Saturday 1 December 1962

00-04  Med-moored in berth Q57 San Vincenzo, Naples, Italy in 14 fathoms of water, mud bottom, with 65 fathoms of chain to the starboard anchor, port anchor underfoot with 15 fathoms of chain to the water’s edge and mooring lines doubled aft both port and starboard with additional 1 ˝” wire doubled starboard and singled port.   Condition of Readiness IV and Material Condition YOKE (Modified) set.   Engineering plant is on four (4) hour standby for eight (8) knots.   Boiler #2 and Generator #1 are on line.   Ships present include various units of the U.S. SIXTH FLEET,   ships of the Italian Navy and various merchants, Yard and District Craft.   SOPA is COMSERVFORSIXTHFLT embarked in USS MISSISSINEWA (AO-144).

04-08  Moored as before.   0745 Mustered the crew on station.   Absentees:  None.

08-12  Moored as before.   0807 Lighted fires under #1 Boiler, secured #2 Boiler.   0815 COMSIXTHFLT embarked in USS SPRINGFIELD (CLG 7) assumed SOPA.   0820 Lit off Master Gyro.   1000 Made daily inspection of magazines and smokeless power samples.   Conditions:  Normal.   1130 merchant Ship Elias X yawled into our starboard side aft.   No damage sustained.   Shifted accommodation ladder from starboard to port side.

12-16  Moored as before.   1210 Engineering is on thirty (30) minute standby with both generators on the line.   1446 Lighted fires under #2 Boiler.   1505 Secured #2 Boiler.

16-20  Moored as before.   1713 Secured #2 Generator.   1851 The Italian merchant Elias X yawed into this ship starboard side.   No damaged sustained.

20-24  Moored as before.


Sunday 2 December 1962

00-04   Med-Moored in berth Q57, Molo San Vincenzo Naples, Italy, in 14 fathoms of water, mud bottom, with 65 fathoms of chain out to the starboard anchor: port underfoot with 15 fathoms of chain out to the water’s edge.   Standard mooring lines are doubled aft both port and starboard with additional 1 ˝” wire doubled starboard and singled port.   Condition of Readiness IV and Material Condition YOKE (modified) are set.   Engineering is on thirty (30) minute standby for 8 knots.   Boiler #1 and Generator #1 are on the line.   Ships present include various units of the U.S. SIXTH FLEET and various ships of the Italian Navy.   SOPA is COMSIXTHFLT embarked in USS SPRINGFIELD (CLG 7).   0020 Merchant ship Elias X while swinging at mooring, struck this ship starboard side aft.   No damage sustained. 0026 merchant ship Elias X struck this ship starboard side aft.   No damage sustained. 0117 Merchant ship Elias X struck this ship starboard side aft.   No damaged sustained.   0340 Lighted fires under #2 Boiler to boast steam.

04-06  Moored as before.   0415 Secured fires under #2 Boiler.

06-08  Moored as before.   0757 Lighted fired under #2 Boiler to boost steam.

08-12  Moored as before.   0800 Mustered the crew on stations Absentees:    THOMPSON J.S. EMFA, USN, UA since 0001 2 December 1962.   0831 Secured # 2 Boiler.   0950 Made daily Inspections of magazines and smokeless power samples.   Conditions: Normal.   1150 Set the Anchor Detail.   1155 Engineering on five (5) minute standby to make 8 kts.

12-16  Moored as before.   1205 Commenced heaving around on the starboard anchor.   1208 Ceased heaving around on the starboard anchor, 64 fathoms of chain out to the water’s edge.   1227 Engineering ready to answer all bells.   1250 Secured the anchor detail.   Three (3) additional standard mooring lines have been doubled aft both port and starboard.   Also one (1) additional 1 ˝” wire is out to molo San Vincenzo from the port wing wall.   Engineering is on fifteen (15) minute standby for 8 kts, boiler #1 and #2 are on the line.   1400 USS SPRINGFIELD (CLG 7), with COMSIXTHFLT embarked, got underway and stood out of the anchorage area.   COMSERFORSIXFLT embarked in USS MISISSINEWA (A0 144) assumed SOPA.

16-20  Moored as before.

20-24  Moored as before.   2035 THOMPSON J.S. EMFA, USN reported aboard, having been UA since 0001 2 December 1962.   2300 Secured #2 Generator.


Monday 3 December 1962

00-04 Mediterranean Moored in Berth Q57, Molo San Vincenzo, Naples Italy in 14 fathoms of water, mud bottom, with 65 fathoms of chain to the stbd. Anchor, port anchor underfoot with 15 fathoms of chain at the water’s edge. Standard mooring lines are doubled aft both port and stbd. With additional (1 ˝”) one and one half wire doubled stbd. And singled port. Condition of readiness IV and Material Condition YOKE (Modified) are set. The Engineering plant is on 15 minute standby for 8 knots. Boiler #1 and Generator #1 are on the line. Ships present include various units of the U.S. SIXTH FLEET and the Italian Navy. SOPA is COMSERVFORSIXTHFLT embarked in USS MISSISSINEWA (AO 144). 0215 Lighted fires under No. #2 Boiler. 0259 Secured fires under No. 2 Boiler.

04-08 Moored as before. 0745 Mustered the crew at Quarters. Absentees: None.

08-12 Moored as before. 0830 made daily inspections of magazines and smokeless power samples, Conditions: Normal. 0852 Lighted fires under number Two (2) Boiler. 0920 Set the Special Sea and Anchor detail. 0955 Pilot A. FAPPIER came on board. 0958 Completed all preparations for getting underway. 0959 Italian Tug Scutold came alongside port quarter and Tug Sant Elmo is made fast to starboard quarter bow. 1000 Housed the port Anchor. 1003 Commenced heaving around on the starboard anchor. 1015 Underway in accordance with CTF 61 OP-ORDER 50-62 enroute from Naples Italy to Pilos, Greece. Material Condition Yoke (Modified) is set. The Captain has the Conn. The Navigator and Pilot are on the bridge. 1020 Maneuvering with both engines to head fair to sortie inner harbor. 1021 All tugs clear. 1022 Pilot departed ship. 1033 Secured the Special Sea and Anchor Detail. Set course 213, speed 8 knots. 1140 Stopped port engine for repairs.

12-16 Steaming as before. 1240 Port engine back in commission. 1242 Maneuvering on various courses at various speeds to take station #2 in formation 1, course 180, speed 8 knots, guide is USS MUFIPHEN (AKA-61), bearing 180, distance 1000 yards. OTC is C.O. USS MULIPHEN (AKA-61) 1309 On station, set formation course 180, set formation speed 8 knots. 1326 c/f/c to 150. 1429 c/f/s to 10 knots. 1433 c/f/c to 145.

16-18 Steaming as before. 1700 Sighted Capo Palinuro Light bearing 096, range 38 miles.

18-20 Steaming as before 1946 Passed Capo Palinuro abeam to port, distance 32 miles.

20-24 Steaming as before. 20-24 c/f/s to 8 knots.


Tuesday 4 December 1962

00-04 Steaming in company with USS MULIPHEN (AKA 61) enroute from Naples, to Pilos, Greece, in accordance with CTF 61 OP-ORDER 50-62. This ship in station 2 of Formation 1, course 145, formation aped 8 knots. Guide is USS MULIPHEN (AKA 61) in station 1, bearing 145, distance 1000 yards. Material Condition YOKE ( Modified) and Condition of Readiness IV are set. Engineering is in Condition III. SOPA and OTC is Commanding Officer, USS MULIPHEN (AKA 61). 0100 Sighted Stromboli Light bearing 173, distance 20.6 miles. 0308 Sighted Capo Vaticano Light bearing 133.5, distance 30 miles and Capo Peloro Light bearing 162, distance 42 miles. 0325 Stromboli abeam to starboard.

04-08 Steaming as before. 0407 c/f/c 150, c/f/s 11 knots. 0410 c/c 150. 0520 Sighted Scilla Light bearing 165, 24.5 miles. 0533 Sighted Capo Rasocolum Light bearing 191, 20 miles. 0603 c/f/c 165. 0605 c/c 165. 0650 Received signal from OTC to act independently and conform to general movements of USS MULIPHEN (AKA 61). 0653 Cabo Peloro Light abeam to starboard, 1500 yards. Commenced transit Straits of Messina. 0745 Mustered the crew at Quarters. Absentees: None.

08-12 Steaming as before on various courses at various speeds, conforming to movement of guide, USS MULIPHEN (AKA 61), transiting the Straits of Messina. 0817 Pt. San Rainert Light abeam to starboard, 2.5 miles 0837 Made Daily inspections magazines and smokeless power samples. Conditions: Normal. 0917 Sighted Copo Dell Armi, bearing 128. 0924 c/c 135, speed 12 knots. 0940 Copo Dell Armi Light abeam to port 2.5 miles. 1005 c/c 105. This ship now in station 2 of Formation 1, base course 105, speed 12, 1035 c/c 080. 1128 c/c 005. 1151 Passed Capo Spartivento Light abeam to port, distance 3 miles.

12-16 Steaming as before. 1413 c/f/c to 045. 1450 Sighted USS WACMAW (AO 109) bearing 220, 10 miles. 1454 c/f/c to 13 knots.

