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Re: KW research sources
> I am very interested in the "92"
> movement. I would appreciate if you could check
> whether it replaced another squadron
> when you have the time.
Unquestionable it did - the only unknown is which Destroyer
Squadron preceeded assignment rotation of "92d". That I
do not have, as I have not collected archive material on post-
WW II organizations, ships, etc. However, might be able to get
in not too long and will pursue.
> Was Subic Bay the home port of the 7th Fleet
> in June 1950?
No. Sasebo, Japan.
> Where was Admiral Joy's command
> post at the time?
Tokyo, as Commander, Naval Forces, Far East.
> Was Admiral Joy under MacArthur's command or
receiving orders from Pacific command, Hawaii?
Initially, from MacArthur's headquarters - especially for broad
policy issues (like attack north of the 38th parallel). For day-to-
day operations, it was Admiral Joy's show, and that of his
subordinate task force commanders.
Add on - since you show continued interest in DesRon 92,
be aware that USS Valley Force (CVA-45) also deployed from
San Diego on the same date, 1 May 50.
(As I mentioned, DesRon or DesDiv units often rotated
with a carrier or other heavy unit both to and from Asiatic
The other "heavy unit", USS Rochester (CA-74) had been
an Atlantic Fleet heavy cruiser until Jan. 1950, when she
steamed for Long Beach, CA as new homeport. CA-74 left
Long Beach in April, stopping at PH and picked up Adm. Arthur
W. Radford, CinC Pacific Fleet. What followed was a tour of the
U.S. Trust Territories.
VAdm. Struble was taken onboard at Guam, whence the ship
departed for the Philippines. USS Rochester was at Sangley Point,
PI when USS Valley Forge was ordered northward to Okinawa.
Whether she joined CVA-45 at Buckner Bay or joined the carrier
TG at sea enroute west coast of Korea - is not known to me in my
records (not stated in DANFS either).
After the July 1st re-organization of TGs, alot of ships operated in
divergent groups, which would then draw a new, short term, TG
designation. USS Rochester was prime gun ship for the Pohang
landing, having departed the "Striking Force" TG (changed to "Fast
Carrier Force" on Aug. 25th).
What is interesting to me is the obvious: nearly all TG.77 units were
relatively new to Asiatic waters, yet performed admirably under
short notice, emergency re-deployment from their planned
schedule. Their role was "showing the flag" in Asia, as much as
was the Army's role of occupation in Japan. Yet, the performance
of the two services were in polar opposites to each other, in general.
Recognize I have not been acquiring ships logs or action reports
past 1946, hence the answer can be had, but will take awhile.
Already requested various ship logs, etc. during 1950-55 period,
which was intended to cover a future Tachen IslandsEvacuation article.
You writing a booik ?