Diary of Vincent Perrone

21 October 1944

This morning a group of enemy planes appeared and two were shot down. One dropped a bomb on the Australian cruiser and damaged her superstructure and they say the Captain was killed.

At 1130, and outrigger canoe with four Filipinos appeared from SAMAR and one of our small boats went after it, and towed it to the ship. It had an American flag and a Philippine flag underneath the American flag. One of them was taken aboard for information. They escaped from the Japs located on the island (SAMAR) not yet invaded. Very interesting sight. At 1830 enemy planes appeared again and were driven off by AA fire.