"Sea Stories" of PROVIDENCE
EXPERIENCES, PERCEPTIONS, MEMORIES AND POINTS OF INTEREST AND CLARIFICATIONS
AND INTERPRETATIONS OF VARIOUS TOPICS PAST AND PRESENT BY THE CREW.
PLEASE FEEL FREE TO MAKE COMMENTS.
Re: FORMER FLAG PUKE
Mon, 24 Jul 2000 10:15:47 -0400
MORE THAN SOME LESS THAN OTHERS
Sam, I know that at times there were hard feelings between Flag and
ships company, but I don't think that ships company realized the hours
put in by staff personnel. I know from my side of it, I stood 12 hr
shifts (7p-7a) then tracked a weather balloon for 2-4 hrs after my watch.
This was our routine at sea and in port even our home port. We were
at the beck and call of Adm Hyland and Adm Bringle 24 hrs a day and
had to be ready for providing forecasts from the Int'l date line to
Indian Ocean and Bering Sea to the Equator. We had "open" gangway when
not on duty and I think that is where the rub came in. When the Pueblo
was snatch by NKorea in 4/68, I stood 70+ watches plus assisted the
missleers in the computer rooms.
This is just another bit of info for your records. Bye the Bye the YN's
that worked in the "War Room" and S. O. C. (Strike Ops Center) had it
worse. One YN1 spent 80 hrs typing and retyping a TS message for this
one commander because he had "dia...." of the pencil. The chief of staff
finally nailed his "a.." to the bulkhead and "re...." the CDR for wasting
manhours and keeping the man from being with his family. Just some thoughts
to fill in the blanks. Al
> Appreciate your info.
> So far you have given me the best insight into Flag.
> By the way, how is the weather in MD?
Thu, 6 Apr 2000 18:14:47 -0400 (EDT)
Michael Matteson <MichaelM@lmssi.com>
samvilla <email@example.com>, "Victor L'heureux" <VLHEUREUX@BIGFOOT.COM>,
Florian Osredkar <firstname.lastname@example.org>, Sam Villa <email@example.com>
I was checking my email at 0450 this morning before I hit the rain locker
and left for work and--blink-- here comes a message from Sam. I figured
rack must have caught on fire to get you up that early (3 hour timezone
difference) or you were up long past taps. Maybe coming in drunk from
I have some photo's from the pig killing weekend and will scan some
them now that my scanner is back in battery. We use Legg's 'Old Plantation'
sausage seasoning and add some sage and crushed red pepper and if I
so it makes some damn good sausage!!
I can't sing either which is what makes me keep my day job!!
There were two "Snatchers" in San Diego when I was stationed on Prov.
were Passenger ferries between S.D. and North Island. One was called
'nickle snatcher' and was a SCHEDULED ferry (it actually cost a dime)
ran between a pier just south of Fleet Landing over to the Island. The
was a 'Quarter Snatcher' (actually cost a quarter) and would ferry you
North Island on demand. (They usually made you wait a few minutes to
they could get a few more passengers) It left from a pier right across
Berne's right there at the foot of Broadway.
I'll check out the web site later. I just finished mowing the lawn
to get cleaned up a bit before Cookie gets home.
At 10:39 AM 04/06/2000 -0700, samvilla wrote:
>Don't tell my wife.
>Just updating all the stuff.
>Hey, went crazy on the Menu/Links section.
>Put in the entire Jolly Roger Newsletters.
>It really takes you back to the 40's on Prov.
>Updated the Captain McWethy Profile.
>Put in a voluntary donation section.
>How is your sausage holding up, the pig you butchered?
>Do you have a secret recipe for spicing the sausage?
>Might put it a cooking recipe section by Prov crew (LOL);
>I could put in my favorite chili bean recipe... LOL...
>Got me thinking...hmmmmm
>A webmaster has got to put in LIMITS...on oneself..
>But always open to new ideas.
>Suggested a KAROKE NIGHT to Jack Reighley for the reunion.
>I can't sing but I enjoy listening to people trying to sing.
>Hope to see you, Vic and Ozzie at the next reunion.
>The USS Abraham Lincoln was in port for a few days.
>Constellation is getting some work done on her superstructure.
>My wife and I went sailing in the bay last week and saw all this.
>Later, I could actually see our sailboat on the San Diego CAM.
>The winds were steady and strong. Five Canadian ships and 4 US ships
>entered the harbor. We following close and crossed their wakes and
>waved to the crew. Probably doing some war games at sea.
