Read all about USCGC Unalga (I)'s general description, specifications and time line.

Notes:

1. Latitude/longitude, including for days in port, show representative decimal positions for each day, as calculated by the Old Weather project's analysis program. As such, they differ by varying amounts from the positions recorded, usually at noon, in the log pages. In addition, some latitudes/longitudes have been amended in edited logs for errors in the logs, for errors in identifying locations by the analysis program, or simply for greater accuracy. In all cases, refer to the log-page scans for the positions as originally recorded. Not all log pages contain this information and the ships' positions have therefore often been estimated.

2. Full account of any day is available by clicking on the link above that day. Any groups of links may refer to log book covers and introductory information; some may be blank.

Editor’s notes:

Where possible, hyperlinks have been added to the first mentions of vessels or people, but not thereafter.
The following abbreviations are used in relation to ranks:
(jg): Junior Grade
(a): Acting
(P): Provisional
(R): Reserve
D-V (S): Deck (Special)
USPHS: United States Public Health Service
1c: First Class
2c: Second Class
3c: Third Class
Detailed lists of Unalga I's officers, crew and passengers have been collected from these logs by Matteo Gramigni.

Useful links:
Compilation of Enlisted Ratings and Apprenticeships, US Navy, 1775 to 1969
Abbreviations Used for Navy Enlisted Ratings


THE VOYAGES OF USCGC UNALGA (I) 1942-1943
(More detailed plots follow in the text)

JP map overview

(Maps prepared using Journey Plotter, developed by Maikel. The Plots can only be approximate. They are made by joining-up positions on successive days, and sometimes positions are not given. There will therefore be occasions when the ship appears to have travelled overland)

LOG BOOK – JULY 1st 1942 TO DECEMBER 31st 1942


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LOGS FOR JANUARY 1942


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[Blanks and covers]


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SHIP'S LOG BOOK

US Coast Guard Cutter “Unalga”,

Month of January, 1942

Unalga Jan-Dec 1942 [COMPLETE]


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[List of officers]


Name

Rank

Address

Date Joined

Date Left

Notes

Emette Burch Smith

Lieutenant Commander

Mrs E.B. Smith (wife)
520 Wayne Avenue, Greenville, Darke County, OH.




Louis MacLane Thayer Jr.

Lieutenant

Mignon R. Thayer (wife)
Fort George, Meade, MD.




L.S. Rolufs

Assistant Surgeon

Mrs L.S. Rolufs (wife)
c/o R.L. Rolufs, Arlington, MO.




Joe Louis Horne

Ensign

Mrs H.B. Horne, Sr. (mother)
III Woodridge Avenue, Silver Spring, MD.
(Phone 544866-5)




James Alexander Palmer

Ensign

Mrs L.K. Palmer (mother)
1703 W Vernon Street, Los Angeles, CA.




W.E. Prindle

Ensign (R)

Myra K. Prindle (wife)
217, Heywood Avenue, Orange, NJ.




William Edward Chapline Jr.

Ensign

Mrs Rose C. Chapline (mother)
Box 734, Lake Arrowhead, CA.




Norman Lewis Horton

Ensign

Pearle Horton (mother)
76 W Willetta Street, Phoenix, AZ.




Frederick K. Albrecht

Assistant Surgeon USPHS




Transferred to Quarantine Station, Miami on 6 Jan 1942


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[Instructions for keeping the ship’s log]



THE VOYAGES OF USCGC UNALGA (I)
Operations in the Caribbean

JP map Unalga 1 Caribbean

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1 January 1942

At San Juan, Puerto Rico [PR], and at sea.

Lat 18.55, Long -65.92

[Wind SE backing NE force 2-7; cloudy with rain later; air temperature average 78°F]


00.00 to 09.00:

Moored to Coast Guard Wharf, San Juan, Puerto Rico. 06.30 Called “all hands”, carried out morning routine. 08.40 Made preparations to get underway.


09.00 to 16.00:

Moored as before. Accounted for all small arms and ammunition; inspected magazines. Monthly test of smokeless powder, condition normal. Received supplies for general mess [followed by list of supplies received] 10.50 Destroyers 358, [USS “McDougal”] 359 [USS “Winslow”], and 362 [USS “Moffett”]* stood out. 12.00 Secured preparations for getting underway. 16.00 Granted liberty to Port Watch to expire at 24.00 this date.


16.00 to 20.00:

Moored as before. 16.55 Received orders from San Juan District to stand by to get underway; cancelled liberty. Made preparations for getting underway. 18.07 Underway on various courses and speeds standing out of San Juan Harbor. 18.22 Port San Juan Light abeam to starboard, close aboard. 18.25 Darkened ship. 18.35 Set course 30° (28° True) at 105 RPM. 18.45 Changed course to 80° PGC. 19.50 Carried out evening routine.


20.00 to 24.00:

Underway as before on course 80° (78° T) at 105 RPM. Issued 30 night rations.


*[Note: One of the duties of USS “Moffett” was to watch the Vichy French ships, including an aircraft-carrier holed up in Martinique and Guadeloupe. See SE Morison, History of US Naval Operations; The Battle of the Atlantic, Naval Institute Press, Annapolis, Maryland, pages 30-33.]


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2 January 1942

At sea and at Anagada Island.

Lat 18.78, Long -64.75

[Wind SE force 2-6; mainly cloudy; air temperature average 78°F]


00.00 to 04.00:

Underway on course 80° PGC (78° True) at 105 RPM en route to assist Navy plane off Anagada Island.


04.00 to 08.00:

Underway as before. 04.29 Reduced speed to ⅔ ahead. 04.38 Increased speed to standard, 105 RPM. 07.00 Called “all hands”; carried out morning routine. 07.04 Changed course to 182° PGC. 07.45 Changed course to 250° PGC.


08.00 to 12.00:

Underway as before on course 250° PGC. 08.10 Sighted destroyer D358* towing navy plane; proceeding on various courses to intercept destroyer; established visual communication. 09.10 Stopped engine, drifting. 09.25 Received message to proceed to do assistance of [tanker] “Robert H. Colley” in position 13° 57’N, 67° 45’W. 10.30 Changed course to 239° PGC.


12.00 to 16.00:

Underway as before. 13.27 Changed course to 230°. 13.55 Changed course to 212° PGC. 14.28 Sail Rock abeam to port, distant 2.2 miles. 14.43 Culebrita Light [Culebra, PR] abeam to starboard, distant 4.9 miles. 15.45 Changed course to 200° PGC. 15.56 East Point Light abeam to starboard, close aboard.


16.00 to 20.00:

Underway as before. 16.05 Changed course to 223°PGC. 18.40 Darkened ship.


20.00 to 24.00:

Underway as before on course 223° PGC. Issued 30 night rations.


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3 January 1942

At sea in the Caribbean.

Lat 15.83, Long -67.83

[Wind SE force 3-7; mainly broken cloud; air temperature average 80°F]


00.00 to 04.00:

Underway on course 223° PGC (221° True), at standard speed, 105 RPM. proceeding to aid of SS “Robert H Colley”.


04.00 to 08.00:

06.30 Called “all hands”; carried out morning routine.


08.00 to 12.00:

Underway as before on course 223° PGC. Inspected magazines and smokeless powder samples; conditions normal. Accounted for all small arms and ammunition.


16.00 to 20.00:

18.09 “Robert H Colley” no longer in need of assistance. Changed course to 015° PGC. 18.11 Darkened ship.


20.00 to 24.00:

Underway as before on 015° PGC. Issued 30 night rations.


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4 January 1942

At Sardinero anchorage, Mona Island.

Lat 16.45, Long -67.67

[Wind ENE force 3-6; mainly broken cloud; air temperature average 80°F]


00.00 to 04.00:

Underway en route to San Juan on course 15° PGC at standard speed, 105 RPM.


12.00 to 16.00:

13.05 Changed course to 314° PGC. 13.58 Changed course to 330° PGC. 14.54 Changed course to 43° PGC. 15.05 Made preparation to bring ship to anchor. Maneuvering on various courses at various speeds. 15.10 Anchored in Sardinero, Mona Island in 8 fathoms of water to 45 fathoms port chain. 15.47 No.1 boat lowered and away to Mona Island, Lt L.M. THAYER in charge; to inspect light and station.


16.00 to 24.00:

16.50 No.1 boat returned. 18.09 Darkened ship. 18.50 No.1 boat departed for dock. 19.45 Carried out evening routine. 22.50 No.1 boat returned with Lt L.M. THAYER and repair party.


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5 January 1942

At Sardinero anchorage and at San Juan.

Lat 18.40, Long -67.40

[Wind variable NE force 3-6; mainly broken cloud; air temperature average 79°F]


00.00 to 04.00:

Anchored in Sardinero Anchorage, Mona Island, in 8 fathoms water to 45 fathoms on port chain. 03.20 Made preparation for getting underway.


04.00 to 08.00:

04.05 Underway on various courses and speeds departing Sardinero Anchorage. 04.21 Set course 65° PGC at 105 RPM. 06.38-07.40 [Changed courses several times]. 07.37 Desecheo Island abeam to port, distance 0.8 miles. 07.40 Changed course to 65° PGC.


12.00 to 16.00:

Underway as before on course 92° PGC [followed by a number of small course alterations].


16.00 to 24.00:

16.53 Various courses and speeds standing into San Juan Harbor 17.12 Moored to Coast Guard Dock. 17.25 ROLLAND, Edward B. (108-961) BM 1c, BRAZELTON, Bert C. (200-115) QM 1c, GARLEB, Oliver C. (205-033) RM 1c, FLORES, Domingo (103-568) SC 1c, LEES, Albert (106-285) BM 2c, KORTLANG, William F. (225-044) RM 2c, MUDZINSKI, Thomas B. (224-255) Sea 1c, and FRANKEN, Norbert J. (225-044) Sea 1c, returned aboard having missed the ship on 1 January 1942. 18.00 Granted liberty to Port Watch to expire at 24.00 today. 24.00 Liberty party returned on time.


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6 January 1942

At San Juan.

Lat 18.457, Long -66.111

[Wind variable E force 2-3; mainly broken cloud; air temperature average 79°F]


00.00 to 09.00:

Moored to Coast Guard Dock, San Juan, PR. 06.30 Called “all hands”; carried out morning routine.* 07.10 Received stores for the general mess: from Puerto Rico Dairy, 20 gallons milk; from La Monserrate, 30 lbs bread. 07.40 REYES, Potenciano (108-756) Off Std 1c reported aboard having reported in at San Juan District from 10 days’ leave on time. 09.00 Frederick K. ALBRECHT, Asst. Surgeon, USPHS, transferred to Quarantine Station Miami Beach, Fla.


08.00 to 16.00:

Moored as before. 10.05 UPCHURCH, Earl (221-684) F 1c departed for inpatient treatment at Miramar Clinic. 10.30 Radio Electrician T. ROSSO aboard to inspect radio equipment. 10.45 Crew received semi- monthly stipend for the period from 15 to 31 December, 1941. 11.05 USS “Turquoise” stood in. 11.10 Held anti-aircraft drill. 11.55 Received via San Juan District and Coast Guard Yard 76 gas masks Mark III from Naval Supply Depot. 12.00 Received aboard for the general mess from Casellas Ice Plant, 390 lbs ice. 12.20 Radio Electrician T. ROSSO departed the ship. 12.22 Eagle boat 55 [submarine chaser] stood in; D-150 USS “Blakeley”** stood out. 12.35 Made preparations for getting underway. 13.20 Underway on various courses at various speeds for full docks, pier No. 8. 13.30 Moored portside to pier No. 8. 15.02 Commenced fueling ship; draft 10 feet 6 inches forward, 14 feet 3inches aft.


16.00 to 24.00:

Moored as before. 16.35 Completed fueling ship; draft 13 feet 5 inches forward, 14 feet 7 inches aft. Received from the West India Oil Co. 37,163 gallons fuel oil. 17.43 Made preparations to get underway. 17.50 Underway on various courses at various speeds for the Coast Guard Wharf. 18.05 Dropped starboard anchor and moored to Coast Guard Wharf, San Juan.


*[Note: Because this entry is identical each day, I will not now include it unless there is an alteration.]

**[Note: This ship, along with Destroyer “Barney”, made up the USN Caribbean Patrol at this time.]


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7 January 1942

At San Juan.

Lat 18.457, Long -66.111

[Wind SE backing NE force 1-5; cloudy with showers; air temperature average 74°F]


00.00 to 09.00:

Moored to Coast Guard Wharf, San Juan. 06.45 Held boat drill. 08.55 Received via San Juan District and Coast Guard Yard 12 x 30-caliber magazines and 4 magazine containers, 4 cartridge case deflectors and 4 cartridge case bags.


09.00 to 16.00:

10.00 [Cruiser] USS “Memphis”* stood in. Received stores for the general mess from La Monserrat Bakery [followed by detailed list of stores received]. 12.50 USS “Davis” stood in. 14.00 Granted liberty to Port Watch to expire at 24.00 this date. 15.30 FOURAKER, Clarence (222-187) SC 3c (P) reported aboard from CG459 for assignment to duty. 15.30 DERNBACH, John A. (224-573) Sea 1c reported aboard from CG458 for assignment to duty.


16.00 to 20.00:

Moored as before. 16.15 CAMPOS, Adolf (500-201) Sea 1c (USCGR) transferred to CG458 for duty on that vessel. 16.30 Eagle Boats 35 & 38 stood out. 17.15 ALPERT, Hyman (100-115) CQM(a) reported aboard on time from 10 days’ leave and 10 days travel time. 17.25 MORGAN, Andrew M. (107-519) WT 1c (P) and McCOMAS, James M. (228-049) Y 3c (P) departed for Shore Patrol duty. 18.40 FRANKEN, Norbert J. (228-061) Sea 1c transferred to CG459 for duty on that vessel.


20.00 to 24.00:

Moored as before. 20.00 Air raid warning; darkened ship; held General Quarters. 20.15 Secured from General Quarters and blackout. 24.00 Liberty party returned on time.


*[Note: At this time, the USN South Atlantic Patrol consisted of the old light cruisers “Memphis”, “Cincinnati”, “Omaha” and “Milwaukee”, and the destroyers “Somers”, “Jouett”, “Davis”, “Winslow” and “Moffett”, all of which appear in this log.]


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8 January 1942

At San Juan.

Lat 18.457, Long -66.111

[Wind SE force 1-5; cloudy with showers; air temperature average 74°F]


00.00 to 09.00:

Moored to Coast Guard Dock, San Juan, PR. 00.05 Shore Patrol returned. 07.30 USS “Pollux” stood in.*


09.00 to 16.00:

Moored as before. Inspected magazines and smokeless powder samples; condition normal. Accounted for all small arms and ammunition.** 08.45 CG458 and CG459 stood out. 09.45 Received stores for the general mess. 11.00 OTILIO, Claudio, AS; FELICIANO, Miguel, AS; RODRIGUEZ, Franscisco, AS; PADILLA, Pedro, AS; MEDIAVILLA, Jorge, AS reported aboard for duty from San Juan base; no orders or service numbers. Ensigns W.E. CHAPLINE and N.L. HORTON reported aboard for duty from Academy, New London, Conn. 12.15 D359 [USS “Winslow”] stood out. 12.30 D395 [USS “Davis”] stood out. 13.05 USS “Donacona” [tender tug] stood in. 13.30 Granted liberty to Starboard Watch to expire at 24.00 today. 13.35 USS “Memphis” stood out. 15.20 USS “Crawford” [patrol boat] stood out.


16.00 to 24.00:

Moored as before. 16.05 USCGC “Marion” [Coastguard vessel] stood in. 16.20 D362 [USS “Moffett”] stood out. 16.30 USS “Mankato”[tug] stood in. 18.35 Carried out evening routine. 20.50 Darkened ship. 20.55 Secured from blackout. 24.00 Liberty party returned on time.


*[Note: 1 month later, this vessel was to run aground and sink with loss of life. See hyperlink.]

**[Note: As this entry is identical each day, I will not include it unless there is an alteration.]


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9 January 1942

At San Juan.

Lat 18.457, Long -66.111

[Wind variable SE force 2-6; cloudy with showers; air temperature average 73°F]


00.00 to 09.00:

Moored to Coast Guard Dock, San Juan, PR. 05.30 Received stores for the general mess.


08.00 to 16.00:

Moored as before. 11.00 Received stores for the general mess [followed by a list of stores received]. 13.04 All hands to quarters; held signal and resuscitation drill. Julio VALLE aboard for examination as lifeboatman; candidate failed to qualify. 15.30 BRAZELTON, Bert C. (200-115) QM 1c transferred and assigned to duty, Captain of the Port Detail, San Juan.


16.00 to 24.00:

Moored as before. Granted liberty to Port Watch to expire at 24.00 this date. 16.09 Held fire and rescue party drill. 16.33 USCGC “Acacia”* stood in. 17.44 USS “Somers” [destroyer] stood out. 24.00 Liberty party returned on time.


*[Note: Two months later, this unarmed buoy tender was sunk by a U-boat, the only such vessel to be sunk during the war. See hyperlink.]


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10 January 1942

At San Juan.

Lat 18.457, Long -66.111

[Wind variable ESE force 0-4; cloudy with rain and showers; air temperature average 73°F]


00.00 to 09.00:

Moored to Coast Guard Wharf, San Juan, PR. 06.43 USS “Omaha” [light cruiser] stood in. 07.20 USS “Jouett” [destroyer] stood in. 08.30 USS “Pollux” stood out. 08.55 USS “Cincinnati” [light cruiser] stood in.


09.00 to 16.00:

11.30 Held ship’s inspection. 12.10 CG459 stood in. 12.30 MILLER, William (201-641) QM 1c (P) reported aboard from San Juan Base for duty. 13.00 Granted liberty to Starboard Watch to expire at 02.00, 11 January 1942. 14.35 “Acacia” moored to Coast Guard Dock. 15.10 NARRAL, Juan (107-731) Off Std 1c (P) reported aboard from “Acacia” for duty.


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11 January 1942

At San Juan.

Lat 18.457, Long -66.111

[Wind variable ESE force 1-5; broken cloud with occasional showers; air temperature average 73°F]


00.00 to 09.00:

Moored to Coast Guard Dock, San Juan, PR. 02.00 Liberty party returned on time. 08.15 D396 [“Jouett”] stood out.


09.00 to 16.00:

Moored as before. 10.00 Granted liberty to Port Watch to expire at 24.00 today. 1.30 REYES, Potenciano (108-756) Off Std 1c transferred to Captain of Port Detail, San Juan District. 13.55 “Crawford” stood in. 14.31 USS “Barney” [destroyer] stood in. 15.30 USS “Redwood” [net tender] stood in.


16.00 to 24.00:

Moored as before. 16.05 ALPERT, Hyman (100-115) CQM (P) and FLOWERS, Kermit (226-557) MM 2c (P) departed on duty assigned as Shore Patrol. 17.25 USS “Mizar” [supply ship] stood out. 18.30 Carried out evening routine. 24.00 Liberty party returned on time.


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12 January 1942

At San Juan.

Lat 18.457, Long -66.111

[Wind ESE force 2-4; cloudy with haze and occasional showers; air temperature average 75°F]


00.00 to 09.00:

Moored to Coast Guard Dock San Juan, PR. 00.10 Shore Patrol returned aboard.


09.00 to 16.00:

Moored as before. 11.15 USS “Cynthia” [sic: possibly “Cythera”] and tow stood in. 11.50 USS “Pollux” stood in. 13.00 Held quarters, followed by fire, collision and boat drill. 14.35 Received from the Shell Oil Co. 1 drum kerosene. Received stores for the general mess.


16.00 to 24.00:

16.00 Granted liberty to Starboard Watch to expire at 24.00 today. 16.15 SINTES, Luis (500-223) WT 2c, USCGR reported aboard from San Juan Base for assignment to duty. 17.40 USS “Redwood” stood in. Made preparations for getting underway. 21.40 Secured from blackout and General Quarters. 24.00 Liberty party returned on time.


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13 January 1942

At San Juan.

Lat 18.457, Long -66.111

[Wind SE force 3; broken cloud; air temperature average 74°F]


00.00 to 09.00:

Moored to Coast Guard Dock, San Juan, PR. 08.15 USS “Pollux” stood out.


16.00 to 24.00:

Moored as before. 16.55 MORALES, Celestino (500-226) AS (R) reported aboard for assignment to duty from Coast Guard District Office San Juan. 21.03 Held blackout drill with base. 21.08 Secured from blackout. 22.50 Notified by the USN Shore Patrol that MEDIAVILLA, Jorge (500-217) AS (R) had attempted suicide and was interned in USN Dispensary. 24.00 Liberty party returned on time.


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14 January 1942

At San Juan.

Lat 18.457, Long -66.111

[Wind SE force 2-4; mainly broken cloud; air temperature average 75°F]


00.00 to 09.00:

Moored to Coast Guard Dock, San Juan, PR. 6.50 USS “McDougal” stood out.


09.00 to 16.00:

Moored as before. BROWN, Peter (101-385) MM 1c (P) transferred to Coast Guard Base, San Juan, 10.50 Received stores for the general mess from Puig, Abraham Co. [followed by list of mess stores]. 12.40 “Marion” stood out. 13.00 Y.P.64 stood in. 13.10 USS “Donacona” stood out. 14.10 CGC459 stood out. 14.50 USS “Redwood” stood out.


16.00 to 24.00:

Moored as before. Liberty granted to Starboard Watch to expire at 00.00. 17.25 MADSEN, Aron (106-639) CBM and CRISP, Milton R. (220-423) RM 2c (P) departed for Shore Patrol duty.


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15 January 1942

At San Juan.

Lat 18.457, Long -66.111.

[Wind variable E force 2-3; cloudy with showers; air temperature average 75°F]


00.00 to 09.00:

Moored to Coast Guard Dock, San Juan, PR. 07.03 USAT “General N [Nathanael] Greene” [Army Transport Ship] stood out.


16.00 to 24.00:

Moored as before. 16.00 Granted liberty to Port Watch to expire at 24.00 this date. 16.15 Received title “B” articles from the Coast Guard Store Brooklyn, NY. 18.30 Carried out evening routine. 22.05 Participated in base blackout. 22.08 Secured from blackout. 24.00 Liberty party returned on time.


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16 January 1942

At San Juan.

Lat 18.457, Long -66.111

[Wind variable E force 1-3; cloudy with showers; air temperature average 75°F]


00.00 to 09.00:

Moored to Coast Guard Dock, San Juan, PR. 06.35 USS “Omaha” stood out.


09.00 to 16.00:

Moored as before. 11.25 USS “Barney” stood out. 14.00 Received aboard from cutter “Acacia” 1 new hawser, size 10 inches, length 1200 feet.


16.00 to 24.00:

Moored as before. Liberty granted to Starboard Watch to expire at 00.00. USS “Mankato” stood in. 16.25 Y.T.144 [yard tug] stood out. 17.15 USS “Omaha” stood in. 22.00 Participated in general blackout; held General Quarters; made preparations for getting underway. 23.20 Secured from blackout and General Quarters. 24.00 Liberty party returned on time.


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17 January 1942

At San Juan.

Lat 18.457, Long -66.111

[Wind variable E force 0-4; broken cloud with showers; air temperature average 75°F]


00.00 to 09.00:

Moored to Coast Guard Dock, San Juan, PR.


09.00 to 16.00:

Moored as before. 09.45 Base sounded fire alarm; fire and reserve sounded on ship. 10.20 “Acacia” stood out. 10.30 USS “McDougal” stood in. 11.15 Commanding Officer held ship’s inspection. 12.20 “Crawford” stood out. 13.00 Granted liberty to Port Watch to expire at 02.00, Sunday 18 January 1942. 13.30 “Marion” stood in.


16.00 to 24.00:

Moored as before. 17.00 CONNELL, Thomas P. Jr.. (206-101) GM 2c (P) and SCHMIDT, Carl W. Jr. (206-612) CM 1c (P) departed on duty assigned Shore Patrol.


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18 January 1942

At San Juan.

Lat 18.457, Long -66.111

[Wind variable SE force 1-6; broken cloud with showers; air temperature average 75°F]


00.00 to 09.00:

Moored to Coast Guard Dock, San Juan, PR. 02.00 Liberty party returned on time.


09.00 to 16.00:

Moored as before. 11.02 No.1 boat lowered away with recreation party. 11.15 British merchant cruiser “Prince Henry” * stood in. 13.45 No.1 boat returned. 14.35 USS “Milwaukee” stood in.


16.00 to 24.00:

Moored as before. 18.20 D-358 [“McDougal”] stood out. 18.45 USS “Omaha” stood out. 19.00 Carried out evening routine. 24.00 Liberty party returned on time.


*[Note: This vessel was an armed merchant cruiser of the Royal Canadian Navy with a distinguished war record. See hyperlink.]


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19 January 1942

At San Juan.

Lat 18.457, Long -66.111

[Wind variable SE force 1-5; broken cloud with showers; air temperature average 75°F]


00.00 to 09.00:

Moored to Coast Guard Dock, San Juan, PR.


09.00 to 16.00:

Moored as before. 12.55 Called all hands to stations to unmoor ship. 13.00 Underway on various courses and speeds standing to the fuel dock. 13.13 Moored to pier 9, San Juan, to take on fuel. Draft forward 13 feet 2 inches, aft 14 feet 2 inches. 13.23 USS “Alcyone” [attack cargo ship] stood in. 13.45 USS “Redwood” stood out. 14.33 Smoking lamp out.* 14.37 Commenced fueling ship. 15.07 Finished fueling ship. Received from West India Oil Company 12,796.17 gallons of Esso bunker fuel oil. Draft forward 13 feet 10 inches, aft 14 feet 2 inches. 15.57 All hands to unmoor ship.


16.00 to 24.00:

Moored as before. 16.02 Underway on various courses and speeds standing to out of Yard dock, San Juan. 16.19 Moored to Coast Guard Dock. 17.00 Liberty granted to Port Watch to expire at 24.00 this date.


*[Note: An expression to say that smoking is prohibited.]


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20 January 1942

At San Juan.

Lat 18.457, Long -66.111

[Wind variable SE force 1-3; mainly broken cloud; air temperature average 76°F]


00.00 to 09.00:

Moored to Coast Guard Dock, San Juan, PR. 06.55 USAT “McClure”* stood out to sea. 07.28 USS “Milwaukee” stood out. 08.00 HMS “Prince Henry” stood out.


09.00 to 16.00:

Moored as before. 10.40 “Acacia” stood in. Crew issued semi-monthly stipend. 12.50 P.Y.64 [patrol yacht] stood out. 13.00 Held quarters followed by gas mask instruction. 13.30 “Crawford” stood in. 13.42 Secured from quarters. 14.00 Liberty granted to Starboard Watch to expire at 24.00.


16.00 to 24.00:

Moored as before. 16.55 STUTZMAN, Lyle A. (201-903) SC 1c (P) and LOWE, WIiliam H. (203-428) RM 2c (P) departed for Shore Patrol duty.


*[Note: This vessel was most likely a minesweeper.]


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21 January 1942

At San Juan.

Lat 18.457, Long -66.111

[Wind E veering SSE force 1-4; mainly cloudy; air temperature average 77°F]


00.00 to 09.00:

Moored to Coast Guard Dock, San Juan, PR. 00.15 Shore Patrol detail returned.


09.00 to 16.00:

Moored as before. 09.04 “Acacia” moored to Coast Guard Dock. 13.00 Held quarters followed by resuscitation and signal drill. 13.30 Granted liberty to Port Watch to expire at 24.00 this date. 14.55 USS “Cincinnatti” stood out.


16.00 to 24.00:

Moored as before. MEDIAVILLA, Jorge (500-217) AS (R) returned aboard after discharge from Naval Dispensary; reason, recovery.


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22 January 1942

At San Juan.

Lat 18.457, Long -66.111

[Wind variable SE force 1-4 and calm; mainly broken cloud; air temperature average 78°F]


00.00 to 09.00:

Moored to Coast Guard Dock, San Juan, PR.


09.00 to 16.00:

Moored as before. 12.40 USS “Alcoyne” stood out. 13.00 Held quarters followed by pistol, machine gun, manual of arms, and gun drill. 14.45 Received from Sobrinos De Portilla, Inc. 2 repaired gas masks and 10 mask oxygen bottles.


16.00 to 24.00:

Moored as before. Granted liberty to Starboard Watch to expire at 24.00. 18.05 MEDIAVILLA, Jorge (500-217) (ASR.) departed for Naval Air Station Dispensary in custody of BRADLEY, John R. Jr. (202-397) Cox (P). 18.33 BRADLEY, John R. Jr. (202-397) Cox (P) returned aboard.


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23 January 1942

At San Juan and at Mayaguez Bay.

Lat 18.457, Long -66.111

[Wind SW veering NW force 3-6; mainly overcast with rain; air temperature average 73°F]


08.00 to 12.00:

Moored as before. 08.30 Made preparations for getting underway. 08.50 Underway on various courses and speeds standing out of San Juan Harbor. 09.05 San Juan Light abeam to starboard; close aboard. 09.07 Set course on 355° PGC (352° T) at standard speed of 105 RPM. 09.15 Changed course to 283° PGC. 10.30 Changed course to 273° PGC. 11.17 Gyro compass error determined to be 2°W; set course as 272° PGC.


12.00 to 16.00:

Underway as before on course 272° (PGC) (270° T) at standard speed of 105 RPM. 13.15 Point Morrillos Light abeam to port, distant 2.2 miles. 14.55 Changed course to 284° (PGC) (282°T).


16.00 to 18.00:

Underway as before on course 284° PGC (282° True) at 105 RPM. 16.16 Borinquen Light abeam to port, distant 3.3 miles. 16.37 Changed course to 215° PGC.


18.00 to 20.00:

Underway as before on course 215° PGC (213° True) at 105 RPM. 18.18 Changed course to 150° PGC (148° True) at 105 RPM. 19.05 Commenced various courses and speeds standing into Mayaguez Harbor. 19.10 Contacted “Governor John Lind” aground on Outer Mancha Reef. Made preparations to anchor. 19.42 Anchored.



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24 January 1942

At Mayaguez Bay.

Lat 18.25, Long -67.20

[Wind NE force 3-5; cloudy; air temperature average 73°F]


00.00 to 04.00:

Anchored in Mayaguez Bay in 5 fathoms of water to 30 fathoms starboard chain on the following True bearing: 93° on lighted tower, 177° on Outer Manchas can buoy No. 1.


04.00 to 08.00:

Anchored as before. 05.45 Called all hands; prepared towing hawser and messengers. 07.14 Boat No. 1 lowered and away to sound in vicinity of SS “Governor John Lind”.


08.00 to 12.00:

Anchored as before. 08.48 Underway maneuvering for position from which to attempt to pull the “Governor John Lind” off reef. 10.23 Dropped starboard anchor to hold position preparatory to running hawser. 11.15 Passed hawser. 11.43 Weighed anchor and began pulling on the “Lind’s” starboard quarter.


12.00 to 16.00:

Underway, pulling as before on “Governor John Lind”. 12.47 Stopped pulling; drifting. 13.21 “Lind” cast off hawser. 13.37 Underway maneuvering for position, astern of “Lind”. 13.55 Dropped starboard anchor. 14.30 Passed hawser. 14.55 Began pulling on “Lind’s” starboard quarter.


16.00 to 20.00:

Underway pulling as before on “Governor John Lind”. 17.15 Stopped engine; ceased pulling on “Lind”. 17.30 Hoisted and secured No. 1 boat. Ship anchored in 5 fathoms water to 20 fathoms starboard chain. 500 feet 10” hawser still out and secured to stern of “Lind”.


20.00 to 24.00:

Anchored as before. Issued 30 night rations. Condition of readiness No. 2 maintained throughout the night.


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25 January 1942

At Mayaguez Bay.

Lat 18.25, Long -67.20

[Wind ENE force 3-6; broken cloud; air temperature average 70°F]


00.00 to 04.00:

Anchored in Mayaguez Bay in 5 fathoms of water to 20 fathoms of starboard chain with 500 feet 10” hawser still out and secured to the stern of the SS “Governor John Lind” aground on Outer Mancha Shoal.


12.00 to 16.00:

Anchored as before. 13.08 Number 3 monomoy* left ship with sailing party for recreational purposes. 15.55 Number 3 boat returned and secured.


*[Note: “Monomoy” is a type of lifeboat designed for high surf. See Monomoy Lifeboat.]


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26 January 1942

At Mayaguez Bay.

Lat 18.25, Long -67.20

[Wind ENE force 1-3; broken cloud; air temperature average 72°F]


00.00 to 04.00:

Anchored off Outer Manchas Shoal in Mayaguez Bay, PR in 5 fathoms of water to 20 fathoms of starboard chain with 500 feet of 10” hawser made fast to the “Governor Lind” aground near No. 1 can buoy,


08.00 to 12.00:

Anchored as before. 08.15 Number 1 boat lowered and away to SS “Lind”. 08.34 Hawser cast off from SS “Lind”. 08.50 Hawser aboard. 09.55 Number 1 boat returned, hoisted, and secured.


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27 January 1942

At Mayaguez Bay and at Mona Island.

Lat 18.20, Long -67.9

[Wind variable force 3-4; broken cloud; air temperature average 72°F]


00.00 to 08.00:

Anchored in Mayaguez Bay, PR off Outer Manchas Shoal.


08.00 to 12.00:

09.30 Tug “Berwind” and lighter stood into Mayaguez Bay. 10.30 Made preparations to get underway. 10.40 Underway on various courses and speeds while standing out of Mayaguez Bay. 10.45 Set course as 262° PGC (260° T) at standard speed of 100 RPM.


12.00 to 16.00:

Underway as before on course 262° PGC (260 T), at standard speed of 100 RPM. 12.43 Sighted Mona Island bearing 258° True distant 23 miles. 15.09 Changed course to 252° PGC. 15.40 Changed course to 195° PGC. 15.56 On various courses and speeds coming into Sardinero Anchorage, Mona Island.


16.00 to 24.00:

Underway in Sardinero Anchorage maneuvering toward anchorage. Let go starboard anchor in 8 fathoms water to 45 fathoms chain on the following True bearings: West Point 147°, Cape Barrionuevo 30°. 16.20 Lowered boats 1 and 3. 16.25 Swimming party of 20 enlisted men and 3 officers departed ship. 17.30 Swimming party returned; boats hoisted and secured. 22.50 Made preparations to get underway. 23.05 Underway on various courses and speeds standing out of Sardinero Anchorage. 23.20 Set course at 60° PGC (58° T), standard speed 100 RPM.


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28 January 1942

At sea and at San Juan.

Lat 18.457, Long -66.111

[Wind ENE veering ESE force 2-4; mainly broken cloud; air temperature average 76°F]


00.00 to 04.00:

Underway as before on course 60° PGC (58° T) at 99 RPM. 00.15 Changed course to 02° PGC. 01.45 Changed course to 70° PGC. 03.35 Sighted Borinquen Light 2 points on starboard bow distance 20.3 miles.


04.00 to 08.00:

Underway as before on course 70° PGC (68° True) at standard speed (100 RPM). 04.43 Changed course to 92° PGC. 06.41 Borinquen Light abeam to starboard, distant 6.1 miles. 06.57 Changed course to 94° PGC.


08.00 to 12.00:

Underway as before on course 94° PGC (92° True) at standard speed (100 RPM). 09.50 Point Morrilos Light abeam to starboard; distant 6 miles. 11.55 Changed course to 112° PGC.


12.00 to 16.00:

Underway as before on course 112° PGC at standard speed (99 RPM). 13.53 Commenced various courses and speeds standing into San Juan Harbor. 14.35 Made preparations for mooring ship. 14.40 Moored to pier No. 9 to take on oil. Draft forward 12 feet, aft 14 feet 2 inches. 15.13 Commenced fueling ship. 15.43 Secured from fueling. Draft forward 12 feet 4 inches, aft 14 feet 2 inches. Received from West India Oil Co. 19,667.14 gallons Esso standard bunker fuel oil. * 15.51 Number 1 boat lowered and away. 15.59 Made preparation for getting underway.


16.00 to 24.00:

16.30 Moored to Coast Guard Dock, San Juan Harbor. 17.00 Number 1 boat returned and secured. 17.30 Granted liberty to Port Watch to expire at 24.00 this date.


*[Note: High fuel consumption was a limitation for these boats. If operated for 1 day in every 2, fuel consumption was about 20,000 gallons per month. Some were encouraged to carry out a “drifting patrol” without engines to reduce this consumption. Note the references in this log to “drifting”. See SE Morison, History of US Naval Operations; The Battle of the Atlantic, Naval Institute Press, Annapolis, Maryland, pages 267-268.]


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29 January 1942

At San Juan.

Lat 18.457, Long -66.111

[Wind SSE veering SW force 1-3; mainly broken cloud; air temperature average 76°F]


09.00 to 16.00:

Moored to Coast Guard Dock, San Juan. Received aboard for use in the general mess the following stores [followed by list of mess stores]. 13.00 Examined MAIZEROFF, Theodore for lifeboatman; found not qualified. 13.15 Examined RITCH, Wetherston for lifeboatman, found qualified. 13.25 Shipped following explosives to Naval Air Station: 81 detonators, 16 naval wrecking mines, 82 T.N.T. demolition blocks. 13.34 “Crawford” stood in.


16.00 to 24.00:

Moored as before. 17.35 SPRATLING, David (109-178) Y 1c and TRETLER, Harry U. (201-622) WT 2c (P) departed for Shore Patrol duty.


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30 January 1942

At San Juan.

Lat 18.457, Long -66.111.

[Wind N veering ENE force 3-5; cloudy with rain; air temperature average 72°F]


09.00 to 16.00:

Moored to Coast Guard Dock, San Juan. Received aboard for use in the general mess the following stores [followed by list of mess stores]. Made fortnightly powder tests: conditions good.


16.00 to 24.00:

Moored as before. 16.00 Granted liberty to Port Watch to expire at 24.00 this date. Received from Martinez Vela 6 - 45 volt ”B” batteries, 4 - 2292 volt “B” batteries, 6 - 142 volt batteries.


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31 January 1942

At San Juan.

Lat 18.457, Long -66.111

[Wind NE veering S force 1-5; cloudy with haze; air temperature average 72°F]


09.00 to 16.00:

Moored to Coast Guard Dock, San Juan. 11.00 PEACE, Willard W. (223-742) SC 3c (P), MUDZINSKI, Thomas B. (224-254) Sea 1c, and UPCHURCH, Earl (221-684) F 1c departed for Naval Hospital for inpatient treatment. 11.15 Held weekly ship’s inspection. 13.57 Number 3 boat lowered away for recreational purposes. 13.00 Granted liberty to Starboard Watch to expire at 02.00 1 February 1942.


16.00 to 24.00:

Moored as before. 17.10 HERBERT, Patrick D. (204-408) GM1/C (P) and JELINK, David V. (206-602) MM 2c departed for Shore Patrol duty. 19.00 Carried out evening routine. 16.08 Number 3 boat hoisted and secured.


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[Crew list]

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[Crew list]


[Crew mentioned]


Name

Badge

Rank

Date Joined

Date Left

Notes

Hyman Alpert

100-115

Chief Quartermaster (a) (P)




Henry C. Ayscue

234-012

Seaman 2c




Harry J. Baldwin

203-397

Fireman 2c




William Baranovic

205-534

Fireman 2c




Leonard K. Booth

220-970

Seaman 2c




John R. Bradley Jr.

202-397

Coxswain (P)




James O. Bradshaw

101-236

Machinist’s Mate 1c




Bert C. Brazelton

200-115

Quartermaster 1c


9 Jan 1942


Peter Brown

101-385

Machinist’s Mate 1c (P)


14 Jan 1942


Adolph A. Campos

500-201

Seaman 1c (R)


7 Jan 1942


James D. Chambers Jr.

220-491

Mess Attendant 2c




John M. Christopher Jr.

220-484

Fireman 2c




Otilio Claudio

500-218

Apprentice Seaman

8 Jan 1942



John E. Cohen

220-485

Seaman 1c




Thomas P. Connell Jr.

206-701

Gunner’s Mate 1c (P)




Milton R. Crisp

220-423

Radioman 2c (P)




John A. Dernbach

224-573

Seaman 1c

7 Jan 1942


Also mentioned as Dernback

Harold T. Donovan

102-964

Machinist’s Mate 1c (P)




Joseph R. Eley

201-174

Mess Attendant 1c




Frank L. Erker

204-130

Chief Pharmacist’s Mate (a) (P)




Oscar Ezell Jr.

229-033

Mess Attendant 3c




Miguel Feliciano

500-215

Apprentice Seaman

8 Jan 1942



Domingo Flores

103-568

Ship’s Cook 1c




Kermit W. Flowers

226-557

Machinist’s Mate 2c (P)




Clarence Fouraker

222-187

Ship’s Cook 3c (P)

7 Jan 1942



Norbert F. Franken

228-061

Seaman 1c


7 Jan 1942


Oliver C. Garleb

205-033

Radioman 1c




Hernand V. Gonzales

500-202
(550-202)

Apprentice Seaman (R)




Leonard W. Grimsley

234-006

Seaman 2c




Merle L. Harbourt

224-133
(224-113)

Quartermaster 2c (P)




Patrick D. Hebert

204-408

Gunner’s Mate 1c (P)




David V. Jelink

216-602

Machinist’s Mate 2c




Asa M. Jones

220-427

Quartermaster 3c (P)




Milford R. Jones

212-519

Mess Attendant 1c




Telesforo C. Juan

217-358

Officer’s Steward 2c (P)




John H. King

220-755

Seaman 1c




William F. Kortlang Jr.

225-044

Radioman 2c (P)




Robert C. Lassiter

201-651

Machinist’s Mate 1c (P)




Albert Lees

106-258

Boatswain’s Mate 2c




Donald E. Lewis

220-182

Quartermaster 2c (P)




Glenn B. Lloyd

220-985

Seaman 2c




Harold O. Lorenz

205-027

Water Tender 2c (P)




William H. Lowe

203-428

Quartermaster 2c (P)




Aron Madsen

106-639

Chief Boatswain’s Mate




George E. Mapp

234-172

Seaman 2c




John McCarthy

217-605

Boatswain’s Mate 1c (P)




James M. McComas

228-049

Yeoman 3c (P)




Alton McGowan

234-017
(234-710)

Apprentice Seaman




Jorge Mediavilla

500-217

Apprentice Seaman

8 Jan 1942

22 Jan 1942

Attempted suicide on 13 Jan 1942
Returned on board on 21 Jan 1942

William Miller

201-641

Quartermaster 1c (P)

10 Jan 1942



Celestino Morales

500-226

Apprentice Seaman

13 Jan 1942



Andrew M. Morgan

107-519

Water Tender 1c (P)




Thomas B. Mudzinski

224-254

Seaman 1c




Juan Narral

107-731

Officer’s Steward 1c

10 Jan 1942



Lawrence K. Nyegard

234-084

Seaman 2c




Pedro Juan Padilla

500-216

Apprentice Seaman

8 Jan 1942



Williard W. Peace

223-742

Seaman 1c




John J. Reily

200-959

Fireman 2c




Potenciano Reyes

108-756

Officer’s Steward 1c

6 Jan 1942

11 Jan 1942


Francisco Rodriguez

500-219

Apprentice Seaman

8 Jan 1942



Edward B. Rolland

108-961

Boatswain’s Mate 1c




Carl W. Schmidt Jr.

206-612

Carpenter’s Mate 1c (P)




William F. Scully

234-166

Apprentice Seaman




Hugh D. Shelton

109-419

Water Tender 1c (P)




Luis Sintes

500-223

Water Tender 2c (R)

12 Jan 1942



Ludwig Slavich Jr.

227-691

Yeoman 2c (P)




David Spratling

109-178

Yeoman 1c




Herbert L. Stengel

221-562

Coxswain (P)




Wallace L. Stokes

234-233

Apprentice Seaman




Lyle A. Stutzman

201-903

Ship’s Cook 1c (P)




Rudolph Sullivan

223-665

Fireman 2c




William O. Swindell

200-624

Fireman 1c



Also mentioned as Swindoll, Swindall

Harry V. Tretler

201-622

Water Tender 2c (P)




Earl Upchurch

221-684

Fireman 1c




Charles B. Watson

234-207

Apprentice Seaman




Benjamin F. Wilson Jr.

200-850
(200-650)

Fireman 1c




Carl O. Yung

205-156

Seaman 1c






LOGS FOR FEBRUARY 1942


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[List of officers]


Name

Rank

Address

Date Joined

Date Left

Notes

Emette Burch Smith

Lieutenant Commander

Mrs E.B. Smith (wife)
520 Wayne Avenue, Greenville, Darke County, OH.




Louis MacLane Thayer Jr.

Lieutenant

Mignon R. Thayer (wife)
Fort George, Meade, MD.




L.S. Rolufs

Assistant Surgeon

Mrs L.S. Rolufs (wife)
c/o R.L. Rolufs, Arlington, MO.




Joe Louis Horne

Ensign

Mrs H.B. Horne, Sr. (mother)
III Woodridge Avenue, Silver Spring, MD.
(Phone 544866-5)




James Alexander Palmer

Ensign

Mrs L.K. Palmer (mother)
1703 W Vernon Street, Los Angeles, CA.




William Edward Chapline Jr.

Ensign

Mrs Rose C. Chapline (mother)
Box 734, Lake Arrowhead, CA.




Norman Lewis Horton

Ensign

Pearle Horton (mother)
76 W Willetta Street, Phoenix, AZ.





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[Instructions for keeping the ship’s log]


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1 February 1942

At San Juan.

Lat 18.457, Long -66.111

[Wind E force 4-5; broken cloud; air temperature average 75°F]


00.00 to 09.00:

Moored to Coast Guard Dock, San Juan, PR.


09.00 to 12.00:

Moored as before. 11.00 Made preparations for getting underway.


12.00 to 16.00:

12.27 Underway on various courses and speeds standing out of harbor. 12.40 Port San Juan Light abeam to starboard close aboard. Set course 16° PGC (14° T). 12.57 Changed course to 08° PGC. 12.58 Relieved YP64 of outer harbor entrance patrol. 13.03 Stopped engines; drifting. 15.08 Underway on course 103° PGC. 16.20 Maneuvering on various courses while intercepting unidentified vessel. 15.50 Identified ship as USS “Opal” [Patrol Yacht].15.57 Set course 90° PGC. 16.00 Stopped engines; drifting.


16.00 to 18.00:

Underway as before; stopped and drifting. 16.07 Maneuvered at various courses and speeds investigating vessel. 16.40 Resumed station off El Marro; stopped and drifting. 16.50 Underway at standard speed on course 313° PGC (311° True) proceeding to assistance of SS “Coamo” reported attacked by submarine.*


16.00 to 20.00:

Underway as before on 313° PGC (311° True) at standard speed. 19.40 Changed course to 133° PGC; proceeding to San Juan.


20.00 to 24.00:

Underway on course 183° PGC at standard speed. 22.00 Changed course to 120° PGC. 23.00 Stopped; drifting.


*[Note: In December 1942 this vessel was sunk by a U-boat, and represented the greatest single loss of life in any US-registered vessel during the war. See hyperlink. February 1942 marked the beginning of the U-boat offensive off the eastern seaboard of the US, which was completely unprepared: 28 vessels of 159,340 tons were sunk in March off the US east coast, and 31 ships of 154,779 tons in the Gulf and Caribbean areas during February and March. During June U-boats disposed of more shipping in the Gulf of Mexico and the Caribbean than they had sunk the world over during any month prior to 1942. See R Woodman, The Real Cruel Sea, John Murray, 2004, Chapters 15 and 16; also SE Morison, History of US Naval Operations; The Battle of the Atlantic, Naval Institute Press, Annapolis, Maryland, pages 144-145.]


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2 February 1942

At sea and at San Juan.

Lat 18.457, Long -66.111

[Wind SE force1-4; cloudy with haze; air temperature average 75°F]


00.00 to 04.00:

Engines stopped; drifting in patrol area off San Juan, PR. 01.05 Underway at standard speed on various courses to identify small boat. 01.15 Boat identified as CGC459. 01.18 Engine stopped; drifting.


04.00 to 08.00:

Underway as before; stopped and drifting. 04.12 Underway on course 80° PGC (78° True) at ⅓ speed. 05.05 Stopped and drifting. 06.33 Maneuvered to various courses at standard speed investigating vessel. 07.04 Vessel identified as SS “Cornelia”. Stopped and drifting.


08.00 to 12.00:

As before; stopped and drifting. 08.48 Underway on various courses and speeds regaining position. 08.56 Stopped, drifting. 09.27 Underway; regaining position. 09.48 Stopped, drifting. 10.50 Underway on various courses at standard speed investigating vessel. 11.15 Vessel identified as SS “Carrib Queen”. [sic: “Caribqueen” ex-“Lake Giddings] 11.49 Stopped; drifting.


16.00 to 24.00:

Underway as before; stopped and drifting. 16.23 Maneuvered at various courses and speeds approaching San Juan Harbor. 17.04 Stopped and drifting. 17.44 Various courses and speeds entering San Juan Harbor; relieved off entrance patrol by YP64. 18.05 Port San Juan Light abeam to port, close aboard. 18.20 Moored to Coast Guard Dock.


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3 February 1942

At San Juan.

Lat 18.457, Long -66.111

[Wind mainly variable NW force1-3; mainly cloudy; air temperature average 76°F]


00.00 to 09.00:

Moored to Coast Guard Dock, San Juan. 07.45 Asst. Surgeon L.F. ROLUFS departed for SS “Caribqueen” to give emergency treatment, cargo boom having broken and injuring men aboard. 08.27 Asst. Surgeon L.F. ROLUFS returned.


09.00 to 16.00:

Moored as before. Received mess stores [followed by detailed list].


16.00 to 24.00:

Moored as before. 16.05 Number 1 boat lowered and away for recreational purposes. Ensign CHAPLINE in charge. 17.45 Number 1 boat returned, hoisted, and secured. 17.55 ERKER, Frank L. (204-130)CPhM and SINTES, Luis (500-223) WT 2c (R) departed on Shore Patrol duty.


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4 February 1942

At San Juan and at sea.

Lat 18.457, Long -66.111

[Wind mainly SE force 3-6; mainly cloudy; air temperature average 74°F]


00.00 to 09.00:

Moored to Coast Guard Dock, San Juan. 07.40 C.G. cutter “Crawford” stood in.


09.00 to 12.00:

Moored as before. 10.30 Crew issued semi-monthly stipend. 11.00: BRADSHAW, James O. (101-236) MM 1c detached from “Unalga”. 11.30 Made preparations for getting underway.


12.00 to 16.00:

Moored as before. 12.15 Made preparations for getting underway. 12.20 Underway at various courses and speeds proceeding out of San Juan Harbor. 12.46 Port San Juan Light abeam to starboard close aboard. Set course 327° PGC (324° T) at standard speed. 12.50 Visual communication established with YP64; “Unalga” relieved YP64 of Harbor Entrance Patrol. 12.55 Changed course to 360° PGC. 13.00 Reduced speed to ⅓ speed. 13.10 Began various courses and speeds while approaching unidentified ship. 14.50: Ship identified as SS “Sahale”.* 14.55 Stood toward unidentified vessel. 15.05 Vessel identified as Army Transport “Franklin S. Leisenring”. 15.15 Set course as 310° PGC. 15.40 Changed course to 350° PGC. 15.46 Stopped engine; drifting.


16.00 to 24.00:

Underway as before; stopped and drifting. 17.33 Set course 305° PGC (302° True) at standard speed to investigate passing vessel. 17.57 Changed course to 340° PGC to investigate passing vessel.. Identified vessel as passing schooner. Drifting as before. 2100 Stopped; drifting.


*[Note: In 1944 used as a blockship in Normandy. See hyperlink.]


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5 February 1942

At patrol off San Juan.

Lat 18.457, Long -66.111

[Wind NE veering ENE force 2-5; mainly cloudy; air temperature average 71°F]


00.00 to 04.00:

Engine stopped, drifting in Harbor Entrance Patrol Area off San Juan, PR. 00.09 Underway at ⅓ speed, course 350° PGC (347° T). 00.36 Changed course to 000° PGC. 00.47 Stopped engine; drifting. 02.12 Underway at ⅓ speed on course 010° PGC. 02.49 Changed course to 90° PGC. 03.08 Stopped engine; drifting.


04.00 to 08.00:

Underway as before; stopped and drifting. 05.29 Ahead ⅓ on course 15° PGC (12° True). 05.50 Identified vessel as SS “Arizona”. 06.04 Changed course to 90° PGC. 06.18 Stopped; began drifting. 06.50 Ahead standard on various courses to investigate vessel. 07.00 Identified vessel as SS “Cornelia”. 07.15 Exchanged calls with S121 [submarine]. 07.30 Set course 278° PGC. 07.45 Changed course to 320° PGC.


08.00 to 12.00:

Underway as before on course 320° PGC (317° True). 09.50 Identified vessel as schooner “Carmen” bound into San Juan. 09.58 Stopped and drifting. 10.15 Identified vessel “Seminole”* bound into San Juan. 10.25 Stopped and drifting. 11.35 Underway on course 114° PGC to identify vessel.


12.00 to 16.00:

Underway on various courses at standard speed attempting to establish contact with unidentified vessel. 12.21 Engines stopped, drifting. 13.22 Underway on various courses to investigate vessel sighted. 13.40 Vessel identified as the “Alcoyne”. 15.06 Underway to investigate vessel sighted. 15.23 Vessel identified as USS “Mankato”. Engines stopped. 15.32 Underway to resume station in patrol area.


16.00 to 18.00:

Underway as before; stopped and drifting. 17.32 Maneuvered on various courses and speeds to maintain station. 17.57 Stopped; began drifting. Passing schooner. 18.38 Stopped and drifting. 19.10 Underway regaining position. 19.22 Stopped and drifting.


20.00 to 24.00:

Issued 30 night rations. Drifting as before. 20.04 Underway on various courses at ⅓ speed maneuvering in patrol area. 21.00 Stopped; drifting.


*[Note: Later a hospital ship used in N Africa. See hyperlink.]


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6 February 1942

At patrol off San Juan.

Lat 18.50, Long -66.13

[Wind ENE force 2-5; mainly cloudy; air temperature average 71°F]


00.00 to 04.00:

Underway on various courses at ⅔ speed in patrol area off San Juan, PR. 01.05 Engine stopped; drifting on station. 03.43 Underway at ⅔ speed maneuvering in patrol area.


04.00 to 08.00:

Underway on course 80° PGC (77° True) at ⅔ speed. 04.10 Stopped; began drifting. 05.26 Maneuvered to various courses at ⅓ speed regaining station. 05.57 Stopped; began drifting.


08.00 to 12.00:

Underway as before; stopped on station. 08.01 Underway on various courses at standard speed to identify vessel. 08.40 Vessel identified as SS “San Jacinto”* bound San Juan. Maneuvering to various courses at ⅔ speed regaining station. 09.14 Stopped on station. 09.46 Underway on various courses at standard speed to identify several vessels. 10.00 Identified vessels as USS “WP Biddle” and USS “Rainier” [attack transport and ammunition ships] escorted by 3 destroyers. 10.19 Stopped. 11.29 Maneuvered on various courses at ⅔ speed regaining station. 11.48 Stopped on station.


12.00 to 16.00:

Underway as before; drifting. 12.04 Underway on patrol duty. 13.36 Drifting on station. 13.45 Underway to receive visual signal message. 14.13 Drifting. 14.56 Underway on patrol duty. 15.20 Identified vessel as “Acacia”. 15.50 Drifting.


16.00 to 18.00:

Underway as before; drifting. 16.38 Maneuvered to various courses and speeds regaining station. 17.00 Began drifting. 17.45 Maneuvered to various courses and speeds keeping clear of friendly submarine in vicinity.


18.00-20.00:

Underway as before; engine stopped; drifting. 19.23 Underway at ⅓ speed on course 010° PGC (007° T). 19.41 Stopped; drifting.


20.00 to 24.00:

Underway as before; stopped and drifting. 21.02 Shore blackout; called all hands to General Quarters. 21.06 Underway on course 000° PGC (357° True) at ⅓ speed. 21.18 Stopped; drifting. 21.26 Secured from General Quarters.


*[Note: Torpedoed and sunk by a U-boat in April. See hyperlink.]


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7 February 1942

At patrol off San Juan.

Lat 18.50, Long -66.13

[Wind SE backing NE force 5-2; mainly cloudy with haze; air temperature average 71°F]


00.00 to 04.00:

Underway on various courses at ⅓ speed regaining patrol station. 01.50 Drifting.


04.00 to 08.00:

Underway as before; drifting. 04.54 Various courses and speeds regaining station. 05.28 Began drifting. 06.39 Patrolling at various courses and speeds. 06.56 Identified vessel as SS “Kofresi” bound in to San Juan. 07.15 Began drifting.


08.00 to 12.00:

Drifting on station as before. 08.25 Underway on various courses and speeds maneuvering on station. 09.00 Stopped. Drifting on station. 11.00 Commanding Officer held weekly inspection.


12.00 to 16.00:

Underway as before; drifting. 12.35 Underway on various courses and speeds entering San Juan Harbor. 12.52 Port San Juan Light abeam to port. 13.06 Number 1 boat lowered away. 13.18 Moored port side to at pier No.9. Ship’s draft; 11 feet 6 inches forward, 14 feet 2 inches aft. 14.05 Commenced refueling ship. 14.30 Finished fueling ship. Received from West India Oil Co. 17,968.84 gallons Grade O, Navy fuel oil. Ship’s draft; 12 feet 6 inches forward, 14 feet 2 inches aft. 15.25 Number 1 boat hoisted and secured.


16.00 to 24.00:

Moored as before. 16.10 Made preparations for getting underway. 16.19 Underway on various courses and speeds proceeding to Coast Guard Dock. 16.36 Moored to Coast Guard Dock, San Juan. 17.30 Granted liberty to Port Watch to expire at 02.00 tomorrow. 17.35 PEACE, Willard W. (223-742) SC 3c (P) returned from in- patient treatment at U.S. Navy Dispensary. 19.00 Carried out evening routine. 20.45 Made preparations for getting underway. 21.05 Secured from making preparations for getting underway.


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8 February 1942

At San Juan.

Lat 18.457, Long -66.111

[Wind SE backing NE force 1-3; broken cloud; air temperature average 73°F]


00.00 to 09.00:

Moored to Coast Guard Dock, San Juan, PR. 02.00 Liberty party returned on time. 07.50 US Destroyer 359 [“Winslow”] and USS “Memphis” stood in. Called all hands; carried out holiday routine. 08.30 Made preparation for getting underway.


09.00 to 12.00:

Moored as before. Underway on various courses and speeds standing out of San Juan Harbor. 09.48 Port San Juan Light abeam to starboard. 09.50 Set course 32° PGC (29° True) at standard speed.


12.00 to 16.00:

Underway on course 32° PGC (29° True) at standard speed. 12.15 Changed course to 35° PGC.


18.00 to 20.00:

Underway as before on course 35° PGC (32° T) at standard speed. 19.29 Changed course to 125° PGC.


20.00 to 24.00:

Underway as before on course 125° PGC (122° True) at standard speed.


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9 February 1942

At sea, North Atlantic.

Lat 20.08, Long -64.47

[Wind variable force 1-3; sea smooth, broken cloud; air temperature average 74°F]


00.00 to 04.00:

Underway as before on course 35° PGC (32° T) at standard speed. 02.00 Commenced various courses in zig zag pattern.


08.00 to 12.00:

Underway as before on course 263° PGC (260° T) at standard speed. 09.14 Sighted plane on horizon; changed course to 219° PGC.


18.00 to 20.00:

Underway as before on course 210 PGC (207° T) at standard speed. 19.20 Changed course to 306° PGC.


20.00 to 24.00:

Underway as before on course 306° PGC (303° T) at standard speed. 20.20 Reduced speed to ⅓ speed (63 RPM). Issued 30 night rations to the crew.


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10 February 1942

At sea and at San Juan.

Lat 19.47, Long -66.13

[Wind NE veering ESE force 1-3; sea smooth, broken cloud; air temperature average 74°F]


00.00 to 04.00:

Underway on course 306° PGC (303° True) at ⅓ speed (63 RPM). 02.00 Changed course to 007° PGC.


08.00 to 12.00:

Underway on course 138° PGC (135° T) at standard speed. 08.20 Changed course to 187° PGC.


12.00 to 16.00:

Underway as before on course 187° PGC (184° T) at standard speed. 13.00 Quarters followed by General Quarters and machine gun drill. 14.15 Secured from machine gun drill.


16.00 to 18.00:

Underway as before on course 187° PGC (184° True) at standard speed. 16.43 Changed course to 190° PGC. 17.33 Various courses and speeds approaching San Juan Harbor.


18.00 to 20.00:

Underway on various courses and speeds to mooring in San Juan Harbor. 18.08 Moored to Coast Guard Dock, San Juan. 18.56 McCOMAS, James M. (228-049) Y 3c (P) departed for inpatient treatment at US Naval Dispensary. 19.00 Liberty granted to Starboard Watch to expire at 24.00 this date.


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11 February 1942

At San Juan.

Lat 18.457, Long -66.111

[Wind variable force 1-2; broken cloud; air temperature average 78°F]


00.00 to 09.00:

Moored to Coast Guard Dock, San Juan. 08.40 BRAY, Charles E. Jr. (220-042) EM 1c (P) reported aboard for duty from Ellis Island, New York.


09.00 to 16.00:

09.30 Received the following stores for the general mess:[followed by detailed list of mess stores] 13.30 KING, John H. (220-755) Sea 1c departed for inpatient treatment at US Naval Air Station Dispensary. 13.35 CONNOR, Wilburn P. (222-866) MM 1c reported aboard from “Oak” [Coast Guard vessel] for assignment to duty having reported in at San Juan Base 5 February 1942. 16.00 Granted liberty to Port Watch to expire at 24.00 today.


16.00 to 24.00:

Moored as before. 17.25 ROLLAND, Edward B. (108-961) BM 1c and JONES, Asa M. (220-427) QM 3c (P) departed for Shore Patrol duty.


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12 February 1942

At San Juan.

Lat 18.457, Long -66.111.

[Wind variable E force 1-5; broken cloud; air temperature average 78°F]


00.00 to 09.00:

Moored to Coast Guard Dock, San Juan, PR. 00.04 Shore Patrol returned. 08.25 Made preparations for getting underway. 08.49 Underway on various courses and speeds proceeding to oil dock. 09.00 Moored to south side pier 9; draft forward 12 feet 10 inches, aft 14 feet 2 inches.


09.00 to 16.00:

Moored as before. 09.30 Began fueling ship. 10.03 Finished fueling ship; received 12,208.05 gallons grade O Navy Bunker fuel oil. Draft forward 13 feet 9 inches, aft 14 feet 2 inches. 10.25 Motor dinghy lowered and away; made preparations for getting underway. 10.57 Underway at various courses and speeds standing toward the Coast Guard Dock. 11.17 Moored to Coast Guard Wharf. 11.35 POLANCO, Jaime (500-240) M Att 2c (R) reported aboard for duty. 11.00 RODRIGUEZ, Francisco (500-219) R issued an undesirable discharge this date.


16.00 to 24.00:

Moored as before. 17.20 McCOMAS James M. (228-049) Y 3c (P) returned aboard from US Naval Dispensary, inpatient treatment.


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13 February 1942

At San Juan.

Lat 18.457, Long -66.111

[Wind variable E force 1-3; broken cloud; air temperature average 78°F]


00.00 to 08.00:

Moored to Coast Guard Wharf, San Juan. 04.30 Naval inspection party aboard; departed. 06.45 Number 3 boat lowered and away for boat drill. 07.50 “Marion” stood in.


09.00 to 16.00:

Moored as before. 09.42 “Acacia” stood out. 10.15 STACKHOUSE, Clyde E. (222-809) GM 3c (P) reported aboard from Coast Guard Base. Received the following stores for use in the general mess [followed by list of stores]. 10.48 USS “Sylph” [anti-submarine patrol yacht] stood out. 12.35 “Crawford” stood in. Controls for depth change sacks tested; conditions normal. 13.50 STERLING, Harlan E. (219-512) CBM reported aboard from “Marion” for temporary duty.


16.00 to 24.00:

Moored as before. MADSEN, Aron (106-639) CBM transferred from ship to “Marion”, for temporary duty; CONNELL, Thomas P. Jr. (206-701) GM 1c transferred to Base from “Unalga”.


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14 February 1942

At San Juan.

Lat 18.457, Long -66.111.

[Wind variable force 1-3; broken cloud; air temperature average 75°F]


00.00 to 09.00:

Moored to Coast Guard Dock, San Juan, PR.


09.00 to 16.00:

12.35 Number 1 boat lowered and away testing stern tube bearing. 13.00 Number 1 boat returned and hoisted. 13.10 Liberty granted to Starboard Watch to expire at 02.00 Sunday 15 February.


16.00 to 24.00:

Moored as before. 17.30 McCARTHY, John (217-605) BM 1c and BRADLEY, John R. (202-397) Cox departed on Shore Patrol duty. 23.30 FOURAKER, Clarence (222-187) SC 3c, COHEN, John E. (220-485) Sea 1c, and STOKES, Wallace L. (234-223) Sea 2c departed on explosive detail duty.


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15 February 1942

At San Juan.

Lat 18.457, Long -66.111

[Wind E backing ENE force 2-6; cloudy with rain showers; air temperature average 74°F]


00.00 to 09.00:

Moored to Coast Guard Dock, San Juan, PR. 02.00 Liberty party returned on time. 02.20 Shore Patrol detail returned aboard. 06.40 Explosive detail returned aboard. 07.00 Called all hands, carried out holiday routine.


09.00 to 16.00:

Moored as before. Held fortnightly test of smokeless powder; condition normal. 10.00 Granted liberty to Port Watch to expire at 24.00 today. 11.15 “Marion” stood out. 12.03 Unidentified Navy supply ship stood in. 12.27 “Crawford” stood in and moored to Coast Guard Dock.


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16 February 1942

At San Juan and at patrol.

