Typhoon in 63

1963 West Pac- while patrolling 100 mi off Saigon during uprisings there,
the Towers turned south until @ 2 degrees from the Equator when suddenly we
turned around and urgently headed North. A huge typhoon was forming east of
the Philippines. Japan was the choice, @ 3000mi away. However, no oiler
could put out off the Philippines, only Guam. We raced north off the
Philippines with a 165mph+ storm closing on us. Seas were getting heavier
and a rush to the oiler at Guam was almost performed because the ship was
really low on fuel. Lucky for us the storm took a turn west toward Taiwan
and China, but not lucky for them. None of us relished going through that
experience. We made it to Japan.

 

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