HISTORY OF USS ASHLAND (LSD-1) IN THE 1950'S

JULY 1952

July 1, 1952 - Anchored in anchorage M-1, North Star Bay, Greenland.    Ships present: TU 118.80. SOPA is ComPhibGru in USS TACONIC (AGC-17). 1157 Underway. 1248 Anchored in M-3.     Number 1 engine secured for repairs to #1 main condenser.     1830 Number 1 engine repaired and in commission.     2015 USS EASTWIND (WAGB-279) came alongside the starboard quarter to deliver U.S. Mail and guard mail.

On July 5 Ashland got underway and proceeded to moor alongside USS ENOREE (AO-69).    After taking on 111,000 gallons of Navy Special fuel oil, Ashland returned to anchor in M-3, North Star Bay, Greenland.

July 12, 1952 - 1734 USS EDISTO (AGB-2) and USNS Mission Buena Ventura standing in from sea.
1847 Commenced sounding fog signals. 1848 Commenced diving operations over starboard side aft, to inspect the rudders, screws, and shafts.     1945 Completed diving operations.     2332 Ceased sounding fog signals.

19 July 1952 - Underway on various courses and at various speeds shifting berth from anchorage M-3 to anchorage N-30.     1342 Anchored in N-30, North Star Bay, Greenland.   2100 - Hudson, James E.,MEFN, USN, was received aboard from USS SHADWELL (LSD-15) for medical treatment.    Diagnosis: Appendicitis, acute. 2300 Appendectomy was begun on Hudson, James E., by LTJG Gordon M. Carver, Jr., (MC) USN, and completed at 2350. Post operative condition of patient, excellent.
22 July 1952 - 1430 LT Richard W. McNamara, USN, left shop on emergency leave to Norfolk, Virginia.

AUGUST 1952

7 August 1952 - 0935 Ens. A. Loftin left ship with $9,050 of government funds to cash checks on the USS HOPI (ATF-71). 1815 Commenced ballasting.    1955 Commenced loading LCM's.    2355 Completed loading 20 LCM's in well deck.     Received aboard 1 Army Officer and 26 enlisted me from the 370th Engineers, Company B. 8 August 1952 - 1240 Underway in company with USS LINDENWALD (LSD-6) enroute from North Star Bay, Greenland, to Norfolk, Va. Guide is Ashland. Lindenwald station 1200 yards astern.
10 August 1952 - 1234 Commenced sounding fog horns.     1450 Sighted two rowboats dead ahead. Captain assumed the conn. Stopped all engines. 1455 A/e ahead one third, 4 knots, 51 rpm.     1459 Commenced maneuvering on various courses and at various speeds to avoid collision with rowboats and fishing vessels.  1515 OOD assumed conn.     2015 C/s to full, 13 knots, 173 rpm.

11 August 1952 - Steaming as before.    2130 Zremski, Frank E., SN, USN, reported to sick by with laceration of the chin.     While handling wheel during heavy weather, wheel was torn from his grasp hitting him on chin causing injury.    Negligence not apparent.     2332 Navigational running lights extinguished.     Turned on emergency running lights.

19 August 1952 - 0848 Moored port side to pier 1, Hampton Roads Port of Embarkation.     Various men left the ship for release from active duty, others to U.S. Naval Hospital, Portsmouth, for treatment.     Others reported aboard.     LT. McNamara returned from emergency leave.    The next day the ship was refueled, receiving 229,614 gallons of "C" fuel oil.

22 August 1952 - 0812 Underway, enroute to Brooklyn, New York.     The next morning, 0757, Ashland moored starboard side to pier #1, Brooklyn Army Base, Brooklyn, New York.    1122 Commenced loading pilings onto superdeck.     On Monday, 25 August, Ashland stationed the special sea detail, got underway.     At 1637 moored starboard side to berth #4, Claremont Terminal, Jersey City, New Jersey.    On Wednesday, 27 August, Ashland set the special sea detail and got underway, steaming independently, enroute Goose Bay, Labrador.

Edward F. Scott, Commander, USN
Twenty-First LSD Division, Second LSD Squadron, Amphibious Force, U. S. Atlantic Fleet


OCTOBER 1952

October 19, 1952

Steaming in company with TU 42.91.5,  under boilers Nos. 1 and 2,  enroute from Norfolk,  Virginia to Vieques Island, Puerto Rico.    Base course is 154°(t),  154°(pgc),  169°(psc);  speed 13.5 knots,  182 rpm.   Steaming in convoy formation 92-R, guide is USS RANDALL (APA-224), bearing 250°(t),  distance 1800 yards.  OTC is CTU 42.91.5 in USS RANDALL (APA-224).

0800 Mustered crew on stations.    Absentees: None.   Made daily inspection of magazines and smokeless powder samples.    Conditions normal.

1717 Commenced sounding fog signals.    1729 Ceased sounding fog signals.
E.F. Scott, Commander, USN, Commanding
R. T. Peterson, III, ENS., USN, Assistant Navigator



20 October 1952

Steaming in company with TU 42.91.5, under boilers Nos. 1 and 2, enroute from Norfolk, Virginia to Vieques Island, Puerto Rico.    Base course is 156&°(t), 156&°(pgc), 164&°(psc); speed 13.5 knots, 182 rpm.    Steaming in convoy formation 92-R, guide is USS RANDALL (APA-224).     Formation axis is 160°(t). OTC is CTU 42.91.5 in USS RANDALL.

0800 Mustered crew on stations.    Absentees: None.    0900 Exercised at general quarters.     1005 Secured from general quarters and set the regular steaming watch.     Made daily inspection of magazines and smokeless powder samples.    Conditions normal.

1300 Steaming on various courses and speeds while undergoing maneuvering exercise Z-26-S.    1502   Completed tactical maneuvering exercise Z-26-S.  Formation resumed base course.    1505  Commenced smoke generating exercise A-141-S.    1515 Ceased exercise A-141-S.
E.F. Scott, Commander, USN, Commanding
R. T. Peterson, III, ENS., USN, Assistant Navigator


21 October 1952

Steaming in company with TU 42.91.5, under boilers Nos. 1 and 2, enroute from Norfolk, Virginia to Vieques Island, Puerto Rico in formation 92R.    Formation speed is 13.5 knots, 182 rpm.    Formation course is 154°(t).    Guide is USS RANDALL (APA-224).   OTC is CTU 42.91.5 in USS RANDALL (APA-224) bearing 270°(t), distance 1800 yards.   Set ship’s clocks ahead one hour to conform to zone time plus 4, queen time.

0800 Mustered crew on stations.    Absentees: None.    0953 Formation C/s to 10 knots, 125 rpm.   1048 Formation C/s to 13.5 knots, 175 rpm.     Made daily inspection of magazines and smokeless powder samples.  Conditions normal.

1256 Starboard engine stopped due to loss of lube oil pressure.    1258 Starboard engine ahead full speed, 13.5 knots, 182 rpm.    Lube oil pressure restored.     1315 Captain held mast and awarded punishment as follows: JOHNSON, M. (n), QMSN, USN. Offense:    Interfering with shore patrol and failure to obey orders  of shore patrol.    Awarded: Fourteen (14) days extra duty.   SWANN, M. (n), SD3, USN.    Offenses: 1.   Drunkenness.    2.  Failure to obey orders of shore patrol.    3.   Out of uniform.    Awarded: Fourteen (14) days extra duty.
E.F. Scott, Commander, USN, Commanding
R. T. Peterson, III, ENS., USN, Assistant Navigator


22 October 1952

Steaming in company with TU 42.91.5, under boilers Nos. 1 and 2, enroute from Norfolk, Virginia to Vieques Island, Puerto Rico in formation 92R.    Formation speed is 13 knots, 173 rpm.   Formation axis is 180°(t).  Formation course is 153°(t).    Guide is USS RANDALL (APA-224) ) bearing 270°(t), distance 1800 yards.  OTC is CTU 42.91.5 in USS RANDALL (APA-224).

0443 Sighted Cape San Juan Light bearing 215deg(t),distance 30 miles.  0455 Sighted Culebrita Island Light bearing 173°(t), distance 24 miles. 0609 Formation C/c to 176°(t).  0609 Formation passed through point CHARLIE.  0716 Commenced maneuvering at various course and speeds in order to gain station #9 in formation 92 R, 1000 astern of USS OGLETHORPE (AKA-100); guide is USS RANNDALL (APA-224).

0800 Mustered crew on stations.  Absentees: None.  0845 Commenced maneuvering on various courses and at various speeds proceeding independently to assigned anchorage. 0955 Anchored in berth 11, Vieques Island, Puerto Rico, in 13 fathoms of water, hard sand bottom, with 90 fathoms of chain to the port anchor, on thefollowing true anchorage bearings: Puerto Ferro Light 307.7°; right tangent Pint Conejo 035°.  Boiler #2 in use for auxiliary purpose.  Ships present:   various units of the Atlantic Fleet.  SOPA is CTE 42.91. in USS ROCKWALL (APA-230).

  1005 Commenced ballasting.  Draft of ship fwd. 16’ 0”, aft 16’ 10”.  1145 secured from ballasting.  Draft of ship fwd 16” 0”,aft 25’ 0”.  1150 LCU-815 disembarked.  Commenced deballasting.  Made daily inspection of magazines and smokeless powder samples. Conditions normal.

1310 Ceased deballasting. A Summary Court, LCDR J.J. PHILLIPS, USN, convened to try the case of BENNETT, H.L., SN, USN; SWEENEY, W.R., SN, USN and MOORE, W.D., SN, USN.  1355 KIRCHEVAL, J.H,, QM1, USN returned aboard for resumption of duties with staff of LSDRon TWO.  1430 The summary court which met at 1345 adjourned and published finds and sentences as follows: BENNETT, H.L., SN, USN; Offense, Violation of UCMJ, Article 86.  Finding: Guilty.  Sentence: To forfeit $24.00 per month for two months and to perform hard labor for 40 days.  SWEENEY, W.R., SN, USN; Offence: Violation of UCMJ, Article 86. Finding: Guilty.   Sentence: To forfeit $32.00 per month for two months and to perform hard labor for 40 days. MOORE, W.D., SN, USN; Offence: Violation of UCMJ, Article 86.  Finding: Guilty. Sentence: To forfeit $25.00 per month for two months and to perform hard labor for 30 days.
E.F. Scott, Commander, USN, Commanding
R. T. Peterson, III, ENS., USN, Assistant Navigator


23 October 1952

Anchored in berth 11, Vieques Island, Puerto Rico in 13 fathom of water, hard sand bottom, with 90 fathoms of chain to the port anchor, on the following tree anchorage bearings: Puerto Ferro Light 307.7°, Left tangent Isla Chiva 020.7° right tangent Point Conejo 035°. Boiler #2 in use for auxiliary purposes.     Ships present: Various units of TG 42.2.   SOPA is CTE 42.90 in USS ROCKWALL (APA-230).

0800 Mustered crew on stations.  Absentees: None.      Made daily inspection of magazines and smokeless powder samples.    Conditions normal.
1345 Commenced ballasting.   1500 Secured from ballasting
1730 Commenced deballasting.    1737 Completed deballasting
E.F. Scott, Commander, USN, Commanding
R. T. Peterson, III, ENS., USN, Assistant Navigator


24 October 1952

Anchored in berth 11, Vieques Island, Puerto Rico in 13 fathom of water, hard sand bottom, with 90 fathoms of chain to the port anchor,on the following tree anchorage bearings: Puerto Ferro Light 307.7°, Left tangent Isla Chiva 020.7° right tangent Point Conejo 035°.    Boiler #2 in use for auxiliary purposes. Ships present: Various units of TG 42.2.   SOPA is CTE 42.90 in USS BOTETOURT (APA-136).

0800 Mustered crew on stations.    Absentees: None.    1051 Commenced ballasting.  Draft fwd 16’ 0”, aft 19’ 0”.    1120 Completed ballasting.    Draft fwd 14’ 6”, aft 25’ 6”.    1130 LCU 815 docked in well deck aft of frame 80 for repairs.    1130 Commenced deballasting.  Draft fwd 14’6”, aft 25’ 6”.   Made daily inspection of magazines and smokeless powder samples.    Conditions normal.    Made weekly inspection of magazine sprinkler system.    Condition normal.

1217 Ceased deballasting.  Draft fwd 15’ 6”, aft 20’ 0”.    1432 Commenced ballasting.    Draft fwd 15’ 6”, aft 20’ 0”.    1459 LCU disembarked from well deck.    1509 Ceased ballasting.    Fwd 14’ 0”, aft 26’ 9”.
1731 Commenced deballasting.    Draft fwd 14’ 0”, aft 26’ 9”.
1845 Ceased deballasting.   Draft fwd 16’ 0”, aft 19’ 0”.
E.F. Scott, Commander, USN, Commanding
R. T. Peterson, III, ENS., USN, Assistant Navigator


25 October 1952

 Anchored in berth 11, Vieques Island, Puerto Rico in 13 fathom of water, hard sand bottom, with 90 fathoms of chain to the port anchor, on the following tree anchorage bearings:   Puerto Ferro Light 307.7°,  Left tangent Isla Chiva 020.7°  right tangent Point Conejo 035°.    Boiler #2 in use for auxiliary purposes.     Ships present: Various units of TG 42.2.   SOPA is CTE 42.90 in USS ROCKWALLLL (APA-224).

0915 Mustered crew at division parade for captains inspection.    Absentees: None.    1030 Secured from Captains personnel inspection.    1050 Commenced deballasting.    Draft fwd 16; 6”, aft 20’ 9”.   Made daily inspection of magazines and smokeless powder samples.   Conditions normal.

1220 Completed deballasting.    Draft fwd 17’ 0”, aft 18’ 6”.   1255 Commenced ballasting.    Draft fwd 16’ 2”, aft 20’, 0”.  1330 Ceased ballasting.    Draft fwd 14’ 6”, aft 27’ 0”.
1655 Commenced deballasting.    Draft fwd 14’ 6”, aft 27’ 0”.
1805 Completed deballasting.    Draft fwd 14’ 0”, aft 19’ 0”.
E.F. Scott, Commander, USN, Commanding
R. T. Peterson, III, ENS., USN, Assistant Navigator


26 October 1952

Anchored in berth 11, Vieques Island, Puerto Rico in 13 fathom of water, hard sand bottom, with 90 fathoms of chain to the port anchor, on the following tree anchorage bearings:  Puerto Ferro Light 307.7°,  Left tangent Isla Chiva 020.7°  Right tangent Point Conejo 035°.   Boiler #2 in use for auxiliary purposes.     Ships present:  Various units of TG 42.2.   SOPA is CTE 42.90 in USS TACONIC (AGC-17).

0800 Mustered crew on stations.    Absentees: None.    0817 Commenced ballasting.  Draft fwd 16’ 0”, aft 19’ 0”.  0855 Ceased ballasting.  Draft fwd 15’ 2”, aft 24’ 6.   Made daily inspection of magazines and smokeless powder samples.    Conditions normal.

1645 Commenced deballasting.    Draft fwd 15’ 6”, aft 27’ 0”.   1754 Ceased deballasting.    Draft fwd 15’ 7”, aft 19’ 0”.
E.F. Scott, Commander, USN, Commanding
R. T. Peterson, III, ENS., USN, Assistant Navigator



27 October 1952

Anchored in berth 11, Vieques Island, Puerto Rico in 13 fathom of water, hard sand bottom, with 90 fathoms of chain to the port anchor,on the following three anchorage bearings:  Puerto Ferro Light 307.7°,  Left tangent Isla Chiva 020.7°   Right tangent Point Conejo 035°.    Boiler #2 in use for auxiliary purposes.     Ships present:  Various units of TG 42.2.   SOPA is CTE 42.90 in USS TACONIC (AGC-17).

0735 Commenced ballasting.  Draft fwd 15’ 2”, aft 19’ 0”.  O755 Ceased ballasting.    Draft fwd 15” 6”, aft 25” 0”.

0800 Mustered crew at quarters.    Absentees: None.    0931 Lighted fires under boiler #1.    Made daily inspection of magazines and smokeless powder samples.   Conditions normal.    Made weekly inspection of magazine sprinkler system.    Condition satisfactory.

1620   Set anchor detail and regular steaming watch. 1620    Commenced loading LVT-A-310, LVT-A-312 and LVT-A-39 on to superdeck from welldeck by crane.    1635 Commenced deballasting. Draft fwd 15’ 6”, aft 25’ 0”.    Secured LTV-A-310, LVT-A-312 and LTV-A-39 on superdeck.    1645 LCU-765 entered well deck.    1651 LCVP-KA-19-18 from USS THUBAN (AKA-19) entered well deck.    1653 LCVP-KA-19-22 from USS THUBAN (AKA-19) entered well deck.

