Following my last Vietnam deployment with MCB-4, 20 Engineering ratings from the battalion were transfered to the auxiliary geodetic survey ship Tanner. We spent a year surveying the Micronesian Trust Territories, Palau, Ponape, Ulithi and Mog Mog Islands among others. Quite a change from Vietnam.
Date(s): 1968 - 1969. Album by Artistic Concepts Photography. Photos by Bob Thickman. 1 - 296 of 296 Total. 12013 Visits.
enlarge 78KB, 640x439 1 Tanner Survey
enlarge 116KB, 640x439 2 the big bang
enlarge 67KB, 415x640 3 The Emporers Gate
enlarge 112KB, 416x640 4 Tough life
enlarge 121KB, 640x640 5 Insignia Tanner This is an early USS Tanner patch. It was replaced with the next image.
enlarge 136KB, 620x640 6 Knowledge of the Sea The insignia of the USS Tanner AGS-15. This was my ship following my Vietnam tours. This ship had quite a history, it was in Tokyo Harbor in 1945 (as the USS Pamina AKA-34) when the Japanese signed the peace accord. As the Tanner (AGS-15)she was harassed by the Russians in 1962 off Cuba. She was a Geodetic Survey Vessel.
enlarge 76KB, 640x539 7 AGS-15 - USS Tanner in port The USS Tanner in port with the 2 sound boats, 2 OMB's and the Captain's gig along side.
enlarge 133KB, 640x518 8 Tanner leaving Pearl USS Tanner - AGS 15 Steaming out of Pearl Harbor. Diamond Head in the background.
enlarge 79KB, 640x476 9 The Squadron The Tanner with the Sheldrake and Towee in trail with 4 soundboats.
enlarge 80KB, 640x418 10 Hydro Division The Hydrographic Division (V-1), we were responsible for the Survey Operations, sound boats, photography, mapping and map printing on board. I am in the first row (kneeling) third from the right.
enlarge 83KB, 640x439 11 Subs at Pearl The Tanner docked in the security area, and we were surrounded by the nuclear submarine fleet in Pearl Harbor. I risked a Courts Martial for this photograph... how stupid could I get?
enlarge 78KB, 640x427 12 Pearl Harbor Entering Pearl Harbor ..
enlarge 98KB, 640x433 13 Ford Island Ford Island at the mouth of Pearl Harbor.
enlarge 94KB, 640x433 14 Docking Leaving Pearl.. Heading for Micronesia
enlarge 70KB, 640x422 15 Rabbit Isl Rabbit Island, west end of Hawaii. The white is NOT snow.. it is bird droppings..
enlarge 74KB, 640x415 16 Waikiki at 3 mi Inbound for Hawaii.. 3 miles off Waikiki Beach.
enlarge 82KB, 640x517 17 BB62 New Jersey The Battleship New Jersey, back from her tour in Vietnam, takes her place on Battleship Row in Pearl Harbor.
enlarge 56KB, 640x429 18 USS Hassayampa AO-145 The fleet oiler Hassayampa across from the Tanner in the Philippines - 1968
enlarge 104KB, 640x595 19 Ponape Isl. Micronesia Some of the "boys" of Ponape Island that I made friends with during my stay.
enlarge 56KB, 640x439 20 Coast Guard Rescue The Coast Guard C-123B Provider making a low pass over the island in preparation for a mail stop.
enlarge 103KB, 640x439 21 Curiosity We are setting up our laser distance measuring equipment, much to the joy of the entire village on Palau Island.
enlarge 55KB, 640x439 22 Day is done The day completed, our helicopter support ship is heading back to the Tanner for the night.
enlarge 69KB, 640x463 23 Diver over Divers are in the water, searching for and identifying Japanese ships sunk on Palau and Truck harbors.
enlarge 77KB, 640x461 24 Helo secured On November 6th, 1968 our helicopter crashed on take-off from the Tanner. The crew survived, but the three sailors on board to go out to the island were killed. Here the divers have secured the chopper to our port side.
enlarge 92KB, 640x439 25 LCVP Pelilue Isl. here we see the wreckage of a Navy LCVP landing craft from the battle for Pellilue Island in 1944.
enlarge 47KB, 640x439 26 Palau Sunset A sunset on Palau. After Vietnam, this assignment was hard to believe (or beat)!
enlarge 90KB, 416x640 27 Grass skirt, how's it look? we were throwing a party for Lee Marvin and his girl friend Michelle Lee. they were in Micronesia to shoot the movie "Hell in the Pacific". We all had a great time.
enlarge 111KB, 640x458 28 Party on the Tanner Here is the Lee Marvin party on board the tanner.. the girls are lined up..!
enlarge 113KB, 640x439 29 Stuff left behind here is some of the relics of WWII and earlier. The oldest is a 12 pounder canon from a Spanish war ship.
enlarge 94KB, 640x514 30 Taking Bearings On Sea & Anchor detail, my position was the starboard repeater. This is a scope that measures angles to known objects so that the navigator could plot our course.
enlarge 67KB, 425x640 31 On the boat Hanging out by the printing press. Never did figure out how to print the money...
enlarge 162KB, 640x440 32 Ulithi Island The greeting committee.. including "the red head" decendent of an Irish sailor... a hundren years ago.. the kids were great.
enlarge 110KB, 640x595 33 Ulithi Village The mama sans making sails in the village on Ulithi..
enlarge 147KB, 640x436 34 Ulithi - AGS 15 Camp The kids would greet us in the morning.. each one of us was "assigned" a child to insure that we were equal in our theft of coconuts... as well as guides .. best swimming holes .. etc.
enlarge 100KB, 640x564 36 Ulithi The kids showing us up in the swimming department
enlarge 127KB, 458x640 37 Truk island mapping A map of the Drag Sweep around Truk Island. We were using metal detectors and precision sonar to detect the remains of sunken Japaneses ships in and around the harbor.. for mapping and salvage purposes.
enlarge 139KB, 474x640 38 Golden Dragon When crossing the 180th meridian.. sailors have traditionally had to "prove their worth" on entering the Realm of the Golden Dragon. I had the honor of doing that twice while on board the Tanner..
enlarge 110KB, 399x640 39 Micronesian Survey Here I kept track of our movements during the Micronesian Tour.. and a couple of photos..
enlarge 103KB, 489x640 40 Docking A tug along side to move us from the dock.
enlarge 85KB, 640x423 41 Arizona Memorial The Arizona Memorial, all hands on deck to render honors port side while passing.
enlarge 117KB, 640x611 42 Sorlen Island Lifting the survey equipment to Sorlen Island...Micronesia
enlarge 76KB, 640x466 43 Fine eats Japan Here is my first plate of Suki Yaki... trust me, not my last. Fell in love with it. This was a Division New Year dinner in Tokyo 1968.
enlarge 60KB, 416x640 44 Guarding the Might Mo. Following the decommission of the Tanner in 1969, the Seabee's on board were assigned to Armed Forces Police, Bremerton Washington. One of my assignments was to "guard the Mighty Mo"... and I can say with pride, no one stole the USS Missouri while I was on guard!