Waccamaw (AO 109) - Naval Cruise Book

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The ships and days flew by, the score board climbed and WACCAIVIAW steamed back and forth to all corners of the Medi- terranean. She took on all comers, Car- riers, Cruisers, Cans, Ammo ships, Reef- ers, other Oilers and, would you believe, a Submarine or two! As the days went by the crew became more and more efficient and the black oil flowed faster and faster til a total of thirty two million gallons had been pumped to the thirsty ships of the Sixth Fleet. After steaming 20,000 miles visiting places such as Suda Bay, Crete, Istanbul, Turkey, Rapallo, Italy, Palermo and Argos- tolli, Sicily, Rhodes, Athens, Greece, Val- encia, Spain, Gibraltar and, of course, Naples, Italy, WACCAlVIAW'S cruise was ended and she returned to Norfolk, Virginia. She returned a bit tired and with a few aches and pains but she'd proved her point and done her job well. Watch out Sixth Fleet, we're coming back for another round next year! '-can 'ana-piw.nnw,,. .mwm..:f, .: V . 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After shipyard overhaul in Boston in 1952, WACCAMAW participated in various operations and exercises with boththe Sixth and Second Fleets . In September and October 1957 WACCAMAW was a member of the re- plenishment group supporting the Interna- tional Fleet in the NATO fall exercises. In the course of these exercises WACCAMAW was the last oiler to fuel the battleship USS WISCONSIN and the first to fuel the super carriers USS FORRESTAL and USS SARA- TOGA. V A much needed overhaul at Boston in the winter of 1957-58 was followed by train- ing at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. During the fiscal year of 1959 WACCAMAW completed her seventh tour with the Sixth Fleet and was awarded the U.S. Atlantic Fleet Battle Effeciency Award for Excellence. 1962 brought a new tour with the Sixth Fleet and assignments with the Second Fleet taking her to the new fuel depots at El Ferrol del Candillo in Spain and Scapa Flow in the Orkney Islands. WACCAMAW returned to the U.S. in 1963 and was again awarded the Battle Ef- feciency Award. February 1964 took WACCAMAW to a one day layover at San Diego to unload 60 tons of Project Handclasp material and thence to conversion at Puget Sound Naval Shipyard, Bremerton, Washington. This conversion has become known as "Jumboi- zation" and involves replacing the midbody with a new longer midbody increasing the ship's length 93 feet and capacity by 50 per- cent. In addition to jumboization WACCA- MAW was fitted with a modified stern with counterbalanced rudder, shorter shafts and stern tubes, the latest fueling and replenish- ment equipment along with electric deck winches and cargo pumps, increased elec- trical generating capacity and new ship's store, library, barbershop and laundry fa- cilities. WACCAMAW resumed active duty 26 February 1965 with refresher training at Guantanamo Bay followed by an Assigned Shakedown Availability at Naval Ship Yard, Boston. The Availability completed WAC- CAM AW returned to Norfolk until November when she participated in the recovery of the Gemini 6 and 7 space shots as a unit of Task Force 140. She returned to Norfolk for a brief rest then joined Operation Springboard in the Caribbean. On 4 May 1966 WACCAMAW left on her tenth deploy- ment as the fir st jumbo oiler to operate with the Sixth Fleet in the Mediterranean. L. ...E ' 5 0 : , 1 . - L: 31 n I XX , x I :I g J ' 2 I XV 1, J ' cg 4 lg 'I I5 3 , ,- ,,,,, ,,.. ,LEA -U i' 46715-'iff'-4 2:2-ff" ANil5':--.:?il7Z:- WIN -' - --- - N ' M ""'2-TF , , -4 L. H-.1---' !'V"' ""'!-L-lvl N- 314-nifkffl -A .l "' ip! " 1 , mf ' , .--f- . .IQ I , -x , Q.. , f .3 gui.-kg 1 map-,I - - - , A 1 I B , . - -Af .ll A A I , 751 1, Q, Q .13-:lar - Ufll M- -:all A f 1-I 0, mg- ,, .HV , iiiihivra-d A :z-,221 -3'2-"'if ' ,tif u-.'3i!.Efffg-gfa :IL QQIQMSZM www' Q' aufwagv ?fl1af-Wiz' 'gpg may A Yi? nlVi"'-'N?A 9:1-m V xg. Milt:-'gg .lZ5"'!"fTff?'f7'!' 9 ff 23' tl' AE-J! 2 Z' . 