USS NEWMAN K PERRY’s involvement in the Cuban Missile Crisis
was on station twice during the crisis once from 24 October 1962 to 22
November 1962, the second was from 3 December 1962 to 21 December 1962.
to Phillip Miceli, he was home on leave from the USS FISKE (DDR-842)
when his leave was cancelled and he was ordered to the PERRY.
He boarded the PERRY at sea while PERRY was en route to intercept
the Russian freighters. He
was assigned as Helmsman, which kept him on the bridge during the times
that PERRY stopped freighters.
told me that they stopped one ship that was on the way to Cuba on the 26th
of October, (believed to be a Swedish freighter named Coolangotta) it
was carrying nuclear high-grade ore, and the ship was turned back.
below is from the Naval Historical Center Website and is referring to
the inspection of ships leaving Cuba removing the Missiles.
I am copying it from
Thursday, 8 November
1414R, Rear Admiral Hogle at CINCLANTFLT reported that the Volgoles
had been sighted by a P2V at - Her deck cargo was covered and the ship
would not uncover after being asked by voice and flashing light to do
so. Saufley was en route to intercept her, estimating the scene
at 1700Q. The P2V was staying on top while the destroyer arrived. The
pilot reported the Volgoles deck cargo as six vehicles forward
and three aft, and two tube shapes forward and five aft, estimated size
8 x 6 x 55 feet.
made first contact with Volgoles at 1530R and requested that she
uncover the missiles, but the ship refused. Communication was made by
voice on 500KC, flashing light, loud hailer, and placards.
The message sent was, "Show me your missiles, please. I must see
them." The reply was, "I cannot show U.S."
All of the information surrounding the incident was forwarded to Admiral
Wellborn at the United Nations, so the U. S. negotiators could protest
this lack of cooperation to Kuznetzov at a 1700R meeting.
The decision was made that Perry and Vesole would trail
the Volgoles through the night and try again in the morning to
get the Russians to uncover the missiles. Admiral Anderson did not
recommend forceful action to get the Volgoles or any other ship
to uncover under the existing "ground rules."
Mr. Gilpatric directed that in the morning and in all other intercepts
the message to intercepted ships would be: "Your government has
agreed to uncover missiles. Please do so."
When it became obvious that the Russian ships were not going to follow
the guidelines for rendezvousing with our patrol forces, Admiral
Anderson passed the order to CINCLANT, "Don't wait -- go find them.
Vesole hailed Volgoles at first light, the formerly
reluctant ship complied with a request to roll back the canvas covering
1525R, CINCLANT reported that the master of [deleted] freighter
[deleted] requested that the destroyer Perry send an intelligence
officer to his ship. The commanding officer of Perry replied that
he could not comply unless he received a request for a boarding party.
The freighter's master then officially requested the boarding party,
which was dispatched and headed by the Perry's commanding
officer. (The CO was CDR.
W. L. Sheppard, USN July
28, 1961 - September 26, 1963)
After departing the freighter, the commanding officer was flown to Key
West for a debriefing. He said the [deleted] master had offered his
services [deleted] collecting any information which the U.S. might want.
While Perry was in the vicinity of Trajan, two MIG's
buzzed the ships at an altitude of about 300 feet and then headed for
K. Perry (DDR
883), 24 Oct - 22 Nov 62; 3-21 Dec 62.