"In its campaign to interrupt North Viet Nam's flow of arms and men to the Communist troops in the South, the U.S. possesses a large arsenal of tactics and weaponry as yet unused against Hanoi. Last week the U.S. introduced three new forms of military pressure against the enemy's supply lines.
This was the response to the Communist use of the Tet holiday truce last month to funnel some 25,000 tons of war materiel southward. Each of the three new moves was carefully tailored for a specific and precise military mission.
Until last week the U.S. Seventh Fleet, patrolling the Gulf of Tonkin, was authorized to fire only on shore batteries that fired first on them or on radar stations tracking U.S. ships for targeting purposes. Other coastal targets—roads, trucks, trains, SAM missile sites—have been taken care of by the fleet's fighter-bombers, whose activity is drastically curtailed during the monsoon month of March. Last week Navy guns attacked those North Vietnamese targets as well.
The guided-missile destroyer
U.S.S. Joseph Strauss opened up with 5-in. guns that lob 54-lb. shells [Actually 70-pound high-explosive projectiles] from ten to 14 miles. Two minutes later, the guided-missile cruiser U.S.S. Canberra began firing its eight-inchers, whose 260-lb. shells carry 17 miles.
The decision to use naval shelling will likely turn March from the safest to the crudest month for the Communists. The fire-directional-control computers on U.S. warships make Navy guns the most accurate conventional weapons available."
Memory of one of the early captains of our
ship, the USS Joseph Strauss DDG 16
July 1, 1967 to
August 16, 1969
Obituary Our father, Rear Admiral Lawrence Layman
passed away on Saturday, January 20, 2018 in
his sleep at home in McLean, VA. The Admiral
served our nation for over 40 years in the
United States Navy; in Korea, Vietnam, and
Europe. Lawrence was a decorated veteran who
loved this country and his family. He was a
warrior, a man of character, and a leader of
men. Lawrence was our hero and rock whose
wisdom and judgement shaped all our lives.
He was born on October 28,1930 in
Leclede County, Missouri, son of Archibald
and Zoe Archibald and Zoe (Hoke) Layman. Lawrence is proceeded in heaven by his
parents, his sister, Alice (Layman) Roam,
and his beloved wife, Carmen Elizabeth
survived by his children, Linda
Layman-Peterson, Lawrence II (Deena Geesey),
Harry Arthur (Patti), and John Robert (Cyndi
Fillmore), 11 grandchildren, and 14
We await Dad's
final resting place at Arlington National
Cemetery, next to his beloved wife, our
Distinguished Service Medal, Defense
Superior Service medal with oak leaf
cluster, Legion of Merit with Gold Star,
Bronze Star with combat V, Meritorious
Bachelor of Science, United States Naval
Academy, 1952. Master of Science in
International Affairs, George Washington
Career Commissioned ensign, United States Navy,
1952; advanced through grades to rear
admiral, United States Navy, 1979; service
to Korea and Vietnam deputy commander, Naval
1978-1979;director command, control and
communications systems, United States
European Command, 1979-1981, vice director,
Defense Communications Agency, Washington,
1981-1983; director, Naval Communications,
Washington, 1983-1986; director space
command and control, Office Chief Naval
Operations, Washington, 1986-1989; retired,
Office Chief Naval Operations, Washington,
Chief Orlo Winston Bartholomew
July 31, 1931 -
February 14, 2018
Orlo Winston Bartholomew, 86,
of Gerry passed away Wednesday
(February 14, 2018) in Heritage
Green Rehab and Skilled Nursing.
He was born July 31, 1931 in
the Town of Coldspring, the son
of the late Orlo Ernest and
Mabel Helmick Bartholomew.
He was a career serviceman
serving in the U.S. Navy from
1949 to 1969, having served in
the Korean War and Vietnam War.
After retiring from the military
Winston became second in command
of the Pacific Missile Range,
Barking Sands, Kauai, HI. He
then was employed by Cassadaga
Valley School District and prior
to retirement served as the
Chautauqua County Clerk of
Legislators. Winston also served
as the Town of Gerry Supervisor
for several years.
He was a member of the Gerry
Volunteer Fire Department having
served as past Assistant Chief,
Gerry United Methodist Church,
Cassadaga Post 1280, American
Legion and Rodeo City Senior
Winston enjoyed spending time
with his family and planning
trips for the senior citizen
club and planning ship reunions
for the ships he served on.
