James Lemuel Holloway, Jr., USN

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USS Iowa (BB 61)Capt.Battleship28 Nov 194425 Jul 1945

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Battleship USS Iowa (BB 61)


11 Dec 1944
USS Iowa (Capt. J.L. Holloway, Jr., USN) departed Ulithi for raids against the Japanese to support future landing operations.

Iowa was part of Task Force 38 which was made up of the following ships;

Task Group 38.1
Aircraft carriers Yorktown, USS Wasp (Capt. O.A. Weller, USN), light carriers, USS Cowpens (Capt. G.H. DeBaun, USN), USS Monterey (Capt. S.H. Ingersoll, USN), battleships, USS Massachusetts (Capt. W.W. Warlick, USN), USS Alabama (Capt. V.R. Murphy, Jr., USN), heavy cruisers, USS Boston (Capt. E.E. Hermann, USN), USS Baltimore (Capt. C.K. Fink, USN), USS San Francisco (Capt. H.E. Overesch, USN), USS New Orleans (Capt. J.E. Hurff, USN), light cruisers, USS San Diego (Capt. W.E.A. Mulen, USN) and destroyers (DesRon 53 / DesDiv 105) USS Halsey Powell (Cdr. S.D.B. Merrill, USN), USS Colahan (Cdr. D.T. Wilber, USN), USS Uhlmann (Cdr. S.G. Hooper, USN), USS Benham (Cdr. F.S. Keeler, USN), USS Cushing (Cdr. L.F. Volk, USN), (DesDiv 106) USS Yarnall (Cdr. J.H. Hogg, USN), USS Twining (Cdr. E.K. Wakefield, USN), USS Stockham (Cdr. E.P. Holmes, USN), USS Wedderburn (Cdr. C.H. Kendall, USN), (DesRon 47 made up of destroyers from several divisions) USS McCord (Cdr. F.D. Michael, USN), USS Haggard (Cdr. D.A. Harris, USN), USS Franks (Cdr. D.R. Stephan, USN), USS Hobby (Cdr. G.W. Pressey, USN), USS Welles (Lt.Cdr. J.S. Slaughter, USN), USS Buchanan (Cdr. R.W. Curtis, USN) and USS Brown (Cdr. T.H. Copeman, USN).

Task Group 38.2
Aircraft carriers USS Lexington (Capt. E.W. Litch, USN), USS Hancock (Capt. R.F. Hickey, USN), USS Hornet (Capt. A.K. Doyle, USN), light carriers USS Independence (Capt. E.C. Ewen, USN), USS Cabot (Capt. S.J. Michael, USN), battleships USS New Jersey (Capt. C.F. Holden, USN), USS Iowa (Capt. J.L. Holloway, Jr., USN), USS Wisconsin (Capt. E.V. Stone, USN), light cruisers USS Pasadena (Capt. R.B. Tuggle, USN), USS Astoria (Capt. G.C. Dyer, USN), USS Vincennes (Capt. A.D. Brown, USN), USS Miami (Capt. J.G. Crawford, USN), USS San Juan (Capt. J.F. Donovan, Jr., USN) and the destroyers (DesRon 52 / DesDiv 103) USS Owen (Cdr. C.B.Jones, USN), USS Miller (Lt.Cdr. D.L. Johnson, USN), USS The Sullivans (Cdr. R.J. Baum, USN), USS Tingey (Cdr. J.O. Miner, USN), USS Stephen Potter (Cdr. L.W. Pancoast, USN), (DesDiv 104) USS Hickox (Cdr. J.H. Wesson, USN), USS Hunt (Cdr. H.A. Knoertzer, USN), USS Lewis Hancock (Cdr. W.M. Searles, USN), USS Marshall (Cdr. J.D. McKinney, USN), (DesRon 61 / DesDiv 121) USS De Haven (Cdr. J.B. Dimmick, USN), USS Mansfield (Cdr. R.E. Braddy, Jr., USN), USS Lyman K. Swenson (Cdr. F.T. Williamson, USN), USS Collett (Cdr. J.D. Collett, USN), USS Maddox (Cdr. J.S. Willis, USN), (DesDiv 122) USS Blue (Cdr. L. Ensey, USN), USS Brush (Cdr. J.E. Edwards, USN), USS Taussig (Cdr. J.A. Robbins, USN), USS Samuel N. Moore (Cdr. H.A. Lincoln, USN) and two more destroyers USS Dyson (Cdr. L.E. Ruff, USN) and USS Spence (Lt.Cdr. J.P. Andrea, USN).

