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We‘re off the East coast of Florida now and still are due in Bermuda Sunday the 4th. We‘ve been running 3 engines and getting about 13 knots, but now are back to two engines at 11 knots.

We make our last time change tonight at midnight. This will put us on Baltimore time.

2 May 1969

Nothing new today. Our holiday routine in the afternoon has been stopped, but it didn‘t affect me because I‘m on the mid-watch this week. Today was overcast anyway.

We pulled the upper crank out of #5 Main Engine this morning and pulled the bad liner, then set the crank back in. We‘ve just been taking our time on it because there is no rush on it for once.

I got two radio stations in the States tonight, Miami and New York. It sure was nice to hear stateside voices again on the radio

3 May 1969

This morning we received a message from a tanker requesting medical assistance for one of her crewmembers. We met them this afternoon and one of the helos flew our PHS (Public Hospital Service) physician over to them. He‘ll stay on until we reach Bermuda.

This afternoon we had skeet shooting. I‘ve never done it before, although we‘ve had it before on here, so I went up and tried. I got about half and half. The main thing was getting used to the roll of the ship. We were using 12 gauge pump shotguns, and that was the first time I‘ve ever shot a pump. It weighed about half as much as my old 12 gauge single barrel.

4 May 1969

We arrived just outside of Bermuda around 6:00 a.m. and started the helos flying in lube oil. We also got mail. We left at 11:30 and are due to arrive in Norfolk at noon Tuesday.

We got the parts for the gyro compass, so as soon as we finish unloading our ammo in Norfolk we‘ll head up the bay, day or night.

The seas have been real calm all day, just like glass. We‘re doing between 15.5 and 16 knots on four Main Engines. We‘re supposed to be in Norfolk by noon Tuesday. Tonight on the radio I got WGH in Newport-News. It sure sounded good to hear it again.

5 May 1969

Since we left Bermuda the seas have been just like glass, and we‘re making good time. Our arrival in Norfolk has been moved up to 6:00 a.m. tomorrow. It‘s hard to believe we‘re going home, but I reckon we are.

This afternoon in B-3 we almost had a catastrophe. Somebody in Main Motor energized the generator on #5 Main Engine, and the crankshaft almost jumped out of the engine. If anyone had been working on it at the time it would have been all over but the flowers.


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