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

Commanded By: E.J. KING JR., USN
Attached to:     Amphibious Squadron Ten
Of the U. S. Atlantic Fleet
Commencing:  0001, 1 June1963 At 35 20N 74 26W
Little Creek, Virginia
And Ending:    2400, 30 June,1963
St Thomas, Virgin Islands



Saturday 1 June, 1963

00-04 Steaming independently from Little Creek, Virginia to Vieques, Puerto Rico in accordance with CINCLANTFLT Notice 03120 of 1 March 1963 on course 153, speed 13 knots. SOPA and OTC is Commanding Officer of this ship. Condition of readiness IV and material condition YOKE are set.
B. CROOK
LT USNR

04-08 Steaming as before. 0528 Visibility reduced to three miles in rain storm. 0537 Visibility reduced to one mile due to rain. c/s to 10 knots. Commenced sounding fog signals. 0547 Visibility increased to 5 miles. Secured sounding fog signals. C/s to 13 knots. 0745 Mustered the crew at quarters. Absentees: none.
J. A. FRIEL
LTJG USN

08-12 Steaming as before. 0812 Made daily inspections of magazines and smokeless powder samples. Conditions: normal
G. A. ARCHAMBAULT
LT USNR

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

16-18 Steaming as before. 1605 Visibility reduced to 1.5 miles in rain. Commenced sounding fog signals and stationed lookout in eyes of ship. 1608 Passed through rain, visibility increased to 8 miles. Secured sounding for signals and fog lookout. 1713 Visibility reduced to 1 mile in rain. Commenced sounding fog signals and stationed lookout in eyes of ship. 1730 Visibility increased to 7 miles. Secured sounding for signals and fog lookout.
B. CROOK
LT USNR

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

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

Sunday 2 June, 1963

00-04 Steaming independently enroute from Little Creek, Virginia to Vieques Island, Puerto Rico in accordance with CINCLANTFLT Notice 03120 of 1 March 1963. The ship is on course 153, speed 13 knots. Condition of readiness IV and material condition YOKE are set . SOPA and OTC are Commanding Officer USS ASHLAND (LSD-1).0103 C/s to 8 knots. Commenced sounding fog signals. 0110 C/s to 13 knots. 0111 Ceased sounding fog signals. 0327 C/s to 8 knots. Commenced sounding fog signals.
D. M. CAIN, III
LTJG USN

04-08 Steaming as before.0406 C/s to 8 knots. 0407 C/s to 10 knots . Secured fog signals. Visibility 6 to 8 miles 0420 C/s to 8 knots. Visibility reduced to 1 mile. Commenced sounding fog signals. Posted fog lookout in eyes of ship. 0435 C/s to 4 knots. 0440 C/s to 8 knots. 0453 C/s to 10 knots. 0454 Secured fog signals. Visibility improved to 6 to 8 miles. C/s 12 knots. 0500 C/s 8 knots. Commenced sounding fog signals. 0505 C/s 13.7 knots 0624 C/s 12 knots. 0625 C/s 10 knots. 0626 Commenced sounding fog signals. Visibility two miles. 0638 C/s 12 knots. 0639 C/s 13 knots 0640 C/s 13.7 knots 0641 Secured fog signals. Visibility 8 miles.
B. CROOK
LT USNR

08-12 Steaming as before. 0800 Mustered the crew at quarters 0815 Made daily inspections of magazines and smokeless powder samples. Conditions: normal
J. A. FRIEL
LTJG USN

12-16 Steaming as before.
G. A. ARCHAMBAULT
LT USNR

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

18-20 Steaming as before. 1945 C/c to 156 pgc, 155 t
B. CROOK
LT USNR

20-24 Steaming as before. 2050 C/s to 10 knots to investigate engineering casualty. 2054 C/s to 13 knots. Engineering casualty was momentary loss of vacuum in number one main engine.
J. A. FRIEL
LTJG USN

Monday 3 June, 1963

00-04 Steaming independently enroute from Little Creek, Virginia to Vieques Island, Puerto Rico in accordance with CINCLANTFLT Notice 03120 of 1 March 1963. The ship is on course 153, speed 13 knots. Condition of readiness IV and material condition YOKE are set . SOPA and OTC are Commanding Officer this ship.
G.A. ARCHAMBAULT
LT USNR

04-08 Steaming as before.
D. M. CAIN, III
LTJG USN

08-12 Steaming as before. 0800 Mustered the crew at quarters. Absentees: none 0810 Made daily inspections of magazines and smokeless powder samples. Conditions: normal
B. CROOK
LT USNR

12-16 Steaming as before. 1210 C/c to 158. 1305 Exercised the crew at General Quarters. 1344 C/c to 090, to blow tubes. 1356 C/c to 190. 1357 Shifted steering control to after steering. 1405 Exercised the crew at abandon ship stations. 1419 Shifted steering control to pilot house. 1430 C/c to 158. Secured from abandon ship stations. 1437 Set condition YOKE (modified).
J. A. FRIEL
LTJG USN

16-18 Steaming as before.
R. J. ZANESKI
LTJG USNR

18-20 Steaming as before.
W. H. LEYDEN
LTJG USNR

20-24 Steaming as before
B. CROOK
LT USNR

Tuesday 4 June, 1963

00-04 Steaming independently enroute from Little Creek, Virginia to Vieques Island, Puerto Rico in accordance with CINCLANTFLT Notice 03120 of 1 March 1963. The ship is on course 157t. And 159pgc, speed 13 knots. Condition of readiness IV and material condition YOKE are set . SOPA and OTC are Commanding Officer this ship.0159 C/c to 170 to blow tubes. 0214 C/c to 158.
J. A. FRIEL
LTJG USN

04-08 Steaming as before. 0515 C/c to 128. 0517 C/c to 158. 0518 C/c to 188. 0531 C/c 158
G. A. ARCHAMBAULT
LT USNR

08-12 Steaming as before. 0800 Mustered the crew at quarters. Absentees: none. 1045 C/c 165. 1047 C/c 158/ 1050 Made daily inspections of magazines and smokeless powder samples. Conditions: normal
W. H. LEYDEN
LTJG USNR

12-16 Steaming as before. 1225 Secured starboard generator and vacated pump room due to discharge of 50 pound CO2 bottle. 1234 Pump room ventilated and remanned Starboard generator back on the line. 1400 Minor steam leak in port pump room.
B. CROOK
LT USNR

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

18-20 Steaming as before.
R. J. ZANESKI
LTJG USNR

20-24 Steaming as before. 2050 Sighted Isla Culebrita light, bearing 169, distance 35 miles. 2054 Sighted Cabo San Juan light, bearing 222, distance 30 miles. 2130 C/c to 160. 2230 C/c to 180. 2235 Sighted Buck Island light, bearing 107, distance 16 miles. 2247 Isla Culebrita Light abeam to starboard, distance 3.7 miles. 2254 Soldado Light abeam to starboard, distance 7.4 miles. 2254 Sailrock light abeam to port, distance 2 miles. 2307 C/c to 210. 2335 Sighted PTA Conejo light, bearing 163, distance 8.4 miles. 2354 C/c to 270.
D. M. CAIN, III
LTJG USN

Wednesday 5 June, 1963

00-04 Steaming independently enroute from Little Creek, Virginia to Vieques Island, Puerto Rico in accordance with CINCLANTFLT Notice 03120 of 1 March 1963. On course 270 , speed 13.5 knots. Condition of readiness IV and material condition YOKE are set . SOPA and OTC are Commanding Officer this ship. 0008 C/s 10 knots.0013 c/c 275. 0024 c/s 12 knots. 0025 C/s 13 knots. 0027 c/c 290. 0031 Captain at the CONN. Commenced maneuvering at various courses and speeds to assigned anchorage. 0045 Let go the port anchor. Anchored in seven fathoms of water, hard bottom, with forty five fathoms of chain at the waters edge, on the following bearings: Point Este light 068.8, Puerto Ferro light 296.5, tank 355.5. Put LCPL in the water 0049 Commenced ballasting. 0130 Received DUKW, ACB TWO tender boat #11, and LCM-6 #KA-103-2 in the well. Commenced deballasting. Put LCVP in water. 0330 Completed deballasting. Draft:16 feet forward, 17 feet aft. 0346 Set the anchor detail.
B. CROOK
LT USNR

