Tassaro [edited] . . .
aboard June of 65 at Long Beach Naval Ship Yard after having been transferred
from USS Carbonero SS337 in Pearl Harbor, HI. I was assigned to WG
division which was responsible for the 3" 50 cal. Guns and
related fire control. Upon arrival I was told that I was the
"leading FTG on board." I didn't know the first thing about
the 2Mk 69 gunfire control systems.
vivid memories are of our time on SAR station in the Northern Tonkin
Gulf. We had a helo detachment on board that pulled off some pretty
daring rescues. On some they even went into N. Viet Nam to rescue downed
times when they were not successful and they could see the downed pilot
being captured by the N. Vietnamese militia. On one rescue England and
two other destroyers had to go in real close to shore where the two
destroyers exchanged gunfire with N. Viet shore guns.
to Long Beach in June 66. My enlistment was to end on June 28, 1966, but
all active duty personnel had been extended for at least four months. I
had to hang around a few more months before I was released.