Task Group 38.3
Aircraft carriers USS Essex (Capt. C.W. Wieber, USN), USS Ticonderoga (Capt. E.W. Kiefer, USN), light carriers, USS Langley (Capt. J.F. Wegforth, USN), USS San Jacinto (Capt. M.H. Kernodle, USN), battleships USS North Carolina (Capt. F.G. Fahrion, USN), USS Washington (Capt. R.F. Good, USN), USS South Dakota (Capt. R.S. Riggs, USN), light cruisers USS Mobile (Capt. C.C. Miller, USN), USS Biloxi (Capt. P.R. Heineman, USN), USS Santa Fé (Capt. H.C. Fitz, USN), USS Oakland (Capt. K.S. Reed, USN) and the destroyers (DesRon 50 / DesDiv 99) USS Clarence K. Bronson (Cdr. G. Scull, USN), USS Cotten (Cdr. P.W. Winston, USN), USS Gatling (Cdr. A.F. Richardson, USN), USS Healy (Cdr. J.C. Atkeson, USN), USS Dortch (Cdr. R.E. Myers, USN) (DesDiv 100) USS Cogswell (Cdr. R.E. Lockwood, USN), USS Caperton (Cdr. G.K. Carmichael, USN), USS Ingersoll (Cdr. A.C. Veasey, USN), USS Knapp (Lt.Cdr. W.B. Brown, USN), (DesRon 55 / DesDiv 109) USS Porterfield (Cdr. D.W. Wulzen, USN), USS Callaghan (Cdr. C.M. Bertholf, USN), USS Cassin Young (Cdr. J.W. Ailes, III, USN), USS Preston (Cdr. G.S. Patrick, USN), (DesDiv 110) USS Laws (Cdr. L.O. Wood, USN), USS Longshaw (Cdr. R.H. Speck, USN), USS Prichett (Cdr. C.M. Bowley, USN) and USS Thatcher (Cdr. W.A. Cockell, USN).

For the daily positions of USS Iowa during these operations see the map below.

13 Dec 1944
All ships of the Task Group including USS Iowa (Capt. J.L. Holloway, Jr., USN) were fuelled by a group of oilers.

17 Dec 1944
USS Iowa (Capt. J.L. Holloway, Jr., USN), topped off two of the destroyers of the Task Group, USS Brush (Cdr. J.E. Edwards, USN) and USS Lewis Hancock (Cdr. W.M. Searles, USN), with fuel.

19 Dec 1944
USS Iowa (Capt. J.L. Holloway, Jr., USN), topped off two of the destroyers of the Task Group, USS Lewis Hancock (Cdr. W.M. Searles, USN) and USS Miller (Lt.Cdr. D.L. Johnson, USN), with fuel. Iowa herself was fuelled by the oiler USS Cache (Lt.Cdr. C.R. Cosgrove, USNR).

22 Dec 1944
USS Iowa (Capt. J.L. Holloway, Jr., USN), topped off one of the destroyers of the Task Group, USS Lewis Hancock (Cdr. W.M. Searles, USN), with fuel. Iowa herself was fuelled by the oiler USS Mascoma (Lt.Cdr. H.P. Timmers, USNR).

23 Dec 1944
USS Iowa (Capt. J.L. Holloway, Jr., USN) developed excessive vibration in no.3 shaft. Course was set for Ulithi for inspection of the damage. Iowa was escorted by the destroyers USS Owen (Cdr. C.B.Jones, USN) and USS Tingey (Cdr. J.O. Miner, USN) towards Ulithi.

