DECK LOG BOOK ( JULY 1963 )
OF THE
USS ASHLAND ( LSD-1)

Commanded by : CDR Ernest J. King Jr. USN

Attached to : Commander, Amphibious Squadron FOUR,

Amphibious Forces ATLANTIC Fleet,

FIFTH Naval District

Commencing: 1 July 1963 at St Thomas, Virgin Islands
And ending: 31 July 1963 at New York Naval Shipyard Brooklyn, New York.


Monday 1 July 1963

00-04 Moored port side to the tender pier. St Thomas, Virgin Islands, with standard moored lines doubled and a one inch wire fore and aft. Number two boiler and number two generator are in use. Condition of readiness IV and condition yoke (modified) are set. Ships present include various units of the U.S. Atlantic Fleet. SOPA is Commanding Officer USS LONG BEACH (CGN 9). 0245 The shore patrol detail with LAKIN, S. F. MM3, USN, in charge returned to the ship having completed temporary duty. 0245 Lieutenant Algirdas ALKSNINIS, USNR returned to the ship having completes temporary duty with the senior shore patrol officer.
C. E. WILSON
BTC USN

04-08 Moored as before. 0643 Lighted fires under number one boiler. 0700 Commenced preparations for getting underway. 0745 Pursuant to BUPERS order 184312 of 17 January 1963 and BUPERS modification 184312 (1) of 12 February 1963, Lt Robert L. BREWIN, (SC), USN, 584355/3100, was detached to report Superintendent, U.S. Naval Postgraduate School, Monterey, California.
J. SHEKERKO
ENS USNR

08-12 Moored as before. 0800 Mustered crew at quarters. Absentees: none. Completed all preparations for getting underway. 0815 Made daily inspections of magazines and smokeless powder samples. Conditions: normal. 0820 Set the special sea and anchor detail. 0900 Underway in accordance with CTG 44.9 Op-order 39-63 enroute from Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas, Virgin Islands, to Vieques Island, Commanding Officer and Navigator on the bridge. 0901 Commences maneuvering at various courses and speeds to standout of harbor. The Captain has the conn. 0924 Set course 233, speed 12 knots. 0935 Secured the special sea and anchor detail. OOD assumed the conn. 1103 c/c 258°. 1145 Set the anchor detail. 1146 c/c 290°. 1147 maneuvering to make assigned anchorage. 1154 Anchored in anchorage A-1, off Red Beach, Vieques Island, Puerto Rico, in 8 fathoms of water, hard bottom, with 45 fathoms of chain out to the starboards anchor, on the following bearings: PTA Negra tangent, 178°, Pt. Ferro light, 356°, aluminum tank, 027.8°.
W. H. LEYDEN
LTJG USNR

12-16 Anchored as before. 1205 Secured the anchor detail. 1230 Secured number one boiler. Placed engineering department on one hour standby for getting underway. 1440 USS BOXER (LPH-4) ANCHORED IN A-3. 1525 USS E.B. HALL (APD107) anchored in PCV anchorage.
J. F. FERGUSON
ENS USN

16-18 Anchored as before. 1602 USS RANKIN (AKA 103) anchored in A-2.
J. A. FRIEL
LTJG USN

18-20 Anchored as before.
D. W. OLMSTEAD
ENS USNR

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


Tuesday 2 July 1963

00-04 Anchored in anchorage (A-1), Vieques Island, Puerto Rico, in 48 feet of water, hard rocky bottom with 45 fathoms of chain out to the starboard anchor on the following bearings: flashing red light bearing 291, PTA Ferro light bearing 001, PTA Conejo light bearing 060°, Number two boiler and number one generator are in use. Condition of readiness IV and material condition Yoke (Modified) are set. Engineering department is on a one hour standby to get underway. Ships present include various units of Task group 44.9. SOPA and OTC is CTG 44.9 embarked in USS BOXER (LPH 4).
J. F. FERGESON
ENS USNR

04-08 Anchored as before.
AL ALKSNINIS
LT USNR

08-12 Anchored as before. 0800 Mustered crew at quarters. Absentees: none. 0845 Made daily inspections of magazines and smokeless powder samples. Conditions: normal.
D. W. OLMSTEAD
ENS USNR

12-16 Anchored as before. 1231 Commenced ballasting operations. 1406 LCM 8-11 entered the well, LCM 8-9 entered the well, 1430 Lighted fires under number two boiler. 1433 LCU 1416 entered the well, LCU 1612 entered the well. 1435 Completed ballasting operations. 1559 Set the anchor detail.
W. H. LEYDEN
LTJG USNR

16-18 Anchored as before. 1627 Underway in accordance with CTE 44.9.2.3 message 021513Z. 1630 Maneuvering to take station A-4 in formation 51C. USS RANKIN (AKA 103) is guide in station A-3. Formation course is 180, formation axis is 000°, formation speed is 10 knots. When on station guide bears 090°, 250 yards. 1636 Secured the anchor detail. 1743 On station. 1750 c/f/c 000°
D. M. CAIN, III
LTJG USNR

18-20 Steaming as before. 1806 c/f/c to 02,. 1837 c/f/c to 8 knots, c/f/c 035°. 1838 Commenced ballasting operations. 1850 Maneuvering to enter the transport area. 1906 Darkened ship. 1915 Maneuvering with rudders and engines to maintain position in the transport area while disembarking boats. 1928 Commenced disembarkation. 1938 All boats clear. Maneuvering to maintain position.
G. A. ARCHAMBAULT
LT USNR

20-24 Maneuvering as before. 2032 c/s to 4 knots. 2033 c/c to 105. 2040 c/s 0 knots. 2043 Maneuvering to maintain position in assault area. 2109 c/s/ to 4 knots, c/c to 080. 2114 c/c to 095. 2115 c/s/ to o knots. 2119 Maneuvering to maintain position in assault area. 2129 Secured from darken ship. 2140 Completed ballasting operations. 2149 c/s/ to 4 knots, c/c/ to 290. 2204 c/c/ to 291. 2205 c/s o knots. 2206 Maneuvering on various courses at various speeds proceeding to anchorage A-1. 2208 Anchored in anchorage A-1, in 10 fathoms of water, hard rocky bottom, with 45 fathoms of chain to the port anchor on the following bearings, PTA Ferro light 006.5, flashing red light 292.5. Ships present include various units of TG 44.9. SOPA and CTG 44.9 embarked on USS BOXER (LPH 4). 2225 Secured the anchor detail. 2250 Secured fires under number two boiler.
R. J. ZANESKI
LTJG USNR

Wednesday 3 July, 1963

00-04 Anchored in anchorage (A-1) Vieques Island, Puerto Rico, in 10 fathoms of water, hard rocky bottom, with 45 fathoms of chain to the port anchor, on the following bearings: flashing red light, 293, PTA Ferro light, 001.5, PTA Conejo light 060. Boiler number one and generators number one and two are in use. Condition of readiness IV and material condition Yoke (modified) area set. Engineering plant id on a 30 minute standby for getting underway. Ships present include various units of TG 44.9. SOPA and OTC is CTG 44.9, embarked on USS BOXER (LPH 4).
W. H. LEYDEN
LTJG USNR

04-08 Anchored as before.
J. S. LLOYD
ENS USNR

08-12 Anchored as before. 0800 Mustered the crew at quarters. Absentees: none. 0808 Made daily inspections of magazines and smokeless powder samples. Conditions: normal. 0830 Set the regular underway watch. 0900 Set the anchor detail. Commenced preparations for getting underway. 1021 USS LORAIN COUNTY (LST 1177) got underway and stood out of the anchorage. 1030 Completed all preparations for getting underway. 1042 Underway in accordance with CTG 44.9 Op-order 38-63. enroute from assault anchorage, Vieques Island, Puerto Rico, to St Croix, Virgin Islands. Captain and Navigator on the bridge. 1046 c/c to 170, c/s to 8 knots. 1048 c/c to 180, c/s to 10 knots. 1101 c/c to 124, c/s to 12 knots.
J. A. FRIEL
LTJG USN

12-16 Steaming as before. 1208 c/c to 124. 1213 c/c to 128. 1245 c/c to 132. 13330 c/c to 133. 1338 c/c to 135. 1348 Set the special sea and anchor detail. 1355 Maneuvering on various courses at various speeds entering anchorage. 1438 anchored in 10 fathoms of water, rock bottom, with 45 fathoms of chain to the starboard anchor at Fredriksted, St Croix, Virgin Islands, on the following bearings, chimney 143.2, chimney 085.8, old mill 153.2. 1444 Secured the special sea and anchor detail.
J. A. ZANESKI
LTJG USNR

16-18 Anchored as before.
B. CROOK
LT USNR

18-20 Anchored as before. J. A. FRIEL
LTJG USN

20-24 Anchored as before.
W. H. LEYDEN
LTJG USNR

Thursday 4 July, 1963

00-04 Anchored at Fredriksted, St Croix, Virgin Islands, in 10 fathoms of water, rock bottom, with 45 fathoms of chain to the starboard anchor on the following bearings : fixed red light 149, flashing white light 118,chimney 044. Number one boiler and number one generator are in use. Condition of readiness IV and material condition Yoke (modified) are set. Engineering plant on 30 minute standby for getting underway at 8 knots. Ships present include one merchant vessel and various small craft. SOPA is commanding officer this ship.
J. SHEKERKO
ENS USN

