DECK LOG BOOK (FEBRUARY 1963)

OF THE

U.S.S. ASHLAND (LSD-1)

Commanded by : CDR Arthur W. Price, Jr., USN

Attached to: Commander, Amphibious Squadron FOUR,
Amphibious Forces ATLANTIC Fleet,
FIFTH Naval District

Commencing:   ALFA Time, 1 February 1963, at Latitude 39°-45’ North Longitude 09°-50’ East
And ending:   ALFA Time 28 February 1963, at Latitude 35°-18’ North Longitude 32°-90’ West



Friday 1 February 1963

00-04   Steaming in company with TF 61 enroute from Porto Scudo, Sardinia to Genoa Italy in accordance with CTF 61 OP-ORDER 50-62. This ship is in station 1.5274 of formation 1RW, formation course 070°, formation axis 000°, formation speed 7 knots. Guide is USS MOUNT MCKINLEY (AGC-7) in station 0, bearing094°, distance 15 miles. Condition of Readiness IV and Condition YOKE (modified) are set. Engineering is in Condition III. OTC and SOPA is CTF 61 in USS MOUNT MCKINLEY (AGC-7). The ship is darkened. Emcon ALFA is set. 0003 Secured from Emcon ALFA. 0004 c/c to 041°. 0012 C/F/C to 014°. 0020 Lighted navigational lights. 0101 Passed I Dei Caroli Light abeam to port, distance 7.4 miles. 0142 c/c to 008°. 0221 c/c to 003°. 0318 Passed Capo Ferrato Light.
D.M. CAIN, III
LTJG, USN

04-08   Steaming as before. 0411 Sighted Capo Bellavista Light bearing 357°, distance 31 miles. 0419 c/c 014°. 0423 c/s 7 knots. 0431 c/c 017°. 0745 Maneuvering to take station A-5 in formation 51, formation course 014°, formation speed 7 knots, formation axis 090°; c/c 091°, c/s 12 knots. Mustered the crew at Quarters. No absentees.
B. CROOK
LT, USNR

08-12   Steaming as before. 0905 c/c to 10 knots. 0907 c/s to 8 knots. 0914 On station in formation 51. Guide is USS MOUNT MCKINLEY (AGC-7) in station 0, bearing 030°, range 1000 yards. 0915 C/F/C to 090°, c/s to 7 knots. 1000 Made daily inspection of magazines and smokeless powder samples. Conditions normal. Conducted weekly test of magazine sprinkler systems. Satisfactory.
J.A FRIEL
LTJG USN

12-16   Steaming as before. 1201 Upon orders from CTC commenced ISE. 1203 Set course 105, speed 8 kts. for assigned sector 180°-240°. 1206 Commenced maneuvering at various courses and speeds while conducting exercises. 1543 Completed ISE. Maneuvering at various courses and speeds to regain station A5 in Form 51, formation course 000°, axis 000°, speed 7 kts. Guide is USS MOUNT MCKINLEY (AGC-7) in station 0. When on station the guide bears 300°, 1000 yards.
G.A. ARCHAMBAULT
LT, USNR

16-18 Maneuvering as before. 1612 On station, c/c 000°, c/s to 7 knots.
D.M. CAIN, III
LTJG, USN

18-20 Steaming as before. 1930 C/F/C 270°, c/c 270°.
B. CROOK
LT, USNR

20-24 Steaming as before.
J.A. FRIEL
LTJG, USN

A.W. PRICE, JR., CDR., U.S.N. COMMANDING
D.C. KETCHUM, LTJG, U.S.N., NAVIGATOR



Saturday 2 February 1963

00-04   Steaming in company with TF 61 enroute from Porto Scudo, Sardinia to Genoa, Italy in accordance with CTF 61 OP-ORDER 50-62 in formation 51, course 270°, speed 7 kts., formation axis 000°. This ship is in station A5. Guide is USS MOUNT MCKINLEY (AGC-7) in station 0, bearing 300°, distance 1000 yds. Condition of Readiness IV and material Condition YOKE (Modified) are set. Engineering is in Condition III. OTC and SOPA is CTF 61 embarked in USS MOUNT MCKINLEY (AGC-7). 0001 c/c 200°. 0138 Sighted Capo Bellavista Light bearing 266.5, distance 36 miles.
G.A. ARCHAMBAULT
LT, USNR

04-08   Steaming as before. 0518 C/F/S to 10 knots. 0712 C/F/C to 237°. 0745 Mustered the crew on station. Absentees: None.
D.M. CAIN, III
LTJG, USN

08-12   Steaming as before. 0800 c/s 005. 0801 CTF 63.1 assumed OTC. 0812 Made daily inspection pf magazines and smokeless powder samples. Conditions normal. 0824 The captain assumed the conn. 0836 Maneuvering at various courses and speeds making approach on USS CHUKAWAN (AO 100) to starboard, base course 000, speed 10 kts. 0840 Received first lines on deck, fore and aft. 0845 Received first fuel hose. 0847 Commenced receiving fuel. 0855 Commenced taking on freight at forward replenishment station. 0919 Fueling completed. 0922 Completed replenishment forward. 0928 All lines and hoses clear. 0937 Commenced maneuvering at various courses and speeds to take lifeguard station 1000 yds. Astern of USS HYADES (AF 28). 1025 On station. 1115 Commenced approach on USS HYADEES (AD 28) to starboard, base course 000°, speed 10 knots. 1147 Received first load from helicopter at after vertical replenishment station. Continued to maneuver to effect approach to portside of USS HYADES (AF 28), helicopter replenishing aft.
G.A. ARCHAMBAULT
LT, USNR

12-16   Steaming as before. 1209 On station at port side of USS HYADES (AF 28). 1211 Received first line over aft. 1222 Received first load at after replenishment station. 1226 Received first line at forward replenishment station. 1232 First load on deck forward. 1233 Completed replenishment by helicopter at after vertical replenishment station. 1412 Forward hi-line parted under heavy strain. 1413 All lines clear forward. No personnel injuries. 1422 Upon signal from OTC commenced altering course to 095° in ten degree (10°) increments, final increment fifteen degrees (15°). 1507 Completed maneuver, formation course 095°, speed 10 kts. After hi-line parted under heavy strain. 1509 All lines clear. No personnel injuries. 1527 Re-commenced approach to port side of USS HYADES (AF 28), with USS FREMONT (APA 44) replenishing to starboard. 1539 Received first line aft. 1549 Received first load at after replenishment station.
G.A. ARCHAMBAULT
LT, USNR

16-18 Steaming as before.
G.A. ARCHAMBAULT
LT, USNR

18-20   Maneuvering as before. 1833 All lines clear., c/s to 13 knots. Maneuvering to take station 1000 yards astern of USS FREMONT (APA 44). 1843 Maneuvering to take station astern of formation. 1851 Maneuvering on various courses at various speeds to take station 2000 yards astern of USS MOUNT MCKINLEY (AGC-7). Secured the replenishment detail. 1922 C/F/S to 0 [probably should read 10 knots] knots. 1935 Maneuvering on various courses at various speeds to take station A-5 in formation 51, formation course 095°, formation axis 320°, formation speed 4 knots. Guide is USS MOUNT MCKINLEY (AGC 7) in Station 0, bearing 260°, distance 1000 yards.
D.M.CAIN, III
LTJG USN

20-24   Steaming as before. 2001 c/s 095°. 2006 c/c 094°. 2008 On station. Maneuvering at various courses and speeds to maintain Station FIVE (5) in formation 51, formation course 095°, and speed 5 kts., axis 320°. Guide is USS MOUNT MCKINLEY (AGC 7), bearing 260°, range 1000 yds. 2017 C/F/C to 030°, 030°. 2024 C/F/C to 330°. 2026 c/c 330°. 2030 C/F/S 7 kts.
B. CROOK
LT, USNR

A.W. PRICE, JR., CDR., U.S.N. COMMANDING
D.C. KETCHUM, LTJG, U.S.N., NAVIGATOR



Sunday 3 February 1963

00-04   Steaming in company with TF 61 plus USS HYADES (AF 28) enroute from Porto Scudo, Sardinia to Genoa, Italy in accordance with CTF 61 OP-ORDER 50-62 in formation 51. Formation axis 320°, formation course 330°, formation speed 7. Guide is USS MOUNT MCKINLEY (AGC-7) in station 0, bearing 260°, distance 1000 yds. SOPA and OTC is CTF 61 in USS MOUNT MCKINLEY (AGC-7). Condition of Readiness IV and material Condition YOKE (modified) are set.
J.A. FRIEL
LTJG, USN

