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12 geptembet 1954—19 TUaick 1955 14 September 1954 25 September 3 October 6 October 31 October 8-9 November 13-17 November 19 November-3 Dec. 4-7 December 8-1 5 December 18 December 22-31 December 1—5 January 1955 10—24 January 25 January 4 February 7 February 18-21 February 25-February-3 March 3 March 19 March Departed San Diego, California Crossed International Date Line Arrived Kobe, Japan Arrived Yokosuka, Japan Arrived Inchon, Korea Participated in First Fall and Winter 1954-55 Marlex at Tok-Chok To, Korea Good Will " visit to Beppu, Japan Yokosuka, Japan Good Will " visit to Osaka, Japan Yokosuka, Japan Chinhae, Korea Hong Kong, China Hong Kong, China Yokosuka, Japan Departed Yokosuka, Japan, enroute Pearl Harbor, Territory of Hawaii Arrived Pearl Harbor, T.H. Departed Pearl Harbor, T.H., enroute Yokosuka, Japan Yokosuka, Japan Inchon, Korea Departed Inchon, Korea, enroute San Diego, California Arrived San Diego, California The best part of the almost 28,000 nautical miles we had steamed was that of heading home and looking for the welcome sight of Point Loma and San Diego Bay . .
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a mo s ' koshi history of the GEORGE CLYMER Little did George Clvmer, Pennsylvania member of the Continental Congress and a signer or trie Declaration or Independence, ever realize on that memorable day of Julv 4, 1776, that 170 years later a snip named in his honor would be commissioned in the World ' s greatest navy to aid in defending bis nation once again from aggression. It was in 1943 that the GEORGE CLYMER began her career in the Navy. Originally built lor the Maritime Commission with the name of AFRILAN PLANET, the ship which had been intended to carry passengers and cargo from the Eastern seaboard to ports in Africa, became instead a Navy vessel built to carry and land troops on any beach in the world. Ironically enough the CLYMER ' S (the former AFRICAN PLANET) first wartime operation was at French Morocco, North Africa. It got to Africa the hard way . . . but this was only the beginning. From a successful African invasion the CLYMER proceeded to the Pacific and tooh part in battles both as a troop carrier and flag-ship at such historical places as Guadalcanal, Bougainville, Guam, Saipan, Leyte and Okinawa. In 1945 it landed occupation troops on Honshu, Japan. Now 10 years later she steams towards the states ending its Pacific tour of duty for 1954-55 loaded with home- ward bound troops finished with the job that started 10 years ago. In 1950 the CLYMER, after participating in post-war practice operations and goodwill tours in the Orient and along the Nation ' s Pacific Coast, was called into action for the Korean conflict. Once again the troops were delivered this time to the beaches on Pusan, Inchon, and Wonsan, Korea. Today-1955-1 3 years after the GEORGE first started on her Naval Career, the huge hull bearing the onimous white PA 27 on the bow still calls the Pacific home — San Diego on the stateside and YokosuKa, Japan on the Far East side... and in between, and on all sides are the people, and countries that you ' ll remember on your 1954-55 WesPac cruise aboard the GEORGE CLYMER— APA 27.
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FAREWELL .san diego On tuesday morning the four- teenth day of September, 1954, the USS George Clymer rested quietly in her berth waiting patiently to begin the long Westward voyage. Aboard, the crew seemed restless with mixed emotions of sadness and anticipation. . . . the Marine troops-ourpassengers-had come aboard the previous day. Finally their Commanding Officer was ' piped ' aboard about an hour prior to getting underway . . . k i » . . . handkerchiefs appeared as the order " cast off all lines " was given and the Marine Band struck up with ANCHORS AWEIGH. .. IBrj,;;- -
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