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Donald Roach, Cpl. USMC Ret.
Tripoli at Luzon

As a member of BLT 2/7, Hotel Co., 3rd Platoon, we sailed June 5th out of DaNang enroute to Luzon. Docking in Subic Bay, we spent a week plus gathering up new members and training them. Recalled to S. Vietnam, we reversed our route. The second night we encountered a typhoon. The Trip' was rolling 40 degrees side to side, pitching madly and turning simultaneously. I and my fire team member awoke to find our 400 man compartment otherwise empty. Never heard a bell, whistle or announcement. We searched for nearly an hour; found no Navy or Marine personnel. On the hangar deck, starboard side, I noticed the elevator hatch ajar and investigated. The South China Sea was as smooth as glass. We were making about ten knots speed. I looked towards the bow and could see our wake. Then, I heard a cough behind me. To turn I first had to squeeze inside then rotate. Reemerging, I was witness to about 2,500 men, wearing undershirts and briefs, sitting on thin walkways while leaning over at their waists. The group nearest me was 3rd Platoon, my comrades. When asked what kind of drill they were performing, a Corpsman told me: "Roach, when I can get up, I'm going to kill you." He explained about the typhoon. We're still good friends fifty-three years later. I sailed back to Subic for the Trip's refit as a gear guard. A great adventure.