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HISTORY 1945-VJ DAY
PACIFIC AREA WW II 

THANKS TO UNITED STATES NAVAL CHRONOLOGY, WORLD WAR II
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1945

Okinawa Gunto operation--17 Mar 1945 to 11 Jun 1945
Third Fleet operations against Japan-- 10 Jul 1945 to 15 Aug 1945

01/01 Mon. Army troops are landed by naval task unit on Fais Island, Caroline Islands, to capture and destroy Japanese radio station.

01/02 Tue. United States naval vessel damaged Oiler COWANESQUE (AO-79), by suicide plane, Luzon area, P. I., 08 d. 56'N., 122 d. 49'E. Japanese naval vessel sunk: Coast defense vessel NO. 138, by Army aircraft, Philippine Islands area, 16 d. 37'N., 120 d. 19'E. 

01/03 Wed. Aircraft from fast carrier task force (Vice Adm. J. S.McCain), commence 2-day strike on Japanese shipping and aircraft in the Ryukyu Islands and Formosa. United States naval vessels damaged: Escort carrier SARGENT BAY (CVE-83) and destroyer escort ROBERT F. KELLER (DE-419), by collision, Philippine Islands area. Minelayer MONADNOCK (CM-9), by collision, Luzon area, P. I., 12 d. 22'N., 121 d. 01'E. Japanese naval vessel sunk: Submarine chaser NO. 10, by Army aircraft, Philippine Islands area, 07 d. 04'N., 123 d. 37'E. United States naval vessel sunk: Escort carrier OMMANEY BAY (CVE-79), damaged by suicide plane, Luzon area, P. I., 11 d. 25'N., 121 d. 19'E; sunk by United States forces. 

01/04 Thu. United States naval vessels damaged: Destroyer BALL (DD-587), by collision, Luzon area, P. I., 11 d. 25'N., 121 d. 19'E. Oiler PECOS (AO-65), by horizontal bomber, Luzon area, P. I., 12 d. 19'N., 121 d. 04'E. Japanese naval vessel sunk: Submarine chaser NO. 210, by aircraft, Formosa Strait. 

01/05 Fri. Cruiser and destroyer task group (Rear Adm. A. E. Smith) bombards, and Army aircraft bomb enemy shipping and installations on Chichi Jima and Haha Jima, Bonin Islands. Cruiser and destroyer task force (Rear Adm. J. L. McCrea) bombards Japanese installations at Suribachi Wan, Paramushiro, in the Kurile Islands. United States naval vessels damaged: Escort carrier MANILA BAY (CVE-61), by suicide plane, Luzon area, P. I., 14 d. 50'N., 119 d. 10'E. Escort carrier SAVO ISLAND (CVE-78), by suicide plane, Luzon area, P. I., 15 d. 50'N., 119 d. 00'E. Heavy cruiser LOUISVILLE (CA-28), by suicide plane, Luzon area, P. I., 15 d. 00'N., 119 d. 00'E. Destroyer HELM (DD-388), by suicide plane, Luzon area, P. I., 15 d. 00'N., 119 d. 00'E. Destroyer DAVID W. TAYLOR (DD-551), by mine, Bonin Islands area, 27 d. 04'N., 142 d. 06'E. Destroyer escort EDWIN A. HOWARD (DE-346), by collision with destroyer escort LELAND E. THOMAS (DE-420), Philippine Islands area, 09 d. 48'N., 127 d. 15'E. Destroyer escort STAFFORD (DE-411), by suicide plane, Luzon area, P. I., 14 d. 00 N., 120 d. 00'E. Seaplane tender (small) ORCA (AVP-49), by suicide plane, Luzon area, P. I., 15 d. 36'N., 119 d. 20'E. Ocean tug APACHE (ATF-67), by suicide plane, Luzon area, P. I., 15 d. 53'N., 119 d. 00'E.

01/06 Sat. Aircraft from fast carrier task force (Vice Adm. J. S. McCain) commence 1-day attack on Japanese aircraft and airfield facilities in Luzon area,
P. I. United States naval vessels sunk: High-speed minesweeper HOVEY (DMS-11), by aircraft torpedo, Luzon area, P.I., 16 d. 20'N., 120 d. 10'E. High-speed minesweeper LONG (DMS-12), by suicide plane, Philippine Islands area, 16 d. 12'N., 120 d. 11'E. United States naval vessels damaged: Battleships NEW MEXICO (BB-40) and CALIFORNIA (BB-44),by suicide planes, Luzon area, P. I., 16 d. 20'N., 120 d. 10'E. Heavy cruiser LOUISVILLE (CA-28), by suicide plane, Luzon area, P. I., 16 d. 37'N., 120 d. 17'E. Heavy cruiser MINNEAPOLIS (CA-36), by suicide plane, Luzon area, P. I., 16 d. 10'N., 120 d. 10'E. Light cruiser COLUMBIA (CL-56), by suicide plane, Luzon area, P. I., 16 d. 20'N., 120 d. 10'E. Destroyer NEWCOMB (DD-586), by suicide plane and accidentally by United States naval gunfire, Luzon area, P. I., 16 d. 20'N., 120 d. 10'.E Destroyer RICHARD P. LEARY (DD-664), by suicide plane, Luzon area, P. I., 16 d. 20'N., 120 d. 10'E. Destroyers ALLEN M. SUMNER (DD-691) and WALKE (DD-723), by suicide plane, Luzon area, P. I., 16 d. 40'N., 120 d. 10'E. Destroyer O'BRIEN (DD-725), by suicide plane, Luzon area, P. I., 16 d. 23'N., 120 d. 14'E. Destroyer LOWRY (DD-770), accidentally by United States naval gunfire, Luzon area, P. I., 16 d. 40'N., 120 d. 10'E. High-speed minesweeper SOUTHARD (DMS-10), by suicide plane, Luzon area, P. I., 16'11 d. N., 126 d. 16'E. High-speed transport BROOKS (APD-10), by suicide plane, Luzon area, P. I., 16 d. 20'N., 120 d. 10'E.

01/07 Sun. Battleship, cruiser, and destroyer force (Vice Adm. J. B. Oldendorf) and aircraft from escort carrier group (Rear Adm. C. T. Durgin) open 2-day bombardment and bombing of beach area in Lingayen Gulf, Luzon, P. I. United States naval vessel sunk: High-speed minesweeper PALMER (DMS-5),by horizontal bomber, Luzon area, P. I., 16 d. 20'N., 120 d. 10'E. United States naval vessels damaged: Attack transport CALLAWAY (APA-35), by suicide plane, Luzon area, P. I., 17 d. 00'N., 120 d. 00'E. LST 912, by suicide plane, Luzon area, P. I., 16 d. 20'N., 120 d. 10'E.

01/08 Mon. United States naval vessels damaged: Escort carrier KITKUN BAY (CVE-71), by suicide plane, Luzon area, P. I., 15 d. 48'N., 119 d. 09'E. Escort carrier KADASHAN BAY (CVE-76), by suicide plane, Luzon area, P. I., 15 d. 10'N., 119 d. 08'E. 

01/09 Tue. Army forces land in Lingayen Gulf area, P. I., under cover of naval gunfire and carrier-based aircraft. Gen. Douglas MacArthur is in overall command of the operation. Vice Adm. T. C. Kinkaid commands the naval forces, and Lt. Gen. W. Krueger is the ground force commander. In support of the landings, aircraft fast carrier task force (Vice Adm. J. S. McCain) bomb Japanese airfields and shipping in the Formosa, Ryukyus, and Pescadores Islands areas. United States naval vessels damaged: Battleship MISSISSIPPI (BB-41), by suicide plane, Philippine Islands area, 16 d. 08'N., 120 d. 18'E. Battleship COLORADO (BB-45), accidentally by United States naval gunfire, Philippine Islands area, 16 d. 08'N., 120 d. 10'E. Light cruiser COLUMBIA (CL-56), by suicide plane, Philippine Islands area, 16 d. 08'N., 120 d. 10'E. Destroyer escort HODGES (DE-231), by suicide plane, Philippine Islands area, 16 d. 22'N., 120 d. 12'E. Transport WARHAWK (AP-168), by suicide boat, Philippine Islands area, 16 d. 20'N., 120 d. 10'E. Oiler GUADALUPE (A0-32), by collision, Philippine Islands area, 20 d. 06'N., 121 d. 34'E. LST 925 and LST 1028, by depth charges, Philippine Islands area, 16 d. 20'N., 120 d. 10'E. Japanese naval vessels sunk, Formosa area: Submarine chaser NO. 61, by carrier-based aircraft, 22 d. 40'N, 120 d. 04'E. Submarine chaser NO. 90, by carrier-based aircraft, 22 d. 40'N., 120 d. 00'E. Coast defense vessel NO. 3, by carrier-based aircraft, 27 d. 10'N., 121 d. 45'E.

01/10 Wed. United States naval vessels damaged: Destroyer WICKER (DD-578), by horizontal bomber, Philippine Islands area, 16 d. 04'N., 118 d. 55'E. Destroyer escort LERAY WILSON (DE-414), by suicide plane, Philippine Islands area, 16 
d. 20'N., 120 d. 10'E. High-speed transport CLEMSON (APD-31), by collision, Philippine Islands area, 16 d. 20'N., 120 d. 10'E. Attack transport DUPAGE (APA-41), by suicide plane, Philippine Islands area, 16 d. 17'N., 120 d. 15'E. Attack transport LATIMER (APA-152), by collision, Philippine Islands area, 16 
d. 20'N., 120 d. 10'E. LST 507, by collision, Philippine Islands area, 16 d. 20'N., 120 d. 10'E. LST 610, by suicide boat, Philippine Islands area, 16 d. 20'N., 120 d. 10'E. Japanese naval vessel sunk: Coast defense vessel NO. 45, by submarine PUFFER (SS-268), off the Ryukyu Islands, 20 d. 01'N., 126 d. 34'E.

01/11 Thu. United States naval vessels damaged, Philippine Islands area: High-speed transport BELKNAP (APD-34), by suicide plane, 16 d. 20'N., 120 d. 10'E. LST 270, by coastal defense gun, 16 d. 20'N., 120 d. 10'E. LST 700, accidentally by United States naval gunfire, 16 d. 43'N., 119 d. 58'E. LST 918, by coastal defense gun, 16 d. 20'N., 120 d. 10'E.

01/11   The Golden Gate was sighted and the ship stood into San Francisco Bay.

01/12 Fri. Aircraft from fast carrier task force (Vice Adm. J. S. McCain) operating in the South China Sea hit Japanese shipping, airfields, and other shore installations in southeast French Indochina. United States naval vessels damaged, Philippine Islands area: Destroyer escorts RICHARD W. SUESENS (DE-342) and GILLIGAN (DE-508), by suicide planes, 16 d. 20'N., 120 d. 10'E. Attack transport ZEILIN (APA-3), by suicide plane, 15 d. 23'N., 119 d. 10'E. LST 700, by suicide plane, 14 d. 04'N., 119 d. 25'E. LST 710 and LST 778, accidentally by United States naval gunfire, 15 d. 00'N., 119 d. 30'E. Japanese naval vessel sunk, by carrier-based aircraft, South China Sea: Training cruiser KASHII, 13 d. 50'N., 109 d. 20'E. Frigate CHIBURI, 10 d. 20'N., 107 d. 50'E. Submarine chaser NO. 31, 11 d. 10'N., 108 d. 55'E. Submarine chaser NO. 43, 11 d. 53'N., 109 d. 08'E. Minesweeper NO. 101, 11 d. 10'N., 108 d. 55'E. Transport NO. 140, 10 d. 20'N, 107 d. 50'E. Patrolboat NO. 103, 11 d. 10'N., 108 d. 55'E. Coast defense vessels NOs. 17 and 19, 10 d. 20'N., 107 d. 50'E. Coast defense vessel NO. 23, 14 d. 15'N., 109 d. 10'E. Coast defense vessels NOs. 35 and 43, 11 d. 10'N., 108 d. 55'E. Coast defense vessel NO. 51, 14 d. 15'N., 109 d. 10'E. 

01/12   At Bethlemhem Steel Company, San Francisco, California, undergoing overhaul.

01/13 Sat. United States naval vessel damaged, Philippine Islands area: Escort carrier SALAMAUA (CVE-96), by suicide plane, 17 d. 09'N., 119 d. 21'E. 

01/14 Sun. United States naval vessel lost: PT-73, by rounding, Philippine Islands area, 13 d. 50'N., 120 d. 10'E.; beached and abandoned. Japanese naval vessel sunk: Minelayer YURISHIMA, by submarine COBIA (SS-145), off Sumatra, 05 d. 51'N., 103 d. 16'E. 

01/15 Mon. Aircraft from fast carrier task force (Vice Adm. J. S. McCain) attack Japanese shipping and aircraft in the Formosa and China coast areas. United States naval vessel damaged: Escort carrier HOGGATT BAY (CVE-75), by accidental explosion, Philippine Islands area, 17 d. 01'N., 119 d. 20'E. Japanese naval vessels sunk, by carrier-based aircraft, Formosa area: Destroyer HATAKAZE, 22 d. 37'N., 120 d. 15'E. Old destroyer TSUGA, 23 d. 33'N., 119 d. 33'E. Transport NO. 14, 11 d. 37'N., 120 d. 15'E. 

01/16 Tue. Aircraft from fast carrier task force (Vice Adm. J. S. McCain) strike enemy shipping and installations at Hong Kong, Hainan Island, and along the China coast.

01/17 Wed. United States naval vessel damaged: Escort carrier NEHENTA BAY (CVE-74), by storm, Philippine Islands area, 17 d. 41'N., 117 d. 33'E. Japanese naval vessel sunk: Transport NO. 15, by submarine TAUTOG (SS-199), off Kyushu, Japan, 31 d. 09'N., 130 d. 29'E.

01/18 Thu. Two Japanese raiding parties land on Peleliu, Palau Islands, in an unsuccessful attempt to damage aircraft on the ground and destroy ammunition. United States naval vessels damaged, Philippines Islands area: LST 219, by grounding, 16 d. 10'N., 120 d. 22'E. LST 710, by collision, 16 d. 10'N., 120 d. 22'E. LST 752, by collision, 11 d. 11'N., 125 d. 05'E. Japanese submarine sunk: RO-47, by destroyer escort FLEMING (DE-32), central Pacific area, 12 d. 08'N., 154 d. 27'E.

01/20 Sat. Submarine Nautilus (SS-168) lands supplies on south coast of Mindanao, P. I. Aircraft from fast carrier task force (Vice Adm. J. S. McCain) attack enemy shipping and airfields in Formosa, and Pescadores Islands, and Sakashima Gunto and Okinawa in the Ryukyu Islands. Japanese aircraft make concerted counterattacks on the task force ships. United States naval vessels damaged, Formosa-Ryukyu Islands area: Carrier TICONDEROGA (CV-14), by suicide plane, 22 d. 40'N., 122 d. 57'E. Carrier HANCOCK (CV-19), by accidental explosion, 22 d. 40'N., 122 d. 30'E. Light carrier LANGLEY (CVL-27), by suicide plane, 22 d. 40'N., 122 d. 51'E. Destroyer MADDOX (DD-731), by suicide plane, 23 d. 06'N., 122 d. 43'E. Japanese naval vessels sunk: Transport NO. 101, by carrier-based aircraft, Formosa area, 22 d. 37'N., 120 d. 15'E. Transport NO. 102, by carrier-based aircraft, Philippine Islands area, 11 d. 03'N., 123 d. 05'E.

01/22 Mon. Aircraft from fast carrier task force (Vice Adm. J. S. McCain) strike Japanese shipping, airfields, and other installations in the Ryukyu Islands.

01/23 Tue. Submarine BARB (SS-220) enters Namkwan harbor, China, and makes torpedo attack on Japanese auxiliary shipping. Submarine NAUTILUS (SS-168) delivers supplies to east coast of Mindanao, P. I. Japanese submarine sunk: I-48, by destroyer escorts CORBESIER (DE-438), CONKLIN (DE-439), and RABY (DE-698), off Yap Island, Caroline Islands, 09 d. 45'N., 138 d. 20'E. 

01/24 Wed. Battleship, cruiser, and destroyer task group (Rear Adm. O. C. Badger) bombards enemy positions on Iwo Jima, Volcano Islands. Naval land-based aircraft from the Philippine Islands bomb Japanese shipping at Keelung, Formosa. United States naval vessel sunk: Salvage vessel EXTRACTOR (ARS-15), accidentally by United States submarine, Philippine Sea, 15 d. 44'N., 133 d. 29'E. United States naval vessel damaged: Landing ship dock SHADWELL (LSD-15), by aircraft torpedo, Philippine Islands area, 09 d. 01'N., 123 d. 45'E. Japanese naval vessel sunk: Destroyer SHIGURE, by submarine BLACKFIN (SS-322), Gulf of Siam, 06 d. 00'N., 103 d. 48'E.

