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COMINCH U.S. Fleet, Chart Room Collection of Dispatches

Pacific Dispatches, 1 July-15 August 1945 

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1. Collection of Pacific Dispatches

NAVAL MESSAGE, NAVY DEPARTMENT 

FROM: U.S.S. CECIL J DOYLE DE 368

RELEASED BY: C.T.G. 94.7.

DATE: 2 AUG 45

TOR CODE ROOM 1950

DECODED BY: MANUEL

TYPED BY: MANUEL / Hartigan

FOR ACTION: COMWESCARSUBAREA, R.Ad. E. Buckmaster

INFORMATION: CTF94

PRECEDENCE: PRIORITY OPOPOPOP

ORIGINATOR FILL IN DATE AND TIME: 021500, NCR 4001

 

PASSED BY CINCPAC/POA ADVHED AS 021545 TO COMINCH FOR ACTION.

(CECIL J DOYLE DE 368 SENDS ACTION TO COMWESCARSUBAREA INFO CTF 94) 7/30_180NE LEYTE

HAVE ARRIVED AREA. AM PICKING UP SURVIVORS FROM USS INDIANAPOLIS (CA 35) TORPEDOED AND SUNK LAST SUNDAY NIGHT

[text below was handwritten on bottom of document]

Hold

Do not show

Ad. Edwards

R. Ad. Bieri

Want any information available on possible special assignment of CA(35) Location sheet shows her in port Philippine area NVB (1805 Thurs)

Probably to be upgraded to TOP SECRET

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NAVAL MESSAGE, NAVY DEPARTMENT 

FROM: USS CECIL J DOYLE DE 368

DATE: 2 AUG 45

TOR CODE ROOM: 1950

DECODED BY: MANUEL

TYPED BY: MANUEL / Hartigan

FOR ACTION: COMWESCARSUBAREA

INFORMATION: CTF 94

PRECEDENCE: PRIORITY OPOPOPOP

ORIGINATOR FILL IN DATE AND TIME GROUP: 021500, NCR 4001

 

PASSED BY CINCPAC/POA ADVHED AS 021545 TO COMINCH FOR ACTION.

(CECIL J DOYLE DE 368 SENDS ACTION TO COMWESCARSUBAREA INFO CTF 94)

HAVE ARRIVED IN AREA. AM PICKING UP SURVIVORS FROM USS INDIANAPOLIS (CA 35) TORPEDOED AND SUNK LAST SUNDAY NIGHT.

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NAVAL MESSAGE, NAVY DEPARTMENT 

FROM: U.S.S. BASSETT

DATE: 3 AUGUST 1945

TOR CODE ROOM: 2313

DECODED BY: SMITH

TYPED BY: SMITH / /Hartig

FOR ACTION: COMPHILSEAFRON

ORIGINATOR FILL IN DATE AND TIME GROUP: 022030, NCR 4954 

PASSED BY COMPHILSEAFRON AS 030445 INFO CTU 94.11.1 GTG 95.7 COM MARIANAS SHIPPING CONTROL OFFICER MARIANAS KD [not legible]ADCOMPHIBSPAC  LOCALLY ASSIGNED CALL) PLUS ONE GARBLED CALL.

PASSED BY PAC/POA ADVHED AS 031301 INFO COMINCH. 

U.S.S. BASSET DEPARTING FOR LEYTE 030530. ETA 040700. ALL TIMES I. 145 SURVIVORS ABOARD. USS MADISON RECOVERED 90. U.S.S. DUFILHO 1. SHIPS REMAINING TO FORM SCOUTING LINE AND SEARCH DURING DAYLIGHT.

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NAVAL MESSAGE, NAVY DEPARTMENT 

FROM: CINCPAC ADV HQ

DATE: 03 JULY [typo] 1945

TOR CODE ROOM: 0119

DECODED BY: HARTIGAN

TYPED BY: HARTIGAN/BECKMAN

FOR ACTION: COMINCH

PRECEDENCE: ROUTINE

ORIGINATOR FILL IN DATE AND TIME: 022208, NCR 4237 

CINCPAC ADV HQ SENDS ACTION COMINCH

SURVIVORS BEING PEICKED UP IN POSITION LAT 11-54 N LONG 133-47 E STATE THAT INDIANAPOLIS (CA 45) WAS TORPEDOED AND SUNK 29 JULY WHILE EN ROUTE GUAM TO LEYTE. FRAGMENTARY REPORTS INDIACTE AT LEAST 200 SURVIVORS MANY OF WHOM INJURED. MANY RESCUE SHIPS IN POSITION. NO REPORT THUS FAR OF CAPTAIN MCVAY. WILL FORWARD INFORMATION AS RECEIVED. 

