Ralph Walter Harris WWII Military Service

Date Time Ship Location Latitude Longitude Activity Notes
12/1/19438:00USS PolkTarawa Harbor, Tarawa, Gilbert Islands1.3278-172.9769592Unloading troops, supplies and equipment in landing craft boats as boats availableOperating in Naval Transportation Service assigned to Service Squadron 8 and Administrative Control by Fifth Amphibious Force, Pacific in accorance with Commander Task Group 54.8 Secret Movement order No. 1-43, File S-A4-3 Serial 001 of Nov 14, 1943
12/1/194312:00USS PolkMoored as before1.3278-172.9769592
12/1/194320:00USS PolkMoored as before1.3278-172.9769592
12/2/19438:00USS PolkMoored as before1.3278-172.9769592Discharging cargo & equipment as boats available. Delivered 10,000 gallons fresh water to L.C.T. #169
12/2/194312:00USS PolkMoored as before1.3278-172.9769592
12/2/194320:00USS PolkMoored as before1.3278-172.9769592
12/3/19438:00USS PolkDepart from Tarawa, Gilbert Islands to Honolulu1.3278-172.9769592
12/3/194312:00USS Polken route to Honolulu1.288929-172.46386
12/3/194320:00USS Polken route to Honolulu1.25-172.85completed discharging cargo & equipment, commenced loading equipment and troops of 2nd Marine divisionEnroute pursuant to visual signal from C.T.C. in U.S.S. Tennessee.
12/4/19438:00USS Polken route to Honolulu1.416666667-179.5833333
12/4/194312:00USS Polken route to Honolulu1.566666667-176.3333333
12/4/194320:00USS Polken route to Honolulu1.666666667-178.2333333
12/5/19438:00USS Polken route to Honolulu1.966666667-179.0666667
12/5/194312:00USS Polken route to Honolulu1.9-178.3333333
12/5/194320:00USS Polken route to Honolulu1.916666667-176.65
12/6/19438:00USS Polken route to Honolulu2-173.875
12/6/194312:00USS Polken route to Honolulu2.65-173.3166667
12/6/194320:00USS Polken route to Honolulu3.833333333-172.3333333
12/7/19438:00USS Polken route to Honolulu5.85-170.8166667
12/7/194312:00USS Polken route to Honolulu6.7-170.25
12/7/194320:00USS Polken route to Honolulu7.933333333-169.2
12/8/19438:00USS Polken route to Honolulu9.85-167.4833333
12/8/194312:00USS Polken route to Honolulu10.21666667-166.9833333
12/8/194320:00USS Polken route to Honolulu11.26666667-166.5
12/9/19438:00USS Polken route to Honolulu3.25-164.95
12/9/194312:00USS Polken route to Honolulu13.83333333-164.55
12/9/194320:00USS Polken route to Honolulu15.2-163.2333333
12/10/19438:00USS Polken route to Honolulu17.06666667-161.3
12/10/194312:00USS Polken route to Honolulu17.66666667-160.65
12/10/194320:00USS Polken route to Honolulu18.81666667-159.0833333
12/11/19438:00USS PolkArrive Pier #8, Honolulu Harbor, Honolulu21.03333333-157.9666667
12/11/194312:00USS PolkArrive Pier #8, Honolulu Harbor, Honolulu21.03333333-157.9666667
12/11/194320:00USS PolkArrive Pier #8, Honolulu Harbor, Honolulu21.03333333-157.9666667
12/12/19438:00USS PolkDepart from Honolulu, T.H. to Hilo, T.H.21.03333333-157.9666667Embarking troops
12/12/194312:00USS PolkDepart from Honolulu, T.H. to Hilo, T.H.20.950159-157.733205
12/12/194320:00USS PolkDepart from Honolulu, T.H. to Hilo, T.H.20.86666667-157.5
12/13/19438:00USS PolkArrive port side to Pier #1, Hilo, T.H.20.85-155.0833333Discharging cargo & equipmentAir raid warning via radio: Secured from general quarters
12/13/194312:00USS PolkArrive port side to Pier #1, Hilo, T.H.20.85-155.0833333
12/13/194320:00USS PolkArrive port side to Pier #1, Hilo, T.H.20.85-155.0833333
12/14/19438:00USS PolkDepart Hilo, T.H. to Honolulu Harbor, Honolulu, T.H.20.85-155.0833333Disembarking troops
12/14/194312:00USS PolkDepart Hilo, T.H. to Honolulu Harbor, Honolulu, T.H.20.841683-155.158336
12/14/194320:00USS PolkDepart Hilo, T.H. to Honolulu Harbor, Honolulu, T.H.20.83333333-155.2333333
12/15/19438:00USS PolkArrive port side to Pier #7, Honolulu, T.H. 21.28333333-157.8833333Secured from general quarters