01/27 Sat. Japanese naval vessel sunk: Minesweeper NO. 102, by submarine BERGALL (SS-320), Java Sea, 08 d. 37'S., 115 d. 39'E. 

01/28 Sun. Carrier ANTIETAM (CV-36), is commissioned at Philadelphia, Pa. United States naval vessel sunk: PT-338, by grounding, off Luzon, P. I., 12 d. 06'N., 121 d. 23'E.; sunk by United States forces. Japanese naval vessel sunk: Frigate KUME, by submarine SPADEFISH (SS-411), Yellow Sea, 33 d. 56'N., 123 d. 06'E, 

01/29 Mon. Army forces are landed near San Antonio, northwest of Subic Bay, Luzon, P. I., by naval attack group (Rear Adm. A. D. Struble). United States naval vessel sunk: Cargo ship SERPENS (AK-97), by explosion, Guadalcanal, Solomon Islands. United States naval vessels damaged, Philippine Islands area: Transport CAVALIER (APA-37), by submarine torpedo, 14 d. 48'N., 119 d. 18'E. Repair ship AMYCUS (ARL-2), by horizontal bomber, 16 d. 20'N., 120 d. 10'E. 

01/30 Tue. Army troops are landed on Grande Island, Subic Bay, Luzon, P. I. 

01/31 Wed. Army troops are landed at Masugbu, south of the entrance to Manila Bay, Luzon, P. I., by naval attack group (Rear Adm. W. M. Fechteler) with support by carrier-based aircraft (Rear Adm. W. D. Sample). United States naval vessel sunk: Submarine chaser PC-1119, by suicide boat, Philippine Islands area, 14 d. 05'N., 12O d. 30'E. Japanese naval vessel sunk: Destroyer UME, by Army aircraft, off Formosa, 22 d. 30'N., 120 d. 00'E. 

02/01 Thu. United States naval vessels sunk: PT-77, accidentally by United States naval gunfire, Philippine Islands area, 13 d. 55'N., 120 d. 36'E.; beached and abandoned. PT-79, accidentally by United States naval gunfire, Philippine Islands area, 13 d. 55'N., 120 d. 36'E. Japanese naval vessels sunk: Transport NO. 115, by Army aircraft, Philippine Islands area, 20 d. 00'N., 121 d. 00'E. Submarine RO-115, by destroyers JENKINS (DD-447), O'BANNON (DD-450), and BELL (DD-587), and destroyer escort ULVERT M. MOORE (DE-442), Philippine Islands area, 13 d. 20'N., 119 d. 20'E. 

02/02 Sat. Japanese naval vessel sunk: Coast defense vessel NO. 144, by submarine BESUGO (SS-321), off Malay Peninsula, 04 d. 32'N., 104 d. 30'E. 

02/07 Wed. Japanese naval vessels sunk: Submarine RO-55, by destroyer escort THOMASON (DE-203), Philippine Islands area, 15 d. 27'N., 119 d. 25'E. Coast defense vessel No. 53, by submarine BERGALL (SS-320), South China Sea, 12 d. 04'N., 109 d. 22'E.

02/09 Fri. Submarine BATFISH (SS-310) sinks Japanese submarine; this is the first of three Japanese submarines sunk in 4 days by BATFISH. (See 11 and 12 February 1945.) Japanese naval vessel sunk: Submarine I-41, by submarine BATFISH (SS-310), Philippine Islands area, 18 d. 50'N., 121 d. 40'E. 

02/11 Sun. United States naval vessel sunk: LST 577, damaged by submarine torpedo, east of Philippine Islands, 08 d. 01'N., 130 d. 37'E., sunk by United States forces. United States naval vessel damaged: Ocean tug TAKELMA (ATF-113), by collision, Philippine Islands area, 10 d. 50'N., 125 d. 25'E. Japanese submarine sunk: RO-112, by submarine BATFISH (SS-310), Philippine Islands area, 18 d. 53'N., 121 d. 50'E. 

02/12 Mon. Japanese submarine sunk: RO-113, by submarine BATFISH (SS-310), Philippine Islands area, 19 d. 10'N., 121 d. 23'E.

02/13 Tue. Motor torpedo boats enter Manila Bay, Luzon, P. I., for night reconnaissance; these are the first United States naval units to enter Manila Bay since May 1942. 

02/14 Wed. United States naval vessel sunk: Motor minesweeper YMS-48, by coastal defense gun, Philippine Islands area, 14 d. 24'N., 120 d. 33'E. United States naval vessels damaged, Philippine Islands area: Destroyer FLETCHER (DD-445), by coastal defense gun, 14 d. 25'N., 120 d. 30'E. Destroyers RADFORD (DD-446) and LAVALLETTE (DD-448), by mines, 14 d. 25'N., 120 d. 30'E. Destroyer HOPEWELL (DD-681), by coastal defense gun, 14 d. 24'N., 120 d. 33'E. Japanese naval vessels sunk: Submarine chasers NOs. 4 and 114, by submarine HAWKBILL (SS-366), Java Sea, 08 d. 20'S., 115 d. 43'E. Coast defense vessel NO. 9, by submarine GATO (SS-212), Yellow Sea, 34 d. 48'N., 125 d. 58'E.

02/15 Thu. Army forces are landed in the Mariveles Harbor area of Bataan Peninsula, Luzon, P. I., by naval task group (Rear Adm. A. D. Struble). United States naval vessel sunk: Submarine SWORDFISH (SS-193), Pacific Ocean area, reported as presumed lost. United States naval vessel damaged: Motor minesweeper YMS-46, by coastal defense gun, 14 d. 23'N., 120 d. 36' E. 

02/16 Fri. Aircraft from fast carrier task force (Vice Adm. M. A. Mitscher) bomb airfields, aircraft factories, and shipping in the Tokyo area, Japan; attack is repeated on 17 February. Fire support vessels and carrier-based aircraft commence 3-day prelanding bombardment and bombing of Iwo Jima, Volcano Islands. Cruiser and destroyer task force (Rear Adm. J. L. McCrea) bombards enemy shore installations at Kurabu Zaki, Paramushiro, Kurile Islands. Army forces, preceded by naval bombardment and attack by Army aircraft, land on Corregidor, Luzon, P. I. United States naval vessel sunk: Submarine BARBEL (SS-316), Pacific Ocean area, reported as presumed lost. United States naval vessels damaged: Destroyers INGRAHAM (DD-694) and BARTON (DD-722), by collision, Iwo Jima area, 31 d. 45'N., 141 d. 54'E. Submarine chaser PC-1119, by coastal defense gun, Luzon area, P. I., 14 d. 23'N., 120 d. 35'E. Japanese naval vessel sunk: Minelayer NARIU, by submarine SENNET (SS-408), off Shikoku, Japan, 32 d. 10'N., 135 d. 54'E. 

02/17 Sat. United States naval vessels damaged: Battleship TENNESSEE (BB-43), by coastal defense gun, Iwo Jima area, 24 d. 44'N., 141 d. 19'E. Heavy cruiser PENSACOLA (CA-24), by coastal defense gun, Iwo Jima area, 24 d. 46'N., 141 d. 19'E. Destroyer LEUTZE (DD-481), by coastal defense gun, Iwo Jima area, 24 d. 46'N., 141 d. 19'E. Destroyer DORTCH (DD-670), by strafing, Iwo Jima area, 30 d. 01'N., 141 d. 45'E. Destroyer WALDRON (DD-699), by intentional ramming of Japanese picket boat, Iwo Jima area, 29 d. 27'N., 141 d. 34'E. Tug HIDATSA (ATF-102), by mine, Luzon area, P. I., 14 d. 25'N., 120 d. 30'E. Japanese naval vessels sunk: Transport NO. 114, by Army aircraft, off Formosa, 23 d. 04'N., 120 d. 30'E. Coast defense vessel NO. 56, by submarine BOWFIN (SS-287), off Honshu, Japan, 33 d. 53'N., 139 d. 43'E. 

02/18 Sun. United States naval vessels damaged, Iwo Jima area: Light minelayer GAMBLE (DM-15), by horizontal bomber, 24 d. 55'N., 141 d. 08'E. High-speed transport BLESSMAN (APD-48), by horizontal bomber, 25 d. 05'N., 141 d. 10'E. 

02/19 Mon. Marines land on Iwo Jima, Volcano Islands, supported by intensive naval gunfire and air attack. The operation is under the overall command of Adm. R. A. Spruance, Commander Fifth Fleet. Vice Adm. R. K. Turner is the Joint Expeditionary Force Commander and Lt. Gen. H. M. Smith, USMC, commands the Expeditionary Troops. Naval gunfire and air bombing continue to support the troops ashore during this difficult campaign. Army troops covered by Marine aircraft are landed at Allen on the northwest coast of Samar and on Capul Island, P. I., to insure control of San Bernardino Strait. (See 20 February 1945.) United States naval vessels damaged, Iwo Jima area: Heavy cruiser CHESTER (CA-27), by collision with amphibious force flagship ESTES (AGC-12), 24 d. 13'N., 141 d. 25'E. Destroyer BRADFORD (DD-545), by collision, 24 d. 46'N., 141 d. 20'E. Destroyer JOHN W. Weeks (DD-701), by coastal defense gun, 25 d. 32'N., 141 d. 01'E. Destroyer escort FINNEGAN (DE-307), by collision, 22 d. 46'N., 141 d. 19'E. 

02/20 Tue. Army troops under cover of Marine aircraft are landed on Biri Island, P. I., to insure control of San Bernardino Strait. (See 19 February 1945.) United States naval vessels damaged, Iwo Jima area: Light cruiser BILOXI (CL-80), accidentally by United States naval gunfire, 25 d. 47'N., 141 d. 15'E. Hospital ship SAMARITAN (AH-10), accidentally by United States naval gunfire, 24 d. 46'N., 141 d. 19'E. Attack transports NAPA (APA-157) and LOGAN (APA-196), by collision, 24 d. 46'N., 141 d. 19'E. Attack cargo ship STARR (AKA-67), by collision, 24 d. 46'N., 141 d. 19'E. LST 779, by coastal mortar, 24 d. 46'N., 141 d. 19'E. Japanese naval vessel sunk: Destroyer NOKAZE, by submarine PARGO (SS-264), South China Sea, 12 d. 48'N., 109 d. 38'E. 

02/21 Wed. Naval land-based and Army aircraft bomb and strafe enemy installations at Truk, Caroline Islands. United States naval vessel sunk: Escort carrier BISMARCK SEA (CVE-95), by suicide plane, Iwo Jima area, 24 d. 36'N., 141 d. 48'E. United States naval vessels damaged: Carrier SARATOGA (CV-3), by suicide planes, Iwo Jima area, 24 d. 56'N., 142 d. 01'E. Escort carrier LUNGA POINT (CVE-94), by suicide plane, Iwo Jima area, 24 d. 40'N., 141 d. 44'E. Destroyer WILLIAMSON (DD-244), by collision, Iwo Jima area, 24 d. 39'N., 142 d. 01'E. Destroyer RENSHAW (DD-499), by submarine torpedo, Luzon area, P. I., 24 d. 36'N., 141 d. 48'E. Attack cargo ship YANCEY (AKA-93), by collision, Iwo Jima area, 24 d. 46'N., 141 d. 19'E. Net cargo ship KEOKUK (AKN-4), by suicide plane, Iwo Jima area, 24 d. 36'N., 141 d. 48'E. LST 390, by collision, Iwo Jima area, 24 d. 46'N., 141 d. 19'E. LST 477, by suicide plane, Iwo Jima area, 24 d. 40'N., 141 d. 44'E. LST 809, by suicide plane, Iwo Jima area, 24 d. 08'N., 142 d. 06'E.

02/22 Thu. United States naval vessels damaged: Destroyer escort MELVIN R. NAWMAN (DE-416), by collision with LST 807, Iwo Jima area, 24 d. 46'N., 141 d. 19'E. 

02/23 Fri. United States naval vessels damaged, Iwo Jima area: Submarine chaser PC 877, by collision, 24 d. 46'N., 141 d. 19'F LST 684, by coastal defense gun, 24 d. 46'N., 141 d. 19'E. LST 716, by grounding, 24 d. 46'N., 141 d. 19'E. LST 792, by coastal defense gun, 24 d. 46'N., 141 d. 19'E. Japanese naval vessels sunk: Frigate YAKU, by submarine HAMMERHEAD (SS-364), off Indochina, 12 d. 39'N., 109 d. 29'E. Submarine chaser No. 35, by Army aircraft, South China Sea, 10 d. 15'N., 107 d. 31'E. 

02/24 Sun. Japanese resistance in Manila, Luzon, P. I., ceases. United States naval vessels damaged, Iwo Jima area: Heavy cruiser SAN FRANCISCO (CA-38), by storm, 30 d. 00'N., 145 d. 00'E. Destroyer COLAHAN (DD-658), by storm, 29 d. 45'N., 146 d. 20'E. Destroyer HEYWOOD L. EDWARDS (DD-663), by collision, 24 d. 47'N., 141 d. 25'E. Destroyer BRYANT (DD-665), by collision, 24 d. 47'N., 141 d. 25'E. Destroyer MOALE (DD-693), by storm, 25 d. 00'N., 141 d. 00'E. Submarine chaser PC-578, by collision, 24 d. 46'N., 141 d. 19'E. LST 792, by coastal defense gun, 24 d. 46'N., 141 d. 19'E. Japanese submarine sunk: RO-49, by submarine LEGARTO (SS-371), off Kyushu, 32 d. 40'N., 132 d. 33'E.

02/25 Sun. Aircraft from fast carrier task force (Vice Adm. M. A. Mitscher) bomb aircraft factories and airfields near Tokyo, Japan. United States naval vessels damaged: Destroyer HARRISON (DD-573), by storm, south of Honshu, Japan, 33 d. 00'N., 141 d. 00'E. Attack transport FAYETTE (APA-43), by collision, Iwo Jima area, 24 d. 45'N., 141 d. 20'E. Attack cargo ship MULIPHEN (AKA-61), by collision, Iwo Jima area, 24 d. 46'N., 141 d. 19'E. Seaplane tender HAMLIN (AV-15), accidentally by United States naval gunfire, Iwo Jima area, 24 d. 46'N., 141 d. 19'E. Motor minesweeper YMS-175, by mine, Caroline Island area, 07 d. 20'N., 134 d. 35'E. LST 918, by collision, Iwo Jima area, 24 d. 46'N., 141 d. 19'E. 

02/26 Mon. United States naval vessels damaged: Light cruiser PASADENA (CL-65), by naval gunfire, south of Honshu, Japan, 31 d. 20'N., 141 d. 15'E. Destroyer PORTERFIELD (DD-682), by naval gunfire, south of Honshu, Japan, 33 d. 10'N., 143 d. 30'E. Minesweeper SAUNTER (AM-195), by mine, Luzon area, P. I., 14 d. 17'N., 120 d. 38'E. LST 121, by collision and grounding, Iwo Jima area, 24 d. 46'N., 141 d. 19'E. LST 760, and LST 884, by coastal defense gun, Iwo Jima area, 24 d. 46'N., 141 d. 19'E. Japanese naval vessels sunk: Submarine I-368, by aircraft (VC-82) from escort carrier Anzio (CVE-57), Volcano Islands area, 24 d. 43'N., 140 d. 37'E. Submarine I-370, by destroyer escort FINNEGAN (DE-307), near Volcano Islands, 22 d. 45'N., 141 d. 27'E. Submarine RO-43, by aircraft (VC-82) from escort carrier Anzio (CVE-57), near Volcano Islands, 24 d. 07'N., 140 d. 19'E. Frigate SHONAN, by submarine HOE (SS-258), South China Sea, 17 d. 08'N., 110 d. 01'E. Picket boat, by naval gunfire, south of Honshu, Japan. 

02/27 Tue. United States naval vessels damaged, Iwo Jima area: Light carrier SAN JACINTO (CVL-30), by collision, 23 d. 00'N., 139 d. 00'E. Destroyer COLHOUN (DD-801), by collision, 24 d. 49'N., 141 d. 20'E. Oiler MERRIMACK (AO-37), by collision, 23 d. 00'N., 139 d. 00'E. Attack transport PRESIDENT ADAMS (APA-19), by collision, 24 d. 46'N., 141 d. 19'E. Attack transport KNOX (APA-46), by collision, 14 d. 49'N., 141 d. 21'E. Attack cargo ship TOLLAND (AKA-64), by collision, 24 d. 46'N., 141 d. 19'E. LST 779, by collision and grounding, 24 d. 46'N., 141 d. 19'E. LST 809, by collision, 24 d. 46'N., 141 d. 19'E.

