We left Norfolk on May 7th in company with 3 APD's and one cargo transport, enroute to Panama Canal. A week's sailing time was -required to reach Panama and a day to transit the magnificent canal. On the other side the ROBERTS, still with the other APD's, but now minus the cargo ship pointed her bow toward California. We arrived at San Diego on May 23rd. Knowing that this was our last chance for stateside liberty all hands made the very most of the pitifully insufficient two days. All preparations were made for another sea voyage and we headed west.
May 30th found us in Pearl Harbor. After a week there we were ordered to Maalaea Bay, Maui, in the Hawaiian Chain. Upon our arrival we found that we were to engage in training exercises with Underwater Demolition Teams for a period of five days. We weren't kept very busy, so we had an opportunity to discover that swimming was just as good in Maui's clear Maalaea Bay as at the famed Waikiki Beach. At the completion of this Assignment, we returned to Pearl Harbor, stayed long enough to prepare for another voyage and headed further west.
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