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Next the new mid- body was floated in, raised and joined to the bow. The third step was the transfer of the bridge structure from the old midbody to the new by use of the heavy lift crane at Puget Sound Naval Shipyard, Bremerton. Next the stern section was severed and retained in drydock while the old midbody was floated out. In the last step the new midbody, with bow and bridge structure attached, was floated into the dock, raised and joined to the stern. Although replacement of the midbody was the single big- gest change, many other important improvements were made during conversion. A major modification was made to the stern including a new counterbalanced rudder, new stern casting and struts, and new shorter propeller shafts and stern tubes. The latest design in fueling and replenishment at sea equipment was added including kingposts with out- riggers, ram tensioned span wires and high lines, electric hydraulic winches, cargo elevators, helicopter pick-up area, and sliding blocks and cargo drop reels at replenish- ment stations. The pumping capacity was improved by the addition of new larger capacity electric driven cargo pumps, larger cargo piping and double hose fueling rigs. An auxiliary diesel generator plant developing 4500 KW was installed to provide power for the deck machinery and cargo pumps. Enclosed space was provided for stowage of fleet cargo, bottled gas and fleet mail. Habitability was improved by the air conditioning of all office and living spaces, installation of a new ship's store, library, barber shop and additional laundry equipment. --L 3 1 E 5 F E J 3 1 '1 I a - 1 I t S - , .JP 4-a. '. . Az. ' .bhf- ,6- ""fi4f .g . gm ' Mix Y .. YA -'H .v 751 MMAN NG O 'F CER I. Cilptain F. F. C1iffOI'd DEPARTMENT OF THE NAVY U.S.S. WACCAMAW QAO-1091 FLEET POST OFFICE NEW YORK, NEW YORK 09501 Our cruise to the Mediterranean will be an active source of personal memories to each of us for years to come. More important, you of WACCAMAW have developed a reputation enjoyed by few ships - com- batant or auxiliary. You did the job when it most needed to be done. You broke several records of long standing such as number of ships replenished during a deployment, time from approach of a customer ship to commencement of pumping and the like. Icommend each and everyone of youfor this "can do" spirit which you showed on so many occasions when the chips were down. I am proud and honored to be your Captain. fi' ,ff F. F. CLIFFORD Captain, U. S. Navy C ommanding Officer ' .,..,, rf- ...U--.-f., ,,,-.,.- V, fly, 1 Y . ,., . if , wi mf V V ,,,. VZ? XECUTI E GFFICE Xxx fa Lieu1'enzmt Commmxclczr R, C, Millm isa 4? FROM C.0. USS ALBANY CONGRATULATIONS ON YOUR HUNDRETH FUELING, IN SUCH A SHORT TIME. THAT IS A LOT OF OIL. THANKS FOR THE LOVELY CAKE, IT WAS DELICIOUS, CREW ANDI ENJOYED IT GREATLY. REGARDS JACK WOHLER FROM CTF 60 .2 WACCAMAW APPEARANCE SUPERB. HARD WORK IN ATHENS OBVIOUSLY PAID OFF. GOOD SHOW. RADM LAROCQUE FROM C OMSIXTHF LT IN VIEW OF CIRCUMSTANCESg YOUR ACTION IN EFF ECTING REPAIRS AND RECOVERY TO REGAIN YOUR CAPABILITIES NOTED WITH PLEASURE. REQUEST YOU CONVEY MY PERSONAL WELL DONE TO YOUR OFFICERS AND CREW. VADM ASWORTH FROM CTG 26.1 ENJOYED YOUR COMPANY AND APPRECIATED YOUR FINE SERVICES THIS TRIP. YOUR "CAN DO" SPIRIT IN ALI EXERCISES AND SOA NOTED AND APPRECIATED BY ALL DESTROYERS. WISH YOU FOLLOWING SEAS ON YOUR LAST LEG AND A HAPPY HOME- COMING. FROM COMDESDIV 142 THE CONSENSUS IS THAT WACCAMAW IS THE BEST OILER WE HAVE ENJOYED ALL CRUISE. WE AR E GLAD TO HAVE BEEN WITH YOU F OR THIS HOMEWARD TRA NSIT. THANKS FOR THE GREAT SERVICE. WE LOOK FORWARD TO SEEING YOU LATER ON BLUEfGOLD OPS. FAIR WINDS, FOLLOWING SEAS, AND A HAPPY HOMECOMING. FROM C.O. USS POWER THANKS WACCAMAW FOR THE OUTSTANDING SERVICES RENDERED DURING CROSS- ING. WE HAVE WORKED WITH NO FINER. SMOOTH SAILING. OPER TIONS DEP RT EN The Operations Department is responsible for the overall tactical operation of the ship. Its personnel man Radio