Skip to comments.HAPPY BIRTHDAY UNITED STATES NAVY!
Posted on 10/13/2013 8:34:49 AM PDT by US Navy Vet
Happy 238 Years US Navy!
Still hold myself to the oath I took in ‘67.
FAIR WINDS FOLLOWING SEAS
USN RM2 1956-64
"Happy Birthday, Navy!!
Happy birthday Squid!
Still the best!
1/1 Cavalry armor, hitched a ride aboard USS Ogden LPD 5, Operation Bold Mariner, Batangan Peninsula RVN FEB 69.
all you swabies, squids and airdales meet at the GEEDUNK when you hear the BOATSWAIN’S PIPE and load up with BOKOO CHITS to fill your DITTY BAGS and your DUNGAREES before the messdeck MASTER-AT-ARMS put you in SICKBAY for SKYLARKING because the SMOKING LAMP is out and you end up at CAPTAIN’S MAST. Sweepers sweepers give the ship a clean sweepdown fore and aft....The fantail is open...
Thanks for posting this. We have had so many Navy people in three generations of my family.
My dad was a commander in the Civil Engineering Corps, and a recipient of the Navy Cross for his valor in WWII. My brother fought in Vietnam on the “swift boats”. My other brother was a Naval Reserve Officer in the Civil Engineering Corps, who served in Iraq and the Pacific. My nephew was a nuclear submarine captain, had a year of active duty in Afghanistan, and continues to be in the reserves. My other nephew was enlisted, serving in the Pacific.
Even I, a civilian, worked for the Navy Exchange in the Navy Uniform department for a couple of years.
God bless Navy people.
I crossed the Pacific six times between 1951 and 1961 in the “Army’s Navy.”
Can you guess its actual name ?
The ships were crewed by civilians with American civilian masters. The ships were all named for long dead Army generals or heroes...
GENERAL QUARTERS GENERAL QUARTERS, ALL HANDS MAN YOUR BATTLE STATIONS, PROCEDE UP AND FORWARD ON THE STARBOARD SIDE, DOWN AND AFT ON THE PORT SIDE . . .
I too served in MSTS. Made 28 Atlantic crossings in 15 months, and was end to end in the Med. 8 times. Also did 8 Canal Zones runs from 1958-1960.Served on 5 different ships.
I served aboard,
General Upshur, General GIEGER, Gneral Gibbons, Pvt. Baltchford,General Maurice Rose, General Simon B. Buckner.
-SKENESBOROUGH, [WHITEHALL], NEW YORK
BIRTHPLACE OF THE U.S. NAVY-
U.S. NAVY WATERBORNE CONTINENTAL TROOP TRANSPORTS
1776 July From Skenesborough... troops [American] were carried to Ticonderoga, a distance of thirty miles, in flat boats.
1776 September . We took our route through Worcester, Springfield, Charlestown, in New Hampshire, and over the Green Mountains to Skenesboro; which is the place of rendezvous for the continental troops and militia destined for Ticonderoga. Here boats are provided at the entrance to Lake Champlain...
sources: Jones, p.130
Cook, Sketches of Essex County Ticonderoga, p108; quoting James Thatcher M.D.s Military Journal During the American Revolutionary War From 1775 to 1783
U.S. NAVY ON LAKE GEORGE
1777 February 1 With a [American] naval force on Lake George
1777 February 21 As early as Feb. 21, 1777, the New York Committee of Safety authorized shipwrights to be sent to Lake George to build vessels. On March 24, Schuyler sent Captain Jacobus Wyncoop, the controversial commodore of the 1776 American fleet before Arnold assumed command, to Fort George to employ Carpenters in constructing two strong schooners of Sixty feet Keel & twenty feet Beam
1777 July 12 as the Enemy [Americans] had Vessels on this Lake [Lake George] a sufficient number of Gun Boats [British] were kept armed and clear for Action, the rest were loaded with Stores and Provisions-
