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January 5, 2018

Action Report of USS Saufley (DD465) on the Nasugbu Landing, Jan 1945

Transcription of an action report on the 31 January 1945 Nasugbu Operation from the USS Saufley (DD1 465), with details of the destruction of Japanese gunboat as well as the shelling of San Diego Point in Nasugbu. This is a declassified document2 taken from the United States National Archives.

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U.S.S. SAUFLEY(DD465)
c/o Fleet Post Office
San Francisco, California

DD465
Serial: 033

1 February 1945

CONFIDENTIAL
From:
To:
Via:





 Subject:

Reference:

Enclosures:
The Commanding Officer.
The Commander in Chief, U.S. Fleet.
(1) The Commander Task Unit SEVENTY EIGHT POINT TWO POINT EIGHT.
(2) The Commander Task Group SEVENTY EIGHT POINT TWO.
(3) The Commander Tank Force SEVENTY EIGHT, (Commander SEVENTH Amphibious Force).
(4) The Commander Task Force SEVENTY SEVEN, (Commander SEVENTH Fleet).
(5) The Commander in Chief, Southwest Pacific Area.

Action participated in by USS SAUFLEY, Report of.

(a) Pacific Fleet Confidential Letter 1CL-45.

(A) USS SAUFLEY Surface Action Report dated 1 February 1945.
(B) USS SAUFLEY Gunfire Radio Log dated 1 February 1945.
1. Enclosures (A) and (B) are forwarded herewith in accordance with reference (a).

D.E. COCHRAN

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ENCLOSURE (A) U.S.S. SAUFLEY(DD465) CONFIDENTIAL
U.S.S. SAUFLEY REPORT OF ACTION ON 1 FEBRUARY 1945

PART I

A. On morning of 1 February 1945, the USS SAUFLEY was returning from a night retirement from Nasugbu Bay in company with Commander Task Group SEVENTY EIGHT POINT TWO in the USS SPENCER screened by the SAUFLEY and the USS CONYNGHAM. Steaming on base course 083° (T), the SAUFLEY sighted what appeared to be a small P. T.3 Boat bearing 083° (T), distance 5000 yards. On reporting this target to Commander Task Group SEVENTY EIGHT POINT TWO the SAUFLEY was directed to investigate. Upon investigation, the target appeared to be one of the “Q” Boats4 frequently reported in this area. It was maneuvering radically at high speed. The SAUFLEY closed the target and opened fire first with the 40 MM battery and then with the main battery. Nine minutes later, the target was completely destroyed; the only remaining evidence being a gasoline slick and scattered indistinguishable debris.

Subsequent to this, the SAUFLEY was assigned a station in Fire Support are Able off San Diego Point in Nasugbu Bay and delivered thirteen salvos into grid positions as assigned by the Shore Fire Control Party. Results were unobserved as the spotter was not in a position to control the fire. Direct fire, however, was delivered into the area at the base of a heavily wooded cliff until ordered to cease fire by the Shore Fire Control Party who released SAUFLEY to the screen.

PART II

A. The SAUFLEY was operating as a unit of Task Unit SEVENTY EIGHT POINT TWO POINT EIGHT which was the screening unit for Task Group SEVENTY EIGHT POINT TWO, the Nasugbu Attack Force.

B. Prior to this date, this vessel had left Leyte Gulf under orders issued by Commander Task Force SEVENTY EIGHT to escort Commander Task Unit SEVENTY EIGHT POINT TWELVE POINT SIX in the CGC5 INGHAM to the San Antonio-Castillejos-San Felipe Area of Southern Luzon, Philippine Islands. Enroute, the SAUFLEY was detached on 30 January to investigate and assist a plane reported in the water off Agutaya Island. Upon arrival in that area, this assignment was taken over by the U.S. Army Crash Boat P-493 and the SAUFLEY rejoined the INGHAM in the Mindoro Straits. At 0800 the morning of 31 January, the SAUFLEY entered the San Antonio-Castillejos-San Felipe Area of Southern Luzon, was released by Commander Task Group SEVENTY EIGHT POINT THREE in the USS MOUNT MCKINLEY for duty. At 0940 the same morning the SAUFLEY got underway as escort for the tug, USS GRASP, enroute to Nasugbu in accordance with orders issued by Commander Task Group SEVENTY EIGHT POINT THREE. Upon arrival at Nasugbu on the afternoon of 31 January, the GRASP proceeded to the transport area and the SAUFLEY relieved the

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ENCLOSURE (A) U.S.S. SAUFLEY(DD465) CONFIDENTIAL
U.S.S. SAUFLEY REPORT OF ACTION ON 1 FEBRUARY 1945

USS RUSSEL in the screen. At 1830 the same day Commander Task Group SEVENTY EIGHT POINT TWO in the USS SPENCER got underway with the SAUFLEY and CONYNGHAM as screen for a westward night retirement from Nasugbu Bay.

C. In the first action the SAULEY’s mission was to investigate and destroy the target if identified as enemy. In the bombardment the SAUFLEY’s mission was to deliver call fire as directed by the Shore Fire Control Party in that area.

