An Unusual Picture


                           On the evening of April 13, 1945, our ship received its orders assigning it to Radar Picket Station #1.  Early the next morning,
                                 we replenished our ammunition at Kerama Retto from LST 582.  As I recall, the gunners were talking about having
                                                                                 taken on several rounds with VT (proximity fuses).

                        This picture was taken as we pulled away from the LST by Al Carkin, MOMM2/c.  He hung on to it for 60 years,
not realizing she was in commission until 1975 and that we had a living Association. 
A quick look at our ship would indicate we were in need of a field day!

This picture had a strange effect on me.