DECK LOG BOOK (December 1963)
Of the
U. S.S. ASHLAND (LDS-1)

Commanded By: E.J. KING JR., USN
Attached to:     Amphibious Squadron Four Of the U. S. Atlantic Fleet
Commencing:   0001, 1 December, 1963, U.S. Naval Amphibious Base,
Little Creek, Virginia
And Ending:;2400, 31 December, 1963, U.S. Naval Base,
Norfolk, Virginia



Sunday 1 December, 1963

00-04 Moored starboard side to pier 14 South, U.S. Naval Amphibious Base, Little Creek, Virginia, with standard mooring lines doubled fore and aft. A one inch wire rope forward and a 1 1/2 inch springlay aft. YC 1066,1408, YD 169 moored alongside to port. Number one boiler and Number one generator are on the line. Receiving miscellaneous services from the pier. Condition of readiness V and Material Condition Yoke (modified) set. Ships present include various units of the U.S. Atlantic Fleet, yard and district craft. SOPA is CONSUBLANT.
R.G. Phillips
SFCS USN

04-08 Moored as before. 0451-0501 Blew tubes on number one (1) boiler.
J.R. Rich
RD1 USN

08-12 Moored as before. 0800 Mustered the crew on stations. Absentees: WALSH, L.J. BM2 USN, UA since 2000, 26 November 1963. Made daily inspections of magazines and smokeless powder samples. Conditions: normal
L.G. Drolet
LTJG USNR

12-16 Moored as before. 1200 YT 150 came alongside to port. 1212 Cast off YT 150,YC 1065 and YC 1408. 1355 YTB alongside to port. 1400 Cast off YTB 765 and YD 169
. J.F. Ferguson
ENS USN

16-20 Moored as before.
J.S. Lloyd
ENS USNR

20-24 Moored as before.
J. R. Rich
RD1 USN

Monday 2 December, 1963

00-04 Moored starboard side to pier 14 South, U.S. Naval Amphibious Base, Little Creek, Virginia, with standard mooring lines doubled fore and aft. A one inch wire rope forward and a 1/2 inch springlay aft. Number one boiler and Number one generator are on the line. Receiving miscellaneous services from the pier. Condition of readiness IV and Material Condition Yoke (modified) set. Ships present include various units of the U.S. Atlantic Fleet, yard and district craft. SOPA is CONPHIBTRALANT.
M.L. Watkins
BM1 USN

04-08 Moored as before. 0612 Lit fires under Number two boiler. 0700 Commenced security penetration exercise. 0745 Mustered the crew at quarters. Absentees: CURIER, T (n) BM3, USN UA since 0745 this date and RUGLIO, A. (n), BT3, USN, UA since 0745 this date.
R.V. Tobin
LTJG USN

08-12 Moored as before. Stationed the Special Sea and Anchor Detail. 0820 Pilot J.N. KASTING came on board . 0825 YTM 380 came alongside to port. Captain and Navigator are on the bridge. Pilot has the Conn. Completed all preparations for getting underway. 0836 Underway from Little Creek, Virginia, to anchorage LA-11 in accordance with PHIBSERVEX #41-63. Steering various courses at various speeds to conform with the channel. 0847 Little Creek Jetty Light abeam to starboard, distance 100 yards. 0850 Captain has the Conn. 0852 Pilot J.N. KASTING left the ship. YTM 380 cast off from alongside. 0853 Maneuvering to approach anchorage LA-11. 0921 Anchored in anchorage LA-11, Chesapeake Bay, Virginia, with 30 fathoms of chain at the waters edge, muddy bottom, using starboard anchor, using the following bearings: Little Creek Tank 217.3, Number 2 Construction Tower 162.5, Annex Number 3 Tank 200. 0930 Secured the Special Sea and Anchor Detail, set the modifies steaming watch. 0932 Secured fires in number one boiler. Made daily inspections of magazines and smokeless powder samples: conditions : normal Draft reading: forward 15’8“.aft 17’2”. mean 16’5”.
G.A. Archambault
LT USNR

12-16 Anchored as before. 1230 Set Condition One “ALFA”. Commenced various Amphibious exercises. 1445 Completed Amphibious exercises, set the modified steaming watch. 1515 Commenced preparations for entering port. Set the Special Sea and Anchor Detail. OOD at the CONN, Captain and Navigator on the bridge. 1524 Commenced heaving in the anchor. Completed preparations for entering port. 1530 Underway for assigned berth at Little Creek, Virginia. Maneuvering at various courses and speeds to conform to the channel. 1547 Evaporators number one and two out of commission 1533 Pilot J.N. KASTINGS came aboard and took the CONN.
B. Crook
LT USNR.

16-18 Steaming as before. 1629 Moored starboard side to pier 14, South, U.S. Naval Amphibious Base, Little Creek, Virginia, with standard mooring lines doubled plus a one inch forward wire and a one and one-half inch spring lay aft. Ships present include various units of the U.S. Atlantic Fleet , yard and district craft. SOPA is CONPHIBTRALANT. 1644 Pilot left the ship. 1645 Set in port watch. Officer of the Deck shifted his watch to the Quarterdeck.
B. Crook
LT USNR

16-18 (cont‘d) Moored as before. 1650 CURIER< Theodus (n), BM3 USN: RUGLIO,Alfred (n), BT3 USN UA since 0645 this date, returned aboard. 1707 YO-193 moored alongside to port. 1745 Commenced fueling from YO-193
R.V. Tobin
LTJG USN

18-20 Moored as before. 1934 Completed fueling. Received 108,528 gallons, NSFO, at 64 deg., from YO -193. 1955 Yo-193 Underway from alongside.
D.C. Coghlan
MMCS USN

20-24 Moored as before.
R.V. Tobin
LTJG USN

Tuesday 3 December, 1963

00-04 Moored starboard side to pier 14 South, U.S. Naval Amphibious Base, Little Creek, Virginia, with standard mooring lines doubled fore and aft. A one inch wire rope forward and a 1/2 inch springlay aft. Number two boiler and Number two ships service generator are on the line. Receiving miscellaneous services from the pier. Condition of readiness V and Material Condition Yoke (modified) set. Ships present include various units of the U.S. Atlantic Fleet, yard and district craft. SOPA is CONPHIBTRALANT.
S Elliott
GM1 USN

04-08 Moored as before. 0515 Lighted fires under number one boiler. 0615 Set condition YOKE. Commenced preparations for getting underway. 0645 Mustered the crew on station. Absentees: WALSH, L.J. BM2, USN UA since 2000 26 November 1963. 0700 Set the Special Sea and Anchor detail. Navy tug YTM 380 came alongside to port. 0712 Pilot, Mr. E. Ballenger came aboard. 0720 Completed all preparations for getting underway. 0722 Underway for anchorage LA-11. Pilot At the CONN, Captain and Navigator on the bridge. Maneuvering on various courses at various speeds to clear Little Creek Harbor. 0740 Cleared Little Creek Harbor. 0744 Captain at the CONN. 0745 Pilot left the ship. Tug YTM-380 departed from alongside. Maneuvering at various courses and speeds to anchorage LA-11.
B. Crook
LT USNR

08-12 Maneuvering as before. 0800 Officer of the deck assumed the CONN. 0812 Anchored in anchorage LA-11, Little Creek, Virginia, in 5 fathoms of water, mud bottom, with 30 fathoms of chain to the port anchor on the following bearings: Little Creek Tank 113, Annex 3 Tank 051, right Tangent of Chesapeake Bay-Bridge/Tunnel 113, Construction Tower 043. Ships present: none. SOPA is Commanding Officer this vessel. )815 Secured the Special Sea and Anchor Detail. Commenced exercising the crew at General Quarters. 1100 Secures from General Quarters. Set the modified steaming watch. Made daily inspections of magazines and smokeless powder samples : Conditions: normal
R.V. Tobin
LTJG USN

