A cross the strangely silent waters of Wonsan harbor four bells in the forenoon watch sounded. July 28, 1953— cease fire in Korea. From their battle stations men filed slowly out on deck, disbelief showing their strained faces. Quietly they stared at an enemy shore that would no longer shoot death.
The strokes of a pen at Panmunjom had suspended Korean hostilities and also ended the longest, most frustrating siege of a city by naval guns in history—the siege of Wonsan.
Minutes before, the batteries of the destroyers Wiltsie and Potter hit into enemy gun emplacements; over the destroyers the shells of the cruiser Bremerton had sounded their “chug-chug-chug-chug” en route to Communist troop concentrations and supply dumps. Enemy gunfire had lasted to the final whistle too, raising geysers about the ships as they twisted and turned to escape destruction.
Missions of death had so long occupied the day to day routine that new entries in the log looked odd: