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"Commander Charles E. Stastny is a graduate of the U. S.
Naval Academy Class of 1943. Upon completion of trade school
studies, he reported to the USS MASSACHUSETTS CBB 591
which took part in the Casablanca campaign in the Atlantic
and the Tarawa, Makin Islands, and Bouganville campaigns
in the Pacific. He returned to the United States to attend Sub-
marine School and graduated in 1944. He finished out the War
aboard the USS BESUGO CSS 3211 with five war patrols to his
credit. Since the war, he has commanded the USS DIABLO
fSS 4791 and the USS BAZOBBACK KSS 3941. Duty ashore has
included tours at the U. S. Naval Post Graduate School,
Monterey, California and in the Naval Science Department
at Harvard University. His tour of duty prior to this command
was the Staff of Commander Carrier Division Nineteen as Anti-
Submarine Officer. He has' been awarded the Bronze Star with
the Combat "V" and the Purple Heart."
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U. S. S. BLACK CDD-6661
CXO FLEFT POST OFFICE
suv Fmwcrsco. cA1.1FoaN1A 1 June 1961
From: Commanding Officer, U.S.S. BLACK CDD 6662
To: The Crew and Friends of the U.S.S. BLACK CDD 6662
Subj: WESTPAC Cruise, 1961
It has been my privilege to command the BLACK during a long and arduous
cruise in Western Pacific waters. The Black became a member of the first team
when the ship ,joined the 7th Fleet during January of 1961.
Why did we make this cruise? Why was it necessary to spend many months
in foreign waters away from our friends and families? Why was the ship kept
fully trained and combat ready? lhese questions and many more can b
very simply. The United States and her allies are engaged '
communist countries who are determined to change
a conflict of arms but rather a struggle
call this struggle a "Cold War"
our adversaries feel t
in a struggle with
our way of life. Ibis is not
for the minds of men. At present we
. It could easily develop into a "hot war" if
hat we are weak physically, mentally and morally. The
ould engage us in a "shooting war" tomorrow if they felt that they
We must be ever alert and willing to fight for the four freedoms we inherited
from our forefathers. It is every freedom loving man 's right and privilege to
sacrifice worldly pleas?-uses in order to protect our precious inheritance.
Communist leaders have only one goal and that is to inflict their way of
life on all peoples of the world. In order to prevent world domination by
00mml1niSm we must maintain a strong military force ever ready to meet force with
force in any corner of the world.
lbe foregoing explains why we made this cruise. It was hard work but this
book is a constant reminder that we had our moments of pleasure. It will keep
fresh in our minds and hearts the many friends we have made amongst our ship-
mates and in the foreign lands we have visited. We will be reminded of the
hungry families we have helped by our generous contributions of the "noodle
machine" to the refugees of Hong Kong.
4 I am proud to have served with the fine officers and crew of the BLACK.
You overcame great obstacles with hard work, devotion to duty and many hours
of self sacrifice.
To the wives, sweethearts and friends of the Black, we thank you for your
oyal support and patience during the long months of our cruise. '
To the officers and crew I thank you for your loyalty and hard work. A
earty "Well Done" to all of you.
To our country and our wonderful navy - It was our pleasure to serve.
AV!-,L -w ff" In ,fy
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cl E. STASTNY
, USN f'
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