LOG BOOK OF THE U. S. S. ASHLAND LSD-1

COMMANDED BY:  Commander F. L. Barrows USN

ATTACHED TO:  COMTRANSDIV 24

Squadron COMTRANSRON 2

COMSIXTHFLT

Commencing 1 January, 1955 at Genoa, Italy and ending at Norfolk, Virginia

Saturday 1 January 1955


0 to 4
Moored to Callata Alla Sanita pier, Genoa, Italy with 87 fathoms of chain to the port anchor and 94 fathoms of chain to the starboard anchor and 3 manila and 2 wire stern lines. Boiler #1 in use for auxiliary purposes. Ships present; various units of the U. S. Sixth fleet and various merchant ships. SOAP is ComCarDiv 2 embarked in USS RANDOLPH (CAV-15)
G. H. Kiesewetter
ENS, USNR

4 to 8
Moored as before.
F Hutchison
CARP, USN
8 to 12
Moored as before. 0800 Mustered crew on stations. Absentees; none. 0820 Water barge ADIGE moored alongside to port. 0845 Commenced receiving fresh water. 0921 Made daily inspection of magazines and smokeless powder samples; condition normal. 1018 Ceased taking fresh water, having received 22,000 gallons. 1030 Water barge ADIGE cast off port side.
Hahn W. S.
LTJG, USN
12 to 16
Moored as before
J. R. Hill
ENS , USN

16 to 20
Moored as before
M. A. Siravo
ENS, USN

20 to 24
Moored as before
L. F. Davis
ENS, USNR

Sunday January 2, 1955


0 to 4
Moored to Callata Alla Sanita pier, Genoa, Italy with 87 fathoms of chain to the port anchor and 94 fathoms of chain to the starboard anchor and 3 manila and 2 wire stern lines. Boiler #1 in use for auxiliary purposes. Ships present; various units of the U. S. Sixth fleet and various merchant ships. SOAP is ComCarDiv 2 embarked in USS RANDOLPH (CAV-15)
W. M. Paterson
CHMACH, USN

4 to 8
Moored as before.
G. E. Tait
CHBOSN, USN

8 to 12
Moored as before. 0800 Mustered crew on stations. Absentees; BREWER, F. W. QMSM, USN. 0805 HARDMAN, C.W. FA USN treated in sick bay for 1 ½" laceration above right eye. HARMAN was involved in an argument with MACINTYRE, E. C. MMLFN, USNR and was struck by this man sustaining injury. Treatment consisted of cleaning wound, 3 sutures and dressing. 0900 Made daily inspection of magazines and smokeless powder samples; condition normal. 0930 Water barge SATURAT moored alongside to port. 0950 Commenced receiving fresh water. 1130 Ceased taking fresh water, having received 18,750 gallons. 1030 Water barge SATURAT cast off port side.
J. R. Hill
ENS , USN

12 to 16
Moored as before. 135 BREWER, F. W. QMSN, USN returned aboard having been AOL since 0100. 1405 HUNT, Geirge W. R.C.A. Field Engineer reported aboard in accordance with ComServForSixthFLT dispatch 281532z of December 1954 as modified by ComServForSixthFlt dispatch 300840Z of December 1954.
G.H.Kiesewtter
ENS, USNR

16 to 20
Moored as before
H.R. SPANN
CHELEC, USN

20 to 24
Moored as before
F Hutchison
CARP, USN

Monday January 3, 1955



00 to 04 Moored to Callata Alla Sanita pier, Genoa, Italy with 87 fathoms of chain to the port anchor and 94 fathoms of chain to the starboard anchor and 3 manila and 2 wire stern lines. Boiler #1 in use for auxiliary purposes. Ships present; various units of the U fleet and various merchant ships. SOAP is ComCarDiv 2 embarked in USS RANDOLPH (CAV-15)
Hahn W. S.
LTJG, USN

4 to 8 Moored as before. 0500 Lighted fires under #2 boiler. 0605 Springlayy #6 from pier to wingwall parted. 0608 Wire #5 from port wingwall to pier parted. 0639 Manila line #4 from port wingwall to pier parted. 0700 Stationed the special sea and anchor detail and made all preparations for getting underway. 0707 Replaced #5 wire from port wingwall to pier. 0712 Put over additional wire from starboard wingwall to pier. 0718 Pilot LAI came aboard. 0749 Tug SVEZIA secured to starboard bow. 0753 Tug IBERIA secured to port bow.
R. T. PETERSON
LTJG, USNR

8 to 12
Moored as before. 0800 Mustered crew on stations. Absentees; none. 0818 All lines cast off pier.0830 Tug ATLANTA secured tp starboard quarter. 0848 Underway from Callata Sanita pier, Genoa, Italy preceding to Cartagena, Spain in the company with TF 61 in accordance with CTD 24 )p-order 54-54.Captain at the conn, pilot and navigator on the bridge. CTD 24 in USS CAMRIA (APA-36). SU radar out of commission. Maneuvering on various courses and speeds to leave Genoa Harbor. 0852 Tug IBERIA cast off part bow. 0853 Tug ATLANTA cast off starboard quarter. 0856 Passed Giano Light abeam to port, distance 100 yards. 0900 Tug SVEZIA cast off starboard bow. Made daily inspection of magazines and smokeless powder samples; condition normal. 0901 Passed Galliera Light abeam to starboard, distance 100 yards. 0904 Pilot LAI left the ship. 0905 Secured the special sea and anchor detail, set the regular steam watch. 0920 With Galliea Light bearing 007 degrees t, distance 2 miles, took departure from Genoa, Italy for Cartageba, Spain and set course 225 degrees t. 1033A/e stopped. Commenced laying to at point Oboe, awaiting other ships of TF 61. 1100 Maneuvering on various courses and speeds to take station in formation 7. CAMBRIA (guide). ASHLAND station 1.000. 1140 On station. OTC is CTD 24 in CAMBRIA. 1148 Formation c/c to 205 degrees.
G.E. TAIT
CHBOSN, USN

12 to 16 Steaming as before. ASHLAND station 1.330 Maneuvering on various courses and speeds to take station take station 1544 Gained station in formation 92.
J. D. McCLELLAND
LTJG, USNR

16 TO 18
Steaming as before. 1548 Casualty to #5 cylinder, port engine. Stopped port engine. 1628 Port engine in commission. Maneuvering on various courses and speeds to take life guard station astern of CAMBRIA and test port engine. 1644 Maneuvering on various courses and speeds to take station to regain station A2. 1654 On station. 1710 Sighted a La Garoupe Light distance 19 miles. Sighted Cape Ferrat Light distance 22 miles. 1739 Passed La Garoupe Light abeam to starboard, distance 20.5 miles.
Hahn W. S.
LTJG, USN

18 to 20
Steaming as before
T. R. BENNETT
LTJG, USNR

20 to 24
Steaming as before.
G.E. TAIT
CHBOSN, USN

Tuesday January 4 1955



00 to 04
Steaming in company with TF 61 under boiler #1 and #2 en route from Genoa, Italy to operating area west of Sardinia in accordance with CTD 24 op-order 54-54. USS CAMBRIA (APA-36) is guide. ASHLAND in station A-2 1.330. OTC is ComTransDiv 24 in USS CAMBRIA.
J. D. McCLELLAND
LTJG, USNR


04 to 08
Steaming as before.
Hahn W. S.
LTJG, USN

08 to 12
Steaming as before. 0800 Mustered crew at quarters. Absentees; none. 0852 c/c to 110 deg, 0900 c/s to 13 knots, 161 rpm. 0917 changed formation, axis 180 degree, speed 13 knots course 110. CAMBRIA (guide). 0935 ASHLAND assumed station 1.270 in formation 71. 0950c/s to 14 knots, 176 rpm.1048 USS CAMBRIA (APA-36) & USS KLEINSMITH (ADP-134 left formation. USS OGLETHORPE (AKA-100) assumed guide bearing 270 deg, distance 2000 yards.. 1104 c/s to 10 knots, 124 rpm. Made daily inspection of magazines and smokeless powder samples; condition
T. R. BENNETT
LTJG, USNR


