Memories of
Clayton Satterlee
(RM2 July ‘64 to June ‘66)

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"ALL HANDS" Magazine - July 1956

Interesting story relating how permission was given to take family members along on a cruise from San Diego to Hawaii.  CLICK HERE for article.
(Article courtesy John Tonyes)

“Just a point of interest for anyone that might be curious. The picture shows something hanging from the starboard anchor. This occurred in 1964/65, forgot exactly, but we were anchored off of Little Creek at the time doing some amphib operations, and the State was in the process of building the Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel. We weighed anchor and this thing was attached to the starboard anchor. We think it was one of the tanks that were used at the time to float portions of the bridge tunnel out to the construction site. We couldn’t free it as it was hung on one of the flukes of the anchor. We ended up steaming back into the anchorage off of the Naval Station at the time and got a barge to extract the tank from the anchor.”
Story by John Kolenda – Photo courtesy of Gordon Pritchett

Officers Photo -- Hong Kong 1952


Rare Home Movie Footage From 1952

Robert Ennis, Jr. supplied us with this movie footage.  His father, Robert Ennis, served on the Telfair during the Korean Conflict. He is now 90, living in Hawaii. Bob, Jr. said, "I have some 16mm footage that my dad shot while onboard the Telfair on what looks like a trip from San Francisco to what I think is Okinawa. Most of the film is touristy (pictures of the city, people, etc), but there are shots of naval vessels crossing the Pacific, vessels anchored in the harbor, some shots of my dad’s shipmates, and a couple of shots of the Telfair, itself."  Thanks for sharing, Bob.

NOB Norfork -- July 1964

The Cliffs of Kobe Sho, August 1955
Click here for the story by Dick Tarlton

Memories of Clayton Satterlee

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Actress Carroll Baker helped Telfair celebrate the holidays in Naples in 1966

(hard to believe she just turned 87 on May 28, 2018)

Good Story About Captain Moffit  (by Larry G. Fields)
It was the 1967 Med cruise. I was a L/CPL, 2nd MarDiv Truck Company. We had just put out to sea. Some of us were on the fantail, cleaning our rifles. This "sailor" wearing an international orange jump suit, brown dress shoes, and Marine Corp utility cover came on the fantail. One of our new NCOs yelled at him, "Hey sailor, is that how you dress in the Navy!"  Said "sailor" turned to face our NCO -- there was this little bird pinned on his cover! He pointed out, "I am the Captain, and will dress any way I please!" It was all any of us could do to keep from busting out laughing!

Life Magazine, January 13, 1967. On the Miscellany page (last page) appears a photograph of a Marine carrying an ironing board up the brow. Click the picture or here to view full magazine page.

Frank Hilberer's 1966-67 Med Cruise

1953 Korea/Japan Photos

(Courtesy Leland Alexander)

By Leland Alexander



A Telfair story written by Sgt. Terry V. Bills, Jr., USMC

CLICK HERE for story.