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her collective shoulders back and gone ahead. This ability she owes to the men who serve on her.
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' 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.
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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
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6 MK 32 ASW Torpedoes
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RICHARD S. WHITE, III
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.
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ALFRED C. LEIS
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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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
First row: Browng Billieg I-lite.
Seqond row: La Bargeg Hughesg Vos
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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
The oldest and most honorable traditions of the sea fall
the shoulders of these sailing men. The job is long
and hard but it somehow always manages to get clone.
First row: Heidtmang Crenshaw.
Second row: Cuddifordg Derosiag Fisherg McKee.
First row: Howeg Coleman,
Second row: Davisg Calk.
First row: Wilsong Sanger.
Second row: Garbettg Bartramg Dallaire
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.
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First row: Looneyg Stone.
Second row: Coyleg Ens. Floyd.
First row: Kosenai R0b91't5
Second row: Jonesg Mlndok.
Roebkeg Fittsg Taylorg Cureton.
First row: Knightg Ragang Moensterg Treat.
Second row: Milligang Gunterg Outlawg
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.
First row: Filkinsg Killamg Curlg Boone.
Second row: MacRaeg Spellmang McCarleyg
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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
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Second row: Perryg Simsg Smithg Littlet
First row: Laytong Rose.
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under-ratedona small ship because their many services
do not reacllly 1dent1fy wrth the operational abilities of
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
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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
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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.
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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.
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
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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.
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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.
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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.
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.
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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
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
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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
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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.
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ite liberty ports.
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.
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.
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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.
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
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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-
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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.
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
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locker, what seemed like miles of lifeline, plus
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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
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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.
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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.
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VESOLE's life in the MED and she
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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.
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.
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
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
Destroyerman. This single rescue made the long hours
of RID duty Worthwhile.
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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.
PU BLISH ERS
Colley at Westover
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