J. Thomas Chestnutt

J. Thomas Chestnutt

(October 5, 1921 — ). Radioman on the U.S.S. Fletcher.

20 Oct. 1944

APD’s joined us yesterday afternoon. Passed entrance of Leyte Gulf at outer islands shortly after midnight. 71 miles to Tacleban [Tacloban]. 6 BB’s and cruisers

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21 Oct. 1944

Jap dive bombers hit landing beach at dawn. One Betty shot down. HMS [HMAS] Australia hit by bomb on bridge at 7 AM killing 1

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22 Oct. ’44 Sun.

Days are plenty hot at sea. Sweat all the time regardless of what we do. Jap propaganda program called the landing a bluff and say

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