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In 1968 I was attending a year long school at Treasure Island near San Francisco. The USS Coral Sea departed Alameda for a West Pac cruise to Vietnam including workups, training and an operational readiness inspection. The ships first port of call was scheduled to be 21 days after departing. Three days out the ship experienced rudder problems and returned to Alameda. All hell broke out from the <1% of the wives that didn't expect the ship home so soon.


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