The Heritage Committee reaches out to former Supply Corps officers to gather "sea stories". The first article in this endeavour is by RADM (ret) Robert Phillips. RADM Phillips gives a fascinating account of the Navy Supply Corps involvement in DaNang, Vietnam during the Vietnam War in the excerpt below:
"To understand the Navy Supply Corps involvement in the "I" corps (the five Northern Provinces of VietNam) Tactical Zone, one needs to go back to the events which occurred in the 1968 Lebanon Crisis.
An oversimplified version is that the USMC was sent in to assist the Lebanese government and they were to secure the airport. The USMC WWII experiences were not of a garrison variety but rather to take control by an amphibious landing, secure the island, and move on to the next island. In Beirut they quickly landed and secured the airport but over the following months it became apparent that they did not have a sustainable system for getting logistical support from the waterfront to the troops."
Read the entire story here.
Photos courtesy of RADM (ret) Phillips
Letter to the Editor
A couple of items gained my attention in The Oakleaf ~ Summer Issue. One was the article by Frank (as we knew him back then} PEFFLEY and the other about Eugene MILLER. The November 8, 1945 date stood out in the Miller article (page 20}. It turns out we were in the same Battalion at Ft. Schuyler but different Companies. I am enclosing his "yearbook" photo, the 11/8/45 Graduation Exercises program and Phil Luft's description of our 4 month experience transforming us from Apprentice Seamen to Ensigns! In late October 1945, both of us and others received orders to report, after Ft. Schuyler, to the NSOTC in Bayonne for duty under instruction. I don't recall the short stretch in Bayonne before receiving (along with a number of other recently-minted Ensigns, SC USNR) 2/5/46 orders to report to the Harvard Business School for again--duty under instruction. We would be part of HBS' first post-WWII MBA class. It was there that my acquaintance with retired Captain Peffley began. After graduating from HBS in the Fall of 1947, he, I and others (see photo} had a hasty 2-1/2 weeks "refreshment in Supply Corps duties afloat" in Bayonne (see photo) before receiving orders to sea. Frank to the 00819 and I to the A0-15.
Sincerely, David A. Nimick (Former LT, SC, USN)