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

Commanded By: E.J. KING JR., USN
Attached to:     Amphibious Squadron Four Of the U. S. Atlantic Fleet
Commencing:   0001, 1 October, 1963, Brooklyn, New York
And Ending:     2400, 31 October, 1963, – Guantanamo Bay, Cuba



Tuesday 1 October, 1963

00-04 Moored port side to the south side of pier 41, Brooklyn, New York, with standard mooring lines doubled, a one-inch wire forward and a two-inch spring lay aft. The ship is undergoing overhaul conducted by Main Ship Repair Corporation, Brooklyn. The engineering plant is secured. Receiving all services from the pier. Ships present Lower New York Harbor area include various units of the U.S. Atlantic Fleet, yard and district craft. SOPA (acting) is Commanding Officer, USS SPRINGFIELD (CLG 7).
J.F. FERGUSON
ENS. USNR

04-08 Moored as before.
B.G. HART
EN1 USN

08-12 Moored as before. 0800 Mustered the crew at quarters. Absentees: CAMPBELL, W.C. Jr., SA, USN, AWOL since 0001 23 August 1963. 0920 Commanding Officer USS TRUCKEE (AO 147) assumed SOPA (Acting).
R.B. McCORMICK
ENS, SC USNR

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

16-20 Moored as before.
J.A. BAILEY
SF1 USN

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

Wednesday 2 October, 1963

00-04 Moored port side to the south side of pier 41, Brooklyn, New York, with standard mooring lines doubled, a one-inch wire forward and a two-inch spring lay aft. The ship is undergoing overhaul conducted by Main Ship Repair Corporation, Brooklyn. The engineering plant is secured. Receiving all services from the pier. Ships present Lower New York Harbor area include various units of the U.S. Atlantic Fleet, yard and district craft. SOPA (acting) is Commanding Officer, USS USS TRUCKEE (AO 147)
R.C.ELLIOTT, Jr.
BMC USN

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

08-12 Moored as before. 0800 Mustered the crew at quarters. Absentees: CAMPBELL, W.C. Jr., SA, USN, AWOL since 0001 23 August 1963 and BRASWELL, J.D., SN, USN, AWOL since 0745, 2 October 1963. 1100 BRASWELL, J.D., SN, USN, returned aboard having been AWOL since 0745, this date.
J.J. SCANIO
ENS USNR

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

16-20 Moored as before.
M.L. WATKINS
BM1 USN

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

Thursday 3 October, 1963

00-04 Moored port side to the south side of pier 41, Brooklyn, New York, with standard mooring lines doubled, a one-inch wire forward and a two-inch spring lay aft. The ship is undergoing overhaul conducted by Main Ship Repair Corporation, Brooklyn. The engineering plant is secured. Receiving all services from the pier. Ships present Lower New York Harbor area include various units of the U.S. Atlantic Fleet, yard and district craft. SOPA (acting) is Commanding Officer, USS USS TRUCKEE (AO 147)
L.G. PARHAM
MMCA USN

04-08 Moored as before.
W.L. HEITKEMPER
BT1 USN

08-12 Moored as before. 0800 Mustered the crew at quarters. Absentees: CAMPBELL, W.C. Jr., SA, USN, AWOL since 0001 23 August 1963.
J.S. LLOYD
ENS USNR

12-16 Moored as before.
A.J. REGALLIS
EN1 USN

16-20 Moored as before.
J. CHARLES
SD1 USN

20-24 Moored as before.
J. E. WILLIAMS
GMGCA USN

Friday 4 October, 1963

00-04 Moored port side to the south side of pier 41, Brooklyn, New York, with standard mooring lines doubled, a one-inch wire forward and a two-inch spring lay aft. The ship is undergoing overhaul conducted by Main Ship Repair Corporation, Brooklyn. The engineering plant is secured. Receiving all services from the pier. Ships present Lower New York Harbor area include various units of the U.S. Atlantic Fleet, yard and district craft. SOPA (acting) is Commanding Officer, USS USS TRUCKEE (AO 147)

04-08 Moored as before.
J. CHARLES
SD1 USN

08-12 Moored as before. 0800 Mustered the crew at quarters. Absentees: CAMPBELL, W.C. Jr., SA, USN, AWOL since 0001 23 August 1963. 1035 Lighted fires under number one (1) boiler.
G. COUCHELL
ENS USNR

12-16 Moored as before.
R.W. HAUSNER
MM1 USN

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

20-24 Moored as before. Secured fires under number one (1) boiler.
C.E. WILSON
BTC USN

Saturday 5 October 1963

00-04 Moored port side to the south side of pier 41, Brooklyn, New York, with standard mooring lines doubled, a one-inch wire forward and a two-inch spring lay aft. The ship is undergoing overhaul conducted by Main Ship Repair Corporation, Brooklyn. The engineering plant is secured. Receiving all services from the pier. Ships present Lower New York Harbor area include various units of the U.S. Atlantic Fleet, yard and district craft. SOPA (acting) is Commanding Officer, USS USS TRUCKEE (AO 147)
G. COUCHELL
ENS USNR

04-08 Moored as before.
R.W. HAUSNER
MM1 USN

08-12 Moored as before. 0800 Mustered the crew at quarters. Absentees: CAMPBELL, W.C. Jr., SA, USN, AWOL since 0001 23 August 1963. 0832 Lighted fires under number one (1) boiler.
D.W. OLMSTEAD
ENS USNR

12-16 Moored as before.
D.C. COGHLAN
MMC USN

16-20 Moored as before. 1820 Fueling barge came alongside. 1921 Commenced receiving fuel.
J.W. GREGORY
LTJG USN

20-24 Moored as before. 2210 Completed fueling. 2300 Cast off fueling barge.
B.G. HART
EN1 USN

Sunday 6 October 1963

00-04 Moored port side to the south side of pier 41, Brooklyn, New York, with standard mooring lines doubled, a one-inch wire forward and a two-inch spring lay aft. The ship is undergoing overhaul conducted by Main Ship Repair Corporation, Brooklyn. The engineering plant is secured. Receiving all services from the pier. Ships present Lower New York Harbor area include various units of the U.S. Atlantic Fleet, yard and district craft. SOPA (acting) is Commanding Officer, USS USS TRUCKEE (AO 147)
D.C. COGHLAN
MMC USN