JAMES MACINTOSH REVEALS U.S. NAVAL ELEMENTS AT TICONDEROGA TO BRITISH
1777 June 18 ``Question: What number of Shipping [American] at Ticonderoga?
Answer: Two Galleys, one called the GATES, the other`s name not known, mounting about 12 Six pounders each: one Sloop taken from St. John`s, called the BETSEY , mounting about 12 Six pounders; two Scooners [sic], very small, and one taken from St. John`s, the other from Major Skeene, its burther [burden, displacement] about ten Tun entirely loaded with powder each mounting four four Pounders; one Gondola two Nine Pounders, making Six in all about 50 Batteaux fit for use and 30 useless.``
1777 June 18 ``Question: What number of Vessels or Boats [American] on Lake George?
Answer: One Petite Auger mounting two four Pounders and three Scooners [sic] building, intended to mount six Guns each, weight of mettle not known as yet not half finished, and as far as I can learn not above a dozen Batteaux on the lake which are totally employed transporting provisions from Fort George for the use of the troops at Ticonderoga.``
sources: “Horatio Gates Papers, Box 6, No.41
Bellico, Sails and Steam, p. 164; Bellico cites Clark, Wm. Bell and Morgan Wm. James,
Naval documents of the American Revolution, Department of the Navy, Naval History
Division, Washington, D.C., 1964-1986, Vol. 8, pp.187-188; Vol. 7, pp.1225-1256; 627
Inquisition, p.240 [Inquisition of a Spy, ``Examination of James McIntosh, Inhabitant About Half a Mile Westward of
Ticonderoga Brought Into Brigadier General Fraser`s Camp River Bouquet 18th June 1777
By A Party Of Indians Under The Command Of Lieut-Scott,`` BFTM, Vol. X, No. 34, 1959,
“The Navy died four years ago” ~ My Husband, retired Submarine Officer
Mason M. Patrick (nicknamed the Micky Mouse)
William Darby (twice)
G. M. Randall
E. D. Patrick
W. A. Mann
One of these old girls split in two while tied to a dock in the US in the early 1950s. It was raised, welded back together and continued its service into the Viet Nam era.
I can't find a reference to the name of the ship but my dad told the story and believed it to be true.
Our family was stationed in Japan in the 50s...
Can you guess its actual name ?
"Army's Navy" is really confusing.
Don’t Forget The United States Marine(As Obongo Would Say)Corpse!Novenber 10,1775!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
U.S. NAVY ON LAKE CHAMPLAIN
THE LAKE CHAMPLAIN GONDOLAS
1776 The Lake Champlain gondolas were  flat-bottomed with an approximate length of 54 feet and a 15 ½ foot beam. [built at Skenesborough:
New York [Success]
Lee = row galley, 43 feet 9 inches long]
Second Officer at Skenesborough under Arnold was General David Waterbury of Connecticut. Liberty captured at Skenesboro by Capt. Herrick May 1775; Enterprise captured at St. Johns by Arnold May 1775
AMERICAN MARINES ON LAKE CHAMPLAIN IN 1776
“James Calderwood: His name appears in a general order dated Sept. 4 1776 detailing soldiers from the Army to serve as Marines in Arnold`s fleet on Lake Champlain, the order reading in part,
“They will proceed directly and join General Arnold, under the command of Lieutenant Calderwood, of Marines.”-
source = “CONTINENTAL MARINE OFFICERS OF THE AMERICAN REVOLUTION” [by] Major Edwin N. McClellan, U.S.M.C., Daughters of the American Revolution Magazine’, Volume 56, p28. ff 
BENEDICT ARNOLD`S LAKE CHAMPLAIN FLEET
Benedict Arnolds ships:
(some rigged at Mt. Independence, armed at Ticonderoga -August)
Trumbull: one 18-pounder, one 12-pounder, two 9- pounders, four 6-pounders
Captain Warner, Col. Wigglesworth
Lee: (later) one 12-pounder, one 9-pounder under Captain Davis