02/28 Wed. Army troops are landed at Puerto Princesa, Palawan Island, P. I., by naval attack group (Rear Adm. W. M. Fechteler); landing is preceded by naval bombardment, United States naval vessels damaged, Iwo Jima area: Destroyer BENNETT (DD-473), by aircraft bomb, 24 d. 46'N., 141 d. 19'E. Destroyer TERRY (DD-513), by coastal defense gun, 24 d. 48'N., 141 d. 33'E. Submarine chaser PCS-1461, by collision, 24 d. 46' N.,141 d. 19'E. Attack cargo ship WHITLEY (AKA-91), by collision, 24 d. 46'N., 141 d. 19'E. LST 641 and LST 787, by collision, 24 d. 46'N, 141 d. 19'E.

02/28   Overhaul completed.

03/01 Thu. Aircraft from fast carrier task force (Vice Adm. M. A. Mitscher) attack enemy ground installations, aircraft, and shipping in the Okinawa area, Ryukyu Islands. Army troops supported by naval gunfire and Army aircraft land on Lubang Island, P. I. United States naval vessels damaged, Iwo Jima area: Destroyers TERRY (DD-513) and COLHOUN (DD-801), by coastal defense gun, 24 d. 47'N., 141 d. 21'E. Attack transport BERRIEN (APA-62), by collision, 24 d. 46'N., 141 d. 19'E. Japanese naval vessels sunk: Torpedo boat MANAZURU, by carrier-based aircraft, Ryukyu Islands area, 26 d. 17'N., 127 d. 35'E. Minelayer TSUBAME, by carrier-based aircraft, Formosa area, 24 d. 23'N,, 124 d. 12'E.

03/01 to 03   Shakedown conducted off the Farallones.

03/02 Fri. Cruiser and destroyer task group (Rear Adm. F. E. M. Whiting) bombards Japanese positions on Okino Daito Jima, Ryukyu Islands. Destroyers bombard enemy on Parece Vela Reef in the Philippine Sea. United States naval vessels damaged, Iwo Jima area: Attack cargo ship STOKES (AKA-68), LST 224, LST 247, LST 634, by collision, 24 d. 46'N., 141 d. 19'E. LST 642, by grounding, 24 d. 46'N., 141 d. 19'E. 

03/03 Sat. Army troops land on Masbate, Burias and Ticao Islands, P. I.; landings are supported by naval gunfire and Marine aircraft. Submarine TUNA (SS-203) lands supplies on northeast coast of Borneo. United States naval vessel damaged, Iwo Jima area: Attack transport BOLIVAR (APA-34), by coastal defense gun, 24 d. 46'N., 141 d. 19'E. Japanese naval vessel sunk: Oiler HARIO, by mine, off French Indochina, 18 d. 10'N., 109 d. 40'E.

03/04   Oakland departed from San Francisco Bay and set course for Pearl Harbor.

03/05 Mon. United States naval vessel damaged: LST 641, by collision, Iwo Jima area, 24 d. 46'N., 141 d. 19'E. Japanese naval vessels sunk: Submarine chaser NO. 110, by Army aircraft, Netherlands East Indies area, 08 d. 36'S., 119 d. 19'E. Minesweeper No. 15, by submarine TILEFISH (SS-307), north of Ryukyu Islands. 

03/08 Thu. Japanese naval vessel sunk: Transport No. 143, by Army aircraft, Formosa area, 23 d. 35'N., 121 d. 35'E. 

03/09   Entered Pearl Harbor.

03/10 Sat. Naval attack group (Rear Adm. F. B. Royal) lands Army troops near Zamboanga, Mindanao, P. I.; landing is supported by naval gunfire and Army aircraft. 

03/11 Sun.United States naval vessel damaged: Carrier RANDOLPH (CV-15), by suicide plane, Ulithi, Caroline Islands area, 10 d. 01'N., 139 d. 40'E.

03/11 to 14   Intensive training exercises conducted in the Hawaiian training area.

03/13 Tue. Japanese naval vessel sunk: Coast defense vessel NO. 66, by Army aircraft, South China Sea, 23 d. 30'N., 117 d. 10'E. 

03/14 Wed. Submarine ROCK (SS-274) lands supplies on Lombok Island, Netherlands East Indies.

03/14   Returned to Pearl Harbor.

03/15 Thu. Cruiser and destroyer task force (Rear Adm. J. L. McCrea) bombards enemy shore installations on Matsuwa, Kurile Islands. 

03/16 Fri. Iwo Jima, Volcano Islands, is declared secured. Army forces supported by destroyer gunfire land on Basilan Island, Sulu Archipelago, P. I. United States naval vessel damaged: LST 928, by grounding, Iwo Jima area, 24 d. 46'N., 141 d. 19'E. Japanese naval vessel sunk: Coast defense vessel NO. 69, by Army aircraft, South China Sea, 19 d. 02'N., 110 d. 56'E. 

03/17 Sat. United States naval vessel damaged: Submarine SPOT (SS-413), by naval gunfire, off Formosa, 23 d. 00'N., 122 d. 00'E.

03/18 Sun. Aircraft from fast carrier task force (Vice Adm. M. A. Mitscher) bomb airfields on Kyushu, Japan. Army troops are landed on southeast coast of Panay, P. I., by naval task group (Rear Adm. A. D. Struble) under cover of cruiser and destroyer gunfire. United States naval vessels damaged: Carrier ENTERPRISE (CV-6), by horizontal bomber, off Kyushu, Japan, 30 d. 50'N., 133 d. 42'E. Carrier YORKTOWN (CV-10), by horizontal bomber, off Kyushu, Japan, 30 d. 40'N., 133 d. 49'E. Carrier INTREPID (CV-11), by suicide plane and accidentally by United States naval gunfire, off Kyushu, Japan, 30 d. 47'N., 133 d. 50'E. LST 635, by grounding, Philippine Islands area, 11 d. 05'N., 125 d. 05'E. Japanese naval vessel sunk: Transport No. 18, by submarine SPRINGER (SS-414), south
of the Ryukyu Islands, 26 d. 33'N., 127 d. 11'E. 

03/19 Mon. Aircraft from fast carrier task force (Vice Adm. M. A. Mitscher) bomb airfields on Kyushu, and shipping at Kure and Kobe, Honshu, Japan. United States naval vessels damaged: Carrier ESSEX (CV-9), accidentally by United States naval gunfire, off Shikoku, Japan, 32 d. 10'N., 134 d. 20'E. Carrier FRANKLIN (CV-13), by horizontal bomber, off Kyushu, Japan, 32 d. 01'N., 133 d. 57'E. Carrier WASP (CV-18), by dive bomber, off Shikoku, Japan, 32 d. 16'N., 134 d. 05'E. Japanese naval vessel sunk: River gunboat SUMA, by Army mine, off Shanghai, China, 32 d. 00'N., 120 d. 00'E.

03/19   Oakland sortied from Pearl Harbor.

03/20 Tue. Submarine PERCH (SS-313) lands personnel on east coast of Borneo. United States naval vessels damaged: Carrier ENTERPRISE (CV-6), accidentally by United States naval gunfire, off Japan, 30 d. 01'N., 134 d. 30'E. Destroyer HALSEY POWELL (DD-686), by suicide plane, off Japan, 30 d. 27'N., 134 d. 28'E. Submarine DEVILFISH (SS-292), by suicide plane, off Volcano Islands, 25 d. 36'N., 137 d. 30'E. Cargo ship HERCULES (AK-41), by collision, Iwo Jima area, 24 d. 46'N., 141 d. 19'E. 

03/21 Wed. Japanese aircraft make first known operational use of piloted bombs in unsuccessful attack against Admiral Mitscher's fast carrier task force. Japanese naval vessel sunk: Submarine chaser NO. 33 and cable layer TATEISHI, by Army aircraft, South China Sea, 11 d. 50'N., 109 d. 18'E. 

03/22 Thu. United States naval vessel damaged: LST 727, by grounding, Iwo Jima area, 24 d. 46'N., 141 d. 19'E.

03/23 Fri. Aircraft of fast carrier task force (Vice Adm. M. A. Mitscher) commence daily strikes against the enemy on Okinawa, Ryukyu Islands. United States naval vessels damaged: Destroyer HAGGARD (DD-555), by intentional ramming of enemy submarine I-371, Philippine Sea, 22 d. 57' N., 132 d. 19'E. Submarine SEAHORSE (SS-304), by horizontal bomber, Ryukyu Islands area, 26 d. 00'N., 128 d. 00'E. Ocean tug ZUNI (ATF-95), by grounding, Iwo Jima area, 24 d. 46'N., 141 d. 19'E. Japanese naval vessel sunk: Submarine I-371, by destroyer HAGGARD (DD-555), Philippine Sea, 22 d. 57'N., 132 d. 19'E. 

03/24 Sat. Battleships (Vice Adm. W. A. Lee) bombard Okinawa, Ryukyu Islands. Japanese naval vessels sunk: Coast defense vessel NO. 68 and torpedo boat TOMOZURU, by carrier-based aircraft, South China Sea, 28 d. 25'N., 124 d. 32'E. 

03/25 Sun. Battleships, cruisers, and destroyers (Rear Adm. M. L. Deyo) bombard Kerama Retto and southeast coast of Okinawa, Ryukyu Islands; bombardment of Okinawa area continues daily. United States naval vessels damaged, Okinawa area: Destroyer KIMBERLEY (DD-521), by suicide plane, 26 d. 02'N., 126 d. 54'E. Destroyer escort SEDERSTROM (DE-31), by collision, 25 d. 00'N., 130 d. 00'E. Light minelayer ROBERT H. SMITH (DM-23), by suicide plane, 26 d. 00'N., 128 d. 00'E. High-speed transport GILMER (APD-11), by suicide plane, 26 d. 00'N., 127 d. 20'E. High-speed transport KNUDSEN (APD-101), by horizontal bomber, 26 d. 12'N., 127 d. 04'E. 

03/26 Mon. Army forces are landed on Kerama Retto, Ryukyu Islands, by naval attack group (Rear Adm. I. N. Kiland) under cover of naval bombardment and carrier aircraft attack. Army forces are landed at Talisay Point, Cebu, P. I., by naval attack group (Capt. A. T. Sprague) under cover of cruiser and destroyer gunfire and air attack. United States naval vessel sunk: Destroyer HALLIGAN (DD-584), by mine, Okinawa area, 26 d. 10'N., 127 d. 30'E. United States naval vessels damaged: Battleship NEVADA (BB-36), by suicide plane, Okinawa area, 26 d. 20'N., 127 d. 18'E. Light cruiser BILOXI (CL-80), by suicide plane, Okinawa area, 26 d. 20'N., 127 d. 18'E., Destroyer MURRAY (DD-576), by dive bomber, Okinawa area, 26 d. 20'N., 129 d. 46'E. Destroyer PORTERFIELD (DD-682), by suicide plane, Okinawa area, 26 d. 20'N., 127 d. 18'E., Destroyer O'BRIEN (DD-725), by suicide plane, Okinawa area, 26 d. 16'N., 127 d. 26'E. Destroyer CALLAGHAN (DD-792), by suicide plane, Okinawa area, 26 d. 20'N., 127 d. 43'E. Destroyer escort FOREMAN (DE-633), by suicide plane, Okinawa area, 26 d. 20'N., 127 d. 18'E. High-speed minesweeper DORSEY (DMS-1), by suicide plane, Okinawa area, 26 d. 20'N., 127 d. 18'E. Minelayer SKIRMISH (AM-303), by suicide plane, Okinawa area, 26 d. 25'N., 127 d. 05'E. Submarine chaser PC-1133, by grounding, Philippine Islands area, 10 d. 13'N., 123 d. 51'E. 

03/27 Tue. Army troops, supported by destroyers and motor torpedo boats and air attack, land on Caballo Island near Corregidor, Luzon, P. I. United States naval vessels damaged, Okinawa area: Carrier ESSEX (CV-9), by aircraft operational casualty, 25 d. 10'N., 132 d. 05'E. [The landing was "less than optimal"? LWJ] High-speed minesweeper SOUTHARD (DMS-10), by suicide plane, 26 d. 00'N., 127 d. 00'E. Light minelayer ADAMS (DM-27), by suicide plane, 26 d. 17'N., 127 d. 40 E. Japanese naval vessel sunk: Cable layer ODATE, by submarine TRIGGER (SS-237), East China Sea, 30 d. 40'N., 127 d. 50'E. 

03/28 Wed. United States naval vessel sunk: Minesweeper SKYLARK (AM-63), by mine, Okinawa area, 26 d. 20'N., 127 d. 41'E. United States naval vessels damaged: Attack cargo ship WYANDOT (AKA-92), by horizontal bomber, Okinawa area, 26 d. 00'N., 127 d. 00'E. Repair ship AGENOR (ARL-3), by collision, Iwo Jima area, 24 d. 46'N., 141 d. 19'E. Japanese naval vessels sunk: Coast defense vessel NO. 33, by carrier-based aircraft, off Kyushu, Japan, 31 d. 45'N., 131 d. 45'E. Frigate MIKURA, by submarine THREADFIN (SS-410), off Kyushu, Japan, 31 d. 49'N., 131 d. 44'E. Minesweeper NO. 11, by Army aircraft, Netherlands East Indies area, 05 d. 06'S., 119 d. 18'E. Patrol boat No. 108, by Army aircraft, Netherlands East Indies area, 04 d. 15'S., 119 d. 05'E. 

03/29 Thu. Aircraft from two carrier task groups (Rear Adm. J. J. Clark and Rear Adm. F. C. Sherman) attack airfields and shipping in the Kagoshima Bay area, Kyushu, Japan. Japanese naval vessels sunk: Submarine chaser NO. 192, by Army aircraft, off Formosa, 22 d. 40'N., 120 d. 15'E. Coast defense vessel NO. 18, by Army aircraft, South China Sea, 14 d. 44'N., 109 d. 16'E. Coast defense vessel NO. 84, by submarine HAMMERHEAD (SS-364), South China Sea, 14 d. 30'N., 109 d. 16'E. Coast defense vessel NO. 130, by Army aircraft, South China Sea, 
14 d. 44'N., 109 d. 16'E. 

03/30 Fri. United States naval vessels damaged: Heavy cruiser INDIANAPOLIS (CA-35), by suicide plane, Okinawa area, 26 d. 25'N., 127 d. 30'E. High-speed transport ROPER (APD-20), by collision, Philippine Sea, 20 d. 57'N., 132 d. 05'E. 

03/30   Arrived in Ulithi Atoll Lagoon.

03/31 Sat. United States naval vessels damaged: Heavy cruiser PENSACOLA (CA-24), by collision, Okinawa area, 26 d. 10'N., 127 d. 19'E. Light minelayer ADAMS (DM-27), by suicide plane, Okinawa area, 26 d. 12'N., 127 d. 08'E. Seaplane tender (small) COOS BAY (AVP-25), by collision, Central Pacific area, 12 d. 07'N., 156 d. 27'E. Attack transport HINSDALE (APA-120), by suicide plane, Okinawa area, 25 d. 54'N., 127 d. 49'E. LST 724 and LST 884, by suicide plane, Okinawa area, 25 d. 59'N., 127 d. 50'E. Japanese submarine sunk: I-8, by destroyers MORRISON (DD-560) and STOCKTON (DD-646), Okinawa area, 25 d. 29'N., 128 d. 35'E.

03/31   Departed from Ulithi and headed for Okinawa to join the fleet.

04/01 Sun. Marines and Army forces land on Okinawa, Ryukyu Islands, under cover of heavy naval gunfire and air attack. The operation is under the overall command of Adm. R. A. Spruance, Commander Fifth Fleet. Vice Adm. R. K. Turner commands the Joint Expeditionary Force, and the troops are commanded by Lt. Gen. A. B. Buckner, USA. Army forces are landed near Legaspi, southern Luzon, P, I., under cover of naval gunfire and Army aircraft. United States naval vessels damaged, Okinawa landings: Battleship WEST VIRGINIA (BB-48), by suicide plane, 26 d. 20'N,, 127 d. 40'E. Destroyer PRICHETT (DD-561), by dive bomber, 26 d. 38'N., 127 d. 25'E. Destroyer escort VAMMEN (DE-644), by mine, 26 d. 18'N., 127 d. 29'E. Minesweeper SKIRMISH (AM-303), by dive bomber, 26 d. 33'N., 127 d. 33'E. Attack cargo ship ACHERNAR (AKA-53), by suicide plane, 26 d. 07'N., 127 d. 45'E. Attack cargo ship TYRRELL (AKA-80), by suicide plane, 26 d. 21'N., 127 d. 45'E. Attack transport ELMORE (APA-42), by horizontal bomber, 26 d. 20'N., 127 d. 41'E. Attack transport ALPINE (APA-92), by suicide plane, 26 d. 20'N., 127 d. 41'E. 