04-08 Moored as before.
J. ERWIN, Jr.
ENS USNR

08-12 Moored as before. 0800 Mustered the crew at quarters. Absentees: CAMPBELL, W.C. Jr., SA, USN, AWOL since 0001 23 August 1963. 0940 Lighted fires under number two (2) boiler. 1050 Tug K.M. KOCHLER came alongside to starboard to lift off feed water test tank. 1130 Tug departed from along side.
J.J. SCANIO
ENS USNR

12-16 Moored as before. 1455 Secured fires under number two (2) boiler.
L.G. PARHAM
MMCA USN

16-20 Moored as before. Commanding Officer held mast and imposed non-judicial Punishment.
J.R. TRAVIS
CWO USN

20-24 Moored as before.
M.L. WATKINS
BM1 USN

Tuesday 8 October 1963

00-04 Moored port side to the south side of pier 41, Brooklyn, New York, with standard mooring lines doubled, a one-inch wire forward and a two-inch spring lay aft. The ship is undergoing overhaul conducted by Main Ship Repair Corporation, Brooklyn. The engineering plant is secured. Receiving all services from the pier. Ships present Lower New York Harbor area include various units of the U.S. Atlantic Fleet, yard and district craft. SOPA (acting) is Commanding Officer, USS USS TRUCKEE (AO 147)
W.L. HEITKEMPER
BT1 USN

04-08 Moored as before.
J.R. RICH
RD1 USN

08-12 Moored as before. 0800 Mustered the crew at quarters. Absentees: CAMPBELL, W.C. Jr., SA, USN, AWOL since 0001 23 August 1963. 1110 Joseph TANZA, an employee of Main Ship Repair Corporation was injured when a gas bottle, one of a number being lowered at an excessive speed by a yard –employed crane operator, slipped and struck him a glancing blow on the head. The injured man was not wearing a safety helmet, nor was any kind of container used with the gas bottles.
J.E. WILLIAMS
GMGCA USN

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

16-20 Moored as before.
A.J. REGALLIS
EN1 USN

20-24 Moored as before.
J.L. HILL
BT1 USN

Wednesday 9 October 1963

00-04 Moored port side to the south side of pier 41, Brooklyn, New York, with standard mooring lines doubled, a one-inch wire forward and a two-inch spring lay aft. The ship is undergoing overhaul conducted by Main Ship Repair Corporation, Brooklyn. The engineering plant is secured. Receiving all services from the pier. Ships present Lower New York Harbor area include various units of the U.S. Atlantic Fleet, yard and district craft. SOPA (acting) is Commanding Officer, USS USS TRUCKEE (AO 147)
J. CHARLES
SD1 USN

04-08 Moored as before.
A.J. REGALLIS
EN1 USN

08-12 Moored as before. 0800 Mustered the crew at quarters. Absentees: CAMPBELL, W.C. Jr., SA, USN, AWOL since 0001 23 August 1963. 0913 Received barge alongside to starboard.
J.F. FERGUSON
ENS USNR

12-16 Moored as before. 1225 CORDARO, P.V., SN, USNR sustained a contusion, abrasion, left forehead and left eye, when struck by KNOX, A.D., SN, USN. Disposition: Treated by medical department and returned to duty. 1245 Shifted to DC electrical power from shore power to ships power. Number two (2) service generator on line. 1400 Cast off barge.
C.E. WILSON
BTC USN

16-20 Moored as before. 1650 Shifted from DC electrical power from ship’s power to shore power. Secured number two (2) ship’s service generator.
G. COUCHELL
ENS USNR

20-24 Moored as before.
W.L. HEITKEMPER
BT1 USN

Thursday 10 October 1963

00-04 Moored port side to the south side of pier 41, Brooklyn, New York, with standard mooring lines doubled, a one-inch wire forward and a two-inch spring lay aft. The ship is undergoing overhaul conducted by Main Ship Repair Corporation, Brooklyn. The engineering plant is secured. Receiving all services from the pier. Ships present Lower New York Harbor area include various units of the U.S. Atlantic Fleet, yard and district craft. SOPA (acting) is Commanding Officer, USS USS TRUCKEE (AO 147)
J.R. RICH
RD1 USN

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

08-12 Moored as before. 0800 Mustered the crew at quarters. Absentees: None. 1130 Merchant tug BARBARA MORAN moored alongside to starboard. 1140 Number two (2) boiler is on the line. 1150 OOD shifted the watch to the conning station.
R.V. TOBIN
LTJG USN

12-16 Moored as before. 1200 All lines manned, commenced turning over main engines for dock trials. 1530 Exercised the crew at manning the special sea and anchor detail stations. 1600 Secured from exercising the crew at manning the special sea and anchor detail stations. OOD resumed the watch on the quarterdeck, having completed trials.
D.W. OLMSTEAD
ENS USNR

16-20 Moored as before. 1720 Cast off tug, BARBARA MORAN from the starboard side. 1730 Fueling barge came alongside to starboard. 1818 Commenced taking on fuel (NSFO). 1907 Commenced taking on diesel fuel. 1930 Tug BARBARA MORAN secured from standing by. 1945 Secured fires under number two boiler.
B.G. HART
EN1 USN

20-24 Moored as before. 2020 Completed fueling having taken on 108,000 gallons of NSFO. 2045 Completed fueling (diesel) having taken on 4,500 gallons of diesel oil. Draft forward. 14’3”, aft 12’4”. 2130 Cast off fueling barge.
R.C. DRAKE
EMC USN

Friday 11 October 1963

00-04 Moored port side to the south side of pier 41, Brooklyn, New York, with standard mooring lines doubled, a one-inch wire forward and a two-inch spring lay aft. The ship is undergoing overhaul conducted by Main Ship Repair Corporation, Brooklyn. Number one boiler is on the line. Receiving miscellaneous services from the pier. Ships present Lower New York Harbor area include various units of the U.S. Atlantic Fleet, yard and district craft. SOPA (acting) is Commanding Officer, USS TRUCKEE (AO 147)
S. ELLIOTT
GMG1 USN

04-08 Moored as before.
D.C. COGHLAN
MMC USN

08-12 Moored as before. 0800 Mustered the crew on station. Absentees: None. 1102 Lighted fires under number two (2) boiler. 1140 Commenced test of main engines.
J.W. GREGORY
LTJG USN

12-16 Moored as before. 1318 Secured from testing main engines. Secured fires under number two (2) boiler. R.C. ELLIOTT
BMC USN

