USS Magoffin (APA-199) Notable cruises and memorable events

 

WORLD WAR II

 

"Landing at Okinawa. Crossing Equator. Being in a few typhoons." Wilton Schanzenbach

"To Guadalcanal January 45, Okinawa April 45, Tokyo Bay Sept 45." Jean Noel

"Invasion of Okinawa and the typhoon. Merble Bellin

"Occupation of Japan and Okinawa." Jim Ford

"First cruise to Pearl Harbor, then from the Aleutians to the South Pacific. New Caledonia, Guadalcanal, Tokyo Bay for the signing of end of war. A great experience in my young life." James Mozis

"Landing training in the Russell Islands. Typhoon of 1945. Leyte, Evo, and Okinawa, putting part of Second Marine Div. ashore. Fast education for a country boy." Gwindon Sharp

"Invasion ofDkinawa, seeing Nagasaki after atom-bombing," Guy Johnson

"First trip to the South Pacific to New Caledonia. Side trip to Shanghai and Tsingtsao after war. Invasion of Dkinawa. Sailing into Tokyo Bay Sept. 45." George Macioce

"Invasion of Okinawa - the typhoon." Robert Olson

"Pulling into Tokyo Bay." Billy Huston

"New Caledonia, Florida and RussellIslands, Ulithi,Guam, Eniwetok, Leyte, Shanghai, Yokohama. Invasion of Okinawa, early occupation of Japan." Wallace Wilhelm

 

 

KOREAN WAR ERA

 

"Passage to Freedom tour (Vietnam). Show the flag thru straits of Japan. Burial at sea of a Marine pilot (Korea)." William Betz

"Shimonaseki Straits and Hong Kong (so-called R & R). Trying to keep enough people sober in order to get underway from Hong Kong." Vern Bidinger

"Landing troops in Korea under a smokescreen, and an evacuation in Korea. R & R in Hong Kong and Kyoto." Dave Engelmann

"WestPac cruise to Yokosuka, Nagoya, Beppo, and Sasebo, Japan. Naha, Okinawa, Subic Bay & Manila, and Hong Kong. Two weeks SP duty in Hong Kong, and living with the British sailors at HMS Tamar in Victoria, Hong Kong. Our Skipper, Capt Iffrig, was an ex-tin can skipper, and the handled the Magoffin like it was a tin can." Morris Goldberg

"Evacuation of refugees from Hanoi to Saigon." Bob Henderson

"Broke my right leg while 'on duty.' Eventually received a pseudo 'Purple Heart. Charles Jardine

"Evacuating Vietnamese civilians from north to south. When Korean truce was signed. A fine ship and crew." Gordon Nass

"First trip to Korea. Task Force 77- Wonsan, Korea. Transporting refugees from Haiphong to Saigon." Willis Anson

"To Korea from San Diego, July 52, came home Dec. 52. To Korea from San Diego Aug. 53, back Oct. 53. Duty at Inchon, '52; mock invasion at Wonsan, '52; liberty at Pusan '52. Bringing Army troops home to San Francisco, "53." Bud Church

"Korea. Vietnam to evacuate refugees. Dick Dickenson

"West Pac. Enjoyed my tour very much." Phil Gronvold

"Plank owners' party in Japan, Hong Kong, mock invasion on Korea. How nice people were to us in Japan. "Charles Krebbs

"Collision at sea, off California coast." Kenneth Martin

"Trip to Japan 1951. Every day was like a three-ring circus. Was acting Chief Engineer for about 3 months." Richard Phares

"1954 WestPac; spent approx 3 months in Haiphong." Harold Reece

"Three trips across Pacific with troops; one trip with ammo to Formosa." Thomas Ward "Wonson feint. Touring Seoul. Storm off N. Japan on way to Hokaido. Also when the Captain ran the ship into the dock at Inchon. "Chuck Whiteley

"WestPac deployment. 'Operation Passage to Freedom' evacuation of refugees from North to South Vietnam." Ralph Freese