04-08   Steaming as before. 0550 C/F/S 5 kts. 0551 The replenishment group, consisting of USS MULIPHEN (AKA 51), USS HYADES (AF 28), USS FORT MANDAN (LSD 21), and USS TELFAIR (APA 210) left the formation under tactical command of Commanding Officer, USS MULIPHEN (AKA 51). 0609 C/F/S 7 kts. 0636 C/F/C 240° 0648 C/F/C 180°. C/F/S 10 kts. 0700 C/F/C 200°. 0745 Mustered the crew on station. Absentees: None.
G.A. ARCHAMBAULT
LT, USNR

08-12   Steaming as before. 0900 Made daily inspection of magazines and smokeless powder samples. Conditions normal. 0923 Formation course 200°, formation axis 320°, formation speed 10 knots. This ship is in Station A-5. Guide is USS MT MCKINLEY (AGC 7) bearing 260°, distance 1000 yards. 0946 C/F/C 290°. 0950 C/F/C 350°. 0958 C/F/S 11 knots.
D.M. CAIN, III
LTJG, USN

12-16   Steaming as before. 1215 Entered rain squall with wind gusts up to 50 knots. 1300 C/F/C 345°, c/c 345°. 1300 Out of squall, wind decreased to 24 knots.
B. CROOK
LT, USNR

16-18   Steaming as before.
J.A. FREIL
LTJG, USN

18-20   Steaming as before.
G.A. ARCHAMBAULT
LT, USNR

20-24  Steaming as before. 20000 C/F/S to 10 knots. 2016 C/F/C 000°. 2030 Sighted the Pde Macinaggio Light bearing 312°, distance 13 miles. 2037 C/FF/C 345°. 2055 Sighted Pta Del Trattoio Light, bearing 051°, distance 7.5 miles. 2059 Sight I of Ia Giraglia Light , bearing 296°, distance 12 miles. 2115 C/F/C to 340°. 2225 C/F/C to 070°. Crane loose in well deck. Proceeding independently because of heavy weather. 2230 C/s 8 knots. Crane secured. 2326 C/c to 050°. 2331 C/s to 10 knots. 2332 C/s to 12 knots, c/c to 060°. 2336 C/s to 290°. 2340 C/c to 280°, c/s to 10 knots.
D.M. CAIN, III
LTJG, USN
A.W. PRICE, JR., CDR., U.S.N. COMMANDING
D.C. KETCHUM, LTJG, U.S.N., NAVIGATOR

Monday 4 February 1963

00-04   Steaming independently enroute from Porto Scudo, Sardinia to Genoa, Italy in accordance with CTF 61 OP-ORDER 50-62, on course 280°, speed 10 kts. Condition of Readiness IV and material Condition YOKE (modified) are set. Boilers Number one (1) and two (2) and generators one (1) and two (2) are on the line. SOPA and OTC is Commanding Officer this ship. 0027 c/c to 275°. 0042 c/c 280°. 0052 c/c 265°. 0113 c/s 13 kts.
B. CROOK
LTJG, USNR

04-08   Steaming as before. 0400 Ship rolling lightly wit heavily confused seas from 220°. 0454 c/c to 020°. 0632 c/c to 000°, winds abated to 17 knots, seas moderated to sea state 3. 0745 Mustered at quarters. Absentees: None.
J.A. FREIL
LTJG, USN

08-12   Steaming as before. 0810 c/c to 350°. 0910 Made daily inspection of magazines and smokeless powder samples. Conditions: Normal. 0948 c/c to 352°. 1002 c/s 8 knots. 1005 c/c to 030°. 1016 c/c to 045°. 1020 c/c to 335°. 1021 c/s 10 knots. 1022 Set the Anchor Detail. Commenced approach to assigned anchorage in accordance with verbal orders from OTC. 1139 Anchored in Golfo de Genoa, Italy with eighty (80) fathoms of chain to the port anchor in thirty five (35) fathoms of water, mud bottom on the following bearings: Breakwater Light 070°, Capo dei Faro Light 000°, Breakwater Light 061°. 1154 Secured the Anchor Detail.
G.A. ARCHAMBAULT
LT, USNR

12-16   Anchored as before. 1326 Dropped starboard anchor to 45 fathoms of chain on deck. 1338 Pursuant to orders of the Commanding Officer, LTJG J. A. FREIL, USN, 249319, USN, left the ship to report to Senior Shore Patrol officer, Genoa, Italy for TAD.
G.J. COUCHELL
ENS, USNR

16-20   Anchored as before.
R.G. PHILLIPS
SFCS, USN

20-24   Anchored as before. 2300 Merchant ship anchored 000° relative appears to be dragging anchor, range decreasing. 2315 Set the Anchor Detail. Commenced preparations to get underway. 2325 Merchant ship underway. 2330 Secured the Anchor Detail.
H. FOREHAND
LTJG, SC, USNR

A.W. PRICE, JR., CDR., U.S.N. COMMANDING
D.C. KETCHUM, LTJG, U.S.N., NAVIGATOR



Tuesday 5 February 1963

00-04   Anchored in Golfo Di Genoa, Italy, in 35 fathoms of water, mud bottom, with 80 fathoms of anchor chain to the starboard anchor on the following bearings: West Milo Duca Di Galleria Light 322°, East Diga Foran Light 066.3°. Capo Del Faro Light 359°. Ship is in Condition of Readiness IV, Material Condition YOKE (modified) is set. Engineering Department is on 15 minute standby for 8 knots. Boiler No. 1 and Generator No. 1 are on the line. Ships present include units of Task Force 61 plus USS MOUNT MCKINLEY (AGC 7). SOPA and OTC are CTF 61 embarked in USS MOUNT MCKINLEY (AGC 7).
J. E. WILLIAMS
GMGCA, USN

04-08   Anchored as before. 0745 Mustered the crew on station. Absentees: None. 0755 MULVENNA, William Alexander, 253 73 41, QM1 (SS) departed ship with orders from Commanding Officer, U.S. Naval Guided Missile School, Dam Neck, Virginia.
G. J. COUCHELL
ENS, USNR

12-16   Anchored as before. 1300 The Commanding Officer held mast and imposed non-judicial punishment as follows: EDWARDS, D. L., 476 58 64, BM3, USN. Offense: Violation of Article 92, UCMJ. Punishment: Reduced in rate to BMSN. LILES, G.D., 479 69 22, BM3, USN. Offense: Violation of Article 92, UCMJ. Punishment: Reduced in rate to BMSN. SINGLETON, M.A., 488 91 26 EN3, USN. Offense: Violation of Article 92, UCMJ. Punishment: Reduced in rate to ENFN. BROUGHTON, P.E., 480 64 50, BT3, USN. Offense: Violation of Article 92, UCMJ. Punishment: Reduced in rate to BTFN.
L.S. CONTI
LTJG, USNR

16-20   Anchored as before.
R.C. DRAKE
EMC, USN

20-24   Anchored as before.
C.A. WOLF
ENCS, USN

A.W. PRICE, JR., CDR., U.S.N. COMMANDING
D.C. KETCHUM, LTJG, U.S.N., NAVIGATOR



Wednesday 6 February 1963

00-04   Anchored in Golfo Di Genoa, Italy, in 35 fathoms of water, mud bottom, with 80 fathoms of anchor chain to the starboard anchor on the following bearings: West Milo Duca Di Galleria Light 322°, East Diga Foran Light 066.3°. Capo Del Faro Light 359°. Ship is in Condition of Readiness IV, Material Condition YOKE (modified) is set. Engineering Department is on 15 minute standby for 8 knots. Boiler No. 1 and Generator No. 1 are on the line. Ships present include units of Task Force 61 plus USS MOUNT MCKINLEY (AGC 7). SOPA and OTC are CTF 61 embarked in USS MOUNT MCKINLEY (AGC 7).
J. SHEKERKO
ENS, USNR

04-08   Anchored as before.
G. J. COUCHELL
ENS, USNR

08-12   Anchored as before. 0800 Mustered the crew on station. Absentees: None. 1000 Made daily inspection of magazines and smokeless powder samples. Conditions: Normal.
C.A. LINN
ENS, USNR

12-16   Anchored as before. 1413 Housed starboard anchor. Heaved in port anchor to 75 fathoms at the water’s edge.
H.B. MIRKIN
ENS, USNR

16-20   Anchored as before.
R.J. ZANESKI
LTJG, USNR

20-24   Anchored as before.
J.S.LLOYD
ENS, USNR

A.W. PRICE, JR., CDR., U.S.N. COMMANDING
D.C. KETCHUM, LTJG, U.S.N., NAVIGATOR


Thursday 7 February 1963

00-04   Anchored in Golfo Di Genoa, Italy, in 35 fathoms of water, mud bottom, with 80 fathoms of anchor chain to the starboard anchor on the following bearings: West Moco Duca Di Galleria Light 321.5°, East Diga Foran Light 070.2°. Capo Del Faro Light 000°. Ship is in Condition of Readiness V, Material Condition YOKE is set. Engineering Department is on 30 minute standby for 8 knots. Boiler No. 1 and Generator No. 1 are on the line. Ships present include units of U.S. Naval Task Force 61. SOPA and OTC are CTF 61 embarked in USS MOUNT MCKINLEY (AGC 7).
C.A. LINN
ENS, USNR