16-20 Moored as before. 1615 Commanding Officer USS TANNER (AGS 15) assumed SOPA (Acting).
R.G. PHILLIPS
SFCS USN

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

Saturday 12 October 1963

00-04 Moored port side to the south side of pier 41, Brooklyn, New York, with standard mooring lines doubled, a one-inch wire forward and a two-inch spring lay aft. The ship is undergoing overhaul conducted by Main Ship Repair Corporation, Brooklyn. Number one boiler is on the line. Receiving miscellaneous services from the pier. Ships present Lower New York Harbor area include various units of the U.S. Atlantic Fleet, yard and district craft. SOPA (acting) is Commanding Officer, USS TANNER (AGS 15).
J.E. ERWIN Jr.
ENS USNR

04-08 Moored as before.
R.C. ELLIOTT
BMC USN

08-12 Moored as before. 0800 Mustered the crew on station. Absentees: LABRIE, R. SFP3, USN, AWOL since 0745, 12 October 1963. 1000 Placed number 1 and number 2 ship’s service generators on the line.
J.J. SCANIO
ENS USNR

12-16 Moored as before. 1230 Lighted fires under number two (2) boiler in preparation for dock trials. 1448 Commenced dock trials. Watch shifted to the conning station.
J.R. TRAVIS
CWO USN

16-20 Moored as before, continuing dock trials. 1638 Shifted watch to quarterdeck, having completed dock trials. 1648 Secured fires under number two(2) boiler.
M.L. WILKINS
BM1 USN

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

Sunday 13 October 1963

00-04 Moored port side to the south side of pier 41, Brooklyn, New York, with standard mooring lines doubled, a one-inch wire forward and a two-inch spring lay aft. The ship is undergoing overhaul conducted by Main Ship Repair Corporation, Brooklyn. Number one boiler and number one (1) and two (2) ship’s service generators are on the line. Receiving miscellaneous services from the pier. Ships present Lower New York Harbor area include various units of the U.S. Atlantic Fleet, yard and district craft. SOPA (acting) is Commanding Officer, USS TANNER (AGS 15).
J.L. RICH
MM1 USN

04-08 Moored as before.
J.A. BAILEY
SF1 USN

08-12 Moored as before. 0800 Mustered the crew on station. Absentees: LABRIE, R. SFP3, USN, AWOL since 0745, 12 October 1963.
J.S. LLOYD
ENS USNR

12-16 Moored as before. 1440 Secured number one (1) boiler.
J.E. WILLIAMS
GMGCA USN

16-20 Moored as before. 1613 LABRIE, R., SFP3, USN reported aboard having been AWOL since 0745, 12 October 1963. 1803 Lighted fires under number one (1) boiler.
J. CHARLES
SD1 USN

20-24 Moored as before. 2135 Sea pilot, Mr. J. RENNESSE reported aboard.
J.L. HILL
BT1 USN

Monday 14 October 1963

00-04 Moored port side to the south side of pier 41, Brooklyn, New York, with standard mooring lines doubled, a one-inch wire forward and a two-inch spring lay aft. The ship is undergoing overhaul conducted by Main Ship Repair Corporation, Brooklyn. Number one boiler and number one (1) and two (2) ship’s service generators are on the line. Receiving miscellaneous services from the pier. Ships present Lower New York Harbor area include various units of the U.S. Atlantic Fleet, yard and district craft. SOPA (acting) is Commanding Officer, USS TANNER (AGS 15).
S.F JONES
RM1 USN

04-08 Moored as before. 0400 Lighted fires under number two (2) boiler. 0610 Set the special sea and anchor detail. 0630 The pilot Mr. CASHIN, came aboard. 0645 Completed all preparations for getting underway, draft forward 14’00, aft 12’00. 0653 Received YTM 753 on the port quarter. 0655 Underway in accordance with CINCLANFLT Notice 03120 for sea trials, pilot conning, Captain and Navigator on the bridge. 0659 Commenced maneuvering to clear pier and enter Buttermilk Channel. 0704 Cast off YTM 753, pilot embarked on YTM 753. Maneuvering at various courses and speeds to conform with the channel, standing out of Lower New York Harbor. 0740 OOD assumed the conn. 0759 The sea pilot, Mr. RENNESSE assumed the conn.
B. CROOK
LT USNR

08-12 Steaming as before, conforming to the channel. 0800 Mustered the crew on stations. Absentees: None. 0806 Entered the Ambrose Channel, set course 187, speed 10 knots. 0825 OOD assumed the conn. 0835 c/c 115, c/s 12 knots. 1010 Secured fires under number two (2) boiler. 1050 c/c 078. 1055 Made weekly test of magazine sprinkler system. Test: satisfactory. 1056 Lighted fires under number two (2) boiler. 1105 Secured fires under number one (1) boiler. 1120 c/c 258. 1133 Lighted fires under number one (1) boiler. 1141 c/c 303. 1145 c/s 13 knots. 1155 c/c 213.
G.A. ARCHAMBAULT
LT USNR

12-16 Steaming as before, 1219 Commenced swinging ship. 1220 Steaming on various courses while adjusting ship’s compasses. 1400 Competed swinging ship and compasses adjustments, set course 303 speed 13 knots. 1441 Commenced steaming at various speeds conducting tests of ship’s engines. 1507 Completed engineering tests, c/c 296. 1550 c/c 308. 1555 Set the special sea and anchor detail, in preparation for test of anchor windlasses.
B. CROOK
LT USNR

16-20 Steaming as before. 1611 Commenced approach to selected anchorage, center of anchorage bears 025, 1800 yards from buoy #7. 1619 Let go the starboard anchor. Test: satisfactory. 1633 Let go the port anchor. 1638 Commenced heaving the port anchor. 1658 Housed port anchor. Set course 285, speed 13 knots to stand in Ambrose Channel. 1659 Entered Ambrose Channel, c/c 290. 1703 Pilot assumed the conn. Commenced steering various courses at various speeds to stand in to Lower New York Harbor. 1755 YTM 525 tied up to starboard quarter, pilot, Mr. CASHIN, came on board. 1802 Mr. CASHIN assumed the conn. 1806 YTM 534 tied up to port bow. Commenced maneuvering to make assigned berth, pier 41. Captain and Navigator on the bridge, pilot conning. 1818 Cast off YTN 534. 1828 Cast off YTM 525. 1838 Moored port side to south side of pier 41, Brooklyn, New York, with starboard mooring lines doubled, a one inch wire forward and a two inch spring lay aft. 1840 Secured the special sea and anchor detail. 1841 Pilots, Mr. CASHIN and Mr. RENNESSE left the ship. 1846 Shifted the watch to the quarterdeck. 1855 Secured fires under number one (1) boiler. Completed service connections to pier.
B. CROOK
LT USNR