16-18 Steaming as before. 1637 c/f/c to 035.

18-20 Steaming as before. 1915 c/f/c 045. 1917 c/c 045. 1930 Sighted Capo Colonne Light bearing 341, 18.5 miles.

20-24 Steaming as before. 2020 Passed Capo Colonne Light abeam to port, 18 miles.


Wednesday 5 December 1962

00-04 Steaming in company with USS MULIPHEN (AKA 61) enroute from Naples, Italy to Pilos, Greece in accordance with CTF 61 OPORDER 50-62. This ship in station two (2) of column formation at station distance, 1000 yards. OTC and SOPA is Commanding Officer, USS MULIPHEN (AKA 63). This ship is in condition of Readiness IV and Material Yoke ( Modified), engineering is in Condition III. 0053 sighted Capo S Maria Di Leuca bearing 011, range 28 miles. 0157 c/f/c to 015. 0130 sighted two ships in column bearing 000, range 14 miles, Identified as USS TELFAIR (APA 120) and USS WALDO COUNTY (LST 1163). 0345 Capo s Maria Di Leuca Light abeam to port, distance 12.7 miles.

04-08 Steaming as before. 0421 c/f/c to 000. 0542 Passed Capo D’otranto Light abeam to port, distance 9 miles. 0600 c/f/c to 323. 0652 c/f/s to 14 knots. 0654 c/f/c to 343. 0715 Maneuvering to take station #4 in formation 1, course 327, speed 11 knots. Guide and OTC is Commanding Officer, USS TELFAIR (APA 210) in station 1. guide bears 327, range 6000 yards. 0745 On Station. Mustered the crew at Quarters. Absentees: None.

08-12 Steaming as before. 0845 c/f/c 015, c/c 015. 0846 Made Daily inspections of magazines and smokeless power samples. Conditions: Normal. 0850 c/f/c 320 c/c 320. 0855 Proceeding independently to stay in company with TF61 and TF63. No station assigned. 0856 c/c 345. 0900 c/c 320. 0903 c/s 12 knots. 0904 c/s 13 kts. 0906 c/c 145. 0925 c/s 12 kts. 0911 c/c 140. 0912 c/s 8 kts. 0915 c/c 130. 0916 c/c 135. 0917 c/s 10 kts. 0925 c/f/s 8 kts. c/s 8 kts. 0926 Commenced maneuvering at various courses and speeds to take lifeguard station 3,000 yds astern of guide USS WACCAMAW (AO 109) bearing 130. OTC is CTF 61 in USS FREMONT (APA 44).

12-16 Steaming as before. 1452 c/s to 4 kts. 1500 c/s to 8 kts maintaining station 2500 yards astern of guide USS WACCAMAW (AO 109).

16-18 Steaming as before. 1605 Replenishment group detached by OTC to proceed on duty assigned. C/f/c to 155, maneuvering to take station 2500 yards astern of USS FREMONT (APA 44). 1635 Set the Highline Detail. C/c 175 c/s to 12 knots, Captain assumed the Conn, Commenced approach to port side of USS MULIPHEN (AKA 61) to transfer guard mail. 1703 c/c to 8 knots. 1705 On station alongside. 1711 Light freight line rigged. 1715 Completed guard mail transfer. All Lines clear maneuvering on various courses at various speeds to take station A-5 in formation 51, with Task Force 61, guide is USS FREMONT (APA 44) in station 0, at starboard distance, bearing 095, formation course and axis 155. 1724 c/s to 8 knots c/c 156 on station.

18-20 Steaming as before.

20-24 Steaming as before. 2126 c/f/c 195. 2143 c/f/c 155 c/c 155. 2254 c/f/c 195 c/c 195. 2314 c/f/c 155 c/c 155.


Thursday 6 December 1962

00-04 Steaming in company with Task Force 61 enroute from Naples, Italy, to Pilos, Greece, in accordance with CTF 61 OP-ORDER 50-62. This ship in station A-5 of formation 51. Guide is USS FREMONT (APA 44) in station 0 bearing 095, 1000 yds. Formation axis and course is 155, speed 8 kts. Condition of Readiness IV and Material Condition YOKE (Modified) are set. Boilers and Generators Number One and Two are on the line. SOPA and OTC is USS FREMONT (APA 44). 0353 c/c to 195.

04-08 Steaming as before. 0419 c/f/c to 155. 0443 Sighted AKR Yerogombos Light bearing 111, 22 miles. 0745 Mustered the crew at Quarters. Absentees: None.

08-12 Steaming as before. 0800 Commenced individual ship exercises in sector foxtrot 3000 to 000 from PIM. 0803 Maneuvering on various courses at various speeds while receiving LCVP from USS FREMONT (APA 44). 0849 c/c to 330, c/s to 4 knots. 0855 Made daily inspection of magazines and smokeless power samples. Conditions: Normal. 0921 Commenced man overboard drills. Maneuvering on various courses at various speeds. 1025 Commanding Officer held mast and imposed non-judicial punishment as follows: OSBORNE, CHARLES A., FN,USN. Offense: Violation of Article 92, UCMJ, Dereliction of duty. Punishment: Six (6) month suspended reduction in rate. JENKINS, GEORGE L., SA, USNR. Offense: Violation of Article 92 UCMJ, Dereliction of Duty. Punishment: Reduction to next inferior rate SR. BEVERLY, HERMAN J.,CS3 USN. Offense: Violation of Article 92, UCMJ, Dereliction of Duty. Punishment: Reduction to next inferior Rate, CMSN. 1112 Completed Man overboard drills. Set course 330. Set speed 12 knots. 1120 c/c to 350. 1121 c/c to 010. 1126 c/c to 10 knots. 1135 c/c to 170. 1149 c/s to 4 knots. 1153 c/c to 330.

12-16 Steaming as before. 1202 c/c 300. 1220 c/s 8 knots. 1235 c/s 10 kts. 1255 c/s 8 kts. c/c 110. Set the highline detail for exercises with USS WALDO COUNTY (LST 1163). 1303 C/S to 5 kts. 1306 C/C 100. 1308 C/S 10 kts. 1309 C/S 12 kts. 1316 c/s 13 kts. Maneuvering to close USS WALDO COUNTY (LST 1163) for highline transfer exercises. 1516 Completed highline transfer exercises. 1517 Steering 282 c/s 5 kts. 1520 c/s 8 kts. 1521 c/s 5 kts. Secured the highline detail. 1530 Commenced JOOD ship handling exercises. Maneuvering at various speeds on courses between 310 and 355.
16-18 Steaming as before. 1604 c/c to 295. 1607 c/s to 6 kts.
18-20 Steaming as before.
20-24 Steaming as before. 2003 c/c to 055. 2054 c/c to 105. 2132 c/c 115. 2153 Maneuvering on various courses at various speeds while acting as target ship for Z-10-CC conducted by USS WALDO COUNTY (LST 1163). 2325 Completed Z-10-CC. 2329 c/c to 325, c/s to 4 kts. 2343 c/c to 335, c/s to 6 kts.


Friday 7 December 1962

00-04 Steaming independently in sector “F”, area bounded by lines of bearing 300 to 360 from “PIM” located at Lat. 37 53’N, Long. 20 10’E in accordance with CTF 61 message 052058Z December 1962. Enroute from Naples, Italy to Pilos Greece in accordance with CTG 61 OP-ORDER 50-62 on course 335, speed 6 kts. Material Condition YOKE ( Modified) and Condition of Readiness IV are set, Engineering is Condition III. 0112 c/c 155.

04-08 steaming as before. 0525 AKR Yerogombos Light abeam to port, 13 miles. 0655 c/c to 245. 0708 Maneuvering to take Station A5 in formation 51. Formation course 165, speed 5 kts. 0745 Mustered the Crew at quarters. Absentees: None. 0753 Made daily inspections of magazines and smokeless power samples. Conditions: Normal.

08-12 Steaming as before. 0803 On station. Guide is USS FREMONT (AKA 44), in station 0 bearing 105, at standard distance. 0835 Made weekly inspection of magazine sprinkler system. Test Satisfactory. 0913 c/f/s to 11 knots. 0914 Flight Quarters. 0935 Rotated formation axis right to 205. 0939 c/f/s to 8 knots. 0945 Marine Helicopter from USS MANDAN (LSD 21) delivered guard mail and departed. 9045 Maneuvering to take new station, changed formation interval to 500 yards. 0945 On Station. guide is USS FREMONT (APA 44) in station 0, bearing 145, range 500 yards. 0955 Rotated formation axis right to 235. 1000 Maneuvering to take new station. 1008 c/f/c to 235. 1025 On station, guide is USS FREMONT (APA 44) in station 0, bearing 175, range 1500 yards. 1121 On station, guide bears 175, 1500 yards.

12-16 Steaming as before. 1249 c/f/c to 130. 1300 Commenced zigzagging in accordance with Plan 14, base course 130, base speed 8 knots. C/c to 105. 1317 c/c to 145. 1342 c/c to 165. 1353 c/c to 115. 1418 c/c 130. Ceased zigzagging. 1424 c/f/s to 0 knots. 1439 c/f/s to 5 knots. 1506 c/f/s to 0 knots. 1515 /f/s to 8 knots. 1524 c/f/ to 0 knots. 1521 c/f/c to 090. 1529 Maneuvering on various courses at various speeds to take station A5, formation 51. Guide bears 175, distance 1000 yards in station 0 1533 On station. 1545 c/f/c to 000.