Central, CIC, Signal Bridge, Pilot House and the Ship's Office. Its work includes the processing of all incoming and outgoing messages, providing tactical data for conning at sea, all navigational require- ments and the administration of ship's person- nel and records. Operations Officer and Navigator Lieutenant R, M, K ofoed ! left to right, Stephens RMCS. Ltjg R, W, Lewis, Parkinson HMC - . L Last Row left to right Fontenot RM3 Bottorff Talley ETR 3, Cochrane RD3, Kasperzak PN3. RD3 Frederick SN Latimer SN Smith SM3 kneeling, Halpenny YN3, Thomas SN, Sustakoski Fontenot RD3 Vance QM3 Second Row RM3, Anton SN, Gar1ockRD3, Smith SN, Stacey Morrison RD1 Cummings SN Damico RM3 SM3,Devlin RDSN, OPER TIONS DIVISIO The Operations Division is made up of Quartermasters, Whose primary duty is to assist the Officer of the Deckg Signalmen, who handle all visual communicationsg Ra- darmen, who apply the procedures of combat techniquesg Radiomen, who handle all radio messages and gearg Yeomen and Personnel- men, who together perform administrative, clerical, and secreterial work, and Postal Clerks, who handle all incoming and outgo- ing mail. 3 5 5' . ' R N., ai , 1 f 'Q ,ifg 13jL5i "uf il f Q 1 Qhgqu 2 lQi?i, W5.f?f 1-,11e?"?"EE- 2 aqmgwgf l Iiffiai' 2f,:vef sf' , l pggigf 'WF i2?i?Yt gg. L . 1 L 0 I .W l .ana ' J f 3 ll W l . ..... ,wi ,Anil 'saw 2 rf-A SYT2 :A 1 l V s ,1 - A I X , 5 l F a t is f 4 ,, GI EERI G DEP RT EN The Engineering Department is responsiblefor the ship's power systems , main propulsion, lighting, heating, air conditioning and auxiliary power and, in addition, is responsible forlthe maintenance and repairs of all machinery and auxiliary equipment, Its personnel man the throttles underway and con- trol the ship's speedy they manufacture the water used on board and are responsible for the habita- bility of all living spaces. They maintain all in- terior- communications smystems and are respon- sible for the proper loading and ballasting of the ship. I 12 Left to right, Ltjg J, E. Cramer, Polgar MMC, WO W,E, Miller, Ens M,D, Brinkley. I 2 5 is .Ig Back Row left to right Lamm NIM3 Converse MM3, Olson FA, Tule FA Vaughan MM1 Front Row Joy FN J ' y , The Auxiliary Division is composed of Engine- men, Machinists Mates and Machinery Repairmen. They have a variety of equipment to maintain in- cluding all deck Winches, elevators and related equipment. They also maintain auxiliary diesel and emergency diesel generators, all air conditioning and reefer systems, all steam equipment and steam lines except for main propulsion, ship's boats, all cargo pumps, steering engines, mess deck and scullery equipment and all other gear not specifi- cally assigned to another division. Left to right. Haack BT3, Meredith FN, Wiand BT3, Thompson FA, Ott FN, BOILER DIVISIO w The Boiler Division is composed ofBoi1er Tenders and is responsible for the proper maintenance and repair of the ship's boilers and related equipment. Its personnel stand watches both underway and in port to insure that the proper steam pressure is provided throughout the ship's steam systems. , Back row, left to right. Smith EM3, Gerhart EM2, Wellman ICFN, Current EMFN, Russell ICFN, s EMFN Third row Kabachinski EM1 B ower . . , Buccella EM3, Lynch EM3, Dunn EMFN, Cobb EM3 ELECTRIC O'Mara EM3, DeLaCruz Em2. Second Row. Mitchell ICS, Marzec EAMFA, Staples EMFA, Hatter EM3, Shaw EMFA, M CreaEM2.Kneeling, Sanders EMFA. L DIVISIO V The Electrical Division is composed of Electricians Mates and Interior Com- munic ationmen. They are responsible for all the ship's service electrical systems and circuits, all motors, internal com- munications sy st e rn s, Gyros, and the repair and maintenance of all electrical equipment. Last but not least they repair , transfer, choose, and show the ship's movies . Hicks MM2 Pederson FN, Nowicki MMFN, Middle FN, Front, Lee MM3, Silver MM2. Back Row, left to right, GonyeaFN, Swanstrom MM3, Row, Hood MM2, Willard MMFN, Liptak MM2, Leslie The Machinery Division is composed of Maohinist's Mates. They are