20-24 Moored as before. 2030 Secured number two (2) ship’s service generator.
G.J. COUCHELL
ENS USNR

Tuesday 15 October, 1963

00-04 Moored port side to the south side of Pier 41, Brooklyn, New York, with standard mooring lines doubled, a one inch wire forward, and a two inch spring lay aft. The ship is undergoing overhaul conducted by Main Ship Repair Corporation, Brooklyn. Number two (2) boiler and number one (1) ship’s service generator are on line. Receiving miscellaneous services from the pier. Ships present Lower New York Harbor area include various units of the U.S. Atlantis Fleet, yard and district craft. SOPA (Acting) is commanding Officer, USS TANNER (AGS 15).
W.L. HEITKEMPER
BT1 USN

04-08 Moored as before.
J.R. RICH
RD1 USN

08-12 Moored as before. 0800 Mustered the crew at quarters. Absentees: none.
R.V.TOBIN
LTJG USN

12-16 Moored as before. 1318 Barge 1432 from Brooklyn Navy Yard tied alongside to starboard side.
B.G. HART
EN1 USN

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

20-24 Moored as before.
S. ELLIOTT
GMG1 USN

Wednesday 16 October, 1963

00-04 Moored port side to the south side of Pier 41, Brooklyn, New York, with standard mooring lines doubled, a one inch wire forward, and a two inch spring lay aft. The ship is undergoing overhaul conducted by Main Ship Repair Corporation, Brooklyn. Number two (2) boiler and number one (1) ship’s service generator are on line. Barge 1432 alongside to starboard. Receiving miscellaneous services from the pier. Ships present Lower New York Harbor area include various units of the U.S. Atlantis Fleet, yard and district craft. SOPA (Acting) is commanding Officer, USS TANNER (AGS 15).
D.C. COGHLAN
MMC USN

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

08-12 Moored as before. 0800 Mustered the crew at quarters. Absentees: none.
J. ERWIN Jr.
ENS USNR

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

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

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

Thursday 17 October 1963

00-04 Moored port side to the south side of Pier 41, Brooklyn, New York, with standard mooring lines doubled, a one inch wire forward, and a two inch spring lay aft. The ship is undergoing overhaul conducted by Main Ship Repair Corporation, Brooklyn. Number two (2) boiler and number one (1) ship’s service generator are on line. Receiving miscellaneous services from the pier. Ships present Lower New York Harbor area include various units of the U.S. Atlantis Fleet, yard and district craft. SOPA (Acting) is commanding Officer, USS TANNER (AGS 15).
R.B. McCORMICK
ENS, SC USNR

04-08 Moored as before.
J. ERWIN Jr.
ENS USNR

08-12 Moored as before. 0800 Mustered the crew on station. Absentees: none.
J.J. SCANIO
ENS USNR

12-16 Moored as before.
S. ELLIOTT
GMG1 USN

16-20 Moored as before.
C.A. WOLF
ENCS USN

20-24 Moored as before.
D.C. COGHLAN
MMC USN

Friday 18 October 1963

00-04 Moored port side to the south side of Pier 41, Brooklyn, New York, with standard mooring lines doubled, a one inch wire forward, and a two inch spring lay aft. The ship is undergoing overhaul conducted by Main Ship Repair Corporation, Brooklyn. Number two (2) boiler and number one (1) ship’s service generator are on line. Receiving miscellaneous services from the pier. Ships present Lower New York Harbor area include various units of the U.S. Atlantis Fleet, yard and district craft. SOPA (Acting) is commanding Officer, USS TANNER (AGS 15).
J.A BAILEY
SF1 USN

04-08 Moored as before. 0415 Lighted off number two (2) ship’s service generator and number one (1) boiler. 0550 Set the special sea and anchor detail. 0600 Pilot, Mr. CASHIN, came aboard. 0615 YTM 525 made fast to starboard. 0630 Pilot assumed the conn. 0633 Underway for Earle, New Jersey in accordance with CINCLANTFLT notice03120, Captain and Navigator on the bridge, pilot conning. 0640 Cast off YTM 525. Commenced maneuvering at various courses and speeds to conform with Buttermilk Channel. 0650 Set course 210 speed 13 knots. 0707 Passed through the narrows. 0715 OOD assumed the conn. Set course 150 speed 8 knots. 0716 YTM 525 came along side to starboard. 0720 Pilot left the ship, embarking on YTM 525. YTM cleared the ships side. 0724 Commenced approach to selected anchorage. 0726 Let go the starboard anchor. Anchored in 49 feet of water, mud bottom, with 30 fathoms of chain to the starboard anchor on the following bearings: center of Swinburne Island, 225.8, Hoffman Island tank, 257.8, Coney Island light, 117.2. 0729 Commenced ballasting operations.
B. CROOK
LT USNR

08-12 Anchored as before. 0800 Mustered the crew on station. Absentees: none. 0923 YTM 525 came alongside and disembarked pilot, Mr. CASHIN, on board. 0929 YTM 525 cleared from alongside. 0933 Completed ballasting operations. 1029 Commenced heaving in. 1040 Pilot assumed the conn. 1046 Underway for Naval Ammunition Depot, Earle, New Jersey in accordance with CINCLANTFLT Notice 03120, Captain and Navigator on the bridge, pilot conning. 1051 Set course 150, speed 13 knots. 1100 Commenced maneuvering at various courses to conform with channel. 1134 YTM 545 came alongside and made fast to port bow. 1136 Commenced approach to pier. 1143 Moored starboard side to pier “B” South, Naval Ammunition Depot, Earle, New Jersey, with standard mooring lines doubled.
B. CROOK
LT USNR

12-16 Moored as before. 1202 Secured the special sea and anchor detail. 1210 COD shifted the watch to the starboard quarterdeck. 1225 Commenced loading ammunition. 1500 Secured from loading ammunition, having loaded 78 tons of assorted 40mm ammunition and pyrotechnics. 1558 The pilot, Mr. CASHIN, came on aboard.
G.A. ARCHAMBAULT
LT USNR

