Sunday, February 9, 2014

Reporting for duty on USS Hector

On today's date in 1943, my dad, Frank Dolan, having completed training for his newly commissioned ship, USS Hector, officially reported for duty at San Pedro, California. He will spend the remainder of the war aboard this repair vessel, first as Metalsmith First Class, then Chief Metalsmith.

Launched November 11, 1943, and commissioned February 7, 1944. Hector is currently moored to the dock, loading stores, spare parts, and provisions. Over the next few weeks it will get underway several times carrying out shakedown operations. Degaussing and direction finder calibration, compensation of magnetic compasses, structural test firing, and speed trials were completed during this period. Hector is operating under Commander Operational Training Command, Pacific Fleet.

Frank L. Dolan, Metalsmith, First Class, January 1944

Hector will undergo final work and armament installation over the weeks ahead before sailing for Pearl Harbor on April 3rd.

USS Hector

Sources: Frank L. Dolan's Service Records; USS Hector War Diary, February 1944;  USS Hector (AR-7) Association; USS Hector AR7-Ship's Log (WWII)

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