June 24, 2016
These were orders given to me by Bill Grogan:
“This is a copy of My Dad’s Orders. He was a Coxwain, Drove a Landing
The Dade was a troop ship” U.S.S. Dade (APA-99) Prepare For
The Occupation 8 September 1945 General Information The Japanese
have accepted the surrender terms of the Allied powers and this
Squadron had been selected by higher authority to lift troops located
in the Manila area and transport them to the Tokyo area as part
of the forces that will occupy Japan. Transport Squadron Twenty-four
will comprise the third echelon engaged in transporting troops and
will be preceded by two other Transport Squadrons. Ships attached
to this Squadron will lift the 43rd Division of the 8th Army. These
troops will be put ashore over the docks at Yokohama or the Yokosuka
Naval Base, in Tokyo Bay. Mines Both enemy and own forces have mined
Japanese home waters. While the area in which we will operate will
have been swept as early as possible and most of the mines deactivated
prior to our entry, all ships should be on the alert for floating
objects, properly identify these objects and stay clear of them.
Mines should be promptly reported so that they may be properly handled
by qualified demolition team. In the event it should become necessary
for boat personnel to handle mines, extreme care should be exercised.
U. S. mines are of the magnetic and acoustic type and Japanese mines
are of the magnetic and controlled types. Alertness and vigilance
will prevent any possible losses from this source. Tokyo Bay Area
The Tokyo Bay area is roughly shaped as a deep loop, extending northward,
located on the East Coast of Honshu, the largest island of Japan.
To the west, or on the port hand entering the bay, lies Salami Wan,
a large bay, on whose north shore are some well known bathing beaches.
To the east, or the starboard hand going into Tokyo Bay, lies Tateyama
Wan, a smaller bay: on whose shores are good landing beaches. Inside
Tokyo Bay, on its west side, and extending in order to the northward
lie the Yokosuka Naval Base, one of Japan’s principal Navy Yards,
the Port of Yokohama and near the top of the bay, Tokyo itself.
The Tokyo Bay area is one of the most congested centers of population
in the world. The 1940 census show Tokyo to have a population of
6,778,804 and Yokohama to have a population of 896,091. Yokosuka,
the town near the naval base, had a population of 193,358. Yokohama
Yokohama is on the west side of Tokyo Bay, approximately 22 miles
from the entrance to the Bay. Yokohama, Kawasaki and Tokyo form
practically a continuous port and city on the upper west side of
the body of water: together they have the most important port facilities
in Central Japan and they constitute the only major port in the
area. Yokohama is the fifth largest city and the second largest
port in Japan and handled 25% of the country’s pre-war foreign trade.
In 1941 an Imperial Ordinance combined the ports of Tokyo and Yokohama
under a single jurisdiction and established a single port district
under the name Keihin. The harbor itself is an indentation in the
coast and the outer harbor is protected by a breakwater, which is
built in seven sections. Entrance to the harbor is from the east
and the harbor is rough during easterly winds. The inner harbor
is protected by two breakwaters. About 5 square miles of water are
enclosed by the other harbor and approximately 2 square miles by
the inner harbor breakwaters. There is an additional square mile
in the canal section of Tsurumi-cho. There are four 24 miles of
these canals, about 15 miles of which are navigable by large lighters.
(To be continued)
Monday night we noted the beginning of our 16th year of planning
and building the Oroville Veterans Memorial Honoring all of Butte
County. The request for Bids has gone out and building should begin
late summer. We are all looking forward to the overlook and Wall
being built very soon.