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Pawcatuck

(AO-108: dp. 25,440;1. 553'; b. 75'; dr. 32'4"; s. 18.3 k.; cpl.
304; a. 15", 4 3", 8 40mm.; cl. Misp~llion; T. T3-S2-A3)

Pawcatuck (AO 108) was laid down 22 March 1945 by Sun SB & DD Co., Chester, Pa., as MC hull 2704, Iaunched 19 February 1946; sponsored by Miss Nancy Gatch; and commissioned 10 May 1946, Capt. Cecil G. McKinney, USNR, in command.

After shakedown she was assigned the task of transporting petroleum products between various Naval facilities and ports on the Gulf Coast, in the Caribbean and along the Atlantic Coast. In the summer of 1947, she joined the U.S. 6th Fleet operating in the Mediterranean for her first overseas tour. From 1948 into 1961, Pawcatuck operated on a rotational schedule between the Atlantic Fleet and the Mediterranean 6th Fleet, participating in U.S. Fleet and NATO exercises Reserve and Midshipman cruises, courtesy visits to foreign ports and serving as Hagship of Commander Service Squadron 2. She supported American forces during the Lebanon crisis of 1958.

In November 1961 she sailed for her first North Atlantic deployment and operated with ASW carrier task group 83.3 until February 1962. In November 1962 she was deployed to the Caribbean for support to U.S. Naval units involved in the Cuban Crisis blockade effort. Early 1963 was spent in Boston for overhaul and by June she had returned to the Mediterranean and 6th Fleet operations.

During 1964 Pawcatuck operated with the Atlantic Fleet performing logistic services and conducting training exercises. In January 1965 she sailed to the Caribbean, made port calls, provided support and training services and returned to Norfolk for most of March and April. In late April she was ordered south to the vicinity of the Dominican Republic to support Navy units during the crisis in that area. On 12 June she sailed for Northern European waters and, with other units, engaged in joint amphibious exercises with the Armed Forces of Norway. Upon returning to the U.S. 23 July, she prepared to enter the yards for an extensive "Jumboization" conversion, with preliminary work conducted at Boston. She then sailed the St. Lawrence River and put into the yards of the American SB Co., Lorain, Ohio, on 14 September. All of 1966 was spent undergoing conversion, with the result of Pawcatuck's overall length being increased to 644'; draft increased to 35'9"; and her displacement increased to 35,000 tons.

After outfitting at Boston, Pawcatuck sailed on 23 Ferbuary 1967 to Craney Island, Va. where she received her first jumbo load of 2,50OlO00 gallons of aviation fuel and 5,400,000 gallons of black oil for surface vessels. This operation took five days and she then sailed to her homeport at Mayport, Fla. to resume operations as a fleet oiler.

On 29 January 1968 Pawcatuck deployed to the Mediterranean and serviced over 300 ships of the U.S. 6th Fleet and NATO allies while participating in exercises "Fairgame IV", "Dawn Patrol", "Flapex" and many smaller fleet exercises. She returned to Mayport on 6 August and spent the latter part of the year servicing units of the Apollo 7 recovery force.

During January and February 1969 Pawcatuck made preparations for another Mediterranean deployment.


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USS Pawcatuck AO 108

Mediterranean Cruise

April - August 1952 Cruise Book

Bring the Cruise Book to Life with this Multimedia Presentation

This CD will Exceed your Expectations

A great part of Naval history.

You would be purchasing the USS Pawcatuck AO 108 cruise book during this time period. Each page has been placed on a CD for years of enjoyable computer viewing. The CD comes in a plastic sleeve with a custom label. Every page has been enhanced and is readable. Rare cruise books like this sell for a hundred dollars or more when buying the actual hard copy if you can find one for sale.

This would make a great gift for yourself or someone you know who may have served aboard her. Usually only ONE person in the family has the original book. The CD makes it possible for other family members to have a copy also. You will not be disappointed we guarantee it.