04-08   Anchored as before. 0745 Mustered the crew at Quarters. Absentees: None.
H.B. MIRKIN
ENS, USNR

08-12   Anchored as before. Made daily inspection of magazines and smokeless powder samples. Conditions: Normal. 0855 Captain W. O. SPEARS, USN, COMPHIBRON FOUR, accompanied by members of his Staff came on board and commenced surprise inspection. Broke flag of COMPHIBRON FOUR. 1010 COMPHIBRON FOUR and members of his Staff left the ship. Hauled down COMPHIBRON FOUR flag.
J. BALOG
LTJG, USNR

12-16 A  nchored as before.
J.L. LYON
CWO, USN

16-20   Anchored as before.
C.E. WILSON
BTC, USN

20-24   Anchored as before.
W.J. REDMOND
BMC, USN

A.W. PRICE, JR., CDR., U.S.N. COMMANDING
D.C. KETCHUM, LTJG, U.S.N., NAVIGATOR


Friday 8 February 1963

00-04   Anchored in Golfo Di Genoa, Italy, in 35 fathoms of water, mud bottom, with 80 fathoms of anchor chain to the starboard anchor on the following bearings: Breakwater Light 070° (T), Capo Del Farvo Light 000° )T), Breakwater Light West 060° (T). Material Condition YOKE and Condition of Readiness V are set. Engineering Department on 30 minutes notice for getting underway. Boiler No. 1 and Generator No. 1 are on the line. Ships present include units of TF 61 and various units of the Italian Navy. SOPA is COMPHIBRON FOUR in the USS MOUNT MCKINLEY (AGC 7).
J.L. LYON
CWO, USN

04-08   Anchored as before. 0745 Mustered the crew at Quarters. Absentees: None.
C.E. WILSON
BTC, USN

08-12   Anchored as before. 1000 Made daily inspection of magazines and smokeless powder samples. Conditions: Normal. 1000 Made weekly test of magazine sprinkling and flooding system; conditions satisfactory.
H. FOREHAND
LTJG, SC, USNR

12-16   Anchored as before.
J.R. TRAVIS
CWO, USN

16-20   Anchored as before.
J.A. MORRIS
LTJG, USNR

20-24   Anchored as before.
J.E. WILLIAMS
GMGCA, USN

A.W. PRICE, JR., CDR., U.S.N.  COMMANDING
D.C. KETCHUM, LTJG, U.S.N., NAVIGATOR


Saturday 9 February 1963

00-04   Anchored in Golfo Di Genoa, Italy, in 35 fathoms of water, mud bottom, with 80 fathoms of anchor chain to the starboard anchor on the following bearings: West Milo Duca Di Galleria Light 321.5°, East Diga Foran Light 070.2°. Capo Del Faro Light 000°. Material Condition YOKE and Readiness Condition V are set. Engineering Department on 30 minute standby for getting underway. Boiler No. 1 and Generator No. 1 are on the line. Ships present include units of TF 61. SOPA is COMPHIBRON FOUR embarked in the USS MOUNT MCKINLEY (AGC 7).
R.G. PHILLIPS
SFCS, USN

04-08   Anchored as before. 0745 Mustered the crew on station. Absentees: None.
A.E. HINSON
LTJG, USNR

08-12   Anchored as before. 0800 Made daily inspection of magazines and smokeless powder samples. Conditions: Normal.
J. SHEKERKO
ENS, USNR

12-16   Anchored as before.
J.W. GREGORY
LTJG, USN

16-20   Anchored as before.
C.A. WOLF
ENCS, USN

20-24   Anchored as before.
G.J. COUCHELL
ENS, USN

A.W. PRICE, JR., CDR., U.S.N.  COMMANDING
D.C. KETCHUM, LTJG, U.S.N., NAVIGATOR


Sunday 10 February 1963

00-04   Anchored in Golfo Di Genoa, Italy, in 35 fathoms of water, mud bottom, with 80 fathoms of anchor chain to the starboard anchor on the following bearings: West Milo Duca Di Galleria Light 321.5°, East Diga Foran Light 070.2°. Capo Del Faro Light 000°. Material Condition YOKE and Readiness Condition V are set. Engineering Department on 30 minute standby for getting underway. Boiler No. 1 and Generator No. 1 are on the line. Ships present include units of TF 61. SOPA is COMPHIBRON FOUR embarked in USS MOUNT MCKINLEY (AGC 7).
R.C.DRAKE
EMC,USN

04-08   Anchored as before.
C.A. WOLF
ENCS, USN

08-12   Anchored as before. 0900 Mustered the crew on station. Absentees: DAVIS, Thomas J., 497 41 89, EONCP, USN, AWOL since 0100 10 February 1963. 1000 Made daily inspection of magazines and smokeless powder samples. Conditions: Normal. J.S. LLOYD
ENS, USNR

12-16   Anchored as before.
R.J. ZANESKI
LTJG, USNR

16-20   Anchored as before. 1715 DAVIS, Thomas J., 497 41 89, EONCP, USN, returned on board having been AWOL since 0100 this date.
C.A.LINN
ENS, USNR

20-24 Anchored as before.
H.B. MIRKIN
ENS, USNR

A.W. PRICE, JR., CDR., U.S.N. COMMANDING
D.C. KETCHUM, LTJG, U.S.N., NAVIGATOR


Monday 11 February 1963

00-04   Anchored in Golfo Di Genoa, Italy, in 35 fathoms of water, mud bottom, with 80 fathoms of anchor chain to the starboard anchor on the following bearings: West Milo Duca Di Galleria Light 321.5°, East Diga Foran Light 070.2°. Capo Del Faro Light 000°. Material Condition YOKE and Readiness Condition V are set. Engineering Department on 30 minute standby for getting underway. Boiler No. 1 and Generator No. 1 are on the line. Ships present include units of TF 61. SOPA is COMPHIBRON FOUR embarked in USS MOUNT MCKINLEY (AGC 7).
C.E. WILSON
BTC, USN

04-08   Anchored as before. 0745 Mustered the crew at Quarters. Absentees: None.
J.S. LLOYD
ENS, USNR

08-12   Anchored as before. 0800 Made daily inspection of magazines and smokeless powder samples. Conditions: Normal. 0955 Set the anchor detail. 1000 Captain and Navigator on the bridge. 1010 Captain has the conn. 1017 Underway in accordance with CTF 61 OP-ORDER 50-61. 1027 Commenced maneuvering at various courses and speeds to take station 1000 yards astern of USS FORT MANDAN (LSD-21), in Formation ONE (#1), formation speed 5 kts., course 158°. This ship is in Station 5. When on station, the Guide bears 158°, 4000 yards. Guide is USS FREMONT (APA 44). OOD took the conn. 1115 USS MOUNT MCKINLEY (AGC 7) joined the formation with OTC and SOPA, CTF 61 embarked. 1116 Upon signal from OTC commenced maneuvering at various courses and speeds to take Station A5 in Formation 51, formation course 150°, speed 10 kts, formation axis 160°. Guide is USS MOUNT MCKINLEY (AGC 7). When on station the Guide bears 100°, 1000 yards. 1133 On station.
D.C. KETCHUM
LTJG, USNR

12-16   Steaming as before. 1320 Stationed the fog lookout. 1450 Secured the fog lookout. 1527 C/F/C to 180°. 1540 C/F/C to 160°.
D.M. CAIN
LTJG USN

16-18   Steaming as before. 1758 Sighted Isla De La Giraglia Light bearing 190°, distance 15 miles.
B. CROOK
LT, USNR

18-20   Steaming as before. 1909 Isla De La Giraglia Light abeam to starboard, 6.8 miles.
J.A. FRIEL
LTJG, USN

20-24   Steaming as before. 2030 Sighted Bastia Light, Corsica, bearing 223°, range 15 miles. 2105 Sighted Isola Pianosa Light bearing 125°, range 21.5 miles. 2106 Passed Bastia Light abeam to starboard. 2143 Sighted Alistro Light, Corsica bearing 202°, range 27 miles. 2243 Isola Pianosa Light abeam to port, range 17 miles. 2340 Alistro Light abeam to starboard, 18 miles.
G.A. ARCHAMBAULT
LT, USNR

A.W. PRICE, JR., CDR., U.S.N. COMMANDING
D.C. KETCHUM, LTJG, U.S.N., NAVIGATOR


Tuesday 12 February 1963

00-04   teaming in company with Task Force 61 enroute from Genoa, Italy, to Aranci Bay, Sardinia in accordance with CTF 61 OP-ORDER 50-62, This ship is in Station A-5 in Formation 51; formation course 160°, formation axis 160°, formation speed 10 knots. Guide is USS MOUNT MCKINLEY (AGC 7) in Station 0, bearing 100°, distance 1000 yards. Engineering is in Condition III. Condition of Readiness IV and condition YOKE (modified) are set. SOPA and OTC is CTF 61 embarked in USS MOUNT MCKINLEY (AGC 7). 0120 C/F/C to 120°.
D.M. CAIN
LTJG USN