12-16 Anchored as before. 1300 Exercised the crew at General Quarters. 1315 Set Condition one “ALFA “. 1323 Land the Landing Force. 1500 Secured from Condition one “ALFA”; set the modified steaming watch.
R.F. Ferguson
ENS USNR

16-18 Anchored as before. 1700 Commenced Sneak Attack exercise.
R.V. Tobin
LTJG USN

18-20 Anchored as before.
D. Olmstead
ENS USNR

20-24 Anchored as before.
J.A. Friel
LTJF USN

Wednesday 4 December, 1963

00-04 Anchored in amphibious anchorage LA-11, Little Creek, Virginia, in 5 fathoms of water, mud bottom, with 30 fathoms of chain to the port anchor on the following bearings: Little Creek Tank 218, Number One Construction Tower 164, Radio Tower 233. Condition of Readiness IV and material condition YOKE (modified) set. Boiler Number two and number one generator are in use. Engineering department are on two hour notice for 8 knots; four hour notice for full power. Ships present: none. SOPA is Commanding Officer this vessel
C.J. Couchell
ENS USNR

04-08 Anchored as before.
R.V. Tobin
LTJG USN

08-12 Anchored as before. 0800 Mustered the crew on station. Absentees: WALSH, L.J. BM2, USN, UA since 2000, 26 November 1963. 0820 Exercised at Flight Quarters. Commenced Helicopter operations. 1000 Made daily inspections of magazines and smokeless powder samples. Conditions: normal. 1057 Secured from flight quarters.
D.W. Olmstead
ENS USNR

12-16 Anchored as before. 1300 Exercised the crew at Flight Quarters. 1316 Launched LCVP 1-1 as helo safety boat. 1321 U.S. Navy helicopter #46 from NAS, Oceana, Virginia, Lt OTT, pilot . Landed on board. 1321 Exercised at helicopter fire and rescue drills. 1330 Lighted fires under number one boiler. 1353 Exercised at helicopter touch and go landings. 1405 Secured from flight quarters. 1423 Hoisted LCVP 1-1 aboard. Commenced preparations for getting underway. 1440 Set the Special Sea and Anchor Detail.
J.A. Friel
LTJG USN

12-16 (cont’d) 1450 Completed preparations for getting underway. 1500 Underway for Little Creek, Virginia, in accordance with COMAOTULSANT weekly training schedules. Maneuvering to clear anchorage. OOD at the CONN,Captain and Navigator on the bridge. 1505 Steering various courses at various speeds to enter Little Creek Harbor. 1516 U.S. Navy tug YTM-380, came alongside to starboard quarter. Pilot Hearsum came aboard and took the CONN. 1518 Tug clear of the ship. Steering various courses at various speeds to conform to the channel in Little Creek Harbor. 1535 U.S. Navy tug YTM-380 made fast to starboard bow. Maneuvering to go alongside pier 12 north. 1355 Moored port side to pier 12 north, U.S. Naval Amphibious Base, Little Creek, Virginia, with standard mooring lines doubled and a one inch wire foreword and a 1 ˝ inch spring lay aft. Ships present include various units of the U.S. Atlantic Fleet, yard and district craft. SOPA is COMPHIBLANT.
B. Crook
LT USNR

16-18 Moored as before. 1610 Pilot left the ship. 1614 Secured the Special Sea Detail. Set Condition of Readiness V. OOD shifted to the port quarterdeck.
B. Crook
LT USNR

18-20 Moored as before.
S.F. Jones
RM1 USN

20-24 Moored as before. 2045 Backer, C. E. EM2, USN was transferred to Camp Allen, U.S. Naval Base, Norfolk, Virginia, for safe keeping.
R.V. Tobin
LTJG USN

Thursday 5 December, 1963

00-04 Moored portside to pier 12 North, NAVPHIBASE, Little Creek, Virginia, with standard mooring lines doubled plus a one inch wire forward and a 1 ˝ inch spring lay aft. Number one boiler and number one ship’s service generator are on line. Material Condition YOKE is set throughout the ship. Ships present include various units of the U.S. Atlantic Fleet, yard and district craft. SOPA is COMPHIBTRALANT.
A.J. Regallis
EN1 USN

04-08 Moored as before. 0530 lit fires under number two (2) boiler. 0635 Commenced preparations fro getting underway. Set Material Condition YOKE (modified). 0710 Set the Special Sea and Anchor Detail. 0725 Completed all preparations for getting underway. Draft: forward 17’6”, aft 16’0”. 0728 Pilot Ballenger came aboard. 0733 Underway for anchorage LA-11 off Little Creek, Virginia, in accordance with PHIBSERVEX weekly training schedule. Maneuvering at various courses at various speeds to clear Little Creek Harbor. Pilot at the CONN. Captain and Navigator on the bridge.
B. Crook
LT USNR

04-08 (Cont’d ) Steaming as before. 0750 Cleared Little Creek Harbor Jetty, on course 000, speed 5 knots. 0752 Captain at the CONN. 0754 Pilot left the ship. C/s to 10 knots. 0755 OOD at the CONN. Commenced maneuvering at various courses at various speeds to approach anchorage LA-11 off Little Creek, Virginia.
R.V. Tobin
LTJG USN

08-12 Steaming as before. 0800 Mustered the crew at quarters. Absentees: WALSH, L.J., BM2, USN UA since 2000, 26 November 1963. 0844 Anchored in berth LA-11, off Little Creek, Virginia, in 28 feet of water, mud bottom, with 32 fathoms of chain to the port anchor, on the following bearings: Bridge Tunnel Tangent 104, Construction Tower 153, Annex 3 Tank 195, Little Creek Jetty 212.5. 0849 Secured fires under number one boiler. 0902 Secured the Special Sea and Anchor Detail; set the modified steaming watch. 0904 Exercised at General Quarters. 0915 Set Condition one “ALFA”. 1103 Secured from General Quarters; set the modified steaming watch.
R.V. Tobin
LTJG USN

12-16 Anchored as before. 1300 Exercised at General Quarters. 1305 Set Condition one “ALFA”. 1522 Secured from General Quarters; set the Special Sea and Anchor Detail. 1559 Underway for Assigned berth Little Creek, Virginia, in accordance with PHIBSERVEX 41-63. Maneuvering on various courses at various speeds to conform to channel. Captain and Navigator on the bridge. Captain at the CONN.
R.V. Tobin
LTJG USN

16-20 Underway as before. 1615 Navy Pilot Captain Ballenger came aboard. YTM-380 came alongside to port. 1623 Passed Little Creek Jetty Light Number One abeam to port bearing 102, distance 25 yards. 1649 Moored portside to pier 12 North, U.S. Naval Amphibious Base, Little Creek, Virginia, with standard mooring lines doubled. 1645 All lines secured. Put over additional one inch wire forward and a 1 ˝ inch spring lay aft. 1655 Secures number one boiler and number two generator. 1700 Secured the Special Sea and Anchor Detail; set the regular in port watch
R.V. Tobin
LTJG USN

16-20 (Cont’d) Moored as before. Receiving fresh water from the pier
R.C. Elliott
GM1 USN

