Shortly after clearing Tokyo Bay at sunset in January 1974 enroute to our home port of Pearl Harbor, we received orders to proceed at best speed to a point off the Aleutian Islands. As we headed North the weather turned bad requiring us to ballast accordingly. Thirty plus waves pounded the ship all night and we were extremely fortunate to survive with minimal damage and no casualties.
A well deserved award for an outstanding Petty Officer. All hands aboard USS Kawishiwi owed Petty Officer Robert Richardson a deep sense of gratitude for his heroics the night we encountered typhoon weather off Japan.