Lat 18.457, Long -66.111

[Wind variable E force 5-6; cloudy with showers; air temperature average 75°F]


00.00 to 09.00:

Moored to Coast Guard Dock, San Juan, PR. 01.10 Explosive duty detail returned, having been unable to ascertain any information regarding watches.


09.00 to 16.00:

Moored as before. 11.45 USS “Partridge” * [minesweeper] stood out. 12.47 USS “Crawford” stood out. 14.20 Received from the Shell Oil Co. 53 gallons kerosene. 15.30 “Crawford” stood in; moored. 15.30 Made preparations to get underway.


16.00 to 18.00:

16.43 Underway on various courses and speeds proceeding out of San Juan Harbor. 17.00 Port San Juan Light abeam to starboard, close aboard. Gyro compass determined to be erratic; set course 11° PGC (259° True) at standard speed. 17.45 Changed course to 272° PGC (270° True).


18.00 to 20.00:

Underway as before on course 272° PGC (270° True) at standard speed of 100 RPMs.


20.00 to 24.00:

Underway as before on course 272° magnetic (270° True) at standard speed. 23.45 Point Borinquen Light abeam to port, distance 6 miles. 23.55 Changed course to 216° magnetic, 219° True.


*[Note: This vessel features in a book relating to a “mutiny” on board during the D-Day landings. See A Bird In The Deep.]


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17 February 1942

At sea and at Ponce Harbor

Lat 17.87, Long -65.83

[Wind variable E force 4-7 sea moderate to rough; cloudy with showers; air temperature average 76°F]


00.00 to 04.00:

Underway as before on course 216° magnetic (219° T) at standard speed.


04.00 to 08.00:

Underway as before on course 216° PGC (219° True) at standard speed. 05.08 Changed course to 133° PGC (125° True).


08.00 to 12.00:

Underway as before on course 133° PGC (125° True) at 100 RPM. 08.30 Changed course to 100° PGC (90° True). 09.15 Cape Rojo Light abeam to port distant 5 miles.


12.00 to 16.00:

Underway on course 100° magnetic (90° True) at standard speed. 12.18 Changed course to 27° mag (15° True). 13.44 Tasmanian Shoal bell buoy No. 2 abeam to starboard, close aboard; commenced various courses and speeds standing into Ponce Harbor. 14.05 Moored to Municipal Pier, Ponce. 15.30 Commenced loading gasoline from the Esso Company (West India Oil Co.). Draft forward 13 feet, aft 14 feet 2 inches.


16.00 to 18.00:

Moored as before. 17.00 Completed loading gasoline. Received from West India Oil Co. 75 barrels aviation gasoline for transportation to St Thomas, V.I. 17.15 Made preparations for getting underway. 17.49 Underway on various courses and speeds proceeding out of Ponce Harbor. 18.30 Cardona Island Light abeam to starboard, close aboard.


18.00 to 20.00:

Underway as before on various courses and speeds standing out of Ponce Harbor. 18.06 Tasmanian Shoal bell buoy No. 2 abeam to port close aboard. 18.55 Muertos Island Light abeam to port distance 3 miles. 19.15 Changed course to 92° PGC.


20.00 to 24.00:

Underway as before on course 92° PGC (90° True) at 100 RPM. 23.53 Point Tuna Light abeam to port distant 8 miles; changed course to 78° PGC.


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18 February 1942

At sea and at St Thomas.

Lat 18.33, Long -64.96

[Wind mainly E force 7-3; sea moderate to slight; broken cloud; air temperature average 77°F]


00.00 to 04.00:

Underway on course 78° gyro (76° True) at standard speed.


04.00 to 08.00:

Underway as before on course 78° PGC (76° True) at standard speed. 04.40 Changed course to 39° PGC. 04.43 Ham Bluff Light abeam to starboard, distant 25 miles. 04.50 Steering repeater found to have 3° W error with respect to master gyro; reset and checked gauge with master. 06.17 Culebrita Island Light abeam to port, distant 10.5 miles. 06.52 Various courses and speeds entering Crown Bay, St Thomas, V.I. 07.34 Gate vessel abeam to starboard, close aboard. 07.49 Dropped starboard anchor. 07.55 Navy tug pulling on starboard quarter, assisting vessel to dock at pier; Submarine Base, St Thomas, Virgin Islands.


08.00 to 12.00:

Anchored as before in process of mooring to dock. 08.07 Tug cast off. 08.09 Moored port side to Navy pier, Submarine Base, St Thomas, V.I. 09.15 Began unloading gasoline. 09.36 Finished unloading gasoline. Delivered to Marine Corps trucks for transportation to Bourne Field, 75 barrels aviation gasoline.


12.00 to 16.00:

Moored as before. 13.35 Received from Bourne Field for transportation to Ponce, PR., 75 empty gasoline barrels. 13.40 Number 1 boat lowered and away to Charlotte Amalie. 14.20 Number 1 boat returned; hoisted and secured.


16.00 to 18.00:

Moored as before. 16.45 Made preparations for getting underway. 17.00 Underway on various courses and speeds proceeding out of St Thomas Harbor.


18.00 to 20.00:

Underway as before standing out of St Thomas Harbor on various courses and speeds. 18.13 Porpoise Rocks Shoal lighted whistle buoy No. 2 abeam to port, close aboard. Set course to 213° PGC (211° T) at standard speed.


20.00 to 24.00:

Underway as before on course 213° PGC (211° True) at 100 RPM. 21.02 Hams Bluff Light abeam to port distant 22 miles. 21.35 Changed course to 265° PGC.


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19 February 1942

At sea and at Ponce Harbor.

Lat 17.88, Long -65.72

[Wind ENE veering ESE force 3-5 sea moderate; broken cloud; air temperature average 76°F]


00.00 to 04.00:

Underway on course 265° gyro (263° T) at standard speed. 01.14 Point Tuna Light abeam to starboard distance 9 miles. 01.24 Changed course to 272° gyro (270° T).


04.00 to 08.00:

Underway as before on course 272° PGC (270° True) at standard speed. 05.23 Muertos Island Light abeam to starboard, distant 4 miles. Changed course to 318° PGC. Reduced speed to ⅔. 05.58 Reduced speed to ⅓. 06.42 Increased speed to standard. 06.50 Various courses and speeds standing into Ponce Harbor. 07.00 Tasmanian Shoal bell buoy abeam to starboard, close aboard. 07.07 Cardona Island Light abeam to port, close aboard. 07.25 Moored to Municipal Pier, Ponce.


08.00 to 16.00:

Moored as before. 14.50 Received aboard for delivery to Bourne Field, St Thomas, V.I. from the West India Oil Co. 75 drums of aviation gasoline. Delivered to the West India Oil Co. 75 empty gasoline drums.


16.00 to 20.00:

Moored as before. 17.20 Made preparations for getting underway. 17.40 Underway on various courses and speeds proceeding out of Ponce Harbor. 17.49 Cardona Island Light abeam to starboard, close aboard. 17.56 Tasmanian Shoal bell buoy No. 2 abeam to port close aboard. Set course 134° PGC (132° T) at standard speed. 19.42 Muertos Island Light abeam to port, distance 2.7 miles; changed course to 92° PGC.


20.00 to 24.00:

Underway as before on course 092° PGC (090° True) at standard speed. 22.58 Point Tuna Light abeam to port distant 8 miles; changed course to 078° PGC.


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20 February 1942

At Ponce Harbor and at St Thomas.

Lat 18.12, Long -65.15

[Wind variable SE force 3-5; sea slight; broken cloud; air temperature average 76°F]


00.00 to 04.00:

Underway on course 78° gyro (76° True) at standard speed. 03.15 Ham Bluff Light abeam to starboard distance 26 miles. Changed course to 39° gyro (37° T).


04.00 to 08.00:

Underway as before on course 39° PGC (37° True) at standard speed. 04.39 Culebrita Island Light abeam to port, distant 10.9 miles. Slowed to ⅓ speed. 05.56 Changed course to 52° PGC. 06.19 Changed course to 39° PGC. 06.44 Increased speed to ⅔. 06.59 Various courses and speeds entering St Thomas Harbor, V.I. 07.26 Gate vessel Y276 abeam to starboard, close aboard. 07.40 Moored port side to tender pier, east side, Submarine Base, St Thomas, V.I. with starboard anchor down to 15 fathoms chain.


08.00 to 16.00:

Moored as before. Anchor fouled with cable. 08.14 Anchor cleared and hoisted. 09.10 Began unloading gasoline. 09.40 Finished unloading gasoline. Delivered to Marine Corps trucks 75 barrels aviation gasoline for delivery at Bourne Field. 13.30 Received from Bourne Field. for transportation to Ponce, 75 empty gasoline drums. 15.50 O’BAYLEY, William F. (208-815) MM 2c (P) reported aboard for transportation to San Juan.


16.00 to 18.00:

Moored as before. 17.30 Made preparations for getting underway.


18.00 to 20.00:

Moored as before. Underway on various courses and speeds while standing out of St Thomas Harbor. 18.40 Porpoise Rocks Shelf lighted whistle buoy abeam to port, close aboard; set course to 217° PGC (215° T) at standard speed. 19.05 Stopped engine, drifting 5 miles south-west of St Thomas. 19.28 Ahead on course 117° PGC. 19.45 Carried out evening routine. 19.52 Changed course to 115° PGC.


20.00 to 24.00:

Underway as before on course 117° PGC (115° True) at standard speed. 20.10 Changed course to 115° PGC. 20.44 Changed course to 242° PGC. 22.14 Ham Bluff Light abeam to port; distant 22.3 miles. 22.21 Culebrita Island Light abeam to starboard; distant 16.4 miles. 23.26 Culebrita Island Light bearing N distant 19 miles. Changed course to 258° PGC.


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21 February 1942

At sea and at Ponce Harbor.

Lat 17.85, Long -65.97

[Wind variable force 1-3; sea slight; broken cloud; air temperature average 76°F]


00.00 to 04.00:

Underway on course 258° gyro (256° True) at standard speed. 03.12 Point Tuna Light abeam to starboard, distance 8.2 miles. 03.27 Changed course to 272° gyro (270° True). 03.45 Engines stopped to replace revolution center arm. 03.53 Resumed regular course and speed. Repairs completed.


04.00 to 08.00:

Underway as before on course 272° PGC (270° True) at standard speed. 07.30 Muertos Island Light abeam to starboard distant 32 miles. Changed course to 314° PGC.


08.00 to 12.00:

Underway as before on course 314° PGC (312° True) at standard speed. 08.30 Tasmanian Shoal bell buoy abeam to starboard close aboard. Various courses and speeds into Ponce Harbor. 08.50 Moored to Municipal Dock, Ponce, PR. 10.00 Delivered 75 empty gasoline drums to the West India Oil Co. 11.00 Commenced taking in fresh water. 11.15 Commanding Officer held weekly ship’s inspection. 11.40 Received the following stores for the general mess [followed by list of stores].


12.00 to 16.00:

Moored as before. 15.40 Commenced fueling ship. Number 1 boat lowered and away with fishing party. 15.50 O’BAYLEY, William F. (208-815) MM 2c (P) departed ship for San Juan after receiving transportation from St Thomas.


16.00 to 24.00:

Moored as before. 16.10 Began taking gasoline drums aboard for delivery to St Thomas. 17.28 Number 1 boat returned, hoisted and secured. 18.00 Granted liberty to Starboard Watch to expire at 02.00 Sunday 22 February 1942. 18.34 Finished taking gasoline aboard. Received from West India Oil Co. 125 barrels of aviation gasoline for delivery to Marine Base, Bourne Field, St Thomas. 18.55 Finished fueling ship. Received 23,977.95 gallons of Bunker “C” fuel from West India Oil Co.


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22 February 1942

At Ponce and at sea.

Lat 17.67, Long -65.78

[Wind variable SE force 1-3; sea slight; broken cloud; air temperature average 76°F]


00.00 to 09.00:

Moored to Municipal Dock, Ponce, PR. 02.00 Liberty party returned on time. 06.14 Number 1 boat lowered and away for recreational purposes. 07.00 Called all hands, carried out holiday routine. 08.00 Granted liberty to Port Watch to expire at 16.00 this date.


09.00 to 16.00:

Moored as before. 09.10 Number 1 boat returned, hoisted and secured. 19.20 LASSITER, Robert C. (201-651) MM 1c (P) and McCOMAS, James M. (228-049) Y 3c (P) departed on Shore Patrol duty. 12.03 Number 3 boat lowered and away with sailing party. 14.30 Number 3 boat returned; hoisted and secured.


16.00 to 18.00:

Moored as before. 17.15 Finished taking on fresh water. 17.50 Underway on various courses and speeds standing out of Ponce.


18.00 to 20.00:

Underway as before on various courses and speeds. 18.09 Tasmanian Shoal bell buoy No. 2 abeam to port close aboard; set course 134° PGC (132° True) at standard speed. 18.25 Stopped engine; making repair to intermediate pressure cylinder crosshead. 18.42 Underway on course 134° PGC at standard speed. 19.15 Muertos Island Light abeam to port, distant 2.4 miles. Changed course to 092° PGC.


20.00 to 24.00:

Underway as before on course 92° gyro (90° True) at standard speed. 23.21 Point Tuna Light abeam to port distance 8.1 miles. Changed course to 78° PGC (76° True).


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23 February 1942

At sea and at St Thomas.

Lat 18.33, Long -64.96

[Wind NE veering SE force 3-6; sea slight to moderate; broken cloud; air temperature average 77°F]


00.00 to 04.00:

Underway on course 78° PGC (76° T) at standard speed. 03.55 Changed course to 29° PGC.


04.00 to 08.00:

Underway as before on course 39° PGC (37° True) at standard speed. 04.25 Hams Bluff Light abeam to port distant 22.8 miles. 05.30 Reduced speed to ⅔. 05.38 Changed course to 49° PGC. 05.55 Changed course to 39° PGC. 06.44 Various courses and speeds entering St Thomas Harbor. 07.15 Net gate vessel abeam to starboard, close aboard. 07.30 Moored to tender pier, Submarine Base, St Thomas, with starboard anchor down to 10 fathoms chain.


08.00 to 12.00:

Moored as before. 10.30 Delivered 125 drums of aviation gasoline from West India Oil Co. to Marine Detachment, Bourne Field.


16.00 to 18.00:

Moored as before. 16.30 Heaved in the starboard anchor. 17.00 Made preparations for getting underway. 17.30 Underway on various courses and speeds standing out of St Thomas Harbor. Position when relieved: off Porpoise Rocks.


18.00 to 20.00:

Underway as before on various courses and speeds standing out of St Thomas Harbor. 18.07 Set course at 212° PGC (210° True), speed 100 RPM.


20.00 to 24.00:

Underway as before on course 212° gyro (210° True) at standard speed. 20.50 Hams Bluff Light abeam to port distance 21 miles. 21.15 Changed course to 266° gyro (264° True).


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24 February 1942

At sea and at Ponce Harbor.

Lat 18.85, Long -66.27

[Wind mainly SE force1-4; sea slight; broken cloud with showers; air temperature average 75°F]


00.00 to 04.00:

Underway en route to Ponce on course 266° PGC (264° T) at standard speed. 01.08 Pt. Tuna Light abeam to starboard, distance 8 miles. 01.15 Changed course to 270° PGC.


04.00 to 08.00:

Underway as before on course 270° PGC (268° True) at standard speed. 05.30 Muertos Island Light abeam to starboard distant 3.6 miles. Changed course to 318° PGC. 06.35 Various courses and speeds entering Ponce Harbor. 06.41 Tasmanian Shoal bell buoy No. 2 abeam to port close aboard. 07.15 Moored to Municipal Dock, Ponce.


08.00 to 16.00:

Moored as before. 08.45 Unloaded 125 empty gasoline drums for delivery. 10.20 Number 1 boat lowered away for mail trip. 10.45 Number 1 boat hoisted and secured. 14.45 Issued semi-monthly stipend.


16.00 to 20.00:

Moored as before. 16.05 Received aboard for delivery to Marine Detachment, St Thomas, V.I. 125 drums gasoline.17.30 Made preparations for getting underway. 18.40 Underway on various courses and speeds proceeding out of Ponce Harbor. 19.00 Tasmanian Shoal bell buoy No. 2 abeam to port close aboard; set course 134° PGC (132° True) at 100 RPM. 19.45 Muertos Island Light abeam to port distant 2.9 miles.


20.00 to 24.00:

Underway as before on course 134° gyro (132° T) at standard speed. 20.01 Changed course to 92° gyro (90° T). 20.45 Assumed various courses and speeds to identify vessel which failed to answer visual communication from hand signal gun and signal searchlight. Sounded General Quarters, all hands to battle stations. 20.48 Unknown vessel running dark failed to answer when requested to do so. 20.50 Fired warning shot across bow of unknown ship. 20.52 Established visual communication with SS “Alcoa Guard”, out of New York bound for St Martin. 21.00 Allowed SS “Alcoa Guard” to proceed. 21.03 Secured from General Quarters. 21.05 Underway on course 92°gyro (90° T) at standard speed from scene of action in 17° 51’N, 66° 24.5’W.


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25 February 1942

At St Thomas and at Ponce.

Lat 17.97, Long -64.78

[Wind mainly SE force 3-5; sea slight to moderate; broken cloud; air temperature average 77°F]


00.00 to 04.00:

Underway on course 92° PGC (90° T) at standard speed en route St Thomas, V.I. 00.35 Pt. Tuna Light abeam to port, distance 7 miles; changed course to 78° PGC. 01.01 Changed course to 80° PGC.


04.00 to 08.00:

Underway as before on course 80° PGC (78° True) at standard speed. 04.50 Culebrita Island Light bearing 000° True, distant 19 miles; changed course to 39° PGC. 07.11 Various courses and speeds entering St Thomas Harbor. 07.25 Porpoise Rocks buoy No.2 abeam to starboard, close aboard. 07.55 Moored to tender pier, Submarine Base, St Thomas, V.I.


08.00 to 16.00:

Moored as before. 10.30 Delivered 125 drums of aviation gasoline to Marine Detachment St Thomas, V.I. 11.35 Received 125 empty drums from Marine Detachment for delivery to Ponce.


16.00 to 18.00:

Moored as before. 16.55 Made preparations for getting underway. 17.15 Received orders from COM10 to proceed immediately to the assistance of “Partridge” towing “Lihue” which had been torpedoed on the morning of Feb 23rd in position 13°47’N, 63° 51’W. 17.29 Drums unloaded, called all hands to unmoor ship. 17.38 Underway on various courses and speeds out of West Gregerie Channel, St Thomas.


18.00 to 20.00:

18.07 Porpoise Rocks buoy No.2 abeam to port, close aboard; set course 212° PGC (210° True) at standard speed. 18.30 Changed course to 122° PGC.


20.00 to 24.00:

Underway as before on course 122° PGC (120° T) at standard speed. Edward L. VALIER, Ensign, USNRF aboard as passenger to Ponce, PR for further transportation.


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26 February 1942

At sea on assistance.

Lat 15.2, Long -63.6

[Wind mainly SE force 3-5; sea moderate; broken cloud; air temperature average 77°F]


00.00 to 04.00:

Underway on course 122° PGC (120° T) at standard speed en route to assistance of torpedoed SS “Lihue”. Changed course to 176° PGC.


12.00 to 16.00:

Underway on course 176° PGC (174° True) at standard speed. 13.10 Changed course to 153° PGC (151° True). 14.16 Sighted object in water; changed course to investigate. 14.24 Object identified as fabricated life raft made from oil drums and lumber, all gear intact on raft. Position: 15°46’N, 63° 53’W. 14.26 Resumed original course and speed. 14.34 Sighted object in water, changed course to 84° PGC to investigate. 14.45 Object identified as raft (as above) empty. Changed course to 222° PGC to regain position on original course. 14.57 Changed course to 153° PGC (151° True) as originally.


20.00 to 24.00:

Underway as before on base course 153° PGC (151° True) at standard speed; zig zagging. (93 per cent) 21.00 Base course changed (128° True) to 130° PGC. 21.55 Received message from USS “Partridge” that her tow, SS “Lihue”, had sunk. *


20.00 to 24.00:

Changed course to 272° PGC; secured from zig-zagging. 23.17 Passed a capsized ship’s lifeboat close aboard to port. 23.18 Changed course to 310° PGC; commenced zig-zagging (93 per cent zig-zag).


*[Note: See hyperlink for “Lihue” for details.]


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27 February 1942

At sea on patrol.

Lat 15.68, Long -64.30

[Wind mainly NE force 3-4; sea slight; cloudy; air temperature average 79°F]


00.00 to 04.00:

Underway zigzagging from base course of 310° PGC (308° T) at standard speed.


04.00 to 08.00:

Underway as before. Secured from zigzagging; changed course to 337° PGC (335° True) at standard speed. 07.20 Sighted standard type merchant ship life raft in 15°36’N, 64°16’W.


08.00 to 12.00:

Underway as before on course 337° PGC (335° T) at standard speed. Changed course to 346° PGC. 09.15 Sighted merchant ship type life raft in 15°43’N, 64°18’W. 10.17 Stopped to make minor engine repair, underway as before.


12.00 to 16.00:

Underway as before on course 346° PGC (344° True) at standard speed. 13.00 Held Deck Court in the case of EZELL, Oscar (229-033), M Att 3c.


16.00 to 18.00:

Underway as before on course 346° PGC (344° True) at standard speed. 16.30 Sighted St Croix, V.I., dead ahead. 17.00 Changed course to 322° PGC.


20.00 to 24.00:

Underway as before on course 002° PGC (000° T) at ⅓ speed. 21.12 Ham Bluff Light abeam to starboard distance 4.7 miles. 21.25 Ordered by Senior Coast Guard Officer 10th Naval District to proceed to point 2 miles off Muertos Island to pick up survivors. Increased to standard speed and changed course to 273° PGC.


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28 February 1942

At sea and at Ponce.

Lat 17.78, Long -66.45

[Wind mainly SE force 0-3; sea slight; broken cloud with showers; air temperature average 79°F]


00.00 to 04.00:

Underway on course 273° PGC (271° True) at standard speed. 03.03 Point Tuna Light abeam to starboard distant 10.4 miles.


04.00 to 08.00:

Underway as before on course 273° PGC (271° True) at standard speed. 04.52 Slowed to ⅔ due to rain and poor visibility. 05.21 Increased speed to standard. 06.22 Various courses in vicinity of Muertos Island. 06.40 Sighted floating wreckage and raft with man aboard. 06.50 Stopped; lowered No. 2 boat. 06.54 Number 2 boat returned; hoisted and secured. Robert L. CAIRNS, master of British SS “La Carriere” which was torpedoed and sunk at 0545 GCT 25 February in 17°42’N, 67°00’W aboard. 06.58 USCGC 460 and Army crash boat maneuvering in vicinity. 07.28 Ahead standard speed on course 164° PGC searching for possible survivors.


08.00 to 12.00:

Underway on course 164° PGC (162° T) at standard speed in search for survivors. 08.01 Changed course to 262° PGC. 08.06 Changed course to 272° PGC. 10.55 Various courses and speeds. 10.55 Lowered No. 2 boat to pick up plane message. 11.05 Number 2 boat returned, hoisted, and secured. Set course 262° PGC, standard speed, for overturned life boat, 20 miles distant.


12.00 to 16.00:

Underway as before on course 262° PGC (260° T) at standard speed. 12.20 Received orders from Commander San Juan District to return to Ponce; changed course to 70° PGC. 14.40 Changed course to 43° PGC. 15.00 Changed course to 46° PGC. 15.10 Stopped engine to investigate wreckage; underway as before. 15.27 Standing in Ponce Harbor at various courses and speeds. 15.30 Tasmanian Shoal bell buoy Number 2 abeam to starboard, close aboard. 15.56 Moored port side to at Ponce Municipal Pier.


16.00 to 24.00:

Moored as before. 16.30 Capt. R.L. CAIRNS of torpedoed SS “La Carriere” departed ship; placed in care of American Red Cross.* 16.50 Number 1 boat lowered and away for mail. 17.30 Number 1 boat returned; hoisted and secured. 18.00 RUSSELL, R.R. Lieut (jg) reported aboard from “Spencer” [Coastguard cutter], having reported in at San Juan District, 25 February 1942. KING, John H. (220-755) Sea 1c and MUDZINSKI, Thomas B. (224-254) Sea 1c reported aboard from inpatient treatment. 19.00 Ensign Edward D. VALIER, USNR aboard for transportation to PR departed ship for San Juan. SCHMIDT, Carl W. Jr.. (206-612) CM 1c (P) departed for inpatient treatment at USN Dispensary, San Juan, PR. 21.15 Granted liberty to Starboard Watch to expire at 02.00, 1 March 1942.


*[Note: See “La Carriere” hyperlink for details of the sinking and survivors.]


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[Crew register]

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[Crew register]


[Crew mentioned]


Name

Badge

Rank

Date Joined

Date Left

Notes

Charles E. Bray Jr.

220-042

Electrician’s Mate 1c

11 Feb 1942



Thomas P. Connell Jr.

206-701

Gunner’s Mate 1c (P)


13 Feb 1942


Wilburn P. Connor

222-866
(222-366)

Machinist’s Mate 1c

11 Feb 1942


Also mentioned as Wilbur Conner

Aron Madsen

106-639

Chief Boatswain’s Mate


13 Feb 1942

Left for temporary duty on board USCGC Marion

Jaime Polanco

500-240

Mess Attendant 3c (R)

12 Feb 1942



Francisco Rodriguez

500-219

Apprentice Seaman



Issued undesirable discharge on 12 Feb 1942

Clyde E. Stackhouse

222-809
(220-809)

Gunner’s Mate 3c (P)

13 Feb 1942



Harlan E. Sterling

219-512

Chief Boatswain’s Mate

13 Feb 1942


Joined for temporary duty


[Passengers mentioned]


Name

Badge

Rank / Occupation

Notes

William F. O'Bayley

208-815

Machinists Mate 2c (P)

Joined for transportation on 20 Feb 1942
Left on 21 Feb 1942

Edward D. Valier

-

Ensign, USNRF

Joined for transportation on 25 Feb 1942
Left on 28 Feb 1942

Robert H. Cairns

-

Master of British SS LACARRIERE

Picked up from raft on 28 Feb 1942
Left same day



LOGS FOR MARCH 1942


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[Blanks and covers]


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[List of officers]


Name

Rank

Address

Date Joined

Date Left

Notes

Emette Burch Smith

Lieutenant Commander

Mrs E.B. Smith (wife)
520 Wayne Avenue, Greenville, Darke County, OH.




Louis MacLane Thayer Jr.

Lieutenant

Mignon R. Thayer (wife)
Fort George, Meade, MD.




L.S. Rolufs

Assistant Surgeon

Mrs L.S. Rolufs (wife)
c/o R.L. Rolufs, Arlington, MO.


24 Mar 1942


Robert Raymond Russell

Lieut (jg)

Mrs R.R. Russell (wife)
39 Raven Road, Lowell, MA.




Joe Louis Horne

Ensign

Mrs H.B. Horne, Sr. (mother)
III Woodridge Avenue, Silver Spring, MD.
(Phone 544866-5)




James Alexander Palmer

Ensign

Mrs L.K. Palmer (mother)
1703 W Vernon Street, Los Angeles, CA.




William Edward Chapline Jr.

Ensign

Mrs Rose C. Chapline (mother)
Box 734, Lake Arrowhead, CA.




Norman Lewis Horton

Ensign

Pearle Horton (mother)
76 W Willetta Street, Phoenix, AZ.


23 Mar 1942


George F. Hutchinson

Ensign (R)

Mr G.F. Hutchinson (father)
Wickford, RI.

17 Mar 1942



R.O. Elwood

Machinist

Mrs Martha Elwood (wife)
711 Southard Street, Key West FL.

17 Mar 1942


Joined for temporary duty

G.G. Van Dyke

Surgeon USPHS

Mrs Catherine Van Dyke (wife)
1225 Nashville Avenue, New Orleans, LA.

19 Mar 1942




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[Instructions for keeping the ship’s log]


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1 March 1942

At Ponce and at sea.

Lat 17.77, Long -66.77

[Wind variable E force 1-3; sea smooth; broken cloud; air temperature average 76°F]


00.00 to 04.00:

Moored to Municipal Dock, Ponce, PR. 02.28 Shore Patrol returned.


04.00 to 08.00:

Moored as before. Made preparations for getting underway. 06.26 Underway on various courses and speeds standing out of Ponce Harbor. 06.42 Tasmanian Shoal bell buoy No. 2 abeam to port, close aboard. Set course 182° PGC (180° True) at standard speed. 07.01 Muertos Island Light abeam to port, distant 6.5 miles. 07.06 Changed course to 268° PGC.


08.00 to 12.00:

Underway as before on course 268° PGC (266° True) at standard speed. 08.42 Guanica Light abeam to starboard distant 6 miles. 09.30 Changed course to 182° PGC. 09.35 Underway at various courses and speeds to investigate wreckage sighted. 09.50 Identified wreckage as capsized lifeboat, SSW, distant 8 miles from Guanica Light. 09.56 Lowered Number 1 boat to investigate, Lt (jg) R.R. RUSSELL in charge. 10.08 Brought lifeboat alongside and righted same; no knowledge of identity obtained. 10.50 Cast lifeboat adrift and hoisted and secured No. 1 boat. 11.05 Rammed lifeboat in attempt to destroy same; set course to 166° PGC at standard speed.


12.00 to 16.00:

Underway on course 166° PGC (164° T) at standard speed. 12.15 Changed course to 92° PGC. 14.42 Changed course to 002° PGC. 15.51 Changed course to 350° PGC. 15.53 Commenced using various courses into Ponce Harbor.


16.00 to 20.00:

Underway on various courses at standard speed standing toward the entrance of Ponce Harbor. 16.21 Tasmanian Shoal bell buoy No. 2 abeam to starboard, close aboard. 16.26 Cardona Island Light abeam to port close aboard.16.32 Maneuvering to dock at various speeds. 16.46 Moored port side to northeast side of Municipal Pier, Ponce, PR. 17.05 NARRAL, Juan (107-731) Off Std 1c aboard after having been left ashore on authorized liberty which expired at 15.00 this date. 17.20 Number 1 boat lowered and away with fishing party of Ensign J.A. PALMER and Ensign W.E. CHAPLINE Jr.; Ensign N.L. HORTON relieved Ensign J.A. PALMER of the duties of officer of the day. 18.00 Liberty granted to Port Watch to expire at 24.00 this date. 18.20 CHURCH, Albert B.(211-764) RM 3c (P) reported aboard for temporary duty from Coast Guard Base, San Juan, PR. 18.35 Received from San Juan Base 3 drums of lubricating oil and 1 drum of kerosene. 18.50 Number 1 boat returned and secured.


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2 March 1942

At Ponce and at sea.

Lat 17.83, Long -65.90

[Wind NE veering SE force 2-6; sea slight to moderate; broken cloud; air temperature average 76°F]


00.00 to 04.00:

Moored as before to municipal bulkhead Ponce, PR.


09.00 to 16.00:

Moored as before. 11.05 Made preparations for getting underway. 12.59 Underway on various courses and speeds shifting docks. 13.19 Moored to Port Ponce Dock, Ponce, PR. 14.00 Commenced taking on fresh water.


16.00 to 18.00:

Moored as before. 16.45 Received from Coast Guard Cutter No.460 8 drums motor oil. 17.50 Finished taking on water; took aboard 2500 gallons.


18.00 to 20.00:

Moored as before. 18.20 Received 50 drums of aviation gasoline from West India Oil Co. for Marine Detachment St Thomas, V.I. 18.30 Made preparations for getting underway. 18.35 Underway on various courses and speeds standing out of Ponce Harbor. 18.48 Tasmanian Shoal bell buoy Number 2 abeam to port, close aboard; set course at 140° PGC (138° T) at standard speed.


20.00 to 24.00:

Underway as before on course 140° PGC (138° T) at standard speed. 20.05 Muertos Island Light bearing True north, distant 4.5 miles; changed course to 092° PGC.


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3 March 1942

At sea and at St Thomas.

Lat 19.40, Long -66.02

[Wind variable E force 3-5; sea moderate; broken cloud; air temperature average 76°F]


00.00 to 04.00:

Underway on course 92° PGC (90° T) at standard speed to St Thomas, V.I.12.20 Point Tuna light abeam to port, distance 9.5 miles. Changed course to 78° PGC.


04.00 to 08.00:

Underway as before on course 78° PGC (76° True) at standard speed. 04.43 Changed course to 39° PGC. 06.17 Culebrita Island Light abeam to port, distant 9.7 miles; changed course to 55° PGC. 06.55 Various courses and speeds entering St Thomas Harbor. 07.25 Porpoise Rocks buoy No.2 abeam to starboard, close aboard. 07.55 Moored to tender pier, Submarine Base, St Thomas, V.I.


08.00 to 12.00:

Moored as before. Delivered 50 drums of aviation gasoline to the Marine Detachment St Thomas, V.I. 09.20 Number 1 boat lowered and away for recreational purposes. 09.30 Received 125 empty oil drums which were previously left on tender pier, Submarine Base. 10.45 Number 1 boat returned, hoisted and secured. 11.00 Received 50 empty gasoline drums from Marine Detachment, Bourne Fields.


16.00 to 18.00:

Moored as before. 17.10 Made preparations for getting underway. 17.18 Underway on various courses and speeds proceeding out of St Thomas Harbor. 17.32 Porpoise Rocks buoy No.2 abeam to port, close aboard. 17.50 Saba Island bearing 000° True distant 0.5 miles; set course 292° PGC (290° True) at standard speed.


18.00 to 20.00:

Underway as before on course 292° PGC (290° T) at standard speed. 19.09 Culebrita Light abeam to port distance 2.3 miles. 19.18 Changed course to 285° PGC.


20.00 to 24.00:

Underway as before on course 285° PGC (283° True) at standard speed. 21.35 Cape San Juan Light abeam to port distant 5 miles. 21.43 Cape San Juan Light bearing S distant 5.5 miles; changed course to 280° PGC. 22.45 Stopped engine at request of engine room. 22.50 Underway at slow speed on course 280° PGC. 23.10 Increased to standard speed.


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4 March 1942

At St Thomas and at San Juan.

Lat 18.57, Long -66.13

[Wind variable E force 0-3; sea smooth; broken cloud; air temperature average 78°F]


00.00 to 04.00:

Underway on course 280° PGC (278° T) at standard speed en route from St Thomas, V.I. to San Juan, PR. 01.15 El Morro abeam to port distance 4¾ miles. Stopped engines, began drifting. Contacted harbor entrance patrol by visual signalling.


04.00 to 08.00:

Underway as before; drifting as before. 06.35 Underway on various courses and speeds standing into San Juan Harbor. 07.42 Port San Juan Light abeam to port, close aboard. 07.59 Moored to Coast Guard Dock, San Juan, PR. Exchanged challenges with numerous planes throughout the watch.


08.00 to 16.00:

Moored as before. 10.45 Boat No. 5 lowered away. 11.45 QUINONES, Marcial (500-241) M Att 3c (R) reported aboard for assignment to duty. Received the following stores for use in the general mess [followed by list of stores]. 13.00 Unloaded 8 drums oil received from CGC460 on 2 March 1942 for stowage on dock. Received from Naval Supply Depot 2 x .50 caliber machine guns complete with mounts and accessories. 13.05 Destroyer 381 [“Somers”] stood in.


16.00 to 24.00:

Moored as before. Granted liberty to Starboard Watch to expire at 00.00. 18.45 Hoisted No. 5 boat to the rail.


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5 March 1942

At San Juan.

Lat 18.457, Long -66.111

[Wind SE backing NE force 1-4; broken cloud; air temperature average 76°F]


00.00 to 09.00:

Moored to Coast Guard Dock at San Juan, PR. 06.45 Held boat drill. 07.40 Boat No. 5 lowered away and moored astern. 08.45 Destroyer 246 [“Bainbridge”] stood in.


09.00 to 16.00:

Moored as before. 10.23 Delivered to San Juan District Office 1 seabag and bedding possessions of UPCHURCH, Earl A. (221-684) F 1c for shipment to Senior Coast Guard Officer, 3rd Naval District, New York. 10.45 Issued crew’s semi-monthly stipend. 11.40 All officers and hands departed to San Juan Base as per verbal orders of Senior Coast Guard Officer, 10th Naval District. 12.00 All hands returned to ship. 13.30 Granted liberty to Port Watch to expire at 24.00 today. 14.30 ROLLAND, Edward B. (108-961) BM 1c departed on 7 days’ leave granted by Commanding Officer. 15.30 Received from USCG St George Depot, Staten Island, NY 5 packages containing 2 x 12” signal searchlights and parts. 15.45 Received from CG Yard, Curtis Bay, Maryland, 2 stowage bags for depth charge pistols. BALDWIN, Harry J. (203-397) F 2c returned aboard in custody of Ensign W.C. CHAPLINE after having departed from the ship without permission some time after 00.00 4th March 1942.


16.00 to 24.00:

RODRIGUEZ, Juan (500-234) AS (R) reported aboard for assignment to duty. 17.55 US Coast Guard Cutter “Marion” stood out.


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6 March 1942

At San Juan.

Lat 18.457, Long -66.111

[Wind NE veering S force 1-5; broken cloud with occasional showers; air temperature average 76°F]


00.00 to 09.00:

Moored to Coast Guard Dock, San Juan, PR. 08.55 Held fire and rescue drill.


09.00 to 16.00:

Moored as before. 09.45 Main engine high pressure piston sent to Portilla Foundry for repair. 10.25 FELICIANO, Miguel (500-215) transferred to Coast Guard Base, San Juan, PR. 10.57 D239 [“Overton”] stood out. 11.20 D246 [“Bainbridge”] stood out. 11.50 USAT “Acacia” stood out. 12.04 “Marion” stood out. 12.05 USAT “Evangeline” [troop transport] stood out. 13.00 Granted liberty to Starboard Watch to expire at 24.00 today. 13.50 “Crawford” stood in and moored to Coast Guard Dock. 14.30 LEHMAN, Charles (500-235) AS (R) reported aboard from San Juan Base. 14.45 LEES, Albert (106-258) BM 2c furnished copy of charges and specifications, being the accused as per letter Commandant 10th Naval District 17 February 1942 (ND10/A17-20/).


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7 March 1942

At San Juan.

Lat 18.457, Long -66.111.

[Wind variable E force 3-5; broken cloud with haze; air temperature average 76°F]


00.00 to 09.00:

Moored to Coast Guard Dock, San Juan, PR. 08.05 Commenced unloading empty oil drums.


09.00 to 16.00:

09.13 USS “Gwin”* stood in. 11.15 Held ship’s inspection. 13.00 MORALES, Celestino (500-226) AS (R) transferred to office Senior Coast Guard Officer 10th Naval District for assignment to duty. 13.08 Number 3 boat lowered and away, Ensign W.E. PRINDLE USCG (R) in charge. 13.17 Number 3 boat returned and hoisted. 13.20 Granted liberty to Port Watch to expire at 02.00, 8 March 1942. 15.30 USS “Alcyone” stood in.


*[Note: This destroyer is on its way to the Pacific via the Panama Canal. It was later involved in the Tokyo Raid and the Battle of Guadalcanal. See hyperlink.]


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8 March 1942

At San Juan.

Lat 18.457, Long -66.111

[Wind variable E force 3-5; broken cloud with showers; air temperature average 76°F]


00.00 to 09.00:

Moored to Coast Guard Wharf, San Juan, PR. 02.00 Liberty party returned on time. 03.30 Inspection party of Lieutenants USN aboard; departed ship. 06.20 USS “Mankato” stood out. 06.30 USS “Gwin” stood out. 07.00 Called all hands; carried out holiday morning routine. 07.30 2 workmen from Portilla aboard.


08.00 to 16.00:

Moored as before. 09.15 Number 3 boat lowered for recreational purposes. 10.00 Granted liberty to Starboard Watch to expire at 00.00 today. 11.50 USS “Somers” stood out. 12.00 Number 3 boat hoisted and secured.


9 March 1942

At San Juan.

Lat 18.457, Long -66.111

[No scan available for this date]


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10 March 1942

At San Juan.

Lat 18.457, Long -66.111

[Wind variable E force 2-4; cloudy with showers; air temperature average 76°F]


00.00 to 09.00:

Drydocked in the US Navy Dry Dock, San Juan. 04.25 TRETLER, Harry U. (201-622) WT 2c (P) returned aboard ship 4 hours and 25 minutes absent without leave. 07.25 All hands turned to on ship bottom.


09.00 to 16.00:

Drydocked as before. 11.15 RODRIGUEZ, Juan (500-234) AS.(R) transferred to USCG Base San Juan, PR. Crew engaged in scraping, and wire-brushing hull, and working on rudder and sea suction strainers and valves, scraping, chipping and wirebrushing port and starboard anchor chain.


16.00 to 24.00:

Drydocked as before. 19.45 Reports, anchor watch and restricted men to muster. 24.00 All liberty party returned on time except FOURAKER, Clarence (222-187) SC 3c (P) who is absent overleave from this time.


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11 March 1942

At San Juan.

Lat 18.457, Long -66.111

[Wind variable ESE force 2-4; broken cloud with showers; air temperature average 78°F]


00.00 to 09.00:

On dry dock at US Navy Dry Dock, Isla Grande, PR receiving electricity. Salt water connection from dock hooked up to fire main. 03.20 FOURAKER, Clarence (222-187) SC 3c (P) returned aboard 3 hours and 20 minutes absent overleave. 07.30 Workmen from Portilla Foundry on board.


09.00 to 16.00:

Drydocked as before. 09.50 Main air pump rod, rudder port, forward and after quadrant pads taken to Portilla Foundry for refitting. 14.45 I.P. piston [intermediate pressure piston] sent ashore. 16.00 Granted liberty to Port Watch to expire at 24.00 today.


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12 March 1942

At San Juan.

Lat 18.457, Long -66.111

[Wind mainly E force 0-3; broken cloud; air temperature average 78°F]


00.00 to 09.00:

Drydocked in the US Navy Dry Dock, San Juan with salt water and electrical connections to dock; both boilers secured. 00.20 Shore Patrol returned. 04.45 Number 2 boiler lit off for auxiliary purposes.


09.00 to 16.00:

Drydocked as before. Crew engaged int painting hull, working on rudder stork and quadrant, chipping and painting the anchor chain. 04.45 Intermediate pressure piston taken to Portilla Foundry.


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13 March 1942

At San Juan.

Lat 18.457, Long -66.111

[Wind mainly E force 0-3; broken cloud; air temperature average 76°F]


00.00 to 09.00:

Drydocked in the US Naval Dry Dock, Isla Grande, PR. 08.00 Received 1 feed pump from Portilla Foundry, which had been sent ashore to be repaired.


09.00 to 16.00:

Drydocked as before. 15.35 Portilla Foundry returned rudder post and quadrant after having made repairs. Crew engaged during the day in painting the ship’s bottom, painting and chipping the port anchor chain, loading belts for .50 caliber machine guns, and overhauling the main engine.


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14 March 1942

At San Juan.

Lat 18.457, Long -66.111

[Wind ENE backing S force 0-3; cloudy with showers; air temperature average 76°F]


00.00 to 09.00:

Drydocked in the US Naval Dry Dock, Isla Grande. 08.40 Sent rudder post back to Portilla Foundry for refitting.


09.00 to 16.00:

Drydocked as before. 14.30 Received rudder post from Portilla Foundry. 16.00 Crew engaged in chipping and painting port anchor chain, overhauling main engine, and repairing rudder.

.

16.00 to 24.00:

Drydocked as before. 16.30 Granted liberty to Starboard Watch to expire at 02.00 tomorrow, 15 March 1942.


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15 March 1942

At San Juan.

Lat 18.457, Long -66.111

[Wind mainly E force 2-4; broken cloud; air temperature average 76°F]


00.00 to 09.00:

On dry dock at US Navy Dry Dock, Isla Grande, PR, with water and electrical service from the dock. 07.00 Workmen from Portilla Foundry aboard to work on main engine.


09.00 to 16.00:

On dry dock as before. Crew engaged in work on rudder post and stowing anchor chain in chain locker. UPCHURCH, Earl (221-684) F 1c transferred this date to 5th Naval District.


16.00 to 24.00:

On dry dock as before. 19.45 Reports, anchor watch and restricted men to muster.*


*[Note: This is now a regular daily entry, so I will not include it unless there is some alteration or special reason.]


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16 March 1942

At San Juan.

Lat 18.457, Long -66.111

[Wind mainly E force 0-4; broken cloud; air temperature average 76°F]


00.00 to 09.00:

On dry dock as before at Naval Dry Dock, Isla Grande, PR, with electrical and salt water service from the dock.


09.00 to 16.00:

13.30 Commenced taking fresh water from dock. 14.25 Held report mast on case of: TRETLER, Harry D. (201-622) WT 2c (P) awarded Deck Court; BALDWIN Harry J. (203-397) F 2c pending investigation; BRADLEY, John R. (202-397) Cox (P) 10 days’ restriction; FOURAKER Clarence (222-187) SC 3c 10 days’ restriction. 16.00 Granted liberty to Starboard Watch to expire at 24.00 today. Crew engaged in chipping and painting ship, overhauling feed pump, assembling auxiliary steering engine.


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17 March 1942

Lat 18.457, Long -66.111

At San Juan.

[Wind mainly E force 0-4; broken cloud; air temperature average 76°F]


00.00 to 09.00:

Drydocked in US Navy Dry Dock, Isla Grande, PR with salt and fresh water and electrical service from dock.


09.00 to 16.00:

Drydocked as before. 12.10 Ensign George F. HUTCHINSON Jr. (USCGR) reported aboard for assignment to duty from San Juan Base having reported there from the 3rd Naval District, New York, NY. 13.30 Party of 15 men departed for US Naval Dispensary for blood typing. 15.00 Feed pump ashore to Portilla Foundry for repairs.


16.00 to 24.00:

Drydocked as before. Granted liberty to Port Watch to expire at 24.00 this date. 16.30 Machinist R.O. ELWOOD reported aboard for assignment to temporary duty. 19.20 Carried out Navy practice blackout. 19.25 Secured from blackout.


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18 March 1942

At San Juan.

Lat 18.457, Long -66.111

[Wind variable E force 2-4; broken cloud; air temperature average 76°F]


00.00 to 04.00:

Drydocked as before at Naval Dry Dock, Isla Grande, PR with electrical, salt water and fresh water service from the dock. 07.15 Workmen aboard from the Portilla Foundry. Status of STERLING, Harlan E. (218-512) CBM changed from temporary to permanent duty aboard this vessel.


09.00 to 16.00:

Drydocked as before. 11.15 Main engine intermediate pressure piston brought aboard from Portilla Foundry. 13.20 High pressure cylinder liner received from Portilla Foundry. 13.35 Party of 17 men departed for US Naval Air Station Dispensary for blood typing. 15.30 Party returned from dispensary.


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19 March 1942

At San Juan.

Lat 18.457, Long -66.111

[Wind variable SSE force 1-5; broken cloud; air temperature average 76°F]


00.00 to 09.00:

Drydocked at US Naval Dry dock, Isla Grande, PR with electrical, salt water and fresh water service from dock. 07.05 Workmen from Portilla Foundry aboard.


09.00 to 16.00:

Drydocked as before. 11.20 Received from Portilla Foundry I.P. cylinder head from main engine. Crew engaged in work on main engine and applying coat of anti-fouling to ship’s bottom. The following amount of paint was used on ship’s bottom: 50 gallons white zinc, 10 gallons turpentine, 20 gallons anticorrosive Navy formula 14-RC, 22 gallons anti-fouling Navy formula 15-RC and 10 gallons black boot-topping.


16.00 to 24.00:

Drydocked as before. 16.35 GRILLASCA, Fernando (500-229) M Att 3c (R) reported aboard from San Juan District for assignment to duty, 18.40 Surgeon G.G. VAN DYKE reported aboard from USPHS District No.4, New Orleans, LA for assignment to duty.


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20 March 1942

At San Juan.

Lat 18.457, Long -66.111

[Wind mainly E force 1-5; broken cloud; air temperature average 76°F]


00.00 to 09.00:

On dry dock as before at Naval Dry Dock, Isla Grande, PR with electrical, salt and fresh water service from dock. 06.25 Secured fresh water service from dock. 07.05 Workmen from Portilla Foundry aboard. 07.10 Secured salt water service from dock. 07.11 Began flooding dry dock. 07.49 Electrical service from dock disconnected, using ship’s power. 08.55 USN Tug “Mankato” made fast astern. 09.00 All lines from dock cast off.


09.00 to 16.00:

Leaving dry dock under tow of “Mankato” which was fast astern. 09.04 Bow clear of dry dock. 09.08 “Mankato” cast off astern. 09.13 Tug made fast along starboard side. 09.15 Lt (jg) E.W. WOODHOUSE USN aboard to direct and pilot towing operation. 09.20 Tug towing “Unalga” to Coast Guard Wharf. 10.00 Dropped starboard anchor; moored to Coast Guard Wharf, San Juan, PR. 10.13 Lt (jg) E.W. WOODHOUSE departed ship, tug cast off. 11.25 Received from Portilla Foundry the main feed pump and the high pressure piston. 13.00 Crew stripping ship. 15.00 Representatives of L.R. Wood Co. aboard to examine ship refrigerator.


16.00 to 24.00:

Moored as before. Granted liberty to Starboard Watch to expire at 24.00 this date. 16.55 JONES, Asa M. (220-427) QM 3c (P) transferred to USCG “Crawford” for assignment to duty.


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21 March 1942

At San Juan.

Lat 18.457, Long -66.111

[Wind mainly ESE force 3-6; light broken cloud; air temperature average 76°F]


00.00 to 09.00:

Moored to Coast Guard Wharf, San Juan, PR. 07.20 Two workmen aboard from Portilla Foundry.


09.00 to 16.00:

Moored as before. 11.52 SNIPES, Harmon A., Jr.. (222-266) Sea 2c reported aboard from San Juan Base. 12.30 “Crawford” stood out. 13.00 Issued semi-monthly stipend to crew. 13.15 YP64 stood in. 14.00 Granted liberty to Port Watch to expire at 02.00, Sunday 22 March 1942.


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22 March 1942

At San Juan.

Lat 18.457, Long -66.111

[Wind mainly ESE force 3-6; light broken cloud; air temperature average 76°F]


00.00 to 09.00:

Moored to Coast Guard Dock, San Juan, PR with telephone and fresh water service from dock. 01.45 DONOVAN, Harold T. (102-934) MM 1c (P) returned aboard from Shore Patrol duty in custody of Navy Shore Patrol charged with being under the influence of liquor. 01.50 STACKHOUSE, Clyde E. (220-809) GM 3c (P) returned from Shore Patrol duty. 02.00 Liberty party returned on time. 07.58 US Navy provision ship stood in. 08.05 USS “Hogan” [destroyer] stood in.


16.00 to 24.00:

Moored as before. 18.04 USS “Capella” [supply ship] stood out. 19.00 Held dock trial. 19.10 Convoy consisting of following ships stood in: USS “Cole” (D-155); SS “AEG Wilson” [possibly “AG Wilson”]; HMS “Archer” [escort carrier]; SS “Mormactide”*; USS “Upshur” (D-144); SS “Brazil” [troop ship]. 24.00 Liberty party returned on time.


*[Note: Cargo ship, later USS “Lyon”. See hyperlink.]


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23 March 1942

At San Juan.

Lat 18.457, Long -66.111

[Wind mainly SE force 0-4; broken cloud; air temperature average 76°F]


00.00 to 09.00:

Moored to Coast Guard Dock, San Juan, PR. 08.05 Made preparations for getting under way. 08.49 Underway on various courses and speeds for the fuel dock. 08.57 Boat No.1 lowered away. 09.00 Moored port side to pier 8 for purpose of fueling ship.


09.00 to 16.00:

Moored as before. 09.25 Hoisted and secured boat No.1. 10.31 Commenced fueling ship. 11.44 Finished fueling ship having received from West India Oil Co. 39,250 gallons of Navy Standard fuel oil. 12.43 Unmoored ship. 12.52: Various courses and speeds. Underway for regular berth at Coast Guard Dock. 13.10 Moored portside to Coast Guard Dock. 13.30 Ensign N.L. HORTON departed this vessel for assignment to duty at USCG Academy, New London, Conn. 13.35 PHILLIPS, James (500-213) Off Std 2c (R) reported aboard for assignment to duty from Coast Guard Base, San Juan, PR. 13.35 General Quarters. 14.00 SNIPES, Harmon A. Jr. (222-266) Sea 1c departed for inpatient treatment at US Naval Air Station Dispensary. 16.00 Crew engaged in stripping ship, working on main engines.


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24 March 1942

At San Juan and at Mayaguez Bay.

Lat 18.457, Long -66.111

[Wind SSE backing NE force 3-5; cloudy; air temperature average 75°F]


00.00 to 09.00:

Moored as before port side to Coast Guard Dock, San Juan, PR with fresh water and telephone service from the dock. 05.23 USS “Upshur” stood out. 05.50 SS “Brazil” stood out. 06.25 HMS “Archer” stood out. 06.30 USS “Cole” stood out. 06.32 SS “Cornelia” stood out. 06.45 USS “Mormactide” stood out. 07.25 SS “Franklin S Leisenring” stood in. 07.46 SS “Bacoi” [tanker] stood out.


09.00 to 12.00:

Moored as before. 09.55 Received orders from District Office to prepare to get underway to go to aid of SS “Edward L. Doheny” [tanker] aground off Mayaguez; made preparations. 08.30 Assistant Surgeon L. S. ROLUFS transferred to Washington DC. 11.38 Underway on various courses and speeds standing out of San Juan Harbor. 11.52 Port San Juan Light abeam to starboard, close aboard; set course 008° PGC. (007° T) at 105 RPM. 11.56 Stopped engine to fix leaky port.


12.00 to 16.00:

Underway as before. Ahead standard speed on course 008° PGC (007° True). 12.13 Changed course to 276° PGC. 15.02 Point Morrillos Light abeam to port distant 4.8 miles.


16.00 to 20.00:

Underway as before on course 276°(PGC) 275° T at 115 RPM. 16.35 Changed course to 255° PGC 254° T. 17.10 Held General Quarters. 17.30 Pt. Borinquen Light abeam to port distant 1.8 miles, changed course to 225°(PGC) 224°(T). 18.20 Test fired .50 caliber machine guns. 18.40 Pt. Jiguero Light abeam to port distant 2.7 miles, changed course to 147°(PGC) 146°(T). 19.10 Secured from General Quarters. 19.20 Stopped, drifting. 19.37 Ahead on various courses and speeds proceeding to anchorage. 19.50 Anchored in 5 fathoms water to 30 fathoms starboard chain with Outer Manchas Shoal buoy bearing 177°(PGC), distant 300 yards..


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25 March 1942

At Mayaguez Bay.

Lat 18.13, Long -67.32

[Wind variable SE force 2-6; sea slight; broken cloud; air temperature average 77°F]


00.00 to 04.00:

Anchored in Mayaguez Bay, PR, in 5 fathoms of water to 30 fathoms of starboard chain with Outer Manchas Shoal buoy No.1 bearing 176° True, distant approximately 300 yards. Watch uneventful.


04.00 to 08.00:

Anchored as before. 05.15 Called all hands. 05.45 General Quarters. 06.25 Began heaving in anchor. 06.30 Anchor aweigh, underway various courses at various speeds proceeding to position of SS “Edward L. Doheny”. 06.40 Secured from General Quarters. 07.45 Lowered motor dinghy; motor dinghy away to SS “Edward L. Doheny” to assist her, aground in Mayaguez Bay.


08.00 to 12.00:

Underway at various courses and speeds maneuvering about grounded vessel “Edward L. Doheny” with motor dinghy away under command of Lt (jg) R.R. RUSSELL. 08.15 Motor dinghy returned – lying off; Lt (jg) R.R. RUSSELL aboard. 08.57 Anchored on Tourmaline Reef in 5 fathoms of water to 25 fathoms of starboard chain. Motor dinghy away passing messages to SS “Edward L. Doheny”, Lt L.M. THAYER in charge. 09.10 Passed 10” hawser to “Doheny”. 09.38 “Mankato” passed an 11” hawser to the “Unalga’s” bow. 09.41 Commenced heaving in on starboard anchor. 09.44 Anchor aweigh. Hawser made fast by chain strap to stern of “Doheny”. 09.45 Anchored as before to 40 fathoms of starboard chain. 10.02 “Mankato” and “Unalga” commenced pulling on the stern of the grounded vessel; engine worked up to 70 RPM. 10.40 Worked up to 90 RPM. 11.32 Stopped pulling; began heaving around on the anchor. 11.45 Anchor aweigh, drifted to position off port quarter of “Doheny”. 11.49 Let go 30 fathoms of port chain in 4 fathoms of water; engine going ahead at 70 RPM.


12.00 to 16.00:

Anchored as before, pulling on grounded SS “Edward L. Doheny” in tandem with USS “Mankato” at ⅓ speed ahead. 12.01 Stopped engine. 12.04 Port anchor dragging; let go starboard anchor to 15 fathoms of chain. 12.19 Cast off hawser to USS “Mankato”. 12.32 Ahead ⅔ speed. 12.35 Hawser cast off by SS “Edward L. Doheny”. Stopped engine; commenced taking hawser aboard. 12.48 Hoisted starboard anchor. 12.50 Lt L.M. THAYER and Lt(jg) R.R. RUSSELL aboard. 12.50 Hawser, messenger line, and chain bridle aboard. 13.08 Number 1 boat hoisted and secured. 13.45 Made preparations for getting underway. 13.52 Underway maneuvering on various courses and speeds to windward of SS “Edward L. Doheny”. 14.13 Anchored in 7 fathoms water to 30 fathoms port chain.


16.00 to 20.00:

Anchored as before. 17.00 Held General Quarters. 17.16 Test fired port .50 cal.machine gun. 19.18 Secured from General Quarters. 19.45 Reports, all departments secure for the night.


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26 March 1942

At Mayaguez Bay [and to San Juan].

Lat 18.13, Long -67.32

[Wind variable SE force 4-6; sea slight; broken cloud with showers; air temperature average 77°F]


00.00 to 04.00:

Anchored in Mayaguez Bay, PR, near stranded SS “Edward L Doheny” in 7 fathoms water to 30 fathoms port chain. Watch uneventful.


04.00 to 08.00:

Anchored as before. 05.15 Called all hands. 05.35 General Quarters. 07.00 Secured from General Quarters. 07.30 Gyro error determined to be 3° W by azimuth of the Sun.


08.00 to 12.00:

Anchored as before. 08.24 Made preparations for getting underway; relayed instructions to SS “Edward L. Doheny” for them to pump cargo overboard as “Unalga” and “Mankato” pulled. 08.37 Underway on various courses and speeds proceeding to position off “Doheny” for towing. 09.15 Anchored at Tourmaline Reef in 6 fathoms of water to 60 fathoms of port chain. Motor dinghy away to “Doheny” passing messenger, Lt (jg) R.R. RUSSELL in charge. 09.40 Received the “Mankato”’s 11” towing hawser through port bow clock; secured hawser on bitt. 09.55 Hawser secured for towing aboard the “Doheny”. 10.07 Began pull, working up to 70 RPM. 10.30 Increased to 80 RPM. 10.58 Towing hawser parted short of the thimble aboard the “Doheny”; stopped engine. 11.23: Passed hawser to SS “Doheny”.


12.00 to 16.00:

Anchored as before with hawser from USS “Mankato” secured forward and hawser to SS “Edward L Doheny” secured aft. 12.07 Motor dinghy departed to SS “Doheny”. 12.23 Motor dinghy returned with LT.(jg) R.R. RUSSELL. 12.25 Motor dinghy departed with Ens. W.E. CHAPLINE. 12.29 Started pulling at 70 RPM. 12.41 Motor dinghy returned. 13.03 SS “Edward L Doheny” afloat; stopped engine. 13.08 Cast off hawser to USS “Mankato”. 13.09 SS “Edward L Doheny” cast off hawser; began taking hawser aboard. 13.16 Picked up port anchor. 13.18 Various courses and speeds. 13.19 Stopped; hawser aboard. 13.50 Various courses and speeds. 13.58 Stopped; motor dinghy hoisted and secured. 14.10 Underway on course 345° PGC (342° True) at ⅔ speed. 14.22 Increased speed to standard. 14.28 Tourmaline Reef buoy No.1A abeam to starboard, close aboard; changed course to 002° PGC. 15.30 Point Jiguero Light abeam to starboard, distant 2.8 miles. 15.36 Changed course to 35° PGC.


16.00 to 20.00:

Underway as before on course 35° PGC, 32° T at 105 RPM. 16.42 Pt. Borinquen Light abeam to starboard, distant 4 miles. 17.02 Changed course to 98°(PGC), 95°(T). 17.05 General Quarters. 18.30 Changed course to 93° PGC, 90° T. 19.15 Secured from General Quarters. 19.45 Reports, all departments secured for the night.


20.00 to 24.00:

Underway as before on course 93° PGC (90° T) at standard speed. Issued 30 night rations. 22.07 Port San Juan Light abeam to starboard, distant 5.5 miles; stopped engine, drifting. Exchanged calls with the harbor entrance patrol vessel Y364.


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27 March 1942

At San Juan.

Lat 18.457, Long -66.111

[Wind mainly ESE force 2-4; broken cloud with haze; air temperature average 74°F]


00.00 to 04.00:

Underway; stopped and drifting off entrance of San Juan Harbor, PR. 01.40: Ahead ⅓ on course 70° PGC (67° True). 02.00 Stopped and drifting. Watch uneventful.


08.00 to 16.00:

Underway at various courses and speeds standing toward entrance of San Juan Harbor. 08.03 Port San Juan Light abeam to port, close aboard. 08.15 Moored to Coast Guard Wharf with starboard anchor dropped to 10 fathoms chain. 08.55 SCHMIDT, Carl W. Jr. (206-612) CM 1c (P) and SNIPES, Harmon A. Jr. (222-266) Sea 1c reported aboard from Coast Guard Base after being discharged from the Naval Dispensary. 09.10 The Commanding Officer departed for the 10th Naval District. 09.45 USS “Defiance” [minesweeper] stood to sea. 10.45 Motor dinghy lowered and away to SS “Edward L. Doheny” for shackles. 11.05 WATSON, Charles B. (234-207) Sea 2c departed to Navy Dispensary for inpatient treatment. 11.25 Motor dinghy returned with shackles; hoisted and secured. 11.30 LEES, Albert (106-258) BM 2c departed for 10th Naval District under guard of McCARTHY, John (217-605) BM 1c (P). 11.45 Received from Portilla Foundry the following charged CO2 fire extinguishers, numbers 193688, 44154, 47372. 12.25 McCARTHY, John (217-605) BM 1c (P) returned from the 10th Naval District; LEES, Albert (106-258) BM 2c was placed in confinement. 13.35 10th Naval District Communications Officer aboard to examine communication files. 13.45 Examining Officer departed. McCARTHY, John (217-605) BM 1c (P) departed for 10th Naval District. 15.00 Workmen from Portilla Foundry aboard. 15.39 LEES, Albert (106-258) BM 2c returned aboard under custody of McCARTHY, John (217-605) BM 1c (P).


[Note to log:] LEES, Albert (106-258) BM 2c guilty of Desertion as of October 10, 1939; sentenced by General Court Martial as follows. “The court, therefore, sentences him, Albert LEES, boatsman’s mate second class, US Coast Guard, to be reduced to the rating of apprentice seaman, to be confined for a period of six months, then to be discharged from the United States Naval Service with a Bad Conduct Discharge and to suffer all the other accessories of said sentence as prescribed by section 622, Naval Court and Boards. The Naval Operating Base, Norfolk Va., is designated as the place for the execution of so much of the sentence as relate to the confinement.”


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28 March 1942

At San Juan.

Lat 18.457, Long -66.111

[Wind mainly NE force 4; broken cloud; air temperature average 76°F]


00.00 to 09.00:

Moored to Coast Guard Wharf, San Juan, PR. 08.00 “Marion” stood in.


09.00 to 16.00:

Moored as before. 09.15 Delivered to “Marion” 1 x 12” signaling searchlight with 1000 watt bulb. 11.20 Held weekly inspection of vessel. 13.00 Granted liberty to Port Watch to expire at 16.00 today. 13.50 “Marion” stood out. 14.10 Began turning around ship alongside dock. 14.35 Moored starboard side to Coast Guard Dock with both anchors down. 15.30 LEES, Albert (106-258) BM 2c transferred to USS “Alcyone” for transportation to Naval Operating Base, Norfolk, Va.


16.00 to 24.00:

Moored as before. 17.00 Held General Quarters; made preparations for getting underway. 17.35 Number 1 boat lowered and tied up astern. 17.43 USS “Alcyone” stood out. 18.04 Workmen from Portilla Foundry aboard to work on main engine. 19.00 Secured from General Quarters. 19.10 Granted liberty to Port Watch to expire at 02.00 Sunday 29 March 1942.


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29 March 1942

At San Juan.

Lat 18.457, Long -66.111

[Wind mainly NE force 4-5; broken cloud; air temperature average 76°F]


00.00 to 09.00:

Moored starboard side to Coast Guard Dock, San Juan, PR, with both anchors down; telephone and fresh water service from dock. 02.00 Liberty party returned on time. 08.30 USS “Redwood” moored to Coast Guard Dock.


09.00 to 16.00:

Moored as before. 12.01 US Army ship “Nathanael Greene” stood in. 12.20 SS “Marina” stood in. 12.40 SS “Afoundria”* stood in. 16.00 All liberty party returned on time. Crew observed holiday routine.


16.00 to 24.00:

Moored as before. 24.00 Liberty party returned on time with the exception of QUINONES, Marcial (500-241) M Att 3c (R) who is absent overleave from this time.


*[Note: Later sunk by a U-boat off Cuba. See hyperlink.]


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30 March 1942

At San Juan.

