Fuel Barge at Subic

DE 387 Destroyer Escort
WDE 487 Coast Guard Destroyer Escort
DER 387 Destroyer Escort Radar Picket

The Fuel Barge
Reformatted for this page.

You bet you can use my note. So far I have had no luck finding any other guys I served with on the other 2 ships I was on. Maybe 1 or 2 might look into Military.com
If you don't mind, I just thought of a little tale....

One of the times we were in Subic, (on Vance) we were to recieve fuel from a barge. Well, the onloading fuel crew (I was part of it) decided to go to lunch on base. We kind of forgot to go back (after several pitchers of beer) & were ordered back to the ship because it was time to take on fuel.

We were all $%^#faced, & so, the next thing we knew, We had diesel fuel flowing out of the sounding tubes all over the decks.

I can not remember who it was, M-Div officer or chief, but they were MAD!

That crew introduced me to the fun & games in Olonopo. I went back to Subic as a PSNS worker in '78 & 79 to change out diesel boat batteries.

God I miss that place!!

When I was on Higgbee We went aground in Subic Bay leaving for Taiwan (this time I really wanting to leave), Six more weeks in Subic drydock, oh.well. Took all night to pull us off a sandbar. Sonar Dome & 1 screw was damaged. CO was relieved aftr that little mistake.

Talk later...Tom Hess

Another note from Tom

I noticed that Duane Buamgarter submitted a picture of M-Div in Keelung, Taiwan, dated April 14, 1969. I have the same picture on My wall. Position 16.(?). is ME!!

I served on the Vance at the start & end of that deployment almost out of bootcamp I was first on the Fletcher DD-445 for 2 weeks heading to Viet Nam where they wanted to make me a BT. Which wasn't on My mind!

But thanks to my recuriter who failed to tell me about guaranteed schooling, I went to the fleet. But thanks to God, they some how discovered that I was not supposed to be on DD-445, but on DER 387!!

They flew me from Midway back to Pearl, I reported to Vance as a FA. After returning from Westpac, Vance was slated for De-Act & I was transfered to the Nereus AS-17 in San Diego. Since as I was a undesignated striker (FN) I was assigned to E-DIV, Got My A school for EM & left AS-17 & the Navy when it was De-Commed as EM2.

But do to no work, after a year I went back in the Navy as a EM2 & made a westpac with Higbee DD-806. Two more years in , was enough for me & swore I would not have anything to do with the Navy again. But guess what?, I retired 2 years ago from Puget Sound Naval Shipyard after 33 years as a Production shop planner Electrician.

The Navy was the best thing that could of happened to me. I am going to look through some old pictures of Vance days & maybe post them on the site.

I hope I did'nt bore You with this life story, but I feel like the Vance was actually the start of my career for the Dept of the Navy.

V/R Tom Hess

Anyone remember the barge incident? Let us know contact for more information.

Return to Stories TOC ~ Back to Tom's entry

Comments / Questions
for more information.

Sign Vance's Logbook

Bridge ~ Top of Page ~ Photos ~ Stories ~ Facts ~ Web Cams ~

reunion banner