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

Commanded By: A.W. PRICE JR., CDR USN
Attached to:     Amphibious Squadron Four Of the U. S. Atlantic Fleet
Commencing:   0001, 1 May, 1963, U.S. Naval Amphibious Base,
Little Creek, Virginia
And Ending:;2400, 30 May, 1963, U.S. Naval Amphibious Base,
Little Creek, Virginia



Wednesday 1 May 1963

00-04 Docked starboard side to pier 56 East, U.S. Naval Amphibious Base, Little Creek, Virginia, with port anchor underfoot, all forward lines doubled and tending aft to the foot of the pier, standard mooring lines doubled aft, and a one inch wire for and aft. Receiving all services from the pier. 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 COMPHISTRALANT.
J.L. Lyons
CWO USN

04-08 Moored as before.
J. E. Williams
GMCCA USN

08-12 Moored as before. 0800 Mustered the crew at quarters. Absentees: ISFMAN, H. R.,, AWOL since 0730 29 April, 1963; PHELPS, D. G., FN, awol since 0730 this date. 1000 Made daily inspection of magazines and smokeless powder samples; condition normal.
R.G. Phillips
SFCS USN

12-16 Moored as before.
J. W. Gregory
LTJG USN

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

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

Friday 3 May 1963

00-04 Moored starboard side to pier 14 South, U.S. Naval Amphibious Base, Little Creek, Virginia, with standard mooring lines doubled aft, andCondition of readiness V and material condition Yoke (modified) are set. Boiler two and number one generator are on line. Ships present include various units of the U.S. Atlantic fleet, yard and district craft. SOPA is COMPHISTRALANT.
D. W. Olmstead
ENS USNR

04-08 Moored as before.
C.A. Wolf
FNC USNR

08-12 Moored as before. 0800 Mustered the crew at quarters. Absentees: None. 1000 Made daily inspection of magazines and smokeless powder samples; condition normal. Conducted weekly test of magazine sprinkler systems. Test satisfactory.
J.S. Lloyd
ENS USNR

12-16 Moored as before.
D.C. Ketchum
LTJG USN

16-20 Moored as before. 1755 lighted fires under number one boiler.
C. A. Link
ENS USNR

20-24 Moored as before. 2330 Secured fires under number one boiler.
J.B. Robinson
SDC USN

Saturday 4 May 1963

00-04 Moored starboard side to the south side pier 14 South, U.S. Naval Amphibious Base, Little Creek, Virginia, with standard mooring lines doubled aft, and a one inch wire fore and aft. Receiving miscellaneous services from the pier. Condition of readiness V and material condition Yoke (modified) are set. Boiler two and number one generator are on line. Ships present include various units of the U.S. Atlantic fleet, yard and district craft. SOPA is COMPHISTRALANT.
W. J. Dungan
MMC P1 USN

04-08 Moored as before.
H.B. Mirkin
ENS USNR

08-12 Moored as before. 0800 Mustered the crew on stations. Absentees: None. 1000 Made daily inspection of magazines and smokeless powder samples; condition normal.
J. E. Williams
GMCCA USN

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

16-20 Moored as before. 1755 lighted fires under number one boiler.
J.F. Ferguson
ENS USNR

20-24 Moored as before. 2330 Secured fires under number one boiler.
J.S. Lloyd
ENS USNR

Sunday 5 May 1963

00-04 Moored starboard side to the southside pier 14 South, U.S. Naval Amphibious Base, Little Creek, Virginia, with standard mooring lines doubled, a one inch wire for and aft, a one inch wire fore and aft. Receiving miscellaneous services from the pier. Boiler two and number one generator are on 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 COMPHISTRALANT.
J. E. Williams
CMGCA USN

04-08 Moored as before.
J.A. Friel
LTJG USN

08-12 Moored as before. 0800 Mustered the crew on stations. Absentees: GRAHAM, W.H. 529 68 74, SN, absent since 0500, 5 May 1963. 1000 Made daily inspection of magazines and smokeless powder samples; condition normal. 1015 GRAHAM, W.H., SN, returned having been AWOL since 0500, 5 May 1963.
R. C. Drake
EMC USN

12-16 Moored as before.
J. W. Gregory
LTJG USN

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

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

Monday 6 May 1963

00-04 Moored starboard side to the southside pier 14 South, U.S. Naval Amphibious Base, Little Creek, Virginia, with standard mooring lines doubled and a one inch wire fore and aft. Receiving miscellaneous services from the pier. Boiler two and number one generator are on 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 COMPHISTRALANT.
H. B. FOREHAND
LTJG, SC USNR

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

08-12 Moored as before. 0800 Mustered the crew on quarters. Absentees: None. 0824 Made daily inspection of magazines and smokeless powder samples; condition normal. 0825 Captain W. O. SPEARS, COMPHIBRON FOUR broke his flag in this vessel. 0945 LAWHON, WILLAM t., Jr.,, USN was admitted to U.S. Naval Amphibious Base dispensary, Norfolk, Virginia. Diagnosis tonsilitis, acute.

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

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

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

Tuesday 7 May 1963

00-04 Moored starboard side to the south side pier 14 South, U.S. Naval Amphibious Base, Little Creek, Virginia, with standard mooring lines doubled and a one inch wire fore and aft. Receiving miscellaneous services from the pier. Boiler two and number one generator are on line. Condition of readiness V and material condition Yoke (modified) are set. Captain W. O. SPEARS, COMPHIBRON FOUR and staff are embarked on board. Ships present include various units of the U.S. Atlantic fleet, yard and district craft. SOPA is COMPHISTRALANT. 0255 WILKINS, L.J., FA, USN, was delivered on board by shore patrol, (Norfolk, Virginia) charged with intoxication.
W. J. REDMOND
EMC USN

04-08 Moored as before. 0530 Lighted fires under number one boiler. 0700 Commenced preparation for getting underway. 0715 Mustered the crew at station, absentees; non. 0720 Set special sea and anchor detail. 0723 Made daily inspections of magazines and smokeless powder samples. Condition normal. 0725 Draft readings - forward 16'6", aft 17' 7", mean 17'1/2". 0740 Pilot E.L. BALLINGER came aboard. 0745 YTM 730 came alongside and made up to port bow. 0748 The captain has the conn and the navigator is on the bridge. 0751 Underway in accordance with COMPHIBRON FOUR ltr 03500 ser N30/086 of 1 May 1963 to conduct ISE in the Virginia Capes Oparea. 0745 Maneuvering on various courses at various speeds to conform with the channel.
G. A. ARCHAMBAULT
LT USNR

