About the diary: The diary was provided to the USS Fremont site by his oldest son, also named William:
After his death my Mother gave me all his Navy papers and then I found this site years later… I sent this site copies of all his papers and a diary he kept while on the USS Fremont.
Originally published online in the USS Fremont APA-44 website, with the following introduction:
This is a transcript of the war diary of William Ritchie made aboard the USS Fremont APA 44. These entries were made upon departure from Pearl Harbor, Hawaii on through the invasions of Saipan, Mariannas Islands, Palau, Ulithi, Philippine Islands and Iwo Jima.
The Philippine Diary Project includes the author’s entries from October 12, 1944 (departure from the Admiralty Islands bound for Leyte) to November 18, 1944 (departure from Leyte bound for Hollandia). The diary as published in full can be accessed by clicking this link. We are grateful to Mr. Tony Yebba, owner and administrator of the USS Fremont APA-44 website, for permission to use the Ritchie Diary.