History: from Ships' Log
- 1945 Week One
Starting this week - Only Encounters and crew comments will be posted - No Course and Speed changes.
At this date [as shown on log]; Taluga had made 36 REP's while moored and  UNREP's while underway.
High Lines this week - Sets 3; Men 20
DESCRIPTIONS of Ships Refueled are linked on the UNREP RECORD Page
Sunday 1 April - 1945
0000 Steaming in Task Group 50.8. CTG is USS Detroit CL-8. Formation 8-S-1. USS Mongahela AO-42 is guide.
Fleet course is 230Â°T. Fleet speed is 10 knots.
Left Convoy for Ulithi with 4 DD's, 2 Tugs, AO-16 & another. Ran into Typhoon. DIARY
Monday 2 April - 19450000 Steaming in Task Group 50.8.6 CTU is USS Cowanesque AO-79. Guide is same. Fleet course is 100Â°T.
0000 Steaming in Task Group 50.8.6 CTU is USS Cowanesque AO-79. Guide is same. Fleet course is 225Â°T.Tuesday 3 April - 1945
Fleet speed is 11.5 knots.
1050 Throughout the watch heavy seas caused the ship to pound heavily at times.
1427 Casualty to steering gear, shifted to steering engine room. 1440 Shifted steering to bridge, steam was temporarly
cut off to reducer valve, while being replaced.
Fleet speed is 9 knots.
Wednesday 4 April - 1945
0000 Steaming in Task Group 50.8.6 CTU is USS Cowanesque AO-79. Guide is same. Fleet course is 145Â°T.
Fleet speed is 13 knots.
Thursday 5 April - 1945
0000 Steaming in Task Group 50.8.6 CTU is USS Cowanesque AO-79. Guide is same. Fleet course is 153Â°T.
Fleet speed is 11 knots.
1000 Fired one round emergency identification signal, red shower, for test purposes.
Friday 6 April - 1945
0000 Steaming in Task Group 50.8.6 CTU is USS Cowanesque AO-79. Guide is USS Atascosa AO-66.Saturday 7 April - 1945
Fleet course is 153Â°T. Fleet speed is 9 knots.
0115 Radar reported land bearing 160Â°T. 0140 Sighted light bearing 165Â°T.
0335 Energized degaussing. 0400 Advanced clocks one hour to minus 10 zone time.
0518 Changed course to 193Â°T. 0525 Changed course to 241Â°T. These courses mean the group rounded the
north side of Ulithi and came in from the east. 0534 Took position #3 in column.
0545 Steering various courses & speeds to enter Ulitihi Harbor. 0641 Passed Mugai Channel Buoy #2 abeam starboard.
0731 Moored to strbs side of S.S. Lake Erie with 10 manilla lines. S.S. Lake Erie anchored in Berth #294 Ulithi Anchorage.
Arrived Ulithi at 0600. Unloaded survivors from Franklin. DIARY
0800 Commenced pumping ballast.
0815 Ltjg N.F. Boucher; & Goodwin, R.P. CSP(a)PA; who boarded on March 28; plus Benco, E.W. SM2c;
Prescott, B.A. MoMM3c; were transferred to USS Admiral Coontz with baggage and transfer papers,
having completed passage on board. [#1-4]
0835 USS LCM-759 came alongside strbd. 0830 SURVIVORS of the USS Franklin CV-13 were transferred to
USS Mercy AH-8 for further disposition, having completed passage on board; Being: Lt. O.B. Laws USNR;
Lt. G.W. Wenglein USNR; Capt. W.O.Chapman USMC; 2nd Lt. W.H. Dancy USMCR;
2nd Lt. C.K. Fought USMCR; 1st Lt. O.L.Vandergrift USMCR; 2nd Lt. C.W. Smithi USMCR;
Patterson, D.C. T.Sgt. USMC; Lt. J.P. Thomas USNR; Gritts, F. PhM2c USNR; French, L.R. S1c USN;
Mossbrook J.H. AMM1c USNR; Scheppers, W.R. AMM3c USNR; Zaremski, S.J. USNR. [#2-14]
1035 Commenced receiving cargo fuel oil from S.S. Lake Erie, (a T2-SE-A1 Tanker MC-1740, SUN439)
No log for 1200-2400 hours.
0000 Moored to starboard side of S.S. Lake Erie in berth #294, southern anchorage, Ulithi Islands.
All boilers secured, diesel engine being used for auxiliary lighting. Ship is darkened.
0135 Secured diesel engine and shifted to boiler #2 for auxiliary purposes.
0855 Completed receiving fuel oil, received 96,525 brls. at 60 F.
0908 Underway from S.S. Lake Erie. Maneuvered to strd side of S.S. Signal Hills in berth #324.
1050 Hallman, Edgar N. SF3c(T) and Wojciechowoski, Henry Walter S1c were transffered to
USS Mercy AH-8 for treatment with baggage and records.[#3-2]
1215 USS LCI-1051 came alongside strbd. 1525 Cast off.
1410 Completed receiving gasoline from S.S. Signal Hills receiving 276,627 gal.
1510 Completed receiving diesel oil from Signal Hills, receiving 5,950 brls.
No log for 1600-2400 hours.
Left Ulithi 1630 having loaded 40 enlisted, 10 seamen, 25 tons of fresh provisions. Carriers short of gas and
At this date; Taluga had made 39 REP's while moored and  UNREP's while underway.