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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

   San Francisco, July 9 --- Little Lauren wears a downcast expression as her father, MSgt. Lee Von Duyke, of Columbus, Ohio, holding infant son, Mark, kisses wife goodbye aboard transport U.S.S. Breckenridge.
   The vessel sailed to Japan with 365 wives, children and dependents of the sergeant's outfit, the 508th Airborne Regimental Combat Team, being airlifted to Japan in 43 giant C-124 Globemasters to relieve the 187th ARCT.

[The Miami News, Miami, FL, 09 Jul 1955, Sat, page 3, AP wire photo]

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 redeslgnated 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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