20-24 Moored as before.
R.B. McCormick
ENS USNR

Friday 6 December, 1963

00-04 Moored portside to pier 12 North, NAVPHIBASE, Little Creek, Virginia, with standard mooring lines doubled plus a one inch wire forward and a 1 ˝ inch spring lay aft. Receiving fresh water and telephone service from the pier Number two (2) boiler and number two (2) ship’s service generator are on line. Condition of Readiness IV and Material YOKE are set throughout the ship. Ships present include various units of the U.S. Atlantic Fleet, yard and district craft. SOPA is COMPHIBTRALANT. RADM J.A. DEMPSEY
J. Erwin
ENS USNR

04-08 Moored as before. 0545 Lit fires under number one boiler.
W.L. Macon
EN1 USN

04-08 (Cont’d ) Moored as before. 0726 Secured number one (1) boiler. 0730 Mustered the crew on stations. Absentees: WALSH, L. J. BM2, USN.
L.G. Drolet
LT USN

08-12 Moored as before. 1000 Completed inspections of magazines and smokeless powder samples. Conditions: normal. Completed test of magazine sprinkling system, test: satisfactory.
L. G. Drolet
LT USN

12-16 Moored as before.
J. R. Travis
CWO USN

16-20 Moored as before.
S. G. Parham
MMCA USN

20-24 Moored as before.
J. R. Rich
RD1 USN

Saturday 7 December, 1963

00-04 Moored portside to pier 12 North, NAVPHIBASE, Little Creek, Virginia, with standard mooring lines doubled plus a one inch wire forward and a 1 ˝ inch spring lay aft. Receiving fresh water and telephone service from the pier Number two (2) boiler and number two (2) ship’s service generator are on line. Condition of Readiness IV and Material YOKE are set throughout the ship. Ships present include various units of the U.S. Atlantic Fleet, yard and district craft. SOPA is COMPHIBTRALANT. RADM J.A. DEMPSEY
M. L. Watkins
BM1 USN

04-08 Moored as before.
W. H. Stallings
ENCA USN

08-12 Moored as before Mustered the crew on station. One (1) absentee: WALSH , L. J. BM2, USN, failed to report aboard since 2000, 26 November 1963. 1000 Received daily magazine temperature reports. Conditions: normal. Received daily draft report at 1030. Draft forward eighteen (18) feet forward, draft aft fifteen feet eight inches (15’8”). Mean draft sixteen feet, ten inches. (16’10”)
J. J. Scanio
ENS USN

12-16 Moored as before. 1155 ENS Stephen P. Barczy, USNR reported aboard for duty in accordance with BUPERS 030568.
J. Charles
SD1 USN

16-20 Moored as before.
J. L. Lyon
CWO USN

20-24 Moored as before.
J. E. Williams
GMGA USN

Sunday 8 December, 1963

00-04 Moored portside to pier 12 North, NAVPHIBASE, Little Creek, Virginia, with standard mooring lines doubled plus a one inch wire forward and a 1 ˝ inch spring lay aft. Receiving fresh water and telephone service from the pier Number two (2) boiler and number two (2) ship’s service generator are on line. Condition of Readiness IV and Material YOKE (modified) is set . Ships present include various units of the U.S. Atlantic Fleet, yard and district craft. SOPA is COMPHIBTRALANT
A. J. Regallis
EN1 USN

04-08 Moored as before.
L. C. Pitman
ENS USNR

08-12 Moored as before 0800 Mustered the crew on station. Absentee: WALSH , L. J. BM2, USN, UA since 2000, 26 November 1963. 0900 made daily inspections of magazines and smokeless powder samples. Conditions: normal.
D. W. Olmstead
ENS USNR

12-16 Moored as before.
C. E. Wilson
BTC USN

16-20 Moored as before.
J. A. Bailey
SF1 USN

20-24 Moored as before.
G. J. Couchell
ENS USNR

Monday 9 December, 1963

00-04 Moored portside to pier 12 North, NAVPHIBASE, Little Creek, Virginia, with standard mooring lines doubled plus a one inch wire forward and a 1 ˝ inch spring lay aft. Receiving fresh water and telephone service from the pier . Machinery on the line includes number two boiler and number two ship’s service generator . Condition of Readiness IV and Material YOKE set . Ships present include various units of the U.S. Atlantic Fleet, yard and district craft. SOPA is COMPHIBTRALANT
W. L. Wilson
QM1 USN

04-08 Moored as before. 0600 Commenced preparations for getting underway. Set Material Condition YOKE. 0700 Set the Special Sea and Anchor Detail.
J. L. Rich
MM1 USN

04-08 (cont’d) 0705 Pilot, Captain Hearsum came aboard. 0725 Completed all preparations for getting underway. Draft forward: 17’6”; aft 18’0”. 0734 Underway for anchorage LA-14 in accordance with Commander Amphibious Training Unit Atlantic weekly training schedule. Commenced maneuvering at various courses and speeds to clear Little Creek Harbor. 0734 Passes Little Creek Light number one, abeam to starboard, range 25 yards. Set course 012, speed 5 knots. 0755 Pilot left the ship. C/c 10 knots. Captain at the CONN. 0759 Passed buoy “LC” abeam to port, range 1000 yards.
B. Crook
LT USNR

08-12 Steaming as before. 0800 Mustered the crew on stations. Absentee: WALSH , L. J. BM2, USN, UA since 2000, 26 November 1963. 0801 Commenced maneuvering at various courses and speeds to conform to Thimble Shoals South Auxiliary Channel. 0820 Set the Ballast Detail. Commenced ballasting down to the sill. 0832 Passed over Chesapeake Bay Bridge South Tunnel. 0845 Commenced maneuvering at various courses and speeds to reach anchorage LA-14. 0909 Anchored in anchorage LA-14 Lynnhaven Roads, Virginia, in 5 fathoms of water, mud bottom, with 30 fathoms of chain to the starboard anchor, on the following bearings: Cape Henry Light 122, Annex Three Tank 012, Lynnhaven Inlet Bridge 221.5, Lookout Tower 137.5. Ships present include various units of the U.S. Atlantic Fleet, Merchant Vessels, and a fleet of approximately 30 shrimp boats. SOPA is Commanding Officer of this ship. 0931 Secured the Special Sea and Anchor Detail. Set the modified steaming watch. 1002 Exercised the crew at General Quarters.
B. Crook
LT USNR

08-12 (cont’d) 1010 Set Condition one “ALFA”
R.V. Tobin
LTJG USN

08-12 (cont’d) Secured from Condition one “ALFA”. Set the modified steaming watch. 1050 Completed loading boats. Received eight LCM-6’s in the well deck. 1054 Commenced deballasting. 1145 Set the Special Sea and Anchor Detail. Commenced preparations for getting underway,
B. Crook
LT USNR

12-16 Anchored as before. 1202 Completed all preparations for getting underway. Draft forward 17’6”; aft 18’0”. 1209 Underway for anchorage LA-11 off Little Creek, Virginia, in accordance with Commander Amphibious Operational Training Unit, Atlantic weekly schedule. Maneuvering to clear the anchorage. Captain at the CONN, Navigator on the bridge. 1210 Made daily inspections of magazines and smokeless powder samples. Conditions: normal. 1212 Steering various courses at various speeds to enter Thimble Shoals North Auxiliary Channel. 1215 Set the ballast detail. Commenced ballasting down. 1226 Steering various courses at various speeds to conform to Thimble Shoals North Auxiliary Channel. 1324 All boats clear of the well. Commenced deballasting. 1333 Commenced maneuvering at various courses at various speeds to reach anchorage LA-11. 1350 Set Condition one “ALFA”
B.Crook
LT JG USN

