Mobile where Torvald was sent onboard to, departed Okinawa 9 September and operated in support of our
mine-sweeping forces off the western coast of Kyushu until the morning of 14 September when she entered
Nagasaki harbor and anchored. The following day Mobile embarked liberated Allied prisoners of war
and took them to Hagushi, Okinawa, for further transportation to their homes.
Before this the P.O.W was checked out onboard the hospital ship "Haven"
Rear Admiral W. H. P. Blandy and his staff came aboard and, flying his
flag, Mobile immediately returned to Nagasaki. Another group of 500 liberated prisoners of war
were embarked for transportation to Okinawa. The ship arrived at Okinawa on the evening of 22 September,
where Rear Admiral Blandy hauled down his flag and disembarked.
The following morning the liberated prisoners of war disembarked at
Machinat and after partial logistic requirements were met, Mobile awaited orders for a return
On the 27th Mobile returned to Empire waters, remaining in the
Sasebo-Nagasaki area until detachment from the western Japan Force in November.
The ship was then assigned to Task Group 16.12 (Rear Adm. R. S. Kendall,
USN) for duty in Magic Carpet operations. Accordingly, on the 812 [sic] naval and marine corps separatees
reported aboard for passage, and the ship departed Sasebo - destination San Francisco, California. Orders
received enroute ordered Mobile to San Diego, and after a 15 day cruise, Mobile arrived in
San Diego Harbor on 2 December, while a brass band and a cheering throng provided a fitting reception
for passengers and crew alike.