24 Dec 1944
USS Iowa (Capt. J.L. Holloway, Jr., USN) arrived at Ulithi where her no.3 shaft was inpected by divers. It was decided that it was required to dock Iowa for repairs.

Later the same day Iowa departed Ulithi for Seeadler Harbour. She was escorted by the destroyers USS Tingey (Cdr. J.O. Miner, USN) and USS The Sullivans (Cdr. R.J. Baum, USN).

For the daily positions of USS Iowa during this passage see the map below.

27 Dec 1944
USS Iowa (Capt. J.L. Holloway, Jr., USN) arrived at Seeadler Harbour where she was immediately docked in drydock ABSD-2.

29 Dec 1944
USS Iowa (Capt. J.L. Holloway, Jr., USN) was undocked and then departed Seeadler Harbour for Pearl Harbour. No.3 propeller had been removed and sucured on the deck of the ship. During the trip to Pearl Harbour Iowa was escorted by the destroyers USS Caldwell (Lt.Cdr. D.R. Robinson, USNR), USS Killen (Cdr. H.G. Corey, USN) and USS Lamson (Cdr. J.V. Noel, Jr., USN).

For the daily positions of USS Iowa during this passage see the map below.

6 Jan 1945
USS Iowa (Capt. J.L. Holloway, Jr., USN) arrived at Pearl Harbour.

9 Jan 1945
USS Iowa (Capt. J.L. Holloway, Jr., USN) departed Pearl Harbour for San Francisco. She was escorted by the destroyers USS Caldwell (Lt.Cdr. R.S. Harlan, USN) and USS Killen (Cdr. H.G. Corey, USN).

For the daily positions of USS Iowa during this passage see the map below.

15 Jan 1945
USS Iowa (Capt. J.L. Holloway, Jr., USN) arrived at the Hunters Point Navy Yard, San Francisco.

8 Mar 1945
During 8/9 March 1945, USS Iowa (Capt. J.L. Holloway, Jr., USN), conducted trials off San Francisco.

18 Mar 1945
With her refit completed, USS Iowa (Capt. J.L. Holloway, Jr., USN), departed San Francisco for San Pedro. Iowa had no surface escort during this passage.

19 Mar 1945
USS Iowa (Capt. J.L. Holloway, Jr., USN) arrived at San Pedro to begin a training period.

21 Mar 1945
During 21/29 March 1945, USS Iowa (Capt. J.L. Holloway, Jr., USN), conducted exercises off San Pedro. During the entire period she was escorted by the destroyer USS Shields (Cdr. G.B. Madden, USN).

31 Mar 1945
USS Iowa (Capt. J.L. Holloway, Jr., USN) departed San Pedro for Pearl Harbour. She was not escorted.

For the daily positions of USS Iowa during this passage see the map below.

7 Apr 1945
USS Iowa (Capt. J.L. Holloway, Jr., USN) arrived at Pearl Harbour.

8 Apr 1945
USS Iowa (Capt. J.L. Holloway, Jr., USN) departed Pearl Harbour for Eniwetok. She made the passage together with the heavy cruiser USS New Orleans (Capt. J.E. Hurff, USN).

For the daily positions of USS Iowa during this passage see the map below.

15 Apr 1945
USS Iowa (Capt. J.L. Holloway, Jr., USN) arrived at Eniwetok and after fuelling she departed that base for Ulithi later the same day. She was still in company with heavy cruiser USS New Orleans (Capt. J.E. Hurff, USN) but they were now escorted by the destroyer USS Caldwell (Lt.Cdr. D.R. Robinson, USNR).

For the daily positions of USS Iowa during this passage see the map below.

18 Apr 1945
USS Iowa (Capt. J.L. Holloway, Jr., USN) arrived at Ulithi.

21 Apr 1945
USS Iowa (Capt. J.L. Holloway, Jr., USN) departed Ulithi for the Okinawa area. Passage was made together with the aircraft carrier Shangri La (Capt. J.D. Barner, USN). They were escorted by the destroyers Haggard (Lt.Cdr. V.J. Soballe, USN) and USS Stembel (Cdr. M.S. Schmidling, USN).