16-20 Moored as before. 1600 Set the special sea and anchor detail. 1611 YTM 116 made fast to port bow, pilot assumed the conn. 1616 Underway in accordance with CINCLANFLT notice 03120, Captain and Navigator on the bridge. Commenced maneuvering to clear pier and enter channel. 1620 Cast off YTM 116. 1622 Maneuvering at various courses and speeds to conform with the channel. 1632 Set course 080, speed 13 knots. 1727 Stood out of Ambrose Channel, Captain assumed the conn. 1731 c/s to 0 knots, pilot boat came alongside. 1733 Pilot left the ship. 1734 Pilot boat clear of the ship. 1737 c/c 165, c/s 1305 knots. 1738 Secured the special sea and anchor detail. OOD assumed the conn.
B. CROOK
LT USNR

20-24 Steaming as before. 2025 c/c to 150 to avoid radar contact bearing 191, range 7 miles. Radar contact tracked on course 025, speed 10knots, with CPA bearing 270, range 14 miles. 2050 Radar contact above the CPA. 2053 c/c 181. 2059 c/c to 204. 2105 c/c to 209. 2116 c/c 204. 2207 c/c to 209. 2228 c/c to 204. 2350 c/c to 201.
J.A. FRIEL
LTJG USN

Saturday 19 October 1963

00-04 Steaming independently enroute from Earle, New Jersey to Little Creek, Virginia in accordance with CINCLANFLT Notice 03120, course 204, speed 10 knots. Condition of readiness IV and material condition Yoke are set. Number one and two boilers and generators numbers one and two are on the line. Steaming in dense fog, visibility 500 yards. Sounding fog signals in accordance with international rules of the road. SOPA is commanding Officer USS ASHLAND (LSD 1).
J.F. FERGUSON
ENS USNR

04-08 Steaming as before. 0417 c/s 12 knots. 0422 Fog cleared. Visibility approximately 12 miles. Ceased sounding fog signals. c/s 13.5 knots. 0458 c/c 220 to avoid fishing boats. 0510 Resumed base course 201. 0630 Sighted buoy R2JS bearing 261, range 4 miles. 0640 Buoy R2JS abeam to starboard range 2 miles.
B. CROOK
LT USNR

08-12 Steaming as before. 0800 Mustered the crew on stations. Absentees: none. 0801 Visibility reduced to 500 yards. Commenced sounding international fog signals. 0820 Visibility increased to 5 miles. Ceased sounding international fog signals. 0847 c/s 10 knots. 0850 c/s 13.7 knots. 0939 c/c 213. 1040 c/c 212. 1104 c/c 210. 1130 Sighted buoy R14 bearing 213 range 5.5 miles. 1133 Made daily inspection of magazines and smokeless powder samples. Conditions: normal. 1145 Retarded ship’s clock back one hour to conform with -5 zone time. 1150 Passed Smith Island Shoal buoy 14 abeam to starboard, range 500 yards. 1158 c/c to 222. 1200 c/c to 225. Conducted weekly test of magazine and clipping room sprinkling system. Test: satisfactory.
G.A. ARCHAMBAULT
LT USNR

12-16 Steaming as before. 1232 Sighted Cape Charles Lighthouse bearing 325, 17 miles. 1218 c/c 295. 1220 Set the special sea and anchor detail. 1222 c/c 300. 1225 Commenced steering in various courses conforming to North Auxiliary Channel. 1238 Passed through Chesapeake Bay Bridge construction. 1256 c/s 5 knots. 1259 YTM 380 Came alongside to starboard with pilot. 1259 Pilot, Mr. HERSUM, came on board, YTM 380 cleared the ship. 1305 Pilot assumed the conn. 1308 c/s to 8 knots. Commenced maneuvering to stand into Little Creek Harbor. 1318 Entered Little Creek Harbor. 1322 YTM 380 came alongside and made fast to port bow. 1333 Commenced approach to assigned pier. 1334 Throttle jammed on port engine. Ship drifted against USS RUSHMORE (LSD 14), no hull to hull contact as fenders were rigged on the port quarter. Damage: approximately six feet of port boat boom of this vessel, snapped off, due to pressure exerted when RUSHMORE came in contact with this vessels fender. No personnel injuries. 1342 Moored starboard side to pier13, South, with standard mooring lines doubled, a one inch wire forward and a two inch spring lay aft. Ships present include various units of the U.S. Atlantic Fleet, yard and district craft. SOPA is COMPHIBLANT. 1530 Secured number one (1) generator. 1540 Secured fires under number one (1) boiler.
B. CROOK
LT USNR

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

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

Sunday 20 October 1963

00-04 Moored starboard side pier 13, South, U.S. Naval Amphibious Base, Little Creek, Virginia with standard mooring lines doubled, a one inch wire forward and a two inch spring lay aft. Number two (2) boiler and number two (2) ships generator are on the line. Receiving miscellaneous services from the pier. Condition of readiness IV and condition Yoke (modified) are set. Ships present Little Creek include various units of the U.S. Atlantic Fleet, yard and district craft. SOPA is COMPHIBLANT.
JAMES R. RICH
RD1 USN

04-08 Moored as before.
R.B. McCORMICK
ENS, SC USNR

08-12 Moored as before. 0800 Mustered the crew on station. Absentees: none 1000 Made daily inspection of magazines and smokeless powder samples. Conditions: normal.
R.V. TOBIN
LTJG USN

12-16 Moored as before. 1215 Passed additional bights on lines four and five, due to storm warnings.
D. HUNDLEY
SKCA USN

16-20 Moored as before.
M.L. WATKINS
BM1 USN

20-24 Moored as before. 2240 Set hurricane warning condition II in accordance with SOPA Little Creek message 210316Z, commenced making preparations for getting underway, placed engineering on one hour notice for getting underway. 2333 Lighted fires under number one (1) boiler.
J.L. LYON
CWO USN

Monday 21 October 1963

00-04 Moored starboard side pier 13, South, U.S. Naval Amphibious Base, Little Creek, Virginia with standard mooring lines doubled and extra bights on lines 4 and 5, a one inch wire forward and a two inch spring lay aft. Boilers number one (1) and two (2) and number two (2) ships service generator are on the line. Ship is on hurricane warning condition two (2), on one hour standby for getting underway. Boosting steam pressure on number one (1) boiler as needed. Ships present Little Creek include various units of the U.S. Atlantic Fleet, yard and district craft. SOPA is COMPHIBLANT. 0051 Secured fires under number one (1) boiler. Boosting steam as needed.
J.L. RICH
MM1 USN