04-08 Anchored as before. 0407 Commenced heaving in the port anchor. 0419 Underway from assigned anchorage Viegues, Puerto Rico, enroute for 19-15N, 75-OOW in accordance with CTG 44.9 041820Z of June 1963. Captain at the CONN, executive officer, and navigator are on the bridge. 0420 Hoisted gig aboard. Maneuvering with both engines and rudder to cast about. 0442 Hoisted LCVP aboard. 0450 OOD assumed the CONN, maneuvering to clear anchorage area. 0530 Set course 248. 0525 Sighted Punta Tuna light, Puerto Rico, bearing 267, range 19.7 miles. 0640 Punta Tuna light abeam to starboard, range 6.8 miles. 0725 With Punta Tuna light bearing 344, range 8.4 miles, c/c to 261. 0745 Mustered the crew on stations. Absentees: none.
J. A. FRIEL
LTJG USN

08-12 Steaming as before. 0809 Made daily inspections of magazines and smokeless powder samples. Conditions: normal. 1104 c/c 300 . 1117 c/c to 261. 1135 c/s 14 knots. 1136 c/c 261
G. A. ARCHAMBAULT
LT USNR

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

16-18 Steaming as before. 1608 c/c 270.
B. CROOK
LT USNR

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

20-24 Steaming as before. 2331 c/s 13.5 knots
G. A. ARCHAMBAULT
LT USNR

Thursday 6 June, 1963

00-04 Steaming independently enroute from Vieques Island, Puerto Rico to 19 15”N, 75 OO”W, in accordance with CTG 44.9 041820Z of June 1963, on course 270, speed 13.5 knots. Condition of readiness IV and material condition YOKE are set. SOPA and OTC is commanding officer this ship Sailing orders modified to proceed to Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, in accordance with CTG 44.9 msg 060122Z of June 1963.
W. H. LEYDEN
LT JG USNR

04-08 Steaming as before. 0418 c/c 310. 0435 c/c 185. 0440 Sighted Beata Point bearing 312, range 12 miles. 0530 Sighted Alta Vela light bearing 296.5, range 12 miles. 0604 Passed Alta Vela light abeam to starboard bearing 348. C/c 285. 0750 c/c to 270 to blow tubes.
B. CROOK
LT USN

08-12 Steaming as before. 0800 Mustered the crew at quarters . Absentees: none. 0805 c/c to 310 to blow tubes. 0821 c/c to 285. 0822 Made daily inspections of magazines and smokeless powder samples. Conditions: normal.
J. A. FRIEL
LT USN

12-16 Steaming as before. 1203 c/c to 290. 1303 c/c to 300. 1315 c/c to 315. 1319 c/c to 290. 1402 c/s to 11 knots. 1408 c/s to 13.5 knots. 1424 c/c to 230. 1435 c/c to 290. 1438 c/c to 300. 1445 DANNEMAN, Wayne E.,FA, USN, slipped and fell while running on port wingwall causing right side of forehead to be struck, due to his own misconduct. Treated by Chief Hospital Corpsman. Disposition: placed on sick list under observation.
R. J. ZANESKI
LTJG USNR

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

18-20 Steaming as before. 1812 c/c to 270. 1830 c/c to 330. 1835 c/c to 300
D. M. CAIN, III
LTJG USN

20-24 Steaming as before. 2000 c/c to 350, c/s to 13 knots. 2022 Navassa light abeam to port, distance 14.5 miles. 2115 Visibility reduced to 3 miles by rail. 2220 visibility increased to 8 mikes.
J. A. FRIEL
LTJG USNR

Friday 7 June, 1963

00-04 Steaming independently enroute from Vieques Island, Puerto Rico to Guantanamo Bay ,Cuba, in accordance with CTG 44.9 msg 041820Z of June 1963, on course 350, speed 13 knots. Condition of readiness IV and material condition YOKE are set. SOPA and OTC is commanding officer this ship.0025 c/c 060. 0036 c/c 320 .0050 c/c 350. 0111 c/s to 12 knots. 0015 Sighted Windward Point light bearing 349, 33 miles. 0135 c/s to 10 knots. 0209 c/s to 8 knots. 0343 c/c to 335. 0359 c/s to 4 knots. 0400 Set clocks back one hour to conform to (+5) Quebec time. 0301 c/c to 325. 0302 Set the Special Sea and Anchor Detail. Captain has the CONN, navigator on the bridge. Steering various courses to make approach on harbor entrance and conform to the channel.
G. A. ARCHAMBAULT
LT USNR

04-08 Steaming as before. 0411 Pilot DEVOE is aboard at the CONN. 0424 Maneuvering to take assigned berth, YTM 523 assisting. 0432 Moored port side to pier Lima with standard mooring lines doubled. SOPA is COMNAVSTA Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. 0448 Secured the Special Sea and Anchor Detail. Pilot DEVOE left the ship. 0500 Commenced ballasting, receiving stores, and loading Marine Corps and Naval Beach Group personnel and equipment. 0515 TON85 alongside to starboard. 0535 Commenced receiving fuel oil. 0723 Electrical fire reported in shipfitter shop. 0735 Fire extinguished. 0745 Mustered the crew on stations. Absentees: none. 0750 ZOLMAN,A.A. EN3, USN, injured forehead while going to fire quarters. Treatment administered by hospital corpsman. Returned to duty.
D. C. KETCHEM
LTJG USN

08-12 Moored as before. 0813 Secured from receiving fuel oil. Received 51,545 gallons NSFO. 1030 Made daily inspections if magazines and smokeless powder samples. Conditions: normal. Made weekly test of magazine 1045 All boats and equipment loaded. Commenced deballasting. 1130 Commenced preparations for getting underway. sprinkling systems. Test: satisfactory.
D. W. OLMSTEAD
ENS USNR

12-16 Moored as before. 1235 Set the Special Sea and Anchor Detail.. 1247 Secured deballasting. Draft: 18’3” fore and Aft. 1300 Completed all preparations for getting underway. 1337 Pilot PAGANNI is aboard. Captain and navigator on the CONN. 1340 Underway in accordance with CTG 44.9 msg 071112Z of June 1963. Maneuvering to leave berth and stand out, YTM 524 assisting. 1357 Pilot departed. 1408 Speed 13 knots. 1415 Secured the Special Sea and Anchor Detail. Windward Point light abeam to port. Set course 110. 1435 c/c 105.
W. H. LEYDEN
LTJG USNR

16-18 Steaming as before. 1604 c/c 081.
D. M. CAIN, III
LTJG USNR

18-20 Steaming as before. 1900 While on duty in the port engine room, RICH, J.L. MM1, USN, received contusions and lacerations on the right index finger, not due to his own misconduct. Treatment administered by medical department. Disposition: returned to duty.
J. A. FRIEL
LTJG USN

20-24 Steaming as before. 2127 Stopped the port shaft due to minor casualty. 2153 Casualty restored. Speed 13.5 knots. 2251 c/c 092.
G. A. ARCHAMBAULT
LT USNR

Saturday 8 June, 1963

00-04 Steaming independently from Guantanamo Bay ,Cuba to San Juan, Puerto Rico, on course 092, speed 13.5 knots, in accordance with CTG 44.9 msg 071112Z of June 1963. Condition of readiness IV and material condition YOKE are set. SOPA and OTC is commanding officer this ship. 0100 Advanced all clocks one (1) hour to conform with Quebec time zone. 0130 c/c 097.
W. H. LEYDEN
LT JG USNR

04-08 Steaming as before.
D. M. CAIN, III
LTJG USN

08-12 Steaming as before. 0800 c/c to 100. Mustered the crew at quarters. Absentees: none.0805 Made daily inspections if magazines and smokeless powder samples. Conditions: normal. 0841 c/c to 125 to blow tubes on number one boiler. 0851 c/c to 085 to blow tubes on number two boiler. 0855 While at work in number one fireroom VARGUS, Rafer (n) , BT3, USN Received contusions and abrasions to the left forearm when he fell from the tank tops, 12 feet to the check level; not due to his own misconduct. Treatment administered by medical department reprehensive. Disposition: Returned to duty. 0909 c/c to 100. 1016 Patilla Point lighthouse, Dominican Republic, abeam to starboard, range 10.2 miles. 1025 While at work, and enroute through the ship, CARR, Garry Bruce, PFC, USMC, received lacerations of the scalp when he struck his head on a hatch while passing through. Treatment administered by medical department representative. Disposition: returned to duty.
J. A. FRIEL
LTJG USN

12-16 Steaming as before. 1200 c/c 110.
G. A. ARCHAMBAULT
LT USNR

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

18-20 Steaming as before. 1810 c/c to 120.
D. M. CAIN, III
LTJG USN

20-24 Steaming as before. 2110 c/c to 113. 2132 c/c to 025 to blow tubes on number two boiler. 2146 c/c to 140 to blow tubes on number one boiler. 2201 c/c to 113.
J. A. FRIEL
LTJG USNR

