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A Destroyer next to the aircraft carrier USS Kitty Hawk

This Destroyer is the USS Sample DE-1048

This Ship is Dipping in and out of the water

Later redesignated the FF-1048


I am wondering what it was like on this ship

 Photo by C. Jeff Dyrek

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The seas are rough, but these men are used to it. I was on an aircraft carrier and we only had conditions like this when we were in a severe storm. 

When I took these pictures, our ship felt like it was sailing on calm seas. There were times when our aircraft carrier felt like it was a little cork bobbing in the open sea. I am wondering what these ships felt like in those rough seas. I just can't imagine what it would be like. 

I would like to hear stories and receive photos from sailors on destroyers. If anyone can send me some photo's and information I will make a web page with this information.

Dear Webmaster,
I was aboard the Sample from Jan 1972 until Sept 1973. Some of those guys in the picture look familiar but I do not think they would have still been aboard from 1977-1978. I think the Sample was changed to an FF in 1975 so is it possible these pictures were taken in 1974 or 1975?
I remember being one of the two forward lookouts in rough seas where I had to duck a couple of waves. They eventually invited us into the bridge to be lookouts from there. I also remember keeping a plastic bag next to my bunk in case my stomach could not take the wild rides anymore. It's fun remembering the times we had but I was not having fun at the time.
Tom Rancatore

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