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November 17-28, 1941

On 17 Nov. I was relieved of command of I Battery. It was put under command of Lt. Bruns and moved to Fort Hughes. I was assigned to command D Battery. The armament consisted of 2 twelve inch disappearing guns permanently emplaced in 1910, guns shooting out over the sea. On 28 Nov. I was sitting in a movie when an orderly came in and announced there would be an officers call for the 59th immediately. We were told that a large convoy of Japanese vessels was heading south in the North China Sea and that we would move to the gun emplacements in the morning. So we were alerted and in the field a week before Pearl Harbor!