04-08   Steaming as before. 0722 C/F/C to 060°. 0745 Mustered the crew at Quarters. Absentees: None. 0749 Made daily inspection of magazines and smokeless powder samples. Conditions: Normal.
B. CROOK
LT, USNR

08-12   Steaming as before. 0805 Detached from TF 61, activated TU 61.7.1 consisting of USS MOUNT MCKINLEY (AGC 7), USS MULIPHEN (AKA 61) and this ship. OTC, CTU 61.7.1 in USS MOUNT MCKINLEY (AGC 7). TU 67.7.2 consisting of remaining ships of TF 61 proceeding as previously directed in accordance with CTF 61 dispatch 110752Z. 0830 Maneuvering to take station A-2 in formation 51; formation course 140°, formation axis 150°, formation speed 8 knots. Guide is USS MOUNT MCKINLEY (AGC 7) in Station 0, bearing 270° at standard distance. 0846 On station. 0923 While engaged in moving a 55-gallon drum, DAUGHERTY, William R., 352 34 06, YN2, USN attached to UDU-2 suffered a traumatic amputation to distal digit, third finger left hand not due to his own misconduct. Treatment administered by hospital corpsman. Disposition: Placed on sick list. 0930 Secured Number 2 Boiler to give surface blow. 0945 C/F/S to 7 knots. 1041 Lighted fires under Number Two Boiler. 1053 Engineering Department reported ready to answer all bells.
J.A. FRIEL
LTJG, USN

12-16   Steaming as before. 1200 C/F/C to 170°, C/F/S 10 kts. 1300 C/F/C to 15-°. 1324 Commenced zigzagging in accordance with Zig-Zag Plan 27. Base course 150°, speed 10 kts. 1415 The Commanding Officer held mast and imposed non-judicial punishment as follows: DAVIS, T.J., 497 41 89, EONCE, USN, Offense: Violation of Article 86, UCMJ. Punishment: To forfeit $58 per month for a period of two (02) months.
G.A. ARCHAMBAULT
LT, USNR

16-18   Zigzagging as before. 1632 Fire in LCU 1609 in welldeck. Went to General Quarters. 1637 Fire has been reported out. 1653 Received report on fire: Class “B” fire caused by spilled gasoline in LCU 1609. No personnel or material damage resulted. 1700 Ceased zigzagging and resumed base course 150°. C/F/S to 6 knots. 1730 Darkened ship.
D.M. CAIN
LTJG USN

18-20   Steaming as before. 1852 Sighted Palmarola Light bearing 091.5°, distance 25 miles.
B. CROOK
LT, USNR

20-24   Steaming as before. 2136 Punta Della Guardia Light abeam to port, range 25 miles. 2239 Commanding Officer USS MULIPHEN (AKA 61) assumed tactical command of T.U. 61.6, consisting of USS MULIPHEN (AKA 61) and this ship. TU 61.6 detached to proceed as previously directed by CTF OP-ORDER 50-62. 2343 Maneuvering to take station in column formation, course 280°, formation speed 10 knots. Guide is USS MULIPHEN (AKA 61) at standard distance. 2248 C/F/S to 12 knots. 2300 C/F/S to 14 knots.
J.A. FRIEL
LTJG, USN

A.W. PRICE, JR., CDR., U.S.N. COMMANDING
D.C. KETCHUM, LTJG, U.S.N., NAVIGATOR


Wednesday 13 February 1963

00-04   Steaming in company with Task Group 61 composed of USS MULIPHEN (AKA 61) and this ship, enroute from Genoa, Italy to Aranci Bay, Sardinia in accordance with CTF 61 OP-ORDER 50-62, in Formation 1, course 280°, speed 14 kts. This ship is in Station 2. Condition of Readiness IV and Condition YOKE (modified) are set. Engineering is in Condition of Readiness III. 0005 Turned on running lights. 0145 Stopped starboard shaft, due to casualty on keeper valve. c/s 11 kts. 0152 c/s 8 kts. 0202 c/s 10 kts. Maneuvering at various courses and speeds to remain on station. 0246 c/s 11 kts. 0250 c/c 260°.
G.A. ARCHAMBAULT
LT, USNR

04-08   Steaming as before. C/F/C to 270°. 0745 Mustered the crew at quarters. Absentees: None.
D.M. CAIN
LTJG USN

08-12   Steaming as before. 0804 Starboard engine on the line ready to answer all bells. 0816 C/F/S 13 kts. 0842 C/FF/C to 280°. 0955 Made daily inspection of magazines and smokeless powder samples. Conditions: Normal. 1036 Sighted the Pta Timone Light House bearing270°, distance 7 miles. 1100 Pta Timone Light House abeam to port. 1102 C/F/C to 270°. 1105 C/F/C to 273°. 1107 Set the Anchor Detail. 1108 C/F/C 275°. Proceeding independently to PCV Anchorage Aranci Bay. 1109 c/c 276°. 1112 c/s 12 kts. 1114 Captain at the conn. 1119 c/c 290°. Commenced maneuvering at various courses and speeds to make anchorage. 1144 Anchored in PCV Anchorage, Aranci Bay, Sardinia, in 13 fathoms of water, mud bottom, with 45 fathoms of chain to the port anchor on the following bearings: Isolotto Figaroll Tangent 093.2°; semaphore station 067.8°, end of pier 053.2°. OTC and SOPA is Commanding Officer, USS MULIPHEN (AKA 61). 1149 Placed engineering plant on 30 minute standby to make 8 kts. on #2 Boiler. 1150 Shifted steering control to after steering.
B. CROOK
LT, USNR

12-16   Anchored as before. 1316 Lighted fires under Number One Boiler. 1325 Let fires die out under Number One Boiler. 1354 Set the Anchor Detail. 1402 Completed preparations for getting underway with power available for 8 knots. 1418 Underway to shift anchorage, Captain at the conn, Executive Officer and Navigator on the bridge. 1433 Dropped port anchor under the forefoot to cast the ship to port. Maneuvering with rudder and both engines. 1437 Anchored in Berth A-1, on left flank of Blue Beach, Aranci Bay, Sardinia, in 13 fathoms of water; with the port anchor and 45 fathoms at the water’s edge; mud bottom on the following bearings: Tangent, Isolotto Figaroll 093°, pier 050.5°, Tangent 005.5°, SOPA and OTC is CTF 61.6 in USS MULIPHEN (AKA 61) bearing 089°, distance 1800 yards. 1336 Secured the Anchor Detail. Engineering Department on 30 minutes notice to get underway with one boiler and power available for 8 knots. 1520 USS FORT MANDAN (LSD 21) stood into anchorage and anchored, bearing 146°, 1580 yards.
J.A. FRIEL
LTJG, USN

16-18  Anchored as before.
W.H. LEYDEN
LTJG, USNR

18-20   Anchored as before.
G.J. COUCHELL
ENS, USNR

20-24   Anchored as before.
H.B. MIRKIN
ENS, USNR

A.W. PRICE, JR., CDR., U.S.N. COMMANDING
D.C. KETCHUM, LTJG, U.S.N., NAVIGATOR


Thursday 14 February 1963

00-04   Anchored in Anchorage A-1, Aranci Bay, Sardinia in 13 fathoms of water, mud bottom, with 45 fathoms of chain to the port anchor on the following bearings and ranges: Ferry slip 049.8°, PTA Della Casette 1350 yards, Point left of beach 1400 yards. Engineering Department is on a 30 minute standby for 8 knots. Boiler number 2 and generator 1 and 2 are on the line. Conditions of Readiness IV and material condition YOKE (modified) are set. Ships present include USS MULIPHEN (AKA 61) and USS FORT MANDAN (LSD 21). SOPA and OTC is Commanding Officer USS MULIPHEN (AKA 61). Ship is not darkened. 0354 USS FREMONT stood into the harbor and anchored.
A. ALSKNINIS
LT, USNR

04-08   Anchored as before. 0400 USS MOUNT MCKINLEY (AGC 7), USS WALDO COUNTY (LST 1163), and USS TELFAIR (APA 210), stood into the harbor and took assigned anchorages. 0500 Set the Ballast Detail. 0630 Land the Landing Force. 0654 All boat participating in landing operation clear of the well. 0700 Mustered the crew on station. Absentees: NONE. 0745 Mustered the crew at Quarters. Absentees: None. L-Hour. This ship prepared to serve as primary control ship for waterborn force; H-Hour confirmed for 0800.
D.C. KETCHUM
LTJG, USNR

08-12   Anchored as before. 0900 Made daily inspection of magazines and smokeless powder samples. Conditions: Normal.
J. SHEKERKO
ENS, USNR

