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New Guinea Operations:
Retrieved damaged landing barges at an invasion site and towed back to Milne Bay, New Guinea, for repairs.
Escort vessel for a converted yacht into a weather ship up the coast of New Guinea.
Laid sonar buoys at Hollandia, New Guinea.
Hauled gas barges and dry docks to P.T. boat bases along the New Guinea Coast. This was our main mission in New Guinea.
Our mission was to lay torpedo Nets across San Pedro Bay at Leyte. Mission scrubbed by Admiral Kinkaid. Until assigned our next mission we did various jobs, laid buoys, pulled landing craft off the beaches, etc. Lots of General quarters during this process.
Next mission assigned was to monitor sonar buoys laid between Homohon Island and tip of Samar. This lasted from November 1944 until about February of 1945.
Next mission assigned was to go to Manila Harbor as a salvage vessel and help remove scuttled enemy ships from the shipping lanes and docks. In this process we were the first American ship to re-enter Manila Harbor, as we removed a scuttled ship in the entrance to the inner harbor.
As this mission ended, near the end of the war, we were being transferred to the mine craft. Little did we know that we were going to be in the coming invasion of Japan, near the end of 1945.
War ended, transfer scrubbed.
Last mission was to find and salvage the Philippine treasury, dumped out near Corregidor at the start of the war.
Headed for Home in November, 1945."
Milt Meehan USS Teak AN-35
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