1658 Underway from berth 11, Vieques Island, Puerto Rico, reroute to Retirement Area Seagull in accordance with CTG 42.2 Operation Order 2-52, Captain at conn, Executive Officer and Navigator on bridge.    Standard speed is 12 knots, 156 rpm.1658 P/E ahead 1/3, 51 rpm, right 10° rudder. 1659.5 C/s to 4 knots, 51 rpm. Set course 162°(t).    1700 Completed loading LCVP’s from USS THUBAN (AKA-19) into well deck.   1701 Received information from Ballast Control  Station that THUBAN LCVP’s located aft in well deck were being damaged by wave action in well deck.    Stopped all engines.    Changed course to port in order to head into wind and sea with starboard engine ahead 2/3 and port engine backing 2/3, using left full rudder.    1706 Steadied on course 125°.    1707 Report received from Ballast Control Station of damage to wooden fender at frame 110 and to USS THUBAN LCVP’s 18 and 22 caused by wave effect in well deck tossing same LCVP’s against same fender.   1710  Stopped all engines. 1711  Changed course to port in order to head into wind and sea with starboard engine ahead 2/3, using left full rudder.    Steadied on course 120°(t), 120°(pgc),127°(psc).    1737  All engines ahead standard, 12 knots, 156rpm.    1738 C/c to 170°(t), 170°(pgc), 177°(psc).    C/s to 14 knots, 190 rpm.    1800 Commenced maneuvering at various courses to gain startion in formation 3 D.

2001  C/s to 8 knots, 98 rpm.    2002  Assumed station in formation 3 D, guide is USS TACONIC bearing, 350°(t), distance 2000 yards.   2002 Sighted Aero Beacon at St. Croix Island bearing, 044°, distance 30 miles. 

E.F. Scott, Commander, USN, Commanding
R. T. Peterson, III, ENS., USN, Assistant Navigator




28 October 1942

Steaming in company with TG 42.2, proceeding to objective area in accordance with CTG 42.2 Operation Order 2-52.    Base cours 248°(t).   Base speed 10 knots, 125 rpm.   Steaming in formation 21, formation axis 350°.   Guide is USS TACONIC (AGC-17) bearing 080°(t), distance 1000 yards.   OTC is CTG 42.2 in USS TACONIC (AGC-17).   0000 C/c to 348°(t). 0002 USS BOTETOURT (APA-136) assumed guide.    0016 Commenced maneuver on various courses and at various speeds to take station in formation 2 J.   0050 Took station in formation in formation 2 J.    Guide is USS TACONIC (AGC-17), bearing 356°(t), distance 1800 yards.    Base course 356°(t), base speed 7 knots, 85 rpm.   0345 Commenced maneuvering on various courses and at various sppeds proceeding to station T-6 in outer transport area in accordance with CTG 42.2 Operation Order 2-52.   0358 All engines stopped. Lying to on station in Outer Transport Area.

04-08  Lying to in Outer Area, using engines and rudder to maintain station.   0630 Exercised at General Quarters.   0707 Secured from General Quarters; set condition 1A.   0707 Commenced off-loading 2 LVTS.   0728 Completed off-loading LVTS.

8-12   Lying to as before.   0800 Mustered crew on stations.   Absentees:  None.    1130 Sustained simulated atomic blass 4000 yards off port bow.   Manned radiological defense stations.   Set course 105°(t).   Speed 12 knots,  156 rpm.   1139 Set course 280°, to return to station in the Outer Transport Area.   1150 Lying to on station.   Made daily inspection of magazines and smokeless powder samples. Conditions normal.

12-16  Lying to as before.    1234 Underway porceeding to reembarkation berth 81.    1307 Stationed the anchor detail.   1332 All engines stopped.   1338 WISE, W.F., SW1, USN,  was received aboard from LST-508 for treatment.   Diagnosis: Pyelitis, left.   1356 Anchored west of berth 81, awaiting departure of USS BELLE GROVE (LSD-2).   1359 Stationed the ballast detail.   1515 Received USS THUBAN (AKA-19) LCVP #23 aboard for repairs.    1517 Underway proceeding to center of berth 81, steaming on various courses and at various speeds.   Captain at the conn, Executive Officer and Navigator on the bridge.   1526 Anchored in berth 81, Reembarkation Anchorage, Vieques Island, Puerto Rico, in accordance with CTG 42.2 Operation Order 2-52, in 10 fathoms of water, hard bottom, with 90 fathoms of chain to the port anchor, on the following true anachorage bearings:  Puerto Ferro Light, 292.5°; Right tangent of Point Conejo, 012°, Punta Este Light, 062°.   1531 Secured the steaming watch and anchor detail.    Set the regular in port watch.   1543 Commenced ballasting. Draft fwd 15' 0", aft 20' 0".   1547 Received LCU-815 alongside to port for transfer of mail.   1550 LCU-815 left from alongside.

16-18 Anchored as before.    1745 Stationed the anchor detail.   1753 Commenced twisting ship to minimize roll.   1750 LSU-815 came alongside to starboard.

18-20  Anchored as before.   1808 Completed twisting ship.   1820 LCU-621 entered the well deck.   1824 Secured the anchor detail.   1905 Ceased ballasting. Draft fwd, 25' 0",  aft 25" 0".   1945 LCU-517 entered the well deck.

20-24 Anchored as before.   2000 Commenced deballasting.   2135 Completed deballasting.   Draft fwd 16' 8", aft 19' 6". Secured the ballasting detail.




29 October 1952

0 - 4  Anchored in berth #81,Vieques Island, Puerto Rico in 10 fathoms of water, hard bottom, on the following true anchorage bearings:  Puerto Ferro Light, 292.5°;  Right tangent of Point Conejo, 012°;  Punto Este Light, 062°.    Boiler #1 in used for auxiliary purposes.    Ships present:   Various units of the TG 42.2.   SOPA is CTG 42.2 in USS TACONIC (AGC-17).

04-08 Anchored as before.    0603 Pursuant to BuPers orders 16941 of 5 September 1952,  LTJG Edward A. KLEIN, USNR,  was detached and directed to proceed and report to U.S. Naval Receiving Station, Norfolk, Virginia for separation processing.

08-12 Anchored as before.   0800 Mustered crew at quarters.   Absentees:   None.    0915 BRANDT, Charles F., SK3, USN, was transferred with transfer papers, records and baggage to Fleet Aircraft Service Squadron SIX, Naval Air Station, Jacksonville, Florida for duty.    Pursuant to Commanding Officer USS THUBAN (AKA-19),  SPEARMAN, A.(n) EN3,USN;  SPENCER, H.E., BM3, USN;  LEWIS, J.C., SA, USN;  MICHAELS, L.C., SN, USN;  MILLER, W.J., SA, USN, reported aboard for temporary additional duty with transfer papers, records and baggage.    Made daily inspection of magazines and smokeless powder samples.   Conditons normal.

12-16 Anchored as before.
16-18 Anchored as before.
18-20 Anchored as before.
20-24 anchored as before.

E.F. SCOTT, Commander, USN, Commanding
S.T. CRAPO, ENS, USN, Navigator




30 October 1952

00 - 04  Anchored in berth #81,Vieques Island, Puerto Rico in 10 fathoms of water, hard bottom, with 90 fathoms of chain to the port anchor on the following true anchorage bearings:  Puerto Ferro Light, 292.5°;  Right tangent of Point Conejo, 012°;  Punto Este Light, 062°.    Boiler #2 in used for auxiliary purposes.    Ships present:   Various units of the TG 42.2.   SOPA is CTG 42.2 in USS TACONIC (AGC-17).

04-08 Anchored as before.

08-12 Anchored as before.   0800 Mustered crew at quarters.   Absentees:   None. Pursuant to Commanding Officer, USS White MARSH (LSD-8), FORTNER, J.F., DC3, USN, reported aboard for temporary additional duty with transfer papers, records and baggage. Authority: ComLSDRon TWO Verbal Orders. Made daily inspection of magazines and smokeless powder samples.   Conditons normal.

12-16 Anchored as before.

1345 A special court martial, LT. F.H. GUNKEL, SC, USN, senior member, met to try the case of HARRIS, R.(n), FP3, USN for violation of Article 86 UCMJ.   1509 the court which met at 1345 adjourned and published findings as follows:  Findings: Guilty.   Sentence:  To preform hard labor for sixty (60) days.   To be restricted to the limits of the ship for sixty (60) days and to forfeit $30.00 per month for three (3) months.

16-18 Anchored as before.
18-20 Anchored as before.
20-24 anchored as before.

E.F. SCOTT, COMMANDER, USN, COMMANDING
S.T. CRAPO, ENS, USN, NAVIGATOR


31 October 1952

0 - 4  Anchored in berth #81,Vieques Island, Puerto Rico in 10 fathoms of water, hard bottom, on the following true anchorage bearings:  Puerto Ferro Light, 292°;  Right tangent of Point Conejo, 012°;  Punto Este Light, 062°.    Boiler #2 in used for auxiliary purposes.    Ships present:   Various units of the TG 42.2.   SOPA is ComTransDiv 23 in USS BOTETOURT (APA-136).

4-8 Anchored as before.    0702 Lighted fires under boiler #2.

8 - 12  Anchored as before.    0800 Mustered the crew at quarters.   Absentee: None.   0845 Commenced exercise A-4-E, feed water control failure.   0848 Completed exercise A-4-E.    1010 Pursaunt to Commanding Officer, USS BELLE GROVE (LSD-2), standard transfer order #174052, SANDERS, D.F., DCFN, USN, reported aboard with transfer papers, records and baggage for temporary additional duty. Authority: ComLSDRon TWO verbal orders.   Stationed section one special sea detail.   1036 Underway from berth #81, Vieques Island, Puerto Rico, course 139°(t).    Speed 4 knots, 51 rpm.   1040 C/s to 12 knots, 156 rpm. 1050 Secured special sea detail and set the regular steaming watch.   1100 C/c to 320°(t).    C/s to 8 knots, 98 rpm.   1102 Exercised at general quarters.   1116 Secured from general quarters and set the regular steaming watch.   1140 C/c to 120°(t).    1144 C/c to 151°(t).    Made daily inspection of magazines and smokeless powder samples.    Conditions normal.

12-16 Steaming as before.   1215 Commenced maneuvering on various courses and speeds while conducting exercise Z-77-CC, Radar Navigation.    1250 Completed exercise Z-77-CC and set base coure of 170°(t); speed 12 knots, 173 rpm.   1323 C/s to 8 knots, 98 rpm.   C/c to 080°(t).   1335 C/c to 350°(t).    1342 C/c to 340°(t).    1342 Set the special sea detail.   1350 Commenced maneuvering at various courses and speeds while proceeding to assigned berth.   1429 Completed exercise Z-30-S.   Anchored in berth #81, Vieques Island, Puerto Rico in 10 fathoms of water, hard bottom, with 75 fathoms of chain to the port anchor on the following true anchorage bearings:  Puerto Ferro Light 293.5°;  Right tangent Isla Chiva 359°;  Point Conejo 014.5°.    1439 Secured the special sea detail and set the regular anchor watch.   1520 Set special sea detail and made a preparations for getting underway.    1538 Underway from berth #81, Vieques Island, Puerto Rico to conduct exercise Z-30-S, anchoring.    Set base course of 164°(t).   Speed 4 knots, 56 rpm.

16-18 Steaming as before.   1557 Commenced maneuvering at various courses and speeds to hoist aboard #2 LCVP.   1606 Set course 326°(t).   Speed 4 knots, 56 rpm.   1612 C/c to 314°(t).   1613 Commenced maneuvering at various speeds and courses to conduct simulated anchoring.   1620 Completed exercise Z-30-S.   Commenced maneuvering at various coures and speeds while lying to at berth #81, Vieques Island, Puerto Rico, in accordance with CTG 42.2 Operation Order 2-52.    1632 Secured the special sea detail and set the regular steaming watch.    1700 Unerway from berth #81, Vieques Island, Puerto Rico enroute to Nassau, Bahamas, BWI, in accordance with CTG 42.2 Operation Order 2-52.   Set base course of 072°(t).   Speed 13.5 knots, 181 rpm.

18-20 Staming as before.   1748 C/c to 017°(t).   1832 With Culebrita Light bearing 285°(t).   1836 Passed Aero beacon at St. Thomas Island abeam to starboard, distance 10 miles.    1929 C/c to 305°(t).   1930 C/s to 8 knots, 98 rpm.

20-24 Steaming as before.   1947 Sighted San Juan Light bearing 247°(t), distance 27 miles.

E.F. SCOTT, COMMANDER, USN, COMMANDING
S.T. CRAPO, ENS, USN, NAVIGATOR




Saturday 1 November 1952

0 to 4
Steaming independently under boilers #1 and 2 enroute from Vieques Island, Puerto Rico, to Nassau, BWI, in accordance with CTG 42.2 Operation Order 2-52.  Task designation is TU 42.28.4.  Base course is 305°(t).  Speed 8 knots, 98 rpm.  OTC is CTU 42.28.4 (ComLSDRon TWO) in this vessel.   SOPA is ComLSDRon TWO.  0215 C/s to 9 knots, 111 rpm.

4 to 8
Steaming as before.  0621 C/c to 314°(t).  0635 C/s to 304°(t).

8 to 12
Steaming as before.  0800 Mustered crew at quarters.  Absentees:  None.  0840 C/s to 10 knots, 125 rpm.  1100 Commenced Z-21-S, exercise preparations for abandoning ship.  1123 Secured from exercise Z-21-S.  Made daily inspection of magazines and smokeless powder samples.  Conditions normal.

16-18
Steaming as before.  1447 C/s to 11 knots, 140 rpm.  1500 Commenced engineering economy run at 11 knots.

16-18
 Steaming as before.

18-20
 Steaming as before.  1930 Set all clocks back one hour to conform with plus 5 (ROGER) zone time.

20-24
  2034 C/s to 12 knots, 156 rpm.  Commenced engineering economy run at 12 knots.

E.F. SCOTT, COMMANDER, USN, Commanding
S.T. CRAPO, ENS, USN, Navigator




Sunday 2 November 1952

0 - 4
Steaming independently under boilers No. 1 and 2, enroute from Vieques Island, Puerto Rico to Nassau, Bahamas, BWI, in accordance with CTG 42.2 Operation Order 2-52.   Task designation is TU 42.28.4.    Base course is 305°(t).   Speed 12 knots, 156 rpm.   OTC is CTU 42.28.4 in this vessel.   SOPA is ComLSDRon TWO in this vessel.   0310 Completed 12 knot economy run.   0320 C/s to 13 knots, 173 rpm.

4 to 8
Steaming as before.
8 to 12
Steaming as before.   0800 Mustered crew on statons.    Absentees:   None.    Made daily inspection of magazines and smokeless powder samples.    Conditions normal.

12 - 16
Steaming as before.
16 to 18
Steaming as before.
18 to 20
Steaming as before.
20 to 24
Steaming as before.   1032 C/s to 12 knots,  146 rpm.

E.F. SCOTT, Commander, USN, Commanding
S.T. CRAPO, ENS, USN, Navigator



Monday 3 November 1952

0 to 4
Steaming independently under boilers No. 1 and 2, enroute from Vieques Island, Puerto Rico to Nassau, Bahamas, BWI, in accordance with CTG 42.2 Operation Order 2052.   Task designation is TU 42.28.4.    Base course is 302°(t).    Speed is 12 knots, 156 rpm.   OTC is CTU 42.28.4 in this vessel.   SOPA is ComLSDRon TWO in this vessel.   0137 Sighted San Salvador Island Light, bearing 266 °(t), distance 22 miles. 0305 Passed San Salvador Island light abeam to port, distance 14.5 miles. 0317 C/c to 305°(t).

4 to 8
Steaming as before.

8 to 12
Steaming as before.   0800 Mustered crew at quarters.    Absentees: None.   1144 Sighted Eleuthera Island, bearing 248°(t), distance 23 miles.    Made daily inspection of magazines and smokeless powder samples.   Conditions normal.   Made weekly inspection of magazines sprinkler system.   Conditions normal.

12 to 16
Steaming as before.    1207 C/c to 271°(t).    1301 C/c to 000°(t).   1317 C/c to 031°(t).    1505 Commenced maneuvering at various courses and speeds while conducting exercise Z-41-S, man overboard.   1525 Completed exercise Z-41-S and resumed base course of 031°(t).   Speed 8 knots, 96 rpm.   1540 C/c to 081°(t).

16 to 18
Steaming as before.   1600 Commenced maneuvering on various courses and at various speeds conducting exercise Z-30-S, mooring.   1720 Ceased exercise Z-30-S and set course 001°(t), speed 8 knots, 98 rpm.   1740 C/s to 271°(t).

18 to 20
Steaming as before.

20 to 24
Steaming as before.  2135 Sighted Man Island bearing 221.5°, distance 17 miles.   2257 Passed Man Island Light abeam to port, distance 12 miles.   2322 Sighted Great Egg Island Light bearing 214°, distance 18 miles.   2330 Sighted Abaco Light bearing 283°, distance 26 miles.

E.F. SCOTT, Commander, USN, Commanding

S.T. CRAPO, ENS, USN, Navigator



Tuesday 4 November 1952

0 to 4
Steaming independently under boilers No. 1 and 2, enroute from Vieques Island, Puerto Rico to Nassau, Bahamas, BWI, in accordance with CTG 42.2 Operation Order 2052.   Task designation is TU 42.28.4.    Base course is 270°(t).    Speed is8 knots, 98 rpm.   OTC is CTU 42.28.4 in this vessel.   SOPA is ComLSDRon TWO in this vessel.  0045 C/c to 214°(t). 0154 Sighted Current Rock Light bearing 149.5°(t), distance 15 miles. 0220 Passed Abaco Light abeam to starboard, distance 23 miles.

