By Richard Winston
"In Vietnam, whereas the air and land struggle grinds bloodily on, a number of miles off shore within the South China Sea the fleet oiler USS Michigamme, AO 108, steams up and down the coast in operation marketplace Time. From Yankee Station within the north, deep within the Gulf of Tonkin, to Dixie Station within the Gulf of Siam a ways to the south, the lads of Michigamme struggle boredom, a corrupt approach, and every different as they refuel (or in naval parlance, unrep) what ever ships of the U.S. 7th Fleet they stumble upon that require it, from tiny wood-hulled MSO minesweepers doing solitary interdiction responsibility off the Mekong Delta to the nuclear-powered airplane service company, CVA sixty five, and her taskforce engaged in bombing Haiphong harbor. while her personal bunkers run dry, Michigamme returns to the POL pier in Subic Bay, P.I. to place a “Tiger” in her tank and allow the boys have a bit R & R within the fleshpots of Olongapo.On one such social gathering she choices up a brand new guy, a brigrat simply out of incarceration on Guam for going AWOL. His identify is Gus Rounds. We stick to Rounds as he's brought to his new send and his new shipmates. He fast earns the wrath of his destiny nemesis, Ted vacation, BM1. yet he's be-friended by means of Tick Peterson, PN2 within the Ship’s workplace and minimize a few slack by way of grasp leader Gunnersmate Tom MacBriar.Captain Childress is aboard Michigamme, deep within the stomach of ServPac, the wretched provider Fleet Pacific, and the ground of the barrel so far as command prestige is going, for one cause merely. Her draft. absolutely weighted down she attracts forty eight ft of water, in regards to the comparable as an plane provider. Childress is a WWII flyboy hero who understands not anything approximately ships and is bucking for a provider command, yet to get it he wishes a few deep draft event on his resume.Fortunately for Childress, his moment in command, government Officer Jim Barden, is a reliable seaman and navigator and he sees to all of the genuine info of the ship´s each day performance.While Rounds is a part of Deck strength we meet his fellow deckapes pink puppy, Tony Land, John Basham, and Denny Van Horn BM2, Holiday´s correct hand guy. We additionally meet Tim Case, ET3, Gary Middleshore, PN striker and lots of different individuals of Michigamme 212-man crew.With a bit encouragement and Peterson greasing the wheels, Rounds will get out from lower than Holiday´s thumb on deck strength and is permitted to;strike for gunner.After Tom MacBriar´s suicide, the Gunnery division of Michigamme comprises Deke Buckles, GM2, Joe Cruz, GM3, and Rounds, seaman striker. until eventually BuPers in Washington can ship a alternative for leader MacBriar, Buckles is accountable for the gundecks. He and vacation are at struggle. vacation is usually at battle with Peterson over funds vacation owes to the unlawful slush fund Peterson operates with Corpsman Jerry Steinberg. Then the an unknown officer steals Deke Buckles Filipina female friend, Trudy, and Buckles is going berserk, beginning a revolt in Olongapo and a battle among Michigamme and Oklahoma urban, flagship of Com7thFleet. Later he reveals out that the officer is Captain Childress of the Michigamme, and the seeds to a mutiny are sown. First the Okie urban, as she is understood, is doused with black oil from stem to stern while Buckles and the remainder of the gundeckers conspire with a few snipes in Engineering to ship the flagship a charged hose therefore torpedoing Captain Childress´ occupation. yet Buckles is killed in a helicopter twist of fate and it falls on Gus Rounds to plan the Michigamme Mutiny. while push ultimately involves shove it´s in a raging storm off the coast of Japan. Joe Cruz and Gus Rounds make their stream and the gundeckers grab command of the send by means of strength. yet by means of then the true query is whose send is it anyway?"