William Ritchie

William Ritchie

Served aboard USS Fremont APA-44.

7 October 1944

Embarked more troops. This is it. We are all for it, this time it will be worth while for we are getting set for the

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15 October 1944

Joined Task Force 78. What a sight. Stretched out over 40 miles of ocean and the mighty F. leading the right hand column. All kinds

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20 October 1944

Another memorable day in the life of the great Ritchie. At midnight we passed Dinogat [Dinagat] Island and entered Surigao Strait and Leyte Gulf. Tight

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24 October 1944

A day to remember for the storm broke. The Jap air force really came out of hiding. From 5:30AM up until 11:PM it was one

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25 October 1944

Same thing as yesterday with little variation. Things started at 5:05AM and continued on and off all day, up till midnight. To say we were

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26 October 1944

Started at 4:40AM today and worked through until 11:30PM. Had a close one when a plane made a run on us off our bow. Every

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27 October 1944

Just another day of GQs and again we were lucky, as a crippled Jap missed us and hit the ship on our starboard beam exploding

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30 October 1944

The barometer dropped drastically and the wind rose to 71 knots. Quite an experience for I was on watch (12AM – 4AM) when it came

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1-7 November 1944

Much the same as before with Japs becoming scarcer each day but still making nightly appearances one at a time. This was more or less

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