For the daily positions of USS Iowa during these operations see the map below.

24 Apr 1945
USS Iowa (Capt. J.L. Holloway, Jr., USN) arrived in the Okinawa area and joined Task Force 58.4 which was made up of the following ships;
Aircraft carrier USS Yorktown (Capt. W.F. Boone, USN), light carriers USS Langley (Capt. J.F. Wegforth, USN), USS Independence (Capt. N.M. Kindell, USN), battleships USS Wisconsin (Capt. J.W. Roper, USN), USS Missouri (Capt. W.M. Callaghan, USN), large cruisers USS Alaska (Capt. K.H. Noble, USN), USS Guam (Capt. L.P. Lovette, USN), light cruisers USS San Diego (Capt. W.E.A. Mulen, USN), USS Flint (Capt. C.R. Will, USN) and destroyers USS Remey (Cdr. R.P. Fiala, USN), USS Norman Scott (Cdr. W.B. Porter, USN), USS Mertz (Cdr. W.S. Maddox, USN), USS Monssen (Lt.Cdr. E.G. Sanderson, USN), USS Melvin (Cdr. B.K. Atkins, USN), USS McGowan (Cdr. W.R. Cox, USN), USS McNair (Cdr. M.L. McCullough, Jr., USN), USS McCord (Cdr. F.D. Michael, USN), USS Trathen (Cdr. J.R. Millett, USN), USS Hazelwood (Cdr. V.P. Douw, USN), USS Heerman (Cdr. A.T. Hathaway, USN), USS Hailey (Lt.Cdr. J.R. Payne, USN), USS Uhlmann (Cdr. S.C. Small, USN), USS Cushing (Cdr. L.F. Volk, USN) and USS Colahan (Cdr. M.A. Shellabarger, USN).

Upon joining this Task Group USS Iowa was fuelled by an oiler.

27 Apr 1945
USS Iowa (Capt. J.L. Holloway, Jr., USN) topped off two of the destroyers of the Task Group with fuel.

28 Apr 1945
All ships of the Task Group including USS Iowa (Capt. J.L. Holloway, Jr., USN) were fuelled by a group of oilers.

30 Apr 1945
USS Iowa (Capt. J.L. Holloway, Jr., USN) topped off two of the destroyers of the Task Group, USS McCord (Cdr. F.D. Michael, USN) and USS Bullard (Cdr. B.W. Freund, USN), with fuel.

2 May 1945
All ships of the Task Group including USS Iowa (Capt. J.L. Holloway, Jr., USN) were fuelled by a group of oilers.

4 May 1945
USS Iowa (Capt. J.L. Holloway, Jr., USN) topped off two of the destroyers of the Task Group, USS Melvin (Cdr. B.K. Atkins, USN) and USS Heerman (Cdr. A.T. Hathaway, USN), with fuel.

6 May 1945
USS Iowa (Capt. J.L. Holloway, Jr., USN) topped off two of the destroyers of the Task Group, USS McCord (Cdr. F.D. Michael, USN) and USS Cushing (Cdr. L.F. Volk, USN), with fuel.

9 May 1945
USS Iowa (Capt. J.L. Holloway, Jr., USN) topped off two of the destroyers of the Task Group, USS Heerman (Cdr. A.T. Hathaway, USN) and USS McCord (Cdr. F.D. Michael, USN), with fuel.

14 May 1945
USS Iowa (Capt. J.L. Holloway, Jr., USN) arrived at Ulithi.

24 May 1945
USS Iowa (Capt. J.L. Holloway, Jr., USN) departed Ulithi for more raids against the Japanese. She was still part of Task Force 58.4. Light carrier USS Langley (Capt. J.F. Wegforth, USN) had been detached from that force but aircraft carriers USS Ticonderoga (Capt. W. Sinton, USN) and USS Shangri La (Capt. J.D. Barner, USN) had been added.