04/02 Mon. Army forces supported by destroyers land on Sanga Sanga and Bangao Islands, Sulu Archipelago, P. I. Submarine HARDHEAD (SS-365) lays mines off Cape Kamao, Cochin China. United States naval vessels damaged: Destroyer SHAW (DD-373), by grounding, Leyte area, P. I., 09 d. 36'N., 123 d. 53'E. Destroyer FRANKS (DD-554), by collision, Okinawa area, 25 d. 49'N., 130 d. 01'E. Destroyer PRICHETT (DD-561), by horizontal bomber, Okinawa area, 27 d. 17'N., 127 d. 51'E. Destroyer BORIE (DD-704), by collision, Okinawa area, 23 d. 36'N., 131 d. 40'E. Destroyer escort FOREMAN (DE-633), by dive bomber, Okinawa area, 26 d. 10'N., 127 d. 11'E. Attack transport CHILTON (APA-38), by suicide plane, Okinawa area, 25 d. 59'N., 127 d. 17'E. Attack transport HENRICO (APA-45), by suicide plane, Okinawa area, 25 d. 59'N., 127 d. 17'E. Attack transport GOODHUE (APA-107), by suicide plane, Okinawa area, 25 d. 56'N., 127 d. 17'E. Attack transport TELFAIR (APA-210), by suicide plane, Okinawa area, 25 d. 56'N., 127 d. 17'E. Attack cargo ship LACERTA (AKA-29), accidentally by United States naval gunfire, Okinawa area, 26 d. 21'N., 127 d. 43'E. LST 599, by suicide plane, Okinawa area, 26 d. 10'N., 127 d. 16'E. Japanese naval vessels sunk: Coast defense vessel NO. 186, by carrier-based aircraft, Yellow Sea. Transport NO. 17, by carrier-based aircraft, Yellow Sea.

04/02   Oakland joined Task Group 58.4 operating off Sakashima Gunto in the southern Nansei Shoto chain of islands.

04/03 Tue. United States naval vessel sunk: Motor minesweeper YMS-71, by mine, off Borneo, 04 d. 59'N,, 119 d. 47'E. United States naval vessels damaged, Okinawa area: Escort carrier WAKE ISLAND (CVE-65), by suicide plane, 26 d. 05'N., 128 d. 57'E. Destroyer SPROSTON (DD-577), by dive bomber, 26 d. 30'N.,127 d. 57'E. High-speed minesweeper HAMBLETON (DMS-20), by suicide plane, 27 d. 00'N., 127 d. 00'E. LST 554, by storm, 26 d. 20'N., 127 d. 45'E.

04/04 Wed. United States naval vessel sunk: High-speed transport DICKERSON (APD-21), damaged by suicide plane, Okinawa area; sunk by United States forces. United States naval vessels damaged, Okinawa area: Destroyer NORMAN SCOTT (DD-690), by collision, 23 d. 46'N., 129 d. 25'E. LST 70, by grounding, 26 d. 21'N., 127 d. 45'E. LST 166, by grounding, 26 d. 20'N., 127 d. 45'E. LST 343, by grounding, 26 d. 00'N., 128 d. 00'E. LST 399, by collision, 26 d. 20'N., 127 d. 45'E. LST 570, by grounding, 26 d. 21'N., 127 d. 44'E. LST 624, by grounding, 26 d. 21'N., 127 d. 45'E. LST 675, by grounding, 26 d. 21'N., 127 d. 45'E. LST 689, by grounding, 26 d. 20'N., 127 d. 45'E. LST 736, by grounding, 26 d. 20'N., 127 d. 45'E. LST 756, by grounding, 26 d. 21'N,, 127 d. 45'E. LST 781 , by grounding, 26 d. 23'N., 127 d. 44'E.

04/05 Thu. United States Naval Advanced Air Base, Iwo Jima, Volcano Islands, is established. Koiso cabinet in Japan resigns; Admiral Suzuki becomes Prime Minister. United States naval vessels damaged: Battleship NEVADA (BB-36), by coastal defense gun, Okinawa area, 26 d. 13'N., 127 d. 40'E. Light minelayer HARRY F. BAUER (DM-26), by aircraft torpedo, Okinawa area, 26 d. 30'N., 127 d. 30'E. Seaplane tender (destroyer) THORNTON (AVD-11), by collision, Okinawa area, 24 d. 24'N., 128 d. 58'E. Oiler ASHTABULA (AO-51), by collision, Okinawa area, 25 d. 09'N., 128 d. 47'E. Oiler ESCALANTE (AO-70), by collision, Okinawa area, 25 d. 09'N., 128 d. 47'E. Repair ship AGENOR (ARL-3), by collision, Iwo Jima area, 24 d. 46'N., 141 d. 19'E. LST 273, by collision, Okinawa area, 26 d. 25'N., 127 d. 42'E. LST 646, by collision, Iwo Jima area, 24 d. 46'N., 141 d. 19'E. LST 698, by grounding, Okinawa area, 26 d. 24'N., 127 d. 45'E. LST 810, by collision, Okinawa area, 26 d. 25'N., 127 d. 42'E. LST 940, by collision, Okinawa area, 26 d. 21'N., 127 d. 43'E. LST 1000, by collision, Okinawa area, 26 d. 21'N., 127 d. 44'E. Japanese naval vessel sunk: Submarine R0-41, by destroyer HUDSON (DD-475), Okinawa area, 26 d. 21'N., 126 d. 30'E.

04/06 Fri. First heavy attack is made by Japanese suicide planes on United States ships at Okinawa, Ryukyu Islands; similar attacks persist throughout the Okinawa campaign. United States naval vessels sunk, Okinawa area: Destroyer BUSH (DD-529), by suicide plane, 27 d. 16'N., 127 d. 48'E. Destroyer COLHOUN (DD-801), damaged by suicide plane, 27 d. 16'N., 127 d. 48'E.; sunk by United States forces. High-speed minesweeper EMMONS (DMS-22), damaged by suicide plane, 26 d. 48'N., 128 d. 04'E.; sunk by United States forces.LST 447, by suicide plane, 26 d. 09'N., 127 d. 18'E. United States naval vessels damaged, Okinawa area: Battleship NORTH CAROLINA (BB-55), accidentally by United States naval gunfire, 26 d. 41'N., 129 d. 32'E. Light carrier SAN JACINTO (CVL-30), by suicide plane, 26 d. 46'N., 129 d. 43'E. Light cruiser PASADENA (CL-65), accidentally by United States naval gunfire, 27 d. 00'N., 129 d. 00'E. Destroyer MORRIS (DD-417), by suicide plane, 25 d. 55'N., 127 d. 52'E. Destroyer BENNETT (DD-473), by suicide plane, 27 d. 16'N., 127 d. 48'E. Destroyer HUTCHINS (DD-476), by suicide plane, 26 d. 00'N., 128 d. 00'E. Destroyer LEUTZE (DD-481), by suicide plane, 26 d. 38'N., 127 d. 28'E. Destroyer MULLANY (DD-528), by suicide plane, 26 d. 24'N., 128 d. 10'E. Destroyer HARRISON (DD-573), by suicide plane, 27 d. 05'N., 129 d. 22'E. Destroyer NEWCOMB (DD-586), by suicide plane, 26 d. 38'N., 127 d. 28'E. Destroyer HOWORTH (DD-592), by suicide plane, 26 d. 32'N., 127 d. 40'E. Destroyer HAYNESWORTH (DD-700), by suicide plane, 26 d. 55'N., 129 d. 29'E. Destroyer HYMAN (DD-731), by suicide plane, 26 d. 45'N., 127 d. 42'E. Destroyer TAUSSIG (DD-746), by horizontal bomber, 27 d. 07'N., 128 d. 39'E. Destroyer escort WITTER (DE-636), by suicide plane, 26 d. 04'N., 127 d. 52'E. Destroyer escort FIEBERLING (DE-640), by suicide plane, 26 d. 48'N., 128 d. 04'E. High-speed minesweeper RODMAN (DMS-21), by suicide plane, 26 d. 48'N., 128 d. 04'E. High-speed minesweeper HARDING (DMS-28), by horizontal bomber, 26 d. 00'N., 127 d. 00'E. Minesweeper FACILITY (AM-133), by suicide plane, 26 d. 00'N., 127 d. 00'E. Minesweeper RANSOM (AM-283), by suicide plane, 26 d. 48'N., 128 04'E. Minesweeper DEFENSE (AM-317), by suicide plane, 26 d. 38'N., 127 31'E. Minesweeper DEVASTOR (AM-318), by suicide plane, 26 d. 26'N., 127'40'E. Motor minesweeper YMS 311, by suicide plane, 26 d. 38'N., 127 d. 48'E, Motor minesweeper YMS 321, by suicide plane, 26 d. 00'N,, 128 d. 00'E. Submarine chaser PCS-1390, accidentally by United States naval gunfire, 26 d. 00'N., 128 d. 00'E. Attack transport BARNETT (APA-5), accidentally by United States naval gunfire, 26 d. 21'N., 127 d. 43'E. High-speed transport DANIEL T. GRIFFIN (APD-38), by collision, 25 d. 57 N., 127 d. 57'E. Attack cargo ship LEO (AKA-60), accidentally by United States naval gunfire, 26 d. 21'N., 127 d. 43'E. LST 241, accidentally by United States naval gunfire, 26 d. 20'N., 127 d. 45'E. LST 1000, accidentally by United States naval gunfire, 26 d. 21'N., 127 d. 44'E. Japanese naval vessels sunk: Destroyer AMATSUKAZE, by Army aircraft, off China, 23 d. 55'N., 117 d. 40'E. Minesweeper NO. 22, by submarine BESUGO (SS-321), Netherlands East Indies area, 08 d. 13'S., 119 d. 14'E. Coast defense vessels NOs. 2 and 134, by Army aircraft, off China, 23 d. 55'N., 117 d. 40'E. 

04/07 Sat. Aircraft of fast carrier task force (Vice Adm. M. A.Mitscher) attack Japanese naval force moving through East China Sea toward Okinawa; the enemybattleship YAMATO, 1 cruiser, and 4 destroyers are sunk. United States naval vessel sunk: Motor gunboat PGM-l8, by mine, Okinawa area, 26 d. 13'N., 127 d. 55'E. United States naval vessels damaged, Okinawa area: Aircraft carrier HANCOCK (CV-19), by suicide plane, 27 d. 00'N., 130 d. 00'E. Battleship MARYLAND (BB-46), by suicide plane, 26 d. 40'N., 127 d. 29'E. Destroyer LONGSHAW (DD-559), by suicide plane, 26 d. 29'N., 127 d. 41'E. Destroyer escort WESSON (DE-184), by suicide plane, 26 d. 48'N., 127 d. 55'E. Motor minesweeper YMS-81, by suicide plane, 26 d. 35'N., 127 d. 53'E. Motor minesweeper YMS-103, by mine, 26 d. 13'N., 127 d. 54'E. Motor minesweeper YMS-427, by coastal defense gun, 26 d. 14'N., 127 52'E. Attack transport AUDRAIN (APA-59), accidentally by United States naval gunfire, 26 d. 22'N., 127 d. 43'E. LST 698, by grounding, 26 d. 24'N., 127 d. 45'E. LST 890, by collision, 26 d. 20'N., 127 d. 45'E. Japanese naval vessels sunk: Battleship YAMATO, by carrier-based aircraft, East China Sea, 30 40'N., 128 03'E. Light cruiser ISUZU, by submarines GABILAN (SS-252) and CHARR (SS-328), off Celebes, Netherlands East Indies, 07 d. 38'S., 118 d. 09'E. Light cruiser YAHAGI, by carrier-based aircraft, East China Sea, 30 d. 40'N., 128 d. 03'E. Destroyer ASASHIMO, by carrier-based aircraft, East China Sea, 31 d. 00'N., 128 d. 00'E. Destroyer HAMAKAZE, by carrier-based aircraft, East China Sea, 30 d. 40'N., 128 d. 03'E. Destroyer ISOKAZE, by carrier-based aircraft, East China Sea, 30 d. 40'N., 128 d. 03'E. Destroyer KARUMI, by carrier-based aircraft, East China Sea, 30 d. 57'N., 127 d. 57'E.

04/07  The OAKLAND was transferred to Task Group 58.2 operating in the vicinity. Daily strikes were conducted against Okinawa.

04/08 Sun. United States naval vessels damaged, Okinawa area: Destroyer CHARLES J. BADGER (DD-657), by suicide boat, 26 d. 18'N., 127 d. 39'E. Destroyer GREGORY (DD-802), by suicide plane, 27 d. 07'N., 128 d. 39'E. Motor minesweeper YMS-92, by mine, 26 d. 12'N., 127 d. 53'E. Attack cargo ship STARR (AKA-67), by suicide boat, 26 d. 20'N., 127 d. 44'E. LST 939, by collision, 26 d. 22'N., 127 d. 44'E. LST 940, by grounding, 26 d. 20'N., 127 d. 45'E. Japanese naval vessel sunk: Submarine chaser NO. 101, by naval gunfire, Netherlands East Indies area, 04 d. 43'S., 122 d. 17'E. 

04/09 Mon. Army troops supported by destroyer gunfire and air strikes land on Jolo in the Sulu Archipelago, P. I. United States naval vessels damaged, Okinawa area: Escort carrier CHENANGO (CVE-28), by crash of friendly aircraft. Destroyer STERETT (DD-407), by suicide plane, 26 d. 47'N., 128 d. 42'E. Destroyer PORTERFIELD (DD-682), accidentally by United States naval gunfire, 26 d. 34'N., 128 d. 28'E. High-speed transport HOPPING (APD-51), by coastal defense gun, 26 d. 15'N., 127 d. 55'E. LST 557, by coastal defense gun, 26 d. 14'N., 127 d. 57'E. Japanese naval vessels sunk: Submarine RO-46, by destroyers MERTZ (DD-691) and MONSSEN (DD-798), Okinawa area, 26 d. 09'N., 130 d. 21'E. Minesweeper NO. 3, by submarine PARCHE (SS-384), off Japan, 39 d. 06'N., 141 d. 57'E.

04/10 Tue. Army troops supported by naval bombardment and carrier aircraft land on Tsuken Shima, off east coast of Okinawa. United States naval vessels damaged, Okinawa area: Motor minesweeper YMS-96, by collision, 26 d. 03' N., 127 d. 48'E. Submarine chaser SC-661, by grounding, 26 d. 11'N., 127 d. 55'E. LST 449, by coastal defense gun, 26 d. 14'N., 127 d. 57'E. United States naval vessels damaged, Okinawa area: Battleship MISSOURI (BB-63), by suicide plane, 26 d. 00'N., 130 d. 00 E. Aircraft carrier ENTERPRISE (CV-6), by suicide plane, 26 d. 00'N., 128 d. 00'E. Aircraft carrier ESSEX (CV-9), by dive bomber, 26 d. 50'N., 130 d. 30'E. Destroyer TRATHEN (DD-530), accidentally by United States naval gunfire, 27 d. 13'N., 130 d. 15'E. Destroyer HALE (DD-642), by dive bomber, 26 d. 00' N., 120 d. 00'E. Destroyer BULLARD (DD-660), by suicide plane, 26 d. 00'N., 130 d. 00'E. Destroyer KIDD (DD-661), by suicide plane, 26 d. 00' N., 130 d. 00'E. Destroyer HANK (DD-702), by aerial strafing, 27 d. 00'N., 130 d. 00'E. Destroyer escort MANLOVE (DE-36), by aerial strafing, 26 d. 12'N., 127 d. 20'E. Destroyer escort SAMUEL S. MILES (DE-183), by suicide plane, 26 d. 12'N., 127 d. 20'E. Attack transport BERRIEN (APA-61), by collision, 26 d. 22'N., 127 d. 43'E. Attack cargo ship LEO (AKA-60), accidentally by United States naval gunfire, 26 d. 21'N., 127 d. 43'E. LST 399, by grounding, 26 d. 20'N., 127 d. 45'E. 

04/10   The Oakland was assigned to Task Group 58.3 in which group she operated for the remainder of the Okinawa campaign.

04/11   Task Group 58.3 underwent a series of Japanese air attacks. Six planes were shot down by the group. The Oakland fired on five of the attackers. The ship claimed credit for destroying a low flying "Judy." After the attack a hole was discovered in Number 1 stack indicating the possibility that the "Judy" was strafing on her run-in. After the firing had subsided it was discovered that three of our shipmates had been seriouly injured at their battle stations. Every effort was made to save them but two of them died within the hour, the other man was restored to duty in several days. These were the first fatal battle casualties on the Oakland.

04/12 Thu. President Franklin D. Roosevelt dies; Vice President Harry S. Truman succeeds to the Presidency. 

