USS Morton DD-948

Your US Navy in port.  Notice there are at least four destroyers "nested" together here.  Also notice the Coast Guard cutters on the right.  They were in Vietnam too.

Your US Navy in port. Notice there are at least four destroyers “nested” together here. Also notice the Coast Guard cutters on the right. They were in Vietnam too.  I think this is in Subic Bay, Philippines.

Swift Boat comes to visit

Swift Boat comes to visit

USS New Jersey in the distance.

USS New Jersey in the distance.  Battleships carried 18″ guns as their main armament.  She had 5′ and 3′ guns also.  Huge amount of firepower right here.

USS New Jersey coming alongside.

USS New Jersey coming alongside.  18″ guns.

A view of the twin 3" gun mount.

A view of the twin 3″ gun mount.  There were two of these mounts aboard.

View of 3" gun mount from above.  These were manually fed at the mount.

View of 3″ gun mount from above. These were manually fed at the mount.

Another view of the 3" gun mount.  Gunners sat exposed to hostile fire and the elements.

Another view of the 3″ gun mount. Gunners sat exposed to hostile fire and the elements.

Mount 53

Mount 53 located on the fantail.  Gunners sat inside.  These mounts were loaded from the magazine and fed by a carrier system.  Each mount could have up to six rounds in the air at the same time.  We had three of these.

5" gun sending a little fire support to the Marines in northern South Vietnam.

5″ gun sending a little fire support to the Marines in northern South Vietnam.  There were times when we would fire all night long and all day as well.  We would have to re-supply every week or more often if there was a strong push.  We operated from DaNang to the DMZ providing fire support for the 3rd Marine Expeditionary Unit.  Notice how close to shore we often operated.  Three times we went up rivers to get closer to the action.

Waiting our turn at the gas pump.  Ahead of us is a carrier, an oiler and another destroyer.

Waiting our turn at the gas pump. Ahead of us is a carrier, an oiler and another destroyer.

A view of the sea conditions between a supply ship and the USS Morton while preparing for "Unrep", underway Replenishing supplies and fuel.

A view of the sea conditions between a supply ship and the USS Morton while preparing for “Unrep”, underway Replenishing supplies and fuel.

Fuel hose coming aboard from an oiler.  This is the way we refueled underway.

Fuel hose coming aboard from an oiler. This is the way we refueled underway.

Fill her up please, and wash the windows.  Taking on fuel.

Fill her up please, and wash the windows. Taking on fuel.  The Chinook helicopter was used to carry supplies to the larger ships.  We seldom received supplies this way but did a time or two.

High Lining from ship to ship.  I did this from oiler to the Maddox who transported me to DaNang.

High Lining from ship to ship. I did this from oiler to the Maddox who transported me to DaNang.

Powder cases coming aboard.  We would take on a new pallet about every three minutes.  All cases had to be removed and carried away in that time.

Powder cases coming aboard. We would take on a new pallet about every three minutes. All cases had to be removed and carried away in that time.

Powder cases being delivered.  We used a lot of them while off-shore.

Powder cases being delivered. We used a lot of them while off-shore.

Moving powder cases from the weatherdeck to the mess deck until it could be carried to the magazine.

Moving powder cases from the weather deck to the mess deck below until it could be carried to the magazine.

5" powder cases containing brass "shell" stacked waiting to be carried below.

5″ powder cases containing brass “shell” stacked waiting to be carried below.

Manhaindling powder cases on the weatherdeck.

Manhandling powder cases on the weather deck.

The mess deck under normal mealtime conditions.

The mess deck under normal mealtime conditions.

Mess deck piled high with powder cases waiting to be carried below to the magazine.

Mess deck piled high with powder cases waiting to be carried below to the magazine.  This is just a portion of the amount we would take on at each re-supply.

Bringing ammunition aboard along the main deck.  5" shell, a gift to the VC from the USA.

Bringing ammunition aboard along the main deck. 5″ shell, a gift to the VC from the USA.

Bringing ammunition into the ship to be carried below to the magazine.  Aboard ship, your life depends on every hand being able to do his job well.

Bringing ammunition into the ship to be carried below to the magazine. Aboard ship, your life depends on every hand being able to do his job well.

