DECK LOG BOOK
OF THE
U.S.S. ASHLAND (LSD-1)
COMMANDED BY
Arthur W. Price, Jr., CDR, USN
Attached to: Squadron Four, U.S. Atlantic Fleet
Commencing 0001, 1 May, 1962
at: Ponce, Puerto Rico
and ending: 2400, 31 May, 1962
At: U.S.Naval Amphibious Base, Little Creek, Virginia

Tuesday, 1 May 1962
00-04 Anchored in berth c, Ponce, Puerto Rico, in 51 feet of water, hard bottom, with 40 fathoms of chain to the starboard anchor on the following anchorage bearings: pier 068, Cardona lighthouse 212.5, Radio Tower 358. Ship in condition of Readiness Five, material condition YOKE set. Engineering Department on 60 minutes notice for getting underway. Ships present: USS WYANDOT ( AKA 92), and USS ALGOL (AKA 54). SOPA is Commanding Officer, USS WYANDOT (AKA 92) . 0290 The shore patrol detail 1 with HOUTZ, D.L., ET2 USN, in charge, returned to the ship, having completed Temporary Additional Duty. 0225 Mustered the crew on station. Absentees: HILL, A.R., L/CPL, USMC.
H.M. FREIBERG
LTJG, USN

04-08 Anchored as before. 0600 The shore patrol detail with LTJG Daniel C.KETCHUM, USNR, in charge, returned to the ship, having completed Temporary Additional Duty. 0630 HILL, A.R., L/CPL, USMC, returned on board, having been UA since 0100, this date. 0750 Commenced preparations for getting underway. Set Material Condition YOKE. Stationed the special sea and anchor detail.
J.R. TRAVIS
CWO, USN

08-12 Anchored as before. 0810 Completed all preparations for getting underway. Draft: forward 17' , aft 18'. 0821 Underway for Onslow Beach, North Carolina, as a unit of Task Element 128.1.1.1, in compliance with COMPHIBGRU FOUR OP ORDER 501-62. Maneuvering to clear the anchorage. Captain at the conn, Navigator on the bridge. 0820 Steering various courses at various speeds standing out of Ponce Harbor. 0832 Set course 195, c/s to 6 knots. Officer of the deck (OOD) was given the conn. 0843 Entered International waters. c/c to 191, c/s to 8 knots. 0845 Secured the special sea and anchor detail, set the regular steaming watch. Made daily inspection of the magazines and smokeless powder samples. Conditions: Normal. 0848 c/s to 4 knots. 0852 c/c to 261. 0915 c/c to 280. 0920 c/c to 261. 0940 Formed column formation, OTC in USS WYANDOT (AKA 92). Order of ships: USS ASHLAND (Guide), USS ALGOL (AKA 54), USS WYANDOT (AKA 92). Distance 1,000 yards. c/s to 12 knots. 0955 Sighted Guanica light bearing 294, distance 8.5 miles. 1012 Sighted Cape Rogo light bearing 288, distance 10 miles. 1130 USS ALGOL (AKA 54) assumed guide. 1151 Completed exchange of station with USS WYANDOT (AKA 92). Order of ships: USS WYANDOT (AKA 92) (Guide), USS ALGOL (AKA 54), USS ASHLAND (LSD 1). Distance 1,000 yards.
H.M. FREIBERG
LTJG, USN

12-16 Steaming as before. 1200 Passed Cape Rojo light abeam to starboard, distance 6 miles. 1226 c/c to 317. 1347 /s to 9 knots.
E.F. SMITH
LT,USN

16-18 Steaming as before 1728 c/c to 080. 1746 c/c to 270
V.P. MCDONOUGH
LT. USN

18-20 Steaming as before. 1806 c/c to 004.
D.M. CAIN,III,
LTJG, USN

20-24 Steaming as before.
H. M. FREIBERG,
LTJG, USN

Wednesday, 2 May 1962
00-04 Steaming in company with USS WYANDOT (AKA 92), and USS ALGOL (AKA 54), en route from Ponce, Puerto Rico, to Onslow Beach, North Carolina, in accordance with COMPHIBGRU FOUR OP ORDER 501-62. This ship in station 3 of column. Formation course is 004, speed is 9 knots. SOPA and OTC are Commanding Officer, USS WYANDOT (AKA 92). USS WYANDOT (AKA 92) is guide, bearing 004, distance 2,000 yards. Condition of Readiness IV and Material Condition YOKE are set. 0215 c/c to 270. 0235 c/c to 004.
E. F. SMITH
LT, USN

04-08 Steaming as before. 0749 Maneuvering on various courses at various speeds to take lifeguard station, 1,000 yards astern of USS WYANDOT (AKA 92).
V.P. MCDONOUGH
LT, USN

