WILLIAN J. MILLER, USN (Ret)
U.S.S. KAWISHIWI AO- '75
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Recollections of a Former Kawishiwi Shipmate on the "Emergency Breakaway" during Operation 'Frequent Wind' in '75 as reported by Doug Covill (Kawishiwi), Bill Shipley (Hancock), and NCCM "Corky" Johnson (Hancock).
I was on the USS Kawishiwi the night of the breakaway. I was standing on the deck as the USS HANCOCK closed in on our ship. It was a scary sight to see the deck of your ship towering over our main deck closing in for a collison.
I was on the port side by one of the fuel stations when I heard over the PA "Brace to port". I went to one of the nearest passageways aft, and braced myself in the doorway anticipating the collison. The breakaway was one of the most dangerous things I was ever involved in. All I heard was cables and fuel lines. What made it worse was the darkness of night. Not to ever forget.
Willian John Miller, USN retired
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