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Submitted by Richard Draves ET3

Rich Draves, ETR3 - CE Div - 66-67 - Submitted 9/5/07
Dependent Cruise '67

I was aboard the Estes, when we took dependents from San Diego to Bremerton in 1967.

We had just returned from WestPac and were to then undergo an overhaul. Rather than leave dependents in San Diego, we used our spaces to load Autos and Family and took them along.


 

Submitted by Richard Draves ET3

Rich Draves, ETR3 - CE Div - 66-67 - Submitted 11/14/05
When Estes was undergoing an overhaul at Bremerton, WA in 1967, most of the electronic equipment had been removed from the ship. Taken for its own overhaul at the local Electronics Shop. This left the ETs with little to do. In true Navy fashion, "When there is nothing to do - go chip paint!"
I can remember still, being on the after kingpost with pneumatic hammers chipping paint (and then repainting) early on crisp mornings, especially at high tide. From the top of the kingpost, Mt. Ranier would majestically appear from behind the local hills.
It was beautiful!


Shipmates
Submitted by Charlie Porter ETN2

Bob Radebaugh
Bob Radebaugh

Charlie Porter & Don Piefer
Charlie Porter & Don Piefer

Charlie Porter & Steve Burke
Charlie Porter & Steve Burke

Doug Perault
Doug Perault

Perault, Ben Laturperissa, & John Brown
Perault, Ben Laturperissa, & John Brown

 


John Chadwell, RM3 -   - 66-68 - Submitted 12/2/05
I was aboard when the ship was in Bremerton Naval Shipyard - 1967. I was one of a few dozen radiomen aboard ship, and I remember looking down at four smaller vessels that were in front of the Estes, and we found out that there were radiomen and CTs onboard. Some of us thought that would be swell duty, only to find out several months later that one of those ships was USS Pueblo. I was on watch the night she was taken by the North Koreans. I believe we were about 600 miles from the Pueblo when she was captured.


Robert V. Cummings  - E Div - 1967-1968 -  Submitted 02/17/09

Cummings on Deck

Cummings on Deck

Cummings on Deck

unknown, Gary Ledsworth,
Mike Amanda in Berthing Area

Cummings on Deck

USS Estes Boat Deck

Cummings on Deck

Re-fueling at Sea

Cummings on Deck

Looking Forward

Cummings on Deck

Mike Amanda, Gary Ledsworth, Cummings
when Cummings made 3rd

Cummings on Deck

USS Estes at Torpedo Station

Cummings on Deck

Cummings at Manila, PI

Cummings on Deck

Cummings at Space Needle

Cummings on Deck

Cummings near Signal Lamp

Cummings on Deck

En-3 Miller on Helo Deck

Cummings on Deck

Cookout on Deck

Cummings on Deck

Cummings on Helo Deck

Cummings on Deck

Looking Forward

Cummings on Deck

Cummings at Bataan or Coregador

Cummings on Deck

Cummings Coming Aboard

Cummings on Deck

USS Estes Gangway

Cummings on Deck

USS Estes Landing Craft

 

Cummings Shining Shoes

Cummings Shining Shoes

Ledsworth in Berthing Area

Gary Ledsworth in Berthing Area

Lund Clowning

Cummings Clowning with EM-3 Lund


Rich Draves, ETR3 - CE Div - 66-67 - Submitted 5/22/09
Photos from Westpac 1966

Operation Deckhouse V

Deckhouse V

Operation Deckhouse V

Mud

Mud from Mekong River Delta, Vietnam
Operation Deckhouse V

Replenishment

Underway Replenishment
USS Sacremento AOE-1

Replenishment

Underway Replenishment
USS Sacremento AOE-1

Albatross

An Albatross in the Rigging

 

Philippines to San Diego

Waiting for Eldorado

Ernie Shriner, Cliff Otto, John Liebig, & Rocky Collins
Waiting for Arrival of USS Eldorado

USS Eldorado

Arrival of USS Eldorado AGC-11

Subic Bay

Alava Pier
Subic Bay, PI

 

Destination USA

NDWE - Destination USA

 

Departing

Manning the Rail
Leaving Subic Bay, PI

Departing

Departing Alava Pier
Feb 1967

BBQ

BBQ -After Boat Deck - Feb 67

BBQ

BBQ -After Boat Deck - Feb 67

BBQ

BBQ -After Boat Deck - Feb 67

BBQ

BBQ -After Boat Deck - Feb 67
Ernie Shriner & Rich Draves

Waikiki

Waikiki Beach, HI

Waikiki

Waikiki Beach, HI

San Diego

Arrival of USS Estes at San Diego

 

Rich Draves, ETR3 - CE Div - 66-67 - Submitted 5/27/09
Avoiding an Accident

In '67 we were in the shipyard in Bremerton. My job was to chip the paint from the top of the after kingpost. At quitting time when I went back down the kingpost, I noticed the signal arm had been cut from the post and was hanging in a sling on the inbound side and  from the stabilizing cable on the outbound side. So far so good, but the turn-buckle on the stabilizing cable was just about rusted through.

I went down to find my division officer and explain what I had found. He took it from there and got a yard crane to come that night and take it down. When they got the arm fastened to the crane, they lightly tapped the turn-buckle and it fell apart.

I was heartily thanked for being observant, and avoiding a serious accident.


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