12-16 (cont’d) Underway as before. 1401 Anchored in anchorage LA-11 with 30 fathoms oc chain to the starboard anchor in 31 feet of water, mud bottom on the following bearings: Little Creek light number one 225.5, Tank 9mainside0 209, Tank (annex 3) 116. Ships present: none. SOPA Commanding Officer this vessel. 1559 Loaded all LCM-6’s in the well deck.
R.V. Tobin
LTJG USN

16-18 Anchored as before. 1630 Secured from condition one “ALFA”. Set the Special Sea and Anchor Detail. Commenced making all preparations for getting underway. 1644 All boats recovered. Commenced deballasting. 1645 Completed all preparations for getting underway. Draft forward 17’; aft 20’. 1652 Underway for anchorage off Camp Pendleton, Virginia, in accordance with Commander Amphibious Operational Training Unit, Atlantic weekly training schedule. Maneuvering to clear the anchorage. Captain at the CONN. Navigator on the bridge. 1705 Commenced steering various courses at various speeds to conform to Thimble Shoals South Auxiliary Channel. 1709 Passed over Chesapeake Bay Bridge South Tunnel. 1745 Entered International Waters. With Cape Henry Light bearing 257, distance 2.4 miles, set course 140,speed 13 knots. 1747 Commenced maneuvering at various courses at various speeds to assigned anchorage off Camp Pendleton, Virginia.
B. Crook
LT USNR

18-20 Steaming As before. 1805 OOD assumed the CONN. 1837 Anchored in assigned anchorage off Camp Pendleton, Virginia, in 7 fathoms of water, hard bottom, with 45 fathoms of chain to the starboard anchor, on the following bearings; Cape Henry Light 318.2, Cape Charles Light 290.5, Virginia Beach Hotel 297, Chesapeake Light Ship 046. No other ships present. Completed deballasting. Secured the ballast detail.
B. Crook
LT USNR

18-20 (cont’d) Anchored as before
C. J. Couchell
ENS USNR

20-24 Anchored as before.
B. Crook
LT USNR

Tuesday 10 December, 1963

00-04 Anchored in 7 fathoms of water off Camp Pendleton, Virginia, with 45 fathoms of chain to the starboard anchor, hard grey sand bottom , on the following bearings :Coast Guard Radio Mast 291, Cape Henry 318.5, and Virginia Beach Hotel 297.5. Condition of Readiness IV and Material YOKE (modified) set . Ships present :none SOPA is Commanding Officer this vessel. 0335 Set the ballast detail, commenced ballasting.
D. W. Olmstead
ENS USNR

04-08 Anchored as before. 0430 Darkened Ship/ 0435 Exercised at General Quarters. 0447 Set Condition 1A. 0517 Commenced launching boats from well deck.
R.V. Tobin
LTJG USN

08-12 Anchored as before . 0800 Mustered the crew on station. Absentee: WALSH , L. J. BM2, USN, UA since 2000, 26 November 1963. 0844 Made daily inspections of magazines and smokeless powder samples. Conditions: normal.1028 Debarked LCU 1489 from well deck. Commenced embarking 8 LCM6’s . 1105 All LCM 6’s grounded in well deck. 1106 Secured form Condition 1A. Set the modified steaming watch
R.V. Tobin
LTJG USN

12-16 Anchored as before. 1215 Set the ballast detail. Commenced to ballast down. 1320 The ship went to General Quarters for exercise.
J. W. Gregory
LTJG USN

12-16 (cont’d) Anchored as before. 1325 Set Condition 1A. Commenced Amphibious exercise
R.V. Tobin
LTJG USN

16-20 Anchored as before. 1620 Secured from Condition 1A. Set the modified steaming watch, with the exception of the ballast detail.
R.V. Tobin
LTJG USN

16-20 (cont’d) 1811 Secured the ballast detail. 1855 Commenced preparations for darken ship, 1923 Darken ship. 1957 Secure from darken ship.
D.W. Olmstaed
ENS USNR

20-24 Anchored as before.
G. J. Couchell
ENS USNR

Wednesday 11 December, 1963

00-04 Anchored in 41 feet of water off Camp Pendleton, Virginia, with 45 fathoms of chain to the starboard anchor, hard sand bottom , on the following bearings :Coast Guard Radio Mast 291, Cape Henry 318.5, and Virginia Beach Hotel 297.5. Condition of Readiness IV and Material YOKE (modified) set. Ships present :none. SOPA is Commanding Officer this vessel. Eight Naval Amphibious School LCM-6’s embarked in well deck.
B Crook
LT USNR

00-04 (cont’d) 0146 Assumed the watch; anchored as before.
J. W. Gregory
LTJG USN

04-08 Anchored as before. 0400 Lighted fired under number one boiler. 0520 C0ommenced preparations for getting underway, Set Material Condition YOKE (Modified) 0545 Set the Special Sea and Anchor Detail
D. W. Olmstead
ENS USNR

04-08 (cont’d) 0605 Draft: forward 17’3”, aft 18’. mean 17’8”. 0614 Underway from anchorage bravo. Camp Pendleton, Virginia, in accordance with currant Op-Order. Captain and Navigator are on the CONN. Set course 332, speed 13.5 knots. 0616 c/c 337. 0623 Set the Ballast Detail.0629 c/c 340. 0638 Steering various courses at various speeds proceeding to Anchorage 29, Lynnhaven Roads, Virginia. 0700 Passed into inland waters. 0730 Maneuvering to anchorage. 0734 Anchored in anchorage 29 SE corner Lynnhaven Roads, Virginia with 45 fathoms of chain on the wildcat in 31 feet of water, mud bottom. Using starboard anchor. Using following bearings: Cape Henry Light 106.7, Tank 164, Pier 213.3, Second Tank 150.3. 0755 Lowered LCPL and LCVP into the water.
G. A. Archumbault
LT USNR

04-08 (cont’d) Anchored as before. 0749 Set Condition “ALFA” Commenced various Amphibious Exercises
R. V. Tobin
LTJG USN

08-12 Anchored as before . 0800 Mustered the crew on station. Absentee: WALSH , L. J. BM2, USN, UA since 2000, 26 November 1963. 0847 Secured number one boiler. 1000 Made daily inspections of magazines and smokeless powder samples. Conditions: normal. 1140 Secured from Condition One “ALFA” with exception of the ballast detail. Set the modified steaming watch.. 1144 Lit fires under number one boiler
R.V. Tobin
LTJG USN

12-16 Log entry missing
12-16 (cont’d) Captain and Navigator are on the CONN. 1220 All boats aboard. 1236 Underway for Camp {Pendleton Anchorage B in accordance with currant Op-Order. Set course 038, speed 13.5 knots. 1243 C/c 045. 1246 C/c 108. 1255 Passed Cape Henry Light bearing 198, range 1700 yards. 1255 Entered International waters. 1302 c/C 153. 1307 Set the Ballast Detail. 1328 Maneuvering on various courses at various speeds in approaching anchorage. 1340 Anchored in 7 fathoms of water, gray sand bottom, at Camp Pendleton, Virginia, with 45 fathoms of chain on deck to the port anchor, on the following bearings: Cape Henry 318.7, Cupola 297.5, Tank 221.5, Coast Guard Mast 290.5
G.A. Archumbault
LT USNR

12-16 (cont’d) Anchored as before.1348 Exercised at General Quarters. 1352 Set Condition One “ALFA”
R.V. Tobin
LTJG USN

