Day 31, 22 Oct. 1945 Manila Bay

Arrived Manila Bay at 0800… to anchorage; we went in to Pier 15 at 1800 and began to debark at 2000 and were done at 2145. Got the mail… 4 letters from Louise, and one from the war dept. saying I was made Captain on 25 September… 17 months after becoming 1st Lt… hope that is not indicative of poor …

Day 33, 24 Oct. 1945 at sea

0900 Devotional… Most of the day was spent in trying to get things organized. Sea quite rough; we are going north around the noth point of Luzon. Hope it doesn’t get worse; lots of people sich [sick]. Had some men working on the speaker all day, but it can’t be fixed, so we will have no pictured this trip. The …

Day 32, 23 Oct. 1945 Manila

Advance Party came aboard at 0815. Sullivan and I went ashore to get speaker repaired and films exchanged; spent all day being run from one place to another; it would seem that the Army and Navy were representing diff. countries; I have never seen so much of a mess, or downright inefficiency all in one place. Thought we finally had …

Day 30, 21 Oct. 1945

0930 General Service on deck; 150 att. Hosp. service at 1030… 52 att. CH Moscinski held mass this afternoon… 44 att. Things are really fouled up. I told WWJ and Bos what I thought of them today, but got no rise out of either of them… a lovely day… The night was perfect… at least there is some enjoyment in …

Day 29, 20 October 1945

1000 devotional A lovely day. But the ship is a mess; not enuf well people to keep it clean. Making good time. Spent some time on the flying bridge tonite; it was beautiful. Full moon, warm breeze, and a calm sea. Things generally quiet, but Bos was going worse than usual. Not much help this time. Morgan still sits around …

Day 19, 10 October 1945 –Manila Bay

We pulled out into the stream at 0700 with instructions that we were to return at 1700 to embark troops. At 1530 they signaled for the Capt. to go in and get routing instructions. He returned shortly with orders to proceed immediately to Okinawa to get Hospital patients whose hospital was destroyed by a typhoon. They sent three Doctors and …

Day 18, 9 October 1945 –Manila Bay

We came into Pier 15 at about 1300: a steel Pontoon pier; didn’t take long to debark troops. The AAF men got into trucks, and the AGF fellows got into an LST and took off. The Marine Shark was loading on the other side of the pier when we came in; didn’t finish until 2100; about 3500 embarked. What a …

Day 17, 8 October 1945 –Manila Bay

Arrived in Manila early this AM; I got up at 0715 and we were just passing Corregidor. The Bay is full os [of] ships; I counted over 200 just around our anchorage at 0930. Went into Manila this PM at 1300 and got back at 1630. What little I saw, Manila is a dirty, scared, and broken city and in …

Day 16, 7 Oct. 1945

0930 Service… 450 att. Rosary. 85… 1045 We saw LAND to Starboard. Land about 55 miles away. looked awfully good after not seeing any since leaving Farllone [Farallon] Islands. 1430 …Observed WORLD WIDE COMMUNION. 125 att. and all partook. Lovely service; the weather was perfect and sea calm… (Intincture method)… hit a reef during prayer of consecration! Capt. C will …