No, I said to the executive officer, Lieutenant Jose Gamboa, I didn’t want to put together a cruisebook for our ship. I was the operations officer of the tank landing ship Washoe County (LST?1165). The year was 1968, and my reason for objecting was that I had plenty of other jobs already. He told me to find a way. His reason for the tasking was that I had worked on my high school yearbook.
So I wound up as the editor, writer, and sometime photographer, and did the page spreads. Pulling out the book nearly 50 years later, I cringe at some of those layouts with photos stacked up like children’s building blocks. But the content is still useful: a history of the ship, information on Washoe County, Nevada, photos of the crew members, and sections on the many places we operated.