04-08 Anchored as before.
D. C. KETCHUM
LTJG USNR

08-12 Anchored as before. 0800 Full dressed ship. Mustered crew on stations. Absentees: none. 0839 Commenced ballasting operations. 1023 Completed ballasting operations with 5 feet of water over the sill. 1149 Made daily inspections of magazines and smokeless powder samples. Conditions: normal.
D.M. CAIN, III
LTJG USNR

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

16-18 Anchored as before. 1700 Commenced ballasting operations.
J. F. FERGUSON
ENS USNR
18-20 Anchored as before. 1859 Completed ballasting operations.
D. W. OLMSTEAD
ENS USNR

20-24 Anchored as before. 2030 CLARK, R.D. 965 36 47, ETRSN, USN, received a laceration of the head as a result of falling while on the forecastle. Treatment was administered by DUDLEY, HM2, . Disposition: returned to duty.
G. A. ARCHAMBAULT
LT USNR


Friday 5 July 1963

00-04 Anchored at Fredriksted, St Croix, Virgin Islands, in 10 fathoms of water, rocky bottom, with 45 fathoms of chain to the starboard anchor on the following bearings: fixed red light 149, flashing white light 118, chimney 044. Number one boiler and number one generator are in use. Condition of readiness IV and material condition Yoke (modified) are set. Engineering plant is on 30 minute standby for 8 knots. Ships present are two merchant vessels and other various small craft. SOPA is commanding officer this ship.
D. M. CAIN, III
LTJG USNR

04-08 Anchored as before. 0407 Lighted fires under number two boiler. 0500 Set the regular steaming watch. 0541 Commenced heaving in the anchor. 0544 Underway in accordance with CTG 44.9 Op-order 38-63, enroute from Fredriksted, St Croix, to San Juan, Puerto Rico. 0545 Commenced steaming at various courses and speeds standing out of anchorage. 0551 Set course 340, speed 13 knots.
W. H. LEYDEN
LTJG USNR

08-12 Steaming as before. 0800 Mustered crew at quarters. Absentees: none. 0841 Sail Rock abeam to starboard, distance 1.8 miles. 0842 Buoy “R1” abeam to starboard, distance 1.2 miles. 0920 Made daily inspections of magazines and smokeless powder samples. Conditions: normal. Made weekly magazines sprinkler test. Conditions: satisfactory. 0923 Passed Buoy “4RA”, abeam to port, distance .8 miles. 0950 c/c to 270.
D. M. CAIN, III
LTJG USNR

12-16 Steaming as before. 1235 Sighted Morro Castle light, San Juan bearing 264.5, range 11.5 miles. 1325 Stationed the special sea and anchor detail. Captain and navigator are on the bridge. 1327 c/c 10 knots. 1331` c/c 315. 1346 c/c 190. Steering various courses at various speeds to conform with the channel in entering San Juan Harbor. 1406 Pilot boat is alongside starboard quarter. 1409 Pilot Mr. J. FUERTE came aboard. Pilot boat departed the ship. 1416 With buoy R-4 abeam to starboard, distance 300 yards, c/c 141. 1440 Commenced approach to the pier. 1446 Moored port side to berth ALFA, Fernandez Juncos Federal Quay, San Juan, Puerto Rico with standard mooring lines and a one inch wire fore and aft. Ships present include various units of the U.S. Atlantic Fleet, district, harbor, merchant, and pleasure craft. SOPA is Commanding Officer this ship. 1510 YTM 750 and YTM 752 departed from alongside. 1513 Pilot Mr. FUERTE departed the ship. Secured the special sea and anchor detail.
G. A. ARCHAMBAULT
LT USNR

16-20 Moored as before. 1610 Received fuel barge on starboard side. 1630 Commanding Officer USS RANKIN (AKA 103) assumed SOPA. 1638 Commenced taking on fuel. 1823 Secured from fueling, having received 58,240 gallons NFSO.
J. S. LLOYD
ENS USNR

20-24 Moored as before. 1955 Cast off fuel barge.
J. B. ROBINSON
SDC USN


Saturday 6 July 1963

00-04 Moored port side to berth Alfa, Fernandez Juncos Federal Quay, San Juan, Puerto Rico, with standard mooring lines fore and aft, and a one inch wire fore and aft. Number two boiler and number two generator are in use. Condition of readiness IV and material condition Yoke (modified) are set Ships present include USS LORAIN COUNTY (LST 1177) and various units of the U.S. Atlantic Fleet, harbor and pleasure craft. SOPPA is Commanding Officer USS RANKIN (AKA 103).
W. J. DUNGAN
MMC USN

04-08 Moored as before
. J. S. LLOYD
ENS USNR

08-12 Moored as before. 0800 Mustered the crew on stations. Absentees: none. 0930 made daily inspections of magazines and smokeless powder samples. Conditions: normal.
C. E. WILSON
BTC USN

12-16 Moored as before
J. A. FRIEL
LTJG USN

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

20-24 Moored as before. 2210 FREE, Raymond C. , 539 63 99, USN slipped and fell on the 02 level causing achromio clavicular separation, right shoulder. He was taken to USN Dispensary, San Juan, Puerto Rico , for X-ray. X-ray confirmed diagnosis. Patient then transferred to Rodriquies Army Hospital for further treatment.
C. E. WILSON
BTC USN


Sunday 7 July 1963

00-04 Moored port side to berth Alfa, Fernandez Juncos federal Quay, San Juan, Puerto Rico, with standard mooring lines and a one inch wire for and aft. Number two boiler and number tow generator are in use. Condition of readiness IV and material condition Yoke (modified) are set. Ships present include units of TG 44.9, yard, harbor, and district craft. SOPA is Commanding Officer USS RANKIN (AKA 103).
J. A. FRIEL
LTJG USN

04-08 Moored as before.
J. F. FERGUSON
ENS USNR

08-12 Moored as before. 0800 Mustered crew on stations. Absentees: none. Made daily inspections of magazines and smokeless powder samples. Conditions: normal.
R. C. ELLIOT
BMC USN

12-16 Moored as before.
D. W. OLMSTEAD
ENS USNR

16-20 Moored as before.
R. C. DRAKE
EMC USN

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


Monday 8 July 1963

00-04 Moored port side to berth Alfa, Fernandez Juncos Federal Quay, San Juan, Puerto Rico, with standard mooring lines and a one inch wire fore and aft. Number two boiler and number two generator are in use. Condition of readiness IV and material condition Yoke (modified) are set. Ships present include various units of the U.S. Atlantic Fleet, yard, and district craft. SOPA is Commanding Officer USS RANIKN (AKA 103)
R. C. ELLIOTT
BMC USN

04-08 Moored as before.
D. W. OLMSTEAD
ENS USNR

08-12 Moored as before. 0800 Mustered crew at quarters. Absentees: none. 1000 Made daily inspections of magazines and smokeless powder samples. Conditions: normal.
J. W. GREGORY
LTJG USN

12-16 Moored as before. 1315 pursuant to BUPERS Notice dated 28 Feb 1963, Midshipman 1/c Peter k. NUNEZ, S09-0555, Midshipman 1/c Robert H. HOFFMAN, Jr., S47-0308, Midshipman 1/c Howard E. BATSFORD, Jr., S02-0315 and Midshipman 1/c Richard M. WILLIAMS, S27-0549 were detached from this ship to carry out basic orders.
R. B. McCormick
ENS, SC USNR

16-20 Moored as before.
R. J. ZANESKI
LTJG USNR

20-24 Moored as before.
R. G. PHILLIPS
SFCS USN

Tuesday 9 July 1963

00-04 Moored port side to berth Alfa, Fernandez Juncos Federal Quay, San Juan, Puerto Rico, with standard mooring lines and a one inch wire fore and aft. Number two boiler and number one generator are in use. Condition of readiness IV and condition Yoke (modified) are set. Ships present include various units of the U.S. Atlantic Fleet, yard, and district craft. SOPA is Commanding Officer USS RANKIN (AKA 103).
J. W. GREGORY
LTJG USN

04-08 Moored as before. 0530 Lighted fires under number one boiler. 0600 Commenced preparations for getting underway. 0630 Set condition Yoke (modified). 0700 Set the special sea and anchor detail. Completed preparations for getting underway. 0724 The pilot Mr. SANTIAGO boarded the ship.
R. B. McCORMICK
ENS, SC USNR

