This page is dedicated to my Dad, Reuben W. Yon, Jr.  Dad proudly served in the U.S. Navy during the Korean War.  He spent his entire tour of duty aboard the USS Salisbury Sound (AV-13), a Seaplane Tender, from the years 1947 to 1951.  During those years the Salisbury Sound, or the Sally Maru as my Dad affectionately called her,  frequented ports throughout the entire Pacific Ocean, especially the South Pacific.  The stories my Dad shared with me about his escapades during those years made it sound like the old television series "McHales Navy" was more truth than fiction.
Sadly, my Dad passed away on July 28th, 2001, but the stories of those "South Pacific Adventures" will live fondly in my memories forever.  While browsing through some of my Dad's things following his death, I ran across a box filled with photos that had been taken during his tour of duty.  I regret that I do not know most of the people in these pictures, but feel free to browse through them, and if you see someone you think you might know, please drop me an e-mail at and let me know.  And please sure to visit the Salisbury Sound's official website at!
The Fearsome Foursome; from left to right, Marion Peters, Tom (T.C.) Bridges, Sam Roberts, and my dad, Reuben.
Unidentified group on deck.
This is one of dad's bands that he played with throughout his tour of duty.  He was an accomplished steel guitar player.
Dad (squatting) and some more unidentified sailors.
Here's dad and one of his many South Pacific Sweethearts.
A group of buddies enjoying a little R & R at the "Yellow Bar"!
More follies with dad and
T.C. Bridges in the shot.
Dad's in the center.
In the Galley.
Big Bird on deck!
Can't be a day over
18 in this shot...
Unidentified Chief
Dad always loved his children.
A beach somewhere?
Another island beauty.
A chopper on board!
The only color photo in his collection.  The back of the photo has, "KODACHROME PRINT  Week of Mar 6, 1950".  I have no idea who they are.
Three sailors on Sally's deck...
recognize anyone?
A trio at the Enlisted Men's Club.
Check out those old Pabst Blue Ribbon beer cans!