Attached is the photo they gave all the crew members. They told us we were 
in the East River just after we left the Brooklyn Navy Yard. I believe this was 
Denebola's maiden voyage.
 
Things are starting to come back to me. I told you I came aboard the ship in 
the fall of '53. I think that's wrong because I just remembered they first sent 
the entire crew to "commissioning school" in Newport, RI and that must have
been the Nov-Dec time frame in '53. I recall we froze our butts off up there. 
That was a pretty rigorous course of training, lots of fire-fighting and running
emergency pumps to bail out leaking ships.

So I must have come aboard in Jan. '54, which would make more sense.
 
Leon