Monday, May 28, 2018

USS Detroit-- Part 5: At Pearl Harbor and Japanese Surrender


After repairs, the Detroit patrolled off the west coast of South America.

Then it acted as the flagship of the support group for a fast carrier group which she did until the end of the war.

The Detroit entered Tokyo Bay September 1, 1945, and was one of just two ships to be present at both the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor as well as the Japanese surrender.  (The other ship was the battleship USS West Virginia.)

Then, the ship stayed for the occupation of Japan and then returned U.S. servicemen home in Operation Magic Carpet.

She was decommissioned in Philadelphia 11 January 1946 and sold for scrap 27 February.

--GreGen

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