Chenango on the Seas, Part IV: The USS Chenango, her final days

Proceeding in time after she was overhauled again, the Chenango sailed west and arrived once more on March 4, 1945 at Tulagi in the Solomon Islands. After conducting training, again, she proceeded to said from Ulithi on March 27 to participate in the invasion of Okinawa. First giving ground cover in the feint landings on the island, she was later assigned to participate in the neutralization of the kamikaze bases in Sakashima Gunto. April 9 was a fateful day in the history of the Chenango as a crash-landing fighter started a raging fire among the strike-loaded aircraft on Chenango’s deck. Through the skillful work by the crew of the ship, she was saved from serious damage and remained in action off Okinawa until June 11. Having escorted a tanker convoy to San Pedro Bay, she then set sail July 26 to join the logistics forced of the 3rd Fleet, which by that time was engaged in the final offensive against Japan.




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