There is no hurry. You have done more than I could have in the rest of my life. Thanks for the wonderful site. Bud Rothgeb 12-21-2011
I have the same berthing chart you have and the details are correct. You
have my permission to use any material from the "Miss" website you need.
I boarded the Taluga two days after my Dad's funeral in 2005 when the ship
was at Suisan Bay with the fleet reserve. We boarded with some of the
survivors of the AO-59.. I have been in regular communication with Donald
Smith from Fort Dodge, Iowa who was aboard the Taluga when the AO-59 was
sunk. Thank you for preserving these memories.
Regarding my visit
aboard Taluga in 2005 at Suisun Bay with, among others, my brother, Bob,
and our father, Ray Fulleman, who was a Water Tender aboard the
AO-59: I recall my dad, who was normally on the quiet side, was
perhaps quieter than usual at times. I think he was flashing back
and forth between his time on the AO-59 and our time there on the
AO-62. There had been a number of changes between the two ships, but
in some areas, it was just the same. It was a gift that I’ll never
forget, being able to walk with him aboard a sister ship to the one he
served aboard and which had been sunk in 1944. AO-62 was in obvious
disrepair, but it was the closest thing to time travel that I can think
of. We went all over the ship and he was pointing out a lot of
places he hung out at or worked at while on the AO-59. As we left
the Taluga, we stopped and I had him point out on the Taluga where he had
to go over the side when abandoning the Mississinewa. Although he
was very sore later, having had to climb quite a bit to get to the Taluga
and go through the ship at the age of 82, he mentioned many times at how
much he appreciated the opportunity to do so.
Harbor Navigation: On September
11, 1945, Taluga anchored 151°t. from FORT
No.3. The Fort was a navigation problem where it was sunk by an
earthquake in 1923. Following are words by a ship commander who has
actually encountered the obstruction. It has since been removed in the
I have vivid memories of the wreckage of Fort #3. It was just on the stbd bow when you made the turn to port into Yokosuka at Buoy #5. That turn wasn't an issue with a large, fairly powerful ship like HASSAYAMPA, but with my little NODAWAY it was a challenge. We were on the upper end of coaster size traffic and only good for 10 knots, top end. We had to cut across the traffic separation scheme and the hard over turn slowed the ship way down. It would be an interesting few minutes as we crept across the highway. Capt. Patrick Moloney 2-28-2013
Excerpt from my 2nd mate section of Sealift Command: Even in the weak fall light navigation was easy. The fixes were falling in with regularity and even on a three minute schedule there was time to watch the Captain conning the ship up the channel. As the ship wound its way up into the bay past the old forts, he edged the ship close to the left side of the northbound lane. After passing the ruins of Fort #3 well to starboard he adjusted speed to arrive at Buoy #5 when there was a break in the southbound traffic. Taking the buoy close aboard to port he ordered full speed, hard left rudder and two short blasts on the whistle, then cut across the outbound lane. This can be exciting on a high powered vessel, but for a 10 knot ship, slowed by a hard left turn, it seems to take hours to crawl across the lane. Every bow of the dozen or so ships in easy visibility seems to boresight the ship. When they start to show a nice right bearing drift, there is a collective sigh of relief on the bridge.
"Ship Commissioning"; 25 August,
Log date February 28, 1946
The Roster displays 30 Officers, 20 Chiefs, and 353 Enlisted = 403 that have served aboard Taluga.
On board when in Pearl Harbor in June 1946 were 15 Officers. + 12 Chiefs.+ 193 Enlisted. = 220.
The 4th Commanding officer, CMD. Jack F. Bowling took command on 21 February, 1946.
He later became an Admiral and was always an artist. He was in command when the ship returned to Pearl Harbor in June 1946.
The last Underway Replenishment recorded as of date above, was with USS Benner DD-807 on Sept. 19, 1945. All Replenishments after that were while anchored in Tokyo Bay.
The last service as Oil Station in Japan was on January 30, 1946, refueling USS Crownblock YO-47 with 3,632 barrels of fuel oil and 1,346 barrels of diesel oil.
There were 276 [54%] replenishments at anchor and 239 [46%] replenishments while underway for a total of 515 replenishments.
The last replenishment at anchor in Ulithi, #75, was on June 24, 1945 with USS LCT-379.
That means that 73% of the at anchor replenishments were after the war ended.
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