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Picture 76
Provided by Joseph Betters
Scanned from a March 1966 Plan Of The Day found in my attic.
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March 1966 scan of a POD

Picture 77
Provided by John Sams
The sub is under her own power entering Portsmouth, NH harbor.
I tried to enlarge the Prize Crew, but they are not in focus. Joe
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Another picture of the U-873 and Vance

Picture 78
Provided by Donald Walls
I thought you might like these pictures of the USS Vance. I was aboard the Vance during 1957 and 1959. These pictures are of the USS Vance during 1957.
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Vance underway in 1957

Picture 79
Provided by Donald Walls
I thought you might like these pictures of the USS Vance. I was aboard the Vance during 1957 and 1959.
These pictures are of the USS Vance during 1957.
Notice the date on the slide Apr. 1957.
I received this description Thursday, 14 October 1999, Joe.
I was transfered from the USS Kearsarge CVA 33 which was in Bremington Washington Naval Ship Yards being upgraded with an angle flight deck, steam catapults and a hurricane bow. The carrier was to be in dry dock for a long period of time and the crew was being reduced in size.
Myself and a number of my shipmates were transfered to Sandiego CA for recommissioning school. The entire crew of the Vance was at the school, they were transfered from different parts of the fleet. Mainly larger ships and shore duty. The school consisted of fire fighting, damage control and other basic ship duties. It lasted about two weeks. We were then all bussed to Vallejo CA ship yards were the Vance was being rebuilt from a DE to a DER. The picture I sent was taken at this time.
After completion the Vance was recommisioned as a DER. When we first went to sea just about all the crew got sea sick. There were buckets in all operating areas. Sea sickness was no excuse for not standing a watch. On our way to Seattle while operating the evaporators for the first time. There was a valve left open and before we knew it we ended up with about four inches of water in the crews compartment.
Seattle was our home port until we were transfered to Hawaii in Sept, 1958.
The larger color picture (#78) I sent was taken shortly after recommissioning.
Donald Walls BT3
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Vance in a yard slide date April 1957

Picture 80
Provided by Brian Spooner
Brian, remembers this coastal village, being struck with rockets from a US Navy ship.
Note: looks like we were pretty close inshore. Joe
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A coastal village under fire from the sea

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