For the daily positions of USS Iowa during these operations see the map below.

27 May 1945
All ships of the Task Group including USS Iowa (Capt. J.L. Holloway, Jr., USN) were fuelled by a group of oilers.

28 May 1945
USS Iowa (Capt. J.L. Holloway, Jr., USN) topped off two of the destroyers of the Task Group, USS Mertz (Cdr. W.S. Maddox, USN) and USS Heerman (Cdr. A.T. Hathaway, USN), with fuel.

29 May 1945
USS Iowa (Capt. J.L. Holloway, Jr., USN) topped off two of the destroyers of the Task Group, USS Mertz (Cdr. W.S. Maddox, USN) and USS Trathen (Cdr. J.R. Millett, USN), with fuel.

31 May 1945
USS Iowa (Capt. J.L. Holloway, Jr., USN) topped off one of the destroyers of the Task Group, USS Heerman (Cdr. A.T. Hathaway, USN), with fuel.

1 Jun 1945
All ships of the Task Group including USS Iowa (Capt. J.L. Holloway, Jr., USN) were fuelled by a group of oilers. Iowa herself was fuelled by the USS Sabine (Lt.Cdr. H.C. von Weien, USNR).

3 Jun 1945
USS Iowa (Capt. J.L. Holloway, Jr., USN) topped off two of the destroyers of the Task Group, USS Cushing (Lt.Cdr. W.D. Adams, USN) and USS McCord (Cdr. F.D. Michael, USN), with fuel.

4 Jun 1945
USS Iowa (Capt. J.L. Holloway, Jr., USN) topped off two of the destroyers of the Task Group, USS Heerman (Cdr. A.T. Hathaway, USN) and USS USS Uhlmann (Cdr. S.C. Small, USN), with fuel.

5 Jun 1945
All ships of the Task Group including USS Iowa (Capt. J.L. Holloway, Jr., USN) were fuelled by a group of oilers. Iowa herself was fuelled by the USS Platte (Cdr. L.M. Fabian, USNR). Fueling was stopped at 1900 hours and continued the following morning.

7 Jun 1945
USS Iowa (Capt. J.L. Holloway, Jr., USN) topped off two of the destroyers of the Task Group, USS Heerman (Cdr. A.T. Hathaway, USN) and USS McCord (Cdr. F.D. Michael, USN), with fuel.

7 Jun 1945
USS Iowa (Capt. J.L. Holloway, Jr., USN) topped off three of the destroyers of the Task Group, USS Uhlmann (Cdr. S.C. Small, USN), USS Watts (Lt.Cdr. C.S. Hart, USN) and USS Melvin (Cdr. B.K. Atkins, USN), with fuel.

9 Jun 1945
All ships of the Task Group including USS Iowa (Capt. J.L. Holloway, Jr., USN) were fuelled by a group of oilers. Iowa herself was fuelled by the USS Chicopee (Cdr. C.O. Peak, USNR). Iowa also received stores from the USS Aldebaran (Lt.Cdr. S.L.M. Cole, USNR).