Sunday 9 June 1963

00-04 Steaming independently enroute from Guantanamo Bay ,Cuba to San Juan, Puerto Rico, in accordance with CTG 44.9 message 071112Z of June 1963, on course 113, speed 13.5 knots. Condition of readiness IV and material condition YOKE are set. SOPA and OTC is commanding officer this ship. 0035 c/c 103. 037 c/c 110. 0042 c/c 113. 0322 Sighted Point Borinquen light bearing 180.5
G. A. ARCHAMBAULT
LT USNR

04-08 Steaming as before. 0634 C/C 125. 0734 C/C 120. 0745 Set the Special Sea and Anchor Detail. Navigator on the bridge. Made daily inspections of magazines and smokeless powder samples. Conditions: normal. 0751 c/s to 12 knots. 0753 c/s to 10 knots.
W. H. LEYDEN
LTJG USN

08-12 Steaming as before. 0800 Mustered the crew on station. Absentees: none. 0814 Captain has the CONN. 0817 c/c to 180. 0818 Maneuvering to enter San Juan Harbor Channel. 0824 c/s to8 knots. 0827 c/s to 4 knots. Capo Del Morro light abeam to port. 0833 Pilot John TROSSIC is on the CONN. Maneuvering to conform to the channel. Speed 8 knots. 0837 Buoy R 10 abeam to starboard. 0839 Buoy R 9 abeam to port. 0843 c/s to 4 knots. 0848 Navy YTM 751 fast on the starboard bow. 0851 Navy YTM 426 fast on the starboard quarter. Maneuvering to take assigned berth outboard of USS RANKIN (AKA 103). 0903 Moored portside to USS RANKIN (AKA 103) with standard mooring lines doubled. RANKIN is moored portside to Fernandez Juncos Federal Quay, San Juan, Puerto Rico. SOPA is commanding officer USS RANKIN (AKA 103). 0914 Both tugs clear. 0924 Secured the Special Sea and Anchor Detail. 1000 Navy fuel barge alongside to starboard. 1025 Commenced receiving fuel oil.
G. A. ARCHAMBAULT
LT USN

12-16 Moored as before. 1230 Secured taking on fuel. Received 51,842 gallons NSFO.
L. G. PARHAM
MMCA USN

16-20 Moored as before.1750 KOSS, G. F. RM2, USN, in charge of nine (9) men departed the ship to report to the Senior Shore Patrol Officer, San Juan, Puerto Rico.
J. SHEKERKO
ENS USN

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

Monday 10 June 1963

00-04 Moored portside to USS RANKIN (AKA 103) with standard mooring lines doubled. USS RANKIN (AKA 103) is moored portside to Fernandez Juncos Federal Quay wall, San Juan, Puerto Rico. Material condition YOKE and condition of readiness V are set throughout the ship. Ships present include various units of Amphibious Squadron 10, and harbor craft. SOPA is commanding officer USS RANKIN (AKA 103). 0215 The shore patrol detail with KOSS, RM2, USN in charge returned to the ship having completed temporary duty.
C. A WOLF
ENCS USN

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

08-12 Moored as before. 0800 Mustered the crew at quarters. Absentees: none. Made daily inspections of magazines and smokeless powder samples. Conditions: normal. 0820 Set the Special Sea and Anchor Detail. 0850 Completed all preparations for getting underway. Pilot C. MARTINEZ is aboard. 0852 Navy YTM 746 is fast to the starboard bow and YTM 752 fast on the starboard quarter. 0853 Captain has the CONN, navigator on the bridge. 0904 Underway in accordance with CTG 44.9 Op-Order 30-63, enroute to Vieques Island, Puerto Rico. Maneuvering with rudders and engines to clear berth and cast to port. 0920 Maneuvering on various courses at various speeds to conform to harbor channel. 0926 Buoy R 10 abeam to port. 0930 Buoy R 9 abeam to starboard. 0938 The pilot departed. 0940 Capo Del Morro light abeam to starboard. Secured the Special Sea and Anchor Detail. 0953 Set course 095, speed 13 knots. 0956 c/c 110 . 1014 c/c 100. 1130 Sighted Cabo De San Juan light bearing 128, 9 miles. 1132 c/c 126. 1150 Set the Anchor Detail.
D. M. CAIN, III
LTJG USN

12-16 Steaming as before. 1201 c/s 12 knots. 1202 c/c to 130. 1207 c/c to 133. Entered San Juan Passage. 1217 Cabo San Juan Lighthouse abeam to starboard. 1244 Passed Buoy “C3”, left San Juan Passage. 1248 c/c 130, secured the anchor detail. 1301 c/s to 13 knots. 1335 Sighted PTA Este Light bearing 136, distance 10 miles. 1359 Buoy “6RA” abeam to starboard. 1400 The commanding officer held mast and imposed non-judicial punishment as follows: JENKINS, George L., SR, USN violation of Article 86 and Article 92, UCMJ, To perform extra duties for a period of 14 days. O”NEIL, Robert (n), SA, USNR violation of Article 92, UCMJ to perform extra duties for a period of 14 days.. 1415 PTA Este light abeam to starboard, range 3 miles. C/c to 182. 1428 c/c to 260. 1455 Set the Anchor Detail. 1500 c/s to 10 knots. 1510 Maneuvering to come to anchorage. 1526 Anchored in assigned, Vieques Island, Puerto Rico, in 12 fathoms of water, with 45 fathoms of chain to the starboard anchor on a sand bottom, on the following bearings: Porto Ferro light 358, aluminum tank 040.8. 1538 Secured the Anchor Detail Set the modified steaming watch. Placed the engineering department on 30 minutes notice for getting underway. 1549 Secured fired under number two boiler.
J. A. FRIEL
LTJG USN

16-18 Anchored as before. 1613 USS RANKIN (AKA 103) anchored in A-2. 1624 USS LORAIN COUNTY (LST 1177) anchored in A-4. USS BOXER (LPH 4) anchored in A-3
R. J. ZANESKI
LTJG USNR

18-20 Anchored as before. 1812 Lighted fires under number two boiler. 1819 Secured fires under number one boiler.
J. SHEKERKO
ENS USNR

20-24 Anchored as before. 2030 Set Special Sea and Anchor Detail. Darkened ship. 2038 Lighted fires under number two boiler. 2057 Maneuvering on various courses at various speeds to take station A-4 in formation 51C, formation course 135, formation axis 000, formation speed 10 knots. When on station, guide bears 060, distance 1500 yards. 2128 Secured the special sea and anchor detail.2138 On station. 2151 Sighted Hamm Bluff light, bearing 115, distance 30 mikes. 2207 Starboard engine stopped because of casualty to number two boiler, 2211 c/f/s to 9 knots. 2252 Casualty to number two boiler restored. 2256 c/f/s to 10 knots. 2325 c/f/s to 210. 2330 c/f/s to 270.
D. M. CAIN, III
LTJG USNR

Tuesday 11 June 1963

00-04 Steaming in company with Task Unit 44.9.2 in formation 51C in night operating area south of Red Beach, Vieques Island, Puerto Rico. Formation course 270, formation axis 000, formation speed 10 knots. Formation guide is USS BOXER (LPH 4) in station O, bearing 060, range 1500 yards. This ship in station A-4. SOPA and OTC is CTG 44.9 in USS BOXER (LPH 4). Material condition YOKE and readiness condition III are set. The ship is darkened. 0106 c/f/s to 000. 0119 c/f/s to 8 knots. 0210 USS RANKIN (AKA 103) assumed the guide, in station 4, bearing 090, range 2600 yards. 0220 On signal from OTC, activated T.E. 44.2.9.2 and T.E. 44.2.9.3. 0221 Commanding Officer, USS RANKIN (AKA 103) assumed tactical command of T.E. 44.1.9.3, c/f/s to 10 knots. 0239 USS BOXER (LPH 4) left formation to operate independently. 02550 c/f/s to 5 knots 0252 Units of T.E. 44.2.9.3 directed to proceed independently. 0306 Set the ballast detail. 0310 c/c/ to 033. 0314 c/c to 038. 0319 c/c to 041. 0325 c/c to 047,c/s to 8 knots. Proceeding to Red Beach assault steaming area. 0330 c/c to 058, set condition 1A. 0331 c/s to 4 knots. 0348 c/c to 092, entered Red Beach Assault steaming area.
J. A. FRIELL
TJG USN