4 to 8
Steaming as before.    0525 Sighted Fort Fincastle Light bearing 192°(t), distance 9 miles.    0527 Sighted Hog Island Light bearing 198°(t).   0600 Stationed the special sea detail.   0605 C/c to 181°(t).   0630 C/s to 4 knots, 51 rpm.    0633 C/c to 001°(t).   0659 C/c to 211°(t).   0705 All engines stopped.   0712 Pilot C.M. BROWN came aboard.   0722 Commenced manuevering on various courses and at various speeds to anchor in Nassau Harbor Entrance anchorage, Nassau, B.W.I.   Pilot at the conn, Captain and Navigator on the bridge.   0742 Anchored in Nassau Harbor Entrance anchorage, Nassau, B.W.I., in 15 fathoms of water, sandy marl bottom, with 90 fathoms of chain to the port anchor on the follow true anchorage bearings: Fort Fincastle Light, 146°;  Hog Island Light, 172°;  Radio Tower, 218°;.    Boilers #1 and 2 in use for auxiliary purposes.    SOPA is ComLSDRon TWO in this vessel.

8 to 12 Anchored as before.    0834 Pilot C.M. BROWN left the ship.   0840 Secured the special sea detail and set the regular steaming watch.   0930 Mustered crew at quarters. Absentees:  None.   0935 Pursuant to Commanding Officers standard transfer order No. 209-52, VAN, W.P., FN, USN, was transferred with transfer papers, records and baggage to C.O. Submarine Base, New London, Conn. for duty.  Authority: BuPers ltr pers B21-2d-Mt-21 of 8 October 1952.   Made daily inspection of magazines and smokeless powder samples. Conditions normal.

12 to 16 Anchored as before.
16 to 18
Anchored as before.
18 to 20
Anchored as before.
20 to 24
Anchored as before.

E.F. SCOTT, Commander, USN, Commanding
S.T. CRAPO, ENS, USN, Navigator





Wednesday 5 November 1952

0 to 4
Anchored in Nassau Harbor Anchorage, Nassau, BWI in 15 fathoms of water, sandy marl bottom, with 90 fathams of chain to the port anchor on the following true bearings:  Fort Fincaste Light, 146°;  Hog Island Light, 172°;  Radio Tower, 218°.   Boiler #2 in use for auxiliary purposes.   Ships present:   Various merchant ships.    SOPA is ComLSDRon TWO in this vessel.

4 to 8
Anchored as before.

8 to 12
Anchored as before.   0800 Mustered the crew at quarters.    Absentees: None.    0859 Lighted fires under boiler #1.   0911 Let fires die out under boiler #1.   Made daily inspection of magazines and smokeless powder samples. Conditions normal.

12 to 16 Anchored as before.   1202 Pilot C.M. BROWN came aboard.   1202 Set special sea detail.    Lighted fires under boiler #1.    1210 Made all tests and preparations for getting underway.   1229 Underway from Nassau Harbor Entrance Anchorage enroute to assigned anchorage in turning basin, Nassau Harbor, Nassau, Bahamas, BWI, in accordance with verbal orders of OTC, CTU 42.28.4, ComLSDRon TWO in this vessel.   Pilot at the conn, Captain, Executive Officer and navigator on the bridge.   1230 Commenced maneuvering on various courses and speeds to approach entrance to harbor channel.    1244 Set course 163°(t).   1247 Passed Hog Island Light abeam to port, distance 500 yards.    1247 Entered channel to Nassau harbor and commenced maneuvering on various courses to conform with channel.   1310 Anchored in turning basin in Nassau Harobr, Bahamas, BWI, in 5 fathoms of water, sandy bottom, with 45 fathoms of chain to the port and starboard anchor on the following true anchorage bearings:  Water Tower, 168.8°;  Flag Staff on British Colonial Hotel, 239°;  Hog Island Light, 298.3°.    1450 Pilot C.M. BROWN left the ship.   1451 Secured special sea detail and set the regular in port anchor watch.   1452 Completed securing one inch wire lines to mooring buoys at bow and stern.   Let fires die out under #2 boiler.   Boiler #1 in use for auxiliary purposes.
16 to 18
Anchored as before.
18 to 20
Anchored as before.
20 to 24
Anchored as before.

E.F. SCOTT, Commander, USN, Commanding
S.T. CRAPO, ENS, USN, Navigator



Thursday 6 November 1952


0 to 4
Moored in Turning Basin, Nassau Harbor, Nassau, Bahamas, BWI, in accordance with CTG 42.2 Operation Order 2-52, in 5 fathoms of water, sandy bottom, with 45 fathoms of chain to the port and starboard anchors, with 1” wire line to mooring buoy at stern and 1” wire line to mooring buoy on bow at the following true bearings: Water tower, 168.8°; Flag Staff on British Colonial Hotel, 238°; Hog Island Light, 297.3°. Boiler #1 in use for auxiliary purposes.    Ships present: Various Merchant ships.   SOPA is ComLSDRon TWO in this vessel.   0045 GALLAGHER, W.T., CS3, USN, returned aboard absent over leave since 2300, 5 November 1952.

4 to 8
Moored as before.

8 to 12
Moored as before.   Mustered crew at quarters.   Absentees: ANDERSON, G.E., CS3, USN; SMEDBURG, A.G., MRC, USNR.   1100 His Excellency, the Governor of the Bahamas, came aboard for an informal visit.    1135 His Excellency, the Governor of the Bahamas, left the ship.    Made daily inspection of magazines and smokeless powder samples. Conditions normal.

12 to 16
Moored as before.
16 to 18
Moored as before.
18 to 20
Moored as before

20 to 24
Moored as before.   2200 ANDERSON, G.E. CS3, USN, returned aboard absent over leave since 2300, 5 November 1952.

E.F. SCOTT, Commander, USN, Commanding
S.T. CRAPO, ENS, USN, Commanding



Friday 7 November 1952

0 to 4
Moored in Turning Basin, Nassau Harbor, Nassau, Bahamas, BWI, in accordance with CTG 42.2 Operation Order 2-52, in 5 fathoms of water, sandy bottom, with 45 fathoms of chain to the port and starboard anchors, with 1” wire line to mooring buoy at stern and 1” wire line to mooring buoy on bow at the following true bearings:  Water tower, 168.8°;  Flag Staff on British Colonial Hotel, 238°;  Hog Island Light, 297.3°.    Boiler #1 in use for auxiliary purposes.   Ships present: Various Merchant ships.   SOPA is ComLSDRon TWO in this vessel.    0010 SMEDBERG, A.G., MRC, USNR, returned aboard having been absent over leave since 1700, 5 November 1952.

4 to 8
Moored as before.

8 to 12
Moored as before.   0800 Mustered crew at quarters.    Absentees: None.   1000 Lighted fires under boiler #2.    Made daily inspection of magazines and smokeless powder samples. Conditions normal.

12 to 16
Moored as before.   1200 Set special sea detail and made all preparations for getting underway.   1240 Pilot C.M. BROWN came aboard.   1310 Underway from Turning Basin anchorage, Nassau Harbor, Nassau, BWI, enroute to Onslow Beach, North Carolina in accordance with CTG 42.2 Operations Order 2-52.   1311 Commenced maneuvering at various courses and speeds to turn ship in turning basin.   1320 Set course 277°(t), speed 8 knots, 98 rpm.   1322 Commenced maneuvering on various courses and speeds to conform to channel.    1329 Passed Hog Island Light abeam to starboard, distance 250 yards.    1330 C/c to 344°(t).    1332 Pilot C.M. BROWN left ship.    1334 With Hog Island Light bearing 150°(t), took departure and set base course of 035°(t), speed 12 knots, 156 rpm.   1339 Secured the special sea detail and set the regular steaming watch. 1530 Sighted Great Island bearing, 066°(t), distance 12 miles.

16 to 18
Steaming as before.   1552 Sighted Great Egg Island Light bearing, 068°(t), distance 7.3 miles.    1747 Sighted Abaco Light bearing, 282.5°(t), distance 19 miles.

18 to 20
Steaming as before.   1815 C/s to 9 knots, 111 rpm.   C/c to 055°(t).

20 to 24
Steaming as before.

E.F. SCOTT, Commander, USN, Commanding
S.T. CRAPO, ENS, USN, Commanding



Saturday 8 November 1952

0 t0 4
Steaming independently with boilers #1 and #2 enroute from Nassau, Bahamas, BWI, to Onslow Beach, North Carolina in accordance with CTG 42.2 Operations Order 2-52.   Task designation is TU 42.28.4.    Base course is 055°(t).   Speed 9 knots, 111 rpm.   OTC and SOPA is CTU 42.28.4 (ComLSDRon TWO) in this vessel.

4 to 8
Steaming as before.   0612 c/c to 045°(t).   0734 C/s to 6 knots, 73 rpm.    0740 Joined company with USS RUSHMORE (LSD-14) and USS BELLE GROVE (LSD-2).   Formed column formaton, distance 1000 yards.    This vessel is guide.   Formation course 045°(t), speed 6 knots.   OTC is CTU 42.28.4 (ComLSDRon TWO) in this vessel.    0755 Formation C/s to 11 knots, 140 rpm.

8 to 12
Steaming as before.   0800 Mustered crew at quarters.   Absentees: None.   0914 C/c to 359°(t).   1015 USS WHITE MARSH (LSD-8) joined column formation in station 3180.    1020 Section of firemain between frames 16 and 33 and cross connection athwartships at frame 33 secured for repairs to valve.   1126 Ceased repairs on firemain.   1140 Commenced exercise Z-22-S, station keeping.   1149 C/c to 9 knots, 111 rpm.    Formed formation 93 R, this vessel guide in station 31.   Commenced maneuvering at various courses and speeds conducting exercise Z-22-S.    Made daily inspection of magazines and smokeless powder samples.   Conditons normal.   12-16
Steaming as before.   1204 C/s to 11 knots, 140 rpm.    1224 Determined gyro error to be 0°.   1300 Commenced exercise Z-26-S, tactical maneuveirng and exercise A-43-C, rapid handling of signal publication.    1500 secured from exercises Z-22-S, Z-26-S and A-43-C.   Formed single column, ASHLAND in station 1, ships astern in the following order:   RUSHMORE, BELLE GROVE,  WHITE MARSH.    Standard distance 1000 yards.   Base course 000°.    Speed 10 knots, 125 rpm.    1505 C/s to 8 knots, 98 rpm.    1543 RUSHMORE assumed formation guide.    1554 C/s to 10 knots, 125 rpm.

16-18
Steaming as before.   1615 Completed tactical maneuveirng and set base course 001°(t).    Speed 10 knots, 125 rpm.    1632 C/c to 005°(t).

18 to 20
Steaming as before.   1800 Commenced exercise A-48-C, NANCY signalling drill.   1920 Completed exercise A-48-C.

20-24
Steaming as before.   2127 This vessel assumed the formation guide.




Sunday 9 November 1952

0 to 4
Steaming in company with TU 42.28.4, under boilers #1 and 2 enroute from Nassau, Bahamas, BWI, to Onslow Beach, North Carolina in accordance with CTG 42.2 Operation Order 2-52.    Steaming in modified formation 20, axis 005°(t), guide is this vessel.    Formation course is 005°(t).    Speed 10 knots, 125 rpm.    OTC and SOPA is CTU 42.28.4 (ComLSDRon TWO) embarked in this vessel.   0154 Joined company with TU 42.28.    Commenced maneuvering on various courses and at various speeds to take station in formation 21.   0236 On station 1 in formation 21, axis 000°(t), guide is USS TACONIC (AGC-17).    Formation course, 000°(t).   Speed 10 knots, 125 rpm.   Guide bears, 090°(t), distance 1000 yards.   OTC and SOPA is CTU 42.28 in USS TACONIC.    0238 Formation C.s to 12.5 knots, 165 rpm.

4 to 8
Steaming as before.

8 to 12
Steaming as before.   1216 Formation C/c to 320°(t).   1253 Changed formation axis to 320°(t).    1407 Starboard main engine stopped.    Port engine ahead flank, to make repairs on #1 main condenser, salt water leak.   1420 Transferred U.S. Guard mail via helicopter.    1506 Commenced transferring U.S. Mail from USS LIDDLE (APD-60).   1528 Completed transferrng U.S. Mail.   1532 Formation C/s to 10.5 knots, 130 rpm.

16 to 18
Steaming as before.   1555 Repairs completed on salt water leak to #1 main condenser.    C/s to 14 knots, 190 rpm.    1618 C/s to 10.5 knots, 132 rpm.    1703 C/s to 9 knots, 111 rpm.    1703 Commenced maneuvering on various courses and at various speeds to assume station in formation 2 J.   1730 Assumed station in formation 2 J, guide is USS TACONIC (AGC-17), bearing 320°(t), distance 2400 yards. Formation speed 10 knots, 125 rpm. 1735 Formation C/s to 11 knots, 140 rpm.

20-24
Steaming as before.    2033 Formation C/s to 9.5 knots, 120 rpm.   2042 Formation C/c to 310°(t).




Monday, 10 November 1952

0 to 4
Steaming in company with Task Group 42.2 under boilers #1 and 2 enroute from Nassau, Bahamas, BWI, to Onslow Beach, North Carolina in accordance with CTG 42.2 Operation Order 2-52.   Steaming in formation 2 J, axis 320°(t), guide is USS TACONIC (AGC-17) in station 21 bearing 320°(t), distance 2400 yards.   Base course is 320°(t).    Speed 10.5 knots, 132 rpm.   OTC and SOPA is CTG 42.2 in USS TACONIC (AGC-17).    0035 Formation C/s to 8 knots, 98 rpm.    0036 Formation c/s to 6 knots, 74 rpm.    0037 Formation c/s to 4 knots, 52 rpm.    0043 Formation C/s to 7 knots, 85 rpm.    0100 Formation C/s to 8 knots, 98 rpm.   0105 Formation C/c to 315°(t).   C/s to 10 knots, 125 rpm.    0129 Formation C/c to 310°(t).

4 to 8
Steaming as before.    0400 Commenced maneuveirng at various courses and speeds proceeding to assigned anchorage in outer transport area, Onslow Beach, North Carolina, in accordance with CTG 42.2 Operation Order 2-52.   0437 Anchored in anchorage T-8 Onslow Beach, North Carolina, in 10 fathoms of water, with 30 fathoms of chain to the port anchor, gravel bottom.    0634 Commenced ballasting.   Draft fwd 17', aft 17'.   0655 Exercised the crew at general quarters.   0714 Secured from general quarters.

8 to 12
Anchored as before.  0800 Mustered crew on stations. Absentees: None.   0837 LCU 517 crossed the sill.    0845 LCU 621 crossed the sill.   0850 Ceased ballasting.    Draft fwd 26'0", aft 25"4".   0852 LCU 765 crossed the sill.    0853 Commenced deballasting. Draft fwd 26'0", aft 25'4".   0854 Set the special sea detail.    0856 Underway from anchorage T-8, Onslow Beach, North Carolina, shifting to assigned anchorage, outer transport area, Onslow Beach, North Carolina.    0858 Commenced maneuvering at various courses and speeds proceeding to assigned anchorage.    0921 Ceased deballasting. Draft fwd 19'1", aft 25'6".   0924 Anchored in berth T-6, outer transport area, Onslow Beach, North Carolina, in 7 fathoms of water, fine grey sand bottom with 30 fathoms of chain to the port anchor on the following bearing and range:   Onslow Beach Tan, bearing 315°(t), range 13,700 yards.   1000 Exercised at general quarters.    1059 Stationed the anchor detail.   1129 Underway from anchorage T-6 outer transport area, Onslow Beach, North Carolina, on various courses and at various speeds proceeding to anchorage T-6, inner transport area, Onslow Beach, North Carolinia.    Captain at the conn, Navigator on the bridge.   Made daily inspection of magazines and smokeless powder samples.   Conditions normal.   Made weekly inspection of magazines sprinkler system.    Conditions normal.

12 to 16
Steaming as before.   1206 Anchored in anchorage T-6, inner transport area, Onslow Beach, North Carolina in 8 fathoms of water, fine grey sand bottom, with 60 fathoms of chain to the port anchor, with Onslow Beach Tank bearing 310.5°(t), distance 6400 yards.   1213 Secured from general quarters.    Set Condition 1-A.   1343 Completed off loading serial 166, 79 troops.    1347 Exercised at general quarters.    1407 Secured from general quarters.   Set conditon 1-A.

16 to 18
Anchored as before.   1602 Secured from Conditon 1-A.   Set the regular steaming watch.

18 to 20
Anchored as before.

20-24
Anchored as before.



Tuesday 11 November 1952

0 to 4
Anchored in berth T-6, inner transport area, Onslow Beach, North Carolina, in 8 fathoms of water, grey sandy bottom, with 60 fathoms of chain to the the port anchor on the following range and bearings:   Onslow Beach Tank, 311°(t), distance 2400 yards.   Boilers #1 and 2 in use for auxiliary purposes.    OTC and SOPA is CTG 42.2 in USS TACONIC (AGC-17).

4 to 8
Anchored as before.    0720 Commenced ballasting.   Draft fwd 19'6", aft 23'6".    0735 ceased ballasitng.    Draft fwd 12'0", aft 27'0".    0740 Commenced deballasting.    Draft fwd 12'0", fwd 27'0".    0721 LCU 517 entered the well deck.