08-12 Moored as before. 0800 mustered crew on stations. Absentees: none. 0801 Underway in accordance with CTG 44.9 Op-order 38-63 enroute from San Juan, Puerto Rico to Vieques Island, Puerto Rico. Pilot has the conn, Captain and Navigator are on the bridge. 0803 Maneuvering to cast the head to port. 0804 YTM 750 alongside port quarter. 0807 USS RANKIN (AKA 103) underway from naval station, San Juan, Puerto Rico. 0809 Headed fair, 276, cast off YTM 750 and YTM 751,c/s 8 knots. 0815 c/c to 248. 0817 Buoy “R14” abeam to port, 150 yards, c/c to 310. 0824 c/s to 4 knots. 0828 c/s to 8 knots., buoy “3” abeam to starboard, 25 yards. 0830 Punta Del Morro light abeam to starboard 500 yards, Executive Officer assumed the conn, entered International waters. )832 Pilot departed the ship, c/c 008. 0835 c/c to 015, c/s to 12 knots. 0835 OOD assumed the conn. 0838 Secured the special sea and anchor detail. 0846 c/c to 092, c/s to 13 knots. 0927 c/c to 100. 0935 c/s to 10 knots. 1000 c/c to 140. 1001 Made daily inspections of magazines and smokeless powder samples. Conditions: normal. 1008 c/c to 120. 1110 Entered Inland waters. 1111 c/c to 128, with San Juan light abeam to starboard, distance 0.7 miles. 1112 c/c to 128, entered San Juan passage. 1123 c/c to 140. 1128 Buoy “R28” abeam to starboard, distance 2000 yards, 1136 c/c to 128. 1143 c/c to 124.
J. A. FRIEL
LTJG USN

12-16 Steaming as before. 1230 Sighted Punta Este light, Vieques Island, Puerto Rico, bearing 133, range 8.5 miles. 1306 Punta Este is abeam to starboard, distance 1.5 miles. 1313 With Punta Este light bearing 255, c/c to 190. 1321 With Punta Este light bearing 302, c/c 260. 1358 c/s to 10 knots, c/c 240. 1400 c/s to 8 knots. 1401 Set the anchor detail. Maneuvering to anchor in anchorage A-1, Vieques Island, Puerto Rico, with 45 fathoms of chain to the waters edge in 10 fathoms of water, hard rocky bottom, to the port anchor, on the following bearings PTA Conejo 062, tank 042, PTA Negra tank 278. Ships present include various units of Task Group 44.9. SOPA and OTC is CTG 44.9 embarked in USS BOXER (LPH 4). 1430 Secured the anchor detail. Secured number one boiler. Placed engineering plant on 30 minutes standby for 8 knots.
G. A. ARCHUMBAULT
LT USNR

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

18-20 Anchored as before. 1812 Set flight quarters. 1849 Helicopter 83 landed. In accordance with BUPERS order 004756 of 19 April 1963, LCDR J. B. HARDGRAVE 534036, USN, reported aboard as prospective executive officer. 1850 Helicopter 83 left flight deck. 1851 Secured form flight quarters.
J. F. FERGUSON
ENS USNR

20-24 Anchored as before. 2100 Commenced ballasting operations.
J. A. FRIEL
LTJG USN

Wednesday 10 July 1963

00-04 Anchored as before in anchorage A-1, Vieques Island, Puerto Rico in 10 fathoms of water, hard rocky bottom, with 45 fathoms of chain to the port anchor on the following bearings: flashing red light 292, PTA Ferro light 010, PTA Conejo light 062. Number two boiler and number one and two generators are in use. Condition of readiness IV and condition Yoke (modified) are set. Engineering department is on 30 minute notice to get underway. The ship is ballasted and in process of general backloading. Ships present include various units of Task Group 44.9. SOPA and OTC is CTG 44.9 embarked in USS BOXER (LPH 4). 0158 Completed backloading.
D. W. OLMSTEAD
ENS USNR

04-08 Anchored as before. 0404 Completed ballasting operations. 0709 Lighted fires under number one boiler. 0730 Commenced all preparations for getting underway.
W. H. LEYDEN
LTJG USNR

08-12 Anchored as before. 0800 Mustered crew at quarters. Absentees: none. 0825 Set the anchor detail. 0831 Completed all preparations for getting underway. Captain and Navigator are on the bridge. 0844 Underway in accordance with CTG 44.9 Op-order 38-63 enroute from Isle De Vieques to Onslow Beach, North Carolina. 0845 Maneuvering on various courses at speeds to take station A-4 in formation 51C, formation speed 8 knots, formation axis 315, formation course 090. Guide is USS BOXER (LPH 4) in station O. Guide bears 015, distance 1500 yards. 0825 made daily inspections of magazines and smokeless powder samples. Conditions: normal. 0901 On station. 0914 c/f/s/ to 12 knots. 0946 c/f/s/ to 060. 1030 c/f/s/ to 000. 1100 c/f/s/ to 345. 1104 c/f/s/ to 005. 1121 c/f/s/ to 13 knots. 1121 Sail Rock abeam to starboard, distance 3.5 miles. 1130 c/f/s to 000. 1153 c/f/s to 313.
D. M. CAIN, III
LTJG USNR

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

16-18 Steaming as before.
G. A. ARCHUMBAUT
LT USNR

18-29 Steaming as before.
W. H. LEYDEN
LTJG USNR

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

Thursday 11 July 1963

00-04 Underway in company with Task Unit 44.9.1 composed of USS BOXER (LPH 4), USS RANKIN (AKA 103), USS LORAIN COUNTY (LST 1177), USS EARL B. HALL (APD 107) enroute from Vieques Island, Puerto Rico, to rendezvous in vicinity of Lat.27 45’ North, Long. 76 00’ West, in accordance with CTG 44.9 Op-order 38-63. This ship in station A-4 of formation 51C. Formation course 313, formation speed 13 knots, formation axis 315. OTC is CTG 44.9 embarked in USS BOXER (LPH 4). This ship is guide. Condition of readiness IV and material condition Yoke (modified) are set. 0130 Sighted ship bearing 342, range 18 miles. Tracked by radar and determined to be on course 256, and speed 18 knots. CPA 205, distance 1800 yards. 0150 c/f/c to 333 to open CPA on ship bearing 341, range 10 miles. 0214 c/f/c to 313, above ship at CPA bearing 270, range 2 miles.
J. A. FRIEL
LTJG USN

04-08 Steaming as before. 0730 c/f/s to 10 knots.
G. A. ARCHUMBAULT
LT USNR

08-12 Steaming as before. 0800 Mustered crew at quarters. Absentees: none. 0830 made daily inspections of magazines and smokeless powder samples. Conditions: normal. 1155 This ship assumed tactical command of E. B. HALL (APD 107) and LORAIN COUNTY (LST 1177).
W. H. LEYDEN
LTJG USNR

12-16 Steaming as before. 1317 USS E. B. HALL 9APD 107) assumed the guide. 1318 Maneuvering on various courses at various speeds to blow tubes and resume station. 1414 On station. 1416 This ship assumed guide. 1510 USSS LORAIN COUNTY 9LST 1177) ASSUMED THE GUIDE. 1553 This ship assumed the guide. 1159 CTU 44.9.1 embarked in USS BOXER (LPH 4) assumed tactical command of TU 44.9.1.
D. M. CAIN, III
LTJG USNR

16-18 Steaming as before. 1601 USS BOXER (LPH 4) assumed the guide, bearing 015, range 1500 yards, in station O. 1603 USS RANKIN (AKA 103) left formation to exercise at man overboard drill. 1615 USS EARL B. HALL (APD 107), in station A-3, left to go alongside USS BOXER (LPH 4). 1645 This ship assumed the guide. USS EARL B. HALL (APD 107) cleared from alongside USS BOXER (LPH 4) and returned to station A-3. 1648 c/f/s to 13 knots. 1712 USS RANKIN (AKA 193) returned to station A-5.
J. A. FRIEL
LTJG USN

18-20 Steaming as before.
G. A. ARCHUMBAULT
LT USNR

20-24 Steaming as before.
W. H. LEYDEN
LTJG USNR

Friday 12 July 1963

00-04 Underway in company with Task Unit 44.9.1 composed of USS BOXER (LPH 4), USS RANKIN (AKA 1003), USS LORAIN COUNTY (LST 1177), USS EARLE B. HALL (APD 107) enroute from Vieques Island, Puerto Rico to rendezvous in vicinity of LAT 27 45’ North, LONG 76 00’ West in accordance with CTG 44.9 Op-order 38-63. This ship is in station A-4, formation 51C, formation course 313, formation axis 315, formation speed 13 knots. OTC is CTG 44.9 embarked in USS BOXER (LPH 4). This ship is guide. Condition of readiness IV and material condition Yoke (modified) are set.
D. M. CAIN, III
LTJG USNR

04-08 Steaming as before.
J. A. FRIEL
LTJG USNR

08-12 Steaming as before. 0800 Mustered crew at quarters. Absentees: none. 0830 USS BOXER (LPH 4) assumed the guide. 1000 Made daily inspections of magazines and smokeless powder samples. Conditions: normal. Made weekly tests of magazine sprinkler systems. Test: satisfactory.
G. A. ARCHUMBAULT
LT USNR

12-16 Steaming as before. 12070 USS BOXER (LPH 4) left formation to conduct flight operations. USS RANKIN (AKA 103) assumed guide. Commanding Officer USS RANKIN (AKA 103) assumed OTC. 1430 c/s to 5 knots. 1449 Set flight quarters. 1507 Helo 77 landed on flight deck. 1508 c/c to 065. 1510 Helo 77 departed flight deck. 1512 Secured flight quarters. 1514 Resumed course 315. 1515 Commenced maneuvering to take station on USS EARLE B. Hall (APD 107), now formation guide. 1536 On station. CTG 44.9 assumed OTC in USS BOXER (LPH 4). 1541 c/s/ to 10 knots.
W. H. LEYDEN
LTJG USNR