04-08 Steaming as before. 0406 c/s to 0 knots. 0416 Opened the stern gate. 0420 Maneuvering with rudders to maintain bow into the wind while disembarking troops and boats. 0453 All boats clear of the well. Commenced deballasting. 0515 Stern gate clear of the water. 0530 Maneuvering with engines and rudders to make anchorage A-1. 0545 Captain has the CONN. 0614 Anchored in anchorage A 1,Vieques, in 10 fathoms of water, hard bottom, with 45 fathoms of chain to the port anchor, on the following bearings: Puerto Ferro Light, 327.2, Red Light 288.3, Navy Light 058.6. Commenced ballasting. 0630 Secured condition 1A 0740 Commenced general off-loading.
W. H. LEYDEN
LTJG USNR

08-12 Anchored as before. 0800 Mustered the crew on station. Absentees: none. 0830 Made daily inspections of magazines and smokeless powder samples. Conditions: normal. 1105 Completed off-loading.
J. SHEKERKO
ENS USNR

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

16-18 Anchored as before. 1606 Flight quarters. Stationed helo boat astern, 1630 Commenced deballasting. 1641 USMC helicopter landed on flight deck. 1642 Commanding Officer left ship for USS BOXER (LPH 4) in USMC helicopter 84. 1730 Completed deballasting, draft, forward 16’6”, aft 19’0”
J. A. FRIEL
LTJG USN

18-20 Anchored as before. 1745 Flight quarters to receive helicopter from USS BOXER (LPH 4). 1745 Helo on deck, Captain returned. 1801 Secured from flight quarters. 1815 USS LORAIN COUNTY (LST 1177) anchored in anchorage A-4.
D. W. OLMSTEAD
ENS USNR

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

Wednesday 12 June 1963

00-04 Anchored in assault 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 290. Eleven mile light 357, Pt. Conejo light 062. Ship in condition of readiness IV and material condition YOKE is set. Engineering department is on a one (1) hour standby for getting underway at eight (8) knots, with boiler number one and generator number one on line. SOPA and OTC is Commander Amphibious Squadron TEN embarked in the USS BOXER (LPH 4). Ships present include various units of Amphibious Squadron TEN, US Atlantic Fleet.
J. S. LLOYD
ENS USNR

04-08 Anchored as before.
J. A. FRIEL
LTJG USN

08-12 Anchored as before. 0800 Mustered the crew at quarters. Absentees: none. 0815 Made daily inspections of magazines and smokeless powder samples. Conditions: normal
R. J. ZANESKIL
TJG USNR

12-16 Anchored as before 1440 Flight quarters. 1508 Commenced ballasting in preparation for swim call. 1547 Secured flight quarters.
W. H. LEYDEN
LTJG USNR

16-18 Anchored as before
D. M. CAIN, III
LTJG USNR

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

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

Thursday 13 June 1963

00-04 Anchored in assault 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 290. Eleven mile light 357, Pt. Conejo light 062. The ship in condition of readiness IV and material condition YOKE is set. Engineering department is on a one (1) hour standby for getting underway at eight (8) knots, with boiler number one and generator number one on line. SOPA and OTC is COMPHIBRON TEN on board USS BOXER (LPH 4). Ships present include various units of Phibron TEN, US Atlantic Fleet.
W. H. LEYDEN
LTJG USNR

04-08 Anchored as before. 0615 Lighted fires under number two boiler. 0730 Commenced preparations for getting underway.
J. S. LLOYD
ENS USNR

08-12 Anchored as before. 0800 Mustered the crew at quarters. Absentees: none. Set the anchor detail. 0812 Set material condition YOKE. 0814 Commenced heaving round the port anchor. Draft before getting underway: 16’6” forward,17’ aft. 0816 Completed all preparations for getting underway. 0827 Underway from assigned anchorage, Vieques Island, Puerto Rico, enroute to Culebra Island, Puerto Rico, in accordance with CTG 44.9 Op-Order 38-63, for gunnery exercise. Captain, executive officer and navigator on the bridge. OOD has the CONN. 0828 c/s to 4 knots. 0839 c/s to 8 knots, c/c to 080. 0839 c/s to 12 knots. Secured the anchor detail. 0841 c/c to 084. 0847 Entered international waters. 0858 c/c to 090.. 0907 c/c to 060. 0914 c/c to 065. 0919 Punta Este light abeam to port, distance 1000 yards. 0921 c/c to 345 0930 Entered inland waters. 0947 Sail Rock abeam to starboard, distance 10 miles. 0956 c/s to 8 knots. 1001 Set the anchor detail. 1003 c/s to 350. 1012 c/s to 4 knots, maneuvering on various headings to come to anchorage. 1015 All stop. 1019 Anchored with 30 fathoms of chain to the starboard anchor, in 9.5 fathoms of water, on a hard bottom off Puerto Melones, Culebra Island, Puerto Rico, on the following bearings: Soldado Point light 119.2, Punta Melones light 051, whitewashed cliffs 077.8, 1030 MWB left the ship with gunnery officer to meet with range liaison officer, Culebra Islands at town of Culebra. 1040 Placed engineering plant on 15 minutes notice for getting underway. 1045 Made daily inspections of magazines and smokeless powder samples. Conditions: normal
J. A. FRIEL
LTJG USNR

12-16 Anchored as before 1238 Motor whaleboat returned to the ship. Set the anchor detail. 1250 Completed all preparations for getting underway. Captain and navigator are on the bridge. 1255 Underway in accordance with CTG 44.9 Op-Order 38-63 from Vieques Island to Culebra Island Firing Range. 1258 Maneuvering on various courses at various speeds to clear anchorage. 1307 Secured the anchor detail. 1309 c/c to 090 (t). Entered international waters. 1340 c/c to 350 (t). 1400 c/c to 280 (t). 1403 c/s to 8 knots. 1408 c/c to 265 (t). 1418 c/c to 250 (t). 1423 c/c to 240 (t). 1425 Entered inland waters. 1426 Exercised at general quarters. 1429 c/c to 270 (t). 1432 c/s to 4 knots. 1435 Material condition ZEBRA is set. 1444 Maneuvering on various courses at various speeds entering the firing range.
R. J. ZANESKI
LTJG USNR

16-18 Steaming as before. Commenced gunnery drill. 1610 Completed firing on port mounts. Rounds expended: 32 rounds HET. 1619 Commenced maneuvering to fire to starboard. 1634 Set 075. 1632 Completed firing on starboard mounts. Rounds expended: 16 HET. Completed gunnery drill having expended 48 rounds HET. 1635 Entered international waters. 1638 c/s to 13 knots. 1638 Secured from general quarters. 1643 c/c 080. 1648 c/c 0085. 1651 c/c 100. 1655 c/c 120. 1657 c/c 140. 1725 c/c 180. 1738 c/c 210.
W. H. LEYDEN
LTJG USNR

18-20 Steaming as before. 1815 With Point Este light abeam to starboard, 2 miles, c/c to 260. 1835 c/c 255. 1846 c/s to 12 knots. 1850 Set the anchor detail. Captain has the conn. 1855 c/s to 8 knots. 1857 c/c to 320. 1901 c/s to 5 knots. Maneuvering to make assigned anchorage. 1914 Anchored in anchorage A-1 Vieques Island, Puerto Rico, with 45 fathoms of chain to the starboard anchor, in 10 fathoms of water, hard bottom, on the following bearings: flashing red light 290.3, Point Ferro light 355, and Point Conejo light 061. Ships present are USS RANKIN (AKA-103),USS LORAIN COUNTY (LST -1177),and USS EARL B. HALL ( APD-107). 1925 Secured the anchor detail.
J. S. LLOYD
ENS USNR

20-24 Anchored as before.
J. A. FRIEL
LTJG USNR

Friday 14 June 1963

00-04 Anchored in anchorage A-1, Vieques Island, Puerto Rico, in 10 fathoms of water, hard bottom, with 45 fathoms of chain to the port anchor, on the following bearings: PTA Ferro light 359. Pt. Conejo light 062. Flashing red light 281. Engineering department is on a thirty minute standby to get underway at eight (8) knots, with number one boiler and number one and number two generators on the line. Condition of readiness IV and material condition YOKE are set. Ships present include various units of Amphibious Squadron TEN. SOPA is Commanding Officer USS RANKIN (AKA-1103).
D. W. OLMSTEAD
ENS USNR

04-08 Anchored as before. 0525 USS RANKIN (AKA-103) got underway. Lighted fires under number two boiler. 0630 USS LORAIN COUNTY (LST-1177) got underway. 0650 USS EARL B. HALL (APD -107) got underway. 0700 Set the anchor detail. Completed all preparations for getting underway. 0722 Underway in accordance with CTG 44.9 Op-Order 38-63 enroute from Vieques Island to conduct tracking drills. Captain on the conn, navigator on the bridge. 0712 Commenced steaming on various courses and speeds conforming to demands of training exercise.
W. H. LEYDEN
LTJG USNR

