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USS PICKING WORLD WAR II LOG 

July 3, 1945                         Zone description (-) 12

Steaming as before enroute SAIPAN to PEARL HARBOR.

Positions:

0800 - Latitude - 14°-44.7’ N; Longitude - 175°-1O.2’ E.

1200 - Latitude - 15°-08.1’ N; Longitude - 176°-21.2’ E.

2000 - Latitude - 15°-32.O’ N; Longitude - 178°-34.O’ E.

 

July 4, 1945                         Zone description (+) 11

Steaming as before enroute SAIPAN to PEARL HARBOR.

Positions:

              0800 - Latitude - 16°-26.5’ N;  Longitude - 178°-18.5’ E.

              1200 - Latitude - 16°-44.1’ N;  Longitude - 177°-09.8’ E.

              2000 - Latitude - 17°-11.2’ N;  Longitude - 175°-08.3’ E.

 

July 5, 1945                         Zone description (+) 11

Steaming as before enroute SAIPAN to PEARL HARBOR.

Positions:

              0800 - Latitude - 17°-55.1’ N;  Longitude  - 171°-37.5’ E.

              1200 - Latitude - 17°-21.2’ N;  Longitude  - 170°-35.3’ E.

              2000 - Latitude - 18°-42.4’ N;  Longitude  - 168°-18.5’ E.

 

July 6, 1945                         Zone description (+) 11

Steaming as before enroute SAIPAN to PEARL HARBOR.

Positions:

0800 - Latitude - 18°-59.4’ N; Longitude - 164°-39.3’ E.

1200 - Latitude - 19°-06.9’ N; Longitude - 163°-40.1’ E.

2000 - Latitude - 19°-29.O’ N; Longitude - 161~~38.2’ E.

 

July 7, 1945                         Zone description (+) 10

Steaming as before enroute SAIPAN to PEARL HARBOR. 0800 Held AA practice firing using towed sleeve. 1008 Completed AA practice firing. Expended 147 rounds 5”/38 AA common, 2680 rounds 40mm and 3942 rounds 20mm ammunition. 1205 Proceeding into PEARL HARBOR, OAHU, T.H. 1343 Moored in berth

Positions:

0800 - Latitude - 20°-24.5’ N; Longitude - 157°-57.0’ E.

1200 - Latitude - 21°-23.2’ N; Longitude - 158°-57.9’ E.

2000 - Latitude - 21°-23.2’ N; Longitude - 158°-58.1’ E.

 

July 8, 1945                         Zone description (+) 9½

At 1437 underway and proceeded PEARL HARBOR, OAHU, T.H. to SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA, in company with U.S.S. WICKES (DD578), U.S.S. SPROSTON (DD577) and U.S.S. BRACKET (DE41). O.T.C. Captain Bert F. BROWN, USN, Commander Destroyer Squadron 49 in U.S.S. PICKING.

Positions:

0800 - Latitude - 21°-23.2’ N; Longitude - l58°-58.1’ E.

1200 - Latitude - 21°-23.2’ N; Longitude - 158°-58.1’ E.

2000 - Latitude - 22°-05.O’ N; Longitude - 157°-34.0’ E.

 

July 9, 1945                         Zone description (+) 9½

Steaming as before enroute PEARL HARBOR to SAN FRANCISCO.

Positions:

0800 - Latitude - 24°-17.1’ N; Longitude - 154°-33.2’ E.

1200 - Latitude - 25°-01.0’ N; Longitude - 153°-45.5’ E.

2000 - Latitude - 26°-13.4’ N; Longitude - 151°-43.0’ E.

 

July 10, 1945                        Zone description (+) 9½

Steaming as before enroute PEARL HARBOR to SAN FRANCISCO.

Positions:

0800 - Latitude  28°-05.O’ N; Longitude - 148°-41.1’ E.

1200 - Latitude  28°-36.O’ N; Longitude - 147°—47.O’ E.

2000 - Latitude- 29°-45.O’ N; Longitude - 145°—37.O’ E.

 

July 11, 1945                        Zone description (+) 9

Steaming as before enroute PEARL HARBOR to SAN FRANCISCO.

Positions:

0800 - Latitude  3l0_l2.9’1 N; Longitude - 142°—19.5’ E.

1200 - Latitude  3l°-45.2’ N; Longitude - 141°-17.O’ E.

2000 - Latitude- 32°-34.3’ N; Longitude - 139°—31.O’ E.

  

July 12, 1945                        Zone description (+) 9

Steaming as before enroute PEARL HARBOR to SAN FRANCISCO.

Positions:

0800 - Latitude - 34°-08.7’ N; Longitude - 136°—05.7’ E.

1200 - Latitude - 34°-35.2’ N; Longitude - 135°—02.0’ E.

2000 - Latitude - 35°-26.O’ N; Longitude - 132°-42.5’ E.

 

July 13, 1945                        Zone description (+) 8

Steaming as before enroute PEARL HARBOR to SAN FRANCISCO.

Positions:

0800 - Latitude- 36°-32.5’ N;  Longitude - 129°—Ol.6’ E.

1200 - Latitude- 36°-57.O’ N;  Longitude - 127°—45.5’ E.

2000 - Latitude- 37°-l8.O’ N;  Longitude - 126°—29.0’ E.

 

July 14, 1945                        Zone description (+) 7

Steaming as before enroute PEARL HARBOR to SAN FRANCISCO. Stood into SAN FRANCISCO BAY and anchored in berth #7. At 0827 underway enroute SAN FRANCISCO BAY to Naval Ammunition Depot, MARE ISLAND, CALIFORNIA to unload all ammunition and pyrotechnics. Upon completion of unloading ammunition underway enroute Naval Ammunition Depot, MARE ISLAND to Navy Yard MARE ISLAND Navy Yard, MARE ISLAND, CALIFORNIA to undergo routine overhaul.

 

July 15 to 31, 1945  Zone description (+) 7

Moored in MARE ISLAND Navy Yard, MARE ISLAND, CALIFORNIA, USA, undergoing routine overhaul.

 

August 1 to August 12, 1945          Zone description (+) 8

Undergoing routine overhaul, MARE ISLAND Navy Yard, MARE ISLAND,

CALIFORNIA.

 

August 13, 1945                      Zone description (+) 8

Continuing with overhaul.

 

August 14, 1945                      Zone description (+) 8

Japan declared her willingness to surrender. Hostilities ceased at

1600.

 

August 15-16, 1945                   Zone description (+) 7

On the morning of the 15th, Commander B. J. SEMMES, Jr., USN relieved as Commanding Officer of the PICKING by Commander C. T, MAURO, USN.

 

August 17-29, 1945                   Zone description (+) 7

Went out of drydock at noon the 17th, and alongside Berth #16, MINY to continue with overhaul.

 

August 30, 1945                      Zone description (+) 8

Got underway for NAD, in the morning for sonar gear check, degaussing to MARE ISLAND at night and moored to Dolphins at Radar calibration Range.

 

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