16-18 Steaming as before. 1602 c/f/c 330. c/c 330.

18-20 Steaming as before. 1800 Darkened ship. 1815 AKR Marathias Light abeam to starboard, 16 miles. 1844 c/f/c 270. 1849 c/f/c to 210. 1855 c/f/c to 165 1905 Lightened ship.

2-24 Steaming as before. 2246 c/s to 4 knots, maneuvering to blow tubes. Leaving formation. 2251 Cleared formation on course 090, c/s to 8 knots. 2300 c/s to 12 knots, c/c to 183 completed blowing tubes. Rejoining formation. 2340 On station, station A-5 in Formation 51, formation course 165, formation axis 235, speed 8 knots. Guide is USS FREMONT (APA 44) bearing 175, range 1000 yards.


Saturday 8 December 1962

00-04 Steaming in company with Task Force 61 enroute from Naples Italy to Pilos, Greece in accordance with CTF61 OP-ORDER 50-62. This ship in station A-5 of Formation 51. Course 165, speed 9 Knots, axis 235. Guide is USS FREMONT (AKA 44) in station 0, bearing 175, range 1000 yards. SOPA and OTC is CTF61 embarked in USS FREMONT (AKA 44). Condition of Readiness IV and Material Condition YOKE (modified) are set. Engineering is in condition III. 0000 c/f/c to 090. 0015 c/f/s to 9 kts. 0100 Advanced all clocks ahead one hour to conform with (-2) Bravo Time Zone. 0302 Maneuvering on various courses at various speeds to take station 1, formation 1. Formation course 090, formation speed 9 knots. 0321 On station. Guide is USS FREMONT (AKA 44) in station 3. Guide bears 270, range 2000 yards. 0348 This ship is guide.

04-08 Steaming as before. 0421 Sighted Thio Adhelfi Light bearing 116, range 22.2 miles 0436 Sighted Pilos Island Light bearing 090, range 15.7 miles. 0524 Sighted AKR Karsee Light Bearing 133, range 12.5 miles. 0550 Set the anchor detail. 0610 Set the ballast detail. 0614 Upon verbal orders OTC commenced proceeding independently to anchorage “PCV” in Navarin Bay ( Ormos Navarinou), Peloponnisos, Greece in accordance with CTF61 OP-ORDER 50-62. c/s 4 kts. 0615 Captain at the conn. c/c 120. 0629 c/s 5 kts. 0633 c/c 085. 0636 c/s 4 kts. Commenced maneuvering at various courses and speeds to enter Navarin Bay and assigned anchorage. 0652 Pilos Island abeam to port, range 300 yds.. 0709 Passed Pilos Breakwater light abeam to starboard. 0717 Walked out port anchor to 10 fathoms on deck. 0723 Ship is ballasted to the sill. 0736 Let go of the starboard anchor. Anchored in “PCV” Anchorage Pilos, Navarin Bay, Peloponnios, Greece in 21 fathoms of water, mud and sand bottom, with 60 fathoms of chain out to the port anchor, on the following bearings: Island Monument 104.3, Left Monument 218, Chimney 075.3. Ships present in clued various units of TF 61. SOPA and OTC is CTF 61 in USS FRMONT (APA 44). 0745 Secured the anchor Detail. 0750 Secured fires under Number Two Boiler. Engineering Department on 30 minute standby to make 8 kts.

08-12 Anchored as before. 0800 Mustered the crew on stations. Absentees: None. 0801 Ballasting for off-loading operation. 0826 Debarking boats from well. 0830 This ship serving as “PCV”. 1030 Landing Operation completed, embarking boats. 1120 Made Daily Inspection of Magazines and smokeless power samples. Conditions: Normal.

12-16 Anchored as before. 1201 Commenced transferring aviation gas to LCU 1469 refueler. 1240 completed Ballasting. Secured the ballasting detail. 1330 completed transferring aviation gas. 1343 LCU 1469 left from alongside. 1530 LCU 1469 alongside starboard quarter to transfer aviation gas. 1537 Commenced pumping aviation gas to LCU 1469.

16-18 Anchored as before. 1625 Completed transferring aviation gas to LCU 1469. 1640 LCU 1469 clear of the ship. 1730 Set the Ballasting detail. Commenced ballasting.

18-20 Anchored as before. 1812 LCU 1609 debarked well deck. 1815 LCU 1608 debarked well deck. 1818 Completed ballasting. 1945 set the Ballast Detail.

20-24 Anchored as before. 2014 LCU 1608 entered well. 2021 LCU 1609 entered well. 2022 Commenced deballasting. 2205 Completed deballasting. 2309 Secured number Two (2) Generator.

Sunday 9 December 1962

00-04 Anchored in “PCV” Anchorage, Pilos, Navarin Bay, Peloponnisus, Greece in 21 fathoms of water, sand and mud bottom, with 60 fathoms of chain out to the port anchor, on the following bearings: Island Monument 216.5, Monument 101.5, Chimney 075. Condition of Readiness IV and Material Condition YOKE ( Modified) are set. Engineering is on thirty (30) minute standby for eight (8) knots. Boiler number one (1) and generator number one (1) are on the line. Ships present include units of Task Force 61 and foreign Merchant Vessels. SOPA and OTC is CTF61 embarked in USS FREMONT (APA 44).

04-08 Anchored as before. 0645 Generator number two (2) on the line. 0745 Mustered the crew on stations. Absentees: None.

08-12 Anchored as before. 0945 Made Daily inspections of magazines and smokeless power samples. Conditions: Normal.

12-16 Anchored as before. 1230 Ballasting down to disembark boats in well. 1356 Completed ballasting. All boats clear. This ship functioning as “PCV” for landing exercise. 1500 H Hour. 1530 Commenced embarking boats. 1550 Commenced deballasting.

16-20 Anchored as before. 1634 Completed deballasting.

20-24 Anchored as before. 2100 Secured Number two (2) generator. .

Monday 10 December 1962

00-04 Anchored in “PCV” Anchorage, Navarinov Bay, Pilos, Peloponnesus, Greece, in 21 fathoms of water, mud and sand bottom, with go fathoms of chain out to the port anchor, on the following bearings: Island Monument 104, Monument 218, Chimney 075. Condition of Readiness IV and Material Condition YOKE (modified) are set. Engineering is on Thirty (30) minute standby for 8 knots. Boiler Number One (1) and generator Number one (1) are on the line. Ships present include Units of Task force 61 and Greek Merchant chips. SOPA and OTC is CTF 61 embarked in USS FREMONT (APA 44).

04-08 Anchored as before. 0400 Set the Ballast Detail. 0406 Number Two (2) Generator on the line. 0410 Commenced Ballasting. 0520 Completed Ballasting. 0530 Land The Landing Force. 0538 LCU 1609 clear the well. 0536 LCU 1608 Clear of the well. 0700 H-Hour. 0730 Commenced general unloading.

08-12 Anchored as before> 0800 Mustered the crew on station. Absentees: None. 0840 Made daily inspection of magazines and smokeless power samples. Conditions: Normal. 0825 USS CHUCKAWAN (AO 100) entered the AOA and anchored in assigned anchorage.

12-16 Anchored as before. 1612 LCU 1469 alongside to starboard. 1725 Commenced receiving AVGAS from LCU 1469. 1755 Completed fueling. Received 3800 gals. 1756 LCU Underway from alongside.

18-20 Anchored as before. 1935 LCU alongside to starboard. Commenced receiving AVGAS from LCU 1469. 1950 Completed fueling. Received 2150 gals. LCU cast off.

20-24 Anchored as before. 2222 Secured Number One (1) Generator.


Tuesday 11 December 1962

00-04 Anchored in “PVC” Anchorage, Navarinov Bay Pilos, Pelopponnesus, Greece, in 21 fathoms of water, mud and sand bottom, with 60 fathoms of chain out to the port anchor, on the following bearings: Island Monument 103.5, Monument 216, Chimney 075.8. Condition of readiness IV and Material Condition YOKE (Modified) are set. Engineering is on thirty (30) minute standby for 8 kts. Boiler Number One (1) and generator Number Two (2) are on the line. Ships present include units of Task Force 61,USS CHUCKAWAN (AO 100) and Greek merchant ships. SOPA and OTC is CTF 61 embarked in USS FREMONT (APA 44).

04-08 Anchored as before. 0745 Mustered the crew at Quarters. Absentees: None. 0746 Made daily inspections of magazines and smokeless power samples. Conditions: Normal.

08-12 Anchored as before. 0800 USS WALDO COUNTY (LST 1163) got underway and stood out of anchorage. 1039 U.S. Navy seaplane with ALUSNA, Athens Landed close aboard to port. Dispatched MWB to pick up ALUNA, for transportation to USS FREMONT (APA 44).

12-16 Anchored as before. 1216 USS WALDO COUNTY (LST 1163) entered the harbor. 1250 USS WALDO COUNTY (LST 1163) anchored in LVT Anchorage, 1300 Commenced Z-9-A Exercise . 1330 Set the Ballast Detail. 1340 Commenced ballasting. 1500 Completed Z-9-A Exercise. 1526 Completed deballasting. Secured the Ballast Detail. 1535 U.S. Navy Seaplane with ALUSNA, Athens aboard, took off and departed the AOA.

