USS Butte, AE-27, 1970 Mediteranean cruise 1970-1971
The Butte was my first assignment out of boot camp in March 1970.
USS Butte AE-27 floatation light
We sailed from Norfolk, VA to Earl, NJ to load ammunition for the first time.
Then we sailed across the Atlantic for the ships first Mediteranean cruise.
I also saw a photo online of the sinking of the Butte, it asked if any viewers were offended
by the photo; I thought: "not offended, but sad; it was my home for a year."
In honor of "Big Mak" my friend for my year on the USS Butte, both serving under Chief Baker:
Big Mak hailed from the Ironbound section of Newark, New Jersey.
If anyone has information or photos of Big Mak, I would like to hear it, or get a photo.
http://navysite.de/ae/ae27.htm <-- Navy detailed information
http://www.ask.com/wiki/USS_Butte_%28AE-27%29 <-- Wikipedia
http://www.myspace.com/video/vid/7735185#! <-- out of focus video of the sinking.
http://www.flickr.com/photos/15194330@N03/2976872183/sizes/m/in/photostream/ <-- great photo, too bad no date.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J0g_GMz8cdo <-- same video as above.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=It7qeupYM-o - circa 1978-80 ? has some good photos in 2nd half
also search youtube: Lonely Bull, tiger cruise
1991 - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nq_jHCJXSCA
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