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Photo # NH 98717:  USS Fallon in San Francisco Bay in late 1945 or early 1946

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USS Fallon (APA-81), 1945-1948

USS Fallon, a 4,247-ton Gilliam-class attack transport, was built at Wilmington, California, and commissioned in February 1945. She left the West Coast in April, and in April and May made two trips from Pearl Harbor carrying garrison troops to the Marshalls, Marianas, and Gilberts. She returned to the West Coast at the end of May and then made a voyage carrying soldiers to Hawaii and Eniwetok.

At Pearl Harbor when the Japanese surrendered in August, Fallon loaded Marines, whom she delivered to Sasebo, Japan for occupation duty in September. She then made two "Magic Carpet" voyages, bringing servicemen from Okinawa and Sasebo to San Diego in October 1945 and troops from the Philippines to San Francisco in January 1946. She sailed for Pearl Harbor in February and was prepared to serve as a target for the Bikini atomic bomb tests. She survived both tests in July but was contaminated with radiation. Towed to Kwajalein for study, she was decommissioned in August 1946. She was sunk in deep water off Kwajalein in March 1948.

This page features our only views of USS Fallon (APA-81).

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Photo #: NH 98717

USS Fallon

In San Francisco Bay, California, in late 1945 or early 1946.

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

U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.

Online Image: 76KB; 740 x 550 pixels

Photo #: 80-G-702126

Operation Crossroads, 1946

Prospective target ships and support ships at Pearl Harbor in a photo released on 27 February 1946.
Ships present from front to rear include USS Crittenden (APA-77), Catron (APA-71), Bracken (APA-64), Burleson (APA-67), Gilliam (APA-57), Fallon (APA-81), one unidentified ship, USS Fillmore (APA-83), Kochab (AKS-6), Luna (AKS-7) and an unidentified tanker and liberty ship. Identifiable on the right are LSM-203 and LSM-465. Further in the background are a floating drydock and a merchant ship hulk with unidentified fittings forward of the bridge.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, now in the collections of the National Archives.

Online Image: 121KB; 740 x 620 pixels

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