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In Sasebo, the damaged king post was cut off and lowered to the cargo deck to be restored to its normal position during the forthcom­ing Navy Yard overhaul.  In her "crippled" condition, however, she made one more run up the east coast of Korea to refuel the smaller naval units engaged in bombardment and blockade operations.  On com­pletion of this run on 8 May, CACAPON returned to Sasebo to off-load, after -which she headed for home.

She arrived in her home port of Long Beach on 4 June for a welcome reunion of all hands with their drives, families, and sweethearts. After a stay of a little more than a week, the ship steamed northward to San Francisco Bay and on 17 June entered Mare Island Naval Shipyard for overhaul.

After completing overhaul on 2 September, the next week was spent in the San Francisco area, during which time post-repair speed trials were conducted, magnetic compasses were compensated and ammunition and stores and provisions were loaded.  On 10 September the ship passed under the Golden Gate, outbound once more, and headed for San Pedro, stopping only briefly to take on a partial load of cargo fuel oil before continuing to San Diego, arriving there on 13 September to commence a three week period of refresher training. When the train­ing period was completed, CACAPON reported to operational control of Commander Amphibious Group ONE for duty with forces under his control participating in special fleet amphibious exercises during the period October 4-12.  These exercises completed, CACAPON proceeded to San Pedro and, on 20 October commenced taking on a full combat load of cargo.  On 22 October, she sailed from San Pedro bound for the West­ern Pacific to commence her fourth Korean tour since the beginning of the "incident".

After an extremely rough and stormy crossing, CACAPON arrived in Sasebo on 10 November 1952. She was soon once again engaged in under­way replenishment of the naval units in the combat zone off the Korean coast, furnishing fuel oil, aviation gasoline, various lubricating oils and greases to the fast carriers, the cruisers, and the destroyers of Task Force  11 and to the vessels of the United Nations Blockading and Escort Force,  The delivering of mail, freight, and passengers brought from the advance base to the ships in the combat zone, was an additional duty of the CACAPON, as it is with all the fleet oilers in the Korean Theater.

XIII - "The Year 1953"

Having passed Christmas day in the combat EOne, the CACAPON arrived back at her advance base on New Year's Day of 1953,  As a re­sult of experience gained since the start of the Korean affair, im­provements in the scheduling of replenishments had resulted in longer turn-around periods for reloading and relaxation for the oilers than on previous tours of the CACAPON,  But the routine of the operations was essentially unchanged. Nor had the severity of winters off the

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