16-18 Steaming as before. 1600 Maneuvering on various courses at various speeds to blow tubes and resume station. 1636 On station. 1710 This ship assumed the guide. USS BOXER (LPH 4) left formation to conduct flight operations. USS RANKIN (AKA 103) assumed OTC and SOPA. 1725 c/f/s to 8 knots. D. M. CAIN, III
LTJG USNR

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

20-24 Steaming as before.
G. A. ARCHUMBAULT
LT USNR

Saturday 13 July 1963

00-04 Steaming in company with Task element 44.9.1.2, in formation 51C, enroute from Vieques Island, Puerto Rico to convex rendezvous at 27 45’ N, 76 00W, in accordance with CTG 44.9 Op-order 38-63, formation axis is 315, and speed 8 knots. This ship is guide in station A-4. Ships present are USS RANKIN (AKA 103) in station A-3, USS EARLE B. HALL (APD 107), in station A-1, and USS LORAIN COUNTY (LST 1177) in station A-2. SOPA and OTC is Commanding Officer USS RANKIN (AKA 103). Condition of readiness IV and material condition Yoke are set. 0001 c/f/s/ to 333 to avoid a contact. 0005 c/f/s to 313. 0300 c/f/s to 020, c/f/s/ to 5 knots. 0314 c/f/s/ to 313, c/f/s/ to 8 knots.
W. H. LEYDEN
LTJG USNR

04-08 Steaming as before. 0421 USS BOXER (LPH 4) joined the formation in station O. 0422 CTG 44.9.1 assumed SOPA and OTC. 0745 c/s/ to 10 knots. Maneuvering to blow tubes. 0751 USS BOXER LPH 4) assumed the guide. 0752 c/c to 310.
J. SHEKERKO
ENS USNR

08-12 Steaming as before. 0800 Mustered crew at quarters. Absentees: none. 0810 c/s/ to 4 knots, c/cc to 270. 0823 c/c to 050, completed blowing tubes on number one boiler. Maneuvering to blow tubes on number two boiler.. 0834 c/c to 025, c/s/ to 8 knots. 0839 completed blowing tubes, c/c to 340, maneuvering to regain station. 0845 c/s to 12 knots. 0856 c/c to 313, c/s/ to 8 knots, on station in formation 51C. 0900 Changed to formation 51, formation course 313, formation axis 350, formation speed 8 knots, formation guide USS BOXER (LPH 4) in station zero. This ship assigned station D-16, guide bearing 050 range 4000 yards when on station. 0901 c/c to 297, c/s/ to 12 knots, maneuvering to take new station in formation 51. 0915 On station, c/c to 313, c/s to 8 knots. 0920 Made daily inspections of magazines and smokeless powder samples. Conditions: normal. 0935 c/f/s/ to 12 knots. 0940 Commenced steering sinuous courses, cam number two, base course 313. 1100 USS EARLE B. HALL (APD 107) detached to investigate ship bearing 300, range 8 miles. 1114 Ceased sinuating. 1123 Commenced zigzagging in accordance with plan 26S, base course 313. 1132 This ship assumed the guide.
J. A. FRIEL
LTJG USNR

12-16 Steaming as before. 1253 Ceased zigzagging. Resumed base course 315,speed 12 knots. 1256 c/s/ to 8 knots. 1301 Changed formation to 51C. Formation course is 313, axis 350, speed 8 knots. Guide is USSBOXER (LPH 4( in station O. This ship is in station A-4. Guide bears 050, range 1500 yards. 1341 c/c to 040. 1350 c/c to 130. 1353 Set flight quarters. 1400 c/c to 150, c/s 10 knots. 1405 Helo 86 on flight deck. 1406 Helo 86 launched from flight deck. 1408 Secured from flight quarters. 1450 c/s to 5 knots. 1453 Set flight quarters. 1458 c/s to 10 knots. 1509 Received Helo 94 on deck.. 1510 Launched Helo 94 from flight deck. Secured from flight quarters. 1527 c/s/ to 5 knots, c/c to 060.
G. A. ARCHUMBAULT
LT USNR

16-18 Steaming as before. C/f/s/ to 150. 1607 c/f/c to 220, c/s to 10 knots. 1723 c/f/s/ to 325, c/s to 7 knots. Commenced maneuvering at various courses and speeds to take station D 16 in formation 51, formation axis 350, formation speed 7 knots, formation course 325. When on station the guide will bear 050, 4000 yards. 1745 On station.
W. H. LEYDEN
LTJG USNR

18-20 Steaming as before. 1905 Maneuvering on various courses at various speeds to blow tubes and resume station.
J. SHEKERKO
ENS USNR

20-24 Steaming as before. 2005 Completed blowing tubes, on station. 2026 c/f/s to 5 knots. 2240 c/f/s/ to 350. 2250 Sighted radar contact bearing 005, 25 miles. Tracked contact and determined CPA to be )(), range 3.3 miles. 2315 Sighted group of ships bearing 013, distance 16 miles. 2305 Identified ships sighted as TG 81.0. CTG 81.0 embarked in USS NORFOLK (DL 1). 2332 Assumed organization task element 81.0.3.2. CTG 81.0 assumed tactical command of all ships. CTE 81.0.3.2 (COMFIBRON TEN0 embarked in USS BOXER (LPH 4), screening units. TU 81.0.2
J. A. FRIEL
LTJG USNR

Sunday 14 July 1963

00-04 Steaming in company with TE 81.0.3.2,composed of USS BOXER (LPH 4), USS RANKIN (AKA 103), USS ASHLAND (LSD 1), USS LORAIN COUNTY (LST 1177)< and USS EARLE B. HALL (LPD 107). CTE 81.0.3.2 is COMPHIBRON TEN embarked in USS BOXER (LPH 4). Steaming enroute from Vieques Island, Puerto Rico, to Onslow Beach, North Carolina, in accordance with CTG 44.9 Op-order 38-63 and COMCRUDESFOT TWO Op-order 2-63. This ship is in station D-16 of formation 51. Guide is USS BOXER (LPH 4) in station O, bearing 050, range 4000 yards, on course 350, axis 350, speed 5 knots. Condition of readiness IV and material condition Yoke are set. SOPA and OTC is CGT 81.0 embarked in USS NORFOLK (DL 1). This ship is part of simulated 60 ship convoy participating in exercise CONVEX 3-63. Screen is composed of Cortron 10 units and USSS NORFOLK (DL 1). 0015 c/s/ to 10 knots. 0100 Darkened ship. Commencer zig zag in accordance with plan 26S. Base course is 350. Steering various courses to conform with zig zag plan.
G. A. ARCHUMBAULT
LT USNR

04-08 Steaming as before. Continued steering various to conform with zig zag plan 26S, base course 350, speed 10 knots. 0739 c/s/c/ to 325. Continued zigzagging.
W. H. LEYDEN
LTJG USNR

08-12 Zigzagging as before. 0800 Mustered crew on stations. Absentees: none. 0842 Made daily inspections of magazines and smokeless powder samples. Conditions: normal. 0900 c/b/c/ to 020 ceased zigzagging. 0915 Resumed zigzagging in accordance with plan 26S. 1133 Ceased zigzagging. 1149 Resumed zigzagging base course 260 in accordance with plan 26S.
D. M. CAIN, III
LTJG USNR

12-16 Steaming as before. 1244 Ceased zigzagging. Steadied on course 245. 1248 Resumed zigzagging in accordance with plan 26S, base course 300. 1414 Ceased zigzagging and steadied on course 350. 14119 Resumed zigzagging in accordance with plan 26S, base course 320
J. A. FRIEL
LTJG USNR

16-18 Steaming as before. 1720 Commenced preparations for darked ship. 1732 Ceased zig zag, c/c/ to 202. 1738 Resumed zig zag in accordance with plan 26S, base course 202
. G. A. ARCHUNBAULT
LT USNR

18-20 Steaming as before, with zig zag plan 26S, base course 202, speed 10 knots in effect.
W. H. LEYDEN
LTJG USNR

20-24 Zigzagging as before. 2000 Darkened ship. 2050 c/f/s to 350. Ceased zigzagging. 2101 Resumed zigzagging in accordance with plan 26S on base course 350. 2112 c/b/c/ to 020, ceased zigzagging. 2119 Resumed zigzagging in accordance with plan 26S on base course 020
D. M. CAIN, III
LTJG USNR

Monday 15 July 1963

00-04 Steaming in company with TE 81.0.3.2, and TG 81.0 enroute from Vieques Island, Puerto Rico, to Onslow Beach, North Carolina in accordance with COMCRUDESFLOT TWO (CTG 81.0) Op-order 2-63. In formation 51, station D-16, formation course 020, formation axis 350, formation aped 10 knots. The guide is USS BOXER (LPH 4) in station 0, bearing 050, distance 4000 yards. The formation is zigzagging in accordance with plan 26S. Condition of readiness IV and material condition Yoke (modified) are set. SOPA and OTC is CTG 81.0 embarked in USS NORFOLK (DL 1). The ship is darkened. 0027 Changed base course to 250, ceased zigzagging. 0037 Changed base course to 350. 0045 Changed base course to 330, resumed zigzagging in accordance with Plan 26S, steadied on course 315. 0245 Changed base course to 315, ceased zigzagging. 0300 Resumed zigzagging in accordance with plan 26S, base course 315. 0315 Changed base course to 270. 0317 Resumed zigzagging in accordance with plan 26S.
J. A. FRIEL
LTJG USN

