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Sunday, July 30, 1972
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6A--July 30, 1972 * Sunday Gazette-Mail Chirltiton, Wot Vlrtlnlt 'Ahoy, Yankees 9 Cry in Yugoslavia By Hugh A. Mulligan jfuged into "Laura Lee." . DUBROVNIK, Yugoslavia \Jft-\ Keeping a low profile, th '·· .--The light cruiser USS Spring ; : field had just come abeam o _.. one of those new governrnen -. hotels perched out on the Yugos *" -lavian cliffs, when a sailor higl ' £ up on the signal deck saw some i- · in a Communist liberty port. ! *· A blonde out on a balcony was ' :. waving the bits of her bikini a' ; ; the flagship of the U. S. Sixth · ·: Fleet. '. £ "Hey, guys, she's shaking her '. '· everything at me!" Signalman ; :- Jeff Tarpley of Washington, D ' K C., sounded the alarm. He swung '~ "The Big Eye," the ship's 120- i power telescope, at the target 7; area, as volunteer lookouts clat- "; tered up the ladder from the f, bridge wing. % By the time the Springfield ?" had dropped her anchor in 10% i" fathoms of sparkling blue water ji off Dubrovnik's old town, other ; delights came into focus. "The £ Big Eye" picked out a nudist j.- colony inhabiting the crags of 5 Lokrum Island, just a few jt hundred yards off the port side. ~; The "straight line" was 3 - preached to the 1,200-inan :'· crew, a florid-faced old Navy f| chief explained, because like 4 Tangier, Dubrovnik is one of 'f, . the few ports in the Mediter- 3 ranean that the U. S. Sixth Fleet visits along with the Russians, though never at the same time. Both Pravda and Red Star magazines had made a big propaganda pitch in recent is- the narrow streets teeming with tourists, mostly British and German. They were delighted to find that Yugoslavian girls wore hot pants, mini skirts and a few sues alHHit the life styles of the seemed to affect the no-bra look. J£ two navies on liberty leave in C-: the Med. "Debauches of Ameri^ can sailors have become the 3C talk of the town. Their visits Ji:~ result in armed attacks on js:' shops," Red Star reported, +: while the Russians "visit mu- 2£. seuins and places of interest, JJ"-. They are polite to residents and V .very kind to children." Although soul music from a discotheque *' somewhere bounced off the medieval walls lining the old harbor, those coming ashore in the Shore Patrol stowed its nigh sticks in the trunk of Jac! Freels' rented car and prowlec the medieval streets and ba roque old palaces, amiable a cops on the beat. In twos, they checked out the casino at thi Imperial Hotel, where a hal dozen Filipino mess boys were doing better at the blackjack table than two senior officers Curvy Communist shills in mini-dresses smiled encouragement. Next, they checked out the town's "two presumed houses of prostitution," which had been placed off limits by Capt. V. 0. Harkness Jr., the Springfield's skipper. "At $40 a throw," grunted Chief Doug Potter of Dixon, 111., puffing up a terraced hill overlooking the harbor, "The joints put themselves off limits." At the insistence of the Yugos- avian government, the entire crew, officers included had to come ashore in uniform, which he men dislike because it eaves them prey to predatory shopkeepers and doting American tourists. Still, the three-quarters of the ship's company, roughly 900 men, allowed liberty at the same time were easily lost in T* N' first boats from ~the Springfield ;:; found little enticement to de- fx baucnery. ·*· There were winding stone C?; streets, polished smooth by the rfT. centuries, slender Italian cam:.: paniles, musty old monasteries, ·»;' a cathedral with a Titian altar £· drop, red slate roofs reflecting a ii--" radiant summer sun, and gov- *~ ernment shops offering hand- *·" woven Macedonian rugs, goat ·"·;' skin flashes that proved popular _ with "the lifers," the old hands, ·" and some indifferent wood carv- ';" ings. ";" In the background, a string! X" orchestra of old men with ex- X pressionless faces and a hunch- si back woman at the piano sawed r: away at what a cardboard sign ~^ on the podium identified as ri- "Uvertira Vkjem Tel." The ;-.' white-haired leader lifted his "-_'. bow tie from his violin and saw ^.v the place filling up with Ameri\ : . can sailors. He abruptly shifted '.'_-- into "Yankee Doodle Dandy .-. and "Old Black Joe," oblivious .7.- of the four young blacks in Afro ·:· hairdos who had taken the table ·;*. in front of the bandstand. "Don't bother me none," said -". seaman Michael McCuin from ; : . Dallas. "The people here is the ',-', nicest I've met anywhere. They ·:;. don't care if you're black. They ·.-. don't even mind if you're a v«; sailor," He swigged the foam . - off a tall Niksicko, Yugoslavia's if.