08-12 Steaming as before. 0812 YTM 730 is alongside stbd quarter. Pilot departed from the ship. 0813 YTM 730 departed from along stbd side. 0857 with buoy #6 abeam to port and buoy #5 abeam to stbd. 0918 With Cape Henry Light abeam to stbd. Distance 2 miles, c/c 110 degrees. 0923 Secured the special sea and anchor detail. Set speed to 10 kts. 0924 c/s 8 kts.. 0930 Stationed the highline detail Captain has the conn. Maneuvering on various courses at various speeds while conducting various exercises. 1006 Commenced approach on USS WALDO COUNTY (LST 1163). 1023 Alongside WALDO COUNTY to conduct Z-26-S and Z-27-s. 1100 Completed Z-26-S and Z-27-S. All lines clear forward and aft. 1115 Prepared to receive USS WALDO COUNTY on our stbd side to conduct Z-26-S and Z-27-s. 1124 WALDO COUNTY alongside.
G. A. ARCHAMBAULT
LT USNR

12-16 Steaming as before. 1215 Commencing refueling exercise Z-29-S. 1240 Completed refueling. 1249 Departed from alongside WALDO COUNTY. Completed exercise. 1250 c/c 249 degrees, c/s 13 kts. 1245 c/c 275 degrees, c/s 10 kts. C/s 8 kts. 1338 Stopped all engines. 1345 Lowered motor whaleboat into the water. 1352 c/s 4 kts. 1353 c/c 295 degrees. 1404 Exercised the crew at man overboard. 1407 Recovered"Oscar". 1410 Hoisted motor whaleboat aboard and secured it on skids. Secured from man overboard exercise. 1414 c/s 10 kts. C/c 295 degrees, 1415 c/s 12 kts, 1419 c/s 13 kts. 1420 c/c 305 degrees. 1427 c/c 295 V. 1433 c/c 297 degrees. 1438 Passed buoy (RB) to port. Distance 1 mile. 1439 c/c 300 degrees. 1441 c/c 315 degrees. 1446 c/c 290 degrees. 1451 c/c 285 degrees. 1454 c/c 288 degrees. Stationed the special sea and anchor detail. Captain and navigator are on the bridge. Maneuvering on various courses at various speeds in entering Thimble Shoals Channel. 1523 Captain has the conn. 1547 Pilot E.L. Ballinger came aboard from YTM 730 which is alongside on stbd side. Motor whaleboat is in the water and clear of the ship. 1548 YTM 730 cast off from alongside.
G. A. ARCHAMBAULT
LT USNR

16-20 Maneuvering as before. 1603 Captain has the conn. 1604 YTM 730 came alongside to port. Maneuvering to come alongside pier 14 South. 1617 Moored starboard side to the south side pier 14 South, U.S. Naval Amphibious Base, Little Creek, Virginia, with standard mooring lines doubled. 1627 YTM 730 cast off from along port side. 1630 Pilot left ship. 1631 Moter whaleboat is along port side. 1632 Motor whaleboat hoisted aboard and placed in skids. 1633 Put over a one inch wire fore and aft. Number one boiler and generator are on the line. 1635 Secured special sea and anchor detail.
G. A. ARCHAMBAULT
LT USNR

(Cont'd) 16-20 Received YO 227 alongside to port. 1724 Commenced refueling form YO 227. 1928 Secured from refueling. Received 64,772 gallons NSFO.
J. B. Robinson
SCD USN

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

Wednesday 8 May 1963

00-04 Moored starboard side to the southside pier 14 South, U.S. Naval Amphibious Base, Little Creek, Virginia, with standard mooring lines doubled, a one inch wire for and aft. Receiving miscellaneous services from the pier. Boiler one and number one generator are on line. Material condition Yoke (modified) and condition of readiness V are set. Ships present include various units of the U.S. Atlantic fleet, yard and district craft. SOPA is COMPHISTRALANT.
H. B. Mirkin
ENS USNR

04-08 Moored as before. 0700 Set the ballast detail.
W. J. Dungan
MMC USN

08-12 Moored as before. 0800 Mustered the crew at quarters. Absentees: None. 0825 Made daily inspection of magazines and smokeless powder samples; condition normal. Completed ballasting. LCM8,2-1 entered the well. 0900 LCU 1608 entered the well. Commenced deballasting. 0945 Complete deballasting.
J. F. Ferguson
ENS USNR

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

16-20 Moored as before.
J. E. Williams
GMCCA USN

20-24 Moored as before. 1951 BAKER, Charles E., EM1, USN was returned on board by the shore patrol after being arrested on a charge of simple assault by civil authorities. He is held in custody of the Commanding Officer, to await trial in Municipal Court of Princess Ann, Princess Anne, Virginia, 0930, 21 May 1963.
C. E. Wilson
BTC USN

Thursday 9 May 1963

00-04 Moored starboard side to the south side pier 14 South, U.S. Naval Amphibious Base, Little Creek, Virginia, with standard mooring lines doubled plus a one inch wire for and aft. Receiving miscellaneous services from the pier. Material condition Yoke (modified) and condition of readiness V are set. Ships present include various units of the U.S. Atlantic fleet, yard and district craft. SOPA is COMPHISTRALANT.
J. A. Friel
LTJG USN

04-08 Moored as before.
J. E. Williams
GMCCA USN

08-12 Moored as before. 0800 Mustered the crew at quarters. Absentees: None. 1000 Made daily inspection of magazines and smokeless powder samples; condition normal. 1040 SUPKO, Andrew, J., AGAN, of COMPHIBON FOUR Staff was injured when the accommodation ladder rolled on his foot. Diagnosis: contusion of great toe, second and third toes of the left foot. Returned to duty.
J. W. Gregory
LTJG USN

12-16 Moored as before. 1558 Lighted fires under number two boiler.
R. J. Zaneski
LTJG USNR