8 to 12
Anchored as before.   0800 Mustered crew at quarters.   Absentees: None.    0807 LCU 517 secured in well deck.   0810 Ceased ballasting.    Draft fwd 12'8", aft 23'0".   0830 Commenced ballasting.   Draft fwd 12'8", aft 27'0".   0850 LCU 517 left well deck.  0850 Commenced deballasting.    Draft fwd 12"0", aft 27'0".   0915 Ceased deballasting.   Draft fwd 15'0", aft 19'0"  . 1031 Secured firemain starboard side from frame 16 to 33 for repairs.    1120 Repairs completed to firemain from frames 16 to 33.    Made daily inspection of magazines and smokeless powder samples.   Conditions normal.

12 to 16
Anchored as before.   1320 Commenced ballasting.   Draft fwd 15'0", aft 19'6".   1359 LCU 517 secured alongside the port quarter to receive fuel and supplies.    1405 Commenced fueling LCU 517.    1429 Ceased ballasting.    Draft fwd 14"0", aft 25'0".    1435 SANDERS, D.F. DCFN, USN was transferred with records and baggage to USS BELLE GROVE (LSD-2), having completed TAD on board this vessel.    FORTNER, S.F., DC3, USN, was transferred wth transfer papers and baggage to USS WHITE MARSH (LSD-8), having completed TAD on board this vessel.    1450 Ceased fueling LCU 517, having delivered 1300 gallons of diesel fuel.    1453 LCU 517 left from alongside.

16 to 18
Anchored as before.  1630 Commenced ballasting.  Draft fwd 14'0", aft 25'0".   1707 LCU 621 crossed sill.   1727 Ceased ballasting.    Draft fwd 24'0", aft 24"0".

18 to 20
Anchored as before.    1730 Commenced deballasting.    Draft fwd 24'0", aft 24'0".   1800 Ceased deballasting.    Draft fwd 17'0", aft 24'0".    LCU 815 crossed sill.

20 to 24
Anchored as before.



Wednesday 12 November 1953

0 to 4
Anchored in berth T-6, inner transport area, Onslow Beach, North Carolina, in 8 fathoms of water, grey sandy bottom, with 60 fathoms of chain to the the port anchor on the following range and bearings:   Onslow Beach Tank, 311°(t), distance 2400 yards.   Boilers #1 and 2 in use for auxiliary purposes.    Ships presents:  Various units of TG 42.2.   OTC and SOPA is CTG 42.2 in USS BOTETOURT (APA-136).

4 to 8
Anchored as before.    0615 Commenced ballasting.  Draft fwd 17'0", aft, 24'0".   0620 Ceased ballasting.    Draft fwd 17'0", aft 24'6".   0648 LCU 765 crossed the sill.    0655 Commenced deballasting.

8 to 12
Anchored as before.   0800 Mustered crew on station.   Absentees: None.    0828 Set special sea detail and made all preparations for getting underway.    0840 Ceased deballasting.    Draft fwd 15'10", aft 17'6".    0851 Underway in compnay with TU 42.2 from anchorage berth T-6, inner transport area, Onslow Beach, North Carolina enroute to Norfolk, Virginia. Captain at conn, Navigator and Executive Officer on the bridge.   Set course 300°(t), speed 12 knots, 156 rpm.    0855 ComLSDRon TWO shifted to USS WHITEMARSH (LSD-8), hauled down Broad Command pennant and hoisted the commission pennant.   0925 C/c to 115°(t).   C/s to 13 knots, 173 rpm.   0930 Secured the special sea detail.    Set the regular steaming watch.    0946 C/c to 113°(t).   1010 Assumed station in column formation, guide is USS WHITEMARSH (LSD-8), bearing 113°(t), distance 3000 yards.   Made daily inspection of magazines and smokeless powder samples. Conditions normal.

12 to 16
Steaming as before.  1220 Formation C/c to 090°(t).   1244 Formaton C/c to 053°(t).   1259 Formaton C/s to 12 knots, 156 rpm.    Commenced maneuvering independently to conduct economy speed runs.    1429 Commenced maneuveirng on various courses to blow tubes and regain station 2000 yards astern of the guide USS RUSHMORE (LSD-14).  1431 C/s to 14 knots, 190 rpm.   1439 Formation C/c to 048°(t).

16 to 18
Steaming as before.    1604 Assumed position in column formation 2000 yards astern of USS RUSHMORE .   1750 Sighted Diamond Shoal Lightship bearing 012°(t), distance 12 miles.

18 to 20
Steaming as before.    1850 Passed Diamond Shoal Lightship abeam to port, distance 7.5 miles.    1924 C/c to 025°(t).   1933 C/c to 040°(t).   1947 C/c to 002°(t).

20 to 24
Steaming as before.  2001 C/s to 14 knots, 190 rpm.    2108 Passed Wimble Shoals Lighted wistle buoy abeam to port, distance 7 miles.   2109 Maneuvered at various courses and speeds to take station 2000 yards astern of guide USS WHITE MARSH (LSD-8).   2150 Assumed station in column formation, guide is USS WHITE MARSH, bearing 040°(t), distance 2000 yards.    2158 Formation C/c to 340°(t).

E.F. SCOTT, Commander, USN, Commanding
S.T. CRAPO, ENS, USN, Navigator




Thursday 13 November 1952

0 to 4
Steaming in company with TU 42.28.4 under boilers #1 and 2, enroute from Onslow Beach, North Carolina to Norfolk, Virginia, guide is USS RUSHMORE (LSD-14), bearing 340°(t), distance 1000 yards.   Base course is 340°(t).   Speed is 13 knots, 173 rpm.   OTC is Commanding Officer USS RUSHMORE (LSD-14).    SOPA is ComLSDRon TWO in USS WHITEMARSH (LSD-8).    0030 Sighted Whistle buoy "B" bearing 265°(t), distance 9 miles. 0052 Formation C/c to 318°(t).   0128 Formation C/c to 328°(t).   0145 Formatin resumed base course 318°(t).    0300 Sighted radar reflector buoy "TA", bearing 351°(t), distance 5 miles.    0325 Sighted False Cape Lighted Whistled buoy bearing 279.5°(t), distance 11 miles.

4 to 8
Steaming as before.   0406 C/s to 10 knots, 125 rpm.    0419 Sighted Chesapeake Lightship, bearing 354°(t), distance 17.5 miles.   0423 Sighted Dam Neck buoy bearing 314°, bearing 6 miles.   0432 Sighted Cape Henry Light, bearing 307°(t), distance 27 miles.   0445 Sighted Cape Charles Light, bearing 318°(t), distance 20 miles.   0505 Sighted Flashing White Whistle buoy bearing 314°(t), distance 5 miles.    Sighted guard ship, bearing 340°(t), distance 8 miles.    0528 Passed Flashing White Whistle buoy abeam to port, distance 1000 yards.    0530 Passed Chesapeake Lightship to starboard, distance 11 miles.   0540 Passed Cape Charles Light abema to starboard, distance 12 miles.   0602 C/c to 287°(t).   0608 Set special sea detail.   0622 Passed Cape Henry Light abeam to parot, distance 4000 yards.   0630 Commenced ballasting.   Draft fwd 15'10", aft 17'6".   0635 Entered Thimble Shoals Channel and commenced maneuvering at various courses and speeds to conform to channel.   0710 C/c to 253°(t).   Lying to off Thimble Shoals Channel while unloading LCU's 621, 815 and 765.   0929 Ceased ballastings.   Draft 25'6", aft 26'0".   0730 Commenced deballasting.    Draft fwd 25"6", aft 26'0".   0734 Completed unloading LCU's and commenced maneuvering on various courses and at varous speeds proceeding up Thimble Shoals Channel.

8 to 12
Steaming as before.   0800 Mustered crew on stations.   Absentees: None.   0820 Passed Thimble Shoals Light abeam to starboard, distance 500 yards.    0835 Passed Old Point Comfort Light abeam to starboard, distance 800 yards.   0845 Commenced maneuvering on various couses and at various speeds proceeding to anchorage H-26.    0908 Anchored in of chain to the port anchor, on the following true anchorage bearings:   Middle Ground Light, 266°(t);  Grain Elevator, 115°;  Sewall Point Tank, 076°.    Ships present:   Various units of the Atlantic Fleet.   SOPA is ComPhibLant, Naval Base, Norfolk, Virginia.   0919 Secured the special sea detail and set the regular in port watch.   1000 Ceased deballasting.    Draft fwd 15'0", aft 16'0".   1007 ComLSDRon TWO shifted command to this vessel.   Hauled down the commission pennant and hoisted the broad command pennant.   Made daily inspection of magazines and smokeless powder samples.    Conditions normal.

12 to 16
Anchored as before.  1212 Wise, W.F., SW1, USN, was transferred to ACB2, USNAB, Little Creek, Virginia.   MOTTRAM, J.R., FA, USN was transferred to USS BURNO (APD-133), having completed treatment.

16-20
Anchored as before.    1750 WALTERS, J.E. RMNC, USNR, reported aboard for duty with transfer papers, records and baggage.    Pursuant to Commanding Officer U.S. Naval Receiving Station, Philadelphia, Pa., PARK, S.P., DC1, USN, returned aboard to resume his duties, have completed temporary additional duties at Fire Fighting (Instructors) school.    PETROWITZ, A. (n), EN3, USN, returned aboard to resume his duties, having completed temporary additional duties at Naval School EN "C", Great Lakes, Ill.    Pursuant to Commanding Officer, U.S. Naval Air Station, Pensacola, Florida, ALCAYDE, A.(n), TN, USN, reported aboard with transfer papers, records and baggage for duty with ComLSDRon TWO.    Pursuant to Commanding Officer, U.S. Naval Hospital, Portsmouth, Virginia, MENY, E.E., SN, USN, reported aboard with transfer paplers, records and baggage, having completed his treatment.

20-24
Anchored as before.   2050 Pursuant to Commanding Officer, U.S. Naval Hospital, Portsmouth, Virginia, DEVRIES, R.J., SA, USN, reported aboard with transfer paplers, records and baggage, having completed his treatment.   Pursuant to Commanding Officer, USS RANKIN (ADA-103), ROBERTSON, R.L., RMN3, USNR, reported aboard for duty with papers, records and baggage.   Pursuant to Commanding Officer, SubGroupTHREE, Charleston Group, Atlantic Reserve Fleet, U.S. Naval Base, Charleston, S.C., PETERSEN, D.M., EN3, reported aboard for duty with transfer papers, records and baggage.   Pursuant to Commanding Officer, U.S. Naval Training Center, San Diego, Calif, BROWN, J.E., MRFA, USN, reported aboard for duty with transfer papers, records and baggage.   Pursaunt to Commanding Officer, Service School Command, USNTC, Great Lakes, Illinois, HUMMEL, P.L., ENFA, USN, reported aboard for duty with transfer papers, records and baggage.




Friday, 14 November, 1952

0 to 4
Anchored in berth H-26, Hampton Roads, Norfolk, Virginia in 5 fathoms of water, soft bottom, with 45 fathoms of chain to the port anchor on the following true anchorage bearings:   Middle Ground Light, 266°;   Grain Elevatator, 115°;    Sewell Point Tank, 076°.   Boiler #2 in use for auxiliary purposes.   Ships present:   Various units of the Atlantic Fleet.   SOPA is ComPhibLant in USS POCONO ( ACG-16). 4 to 8
Anchored as before.

8 to 12
Anchored as before.   0735 Pursuant to Commanding Officers standard transfer order #172-52, IVERSON, E.M. SN, USN, returned aboard for duty having completed temporary additional duty under instruction at NavPhibBase, Little Creek, VA.    KONDRUP, J.T., SN, USN, was transferred with transfer papers, records and baggage to HCS, USNH, Portsmouth, VA. For duty.    0800 Mustered crew on stations:  Absentees: None.    Made daily inspection of magazines and smokeless powder samples. Conditions normal.
12 to 16
Anchored as before. 1210, BARNHART, A.W., SA, USN, reported aboard for duty with transfer papers, records and baggage.   GOODWIN, R.C., PN3, was transferred to Receiving Station Key West, Florida for duty.    1300 HAWKINS, J.W., QMC, USN was transferred to U.S.N. Hospital, Portsmouth, Virginia for treatment.   BEHRMANN, H.A., BMC, USN was transferred to U.S. Naval Receiving Station, Norfolk, Virginia for further transfer to U.S. Naval Receiving Station, San Diego, California for duty.    1300 Commenced Captain’s lower deck inspection.   1430 Secured from Captain’s lower deck inspection.

16 to 20
Anchored as before.

20 to 24
Anchored as before.

E.F. SCOTT, Commander, USN, Commanding
R.T. Peterson, III, ENS, USN, Navigator




Saturday, 15 November, 1952

0 to 4

Anchored in berth H-26, Hampton Roads, Norfolk, Virginia in 5 fathoms of water, soft bottom, with 45 fathoms of chain to the port anchor on the following true anchorage bearings:   Middle Ground Light, 266°;   Grain Elevator, 115°;    Sewell Point Tank, 076°.    Boiler #2 in use for auxiliary purposes.   Ships present:   Various units of the Atlantic Fleet.    SOPA is ComPhibLant in USS POCONO ( ACG-16). 4 to 8
> Anchored as before.   0730 Lighted fires under boiler #1. 8 to 12
Anchored as before.   0800 Mustered the crew at stations.    Absentees: None.    0900 FRANZ, H.B., RMSN, USN and FRANKLIN, R.H., RMSN, USN, were transferred to U.S.N. Submarine Base, New London, Connecticut for duty.    0930 Set the special sea detail and made all preparations for getting underway.   0935 Pilot R. B. McCOY came aboard.    0939 Underway from berth H-26, Hampton Roads, Norfolk, Virginia, proceeding to berth 31, pier 3, Naval Base, Norfolk, Virginia.    Pilot at the conn, Captain and Executive Officer and Navigator on the bridge.   0940 Commenced maneuvering at various courses and speeds proceeding to assigned berth.    Tug 390 secured to port side aft and tug 391 secured to port side forward.   1018 Moored starboard side to berth #31, pier 3, Naval Base, Norfolk, Virginia with 4 manila lines and 2 wire lines.   Boiler #1 in use for auxiliary purposes.   Receiving the following services from shore: Fresh water.    1021 Pilot R.B. McCOY left the ship and tugs 390 and 391 left from alongside.    1023 Secured the special sea detail and set the regular in port watch.    1028 Let fires die out under boiler #2.   Made daily inspection of magazines and smokeless powder samples.

12 to 16
Moored as before.   1238 In accordance with BuPers order #B114 of 7 April 1952, Commander Walter L. PHALER, USN, reported aboard for duty.   1315 GREEN, J.J., RMSN, USN, reported aboard for duty with ComLSDRon TWO.    1440 ENS. STANFORD T. CRAPO was detached and ordered to report to Chief of Naval Research, Navy Department, Washington, D.C. for duty.

16 to 20
Moored as before.   1614 SWANN, T. (n), TN, USN, reported aboard for duty. 20 to 24
Moored as before.




Sunday 16 November, 1952

0 to 4
Moored starboard side to berth 31, pier 3, U.S. Naval Base, Norfolk, Virginia, with 4 manila lines and 2 wire lines.   Boiler #1 in use for auxiliary purposes.    Receiving the following services from the pier:  Fresh Water.   SOPA is ComPhibLant in USS POCONO (AGC-16).

4 to 8
Moored as before.   0800 Mustered the crew on stations.    Absentees:   CORPUS, B. (n), SD2, USN.   Made daily inspections of magazines and smokeless powder samples. Conditions normal.

8 to 12
Moored as before.
12 to 16
Moored as before.
16 to 18
Moored as before.


Monday 17 November 1952

0 to 4
Moored starboard side to berth 31, pier 3, U.S. Naval Base, Norfolk, Virginia with 4 manila lines and 2 wire lines.   Boiler #1 in use for auxiliary purposes.   Receiving the following services from shore:  Fresh water.    Ships present:   Various units of the Atlantic Fleet.   SOPA is ComPhibLant in USS POCONO (AGC-16).

4 to 8
Moored as before.   0719 VOLRATH, M.L., SN, USN, reported aboard for duty with transfer papers, records and baggage.

8 to 12

Moored as before.   0800 Mustered the crew at quarters.   Absentees:   FAIRCHILD, L.J., DKSN, USN and CORPUS, B. (n), SD2, USN.    0850 FAIRCHILD, L.J., DKSN, USN, returned aboard having been absent over leave since 0800, 15 November 1952.   0853 LTJG M. (n) GAYDOS, USN was detached by LSDRon TWO and ordered to report to USS MCKEAN (DDR-784) for duty.   1000 BLANCHETTE, N.R., DCW2, USNR, was transferred with transfer papers, records and baggage to USNAS, Norfolk, Virginia for release from active duty.   Made weekly inspection of magazines and smokeless powder samples and weekly inspection of magazines sprinkler system.    Conditions normal.

12 to 16 Moored as before.    1315 CORPUS, B. (n), SD2, USN, returned aboard having been absent over leave since 0800, 15 November 1952.    1450 Pursuant to Commanding Officer, USS SAN MARCOS (LSD-25), SCHARFENORT, F.P., SN, USN, reported aboard with transfer papers, records and baggage for duty with LSDRon TWO.

