First Operational Cruise, escorting CVE
San Diego to Pearl Harbor
British Ship HMS Ranee (D-03) (ex-USS Niantic CVE46)
Same ship is seen in the background in pix taken underway from Hadley gun deck.
Other ships that operated with HADLEY at OKINAWA
The invasion fleet, landing craft in the foreground, transports and men-o-war
in the rear. This appears to be Bishi Inlet, the Marines landing area.
NOTE: See the strange formations, left center. They are Coral Heads caused
by natural sea erosion. Okinawa is all coral, excepting for the Motobu
Peninsula, at the northwestern end of the island.
USS EVANS (DD552) was with HADLEY at Radar Picket Station 15.
LCS(L)83 came alongside, along with the ship below to fight our fires.
Also in our group were LCS82 & LCS(L)84, along with LSM 9R)193, seen below.
USS LSM(R)193 After helping us to fight our fires casts off to hunt for survivors in the water.
USS LSM(R)193 in the act of picking up our men in the water. After picking up our
people in the water it came long side on the starboard to help until it was relieved
by Tawakoni in early afternoon. After the two rescue tugs were long side the
LSM(R)193 took Hadley in tow heading for Ie Shima and to it’s only sandy beach.
USS Tawakoni ATF114, on the port, and the USS Deliver ARS23 on the starboard,
relieved the landing craft, came alongside to assist in trying to keep Hadley afloat,
both vessels using their high volume pumps. Then later on they escorted her to
Ie Shima and stayed with her until 14 May. On that date Hadley under towed by
Tawakoni the thirty-seven miles to the Kerama Retto Anchorage. Hadley was
later dry docked in ARD28 and repair work to the hull was started.
USS Panamint (AGC13)
Amphibious Force flag, Rear Admiral Reifsneider passed word over his ship’s bull horn
“Render honors to that man-0-war standing down my port side.” 11 May 1945 off Ie Shima
USS Zaniah (AG70) in commissioning trim.
Zaniah as it looked at Kerama Islands. This crew performed a first rate job in
making us seaworthy so that we could be towed the long trip home to
Hunter’s Point, San Francisco, Calif. Seven thousand miles underway.
This is stand-in for ARD28, our supporter for about two months at Kerama
Islands and later at Buckner Bay. This is ARD19, is same ARD12 class. This
picture was taken at Groton, Connecticut in the post war years. Notice
berthed submarine and peacetime paint.
USS ATA199 tied up at dockside. Our tow for 7000 miles.
SEE PICTURES/MISCELLANEOUS for more on ATA199.