and went out of their way to insure that every one was shown a good time. Liberty hours averaged 22 hours a day, and the men of the CACAPON were forced to admit that for once at least, in their careers they really had "had enough liberty".
The Task Group left Sydney on 20 March and sailed directly to the United States, arriving in Long Beach on the 8th of April. A "leave and upkeep" period was assigned to the CACAPON, which included a restricted availability in the shipyard. A large portion of the crew was granted leave at this time.
On 18 May, the CACAPON again put to sea to engage in fueling exercises with ships of the FIRST Task Fleet, returned to San Pedro on 22 May, and two days later headed for San Diego with a full cargo. After discharging this load, the ship was then ordered to proceed to Bahrein, Persian Gulf to load. She departed from San Diego on 28 May and arrived at Bahrein on 27 June 1947. On her return trip, the ship put into Singapore for two days of liberty and recreation, then continued eastward via Guams Siapan and Kwajalein off-loading a portion of her cargo at each stop.
From Kwajalein, CACAPON sailed for Pearl Harbor, arriving on 15 August 1947, to commence her second major Navy Yard overhaul since commissioning. While the ship was in the yard, portions of the crew were granted twenty days leave periods in the United States. And, as is customary during an overhaul period, some of the "old hands" left the ship for the last time, either to report to other duties elsewhere, or to return to civilian life; new faces began to appear about the decks and new friendships cultivated.
With the "face-lifting" overhaul completed, and with a reluctant Aloha to the land of grass skirts, swaying hips, and haunting strains of Hawaiian guitars, the CACAPON left Pearl Harbor on the 1st of November 1947 and headed to Kwajalein, thence to Yokohama and from there to Yokosuka, arriving on December 2nd. The following day, Captain Ray A. Mitchell, USN, was relieved of command by Captain Mellish M. Lindsay, USN.
Sailing from Azuma Island, Yokosuka, Japan, on the 5th of December, she pointed her bow southward toward Manila. On leaving Manila, she again headed south, threading her way through the pinnacle spotted waters of Palawan Passage, then along the northwest coast of Borneo, through the narrow Api Passage and, on 15 December, into the Domain of Neptunus Rex, where all the slithering, slimy, boasting Polywogs, who so ungracefully paced the decks of the CACAPON, were formally and properly, albeit not wholly willingly, indoctrinated into the Mysteries of the Deep.
It was on the following day that the beloved Captain Lindsay passed away at evening twilight. LCDR Rhodes E. Day, the Executive Officer, assumed command. The next day, December 17th, in Batavia, Java, as she lay alongside the U.S.S. RENVILLE, the late Captain Lindsay was
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