USS Oahu ARG-5 Sailor's Censored Mail November 19, 1944 - Iwo Jima

USS Oahu ARG-5 Sailor's Censored Mail November 19, 1944 - Iwo Jima

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USS Oahu ARG-5 Sailor's Censored Mail November 19, 1944 - Iwo Jima

Following a Chesapeake Bay shakedown, the repair ship Oahu departed Hampton Roads, Virginia, 16 May 1944, steaming south and then west. Transiting the Panama Canal, she headed out into the Pacific. On 8 July, she arrived at Eniwetok and on 11 July, began repairing the damaged vessels of the Pacific Fleet.[3]

Oahu remained based at Eniwetok for the greater part of the next eight months. There she kept Allied vessels, naval and merchant, in trim and prepared them for the Philippine and Iwo Jima operations. Moving forward to Ulithi at the end of February 1945, she serviced the ships gathering for the invasion of Okinawa during March and then returned to the Marshalls. Oahu continued her work at Eniwetok until 6 December, when she got underway for the United States.