These four pictures were taken going into Adak, Alaska in October of 1957. In 40-foot seas, none of us was allowed in the crow's nest and we did our watch from the bridge. We were not allowed to submerge.
While taking the second picture, I hit my head on a 50 cal. machine gun mount and bled all over the deck. We were wearing dry suits and I didn't know I was bleeding! The captain told me to go below and the others followed.
The watch was done by periscope until we left the storm.
Loyde "Matt" Mattern