12 to 16
Steaming as before. 1153 formation c/c to 180 deg. 1155 Passed Capo Caccia Light abeam to port, distance 15 miles. 1325 CAMBRIA & KLEINSMITH rejoined formation. 1327 shifted guide to CAMBRIA. 1334 Stationed transfer detail. 1341 Commenced event #1, CDT Op-Order 54-54. Shifted guide to KLEINSMITH. 1357 USS LATIMER (APA-152) commencing approach to ASHLAND. 1426 First line across to ASHLAND 1452 Transfer completed. Maneuvering on various courses and speeds to approach station astern of LATIMER. 1456 On station. Stationed fueling detail. 1459 Commenced approach on LATIMER. 1515 First line over from LATIMER.1540 All lines clear. Commencing maneuvering on various courses and speeds to clear LATIMER. 1150 Slowick, B.P. BM1, UNS reported to sick bay with multiple contusions and abrasions of left fingers received while handling fuel line. His treatment consisted of cleansing and abridging the open area, Furacin Ointment and sterile dressing.1554 Completed event #1. Maneuvering on various courses and speeds to take station A-2 in formation 92. Formation course 290 deg, speed 10 knots 124 rpm.
Hahn W. S.
LTJG, USN

16 to 18
Steaming as before. 1619 Assumed station A-2. 1743 Formation c/c 000 deg
J. D. McCLELLAND
LTJG, USNR

18 to 20
Steaming as before. 1903 TG 61.9 detached from unit. Activated TG 61.1 Shifted guide to LATIMER. USS OGLETHORPe assumed OTC. CAMBRIA left formation. Formation c/s to 13 knots, 160 rpm.1915 Formation c/c to 320 deg. 1920 Formation c/c to 287 deg. 1928 Formation c/s to 10 knots. OGLETHORPEshifted station to A0. 1940 Shifted guide to OGLETHORPe.
Hahn W. S.
LTJG, USN

Wednesday January 5 1955


00 to 04
Steaming under #1 & #2 boilers enroute to op-area in company with TG 61.1 in accordance with CTD 24 Op-order 54-54 in formation 92.  ASHLAND station A-2. OGLETHORPE(guide). OTC is commanding Officer in OGLETHORPE(AKA 100). SU radar out of commission.
G.E. TAIT
CHBOSN, USN

04 to 08

Steaming as before.
J. D. McCLELLAND
LTJG, USNR

08 to 12
Steaming as before. 0800 Mustered crew at quarters. Absentees; none. 0850 Commenced laying to for transfer of gunnery observers. 0854 Received LATIMER gunnery observers aboard. 0855 Exercised crew at general quarters. 0904 Condition Able set throughout the ship. Commenced maneuvering on various courses and speeds to take station in column formation in following order: OGLETHORP, ASHLAND and LATIMER. 0912 Assumed station in column formation. USS OGLETHORPE(AKA-100) formation guide. 0915 Commencing AA tracking and firing, excersise Z-1-G. 0945 Ceaced firing, having expended the following amount of ammunition: 267 rounds of 40 MM and 720 rounds of 20MM. Completed AA tracking and firing. 0952 A/e stop. Commenced laying to for transfer of gunnery observers. 0954 Secured from general quarters. Set regular steming watch. Set condition Baker, modified. 1039 Gunnery observers left ship. 1042 Maneuvering on various courses and speeds to rejoin column formation astern of OGLETHORP. 1128 On station, distance 1200 yards from OGLETHORP.
Hahn W. S.
LTJG, USN

12 to 16
Lying to on heading of 025 deg awaiting return of gunnery observers. 1225 USS LATIMER released by OTC to conduct ISE. 1240 Commenced maneuvering on various courses and speeds to receive USS OGLETHORPE(AKA-100) boat alongside. 1250 OGLETHORPE boat alongside, observers aboard. 1251 Commenced maneuvering on various courses and speeds to conducting ISE. 1525 Commenced rejoining USS OGLETHORPE(AKA-100) and USS LATIMER(APA-152) in formation 1. 1526 On station in formation 1, USS OGLETHORPE(AKA-100) is guide bearing 102 deg distance 1000 yards, course 102deg, speed 12 knots. T. R. BENNETT
LTJG, USNR

16 to 18
Steaming as before. 1618 Starboard engine stopped due to casualty of lube-oil scavenger pump. Shifted to standby pump. 1638 Commenced rejoining formation. 1645 Joined formation. 1730 S/e stop due to casualty to standby lube-oil scavenger pump. G.E. TAIT
CHBOSN, USN

18 to 20
Steaming as before. 1856 Standby lube-oil scavenger pump on line for 8 knots. 1946 Casualty to standby lube-oil scavenger pump on starboard engine. J. D. McCLELLAND
LTJG, USNR

20 to 24
Steaming as before. 2003 Testing lube-oil pump on starboard engine. Increase speed to 48rpm on starboard engine, port engine increased speed to 98rpm. 2039 Starboard engine stopped to repair lube-oil pumps. Increasing port engine to 170rpm, speed by pit log 9.1 knots. 2300 C/s to port shaft to 150rpm, pit log reads 8 knots.
Hahn W. S.
LTJG, USN


Thursday January 6, 1955


00 to 04
Steaming under #1 & #2 boilers en route from Genoa, Italy to Cartagena, Spain in accordance with CTD 24 Op-Order 50-55. #1 Main engine out of commission due to due to casualty to #1 lube-oil scavenger pump.
T. R. BENNETT
LTJG, USNR

04 to 08
Steaming as before. 0607 #1 main engine, #2 and #3 lube oil scavenger pumps in commission. 0734 #1 lube oil scavenger pump in commission. 0750 Commenced maneuvering on various courses and speeds to rejoin formation.
G.E. TAIT
CHBOSN, USN

08 to 12
Steaming as before. 0800 Mustered crew at quarters. Absentees; none. 0830 On station in formation 60. USS NANTAHALA (AO-60) (guide). ASHLAND station C-5. OTC is CTD 24 in USS CAMBRIA (APA-36). 0900 Made daily inspection of magazines and smokeless powder samples; condition normal.
J. D. McCLELLAND
LTJG, USNR

12 to 16
Steaming as before. 1206 USS POCHARD (AM-375) commencing approach to ASHLAND. 1251 First lines across. 1222 Received RCA civilian engineer H. W. Louderbeck aboard. 1227 All lines clear. 1258 Maneuvering on various courses and speeds to make approach on CAMBRIA. 1315 Commencing approach on CAMBRIA. 1333 First line over. 1338 Transferred LCDR Scott to USS CAMBRIA. 1348 All lines clear. Maneuvering on various courses and speeds to take standby station to go alongside USS NANTAHALA (AO-60).1415 On station 1000 yards astern Nantahala . 1433 Commencing approach to NANTAHALA. 1446 First line across. 1515 Commenced receiving fuel oil and diesel oil.
Hahn W. S.
LTJG, USN

16 to 18
Steaming as before. 1604 Completed taking on diesel oil, having received 747 gallons. 1624 Completed taking on fuel oil, having received 87,000 gallons. 1636 All lines clear. Maneuvering on various courses and speeds to take station C5 in formation 60. 1658 Shifted from Tack Force 61 to Tack Group 65.8. OTC is CTD 24 in USS CAMBRIA (APA-36). Maneuvering on various courses and speeds to take station 1.270 in formation 71. 1746 On station. USS CAMBRIA (APA-36) (guide).
T. R. BENNETT
LTJG, USNR

