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X - "The Year 1950"

The start of the mid-century year found the CACAPON quietly berthed in her home port of Long Beach, California.  By the 10th of January essentially all personnel had returned from holiday-period leaves, and the ship conducted only local operations in the nearby operating areas until January 27th when she proceeded northward to Port Chicago to off-load ammunition in preparation for enter­ing the San Francisco Naval Shipyard at Hunter's Point.  The overhaul period extended from January 31st to April 28th.

On leaving the yard, the ship loaded ammunition at Port Chicago and, on 29 April, headed back to Long Beach, arriving there the next day.  After a short refresher training period, the ship again partici­pated only in local operations until the end of June.

The "Korean Incident", opening with the attacks of the North Koreans on South Korea, had commenced on 25 June 1950. On 4 July 1950, Captain John G. McClaughry, USN, relieved Captain R. L. Rutter, USN, as Commanding Officer.  Two days later the CACAPON was enroute to the Western Pacific area.,       7s

After a one day stop at Pearl Harbor, the ship arrived at Okinawa on 27 July.  She had already reported to Commander Service Squadron THREE for duty-with the SEVENTH Fleet and was one of the first two fleet oilers to participate in operations of the United Nations Naval forces in the Korean War; the other oiler was U.S.S. PASSUMPSIC (AO-107). The CACAPON left Okinawa on 5 August 1950 and arrived at Sasebo, Japan on 9 August to commence in earnest her first of several tours of duty as a unit of the mobile logistic support forces in the Korean War.  She continued the work of her primary mission of mobile replenishment of the United Nations Naval forces until the end of the year, operating primarily in the area off the east coast of Korea and returning to Sasebo to reload periodically.  CACAPON was, however, a part of the naval force that so successfully invaded Inchon, well up the west coast of the Korean Peninsula on 15 September. On 22 December, Rear Admiral F.C. Denebrink, USN, Commander Service Force, U.S. Pacific Fleet, who had flown out from his headquarters at Pearl Harbor for a first hand view of underway replenishment operations in the combat area, was transferred at sea by highline to U.S.S. CACAPON, He remained on board over-night and trans­ferred by highline to the PHILIPPINE SEA the next day,

XI- "The Year 1951"

By the start of the new year of 1951, the CACAPON had already had a good sample of the severity of the winters off the coast of North Korea and had gained experience in conducting underway replen­ishment operations for long hours under conditions of bitter cold driving winds, heavy seas, icy decks, and almost blinding snowstorms. There was no regret then when her first Korean tour drew to a close and, on 20 January 1951, on departure from Sasebo, she headed southward

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