United States naval vessels sunk: Destroyer MANNERT L. ABELE (DD-733), by piloted bomb, Okinawa area, 27 d. 25'N., 126 d. 59'E. United States naval vessels damaged, Okinawa area: Battleship NEW MEXICO (BB-40), accidentally by United States naval gunfire, 26 d. 31'N., 127 d. 37'E. Battleship IDAHO (BB-42), by suicide plane, 26 d. 26' N., 127 d. 32'E. Battleship TENNESSEE (BB-43), by suicide plane, 26 d. 00'N., 128 d. 00'E. Destroyer STANLY (DD-478), by piloted bomb, 27 d. 12'N., 128 d. 17'E. Destroyer PURDY (DD-734), by suicide plane, 27 d. 16' N.,127 d. 50'E. Destroyer ZELLARS (DD-777), by suicide plane, 26 d. 00'N., 128 d. 00'E. Destroyer CASSIN YOUNG (DD-793), by suicide plane, 27 d. 17'N., 127 d. 50'E. Destroyer escort RIDDLE (DE-185), by suicide plane, 26 d. 00'N., 128 d. 00'E. Destroyer escort RALL (DE-304), by suicide plane, 26 d. 36'N., 127 d. 39'E. Destroyer escort WALTER G. WANN (DE-412), by suicide plane, 26 d. 17'N., 127 d. 20'E. Destroyer escort WHITEHURST (DE-634), by suicide plane, 26 d. 04'N., 127 d. 12'E. Light minelayer LINDSEY (DM-32), by suicide plane, 26 d. 28'N., 127 d. 15'E. High-speed minesweeper JEFFERS (DMS-27), by suicide plane and piloted bomb, 26 d. 50 N., 126 d. 35'E. Minesweeper GLADIATOR (AM-319), by suicide plane, 26 d. 05'N., 127 35'E. Gasoline tanker WABASH (AOG-4), by collision, 26 d. 00'N., 128 d. 00'E. Attack cargo ship WYANDOT (AKA-92), by collision, 26 d. 21'N., 127 d. 44'E. LST 555, by grounding, 26 d. 20'N., 127 d. 45'E.

04/12   On ths day the officers and men were called to quarters on the fantail to pay homage to their two shipmates killed on the previous day.

04/13 Fri. United States naval vessel damaged: Destroyer escort CONNOLLY (DE-306), by suicide plane, Okinawa area, 26 d. 55'N., 126 d. 46'E. 

04/14 Sat. United States naval vessels damaged, Okinawa area: Battleship NEW YORK (BB-34), by suicide plane, 26 d. 00'N., 128 d. 00'E. Destroyer SIGSBEE (DD-502), by suicide plane, 27 d. 15'N., 130 d. 25'E. Destroyer DASHIELL (DD-659), by suicide plane, 27 d. 15'N., 130 d. 25' E. Destroyer HUNT (DD-674), by suicide plane, 27 d. 15'N., 130 d. 25'E. Gunboat PGM-11, by grounding, 26 d. 13'N., 127 d. 27'E. LST 241, by collision, 14 d. 38'N,, 140 d. 19'E. Japanese naval vessels sunk: Frigate NOMI, by submarine TIRANTE (SS-420), East China Sea, 33 d. 25'N., 126 d. 15'E. Coast defense vessel NO. 31, by submarine TIRANTE (SS-420), East China Sea, 33 d. 25'N., 126 d. 15'E. 

04/14   The Oakland added a new experience to her war-time "bag of tricks" by refueling, rearming, and provisioning underway from ships of the train in the open sea.

04/15 Sun. Aircraft of fast carrier task force (Vice Adm. M. A. Mitscher)attack airfields and aircraft on the ground in southern Kyushu, Japan; strike is repeated on 16 April. Army troops land on Carabao Island at the entrance to Manila Bay, Luzon, P. I.; landing is preceded by cruiser and destroyer bombardment and air attack. Submarine CHARR (SS-328) lays mines off the Malay Peninsula. United States naval vessels damaged, Okinawa area: Destroyer WILSON (DD-408), by suicide plane, 26 d. 03'N., 127 d. 20'E. Destroyer LAFFEY (DD-724), by suicide plane, 27 d. 16'N., 127 d. 50'E. Oiler TALUGA (AO-61), by suicide plane, 26 d. 03'N., 127 d. 26'E. Motor minesweeper YMS-331, by suicide boat, 26 d. 15'N., 127 d. 36'E. Japanese naval vessels sunk: Submarine RO-64, by mine, Japanese waters, 34 d. 14'N., 132 d. 16'E. Submarine RO-67, by mine, Japanese waters, 34 d. 00'N., 133 d. 00'E. Frigate MOKUTO, by mine, Japanese waters, 33 d. 53' N., 131 d. 03'E. 

04/15   Task Group 58.3 swept northward and struck at southern Kyushu.

04/16 Mon. Army forces covered by naval gunfire and carrier aircraft land on Ie Shima, Ryukyu Islands. Carrier BOXER (CV-21), is commissioned at Newport News, Va., United States naval vessels sunk: Destroyer PRINGLE (DD-477), by suicide plane, Okinawa area, 27 d. 26'N., 126 d. 59'E. Submarine KARA (SS-369), Pacific Ocean area, reported as presumed lost. United States naval vessels damaged, Okinawa area: Carrier INTREPID (CV-11), by suicide plane, 27 d. 37' N., 131 d. 14'E. Battleship MISSOURI (BB-63), by suicide plane, 26 d. 00'N., 130 d. 00'E. Destroyer BRYANT (DD-665), by suicide plane, 27 d. 05'N., 128 d. 13'E. Destroyer MCDERMUT (DD-677), accidentally by United States naval gunfire, 27 d. 30'N., 130 d. 20'E. Destroyer escort BOWERS (DE-637), by suicide plane, 26 d. 52'N., 127 d. 52'E. High-speed minesweeper HOBSON (DMS-26), by suicide plane, 27 d. 26'N., 126 d. 59'E. High-speed minesweeper HARDING (DMS-28), by suicide plane, 26 d. 42'N., 127 d. 25'E. Minesweeper CHAMPION (AM-314), by horizontal bomber, 26 d. 00'N., 128 d. 00'E. Japanese naval vessel sunk: Coast defense vessel NO. 73, by submarine SUNFISH (SS-281), off Honshu, Japan, 39 d. 36'N., 142 d. 05'E.

04/16   Task Group 58.3 continued attack on southern Kyushu. A "Frances" twin engine Jap Bomber, approached the formation at sunset. The Oakland assisted in shooting her down.

04/17 Tue. Army forces are landed near Malabang, Parang, and Cotabato on Mindanao, P. I., by naval attack group (Rear Adm. A. G Noble); landings arc supported by cruiser and destroyer gunfire and air attack. United States naval vessel damaged: Destroyer BENHAM (DD-796), by suicide plane and accidentally by United States naval gunfire, Okinawa area, 24 d. 01'N., 132 d. 32'E. Japanese naval vessel sunk: Submarine RO-56, by submarine SEA OWL (SS-405), Central Pacific area, 19 d. 17'N., 166 d. 35'E. 

04/17 to 05/10 Throughout this period Task Group 58.3 operated in support of the landings on Okinawa. Numerous attacks were made against our formation. On 17 April the Oakland destroyed one Kamikaze as it passed over the ship and crashed in flames nearby.

04/18 Wed. United States naval vessels damaged, Okinawa area: Light cruiser MOBILE (CL-63), by explosion, 26 d. 13'N., 127 d. 52'E. Light minelayer TOLMAN (DM-28), by grounding, 26 d. 16'N., 127 d. 32'E, LST 929, by collision, 26 d. 00'N., 128 d. 00'E. Japanese naval vessel sunk: Submarine I-56, by aircraft from light carrier BATAAN (CVL-29) and by destroyers HEERMANN (DD-532), MCCORD (DD-534), UHLMANN (DD-687), MERTZ (DD-691), and COLLETT (DD-730), Okinawa area, 26 d. 42'N., 130 d. 38'E. 

04/20 Fri. Army troops supported by naval vessels and Army aircraft land on Catanduanes Island, P. I. Submarine GUITARRO (SS-363) lays mines off northeast coast of Sumatra, Netherlands East Indies. United States naval vessels damaged: Battleship COLORADO (BB-45), by explosion, Okinawa area 26 d. 10'N,, 127 d. 20'E. Destroyer AMMEN (DD-527), by horizontal bomber, Okinawa area, 27 d. 13'N,, 128 d. 16 E. Submarine chaser SC-737, by grounding, Sulu Sea, 09 d. 45'N., 118 d. 44'E. 

04/22 Sun. United States naval vessels sunk: Minesweeper SWALLOW (AM-65), by suicide plane, Okinawa area, 26 d. 10'N., 127 d. 12'E. Submarine chaser SC-1019, by grounding, Yucatan Channel 21 d. 28'N., 84 d. 30'W. United States naval vessels damaged: Destroyer FLUSSER (DD-368), by collision, Philippine Islands area, 07 d. 21'N,, 124 d. 13 E. Destroyer HUDSON (DD-475), by suicide plane, Okinawa area, 27 d. 00'N., 127 d. 00'E. Destroyer WADSWORTH (DD-516), by suicide plane, Okinawa area, 26 d. 10'N., 126 d. 24'E. Destroyer ISHERWOOD (DD-520), by suicide plane, Okinawa area, 26 d. 14'N., 127 d. 28'E. Light minelayer SHEA (DM-30), by suicide plane, Okinawa area, 26 d. 00'N., 127 d. 00'E. Minesweeper RANSOM (AM-283), by suicide plane, Okinawa area, 26 d. 14'N., 127 d. 28'E. Minesweeper GLADIATOR (AM-319), by suicide plane, Okinawa area, 26 d. 21'N., 127 d. 45'E. Oiler WINOOSKI (A0-38), by collision, Philippine Islands area, 07 d. 21'N., 124 d. 13'E.

04/25 Wed. Carrier-based aircraft bomb enemy installations on Okino Daito Jima, Ryukyu Islands. United States naval vessels damaged, Okinawa area: Escort carrier STEAMER BAY (CVE-87), by collision, 24 d. 48'N., 131 d. 58'E. Destroyer HALE (DD-642), by collision, 24 d. 48'N., 131 d. 58'E. Japanese naval vessels sunk: Submarine RO-109, by high-speed transport HORACE A. BASS (APD-124), Philippine Sea area, 21 d. 58'N., 129 d. 35'E. Minesweeper NO. 41, by submarine COD (SS-224), off China, 25 d. 53'N., 121 d. 08'E.

04/26 Thu. United States naval vessel damaged: Destroyer HUTCHINS (DD-476), by depth charge, Okinawa area, 26 d. 14'N., 127 d. 49'E.

04/27 Fri. United States naval vessels damaged, Okinawa area: Heavy cruiser WICHITA (CA-45), by coastal defense gun, 26 d. 14'N., 127 d. 50'E. Destroyer RALPH TALBOT (DD-390), by suicide plane, 26 d. 00'N., 128 d. 00'E. Destroyer WILLIAM D. PORTER (DD-579), accidentally by United States naval gunfire, 26 d. 21'N., 127 d. 43'E. Destroyer escort ENGLAND (DE-635), by suicide plane, 26 d. 40'N., 127 d. 40'E. High-speed transport RATHBURNE (APD-25), by suicide plane, 26 d. 26'N., 127 d. 36'E. 

04/28 Sat. United States naval vessels damaged: Destroyer LANG (DD-399), by collision, Okinawa area, 26 d. 11'N., 127 d. 20'E. Destroyer WADSWORTH (DD-516), by suicide plane, Okinawa area, 26 d. 47'N., 126 d. 38'E. Destroyer DALY (DD-519), by suicide plane, Okinawa area, 27 d. 12'N., 128 d. 16'E. Destroyer TWIGGS (DD-591), by suicide plane, Okinawa area, 27 d. 12'N., 128 d. 16'E. Destroyer BENNION (DD-662), by suicide plane, Okinawa area, 27 d. 26'N., 127 d. 51'E. High-speed minesweeper BUTLER (DMS-29), by suicide plane, Okinawa area, 26 d. 00'N., 127 d. 00'E. Hospital ship COMFORT (AH-6), by suicide plane, Okinawa area, 25 d. 30'N., 127 d. 40'E. Hospital transport PINKNEY (APH-2), by suicide plane, Okinawa area, 26 d. 00'N., 127 d. 00'E. Motor minesweeper YMS-329; by mine, off Tarakan, Borneo, 03 d. 14'N., 117 d. 42'E. Japanese naval vessels sunk, off Honshu, Japan: Submarine chaser NO. 17, by submarine SPRINGER (SS-414), 32 d. 34'N., 128 d. 52'E. Repair ship HATSUSHIMA, by submarine SENNET (SS-408), 33 d. 58'N., 136 d. 17'E. Transport NO. 146, by submarine TREPANG (SS-412), 32 d. 24'N., 128 d. 40'E. 

04/29 Sun. United States naval vessels damaged: Destroyer HAZELWOOD (DD-531), by suicide plane, Okinawa area, 27 d. 02'N., 129 d. 59'E. Destroyer HAGGARD (DD-555), by suicide plane, Okinawa area, 27 d. 01'N., 129 d. 40'E. Light minelayer SHANNON (DM-25), by suicide plane, Okinawa area, 26 d. 00'N., 127 d. 00'E. Light minelayer HARRY F. BAUER (DM-26), by suicide plane, Okinawa area, 26 d. 47'N., 128 42'E. Motor minesweeper YMS-51 , by mine, off Tarakan, Borneo, 03 d. 18'N., 117 33'E. Japanese naval vessel sunk: Submarine I-44, by aircraft (VC-92) from escort carrier TULAGI (CVE-72), Philippine Sea, 24 d. 15'N., 131 d. 16'E. 

04/30 Mon. United States naval vessels damaged: Destroyer JENKINS (DD-447), by mine, off Tarakan, Borneo, 03 d. 12'N., 117 d. 37'E. Destroyer BENNION (DD-662), by suicide plane, Okinawa area, 27 d. 26'N., 127 d. 51'E. Minelayer TERROR (CM-5), by suicide plane, Okinawa area, 26 d. 10'N., 127 d. 18'E.

05/01 Tue. Naval attack force (Vice Adm. D. E. Barbey) lands Australian troops on Tarakan Island, Borneo, supported by naval gunfire and air attack. United States naval vessel sunk: Submarine TRIGGER (SS-237), Pacific Ocean area, reported as presumed lost. United States naval vessel sunk: Motor minesweeper YMS-481, by coastal defense gun, Tarakan area, Borneo, 03 d. 26'N., 117 d. 32'E.

05/02 Wed. United States naval vessels damaged, Tarakan area, Borneo: Motor minesweeper YMS-334, by coastal defense gun, 03 d. 26'N., 117 d. 40'E. Motor minesweeper YMS-363, by mine, 03 d. 26'N., 117 d. 32'E. Motor minesweeper YMS-364, by coastal defense gun, 03 d. 26'N., 117 d. 32'E. Japanese naval vessel sunk: Frigate OJIKA, by submarine SPRINGER (SS-414), Yellow Sea, 33 d. 58'N., 122 d. 58'E. 

05/03 Thu. Army forces land at Santa Cruz, Davao Gulf, P. I., under cover of a cruiser and destroyer (Rear Adm. A. G. Noble). United States naval vessels sunk, Okinawa area: Destroyer LUCE (DD-511), by suicide plane, 26 d. 43' N., 127 d. 14'E. Destroyer MORRISON (DD-560), by suicide plane, 27 d. 10'N., 127 d. 58'E. Destroyer LITTLE (DD-803), by suicide plane, 26 d. 24'N., 126 d. 15'E. United States naval vessels damaged, Okinawa area: Light cruiser BIRMINGHAM (CL-62), by suicide plane, 26 d. 19'N., 127 d. 43'E. Destroyer BACHE (DD-470), by suicide plane, 26 d. 01'N., 126 d. 53'E. Destroyer INGRAHAM (DD-694), by suicide plane, 27 d. 10'N., 127 d. 58'E. Destroyer LOWRY (DD-770), by suicide plane, 27 d. 12'N., 128 d. 17'E. High-speed minesweeper MACOMB (DMS-23), by suicide plane, 26 d. 01'N., 126 d. 53'E. Light minelayer SHEA (DM-30), by piloted bomb, 27 d. 26'N., 126 d. 59'E. Light minelayer AARON WARD (DM-34), by suicide plane, 26 d. 24'N., 126 d. 15'E. Cargo ship CARINA (AK-74), by suicide boat, 26 d. 13'N., 127 d. 50'E. Japanese naval vessel sunk: Coast defense vessel NO. 25, by submarine SPRINGER (SS-414), Yellow Sea, 34 d. 38'N., 124 d. 15'E. 

