The above painting by Naval artist Peter Hsu (copyright authorized) shows the 502 under air attack 4/14/45
ACTION REPORT SERIES:
SIGSBEE'S 6th WAR ACTION
ACTION REPORT SERIAL 084 19 SEPTEMBER 1944. FIRE SUPPORT FOR ESTABLISHMENT RADAR STATION CAPE PADANGI MOROTAI ISLAND
From: Commanding Officer
To: Commander in Chief, U.S. Pacific Fleet.
Via: 1). Commander Task Unit 77.3.36 2). Commander Task Unit 77.3.2 (Cmdr. Group. 1, Seventh Amphibious Force). 3). Commander Task Force 77. 4). Commander Seventh Fleet.
Subject: Action Report - Fire Support for Establishment of Radar Station Cape Padangi, Morotai Island 19 Sept. 1944.
Reference: a). Commander Seventh Amphibious Force Confidential letter serial 0212 of 1 Feb. 1944. b). U.S. Navy regulations, Article 712.
On September 18, SIGSBEE received CTU 77.3.2's Operation Order No. 3-44 from RINGGOLD. This plan provided for establishing radar stations on CAPE PADANGI and CAPE SOPI by T.U. 77.3.34 and T.U. 77.3.35 with T.U. 77.3.36 furnishing fire support.
Task Unit 77.3.36 was composed of RINGGOLD (CTU) and SIGSBEE. Operation Order provided that SIGSBEE would support T.U. 77.3.35 at CAPE PADANGI and RINGGOLD would support T.U. 77.3.34 at CAPE SOPI.
19 Sept. 1944
0530 Left Patrol Area proceeding to PADANGI Point for fire support mission.
0700 - 0900 Operated along CAPE PADANGI, examining coves and beaches for possible landing sites. No sign of any enemy activity. Observed natives heading toward hills.
0900 T.U. 77.3.35 consisting of PC 1122, LCI (C) 23, LCI (R) 31, LCT 943, plus two ICM's joined .
0935 - 1056 In close fie support position while PC 1122 made close examination of reef and shore line.
1101 Commenced firing main battery. Fired four air bursts near native village to clear natives from area.
1107 Commenced firing 40 mm battery, strafing beach.
1110 Completed firing. TU 77.3.35 standing in with PC 1122 and LCI (C) strafing beaches; LCI (R) then set up rocket barrage on area back of beach.
1152 LCM's beached: rifle platoon ashore.
1152 - 1157 Remained in fie support position while radar equipment was being landed from LCT and awaiting departure of small craft.
1301 Following message from officer in landing party. "Mission Completed" practically dry landing. Japs nil. Natives nil. Found four well beaten paths, Army has them blocked.
1400 Three natives in a canoe came alongside PC 1122 and gave the following information: Natives in area are friendly Malays. There are no Japs around PADANGI CAPE but there is a Jap radio station on CAPE SOPI. All natives are in hills.
1527 Received orders to proceed at best speed to join RINGGOLD off CAPE SOPI.
1544 Joined RINGGOLD, proceeding to CAPE GILA at 28 knots.
1. a). 4 rounds of 5" 38 AA common, 138 rounds 40 mm
b(. Preliminary bombardment mission was fired principally to disperse any natives. Close observations of beaches had revealed no sign of enemy activity. Air bursts and light strafing was considered sufficient for preliminary bombardment.
Cmdr. G.P. Chung-Hoon.