USS ESTES AGC-12
Withers,Dan, SN - OE Div - 1963-64 - - Submitted 2/18/14
Dan Withers – SN, from Salem, Oregon
At the end of boot camp when orders were handed out I was shocked to see that I was headed to the fleet and not ETA School as promised. I went to the USS Estes, AGC-12 instead. She was in dry dock at the Long Beach Naval Shipyard. It turns out I was on a 6 month program called Pre School Indoctrination.
After several months in 1st Division running a paint chipper and painting I was whisked away to OE Division where my duties changed to compartment cleaner and colonel of the urinal. Then the bad hand of a card draw (Ace of Spades) sent me to Chiefs Mess for 2 months of Mess Cooking. That was fun and I had great food.
In the last month of the tour one of the ET-2s discovered I was a ham radio operator and knew how to operate a voltmeter and oscilloscope, so I became his personal gofer as we worked on the new SPS-30 radar system being installed.
The radar was located directly above the 6-71 engine run up stand. I can still hear those engines screaming.
The other thing I remember is watching the Beatles on the Ed Sullivan show debut on the black and white TV somewhere. That was just 50 years ago.
On July 10, 1964 I reported to Treasure Island and continued with ETA school. Following that school I went to the USS Stoddard, DD-566.
Orders to USS ESTES
USS Estes AGC-12 1963 Calendar
USS Estes Christmas Card
25 December 1963
Meal Chit for use at base galley, while Estes galley closed
Palm Sunday Protestant Services
22 March 1964
Plan of the Day
23 January 1964
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