U.S.S. HANCOCK (CVA-19)
Plan of the Day - 3 May 1975 (Continued)


SPECIAL INSTRUCTIOINS

1. TV SCHEDULE FOR TODAY:
730 -- Training Film
1800 -- Academy Awards
2010 -- Open Season
2100 -- Break for Sweepers
2120 -- Open Season (Conít)
2210 -- News
2225 -- Sign off

2. MARRIAGE IN THE REPUBLIC OF THE PHILIPPINES: Anyone who desires to marry in the Philippines is reminded that he must follow the guidelines established in COMUSNAVPHIL INSTRUCTION 1752.1G. All requests are to be forwarded through the COMUSNAVPHIL MARRIAGE SECTION, BLDG 229, and normal time for proceeding is four to six weeks. Violators who do not follow the instruction or are married by the so-called "Marriage Mills" are subject to prosecution under Article 92(1)of the U.C.M.J. Anyone contemplating marriage during our stay in the Philippines, should contact the COMUSNAVPHIL MARRIAGE SECTION, BLDG 229, for a copy of the complete instruction and forms.

3. MESSAGES RECEIVED: The following were extracted from messages received upon completion of Operation Frequent Wind:

From the Secretary of Defense: As the last withdrawal of Americans from Vietnam takes place, it is my special responsibility to address to you a few words of appreciation on behalf of the American people. For many of you, the tragedy of Southeast Asia is more than a distant and abstract event. You have fought there; you have lost comrades there; you have suffered there. In this hour of pain and reflection you may feel that your efforts and sacrifices have gone for naught. This is not the case. When the passions have muted and history is written, Americans will recall that their armed forces have served them well. Under circumstances more difficult than ever faced by our military services, you accomplished the mission assigned to you by higher authority. In combat you were victorious and you left the field with honor. Though you have done all that was asked of you, it will be stated that the war itself was futile. In some sense, such may be said of any national effort that ultimately fails. Yet our involvement was not purposeless. It was intended to assist a small nation to preserve its independence in the face of external attack and to provide at least a reasonable chance to survive. That Vietnam succumbed to powerful external forces indicates neither the explicit purpose behind our involvement - nor the impulse of generosity towards those under attack that has long infused American policy. Your record of duty performed under difficult conditions remains unmatched. I salute you for it. Beyond any question you are entitled to the Nationís respect, admiration, and gratitude.

From SECDEF to CINCPAC: Once again, it is my privilege to congratulate you and the men and women of your command for your continuous and exhausting efforts in the evacuation of personnel from South Vietnam. Again, as in the evacuation from Phnom Penh, the world has witnessed the professionalism and dedication of Americaís military forces in executing a most difficult operation. The performance of people under your command is in keeping with the highest traditions of the armed services and reflects great credit on them; on the Pacific Command and on the Department of Defense.

From Chairman, JCS: Execution of Operation Frequent Wind is a tribute to the courage, professionalism, and devotion to duty of the air crews, ground security forces, shipís companies and support personnel who participated. This final humanitarian action, culminating a long military commitment in Southeast Asia, was accomplished under the most demanding circumstances.

From CINCPAC: This was a tough one. The job was uncertain, unprecedented, dangerous beyond measure. It demanded the last ounce of endurance and fortitude and savvy, and you gave it that and more. To the exhausted but tireless...


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