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DEPENDENTS TRAVELED BY SEA (1)
Although the 508th ARCT flew to Ashiya for its deployment to Beppu, the families of the men did not enjoy that same luxury.  Instead, they boarded a converted troop ship and sailed to Moji, Japan.  The trip is estimated to have taken 9 to 10 days.
Destination Beppu
or, for the kids, "Are We There Yet?

USS Breckinridge
at Pier 2, Fort Mason

Piers 2 & 3
56 years later

Tug Boat
eases the ship into the channel

Good To Go
Tug returns, Alcatraz in background


Golden Gate
slides astern

USS Breckinridge Statistics
Named after US Army General James Carson Breckinridge (1877-1942), the USS General J. C. Breckinridge (AP-176) was a General John Pope class troop transport.  Built at Kearny, NJ, and commissioned on 30 June 1945, she served with the US Navy during WW II, Korean War and Vietnam War. In October 1949 she was redesignated T-AP-176 .
   The Breckinridge/T-AP 176 had steam turbines producing 17,000 horsepower with twin shafts, and could attain a maximum speed of 21 knots (~ 24 mph) 5,000 miles = 4344
   In 1988 the ship was scrapped in Taiwan.

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