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Sheridan's Six Battle Stars

        Asiatic-Pacific Campaigns

Campaigns and Dates

Campaigns and Dates

Gilbert Islands operation
Assault and occupation of Tarawa

20 to 24 November 1943

Leyte operation
Leyte landings

20 to 22 November 1944

Marshall Islands operation
Occupation of Kwajalein and Roi Atolls

31 January to 8 February 1944

Luzon operation
Lingayen Gulf landings

9 to 10 January 1945

Marianas operation
Capture and occupation of Saipan

15 to 21 June 1944  

Capture and occupation of Guam

22 to 28 July 1944

Okinawa operation
Assault and occupation of Okinawa

1 to 5 April 1945







   Gilbert Islands (Tarawa) 20 - 24 Nov 1943

"Sheridan moved from Oakland to San Francisco on 31 August 1943; and, on 7 September, got underway for shakedown. Returning to San Francisco on 26 September, she loaded cargo and sailed for the western Pacific on 1 October. On 18 October, she delivered cargo at Noumea; and, on the 25th, she arrived at Wellington, New Zealand, where she embarked marines and their equipment. Departing New Zealand on 1 November, she underwent amphibious training at Efate Island from the 7th to the 9th and sailed from there on the 13th for the invasion of the Gilbert Islands. 

Sheridan arrived off Tarawa early in the morning of 20 November 1943 and began debarking troops shortly before noon and cargo in mid-afternoon. The next day, she began reembarking troops, boats, and casualties. Sailing on 24 November, she arrived on 2 December at Pearl Harbor, where she discharged her casualties and was inspected by Fleet Admiral Nimitz. On 5 December, she disembarked cargo and marines at Hilo, T. H., and then proceeded to the west coast, arriving at San Diego on 13 December."

Marshall Islands (Kwajalein Atoll) 31 Jan- 8 Feb 1944

"Sheridan participated in practice landings at Ocean-side, Calif., from 15 to 17 December 1943, and then welcomed the new year, 1944, with more exercises at San Clemente from 1 to 5 January. She then received her combat loadout of troops and supplies and sailed from San Diego on 13 January. Stopping at Maui, T. H., just long enough to fuel, she arrived off the beaches of Kwajalein Atoll on 31 January. Her troops participated in the landings at Roi on 1 February while Sheridan remained off the beaches offloading cargo and acting as a temporary hospital ship pending the arrival of Solace (AH-5). The transport sailed on 8 February, offloaded troops and cargo at Maui on 16 February, and then moved to Pearl Harbor on 17 February to receive needed repairs."

   Marianas Operation (Saipan and Guam) 9 - 26 Jun 1944, 22 - 28 July

"On 28 February, Sheridan began an intensive period of amphibious training at Maui, which lasted, with two short breaks, until 19 May. On 30 May, she sailed from Pearl Harbor with a task force bound for the Marianas. Arriving at Eniwetok on 9 June, Sheridan transferred troops to assigned LST's and sailed on 11 June for Saipan. Arriving on 15 June, she debarked troops and cargo; and then embarked a large group of casualties on the 18th. She completed offloading cargo on 20 June and sailed from Saipan the following day. After picking up more casualties at Eniwetok on 25 and 26 June, she arrived at Pearl Harbor on 3 July.

Sheridan embarked Army troops there on 4 July and sailed on the 9th. Touching at Eniwetok on the 17th, she arrived at Guam on the 22nd, a day after the initial landings, and debarked her troops the following day. The ship departed Guam on 28 July, touched at Eniwetok on 1 August, and arrived at Pearl Harbor on the 10th. There she received repairs, and then embarked Army troops and equipment for the reconquest of the Philippines."

Leyte Operation (Leyte landings) 20 - 22 Oct 1944

"After a week of amphibious training at Maui from 1 to 7 September, Sheridan departed Pearl Harbor on the 15th; and, after stops at Eniwetok and Manus, arrived on 20 October in the transport area off Leyte where she put her troops ashore in the first waves. Completing general unloading on the 22nd, she sailed for Humboldt Bay the same day. After remaining there from 27 October to 5 November, she arrived at Noemfoor Island on the 7th to load Army Air Force personnel and equipment, which she delivered at Leyte on the 18th."

Luzon Operation (Lingayen Gulf landings) 8 - 9 Jan 1945

"Arriving at Manus on the 24th, Sheridan sailed on the 28th for Torokina, Bougainville Island, where she arrived on 1 December. There she combat-loaded Army troops; and then underwent extensive training in amphibious operations, moving to Huon Gulf, New Guinea, for the final rehearsal on the 19th. Returning to Manus on the 21st, she sailed on 31 December 1944 as part of an assault group bound for Lingayen Gulf. The force encountered heavy air opposition during the approach on 8 January 1945, but Sheridan arrived unscathed and landed her troops early the next day. She then took on board 108 Navy casualties and survivors, mainly from the escort carrier Ommaney Bay (CVE-79), and sailed the same day for Leyte, arriving on the 12th. There she embarked troops; and, after a landing rehearsal on 25 January, put them ashore on the 29th at La Paz, P. I., which turned out to be under the control of friendly guerillas. The transport anchored in San Pedro, P. I., on 1 February and remained there until late March while the war moved closer to the Japanese homeland."

   Okinawa 1 - 5 Apr 1945

"On 14 March 1945, Sheridan loaded troops for her final assault landing, the one on Okinawa. After training in the Philippines, the transport sailed with an assault force on 27 March and put her troops ashore in the first waves at Okinawa on 1 April. Departing Okinawa on the 5th, she touched at Guam and Pearl Harbor and then arrived at San Francisco on 29 April for a major overhaul. Repairs were carried out between 4 May and 26 June by the United Engineering Co., San Francisco."

 (Source: Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships)




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