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The Strauss under Fire

Listen to an actual recording of Mt. 51 on a gunline mission off the coast of Vietnam 1970

Strauss mentioned in Newsweek article


Vietnam-era, exact date unknown.


 

  "In its campaign to interrupt North Viet Nam's flow of arms and men to the Communist troops in the South, the U.S. possesses a large arsenal of tactics and weaponry as yet unused against Hanoi. Last week the U.S. introduced three new forms of military pressure against the enemy's supply lines.

 This was the response to the Communist use of the Tet holiday truce last month to funnel some 25,000 tons of war materiel southward. Each of the three new moves was carefully tailored for a specific and precise military mission.
 


 NAVAL BOMBARDMENT


 

  Until last week the U.S. Seventh Fleet, patrolling the Gulf of Tonkin, was authorized to fire only on shore batteries that fired first on them or on radar stations tracking U.S. ships for targeting purposes. Other coastal targets—roads, trucks, trains, SAM missile sites—have been taken care of by the fleet's fighter-bombers, whose activity is drastically curtailed during the monsoon month of  March. Last week Navy guns attacked those North Vietnamese targets as well.

  The guided-missile destroyer U.S.S. Joseph Strauss opened up with 5-in. guns that lob 54-lb. shells [Actually 70-pound high-explosive projectiles] from ten to 14 miles. Two minutes  later, the guided-missile cruiser U.S.S. Canberra began firing its eight-inchers, whose 260-lb. shells carry 17 miles.

 The decision to use naval shelling will likely turn March from the safest to the crudest month for the Communists.  The fire-directional-control computers on U.S. warships make Navy guns the most accurate conventional weapons available."
 

 Photos of the 1980 Rescue  of the Vietnamese refugees

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Admiral Layman


 
In Memory of one of the early captains of our ship the USS Joseph Strauss DDG 16

Commanding Officer

July

1, 1967-August 16, 1969



Rear Admiral Lawrence Layman
October 28, 1930 - January 20, 2018


Obituary

Our father, Rear Admiral Lawrence Layman passed away on
Saturday, January 20, 2018 in his sleep at home in McLean, VA. The Admiral served our nation for over 40 years in the United States Navy; in Korea, Vietnam, and Europe. Lawrence was a decorated veteran who loved this country and his family. He was a warrior, a man of character, and a leader of men. Lawrence was our hero and rock whose wisdom and judgement shaped all our lives.

He was born on October 28,1930 in Leclede County, Missouri, son of Archibald and Zoe (Hoke) Layman.
Lawrence is proceeded in heaven by his parents, his sister, Alice (Layman) Roam, and his beloved wife, Carmen Elizabeth (Meyer) Layman.

He is survived by his children, Linda Layman-Peterson, Lawrence II (Deena Geesey), Harry Arthur (Patti), and John Robert (Cyndi Fillmore), 11 grandchildren, and 14 great-grandchildren.

We await Dad's final resting place at Arlington National Cemetery, next to his beloved wife, our mother, Carmen.

Decorations

Distinguished Service Medal, Defense Superior Service medal with oak leaf cluster, Legion of Merit with Gold Star, Bronze Star with combat V, Meritorious Service medal.

Education

Bachelor of Science, United States Naval Academy, 1952. Master of Science in International Affairs, George Washington University, 1972.

Career

Commissioned ensign, United States Navy, 1952; advanced through grades to rear admiral, United States Navy, 1979; service to Korea and Vietnam deputy commander, Naval Telecommunications Command, 1978-1979;director command, control and communications systems, United States European Command, 1979-1981, vice director, Defense Communications Agency, Washington, 1981-1983; director, Naval Communications, Washington, 1983-1986; director space command and control, Office Chief Naval Operations, Washington, 1986-1989; retired, Office Chief Naval Operations, Washington, 1989.

 May He Rest in Peace

 


 

This space is reserved for shipmates and their spouses. Please email information to  Ray Berilla at webmaster @ussjosephstrauss.org.

 

BINNACLE LIST/PRAYER LIST

 We all know of the power of prayer, each in our own way, during serious illnesses, loss of loved ones, and hard times.So we ask each of the STRAUSS shipmates to include in a special prayer for the complete recovery either physically or emotionally of our shipmates and/or family members from their present suffering. 

Please remember them in your prayers.

---Please submit binnacle/prayer requests to Ray Berilla, or our chaplain Bill Parker. The names will remain on the list for one month unless cancelled or extended by request


 

Send your email messages of

support to our troops:

 

 During past military U.S. operations, service members overseas have received messages of support from back home via letters addressed to "Any service member." Due to the increased security this program has been suspended and replaced with an email system.

    These letters are important morale boosters to those who are stationed far from home and often risking their lives on a daily basis.

      E-mailed messages can be sent 24 hours a day. Selected e-mails will be published in the military overseas newspaper, the "Stars and Stripes." Please take time to send some "e-support" to our service personnel and let them know how much their sacrifices are appreciated!

 Barry Coombs

 1st Lt/Comm

 

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Pollywogs and Shellbacks will appreciate the new collection of Strauss pictures from 1969 donated by Fred Clark. Don't know which one you are? Click Here to find out.

 

 

 

   

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Join us in Annapolis, Maryland for the

2018 USS Joseph Strauss Reunion.

Wednesday October 24 to Sunday October 28, 2018

Details will be in the Spring issue of the Fleet Fox newsletter It will have the registration form, the itinerary and other details. Feel free to print the entire newsletter or just the registration form.

  

 

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NOTICE!  