18 to 20
Steaming as before.
G. E. Tait
CHBOSN, USN

20 to 24
Steaming as before.
J. D. McCLELLAND
LTJG, USNR


Friday January 7, 1955


00 to 04
Steaming under #1 & #2 boilers in company with TG 65.8 in accordance with CTD 24 Op-order 54-54 in formation 71. USS CAMBRIA (APA-36) (guide). CTD 24 in USS CAMBRIA (APA-36). SU radar out of commission. 0130 Sighted I del Aire Light bearing 290 deg, distance 23 miles. 0235 Passed I del Aire Light abeam to starboard, distance 19 miles.
Hahn W. S.
LTJG, USN

04 to 08
Steaming as before.
T. R. BENNETT
LTJG, USNR

08 to 12
Steaming as before. 0800 Mustered crew at quarters. Absentees; none. 0815 , USS OGLETHORPE(AKA-100) assumed formation guide. Commenced maneuvering on various courses and speeds to form column. ASHLAND stationed 3000 yards astern of guide. 0843 Commenced maneuvering on various courses and speeds to exercise at tactical maneuvering. 0900 Made daily inspection of magazines and smokeless powder samples; condition normal. 0910 A Special Court-martial, Lt E. J. Wild, USN Senior Member, convened to try the case of Fields, G.C., MMFN, USN. 1014 The special Court-martial which convened at 0910, adjourned. 1038 Formed formation 92. CAMBRIA (guide). ASHLAND station A-2, 1.300. 1130 Ceased tactical maneuvers.
G.E. TAIT
CHBOSN, USN

12 to 16
Steaming as before.
J. D. McCLELLAND
LTJG, USNR

16 to 18
Steaming as before 1600 Made weekly test of magazine sprinkler system; condition satisfactory.
Hahn W. S.
LTJG, USN

18 to 20
Steaming as before. 1822 Sighted Isla Formentia Light bearing 327 deg, distance 33 miles. 1835 Passed Isla Formentia Light abeam to starboard, distance 30 miles.
T. R. BENNETT
LTJG, USNR

20 to 24
Steaming as before. 2228 USS Altair (AKS-32) and USS Nantahala (AO-60) joined formation, taking stations A-5 and A-6 respectively.
G.E. TAIT
CHBOSN, USN

Saturday January 8, 1955


00 to 04
Steaming under #1 & #2 boilers in company with TG 65.8 en route from Genoa, Italy to Cartagena, Spain in accordance with CTD 24 Op-Order 50-55, in formation 92 USS Cambria (APA-36) (guide). Ashland station A-2. OTC is CTD 24 in USS Cambria (APA-36). 0240 Sighted Capo de Palos Light bearing 267.5 deg, distance 25 miles. 0327 Sighted Les Hormigas Light bearing 287 deg, distance 15 miles.
J. D. McCLELLAND
LTJG, USNR

04 to 08
Steaming as before. 0425 Passed Les Hormigas Light abeam to starboard, distance 8 miles. 0435 Sighted Capo Tinoso Light bearing 242 deg, distance 23 miles. 0437 Passed Capo de Palos Light abeam to starboard, distance 7 miles. 0445 Sighted Ite de Escambrera Light bearing 283 deg, distance 15 miles. 0625 Ashland assumed the guide. 0657 USS CAMRIA (APA-36) assumed guide. Commenced maneuvering on various courses and speeds to form column. Ashland station 4000 yard astern of the guide. 0706 Received orders from OTC to proceed independently into Cartagena Harbor, Spain. 0736 Lying to awaiting pilot. 0746 Passed Capo Tinoso Light abeam to port, distance 4.5 miles.
Hahn W. S.
LTJG, USN

08 to 12
Lying to as before. 0800 Mustered crew at quarters. Absentees; none. 0900 Made daily inspection of magazines and smokeless powder samples; condition normal.0925 Set special sea detail. Made all preparations for entering port. 0938 Maneuvering on various courses and speeds to enter harbor, Cartagena, Spain. 0950 Passed Escambrera Island Light abeam to starboard, distance 1750 yards. 0953 Pilot Luis de Castro came aboard. 1015 Passed Navidad Point Light abeam to port, distance 200 yards. 1017 Opened sterngate. 1019 Passed Curra Breakwater Light abeam to starboard, distance 100 yards. Entering inner harbor, Cartagena, Spain. 1031 Let go port anchor. 1032 Let go starboard anchor. Moored to Muelle de Alfonzo XII pier, Cartagena, Spain with 132 fathoms of chain to the port anchor and 13 fathoms of chain to the starboard anchor and 5 manila and 2 wire stern lines. Ships present; various units of the U. S. Sixth fleet, Spanish Fleet and merchant ships. SOPA is CTD 24 embarked in USS CAMRIA (APA-36).
R. T. PETERSON
LTJG, USNR

12 to 16
Moored as before. 1335 Died fires under boiler #1. 1350 Pilot Luis de Castro left ship. 1352 Secured special sea detail. Set regular port watch. 1430 Garbage barge GG-1 secured alongside to port. 1515 added 1 stern line.
J. R. Hill
ENS , USN

16 to 20
Moored as before. 1643 Commencing receiving fresh water from pier. 1705 Manned anchor, walked in starboard anchor. 1745 Prepared to lower anchor to tug to walk out. 1815 Dropped starboard anchor with 80 fathoms of chain at the waters edge in 4.5 fathoms of water, mud bottom.
Hahn W. S.
LTJG, USN

20 to 24
Moored as before. 2000 Ceased taking on fresh water, having received 8000 gallons.
H.R. SPANN
CHELEC, USN

Sunday January 9, 1955


00 to 04
Moored stern to, Muelle de Alfonso XII pier, Cartagena, Spain with 132 fathoms of chain to the port anchor and 80 fathoms of chain to the starboard anchor and 5 manila and 3 wire stern lines. Boiler #2 in use for auxiliary purposes. Receiving fresh water from the pier.Ships present; various units of the U. S. Sixth fleet, Spanish Fleet and merchant ships. SOPA is ComTransDiv 24 in USS CAMRIA (APA-36).
S. QUINT
LTJG, USNR

04 to 08
Moored as before.
J. R. Hill
ENS, USN

08 to 12
Moored as before. 0800 Mustered crew on station. Absentees; none. 0825 USS MATTABESETT (AOG-52) moored alongside to port. 0845 Commenced receiving fuel. Draft forward 17', aft 18'. 0940 Completed fueling, having received 32,963 gallons of Navy Special Fuel Oil at 60 deg F. Draft forward 17'3", aft 18'. 0950 USS MATTABESETT cast off port side. 1000 Made daily inspection of magazines and smokeless powder samples; condition normal.
Hahn W. S.
LTJG, USN

12 to 16
Moored as before.
M. A. Siravo
ENS, USN


16 to 20
Moored as before.
G. H. Kiesewetter
ENS, USNR

20 to 24
Moored as before.
W. M. Paterson
CHMACH, USN

Monday January 10, 1955


00 to 04
Moored stern to, Muelle de Alfonso XII pier, Cartagena, Spain with 132 fathoms of chain to the port anchor and 80 fathoms of chain to the starboard anchor and 5 manila and 3 wire stern lines. Boiler #2 in use for auxiliary purposes. Receiving fresh water from the pier. Ships present; various units of the U. S. Sixth fleet, Spanish Fleet and merchant ships. SOPA is ComTransDiv 24 in USS CAMRIA (APA-36).
T. R. BENNETT
LTJG, USNR

04 to 08
Moored as before.
M. A. Siravo
ENS, USN

08 to 12
Moored as before. 0800 Mustered crew at quarters. Absentees; none. 0900 Made daily inspection of magazines and smokeless powder samples; condition normal.
G. H. Kiesewetter
ENS, USNR

