operational committments. Making relief trips was nothing unusual for the CACAPON, and she would make a great many more in the future.
After a trip to Subic Bay, P.I., where the ship remained from 15 to 23 March, the CACAPON sailed out to fulfill further operational committments, and on 4 April moored between Buoys Number 1 and 2 in Kaohsiung. The Kaohsiung tour, during which the CACAPON served as the tanker for the Taiwan Patrol Force, was a welcome change. For one thing, a considerable amount of upkeep work could be accomplished. Furthermore, the CACAPON did not have to go out on the high seas to seek out the vessels she was to replenish, but remained moored between the two buoys while the patrol destroyers returned to the sheltered harbor, pulled up alongside, and then got refueled. Finally one week of rest and recreation in Hong Kong which followed the completion of the Kaohsiung duty gave the crew something tangible to look forward to.
The CACAPON left Hong Kong on 23 April enroute for Sasebo. The morale of the ship's crew which was relatively high, was considerably bolstered when at 1000, 10 May, after all hands had been inspected for smart uniforms and fresh haircuts by the Captain, Commander Service Squadron THREE presented to the ship's company a handsome plaque in recognition of outstanding services in support of the fleet. Five days later, the CACAPON left Sasebo enroute for Long Beach via Pearl Harbor where some of the crew celebrated the completion of the tour in a manner which was just a little too boisterous for the shore patrol.
The tour had lasted 222 days. One hundred and sixty nine of them were spent out at sea. During this time, the CACAPON had serviced 182 ships with 429,747 barrels of NSFO and a proportional amount of other fuels. Her mission had been accomplished, and Captain Becker, who was relieved by Captain John B. Smith, USN, on 16 July, could leave the ship with a certain sense of satisfaction over a job well done.
The CACAPON arrived in Long Beach on 3 June, and on 28 June, with a considerable percentage of the ships crew on leave, commenced her bi-annual overhaul at Bethlehem Shipyard in San Francisco. On 8 October, the overhaul completed, the CACAPON returned to Long Beach, loaded up, and was ready to display her efficiency while training for three weeks with the Fleet Training Group in San Diego.
A period of preparation followed the completion of these exercises to ready the ship for departure for another tour of duty in the Western Pacific. It was during these preparations that Don R. Little, SN, met with a violent accident, which resulted in his death - the first accident of such gravity on the ship since her commissioning.
On this ominous note, the ship got underway five days later, and moored at "H" Dock in Pearl Harbor on 24 November, While still moored there on 8 December, Captain Smith left the ship for the last time - he was seriously ill and was being transferred to Tripler General Hospital, The Executive Officer assumed temporary command until Captain W. McCann, USN, reported aboard for TAD as Commanding Officer
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