Lat 18.457, Long -66.111

[Wind mainly E force 2-4; broken cloud; air temperature average 76°F]


00.00 to 09.00:

Moored as before starboard side to Coast Guard Dock, San Juan, PR with both anchors down and fresh water and telephone service from the dock. 12.25 QUINONES, Marcial (500-241) M Att 3c (R) was returned aboard by US Naval Shore Patrol with the following charges: (1) Direct disobedience to orders, (2) Being in a restricted area, (3) Using profane and threatening language to a Shore Patrol, (4) Fleeing the scene of apprehension. 07.15 USS “Redwood” stood out. 06.30 Present duty of STERLING, Harlan E. (219-512) CBM transferred to the USS “Redwood” for temporary duty.


09.00 to 16.00:

Moored as before. 7 Portilla workmen aboard to work on engine. 10.25 Delivered to Portilla 2 carbon dioxide fire extinguishers for recharging. Examined and passed Victor SHAVROFF for lifeboat ticket. 13.27 USS “Crawford” stood in.


16.00 to 24.00:

Moored as before. 17.50 USS “Upshur” stood in. 23.00 USS “Upshur” stood out.


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31 March 1942

At San Juan.

Lat 18.457, Long -66.111

[Wind mainly E force 0-4; broken cloud with occasional showers; air temperature average 76°F]


00.00 to 09.00:

Moored as before to Coast Guard Dock, San Juan, PR with both anchors down and with fresh water and telephone service from the dock. 08.25 4 workmen from Portilla aboard.


09.00 to 16.00:

Moored as before. 11.00 Published the Articles for the Government of the United States Navy* to the crew. 12.17 USS PC475 stood out.


16.00 to 24.00:

Moored as before. 17.08 Sounded anti-aircraft alarm, standing by at alert condition. Gun crew standing by No.1 gun. Lookout kept on harbor entrance net; examined every 15 minutes by arc light. 18.00 Secured from alert. Granted liberty to Starboard Watch to expire at 24.00 this date. 20.30 Portilla workmen departed.


*[Note: The military laws of the US Navy. See Articles for the Government of the United States Navy ]


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[Crew register]

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[Crew register]


[Crew mentioned]


Name

Badge

Rank

Date Joined

Date Left

Notes

Harry J. Baldwin

203-397

Fireman 2c



Returned on board in custody on 5 Mar 1942

Albert B. Church

211-764

Radioman 3c (P)

1 Mar 1942


Joined for temporary duty

Miguel Feliciano

500-215

Apprentice Seaman


6 Mar 1942


Fernando Grillasca

500-229

Mess Attendant 3c (R)

19 Mar 1942



Asa M. Jones

220-427

Quartermaster 3c (P)


20 Mar 1942

Left for USCGC Crawford

Albert Lees

106-258

Boatswain’s Mate 2c


28 Mar 1942

Summary Court Martial on 27 Mar 1942
Placed in confinement on 27 Mar 1942

Charles Lehman

500-235

Apprentice Seaman (R)

6 Mar 1942



Celestino Morales

500-226

Apprentice Seaman


7 Mar 1942


James Phillips

500-213

Officer’s Steward 2c (R)

23 Mar 1942



Marcial Quinones

500-241

Mess Attendant 3c (R)

4 Mar 1942



Juan Rodriguez

500-234

Apprentice Seaman (R)

5 Mar 1942

10 Mar 1942


Harmon A. Snipes Jr.

222-266

Seaman 2c

21 Mar 1942



Harlan E. Sterling

219-512

Chief Boatswain’s Mate



30 Mar 1942

Temporary duty made permanent on 18 Mar 1942
Transferred to USS Redwood for temporary duty

Earl Upchurch

221-684

Fireman 1c


15 Mar 1942



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LOGS FOR APRIL 1942


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[List of officers]


Name

Rank

Address

Date Joined

Date Left

Notes

Emette Burch Smith

Lieutenant Commander

Mrs E.B. Smith (wife)
520 Wayne Avenue, Greenville, Darke County, OH.


29 Apr 1942

Command passed to Louis MacLane Thayer Jr.

Louis MacLane Thayer Jr.

Lieutenant

Mignon R. Thayer (wife)
Fort George, Meade, MD.




G.G. Van Dyke

Surgeon USPHS

Mrs Catherine Van Dyke (wife)
1225 Nashville Avenue, New Orleans, LA.




Robert Raymond Russell

Lieutenant (jg)

Mrs R.R. Russell (wife)
39 Raven Road, Lowell, MA.




Joe Louis Horne

Ensign

Mrs H.B. Horne, Sr. (mother)
III Woodridge Avenue, Silver Spring, MD.
(Phone 544866-5)


30 Apr 1942


James Alexander Palmer

Ensign

Mrs L.K. Palmer (mother)
1703 W Vernon Street, Los Angeles, CA.




William Edward Chapline Jr.

Ensign

Mrs Rose C. Chapline (mother)
Box 734, Lake Arrowhead, CA.


8 Apr 1942


George F. Hutchinson

Ensign (R)

Mr G.F. Hutchinson (father)
Wickford, RI.




R.O. Elwood

Machinist

Mrs Martha Elwood (wife)
711 Southard Street, Key West, FL.




Berthold Papanek

Lieut (jg) (R)


5 Apr 1942




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[Instructions for keeping ship’s log]


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1 April 1942

At San Juan.

Lat 18.457, Long -66.111.

[Wind variable force 2-6; broken cloud; air temperature average 76°F]


00.00 to 09.00:

Moored starboard side to Coast Guard Wharf, San Juan, PR with both anchors down. 07.30 Portilla workmen aboard.


16.00 to 24.00:

Moored as before. 16.55 USS “Sturtevant”* [destroyer] stood in. 21.00 USS “Mankato” stood out. 22.45 USS “Mankato” and tow stood in. 24.00 Liberty party returned on time.


*[Note: Later sunk by accident in an American minefield. See hyperlink.]


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2 April 1942

At San Juan.

Lat 18.457, Long -66.111

[Wind E veering SE force 4-5; broken cloud; air temperature average 76°F]


00.00 to 09.00:

Moored starboard side to Coast Guard Dock; San Juan, PR, with both anchors down; telephone and fresh water service from dock.


09.00 to 16.00:

Moored as before. 12.40 USS “Crawford” CG stood out. 13.00 Granted liberty to the Starboard Watch to expire 16.00 this date. 13.14 YP364 stood in. 13.30 Ensign G.F. HUTCHINSON USCGR departed for inpatient treatment at US Naval Air Station Hospital. 15.56 US tanker “Glenpool” stood in. 16.00 All liberty party returned on time. MADSEN, Aron (106-369) CBM temporary duty on US “Marion” CG made permanent as of 1 April 1942. CHURCH, Albert B. (211-764) RM 3c (P) temporary duty made permanent on USS “Unalga” CG as of 1 April 1942. STERLING, Harlan E. (219-512) CBM assigned permanent duty to “Unalga” CG as of 1 April 1942, while on temporary duty USS “Redwood”.


16.00 to 24.00:

Moored as before. 16.10 SS “Marjory” stood in. 16.15 STERLING, Harlan E. (219-512) CBM returned from temporary duty USS “Redwood”. 17.10 SS “Hastings” stood in. 17.18 General Quarters. 17.50 SS “San Jacinto” stood out. 18.25 USS “Sturtevant” stood out.


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3 April 1942

At San Juan.

Lat 18.457, Long -66.111

[Wind variable E force 0-4; broken cloud; air temperature average 77°F]


00.00 to 09.00:

Moored as before, starboard side Coast Guard Dock, San Juan, PR with both anchors down; with telephone and fresh water service from the dock. 07.48 SS “Alfoundria” stood out.


09.00 to 16.00:

Moored as before. 11.15 Issued semi-monthly stipend to crew. 12.10 “Cypress” [coastguard cutter] moored to dock astern of “Unalga”.


16.00 to 24.00:

Moored as before. 17.00 STERLING, Harlan E. (219-512) CBM departed “Unalga” for temporary duty on “Cypress”. 19.45 US Naval Transports “Evangeline”, “Cuba”, and “Algonquin” and US destroyers “Biddle” and “Bainbridge” stood in.


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4 April 1942

At San Juan.

Lat 18.457, Long -66.111

[Wind variable E force 3-5; broken cloud; air temperature average 77°F]


00.00 to 09.00:

Moored as before. 06.35 “Cypress” stood out.


09.00 to 16.00:

Moored as before. 09.05 ALPERT, Hyman (100-115) CQM (P) extended enlistment this date for a period of 3 years. STENGEL, Herbert L. (221-562) Cox (P) departed for inpatient treatment at USN Hospital. 11.30 Made weekly ship’s inspection. 12.03 SS “Rosario” stood in. 13.00 Granted liberty to Starboard Watch to expire at 16.00 this date. 13.40 US Navy Tug “New York”* stood in. 14.15 Welders from base departed.


16.00 to 24.00:

Moored as before. 16.40 USS “Bainbridge” stood out. 17.20 US Navy Transport “Cuba” stood out.


*[Note: “New York” was the war service name for the steam tug “Catawissa”.]


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5 April 1942

At San Juan.

Lat 18.457, Long -66.111

[Wind variable E force 3-6; overcast with rain; air temperature average 75°F]


00.00 to 09.00:

Moored as before starboard side to Coast Guard Dock, San Juan, PR with both anchors down with telephone and fresh water service from dock. 06.56 SS “Jeminsk” [?] stood in. 07.27 USS “Biddle” stood out. 08.15 SS “Elizabeth”* stood in. 08.25 USAT “Algonquin” stood out.


09.00 to 16.00:

Moored as before. 10.05 PAPANEK, Berthold, Lieut USCGR reported on board for assignment to duty from 3rd Naval District. 12.15 Motor dinghy departed with recreation party. 14.45 Motor dinghy returned.


16.00 to 24.00:

Moored as before. Illuminated net with searchlight at intervals throughout watch.


*[Note: Sunk by a U-boat the next month off Cuba. See hyperlink.]


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6 April 1942

At San Juan.

Lat 18.457, Long -66.111

[Wind mainly E force 2-6; cloudy with showers; air temperature average 76°F]


00.00 to 09.00:

Moored starboard side to Coast Guard Dock, San Juan, PR, with both anchors down, telephone and fresh water service from dock.


09.00 to 16.00:

Moored as before. 11.15 Ensign (R) G.F. HUTCHINSON returned from inpatient treatment at US Naval Air Station Dispensary. 12.20 Received from Portilla Foundry 3 x CO2 fire extinguishers having been re-charged. 13.00 OBDULIO, Martinez was examined for lifeboatman and found not qualified. 3.35 DONOVAN, Harold T. (102-934) MM 1c (P) departed for 10th Naval District Headquarters under armed guard, pending General Court-Martial. 13.55 Delivered 1 deck clock No.1189 to Walter Tisher Co. for repairs. 15.50 DONOVAN, Harold T. (102-934) MM 1c (P) returned from 10th Naval District Headquarters under armed guard to await trial by General Court-Martial.


16.00 to 24.00:

Moored as before. Swept harbor entrance with searchlight throughout evening watch at 15-minute intervals.


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7 April 1942

At San Juan.

Lat 18.457, Long -66.111

[Wind variable E force 4-6; cloudy with showers; air temperature average 76°F]


00.00 to 09.00:

Moored as before at Coast Guard Dock, San Juan. 08.25 Welders from Coast Guard Base aboard to weld ship’s ports.


09.00 to 16.00:

Moored as before. 15.15 Made preparations for getting underway. 15.25 Underway on various courses and speeds proceeding to fuel dock. 15.42 Moored to Pier 9, San Juan.


16.00 to 24.00:

Moored as before. 16.25 Lt F.P. MORAN, USN, and Mr. P.H. GORDON aboard from 10th Naval District HQ. 16.32 Commenced fueling ship. 16.40 Lt F.P. MORAN, USN, and Mr. P.H. GORDON ashore. 17.20 Finished fueling ship. Received 33,476.95 gallons Navy Standard fuel oil. 17.30 Following named men advanced in rating from Sea 2c to Sea 1c: AYSCUE, Henry C. (234-012); BOOTH, Leonard R. (220-970); GRIMSLEY, Leonard (234-006); LLOYD, Glenn B. (220-985); MAPP, George E. (234-172); McGOWAN, Alton (234-017); NYEGARD, Lawrence K. (234-084); SCULLY, William F. (234-166). Following named men advanced in rating from AS (R) to Sea 2c (R): CLAUDIO, Otillo (500-218)(R); GONZALES, Hernand V. (500-202)(R); PADILLA, Pedro J. (500-216)(R); LEHMAN, Charles (500-235)(R). 18.00 Underway on various courses and speeds proceeding to Coast Guard Dock. 18.20 Moored starboard side to Coast Guard Dock with port anchor down. 18.40 CONNELL, Thomas P. SR. (206-701) GM 2c (P) reported aboard from San Juan base for assignment to duty. 20.00 HEBERT, Patrick D. (204-408) GM1/C (P) transferred to San Juan Base.


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8 April 1942

At San Juan and at patrol.

Lat 18.51, Long -66.15

[Wind variable ENE force 5; cloudy with showers; air temperature average 76°F]


00.00 to 09.00:

Moored starboard side to Coast Guard Dock, San Juan. 07.00 KORTLANG, WIilliam F. SR. (225-044) RM 2c (P) departed for Radio Engineering and Maintenance School, New London, Conn., for temporary duty. 07.20 Machinist R.O. ELWOOD departed to San Juan base for temporary duty. Ensign CHAPLINE left ship for base. 07.22 Made preparations for getting underway. 07.33 Underway on various courses and speeds proceeding to San Antonio Channel. 08.30 Anchored in San Antonio Channel in 7½ fathoms water to 15 fathoms port chain. 08.41 Passed stern line to lock. 08.43 US Navy degaussing personnel and equipment aboard to test degaussing system. 08.45 Adjusted ship’s hauling by means of stern line.


09.00 to 16.00:

Anchored as before on heading magnetic S in San Antonio Channel. 13.20 Began heaving in port anchor, changed ship’s heading to magnetic N with aid of Navy tug. 13.45 Anchored in 7½ fathoms of water to 15 fathoms starboard chain, holding ship’s head on magnetic N by means of stern line to shore. 15.42 Completed degaussing calibration. 15.45 Degaussing workmen and equipment departed. 15.48 Anchor aweigh. 15.50 Underway on various courses at various speeds proceeding down San Antonio Channel and out of San Juan Harbor.


16.00 to 20.00:

Underway on various courses and speeds, standing out of San Juan Harbor. 16.20 El Morro light abeam to starboard. 16.30 Relieved YP64 of harbor entrance patrol. 16.39 Stopped and drifting. 17.14 Held General Quarters. 18.00 Identified the American tanker “C.A. Canfield” of Washington, Del., bound for San Juan, PR. 18.39 Darkened ship. 19.55 Ahead on various courses and speeds.


20.00 to 24.00:

Underway as before on various courses and speeds. 20.05 Stopped; drifting. 22.00 Underway on various courses and speeds. 22.11 Stopped; drifting. 23.25 Underway on course 90° T at ⅓ speed.


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9 April 1942

At San Juan and on patrol.

Lat 18.52, Long -66.12

[Wind mainly ENE force 5-6; sea rough; cloudy with rain squalls; air temperature average 76°F]


00.00 to 04.00:

Underway on course 90° PGC and True at ⅓ speed on harbor entrance patrol. 01.25 Changed course to 20° PGC. 02.15 Changed course to 110° PGC. 03.55 Changed course to 170° PGC.


04.00 to 08.00:

On course 170° PGC & True at ⅓ speed. 04.02 Stopped to drift. 05.25 The lights of San Juan were blacked out; sounded general alarm and held General Quarters. 05.50 Ahead on course 170° PGC & True at ⅔ speed. 06.00 Reduced to ⅓ speed. 06.05 Course 90° PGC and True.


08.00 to 12.00:

Drifting as before. 10.10 Ahead, various courses and speeds to identify vessel. Identified SS “Cherokee”*. 11.06 Standard speed. Various courses to identify SS “Delisle” **.


12.00 to 16.00:

Underway as before; stopped and drifting. 14.02 Set course 60° PGC (58° True) at ⅓ speed. 14.40 Various courses and speeds to identify ship approaching San Juan. 13.00 Identified ship as SS “Isabella”. [“Isabela”]***


16.00 to 20.00:

On course 115° PGC (113° T) at ⅓ speed regaining position. 16.13 Changed to various courses until 16.30 when stopped to drift.


20.00 to 24.00:

Drifting as before. 21.07 Ahead on course 85° PGC (83° T) at ⅓ speed. 21.50 Stopped; drifting.


*[Note: Sunk by a U-boat with great loss of life in June 1942. See hyperlink.]

**[Note: Damaged by a U-boat attack in May 1942 on its way to San Juan; later sunk by another U-boat. See hyperlink.]

***[Note: Sunk off Jamaica by a U-boat in May 1942. See hyperlink.]


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10 April 1942

At San Juan and on patrol.

Lat 18.52, Long -66.12

[Wind variable E force 5; sea moderate; broken cloud; air temperature average 76°F]


00.00 to 04.00:

Underway on course 90° PGC (88° True) at ⅓ speed on harbor entrance patrol off San Juan. Stopped; began drifting. Watch uneventful.


04.00 to 08.00:

Drifting in vicinity of San Juan Light. 07.00 Ahead on various courses at ⅓ speed.


08.00 to 12.00:

Underway as before on course 90° PGC (88° T) at ⅓ speed. 08.03 Stopped; drifting.


12.00 to 16.00:

12.49 Underway on various courses and speeds to identify vessel. 12.58 Identified vessel as tug “Berwind” with tow; changed course to 115° PGC (114° True). 13.30 Various courses and speeds returning to station. 14.30 Commenced practice firing with machine guns. 15.35 Secured from practice firing; expended 124 rounds .50 caliber ammunition and 260 rounds .30 caliber ammunition.


16.00 to 20.00:

Drifting as before. 16.20 Ahead, courses and speeds various, to intercept vessel. 17.00 Identified the Panamanian tanker “Ormondale” bound to San Juan, PR.


20.00 to 24.00:

Underway as before, drifting. 20.18 Ahead on course 89° PGC at ⅓ speed. [The pattern ⅓ speed then drifting is repeated through the watches.]


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11 April 1942

At San Juan and on patrol.

Lat 18.52, Long -66.12

[Wind mainly E force 3-5; sea slight; broken cloud with rain showers; air temperature average 76°F]


00.00 to 04.00:

Underway stopped and drifting on harbor entrance patrol of San Juan. 00.45 Underway on various courses at ⅓ speed investigating area. 01.17 Stopped and drifting.


04.00 to 08.00:

Drifting as before. 04.20 Ahead on various courses and speeds. 04.30 Identified [destroyer] USS “Breckinridge”. 04.40 Stopped to drift. 05.28 Ahead on various courses to identify two vessels. 05.55 Identified USS “Partridge” and USS “Sandpiper” [minesweeper]; proceeded to regain station.


08.00 to 12.00:

Drifting as before. 11.20 Identified schooner “Alice”* and SS “Maiden Creek”. Lt L M. THAYER placed upon binnacle list: diagnosis influenza.


12.00 to 16.00:

Underway as before on course 254° PGC (253° True) at ⅔ speed proceeding back to station. 12.13 Changed course to 324° PGC. 12.45 Various courses and speeds identify merchantman. 14.45 Identified ship as SS “Roanoke”


16.00 to 20.00:

Underway as before; drifting, and on various courses. 18.45 Identified SS “Manuela” 5 miles N of San Juan. 19.30 Secured from alert.


[Note: “Maiden Creek”, “Roanake” and “Manuela” were all sunk by U-Boats in various locations. See hyperlinks for details.]

*[Note: This schooner was registered in St Thomas, V I.]


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12 April 1942

At San Juan and on patrol.

Lat 18.52, Long -66.12

[Wind mainly SE force 2-5; sea slight; broken cloud with rain showers; air temperature average 75°F]


00.00 to 04.00:

Underway stopped and drifting on harbor entrance patrol off San Juan.


04.00 to 08.00:

Drifting as before. 07.15 Identified SS “Chippewa” 6½ miles NE of San Juan bound from St Lucia to San Juan.


08.00 to 12.00:

Underway as before on course 270° PGC 269° True at ⅔ speed. 08.03 Stopped, drifting. 10.23 Ahead various courses and speeds identified schooner “Agnes” on passage from Curacao to San Juan.


16.00 to 20.00:

Drifting as before. 18.00 identified SS “Delisle” bound from San Juan.


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13 April 1942

At San Juan and on patrol.

Lat 18.52, Long -66.12

[Wind mainly NE force 3-5 becoming SW; sea slight; broken cloud with rain later; air temperature average 75°F]


00.00 to 04.00:

Underway stopped and drifting on harbor entrance patrol off San Juan. E.B. SMITH, Lt Comdr.*


04.00 to 08.00:

Drifting as before. 05.40 Maneuvering to identify tug “Berwind” and tow en route to San Juan. 06.30 Identified SS “Norlandia”** (USA) bound from Antigua BWI to Cuba. 06.55 Identified SS “Prins Bernhard” (Dutch) bound to San Juan. 07.20 identified Panamanian tanker “Prometheus” bound to San Juan. 07.30 Two fast speedboats painted gray entered San Juan Harbor. They were too distant to identify. 06.45 Secured from General Quarters. Position when relieved: 18 31N, 66 09W.


08.00 to 12.00:

Underway as before. 08.45 Various courses and speeds to investigate vessel. 09.15 Identified vessel as USS “Mankato”. 09.30 Sighted 3 oil drums lashed together, 5 miles NW of San Juan Harbor and sank drums by rifle fire. 10.34 Various courses and speeds to investigate vessel. 11.10 Identified vessel as ketch “Ahto”; returned to station.


12.00 to 16.00:

Underway as before; stopped and drifting. 14.46 Set course 110° PGC (108° True) to investigate ship. 14.55 Identified USS “Redwood”.


16.00 to 20.00:

Underway as before on various courses and speeds. 16.20 Identified tug “New York” with 2 barques in tow bound for San Juan. 16.25 Stopped; drifting.


*[Note: The log is being written by the Commanding Officer.]

**[Note: Sunk by a U-boat in July not far from this location. See hyperlink.]


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14 April 1942

At San Juan and on patrol.

Lat 18.52, Long -66.12

[Wind ESE backing ENE force 3-5 becoming SW; sea slight; broken cloud; air temperature average 75°F]


00.00 to 04.00:

Underway stopped and drifting on harbor entrance patrol off San Juan.


04.00 to 08.00:

Drifting as before. 05.30 Maneuvering on various courses and at various speeds to intercept the “Louise J” [motor vessel from St Thomas] for identification. “Louise J” bound for San Juan.


08.00 to 12.00:

09.08 Ahead on various courses at various speeds. 09.45 Identified schooner “Omaha” bound San Juan.


12.00 to 16.00:

Underway as before on various courses and speeds. 12.12 Identified schooner “Pocahontas”; various courses and speeds resuming station. 12.55 Relieved of harbor entrance patrol by “Crawford”; various courses and speeds standing into San Juan Harbor. 13.30 Moored port side to pier 9 to fuel ship; draft forward 11 feet 1 inch, aft 14 feet 5 inches. 14.25 Commenced fueling. 14.47 Finished fueling ship; draft forward 12 feet 4 inches, aft 14 feet 5 inches. Received 17,956.14 gallons grade 1 Navy fuel oil. 15.15 Made preparations for getting underway. 15.25 Underway on various courses and speeds proceeding to Coast Guard Dock. 15.35 Let go port anchor; moored to Coast Guard Dock, San Juan.


16.00 to 20.00:

19.30 Granted liberty to Starboard Watch to expire at 24.00 today. 24.00 Liberty party returned on time. Illuminated harbor net at intervals throughout watch.


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15 April 1942

At San Juan.

Lat 18.457, Long -66.111

[Wind mainly NE force 3-5; broken cloud; air temperature average 77°F]


00.00 to 09.00:

Moored starboard side to Coast Guard Dock, San Juan, with port anchor down; telephone and fresh water service from dock. Played searchlight on harbor net at intervals. 06.45 Prepared ship for fumigation. 07.05 US Public Health Service fumigation crew aboard, Dr. A.L. SPRINGER in charge. 08.30 All officers and crew departed ship; engineering department completely secured.


09.00 to 16.00:

Moored as before. 09.15 Granted liberty to Port Watch to expire at 16.00 today. 09.30 Began fumigating vessel. 09.40 Received 1 repaired clock No.2-1189 from Walter Tisher. 13.30 Ship’s hatches opened, ports opened; freeing ship of fumigating gas. Engines started, lit off boilers, started generators, using fans and blowers for clearing compartments of gas.


16.00 to 24.00:

Moored as before. 16.30 Ship open to crew, all hands airing bedding. 17.20 Ship officially released from quarantine by Assistant Surgeon A.L. SPRINGER.


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16 April 1942

At San Juan and at patrol.

Lat 18.457, Long -66.111

[Wind mainly NE force 3-5; broken cloud; air temperature average 77°F]


00.00 to 09.00:

Moored as before starboard side to Coast Guard Dock, San Juan.


09.00 to 16.00:

Moored as before. 10.30 Lt L.M. THAYER and DONOVAN, Harold T. (102-434) MM 1c (P) departed for 10th Naval District Headquarters as defense counsel and defendant, respectively, in General Court Martial for offense of 22 March 1942. 11.25 Made preparations for getting underway. 13.02 POSADA, Fernando (219-511) CMM reported aboard for temporary duty. 13.04 Underway on various courses and speeds standing out of San Juan Harbor. Various courses and speeds to contact “Crawford”. 14.00 “Crawford” detached and returned to harbor entrance patrol.


20.00 to 24.00:

Underway as before on course 90° PGC at ⅔ speed. 21.15 Various courses at various speeds to identify merchant vessel. Unable to overtake merchant ship.


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17 April 1942

At San Juan and at patrol.

Lat 18.82, Long -66.10

[Wind E force 4; sea moderate; broken cloud; air temperature average 77°F]


00.00 to 04.00:

Underway on course 270° PGC (270° True) at ⅔ speed off N coast of PR.


04.00 to 08.00:

Underway as before; 05.45 Changed course to 180° True. 06.10 Changed course to 270° True. 08.00 El Morro abeam to port distance 21 miles.

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08.00 to 12.00:

Underway as before on course 270° PGC at ⅔ speed. 08.00 Changed course to 180° PGC. 08.54 Changed course to 276° PGC. 09.40 Relieved by YP64. 09.50 Various courses and speeds to San Juan Harbor. 11.05 Anchored in 6 fathoms of water to 15 fathoms port chain in San Juan Harbor. 11.43 Underway, maneuvering for

regular berth at Coast Guard Dock. 11.55 Dropped port anchor; moored starboard side to Coast Guard Dock, San Juan.


12.00 to 16.00:

Moored as before. 12.10 DONOVAN, Harold T. (102-934) MM 1c (P) returned aboard having been left ashore on authorized duty on 16 April 1942. 15.30 Lt L.M. THAYER returned aboard having been left ashore on authorized duty on 16 April 1942.


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18 April 1942

At San Juan.

Lat 18.457, Long -66.111

[Wind NE veering SE force 2-5; broken cloud; air temperature average 77°F]


00.00 to 09.00:

Moored starboard side to Coast Guard Dock, San Juan.


09.00 to 16.00:

Moored as before. POSADO, Fernando (219-511) CMM departed to office at District Coast Guard Officer 10th Naval District for duty, temporary duty this unit having been completed. 15.40 Lt L.M. THAYER departed on 7 days’ leave granted by the Commanding Officer.


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19 April 1942

At San Juan.

Lat 18.457, Long -66.111

[Wind SE backing ESE force 2-5; broken cloud; air temperature average 77°F]


00.00 to 09.00:

Moored as before starboard side to Coast Guard Dock, San Juan.


09.00 to 16.00:

Moored as before. 12.05 Number 1 boat departed with recreation party. 15.35 SINTES, Luis (500-228) WT 2c (R) departed in naval ambulance for inpatient treatment at US Naval Dispensary.


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20 April 1942

At San Juan and at patrol.

Lat 18.457, Long -66.111

[Wind E veering S force 3-5; broken cloud with haze and fog later; air temperature average 77°F]


00.00 to 09.00:

Moored to Coast Guard Dock, San Juan.


09.00 to 12.00:

Moored as before. 10.52 Crew received semi-monthly stipend. 11.45 Bridge and engine room ready for getting underway.


12.00 to 16.00:

12.21 Underway on various courses and speeds standing out of San Juan Harbor. 12.55 Relieved YP64 as harbor entrance patrol vessel. 13.11 Stopped to adjust main shaft bearing. 13.25 Identified tug “Cynthia”; ahead standard speed on course 45° PGC.


20.00 to 24.00:

Underway on course 172° (PGC) 170° T at ⅓ speed. 20.44 Ahead on various courses and speeds to locate and investigate sailing vessel. 21.05 Identified schooner “Resolution” of St Thomas.


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21 April 1942

Lat 18.52, Long -66.12

At San Juan and on patrol.

[Wind E veering SW force 2-4; sea smooth; cloudy; air temperature average 77°F]


00.00 to 04.00:

Underway stopped and drifting on harbor entrance patrol off San Juan Harbor.


04.00 to 08.00:

Underway and drifting as before. 05.30 Ahead on various courses and speeds to identify vessel. 06.05 Identified SS “Prins Bernhard” (Dutch) en route to San Juan. 06.57 Identified schooner “Resolution” (US) bound for San Juan.


12.00 to 16.00:

Underway as before stopped and drifting. 12.56 Set course 270°PGC (268° True) at standard speed to identify vessel. 13.30 Identified vessel as SS “Rosario”.


16.00 to 20.00:

Underway and drifting as before. 18.35 Ahead on various courses and speeds to identify vessel. 18.50 Identified vessel as SS “Seminole” (US) bound for San Juan.


20.00 to 24.00:

Underway and drifting as before. 21.50 Sighted vessel running dark on starboard beam. 21.52 Commenced various courses and speeds to investigate said vessel. Challenged same and received satisfactory reply.


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22 April 1942

Lat 18.52, Long -66.12

At San Juan and on patrol.

[Wind variable E force 0-4; sea smooth; cloudy; air temperature average 79°F]


00.00 to 04.00:

Underway stopped and drifting on harbor entrance patrol off San Juan.


04.00 to 08.00:

Underway and drifting as before. 05.30 Ahead on various courses and speeds to identify vessel with tow. 05.40 Identified Navy submarine chaser P490. 05.45 Identified tug “Berwind” with barge.


08.00 to 12.00:

Underway and drifting as before. 11.10 Ahead on various courses and speeds to investigate sailing vessel. 11.25 Identified schooner “Isabel Maria”, of Ciudad Bolivar, Dominican Republic, bound for San Juan.


12.00 to 16.00:

Underway as before, stopped and drifting. 12.20 Various courses and speeds. 12.35 Identified schooner “Pocahontas”. 13.10 Identified schooner “Patria”.


16.00 to 20.00:

Underway as before to identify vessel. 16.25 Identified schooner “Benjamin W. Latham” bound for San Juan; ahead on various courses and speeds. 17.20 Identified tug “New York” with barge bound for San Juan. 18.30 Stopped engines and lowered motor dinghy. 18.45: Picked up wooden raft with 4 metal drums.


20.00 to 24.00:

Instructed “Benjamin W Latham” to lie 10 miles off shore, darken ship and enter harbor in the morning.


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23 April 1942

Lat 18.52, Long -66.12

At San Juan and on patrol.

[Wind variable S force 3-5; sea smooth; cloudy; air temperature average 79°F]


00.00 to 04.00:

Underway stopped and drifting on harbor entrance patrol off San Juan.


04.00 to 08.00:

Underway, drifting as before. 05.25 Ahead on various courses and speeds to investigate vessel. 05.30 Held General Quarters. 05.55 Identified SS “Arlyn”* bound for San Juan. 06.50 Identified schooner “Benjamin W Latham” bound for San Juan.


08.00 to 12.00:

Underway on various courses and speeds to investigate vessel. 08.48 Identified HMS “Clarkia” [corvette] about 10 miles NE of San Juan Harbor entrance. 08.50 Identified SS “Manuela” bound for San Juan. Ahead on various courses and speeds to resume station. 09.30 Stopped; drifting. 11.27 Ahead on various courses and speeds to investigate sailing vessel. Failed to identify same as she was too far inshore. 10.00 EZELL, Oscar Jr. (229-033) M Att 2c placed on report by Lt (jg) R.R. RUSSELL for theft in an amount of $10.00.


*[Note: Sunk by a U-boat in the North Atlantic the next month. See hyperlink.]


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24 April 1942

Lat 18.52, Long -66.12

At San Juan and on patrol.

[Wind SE veering N force 0-5; sea smooth; cloudy and overcast with rain; air temperature average 77°F]


00.00 to 04.00:

Underway stopped and drifting on harbor entrance patrol off San Juan.


04.00 to 08.00:

Underway, drifting as before. 05.50 Identified US Navy net tender Y-39 [USS “Navigator”].06.15 Identified schooner “Grecia P”.


16.00 to 20.00:

Underway, drifting as before. 16.35 Ahead on various courses at various speeds. 17.25 Identified SS “Prins Bernhard” and Tug “Berwind”.


20.00 to 24.00:

21.25 Ahead on various courses and at various speeds to investigate steamer. 22.12 Stopped, drifting. 22.20 Identified SS “Solon Turman”* (US) bound for San Juan and instructed her to darken ship.


*[Note: Sunk by a U-boat in June 1942 near the Panama Canal. See hyperlink.]


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25 April 1942

Lat 18.52, Long -66.12

At San Juan and on patrol.

[Wind variable N force 3-5; sea smooth; cloudy and overcast with rain; air temperature average 74°F]


00.00 to 04.00:

Underway stopped and drifting on harbor entrance patrol off San Juan.


04.00 to 08.00:

Underway, drifting as before. 04.10 Ahead on various courses at various speeds. 06.00 Identified SS “Solon Turman”.


08.00 to 12.00:

10.12 Ahead at ⅓ speed to change ship’s heading. 10.15 Stopped; drifting. 10.30 Commanding Officer made weekly inspection of ship.


12.00 to 16.00:

Underway as before stopped and drifting. 14.45 Various courses and speeds. 15.00 Identified USAT “Leisenring”. 15.28 Various courses and speeds to investigate ship. 15.45 Identified SS “Seminole”;


20.00 to 24.00:

Underway, drifting as before.


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26 April 1942

Lat 18.52, Long -66.12

At patrol and at San Juan.

[Wind variable force 1-3; sea smooth; cloudy and overcast with rain; air temperature average 71°F]


00.00 to 04.00:

Underway stopped and drifting on harbor entrance patrol off San Juan.


12.00 to 16.00:

Underway as before. 12.55 Relieved by YP64 of duty. Various courses and speeds standing in San Juan Harbor. 13.31 Moored port side to pier “9”, West India fuel dock. 14.15 Lt L.M. THAYER reported aboard from 7 days’ leave, having previously reported at Coast Guard Base on time. 14.15 Ensign J.A. PALMER reported aboard from 20 days’ leave, having previously reported at Coast Guard Base on time. 14.20 Began fueling ship. 15.00 Finished fueling ship having received 25,393.99 gallons of Bunker “C” fuel from West India Oil Co. 15.15 Underway on various courses and speeds for Coast Guard Dock. 15.36 Moored starboard side to Coast Guard Dock, San Juan, with port anchor down. 16.00 Fresh water and telephone service to dock.


16.00 to 24.00:

Moored as before. 16.10 LEHMAN, Charles (500-535) Sea 2c (R) returned from authorized liberty, having reported at Coast Guard Base and assigned temporary duty there until return of “Unalga”.


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27 April 1942

At San Juan.

Lat 18.457, Long -66.111

[Wind E and NE force 2-3 and calm; cloudy with showers; air temperature average 75°F]


00.00 to 09.00:

Moored as before, starboard side to Coast Guard Dock, San Juan.


09.00 to 16.00:

Moored as before. 09.50 PEACE, Williard W. (223-742) SC 3c (P) and PADILLA, Pedro Juan (500-216) Sea 2c departed to the US Naval Air Station Dispensary for inpatient treatment.


16.00 to 24.00:

Moored as before. 16.30 PASADO, Fernando (219-511) CMM departed to Captain of Port Detail.


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28 April 1942

Lat 18.457, Long -66.111

At San Juan.

[Wind variable NE force 3-4; broken cloud; air temperature average 75°F]


00.00 to 09.00:

Moored as before to starboard side to Coast Guard Wharf.


09.00 to 16.00:

Moored as before. 09.00 COLL, Jose L. (500-224) AS (R) and DE LA PAZ, William (500-211) AS (R) reported aboard for assignment to duty. 10.20 Portilla Foundry workmen began working on blanking off ship’s air ports.


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29 April 1942

At San Juan.

Lat 18.457, Long -66.111

[Wind variable NE force 3-4; broken cloud; air temperature average 74°F]


00.00 to 09.00:

Moored as before, starboard side to Coast Guard Docks, San Juan.


09.00 to 16.00:

Moored as before. 13.00 Granted liberty to Starboard Watch to expire at 17.00 today. 14.20 Received from the Shell Co. Ltd. 1 drum (53 gallons) kerosene.


16.00 to 18.00:

Moored as before. 17.00 Liberty party returned on time. 18.00 Lt Comdr. E.B. SMITH detached in accordance with headquarter letter 7 April 1942 (P-71).


18.00 to 24.00:

Moored as before. Played the searchlight across the harbor entrance at 15-minute intervals throughout the night. 24.00 Liberty party back on time.


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30 April 1942

At San Juan.

Lat 18.457, Long -66.111

[Wind variable E force 3 and calm; broken cloud; air temperature average 76°F]


00.00 to 09.00:

Moored as before starboard side to Coast Guard Wharf. 06.45 Ensign J.L. HORNE transferred to 3rd Naval District.


09.00 to 16.00:

Moored as before. The following emergency drills were held in the order named: fire, collision, abandon ship, fire, collision, man overboard, abandon ship. 14.31 Secured from all emergency drills. Heaved in starboard anchor and secured same in hawse.


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[Crew register]

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[Crew register]


[Crew mentioned]


Name

Badge

Rank

Date Joined

Date Left

Notes

Henry C. Ayscue

234-012

Seaman 2c



Advanced to Seaman 1c on 7 Apr 1942

Leonard K. Booth

220-970

Seaman 2c



Advanced to Seaman 1c on 7 Apr 1942

Otilio Claudio

500-218

Apprentice Seaman



Advanced to Seaman 2c on 7 Apr 1942

Albert B. Church

211-764

Radioman 3c (P)



Temporary duty made permanent on 2 Apr 1942

Jose L. Coll

500-224

Apprentice Seaman (R)

28 Apr 1942



Thomas P. Connell Sr.

206-701

Gunner’s Mate 2c

7 Apr 1942



William De La Paz

500-211

Apprentice Seaman (R)

28 Apr 1942



Hernand V. Gonzales

500-202
(550-202)

Apprentice Seaman (R)



Advanced to Seaman 2c (R) on 7 Apr 1942

Leonard W. Grimsley

234-006

Seaman 2c



Advanced to Seaman 1c on 7 Apr 1942

Patrick D. Hebert

204-408

Gunner’s Mate 1c (P)


7 Apr 1942


William F. Kortlang Jr.

225-044

Radioman 12 (P)


8 Apr 1942

Left for temporary duty

Charles Lehman

500-235

Apprentice Seaman (R)



Advanced to Seaman 2c on 7 Apr 1942

Glenn B. Lloyd

220-985

Seaman 2c



Advanced to Seaman 1c on 7 Apr 1942

Aron Madsen

106-639

Chief Boatswain’s Mate



Temporary duty on board USCGC Marion made permanent on 2 Apr 1942

George E. Mapp

234-172

Seaman 2c



Advanced to Seaman 1c on 7 Apr 1942

Alton McGowan

234-017
(234-710)

Apprentice Seaman



Advanced to Seaman 1c on 7 Apr 1942

Lawrence K. Nyegard

234-084

Seaman 2c



Advanced to Seaman 1c on 7 Apr 1942

Pedro Juan Padilla

500-216

Apprentice Seaman



Advanced to Seaman 2c on 7 Apr 1942

Fernando Posado

219-511

Chief Machinist’s Mate



Joined for temporary duty on 16 Apr 1942
Left on 27 Apr 1942

William F. Scully

234-166

Apprentice Seaman



Advanced to Seaman 1c on 7 Apr 1942



LOGS FOR MAY 1942


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[Blanks and covers]


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[List of officers]


Name

Rank

Address

Date Joined

Date Left

Notes

Louis MacLane Thayer Jr.

Lieutenant

Mignon R. Thayer (wife)
Fort George, Meade, MD.




G.G. Van Dyke

Surgeon USPHS

Mrs Catherine Van Dyke (wife)
1225 Nashville Avenue, New Orleans, LA.




Robert Raymond Russell

Lieutenant (jg)

Mrs R.R. Russell (wife)
39 Raven Road, Lowell, MA.




Berthold Papanek

Lieutenant (jg) (R)

Mrs Amalie Papanek (mother)
17 Foote Avenue, Lawrence, NY.




James Alexander Palmer

Ensign

Mrs L.K. Palmer (mother)
1703 W Vernon Street, Los Angeles, CA.




George F. Hutchinson

Ensign (R)

Mr G.F. Hutchinson (father)
Wickford, RI.




R.O. Elwood

Machinist

Mrs. Martha Elwood (wife)
711 Southard Street, Key West, FL.

8 May 1942


Joined for temporary duty


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[Instructions for keeping the ship’s log]


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1 May 1942

At San Juan.

Lat 18.457, Long -66.111

[Wind NNE veering NE force 2-4; broken cloud; air temperature average 74°F]


00.00 to 09.00:

Moored as before, starboard side to wharf at Coast Guard Base. 02.00 US Navy Inspection Party aboard. 02.05 US Navy Inspection Party departed.


08.00 to 12.00:

Moored as before. 08.45 Received orders from District Coast Guard Officer 10th Naval District to proceed to assistance of SS “Merrimack”* aground on reef, south side of buoy No.10, San Juan Harbor. 08.50 Ensign PALMER departed with crew of motor dinghy to take sounding around the grounded vessel and to obtain the grounding information. 08.59 Underway on various courses and speeds, maneuvering to pass hawser to bow of “Mankato”, whose hawser is secured to stern of SS “Merrimack”. 09.06 Dropped port anchor. 09.41 Hawser secured to tug. 09.53 Hawser made fast to “Unalga” towing bitts. Began towing with “Mankato” in tandem. 10.21 SS “Merrimack” pulled off the reef. 10.25 Tug “Mankato” cast off “Unalga” towing hawser, hawser being brought aboard. 10.55 Anchor aweigh. Underway on various courses and speeds to Coast Guard Dock. 11.15 Moored starboard side to CG Dock. 11.20 Dropped port anchor.


12.00 to 16.00:

Moored as before receiving fresh water and telephone service from dock. 13.30 Navy Inspection Party headed by Captain ASHLEY aboard, held quarters, locker inspection, General Quarters, fire drill, abandon ship drill, fire and rescue. 14.42 Inspection Party departed. 15.00 Granted liberty to Starboard Watch to expire at 17.00 this date.


16.00 to 24.00:

Moored as before. 18.30 J.G. POLLAK, Lt (jg) USNR departed.


*[Note: Sunk by a U-boat in the Gulf of Mexico the following month. See hyperlink.]


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2 May 1942

At San Juan and at patrol.

Lat 18.457, Long -66.111

[Wind NNE veering NE force 2-4; broken cloud; air temperature average 74°F]


00.00 to 04.00:

Moored as before to Coast Guard Dock with port anchor down.


09.00 to 12.00:

Moored as before. 11.00 BOOTH, Leonard K. (220-970) Sea 1c transferred to office of District Coast Guard Officer, 10th Naval District for assignment to temporary duty. 11.05 GANDY, Holton J. (226-821) Sea 1c reported for duty (temporary). 11.45 SPRATLING, David (109-178) Y 1c departed on 6 days’ leave granted by Commanding Officer.


12.00 to 16.00:

12.33 Underway on various courses and speeds standing out San Juan Harbor. 12.35 Motor dinghy alongside, hoisted and secured. 13.06 Relieved USS “Marion” CG of harbor entrance patrol.


20.00 to 24.00:

Underway as before, drifting on station off San Juan Harbor entrance. 20.55 Ahead on various courses at various speeds. 23.11 Stopped; drifting.


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3 May 1942

At San Juan and on patrol.

Lat 18.52, Long -66.12

[Wind variable NE force 2-5; sea slight becoming moderate; cloudy with showers; air temperature average 75°F]


00.00 to 04.00:

Underway drifting as before.


08.00 to 12.00:

Underway drifting as before. 10.50 Identified sloop “Ibis”*, bound for San Juan.


12.00 to 16.00:

Underway as before, various courses and speeds. 15.15 Identified SS “Margaret Lykes” bound for San Juan.


*[Note: This was a sailing sloop, registered at San Juan. Not to be confused with HMS “Ibis”, a military sloop.]


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4 May 1942

At San Juan and on patrol.

Lat 18.52, Long -66.12

[Wind variable NE and SW force 2-4; sea slight becoming moderate; overcast with rain showers; air temperature average 75°F]


00.00 to 04.00:

Underway as before on San Juan harbor entrance patrol. Advanced ship’s clocks 1 hour to Z1 +3 Time. 00.51 Stopped engines; drifting.


04.00 to 08.00:

Drifting as before. 06.40 Identified the Dutch steamer “Prins Bernhard”, bound for San Juan.


08.00 to 12.00:

Drifting as before. 10.13 Ahead at various courses and speeds identifying vessel which was identified as the PC490.


12.00 to 16.00:

Underway, drifting as before. 13.20 Ahead on various courses at ⅔ speed. 13.50 Identified USS “Greer”* and USS “Tarbell”, of Destroyer Squadron 51, bound for San Juan. 15.05 Identified British schooner “Deliverance”, [?] bound for San Juan. Resumed various courses and speeds. 15.55 Identified tug “New York”, bound for San Juan with 2 scows in tow.


16.00 to 20.00:

Underway various courses and speeds. 16.35 Identified USS “Donacona” YP39.


20.00 to 24.00:

Underway at various courses and speeds to identify vessel. 20.15 Vessel identified as the American ship SS “Ulua”** bound for San Juan. 20.25 Secured from General Quarters.


*[Note: The destroyer involved in an exchange with a U-Boat which led President Roosevelt to “declare undeclared war” on Germany. See hyperlink.]

**[Note: This United Fruit vessel became the USS “Octans” in 1943 and served in the Pacific. See hyperlinks.]


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5 May 1942

At San Juan and on patrol.

Lat 18.52, Long -66.12

[Wind variable E force 2-4; sea slight; overcast with haze and drizzle; air temperature average 75°F]


00.00 to 04.00:

Underway, drifting as before off harbor entrance to San Juan.


04.00 to 08.00:

On harbor entrance patrol, drifting as before. 07.40 Identified American steamer “Tillie Lykes”*, bound for San Juan.


08.00 to 12.00:

Underway as before on various courses at various speeds. 09.00 Identified the following vessels. USS “Cincinnati”, USS “Osprey” [minesweeper] and support ship A66.


12.00 to 16.00:

Underway, drifting as before on harbor entrance patrol. 15.20 Ahead at ⅔d speed to investigate ships; identified as American convoy.


16.00 to 20.00:

Underway on various courses and speeds. 16.45 Identified sailing yacht “Sora” [?] of New York, bound for San Juan. 18.30 Identified SS “Hilton” (US), bound for San Juan. 17.10 Identified sloop “Delia” of San Juan, bound for San Juan.


*[Note: Sunk by a U-boat in the Caribbean the next month with no survivors. See hyperlink.]


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6 May 1942

At San Juan and on patrol.

Lat 18.52, Long -66.12

[Wind variable E force 2-5; sea slight; cloudy; air temperature average 77°F]


00.00 to 04.00:

Underway drifting as before on San Juan harbor entrance patrol.


08.00 to 12.00:

08.45 Ahead on various courses at various speeds to investigate sailing vessel. 09.05 Identified schooner “Omaha”, of San Juan, bound for San Juan.


12.00 to 16.00:

13.27 Ahead on various courses at various speeds. 15.00 Identified USAT “Leisenring”.


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7 May 1942

At San Juan and on patrol.

Lat 18.52, Long -66.12

[Wind E backing NE force 2-5; sea slight to moderate; cloudy; air temperature average 77°F]


00.00 to 04.00:

Underway, drifting as before on harbor entrance patrol.


08.00 to 12.00:

Drifting as before. Maneuvered at various courses and speeds to maintain station. 10.59 Identified the tug “Cynthia” with tow. 11.12 Identified schooner “Escudo”.


12.00 to 16.00:

13.16 Ahead on various courses at various speeds. 14.00 Identified US Army Auxiliary MS “McClure”, bound for San Juan.


16.00 to 20.00:

16.35 Underway on various courses at various speeds to identify ships in vicinity. 17.00 Identified USS “Juneau”,* USS “Nitro” [ammunition ship] and USS “Hogan”.


*[Note: This cruiser was on its way to the Pacific, where it was sunk at Guadalcanal. See hyperlink.]


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8 May 1942

At patrol and at San Juan.

Lat 18.52, Long -66.12

[Wind variable E force 3-5; sea slight; broken cloud; air temperature average 78°F]


00.00 to 04.00:

Underway, drifting on harbor entrance patrol off San Juan.


12.00 to 16.00:

Underway drifting as before. 13.05 Relieved of harbor entrance patrol by YP64; standing in to San Juan Harbor on various courses at various speeds. 13.30 Moored port side to pier No.8 San Juan, PR. Ship’s draft 11 feet 4 inches forward, 14 feet 4 inches aft.


16.00 to 24.00:

Moored as before. 16.04 Began fueling ship. 16.30 Finished fueling ship, received from the West India Oil Co. 22,885.6 gallons. fuel oil. 17.26 Moored starboard side to Coast Guard Dock. 19.55 Machinist R.O. ELWOOD reported aboard from office of District Coast Guard Officer, 10th Naval District, for assignment to temporary duty.


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9 May 1942

At San Juan.

Lat 18.457, Long -66.111

[Wind mainly E force 3-4; cloudy with showers; air temperature average 76°F]


00.00 to 09.00:

Moored as before, starboard side to Coast Guard Dock, San Juan, PR with port anchor down and telephone and fresh water connections to dock. 08.30 CLAUDIO, Otilio (500-218) Sea 2c departed to US Naval Air Station Hospital for inpatient treatment.


09.00 to 16.00:

Moored as before. Permanent duty of STERLING, Harlan E. (219-512) CBM on “Unalga” terminated as of 8 May 1942; assigned permanent duty at the Coast Guard Base. PHILLIPS, James (500-213) Off Std 2c departed to US Naval Air Station Hospital for inpatient treatment. 09.40 SPRATLING, David (109-178) Y 1c returned aboard from 6 days’ leave on time. 09.50 BOOTH, Leonard K. (220-920) Sea 1c reported aboard upon termination of temporary duty with Captain of Port Detail, San Juan. 09.55 Crew received semi-monthly pay. 09.00 P.H. GORDON, Physicist, aboard to examine ship for permanent degaussing installation. 09.55 Lt (jg) POLLAK aboard to work on gyro compass. 11.40 Lt (jg) POLLAK departed with the gyro steering repeater. 13.00 Granted liberty to the Starboard Watch to expire at 18.00 this date. Delivered to Walter Tisher, watchmaker, 1 clock No.479 Chelsea for repairs. 14.00 GANDY, H.J. (226-821) Sea 1c completed temporary duty aboard the “Unalga”; departed to resume regular duty with Captain of Port Detail: 11.00 Commanding Officer held weekly inspection.


16.00 to 24.00:

Moored as before. 18.00 Liberty party returned on time. 18.58 Piped all hands to station for alert. 20.25 Secured from the alert. 20.45 Granted liberty to Starboard Watch to expire at 02.00, 10 May 1942.


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10 May 1942

At San Juan.

Lat 18.457, Long -66.111

[Wind mainly E force 3-4; cloudy with showers; air temperature average 76°F]


00.00 to 04.00:

Moored starboard side to Coast Guard Wharf, San Juan, PR with port anchor down; fresh water and phone service on dock. Carried out holiday routine.


04.00 to 16.00:

Moored as before. 10.00 Granted liberty to Port Watch to expire at 18.00 this date. 12.10 Number 1 boat departed with recreation party. 14.00 STENGEL, Herbert L. (221-562) Cox (P) reported aboard for duty, having been discharged from inpatient treatment at the US Naval Air Station Dispensary, San Juan. 15.30 Number 1 boat returned with recreation party.


16.00 to 24.00:

Moored as before. 18.00 Liberty party returned on time. Granted liberty to Port Watch to expire at 24.00 this date. 24.00 Liberty party returned on time with the exception of TRETLER, Harry V. (201-622) WT 2c (P). Played searchlight across mouth of San Juan Harbor entrance at 15-minute intervals all through the night.


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11 May 1942

At San Juan.

Lat 18.457, Long -66.111

[Wind mainly E force 0-3; cloudy; air temperature average 76°F]


00.00 to 09.00:

Moored as before, starboard side to wharf at Coast Guard Base, San Juan.


09.00 to 16.00:

09.00 Jose F. RODRIGUEZ was examined for certificate as life boatman; did not qualify. 10.10 CLAUDIO, Otilio (500-218) Sea 2c (R) returned from inpatient treatment. 10.45 Ship undergoing a dock trial. 11.25 TRETLER, Harry V. (201-622) WT 2c (P) reported aboard ship having been absent without leave since 00.00 of this date. 13.30 Portilla workmen aboard. 15.06 Navy working party departed ship.


16.00 to 24.00:

Moored as before. 18.00 All the liberty party returned on time.


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12 May 1942

At San Juan and to sea.

Lat 18.457, Long -66.111

[Wind variable force 3-4 and calm; broken cloud; air temperature average 76°F]


00.00 to 09.00:

Moored as before, starboard side to Coast Guard Wharf, San Juan. 06.35 R.R. RUSSELL, Lt (jg) and help shoved off in dinghy to place a marker buoy in harbor for the convenience of an incoming ship. 07.12 Buoy placed, dinghy returned.


09.00 to 16.00:

Moored as before. 09.45 Summary Court Martial of which Lt L.M. THAYER is president met in the cases of HAYMAN, Otis W. (223-674) Sea 1c and STANSBURY, Richard J. (220-242) Cox (P) on charges preferred by the District Coast Guard Officer 10th Naval District. 10.15 PADILLA, Pedro J. (500-216) Sea 2c (R) reported aboard from inpatient treatment at US Naval Air Station Dispensary. 10.30 US Navy Gyro Officer aboard to check gyro. 10.52 Gyro Officer departed. 11.00 The following named men were advanced in rating as of 1 May 1942; SWINDOLL, William O. (200-624) F 1c to MM 2c (P); WILSON, Benjamin F. (200-624) F 1c to MM 2c (P); BRADLEY, John R. (202-397) Cox (P) to BM 2c (P); FOURAKER, Clarence (222-187) SC 3c (P) to SC 2c (P). 11.25 Summary Court Martial adjourned to await the action of the convening authority. 13.30 US Navy degaussing party aboard.14.30 Commanding Officer held report mast* in the case of TRETLER, Harry V. (201-622) WT 2c (P) for offense noted in log, 11 May 1942. Awarded 15 liberties restrictions and 12 hours’ extra duty. 16.00 Navy degaussing party left ship.


16.00 to 20.00:

Moored as before. 18.00 All liberty party returned on time. 18.55 General Quarters. 19.30 Received orders from District Coast Guard Officer 10th Naval District to proceed to assistance of the survivors of a torpedoed vessel in Lat 22°45’N, Long 58°25’W. 19.40 Anchor aweigh, underway on various courses at various speeds standing out of San Juan Harbor.


20.00 to 24.00:

Underway as before on various courses at various speeds. Set course 58° T, at standard speed. 20.40 Secured from General Quarters and assumed condition II. 20.45 Reports, all departments secured for the night. 21.42 Steering repeater cut out, using magnetic compass. 21.50 Cape San Juan Light abeam to starboard distant 21 miles.


*[Note: An informal trial. See “mast” in Glossary of US Navy slang.]


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13 May 1942

At sea.

Lat 21.25, Long -63.42

[Wind variable SE force 2-4; sea slight; cloudy with storms; air temperature average 77°F]


00.00 to 04.00:

Underway as before on course 70° PGC. 59° T at standard speed. 00.05 All gyro-compass repeater not operating. Steering only by magnetic compass. Incessant vivid lightning, without thunder all through watch.


16.00 to 20.00:

Underway as before on course 59°30’ PGC, 59° T at 115 RPM. 16.30 Changed course to 69° PGC, 68° T. 18.30 Changed course to 66° PGC, 65° T.


20.00 to 24.00:

Underway as before on course 66° PGC (65° T) at 115 RPM. 20.30 Carried out evening routine. Issued 57 night rations. 21.25 Reduced speed to 105 RPM.


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14 May 1942

At sea.

Lat 22.63, Long -59.90

[Wind SE veering NW force 1-6; sea slight becoming rough; broken cloud; air temperature average 77°F]


00.00 to 04.00:

Underway as before on course 66° PGC 65° T at standard speed, searching for survivors of torpedoed ship “Cape of Good Hope” (British). 01.37 Stopped engines due to loss of suction by fuel pump. 01.44 Ahead standard speed, fuel pump suction regained. 11.06 Sighted two Navy planes in position 22°09’N, 59°39’W; communicated with same by visual signals.


12.00 to 16.00:

Underway as before on course 238° PGC (237° T) at 105 RPM. 12.40 Changed course to 148° PGC. 15.10 Changed course to 58° PGC.


16.00 to 20.00:

Underway as before on course 58° PGC 57° T at standard speed. 17.36 Changed course to 327°PGC 326° T. 18.40 General Quarters. 18.45 Reduced speed to 90 RPM.


20.00 to 24.00:

Underway as before on course 327°PGC 326° T at 90 RPM.


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15 May 1942

At sea.

Lat 19.30, Long -60.77

[Wind SW veering NW force 2-5; sea moderate to rough; broken cloud; air temperature average 74°F]


00.00 to 04.00:

Underway on course 57° PGC (56° T) at 90 RPM.


16.00 to 20.00:

Underway as before on course 117° PGC, 116° T at 118 RPM.


20.00 to 24.00:

Underway as before on course 207° PGC, 206° T at 90 RPM.


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16 May 1942

At sea.

Lat 19.98, Long -61.83

[Wind NE veering SSW force 1-4; sea slight; cloudy; air temperature average 74°F]


00.00 to 04.00:

Underway as before on course 257° PGC, 256° T at 90 RPM.


08.00 to 12.00:

Underway as before on course 14° PGC (13° T) at 110 RPM. 11.47 Changed course to 60° PGC to identify vessel. 11.55 Identified vessel as “Campuzano”, SS on to Valencia, Spain.


12.00 to 16.00:

Underway as before on course 14° PGC 13° T at standard speed (110) RPM. Determined gyro error to be 2°W by azimuth of Sun.


20.00 to 24.00:

Underway as before on course 182° PGC (180° T) at 90 RPM. Issued 59 night rations.


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17 May 1942

At sea.

Lat 20.03, Long -62.25

[Wind mainly SE force 1-4; sea slight; cloudy; air temperature average 74°F]


00.00 to 04.00:

Underway as before on course 92° PGC, 90° T at 90 RPM standard speed, searching for survivors of British ship “Cape of Good Hope”.


08.00 to 12.00:

Underway as before on course 279° PGC, 277° T at 105 RPM. 10.00 Changed course to 002° PGC, 000° T. 10.40 Sighted vessel; US Navy PB-Y patrol planes in position, 20°04’N, 62°15’W, heading approximately WSW.


20.00 to 24.00:

Underway as before zig-zagging, base course 182° PGC, 180° T at 105 RPM.


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18 May 1942

At sea and at San Juan.

Lat 20.03, Long -62.25

[Wind mainly SE force 3-5; sea slight; overcast with some rain; air temperature average 74°F]


00.00 to 04.00:

Underway as before, zig-zagging on base course 253° PGC (251° T) at 110 RPM.


08.00 to 12.00:

Underway as before on course 253° PGC, 251° T at standard speed 110 RPM. 10.27 Changed course to 244° PGC, 242° T.


12.00 to 16.00:

Underway as before on course 244° PGC, 242° T at 110 RPM. 12.20 Started degaussing system. 13.49 Changed course to 230° PGC 228° T. 14.40 Commenced various courses and speeds standing into San Juan Harbor. 15.18 Moored starboard side to dock at Coast Guard Base, San Juan, PR, with port anchor down.


16.00 to 24.00:

Moored as before. 16.00 SPRATLING, David (109-178) advanced in rating to Chief Yeoman (a), effective as of 15 May 1942. 20.00 MUDZINSKI, Thomas B. (224-254) Cox (P), departed for inpatient treatment at US Naval Air Station Hospital, San Juan. 16.00 PEACE, William W. (223-742) SC 3c (P) returned from inpatient treatment at US Naval Air Station Hospital, having previously reported to Coast Guard Base, awaiting return of “Unalga”.


*[Note: The crew of “Cape of Good Hope” all survived, coming ashore in the Virgin Islands and the Dominican Republic. See hyperlink in 14 May log.]


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19 May 1942

San Juan

Lat 18.457, Long -66.111

[Wind mainly E force 2-3; cloudy with rain; air temperature average 76°F]


00.00 to 09.00:

Moored as before at Coast Guard Dock, San Juan. 08.10 Bridge and engine room ready for getting underway. 08.36 Heaved in port anchor. 08.45 Underway on various courses at various speeds. 08.56 Moored port side to pier No.1 for fueling.


09.00 to 16.00:

Moored port side to E side of pier No.1 for purposes of fueling ship. 09.25 Commanding Officer and DONOVAN, Harold T. (102-934) MM 1c (P) departed for 10th Naval District. 10.30 Started fueling ship. The Commanding Officer and DONOVAN, Harold T. returned aboard, DONOVAN having received sentence from General Court Martial as follows: Loss of 25.00 dollars of his pay for a period of 6 months.11.30 Finished fueling ship. Received from the West India Oil Co. 34,179.77 gallons Navy standard fuel oil. 12.30 Prepared to get underway. 12.42 Underway on various courses and speeds standing toward Coast Guard Dock. 12.52 Moored starboard side to Coast Guard Dock with port anchor down. 15.00 Crew receiving pay for period from 1 to 15 May 1942. 15.15 Granted liberty to Starboard Watch to expire at 18.00 this date. Received stores for the general mess [followed by list of stores]


16.00 to 24.00:

Moored as before. 16.20 Delivered 1 gyro compass repeater Mark XV, model 0 for repairs. CRISP, Milton R. (220-423) RM 2c (P) transferred to San Juan District for assignment to permanent duty.


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20 May 1942

San Juan

Lat 18.457, Long -66.111

[Wind variable force 0-3; cloudy; air temperature average 76°F]


00.00 to 09.00:

Moored starboard side to Coast Guard Dock with port anchor down with telephone and fresh water service on dock. 08.02 BUDD, Reginald L. (206-923) RM 2c (P) reported aboard from the Coast Guard Base. 08.20 Received from the Coast Guard store Brooklyn, NY, 3 pairs binoculars.


09.00 to 16.00:

Shipped via Government Transportation, to St Julians Creek Arsenal, Portsmouth, Va. 12 pounds broken-down 3” 23 caliber ammunition. 12.45 HOLMES, Stewart D. (220-364) Cox (P) reported aboard for assignment to duty from St Thomas, V.I. 13.35 JONES, Milford A. (212-519) M. Att 1c transferred to Captain of Port Detail, San Juan.15.15 SEDA, Roger (500-238) AS (R) reported on board for assignment to duty.


16.00 to 24.00:

Moored as before. 18.00 Liberty party returned on time with the exception of LEHMAN, Charles (500-235) Sea 2c (R), who is absent overleave from this time and date. 23.50 LEHMAN, Charles returned aboard 5 hours and 50 minutes overleave. 24.00 Entire liberty party returned on time.


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21 May 1942

San Juan and on patrol.

Lat 18.457, Long -66.111

[Wind variable NE force 1-3; cloudy with showers; air temperature average 77°F]


00.00 to 09.00:

Moored as before, starboard side to the dock at the Coast Guard Base, San Juan. 05.18 Lt Comdr LOVE, USN aboard to make routine check-up. 05.25 Lt Comdr. LOVE, USN departed.


09.00 to 12.00:

Moored as before. 12.00 SCHMIDT, Carl W. Jr. (206-612) CM 1c (P) departed to USCG base for temporary duty.


12.00 to 16.00:

12.27 Underway on various courses at various speeds standing out of San Juan Harbor. 12.31 No.1 boat alongside, hoisted and secured. 12.42 Port San Juan Light abeam to starboard, close aboard. 12.46 Relieved YP-64, USN of San Juan harbor entrance patrol. 12.50 Stopped; drifting. Degaussing system set. 13.40 Ahead on course 329° PGC 327° T at ⅔ speed. 13.45 The Commanding Officer held report mast in the case of FOURAKER, Clarence (222-187) SC 2c (P) and LEHMAN, Charles (500-235) Sea 2c (R) for their offenses of 19 May 1942 and 20 May 1942, respectively. Punishment, in each case: Loss of 5 days’ liberty. 13.58 Stopped; drifting. 14.05 Ahead on various courses at various speeds.


20.00 to 24.00:

Underway as before on course 0° PGC (358° T) at ⅔ speed, maneuvering off San Juan entrance. 21.03 Ahead at ⅔; identified schooner as one which had stood out of San Juan Harbor.


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22 May 1942

San Juan and on patrol

Lat 18.457, Long -66.111

Lat 18.52, Long -66.12

[Wind variable E force 1-4; sea smooth; cloudy with some rain; air temperature average 77°F]


00.00 to 04.00:

Underway as before, stopped and drifting off entrance to San Juan Harbor.


12.00 to 16.00:

Underway, drifting as before. 14.43 Ahead on various courses and speeds to investigate vessel to westward of HECP. 15.35 Identified vessel as SS “Ellenor” bound for Ensenada Handa.