>I saw pier Juliet where Prov used to tie up and the area where we
>snacks on the pier. I remember Vic L'heureux and I used to leave
>ship when it was tied up at Pier Juliet and make our way to the
>a 2 hour healthy work out and then after, stopping at the petty
>club for healthy power meal (4 pitchers of draft beer, burgers and
>and juke box music, and sharing sea stories).
>My memory recalls the term "nickle snatcher" but can't place it.
>of boat taxi?)
>Michael Matteson wrote:
>> Up early or staying up past your bed time?
>ALWAYS LOOKING FOR NEWSPAPER ARTICLES ABOUT PROVIDENCE
>P.O. Box 161182
>San Diego, CA 92176
>Phone: (619) 692-0478
>ALWAYS LOOKING FOR PHOTOS OF PROVIDENCE
Mon, 10 Apr 2000 14:26:24 -0400
"Osredkar, Florian" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
"'samvilla'" <email@example.com>, Michael Matteson <MichaelM@lmssi.com>,
"Victor L'heureux" <VLHEUREUX@BIGFOOT.COM>, "Osredkar, Florian"
Mike I didn't know you were a butcher and sausage maker on top of all
other skills. Where'd you pick that up?
My mother, who spent the first half of her life on a farm, also made
sausages (although by the time I arrived in her life we lived in the
where slaughtering pigs was a no-no) and always mixed in plenty of garlic.
This made the product not only tasty but very fragrant. She also smoked
sausages until they were as hard as pine cones. So Sam, if you're looking
for an addition to the secret ingredient list you may want to add a
amount of garlic to it.
At the end of this week I'll be leaving my employer, Mr. Coffee. They
closing the plant here in Ohio, moving production to Mexico and not
me along. So until I get established with my new employer I'll be
temporarily without a mailbox since I'm not hooked into the web at home.
I'll let you guys know soon as I can what my new e-mail address is.
So, until we speak again- may the Lord keep you in His care.
From: samvilla [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org]
Sent: Thursday, April 06, 2000 1:39 PM
To: Michael Matteson; Victor L'heureux; Florian Osredkar; Sam Villa
Subject: Re: new
Don't tell my wife.
Just updating all the stuff.
Hey, went crazy on the Menu/Links section.
Put in the entire Jolly Roger Newsletters.
It really takes you back to the 40's on Prov.
Updated the Captain McWethy Profile.
Put in a voluntary donation section.
How is your sausage holding up, the pig you butchered?
Do you have a secret recipe for spicing the sausage?
Might put it a cooking recipe section by Prov crew (LOL);
I could put in my favorite chili bean recipe... LOL...
Got me thinking...hmmmmm
A webmaster has got to put in LIMITS...on oneself..
But always open to new ideas.
Suggested a KAROKE NIGHT to Jack Reighley for the reunion.
I can't sing but I enjoy listening to people trying to sing.
Hope to see you, Vic and Ozzie at the next reunion.
The USS Abraham Lincoln was in port for a few days.
Constellation is getting some work done on her superstructure.
My wife and I went sailing in the bay last week and saw all this.
Later, I could actually see our sailboat on the San Diego CAM.
The winds were steady and strong. Five Canadian ships and 4 US ships
entered the harbor. We following close and crossed their wakes and
waved to the crew. Probably doing some war games at sea.
I saw pier Juliet where Prov used to tie up and the area where we bought
snacks on the pier. I remember Vic L'heureux and I used to leave the
ship when it was tied up at Pier Juliet and make our way to the gym
a 2 hour healthy work out and then after, stopping at the petty officer
club for healthy power meal (4 pitchers of draft beer, burgers and fries
and juke box music, and sharing sea stories).
My memory recalls the term "nickle snatcher" but can't place it. (cost
of boat taxi?)
Michael Matteson wrote:
> Up early or staying up past your bed time?
Re: (no subject)
Tue, 11 Apr 2000 19:24:24 EDT
Name is John Aubuchon ';QM-3 U.S. S. Providence served 1959-1962. Don!t
know how to use computor yet. Sorry to say Louis James Dhemby a good
passed away a few years ago. He served on the ship as a Quartermaster
their are any quartermasters from the ship out their. Will send profile
soon as I figure things out how to do it.
Words from Our Former Commanding Officer
Wed, 12 Apr 2000 17:17:52 EDT
To All Hands, USS PROVIDENCE (CL 82/CLG 6) Association.
I am passing on some words from one of our former commanding Officers
RADM Paul C. Gibbons, Jr., USN(Ret).
