36th Day, Jan. 31, 1945

I am spending the day inside the field making purchases—getting things free thru Lt. Parker. Weather conditions are still uncertain. Parker succeeded in talking to the President and made an impression. The President agreed that we work to secure Parker’s detail to his office. After dinner tonight we have been instructed to get ready. After..

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34th Day, Jan. 29, 1945

San Francisco! Beautiful lights. Five o’clock in the morning cold—after thirty years—excited, surely. An immigration officer got hold of us and almost put us up as prisoners. We are met later on by Lt. Parker—a fine chap—of fine appearance— accommodating and a very likeable man. He immediately impressed me very favorably. We eat a delicious..

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August 28, 1943

Louis Wolf left on detail today. “Alice” was his nickname. He was a good kid, not all there, but he meant well. He hated to leave me last night. He and I had become quite good friends, some didn’t like him because he made too much noise, but he was okay. I certainly hope he..

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November 8, 1941

Today, approximately 3000 miles from San Francisco, about 5000 from Manila. We still wonder where PLUM is. Poker not bad today. Evidently the pilots had been informed they were going to Manila, but they evidently thought that PLUM was a code name for a location in the Philippines, not for the Philippines as a whole. 

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November 1, 1941

Left San Francisco at noon on the S.S. President Coolidge. An awful day to be starting to go someplace and not know where. Under the Golden Gate bridge at last; by boat, damn. Along with Burns, 12 other pilots of the 21st Pursuit Squadron (under command of 1st Lt. Ed Dyess) and 15 pilots of..

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August 25, 1899

The steamer went alongside the wharf at 6 a.m. and we disembarked. We had spent 43 days on the ‘Sherman’ and 3? days on the ‘Peking’, -- 1 total of 80 days at sea. We breakfasted at the Ferry Depot at 8.30 a.m. and at 11 a.m. marched out to the Presidio Camp Where we..

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