- strong, dark beer, as the band S t u d e n t s , girls especially, milled around the fleet landing in the old harbor, trying their English out on sailors waiting for launches back to the ship. There were some interesting political and cultural exchanges. "Vat do you sink of zee war in Vietnam?" "Well, Mam, ah guess ah don't like it no better than you do." Then, as a rejoinder: "How come that cat Tito gets his picture all over the place?" "Why do you wear Vees President Ach-gnoo on your vatch!' THE LAUNCHES* shared dock space with the S. S. Antika, a floating discotheque that offered lovers a "deck romantika for cocktails under the stars." In between writhings of its rock band, the night wind over the waters brought the sounds of the Springfield's bells, ringing out the watches, and some public address announcements that baffled the natives: "Station the small boat refueling detail....the smoking lamp is out after frame 90." The Russians would never believe it, but the lobster restaurants and the beer gardens got a Digger play than the discotheques or the casinos. Late ati night, under a full cargo of! Niksicko and to the strains of a| Waldteufel waltz from the beer garden band, a freckled-faced redhead wrapped his sailor hat around his ears and danced with gay abandon, like Gene Kelly in "Anchors Aweigh," all the way down to the fleet landing under the watchful eye of the shore patrol. It was the closest any Yankee sailor came to succumbing to Communist cultural wiles. Alas, the "Koncert Recital", in the Rector's Palace, featuring pianist Paiika Ouozdil, drew no American takers, nor did "Folklor Fest," nor the "Komorni Koncert," featuring "Schubert and Ranmanjinoc," in the "historic Pharmacy of the Franciscan Monastery." Dubrovink's experience with men of the sea was exactly the opposite when the Soviet cruiser Murmansk and destroyer Na- poristy came calling last March. "They all went off to the concert," said Koso Bohinj, leaning in the doorway of his lobster house. "Always in groups of twelve, with a corporal or whatever you call them. So sad, all those smiling, baby boys being led around like that." Milajan Stefanovic, a ham- armed beer garden waitress with dark, piercing ^yes remembers that the Soviet sailors on shore leave were escorted nto the shops and restaurants, but never the bars or the casino. "They didn't leave tips, but you know tips are forbidden in socialist countries," she said, weeping into her apron the pile of dinars left by a group of departing American sailors. For better or for worse, the ixth Fleet had elected to allow ts youth on the loose in a Communist port. Even the racial unrest, now receding below ':he surface in the services, was here for all to see. The blacks, or the most part, sat by themselves in the beer gardens and around the cooling fountains. They also drew most of the attention from the fascinated Yugoslavian girls. "May you sit as you wish in ;ee bus at home?" "Why did they shoot Choorg Wallace?" . A DESK clerk at the Argentina Hotel, where Vic Adm. G. E. Miller, the Sixth Fleet commander, stayed, was amused one day when a black sailor came busting in and ordered: "Hey man, breakfast in bed for 1,000 dudes and their chicks. We'll leave the details up to you. 'Specially the chicks." Zika Anachuisjum, a barman at one of the posh beach clubs, was asked if he had suffered any armed attacks during the American visitation. "No," he laughed. "Only those armed with dinars.. .and with Diner's club." his joke tore him apart. "But you know that's all right. Even Tito has a Diner's Club card." The second day of its three- day port visit, the Springfield tiad open house for the people of Dubrovnik, and once again the lead in the chaplain's office jecame the ladies power room, so many Yugoslavains tried to board the first launch out to the ship, it almost turned over and sank at the dock. After that the shore Patrol put up ropes to hold back the hundreds lining up for the free boat ride out to 'Zee beek battlesheep." At night, out on the fantail, and Sixth Fleet band and the Sixth Fleet singers, who included 24 wives flown in for the occasion, staged a concert for Yugoslavain VIP and, to fill out the crowd, anyone who wanted to come out, Adm. 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When the Russians land, they head for the museums, marched in groups of twelve But guess who leaves the tips? vains had not allowed the band and lingers to perform In the town square, as the Russains had been permitted to so. The program choice reflected the mood of the mod Navy. Except for the Star Spangled Banner and the Yugoslavain national anthem, and a swinging version of "Anchors Aweigh," the bandsmen and singers eschewed Sousa and traditional martial airs for Duke Ellington, "Man of La Mancha," rock numbers, Dixieland, some Bar- bourshop harmony and heavy output of songs of freedom and brotherhood. Applauding enthusiastically, the Yugoslavian visitors noticed AT SIX bells the following morning, 7 a.m., the USS Springfield lowered the anchor ball in her rigging and headed south for Corfu. Four Yugosla- vain girls, wearing sailor hats and Springfield T-shirts, stood at the fleet landing waving ·goodbye. "They creames us," he admitted, "but they were very nice about it." The ship's four-celled brig had gained three occupants during the Dubrovnik visit, all collared by the Marines during a fight OB deck. Outside the executive officer's door, a half dozen seamen waited to learn whether their conduct ashore would warrant their being sent to "captain's mast," the Navy's hallowed punishment tribunal. Out of 1,299 men, less than a dozen had run afoul of the Shore Patrol. None had eadei np in the crotchet of the Yt- goslavain police, who were seldom seen, except for two guys in tan uniforms who walked around holding hands. The ship had shown the flag without incurring an international crisis and maybe even had gained a few friends on the opposite side of the bloc. Adm. Miller was jubilant. He welcomed the day when "Russian and American sailors would take liberty leave in the same port at the same time. Why not? It would be great for international harmony. I think Dubrovnik would be in a bell of a place to start." 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