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" San Ic a HamccamLtiQ- DESTROYER UNIT HOME FROM 7 MONTHS OF WAR Their gun barrels considerably the worse for wear, the four de- stroyers of Division 131 arrived in San Diego at 11 a.m. today after 7 months ' combat duty in Far Eastern waters. The destroyers Blue, Bradford. Cunningham and Evans brought bacl a record for having engaged July 17 in the longest ship-shore battery engagement of the Ko rean war — 4 ' -. hours in Wonsan Haibor, on the east coast of Korea. Sprayed With Shrapnel On that das- the hard-fighting destroyers were the targets of more than 500 rounds of enemy fire and fired thousands of rounds in return. The vessels suffered no hits and no casual- ties, though their decks were sprayed with shrapnel from near- misses. Crew members of the division were welcomed by scores of wives and children who were brought aboard by Navy boats soon after the destroyers tied up at buoys in the bay. Reactivated Last Year Recommissioned late last year Destroyer Squadron 13, of which the division is a part, was the first complete destroyer squad- ron from the Reserve Fleet to go into action in the Korean war. Of the division ' s 1200 men, nearly 60 percent are reseivists called to active duty after the wa r ' s outbreak. the entire east coast of Korea supporting United Nations ground forces with gimfire, bombarding other coastal targets and taking part in the seige of Songjin. On Formosa Patrol The Cunningham was the only ship of the division to serve on the Formosa patrol and did a short tour of duty at Hongkong. The division commander is Capt. William L. Anderson, of San Diego. The Blue is com rnanded by Comdr. Robert S. Burdick, of La Mesa; the Cun- ningham by Comdr. Louis P. Spear, of Coronado, the Bradford In addition to battering thejby Comdr. Francis D. Boyle, .of port of Wonsan during most of La Jolla, and the Evans by Comdr. July, the division ' s ships ranged Gerald L. Christie, of Coronado. Mi " •Jf- »=.-«-sj? »t- ' t " - " ' rl A NAVY BAND CAME OUT TO MEET US LIBERTY IN THE " STATES, " A DREAM COME TRUE
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" itamema d aimd — A THANKSGIVING SERVICE WAS CONDUCTED ON TH. ' WAY HOME WE WERE WELCOMED TO HAWAII BY THE " HULA " GIRLS WE DID NOT STAY LONG, BUT ENJOYED OUR VISIT VERY MUCH
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-Oft ta San aticlsca " WE ENJOYED OUR STAY IN SAN DIEGO BUT SOON DEPARTED FOR " FRISCO " , THE LAST STOP OF OUR KOREAN CRUISE HERE WE REMOVED OUR LAST ROUNDS OF AMMUNITION OUR TORPEDOES WERE VERY CAREFULLY REMOVED
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