|3 NOV 1943
||Departed Pearl Harbor for Gilbert Islands on the submarine USS Nautilus. See
also USS Perch USSP #313
|18 NOV 1943
||USS Nautilus depth-charged by the USS Ringgold, A U.S. destroyer, off
Tarawa and Gilbert Islands. The USS Nautilus was hit in the Con by a 5 inch shell
from the USS Ringgold.
|21 NOV 1943
||Rubber boat night landing on Apamama Atoll, Gilbert Islands in heavy surf.
See photos: Makin Island Survivors, Bunker
|26 NOV 1943
||Left Apamama Atoll on troop transport in floating reserve for Tarawa
|5 DEC 1943
||Disembarked at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii.
|23 JAN 1944
||Left Pearl Harbor on the USS Kane for the Marshall Islands.
|30 JAN 1944
||Landed in the Marshall Islands. Reconnoitered 34 islands, including Majuro, Eniwetok and Kwajalien
|28 FEB 1944
||Left for Pearl Harbor on the USS Neville
|7 MAR 1944
||Arrived at Pearl Harbor
|14 MAR 1944
||Size of Amphib Recon Company doubled, companies "A" and
"B" were formed. Trained at Camp Catlin(between Pearl Harbor and
|28 MAY 1944
||"B" Company left Pearl Harbor for the Marianas Islands on the
USS Cambria. "A" Company left Hilo, Hawaii for the Marianas Islands on the
USS Stringham. "A" Company was to landat night on 14 JUN 1944 (D-1) to
take Tapotchau, Saipan. Mission aborted on 12 JUN 1944 (D-3).
|15 JUN 1944
||"B" Company arrived off Saipan. Went ashore in early wave.
See web page: Amphib Recon
|17 JUN 1944
||Both companies joined forces at Charan Konoa, Saipan.
See photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5,
6, 7, 8, 9
|10 - 11 JUL 1944
||In joint operation, Battalion made Reconnaissance landings at night on
Tinian, checking landing sites for invasion. This was a swim-in operation.
"A" Company worked off the USS Stringham and "B" Company worked off
the USS Gilmer.
|26 JUL 1944
||Unit landed on Tinian.
|7 AUG 1944
||Left for Pearl Harbor aboard the USS Azalia City.
|18 AUG 1944
||Arrived at Pearl Harbor. Returned to Camp Catlin.
|16 - 24 JAN 1945
||"B" Company boarded USS Bladen for maneuvers around the Hawaiian
Islands. Returned to Pearl Harbor and Camp Catlin.
|27 JAN 1945
||"B" Company left Pearl Harbor aboard the USS Bladen for Iwo
|18 FEB 1945
||Arrived off Iwo Jima to conduct Reconnaissance of beaches. Mission
|19 FEB 1945
||"D-Day" on Iwo Jima.
|21 FEB 1945
||"B" Company went ashore on Iwo Jima.
|13 MAR 1945
||Secured Kama and Kangoku Rock off of Iwo Jima.
|14 MAR 1945
||Left Iwo Jima aboard LST 784
|19 MAR 1945
||Arrived on Saipan for rest and new supplies.
|? MAR 1945
||"A" Company debarked from Pearl Harbor on two ships, USS
Scribner and USS Kinger. They went to Leyte, Phillippine Isalands for LCR training
with the Army's 77th Division. Made several landings then left for Okinawa.
|25 MAR 1945
||"B" Company boarded USS Chase for Okinawa.
|6 AUG 1945
||Left Okinawa believing we were on our way to Pearl Harbor. After a
day or so, we were advised that we were going to Guam for training to land on Japan.
This was called "Operation Olympic".
|11 AUG 1945
||Arrived at Ulithin Atoll.
|11 - 24 AUG 1945
||Stayed aboard the USS Elkhart. Learned that the japanese had
surrendered. To celebrate this occasion, we were taken to one of the islands for a
beer party. Each of us received two cans of beer.
|24 AUG 1945
||Transferred from USS Elkhart to USS President Johnson. (The USS Elkhart
had been directed to go to the Phillippine Islands to pick up troops to go to Japan as
occupational forces. If we had not gotten off the ship, we would have ended up in
the Phillippines. The unit had one hour to get transferred off the ship.)
|26 AUG 1945
||Left Ulithin Atoll aboard the USS President Johnson for Pearl Harbor.
|31 AUG 1945
||Arrived off Eniwetok. Stayed aboard ship.
|2 SEP 1945
|12 SEP 1945
||Arrived at Pearl Harbor. Taken to Camp Catlin.
|17 SEP 1945
||Amphibious Reconnaissance Battalion disbanded and most men were sent to
Replacement Battalion at the Transient Center.
|23 SEP 1945
||Most of our unit left Pearl Harbor for the United States aboard LST 761.
|4 OCT 1945
||Arrived in San Diego late in the afternoon and required to stay aboard
ship that night.
|5 OCT 1945
||Transferred from ship to Marine Corps Base, San Diego. (Today it is known
as MCRD, San Diego)