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TABLE OF CONTENTS
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Engineering Department . . . .
Operations Department . . . .
Medical and Dental Department . . . .
Administrative Department . . . .
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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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