USS Joseph Strauss DDG 16
July 15, 1980
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Small craft is spotted in South China Sea
A P-3 flies over the refugee craft (black smudge in lower left corner) as the boat is first spotted.
The craft stands in the wake of the Strauss as DDG-16 makes her final approach.
Manning the Rails
Description: Shipmates man the stern rails of the Strauss as preparations are made to bring the boat people aboard.
Ops Boss LTJG Mark Barber watches the Strauss carefully makes an approach on the overloaded craft.
The stricken craft is overloaded with 43 Vietnamese refugees.
Description: The boat people are in good spirits just before being brought alongside DDG-16.
BM1 earns his pay
Boats Wissinger directs the Strauss deck force in securing the refugee craft alongside the starboard quarterdeck.
Craft is secured on starboard side
The Strauss crew helps the refugees board the ship.
Crew begins to administer medical aid
OSC Carlos Bowmar
Chief Bowmar questions some of the boat people after they board the Smokin' Joe.
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