16-18 Anchored as before.

18-20 Anchored as before.
20-24 Anchored as before. 2251 Shifted electrical load from Number Two (2) Generator to Number One (1) Generator.


Wednesday 12 December 1962

00-04 Anchored in PCV Anchorage, Pilos, Navarin Bay, Peloponnisus, Greece in 21 fathoms of water, sand and mud bottom with 60 fathoms of chain out to the port anchor, on the following bearings: Island Tangent 104.4 Monument 216.2, fixed red Light 151. Condition of Readiness IV and Material Condition YOKE (Modified) are set. Engineering is on thirty (30) minute standby for 8 kts. Boiler Number one (1) and Generator Number One (1) are on the line. Ships present include units of Task Force 61 plus USS CHUCKAWAN (AO 100), and foreign merchant ships. SOPA and OTC is CTF 61 embarked in USS FREMONT (APA 44).

04-08 Anchored as before. 0630 Observers departed ship for ORI on USS FREMONT (APA 44). 0745 Mustered the crew at Quarters. Absentees: None. 0750 USS FREMONT got underway for ORI and stood out of the anchorage.

12-16 Anchored as before.

16-18 Anchored as before. 1632 USS FREMONT (APA 44) entered the harbor and anchored in assigned anchorage. 1655 Having completed ORI on USS FREMONT (APA 44), observers returned aboard.

18-20 Anchored as before. 1916 While opening a can, Jenkins, G.I. SR, USN cut right thumb. Not due to own misconduct. Treatment administered by Duty Hospital Corpsman. Disposition: Returned to Duty.

20-24 Anchored as before. 2330 Lighted fires under # 2 Boiler for baking out firesides.

Thursday 13 December 1962

00-04 Anchored in PCV Anchorage, Pilos, Navarin Bay, Peloponnisus, Greece in 21 fathoms of water, sand and mud bottom, with 60 fathoms of chain out to the port anchor, on the following bearings: Island 104.4, Monument 216.2, fixed Red Light 151. Condition of Readiness IV and Material Condition YOKE (Modified) are set. Engineering is on Thirty (30) minute standby for 8 kts. Boiler Number One (1) and Generator Number One (1) are on the line. Ships present include various units of Task Force 61 plus USS CHUCKAWAN (AO 100) and foreign Merchant Ships. SOPA and OTC is CTF 61 embarked in USS FREMONT (APA 44). 000 Lighted fires under #2 boiler for baking out firesides.

04-08 Anchored as before. 0517 Went to General Quarters. 0521 Darkened Ship. 0530 Set Material Condition ZEBRA. 0619 Set the Anchor Detail. Commenced preparations for getting underway. 0618 Captain J.A. PRIDMORE, USN, COMPHIBRON FOUR with members of his Staff, came aboard. Broke the flag of COMPHIBRON FOUR. 0648 USS FORT MADAN (LSD 21) got underway and stood out of the anchorage. 0655 USS MULIPHEN (AKA 61) got underway and stood out of the anchorage. Completed all preparations for getting underway. 0658 Commenced heaving around on the port anchor. 0703 Captain has the conn. 0704 Underway in accordance with CTF 61 Emergency Sortie Plan enroute from Pilos, Greece to point “OSCAR”. Navigator on the bridge, with COMPHIBRON FOUR embarked. 0705 USS TELFAIR (APA 210) got underway and stood out of the anchorage. 0706 USS WALDO COUNTY (LST 1163) got underway and stood out of the anchorage. 0730 N. Pilos Light abeam to starboard 200 yards. 0734 Set course 252 speed 12 kts. 0736 Maneuvering on various courses to pass through Point “OSCAR”. 0752 C/S TO 10 kts.

08-12 Steaming as before. 0805 Passed through Point “OSCAR”, set course 242, speed 10 kts. 0808 c/s to 4 kts. 0808 Formed Formation 51Z. This ship is guide in station 0. Formation course 240, speed 5 kts. Formation axis 240. 0811 Secured from General Quarters. Set Condition III. 0856 Commenced maneuvering at various courses various speeds to lower MWB for transfer of personnel of USS FORT MANDAN (LSD 21). 0902 MWB in the water. 0925 Recovered MWB, hoisted to rail as lifeboat. 0927 c/s to 5 kts. 0932 secured Condition III. Set the regular underway watch. 0941 Secured Radar 1 AW EMCON plan ALPHA. 1000 Set the Refueling Detail. 1026 c/c to 240, c/s to 8 kts. 1027 c/s to 10 kts. 1028 Captain has the conn. 1032 c/c 240, c/s to 12 kts. 1033 Made daily inspections of magazines and smokeless power samples. Conditions: Normal. 1034 c/s to 13 kts. 1035 c/s to 12 kts. Commenced maneuvering to take refueling station port side of USS CHUCHAWAN (AO 100). 1038 Alongside USS CHUCKAWAN (AO 100) on Replenishment course 240, speed 10 kts. 1042 First line over. 1050 Fuel lines connected. 1056 Commenced receiving NSFO. 1115 Commenced receiving JP-5.

12-16 Steaming as before. 1205 Completed pumping NSFO. 1222 Completed pumping JP-5. Received 8034 gallons of JP-5 and 2309 gallons of NSFO. Draft: 18’0” FWD; 17’6” AFT; Mean: 17’9”. 12131 Broke fueling connection. 1234 c/s to 13 kts, c/c to 238. Clearing from alongside USS CHUCKAWAN (AO 100). This ship assumed guide. 1237 c/c to 060. 1243 Secured the refueling detail. 1350 All ships directed to proceed independently to anchorage at maximum speed. 1354 c/s to 14 kts. 1512 c/s to 12 kts. 1517 c/c to 075, c/s to 10 kts. 1519 Set the Special Sea and Anchor Detail. Commenced steering various courses at various speeds to make Navarin Bay entrance. 1548 Passed the Pilos Light abeam to port 400 yards. Entered Navarin Bay. Commenced maneuvering at various courses and speeds to make assigned anchorage.

16-18 Maneuvering as before. 1606 Walked out port anchor to 10 fathoms. 1612 Anchored in PCV Anchorage, Navarin Bay, Peloponnisus, Greece in 21 fathoms of water, mud and sand bottom, with 60 fathoms of chain out to the port anchor, on the following bearings: Sfaktira Island Monument: 213.5; Island Monument: 114; Chimney: 081. Ships present include various units of Task Force 61 plus USS CHUCKAWAN (AO 100) and Greek merchant ships. SOPA and CTF 61 embarked in this ship. Engineering plant placed on thirty (30) minute standby for 8 kts. 1624 Secured Special Sea and Anchor Detail.

18-20 Anchored as before. 1722 USS WALDO COUNTY (LST 1163) anchored in LVT Anchorage.

20-24 Anchored as before.


Friday 14 December 1962

00-04 Anchored in PCV anchorage, Pilos, Navarin Bay, Greece, in 21 fathoms of water, mud and sand bottom, with 60 fathoms of chain out to the port anchor, on the following bearings: Chimney 081.2, Marathonisi Rt. Tangent 127.8, Sfaktaria Island Monument 213. Condition of Readiness IV and Material Condition YOKE (Modified) are set. Engineering is on thirty (30) minute standby for 8 kts. Boiler number two (2) and generator number one (1) and two (2) are on the line. Ships present include units of Task Force 61 Plus USS CHUCKAWAN (AO 100) and Foreign Merchant Ships. SOPA and OTC is CTF 61 embarked in USS FREMONT (APA 44). 0127 Quarterdeck Watch reported the Gig adrift. 0145 Dispatched LCVP to search for and recover Gig. 0156 Gig recovered extensive Damage.

04-08 Anchored as before. 0740 Gig returned to ship under tow of LCM#1. 0745 Mustered the crew at quarters. Absentees: None.

08-12 Anchored as before. 0858 Shifted Electrical load to #2 generator. 0905 Secured #1 Generator. 1015 Made daily inspection of magazines and smokeless power samples. Conditions: Normal. 1030 Made weekly test of magazine sprinkler system. Test Satisfactory. 1040 While working on UDT boat, BAILEY, J.A. SF1, USN received a contusion of the right knee when his knee was pinched between the gunwale of the UDT boat and the skin of the ship. Treatment: ice packs and observation: to be seen by the Medical Officer and X-rayed for fracture. Treatment administered by BYRAN, HMC, USN. Disposition: Sick List.

12-16 Anchored as before. 1215 Set the anchored detail. 1220 Commenced walking the starboard anchor out underfoot. 1302 Passed the stopper on the starboard anchor, with 30 fathoms of chain on deck. 1325 Lost the Electrical load. 1326 Electrical Power restored. 1418 #1 Generator on the line.

16-18 Anchored as before.
18-20 Anchored as before.
20-24 Anchored as before.


