DESTROYER DUTY DLG-18 USS WARDON

THOMAS M. KRUP  1970

DESTROYER DUTY

Probably in January of 1970 we received our dream sheet for first assignment.  There were three choices of duty station and either East or West Coasts.  Bill Miele and I were young, stupid and motivated.  We put Riverine as our first choices and destroyers for 2 and 3.  West Coast of course.  The Senior Instructor (LT Ruff?) called us in to discuss our first choice.  He said in words to the effect The Navy has spent too much money training you to get killed in the first year.  Your choices are destroyers, destroyers and destroyers.  With a cheery Aye Aye Sir, off we went.

Name:  Thomas M Krupp

Email:  kcacapon311@gmail.com

Phone:  913-530-1642

Class:  1970

Degree:  […]

Two Air Force aircraft thought we were a North Vietnamese SAM site

Eventually we were relieved by the GQ Bridge Team and I went to my GQ Post in Surface in CIC.  All our radars had been destroyed with the exception of our surface search radar, which we later found had half of its feed horn blown away.  We acquired what appeared to be two surface contacts make a classic torpedo boat attack and our three inch fifty guns fired on them.  The helo reported taking fire from the surface.  The gunners reported a secondary explosion.  Powers that be said later they were radar ghost.  Still don’t believe it.  Pucker factor huge.

The cruiser Long Beach at PIRAZ (Positive Identification Radar Advisory Zone or head air controller for the […]

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