16-20 Moored as before. 1644 Potomac River Pilot R. B. HOLLAND came aboard. 1700 Mustered the crew on stations prior to getting underway. Absentees: None. 1730 Stationed the special sea and anchor detail. 1732 draft forward 17' 0", aft 17"6", mean 17'3". 1747 Pilot K. E. HEARSON came aboard. 1750 Mike 8-2 and Mike 8-4 came alongside and tied up to the port side. 1756 Captain has the conn, navigator is on the bridge. 1803 Underway in accordance with CINCLANTFLT Notice 03120 of 1 May 1963 en route from Little Creek, Virginia, to Washington, D. C. Steaming independently but in company with USS DESOTO COUNTY (LST 1171). Maneuvering on various courses at various speeds to conform with the channel. 1820 with Little Creek Jetty Light abeam to stbd. c/c 004 degrees, c/s 4 kts. 1822 Mike 8-2 came along stbd quarter. 1824 Pilot K. E. HEARSON departed the ship. All mike boats departed alongside. 1922 Passed buoy "SL" abeam to stbd, distance 300 yards. Proceeding across the tail of the horseshoe on course 000 degrees.
G. A. ARCHAMBAULT
LT USNR

20-24 Steaming as before. 2000 Sighted Wolf Trap Light bearing 351 degrees, range 10 miles. 2008 c/c 035 degrees. 2018 c/c 000 degrees. 2025 c/c 355 degrees. 2030 c/c 005 degrees. 2043 c/c 000 degrees.2055 passed wolf Trap light abeam to port bearing 270 degrees, range 2.5 miles. 2056 c/c 356 degrees. 2102 c/s 12.5 kts. 2144 c/c 350 degrees. 2149 passed Rappahannock Spit buoy abeam to port bearing 260 degrees, c/c 000 degrees. 2150 Sighted buoy "12TL" bearing 358.8 degrees, range 11 miles. 2220 Sighted Smith Point Light bearing 359 degrees, range 10 miles. C/c 101 degrees. 2235 Sighted Great Wicomico River Light bearing 351 degrees, range 8 miles. 2244 passed buoy "12TL" abeam to port bearing 270 degrees. 2312 Smith Point Light abeam to port bearing 270 degrees, range 1 mile. 2314 With Smith Point Light bearing 265 degrees, c/c 343 degrees. 2320 c/c 306 degrees 2328 c/c 310V. 2329 Sighted Point Lookout Light bearing 175.3 degrees, range 10 miles. 2352 entered Potomac River.
B. CROOK
LT USNR

Friday 10 May 1963

00-04 Steaming independently but in company with USS DESOTO COUNTY (LST 1171) en route from Little Creek, Virginia, to Washington, D. C. in accordance with CINCLANTFLT Notice 03120 of 1 March 1963. SOPA and OTC is COMPHIBRON FOUR embarked in this ship. Condition of readiness IV and material condition YOKE (modified) are set. 0001 Advanced all ship's clocks to time zone plus six (6). 0111 Point Lookout abeam to starboard, distance 2 miles. 0138 Sighted Piney Point Light bearing 318 degrees, distance 6.5 miles. 0147 c/s to 8 kts. 0150 c/c 320 degrees. 1057 c/c 325 degrees. 0230 Maneuvering to come to anchor. 0240 Anchored in 8 fathoms of water within 45 fathoms to the port anchor on a soft bottom on the following bearings. Piney Point Light, Maryland, bearing 341 degrees, Potomac River buoy "10" 303 degrees, tank 011 degrees. 0206 USS DESOTO COUNTY (LST 1171) anchored bearing 131 degrees, 1000 yards.
J.A. Friel
LTJG USN

04-08 Anchored as before. 0600 Set special sea and anchor detail. Commenced heaving around on the port anchor. 0603 USS DESOTO COUNTY (LST 1171) is underway. 0613 Anchor is away. 0614 Underway in accordance with CINCLANTFLT Notice 03120 of 1 March 1963 from Piney Point, Maryland, to Washington, D. C. Captain has the conn. Pilot and navigator are on the bridge. Maneuvering on various courses at various speeds to conform with Potomac River channel. 0635 Piney Point Light is abeam to port, bearing 050 degrees, distance 1 mile. 0653 Passed Ragged Point Light abeam to port, bearing 196 degrees, distance 1 mile.
G. A. ARCHAMBAULT
LT USNR

08-12 Steaming as before. Mustered the crew at quarters. Absentees: None. 0805 Entered Kettle Bottom Channel. 0810 Made daily inspection of magazines and smokeless powder samples; condition normal. Made weekly test of magazine sprinkler systems. Test satisfactory. 0850 Passed Georgetown Beacon abeam to starboard. 0854 Passed lower Cedar Beacon abeam to port. 0900 Passed under Potomac River Bridge. 0901 Passed Persimmon Point beacon abeam to port. 0920 Passed Mathias Point beacon abeam to port. 0928 passed upper Cedar Point beacon abeam to starboard. 1000 Passe Marylana Point Light abeam to port. 1009 Entered Sandy Point channel. 1041 Completed transit of Sandy Point channel. 1150 Passed beacon#56 abeam to starboard.
B. Crook
LT USNR

12-16 Steaming as before. 1208 c/s to 12 knots. Maneuvering on various courses at various speeds to conform with Potomac River channel. 1220 Passed Mount Vernon, rendered appropriate honors. 1234 passed Can Buoy "73" abeam to port, distance 200 yards. 1245 Passed Buoy "81" abeam to starboard. 1254 Buoy "84" abeam to starboard. 1257 Passed Buoy "86" abeam to starboard. 1307 c/s to 8 knots. 1310 Set special sea and anchor detail. LT Guy ARCHAMBAULT assumed the deck, captain assumed the conn. 1312 Steering various courses to conform to the channel and pass through Wilson Memorial Bridge. 1322 Steering various courses to conform to Alexandria channel and approach South Capital Street Bridge. 1344 c/s to 4 knots. 1400 Passed through bridge. Maneuvering to take assigned berth. U. S. Navy YTM 180 and LCM pusher boat assisting. 1421 Moored portside to the quay wall, U. S. Navy Yard Annex, Washington D. C. With standard mooring lines doubled and a one inch wire fore and aft. 1437 Secured the special sea and anchor detail. 1440 Secured number two boiler. 1445 Lowered the stern gate and commenced preperations for general visiting. SOPA is COMPHIBRON FOUR .
G. A. ARCHAMBAULT
LT USNR

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

20-24 Moored as before. 2030 Fire broke out on quaywall wooden stringers. Fire was extinguished by ship's force personnel.
J. SHEKERKO
ENS USNR