Saturday 15 December 1962

00-04 Anchored in PVC Anchorage, Pilos, Navarin Bay, Peloponnisus, Greece, in 21 fathoms of water, mud and sand bottom with 60 fathoms of chain out to the port anchor, 30 fathoms of chain to the starboard anchor underfoot on the following bearings: Chimney 081.2, Marathonisi Island right tangent 127.8; Sfakteria Island Monument 213. Condition of readiness IV and Material Condition Yoke (Modified) are set. Engineering is on thirty (30) minute standby for 8 kts. Boiler #2 and generator # 1&2 are on the line. Ships present include units of TF 61 plus USS CHUCKAWAN (AO 100) and various Greek merchant ships. SOPA and OTC are CTF 61 embarked in USS FREMONT (APA 44). 0022 Set the Anchor Detail. 0043 Commenced heaving in the starboard anchor. 0100 Housed the starboard anchor and passed the stopper. 0102 Secured the Anchor Detail.

04-08 Anchored as before. 0745 Mustered the crew at Quarters. Absentees: None. 0750 USS TELFAIR (APA 210) got under way and stood out of the Anchorage.

08-12 Anchored as before. 1133 Made daily inspections of magazines and smokeless power samples. Conditions: Normal.

12-16 Anchored as before. 1500 USS TELFAIR (APA 210) entered the anchorage and anchored in assigned anchorage.

16-18 Anchored as before.
18-20 Anchored as before.
20-24 Anchored as before.

Sunday 16 December 1962

00-04 Anchored in PCV Anchorage, Pilos, Navarin Bay, Paloponnisus, Greece in 21 fathoms of water, mud and sand bottom, with 60 fathoms of chain to port anchor on the following bearings: Chimney 078, Marathonisi Island right tangent 110, F. R. Light 155.3 Conditions of readiness IV and Material Condition YOKE (Modified ) are set. Engineering is on thirty (30) minute standby for 8 kts. Boiler #2 and Generators # 1&2 are on the line. Ships present include units of TF 61 plus USS CHUCKAWAN (AO 100) OTC and CTF 61 embarked in USS FREMONT (AKA 44).

04-08 Anchored as before. 0745 Mustered The Crew on Stations. Absentees: None.

08-12 Anchored as before. 0915 Set the Anchored Detail. 0925 Commenced walking out the starboard anchor. 0937 30 fathoms to the starboard anchor. 0941 Secured the Anchor Detail. 1005 Made Daily inspections of magazines and smokeless power samples. Conditions: Normal.

12-16 Anchored as before.
16-18 Anchored as before.
18-20 Anchored as before. Rainy weather and strong gusts of wind up to 33 knots.
20-24 Anchored as before. 2115 Secured #1 Generator.


Monday 17 December 1962

00-04 Anchored in PCV Anchorage, Navarin Bay, Pilos, Peloponnesus, Greece, Greece in 21 fathoms of water, mud and sand bottom, with 60 fathoms of chain at the waters edge, to the port anchor and 30 fathoms of chain on deck, to the starboard anchor, on the following bearings: Chimney 078, Marathonisi island 110, Red Light 155.3. Condition of Readiness IV and Material Condition YOKE (Modified) are set. Engineering is on thirty (30) minute standby for 8 Knots. Boiler Number Two (2) and Generator Number one (1) are on the line. Ships present include units of Task Force 61 Plus USS CHUCKAWAN ( AO 100 ) and foreign merchant vessels. SOPA and OTC 61 embarked in USS FRMONT ( APA 44 ). An anchor watch has been set. Wind westerly 15 to 30 Knots with occasional gusts to 35 knots. Weather reports indicate winds of 25 to 30 knots with gusts to 50 knots can be expected for the next 24 hours.

04-08 Anchored as before. 0645 Set the Ballast Detail. Commenced Ballasting. 0745 Mustered the crew on station. Absentees: None

08-12 Anchored as Before. 0800 Commenced back loading operations. Ballasting as necessary. 0856 Made Daily inspection of magazines and smokeless power samples. Conditions: Normal.

12-16 Anchored as before. 1455 USS FREMONT (APA 44) underway to shift anchorage. 1511 USS FREMONT (APA 44) anchored in assigned anchorage.

16-18 Anchored as before. 1753 Completed back loading operations. Commenced deballasting.

18-20 Anchored as before.

20-24 Anchored as before. 2014 Completed deballasting Draft: 17’6” fwd, 18’6” Aft, Mean 18’0”. 2030 Shifted Electrical load to # 2 Generator. 2035 Secured #1 Generator. 2150 Lost partial electrical load due to faulty shore power to LCU 1608. 2154 Electrical power restored; shore power cable isolated.


Tuesday 18 December 1962

00-04 Anchored in PCV Anchorage, Navarinou Bay, Pilos, Peloponnesus, Greece in 21 fathoms of Water, sand and mud bottom, with 60 fathoms of chain at the water’s edge to the port anchor and 30 fathoms of chain on deck to the starboard anchor, on the following bearings: Chimney 078, Mrathonisi Island 110, Red Light 155.3. Condition of Readiness IV and Material Condition YOKE ( Modified) are set. Engineering is on thirty (30) minute standby for 8 knots. Boiler Number Two (2) and generator number two (2) are on the line. Ships present include units of Task Force 61 plus USS CHUKAWAN (AO 100) and various merchant ships. SOPA and CTF 61 embarked in USS FREMONT (APA 44).

04-08 Anchored as before. 0745 Mustered the crew quarters- foul weather parade. Absentees: None.

08-12 Anchored as before. 0803 USS CHUCKAWAN (AO 100) got underway and stood out of the harbor. 1045 Made daily inspection of magazines and smokeless power samples. Conditions: Normal.

12-16 Anchored as before. 1313 Lighted fires under Number One (1) Boiler. 1318 Commenced heaving around on starboard anchor. 1330 Pursuant to CTF 61 msg.150635Z DEC. 1962, ENS J. SHEKERKO, USNR, departed the ship for TEMDU aboard the USS FREMONT (APA 44). 1335 Avast heaving in on starboard anchor, Chains Crossed.  1403 Commenced maneuvering with both engines to swing ship.  1406 Commenced heaving in starboard anchor. 1425 Starboard anchor is housed. 1500 Set the Special Sea and Anchor Detail. Commenced preparations for getting underway. 1525 Completed all preparations for getting underway. Draft: 17’6” Fwd, 18”0” Aft. Commenced heaving in to short stay. 1542 Underway in accordance with CTF 61 OP-ORDER 50-62, enroute from Pilos, Greece to Piraieus, Greece. OOD at the conn, Captain and Navigator on the bridge. Maneuvering on various courses at various speeds, standing out of Navarious Bay.

16-18 Maneuvering as before.  1609 Pilos Light abeam to starboard, 300 yards. Set course 252, speed 13 knots. 1615 Secured the Special Sea and Anchor Detail. 1620 c/c to 258. 1631 c/c o 250. 1636 Maneuvering to take Station A-5 Formation 51. Formation course 157, speed 10 kts. Guide is USS FREMONT (APA-44), in station 0. 1658 c/c to 165. 1722 c/s to 10 kts. On station.

18-20 Steaming as before. 1837 c/f/c to 125. 1945 c/f/c to 105.

20-24 Steaming as before. 2003 c/f/c to 125. 2200 Akra Tainaron Light abeam to port, distance 25.4 miles. 2337 Commenced ISE. 2338 c/c to 200. 2353 c/c to 080.


Wednesday 19 December 1962

00-04 Steaming Independently enroute from Pilos, Greece to Piraieus, Greece in accordance with CTF 61 OP-ORDER 50-62 on course 080, speed 10 knots. Condition of Readiness IV and Material Condition YOKE (Modified ) are set. Engineering is in Condition III. Boilers Number One (1) and Two (2) and generators Number one (1) and Two (2) are on the line. SOPA and OTC is Commanding Officer, this ship, following General Movement of TF 61 while conducting independent exercises. 0006 c/c to 125. 0110 c/c to 120. 0025 c/c to 122. 0030 Commenced 10 kts. economy run. 0103 c/c to 126. 0113 c/c to 128. 0119 c/c to 129. 0140 c/c to 130. 0153 c/c to 129. 0154 Sighted Akra Apolitares Light bearing 090, distance 20.5 miles. 0156 c/c to 128. 0357 c/c to 073. c/c to 092.

04-08 Steaming as before. 0403 c/c to 094. 0415 c/c to 070. 0442 c/c to 045. 0448 c/c to 060. 0528 Aka Apolitares Light abeam to port, distance 8 miles. 0531 c/c to 000. 0620 Aka Apolitares Light abeam to port, distance 7 miles. 0630 Secured from economy run. 0637 c/c to 005, c/s to 12 kts. Proceeding to Station A-5 of Formation 51. Formation course 000, speed 10 kts. 0745 Mustered the crew at Quarters. Absentees: None.

08-12 Steaming as before. 0800 Exercised the crew at General Quarters. Detached by OTC to conduct independent ship exercises in Sector “C”. 0810 c/s to 8 kts. 0817 c/c to 095. 0826 c/c to 110. 0835 c/c to 12 kts. proceeding to Sector “C”. 0853 Secured from General Quarters. 0927 Steering various courses and maneuvering on both engines. Conducting OOD Training. 0958 Made daily inspection of Magazines and smokeless power samples. Conditions: Normal. 1148 Completed OOD Training. c/c to 310. 1149 c/s to 8 kts.