Some of the items in this book are as follows:

  • Ports of Call: Naples Italy, Golfe Juan France, Augusta Bay Sicily, Phaeton Greece
  • Deck Log (Date and Detailed Event)
  • Officer Bio and Group Photo
  • Crew Roster (Name Rank and Hometown City)
  • Divisional Group Photos with Names
  • Many Crew Activity Photos
  • Plus Much More

Over 209 Photos on Approximately 59 Pages.

Once you view this book you will know what life was like on this Oiler during this time period.

Additional Bonus:

  • 6 Minute Audio of " Sounds of Boot Camp " in the late 50's early 60's
  • Other Interesting Items Include:
    • The Oath of Enlistment
    • The Sailors Creed
    • Core Values of the United States Navy
    • Military Code of Conduct
    • Navy Terminology Origins (8 Pages)
    • Examples: Scuttlebutt, Chewing the Fat, Devil to Pay,
    • Hunky-Dory and many more.

    Why a CD instead of a hard copy book?

    • The pictures will not be degraded over time.
    • Self contained CD no software to load.
    • Thumbnails, table of contents and index for easy viewing reference.
    • View as a digital flip book or watch a slide show. (You set the timing options)
    • Back ground patriotic music and Navy sounds can be turned on or off.
    • Viewing options are described in the help section.
    • Bookmark your favorite pages.
    • The quality on your screen may be better than a hard copy with the ability to magnify any page.
    • Full page viewing slide show that you control with arrow keys or mouse.
    • Designed to work on a Microsoft platform. (Not Apple or Mac) Will work with Windows 98 or above.

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    Pawcatuck AO-108 - History

    July - December 1953 Cruise Book

    Bring the Cruise Book to Life with this Multimedia Presentation

    This CD will Exceed your Expectations

    A great part of naval history.

    You would be purchasing an exact copy of the USS Pawcatuck AO 108 cruise book during this time period. Each page has been placed on a CD for years of enjoyable computer viewing. The CD comes in a plastic sleeve with a custom label. Every page has been enhanced and is readable. Rare cruise books like this sell for a hundred dollars or more when buying the actual hard copy if you can find one for sale.

    This would make a great gift for yourself or someone you know who may have served aboard her. Usually only ONE person in the family has the original book. The CD makes it possible for other family members to have a copy also. You will not be disappointed we guarantee it.

    Some of the items in this book are as follows:

    • Ports of Call: Naples Italy, Barcelona Spain, Golfe Juan France, Kavalin Greece, Beiruit Lebanon, Marseille France and Pozzouli Italy
    • Deck Log (Date and Detailed Event)
    • Crew Roster (Name Rank and Hometown City )
    • Many Crew Activity Photos
    • Plus Much More

    Over 167 Photos on Approximately 48 Pages.

    Once you view this book you will know what life was like on this Oiler during this time period.


    Pawcatuck teen's book opens door to home's rich history

    Published September 02. 2013 12:01AM | Updated September 02. 2013 12:33AM

    By Joe Wojtas Day Staff Writer

    Stonington - Last year when 15-year-old Connor Beverly of Pawcatuck was making his daily ferry trip to the Fishers Island School, he met classmate Grace Timmons, who lives with her family in an ornate gingerbread-style home at 140 W. Broad St. that was built by the wealthy Frankenstein family.

    Soon after, the budding historian was searching eBay for historical items such as Pawcatuck postcards when he came across a package of century-old letters sent to Sally Frankenstein (1889-1972), who grew up in the house. Also in the package were 300 negatives, half of which were taken in Pawcatuck, Watch Hill and surrounding area.

    The collection, which offers insight into life in Pawcatuck from 1896 to 1910, had been put for sale by a person who rented the house in the 1990s.

    Beverly snapped them up for $300 and they became the starting point for a project which has resulted in him recently publishing an impressive hardcover book about the Eastlake Victorian and the people who lived there called "On the Corner of William and West Broad: A True Example of Aristocracy in Pawcatuck."

    The 108-page book designed by Beverly is chock full of photos and text he wrote. Timmons, whose family is the sixth to own the house, took many of the current photos of it.