04-08 Steaming as before. 0549 Ceased zig-zag, c/c 330. 05551 USS RANKIN (AKA 103) assumed the guide. 0552 USS BOXER (LPH 4) detached to conduct Hilo operations. 0600 Commenced zig-zag plan 26S.base course 330. 0635 USS BOXER (LPH 4) terminated Helo operations. USS BOXER (LPH 4) assumed the guide, bearing 0050, range 4000 yards. 0642 c/c to 030.
G. A. ARCHUNBAULT
LT USNR

08-12 Steaming as before. 0800 Mustered crew at quarters. Absentees: none. 0810 c/f/c to 350. 0830 Made daily inspections of magazines and smokeless powder samples. Conditions: normal. 0843 c/f/c/ to 300. 0915 c/f/c/ 350. 0925 c/f/c 020. 1025 c/f/c/ 040. 1050 c/f/c 060. 1157 c/f/c to 170, c/f/s to 13 knots.
W. H. JEYDEN
LTJG USNR

12-16 Steaming as before. 1222 c/f/c/ to 060, c/f/s to 10 knots. 1232 Set flight quarters. 1248 Secured from flight quarters. 1333 c/f/s/ to 13 knots, c/f/c to 240. 1347 c/f/c to 210. 1355 c/f/c to 180. 1412 c/f/c to 240, c/f/s to 10 knots. 1505 c/f/s to 5 knots. 1530 c/f/c to 180, c/f/s to 10 knots.
D. M. CAIN, III
LYJG USNR

16-18 Steaming as before. 1609 c/f/c to 190. 1611 c/f/c to 200. 1632 c/f/c to 290. 1634 c/f/c to 350. 1636 Changed formation to 51C, formation course 350, formation axis 350, 8 knots, guide is USS BOXER (LPH 4) in station zero. Guide bears 050, distance 1500 yards when on station. This ship assigned station A-4. 1640 Maneuvering to take station. 1640 Changed task organization to TU 44.5.1, CTG 44.5.1 (COMPHIBRON TEN0 embarked in USS BOXER (LPH 4) assumed tactical command. Screening units departed to the eastward. 1648 c/f/s to 13 knots. This ship assumed the guide.
J. A. FRIEL
LTJG USN

18-20 Steaming as before. 1900 Set clocks back one hour to conform with +5 (R) zone time.
G. A. ARCHUMBAULT
LT USNR

20-24 Steaming as before.
W. H. LEYDEN
LTJG USNR

Tuesday 16 July 1963

00-04 Steaming in company with TASK UNIT 44.5.1, enroute from Vieques Island, Puerto Rico to Onslow Beach, North Carolina in accordance with CTG 44.9 Op-order 38-63. This ship is the guide in station A-4, formation course 350, formation axis 350, formation speed 13 knots. Condition of readiness IV and material condition Yoke (modified) are set. SOPA and OTC is CTU 44.5.1 embarked in USS BOXER (LPH 4). 0140 Commenced sounding fog signals in accordance with international rules of the road. 0150 Ceased sounding fog signals.
D. M. CAIN, III
LTJG USNR

04-08 Steaming as before. 0507 c/f/s to 10 knots. 0614 Sighted buoy “WR2” bearing 045, distance 7 miles. 0640 Buoy “WR2” abeam to starboard, distance 5.5 miles.
J. A. FRIEL
LTJG USN

08-12 Steaming as before. Mustered crew at quarters. Absentees: none. 0808 Made daily inspections of magazines and smokeless powder samples. Conditions: normal. 0920 Detached to proceed independently to assigned anchorage. 0925 Set the anchor detail. 0927 c/s to 10 knots. 0930 Maneuvering to take assigned anchorage. 1000 Anchored north of anchorage A-2 off Onslow Beach, North Carolina, in 34 feet of water, with 34 fathoms of chain to the starboard anchor, on the following bearings: tank, 001.2, pier, 349.5, tank, 313. Other ships of the task unit are taking assigned anchorages. 1015 Secured the anchor detail.
D. C. KETCHUM
LTJG USNR

12-16 Anchored as before.
W. H. LEYDEN
LTJG USNR

16-18 Anchored as before.
J. S. LLOYD
ENS USNR

18-20 Anchored as before.
J. A. FRIEL
LTJG USN

20-24 Anchored as before.
D. W. OLMSTEAD
ENS USNR

Wednesday 17 July 1963

00-04 Anchored in anchorage A-2, Onslow Beach, North Carolina, with 30 fathoms of chain to the starboard anchor in thirty four feet of water, bedrock and shale bottom, on the following bearings: tank, 001.7, pier, 3449.5, flashing green 4 second light, 323.2. Ships present include various units of task group 44.5. SOPA is CTG 44.5 embarked in USS BOXER (LPH 4). Condition of readiness IV and material condition Yoke (modified) are set. Engineering is on a thirty (30) minute standby for 10 knots on number one boiler. Generators number one and two are on line. 0145 Commenced ballasting operations.
W. H. LEYDEN
LTJG USNR

04-08 Anchored as before. 0515 Set flight quarters. 0527 Received marine helo 99 on deck. 0529 Pursuant to BUPERS orders 188734 of 15 February 1963 and modification 188734 of term 1, 10 June 1963, LCDR B. F. GROFF was detached from this ship with orders to the Naval War College, Newport, Rhode Island departing in marine helo 99. 0530 Secured from flight quarters.
D. M. CAIN, III
LTJG USNR

08-12 Anchored as before. 0800 Mustered crew on stations. Absentees: none. 0820 Dispatched two LCM 8 boats to the beach to assist broached boats. 0830 Made daily inspections of magazines and smokeless powder samples. Conditions: normal. 1040 LCM 8-9 and 11 returned to the well. 1045 Recommenced ballasting operations. 1050 Commenced making all preparations for getting underway. 1055 Set the anchor detail. Set material condition Yoke. 1057 Completed all preparations for getting underway. Completed ballasting operations. Draft forward 16’0”, aft 19’6”. 1107 Underway for Moorehead City, North Carolina in accordance with CTG 44.5 Op-order 38-63. The OOD has the conn, navigator is on the bridge. 1110 Set course 080. 1112 c/s/ to 13 knots.
J. A. FRIEL
LTJG USN

12-16 Steaming as before. 1303 c/c/ to 065. 1344 c/c to 070. 1346 c/c to 080. 1355 Set the anchor detail. 1401 Buoy 1 “ BI” abeam to starboard, 1000 yards. 1402 c/c to 020. Maneuvering to take assigned anchorage. 1410 Anchored at Moorehead City, North Carolina, in 30 feet of water, with 30 fathoms of chain to the starboard anchor on the following bearings, Coast Guard cupola, 334, light 018.5, red light 005.8, and channel buoy number 1, 238.5. 1120 Underway to shift anchorage. Maneuvering with rudders and engines. 1444 Anchored in 40 feet of water with 30 fathoms of chain to the starboard anchor on the following bearings, light 003.5, Coast Guard cupola, 335.8, channel buoy 1, 269. Commenced ballasting operations to disembark pre-loaded landing craft. 1545 All boats clear.
G. A. ARCHAMBAULT
LT USNR

16-18 Anchored as before. 1730 Set the anchor detail. 1745 All boats loaded. Off loading and back loading completed 1758 Completed ballasting operations.
W. H. JEYDEN
LTJG USNR

18-20 Anchored as before. 1839 Underway from Moorehead City, North Carolina to Little Creek, Virginia in accordance with CTG 44.5 Op-order 38-63. 1841 Set course 173, set speed 13.5 knots. SOPA and OTC is Commanding Officer this ship. 1914 c/c to 151.
D. M. CAIN, III
LTJG USNR.

