Diary of Reese F. Lukei

26 October 1944

Still battling Jap air attack attempts – shooting them down as fast as they come within range. Jap planes coming in only one and two at a time. All serious casualties aboard transferred to hospital ship MERCY. One of ship’s mess boys “cracked” under heavy war strain and was transferred to MERCY. USS MERCY underway this afternoon. One seaman hit ay Jap shrapnel. Issued clothing to six survivors of LCI-l065 and ATO-12. Only about three hours rest from GQ today.