respon- sible for the propulsion turbines,reduc- tion gears and related equipment, fresh water distilling plants, turbo generators, fresh water pumps, Condenstate pumps and bilge pumps. They stand watches at Main Control and stand ready to answer all Bells. S. Back Row, left to right, Semenuk SF M3, FN, Carter DC3, DeWitt FN, Model FN, Front Townsend SFP3, Allen DC3. Janz SFFN, Row, Marino SFP2, Zepeda FN, Martin FN. Lassiter FN, Second Row, Clanton DCC 3, Main The Repair Division is made up of Damage Controlmen and Shipfitters. They are responsible for all damage Control equipment. They make hull and structural repairs and alterations aboard ship as well as handling' all metal fabri- Cations and metal smithing. ln addition they maintain and repair the ship's fresh Water and drain piping. ,.an"' ..n.........-1 lst Lieutenant Lt J. C. Carr The Deck Department is composed mostly of Boatswains Mates and Gunners Mates. The Department is responsible for the overall upkeep and appearance of the exterior of the ship. It provides the bridge personnel for underway watches, quarterdeck personnel f or in- port Watches, winchmen, riggers, rig captains and line handlers for underway replenishment and line handlers and an- chor windlass operators for entering and leaving port. They also paint, preserve and operate the ship's boats. Deck Department Officer and Chief Ens J, J, Ahearn Sackman BMCS DECK DEP RT s i 18 Q f I 19' , 5134 33, 'fl is L My . Last Row left to right Rossi SN Sells SA Schoessow SN, McKenzie SN, Koenig SN, Plunkett Leonard SA Stoneman SN Wood SN Williamson SN, Paton SN, Huaghabook SN, FrontRow,Torres SN, E1senhartSN McGeehen SN Sackman BMCS SN, Sandoval SN, Kendrick SN, Herrera SA, Second Row Pitts BM2 Petty SN Dom1nguezSN Valentine SN, Flex SN, Gjerde SA, FIRST DIVISIO First Division is responsible for the fore- Ward half of the ship. They have an unending task of preservation, painting the decks and bulkheads, maintaining life lines, preserving and maintaining the anchor, chain and windless. Each morning finds them swabbing down the helo deck and sweeping the main deckforward. They are constantly chipping, painting, brush- ing, sweeping and occasionally swabbing up or hosing off black oil. gg-P im L- Back Row, left to right, Gralla SN, Kilpatrick SA, Swartz SA, Roth SA, Breza SN, Thrift SA, Dobson SN, Shaffer SA, Third Row, Eldridge BM2, Pathic SA, Skinner SA, Houser SA, Bishop SN, Theisen SA, Spinks BMSN, Miles SN, Whittiker SN, Second Row. Clark SA, Merge SN, Helms SN, Southworth SA, Holmes W, Bledso SN, Cosato SN, Front Row, Warner BMSN, Severy SN, Sipin SN, Freeman BM3, Williams SN. SECO D DIVISIO 1. ,.., 1 -1, , 1, it ,Z K, X ' I N, t f , Second Division is responsible for the aft half of the ship. While chipping,painting or swabbing they make life interesting fOI' the rest of the crew hy making the shipa maze of - lines, secured hatches or deadend passageways. livery day they swarm OVGI' the Winches, kingposts, air flasks and other ,I assorted equipment sweeping up dirt and sand, swnhhing down and finally applying fresh coats of paint tothe quarter inchlayer already thc-rej Their most tiresome taSk however is C'lOllllllllI,' thc black Oil out of and OH' of NO. 2 ll Boat. W Kiwis ai 5 'Xb Back Row, left to right, Miller FTGSN, Graff Brennen SN Brown GMG3 Bright GMG2 Davis GMG3, Hansak SN, Haynes FTG3, Front Row, GMGl THIRD DIVISIO Third Division is responsible for main- taining WACCAMAW'S fighting ability. They clean, grease, paint, pamper, cover and un- cover those sleek looking 3in.X50's. When the time comes and the weather is OK,they swing them into action. They also maintain WACCAMAW'S hand Weapons, M1's, 45's, Thompsons and the line firing guns that are so much help getting the rigs over during Unreps. gow? Supply Officer Ltjg L, B. Nelson SUPPLY DEPART E Disbursmg Officer Lfic W. J. Zwilmlc The Supply Department is responsible for procurring all items necessary for the Ship's proper operation. It is made up of Storekeepers, Ship's Servicemen,Commis- sarymen, Stewards