fleet ships in Naples didn't rouse much more than commercial interest among the local peo ple s . If we could fight our way through the swarm of vendors outside fleet landing, we found that there were some beautiful sights to be seen in and around Naples. Vesuvius, Pompeii, Sorrento and the mystic Isle of Capri, all held some element of interest for us. Naples is considered to have the most beautiful harbor site in Italy. As well, the city forms the c ultur al and commercial center of Southern Italy. She rises from the shore to forma beautiful landscape when viewed from the seat ff fx .a x 5 f,,.vg ,, tr K gym mu ,V Q., , "'gA,.i 'sf f Fi s2sW11""'ll5""H1z142M22" y. , X xtlllll. ,lilly N47 ,ff s'S -f-xxxxxxnfvnf 1 QQQSW f f fe, S2119 fivl' -iff 14:23 'H w ,i-"-f's-,---1-tssl.,f.4'e 1 . 11 izrvlw- .ease -ef-f te e-it 1 a 2, QE- -sz,-g g-.3-3, ,gg-., .S 1 ,fewest vf44i'St5,-'-.1-1-.l-QS"""2f 2 ,,-eaf,a:fffuxxM,ys-,-.,-'e f"'1l'Wx9'f'SiZ..-'TES y .X fi'-.fw"'f?'2111 wS'ss--F-- 'vga-43,0 1010 ll1xl1lxWxa,g..S.,,,, .x "fQfW01n1am1x1x1xRKQ f, it a IIII xmxx. me N. et. Q? 4flI1:::f:im ' xnxx? V l f r , I 2 N! ff. ,af E GUM J H J frxxwffw W Q , W , "z f W , Ns Www, sw 4, X The eternal city. . . this title seemed truly meaningful to those of us fortunate to visit this lovely and historical city. The opportunity to have an audience with the Pope seemed spur enough to some of the contingent. There were so many sights to see that no one could see every- thing. . .Saint Peter 's. . .Fountain of Trevi.. .the Colis eum. . . the Roman Forum. . . aqueducts. . . and so on. All of the sights cannot be described. The beauty of modern Rome was not over- looked and the free nights of the tour were spent in exploring the night life of the new Rome. As a first taste of Riviera liberty, San Remo was a joy to behold. Nestled beneath the surrounding grape-arbored hills, the city shone like a well cut j ewel when we first got a good glimpse of her through the low-lying Mediterranean mist. The narrow white b ea c he s and the long promonade gave us our first look at the much renowned bikini. The Russian Orthodox Church, the Municipal Casino, and the na r r ow bustling streets coupled with the friendliness of the people, made out short stay at San Remo a rare delight. Swim call was held for the first and last time during the deployment while we were at San Remo. Winter was fast ap- proaching and we wouldn't have the opportunity again. If Mr. Lowsley could have kept the p unt upright, he'd have been in much better shape. "T ub e S " Taylor showed his swimming acumen for the first time byassistinga floundering shipmate. We left San Remo regretfully and sailed off to seek more adventure to the east. Z at 5 ' KW , ,r f v , I 5 A 1 M sf, 1 1 few ' 746 F 2 E 7 , 2 395' , - H - f fffff ff ff ,f V W W, mf0,.+fffs,,-W.-Wmmsv swf- Adam Athens, home of western civilization-what a place. After negotiating the twisting path from Pireaus, of "NeverOnSu.nday" fame, to down- town Athens, liberty was found to be excellent. USO. . . sidewalk cafes. . . the King's Palace. . Greek theaters. . . the wine festival at Daphne, and the greatest wonders of them all, the Acropolis and the Parthenon. Thesewere the things we had all heard of, but never hoped to see. Our stay in Greece's beautiful capital was all too short. 5 Z A ' , , fi? A r 5 eese , , A H it f,,,:5s- ,Ny ugly, ,wwf 073 fu UW I V V gang , - , , Kofi, so do fflt A A A A A I Z. iz W L ' Y istanhu Exotic, mysterious, exciting - Istanbul was all of these. . . and more. In this city, farthest po int east in the cruise, VESOLE came in contactwith a different type of culture. The Moslem religion is uniquely dif- ferent from that whichwe know. We were awed by the splendor of the rno s que s and minarets, and a little taken aback by the call to prayer. The open bazaar and the vendors never ceased to amaze us with the variety of goods on sale. Part of the excitement was caused by the following events - Turkish Navy Day and COMCARDIV TWO's surprise inspection. We came out of the latter more than a little proud of our ship. Admiral Ellis said he had never seen such an outstanding DD. l I I P w l r l 1 1 l l 1 I I 1 l 71? V Even though it is the major sea port on the island of Crete, we were more than a little doubtful ab o ut the type of liberty which was awaiting us on the island. S ur pris e - it was pretty good. Thanks to the U. S. AIR FORCE and their unit there, we found we could have a very enjoy- able time. The facilities at the Air Force Station were thrown o pen to us and the exodus was on. The town circle with the many sidewalk cafes