13 Jun 1945
USS Iowa (Capt. J.L. Holloway, Jr., USN) arrived at San Pedro Bay, Philippines.

1 Jul 1945
USS Iowa (Capt. J.L. Holloway, Jr., USN) departed Ulithi for more raids against the Japanese in their home waters. She was still part of Task Force 58.4 which was now made up of the following ships
Aircraft carriers USS Yorktown (Capt. W.F. Boone, USN), USS Shangri La (Capt. J.D. Barner, USN), USS Bon Homme Richard (Capt. A.O. Rule, Jr., USN), light carriers USS Independence (Capt. N.M. Kindell, USN), USS Cowpens (Capt. G.H. DeBaun, USN), battleships USS Iowa (Capt. J.L. Holloway, Jr., USN), USS Missouri (Capt. S.S. Murray, USN), USS Wisconsin (Capt. J.W. Roper, USN), heavy cruisers USS Quincy (Capt. E.M. Senn, USN), USS Chicago (Capt. R.R. Hartung, USN) (joined on 8 July), light cruisers USS Flint (Capt. C.R. Will, USN), USS San Diego (Capt. W.E.A. Mulen, USN), destroyers (DesRon 53 / DesDiv 105) USS Cushing (Lt.Cdr. W.D. Adams, USN), USS Colahan (Cdr. M.A. Shellabarger, USN), USS Uhlmann (Cdr. S.C. Small, USN), USS Benham (Lt.Cdr. W.L. Poindexter, USN) (DesDiv 106) USS Wedderburn (Lt.Cdr. R.W. Clark, USN), USS Twining (Cdr. F.V. List, USN), USS Stockham (Cdr. D.L. Moody, USN) (joined 8 July) (DesRon 54 / DesDiv 107) USS Remey (Lt.Cdr. J.B. Balch, USN), USS Wadleigh (Cdr. R.C. Morton, USN), USS Norman Scott (Cdr. W.B. Porter, USN), USS Mertz (Cdr. W.S. Maddox, USN), USS Monssen (Lt.Cdr. E.G. Sanderson, USN), (DesDiv 108) USS McDermut (Cdr. C.B. Jennings, USN), USS McGowan (Lt.Cdr. T.H.W. Conner, USN), USS McNair (Cdr. B.P. Ross, USN), USS Melvin (Cdr. B.K. Atkins, USN), (DesRon 57 / Desdiv 113) USS Rowe (Cdr. A.L. Young, Jr., USN), USS Smalley (Lt.Cdr. H.A. Cassidy, Jr., USN), USS Stoddard (G.W. Unmacht, USN), USS Watts (Lt.Cdr. C.S. Hart, USN), USS Wren (Cdr. E.A. McDonald, USN) and the Radar-Picket-destroyer USS Frank Knox (Cdr. J.C. Ford, Jr., USN).

For the daily positions of USS Iowa during these operations see the map below.

3 Jul 1945
USS Iowa (Capt. J.L. Holloway, Jr., USN) topped off two of the destroyers of the Task Group, USS McNair (Cdr. B.P. Ross, USN) and USS Wadleigh (Cdr. R.C. Morton, USN), with fuel.

4 Jul 1945
USS Iowa (Capt. J.L. Holloway, Jr., USN) topped off three of the destroyers of the Task Group, USS Wren (Cdr. E.A. McDonald, USN), USS Watts (Lt.Cdr. C.S. Hart, USN) and USS Remey (Lt.Cdr. J.B. Balch, USN), with fuel.

5 Jul 1945
USS Iowa (Capt. J.L. Holloway, Jr., USN) topped off three of the destroyers of the Task Group, USS McDermut (Cdr. C.B. Jennings, USN), USS Melvin (Cdr. B.K. Atkins, USN) and USS Uhlmann (Cdr. S.C. Small, USN), with fuel.

6 Jul 1945
USS Iowa (Capt. J.L. Holloway, Jr., USN) topped off four of the destroyers of the Task Group, USS Melvin (Cdr. B.K. Atkins, USN), USS McGowan (Lt.Cdr. T.H.W. Conner, USN), USS Monssen (Lt.Cdr. E.G. Sanderson, USN) and USS Rowe (Cdr. A.L. Young, Jr., USN), with fuel.

8 Jul 1945
USS Iowa (Capt. J.L. Holloway, Jr., USN) topped off two of the destroyers of the Task Group, USS Uhlmann (Cdr. S.C. Small, USN) and USS Twining (Cdr. F.V. List, USN), with fuel before Iowa herself was fuelled by the USS Cahaba (Lt.Cdr. J. Burnbaum, USNR).

9 Jul 1945
USS Iowa (Capt. J.L. Holloway, Jr., USN) topped off four of the destroyers of the Task Group, USS Cushing (Lt.Cdr. W.D. Adams, USN), USS Stockham (Cdr. D.L. Moody, USN), USS Uhlmann (Cdr. S.C. Small, USN) and USS Colahan (Cdr. M.A. Shellabarger, USN), with fuel.