16.00 to 20.00:

Underway as before on various courses at various speeds. 16.45 Stopped; drifting. 18.55 General Quarters. 19.30 Ahead on various courses at various speeds. 19.40 Began zig-zagging.


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23 May 1942

Lat 18.52, Long -66.12

At San Juan and on patrol.

[Wind mainly ENE force 2-6; sea slight to moderate; cloudy; air temperature average 77°F]


00.00 to 04.00:

Underway, drifting as before, on harbor entrance patrol station off San Juan.


08.00 to 12.00:

Underway, drifting as before. 11.00 Commanding Officer held ship’s inspection.


16.00 to 20.00:

Underway, drifting as before. 19.00 Placed EZELL, Oscar Jr. (229-033) M Att 2c in confinement for safe keeping until vessel returns to port.


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24 May 1942

At patrol and at San Juan.

Lat 18.52, Long -66.12

[Wind SE backing E force 1-4; sea smooth; cloudy with showers; air temperature average 77°F]


00.00 to 04.00:

Underway, drifting as before on harbor entrance patrol off San Juan Harbor.


12.00 to 16.00:

Underway as before on various courses at various speeds. 12.58 Relieved of harbor entrance patrol duties. 13.05 Port San Juan Light abeam to port close aboard. 13.17 No.1 boat lowered with men to handle lines. 13.30 Moored port side to West Indian Fuel Company pier 9, to fuel ship. 13.55 Lowered No.3 and No.5 boats which were sent to Coast Guard Dock. 14.30 Commenced fueling. 14.49 Finished fueling. Received 9,520.49 gallons of Navy Standard fuel. 15.28 Unmoored from pier 9 and underway on various courses and speeds, maneuvering to regular berth. 15.48 Moored starboard side to dock at Coast Guard Base, San Juan, port anchor down, receiving fresh water and telephone service from wharf.


16.00 to 24.00:

Moored as before. 16.05 SINTES, Luis (500-223) WT 2c (R) reported aboard from 10 days’ leave of absence, granted by District Coast Guard Officer, 10th Naval District, having been discharged from inpatient treatment at the USN Dispensary on May 13 1942. 23.30 SNIPES, Harmon A. (222-266) Sea 1c returned aboard in custody of Shore Patrol; having been charged with: (1) fighting with another enlisted man in uniform, (2) being insolent to Shore Patrol. All liberty party returned on time with the exception of DELAPAZ, William (500-211) AS (R); POLANCO, Jaime (500-240) M Att 3c (R); and QUINONES, Marcial (500-241) M Att 3c (R) who are absent overleave from this time and date.


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25 May 1942

At San Juan.

Lat 18.457, Long -66.111

[Wind SE backing NE force 1-4; broken cloud; air temperature average 77°F]


00.00 to 04.00:

Moored as before, starboard side to the dock at Coast Guard Base, San Juan. 00.10 DELAPAZ, William (500-211) AS (R), POLANCO, Jaime (500-240) M Att 3c (R) and QUINONES, Marcial (500-241) M Att 3c (R) returned after having been absent overleave 10 minutes.


09.00 to 16.00:

Moored as before. 12.05 SINTES, Luis (500-223) WT 2c (R) departed on 14 days’ extension of sick leave granted by the Commanding Officer. 12.10 NARRAL, Juan (107-731) Off Std 1c departed on 15 days’ leave granted by the Commanding Officer. 13.00 Granted liberty to the Port Watch to expire at 18.00 today. 13.00 Commanding Officer held report mast for the offenses noted in the log of 24 and 25 May 1942. The following punishments were awarded: SNIPES, Harmon A. Jr. (222-266) Sea 1c loss of 10 liberties, POLANCO, Jaime (500-240) M Att 3c, DELAPAZ, William (500-211) AS (R) and QUINONES, Marcial (500-241) M Att 3c loss of 1 liberty. 14.00 Delivered 1 ship’s clock (Chelsea No.489) to Walter Tisher for repairs.


16.00 to 24.00:

Moored as before. 17.15 Received 1 ship’s clock (Chelsea No.489) from Walter Tisher after having been repaired. 18.00 All liberty party returned on time. SNIPES, Harmon A. (222-266) Sea 1c placed on report for direct disobedience of orders by Lt (jg) R.R. RUSSELL. 24.00 All liberty party returned on time. ALPERT, Hyman (100-115) CQM (A) (P) and PEACE, Willard W. (223-742) SC 3c (P) returned from Shore Patrol duty. ENE, Edward P. (220-343) Sea 1c from Coast Guard Base received medical treatment for injured hand sustained in falling. Illuminated harbor entrance net at 15-minute intervals throughout the night. Raphael RUBERTO, Puerto Rican Coal Co. employee, administered first aid treatment suffering from a compound wound of right foot sustained in accident aboard merchant vessel in harbor.


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26 May 1942

At San Juan and at sea.

Lat 18.457, Long -66.111

[Wind NE veering ESE force 3-6; cloudy; air temperature average 79°F]


00.00 to 09.00:

Moored as before to Coast Guard Dock, San Juan.


09.00 to 16.00:

Moored as before. 09.20 EZELL, Oscar (229-033) M Att 2c released from confinement. 10.15 CLAUDIO, Otilio (500-218) Sea 2c (R) departed for inpatient treatment at USN Dispensary, Isla Grande, PR. 11.00 Received from Drogueria Colonial Inc. medical supplies. 11.05 SCHMIDT, Carl W. (206-612) CM 1c (P) reported aboard from temporary duty at Captain of Port Detail, San Juan, 13.10 ROSARIO, Francisco (500-231) M Att 3c (R) reported aboard for assignment to duty. 15.00 CHAMBERS, James D. Jr. (220-491) M Att 2c transferred to San Juan base for assignment to duty. 13.00 The Commanding Officer held report mast for the offense noted in the log of 25 May. The following punishments were awarded: SNIPES, Harmon A. Jr. (222-266) Sea 1c, Deck Court.


16.00 to 20.00:

18.30 Anchor aweigh, underway various courses and speeds standing out San Juan Harbor. 18.42 Boats No. 1 and 3 alongside hoisted and secured; boat No. 5 left at Coast Guard Dock, 20 man life raft secured in former position of No. 5 boat.. 19.00 Set course 94° T, 95° PGC at standard speed 110 RPM.


20.00 to 24.00:

Underway as before on course 95° PGC 94° T at 110 RPM. 21.00 Changed course to 101° PGC, 100° T.


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27 May 1942

At sea en route to St Lucia.

Lat 16.76, Long -63.83

[Wind mainly ESE force 2-6; sea moderate; cloudy; air temperature average 78°F]


00.00 to 0400:

Underway as before on course 101° PGC (100° T) at standard speed. 00.04 Culebrita Light abeam to starboard distance 4.4 miles. 00.18 Changed course to 181° PGC. 00.57 Sail Rock abeam to port distance 3.7 miles; changed course to 165° PGC. 03.56 Ham Bluff Light abeam to port distant 8 miles.


04.00 to 08.00:

Underway as before on course 165° PGC 164°T at standard speed 110 RPM. 04.50 Changed course to 130° PGC 129° T. 05.00 Commenced zig-zagging, base course 129° T.


08.00 to12.00:

Underway as before zigzagging on basic course 130° PGC (129° T) at 110 RPM.


12.00 to 16.00:

Underway as before, zig-zagging on a basic course of 130° PGC 129° T at 110 RPM.


20.00 to 24.00:

Underway, zig-zagging; changed basic course to 138° PGC (137° T) at 110 RPM. Issued 58 night rations. 20.20 Carried out evening routine. 22.00 Changed course to 140° PGC.


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28 May 1942

At sea and at Port Castries, St Lucia.

Lat 14.40, Long -61.33

[Wind variable E force 4-5; sea moderate; cloudy with showers; air temperature average 78°F]


00.00 to 04.00:

Underway as before, zig-zagging on basic course 140° PGC (139° T) at 110 RPM.


12.00 to 16.00:

Underway as before zig-zagging on base course 140° PGC (139° T) at standard speed (110 RPM). 13.49 Changed course to 181° PGC. 14.36 Ahead on various courses and speeds while standing into Port Castries, Saint Lucia, W. I. 15.00 Anchored at Port Castries in 9¾ fathoms water to 15 fathoms port chain. 15.08 Heaving in on assigned anchorage. 15.15 Anchored in 8 fathoms water to 12 fathoms starboard chain.15.17 Number 1 boat lowered and away with Commanding Officer to USS “Tarbell”.


16.00 to 24.00:

Anchored as before. 17.35 Number 1 boat returned with Commanding Officer; boat hoisted. 20.00 Carried out evening routine. Gun watch stationed at No. 2 gun.


[Note: St Lucia was one of the British bases given to the US in 1940 in exchange for 50 destroyers. During March 1942, a U-boat had entered Port Castries and sunk two ships. See SE Morison, History of US Naval Operations; The Battle of the Atlantic, Naval Institute Press, Annapolis, Maryland pages 34-5 and 145.]


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29 May 1942

At Port Castries, St Lucia.

Lat 14.011, Long -60.991

[Wind variable E force 2-4; cloudy with showers; air temperature average 79°F]


00.00 to 09.00:

Moored as before at Port Castries, St Lucia, W.I. in 8 fathoms water to 12 fathoms of starboard chain with stern line made fast to mooring buoy. 05.55 Motor dinghy lowered and away with Lt (jg) R.R. RUSSELL to pick up message from the D-142. [“Tarbell”] 07.00 Called all hands. 07.15 Motor dinghy returned with Lt (jg) RUSSELL; tied alongside.


09.00 to 16.00:

Anchored as before. Granted liberty to Port Watch to expire at 18.00 this date.


16.00 to 24.00:

Anchored as before. 18.00 Liberty party returned on time.


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30 May 1942

At Port Castries, St Lucia.

Lat 14.011, Long -60.991

[Wind variable E force 2-4; cloudy; air temperature average 79°F]


00.00 to 09.00:

Anchored as before in Port Castries, St Lucia, BWI in 8 fathoms of water to 15 fathoms of starboard chain, with stern line made fast to mooring buoy.


09.00 to 16.00:

Anchored as before. 10.40 Shifted anchorage on following bearings: signal station 332°, front range 103°, corner of north wharf 82°, with 15 fathoms of starboard chain and 7 fathoms port chain in 7 fathoms of water. Stern made fast to mooring buoy. 13.30 Granted liberty to the Starboard Watch to expire at 18.00 today, Chief Petty Officers granted liberty until 22.00 today.


16.00 to 24.00:

Anchored as before. 18.00 Liberty party returned on time with the exception of TRUMAN, William (228-306) SC 3c (P) and BALDWIN, Harry (203-397) F 2c. 18.30 TRUMAN and BALDWIN returned after being absent overleave 30 minutes. 22.00 Chief Petty Officer liberty party returned on time.


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31 May 1942

At Port Castries and at sea.

Lat 14.011, Long -60.991

[Wind variable ENE force 3-4; sea slight; cloudy; air temperature average 77°F]


00.00 to 08.00:

Anchored in Port Castries, St Lucia, in 7 fathoms of water to 15 fathoms of starboard chain and 7 fathoms port chain. Stern lines made fast to mooring buoy. Prepared to get underway to search for survivors in position 63°15’W, 14°40’N. 06.55: Ahead on various courses and speeds, standing out of Port Castries. 07.15 Tapion Rock Light close abeam to port; set course to 272° PGC (273° T) at 110 RPM. 07.30 Commenced zig-zagging on base course 297° PGC (298° T). 07.55 Secured degaussing.


08.00 to 12.00:

Underway as before, zig-zagging on course 297° PGC (298° T) at 110 RPM.


20.00 to 24.00:

Underway as before, zig-zagging on base course 359° PGC (000° T) at standard speed. 21.00 Changed course to 87° PGC. 23.00: Changed course to 179° PGC.


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[Crew register]

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[Crew register]


[Crew mentioned]


Name

Badge

Rank

Date Joined

Date Left

Notes

Leonard K. Booth

220-970

Seaman 1c



Left for temporary duty on 2 May 1942
Returned from temporary duty on 9 May 1942

John R. Bradley Jr.

202-397

Coxswain (P)



Advanced to Boatswain’s Mate 2c (P) on 12 May 1942

Reginald L. Budd

206-923

Radioman 2c (P)

20 May 1942



James D. Chambers Jr.

220-491

Mess Attendant 2c


26 May 1942


Milton R. Crisp

220-423

Radioman 2c (P)


19 May 1942


Clarence Fouraker

222-187

Ship’s Cook 3c (P)



Advanced to Ship’s Cook 2c (P) on 12 May 1942

Holton J. Gandy

226-821

Seaman 1c



Joined for temporary duty on 2 May 1942
Left on 9 May 1942

Stewart D. Holmes

220-364

Coxswain (P)

20 May 1942



Milford R. Jones

212-519

Mess Attendant 1c


20 May 1942


Francisco Rosario

500-231
(500-023)

Mess Attendant 3c (R)

26 May 1942



Carl W. Schmidt Jr.

206-612

Carpenter’s Mate 1c (P)


21 May 1942

Left for temporary duty

Roger Seda

500-238

Apprentice Seaman (R)

20 May 1942



David Spratling

109-178

Yeoman 1c



Advanced to Chief Yeoman (a) (P) on 18 May 1942

Herbert L. Stengel

221-562

Coxswain (P)


26 May 1942

Left for temporary duty

Harlan E. Sterling

219-512

Chief Boatswain’s Mate


9 May 1942


Lyle A. Stutzman

201-903

Ship’s Cook 1c (P)


26 May 1942


William O. Swindell

200-624

Fireman 1c



Also mentioned as Swindoll, Swindall
Promoted to Machinist’s Mate 2c (P) on 12 May 1942

William L. Truman

228-306

Ship’s Cook 3c (P)

26 May 1942


Joined from USS Crawford

Benjamin F. Wilson Jr.

200-850
(200-650)

Fireman 1c



Advanced to Machinist’s Mate 2c (P) on 12 May 1942


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LOGS FOR JUNE 1942


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[List of officers]


Name

Rank

Address

Date Joined

Date Left

Notes

Louis MacLane Thayer Jr.

Lieutenant

Mignon R. Thayer (wife)
Fort George, Meade, MD.




G.G. Van Dyke

Surgeon USPHS

Mrs Catherine Van Dyke (wife)
1225 Nashville Avenue, New Orleans, LA.




Robert Raymond Russell

Lieutenant (jg)

Mrs R.R. Russell (wife)
39 Raven Road, Lowell, MA.




Berthold Papanek

Lieutenant (jg) (R)

Mrs Amalie Papanek (mother)
17 Foote Avenue, Lawrence, NY.




James Alexander Palmer

Ensign

Mrs L.K. Palmer (mother)
1703 W Vernon Street, Los Angeles, CA.




George F. Hutchinson

Ensign (R)

Mr G.F. Hutchinson (father)
Wickford, RI.




R.O. Elwood

Machinist

Mrs Martha Elwood (wife)
711 Southard Street, Key West, FL.





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1 June 1942

At sea.

Lat 14.68, Long -63.25

[Wind variable SE force 4-5; sea moderate; cloudy; air temperature average 78°F]


00.00 to 04.00:

Underway on base course 179° PGC (180° T), zig-zagging at standard speed, 110 RPM. 03.00 Changed base course to 269° PGC (270° T), zig zagging at standard speed, 110 RPM.


08.00 to 12.00:

Underway at 110 RPM. Changed base course to 271° PGC 270° T. Gyro compass error was found to be 1° westerly. 10.00 Changed course to 001° PGC 000° T. 11.07 Sighted object on starboard beam. Sounded General Quarters. 11.30 Identified object as life raft with 1 person aboard. 11.35 Lowered No.1 boat in charge of Lt (jg) RUSSELL to pick up occupant of raft. 11.54 No.1 boat alongside and hoisted. Took on board Hubert J. TANNER, survivor of torpedoed British vessel, “Norman Prince”*.


12.00 to 16.00:

Underway zig-zagging on base course 91° PGC (90° T) at standard speed. 13.30 Changed course to 116° PGC. 15.07 Stopped engine to make minor repair in engine room. 15.09 Ahead at standard speed.


20.00 to 24.00:

Underway zig-zagging on base course 116° PGC (115° T) at 110 RPM standard speed. 20.05 Secured from General Quarters. 22.15 Changed base course to 126° PGC (125° T). Issued 58 night rations.


*[Note: It is not recorded in the log, but “Unalga” had already received orders to call off the search when it spotted Mr Tanner. A group of survivors was picked up by a Vichy French ship and taken to Martinique, where they were interned. See hyperlink for a very interesting story.]


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2 June 1942

At sea to Port Castries, St Lucia.

Lat 14.011, Long -60.991

[Wind variable SE force 5-2; cloudy with showers; air temperature average 79°F]


00.00 to 04.00:

Underway as before on base course of 126° PGC, 125° T, zig-zagging.


04.00 to 08.00:

Underway as before on course 126° PGC 125° T at 110 RPM standard speed. 06.40 Various courses and speeds off entrance to Port Castries. 06.45 Secured from General Quarters. 07.20 Tapion Rock Light close abeam to starboard. 07.27 Anchored in Port Castries Harbor in 8 fathoms of water to 15 fathoms port chain; stern made fast to mooring buoy.


08.00 to 16.00:

Anchored as before. 10.30 TANNER, Hubert John, survivor of torpedoed vessel SS “Norman Prince” taken ashore and placed in charge of the British authority. 13.07 Underway, various courses and speeds shifting anchorage. 13.15 Anchored in 7 fathoms of water to 30 fathoms port chain 100 yards west of mooring buoy No.2. 14.00 Granted liberty to the Port Watch until 18.00 today. McCOMAS, Y 2c (P) departed on 10 days’ leave granted by the Commanding Officer.


16.00 to 24.00:

Anchored as before. 18.00 All liberty party returned on time.


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3 June 1942

At Port Castries, St Lucia.

Lat 14.011, Long -60.991

[Wind E force 3 and calm; cloudy with rain; air temperature average 79°F]


00.00 to 09.00:

Anchored as before in Port Castries, St Lucia in 7 fathoms of water to 30 fathoms port chain.


09.00 to 16.00:

09.40 Made preparations for getting underway. 11.07 Underway on various courses and speeds to new anchorage. 11.20 Anchored in 6 fathoms water to 15 fathoms port chain with stern line fast to mooring buoy. 12.30 Motor dinghy away to US Naval Base, Lt (jg) B. PAPANEK (R) in charge. 13.55 Number 3 surfboat away with sailing party. 14.00 Granted liberty to Starboard Watch to expire at 18.00 this date.


16.00 to 24.00:

Anchored as before. 16.10 Number 3 boat secured. 16.15 Motor dinghy back from US Naval Base with drum of gasoline and mail.


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4 June 1942

At Port Castries, St Lucia.

Lat 14.011, Long -60.991

[Wind E and ENE force 3 and calm; overcast with rain; air temperature average 78°F]


00.00 to 09.00:

Anchored in Port Castries, St Lucia in 6 fathoms water to 15 fathoms port chain with stern line on mooring buoy. 08.30 Made preparations for getting underway.


09.00 to 16.00:

09.38 Unmoored and underway on various courses at various speeds. 09.50 Let go port anchor in 5½ fathoms of water. 09.56 Moored starboard side to salvage tug “Killerig”. 10.15 Received on board various and sundry pieces of gear salvaged from the USS “Blakeley”*. 14.00 Granted liberty to the Port Watch to expire as follows: CPOs 22.00 this date, remainder of liberty party 18.00 this date. GARLEB, Oliver C. (205-033) RM 1c was this day advanced in rating to CRM (a) (P).


*[Note: The destroyer “Blakeley” had been severely damaged in a U-boat attack on May 25, although she was able to be repaired and resume her duties. See USS Blakely.]


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5 June 1942

At Port Castries, St Lucia.

Lat 14.011, Long -60.991

[Wind mainly E force 2-3; cloudy; air temperature average 78°F]


00.00 to 09.00:

Moored as before in Port Castries, St Lucia, BWI starboard side to salvage tug “Killerig”, with port anchor down in 5½ fathoms of water.


09.00 to 16.00:

Moored as before. 13.00 Shifted ship astern about 20 feet. 14.00 Granted liberty to Starboard Watch to expire at 18.00 today.


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6 June 1942

Lat 14.011, Long -60.991

At Port Castries, St Lucia.

[Wind variable E force 1-4; cloudy with occasional showers; air temperature average 80°F]


00.00 to 09.00:

Moored as before in Port Castries, St Lucia, BWI starboard side to salvage tug “Killerig”, with port anchor down in 5½ fathoms of water.


09.00 to 16.00:

Moored as before. 11.30 Commanding Officer held regular weekly ship’s inspection. 12.00 LEHMAN, Charles (500-235) Sea 2c (R) placed on report for disobeying a lawful order of a petty officer. 13.56 Unmoored, underway on various courses at various speeds. 14.29 Anchored in Port Castries Harbor in 7 fathoms of water to 15 fathoms of port chain with mooring line secured to No. 1 mooring buoy.


16.00 to 24.00:

Anchored as before. 16.50 Received 560 pounds ice from Peter and Co., St Lucia, BWI for use in the general mess. 19.05 Anchor aweigh, underway on various courses at various speeds. 19.30 Moored starboard side to USS “Tarbell” with port anchor down. 21.25 Commenced taking fuel from USS “Tarbell”, ship’s draft before fueling 12ft 6 inches forward, 14ft 6 inches aft. 23.00 Finished taking on fuel having received 5005 gallons. Bunker “A” fuel oil; ship’s draft after fueling 13 feet forward, 14 feet 6 inches aft.


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7 June 1942

At Port Castries and at sea.

Lat 14.011, Long -60.991

[Wind E backing NE force 2-5; broken cloud; air temperature average 78°F]


00.00 to 08.00:

Moored as before starboard side to USS “Tarbell” with port anchor down. 02.10 SNIPES, Harmon A. Jr. (222-266) Sea 1c not aboard ship upon thorough search. 02.20 TRUMAN, William L. (228-826) SC 3c (P) fell overboard while returning to ship, having been absent without leave together with SNIPES since 22.30 Saturday.


08.00 to 12.00:

Moored as before. 09.20 Made preparations for getting underway. 09.24 Underway on various courses and speeds standing out of harbor. 09.50 Set course as 271° PGC (270° T) at 110 RPM. 09.58 Reduced to 105 RPM. 10.00 Various courses while maneuvering to position. 11.04 Changed course to 280° PGC.


12.00 to 16.00:

Underway as before on course 281° PGC at ⅓ speed, 65 RPM. 15.35 Changed course to 323° PGC.


16.00 to 20.00:

Underway as before on course 323° PGC 321° T at ⅓ speed. Determined gyro error to be 2° W by azimuth of the Sun. Regulating speed to maintain position with other ships in company.


20.00 to 24.00:

Underway as before on course 323° PGC, 321° T at 63 RPM. Adjusted course slightly, from time to time, in order to maintain position with other ships in company.


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8 June 1942

At sea in convoy.

Lat 16.52, Long -63.70.

[Wind mainly E force 3-5; sea slight to moderate; broken cloud; air temperature average 78°F]


00.00 to 04.00:

Underway as before on basic course 323° PGC (321° T) at 65 RPM. Maneuvered throughout watch to maintain position in convoy.


08.00 to 12.00:

Underway as before on basic 323° PGC at 65 RPM. 10.30 Changed course to 308° PGC (310° T). 11.34 Increased to 67 RPM.


12.00 to 16.00:

Underway as before on base course of 308° PGC, 310° T at 67 RPM. 13.00 The Commanding Officer held report mast in the cases of the following men: LEHMAN, Charles (500-235) Sea 2c (R), for his offense as noted in the log of 6 June 1942. Punishment: 10 hours’ extra police duty. TRUMAN, William L. (228-306) SC 3c (P), for offense as noted in the log of 7 June 1942. Punishment: 25 hours’ extra police duty. SNIPES, Harmon A. Jr. (222-266) Sea 1c, for offense as noted in the log of 7 June 1942. Punishment: 25 hours’ extra police duty. Adjusted course and regulated speed, from time to time, during watch, in order to maintain station in convoy.


20.00 to 24.00:

Underway as before on course 314° PGC (317° T) at 75 RPM. Issued 57 night rations. 21.37 Changed course to 377° PGC.


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9 June 1942

At sea and at San Juan.

Lat 18.457, Long -66.111

[Wind NE veering SE force 3-5; sea slight; broken cloud; air temperature average 78°F]


00.00 to 04.00:

Underway as before on base course 327° PGC (325° T) at 75 RPM. 01.02 Hams Bluff Light abeam to starboard distance 4 miles. 01.07 Changed course to 002° PGC. Various speeds throughout watch to maintain position..


04.00 to 08.00:

Underway as before on course 00° T, 02° PGC at various speeds maintaining position. 05.52 Sail Rock abeam to port distance 1.4 miles. 05.58 Changed course to 315° PGC 313° T. 06.20 Changed course to 304° PGC 302° T. 06.52 Culebrita Light abeam to port distance 2.9 miles.


08.00 to 12.00:

Underway as before on course 287° PGC 285° T at 75 RPM. 09.49 Cape San Juan Light abeam to port, distance 5½ miles. 10.50 Point Picua buoy No.2 abeam to port, distance 2½ miles. Adjusted course and speed, from time to time, to maintain station in convoy.


12.00 to 16.00:

13.45 Port San Juan Light abeam to port close aboard. Maneuvered at various courses and speeds standing into San Juan Harbor. 14.08 Moored port side to at pier 9. 14.30 Motor dinghy away to Coast Guard Base. 14.45 Motor dinghy returned. 14.55 Unable to obtain fuel oil; made preparations to get underway. 15.47 Underway at various courses and speeds standing toward Coast Guard Base.


16.00 to 24.00:

Underway as before standing toward Coast Guard Wharf. 16.07 Moored starboard side to Coast Guard Wharf; port anchor out to 10 fathoms chain. 17.00 GARLEB, Oliver C. (205-033) RM 1c (P) advanced in rating to Chief Radioman (A) (P). FLOWERS, Kermit W. (226-557) MM 2c (P) reported aboard for resumption of regular duty from 30 days’ leave of absence, having reported in to the 3rd Naval District for transportation to San Juan.


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10 June 1942

At San Juan.

Lat 18.457, Long -66.111

[Wind mainly E force 2-6; cloudy; air temperature average 78°F]


00.00 to 09.00:

Moored as before to Coast Guard Wharf, San Juan, PR with port anchor down to 10 fathoms chain; receiving fresh water and telephone service from the wharf. 08.20 SINTES, Luis (500-223) WT 2c (R) returned from 10 days’ leave 14 days’ extension thereof and 2 days’ temporary duty with the Captain of Port Detail, San Juan.


09.00 to 16.00:

Moored as before. 09.30 Received stores [followed by detailed list]. 11.30 NARRAL, Juan (107-731) OS 1c (P) returned on time from 15 days’ leave. DE LA PAZ, WIilliam (500-211) AS (R) departed on 3 days’ leave granted by the Commanding Officer.


16.00 to 24.00:

Moored as before. SULLIVAN, Rudolph (223-665) F 2c, CHRISTOPHER, John M. Jr.. (220-484) F 2c, REILLY, John J. (200-959) F 2c, BALDWIN, Harry J. F 2c (203-397) and BARANOVIC William (205-534) F 2c were this day advanced to the rate of Fireman 1c (P).


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11 June 1942

At San Juan.

Lat 18.457, Long -66.111

[Wind mainly E force 1-6; cloudy with rain; air temperature average 78°F]


00.00 to 09.00:

Moored as before starboard side to wharf at Coast Guard Base. 08.45 Machinist R.O. ELWOOD departed for the Dispensary for inpatient treatment.


09.00 to 16.00:

Moored as before. 09.30 SULLIVAN, Rudolph (223-665) F 2c departed for temporary duty at Borinquen Field, PR. 12.00 MILLER, William (201-642) QM 1c and TRETLER, Harry V. (201-622) WT 2c (P) transferred to office of District Coast Guard Officer, 10th Naval District for further transfer to 3rd Naval District, New York City, with 10 days’ leave granted each en route. 12.05 Received from Shell Co. Ltd. 1 drum kerosene (53 gallons). 12.30 Undergoing dock trial. 12.55 Secured from dock trial. 14.45 Received 1 repaired clock from Walter Tisher.


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12 June 1942

At San Juan.

Lat 18.457, Long -66.111

[Wind mainly E force 1-5; cloudy with rain; air temperature average 78°F]


00.00 to 09.00:

Moored as before; starboard side to dock at Coast Guard Base, San Juan.


09.00 to 16.00:

Moored as before. 09.15 Held Summary Court Martial of which L.M. THAYER is the president, in the case of MORDICK, Leon (205-499) F 2c attached to CG base San Juan, PR. 14.25 SULLIVAN, Rudolph (223-665) F 2c reported aboard from temporary duty at Borinquen Field, PR. 14.30 Received from San Juan Coast Guard Base 1 refrigerator.


16.00 to 24.00:

16.20 Summary Court Martial adjourned to await the orders of the convening authority.


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13 June 1942

At San Juan.

Lat 18.457, Long -66.111

[Wind mainly SE force 1-4; cloudy; air temperature average 78°F]


00.00 to 09.00:

Moored as before to Coast Guard Dock, San Juan. 00.30 Placed DONOVAN, Harold T. (102-934) MM 1c (P) in single irons for creating disturbance and disorderly conduct on berth deck. DONOVAN, Harold T. (102-934) MM 1c (P) taken out of single irons.


09.00 to 16.00:

Moored as before. 11.15 Commanding Officer held weekly ship’s inspection. 11.40 Commanding Officer held report mast in case of DONOVAN, Harold T. (102-934) MM 1c (P) for offense of 13 June 1942: awarded restriction to the limits of the vessel. 13.00 Crew to muster on base.


16.00 to 24.00:

Moored as before. 16.30 LEHMAN, Charles (500-235) Sea 2c (R) completed 3 hours’ extra duty. 22.45 BRADLEY, John R. Jr. (202-397) BM 2c (P) and McGOWAN, Alton (254-017) Sea 1c returned by Shore Patrol: charge: being in a restricted area.


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14 June 1942

At San Juan.

Lat 18.457, Long -66.111

[Wind E and SE force 1-4; cloudy with showers; air temperature average 78°F]


00.00 to 09.00:

Moored to Coast Guard Wharf.


09.00 to 16.00:

Moored as before. 11.45 LEHMAN, Charles (500-235) Sea 2c (R) completed 3 hours of extra duty. DE LA PAZ, William (500-211) AS (R) returned on time from 3 days’ leave. 13.00 Boat No.1 left with recreation party.


16.00 to 24.00:

Moored as before. 16.30 No 1 boat returned.


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15 June 1942

At San Juan.

Lat 18.457, Long -66.111

[Wind variable SE force 1-3; cloudy; air temperature average 78°F]


00.00 to 09.00:

Moored as before, starboard side to wharf at the Coast Guard Dock, San Juan. 01.00 Surgeon VAN DYKE departed for the SS “Buenos Aires”, at that time lying at anchor in San Juan Harbor, to administer medical treatment. 02.05 Surgeon VAN DYKE returned from SS “Buenos Aires”.


09.00 to 16.00:

Moored as before. Prepared surveillance test of powder taken from charge in the after magazine. 13.30 Held report mast on the cases of BRADLEY, John R. Jr. (200-397) BM 2c (P) and McGOWAN, Alton (234-017) Sea 1c. Awarded 3 days’ restriction.15.20 Issued the following .50 caliber ammunition to the CG458: 400 ball, 400 tracer, 400 armor piercing and 1200 links.


16.00 to 24.00:

Moored as before. SNIPES, Harmon (222-266) Sea 1c and LEHMAN, Charles (500-235) Sea 2c (R) completed 2 hours’ extra duty.


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16 June 1942

At San Juan.

Lat 18.457, Long -66.111

[Wind SE force 2-4; cloudy with showers; air temperature average 78°F]


00.00 to 09.00:

Moored as before, starboard side to wharf at Coast Guard Base, San Juan. 08.50 Navy detail on board to compensate the magnetic compass with compensating coils attached.


09.00 to 16.00:

Moored as before. 09.15 GONZALES, Hernand V. (500-202) Sea 2c (R) departed for inpatient treatment at US Naval Air Station Hospital, San Juan. 09.30 Summary Court Martial of which Lt L.M. THAYER is president convened in the case of EZELL, Oscar Jr. (229-033) M Att 3c. 09.45 Delivered to Sacana Seca Naval Ammunition Depot 16 mark No.3 depth charges, 16 mark No.3 pistols, and 16 mark No.3 booster extenders. 10.00 Summary Court Martial of which Lt L.M. THAYER is president adjourned to await the action of the convening authority. 10.45 HOLMES, Stewart D. (220-364) Cox (P) departed for inpatient treatment at US Naval Air Station Hospital, San Juan. 14.00 Received from Ordnance Office, Naval Air Station, Isla Grande, PR, 16 mark No.6 depth charges, 16 mark No.6 pistols, and 16 mark No.6 booster extenders.


16.00 to 24.00:

Moored as before. 16.20 Navy detail ashore. 17.00 LEHMAN, Charles (500-235) Sea 2c (R) completed 2 hours’ extra duty, total 10 hours completed. 22.40 Doubled on stern line due to wind increasing in velocity. 24.00 All liberty party returned on time with the exception of SULLIVAN, Rudolf (223-665) F 2c who is absent overleave from this time.


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17 June 1942

At San Juan.

Lat 18.457, Long -66.111.

[Wind variable SE force 2-3; cloudy with showers; air temperature average 79°F]


00.00 to 09.00:

Moored as before, starboard side to Coast Guard Dock, San Juan. 01.10 SULLIVAN, Rudolf (223-665) F 2c returned aboard having been 1 hour and 10 minutes absent overleave.


09.00 to 16.00:

Moored as before. 09.05 Navy detail aboard to compensate magnetic compass. 09.30 Ship’s clock sent to Walter Tisher for repairs. 10.05 Machinist R.O. ELWOOD reported aboard from inpatient treatment at US Naval Dispensary. 11.00 BROWN, Herbert W. Jr. (500-250) AS (R) reported aboard from San Juan Coast Guard Base for assignment to duty. 14.10 HOLLANDAR, John (226-866) SC 3c reported aboard from District Coast Guard Officer for assignment to duty.


16.00 to 24.00:

Moored as before. 16.30 1 Royal typewriter delivered to Rafael Ramos for repairs. 24.00 Liberty party returned on time except DE LA PAZ, William (500-211) AS (R) overleave from this time.


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18 June 1942

At San Juan.

Lat 18.457, Long -66.111

[Wind variable SE force 1-5; broken cloud; air temperature average 79°F]


00.00 to 09.00:

Moored to Coast Guard Wharf, San Juan. 00.20 DE LA PAZ, William (500-211) AS (R) returned 20 minutes overleave.


09.00 to 16.00:

Moored as before. 09.20 US Navy detail aboard to compensate compass. 10.30 US Navy detail departed having completed compensating of compass.13.30 CAMPOS, Adolph A. (500-201) Sea 1c (R) reported aboard from San Juan Coast Guard Base, for assignment to duty.


16.00 to 24.00:

Moored as before. GRILLASCA, Fernando (500-229) M Att 3c (R), ROSARIO, Francisco (500-231) M Att 3c (R), POLANCO, Jaime (500-240) M Att 3c (R) and QUINONES, Marcial (500-241) M Att 3c (R) advanced on rating to M Att 2c (R) this date.


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19 June 1942

At San Juan and on patrol.

Lat 18.457, Long -66.111

[Wind variable E force 3-5; broken cloud with haze; air temperature average 79°F]


00.00 to 09.00:

Moored as before, starboard side to wharf at the Coast Guard Base, San Juan. 06.45 [received various stores] .08.46 Underway on various courses and speeds, maneuvering to pier No.4.


09.00 to 12.00:

Underway as before on various courses and speeds. 09.30 Hoisted No. 3 monomoy and secured for sea. 10.10 Began fueling ship. 11.15: SINTES, Luis (500-223) WT 2c (R) departed on 6 days’ leave granted by Commanding Officer, to return aboard ship before noon, 26 June 1942. 11.10 Finished fueling ship. Received from the West India Oil Co 42,639.31 gallons Bunker “C” Navy fuel oil.


12.00 to 16.00:

12.30 Piped all hands to unmoor ship. Hoisted No. 1 boat. 12.35 Underway on various courses and speeds while standing out of harbor to take station on harbor entrance patrol. 13.00 El Morro Light abeam to starboard, close aboard. 13.24 Stopped and drifting off San Juan Harbor entrance.


20.00 to 24.00:

Underway as before on various courses at various speeds on harbor entrance patrol off San Juan.


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20 June 1942

At San Juan and on patrol.

Lat 18.52, Long -66.12

[Wind SE backing NE force 3-4; sea slight to moderate; broken cloud; air temperature average 79°F]


00.00 to 04.00:

Underway, drifting on harbor entrance patrol off San Juan Harbor.


08.00 to 12.00:

Underway, stopped and drifting as before. 10.30 Ahead on various courses and speeds to meet AB boat*. 10.47 Stopped engines. AB boat alongside. 10.52 AB boat departed. 10.53 Ahead on various courses and speeds.


20.00 to 24.00:

Underway drifting as before. 20.58 Making minor repairs on engine. 21.20 Repairs completed. Maneuvered at various courses and speeds to maintain position. Issued 57 night rations.


*[Note: AB boats were US Coastguard “Anchorage and Boarding” boats to assist anchoring. See Shipbuilding History.]


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21 June 1942

At San Juan and on patrol.

Lat 18.52, Long -66.12

[Wind SE backing NE force 3-4; sea slight; broken cloud with haze; air temperature average 79°F]


00.00 to 04.00:

Underway, drifting as before on harbor entrance patrol off San Juan Harbor.


12.00 to 16.00:

Underway as before maneuvering at various courses and speeds to identify ship to eastward of harbor entrance control post. 12.15 Vessel identified. Maneuvered at various courses and speeds throughout watch to maintain post. 15.45 Ahead on various courses and speeds to identify vessel to eastward.


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22 June 1942

At San Juan and on patrol.

Lat 18.52, Long -66.12

[Wind mainly NE force 3-4; sea smooth; broken cloud with haze; air temperature average 79°F]


00.00 to 04.00:

Underway, drifting as before, on harbor entrance patrol off San Juan.


16.00 to 20.00:

Underway, drifting as before. 19.45 Lowered motor dinghy; boat No.1 away to Coast Guard Base for mail trip. 19.55 Ahead on various courses at various speeds.


20.00 to 24.00:

Underway as before, various courses and speeds. 20.45 No.1 boat returned and hoisted aboard.


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23 June 1942

At San Juan and on patrol.

Lat 18.52, Long -66.12

[Wind NE veering E force 2-4; sea slight; cloudy with showers; air temperature average 79°F]


00.00 to 04.00:

Underway drifting on harbor entrance patrol off San Juan.


12.00 to 16.00:

Underway as before on various courses at various speeds. 12.37 Stopped; drifting.


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24 June 1942

At San Juan and on patrol.

Lat 18.52, Long -66.12

[Wind mainly E force 3-6; sea slight to moderate; broken cloud; air temperature average 79°F]


00.00 to 04.00:

Underway, drifting as before on harbor entrance patrol off San Juan Harbor.


20.00 to 24.00:

Underway, stopped and drifting as before. 22.00 Ahead on various courses at ⅓ speed to resume regular station. 22.20 Stopped and drifting. Issued 57 night rations.


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25 June 1942

At San Juan and on patrol.

Lat 18.52, Long -66.12

[Wind SE backing NE force 2-4; sea slight; broken cloud; air temperature average 79°F]


00.00 to 04.00:

Underway as before, drifting, on harbor entrance patrol off San Juan.


12.00 to 16.00:

12.00 Underway on various courses at ⅓ speed. 12.45 Relieved of harbor entrance patrol by YP64. 13.15 El Morro Light abeam, close aboard on portside. 13.20 Lowered No. 1 boat away. 14.17 Moored port side to pier 9 to fuel ship. 15.04 Commenced fueling ship. 15.35 Finished fueling ship. 15.45 HOLMES, Stewart (220-364) Cox (P) reported aboard from inpatient treatment at the NAS Dispensary.


16.00 to 24.00:

Moored as before to pier 9. 16.10 Underway on various courses at various speeds. 16.53 Moored port side to Coast Guard Wharf, San Juan, with starboard anchor down, receiving fresh water and telephone service from the dock. 17.15 Granted liberty to the Starboard Watch to expire at 24.00 this date. 24.00 Liberty party returned on time.


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26 June 1942

At San Juan.

Lat 18.457, Long -66.111

[Wind mainly E force 2-4; cloudy; air temperature average 78°F]


00.00 to 09.00:

Moored as before port side to Coast Guard Base Dock at San Juan.


09.00 to 16.00:

Moored as before. 09.05 SINTES, Luis (500-223) WT 2c (R) returned aboard from 6 days’ leave on time. 09.45 Crew received semi-monthly pay. 10.35 Ship searched for BALDWN, Harry J. (203-397) F 1c who was found to be missing and is absent without leave from proper authority from this time. 12.30 MUDZINSKI, Thomas B. (224-254) Cox (P) returned from inpatient treatment at US Naval Hospital, San Juan. 13.10 Commenced dock trial after having completed overhaul of crank pin, heaving on main engine. 13.30 BRADLEY, John R. Jr. (202-397) BM 2c (P) departed for inpatient treatment at US Naval Hospital San Juan. 13.40 Fire and rescue party mustered for fire drill. 13.55 ORTIZ, Antonio (500-251) AS (R) reported aboard for assignment to duty. 14.05 Secured from dock trial. 15.05 BALDWIN, Harry J. (203-397) F 1c returned aboard having been absent without leave for 4 hours and 30 minutes.


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27 June 1942

At San Juan.

Lat 18.457, Long -66.111

[Wind E veering SE force 2-3; cloudy; air temperature average 78°F]


00.00 to 09.00:

Moored as before port side to Coast Guard Dock, San Juan. 08.05 William F. MOSEKY examined for lifeboat certificate; found qualified.


09.00 to 16.00:

Moored as before. 11.30 Commanding Officer held weekly ship’s inspection. 12.55 Commanding Officer held report mast on BALDWIN, Harry J. (203-397) F 2c for offense of 26 June 1942; awarded 9 hours’ extra duty.


16.00 to 24.00:

Moored as before. 20.00 BALDWIN, Harry J. (203-397) F 2c completed 2 hours’ extra duty.


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28 June 1942

At San Juan.

Lat 18.457, Long -66.111

[Wind mainly E force 2-4; cloudy with showers; air temperature average 78°F]


00.00 to 09.00:

Moored port side to with starboard anchor down at Coast Guard Wharf, San Juan. Carried out holiday morning routine. 08.05 Number 3 boat away for drill.


09.00 to 16.00:

Moored as before. 09.20 Boat No.3 returned. 10.00 McGOWAN, Alton (234-017) Sea 1c departed for the NAS Dispensary for in-patient treatment.


16.00 to 24.00:

Moored as before. 22.35 SHELTON, Hugh D. (109-419) WT 1c (P) was returned aboard ship by US Navy Shore Patrol. 23.25 SHELTON, Hugh D. (109-419) WT 1c (P) departed for US NAS Dispensary, this place, for inpatient treatment. 24.00 Liberty party returned on time with the exception of SULLIVAN, Rudolph (223-665) F 2c, who is absent without leave from proper authority, from this time. BALDWIN, Harry J. (203-397) F 1c completed 4 hours of extra duty. 22.20 DONOVAN, Harold T. (102-964) MM 1c (P) returned to ship intoxicated and was disrespectful to the OOD. Charged with: 1) Causing a disturbance in El Nilo Restaurant. 2) Fighting with the Shore Patrol. 3) Resisting arrest. 4) Cursing the Shore Patrol.


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29 June 1942

At San Juan.

Lat 18.457, Long -66.111

[Wind SE backing E force 1-2; cloudy with showers; air temperature average 78°F]


00.00 to 09.00:

Moored as before, port side to the dock at the Coast Guard Base, San Juan. 01.15 SULLIVAN, Rudolph (223-665) F 2c returned aboard having been overleave 1 hour and 15 minutes. 08.10 No.3 boat away for drill.


09.00 to 16.00:

Moored as before. 09.10 Received from Naval Air Station the following stores for use in the general mess [followed by list of stores]. 11.00 Held dock trial on main engine. 13.02 Held report mast on the cases of DONOVAN, Harold T. (102-934) MM 1c (P) and SULLIVAN, Rudolph (223-665) F 1c (P) for offenses on 28 June 1942. Awarded the loss of 10 liberties; and 5 hours’ extra duty, respectively.


16.00 to 24.00:

Moored as before. Granted liberty to the Starboard Watch to expire at 24.00 this date. 24.00 Liberty party returned on time. BALDWIN, Harry J. (203-397) F 1c completed 2 hours’ extra duty.


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30 June 1942

At San Juan.

Lat 18.457, Long -66.111

[Wind variable E force 0-3; cloudy with showers; air temperature average 78°F]


00.00 to 09.00:

Moored as before port side to Coast Guard Dock, San Juan. 08.00 Held boat drill under oars. 08.45 Secured from boat drill.


09.00 to 16.00:

14.15 Crew received semi monthly pay. 16.00 Transferred 600 rounds of .50 caliber ammunition to USS “Blakeley”.


16.00 to 24.00:

20.35 BALDWIN, Harry J. (203-397) F 1c completed 1 hour extra duty. Total completed 9 hours.


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[Crew register]

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[Crew register]


[Crew mentioned]


Name

Badge

Rank

Date Joined

Date Left

Notes

Harry J. Baldwin

203-397

Fireman 2c



Advanced to Fireman 1c (P) on 10 Jun 1942

William Baranovic

205-534

Fireman 2c



Advanced to Fireman 1c (P) on 10 Jun 1942

Herbert W. Brown Jr.

500-250

Apprentice Seaman (R)

17 Jun 1942



Adolph A. Campos

500-201

Seaman 1c (R)

18 Jun 1942



John M. Christopher Jr.

220-484

Fireman 2c



Advanced to Fireman 1c (P) on 10 Jun 1942

Harold T. Donovan

102-964

Machinist’s Mate 1c (P)



Placed in single irons on 13 Jun 1942 for creating disorder

Oliver C. Garleb

205-033

Radioman 1c



Advanced to CRM (a) (P) on 4 Jun 1942
Advanced (again) to CRM (a) (P) on 9 Jun 1942

Fernando Grillasca

500-229

Mess Attendant 3c (R)



Advanced to Mess Attendant 2c (R) on 18 Jun 1942

John Holladay

226-866

Ship’s Cook 3c

17 Jun 1942



William Miller

201-641

Quartermaster 1c (P)


11 Jun 1942


Antonio Ortiz

500-251

Apprentice Seaman (R)

26 Jun 1942



Jaime Polanco

500-240

Mess Attendant 3c (R)



Advanced to Mess Attendant 2c (R) on 18 Jun 1942

Marcial Quinones

500-241

Mess Attendant 3c (R)



Advanced to Mess Attendant 2c (R) on 18 Jun 1942

John J. Reily

200-959

Fireman 2c



Advanced to Fireman 1c (P) on 10 Jun 1942

Harmon A. Snipes Jr.

222-266

Seaman 1c



"Not aboard ship upon thorough search" on 7 Jun 1942

Rudolph Sullivan

223-665

Fireman 2c



Advanced to Fireman 1c (P) on 10 Jun 1942
Left for temporary duty on 11 Jun 1942
Returned from temporary duty on 12 Jun 1942

Harry V. Tretler

201-622

Water Tender 2c (P)


11 Jun 1942



[Passenger mentioned]


Name

Badge

Rank / Occupation

Notes

Hubert John Tanner

-

Survivor of Birtish SS NORMAN PRINCE

Picked up from raft on 1 Jun 1942
Left at St. Lucia on 2 Jun 1942



LOG BOOK – JULY 1st 1942 TO DECEMBER 31st 1942


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LOGS FOR JULY 1942


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[List of officers]


Name

Rank

Address

Date Joined

Date Left

Notes

Louis MacLane Thayer Jr.

Lieutenant

Mignon R. Thayer (wife)
Fort George, Meade, MD.




G.G. Van Dyke

Surgeon USPHS

Mrs Catherine Van Dyke (wife)
1225 Nashville Avenue, New Orleans, LA.




Robert Raymond Russell

Lieutenant (jg)

Mrs R.R. Russell (wife),
39 Raven Road, Lowell, MA.



Took oath of office as Lieutenant (jg) on 24 Jul 1942

Berthold Papanek

Lieutenant (jg) (R)

Mrs Amalie Papanek (mother)
17 Foote Avenue, Lawrence, NY.




James Alexander Palmer

Ensign

Mrs L.K. Palmer (mother)
1703 W Vernon Street, Los Angeles, CA.


3 Jul 1942


George F. Hutchinson

Ensign (R)

Mr. G.F. Hutchinson (father)
Wickford, RI.




R.O. Elwood

Machinist

Mrs Martha Elwood (wife)
711 Southard Street, Key West, FL.




Frank Close Schmitz

Ensign


24 Jul 1942



J.C. Smith

Lieutenant (jg)


26 Jul 1942


Joined for temporary duty


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1 July 1942

At San Juan.

Lat 18.457, Long -66.111

[Wind mainly E force 0-5; cloudy with haze; air temperature average 79°F]


00.00 to 09.00:

Moored as before port side to Coast Guard Dock San Juan.


09.00 to 16.00:

Moored as before. 11.05 GONZALES, Hernand V. (500-202) Sea 2c (R) reported aboard, having been discharged from inpatient treatment at the NAS Dispensary, this place. STOKES, Wallace L. (234-233) Sea 2c was this day advanced in rating to Sea 1c. COLL, Jose L. (500-224) AS (R), DE LA PAZ, William (500-211) AS (R), and SEDA, Roger (500-238) AS (R) were this day advanced in rating to Sea 2c.


16.00 to 24.00:

Moored as before. SULLIVAN, Rudolph (223-665) F 1c completed 3 hours’ extra duty.


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2 July 1942

At San Juan.

Lat 18.457, Long -66.111

[Wind E backing NE force 2-6; cloudy with haze; air temperature average 80°F]


00.00 to 09.00:

Moored as before, port side to dock at Coast Guard Base, San Juan. 08.10 Boat’s crew away in No.3 boat for drill. 08.30 No.3 boat returned.


16.00 to 24.00:

Moored as before. Granted liberty to Port Watch to expire at 24.00 this date. 21.17 Air raid alarm; sounded General Quarters. 21.36 Secured from General Quarters. All liberty party returned on time.


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3 July 1942

At San Juan.

Lat 18.457, Long -66.111

[Wind E force 3-5; cloudy with haze; air temperature average 80°F]


00.00 to 09.00:

Moored as before port side to Coast Guard Wharf, San Juan.


09.00 to 16.00:

Moored as before. 09.15 Ensign J.A. PALMER, USCG departed for the USCGC “Marion” for assignment to duty. Commenced dock trial on main engine. 10.00 Secured from dock trial. 10.30 WATSON, Charles B. (254-207) Sea 2c returned aboard having been discharged from the in-patient treatment at the NAS Dispensary, San Juan. 13.00 Granted liberty to Starboard Watch to expire at 24.00 this date. 14.00 The Coast Guard Base held fire and rescue drill in which the “Unalga” participated. 14.05 Secured from fire and rescue drill.


16.00 to 24.00:

Moored as before. 23.45 SULLIVAN, Rudolph (223-665) F 1c completed 2 hours’ extra police duties. 24.00 Liberty party returned on time.


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4 July 1942

At San Juan.

Lat 18.457, Long -66.111

[Wind variable E force 3-5; broken cloud with an occasional shower; air temperature average 80°F]


00.00 to 09.00:

Moored as before port side to dock at the Coast Guard Base, San Juan, 08.05 No.3 boat away with boat’s crew for drill under oars. 08.30 No.3 boat returned.


09.00 to 16.00:

Moored as before. 10.30 Received 3 gallons ice cream from Payco Ice Cream Co for use in general mess.11.50 SHELTON, H.D. (109-419) WT 1c reported aboard from inpatient treatment at the NAS Dispensary. Held regular weekly inspection. 12.45 Commanding Officer held report mast in the case of TRUMAN, William L. (228-306) SC 3c (P), placed on report for being unable to perform regular duty; awarded 7 days’ restriction. Held report mast in the case of SHELTON, H.D. (109-419) WT 1c for the offenses of 28 June 1942; awarded the restriction of 5 days’ liberty. 13.00 Granted liberty to Port Watch to expire at 02.00, 5 July 1942.


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5 July 1942

At San Juan.

Lat 18.457, Long -66.111

[Wind variable E force 3-5; broken cloud with an occasional shower; air temperature average 80°F]


00.00 to 09.00:

Moored as before port side to Coast Guard Wharf, San Juan.


09.00 to 16.00:

Moored as before.


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6 July 1942

At San Juan.

Lat 18.457, Long -66.111

[Wind E force 2-5; broken cloud; air temperature average 80°F]


00.00 to 09.00:

Moored as before, port side to dock at Coast Guard Base, San Juan. 08.05 No.3 boat away with boat crew for drill under oars.


09.00 to 16.00:

Moored as before. 10.45 GONZALEZ, Hernand V. (600-202) Sea 2c (R) returned aboard from 4 days’ leave of absence. 11.20 LORENZ, Harold O. (205-024) WT 2c (P) departed on 16 days’ leave granted by Commanding Officer, leave to terminate 25 July 1942 upon boarding return plane. 13.00 Fire in galley. 13.12:Fire extinguished, no material damage.


16.00 to 24.00:

Moored as before. Granted liberty to Port Watch to expire 24.00 this date. All liberty party returned on

time.


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7 July 1942

At San Juan.

Lat 18.457, Long -66.111

[Wind E force 2-5; broken cloud with drizzle; air temperature average 80°F]


00.00 to 09.00:

Moored as before, port side to Coast Guard Wharf, San Juan.


16.00 to 24.00:

Moored as before. Received 40 pounds bread for use in the general mess.


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8 July 1942

At San Juan and en route to St Thomas.

Lat 18.457, Long -66.111

[Wind E force 4-6; cloudy with haze; air temperature average 81°F]


00.00 to 09.00:

Moored as before port side to dock at Coast Guard Base, San Juan. 02.55 Doubled up mooring lines because of threatening weather. 07.10 NYEGARD, Lawrence K. (234-084) Sea 1c was transferred to the USCG Air Station, San Diego, California, and was granted 5 days’ leave en route.


09.00 to 16.00:

Moored as before. 09.15 Received 1 gyro repeater which was repaired at the US Navy Section Base.


16.00 to 20.00:

Moored as before. 17.05 Made preparations for getting underway. 18.14 Underway on various courses at various speeds standing out of the harbor. 18.30 San Juan Light abeam to starboard, close aboard. The following men missing from the ship: JELINK, David V. (206-602) MM 2c; SINTES, Luis (500-228) WT 2c (R); PEACE, Willard W. (223-792) SC 3c; HOLLADAY, John (226-866) SC 3c; CAMPOS, Adolph A. (510-201) Sea 1c (R); ORTIZ, Antonio (500-251) AS (R); GRILLASCA, Fernando (500-224) M Att 2c (R); and EZELL, Oscar Jr. (229-033) M Att 2c, POLANCO, Jaime (500-240) M Att 2c (R). All on authorized liberty. 18.45 Set course 45° PGC at 108 RPM. 19.00 All hands to stations for alert. 19.05 Gyro out-steering 86° PGC. 19.12 Changed course to 111° PGC.


20.00 to 24.00:

Underway as before. 20.30 Changed course to 140° PGC. 20.30 Secured from alert. 21.00 Changed course to 116° PGC. 22.10 Cape San Juan Light abeam, distance 6.2 miles. 23.00 Changed course to 123° PGC (107° T). Issued 44 night rations.


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9 July 1942

Lat 18.3, Long -64.9

At St Thomas and at San Juan.

[Wind E and NE force 6-2; sea moderate; cloudy with showers; air temperature average 81°F]


00.00 to 04.00:

Underway as before on course 123° PGC 107° T at 108 RPM. 00.53 Culebrita Light abeam to starboard, distant 4.5 miles. 01.00 Commenced using gyro compass. Changed course to 134° PGC 132° T. Sail Rock abeam to starboard, close aboard. Changed course to 92° PGC 90° T. 03.10 Exchanged challenges with Patrol Vessel. Stopped; drifting. 03.20 Ahead on various courses at various speeds following Patrol Vessel into Charlotte Amalie Harbor, St Thomas.


04.00 to 08.00:

Underway as before on various courses and speeds standing into Charlotte Amalie, St Thomas. 05.05 Anchored in 6 fathoms of water to 20 fathoms starboard chain. 05.10 Navy motor launch alongside with 75 American survivors of torpedoed vessels. 05.30 Picket boat alongside with 18 British survivors of a torpedoed vessel. All survivors on board. 06.35 Anchor aweigh. Underway on various courses at various speeds standing out of Charlotte Amalie Harbor. 06.48 Set course to 233° T, 235° PGC at 110 RPM standard speed. 07.05 Changed course to 268° T 270° PGC. 07.25: Changed course to 290° T 292° PGC.


08.00 to 12.00:

Underway as before, on course 292° PGC (290° T) at 110 RPM. 08.31 Culebrita Light abeam to port, 3 miles distant. 08.45 Changed course to 282° PGC. 10.48 Cape San Juan Light abeam to port, 3.6 miles distant.


12.00 to 16.00:

Underway as before on course 282° PGC, 280° T at 110 RPM. 13.40 El Morro Light abeam to port close aboard. Commenced various courses and speeds maneuvering into harbor of San Juan. 13.55 No.1 boat away with men to handle lines. 14.05 Moored portside to the south side of pier 9. 14.50 Commenced disembarking survivors. 14.55 CAMOS, Adolph A. (500-201) Sea 1c (R) A. (500-201) Sea 1c (R) reported aboard having been left ashore on authorized liberty. 16.00 Finished transferring of survivors ashore.


16.00 to 24.00:

Moored as before portside to the south side of pier 9. 16.23 Began fueling ship. 17.02 Finished fueling ship, received 17,773.58 gallons Navy special bunker fuel oil. 18.10 All hands to stations to unmoor ship. 18.20 Underway on various courses at various speeds proceeding to Coast Guard Dock. 18.45 Moored port side to Coast Guard Wharf, San Juan, receiving fresh water and telephone service from the dock. 19.00 Following men returned from authorized liberty. JELINK, David V. (206-602) MM 2c; SINTES, Luis (500-228) WT 2c (R); PEACE, Willard W. (223-742) SC 3c; HOLLADAY, John (226-866) SC 3c; ORTIZ, Antonio (500-251) AS (R); EZELL, Oscar Jr.. (229-033) M Att 2c; and GRILLASCA, Fernando (500-229) M Att 2c. 19.00 Granted liberty to Port Watch to expire at 24.00 this date. 23.15 POLANCO, Jaime (500-240) M Att 2c and LEHMAN, Charles (500-235) Sea 2c reported aboard from authorized liberty. 23.30 WILSON, Benjamin F. (200-850) MM 2c (P) returned aboard from 3 days’ leave, having reported in at the base on time, granted 2 days’ extension of leave by the Commanding Officer. 23.55 COLL, Jose L. (500-224) Sea 2c (R) returned aboard from authorized liberty. 24.00 All liberty party returned on time.


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10 July 1942

At San Juan.

Lat 18.457, Long -66.111

[Wind mainly E force 3-4; broken cloud with an occasional shower; air temperature average 80°F]


00.00 to 09.00:

Moored as before port side to the Coast Guard Wharf.


09.00 to 16.00:

Moored as before. 11.45 HOLMES, Stewart D. (220-364) Cox (P) departed on 3 days’ leave granted by the Commanding Officer. 14.10 Received 200 type C field rations from the Quartermaster Supply Officer of the Puerto Rican Department, US Army. [Received various stores.]


16.00 to 24.00:

Moored as before. 23.55 BALDWIN, Harry J. (203-397) F 1c was returned aboard by the Shore Patrol charged with being in a restricted area.


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11 July 1942

At San Juan and at Ensenada Honda Harbor.

Lat 18.457, Long -66.111

[Wind mainly NE force 3-6; broken cloud with an occasional shower; air temperature average 80°F]


00.00 to 09.00:

Moored as before, port side to dock at Coast Guard Base, San Juan. 08.10 ALPERT, Hyman (100-115) CQM (a) (P) departed to the Office of the District Coast Guard Officer, 7th Naval District, Miami, Fla. for assignment to duty. 08.45 Commenced making preparations for getting underway.


09.00 to 12.00:

Moored as before, preparing to get underway. 09.50 QUINONES, Marcial (500-241) M Att 2c (R) departed for inpatient treatment at NAS Dispensary, due to his own misconduct. 10.15 LLOYD, Glen R. (220-985) Sea 1c transferred this date to the Coast Guard Base, San Juan, PR for temporary duty pending transportation to Gunnersmate School, Curtis Bay, Md. 10.20 Commanding Officer held regular weekly ship’s inspection. 10.55 Underway on various courses at various speeds standing out of San Juan Harbor. 11.10 Port San Juan Light abeam to starboard and close aboard. 11.20 Set course to 95° PGC (93° T) at 105 RPM.


12.00 to 16.00:

Underway as before on course 95° PGC, 93° T at 105 RPM. 14.43 Cape San Juan Light abeam to starboard, distant 0.7 miles [followed by various small course changes].


16.00 to 20.00:

Underway as before on course 275° PGC, 273° T at standard speed 105 RPM. 16.10 Various courses and various speeds standing into Ensenada Honda Harbor. 16.25 Anchored in 7 fathoms of water to 30 fathoms starboard chain.


20.00 to 24.00:

20.07 Underway on various courses at 105 RPM. 22.46 Set course 185° PGC at ⅓ speed. 23.48 Changed course to 124° PGC. Issued 46 night rations.


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12 July 1942

At Ensenada Honda Harbor.

Lat 18.12, Long -65.63

[Wind NE veering SE force 3-5; sea slight; broken cloud with an occasional shower; air temperature average 79°F]


00.00 to 04.00:

Underway as before on course 124° PGC 122° T at 40 RPM [followed by small course changes].


08.00 to 12.00:

Underway as before on course 002° PGC 00° T at ⅓ speed. 09.00 Various courses at various speeds. 09.13 Let go starboard anchor in 7 fathoms of water to 30 fathoms chain. 09.40 Lowered motor dinghy for testing engine. 10.30 Motor dinghy secured astern.


16.00 to 20.00:

Anchored as before. Motor dinghy hoisted and secured. 18.05 Began heaving in anchor. 18.10 Anchor aweigh. Underway on various courses standing out of Ensenada Honda Harbor. 18.25 Various courses at various speeds. 19.40 Stopped; drifting.


20.00 to 24.00:

Drifting as before. 22.17 Ahead on course 105° PGC 103° T at ⅓ speed. 22.55 Stopped and drifting. Issued 44 night rations.


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13 July 1942

At Ensenada Honda Harbor on patrol.

Lat 18.12, Long -65.63

[Wind E and NE force 2-5; sea slight; broken cloud with an occasional shower; air temperature average 79°F]


00.00 to 04.00:

Underway as before, stopped and drifting on patrol off the E coast of PR. 02.31 Ahead on course 89° PGC 87° T at ⅓ speed. 02.52 Stopped; drifting. 03.06 Ahead various courses at ⅓ speed to change ship’s heading.


04.00 to 08.00:

Drifting as before. 04.50 Underway on course 65° PGC 63° T at ⅓ speed. 07.20 Various courses and various speeds entering Ensenada Honda Harbor.


08.00 to 12.00:

08.06 Anchored in Ensenada Honda Harbor in 5 5 fathoms of water to 30 fathoms of chain.


12.00 to 16.00:

Anchored as before. 12.45 No.3 boat away with sailing party. 03.30 No.3 boat returned and hoisted aboard.


16.00 to 20.00:

18.10 Anchor aweigh; on various courses and various speeds standing out of Ensenada Honda Harbor. 18.40 Entering harbor on various courses and speeds. 19.08 Anchored in Ensenada Honda Harbor in 5 fathoms of water to 30 fathoms of starboard chain. 19.55 Anchor aweigh, various courses and various speeds standing out of Ensenada Honda Harbor.


20.00 to 24.00:

Underway as before. 20.45 Anchored off Cabras Island in 9 fathoms of water to 30 fathoms of port chain. 21.05 At the request of US Army base, Point Puerca, sent motor dinghy with Ens G.F. HUTCHINSON in charge to investigate reported sounds of diesel engine motors in vicinity of Point Figueroa. Issued 44 night rations. 20.45 Secured from General Quarters.


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14 July 1942

At Vieques Passage and Ensenada Honda Harbor on patrol.

Lat 18.12, Long -65.63

[Wind mainly NE force 3-5; sea slight; broken cloud; air temperature average 79°F]


00.00 to 04.00:

Anchored as before in Vieques Passage in 9 fathoms of water to 30 fathoms of starboard chain. 01.15 No.1 boat returned and hoisted aboard. Result of search negative. 01.38 Anchor aweigh and underway on various courses at ⅔ speed. 01.42 Set course at 142° PGC 140° T. 01.52: Reduced speed to ⅓. Various courses patrolling southern entrance to Passage. 03.40 Stopped; drifting.


04.00 to 08.00:

Underway drifting as before. 06.55 Underway on various courses at various speeds standing up to Ensenada Honda Harbor. 07.58 Anchored in Ensenada Honda Harbor in 5 fathoms water to 30 fathoms of port chain.


12.00 to 16.00:

Anchored as before. 13.30 No.1 boat away to test portable radio. 14.40 No.1 boat returned and secured astern.


16.00 to 20.00:

18.55 Anchor aweigh, underway on various courses at various speeds standing out of Ensenada Honda Harbor.


20.00 to 24.00:

Underway as before on various courses at various speeds.


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15 July 1942

At Vieques Passage and Ensenada Honda Harbor on patrol.