20-24 Steaming as before. 2010 c/c to 053. 2013 Passed Seacoast buoy R14 abeam to starboard, distance 7500 yards. 2045 Passed Cape Lookout Lighthouse abeam to port, distance 14.5 miles. 2349 Sighted Diamond Shoals light vessel bearing 055, distance 20.7 miles.
J. A. FRIEL
LTJG USN

Thursday 18 July 1963

00-04 Steaming independently from Moorehead City, North Carolina to Little Creek, Virginia in accordance with CTG 44.9 Op-order 38-63. Course 053, speed 13.5 knots. Condition of readiness IV and material condition Yoke (modified) are set. SOPSA and OTC is Commanding Officer this ship. 0001 Set all clocks ahead one hour to conform with +4 (Q) time zone. 0127 c/c to 050. 0203 Cape Hatteras light abeam to port, distance 11.5 miles. 0207 Diamond Shoals lightship abeam to starboard, distance 1.2 miles. 0232 c/c to 002. 0345 c/c to 012. 0348 c/c to 020.
G. A. ARCHUMBAULT
LT USNR

04-08 Steaming as before. 0407 c/c to 002. 0414 c/c to 343. 0430 c/c to 348. 0519 c/c to 343. 0628 c/c to 341.
W. H. LEYDEN
LTJG USNR

08-12 Steaming as before. 0800 Mustered crew at quarters. Absentees: none. 0810 Made daily inspections of magazines and smokeless powder samples. Conditions: normal. 0841 c/c to 330. 0845 Made weekly test of magazine sprinkler systems. Test satisfactory. 0843 Passed buoy R-2 abeam to port at 3 miles. 0927 Passed buoy R “V” abeam to starboard at 1000 yards. 0931 c/c to 334. 0934 Commenced ballasting operations. 1010 c/c to 327. 1020 c/c to 283. 1021 c/c to 290. Buoy R “B” abeam to starboard at 800 yards. 1025 c/c to 283, c/s/ to 10 knots. 1032 Buoy C-1 abeam to port at 2900 yards. 1037 Buoy R “4” abeam to starboard at 1000 yards. Entering Chesapeake Bay. 1046 Cape Thimble Shoals Channel abeam to starboard at 400 yards. 1103 c/s/ to 4 knots. 1107 c/s to O knots. Maneuvering with rudders and engines to maintain heading of 285 while disembarking boats from the well. 1110 Stern gate is down. 1131 First boat departed. 1144 All boats clear recommenced ballasting operations.
D. M. CAIN, III
LTJG USNR

12-16 Maneuvering as before. 1224 Closed stern gate. 1245 c/c to 8 knots Maneuvering to South Auxiliary channel. 1256 Set the special sea and anchor detail. 1259 c/c to 294. Commenced transit of Chesapeake Bridge Tunnel construction area in south auxiliary channel. 1307 Buoy #7 abeam to starboard. 1306 c/c to 289. 1316 c/c to 255. 1317 c/c to 266. 1320 Maneuvering to maintain headway and position while pilot boat, YTM 730, comes alongside. 1341 The Pilot Mr. BALLANGER, assumed the conn. Maneuvering to enter Little Creek Harbor Channel. 1330 Completed ballasting operations. 1345 c/c to 210. 1351 c/c to 8 knots. 1352 Jetty light abeam to port, maneuvering with rudders and engines to stand in and take assigned berth, YTM 730 assisting. 1412 Moored starboard side to pier 14 south, U.S. Naval Amphibious Base, Little Creek, Virginia with standard mooring lines doubled and a one inch wire for and aft. SOPA is COMPHIBLANT. Set the in- port watch.
G. A. ARCHAMBAULT LT USNR

16-20 Moored as before.
R. J. ZANESKI
LTJG USNR

20-24 Moored as before.
R. B. Mc CORMICK
ENS, SC USNR

Friday 19 July 1963

00-04 Moored starboard side to pier 14 south, U. S. Naval Amphibious Base, Little Creek, Virginia with standard mooring lines doubled and a one inch wire for and aft. Condition of readiness IV and material condition Yoke (modified) are set. Number one boiler and number one generator are in use. Receiving miscellaneous services from the pier. Ships present include various units of the U. S. Atlantic fleet, yard and district craft. SOPA is COMPHIBLANT
R. G. Phillips
SFCS USN

04-08 Moored as before.
R. J. ZALENSKI
LTJG USNR

08-12 Moored as before. 0800 Mustered crew on stations. Absentees: none. 1000 Made daily inspections of magazines and smokeless powder samples. Conditions: normal. Made weekly test of magazine sprinkler systems. Test: satisfactory.
J. R. TRAVIS
CWO USN

12-16 Moored as before.
J. SHEKERKO
ENS USNR

16-20 Moored as before. 1841 Shifted electrical load from ship’s generators to shore power. 1855 Secured number one ships generator and fires under number one boiler. The ship is on shore power.
L. G. PARHAM
MMCA USN

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

Saturday 20 July 1963

00-04 Moored starboard side to pier 14 South, U. S. Naval Amphibious Base, Little Creek, Virginia, with standard mooring lines doubled and a one inch wire for and aft. Condition of readiness IV and material condition Yoke (modified) are set. Receiving all services from the pier. Ships present include various units of the U. S. Atlantic Fleet, yard and district craft. SOPA is COMPHIBLANT.
J. SHEKERKO
ENS USNR

04-08 Moored as before.
L. G. PARHAM
MMCA USN

08-12 Moored as before. 0800 Mustered crew on stations. Absentees: FEYER, Durant D., 331 55 36 BM2 USN. AWOL since 19 July 1963 and REEHER, Harry W., 545 24 92, ENFA, USN, AWOL since 1100, 19 July 1963. 100 Made daily inspections of magazines and smokeless powder samples. Conditions: normal.
J. B. ROBINSON
SDC USN

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

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

20-24 Moored as before.
W. J. DUNGAN
MMC USN

Sunday 21 July 1963

00-04 Moored starboard side to pier 14 south, U. S. Naval Amphibious Base, Little Creek, Virginia with standard mooring lined doubled and a one inch wire fore and aft. Condition of readiness IV and material condition Yoke (modified) are set. Receiving all services from the pier. Ships present include various units of the U. S. Atlantic Fleet, yard and district craft. SOPA is COMPHIBLANT.
J. B. ROBINSON
SDC USN

04-08 Moored as before.
J. E. WILLIAMS
GMGCA USN

08-12 Moored as before. 0800 Mustered crew on stations. Absentees: FEYER, D.D. 331 55 36 BM2, USN, AWOL since 1130, 19 July 1963 and REEHER, H. W. 545 24 92, ENFA, AWOL since 1100 19 July 1963. 0900 Made daily inspections of magazines and smokeless powder samples. Conditions: normal.
J. S. LLOYD
ENS USNR

12-16 Moored as before.
J. COUCHELL
ENS USNR

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

20-24 Moored as before.
J. S. LLOYD
ENS USNR

Monday 22 July 1963

00-04 Moored starboard side to pier 14, south, U.S. Naval Amphibious Base, Little Creek, Virginia with standard mooring lines doubled and a one inch wire fore and aft. Condition of readiness IV and material condition Yoke (modified) are set. Receiving all services from the pier. Ships present include various units of the U.S. Atlantic Fleet, yard and district craft. SOPA is COMPHIBLANT.
G. COUCHELL
ENS USNR

04-08 Moored as before 0411 REHER, H.W. 545 24 92 ENFA, USN, returned on board having been UA since 0745, 19 July 1963. 0713 FEYER, D.D. 331 55 36, BM2, USN, returned on board having been UV since 1130, 19 July 1963.
J. F. FERGUSON
ENS USNR

08-12 Moored as before 0800 Mustered crew on station. Absentees: none. 0810 Made daily inspections of magazines and smokeless powder samples. Conditions: normal.
D. W. OLMSTEAD
ENS USNR

12-16 Moored as before.
R. C. DRAKE
EMC USN

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

20-24 Moored as before. 2300 COMPHIBLANT assumed SOPA.
R. C. ELLIOTT
BMC USN

Tuesday 23 July 1963

00-04 Moored starboard side to pier 14, U. S. Naval Amphibious Base, Little Creek, Virginia., with standard mooring lines doubled and a one inch wire fore and aft. Receiving all services from the pier. Ships present include various units of the U. S. Atlantic Fleet, yard and district craft. Condition of readiness IV and material condition Yoke (modified) are set. SOPA is COMPHIBLANT.
D. W. OLMSTEAD
ENS USNR

04-08 Moored as before.
R. C. DRAKE
EMC USN

08-12 Moored as before. 0800 Mustered the crew at quarters. Absentees: none 0821 Made daily inspection of magazines and smokeless powder samples. Conditions: normal.
R. G. PHILLIPS
SFCS USN

12-16 Moored as before. 1300 lighted fires under number one boiler. 1530 Shifted electrical load from shore power to number one generator.
R. J. ZANESKI
LTJG USNR

16-20 Moored as before.
R. B. McCORMICK
ENS, SC USNR

20-24 Moored as before.
R. G. PHILLIPS
SFCS USN

Wednesday 24 July 1963

00-04 Moored starboard side to pier 14 south, U.S. Naval Amphibious Base, Little Creek, Virginia, with standard mooring lines doubled and a one inch wire fore and aft. Condition of readiness Iv and material condition Yoke (modified) are set. Receiving miscellaneous services from the pier. Boiler number one and generator number one are on line. Ships present include various units of the U. S. Atlantic Fleet, yard and district craft. SOPA is COMPHIBLANT.
R. J. ZANESKI
LTJG USNR

04-08 Moored as before. 0600 Commenced preparations for getting underway. Lighted fires under number two boiler. 0700 Set material condition Yoke (modified). 0725 Completed all preparations for getting underway. Draft: forward 14’8”, aft 15’2”. 0730 Stationed the special sea and anchor detail. 0756 The pilot Mr. BALLANGER came aboard.
R. B. McCORMICK
ENS, SC USNR