12 to 16
Moored as before.
R. T. PETERSON
LTJG, USNR

16 to 20
Moored as before.
L. F. Davis
ENS, USNR

20 to 24
Moored as before.
G. E. Tait
CHBOSN, USN

Tuesday January 11, 1955


00 to 04
Moored stern to, Muelle de Alfonso XII pier, Cartagena, Spain with 132 fathoms of chain to the port anchor and 80 fathoms of chain to the starboard anchor and 5 manila and 3 wire stern lines. Boiler #2 in use for auxiliary purposes. Receiving fresh water from the pier. Ships present; various units of the U. S. Sixth fleet, Spanish Fleet and merchant ships. SOPA is ComTransDiv 24 in USS CAMRIA (APA-36).
F Hutchison
CARP, USN

04 to 08
Moored as before.
R. T. PETERSON
LTJG, USNR

08 to 12
Moored as before. 0800 Mustered crew at quarters. Absentees; none. 0939 The Special Court-martial, which adjourned 1014, 7 January 1955, reconvened. 0900 Made daily inspection of magazines and smokeless powder samples; condition normal. 1039 The Special Court-martial which reconvened at 0839, adjourned and published findings as follows: Charge: violation of article 92, UCMJ. Findings: not guilty.
L. F. Davis
ENS, USNR

12 to 16
Moored as before.
J. D. McCLELLAND
LTJG, USNR

16 to 20
Moored as before.
H.R. SPANN
CHELEC, USN

20 to 24
Moored as before. 2310 CYRUS, W.C. PFC, USMC brought aboard by means of a stretcher do to apparent over-intoxication. And was taken to sick bay where treatment consisted of retaining man in sick bay.
J. R. HILL
ENS , USN

Wednesday January 12, 1955


00 to 04
Moored stern to, Muelle de Alfonso XII pier, Cartagena, Spain with 132 fathoms of chain to the port anchor and 80 fathoms of chain to the starboard anchor and 5 manila and 3 wire stern lines. Boiler #2 in use for auxiliary purposes. Receiving fresh water from the pier. Ships present; various units of the U. S. Sixth fleet, Spanish Fleet and merchant ships. SOPA is ComTransDiv 24 in USS CAMRIA (APA-36)
Hahn W. S.
LTJG, USN

04 to 08
Moored as before.
H.R. SPANN
CHELEC, USN

08 to 12
Moored as before. 0800 Mustered crew at quarters. Absentees; none. 0825 A Special Court-martial, Lt E. J. Wild, USN Senior Member, convened in the the case of Brewer, F. W., QMSN, USN 0900 Made daily inspection of magazines and smokeless powder samples; condition normal. 0910 Lt. Col. F. W. Cowles, USMC came aboard with officers of Spanish Regimental Marines for informal inspection of the ship and Marine equipment. 0937 The Special Court-martial which reconvened at 0825, adjourned and published findings and sentence as follows: Charge: violation of Artical 86, UCMJ. Findings: guilty. Sentence; to be discharged from the service with a Bad Conduct Discharge, to forfeit all pay and allowances and be confined at hard labor for a period of forty-five (45) days. 1002 Lt. Col. F. W. Cowles and officers of Spanish Regimental Marines completed their inspection and left the ship.
J. D. McCLELLAND
LTJG, USNR

12 to 16
Moored as before.
W. M. Paterson
CHMACH, USN

16 to 20
Moored as before.
T. R. BENNETT
LTJG, USNR

20 to 24
Moored as before.
M. A. Siravo
ENS, USN

Thursday January 13, 1955


00 to 04
Moored stern to, Muelle de Alfonso XII pier, Cartagena, Spain with 132 fathoms of chain to the port anchor and 80 fathoms of chain to the starboard anchor and 5 manila and 3 wire stern lines. Boiler #2 in use for auxiliary purposes. Receiving fresh water from the pier. Ships present; various units of the U. S. Sixth fleet, Spanish Fleet and merchant ships. SOPA is ComTransDiv 24 in USS CAMRIA (APA-36)
G. H. Kiesewetter
ENS, USNR

04 to 08
Moored as before.
W. M. Paterson
CHMACH, USN

08 to 12
Moored as before. 0800 Mustered crew at quarters. Absentees; none. 0820 Commenced taking on fresh water. 0830 Lighted fires under #2 boiler. 0927 Let fires die under boiler #1. Boiler #2 in use for auxiliary purposes. Made daily inspection of magazines and smokeless powder samples; condition normal. Made weekly test of magazine sprinkler system; test satisfactory.
T. R. BENNETT
LTJG, USNR

12 to 16
Moored as before.
G.E. TAIT
CHBOSN, USN

16 to 20
Moored as before.
F Hutchison
CARP, USN

20 to 24
Moored as before.
L. F. Davis
ENS, USNR

Friday January 14, 1955


00 to 04
Moored stern to, Muelle de Alfonso XII pier, Cartagena, Spain with 132 fathoms of chain to the port anchor and 80 fathoms of chain to the starboard anchor and 5 manila and 3 wire stern lines. Boiler #2 in use for auxiliary purposes. Receiving fresh water from the pier. Ships present; various units of the U. S. Sixth fleet, Spanish Fleet and merchant ships. SOPA is ComTransDiv 24 in USS CAMRIA (APA-36)
R. T. PETERSON
LTJG, USNR

04 to 08
Moored as before.
G.E. TAIT
CHBOSN, USN

08 to 12
Moored as before. 0800 Mustered crew at quarters. Absentees; none. 0920 Made daily inspection of magazines and smokeless powder samples; condition normal. Made weekly test of degausing systems; test satisfactory.
F Hutchison
CARP, USN

12 to 16
Moored as before. 1305 Commenced lower deck inspection. 1358 Captain Joaquin Cervera Cervera, of the Spanish Cruiser Miguel De Cervantes, came aboard for an informal inspection of the ship. 1410 Secured from lower deck inspection. 1440 Captain Joaquin Cervera Cervera, completed his inspection and left the ship.
J. D. McCLELLAND
LTJG, USNR

16 to 20
Moored as before.
J. R. Hill
ENS, USN

20 to 24
Moored as before.
Hahn W. S.
LTJG, USN

Saturday January 15, 1955


00 to 04
Moored stern to, Muelle de Alfonso XII pier, Cartagena, Spain with 132 fathoms of chain to the port anchor and 80 fathoms of chain to the starboard anchor and 5 manila and 3 wire stern lines. Boiler #2 in use for auxiliary purposes. Receiving fresh water from the pier. Ships present; various units of the U. S. Sixth fleet, Spanish Fleet and merchant ships. SOPA is ComTransDiv 24 in USS CAMBRAI (APA-36)
H.R. SPANN
CHELEC, USN

04 to 08
Moored as before. 0525 Lighted fires under boiler #1. 0628 Boiler #1 on main steam line.
Hahn W. S.
LTJG, USN

08 to 12
Moored as before. 0745 Set special sea detail. Made all preparations for getting underway. 0800 Mustered crew at quarters. Absentees; none. 0812 Pilot P. Urios came aboard. 0900 Made daily inspection of magazines and smokeless powder samples; condition normal. 0910 Cast off all stern lines. 0919 Closed stern gate. 0936 underway from Muelle de Alfonso XII pier, Cartagena, Spain proceeding to Moorhead City, North Carolina in company with TF 61 in accordance with CTD 24 Op-order 50-55, Captain at the conn, Navigator and pilot on bridge, OTC is CTF 61 in USS CAMBRAI (APA-36). 0938 Maneuvering on various courses and speeds to conform with channel leaving harbor. 0944 Pilot P. Urios left the ship.0945 Passed Curra Breakwater light abeam to port, distance 100 yards. 0949 Passed Passed Navidad Point Light abeam to starboard, distance 100 yards. 0951 Secured the special sea detail Set the regular steaming watch. 1000 Passed Escambrera Island Light abeam to port, distance 2100 yards. 1109 Commenced maneuvering on various courses and speeds to take station in formation 7. 1139 On station. ASHLAND station 1.270. USS OGLETHORP (AKA-100) is guide in station 1.090.
J. R. Hill
ENS , USN

