U.S.S. LST-847
WW II Landing Ship, Tank
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Deck Log Summary

Selected Summary Transcriptions from the Deck Logs of the USS LST-847
(includes all ports of call)

Deck Log –Volume #1 (15 Jan 1945 through 31 Jul 1945)

15 Jan 45 Ship was commissioned at Algiers (Louisiana) Naval Station
25 Jan 45 Underway for St. Andrews Bay, FL (Panama City, FL)
26 Jan 45 Arrived in St. Andrews Bay; practiced loading/unloading
01 Feb 45 Assigned to 186th Division, 31st Flotilla of the Atlantic Fleet
08 Feb 45 Departed for New Orleans, LA
09 Feb 45 Arrived at Pendleton Shipyard in New Orleans; loaded Army DUKWs
20 Feb 45 Departed for Panama Canal
27 Feb 45 Arrived at the east entrance to Panama Canal
01 Mar 45 Transited Panama Canal and departed for San Pedro, CA
14 Mar 45 Arrived in San Pedro, CA; began loading LCVPs
17 Mar 45 Departed San Pedro, bound for Pearl Harbor, Hawaii
27 Mar 45 Arrived in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii; unloaded DUKWs
04 Apr 45 Loaded 5 LVTs, sailed for maneuvers near Maui Island, Hawaii
05 Apr 45 Participated in a mock invasion of Kahoolawe Island, Hawaii
07 Apr 45 Returned to Pearl Harbor, Hawaii
29 Apr 45 Maneuvers in waters off Hawaiian Islands
01 May 45 Practice invasion of Maui Island, Hawaii
05 May 45 Moored in Kanehoe Bay, Oahu Island, Hawaii
15 May 45 Underway to Hilo Bay, Hawaii
16 May 45 Arrived in Hilo Bay, Hawaii
17 May 45 Departed Hilo Bay for Pearl Harbor, Hawaii
18 May 45 Arrived in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii
20 May 45 Departed Pearl Harbor, Hawaii in a convoy bound for Eniwetok Atoll
26 May 45 Crossed International Date Line at 2215 hours on 26 May, avg. speed 10.5 knots
01 Jun 45 Anchored in Eniwetok Atoll at 1545 hours
04 Jun 45 Departed for Apra Harbor, Guam
09 Jun 45 Arrived off Guam; held offshore and at 1700 hours departed for Saipan Island
10 Jun 45 Arrived at Saipan, Mariana Islands
01 Jul 45 Assigned to the 185th Division, USS LST Group 93, USS LST 31st Flotilla of the U.S. Pacific Fleet
08 Jul 45 Departed Saipan, bound for Okinawa in Convoy SOK-21
14 Jul 45 Arrived in Okinawa
19 Jul 45 Underway out to sea to ride out a typhoon per Typhoon Plan XRAY EAST
20 Jul 45 1200 hours: located off of Yanaha Shima Island at 26 13’ N, 128 42’ 38” E, winds 17 knots from 200, seas/swells = 5/5 (0 to 9 scale)  
21 Jul 45 Returned to Okinawa after successfully avoiding storm
22 Jul 45 Departed for Guam
29 Jul 45 Arrived in Guam
31 Jul 45 Departed for Saipan

Deck Log –Volume #2 (01 Aug 1945 through 16 Jun 1946)