Bringing ammunition down the ladder toward the magazine.

Bringing ammunition down the ladder toward the magazine.

Storing powder in the magazine.  See the projectiles in the background.  My berthing area was directly above this area.

Storing powder in the magazine. See the projectiles in the background. My berthing area was directly above this area.

Berthing area.  Our area was about twenty by twenty feet.  Thirty two men lived here.

Berthing area. Our area was about twenty by twenty feet. Thirty two men lived here.

Another view of the berthing area.

Another view of the berthing area.  My rack was directly under the forward gun mount and against the starboard hull.  I could feel the metal give with the waves.  The gentle swishing sound of the water lulled me to sleep most nights.  Other nights the constant fire from the gun made for an entirely different experience.

Looking down into the IC Room where I worked.  Taken before I arrived on board.  I don't know who this is.

Looking down into the IC Room where I worked. Taken before I arrived on board. I don’t know who this is.

Battle stations.  I was in Damage Control Central.

Battle stations. I was in Damage Control Central.

Tommy Yarborough, MM1.  A good friend I have lost track of and cannot find.

Tommy Yarborough, MM1. A good friend I have lost track of and cannot find.

Playing volleyball on the fantail.  If you look closely you can see the rope on the tether ball we used.  Not much room.

Playing volleyball on the fantail. If you look closely you can see the rope on the tetherball we used. Not much room.

Depth charge explosion

Depth charge explosion

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.     Depth charge explosion Video

Fifty caliber machine gun used for close in support.

Fifty caliber machine gun used for close in support.

In dry dock in Subic Bay, Phillipines.  We hit something submerged and damaged our starboard propeller and had to limp into port from South Vietnam.

In dry dock in Subic Bay, Philippines. We hit something submerged and damaged our starboard propeller and had to limp into port from South Vietnam.

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"Jeepnie" in Olongapo City, Philippines.  They cost 25c to ride from the gate to the end of town or back.  Many crazy stories here.

“Jeepnie” in Olongapo City, Philippines. They cost 25c to ride from the gate to the end of town or back. Many crazy stories here.

View of Hong Kong from Victoria Peak.  We rented a car and drove up here.  They drive on the left.  That was an experience.

View of Hong Kong from Victoria Peak. We rented a car and drove up here. They drive on the left. That was an experience.

Another view of Hong Kong from Victoria Peak.

Another view of Hong Kong from Victoria Peak.  Hong Kong was the most interesting place I have ever been.  It was completely open, foreign, foreboding, and welcoming all at the same time.

Hong Kong from the harbor.

Hong Kong from the harbor.  I visited here three times I think.  Twice on the hospital ship Repose.  Many stories from here as well.  I liked to go to the Out Of Bounds area.  It was more exciting.

Just sitting and relaxing, watching the world go by.  Notice the angle of the horizon and that the sea is calm.  Destroyers live within the waves and feel a part of the sea.

Just sitting and relaxing, watching the world go by. Notice the angle of the horizon and that the sea is calm. Destroyers live within the waves and feel a part of the sea.


Comments

USS Morton DD-948 — 8 Comments

  1. Larry & family,
    Have a blessed Christmas and Happy New Year to you and yours. I may have missed your response to my last. But, send again.
    Roy & family

    • Charlie:
      Glad you enjoyed it. Have you been to any of the reunions or visited the Morton website? There is a lot of information out there if you are interested. Fair winds and following seas to you.

  2. I was on that cruise. I was IC FN and made IC 3 before I transferred. I have some pictures of you sleeping while on watch in the IC Room. Contact me. Roy

    • Roy:
      I remember you well. I relied heavily on you and Mike Brown to make our shop run smoothly. You were a very good tech and a good hand. Have you kept in touch with Mike? I should like to visit again with him as well. I will update my website again now that we are back where we have internet access. Please email me a copy of the picture and I will post it and please email me with an update on your times since we parted.

    • Tim:
      I am glad you found my website then. Have you visited the Morton website? It is I bought a disk there with about 1500 photos on it. I am not sure if it was from the ships store link or from Al Creasy who does the monthly newsletter. Please contact me by email at: larry@wagontracks.com if you need any more information.
      Larry

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