    "I just wanted to do justice to the history of this house," Beverly said last week while sitting in the courting room of the house with Timmons. "No one really knew about it. People drive by this house all of the time and think 'Oh it's just Pawcatuck, it's not the borough or Mystic.' But the history here is just as important."

    Beverly said he gets his love of history from his late grandfather Bill Higgins who ran the former Higgins Pharmacy in Pawcatuck with two of his brothers.

    "I wanted to continue his love of history," he said.

    In 2011, Beverly wrote a chapter of the history of St. Michael Church which was done to celebrate the parish's 150th anniversary. In July of 2012 he founded the Pawcatuck History Page on Facebook.

    Beverly, who would someday like to be an architect working in historic preservation, said he enjoys trying to educate people about the history of Pawcatuck.

    "I just like seeing how people lived, what things looked like, what was where and how things have changed," he said. "It's important to keep and preserve some of these things," he added.

    He added, There's more history here than people think. I wish I could find out about every house on the street."

    Beverly found that the house was designed by famed English architect Charles Eastlake and built in 1887 for Lewis Frankenstein and Fanny (Moss) Frankenstein, who received the land from her father who owned a large farm in Pawcatuck. Moss Street, which Beverly found was the site of horse races into the 1920s, is just one block from the Frankenstein house.

    Lewis Frankenstein, who died at 47, owned a very successful dry goods store in downtown Westerly. The Frankensteins had three daughters, one of them Sally, who grew up to be a dietitian and artist. The entire family is buried in Riverbend Cemetery in Westerly.

    The Frankensteins were a wealthy family that employed a maid and cook, took vacations to Europe, dressed in fine clothes and played tennis in their backyard court. The home has intricately carved wooden bannisters, trim and wainscoting.

    Beverly said that when Timmons and her mother, Karen Ward, a former Day employee, learned of his interest in Pawcatuck history, they asked if he knew anything about their 11-room house they have lived in since 2008. He did not but just two weeks later he came across the letter for sale.

    "I'm always putting money aside for something like this because it's so rare to come across," he said about the collection.

    Last October, he had an idea that the collection and house might make a good subject for a book and his mother Laura encouraged him to write it. He tracked down Dixon Hemphill, the 88-year-old son of Sally Frankenstein's sister Elisabeth, who was able to tell him more about the house and identify people in the photographs. He also talked to other owners of the home such as Robert and Isabel Manson who restored it to its original condition in the early 1980s after it had been turned into an apartment house. He also talked to Maureen and Wayne Chastain who operated the Sage House bed and breakfast in the home from 2000 to 2008.

    The book can be purchased for $55 by messaging Beverly on his Pawcatuck History Page.


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    The monument had been constructed entirely of Westerly granite, cost about $15,000 to build and was designed by Louis Whitehouse. The speakers that day included Lieutenant Governer Edwin Brainard, former principal of Bulkeley School in New London Walter Towne, Town (Stonington) Prosecuter George McKenna, Commander Michael McCarthy of the local (Pawcatuck) V.F.W. Students from West Broad St. School took part in the ceremony. The unvailing of the monument that beared all the names of every Pawcatuck man who served in the war was done to Alfred Ozanne Jr., who never got to meet his father, since he died in the conflict.

    Unfortunatly, the monument was victim of vandalism on several occasions. The of the first and most significant was the most famous was when someone broke the bayonette off the gun carried by the doughboy. Nobody ever figured out who committed this crime.


    Pawcatuck AO-108 - History

    A Tin Can Sailors
    Destroyer History

    USS WILLIAM M. WOOD
    (DD-715)

    During the first of two deployments to the Western Pacific in 1946 and 1947, the WOOD patrolled the Yellow Sea between northern China and Korea to stem postwar smuggling. Her second deployment was a seven-month mission with Destroyer Division 131. Following her return to San Diego, she was reassigned to the Destroyer Force, Atlantic Fleet, and reported to her new home port, Newport, Rhode Island, in October 1949. At Newport, the WOOD’s crew schooled junior officers in gunnery and engineering. They embarked on their first deployment with the Sixth Fleet in the Mediterranean in September 1950.

