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16, Sept. 2003
I'm back in the office after my trip to Souda Bay to find the ship. Unfortunately, I was not able to take photos, but I did find the ship. No one I talked with while in Crete knew anything about her status, but I am continuing to pursue both Athenian and Cretan Hellenic Navy avenues.

I can tell you that what I saw looked pretty rough. She was outboard another ship, so the vast majority of the hull was hidden, but I could see the bow, the starboard quarter and most of the superstructure. There were a number of holes rusted through the upper part of the hull, aft, near the main deck. I could see where hatches and superstructure fittings had been cut away and the remaining attachments were rusted through. The bow didn't look too bad, although I couldn't get a look at the foc'sle gear. The anchor was in place, but I couldn't see the chain or into the locker. She was in the water and secured with springlines, but not actually floating. The hull appeared to be supported at a short depth, as it was watermarked about halfway to the boot topping.

No one could tell me anything about the status of the engines or any other structural integrity items. The overflows were also rusted, which might mean that the bilges had been pumped. That could be good if it was for housekeeping, bad if it was for removing the gear. Did she have a scoop? What kind of plant was it?

Anyway, I'm still working on it and I'll keep you posted on my progress.

LCDR Mary Jenkins Karayakaylar Navy Programs Manager ODC Athens, Greece


05, Aug. 2003
The following letters are self explanatory. Needless to say, all efforts to recover the USS Terrell County (LST-1157) will be 'DISCONTINUED'.... George O'Connell RM2 1960-62

Subject: Fwd: RE: FW: USS TERRELL COUNTY / HS INOUSE

The following is from the US Embassy in Greece. I never received the letter which is indicated in the message.

. Charlie Patton From: "Karayakaylar, LCDR, USN, Navy Programs Manager" To: Charles Patton CC: "Merrow, Col, USAF, Chief ODC" Subject: RE: FW: USS TERRELL COUNTY / HS INOUSE Date: Thu, 4 Sep 2003 08:23:59 +0300

Mr. Patton:

The HN advised me that a letter was sent to you in March. It stated three things: that if you wanted to obtain the ship you had to purchase it; that you had a certain time period within which to respond; and that if there was no response, the HN would cannibalize and scrap the vessel. They indicated to me that as there was no response within the time they allotted, they did indeed cannibalize the ship fully. It is scheduled to be sold for scrap in the next few months. If you happen to have a copy of that letter, it would be helpful. It should have been sent from the Public Affairs office.

I am now attempting to ascertain the specific location and condition of the ship. It's quite likely that there isn't much left on it. I asked about the engineering gear, but my contact didn't know specifics--only that it had been "fully" cannibalized. He did reiterate, however, that the HN intends, even now, to sell the ship vice give it away--whether for scrap or other usage. As it is their purchased property, they have that right.

As I acquire new information, I'll let you know. Meanwhile, if you have copies of any correspondence, that would be most helpful. Thank you!

LCDR Mary Jenkins Karayakaylar Navy Programs Manager ODC Athens, Greece Office: 30-210-720-2612 Mobile: 30-694-474-6831

-----Original Message----- From: Charles Patton [mailto:[email protected]] Sent: Wednesday, September 03, 2003 6:46 PM To: [email protected] Subject: Re: FW: USS TERRELL COUNTY / HS INOUSE

Ms. Jenkins:

I was not aware of the fact that the ship was sold outright to the Greek Navy. This could be to our advantage. The only connection we have is Capt. Vazeos HN of the Public Affiars of the Ministry of National Defense in Athens. Other than that we have been in contact with the Naval Attache at the Greek Embassy in Washington, LCDR Zagourakis HN. A former crew member of the ex-USS Waddell, which was recently decommissioned by the Greek Navy and provided photos of the Inouse/Terrell County may know who to contact in Souda Bay, Crete. His e-mail address is as follows: [email protected]

Photos of the Inouse, L-104/USS terrell County can be found at Mr. bennett's website at: http://www.usswaddell.com/nearchos/decom/other_ships.htm All we know is that we were contacted in mid-April by the Public Affairs office at the Ministry of National Defense stating the ship was decommissioned on 23 March 2000 and that it was available. The Ministry of National Defense wanted us to get an Import License as soon as possible. Until we had more information there wasn't much we could do.

Lastly anything you can do would be greatly appreciated.

Thank you. Your assistance is very much appreciated.

Charles C. Patton

From: "Karayakaylar, LCDR, USN, Navy Programs Manager" To: [email protected], [email protected]

Subject: FW: USS TERRELL COUNTY / HS INOUSE Date: Wed, 3 Sep 2003 07:58:35 +0300

Mr Patton:

I'm glad we're in touch! Don't know why it didn't work before, but we're ready to move forward now, yes? My contacts in Souda Bay were working on finding the ship yesterday, as I haven't found anyone who actually knows of its status as yet. Do you have a contact there?

One thing I have learned is that this case is a bit different than the last ship transfer you mentioned in your letter, because this vessel was actually purchased by the Greeks, not transferred to them as excess equipment. When the Greeks turned over the last one, they were basically returning a "loaner car." This time, they own it outright, so there are things to consider that did not need to be dealt with last time.

I will be calling someone this morning who can help us figure out how that affects us, and I'll let you know how it goes. Talk to you soon! Mary Jenkins

-----Original Message----- From: Karayakaylar, LCDR, USN, Navy Programs Manager Sent: Monday, August 18, 2003 3:41 PM To: '[email protected]' Subject: USS TERRELL COUNTY / HS INOUSE

Mr. Patton:

Hello! I am in receipt of the letter and e-mails you sent to Ambassador Miller, and will serve as your action officer. You now have my e-mail address contact information to keep on file as we move through this process. I would be happy to talk further with you about your plans and any progress achieved to date. Please forward me your phone numbers and any other information you have to date.

Last Tuesday, I requested information from our facility at Souda Bay as to the actual location and condition of the ship. Do you already have a POC there? If so, I'll be sure to info him/her so we're all hearing (seeing?) the same thing.

Looking forward to working with you on this project!

LCDR Mary Jenkins Karayakaylar Navy Programs Manager ODC Athens, Greece Office: 30-210-720-2612 Mobile: 30-694-474-6831

*webmasters note:
I'm deeply saddened by the above news. I have often fantasized about riding the TC back to the states...I thought it would be a great adventure...one to tell my grandchildren. Alas, I guess it's just not meant to be.
R.I.P., Terrell County, old girl.
Tim "Ski" Karwoski BT3 1969-Decommissioning


05, Aug. 2003
On 23AUG03 at 230PM, there will be a meeting at Calvert Marine Museum, Solomons Island, Maryland with the main discussion being the return of the Terrell County from Greece to the US with the possible home port being in Maryland.

Solomons Island MD is located near Patuxent River Naval Air Station, approx 60 miles South of Washington, DC. Anyone interested in attending should contact me ASAP.

There is a Holiday Inn at Solomons and also some other lodging in Lexington Park MD (NAS PAX) I will provide you with more details if you are interested.

Thank you George O'Connell RM2 1960-62