12 to 16
Steaming as before. 1205 Commenced maneuvering on various courses and speeds to remain in vicinity point Oboe. 1307 USS CAMBRAI (APA-36) joined formation and assumed guide. CTD 24 assumed tactical command. 1400 Commenced exercising at OOD tactical maneuvering drill. Maneuvering on various courses and speeds for exercising purposes. 1403 USS KLEINSMITH (APD-134) assumed guide. 1423 USS CAMBRAI (APA-36) assumed guide. 1550 Ceased exercising tactical maneuvering drill.
G. H. Kiesewetter
ENS, USNR

16 to 18
Steaming as before 1621 ASHLAND assumed station #2 in formation 71. USS CAMBRAI (APA-36) is guide.
M. A. Siravo
ENS, USN

18 to 20
Steaming as before
J. R. HILL
ENS, USN

20 to 24
Steaming as before
G. H. KIESEWETTER
ENS, USNR

Sunday January 16, 1955

00 to 04
Steaming in company with TF 61 in operation area off Cartagena, Spain. CTF 24 in USS CAMBRIA (APA-36). Guide is USS CAMBRIA (APA-36) in formation 71. ASHLAND station #2, steaming under #1 and #2 boilers.
M. A. Siravo
ENS, USN

04 to 08
Steaming as before.
J. R. Hill
ENS , USN

08 to 12
Steaming as before. 0800 Mustered crew at quarters. Absentees; none. 0834 Commenced zig-zagging in accordance with plan 15. 0900 Made daily inspection of magazines and smokeless powder samples; condition normal. 0950 Ceased zig-zagging; 1014 USS MAZAMA (AE-9). 1039 Commenced on various courses and speeds to form formation 92. ASHLAND station 1.330. CAMBRIA (guide). 1048 On station in formation 92. 1050 Commenced on various courses and speeds to join TG 63.2 for replenishing and fuel transfer.
G. H. Kiesewetter
ENS, USNR

12 to 16
Steaming as before. 1208 Formation 92 dissolved. Maneuvering on various courses and speeds to assume station D-1 in formation 62 for refueling. 1243 ASHLAND took station D-1 in formation 62, USS NANTAHALA (AO-60) is guide. 1242 Maneuvering on various speeds to assume waiting station astern of USS NANTAHALS (AO-60). 1403 Took waiting station astern of USS NANTAHALA 1405 Maneuvering on various courses and speeds to proceed alongside of USS NANTAHALA for refueling. Received first line from NANTAHALA 1439 Commenced receiving fuel. 1510Ceased receiving fuel, having received 28,000 gallons of Navy Special Fuel Oil at 60 deg F. Commenced on various courses and speeds to assume station C-3 in formation 62. 1545 received confinement orders on LA Fontain, W.L. PFC, USMC. Charged with violation of Article 91 UCMJ and found guilty. Awarded confinement for three days on bread and water by Captain J. W. Abraham, USMC at Commanding Officer's office Hours.
M. A. Siravo ENS, USN

16 to 18
Steaming as before. Continued maneuvering on various courses and speeds to take station C-3 in formation 62.1603 ASHLAND on station C-3 in formation 62. Guide is USS NANTAHALA (AO-60) 1605 USS DORTCH (DD-670) left formation. 1730 TG 61.1, TG 61.6 and USS MAZAMA left formation. 1745 Formation changed to 90C. Maneuvering on various courses and speeds to take station A-2 in formation 90C.
J. R. Hill
ENS , USN

18 to 20
Steaming as before. 1817 Took station in formation 90C. USS CAMBRIA (APA-36) (guide). ASHLAND station 1.315.
G. H. Kiesewetter
ENS, USNR

20 to 24
Steaming as before.
M. A. Siravo
ENS, USN

Monday January 17, 1955


00 to 04
Steaming under boilers #1 and #2 in company with TF 61 in operation area off Cartagena, Spain in accordance with CTD 24 Op-order 50-55. Formation 90C. ASHLAND station A-2, 1.315. Guide is USS CAMBRIA (APA-36). OTC is CTF 24 in USS CAMBRIA (APA-36).
J. R. Hill ENS , USN

04 to 08

Steaming as before.
G. H. Kiesewetter
ENS, USNR

08 to 12
Steaming as before. 0800 Mustered crew at quarters. Absentees; none. 0900 Made daily inspection of magazines and smokeless powder samples; condition normal.
M. A. Siravo
ENS, USN

12 to 16
Steaming as before. 1235 Sighted Alboran Island Light bearing 220 deg, distance 27,800 yards. 1330 Passed Alboran Island Light abeam to port, distance 19,500 yards. 1500 TF 61 dissolved, TG 65.4 activated. CTG 65.4 is CTF 24 in USS CAMBRIA (APA-36).
J. R. Hill
ENS , USN

16 to 18
Steaming as before. 1730 Mine Division 85 and USS KLEINSMITH (APD-134) left formation to regroup astern for transit of the Straits of Gibralter.
G. H. Kiesewetter
ENS, USNR

18 to 20
Steaming as before. 1900 Set back all clocks 1 hour to conform with Zebra time. 1910 Sighted Point Alimina Light bearing 260 deg, distance 34 miles.
M. A. Siravo
ENS, USN

20 to 24
Steaming as before. 2005 Sighted pyrotechnics bearing 301 deg, distance 15 miles, believed to be ships commencing gunnery exercises. 2037 Sighted Europa Point Light bearing 277 deg, distance 22 miles. 2105 Sighted Carnero Light bearing 275 deg, distance 23 miles. 2223 Sighted Ille de Torifa Light bearing 273 deg, distance20 miles. 2304 Passed Europa Point Light abeam to starboard, distance 5 miles. 2325 Sighted Point Malabata Light bearing 235.5 deg, distance 22 miles. 2326 Passed Carnero Light abeam to starboard, distance 4 miles.
J. R. Hill
ENS , USN

Tuesday January 18, 1955


00 to 04
Steaming under boilers #1 and #2 in company with TransDiv 24 and MineDiv 85 enroute from Cartagena, Spain to Moorhead City, North Carolina in accordance with CTD 24 Op-order 50-55, in formation 90C, USS CAMBRAI (APA-36) (guide). ASHLAND station is A-2. OTC is CTF 24 in USS CAMBRIA (APA-36). 0021 Passed Isla de Tarifa Light abeam to starboard, distance 2.5 miles. 0030 Passed Alcazar Light abeam to port,distance 9.2 miles. 0040 Changed operational control from U. S. Sixth Fleet to CincLantFleet. 0110 Passed Point Malabata Light abeam to port, distance 8.7 miles. 0129 Passed Tangier Light abeam to port, distance 7.5 miles. 0158 Passed Cape Spartel Light abeam to port, distance 6.5 miles.
G. H. Kiesewetter
ENS, USNR

04 to 08
Steaming as before.
M. A. Siravo
ENS, USN

08 to 12
Steaming as before. 0800 Mustered crew at quarters. Absentees; none. 0900 Made daily inspection of magazines and smokeless powder samples; condition normal.
J. R. Hill
ENS , USN

12 to 16
Steaming as before. 1430 V rejoined formation in station B-2. 1535 MineDiv 85 rejoined the formation and took the following stations: TRIUMPH B-5, POCHARD B-3, STAFF B-3 and QUAIL B-1. 1545 ASHLAND assumed guide.
T. R. BENNETT
LTJG, USNR

16 to 18
Steaming as before.
G. H. Kiesewetter
ENS, USNR

18 to 20
Steaming as before. 1900 Set all clocks back one hour to conform with Plus one time zone.
Hahn W. S.
LTJG, USN`

20 to 24
Steaming as before.
M. A. Siravo
ENS, USN

Wednesday January 19, 1955


00 to 04
Steaming under boilers #1 and #2 in company with Amphibious Transit Group enroute from Cartagena, Spain to Moorhead City, North Carolina in accordance with CTD 24 Op-order 50-55, in formation 90C. ASHLAND is formation guide in station A-2. OTC is CTF 24 in USS CAMBRIA (APA-36).
R. T. PETERSON
LTJG, USNR