Lat 18.12, Long -65.63

[Wind E veering SE force 3-4; sea slight; cloudy and overcast; air temperature average 77°F]


00.00 to 04.00:

Underway as before, drifting on station in the southern entrance to Vieques Passage. 03.26 Ahead on various courses at ⅓ speed resuming position.


04.00 to 08.00:

07.25 Various courses and various speeds standing up to anchorage in Ensenada Honda Harbor.


08.00 to 12.00:

08.06 Anchored in Ensenada Honda in 7 fathoms of water to 30 fathoms of chain.


12.00 to 16.00:

Anchored as before. 13.20 No.1 boat lowered and away. 13.37 No.1 boat returned with District Pay Officer. HOLMES, Stewart D. (220-364) Cox (P) reported aboard from the Coast Guard Base, San Juan, having reported there from 3 days’ leave on time. 14.00 Crew drew semi-monthly pay. 15.02 No.1 boat departed with District Pay Officer. 15.28 No.1 boat returned, hoisted and secured. Received stores for use in the general mess.


16.00 to 20.00:

18.12 Anchor aweigh, underway on various courses at various speeds standing out of Ensenada Honda Harbor.


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16 July 1942

At Vieques Passage and Ensenada Honda Harbor on patrol.

Lat 18.12, Long -65.63

[Wind variable E force 1-5; sea slight; broken cloud; air temperature average 77°F]


00.00 to 04.00:

Underway, drifting as before, on patrol in the southern entrance to Vieques Passage.


08.00 to 12.00:

Underway as before on various courses and speeds. 08.15 Anchored in Ensenada Honda Harbor in 7 fathoms of water to 30 fathoms port chain.


12.00 to 16.00:

Anchored as before. 12.45 No.4 boat away with sailing party. 14.40 No.1 boat away with mail. 15.00 No.4 boat alongside, hoisted and secured. 15.35 No.1 boat returned and secured astern.


16.00 to 20.00:

18.20 Anchor aweigh, underway on various courses at various speeds standing out of Ensenada Honda Harbor. 19.20 Set course to 120° PGC 118°T at standard speed.


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17 July 1942

At Vieques Passage and Ensenada Honda Harbor on patrol.

Lat 18.12, Long -65.63

[Wind variable E force 1-4; sea smooth; broken cloud; air temperature average 78°F]


00.00 to 04.00:

Underway, drifting as before, on patrol in the southern entrance to Vieques Passage.


04.00 to 08.00:

07.05 Underway on various courses at various speeds standing in to anchorage in Ensenada Honda Harbor.


08.00 to 12.00:

08.00 Anchored in Ensenada Honda Harbor in 7 fathoms of water to 30 fathoms port chain.


12.00 to 16.00:

Anchored as before. 15.00 No.1 boat lowered and away to Naval Station dock.


16.00 to 20.00:

Anchored as before. 16.10 Motor dinghy boat No.1 returned, hoisted and secured. Received stores [followed by list]. 18.22 Anchor aweigh. Underway on various courses at various speeds out of Ensenada Honda Harbor.


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18 July 1942

At Vieques Passage and Ensenada Honda Harbor on patrol.

Lat 18.12, Long -65.63

[Wind variable NE force 1-4; sea slight; cloudy with showers; air temperature average 78°F]


00.00 to 04.00:

Underway drifting as before, on patrol in the southern entrance to Vieques Passage.


04.00 to 08.00:

07.55 Various courses and speeds entering Ensenada Honda Harbor.


08.00 to 12.00:

08.12 Anchored in Ensenada Honda Harbor in 7 fathoms of water to 30 fathoms port chain. 11.20 Commanding Officer held weekly ship’s inspection.


12.00 to 16.00:

Anchored as before. 13.00 Granted liberty to the Port Watch to expire at 16.00 this date. No.1 boat lowered, making trips to beach with liberty party. 16.00 Liberty party returned on time. No.1 boat tied alongside.


16.00 to 20.00:

18.12 Anchor aweigh, underway on various courses at various speeds standing out of Ensenada Honda anchorage.


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19 July 1942

At Vieques Passage and Ensenada Honda Harbor on patrol.

Lat 18.12, Long -65.63

[Wind variable NE force 1-4; sea slight; cloudy with showers; air temperature average 78°F]


00.00 to 04.00:

Underway, drifting on patrol in the southern entrance to Vieques Passage.


08.00 to 12.00:

08.22 Anchored in Ensenada Honda in 6 fathoms of water, to 30 fathoms of port chain.


12.00 to 16.00:

Anchored as before. 13.00 Granted liberty to Starboard Watch to expire at 16.00 this date. 13.03 Number 1 boat away with liberty party. 13.10 Number 3 and 4 boats away with sailing parties. 13.20 Number 1 boat returned, secured astern. 15.40 Number 1 boat away.


16.00 to 20.00:

Anchored as before. 16.15 All liberty party returned on time. 17.10 No.1 boat hoisted and secured. 18.45 Anchor aweigh, underway on various courses and various speeds standing out of Ensenada Honda Harbor.


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20 July 1942

At Vieques Passage and Ensenada Honda Harbor on patrol.

Lat 18.12, Long -65.63

[Wind variable NE force 1-4; sea slight; cloudy with showers; air temperature average 78°F]


00.00 to 04.00:

Underway, drifting on patrol at the southern entrance of Vieques Passage.


08.00 to 12.00:

08.28 Anchored in Ensenada Honda in 6 fathoms of water to 30 fathoms of port chain. 09.20 No.1 boat departed for Navy Dock. 09.50 No.1 boat returned and secured astern.


16.00 to 20.00:

Anchored as before. 16.30 No.1 boat hoisted and secured. 18.25 Anchor aweigh, underway on various courses at various speeds standing out of Ensenada Honda Harbor.


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21 July 1942

At Vieques Passage and Ensenada Honda Harbor on patrol.

Lat 18.12, Long -65.63

[Wind variable calm and force 1-2; sea smooth; broken cloud; air temperature average 80°F]


00.00 to 04.00:

Stopped and drifting as before, on patrol at the southern entrance to Vieques Passage.


08.00 to 12.00:

08.01 Anchored in Ensenada Honda in 7 fathoms of water to 30 fathoms of port chain. 10.00 Underway, various courses and speeds, changing anchorage because of shift in wind. 10.17 Anchored in 7 fathoms of water to 30 fathoms of port chain.


16.00 to 20.00:

Anchored as before. 17.30 Boat No.1 departed with Commanding Officer. 17.55 Boat No.1 returned with Commanding Officer and the following men: Mr. STANFORD of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Mr. JACKSON and Mr. RAINES of Naval Intelligence. Boat No.1 hoisted and secured. 18.25 Anchor aweigh, underway on various courses at various speeds out of Ensenada Honda Harbor. 18.37 Set course 182° PGC 180° T at standard speed. 19.12 Various courses and speeds approaching anchorage on west coast of Vieques Island. 19.30 Anchored in 5 fathoms of water to 30 fathoms port chain.19.40 Boat No.1 departed for pier with Federal Bureau of Investigation and Naval Intelligence Officers.


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22 July 1942

At Vieques Passage and Ensenada Honda Harbor on patrol.

Lat 18.12, Long -65.63

[Wind variable SE force 3-6; sea slight; broken cloud; air temperature average 80°F]


00.00 to 04.00:

Anchored as before in 5 fathoms of water to 30 fathoms of port chain. 00.15 Number 1 boat returned with the following passengers: R.L. RAINES Lt. USNR (intelligence), Carl STANFORD from Federal Bureau of Investigation, Roy JACKSON, Naval Intelligence, and Erich Wolfgang ALBRECHT, prisoner.* 01.07 Heaving in on anchor. 01.11 Underway on various courses and speeds. 01.52 Stopped and drifting off Ensenada Honda

Harbor. 03.30 Number 1 boat away with passengers to Naval Base at Ensenada Honda. 03.39 Underway on various courses and speeds. 03.49 Stopped and drifting.


08.00 to 12.00:

Underway as before, various courses and speeds. 08.30 Moored portside to US Navy Dock at Ensenada Honda. 09.00 Commenced taking on fresh water. 11.10 SINTES, Luis (500-223) WT 2c (R) departed for inpatient treatment at the Naval Air Station Dispensary, San Juan.


16.00 to 20.00:

Moored as before. Received the following stores for use in general mess [followed by list of stores]. CLAUDIO Otilio, (500-218) AS (R), QUINONES, Marcial (500-241) M Att 2c (R), BRADLEY, John R. Jr. (202-397) BM 2c (P) reported aboard from inpatient treatment at US Naval Hospital, San Juan. McCOMAS, James M. (228-049) Y 2c (P) reported aboard from 10 days’ leave having previously reported on time to CG Base St Petersburg, Fla. on 16 June 1942. STENGEL, Herbert L. (228-562) Cox (P) reported aboard from 30 days’ leave of absence having previously reported to Coast Guard Base, Mobile, Ala. on 27 June. 18.27 Unmoored, underway on various courses at various speeds standing out of Ensenada Honda Harbor.


*[Note: There may be some confusion here, or even deliberate obfuscation on the part of the intelligence officers and FBI. Unless this is a coincidence concerning a person of the same name, but with a different middle name, Erich Albrecht was an anti-Nazi German who had come to the US in 1932 and by 1942 was working for the US Army Intelligence Branch. It is possible to interpret the log as saying “Erich Albrecht AND a prisoner”, with Albrecht acting as interpreter for any interrogation, but it does not appear that way on the hand-written log. See Erich Albrecht.]


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23 July 1942

At Vieques Passage and Ensenada Honda Harbor on patrol.

Lat 18.12, Long -65.63

[Wind variable E force 3-6; sea moderate; broken cloud; air temperature average 80°F]


00.00 to 04.00:

Underway, drifting as before on patrol at the southern entrance to Vieques Passage.


04.00 to 08.00:

07.35 Various speeds standing in to anchorage in Ensenada Honda Harbor. 07.40 Stopped. 07.53 Anchored in 7 fathoms of water to 30 fathoms port chain in Ensenada Honda Harbor.


08.00 to 12.00:

Anchored as before. 09.30 No.1 boat lowered into water. BUDD, Reginald (206-923) RM 2c (P) was transferred to the Coast Guard Base, San Juan for assignment to temporary duty pending further transfer to the Radio Engineering School, New London, Conn.


12.00 to 16.00:

Anchored as before. 12.55 Number 4 boat away with sailing party. 15.25 Number 4 boat returned, hoisted and secured. 15.40 Number 1 boat away with mail.


16.00 to 20.00:

Anchored as before. 16.40 Boat No.1 returned, hoisted and secured. 18.25 Anchor aweigh, underway on various courses at various speeds standing out of Ensenada Honda Harbor.


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24 July 1942

At Vieques Passage and Ensenada Honda Harbor on patrol.

Lat 18.12, Long -65.63

[Wind variable E force 2-5; sea slight; broken cloud; air temperature average 80°F]


00.00 to 04.00:

Underway, drifting as before on patrol at the southern entrance to Vieques Passage.


08.00 to 12.00:

Underway as before, various courses and speeds standing into Ensenada Honda. 08.16 Anchored in 7 fathoms of water to 30 fathoms of port chain. 11.10 No.1 boat away to Navy Dock. 11.20 No.1 boat returned. Ensign F. C. SCHMITZ, USCG reported aboard for assignment to duty. MILLER, Franklin J. (225-740) QM 1c (P) reported aboard for assignment to duty.


12.00 to 16.00:

Anchored as before. 13.00 Number 1 boat departed for beach. 14.15 Number 1 boat returned, secured astern. R.R. RUSSELL, Lieut (temporary) took oath of office as Lieutenant (jg) to rank from 29 May 1942. SPRATLING, David (109-178) CY (A) (P) took oath of office as Pay Clerk to rank as such from 1 July 1942.


16.00 to 20.00:

Anchored as before. 18.20 Anchor aweigh, underway on various courses at various speeds standing out of Ensenada Honda Harbor.


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25 July 1942

At Ensenada Honda Harbor and at San Juan.

Lat 18.12, Long -65.63

[Wind variable E and SE force 2-5; sea slight; cloudy; air temperature average 80°F]


00.00 to 04.00:

Underway as before, drifting, on patrol in the southern entrance to Vieques Passage.


04.00 to 08.00:

Underway, drifting as before. 07.00 Underway on various courses at various speeds. 07.59 Anchored in 7 fathoms water at 30 fathoms port chain in Ensenada Honda Harbor.


12.00 to 16.00:

Anchored as before. 12.40 No.4 boat away with sailing party. 13.40 Granted liberty to Port Watch to expire at 16.00 this date. No.1 boat away to Navy Dock with liberty party. 15.30 No.3 boat returned, hoisted aboard and secured. 16.00 No.1 boat returned. Liberty party returned on time.


16.00 to 20.00:

18.15 Anchor aweigh, underway on various courses at various speeds standing out of Ensenada Honda Harbor. 19.15 This vessel relieved of patrol duty in present area by the YP224. 19.15 Underway on course 23° PGC, 21° T at 105 RPM. 19.25 Changed course to 342° PGC, 340° T. 19.55 Changed course to 350° PGC, 348° T.


20.00 to 24.00:

Underway as before on course 350° PGC (348° T) at standard speed, 105 RPM. 20.20 Cape San Juan Light abeam to port, close aboard, changed course to 305° PGC. Changed course to 272° PGC. 22.18 Port San Juan Light to port distance 3.5 miles. 23.25 Various courses and speeds entering San Juan Harbor. 23.45 Port San Juan Light abeam, close aboard to port. 23.55 Number 1 boat away to dock.


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26 July 1942

At San Juan.

Lat 18.457, Long -66.111

[Wind variable E and SE force 3-4; broken cloud with haze and an occasional shower; air temperature average 80°F]


00.00 to 04.00:

Underway as before, various courses and speeds. 00.25 Anchored in 6 fathoms of water to 30 fathoms of port chain in the harbor of San Juan. No.1 boat alongside, hoisted and secured.


04.00 to 08.00:

Anchored as before. 06.40 Boat No.1 away. 07.44 Anchor aweigh, underway on various courses at various speeds, proceeding to fuel at pier No.9, San Juan.


08.00 to 12.00:

08.03 Moored port side to pier No.9 for purpose of fueling ship. 09.15 Number 1 boat away. 10.00 Number 1 boat returned, secured to north side of pier. 11.40 Commenced fueling.


12.00 to 16.00:

12.31 Finished fueling ship. Received 31,438.11 gallons Navy Special bunker fuel oil. 13.44 Underway, various courses and speeds proceeding to regular berth. 14.09 Moored portside to wharf at Coast Guard Base, San Juan. 14.20 No.1 boat alongside, hoisted and secured. 14.40 J.C. SMITH, Lieut. (jg) USCG reported aboard for assignment to temporary duty. 16.00 Granted liberty to the Port Watch to expire at 24.00 this date.


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27 July 1942

At San Juan.

Lat 18.457, Long -66.111

[Wind SE backing NE force 4-5; cloudy; air temperature average 80°F]


00.00 to 09.00:

Moored as before port side to Coast Guard Dock, San Juan. 08.20 EZELL, Oscar Jr. (229-033) M Att 2c departed NAS Dispensary for inpatient treatment. 08.30 Received stores [followed by detailed list].


04.00 to 16.00:

Moored as before. 11.00 Received mess stores [followed by detailed list]. 11.10 McGOWAN, Alton (234-710) Sea 1c reported aboard, having been discharged from inpatient treatment at the US NAS Dispensary.12.20 GRILLASCA, Fernando (500-229) M Att 2c (R) departed on 15 days’ leave granted by the Commanding Officer. 13.05 JELINK, David V. (206-602) MM 2c (P) was transferred to the US Coast Guard Base, San Juan. 14.30 BELL, George Welborne (274-40-77) Sea 2c USN and HARRIS, John (272-69-41) M Att 3c USN reported aboard under guard for transportation to Continental US.* 15.13 COLL, Jose L. (500-224) Sea 2c (R) was transferred to the Coast Guard Base, San Juan, for assignment to duty. 15.30 QUINONES, Marcial (500-241) M Att 2c (R) departed for in-patient treatment at the Naval Air Station Dispensary.


16.00 to 20.00:

Moored as before. 16.35 USCGC “Cypress” moored alongside and loaded degaussing gear aboard for transportation to the US. 17.00 TELESFORO, Juan C. (217-358) Off Std 2c (P) was transferred to the Coast Guard Base, San Juan. ELEY, Joseph R. (201-714) Off Std 3c (P) reported aboard for assignment to duty. Loaded aboard 1300 new condenser tubes. 19.30 J.C. SMITH, Lieut (jg) USCG departed on 10 days’ emergency leave granted by the Commanding Officer. 19.51 Unmoored and underway, various courses and speeds proceeding out of San Juan Harbor.


20.00 to 24.00:

Underway various courses and speeds, as before. 20.07 Port San Juan Light abeam to starboard close aboard. 20.10 Set course 314° PGC, 312° T at Standard speed. Commenced zig-zagging on basic course of 314° PGC, 312° T. Determined gyro error to be 2° W by bearing on range.


*[Note: “Unalga” has clearly been ordered to proceed to continental USA.]


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28 July 1942

At sea en route to Jacksonville, Fla.

Lat 20.13, Long -68.22

[Wind ENE backing NE force 3-5; sea moderate; cloudy; air temperature average 80°F]


00.00 to 04.00:

Underway as before, zig-zagging on base course 312° T at standard speed, 110 RPM. 01.00 Gyro error found to be 18° W.


04.00 to 08.00:

Underway as before, zig-zagging on base course of 330° PGC 312° T at 110 RPM. 05.40 Gyro error found to be 19° W. 07.05 Gyro compass reset, error [not entered] °W. Set condition II.


16.00 to 20.00:

Underway as before, zig-zagging on base course 314° T 316° PGC, at 110 RPM. 21.00 Ceased zig-zagging, base course 314° T 316° PGC.


20.00 to 24.00:

Underway as before on course 316° PGC 314° T at 110 RPM (zig-zagging). 21.00 Ceased zig-zagging. 22.30 Changed course to 315° T 316° PGC. Steering gyro was found to be carrying an error of 1° West. Issued 49 night rations.


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29 July 1942

At sea en route to Jacksonville, Fla.

Lat 22.97, Long -71.50

[Wind variable E force 3-5; sea slight; broken cloud; air temperature average 80°F]


00.00 to 04-00:

Underway as before course 315° T (316° PGC) at standard speed 118 RPM.


04.00 to 08.00:

Underway as before on course 315°T, 316° PGC at 110 RPM. 05.00 Commenced zig-zagging, base course 315° T, 316° PGC.


20.00 to 24.00:

Underway as before, zig-zagging on basic course of 315° T 316° PGC at 114 RPM.


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30 July 1942

At sea en route to Jacksonville, Fla.

Lat 25.83, Long -74.65

[Wind variable NE force 2-3; sea smooth; broken cloud; air temperature average 82°F]


00.00 to 04.00:

Underway on course 316° PGC 315° T at standard speed 114 RPM.


04.00 to 08.00:

Underway as before on course 315° T, 316° PGC at 115 RPM. 05.30 Commenced zig-zagging base course 315° T 316° PGC. Set condition of readiness No.2.


20.00 to 24.00:

Underway as before, zig-zagging on the base course of 316° PGC, 315° T at 115 RPM. 22.30 Ceased zig-zagging. 23.00 Changed course to 308° PGC 307° T. Issued 49 night rations.


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31 July 1942

At sea en route to Jacksonville, Fla.

Lat 28.47, Long -78.20

[Wind NW veering N force 2; sea smooth; broken cloud; air temperature average 83°F]


00.00 to 04.00:

Underway as before on course 307° T (308° PGC) at standard speed, 115 RPM.


04.00 to 08.00:

Underway as before on base course 307° T, 308° PGC. 06.07 Commenced zig-zagging on base course at 115 RPM. 06.40: Set condition of readiness No.2.


20.00 to 24.00:

Underway as before, zig-zagging on basic course of 298° T 299° PGC at 115 RPM. 20.15 Test-fired machine guns. 23.07 Changed base course to 317° PGC, 316° T. Issued 51 night rations to crew.


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[Crew register]

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[Crew register]


[Crew mentioned]


Name

Badge

Rank

Date Joined

Date Left

Notes

Hyman Alpert

100-115

Chief Quartermaster (a) (P)


11 Jul 1942


Jose L. Coll

500-224

Apprentice Seaman (R)



Advanced to Seaman 2c (R) on 1 Jul 1942

William De La Paz

500-211

Apprentice Seaman (R)



Advanced to Seaman 2c (R) on 1 Jul 1942

Joseph R. Eley

201-714

Officer’s Steward 3c (P)

27 Jul 1942



David V. Jelink

216-602

Machinist’s Mate 2c


27 Jul 1942


Telesforo C. Juan

217-358

Officer’s Steward 2c (P)


27 Jul 1942


Glenn B. Lloyd

220-985

Seaman 2c


11 Jul 1942

Transferred to Coast Guard Base for temporary duty, pending transportation to Gunner’s Mate School

Franklin J. Miller

225-740

Quartermaster 1c (P)

24 Jul 1942



Lawrence K. Nyegard

234-084

Seaman 1c


8 Jul 1942


David Spratling

109-178

Chief Yeoman (a) (P)



Took oath of office as Pay Clerk on 24 Jul 1942

Wallace L. Stokes

234-233

Seaman 2c



Advanced to Seaman 1c on 1 Jul 1942


[Passengers mentioned]


Name

Badge

Rank / Occupation

Notes

Carl Stanford

-

FBI

Aboard on 21 Jul 1942
Left at Ensenada Honda on 22 Jul 1942

Roy Jackson

-

Naval Intelligence

Aboard on 21 Jul 1942
Left at Ensenada Honda on 22 Jul 1942

R. L. Raines

-

Lt. USNR (Intelligence)

Aboard on 21 Jul 1942
Left at Ensenada Honda on 22 Jul 1942

Erich Wolfgang Albrecht

-

Prisoner

Taken aboard by above officers on 22 Jul 1942
Left at Ensenada Honda same day

George Welborne Bell

274-40-77

Seaman 2c USN

Aboard under guard for transportation on 27 Jul 1942

John Harris

272-69-41

Mess Attendant 3c USN

Aboard under guard for transportation on 27 Jul 1942



LOGS FOR AUGUST 1942


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[List of officers]


Name

Rank

Address

Date Joined

Date Left

Notes

Louis MacLane Thayer Jr.

Lieutenant

Mignon R. Thayer (wife)
Fort George, Meade, MD.




G.G. Van Dyke

Surgeon USPHS

Mrs Catherine Van Dyke (wife)
1225 Nashville Avenue, New Orleans, LA.




Robert Raymond Russell

Lieutenant (jg)

Martha M. Russell (wife)
39 Raven Road, Lowell, MA.




J.C. Smith

Lieutenant (jg)





Berthold Papanek

Lieutenant (jg) (R)

Mrs Amalie Papanek (mother)
17 Foote Avenue, Lawrence, NY.




George F. Hutchinson

Ensign (R)

Mr G.F. Hutchinson (father)
Wickford, RI.




Frank Close Schmitz

Ensign

Mrs Frankie Schmitz (mother)
Royal Court Apartments, Salem, OR.




R.O. Elwood

Machinist

Mrs Martha L. Elwood (wife)
711 Southard Street, Key West, FL.


8 Aug 1942


David Spratling

Pay Clerk

Mrs Ed Bleier (sister)
260 West End Avenue, New York, NY.


29 Aug 1942



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1 August 1942

At sea and at Jacksonville, Fla.

Lat 30.322, Long -81.65

[Wind NW backing SW force 2-4; broken cloud; air temperature average 80°F]


00.00 to 04.00:

Underway as before zig-zagging on base course 316° T 317° PGC at standard speed.


04.00 to 08.00:

06.10 Changed course to 269° T 270° PGC. 07.25 Sighted St Johns Lightship dead ahead.


08.00 to 12.00:

Underway, various courses and speeds. 08.22 St Johns Lightship abeam to port, close aboard. 08.47 Entered St Johns River. 08.30 Commenced various speeds. 11.00 Set all ship’s clocks to Z1 +4 Time. 11.47 Moored port side to dock at Merrill-Stevens Shipyard, Jacksonville. Draft forward 12 feet, aft 14 feet 6 inches.


12.00 to 16.00:

Moored as before. 12.45 Held Request Mast.* The following men departed on 12 days’ leave granted by the Commanding Officer, to report back aboard ship before noon of 14 August 1942: McGOWAN, Alton (234-017) Sea 1c, BRAY, Charles (220-042) EM 1c (P), COHEN, John E. (220-485) Cox (P), MUDZINSKI, Thomas (224-254) Cox (P), MAPP, George E. (234-173) Sea 1c, HOLLADAY, John (226-866) SC 1c (P), DONOVAN, Harold T. (102-964) MM 1c (P), STACKHOUSE, Clyde E. (220-809) GM 3c (P), SHELTON, Hugh D. (109-419) WT 1c (P), HARBOURT, Merle L. (224-113) QM 2c (P), LEWIS, Donald E. (220-182) QM 2c (P), ROLLAND, Edward B. (108-961) BM 1c, LASSITER, Robert C. (201-651) MM 1c (P), SWINDOLL, William O. (200-624) MM 2c (P) and BALDWIN, Harry J. (203-397) F 1c. 14.45: Prisoners BELL, George Welborne (270-40-77) Sea 2c, USN and HARRIS, John (272-69-41) M Att 3c, USN departed in custody of USN police officer.


16.00 to 24.00:

Moored as before. 17.00 Granted liberty to the Starboard Watch to expire at 10.00, 2 August 1942. The following men departed on leave granted by the Commanding Officer, to report back aboard ship before noon on 14 August 1942: HOLMES, Stewart D. (220-364) Cox (P), CHRISTOPHER, John M. (220-484) F 1c, YUNG Carl O. (205-156) Sea 1c, SNIPES, Hymon A. (222-286) Sea 2c, FOURAKER, Clarence (222-187) SC 2c (P) and BARANOVIC, William (205-534) F 1c.


*[Note: A Request Mast is an open meeting where crew members can address an issue of concern: “Request Mast includes both the right of the member to personally talk to the commander, normally in person, and the requirement that the commander consider the matter and personally respond to the member requesting mast. Request Mast provides a member the opportunity to communicate not only with his or her immediate Commanding Officer, but also with any superior commander in the chain of command up to and including the member’s immediate Commanding Officer. Request Mast also provides commanders with firsthand knowledge of the morale and general welfare of the command”. See Request Mast (PDF). It might be surmised that the issue here was a request for leave now that “Unalga” had returned to the US mainland.]


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2 August 1942


At Jacksonville, Fla.

Lat 30.322, Long -81.65

[Wind calm and S force 3-4; broken cloud; air temperature average 83°F]


00.00 to 09.00:

Moored as before, port side to dock at the Merrill-Stevens Shipyard, Jacksonville. SCHMIDT, Carl W. Jr. (206-612) CM 1c (P) departed on leave granted by the Commanding Officer, to return before noon on 14 August 1942. 07.30 Received 25 pounds bread from Seybold Baking Co. for use in the general mess.


09.00 to 12.00:

Moored as before. 10.00 Granted liberty to Port Watch, to expire 08.00, 3 August 1942. Liberty expired for Starboard Watch; all reported aboard on time. 09.00 Lt Comdr. W.S. ANDERSON on board on business connected with ship repairs. 10.30 R.R. RUSSELL (Lt) and G.F. HUTCHINSON Ens(R) departed this date on 10 days’ leave granted by Commanding Officer to expire on or before 12.00, 13 August 1942.


12.00 to 16.00:

Moored as before. Carried out holiday routine. G.G. VAN DYKE PA Surgeon departed on 10 days’ leave granted by Commanding Officer to expire 12.00, 13 August 1942.


20.00 to 24.00:

Moored as before. 20.20 Colors made on time. 20.25 Departments secured. Department heads mustered.


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3 August 1942

At Jacksonville, Fla.

Lat 30.322, Long -81.65

[Wind calm and variable SW force 1-3; broken cloud; air temperature average 80°F]


00.00 to 09.00:

Moored as before port side to Merrill-Stevens Drydock and Repair Co. Jacksonville, Fla. 07.50 All liberty party returned on time. 08.00 Morning colors made. 08.03 Received 500 pounds of ice on board from the Atlantic Ice Co. for use in the general mess.


09.00 to 16.00:

Moored as before. 15.00 FLORES, Domingo (103-568) SC 1c departed on 12 days’ leave granted by the Commanding Officer, to return before noon on 16 August 1942. BRADLEY, John R. (202-397) BM 2c (P) was transferred to Boston, Mass., to report to the District Coast Guard Officer, 1st Naval District for assignment to duty.


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4 August 1942

At Jacksonville, Fla.

Lat 30.322, Long -81.65

[Wind calm and variable W force 3; broken cloud; air temperature average 80°F]


00.00 to 09.00:

Moored as before port side to Merrill-Stevens Drydock and Repair Co. Jacksonville.


09.00 to 16.00:

Moored as before. 10.00 Received stores [followed by list].


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5 August 1942

Lat 30.322, Long -81.65

At Jacksonville, Fla.

[Wind variable W force 1-3; broken cloud; air temperature average 80°F]


00.00 to 09.00:

Moored as before. 08.00 Liberty party returned on time.


09.00 to 16.00:

14.15 Discharged all ammunition for eventual delivery to the Naval Air Station, Jacksonville.


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6 August 1942

At Jacksonville, Fla.

Lat 30.322, Long -81.65

[Wind W veering WNW force 2-3; cloudy; air temperature average 78°F]


00.00 to 09.00:

Moored as before. Maintaining ammunition watch on dock.


09.00 to 16.00:

Moored as before. 09.45 Removed ammunition from magazines. Working party departed for Naval Air Station, Jacksonville, Fla. to store ammunition. 12.30 Working party returned from Naval Air Station. Received stores [followed by list].


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7 August 1942

At Jacksonville, Fla.

Lat 30.322, Long -81.65

[Wind mainly SW force 2-3; broken cloud; air temperature average 79°F]


00.00 to 09.00:

Moored as before. 07.10 Received stores [followed by list – several deliveries through the day].


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8 August 1942

At Jacksonville, Fla.

Lat 30.322, Long -81.65

[Wind mainly NW force 2-3; broken cloud; air temperature average 79°F]


00.00 to 09.00:

Moored as before port side to Merrill-Stevens Drydock and Repair Co. Jacksonville. 04.30 R.O. ELWOOD, Machinist USCG transferred and departed for Miami, Fla, to report to the District Coast Guard Officer, 7th Naval District, for assignment to duty. 10 days’ leave en route granted by the Commanding Officer. 08.20 J.C. SMITH, Lieut. (jg) USCG reported aboard from 10 days’ leave.


09.00 to 16.00:

Moored as before. ELEY, Joseph R. (201-714) OS 3c transferred to report to District Coast Guard Officer, 3rd Naval District for assignment to duty. WATSON, Charles B. (234-207) Sea 2c transferred to US Marine Hospital, Savannah, Ga. for inpatient treatment. 3 day extension of leave granted the following men: CHRISTOPHER, John M. (220-484), F 1c, LASSITER, Robert C. (201-651), MM 1c (P) and SWINDALL, Oliver (200-624) MM 2c. The above leaves to expire 17 August 1942.


16.00 to 24.00:

Moored as before. SPRATLING, David, Pay Clerk, departed on 10 days’ leave granted by Commanding Officer to expire 12.00, 19 August 1942.


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9 August 1942

At Jacksonville, Fla.

Lat 30.322, Long -81.65.

[Wind NW backing W force 2-3; broken cloud; air temperature average 79°F]


00.00 to 09.00:

Moored as before, port side to Merrill-Stevens Drydock and Repair Co. dock, Jacksonville.


09.00 to 16.00:

10.00 Liberty party returned on time with the exception of TRUMAN, William L. (228-306) SC 3c (P) who is absent overleave from this time.


16.00 to 24.00:

Moored as before. 22.05 TRUMAN, William L. (228-306) SC 3c (P) reported aboard having been absent overleave 12 hours and 5 minutes.


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10 August 1942


At Jacksonville, Fla.

Lat 30.322, Long -81.65

[Wind NW veering NE force 2-3; broken cloud; air temperature average 78°F]


00.00 to 09.00:

Moored as before, port side to Merrill-Stevens Drydock and Repair Co. dock, Jacksonville.


09.00 to 16.00:

Moored as before. 11.10 Received stores [followed by list].


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11 August 1942

At Jacksonville, Fla.

Lat 30.322, Long -81.65

[Wind NW backing WSW force 2-4; broken cloud with some rain; air temperature average 77°F]


00.00 to 09.00:

Moored as before, port side to Merrill-Stevens Drydock and Repair Co. dock, Jacksonville.


09.00 to 16.00:

Moored as before. 13.10 McGOWAN, Alton (234-017) Sea 1c reported aboard from 12 days’ leave. 14.00 GRIMSLEY, Leonard W. (234-006) Sea 1c departed on 12 days’ leave granted by the Commanding Officer, to return aboard before noon of 24 August 1942.


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12 August 1942

At Jacksonville, Fla.

Lat 30.322, Long -81.65

[Wind SW backing S force 2-3; broken cloud; air temperature average 77°F]


00.00 to 09.00:

Moored as before, port side to Merrill-Stevens Drydock and Repair Co. dock, Jacksonville.


09.00 to 16.00:

Moored as before. 09.40 Received stores [followed by list]. 12.00 STOKES, Wallace L. (234-233) Sea 1c departed on 12 days’ leave granted by Commanding Officer to expire 12.00 25 August 1942.


16.00 to 24.00:

Moored as before. 17.00 Granted liberty to Port Watch to expire 08.00, 13 August 1942. 3 days’ leave granted the following men: SNIPES, Harmon A. (222-286) Sea 2c, FOURAKER, Clarence (222-157) SC 2c, the above extensions to expire on or before 12.00, 17 August 1942. ROLLAND, Edwin B. (108-961), BM 1c, leave extended 3 days to expire on or before 12.00, 17 August 1942.


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13 August 1942

At Jacksonville, Fla.

Lat 30.322, Long -81.65.

[Wind mainly NE force 2-3; broken cloud; air temperature average 78°F]


00.00 to 09.00:

Moored as before, port side to Merrill-Stevens Drydock and Repair Co. dock, Jacksonville. 08.00 3 days’ extension of leave granted to HOLLADAY, John (226-866) SC 3c, to expire on or before 12.00, 17 August 1942. Liberty party reported aboard on time.


09.00 to 16.00:

Moored as before. 09.40 Received stores [followed by list]. 11.00 DONOVAN, Harold T. (102-964) MM 1c (P) and HOLMES, Stewart D. (220-364) Cox (P) reported aboard from 12 days’ leave. 11.15 GARLEB, Oliver C. (205-033) CRM (P) reported aboard from 12 days’ leave.12.00 CHURCH, Albert B. (211-764) RM 2c (P) departed on 12 days’ leave granted by the Commanding Officer, to return before noon of 26 August 1942.


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14 August 1942

At Jacksonville, Fla.

Lat 30.322, Long -81.65.

[Wind mainly NE force 1-2; broken cloud and cloudless; air temperature average 78°F]


00.00 to 09.00:

Moored as before, port side to Merrill-Stevens Drydock and Repair Co. dock, Jacksonville. 08.15 LOWE, William H. (203-428) RM 2c (P) departed on 12 days’ leave granted by the Commanding Officer, to report back before noon on 27 August 1942.


09.00 to 16.00:

Moored as before. LEWIS, Donald E. (220-182) QM 2c (P) reported aboard from 12 days’ leave. HARBOUT, Merle (224-113) QM 2c (P), BRAY, Charles (220-092) and BARANOVIC, William (205-534) F 1c reported aboard from 12 days’ leave on time. 12.00 MILLER, Franklin J. (225-740) QM 1c (P) and SCULLY, William F. (234-166) QM 3c (P) departed on 12 days’ leave granted by the Commanding Officer. 13.00 DERNBACK, John A. (224-573) F 2c departed on 12 days’ leave granted by the Commanding Officer to report back on or before 12.00, 27 August 1942. 13.35 SULLIVAN, Rudolph (223-665) F 1c departed on 12 days’ leave to report back on or before 12.00, 27 August 1942. 15.00 YUNG, Carl O. (205-156) Sea 1c granted 3 days’ extension of leave to expire 12.00, 17 August 1942. 15.30 AYSCUE, Henry C. (234-012) Sea 1c departed on 12 days’ leave granted by Commanding Officer, to report back on or before 12.00, 27 August 1942.


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15 August 1942

At Jacksonville, Fla.

Lat 30.322, Long -81.65

[Wind mainly NE force 1-2; broken cloud; air temperature average 78°F]


00.00 to 09.00:

Moored as before, port side to Merrill-Stevens Drydock and Repair Co. dock, Jacksonville.


09.00 to 16.00:

Moored as before. 11.10 Granted 3 days’ extension of leave to FLORES, Domingo (103-568) SC 1c; said leave to expire before noon of 19 August 1942. 13.00 Granted liberty to the Starboard Watch to expire at 10.00 16 August 1942.


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16 August 1942

At Jacksonville, Fla.

Lat 30.322, Long -81.65

[Wind variable E force 2-3; cloudy; air temperature average 78°F]


00.00 to 09.00:

Moored as before, port side to Merrill-Stevens Drydock and Repair Co. dock, Jacksonville.


09.00 to 16.00:

Moored as before. 08.45 B. PAPANEK (Lt jg) (R) departed on 10 days’ leave granted by Commanding Officer to report back on or before 12.00, 26 August 1942. 09.00 STACKHOUSE, Clyde E. (220-809) GM 3c (P), COHEN, John E. (220-485), Cox (P) and MUDZINSKI, Thomas B. (224-254), Cox (P) returned aboard from 12 days’ leave and 3 days’ extension of leave.


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17 August 1942

At Jacksonville, Fla.

Lat 30.322, Long -81.65

[Wind variable E force 2-3; broken cloud; air temperature average 78°F]


00.00 to 09.00:

Moored as before, port side to Merrill-Stevens Drydock and Repair Co. dock, Jacksonville.


09.00 to 16.00:

Moored as before. 09.30 SNIPES, Harmon A. (222-286) Sea 2c, FOURAKER, Clarence (222-187) SC 2c, BALDWIN, Harry J. (203-397) F 1c, HOLLADAY, John (226-86&) SC 3c reported aboard from 12 days’ leave and 3 days’ extension of leave granted by the Commanding Officer. 10.30 BOOTH, Leonard K. (220-970) Sea 1c and REILY, John M. (200-959) F 1c departed on 12 days’ leave to expire at noon or before of 30 August 1942. 10.35 CHRISTOPHER, John M. returned aboard from 12 days’ leave and 3 days’ extension granted by the Commanding Officer. 10.45 SWINDOLL, William O. (200-624) MM 2c returned aboard from 12 days’ leave and 3 days’ extension of leave granted by the Commanding Officer. 11.05 ROLLAND, Edward B. (108-961) BM 1c returned aboard from 12 days’ leave and 3 days’ extension of leave granted by the Commanding Officer. 11.30 SCHMIDT, Carl W. (206-612) CM 1c, LASSITER, Robert C. (201-651) MM 1c (P), SHELTON, Hugh D. (109-419) WT 1c and YUNG, Carl O. (205-156) Sea 1c, returned aboard from 12 days’ leave and 3 days’ extension of leave granted by the Commanding Officer. 11.40 PEACE, Willard W. (223-742) SC 3c (P) departed on 12 days’ leave to return on or before noon 30 August 1942 granted by the Commanding Officer. 12.40 WILSON, Benjamiin F. Jr. (200-850) MM 2c (P) departed on 10 days’ leave granted by the Commanding Officer. 13.00 Commanding Officer held report mast in the case of TRUMAN, William (228-306) SC 3c (P) for offense noted in log of 8/9/42; awarded 24 hours’ extra duty. 13.30 MORGAN, Andrew M. (107-519) WT 1c (P) departed on 12 days’ leave granted by the Commanding Officer.


16.00 to 24.00:

Moored as before. Granted liberty to the Starboard Watch to expire at 08.00 18 August 1942. 16.20 McCARTHY, John (217-605) BM 1c (P) departed on 12 days’ leave granted by the Commanding Officer.


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18 August 1942

At Jacksonville, Fla.

Lat 30.322, Long -81.65

[Wind mainly SE force 2-3; overcast with drizzle; air temperature average 78°F]


00.00 to 09.00:

Moored as before, port side to Merrill-Stevens Drydock and Repair Co. dock, Jacksonville. 00.01 CONNOR, Wilburn P. (222-866) MM 1c departed on 12 days’ leave granted by the Commanding Officer. 07.45 2 depth charge projectors (Mark VI) (Mod I) aboard for installation.


09.00 to 16.00:

Moored as before. 11.00 FLORES, Domingo (103-568), SC 1c returned aboard from 12 days’ leave and 3 days’ extension of leave.13.10 Oil barge moored alongside. Commenced discharging oil to barge moored on starboard side. 14.30 MAPP, George E. (234-172), Sea 1c reported on board absent overleave since 12.00, 17 August 1942 from 12 days’ leave and 3 days’ extension of leave. MAPP, George E, Sea 1c excused from being overleave by the Commanding Officer due to his having had transportation difficulties.


16.00 to 24.00:

Moored as before. 17.00 Liberty granted to Port Watch to expire 08.00, 19 August 1942. Galley secured due to lack of fuel and steam. Issued 22 subsistence allowances to crew to cover their eating ashore 19 August 1942. $1.15 issued per man, total expenditure $25.30. This money was issued from the Welfare Fund with the Captain’s permission. 22.00 Completed discharging oil to barge. 16,154 gallons discharged; all tanks empty.


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19 August 1942

At Jacksonville, Fla.

Lat 30.322, Long -81.65

[Wind mainly SE force 1-2; cloudy with showers; air temperature average 78°F]


00.00 to 09.00:

Moored as before port side to Merrill-Stevens Drydock and Repair Co. dock, Jacksonville, Fla. 08.00 SWINDOLL, W.O. (200-624) MM 2c (P) was transferred with baggage and transfer papers to Senior Coast Guard Office, 8th District for assignment to duty. STACKHOUSE, Clyde E. (220-809) GM 3c (P) departed on 9 days’ leave. FOURAKER, Clarence (222-187) SC 2c (P) departed on 5 days’ leave.


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20 August 1942

At Jacksonville, Fla.

Lat 30.322, Long -81.65

[Wind mainly SE force 1-2 and calm; broken cloud; air temperature average 78°F]


00.00 to 09.00:

Moored as before port side to Merrill Stevens Drydock and Repair Co.


09.00 to16.00:

Moored as before. 10.50 Recoil mechanism of gun No.2 tested, found satisfactory. 13.30 MAGEE, John L. (106-646) CPhM (P) reported for duty on board this vessel.


16.00 to 24.00:

Moored as before. 16.30 Liberty granted to Port Watch to expire 08.00, 21 August 1942. 20.30 The following men reported for duty on board this vessel. MCCARTHY, Charles E.J. (206-913), CM 1c (P). LOGSDON, Claude M. (223-887), SC 1c (P). GILLEY, William D. (223-831), Cox (P). KRAMER, Walter (520-742) Cox (R). MANNING, Glen J. (223-899) Cox (P). BUTTON, Robert O. (237-376) SC 3c (P). 22.15: TRUMAN, Wm., SC 3c was delivered on board by MUDZINSKI, Thomas B. Cox (P) after having broken restriction and been absent without leave since 21.45 this date.


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21 August 1942

At Jacksonville, Fla.

Lat 30.322, Long -81.65

[Wind mainly ESE force 3-4; broken cloud; air temperature average 79°F]


00.00 to 09.00:

Moored as before port side to Merrill-Stevens Drydock and Repair Co. dock, Jacksonville, Fla.


09.00 to 16.00:

Moored as before. 11.30 Crew received their semi-monthly stipend. 11.45 MAGEE, John L. (106-646) CPhM (P) departed on 2 days’ leave to expire on or before noon 24 August 1942, granted by the Commanding Officer. 12.28 Tug “AB Potter” alongside. 12.48 CHADWICK, Richard C. (233-175) Y 2c reported aboard for assignment to duty from Charleston Base. 12.48 Unmoored ship. 13.05 Entered floating dry dock in this same yard. 13.18 Tug “AB Potter” cast off. 13.25 Secured in the dock, commenced floating dock. 13.34 Ship no longer waterborne. 14.30 Receiving electrical supply from dock. 15.45 CHADWICK Richard C. (223-175) Y 2c (P) departed on 6 days’ leave granted by the Commanding Officer. 16.00 McCARTHY, Charles E. J. (206-913) CM 1c departed on 6 days’ leave granted by the Commanding Officer.


16.00 to 24.00:

In dry dock as before. 16.30 Ship’s hull completely out of water. 17.00 KRAMER, Walter (520-742) Cox (P) departed on 7 days’ leave granted by the Commanding Officer. 17.08 Granted liberty to the Starboard Watch to expire at 08.00, 22 August 1942. 18.00 LOGSDON, Claude M. (223-884) SC 1c (P) departed on 7 days’ leave granted by the Commanding Officer. 20.00 LEHMAN, Charles (500-235) Sea 2c (R) departed on leave granted by the Commanding Officer to expire aboard ship on or before noon, 30 August 1942. 23.00 MANOLOVICH, Joseph (220-978) Sea 2c reported aboard for temporary duty from US Coast Guard Receiving Station, Ellis Island, NY.


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22 August 1942

At Jacksonville, Fla.

Lat 30.322, Long -81.65

[Wind mainly ESE force 2; broken cloud; air temperature average 79°F]


00.00 to 09.00:

Drydocked as before in Merrill-Stevens Drydock and Repair Co’s dry dock.


09.00 to 16.00:

Moored as before. 12.30 The following men reported aboard this vessel for duty: MANINT, Horace I. (510-000) MM 2c (R). PICKELSIMER, John T. (223-893) MM 2c. TAYLOR, Charlie (501-567) MM 2c. 13.00 Liberty granted to Port Watch to expire 08.00, 24 August 1942. 13.30 The following men departed on 5 days’ leave granted by the Commanding Officer to expire on or before 12.00 28 August 1942. MANINT, Horace I. (510-000) MM 2c (R). PICKELSIMER, John T. (223-893) MM 2c. TAYLOR, Charlie (501-567) MM 2c. 16.00 MANALOVICH, Joseph, Sea 2c and TRUMAN, William L. departed for temporary quarters at naval barracks.


16.00 to 24.00:

Moored as before. 16.30 Granted liberty to the Duty Section, preceding two men excepted, to expire 08.00, 24 August 1942. Fumigation party came aboard. 18.15 Turned ship over to fumigation party. 19.15 Fumigation party departed. 21.00 Received sealed truck of 3.5” caliber ammunition, to be kept under armed guard.


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23 August 1942

At Jacksonville, Fla.

Lat 30.322, Long -81.65

[No weather data recorded]


00.00 to 09.00:

Drydocked as before. 00.30 Two guards report for watch on ammunition truck.


09.00 to 16.00:

Drydocked as before. 09.00 Received 1 truckload of ammunition from Naval Ammunition Depot, St Juliens Creek, Portsmouth, Va. Received all the items listed on the invoice except 1-5 pound package marked “Nobin”. Ammunition truck departed with ammunition, ammunition to be stored in the armory at US Naval Air Station, Jacksonville, Fla. Armed guard departed. 11.59 Lt R.R. RUSSELL, USCG reported aboard from 10 days’ leave and 10 days’ extension granted by the Commanding Officer. 14.45 Exterminators aboard to ventilate ship.


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24 August 1942

At Jacksonville, Fla.

Lat 30.322, Long -81.65

[Wind S and SE force 1-4; broken cloud; air temperature average 79°F]


00.00 to 09.00:

Drydocked as before in Merrill-Stevens Drydock and Repair Co’s dry dock, Jacksonville, Fla. 07.30 Exterminators aboard. 07.40 Ship inspected and found to be free of gas; exterminators released vessel. 08.00 All hands returned on time with the exception of TRUMAN, William L. (228-306) SC 3c having been absent without authorized liberty from Supervisor of Ship Building Barracks, US Navy, since about 18.30, 22 August 1942.


09.00 to 16.00:

Drydocked as before. 11.40 MAGEE, John L. (106-646), CPhM (P) returned aboard from 2 days’ leave.


16.00 to 24.00:

Drydocked as before. 18.00 ERKER, Frank L. (204-130) CPhM transferred from this vessel and directed to report to the Commanding Officer, Captain of the Ports Office, Jacksonville, Fla for assignment to duty.


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25 August 1942

At Jacksonville, Fla.

Lat 30.322, Long -81.65.

[Wind NW veering E force 4; broken cloud with showers; air temperature average 79°F]


00.00 to 09.00:

Drydocked as before in Merrill-Stevens Drydock and Repair Co. dry dock, Jacksonville, Fla.


00.90 to 16.00:

Drydocked as before. 10.30 FOURAKER, Clarence (222-187) SC 2c (P) returned from 5 days’ leave granted by the Commanding Officer. 14.40 TRUMAN, William L. (228-306) SC 3c (P) returned aboard in custody of FLOYD, A.B. (150-9883) CC Std (USN) having reported in at Supervisor of Shipbuilding Barracks, US Navy, Jacksonville, Fla this date after being absent without leave since about 18.30, 23 August 1942. 13.30 F.C. SCHMITZ departed on 6 days’ leave granted by the Commanding Officer.


16.00 to 24.00:

Drydocked as before. 16.30 Granted liberty to the Starboard Watch to expire at 08.00, 26 August 1942. 17.40 FOURAKER, Clarence (222-187) SC 2c departed on 5 days’ leave granted by the Commanding Officer.


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26 August 1942

At Jacksonville, Fla.

Lat 30.322, Long -81.65

[Wind NE force 2-4; cloudy; air temperature average 76°F]


00.00 to 09.00:

Drydocked as before in Merrill-Stevens Drydock and Repair Co. dry dock, Jacksonville, Fla. 08.30 HUTCHINS, Henry T. (205-020) PhM 1c reported aboard for assignment to duty from the 3rd Naval District.


09.00 to 16.00:

11.45 Held report mast in the case of TRUMAN, William L. (228-306) SC 3/Cfor offense noted in log of 23 August 1942. Crew engaged in chipping and red-leading sides and painting anchor chains.


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27 August 1942

At Jacksonville, Fla.

Lat 30.322, Long -81.65

[Wind NE force 3-4; cloudy; air temperature average 76°F]


00.00 to 09.00:

On dry dock as before at Merrill-Stevens DryDock and Repair Co., Jacksonville, Fla.


09.00 to 16.00:

Drydocked as before. 09.30 GRIMSLEY, Leonard W. (234-206) Sea 1c reported aboard from 10 days’ leave and 3 days’ extension of leave granted by the Commanding Officer.


16.00 to 24.00:

16.00 MANALOVICH, Joseph (220-978) Sea 2c departed on 10 days’ leave, granted by the Commanding Officer. 16.30 Granted liberty to the Starboard Watch to expire at 08.00, 28 August 1942.


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28 August 1942

At Jacksonville, Fla.

Lat 30.322, Long -81.65

[Wind NE force 3-4; cloudy; air temperature average 76°F]


00.00 to 09.00:

On dry dock at Merrill-Stevens Drydock and Repair Co., Jacksonville, Fla,


09.00 to 16.00:

09.45 STOKES, Wallace L. (234-233) Sea 1c returned from 12 days’ leave on time and 3 days’ extension. 10.20 TAYLOR, Charlie (501-567) MM 2c returned from 5 days’ leave on time. 10.30 DERNBACH, John A. (224-573) F 2c returned from 12 days’ leave. 10.45 CHADWICK, Richard C. (233-175) Y 2c (P) returned aboard from 6 days’ leave on time. 11.00 PICKELSIMER, John T. Jr. (223-893) MM 2c returned from 5 days’ leave on time. 11.55 McCARTHY, Charles E. (206-913) CM 1c (P) returned from 6 days’ leave on time. 12.00 HUTCHINS, Henry T. (205-020) PhM 1c (P) departed on 5 days’ leave granted by the Commanding Officer. MANINT, Horace T. (510-000) MM 2c (R) reported aboard from 5 days’ leave on time. 16.00 Granted liberty to Port Watch to expire at 08.00 tomorrow.


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29 August 1942

At Jacksonville, Fla.

Lat 30.322, Long -81.65

[Wind NE veering E force 3-5; broken cloud; air temperature average 78°F]


00.00 to 09.00:

On dry dock at Merrill-Stevens Drydock and Repair Co., Jacksonville, Fla. KRAMER, Walter (520-742) Cox (P) returned from 7 days’ leave on time.


00.90 to 16.00:

09.00 LOGSDON, Claude M. (223-884) SC 1c (P) returned aboard from 7 days’ leave on time. 11.30 The following named men departed on official transfer to Charleston, SC, Coast Guard Base: FLORES, Domingo (103-568) SC 1c (P); COHEN, John R. (220-485) Cox (P); MUDZINSKI, Thomas B.(224-256) Cox (P); STENGEL, Herbert L. (221-562) Cox (P); and SCHMIDT, Carl W. (206-612) CM 1c (P), who was granted 10 days’ leave en route. 11.00 STACKHOUSE, Clyde E. (220-809) GM 3c (P) returned aboard from 9 days’ leave on time. 11.15 Pay Clerk David SPRATLING returned aboard from 10 days’ leave on time. 11.45 CHURCH, Albert B. (211-764) RM 2c (P) returned aboard from 12 days’ leave and 3 days’ extension on time. 13.00 Granted liberty to the Starboard Watch, to expire at 10.00, 30 August 1942.


16.00 to 24.00:

Drydocked as before. 20.30 Pay Clerk David SPRATLING departed on transfer to St Augustine, Fla.


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30 August 1942

At Jacksonville, Fla.

Lat 30.322, Long -81.65

[Wind NE force 4 and calm; broken cloud; air temperature average 78°F]


00.00 to 09.00:

On dry dock as before at Merrill-Stevens Drydock and Repair Co, Jacksonville, Fla.


09.00 to 16.00:

10.30 WILSON, Benjamin F. Jr. (200-850) MM 2c (P), PEACE, Willard W. (223-742) SC 2c (P) and RILEY, John J. (200-959) F 1c returned from leave on time. 10.35 MILLER, Franklin J. (225-740) QM 1c (P), SCULLY, William F. (234-166) Sea 1c and AYSCUE, Henry C. (234-012) Sea 1c returned aboard from 12 days’ leave and 3 days’ extension on time. 11.20 Lt (jg) (R) Berthold PAPANEK returned from 10 days’ leave and 3 days’ extension. 11.45 McCARTHY, John (217-605) BM 1c and LOWE, William H. (203-428) RM 2c (P) returned from 12 days’ leave on time.


16.00 to 24.00:

Drydocked as before. 23.30 LEHMAN, Charles (500-235) Sea 2c (R) returned from 12 days’ leave, 11½ hours overleave.


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31 August 1942

At Jacksonville, Fla.

Lat 30.322, Long -81.65

[Wind NNE force 3; cloudy with rain; air temperature average 75°F]


00.00 to 09.00:

On dry dock as before at Merrill-Stevens Drydock and Repair Co, Jacksonville, Fla.


09.00 to 16.00:

15.30 MAGEE, John L. (106-646) CPhM (P) transferred to Captain of the Port Detail, Jacksonville, Fla. Ensign F.C. SCHMITZ returned from 6 days’ leave on time.


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[Crew register]

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[Crew register]


[Crew mentioned]


Name

Badge

Rank

Date Joined

Date Left

Notes

John R. Bradley Jr.

202-397

Boatswain’s Mate 2c (P)


3 Aug 1942


Robert O. Button

237-276

Ship’s Cook 3c (P)

20 Aug 1942



Richard C. Chadnick

233-175

Yeoman 2c

21 Aug 1942


Also mentioned as Chadwick

John E. Cohen

220-485

Coxswain (P)


29 Aug 1942


Joseph R. Eley

201-714

Officer’s Steward 3c (P)


8 Aug 1942


Frank L. Erker

204-130

Chief Pharmacist’s Mate (a) (P)


24 Aug 1942


Domingo Flores

103-568

Ship’s Cook 1c


29 Aug 1942


William D. Gilley

223-831

Coxswain (P)

20 Aug 1942



Henry T. Hutchins

205-020
(205-220)

Pharmacist’s Mate 1c

26 Aug 1942



Walter Kramer

520-742

Coxswain (R)

20 Aug 1942


Also mentioned as Kramar

Claude M. Logsdon

223-887
(223-885)

Ship’s Cook 1c (P)

20 Aug 1942


Also mentioned as Logsden

John L. Magee

106-646

Chief Pharmacist’s Mate (P)

20 Aug 1942

31/08/42


Joseph Manalovich

220-978

Seaman 2c


21 Aug 1942


Also mentioned as Manolovich
Joined for temporary duty

Horace I. Manint

510-000

Machinist’s Mate 2c (R)

22 Aug 1942



Glen J. Manning

223-849

Coxswain (P)

20 Aug 1942



Charles E. J. McCarthy

206-913

Carpenter’s Mate 1c (P)

20 Aug 1942



Thomas B. Mudzinski

224-254

Coxswain (P)


29 Aug 1942


John T. Pickelsimer

223-893

Machinist’s Mate 2c

22 Aug 1942



Carl W. Schmidt Jr.

206-612

Carpenter’s Mate 1c (P)


29 Aug 1942


David Spratling

109-178

Chief Yeoman (a) (P)


29 Aug 1942


Herbert L. Stengel

221-562

Coxswain (P)


29 Aug 1942


William O. Swindell

200-624

Machinist’s Mate 2c (P)


19 Aug 1942

Also mentioned as Swindoll, Swindall

Charlie Taylor

501-567

Machinist’s Mate 2c

22 Aug 1942




[Passengers mentioned]


Name

Badge

Rank / Occupation

Notes

George Welborne Bell

274-40-77

Seaman 2c USN

Left in custody at Jacksonville, FL. on 1 Aug 1942

John Harris

272-69-41

Mess Attendant 3c USN

Left in custody at Jacksonville, FL. on 1 Aug 1942


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LOGS FOR SEPTEMBER 1942


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[List of officers]


Name

Rank

Address

Date Joined

Date Left

Notes

Louis MacLane Thayer Jr.

Lieutenant

Mignon R. Thayer (wife)
Fort George, Meade, MD.


15 Sep 1942


G.G. Van Dyke

Surgeon USPHS

Mrs. Catherine Van Dyke (wife)
1225 Nashville Avenue, New Orleans, LA.




Robert Raymond Russell

Lieutenant (jg)

Martha M. Russell (wife)
39 Raven Road, Lowell, MA.




J.C. Smith

Lieutenant (jg)





Berthold Papanek

Lieutenant (jg) (R)

Mrs. Amalie Papanek (mother)
17 Foote Avenue, Lawrence, NY.




George F. Hutchinson

Ensign (R)

Mr G.F. Hutchinson (father)
Wickford, RI.




Frank Close Schmitz

Ensign

Mrs. Frankie Schmitz (mother)
Royal Court Apartments, Salem, OR.




Howard Allen Morrison

Lieutenant Commander


3 Sep 1942


Command passed to Howard Allen Morrison

Otto Gaich

Machinist

Mrs. Gladys Gaitch (wife)
839 Taylor Avenue, Alameda, CA.

12 Sep 1942



John E. Schmeltzer Jr.

Ensign

Mr J.E. Schmeltzer
4420 Brandywine Street NW, Washington, DC.

12 Sep 1942



James Heyward Silcox

Ensign (R)

Mrs. Helen H. Silcox
4 Colonia Street, Charleston, SC.

13 Sep 1942



Jacob E. Snyder

Ensign

Miss Edythe E. Snyder (sister)
1027 W Broad Street, Bethlehem, PA.

14 Sep 1942




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1 September 1942

At Jacksonville, Fla.

Lat 30.322, Long -81.65

[Wind ESE force 3 and calm; cloudy with mist; air temperature average 75°F]


00.00 to 09.00:

On dry dock as before at Merrill-Stevens Drydock and Repair Co, Jacksonville, Fla. 00.00 FOURAKER, Clarence (222-187) SC 2c (P) returned aboard from 5 days’ leave and 1 day’s extension on time. 08.15 SULLIVAN, Rudolph (223-665) F 1c reported aboard from 15 days’ leave on time. 09.00 Assistant Surgeon G.G. VAN DYKE, PHS returned aboard from 10 days’ leave and 20 days’ extension.


09.00 to 16.00:

11.30 PEACE, Willard W. (223-742) SC 3c transferred this date to Charleston Base Charleston, South Carolina.


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2 September 1942

At Jacksonville, Fla.

Lat 30.322, Long -81.65

[Wind variable force 2 and calm; cloudy; air temperature average 75°F]


00.00 to 09.00:

Drydocked as before in Merrill-Stevens Drydock and Repair Co. dry dock, Jacksonville, Fla. 08.00 MORGAN, Andrew M. (107-519) WT 1c (P) reported aboard from 12 days’ leave and 3 days’ extension of leave.


09.00 to 16.00:

Drydocked as before. 11.35 WILKOMM, Robert G. (221-688) WT 2c (P) reported aboard for assignment to duty from the Office of the District Coast Guard Officer, 5th Naval District. 16.40 Commenced sinking dry dock. 16.40 Afloat and underway, proceeding to pier by tug.


16.00 to 24.00:

Underway as before. 17.15 Moored port side to pier No.2 at the Merrill-Stevens Drydock and Repair Co.


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3 September 1942

At Jacksonville, Fla.

Lat 30.322, Long -81.65

[Wind WSW veering NW force 2-5; cloudy with rain; air temperature average 75°F]


00.00 to 09.00:

Moored as before, port side to dock at the Merrill-Stevens Drydock and Repair Company, Jacksonville, Fla.,


09.00 to 16.00:

Moored as before. 09.30 AYERS, Lester C. (228-122) SoM 3c and GARRITANO, Samuel(231-580) SoM 3c reported aboard for assignment to duty. 10.45 CONNER, Wilburn P. (222-866) MM 1c returned on time from 12 days’ leave and 3 days’ extension. 10.00 SNIPES, Harmon A. (222-266) Sea 2c, after a search of the ship, was discovered to be absent without leave from this hour.


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4 September 1942

At Jacksonville, Fla.

Lat 30.322, Long -81.65

[Wind calm; cloudy with rain; air temperature average 78°F]


00.00 to 09.00:

Moored as before port side to dock at Merrill-Stevens Drydock and Repair Co. 07.40 SNIPES, Harmon A. (222-266) Sea 2c returned aboard, 21 hours and 40 minutes absent without leave.


09.00 to 16.00:

Moored as before. 10.30 Report mast held in the case of SNIPES, Harmon. Jr. (222-266) Sea 2c for offense as logged 3 September 1942. Commanding Officer awarded 3 days’ restriction of liberty.11.00 Lt Comdr. H. A. MORRISON reported aboard and assumed command of this vessel.


16.00 to 24.00:

21.30 LORENZ, Harold O. (205-027) WT 2c (P) reported aboard from temporary duty at 10th Naval District, San Juan, PR.


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5 September 1942

At Jacksonville, Fla.

Lat 30.322, Long -81.65

[Wind mainly calm; cloudy with rain; air temperature average 78°F]


00.00 to 09.00:

Moored as before, port side to Merrill-Stevens Drydock and Repair Company dock, Jacksonville, Fla.


09.00 to 16.00:

11.40 AYRES, Lester C. (228-122) SM 3c (P), CLAUDIO, Otilio (500-218) Sea 2c (R) and SEDA, Roger (500-238) Sea 2c (R) departed for inpatient treatment at the US NAS Dispensary, Jacksonville.


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6 September 1942

At Jacksonville, Fla.

Lat 30.322, Long -81.65

[Wind mainly calm; cloudy with rain; air temperature average 78°F]


00.00 to 09.00:

Moored as before, port side to Merrill-Stevens Drydock and Repair Company dock, Jacksonville, Fla.


09.00 to 16.00:

14.00 POLANCO, Jaime (500-240) M Att 2c found to be absent overleave from this time on after a search of the ship was made.


16.00 to 24.00:

22.00 HAGEN, Robert E. (247-122) SoM 3c and TRAKS, John C. (502-529) SoM 3c (R) reported aboard for assignment to duty.


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7 September 1942

At Jacksonville, Fla.

Lat 30.322, Long -81.65

[Wind SE force 3-5 and calm; broken cloud; air temperature average 78°F]


00.00 to 09.00:

Moored as before port side to Merrill-Stevens Drydock and Repair Co. 00.30 POLANCO, Jaime (500-240) M Att 2c (R) returned aboard being 10 hours and 30 minutes overleave.


09.00 to 16.00:

11.30 MANALOVICH, Joseph (220-978), Sea 2c reported aboard from 10 days’ leave.


16.00 to 24.00:

Moored as before. 16.00 FLOWERS, Kermit W. (226-527) MM 2c (P) and WILSON, Benjamin F. Jr. (220-850) transferred this date to the Mangrove, Charleston, South Carolina.


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8 September 1942

At Jacksonville, Fla.

Lat 30.322, Long -81.65

[Wind calm; mainly cloudless; air temperature average 81°F]


00.00 to 09.00:

Moored as before, port side to Merrill-Stevens Drydock and Repair Company dock, Jacksonville, Fla.


09.00 to 16.00:

14.10 Commenced taking on fuel. 15.40 Secured from fueling, having loaded 14,050 gallons of fuel oil.


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9 September 1942

At Jacksonville, Fla.

Lat 30.322, Long -81.65

[Wind variable and calm; mainly cloudless; air temperature average 81°F]


00.00 to 09.00:

Moored as before, port side to the dock at Merrill-Stevens Shipyard. 06.30 TRUMAN, William L. (228-306) SC 3c (P) and POLANCO, Jaime (500-240) M Att 2c (R) after a search of the ship had been made, were found to be absent without leave from this hour.