    Returning to Newport, she engaged in local operations and steamed south for plane-guard duty out of Pensacola, Florida. Following a second Mediterranean cruise, and a voyage to Nova Scotia, she entered the Boston Naval Shipyard in September 1952. The WOOD emerged on 3 June 1953 as a radar picket destroyer, redesignated as DDR-715. Subsequent operations along the U.S. coast, as well as in the Caribbean, included plane guarding and training operations. Overseas, she served as a radar picket with NATO forces in the Mediterranean. In April 1955, she was in the port of Volos, Greece, when the city suffered a series of earthquakes. She remained after the disaster and her crew rendered much needed aid to the quake’s victims.

    Mounting tensions in the Middle East precipitated an Israeli invasion of the Egyptian Sinai on 29 October 1956. In response, the WOOD hastened to the eastern Mediterranean in November to join Task Force 26 in helping to restore peace and order. The crisis eased, and the destroyer and her crew were back home for Christmas. They enjoyed relatively normal duty with the Atlantic Fleet until June 1958 and deployment in the Mediterranean. When fighting erupted in Lebanon, President Eisenhower sent U.S. Marines ashore and stationed Sixth Fleet ships offshore to support them. The men of the WOOD spent forty days from July to September patrolling the Lebanese coast.

    Over the next decade, the WOOD continued to alternate Sixth Fleet deployments with duty along the Atlantic coast and in the Caribbean. She had just returned from her tenth Mediterranean assignment in October 1962 when she was ordered to the Caribbean as part of the blockade of Cuba following the discovery of Soviet missile sites on the island. The WOOD was back in southern waters in February 1963 when Venezuelan communist insurgents hijacked the Venezuelan freighter, SS ANZOATEGUI. She joined ships from several navies in searching for the ship, but the terrorists eluded capture, gaining political asylum in a Brazilian port.

    The WOOD underwent her FRAM conversion in the spring of 1964 at the Philadelphia Naval Shipyard. On 1 March 1965, she was redesignated DD-715 and headed back to Norfolk as an all-purpose destroyer. Her post-overhaul refresher training was interrupted by the call to duty when a revolution broke out in the Dominican Republic on 24 April 1965. She hastened to the scene of the conflict to protect foreign nationals caught in the middle and to support the multinational expeditionary force dispatched to the island by the Organization of American States. During her coastal patrol, the WOOD evacuated thirteen foreigners, including some Americans, and transferred them to the PAWCATUCK (AO-108) for transport to safety. The following day, she was relieved from patrol duty and returned to her training.

    Over the next eight years, the WOOD alternated deployments with the Sixth Fleet and normal duty sailing out of Norfolk with the Atlantic Fleet. Operating with the antisubmarine warfare forced in 1968, she joined the unsuccessful search for the nuclear attack submarine SCORPION. In 1969 and 1970, she was in the Mediterranean, shadowing two Soviet ships, MOSKVA and LENINGRAD, to gather intelligence on the new hermaphrodite cruiser/ASW carrier. In 1972, the destroyer embarked on an extended assignment with the Sixth Fleet. She was home ported in Athens, Greece, for nearly three years. In addition to routine training operations, in 1974, she was on continuous patrol in the waters around Crete during the Turkish invasion of Cyprus.

    The WILLIAM M. WOOD’s career ended on 1 December 1976 when she was placed out of commission at Norfolk. Stripped of all usable equipment and materials, she was sold for scrap in 1977.


    Hodges, Hoekstra run for village president.

    PENTWATER — Two village residents, Jeffrey Allen Hodges and Daniel D. Hoekstra, Sr. are running in Tuesday’s general election, Nov. 8, for the office of Pentwater Village president, which was vacated by long-time Village President Juanita Pierman. Pierman is running for a seat on the council among five candidates for three open spots in the non-partisan election.

    Also running for three council seats are Michelle Angell-Powell, Pamela Burdick, Dan Nugent and Don Palmer.