08-12 Moored as before. 0800 Mustered the crew on station. Absentees: none. 0805 Underway in accordance with SOPA (Admin) msg 221808z, enroute from U. S. Naval Amphibious Base, Little Creek, Virginia to anchorage W-2, Hampton Roads, to off load ammunition. The pilot has the conn, Captain and navigator on the bridge. 0805 YTM 730 tied up to the port bow. 0806 Commencer maneuvering at various courses and speeds standing out of the harbor. 0820 Executive Officer assumed the conn. 0822 Cleared the harbor with Little Creek Jetty abeam to starboard, 75 yards. 0823 The pilot departed the ship. Cast off YTM 730. Commenced steering various courses at various speeds to enter Thimble Shoals Channel, enroute to assigned anchorage. 0900 Set course 275, speed 10 knots. 0901 Thimble Shoals Light abeam to starboard, 700 yards. Steering various courses to conform to the channel. 0929 Commenced approach to anchorage. 0938 Anchored in anchorage W-2, Hampton Roads, Virginia, with 40 fathoms of chain to the port anchor in 9 fathoms of water, mud bottom, on the following bearings, Sewell’s Point 126.3, Middle Ground Light, 235. Ships present include various units of the U. S. Atlantic Fleet, various merchant, yard and district craft. 1036 Made daily inspections of magazines and smokeless powder samples. Conditions: normal. 1155 YF 794 alongside to receive ammunition.
W. H. LEYDEN
LTJG USNR

12-16 Anchored as before. 1205 Commencer offloading ammunition. 1315 Completed offloading, having transferred 20 tons of Marine OP Reserve ammunition to YF 794. 1317 Commenced preparations for getting underway. 1411 Preparations completed, set the special sea and anchor detail. 1424 YF 794 cleared the ship. 1448 The Commanding Officer assumed the conn. Navigator is on the bridge. 1449 Underway in accordance with SOPA (Admin) msg 221808z, enroute from anchorage W-2, Hampton Roads, Virginia to U. S. Naval Amphibious Base, Little Creek, Virginia. 1450 Set course 064, speed 10 knots. 1459 Commenced maneuvers at various courses and speeds to conform to Thimble Shoals Channel. 1543 Cleared Thimble Shoals Channel, c/c 140. 1556 c/s/ to 4 knots.
J. SHEKERKO
ENS USNR

16-20 Steaming as before. 1601 YTM 730 came along starboard quarter. The pilot Mr. BALLANGER came aboard. 1602 YTM 730 cleared the side. 1604 The pilot assumed the conn. 1606 Commenced maneuvering at various courses and speeds to stand into Little Creek Harbor. 1618 YTM 730 tied up to the port bow. LCM6-3 tied up to the port quarter. 1621 Commenced approach to the pier. 1630 Moored starboard side to pier 14 south, U. S. Naval Amphibious Base, Little Creek, Virginia with standard mooring lines doubled, and a one inch wire fore and aft. Ships present include various units of the U. S. Atlantic Fleet, yard and district craft. SOPA is COMPHIBLANT. 1642 Secured number two generator. Shifter electrical load to number one generator. Secured fired under number two boiler.1644 Cast off YTM 730 and LCM6-3.
G. A. ARCHUMBAULT
LT USNR

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

Thursday 25 July 1963

00-04 Moored starboard side to pier 14 south, U. S. Naval Amphibious Base, Little Creek, Virginia with standard mooring lines doubled, and a one inch wire fore and aft. Condition of readiness IV and material condition Yoke (modified) are set. Receiving miscellaneous services from the pier. Boiler number one and generator are in use. Ships present include various units of the U. S. Atlantic Fleet, yard and district craft. SOPA is COMPHIBLANT.
R. C. PANKO
SK2 USN

04-08 Moored as before.
W. H. LEYDEN
LTJG USNR

08-12 Moored as before. 0800 Mustered the crew at quarters. Absentees: none. 0930 Made daily inspections of magazines and smokeless powder samples. Conditions: normal.
J. S. LLOYD
ENS USNR

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

16-20 Moored as before.
W. J. DUNGAN
MMC USN

20-24 Moored as before.
W. H. LEYDEN
LTJG USNR

Friday 26 July 1963

00-04 Moored starboard side to pier 14 south, U. S. Naval Amphibious Base, Little Creek, Virginia with standard mooring lines doubled and a one inch wire fore and aft. Condition of readiness IV and material condition Yoke (modified) are set. Receiving miscellaneous services from the pier. Number one boiler and number one generator are in use. Ships present include various units of the U. S. Atlantic Fleet, yard and district craft. SOPA is COMPHIBLANT.
W.J. DUNGAN
MMC USN

04-08 Moored as before.
J. E. WILLIAMS
GMGCA USN

08-12 Moored as before. 0800 Mustered the crew on station. Absentees: none. 0900 Made daily inspections of magazines and smokeless powder samples. Conditions: normal. Made weekly test of magazines sprinkler systems. Conditions: normal. 1110 Lighted fires under number two boiler. Commenced preparations for getting underway.
J. F. FERGUSON
ENS USNR

12-16 Moored as before. 1230 Set the special sea and anchor detail. 1249 Pilot HERSON boarded the ship. 1251 YTM 439came alongside and tied up to the port bow. 1251 Completed preparations for getting underway. 1253 Pilot assumed the conn. 1254 Underway in accordance with SOPA Admin Little Creek message DTG 252330z, enroute from pier 14 south, Little Creel, Virginia to anchorage LEK-7. Commanding Officer and navigator are on the bridge. Maneuvering on various courses at various speeds to conform with the channel. 1301 Passed Little Creek Ferry “NORTHAMPTON” to port, distance 200 yards. YTM 439 cast off from port bow. 1310 Little Creek light is abeam to starboard, distance 100 yards. 1311 With Little Creek Jetty light bearing 144, c/c/ to 065. 1312 Pilot departed the ship. OOD assumed the conn. 1313 Commenced approach to anchorage. 1321 Anchored in anchorage LEK-7, Chesapeake Bay, Virginia with 20 fathoms of chain at the waters edge to the starboard anchor in 4.5 fathoms of water, mud bottom on the following bearings: Little Creek Jetty light 220.3, tank 160.4, Radar reflector 126.3. SOPA is COMPHIBLANT in U. S. Naval Amphibious Base, Little Creek, Virginia. 1330 Secures the special sea and anchor detail. 1440 Secured number two generator. Secured the fires under number two boiler.
G. A. ARCHUBAULT
LT USNR

16-20 Anchored as before.
G. COUCHELL
ENS USNR

20-24 Anchored as before.
J. F. FERGUSON
ENS USNR

Saturday 27 July 1963

00-04 Anchored in amphibious anchoring LEK-7 Chesapeake Bay, Virginia with 20 fathoms of chain at the waters edge to the starboard anchor in 4.5 fathoms of water, on the following bearings: Little Creek Jetty light 220.3, tank 160.4, radar reflector 125.3. Condition of readiness IV and material condition Yoke (modified) are set. Number one boiler and number one generator are in use. Ships present include various units of the U. S. Atlantic Fleet, yard and district craft. SOPA is COMPHIBLANT.
C. E. WILSON
BTC USN

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

08-12 Anchored as before. 0900 Mustered the crew on stations. Absentees: GUY, Arthur A., 289 53 04, BMSN, absent since 0900 27 July 1963. 1000 Made daily inspections of magazines and smokeless powder samples. Conditions: normal.
R. c. DRAKE
EMC USN

12-16 Anchored as before.
J. L. LYON
CWO USN

16-20 Anchored as before. 1700 Commenced preparations for getting underway. Lighted fires under number two boiler. 1830 Stationed the special sea and anchor detail. 1850 Completed preparations for getting underway. Draft: forward 14’8”, aft 14’.8”. 1854 The Commanding Officer assumed the conn. 1857 Underway in accordance with SOPA (Admin) msg 252330z enroute from anchorage LEK-7, Chesapeake Bay, Virginia, to Earle, New Jersey. Captain and navigator on the bridge. 1900 maneuvering at various courses and speeds standing out of the anchorage. 1923 Set course 111, speed 10 knots. 1954 c/c 110.
G. A. ARCHUMBAULT
LT USNR

20-24 Steaming as before. 2003 Cape Henry lighthouse abeam to starboard distance 1.2. miles. 2011 c/c to 066. 2030 Passed buoy Romeo Bravo abeam to starboard, distance 1 mile. 2100 c/c to 047. 2155 c/c to 029. 2240 c/c to 080. 2342 c/c to 029
J. SHEKERKO
ENS USNR

Sunday 28 July 1963

00-04 Steaming independently enroute from anchorage LEK-7 Chesapeake Bay, Virginia to Earle, New Jersey in accordance with SOPA (Admin) message 152330z, on course 029, speed 10 knots. Condition of readiness IV and material condition Yoke are set. SOPA and OTC is Commanding Officer of this ship. 0013 Sighted Seacoast Wreck light buoy number 10, bearing 000, range 3.6 miles. 0030 Buoy number 10 abeam to port, range 2.2 miles. 0132 c/c to 054 to open CPA on radar contact bearing 029, range 11 miles. 0147 Identified radar contact as Blackfish Bank buoy number 8, c/c to 029. 0234 With Blackfish Bank buoy 014, range 4.1 miles. 0312 Buoy “6WQS” abeam to port, distance 3.1 miles. 0324 Entered thunderstorm, visibility reduced to 3 miles by rain, wind increased to 20 knots, from330. 0350 Storm passed astern, visibility increased to 5 miles, winds abated.
J. A. FRIEL
LTJG USN

