USS Des Moines (CA-134) 1957 Med Cruise

DVD Content
This DVD contains the actual, uncut footage that was filmed by a crewman during the 1957 Med Cruise. A fantastic look into cruiser life aboard a heavy cruiser at sea. -Very unique, never before seen footage-
Begins in Norfolk, with scenes of other ships at berth, as well as the USS FDR (CVA-42) heading out to sea.
At sea and some type of Fleet Review. Several other ships in the background. Also, a fantastic air show with several different aircraft types, including a flyby of four Navy blimps in formation.
Liberty scenes.
Great shots of life aboard the Des Moines at sea. Includes brief shots of her embarked HUP helicopter.
Bull fight in Spain.
UNREP footage, but a bit unique. Scenes of USS Aldebaran (AF-10) with a huge hole in her port stern quarter. She obviously was rammed by someone.
Footage ends with a boxing match on the fantail.
20 minutes running time.


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General Notes and Ordering Information
  • This DVD contains the actual, uncut 8mm footage that was filmed by an Aviator serving on USS Ticonderoga during the 1964 West Pac Cruise. A fantastic look into an aircraft carrier on deployment during a turning point in U.S. history (the beginning of the Vietnam War)
  • The footage has not been edited. It has been left exactly as it was captured from the 8mm films. Running time about 33 minutes
  • Add $4.75 shipping per order. Payment can be made via Paypal or send a check/money order/cash to:
    Gary Schreffler
    15707 Ambiance Drive
    North Potomac, MD 20878
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  • Produced by GRS Videos (TM). GRS Videos is dedicated to the preservation of Naval Aviation film footage. This passion began when the son of a recently deceased Korean War veteran told me how he had thrown away all of those "old 8mm films of planes flying off of a ship". Yes, I cried. Our heritage MUST be preserved. As a veteran of Naval Aviation, I have a strong interest in ensuring that our stories are not forgotten. If you have footage (16mm, 8mm, VHS, Super 8, Beta, or Digital) contact me at I will also gladly trade any footage I have for new footage (any format). So, if I have Naval Aviation footage you want, and you have something I do not have, contact me and I am confident we can work something out. I am always looking for new PLAT mishaps and home movies/video of carrier operations and life on carriers. All proceeds go into obtaining and preserving more Naval Aviation footage. Gary R. Schreffler served on USS Midway (with HS-12) from 1984-1991.

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