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V J Day September 2, 1945

9/2/17 Not all Task Force ships could fit into Tokyo Bay for the historic day.  Many of the warships that had endured all those Battles and Campaigns were stacked up in Sagami Wan Bay outside of Tokyo Bay waiting for … Continue reading

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Mid August, 1945

8/12/17 August 10, 1945    We met the carriers this morning, the water was a little choppy and while recovering our 4-SCI Seahawks, one of them cracked up, turned over and sank, we lost the pilot.  During the night while on … Continue reading

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Souvenirs from the Ship

7/21/17 My dad did not have a Cruise Book.  Apparently, they are incredibly rare  –  a limited number were printed (once only – no reprints.)  The National Archives has a copy.  Some crewmembers” families possess one . . . a … Continue reading

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Fourth of July, 1944

July 1, 2017 From George Pitts’ diary: From Frank Studenski: July 4, 1944:  This morning at 0500 our planes were launched to bomb the bases and air strips of Iwo Jima.  At 1530 hours the Boston, Canberra, San Juan, Santa … Continue reading

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Battle of the Philippine Sea

6-25-17 The (First) Battle of the Philippine Sea (6/19 & 20/44) was a major victory for the ships of Task Force 58.  When we began the invasion of Saipan (6/15/44) – the opening round of our Marianas’ campaign, the Japanese … Continue reading

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