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geraldberg

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Just wondering if any BMs from 74-76 remember the wooden decks and what it took to keep them up. Remember the Holystoning? I was in Second Div Deck Force, and recently found the LTjg who was in charge. Had a great time aboard the Rock.
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I was in 1st Division with BM1 Boback during that time. Holystoning with
the lye and the scraping was done every now and then. That was better
than working on that stupid anchor chain which was my first task once I
got on in Newport.
Paul5388

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This site and video (at the bottom of the page) may not be the Little Rock, but it should bring back some memories of holy stoning.

http://eugeneleeslover.com/VIDEOS/USS_Missouri_holystoning.html

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Bmccharlie

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Of course I remember Holy Stoning. I did it onboard the Uss Springfield, Uss Little Rock, and the Uss Fulton. On the Fulton we even came up with a "chant" as we scrubbed, does anyone remember it?
tiamark

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I was 2nd Div. Officer 1967-68 and this picture was taken on Little Rock of some of my guys holystoning during that time period. Nobody ever thought it was fun.

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badace1500

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Remember that well, 1973-1975 2nd division.
Artillery

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The following was posted by Gerald Bergeron, but was edited to correct some formatting errors that interfered with scrolling the Message Board. (Editor Art Tilley 02 Dec 2016)

"Came aboard in 1974. Was a seaman aboard the Little Rock. Was on the deck force, 2nd Div.  Our Division Officer was LTJG Musmanno.

Did most of the work in midsection.  GQ station was 6" magazine, and 6" turret. We kept the Rock looking good… painting, rope work, holystoning… all that kept her beautiful. Sure do miss the Rock.

Was aboard during the Suez reopening and left a few months before decommissioning.

How many others in 2nd division deck force remember holystoning the wooden decks? And also our trip through the Suez Canal reopening? Well I was a seaman for two and a half years in Gaeta, Italy until I transferred to the Stribling in 1976 or the first part of '77.  

Anyway, I remember my duty as helmsman.

While on the bridge I felt great during my recent trip to Buffalo to visit 'The Rock" . The only thing missing was the steering wheel.

My best friend was John Kalinowski. Hey 'Ski how you doing?  Looking forward to hearing from you.

Well I could go on and on…. putting up rat guards, and general quarters, away the golden fire parties. Remember that?

SN Gerald Bergeron 2nd div Bos'nmate 1974-1976"


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JHARRIS

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Just a note about the steering wheel. It is still aboard Little Rock, just not on the bridge.

It is in a display case in what used to be the ship's store just forward of the mess deck.

My first trip to the "Rock" after it opened in Buffalo, NY I noticed it wasn't the original wheel on

the bridge.

John Harris  1st Div. 1973-1975

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John, you won't believe this, but the Ship's Wheel has been moved again!  It now "resides" in the USS Little Rock Association's Museum compartment located on the 3rd deck, just aft of the Marines berthing compartment.

The "Wheel" is now more on the tour route than it was before, and it is located along with a lot of other items that the crew worked with from day-to-day. It's also positioned so it can be touched (but not turned).

If you happen to join us on our Annual Workparty next May, I'll be glad to show you where it is.

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JHARRIS

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Thanks for the information on where the wheel is located now. The photo that I posted was from 2009.

Thanks again,
John
dennjg13

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I have never seen the "wheel" in the picture.  I served on the Rock from 1961-1964 and that wheel was not there.  I came to the Rock for my 50th birthday in 1993
 and that wheel was not there.  I came to several reunions and that wheel was not there.  The only wheel I have seen is the "solid brass one".
If the wheel in the picture is really a Little Rock Wheel, when was it their?  I think the last reunion I attended was around 2002 or 03.  That would be 50 years of the solid brass one.
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Aaaaha... 

The "solid brass" wheel is still mounted on the bridge.

There are several photos on the Workparty Web Page that show the wheel you're referring to. Several of the pics can be expanded slightly by clicking on them. Here's the Workparty Website Page.

Hope this helps.

Art Tilley

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dennjg13

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I looked at the pictures and clicked on them Art but I am still at a loss.  When was the picture of the "Little Rock" wheel, with the handles, ever on the bridge and working?  Does anyone know?
dennjg13

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Could the wheel, with the handles, have been on CL-92?  It was never on CLG-4.  Does anyone know??????
geraldberg

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The wheel with the pegs was on the rock from 1974-76 I stood watch as helmsman and used it on the bridge. The round brass one I don't remember.
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