Ron...Most of the INDEPENDENCE ship's histories
,including the one distributed at the DeCom in '98,
have the wrong date for the Vietnam WESTPAC Cruise.
They list it as 1964. The correct dates were
May to December 1965. I waited in the
Brooklyn receiving station for INDEPENDENCE to
return from WESTPAC at the end of '65, then reported
aboard in January 1966 in Portsmouth, Virginia as a
JO3 to take over production in the TV studio for the
upcoming MED Cruise. I had almost 4 years
experience working at ABC-TV in NY when
I went on active duty.
date misinformation got into the "official ships
history" in the mid 80's, probably as a typo, and
has been impossible to correct. I was aboard
in '95 in Hong Kong , and pointed it out to the PAO
CPO who just shrugged. I went to the DeCom in
'98 and it was repeated in a official booklet, and
on the INDEPENDENCE website. By then it
was too late for anyone to correct.
dates are in the '65 Cruise Book and
I've seen it correctly in numerous places...but it is wrong in
most official histories I've seen.
INDEPENDENCE was in the MED in '64. All the
INDEPENDENCE Cruise Books come up regularly on
eBay. I left the ship in December of '67 and
the last 'Welcome Aboard' booklet I wrote just
before the '68 MED cruise had all the correct info.
Well! I guess it only matters to us old farts
who were there. I'm at my 'winter quarters' in
Florida now but when I get back to Vermont in late
May I'll scan you something from either the '65 book
or something from my scrapbook, that has the
accurate dates. If there are any Radiomen
on this site who were on that '65 cruise, send in
your information, photos and memories.
used to go to Main Comm every day on the '66 MED
Cruise to get a printout of the Reuters Newswire for
the evening newscast on WIND-TV.