USS Taluga AO-62 & USS Adair APA-91
April 15th PHOTOS
This page records history of 2 ships built in Sparrows Point Shipyard - Baltimore, Maryland.
Adair is what this webmaster's younger Uncle served on.
The Taluga is a REPLENISHMENT SHIP where this webmaster (VERN) has received its deck logs.
  Vern has also followed Taluga through the
Panama Canal to be recycled.
Both Adair and Taluga used Ulithi Atoll as home base during the war, as most ships did.
Then there were the "MIGHTY MIDGETS".

Taluga had nearly passed over
PGM-17's future sinking point of October  1945

These Islands were necessary to provide cover for Navy Logistics ships to moor, such as Taluga!
Read the book: "Beans, Bullets and Black Oil". Read an exert below.

Click on any of the ship names below
and you can see a great deal of WWII history.
# 7 is Japanease.

Ships Sunk in OKINAWA
April, 1945

1: USS Bates DE-68
2: USS LST-675    
3: USS Skylark AM-63
4: USS LSM(R)-195
5: USS LSM-12
6: USS LSM-135
7: HIJMS Manazuru
8: USS Longshaw DD-559
9: USS Halligan DD-584
10: USS Twiggs DD-591
11: USS PGM-18
12: USS LST-447
13: USS Dickerson APD-21
 14: USS PGM-17
 15: USS Barry APD-29
16: USS Swallow AM-65

Daring initiative has been a characteristic of American operations in both strategy and tactics. Our enemies have known the book doctrines as well as we, but they could not throw the book overboard and try something new as freely as we. Thus at time we have had the advantage of projecting moves that they did not anticipate. The capture of Kerama Retto is an example.

This small group of islands lies about 15 miles southwest of Okinawa. The idea of seizing it for use as a forward base before the main assault was a bold conception. To replenish fuel and ammunition from the anchorage there, so near the objective, increased immeasurably the effectiveness in useful hours of the fire-support and mine-sweeping ships. Also, maintaining repair facilities close at hand aided in quickly returning some damaged ships to duty, whereas many precious days would have been lost had the cripples returned to Guam, Ulithi, or some other rear base. Several crippled destroyers might have been lost altogether without such immediate succor. Originally conceived as an anchorage principally for fuel and ammunition replacement, the emphasis at Kerama Retto shifted to salvage and repair as enemy air attacks increased. from: Logistics at Kerama Retto!