Mates and Disbursing Clerks. Its primary functions are to feed and pay the crew, have available clothing and store bought articles,operate the ship'S laundry and barbershop and procure all necessary repair parts to keep the ship'S equipment operating. . .,,, Ya-, . Back Row. left to right. Stehl SN, Wilson SN, Welsh SN, Boyd SN, Dority SHl. Jackson SN, Third Row, Webb SKB. Miller SN, Macias SK3. Brock SN, Sullivan DKSN, Wallace SN, Second SUPPLY 2' 1 X ' i' W , ., W i- , V I I 0 Row, Rose SN, Arnold CS1, Ltjg Nelson. Scott SKC, Graham SDI, Laroue SK2. Front Row, Sanchez SK3, Haire SN, Fillipone SN, Marcelli SN, Glson BM3 CMAAJ DIVISIO The Supply Division servesthe Crew and, in effect, makes the ship a home. They issue stores and supplies used in everyday operations. They prepare three meals a day for the officers and crew, operate the ship's stores and Vending machines, operate the ship's laundry and harhershop and handle all pay and dis- hursing matters. fx," X. claw HVJJIVHHID NIVdS 'VIONGITVA GIDHSIHD 6SNEIH.LV HOFICEIHD 'ITOLSODHV IVTIOIS 'OWHEI"IVd .RTIDIS 'AVG VLSHDHV AFIVLI 'oflflvdvu Ava vsmafmod .XTVLLI 'SH'IcIVN 21151219 'Ava vans HOHQHHD 'SHGOHH AHHHHL 'f1nHNv.LS1 Nlvds 'vloa f l s ay , 35' of 6 M 'Vv,N Q C, as W 6 4 V44 fx v-. 7 X ,, S- ' l 'Z 6 a o 6- 3 ca D 'Id ElH.L X --1.:,a.14'f, LDITERR EVE BEE b f BLACK S5 91 X 'D 0, u r wed 6 P 'V " I X G R E E C X 5 Y 44.0 T U R K f. .l T PHA Qgikl' ' 94,8 Hx G9 O SER a 06.4 , 0 fy 5 cs 6: t-9 ANEAN S 5 A MEDITERRANEA CRUISE WACCAMAW'S trip to the Mediter- ranean began on May 4th, 1966, just as Sum' ' f lk r a. mer was descending upon the Nor o a e Families and friends were left standing at Pier 123 the sounds of the band grewfainter and fainter, and the low, rolling coastline of North America dropped quickly from sight. The nine day crossing of the Atlantic was uneventful except for the sightings of whales, porpoise, and one small sailing craft carrying two men to Europe. Then, on 13 May, the rugged coastline of Spain appeared and WACCAMAW dropped anchor alongside the USS SEVERN at Rota. After relieving SEVERN and "chopping" to the Sixth Fleet, WACCAMAW departed Rota on 16 May and entered the Mediter- ranean Sea. Right away she got a taste of what was to be expected of her for the next five months as units of TASK FORCE 60.2 came at her in quick succession. The new crew members learned their jobs quickly and turned to, intent upon showing just what a Jumbo oiler could do. She was going to be the best or know the reason why! That first week also saw WACCAMAW to the most easterly point of her cruise as she transitedl the Dardanelles, crossed the Sea of Marmara, and arrived at Istanbul, Turkey, on 24 May. After spending seven days at Istanbul, WACCAMAW departed 31 May to conduct amaj or under way replenish- ment with TASK FORCE 60.2 as they again ,crossed the Sea of Marmara. By this time the fuel load had been drastically reduced so a refueling stop was made at Suda Bay, Crete. WACCAMAW ar- rived there on 4 June and, on 6 June, de- parted for Rhodes, where she rejoined the task force on the 7th. After spending three very enj oyable days in Rhodes , WACC AMAW was again underway, carrying out her as- signed mission. J une 20th saw WACCAMAW entering the port which would be her second home during the ensuing months, Naples, Italy There the fuel load was "topped off" and on 29 June, WACCAMAW set sail for Pollensa, Majorca, where units of the Sixth Fleet were gathering to hold discussions on the forthcoming exercises. WACCAMAW left Pollensaon1July and arrived at the beautiful Italian Riviera City of Rapallo on 4 July. On 10 July WACCAMAW sadly departed Rapallo for eleven hard- working, difficult days at sea. 21 July saw her in Naples for a one day fuel loading followed by another difficult two weeks at sea. Having arrived on 1 August, WAC.. CAMAW relaxed for five days at Palermo, Sicily, before another ten days at sea and a return to Naples, on 15 August, for a fifteen day Tender Availability. Upon completion of