11 Jul 1945
USS Iowa (Capt. J.L. Holloway, Jr., USN) topped off four of the destroyers of the Task Group, USS Cushing (Lt.Cdr. W.D. Adams, USN), USS McGowan (Lt.Cdr. T.H.W. Conner, USN), USS Colahan (Cdr. M.A. Shellabarger, USN) and USS Melvin (Cdr. B.K. Atkins, USN), with fuel.

12 Jul 1945
USS Iowa (Capt. J.L. Holloway, Jr., USN) was fuelled by the USS Chipola (Cdr. E.G. Genthner, USNR).

13 Jul 1945
USS Iowa (Capt. J.L. Holloway, Jr., USN) topped off five of the destroyers of the Task Group, USS Cushing (Lt.Cdr. W.D. Adams, USN), USS Uhlmann (Cdr. S.C. Small, USN), USS Wedderburn (Lt.Cdr. R.W. Clark, USN), USS Mertz (Cdr. W.S. Maddox, USN) and USS Smalley (Lt.Cdr. H.A. Cassidy, Jr., USN), with fuel.

15 Jul 1945
USS Iowa (Capt. J.L. Holloway, Jr., USN) joined Task Unit 34.8.2 for a bombardment of Muroran, Hokkaido, Japan.

Besides Iowa Task Unit 34.8.2 was made up of her sister ships USS Wisconsin (Capt. J.W. Roper, USN), USS Missouri (Capt. S.S. Murray, USN), the light cruisers Atlanta (Capt. B.H. Colyear, USN), Dayton (Capt. P.W. Steinhagen, USN) and the destroyers (DesRon 54 / DesDiv 107) USS Norman Scott (Cdr. W.B. Porter, USN), USS Mertz (Cdr. W.S. Maddox, USN), USS Monssen (Lt.Cdr. E.G. Sanderson, USN), USS Remey (Lt.Cdr. J.B. Balch, USN), (DesDiv 108) USS McGowan (Lt.Cdr. T.H.W. Conner, USN), USS McNair (Cdr. B.P. Ross, USN) and USS Melvin (Cdr. B.K. Atkins, USN).

The following is an extract from the action report of USS Iowa.
0040 hours - Left formation to form as a unit of Task Unit 34.8.2 and set course for the bombardment of Muroran, Hokkaida, Japan.

0434 hours - Catapulted two planes for transfer to USS Chicago to prevent damage during the bombardment.

0439 hours - Streamed paravanes.

0630 hours (approx.) - Paravanes carried away.

0810 hours - Sounded general quarters for the bombardment.

0815 hours - Sighted Esan Saki visually. A low cloud ceiling was seen over the hills.

0823 hours - Radar contact on Chikyu Saki at a range of 29 miles.

0936 hours - Received the signal to commence the bombardment. Opened fire on the Nihon Steel Company plant from a range of about 30000 yards.

0941 hours - The target area was now full of thick smoke. No large fires of explosions were observed.

0959 hours - Ceased firing after having expended 133 rounds of 16" on this target.

1003 hours - Opened fire on the second target, the Wanishi Iron Works. Range was a little over 30500 yards.

1030 hours - Ceased firing after having expended 139 rounds of 16" on this target.

1033 hours - Changed course and went to 20 knots and started to retire from the area.

16 Jul 1945
USS Iowa (Capt. J.L. Holloway, Jr., USN) was fuelled by the USS Chipola (Cdr. E.G. Genthner, USNR).

17 Jul 1945
USS Iowa (Capt. J.L. Holloway, Jr., USN) topped off three of the destroyers of the Task Group, USS McGowan (Lt.Cdr. T.H.W. Conner, USN), USS Mertz (Cdr. W.S. Maddox, USN) and USS Monssen (Lt.Cdr. E.G. Sanderson, USN) with fuel.