08-12 Steaming as before. 0800 Mustered the crew at quarters. Absentees: None. 0813 On station, course 328, speed 9 knots. 095- Maneuvering on various courses at various speeds to take station 3 in column. USS WYANDOT (AKA) 92) is the guide. 1000 On station. Set course 020, c/s to 7 knots. 1033 c/c to 290. 1044 c/c to 220. 1045 Made daily inspection of magazines and smokeless powder samples. Condition: Normal. 1103 c/c to 150. 1116 c/c to 140. 1127 c/c to 170. 1133 Maneuvering to take station B-7 in formation 51, axis is 320, course is 345, speed is 9 knots.
C. M. CAIN, III
LTJG, USN

16-18 Steaming as before. 1600 Set clocks back on hour to conform with +5 (ROMEO) zone time. 1650 Captain has the conn. 1700 USS RUCHAMKIN (APD 89) commenced approach to starboard for high line transfer of mail. 1708 USS RUCHAMKIN (APD 89) ALONGSIDE TO STARBOARD. 1712 First line over. 1715 Commenced high line transfer of mail. 1722 Completed mail transfer. 1728 All lines clear. 1730 Maneuvering on various courses at various speeds to return to station B-7, base course is 333, base speed is 9 knots. Officer of the Deck (OOD) was given the conn.
E. F. SMITH
LT, USN

18-20 Steaming as before. 1811 Darken ship. 1900 Secured from darken ship.
V. P. MCDONOUGH
LT, USN

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

Thursday, 3 May 1962
00-04 Steaming in company with TU 128.3.2 less USS NAHANT (AN 93), and USS E. B. HALL (APD 107), en route from Ponce, Puerto Rico to Onslow Beach, North Carolina, in accordance with COMPHIBGRU FOUR OP ORDER 501-62. This ship in station B-7 of formation 51. Guide is USS MT. MCKINLEY (AGC 7) in station 0, bearing 230, distance 1800 yards. Formation course is 328, speed 10 knots, formation axis is 320. SOPA and OTC are COMPHIBGRU FOUR in USS MT. MCKINLEY (AFC 7). Condition of Readiness IV and Material Condition YOKE are set.
H. M. FREIBERG
LTJG, USN

04-08 Steaming as before. 0700 c/c to 330, c/s to 8 knots. 0750 Made daily inspection of magazines and smokeless powder samples. Conditions: Normal.
E. F. SMITH
LT, USN

08-12 Steaming as before. 0800 Mustered the crew at quarters. Absentees: None. 0830 USS CHILTON (APA 38) became OCE and formation guide bearing 291, distance 1800 yards. Commenced steering various courses at various speeds while conducting tactical drills. 1003 Ceased tactical drills. USS MT. MCKINLEY (AGC 7) resumed guide in station 0 of formation 51, bearing 230, distance 1800 yards. Formation course is 325, speed 10 knots. 1043 c/c to 000, c/s to 9 knots.
V. P. MCDONOUGH
LT, USN

12-16 Steaming as before. 1342 c/c to 330, c/s to 8 knots. 1400 Commenced zigzagging in accordance with Plan # 11, base course is 330. 1407 Ceased zigzagging and set course 300. 1433 Commenced zigzagging in accordance with Plan #1, base course 315. 1441 Ceased zigzagging and set course 295. 1452 c/c to 345. 1530 c/c to 332.
D. M. CAIN, III
LTJG, USN

16-18 Steaming as before. 1625 c/s to 12 knots. 1627 Maneuvering on various courses to avoid USS INTREPID (CVA 11). 1630 Maneuvering on various courses at various speeds to regain station. 1639 On station, formation course is 332, speed 8 knots.
H. M. FREIBERG
LTJG, USN

18-20 Steaming as before. 1852 Casualty on starboard lube oil pump. Starboard engine stop.
E. F. SMITH
LT, USN

20-24 Steaming as before. 2036 Casualty restored on starboard lube oil pump. Starboard engine on the line.
V. P. MCDONOUGH
LT, USN

Friday, 4 May 1962
00-04 Steaming in company with TU 128.3.2, less USS E. B. HALL (APD 107), USS KRISHNA (ARL 38), and USS NAHANT (AN 93), plus elements of TG 123.3 including USS INTREPID (CVA 11) en route from Ponce, Puerto Rico, to Onslow Beach, North Carolina, in accordance with CTG 128.1 and COMPHIBGRU FOUR OP ORDER 501-62. This ship in station B-7 in formation 51. Formation course is 332, speed 8 knots, formation axis is 320. SOPA and OTC is COMPHIBGRU FOUR embarked in USS MT. MCKINLEY (AGC 7). USS MT. MCKINLEY is guide bearing 230, distance 1800 yards. Condition of Readiness IV and Material Condition YOKE are set. 0001 c/c to 328.
R. BANTA
LT, USN

