S: Serving His Country Walt McCoy - US Navy
1: For my Dad, my Hero. Thank you for serving our country, and thank you for being the best dad a daughter could want. I love you. Diane | Walter W. McCoy, Jr. U.S. Navy Petty Officer Second Class
3: USS Midway going under the Golden Gate Bridge
4: The USS Midway was the largest ship in the world when christened in 1945. | 3,200,000 gallons of ship & aviation fuel could be stored onboard. | The 3 flight elevators each could carry 110,000 pounds of aircraft. | It was built in only 17 months. | In 1965, she sailed for Vietnam, launching air strikes against targets in both North Vietnam and South Vietnam. Her Attack Carrier Wing 2 scored the first air-to-air kills of the Vietnam War in June 1965 when they downed three MiGs. | The combined fuel load alone weighed approximately 11,200 tons.
5: Hauling supplies up the coast of Viet Nam. | Machine Shop aboard the USS Midway
6: "The Navy in Vietnam", published 1968
7: Working in the shop aboard the YR-70
8: On deck of the YR-70 Floating Workshop | Naval Support Activity Danang
9: Lathe on the YR-70 at Naval Support Activity Danang | Large horizontal boring mill on the YR-70
10: At the height of the American involvement in Vietnam, the port of Da Nang, South Vietnam, was the Navy’s largest overseas shore command. From this port city, over 200,000 U.S., Vietnamese, and allied forces fighting in the I Corps Tactical Zone were supplied with everything that they needed to combat the VC and NVA aggressors. | APA Berthing Barges | Floating Dry Dock | AD 23 Floating Dry Dock | APA Troop Berthing Barge | APA Attack Transport were support ships designed to operate in the open ocean to provide general support to combatant forces.
11: LCU Boats alongside the YR 70 | The Landing Craft Utility (LCU) were boats used to transport equipment, tracked or wheeled vehicles, and troops from amphibious assault ships to beachheads or piers. | LCU Boats | LCU Boats alongside the YR-70 Repair Barge
12: Corps of Engineers Hopper Dredge after taking on a mine. "Three of us worked around the clock to make temporary repairs so the dredge would stay afloat."
13: Locker aboard the YR-70 | On the chuck of a vertical boring mill, USS Hector | Gap Lathe on the USS Midway
14: Bernard Von Dauber | VietNam from atop Monkey | on Monkey Mountain.
15: VIETNAM | Camp Tien Shaw | Mountain
16: The Midway could launch a massive aircraft about every 60 seconds. | Midway's 4-acre flight deck sometimes pitched more than 20 degrees. | She was conventionally powered, producing 212,000 horsepower by 12 boilers. Enough electrical power was generated to support a city of 1 million residents. Each of four, 18-foot propellers weighed 22 tons.
17: Each link in the ship's massive anchor chain weighed approximately 130 pounds. | The USS Midway’s official top speed was 33 knots (38 miles per hour) | *Crew 4,500 *Telephones 1,500 *Compartments in excess of 2,000 *Electric motors in excess of 2,000 *Miles of piping 200 *Miles of copper conductor 3,000 *Miles of fire hose 4.5 *Fresh water produced 240,000 gallons daily Daily food requirements: *Meals served daily 13,000 *Bread 1,000 loaves *Vegetables 5,000 lbs. *Meat 4,500 lbs. *Dry provisions 20,000 lbs. *Potatoes 3,000 lbs. | "City at Sea" The USS Midway
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