16-18 Anchored as before. 1633 Secured from Condition One “ALFA” except the ballast detail. Set the modified steaming watch.
R.V. Tobin
LTJG USN

16-18 (cont’d) Anchored as before. 1657 Recovered all boats.
B. Crook.
LT USNR

16-18 (cont’d) Anchored as before.
J.W. Gregory
LTJG USN

18-20 Anchored as before. 1805 Completed ballasting. 1823 Secured number one boiler and number one generator. 1920 LCVP departed the ship for Camp Pendleton with medical case: SPARKS, W.D., SK3, USN.
D.W. Olmstead
ENS USNR

20-24 Anchored as before
. J.J. Scanio
ENS USNR

Thursday 12 December, 1963

00-04 Anchored in 41 feet of water off Camp Pendleton, Virginia, with 45 fathoms of chain to the starboard anchor, hard sand bottom , on the following bearings :Coast Guard Radio Mast 290.5, Cape Henry 318.5, and Virginia Beach Hotel 297.5. Condition of Readiness IV and Material Condition YOKE set . Ships present :none SOPA is Commanding Officer this vessel. Eight Naval Amphibious School LCM-6’s embarked in well deck. 0355 Set the Ballast Detail.
G. J. Couchell
ENS USN

04-08 Anchored as before. 0400 Commenced Amphibious Problem (AOTU -106) 0415 Exercised at General Quarters
B. Crook
LT USNR

04-08 (cont’d) Anchored as before. 0425 Set Condition One “ALFA”. 0439 Darkened ship. 0500 Commenced ship to shore movement. Launched six LCM-6’s from the well deck.
R. V. Tobin
LTJG USN

08-12 Anchored as before . 0800 Mustered the crew on stations. Absentee: WALSH , L. J. BM2, USN, UA since 2000, 26 November 1963. 0958 Secured from Condition One “ALFA”; set Condition of Readiness IV. Commenced preparations for getting underway.
R. V. Tobin
LTJG USN

08-12 (cont’d) Draft: forward 18’3”, aft 20’0”. 1115 Stationed the Special Sea and Anchor Detail. 1131 Made daily inspections of magazines and smokeless powder samples. Conditions; normal.
D. W. Olmstead
ENS USNR

08-12 (cont’d) Anchored as before. 1153 Underway for Anchorage LA-11 off Little Creek, Virginia in accordance with PHIBSERVEX 42-63. Maneuvering to clear anchorage.
B. Crook
LT USNR

12-16 Maneuvering as before. Captain and Navigator are on the bridge. 1210 With Cape Henry Light bearing 310, range 5.2 miles, set course 331, speed 13 knots. 1218 c/s 5 knots to shift steering telemotors. 1223 Shifted steering from starboard to port telemotor. C/s 10 knots. 1224 c/s 13 knots. 1231 Passed buoy C1 abeam to port, bearing 237, range 1200 yards. 1235 Entered Inland waters. 1236 c/s 10 knots. 1240 Passed Cape Henry Light abeam to port bearing 232, range 2.2 miles.1241 c/s 5 knots. 1242 Commenced steering various courses at various speeds to conform to Thimble Shoals Main Channel. 1319 Passed over Chesapeake Bay Bridge South Tunnel. 1323 Commenced steering various courses at various speeds to make anchorage LA-10. 1336 Anchored in Anchorage LA-10 OFF Little Creek, Virginia in 5 fathoms of water, sand bottom, with 30 fathoms of chain to the port anchor, on the following bearings, Construction Tower 178.7, Little Creek Jetty 225.3, Left Tangent of Right Bridge Construction 119.3, Annex Tank 208.7. 1339 Commenced ballasting down to debark Naval Amphibious School LCM-6’s. 1359 All boats clear of well. Commenced deballasting. Commenced preparations for getting underway. 1455 Completed all preparations for getting underway. Draft; forward 16’, aft 19’. 1500 Underway for Little Creek, Virginia in accordance with PHIBSERVEX 42-63. Maneuvering to clear the anchorage. Captain and Navigator on the bridge. OOD at the CONN. 1506 Steering various courses at various speeds to enter Little Creek Harbor. 1539 U.S. Navy Tug Number YTM 380 came alongside port quarter. Pilot J. M. PARKER came aboard and took the CONN. 1540 Tug is clear of the ship. 1555 Maneuvering to go alongside pier !@ North, Tug YTM 380 made fast to starboard bow.
B. Crook
LT USNR

16-18 Maneuvering as before. 10 Moored port side to Pier 12 North, Little Creek, Virginia with standard mooring lines and a one inch wires out forward, 1 ˝ spring lay aft. 1617 Tug clear of the ship. 1621 Pilot left the ship. 1624 Secured the Special Sea and Anchor Detail. Set Condition of Readiness V. Set the regular in port watch on the port Quarter Deck.
B. Crook
LT USNR

18-20 Moored as before.
D.W. Olmstead
ENS USNR

20-24 Moored as before.
W.L. Wilson
QM1 USN

Friday 13 December, 1963

00-04 Moored port side to Pier 12 North, U.S. Naval Amphibious Base, Little Creek, Virginia with standard mooring lines doubled plus a one inch wire forward, and a 1 ˝ inch spring lay aft. Condition of Readiness IV and Material Condition YOKE (modified) set. Receiving fresh water from the pier. Number two boiler and number 2 Ships Service Generator are in use. Ships present include unit of the U.S. Atlantic Fleet, yard and district craft. SOPA is COMPHIBLANT.
J.L. Rich
MM1 USN

04-08 Moored as before.
J. Erwin
ENS USN

08-12 Moored as before . 0800 Mustered the crew at quarters. Absentee: WALSH , L. J. BM2, USN, UA since 2000, 26 November 1963. 0810 Made weekly test of magazine sprinkling and flooding system: satisfactory. 1000 Made daily inspections if magazines and smokeless powder samples .Conditions: normal
W.L. Macon
EN1 USN

12-16 Moored as before .
R. G. Phillips
SFMS USN

16-20 Moored as before. 1558 ENS D. S. CRESTIN, USNR detached to Commanding Officer, Amphibious Support Group TWO for duty pursuant to BUPERS 036117.
J. Erwin
ENS USNR

20-24 Moored as before.
S.F. Jones
RM1 USN

Saturday 14 December, 1963

00-04 Moored port side to Pier 12 North, U.S. Naval Amphibious Base, Little Creek, Virginia with standard mooring lines doubled plus a one inch wire forward, and a 1 ˝ inch spring lay aft. Condition of Readiness IV and Material Condition YOKE (modified) set. Receiving fresh water and telephone services from the pier. Number two boiler and number 2 Ships Service Generator are on the line. Ships present include unit of the U.S. Atlantic Fleet, yard and district craft. SOPA is COMPHIBLANT.
R.B. McCormick
ENS USNR

04-08 Moored as before. 0715 VERDAL, W.J. SK3, USN was returned to the ship by Norfolk Shore Patrol charged with drunk and reckless driving.
R.C. Elliott
BMC USN

08-12 Moored as before . 0800 Mustered the crew on stations. Absentee: WALSH , L. J. BM2, USN, UA since 2000, 26 November 1963, and KING, R.A., SA, USN, UA since 0745 this date.0930 Made daily inspections if magazines and smokeless powder samples; conditions: normal
J. L. Rich
MM1 USN

