The following is an entry in a personal journal—called “The Log” by its author—kept by a young ensign serving as Assistant G-Division Officer in the carrier USS Independence (CVA-62), deployed to the Mediterranean in the fall of 1970:
21 SEP – Rumors are flying; things are happening. JFK is on her way to join Sara[toga] and us. King Hussein has in no uncertain terms asked for American air strikes immediately as well as subsequent troop intervention—this stemming from the fact that Syria has entered the conflict with an armored invasion. G DIV had a major load again—this time we loaded anti-tank weapons. (THE PLOT THICKENS). The ordnance is at this moment (2130) hanging on the aircraft (mostly A-4s with some A-6s). I have a strong feeling that an air strike is coming soon.