12-16   Anchored as before. 1350 The Commanding Officer held mast and imposed the following non-judicial punishment: DONAVAN, J.H., 586 76 53, MMFN, USN; Offense: Failure to obey a lawful order. Punishment: Summary Courts-Martial. MATTHEWS, M.J., 534 20 99, SN, USN,. Offense: Failure to obey a lawful order. Punishment: Warning.
H.B. MIRKIN
ENS, USNR

16-18   Anchored as before. 1700 USS TELFAIR (APA 210) got underway and stood out of the anchorage.
J.A. FRIEL
LTJG, USN

18-20   Anchored as before.
W.H. LEYDEN
LTJG, USNR

20-24   Anchored as before.
J. SHEKERKO
ENS, USNR

A.W. PRICE, JR., CDR., U.S.N. COMMANDING
D.C. KETCHUM, LTJG, U.S.N., NAVIGATOR


Friday 15 February 1963

00-04   Anchored in Anchorage A-1, Golfo Degli Aranci, Sardinia in 13 fathoms of water, mud bottom, with 45 fathoms of chain to the port anchor on the following radar ranges: PTA Della Casette 1440 yards; Tandy Island, 1240 yards; Ferry Slip, 2880 yards. Engineering Department is on (30) minutes notice for eight (8) knots. Boiler number two (2) and generators number one (1) and two (2) are on the line. Condition of Readiness IV and material condition YOKE (modified) are set. Ships present include various units of TF 61. SOPA and OTC is CTF 61 embarked in USS MOUNT MCKINLEY (AGC 7).
R.J. ZANESKI
LTJG, USNR

04-08   Anchored as before. 0745 Mustered the crew at Quarters. Absentees: None. Mustered the crew at quarters. Absentees: NONE.
A. ALKSNINIS
LT, USNR

08-12   Anchored as before. 0950 Made daily inspection of magazines and smokeless powder samples. Conditions: Normal. Conducted weekly test of magazine sprinkler systems. Test: Satisfactory.
W.H. LEYDEN
LTJG, USNR

12-16   Anchored as before.
G.J. COUCHELL
ENS, USNR

16-18   Anchored as before. 1600 USS MULIPHEN (AKA 61) standing into Bay. 1654 USS MULIPHEN anchored in anchorage A-3.
R.J. ZANESKI
LTJG, USNR

18-20   Anchored as before.
W.H. LEYDEN
LTJG, USNR

20-24   Anchored as before.
D.C. KETCHUM
LTJG, USNR

A.W. PRICE, JR., CDR., U.S.N. COMMANDING
D.C. KETCHUM, LTJG, U.S.N., NAVIGATOR


Saturday 16 February 1963

00-04   Anchored in Anchorage A-1, Golfo Degli Aranci, Sardinia in 13 fathoms of water, mud bottom, with 45 fathoms of chain to the port anchor on the following bearings and ranges: end of pier 049.8, signal station 063.8, PTA Della Casette 1400 yards Porkicciolo Point 1300 yards. Engineering Plant is on (30) minute standby for eight (8) knots. Boiler number two (#2) and generators number one (#1) and two (#2) are on the line. Condition of Readiness IV and Material Condition YOKE (modified) are set. Ships present include various units of TF 61, less USS TELFAIR (APA 210). SOPA and OTC is CTF 61 embarked in USS MOUNT MCKINLEY (AGC 7).
J. SHEKERKO
ENS, USNR

04-08   Anchored as before. 0400 Lighted fires under Number 1 Boiler. 0643 Placed Number One (1) Boiler on the line. 0645 Secured Number Two (2) Boiler. 0745 Mustered the crew at Quarters. Absentees: None. Mustered the crew at Quarters. Absentees: None.
H.B. MIRKIN
ENS, USNR

08-12   Anchored as before. 0845 Made daily inspection of magazines and smokeless powder samples. Conditions: Normal.
J.F. FERGUSON
ENS, USNR

12-16   Anchored as before. 1230 Set the Ballast Detail. 1330 Commenced backloading. 1425 USS MATTABASSET (AOG 52) moored along port side. 1500 Receiving NSFO.
D.C. KETCHUM
LTJG, USNR

16-18   Anchored as before. 1741 Completed taking on fuel. 1750 USS MATTABASSET (AOG 52) clear of port side. Received 86641 gallons NSFO.
G.J. COUCHELL
ENS, USNR

18-20 Anchored as before. 1810 LCU1609 entered welldeck. 1817 LCU 168 entered welldeck. 1820 Commenced deballasting.
R.J. ZANESKI
LTJG, USNR

20-24 Anchored as before. 2255 USS TELFAIR (APA 210) stood into the anchorage and anchored bearing 110°, 2600 yards. 2330 LTJG Leonard S. Conti, USNR, 637419/1105, reported on board having completed TAD on board USS TELFAIR (APA 210).
J.A. FRIEL
LTJG, USN

A.W. PRICE, JR., CDR., U.S.N. COMMANDING
D.C. KETCHUM, LTJG, U.S.N., NAVIGATOR


Sunday 17 February 1963

00-04   Anchored in Anchorage A-1, Golfo Degli Aranci, Sardinia in 13 fathoms of water, mud bottom, with 45 fathoms of chain to the port anchor on the following bearings and ranges: Pier light 049.8°, Semaphore Station 063.8°, Pta. Della Casette 1400 yards, Isolotto Figarello 3880 yards. Engineering is on (30) minute standby for eight knots. Condition of Readiness IV and Material Condition YOKE (modified) are set. Boiler number one and one and two generators are on the line. Ships present are units of TF 61 and USS MATTABASSET (AOG 52). SOPA and OTC is CTF 61 embarked in USS MOUNT MCKINLEY (AGC 7). 0252 Lighted fires under number two boiler.
D.C. KETCHUM
LTJG, USNR

04-08   Anchored as before. 0628 USS WALDO COUNTY (LST 1163) is underway. 0630 Number two boiler is on the line.
G.J. COUCHELL
ENS, USNR

08-12   Anchored as before. 0800 Mustered the crew on stations. Absentees: None. 0820 Set the Anchor Detail. Commenced preparations for getting underway. 0841 Heaved in the port anchor to short stay. 0857 Captain at the conn. Completed preparations for getting underway. 0858 Commenced heaving in port anchor. 0859 Underway in accordance with CTF 61 OP-ORDER 50-62 enroute from Aranci Bay, Sardinia to Rota, Spain. SOPA is CTF 61 embarked in USS MOUNT MCKINLEY (AGC 7). Commenced maneuvering at various courses and speeds to clear anchorage and take position 2000 yards astern of USS MOUNT MCKINLEY (AGC 7). 0927 Secured the Anchor Detail. Set the regular underway watch. Following the movements of OTC in USS MOUNT MCKINLEY (AGC 7). 0952 Maneuvering to take station 3 in formation one. Base course 000°, speed 13 kts. In station 1, USS MOUNT MCKINLEY (AGC 7); station 2, USS FORT MANDAN (LSD 21); station 3, USS ASHLAND (LSD 1); station 4, USS FREMONT (APA 44); station 5, USS MULIPHEN (AKA 61); station 6, USS TELFAIR (APA 210). 0954 Executed formation one, base course 000°, base speed 13 kts. 0955 C/F/C 020°. 0959 C/F/C 000° on station. In station 3, formation one, Guide bears 000MK, range 2000 yards. 1002 c/c 023°. 1004 c/c 005°. 1006 c/c 003°. 1020 Made daily inspection of magazines and smokeless powder samples. Conditions: Normal. 1059 C/F/C 310°. 1105 c/c 313°.
B. CROOK
LT, USNR

12-16   Steaming as before. 1217 C/F/C to 240°. Commenced transit of Straits of Bonifacio. 1232 C/F/C to 235°. 1250 On signal from OTC commenced following column leader, USS MOUNT MCKINLEY (AGC 7). 1310 C/F/C to 265°. 1356 Completed transit of Straits of Bonifacio, maneuvering to take station A-3 in Formation 51, formation axis 240°, formation course 265°, formation speed 13 knots. Guide is USS FREMONT (APA 44) in station 0, bearing 120° at standard distance. SOPA and OTC is CTF 61 in USS MOUNT MCKINLEY (AGC 7) in station 1.
J.A. FRIEL
LTJG, USN

16-18   Steaming as before. 1645 C/F/C to 240°.
G.A. ARCHAMBAULT
LT, USNR

18-20   Steaming as before.
D.M. CAIN, III
LTJG, USN

20-24   Steaming as before.
B. COOK
LT, USNR

A.W. PRICE, JR., CDR., U.S.N. COMMANDING
D.C. KETCHUM, LTJG, U.S.N., NAVIGATOR


Monday 18 February 1963

00-04  Steaming in company with TF 61 from Golfo Degli Aranci, Sardinia to Rota, Spain in accordance with CTF 61 OP-ORDER 50-62 in formation 51, formation course and axis 240°, formation speed 13 knots. This ship in Station A-3. Guide is USS FREMONT (APA 44) in station 0, bearing 120° at standard distance. Condition of Readiness IV and Material Condition YOKE are set. OTC and SOPA is CTF 61 embarked in USS MOUNT MCKINLEY (AGC 7).
J.A. FRIEL
LTJG, USN

