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USS.Taluga.AO-62
History: from Ships' Log


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December - 1944          Week ONE

At this date; Taluga had made 6 REP's while moored and [12] UNREP's while underway.

Friday 1 December - 1944
0000  Steaming as before. The log did not record events after 1600 on the November 31st.
           Standing in task unit 30.8.5, Ulithi Islands to undisclosed. USS Lackawanna AO-40 is guide escorted by
           USS Aylwin DD-355 (CTG);
Formation is course 300°T. Speed is 14 knots. Ship is darkened. Condition II set.
0045  Crew members thumb nearly cut off while walking in dark passage way to carpenter shop when door
           was slammed shut.

0730  Changed speed to 10 knots.
0870  Changed course to 140
°T, the 070°T at 0958,  then 120°T at 1544
1200  LOCATION: 14 15°N  131 39°E                               See: MAP
2121  Changed course to 185°T by emergency turn, then 215°T at 2125, then to 180°T at 2131, final to 120°T at 2140.

Saturday 2 December - 1944
0000  Steaming as before. Formation is course 120°T. Speed is 14 knots. Ship is darkened. Condition II set.
1654  Changed course to 180
°T, then at 1800 changed course to 270°T.

Sunday 3 December  - 1944
0000  Steaming as before. Formation is course 000°T. Speed is 14 knots. Ship is darkened. Condition II set.
0015  Changed course to 060
°T DIARY Dec-31 entry: These ships had come from Luzon.
0545  Changed course to 090
°T, Stationed fueling at sea detail.  0547 changed speed to 10 knots.
0555  Formed fueling line with 
USS Neches AO-47 to strbd. [13] and U.S.S. Lackawanna to port. [14]Commenced fueling.
0716  U.S.S. John D. Henley DD-553 came to strbd. Cast of at 0755 receiving 1,132 brls. of fuel oil.
[15]
0735  U.S.S. Alabama BB-60 came to port. Cast off at 0838 receiving 3,973 brls. of fuel oil. [16]
0809  U.S.S. Cowall DD-547 came to strbd.  Cast off at 0856 receiving 1,324 brls. of fuel oil. [17]
0911  U.S.S. Hazelwood DD-531 came to strbd. Cast off at 0951 receiving 1,025 brls. of fuel oil. [18]
0912  U.S.S. Pasadena CL-65 came to port. Cast off at 1018 receiving 2,766 brls. of fuel oil [19]
           Secured from fueling at sea details.
1122  Changed course to 000
°T. 1133 changed course to 270°T.  1150 changed course to 210°T.
           The hours 1600 to 2400 are missing from the log.
       
Monday 4 December  - 1944
0000  Steaming in task unit 30.8.5, Ulithi Islands to undisclosed, with USS Neches AO-47 as guide; Formation course 245°T.
           Ship is darkened, Completed pumping fuel oil in cargo tanks, taking on ballast in #3 wing tanks.
0530  Changed course to 335
°T. 0700 changed course to 060°T. 0730 Changed course to 080°T.
1830  Changed course to 140
°T. 1900 changed course to 220°T. 1930 changed course to 270°T.

Tuesday 5 December  - 1944
0000  Steaming in task unit 30.8.5, Ulithi Islands to undisclosed, CTG is  USS Aylwin DD-355 ; Formation course 270°T.
           Speed is 14 knots. Ship is darkened.
0618  Sunrise, Lighted ship. 0640 changed course to 080
°T. 0750 changed course to 100°T.
1345  Changed speed to 10 knots. 1508 Changed speed to 13 knots.
2000  Changed course to 010
°T. 2200 changed course to 280°T.

Wednesday 6 December  - 1944
0000  Steaming in task unit 30.8.5, Ulithi Islands to undisclosed, with USS Neches AO-47 as guide; Formation course 280°T.
0800  Changed course to 090
°T.
0940  Exercised to General Quarters. 1035  Commenced Scheduled firing exercise.
1055  Completed firing exercise. rounds were fired from 20mm, 40mm, 3"50 and 5"38 guns.
1730  Changed course to 180
°T. 1900 changed course to 270°T. 2300 changed course to 180°T.

Thursday 7 December  - 1944
0000  Steaming in task unit 30.8.5, Ulithi Islands to undisclosed, with USS Neches AO-47 as guide; Formation course 180°T.
0250  Changed course to 095
°T.  1000 changed speed to 14 knots.
1214  Changed course to 105
°T.  1741 changed standard speed to 14.5 knots.
1913  Changed course to 203
°T. Changed speed to 15 knots.
1925  Changed course to 103
°T.
1927  USS Lackawanna AO-40 now deignated formation guide. 1939 Changed speed to 10 knots.
2002  Changed speed to 15 knots.

Friday 8 December - 1944
0000  Steaming in task unit 30.8.5, Ulithi Islands to undisclosed, CTG is  USS Aylwin DD-355; Formation course 103°T.
0610  Changed course to 135
°T. 0640 Sounded General Quarters.
0655  Changed course to 090
°T. 0658 Formed column with USS Taluga as guide.
0700  Commenced gunnery exercise.  0718 changed speed to 13 knots. 0754 Executed emergency turn to course 200
°T.
0758  Changed course to 110
°T. 0827 secured #1 boilers from the main line.
0846  Commenced firing Anti-Aircraft Battle Practice. 0854 Ceased fire.
0855  Changed course to 180
°T. 0912 Commenced Firing.
0932  Completed practice firing.
rounds were fired from 20mm, 40mm, 3"50 and 5"38 guns.
1020  Changed course to  240°T. 1030 changed course to 250°T.
1105  Steering various courses to enter Ulithi Islands Anchorage.
1112  Advanced clocks to one hour to -10 zone time.
1256  Anchored in Berth #432 in 24 fathoms of water, sand and coral bottom with 75 fathoms of chain to port anchor.
           on the true bearings, Asor Island Tower 068
°T. and Beacon "B", 105°T.
1256  Secured from Special Sea Detail and set "at anchor" watch.
1430  Commenced discharging ballast.
          
The hours 1600 to 2400 are missing from the log.