12-16 Moored as before .
L.G. Drolet
LTJG USN

16-20 Moored as before.
J.R. Travis
CWO USN

20-24 Moored as before.
J.R. Rich
RD1 USN

Sunday 15 December, 1963

00-04 Moored port side to Pier 12 North, U.S. Naval Amphibious Base, Little Creek, Virginia with standard mooring lines doubled plus a one inch wire forward, and a 1 ˝ inch spring lay aft. Condition of Readiness IV and Material Condition YOKE (modified) set. Receiving fresh water and telephone services from the pier. Number two boiler and number 2 Ships Service Generator are on the line. Ships present include unit of the U.S. Atlantic Fleet, yard and district craft. SOPA is COMPHIBLANT.
C.H.F. Robinson
ENS USNR

04-08 Moored as before.
M.L. Watkins
BM1 USN

08-12 Moored as before . 0800 Mustered the crew on stations. Absentee: WALSH , L. J. BM2, USN, UA since 2000, 26 November 1963, and KING, R.A., SA, USN, UA since 0745 14 December 1963.1000 Made daily inspections if magazines and smokeless powder samples; conditions: normal
J.L. Lyon
CWO USN

12-16 Moored as before .
S. Charles
SD1 USN

16-20 Moored as before.
J.J. Scanio
ENS USNR

20-24 Moored as before. KING, R.A., SA, USN Returned on board having been UA since 0745, 14 December 1963.
L.C. Pitman
ENS USNR

Monday 16 December, 1963

00-04 Moored port side to Pier 12 North, U.S. Naval Amphibious Base, Little Creek, Virginia with standard mooring lines doubled plus a one inch wire forward, and a 1 ˝ inch spring lay aft. Condition of Readiness IV and Material Condition YOKE (modified) set. Receiving fresh water and telephone services from the pier. Number two boiler and number 2 Ships Service Generator are on the line. Ships present include unit of the U.S. Atlantic Fleet, yard and district craft. SOPA is COMPHIBLANT.
J. Charles
SD1 USN

04-08 Moored as before.

S.P. Barczy
USNR

08-12 Moored as before . 0800 Mustered the crew on stations. Absentee: WALSH , L. J. BM2, USN, UA since 2000, 26 November 1963.0804 Made daily inspections if magazines and smokeless powder samples; conditions: normal
G.J. Couchell
ENS USNR

12-16 Moored as before. 1330 ( YO-193) moored alongside. 1358 Started taking on fuel. 1503 Secured fueling. 1525 ( YO-193) departed ship. Draft before fueling, forward 18’, aft 15’. After fueling forward 18’10”, aft 14’8”. received 49,434 gallons NSFO.
J. A. Bailey
SF1 USN

16-20 Moored as before. 1615 BAKER, Charles E., EM2, USN was taken to Camp Allen for safe keeping.
C.E. Wilson
BTC USN

20-24 Moored as before.
D.W. Olmstead
ENS USNR

Tuesday 17 December, 1963

00-04 Moored port side to Pier 12 North, U.S. Naval Amphibious Base, Little Creek, Virginia with standard mooring lines doubled plus a one inch wire forward, and a 1 ˝ inch spring lay aft. Condition of Readiness IV and Material Condition YOKE (modified) set. Number two boiler and number 2 Ships Service Generator are on the line. Ships present include unit of the U.S. Atlantic Fleet, yard and district craft. SOPA is COMPHIBLANT.
L. G. Parham
MMCA USN

04-08 Moored as before.
J. A. Bailey
SF1 USN

08-12 Moored as before . 0800 Mustered the crew at Foul Weather Parade. Absentee: WALSH , L. J. BM2, USN, UA since 2000, 26 November 1963. 1000 Made daily inspections if magazines and smokeless powder samples; conditions: normal
W.L. Macon
EN1 USN

12-16 Moored as before
R. G. Phillips
SFCS USN

16-20 Moored as before.
J. Erwin
ENS USNR

20-24 Moored as before.
R. C. Elliott
BMC USN

Wednesday 18 December, 1963

00-04 Moored port side to Pier 12 North, U.S. Naval Amphibious Base, Little Creek, Virginia with standard mooring lines doubled plus a one inch wire forward, and a 1 ˝ inch spring lay aft. Condition of Readiness IV and Material Condition YOKE (modified) set. Number two boiler and number 2 Ships Service Generator are in use. Receiving fresh water and telephone from the pier. Ships present include unit of the U.S. Atlantic Fleet, yard and district craft. SOPA is COMPHIBLANT.
W. L. Macon
EN1 USN

04-08 Moored as before.
S. F. Jones
RD1 USN

08-12 Moored as before . 0800 Mustered the crew at Foul Weather Parade. Absentee: WALSH , L. J. BM2, USN, UA since 2000, 26 November 1963. Made daily inspections if magazines and smokeless powder samples; conditions: normal
L. G. Parham
MMCA USN

12-16 Moored as before
C. H. F. Robinson
ENS USNR

16-20 Moored as before.
L. G. Drolet
LT USNR

20-24 Moored as before.
J. R. Travis
CWO USN

Thursday 19 December, 1963

00-04 Moored port side to Pier 12 North, U.S. Naval Amphibious Base, Little Creek, Virginia with standard mooring lines doubled plus a one inch wire forward, and a 1 ˝ inch spring lay aft. Condition of Readiness IV and Material Condition YOKE (modified) set. Number two boiler and number 2 Ships Service Generator are in use. All services are from ships equipment except telephone from the pier. Ships present include unit of the U.S. Atlantic Fleet, yard and district craft. SOPA is COMPHIBLANT.
J. R Rich
RD1 USN

04-08 Moored as before.
L. C. Parham
MMCA USN

08-12 Moored as before . 0800 Mustered the crew at Foul Weather Parade. Absentee: WALSH , L. J. BM2, USN, UA since 2000, 26 November 1963. 1000 Made daily inspections if magazines and smokeless powder samples; conditions: normal
C. H. F. Robinson
ENS USNR

12-16 Moored as before. 1505 Baker, C. E. EM2, USN returned aboard in custody of the ships Legal Officer, and the Duty Master at Arms, having been released fron U.S. Naval Prison, Camp Allen, Norfolk, Virginia and restored to duty aboard this ship.
J. L. Lyon
CWO USN

16-20 Moored as before.
J. Charles
SD1 USN

20-24 Moored as before.
C. H. F. Robinson
ENS USNR

Friday 20 December, 1963

00-04 Moored port side to Pier 12 North, U.S. Naval Amphibious Base, Little Creek, Virginia with standard mooring lines doubled plus a one inch wire forward, and a 1 ˝ inch spring lay aft. Condition of Readiness IV and Material Condition YOKE (modified) set. Number two boiler and number 2 Ships Service Generator are in use. Receiving fresh water from the pier. Ships present include unit of the U.S. Atlantic Fleet, yard and district craft. SOPA is COMPHIBLANT.
L.C. Pitman
ENS USNR

04-08 Moored as before. Set the Special Sea and Anchor Detail at 0700. Shifted the watch to the CONN. At 0705. 0706 The Pilot Mr. PARKER came aboard. 0710 YTM 380 came alongside to starboard. 0722 Underway enroute from Little Creek, Virginia to Norfolk, Virginia, in accordance with CINCLANTFLT Notice 03120. Quarterly Op-Schedule, for Tender Availability. Captain and Navigator on the bridge, Captain has the CONN. Steering on various courses at various speeds to conform to Little Creek Channel. 0729 Cast off YTM 380. 0738 Passed out of Little Creek Channel, C0-010, S-4 knots. 0741 The Pilot departed the ship. 0752 C/c to 340, C/s to 12 knots. 0759 Steering various courses and various speeds to conform to the Thimble Shoals Channel.
J.F. Ferguson
LTJG USN