04 to 08 Steaming as before.
J. D. McCLELLAND
LTJG, USNR

08 to 12
Steaming as before. 0800 Mustered crew at quarters. Absentees; none. 0830 USS MAZAMA left formation due to engineering casualty. 1000 Made daily inspection of magazines and smokeless powder samples; condition normal.
S. QUINT
LTJG, USNR

12 to 16 Steaming as before. 1250 Lusk, S. W. BT2, USN treated in sick bay for 1 ' laceration of the right thumb. Injury occured when man, while at work, caught hand in starboard main feed pump. Treatment consisted of cleaning, 3 sutures, 0.5cl of Tetanus Antitoxin and dressing. 1300 LA Fontaine, W.L. PFC. USMC was released from confinment and returned to duty. 1335 USS MAZAMA (AE-9( rejoined formation and took station A-4.
J. R. Hill
ENS , USN

16 to 18
Steaming as before. 1600 Sighted Maderia Island bearing 270 deg, distance 46.6 miles.
T. R. BENNETT
LTJG, USNR

18 to 20
Steaming as before. 1900 Set all clocks back one half hour to conform with 1 zone time. 1935 Passed Maderia Island abeam to starboard, distance 17 miles.
G. H. Kiesewetter
ENS, USNR

20 to 24
Steaming as before. 2043 Sighted Pargo Point Light bearing 233.5 deg, distance 41 miles. 2152 Passed Pargo Point Light to starboard, distance 39 miles.
Hahn W. S.
LTJG, USN

Thursday January 20, 1955

00 to 04
Steaming under boilers #1 and #2 in company with TransDiv 24 and MineDiv 85 en route from Cartagena, Spain to Moorhead City, North Carolina in accordance with CTD 24 Op-order 50-55. In formation 90C. ASHLAND is guide. OTC is CTF 24 in USS CAMBRIA (APA-36).
M. A. Siravo
ENS, USN

04 to 08
Steaming as before. 0750 Experienced steering casualty. USS CAMBRIA assumed formation guide. 0707 Steering casualty restored. Maneuvering on various courses and speeds to regain station A-2 in formation 90C.
R. T. PETERSON
LTJG, USNR

08 to 12 Steaming as before. Maneuvering on various courses and speeds to regain station in formation 90C. 0826 Set condition Baker. 0830 Exercised crew at general quarters. 0833 Took station A-2 in formation 90C. ASHLAND assumed formation guide. 0835 Exercised at fire drill. Set condition Able. 0842 Simulated fire out. Secured damage control parties from drill. 09010 Secured from general quarters. Set condition Baker modified and set regular steam watch. Made daily inspection of magazines and smokeless powder samples; condition normal. Made weekly test of magazine sprinkler system; test satisfactory.
J. D. McCLELLAND
LTJG, USNR

12 to 16
Steaming as before.
S. QUINT
LTJG, USNR

16 to 18
Steaming as before.
J. R. Hill
ENS , USN

18 to 20
Steaming as before.
T. R. BENNETT
LTJG, USNR

20 to 24
Steaming as before.
G. H. Kiesewetter
ENS, USNR

Friday January 21, 1955

00 to 04
Steaming under boilers #1 and #2 in company with Amphibious Transit Group enroute from Cartagena, Spain to Moorhead City, North Carolina in accordance with CTD 24 Op-order 50-55, in formation 90C. ASHLAND is formation guide in station A-2. OTC is CTF 24 in USS CAMBRIA (APA-36).
Hahn W. S.
LTJG, USN

04 to 08
Steaming as before. 0745 Mustered crew on stations. Absentees: none.
M. A. Siravo
ENS, USN

08 to 12
Steaming as before. 0800 Exercised the crew at fire and rescue drill. 0815 Secured from fire and rescue drill. Made daily inspection of magazines and smokeless powder samples; condition normal.
R. T. PETERSON
LTJG, USNR

12 to 16
Steaming as before. 1258 USS CAMBRIA (APA-36). Assumed formation guide. ASHLAND proceeding independently in accordance with CTD 24 dispatch 210944Z of January 1955. 1300 Commenced lower deck inspection. 1425Secured lower deck inspection.
J. D. McCLELLAND
LTJG, USNR

16 to 18
Steaming as before.
S. QUINT
LTJG, USNR

18 to 20
Steaming as before. 1900 Set all clocks back hour to conform with zone plus two.
J. R. Hill
ENS , USN

20 to 24
Steaming as before.
T. R. BENNETT
LTJG, USNR

Saturday January 22, 1955

00 to 04
Steaming independently enroute from Cartagena, Spain to Moorhead City, North Carolina in company with TransDiv 24 and MineDiv 85 in accordance with CTD 24 Op-order 50-55, Steaming under boilers #1 and #2. OTC is CTF 24 in USS CAMBRIA (APA-36). 0226 Commenced maneuvering on various speeds to attain station B-4 in formation 90C.
G. H. Kiesewetter
ENS, USNR

04 to 08
Steaming as before. 0800 Mustered crew on stations. Absentees: none.
Hahn W. S.
LTJG, USN

08 to 12
Steaming as before. 0807 Took station B-4 in formation 90C, USS CAMBRIA (APA-36) guide. 0812 USS ASHLAND assumed guide in formation 90C. Commenced Captain's personnel inspection. 0901 Ruptured cold fresh water line in compartment A-101-L, Supply office. 0936 Secured fron Captain's inspection of personnel. 0940 Commenced Captain's inspection of living spaces. 1030 Secured from Captain's inspection of living spaces. 1045 Rupture of cold fresh water line in compartment A-101-L repaired. Made daily inspection of magazines and smokeless powder samples; condition normal.
M. A. Siravo
ENS, USN

12 to 16
Steaming as before. 1508 SU radar out of commission.
R. T. PETERSON
LTJG, USNR

16 to 18
Steaming as before.
J. D. McCLELLAND
LTJG, USNR

18 to 20
Steaming as before. 1900 Set all clocks back hour to conform with zone plus two and one half. SU radar in commission.
S. QUINT
LTJG, USNR

20 to 24
Steaming as before.
J. R. Hill
ENS , USN

Sunday January 23, 1955

00 to 04
Steaming under boilers #1 and #2 in company with Amphibious Transit Group enroute from Cartagena, Spain to Moorhead City, North Carolina in accordance with CTD 24 Op-order 50-55, in formation 90C. ASHLAND is formation guide in station B-4. OTC is CTF 24 in USS CAMBRIA (APA-36).
T. R. BENNETT
LTJG, USNR

04 to 08
Steaming as before.
G. H. Kiesewetter
ENS, USNR

08 to 12
Steaming as before. 0800 Mustered crew on stations. Absentees: none. 0930 Made daily inspection of magazines and smokeless powder samples; condition normal. 1100 USS OGLETHORPE (AKA-100) left formation to proceed independently as directed by OTC. SU radar out of commission. 1130 SU radar in commission. 1150 SU radar out of commission.
Hahn W. S.
LTJG, USN

12 to 16
Steaming as before. 1215 SU radar in commission.
M. A. Siravo
ENS, USN

16 to 18
Steaming as before. 1605 SU radar out of commission. Bottoms, R.L. SN USN reported to sick bay, having receiver a 1" laceration of the scalp. Circumstances involving the injury are as follows: while working in the scullery, patient was struck on the head by the lid of the dishwashing machine when the ship rolled and caused the lid to fall. Treatment consisted of the following: cleaning the wound, 2 plain #00 sutures, sterile dressing and 0.5cc of tetanus antitoxin as a prophylaxis. Bottoms was released from sick bay and returned to duty. 1629 SU radar in commission.
R. T. PETERSON
LTJG, USNR

18 to 20
Steaming as before. 1900 Set all clocks back hour to conform with zone plus three.
J. D. McCLELLAND
LTJG, USNR