16 to 20

Moored as before.   1645 Exercised the crew at fire drill.   1655 Secured from fire drill.

20 to 24

Moored as before.



Tuesday 17 November 1952

0 to 4
Moored starboard side to berth 31, pier 3, U.S. Naval Base, Norfolk, Virginia with 4 manila lines and 2 wire lines.   Boiler #1 in use for auxiliary purposes.   Receiving the following services from shore:   Fresh water.   Ships present:  Various units of the Atlantic Fleet.    SOPA is ComPhibLant in USS POCONO (AGC-16).    0318 Lost electrical power due to low steam pressure.    Water in fuel oil of boiler #1.

4 to 8
Moored as before.   0412 Boiler #1 back in operation and electrical power restored.

8 to 12
Moored as before.    0800 Mustered the crew at quarters.    Absentees: None.   0815 Exercised at general quarters.    0852 Secured from general quarters and set condition 1-A.   0915 Secured from condition 1-A and commenced exercise Z-52-S, abandon ship.   0940 Exercised at fire and rescue drill.   0955 Secured from fire and rescue drill.    1005 Pursuant to Commanding Officer, NavPhibBase, Little Creek, Virginia, YOUNG, M.W., DCC, USN, reported aboard for duty with transfer papers, records and baggage.    1010 Exercised at fire drill.    1035 Secured from fire drill. Made daily inspection of magazines and smokeless powder samples.   Conditions normal.   12 to 16 Moored as before.   MCCLOSKEY, A.J., SKSN, USN, was transferred with transfer papers, records and baggage to U.S. Naval Hospital, Portsmouth, Virginia for treatment.

16 to 20
Moored as before.
20 to 24
Moored as before.

E.F. SCOTT, Commander, USN, Commanding
R.T. PETERSON, III, ENS, USN, Navigator



Wednesday 19 November 1952

0 to 4
Moored starboard side to berth 31, pier 3, U.S. Naval Base, Norfolk, Virginia with 4 manila lines and 2 wire lines.    Boiler #1 in use for auxiliary purposes.    Receiving the following services from shore:   Fresh water. Ships present:   Various units of the Atlantic Fleet.    SOPA is ComSecondFLT, Norfolk, Naval Base, Virginia.

4 to 8
Moored as before.

8 to 12
Moored as before.    0800 Mustered crew on stations.    Absentees: None.   0945 Mustered all hands at division parade for Captain’s personnel inspection.    1045 Secured from Captain’s personnel inspection.   Made daily inspection of magazines and smokeless powder samples. Conditions Normal.

12 to 16 Moored as before.
16 to 18 Moored as before.
18 to 24 Moored as before.




Thursday 20 November 1952

0 to 4
Moored starboard side to berth 31, pier 3, U.S. Naval Base, Norfolk, Virginia with 4 manila lines and 2 wire lines. Boiler #1 in use for auxiliary purposes.  Receiving the following services from shore:   Fresh water.   Ships present:   Various units of the Atlantic Fleet.   SOPA is ComSecFLT, Norfolk, Naval Base, Virginia.

4 to 8 Moored as before.

8 to 12
Moored as before.   0800 Mustered crew at quarters.   Absentees: None.   1030 All hands mustered at division parade for change of command ceremonies held in the well deck, where Commander Walter L. WHALER, USN, relieved Commander Edward F. SCOTT, USN, as Commanding Officer of the USS ASHLAND (LSD-1).    1130 Commander Edward F. SCOTT, USN, was transferred to Green Cove Springs, Florida for duty.    Made daily inspection of magazines and smokeless powder samples. Conditions normal.

12 to 16
Moored as before.   1315 Ensign Charles F. Murphy, USNR was detached and ordered to report to U.S. Naval Receiving Station, Norfolk, Virginia, for release from active duty.   1525 Pursuant to Commanding Officer of U.S. Naval Receiving Station, Brooklyn, New York standard transfer order of 19 November 1952, NEARY, G.R., EN3, USN, reported aboard for duty with transfer papers, records and baggage.

16 to 18 Moored as before.
18 to 20 Moored as before.
20 to 24 Moored as before.

W.L. Phaler, Commander, USN, Commanding
R.T. Peterson, III, ENS., USN, Navigator




Friday 21 November, 1952

0 to 4
Moored starboard side to berth 31, pier 3, U.S. Naval Base, Norfolk, Virginia with 4 manila lines and 2 wire lines.    Boiler #1 in use for auxiliary purposes.   Receiving the following services from shore:   Fresh water.   Ships present:   Various units of the Atlantic Fleet. SOPA is ComSecondFLT, Norfolk, Naval Base, Virginia.

4 to 8
Moored as before.

8 to 12
Moored as before.   0800 Mustered crew at quarters.   Absentees: None.    Made daily inspection of magazines and smokeless powder samples.    Conditions normal.   Made weekly tests of magazines sprinkler systems.   Conditions satisfactory.    Made weekly tests of steering gear.   Conditions normal.

12 to 16
Moored as before.

16 to 18
Moored as before.    DUNNOCK, YN3, USN, was transferred with transfer papers, records and baggage to U.S. Naval Receiving Station, Brooklyn, New York for further transfer to Naval Facility London, England for duty.

18 to 20
Moored as before.

20 to 24
Moored as before.    2015 Pursuant to Commanding Officer, U.S. Naval Air Station, Atlanta, Ga., NALLEY, A.H., SN, USN, reported aboard for duty with transfer papers, records and baggage.



Saturday 22 November 1952

0 to 4
Moored starboard side to berth 31, pier 3, U.S. Naval Base, Norfolk, Virginia with 4 manila lines and 2 wire lines. USS BELLE GROVE (LSD-2) moored alongside to port.   Boiler #1 in use for auxiliary purposes. Receiving the following services from shore:   Fresh water.    Ships present:  Various units of the Atlantic Fleet.   SOPA is ComSecondFLT, Norfolk, Naval Base, Virginia.

4 to 8
Moored as before.

8 to 12
Moored as before.   0800 Mustered the crew at quarters.    Absentees:   None.   0909 Commenced taking on fuel.   Draft before fueling.    Fwd 17’5”, aft 16’8”.   1000 MENY, E.E. SN, USN, was transferred to the U.S. Naval Hospital Portsmouth, Virginia for treatment.    Made daily inspection of magazines and smokeless powder samples.    Conditions Normal.

12 to 16
Moored as before.   1525 Lighted fires under boiler #2.

16 to 18
Moored as before.   1605 Cut in boiler No. 2 on auxiliary steam line.    1625 Let fires die under boiler No. 2.   1730 Lighted fires under boiler No. 2 for setting safety valves.   1745 Let fires die under boiler No. 2.   1745 Completed fueling, having received on board 212,000 gallons of Navy Special fuel oil at 60°F.    Draft fwd 17’7”, aft 16’11”.

18 to 20
Moored as before
20 to 24
Moored as before.


Sunday 23 November 1952

0 to 4
Moored starboard side to berth 31, pier 3, U.S. Naval Base, Norfolk, Virginia with 4 manila lines and 2 wire lines. USS BELLE GROVE (LSD-2) moored alongside to port.   Boiler #1 in use for auxiliary purposes.    Receiving the following services from shore:   Fresh water and telephone.   Ships present:  Various units of the Atlantic Fleet.    SOPA is ComSecondFLT, Norfolk, Naval Base, Virginia.    0001 CZARNECKY, S. (n), ME1, USN was transferred with transfer papers, records and baggage to NavSchool, Deep Sea Diver C-1, U.S. Naval Receiving Stations, Washington, D.C., for duty.

4 to 8
Moored as before.

12 to 16 Moored as before.
16 to 18 Moored as before.
18 to 20 Moored as before.
20 to 24 Moored as before.

W.L. Phaler, Commander, USN, Commanding
R.T. Peterson, III, ENS, USN, Navigator




Monday 24 November 1952

0 to 4
Moored starboard side to berth 31, pier 3, U.S. Naval Base, Norfolk, Virginia with 4 manila lines and 2 wire lines. USS BELLE GROVE (LSD-2) moored alongside to port.    Boiler #1 in use for auxiliary purposes.   Receiving the following services from shore: Fresh water and telephone. Ships present: Various units of the Atlantic Fleet.    SOPA is ComSecondFLT, Norfolk, Naval Base, Virginia.

4 to 8
Moored as before.   0631 Lighted fires under boiler #2.

8 to 4
Moored as before.   0800 Mustered crew at quarters.   Absentees:   WILSON, R.A., YNSN, USN.   0820 WILSON, W.T., FN, USN, was transferred to Receiving Station, Brooklyn, New York, FFT, Commander, Rhine River Patrol, Schierstein, Germany, for duty with transfer papers, records and baggage.    0830 Set the special sea detail and made all preparations for getting underway.    0903 Pilot R.C. EDWARDS came aboard.   0912 Underway from berth 31, pier 3, Naval Base, Norfolk, Virginia, in accordance with CO, USS BELLE GROVE (LSD-2) Op-Order 1-52, enroute to Virginia Capes Operating Area in order to conduct competitive exercises.    Pilot at conn, Captain, Executive Officer and Navigator on bridge.   0913 Tug A 390 tied up to starboard bow.   0913 Commenced backing at 2/3 speed at various headings in order to leave slip between piers 3 and 4.    0917 C/c to 000°(t) and commenced maneuvering at various courses and speeds to conform with channel.    0920 Tug A 390 cast off starboard bow.    0925 Pilot left ship.    0926 Passed thru degaussing range taking reading for northerly heading.   0956 Passed Fort Wool abeam to starboard, distance 500 yards.   1115 Passed Cape Henry Light abeam to starboard, distance 1400 yards.   1125 Passed Chesapeake Bay Guard Vessel abeam to port, distance 1400 yards.   1129 Secured the special sea detail and set the regular steaming watch.    1140 Took departure with Cape Henry Light, bearing 245°(t) and set course 103°(t), speed 12 knots.    Made daily inspection of magazines and smokeless powder samples.    Conditions normal.

12 to 16
Steaming as before.   1229 Passed Chesapeake Light Ship abeam to port, distance 17000 yards.   1300 Commenced exercise A-76-CC, simulated surface contact exercise with USS WHITE MARSH (LSD-8).   1320 Completed exercise A-76-CC.    1530 C/c to 278°(t).

16 to 18
Steaming as before.    1655 Sighted Chesapeake Light Ship, bearing 275°(t), distance 8 miles.   1659 C/c to 267°(t).    1709 Sighted Cape Charles Light, bearing 301°(t), distance 17 miles.    1736 Passed Chesapeake Light Ship abeam to starboard, distance 2000 yards.   1745 Sighted Cape Henry Light, bearing 263°, distance 19 miles.

18 to 20  Steaming as before.    1826 Passed Chesapeake Bay Guard Ship abeam to starboard, distance 2500 yards.   1833 C/c to 278°(t).    1833 Entered Inland waters.    1844 C/s to 8 knots, 98 rpm.    1846 C/s to 4 knots, 51 rpm.    1902 C/c to 282°(t).   1905 C/s to 8 knots.    1912 Passed Cape Henry Light abeam to port, distance 3000 yards.    1915 C/s to 12 knots, 156 rpm.    1916 Set special sea detail.    1920 C/c to 287°(t).   1925 C/c to 270°(t).    C/s to 8 knots, 98 rpm.   1926 Maneuvering at various courses and speeds proceeding to assigned anchorage in accordance with ComFleTraGruChesBay instructions dated 22 November 1952.   1950 Anchored in berth LA-24, Lynnhaven Roads, Virginia in 5 fathoms of water, hard mud bottom with 45 fathoms of chain to port anchor on the following true anchorage bearings:  Channel Buoy #3, 048°;   Cape Henry Light, 112.5°.   Boiler #2 in use for auxiliary purposes.   Ships present:   Various units of Atlantic Fleet.   SOPA is ComLandShip FLOT TWO in USS KRISHNA (ARL-38, Little Creek, Virginia.

20 to 24
Anchored as before.




Tuesday, 25 November, 1952

0 to 4
Anchored in Lynnhaven Road anchorage LA-24 in 5 fathoms of water with 45 fathoms of chain to the port anchor on the following true anchorage bearings:   Channel buoy #3, 048°; Cape Henry Light, 112.5°.   Boiler #2 in use for auxiliary purposes.    Ships present:   Various units of the Atlantic Fleet.    SOPA is ComLandShip Flot #2 in USS KRISHNA (ARL-38), Little Creek, Virginia.

4 to 8
Anchored as before.    0630 Set special sea detail.   0649 Underway from anchorage LA-24 Lynnhaven Roads, Virginia enroute to Virginia Capes Operating area 20-A in order to conduct competitive exercises.   LTJG PARKER at the conn, Captain, Executive Officer and Navigator on the bridge.   0723 Set base course 105°(t), speed 12 knots.   0714 C/c to 100°(t).    0717 C/c to 095°(t).    0718 Passed Cape Henry Light house abeam to starboard, distance 1000 yards.   0719 C/c to 120°(t).   0722 C/c to 105°.

8 to 12
Steaming as before.   0800 Mustered crew on stations.    Absentees:  None  . 0804 C/c to 095°(t).    0845 C/c to 180°(t).    0935 Commenced maneuvering at various courses and speeds to conduct surface exercise A-19-G, surface firing at pyramid target.    1053 Exercised at general quarters.   Made daily inspection of magazine and smokeless powder samples.   Conditions normal.

12 to 16
Steaming as before.   1254 Completed exercise A-19-G, secured from general quarters and set regular steaming watch.    1340 Exercised at general quarters in order to conduct gunnery exercise Z-7-G.    1405 C/c to 210°(t).   1419 Completed exercise Z-7-G, secured from general quarters and set the regular steaming watch.    1516 C/c to 320°.

16 to 18
Steaming as before.    1628 C/c to 284°(t).    1730 C/c to 279°(t).   1737 Passed Cape Henry Light abeam to port, distance 3000 yards.   1739 C/c to 277°(t).    1743 Set anchor detail.   1745 Passed Channel buoy #1 abeam to port, distance 250 yards.    1752 Commenced maneuvering at various courses and speeds proceeding to anchorage berth LA-26, Lynnhaven Roads, Virginia.

18 to 20
Steaming as before.    1802 Anchored in berth LA-26, Lynnhaven Roads, Virginia in 5 fathoms of water, hard bottom, with 45 fathoms of chain to port anchor on the following true anchorage bearings:  Cape Henry Light, 110°;  Channel buoy #3, 060°.    Boiler #2 in use for auxiliary purposes.   Ships present:   Various units of the Atlantic Fleet.  SOPA is Captain N.J.F. FRANK, JR., in USS RANDALL (APA-224).    Secured anchor detail and set regular in port watch.

20 to 24
Moored as before.

W.L. PHALER, Commander, USN, Commanding
R.T. PETERSON, III, ENS, USN, Navigator




Wednesday, 26 November 1952

Anchored in Lynnhaven Roads, Little Creek, Virginia, anchorage LA-26, in 5 fathoms of water, hard bottom, with 45 fathoms of chain to the port anchor on the following true anchorage bearings:   Cape Henry Light, 110°;  Channel buoy #3, 057.8°;  Channel buoy #1, 088°.    Boiler #2 in use for auxiliary purposes.   Ships present:   Various units of the Atlantic Fleet.    SOPA is Captain N.J.F. FRANK, Jr. in USS RANDALL (APA-224).

4 to 8
Anchored as before.

8 to 12
Anchored as before.   0800 Mustered crew at quarters.    Absentees:  WILSON, RA, YNSN, USN.    0800 Commenced competitive exercise A-16-CC, boat wave tracking and competitive exercise A-3-C, use of Crypto Aids.   0840 Completed exercise A-16-CC and A-3-C.   Made all preparations for getting underway.   0903 Set the Special sea detail.   0922 Underway from berth LA-26, Lynnhaven Roads, Virginia enroute to anchorage South How, Hampton Roads, Virginia, in accordance with ComNavBase dispatch of 26 November 1952.   Captain at conn, Executive Officer and Navigator on bridge.   Set base course of 320°(t), speed 8 knots, 96 rpm.   0930 Entered Thimble Shoals Channel and commenced maneuvering at various courses and speeds to conform to channel.    0945 Passed channel buoy #12 abeam to port, distance 40 yards.    1010 Passed Thimble Shoals Light abeam to starboard, distance 1000 yards.    1021 Passed channel buoy #15 abeam to port, distance 45 yards.    1034 Passed Fort Wool abeam to port, distance 800 yards.   1033 Passed Old Point Comfort abeam to starboard, distance 750 yards.    1038 Passed channel buoy #1 abeam to port, distance 50 yards.   1045 C/s to 4 knots, 51 rpm.    1046 C/c to 220°(t).   1050 Maneuvering at various courses and speeds to approach anchorage, berth H-26, Hampton Roads, Virginia.    1110 Anchored in berth H-26, in 5 fathoms of water, soft mud bottom, with 45 fathoms of chain to port anchor on the following true anchorage bearings:   Middle Ground Light, 265.5°;  Grain Elevator, 115.5°;  Sewalls Point tank, 077.9°.    1118 Secured the special sea detail and set the regular in port watch.   1121 Let fires die under boiler #2.    Boiler #1 in use for auxiliary purposes.    Ships present:   Various units of the Atlantic Fleet.   SOPA is ComPhibLant in USS POCONO (AGC-16), Naval Base, Norfolk, Virginia.    Made daily inspection of magazines and smokeless powder samples.    Conditions normal.