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

08-12 Moored as before. 0800 Mustered the crew on station. Absentees: none. 1000 Made daily inspection of magazines and smokeless powder samples. Conditions: normal. 1000 Set hurricane warning condition three. Ship is on four hour notice for getting underway.
J. ERWIN Jr.
ENS USNR

12-16 Moored as before.
R.B. McCORMICK
ENS,SC USNR

16-20 Moored as before.
J.W. GREGORY
LTJG USN

20-24 Moored as before.
J.J. O’CALLAHAN
SMC USN

Tuesday 22 October 1963

00-04 Moored starboard side pier 13, South, U.S. Naval Amphibious Base, Little Creek, Virginia with standard mooring lines doubled and extra bights on lines 4 and 5, a one inch wire forward and a two inch spring lay aft. Number two (2) boiler and number two (2) ships service generator are on the line. Ship is on hurricane warning condition three (3) is set. The ship is on four hours standby for getting underway. Ships present Little Creek include various units of the U.S. Atlantic Fleet, yard and district craft. SOPA is COMPHIBLANT.
J.A. BAILEY
SF1 USN

04-08 Moored as before.
R.B McCORMICK
ENS, SC USNR

08-12 Moored as before. 0800 Mustered the crew at quarters. Absentees: none. 1000 Made daily inspection of magazine and smokeless powder samples. Conditions: normal.
J.R. TRAVIS
CWO USN

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

16-20 Moored as before.
J.L. RICH
MM1 USN

20-24 Moored as before.
J.A.BAILEY
SF1 USN

Wednesday 23 October 1963

00-04 Moored starboard side pier 13, South, U.S. Naval Amphibious Base, Little Creek, Virginia with standard mooring lines doubled and extra bights on lines 4 and 5, a one inch wire forward and a two inch spring lay aft. Number two (2) boiler and number two (2) ships service generator are on the line. Ships present Little Creek include various units of the U.S. Atlantic Fleet, yard and district craft. Ship is on hurricane warning condition two (2) is set. The ship is on one hour standby for getting underway. SOPA is COMPHIBLANT. J.J. SCANIO
ENS USNR

04-08 Moored as before.
M.L. WATKINS
MM1 USN

08-12 Moored as before. 0800 Mustered the crew at quarters. Absentees: ISEMAN, FN USN, AWOL since 0745, 23 October 1963, Baker, C.E. EM1, USN, AWOL since 0745 23 October 1963. 0850 YO 227 tied up to port side. 0900 Commenced taking fuel. 0920 Made daily inspection of magazines and smokeless powder samples. Conditions: normal.
L.G. PARHAM
MMCA USN

12-16 Moored as before. 1315 Secured from fueling having taken on 239,000 gallons NSFO.
J. LLOYD
ENS USN

16-20 Moored as before.
J.E. WILLIAMS
GMGCA USN

20-24 Moored as before.
S.F. JONES
RM1 USN

Thursday 24 October 1963

00-04 Moored starboard side pier 13, South, U.S. Naval Amphibious Base, Little Creek, Virginia with standard mooring lines doubled and extra bights on lines 4 and 5, a one inch wire forward and a two inch spring lay aft. Number two (2) boiler and number two (2) ships service generator are on the line. Ship is on hurricane warning condition three (3) is set. The ship is on four hours standby for getting underway. Ships present Little Creek include various units of the U.S. Atlantic Fleet, yard and district craft. SOPA is COMPHIBLANT.
A.J. REGALLIS
EN1 USN

04-08 Moored as before. 0650 BAKER, C.E., EM1, USN, reported on board having been AWOL since 0745, 23 October 1963.
J. CHARLES
SD1 USN

08-12 Moored as before. 0800 Mustered the crew at quarters. Absentees: ISEMAN, H.R. FN, USN, AWOL since 0745, 23 October 1963. 0845 Made daily inspections of magazines and smokeless powder samples. Conditions: normal.
G. COUCHELL
ENS USN

12-16 Moored as before.
L. G. DROLET
LTJG USN

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

20-24 Moored as before.
J. R. RICH
RD1 USN

Friday 25 October 1963

00-04 Moored starboard side pier 13, South, U.S. Naval Amphibious Base, Little Creek, Virginia with standard mooring lines doubled and extra bights on lines 4 and 5, a one inch wire forward and a two inch spring lay aft. Number two (2) boiler and number two (2) ships service generator are on the line. Ship is on hurricane warning condition three (3) is set. The ship is on four hours standby for getting underway. Ships present Little Creek include various units of the U.S. Atlantic Fleet, yard and district craft. SOPA is COMPHIBLANT.
L.G. PARHAM
MMCA USN

04-08 Moored as before. 0545 Lighted fires under number one (1) boiler. 0730 Mustered the crews on station. Absentees: none. 0745 Lighted off number one (1) ships service generator. 0745 Set the special sea and anchor detail. Commenced all preparations for getting underway. 0758 Pilot, E.L. BALLINGER came aboard.
G. COUCHELL
ENS USNR

08-12 Moored as before. 0800 Completed all preparations for getting underway. 0804 YTM 382 tied up to port bow. 0808 Pilot assumed the conn, Captain and Navigator on the bridge. 0812 Underway for Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas, Virgin Islands in accordance with COMPHINLANT Message 151933Z. Material condition Yoke is set. Maneuvering to clear Little Creek Harbor. 0832 Captain at the conn.0834 Pilot left the ship. 0835 Castoff YTM 382, commenced sounding fog signals, stationed extra lookouts. Visibility reduced to one (1) miles. Steering various courses at various speeds standing out of Chesapeake Bay using the South Auxiliary channel of Thimble Shoals channel. 1030 Passed buoy #1 abeam to port. Set course 110, speed 5 knots. 1032 Secured the special sea and anchor detail. Extra fog lookouts posted. 1046 c/c 100. 1051 Entered international waters. 1059 c/c 106. 1122 OOD assumed the conn. 1140 Visibility increased to eight miles. Secured from sounding fog signals, c/s 10 knots. 1130 Made daily inspections of magazines and smokeless powder samples. Conditions: normal. Conducted weekly test of magazine and clipping room sprinkler system. Test: satisfactory.
B. CROOK
LT USNR

