C. L. “Roy” Carter, in a letter about striking Japan’s mainland, wrote, “We struck Tokyo on July 10 and then went north to Hakkaido to strike up there twice. We then went south again. We lingered around the Jap coast and struck Tokyo for 2 days. We dodged typhoons for a while then went further south to hit Kobe and Kuri Naval Bases. We struck for 3 days before going back to Hokkaide. We bombarded and struck Hokkaide for a couple of days and nights. Our task group which included the South Dakota, Bennington and Yorktown and others operated with another task group (38.2) and also a small detachment of the British fleet. We went south again to hit Tokyo Bay and it was on our second day of striking that we got news of the war’s end. We called our strike back to the ship but even after they returned, we were attacked by 4 Jap suicide bombers which were shot down. We spent some uneasy nights wondering if we’d be attacked again” (11 November 1945).