"Operation Hardtack. Nuclear weapons test May '58. Bought a pickup load of live king crabs at Kodiak for $1.00 each; boiled and froze for crew for delivery in 'Dago." Thomas Maxwell

"Hong Kong. Trip to Korean port of Inchon." RM. Miller

"Hong Kong. They were all memorable events for a country boy from Alabama." James Pittman

"Two cruises to Korea." Ren Renfro

"'Passage to Freedom.' Mock invasion of Okinawa; visit to Hiroshima, Nagasaki, and Tiger Balm Gardens." Paul Andress

"First trip overseas (Aug. '53) . First day aboard, and first shore patrol duty (Tourane) DaNang. Realize now how much closer former shipmates have become." Bill Berglin

"Hong Kong Express- 6 weeks R & R for Philippine-stationed Army and Air Force; Japan inland sea. Towing collision at sea with Calvert (I was Jr. OOD). Plane crash into destroyer off Pendleton. Yard period in Bremerton, Wash.- 2 months of rain. One great E.O.., one good, one rotten C.O. in 3 years." Allan Frank

"Nothing unusual. First boarding of "Maggie'." Bill Larsen

"Iwo Jima, Marlex. Many trips to and from Korea. Good will cruise to Japanese ports. Brought back Korean combat vets Sept 53." Jerry Montgomery

"Going downriver from Stockton to yard in SanFran; Korea & Hong Kong. Using Capt. Moore's shotgun to shoot traps when he finished." Sam Rubin

"LTJG Mike McCormack and I were sent for 3 months' temporary duty on the staff of ComTransDiv 13, first on USS Calvert (AP A-32) and then on USS George Clymer (APA-27). It was interesting but not very pleasant. We missed the Hong Kong trip, but when we returned to Magoffin found there was plenty of 'Hong Kong merchandise' always on sale. We blessed Capt. Moore for writing to Commodore Hurd to release us so that we could return home with our ship. The Maggie looked like heaven when we came back to her. She was a great ship, with a splendid crew, and a fine Skipper. I also remember our first passage West in March, 51, loaded with troops; the engines broke down temporarily, and we lay rolling in the trough. Capt. Moore sent his orderly to get his carbine, and took potshots at floating junk. A rumor spread among the troops that the Skipper was executing the man responsible for the engine breakdown (but all the Black Gang survived.)" Les Wilson

The day the Capt. came on the IMC to announce the loss of his canary bird. Suspect a Slc called Toad Lawson let it loose. Jack Bagg

"Goodwill tour of all back ports in Japan; Passage to Freedom, Vietnam " William Smith

I was in the 1st Div and in charge of the deck crew. Our leading PO was a Chief, nice fellow, 6'2", dark hair; can't remember his name. One time we were letting out the anchor, and the last 50(?) fathoms are always painted yellow. The Warrant Officer (Bosn Dominy) was asking why the anchor chain is painted. (It is yellow as a warning to start slowing down the chain going out.) Our Chief looked at him and told him to go to his quarters because he didn't know much about the ship. Another time on shakedown training we had a landing craft hanging over the side, and a steadying line broke; the Chief and I quickly made a long splice of the line so it would pass thru the fairlead blocks for lowering the boat. At one time we set a record in time for lowering all small craft. Another memorable event was that one night I was going up to the Radio Shack to see if I had any word on the birth of my son. Just before entering the Radio Room a door opened and there stood our skipper, Capt Moore. We talked awhile and then he asked me why I was up there. I told him that I was waiting for a radiogram from my wife on the birth of my son; he said "well so am I, so lets both of us go in. Another time we had just left Pusan after dropping off the Air Force combat engineers, and we picked up a group of Marines who had just come off the Chosin Reservoir area.. For his recreation the Captain would have some of the mess cooks throw large empty cans overboard at the bow, and he would shoot at them from the bridge wing with his carbine. One day while the combat Marines were lounging around on #2 hatch covers, the Captain opened up, and the Marines were scattering and hiding under anything. Someone ran up to the Captain and told him what was going on; he got on the P A and apologized to the Marines. Our Captain was a very good Skipper and we all thought very highly of him. "Donald Schirmer