12 to 16

Anchored as before.    1330 BARTEL, R.I., SN, USN was transferred with transfer papers, records and baggage to ComFlaGruLantREsFlt Green Cove Springs, Florida for duty.   DIXON, B.W., FN, USN was transferred with transfer papers, records and baggage to ComFlaGruLantREsFlt Green Cove Springs, Florida for duty.    1330 BOSN Arthur L. LOWTHER, USN was detached and ordered to report to Commanding Officer Fleet Training Group Boston, Massachusetts for TAD under instruction.    1330 CHCARP Horace H. POWELL, USN, departed ship on sixteen (16) days annual leave.

16 to 18
Anchored as before

18 to 20
Anchored as before.   1907 WILSON, R.A., YNSN, USN, returned aboard having been absent over leave since 0745, 24 November 1952.

20 to 24
Anchored as before.




Thursday, 27 November, 1952

0 to 4 Anchored in anchorage berth H-26, Hampton Roads, Virginia in 5 fathoms of water, soft mud bottom, with 45 fathoms of chain to the port anchor in the following true anchorage bearings:   Middle Ground Light, 265.5°;   Grain Elevator, 113°; S ewall Point tank, 078.8°.    Boiler #1 in use for auxiliary purposes.   Ships present:  Various units of the Atlantic Fleet.   SOPA is ComPhibLant in USS POCONO (AGC-16).    0005 LTJG Howard B. PARKER, Jr. USN, departed ship on 8 days annual leave.

4 to 8
Anchored as before.

8 to 12
Anchored as before.    0800 Mustereed crew on stations.    Absentees:   None.    Made daily inspection of magazines and smokeless powder samples.   Conditions normal.

12 to 16
Anchored as before.    1205 Commander Walter L. PHALER, USN, departed ship on three (3) days annual leave.

16 to 18
Anchored as before.
18 to 20
Anchored as before.
20 to 24
Anchored as before.




Friday, 28 November 1952

0 to 4
Anchored in berth H-26, Hampton Roads, Virginia, in 5 fathoms of water, soft mud bottom, with 45 fathoms of chain to the port anchor on the following true anchorage bearings:   Middle Ground Light, 265.5°;  Sewall Point Tank, 077.9°.    Boiler #1 in use for auxiliary purposes.   Ships present:  Various units of the Atlantic Fleet.    SOPA is ComPhibLant in USS POCONO (ACG-16).

4 to 8
Anchored as before.

8 to 12
Anchored as before.    0800 Mustered crew at quarters.   Absentees:   CARDWELL, N.C., SN, USN.   1049 CARDWELL, N.C. SN, USN, returned aboard absent over leave since 0745, 28 November 1952.    Made daily inspection of magazines and smokeless powder samples.    Conditions normal.

12 to 16
Anchored as before.    1200 Lighted fires under boiler #2.    1527 Set special sea detail and made all preparations for getting underway.    1555 Underway from anchorage berth H-26, Hampton Roads, Virginia enroute to berth 25, pier 2, Naval Base, Norfolk, Virginia in accordance with ComNavBase verbal orders of 28 November 1952.    Executive Officer at conn, Navigator on the bridge.    Set base course of 080°(t), speed 4 knots, 56 rpm.

16 to 18
Steaming as before.   1600 Commenced maneuvering at various courses and speeds standing into berth 25, pier 2, Naval Base, Norfolk, Virginia.    1615 Pilot E.T. SEXTON came aboard.   1618 Tug No. 535 secured along port side aft. Tug. No. 235 secured along port side forward.    Pilot assumed the conn.    1644 Moored starboard side to berth 25, pier 2, Naval Base, Norfolk, Virginia, with 4 manila lines and 2 wire lines.   Receiving the following services from shore:   Fresh water and telephone.    Boiler #1 in use for auxiliary purposes.   SOPA is ComPhibLant in USS POCONO (AGC-16).    1710 Pursuant to Commanding Officer, U.S. Naval Hospital, Portsmouth, Virginia, standard transfer order #93060-52, KRASSA, D.J., SN, USN, reported aboard for duty with transfer papers, records and baggage.   1725 Secured the special sea detail and set the regular in port watch.    1730 USS NEW KENT (APA-217) moored alongside to port.    Pilot E.T. SEXTON left the ship.   Tugs No. 235 and 535 left from alongside.

18 to 20
Moored as before.
20 to 24
Moored as before.




Saturday 29 November 1952

0 to 4
Moored starboard side to berth 25, pier 2, Naval Base, Norfolk, Virginia, with 4 manila lines and 2 wire lines.   USS NEW KENT (APA-217) moored alongside to port.    Boiler #1 in use for auxiliary purposes.    Receiving the following services from shore:   Fresh water and telephone.   Boiler #1 in use for auxiliary purposes.   Ships Present:  Various units of the Atlantic Fleet.    SOPA is ComPhibLant in USS POCONO (AGC-16).

4 to 8
Moored as before.

8 to 12
Moored as before.   0800 Mustered crew at quarters.   Absentees:   None.    2225 Lighted fires under boiler #2.    1145 Let fires die out under boiler #1.   (Ruptured tube in boiler #1).    Made daily inspection of magazines and smokeless powder samples.    Conditions normal.

12 to 16
Moored as Before.

16 to 18
Moored as before.
18 to 20
Moored as before.
20-24
Moored as before.




Sunday, 30 November, 1952

0 to 4
Moored starboard side to berth 25, pier 2, Naval Base, Norfolk, Virginia, with 4 manila lines and 2 wire lines.   USS NEW KENT (APA-217) moored alongside to port.    Boiler #1 in use for auxiliary purposes.   Receiving the following services from shore:   Fresh water and telephone.   Boiler #1 in use for auxiliary purposes.   Ships Present:   Various units of the Atlantic Fleet.    SOPA is ComPhibLant in USS POCONO (AGC-16).

4 to 8
Moored as before.

8 to 12
Moored as before.   0800 Mustered crew at quarters.   Absentees:  None.   Made daily inspection of magazines and smokeless powder samples.    Conditions normal.

12 to 16
Moored as Before.
16 to 18
Moored as before.
18 to 20
Moored as before. 20-24
Moored as before.

W.L. PHALER, Commander, USN, Commanding
R.T. PETERSON, III, ENS, USN, Navigator




DECEMBER 1952

Name                           Rank                Date of Rank    Primary Duty

Phaler, W. L.                CDR                7-20-45           Commanding Officer

Phillips, J.J.                   LCDR              1-1-49             Executive Officer                     

Peterson, R.T. III         ENS                 2-4-52             Navigator                                

Parker, H.R., Jr.           LTJG               6-5-51             Operations & Communications Officer          

McInnes, D.G.             LTJG               5-5-49             CIC Officer                             

Bennett, T.R.                ENS                 11-26-51         2nd Division Officer                        

Beaty, P.W.                 ENS                 6-2-52             1st Division Officer                               

Fisher, H.C. Jr.             ENS                 6-6-52             Gunnery Officer                       

Lowther, A.L.              BOSN             11-15-51         1st LT                                      

Brzostek, B.F.              LT                    4-29-50           Engeering Officer                              

Powell, H.H.                CHCARP        2-12-44           DC Asst & Repair Off             

Faust, L.C.                   CHELEC         12-1-44           Electrical Officer                                 

Callahan, R.E.              CHMACH       8-1-50             Main Propulsion                              

Gunkel, F.H.                LT                    6-1-51             Supply Officer                   

Loftin, A.L., Jr.             ENS.                6-1-51             Disbursing Off.                                            



Monday, 1 December 1952

0 to 4
Moored and starboard side to berth 25, pier 2, U.S. Naval Base, Norfolk, Virginia with 4 manila lines and 2 wire lines.   USS NEW KENT (APA-217) moored alongside to port.    Boiler #2 in use for auxiliary purposes.    Receiving the following services from shore:  Fresh water and telephone.    Ships present:   Various units of U.S. Atlantic Fleet.    SOPA is ComPhibLant in USS POCONO (AGC-16).   0345 Commander Walter L. PHALER, USN, returned aboard from 3 days annual leave.

4 to 8
Moored as before.

8 to 12
Moored as before.   0800 Mustered crew at quarters.   Absentees:  BARNHART, A.W., SA, USN.   Made daily inspection of magazines and smokeless powder samples.   Conditions normal.   Made weekly inspection of magazines sprinkler system.   Condition normal.

12 to 16
Moored as before.

16 to 18
Moored as before.    1647 Pursuant to Commanding Officer, USS RUSHMORE (LSD-14), standard order #62-53, LEURAULT, R.G., MMLC, USNR, reported aboard for duty with transfer papers, records and baggage.

18 to 20
Moored as before.
20 to 24
Moored as before.




Tuesday, 2 December 1952

0 to 4
Moored and starboard side to berth 25, pier 2, U.S. Naval Base, Norfolk, Virginia with 4 manila lines and 2 wire lines.    USS NEW KENT (APA-217) moored alongside to port.    Boiler #2 in use for auxiliary purposes.    Receiving the following services from shore:   Fresh water and telephone.   Ships present:  Various units of U.S. Atlantic Fleet.    SOPA is ComPhibLant in USS POCONO (AGC-16).

4 to 8
Moored as before.    0545 BARNHART, A.W., SA, USN, returned aboard having been absent over leave since 0745, 1 December 1952.

8 to 12
Moored as before.   0800 Mustered crew at quarters.   Absentees:  None.    Made daily inspection of magazines and smokeless powder samples.   Conditions normal.

12 to 16
Moored as before.

16 to 18
Moored as before.   1220 WINDRESS, W.G., BTC, USN, was transferred with transfer papers, records and baggage to U.S. Naval Receiving Station, Norfolk, Virginia for duty.

18 to 20
Moored as before.
20 to 24
Moored as before.




Wednesday, 3 December 1952

0 to 4
Moored and starboard side to berth 25, pier 2, U.S. Naval Base, Norfolk, Virginia with 4 manila lines and 2 wire lines.    USS NEW KENT (APA-217) moored alongside to port.    Boiler #2 in use for auxiliary purposes.   Receiving the following services from shore:   Fresh water and telephone.   Ships present:   Various units of U.S. Atlantic Fleet.    SOPA is ComPhibLant in USS POCONO (AGC-16).

4 to 8
Moored as before

8 to 12
Moored as before.    0800 Mustered crew at quarters.    Absentees:   None.   Made daily inspection of magazines and smokeless powder samples.   Conditions normal.

12 to 16
Moored as before.
16 to 18
Moored as before.
18 to 20
Moored as before.
20 to 24
Moored as before.


Thursday, 4 December 1952

0 to 4
Moored and starboard side to berth 25, pier 2, U.S. Naval Base, Norfolk, Virginia with 4 manila lines and 2 wire lines.   USS NEW KENT (APA-217) moored alongside to port.    Boiler #2 in use for auxiliary purposes.    Receiving the following services from shore:   Fresh water and telephone.    Ships present:   Various units of U.S. Atlantic Fleet.    SOPA is ComPhibLant in USS POCONO (AGC-16).
4 to 8
Moored as before.   0745 LTJG Howard B. PARKER, Jr., USN, returned aboard from annual leave.

8 to 12
Moored as before.   0800 Mustered crew at quarters.    Absentees:  None.  Made daily inspection of magazines and smokeless powder samples. Conditions normal.
12 to 16
Moored as before.
16 to 18
Moored as before.
18 to 20
Moored as before.
20 to 24
Moored as before.




Friday, 5 December 1952

0 to 4
Moored and starboard side to berth 25, pier 2, U.S. Naval Base, Norfolk, Virginia with 4 manila lines and 2 wire lines.   USS NEW KENT (APA-217) moored alongside to port.   Boiler #2 in use for auxiliary purposes.    Receiving the following services from shore:   Fresh water and telephone.   Ships present:   Various units of U.S. Atlantic Fleet.    SOPA is ComPhibLant in USS POCONO (AGC-16).
4 to 8
Moored as before.

8 to 12
Moored as before.   0800 Mustered crew at quarters.   Absentees:   None.    MCKINNON, G.T., EN3, USN, was transferred with transfer papers, records and baggage to NavRecStation, Norfolk, Virginia, for TAD under instruction.    USS NEW KENT (APA-217) left from along port side. 1130 USS ALSHAIN (KA-55) moored alongside to port.    Made daily inspection of magazines and smokeless powder samples. Conditions normal.

12 to 16
Moored as before.
16 to 18
Moored as before
18 to 20
Moored as before.
20 to 24 Moored as before.




Saturday, 6 December 1952

0 to 4
Moored and starboard side to berth 25, pier 2, U.S. Naval Base, Norfolk, Virginia with 4 manila lines and 2 wire lines.    USS NEW KENT (APA-217) moored alongside to port.    Boiler #2 in use for auxiliary purposes.    Receiving the following services from shore:   Fresh water and telephone.   Ships present:   Various units of U.S. Atlantic Fleet.    SOPA is ComPhibLant in USS POCONO (AGC-16).

4 to 8
Moored as before.

8 to 12 Moored as before.   0800 Mustered crew at quarters.    Absentees:   None.   0917 Mustered all hands at division parade for Captain's Personnel Inspection. 1005 Secured from Captain's Personnel Inspection and commenced Captain's inspection of messing and berthing spaces. 1120 Secured from Captain's inspection of messing and berthing spaces. Made daily inspection of magazines and smokeless powder samples. Conditions normal.

12 to 16
Moored as before.
16 to 18
Moored as before.
18 to 20
Moored as before.
20 to 24
Moored as before.




Sunday, 7 December 1952

0 to 4
Moored and starboard side to berth 25, pier 2, U.S. Naval Base, Norfolk, Virginia with 4 manila lines and 2 wire lines.    USS ALSHAIN (KA-55) moored alongside to port.   Boiler #2 in use for auxiliary purposes.    Receiving the following services from shore:  Fresh water and telephone. Ships present:    Various units of U.S. Atlantic Fleet.    SOPA is ComPhibLant in USS POCONO (AGC-16).

4 to 8
Moored as before.

8 to 12
Moored as before.   0800 Mustered crew at quarters.    Absentees:  None.   Made daily inspection of magazines and smokeless powder samples.   Conditions normal.

12 to 16
Moored as before.
16 to 18
Moored as before
18 to 20
Moored as before.

20 to 24
Moored as before.    Pursaunt to Commanding Officer, U.S. Naval Training Center, Bainbridge, Maryland, standard transfer order #1233-3,  CULLER, W.P., RMSN, USN reported aboard for duty with transfer papers, records and baggage.






Monday, 8 December 1958

0 to 4
Moored starboard side to berth 25, pier #2, U.S. Naval Base, Norfolk, Virginia, with 4 manila lines and 2 wire lines. USS ALSHAIN (KA-55) moored alongside to port.    Boiler #2 in use for auxiliary purpose.    Receiving the following services from shore:   Fresh water and telephone.   Ships present:   Various units of the U.S. Atlantic Fleet.    SOPA is ComPhibLant in USS POCONO (ACG-16).

4 to 8
Moored as before.   0517 Lighted fires under boiler #1.    0700 Mustered crew on stations.   Absentees:   LEE, R.J., SN, USN, and OLESEN, W.H., FN, USN.    0725 Pursuant to Commanding Officers standard transfer order #224-52 of 8 December 1952, the following men were transferred with transfer papers, records and baggage to Fleet Air Defense Training Center, Dam Neck, Virginia for TAD under instruction:  HALE, K.A, SN, USN;   REED, F. (n), TA, USN;   JESSOP, R.E., SN, USN;   MADER, J.M, SN, USN;   SCHNEIDER, J.D., BM1, USN;   DEMPSEY, L.E., SN, USN;   BENNETT, H.L., SN, USN.   HULL, R.W., MM3, USN, was transferred with transfer papers, records and baggage to U.S. Naval Receiving Station, Norfolk, Virginia for release to inactive duty.    Ensign Paul W. BEATY, USNR, departed ship on 14 days annual leave.   BROUGHTON, J.O., MM2, USN, was transferred with transfer papers, records and baggage to U.S. Naval Receiving Station, Norfolk, Virginia for discharge from U.S. Naval Service.   BEERBOLM, K.J., PN1, USN, was transferred with transfer papers, records and baggage to USS BOTETOURT (APA-136) for duty.   0745 Set the special sea detail and made all preparations for getting underway.