04-08 Steaming as before. 0500 Commenced zigzagging in accordance with Plan #11, base course is 328. 0600 Ceased zigzagging and set course 332. 0610 c/c to 325. 0720 USS WYANDOT (AKA 92) left formation to join the replenishment group astern of this formation.
H. M. FREIBERG
LTJG, USN

08-12 Steaming as before. 0800 Mustered the crew at quarters. Absentees: None. 0818 made daily inspection of magazines and smokeless powder samples. Conditions: Normal. 0842 Flight quarters. 0852 c/c to 295, c/s to 10 knots. 0859 c/c to 340. 0902 c/c to 325. Secured from flight quarters. 0909 c/s to 14 knots. 0918 Made weekly tests of magazines sprinkling and flooding systems. Conditions: Satisfactory. 0920 Flight quarters. 0921 c/c to 000. 0925 c/c to 334. 0926 Secured from flight quarters. 0926 c/s to 12 knots. 0927 c/c to 000. 0925 c/c to 334. 0928 Maneuvering on various courses at various speeds to take station 9, in line abreast formation. 0941 On station. Guide is USS SAN MARCOS (LSD 25) in station 1, bearing 235, range is 8,000 yards. Formation course is 325, speed is 12 knots. 0947 c/s to 10 knots. 0952 Maneuvering on various courses at various speeds to take station 9 in column formation. 1020 On station. Guide is USS SAN MARCOS (LSD 25) in station 1, bearing 325, range is 8,000 yards. Formation course is 325, speed is 12 knots. 1028 c/c to 340. 1032 c/s to 12 knots. 1042 c/c to 330. 1043 Maneuvering on various courses at various speeds to take station B-7 in formation 51. 1118 On station. Guide is USS MT. MCKINLEY (AGC 7) in station 0, bearing 230, range is 1800 yards. Formation course is 325, speed 7 knots.
E.F. SMITH
LT, USN

12-16 ARWminf A VWDOEW. 1225 USS WYANDOT (AKA 92) and USS MOUNTRAIL (APA 213) rejoined formation and assumed designated stations. 1320 c/c to 300. 1324 c/c to 270. 1420 Radar put in standby. 1447 c/c to 315. 1450 Radar lighted off. 1453 c/c to 000. 1500 c/c to 030.
V.P. MCDONOUGH
LT, USN

16-18 Steaming as before. 1653 c/c to 345. 1701 c/c to 300. 1706 c/c to 275. 1710 Flight quarters. 1712 Landed Marine helicopter (EH 84). 1713 Launched Marine helicopter (EH 84). 1714 Secured from flight quarters.
R. BANTA
LT, USN

18-20 Steaming as before. 1801 c/c to 324. 1821 Commenced zigzagging in accordance with Plan #15, base course is 325. 1821 Darken ship. 1842 c/s to 10 knots, 1851 c/c to 035. Ceased zigzagging. Set course 355. 1857 c/c to 315. 1900 c/c to 325. 1915 c/s to 8 knots. 1917 c/c to 285. 1919 Turned on running lights. 1930 c/c to 325. 1915 c/s to 8 knots. 1917 c/c to 285. 1919 Turned on running lights. 1930 c/c to 325. Darkened ship. 1934 c/s to 7 knots
H. M. FREIBERG
LTJG, USN

20-24 Steaming as before. 2042 c/c to 000. 2052 c/s to 13 knots. 2058 c/c to 030. 2129 c/c to 000. 2135 c/c to 325. 2142 C/S TO 10 KNOTS. 2145 C/C TO 300. 2152 USS THUBAN (AKA 19) left formation due to engineering casualty. 2345 c/c TO 325. c/s to 13 knots.
E.F. SMITH
LT, USN

Saturday, 5 May, 1962
00-04 Steaming in company with TU 128.3.2 composed of PHIBRON 10 less USS E. B. HALL (APD 107), USS KRISHNA ( ARL 38), and USS NAHANT (AN 93) plus elements of TG 123.3 including USS INTREPID (CVA 11) en route from Ponce, Puerto Rico to Onslow Beach, North Carolina in accordance with CTG 128.1 and COMPHIBGRU 4 OP ORDER 501-62. This ship in station B-7 in formation 51. Formation course is 325. Speed 13 knots, axis 320. SOPA and OTC is COMPHIBGRU 4 in USS MT. MCKINLEY (AGC 7). USS MT. MCKINLEY (AGC 7) is guide, bearing 230, distance 1800 yards. Condition of Readiness IV and Material Condition YOKE are set.
V. P. MCDONOUGH
LT, USN

04-08 Steaming as before. 0430 Commenced zigzagging in accordance with plan #15, base course 325. 0550 c/s to 10 knots. 0557 Ceased zigzagging and set course 315. 0610 Resumed zigzagging. 0630 Ceased zigzagging and set course 000.
R. BANTA
LT, USN

