This aircraft was delivered to the U.S.N on the 20th May 1945 as R5D-3 with serial number 56498. Her first unit was VR-11, Naval Air Transport Squadron at on Guam. Her job was to repatriate wounded soldiers back to safety and take in a 1000 ltrs of blood and vital supplies every day to the battlefields of Iwo Jima to the islands of Japan. A true beacon of hope in a time of trouble. On the 2nd of February 1946 she transferred to VR-6 for a few months until she moved onto MAG-15, Marine Air Group 15, in April of 1946 based out of Hawaii. 56498 remained in the Pacific Theatre and in August 1947 moved to VMR-152, Marine Transport Squadron 152 at El Toro. From here she moved around with the squadron to Barbers Point, Corpus Christi and onto Iwakuni in Japan.