Reese F. Lukei Jr.

Reese F. Lukei Jr.

(d. November 6, 1979), Chief Pay Clerk aboard USS Fremont, APA-44.

12 October 1944

1430 Underway from MANUS, Admiralty Island Group for Island of LEYTE, Philippine Islands – with troop loaded combat convoy with TRANSP Div 26 & 32

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20 October 1944

0600 Arrived off Island of LEYTE, Philippine Islands. Battleships, Cruisers and Destroyers bombarding –first wave landed at 1015; second wave landed at 1030. No enemy

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21 October 1944

Two enemy air attacks today – Saw Jap plane shot down and burn on island. General McARTHUR landed and spoke over radio to Filipino people

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24 October 1944

A bad day – Five Jap air attacks. Shrapnel hits Flagbridge wounding 7 men. One Army Sargent and one Chief Signalman and 5 sailors. US

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25 October 1944

Continued Jap air attacks — enemy bombs dropped on island and in sea but with no damage. Shooting them down as they come in. Southern

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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

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27 October 1944

One air attack early in morning – rest of day quite. Air attack in evening and General Quarters ALL night. Jap bomber hit beach in

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28 October 1944

0130 Started receiving aboard 350 survivors including 150 stretcher cases from sea battle of the 26th. Working all night, feeding, clothing and caring for men.

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29 October, 1944

Saw Jap plane shot down and burst into flames at base of mountain on Leyte. A large number of P-38s and other Army fighters here.

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30 October 1944

Rather quite all day — only 3 GQ’s. Army-planes keeping Japs away and under control. Heavy storm last night. Sea heavy and wind at gale

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31 October 1944

0550 GQ – secured 0600. No action. 0610 GQ – secured 0715. No action. Usual routine day – only two GQs during day. About 1900

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1 November 1944

Only 3 GQs today – but no action. Two DDs sunk in bombing and air torpedo attack about 50 miles south by Japs. Two DDs

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2 November 1944

0345 GQ — secured 0450 0515 GQ — secured 0745 Usual routine — rather quite. Air attack at night. Army shot down 14 Jap planes

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3 November 1944

GQ in early morning, no damage. 1745 GQ — secured 1945 1955 GQ — secured 2115 2315 GQ — secured 0645 (11/4/44) Japs trying to

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4 November 1944

Started with usual morning GQ. 1310 GQ – secured 1400 2115 GQ – secured 0515 (11-5-44) Japs trying to break in but AA fire too

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6 November 1944

0033 GQ — secured 0125. Just about noon just outside my stateroom there was a loud commotion like kids arguing. On looking out I found

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11 November 1944

Three long GQs last night. Navy bombers sunk 6 Jap APAs, 2 DDs and 2 DEs plus several small craft off west coast of Leyte

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12 November 1944

Two long GQs early this morning. Six Jap planes shot down. One Jap plane dropped a bomb on a LST and then suicide dived onto

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