D. Our forces at the outset of the action consisted of Task Group SEVENTY EIGHT POINT TWO in Nasugbu Bay consisting of CGC SPENCER as flagship of Commander Task Group SEVENTY EIGHT POINT TWO, Task Unit SEVENTY EIGHT POINT TWO POINT ONE the Transport Group Composed of APD’s6, LCI’s7, LSM’s>8, LST’s9, Task Unit SEVENTY EIGHT POINT TWO POINT SIX the Support Unit, Task Unit SEVENTY EIGHT POINT TWO POINT SEVEN the Control Unit, Task Unit SEVENTY EIGHT POINT TWO POINT EIGHT the screen consisting of the destroyers FLUSSER, SHAW, CONYNGHAM, CLAXTON, and SAUFLEY, Task Unit SEVENTY EIGHT POINT TWO POINT NINE the Minesweeping Unit and Task Unit SEVENTY EIGHT POINT TWO POINT TEN the Beach Party.

E. Enemy forces encountered consisted of the one “Q” Boat although it was reported that others had been in the area during the previous night.

PART III

A. Chronological narrative of important events (times are -9 Zone Time):

1 February 1945
0723

0744
0746

0749
0752

0758
0800
0802
0900

1005
Changed course to 083° (T) (G), 083° (PGC). Ship in condition of readiness I, material condition Able set.
Small boat observed bearing 083° (T).
SAUFLEY directed to investigate boat by Commander Task Group SEVENTY EIGHT POINT TWO.
Changed speed to 20.0 knots and departed from screen.
Boat identified as “Q” Boat. With permission of Commander Task Group SEVENTY EIGHT POINT TWO, SAUFLEY took target under fire with 40MM battery.
Noticed target heading for CGC SPENCER.
Commenced firing with entire battery.
Cease firing; “Q” Boat completely destroyed.
Lying to in Nasugbu Bay awaiting fire support assignment; Ship in condition of readiness I – Easy.
Closed beach to take firing position.
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ENCLOSURE (A) U.S.S. SAUFLEY(DD465) CONFIDENTIAL
U.S.S. SAUFLEY REPORT OF ACTION ON 1 FEBRUARY 1945

1010
1039
1100
1205

Set condition of readiness I. SAUFLEY took station 1.1 miles Northwest of San Diego Point, Nasugbu Bay.
Commenced firing with main battery salvos into assigned areas.
Ceased firing. Standing by for further orders.
Secured from Fire Support Mission. Set condition of readiness I – Easy and rejoined screen.
B. Visibility was good. The wind was from 075° (T), velocity 6.0 knots. The sea was calm. The sky was 50% overcast with scattered clouds.

C. See enclosure (B).

PART IV

A. Own ordnance material performed well with the exception of 5" gun due to a defective powder case which was removed and replaced by a short case. The gun was then unloaded through the muzzle.

1-A Ammunition was expended as follows:

Q – Boat
Q – Boat
F.S. Mission
Caliber
5"/38
40MM
5"/38
Type
AAC10
HET11
AAC

Rounds Fired

Fire discipline and gunnery communications were good.

B. The performance of enemy ordnance material was not observed.

PART V

A. There was no battle damage inflicted upon our forces.

B. Battle damage to the enemy consisted of the complete destruction of the “Q” Boat. No results were observed on the Fire Support Mission.

PART VI

A. There are no special comments.

B. Air operations had no bearing on these actions.

C. Amphibious action had preceded the events related in this report.

D. CIC did not play a large part in these actions

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ENCLOSURE (A) U.S.S. SAUFLEY(DD465) CONFIDENTIAL
U.S.S. SAUFLEY REPORT OF ACTION ON 1 FEBRUARY 1945

as direct fire was employed throughout.

Communications were excellent.

PART VII

There were no casualties to personnel.

PART VIII

In conclusion, it may be stated that “Q” Boats are definitely a menace in restricted waters as their detection by radar is difficult. The shore bombardment was of such brief duration that concluding remarks or recommendations would be of no basic value.

[Pages 6-7 are not transcribed as these were gunfire radio communication logs of what has already been described in the report.]

To view or download the original document, please refer to Item 2 below under Notes and References.

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Notes and references:
1 DD stands for Destroyer. “Glossary of U.S. Naval Abbreviations – D,” online at Ibiblio.org.
2USS SAUFLEY - Report of action & destruction of Jap "Q" boat & bombardment of San Diego Point, Nasugbu Bay, Luzon Island, Philippines on 2/1/45,” online at the United States National Archives.
3 P.T. stands for Patrol Vessel, Motor Torpedo Boat. “Glossary of U.S. Naval Abbreviations – P,” online at Ibiblio.
org.
4 “Q” boats were “Shin'yō-class suicide motorboat,” Wikipedia.
5 CGC stands for Coast Guard Cutter. “Glossary of U.S. Naval Abbreviations – C,” online at Ibiblio.org.
6 APD stands for High Speed Transport Destroyer. “Glossary of U.S. Naval Abbreviations – A,” online at Ibiblio.org.
7 LCI stands for “Landing Craft Infantry,” Wikipedia.
8 LSM stands for Landing Ship, Medium. “Glossary of U.S. Naval Abbreviations – L,” online at Ibiblio.org.
9 LST stands for “Landing Ship, Tank,” Wikipedia.
10 AAC stands for Anti-Aircraft Common. “Glossary of U.S. Naval Abbreviations – A,” online at Ibiblio.org.
11 HET stands for High Explosive Traced. “Glossary of U.S. Naval Abbreviations – H,” online at Ibiblio.org.

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