08-12 Steaming as before. 0800 Mustered the crew on station. Absentees: none. 0845 Made weekly test of magazine sprinkling system. Conditions: normal. 0856 Point Este light abeam to port, distance 4.5 miles. 0902 Maneuvering on various courses at various speeds while conducting JOOD instruction. 0930 BURALL, Brian N., FA, received a laceration on his left arm. Not due to his own misconduct. Treatment administrated by medical department representative. Returned to duty. 1126 Secured from JOOD instruction, set course 060, set speed 10 knots. 1130 Made daily inspections of magazines and smokeless powder samples. Conditions: normal.
D. M. CAIN, III
LTJG USNR

12-16 Steaming as before. 1220 c/s to 8 knots. 1235 c/c to 085 with Sail Rock abeam to port, bearing 005, distance 1.7 miles. 1237 c/c to 160. 1252 c/c 060. 1308 c/c 070. 1322 080. 1333 090. 1341 Danish merchant ship “Equador” passed abeam to port, distance 900 yards. 1345 Set the special sea and anchor detail. Captain and navigator are on the bridge. Steering on various courses at various speeds to conform with the channel in entering Charlotte Amalie Harbor, St. Thomas, Virgin Islands. 1412 Pilot boat came alongside to port quarter. Pilot Richard GRIFFEN came aboard. 1412 Pilot boat departed from alongside. 1414 Captain has the conn. 1434 with buoy #3 abeam to port, c/s 4 knots, c/c 286. 1450 Moored portside to North Side Tender pier, Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas, Virgin Islands, with standard mooring lined doubled and a one inch wire out fore and aft. Ships present include USS BOXER (LPH-4) and various pleasure craft. SOPA is CTG 44.9 in USS BOXER (LPH-4). 1527 Secured the special sea and anchor detail. 1525 Ship is in condition of readiness V. 1631 Secured number two boiler. 1535 in accordance with BUPERS, orders 006214, LTJG L. G. DROLET, SC, USN, and in accordance with BUPERS order 006493, ENS R. B. McCORMICK, SC, USN, reported aboard for duty.
G. A. ARCHAMBAULT
LT USNR

16-20Moored as before. 1620 pursuant to Commanding Officers orders- CHILDRESS, J. W. BM1, USN, and (5) five men left the ship on temporary additional duty orders for shore patrol. 1800 LT B. CROOK, USNR, pursuant to Commanding Officers orders left the ship for shore patrol duty.
C. A. WOLFE
ENCS USN

20-24 Moored as before.
L. G. PARHAM
MMCA USN

Saturday 15 June 1963

00-04 Moored portside to north side of tender pier Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas, Virgin Islands, with standard mooring lines doubled and a one inch wire out fore and aft. Number one boiler and number two generator are on the line. Condition of readiness IV and material condition YOKE (modified) are set. Ships present include USS BOXER (LPH-4), and district craft. SOPA is CTG 44.9 in USS BOXER (LPH-4). 0110 The shore patrol detail with CHILDRESS, J. W. BM1, USN, in charge returned to the ship having completed temporary duty. 0111 LT. B. CROOK, USNR having completed temporary duty with Senior Shore Patrol Officer, Charlotte Amalie, returned on board and resumed his regular duties.
J. SHEKERKO
ENS USNR

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

08-12 Moored as before. 0800 Mustered the crew on station. Absentees: none. 0930 Made daily inspections of magazines and smokeless powder samples. Conditions: normal.
C. A LINN
LTJG USNR

12-16 Moored as before
W. J. DUNGAN
MMC USN

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

20-24 Moored as before.2110 HUNLEY, Roger Lee, FN, USN returned to ship by shore patrol and placed on report for being insubordinate to the Senior Shore Patrol Officer.
J. B. ROBINSON
SDC USN

Sunday 16 June 1963

00-04 Moored portside to north side of tender pier Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas, Virgin Islands, with standard mooring lines doubled and a one inch wire out fore and aft. Number one boiler and number one generator are on the line. Condition of readiness IV and material condition YOKE (modified) are set. Ships present include USS BOXER (LPH-4), and district craft. SOPA is CTG 44.9 in USS BOXER (LPH-4).
C. A. LINN
LTJG USNR

04-08 Moored as before.
W. J. DUNGAN
MMC USN

08-12 Moored as before. 0800 Mustered the crew on station. Absentees: none. 0925Made daily inspections of magazines and smokeless powder samples. Conditions: normal.
J. A. FRIEL
LTJG USN

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

16-20 Moored as before.
J. F. FERGUSON
Reply




ENS USNR

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

Monday 17 June 1963

00-04 Moored portside to north side of tender pier St. Thomas Harbor, St. Thomas, Virgin Islands, with standard mooring lines doubled and a one inch wire out fore and aft. Condition of readiness IV and material condition YOKE (modified) are set. Ships present include USS BOXER (LPH-4) at anchor in the outer harbor and district craft. SOPA is CTG 44.9 embarked in USS BOXER (LPH-4).
J. A. FRIEL
LTJG USN

04-08 Moored as before. 0625 Lighted fires under number two boiler. 0716 Mustered the crew on station. Absentees: none. 0745 Set the special sea and anchor detail.
J. F. FERGUSON
ENS USNR

08-12 Moored as before. 0805 Made daily inspections of magazines and smokeless powder samples. Conditions: normal.0815 Completed all preparations for getting underway. Draft 17’2” for and aft. Captain has the conn. 0819 Maneuvering to clear the berth and cast to port. 0831 Set course 215, speed 8 knots. Proceeding down West Gregerie Channel. 0837 c/s to 10 knots. 0846 Buoy R-2 on Porpoise Rocks abeam to port, c/c to 210. 0847 c/s to 12 knots. Entered international waters. 0849 c/c to 230. 0855 The OOD has the conn. 0916 Maneuvering to blow tubes. 0939 Set course 240. 1041 c/c to 265. 1046 Point Este light abeam to starboard. 1059 c/s to 10 knots. 1104 Maneuvering to blow tubes. 1117 c/s to 8 knots. 1124 c/c to 282. 1126 c/s to 10 knots. 1130 Maneuvering to take assigned anchorage. Captain has the conn. 1146 Anchored in anchorage A-1, Vieques Island, Puerto Rico in 8 fathoms of water, hard bottom, with 45 fathoms of chain to the starboard anchor on the following bearings: Point Ferro light 354, Tangent 277.8, and aluminum tank 010.8.
G. A. ARCHAMBAULT
LT USNR

12-16 Anchored as before. 1201 Secured the anchor detail. 1202 Secured fires under number one boiler. Engineering plant on two hours standby for 8 knots. 1203 Commenced ballasting. 1406 Commenced general back loading. 1545 USS RANKIN (AKA -103) anchored.
J. SHEKERKO
ENS USNR

16-18 Anchored as before.
J. F. FERGUSON
ENS USNR

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

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

Tuesday 18 June 1963

00-04 Anchored in anchorage A-1, Vieques Island, Puerto Rico, in eight (8) fathoms of water, hard bottom, with forth five (45) fathoms of chain to the starboard anchor, on the following bearings: Point Ferro light 000, flashing red light 293.5, and Point Conejo 060. Boiler number two and generators number one and two are on the line. Engineering plant is on two hour standby for eight (8) knots. Condition of readiness IV and material condition YOKE (modified) are set. Ships present include USS BOXER (LPH -4), USS RANKIN (AKA-103), USS EARL B. HALL (APD-107), and USS LORIAN COUNTY (LST-1177). SOPA and OTC is CTG 44.9 embarked in USS BOXER (LPH-4). The ship is ballasted down and general back loading is in progress.
J. SHEKERKO
ENS USNR

04-08 Anchored as before. 0400 Commenced deballasting. 0424 Completed general back loading. 0630 Set the anchor detail. 0648 Underway in accordance with CTG 44.9 message dtg. 180356Z June 1963 from Isle de Vieques. Maneuvering on various courses at various speeds to take station A-4 in formation 51C. Guide is USS BOXER (LPH-4) in station 0, bearing 330, distance 1500 yards. Course 230, speed 8 knots, axis 270. 0700 Secured the anchor detail. 0718 On station. 0758 Completed deballasting.
D. M. CAIN, III
LTJG USNR

08-12 Steaming as before. 0800 Mustered the crew at quarters. Absentees: none. 0805 c/f/s to 12 knots. 0825 Assumed short range radar guide. 0837 Made daily inspections of magazines and smokeless powder samples. Conditions: normal. 0936 c/f/c to 267
J. A. FRIEL
LTJG USN