09.00 to 16.00:

10.00 PETERSON, Walter O. (231-242) SoM 3c (P), KANE, James L. (502-949) SoM 3c (P), LONG, Earl R. (233-799) SoM 3c (P) and O’CONNER, Charles J. (244-746) SoM 3c (P) reported aboard for assignment to duty. 10.10 BOOTH, Leonard K. (220-970) Sea 1c reported aboard from 12 days’ leave and 10 days’ extension on time. 11.25 The following reported aboard for duty; PAPINEAU, John J. (544-210) Sea 2c (R). COCKERHAM, Francis N. (548-480) AS (R). PETROSKI, Joseph W. (562-043) AS (R). POSITTI, Everest C. (562-043) AS (R). ECONOMIDE, Thomas J. (546-412) AS (R). SCANLAN, Francis M. (562-095) AS (R). THOMPSON, Charles D. (548-331) AS (R). PIMENTEL, Joseph J. (548-234) AS (R). 13.35 The following men reported aboard for assignment to duty; McQUADE, David A. (237-758) QM 2c (P). FORE, Burrell (205-852) GM 3c (P). CAVANAUGH, Thomas J. (251-473) Sea 1c. FIFESKI, Donald J. (544-609) Sea 2c (R). GORDON, Arthur R. (561-780) Sea 2c (R). KAZUCK, Anthony E. (545-041) Sea 2c (R). KUCZYNSKI, Stanley (545-036) Sea 2c (R). Received stores [followed by list].


16.00 to 24.00:

20.15 LOVE, Baylus C. (508-185) F 2c (R) delivered to this vessel the following: 4 charges, depth, Mk III; 4 pistols, DC Mk 2-2; 4 booster extenders, Mk 2-2; 4 detonators, Mk 1-1. The above named man assigned temporary duties on this vessel pending return to Charleston. 21.07 LITWIN, Joseph E. (235-048) SK 2c reported aboard for assignment to duty from Naval District.


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10 September 1942

At Jacksonville, Fla.

Lat 30.322, Long -81.65

[Wind calm; mainly cloudless; air temperature average 81°F]


00.00 to 09.00:

Moored as before port side to Merrill Stevens Drydock and Repair Co. dock. TRUMAN, William L. (228-306) SC 3c (P) and POLANCO, Jaime (500-240) M Att 2c now are 25 hours and 30 minutes absent without leave.


09.00 to 16.00:

09.30 TRUMAN, William L. (228-306), SC 3c (P) and POLANCO, Jaime (500-240) M Att 2c reported aboard after being absent without leave while in a restricted status for 27 hours. 09.50 Received from the Submarine Signal Company 1 box of sound equipment. 12.07 CLARK, Ray J. (102-053), CY reported aboard for duty. 13.30 Commanding Officer held mast, the following punishments were awarded: HUTCHINS, Henry T. (205-020) PhM 1c for offense as logged 10 September 1942, warned and excused. TRUMAN, William L. (228-306) SC 3c (P) for offense as logged 10 September 1942 awarded additional specification to pending Deck Court. POLANCO, Jaime (500-240) M Att 2c for offense as logged 09.30 this date awarded restriction for 30 days. 15.30 LOWE, Baylus C. (508-185) F 2c (R) departed for 6th Naval District Charleston, South Carolina with 1 x 2.5 meter mark 51 rangefinder from this vessel. 15.30 The following named men from the US Coast Guard cutter “Tallapoosa” reported aboard this vessel for assignment to duty: WYMAN, Leslie A. (111-280), WT 1c (P). CARRINGTON, Charles G. (508-194) WT 2c (R). LEWIS, Stephen A. (222-413) QM 2c (P). NEEL, Sam (204-829) F 1c. EARNEST, Glen D. (232-241) F 1c. 15.00 The following named men were transferred to the US Coast Guard cutter “Tallapoosa” for assignment to duty: DONOVAN, Harold T. (102-964) MM 1c (P). SHELTON, Hugh D. (109-419) WT 1c (P), LEWIS, Donald E. (220-182) QM 2c (P). LORENZ, Harold O. (205-027) WT 2c (P). REILY, John J. (200-959) F 1c. BARANOVIC, William (205-534) F 1c. CHRISTOPHER, John M. Jr. (220-434) F 1c. BALDWIN, Harry J. (203-397) F 1c. Crew engaged in cleaning ship.


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11 September 1942

At Jacksonville, Fla.

Lat 30.322, Long -81.65

[Wind calm and SE force 3; broken cloud; air temperature average 78°F]


00.00 to 09.00:

Moored as before port side to Merrill Stevens Drydock and Repair Company dock, Jacksonville, Fla. 08.15 Ammunition working party left ship for Armory, US Naval Air Station, Jacksonville, Fla to remove ammunition from above location to this vessel. 08.45 SCIOLI, Leonard J. (234-752) SoM 3c (P) reported aboard this vessel for assignment to duty.


09.00 to 16.00:

10.45 Commenced dock trials. 11.55 Secured from dock trials. 12.00 Ammunition which had been temporarily stored at the US Naval Air Station arrived. Commenced loading and storing same aboard. Crew engaged in cleaning ship and storing ammunition.


16.00 to 24.00:

Moored as before. 17.30 Completed storing ammunition.


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12 September 1942

At Jacksonville, Fla. [and at sea]

Lat 30.322, Long -81.65

[Wind SSE backing ESE force 2-4; broken cloud; air temperature average 80°F]


00.00 to 09.00:

Moored as before, port side to pier at the Merrill-Stevens Drydock and Repair Company, Jacksonville. 01.00 WATSON, Charles B. (234-207) Sea 2c reported aboard having been discharged from inpatient treatment at the Marine Hospital, Savannah, Ga. Tug “A.B. Potter” alongside and made fast. Commenced dock trials. 08.15 Secured from dock trials. 08.45 Unmoored and underway proceeding from dock with the aid of tug.


09.00 to 16.00:

Underway as before. 09.05 Tug “A.B. Potter” cast off, ship proceeding at various courses and speeds down St Johns River. 11.28 Seaward end of St Johns River jetties abeam entering Atlantic Ocean; various courses and speeds. 11.50 St Johns River Lightship abeam to starboard, close aboard. Changed course to 092° PGC. 12.03 Changed course to 180° PGC. Gun No.1 test-fired; 3 rounds expended. Mount and gun satisfactory. 13.00 Stopped, lowered away No.2 lifeboat to pick up dislodged Franklin lifebuoy. 13.05 Number 2 lifeboat alongside and hoisted aboard, part of Franklin buoy missing. Ship underway on various courses and speeds. 13.42 Set course to 294° PGC. 14.00 Completed test-firing gun No.2. 3 rounds expended, gun and mount satisfactory. Port and starboard 20 millimeter and .50 caliber machine guns test-fired. 40 rounds 20 millimeter and 40 rounds of .50 caliber ammunition expended. All guns and mounts satisfactory. Port and starboard “K” guns test-fired with practice depth charges. Port charges failed to detonate, “K” guns and mounts satisfactory. Port and starboard depth charge racks tested, starboard rack failed to operate from bridge. 1 charge failed to detonate. Charge that operated satisfactorily started small leaks in internal ship’s piping. 14.00 Completed testing equipment, set condition 2. Changed course to 329° PGC. 15.20 Using various courses and speeds approaching entrance to St Johns River. 15.30 St Johns sea buoy abeam to starboard, close aboard. 15.55 Entered St Johns River jetty. Standing up the river at various courses and speeds.


16.00 to 24.00:

Underway as before proceeding at various courses and speeds up the St Johns River. 18.45 Moored starboard side to pier No. 2, Merrill-Stevens Drydock and Repair Company, Jacksonville. Machinist Otto GAICH, USCG reported aboard for assignment to duty. 19.30 PERRIT, McKaye (501-558) F 1c R reported aboard for assignment to duty. 21.50 Ensign J. F. SCHMELTZER, Jr. USCGR reported aboard for assignment to duty.


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13 September 1942

At Jacksonville, Fla.

Lat 30.322, Long -81.65

[Fumigating ship 20.00 to 24.00]


00.00 to 09.00:

Moored as before, starboard side to Merrill-Stevens Drydock and Repair Co’s dock. 00.45 Received 1 x 2.5 meter range finder, mark 51, from LOVE, Baylus C. (508-185) F 2c (R) from Charleston Base.


09.00 to 16.00:

Moored as before. 13.30 Commenced moving perishable foods to US Naval Air Station for storage during ship fumigation. 15.00 LOVE, Baylus C. (508-185) F 2c having completed temporary duty aboard this vessel departed for Charleston, South Carolina.


16.00 to 24.00:

Moored as before. 16.00 Granted liberty to Duty Section with the exception of 13 men detailed to be available during ship’s fumigation. 18.35 Fumigation party aboard. 18.10 Made thorough inspection of ship to determine readiness of ship for fumigation. 18.15 All hands ashore. Turned ship over to fumigation party. 22.00 Ensign USCGR SILCOX, J.H. reported aboard this vessel for duty.


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14 September 1942

At Jacksonville, Fla.

Lat 30.322, Long -81.65

[Fumigating ship]


00.00 to 09.00:

Moored as before starboard side to pier No. 2 Merrill-Stevens Drydock and Repair Company, Jacksonville.

00.45 The following named men reported aboard the vessel for duty: SILCIO, Charles (559-103) M Att 3c. LANG, John H. (586-710) M Att 3c. JACKSON, Charles E. (586-258) M Att 3c. 03.10 CAMPOS, Adolph (500-201), Sea 1c departed for US Naval Air Station, Jacksonville, Fla for inpatient treatment for acute appendicitis.


09.00 to 16.00:

12.25 Secured from fumigation. 13.50 SCEPPE, Joseph A. (577-743) F 2c (R) and SCHUTZ, Theodore (577-746) F 2c (R) reported aboard for assignment to duty from the Coast Guard Receiving Station, Ellis Island, NY. 14.45 Ensign Jacob E. SNYDER, UCSGR, reported aboard from the District Coast Guard Officer, 6th Naval District, for assignment to duty. Received the following stores for use in the general mess [followed by list].

Crew engaged in cleaning ship and loading and storing stores.


16.00 to 24.00:

FORE, Burrel (205-352) GM 3c (P) departed for inpatient treatment at the US NAS Dispensary, Jacksonville. McQUAIDE, David A. (233-758) QM 2c (P) departed for inpatient treatment at the US NAS Dispensary, Jacksonville.


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15 September 1942

At Jacksonville and en route to Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.

Lat 30.322, Long -81.65

[Wind variable E force 1-3; cloudy; air temperature average 78°F]


00.00 to 09.00:

Moored as before, starboard side to dock at the Merrill-Stevens Drydock and Repair Co., Jacksonville.


09.00 to 16.00:

Moored as before. 09.50 Received from Texas Co. 55 gallons crystalite, 5 pounds cup grease, 20 pounds motor cup grease, 56.5 gallons 3080 oil. 11.07 ROLLAND, Edward B. (108-961) BM 1c and SNIPES, Harmon A. Jr. (222-266) Sea 2c transferred to Miami, Fla to report to the District Coast Guard Officer, 7th Naval District. 11.40 McCOMAS, James M. (228-049) Y 2c (P) transferred this date to Coast Guard Base, Charleston, SC. 12.32 Underway on various courses at various speeds proceeding to fuel dock. 14.35 Moored port side to Mexican Petroleum & Co’s wharf. 15.20 Commenced fueling ship. L.M. THAYER, Lt USCG departed this unit for the Coast Guard Training Station, St Augustine, Fla for assignment to duty.


16.00 to 24.00:

16.20 Finished fueling ship; received from Eastern Seaboard Petroleum Co, 10,61.67 barrels [sic] of fuel oil. 16.50 All hands, unmoor ship. 16.56 Underway on various courses and speeds proceeding down St Johns River. 18.57 Moored starboard side to north pier at Mayport Section Base, Fla. 19.20 The following named men reported for assignment to duty from Captain of the Port’s Office, Jacksonville, Fla: SMIESZNY, Robert D. (545-650) AS (R). DONOVAN, William J. (550-410) AS (R). KRUEGER, George F. Jr. (524-666) AS (R). KROGER, Elmo G. (513-867) AS (R). NUNZIATA, Silvio A. (550-040) AS (R). PINCHBACK, Robert A. (558-039) AS (R). PALMER, Hansel (513-865) AS (R). BRADFORD, Curtis L. (558-698) AS (R). PRESUTO, Joseph A. F. (542-488) AS (R). BREENSTOCK, Robert J. (550-003) AS (R). McCRYSTAL, George E. (542-501) AS (R). NOLAND, Edward J. (542-501) AS (R), HARRISON, Calvin H. (513-818) AS (R). 19.30 Received from Naval Section Base, Jacksonville, Fla 8 depth charges, mark VI, 8 pistols for depth charges, mark VI, 8 extenders for depth charges, mark VI, 8 detonators for depth charges, mark VI. 19.55 All hands, unmooring ship. 20.00 Underway on various courses and speeds. 20.40 St Johns Lightship abeam to port, close aboard. 09.10 Commenced zig-zagging on base course 150°T (153°PGC) at standard speed. 23.50 St Augustine Light abeam to starboard, distance 15 miles. Issued 89 night rations.


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16 September 1942

At sea en route to Guantanamo, Cuba.

Lat 28.6, Long -79.2

[Wind SSE backing NE force 2-4; sea smooth; cloudy; air temperature average 79°F]


00.00 to 04.00:

Underway as before, zig-zagging on basic course of 153°PGC 150°T, at 109 RPM.


04.00 to 08.00:

07.04 Sunrise. 07.15 Changed course to 175°T, 177° PGC. Set condition II. 08.00 Changed course to 185°T, 187°PGC.


12.00 to 16.00:

Underway as before, zig-zagging on basic course of 182°PGC 180°T at 109 RPM. 12.40 Changed base course to 171°PGC 169°T. 13.50 Bethel Shoals lighted whistle buoy “10” abeam to starboard distant 4 miles. 15.00 Changed base course to 152°PGC, 150°T.


16.00 to 20.00:

Underway as before, zig-zagging on base course 150°T 152°PGC at standard speed of 109 RPM. 16.50 Changed course to 185°T, 185°PGC. 18.40 Commenced swinging ship. 19.10 Secured from swinging ship.


20.00 to 24.00:

20.10 Jupiter Light abeam to starboard, distance 6 miles. Issued 89 night rations.


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17 September 1942

At sea en route to Guantanamo, Cuba.

Lat 24.73, Long -79.70

[Wind mainly SE force 3-5; sea slight; cloudy; air temperature average 79°F]


00.00 to 04.00:

Underway as before, zig-zagging on a base course of 182°PGC 184°T at 110 RPM. 01.00 Hillsboro Light abeam to starboard, distant 4.6 miles. 03.15 Changed base course to 179°T, 177°PGC. 03.30 Changed base course to 174°T, 172°PGC.


04.00 to 08.00:

Underway as before zig-zagging on base course of 174°T 172°PGC at standard speed of 107 RPM. 04.20 General Quarters; making run on sound contact. 04.40 Secured from General Quarters; assumed condition II; resumed zig-zagging on base course as before. 05.45 Fowey Rock Light abeam to starboard distant 2.6 miles, changed course to 159°T 157°PGC. 06.05 All hands at stations for alert. 07.06 Sunrise. 07.25 Secured from alert. Set condition II.


08.00 to 12.00:

Underway as before zig-zagging on base course of 157°PGC (159°T). 08.06 Found gyro error to be 4° east, changed course to 155°PGC (159°T).


16.00 to 20.00:

Underway as before, zig-zagging on base course of 210°T 206°PGC at standard speed of 110 RPM. 16.36 Changed course to 165°T, 161°PGC. 18.50: All hands at stations for alert. 19.20 Sunset. 20.00 Secured from alert.


20.00 to 24.00:

23.15 Changed course to 165° PGC (171°T). Issued 89 night rations.


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18 September 1942

At sea en route to Guantanamo, Cuba.

Lat 22.53, Long -78.10

[Wind E and NE force 3-5; sea slight to moderate; cloudy; air temperature average 79°F]


00.00 to 04.00:

Underway as before, zig-zagging on a base course of 165°PGC, 171°T at 108 RPM. 02.25 Changed base course to 351°PGC, 357°T.


04.00 to 08.00:

05.24 Changed course to 255°PGC, 270°T. All hands at stations for alert. 07.00 Changed course to 108°T, 93°PGC. Commenced steering by magnetic compass, gyro out of order. Course 108°T, 118° PGC.


08.00 to 12.00:

Underway as before, on course 118°PGC (108°T). 11.00 Changed course to 116°PGC (105°T), standard speed. 11.42 Cayo Paredon Grande Lighthouse abeam to starboard distance 3.3 miles.


12.00 to 16.00:

Underway as before, zig-zagging on a base course of 116°PGC, 105°T at 109 RPM. 13.00 Changed course to 142°PGC, 136°T. 14.30 Cayo Lobos Light abeam to port, distant 6.7 miles. 15.20 Cayo Verde Light abeam to starboard, distant 4.2 miles. Steering 141°PGC to make good 136°T.


16.00 to 20.00:

Underway as before, zig-zagging on base course of 136°T, 141°PGC. 18.35 All hands at stations for evening alert. 19.00 Punta Maternilles Light abeam to starboard distant 3.5 miles. 19.09 Sunset. 19.10 Changed course to 112°T, 123°PGC.


20.00 to 24.00:

21.00 Commenced zig-zagging. 22.45 Puerto Padre Light abeam to starboard. Issued 89 night rations.


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19 September 1942

At sea en route to Guantanamo, Cuba.

Lat 20.50, Long -75.40

[Wind SE backing NE force 3-5; sea slight to moderate; cloudy; air temperature average 79°F]


00.00 to 04.00:

Underway as before; zig-zagging on base course of 123° PGC, 112°T at 11 RPM. 02.25 Changed course to 095°PGC, 086°T. 03.00 Resumed base course of 123°PGC, 112°T. 03.45 Punta Lucretia Light [Cuba] abeam to starboard, distant 6.5 miles.


08.00 to 12.00:

Underway as before. on course 142°PGC (133°T). 09.00 Changed course to 133°PGC (126°T). 11.00 Held weekly ship’s inspection.


12.00 to 16.00:

Underway as before, zig-zagging on a basic course of 133°PGC, 126°T at 118 RPM. 12.05 Boiler No.1 cut out. Speed reduced to 45 RPM. 12.20 Speed reduced to 15 RPM. Base course changed to 299°PGC, 306°T. 13.15 Speed now 20 RPM and being gradually increased. 13.42 Stopped and drifting. 13.50 Ahead on course of 299°PGC, 306°T at 30 RPM. Boiler No.1 cut in. 14.20 Increased speed to standard. 14.35 Changed course and commenced zig-zagging on base of 135°PGC, 126°T.


16.00 to 20.00:

Underway as before, zig-zagging on base course 126°T, 135°PGC at standard speed of 115 RPM. 17.13 Cape Maysi Light abeam to starboard distant 6 miles. 17.20 Changed course to 188°T 188°PGC. 18.20 Changed course to 220°PGC, 220°T. 18.56 Sunset. 19.20 Changed course to 256°T, 256°PGC. 19.56 Secured from alert, set condition II.


20.00 to 24.00:

Underway as before zig-zagging on base course of 256° PGC (256°T). Held regular evening routine. 22.30 Changed base course to 242°PGC (242°T). 23.00 Changed course to 256°PGC (256°T) continuing with zig-zagging. Issued 89 night rations.


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20 September 1942

At Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.*

Lat 19.921, Long -75.151

[Wind variable force 2-3; cloudy; air temperature average 79°F]


00.00 to 04.00:

Underway as before, zig-zagging on base course of 256°PGC, 256°T at 110 RPM. 00.30 Commenced various courses and speeds maneuvering off the entrance to Guantanamo Bay. 02.00 Proceeding into Guantanamo Bay. 03.15 Anchored in 7 fathoms of water to 30 fathoms of chain on port anchor. Secured from Condition II and commenced in-port routine.


04.00 to 08.00:

At anchor as before Guantanamo, Cuba. 06.57 Sunrise. 07.00 Reveille. 08.00 Colors made with Senior Officer present.


08.00 to 16.00:

10.10 No.1 boat lowered to provide service to the beach. 14.43 No.1 boat hoisted and secured. 14.50 Commenced preparations for getting underway.


16.00 to 24.00:

17.05 No.1 boat lowered and away to the Naval Operating Base with disabled small boat from Port Director’s office in tow. 17.38 Weighed anchor and underway, standing in to the fuel dock at the Naval Operating Base. 17.48 Moored port side to the west side of fuel oil dock at the Naval Operating Base, Guantanamo Bay. 18.20 Commenced taking on fuel oil and fresh water. 18.30 Liberty granted to the Starboard Watch to expire at 22.00 this date. 19.03 Colors made on time. Finished fueling. Received on board 23,154 gallons Navy fuel oil. 22.15 Liberty party returned on time.


*[Note: Following a strategic conference in August 1942, Guantanamo Bay became the focal point for the “interlocking system” of convoy management, bringing convoys in a systematic manner up from South America and the Panama Canal to New York and if necessary onward across the North Atlantic and, of course, down to Trinidad and Brazil. For details see See S E Morison, History of US Naval Operations; The Battle of the Atlantic, Naval Institute Press, Annapolis, Maryland pages 260-265.]


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21 September 1942

Lat 19.921, Long -75.151

At Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.

[Wind variable force 2; cloudy; air temperature average 79°F]


00.00 to 09.00:

Moored as before, port side to the W side of the fuel dock at the Naval Operating Base, Guantanamo Bay. 00.45 Finished taking on fresh water. 01.05 Unmoored and underway, maneuvering to anchorage. 01.35 Anchored in Guantanamo Bay in 8 fathoms of water to 30 fathoms of starboard chain. Motor dinghy (No.1 boat) returned and secured astern.


09.00 to 16.00:

09.00 Number 1 motor launch shoved off for naval base. 09.18 Number 1 motor launch returned to ship. 11.00 Number 1 motor launch shoved off with ship’s laundry. 12.05 Number 1 boat returned to ship. 12.10 Number 1 boat away to pick up ship’s officers at dock office. 12.40 Number 1 boat returned to ship. 13.20 Commanding Officer left ship. Crew engaged in cleaning and painting ship.


16.00 to 24.00:

21.00 Motor launch departed for shore. 10.15 Motor launch returned with liberty party, all returned on time.


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22 September 1942

Lat 19.921, Long -75.151

At Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.

[Wind NNW force 2 and calm; cloudy; air temperature average 80°F]


00.00 to 09.00:

Anchored as before Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. 00.00 Motor launch away to pier B. 00.40 Motor launch returned to ship and secured astern. 07.40 Motor launch away with anti-aircraft training party consisting of 4 officers and 18 men. 08.00 Morning colors. 08.07 Motor launch returned alongside. 08.20 Motor launch away with remainder of anti-aircraft training party.


09.00 to 16.00:

09.30 Pulling boat lowered away. 09.33 Commanding Officer departed in pulling boat. 09.52 Motor launch returned under tow. 10.00 Mail orderly departed for mail. 10.20 Pulling boat returned to the ship. 12.07 Pulling boat lowered away to dock office for Commanding Officer. 12.20 Commanding Officer returned by Navy launch. 12.50 Motor launch departed with pulling boat in tow. Lt (jg) PAPANEK officer in charge. 15.40 Motor launch with pulling boat returned to ship. 15.45 Garbage barge alongside. Received stores [followed by list].


16.00 to 24.00:

16.00 Garbage barge departed.17.10 Anti-aircraft training party returned to ship after instruction and practice. 18.00 Granted liberty to Starboard Watch to expire at 22.00 this date. Motor launch departed with liberty party. 19.37 Commanding Officer and liberty party departed in motor launch. 22.30 Motor launch returned with liberty party. All liberty party present. 23.30 Motor launch departed to pick up Commanding Officer.


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23 September 1942

Lat 19.921, Long -75.151

At Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.

[Wind variable force 2; cloudy; air temperature average 80°F]


00.00 to 09.00:

Anchored as before Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. 00.15 Motor launch returned to ship with Commanding Officer. Motor launch secured from stern of ship. 07.30 Degaussing officer from base reported aboard. 08.17 Underway on various courses and speeds proceeding around bay. 08.35 Began to run over coils in harbor to calibrate degaussing.


09.00 to 16.00:

Underway as before. 10.30 No.1 boat away to dock for range-finder operator. Returned with same. 11.15 Commanding Officer away in No.1 boat to conference at Port Director’s office. 11.50 No.1 boat returned to ship and hoisted. 12.42 Secured from calibration of degaussing equipment; proceeding to anchorage. 17.46 Anchored in Guantanamo Bay in 7 fathoms, riding to 30 fathoms of chain on starboard anchor. 13.05 No.1 boat away with first group of men for yellow fever injections at NOB Dispensary. During afternoon, all officers and men not previously inoculated received injection with exception of SCULLY, W. F. (234-166) Sea 1c. 15.05 Water barge came alongside.


16.00 to 24.00:

Anchored as before. 16.48 Water barge departed after supplying 10,000 gallons of water. 17.00 Liberty granted to Port Watch to expire 22.00 this date. 18.35 Motor launch away with liberty party. 19.07 Evening colors made on time. 19.15 Motor launch returned to ship. 19.40 Motor launch away with liberty party. 22.20 Motor launch returned with liberty party with exception of PINCHBACK, Robert A. (558-039) AS (R) who was detained at Naval Operating Base Dispensary for observation. Condition diagnosed as Cardiac Petit Mal Hysteria. Detained for inpatient treatment at Naval Operating Base Dispensary, Guantanamo Bay. 22.30 Commanding Officer away in motor launch. 23.50 Motor launch returned to ship with Commanding Officer.


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24 September 1942

At Guantanamo Bay, Cuba and at sea.

Lat 19.921, Long -75.151

[Wind mainly ESE force 2-4; cloudy; air temperature average 80°F]


00.00 to 09.00:

Anchored as before Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. 06.50 PBY plane crashed on Hicacal Beach. 06.51 Motor launch away to scene of crash. 07.28 Motor launch returned to ship after delivering 3 men injured in crash to main landing. 07.35 No.3 boat lowered and away to scene of crash to pick up men left at scene. 08.00 Morning colors. 08.10 No.3 boat returned, hoisted and secured. 08.45 Carried out routine preparations for getting underway.


09.00 to 16.00:

11.50 Commanding Officer away in No. 1 boat. 12.25 Number 1 boat returned with Commanding Officer. Crew engaged in cleaning and painting ship.


16.00 to 20.00:

16.15 Motor launch returned with Commanding Officer. 18.00 Underway various courses and speeds proceeding out of harbor.


20.00 to 24.00:

Underway as before on various courses and speeds. 20.20 Started screening astern of convoy at standard speed.


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25 September 1942

At sea on patrol.

Lat 20.18, Long -73.45

[Wind mainly NE force 3-6; sea moderate; cloudy; air temperature average 80°F]


00.00 to 04.00:

Underway as before, zig-zagging astern of convoy, at 105 RPM. maintaining a distance of approximately 2500 yards.


04.00 to 08.00:

Underway at standard speed (105 RPM) screening as before. 05.30 Reveille for all hands. 05.45 All hands at stations for the morning alert. 06.45 Sunrise. 07.05 Secured from the alert; set condition II.


08.00 to 12.00:

Underway as before at standard speed (105 RPM) screening as before. 10.00 Started screening left flank of convoy.


16.00 to 20.00:

Underway as before at standard speed (105 RPM) on various courses screening convoy on base course 60°T. 17.15 Convoy changed course to 100°T. 18.43 Sunset. 19.40 Secured from alert. Set condition II.


20.00 to 24.00:

Underway as before, screening stern of convoy. 22.00 Departed from the convoy, set course of 258°T.


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26 September 1942

At sea and at Guantanamo Bay.

Lat 21.4, Long -75.2

[Wind mainly NE force 4-5; sea moderate; cloudy; air temperature average 80°F]


00.00 to 04.00:

Underway as before on course 242°PGC 258°T at 110 RPM. 02.00 Commenced zig-zagging on base course of 242°PGC, 258°T.


04.00 to 08.00:

Underway as before at standard speed (110 RPM), zig-zagging on base course 258°T, 242° PGC. 06.45 Sunrise. 07.05 Secured from morning alert, set condition II.


08.00 to 12.00:

Underway as before zig-zagging on base course 250°T (234°PGC) at standard speed (110 RPM). 08.45 Punta Caleta Light abeam to starboard, distance 3.5 miles, changed course to 258°T (242°PGC).


12.00 to 16.00:

Underway, as before, zig-zagging on a base course of 242°PGC, 258°T at 110 RPM. 12.45 Ceased zig-zagging. Changed course to 268°PGC, 284°T. 13.00 Set degaussing. 13.45 Commenced various courses and speeds entering the harbor of Guantanamo Bay. 14.10 Stopped; drifting. 14.35 No.1 boat lowered and away. 14.40 Ahead various courses and speeds, standing in to fuel dock. 15.17 Moored starboard side to east side of fuel dock. The enlistment of STACKHOUSE, Clyde E. (220-809) GM 3c was extended this date.


16.00 to 24.00:

Moored as before. 16.30 Finished fueling ship, received 14,999 gallons fuel oil. 19.43 Underway on various courses and speeds. 20.15 Moored portside to PY16 [USS “Zircon”] for purpose of taking on water. 23.00 Number 1 boat away to pick up liberty party. 23.45 Number 1 boat returned with liberty party.


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27 September 1942

At Guantanamo Bay and at sea.

Lat 19.921, Long -75.151

[Wind NE veering SSE force 2-4; sea smooth; cloudy; air temperature average 81°F]


00.00 to 09.00:

Moored as before port side to PY16 receiving fresh water from the dock. 06.10 Began preparations for getting underway. 06.35 Held dock trial. 06.50 Secured from dock trial. 07.03 Underway on various courses and speeds. 07.45 Anchored in 7 fathoms to 30 fathoms port chain.


09.00 to 12.00:

Anchored as before. 10.40 Underway on various courses and speeds. 11.00 Set course to 180° T (167° PGC) at standard speed (105 RPM). Received the following stores for general mess [followed by list].


12.00 to 16.00:

Underway as before on course 180°T (167° PGC) at standard speed (105 RPM). 12.10 Changed course to 185°T.


16.00 to 20.00:

Underway as before at standard speed (105 RPM) on course 185°T, 172°PGC. 16.15 Reported to USS “Tarbell” for assignment to convoy duty. Following various courses screening convoy. 18.35 All hands at stations for evening alert. 18.52 Sunset. 19.45 Secured from alert, set condition II.


20.00 to 24.00:

Underway as before, zig-zagging in convoy, on base course of 132°PGC, 145°T at 105 RPM. 20.30 Navassa Island Light abeam to port, distant about 5 miles. Issued 88 night rations to crew.


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28 September 1942

At sea on patrol.

Lat 16.52, Long -73.82

[Wind variable E force 3-4; sea slight; cloudy; air temperature average 80°F]


00.00 to 04.00:

Underway as before, on various courses maintaining station at standard speed.


04.00 to 08.00:

Underway at standard speed (105 RPM), screening convoy on base course 145°T.


16.00 to 20.00:

Underway as before on base course 145°T at standard speed (105 RPM) screening convoy. 18.45 Sunset. 19.45 Secured from evening alert, set condition II.


20.00 to 24.00:

Underway as before, screening convoy, on base course of 145°T at 105 RPM. 20.50 Reduced speed to ⅔ (65 RPM). 20.56 Increased speed to standard. 10.38 Reduced speed to ⅔. 10.44 Increased speed to standard. Issued 88 night rations to crew.


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29 September 1942

At sea on patrol.

Lat 14.28, Long -71.75

[Wind variable E force 4-5; sea slight; cloudy with rain; air temperature average 80°F]


00.00 to 04.00:

Underway as before, screening convoy on base 145°T at standard speed (105 RPM).


04.00 to 08.00:

Underway as before, screening convoy on base course 125°T, 137°PGC at standard speed (105 RPM).


16.00 to 20.00:

Underway as before screening convoy on base course 125°T. 18.10 All hands at quarters for evening alert. 19.17 General Quarters sounded. 19.50 Increased speed. 19.52 Expended 1 depth charge. 20.00 Reduced speed to standard.


20.00 to 24.00:

Underway as before, screening convoy, on a base course of 125°T, at 105 RPM.


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30 September 1942

At sea on patrol.

Lat 12.50, Long -69.17

[Wind mainly ESE force 2-4; sea slight to moderate; cloudy; air temperature average 80°F]


00.00 to 04.00:

Underway as before, screening convoy on base course 125°T at standard speed (105 RPM).


04.00 to 08.00:

Underway as before screening convoy on base course 125°T at standard speed (105 RPM). 06.50 Aruba Light abeam to starboard distant 8 miles. 07.03 Secured from morning alert; set condition II. 07.40 Convoy changed base course to 100°T.


12.00 to 16.00:

Underway as before, screening convoy, on base course of 100°T at (105 RPM). 13.10 North Point Light abeam to starboard. 15.00 The following named men advanced to seaman second class, to rate from this date: BEENSTOCK, Robert J. (550-003) (R), BROWN, Herbert W., Jr. (500-250) (R), DONOVAN, William J. (550-410) (R), KROGER, Elmo G. (513-867) (R), KRUEGER, George R. Jr. (524-666) (R), McCRYSTAL, George R. (542-501) (R), NOLAN, Edward J. (542-501) (R), NUNZIATA, Silvio A. (550-040) (R), ORTIZ, Antonio (500-357) (R), PALMER, Hansel (513-865) (R), PINCHBACK, Robert A. (558-039) (R), PRESUTO, Joseph A.F. (542-488) (R), SMIESZNY, Robert D. (545-650) (R), HARRISON, Calvin H. (513-818) (R).


16.00 to 20.00:

Underway as before screening convoy on base course 100°T, 102° PGC at standard speed (105 RPM). 18.25 Sunset. 19.15 Secured from the alert; set condition II.


20.00 to 24.00:

Underway as before, screening convoy, on base course of 100°T, at 105 RPM. 23.00 Changed base course to 96°T. Issued 88 night rations to crew.


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[Crew register]


[Crew mentioned]


Name

Badge

Rank

Date Joined

Date Left

Notes

Eugene Appleby

222-441

Machinist's Mate 1c (P)

10 Sep 1942



Lester C. Ayers

228-122

Soundman 3c

3 Sep 1942


Also mentioned as Ayres

Harry J. Baldwin

203-397

Fireman 1c


10 Sep 1942


William Baranovic

205-534

Fireman 1c


10 Sep 1942


Robert J. Beenstock

550-003

Apprentice Seaman (R)

15 Sep 1942


Also mentioned as Breenstock
Advanced to Seaman 2c (R) on 30 Sep 1942

Curtis Lee Bradford

558-698

Apprentice Seaman (R)

15 Sep 1942



Herbert W. Brown Jr.

500-250

Apprentice Seaman (R)



Advanced to Seaman 2c (R) on 30 Sep 1942

Charles G. Carrington

508-194

Water Tender 2c (R)

10 Sep 1942



Thomas J. Cavanaugh

251-473

Seaman 1c

9 Sep 1942



John M. Christopher Jr.

220-484

Fireman 1c


10 Sep 1942


Ray J. Clark

102-053

Chief Yeoman

10 Sep 1942


Also mentioned with Chief Storekeeper rating

Francis N. Cockerham

548-480

Apprentice Seaman (R)

9 Sep 1942


Also mentioned as Cockerman

Harold T. Donovan

102-964

Machinist's Mate 1c (P)


10 Sep 1942


William J. Donovan

550-410

Apprentice Seaman (R)

15 Sep 1942


Advanced to Seaman 2c (R) on 30 Sep 1942

Glen D. Earnest

232-241

Fireman 1c

10 Sep 1942



Thomas J. Economide

546-412

Apprentice Seaman (R)

9 Sep 1942


Also mentioned as Economidies, Economides, Economedis

Donald J. Fifelski

544-609

Seaman 2c (R)

9 Sep 1942


Also mentioned as Fifeski

Kermit W. Flowers

226-557

Machinist's Mate 2c (P)


7 Sep 1942


Burrell Fore

205-852

Gunner's Mate 3c (P)

9 Sep 1942



Samuel Garritano

231-580

Soundman 3c

3 Sep 1942



Arthur R. Gordon

561-780

Seaman 2c (R)

9 Sep 1942



Robert I. Hagen

247-122

Soundman 3c

6 Sep 1942



Calvin H. Harrison

513-818

Apprentice Seaman (R)

15 Sep 1942


Advanced to Seaman 2c (R) on 30 Sep 1942

Charles E. Jackson

586-258

Mess Attendant 3c (R)

14 Sep 1942



James L. Kane

502-949

Soundman 3c (P)

9 Sep 1942



Anthony E. Kazuck

545-041

Seaman 2c (R)

9 Sep 1942



Elmo G. Kroger

513-867

Apprentice Seaman (R)

15 Sep 1942


Advanced to Seaman 2c (R) on 30 Sep 1942

George R. Krueger Jr.

524-666

Apprentice Seaman (R)

15 Sep 1942


Advanced to Seaman 2c (R) on 30 Sep 1942

Stanley Kuczynski

545-036

Seaman 2c (R)

9 Sep 1942


Also mentioned as Kusinski

John H. Lang

586-710

Mess Attendant 3c

14 Sep 1942



Donald E. Lewis

220-182

Quartermaster 2c (P)


10 Sep 1942


Stephen A. Lewis

222-413

Quartermaster 2c (P)

10 Sep 1942



Joseph E. Litwin

238-048

Storekeeper 2c

9 Sep 1942



Earl R. Long

233-749

Soundman 3c (P)

9 Sep 1942



Harold O. Lorenz

205-027

Water Tender 2c (P)


10 Sep 1942


Baylus C. Love

508-185

Fireman 2c (R)



Also mentioned as Lowe
Join for temporary duty on 9 Sep 1942
Leave on 13 Sep 1942

James M. McComas

228-049

Yeoman 2c (P)


15 Sep 1942


George E. McCrystal

542-501

Apprentice Seaman (R)

15 Sep 1942


Advanced to Seaman 2c (R) on 30 Sep 1942

David A. McQuade

237-758

Quartermaster 2c (P)

9 Sep 1942


Also mentioned as McQuaide

Samuel Neel

204-829

Fireman 1c

10 Sep 1942



Edward J. Noland

542-501

Apprentice Seaman (R)

15 Sep 1942


Same badge number as McCrystal
Also mentioned as Nolan
Advanced to Seaman 2c (R) on 30 Sep 1942

Silvio A. Nunziata

550-040

Apprentice Seaman (R)

15 Sep 1942


Advanced to Seaman 2c (R) on 30 Sep 1942

Charles J. O'Conner Jr.

244-746

Soundman 3c (P)

9 Sep 1942


Also mentioned as O'Connor

Antonio Ortiz

500-251

Apprentice Seaman (R)



Advanced to Seaman 2c (R) on 30 Sep 1942

Hansel Palmer

513-865

Apprentice Seaman (R)

15 Sep 1942


Advanced to Seaman 2c (R) on 30 Sep 1942

John J. Papineau

544-210

Seaman 2c (R)

9 Sep 1942



Williard W. Peace

223-742

Ships Cook 3c (P)


1 Sep 1942


Niles C. Pendleton

231-028
(241-048)
(241-028)

Fireman 2c

10 Sep 1942


Also mentioned as Pendelton, Miles C. Pendleton

McRoy Perrit

501-558
(501-588)

Fireman 1c (P)

12 Sep 1942


Also mentioned as McKaye Perrit, McRoy Perritt

Walter O. Peterson

231-242

Soundman 3c (P)

9 Sep 1942



Joseph W. Petroski

562-043

Apprentice Seaman (R)

9 Sep 1942



Joseph J. Pimentel

548-234

Apprentice Seaman (R)

9 Sep 1942


Also mentioned as Pimental

Robert A. Pinchback

558-039

Apprentice Seaman (R)

15 Sep 1942


Advanced to Seaman 2c (R) on 30 Sep 1942

Everest C. Positti

562-005
(562-003)

Apprentice Seaman (R)

9 Sep 1942


Also mentioned as Everett Possetti

Joseph A. F. Presuto

542-488
(542-438)

Apprentice Seaman (R)

15 Sep 1942


Advanced to Seaman 2c (R) on 30 Sep 1942

John J. Reily

200-959

Fireman 1c


10 Sep 1942


Edward B. Rolland

108-961

Boatswain’s Mate 1c


15 Sep 1942


Francis M. Scanlon

562-095

Apprentice Seaman (R)

9 Sep 1942


Also mentioned as Scanlan

Joseph A. Sceppe

577-743

Fireman 2c (R)

14 Sep 1942



Theodore Schutz

577-746

Fireman 2c (R)

14 Sep 1942



Leonard J. Scioli

234-752

Soundman 3c (P)

11 Sep 1942



Hugh D. Shelton

109-419

Water Tender 1c (P)


10 Sep 1942


Charles G. Silcio

559-103

Mess Attendant 3c (R)

14 Sep 1942



Robert D. Smieszny

545-650

Apprentice Seaman (R)

15 Sep 1942


Also mentioned as Smiesnzny
Advanced to Seaman 2c (R) on 30 Sep 1942

Harmon A. Snipes Jr.

222-266

Seaman 2c


15 Sep 1942


Charles I. Thompson

548-331
(548-231)

Apprentice Seaman (R)

9 Sep 1942



John C. Traks

502-529

Soundman 3c (P)

6 Sep 1942



Robert G. Wilkomm

221-688
(221-698)

Water Tender 2c (P)

2 Sep 1942


Also mentioned as Willkomm

Benjamin F. Wilson Jr.

200-850
(200-650)

Machinist's Mate 2c (P)


7 Sep 1942


Leslie A. Wyman

111-280

Water Tender 1c (P)

10 Sep 1942



Joseph P. Zettl

239-804

Fireman 1c

10 Sep 1942


Also mentioned as Zettle



LOGS FOR OCTOBER 1942


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[List of officers]


Name

Rank

Address

Date Joined

Date Left

Notes

Howard Allen Morrison

Lieutenant Commander





G.G. Van Dyke

Surgeon USPHS

Mrs Catherine Van Dyke (wife)
1225 Nashville Avenue, New Orleans, LA.




Robert Raymond Russell

Lieutenant (jg)

Martha M. Russell (wife)
39 Raven Road, Lowell, MA.




J C. Smith

Lieutenant (jg)



8 Oct 1942


Berthold Papanek

Lieutenant (jg) (R)

Mrs Amalie Papanek (mother)
17 Foote Avenue, Lawrence, NY.




George F. Hutchinson

Ensign (R)

Mr. G.F. Hutchinson (father)
Wickford, RI.




Frank Close Schmitz

Ensign

Mrs Frankie Schmitz (mother)
Royal Court Apartments, Salem, OR.




James Heyward Silcox

Ensign (R)

Mrs Helen H. Silcox
4 Colonia Street, Charleston, SC.




Jacob E. Snyder

Ensign

Miss Edythe E. Snyder (sister)
1027 W Broad Street, Bethlehem, PA.




John E. Schmeltzer Jr.

Ensign

Mr J.E. Schmeltzer
4420 Brandywine Street NW, Washington, DC.




Otto Gaich

Machinist

Mrs Gladys Gaich (wife)
839 Taylor Avenue, Alameda, CA.




Lawrence Gardner

Lieutenant (jg) D-V (S)


29 Oct 1942


Joined for temporary duty


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1 October 1942

At sea on patrol.

Lat 12.22, Long -66.23

[Wind mainly ESE force 4-6; sea slight to moderate; cloudy; air temperature average 80°F]

00.00 to 04.00:

Underway as before, screening convoy on base course 096°T at standard speed (105 RPM)


12.00 to 16.00:

Underway as before screening convoy on base course of 096°T at standard speed (105 RPM). 14.07 Sounded General Quarters. 14.17 Secured from General Quarters.


20.00 to 24.00:

Underway as before, screening convoy, on base course of 96°T, at 105 RPM. 20.15 Carried out evening routine. Issued 88 night rations to crew.


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2 October 1942

At sea on patrol.

Lat 12.22, Long -66.23

[Wind mainly ESE force 3-5; sea slight; cloudy; air temperature average 80°F]


00.00 to 04.00:

Underway as before screening convoy on base course of 96°T at standard speed (105 RPM). 02.59 Various courses and speeds, maneuvering. 03.32 Lowered No. 3 boat, away with PA Surgeon George G VAN DYKE, USPHS to render medical aid to the P469. 03.55 Number 3 boat alongside, hoisted, the doctor remaining on the P.469. 03.58 Proceeding to resume regular station in the convoy.


16.00 to 20.00:

Underway as before, screening convoy on base course 115°T, 113°PGC at standard speed of 105 RPM. 17.35 All hands at stations for evening alert. 18.00 Changed course to 130°T, 128°PGC. 18.01 Sundown. 19.03 Secured from evening alert; set condition II.


20.00 to 24.00:

Underway as before, screening convoy, on base course 130°T, at 105 RPM. Carried out evening routine. 22.00 Changed base course to 140°T. Set degaussing. Issued 88 night rations to crew.


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3 October 1942

At sea on patrol and at Trinidad.

Lat 10.674, Long -65.151

[Wind mainly ESE backing NE force 3-4; sea slight; cloudy with rain; air temperature average 80°F]


00.00 to 04.00:

Underway as before, screening convoy, on base course of 140°T at standard speed (105 RPM). 02.30 Changed course to 100°T.


08.00 to 12.00:

Underway as before, screening convoy on base course of 100°T, at 105 RPM. 08.25 Changed base course to 120°T. 11.00 Held weekly inspection. Commenced various courses maneuvering towards entrance to Gulf of Paria.


12.00 to 16.00:

Underway as before on various courses at various speeds. 12.30 La Lue Point Lighthouse abeam to starboard, distance 1.4 miles. 13.00 Boarded by Boarding Officer. 13.45 Moored port side to fuel ship, “Marion Chilcott” for the purpose of taking on fuel.


16.00 to 20.00:

Moored as before. 16.03 Secured from fueling ship. Received from the United British Oilfields of Trinidad Limited 34,809 gallons of fuel oil. 16.28 All hands unmoor ship. 16.34 Underway on various courses and speeds proceeding to Section Base Teteron Bay, Trinidad. The following named men were this date advanced in rating: HARBOURT, Merle (224-113) to QM 1c from QM 2c. FOURAKER, Clarence (222-187) to SC 1c from SC 2c. HOLMES, Stewart D. (220-364) to BM 2c from Cox. 17.52 Motor boat lowered away and departed with Commanding Officer for Section Base. 18.03 Anchored in Teteron Bay, Trinidad in 14 fathoms riding to 30 fathoms of chain on the port anchor. 18.44 Anchor aweigh proceeding to adjacent mooring buoy. 18.53 Moored to buoy. 19.10 PA Surgeon George G. VAN DYKE USPHS returned aboard after rendering medical aid to the PC469.


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4 October 1942

At Trinidad.*

Lat 10.68, Long -61.66

[Wind variable E force 1-3; broken cloud; air temperature average 82°F]


00.00 to 04.00:

Moored as before bow to No.1 buoy in Teteron Bay, Trinidad, BWI; motor dinghy secured astern.


08.00 to 16.00:

Moored as before bow to No. 1 buoy in Teteron Bay, Trinidad, BWI. 09.05 Number 3 boat lowered to water and held drill under oars. 09.30 Routine preparations for getting underway. 09.40 Number 3 boat returned alongside, hoisted and secured. 09.55 Underway various courses and speeds. 10.05 Hoisted and secured No. 1 boat. 11.00 Moored starboard side to No.2 pier at Naval Operating Base. 12.39 Commenced taking on water. 15.25 Completed taking on water. 15.40 Underway at various courses and speeds. Received 19,000 gallons water.


16.00 to 24.00:

Moored as before. 17.55 Sunset, evening colors. Received the below listed stores from Naval Air Station, Trinidad, British West Indies for use in general mess: crackers, soda 36 pounds. Spare ribs 25 pounds. Bacon, smoked 110 pounds. Chicken 99 pounds. Ham, smoked 102 pounds. Pork 216 pounds. Beef, boneless 439 pounds. Turkey 114 pounds. Cabbage, fresh 200 pounds. Onions 190 pounds. Potatoes, Irish 1000 pounds. Butter 50 pounds. Turnips, fresh 80 pounds. Eggs, fresh 120 dozen. Apples, fresh 270 pounds.


*[Note: Throughout 1941 and 1942, Trinidad was built up by the Americans as the focal point for convoys from the US down to South America and Africa, and was also a vital staging-post for oil from Curacao and bauxite (aluminium ore) from Guiana going north. It was originally part of the “bases for destroyers” deal of 1940, but by 1943 it had become one of the most important transport areas in the world. See SE Morison, History of US Naval Operations; The Battle of the Atlantic, Naval Institute Press, Annapolis, Maryland pages 144-148.]


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5 October 1942

At Trinidad.

Lat 10.68, Long -61.66

[Wind variable force 1-3; broken cloud; air temperature average 82°F]


00.00 to 09.00:

Moored as before bow to No.1 buoy in Teteron Bay, Trinidad. Liberty party returned on time with exception of THOMPSON, Charles I. (548-231) AS (R) who was retained in Naval Air Station sick bay. 06.00 Reveille. 08.00 Morning colors.08.10 Held dungaree inspection. [Held various drills.]


09.00 to 16.00:

Moored as before. 10.38 THOMPSON, Charles I. (548-231) AS (R) returned aboard having been discharged from the Naval Air Station Dispensary. 15.30 No.3 boat lowered and away with swimming party. Crew engaged cleaning and painting ship. Received from the Naval Operating Base 36 flashlight batteries, 2 gallons spar varnish, 12 x 1.5 volt dry cell batteries, No.6, 1 gallon insulating varnish, 100 yards cotton duck No.5, 1 x can 5 gallons thinner.


16.00 to 24.00:

Moored as before. 16.15 No.3 boat returned with swimming party; hoisted and secured.


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6 October 1942

At Trinidad.

Lat 10.68, Long -61.66

[Wind variable E force 1-2; mainly cloudless; air temperature average 84°F]


00.00 to 09.00:

Moored as before, to No.1 buoy, in Teteron Bay, Trinidad. 08.25 All hands to quarters for morning inspection. 08.30 No.3 boat lowered and away for boat drill.


09.00 to 16.00:

Moored as before. 09.20 Secured from boat drill, boat No. 3 hoisted and secured. 09.20 Sick call. 11.05 Received 1 x mark VI depth charge complete with detonator and booster from Naval Operating Base, Teteron Bay. 13.13 Number 1 boat departed for Section Base with mail orderly. 13.18 Number 1 boat returned. 13.00 Liberty granted to Port Watch to expire 01.00, 7 October 1942. 14.15 Motor launch departed for Section Base with liberty party. 14.22 Motor launch returned.


16.00 to 24.00:

Moored as before. 17.55 Evening colors made on time. 18.30 Motor launch departed with special liberty party for movies at Section Base. 18.40 Motor launch returned. 21.20 Motor launch left for Section Base. 21.35 Motor boat returned with the Commanding Officer and PA Surgeon George G. VAN DYKE, USPHS.


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7 October 1942

At Trinidad.

Lat 10.68, Long -61.66

[Wind variable SE force 1-2; mainly cloudless; air temperature average 84°F]


00.00 to 09.00:

Moored as before to No. 1 buoy Teteron Bay, Trinidad. 00.05 Motor launch departed to Section Base. 00.45 Motor launch returned with remainder of liberty party.


09.00 to 12.00:

Moored as before. 10.05 Motor launch departed for Section Base with men for Dispensary. 10.40 Motor launch returned.


12.00 to 16.00:

Moored as before. 12.45 Number 1 boat away with mail orderly. 12.50 Number 1 boat returned. 13.00 Liberty granted to the Starboard Watch to expire at 01.00, 8 October 1942. 13.45 Liberty party departed in No. 1 boat. 13.50 Number 1 boat returned with mail orderly.


20.00 to 24.00:

Moored as before. 23.00 Motor launch returned from Section Base with Commanding Officer.


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8 October 1942

At Trinidad.

Lat 10.68, Long -61.66

[Wind mainly E force 2-3; cloudy; air temperature average 80°F]


00.00 to 04.00:

Moored as before to No. 1 buoy, Teteron Bay, Trinidad. 00.45 Motor launch departed for Section Base. 01.05 Motor launch returned with liberty party.


04.00 to 08.00:

Moored as before. 05.05 PALMER, Hansel (513-865) Sea 2c and PENDLETON, Niles C. (241-048) F 2c reported aboard after being 6 hours and 35 minutes absent without leave.


08.00 to 12.00:

Moored as before. 08.00 Morning colors made on time. 09.15 Lieutenant (jg) John C. SMITH, USCG, was detached this date awaiting transportation to District Coast Guard Office, San Juan, PR, for assignment to duty.


12.00 to 16.00:

Moored as before to anchor buoy, Teteron Bay. 14.09 Underway at various courses and speeds.


16.00 to 20.00:

Underway as before various courses and speeds proceeding to oil barge. 16.13 Moored starboard side to oil barge “Marion Chilcott”, draft before fueling 12 feet 4 inches forward, 14 feet 8 inches aft. 17.00 Commenced fueling ship. 17.15 Completed fueling ship, 10,862 gallons taken aboard. Draft after fueling 12 feet 8 inches forward, 14 feet 1 inch aft. 17.45 Underway at various courses and speeds proceeding to water barge. 18.05 Moored port side to water barge “Iere”. 18.20 Taking on water.


20.00 to 24.00:

Moored as before port side to water barge “Iere”. 20.38 Completed taking on water, having received 14,700 gallons. 20.44 Underway at various courses and speeds proceeding to anchorage. 22.08 Anchored off Fire Islands in 10 fathoms of water to 30 fathoms of port chain. 22.30 Motor launch alongside. Received following stores for use in general mess [followed by list]. 22.50 Motor launch departed. 23.13 Underway at various courses and speeds proceeding to anchorage in Teteron Bay.


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9 October 1942

At Trinidad and at sea en route to Guantanamo Bay.

Lat 10.68, Long -61.66

[Wind WNW veering ENE force 2-4; sea slight; mainly cloudy; air temperature average 80°F]


00.00 to 04.00:

00.12 Moored to Number 1 buoy, Teteron Bay, Trinidad. 00.21 Motor launch away to Section Base. 00.45 Motor launch returned with Commanding Officer. 01.15 Motor launch away to Section Base with detail for Naval Operating Base Dispensary. 02.20 Motor launch returned with medical detail and HARRISON, Calvin H. (513-818) Sea 2c (R) who reported aboard after being 25 hours and 20 minutes absent without leave.


04.00 to 08.00:

07.00 Carried out routine preparations for getting underway. 07.45 Underway at various courses and speeds.


08.00 to 12.00:

Underway as before. 08.01 Set degaussing. 08.40 La Lue Point Light abeam to port distance 1.25 miles. 10.15 Zig-zagging on base course of 325° T at standard speed (105 RPM), screening convoy.


20.00 to 24.00:

Underway as before screening convoy on base course of 325°T at standard speed of 105 RPM. 20.00 Held routine evening reports. 21.40 Changed base course to 278°T. Issued 88 night rations.


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10 October 1942

At sea en route to Guantanamo Bay.

Lat 12.38, Long -64.42

[Wind variable E force 2-5; sea smooth; mainly cloudy; air temperature average 80°F]


00.00 to 04.00:

Underway as before, screening convoy, on base course of 278°T, at 105 RPM.


12.00 to 16.00:

Underway as before screening convoy on base course of 278°T at standard speed of 105 RPM.


20.00 to 24.00:

Underway as before screening convoy on base course 278°T, 276°PGC at standard speed (105 RPM). Issued 88 night rations to crew.


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11 October 1942

At sea en route to Guantanamo Bay.

Lat 12.70, Long -68.25

[Wind variable E force 3-5; sea slight; mainly broken cloud; air temperature average 80°F]


00.00 to 04.00:

Underway as before, screening convoy at 105 RPM, on base course of 278°T. 01.20 Changed base course to 239°T.


12.00 to 16.00:

Underway as before screening convoy on base course 239°T at standard speed of 105 RPM. 13.30 Changed base course to 286°T.


16.00 to 20.00:

Underway as before screening convoy on base course 286°T at standard speed. 17.05 Additional ships in convoy assembled, set course to 288°T. 18.00 Changed base course to 317°T.


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12 October 1942

At sea en route to Guantanamo Bay.

Lat 13.75, Long -70.67

[Wind variable SE force 3-5; sea slight; mainly cloudy; air temperature average 81°F]


00.00 to 04.00:

Underway as before, screening convoy, on base course 317°T, at 105 RPM.


12.00 to 16.00:

Underway as before, screening convoy on base course 317°T at standard speed of 105 RPM. 12.55 Commanding Officer held report mast in the cases of PENDLETON, Niles C. (231-038) F 2c, PALMER, Hansel (513-865) Sea 2c (R) and HARRISON, Calvin H. (513-818) Sea 2c (R) for offenses noted 8 and 9 October 1942. Following punishments awarded: HARRISON, C.H. (513-818) Sea 2c (R) warned and excused. PALMER, H. (513-865) Sea 2c (R) 10 hours’ extra duty. PENDLETON, N.C. (231-028) F 2c 10 hours’ extra duty. 12.55 Officers’ Call. 13.40 Commenced test-firing of 30-caliber Lewis machine gun. 14.15 Secured from test-firing of 30-caliber Lewis machine gun, having expended 235 rounds of 30-caliber ammunition.


20.00 to 24.00:

Underway as before screening convoy on base course 317°T at standard speed of 105 RPM. 20.00 Departments secured, department heads mustered. Issued 88 night rations.


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13 October 1942

At sea, on patrol en route to Guantanamo Bay.

Lat 16.50, Long -73.42

[Wind variable SE force 3-5; sea slight to moderate; mainly cloudy with thundery rain; air temperature average 81°F]


00.00 to 04.00:

Underway as before, screening convoy on base course 317°T, at 105 RPM.


16.00 to 20.00:

Underway as before screening convoy on base course of 317°T at standard speed of 105 RPM.


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14 October 1942

At sea, on patrol and at Guantanamo Bay.

Lat 19.60, Long -75.07

[Wind SE veering S force 3-5; sea moderate; overcast with showers and squalls; air temperature average 81°F]


00.00 to 04.00:

Underway as before, screening convoy, on base course 317°T, at 105 RPM. 03.45 Changed base course to 352°T. 03.50 Navassa Island Light abeam to port, distant 5 miles [in the Windward Passage, between Haiti and Jamaica]


08.00 to 12.00:

Underway as before, screening convoy on base course of 317°T at standard speed of 105 RPM. The following named men were this date advanced in rating: STACKHOUSE, Clyde E. (220-809) GM 3c (P) advanced to GM 2c (P). POLANCO, Jaime (500-240) M Att 2c (R) advanced to M Att 1c (R) (P). ROSARIO, Francisco (500-231) M Att 2c (R) advanced to M Att 1c (R) (P).


12.00 to 16.00:

Underway on various courses at 105 RPM screening convoy at harbor entrance.


16.00 to 20.00:

Underway as before, on various courses at 105 RPM, screening convoy at harbor entrance. 16.20 Proceeding at various speeds and various courses entering Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. 16.52 Windward Point Light abeam to starboard, close aboard. 17.45 Moored starboard side to USS “Tarbell” at the fuel dock for the purpose of fueling ship. 18.35 Commenced taking on fuel. 19.00 Receiving water from the dock. 19.00 Granted liberty to the Port Watch to expire at 22.00 this date.


20.00 to 24.00:

Moored as before, Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. 20.05 Completed fueling. Received 22,050 gallons Navy Standard fuel oil from Naval Station, Guantanamo Bay. 21.30 USS “Tarbell” unmoored. 21.35 Moored starboard side to fuel dock.


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15 October 1942

At Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.

Lat 19.921, Long -75.151

[Wind mainly calm; broken cloud; air temperature average 79°F]


00.00 to 09.00:

Moored as before starboard side to fuel dock, Guantanamo Bay. 04.00 Completed taking water (20,000 gallons).


09.00 to 12.00:

Moored as before. 09.30 HOLLIDAY, John (226-866) SC 3c (P), LEHMAN, Charles (500-235) AS (R), FORE, Burrell (205-852) GM 3c (P) reported aboard from the Captain of the Port, Jacksonville, Fla. They had been interned in the US Naval Air Station Hospital, Jacksonville, Fla. 09.50 Unmoored; underway at various courses and speeds. 10.20 Moored port side to starboard side of PC494, pier A.


16.00 to 20.00:

Moored as before. Liberty granted liberty to Starboard Watch to expire 22.00 this date. 17.35 PALMER, Hansel (513-865) Sea 2c (R) completed 2 hours’ extra duty. Crew engaged in cleaning and painting ship. Received the following stores for use in general mess [followed by list].


20.00 to 24.00:

Moored as before. 22.00 All liberty party returned on time. McGOWAN, Alton (234-017) Sea 1c injured incident to service, diagnosis: contusion right forehead. LASSITER, Robert C. (201-651) MM 1c injured incident to service, diagnosis: second degree burn (hot water burn) on right side of face and chest.


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16 October 1942

At Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.

Lat 19.921, Long -75.151.

[Wind mainly NE force 1-2; broken cloud; air temperature average 79°F]


00.00 to 04.00:

Moored as before, port side to PC494 at Navy Operating Base, Guantanamo Bay.


08.00 to 12.00:

Moored as before. 08.05 Held morning dungaree inspection. 08.15 Machine gun range detail mustered and departed for range. 08.20 BRADEN, R.S. reported aboard from Section Base Guantanamo Bay to repair sound equipment.


12.00 to 16.00:

Moored as before. 14.00 Liberty granted to Port Watch to expire at 22.00 this date. Received the following supplies [followed by list].


16.00 to 20.00:

Moored as before. 16.40 BRADEN, R.S., sound maintenance man, departed from ship. 18.40 Colors made on time.


20.00 to 24.00:

Moored as before. 22.00 Liberty party returned on time with exception of KAZUCK, Anthony E. (545-041) Sea 2c (R) who is absent overleave from this time. 23.00 The following men reported for disorderly conduct FOURAKER, Clarence (222-187) SC 2c (P), SULLIVAN, Rudolph (223-665) F 1c, NUNZIATA, Silvio A. (550-040) Sea 2c (R), PRESUTO, Joseph A. F. (542-488) Sea 2c, WILKOMM, Robert C. (221-688) WT 2c (P). 23.30 KAZUCK, Anthony E. (545-041) Sea 2c (R) returned aboard 1 hour and 30 minutes overleave.


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17 October 1942

At Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.

Lat 19.921, Long -75.151.

[Wind variable E force 2-3; broken cloud with showers; air temperature average 79°F]


00.00 to 04.00:

Moored as before port side to PC494 pier A, Naval Operating Base, Guantanamo Bay.


04.00 to 08.00:

Moored as before. 07.20 MANALOVICH, Joseph (220-978) Sea 2c transferred to San Juan, PR. Unmoored. 07.45 Underway at various courses and speeds proceeding out of Guantanamo Bay. 07.50 Set degaussing.


08.00 to 12.00:

Underway as before. 09.15 Using the USS “R-12”* as target commenced round runs.


12.00 to 16.00:

Underway as before. 15.43 Secured from round runs on “R-12”.


16.00 to 20.00:

Underway as before. 16.22 Windward Point Light abeam to starboard, close aboard. 17.10 Moored port side to PC494 at pier A, Navy Operating Base, Guantanamo Bay. 19.15 PALMER, Hansel (513-865) Sea 2c and PENDLETON (231-028) F 2c completed 2 hours’ extra duty apiece. 19.00 Held report mast on the following named men for the offenses noted in the log on 16 October 1942; FOURAKER, Clarence (222-187) SC 1c (P), SULLIVAN, Rudolph (223-665) F 1c, NUNZIATA, Silvio A. (550-040) Sea 2c (R), PRESUTO, Joseph A. F. (542-488) Sea 2c, WILLKOMM, Robert C. (221-688) WT 2c (P). Men were warned and excused.


*[Note: An old submarine used for training, which suffered a tragic accidental loss in 1943. See hyperlink.]


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18 October 1942

At Guantanamo Bay and at sea.

Lat 19.921, Long -75.151

[Wind mainly NE force 3-4; sea smooth; broken cloud; air temperature average 79°F]


00.00 to 04.00:

Moored as before port side to PC494, pier A, Naval Operating Base, Guantanamo Bay.


04.00 to 08.00:

Moored as before. 05.00 Reveille. 05.50 All hands to stations to unmoor ship. 06.19 Underway on various courses and speeds. 06.45 Set degaussing. 07.10 Windward Point Light abeam to port, close aboard. 07.30 Secured degaussing.


08.00 to 12.00:

Underway as before screening convoy on base course 180°T at standard speed of 105 RPM.


16.00 to 20.00:

Underway as before screening convoy at standard speed (105 RPM). 16.46 Relieved of duty, departed from the convoy set course of 355°PGC 357°T, commenced zig-zagging. 18.35 Sunset.


20.00 to 24.00:

Underway as before zig-zagging on base course 357°T (355°PGC) at standard speed of 105 RPM. 21.30 Changed base course to 010°T, (008°PGC). 22.25 Gyro compass out of order; commenced steering by magnetic compass. 23.05 Gyro compass back in operation. Issued 88 night rations to crew.


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19 October 1942

At Guantanamo Bay and en route to San Juan.

Lat 19.921, Long -75.151

[Wind mainly NE force 2-4; sea smooth; broken cloud; air temperature average 79°F]


00.00 to 04.00:

Underway as before, zig-zagging on base course of 008°PGC, 010°T, at 105 RPM. 00.15 Set degaussing. 01.05 Windward Point Light abeam to starboard, close aboard. Commenced various courses and speeds entering the harbor of Guantanamo Bay. 02.05 Secured degaussing. 02.10 Moored starboard side to fuel dock. 03.10 Commenced fueling ship. 03.54 Secured from fueling. Received aboard 11,999 gallons No.1 fuel oil. Draft after fueling: forward; 13 feet 8 inches, aft 14 feet 6 inches. Topped off fresh water tanks.


