Kalamazoo Induction Center.
||Left for Great Lakes at 5:55 pm,
arrived at Camp Benie (?) 9:45 pm
Hospital McIntis (?) was there 23 days and then back to Benie
||Was in building "G" two days and
assigned to Company 705
to Green Bay
||Went home for 9 day leave "sure
was a short one for me".
Mich. at 2:10 am on train to Chicago. Arrived 6:45 am took in a couple
of shows and stayed in the Harmon (?) Hotel on Walbash Ave.
||Returned to D.G.U. (?)
||Arrived Plaranton (?) 0712 hrs
||"My first leave 15 days, I took
the City of San Francisco home, back on the 26th".
||"Left for home
again came back on the 20th".
||Went to Bethlehem Steel for the
USS San Juan 4th Div. Was out several times but always had liberty.
||We took off and
was in San Diego on the night of 24th.
||Left San Diego.
Harbor in the bay, around 5:30 pm Pearl Harbor time.
||Cruised around and went back to
Pearl on the 9-10th.
||Left Pearl and
was in (?) Sat. 11/181944 stayed a day or two and left for Ulithi (?)
||Ulithi, worked on ammunition and
||Still in Ulithi
and moved to 208.2 section rained off and on all day.
||Left in Task Force and came back
again went almost to Japan back to Ulithi on the 9th.
||Out again, lots of ships.
||Bad storm cruised around till the
24th and back to Ulithi
||Went out alone
||Met the Task Force
||Good day but had rough trip all
along, refueled again another rough time.
Sea at night cruised around
||Nice day, refueled
||Got heavy gear
on just in time
||First real firing
||Saw first plane
shot down at dark
||We left the Task Force and took a
run up by Formosa all alone
||Ulithi at 2:30
fueled and lots of work, Port watch 5th section
||Early test run and firing OK
||Left Ulithi and
took it easy a couple of days
||Bombed Tokyo and some big islands
||Hit Tokyo again
then headed for Ulithi
||In Ulithi in the pm, stayed there
to many G.Q. lately, out for 43 days
||Back to Ulithi and started to
clean ship and stand watches
||Left early went
up around Okinawa
||Came into Leyte and started to
clean ship and paint all one color
||Was in second
Typhoon, quit bad too, USS Pittsburg lost the bow, wind up to 138 mph,
lots of ships damaged
||Was on the beach in Sumar, dirty
as hell sanding bottom
||Weather hot, in salt water about
||Hit Tokyo again
for the second time
||Tokyo, was in close and bombed
the beach for the first time
||Hit Japan, no
||Port of Okinawa routine out on
gun mount all day
||Okinawa, a few
planes come out to raid us, was under attack at 0700 (?) shot down at
||Rumors of peace but had G.Q. two
times, planes shot down both times
||Good day still in 3rd fleet
(?)and monkeyed around a couple of days rough weather suppose to hit
the bay of Sagami on the 26th but typhoon held us up
||Took off with the Missouri in the
lead and made it OK, anchored insight of
Mt Fujiyama (?) really high 12388 ft.
of ship and took on two bunches of our POWs, they were captured
in Singapore at the first of the war, they were working in a power
factory, "rough life too"
||Went up bay to Tokyo by Yokohama
were about five miles from Imperial Palace.
Jap pilot came on board about 15 miles from Tokyo Bay and showed us
through the mine field. Now about 3 miles from city and were the first
US ship in Tokyo Bay Proper
||Came from Tokyo
Bay to Yokohama and anchored in the pm building all burned out, ships
all wrecked and carrier on the bottom. Move to see condition, 6 watch,
||Left Yokohama back to Tokyo and
painted water line
stood watch, still after POWs
||Made trip north of Tokyo and took
POWs to Tokyo
Liberty on island of Japan
||Left for Yokosuka (?)
from USS San Juan to the USS Gen. Sturgis (?)
||At noon after 2 days of bad
storms made Seattle
||At 11 am I was discharged out of
This is all of my Uncles writing
in his 1940 Blue Jackets Manual. Some of the spelling might be off a
little as I couldn't make out some of the words.