20 to 24
Steaming as before.
S. QUINT
LTJG, USNR

Monday January 24, 1955

00 to 04
Steaming under boilers #1 and #2 in company with TransDiv 24 and MineDiv 85 en route from Cartagena, Spain to Moorhead City, North Carolina in accordance with CTD 24 Op-order 50-55. In formation 90C. ASHLAND guide in station B-4. OTC is CTF 24 in USS CAMBRIA (APA-36). 0305 Stern light out of commission. 0350 Stern light in commission.
J. R. Hill
ENS , USN

04 to 08
Steaming as before.
T. R. BENNETT
LTJG, USNR

08 to 12
Steaming as before. 0800 Mustered crew at quarters. Absentees: none. 0900 Made daily inspection of magazines and smokeless powder samples; condition normal.
G. H. Kiesewetter
ENS, USNR

12 to 16
Steaming as before. 1304 Exercised crew at abandon ship drill. 1338 Secured from abandon ship drill. 1457 USS CAMBRIA and USS MAZAMA (AE-90) left formation to transfer personnel by small boat.
Hahn W. S.
LTJG, USN

16 to 18
Steaming as before.
M. A. Siravo
ENS, USN

18 to 20
Steaming as before. 1900 Set all clocks back hour to conform with zone plus three. And one half. 1930 USS MAZAMA rejoined the formation and took station 0.
R. T. PETERSON
LTJG, USNR

20 to 24
Steaming as before. 2230 USS CAMBRIA rejoined the formation and took station 0.
J. D. McCLELLAND
LTJG, USNR

Tuesday January 25, 1955

00 to 04
Steaming under boilers #1 and #2 in company with Amphibious Transit Group enroute from Cartagena, Spain to Moorhead City, North Carolina in accordance with CTD 24 Op-order 50-55, in formation 90C. ASHLAND is formation guide in station B-4. OTC is CTF 24 in USS CAMBRIA (APA-36).
T. R. BENNETT
LTJG, USNR

04 to 08
Steaming as before.
J. R. Hill
ENS , USN

08 to 12
Steaming as before. 0800 Mustered crew at quarters. Absentees: none. 0900 Made daily inspection of magazines and smokeless powder samples; condition normal.
G. H. Kiesewetter
ENS, USNR

12 to 16
Steaming as before. 1301 Exercised crew at fire and rescue drill. 1319 Secured from fire and rescue drill. 1320 Exercised crew at abandon ship drill. 1341 Secured from abandon ship drill. Secured from all general drills.
Hahn W. S.
LTJG, USN

16 to 18
Steaming as before.
M. A. Siravo
ENS, USN

20 to 24
Steaming as before.
J. D. McCLELLAND
LTJG, USNR

Wednesday January 26, 1955

00 to 04
Steaming under boilers #1 and #2 in company with Amphibious Transit Group enroute from Cartagena, Spain to Moorhead City, North Carolina in accordance with CTD 24 Op-order 50-55, in formation 90C. ASHLAND is formation guide in station B-4. OTC is CTF 24 in USS CAMBRIA (APA-36).
T. R. BENNETT
LTJG, USNR

04 to 08
Steaming as before.
G. H. Kiesewetter
ENS, USNR

08 to 12
Steaming as before. 0800 Mustered crew at quarters. Absentees: none. Mustered fire and rescue party, section III. 0815 Secured fire and rescue party. 0900 Made daily inspection of magazines and smokeless powder samples; condition normal.
Hahn W. S.
LTJG, USN

12 to 16
Steaming as before.
M. A. Siravo
ENS, USN

16 to 18
Steaming as before.
R. T. PETERSON
LTJG, USNR

18 to 20
Steaming as before. 1900 Set all clocks back hour to conform with zone plus four and .
J. D. McCLELLAND
LTJG, USNR

20 to 24
Steaming as before.
J. R. Hill
ENS , USN

Thursday January 27, 1955

00 to 04
Steaming under boilers #1 and #2 in company with Amphibious Transit Group enroute from Cartagena, Spain to Moorhead City, North Carolina in accordance with CTD 24 Op-order 50-55, in formation 90C. ASHLAND is formation guide in station B-4. OTC is CTF 24 in USS CAMBRIA (APA-36).
G. H. Kiesewetter
ENS, USNR

04 to 08
Steaming as before.
Hahn W. S.
LTJG, USN

08 to 12
Steaming as before. 0800 Mustered crew at quarters. Absentees: none. 0900 Made daily inspection of magazines and smokeless powder samples; condition normal.
M. A. Siravo
ENS, USN

12 to 16
Steaming as before. 1207 MineDiv 85 detached from formation and proceeded in accordance with CTD 24 dispatch 261842Z of January 1955. 1300 Exercised crew at General Quarters and Collision drill. 1339 Secured from General Quarters and Collision drill. Set condition Baker modified and set regular steaming watch. 1430 Made weekly test of magazine sprinkler system; test satisfactory.
R. T. PETERSON
LTJG, USNR

16 to 18
Steaming as before.
J. D. McCLELLAND
LTJG, USNR

18 to 20
Steaming as before. 1810 Commenced ballasting for purposes of stability and trim. 1900 Set all clocks back hour to conform with zone plus five.
J. R. Hill
ENS , USN

20 to 24
Steaming as before. 2118 Ceased ballasting, having taken on 17 feet of water in C-409.
T. R. BENNETT
LTJG, USNR

Friday January 28, 1955

00 to 04
Steaming under boilers #1 and #2 in company with Amphibious Transit Group en route from Cartagena, Spain to Moorhead City, North Carolina in accordance with CTD 24 Op-order 50-55, in formation 90C. ASHLAND is formation guide in station B-4. OTC is CTF 24 in USS CAMBRIA (APA-36).

04 to 08
Steaming as before. 0745 Mustered crew at quarters. Absentees: none.

08 to 12
Steaming as before. 0805 USS KLEINSMITH (ADP-134) and USS MAZAMA (AE-9) left formation to proceed in accordance with orders of CTD-24. Nolcox, J.N. PFC USMC reported to sick bay with lacerations above right eyebrow and upper lip, having receive injuries while climbing a DUKW and falling to the deck. His treatment was as follows; wounds cleaned and sutured and sterile dressing applied. 0900 Made daily inspection of magazines and smokeless powder samples; condition normal. 1000 Made weekly test of degaussing system; test satisfactory.

12 to 16
Steaming as before. 1300 Commenced Captain's inspection of lower decks. 1435 Secured from Captain's inspection of lower decks.

16 to 18
Steaming as before.1546 USS CAMBRIA (APA-36) assumed the guide, 1556 Maneuvering on various courses and speeds to take station A-3(1.135) in formation 90C. 1620 On station.1730 USS ASHLAND detached from Amphibious Transit Group. Proceeding independently to New River Inlet, North Carolina, in accordance with orders of CTD-24.
18 to 20
Steaming as before.

20 to 24
Steaming as before. 2207 SU radar out of commission. 2319 Su radar in commission.

