New Year's Deck Log USS Weiss 01/01/1969

Awards & Decorations

World War II Victory Medal

National Defense Service Medal

Korean Service Medal

Korean Presidential Service Medal

United Nations Service Medal

Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal (Vietnam)

 Ship's Statistics

14 Officers
150 Enlisted

Length = 306 feet

Beam = 37 feet

Draft = 17 feet

Displacement =1,400 tons

Range = 6,000 nautical miles at 12 knots

Speed 23.6 kts (trial)

Power Plant

Turboelectric Drive
(2 Combustion Engineering DR boilers, 2 GE turbine generators & 2 GE 12,000 hp electric motors.)


One 5"/38 Cal Mount

Two 40mm Mounts

Two Triple Torpedo Tubes

One Depth Charge Rack

Other Weiss Pages

Carl Walter Weiss

Operation Bold Dragon

Narrative of Outstanding Event in Ship's History

A Navy Story

Familygram May 1967

Familygram Sep 1968

Truman Cruise Articles

The pages below
have lots of
photos be patient

More Photos of Weiss

Crew Photos Page One

Crew Photos Page Two

Crew Photos Three

Crew Photos Four

Crew Photos Five

There is a
USS Weiss Association
write to:
Jim Morton
USS Weiss APD 135 Assoc.

5205 Rt 219
Great Valley, NY 14741
email: apd135@yahoo.comt

Click Here for info
on 2006 Weiss Reunion

Jay Ward's
Naval Ships Links

Bert Kortegaard's
APD 125 & APD 127 pages

Thanks to
Tom Perry
Ex-RM2 APD-136
MCPO, USN (Retired)

The text below was offered by Gran Telfer:

Last night, as usual right after midnight on New Year's, I remember the same time in January of 1969, aboard WEISS. I knew that was going to be my last New Year's as a seagoing watchstander, and so, as Senior Watch Officer I had assigned myself as Midwatch OOD. I had always wanted to take a shot at the New Year's Deck Log, which is traditionally written in verse.

It took a day or so to polish it, and we sent it in to all the Navy publications that held contests. The Weiss entry won first place in several contests, including All Hands, the BuPers magazine. I thought it might be of interest on your web site, so I did a search and found it in the January 1970 issue, at pp 34-35. The link is:

That was, in retrospect after 39 years, one of my most memorable New Year's. We had just finished our second phase of supporting SEAL operations, and I had been very impressed by what they were doing. During that watch I decided to volunteer for BUD/S training. I went though the screening tests the next week in Subic, entered training later that year, took a SEAL Platoon to Vietnam in 1970, and served as Commanding Officer of SEAL Team One in 1974-76. I still remember the WEISS as the best ship duty ever.

Weiss was actually decommissioned in Orange, Texas, along with the other 5 LPRs, after a transit from San Diego through the Panama Canal. I served as XO during that passage, then detached for BUD/S training.

Grant Telfer

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