Hand Salute!

In 1967 while off the coast of Vietnam patrolling our sector with the carrier USS Kitty Hawk, we got a visit from the Admiral of Task Force 77, who was in charge of all ships in the group.

Here the picture, that was not taken by me, shows him being “piped” aboard after repelling down on to the Fantail from the helo. The helo from the Kitty Hawk is just ready to lift off the Fantail then to return when his visit is over.

The sailors rendering a hand salute are called “side boys”. All of these guys were my shipmates. I knew each one of them. Just what the Admiral wanted to see the Captain about I never knew. He was aboard a good hour and then left our Destroyer back to the Kitty Hawk.

Thanks for stopping by.


Published by Les

I am 75 yrs. young and now retired. I worked in the Machinist Trade for 24 yrs. Served in the US Navy with a Tour of Duty in Vietnam. Being retired I do enjoy Photography with my Nikon and Pentax Camera's, snooping around in Historic and Abandoned places, using my Scroll Saw, Reading, Travel, riding a bicycle on the many Trails that are around my area, and what-ever else will interest me at the time. Come with me and see where I go, where I have been, and my Life surviving Retirement.

4 thoughts on “ADMIRAL VISIT 1967

  1. This is the sort of story that should go into an archive, particularly with the photo! It doesn’t matter that you don’t have the minute detail. I bet someone else could add it. Thanks, Les!

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