USS Hughes at the Battle of Morotai
David and the USS Hughes leave the waters of New Guinea and head to Morotai, a small island in the East Indies. The Allies need to secure an air base on this island to support the liberation of the Philippines later in 1944. In the early hours of the 15th of September, the Hughes carried out minesweeping duties before participating in a two-hour-long bombardment of the landing area to suppress any Japanese forces on Morotai. They would stay in the Morotai area, running patrol and anti-submarine missions until September 27th when they would head back to Humboldt Bay in New Guinea for repairs.