12-16 Steaming as before. 1219 c/c 153. 1228 c/s 10 knots. 1231 c/s 13.5 knots. 1309 Exercised the crew at general quarters. 1315 Set condition Zebra throughout the ship. 1355 Held abandon ship drill. 1400 Set condition Yoke throughout the ship. 1420 Secured from general quarters exercise.
G.A. ARCHAMBAULT
LT USNR

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

18-20 Steaming as before.
J.F. FERGUSON
ENS USNR

20-24 Steaming as before.
B. CROOK
LT USNR

Saturday 26 October 1963

00-04 Steaming independently enroute from Little Creek, Virginia to Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas, Virgin Islands in accordance with COMPHIBLANT Message 151933Z. Course is 156, speed 13.5 knots. Number one (1) and two (2) boilers and number one (1) and number two (2) ships service generators are on the line. Condition of readiness IV and material condition Yoke (modified) are set. SOPA is Commanding Officer, USS ASHLAND (LSD 1).
G.A. ARCHAMBAULT
LT USNR

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

08-12 Steaming as before. 0800 Mustered the crew on station. Absentees: none. 1000 c/c to 158. 1100 made daily inspection of magazines and smokeless powder samples. Conditions: normal.
J.F. FERGUSON
ENS USNR

12-16 Steaming as before. 1559 Stopped the starboard engine due to loss of oil pressure, c/s to 11.8 knots.
B. CROOK
LT USNR

16-18 Steaming as before. 1626 c/s to 13.5 knots. Casualty repaired on starboard shaft.
G.A. ARCHAMBAULT
LT USNR

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

20-24 Steaming as before. 2034 Stopped number one (1) engine due to blown gasket on number four cylinder. 2053 Stopped number two (2) main engine in order to secure number one (1) main engine shaft. 2100 Number two (2) engine and number two(2) boiler on the line. 2200 Number one (1) engine and number one (1) boiler back on the line. 2300 Secured number one (1) generator.
J.F. FERGUSON
ENS USNR

Sunday 27 October 1963

00-04 Steaming independently enroute from Little Creek, Virginia to Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas, Virgin Islands in accordance with COMPHIBLANT Message 151933Z. Course is 158, speed 13.5 knots. Number one (1) and two (2) boilers and number two (2) ships service generators are on the line. Condition of readiness IV and material condition Yoke (modified) are set. SOPA is Commanding Officer, USS ASHLAND (LSD 1).
B. CROOK
LT USNR

04-08 Steaming as before. 0710 c/c 230. c/c to 158.
G.A. ARCHAMBAULT
LT USNR

08-12 Steaming as before. 0800 mustered the crew on stations. Absentees: none. 0805 Made daily inspections of magazines and smokeless powder samples. Condition: normal. 0852 Stopped the starboard engine due to loss of lube oil pressure. 0859 Shifted the lube oil pumps, starboard engine back in commission.
J.A. FRIEL
LTJG USN

12-16 Steaming as before. 1240 c/c to 155. 1350 Number three lube oil pump back in commission. 1450 Stopped the starboard engine due to loss of lube oil pressure. Port engine slowed to 10 knots. 1510 Lube oil pressure restored, speed 13.5 knots.
J.F. FERGUSON
ENS USNR

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

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

20-24 Steaming as before. 2127 c/c to 085 to blow tubes. 2146 c/c to 153.
J.A. FRIEL
LTJG USN

Monday 28 October 1963

00-04 Steaming independently enroute from Little Creek, Virginia to Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas, Virgin Islands in accordance with COMPHIBLANT Message 151933Z. Course is 153, speed 13.5 knots. Number one (1) and two (2) boilers and number two (2) ships service generators are on the line. Condition of readiness IV and material condition Yoke (modified) are set. SOPA is Commanding Officer, USS ASHLAND (LSD 1).
J.F. FERGUSON
ENS USNR

04-08 Steaming as before.
B. CROOK
LT USNR

08-12 Steaming as before. 0800 mustered the crew on stations. Absentees: none. 0850 Made daily inspections of magazines and smokeless powder samples. Condition: normal. 0931 Exercised the crew at general quarters. 0938 Set condition Zebra throughout the ship. 0948 Exercised the crew at abandon ship. 1003 Secured from abandon ship drill.1005 Set condition Yoke throughout the ship. 1008 Secured from general quarters exercises.
G.A. ARCHAMBAULT
LT USNR

12-16 Steaming as before. 1522 c/c to 220 to blow tubes. 1542 c/c to 153.
J.A. FRIEL
LTJG USN

16-18 Steaming as before. 1636 c/c to 180, to avoid shipping. 1700 c/c to 153. 1714 c/c to 123. 1734 c/c to 153.
J.F. FERGUSON
ENS USNR

18-20 Steaming as before. 1818 c/c to 035 to blow tubes. 1832 c/c to 153.
B. CROOK
LT USNR

20-24 Steaming as before. 2210 c/c to 110. 2211 c/c to 154. 2215 c/c to 155.
G.A. ARCHAMBAULT
LT USNR

Tuesday 29 October 1963

00-04 Steaming independently enroute from Little Creek, Virginia to Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas, Virgin Islands in accordance with COMPHIBLANT Message 151933Z. Course is 153, speed 13.5 knots. Number one (1) and two (2) boilers and number two (2) ships service generators are on the line. Condition of readiness IV and material condition Yoke (modified) are set. SOPA is Commanding Officer, USS ASHLAND (LSD 1). 0233 c/c 185 to blow tubes. 0242 c/c to 155.
J.A. FRIEL
LTJG USN

04-08 Steaming as before. 0745 c/c to 163. 0750 Mustered the crew at quarters. Absentees: none.
J.F. FERGUSON
ENS USNR

08-12 Steaming as before. 0805 Made daily inspections of magazines and smokeless powder samples. Condition: normal. 0830 Exercised the crew at general quarters. 0850Secured from general quarters. 0923 c/c 165. 0941 c/c 167. 1002 c/c 171. 1035 Culebrato light to starboard bearing 263, range 5 miles. 1036 c/c 174. 1040 c/c 090. Set the anchor detail. 1043 c/c 085. 1048 Commenced maneuvering at various courses and speeds to lay to 1.3 miles due north of Saba Island. 1124 Laying to 1.3 miles due north of Saba Island. Commenced offloading two LCVP’s for SECONDFORECONCO. All boats clear of the ship. 1154 Underway to conduct refresher training at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba in accordance with current COMPHIBLANT quarterly operation schedule. 1155 c/c 260, speed 13 knots. 1156 Secured the anchor detail. 1159 c/c 213.
B. CROOK
LT USNR