Saturday 11 May 1963

00-04 Moored port side to the quay wall, U. S. Navy Yard Annex, Washington D. C. With standard mooring lines doubled and a one inch wire fore and aft. Receiving miscellaneous services from the pier. Boiler one and number two generator are on 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 COMPHIBRON FOUR embarked in this ship.
D. W. Olmstead
ENS USNR

04-08 Moored as before.
W. J. REDMOND
EMC USN

08-12 Moored as before. 0800 Mustered the crew at quarters. Absentees: None. 0810 Made daily inspection of magazines and smokeless powder samples; condition normal. 1000 Commenced general visiting.
H.B. Mirkin
ENS USNR

12-16 Moored as before. 1510 Stephen H. KASERMAN, visitor, injured his head while climbing on Mount 41, Treatment administered by OATES, J. M., HMC, USN.
D. C. KETCHUM
LTJG USNR

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

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

Sunday 12 May 1963

00-04 Moored port side to the quay wall, U. S. Navy Yard Annex, Washington D. C. With standard mooring lines doubled and a one inch wire fore and aft. Receiving miscellaneous services from the pier. Boiler one and number two generator are on 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 COMPHIBRON FOUR embarked in this ship.
W. J. Dungan
MMC USN

04-08 Moored as before
C. A. LINN
ENS USNR

08-12 Moored as before. 0800 Mustered the crew on stations. Absentees: None. 1000 Made daily inspection of magazines and smokeless powder samples; condition normal.
J. L. Lyon
CWO USN

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

16-20 Moored as before.
J.A. Friel
LTJG USN

20-24 Moored as before.
J.F. Ferguson
ENS USNR

Monday 13 May 1963

00-04 Moored port side to the quay wall, U. S. Navy Yard Annex, Washington D. C. with standard mooring lines doubled and a one inch wire fore and aft. Receiving miscellaneous services from the pier. Number one boiler and generator are on 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 COMPHIBRON FOUR embarked in this ship.
J. L. Lyon
CWO USN

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

08-12 Moored as before. 0800 Mustered the crew on quarters. Absentees: None. 0815 Made daily inspection of magazines and smokeless powder samples; condition normal. 0845 Pilot H. E. SLYE came on board. 0926 Completed all preparations for getting underway. 0928 YTM 140 made up on starboard quarter. 0938 Underway from U. S. Navy Yard Annex, Washington D. C., for Little Creek, Virginia in accordance with CINCLANTFLT Notice 03120 of 1 March 1963. Captain at the conn, executive officer, navigator, and pilot on the bridge. 0945 Maneuvering on both engines and using tug to swing ship in channel, stern to starboard, to head down river. 0940 YTM 140 parted tow standing by port bow. 0948 LCM tug pushing on starboard bow. 0958 Maneuvering with both engines and rudder. Passed through South Capital Street Bridge, Anacostia River. 0959 c/s to 8 knots.1001 c/s to 4 knots. Steering various courses to conform to channel and avoid shipping. 1004 c/s to 10 knots. 1005 c/s to 4 knots. 1007 c/s to 8 knots. 1015 Buoy number 11 abeam to starboard, entering Potomac River. 1040 c/c to 187 degrees, passed through Woodrow Wilson Memorial Bridge. 1055 Steering various courses to conform with Potomac River channel. 1117 Buoy #73 abeam to starboard. 1125 Passed Mount Vernon abeam to starboard, rendered appropriate passing honors. 1129 Buoy #67 abeam to starboard. 1138 Buoy # 66 abeam to port. 1142 Buoy #62 abeam to port. 1155 Buoy #57 abeam to starboard.
J.A. Friel
LTJG USN

12-16 Steaming as before. Steering various courses to conform with the channel. 1216 c/s to 13 knots. 1315 Smith Point Light abeam to port. 1343 Maryland Point Light abeam to starboard. 1412 upper Cedar Point beacon abeam to port. 1420 Mathias Point beacon abeam to starboard. 1436 Persimmon Point beacon abeam to starboard. 1440 Passed under Potomac River Bridge. 1445 lower Cedar Beacon abeam to starboard.
D. M. CAIN III
LTJG USN

16-18 Steaming as before. 1637 With Ragged Point Light abeam to starboard, c/c 135 degrees. 1651 Coast Guard boat came alongside port quarter. 1654 Pilot departed from the ship. Coast Guard boat departed alongside port quarter. 1655 c/c 165 degrees 1656 c/c 155 degrees. 1700 Set all ships clocks back one hour to conform with +5 zone time. 1601 Steering various courses to conform with Potomac River channel. 1704 Sighted Smith Point Light bearing 135.8 degrees, distance 10 miles. 1753 With Smith Point Light abeam to starboard, distance 2400 yards, c/c 180 degrees.
G. A. ARCHAMBAULT
LT USNR

18-20 Steaming as before. 1803 Sighted Wicomico Light bearing 228 degrees. 1828 Buoy ‘12TL' abeam to starboard. 1830 c/c 182 degrees. 1844 c/c 190 degrees. 1853 c/c 192 degrees. 1858 c/c 180 degrees. 1854 Rappahannock Light bearing 277.5 degrees, distance 6.5 miles. 1920 Rappahannock Light abeam to starboard 270 degrees. 1925 Sighted Wolf Trap light bearing 188.8 degrees, range 12 miles. 1936 Buoy ‘RB' abeam to starboard.
B. CROOK
LT USNR

20-24 Steaming as before. 2022 Sighted York Spit Light bearing 206 degrees, distance 8 miles. 2024 With Wolf Trap light abeam to starboard bearing 270 degrees, 4 miles, c/c to 175 degrees. 2036 c/c 180 degrees. 2044 c/c to 188 degrees. 2120 Sighted Thimble Shoals light bearing 200 degrees., range 12 miles. 2122 With York Spit channel buoy 11 abeam to port, 100 yards c/c to 180 degrees. 2123 c/s to 12 knots. 2139 c/s 10 knots. 2140 c/c 183 degrees. 2144 hard left rudder. Maneuvering with both engines and rudder to avoid unlighted buoy dead ahead. 2145 Passed York River channel buoy 1 abeam to starboard. Buoy light was extinguished. 2155 c/c 175 degrees.. 2210 c/c to 177 degrees. 2211 c/c to 174 degrees. 2226 c/s to 8 knots. 2240 Captain assumed the conn. 2245 Maneuvering to come to assigned anchorage. 2300 Anchored in Lynnhaven Roads anchorage (LA) 12, with 25 fathoms of chain to the port anchor, in 30 feet of water and mud bottom, on the following bearings; construction tower 052.8 degrees., construction tower 112.8 degrees., construction tower 157.8 degrees.. Ships present include USS LIDDLE (APD 60), USS FORREST ROYAL (DD 872), and merchant vessels. SOPA is COMPHIBRON FOUR in this ship. 2315 USS FORREST ROYAL (DD 872) got underway and stood out of Lynnhaven Roads anchorage LA 13.
J.A. Friel
LTJG USN