12-16 Steaming as before. 1315 The Captain held mast and assigned the following non-judicial punishment: BROUSSEAU, Paul R. SA, USN Violation of UCMJ, Art. 92- Failure to obey a lawful order or regulation. To be restricted to the ship for two (2) weeks and to perform extra duty for a period of two (2) weeks.
G. A. ARCHAMBAULT
LT USNR

16-18 Steaming as before. 1619 c/f/c to 297. 1625 USS LORAIN COUNTY (LST-1177) assumed the guide. 1641 c/f/c to 276
W. H. LEYDEN
LTJG USNR

18-20 Steaming as before.1900 Retarded all clocks one (1) hour to conform with time zone Romeo (+5). 1835 c/f/c to 262.
D. M. CAIN, III
LTJG USNR

20-24 Steaming as before. 2220 c/f/c to 172. 2226 c/f/c to 087. 2228 This ship assumed the guide. 2235 c/f/s to 13 knots. 2341 Commanding Officer USS BOXER ( LPH-4) assumed tactical command of USS EARL B. HALL (APH-107) and proceeded independently. Command Officer USS RANKIN (AKA-103) assumed tactical command of this ship and USS LORAIN COUNTY (LST-1177). 2343 c/f/s to 14 knots
J. A. FRIEL
LTJG USN

Wednesday 19 June 1963

00-04 Steaming in company with Task Unit 44.9.2 enroute to Vieques Island, Puerto Rico, in formation 51C, course 080, speed 14 knots. This ship is the guide in station A-4, with the USS LORAIN COUNTY (LST-1177), in station A-2,and USS RANKIN (AKA-103) in station A-3. Stations O and A-1 are vacant. Condition of readiness IV and modified material condition YOKE are set throughout the ship SOPA and OTC is Commanding Officer, UISS RANKIN (AKA-103). 0100 Advanced all clocks ahead one (1) hour to conform to Quebec (+4) zone time
G. A. ARCHAMBAULT
LT USNR

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

08-12 Steaming as before. 0800 Mustered the crew at quarters. Absentees: none 0801 Made daily inspections of magazines and smokeless powder samples. Conditions: normal. 0831 Sighted Muertos Island light, bearing 344, distance 10.8 miles. 0916 Muertos Light abeam to port, distance 6.2 miles. 1013 c/f/c to 075.
D. M. CAIN, III
LTJG USNR

12-16 Steaming as before. 1214 Point Maunabo, Puerto Rico abeam to port, distance 3.5 miles. 1328 Detached on signal from OTC to proceed independently to assigned area off Red Beach, Vieques, Puerto Rico, 1335 Set the ballast detail. Commenced ballasting. 1342 c/c to 070.1344 c/c to 085. 1347 c/c to 080. 1348 c/c to 078. 1354 c/c to 072. 1357 c/c to 070. 1402 c/s to 13 knots. 1404 c/c to 075. 1407 c/s to 12 knots. 1409 c/s to 10 knots. 1411 Opened stern gate to cracked position. 1412 c/s to 8 knots. 1415 c/c to 020 1417 c/c to 090, c/s to 4 knots. Entered inland waters. 1421 All A/E stopped. 1428 Maneuvering with engines and rudder to maintain station in assault debarkation area. 1431 Land the landing force. Commenced debarking landing craft from well deck. 1506 All landing craft clear of well deck. 1512 Captain assumed the conn. 1515 Maneuvering to take assigned anchorage. 1527 Anchored in anchorage A-1, Vieques Island, Puerto Rico, with 45 fathoms of chain to the starboard anchor in 10 fathoms of water on a rock and sand bottom on the following bearings: Pt. Negra Tangent 276, Pt Ferro light 008.8, tank 014.3. SOPA and OTC is CTG 44.9 in USS BOXER ( LPH-4). 1546 Placed engineering plant on one hour standby for full power.
J. A. FRIEL
LTJG USN

16-18 Anchored as before. 1601 Secured fires under number two (2) boiler.
D. W. OLMSTEAD
ENS USNR

18-20 Anchored as before. 1850 USS LORAIN COUNTY (LST-1177) underway. 1951 Lighted fires under number two (2) boiler.
J. SHEKERKO
ENS USNR

20-24 Anchored as before. 2013 Commenced deballasting. 2105 Completed deballasting. Draft forward 16’6”, aft 17’6”. 2230 Set the anchor detail. 2250 Underway in accordance with CTG 44.9 message 191934Z enroute from Isle de Vieques, Puerto Rico to San Juan, Puerto Rico. 2251 c/c to 150, c/s to 4 knots, c/s to 8 knots. 2253 c/s to 10 knots. 2255 c/c to 130. 2257 c/c to 085.
D. M. CAIN, III
LTJG USNR

Thursday 20 June 1963

00-04 Steaming independently enroute from Vieques Island, Puerto Rico, to San Juan, Puerto Rico, in accordance with CTG 44.9 message 191934Z5 on course 085, speed 10 knots. Condition of readiness IV and material condition YOKE modified are set. SOPA and OTC is Commanding Officer this ship. 0030 With PTE Este light abeam to port, range 1.7 miles, c/c to 030, 0058 Buoy “R2” abeam to port, range 2400 yards. 0108 c/c to 000. 0141 Sighted dim white light, range 5 miles bearing 345. 0153 Sighted small motor driven schooner showing intermittent white light 500 yards on the port, range 2 miles. 0218 c/c to 275. 0315 c/c to 295 to open CPA on ship bearing 272, distance 10 miles. 0328 c/c to 175.
J. A FRIEL
LTJG USN

04-08 Steaming as before. 0408 Sighted Las Cucarachas light bearing 237, range 10 miles. 0459 Cabo San Juan light is abeam to port, range 6.5 miles. 0459 Las Cucarachas light is abeam to port, range 6.2 miles. 0459 Sighted Buoy “R2”. 0526 c/c to 340 to avoid contact bearing 274, range 7 miles. 0531 c/c to 175. 0550 c/c to 260. Passes “Oswego Leader” abeam to port, distance 1.5 miles. 0610 c/c 275. 0624 c/s to 13 knots. 0635 Sighted Morro Castle light bearing 260, distance 14.2 miles. 0711 c/c to 350. 0734 c/c to 220. 0736 Set the special sea and anchor detail. Captain has the conn, and the navigator is on the bridge. Commenced maneuvering on various courses at various speeds to conform with the channel in entering San Juan Harbor. 0755 Punta Del Morro Castle is abeam to port, distance 1000 yards. Entered into inland waters. 0757 With buoy “R6” abeam to starboard, c/s to 4 knots. 0758 Pilot boat came alongside port quarter to let pilot come aboard. 0759 Pilot D. SULIS came aboard. Pilot boat departed from alongside.
G. A. ARCHAMBAULT
LT USNR

08-12 Maneuvering as before. 0800 Mustered the crew on stations. Absentees: none. 0809 With buoy R12 abeam to starboard, c/c to 125. 0825 YTM 751 Came alongside and made up to the starboard quarter. 0825 With buoy R6 abeam to starboard, c/c 094. 0827 Tug “John E. Berwind” made up along starboard bow. 0839 Moored portside to east side outfitting pier, Puerto Rico Drydock Company, San Juan, Puerto Rico, with standard mooring lines doubled and a one inch wire fore and aft. Ships present include various units of The US Atlantic Fleet, civilian commercial craft, and harbor craft. SOPA is Commanding Officer, USS RANKIN (AKA-103). 0844 Cast off all tugs. Pilot left the ship. 0845 Secured the special sea and anchor detail. 0856 Secured fires under #2 boiler. 0952 Received fuel barge to starboard. 1034 Commenced receiving fuel oil from fuel barge.
G. A. ARCHAMBAULT
LT USNR

12-16 Moored as before. 1255 Completed taking on fuel. 80,806 gallons NSFO taken aboard.
J. S. LLOYD
ENS USNR

16-20 Moored as before.
J. B. ROBINSON

SDC USN
20-24 Moored as before.
C. A. LINN
ENS USNR

Friday 21 June 1963

00-04 Moored port side to east side of outfitting pier San Juan, Puerto Rico, with standard mooring lines doubled and a one inch wire fore and aft. Boiler #1 and generator #1 are on the line Condition of readiness V and material condition YOKE modifies are . Ships present include various units of the U.S. Atlantic Fleet, yard and district craft. SOPA 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 at quarters. Absentees: none. 0810 Made daily inspections of magazines and smokeless powder samples. Conditions: normal. 1025 Conducted weekly test of magazine sprinkler systems. Test: satisfactory.
J. A. FRIEL
LTJG USN