"My special friends were: BT's Parker, Jensen, Williams, Wiley, Walker, and Veverka; EN's Baer, Maroney, Dickerson, Anson; MM's Johnson and Carniglia; and Stafford and Hellman. "Joseph Alan Bogard

 

 

WESTPAC AND VIETNAM

 

"Storms at sea, coastal patrol of South Vietnam, GQ at various times. WestPac was hard, many storms and spending a lot of time in Vietnam." Joe Petruzzi

"WestPac 67-68 was Magoffin's last deployment and my first WestPac. Operation Schoolhouse (Philippines); oftloading Marines at DaNang; amphibious assault exercise at Camranh Bay. We spent approx. 6 months at Richmond (Calif) Shipyard; during that period the workers went on strike. Thus most of the work was done by Ship's Company - long hard hours." Lester Stevenson

Liberty ports, and typhoon in South China Sea. Enjoyed loading and unloading operations, running yard and stay." Bradley Robertson.

Troop landing in DaNang." William Calvert

"Yokosuka, Sasebo, Subic Bay, Corregidor, Hong Kong, Hawaii. Magoffin was a good ship - at the time I didn't think it was." Theodore Jones

"Landing troops, bombs, tanks in Vietnam. Steamed in circles for 56 days straight (Tonkin Gulf 1964)" Bruce Melsha

"Three trips to Vietnam. Delivered schoolhouses in the Philippines. Delivered 'Korean Tigers' to Vietnam. I was one of the last crew off the Magoffin before retiring her to mothballs. Got off in San Diego before she went to Long Beach." Jerry Muhlbach

"Crossing International Date Line. Hong Kong was nice. " William Powell

"Christmas Island; Eniwetok A-bomb test. " Dusty Rhodes

"All WestPac cruises were notable. Serving as 'hotel' for Marines and Seabees in DaNang. Loading of Tiger Division, Korean Army, and delivering them to Vietnam. Leo Ayers

"I was on the last crew. The ship returned fromWesPac December 1967 and went into mothballs in April 1968. I departed 2 weeks before the decommissioning ceremony." Dan Mullen

"During my tour aboard, my CO's were: Nickolas Ducas, John A. Heath, and l Hughes. The XO was Cdr Melchor. Chief Engineer was LT Gary Huntsman. The ship was based in Long Beach. We had several interesting experiences worthy of note: A cold weather operation landing Marines in Alaska; operated as decon ship for atomic bomb testing in Eniwetok; immediately following that, proceeded to Japan for regular deployment. While on deployment operated in China seas during Quemoy-Matsu fracas with China & Formosa.. Subsequently went to Hong Kong as evac ship for select US & foreigners in the event of China invasion; we were only US ship in port for nearly 3 weeks, During Lebanon crisis, Magoffin loaded Marines at Okinawa, moved to Subic for fuel, ammo & stores, and headed to Singapore, thence to Persian Gulf. After the situation cleared up, returned to Singapore to install air conditioners in crew's & officers' quarters & living spaces. After these operations, returned to Long Beach, having spent in excess of 320 days away. Shipyard in San Pedro amid much humid toxic fumes, smog, & shipyard delays," "During the Lebanon crisis CAPT l. A. Heath was Task Group Commander; the force consisted of 4 APA's;, 2 AKA's, 3 DD's and 1 AO." Ray Seabaugh

"I have heard from one of the kids who worked for me on the ship, thanks to the newsletter. It made me feel real good that he called. "Ross Sakers

"So glad to have learned of the existence of the Association. I have lots of memories of my 3 1/2 years aboard the 'Magoo" to share with anyone who wants to listen" Thomas Baglage

" I have very happy memories of the Magoffin; the one that sticks in my mind is that I put on a Chiefs hat in May of 61; I retired in Nov 67." Emery Ferguson

"One day in Vietnam I almost got shot. I was sleeping in guard duty boat at the pier on DaNang; a VC was getting ready to shoot me & my crew but a home guard shot him first." Harry Simpson