12/15/194312:00USS PolkMoored as before21.28333333-157.8833333
12/15/194320:00USS PolkMoored as before21.28333333-157.8833333
12/16/19438:00USS PolkMoored as before21.306-157.869
12/16/194312:00USS PolkMoored as before21.306-157.869
12/16/194320:00USS PolkMoored as before21.306-157.869
12/17/19438:00USS PolkMoored as before21.306-157.869
12/17/194312:00USS PolkMoored as before21.306-157.869
12/17/194320:00USS PolkMoored as before21.306-157.869
12/18/19438:00USS PolkMoored as before21.306-157.869
12/18/194312:00USS PolkMoored as before21.306-157.869
12/18/194320:00USS PolkMoored as before21.306-157.869
12/19/19438:00USS PolkMoored as before21.306-157.869
12/19/194312:00USS PolkMoored as before21.306-157.869
12/19/194320:00USS PolkMoored as before21.306-157.869
12/20/19438:00USS PolkMoored as before21.306-157.869
12/20/194312:00USS PolkMoored as before21.306-157.869
12/20/194320:00USS PolkMoored as before21.306-157.869
12/21/19438:00USS PolkDepart Honolulu, T.H., arrive port side to Pier K7, Pearl Harbor, T.H.21.28333333-157.9416667Loading equipment and cargo
12/21/194312:00USS PolkPear Harbor-157.9416667
12/21/194320:00USS PolkPear Harbor-157.9416667
12/22/19438:00USS PolkDepart Pearl Harbor, T.H. to Maalaea Bay, T.H.21.28333333-157.9416667Practice amphibious landing operationsUnderway pursuant to Pacific Fleet Task Group 55.5. Secret Training order No. 20-43
12/22/194312:00USS Polken route to Maalaea Bay21.629728-157.509372
12/22/194320:00USS Polken route to Maalaea Bay21.975-157.975
12/23/19438:00USS PolkArrived Maalaea Bay, T.H., anchored in 28 fathoms of water20.791089-156.511459
12/23/194312:00USS PolkAnchored as before20.791089-156.511459
12/23/194320:00USS PolkAnchored as before20.791089-156.511459
12/24/19438:00USS PolkAnchored as before20.791089-156.511459Disembarking troops & equipment in accordance with scheduled operations
12/24/194312:00USS PolkAnchored as before20.791089-156.511459
12/24/194320:00USS PolkAnchored as before20.791089-156.511459
12/25/19438:00USS PolkAnchored as before20.791089-156.511459Disembarking troops & equipment in accordance with scheduled operations
12/25/194312:00USS PolkAnchored as before20.791089-156.5
12/25/194320:00USS PolkAnchored as before20.791089-156.5
12/26/19438:00USS PolkDepart Maalea Bay, T.H. to practice maneuvers20.791089-156.5114722Exercised crew at general quarters
12/26/194312:00USS PolkDepart Maalea Bay, T.H. to practice maneuvers20.791089-156.5114722
12/26/194320:00USS PolkDepart Maalea Bay, T.H. to practice maneuvers20.791089-156.5114722
12/27/19438:00USS PolkDepart Maalea Bay, T.H. to practice maneuvers20.791089-156.5114722
12/27/194312:00USS PolkDepart Maalea Bay, T.H. to practice maneuvers20.791089-156.5114722
12/27/194320:00USS PolkDepart Maalea Bay, T.H. to practice maneuvers20.791089-156.5114722
12/28/19438:00USS PolkDepart Maalaea Bay, T.H. to Pearl Harbor, T.H.20.79108333-156.5114722Loading equipment and cargo
12/28/194312:00USS Polken route to Pearl Harbor21.228875-157.605735
12/28/194320:00USS Polken route to Pearl Harbor21.66666667-156.7
12/29/19438:00USS PolkArrive starboard side to Pier M4, Pearl Harbor, T.H. 21.9-158.0666667Exercised crew at general quarters for gunnery practice, dicharging cargo & equipment
12/29/194312:00USS PolkPear Harbor21.1-157.9833333
12/29/194320:00USS PolkPear Harbor21.20301-157.926205
12/30/19438:00USS PolkShift berths to port side of U.S.S. De Grasse, then port side of U.S.S. Portland, Pier B-23, Pearl Harbor, T.H.21.306-157.869Disembarking troops, shifting berths
12/30/194312:00USS PolkMoored as before21.306-157.869
12/30/194320:00USS PolkMoored as before21.306-157.869
12/31/19438:00USS PolkMoored as before. USS Hazelwood moored port side21.306-157.869
12/31/194312:00USS PolkMoored as before21.306-157.869
12/31/194320:00USS PolkMoored as before21.306-157.869
