KOREAN WAR BREAKS OUT III
APR 1950 – NOV 1950
CAVALIER arrived at Yokosuka, Japan on 19 April 1950
and remained for local
operations. On 28 June, the North Korean Communist Forces invaded the Republic of South
Korea. Departing Yokosuka
Son 15 July, CAVALIER with other units of
Transport Division TWELVE,
took part in the first amphibious operations of
the Korean War, landing
troops of the lst Cavalry Division in an assault landing at Po Hang Dong,
Korea on 18 July 1950. She returned to Yokosuka on 23 July and the next day
Captain D. J.
Sweeney, USN, relieved Captain S. S. Bowling,
Yokosuka on 3 September, CAVALIER made a brief visit to Pusan, Korea (5-12 September). She arrived at Inchon on 15 September to take part in the landings and after embarking patients for return to Japan, sailed on 20 September for Yokosuka, arriving 22 September 1950. She returned to Inchon on 8 October and after transport of troops and ammunition to Wonsan, returned to Yokosuka on 29 October 1950. She sailed for the United States on
1 November and arrived at San Diego on 24 November 1950.
FEB 1950 – AUG 1951
From December 1950 to 8
February 1951, CAVALIER under went overhaul in the Mare Island Naval
Shipyard. She then conducted a
schedule of local amphibious operations while based at San Diego, California. On 9
June, she became flagship of Commander Transport Division 11 and on 14 July
departed San Diego with 19 officers and 714 men of the Marine Corps,
enroute to the Far
East. She sailed direct to Kobe, Japan and upon arrival, 29 July
1951, took replenishment and loaded additional cargo of small arms ammunition and provisions for troops. Departing 3 August 1951, she unloaded troops and cargo at Pusan, Korea, on 5 August, then steamed for Yokosuka, Japan arriving 7 August 1951. Captain Daniel J. Sweeney, USN, was relieved by Captain Gordon A. Uehling, USN, on 17 August 1951.
AUG 1951 JAPAN, KOREA
In August 1951, CAVALIER arrived at Sasebo and after operations at Otaru, arrived at Murokan, Hokkaido, Japan, where on 20 November 1951, Commander Transport Division 11 shifted his flag to GEORGE CLYMER (APA-27). This same day CAVALIER became flagship of Commander Transport Division 15, who shifted his flag from the GEORGE CLYMER. On 27 November 1951, men of the 45th Infantry Division were loaded with their equipment and vehicles and that afternoon CAVALIER steamed for Inchon, Korea, arriving 1 December to debark her troops and cargo. Departing on 7 December, she returned for operations at Sasebo and Yokosuka. She visited Hong Kong from 3 to 18 January 1952, then returned to Yokosuka where she loaded 27 officers and 1164 troops with vehicles and equipment of the 40th Infantry Division; which she debarked at Inchon, Korea on 3 February 1952.
1952 – FEB 1953 INCHON TO YOKOSUKA TO PEARL HARBOR TO SAN DIEGO OVERHAUL
At Inchon, CAVALIER embarked 56 officers and 1678 enlisted troops of the 21st and 24th Infantry Divisions for transportation to Yokohoma, arriving 7 February 1952. She then steamed to Yokosuka on 11 February and remained for dry-dock and repairs until 5 April 1952 when she departed for the United States. Steaming via Pearl Harbor (14-16 April) she arrived at San Diego on 23 April 1952. She conducted training exercises in the San Diego area until 6 August, followed by overhaul in the Mare Island Naval Shipyard (6 August to 10 October 1952). While in overhaul status, on 17
August 1952, Captain D. T. Eller, USN, relieved Captain G. A. Suehling, USN. After refresher training while based at Long Beach, she returned for operations at San Diego until 25 January 1953, then sailed to conduct fleet amphibious training exercises while based at Pearl Harbor (31 January - 16 February 1953).
1953 – MAY 1953 ALISO CANYON . JUL – AUG 1953 INCHON PRISONER EXCHANGE
CAVALIER returned to San Diego on 23 February 1953 for operations at that port and Long Beach which included participation in amphibious exercises at Aliso Canyon from 1 to 5 May 1953. She underwent overhaul in the Bethlehem Steel Corporation Yard at San Pedro from 29 May to 15 June 1953. After refresher training at
San Diego, she departed on 3 July for another tour of the Far East as flagship of Commander Transport Division 15. Upon arrival at Yokosuka on 24 July 1953, Captain W. S. Post, USN, relieved Captain D. T. Eller, USN. On 29 July, CAVALIER sailed for Inchon, Korea where she had duty in connection with the transfer of prisoners of war under terms of the Korean Armistice Agreement, from 1 to 27 August 1953.