rendered full honors by his officers and men in a military funeral conducted on the cargo deck of the ship he had commanded for so brief a period of time,
Only a short six hours after arriving in Batavia, CACAPON headed out through Sunda Strait into the Indian Ocean and thence northwesterly to Colombo, Ceylon. After a forty eight hour stay in the land of gems, elephants, turbans, temples, rupees and right-hand drive, the ship departed Colombo on Christmas Eve and arrived at Ras Tanura, Saudi Arabia on the next to last day in 1947.
VIII- "The Year 1948"
The second day of the new year 1948 found the CACAPON on her way from the Persian Gulf to Athens, Greece. After steaming out of the Gulf of Aden, she proceeded through the Red Sea, and after a brief stop at Suez, transited the canal and made an equally brief stop at Port Said, then nosed her -way through the minefields of the Mediterranean, passed to the north of the Island of Crete, and arrived in Piraeus, the port of Athens, on January 14th. After a memorable five day stay, during which a most enjoyable time was had by all the officers and men, the CACAPON departed from Piraeus and retraced her steps to the Persian Gulf to reload.
On leaving the Persian Gulf this time, on 4 February 1948, she headed eastward once more and arrived at Hong Kong, B.C.C. on February 19th, where she fueled a group of ships of Task Force 38 and enjoyed a four day period of recreation and sightseeing.
After a short trip to Manila, on 29 February she commenced a series of short logistic runs to various ports in the orient, including Buckner Bay in Okinawa, Tsingtao, China and Yokosuka and Nagasaki, Japan, completing this assignment in Okinawa on April 29th. It was on 23 March 1948, while she was moored at Forrestal Pier, Yokosuka, Japan, that Captain H. C. Behner, USN, relieved LCDR Rhodes E. Day, USN, as Commanding Officer.
On May the 1st, CACAPON again headed homeward via the great circle route, entering San Francisco Bay on 14 May, A few days later she commended a ninety day overhaul period at Mare Island Naval Shipyard, On 26 August 1948, after commanding her barely five months, Captain Behner was relieved as Commanding Officer by Captain John F. Henkel, USN.
Her overhaul completed and post-repair trials successfully conducted, CACAPON steamed out of the Golden Gate on 8 September and headed for San Diego for a period of refresher training, on completion of which she participated in "fleet maneuvers" off Southern California. During these maneuvers, her officers and men witnessed the sinking of a submarine and a large transport, both of which had previously been among the target group of ships subjected to atomic bomb tests at Central Pacific atolls.
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