: 412' 3"
||Gross tons: 7,490
||Speed (knots): 14
||Cargo (cu. ft.): 140,760
The CAPE BON was a type C1A freight ship for
four months before being converted to a troopship by Bethlehem's 56th Street yard at New
York from 25 October to 24 December 1943. She was Navy allocated.
Immediately after conversion the ship left, via the Panama Canal,
for Milne Bay where she arrived in February 1944. Upon return to San Francisco in
April the vessel underwent repairs. After a voyage to Honolulu she returned to Los
Angeles (in August) and from there went, via San Diego, to Guadalcanal and Russell
Islands. Returning via Honolulu to San Francisco the CAPE BON left in October (via
San Pedro and Honolulu) for Eniwetok and Guam.
Returning to San Francisco in December, the vessel left in early
1945 for Pearl Harbor, Eniwetok and Saipan [Note: This is the
transporting of the 79th Battalion]. Again from
San Francisco (in late March) the ship sailed for Honolulu, Eniwetok, Ulithi and
Okinawa. She returned to San Francisco in July and had proceeded as far as Eniwetok
and Ulithi when V-J Day occurred. She went on to Leyte, Manila and Subic before
returning in September to San Francisco.
While returning from her next voyage (to Nagooya and Leyte) the
CAPE BON was diverted to Portland, Oregon where she arrived in late November. From
there a trip was made to Nagoya and back to Seattle in February 1946. In March the
ship departed for Shanghai, Tsingtao and Taku. From the latter port she sailed for
Yokohama, arriving there on 1 May 1946"
Troopships of World War II
Roland W. Charles
The Army Transportation Association
Washington, DC, 1947