Tuesday 14 May 1963

00-04 Anchored in Lynnhaven Roads anchorage LA-12 with 25 fathoms of chain to the port anchor at the water's edge, in 30 feet of water and mud bottom, on the following bearings; construction tower 052.8 , construction tower 112.8 , construction tower 157.8 . Ship in condition of readiness IV, material condition Yoke (modified) set. Engineering department on 30 minutes notice before getting underway. Boilers number one and two and generators one and two are online. Ships present include USS LIDDLE (APD 60), USS RIGEL (AF 58) and various merchant vessels. SOPA is COMPHIBRON FOUR in this ship. 0225 Secured number two boiler.
J. SHEKERKO
ENS USNR

04-08 Anchored as before. 0530 Commenced ballasting. 0643 LCU 1608 departed well deck. 0655 LCM8, 2-1 departed well deck. Commenced deballasting. 0656 Lighted fires under number two boiler. 0700 commenced all preparations for getting underway. 0705 USS RIGEL (AF 58) is underway. 0730 Set the special sea and anchor detail. 0739 Ship's draft: forward 16'6", aft 18'6", mean 17'6". 0747 Captain has the conn. 0751 Commenced heaving around on th port anchor. 0753 Underway in accordance with CINCLANTFLT Notice 03120 of 1 March 1963 enroute from Washington D. C. To Little Creek, Virginia. The captain has the conn, the navigator is on the bridge. Maneuvering on various courses at various speeds to conform with the channel.
G. A. ARCHAMBAULT
LT USNR

08-12 Steaming as before. 0800 Mustered the crew on station. Absentees: None. 0815 YTM 730 came alongside port quarter. 0816 Pilot, Mr. KEATING came aboard. YTM 730 cast off from alongside.0818 draft readings: forward 17'0", aft 17'6", mean 17'3". 0830 Passed Little Creek Jetty light abeam to port, distance 75 yards. 0825 YTM 730 made up to port bow. 0842 Pusher boats M-2 and M-4 are made fast to port quarter. 0856 Moored starboard side to pier 56E, U.S. Naval Amphibious Base, Little Creek, Virginia, with standard mooring lines doubled and a one inch wire fore and aft. SOPA is COMPHISTRALANT. 0922 Pusher boats —2 and —4 departed from along port quarter. 0926 YTM 730 departed from along port bow. 0928 Walked port anchor out to 7 fathoms. 0931 secured special sea and anchor detail. 1005 Made daily inspections of magazines and smokeless powder samples. Condition normal.
G. A. ARCHAMBAULT
LT USNR

12-16 Moored as before. 1410 Pursuant to BUPERS msg 181721Z of March 1963 and BUPERS order193287 (2), modification of, 10 April 1963, ENS H. B. MIRKIN was detached from this ship with orders to report to NAVCOMSTA, Greece for duty. 1530 COMPHIBRON FOUR hauled down his flag. Set the special sea and anchor detail. While loading stores, LEIGH, H. J., SN, received a contusion of the right eye. Sent to the base dispensary. 1540 Haused the port anchor. 1554 Completed all preparations for getting underway. 1558 Upon verbal orders from the Commanding Officer, CLARK, R. D., ETRSN was transferred to NAVPHIBASE, Little Creek to await trial.
D. W. Olmstead
ENS USNR

16-20 Moored as before. 1609 Pilot E. L. BALLENGER on board. 1613 YTM 730 secured to port bow. 1659 Captain has the conn. 1711 Underway in accordance with verbal instructions of COMPHISTRALANT ADMINO enroute from pier 56E, Little Creek, Virginia, to pier 13 south Little Creek, Virginia. 1712 Maneuvering on various courses at various speeds. 1735 Moored starboard side to the south side pier 13 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 COMPHISTRALANT. 1748 YTM 730 departed from port bow. 1750 Secured special sea and anchor detail. 1751 Set the ballast detail. 1924 YO 75 came alongside portside to refuel ship. 1930 LCU 1472 came in well deck. 1957 Commenced pumping N.S.F.O. fuel on board.
D. M. CAIN III
LTJG USN

20-24 Moored as before. 2100 Secured receiving fuel. Received 41,916 gallons N.S.F.O. 2125 YO 75 cast off port side. 2155 Shifted electric load to #1 generator. Secures #2 SS generator.
J. R. TRAVIS
CWO USN

Wednesday 15 May 1963

00-04 Moored starboard side to southside pier 13 South, U.S. Naval Amphibious Base, Little Creek, Virginia, with standard mooring lines doubled and a one inch wire out aft. Receiving miscellaneous services from the pier. Boiler one and generator number one are on 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 COMPHISTRALANT.
C.A. Wolf
ENS USN

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

08-12 Moored as before. 0800 Mustered the crew at quarters. Absentees: None. 0945 Made daily inspection of magazines and smokeless powder samples; condition normal. 1000 One inch wire put out forward.
D.C. Ketchum
LTJG USNR

12-16 Moored as before.
J.B. Robinson
SDC USN

16-20 Moored as before.
J.L. Lyons
ENS USNR

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

Thursday 16 May 1963

00-04 Moored starboard side to south side pier 13 South, U.S. Naval Amphibious Base, Little Creek, Virginia, with standard mooring lines doubled and a one inch wire out fore and aft. Boiler one and generator number one are on line for ships power. Receiving fresh water and telephone from the pier 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 COMPHISTRALANT.
C. A. LINN
ENS USNR

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

08-12 Moored as before. 0800 Mustered the crew at quarters. Absentees: None. 0815 Made daily inspection of magazines and smokeless powder samples; condition normal.
J.F. Ferguson
ENS USNR

