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with justifiable confidence, steamed down the Formosan Straits for an overnight stay in Kaohsiung, and departed the next morning for Hong Kong, Mary Soo and her side cleaners were on hand to greet CACAPON on 24 May as soon as the accommodation ladder was over the side. Some earnest bargaining ensued, and several minutes later, Mary's girls were working away at the sides, meticulously cutting in the waterline. By 31 May, Mary had finished with the sides, the crew had spent their money, the space set aside for the stowage of all the genuine articles acquired had been filled to the overhead, and the Com­manding Officer had a nasty cold; in short, the ship was ready to leave.

Three more replenishments remained prior to return to CONUS. The first of these occurred on 5 June when CACAPON fueled the carrier LEXINGTON and a division of destroyers, returning to Yokosuka to spend the weekend. The second replenishment was on the 9th and con­sisted of the same group as that of the 5th. CACAPON's last scheduled replenishment almost did not come off at all. The seas were high and the entire operation was temporarily suspended until the advent of more favorable weather. The cruiser even withdrew and headed for her sheltered berth in Yokosuka. But shortly thereafter, the Commanding Officer sent a brief message inviting the remaining ships to come alongside; during the ensuing five hours, the HORNET and seven destroyers did so without any untoward incident.

CACAPGN then headed full speed for Yokosuka, off-loaded her Av-gas, reversed her course for a four day visit to Nagoya, and then on 17 June, back to Yokosuka for a final upkeep period.  It was during this period that despite staunch opposition, CACAPON's quarterdeck area was enclosed, a modification which which was later termed by a SERVFAC representative as the "best material improvement that could have happened to the ship".

The most demanding of the criteria for an outstanding oiler had been passed. CACAPON showed that she could deliver "on the line" by fueling 77 ships in all kinds of weather at all times of the day with more than 9 1/2 million gallons of liquid fuels. In his sayonara letter to the ship, COMSERVJION THREE noted "with pleasure the outstanding per­formance of CACAPON during the tour just completed" and expressed his appreciation for her 'Very substantial contribution to the successful logistic support of the SEVENTH Fleet".

CACAPON had left Yokosuka on 28 June and arrived in Pearl Harbor for a two day stay on 8 July. It was here that the most meaningful tribute vas bestowed on the ship by Rear Admiral Campbell, COMSERVPAC himself. Recalling that he had seen CACAPON less than five months be­fore, the Admiral commented on the "immense improvement which was evident through the ship" and praised the crew for "pride in the ship and devotion to duty". On leaving Pearl Harbor, CACAPON briefly rendezvoused with the cruiser LOS ANGELES to act as an example of a mobile logistic support unit for the benefit of several SecNav guests who were highlined aboard with COMCRUDIV FIVE for a visit and tour of CACAPON while underway. She then set her course for the coast of Calif­ornia and finally on the morning of 17 July, sighted the Long Beach Breakwater.


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