8 to 12
Moored as before.    0800 YTB-391 secured along port quarter.   Pilot J.L. TREAT came aboard.   ComLSDRon TWO shifted his command to USS DONNER (LSD-20).    Hauled down the broad command pennant and hoisted the commission pennant.    YTB-365 secured to port bow.    0802 Underway from berth #25, pier 2, Naval Base, Norfolk, Virginia enroute to anchorage H.22, Hampton Roads, Virginia, pilot at the conn, Captain, Navigator and Executive Officer on the bridge.   Commenced back at 2/3 speed to pass between pier #2 and USS ALSHAIN (AK-55) in order to enter Elizabeth River Channel.   0807 Entered Elizabeth River Channel and set base course of 285°(t), speed 4 knots, 56 rpm.   0810 Commenced maneuvering at various courses and speeds, proceeding to anchorage berth H-22, Hampton Roads, Virginia.   0817 Anchored in berth H-22, Hampton Roads, Virginia, in 4 fathoms of water, hard mud bottom with 25 fathoms of chain t port anchor on the following true anchorage bearings:   Sewall Point Tank, 071.8°,   Grain Elevator, 140°,  Middle Ground Light, 263.8°.   Boilers #1 and #2 in use for auxiliary purposes.   Ships present:   Various units of the U.S. Atlantic Fleet.    SOPA is ComPhibLant in USS POCONO (AGC-16).   Secured the special sea detail and ser the regular in port watch.    0932 Set the special sea detail and made all preparations for getting underway.    1000 Underway from berth H-22, Hampton Roads, Virginia enroute to Norfolk Shipbuilding and Drydock Company, Captain at the conn, Executive Officer and Navigator on the bridge.    1010 Entered Elizabeth River Channel.   1015 Passed channel buoy #9 abeam to starboard, distance 30 yards.    1022 C/s to 12 knots, 156 rpm and c/c to 184°(t).    1030 Passed Craney Island Light abeam to starboard distance 150 yards.    1034 c/s to 10 knots, 156 rpm.    1052 YTB secured along port quarter.   1055 Pilot PURCELL assumed the conn, Executive Officer and Navigator on the bridge.   1105 Commenced maneuvering on various courses and various speeds proceeding to assigned berth.    1120 Moored starboard side to pier #5, Norfolk Shipbuilding and Drydock Company, Berkley, Virginia, with 4 manila lines and 2 wire lines.   Boiler #1 in use for auxiliary purposes.    Ships present:  Various merchant ships and units of the U.S. Atlantic Fleet.    SOPA is ComCarDiv 6 in USS CORAL SEA (CVB-43), Portsmouth, Virginia.    Secured the special sea detail and set the regular in port watch.   1140 ECONOMIDES, N.H., RMSA, USN, reported aboard for duty with transfer papers, records and baggage.    Made daily inspection of magazines and smokeless powder samples.    Conditions normal.

12 to 16
Moored as before.   1228 CHELEC L.C. FAUST, USN, departed ship on 7 days annual leave.   1450 Secured the ships generators and commenced receiving all electrical power from shore.

16 to 18
Moored as before.    1605 Commenced receiving fire main pressure from shore.    1630 Commenced receiving fresh water from shore.   1730 Let fires die under boilers #1 and 2.

18 to 20
Moored as before.
20 to 24
Moored as before.




Tuesday 9 December, 1952

0 to 4 Moored starboard side to pier #5, Norfolk Shipbuilding and Drydock Company, Berkley, Virginia, with 4 manila lines and two wire lines. Receiving the following services from shore: Fresh and salt water, steam, electricity and telephone. Ships present: Various merchant ships and units of U.S. Atlantic Fleet. SOPA is ComCarDiv SIX in USS Coral Sea (CVB-43).

4 to 8
Moored as before.

8 to 12
Moored as before. 0800 Mustered crew at quarters. Absentees: Lee, R.J., SN, USN and Olesen, W.H., FN, USN. Made daily inspections of magazines and smokeless powder samples. Conditions normal.

12 to 16
Moored as before. 1247 Fires lighted under boiler #1 and 1250 Fires lighted under boiler #2, for the purpose of maintaining a steam pressure of 150 pounds. 1445 Flesher, H.J., FP3, USN, was transferred with transfer papers, records and baggage to Naval Station, San Diego, California, on TAD under instruction.

16 to 18
Moored as before.
18 to 20
Moored as before.
20 to 24
Moored as before.





Wednesday 10 December, 1952

0 to 4 Moored starboard side to pier #5, Norfolk Shipbuilding and Drydock Company, Berkley, Virginia, with 4 manila lines and two wire lines. Receiving the following services from shore: Fresh and salt water, steam, electricity and telephone. Ships present: Various merchant ships and units of U.S. Atlantic Fleet. SOPA is ComCarDiv SIX in USS Coral Sea (CVB-43).

4 to 8 Moored as before. 8 to 12
Moored as before. 0800 Mustered crew at quarters. Absentees: Lee, R.J., SN, USN; Olesen, W.H., FN, USN; Didier, R.L., SN, USN; Bulanda, A.G., SA, USN; Richardson, C.T., SN, USN; Britton, J.F., SN, USN, Hower, H.O. SA, USN. 0905 Pasquale, J. R., FN, USN, was transferred with transfer papers, records and baggage to Naval Receiving Station, Great Lakes, Illinois for TAD under instruction. 1100 Hower, H.O., SA, USN, returned aboard having been absent over leave since 0745 10 December 1952. Made daily inspections of magazines and smokeless powder samples. Conditions normal.

12 to 16 Moored as before. 1545 Didier, R.L., SN, USN, returned on board having been absent over leave since 0745 10 December 1952. Richardson, C.T., SA, USN, returned on board having been absent over leave since 0745 10 December 1952. 16 to 18 Moored as before. 18 to 20 Moored as before. 20 to 24 Moored as before. 2230 McCloskey, A.J., SN, USN, returned aboard with records and baggage from Naval Hospital, Portsmouth, Virginia, for duty. The following men reported aboard for duty with transfer papers, records and baggage: Stephens, SA, USN Strandburg, W.R., SA, USN Tucker, J.W., SA, USN Umbarger, M.E., SA, USN Waite, B.B., SA, USN VanCleave, L.P., SA, USN Wehage, R.D., SA, USN Welch, R.R., SA, USN




Thursday 11 December, 1952

0 to 4 Moored starboard side to pier #5, Norfolk Shipbuilding and Drydock Company, Berkley, Virginia, with 4 manila lines and two wire lines. Receiving the following services from shore: Fresh and salt water, steam, electricity and telephone. Ships present: Various merchant ships and units of U.S. Atlantic Fleet. SOPA is ComCarDiv SIX in USS Coral Sea (CVB-43).

4 to 8 Moored as before. 8 to 12
Moored as before. 0800 Mustered crew at quarters. Absentees: Lee, R.J., SN, USN; Cowing, D.D., FN, USN, Miller, L.E., MM2, USN; Olesen, W.H., FN, USN. 0900 Frikart, R.K., F.N., USN, was transferred with transfer papers, records and baggage to Boilerman School, Naval Base, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania for TAD under instruction. Made daily inspections of magazines and smokeless powder samples. Conditions normal.

12 to 16 Moored as before. 1235 Pursuant to Commanding Officer Naval Receiving Station, Brooklyn, New York, standard transfer order P16-3 of 9 December 1952, Lee, R.J., SN, USN, reported aboard having surrendered himself to above named command and being absent over leave from this vessel since 0745 8 December 1952. 1523 Lighted fires under boiler #1. 1450 Lighted fires under boiler #2.

16 to 18 Moored as before. 1600 Let fires burn down under boiler #2. 1602 Let fires die down under boiler #1.

18 to 20
Moored as before.
20 to 24
Moored as before.



Friday 12 December 1952

0 to 4
Moored starboard side to pier #5, Norfolk Shipbuilding and Drydock Company, Berkley, Virginia, with 4 manila lines and two wire lines. Receiving the following services from shore: Fresh and salt water, steam, electricity and telephone. Ships present: Various merchant ships and units of U.S. Atlantic Fleet. SOPA is ComCarDiv SIX in USS Coral Sea (CVB-43).

4 to 8
Moored as before.

8 to 12
Moored as before. 0800 Mustered crew at quarters. Absentees: Cowing, D.D., FN, USN, Miller, L.E., MM2, USN; Olesen, W.H., FN, USN; Banker, E.L., SN, USN. 1013 Made daily inspections of magazines and smokeless powder samples. Conditions normal.

12 to 16
Moored as before. 1400 BANKER, E.L., USN, reported aboard, absent over leave since 0800, 12 December 1952.

16 to 18
Moored as before. 1658 pursuant to Commanding Officer’s standard transfer order no. 224-52, the following men returned aboard, with baggage, records and transfer papers, for resumption of duty: HALE, KA, SN, USN; SCHNEIDER, J.D., BM1, USN: WOOD, C.E., SN, USN; KUKURUGYA, A.E., SN, USN.

18 to 20
19 Moored as before. 1800 pursuant to Commanding Officer’s standard transfer order no. 204-52, the following men returned aboard with baggage, records and transfer papers, for resumption of duty: REED, F., TA, USN; JESSOP, R.E., SN, USN; DEMPSEY, L.E., SN, USN; BENNETT, H.L., SN, USN. 1930 Ensign Lawrence T. ALEXANDER, USNR, reported for duty on board this vessel pursuant to COMTHREE Order DHq-111-JMI-afb, 508754/1108 of 4 November, 1952.

20 to 24

Moored as before. 2115 CHCARP H.H. POWELL, USN, returned aboard, on time, from annual leave.


Saturday 13 December, 1952

0 to 4 Moored starboard side to pier #5, Norfolk Shipbuilding and Drydock Company, Berkley, Virginia, with 4 manila lines and two wire lines. Receiving the following services from shore: Fresh and salt water, steam, electricity and telephone. Ships present: Various merchant ships and units of U.S. Atlantic Fleet. SOPA is ComCarDiv SIX in USS Coral Sea (CVB-43).

4 to 8
Moored as before.

8 to 12
Moored as before. 0930 Mustered crew at quarters followed by Captain’s personnel inspection of the crew, and berthing and messing area. Absentees: None. 1013 Made daily inspections of magazines and smokeless powder samples. Conditions normal.

12 to 16
Moored as before. 1215 pursuant to standard transfer order no. 566-52 of Naval Supply Corp School, Bayonne, New Jersey, TREMBLAY, G.A., CSSN, USN, reported aboard for resumption of duty with transfer papers, records and baggage.

16 to 18

Moored as before.
18 to 20

Moored as before.
21 to 24
Moored as before.




Sunday 14 December, 1952

0 to 4 Moored starboard side to pier #5, Norfolk Shipbuilding and Drydock Company, Berkley, Virginia, with 4 manila lines and two wire lines. Receiving the following services from shore: Fresh and salt water, steam, electricity and telephone. Ships present: Various merchant ships and units of U.S. Atlantic Fleet. SOPA is ComCarDiv SIX in USS Coral Sea (CVB-43).

4 to 8
Moored as before.

8 to 12
Moored as before. 0800 Mustered crew on stations. Absentees: MILLER, L.E., MM2, USN; COWING, D.D., FN, USN; PARKER, R.A., SN, USN; KOWALSKI, J.L., SN, USN; SMITH, P.L., SN, USN. 0822 KOWALSKI, J.L., SN, USN, reported aboard absent over leave since 0745 14 December 1952. 0822 SMITH, P.L., SN, USN, reported aboard absent over leave since 0745 14 December 1952. 1055 pursuant to Commanding Officer, Service Craft (1st Naval District), Naval Station, New Port, R.I., standard transfer order #2351-52, VAIL, J.M., JR., EN3, USN, reported aboard for duty with baggage, records and transfer papers. Made daily inspection of magazines and smokeless powder samples. Condition normal.

12 to 16
Moored as before. 1300 PARKER, R.A., SN, USN, reported aboard absent over leave since 0745 14 December 1952.

16 to 18
Moored as before. 1735 pursuant to Commanding Officer’s orders, Service Craft, U.S. Naval Station, Bermuda (Navy # 138) serial #108-52, BARNHILL, B.J., GM3, USN, reported aboard for duty with records and transfer papers.

18 to 20
Moored as before.
20 to 24
Moored as before.




Monday 15 December, 1952

0 to 4 Moored starboard side to pier #5, Norfolk Shipbuilding and Drydock Company, Berkley, Virginia, with 4 manila lines and two wire lines. Receiving the following services from shore: Fresh and salt water, steam, electricity and telephone. Ships present: Various merchant ships and units of U.S. Atlantic Fleet. SOPA is ComCarDiv SIX in USS Coral Sea (CVB-43).

4 to 8
Moored as before. 0630 pursuant to Commanding Officer’s Standard Transfer Order Number 229-52 and authority of TRACOMDIANT Instruction 1540.1A of 1 July 1952:
BLANCHETTE, J.L., BM2, USN
HAITE, B.B., SA, USN
STEPHENS, R.L, SA, USN
CANCRO, V.L., SN, USN
BRUETTE, M.D., SN, USN
STAPLES, W.P., JR., SA, USN
WELSH, F.R., SA, USN
AKEY, E. SA, USN
JENSEN, F.G., SN, USN
STRANDBERG, W.R., SA, USN
KALAWSKI, J.L., SA, USN
Departed from ship to Fleet Air Defense Training Center, Dam Neck, Virginia for temporary additional duty.

8 to 12
Moored as before. 0800 mustered crew at quarters. Absentees: MILLER, W.H., MM2, USN; COWING, D.D., FN, USN; WILSON, R.A., YNSN, USN; LAVAGLIO, M.J., EMFN, USN; FOSTER, R.L., SN, USN. 0805 PETERSON, R.T., ENS., USN, departed from ship for thirteen (13) days annual leave. 1110 ROSH, J.M., MMC, USN, was transferred to the USS MOUNT OLYMPUS (AGC-8) for duty with transfer papers, records and baggage. 1100 Made daily inspection of magazines and smokeless powder samples. Conditions, normal.

12 to 16
Moored as before. 1330 USS BURDO (APD-133) moored alongside to port.

16 to 18
Moored as before.
18 to 20
Moored as before.
20 to 24
Moored as before.




Tuesday 16 December, 1952

0 to 4
Moored starboard side to pier #5, Norfolk Shipbuilding and Drydock Company, Berkley, Virginia, with 4 manila lines and two wire lines. Receiving the following services from shore: Fresh and salt water, steam, electricity and telephone. Ships present: Various merchant ships and units of U.S. Atlantic Fleet. SOPA is ComCarDiv SIX in USS Coral Sea (CVB-43).

4 to 8
Moored as before.

8 to 12
Moored as before. 0800 mustered crew at quarters. Absentees: MILLER, W.H., MM2, USN; COWING, D.D., FN, USN; WILSON, R.A., YNSN, USN; LAVAGLIO, M.J., EMFN, USN; FOSTER, R.L., SN, USN; BURROWS, W.G., SN, USN. 1100 Made daily inspection of magazines and smokeless powder samples. Conditions, normal.

12 to 16
Moored as before. 16 to 18
Moored as before.
18 to 20
Moored as before.
20 to 24
Moored as before.




Wednesday 17 December, 1952

0 to 4
Moored starboard side to pier #5, Norfolk Shipbuilding and Drydock Company, Berkley, Virginia, with 4 manila lines and two wire lines. Receiving the following services from shore: Fresh and salt water, steam, electricity and telephone. Ships present: Various merchant ships and units of U.S. Atlantic Fleet. SOPA is ComCarDiv SIX in USS Coral Sea (CVB-43).

4 to 8
Moored as before.
8 to 12
Moored as before. 0800 mustered crew at quarters. Absentees: MILLER, W.H., MM2, USN; COWING, D.D., FN, USN; WILSON, R.A., YNSN, USN; LAVAGLIO, M.J., EMFN, USN; FOSTER, R.L., SN, USN. 1100 Made daily inspection of magazines and smokeless powder samples. Conditions, normal.

12 to 16
Moored as before.

16 to 18
Moored as before.
18 to 20
Moored as before.
20 to 24
Moored as before.




Thursday 18 December, 1952

0 to 4
Moored starboard side to pier #5, Norfolk Shipbuilding and Drydock Company, Berkley, Virginia, with 4 manila lines and two wire lines. Receiving the following services from shore: Fresh and salt water, steam, electricity and telephone. Ships present: Various merchant ships and units of U.S. Atlantic Fleet. SOPA is ComCarDiv SIX in USS Coral Sea (CVB-43).

4 to 8
Moored as before.

8 to 12
Moored as before. 0800 mustered crew at quarters. Absentees: MILLER, W.H., MM2, USN; COWING, D.D., FN, USN; WILSON, R.A., YNSN, USN; LAVAGLIO, M.J., EMFN, USN; FOSTER, R.L., SN, USN. 1100 Made daily inspection of magazines and smokeless powder samples. Conditions, normal. 1039 Pursuant to Commanding Officer, Naval Supply Course School, Bayonne, New Jersey, standard transfer order number 546-52 of 8 December 1952, CROOKS, J.B., CSSN, USN, reported aboard with transfer papers, records and baggage for resumption of duty.

12 to 16
Moored as before.
16 to 18
Moored as before.
18 to 20
Moored as before.
20 to 24
Moored as before.




Friday 19 December, 1952

0 to 4
Moored starboard side to pier #5, Norfolk Shipbuilding and Drydock Company, Berkley, Virginia, with 4 manila lines and two wire lines. Receiving the following services from shore: Fresh and salt water, steam, electricity and telephone. Ships present: Various merchant ships and units of U.S. Atlantic Fleet. SOPA is Commanding Officer, USS MISSISSIPPI (AG-126).

4 to 8
Moored as before.

8 to 12
Moored as before. 0800 mustered crew on stations.. Absentees: MILLER, W.H., MM2, USN; COWING, D.D., FN, USN; WILSON, R.A., YNSN, USN; LAVAGLIO, M.J., EMFN, USN; FOSTER, R.L., SN, USN. 1100 Made daily inspection of magazines and smokeless powder samples. Conditions, normal.