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.
W. J. Dungan
MMC USN

Friday 17 May 1963

00-04 Moored starboard side to pier 13 South, U.S. Naval Amphibious Base, Little Creek, Virginia, with standard mooring lines doubled and a one inch wire out fore and aft. Boiler one and generator number one are on line for auxiliary power. Receiving miscellaneous services from the pier. 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 COMPHISTRALANT.
J.A. Friel
LTJG USN

04-08 Moored as before. 0456 Lighted fires under number two boiler.
J.F. Ferguson
ENS USNR

08-12 Moored as before. 0800 Mustered the crew at quarters. Absentees: None. 0747 Draft readings: forward 17'0", aft 17'0", mean 17'0". 0830 Set special sea and anchor detail. 0850 Pilot Mr. J. M. PARKER came aboard. 0855 Captain has the conn, navigator is on the bridge. Tug YTM 730 ias made fast to port bow. 0900 Underway to shift berths to pier 56E. Maneuvering on various courses at various speeds to conform with the channel. 0920 Pusher boat M-2 is made fast to starboard bow. 0933 M-4 is on starboard bow. Moored starboard side to pier 56E, U.S. Naval Amphibious Base, Little Creek, Virginia, with standard mooring lines doubled aft, #2 & #3 mooring lines doubled forward and one inch wire fore and aft. 0945 M-4 is clear of starboard bow. 0956 M-2 and YTM 730 cast off from alongside. Pilot Mr. J. M. PARKER departed from the ship. 0957 Steaming on number one boiler and #2 SS generator. 0959 Dropped the port anchor to 7 fathoms at the waters edge. Secured special sea and anchor detail. 1003 Secured the number two boiler. 1020 secured number one generator. 1030 Made daily inspection of magazines and smokeless powder samples; condition normal. 1030 Made weekly test of magazine sprinkler systems. Test satisfactory.
R.G. PHILLIPS
SFCS USN

12-16 Moored as before.
H. B. FOREHAND
LTJG, SC USNR

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

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

Saturday 18 May 1963

00-04 Moored starboard side to pier 56, U.S. Naval Amphibious Base, Little Creek, Virginia, with standard mooring lines doubled aft, lines two and three doubled forward, and a one inch wire out fore and aft. Boiler one and generator number two are on line for auxiliary power. Receiving miscellaneous services from the pier. 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 COMPHISTRALANT.
R. J. Zaneski
LTJG USNR

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

08-12 Moored as before. 0800 Mustered the crew at quarters. Absentees: None. 0807 Made daily inspection of magazines and smokeless powder samples; condition normal. 0830 Flight quarters. 0850 U. S. Navy helicopter number ninety seven (97) received aboard. 0900 Secured from flight quarters. 0900 Commenced general visiting
J. SHEKERKO
ENS USNR

12-16 Moored as before.
W. J. REDMOND
EMC USN

16-20 Moored as before.
J. R. TRAVIS
CWO UNS

20-24 Moored as before.
C.A. Wolf
FNC USNR

Sunday 19 May 1963

00-04 Moored starboard side to pier 56,east, U.S. Naval Amphibious Base, Little Creek, Virginia, with standard mooring lines doubled aft, lines two and three doubled forward, and a one inch wire out fore and aft and the port anchor underfoot. Boiler one and generator number two are on line for auxiliary power. Receiving miscellaneous services from the pier. 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 COMPHISTRALANT.
J. SHEKERKO
ENS USNR

04-08 Moored as before.
W. J. REDMOND
EMC USN

08-12 Moored as before. 0800 Mustered the crew on stations. Absentees: MATERA, John W. EM3, AOL since 0730 this date. 1005 MATERA, John W.EM3 returned aboard ship, having been AWOL since 0730 this date. 1010 Made daily inspection of magazines and smokeless powder samples; condition normal.
J. B. ROBINSON
SDC USN

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

16-20 Moored as before.
C. A. LINN
ENS USNR

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

Monday 20 May 1963

00-04 Moored starboard side to pier 56, east, U.S. Naval Amphibious Base, Little Creek, Virginia, with standard mooring lines doubled aft, lines two and three doubled forward, and a one inch wire out fore and aft and the port anchor underfoot. Boiler one and generator number two are on line for auxiliary power. Condition of readiness V and material condition Yoke (modified) are set. The ship is on a four hour standby for getting underway. Receiving miscellaneous services from the pier. Ships present include various units of the U.S. Atlantic fleet, yard and district craft. SOPA is COMPHISTRALANT.
D. W. Olmstead
ENS USNR

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

08-12 Moored as before. 0800 Mustered the crew at quarters.. Absentees: none. 0830 Flight quarters. 0855 Helicopter left flight deck to return to base. 0900 Secured from flight quarters. 1015 Made daily inspection of magazines and smokeless powder samples; condition normal. 1140 Lighted fires under number two boiler.
J.A. Friel
LTJG USN

12-16 Moored as before. 1400 The Commanding Officer held mast and imposed nonjudicial punishment as follows: MATERA, John W. EM3, USN. Offences:Violation of UCMJ, Artical 86, Unotherized absence. Punishment: Reduction to next inferior rate (EMFN)
J.F. Ferguson
ENS USNR

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

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

Tuesday 21 May 1963

00-04 Moored starboard side to pier 56,east, U.S. Naval Amphibious Base, Little Creek, Virginia, with standard mooring lines doubled aft, lines two and three doubled forward, and a one inch wire out fore and aft and the port anchor underfoot. Boiler two and generator number two are on line. Condition of readiness V and material condition Yoke (modified) are set. The ship is on a four (4) hour standby for getting underway. Receiving miscellaneous services from the pier. Ships present include various units of the U.S. Atlantic fleet, yard and district craft. SOPA is COMPHISTRALANT.
J.F. Ferguson
ENS USNR

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

08-12 Moored as before. 0800 Mustered the crew at quarters.. Absentees: none. 1000 Made daily inspection of magazines and smokeless powder samples; condition normal.
R. C. Drake
EMC USN

12-16 Moored as before.1230 While moving CO2 bottles, GROTE, J. A., SN, USN, received contusions and abrasions on his left little finger when a bottle slipped hitting his finger; not due to his own misconduct. Treatment administered by the medical department representative. Disposition: returned to duty
H. R. FOREHAND
LTJG, SG USNR

