27 October 1944

One air attack early in morning – rest of day quite. Air attack in evening and General Quarters ALL night. Jap bomber hit beach in flames. Took aboard 80 survivors from small Escort Carrier sunk in battle of the 26th. Two Jap BBs, one CL and 3 DDs sunk trying to enter Leyte Gulf. 0

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 mad dive at one of …

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 several times on her deck.   0

26 October 1944

Still battling Jap air attack attempts – shooting them down as fast as they come within range. Jap planes coming in only one and two at a time. All serious casualties aboard transferred to hospital ship MERCY. One of ship’s mess boys “cracked” under heavy war strain and was transferred to MERCY. USS MERCY underway this afternoon. One seaman hit …

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 and we secured. GQ was …

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 gun in range fired and didn’t stop until he disappeared in the water just even with us.   0

25 October 1944

Continued Jap air attacks — enemy bombs dropped on island and in sea but with no damage. Shooting them down as they come in. Southern Forces giving Japs on island a bad fit — little resistance. US Hospital ship MERCY arrives. Japs dropped five bombs near her but missed. One of APA44’s landing boats (LCVP#l9) shot down a Jap Zero …

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 tired, would be putting it mildly for we had a couple of GQs during the night and early morning, one of which lasted 3 hours but didn’t fire on one plane. There were times during …

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 boys believe he was hit. …