1/1/19448:00USS PolkMoored as before, Berth X-14, Pearl Harbor, T.H.21.306-157.869Operating in Service Squadron Eight and temporary administrative control by Commander, Fifth Amphibious Force, Pacific
1/1/194412:00USS PolkMoored as before, Berth X-14, Pearl Harbor, T.H.21.306-157.0023333
1/1/194420:00USS PolkMoored as before, Berth X-14, Pearl Harbor, T.H.21.306-157.0023333
1/2/19448:00USS PolkMoored as before21.306-157.0023333
1/2/194412:00USS PolkMoored as before21.306-157.0023333
1/2/194420:00USS PolkMoored as before21.306-157.0023333
1/3/19448:00USS PolkMoored as before21.306-157.0023333
1/3/194412:00USS PolkMoored as before21.306-157.0023333
1/3/194420:00USS PolkMoored as before21.306-157.0023333
1/4/19448:00USS PolkMoored as before21.306-157.0023333
1/4/194412:00USS PolkMoored as before21.306-157.0023333
1/4/194420:00USS PolkMoored as before21.306-157.0023333
1/5/19448:00USS PolkMoored as before21.306-157.0023333
1/5/194412:00USS PolkMoored as before21.306-157.0023333
1/5/194420:00USS PolkMoored as before21.306-157.0023333
1/6/19448:00USS PolkMoored as before21.306-157.9523333
1/6/194412:00USS PolkMoored as before21.306-157.0023333
1/6/194420:00USS PolkMoored as before21.306-157.0023333
1/7/19448:00USS PolkShift berths from starboard side to Deperming Station, Beckoning Point, Pearl Harbor, T.H.21.306-157.869
1/7/194412:00USS PolkPear Harbor21.306-157.869
1/7/194420:00USS PolkPear Harbor21.3677778-157.9786111
1/8/19448:00USS PolkShift berths from starboard side to dock K3, Pearl Harbor, T.H.21.3445072-157.9748912Loading cargo
1/8/194412:00USS PolkMoored as before21.3445072-157.9748912
1/8/194420:00USS PolkMoored as before21.3445072-157.9748912
1/9/19448:00USS PolkMoored as before21.3445072-157.9748912
1/9/194412:00USS PolkMoored as before21.3445072-157.9748912
1/9/194420:00USS PolkMoored as before21.3445072-157.9748912
1/10/19448:00USS PolkMoored as before21.3445072-157.9748912
1/10/194412:00USS PolkMoored as before21.3445072-157.9748912
1/10/194420:00USS PolkMoored as before21.3445072-157.9748912
1/11/19448:00USS PolkMoored as before21.3445072-157.9748912Embarking troops
1/11/194412:00USS PolkMoored as before21.3445072-157.9748912
1/11/194420:00USS PolkMoored as before21.3445072-157.9748912
1/12/19448:00USS PolkDeparted Pearl Harbor for Maalaea Bay, Maui, T.H.21.3445072-157.9748912Practice amphibious landing operationsPursuant to Administrative commander, Fifth Amphibious Force, CTF 52 Secret Training Order No. A2-44 dated January 8, 1944
1/12/194412:00USS Polken route to Maalaea Bay21.35-157.95
1/12/194420:00USS Polken route to Maalaea Bay21.84333-157.273195
1/13/19448:00USS PolkArrived Maalaea Bay, T.H. Shifted berths22.33666667-156.5963889Disembarking troops per scheduled landing operations
1/13/194412:00USS PolkAnchored as before22.33666667-156.5963889
1/13/194420:00USS PolkAnchored as before22.33666667-156.5963889
1/14/19448:00USS PolkAnchored as before22.33666667-156.5963889Laying smoke screen, secured smoke screen generators
1/14/194412:00USS PolkAnchored as before22.33666667-156.5963889
1/14/194420:00USS PolkAnchored as before22.33666667-156.5963889
1/15/19448:00USS PolkDepart for Pearl Harbor, T.H.22.33666667-156.5963889Maneuvering on various courses at various speeds in transport area
1/15/194412:00USS Polken route to Pearl Harbor21.86-156.948195
1/15/194420:00USS Polken route to Pearl Harbor20.38333333-157.3
1/16/19448:00USS PolkArrive Pier K9, Pearl Harbor, T.H. Shifted to Berth X-12.21-157.95Disembarking troops
1/16/194412:00USS PolkMoored as before21.9-158.0666667
1/16/194420:00USS PolkMoored as before21.9-158.0666667
1/17/19448:00USS PolkMoored as before21.9-158.0666667
1/17/194412:00USS PolkMoored as before21.9-158.0666667
1/17/194420:00USS PolkMoored as before21.9-158.0666667
1/18/19448:00USS PolkMoored as before21.9-158.0666667
1/18/194412:00USS PolkMoored as before21.9-158.0666667