05/04 Fri. Japanese aircraft stage heavy attack on Yontan airfield, Okinawa, and United States naval vessels supporting Okinawa operation. Coordinated with the air strike, a minor Japanese counterlanding is attempted and repulsed. Fleet Air Wing 18 is established at Guam, Marianas Islands, for operations in the Forward Area, Central Pacific. United States naval vessels damaged, Okinawa area: Escort carrier SANGAMON (CVE-26), by suicide plane, 26 d. 01'N., 127 d. 26'E. Destroyer HUDSON (DD-475), by collision, 26 d. 01'N., 127 d. 26'E. Destroyer COWELL (DD-547), by suicide plane, 26 d. 11'N., 126 d. 35'E. Light minelayer GWIN (DM-33), by suicide plane, 26 d. 13'N., 126 d. 22'E. High-speed minesweeper HOPKINS (DMS-13), by suicide plane, 26 d. 32'N., 126 d. 58'E. Minesweeper GAYETY (AM-239), by piloted bomb, 26 d. 32'N., 126 58'E. Motor minesweeper YMS-311, accidentally by United States naval gunfire, 26 d. 00'N., 128 d. 00'E. Motor minesweeper YMS-327, by suicide plane and accidentally by United States naval gunfire, 26 d. 32'N., 126 d. 58 E. Motor minesweeper YMS-331, by 
suicide plane, 26 d. 32'N., 126 d. 58'E. Motor gunboat PGM-17, by grounding, 
26 d. 42'N., 128 d. 01'E. Japanese naval vessel sunk: Minesweeper NO. 20, by submarine TREPANG (SS-412), Yellow Sea, 34 d. 16'N., 123 d. 37'E. 

05/05 Sat. United States naval vessels damaged, Okinawa area: Seaplane tender ST. GEORGE (AV-16), by suicide plane, 26 d. 10'N., 127 d. 19'E. Surveying ship PATHFINDER (AGS-1), by suicide plane, 26 d. 38'N., 127 d. 53'E. 

05/06 Sun. Naval landing force evacuates about 500 Marshallese from Jaluit Atoll, Marshall Islands. United States naval vessels damaged, Okinawa area: Battleship SOUTH DAKOTA (BB-57), by accidental explosion, 26 d. 30'N., 129 d. 30'E. Floating drydock ARD-28, by horizontal bomber, 25 d. 33'N., 127 d. 27'E.

05/07 Mon. Germany surrenders unconditionally to the Western Allies and Russia at Reims, France.

05/07 Mon. Japanese naval vessel sunk: Minesweeper NO. 29, by United States mine, Sea of Japan, 34 d. 02'N., 130 d. 54'E.

05/08 Tue. Submarine BREAM (SS-243), lays mines off the coast of French Indochina. 

05/09 Wed. United States naval vessels damaged, Okinawa area: Destroyer escort OBERRENDER (DE-344), by suicide plane, 26 d. 32'N., 127 d. 30'E. Destroyer escort ENGLAND (DE-635), by suicide plane, 26 d. 18'N., 127 d. 13'E. 

05/10 Wed. Army troops are landed at Macajalar Bay, Mindanao, P. I., by naval attack group (Rear Adm. A. D. Struble). United States naval vessels damaged, Okinawa area: Destroyer BROWN (DD-546), by suicide plane, 26 d. 26'N., 127 d. 20'E. Light minelayer HARRY F. BAUER (DM-26), by suicide plane, 26 d. 25'N., 128 d. 31'E. 

05/11 Fri. Japanese aircraft make heavy attack against United States shipping in Okinawa area, Ryukyu Islands. United States naval vessels damaged, Okinawa area: Aircraft carrier BUNKER HILL (CV-17), by suicide plane, 25 d. 44'N., 129 d. 28'E. Destroyer EVANS (DD-551), by suicide plane, 26 d. 58'N., 127 d. 32'E. Destroyer HUGH W. HADLEY (DD-774), by piloted bomb, 26 d. 59'N., 127 d. 32'E. Go to this URL: http://members.xoom.com/usshadley for a full report of the action.

05/11   Enemy Kamihaze attacked the formation in force. The USS Bunker Hill was hit while steaming 2,000 yards from OAKLAND.

05/12 Sat. Destroyers support landing of Army troops on Tori Shima, Ryukyu Islands. United States naval vessels damaged, Okinawa area: Battleship NEW MEXICO (BB-40), by suicide plane, 26 d. 11'N., 127 d. 43 E. Heavy cruiser WICHITA (CA-45), accidentally by United States naval gunfire, 26 d. 22'N., 127 d. 43'E. 

05/12   Task Force 58 headed northward to attack Kyushu. Enemy suicide planes attacked; one crashing into the USS Enterprise within our formation. Within a few minutes the Oakland took four separate raiders under fire. The ship's claim in assisting in the destruction of two of them was substantiated by the group commander.

05/13 Sun. Aircraft from fast carrier task force (Vice Adm. M. A. Mitscher) commence 2-day attack on Kyushu airfields, Japan. United States naval vessels damaged: Aircraft carrier ENTERPRISE (CV-6), by suicide plane, off Honshu, Japan, 30 d. 23'N., 132 d. 36'E. Light carrier BATAAN (CVL-29), accidentally by United States naval gunfire, off Honshu, Japan, 30 d. 30' N., 132 d. 30'E. Destroyer BACHE (DD-470), by suicide plane, Okinawa area, 26 d. 01'N., 126 d. 53'E. Destroyer escort BRIGHT (DE-747), by suicide plane, Okinawa area, 26 d. 21'N., 127 d. 17'E.

05/13 to 05/28   Task Group 58.3 continued operations off the coast of Okinawa.

05/15 Tue. United States naval vessel sunk: Submarine SNOOK (SS-279),Pacific Ocean area, reported as presumed lost. United States naval vessel damaged: Escort carrier SHIPLEY BAY (CVE-85), by collision, Okinawa area, 25 d. 00'N., 130 d. 00'E. Japanese naval vessel sunk: Minelayer HATSUTAKA, by submarine HAWKBILL (SS-366), off Malaya, 04 d. 54'N., 103 d. 28'E. 

05/17 Thu. Carrier aircraft (Rear Adm. C. A. F. Sprague) strike Japanese shore installations on Taroa Island, Maloelap Atoll in the Marshall Islands. United States naval vessel damaged: Destroyer DOUGLAS H. FOX (DD-779), by suicide plane, Okinawa area, 25 d. 59'N., 126 d. 54'E. 

05/18 Fri. United States naval vessel sunk: Destroyer LONGSHAW (DD-559), damaged by coastal defense gun, Okinawa area, 26 d. 11'N., 127 d. 37'E.; sunk by United States forces. United States naval vessels damaged, Okinawa area: High-speed transport SIMS (APD-50), by suicide plane, 26 d. 00'N., 127 d. 00'E. LST 808, by aircraft torpedo, 26 d. 42'N., 127 d. 47'E. 

05/19 Sat. Destroyers bombard enemy installations on Paramushiro, Kurile Islands. United States naval vessels damaged: Destroyer escort VAMMEN (DE-644), by collision, Okinawa area, 26 d. 24'N., 127 d. 53'E. Oiler CIMARRON (AO-22), by grounding, Okinawa area, 26 d. 25'N., 127 d. 53'E. Motor gunboat PGM-1, by explosion, Luzon, Philippine Islands area, 14 d. 41'N., 121 d. 46'E. 

05/20 Sun. United States naval vessels damaged, Okinawa area: Destroyer THATCHER (DD-514), by suicide plane, 26 d. 33'N., 127 d. 29'E. Destroyer escort JOHN C. BUTLER (DE-339), by suicide plane, 26 d. 47'N., 127 52'E. High-speed transport TATTNALL (APD-19), by horizontal bomber, 26 d. 00'N., 128 d. 00'E. High-speed transport CHASE (APD-54), by suicide plane, 26 d. 18'N., 127 d. 14'E. High-speed transport REGISTER (APD-92), by suicide plane, 26 d. 25'N., 127 d. 21'E. LST 808, by suicide plane, 26 d. 42'N., 127 d. 47'E.

05/21 Mon. Japanese naval vessel sunk: Minesweeper NO. 34, by submarine CHUB (SS-329), Java Sea, 06 d. 15'S., 116 d. 01'E. 

05/22 Tue. Japanese naval vessels sunk: Submarine chasers NOs. 37 and 58, and transport NO. 173, by carrier-based aircraft, off southeastern Japan, 29 d. 45'N., 129 d. 10'E.

05/24 Thu. Aircraft from fast carrier task force (Vice Adm. M. A. Mitscher) attack airfields in southern Kyushu, Japan. Japanese aircraft make concentrated attack on United States positions and ships at Okinawa, Ryukyu Islands; strikes continue on 25 May. United States naval vessel sunk: Submarine LAGARTO (SS-371), Pacific Ocean area, reported as presumed lost. United States naval vessels damaged, Okinawa area: Escort carrier SUWANNEE (CVE-27), by explosion, 24 d. 00'N., 124 d. 00'E. Destroyer GUEST (DD-472), by suicide plane, 26 d. 22'N., 127 d. 44'E. Destroyer HEYWOOD L. EDWARDS (DD-663), accidentally by United States naval gunfire, 26 d. 20'N., 127 d. 43'E. Destroyer escort O'NEILL (DE-188), by suicide plane, 26 d. 20'N., 127 d. 43'E. Destroyer escort WILLIAM C. COLE (DE-641), by suicide plane, 26 d. 45'N., 127 d. 52'E. High-speed minesweeper BUTLER (DMS-29), by suicide plane, 26 d. 12'N., 127 d. 50'E, Minesweeper SPECTACLE (AM-305), by suicide plane, 26 d. 40'N., 127 d. 52'E. High-speed transport BARRY (APD-29), by suicide plane, 26 d. 30'N,, 127 d. 
00' E. High-speed transport SIMS (APD-50), by suicide plane, 26 d. 00'N., 127 00'E. 

05/25 Fri. United States naval vessel sunk: High-speed transport BATES (APD-47), by suicide plane, Okinawa area, 26 d. 41'N., 127 d. 47'E. United States naval vessels damaged, Okinawa area: Destroyer COWELL (DD-547), accidentally by United States naval gunfire, 26 d. 41'N., 126 d. 50'E. Destroyer STORMER (DD-780), by suicide plane, 27 d. 06'N., 127 d. 38'E. High-speed transport ROPER (APD-20), by suicide plane, 26 d. 34'N., 127 d. 36'E. 

05/26 Sat. United States naval vessels damaged, Okinawa area: Destroyer ANTHONY (DD-515), by suicide plane, 26 d. 25'N., 128 d. 30'E. Destroyer BRAINE (DD-630), by suicide plane, 26 d. 25'N., 128 d. 30'E. High-speed minesweeper FORREST (DMS-24), by suicide plane, 26 d. 00'N., 128 d. 00'E. Submarine chaser PC-1603, by suicide plane, 26 d. 25'N., 127 d. 53'E. Surveying ship DUTTON (AGS-8), by suicide plane, 26 d. 15'N., 127 d. 59 E. Japanese naval vessel sunk: Submarine chaser No. 172, by United States mine, off Honshu, Japan, 36 d. 48'N., 137 d. 05'E. 

05/27 Sun. United States naval vessel sunk: Destroyer DREXLER (DD-741), by suicide plane, Okinawa area, 27 d. 06'N., 127 d. 38'E. United States naval vessels damaged, Okinawa area: Destroyer escort GILLIGAN (DE-508), by aircraft torpedo, 26 d. 47'N., 127 d. 47'E. High-speed minesweeper SOUTHARD (DMS-10), by suicide plane, 26 d. 00'N., 127 d. 00'E. Minesweeper GAYETY (AM-239), by horizontal bomber, 26 d. 00'N., 128 d. 00'E. High-speed transport LOY (APD-56), by suicide plane, 26 d. 30'N., 127 d. 30'E. High-speed transport REDNOUR (APD-102), by suicide plane, 26 d. 29'N., 127 21'E. Attack transport SANDOVAL (APA-194), by suicide plane, 26 d. 15'N., 127 d. 51'E. Ocean tug PAKANA (ATF-108), by naval gunfire, 26 d. 22'N., 127 d. 44'E. Degaussing vessel YDG-10, by suicide plane, 26 d. 00'N., 128 d. 00'E. 

05/28 Mon. United States naval vessel damaged: Destroyer SHUBRICK (DD-639), by suicide plane, Okinawa area, 26 d. 38'N., 127 d. 05'E. Japanese naval vessel sunk: Coast defense vessel NO. 29, by United States mine, off Kyushu, Japan, 33 d. 07'N., 129 d. 44'E.

05/28   Admiral W.F. Halsey, Jr., USN, assumed command of Task Force 58 when it joined the Third Fleet, with the title of Task Force 38.

05/29 Tue. United States naval vessels damaged, Okinawa area: High-speed transport TATUM (APD-81), by suicide plane, 26 d. 40'N., 127 d. 50'E. Motor minesweeper YMS-81, by grounding, 26 d. 16' N., 127 d. 52'E. LST 844, by grounding, 26 d. 17'N., 127 d. 51'E.

05/30 Wed. Japanese naval vessel sunk: Submarine I-12, by aircraft (VC-13) from escort carrier Anzio (CVE-57), Philippine Sea, 22 d. 22'N., 134 d. 09'E.

06/01 Fri. United States Naval Air Facility, Peleliu Island, Palau Islands, is established. United States naval vessel damaged: Submarine chaser PC-1599, by grounding, Okinawa area, 26 d. 25'N., 127 d. 43'E.

06/01   The Oakland came to rest in San Pedro Bay, Leyte Gulf, within sight of Tacloban, capital of Leyte Province. The Oakland had been underway a total of 63 days, the longest period thus far.

1 June to 1 July   This period was spent at anchor in Leyte Gulf,with the exception of a three-day period at sea for operational training.

06/02 Sat. Aircraft of fast carrier task force (Vice Adm. J. S. McCain) bomb airfields in southern Kyushu, Japan; attack is repeated on 3 June. 

06/03 Sun. Naval task group (Rear Adm. L. F. Reifsnider) lands Marines on Iheya Shima, Ryukyu Islands. Carrier LAKE CHAMPLAIN (CV-39) is commissioned at Norfolk, Va. United States naval vessel damaged: Cargo ship ALLEGAN (AK-225), by suicide plane, Okinawa area, 26 d. 00'N., 128 d. 00'E. 

06/04 Mon. United States naval vessel damaged: Patrol vessel YP-41, by operational casualty, Okinawa area, 26 d. 18'N., 127 d. 52'E. Japanese naval vessel sunk: Submarine chaser NO. 112, by Army aircraft, Java Sea, 05 d. 00'S., 116 d. 04'E. 

06/05 Tue. Typhoon in the Okinawa area, Ryukyu Islands, heavily damages United States naval vessels. United States naval vessels damaged by typhoon, Okinawa area: Battleship INDIANA (BB-58), 22 d. 51'N,, 132 d. 14'E. Battleship MASSACHUSETTS (BB-59), 22 d. 48'N., 132 d. 11'E. Battleship ALABAMA (BB-60), 22 d. 58'N., 132 d. 15'E. Battleship MISSOURI (BB-63), 23 d. 30'N., 131 d. 30'E. Aircraft carrier HORNET (CV-12), 22 d. 54'N., 132 d. 25'E. Aircraft carrier BENNINGTON (CV-20), 23 d. 03'N., 132 d. 04'E. Light carrier BELLEAU WOOD (CVL-24), 22 d. 45'N., 132 d. 10'E. Light carrier SAN JACINTO (CVL-30), 22 d. 53'N., 131 d. 55'E. Escort carrier WINDHAM BAY (CVE-92), 22 d. 37'N., 131 d. 34'E. Escort carrier SALAMAUA (CVE-96), 22 d. 30'N., 131 d. 56'E. Escort carrier BOUGAINVILLE (CVE-100), 22 d. 18'N,, 131 d. 53'E. Escort carrier ATTU (CVE-102), 22 d. 38'N., 131 d. 58'E. Heavy cruiser BALTIMORE (CA-68), 22 d. 48'N., 132 d. 14'E. Heavy cruiser QUINCY (CA-71), 22 d. 59'N., 132 d. 12'E. Heavy cruiser PITTSBURGH (CA-72), 22 d. 50'N., 132 d. 06'E. Light cruiser DETROIT (CL-8), 22 d. 17'N., 131 d. 48'E. Light cruiser SAN JUAN (CL-54), 22 d. 28'N., 132 d. 24'E. Light cruiser DULUTH (CL-87), 22 d. 55'N., 132 d. 12'E. Light cruiser ATLANTA (CL-104), 22 d. 46'N., 136 d. 12'E. Destroyer SCHROEDER (DD-501), 22 d. 48'N., 132 d. 14'E. Destroyer JOHN RODGERS (DD-574), 22 d. 45'N., 132 d. 10'E. Destroyer MCKEE (DD-575), 22 d. 54'N., 132 d. 19'E. Destroyer DASHIELL (DD-659), 22 d. 55'N., 132 d. 15'E. Destroyer STOCKHAM (DD-683), 22 d. 48'N., 132 d. 14'E. Destroyer DE HAVEN (DD-717), 22 d. 51'N., 132 d. 10'E. Destroyer MADDOX (DD-731), 22 d. 42'N., 132 d. 45'E. Destroyer BLUE (DD-744), 22 d. 51'N., 132 d. 25'E. Destroyer BRUSH (DD-745), 22 d. 34'N., 132 d. 22'E. Destroyer TAUSSIG (DD-746), 22 d. 43'N., 132 d. 04'E. Destroyer SAMUEL N. MOORE (DD-747), 22 d. 48'N., 132 d. 14'E. Destroyer escort DONALDSON (DE-44), 22 d. 35'N., 131 d. 56'E. Destroyer escort CONKLIN (DE-439), 22 d. 17'N., 131 d. 48'E. Destroyer escort HILBERT (DE-742), 22 d. 32'N., 131 d. 40'E. Oiler LACKAWANNA (AO-40), 22 d. 31'N., 131 d. 36'E. Oiler MILLICOMA (AO-73), 22 d. 12'N., 131 d. 36'E. Ammunition ship SHASTA (AE-6), 22 d. 17'N., 131 d. 48'E. United States naval vessels damaged: Battleship MISSISSIPPI (BB-41), by suicide plane, Okinawa area, 26 d. 09'N., 127 d. 35'E. Heavy cruiser LOUISVILLE (CA-28), by suicide plane, Okinawa area, 26 d. 07'N., 127 d. 52'E. Destroyer DYSON (DD-571), by collision, Okinawa area, 26 d. 09'N., 127 d. 49'E. Minesweeper SCUFFLE (AM-298), by grounding, Brunei Bay area, 08 d. 01'N., 117 d. 13'E. Gasoline tanker SHEEPSCOT (AOG-24), by grounding, Iwo Jima area, 24 d. 46'N., 141 d. 18'E. 

