USS Conklin heads a team including destroyer escorts Corbesier
DE-438 and Raby DE-698 in the sinking of another Japanese submarine
1-48, off Yap Island in the Caroline Islands. (
This sub was part of the second Kaiten Special Attack
Groups, "Force Kongo", which included the I-53 and 2 other Jap subs. Officers of Kongo included
LTJG Kazuhisa Toyozumo, ENS Taro Taukamoto, PO 2nd Katsumo (I-48). The LCDR of the
I-48 was Matsunobu Toyama. Kaiten, which means "Turning of the Heavens" were known as
"Kamikaze subs", "suicide subs" or "midget subs." They were essentially manned torpedoes.)
Conklin sails from Ulithi on escort duty to the Palaus and Mamus.
Conklin arrives in Palua and Manus, joins the screen for the logistics
group supporting mighty carrier TF-58.
Participates in Okinawa operation.
Recapture of Corregidor, Philippines.
Victory in Europe.
3/20/45 to 6/5/45.
USS Conklin is almost constantly at sea with the logistics group for the
Okinawa operation. Duties include transferring passengers, mail and freight,
serving as plane guard and escorting ships of the group to replenishment at
Guam and Ulithi.
6/45. In early
June Admiral Halsey had taken over the fleet and was as customary with this
change of command the Fifth Fleet became the Third Fleet.
USS Conklin is heavily damaged in a typhoon off
Okinawa. A monstrous wave knocked the ship
completely onto her side, at which point the ship lost all
power and water. Fuel oil flooded into the ship.
Three of her crew were killed immediately. Lt. Peter
N. Meros and Rudolph Slavich S1c were swept over board,
and Anthony Monti S1c was killed inside the ship by a
Butler-class Destroyer Escorts rolled the critical angle
of 72 degrees, the weight of the top-heavy masts
inexorably continued the roll and dragged the ship to the
bottom of the sea. The inclinometer of the Conklin
measured a roll of 78 degrees.
what figuratively and perhaps literally can be termed the
Hand of God, another freak wave hit the Conklin and rolled
her back up so that the rest of her men survived with the
superb seamanship and desperate efforts of their crew.
is put into Guam for emergency repairs.
6/17/45. USS Conklin sails for Mare Island Navy Yard for a complete overhaul.
when this is completed, she
sails for San Diego.
8/6/45. Hiroshima, A - Bomb.
1/17/46. USS Conklin
is decommissioned and placed in reserve, San Diego, CA.