Congress: two 8-pounders, two 12-pounders, six 4-pounders General Waterbury
Liberty : four 4-pounders, four 2-pounders, 35 men Captain Premier
Enterprise: twelve 4-pounders, 50 men Captain Dickenson
Royal Savage: four 6-pounders, eight 4-pounders, 50 men, Capt. Jacob Wyncoop,
Revenge: four 4-pounders, two 2-pounders, 35 men, Captain Seaman
Boston: one 12-pounder, two 6-pounders, 45 men, Captain Sumner
Providence: one 12-pounder, two 6-pounders, 45 men, Captain Simonds
New Haven: one 12-pounder, two 6-pounders, 45 men, Captain Samuel Mansfield
Spitfire : one 12-pounder, two 6-pounders, 45 men, Captain Ulmer
Philadelphia: one 12-pounder, two 6-pounders, 45 men, Captain Rice, (with Col. Wigglesworth)
Jersey: one 12-pounder, two 6-pounders, 45 men, Captain Grimes
Connecticut: : one 12-pounder, two 6-pounders, 45 men, Captain Grant
New York : one 12-pounder, two 6-pounders, 45 men, Captain Reed
Washington: one 18-pounder, one 12-pounder , two 9-pounders, four 4-pounders Captain Thatcher; Gen. Waterbury
Arnold had on board 10 sergeants, 6 corporals, 6 drummers, and 102 privates from Pennsylvania regiments as marines and seamen.
AFTERMATH OF THE BATTLE OF VALCOUR ISLAND
COFFIN POINT, CROWN POINT
Coffin Point south of Ft. Frederick, a few yards south on the shore:
The American forces at Crown Point, specifically the 6th Pennsylvania Battalion, would construct a fort in August at Coffin Point. The new military outposts life would be measured in a few short weeks. The defeat of Arnolds fleet near Plattsburgh on October 11, 1775 would signal her demise. Two days later the American forces would burn the timber structure and retreat south. The victorious British forces would arrive at the orphaned Crown Point on the 14th but winter comes early in the Champlain Valley and they returned north. The once vital position fell silent and would not be occupied until the next summer. [Crown Point historians state that this is where the bodies of American sailors from Valcour Island battle were taken and placed in coffins.]
Bellico, Sails & Steam, pp.138-139
Jones, Charles Henry. History of the Campaign For Canada, Philadelphia: Porter & Coates , 1882; NY: Research Reprints, 1970, p.141
Happy birthday to the world’s second best flying service.
A 22 yr Air Force vet.
It began life as the Army Transport Command. Was renamed MSTS and given to the US Navy, but was never staffed, to my knowledge, by American sailors.
Naming all the ships for Army generals and a few presidents gave it the nickname Army’s Navy.
E.D. Patrick: From San Fran to Seattle and then onto Yokohama Harbor in 1957. Took 18 days because of searching for a downed plane and typhoon.
If memory serves me right, E.D. Patrick was mothballed in Suisun Bay, then sold to India for scrap.
How I miss my Battleship. I wish they would bring them back. :(
Hitting the Navy Ball in Anchorage in a couple of weeks, first time we’ve been in many years. To my pleasant surprise the uniform actually fits better than it did when I retired.
I think they’re all gone now.
Happy Birthday Aye! BUC(SCW) Ret. SEABEES CAN DO!
I knew a bunch of soldiers who made the crossing from NJ to Bremerhaven. As an airman, i managed to cross both oceans on MATS-chartered aircraft, and managed to keep all my meals down.
Have a great time in AK!
Second best, my foot.
NOTICE OF CANCELLATION:
As part of the government shut down effective October 1, 2013 the USNA band march on Maryland Avenue and musical tribute on the State House steps in honor of the 238th NAVY birthday scheduled on Monday October 7th between 4 and 5:30 pm EST has been cancelled.
University of Florida???