We now have four former skippers on board with us and if you would
e-mail them, you will find their e-mail addresses at PROVIDENCE's web
which as you all know is run by our very talented Sam Villa. Admiral
Gibbons' words were recently posted at PROVIDENCE's web site.
(Note: I sincerely hope I have the skippers' ranks and dates on board
Former skippers, including RADM Gibbons now on board are:
RADM Charles H. Tisdale, Jr., USN(Ret) CO 10-15-65 through 2-13-67
RADM Robert D. McWethy, USN(Ret) CO 10-28-69 through 2-3-71
RADM Kenneth G. Haynes, USN(Ret) CO 6-22-71 through 6-17-72
RADM Paul C. Gibbons, Jr., USN(Ret) CO 6-17-72 through 6-15-73
YNCS Don Harribine, USN(Ret)
Former Crewman CL 82/CLG 6
Editor, "The Jolly Roger"
Tue, 11 Apr 2000 19:57:53 EDT
There are so many anecdotes that I remember that deal with my days
PROVIDENCE. I have been unequivocal in insisting that the best job I
held, and the best command I ever had, was Commanding Officer PROVIDENCE.
But time, illness, and aging have mixed up my memory to the extent that
can't remember names of many of the wonderful shipmates that I had in
1972-73. Herb Nelson was the Exec, and he relieved me in command as
prepared the ship for decommissioning after our return from Viet Nam.
One anecdote that comes to mind involved George Gaines, who had the
unenviable assignment of Gunnery Officer and JA Talker on the bridge
on all the raids that we made north of the DMZ. We got to know each
pretty well, but two nights after I had relieved Ken Haynes as skipper,
my first venture north of the DMZ. It was about one or two o'clock in
the morning, and we were at General Quarters with all four boilers on
line. I stepped out on the starboard wing of the bridge, and there was
George hanging in there as we came under what proved to be very intense
fire. My first comment to George was, "What are these buzzing sounds
over our heads?" George answered, "Those are bullets, Captain."
Our task that night was to take the military barracks and artillery
along the coast of Thanh Hoa under fire. Because of mines that had been
dropped by our Air Force friends in the middle of Thanh Hoa harbor,
weren't very many evasive courses that we could use getting in and out
firing position. You had to make a high speed run toward the coast,
the appropriate point slow to 16 knots and move along the shore firing
assigned targets as you went. This was a very exciting, challenging,
scary mission! I ducked inside the pilot house and looked at the bright
flashes directly ahead of us. I asked the wonderful young officer who
the OOD what those were, and he said they were coming from the little
in the center of Thanh Hoa harbor. I cut through the pilot house to
the port wing of the bridge and thought I saw Bud Reagan, who was my
Chaplain, standing there. I said, "Get out of the way, Bud, I'm coming
through," and clapped him on the shoulder as I went by. I was later
chagrined to find that the "Bud" I had pushed asid was in fact Admiral
Kern who was the embarked Flag. I confirmed that what the OOD had said
correct and ordered our triple 6-inch gun turret to take the island
fire. The results were stupendous and dramatic. The entire top of the
mountain on this little island seemed to explode. We had hit munitions
fuel with incredible results--three towering bursts of flame about one
apart. There were no further shots fired by the enemy.
Later, as we were preparing the after action report, Admiral Kern joined
and I immediately apologized for having called him "Bud" while pushing
aside. He answered by saying, "Paul, I've been called 'Bud' by my friends
all my life, and that was a magnificent display of surface gunnery."
thanked him profusely and finished up the report which I found to be
to reporting three secondaries on Thanh Hoa island and that I could
the report no further.
PAUL C. GIBBONS, JR. RADM USN (RET)
Sun, 19 Mar 2000 21:12:25 -0800
Harold E Sutton <email@example.com>
Sorry to be getting back to you after so long a time, I'm
impressed with the progress of Providence web site.
As I mentioned before, I was on the helm when we went into HaiPhong
Harbor the second time. Lt Shi has pretty much confirmed what I
remember that night although I remember more surface craft being reported
on the com link. Anyway, I just wanted to say that when we were
decommisioning Prov in 1973 I found a newspaper clipping of her being
hit in the mast during her deployment in 1968. If I can find this I
will send you a copy, I have other clippings of her as well. Other
than that, keep up the good work and hello to all who served on the
Prov, they just don't make them like her any more.
