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USS Kawishiwi AO-146
was primary logistics support and
a secondary recovery ship
on 17 April 1970
to recover APOLLO 13
The one that almost didn't make it home.



The 2002 Reunion was held
in Hutchinson Kansas
The Module is THERE

On 17 April 1970 at 12:07:44 p.m. Central Standard Time, the crew of Apollo 13 splashed down only 4 miles from the prime recovery ship U.S.S Iwo Jima.

Reentry required the unusual step of undocking the lunar module, which had been retained for the flight back to Earth, in addition to the separation of the damaged service module. The lunar module had remained attached to the spacecraft to preserve the maximum electrical power in the command module for entry. The reentry was similar to previous flights and landing occurred at 142:54:41 at 21°38'24"S latitude and 165° 21'42"W longitude. The landing was within sight of the recovery ship, Iwo Jima, and the crew were on board within 45 minutes.


The astronauts for the Apollo 13 mission were, Mission Commander, Capt. James A. Lovell, Jr.; Command Module Pilot, John Leonard Swigert, Jr.; Lunar Module Pilot, Fred W. Haise, Jr.

After their recovery they headed to American Samoa for a brief stop before they flew to Hawaii.

American Samoa is the only U.S. Territory in the South Pacific. Ninety percent of the population is Samoan. The Samoans still have their traditional social structure and though most Samoans speak English the Samoan language is still their first language.

USS New DD-818 was there with Kawishiwi and 5 others scattered around the globe: USS Benjamin Stoddert DDG-22, USS Bordelon DD-881, USS Forest Royal DD-872, USS Granville S. Hall YAG-40, USS William C. Lawe DD-763.


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