Later in the afternoon USS Iowa joined Task Unit 34.8.2 for a bombardment of Hitachi, Ibaraki, Honshu, Japan. Besides Iowa Task Unit 34.8.2 was made up the battleships USS Wisconsin (Capt. J.W. Roper, USN), USS Missouri (Capt. S.S. Murray, USN), USS North Carolina (Capt. B.H. Hanlon, USN), USS Alabama (Capt. W.B. Goggins, USN), the light cruisers Atlanta (Capt. B.H. Colyear, USN), Dayton (Capt. P.W. Steinhagen, USN) and the destroyers (DesRon 54 / DesDiv 107) USS Remey (Lt.Cdr. J.B. Balch, USN), USS Norman Scott (Cdr. W.B. Porter, USN), USS Mertz (Cdr. W.S. Maddox, USN), USS Monssen (Lt.Cdr. E.G. Sanderson, USN) plus USS Frank Knox (Cdr. J.C. Ford, Jr., USN), (DesDiv 108) USS McDermut (Cdr. C.B. Jennings, USN), USS McGowan (Lt.Cdr. T.H.W. Conner, USN), USS McNair (Cdr. B.P. Ross, USN) and USS Melvin (Cdr. B.K. Atkins, USN). The British battleship HMS King George V (Capt. B.B. Schofield, CBE, RN), the British destroyer HMS Quality (Cdr. the Viscount Jocelyn, RN) and the Australian destroyer HMAS Quiberon (Lt.Cdr. G.F.E. Knox, RAN) also joined for the bombardment.

The following is an extract from the action report of USS Iowa.
17 July 1945
1642 hours - Left formation to form as a unit of Task Unit 34.8.2 and set course for the bombardment of Hitachi, Ibaraki, Honshu, Japan.

1646 hours - Streamed paravanes.

2057 hours - Sounded general quarters for the bombardment.

2315 hours - Received the signal to commence the bombardment. Opened fire on the Hitachi refinery from a range of 30700 yards.

2317 hours - Ceased firing after having expended 36 rounds of 16" on this target.

2318 hours - Opened fire on our second target, Hitachi Engeneering Works Densen plant from a range of a little over 30700 yards.

2321 hours - Ceased firing after having expended 36 rounds of 16" on this target.

2322 hours - Opened fire on our thrid target, Hitachi Engeneering Works Taga plant from a range of a little over 30000 yards.

2337 hours - Ceased firing after having expended 99 rounds of 16" on this target.

2358 hours - Opened fire on our fouth target, Hitachi Arms Factory from a range of a little over 31000 yards.

18 July 1945
0006 hours - Ceased firing after having expended 76 rounds of 16" on this target.

0013 hours - Retired from the area at a speed of 22 knots.

19 Jul 1945
USS Iowa (Capt. J.L. Holloway, Jr., USN) topped off four of the destroyers of the Task Group, USS McDermut (Cdr. C.B. Jennings, USN), USS Remey (Lt.Cdr. J.B. Balch, USN), USS Melvin (Cdr. B.K. Atkins, USN) and USS Mertz (Cdr. W.S. Maddox, USN), with fuel.

20 Jul 1945
USS Iowa (Capt. J.L. Holloway, Jr., USN) received ammunition from the ammunition ship USS Shasta (Lt.Cdr. W.M.H.St. George, USNR).

21 Jul 1945
USS Iowa (Capt. J.L. Holloway, Jr., USN) received stores from the USS Aldebaran (Lt.Cdr. S.L.M. Cole, USNR).

22 Jul 1945
USS Iowa (Capt. J.L. Holloway, Jr., USN) received ammunition from the ammunition ship USS Mauna Loa (Lt.Cdr. K.L. Rawson, USNR).

23 Jul 1945
USS Iowa (Capt. J.L. Holloway, Jr., USN) topped off four of the destroyers of the Task Group, USS Melvin (Cdr. B.K. Atkins, USN), USS Colahan (Cdr. M.A. Shellabarger, USN), USS McDermut (Cdr. C.B. Jennings, USN) and USS McGowan (Lt.Cdr. T.H.W. Conner, USN), with fuel.


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