QM3 Harry Sutton
Sun, 19 Mar 2000 20:30:34 EST
Comments from shipmate Wayne Wilkeson (Wilky):
In a message dated 3/19/00 5:12:15 PM Pacific Standard Time, firstname.lastname@example.org
<< Subj: Re: feedback
Date: 3/19/00 5:12:15 PM Pacific Standard Time
From: email@example.com (wayne)
Just a quick note to say that I've enjoyed the stories especially about
SPS 8. Having been an ET and serving aboard 60 to 62. I had occassion
work on it a couple of times. Once when someone decided to remove the
obstruction(checkball) in the Hanson quickconnect for the Power
tube(Magnatron?) coolling. I had decided not to reup (probably because
the Electronics Officer at time) and got transfered to tincans just
she went into Drydock in early 62. Some one said she was getting sonar
that did not make a lot of sense. Keep up the good work
Wed, 15 Mar 2000 01:14:33 EST
HEY SAM, I WAS ON THE PROV FROM MAY 72 TO FEB 73 ON HER LAST WEST -PAC
MY NAME IS EARL J. SANTILLANES, I WAS IN THIRD DIVISION( DECK APE) MY
LOOK BACK ON MY TIME ON BOARD AND RECALL ALOT OF GOOD MEMORIES. I FIRST
ON BOARD BY WAY OF HIGH CHAIR WHEN THE PROV WAS RE-FUELING I WAS SCARED
DEATH. THIS WAS RIGHT AFTER THE CHOPPER CRASHED ON THE FAN TAIL OF THE
MAN I READ SOME OF THE STORIES OF OTHER GUYS ON THIS WEB SITE AND I
THE STORIES SO WELL I CALL MY KIDS AND WIFE AND TELL THEM SEE!! I TOLD
THATS WHAT HAPPENED. HEY ONE THING I DON'T REMEMBER ANYONE WRITTING
THE TIME WE PICKED UP A LADIES BODY, OUT AT SEA AND THE LOCAL VIETNAMESE
OUT TO PICK HER UP FROM OUR SHIP. THE RUMOR WAS WE WERE GOING TO SAIGON
TURN HER OVER TO THE SOUTH VIETNAMESE, OTHER RUMOR WAS THAT SHE WAS
A SPY AND
THE NORTH VIETNAMESE HAD KILLED HER AND DUMPED HER BODY AT SEA. I ALSO
REMEMBER THE TIME WHEN WE WENT INTO HAIPHONG HARBOR AND THE NEWPORT
DEAD IN THE WATER, IF I'M NOT MISTAKEN DIDN'T WE HAVE TO TOW HER OUT
LET ME TELL YOU A LITTLE ABOUT ME, I'M FROM ALBUQUERQUE, NM
MARRIED, TWO KIDS,I WORK AT THE GOOD OLD POST OFFICE.
I TALK TO JOHN BUNN FROM LAS CRUCES VIA THE INTERNET ONE OF MY BIGGEST
REQUEST FROM ANYONE WHO CAN HELP IS TO GET MY HANDS ON A WEST-PAC CRUISE
'72. I HAD ORDERED TWO OF THEM BUT WAS DISCHARGED BEFORE THEY ARRIVED.
YOU KNOW OF ANY WAY I COULD GET ONE I WOULD FOREVER BE IN YOUR DEBT.
THANKS FOR LETTING ME SCRIBBLE A FEW LINES HERE... EARL
RE: The Sailing Photo
Thu, 2 Sep 1999 08:31:12 -0500
I don't recall the Monterey Regatta. I was looking at the pictures
Sailing Club & Drill Team last night with Penny and I don't think
there. Especially with the events that happened that trip.
I got an email from Ozzie yesterday, asking if I would be interested
in a FT
Div. get-together next year in the Mid-West - maybe on the USS LITTLE
(CLG-4)now permanently moored in Buffalo NY. They have meeting facilities
onboard for small groups. I think Bob and Oz will check it out in the
My firstname.lastname@example.org is the best address to use. I can get access
home with this one. The others are only available to me at the office.
need to send to both, I just delete one of them when they arrive.
Do you know were Capt. Mc Wethy is today?
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Sam Villa [SMTP:email@example.com]
> Sent: Wednesday, September 01, 1999 6:55 PM
> To: L'heureux, Victor; L'heureux, Victor
> Subject: The Sailing Photo
> Do you remember that photo with the CO and other?
> You looked pretty young. I guess you were in your 20's.
> No hurry on ID of "other." It's in the cruise book.
> Please feel free to give me feedback on the web site; I am always
> to improve it and make it more accurate.
> Did you go with us to the regatta in Monterey? My memory of events
> starting to overlap.
> Also, got Ozzie on the Roster.
> By the way, is it best for me to email you at both addresses?
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