06/06 Wed. United States naval vessels damaged, Okinawa area: Escort carrier NATOMA BAY (CVE-61), by suicide plane, 24 d. 46'N., 126 d. 37'E. Destroyer BEALE,(DD-471), by collision, 26 d. 10'N , 127 d. 20'E. Minesweeper REQUISITE (AM-109), by collision, 26 d. 00'N., 127 d. 00'E. Minesweeper SPEAR (AM-322), by collision, 26 d. 00' N., 127 d. 00'E. Light minelayer HARRY F. BAUER (DM-16), by suicide plane, 26 d. 14'N., 128 d. 01'E. Light minelayer J. WILLIAM DITTER (DM-31), by suicide plane, 26 d. 14'N., 128 d. 01'E. Gasoline tanker YAHARA (AOG-37), by collision, 26 d. 10'N., 127 d. 20'E. Japanese naval vessel sunk: Submarine chaser NO. 195, by United States mine, off Honshu, Japan, 37 d. 10'N., 137 d. 05'E. 

06/07 Thu. United States naval vessels damaged, Okinawa area: Destroyer ANTHONY (DD-515), by suicide plane, 27 d. 07'N., 127 d. 38'E. LST 540, by grounding, 26 d. 21'N., 127 d. 45'E.

06/08 Fri. Aircraft from fast carrier task force (Vice Adm. J. S. McCain) attack Kanoya Airfield, Kyushu, Japan. Cruisers and destroyers (Rear Adm. R. S. Berkey) bombard enemy in Brunei Bay area, Borneo; bombardment is repeated on 9 June. United States naval vessel sunk: Minesweeper SALUTE (AM-294), by mine, Borneo area, 05 d. 08'N., 115 d. 05'E

06/09 Sat. Naval task group (Rear Adm. L. F. Reifsnider) lands Marines on Aguni Shima, Ryukyu Islands. Naval task group (Rear Adm. A. W. Radford) bombs and bombards Okino Daito Jima, Ryukyu Islands. United States naval vessel damaged: Destroyer escort GENDREAU (DE-639), by coastal defense gun, Okinawa area, 26 d. 03'N., 127 d. 12'E. Japanese naval vessel sunk: Coast defense vessel No. 41, by submarine SEA OWL (SS-405), off southern Korea, 34 d. 18'N., 127 d. 18'E.

06/10 Sun. Australian troops land at Brunei Bay, Borneo, supported by cruiser and destroyer gunfire (Rear Adm. R. S. Berkey) and strikes by United States Army and Australian aircraft. Naval task group (Rear Adm. J. J. Clark) bombs and bombards enemy airfield and other installations on Minami Daito, Ryukyu Islands. United States naval vessel sunk: Destroyer WILLIAM D. PORTER (DD-579), by suicide plane, Okinawa area, 27 d. 06'N., 127 d. 38'E. Japanese submarine sunk: I-122, by submarine SKATE (SS-305), Sea of Japan, 37 d. 29'N., 137 d. 25'E.

06/11 Mon. Cruisers and destroyers (Rear Adm. J. H. Brown) bombard Japanese installations on Matsuwa, Kurile Islands. United States naval vessels damaged, Okinawa area: Light cruiser VICKSBURG (CL-86), by collision, 26 d. 10'N., 127 d. 20'E. Landing ship dock LINDENWALD (LSD-6), accidentally by United States naval gunfire, 26 d. 17'N., 127 d. 53'E. Japanese naval vessel sunk: Submarine chaser No. 237, by United States naval land-based aircraft, Sea of Japan, 34 d. 35'N., 132 d. 20'E.

06/13 Wed. United States naval vessel damaged: Battleship IDAHO (BB-42), by grounding, Okinawa area, 26 d. 14'N., 127 d. 57'E. 

06/14 Thu. United States naval vessel damaged: Motor gunboat PGM-24, by collision, Okinawa area, 25 d. 30 N., 126 d. 00'E. 

06/15 Fri. United States naval vessel damaged: Destroyer escort O'FLAHERTY (DE-340), by collision, Okinawa area, 26 d. 00'N., 128 d. 00'E. 

06/16 Sat. Naval Air Test Center, Patuxent River, Maryland, is established. United States naval vessel sunk: Destroyer TWIGGS (DD-591), by aircraft torpedo, Okinawa area, 26 d. 08'N., 137 d. 35'E. United States naval vessel damaged: Escort carrier STEAMER BAY (CVE-87), by aircraft operational casualty, Okinawa area, 24 d. 00'N., 128 d. 00'E. 

06/17 Sun. United States naval vessel damaged: Gasoline tanker CHESTATEE (AOG-49), by collision, Luzon area, Philippine Islands, 07 d. 04'N., 122 d. 06'E. 

06/18 Mon. Battleship and destroyers bombard shore installations on Emidj Island, Jaluit Atoll, Marshall Islands. United States naval vessel sunk: Motor minesweeper YMS-50, damaged by mine, Balikpapan area, Borneo, 01 d. 18'S., 116 d. 49'E.; sunk by United States forces. United States naval vessel damaged: Seaplane tender(small) YAKUTAT (AVP-32), by collision, Okinawa area, 26 d. 10'N., 127 d. 19'E. 

06/19 Tue. United States naval vessels damaged: Minesweeper DEVICE (AM-220), by collision, Okinawa area, 26 d. 00'N., 127 d. 00'E. Minesweeper DOUR (AM-223), by collision, Okinawa area, 26 d. 00'2, 127 d. 00'E. LST 562, by collision, Brunei Bay area, Borneo, 04 d. 29'N., 114 d. 01 E. 

06/20 Wed. Aircraft from carrier task group (Rear Adm. R. E. Jennings) bomb enemy positions on Wake Island. United States naval vessel damaged: Motor minesweeper YMS-368, by mine, Balikpapan area, Borneo, 01 d. 19'S., 116 d. 58'E. 

06/21 Thu. Okinawa, Ryukyu Islands, is declared secured 82 days after the landing. (See 1 April 1945.) United States naval vessels damaged: Destroyer escort HALLORAN (DE-305), by suicide plane, Okinawa area, 26 d. 00'N., 128 d. 00'E. Seaplane tender CURTISS (AV-4), by suicide plane, Okinawa area, 26 d. 10'N., 127 d. 18'E. Seaplane tender KENNETH WHITING (AV-14), by suicide plane, Okinawa area, 26 d. 10'N., 127 d. 18'E. Motor minesweeper YMS-335, by coastal defense gun, Balikpapan area, Borneo, 01 d. 18'S., 116 d. 50'E. 

06/22 Fri. United States naval vessels damaged: High-speed minesweeper ELLYSON (DMS-19), by suicide plane, Okinawa area, 26 d. 04'N., 127 d. 55'E. Motor minesweeper YMS-10, by coastal defense gun, Balikpapan area, Borneo, 01 d. 18'S., 116 d. 51'E. LST 534, by suicide plane, Okinawa area, 26 d. 18' N., 127 d. 49'E. 

06/23 Sat. United States naval vessel damaged: Motor minesweeper YMS-364, by coastal defense gun, Balikpapan area, Borneo, 01 d. 19'S., 116 d. 52'E. Japanese naval vessels sunk, Java Sea: Submarine chasers NOs. 42, and 113, by submarine HARDHEAD (SS-365), 05 d. 50'S., 114 d. 18'E. Shuttleboat NO. 833, by submarine HARDHEAD (SS-365), 05 d. 50'S., 114 d. 18'E. 

06/24 Sun. United States naval vessels damaged: Destroyer escort NEUENDORF (DE-200), by collision, Philippine Islands area, 10 d. 41'N., 122 d. 35 E. Motor minesweeper YMS-339 , accidentally by United States bomber, Balikpapan area, Borneo, 01 d. 19' S., 116 d. 52'E.

06/24   The Oakland became the flagship of Commodore J.P. Womble, USN, Commander Task Flotilla Two.

06/26 Tue. Marines are landed on Kume Shima, Ryukyu Islands, by naval task group (Capt. C. A. Buchanan). United States naval vessels sunk, Balikpapan area, Borneo: Motor minesweeper YMS-39, by mine, 01 d. 19'S., 116 d. 49'E. Motor minesweeper YMS-365, damaged by mine, 01 d. 18'S., 116 d. 50'E; sunk by United States forces.

06/27 Wed. United States naval vessel damaged: Seaplane tender (small) SUISUN (AVP-53), by collision, Okinawa area, 26 d. 10'N., 127 d. 19'E. United States naval vessel damaged: Destroyer CALDWELL (DD-605), by mine, Brunei Bay area, Borneo, 05 d. 07'N., 115 d. 06'E. Japanese naval vessels sunk: Submarine I-165, by naval land-based aircraft (VPB-142), Central Pacific area, 15 d. 28'N., 153 d. 39'E. Submarine chaser NO. 2, by submarine BLUEBACK (SS-326), Java Sea, 07 d. 25'S., 116 d. 00'E. 

06/28 Thu. United States naval vessels damaged, Balikpapan area, Borneo: Motor minesweeper YMS-47, by mine, 01 d. 19'S., 116 d. 55'E. Motor minesweeper YMS-49, by coastal defense gun, 01 d. 00'S., 117 d. 00'E. Japanese naval vessel sunk: Destroyer ENOKI, by mine, Sea of Japan, 35 d. 26'N., 135 d. 44'E.

06/30 Sat. Naval vessels on hand (all types) 67,952
Personnel: 

Navy 3,383,196 Marine Corps 476,709 
Coast Guard 171,192  Total personnel 4,031,097
United States naval vessels damaged, Balikpapan area, Borneo: Destroyer SMITH (DD-378), by coastal defense gun, 01 d. 17'S., 116 d. 53'E. Minesweeper YMS-314, by mine, 01 d. 18'S., 116 d. 51'E. Japanese naval vessel sunk: Destroyer NARA, by mine, Sea of Japan, 33 d. 54'N., 130 d. 49'E.

07/01 Sun. Australian troops are landed at Balikpapan, Borneo, by naval attack group (Rear Adm. A. G. Noble); landing is covered by Allied naval gunfire and aircraft attack. Japanese naval vessel sunk: Coast defense vessel No. 72, by submarine HADDO (SS-255), Yellow Sea, 38 d. 08' N., 124 d. 38' E.

07/01   The Oakland with Task Force 38 sortied from Leyte Gulf, setting easterly course upon departure from Surigao Straits.

07/02 Mon. Submarine BARB (SS-220) bombards enemy installations at Kaihyo Island off the east coast of Karafuto; this is the first successful use of rockets against shore positions by a United States submarine. Japanese naval vessel sunk: Submarine chaser NO. 188, by mine, Sea of Japan, 33 d. 59'N., 130 d. 52'E. 

07/03 Tue. United States naval vessel damaged: Oiler ASHTABULA (A0-51), by collision, Okinawa area, 25 d. 09'N., 128 d. 47'E. 

07/05 Thu. General of the Army Douglas MacArthur announces the liberation of the Philippine Islands.United States naval vessel damaged: Destroyer SMITH (DD-378), accidentally by depth charge, Balikpapan area, Borneo, 01 d. 00'S., 117 d. 00'E. Japanese naval vessel sunk: Auxiliary submarine chaser NO. 37, by submarine LIZARDFISH (SS-373), off Java, Netherlands East Indies area, 08 d. 10'S., 114 d. 50'E. 07/09 Mon. United States naval vessel sunk: Motor minesweeper YMS-B4, by mine, Balikpapan area, Borneo, 01 d. 19'S., 116 d. 48'E. Japanese naval vessel sunk: Auxiliary submarine chaser NO. 50, by submarine BLUEFISH (SS-121), off Malaya, 02 d. 13'N., 105 d. 03'E. 

07/10 Tue. Aircraft from fast carrier task force (Vice Adm. J. S. McCain) attack airfields on the Tokyo plain, Japan. United States naval vessel sunk: Submarine chaser SC-511, foundered, Solomon Islands area, 11 d. 03'S., 164 d. 50'E. United States naval vessel damaged: LST 1107, by grounding, Okinawa area, 26 d. 21'N., 126 d. 47'E. Japanese naval vessels sunk: Destroyer SAKURA, by mine, Sea of Japan, 35 d. 50'N., 135 d. 20'E. Minesweeper No. 27, by submarine RUNNER (SS-476), off northern Honshu, Japan, 39 d. 20'N., 142 d. 07'E.

07/12 Thu. United States naval vessel damaged: Submarine chaser PC-582, by grounding, Philippine Islands area, 11 d. 05'N., 125 d. 20'E. 07/13 Fri. Italy declares war on Japan. 

07/13   OAKLAND participated in...Strikes conducted against Hokkaido and northern Honshu.

07/14 Sat. Aircraft from fast carrier task force (Vice Adm. J. S. McCain) bomb shipping, rail facilities, and ground installations in northern Honshu and Hokkaido, Japan; attack is repeated on 15 July. Battleships, cruisers, and destroyers (Rear Adm. J. F. Shafroth) bombard the coastal city of Kamaishi, Honshu, Japan; this is the first naval gunfire bombardment of the Japanese homeland. United States naval vessels damaged: LST 684 and LST 816, by grounding, Okinawa area, 26 d. 12'N., 127 d. 57'E. Japanese naval vessels sunk: Destroyer TACHIBANA, by carrier-based aircraft, off northern Honshu, Japan, 41 d. 48'N., 140 d. 41'E. Submarine I-351, by submarine BLUEFISH (SS-222), off Borneo, 04 d. 30'N., 110 d. 00'E. Coast defense vessels NOs. 65 and 74, by carrier-based aircraft, off northern Honshu, Japan, 42 d. 21'N., 140 d. 59'E. 

07/15 Sun. Battleships, cruisers, and destroyers (Rear Adm. O. C. Badger) bombard steel and iron works at Muroran on southern coast of Hokkaido, Japan. United States naval vessels damaged: Destroyer FLUSSER (DD-368), by collision, Balikpapan area, Borneo, 01 d. 27'S., 117 d. 00'E. Light minelayer THOMAS E. FRASER (DM-24), by collision, Okinawa area, 26 d. 13'N., 127 d. 50'E. Japanese naval vessels sunk: Minesweeper NO. 24, by carrier-based aircraft, off northern Honshu, Japan, 41 d. 38'N., 141 d. 00'E. Coast defense vessel NO. 219, by carrier-based aircraft, off northern Honshu, Japan, 41 d. 48'N., 140 d. 41'E. 

07/16 Mon. First atomic bomb test is held at Alamogordo, N. Mex. Japanese naval vessels sunk: Submarine I-13, by aircraft (VC-13) from escort carrier ANZIO (CVE-57) and by destroyer escort LAWRENCE C. TAYLOR (DE-415), east of Japan, 34 d. 28'N., 150 d. 55'E. Torpedo boat KARI, by submarine BAYA (SS-318), Java Sea, 05 d. 48'S., 115'53'E.

