Truk Lagoon, FSM
The Fujisan Maru was an oil tanker for the Iino-Kaiun Line. Her peacetime duties consisted of carrying crude oil from the US to Japan. The Japanese Navy took control of her in late 1941 and utilized her as a "Fleet Oiler." She participated in the Battle of Midway as part of the Aleutian diversionary task group and, due to her fast speed, was part of the "Tokyo Express." Fujisan carried a deck cargo of 1900 troops in a desperate attempt to reinforce New Guinea.
During the "Hailstone" attack, Fujisan Maru was one of the few vessels underway. She was attacked by aircraft from the carrier Enterprise. Her engine order telegraph is still calling for FULL AHEAD and machine guns with ammunition scattered about, testify to her futile attempts at defense. She now lies in 200 fsw.
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