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Page 10 text:
To all hands -
This cruise book provides a few pic-
torial highlights of your long, interesting
and most successful cruise. The keystone
to our success throughout the deployment
was your ready and willing attitude in
performing all our varied tasks. This, by
necessity, meant long hours and hard work,
but you were always well ahead of any
situation, never on the "backside of the
TELFAlR's remarkable readiness has
been a direct result of your individual
initiative, motivation and complete co-
operation, not only inter-departmental co-
operation, but the equally important
cooperation between Navy and Marine per-
sonnel. l am gratified and proud of our
NavyfMarine relationship. lt not only
served to effectively shorten time away
from home and loved ones by creating a
Lloyd William Moffit
pleasant atmosphere, but brought laurels
to TELFAIR from almost every ship or
command with whom we associated fe.g.,
TELFAIR set the Sixth Fleet replenish-
ment record with ALSTEDE, which l am
sure will remain on the books for a long
time to comel.
The world knows your capability by
the "E" patches on your arms and the
hashmarked "E's" and "C" painted on
the ship. You thoroughly deserve eve?
honor and recognition you have receive .
You have made this a taut and proud ship
and have proven yourselves completely
worthy of the Nation's trust.
l will never be prouder being a part
of or associated with any group oflofficers
and men than I am with-you and TELFAIR's
outstanding share of BLT 3f8. Well-Done!
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HISTORY OF THE USS TELFAIR TAPA-210,
The keel of the USS TELFAIR
CAPA-2lOl was laid in the Richmond Ship-
yard No. 2 of the Permanente Metals
Corporation, Richmond, California, on May
The 537th vessel to slide down the
ways of the Richmond Shipyard, the
TELFAIR was launched on August 30th,
l944. The ship was sponsored and
christened by Mrs. J.D. Cauthorn, wife of
the President of the San Francisco News,
and was named in honor of Telfair County,
An attack transport ship's mission is
to load assigned combat troops and their
equipment, transport them and unload in
landing craft on enemy beaches in ac-
cordance with established doctrine and the
tactical plan of the Landing Force
Commander, to evacuate casualties and
prisoners of war, and to furnish medical
After a period of activity in the Pacific
waters, by directive dated January l947
the USS TELFAIR CAPA-2lOl was placed
out of commission, in reserve, attached
to the U.S. Pacific Reserve Fleet.
TELFAIR was reactivated for the
Korean emergency under the command of
Captain J. Andrews and reported for duty
with Pacific Fleet Amphibious Force on
September l2, l95O. She served in Japan
and Korea, transporting troops to Japan,
and returned to San Francisco with more
than l6OO troops in July l95l.
During World War ll and the Korean
Conflict TELFAIR won the followingawards
and ribbons: The Asiatic-Pacific Ribbon
with one star, World War ll Victory Ribbon,
Naval Occupation Ribbon, China Service
Ribbon, Philippine Liberation Ribbon,
American Campaign Ribbon, National
Defense Ribbon, Korean Service Ribbon
with three stars, United Nations Ribbon,
and the Korean Presidential Unit Citation.
ln l954 the TELFAIR participated in
OPERATION PASSAGE TO FREEDOM, in
which she transported Vietnamese refugees
from the Haiphong area in northern
Indo-China to the southern area, now known
as South Vietnam. The TELFAIR, as a
member of Task Force 90, received nu-
merous messages of commendation for
the iob "well done" during this operation.
TELFAIR operated until 28 February
i958 when she was decommissioned again.
On l July l96O she was turned over to the
Maritime Administration and reaquired by
the Navy on 24 August l96l .
On 22 November l96l she was re-
commissioned and ordered to report to the
Atlantic Fleet upon completion of underway
training at San Diego, California.
Since reporting to the Atlantic Fleet
the TELFAIR has completed four
Mediterranean Cruises, one Carribbean
deployment, and also took part in Operation
Steel Pike l, the largest amphibious as-
sault exercise since World War ll.
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