07/17 Tue. Aircraft from fast carrier task force (Vice Ad. J. S. McCain) and British fast carrier task force (Vice Adm. H. B. Rawlings, RN) attack airfields in the Tokyo area, Japan. British force continues to operate as part of the United States Third Fleet (Adm. W. F. Halsey) until the termination of hostilities. Battleships, cruisers, and destroyers (Rear Adm. O. C. Badger) bombard industrialized Mito-Hitachi area, Honshu, Japan. 

07/17 to 07/20   Planes from Task Group 38.3 raided Tokyo plains area.

07/18 Wed. Aircraft from the fast carrier task forces of the Third Fleet (Adm. W. F. Halsey) strike Yokosuka Naval Base and airfields in the Tokyo area, Japan. Cruisers and destroyers (Rear Adm. C. F. Holden) bombard shore installations at Cape Nojima, Honshu, Japan. Carrier-based aircraft bomb Wake Island. United States naval vessel damaged: Transport GEORGE F. ELLIOTT (AP-105), by unknown cause, Okinawa area, 26 d. 14'N., 127 d. 50'E. Japanese naval vessel sunk: Coast defense vessel NO. 112, by submarine BARB (SS-220), off Karafuto, Japan, 46 d. 03'N., 142 d. 16'E. 

07/19 Thu. United States naval vessel damaged: Destroyer THATCHER (DD-514), by suicide plane, Okinawa area, 26 d. 15'N., 127 d. 50'E. 

07/20 Fri. Japanese naval vessel sunk: Minesweeper No. 39, by submarine THREADFIN (SS-41O), Yellow Sea, 35 d. 01'N., 125 d. 42'E. 

07/21 Sat. United States naval vessel damaged: Attack transport MARATHON (APA-200), by piloted torpedo, Okinawa area, 26 d. 13'N., 127 d. 50'E. 

07/22 Sun. Cruiser and destroyer task force (Rear Adm. J. H. Brown) bombard installations at Suribachi, Paramushiro, Kurile Islands. 

07/23 Mon. Landing party from submarine Barb (SS-220) blows up an enemy train on east coast of Karafuto. Japanese naval vessel sunk: Submarine chaser NO. 227, by submarine HARDHEAD (SS-365), off Java, Netherlands East Indies, 08 d. 10'S., 115 d. 29'E. 

07/24 Tue. Aircraft from the fast carrier task forces of the Third Fleet (Adm. W. F. Halsey) launch 2-day attack on the Inland Sea area, Japan, striking Kure Naval Base and airfields at Nagoya, Osaka, and Miho. United States naval vessel sunk: Destroyer escort UNDERHILL (DE-682), damaged by piloted torpedo, off Luzon, P. I., 19 d. 20'N., 126 d. 42'E,; sunk by United States forces. Japanese naval vessels sunk, Inland Sea area, Japan: Battleship HYUGA, by carrier-based aircraft, 34 d. 10' N.,132 d. 33'E. Battleship ISE, by carrier-based aircraft, 34 d. 12'N., 132 d. 31'E. Battleship HARUNA, by carrier-based aircraft, 34 d. 15' N.,132 d. 29'E. Escort carrier KAIYO, by carrier-based aircraft, Army aircraft and mine, 33 d. 21'N., 131 d. 32'E. Heavy cruiser AOBA, by carrier-based aircraft, 34 d. 13'N., 1332 d. 31'E/ Old heavy cruiser IWATE, by carrier-based aircraft, 34 d. 14'N., 132 d. 30'E. 

07/24 - 25   Merchant and naval shipping in the Kure-Kobe area of the Inland Sea was attacked by Task Force 38 aircraft.

07/25 Wed. Cruisers and destroyers (Rear Adm. J. C. Jones) bombard Kushimoto Seaplane Base and airfield near Shiono Misaki, Honshu, Japan. 

07/26 Thu. Potsdam Declaration calling for unconditional surrender is delivered to Japan. United States naval vessel damaged: Destroyer LOWRY (DD-770), by explosion, Philippine Sea, 19 d. 30'N., 128 d. 00'E. 

07/27 Fri. United States naval vessel damaged: Cargo ship GANYMEDE (AK-104), by collision, Philippine Islands area, 11 d. 11'N., 125 d. 05'E. Japanese naval vessel sunk: Transport NO. 176, by Army aircraft, off southern Kyushu, Japan, 31 d. 00'N., 130 d. 33'E. 

07/27   "Clean-up" strikes conducted against remaining shipping in Kure-Kobe area.

07/28 Sat. Aircraft from fast carrier task forces of the Third Fleet (Adm. W. F. Halsey) strike Inland Sea area, between Nagoya, and Northern Kyushu, Japan; Kure Naval Base is the principal target. United States naval vessel sunk: Destroyer CALLAGHAN (DD-792), by suicide plane, Okinawa area, 25 d. 43'N., 126 d. 55'E.; CALLAGHAN is the last Allied vessel to be sunk by a suicide plane. United States naval vessel damaged: Destroyer PRICHETT (DD-561), by suicide plane, Okinawa area, 25 d. 43'N., 126 d. 56'E. Japanese naval vessels sunk, Inland Sea area, Japan: Aircraft carrier AMAGI, by carrier-based aircraft, 34 d. 11'N., 132 d. 30'E. Heavy cruiser TONE, by carrier-based aircraft, 34 d. 14'N., 132 d. 27'E. Old heavy cruiser IZUMO, by carrier-based aircraft, 34 d. 14'N., 132 d. 30'E. Light cruiser OYODO, by carrier-based aircraft, 34 d. 13'N., 132 d. 25'E. Destroyer NASHI, by carrier-based aircraft, 34 d. 14'N., 132 d. 30'E. Submarine I-372, by carrier-based aircraft, 33 d. 00'N., 133 d. 00'E. 

07/29 Sun. Battleships, cruisers, and destroyers (Rear Adm. J. F. Shafroth) bombard shops, aircraft factory, and other facilities at Hamamatsu, Honshu, Japan. United States naval vessels damaged, Okinawa area: Destroyer CASSIN YOUNG (DD-793), by suicide plane, 26 d. 08'N., 127 d. 58'E. High-speed transport HORACE A. BASS (APD-124), by suicide plane, 26 d. 17'N., 127 d. 34'E. Japanese naval vessel sunk: Submarine chaser NO. 207, by Army aircraft, off Kyushu, Japan, 32 d. 00'N., 130 d. 00'E. 

07/30 Mon. Aircraft from fast carrier task forces of the Third Fleet (Adm. W. F. Halsey) bomb airfields and industrial targets in central Honshu, Japan. United States naval vessels sunk: Heavy cruiser INDIANAPOLIS (CA-35), by submarine torpedo, Philippine Sea, 12 d. 02'N., 134 d. 48'E. Submarine BONEFISH (SS-223),Pacific Ocean area, reported as presumed lost. Japanese naval vessels sunk, Sea of Japan: Destroyer HATSUSHIMO, by mine, 35 d. 33'N., 135 d. 12'E. Frigate OKINAWA, by carrier-based aircraft, 35 d. 30' N., 135 d. 21'E. 

07/30   Attention of Task Group 38.3 was shifted to industrial centers of Tokyo and Nagoya.

07/31 Tue. Destroyers bombard railroad yards and industrial area of Shimuzu, Japan. United States naval vessel damaged: Destroyer BANCROFT (DD-598), by collision, Luzon area, P. I., 14 d. 50'N., 120 d. 15'E.

08/01 Wed. Carrier aircraft and battleship strike enemy on Wake Island. United States naval vessel damaged: Battleship PENNSYLVANIA (BB-38), by coastal defense gun, Wake Island raid, 19 d. 20'N., 166 d. 30'E.

08/03 Fri. United States naval vessels damaged: Destroyer escort EARL V. JOHNSON (DE-702), by explosion, Philippine Sea, 20 d. 17'N., 128 d. 07'E. Attack cargo ship SEMINOLE (AKA-104), by collision, Okinawa area, 26 d. 14'N., 127 d. 50'E. 

08/01 - 07   Oakland spent the first week of August dodging a typhoon passing through the area east of Japan.

08/05 Sun. United States naval vessel damaged: Destroyer BRISTOL (DD-857), by collision, Iwo Jima area, 29 d. 00'N., 142 d. 00'E. 08/06 Mon. Atomic bomb is dropped on Hiroshima, Honshu, Japan. Carrier aircraft from naval task group (Vice Adm. J B. Oldendorf) strike enemy shipping in Tinghai Harbor, China. Carrier aircraft bomb Wake Island.

08/07 Tue. United States naval vessel sunk: Submarine BULLHEAD (SS-331), Java Sea, (presumed date). Japanese naval vessels sunk: Submarine chaser NO. 66, by Army aircraft, near Truk, Caroline Islands, 07 d. 23'N., 151 d. 53'E. Coast defense vessel No. 39, by Army aircraft, Sea of Japan, 35 d. 06'N., 129 d. 03'E.

08/07   Task Group 38.3 headed northward to strike northern Honshu and Hokkaido. Typhoon conditions prevented attacks from being launched for two days.

08/09 Thu. Atomic bomb is dropped on Nagasaki, Kyushu, Japan. Aircraft from fast carrier task forces of the Third Fleet (Adm. W. F. Halsey) attack airfields and shipping in northern Honshu and Hokkaido, Japan. Battleships and cruisers (Rear Adm. J. F. Shafroth) bombard industrial targets at Kamaishi, Honshu, Japan. Battleship, cruiser, and destroyers bombard Wake Island, Russia declares war on Japan. United States naval vessels damaged: Destroyer JOHN W. WEEKS (DD-701), accidentally by United States naval gunfire, off Honshu, Japan, 35 d. 00'N., 143 d. 00'E. Destroyer BORIE (DD-704), by suicide plane, off Honshu, Japan, 37 d. 21'N., 143 d. 45'E. Japanese naval vessels sunk: Minesweeper No. 33, by carrier-based aircraft, off northern Honshu, Japan, 38 d. 26'N., 141 d. 30'E. Frigate AMAKUSA, by United States and British carrier-based aircraft, off northern Honshu, Japan, 38 d. 26'N., 141 d. 30'E. Frigate INAGI, by carrier-based aircraft, off northern Honshu, Japan, 38 d. 26 N., 141 d. 30'E. 

08/09 - 10   Concentrated air attacks directed at northern Honshu and Hokkaido area. Hundreds of floating mines were sighted adrift in our vicinity during these operations off the coast of Japan but none of the ships of Task Force 38 were damaged by them.

08/10 Fri. Aircraft from fast carrier task forces of the Third Fleet (Adm. W. F. Halsey) attack shipping, airfields, and railroads in northern Honshu, Japan. Russian forces enter Korea. Japanese naval vessels sunk: Minesweeper NO. 1, by carrier-based aircraft, off northern Honshu, Japan, 38 d. 26'N., 141 d. 30'E. Transport NO. 21, by Army aircraft, Inland Sea, Japan, 33 d. 59'N., 132 d. 31'E. 

08/10 - 13   Operations were curtailed during this period awaiting development of the Japanese peace negotiations.

08/11 Sat. United States naval vessel damaged: Destroyer MCDERMUT (DD-677), by naval gunfire, Kurile Islands area, 49 d. 30'N., 155 d. 01'E. 

08/12 Sun. Cruisers and destroyers (Rear Adm. J. H. Brown) bombard Japanese installations on Matsuwa and Paramushiro Islands in the Kurile Islands. United States naval vessel damaged: Battleship PENNSYLVANIA (BB-38), by aircraft torpedo, Okinawa area, 26 d. 14'N., 127 d. 50'E. 

08/13 Mon. Aircraft from fast carrier task force (Vice Adm. J. S. McCain) bomb targets in the Tokyo area, Japan. United States naval vessel damaged: Attack transport LAGRANGE (APA-124), by suicide plane, Okinawa area, 26 d. 14'N., 127 d. 52'E. Japanese naval vessels sunk: Submarine I-373, by submarine SPIKEFISH (SS-404), off China, 29 d. 02'N., 123 d. 53'E. Coast defense vessel NO. 6, by submarine ATULE (SS-403), off Hokkaido, Japan, 42 d. 16'N., 142 d. 12'E. 

08/13   Tokyo Plains area was attacked by our aircraft.

08/14 Tue. Japan accepts the provisions of the Potsdam Declaration and agrees to surrender. General of the Army Douglas MacArthur, USA, is named Supreme Allied Commander to receive the Japanese capitulation and conduct the occupation of Japan. Japanese naval vessels sunk, Sea of Japan: Coast defense vessel No. 13, by submarine TORSK (SS-423), 35 d. 42'N., 134 d. 35'E. Coast defense vessel No. 47, by submarine TORSK (SS-423), 35 d. 42'N., 134 d. 36'E. 

08/15 Wed. Before the announcement of the end of hostilities is received, aircraft from fast carrier task force (Vice Adm. J. S. McCain) raid airfields in the Tokyo area, Japan; heavy airborne opposition is encountered. Naval task group (Commodore R. W. Simpson) is established to liberate, evacuate, and extend medical care to Allied prisoners of war in Japan. 

08/15   Planes from Task Group 38.3 were striking the Tokyo area when word was received that Japan had accepted our terms without reservation. Many Japanese planes attacked our ships concentrating on the picket destroyers who accounted for more than twenty of them.

08/17 Fri. Gen. Prince Higashikuni becomes Prime Minister of Japan and forms a new cabinet. 

08/19   Commander Task Flotilla TWO, Commodore J.P. Womble, USN, and staff with a small group of officers and men from OAKLAND (this ship) transferred to a destroyer at sea, the first leg of a journey that was to place them in Sagami Wan with the first group of American ships to anchor in the Japanese waters. On 30 August this same group landed on Japanese soil at Yokosuka Naval Base, Honshu, Japan, where Commodore Womble assumed command of all US Naval Shore Activities.

08/20 Mon. Naval task force (Rear Adm. O. C. Badger) is formed to assume responsibility for the occupation of the Yokosuka Naval base, Japan. 

08/21 Tue. Asiatic Wing, Naval Air Transport Service, is established at Oakland, Calif. Mili Atoll, Marshall Islands, surrenders; this is the first enemy garrison to capitulate in the Pacific Ocean area. Surrender is accepted on board the destroyer escort LEVY (DE-162). 

08/21   Oakland was relieved of duties as Commander of screening units of Task Group 38.3.

08/25 Sat. Aircraft from carrier task groups begin daily flights over Japan to patrol airfields, shipping movements, and to locate and supply prisoner of war camps; operation continues until 2 September 1945. 

08/27 Mon. Third Fleet (Adm. W. F. Halsey) stands into Sagami Bay, the outer bay to Tokyo, Japan. Two Japanese submarines surrender to four United States destroyers off Honshu, Japan.

08/27   Captain Allen P. Calvert, USN, relieved Captain Kendall S. Reed, USN, as Commanding Officer.

08/28 Tue. Air Force Technicians land at Atsugi Airdrome, near Tokyo; these are the first United States troops to land in Japan. Administrative and operational control of the Seventh Fleet (Adm. T. C. Kinkaid) passes from Commander in Chief Southwest Pacific Area (General of the Army Douglas MacArthur) to Commander in Chief Pacific Fleet (Fleet Adm. C. W. Nimitz). 

08/29 Wed. Japanese submarine surrenders to submarine SEGUNDO (SS-398), off northeast Honshu, Japan.

08/29   Task Group 38.3 steams to operating area in the vicinity of the southern tip of Kyushu for the support of the occupation of Japan.

08/30 Thu. Landings by the occupation forces begin in the Tokyo Bay area under cover of guns of the Third Fleet plus Naval and Army aircraft. Yokosuka Naval Base surrender is accepted by Rear Adm. R. B. Carney and Rear Adm. O. C. Badger. Headquarters of Commander Third Fleet is established at Yokosuka Naval Base. 

08/30   Commander THIRD Fleet directed the Oakland to proceed to Toyka Bay and report to Commander Task Force 31, Commander Naval Landing Force, Yokosuka.

08/31 Fri. Marcus Island surrender is accepted by Rear Adm. F. E. M. Whiting on board destroyer BAGLEY (DD-386). Marines land at Tateyama Naval Base, Honshu, Japan, and accept its surrender.

08/31   Oakland at in Tokyo Bay outside the breakwater of the Yokosuka Naval Base.

SEPTEMBER 1945 09/02 Sun. Japanese surrender documents are signed on board the battleship MISSOURI (BB-63) at anchor in Tokyo Bay, Japan. General of the Army Douglas MacArthur signs for the Allied Powers, and Fleet Adm. C. W. Nimitz signs for the United States. Army forces are landed at Yokohama, Japan, by naval task force (Rear Adm. J. L. Hall). Truk in the Caroline Islands, Pagan and Rota Islands in the Marianas Islands, and the Palau Islands surrender to United States Naval and Marine officers on board naval vessels.

09/02   Surrender ceremonies aboard the Missouri were witnessed by the officers and men of the Oakland from their berth nearby.

END OF WORLD WAR II




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