November 27, 1944

First attack of cruise. About 15 suicide planes came in with simulated IFF while we were fueling. Cast off all lines and formed a huge circle at flank speed with big and small boys alternating. Eleven were exploded or disabled before completing their dives. COLORADO and ST. LOUIS were hit. Before the explosion, the fantail of ST. LOUIS was irregular …

November 24, 1944

Arrived Philippine Islands. Guarding Leyte Gulf in company with: NEW MEXICO (BB 40) COLORADO (BB 45) MARYLAND (BB 464) WEST VIRGINIA (BB 48) CTG 77.2 MINNEAPOLIS (CA 36) ST. LOUIS (CL 49) COLUMBIA (CL 56) MONTPELIER (CL 57) DENVER (CL 58) CONY (DD 508) WALLER (DD 4646) EATON (DD 510) PRINGLE (DD 477) MUSTIN (DD 413) EDWARDS (DD 619) LANG …