leave, and the CACAPON had her own overhaul period at Long Beach Ship-yard from 22 June until 24 July.
It was a mechanically sound ship manned by a well rested crew that joined Task Group 12.1. on 27 July, ready with a load of fuel and ammunition to participate for the next two weeks in "Operation DESTRAEX 54L". With experience gained from this exercise and after detachment on 14 August from Task Group 12.1, the crew took in stride the operational readiness inspection conducted by the Commanding Officer and crew of the U.S.S. LAERTES at Long Beach.
On 8 September, the Commanding Officer of the CACAPON, Commander Kilmartin, took his ship out for the last time, joining Fleet Training Group and providing them with essential services. He was relieved on 19 September by Captain Albert L. Beeker, USN.
The CACAPON steamed out of Long Beach on 23 October, armed with a capacity load of fuel for other ships, and an ample supply of ammunition for her own protection. She was operationally ready to give support to the attack units of the fleet whose might was helping bring the Korean Conflict to a foreseeable conclusion. This was to be the fifth tour of the conflict for the CACAPON and hostilities would be terminated prior to its completion. The CACAPON arrived in Sasebo on 9 November, and Commander Service Squadron THREE employed her services during the next several months in support of Task Force 77 in the China and Japan Seas. This period was no honeymoon for ship or crew. More often than not, the weather was furiously inclement—gusts of biting wind whipping the blinding snow and frothing seas over the decks on which the men struggled to stay at their posts and get the job done; and get the job done they did. The five previous tours had seasoned men and ship alike and made them almost impervious to the more cruel elements of nature. It was this kind of determination, courage and spirit which inspired Captain Beeker to conceive of a new house flag "-a flag which would be symbolic and representative of some of the feelings of the officers and men". The final result, unveiled amid a roar of approval, depicted a rambunctious black rooster in earnest pursuit of an equally black but terrified hen with the slogan "Find 'em. Fuel 'em, Forget 'em". Since then, this flag has been hoisted during every fueling operation and has become well known throughout the Pacific.
On 22 December, the CACAPON anchored in the Japanese port of Osaka, where the crew enjoyed a well deserved period of Christmas liberty. New Year's Eve was spent anchored in high spirits in Sasebo»
XIV - "The Year 1954"
During the first two months of the New Year, the CACAPON supported the fleet from Sasebo, making extended replenishment runs and returning to that port upon their completion to pick up more fuel. The schedule that had been drawn up for the ship for this period was an arduous one. The CACAPON completed it, and also made four relief trips for other tankers which for diverse reasons were unable to meet their
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