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

16-20 Moored as before. 1550 Held fire drill 1558 Secured from fire drill. 1600 Held rescue and assistance detail drill. 1605 Secured from rescue and assistance drill.
C. E. WILSON
BTC USN

20-24 Moored as before.
J. A. FRIEL
LTJG USN

Saturday 22 June 1963

00-04 Moored port side to east side of outfitting pier San Juan, Puerto Rico, with standard mooring lines doubled and a one inch wire fore and aft. Boiler #1 and generator #1 are on the line Condition of readiness V 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 RANKIN (AKA-103)
J. F. FERGUSON
ENS USNR

04-08 Moored as before
C. E. WILSON
BTC USN

08-12 Moored as before. 0800 Mustered the crew on stations. Absentees: none. 1000 Made daily inspections of magazines and smokeless powder samples. Conditions: normal.
R. C. DRAKE
EMC USN

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

16-20 Moored as before.
R. C. ELLIOTT, JR.
BMC USN

20-24 Moored as before. 2300 In accordance with BUPERS order number 191497 of Feb 1963 , CDR Ernest J. KING, USN, reported on board for duty as prospective commanding officer.
D. W. OLMSTEAD
ENS USNR

Sunday 23 June 1963

00-04 Moored port side to east side of outfitting pier San Juan, Puerto Rico, with standard mooring lines doubled and a one inch wire fore and aft. Boiler #1 and generator #1 are on the line Condition of readiness V 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 RANKIN (AKA-103)
R. C. DRAKE
EMC USN

04-08 Moored as before
C. E. WILSON
BTC USN

08-12 Moored as before. 0800 Mustered the crew on stations. Absentees: none. 1000 Made daily inspections of magazines and smokeless powder samples. Conditions: normal.
H. B. FOREHAND
LTJG, SC USNR

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

16-20 Moored as before.
R. G. PHILLIPS
SFCS USN

20-24 Moored as before.
J. W. GREGORY
LTJG USN

Monday 24 June 1963

00-04 Moored port side to east side of outfitting pier San Juan, Puerto Rico, with standard mooring lines doubled and a one inch wire fore and aft. Boiler #1 and generator #1 are on the line Condition of readiness V 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 RANKIN (AKA-103)
R. B. McCORMICK
ENS,SC USNR

04-08 Moored as before
R. J. ZANESKI

LTJG USNR

08-12 0800 Mustered the crew at quarters. Absentees: none. 0815 Commenced making preparations for getting underway. Set material condition YOKE. 0820 Made daily inspections of magazines and smokeless powder samples. Conditions: normal. 0830 Set the special sea and anchor detail 0856 Completed all preparations for getting underway, Captain on the conn, navigator and pilot, Mr. D. SALIS present. 0900 YTM 746 made up to port bow. YTM752 made up to starboard quarter. 0903 Underway in accordance with CTG 44.9 Op-order 38-63, enroute from San Juan, Puerto Rico to Vieques Island. 0905 Commenced maneuvering at various courses and speeds to conform to the channel. 0938 Cast off both tugs. The pilot left the ship. OOD assumed the conn. Set course 008, speed 12 knots. 0950 c/c 090. 0955 c/c 095. 1104 c/c 115. 1140 c/c 120. 1147 c/c 123.
W. H. LEYDEN
LTJG USNR

12-16 Steaming as before. 1203 c/c to 127. 1215 c/c to 130. Set the anchor detail. 1225 Passed Las Cucarachas light abeam to port, bearing 040, distance 1.5 miles. 1227 Passed Cabo de San Juan light abeam to starboard, bearing 220, distance 1.8 miles.1230 c/c to 125 . 1238 c/c to 115. 1246 Buoy R2 abeam to starboard, bearing 205, distance .4 miles. 1255 Passed buoy C”3” abeam to starboard, bearing 205, distance .4 miles. 1257 c/c to 130. 1258 Secured the anchor detail. Went to general quarters. 1317 Maneuvering on various courses at various speeds while conducting general drills. 1334 Set course 128. 1348 Set speed 12 knots. 1415 Secured from general quarters. 1440 The Commanding Officer held mast and imposed non-judicial punishment as follows: KECK, Marvin W. Jr. BTFA, USN offence: Violation of Article 86 UCMJ. Punishment: restricted to the limits of USS ASHLAND for a period of 30 days, and MANGLICMOT, Florencio, (n), SD3, USN, offence: Violation of Article 134, UCMJ, Committing a nuisance. Punishment: restricted to the limits of USS ASHLAND (LSD-1) for a period of 60 days. 1444 c/c to 180. 1455 c/c to 260. 1505 Pte Este light abeam to starboard, bearing 350, distance 3 miles. 1508 Maneuvering on various courses at various speeds while conducting ship handling drills and man overboard drills.1552 Simulated man overboard starboard side.
D. M. CAIN, III
LTJG USNR

16-18 Steaming as before. 1603 Motor Whaleboat picked up dummy man overboard. 1605 Maneuvering with engines and rudder to maintain alee to port. 1612 Motor Whaleboat clear of the water, maneuvering with both engines to cast to port. 1617 Motor Whaleboat rigged as ready lifeboat.1630 Commenced CIC Precision Anchoring Exercise. C/ to 262; c/c o 297, c/s to 4 knots. 1645 c/c to 300. 1648 c/c to 303. 1650 Set the anchor detail. 1701 c/c to 300. 1704 Maneuvering to come to anchorage. 1706 Anchored in berth A-1, Red Beach, Vieques, Puerto Rico, with 45 fathoms of chain to the starboard anchor, in 10 fathoms of water, with a sand an coral bottom, on the following bearings: Punta Ferro Light 355. Tangent 279, Tank 038. Ships present are USS RANKIN (AKA-103),USS earl B. HALL (APD-107), USS BOXER (LPH -4). SOPA and OTC is CTG 44.9 embarked in USS BOXER (LPH -4). 1710 Set flight quarters.1720 U. S. Navy helicopter #21 landed on the flight deck. 1721 Helicopter departed with Commanding Officer to USS BOXER (LPH-4). 1725 Secured the anchor detail, set the modified underway watch, placed the engineering plant on 30 minute notice for getting underway. 1735 Let the fired die under No. 2 boiler.
J. A. FRIEL
LTJG USN

18-20 Anchored as before. 1804 Flight quarters. 1806 Secured flight quarters. The Commanding Officer returned via U. S. Navy helicopter #4. 1901 Darkened ship. 1905 USS LORAIN COUNTY (LST-1177) anchored in A-3.
D. W. OLMSTEAD ENS USNR

20-24 Anchored as before. Commenced sneak attack exercise. 2145 Secured the exercise. Lighted ship W. H. LEYDEN

LTJG USN

Tuesday 25 June 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 out to the starboard anchor on the following bearings: PTA Conejo light bearing 060, PTA Ferro light bearing 000.1, flashing red light bearing 291.2. Number one boiler and number one generator are on the line. Condition of readiness IV and material condition YOKE modified are set. Engineering department is on 30 minutes notice for getting underway. Ships present include various units of Task Group 44.9 SOPA and OTC is CTG 44.9 embarked in the USS BOXER (LPH-4).
J. F. FERGUSON
ENS USNR

04-08 Anchored as before. 0355 USS ADROIT (MSO-509) and USS STALWART (MSO-493) got underway and stood out of the anchorage.
J. A. FRIEL
LTJG USN
08-12 Anchored as before. 0800 Mustered the crew at quarters. Absentees: none. 0830 Made daily inspections of magazines and smokeless powder samples. Conditions: normal. 0837 lighted fires under number two boiler to boost steam. 0920 Commenced ballasting. Lowered stern gate. 0950 LCM-8 entered well deck. 1030 Completed ballasting. 1032 Commenced deballasting.
R. J. ZANESKI
LTJG USNR

12-16 Anchored as before. 1348 Commenced ballasting. 1408 LCM-8 is clear.
W. H. LEYDEN
LTJG USNR

16-18 Anchored as before. 1725 Commenced deballasting.
J. S. LLOYD
ENS USNR
18-20 Anchored as before. 1928 Secured from deballasting. Draft forward: 16’8”, aft 18’0”
A. ALKSNINIS
LT USNR

