November Aboard the USS Boston


After returning to the city of Boston from a month-long Caribbean shakedown cruise, the Boston crewmembers continued final preparations before leaving for the Pacific through the first half of the month. On Nov 14, the ship left the Fore River Navy Yard in South Boston (Quincy, MA) for the last time, heading south for the Panama Canal. On the 23rd, they transited the Canal, reached the Pacific, and headed north to San Francisco.   The men spent their first Thanksgiving Day together at sea, off the coast of California.   Next day, they sailed beneath the Golden Gate Bridge and began a few days Liberty in San Francisco.


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After months of wild combat action ending with the Battle for Leyte Gulf (also called the Second Battle of the Philippine Sea) (Oct. 23-26), the Boston and the other ships of her Task Group anchored in the lagoon at Ulithi (north of Palau and south of Guam).   On Nov 1, the ships left Ulithi and headed back to the action in and off the Philippines. And there was plenty of action!   After 21 days of continual combat, the Boston was ordered south to the Admiralty Islands into dry-dock for a paintjob and quick overhaul of her boilers. (See picture above)   She steamed out of the action, heading south on the 22nd. The ship remained there for two weeks.   The men had liberty on the naval-base island of Manus Island.


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After the Surrender of Japan, a Demilitarization Task Group was formed, with the Boston in command. The men spent the month of November ranging up and down the coast of Japan, seizing weapons and destroying suicide subs and boats.   The first of three groups of sailors mustered out and headed home on Nov. 9th.   The ship remained on Occupation Duty until the end of February, 1946.  See the full size picture here.

Steve Kelly