12-16 Steaming as before. 1302 c/c 238. 1329 c/c 240. 1339 c/c 237. 1344 Exercised the crew at general quarters. 1353 Condition Zebra set throughout the ship. Exercised at abandon ship drill. 1406 c/c to 235. 1423 Secured from abandon ship drill. 1443 c/c 260. 1506 Set condition Yoke throughout the ship. 1508 c/c 265. 1511 Secured from general quarters.
G.A. ARCHAMBAULT
LT USNR

16-18 Steaming as before. 1604 c/c to 205. 1614 c/c to 261. 1616 c/c to 265. 1718 Sighted Muertos Island light bearing 285, range 23 miles. 1720 c/c 265. J.A. FRIEL
LTJG USN

18-20 Steaming as before. 1855 Passed Muertos Island light abeam to starboard bearing 355 at 9 miles. 1940 c/c to 264.
J.F. FERGUSON
ENS USNR

20-24 Steaming as before. 2036 Minor fire in boatswain locker reported extinguished. 2048 Sighted Cape Rojo light bearing 317.5, range 23 miles. 2053 c/c 265. 2141 Passed Cape Rojo light abeam to starboard, range 17 miles.
B. CROOK
LT USNR

Wednesday 30 October 1963

00-04 Steaming independently enroute from Little Creek, Virginia to Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, via St. Thomas, Virgin Islands in accordance with CINLANFLT Notice 03120, on course 265, speed 13.5 knots. Condition of readiness IV and material condition Yoke (modified) are set. SOPA and OTC is Commanding Officer, USS ASHLAND (LSD !). 0227 c/c 200. 0241 c/c 265.
G.A. ARCHAMBAULT
LT USNR

04-08 Steaming as before. 0614 c/c to 220 to blow tubes. 0628 c/c to 265.
J.A. FRIEL
LTJG USN

08-12 Steaming as before. 0800 Mustered the crew at quarters. Absentees: none 0805 Made daily inspection of magazines and smokeless powder samples. Conditions: normal. 0822 c/c to 270. 1021 c/c to 275. 1158 c/c to 210.
J.F. FERGUSON
ENS USNR

12-16 Steaming as before. 1218 c/c 280. 1245 Exercised the crew at general quarters. 1256 Maneuvering to avoid large floating log. Resumed course 280. 1325 Commenced testing water wash down system. 1340 Completed water wash down test. 1405 c/c 282. 1406 Commenced gunnery exercises. 1428 Completed gunnery exercises. Ammunition expended: 72 rounds of 40MM BLT. No casualties. 1431 Set material condition Yoke. 1438 Secured from general quarters drills. Set condition readiness III. 1502 Commenced test of water wash down system. 1504 c/c 310. 1506 c/c 282. 1520 Completed water wash down test. 1523 c/c 284. 1536 Passed PT. Beata light abeam to starboard, range 15.5 miles. 1546 Secured condition of readiness III watches. Set condition of readiness IV. Resumed regular underway watches. 1556 Commenced man overboard drill.
B. CROOK
LT USNR

16-18 Steaming as before. 1606 Lowered motor whale boat into water. 1614 Hoisted motor whale boat aboard. 1616 Secured from man overboard drills. 1617 c/s 13.5 knots. Set course 295. 1621 c/c 284. 1650 Alta Vela light is abeam to starboard, distance 5 miles.
G.A. ARCHAMBAULT
LT USNR

18-20 Steaming as before. 1943 c/c to 283.
J.A. FRIEL
LTJG USN

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

Thursday 31 October 1963

00-04 Steaming independently enroute from Little Creek, Virginia to Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, via St. Thomas, Virgin Islands in accordance with CINLANFLT Notice 03120, on course 283, speed 13.5 knots. Condition of readiness IV and material condition Yoke (modified) are set. SOPA and OTC is Commanding Officer, USS ASHLAND (LSD 1). 0126 c/c 300. 0148 c/c 305. 0235 c/c 301. 0240 Passed Pt. Gravois light abeam to starboard, range 6 miles. Believe Pt. Gravois light to be extinguished. Range of visibility 12 to 16 miles under clear moonlit sky.
B. CROOK
LT USNR

04-08 Steaming as before. 0537 c/c 323. 0554 Sighted Navassa Island light bearing 287, distance 12.5 miles. 0554 c/c 325. 0618 c/c 327. 0715 Sighted ship bearing 003, 11 miles, crossing from starboard to port. 0728 Identified ship a USNS BOWDITCH, c/c to 004. 0734 c/c to 355. 0736 c/c to 345. 0738 to 327. 0745 Mustered the crew at quarters. Absentees: none.
G.A. ARCHAMBAULT
LT USNR

08-12 Steaming as before. 0810 Made daily inspection of magazines and smokeless powder samples. Conditions: normal. 0958 c/c to 000. 1005 c/c to 007. 1042 c/c to 004. 1050 Sighted USS WARD (DLG 18) bearing 011, distance 11 miles. 1115 USS WARD (DLG 18) passed abeam to starboard, distance 4 miles.
J.A. FRIEL
LTJG USN

12-16 Steaming as before. 1224 c/c to 050. 1244 c/s to 9 knots. 1355 c/c to 014. 1338 Set the special sea and anchor detail. 1407 Commenced maneuvering at various courses and speeds standing in to Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. 1427 Passed Windward Point light abeam to starboard, distance 2.0 miles. 1437 YTM 524, made alongside to starboard. The pilot Mr. OVERMAN, came on board. 1443 Pilot assumed the conn. Commenced approach to pier BB1. 1451 YTM 524 made fast to port bow. 1506 Moored starboard side to pier BB1, Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, with standard mooring lines doubled, and a one inch wire out fore and aft. Ships present include various units if the U.S. Atlantic Fleet, yard and district craft. SOPA is Commanding Officer USS GUADALCANAL (LPH 7). 1520 Secured the special sea and anchor detail. OOD shifted the watch to the port quarterdeck. 1535 Commenced taking on fuel.
B. CROOK
LT USNR

16-20 Moored as before. 1900 Secured from taking on fuel, having taken on 140,000 gallons NSFO. Draft forward. 16’6”, aft 16’9”.
R.C. ELLIOTT
BMC USN

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