08-12 Steaming as before . 0800 Mustered the crew on station . Absentee: WALSH , L. J. BM2, USN, UA since 2000, 26 November 1963. 0810 Passed out of the Thimble Shoals Channel. Steering various courses at various speeds to conform to the Norfolk Beach. 0838 Steering various courses at various speeds in approach to anchorage. 0854 Anchored in anchorage 22, Hampton Roads, Virginia, in 25 feet of water, with 20 fathoms of chain to the starboard anchor on the following bearings: Tower 083, Elevator 135, Stack at Fort Monroe 026.5. 0900 Secured the Special Sea and Anchor Detail. 0935 Set the Special Sea and Anchor Detail. 0936 The Pilot Mr. HERTH came aboard. 0954 Underway for Pier 5, berth 55, U.S. Naval Operating Base, Norfolk, Virginia, Steering various courses at various speeds to approach the pier. 0940 YTM 765 came alongside to port. 0950 YTM 147 came alongside to starboard. 1000 Made daily inspections if magazines and smokeless powder samples; conditions: normal.1012 Cast off YTM 147. 1018 Moored starboard side to pier 5, berth 55, U.S. Naval Operating Base, Norfolk, Virginia, with standard mooring lines doubled and a one inch wire forward to the pier, and a 1 ˝ inch spring lay aft to the pier. Ships present include various units of the U.S. Atlantic Fleet, yard and district craft. SOPA is COMSUBLANT. 1026 Pilot departed the ship. YTM 765 Cast off and departed from alongside. 1040 Made weekly test of magazine sprinkling and flooding systems: conditions: normal. Secured number one boiler. 1150 Commanding Officer departed on nine days annual leave.
J.F. Ferguson
LTJG USN

12-16 Moored as before. 1255 USS RALEIGH (LPD-1) moored alongside to port.
G.J. Couchell
ENS USNR

16-20 Moored as before. 1720 Shifted electrical load from ship to USS VULCAN (AR-5)
J.A. Bailey
SF1 USN

20-24 Moored as before. 1950 Cut steam in from VULCAN to ASHLAND. 2210 Secured number two boiler. A.M. Dunn
MM1 USN

Saturday 21 December, 1963

00-04 Moored starboard side to Pier 5, Berth 55, U.S. Naval Operating Base, Norfolk, Virginia with standard mooring lines doubled plus a one inch wire forward, and a 1 ˝ inch spring lay aft. Receiving all services from the pier. Engineering Department is on Cold Iron Watch. Condition of Readiness IV and Material Condition YOKE (modified) set. Ships present include unit of the U.S. Atlantic Fleet, yard and district craft. SOPA is COMSUBLANT.
G.J. Couchell
ENS USNR

04-08 Moored as before.
C.H.F. Robinson
ENS USNR

08-12 Moored as before . 0800 Mustered the crew on stations. Absentee: WALSH , L. J. BM2, USN, UA since 2000, 26 November 1963.
J. Erwin
ENS USNR

12-16 Moored as before.
S.F. Jones
RM1 USN

16-20 Moored as before. 1830 Pursuant to orders of Commanding Officer, USS ASHLAND, ENS Charles H. F. ROBINSON, USNR, was detached from the ship with orders to report to Commanding Officer, NAVPHIBASE, Little Creek, Virginia.
R. C. Elliott
BMC USN

20-24 Moored as before.
R.H. Moran
CSCA USN

Sunday 22 December, 1963

00-04 Moored starboard side to Pier 5, Berth 55, U.S. Naval Operating Base, Norfolk, Virginia with standard mooring lines doubled plus a one inch wire forward, and a 1 ˝ inch spring lay aft to the pier in a nest of two ships. The order of ships from the pier outboard is USS ASHLAND (LSD-1) and USS RALEIGH (LPD-1) Receiving all services from USS VULCAN (AR-5) Engineering plant is cold iron . Condition of Readiness IV and Material Condition YOKE is set. Ships present include unit of the U.S. Atlantic Fleet, yard and district craft. SOPA is COMSUBLANT.
W.L. Macon
EN1 USN

04-08 Moored as before.
S.F. Jones
RD1 USN

08-12 Moored as before . 0800 Mustered the crew on station. Absentee: WALSH , L. J. BM2, USN, UA since 2000, 26 November 1963.
J.R. Rich
RD1 USN

12-16 Moored as before.
L.G. Parham
MMCA USN

16-20 Moored as before.
L.G. Drolet
LT USNR

20-24 Moored as before.
L.C. Pitman
ENS USNR

Monday 23 December, 1963

00-04 Moored starboard side to Pier 5, Berth 55, U.S. Naval Operating Base, Norfolk, Virginia with standard mooring lines doubled plus a one inch wire forward, and a 1 ˝ inch spring lay aft to the pier in a nest of two ships. The order of ships from the pier outboard is USS ASHLAND (LSD-1) and USS RALEIGH (LPD-1) Receiving electrical power from USS VULCAN (AR-5) and steam from USS RALEIGH (LPD-1). Engineering plant is cold iron . Condition of Readiness IV and Material Condition YOKE is set. Ships present include unit of the U.S. Atlantic Fleet, yard and district craft. SOPA is COMSUBLANT.
J.R. Travis
CWO USN

04-08 Moored as before.
J.R. Rich
RD1 USN

08-12 Moored as before . 0800 Mustered the crew at quarters. Absentee: WALSH , L. J. BM2, USN, UA since 2000, 26 November 1963. 1000 Made daily inspections of magazines and smokeless powder samples; conditions: normal
S.P. BARCZY
ENS USNR

12-16 Moored as before.
L.C. Pitman
ENS USNR

16-20 Moored as before.
J.J. Scanio
ENS USNR

20-24 Moored as before.
J. Charles
SD1 USN

Tuesday 24 December, 1963

00-04 Moored starboard side to Pier 5, Berth 55, U.S. Naval Operating Base, Norfolk, Virginia with standard mooring lines doubled plus a one inch wire forward, and a 1 ˝ inch spring lay aft to the pier in a nest of two ships. The order of ships from the pier outboard is USS ASHLAND (LSD-1) and USS RALEIGH (LPD-1) Receiving all services from USS VULCAN (AR-5) Engineering plant is cold iron . Condition of Readiness IV and Material Condition YOKE is set. Ships present include unit of the U.S. Atlantic Fleet, yard and district craft. SOPA is COMSUBLANT.
S.P. Barczy
ENS USNR

04-08 Moored as before.
J.L. Lyon
CWO USN

08-12 Moored as before . 0800 Mustered the crew at quarters. Absentee: WALSH , L. J. BM2, USN, UA since 2000, 26 November 1963. 1000 Made daily inspections of magazines and smokeless powder samples; conditions: normal
R.V. Tobin
LTJG USN

12-16 Moored as before.
A.M. Dunn
MM1 USN

16-20 Moored as before.
G.J. Couchell
ENS USNR

20-24 Moored as before.
S.F. Jones
RM1 USN

Wednesday 25 December, 1963

00-04 Moored starboard side to Pier 5, Berth 55, U.S. Naval Operating Base, Norfolk, Virginia with standard mooring lines doubled plus a one inch wire forward, and a 1 ˝ inch spring lay aft to the pier in a nest of two ships. The order of ships from the pier outboard is USS ASHLAND (LSD-1) and USS RALEIGH (LPD-1) Receiving electrical power from USS VULCAN (AR-5) and steam from USS RALEIGH )LPD-1) Engineering plant is cold iron . Condition of Readiness IV and Material Condition YOKE is set. Ships present include unit of the U.S. Atlantic Fleet, yard and district craft. SOPA is COMSUBLANT.
J.A. Bailey
SF1 USN