Saturday January 29, 1955

00 to 04
Steaming independently under boilers #1 and #2 proceeding to New River Inlet, North Carolina in accordance with orders of ComTransDiv 24. 0055 Sighted Cape lookout Shoals Light buoy #14 bearing 326 deg, distance 10 miles. 0108 Sighted Cape lookout Shoals Light buoy #14A bearing 323 deg, distance 8.5 miles. 0131 Passed Cape lookout Shoals Light buoy #14 abeam to starboard, distance 5.5 miles. 0138 Passed Cape lookout Shoals Light buoy #14A abeam to starboard, distance 5 miles. 0205 Sighted Cape Lookout Light bearing 004 deg, distance 21 miles. 0223 Passed Cape Lookout Light abeam to starboard, distance 20 miles.
M. A. Siravo
ENS, USN

04 to 08
Steaming as before. 0440 Stationed the anchor detail. 0454 Commenced maneuvering on various courses and speeds proceeding to anchorage. 0507 Starboard Engine Order Telegraph out of commission. 0509 Anchored in New River Inlet, North Carolina in 5 fathoms of water, fine gray sand bottom, with 20 fathoms of chain to the starboard anchor on the following radar range and bearing; Right tangent New River Inlet 358 deg, distance 2950 yards. 0513 Secured the anchor detail, set the in port watch. 0520 Commenced ballasting. 0550 Stern gate lowered. 0627 Starboard Engine Order Telegraph in commission. 0647 LCU-517 left the well deck. 0701 Ceased ballasting. 0720 Commenced deballasting. 0735 Two USMC DUKW's entered well deck.
J. D. McCLELLAND
LTJG, USNR

08 to 12
Anchored as before. 0755 Commenced lowering USMC DUKW's into well deck.0800 Mustered crew on stations. Absentees: none. 0805 SU radar out of commission. 0815 LCM's Boat Unit Two #9 and #42 secured alongside to starboard. 0830 Ceased deballasting. 0900 Made daily inspection of magazines and smokeless powder samples; condition normal. 0920 Competed lowering DUKW's into well deck. 0923 Launched 11 USMC DUKW's from well deck. 0924 Commenced off loading USMC trucks into LCM's. 0957 LCM's #9 and #42 cast off from alongside. 1000 LCU-872 secured alongside to starboard. Commenced off loading USMC trucks into LCU-872. 1010 Commenced ballasting. 1057 Competed off loading USMC personnel and equipment, having transferred 6 officers and 110 enlisted personnel of 2nd Battalion, 2nd Marines and equipment as per Attached manifest to Commanding Officer, Camp Lejeuene, North Carolina. 1100 LCU-872 departed from alongside. 1120 Ceased ballasting.
J. R. Hill
ENS , USN

12 to 16
Anchored as before. 1242 Commenced deballasting. LCU-529 entered well deck.1303 Ceased ballasting. 1326 LCU-763 entered well deck. Commenced deballasting. 1340 LCU-517 entered well deck. Stationed anchor detail and steaming watch. 1352 Underway from New River Inlet, North Carolina preceding to Norfolk Virginia in accordance with CTD 24 dispatch 291658Z of January 1955. 1359 Stern gate closed. Secured anchor detail. 1530 Ceased deballasting, draft forward 17ft, aft 18ft. 1531 Set condition Baker throughout the ship. 1551 Exercised crew at General Quarters.
R. T. PETERSON
LTJG, USNR

16 to 18
Steaming as before. 1609 Secured from general quarters. Set condition Baker, modified and the regular steaming watch. 1657 Sighted Cape Lookout Shoals Buoy #14A and #14 bearing 108 deg, distance 8 miles. 1716 Passed buoy #14A abeam to starboard, distance 2000 yards. 1724 Passed buoy #14 abeam to starboard, distance 1500 yards. 1727 Sighted Buoy W bearing 000deg, distance 5 miles. 1739 Passed Buoy W abeam to port, distance 2 miles.
M. A. Siravo
ENS, USN

18 to 20
Steaming as before.
T. R. BENNETT
LTJG, USNR

20 to 24
Steaming as before. 2129 Sighted Diamond Shoal Light Ship bearing 350 deg, distance 15 miles. 2210 Passed Diamond Shoal Light Ship abeam to port, distance 8 miles. 2240 Sighhted Cape Hatteras Light bearing 285 deg, distance 21 miles. 2245 Passed Cape Hatteras Light abeam to port, distance 20 miles.2304 Sighted Hatteras Wreck Lighted Bell Buoy bearing 345 deg, distance 9 miles.
J. D. McCLELLAND
LTJG, USNR

Sunday January 30, 1955

00 to 04
Steaming independently under boilers #1 and #2 enroute from Onalow Beach, North Carolina to Norfolk, Virginia in accordance with CTD 24 dispatch 291658Z of January 1955. 0038 Passed Whistle Buoy #10 abeam to port, distance 9 miles. 0048 Sighted Bodie Island Light bearing 293 deg, distance 22 miles. 0128 Sighted Bodie Island Buoy #8 bearing 299 deg, distance10 miles. 0149 Passed Bodie Island Light abeam to port, distance 13 miles. 0200 Passed Bodie Island Buoy #8 abeam to port, distance 6 miles. 0245 Sighted Curribuck Beach Light bearing 311 deg, distance 24 miles.

04 to 08
Steaming as before. Passed Curribuck Beach Light abeam to port, distance 12 miles. 0505 Sighted Cape Henry Light bearing 315 deg, distance 22 miles. 0519 Sighted Cape Charles Light bearing 333 deg, distance 25 miles. 0521 Sighted Chesapeake Light Ship bearing 000 deg, distance 15 miles.0537 Passed Bell Buoy Victor abeam to port, distance 1.5 miles. 0607 Passed buoy 2C-B abeam to port, distance 1.1 miles. 0612 S/e stopped due to water in the fuel oil. Boiler #1 offline. 0615 S/e in operation. 0633 Boiler #1 online. 0637 Passed buoy R-B abeam to starboard, distance 1200 yards. 0640 Passed Chesapeake Light Ship abeam to starboard, distance 12 miles. 0646 Entered inland waters. 0651 Passed Cape Charles Light abeam to starboard, distance 8 miles. 0653 Passed Cape Henry Light abeam to port, distance 2000 yards. 0705 Station anchor detail. 0705 Passed Thimble Shoals channel buoy A-1 and 2 abeam to port distance 100 yards. 0730 Set special sea detail.

08 to 12
Steaming as before. 0749 Passed Thimble Shoals light abeam to starboard, distance 800 yards.0800 Mustered crew on stations. Absentees: none. 0804 Passes Old Point Comfort light abeam to starboard, distance 800 yards. 0809 maneuvering on various courses and speeds proceeding to berth 26, U.S. Naval Base Norfolk, Virginia. 0820 pilot E.T. Sexton came aboard. 0823 YTB-150 secured to starboard bow. 0855 moored port side to USS CAMBRIA (APA-36) pier #2, berth 26, U.S. Naval Base Norfolk, Virginia with 4 manila and 2 wire lines. Ships present; various units of the U.S. Atlantic Fleet and various merchant ships. SOPA is COMPHIBLANT embarked in USS POCONO (AGC-16). 0910 tug YTB-13 and 150 cast off. 0903 Secured special sea detail, set the regular port watch. Pilot Sexton left the ship

12 to 16
Moored as before. 1330 ENS William Schulden (SC). USN, reported aboard in accordance with Chief of Naval Personnel orders dated 22 November, 1954.

16 to 20
Moored as before.

20 to 24
Moored as before.

Monday January 31, 1955

00 to 04
Moored port side to USS CAMBRIA (APA-36), pier 2, berth 26, Norfolk Naval base, Norfolk, Virginia with 4 manila and 2 wire lines. Boiler #1 in use for auxiliary purposes. Receiving fresh water from the pier. Ships present are various units of the US Atlantic Fleet. SOPA ic ComPhobLant in USS POCONO (AGC-16).
R. T. PETERSON
LTJG, USNR

04 to 08
Moored as before.
R. T. PETERSON
LTJG, USNR

08 to 12
Moored as before. 0800 Mustered crew on stations. Absentees: none. 0812 Commenced ballasting. Draft forward 14' 6", aft 18'. 0858 Made daily inspection of magazines and smokeless powder samples; condition normal. 0954 Launched LCU'S 517, 763 AND 529. 1005 Commenced debalasting, draft forward 23', 26'6" aft.
G. E. Tait
CHBOSN, USN

12 to 16
Moored as before. 1230 Ceased debalasting, draft forward 15'4". Aft 15'6".
T. R. BENNETT
LTJG, USNR

16 to 20
Moored as before.
W. M. Paterson
CHMACH, USN

20 to 24
Moored as before.
R. T. PETERSON
LTJG, USNR