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|6k||Harold Edward Holt (05 August 1908 - presumed dead 17 December 1967) was an Australian politician who became the 17th Prime Minister of Australia in 1966. His term as
Prime Minister dramatically ended in December of the following year when he disappeared while swimming at Cheviot Beach near Portsea and was presumed drowned. Holt spent 32 years
in Parliament, including many years as a senior Cabinet Minister, but was Prime Minister for only 22 months. This necessarily limited his personal and political impact, especially when
compared to his immediate predecessor Robert Menzies, who was PM for a total of 18 years.
Today, Holt is mainly remembered for the sensational circumstances of his death, for his controversial role in expanding Australia's involvement in the Vietnam War and for his famous (or infamous) "All the way with LBJ" quote. In the opinion of his biographer Tom Frame, this has tended to obscure the many achievements of Holt's long and distinguished political career.
USS Harold E. Holt (DE 1074) (1971-1992) was the first ship named in his honor, she was also the first American warship to bear the name of a foreign head of state.
(Photo and complete biography at Wikipedia)
|90k||03 May 1969: San Pedro, Cal. - An AP news photo titled "DESTROYER ESCORT HAROLD E. HOLT LAUNCHED... Dame Zara Bate of Melbourne, Australia watches as the new U.S. Navy escort ship, Harold E. Holt, slides into the waters during launching ceremonies today in San Pedro, Calif. The ship was named for Holt, the late Australian Prime Minister, and first husband of Dame Bate."||Tommy Trampp|
|90k||undated image, location unknown|
|242k||February 1971: the California Coast - Two views of USS Harold E. Holt (DE 1074) underway off the coast of Long Beach, California.
(U.S. Navy photo #1147524 and# 1147522 from the United States National Archives)
Port Angeles, Wash.
|494k||1971: An at-sea view of USS Harold E. Holt (DE 1074) being overflown by a US-2C "Tracker" aircraft from Fleet Composite Squadron ONE (VC-1) stationed at NAS Barber's Point, Oahu, HI. I was attached to VC-1 from 1971 through 1973. Our US-2C aircraft were used to tow target sleeves for surface-to-air gunnery practice for ships operating out of Pearl Harbor. Our squadron operated the Fleet photo Lab at Barbers Point from which this photo was acquired.||Bill Stevens|
|137k||17 April 1975: the Pacific Ocean - USS Harold E. Holt (DE 1074) underway.(U.S. Naval Historical Center photo #NH 107468 by PH3 D.J. Tyree of Composite Squadron One (VC-1), from the Naval History and Heritage Command)||Robert Hurst|
|418k||17 April 1975: An at-sea view of USS Harold E. Holt (DE 1074).||Ed Zajkowski|
|80k||15 May 1975: An aerial surveillance photo of USS Harold E. Holt (DE 1074) pulls alongside the SS Mayaguez to allow the boarding
party to board.
(U.S. Air Force Photo)
England, United Kingdom
|134k||15 May 1975: USS Harold E. Holt (DE 1074) alongside the recaptured SS Mayaguez. Note the relative size of the Harold E. Holt to the Mayaguez.|
(U.S. Navy Photo, scanned from "The Last Boarding Party" by Clayton K.S. Chun. Osprey Publishing Ltd.)
|47k||May 1975: Overhead pic of the USS Harold E. Holt (DE 1074) towing away the American cargo ship Mayaguez, after its capture from the Khmer Rouge by a boarding party of Marines, following the attack on Koh Tang Island.|
|39k||15 May 1975: Harold E. Holt tows the SS Mayaguez away from Koh Tang Island, Cambodia.|
(Photo from the Marine Corps Historical Collection)
|233k||15 June 1982: Naval Station, Subic Bay, Luzon, P.I. - An aerial view of the U.S. Naval Ship Repair Facility. Berthed at the shipyard are the Knox-class frigates USS
Roark (FF 1053) and Harold E. Holt. Moored alongside them is the guided missile
frigate USS Brooke (FFG 1).
(U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-SN-84-06232 by PH1 David McLean from the Defense Visual Information Center)
|155k||02 July 1986: Honolulu, Hi. - A port bow view of Harold E. Holt moored next to the Aloha Tower.|
(U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-SC-86-08679 by PH2 Lancaster from the DVIC)
|94k||circa 1991 / location unknown
(All Three Photos © David W. Threlkeld)
|David W. Threlkeld|
|492k||25 November 1991: The Pacific Ocean - A starboard aerial view of Harold E. Holt underway.
(U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-SC-92-04030 from the DVIC)
England, United Kingdom
|179k||31 May 1996: Pearl Harbor, Hi. - Port quarter view of the decommissioned guided missile frigate
Duncan moored with other reserve ships at the Ships Intermediate Maintenance Facility (SIMF) in the middle loch at Pearl Harbor. To the right are the Knox class frigates
Harold Holt (FF 1074), Whipple (FF 1062) and one unidentified unit.
(U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-SC-97-01130 by Don S. Mongomery, USN (ret.), from the DVIC)
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10 July 2002: RimPac 2002 Sinkex, A nine photo series of Harold E. Holt's final farewell
|Harold E. Holt History|
|The USS Harold E. Holt (DE 1074) DANFS history entry located on the Naval History and Heritage Command web site is not presently available.|
|Harold E. Holt's Commanding Officers
Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler & Ron Reeves
|Dates of Command||Commanding Officers|
|1.) 26 Mar. 1971 - 18 Feb. 1972||Cmdr. John Patrick Leahy (USNA '51) (Elizabeth, N.J.) (Comm. CO)|
|2.) 18 Feb. 1972 -17 Sep. 1973||Cmdr. Charles William Cullen (OCS '57) (Saint Cloud, Minn.)|
|3.) 17 Sep. 1973 - 17 Sep. 1975||Cmdr. Robert A. Peterson|
|4.) 17 Sep. 1975 - 09 Jul. 1977||Cmdr. Thomas Francis Howley (OCS '59) (Wheeling, W.V.)|
|5.) 09 Jul. 1977 - 30 Oct. 1979||Cmdr. Norman Alfred Mayo (USNA '59) (South Berwick, Me.)|
|6.) 0 Oct. 1979 - 21 Oct. 1981||Cmdr. Donn Valentine Parent|
|7.) 21 Oct. 1981 - 08 Jul. 1983||Capt. Marvin Joseph Weniger (prior enl./NESEP '63) (Wahpeton, N.D.)|
|8.) 08 Jul. 1983 - 16 Jun 1985||Capt. Jerry Robert Bailey (USNA '64) (Sparta, Ill.)|
|9.) 16 Jun. 1985 - 01 Oct. 1987||Cmdr. William C. Keller|
|10.) 01 Oct .1987 - 25 Aug. 1989||Cmdr. Arthur Gregory Teves (USNA '69) (Honolulu, Hi.)|
|11.) 25 Aug. 1989 - 28 Jul. 1991||Cmdr. Robert Kevin (Doc) Blanchard (USNA '72) (Corpus Christi, Tex.)|
|12.) 28 Jul. 1991 - 02 Jul. 1992||Cmdr. Leo Joseph Quilici II (El Paso, Tex.)|
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