formed an interesting point at which to rest and survey the surroundings. The arid landscape of the island made it very difficult to conceive how the inhabitants eked a living out of the seemingly barren soil. The highlight of our stay in Iraklion was the distribution of the cloth- ing we had gathered in Charleston p rio r to our deployment. Early on the rno rning of our last day in port, CDR. WHITE led a contingent of VESOLITES and they converged on the village of Damastas, Crete. The Air Force contributed the tr ucks for transportation, so it ended up a joint operation. The distribution of the clothing was greeted with joy and in return a Greek celebration fe a s t was given in honor of the Navy and Air Force personnel present. This small act of generosity on the part of a few Americans, greatly bolstered U.S. prestige in this area. iraklion A Vw 4 , wgf 3, .ct X W,,, J lj 9 'Vf-Q, ,gi.,,,, Q4 - 6 Wk me ' , .skit :ww 'K . The Riviera. . . Cote d'Azur. .. beautiful dream of "les touristes", We saw it in the winter and so perhaps missed most of the glamor and enticements which character- ize this vacation wonderland. We didn't miss it all though. We saw the s un dazzled Alps gleaming in the distance beyond Cannes, the hotel-studded promenades on Nice and Cannes. The pictures que beauty of the French beaches. . the paddleboats. . . sidewalk cafes.. .. fa s hion shows. . . but alas, few bikinis. We spent Christmas at the small village of Theoule which is about six miles from Cannes. Our holiday was not as bright .as we would have desired but we did the best we could. 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'f ' 1 - f- gcfxfiw-f. ffefgyf tv X - , A ff' ' , .-.wwffl , f is sv 4' we nge 4 , .Q-My ,',.- X e bt f 4 ' 'W' X' . , X ,ffw,WJM S, f X,, s,X,,.,.mQ,,, sim,-5 , M is f We ..-..,.,..,. - ,...,,,,, QYVV M' Q M 7 Mm What words best describe this metropolis of the north. . . busy and beautiful. . .these two suffice quite nicely. The merchant ships of the world ply their trade through ports-of-call which must resemble Genoa in atmosphere and personality. Since the year that Columbus first made the city known for her attention to the sea, her men have he ard the call of the sea. . .and answered it. In Genoa, we welcomed in the new ye a r , 1962, with the c lamo ring sound of ship's whistles and the traditional Italian dumping of a year's accumulation of "special" trash. We returned often to Genoa and seemed always to find something new and interesting. This city easily ranked as one of our favor- ite liberty ports. Iivornn Something like what "I-IOMEITOWN, ITALY" must be. . . this impression came to be rather prevalent throughout the Sixth Fleet. Livorno has managed to escape to a large de gr e e, the caustically commercial attitudes of some other Italian ports. The people were friendly and the liberty nice. I Z 1 W, I iiiffziff yiigxitf LZ florence and Pisa City of Cities. . . that's what we thought of Florence. Pitti Palace. . . Place .Michel-Ange. . . Uffizi Art Gallery. . . masterpieces of all times. . . the Church of Saint Croce... the Cathedrals, the silversmith shops on the covered bridge. . . the list of enchanting sights could go on forever. This city seemed truly the cultural center of the continent. Pisa held out the allure of the leaning towe r and many of us ventured to this picturesque city to view this famous landmark as well as the other scenic portions of the city. W ff .P .1-,hah-S-,ff ,K fi Ia spezia Work.. . U. S. S, GRAND CANYON fADf28J. . . work requests. . . the GIUSEPPI GARIBALDI. . . rain. . . and more work. La Spezia meant these things for most of us. The previous four months without a major rest period had allowed a lo t of Work to accumulate. The storm we had endured caused a number of large re- pair items to be on the agenda. We worked long and hard, in order to utilize all of the time available. La Spezia was a lovely city and we managed tO have a good time ashore. . . when we made it. gentle med November the fourth dawned like any other day and gave no forewarning of the da n g e r o u s excitement its dying hours would bring. About noon , the seas and wind began to pick up and the sky be- came very dark. . . our first inkling of trouble came when the INDEPENDENCE radioed that she was halting air oper- ations. It wasn't too long after that before we received word that one of our sister "cans" was unable to maintain ordered course and speed. At this time, VESOLE 's barometer started to drop out the bottom of the case. . .it dr opp e d low and fast. The wind began to grow stronger and the height of the seas g r ew to ten to fifteen feet. The ship was brought around in the wind and seas, and the struggle wason. It bl ew... and blew... 3, t. 