*CINCPAC/POA ADV PASSED COMSERVPAC BUORD AND CINCPAC/POA PEARL INFO AS 030206

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NAVAL MESSAGE, NAVY DEPARTMENT 

FROM: CINCPAC ADV HQ

DATE: 3 AUGUST 1945

TOR CODE ROOM: 1310

DECODED BY: KURTZ

TYPED BY: OLSSEN/ Walp

FOR ACTION: COMSERVPAC

INFORMATION: BUORD *, CINCPAC PEARL

PRECEDENCE: ROUTINE RRRRRRR

ORIGINATOR FILL IN DATE AND TIME GROUP: 030228, NCR 4576 

(FROM CINCPAC ADV HQ ACTION TO COMSERVPAC. INFO BUORD CINCPAC PEARL)

SEE CINCPAC ADV HDQTRS 022208.

CAPT E M CROUCH USN 57010 REPORTED INDIANAPOLIS FOR TRANSPORTATION LEYTE UNDER BUPERS ORDER PERS 3176-MNM-2C OF 10 JULY 1945 AND MY ENDORSEMENT P16-3/C OF 27 JULY, REQUEST YOU NOTIFY FIRST INFO ADDEE STATUS OF CAPT CROUCH WHEN DETERMINED. 

*SCR HAS NOT DELIVERED TO BUORD

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NAVAL MESSAGE, NAVY DEPARTMENT 

From: RINGNESS (APD 100)

Released By:

Date: 3 August 1945

TOR Coderoom: 2220

Decoded by: Hamilton

Typed by: Hamilton/Buckman

Routed by:

For Action: CINPAC ADV. HDQTRS

Information: CTU 95.7.5, COM THIRD FLEET, COM SEVENT FLEET, COMPHILSEAFRON, COMSERVDIV 101 (SEE BELOW)

Precedence: OP OP OP OP Priority

Originator fill in Date and Time Group: 030855, NCR 4925 

PASSED BY PAC/POA ADV FOR INFO TO COMINCH
COM MARIANAS AREA AS 031217

RINGNESS (APD-100) ORIGINATES ASKS RDO GUAM GIVE ACTION CINCPAC ADV HED INFO CTU P5-7-5 COM THIRD FLT COM SEVENTH FLT COMPHILBSEAFRON COMSERDIV 101 PD PELELIU COMWESCARSUBAREA

UR 20740. PROCEEDING PELELIU 030700 WITH REGISTER (APD-92).  HAVE 37 SURVIVORS ABOARD INCLUDING CHARLES BUTLER MCVAY THIRD USN 20240 CO.  REGISTER 37 SURVIVORS INCLDUING ENSIGN ROSS ROGERS JUNIOR USNR 440725.  LIEUT HOWARD BRUCE FRIEZE USN 202132 DIED AND BURIED AT SEA FROM LIFE RAFT ON TUESDAY 31 JULY.  CAPT PICKED UP LAT 11-35 LONG 133-21 WITH 9 OTHER RAFTS WITHIN RADIUS OF [end 6] FOUR MILES AND STATES BELIEVES SHIP HIT 0015 SANK 0030 ZONE MINUS NIN ONE HALD THIRTY JULY POSITION ON TRACK EXACTLY AS ROUTED PD GUAM.  SPEED 17 NOT ZIGZAGGING.  HIT FORWARD BY WHAT IS BELIEVED TO BE TWO TORPEDOES OR MINE FOLLOWED BY MAGAZINE EXPLOSION.

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NAVAL MESSAGE, NAVY DEPARTMENT

FROM: CO VPB 23

DATE: 3 AUG 45

TOR CODE ROOM: 2136/3

DECODED BY: HAMILTON

TYPED BY: HAMILTON/not readable

ADDRESSEES:

FOR ACTION: CNO (DCNO) AIR

INFORMATION: COMMARIANAS, CTG 94.11, COMAIRPAC, COMAIRPACSUBCOMFWD, CFAW 2, COMWESCAROLINES

ORIGINATOR FILL IN DATE AND TIME: 031120, NCR 4905 

RDO WASH PASS ACTION TO CNO (DCNO) AIR; INFO COMMARIANAS CTG 94.11 COMAIRPAC COMAIRPACSUBCOMFWD (VIA RDO GUAM) CFAW 2. COMWESCAROLINES HAS INFO CO VPB 23 SENDS

PBY-5A BUNO 46472 LANDED AT SCENE OF INDIANAPOLIS SINKING TO TAKE MEN ABOARD WHO MIGHT NOT HAVE SURVIVED UNTIL SHIP ARRIVED. SUFFERED DAMAGE ON WATER DURING NIGHT DUE TO HEAVY LOAD OF SURVIVORS AND SEA CONDITIONS. UNABLE TO TAKE OFF SO ABANDONED AND DESTROYED. REPLACEMENT REQUIRED. SCR HAS NOT DELIVERED TO CNO.