04.00 to 08.00:

Moored as before. 06.30 Reveille. 07.30 All hands to stations to unmoor ship. 07.39 Underway on various courses and various speeds. 07.52 Set degaussing.


08.00 to 12.00:

Underway as before using various courses waiting for convoy to form. 09.00 Secured degaussing. 09.40 Underway on various courses while screening convoy on base course 155°PGC at standard speed of 105 RPM.


12.00 to 16.00:

Underway as before on various courses screening convoy on base course 155°PGC at standard speed of 105 RPM. 13.00 Changed base course to 060°T.


16.00 to 20.00:

Underway as before screening convoy on base course 060°T at standard speed (105 RPM). PALMER, Hansel (513-865) Sea 2c and PENDLETON, Niles C. (231-028) F 2c completed 2 hours’ extra duty apiece. 19.45 All departments secured fro the night and lifeboat’s crew to muster.


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20 October 1942

At sea en route to San Juan.

Lat 20.28, Long -72.10

[Wind variable E force 3-5; sea smooth; broken cloud; air temperature average 81°F]


00.00 to 04.00:

Underway as before, screening convoy, on base course of 060°T, at 105 RPM.


04.00 to 08.00:

Underway as before screening convoy on base coures of 060°T at 105 RPM. 04.30 Changed position and commenced screening astern of convoy. 04.35 Changed base course to 100°T.


12.00 to 16.00:

Underway as before screening convoy on base course 100°T at standard speed 105 RPM. 13.35 Test-fired No. 2 3.50” caliber gun. 13.40 Secured from test-firing, having expended 2 rounds of practice ammunition. Held semaphore drill for crew. 14.00 Secured from quarters and drills.


20.00 to 24.00:

Underway as before screening convoy on base course 100°T at standard speed of 105 RPM. 22.00 Changed base course to 105°T. Issued 90 night rations to crew.


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21 October 1942

At sea en route to San Juan.

Lat 19.67, Long -68.73

[Wind variable E force 2-4; sea slight to moderate; cloudy; air temperature average 81°F]


00.00 to 04.00:

Underway as before, screening convoy, on base course of 105°T, at 105 RPM.


08.00 to 12.00:

Underway as before, screening convoy on base course 105°T, 109°PGC at standard speed of 105 RPM. 11.30 Changed course to 112° True.


20.00 to 24.00:

Underway as before screening convoy on base course 112°T at standard speed 105 RPM. Issued 90 night rations to crew.


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22 October 1942

At San Juan.

Lat 18.457, Long -66.111

[Wind variable E force 1-4; cloudy with occasional showers; air temperature average 80°F]


00.00 to 04.00:

Underway as before, screening convoy, on base course of 112°T, at 105 RPM.


08.00 to 12.00:

Underway as before, screening convoy on base course 112°T at standard speed 105 RPM. 08.20 Set degaussing. 09.25 Secured from condition II. Various courses and speeds standing in to San Juan Harbor. 09.28 Secured sound equipment. 09.40 All hands take stations for mooring ship. 10.05 Moored port side to pier 9. 10.45 Commenced fueling. 11.30 Completed fueling.16,423 gallons fuel taken aboard. 11.40 All hands at stations for unmooring ship.


12.00 to 16.00:

Moored as before. 12.10 Unmoored. Ahead various courses and speeds. 12.50 Moored starboard side to Coast Guard Dock, San Juan.14.00 Liberty granted to port section to expire at 24.00 today. BROWN, Herbert W. Jr. (500-250) Sea 2c (R) departed on 1 day’s leave granted by Commanding Officer. 16.00 MORRIS, Luther L. (241-091) RM 3c reported aboard for assignment to duty.


20.00 to 24.00:

Moored as before. PALMER, Hansel (513-865) Sea 2c and PENDLETON, Niles C. (231-028) F 2c completed 2 hours’ extra duty apiece. 24.00 Liberty party returned on time.


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23 October 1942

At San Juan.

Lat 18.457, Long -66.111

[Wind mainly E force 3-5; broken cloud; air temperature average 78°F]


00.00 to 04.00:

Moored as before to starboard side of Coast Guard Dock, San Juan.


08.00 to 12.00:

Moored as before. 08.00 Colors made on time. 10.20 The following named men reported aboard this vessel for assignment to duty: BURRAS, Joseph J. (528-839) Sea 2c (R). KAMINSKI, Stanley E. (547-128) AS (R). VANCLIFF, Elwood G. (550-425) AS (R). CERNY, Anthony F. (550-250) AS (R). MEIERS, Herman (596-825) AS (R). BUTT, Alfred (548-088) AS (R). BECKHAM, Elliott S. (548-473) AS (R). HELFIN, Charles A. (550-374) AS (R). SKINNER, Curtis C. (556-101) AS (R). RAULERSON, Leo D. (548-021) AS (R). ROTH, Reinhardt (546-417) AS (R). EVANS, Charles R. (548-184) AS (R). D’AMICO, Richard Jr. (550-355) AS (R). SHEPHARD Edwin M. Jr. (538-502) Sea 2c (R). CLARK, Syman E. (549-992) AS (R).


16.00 to 20.00:

Moored as before. 16.00 The following named men were transferred this date to the District Coast Guard Office 10th Naval District, San Juan for further assignment to duty: LEHMAN, Charles (500-235) Sea 2c (R). ORTIZ, Antonio (500-251) Sea 2c (R). PADILLA, Pedro J. (500-216) Sea 2c (R). PAPINEAU, John J. (544-210) Sea 2c (R). PIMENTAL, Joseph J. (548-234) AS (R). 18.30 PENDLETON, Niles C. (231-028) F 2c worked off 2 hours’ extra duty with none remaining. 18.30 GRAY, Charles F. (220-655) GM 2c reported aboard for assignment to duty from Mayaquez, PR. 18.35 STACKHOUSE, Clyde E. (220-809) GM 2c (P) departed this date for office of the District Coast Guard Officer, San Juan, PR, for further assignment to duty. 19.30 PHILLIPS, James (500-213) OS 2c reported aboard for temporary duty.


20.00 to 24.00:

Moored as before. 23.45 BROWN, Herbert W. Jr. (500-250) Sea 2c (R) reported aboard from 1 day’s leave on time. 24.00 Liberty party returned on time with the exception of the following named men who are from this time absent overleave: KING, John H. (220-755) Sea 1c. PETROSKI, Joseph (562-043) AS. HARRISON, Calvin H. (513-818) Sea 2c. CARRINGTON, Charles (508-194) WT 2c (P). SULLIVAN, Rudolf (223-665) F 1c. POLANCO, Jaime (500-240) M Att 1c (P). SILCIO, Charles (559-103) M Att 3c. KUSINSKI, Stanley (545-036) AS.


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24 October 1942

At San Juan and en route to Guantanamo Bay.

Lat 18.457, Long -66.111

[Wind mainly ENE force 3-5; broken cloud; air temperature average 78°F]


00.00 to 04.00:

Moored as before starboard side to Coast Guard Dock, San Juan. 00.25 KING, John H. (220-755) Sea 1c returned aboard 25 minutes absent overleave. 00.30 PETROSKI, Joseph (562-043) AS, KUCSYNSKI, Stanley (545-036) Sea 2c R returned aboard 30 minutes absent overleave. 01.00 SULLIVAN, Rudolph (223-665) F 1c and CARRINGTON, Charles G. (508-194) WT 2c (R) returned aboard after having been absent overleave for 1 hour. 03.00 HARRISON, Calvin H. (513-818) AS (R) returned aboard after having been absent overleave 3 hours.


04.00 to 08.00:

Moored as before. 06.15 Commenced heaving in the port anchor. 06.18 Anchor aweigh, underway on various courses at various speeds. 06.22 Number 1 boat alongside and hoisted. 06.32 El Morro Light abeam to starboard, close aboard. 06.45 Set degaussing. The following named men were absent overleave at the time after ship’s departure; POLANCO, Jaime (500-240) M Att 1c (R) and SILCIO, Charles (559-103) M Att 3c. The following men who were on authorized liberty were absent at the time of the ship’s departure; NARRAL, Juan (107-731) Off Std 1c (P) and ROSARIO, Francisco (500-231) M Att 1c (R).


08.00 to 12.00:

Underway as before screening while convoy forms at standard speed 105 RPM. 08.05 Screening convoy on base course 272°T.


12.00 to 16.00:

Underway as before screening convoy on base course 272°T at standard speed of 105 RPM. 14.15 Changed base course to 299°T.


20.00 to 24.00:

Underway as before screening convoy on base course 299°T at standard speed of 105 RPM. Issued 93 night rations to crew.


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25 October 1942

At sea en route to Guantanamo Bay

Lat 19.95, Long -70.33

[Wind mainly E force 3-4; sea moderate; broken cloud; air temperature average 78°F]


00.00 to 04.00:

Underway as before, screening convoy, on base course of 299°T, at 105 RPM.


04.00 to 08.00:

Underway as before screening convoy on base course of 299°T at 105 RPM. 05.15 Blowing tubes. 05.20 Finished blowing tubes. 05.30 Changed base course to 286°T.


08.00 to 12.00:

Underway as before, screening convoy on base course 299°T at standard speed 105 RPM. 08.35 Cape Viejo Francis Light abeam to port distant 9 miles.


12.00 to 16.00:

Underway as before, screening convoy on base course of 286°T at standard speed of 105 RPM. 14.30 Changed base course to 278°T.


20.00 to 24.00:

Underway as before screening convoy on base course 278°T at standard speed of 105 RPM. Issued night rations to crew.


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26 October 1942

At sea and at Guantanamo Bay.

Lat 19.921, Long -75.151

[Wind variable force 2-3; broken cloud; air temperature average 82°F]


00.00 to 04.00:

Underway as before, screening convoy, on base course of 278°T, 105 RPM. 02.00 Changed course to 255°T.


08.00 to 12.00:

Underway as before screening convoy on base course 255°T at standard speed of 105 RPM. 10.45 Punta Calita Light abeam to starboard distant 10 miles.


12.00 to 16.00:

Underway as before at standard speed of 105 RPM screening convoy on base course 255°T. 12.45 Commanding Officer held report mast in the case of the following named men for offenses noted in the log 16 and 24 October 1942. Punishments awarded as noted below: CARRINGTON, Charles G. (508-194) WT 2c (P) 2 hours’ extra duty. KING, John H. (220-755) Sea 1c warned and excused. SULLIVAN, Rudolph (223-665) F 1c 2 hours’ extra duty. KAZUCK, Anthony E. (545-041) Sea 2c (R) 1 hour and 30 minutes’ extra duty. PETROSKI, Joseph W. (552-043) AS (R) warned and excused. KUCSYNSKI, Stanley (545-036) Sea 2c (R) warned and excused. HARRISON, Calvin H. (513-818) Sea 2c (R) 6 hours’ extra duty. 13.00 Changed base course to 270°T.


16.00 to 20.00:

Underway as before at standard speed of 105 RPM, screening convoy on base course of 255°T. 17.05 Degaussing equipment set for sector 1. 17.15 Secured sound equipment. 17.45 Moored port side to fuel dock, Guantanamo Bay, for fueling.18.25 Commenced fueling. 19.45 Liberty granted to Port Section to expire 22.00 this date.17.15 Secured degaussing equipment.

20.00 to 24.00:

Moored as before. 20.15 Secured from fueling. Received 17,100 gallons Navy Standard fuel oil. 22.00 Liberty party returned on time.


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27 October 1942

At Guantanamo Bay.

Lat 19.921, Long -75.151

[Wind variable force 2-3; broken cloud with drizzle; air temperature average 78°F]


00.00 to 04.00:

Moored as before, port side to PG68* at fuel dock, Naval Operating Base, Guantanamo Bay.


04.00 to 08.00:

Moored as before, port side to PG68 at fuel dock, Naval Operating Base, Guantanamo Bay. 06.00 HARRISON, Calvin H. (513-813) AS (R) completed 2 hours’ extra duty. 06.42 Boat No. 3 lowered and boat drill held under oars. 07.00 Secured from boat drill.


08.00 to 12.00:

Moored as before. 08.12 All hands to stations to unmoor ship. 08.18 Underway at various courses and speeds. 08.24 Number 1 boat lowered and away. 08.35 Moored port side to pier B, Navy Operating Base, Guantanamo Bay, 10.10 Underway on various courses at various speeds to new mooring. 10.23 Moored port side to pier A, Navy Operating Base Guantanamo Bay. 11.45 Taking on water from the dock.


16.00 to 20.00:

Moored as before. 16.00 Received engineering stores.17.00 Granted liberty to Starboard Watch to expire 22.00 this date. 18.35 Sunset, evening colors made.


20.00 to 24.00:

Moored as before. 22.00 All liberty party returned on time. CARRINGTON, Charles G. (508-194) WT 2c (R) completed 2 hours’ extra duty, none remaining.


*[Note: At that time USS “Impulse”, formerly HMS “Begonia”. See hyperlink.]


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28 October 1942

At Guantanamo Bay.

Lat 19.921, Long -75.151.

[Wind variable force 1-2; broken cloud; air temperature average 80°F]


00.00 to 04.00:

Moored as before, port side to pier A, Naval Operating Base, Guantanamo Bay.


08.00 to 12.00:

Moored as before. 08.05 JACKSON, Charles E. (586-258) M Att 3c (R) departed for inpatient treatment Naval Dispensary. 10.25 US Coast Guard cutter “Cuyahoga” moored alongside starboard side.


12.00 to 16.00:

Moored as before. 14.00 Held depth charge instruction and sight-setting dill. 14.15 Secured from depth charge instruction. 14.30 Secured from sight-setting drill and from quarters.


20.00 to 24.00:

Moored as before. 20.00 HARRISON, Calvin H. (513-818) AS (R) completed 2 hours’ extra duty. KAZUCK, Anthony E. (545-041) Sea 2c (R) completed 1½ hours of extra duty. 22.00 Liberty party returned on time. FOURAKER, Clarence (222-187) SC 1c (P) placed on report for insolence and disrespect. WYMAN, Leslie A. (111-280) WT 1c (P) advanced to the rating of Chief Water Tender (a) (P) this date.


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29 October 1942

At Guantanamo Bay and en route to San Juan.

Lat 19.921, Long -75.151

[Wind NW veering SE force 3-5; cloudy; air temperature average 80°F]


00.00 to 04.00:

Moored as before, port side to pier A, Naval Operating Base, Guantanamo Bay.


08.00 to 12.00:

Moored as before. 10.30 Lieutenant (jg) Lawrence GARDNER D-V (S) reported aboard for temporary duty and transportation to San Juan, PR.


12.00 to 16.00:

Moored as before. 12.45 Report mast. FOURAKER, Clarence (222-187) SC 1c (P) awarded 20 hours’ extra duty for offense as logged 28 October 1942. Crew engaged in cleaning and painting ship.


16.00 to 20.00:

Moored as before. 17.15 Underway on various courses at various speeds standing out of harbor. 17.30 Number 1 boat hoisted and secured. 18.00 Windward Point Light abeam to port. 18.45 Set course of 157° T.


20.00 to 24.00:

Underway as before screening convoy on base course 157°T at standard speed 105 RPM. 20.00 FOURAKER, Clarence SC 1c (P) completed 2 hours’ extra duty, 18 hours’ extra duty remaining. 23.00 Changed base course to 59°T. Issued 93 night rations to crew.


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30 October 1942

At sea en route to San Juan

Lat 20.03, Long -73.65

[Wind NE veering ENE force 5-7; sea moderate to rough; broken cloud; air temperature average 80°F]


00.00 to 04.00:

Underway as before, screening convoy, on base course of 59°T, at 105 RPM.


12.00 to 16.00:

Underway as before at standard speed of 105 RPM screening convoy on base course of 059°T. 13.20 All hands at quarters. 13.25 Held fire drill (13.27 first stream). 13.30 Secured from fire drill. 13.35 Held collision drill. 13.48 Secured from collision drill. 14.05 Held machine gun instruction. Test-fired .50-caliber machine guns. 14.15 Secured from machine gun instruction and from test-firing, having expended 80 rounds of .50-caliber ammunition. 14.20 Held instruction in marlin spike seamanship and held semaphore drill.


20.00 to 24.00:

Underway as before screening convoy on base course 59°T at standard speed of 105 RPM. 20.00 Departments secured, department heads mustered. 22.30 Changed base course to 100°T. 22.40 General Quarters. 22.45 Secured from General Quarters. Issued 93 night rations to crew.


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31 October 1942

At sea en route to San Juan

Lat 20.28, Long -70.82

[Wind variable E force 3-5; sea slight; overcast with rain; air temperature average 80°F]


00.00 to 04.00:

Underway as before, screening convoy, on base course of 100°T, at 105 RPM.


16.00 to 20.00:

Underway as before at standard speed of 105 RPM screening convoy on base course of 100°T. 19.55 FOURAKER, Clarence (222-187) SC 1c (P) completed 2 hours’ extra duty, 14 hours remaining.


20.00 to 24.00:

Underway as before screening convoy on base course 100°T at standard speed of 105 RPM. 22.40 Changed base course to 111°T. Issued 93 night rations to crew.


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[Crew register]


[Crew mentioned]


Name

Badge

Rank

Date Joined

Date Left

Notes

Elliott S. Beckham

548-473

Apprentice Seaman (R)

23 Oct 1942


Also mentioned as Beckman

Joseph J. Buras

528-839

Seaman 2c (R)

23 Oct 1942


Also mentioned as Burras

Alfred W. Butt

548-088

Apprentice Seaman (R)

23 Oct 1942



Anthony F. Cerny

550-350

Apprentice Seaman (R)

23 Oct 1942



Lyman E. Clark

549-992

Apprentice Seaman (R)

23 Oct 1942



Richard L. D'Amico

550-355

Apprentice Seaman (R)

23 Oct 1942



Charles R. Evans

548-184

Apprentice Seaman (R)

23 Oct 1942



Clarence Fouraker

222-187

Ships Cook 2c (P)



Advanced to Ships Cook 1c on 3 Oct 1942

William D. Gilley

223-831

Coxswain (P)


23 Oct 1942


Charles F. Gray

220-655
(220-665)

Gunners Mate 2c

23 Oct 1942



Merle L. Harbourt

224-133
(224-113)

Quartermaster 2c (P)



Advanced to Quartermaster 1c on 3 Oct 1942

Charles A. Helfin

550-374

Apprentice Seaman (R)

23 Oct 1942



John Holladay

226-866

Ships Cook 3c


23 Oct 1942


Stewart D. Holmes

220-364

Coxswain (P)



Advanced to Boatswains Mate 2c on 3 Oct 1942

Stanley E. Kaminski

547-128

Apprentice Seaman (R)

23 Oct 1942



James L. Kane

502-949

Soundman 3c (P)


23 Oct 1942


Walter Kramer

520-742

Coxswain (R)


23 Oct 1942

Also mentioned as Kramar

Charles Lehman

500-235

Seaman 2c (R)


23 Oct 1942


Earl R. Long

233-749

Soundman 3c (P)


23 Oct 1942


Joseph Manalovich

220-978

Seaman 2c


17 Oct 1942


Glen J. Manning

223-849

Coxswain (P)


23 Oct 1942


Herman Meiers

546-825

Apprentice Seaman (R)

23 Oct 1942


Also mentioned as Meyers

Luther L. Morris

241-091

Radioman 3c

22 Oct 1942



Antonio Ortiz

500-251

Seaman 2c (R)


23 Oct 1942


Pedro Juan Padilla

500-216

Seaman 2c (R)


23 Oct 1942


John J. Papineau

544-210

Seaman 2c (R)


23 Oct 1942


Walter O. Peterson

231-242

Soundman 3c (P)


23 Oct 1942


James Phillips

500-213

Officers Steward 2c (R)

23 Oct 1942


Joined for temporary duty

Joseph J. Pimentel

548-234

Apprentice Seaman (R)


23 Oct 1942

Also mentioned as Pimental

Jaime Polanco

500-240

Mess Attendant 2c (R)



Advanced to Mess Attendant 1c (P) (R) on 14 Oct 1942

Marcial Quinones

500-241

Mess Attendant 3c (R)



Left on unknown date after 7 Oct 1942

Leo D. Raulerson

548-021

Apprentice Seaman (R)

23 Oct 1942



Francisco Rosario

500-231
(500-023)

Mess Attendant 2c (R)



Advanced to Mess Attendant 1c (P) (R) on 14 Oct 1942

Reinhard J. Roth

546-417

Apprentice Seaman (R)

23 Oct 1942



Edwin M. Shephard Jr.

538-502

Seaman 2c (R)

23 Oct 1942


Also mentioned as Shepard

Curtis C. Skinner

556-101

Apprentice Seaman (R)

23 Oct 1942



Glenn O. Staak

225-103

Radioman 2c (P)

23 Oct 1942


Also mentioned as Staack
Joined from USS Marion

Clyde E. Stackhouse

222-809
(220-809)

Gunners Mate 3c (P)


23 Oct 1942

Advanced to Gunners Mate 2c on 14 Oct 1942

John C. Traks

502-529

Soundman 3c (P)


23 Oct 1942


William L. Truman

228-306

Ships Cook 3c (P)


23 Oct 1942


Elwood G. Vancliff

550-425

Apprentice Seaman (R)

23 Oct 1942



Leslie A. Wyman

111-280

Water Tender 1c (P)



Advanced to Chief Water Tender (a) (P) on 28 Oct 1942

Joseph P. Zettl

239-804

Fireman 1c


23 Oct 1942

Also mentioned as Zettle



LOGS FOR NOVEMBER 1942


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[Blanks and covers]


[List of officers]


Name

Rank

Address

Date Joined

Date Left

Notes

Howard Allen Morrison

Lieutenant Commander



28 Nov 1942


G.G. Van Dyke

Surgeon USPHS

Mrs. Catherine Van Dyke (wife)
1225 Nashville Avenue, New Orleans, LA.




Robert Raymond Russell

Lieutenant (jg)

Martha M. Russell (wife)
39 Raven Road, Lowell, MA.




Berthold Papanek

Lieutenant (jg) (R)

Mrs. Amalie Papanek (mother)
17 Foote Avenue, Lawrence, NY.




George F. Hutchinson

Ensign (R)

Mr. G.F. Hutchinson (father)
Wickford, RI.




Frank Close Schmitz

Ensign

Mrs. Frankie Schmitz (mother)
Royal Court Apartments, Salem, OR.




James Heyward Silcox

Ensign (R)

Mrs. Helen H. Silcox
4 Colonia Street, Charleston, SC.




Jacob E. Snyder

Ensign

Miss Edythe E. Snyder (sister)
1027 W Broad Street, Bethlehem, PA.




John E. Schmeltzer Jr.

Ensign

Mr J.E. Schmeltzer
4420 Brandywine Street NW, Washington, DC.




Otto Gaich

Machinist

Mrs. Gladys Gaitch (wife)
839 Taylor Avenue, Alameda, CA..



Took oath of office as Lieutenant (jg) on 20 Nov 1942

Lawrence Gardner

Lieutenant (jg) D-V (S)



2 Nov 1942


Earle Gardner Brooks

Lieutenant Commander


26 Nov 1942


Command passed to Earle Gardner Brooks on 27 Nov 1942


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1 November 1942

At sea en route to San Juan

Lat 19.38, Long -67.82

[Wind SE backing NE force 2-4; sea slight; cloudy; air temperature average 83°F]


00.00 to 04.00:

Underway as before, screening convoy, on base course of 111°T, at 105 RPM.


04.00 to 08.00:

Underway as before, screening convoy, on base course of 111°T at 105 RPM. FOURAKER, Clarence (222-187) SC 1c (P) completed 2 hours’ extra duty with 12 hours’ extra duty remaining.


20.00 to 24.00:

Underway as before screening convoy on base course 111°T at standard speed of 105 RPM. Issued 93 night rations to crew.


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2 November 1942

At sea and at San Juan

Lat 18.457, Long -66.111

[Wind mainly SW force 1; broken cloud; air temperature average 78°F]


00.00 to 04.00:

Underway as before, screening convoy, on base course of 111°T, at 105 RPM.


04.00 to 08.00:

Underway as before, screening convoy, on base course of 111°T at 105 RPM. 05.30 Reveille. 07.30 Off San Juan Harbor entrance.


08.00 to 12.00:

Underway at various courses and speeds proceeding to fuel dock. 08.13 Moored to the West India Company fuel dock pier 9 San Juan, PR port side to. Draft before fueling forward 11 feet 7 inches, aft 14 feet 3 inches.10.05 Commenced taking on fuel oil. 10.45 Completed fueling; 23,698 gallons of fuel taken aboard. Draft after fueling, forward 14 feet, aft 14 feet 6 inches. 11.30: All hands at stations for unmooring ship. 11.48 Ship unmoored, proceeding at various courses and speeds to the Coast Guard Dock, San Juan.


12.00 to 16.00:

Underway as before, proceeding at various courses and speeds to the Coast Guard Dock, San Juan. 12.10 Moored to Coast Guard Dock. 12.45 SULLIVAN, Rudolph (223-665) F 1c completed 2 hours’ extra duty. 13.45 BRANAN, Walter A. (222-408) MM 1c reported aboard for assignment to duty. 15.00 Lieutenant (jg) Lawrence GARDNER D-V (S) USNR departed, transportation and temporary duty having been completed. 15.05 POLANCO, Jaime (500-240) M Att 1c (R) and SILCIO, Charles (559-103) M Att 3c (R) reported aboard from District Coast Guard Office, 10th Naval District where they reported 08.00 24 October having been absent without leave from 24.00 23 October 1942 from this ship. ROSARIO, Francisco (500-231) M Att 1c (R) and NARRAL Juan (107-731) Off Std 1c (P) reported aboard from District Coast Guard Office, 10th Naval District where they reported 08.00 24 October 1942, after having been on authorized liberty. ROSARIO, Francisco (500-231) M Att 1c (R) was found to be absent and is absent without leave from this time after ship search.


16.00 to 20.00:

Moored as before. Gun 1 pointer sight broke while putting on gun cover. 17.15 The following named men transferred this date to the office of the District Coast Guard Officer, 10th Naval District, San Juan, PR for further assignment to duty; BECKMAN, Elliot S. (548-473) AS (R). KAMINSKI, Stanley E. (547-128) AS (R). VANCLIFF, Elwood D. (550-425) AS (R). SKINNER, Curtis C. (556-101) AS (R). 17.18 The following named men reported aboard this date from the office of the District Coast Guard Officer 10th Naval District for further assignment to duty; NASH, Donald A. (517-270) Sea 2c (R). BOOKER, Forest J. (517-234) Sea 2c (R). HAGGERTY, Thomas W. (519-909) AS (R). MICHELS, William G. (550-399) AS (R). 17.30 FOURAKER, Clarence (222-187) SC 1c (P) completed 2 hours’ extra duty with 10 hours remaining. 18.00 BROWN, Herbert W. Jr. (580-250) Sea 2c (R) departed on 5 days’ leave of absence, granted by the Commanding Officer. 19.10 HUTCHINS, Henry T. (205-020) PhM 1c (P) advanced in rating to Chief Pharmacist Mate (a) (P), effective 10 September 1942.


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3 November 1942

At San Juan and en route to Guantanamo Bay.

Lat 18.70, Long -66.95

[Wind variable E force 3-5; sea slight; cloudy with rain; air temperature average 80°F]


00.00 to 04.00:

Moored as before, Coast Guard Dock, San Juan. 03.00 CARRINGTON, Charles C. (508-194) WT 2c (R) returned aboard having been absent overleave 3 hours.


04.00 to 08.00:

05.40 All hands to mooring stations. 05.55 Underway on various courses at various speeds proceeding out of harbor. 06.11 Port San Juan Light abeam to starboard, close aboard. 06.12 Found gyro error to be 1° east, by range. 06.15 Set degaussing. 06.30 FOURAKER, Clarence (222-187) SC 1c (P) completed 2 hours’ extra duty with 8 hours remaining. 07.40 Convoy formed; set course of 280°T at standard speed of 105 RPM.


12.00 to 16.00:

Underway as before at standard speed of 105 RPM screening convoy on base course of 280°T. 13.00 All hands at quarters. 13.10 General Quarters drill. 13.13 Secured from General Quarters. Held gunnery and sight-setting drill. 13.34 Secured from gunnery and sight-setting drill. 13.40 Held semaphore drill. 14.15 Secured from semaphore drill and from quarters. 15.40 General Quarters. 15.46 Secured from General Quarters.


20.00 to 24.00:

Underway as before screening convoy on base course 293°T at standard speed of 105 RPM.


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4 November 1942

At sea en route to Guantanamo Bay.

Lat 20.20, Long -70.67

[Wind variable NW force 3-4; sea slight; cloudy; air temperature average 79°F]


00.00 to 04.00:

Underway as before, screening convoy, on base course of 293°T, at 105 RPM.


12.00 to 16.00:

Underway as before at standard speed of 105 RPM screening convoy on base course of 293°T. 12.00 Changed base course to 272°T.


20.00 to 24.00:

Underway as before screening convoy on base course 272°T at standard speed of 100 RPM. 20.00 FOURAKER, Clarence (222-187) SC 1c completed 2 hours’ extra duty, 6 hours’ extra duty remaining. Issued 89 night rations to crew.


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5 November 1942

At sea and at Guantanamo Bay.

Lat 20.20, Long -70.67

[Wind variable NW force 3-6; sea moderate; broken cloud with haze; air temperature average 77°F]


00.00 to 04.00:

Underway as before, screening convoy, on base course of 272°T, at 100 RPM.


04.00 to 08.00:

Underway as before, screening convoy, on base course of 272°T at 100 RPM. 05.30 Changed course to 258°T. 06.00 Reveille. 07.00 FOURAKER, Clarence (222-187) SC 1c (P) completed 2 hours’ extra duty with 4 remaining.


08.00 to 12.00:

Underway as before, screening convoy on base course 258°T at standard speed of 100 RPM. 10.55 Punta Caleta Light abeam to starboard distant 6 miles.


12.00 to 16.00:

Underway as before at 100 RPM, screening convoy on base course of 258°T. 13.00 All hands at quarters. 13.10 Held collision drill. 13.18 Secured from collision drill. 13.23 Held abandon ship drill (stations provide). 13.33 Secured from abandon ship drill. 13.35 Secured from quarters.


16.00 to 18.00:

Underway as before screening convoy. 16.00 Various courses and speeds standing into Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. 17.35 Moored starboard side to E side Navy fuel dock, Guantanamo Bay. 18.33 Commenced fueling. 19.00 Completed fueling. 19.50 Unmoored from fuel dock.


20.00 to 24.00:

Underway on various courses and at various speeds proceeding to pier A. 20.30 Moored starboard side to port side of PY18 [USS “Turquoise”] at pier A, Naval Operating Base, Guantanamo Bay. 21.24 Commenced taking on fresh water from dock. BEENSTOCK, Robert J. (550-003) Sea 2c put on report by Ensign J.H. SILCOX USCGR for sleeping on watch.


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6 November 1942

At Guantanamo Bay.

Lat 19.921, Long -75.151

[Wind variable force 1-3; broken cloud; air temperature average 78°F]


00.00 to 04.00:

Moored starboard side to port side of PY18 at pier “A” Guantanamo Bay.


12.00 to 16.00:

Moored as before. 13.00 Held report mast for the following men for the offense noted in the log of 5 November 1942: BEENSTOCK, Robert J. (550-003) Sea 2c, awarded 30 days’ restriction; for offenses noted in log of 2 November 1942: POLANCO, Jaime (500-240) M Att 1c (R), SILCIO, Charles (559-103) M Att 3c (R) awarded 50 hours’ extra duty each. 14.00 FOURAKER, Clarence (222-187) SC 1c completed 2 hours’ extra duty with 2 hours remaining.


16.00 to 20.00:

Moored as before. 16.00 Liberty granted to Port Watch. 19.00 POLANCO, Jaime (500-240) M Att 1c (R) completed 2 hours’ extra duty with 48 remaining. SILCIO, Charles (559-103) M Att 3c completed 2 hours’ extra duty, with 48 hours remaining.


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7 November 1942

At Guantanamo Bay.

Lat 19.921, Long -75.151

[Wind variable force 2-4; broken cloud; air temperature average 78°F]


00.00 to 04.00:

Moored as before starboard side to PY18 at Pier A, Guantanamo Bay. Number 1 boat secured astern.


04.00 to 08.00:

Moored as before. 07.40 Lieutenant PAPANEK and 12 men departed for instruction on the anti-aircraft range.


08.00 to 12.00:

Moored as before. 10.45 SULLIVAN, Rudolph (223-665) F 1c departed for inpatient treatment at US Naval Dispensary, Guantanamo Bay. 10.50 Held regular Saturday morning ship’s Inspection.


12.00 to 16.00:

Moored as before. 12.05 Commenced shifting berth from alongside PY18 to berth alongside pier A, with assistance of harbor tug YNT5. [USS “Keshena”]. 12.20 Moored starboard side to east side of pier A, Naval Operating Base.15.20 FOURAKER, Clarence (222-187) SC 1c completed 2 hours’ extra duty, thus completing total extra duty.


20.00 to 24.00:

Moored as before. 21.00 POLANCO, Jaime (500-240) M Att 1c completed 5 hours’ extra duty with 43 remaining. SILCIO, Charles (559-103) M Att 3c (R) completed 5 hours’ extra duty with 43 remaining. 22.00 Liberty party returned on time.


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8 November 1942

At Guantanamo Bay.

Lat 19.921, Long -75.151

[Wind variable NE force 1-3; broken cloud; air temperature average 78°F]


00.00 to 04.00:

Moored as before, starboard side to pier A, Naval Operating Base, Guantanamo Bay.


08.00 to 12.00:

Moored as before. 09.15 Party for anti-aircraft instruction departed in charge Lt PAPANEK. 10.15 Anti-aircraft party returned. 10.30 PA Surgeon George G. VAN DYKE, USPHS departed on 10 days’ leave granted by the Commanding Officer.


12.00 to 16.00:

Moored as before. 15.00 Lieutenant R.R. RUSSELL departed with picnic party.*


16.00 to 20.00:

Moored as before. 17.25 PY13 [USS “Siren”] moored to our port side. 18.28 Colors. 19.15 Picnic detail reported back to ship. 19.30 Granted liberty to Port Watch to expire at 22.00 this date.


*[Note: This was a Sunday]


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9 November 1942

At Guantanamo Bay.

Lat 19.921, Long -75.151

[Wind variable E force 1-3 and calm; broken cloud; air temperature average 78°F]


00.00 to 04.00:

Moored as before starboard side to pier A, Naval Operating Base, Guantanamo Bay.


04.00 to 08.00:

Moored as before. 07.50 Lt PAPANEK and detail of 12 men departed for anti-aircraft training range.


08.00 to 12.00:

Moored as before. 09.30 Held boat drill and instruction in use of sail. 11.00 Secured from sailing instruction and from boat drill.


12.00 to 16.00:

Moored as before. 15.30 Received from Supply Officer, Naval Air Station, Jacksonville, Fla, 5 boxes containing following articles: 1 x 4050W set spare vacuum tubes, 3 boat hooks, 6 paddles, 2 boxes of 3.50” cal. spare parts.


16.00 to 20.00:

Moored as before. 16.00 Liberty granted Starboard Watch to expire 22.00 this date. 19.00 POLANCO, Jaime (500-240) M Att 1c (R) completed 2 hours’ extra duty with 41 remaining. SILCIO, Charles (559-103) M Att 3c (R) completed 2 hours’ extra duty with 41 remaining.


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10 November 1942

At Guantanamo Bay.

Lat 19.921, Long -75.151

[Wind variable force 1-3 and calm; broken cloud; air temperature average 81°F]


00.00 to 04.00:

Moored starboard side to pier A, Naval Operating Base, Guantanamo Bay.


8.00 to 12.00:

Moored as before. 09.25 LASSITER, Robert C. (201-651) MM 1c (P) transferred this date to report to District Coast Guard Officer 6th Naval District for assignment to duty. Granted 10 days’ leave en route to commence upon arrival in the US. 09.45 SMIESZNY, Robert D. (545-650) Sea 2c (R) granted 10 days’ emergency leave to expire 12.00, 21 November 1942.


20.00 to 24.00:

Moored as before. 20.00 POLANCO, Jaime (500-240) M Att 1c (R) and SILCIO, Charles (559-103) M Att 3c (R) completed 2 hours’ extra duty with 39 remaining. 22.00 Liberty party returned on time.


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11 November 1942

At Guantanamo Bay.

Lat 19.921, Long -75.151

[Wind variable force 1-2; broken cloud; air temperature average 78°F]


00.00 to 04.00:

Moored starboard side to pier “A”, Naval Operating Base, Guantanamo Bay.


08.00 to 12.00:

Moored as before. 09.00 D’AMICO, Richard L. (550-355) AS (R) departed for inpatient treatment at US Naval Dispensary. Treatment necessary due to own misconduct. 11.10 Received from Naval Operating Base 1 gyro-adapter.


20.00 to 24.00:

Moored as before. 20.45 POLANCO, Jaime (500-240) M Att 1c(R) completed 2 hours of extra duty with 37 hours remaining. SILCIO, Charles (559-103) M Att 3c (R) completed 2 hours of extra duty with 37 hours remaining. 22.00 Liberty party returned on time.


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12 November 1942

At Guantanamo Bay.

Lat 19.921, Long -75.151

[Wind NE veering ESE force 3; broken cloud; air temperature average 78°F]


00.00 to 04.00:

Moored as before, starboard side to pier “A” Guantanamo Bay.


08.00 to 12.00:

09.35 Commenced dock trials. 09.50 SULLIVAN, Rudolph (223-665) F 1c reported aboard from inpatient treatment at US Naval Hospital. 10.15 Received from Ordnance Department, Naval Operating Base, the following: 10 depth charges Mark III, 10 depth charge boosters Mark II Mod. 2, 10 depth charge pistols Mark II Mod 2, 10 detonators Mark I Mod 1, 6 depth charge arbors Mark II. 11.35 JACKSON, Charles E. (586-258) M Att 3c reported aboard from inpatient treatment at the US Naval Hospital. 11.38 All hands at stations for unmooring ship. 11.47 Unmoored, underway various courses and speeds proceeding out of harbor.


12.00 to 16.00:

Underway as before, various courses and speeds.12.14 Windward Point Light abeam to port, close aboard. 12.35 Commenced echo ranging. 13.18 Held General Quarters. 13.22 Boat No.1 lowered and away. 13.25 Secured from General Quarters. 13.35 Boat No.1 alongside, hoisted and secured. 14.00 Held General Quarters. Set target adrift. 14.18 Commenced target practice. 14.30 Secured from General Quarters. Expended 6 rounds of common ammunition, 5 from gun No.1 and 1 from gun No.2 which jammed after 1 round was fired. Jam occurred when the projectile became separated from the case as the gun was being loaded, projectile lodging in the base. The case, with powder intact was withdrawn from breech. Projectile was removed with an extension rod introduced through the muzzle and all parts of the round were thrown over the side. Commenced firing with gun No.2. 15.37 Ceased firing. Expended 3 rounds of common ammunition. Secured from General Quarters. Commenced various courses proceeding to entrance to Guantanamo Bay.


16.00 to 20.00:

Underway on various courses and speeds standing into harbor. 17.00 Moored starboard side to PY18 [“Turquoise”] alongside pier “A” Naval Operating Base. 17.30 Liberty granted to Port Watch to expire 22.00 this date. GARLEB, Oliver C. (205-033) CRM (a) (P) honorably discharged this date at expiration of 3 year special temporary enlistment and 24 days’ extension thereof. Reenlisted this date for 4 years in regular establishment as Radioman First-Class. Advanced in rating this date to Chief Radioman (a) (P).


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13 November 1942

At Guantanamo Bay [and at sea].

Lat 19.921, Long -75.151

[Wind NW veering SE force 1-3; broken cloud with occasional showers; air temperature average 78°F]


00.00 to 04.00:

Moored as before, starboard side to PY18 at pier A, Navy Operating Base, Guantanamo Bay Cuba.


12.00 to 16.00:

Moored as before. 14.15 STEVENSON, Robert L. (552-3061) EM 3c USN, while working aboard, suffered laceration of index finger, right hand. Medical treatment was rendered on board. The enlistment of WILLKOMM, Robert G. (221-698) WT 2c (P) was extended, effective 18 September 1942, for a period not later than 6 months after the termination of the war, in accordance with ALCOAST No.83.


20.00 to 24.00:

Moored as before. 22.00 Liberty party returned on time. 22.48 Unmoored and underway on various courses and speeds standing out of harbor, Guantanamo Bay. 23.50 Underway on various courses and speeds screening entrance of harbor awaiting formation of convoy.


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14 November 1942

At Guantanamo Bay and en route to San Juan.

Lat 20.00, Long -74.17

[Wind mainly NNE force 5-7; sea moderate to rough; cloudy with occasional showers; air temperature average 77°F]


00.00 to 04.00:

Underway as before, various courses, awaiting formation of convoy, off the entrance to Guantanamo Bay. 01.15 Convoy formed. Commenced screening on base course of 79°T, at 105 RPM.


04.00 to 08.00:

Underway as before on course 79°T at 105 RPM, screening. 07.20 Changed course to 44°T.


08.00 to 12.00:

Underway as before screening convoy on base course 44°T at standard speed of 105 RPM. 09.30 Various courses while communicating with approaching convoy. 11.00 Held regular ship’s inspection. 11.20 Set base course to 80°T.


20.00 to 24.00:

Underway as before screening convoy on base course 80°T at standard speed 105 RPM. 22.00 Changed base course to 90°T. 22.15 West Point Light, Tortuga Island, abeam to starboard distance unknown. Issued 89 night rations to crew.


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15 November 1942

At sea en route to San Juan.

Lat 20.08, Long -71.48

[Wind mainly NE force 4-7; sea rough; overcast with rain squalls; air temperature average 77°F]


00.00 to 04.00:

Underway as before, screening convoy on base course 90°T, at 105 RPM. 01.45 Reduced speed to 90 RPM. Speed reduced during the day due to heavy rain squalls decreasing the visibility.


08.00 to 12.00:

Underway as before screening convoy on base course 90°T at standard speed (90 RPM). The following named men were advanced in rating this date: WATSON, Charles B. (234-207) Sea 2c advanced to Sea 1c. BRADFORD, Curtis L. (558-698) AS (R) advanced to Sea 2c (R). BUTT, Alfred W. (548-088) AS (R) advanced to Sea 2c (R). CLARK, Syman E. (549-992) AS (R) advanced to Sea 2c (R). CERNY, Anthony F. (550-350) AS (R) advanced to Sea 2c (R). EVANS, Charles R. (548-184) AS (R) advanced to Sea 2c (R). HELFIN, Charles A. (550-374) AS (R) advanced to Sea 2c (R). MEIERS, Herman (546-825) AS (R) advanced to Sea 2c (R). RAULERSON, Leo D. (548-021) AS (R) advanced to Sea 2c (R). ROTH. Reinhard J. (546-417) AS (R) advanced to Sea 2c (R).


12.00 to 16.00:

Underway as before at standard speed of 90 RPM screening convoy on base course 90°T. 13.58 Decreased speed to 62 RPM (7 knots) and steadied on base course 90°T. 14.10 Decreased speed to 52 RPM (6 knots). 14.42 Increased speed to 62 RPM (7 knots). 15.19 Decreased speed to 57 RPM (6.5 knots).


20.00 to 24.00:

Underway as before screening convoy on base course 90°T. 22.00 Changed base course to 111°T. Issued 89 night rations to crew.


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16 November 1942

At sea en route to San Juan.

Lat 19.75, Long -69.12

[Wind mainly NE force 4-6; sea moderate; cloudy with rain squalls decreasing; air temperature average 77°F]


00.00 to 04.00:

Underway as before, screening convoy, on base course of 111°T, adjusting speed from time to time in order to maintain station.


04.00 to 08.00:

Underway as before, screening convoy, on base course 111°T at 9 knots. 06.15 Increased speed to 10 knots.


12.00 to 16.00:

Underway as before at standard speed of 90 RPM screening convoy on base course 111°T. 13.00 Changed base course to 120°T.


20.00 to 24.00:

Underway as before screening convoy on base course 120°T at standard speed 100 RPM. Issued 89 night rations to crew.


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17 November 1942

At sea and at San Juan.

Lat 18.63, Long -66.38

[Wind mainly ENE force 5-6; sea moderate; overcast with rain squalls; air temperature average 77°F]


00.00 to 04.00:

Underway as before, screening convoy, on base course of 120°T, at 100 RPM.


04.00 to 08.00:

Underway as before, screening convoy on base course of 120°T at 100 RPM. 07.00 Changed course to 94°T, decreased speed to 9 knots.


16.00 to 18.00:

Underway as before at standard speed of 105 RPM screening convoy at various courses standing into harbor at San Juan, PR. 16.30 Set degaussing. Secured degaussing. 17.15 Moored port side to US Coast Guard Dock, San Juan.


18.00 to 20.00:

Moored as before. 18.00 Liberty granted to Port Watch to expire at 24.00 this date.


20.00 to 24.00:

Moored as before. 23.30 ROSARIO, Francisco (500-231) M Att 1c reported aboard from temporary duty at the Coast Guard Base, San Juan after reporting in at the Coast Guard Base at 08.00 on 2 November 1942 being absent without leave 16 hours and missing the ship.


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18 November 1942

At San Juan.

Lat 18.457, Long -66.111

[Wind mainly ENE force1-2; broken cloud; air temperature average 78°F]


00.00 to 04.00:

Moored portside to the US Coast Guard Dock, San Juan.


08.00 to 12.00:

Moored as before. 09.30 CARRINGTON, Charles G. (508-194) WT 2c (R), GRIMSLEY, Leonard W. (234-006) Sea 1c and NARRAL, Juan (107-731) O Std 1c (P) departed for inpatient treatment to the NAS Dispensary, this place (by reason of own misconduct). 09.39 Unmoored and underway on various courses and speeds. 09.54 Boat No.1 lowered and away to pier 5. 10.35:Moored starboard side to pier 5, San Juan Harbor, preparing to take on fuel oil. SCULLY, William F. (234-166) Sea 1c was this day advanced in rating to that of Quartermaster 3c (P).


12.00 to 16.00:

Moored as before, starboard side to pier 5, San Juan Harbor. 12.32 Commenced taking on fuel oil. 13.22 Secured from taking on fuel. Received 25,803 gallons fuel oil from West India Oil Company. Received 13,925 gallons of fresh water from American Railroad Company of PR. Draft after fueling: 13 feet 4 inches forward; 14 feet 8 inches aft. 13.47 Unmoored and underway on various courses at various speeds proceeding to Coast Guard Dock. 14.05 Moored port side to US Coast Guard Dock. 14.30 Crew received semi-monthly stipend.15.25 GONZALEZ, Hernando V. (500-202) Sea 2c (R) departed on 10 days’ leave of absence granted by Commanding Officer. McCARTHY, John (217-605) BM 1c advanced this date in rating from BM 1c to CBM (a) (P).


16.00 to 20.00:

19.46 BROWN, Herbert W. Jr. (500-250) Sea 2c (R) reported aboard from 5 days’ leave.


20.00 to 24.00:

Moored as before. 24.00 Liberty party returned on time with the exception of SULLIVAN, Rudolph (223-665) F 1c who is absent overleave from this time.


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19 November 1942

At San Juan.

Lat 18.457, Long -66.111

[Wind mainly NE force 1-3; broken cloud; air temperature average 78°F]


00.00 to 04.00:

Moored port side to US Coast Guard Dock, San Juan.


08.00 to 12.00:

Moored as before. 08.00 Bag and locker inspection. 09.50 HARRISON, Calvin H. (513-818) Sea 2c (R), after thorough search of ship this man was not found present and was absent without leave from this time on.


12.00 to 16.00:

Moored as before. The following named men were transferred to the Captain of the Port’s Office, San Juan, PR for further assignment to duty; McQUADE, David A. (233-758) QM 2c (P). LEWIS, Stephen A. (222-413) QM 2c (P). 14.10 Bridge, fireroom and engine room tested and ready for getting underway. 14.20 Held report mast on the following named men for the offenses noted in the log on 19 November and 2 November 1942; SCIOLI, Leonard J. (234-752) SoM 3c (P) and ROSARIO, Francisco (500-231) M Att 1c. SCIOLI awarded 15 hours’ extra duty and ROSARIO awarded a reduction in rating to M Att 2c. 14.33 Underway on various courses and various speeds proceeding to moor alongside the SS “Esso Manhattan”. 15.12 Moored portside to SS “Esso Manhattan”.


16.00 to 20.00:

Moored as before. 16.30 Liberty granted to Port Watch to expire at 24.00 this date. 17.15 SULLIVAN, Rudolph (223-665) F 1c reported aboard drunk having been overleave 17 hours and 15 minutes. SULLIVAN, Rudolph (223-665) F 1c placed in single irons for safe keeping after having refused to obey orders of a commissioned officer regarding his own safety.


20.00 to 24.00:

Moored as before. 24.00 Liberty party returned on time with the exception of the following men who are absent overleave from this time, HAGEN, Robert (247-122) SoM 3c, GARRITANO, Samuel (231-580) SoM 3c, NEEL, Samuel (204-829) F 1c, WILLKOMM, Robert C. (221-688) WT 2c (P), FOURAKER, Clarence (222-187) SC 1c (P), APPLEBY, Eugene (222-441) MM 1c (P).


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20 November 1942

At San Juan.

Lat 18.457, Long -66.111

[Wind mainly ENE force1-4; broken cloud with showers; air temperature average 78°F]


00.00 to 04.00:

Moored as before port side to SS “Esso Manhattan”.


04.00 to 08.00:

Moored as before. 05.35 HAGEN, Robert F. (247-122) SoM 3c and GARRITANO, Samuel (231-580) SoM 3c reported aboard after being absent overleave 5 hours and 35 minutes. 06.30 Reveille. 07.00 SULLIVAN, Rudolph (223-665) F 1c released from single irons.


08.00 to 12.00:

Moored as before. 08.00 Morning colors made on time. Held dungaree inspection. 08.00 HARRISON, Calvin H. (513-818) Sea 2c (R) 22 hours and 30 minutes absent without leave as of this time and date.


12.00 to 16.00:

Moored as before. 13.00 APPLEBY, Eugene C. (222-441) MM 1c (P) and NEEL, Sam (205-829) F 1c returned aboard ship 13 hours overleave. 14.25 Commenced furnishing steam to SS “Esso Manhattan” to enable them to operate pumps. 14.35 Secured steam line. 14.51 Steam again being furnished. 15.00 SS “Esso Manhattan” commenced pumping oil into fuel barge. WILLKOMM, Robert C. (221-688) WT 2c (P) returned aboard 15 hours and 35 minutes overleave. 16.00 Report mast held by Commanding Officer on the following named men for offenses previously logged: HAGEN, Robert I. (247-122) SoM 3c awarded 15 hours’ extra duty. GARRITANO, Samuel (231-580) SoM 3c awarded 15 hours’ extra duty. SULLIVAN, Rudolph (223-665) F 1c awarded a Deck Court.


16.00 to 20.00:

Moored as before. 16.30 Granted liberty to the Starboard Watch to expire at 24.00 this date. NARRAL, Juan (107-731) O Std 1c (P) returned aboard from inpatient treatment at the US NAS Dispensary. Otto GAICH, Machinist USCG promoted this date to Lieutenant (jg) temporary.


[Addition to log]: BRIDGE COPY: GAICH, Otto, Machinist, “Unalga” San Juan, Puerto Rico, 20 November 1942. 20 November 1942, took oath of office as Lieutenant (jg), US Coast Guard, for temporary service, to rank from 15 October 1942. E.G. BROOKS Lieutenant Commander.


19.45 Tank barge and tug departed from the SS “Esso Manhattan”. 20.00 POLANCO, Jaime (500-240) M Att 1c failed to return from special liberty and is absent overleave from this time. 17.00 SULLIVAN, Rudolph (223-665) F 1c while restricted to the limits of the ship, went over the side and aboard the SS “Esso Manhattan”. Said man was returned to the ship by the Officer of the Dock.


20.00 to 24.00:

Moored as before. 20.30 SCIOLI, Leonard J. (234-752) SoM 3c (P) completed 2 hours of extra duty, said man having 13 hours of extra duty remaining. SCIOLI, Leonard J. (234-752) SoM 3c (P) placed on report for insolence in language and manner. 21.30 GARRITANO, Samuel (231-580) SoM 3c completed 5 hours’ extra duty, with 10 hours remaining. HAGEN, Robert I. (247-122) SoM 3c completed 5 hours’ extra duty with 10 hours remaining. 22.00 FOURAKER, Clarence (222-187) SC 1c (P) returned aboard ship 22 hours overleave. 22.00 PERRITT, McRoy (501-550) F 1c returned aboard by Naval Shore Patrol charged with the following offense: Creating a disturbance. 22.00 HARRISON, Calvin H. (513-818) Sea 2c (R) who was absent without leave for 36 hours and 30 minutes was returned aboard by Naval Shore Patrol charged with the following offense: (1) Being in a restricted area. (2) Being out of uniform. (3) No identification on liberty card.


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21 November 1942

At San Juan.

Lat 18.457, Long -66.111

[Wind mainly NE force 2-4; cloudy with showers and squalls; air temperature average 78°F]


00.00 to 04.00:

Moored as before port side to SS “Esso Manhattan”. A steam line to tanker enabling same to operate fuel pumps. 01.45 POLANCO, Jaime (500-240) M Att 1c (R) returned aboard from a special liberty, 5 hours and 45 minutes overleave.


04.00 to 08.00:

Moored as before. 04.40 Tank barge and tug alongside SS “Esso Manhattan”.


08.00 to 12.00:

Moored as before. 09.55 LANG, John H. (586-208) M Att 3c (R) departed for inpatient treatment at Naval Hospital, San Juan. 11.20 Secured steam supply to SS “Esso Manhattan”.


12.00 to 16.00:

Moored as before. 12.45 The Commanding Officer held report mast in the cases of the following named men: APPLEBY, Eugene C. (222-441) MM 1c for the offense noted in the log on 20 November 1942; awarded 2 months’ restriction; NEEL, Sam (204-829) F 1c for the offense noted in the log on 20 November 1942; awarded 25 hours’ extra duty; PERRITT, McRoy (501-558) F 1c for the offense noted in the log on 20 November 1942; warned and excused; SCIOLI, Leonard (234-752) SoM 3c for offense noted in log on 20 November 1942; awarded 25 hours’ extra duty; FOURAKER, Clarence (222-187) SC 1c (P) for the offense noted in the log on 20 November 1942; awarded 2 months restriction; WILLKOMM, Robert C. (221-688) WT 2c for the offense noted in the log on 20 November; awarded 25 hours’ extra duty; HARRISON, Calvin H. (513-818) Sea 2c for the offense noted in the log on 20 November 1942; awarded 100 hours’ extra duty; POLANCO, Jaime (500-240) M Att 1c (R) for the offense noted in the log on 21 November 1942; awarded 13 hours’ extra duty. 13.00 Commenced passing steam to the “Esso Manhattan”. 13.50 Secured steam pressure to “Esso Manhattan”. 14.00 Granted liberty to the Port Watch to expire at 02.00, 22 November 1942. 15.45 Water barge alongside; commenced taking on fresh water.


16.00 to 20.00:

Moored as before. 17.55 Secured from taking on water. 17.50 Evening colors made on time. 18.50 Tug came along the port side of “Esso Manhattan”. 19.50 Commenced giving steam to “Esso Manhattan”. 20.00 SULLIVAN, Rudolph (223-665) F 1c released from irons. 18.00 POLANCO, Jaime (500-240) M Att 1c (R) completed 3 hours’ extra duty, with 47 hours remaining. 18.00 HAGEN, Robert I. (247-122) SoM 3c completed 5 hours’ extra duty, with 5 hours remaining.


20.00 to 24.00:

Moored as before. 23.30 Secured giving steam to SS “Esso Manhattan”. Draft of SS “Esso Manhattan”; forward 28 feet aft 29 feet.


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22 November 1942

At San Juan.

Lat 18.457, Long -66.111.

[Wind mainly NE force 2-3; cloudy; air temperature average 74°F]


00.00 to 04.00:

Moored as before port side to SS “Esso Manhattan”. 00.30 Barge No. 3 departed. 02.00 All liberty party returned on time.


04.00 to 08.00:

Moored as before. 06.15 Reveille. 06.45 Secured giving “Esso Manhattan” electrical supply.


08.00 to 12.00:

Moored as before. 09.29 Unmoored from SS “Esso Manhattan” and underway on various courses and speeds. 09.05 Moored starboard side to port side SS “Esso Manhattan” in order to furnish steam for winches and assist tugs in mooring SS “Esso Manhattan” starboard side to pier 8, San Juan. 10.35 SS “Esso Manhattan” moored.


12.00 to 16.00:

Moored as before. 14.15 Granted liberty to the Starboard Watch to expire at 24.00 this date. Received the following commissary stores [followed by list].


16.00 to 20.00:

Moored as before. 16.35 Commenced furnishing steam to SS “Esso Manhattan”. 18.15 Secured giving steam.


20.00 to 24.00:

Moored as before. 19.50 Held reports. 21.30 Commenced supplying steam to SS “Esso Manhattan”. 24.00 Liberty party returned on time.


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23 November 1942

At San Juan.

Lat 18.457, Long -66.111

[Wind mainly NE force 2-3; cloudy and overcast; air temperature average 74°F]


00.00 to 04.00:

Moored as before port side to SS “Esso Manhattan” at pier 8, supplying steam to said vessel and receiving fresh water from dock.


12.00 to 16.00:

Moored as before. 13.35 CARRINGTON, Charles G. (508-194) WT 2c (R) reported aboard from inpatient treatment at the US Naval Dispensary.


20.00 to 24.00:

Moored as before. 19.00 HAGEN, Robert I. (247-122) SoM 3c completed 2 hours’ extra duty with 3 remaining. 20.30 GARRITANO, Samuel (231-580) SoM 3c completed 2 hours’ extra duty with 3 remaining. SCIOLI, Leonard J. (234-752) SoM 3c completed 2 hours’ extra duty with 31 remaining. 23.30 Moored to SS “Esso Manhattan” while she shifted berths to pier 14.


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24 November 1942

At San Juan.

Lat 18.457, Long -66.111

[Wind E veering SE force 2-3; cloudy and overcast; air temperature average 77°F]


00.00 to 04.00:

Moored starboard side to port side of SS “Esso Manhattan” while underway on various courses and speeds in San Juan Harbor. 00.21 SS “Esso Manhattan” moored to pier 14.


08.00 to 12.00:

Moored as before. 08.15 Held dungaree inspection. 11.05 GRIMSLEY, Leonard W. (234-006) Sea 1c returned aboard, having been discharged from inpatient treatment at the US NAS Dispensary.


12.00 to 16.00:

Moored as before. 14.00 HAGEN, Robert I. (247-122) SoM 3c departed for inpatient treatment at US NAS Dispensary. Treatment necessary due to own misconduct. 15.00 After thorough search of the ship, CARRINGTON, Charles G. (508-194) WT 2c (R) was found to be absent without leave. 15.35 CARRINGTON, Charles G. (508-194) WT 2c (R) returned aboard after being absent without leave 35 minutes. Placed on report for being absent without leave, being out of uniform and having upon his person intoxicating liquor.


20.00 to 24.00:

Moored as before. Held reports. Department heads, anchor watch and restricted men, with the exception of POLANCO, Jaime (500-240) M Att 1c (R), to muster. After a thorough search of the ship said man and CARRINGTON, Charles G. (508-194) WT 2c (R) were found not to be aboard and are both absent without leave from this time. SCIOLI, Leonard J. (234-752) SoM 3c (P) completed 2 hours of extra duty this date. 21.20 McCARTHY, John (217-605) CBM (a) (P) and LITWIN, Joseph E. (235-048) SK 1c (P) departed in search of the two men absent without leave as noted above. 11.20 CARRINGTON, Charles G. (508-194) WT 2c (R) was returned aboard by the USN Shore Patrol, having been picked up by the Insular Police without having any charges preferred against him by that body. He was however, charged by the USN Shore Patrol Officer with: (1) being absent without leave and (2) being out of uniform. Said man was 3 hours and 20 minutes absent without leave when returned aboard. 11.25 POLANCO, Jaime (500-240) M Att 1c (R) was returned aboard by the ship’s searching party and the USN Shore Patrol 3 hours and 25 minutes absent without leave. Said man had been arrested by the Insular Police. He was however, charged by the USN Shore Patrol with being: (1) drunk, disorderly and disturbing the peace, (2) absent without leave and (3) out of uniform. Both the men named above were confined in single irons for safe keeping upon their return to the ship. 24.00 Liberty party returned on time with the exception of HOLMES, Stewart D. (220-364) BM 2c (P) who is absent overleave from this time.


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25 November 1942

At San Juan.

Lat 18.457, Long -66.111

[Wind mainly E force1-2; cloudy; air temperature average 77°F]


00.00 to 04.00:

Moored starboard side to port side of SS “Esso Manhattan” at pier 14, this place, supplying said ship with steam. 02.40 HOLMES, Stewart D. (220-364) BM 2c (P) returned aboard, having been absent overleave for 2 hours and 40 minutes.


04.00 to 08.00:

Moored as before. 07.00 CARRINGTON, Charles G. (508-194) WT 2c (R) and POLANCO, Jaime (500-240) M Att 1c (R) released from single irons.


08.00 to 12.00:

Moored as before. 10.00 The Commanding Officer held report mast on the men, HOLMES, Stewart D. (226-364) BM 2c (P), CARRINGTON, Charles G. (208-194) WT 2c (R) and POLANCO, Jaime (500-240) M Att 1c (R) on offenses as noted on November 24 1942. Punishment awarded as follows. HOLMES, Stewart D. (226-364) BM 2c (P) warned and excused. CARRINGTON, Charles G. (208-194) WT 2c (R), Deck Court. POLANCO, Jaime (500-240) M Att 1c (R).to be remanded to the District for disciplinary action. 10.45 JOHNSTON, William F. (206-909) Cox (P) reported aboard for assignment to duty.


12.00 to 16.00:

Moored as before. 12.00 KING, John H. (220-755) Sea 1c transferred to the office of the district Coast Guard Officer, 10th Naval District for assignment to duty. 13.44 Secured electrical supply to SS “Esso Manhattan”.


16.00 to 20.00:

Moored as before, Liberty granted to the Port Watch to expire 24.00 this date. 16.30 Received the following stores [followed by list].


20.00 to 24.00:

Moored as before. 20.30 SCIOLI, Leonard (234-752) SoM 3c completed 2 hours’ extra duty with 27 remaining. GARRITANO, Samuel (231-580) SoM 3c completed 2 hours’ extra duty with 1 remaining. SILICIO, Charles G. (559-103) M Att 3c completed 2 hours’ extra duty with 35 remaining. Liberty party returned on time.


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26 November 1942

At San Juan.

Lat 18.457, Long -66.111

[Wind mainly SE force 1-2; broken cloud; air temperature average 78°F]


00.00 to 04.00:

Moored starboard side to port side of SS “Esso Manhattan” at Pier 14, this place, supplying said ship with steam.


04.00 to 08.00:

Moored as before. 04.20 Secured giving steam to SS “Esso Manhattan”. 06.30 CHURCH, Albert B. (211-764) RM 2c departed on 10 days/leave emergency granted by the Commanding Officer.


08.00 to 12.00:

Moored as before. 08.00 Morning colors. 08.15 Held boat drill. 08.35 Commenced supplying steam to SS “Esso Manhattan”.


12.00 to 16.00:

Moored as before. 15.54 Unmoored from SS “Esso Manhattan” and standing down river to pier “9” West India Fuel Company, San Juan. Lieutenant Commander, Earl G BROOKS, US Coast Guard, reported aboard to assume command,


16.00 to 20.00:

Moored as before. 16.05 Unmoored and underway, various courses and speeds. 16.15 Moored starboard side to pier 9, this place, for the purpose of taking on fuel. 17.00 GARRITANO, Samuel (231-850) SoM 3c (P) completed 1 hour extra duty, none remaining. 17.47 Commenced fueling ship. 18.20 Finished fueling. 19.00 Unmoored and underway on various courses at various speeds. 19.27 Moored port side to dock at the US Coast Guard Base.


20.00 to 24.00:

Moored as before. 20.55 Commenced receiving fresh water from dock. HARRISON, Calvin H. (513-818) Sea 2c (R) completed 2 hours of extra duty with 98 hours remaining. SCIOLI, Leonard J. (234-752) SoM 3c (P) completed 2 hours of extra duty with 25 hours remaining. 24.00 All liberty party returned on time.


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27 November 1942

At San Juan.

Lat 18.457, Long -66.111

[Wind mainly SE force 1-3; cloudy; air temperature average 78°F]


00.00 to 04.00:

Moored port side to US Coast Guard Dock, San Juan.


08.00 to 12.00:

Moored as before. 08.30 WATSON, Charles B. (234-207) Sea 1c departed for inpatient treatment at the US Naval Dispensary. 10.35 Commanding Officer held ship’s inspection.


12.00 to 16.00:

Moored as before. 14.30 LANG, John H. (586-710) M Att 3c (R) returned from inpatient treatment at the US Navy Dispensary. 14.35 DERNBACH, John A. (224-573) F 2c departed for inpatient treatment at the US Navy Dispensary.


16.00 to 20.00:

Moored as before. 16.00 Liberty granted to Port Watch to expire at 00.00 this date. 16.30 Received from Shell Company of PR 53 gallons of gasoline. 18.00 Lieutenant Commander E.G. BROOKS relieved Lieutenant Commander H.A. MORRISON of command of the vessel, effective this time and date.


20.00 to 24.00:

Moored as before. SCIOLI, Leonard J. (234-752) SoM 3c (P) completed 2 hours’ extra duty, 23 hours remaining. WILLKOMM R. (221-688) WT 2c (P) completed 2 hours’ extra duty, 23 hours remaining. 24.00 Liberty party returned on time.


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28 November 1942

At San Juan.

Lat 18.457, Long -66.111

[Wind mainly E force 1 and calm; cloudy; air temperature average 80°F]


00.00 to 04.00:

Moored as before port side to US Coast Guard Dock, San Juan.