12-16 Steaming as before. 1242 c/c to 110. 1300 Went to General Quarters. 1310 Material Condition ZEBRA is set. c/c to 070. 1325 c/c to 120. 1335 Commenced Engineering Drills. 1354 c/c to 230. Secured from Engineering Drills. 1335 c/s to 10 kts. 1357 c/s to 12 kts. 1400 c/c to 260. 1402 Set Material Condition YOKE. Secured from General Quarters. 1423 c/c to 270. 1510 c/c to 010. c/s to 8 kts. 1514 c/s to 4 kts. 1520 c/ to 10 kts. 1522 c/c to 040. 1538 c/c to 085.

16-18 Steaming as before. 1601 c/s to 8 kts. 1604 c/c to 120. 1607 c/c to 100. 1615 c/c to 050. 1626 c/c to 323. 1630 c/c to 300. 1637 c/c to 325. 1646 c/s to 12 kts. 1547 c/c to 000. c/s to 4 kts 1654 Completed ISE. Completed maneuvering at various courses and speeds to take station A-5 in formation 51 with guide, USS FREMONT (APA 44) in station 0. When on station, guide will bearing 300, range 1000 yds. OPA and CTF 61 embarked in USS FREMONT (APA 44). Ships present include units to Task Force 61. Formation course 180, speed 8 kts, formation axis 000. 1710 On station. 1745 c/f/c to 090. 1750 c/c to 090. 1754 c/f/c to 000.

18-20 Steaming as before. 1800 c/c to 000. 1957 Sighted Ananes Islet Light bearing 048, distance 27 miles.

20-24 Steaming as before. 2033 Sighted Falkonena Island Light bearing 004, distance 26 miles. 2205 Sighted N. Andimilos bearing 006, distance 28 miles. 2217 c/f/c to 353, c/f/s to 10 kts. 1145 Sighted Parapola Island Light bearing 318, distance 28 miles.


Thursday 20 December 1962

00-04 Steaming in company with Task Force 61 enroute from Pilos, Greece to Piraieus, Greece in accordance with CTF 61 OP-ORDER 50-62. This ship is station A-5 of Formation 51. Formation course 353, speed 10 knots, Formation Axis 000. Guide is USS FREMONT (APA 440 in station 0, bearing 300, distance 1000 yards. Condition of Readiness IV and Material Condition YOKE ( Modified) are set. Engineering is in Condition III. SOPA and OTC is CTF 61 embarked in USS FREMONT (APA 44). 0027 Passed Falkonera Light abeam to starboard, distance 4 miles. 0120 Passes Parapola Light abeam to port, distance 15 miles. 0135 Sighted Ayios Yeoryios Light bearing 019, Distance 29 miles. 0206 Sighted Akr Zourva Light bearing 336, distance 18 miles. 0301 c/f/c to 357. 0338 c/f/c to 027. 0341 Passes Akr Zourva Light abeam to port, distance 8 miles.

04-08 Steaming as before. 0401 c/f/c to 352. 0413 Sighted Nisoi Teseleuinia Light bearing 282, distance 10 miles. 0425 Passed Ayios Light abeam to starboard, distance 9 miles. 0433 Passed Nisoi Teseleuinia Light abeam to port, distance 9 miles. 0449 Sighted Nisoi Fleves Light bearing 008, distance 16 miles. 0523 Sighted Akra Tourlos Light bearing 327, distance 12.6 miles. 0547 Sighted Nisos Psitallia Light bearing 346, distance 18 miles. 0625 Passed Nisoi Fleves Light 4.5 miles. Commenced maneuvering at various courses and speeds to take station 4 in formation 1. Base course 352. When on station the guide, USS FREMONT (APA 44), will bear 325, range 1000 yards. 0655 On station. 0703 Upon orders of the OTC, proceeding independently to assigned anchorage. 0705 c/c to 354. 0708 c/c to 352. Set the Special Sea and Anchor Detail. 0711 c/c to 350. 0714 c/s to 8 kts. 0716 c/c to 000. 0726 c/c to 034, c/s to 5 kts. Commenced maneuvering at various courses and speeds to make assigned anchorage. 0738 Captain at the conn.

08-12 Maneuvering as Before. 0800 Mustered the crew at quarters for entering port. Absentees: None. C/c to 040. maneuvering with both engines to anchor in assigned anchorage. 0805 Anchored in Anchorage A-2, Omos Faliron, Piraieus, Greece, in 10 fathoms of water, rock and weed bottom, with 45 fathoms of chain out to the port anchor, on the following bearings: Breakwater Light 289, Right Chimney 007, Left Chimney 322. Ships present include units of Task Force 61. SOPA and OTC is CTF 61 embarked in USS FREMONT (APA 44). 0821 Secured the Special Sea and Anchor Detail. 0824 Engineering plant placed on thirty (30) minute standby for 8 kts. 0831 Exercised the crew at Collision Drill. 0844 Secured from Collision Drill. 0914 Set the Ballast Detail. Commenced Ballasting. 0920 ENS. J. SHEKERKO, USNR, Having completed Temporary Additional Duty on board USS FREMONT (APA 44), returned on board and resume his regular duties. 0950 Made Daily inspection of magazines and smokeless power samples. Conditions: Normal. 1001 Completed Ballasting. LCU 1608 clear of the well. 1005 Secured the ballast Detail.

12-16 Anchored as before. 1345 Pursuant to orders of Commanding Officer, LTJG H. K. RICHARDS, USNR, in charge of seven (7) men left the ship to report to Senior Shore Patrol Officer, Piraieus, Greece for Temporary Additional Duty. 1400 Pursuant to BUPERS Order 167493 of 5 September 1962, Lt. Eugene F. Smith, USN was Detached from this ship ith orders to report to Commanding Officer, USS BOSTON (CAG 1) for duty.

16-20 Anchored as before. 1600 Set the Ballast Detail. 1615 LCU 1608 entered the well. Commenced Deballasting. 1723 Completed Deballasting.

20-24 Anchored as before. 2200 Engineering Plant placed on thirty (30) minute standby for getting underway.


Friday 21 December 1962

00-04 Anchored in Anchorage A-2, Ormos Faliron, Piraieus, Greece, in 10 fathoms of water, rock and weed bottom, with 45 fathoms of chain out to the port anchor, on the following bearings: Breakwater light 289, Left Chimney322, Right Chimney 007. Condition of Readiness V and Material Condition YOKE ( Modified) are set. Engineering is on thirty (30 ) minute standby for 8 kts. Boiler number Two (2) and Generator number One (1) are on the line. Ships present include various units of Task Force 61. SOPA and OTC is CTF 61 embarked in USS FREMONT (APA 44). 0200 LTJG H. K. RICHARDS, USNR, in charge of seven (7) men, having completed temporary duty as Shore Patrol Officer returned on board, and assumed his regular duties. 0215 SOPA cancelled all small boating due to high winds and choppy seas: the Liberty party remains ashore.

04-08 Anchored as before. 0745 mustered the crew at Quarters. Absentees: None: Previous Day’s Liberty party still ashore.

08-12 Anchored as before. 1005 LCM6 alongside to return previous day’s liberty party which had remained ashore due to cancellation of small boating. 1020 Made Daily inspection of magazines and smokeless power samples. Conditions: Normal. Made weekly test of magazine sprinkler system. Test: Satisfactory.

12-16 Anchored as before.
16-20 Anchored as before.
20-24 Anchored as before.


Saturday 22 December 1962

00-04 Anchored in Anchorage A-2, Ormos Faliron, Piraioeus, Greece in 10 fathoms of water, rock and weed bottom, with 45 fathoms of chain out to the port anchor, on the following bearings: Breakwater Light 289, Right Chimney 005, Aerodrome 059. Condition of Readiness V and Material Condition YOKE ( Modified ) are set. Engineering is on thirty (30) minute standby for 8 kts. Boiler Number Two (2) and Generator number (2) Two are on the line. Ships present include ships of Task Force 61. SOPA and OTC is CTF 61 embarked in USS FREMONT (APA 44).

04-08 Anchored as before. 0700 USS LLOYD THOMAS (DD 764) entered ormos Faliron and anchored in assigned Anchorage. 0745 Mustered the crew at Quarters. Absentees: HALL, B. W. CSSN, USN, UA since 0100, 22 December 1962.

08-12 Anchored as before. 0930 Made daily inspection of magazines and smokeless power samples Conditions: Normal. 1125 HALL, B.W. CSSN, USN returned on board, having been UA since 0100, 22 December 1962.

12-16 Anchored as before.

16-20 Anchored as before. 1830 CLARKM R.D. ETRSN, USN was returned on board by Shore Patrol, Athens, Greece on charges of Art. 134, UCMJ- Drunk and Disorderly: and Art. 89, UCMJ- Using disrespectful and profane Language to Senior Shore Patrol Officer.

20-24 Anchored as before.


Sunday 23 December 1962

00-04 Anchored in Anchorage A-2, Ormos Faliron, Piratieus, Greece in 10 Fathoms of water, rock and weed bottom with 45 fathoms of chain out to the port anchor on the following bearings: Breakwater Light 288, Chimney 004.5 Aerodrome 055.5 Conditions of Readiness V and Material Condition YOKE ( Modified ) are set. Engineering is on thirty (30 ) minute standby for 8 Kts. Boiler Number Two (2) and Generator number Two are on the Line. Ships Present include various units of Task force 61 plus USS LLOYD THOMAS ( DD 764 ). SOPA and OTC is CTF 61 embarked in USS FREMONT (APA 44 ).

