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Photo # NH 98714:  USS Dade in San Francisco Bay in late 1945 or early 1946

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USS Dade (APA-99), 1944-1946

USS Dade, a 7,845-ton Bayfield-class attack transport, was built at Pascagoula, Mississippi, placed in partial commission in April 1944 for the voyage to a conversion shipyard at Hoboken, N. J., and placed in full commission after conversion in November 1944. Dade sailed from Norfolk in December, embarked passengers and cargo at San Francisco, and delivered them to Espiritu Santo and Tulagi. After training in the Solomon Islands and final staging at Ulithi, Dade took part in the invasion landings at Okinawa on 1 April 1945, putting ashore Marines and combat cargo and embarking casualties while under air attack. She then moved to Pearl Harbor, where in late April she embarked passengers and casualties for San Francisco. Dade departed San Francisco in June after a shipyard overhaul and delivered construction battalion men and cargo to the Philippines in July. She then moved to Eniwetok, where she served as receiving ship for part of August.

After the Japanese surrender, Dade embarked occupation troops at Manila and landed them at Yokosuka in September. She then supported the reoccupation of China by transporting Marines from Guam to Tsingtao and Chinese troops from Indochina to Chinwangtao and Taku. The ship then carried out one "Magic Carpet" voyage, returning homeward bound servicemen from Manila to San Francisco in December. She left San Francisco in January 1946 for New York, where in February she was decommissioned and returned to the Maritime Commission. She was stricken from the Navy List in April 1946 and, after reconversion to a merchant ship, was sold by the Maritime Commission to the Matson Navigation Co. in July 1947. She served as their Hawaiian Retailer until 1966, when she was returned to the Maritime Administration and laid up in its reserve fleet. The Maritime Administration sold her for scrapping in September 1970.

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Photo #: NH 98714

USS Dade

Arriving in San Francisco Bay, California, on 17 December 1945.
She is returning troops from the Western Pacific to the United States as part of Operation "Magic Carpet."

Donation of Boatswain's Mate First Class Robert G. Tippins, USN (Retired), 2003.

U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.

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