The Philippine Diary Project
Rec’d one Tetanus shot and one cholera shot.
Loading stores and supplies, troops and cargo and preparing for another to island invasion.
1430 Underway from MANUS, Admiralty Island Group for Island of LEYTE, Philippine Islands – with troop loaded combat convoy with TRANSP Div 26 & 32
CROSSED THE EQUATOR – Northbound.
Joined in with 130 ship convoy – total 145 ships – combat loaded.
Rec’d second cholera shot.
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
Two enemy air attacks today – Saw Jap plane shot down and burn on island. General McARTHUR landed and spoke over radio to Filipino people
Two more Jap air attacks today – Jap planes disappearing fast.
Three Jap air attacks – planes shot down. 20 US PT’s arrived today. No allied losses reported today.
A bad day – Five Jap air attacks. Shrapnel hits Flagbridge wounding 7 men. One Army Sargent and one Chief Signalman and 5 sailors. US
Continued Jap air attacks — enemy bombs dropped on island and in sea but with no damage. Shooting them down as they come in. Southern
Still battling Jap air attack attempts – shooting them down as fast as they come within range. Jap planes coming in only one and two
One air attack early in morning – rest of day quite. Air attack in evening and General Quarters ALL night. Jap bomber hit beach in
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.
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.
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
0550 GQ – secured 0600. No action. 0610 GQ – secured 0715. No action. Usual routine day – only two GQs during day. About 1900
Only 3 GQs today – but no action. Two DDs sunk in bombing and air torpedo attack about 50 miles south by Japs. Two DDs
0345 GQ — secured 0450 0515 GQ — secured 0745 Usual routine — rather quite. Air attack at night. Army shot down 14 Jap planes
GQ in early morning, no damage. 1745 GQ — secured 1945 1955 GQ — secured 2115 2315 GQ — secured 0645 (11/4/44) Japs trying to
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
A very unusual quite day.
0033 GQ — secured 0125. Just about noon just outside my stateroom there was a loud commotion like kids arguing. On looking out I found
Two young Jap prisoners brought aboard today. Nothing exciting except for a couple short GQs.
Another quiet day.
A couple GQs is all today. Our two Jap prisoners taken off the ship today.
Five GQs early this morning and one short GQ about 1915.
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
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