04-08 Anchored as before.

08-12 Anchored as before. 0800 Mustered the crew on Stations: Absentees None. 0915 Lighted fires under Number One ( 1 ) boiler. 1018 Made daily inspection of magazines and smokeless power samples. Conditions: Normal. 1040 let fires die out under Number Two ( 2 ) boiler.

12-16 Anchored as before. 16-20 Anchored as before. 20-24 Anchored as before.


Monday 24 December 1962

00-04 Anchored in Anchorage A-2, Ormos Faliron, Pirieus, Greece, in 10 Fathoms of water, rock and weed bottom, with 45 fathoms of chain out to the port anchor, on the following bearings: Breakwater Light 289.3, Right Chimney 006.2, Aerodrome 056.3. Condition of Readiness V and material Condition YOKE ( Modified ) are set. Engineering is on Thirty ( 30 ) minute standby for 8 kts. Boiler number One ( 1 ) and Generator Number One ( 1 ) are on the line. Ships present include units of Task force 61 plus USS LLOYD THOMAS (DDE 764 ). SOPA and OTC is CTF 61 embarked in USS FREMONT ( APA 44 ).

04-08 Anchored as before. 0425 While working in Laundry, SCHULTZ, E. W. PFC. USMC, tripped and hit his head on the edge of clothes press. Diagnosis: wound, lacerated forehead. Treatment: Cleaned, 3-4-0 Black silk sutures, Dressed. Disposition: Returned to duty. 0745 Mustered the crew at quarters. Absentees: None.

08-12 Anchored as before. 0857 the Commanding Officer held Mast and Imposed Non-Judicial punishment as follows: BERRY, J.E. EM3, USN. Offense: Violation of Art. 91, UCMJ- Contempt towards a Petty Officer; and Violation of Art. 92, UCMJ – Dereliction of duty. Punishment: Summary Court Martial. HEIMS, T.C. BM3, USN. Offense: Violation of Art. 92, UCMJ – Dereliction of Duty. Punishment: Reduction to next inferior Rate, BMSN. HALL, B.W. SA, USN. Offense: AWOL from 0100 22 December 1962 until 1125 22 December 1962. Punishment: Two (2) weeks restriction. 0940 Made daily inspection of magazines and smokeless power samples. Conditions: Normal.

12-16 Anchored as before. 1505 Water barge alongside to starboard. 1510 Ship is receiving fresh water.

16-20 Anchored as before. 1900 Water barge cast off.

20-24 Anchored as before.


Tuesday 25 December 1962

00-04 Anchored in Anchorage A-2, Ormos Faliron, Piraieus, Greece in 10 fathoms of water, rock and weed bottom, with 45 Fathoms of chain out to the port anchor, on the following bearings: Breakwater Light 029, Left Chimney 323.5, Aerodrome 057.5 Condition of Readiness V and Material Condition YOKE ( Modified ) are set. Engineering is on Thirty ( 30 ) minute standby for 8 kts. Boiler Number One ( 1 ) and generator number One ( 1 ) are on the line. Ships present include units of Task Force 61 Plus USS LLOYD THOMAS (DDE 764 ). SOPA and OTC is CTF 61 embarked in USS FREMONT (APA 44 ).

04-08 Anchored as before.

08-12 Anchored as before. 0800 Mustered the crew on stations. Absentees: None. 1000 Made daily inspections of magazines and smokeless power samples. Conditions: Normal.

12-16 Anchored as before.
16-20 Anchored as before.
20-24 Anchored as before.


Wednesday 26 December 1962

00-04   Anchored in Anchorage A-2, Grmos Faliron, Piraieus, Greece in 10 fathoms of water, rock and weed bottom, with 45 fathoms of chain out to the port anchor, on the following bearings: Right Chimney 005, Breakwater Light 292, Aerodrome 062. Condition of Readiness V and Material Condition YOKE ( Modified) are set. Engineering is on thirty (30) minute standby for 8 kts. Boiler Number One (1) and generator Number one (1) are on the line. Ships present include units of Task Force 61 plus USS LLOYD THOMAS (DDE 764). SOPA and OTC is CTF 61 embarked in USS FREMONT (APA 44).

04-08   Anchored as before. 0745 Mustered the crew at Quarters. Absentees: CHAPMAN, N.G. Jr. ENFN, USN, UA since 0100 26 December 1962.

08-12   Anchored as before. 0800 Set the Ballast Detail. Commenced ballasting. Made Daily inspection of magazines and smokeless power samples. Conditions: Normal. 0845 The commanding Officer held mast and imposed non-judicial punishment as follows: CLARK, R.D. ETRSN, USN. Offense: Violation of Art. 134, UCMJ- Drunk and Disorderly: Violation of Art. 89, UCMJ – Disrespectful and Profane Language to a Superior Officer: and Art. 91 UCMJ – Contempt towards a Petty Officer. Punishment: SCM DOMOVAN J.H. MMFN USN. Offense: Violation of Art. 92, UCMJ- Dereliction of Duty. Punishment: Two (2) weeks extra duty. 0900 Completed ballasting. 0904 LCU 1608 Clear of the well. Commenced deballasting. 0907 Number One (1) main engine on line on fifteen (15) minute standby for 8 kts. 0920 Completed deballasting to the ill. Secured the Ballast Detail. 0930 Number one (1) And Two (2) main engines on the line on fifteen (15) minute stand by for full power. 1003 boating cancelled with the exception of LCM6’s. 1015 Set the Anchor Detail. 1032 Dropped the Starboard anchor underfoot with 14 fathoms of chain out to the water’s edge. 1045 Secured the Anchor Detail.

12-16   Anchored as before. 1240 Lighted fires under Number Two (2) Boiler. 1440 CHAPMAN, N. G. Jr., ENFN, USN. Reported on board, having been UA since 0100 26 December 1962.

16-18   Anchored as before.

18-20   Anchored as before. 2100 Set the Ballast Detail. 2115 Commenced Deballasting. 2220 completed deballasting. Draft; 17’6” Fwd, 18’0” Aft.

20-24 Anchored as before. 2100 Set the Ballast Detail. 2115 Commenced Deballasting. 2220 completed deballasting. Draft; 17’6” Fwd, 18’0” Aft.


Thursday 27 December 1962

00-04 Anchored in Anchorage A-2, Ormos Faliron, Piraieus, Greece in 10 fathoms of water, rock and weed bottom, with 45 fathoms of chain out to the port anchor, starboard anchor underfoot with 14 fathoms of chain out to the water’s edge, on the following bearings: Breakwater Light 283, right Chimney 010, Aerodrome 067. Condition of Readiness V and Material Condition YOKE (Modified) are set. Engineering is on fifteen (15) minute standby for full power. Boilers Number One (1) and Two (2) and Generators Number One (1) and Two (2) are on the line. Ships present include units of Task Force 61 plus USS LLOYD THOMAS (DDE 764). SOPA and OTC is CTF 61 embarked in USS FREMONT (APA 44).

04-08 Anchored as before. 0745 Mustered the crew on stations. Absentees; LILES, G. D. BM3, USN, reported on board, having been UA since 0200 27 December 1962.

08-12 Anchored as before. 0830 made daily inspection of magazines and smokeless power samples, Conditions: Normal.

08-12 Commenced preparations for getting underway. 0953 Set the Special Sea and Anchor Detail. 1002 Commenced heaving in on the starboard anchor. 1008 Starboard anchor housed. 1026 Completed all preparations for getting underway. Draft: 17’9” Fwd, 18”6” Aft. 1143 Heaving in port anchor. 1152 Underway in accordance with CTF 61 OP-ORDER 50-62 enroute Messina, Sicily from Piraieus, Greece. Captain at the Conn Navigator on the bridge. Maneuvering to maintain head and position until small boats clear the ship. 1158 Maneuvering with both engines to stand out of the anchorage on various courses.

12-16 Maneuvering as before. 1214 Secured the Special Sea and Anchor Detail. Set course 212, speed 12 kts. 1219 c/c to 175. 1222 c/s to 13 kts, 1223 Commenced steering on the stern of the guide, USS TELFAIR (APA 210). CTU 61.7.2 (CO, USS TELFAIR) is SOPA and OTC. 1308 USS WALDO COUNTY (LST 1163) assumed the guide. Proceeding to station 2000 yds. Astern of the guide, 1520 The Commanding Officer held mast and imposed the following non-judicial punishment as follows: BEEKSMA, R. L. ENFN, USN. Offense: Violation of Art. 92, UCMJ- Dereliction of Duty. Punishment: Reduction to next inferior rate, ENFA. CHAPMAN, N.J., ENFN, USN. Offense: Violation of Art. 86, UCMJ – UA from 0100 26 December 1962 to 1440 26 December 1962. Punishment: Two (2) weeks restriction. LILES, G.D. BM3, USN. Offense Violation of Art. 86, UCMJ – UA from 0200 27 December 1962 to 0745 27 December 1962 Punishment: Reduction to next inferior rate, BMSN, to be suspended for six (6) months. OSBORNE, C.A. FN, USN. Offense: Violation of Art. 92, UCMJ – Dereliction of Duty: Violation of Art. 107, UCMJ – Signing False Official Statement. Punishment: SCM. 1544 c/f/c to 180, c/f/s to 13 kts.