    OCP sent questionnaires to the two Pentwater Village president candidates.

    Occupational history:
    Retired from General Motors with 33 years seniority in 2009. I rose to the position of Senior Die Set Supervisor. After GM, my wife and I opened Silver Hills Antiques at Gustafson’s. We have been operating for eight years.

    Military Service:
    US Navy, 1975-1977 Seaman Signalman E-3, assigned to USS Pawcatuck, AO-108.

    Educational background:
    Graduated from Catholic Central in Grand Rapids, 1974.
    Graduated with an associate’s degree in business from Davenport College
    General Motors certificates in team building, supervision school, and leadership training.

    Memberships, elected positions, community activity:
    Current: Pentwater Village Council, five years.
    Vice chairman planning commission
    Present chairman of buildings and grounds, personnel committee, ordinance committee
    Former chairman of the ordinance committee.
    Pentwater Chamber of Commerce, two years, treasurer one year.
    Member of: Pentwater Service Club, Pentwater Historical Society, Chamber of Commerce, attend First Baptist Church in Pentwater.

    Are you originally from this area? If not, when and why did you move here?

    My wife, Lin, and I live in the village home of her deceased parents, which they purchased in 1965. I started coming to Pentwater in 1993. After retiring from General Motors in 2009, I moved to Pentwater permanently and we opened Silver Hills Antiques at Gustafson’s. We love this village and have embraced the warmth of the community.

    What is the job of the president of the Village of Pentwater?

    It’s the privilege of the president to represent and work with the greater village community: which includes full- and part-time residents, civil workers, business owners, law enforcement and state agencies. If elected as president, I will listen to, respond to, and advocate for the needs of this diverse population. I will work steadfastly with leaders and community members to maintain the heritage and integrity of the village, while embracing its changing landscape. The office mandates that the president assigns committees and sets the agenda for the village council.

    What is the greatest challenge that you see for Pentwater in the next five years?

    Our community will be facing the challenges of maintaining and improving the infrastructure of our streets, sidewalks, sewer and water systems within our budget. Creating affordable and quality living accommodations for seniors is imperative. As I have served in the past, I will be committed to making Pentwater safe and welcoming for all. Other challenges will be the fiscal responsibility of dredging, the park system, and supporting our police department. I’m excited about the prospect of serving as village president. I have a passion for the welfare of this dynamic, enchanting village and want to lead Pentwater into the future.

    Hodges did not respond to OCP’s multiple requests for candidate information.


    Pawcatuck AO-108 - History

    Off the very Volcanic region of Sicily
    Just before heading home

    The volcano "Stromboli" is shown on the video of USS Rigel in section 8 of this presentation.

    Stromboli (Sicilian: Stròmbuli, Greek: ΣτρογγύληStrongulē) is a small island in the Tyrrhenian Sea, off the north coast of Sicily, containing one of the three active volcanoes in Italy . It is one of the nine Aeolian Islands, a volcanic arc north of Sicily. This name is a corruption of the Ancient Greek name Strongulē which was given to it because of its round swelling form. The island has a population of between 400 and 850. The volcano has erupted many times, and is constantly active with major eruptions, often visible from many points on the island and from the surrounding sea, giving rise to the island's nickname "Lighthouse of the Mediterranean". A significant geological feature of the volcano is the Sciara del Fuoco ("Stream of fire"), a big horseshoe-shaped depression generated in the last 13,000 years by several collapses on the north western side of the cone.

    USS Yellowstone AD-41 Click Image
    During the Gulf
    War the destroyer tender Yellowstone (AD 41) was deployed to provide logistic requirements
    of a sustained naval presence, Based in the Red Sea port of Jeddah, Saudi Arabia.

    USS John F. Kennedy CV-67 Click Image
    Pawcatuck (AO-108) refueling John F. Kennedy (CVA-67) and Dewey (DLG-14), 13 July 1969, Mediterranean Sea.
    This was Big John's maiden deployment. US Navy photo (CVA 67-2124-7-69 13 July 1969) by PH2 Weaver.





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