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


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January - 1945          Week One

At this date; Taluga had made 16 REP's while moored and [19] UNREP's while underway.
High Lines this week - Sets 1;  Men  3
       
Monday 1 January  - 1945      Happy New Year
0000  Steaming as before in Task Unit 30.8.1 Ulithi to Undisclosed. the USS Saugatuck AO-75 is the guide, bearing 240°T
           distance 1500 yds. circular formation  CTU is in the USS Naches AO-47. Base course is 305
°T.
           Speed 12 knots. Ship is Darkened.
           Diary page 6: 132
°E - 15°N, approximatly 600 miles east of Luzon. MAP
0734  Changed course to 030
°T. Changed speed to 10 knots.
0747  Changed course to 061°T. 0931  Changed speed to 12 Knots.
1050  Changed course to 225
°T. 1302 Changed speed to 10 knots.
1450  Manuvering to change positions on the guide.
1530  Changed course to 313
°T. 1542 Changed speed to 13 knots.
          
Hours 1600 -2400 not in Log

Tuesday
2 January  - 1945
0000  Steaming as before in Task Unit 30.8.1 Ulithi to Undisclosed.  Course is 318°T. Speed 12 knots. Ship is Darkened.
0500  Set fueling detail. Changed speed to 10 Knots. Formed fueling line.
0715  USS John W. Weeks DD-701 [20] came alongside strbd.  0825 Cast off - received 1,768 brls of fuel oil.
0738  USS Independence CVL-22 
[21] came alongside port. 0942 Cast off - received 5,395.23 brls. of fuel Oil.
0842  USS Charles S. Sperry DD-607
[22] came alongside strbd.   0952 Cast off - received 1,767 brls. of fuel oil.
1008  USS Pasadena CL-65
[23] came along side port. 1135 Cast off - received 4,524.97 brls. of fuel oil.
1015  USS McCord DD-534
[24] came along side strbd.  1115 Cast off - recieved 1,757 brls. of fuel oil.
1137  USS Tingey DD-539
[25] came along side strbd. 1238 Cast off - received 1,740 brls. of fuel oil.
1214  USS Wisconsin BB-64
[26] came along side port. 1527 Cast off - received 10,000 brls. of fuel oil.
1245  USS Waldron DD-699
[27] came along side strbd. 1412 Cast off - received 1,690 brls. of fuel oil.
1550  Secured from fueling detail.
          Hours 1600 -2400 not in Log

Wednesday 3 January  - 1945
0000  Steaming as before in Task Unit 30.8.1 Ulithi to Undisclosed.  Course is 135°T. Speed 13.5 knots. Ship is Darkened.
0800  Changed course to 143
°T. 0825 Commenced pumping cargo fuel oil from #5 port and strbd. tanks to #8 center tank.
0929  Changed speed to 10 knots. 1500 Changed course to 240
°T. Changec speed  to 12 knots.
1643  Manuevered to new position 1.5300. 2200 Changed course to 270
°T.
2300  Changed speed to 11 knots.  2330 Changed course to 310
°T.  Changed speed to  12 knots.

Thursday 4 January  - 1945
0000  Steaming as before in Task Unit 30.8.1 Ulithi to Undisclosed.  Course is 310°T. Speed 12 knots. Ship is Darkened.
          
Diary page 6: 122°E - 28°N, approximatly 600 miles east of Luzon. MAP
           Fleet of planes sighted - U.S. - 150 from Iwo.
0902  Changed speed to 11 knots.  1400 Changed course to 255°T. changed speed to 12 knots.
1740  Secured from pumping ballast. 2000 Changed course to 330
°T.
2030  Changed course to 333 T. Changed speed to 11.5 knots.
2314  Changed course to 283
°T.  2314 Changed course to 333°T.