04-08 Steaming as before. 0427 Sighted buoy R”2JS” bearing 044, range 6.1 miles. 0506 R”2JS” abeam to port, distance 1.8 miles. 0526 With buoy R”2JS” bearing 273, c/c to 022.
G. A. ARCHUMBAULT
LT USNR

08-12 Steaming as before. 0800 Mustered the crew on stations. Absentees: GUY, A.A. BMSN 289 53 04, USN, AWOL since 0900 27 July 1963. 0831 Made daily inspections of magazines and smokeless powder samples. Conditions: normal. 1000 c/s to 8 knots. 1017 Commenced maneuvering to blow tubes. 1030 Completed blowing tubes, resumed course 022.
B. CROOK
LT USNR

12-16 Steaming as before. 1215 c/s/ to 6 knots. 1425 Maneuvering on various courses to blow tubes. 1435 Resumed base course 022. 1455 HARRIS, Frank (n), 489 53 89, USN was injured when hatch cover fell, striking him on forehead. Man placed on sick list.
W. H. LEYDEN
LTJG USNR

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

18-20 Steaming as before. 1839 c/c to 012, c/s to 5 knots. 1953 c/c to 080.
G. A. ARCHUMBAULT
LT USNR

20-24 Steaming as before. 2010 c/c to 012. 2030 c/c to 344. 2355 c/c to 000.
B. CROOK
LT USNR

Monday 29 July 1963

00-04 Steaming independently enroute from Little Creek, Virginia to Earle New Jersey, in accordance with SOPPA (Admin) message 252330z. Course is 000, speed is 5 knots. Condition of readiness IV and material condition Yoke (modified) are set. SOPA and OTC is Commanding Officer of this ship. 0010 c/c to 344. 0239 c/c to 340. 0256 c/c to 346 sighted Ambrose lightship bearing 354, distance 11 miles.
W. H. LEYDEN
LTJG USNR

04-08 Steaming as before. 0420 c/c to 350. 0515 c/ to 325. 0546 c/s to 0 knots, laying to, in order to pick up pilot. 0552 Pilot, Mr. SEEKE, came aboard. 0555 Pilot assumed the conn. 0608 Set the special sea and anchor detail. Commenced maneuvering at various courses and speeds to conform with Sandy Hook Channel. 0724 YTM 544 came alongside the starboard quarter. The pilot MR. CASHIN, came on board. 0726 YTM 544 cleared the ship. 0728 Mr. CASHIN assumed the conn from Mr. SEEKE, commenced approach to assigned pier. 0732 YTM 216 tied up to the port quarter, YTM 544 tied up to the port bow. 0745 Moored starboard side to pier 3A-1 north, Earle, New Jersey, with standard mooring lines and a one inch wire fore and aft. SOPA is Commanding Officer, USS MAZAMA (AE 9). Ships present include various units of U. S. Atlantic Fleet, yard and district craft.
G.A. ARCHUMBAULT
LT USNR

08-12 Moored as before. Mustered the crew on stations. Absentees; GUY, A.A. BMSN 289 53 04, USN, AWOL since 0900 27 July 1963. 0804 Cast off YTM 544 and YTM 216. 0818 Secured fires under number two boiler. Placed engineering department on 30 minutes standby for getting underway. 0830 Commenced transfer of ship’s ammunition. 1130 Commenced preparations for getting underway. 1150 Completed ammunition transfer, having offloaded 80 tons of 40mm ammunition and pyrotechnics. 1155 Set the special sea and anchor detail.
J. R. TRAVIS
CWO USN

12-16 Moored as before. 1220 Completed preparations for getting underway. 1223 YTM 216 tied up to the port bow. 1224 the pilot, Mr. CASHIN, came aboard. 1226 Pilot assumed the conn. 1228 Underway in accordance with SOPA (Admin) msg 252330z enroute from Earle, New Jersey to U.S. Naval Shipyard, Brooklyn, New York, Captain and Navigator on the bridge. 1230 Maneuvering at various courses and speeds to enter Capital Hill South channel. 1237 Entered Capital Hill South channel. 1240 Set course 012, speed 10 knots. 1249 Commenced steering various courses at various speeds conforming with the channel and maneuvering to avoid channel traffic. 1327 The Commanding Officer assumed the conn. 1329 c/s to 10 knots. 1347 c/s/ to 4 knots. Passed under Brooklyn Bridge. 1350 Passed under Manhattan Bridge. 1359 YTM 525 tied up to the starboard quarter.. Commenced approach to assigned pier. 1401 Moored portside to pier 13 south, berth “G” New York Naval Shipyard, Brooklyn, New York, with standard mooring lines doubled and a one inch wire fore and aft. Ships present include various units of U. S. Atlantic Fleet, yard and district craft. SOPA is Commanding Officer, U.S.S. ROOSEVELT 9CVA 42). 1422 Secured fires under number two boiler.
G. A. ARCHUMBAULT
LT USNR

16-20 Moored as before. 1615 VAL 21 came alongside to receive fuel. 1630 Commenced transferring fuel to VAL 21.
J. SHEKERKO
ENS USNR

20-24 No entry for these hours

Tuesday 30 July 1963

00-04 Moored portside to pier 13 south berth “G” New York Naval Shipyard, Brooklyn, New York, with standard mooring lines doubled and a one inch wire fore and aft. Receiving miscellaneous services for the pier. Boiler number one and generator number two are in use. Ships present include various units of U. S. Atlantic Fleet, yard and district craft. SOPA is Commanding Offices USS FRANKLIN D. ROOSEVELT CVA 42). 0105 GUY, Arthur A., 289 53 04, BMSN, USN, returned on board after being AWOL since 0900, 27 July 1963.
C. A. WOLF
ENCS USN

04-08 Moored as before.
J. SHEKERKO
ENS USNR

08-12 Moored as before. 0800 Mustered the crew on stations. Absentees: none. 0845 Secured transferring fuel oil. VAL 21 departed from alongside.
W. J. DUNGAN
MMC USN

12-16 Moored as before. 1345 Shifted electrical load to number one generator. 1515 Yard barge, V. A. KEEGAN came alongside to starboard. 1535 Commenced pumping diesel fuel off ship to yard barge V. A. KEEGAN.
R. J. ZANESKI
LTJG USNR

16-20 Moored as before. 1930 Secured from transferring diesel fuel. Yard barge V. A. KEEGAN departed from alongside.
J. S. LLOYD
ENS USNR

20-24 Moored as before.
W. J. DUNGAN
MMC USN

Wednesday 31 July 1963

00-04 Moored port side to pier 13, berth “G”, New York Naval Shipyard, Brooklyn, New York, with standard mooring lines doubled and a one inch wire fore and aft. Number one boiler and number one generator are in use. Receiving miscellaneous services from the pier. Ships present include various units of U. S. Atlantic Fleet, yard and district craft. SOPA is Commanding Officer USS FRANKLIN D. ROOSEVELT (CVA 42). R. J. ZANESKI LTJG USNR

04-08 Moored as before. 0430 Lighted fires under number two boiler. 0550 Placed generator tow in use. 0600 Commenced preparations for getting underway. 0603 Set the special sea and anchor detail.. 0627 The pilot Mr. CASHIN, came on board. 0631 Completed preparations for getting underway. Draft: forward 12”9’, aft 12”8’. 0635 YTM 535 tied up to the starboard bow, tug Dalzell Eagle tied up to the starboard quarter. 0636 The pilot assumed the conn. Underway in accordance with SOPA (Admin) msg 252330z, enroute from New York Naval Shipyard, Brooklyn, New York to Hoboken, New Jersey, Captain and Navigator on the bridge. 0640 Maneuvering at various courses and speeds to conform with East River channel. 0647 Passed under Manhattan Bridge. 0651 Passed under Brooklyn Bridge. 0654 Commencer maneuvering at various courses and speeds to enter Hudson River. 0658 Entered the Hudson River, set course 010, speed 8 knots. 0716 YTM 535 tied up to the starboard bow. 0719 Tug Dalzell Eagle standing off port quarter. 0725 Commenced approach to assigned pier. 0736 Moored portside to north side of pier 5, Bethlehem Steel Shipyard, Hoboken, New Jersey, with standard mooring lines doubled and a one inch wire fore and aft. Ships present include various units of U. S. Atlantic Fleet, yard and district craft. SOPA is Commanding Officer USS FRANKLIN D. ROOSEVELT (CVA 42). 0745 Both tugs cleared the ship.
W. H. LEYDEN
LTJG USNR

08-12 Moored as before. 0930 Shifted electrical load to shore power. 0946 Secured number one boiler. 0950 Mustered the crew on stations. Absentees: none. 1035 Shifted to steam shore power.
G. COUCHELL
ENS USNR

12-16 Moored as before.
J. F. FERGUSON
ENS USNR

16-20 Moored as before.
C. E. WILSON
BTC USN

20-24 Moored as before.
W. H. LEYDEN
LTJG USNR