'ffl - ,W w, m fv T WI , ' :fv2fsX2f?fs?,144, if 1 ,f ,rj 1 my K,-ff, ef NZ ' f. Q N QE? fy f yt ff ff ,Q .W f fffjif f ZW! Sufi Aww .gf zfw ...- ' f , ,, .X ffff . ,,,,, V Clackety-rump-rump-rump. . . What is it? Only one of our depth charges rolling around the fantail. We didn't want that length of lifeline. . . or those stanchions. It's reported that when we took our 55 degree roll, one of the me rnbe 1' s of the b ridge watch fe ll to his knees and said reverentlywith folded hands, "Dear Lord, I'm comin' home!" We all felt like that at one time or another . When we tried to s lee p , it seemed as if the OOD had per- fected an anti-gravity ma c hine and had turned it on the whole ship. It was imposs- ible to sleep. It was equally as hard to eat, and we got pretty hungry, even though the cooks did an excellent job. ,f ,ff X the aftermath We won the battle, but not without loss. The electronics storeroom and its valuable cargo was flooded out due to the hole left in the main deck by a departed stanchiong as well, the Bos'un's Store Room was in equally bad shape due to a lax setting of a hatch when "yoke" was set. Mount 51, highly embarrassed, lost its bloomers. ln addition, we lost two liferafts, a vent, the spud locker, what seemed like miles of lifeline, plus one half of the anemometer. The casualty list didn't include any people, and for that we were all very thankful. We were all hoping thatwe were only destined for one, storm, but the period of our deployment found us caught up in several storms of relatively great intensity. We c e rtainly learned how to prepare the ship for heavy weather. Even the saltiest of us found that the rolling twisting motion of VESOLE was bothersome and caused countless man-hours of work and sleep to be lost. AL ' U NN 'X Xfwx 51. 1 01' Am ,X 475 .Ll 1. X f ' ' s '7 , .F Q 5 ' L7 r-L if .... 0 Q5:':---- Bff wx 114 j f x 1 N 24 Ei' "2 , ur 1 af? Pi , if 31 V , Sfzfi, . i 'Q' V ig? 9, . S 1 K 1 I 'S 1 S 3 I V , ! ff 6 fan' ,W 1 ,e 'xy-, . ,fv Hs .,. , if fu my I 1.2 , I fs 4 . gl, A5 X, in .,. J.. X 1 1 r 1 6 1 ,f QN Q W A K ,I l Q -t , X 347 'QNV' 'N-, U .,ygg,,glf:'f.w",-I Ljgrf- .aff ,f K K .. ,.,.w,1sv -Qghvlm. , f if 1,-2272" 1 41 1" ":r1'.1li,faj?7i x ' ' ' ff , Q Y ' Ii' ' - ,v . "If f 5 5 .. 'm ,3- ' L 1. X . ig X X ,:W. L, ah I 111, 'f .KIT V o ' .mi 5 Q1 x fi, . ,BA iff - ' if c ,I Y ff . 7 XJ V1 V ,fir ,4 ,Q .A - - ' , ' fl p , 4 . 5.5. ,' 11. , :qfi 3111 - Lv- , Qffigxf V 2 2: Aj, ,W .,,A , 1 ,ff f I ,. 1553, - ' ' ,aw 5 - . , ,xanga , ' . , -. 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LEIE, LCDR, USN Q h Q amutive Qffioer l hi fi 1 , I Ax' W ' if hGL:cu ' xv 1 4 - Q "liJ PLAN DF THE D ourv vsmmmm cuwerom, vwa ourv DUTY MAA vos, amz Barry out the stanmard 1D part holiday rmutl UUDU 0200 D708 UBUU D815 0905 D920 1000 llUU l. UI DlVlSlUU has the du 2. QHQPLAIN'S NOTE 'H 3. 5CHEouLE UF DIVINE S CQTHULIC PRDTESTANT 85851515 , C CHR Dubmys d'QHD 0800 and l Gcrament Q 1 .Q itas E 7 E 6 During VESOLE's Mediterranean sojourn, we went alongside othe r ships for a total of 140 times! This may not be a r eco rd but it sure must be close. The worst thing about the times a lon g s ide for refueling seemed to be the hour chosen for the evo lution , for example: 2300, 2400, and the ever-popular 0100. We s o on began to think that the Sixth Fleet didn't do any- thing in the daytime. Refueling requires that age-old c o mb ination of speed, dexterity, and acumen which all actions at sea seem to- demand. The c onning officer has to place VESOLE neatly alongside. . . andkeep her there. . . while the men on the fueling stations have to receive the shot line, haul in the messenger, and start the tiring cycle of heaving around until finally the span wire is secured and the hose is safely in the trunk. Then the signal for commence pumping is given and we relax a bit While VESOLE gets a drink. Though our fastest time was not a record, VESOLE 's fueling stations were consistently smooth and efficient whenever the ship needed them. VOS SMITH, CONNALLY, and their crews kept our times alongside to the minimum with some very able deck seamanship. ? X .M t Q5 R Hu ' 5' ' R X W gi VESOLE went alongside in some pretty r o ugh weather but even that didn't deter her from finishing what she s t a 1' t e cl . The big fear during such events was pulling the hose out of the trunk and getting an NSFO washdown. MR. CRAWFORD and MR. MARTENS can te S tify to the truth of this. Refueling was a