04-08 Moored as before. Conditions: normal
A.M. Dunn
MM1 USN

08-12 Moored as before . 0800 Mustered the crew on stations. Absentee: WALSH , L. J. BM2, USN, UA since 2000, 26 November 1963. 1000 Made daily inspections of magazines and smokeless powder samples; conditions: normal
J. Erwin
ENS USNR

12-16 Moored as before.
R.H. Moran
CSCA USN

16-20 Moored as before.
R.C. Elliott
BMC USN

20-24 Moored as before.
S.F. Jones
RM1 USN

Thursday 26 December, 1963

00-04 Moored starboard side to Pier 5, Berth 55, U.S. Naval Operating Base, Norfolk, Virginia with standard mooring lines doubled plus a one inch wire forward, and a 1 ˝ inch spring lay aft to the pier in a nest of two ships. The order of ships from the pier outboard is USS ASHLAND (LSD-1) and USS RALEIGH (LPD-1) Receiving all services from USS VULCAN (AR-5) Engineering plant is cold iron . Condition of Readiness IV and Material Condition YOKE is set. Ships present include unit of the U.S. Atlantic Fleet, yard and district craft. SOPA is COMSUBLANT.
R.H. Moran
CSCA USN

04-08 Moored as before. Conditions: normal
W.L. Macon
EN1 USN

08-12 Moored as before . 0800 Mustered the crew on stations. Absentee: WALSH , L. J. BM2, USN, UA since 2000, 26 November 1963, and Charles, J. SD1,USN UA since 0745 this date. 1000 Made daily inspections of magazines and smokeless powder samples; conditions: normal. 1100 WALSH, L.J. BM2, USN, declared a deserter this date.
J. R. Travis
CWO USN

12-16 Moored as before.
L.G. Parham
MMCA USN

16-20 Moored as before.
J. R. Rich
RD1 USN

20-24 Moored as before.
L. G. Drolet
ENS USNR

Friday 27 December, 1963

00-04 Moored starboard side to Pier 5, Berth 55, U.S. Naval Operating Base, Norfolk, Virginia with standard mooring lines doubled plus a one inch wire forward, and a 1 ˝ inch spring lay aft. Receiving electrical power from USS VULCAN (AR-5) and steam from USS RALEIGH (LPD-1) Engineering plant is on cold iron status. Condition of Readiness IV and Material Condition YOKE (modified) is set. Ships present include unit of the U.S. Atlantic Fleet, yard and district craft. USS RALEIGH (LPD-1) is moored alongside to port. 0330 CHARLES, SD-1 reported on board, AWOL since 0745, 26 December 1963. SOPA is COMSUBLANT.
S. P. Barczy
ENS USNR

04-08 Moored as before
J. R. Travis
CWO USN

08-12 Moored as before . 0800 Mustered the crew on stations. No unauthorized absentees 1000 Made daily inspections of magazines and smokeless powder samples; conditions: normal.
J. J. Scanio
ENS USNR

12-16 Moored as before.
J. Charles
SD1 USN

16-20 Moored as before.
S. P. Barczy
ENS USNR

20-24 Moored as before.
J. L. Lyon
CWO USN

Saturday 28 December, 1963

00-04 Moored starboard side to Pier 5, Berth 55, U.S. Naval Operating Base, Norfolk, Virginia with standard mooring lines doubled plus a one inch wire forward, and a 1 ˝ inch spring lay aft to the pier in a nest of two ships The order of ships From the pier outboard is USS ASHLAND (LSD-1) and USS RALEIGH (LPD-1)Receiving all services from USS VULCAN (AR-5) Engineering plant is cold iron Condition of Readiness IV and Material Condition YOKE is set. Ships present include unit of the U.S. Atlantic Fleet, yard and district craft. SOPA is COMSUBLANT
D. C. Coghlan
MMCS USN

04-08 Moored as before
A. J. Regallis
EN1 USN

08-12 Moored as before . 0800 Mustered the crew on stations. Absentees : CORDARO, Peter V., SN, UA, since 0745 this date. 0905 Made daily inspections of magazines and smokeless powder samples; conditions: normal. 1025 CORDARO, Peter V., SN, USNR, reported on board, UA since 0745, this date.
G. A. Creighton
ENS USNR

12-16 Moored as before.
W. L. Wilson
QM1 USN

16-20 Moored as before.
J. F. Ferguson
ENS USNR

20-24 Moored as before.
C. E. Wilson
BTC USN

Sunday 29 December, 1963

00-04 Moored starboard side to Pier 5, Berth 55, U.S. Naval Operating Base, Norfolk, Virginia with standard mooring lines doubled plus a one inch wire forward, and a 1 ˝ inch spring lay aft to the pier in a nest of two ships The order of ships From the pier outboard is USS ASHLAND (LSD-1) and USS RALEIGH (LPD-1)Receiving all services from USS VULCAN (AR-5) Engineering plant is cold iron Condition of Readiness IV and Material Condition YOKE is set. Ships present include various units of the U.S. Atlantic Fleet, yard and district craft. SOPA is COMSUBLANT. 0001 BAKER, C. E. EM2, USN, UA since about 2130 28 December 1963
S. P. Barczy
ENS USNR

04-08 Moored as before. 0530 BAKER, C. E., EM2, USN, was returned aboard ship in custody of shore patrol at 0530, 29 December 1963 having been UA since 2130 28 December 1963.
R. M. Dunn
MM1 USN

08-12 Moored as before . 0830 Mustered the crew on stations. Absentees : none. 0920 Made daily inspections of magazines and smokeless powder samples; conditions: normal.
S. F. Jones
RM1 USN

12-16 Moored as before.
S. P. Barczy
ENS USNR

16-20 Moored as before.
R. H. Moran
CSCA USN

20-24 Moored as before.
R. C. Drake
EMC USN

Monday 30 December, 1963

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Monday 31 December, 1963

00-04 Moored starboard side to Pier 5, Berth 55, U.S. Naval Operating Base, Norfolk, Virginia with standard mooring lines doubled plus a one inch wire forward, and a 1 ˝ inch spring lay aft to the pier in a nest of two ships The order of ships From the pier outboard is USS ASHLAND (LSD-1) and USS RALEIGH (LPD-1)Receiving all services from USS VULCAN (AR-5) Engineering plant is Cold Iron Condition of Readiness IV and Material Condition YOKE is set. Ships present include various units of the U.S. Atlantic Fleet, yard and district craft. SOPA is COMSUBLANT. 0001 BAKER, C. E. EM2, USN, UA since about 2130 28 December 1963.
T. H. Stallings
ENC USN

04-08 Moored as before.
J. R. Rich
RD1 USN

08-12 Moored as before. 0800 Mustered the crew on stations, no unauthorized absentees. 1000 made daily inspections of magazines and smokeless powder samples; conditions normal. 1040 divers from VULCAN commenced diving operations over portside frame 52.
D. C. Coglan
MMCS USN

12-16 Moored as before. 1143 divers secured diving operations over the portside.
J. E. Williams
GMGC USN

16-20 Moored as before.
J. R. Rich
RD1 USN

20-24 Moored as before.
J. Charles
SD1 USN