the Tender Avail- ability WACCAMAW departed Naples and steamed for the Greek port of Argostoli where she had the pleasure of refueling the submarine USS TRIGGER. On 1 September she departed Argostoli for a five day trip terminating at Athens, Greece. For ten days WACCAMAW anchored in the bay at Piraeus while the crew saw the sights and toured the ruins of ancient Greece. Then, on 16 September, she left for another arduous ten days at sea. On 26 September, WACC AM AW visited Naples for the last time this cruise. She left there on 1 October to begin her homeward journey. Arrival at Valencia, Spain on 5 Octoberwas followed by two disappointing days because wind conditions prevented the Liberty Boats from reaching the shore. WACCAMAWth6I1 set sail on the last leg of her cruise with the Sixth Fleet, arriving at Gibraltar on9 October. After being relieved by the USS CALOOSAHATCHEE, she began the long trip to Norfolk. Eleven days of steady steam- ing at "max" speed raised the familial' coastline on the horizon and as WACCA' MAW negotiated the last mile of her 20,000 mile journey, the friends and families left behind 170 days before were once again Un the pier waiting to welcome home the well trained men who made up WACCAMAVWS "salty" crew. WE RE EMBER ROTA, SPAIN , Rota is a small settlement on the coast of Spain and is primarily a naval base. It is near Cadiz whose history dates back to its founding by the Phoenigians circa 1100 B.C. Cadiz reached its zenith of prosperity and importance with the discovery of America when it became the European emporium for the new world. Cadiz has long been the center of the Spanish-Americ an trade though the commerce of the port was reduced with the separation of the Spanish Colonies. There is very little industry in the areas around Rota and Cadiz, the economy being based on trade with the U.S. and other American countries and on farming it being an area of great fertility. ISTANBUL, TURKEY Istanbul is the only city in the world located on two continents. Here Asia meets and mingles with Europe not only physically but culturally as well. The city is built on seven hills and is split into three different sections. The Bosporus, anarrow waterway which connects the sea of Marmarawiththe Black Sea, separates Asiatic and European Istanbul. The European side of the city is divided by an arm of the Bosporus, the fabled "Golden Horn". A city of over two million people, Is- tanbul is the business, comercial and cul- tural center of Turkey. Istanbul began as a Greek settlement, founded in 685 B.C. as Byzantium. It was under the domination of Persia, Macedonia and Rome. In 423 A.D. the cityfell to Cons- tantine who renamed it Constantinople. The modernization of Turkey was started in 1908 and in 1924 the new Turkish Republic moved its capital from Constantinople to Ankara, and officially renamed the city Istanbul. Istanbul will be remembered chiefly for the unusually large number of American automobiles and the variety of foodstuffs available. Food specialties are Shish Kebab, Doner Kebab, Shish Koftesi fmeat roasted on a spitj, ZeytinyagliYaprak Dolmasi Qrice in vine leavesi, Pilic Dolma fstuffed Chickeny, Fish, -lobsters and steak, all served with sparkling wine or beer. SUDA BAY, CRETE Suda Bay is one of the many minor cities along the northern coast of Crete. It lies just east of the capital, Canea, in a splendid natural harbor which has been used by the British Navy as an operational base On several occasions but has not been devel- Oped into a port. The island of Crete has very little to offer in the line of interesting history. It was essentially an inhospitable land with little rainfall and few natural resources. 'R ie, During classical Greek times, Crete remained abackward, semi-barbaric region divided into numerous small sovereignties. The industry of Crete is virtually limited to the processing of agricultural products, olive and grape presses, cheese factories , flour mills , tanneries and the like. The Cretans are a very friendly people who enjoy the many outdoor cafes and taverns which abound along the city's main streets. 