Ships Log Book–On This Day

July 29, 2019

Some time ago, actually 24 October 2018, I wrote a Blog on this topic

Ships Log Book – Online

I was reminded that on this day, 29 July 1967 the Navy had a very serious event on the USS Forrestal (CV-59) had a disaster, her flight deck had a fire that killed 134 sailors and 161 were injured.

There is a YouTube video about that event. As I watched it, it reminded me of the “other side of the story”.  Trial by Fire: A Carrier Fights For Life (1973)

Because I know that the USCGC Halfmoon’s log book was online, I went back to look to see if July 1967 was there yet. Sorry to say, it was not. BUT a number of other Month’s of Log Books are. I’ll go back later to read them.

https://catalog.archives.gov/id/83869328

I remember this day, and was hoping to confirm or disprove my memory, with the log book but, maybe later.

Underway Replenishment at Sea (UNREP) was “normal” operation, where the Halfmoon would pull along side some very large Navy Ship and take on “stores”, food, fuel, ammunition, Movies and Mail, and some times people. Then we would move in, closer to shore, and to an UNREP with smaller Navy and Coast Guard vessels and give them what they needed.

On the night of 29 July 1967, we were involved with an UNREP but by helicopter. They would drop “stores” on our deck and move back and return with another load of “stores”. BUT, they stopped. We would learn that these helicopters would be needed to the North of us (as I recall), then we would learn of this accident.

This picture is the Halfmoon (with our Commanding Officer, Commander E.G. McCarthy on the left) as we wait our turn to pull along side of the ship with the goodies.

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Taking on Stores

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And we replenish the USCGC Point Cypress in this photo..

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The things you remember, based on other events. That YouTube video was from a Coast Guard Email List.

LESSON LEARNED: Go Back and look at those Sources you already have in your Database. There are 5 or 6 new Ship Log Books that were not on line earlier


USCGC Halfmoon (WHEC-378) and the Lobster Wars

November 17, 2018
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This is one of my Coast Guard pictures that I took, while aboard the USCGC Halfmoon. We were on patrol in the Florida Straits this January 1967 as we would be on our way to GITMO to play games with the Navy.

I had just come “on watch”, 12 Jan 1967, when I heard “May-Day, May-Day” with words we would hear today, “shots fired”.

The photo I took that morning as one of our Life Boards, with a “boarding party” escorted the Bahama Mama to our port side for further investigation. Later in the day, the FBI and others would be arrive and we all would head into Miami.

I bring this up today, as I just found the Newspaper article that talks about this event.

Star-Gazette, 12 Jan 1967, Thu, Other Editions, Page 3 — Newspaper.com.

I remember the when we got home, my mother had a newspaper article, from her local newspaper, pinned to the Map she had with my adventures on the Halfmoon. She also mentioned that we were on the Philadelphia TV Station news for that day.

Have found several other articles while searching through the Newspaper.com website about the family.


Ships Log Book – Online

October 24, 2018

Today, October 24, 2018, the Nation Archives is holding a National Archives Virtual Genealogy Fair.

On 15 August 2018 DearMYRTLE and a Wacky Wednesday featuring Jennifer Holik who discussed US MILITARY: MORNING REPORTS. Here a link to that webinar.

https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_0aBwuPvhT1imR3lv8e0OTA

During the show, I looked to see if the US Coast Guard Cutter Halfmoon was listed anywhere or had any Ships Log books. I did not find any.

I thought that I would look, again, to see if there were any. This time I searched differently, after browsing for a few minutes, and realized that the Archives used USCG (Coast Guard) and I think I used USCGC (Coast Guard Cutter) in my earlier search. And I found the ship’s log books for 05/1967 and 06/1967, while we were in Vietnam.

My name is on two pages, where I spent the night on a swift boat going up one of the rivers, and the previous month one of my bosses was listed as well. Another boss, was listed several times doing Shore Patrol. — I have written proof that I was in Vietnam.

I know when this picture was taken, because I was returning from that night on a swift boat, like the one in the picture.

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The log entry for leaving

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and returning

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What was interesting and may be important to others, our ship has been on and off of the “Agent Orange” list several times. I had a ship mate ask me several years ago if I had pictures, which I did. But this Log Book has names, ranks, and serial numbers and that we were in Vietnam

In a Facebook posting, That ship mate responded to my post there, letting me know that he in fact was drawing 100% Permanent & Total due to Agent Orange and that another ship mate was in the same position as he, and that we lost another ship mate due to complications of diabetes.

The ship is back on the Agent Orange List, but if one had to prove that they were on the ship at the time, this Log Book would help document that they were on board.

I read both month’s log books, all very interesting, and have sent FB Messages to several of my ship mates to let them know that they are ONLINE.

Thank you National Archives for making these Ships Logs available to us.

https://catalog.archives.gov/id/83869328

— Happy Family History Month


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