Dan Gannon, RM2, USN
Repose AH 16
was aboard during 1968-69 as an RM2 in Radio Central. I'm also a Ham
Operator and I helped Cpl. Mike Linger (USMC) with phone patches and MARS
when my watch schedule allowed.
Capt. Drew was Skipper of the ship, and Capt. Holloway was CO of the
Hospital command most of the time I was aboard.
was Capt. Drew's twilight cruise. When he left in the Spring of 1969 he
went home to Hawaii and retirement. He used to come to Radio Central late
at night on the Mid Watch to drink coffee with the Radiomen -- he said we
had the best coffee on the ship and he'd rather drink our coffee than the
stuff his Stewards made. First time he walked in and I saw him, I called
out, "Captain on Deck" and he grinned as said something like, "Cut that
shit out, I just stopped by for some coffee." He'd sit there at 0200 in
the morning and drink coffee and shoot the bull just like he was one of us
-- which, he was. He was a great CO and there were not many dry eyes
aboard that ship the day he left.
recall my favorite quote of all time on the Repose.
set the stage, here we were in the South China Sea with a whole boat load
of brand new Ensigns and JG's, and they all knew how the Skipper loved to
party on the beach and how all the nurses and other round eyes on the
beach loved to go to the Captain's parties.
one bright sunny day we are steaming away up on station, when the Old Man
comes on the 1MC and announces: "All officers desiring to attend a party
should report to the flight deck in ten minutes."
Anyone that was aboard for that might recall how all those young officers
ran up to the flight deck in their best dress whites, just as the supply
ship pulls along side for the VERTREP (Vertical Replenishment).
course, the Skipper shows up in some old worn out khakis and boondockers
and is laughing his ass off as he introduces his new young officers to the
concept of "working party" just as the first chopper drops a full cargo
net almost on top of them on the flight deck.
was even better than the Sunday afternoon he ran up on the Bridge in his
swim trunks and ordered ALL STOP and told the OOD to ring him off as he
dove off the Bridge and screamed, "Swim Call."
Ding...Ding Ding...."Repose Departing" just as he hit the water...
those are no sea stories either....
a ship -- What a Navy !!