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It is beautifully Situated on a bay of the Tyrrhenian Sea, at the foot of Mount Pellegrino. It is the seat of the regional government of Sicily and is the chief port with large Shipyards and a dry dock. The founding of Palermo is attributed to the Phoenicians. In the 5th century B.C. it passed to the Carthaginians and was subse- quently ruled, in turn, by the Romans, the Vandals, the Goths, the Byzantine Empire, the PALERMO, SICILY Moslems, the Normans, the Spanish and the Italians. In World War II, it was captured by the Allies in July of 1943. Palermo is more industrialized than other island cities. It produces steel, chemicals, cork, textiles, processed foods and wine. It is a rather large city and enjoys arelatively high standard of living. Much of Palermo was destroyed during World War II and very little remains to show its historic past. ATHENS, GREECE No other city in the world has had so glorious a history as Athens, the city of the goddess Athena. Blessed both by nature and the Gods, the city, during the classical era, attained the highest ideal of greatness, beauty and truth that has ever shone forthfrom human intellect and inspiration. Its history, as with many other ancient cities, is clouded by the mists of time but more than supplemented by colorful Greek mythology. Athens was inhabited at the end of the Neolithic Era, three thousand years before Christ. In the 7th century B.C. the Royalty system of ruling was replaced by a new con- cept - Aristocracy. After many years of Aristocratic Dictatorship came the ultimate concept of Athenian Democracy. Athens today is a city of rich contrast. One may sit in an ultramodern hotel and gaze out at the ancient buildings of the Acropolis. In all directions can be seen the evidence of the once gr e at civilization which inhabited this ancient land. The downtown area of Athens shows the contrast in narrow, winding streets occupied by modern stores and shops. The Athenian people are very friendly and kind and are fiercely proud of their heritage. They are a colorful people with a colorful language. Athens has other interesting places. There are flower filled parks and restaurants, espe- cially the picturesque taverns of the Placa, with their vivid color and romantic decoration where one may dine on squid or octopus served with golden "vRetsina", the famous wine of Athens . VALENCIA, SPAIN Valencia, capital of a province of the same name, is located on the banks of the Guadalavia river on the east coast of Spain. It was an im- portant city in Roman times and was destroyed by Pompey in 75 B.C. and was long the capital of a kingdom of Valencia until unification into modern Spain in 1319. It is now a major city and a great tourist attraction noted for its fine silks ,leather goods , pottery and wines. It is a large city with many plazas or gar- dens throughout the downtown area. There are many fine night clubs which offer entertainment in the form of native dancing and singing. The city has a fascinating history but is re- membered by most Americans as the city El Cid saved from the Moors. The surrounding beaches make it an interesting sun bathing resort. The region around Valencia is inhabited by small farmers and much ofthe best land is already irrigated. The land is so fertile that its inhabitants call it "A piece of Heaven on earth". GIBRALTAR Gibraltar is a combination of town, rock fortress and naval base. It is a British Crown Colony situated on a peninsula about two and thfee-quarter miles long and three-quarter miles wide. The colony has an area of two and 0116-quarter square miles and is joined to Spain by a low, sandy isthmus about a mile Iona and half a miie wide. Q The Rock of Gibraltar, a towering, jagged llmestone promontory, rises almost sheer at the north end of the peninsula and extends Swthward some two and a half miles. 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