vital part of VESOLE's life in the MED and she was good at it. '7iX,f2 ff ,Viv s vp , - 'M -' f 'Wm' , X , X ,, Q fl .mf , fs , 'Vi W NX ,wx f X ,,,, Z Qs! If 2 2 M K , i Replenishrnent at sea is an all hands evolution. First, there is the laborious task of getting the lines over. Then comes the equally tiring job of heaving around on the lines as the supplies come across. After all lines are clear, we turn to, in order to s tr ike the stores below. We replenished once a month while in the Med and it didn't take too long for the VESOLE to become highly proficient at it. We were fortunate to receive mo r e than one compliment on our speed of exe- cution as well as for our shiphandling. C Hdex ADEX, Air Defense Exercise, was only one of the many operational exercises carried out in combat during the deployment. During these exercises, the men of CIC, ably aide d by the ET's and radiomen, de- tected and evaluated incoming unidentified aircraft vectoring out fighter aircraft to intercept those raids which were determined to be threats to the force. This exercise is very often accompanied by electronic countermeasure e xe r c is e s wh ich require detection of incoming raids without use of our powerful radars. The excellent training provided in the Sixth Fleet soon allowed us to become one of the leaders in the fleet in the field of AAW. Communications plays a vital role in the prosecution of these "games" and VESOLE was always on top in this realm of the operation, thanks to some sharp work by the radio gang. 237' NWC Na N IJ...I VESOLE seemed destined to spend much of her time in the MED trying to keep up with the INDEPENDENCE and the SARATOGA while on duty as rescue destroyer. The long hours spent at lifeguard detail s e e me d to be Wasted until. . . On February Znd, it paid off. An AD-5 aircraft was due to be launched in the pre-dawn darkness fr o rn the deck of the SARATOGA. The catapult hook fa ile d and instead, the plane was thrown into the dark waters of the MED. VESOLE was called on to do the honors and Mr. Martens swiftly conned the s hip toward the area where the plane hit the water. Teamwork was apparent through- out the rescue, as an alert crew in C IC came up with a radar bearing on the plane just before it sank. As the OOD halted the ship within 100 feet of the pilot, the lifeguard detail took over. "Tubes" Taylor, Bartram, and Chief Noonanjurnped into the water to give the downed aviator, Lt fjgl Pat Broderick, a helping hand. He was aboard VESOLE just 13 minutes afte r the plane hit the water! We received o ur reward in Theoule soon after. As well, the ship was presented a plaque from the squadron. We, in turn, made Lt Qjgj B r o de rick an honorar Y Destroyerman. This single rescue made the long hours of RID duty Worthwhile. 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W ,QV 0-MP1 due west We had all waited so long for the day of our relief that when it was finally due we couldn't believe it Our la s t Sixth Fleet duty of note ended on the 16th of February, with our release to r epo rt to Pollensa Bay for the relieving ceremonies. We had been plane guarding for the SARATOGA and o ur departure was greeted by a most warm and gratifying message from the CO of the SARA. We set our course in a westerly direction and head- ed out. It, wasn't too long b efo r e we were diverted to Golfo di Palmas. Bad weather had caused a shift in our turnoverpoint. We turned ove r to DESRON TWELVE, and didn't 'even see our true relief, U.S.S. WILLIAM M. WOOD QDDR-7151. We left the shelter of the anchorage in company with DESRON TWENTY-TWO and headed west. We didn't run into bad weather again while in the MED.and we were glad of it. Once again, we made the transit of the Straits of Gibraltar in the dark of early morning. Thus, the cruise found us without an opportunity to even once view the fabled "Rock", The crossing of the Atlantic started out to be uneventful enough, but we found out that optimum track routing doesn't mean that no difficulties will be e nc o unte r e d . Sure enough, VESOLE found a storm. It seemed for a while that the return to CON US would be delayed for a few days at least. We hadn't co unte d on the eagerness of the Commodore to get home, for after the s to rm had subsided, we started to make turns for Z5 knots and more, just a hop, step, and a jump now. Our arrival in Char le S ton was wonderful. No words can accurately describe what we felt as we pulled alongside the pier. We were home at last. IFFAN PHOTOGRAPH ERI PU BLISH ERS Colley at Westover Norfolk, Virginia

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