(Steve runs for effective cover!!! hehe)
I’m happy I was a destroyerman...ha
Oh due tell!!!
Enquiring minds want to know...
The difference is in the shoes...;-) ha
You know, because it may very well cost a fortune to have people stand around blowing excess air from their lungs through a series of intricate tubes and valves to make wonderful sounds to listeners that wish to celebrate such an anniversary...
That would be the USS Iowa BB-61. I was on her Commissioning crew in ‘84. She is now a museum in LA. The location saddens me but from what I’ve seen, the volunteers who take care of her are very good peeps. :)
I was doing the Fleet thing about the same time in San Diego...worked around the New Jersey a few times...Awesome NGFS capability!!!
West coast was on my wish list but I never saw it. LOL
I wish I had appreciated being on that ship when I was, instead of years later. During sea trials, I was the only person, other than the ships photographer, who was allowed on deck when the guns were fired. Technically I probably wasn’t allowed on deck, but I asked my Chief if I could go on deck and take some pics, and he said yes, although he looked confused when he said it. That was a very sweet 45 minutes. I think I was about 75 feet away from the turret when it was fired. Good times.... :)
My closest experience was a morning, nice and calm, seas were glass smooth, nice, bright morning...
We were just off the range at San Clemente island, ready to get on there and do some work on that beach, when we had the ships deck speakers tuned into the range net, and heard the first ship that morning report in and get ready for their fire missions...
We were on deck at morning quarters, and sonce we were in operations, some of us knew by callsigns who was getting ready to do thei thing...
We all stopped the reading of the plan of the day, and saw the ship was about 2000 yards away from us, we thought this would be very interesting as ttheir first mission was usually a “beach prep” fire mission...
All nine guns swung to their portside, and a few seconds later there was a big flash, big smoke, and then as we watched, the big concussive wave of vapor rapidly closed the distance between our ships as we had not quite reported onto the range just yet...
Then the blast (concussion) hit us...A few of us had the reaction of “Holy Mother of Pearl” (G-rated version), and we could barely see the horizon of where San Clemente Island was...Probably about 11-12 miles, best of my recollection...
Those 9 shells came from the New Jersey, and after one salvo, there particular beach prep mission was complete...”No Sh!t!!!” hehehe
We kinda chuckled at the thought, and some were wondering if the New Jersey had sunk San Clemente Island...Then we could just pack it up and go back to San Diego for the weekend...Darn the luck...Nope, it was still there...
It was still one of the more exciting things, I and many others, had ever witnessed in our careers...
I guess we were inspired, because in about 45 minutes of the time we had entered the range, did our required NGFS missions, we scored so high, in such an abbreviated time, that later that afternoon and in the evening during the night missions, we had exited and expected to have one night out there and then get back to the barn the next morning...
Well, fate has us by the cajones, ahem...The top dog in charge of the SOCAL op area, had heard how well we had done, and asked our CO, if he would stay out for a few more days, to give the Marine Spotters, those students learning the ropes and communicating with us, if we would help train these new guys, since we had our act together, and could provide real world training as a known factor (meaning, no mistakes)...
I guess after seeing the big BB out there give us a show like that, we certainly couldn’t let those guys show us up...hehehe
Needless to say there were a few Navy wives and girlfriends who were a little peeved that we extended that supposedly quick out and back in cruise that weekend...A few of those spouses got to see a redacted (blacked out) non-classified version of the Admiral’s request made to our Captain that evening...
Things quieted down after that...hehehe
The record and score we made, stood for many years after that, and I have not heard of anyone on the West Coast beating it to this day...
And all we had were a pair of 5” guns...HA!!! (USS Callaghan DDG-994)
I’ve been on both coasts, and the range I know that your east guys had was Viques (sp?) Island down near Rosey Roads (PR) back in the day...I guess they shut that one down???
The ship I served on, at that time, was the USS McCandless, an old Knox Class frigate...
Just some old memories I tucked away for safe keeping...hehehe