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In 1965, “The Sand Pebbles” producers offered a $1,000 reward for a picture of USS Villalobos.


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#26 patches

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Posted 08 October 2019 - 03:05 PM

The Deck Gun used on the San Pueblo, a 3"/23 caliber gun. Must of been firing blanks during the Battle of the Boom, cause we see no recoil, would be correct? this gun when firing ammunition, like Common Shells would have a recoil? I think it would right.

 

Anyway two superb fotos here.

 

 

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Posted 09 October 2019 - 07:27 AM

Aerial looking forward to your post. I have a large photo/paper grouping to a River Rat on the Monocacy 1927. Who joined the ship upriver in Chungking and later sailed her down to Shanghai and back to include going to Changsha on the lake which was the Sand Pebbles patrol area.

 

 

It’s a shame that “The Sand Pebbles” producers or the studio didn’t have the foresight to keep it as a “museum ship” (as the makers of “Master and Commander” did with “HMS Surprise”, actually built in 1970, and which can be seen by the “Star of India” in San Diego)  rather than sell it off to be scrapped less than 10 years later.   I’ve no doubt it would have been a popular tourist attraction and what they could have charged as admission over the past 50 years would have more than paid for its upkeep and delivered a nice profit. 

 

Dirk, if you have any records of the periods when Monocacy was at Changsha during 1926-27 that would be great.   From what I’ve found so far, she was pretty much upriver at Chungking during that time, while her sister-ship, Palos, was at Hankow, and after February 1927, at Changsha replacing Villalobos that had been there for several months.  Contrary to Richard McKenna's “The Sand Pebbles” book and movie, where Changsha had been the home-port of USS San Pablo for more than twenty years, there was no station ship at Changsha during the teens and 20's, though only Monocacy and Palos with their true, river-gunboat 29” drafts (compared to nine or ten foot drafts for the old Spanish American War gunboats,   Villalobos and Elcano) could navigate the Siang River and Tungting (Dongting) Lake year-round, even when the water levels dropped during the winter.

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Posted 09 October 2019 - 03:06 PM

Aerial you are correct the Monocacy spent a good chunk of 27 upriver then left to come down to Shanghai. I have some of the deck logs for that year. My sailor passed through Changsha because he got his portrait done at a local photo studio there in his whites. But when the photo was taken I can't say.

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Posted 13 October 2019 - 11:07 AM

Dirk, did your 1927 Monocacy photo group include any photos of Palos and/or her crew and officers?   On Christmas Day 1919, when the “Yangtze Patrol” formally was organized under that name and based at Shanghai, Captain Thomas A. Kearney commanding, the original gunboats were “Division Two” Elcano, Monocacy, Palos, Quiros, Samar, and Villalobos.  (By the mid-20’s the old Spanish prize-ships Quiros and Samar had been decommissioned) “Division Three” was the large Wilmington-class gunboat (250’ long, 9’ draft) Helena and the Spanish-American war prize-ship, Pampanga. The following February, Asiatic Fleet Commander Albert Gleaves made the patrol a flag-officer command, and Helena and Pampanaga became the South China Patrol based at Canton and Hong Kong.

 

Monocacy was up at Chungking and Palos and Villalobos were at Hankow at the beginning of January 1927 when things were getting pretty dicey.  

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Posted 13 October 2019 - 11:29 AM

Another USS MONOCACY crew member, First Class Electrician 1938

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Posted 13 October 2019 - 11:42 AM

I've shown these on some other forum topics about USN landing parties and China fleet gunboats

 

USS MONOCACY (PG-20) 1938 at Shanghai watching the Japanese air raids prior to her loss due to damage from mining a few months later

 

Monocacy was at Kiuklang protecting American neutrality during the Japanese invasion of China, when on 29 August 1938 several mines exploded within 80 yards (73 m) of the ship, showering the gunboat with fragments. She was then held at the port until the Japanese completed sweeping operations some days later. She was decommissioned at Shanghai on 31 January 1939. The veteran gunboat was towed to sea and sunk 10 February 1939 in deep water off the China coast.

 

MONOCACY at the German Norddeutscher Lloyd docks putting her landing party ashore to protect the international settlement

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Posted 13 October 2019 - 11:44 AM

Here is the Monocacy's crew at Chungking 27. I don't know if I have any Palos pix as the collection is 3 albums plus hundreds of loose photos from this man's career and there are tons of gunboat shots to include those gunboats who they passed during their travels as well as in Shanghai....but I can't tell the Palos apart from the Monocacy

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Posted 13 October 2019 - 11:44 AM

MONOCACY at the German Norddeutscher Lloyd docks putting her landing party ashore to protect the Shanghai international settlement 1938

 

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Posted 13 October 2019 - 11:46 AM

Salvage those are great shots!

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Posted 13 October 2019 - 11:48 AM

MONOCACY at the German Norddeutscher Lloyd docks putting her landing party ashore to protect the international settlement

 

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Posted 13 October 2019 - 11:51 AM

MONOCACY at the German Norddeutscher Lloyd docks putting her landing party ashore to protect the international settlement

 

Guarding the dockyard and YMCA entrance gates

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Posted 13 October 2019 - 11:56 AM

MONOCACY street patrol and guard detail Shanghai International Settlement 1938

 

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Posted 13 October 2019 - 11:58 AM

Guarding the Chinese entrance gate to the International Settlement in the rain

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Posted 13 October 2019 - 12:00 PM

Guarding the Chinese entrance gate to the International Settlement in the rain

 

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Posted 13 October 2019 - 12:06 PM

MONOCACY crew on guard detail 1938 and air raid trenches and shelter at the docks

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Posted 13 October 2019 - 12:22 PM

Great shots, Salvage Sailor- thanks for taking the time to post them.  Dirk, that's a lot of photos!  Yes, I can't tell Palos apart from Monocacy, either.  Too bad they didn't put a big vertical stripe on one of their stacks like they did for Saratoga to tell her apart from Lexington-- or at least paint the machine gun shutters different colors.   ;)



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Posted 13 October 2019 - 05:54 PM

Yangtze Patrol Vets.

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Posted 14 October 2019 - 08:03 AM

Since today is the 2nd Monday in October, since 1971  it’s Columbus Day, a national holiday (for now) that became a holiday in 1937 and was once popular and observed by other than federal workers and the post office.   Few probably know that USS Palos (PG-16) and the Civil War era gunboat that preceded her were named for Palos de la Frontera in Spain, the place where Christopher Columbus started the first voyage to America.  Happy Columbus Day.

 

 




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