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Orders came to El Toro on 16 August for the overseas movement of the remaining elements of the 1st MAW. Units affected were Wing Headquarters Squadron 1 and MAG12, comprising Headquarters
Squadron 12
, Service Squadron 12, VMF312, VMF212, VMF(N)542, and the rear echelon of VMF(N)513.


VMF312 and the rear echelon of VMF(N)513 were loaded on the USS Sitkoli Bay (CVE-86) with their aircraft and sailed on 24 August.

 

Three days later (27th) VMF212 and VMF(N)542 embarked on the USS Cape Esperance (CVE-88), and the USNS General C.G. Morton (T-AP-138)  weighed anchor with the remaining components on 1 September.[5] This completed the overseas movement of the 1st MAW, since General Harris and his staff had departed from El Toro by air for Japan the day before Aug 31.