Surviving are his wife
Valerie C. Barmore Bartholomew
whom he married July 4, 1953 in
Gerry, NY; two sons: Orlo Dennis
(Linda) Bartholomew of Gerry,
Kevin L. (Patricia) Bartholomew
of Flagg Staff, AZ; three
grandchildren: Orlo Jason
(Rayele) Bartholomew of
Jamestown, Philip Charles
(Wendy) Bartholomew of Heber
City, Utah, Cassandra L.
Bartholomew-Logan (Ryan Logan)
of Norfolk, VA; eight great
grandchildren: Orlo Daniel
Bartholomew, Avery Bartholomew,
Logan Bartholomew, Alex Logan,
Taralyn Logan and Gideon Logan.
Besides his parents he was
preceded in death by a brother
Dale Norton Bartholomew.
The funeral will be at 11
a.m. Monday in the Falconer
Funeral Home. Rev. Sam Shreffler
chaplain of Heritage Group will
officiate. Inurnment will be at
a later date in Gerry Hill
Friends will be received by
the family from 2 to 5 p.m.
Sunday and one hour prior to the
funeral service Monday in the
In lieu of flowers memorials
may be donated to Gerry
Volunteer Fire Department,
Cassadaga American Legion Post
1280, Gerry United Methodist
Church or Chautauqua County
Hospice and Palliative Care.
Details are in the Spring issue of the Fleet Fox
If you didn't
receive your copy by snail mail you can view a copy
Feel free to download or print the entire
newsletter or just the registration form.
ship's logs now available!
We are happy to report that the
USS Joseph Strauss Association now has in its possession a complete set of the deck logs from our tour of duty in Vietnam. The deck logs were acquired from the National Archives in Maryland. We were fortunate to have the assistance of a researcher who specializes in Navy history. We feel that the deck logs
could possibly prove a valuable resource for VA disability claims
if H.R. 2254 passes (see below). They are also undoubtedly a
fascinating bit of history and will surely be an important addition to
our Association's archives. In addition to the deck logs the researcher also was able to get copies of the ship's chronologies for each year. The chronologies, sometimes referred to as the ship's histories, are summaries of the ship's activities for each year written by whoever was captain at the time.
Because of the size of the files the ship's deck logs will not be offered as downloadable files. We will be providing them on CDs - one year per CD. Each CD will also include the ship's history for that year. The deck logs are divided by month on the disks for easy reference. We are asking for a small donation of $10.00 plus $2.95 S&H per CD to help defray the costs of research. The entire set of 7 CDs can be purchased for $65.00 plus $8.95 S&H.
The Amchitka Effect
Recently we became aware that the VA has a list of radiation-related illnesses that could have affected some sailors who served aboard the USS Joseph Strauss. The sailors affected would have been aboard the Strauss on 3 October 1969. That period was when we were near Amchitka Island for the underground nuclear tests. If you were aboard on that trip and have developed any of the medical conditions listed below then you qualify for presumptive service-connected disability compensation. Presumptive compensation basically means that if you were onboard during the Amchitka cruise and have one of the diseases on the list, the VA presumes that it was caused by radiation exposure and grants you a service-connected disability. So all you need to do to qualify is to provide medical proof of your condition and to prove you were onboard at the time, which you can do with a copy of the 1969 deck logs. A copy of VA regulations pertaining to the Amchitka claim will be including on every 1969 deck log CD. Amchitka references are highlighted in the October 1969 deck logs.
The list of radiation-related presumptive illnesses:
Leukemia (other than chronic lymphocytic leukemia). Cancer of the thyroid. Cancer of the breast. Cancer of the pharynx. Cancer of the esophagus. Cancer of the stomach. Cancer of the small intestine. Cancer of the pancreas. Multiple myeloma. Lymphomas (except Hodgkin's disease). Cancer of the bile ducts. Cancer of the gall bladder. Primary liver cancer (except if cirrhosis or hepatitis B is indicated). Cancer of the salivary gland. Cancer of the urinary tract. Bronchiolo-alveolar carcinoma. Cancer of the bone. Cancer of the brain. Cancer of the colon. Cancer of the lung. Cancer of the ovary.
Note: For the purposes of this section, the term
"urinary tract'' means the kidneys, renal pelves, ureters, urinary bladder, and urethra.
Vietnam Deck Logs are now available for download!
We Were There Too
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