04-08   Steaming as before. 0745 Mustered the crew at Quarters. Absentees: None. Mustered the crew at Quarters. Absentees: None.
\s\ D.C. KETCHUM for
G.A. ARCHAMBAULT
LT, USNR

08-12   Steaming as before. 0810 Made daily inspection of magazines and smokeless powder samples. Conditions: Normal.
D.M. CAIN, III
LTJG, USN

12-16   Steaming as before. 1420 The Summary Court-Martial, LT Guy A. Archambault, USNR, opened in the case of DONOVAN, John M., 586 76 53, MMFN, USN. 1530 The Summary Court-Martial in the case of DONOVAN, John M., 586 76 53, MMFN, USN, adjourned to resume 19 February 1963.
B. CROOK
LT, USNR

16-18   Steaming as before.
J.A. FRIEL
LTJG, USN

18-20   Steaming as before.
\s\ D.C. KETCHUM for
G.A. ARCHAMBAULT
LT, USNR

20-24 Steaming as before.
D.M. CAIN, III
LTJG, USN

A.W. PRICE, JR., CDR., U.S.N. COMMANDING
D.C. KETCHUM, LTJG, U.S.N., NAVIGATOR


Wednesday 19 February 1963

NOTE: THIS LOG SAYS WEDNESDAY 19 FEB BUT IT SHOULD BE TUESDAY 19 FEB

00-04   Steaming in company with TF 61 from Golfo Degli Aranci, Sardinia to Rota, Spain in accordance with CTF 61 OP-ORDER 50-62 in formation 51, formation course and axis 240°, formation speed 13 knots. This ship in Station A-3. Guide is USS FREMONT (APA 44) in station 0, bearing 120° at standard distance. Condition of Readiness IV and Material Condition YOKE are set. OTC and SOPA is CTF 61 embarked in USS MOUNT MCKINLEY (AGC 7).
B. CROOK
LT, USNR

04-08   Steaming as before. 0432 C/F/C to 250° to avoid radar contact bearing 224°, distance 5.2 miles. CPA 307°, range 4.7 miles. 0454 C/F/C to 240°. 0745 Mustered the crew at Quarters. Absentees: None. Mustered the crew at Quarters. Absentees: None.
J.A. FRIEL
LTJG, USN

08-12   Steaming as before. 0900 C/F/C to 250°. 0915 Made daily inspection of magazines and smokeless powder samples. Conditions: Normal.
\s\ D.C. KETCHUM for
G.A. ARCHAMBAULT
LT, USNR

12-16   Steaming as before. 1304 C/F/C to 14 knots. 1400 The Summary Court Martial LT G. A. Archambault, USNR, opened in the case of DONOVAN, John M., 586 76 53, MMFN, USN. The Summary Court Martial in the case of DONOVAN, John M., 586 76 53, MMFN, USN, adjourned to await action of convening authority. 1545 C/F/C to 240°.
D.M. CAIN, III
LTJG, USN

16-18   Steaming as before. 1601 C/F/C to 250°. 1606 C/F/S to 13.5 knots. C/S to 13.5 knots. 1734 Secured port shaft due to loose nut on slipper bearing on port engine. Maximum speed available 8 knots. 1738 C/F/S to 8 knots. 1747 C/F/S to 13.5 knots. Commenced steaming independently while repairing casualty. 1758 C/F/C to 258°.
B. CROOK
LT, USNR

18-20   Steaming as before. 1803 Repaired casualty to port engine. Commenced building up to 13.5 knots. 1814 Maneuvering to take station A-5, USS MULIPHEN (AKA 61) proceeding to take station A-3 in Formation 51, Guide is USS FREMONT (APA 44) Bearing 180, range 1000 yards, formation course 258°, formation axis 240°, formation speed 13.5 knots.
J.A. FRIEL
LTJG, USN

20-24   Steaming as before. 2019 Passed Pta Del Sabinal Light abeam to starboard. 2130 Sighted Pta Del Carehuma Light at 310°., range 32 miles. 2310 Passed Pta Del Carehuma Light abeam to starboard. 2335 Maneuvered to starboard to avoid shipping. 2345 Port engine stopped to repair casualty. 2347 Casualty restored. A/E ahead flank. 2348 Maneuvering to regain station.
\s\ D.C. KETCHUM for
G.A. ARCHAMBAULT
LT, USNR

A.W. PRICE, JR., CDR., U.S.N. COMMANDING
D.C. KETCHUM, LTJG, U.S.N., NAVIGATOR


Wednesday 20 February 1963

NOTE: THIS SHOULD BE THE CORRECT DECK LOG FOR WEDNESDAY 20 FEB 63 00-04   Steaming in company with TF 61 enroute from Aranci Bay, Sardinia to Rota, Spain in accordance with CTF 61 OP-ORDER 50-62 in formation 51, formation course and axis 258°, formation axis 240°, formation speed 13.5 knots. Guide is USS FREMONT (APA 44) in station 0, bearing 180° distance 1000 yards when on station. Readiness IV and Material Condition YOKE (modified) are set. Engineering is in Condition III. SOPA and OTC is CTF 61 embarked in USS MOUNT MCKINLEY (AGC 7). 0030 C/F/C/ to 265°. On station.
D.M. CAIN, III
LTJG, USN

04-08  Steaming as before. 0353 c/c to 275°. 0404 c/c to 285°. 0425 c/c to 260°. 0520 C/F/C to 280°. 0624 Sighted Point Turona Light bearing 267°, distance 21 miles. 0628 C/F/C 255°. 0652 Sighted Almira Light bearing 222° and Ponta De La Poncella Light bearing 273°. 0658 C/F/C 265°. 0702 C/F/C 270°. 0707 C/F/C 250°. 0730 Executed Formation 1, course 250°, speed 13.5 knots. Station 0, USS MOUNT MCKINLEY (AGC 7); ); station 1, USS FREMONT (APA 44); station 2, USS FORT MANDAN (LSD 21); station 3, USS MULIPHEN (AKA 61); Station 4, USS TELFAIR (APA 210); station 5 USS ASHLAND (LSD ). Guide is USS FREMONT (APA 44). 0732 c/s 12 kts. 0739 c/s 13 kts. 0745 Mustered the crew at Quarters. Absentees: None. 0747 c/c to 245°. 0754 c/c 250°.
B. CROOK
LT, USNR

08-12   Steaming as before. 0800 Commenced transit of Strait of Gibraltar. 0810 On station in column formation. Formation course 250°, formation speed 13.5 knots. Guide is USS MOUNT MCKINLEY (AGC 7), range 5000 yards. 0833 Point Europa abeam to starboard, distance 5 miles. 0845 Altered course to 270° to avoid fishing boat crossing from starboard to port. 0850 While engaged in work, FREE, Raymond C., 533 63 99, SA, USN, received a laceration of the left forehead when he struck his head on fireplug marine strainer. Treatment administered by hospital corpsman. Disposition: Returned to duty. 0909 Made daily inspection of magazines and smokeless powder samples. Conditions: Normal. 0927 C/F/C to 285°. 0955 Stopped port shaft to investigate noise. 0959 Resumes speed on port shaft. 1003 Isle De Tarifa abeam to starboard, distance 1.6 miles. 1100 Completed transit of Strait of Gibraltar. 1155 C/F/C to 330°.
J.A. FRIEL
LTJG, USN

12-16   Steaming as before. 1400 C/F/C 010. 1416 c/c 025°. 1447 Commenced maneuvering at various courses and speeds to anchor in Anchorage A2, Rota, Spain in seven (07) fathoms of water, sand bottom, with thirty-five (35) fathoms of chain at the water’s edge to the port anchor, on the following bearings: Breakwater Light 341, Water Tower 334, St. Sebastian Light 183. 1528 Secured the Special Sea and Anchor Detail. Set the regular steaming watch (modified) with Engineering on fifteen (15) minutes notice for getting underway at full power.
\s\ D.C. KETCHUM for
G.A. ARCHAMBAULT
LT, USNR

