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USS ANNAPOLIS (AGMR-1)

WESTPAC 1967 - 1968

MY TOUR (APRIL 1967 - NOVEMBER 1968)




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USS Annapolis
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U.S.S. ANNAPOLIS (AGMR-1)
COMMUNICATIONS MAJOR RELAY SHIP
VOX MARIS: "VOICE of the SEA"

(Photo was found in "Escort Carriers in Action" publication.)

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1964 COMMISSIONING PROGRAM COVER

(Photo Courtesy of Joe "Tex" McCammon)

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The USS Annapolis (AGMR-1) was converted to the AGMR class from the USS Gilbert Islands (CVE-107) which saw service in World War II.

The USS Gilbert Islands (CVE-107) earned three battle stars for its meritorious service in World War II.


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The USS Annapolis (AGMR-1) was a Communications Major Relay Ship, and the ship's motto was VOX MARIS: "Voice of the Sea".




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From 1965 to 1969, the USS Annapolis (AGMR-1) saw service in multiple campaigns during the Vietnam War.

The USS Annapolis (AGMR-1) was used in direct support of United States 7th Fleet combat operations in Southeast Asia. ***

The USS Annapolis (AGMR-1) distinguished itself by providing communications support, technical assistance, and morale-enhancing services for naval units engaged in combat operations against North Vietnam, and enemy forces in South Vietnam. ***

*** Partial Text from Meritorious Unit Commendation


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I was stationed on the USS ANNAPOLIS (AGMR-1) from April 1967 thru November 1968. During my 20 month tour, there were two commanding officers, Captain William F. Casper, and after him, there was Captain William J. Wacker.


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The USS Annapolis (AGMR-1) was normally on Yankee Station off the coast of Vietnam, patrolling in the waters of the Tonkin Gulf and the South China Sea.

The USS Annapolis (AGMR-1) was an integral part of the Blue Water Navy in Vietnam, and, in a lighter tone, was sometimes referred to as a member of the Tonkin Gulf Yacht Club.


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When the USS Annapolis (AGMR-1) was not on patrol off the Vietnam coast, we visited the ports of Subic Bay in the Phillipines, Singapore, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Sasebo and Yokosuka in Japan, and Fremantle/Perth in Western Australia. My Navy travels, before and beyond my tour on the Annapolis, also took me to San Francisco, Anchorage, Hawaii, Wake Island, Guam, and Okinawa.


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On July 29, 1967, the USS Forrestal (CVA-59) was on patrol on Yankee Station off the coast of Vietnam. A Zuni rocket, from a parked F4 Phantom on the flight deck of the Forrestal, accidentally fired, and caused a massive explosion, resulting in a tragic fire, that killed 134 Navy personnel, as well as causing substantial damage to the Forrestal.

The USS Annapolis AGMR-1, as well as other Navy ships, were in the immediate vicinity of the USS Forrestal, and ready to assist the Forrestal in any possible way. Helicopters landed on the antenna deck of the USS Annaplois AGMR-1, and fire fighting foam, as well as other supplies, were transported to the Forrestal from the Annapolis.


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On January 23, 1968, the North Koreans attacked and captured the USS PUEBLO (AGER-2). At that time, the USS Annapolis (AGMR-1) was enroute to Australia for a respite, and as a result of the capture of the USS PUEBLO, the trip was cancelled, and the USS Annapolis went back on station off the coast of Vietnam, and the USS Arlington (AGMR-2), who normally relieved us when we went on R and R, was rerouted to patrol off the North Korean coast in international waters. We missed the January trip, but another one was rescheduled for June 1968 for the Fremantle/Perth area in Western Australia. I extended my tour onboard the Annapolis, and I made the trip to Western Australia in June 1968.


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Merit Citation
MERITORIOUS UNIT COMMENDATION

The USS Annapolis (AGMR-1) was awarded the Meritorious Unit Commendation for its direct support of U.S. 7th Fleet combat operations from January 9, 1967 through January 29, 1968.
VIEW THE MERITORIOUS UNIT COMMENDATION





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LINKS TO MORE PAGES WITH PICTURES OF MY TOUR.


CLICK HERE TO CRUISE TO PAGE 2


CLICK HERE TO CRUISE TO PAGE 3

(THE SHIP'S GUEST LOG IS LOCATED ON PAGE 3.)


CLICK HERE TO CRUISE TO PAGE 4
Page 4: Final Tribute/Salute


CLICK HERE TO CRUISE TO PAGE 5

Photos on Page 5 added April 12, 2005!


CLICK HERE TO CRUISE TO PAGE 6

Photos on Page 6 added April 14, 2005!




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June 21, 2009

Greetings to all from Kurt A. Dold, Web Master of this site for the USS Annapolis AGMR-1.

I just want to thank everyone who has viewed this Web site over the past nine years.

Thank you to all who took the time to sign the Guest Log with your great comments, thank you for your very thoughtful and informative Emails, and many thanks for the extraordinary photos.

At the outset, I never thought I would receive such a great response to this site.

I'm hoping to improve on this site in the future, as long as my head is above water and ground.

So keep the lines open!

Smooth sailing to All!

Kurt A. Dold

BM3

2nd Division

April 1967 thru November 1968







David Lamberth's USS Annapolis AGMR-1 Web Site

David Lamberth, a former crew member of the USS Annapolis AGMR-1 has also designed and maintains an excellent Web site for the USS Annapolis AGMR-1.

David's Web site has been up and running in good standing for many years.

If you would like to visit David Lamberth's Web site for the USS Annapolis (AGMR-1) please click on to the following link.


CLICK HERE TO CRUISE TO DAVID LAMBERTH's SITE






This USS ANNAPOLIS (AGMR-1) Web site was designed, coded in HTML, and is maintained by Kurt A. Dold of Norwood, Massachusetts.

This Web page was originally published during October 2000.

The last update to this page was on May 8, 2011 at 12:35 P.M. EST.



*** In most cases, all the pages on this Web site are viewed best using Internet Explorer. In some cases, you may encounter viewing problems using Netscape.



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The presentation of this page, as well as the other pages/links on this Web site, are done in a light-hearted view of my tour on board the USS Annapolis (AGMR-1). My intention is to not to demean or make light of the hard work put forth by the crew of the USS Annapolis (AGMR-1) or the United States Navy.




The photographs on the pages on this Web site are from my personal collection, with the exception of those where credit is given to the various sources.

I scanned the opening photograph of the USS Annapolis (AGMR-1) from the soft cover book, "Escort Carriers in Action", which I purchased at a local book store.

The photographs on the links for Page 5 and for Page 6 are credited to the persons who sent them to me.

The animations, clip art, and music were downloaded from various Web sites which offer them free of charge to all.

The viewing of this Web site is free of charge to all, and no monies, whatsoever, are gained or profited by me. All expenses for the publication of this Web site are paid by me, and me alone.

The ideas for this page are my own, and were not gleaned, copied, or stolen in any manner, shape, or form from any other Web site of a similar nature. This Web site was planned for years, but I did not publish the pages until the fall of 2000.

If there are any questions concerning anything about this Web site, please contact me at me E-mail buoy below, and I will be more than happy to answer them. If you want an E-mail response from me, please be sure that your E-mail address is correct!

But, most importantly, if you were a former crew member of the USS Annapolis (AGMR-1), and if you have any comments, please contact me as well.

And, if you care to view or to sign the Guest Log, please drop anchor at the Page 3 link located previously on this page.







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