USS Newport News CA-148 Naval Research - Deck Logs
"Thunder" USS Newport News CA-148 off North Vietnam October 1967 / image adapted from photo by John Glass  
 
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USS Newport News CA-148 off North Vietnam
( image from photo by John Glass October 1967 )

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USS Newport News CA-148 Deck Logs

Before returning to Vietnam to visit, I wanted to understand more about where in the north we had actually been in combat.  Patti and I traveled to the US National Archives site in College Park,  Maryland, outside Washington,  D. C.  I made advance arrangements to have the USS Newport News deck logs for 1967 and 1968 available for us.  We registered as researchers and spent most of the day scanning copies of log pages.

These are selected deck log pages from the first Vietnam tour in 1967 and 1968.  They include the first day she ever fired her guns in anger,  the POW capture,  and the days we received counter battery.  (Also included is New Year's Day when Ensign Howlett made his deck log entry in verse.)



Here is my approximate plot of possible POW capture locations, based on deck log data.

Counter battery dates were identified independently from OPNAV 1650 dates of eligibility for the Combat Action Ribbon and from the HOSTA Hostile Fire Data file.

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Notes about US National Archives visit

Notes about image preparation


 

1967-10-00

 

Monthly Cover Page

    
 

1967-10-09

Page 1

Thunder´s guns first "fired in anger"

 

 

Page 2

 

    
 

1967-10-11

Page 1

Counter Battery Date

 

 

Page 2

 

 

 

Page 3

 

    
 

1967-10-16

Page 1

Counter Battery Date

 

 

Page 2

 

 

 

Page 3

 

    
 

1967-10-18

Page 1

Counter Battery Date, HMAS Perth DDG-38 Hit

 

 

Page 2

 

 

 

Page 3

 

    
 

1967-10-22

Page 1

POW capture

 

 

Page 2

 

    
 

1967-10-23

Page 1

POW turnover

 

 

Page 2

 

    
 

1967-11-00

 

Monthly Cover Page

    
 

1967-11-06

Page 1

Counter Battery Date

    
 

1967-11-25

Page 1

Counter Battery Date

 

 

Page 2

 

    
 

1967-12-00

 

Monthly Cover Page

    
 

1967-12-03

Page 1

Counter Battery Date

 

 

Page 2

 

 

 

Page 3

 

    
 

1967-12-16

Page 1

Counter Battery Date

 

 

Page 2

 

 

 

Page 3

 

    
 

1967-12-18

Page 1

Counter Battery Date

 

 

Page 2

 

 

 

Page 3

 

    
 

1967-12-19

Page 1

Counter Battery Date

 

 

Page 2

 

    
 

1968-01-00

 

Monthly Cover Page

    
 

1968-01-01

Page 1

Deck Log in Verse

 

 

Page 2

 

    
 

1968-02-00

 

Monthly Cover Page

    
 

1968-02-03

Page 1

Counter Battery Date

 

 

Page 2

 

    
 

1968-02-29

Page 1

Counter Battery Date

 

 

Page 2

 

    
 

1968-03-00

 

Monthly Cover Page

    
 

1968-03-03

Page 1

Counter Battery Date

 

 

Page 2

 

    
 

1968-03-06

Page 1

Counter Battery Date

 

 

Page 2

 

    
 

1968-04-00

 

Monthly Cover Page

    
 

1968-04-16

Page 1

Counter Battery Date

 

 

Page 2

 

 

 

Page 3

 




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