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

20-24 Moored as before.
R. J. Zaneski
LTJG USNR

Wednesday 22 May 1963

00-04 Moored starboard side to pier 56,east, U.S. Naval Amphibious Base, Little Creek, Virginia, with standard mooring lines doubled , with the exception of number one line, seven fathoms of chain out to the port anchor, and a one inch wire out fore and aft. Boiler two and generator number two are on line. Receiving miscellaneous services from the pier. Condition of readiness V and material condition Yoke (modified) are set. The ship is on a four (4) hour standby for getting underway. Ships present include various units of the U.S. Atlantic fleet, yard and district craft. SOPA is COMPHISTRALANT.
R.G. Phillips
SFCS USN

04-08 Moored as before.
J. W. Gregory
LTJG USN

08-12 Moored as before. 0800 Mustered the crew at quarters.. Absentees: none. 0805 Made daily inspection of magazines and smokeless powder samples; condition normal.
C.A. Wolf
ENCS USN

12-16 Moored as before.1540 ALBRIGHT, F. F., SN, USNR, while playing on the ASHLAND's softball team, received a compound loint dislocation of the little finger on the right hand. Disposition: placed on binnacle list.
J. R. TRAVIS
CWO USN

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

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

Thursday 23 May 1963

00-04 Moored starboard side to pier 56,east, U.S. Naval Amphibious Base, Little Creek, Virginia, with standard mooring lines doubled , with the exception of number one line, seven fathoms of chain out to the port anchor, and a one inch wire out fore and aft. Boiler two and generator number two are on line. Receiving miscellaneous services from the pier. Condition of readiness V and material condition Yoke (modified) are set. The ship is on a four (4) hour standby for getting underway. Ships present include various units of the U.S. Atlantic fleet, yard and district craft. SOPA is COMPHISTRALANT.
C.A. Wolf
ENCS USN

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

08-12 Moored as before. 0800 Mustered the crew at foul weather parade. Absentees: none 1000 Made daily inspection of magazines and smokeless powder samples; condition normal.
J.S. Lloyd
ENS USNR

12-16 Moored as before. 1350 Shifted electrical load to shore power. 1310 Secured number two boiler.
W. J. Dungan
MMC USN

16-20 Moored as before.
C. A. LINN
LTJG USNR

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

Friday 24 May 1963

00-04 Moored starboard side to pier 56,east, U.S. Naval Amphibious Base, Little Creek, Virginia, with standard mooring lines doubled aft, lines two and three doubled forward, and a one inch wire out fore and aft. The port anchor is underfoot. Receiving all services from the pier. Condition of readiness V and material condition Yoke (modified) are set. The ship is on a four (4) hour standby for getting underway. Ships present include various units of the U.S. Atlantic fleet, yard and district craft. SOPA is COMPHISTRALANT.
D. C. KETCHUM
LTJG USNR

04-08 Moored as before.
J. B. ROBINSON
SDC USN

08-12 Moored as before. 0800 Mustered the crew at quarters. Absentees: none 0900 Made daily inspection of magazines and smokeless powder samples; condition normal. Made weekly test of magazine sprinkler and flooding system. Condition satisfactory.
J.F. Ferguson
ENS USNR

12-16 Moored as before 1200 Lost AC and DC power form the pier. 1200 Put emergency generator on the line for ships power. 1342 Lighted fires under number two boiler. 1430 Put number two boiler on the line. 1505 Put number one generator on the line for ships power. Secured emergency generator.
C. E. Wilson
BTC USN

16-20 Moored as before.
J.A. Friel
LTJG USN

20-24 Moored as before.
J.F. Ferguson
ENS USNR

Saturday 25 May 1963

00-04 Moored starboard side to pier 56,east, U.S. Naval Amphibious Base, Little Creek, Virginia, with standard mooring lines doubled aft, lines two and three doubled forward, and a one inch wire out fore and aft. The port anchor is underfoot. Number two boiler and number two ships service generator are on the line. Receiving fresh water and telephone service from the pier. 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 COMPHISTRALANT.
C. E. Wilson
BTC USN

04-08 Moored as before.
J.A. Friel
LTJG USN

08-12 Moored as before. 0800 Mustered the crew on stations. Absentees: none 0900 Made daily inspection of magazines and smokeless powder samples; condition normal.
G. J. Couchell
ENS USNR

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

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

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

Sunday 26 May 1963

00-04 Moored starboard side to pier 56,east, U.S. Naval Amphibious Base, Little Creek, Virginia, with standard mooring lines doubled aft, lines two and three doubled forward, and a one inch wire out fore and aft. The port anchor is underfoot. Receiving miscellaneous service from the pier. Number two boiler and generator 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 COMPHISTRALANT.
J. W. Gregory
LTJG USN
04-08 Moored as before.
H. R. FOREHAND
LTJG, SC USNR

08-12 Moored as before. 0800 Mustered the crew on stations. Absentees: none 0930 Made daily inspection of magazines and smokeless powder samples; condition normal.
L. G. PARHAM
MMCA USN

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

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

20-24 Moored as before.
C.A. Wolf
ENCS USN

Sunday 26 May 1963

00-04 Moored starboard side to pier 56,east, U.S. Naval Amphibious Base, Little Creek, Virginia, with standard mooring lines doubled aft, lines two and three doubled forward, and a one inch wire out fore and aft. The port anchor is underfoot. Receiving miscellaneous service from the pier. Number two boiler and generator 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 COMPHISTRALANT.
J. W. Gregory
LTJG USN

04-08 Moored as before.
H. R. FOREHAND
LTJG, SC USNR

08-12 Moored as before. 0800 Mustered the crew on stations. Absentees: none 0930 Made daily inspection of magazines and smokeless powder samples; condition normal.
L. G. PARHAM
MMCA USN

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

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

20-24 Moored as before.
C.A. Wolf
ENCS USN

Monday 27 May 1963

00-04 Moored starboard side to pier 56,east, U.S. Naval Amphibious Base, Little Creek, Virginia, with standard mooring lines doubled aft, lines two and three doubled forward, and a one inch wire out fore and aft. The port anchor is underfoot. Receiving miscellaneous service from the pier. Number two boiler and number two generator 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 COMPHISTRALANT.
L. G. PARHAM
MMCA USN