16-18 Steaming as before. 1601 c/f/s to 12.5 kts. 1645 c/f/c to 197. 1702 Maneuvering to take station three of diamond formation. 1725 On station, in station three diamond formation, With guide, USS WALDO COUNTY (LST 1163) in station one, bearing 152, distance 2000 yds.

18-20 Steaming as before. 1928 Sighted Akra Malea Light bearing 265, distance 20.3 miles. 1932 c/f/c to 235, c/f/axis to 225 Maneuvering to take station.

20-24 Steaming as before. 2000 On station, with guide bearing 180, range 2000 yds. 2034 c/f/c to 215. Maneuvering to take station. 2042 On station with guide bearing 170, distance 2000 yds. 1050 Akra Malea Light abeam to starboard, distance 13 miles. 2150 c/f/c to 225. Maneuvering to take station. 2210 On station. with guide bearing 180, distance 2000 yds. 2212 Sighted Andidhraenera Light abeam to starboard, distance 9 miles. 2317 c/f/c to 250. Maneuvering to take station. 2322 c/f/c to 275. Maneuvering to take station. 2328 c/f/c to 289. Maneuvering to take station. c/f/s to 13 kts.


Friday 28 December 1962

00-04 Steaming in company with TU 61.7.2 enroute from Pireaus, Greece, to Messina, Sicily, in accordance with CTF 61 OP-ORDER 50-62. This ship in station of diamond formation. Formation course and speed, 289, 13 kts. Formation axis 289. Guide is USS WALDO COUNTY (LST 1163) In station One bearing 244, 2000 yds. Condition III. SOPA and IS CTU 61.7.2, Commanding Officer, USS TELFAIR (APA 210), in station Two. 0103 Sighted Akra Tainaron Light bearing 334, distance 20 miles. 0200 Akra Tainron Light abeam to starboard, distance 14 miles.

04-08 Steaming as before. 0745 Mustered the crew at Quarters. Absentees: None.

08-12 Steaming as before. 0830 Energized Degaussing System. 0935 Made daily inspections of magazine and smokeless power samples. Conditions: Normal. Made weekly test of magazine sprinkler systems. Test Satisfactory.

12-16 Steaming as before. 1230 Deenergized Degaussing System. 1304 c/f/c to 249. 1308 Passed merchant ship SS MRJORIE LYKES abeam to starboard, range 2 miles. 1310 c/f/c 287.

16-18 Steaming as before.

18-20 Steaming as before. 1831 Sighted unidentified ship bearing 294, range 9 miles, CPA 3000 yards on the starboard beam. 1843 c/f/c to 257 to avoid unidentified ship. 1858 c/f/c to 287. 1900 Set all clocks back one (1) hour to conform with –1 (A) Zone time. 846 c/c to 010, c/s to 10 kts. Maneuvering independently to blow tubes. 1849 c/c to 000. 1900 c/c to 285 proceeding to regain station in formation.

20-24 Steaming as before. 2101 On station. 2131 This ship is guide. 2217 USS TELFAIR (APA 210) assumed the guide. 2222 Maneuvering on various courses to take station 2 in Formation Column Open Order. Formation course 287, formation speed 13 kts. The guide is USS TELFAIR (APA 210) in station 1, bearing 291, distance 2000 yds. 2332 on Station.


Saturday 29 December 1962

00-04 Steaming in company with TU 61.7.2 enroute from Piraieus, Greece to Messina, Sicily in accordance with CTF OP-ORDER 50-62, in column open order. Formation course 287, speed 13 kts. Guide is USS TELFAIR (APA 210) in station 1, bearing 291, distance 2000 yards. This ship in station 2: USS WALDO COUNTY (LST 1163) in station 3. Condition of Readiness IV and Material Condition Yoke (modified0 are set. Engineering is in Condition III. SOPA and OTC is Commanding Officer, USS TELFAIR (APA 210). 0128 Sighted Capo Spartivento Light bearing 309, Distance 25 miles. 0211 c/f/s to 10 kts. 0248 Sighted Capo Dell Armi Light bearing 300, distance 26 miles. 0254 c/f/s to 9 kts. 0345 Passed Capo Spartivento Light abeam to starboard, distance 9 miles.

04-08 Steaming as before. 0437 c/f/c to 237. 0447 c/f/c to 294. 0505 c/f/s to 8 kts. 0507 Detached to proceed independently to port following general movement of the formation. C/C to 300. 0519 c/c to 297. 0545 Sighted Pea S. Raineri Light bearing 346, distance 19miles. 0553 c/c to 295. 0600 Passed Capo Dell Armi Light abeam to starboard, distance 4 miles. 0612 c/c to 355. 0617 c/c to 357. 0635 Passed Capo Dell Armi Light abeam to starboard, distance 5 miles. 0657 c/c to 000. 0700 c/s to 6 kts. 0703 c/c to 010. c/s to 12 kts. 0735 c/c to 009. c/s to 10 kts. 0736 c/c to 011. 0752 c/s to 12 kts. 0755 c/c to 013. c/s to 13 kts.

08-12 Steaming as before. 0800 Mustered the crew on station. Absentees: None. 0802 Set the Special Sea and Anchor Detail. Maneuvering at various courses at various speeds to make assigned berth. OOD at the conn. 0814 Captain at the conn. 0851 Pilot boat alongside to starboard. Pilot Santoro aboard. 0852 Pilot boat cast off. 0923 San Salvador Light abeam to port, distance 150 yards. 0929 Moored starboard side to Banchina Colapesce, Messina, Sicily with standard mooring lines doubled to the Quay Wall, and 1 ˝ inch wires out Fwd and Aft. Ships present include USS TELFAIR (APA 210), USS WALDO COUNTY (LST 1163) , and various units of the Italian navy. SOPA and OTC is commanding Officer, USS TELFAIR (APA 210). 0955 Pilot departed the ship. 1004 USS WALDO COUNTY (LST 1163) Moored alongside to port. 1030 Engineering Plant placed on four (4) hour stand by for 8 kts. 1039 Secured the fires under Number Two (2) boiler. 1053 made daily inspection of magazines and smokeless power samples. Conditions: Normal.1105 Pursuant to orders of the Commanding Officer, LTJG JULIS BALOG, UNR, left the ship for temporary duty a Permanent Shore Patrol Officer.

12-16 Moored as before. 1345 The summary Court-Martial, LT. A. ARCHAMBAULT, USNR, opened in case of BERRY, J.E. EM3, USN. 1420 The Summary Court-Marshal in the case of BERRY J. E. EM3 USN. Adjourned to await the action of the Convening Authority. 1438 The Summary Court-Marshal, LT. B. CROOK, USNR. Opened in case of CLARK, R.D. ETSN, USN, Adjourned to meet again on call.

16-20 Moored as before. 1345 the Summary Court-Marshal, LT. A. ALKSNINIS, USNR, opened at 1601 in the case of OSBORNE, C.A. FN, USN. 1705 Lighted the fires under Number Two (2) Boiler. 1741 Let fires die out under Number One (1) Boiler. 1745 the summary Court-Marshal in the case of OSBORNE, C.A. FN, USN, adjourned at 1730 to await the action of the Convening authority.

20-24 Moored as before.


Sunday 30 December 1962

00-04 Moored Starboard side to Banchina Colapeace, Messina, Sicily with standard mooring lines doubled and 1 ˝” wires out fore and aft, with USS WALDO COUNTY (LST 1163) moored alongside to port. Condition of readiness V and material Condition YOKE (modified) are set. Engineering is on four (4) hour standby for 8 kts. boiler Number two (2) and generator number two (2) are on the line. Receiving miscellaneous services from the pier. Ships present include USS TELFAIR (APA 210), USS WALDO COUNTY (LST 1163), and various units of the Italian navy.

04-08 Moored as before.

08-12 Moored as before. 0800 Mustered the crew on station. Absentees: None. 0840 Made daily Inspections of magazines and smokeless power samples. Conditions: Normal.

12-16 Moored as before.
16-20 Moored as before.
20-24 Moored as before.

Monday 31 December 1962

00-04 Moored Starboard side to Banchina, Colapesce, Messina, Sicily with standard mooring lines doubled and 1 ˝” wires out fore and aft, with USS WALDO (LST 1163) moored alongside to port. Condition of Readiness V and Material Condition YOKE (Modified) are set. Engineering is on four (4) hour standby for 8 kts. Boiler Number two (2) and Generator Two (2) are on the line> Ship present include USS TELFAIR (APA 210), USS WALDO COUNTY (LST 1163), and various units of the Italian Navy. OPA and OTC is Commanding Officer, USS TELFAIR (APA 210).

04-08 Moored as before. 0745 Mustered the crew at quarters. Absentees : None.

08-12 Moored as before. 0800 Made daily inspections of magazines and smokeless power samples. Conditions; Normal.

12-16 Moored as before.
16-20 Moored as before.



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