Subject: PACIFIC DUTY DURING KOREAN WAR
Donald Van Arsdale wrote on August 15, 2016
City and State: NORTH PALM BEACH FL
Unit: USCGC RAMSDEN - WDE482
Service or Relationship: Coast Guard Veteran
Comments: 6 DE's taken out of mothballs in June of 1951 in Green Cove Springs, FL. They were the Ramsden, Richey, Lansing, Durant, Vance and
These had all been Coast Guard manned during WWII, some on the Murmansk run, others in the south atlantic and Mediterranean.
Our home port from 51-54 was Sand Island, Honolulu. During that period we sailed on Ocean Stations Sugar, Uncle, and Victor (and possibly others but memory fails me). We spent most of our time on SAR duty in Guam, Adak (for repairs to damage caused by heavy weather in the Bering Sea) Yokosuka, Japan and Midway Island. On one occasion we were ordered to take up a position in the pacific, along with many other ships, to provide help if needed for General (then President ) Eisenhower as he flew to Korea to put an end to the Korean war, if possible.Immediately prior to that we were steaming toward Australia for R and R (we got far enough to see the Southern Cross, which remains strongly in my memory) when the call came for us to support President Eisenhower on his trip to Korea.
On the very day that the Korean War ended we put up the going home pennant and left Hawaii for San Diego Naval Station and the crew was dispersed to other duties in the Coast Guard.
It is my understanding that the Ramsden was used for target practice some years ago and sunk. Some DE's are still sailing, but for other countries, such as the Phillipines. I have seen several WWII and Korean ships being used as attractions near deep water ports, but never a DE. I'd love to visit one once again but my legs wouldn't work on the ladders any more!