16-20  Anchored as before. 1810 While walking on feed water line in Starboard Fireroom, BONER, Donald A., 544 52 23, BTFN, USN , slipped and fell hitting right side causing injury. Treatment administered by hospital corpsman. Disposition: Placed on sick list. To be sent to USS MULIPHEN (AKA 61) for Medical Officer’s observation. 1718 Number two Boiler on the line. 1729 USS FREMONT (APA 44) moored in Berth 1 Pier 3. 1739 Set the Special Sea and Anchor Detail. 1741 Commenced heaving around on port anchor to short stay. 1752 Captain on the conn. 1751 Underway to Pier 3, Berth 2. Maneuvering at various courses and speeds to make assigned berth. 1820 Breakwater Light abeam to port. Pilot F. VELARDE is aboard. 1823 Navy tug 526 is on the port quarter. 1824 Navy tug 493 fast on the port bow. 1843 Moored starboard side to Pier 3, in Berth 2, U.S Naval Station, Rota, Spain, standard mooring lines doubled. Tugs clear. 1858 Secured Special Sea and Anchor Detail. 1943 Commenced receiving fuel from the pier. Draft forward 18’; aft 18’.
\s\ D.C. KETCHUM for
J.G.MCDONALD
SKC, USN

20-24   Moored as before. 2100 Fueling completed. Draft forward 18’6”; aft 17’8”. 2140 USS MULIPHEN (AKA 63) moored portside to this ship. Received 73,500 Gallons N.S.F.O.
C.E. WILSON
BTC, USN

A.W. PRICE, JR., CDR., U.S.N. COMMANDING
D.C. KETCHUM, LTJG, U.S.N., NAVIGATOR


Thursday 21 February 1963

00-04  Moored starboard side to Pier 3, Berth 2, U.S. Naval Station, Rota, Spain with standard mooring lines, plus a 1” wire fore and aft with the USS MULIPHEN (AKA 61) alongside to port. Ship is in Material Condition YOKE (modified) and Condition of Readiness IV. Ships present are units of Task Frce 61 and yard units. SOPA and OTC is CTF 61. Engineering Department is on 15 minutes notice for getting underway. 0135 USS MULIPHEN (AKA 61) got underway from alongside to shift berth. 0210 Set the regular underway watch, Section IV, commenced preparations for getting underway. 0230 YTM 533 alongside at port bow, YTM 526 alongside at port quarter, singled up all lines. 0245 Spanish Pilot, F. YELARDE, came aboard with U.S. Navy tug officer. 0257 Underway from Pier 3, Berth 2 to shift berth; Captain and Executive Officer on the bridge, pilot at the conn. 0300 Maneuvering with rudder and both engines to twist the ship. 0315 Backing to approach USS TELFAIR (APA 210) . 0323 Moored starboard side to port side of USS TELFAIR (APA 210) at Pier 2, Berth 1, Rota, Spain. 0328 Cast off all tugs, Pilot left the ship. 0340 Set the in port watch. Placed Engineering Department on 30 minute notice for getting underway, with power available for 8 knots, and 2 hour notice for full power.
J.A. FRIEL
LTJG, USN

04-08   Moored as before. 0745 Mustered the crew o Station. Absentees: None.
J. BALOG
LTJG, USNR

08-12  Moored as before. 0920 Made daily inspection of magazines and smokeless powder samples. Conditions: Normal.
\s\ D.C. KETCHUM for
W.H. LEYDEN
LTJG, USNR

12-16   Moored as before.
J.E. WILLIAMS
GMGCA, USN

16-20   Moored as before.
A.E. HINSON
LTJG, USNR

20-24   Moored as before.
H. FOREHAND
LTJG, SC, USNR

A.W. PRICE, JR., CDR., U.S.N. COMMANDING
D.C. KETCHUM, LTJG, U.S.N., NAVIGATOR


Friday 22 February 1963

00-04   Moored starboard side to USS TELFAIR (APA 210) Berth THREE (3), Pier (2), Rota, Spain, with standard mooring lines and one and one half (1 ½”) inch spring lay wires fore and aft. Boiler No. Two and Generator No. 1 are on the line. Material Condition YOKE (modified) and Readiness IV are set. Ships present include various units of TF 61 and TF 55.2, plus USS DENEBOLA (AF 56) and USS HYADES (AF 28). SOPA is CTF 44.2 embarked in the USS MOUNT MCKINLEY (AGC 7).
R.G. PHILIPS
SFCS, USN

04-08   Moored as before. 0629 Lighted fires under #1 Boiler. 0745 Mustered the crew at Quarters. Absentees: None. Mustered the crew at Quarters. Absentees: None
J.R. TRAVIS
CWO2, USN

08-12   Moored as before. 0805 Commenced preparations for getting underway. Set Material Condition YOKE. 0820 Set the Special Sea and Anchor Detail. 0842 Completed all preparations for getting underway. Draft Fwd: 19’ 0”; Draft aft: 18’ 0”; Mean Draft 18’ 6”. 0845 Made daily inspection of magazines sprinkler systems. Conditions: Satisfactory. 0904 Underway for Morehead City, North Carolina, U.S.A. in accordance with PHIBRONFOUR OPORDER 1-63 as a unit of Task Group 44.2. Maneuvering to clear berth. Captain at the conn. Navigator on the bridge. 0907 Steering various courses at various speeds to clear Rota Harbor. 0919 Maneuvering to take station 4000 yards astern of the USS FREMONT (APA 44). 0944 Secured the Sea and Anchor Detail. 0932 Secured starboard shaft while working on sprayer plates in starboard boiler. 0934 Officer of the Deck given the conn. 0951 Maneuvering to take station A-4 in Formation 51, axis 268°, course 268°, speed 7 kts. Guide is USS FREMONT (APA 44) in Station A-3. In station 0, USS WALDO COUNTY (LST 1163); Station A-2, USS TELFAIR (APA 210); station A-3, USS FREMONT (APA 44); station A-5, USS FORT MANDAN (LSD 21). When on station, guide bears 328°, distance 2000 yards. 1044 C/FS 13 knots. 1046 On station. 1144 Guide is now USS WALDO COUNTY (LST 1163) in station 0. Guide bears 328°, distance 1000 yards. 1148 C/F/S 13.5 kts.
B. CROOK
LT, USNR

12-16   Steaming as before. 1317 Radar contact bearing 278°, range 14 miles; CPA, 190° range 1 mile. 1327 C/F/C to 278° to open range on CPA on radar contact. 1409 C/F/C to 268°.
J.A. FRIEL
LTJG, USN

16-18   Steaming as before.
J. BALOG
LTJG, USNR

18-20   Steaming as before. Set all ships’ clocks back one hour to conform with 0 Time Zone.
\s\ D.C. KETCHUM for
G.A. ARCHAMBAULT
LT, USNR

20-24   Steaming as before.
D.M. CAIN, III
LTJG, USN

A.W. PRICE, JR., CDR., U.S.N. COMMANDING
D.C. KETCHUM, LTJG, U.S.N., NAVIGATOR


Saturday 23 February 1963

00-04   Steaming in company with Task Group 44.2, less USS MULIPHEN (AKA 61) enroute from Rota, Spain to Morehead City, North Carolina in accordance with CTG 44.2/COMPHIBRONFOUR Operation order 1-63, in Formation 51, Formation Course 268°, Formation Speed 13.5. This ship in station A-4. Guide is USS WALDO COUNTY (LST 1163) in station 0, bearing 328°, Distance 1000 yards. Condition of Readiness IV and Material Condition YOKE (Modified) are set. SOPA and OTC is CTG 44.2 and Commander Amphibious FOUR embarked in USS FREMONT (APA 44).
B. CROOK
LT, USNR

04-08   Steaming as before. 0509 Sighted ship bearing 245°, range 18 miles, CPA 335°, 2300 yards. 0610 USS FORT MANDAN (LSD 21) slowed to 4 knots and USS FREMONT (APA 44) turned left to avoid ship passing ahead of formation. 0615 USS FORT MANDAN (LSD 21) and USS FREMONT (APA 44) resumed base course and speed. 0745 Mustered the crew on Stations. Absentees: None.
J.A. FRIEL
LTJG, USN

08-12   Steaming as before. 1015 Made daily inspection of magazines and smokeless powder samples. Conditions: Normal. 1106 Changed formation course to 248°. 1116 Changed formation course to 268°.
J. BALOG
LTJG, USNR

12-16   Steaming as before. 1250 Commenced maneuvering at various courses and speeds Captain’s Zone Inspection. 1435 Secured from Captain’s Zone Inspection.
\s\ D.C. KETCHUM for
G.A. ARCHAMBAULT
LT, USNR

16-18   Steaming as before. 1800 Set all clocks back one (1) hour to conform with November Time Zone.
D.M. CAIN, III
LTJG, USN

18-20 S  teaming as before. 1855 Mustered the crew at quarters to determine whereabouts of missing person – LCPL GOLLIDAY. 1905 Secured from quarters. GOLLIDAY found.
B. CROOK
LT, USNR

