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Denver joined the bombardment of Ballale during the night of June 29-30 at 1:55am along with USS Montpelier, USS Cleveland, USS Columbia, with destroyers, USS Philip, USS Saufley, USS Renshaw and USS Waller. Also a mine laying force of USS Pringle (DD-477), USS Preble (DD-345) and USS Breese (DD-122) and USS Gamble (DD-123) laid mines 6,000 yards ahead. This bombardment was in conjunction with the Amiercan landings on New Georgia, then remained in the area on patrol.
Battle of Empress Augusta Bay
USS Denver covered the support landings on Cape Torokina on 10 November and 11 November 1943, and 2 days later during a heavy air attack was hit by an aerial torpedo which knocked out all power and communications and killed 20 of her men. She was towed by USS Sioux to Port Purvis and by USS Pawnee to Espiritu Santo for temporary repairs, then sailed to Mare Island for permanent repairs, arriving 2 January 1944.
Denver returned to the forward area at Eniwetok, arriving 22 June 1944. Eight days later she put to sea to screen carriers as they launched strikes to neutralize Japanese bases in the Bonins and Marianas during the invasion of the Marianas. She bombarded Iwo Jima 4 July, and after screening continued air assaults returned to Eniwetok 5 August.
Denver sailed from Port Purvis 6 September 1944 for the invasion of the Palau. She bombarded Angaur September 12-18 then covered a task unit engaged in minesweepmg, reconnaissance and underwater demolition operations before the landings on Ulithi 23 September. She returned to Manus on 28 September to prepare for the return to the Philippines.
Continuing her service in Leyte Gulf, she fought off numerous attacks; during the one of 28 October a bomb released from one of the planes she shot down exploded nearby causing minor damage and slight flooding. She screened reinforcement landings in November and fought off a suicide attack on 27 November, suffering four men wounded from fragments of a bomb which exploded 200 yards off the starboard quarter. She joined the heavy covering group, for the Mindoro landings of 13 December to 16 December, then returned to Manus 24 December.
Returning to San Pedro Bay 3 January 1945 Denver sortied the next day to cover the landings at Lingayen Gulf. She remained in the Philippines to join in the consolidation of those islands. She covered the landings on Zambales on 29 January and 30 January, supported minesweeping near and landings on Grande Island; provided fire support at Nasugbu on 31 January; escorted a replenishment convoy to Mindoro between 1 February and 7 February; covered the Army landings around Mariveles Bay from 13 February to 16 February, rescuing the survivors of mined La Vallette; and supported the operations on Palawan and Mindanao Islands from February to May.
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