March 24, 1942

Air raids resumed. From the battery we could see our barracks. Since we evacuated them, the Army engineers have stored five tons of TNT therein. On this day we had a normal raid with what sounded like a good hit topside. After the raid was over and we came out to look around, someone said, “Captain, they’ve blown up our barracks.” I got out a telescope and looked Topside. I saw what was obviously a kitchen and said, “Oh, they’ve just blown off the side of the barracks.” Then someone else said, “But Captain, that is not our kitchen!” The kitchen I saw was B Battery’s kitchen! Which meant that our entire barracks, quarters for 200 men, had been obliterated!

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