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

08-12 Moored as before. 0800 Mustered the crew at quarters . Absentees: none. 0856 Lighted fires under number one boiler. Shifted electrical power to number one generator. 1000 Made daily inspection of magazines and smokeless powder samples; condition normal. 1031 Secured number two boiler.
W. J. Dungan
MMC USN

12-16 Moored as before.
C. A. LINN
LTJG USNR

16-20 Moored as before.
D. W. Olmstead
ENS USNR

20-24 Moored as before.
D. C. KETCHUM
LTJG USNR

Tuesday 28 May 1963

00-04 Moored starboard side to pier 56,east, U.S. Naval Amphibious Base, Little Creek, Virginia, with standard mooring lines doubled aft, lines two and three doubled forward, and a one inch wire out fore and aft. The port anchor is underfoot. Receiving miscellaneous service from the pier. Number one boiler and number one generator 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 COMPHIBTRALANT.
J. B. ROBINSON
SDC USN

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

08-12 Moored as before. 0800 Mustered the crew at quarters . Absentees: none. 1000 Made daily inspection of magazines and smokeless powder samples; condition 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. 2303 COMPHIBLANT assumed SOPA.
J. L. LYON
CWO USN

Wednesday 29 May 1963

00-04 Moored starboard side to pier 56,east, U.S. Naval Amphibious Base, Little Creek, Virginia, with standard mooring lines doubled aft, lines two and three doubled forward, and a one inch wire out fore and aft. The port anchor is underfoot. Receiving miscellaneous service from the pier. Number one boiler and number two ships generator 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 COMPHIBLANT.
C. E. Wilson
BTC USN

04-08 Moored as before.
J.A. Friel
LTJG USN

08-12 Moored as before. 0800 Mustered the crew at quarters . Absentees: none. 1000 Made daily inspection of magazines and smokeless powder samples; condition normal.
J. W. Gregory
LTJG USN

12-16 Moored as before. 1320 Ensign Edward D. NOLLES III, USNR, reported on board for further transfer to USS LORAIN COUNTY (LST 1177) in accordance with BUPERS order 007695. 1220 DILLON, Oliver H., BM3, USN, was injured on forehead while working of forklift in well deck. Treated by duty corpsman. Not due to his own misconduct. Disposition: placed on binnacle list.
R. J. Zaneski
LTJG USNR

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

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

Thursday 30 May 1963

00-04 Moored starboard side to pier 56,east, U.S. Naval Amphibious Base, Little Creek, Virginia, with standard mooring lines doubled aft, lines two and three doubled forward, and a one inch wire out fore and aft. The port anchor is underfoot. Receiving miscellaneous service from the pier. Number one boiler and number one generator 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 COMPHIBLANT.
G. J. Couchell
ENS USNR

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

08-12 Moored as before. 0800 Mustered the crew on stations . Absentees: WOOD, Thomas D., MM3, AWOL since 0730, 30 May 1963. 0830 Made daily inspection of magazines and smokeless powder samples; condition normal.
J. R. TRAVIS
CWO USN

12-16 Moored as before.
C.A. Wolf
ENCS USN

16-20 Moored as before.
L. G. PARHAM
MMCA USN

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

Friday 31 May 1963

00-04 Moored starboard side to pier 56,east, U.S. Naval Amphibious Base, Little Creek, Virginia, with standard mooring lines doubled aft, lines two and three doubled forward, and a one inch wire out fore and aft. The port anchor is underfoot. Receiving miscellaneous service from the pier. Number one boiler and number one generator 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 COMPHIBLANT.
J. R. TRAVIS
CWO USN

04-08 Moored as before. 0435 HICE, James C. RM3, BALL, Lary D. QM3, SEALY, David L. ET3, returned on board from naval base dispensary where they were admitted for treatment after being involved in an automobile collision. Returned to duty. 0648 Lighted fires under number two boiler.
C.A. Wolf
ENCS USN

08-12 Moored as before. 0800 Mustered the crew at quarters. . Absentees: None;. 0805 Made daily inspection of magazines and smokeless powder samples; condition normal. 0830 Set the special sea and anchor detail. 0842 Captain is at the conn and navigator is on the bridge. 0850 Draft readings; forward, 17'4", aft 17'4", mean 17'4". 0852 Pusher boat Mike 2 made up to port. 0853 Pilot, J.E. CASTING came on board. YTM 730 made up to starboard bow. 0856 Underway to shift berths. Steering various courses to conform with the channel. 0923 Moored port side to pier 11N with standard mooring lines doubled and a one inch wire out forward. 0931 YTM 730 ans M2 cast off from alongside. 0937 Pilot, J.E. CASTING departed from the ship. 0933 Secured the special sea and anchor detail. 1050 Disembarked LCU-1472 and commenced deballasting. 1100 Made weekly test of the magazine sprinkling and flooding system. Conditions' Satisfactory.
C. A. LINN
ENS USNR

12-16 Moored as before. 1539 Commenced loading ammunition.
D. W. Olmstead
ENS USNR

16-20 Moored as before. 1730 Completed loading ammunition. Received six conex boxes of class 5 opres material. 1745 Commenced preparations for getting underway. 1750 Set material condition Yoke modified. 1810 0830 Set the special sea and anchor detail. 1815 ENS G. J. COUCHELL, USNR, detached to report to CO, FAAWTC, Dam Neck, for TAD. 1816 Draft readings; forward 18'3",aft 17'0", mean 17'7". Took in the one inch wire forward. 1848 Underway in accordance with CINCLANFLT Notice 03120 of 1 March 1963. Maneuvering on various courses at various speeds to conform with the channel. 1903 Little Creek Jetty Light abeam to port, distance 50 yards. Pilot, J.E. CASTING left the ship. 1936 Passed buoy #9 abeam to starboard, distance 200 yards. 1944 c/s 13 knots. Passed buoy #7 abeam to starboard, distance 300 yards. 1958 Passed buoy #1 abeam to starboard, distance 400 yards.
G. A. ARCHAMBAULT
LT USNR

20-24 Steaming as before. 2008 Secured the special sea and anchor detail. 2009 Passed Cape Henry Light abeam to starboard, distance 2300 yards. 2024 c/c to 130 degrees. 2030 c/c to 120 degrees. 2032 c/c to 130 degrees. 2050 c/c to 153 degrees. Passed buoy R2CB abeam to starboard, distance 1500 yards. 2125 Passed buoy RV abeam to starboard, distance 1500 yards.
D. M. CAIN, III
LTJG USN