Lest We Forget

By Eric Wertheim

Following the end of World War II, the Herndon sailed for China. On 16 September 1945, Vice Admiral Kanako, Imperial Japanese Navy, and his staff came aboard to sign the unconditional surrender of all Japanese-controlled military and merchant vessels in the Tsingtao area. Until December, the Herndon patrolled along the Korean and Chinese coasts, aided in the repatriation of Japanese troops, and assisted with the movement of Chinese Nationalist forces.

In early December 1945, the Herndon participated in Operation Magic Carpet, assisting with the transfer of U.S. veterans to the U.S. mainland. The Herndon was decommissioned on 8 May 1946. She was moved to Philadelphia in 1947 but was not stricken from the Navy list until 1 July 1971. She was sunk as a target on 23 May 1972.


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