20-24   Steaming as before.
J.A. FRIEL
LTJG, USN

A.W. PRICE, JR., CDR., U.S.N. COMMANDING
D.C. KETCHUM, LTJG, U.S.N., NAVIGATOR


Sunday 24 February 1963

00-04   Steaming in company with Task Group 44.2, less USS MULIPHEN (AKA 61) enroute from Rota, Spain to Morehead City, North Carolina in accordance with CTG 44.2/COMPHIBRONFOUR Operation order 1-63, in Formation 51, Formation Course 268°, Formation Speed 13.5. This ship in station A-4. Guide is USS WALDO COUNTY (LST 1163) in station 0, bearing 328°, Distance 1000 yards. Condition of Readiness IV and Material Condition YOKE (Modified) are set. SOPA and OTC is CTG 44.2 and Commander Amphibious FOUR embarked in USS FREMONT (APA 44).
J. BALOG
LTJG, USNR

04-08   Steaming as before. 0745 Mustered the crew at Quarters. Absentees: None.
G.A. ARCHAMBAULT
LT, USNR

08-12   Steaming as before. 0900 Made daily inspection of magazines and smokeless powder samples. Conditions: Normal.
D.M. CAIN, III
LTJG, USN

12-16   Steaming as before.
B. CROOK
LT, USNR

16-18   Steaming as before.
J.A. FRIEL
LTJG, USN

18-20   Steaming as before.
J. BALOG
LTJG, USNR

20-24   Steaming as before.
G.A. ARCHAMBAULT
LT, USNR

A.W. PRICE, JR., CDR., U.S.N. COMMANDING
D.C. KETCHUM, LTJG, U.S.N., NAVIGATOR


Monday 25 February 1963

00-04   Steaming in company with Task Group 44.2, less USS MULIPHEN (AKA 61) enroute from Rota, Spain to Morehead City, North Carolina in accordance with CTG 44.2/COMPHIBRONFOUR Operation order 1-63, in Formation 51, Formation Course 268°, Formation Speed 13.5. This ship in station A-4. Guide is USS WALDO COUNTY (LST 1163) in station 0, bearing 328°, Distance 1000 yards. Condition of Readiness IV and Material Condition YOKE (Modified) are set. SOPA and OTC is CTG 44.2 and Commander Amphibious FOUR embarked in USS FREMONT (APA 44).
D.M. CAIN, III
LTJG, USN

04-08   Steaming as before. 0745 Mustered the crew at Quarters. Absentees: None.
B. CROOK
LT, USNR

08-12   Steaming as before. 0900 Made daily inspection of magazines and smokeless powder samples. Conditions: Normal.
J.A. FRIEL
LTJG, USN

12-16   Steaming as before. 1420 Changed formation speed to 10 knots. 1445 Changed formation speed to 13 knots. 1420 Changed formation speed to 9 knots.
J. BALOG
LTJG, USNR

16-18   Steaming as before.
G.A. ARCHAMBAULT
LT, USNR

18-20  Steaming as before. 1825 C/F/S to 13 knots. 1835 C/F/S to 9 knots. 1900 Set all clocks back one (1) hour to conform with Time Zone OSCAR.
D.M. CAIN, III
LTJG, USN

20-24   Steaming as before. 2008 C/F/S to 12 knots. 20015 C/F/S to 9 knots. 2023 Guide is USS FREMONT (APA 44) bearing 328°, distance 2000 yards in Station A-3. 2024 C/F/S to 10 knots. 2045 C/F/S to 9 knots. 2138 C/F/S to 10 knots. 2201 C/F/S to 11.5 knots. 2208 C/F/S to 13 knots. 2229 Guide is USS WALDO COUNTY (LST 1163) in station 0, bearing 328°, Distance 1000 yards.
B. CROOK
LT, USNR

A.W. PRICE, JR., CDR., U.S.N. COMMANDING
D.C. KETCHUM, LTJG, U.S.N., NAVIGATOR


Tuesday 26 February 1963

00-04   Steaming in company with Task Group 44.2, less USS MULIPHEN (AKA 61) enroute from Rota, Spain to Morehead City, North Carolina in accordance with CTG 44.2/COMPHIBRONFOUR Operation order 1-63, in Formation 51, Formation Course 268°, Formation Speed 13.5. This ship in station A-4. Guide is USS WALDO COUNTY (LST 1163) in station 0, bearing 328°, Distance 1000 yards. Condition of Readiness IV and Material Condition YOKE (Modified) are set. SOPA and OTC is CTG 44.2 and Commander Amphibious FOUR embarked in USS FREMONT (APA 44).
J.A. FRIEL
LTJG, USN

04-08   Steaming as before. 0745 Mustered the crew at Quarters. Absentees: None.
J. BALOG
LTJG, USNR

08-12  Steaming as before. 0825 Made daily inspection of magazines and smokeless powder samples. Conditions: Normal. 0900 Sighted merchant vessel, bearing 010°, distance 10 miles. 0955 Ceased all radio transmissions due to merchant vessel in the area. Believed to be Russian. 1010 Merchant vessel identified as Russian freighter on course 255° T, speed 15.5 knots. Sighted at Y 35° 03’N, X 31° 07’W. 1021 Russian freighter at CPA, bearing 300° T, distance 7800 yards. 1142 Resumed radio transmissions.
G.A. ARCHAMBAULT
LT, USNR

12-16   Steaming as before.
D.M. CAIN, III
LTJG, USN

16-18   Steaming as before.
B. CROOK
LT, USNR

18-20   Steaming as before.
J.A. FRIEL
LTJG, USN

20-24   Steaming as before.
J. BALOG
LTJG, USNR

A.W. PRICE, JR., CDR., U.S.N. COMMANDING
D.C. KETCHUM, LTJG, U.S.N., NAVIGATOR


Wednesday 27 February 196

3 00-04   Steaming in company with Task Group 44.2, less USS MULIPHEN (AKA 61) enroute from Rota, Spain to Morehead City, North Carolina in accordance with CTG 44.2 OP-ORDER 1-63. This ship is in station A-4 of formation 51. Guide is USS WALDO COUNTY (LST 1163) in station 0, bearing 328°, Distance 1000 yards, formation course 270° T, formation axis 268° T. Formation speed is 13 knots. Condition of readiness IV and material condition YOKE (Modified) are set. SOPA and OTC is CTG 44.2 embarked in USS FREMONT (APA 44).
G.A. ARCHAMBAULT
LT, USNR

04-08  Steaming as before. 0745 Mustered the crew at quarters. Absentees: None.
D.M. CAIN, III
LTJG, USN

08-12   Steaming as before. 0900 Made daily inspection of magazines and smokeless powder samples. Conditions: Normal.
B. CROOK
LT, USNR

12-16   Steaming as before.
J.A. FRIEL
LTJG, USN

16-18   Steaming as before.
J. BALOG
LTJG, USNR

18-20   Steaming as before. 1900 Set all clocks back one (1) hour to conform with +3 time zone.
J.A. FRIEL
LTJG, USN

20-24   Steaming as before.
D.M. CAIN, III
LTJG, USN

A.W. PRICE, JR., CDR., U.S.N. COMMANDING
D.C. KETCHUM, LTJG, U.S.N., NAVIGATOR


Thursday 28 February 1963

00-04   Steaming in company with Task Group 44.2, less USS MULIPHEN (AKA 61) enroute from Rota, Spain to Morehead City, North Carolina in accordance with CTG 44.2 OP-ORDER 1-63, This ship is in station A-4 of Formation 51, course 270°, speed 13 knots. Formation axis 268°. SOPA and OTC is CTG 44.2 embarked in USS FREMONT (APA 44). Guide is USS WALDO COUNTY (LST 1163) in station 0, bearing 328°, Distance 1000 yards. USS TELFAIR (APA 210)is in Station A-2. Condition of readiness IV and material condition YOKE (Modified) are set. 0113 c/f/s to 11 knots.
B. CROOK
LT, USNR

04-08   Steaming as before. 0745 Mustered the crew at quarters. Absentees: None.
J.A. FRIEL
LTJG, USN

08-12   Steaming as before. 0810 c/f/s to 10 knots. 0825 c/f/c 265. 0908 USS FREMONT (APA 44) assumed formation guide, bearing 328, range 1000 yards. 1010 Entered heavy weather front with barometer reading 29.62. 1025 passed through heavy weather front, barometer reading now 29.72. 1059 Made daily inspection of magazines and smokeless powder samples. Conditions: Normal.
J. BALOG
LTJG, USNR

12-16   Steaming as before. 1244 c/f/s 12 knots. 1425 c/f/s 10 knots. 1451 c/f/s 11 knots. 1544 c/f/s to 10 knots.
G.A. ARCHAMBAULT
LT, USNR

16-18   Steaming as before.
D.M. CAIN, III
LTJG, USN

18-20   Steaming as before. 1900 Set all clocks back one (1) hour to conform with +3 time zone.
B. CROOK
LT, USNR

20-24 Steaming as before.
J.A. FRIEL
LTJG, USN

A.W. PRICE, JR., CDR., U.S.N. COMMANDING
D.C. KETCHUM, LTJG, U.S.N., NAVIGATOR