1/18/194420:00USS PolkMoored as before21.9-158.0666667
1/19/19448:00USS PolkMoored as before21.9-158.0666667
1/19/194412:00USS PolkMoored as before21.9-158.0666667
1/19/194420:00USS PolkMoored as before21.9-158.0666667
1/20/19448:00USS PolkShifted berths to Pier M321.9-158.0666667
1/20/194412:00USS PolkMoored as before21.9-158.0666667
1/20/194420:00USS PolkMoored as before21.9-158.0666667
1/21/19448:00USS PolkMoored as before21.9-158.0666667Embarking troops
1/21/194412:00USS PolkMoored as before21.9-158.0666667
1/21/194420:00USS PolkMoored as before21.9-158.0666667
1/22/19448:00USS PolkUnderway in convoy21.9-158.0666667Pursuant to Commander Fifth Amphibious Force Operation Order A6-44, underway in convoy
1/22/194412:00USS PolkSteaming as before21.9-158.0666667
1/22/194420:00USS PolkSteaming as before20.51666667-158.7166667
1/23/19448:00USS PolkSteaming as before10.58333333-161.2666667
1/23/194412:00USS PolkSteaming as before19.38333333-162.1666667
1/23/194420:00USS PolkSteaming as before19.13333333-163.55
1/24/19448:00USS PolkSteaming as before18.5-166.4333333
1/24/194412:00USS PolkSteaming as before18.23333333-166.8333333
1/24/194420:00USS PolkSteaming as before17.66666667-168.95
1/25/19448:00USS PolkSteaming as before16.8-171.5833333
1/25/194412:00USS PolkSteaming as before16.55-172.3
1/25/194420:00USS PolkSteaming as before15.96666667-174.1666667
1/26/19448:00USS PolkSteaming as before14.95-175.3333333
1/26/194412:00USS PolkSteaming as before15.16666667-175.6
1/26/194420:00USS PolkSteaming as before15.33333333-176.1333333
1/27/19448:00USS PolkSteaming as before14.4-177.9166667
1/27/194412:00USS PolkSteaming as before14.8-177.4166667
1/27/194420:00USS PolkSteaming as before14.91666667-178.3333333
1/28/19448:00USS PolkSteaming as before14.1-179.2333333
1/28/194412:00USS PolkSteaming as before13.91666667-178.9333333
1/28/194420:00USS PolkSteaming as before13.45-177.5166667
1/29/19448:00USS PolkSteaming as before12.45-174.9
1/29/194412:00USS PolkSteaming as before12.2-174.1833333
1/29/194420:00USS PolkSteaming as before11.61666667-172.4833333
1/30/19448:00USS PolkSteaming as before10.78333333-170.05
1/30/194412:00USS PolkSteaming as before10.6-169.2833333
1/30/194420:00USS PolkSteaming as before9.616666667-168.3666667
1/31/19448:00USS PolkAnchored in Kwajalein Lagoon, Marshall Islands8.725-167.5666667Unloading equipment, disembarking troops
1/31/194412:00USS PolkKwajalein Lagoon, Marshall Islands8.725-167.5666667
1/31/194420:00USS PolkKwajalein Lagoon, Marshall Islands8.725-167.5666667
2/1/19448:00USS PolkAnchored in Kwajalein Lagoon, Marshall Islands, 1000 yards east of Enubuj Island8.725-167.5666667Discarging cargo & equipment for the 145th Field Artilery baseShelling Kwajalein Island in support of Amphibious Operations to capture the island. Acting as an emergency hospital ship. 2314 three shells of unknown caliber landed w/in 100 yards from vessel fired by enemy shore battery w/no dammage.
2/1/194412:00USS PolkAnchored as before8.725-167.5666667Battle of Kwajelein
2/1/194420:00USS PolkAnchored as before8.725-167.5666667
2/2/19448:00USS PolkAnchored as before8.725-167.5666667Discharging cargo & equipment. Received members of 145th Field Artillery for medical treatment and hospitalizationBattle of Kwajelein
2/2/194412:00USS PolkAnchored as before8.725-167.5666667
2/2/194420:00USS PolkAnchored as before8.725-167.5666667
2/3/19448:00USS PolkAnchored as before8.725-167.5666667Discharging cargo & equipment. Delivered fuel oil, received patients from 145th Field Artillery for medical treatment and hospitalization
2/3/194412:00USS PolkAnchored as before8.725-167.5666667
2/3/194420:00USS PolkAnchored as before8.725-167.5666667
2/4/19448:00USS PolkAnchored as before8.725-167.5666667Crew member death
2/4/194412:00USS PolkAnchored as before8.725-167.5666667
2/4/194420:00USS PolkAnchored as before8.725-167.5666667