28 October 1944

The boys off the Carrier had been in the water for 2 days and nights. They told of how the Japs bracketed her with Battleships, Cruisers and Destroyers and let her have it. The fellows claim that their ship hit the Battleship twice, one in the No. 2 Turret and one in the superstructure.  

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27 October 1944

GQ at 0500. The other force was being attacked. We could see the AA fire from here. We were left alone. Secured at 0800. Up until 1300 we have had little rest. No air attack. GQ set again at 1400. One Jap Val went down. At night another Jap plane was hit. She made a..

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26 October 1944

GQ at 0500, nothing happened. I think they bombed inland on the beach. We secured at 0530. GQ was again sounded at 0600 and the planes came in. We and the ships around shot it down. She didn't have a chance. When the plane hit the water, it sank immediately. Well, everyone was happy then..

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25 October 1944

General Quarters at 0500. Nothing happened, although there were enemy planes in the vicinity. We secured at 0730 when the boys were about to have breakfast Flash Blue was announced and two minutes later GQ. One Val was seen and was fired on by 5" batteries in the area. He made smoke to let the..

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24 October 1944

This has been a day I will never forget in all my days. At 0500 enemy planes appeared and were shot at by AA fire, but at 0800, 30 enemy planes were heading our way and all hands went to GQ. They were first sighted by our fighter planes who put at least 5 on..

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23 October 1944

As usual, air raid at 0500 and 1830. This night one BETTY came in on us from the stern straight forward to the bow and so low that it seemed to touch our mast. We did not fire on her. If the forward 40 MM had been told, she surely would have been shot down...

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22 October 1944

As usual at 0500, a couple of enemy planes appeared. One was shot down and the other driven off. At 1830 they returned again. One came across our superstructure but we did not fire. We have been making smoke every time planes appear and everyone on board seem to be mad at the idea as..

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21 October 1944

This morning a group of enemy planes appeared and two were shot down. One dropped a bomb on the Australian cruiser and damaged her superstructure and they say the Captain was killed. At 1130, and outrigger canoe with four Filipinos appeared from SAMAR and one of our small boats went after it, and towed it..

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