Philippines and Okinawa
17 May to 23 September 1945
 
  PHILIPPINES - 17 May to 20 August 1945  
  Arriving in the Philippines on 17 May, TEXAS operated in area around San Pedro Bay - Leyte Gulf. TEXAS would spend the next 3 weeks undergoing post-operational repairs and maintenance. Though fighting was still raging on the near by island of Mindanao and northern Luzon, TEXAS did not provide gunfire support.

 
 
The crew also received some repairs being entertained with a road show production of "Oklahoma". The stage is located at the bow of the ship.
 
Captain Baker was recognized with the Bronze Star for his exceptional handling of TEXAS during the invasion of Okinawa. The medal was awarded on 21 May 1945.
 
Starting 8 June, TEXAS resumed AA firing practice and other drills in preparation for the invasion of the Japanese home islands. Between 7 to 9 August, TEXAS carried out drone launchings from her airplane catapult. Even after the atomic bombings the preparations for invasion continued. It was not until 15 August 1945 that the invasion became mute when Japan accepted the surrender terms.

Departing the Philippines with a new command officer, on 20 August, TEXAS headed back to Okinawa. (Captain Gerald Schetky replaced Captain Charles Baker, on the 17th).

 
     
  OKINAWA - 23 AUGUST to 23 SEPTEMBER 1945  
Arriving off eastern Okinawa, on 23 August, TEXAS continued with AA gun practice until 30 August. Even though Japan accepted the surrender terms, hostilities had not formally ended. TEXAS was at Okinawa when the formal surrender was signed aboard the MISSOURI, in Tokyo Bay, Japan. Departing Okinawa, on 23 September, for Pearl Harbor, TEXAS began her final US Navy duty, transporting troops from the Pacific to California for demobilization (aka "Magic Carpet").
 
  BRINGING BB35 TO TEXAS - SEPTEMBER 1945  
19 - 23 September, the first articles were printed in Houston newspapers about bringing BB35 to Texas.
 

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