want your pictures. Anything that has
anything to do with the USS Schenectady
--her crew, liberty ports, ship board activity
--any visual record you have of the "Skinny T"
and those who served aboard her: 1970-1993.
interest develops, we'll develop a "scuttlebutt" page for
stories, confirmed or otherwise, that involved the ship and crew.
first of them:
Tom... I was
reading the history of the U.S.S. Schenectady from
your website. On
page 9 it states
"For the rest of July, August and September,
SCHENECTADY prepared for her third Westpac
deployment. Then, on October 4, 1975 SCHENECTADY got
underway with other units of Phibron 7, including
USS JUNEAU (LPD 10), USS STERETT (DLG 31), USS ST.
LOUIS (LKA 116), USS BRISTOL COUNTY (LST 1198), USS
ALAMO (LSD 33) and USS CAYUGA (LST 1186). After the
usual stop in Pearl Harbor for a pre-deployment
conference, SCHENECTADY proceeded to Kwajalein,
Marshall Islands to load 4 house trailers as part of
an opportune lift. SCHENECTADY took these trailers
to Subic Bay, conducting underway replenishments
with USS MARS (AFS 1) and USS PASSUMPSIC (AO 107)
along the way. SCHENECTADY delivered these trailers,
then loaded Marines and their vehicles for transit
WHAT REALLY HAPPENED???
I was on that WESTPAC tour. The trailers mentioned
in the article never made it. We departed Guam
because typhoon June was heading our way.
June was the
strongest storm of the season, but had no effect on
land. At the time, June was the strongest
typhoon on record, with a minimum central pressure
of 876 millibars and maximum sustained winds of 185
At sea we lost
the trailers overboard. The old flat bottom boat
(ok ship) was rocking like hell!. "OPPORTUNE LIFT"
ha! These were admiral's "pleasure rooms". I don't
remember 4 trailers but I do remember that we lost
some trailers. I have a photo of the bow hitting a
huge wave with a caption "beginning of typhoon
June". The photo was shot from the bridge. I was a
quartermaster. That night was when we lost the