Vietnam ship's logs now available!

     We are happy to report that the USS Joseph Strauss Association now has in its possession a complete set of the deck logs from our tour of duty in Vietnam. The deck logs were acquired from the National Archives in Maryland. We were fortunate to have the assistance of a researcher who specializes in Navy history. We feel that the deck logs could possibly prove a valuable resource for VA disability claims if H.R. 2254 passes (see below). They are also undoubtedly a fascinating bit of history and will surely be an important addition to our Association's archives. In addition to the deck logs the researcher also was able to get copies of the ship's chronologies for each year. The chronologies, sometimes referred to as the ship's histories, are summaries of the ship's activities for each year written by whoever was captain at the time.

    Because of the size of the files the ship's deck logs will not be offered as downloadable files. We will be providing them on CDs - one year per CD. Each CD will also include the ship's history for that year. The deck logs are divided by month on the disks for easy reference. We are asking for a small donation of $10.00 plus $2.95 S&H per CD to help defray the costs of research. The entire set of 7 CDs can be purchased for $65.00 plus $8.95 S&H.

 


Radiation-related illnesses

The Amchitka Effect


    Recently we became aware that the VA has a list of radiation-related illnesses that could have affected some sailors who served aboard the USS Joseph Strauss. The sailors affected would have been aboard the Strauss on 3 October 1969. That period was when we were near Amchitka Island for the underground nuclear tests. If you were aboard on that trip and have developed any of the medical conditions listed below then you qualify for presumptive service-connected disability compensation. Presumptive compensation basically means that if you were onboard during the Amchitka cruise and have one of the diseases on the list, the VA presumes that it was caused by radiation exposure and grants you a service-connected disability. So all you need to do to qualify is to provide medical proof of your condition and to prove you were onboard at the time, which you can do with a copy of the 1969 deck logs. A copy of VA regulations pertaining to the Amchitka claim will be including on every 1969 deck log CD. Amchitka references are highlighted in the October 1969 deck logs.

 

The list of radiation-related presumptive illnesses:

 

Leukemia (other than chronic lymphocytic leukemia).
Cancer of the thyroid.
Cancer of the breast.
Cancer of the pharynx.
Cancer of the esophagus.
Cancer of the stomach.
Cancer of the small intestine.
Cancer of the pancreas.
Multiple myeloma.
Lymphomas (except Hodgkin's disease).
Cancer of the bile ducts.
Cancer of the gall bladder.
Primary liver cancer (except if cirrhosis or hepatitis B is indicated).
Cancer of the salivary gland.
Cancer of the urinary tract.
Bronchiolo-alveolar carcinoma.
Cancer of the bone.
Cancer of the brain.
Cancer of the colon.
Cancer of the lung.
Cancer of the ovary.

Note: For the purposes of this section, the term "urinary tract'' means the kidneys, renal pelves, ureters, urinary bladder, and urethra.
 



 

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WE MAY AGAIN WALK THE DECKS OF A DDG IN JACKSONVILLE

The Jacksonville City Council voted 15 For and 0 Against and PASSED the resolution to accept the
ACVA Project to bring the USS Charles F. Adams
DDG-2 to Jacksonville, Florida.



Much work still needs to be done.

WE NEED TO RAISE MORE FUNDS QUICKLY. PLEASE SEND WHAT YOU CAN ASAP.

Make checks out to "ACVA" Send them to
Dave Myerly
5 Bush Road
Denville, New Jersey 07834

Become an ACVA Member by going to our web site http://adamsclassddgvets.org/    and click on "Join the ACVA"
and fill out and submit the application.  If you also send a check
for $25 or more at the same time
we will assign you the title of ACVA Plankowner with your own ACVA Plankowner Number! 

 

  ADAMS CLASS SHIPS

DDG-2 USS Charles F. Adams  - DDG-3 USS John King

DDG-4 USS Lawrence - DDG-5 USS Claude V. Rickets

DDG-6 USS Barney - DDG-7 USS Henry B. Wilson

DDG-8 USS Lynde McCormick - DDG-9 USS Towers

DDG-10 USS Sampson - DDG-11 USS Sellers

DDG-12 USS Robison - DDG-13 USS Hoel

DDG-14 USS Buchanan - DDG-15 USS Berkeley

DDG-16 USS Joseph Strauss - DDG-17 USS Conyngham

DDG-18 USS Semmes - DDG-19 USS Tattnall

DDG-20 USS Goldsborough - DDG-21 USS Cochrane

DDG-22 USS Benjamin Stoddert - DDG-23 USS Richard E. Byrd

DDG-24 USS Waddell 

Royal Australian Navy

HMAS Perth DDG-38          HMAS Hobart DDG-39          HMAS Brisbane DDG-41

German Navy

 Zerstörer Lütjens D185        Zerstörer Mölders D186        Zerstörer Rommel D187

 

 

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New Online Services

The USS Joseph Strauss Association is proud to introduce several new online services. You now have the option of registering for membership, updating the information in your registry listing, paying your annual dues or making a donation online. We have contracted with PayPal to provide us with state-of-the-art security for these transactions. You must set up an account with PayPal to use these new financial tools but there is no cost to you for these services.  PayPal also allows you to use your credit card with it's service if you like. For more information visit www.Paypal.com or click on our link below.

  There are links below to fill out a new member application, to update your registry information or to pay your dues online. We hope you enjoy the convenience of these new services. Feel free to contact the webmaster if you have any questions or problems. 

 

Thanks again for your support!

 

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Click Here for Info on Paying Your Dues by Mail.