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NAVAL MESSAGE, NAVY DEPARTMENT 

DRAFTER CNB SAMAR

DATE: 4 AUGUST 1945 1626

TOR CODE ROOM: GOODNIGHT

DECODED BY: GOODNIGHT/not readable

FOR ACTION: OMPHILSEAFRON, COMMARIANAS, COM SW CAROLINA AREA, SUBCOM CAROLINA AREA, COMINCH, CTU 94.5.1, COMSERVDIV 101, CTG 95.7, CTF 95, CTU 95.7.5, CTG 94.5, COMSERVRON 10 CTU 94.5.3, CINCPAC/POA PEARL

INFORMATION: COMSERVPAC, 1 BAD CALL (BEING SERVICED)

PRECEDENCE: OP OP OP

ORIGINATOR FILL IN DATE AND TIME: 040753, NCR 5583 

(CNB SAMAR SENDS ACTION COMMARIANAS COM SW CAROLINA AREA SUBCOM CAROLINA AREA ALL VIA RDO GUAM NSS (RDO WASHN) PASS ACTION COMINCH.)

5 OFFICERS, 144 ENLISTED SURVIVORS EX USS INDIANAPOLIS AT FLT HOSP 114. SENIOR SURVIVOR LIEUT RICHARD BANKS REDMAYNO DEM 88049 USNR. 2 DEATHS ENROUTE TO HOSPITAL. REGULAR REPORT ON TWO BEING MADE FLT HOSP 114. 

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NAVAL MESSAGE, NAVY DEPARTMENT 

FROM: USS MADISON

DATE: 4 AUG 45

TOR CODE ROOM: 2348/3-

DECODED BY: LANDO

TYPED BY.: HAMILTON / not readable

FOR ACTION: COMPHILSEAFRON, COMWESCARSUBAREA, CTU 94.6.2

PRECEDENCE: OPOPOPOPOP PRIORITY

ORIGINATOR FILL IN DATE AND TIME GROUP: 030250, NCR 4966 

PASSED BY CINCPAC/POA ADV FOR INFO TO COMSERVPAC PAC/POA PEARL AND COMINCH AS 031941; MADISON SOPA SENDS.

RDO LEYTE PASS TO COMPHILSEAFROM; PELELIU TO COMWESCARSUBAREA ULITHI TO CTU 94.6.2

BASSETT RETURNING LEYTE WITH ABOUT 150 SURVIVORS. CECIL J DOYLE VIA PELELIU WITH ABOUT 93. TALBOT 22 RINGNESS 37 INCLUDING CO. RAFTS AND SURVIVORS SCATTERED 50 MILES. ADDITIONAL SURVIVORS IN SIGHT OF PLANES. SURFACED DUMBOS 1 RETURNING OTHER CREW REMOVED DUMBO DESTROYED. CONTINUED AIR SEARCH 100 MILES FROM 11-42 133-20 STRONGLY RECOMMENDED. WILL CONTINUE SEARCH UNTIL RELIEVED. 

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NAVAL MESSAGE, NAVY DEPARTMENT

DRAFTER:

FROM: COMWESCARSUBAREA

DATE: 5 AUG 45

TOR CODE ROOM: 1112

DECODED BY: HUGHES

TYPED BY: KULKA/not readable

FOR ACTION: CINCPAC BOTH COMMARIANAS, COM3RDFLT

INFORMATION: COMPHILSEAFRON

PRIORITY: ROUTINE

PRECEDENCE: RRRRRR ROUTINE

ORIGINATOR FILL IN DATE AND TIME GROUP: 040741, NCR 6194 

COMWESCARSUBAREA SENDS ACTION CINCPAC (BOTH)

PAC/POA ADV HED PASSED TO COMSERVPAC FOR ACTION AS 041350, AND TO COMINCH FOR INFO AS 042226.

170 SURVIVORS INDIANAPOLIS HAVE BEEN HOSPITALIZED AT PELELIU. BASSETT (APD 73) DELIVERING 145 SURVIVORS TO LEYTE. REPORT OF RESULTS TODAY'S SEARCH NOT YET RECEIVED. AM MAKING THOROUGH SURFACE AND AIR SEARCH OF ALL POSSIBLE SURVIVORS AND TO CLEAR AREA OF FLOATING OBJECTS AND TO IDENTIFY AND BURY FLOATING DEAD. CAPTAIN MACVAY IN EXCELLENT PHYSICAL AND MENTAL CONDITION.

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Published:Mon Jun 27 09:17:14 EDT 2016