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USS TELFAIR APA-210
Named for Telfair County, Georgia the ship was commiss-
ioned in San Francisco on October 3l, I9-44. From March 26
to April 26, l945, TELFAIR played an active part in the invasion
of Okinawa. She crossed the Pacific four times before landing
units of the Occupation Forces at Kure, Japan in October I945.
She was decommissioned in January l947 after completing 'Magic
Carpet' duty, returning troops to the U.S,
The Korean War brought TELFAIR back to active duty in Sept-
ember I95O. She deployed to the Far East six times over the
next eight years, taking part in exercises with Seventh Fleet
and SEATO units. During her fifth deployment in l954, she hur-
ried to Viet-nam to aid refugees caught in the 'French-lndo-
China War'. Altogether she carried 6,400 passengers to safety
TELFAIR was called to serve again in November I96l after
a three-year retirement. She was re-commissioned for the third
time in San Francisco and shortly after sailed for her new home-
port, Norfolk, Virginia. ln June l96L1, TELFAIR completed her second
five-month deployment with the Sixth Fleet Ready Amphibious
Force in the Mediterranean. In October l964, TELFAIR again de-
ployed to Europe while participating in Operation 'Steel Pike',
returning to Norfolk in November l964. After four months of
type training, a three month over haul at PHILADELPHIA NAVAL
SHIPYARD commenced in April l965. On I6 July, TELFAIR left
the shipyard in Philadelphia, Pennsylvannia for Norfolk, Virginia.
On 27 July, TELFAIR departed for Guantanamo Bay, Cuba
for three weeks of refresher training. The TELFAIR returned to
Norfolk on 20 August where she remained in port until 7 Sept-
ember. From 7 to I7 September, TELFAIR participated in amphi-
bious operations and training at Little Creek, Virginia. On 30
September Captain Aubrey R. SEILERwas relieved as Commanding
Officer by Captain Davis E. BUNTING. On 4 October, TELFAIR
left Norfolk for Morehead City where she embarked Marine
personnel and their equipment. On 5 October, TELFAlRdeparted
the continental United States for a tour of duty with the Sixth
Fleet in the Mediterranean. On 30 March l966,TELFAlR completed
its six month deployment when it returned to its homeport of
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CAPTAIN DAVIS E. BUNTING
From: Commanding Officer
To: All Hands
I This Cruise Book highlights the pleasurable o t' f
p r ion o our six month Mediterranean cruise. It generally omits, how-
ever, the long hours of invividual work involved in any deployment.
2 Even tthough we had relatively little timeto prepare for our extended cruise, TELEAIR acquitted herself admirably
O . . .
ur professional competence is documented by the rare achievement of garnering four of the five De artmental 'E'
awards. While I naturally look with pride onthese honors, I am more proud of the practical reputation the ship attained
with Commodore E. G. MILLER. COMPHIBRON TEN, as lead ship in matters of seamanship, tactical maneuvering,
engineering, reliability, communications and administration. .
3 Additionally, you proved yourselves gentlemen as well as sailors. TELEAIR sailors and marines achieved the lowest
incident rate per number of liberties of the five deployed ships. -
4 It goes without saying that the record you have compiled must be attributed to the crew as a whole. The sucess
has been too widespread for any individual credit.
5 ,WELL DONE!!
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