The ship was ordered to return to the Navy yard at San Pedro for major repairs and retrofits in March 1945. After a brief stop at Pearl Harbor, they reached the California coast on the 25th.
Frank Studenski: Early this morning, I got my first look at the California coast line. We pulled into Terminal Island Navy Yard flying our homeward bound pennant. While the N.O.B. band played and Ginny Simms sang “Oh, What a Beautiful Morning,” with a lot of brass and civilians on the pier. Just about all of the crew were on the port side.