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Pathfinder: Recollections of Those Who Served 1942 - 1971

Compiled by the Office of NOAA Corps Operations

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My office has been engaged in chronicling the history of NOAA Corps and its ancestor organizations. In doing so, the theme of kinship of NOAA Corps with the Naval community is encountered time and again. In particular, our kinship with the Naval Meteorology and Oceanography Command is striking. As such, on the occasion of the Change of Command and Relieving Ceremony of the Naval Meteorology and Oceanography Command on board the USNS PATHFINDER (T-AGS 60), it is appropriate to share an outstanding example of that kinship and cooperation. The example that I have in mind is the saga of the USS PATHFINDER (AGS-1), also known as the USC&GSS PATHFINDER (OSS 30.)

I directed my staff to compile personal histories, official accounts, and non-official published accounts of the PATHFINDER (this was the second C&GS ship of that name; and, the vessel on which I served my first sea duty) for compilation into a volume which I could share with our fellow officers, scientists, technicians, and vessel operators of the Naval Meteorology and Oceanography Command (NMOC). This resulting compendium of PATHFINDER lore is primarily directed towards the WWII exploits of the USS PATHFINDER, but it also traces the career of the vessel through to its final decommissioning.

My wish is that the USNS PATHFINDER have as an illustrious career as its namesake. May the name PATHFINDER always evoke images of cooperation between our organizations, thoughts of perils shared and hard work accomplished together, and a reminder of our similar heritage.

My congratulations are extended to Rear Admiral Paul G. Gaffney on the assumption of command of NMOC. Likewise, I congratulate Rear Admiral John E. Chubb for his conclusion of a successful tour of duty as the outgoing Commanding Officer of NMOC and wish him well in his retirement.

Rear Admiral Sigmund R. Petersen, NOAA
Director, NOAA Corps Operations

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