Friday 5
January  - 1945
0000  Steaming as before in Task Unit 30.8.1 Ulithi to Undisclosed.  Course is 333°T. Speed 11.5 knots. Ship is Darkened.
0500  Changed course to 120
°T. Changed speed to 10 knots. Formed fuel line. 0550  Set Fueling detail.
0550  USS Franks DD-554
[28] came along side strbrd. 0920 Cast off - received 2,013 crls. of fuel oil.
0753  USS Pasadena CL-65
[29] came along side port. 0915 Cast off - received 3,803 brls. of fuel oil.
0835  Highlined from CL-65- Ralph E. Gates Jr. ENS; reported with baggage and records. for transfer States.
0920  USS Haynesworth DD-700
[30] came alongside strbd.  1042 Cast off - received 2,198 brls. of fuel oil.
0940  USS Wilkes Barre CL-103
[31] came along side port. 1122 Cast off - received 4,410 brls. of fuel oil.
1042  USS Frazer DD-607
[32] came along side strbd. 1148  Cast off - received 2,200 brls. of fuel oil.
1148  USS Hancock CV-19
[33] came along side port. 1347 Cast off - received 5,500 brls. of fuel oil.
                                             but not before boarding 2 men  to transfer to a U.S. Naval Hospital.
1200  USS Ault DD-698
[34] came along side strbd.  1313 Cast off - received 2,041 brls. of fuel oil.
1347  USS Lewis Hancock DD-675
[35] came along side strbd. 1440 Cast off - received 2,218 brls. of fuel oil.
1530 Secured from fueling detail.  
Hours 1600 -2400 not in Log

Saturday 6 January  - 1945
0000  Steaming as before in Task Unit 30.8.1 Ulithi to Undisclosed.  Course is 120°T. Speed 12 knots. Ship is Darkened.
0652  Changed speed to 10 knots.  0830  Set fueling stations.
0830  USS Merrimack AO-37 came along side strbd.  1440 Cast off - DELIVERED  29,630.35 brls. of fuel oil.
          
Highlined to AO-37 Ralph E. Gates Jr. ENS; for trnsfr to States & 2 men  to transfer to U.S. Naval Hospital. [#1-3]
1448  Secured from fueling detail. On course 087
°T.
1640  Steered to new position 1.5120 for guide USS Atacosa AO-66. Changed speed to 12 knots, course to 270
°T.
2000  changed speed to 13 knots.

Sunday  7 January  - 1945
0000  Steaming as before in Task Unit 30.8.1 Ulithi to Undisclosed.  Course is 270°T. Speed 13 knots. Ship is Darkened.
0545  Changed course to 180
°T. 0600 Set fueling detail. 0642 Changed speed to 10 knots.
0702  USS Taluga AO-62 designated the guide. 0734 Changed course to 075
°T.
0835  USS Atascosa AO-66 came along side port.  0852 Cast off.
1315  Changed course to 325 T. 1330 changed speed to 11 knots.
           Diary page 7 Worked - Pay Clerk - Seas very rough.
1528  Changed course to 285 t.  1531 changed speed to 13 knots.
2017  Changed course to 287 T and speed to 12.5 knots.

Monday  8 January  - 1945
0000  Steaming as before in Task Unit 30.8.1 Ulithi to Undisclosed. USS Atascosa AO-66 is now the guide.
           Course is 287°T. Speed 12.5 knots. Ship is Darkened.
0802  Changed course to 070 T. Changed speed to 10 knots. Formed fueling line.
0802  USS Hank DD-702
[36] came along side strbrd. 1120 Cast off - received 5,44 brls. fuel oil, 82,000 gal. Aviation gas.
0930  USS McCord DD-534
[37] came along side strbrd.  1047 Cast off - received 1,025 of fuel oil.
1047  USS Stephen Potter DD-538
[38] came along side strbd. 1133 Cast off - received 567 brls. of fuel oil.
1140  USS New Jersey BB-62
[39] came along side port.  1348 Cast off - received 8,828 brls. of fuel oil.
1200  USS Charles S. Sperry DD-697
[40] came along side strbrd. 1325 Cast off - received 938 brls. of fuel oil.
1400  USS Saugatuck AO-75 came along side strboard. 1719 Cast off - DELIVERED 16,191 brls. of fuel oil
                                                                                                                     and 63,169 gal. of Aviation ga.
1410  USS Atascosa AO-66 came along side port. 1719 Cast off - DELIVERED 5,595 brls. of fuel oil. Seas to rough for more.
1730  Secured from fueling detail.
1740  The USS Taluga is now guide. 1852 changed course to 157 T. 1901 changed speed to 12 knots.
1910  Changed course to 160 T.  1913 Changed speed to 13 knots.
Hours 1600 -2400 not in Log

At this date; Taluga had made 16 REP's while moored and [40] UNREP's while underway.