20-24 Anchored as before.
R. J. ZANESKI
LTJG USN

Wednesday 26 June 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 out to the starboard anchor on the following bearings: PTA Conejo light bearing 060, PTA Ferro light bearing 000.1, flashing red light bearing 291.2. Number one boiler and number one generator are on the line. Condition of readiness IV and material condition YOKE modified are set. Engineering department is on 30 minutes notice for getting underway. Ships present include various units of Task Group 44.9 SOPA and OTC is CTG 44.9 embarked in the USS BOXER (LPH-4).
J. SHEKERKO
ENS USNR

04-08 Anchored as before. 0700 Mustered the crew on stations. Absentees: none
J. F. FERGUSON
ENS USNR

08-12 Anchored as before. 0820 Set flight quarters. 0829 COMPHIBRON TEN, came aboard via US Navy helicopter number 4 for change of command. Secured from flight quarters. 0835 Mustered the crew at quarters for change of command. 0840 Commanding Officer, USS EARL B. HALL ( APD 107) came aboard for change of command. 0900 Pursuant to orders of the Bureau of Naval Personal, Nr 191497 dated 20 FEB. 1963, CDR Ernest J. KING, Jr. USN, relieved CDR Arthur W. PRICE, USN, as Commanding Officer, USS ASHLAND (LSD 1) . 0918 Set flight quarters. Secured the crew from quarters for change of command. 0950 COMPHIBRON TEN left the ship via US Navy helicopter number 4. 1025 U.S. Marine Corps helicopter 84 left the flight deck with CDR Arthur W. PRICE, Jr., USN detached from this ship, to report to U.S. Naval Post Graduate School, Monterey, California, for duty under instruction, pursuant to orders of the Bureau of Naval Personal, dated 11 March 1963, and LTJG Charles A. LINN, USNR detached from this ship to report to COMSERVRON EIGHT for temporarily duty afloat, pursuant to orders of the Bureau of Naval Personal, dated 1 April 1963, embarked as passengers. 1025 Secured from flight quarters. 1030 Made daily inspections of magazines and smokeless powder samples. Conditions: normal.
J. A. FRIEL
LTJG USNR

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

16-20 Anchored as before.
W. H. LEYDEN
LTJG USNR

20-24 Anchored as before.
J. A. FRIEL
LTJG USN

Thursday 27 June 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 059.9.Boiler number one and number one generator are on the line. Condition of readiness IV and material condition YOKE modified are set. Engineering department is on 30 minutes standby for getting underway. Ships present include various units of Task Group 44.9 SOPA and OTC is CTG 44.9 embarked in the USS BOXER (LPH-4).
D. W. OLMSTEAD
ENS USNR
04-08 Anchored as before. 0700 Lighted fires under number two boiler. 0730 Commenced preparations for getting underway. Set the anchor detail
W. H. LEYDEN
LTJG USNR

08-12 Anchored as before. 0800 Mustered the crew on stations. Absentees: none. 0825 Underway in accordance with CTG 44.9 Op-Order 38-63 enroute from Isle de Vieques to rendezvous with the BOXER (LPH-4) . 0836 Set course 236. 0831 Set speed 10 knots.0930 Made daily inspections of magazines and smokeless powder samples. Conditions: normal. 1034 Maneuvering on various courses at various speeds while conducting ship handling drill. 1132 c/c to 182, c/s to 12 knots. 1136 c/c to 090. 1145 Set the highline detail. 1158 Completed preparation for highline exercise, with USS BOXER (LPH-4). BOXER making approach to port.
D. M. CAIN, III
LTJG

12-16 Steaming as before. 1205 USS BOXER (LPH 4) alongside to port for highline transfer. This ship is guide. 1210 First messenger line over from USS BOXER (LPH 4). 1219 Delivered first load to USS BOXER (LPH 4). 1229 Retrieved highline rig. Commenced preparations to receive USS BOXER (LPH 4) highline rig. 1238 USS BOXER (LPH 4) assumed guide for exercise. Commanding Officer assumed the conn. 1240 Received highline messenger from USS BOXER (LPH 4). 1242 Completed rigging highline from USS BOXER (LPH 4). 1246 First load on deck. 1256 Commenced disconnecting highline rig. 1300 All lines clear. Completed highline transfer exercise. 1301 OOD assumed the conn. 1304 Secured the highline detail. 1307 c/c to 060. 1423 Sighted Punta Este light, Vieques Island, Puerto Rico, bearing 013, distance 7 miles. 1443 c/c to 055. 1455 Punta Este light abeam to port distance 5 miles. 1507 Sighted Culebrita Island light bearing 349, distance 13 miles. 1527 c/s to 15.5 knots. 1555 Sail Rock abeam to port, 5 miles.
J. A. FRIEL
LTJG USN

16-20 Steaming as before. 1602 c/c 050. 1623 c/c 040. 1624 c/s 12 knots. Set the special sea and anchor detail. Captain and navigator are on the bridge. Maneuvering on various courses and various speeds on entering East Gregerie Channel, St. Thomas, Virgin Islands. 1647 Pilot boat is alongside port quarter. Pilot Mr. GRIFFIN came aboard. 1648 Pilot boat departed from alongside. 1649 Pilot has the conn. 1651 Entered inland waters. 1655 With Buck Island light abeam to starboard, distance 3.7 miles, c/s 8 knots. 1701 Lowered the LCVP into the water and dispatched it to the pier with line handlers. 1710 Buoy #3 is abeam to port, distance 150 yards. 1720 Moored port side to North Side Tender Pier, Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas, Virgin Islands, with standard mooring lines doubled and a one inch wire fore and aft. Ships present include USS BOXER (LPH 4), and various merchant and pleasure craft. SOPA is CTG 44.9 embarked in USS BOXER (LPH 4). 1730 Pilot Mr. GRIFFIN left the ship. 1736 Secured the special sea and anchor detail.
G. A. ARCHAMBAULT
LT USNR

20-24 Moored as before.
R. G. DRAKE
EMC USN

Friday 28 June 1963

00-04 Moored port side to Tender Pier, St. Thomas, Virgin Islands, with standard mooring lines doubled and a one inch wire fore and aft. Number two boiler and number two generator are on the line. Condition of readiness IV and material condition YOKE modified are set. Ships present include USS BOXER (LPH 4). SOPA is CTG 44.9 embarked in USS BOXER (LPH 4).
J. L. LYON
CWO USN

04-08 Moored as before. 0550 Lighted fires under number one boiler. 0640 Secured number two boiler.
J. B. ROBINSON
SDC USN

08-12 Moored as before. 0800 Mustered the crew on station. Absentees: none. 1000 Made daily inspections of magazines and smokeless powder samples. Conditions: normal. Made weekly test of magazine sprinkling and flooding systems. Conditions: satisfactory. 1130 Pursuant to BUPERS order, LTJG Harry B. FOREHAND was detached to carry out basic orders.
J. R. TRAVIS
CWO USN

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

16-20 Moored as before. 1700 Commanding Officer, USS LONG BEACH (CGN 9) , assumed SOPA.
J. W. GREGORY
LTJG USN
20-24 Moored as before.
R. B. McCORMICK
ENS,SC USNR

Saturday 29 June 1963

00-04 Moored port side to Tender Pier, St. Thomas, Virgin Islands, with standard mooring lines doubled and a one inch wire fore and aft. Number two boiler and number two generator are on the line. Condition of readiness IV and material 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).
R. J. ZANESKI
LTJG USNR

04-08 Moored as before.
R. G. PHILLIPS
SFCS USN

08-12 Moored as before. 0800 Mustered the crew on station. Absentees: none. Put number two boiler and number two generator on the line. 0854 Secured number one boiler and generator. 1000 Made daily inspections of magazines and smokeless powder samples. Conditions: normal.
C. A. WOLF
ENCS USN

12-16 Moored as before.
L. C. PARHAM
MMCA USN

16-20 Moored as before.
J. R. TRAVIS
CWO USN
20-24 Moored as before.
J. SHEKERKO
ENS USNR

Sunday 30 June 1963

00-04 Moored port side to Tender Pier, St. Thomas, Virgin Islands, with standard mooring lines doubled and a one inch wire fore and aft. Number two boiler and number two generator are on the line. Condition of readiness IV and material 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).
C. A. WOLF
ENCS USN

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

08-12 Moored as before. 0800 Mustered the crew on station. Absentees: none. 1015 Made daily inspections of magazines and smokeless powder samples. Conditions: normal.
C. E. WILSON
BTC USN

12-16 Moored as before.
J. S. LLOYD
ENS USNR

16-20 Moored as before. 1800 Daily shore patrol with LAKEN, S. E. MM3, departed the ship, to report to senior shore patrol officer. 1805 LT. A. ALKSNINIS departed for temdu with senior shore patrol officer.
J. B. ROBINSON
SDC USN

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