01 Aug 45 Underway from Guam, bound for Saipan; arrived and anchored at 0809 hours
12 Aug 45 Departed Saipan for Leyte, Philippine Islands
14 Aug 45 [Japan agrees to surrender - “VJ Day”]
18 Aug 45 Arrived in San Pedro Bay, Leyte, P.I.; moved to Guiuan, Samar Island, P.I.
28 Aug 45 Moved to San Pedro Bay, Leyte, P.I.
31 Aug 45 Moved to Guiuan, Samar Island, P.I.
04 Sep 45 Landed 170 enlisted men and 9 officers; departed for Tolosa, Leyte Island, P.I.;
arrived late and anchored in San Pedro Bay
06 Sep 45 Departed for Okinawa (Hagushi Bay)
12 Sep 45 Arrived in Okinawa at Buckner Bay
14 Sep 45 Moved to Hagushi Bay, Okinawa Island
16 Sep 45 Headed out to sea to avoid approaching typhoon, destination Shanghai, China (Task Unit 74.5.1)
19 Sep 45 Anchored in the mouth of the Yangtze River
20 Sep 45 Moored at Old Ning Po wharf, Shanghai, China
24 Sep 45 Lt. Gustav A. Hoffman of White Plains, NY replaced Lt. Robert S. Marshall as
commanding officer of the USS LST-847
08 Oct 45 Embarked Chief of Staff, 70th Chinese Army, Major General Lu Yung Kuan and his staff
10 Oct 45 Departed Shanghai bound for the Yung River, China; anchored SE of Uansan Island
12 Oct 45 Moved into the mouth of the Yung River, dropped anchor;
Major General and his staff departed using PC-1131
14 Oct 45 Embarked 500 troops of the 70th Chinese Army
15 Oct 45 Departed Yung River for Kiirun Ko, Formosa, China (NE part of Formosa Island)
17 Oct 45 Arrived at Keeling Harbor, Kiirun Ko, Formosa, China; unloaded Chinese troops
29 Oct 45 Departed Formosa Island for Subic Bay, P.I.
02 Nov 45 Arrived in Subic Bay, Luzon, P.I.
07 Nov 45 Moved to Manila Bay, Luzon, P.I.
10 Nov 45 Departed Subic Bay for Haiphong, French Indo-China
15 Nov 45 Arrived at Haiphong and anchored SW of Hon Dau Island
19 Nov 45 Embarked 55 officers and 449 troops of the 62nd Chinese Army
20 Nov 45 Departed for Takao, Formosa, China
25 Nov 45 Arrived in Takao, Formosa, China
27 Nov 45 Departed for Haiphong (b)
29 Nov 45 Diverted to Hong Kong to obtain medical treatment for S2/c Robert J. Hayes; departed for Haiphong (b)
02 Dec 45 Arrived in Haiphong
03 Dec 45 Loaded 47 Chinese Army trucks and drivers
05 Dec 45 Unloaded 47 Chinese Army trucks and drivers to the Liberty Ship “Nicholas J. Sinnott”;
loaded and unloaded more troops and vehicles to the Liberty Ships “John B. Ashe” and
“Nicholas J. Sinnott”
06 Dec 45 Loaded and unloaded troops and vehicles to the Liberty Ship “Ben A. Ruffin”
07 Dec 45 Loaded and unloaded more troops and vehicles to the Liberty Ship “Ben A. Ruffin”
08 Dec 45 Loaded and unloaded 668 troops of the Chinese Army HQ Unit to the Liberty Ship
“Nicholas J. Sinnott”; departed Haiphong for Chinwangtao, China (Hulutao, Manchuria)
16 Dec 45 Lt. Hoffman was transferred to the flagship USS Conway (DD-507) for separation;
he was replaced as commanding officer by Lt. (j.g.) Benjamin V. Wolf of Miami, FL
18 Dec 45 Encountered heavy weather at location 28 39’ 45” N, 124 55’ E;
seas/swells = 6/8 (0 to 9 scale)
19 Dec 45 Sunk two floating mines by gunfire at location 30 30’ N, 125 40’ E
22 Dec 45 Arrived in Hulutao and unloaded vehicles
24 Dec 45 Departed for Tsingtao, China
26 Dec 45 Arrived in Tsingtao, China
06 Jan 46 Lt. (j.g.) Wolf is replaced by Lt. (j.g.)  E.J. Olszewski as commanding officer
09 Jan 46 Ship is dry-docked for repairs in Tsingtao, China until 17 Jan 46
21 Jan 46 Loaded 6 US Marines and 1,020 Japanese repatriates, along with their gear
22 Jan 46 Departed for Sasebo, Kyushu Island, Japan
23 Jan 46 One of the Japanese repatriates, a 2 year old female infant,
died of malnourishment and was buried at sea
25 Jan 46 Arrived in Sasebo, Japan and unloaded Japanese repatriates
27 Jan 46 Loaded 19 Chinese civilians (18 women and 1 man); departed for Tsingtao, China
30 Jan 46 Arrived in Tsingtao, China; unloaded civilians
02 Feb 46 Loaded Japanese troops
03 Feb 46 Departed for Sasebo, Japan
06 Feb 46 Arrived in Sasebo, Japan and unloaded Japanese troops
08 Feb 46 Departed for Tsingtao, China
11 Feb 46 Arrived in Tsingtao, China
14 Feb 46 Loaded 1,190 Japanese civilians
15 Feb 46 Departed for Sasebo, Japan
17 Feb 46 Two of the Japanese repatriates, a 2 year old female and a 2 year old boy,
died of pneumonia and were buried at sea
18 Feb 46 Arrived in Sasebo, Japan and unloaded Japanese civilians
20 Feb 46 Departed for Tsingtao, China
23 Feb 46 Arrived in Tsingtao, China
25 Feb 46 Loaded 1,069 Japanese troops
26 Feb 46 Departed for Sasebo, Japan
27 Feb 46 A 31 year old Japanese soldier died and was buried at sea
01 Mar 46 Arrived in Sasebo, Japan and unloaded Japanese troops
04 Mar 46 Departed for Buckner Bay, Okinawa
06 Mar 46 Arrived in Buckner Bay, Okinawa
11 Mar 46 Loaded aviation supplies and torpedoes
16 Mar 46 Departed for Pearl Harbor, Hawaii
27 Mar 46 2000 hours location (-11 Time Zone): 20 03’ N, 168 45’ 15” E
(about 200 miles NE of Wake Island); at 2245 hours, lookouts sighted an intense,
luminous, yellow light in the sky at a bearing of 70 (ship’s course was 091);
all engines were stopped; source of light could not be identified.
30 Mar 46 Crossed International Date Line (180) at 1800 hours (-12 to +12 Time Zone)
06 Apr 46 Arrived in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii
08 Apr 46 Unloaded torpedoes
11 Apr 46 Robert C. Grobbel, Cox, USN, transferred to the USS Cleburne (APA-73)
13 Apr 46 Departed for San Francisco, CA
23 Apr 46 Arrived in San Francisco, CA
07 May 46 Departed for Balboa, Canal Zone, Panama, under the command of Ensign Samuel Kinsley (a)
22 May 46 Arrived in Balboa and transited the Panama Canal
31 May 46 Arrived in Charleston, SC
16 Jun 46 The USS LST-847 was decommissioned in Charleston, SC

Sources:
National Archives and Records Administration, College Park, MD
Record Group (RG) 24, Stack 470, Row 38 (Vol. #1) and 45 (Vol. #2)

(a) Sam Kinsley, e-mail, 21 Dec 2005
(b) Bob Hayes, e-mail, 19 Jan 2006


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