12 to 16
Moored as before. 1315 Captain (Commanding Officer) inspected holds and lower decks, forward port side.

16 to 18
Moored as before. 1620 Pursuant to Standard Transfer Order Number 229-52 of Commanding Officer, U.S. Fleet Air Defense Training Center, Dam Neck, Virginia Beach, Virginia, the following men reported aboard for resumption of duty:
BLANCHETTE, J.L., BM2, USN
HAITE, B.B., SA, USN
STEPHENS, R.L, SA, USN
CANCRO, V.L., SN, USN
BRUETTE, M.D., SN, USN
STAPLES, W.P., JR., SA, USN
WELSH, F.R., SA, USN
AKEY, E. SA, USN
JENSEN, F.G., SN, USN
STRANDBERG, W.R., SA, USN
KALAWSKI, J.L., SA, USN

18 to 20
Moored as before.
20 to 24
Moored as before.



Saturday 20 December, 1952

0 to 4
Moored starboard side to pier #5, Norfolk Shipbuilding and Drydock Company, Berkley, Virginia, with 4 manila lines and two wire lines. Receiving the following services from shore: Fresh and salt water, steam, electricity and telephone. Ships present: Various merchant ships and units of U.S. Atlantic Fleet. SOPA is ComCarDivSIX in USS CORAL SEA (CVB-43).

4 to 8
Moored as before.

8 to 12

Moored as before. 0900 pursuant to the orders of the Commanding Officer, USS ASHLAND (LSD-1) standard transfer order no. 229-52, RAND, Clarence A., HM3, USN, was transferred to the USS MELLETTE (APA-156) for duty. 0900 held quarters for muster followed by Captain’s Inspection of the crew and upper decks. Absentees: MILLER, W.H., MM2, USN; COWING, D.D., FN, USN; WILSON, R.A., YNSN, USN; LAVAGLIO, M.J., EMFN, USN; FOSTER, R.L., SN, USN; BURROWS, W.G., SN, USN; EATON, J.W., MMFN, USN. 0930 Made daily inspection of magazines and smokeless powder samples. Conditions, normal.

12 to 16
Moored as before. 1300 EATON, J.W., MMFN, USN, returned on board in his own custody, absent over leave since 0745, 20 December 1952, a period of five (5) hours and fifteen (15) minutes.
16 to 18
Moored as before

18 to 20
Moored as before. 1840 LTJG D.G. McINNES, USNR, departed on fifteen (15) days authorized leave of absence.

20 to 24
Moored as before.




Sunday 21 December, 1952

0 to 4
Moored starboard side to pier #5, Norfolk Shipbuilding and Drydock Company, Berkley, Virginia, with 4 manila lines and two wire lines. Receiving the following services from shore: Fresh and salt water, steam, electricity and telephone. Ships present: Various merchant ships and units of U.S. Atlantic Fleet. SOPA is Commanding Officer, USS MISSISSIPPI (AG-126).

4 to 8
Moored as before.

8 to 12
Moored as before. 0800 mustered crew on stations.. Absentees: MILLER, W.H., MM2, USN; WILSON, R.A., YNSN, USN; LAVAGLIO, M.J., EMFN, USN; FOSTER, R.L., SN, USN: BURROWS, W.G., SN, USN. Made daily inspection of magazines and smokeless powder samples. Conditions, normal.

12 to 16 Moored as before
16 to 18
Moored as before.
18 to 20
Moored as before.
20 to 24
Moored as before.




Monday 22 December, 1952

0 to 4
Moored starboard side to pier #5, Norfolk Shipbuilding and Drydock Company, Berkley, Virginia, with 4 manila lines and two wire lines. Receiving the following services from shore: Fresh and salt water, steam, electricity and telephone. Ships present: Various merchant ships and units of U.S. Atlantic Fleet. SOPA is Commanding Officer, USS MISSISSIPPI (AG-126).

4 to 8
Moored as before.

8 to 12
Moored as before. 0800 mustered crew on stations.. Absentees: MILLER, W.H., MM2, USN; WILSON, R.A., YNSN, USN; LAVAGLIO, M.J., EMFN, USN; FOSTER, R.L., SN, USN: BURROWS, W.G., SN, USN; LEE, R.J., SN, USN; ASHE, H.C., FN, USN. Made daily inspection of magazines and smokeless powder samples. Conditions, normal.

12 to 16
Moored as before.

16 to 18
Moored as before. 1610 pursuant to COMLSDRON TWO ltr ser 1753 of 15 December 1952, the Captain left the ship on 11 days annual leave. 1645 conducted fire drills in paint locker, frame 5, main deck. 1730 ASHE, H.C., FN, USN, reported aboard absent over leave since 0745, 22 December 1952.

18 to 20
Moored as before.
20 to 24
Moored as before.




Tuesday 23 December, 1952

0 to 4
Moored starboard side to pier #5, Norfolk Shipbuilding and Drydock Company, Berkley, Virginia, with 4 manila lines and two wire lines. Receiving the following services from shore: Fresh and salt water, steam, electricity and telephone. Ships present: Various units of U.S. Atlantic Fleet. SOPA is ComDesRon SIX in USS CONE (DD-866).

4 to 8
Moored as before.

8 to 12
Moored as before. 0800 mustered crew on stations.. Absentees: MILLER, W.H., MM2, USN; WILSON, R.A., YNSN, USN; LAVAGLIO, M.J., EMFN, USN; FOSTER, R.L., SN, USN: BURROWS, W.G., SN, USN; LEE, R.J., SN, USN. 0820 USS BINDO (APD-133) got underway from along port side. 0930 Made daily inspection of magazines and smokeless powder samples. Conditions, normal. 1115 Made weekly tests of magazine sprinkler systems in magazines and clipping rooms. Conditions, satisfactory.

12 to 16
Moored as before. 1430 CHMACH R.E. CALLAHAN, USN, departed from ship on 12 days annual leave.

16 to 18
Moored as before. 1645 exercised at fire quarters. 1650 first stream at scene of fire. 1655 secured from fire quarters.
18 to 20
Moored as before.
20 to 24
Moored as before.




Wednesday 24 December, 1952

0 to 4
Moored starboard side to pier #5, Norfolk Shipbuilding and Drydock Company, Berkley, Virginia, with 4 manila lines and two wire lines. Receiving the following services from shore: Fresh and salt water, steam, electricity and telephone. Ships present: Various units of U.S. Atlantic Fleet. SOPA is ComDesRon SIX in USS CONE (DD-866).

4 to 8
Moored as before.

8 to 12
Moored as before. 0800 mustered crew on stations.. Absentees: MILLER, W.H., MM2, USN; WILSON, R.A., YNSN, USN; LAVAGLIO, M.J., EMFN, USN; FOSTER, R.L., SN, USN: BURROWS, W.G., SN, USN; LEE, R.J., SN, USN. Made daily inspection of magazines and smokeless powder samples. Conditions, normal. 1115 Made weekly tests of magazine sprinkler systems in magazines and clipping rooms. Conditions, normal. 1110 EISENGREIN, R.J., RMSA, USN, reported aboard with records and baggage for duty.
12 to 16
Moored as before.
16 to 18
Moored as before.
18 to 20
Moored as before.
20 to 24
Moored as before.




Thursday 25 December, 1952

0 to 4
Moored starboard side to pier #5, Norfolk Shipbuilding and Drydock Company, Berkley, Virginia, with 4 manila lines and two wire lines. Receiving the following services from shore: Fresh and salt water, steam, electricity and telephone. Ships present: Various units of U.S. Atlantic Fleet. SOPA is ComDesRon SIX in USS CONE (DD-866).

4 to 8
Moored as before.
8 to 12
Moored as before. 0800 mustered crew on stations.. Absentees: MILLER, W.H., MM2, USN; WILSON, R.A., YNSN, USN; LAVAGLIO, M.J., EMFN, USN; FOSTER, R.L., SN, USN: BURROWS, W.G., SN, USN; LEE, R.J., SN, USN; WELCH, F.B., SA, USN. Made daily inspection of magazines and smokeless powder samples. Conditions, normal.
12 to 16
Moored as before.
16 to 18
Moored as before.
18 to 20
Moored as before.
20 to 24
Moored as before.


Thursday 26 December, 1952

0 to 4
Moored starboard side to pier #5, Norfolk Shipbuilding and Drydock Company, Berkley, Virginia, with 4 manila lines and two wire lines. Receiving the following services from shore: Fresh and salt water, steam, electricity and telephone. Ships present: Various units of U.S. Atlantic Fleet. SOPA is ComDesRon SIX in USS CONE (DD-866).

4 to 8
Moored as before.

8 to 12
Moored as before.   0800 mustered crew on stations.    Absentees: MILLER, W.H., MM2, USN; WILSON, R.A., YNSN, USN; LAVAGLIO, M.J., EMFN, USN; FOSTER, R.L., SN, USN: BURROWS, W.G., SN, USN; LEE, R.J., SN, USN; WELCH, F.B., SA, USN; RAMSEY, L.B., FN, USN. Made daily inspection of magazines and smokeless powder samples. Conditions, normal.

12 to 16
Moored as before. 16 to 18
Moored as before.
18 to 20
Moored as before.
20 to 24
Moored as before.




Saturday 27 December, 1952

0 to 4
Moored starboard side to pier #5, Norfolk Shipbuilding and Drydock Company, Berkley, Virginia, with 4 manila lines and two wire lines. Receiving the following services from shore: Fresh and salt water, steam, electricity and telephone. Ships present: Various units of U.S. Atlantic Fleet. SOPA is Commanding Officer, USS MISSISSIPPI (AG-128).

4 to 8
Moored as before.

8 to 12
Moored as before.   0800 mustered crew on stations.    Absentees: MILLER, W.H., MM2, USN;   WILSON, R.A., YNSN, USN;    LAVAGLIO, M.J., EMFN, USN;   FOSTER, R.L., SN, USN:   BURROWS, W.G., SN, USN;   LEE, R.J., SN, USN; WELCH, F.B., SA, USN;   BREHONY, J.J., SN, USN;   RAMSEY, L.B., FN, USN;    CARDWELL, N.C., SN, USN;   BAGLEY, GM3, USN. Made daily inspection of magazines and smokeless powder samples. Conditions, normal.

12 to 16
Moored as before.

16 to 18
Moored as before. 1623 CARDWELL, N.C. SN, reported aboard absent over leave since 0745 27 December 1952.

18 to 20
Moored as before. 20 to 24
Moored as before.




Sunday 28 December, 1952

0 to 4
Moored starboard side to pier #5, Norfolk Shipbuilding and Drydock Company, Berkley, Virginia, with 4 manila lines and two wire lines. Receiving the following services from shore: Fresh and salt water, steam, electricity and telephone. Ships present: Various units of U.S. Atlantic Fleet. SOPA is ComDesRon in USS CONE (DD-866).

4 to 8
Moored as before.

8 to 12
Moored as before. 0800 mustered crew on stations. Absentees:
MILLER, W.H., MM2, USN
WILSON, R.A., YNSN, USN
LAVAGLIO, M.J., EMFN, USN
FOSTER, R.L., SN, USN
BURROWS, W.G., SN, USN
LEE, R.J., SN, USN
WELCH, F.B., SA, USN
RAMSEY, L.B., FN, USN
BREHONY, J.J., SN, USN
BAGLEY, GM3, USN
Made daily inspection of magazines and smokeless powder samples. Conditions, normal.

12 to 16
Moored as before.
16 to 18
Moored as before.
18 to 20
Moored as before.
20 to 24
Moored as before.




Monday 29 December, 1952

0 to 4
Moored starboard side to pier #5, Norfolk Shipbuilding and Drydock Company, Berkley, Virginia, with 4 manila lines and two wire lines. Receiving the following services from shore: Fresh and salt water, steam, electricity and telephone. Ships present: Various merchant ships and units of U.S. Atlantic Fleet. SOPA is ComDesRon in USS CONE (DD-866).

4 to 8
Moored as before.

8 to 12
Moored as before. 0800 mustered crew on stations. Absentees:
MILLER, W.H., MM2, USN
WILSON, R.A., YNSN, USN
LAVAGLIO, M.J., EMFN, USN
FOSTER, R.L., SN, USN
BURROWS, W.G., SN, USN
LEE, R.J., SN, USN
WELCH, F.B., SA, USN
BREHONY, J.J., SN, USN
BAGLEY, GM3, USN
Made daily inspection of magazines and smokeless powder samples. Conditions, normal.

12 to 16
Moored as before. 1330 NIZOL, R.E., FN, USN, transferred to USNTC, Great Lakes, Illinois, for TAD under instructions with transfer papers, records and baggage.

16 to 18
Moored as before. 1625 WILSHIRE, B.R., FN, USNR, was transferred to U.S. Naval Hospital, Portsmouth, Virginia, for treatment with records and baggage.

18 to 20
Moored as before.
20 to 24
Moored as before.




Tuesday 30 December, 1952

0 to 4
Moored starboard side to pier #5, Norfolk Shipbuilding and Drydock Company, Berkley, Virginia, with 4 manila lines and two wire lines. Receiving the following services from shore: Fresh and salt water, steam, electricity and telephone. Ships present: Various merchant ships and units of U.S. Atlantic Fleet. SOPA is ComDesRon in USS CONE (DD-866).

4 to 8
Moored as before.

8 to 12
Moored as before. 0800 mustered crew on stations. Absentees:
MILLER, W.H., MM2, USN;  WILSON, R.A., YNSN, USN;  LAVAGLIO, M.J., EMFN, USN;  FOSTER, R.L., SN, USN;  BURROWS, W.G., SN, USN;  LEE, R.J., SN, USN;  WELCH, F.B., SA, USN;  BENNETT, H.L., SN, USN;  BAGLEY, GM3, USN.  Made daily inspection of magazines and smokeless powder samples. Conditions, normal.

12 to 16
Moored as before. 1220 pursuant to Commanding Officer, USS NEW KENT (APA-217), HEELEY, S.C., QMSA, USN, reported aboard for duty with transfer papers, records and baggage.
16 to 18
Moored as before. 1635 Exercised at fire quarters. 1638 First stream at fire. 1646 Secured from fire quarters. 1720 Pursuant to Commanding Officer, USS SARASOTA (APA-204), SIMON, A.(n), CSSN, USN, reported aboard with transfer papers, records and baggage.

18 to 20
Moored as before.
20 to 24
Moored as before.




Wednesday 31 December, 1952

0 to 4
Moored starboard side to pier #5, Norfolk Shipbuilding and Drydock Company, Berkley, Virginia, with 4 manila lines and two wire lines. Receiving the following services from shore: Fresh and salt water, steam, electricity and telephone. Ships present: Various merchant ships and units of U.S. Atlantic Fleet. SOPA is ComDesRon SIX in USS CONE (DD-866).

4 to 8
Moored as before.

8 to 12
Moored as before. 0800 mustered crew on stations.. Absentees: MILLER, W.H., MM2, USN; WILSON, R.A., YNSN, USN;  LAVAGLIO, M.J., EMFN, USN;  FOSTER, R.L., SN, USN;  LEE, R.J., SN, USN;  WELCH, F.B., SA, USN;  BREHONY, J.J. SN, USN;  BAGLEY, GM3, USN;  BENNETT, H.L., SN, USN.  Made daily inspection of magazines and smokeless powder samples. Conditions, normal.

12 to 16
Moored as before
16 to 18
Moored as before
18 to 20
Moored as before.
20 to 24
Moored as before.   Pursuant to Commanding Officer, USS BUSHNEL (AS-15), MONTAGNO, S.J., CM1(t), USN, reported aboard for duty with transfer papers, records and baggage.   Pursuant to Service School Command, USNTC, Great Lakes, Illinois, BARNES, J.E., EMFA, reported aboard for duty with transfer papers, records and baggage.

W.L. PHALER, CDR, USN, Commanding
R.T. PETERSON, III, ENS, USN, Navigator





1953

APRIL 1953

Wednesday, April 1, 1953

0 to 4
Moored port side to pier #5, Philiadelphia Naval Shipyard, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania with 5 manila lines and 2 wire lines. Receiving the following services from shore: Fire, flushing and potable water, steam, electricity, compressed air and telephone. Ships present: Various units of the U.S. Atlantic Fleet. SOPA is Commanding Officer of USS CABOT (CVL-28).

4 to 8
Moored as before. 0700 Lighted fires under boiler #2. 0725 Mustered crew at quarters. Absentees:   BRITTON, J.F., SN, USN;   BENNETT, H.L., SN, USN;   MADER, R.L., SN, USN. 0730 Lighted fire under boiler #1.

8 to 12 Moored as before. 1000 SCHNEIDER, J.D., BM1, USN, was transferred with transfer papers, records and baggage to USS FURSE (DDR-882) for duty.

12 to 16

Moored as before. 1430 Died fires under boiler #1. 1530 PARRISH, R.E., SN, USN, was transferred with transfer papers, records and baggage to U.S. Naval Training Center, Great Lakes, Illinois for temporary additional duty under instruction. 1555 Died fires under boiler #2.

16 to 18
Moored as before.
18 to 20
Moored as before.
20 to 24
Moored as before.


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