08-12 Steaming as before. 0800 Mustered the crew and embarked personnel at quarters. Absentees: None. 0824 Commenced zigzagging in accordance with plan #15, base course 325. 0850 While at work and passing through scuttle hatch to laundry, ISEMAN, H.R., FA,USN, received an abrasion of left lower quadrant of posterior and contusion with possible fracture of left rib when he slipped and fell from the ladder; not due to his own misconduct. Treatment administered by the Medical Department representative. Disposition: Returned to duty. 0938 Ceased zigzagging, set course 325. 1013 Helicopter #88 landed on flight deck. 1015 Launched helicopter #88. 1042 Visibility reduced to 500 yards due to heavy rain. Commenced sounding fog signals. 1106 Visibility increased to five miles. Ceased sounding fog signals. 1109 c/s to 9 knots. Made daily inspection of magazines and smokeless powder samples. Conditions: Normal.
H. M. FREIBERG
LTJG, USN

12-16 Steaming as before. 1259 Flight quarters. 1304 Received Marine helicopter 95 on flight deck. 1305 Launched Marine helicopter 95 with WHITE, A. C., L/CPL, USMC aboard. 1306 Secured from flight quarters. 1417 c/s to 10 knots. 1420 c/s to 12 knots. 1440 Ceased zigzagging and set course 305. 1511 Commenced zigzagging in accordance with plan #15, base course 325.
E. F. SMITH
LT, USN

16-18 Steaming as before. 1736 Ceased zigzagging and set course 260. 1743 c/c to 290.
V.P. MCDONOUGH
LT, USN

18-20 Steaming as before. 1808 c/c to 325. 1835 Darken ship.
R. BANTA
LT, USN

20-24 Steaming as before. 2117 c/c to 000. 2154 c/c to 330.
H.M. FREIBERG
LTJG, USN

Sunday, 6 May 1962
00-04 Steaming in company with TU 128.3.2 less USS EARLE B. HALL (APD 107), USS KRISHNA (ARL 38), and USS NAHANT (AN 93), plus elements of TG 123.3, including USS INTREPID (CVA 11), en route from Ponce, Puerto Rico to Onslow Beach, North Carolina, in accordance with CTG 128.1 and COMPHIBGRU FOUR OP ORDER 501-62. This ship in station B-7 in formation 51. Formation course is 330, speed 12 knots. Axis is 320. SOPA and OTC is COMPHIBGRU FOUR in USS MT. MCKINLEY (AGC 7). USS MT. MCKINLEY (AGC 7) is guide bearing 230, distance 1800 yards. Condition of Readiness IV and Material Condition YOKE are set. Ship darkened.
E.F. SMITH
LT, USN

04-08 Steaming as before. 0505 c/s to 13 knots. C/c to 327. 0510 Maneuvering to take station B-5 in formation 51. Axis is 320, course is 330, speed 12 knots. 0524 On station. Guide is USS MT. MCKINLEY (AGC 7) in station 0, bearing 220, 2,000 yards. 0600 USS SANDOVAL (APA 194) joined formation in station A-4.
V. P. MCDONOUGH
LT,USN

08-12 Steaming as before. 0800 Mustered the crew on stations. Absentees: None. Made daily inspection of magazines and smokeless powder samples. Conditions: Normal. 0838 c/s to 5 knots. 0905 TU128.1.9 made rendezvous with this formation and took designated station. 0917 c/c to 000. 0918 c/s to 12 knots. 0920 c/c to 330. 1035 Set flight quarters. 1045 Landed helicopter HT-32. 1050 Launched helicopter HT-32. Secured from flight quarters. 1052 c/s to 13 knots.
D. M. CAIN, III
LTJG, USN

12-16 Steaming as before. 1642 c/c to 005. 1644 c/c to 045. 1645 Flight quarters. 1648 Helicopter on deck and departed. 1649 Secured from flight quarters. C/c to 040. 1654 c/c to 005. 1711 c/c to 325.
E. F. SMITH
LT, USN

18-20 Steaming as before. 1837 Guide shifted to USS FREMONT (APA 44) in B-1, bearing 260, distance 2,000 yards. Joined TE 128.1.1.1. 1854 Darken ship.
V. P. MCDONOUGH
LT, USN

20-24 Steaming as before. 2107 This ship designated guide. 2159 c/c to 280. C/s to 12 knots. Maneuvering to take station 6 in column formation, course is 315, speed 10 knots. Guide is USS CHILTON (APA 38) in station 2. 2207 On station. 2212 c/c to 315. Proceeding independently to Assault Anchorage A-7. 2214 c/s to 9 knots. 2225 c/s to 11 knots. 2227 c/c to 302. Maneuvering at various courses at various speeds conforming to Eastern swept channel. 2324 Set the anchor detail.
R. BANTA
LT, USN