USS CALOOSAHATCHEE (AO-98)

Caloosahatchee silhouette

USS Caloosahatchee (AO-98)

Pictures contributed by Gerald (Pete) Reiser, ET1.   (Onboard 1953 to 1954)




USS Caloosahatchee AO 98 in the North Atlantic storm

I served on the USS Caloosahatchee AO 98 from 1953 to 1954 during the Korean war as a First Class petty officer, Electronics Technician. We sailed with the Sixth Fleet in the Mediterranean and in the North Atlantic, refueling ships at sea. During "Operation Mariner", a NATO operation tracking USSR subs etc. we were hit with the "perfect storm". Several ships were damaged but we survived OK. I don't care to do it again.

These are some photos I took on the first day of the storm. Notice the "No Smoking" sign horizontal to the wind. That sign was made of 1 inch oak. The date was September 26, 1953. The aircraft carrier was ( I believe) the USS Franklin D Roosevelt CVB 42. The storm had ruptured one of its aviation fuel tanks and they were trying to come alongside and transfer the fuel. The effort failed and I believe they had to dump it at sea. We almost collided during the effort ----- about the only time I was ever a bit nervous while in the Navy. We were off the coast of Iceland and the water temp was about 38 degrees. Not a good time to go swimming!!!!??

Gerald (Pete) Reiser ET 1




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