Wednesday, May 25, 2016

USS Dent (APD-9)-- Part 2: Lightning Strike Forces

The USS Dent was at San Diego during the attack on Pearl Harbor and immediately got underway to screen the USS Saratoga in a high speed run to Pearl Harbor.  It returned to San Diego 29 December 1941, and then did convoy duty along the West Coast and then went to Alaska until January 1943 when it was converted into a high speed transport 7 March 1943.

It was at New Caledonia 20 April 1943.  Landed troops for assaults on New Georgia, Rendora, Vella Lavella, and Cape Torokina, Bougainville.

It then had an overhaul in Sydney, Australia.

It next landed the 4th Marines on Emirau Island 20 March and then it was at the Altape Islands.  It patrolled off Saipan and Tinian.

From 8 November 19444 to the end of the war, the dent served in San Diego as part of the Amphibious Landing Force.  20 October 1945, it sailed to the East Coast of the U.S. and was decommissioned 4 December 1945 and sold 13 June 1946.


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