USNS Michelson TAGS-23
Oceanographic Detachment/Unit Three


Significant Operations
SS Grand Rescue


Rescue of SS Grand Merchant Mariners
January 1965

Commentary by Chet Headley.

Pacific Voyageur January 1965

Michelson ship's newspaper account of the rescue operation.

Rescued SS Grand Crewmembers

Photo album of the six SS Grand crew members rescued by the USNS Michelson in January 1965.

SS Grand Rescue

Rescue operations for the sinking S.S. Grand in January 1965. Off the port rail, three of the men rescued by the Michelson can be seen in the water.

Photo from Jeff Lawrence.

SS Grand Rescue

A closeup of the three survivors, covered with bunker oil and almost invisible in the sea.

Photo from Jeff Lawrence.

SS Grand Sinking

The S.S. Grand (left) slips beneath the waves after breaking apart in heavy seas during our rescue mission. Another rescue ship (SS Japan Bear?) stands by behind her and to the right.

Photo from Jeff Lawrence.

Sealift Magazine

In January of 1965 Michelson participated in the rescue of crewmembers of the SS Grand, a sinking Taiwanese freighter. Sealift Magazine, the house journal of the Military Sea Transportation Service (MSTS), covered the event.

Sealift April 1965 issue.

Sealift Magazine

Sealift April 1965 issue.

Sealift Magazine

Sealift April 1965 issue.

Sealift Magazine

Sealift July 1965 issue.

Sealift Magazine

Sealift July 1965 issue.

Sealift Magazine

Sealift July 1965 issue.

Sealift Magazine

Sealift July 1965 issue.

Medal Awarded to Ben Gorman

Ben is incorrectly identified here. He was an ET (Electronics Technician).

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