04.00 to 08.00:

Moored as before. 06.25 Lieutenant Commander H.A. MORRISON departed for permanent assignment to duty in Headquarters, Washington, DC, granted 10 days’ leave en route.


08.00 to 12.00:

Moored as before. 10.50 Received aboard the following item: 8 Lumiline lamps, 40 watt, 125 volts.


12.00 to 16.00:

Moored as before. 13.15 CARROLL, James M. (203-541) Y 1c reported aboard for assignment to duty. 14.45 CHADWICK, Richard C. (238-175) Y 2c (P) departed for the office of the District Coast Guard Officer, 10th Naval District, San Juan, PR, for assignment to duty. 15.00 Granted liberty to the Starboard Watch to expire at 02.00 of 29 November 1942. Received the following commissary stores [followed by list].


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29 November 1942

At San Juan.

Lat 18.457, Long -66.111

[Wind variable force 1-2; overcast; air temperature average 80°F]


00.00 to 04.00:

Moored as before port side to US Coast Guard Dock, San Juan.


12.00 to 16.00:

Moored as before. 12.00 GONZALES, Hernand V. (500-202) Sea 2c (R) returned from 10 days’ leave.


16.00 to 20.00:

Moored as before. 17.10 MILLER, Franklin J. (225-740) QM 1c (P) placed on Binnacle List, common cold.


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30 November 1942

At San Juan.

Lat 18.457, Long -66.111

[Wind variable SE force 1-2; cloudy; air temperature average 80°F]


00.00 to 04.00:

Moored as before, port side to dock of US Coast Guard Base, San Juan.


08.00 to 12.00:

08.15 Boat No.3 lowered and away for boat drill under oars. 09.30 Boat No.3 returned, hoisted and secured.


12.00 to 16.00:

Moored as before. 15.55 Received from US Naval Air Station, the following articles: 5 x 1-gallon cans of zinc-chromate primer; 10 Mazda lamps 80A, 2.4 V; 1 pound of acid, muriatic, hydrochloric, 48 x 13-ounce cans of soda, caustic (lye) and 125 pounds of trisodium phosphate.


16.00 to 20.00:

Moored as before. 16.00 Liberty granted to Starboard Watch to expire 24.00 this date. 18.00 BEENSTOCK, Robert J. (550-003) Sea 2c (R) and LANG, John N. (586-701) M Att 3c (R) departed to US Coast Guard Base, San Juan, PR, for assignment to duty.


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[Crew register]


[Crew mentioned]


Name

Badge

Rank

Date Joined

Date Left

Notes

Walter A. Branan

222-408

Machinists Mate 1c (P)

2 Nov 1942


Also mentioned as Brenan

Elliott S. Beckham

548-473

Apprentice Seaman (R)


2 Nov 1942

Also mentioned as Beckman

Robert J. Beenstock

550-003

Seaman 2c (R)


30 Nov 1942

Also mentioned as Breenstock

Forest J. Booker

517-234

Seaman 2c (R)

2 Nov 1942



Curtis Lee Bradford

558-698

Apprentice Seaman (R)



Advanced to Seaman 2c (R) on 15 Nov 1942

Alfred W. Butt

548-088

Apprentice Seaman (R)



Advanced to Seaman 2c (R) on 15 Nov 1942

James M. Carroll

203-541

Yeoman 1c

28 Nov 1942



Anthony F. Cerny

550-350

Apprentice Seaman (R)



Advanced to Seaman 2c (R) on 15 Nov 1942

Richard C. Chadnick

233-175

Yeoman 2c


28 Nov 1942

Also mentioned as Chadwick

Lyman E. Clark

549-992

Apprentice Seaman (R)



Advanced to Seaman 2c (R) on 15 Nov 1942

Charles R. Evans

548-184

Apprentice Seaman (R)



Advanced to Seaman 2c (R) on 15 Nov 1942

Oliver C. Garleb

205-033

Chief Radioman (a) (P)



Honorably discharged at expiration of special temporary enlistment
Reenlisted as Radioman 1c and advanced to Chief Radioman (a) (P) on 12 Nov 1942

Thomas W. Haggerty

519-909

Apprentice Seaman (R)

2 Nov 1942



Charles A. Helfin

550-374

Apprentice Seaman (R)



Advanced to Seaman 2c (R) on 15 Nov 1942

Henry T. Hutchins

205-020
(205-220)

Pharmacist’s Mate 1c



Advanced to Chief Pharmacist’s Mate (a) (P) on 2 Nov 1942

William F. Johnston

206-909

Coxswain (P)

25 Nov 1942



Stanley E. Kaminski

547-128

Apprentice Seaman (R)


2 Nov 1942


John H. King

220-755

Seaman 1c


25 Nov 1942


John H. Lang

586-710

Mess Attendant 3c


30 Nov 1942


Robert C. Lassiter

201-651

Machinists Mate 1c (P)


10 Nov 1942


Stephen A. Lewis

222-413

Quartermaster 2c (P)


19 Nov 1942


John McCarthy

217-605

Boatswain’s Mate 1c (P)



Advanced to Chief Boatswain’s Mate (a) (P) on 18 Nov 1942

David A. McQuade

237-758

Quartermaster 2c (P)


19 Nov 1942

Also mentioned as McQuaide

Herman Meiers

546-825

Apprentice Seaman (R)



Also mentioned as Meyers
Advanced to Seaman 2c (R) on 15 Nov 1942

William G. Michels

550-399

Apprentice Seaman (R)

2 Nov 1942


Also mentioned as Michiels, Micheels, Michael

Donald A. Nash

517-270

Seaman 2c (R)

2 Nov 1942



Leo D. Raulerson

548-021

Apprentice Seaman (R)



Advanced to Seaman 2c (R) on 15 Nov 1942

Francisco Rosario

500-231
(500-023)

Mess Attendant 1c (P) (R)



Reduced in rating to Mess Attendant 2c on 19 Nov 1942

Reinhard J. Roth

546-417

Apprentice Seaman (R)



Advanced to Seaman 2c (R) on 15 Nov 1942

William F. Scully

234-166

Seaman 1c



Advanced to Quartermaster 3c (P) on 18 Nov 1942

Curtis C. Skinner

556-101

Apprentice Seaman (R)


2 Nov 1942


Elwood G. Vancliff

550-425

Apprentice Seaman (R)


2 Nov 1942


Charles B. Watson

234-207

Seaman 2c



Advanced to Seaman 1c on 15 Nov 1942



LOGS FOR DECEMBER 1942


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[List of officers]


Name

Rank

Address

Date Joined

Date Left

Notes

Earle Gardner Brooks

Lieutenant Commander

276 NE 38th Street, Miami, FL.
Wife Doris




Robert Raymond Russell

Lieutenant

39 Raven Road, Lowell, MA.
Wife Martha




Berthold Papanek

Lieutenant (R)

Lawrence Long Island, NY.
Mother


29 Dec 1942


G.G. Van Dyke

Surgeon USPHS

1225 Nashville Ave., New Orleans, LA
Wife Catherine




Otto Gaich

Lieutenant (jg)

839 Taylor Avenue, Alameda, CA.
Wife Gladys




George F. Hutchinson

Ensign (R)

Box 95, Saunders Town, RI.
Mother Grace




John E. Schmeltzer Jr.

Ensign (R)

4420 Brandywine Street NW, Washington, DC.
Father J.E. Schmeltzer




James Heyward Silcox

Ensign (R)

4 Colonial Street, Charleston, SC.
Mother




Frank Close Schmitz

Ensign

5704-16th Avenue NE, Seattle, WA.
Mother




Jacob E. Snyder

Ensign (R)

c/o Miss Edythe E. Snyder
1027 W Broad Street, Bethlehem, PA.




Russell I. Johnson

Ensign (R)

Mrs. J. Matt Johnson
Cottonwood, ID.

13 Dec 1942



William S. Schaill

Ensign (R)

36 Bethune Street, New York City, NY.
Wife Jane

16 Dec 1942



Juan J. Del Castillo

Ensign (R)

Seaman Avenue, Bayport, Long Island, NY.
Mother Ruth M.

25 Dec 1942




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1 December 1942

Lat 18.457, Long -66.111

At San Juan and en route to Guantanamo Bay.

[Wind variable E force 1-3; cloudy; air temperature average 78°F]


00.00 to 04.00:

Moored as before, port side to US Coast Guard Dock, San Juan.


08.00 to 12.00:

Moored as before. 09.00 TRAKS, John C. (502-529) SoM 3c (R) reported aboard this vessel for assignment to duty. 09.05 CLARK, Ray J. (102-053) CSK departed for inpatient treatment at Marine Hospital. 09.10 QUINONES, Marcial (500-241) M Att 2c (R) reported aboard for assignment to duty. 10.45 LLOYD, Glenn B. (220-985) GM 3c (P) reported aboard this vessel for resumption of regular duty. 08.00 The following named men advanced in rating this date; ECONOMIDE, Thomas J. (546-412) from AS (R) to Sea 2c (R), POSSETTI, Everest C. (562-003) from AS (R) to Sea 2c (R), PETROSKI, Joseph W. (552-043) from AS (R) to Sea 2c (R), SILCIO, Charles (559-103) from M Att 3c (R) to M Att 2c (R), STOKES, Wallace (234-223) from Sea 1c to F 2c, SCANLAN, Francis N. (562-096) from AS (R) to Sea 2c (R), JACKSON, Charles E. (586-258) from M Att 3c (R) to M Att 2c (R), CONNELL, Thomas P. (206-701) from GM 1c (P) to CGM (a) (P). SMIESZNY, Robert D. (545-650) Sea 2c (R) transferred to District Coast Guard Office, 9th Naval District, Chicago, Illinois, for assignment to duty while on emergency leave in the continental limits of the US.


16.00 to 20.00:

Moored as before. 16.46 USPHS PA Surgeon Lieutenant G.G. VAN DYKE returned aboard from 10 days’ leave. 16.40 Unmoored. 16.49 Underway various courses and speeds standing out of harbor of San Juan. 16.52 Set degaussing in Sector 1. Sweeping harbor entrance to channel for protection of convoy which is standing out. 18.30 At standard speed (105 RPM) on various courses sweeping ahead of convoy.


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2 December 1942

At sea en route to Guantanamo Bay.

Lat 19.07, Long -68.42

[Wind variable force 2-4; sea slight; broken cloud; air temperature average 78°F]


00.00 to 04.00:

Underway as before, screening convoy, on base course of 288°T, at 105 RPM.


16.00 to 20.00:

Underway as before at standard speed of 105 RPM screening convoy on course of 288°T. 16.00 Changed course to 294°T. 19.00 Submarine reported in vicinity; convoy course changed to 000°T.


20.00 to 24.00:

Underway as before screening convoy zig-zagging on base course 000°T at standard speed of 105 RPM. 20.00 Departments secured, department heads mustered. 20.45 Passed merchant vessel close aboard. Unable to identify to warn of submarine in vicinity. 21.10 Changed course to 290°T. Issued 82 night rations to crew.


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3 December 1942

At sea en route to Guantanamo Bay.

Lat 20.03, Long -71.58

[Wind WSW veering ENE force 2-5; sea smooth; cloudy; air temperature average 78°F]


00.00 to 04.00:

Underway as before, screening convoy, on base course of 290°T, at 105 RPM.


04.00 to 08.00:

09.30 Directed convoy to change course to 280°T. 11.30 Directed convoy to change course to 290°T.


16.00 to 20.00:

Underway as before at standard speed of 105 RPM screening convoy on base course of 270°T. 16.40 Reduced speed to 100 RPM.


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4 December 1942

At sea and at Guantanamo Bay.

Lat 19.921, Long -75.151

[Wind variable NE force 4-5; cloudy; air temperature average 78°F]


00.00 to 04.00:

Underway as before, screening convoy, on base course of 270°T, at 100 RPM.


04.00 to 08.00:

Underway as before, screening convoy, on base course of 270°T at 100 RPM. 04.05 Changed course to 305°T. 06.00 Cape Maysi [Punta Maisi] abeam to port, distance 4 miles.


08.00 to 12.00:

Underway as before screening convoy on base course 270°T at standard speed of 105 RPM. 09.15 Convoy standing in to Puerto Baracoa. Set course to 92°T; increased speed to 105 RPM. 11.03 Changed course to 156°T.


16.00 to 20.00:

Underway as before at standard speed of 105 RPM on course 261°T. 18.10 Secured sound equipment and set degaussing on sector 1. 18.15 Reduced speed to 40 RPM standing into harbor of Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. 18.29 Secured degaussing. 18.40 Moored port side to fuel dock, Guantanamo Bay. Commenced fueling. 19.50 Commenced taking on water. 19.59 Completed fueling. Received 24,061 gallons Bunker “C” fuel oil.


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5 December 1942

At Guantanamo Bay.

Lat 19.921, Long -75.151

[Wind variable E force 1-3; broken cloud; air temperature average 78°F]


00.00 to 04.00:

Moored as before, port side to fuel dock, Guantanamo Bay.


08.00 to 12.00:

Moored as before. 08.00 Routine preparations for getting underway. 08.05 Secured from taking on water. 08.13 Completed dock trial; engine room reported ready to get underway. 08.20 Unmoored from fuel dock and underway proceeding to new berth. 08.46 Moored port side to starboard side of USS “Biddle” at pier 3 Guantanamo Bay. 10.06 D’AMICO, Richard L. (550-355) AS (R) reported aboard from inpatient treatment at US NAS Dispensary. 10.30 Held boat drill. 11.15 Held weekly ship’s inspection. 11.20 Secured from boat drill. 11.40 Received the following stores from Supply Department [followed by list]. 11.50 SEDA, Roger (500-238) Sea 2c (R) reported aboard for resumption of duty after having been discharged from US NAS Dispensary, Jacksonville, Fla. and having reported to District Coast Guard Officer, 5th Naval District, Norfolk, Va.


12.00 to 16.00:

Moored as before. 12.00 Liberty granted to Port Watch to expire at 22.00 this date. 14.00 Boat No. 3 away with sailing party.


20.00 to 24.00:

Moored as before. 22.00 All liberty party returned on time with exception of SEDA, Roger (500-238) Sea 2c (R) and GORDON, Arthur R. (561-780) Sea 2c (R) who are absent overleave from this time. 23.05 SEDA, Roger (500-238) Sea 2c (R) returned aboard 1 hour and 5 minutes absent overleave.


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6 December 1942

At Guantanamo Bay.

Lat 19.921, Long -75.151

[Wind variable force 1-2; mainly cloudless; air temperature average 78°F]


00.00 to 04.00:

Moored as before, port side to USS “Biddle” at pier “B”, Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.


04.00 to 08.00:

Moored as before. 04.00 GORDON, Arthur R. (561-780) Sea 2c returned aboard having been overleave 6 hours.


08.00 to 12.00:

Moored as before. 08.50 Party of 7 officers and 5 men departed for sound lecture.


12.00 to 16.00:

Moored as before. 13.00 Liberty granted to the Starboard Watch to expire 22.00 this date. 13.30 Number 3 boat away with sailing party. 13.11 Changing berths by using mooring lines. 13.30 Moored portside to PY18 [“Turquoise”] at pier B.15.25 Sailing party returned.


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7 December 1942

At Guantanamo Bay and en route to San Juan.

Lat 19.921, Long -75.151

[Wind variable E force 1-4; broken cloud; air temperature average 78°F]


00.00 to 04.00:

Moored as before port side to PY18 at pier B, Guantanamo Bay.


12.00 to 16.00:

Moored as before. 12.05 Received aboard from the Naval Operating Base, this place, 1734 lbs of baggage and personal effects for transportation to San Juan. 13.15 Shifted mooring. Moored port side to starboard side of British-Belgian corvette “Buttercup” * at pier B, this place.


20.00 to 24.00:

23.22 Unmoored and underway at various courses and speeds standing out of Guantanamo Bay.


*[Note: This ship was crewed by Free Belgians from 1941 then in 1944 given to the Free Royal Norwegian Navy. See hyperlink.]


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8 December 1942

At sea en route to San Juan.

Lat 20.18, Long -73.65

[Wind variable E force 4-6; sea moderate; broken cloud; air temperature average 77°F]


00.00 to 04.00:

Underway as before, various courses and speeds standing out of Guantanamo Bay. 00.22 Windward Point Light abeam to port close aboard. 01.22 Commenced screening convoy, on base course of 81°T, at 105 RPM.


04.00 to 08.00:

Underway as before, screening convoy, on base course of 81°T at 105 RPM. 06.45 Two ships joined convoy. 06.55 Convoy formed. 07.40 Changed course to 065°T.


20.00 to 24.00:

Underway as before screening convoy on base course 100°T at standard speed of 105 RPM. Issued 84 night rations to crew.


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9 December 1942

At sea en route to San Juan.

Lat 20.28, Long -70.70

[Wind mainly E force 4-5; sea moderate; cloudy with haze; air temperature average 77°F]


00.00 to 04.00:

Underway as before, screening convoy, on base course of 100°T, at 105 RPM.


04.00 to 08.00:

Underway as before, screening convoy, on base course of 100°T at standard speed, 105 RPM. 06.30 Reveille. 07.20 Convoy speed increased to 8.5 knots.


08.00 to 12.00:

Underway as before, screening convoy on base course 100°T at standard speed 105 RPM. 10.20 Various courses and speeds maneuvering to lower boat. 10.25 Boat No. 3 lowered and away with PA Surgeon George G. VAN DYKE USPHS to give medical aid to Navy seaman aboard SS “R.M. Pearson”*. 10.55 Boat No. 3 alongside and hoisted aboard. PA Surgeon Geo. G. VAN DYKE remained aboard the SS “R.M. Pearson”. Underway at standard speed of 105 RPM on base course 100°T.


12.00 to 16.00:

Underway as before at standard speed of 105 RPM on base course of 100°T. 13.05 All hands at quarters. 13.07 Held General Quarters drill [held drills].14.25 Arrived on convoy station and resumed screening on various courses at speed of 105 RPM. Convoy on base course of 100°T.


20.00 to 24.00:

Underway as before on base course 112°T at standard speed of 105 RPM. Issued 84 night rations to crew.


*[Note: SS “Richard Mumford Pearson” listed on KMS convoys.]


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10 December 1942

At sea and at San Juan.

Lat 19.15, Long -67.62

[Wind mainly ENE force 5-6; sea moderate to rough; cloudy; air temperature average 77°F]


00.00 to 04.00:

Underway as before, screening convoy on base course of 112°T, at 105 RPM.


12.00 to 16.00:

Underway as before at standard speed of 105 RPM screening convoy on base course of 112°T. 13.07 All hands at quarters. 13.10 Held instruction in Coast Guard etiquette. 13.53 Secured from instruction and from quarters. 15.28 Echo ranging equipment inoperative due to mechanical breakdown.


16.00 to 20.00:

Underway as before at standard speed of 105 RPM screening convoy on base course of 112°T. 18.00 Echo ranging equipment repaired and operating.1830 Object sighted by ship 2-2, location on her starboard; this vessel proceeding to investigate. 17.50 Increased to 117 RPM. 18.32 Sounded General Quarters. 18.34 All stations manned and ready. 19.00 Secured from General Quarters and assumed condition II. 19.05 Reduced speed to 105 RPM. 19.20 Resumed position, screening convoy as before.


20.00 to 24.00:

23.30 Convoy breaking formation. Maneuvering using various courses screening section of convoy standing in to San Juan, PR. Issued 84 night rations to crew.


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11 December 1942

At San Juan.

Lat 18.457, Long -66.111

[Wind variable NE force 2-3; broken cloud; air temperature average 76°F]


00.00 to 04.00:

Underway various courses and speeds, screening convoy, entering the harbor of San Juan 01.30 Port San Juan Light abeam to port close aboard. 01.55 Boat No.1 lowered and away to pier 2. 02.00 Moored port side to pier 2.


08.00 to 12.00:

Moored as before. 10.05 HAGEN, Robert I. (247-122) SoM 3c and DERNBACH, John A. (224-573) F 2c reported aboard from temporary duty at District Coast Guard Office after being discharged from Naval Dispensary, San Juan. 10.10 Received from Coast Guard Base, San Juan, 60 Mk I helmets, complete.


12.00 to 16.00:

Moored as before. HAGEN, Robert I. (247-128) SoM 3c, enlistment extended for a period of 14 days to cover period at hospital on misconduct, article 4881, personal instruction. DERNBACH, John A. (224-573) F 2c, enlistment extended for a period of 11 days to cover period at hospital on misconduct, article 4881, personal instruction. 14.30 Liberty granted to Port Section, to expire at 24.00 this date. 15.10 Commenced taking on fuel.. 15.15 Held report mast on GORDON, Anthony R. (561-780) Sea 2c and SEDA, Roger (500-278) Sea 2c (R) both warned and excused. 15.35 POLANCO, Jaime (500-240) M Att 3c (R) departed on 10 days’ leave of absence to expire before noon 22 December 1942. 16.00 HOLMES, Stewart D. (220-364) BM 2c (P) departed on 10 days’ leave to expire before noon 22 December 1942.


16.00 to 20.00:

Moored as before. 16.00 Completed fueling; 25,250.58 gallons fuel oil taken aboard. Draft after fueling, 13 feet 1 inch forward, 14 feet 8 inches aft.


20.00 to 24.00:

Moored as before. 21.00 PERRITT, McRoy (501-558) F 1c put on report by HUTCHINS, Henry T. (205-020) CPhM for creating a disturbance aboard government vessel, refusing medical treatment, under influence of alcohol, improper conduct, using obscene language, attacking a petty officer, destroying government property.


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12 December 1942

At San Juan.

Lat 18.457, Long -66.111.

[Wind NE force 3; broken cloud; air temperature average 76°F]


00.00 to 04.00:

Moored as before to pier 1, San Juan, PR.


04.00 to 08.00:

05.30 NUNZIATA, Silvio A. (550-040) Sea 2c (R) departed on 10 days’ leave granted by Commanding Officer to expire on or before 12.00 23 December 1942.


12.00 to 16.00:

Moored as before. 13.00 Liberty granted to Starboard Watch to expire at 02.00 Sunday 13 December. 13.30 The following men reported aboard for assignment to duty: THUMA, Jack S. (253-107) RM 3c (P); BEENSTOCK, Robert J. (550-003) Sea 2c (R); and CASLER, Clinton B. (550-242) Sea 2c (R). 13.57 TRAKS, John C. (502-529) SoM 3c (R) transferred this date to Captain of the Port Office, San Juan. 14.50 SEDA, Roger (500-238) Sea 2c (R) transferred this date to Captain of the Port Detail, San Juan, PR. 15.00 Received the following stores from US Coast Guard Base, this place, [followed by list].


16.00 to 20.00:

Moored as before. CHURCH, Albert B. (211-764) RM 2c reported aboard having reported to District Coast Guard Officer, Miami, Fla. upon expiration of leave and having been assigned to temporary duty that station awaiting transportation.


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13 December 1942

At San Juan and en route to Guantanamo Bay.

Lat 18.457, Long -66.111

[Wind NE veering SE force 3; broken cloud; air temperature average 76°F]


00.00 to 04.00:

Moored as before, port side to pier 1, San Juan. 02.00 All liberty party returned on time. 02.00 After a thorough search of the ship, CARRINGTON, Charles G. (208-194) F 1c was found to be absent without leave.


04.00 to 08.00:

Moored as before. 05.00 CARRINGTON, Charles C. (508-194) F 1c returned aboard after being 3 hours absent without leave.


08.00 to 12.00:

Moored as before. 10.05 Ensign Russell I. JOHNSON, USCG(R) reported aboard from District Coast Guard Office, 10th Naval District, for assignment to duty. 11.00 QUINONES, Marcial (500-241) M Att 2c (R) granted 1 hour special liberty.


12.00 to 16.00:

Moored as before. 12.00 QUINONES, Marcial (500-241) M Att 2c (R) absent overleave from this date. 15.20 Commenced dock trials. 15.50 Completed dock trials, bridge and engine room reported ready for getting underway.


16.00 to 20.00:

16.36 Unmoored and underway at various courses and speeds standing out of harbor. 16.50 Set degaussing on sector 1 and commenced echo ranging. 17.25 Secured degaussing and ahead on base course 292°T screening on starboard bow of convoy at standard speed of 100 RPM.


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14 December 1942

At sea en route to Guantanamo Bay.

Lat 19.43, Long -68.60

[Wind mainly NE force 1-3; sea slight; cloudy; air temperature average 77°F]


00.00 to 04.00:

Underway as before at standard speed of 100 RPM screening convoy on base course of 292°T.


08.00 to 12.00:

Underway as before screening convoy on base course 292°T at standard speed of 100 RPM. QUINONES, Marcial (500-241) M Att 2c absent overleave now 20 hours.


16.00 to 20.00:

Underway as before screening convoy on base course 292°T at standard speed of 100 RPM. 16.13 Probable periscope sighted by lookout, sounded General Quarters. 16.15 All stations manned and ready. 16.20 Increased speed to full ahead, using various courses and speeds while searching area. 16.30 Picked up doubtful contact by echo ranging and commenced run on target. 16.39 Dropped one harassing charge at depth of 150 feet; position 19° 38’ North, 69° 07’ West. 17.05 After the consideration by responsible officers and sound operators the contact which was picked up at 16.30 was seemed not to be enemy target, search was abandoned and ship’s personnel secured from General Quarters. Proceeded to station ahead of convoy. 17.17 Decreased speed to standard speed of 100 RPM. 18.45 Sounded General Quarters as result of contact which turned out to be wake of ship passing convoy on opposite direction on course 110°T. 18.55 Secured from General Quarters.


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15 December 1942

At sea en route to Guantanamo Bay.

Lat 20.22, Long -72.63

[Wind mainly ENE force 2-4; sea slight; cloudy and overcast with showers; air temperature average 77°F]


00.00 to 04.00:

Underway as before at standard speed of 100 RPM screening convoy on base course of 292°T. 03.00 Changed base course to 270°T.


08.00 to 12.00:

Underway as before, screening convoy on base course 270°T at standard speed of 100 RPM. 08.00 QUINONES, Marcial (500-241) M Att 2c absent overleave 44 hours this date.


12.00 to 16.00:

Underway as before at standard speed of 100 RPM screening convoy on base course of 270°T. 12.00 Changed base course to 257°T. 12.18 Secured contact on echo-ranging equipment and sounded General Quarters. 12.24 Secured from General Quarters when contact proved to be a school of blackfish.


20.00 to 24.00:

Underway as before screening convoy on base course 262°T at standard speed of 100 RPM. Issued 86 night rations to crew.


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16 December 1942

At Guantanamo Bay.

Lat 19.921, Long -75.151

[Wind NE veering SE force 4-1; sea smooth; broken cloud; air temperature average 78°F]


00.00 to 04.00:

Underway as before at standard speed of 100 RPM screening convoy on base course of 262°T. 00.52: Punta Caleta Light abeam to starboard, distant 7.5 miles.


04.00 to 08.00:

Underway as before, screening convoy, on base course of 262°T, at standard speed, 100 RPM. 07.00 Off entrance of Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, maneuvering to stand in, on various courses at various speeds; set degaussing.


08.00 to 12.00:

Underway as before, various courses and speeds, standing into Guantanamo Bay, 08.25 Windward Light abeam starboard close aboard. 09.02 Moored starboard side to fuel dock, Naval Operating Base. 08.15 Secured sound. 09.31 Commenced fueling. 10.01 Completed fueling; 15,039 gallons on board. 10.30 Ensign James H. SILCOX departed on 10 days’ leave of absence granted by Commanding Officer to expire before noon 28th day of December. 11.00 THOMPSON, Charles I. (548-231) AS (R) reported aboard after being discharged from Naval Hospital, Trinidad. 11.53 Unmoored, underway to shift berth.


12.00 to 16.00:

Underway as before; various courses and speeds proceeding to new berth. 12.07 Moored starboard side to pier Baker Guantanamo Bay. 14.30 Ensign William S. SCHAILL, USCGR reported aboard for assignment to duty.


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17 December 1942

At Guantanamo Bay.

Lat 19.921, Long -75.151

[Wind SW veering NE force 2-4; overcast with rain; air temperature average 75°F]


00.00 to 04.00:

Moored as before starboard side to pier Baker Guantanamo Bay.


08.00 to 12.00:

Moored as before. 09.10 HAGGERTY, Thomas W. (519-909) Sea 2c (R) departed for inpatient treatment at US NAS Dispensary. 10.45 Received the following articles aboard: 24 batteries, dry, flashlight; 5 gallons oil, linseed, raw; 330 gallons oil, lubricating, symbol 4065; 192 pounds soap, powder; 12 needles, sailmakers No.14; 6 hammers, sealing; 100 pounds cloth, wiping.


12.00 to 16.00:

Moored as before. 14.35 Commanding Officer held report mast on the following men for offenses noted in log of 11 December 1942 and 13 December 1942. Punishments were awarded as noted: CARRINGTON, Charles G. (508-194) F 1c (R) 30 days’ restriction. PERRIT, McRoy (501-558) F 1c (R) Deck Court.


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18 December 1942

At Guantanamo Bay and en route to Acklin Island.

Lat 19.921, Long -75.151

[Wind mainly NNE force 4-6; cloudy with rain squalls and showers; air temperature average 75°F]


00.00 to 04.00:

Moored as before starboard side to pier Baker Guantanamo Bay.


08.00 to 12.00:

08.02 Unmoored, various courses and speeds standing out of Guantanamo Bay. 08.25 Set degaussing. 08.40 Windward Point abeam to port close aboard. 08.40 Commenced echo ranging. 08.42 Increased to standard speed of 100 RPM. 09.00 Set course 77°T. 10.47 SULLIVAN, Rudolph (223-665) F 2c placed on binnacle list this date, diagnosis, acute Gonococcal Urethritis [ie Gonorrhoea] caused by his own misconduct. BUTTON, Robert O. (237-376) SC 3c (P) advanced in rating this date to SC 2c (P).


12.00 to 16.00:

Underway as before at standard speed of 75 RPM on course 77°T. 13.23 Held instruction in use of small arms. 13.42 Secured from small arms instruction and from quarters.


16.00 to 20.00:

Underway as before at standard speed of 75 RPM on course 77°T. 16.04 Point Culeta Light abeam to port, distance 3 miles. 18.04 Changed course to 24°T, increased standard speed to 90 RPM. 18.36 Changed course to 358°T. 19.18 Cape Maysi Light abeam to port, distance 7 miles.


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19 December 1942

At sea en route to Acklin Island.

Lat 22.10, Long -74.32

[Wind mainly ENE force 5-8; sea moderate to rough; cloudy with rain showers and haze; air temperature average 74°F]


00.00 to 04.00:

Underway as before at standard speed of 90 RPM on course 358°T. 01.03 Changed course to 356°T.


08.00 to 12.00:

Underway as before at standard speed of 90 RPM on base course 356°T. 08.47 Reduced speed to ⅔. 08.50 Reduced speed to ⅓. 09.00 Laying to Castle Island Light abeam distant 3 miles. 10.05 Various courses and speeds screening USCGC “Spruce”. 11.30 Captain held routine ship’s inspection. 08.00 QUINONES, Marcial (500-241) M Att 2c absent overleave this date 140 hours.


12.00 to 16.00:

Underway as before at ⅓ speed (30 RPM) on various courses screening “Spruce”. 15.25 Underway at standard speed of 100 RPM on various courses, proceeding to Jamaica Bay, Acklin Island.


16.00 to 20.00:

Underway as before at standard speed, 100 RPM on various courses. 16.24 Returning to Castle Island. 16.53 Ahead on various courses at various speeds, proceeding, with “Spruce” to Jamaica Bay, Acklin Island, Bahama Islands. 17.45 Stopped and drifting, “Spruce” anchored.


20.00 to 24.00:

Laying to as before. 20.44 Underway at various courses and speeds screening “Spruce”.*

Issued 86 night rations to crew.


*[Note: “Spruce” was a lighthouse tender, so presumably Unalga is screening her for this activity.]


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20 December 1942

At Acklin Island.

Lat 22.10, Long -74.35

[Wind mainly ENE force 4-5; sea smooth; cloudy with rain showers and haze; air temperature average 74°F]


00.00 to 04.00:

Laying to as before off Jamaica Bay, Acklin Island, British West Indies, screening USCGC “Spruce” anchored in Jamaica Bay. 02.37 Underway at ⅓ speed (30 RPM) on various courses resuming position. 03.05 Stopped engines and resumed laying to.


04.00 to 08.00:

Underway, stopped and drifting as before. 07.03 Ahead at ⅓ speed on various courses to resume position. 07.25 Stopped and drifting.


08.00 to 12.00:

Underway drifting as before. 08.10 Underway at ⅔ speed screening “Spruce”. 08.25 Increased to standard speed 90 RPM. 10.56 Reduced speed to ⅓ proceeding to anchor in Jamaica Bay. 10.40 Anchored in 10 fathoms of water riding to 45 fathoms of chain on the port anchor. 08.00 QUINONES, Marcial (500-241) M Att 2c absent overleave this date 164 hours.


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21 December 1942

At Acklin Island [and at sea].

Lat 22.10, Long -74.35.

[Wind mainly NE force 4-6; sea moderate; cloudy; air temperature average 74°F]


00.00 to 04.00:

Anchored as before in Jamaica Bay, Acklin Island, Bahamas, maintaining continuous sound watch.


04.00 to 08.00:

07.00 Preparing to get underway. 07.12 Anchor aweigh, underway on various courses at various speeds, screening USCG “Spruce”.


08.00 to 12.00:

Underway as before various courses and speeds screening USCGC “Spruce”. 08.02 Stopped, laying to. 08.45 Underway at standard speed screening on base course 223°T. 08.00 QUINONES, Marcial (500-241) M Att 2c absent this date 188 hours overleave.


12.00 to 16.00:

Underway as before at ⅓ speed on various courses screening “Spruce”. 12.00 Stopped engines, laying to. 12.48 Ahead at various speeds on various courses. 13.25 Held man overboard drill. 13.31 Number 3 boat lowered and away. 13.34 Picked up float. 13.55 Number 3 boat hoisted and secured. 15.37 Ahead at standard speed of 105 RPM on course 137°T.


16.00 to 20.00:

Underway as before on course 132°T at standard speed, 105 RPM. 16.20 Various courses proceeding to Castle Island with “Spruce”. 17.10 Reduced speed to 100 RPM. 18.15 Stopped and drifting. 18.49 Ahead on various courses at various speeds proceeding to Jamaica Bay, Acklin Island with “Spruce”. 18.55 Anchored in 10 fathoms of water to 45 fathoms of the port chain in Jamaica Bay, Acklin Island, Bahama Islands.


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22 December 1942

At Acklin Island [and at sea].

Lat 22.10, Long -74.35

[Wind mainly ENE force 6-7; sea rough; cloudy and overcast with squalls; air temperature average 74°F]


00.00 to 04.00:

Anchored as before in Jamaica Bay, Acklin Island, Bahamas, 10 fathoms of water to 45 fathoms of port chain.


04.00 to 08.00:

06.24 Commenced heaving in on the port anchor. 06.46 Anchor aweigh, underway at ⅓ speed on various courses. 06.50 Stopped and drifting. 07.20 Underway screening USCGC “Spruce” at standard speed on various courses.


12.00 to 16.00:

Underway as before at ⅓ speed on various courses screening “Spruce”. 12.20 Increased speed to 80 RPM and steadied on course 123°T. 12.40 Increased speed to 90 RPM and changed course to 82°T. 12.45 Changed course to 120°T. 12.55 Various courses and speeds screening “Spruce”, proceeding to anchorage. 14.53 Anchored off Hogsty Reef, Bahamas, in 7 fathoms of water to 45 fathoms of port chain.


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23 December 1942

At Hogsty Reef, Bahamas and at sea.

Lat 20.48, Long -73.85

[Wind mainly ENE force 2-4; sea smooth; broken cloud; air temperature average 78°F]


00.00 to 04.00:

Anchored off Hogsty Reef, Bahamas in 7 fathoms of water to 45 fathoms of port chain.


12.00 to 16.00:

Anchored as before. 12.18 Commenced heaving in on port anchor. 12.23 Anchor aweigh, underway at various courses and speeds. 12.26 Underway at standard speed of 105 RPM on course of 168°T screening USCGC “Spruce”. 13.11 All hands at quarters. 13.17 Held General Quarters drill. 13.20 Secured from General Quarters. Held ammunition train drill. 13.25 Reduced speed to 90 RPM. 13.28 Secured from ammunition train drill. Held signal drill and resuscitation drill. 13.39 Secured from all drills and from quarters. 13.40 Increased speed to 105 RPM. 14.43 Reduced speed to 95 RPM. 15.56 Reduced speed to 90 RPM.


16.00 to 20.00:

Underway as before on various courses at 90 RPM. 17.10 Great Inagua Light abeam to port 2½ miles distant. 17.15 Set course to 197°T using various speeds to maintain a station to screen ahead of “Spruce”.


20.00 to 24.00:

Underway at various speeds screening convoy on base course 197°T. 21.45 Changed base course to 220°T. 22.02 Cape Maysi Light abeam to starboard distant 11 miles. Issued 86 night rations.


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24 December 1942

At Guantanamo Bay.

Lat 19.921, Long -75.151

[Wind ENE veering SE force 2-4; broken cloud; air temperature average 78°F]


00.00 to 04.00:

Underway as before at standard speed of 80 RPM on course 220°T, screening USCGC “Spruce”. 00.05 Changed course to 260°T. 00.32 Punta Caleta Light abeam to starboard, distant 10 miles.


04.00 to 08.00:

Underway as before on course of 260°T screening USCG “Spruce”, using various speeds to maintain station. 05.50 On various courses proceeding toward Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. 06.15 Stopped engines awaiting the clearance of the entrance. 07.10 Ahead on various courses and speeds. 07.15 Windard Point Light abeam starboard, close aboard. 07.47 Moored starboard side to fuel pier at Navy Operating Base, Guantanamo Bay. 07.52 USCGC “Spruce” moored alongside.


08.00 to 12.00:

Moored as before. 08.00 QUINONES, Marcial (500-241) M Att 2c absent overleave this date 260 hours. 08.45 Commenced taking on fuel oil. 09.50 Completed fueling; 23,618 gallons fuel oil taken aboard. 09.55 Commenced taking on fresh water. 11.20 All hands at stations for unmooring ship. 11.25 Completed taking on water. 11.30 Received the following engineering stores from the Supply Department Naval Operating Base [followed by list]. 11.35 Unmoored, underway various courses and speeds proceeding to new berth.


12.00 to 16.00:

Underway as before on various courses and speeds. 12.10 Moored to mooring buoy No.2. 12.15 HAGGERTY, Thomas W. (519-909) S 2c (R) reported aboard from USN Dispensary, from inpatient treatment; diagnosis: Gonococcal Urethritis due to own misconduct. Enlistment extended for a period of 7 days to cover period of absence when hospitalized because of his own misconduct, article 4381 PI article 582(2) USCG regulations. 14.45 Water barge alongside. 15.00 Started taking on water.


16.00 to 20.00:

Moored as before. 17.10 Secured from taking on water. 18.00 Granted liberty to Port Section to expire at 22.00.


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25 December 1942

At Guantanamo Bay.

Lat 19.921, Long -75.151

[Wind NE veering SE force 1-2; broken cloud; air temperature average 80°F]


00.00 to 04.00:

Moored as before.


08.00 to 12.00:

Moored as before. 08.00 QUINONES, Marcial (500-241) M Att 2c absent overleave this date 10 days. 08.45 Party of 8 officers and 7 men departed for attack tracker’s school lecture. 11.30 Sound school party returned.


12.00 to 16.00:

Moored as before. 13.00 Liberty granted to Starboard Watch to expire at 22.00 this date. 13.20 Ensign Juan J. DEL CASTILLO USCGR reported aboard for assignment to duty.


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26 December 1942

At Guantanamo Bay.

Lat 19.921, Long -75.151

[Wind NE force 1-3; broken cloud; air temperature average 80°F]


00.00 to 04.00:

Moored as before.


08.00 to 12.00:

Moored as before. 09.08 All hands to quarters. 09.30 Navy inspection party aboard. 09.35 All hands to stations for inspection. 10.05 Secured from inspection. 10.50 Inspection party departed.


16.00 to 20.00:

Moored as before. 17.50 Received stores aboard for use in general mess from Naval Operating Base Guantanamo Bay.


20.00 to 24.00:

Moored as before. 20.15 PINCHBACK, Robert A. (558-039) Sea 2c, transferred to the 3rd Naval District, Office of District Coast Guard Officer; above man in status of absent on sickness at time of transfer, awaiting action of Medical Board of Survey. SCULLY, William F. (234-166) QM 2c (P) advanced in rating to QM 2c (P) from QM 3c, effective this date. McGOWAN, Alton (234-017) BM 2c (P) advanced in rating to BM 2c (P) from (Cox)(P), effective this date.


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27 December 1942

At Guantanamo Bay.

Lat 19.921, Long -75.151

[Wind mainly NE force 1-3; light broken cloud; air temperature average 78°F]


00.00 to 04.00:

Moored as before port side to B-B No.2 Naval Operating Base.


04.00 to 08.00:

Moored as before. 06.15 Church party departed.


20.00 to 24.00:

Moored as before. 20.10 Water barge alongside. 20.20 Started taking on water. 21.40 Completed taking on water. 22.00 Liberty party returned on time.


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28 December 1942

At Guantanamo Bay.

Lat 19.921, Long -75.151

[Wind NNE veering SE force 1-6; broken cloud; air temperature average 78°F]


00.00 to 04.00:

Moored as before, portside to mooring BB-2, Guantanamo Bay.


04.00 to 08.00:

06.32 Commenced dock trials. 06.45 PENDLETON, Niles C. (241-028) F 2c departed on 10 days’ leave granted by Commanding Officer. 07.25 Completed dock trials. 07.35 Unmoored, various courses and speeds standing out of Guantanamo Bay. 08.00 Commenced echo ranging.


08.00 to 12.00:

Underway as before various courses and speeds standing out of Guantanamo Bay. 08.02 Windward Point Light abeam to port close aboard. 08.30 Using various courses and speeds screening “R12” [submarine].


12.00 to 16.00:

Underway as before various courses and speeds standing into Guantanamo Bay. 12.01 Windward Point Light abeam to starboard close aboard. 12.55 Moored port side to pier Baker. 14.30 Receiving fresh water from dock. 15.40 Lt (jg) William K. LOVE Jr. A-V(S) USNR reported aboard with the following men and their baggage, for transportation to Trinidad, British West Indies: FINE, F.T. (262-27-85) AP 1c; MAY, L.H. (238-76-86) Amm 3c; SULENES, B.L. (385-80-52) Amm 3c; GILL, T.J. Jr. (274-59-34) AOM 3c; HILL, G.F. (268-77-59) Amm 3c; CALLEHAN, I.V. Jr. (226-40-08) Sea 2c; HINOTE, J.M. (268-77-49) Sea 2c; TINNIN, R.H. (658-256) Sea 2c; SCOTT, F.M. (269-76-96) Sea 2c; BAKER, F. (272-84-01) Sea 2c; ANDERSON, W.A. (604-19-71) Sea 2c; FLANNERY, R.J. (256-41-05) Sea 2c.


20.00 to 24.00:

Moored as before. 21.03 The following named men who reported aboard for transportation to Trinidad, British West Indies departed from this ship by verbal orders of the Commandant, Navy Operating Base. Lt (jg) William K. LOVE Jr. A-V(S) USNR: FINE F.T. (262-27-85) AP 1c; MAY L H. (238-76-86) Amm 3c; SULENES, B.L. (385-80-52) Amm 3c; GILL, T.J. Jr. (274-59-34) AOM 3c; HILL, G.F. (268-77-59) Amm 3c; CALLEHAN, I.V. Jr. (226-40-08) Sea 2c; HINOTE, JM (268-77-49) Sea 2c; TINNEN, R.H. (658-256) Sea 2c; SCOTT, F.M. (269-76 96) Sea 2c; BAKER, F. (272-84-01) Sea 2c; ANDERSON, W.A. (609-19-71) Sea 2c; FLANNERY, P.J. (256-41-05) Sea 2c. 22.00 Liberty party returned on time.


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29 December 1942

At Guantanamo Bay and at sea.

Lat 19.921, Long -75.151

[Wind NE veering SE force 1-4; broken cloud; air temperature average 78°F]


00.00 to 04.00:

Moored as before, port side to pier “B” at Guantanamo Bay.


04.00 to 08.00:

Moored as before. Lieutenant Berthold PAPANEK USCGR departed this unit for assignment to duty at New York Receiving Station pending further assignment;10 days’ leave en route granted by Commanding Officer. 06.40 Unmoored and underway at various courses and speeds standing out of Guantanamo Bay. 07.22 Commenced echo-ranging. 07.29 Windward Point Light close abeam to port. 07.32 Ahead at standard speed (90 RPM) on various courses, screening convoy.


08.00 to 12.00:

Underway as before at standard speed of 80 RPM various courses. 08.16 Secured degaussing, various courses and speeds overtaking SS “Stranger” [most likely “Ocean Stranger”]. 09.30 Dispatched written orders to SS “Stranger” via heaving line. 09.32 Proceeding back to Guantanamo Bay, base course 320°T at standard speed of 105 RPM. 10.25 Windward Point Light abeam to starboard close aboard. Various courses and speeds standing in to Guantanamo Bay. 11.00 Moored port side to battleship mooring BB-2.


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30 December 1942

At Guantanamo Bay and at Inagua Island.

Lat 21.2, Long -73.2

[Wind NE veering ENE force 1-3; sea slight; broken cloud; air temperature average 78°F]


00.00 to 04.00:

Moored as before port side to pier B-B2, Naval Operating Base, Guantanamo Bay.


04.00 to 08.00:

07.10 Underway at various courses and speeds. 07.43 Commenced echo-ranging. 07.47 Windward Point Light close abeam to port. 07.47 Ahead at standard speed (90 RPM) screening USCGCs “Spruce” and “Lotus”. 07.55 Set course 090°T, 089°PGC, secured degaussing.


08.00 to 12.00:

Underway as before screening on base course 90°T at standard speed 90 RPM. 08.50 Various speeds.


12.00 to 16.00:

Underway as before at standard speed of 90 RPM on base course 82°T, screening convoy. 12.04 Increased speed to 92 RPM. 12.47 Reduced speed to 90 RPM. 13.35 Punta Caleta Light abeam to port, distant 4 miles. Reduced speed to 88 RPM. 14.00 Commanding Officer held Deck Court in case of PERRIT, McRoy (501-558) F 1c (R) for offenses noted in log of 11 December 1942. Awarded loss of pay consisting of $50.00. 15.24 Underway, on various courses proceeding to station ahead of convoy.


20.00 to 24.00:

Underway as before at standard speed of 80 RPM on base course 25°T, screening convoy. 20.30 Various courses and speeds screening convoy standing into anchorage at Matthew Town, Inagua Island. 21.30 Southwest Point Light abeam to starboard distant 3 miles. 22.30 Stopped; drifting screening “Spruce” and “Lotus”. Issued 86 night rations to crew.


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31 December 1942

At Inagua Island.

Lat 21.57, Long -73.82

[Wind ENE backing NE force 1-2; sea smooth; broken cloud; air temperature average 78°F]


00.00 to 04.00:

Laying to as before off Matthew Town, Great Inagua Island, screening USCGC “Spruce” and USCGC “Lotus”. Maintaining continuous sound watch. 01.12 Ahead at ⅓ speed resuming station. 01.26 Stopped; drifting.


04.00 to 08.00:

Underway, stopped and drifting, as before. 04.10 Underway on course of 350°T at various speeds, screening “Spruce” and “Lotus”. 06.45 BEENSTOCK, Robert J. (550-003) Sea 2c, placed on report by master-at-arms for sleeping in after reveille, having been previously warned several times.


08.00 to 12.00:

Underway as before at standard speed of 98 RPM screening on base course of 350°T. 08.30 Various courses and speeds proceeding to anchorage at Hogsty Reef. 09.12 Anchored in 7 fathoms of water riding to 45 fathoms of port chain. 09.45 Number 1 boat lowered and away with working party of 10 men for Rock Island. 11.50 Working party returned.


16.00 to 20.00:

Anchored as before. The following named men advanced in rating effective this date: COCKERMAN, Francis N. (548-480) from AS (R) to F 3c (R); THOMPSON, Charles I. (548-231), from AS to Sea 2c; D’AMICO, Richard L. (550-356), from AS to Sea 2c. Issued 86 night rations.


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[Crew mentioned]


Name

Badge

Rank

Date Joined

Date Left

Notes

Robert J. Beenstock

550-003

Seaman 2c (R)

12 Dec 1942


Also mentioned as Breenstock

Robert O. Button

237-276

Ships Cook 3c (P)



Advanced to Ship’s Cook 2c (P) on 18 Dec 1942

Adolph A. Campos

500-201

Seaman 1c (R)


1 Dec 1942


Clinton B. Casler

550-242

Seaman 2c (R)

12 Dec 1942


Also mentioned as Castler

Francis N. Cockerham

548-480

Apprentice Seaman (R)



Also mentioned as Cockerman
Advanced to Fireman 3c (R) on 31 Dec 1942

Thomas P. Connell Sr.

206-701

Gunner’s Mate 1c



Advanced to Chief Gunner’s Mate (a) (P) on 1 Dec 1942

Richard L. D'Amico

550-355

Apprentice Seaman (R)



Advanced to Seaman 2c (R) on 31 Dec 1942

William De La Paz

500-211

Seaman 2c (R)


1 Dec 1942


Thomas J. Economide

546-412

Apprentice Seaman (R)



Also mentioned as Economidies, Economides, Economedis
Advanced to Seaman 2c (R) on 1 Dec 1942

Hernand V. Gonzales

500-202
(550-202)

Seaman 2c (R)



Advanced to Seaman 1c (R) on 1 Dec 1942

Charles E. Jackson

586-258

Mess Attendant 3c (R)



Advanced to Mess Attendant 2c (R) on 1 Dec 1942

Glenn B. Lloyd

220-985

Gunner’s Mate 3c (P)

1 Dec 1942


Returned from Gunner’s Mate School

Alton McGowan

234-017
(234-710)

Seaman 1c



Advanced to Boatswains Mate 2c (P) on 26 Dec 1942

Joseph W. Petroski

562-043

Apprentice Seaman (R)



Advanced to Seaman 2c (R) on 1 Dec 1942

Robert A. Pinchback

558-039

Seaman 2c (R)


26 Dec 1942


Everest C. Positti

562-005
(562-003)

Apprentice Seaman (R)



Also mentioned as Everett Possetti
Advanced to Seaman 2c (R) on 1 Dec 1942

Marcial Quinones

500-241

Mess Attendant 3c (R)

1 Dec 1942



Francis M. Scanlon

562-095

Apprentice Seaman (R)



Also mentioned as Scanlan
Advanced to Seaman 2c (R) on 1 Dec 1942

William F. Scully

234-166

Quartermaster 3c (P)



Advanced to Quartermaster 2c (P) on 26 Dec 1942

Roger Seda

500-238

Seaman 2c (R)


12 Dec 1942


Charles G. Silcio

559-103

Mess Attendant 3c (R)



Advanced to Mess Attendant 2c (R) on 1 Dec 1942

Robert D. Smieszny

545-650

Seaman 2c (R)


1 Dec 1942

Also mentioned as Smiesnzny

Wallace L. Stokes

234-233

Seaman 1c



Advanced to Fireman 2c on 1 Dec 1942

Charles I. Thompson

548-331
(548-231)

Apprentice Seaman (R)



Advanced to Seaman 2c (R) on 31 Dec 1942

Jack S. Thuma

253-107
(253-109)

Radioman 3c (P)

12 Dec 1942



John C. Traks

502-529

Soundman 3c (R)

1 Dec 1942

12 Dec 1942



[Passengers mentioned]


Name

Badge

Rank / Occupation

Notes

William K. Love

-

Lieut (j.g.)

Joined for transportation to Trinidad on 28 Dec 1942
Canceled same day

F. T. Fine

262-27-85

Aviation Pilot 1c

Joined for transportation to Trinidad on 28 Dec 1942
Canceled same day

L. H. May

238-76-86

Aviation Machinists Mate 3c

Joined for transportation to Trinidad on 28 Dec 1942
Canceled same day

B. L. Sulenes

385-80-52

Aviation Machinists Mate 3c

Joined for transportation to Trinidad on 28 Dec 1942
Canceled same day

T. J. Gill Jr.

274-59-34

Aviation Ordnanceman 3c

Joined for transportation to Trinidad on 28 Dec 1942
Canceled same day

G. F. Hill

268-77-59

Aviation Machinists Mate 3c

Joined for transportation to Trinidad on 28 Dec 1942
Canceled same day

I. V. Callehan Jr.

226-40-08

Seaman 2c

Joined for transportation to Trinidad on 28 Dec 1942
Canceled same day

J. M. Hinote

268-77-49

Seaman 2c

Joined for transportation to Trinidad on 28 Dec 1942
Canceled same day

R. H. Tinnen

658-256

Seaman 2c

Joined for transportation to Trinidad on 28 Dec 1942
Canceled same day

F. M. Scott

269-76-96

Seaman 2c

Joined for transportation to Trinidad on 28 Dec 1942
Canceled same day

F. Baker

272-84-01

Seaman 2c

Joined for transportation to Trinidad on 28 Dec 1942
Canceled same day

W. A. Anderson

604-19-71

Seaman 2c

Joined for transportation to Trinidad on 28 Dec 1942
Canceled same day

R. J. Flannery

256-41-05

Seaman 2c

Joined for transportation to Trinidad on 28 Dec 1942
Canceled same day



LOG BOOK – JANUARY 1st 1943 TO APRIL 30th 1943


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LOGS FOR JANUARY 1943


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[List of officers]


Name

Rank

Address

Date Joined

Date Left

Notes

Earle Gardner Brooks

Lieutenant Commander

276 NE 38th Street, Miami, FL.
Wife: Doris.




Robert Raymond Russell

Lieutenant

39 Raven Road, Lowell, MA.
Wife: Martha.




G.G. Van Dyke

Passed Assistant Surgeon USPHS

1225 Nashville Avenue, New Orleans, LA.
Wife: Catherine.




Otto Gaich

Lieutenant (jg)

839 Taylor Avenue, Alameda, CA.
Wife: Gladys.




George F. Hutchinson

Ensign (R)

Box 95 Saunders Town, RI.
Mother: Grace.


24 Jan 1943

Left at Guantanamo

John E. Schmeltzer

Ensign (R)

4420 Brandywine Street NW, Washington, DC.
Father: John E.




James Heyward Silcox

Ensign (R)

4 Colonial Street, Charleston, SC.
Mother.


26 Jan 1943

Left at Guantanamo for temporary duty

Frank Close Schmitz

Ensign

5704 16th Avenue NE, Seattle, WA.
Mother.




Jacob E. Snyder

Ensign (R)

c/o Miss Edythe E. Snyder, 1027 W Broad Street, Bethlehem, PA.


24 Jan 1943

Left at Guantanamo

Russell I. Johnson

Ensign (R)

Cottonwood, ID.
Mother: J. Matt.




William S. Schaill

Ensign (R)

36 Bethune Street, New York City, NY.
Wife: Jane.




Juan J. Del Castillo

Ensign (R)

Seaman Avenue, Bayport, Long Island, NY.
Mother: Ruth M.





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1 January 1943

At Hogsty Reef, Bahamas.

Lat 20.48, Long -73.85

[Wind variable E force 2-4; sea smooth; broken cloud; air temperature average 78°F]


00.00 to 04.00:

Anchored in 7 fathoms of water to 45 fathoms of port chain. Maintaining gun watch. Using QC equipment to protect USCG “Spruce”. Watch uneventful.


04.00 to 08.00:

Anchored as before. 07.32 Commenced echo-ranging.


20.00 to 24.00:

Anchored as before. Issued 86 night rations.


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2 January 1943

At Hogsty Reef, Bahamas.

Lat 20.48, Long -73.85

[Wind variable E force 2-4; sea smooth; broken cloud; air temperature average 78°F]


00.00 to 04.00:

Anchored as before, using QC equipment for listening purposes, maintaining gun crew.


12.00 to 16.00:

Anchored as before. 13.00 Held boat drill under oars. 14.20 Secured from boat drill.


20.00 to 24.00

Anchored as before. Issued 86 night rations.


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3 January 1943

At Hogsty Reef, Bahamas.

Lat 20.48, Long -73.85

[Wind variable E force 3-5; sea slight; broken cloud; air temperature average 78°F]


00.00 to 04.00:

Anchored as before in 7 fathoms of water to 45 fathoms port chain. Using QC equipment for listening purposes. Maintaining gun crew watch.


20.00 to 24.00:

Anchored as before. Issued 86 night rations to crew


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4 January 1943

At sea and at Mayaguana Island, Bahamas.

Lat 22.15, Long -73.47

[Wind mainly ENE force 2-5; sea slight; broken cloud; air temperature average 75°F]


00.00 to 04-00:

Anchored as before in 7 fathoms of water to 45 fathoms port chain. Using QC equipment for listening purposes. Maintaining gun crew watch. Using QC equipment to protect USCG “Spruce”.


04.00 to 08.00:

07.47 Anchor aweigh, underway on various courses at various speeds.


08.00 to 12.00:

Underway as before at standard speed of 90 RPM on base course 46° T. 10.20 BEENSTOCK, Robert J. (550-003) Sea 2c placed on report by JOHNSTON, W.F. (206-909) Cox (P) for failure to turn to on time.


12.00 to 16.00:

Underway as before at standard speed of 90 RPM on base course 46° T. 12.02 Reduced speed to 85 RPM screening USCGC “Spruce”. 12.25 Increased speed to 88 RPM 12.32 Increased speed to 90 RPM 13.00 All hands at quarters. 13.05 Reduced speed to 88 RPM. 13.10 Held instruction in use of gas masks. 13.39 Reduced speed to 85 RPM 14.00 Secured from gas mask instruction and from quarters. 15.00 Underway at various speeds and on various courses proceeding to anchorage. 15.50 Anchored in 9 fathoms of water to 45 fathoms of port chain, Mayaguana Island, Bahamas.


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5 January 1943

At Mayaguana Island, Bahamas.

Lat 23.35, Long -72.90

[Wind variable E force 1-4; sea smooth; broken cloud; air temperature average 75°F]


00.00 to 04.00:

Anchored as before in 9 fathoms of water to 45 fathoms of port chain, maintaining gun crew watch and using QC equipment to protect USCG “Spruce”.


12.00 to 16.00:

Anchored as before. 13.00 Held boat drill under oars. 14.30 Secured from boat drill.


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6 January 1943

At Mayaguana Island, Bahamas.

Lat 23.35, Long -72.90

[Wind mainly NE force 4-6; sea moderate; cloudy with showers; air temperature average 74°F]


00.00 to 04.00:

Anchored as before in 9 fathoms of water to 45 fathoms of port chain, maintaining gun crew watch and using QC equipment to protect USCGC “Spruce”.


08.00 to 12.00:

08.43 Anchor aweigh, underway on various courses and speeds proceeding to mooring alongside USCG “Spruce”. 09.25 Commenced taking on water. 11.03 Secured from taking on water; 5,000 gallons taken aboard. 11.10 Unmoored, underway on various courses and speeds. 11.20 Stopped; drifting.


12.00 to 16.00:

Stopped and drifting as before. 12.40 Underway on various courses at various speeds, maneuvering into position for boat drill. 12.47 Held boat drill under oars while underway. 13.50 Secured from boat drill. 14.00 Stopped engines; drifting. 14.10 Underway at various speeds on various courses proceeding to anchorage. 14.25 Anchored off Northwest Point Light, Mayaguana Island, Bahamas, in 7 fathoms of water to 45 fathoms of port chain, echo-ranging to protect “Spruce”.


16.00 to 20.00:

Anchored as before. 18.30 WYMAN, Leslie A. (111-280) CWT (A) placed on binnacle list; laceration of second toe of right foot.


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7 January 1943

At Mayaguana Island, Bahamas.

Lat 23.35, Long -72.90

[Wind variable E force 4-5; sea smooth; cloudy with occasional showers; air temperature average 74°F]


00.00 to 04.00:

Anchored as before in 9 fathoms of water to 45 fathoms of port chain, maintaining gun crew watch and using QC equipment to protect USCG “Spruce”.


12.00 to 16.00:

Anchored as before. 13.15 Held boat drill under oars. 14.10 Secured from boat drill.


20.00 to 24.00:

Anchored as before. GRAY Charles F. (220-665) GM 2c (P) and FORE Burrell (205-852) GM 2c (P) both advanced in rating from GM 3c (P) to GM 2c (P) effective this date.


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8 January 1943

At Mayaguana Island, Bahamas and at sea.

Lat 22.383, Long -72.811

[Wind variable ESE force 3-5; sea slight to moderate; broken cloud; air temperature average 74°F]


00.00 to 04.00:

Anchored as before in 9 fathoms of water to 45 fathoms of port chain, maintaining gun crew watch and using QC equipment to protect USCG “Spruce”.


04.00 to 08.00:

06.40 Anchor aweigh underway on various courses at various speeds. 07.25 ahead at standard speed (85 RPM) on course 202° True.


08.00 to 12.00:

Underway as before standard speed 85 RPM on base course 202° T. 09.57 Increased speed to 95 RPM. KRUEGER, George R. Jr. (524-666) Sea 2c (R) placed on report by McGOWAN, Alton (234-017) RM 2c (P) for failure to turn to after being repeatedly ordered to do so. 10.37 Increased speed to 96 RPM.


12.00 to 16.00:

Underway as before at standard speed of 96 RPM on base course 202° T, screening USCGC “Spruce”.


16.00 to 20.00:

Underway as before, screening “Spruce”, on base course of 198° PGC, 202° T at standard speed. 18.38 Great Inagua Island Light abeam to port distance 7 miles.


20.00 to 24.00:

Underway as before, screening on base course 201° T at standard speed of 80 RPM. 21.15 Increased speed to 85 RPM. 21.23 Increased speed to 95 RPM. Changed course to 193° T. 22.52 Cape Maysi Light abeam to starboard distant 3 miles. 23.45 Changed course to 228° T. 24.00 Changed course to 218° T. Issued 86 night rations to crew.


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9 January 1943

At sea and at Guantanamo Bay.

Lat 20.1, Long -75.2

[Wind WNW veering NE force 2-3; sea smooth; broken cloud; air temperature average 73°F]


00.00 to 04.00:

Underway as before at standard speed of 95 RPM on base course 218° T screening USCGC “Spruce”. 00.40 changed course to 257° T. 01.15 changed course to 262° T. 01.50 Sounded General Quarters alarm. Underway on various courses investigating vessel bearing 195° T, distant 2 miles when first sighted. 02.00 Secured from General Quarters. Unable to identify vessel. 02.12 Increased speed to 105 RPM while maneuvering on various courses to regain position. 02.20 changed course to 242° T. 02.50 changed course to 257° T.


04.00 to 08.00:

Underway as before, screening “Spruce” on course of 257° T at various speeds. 04.58 Changed course to 297° T. 06.15 On various courses at various speeds off entrance to Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. 06.47 Windward Point Light abeam to starboard, close aboard. Drifting off harbor entrance.


08.00 to 12.00:

Underway as before, drifting. 08.37 Underway at various courses and speeds proceeding into Guantanamo Bay. Secured sound gear. 09.19 Moored to east side of fuel pier. 09.45 Commenced taking on fuel and water 11.35 Secured from taking on fuel; 37,331 gallons taken aboard.


12.00 to 16.00:

12.45 Completed and secured taking on water 12.55 Underway at various courses and speeds proceeding to pier Baker for mooring. 13.10 Moored port side to “Spruce” at pier Baker Guantanamo Bay. 14.03 Received aboard engineering stores from NOB Guantanamo [followed by list].


16.00 to 20.00:

Moored as before. 17.00 Received aboard from Naval Operating Base, 1 mark VI depth charge, 1 detonator, 1 booster, 1 pistol, 1 extender.


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10 January 1943

At Guantanamo Bay.

Lat 19.921, Long -75.151

[Wind mainly NE force 1-3; light broken cloud; air temperature average 78°F]


08.00 to 12.00:

Moored as before. 08.12 BOOTH, Leonard K. (220-970) Sea.1c departed on 8 days’ leave (emergency) and 2 days travelling time granted by Commanding Officer. Leave to expire before noon 21 January 1943. 08.12 Party of 3 officers and 16 men departed for instruction on anti-aircraft range, Naval Operating Base. 09.45 Hull Division diving barge Number 1 alongside, making preparations to inspect suction line outlet. 09.55 THUMA, Jack S. (253-109) RM 3c (P) changed from permanent duty status aboard this vessel to temporary duty status, effective 1 January 1943. 10.28 Secured from diving operations.


12.00 to 16.00:

Moored as before. 12.10 Ensign James H. SILCOX USCGR returned aboard from 10 days’ leave of absence having reported to District Coast Guard Offier, 10th Naval District, San Juan, PR, 3 January 1943, having been assigned to temporary duty at that station awaiting transportation. 13.00 Liberty granted to Starboard Watch to expire at 22.00. 13.05 Hull Division barge (diving) No.1 departed. Received the following stores from Naval Supply Depot, Norfolk, Va: 12 phenolphthaline in 1 ounce bottles, 8 solution boiler water testing normal acid nitric; 12 potassium chromate powder 1 ounce bottle; 1 testing outfits boiler water, 20 potassium chromate crystals, 1 ounce bottle. 10 silver nitrate crystals, 1 ounce bottle, 50 lifejackets kapok removable; helmets, steel (60) complete, after checking found that only 50 complete helmets were present.


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11 January 1943

At Guantanamo Bay.

Lat 19.921, Long -75.151

[Wind mainly NW force 1-2; light broken cloud; air temperature average 74°F]


00.00 to 04.00:

Moored port side to starboard USCGC “Spruce” at pier Baker, Guantanamo Bay. 01.15 Boilers secured due to lack of getting water into boilers. 01.55 Boilers in operation.


04.00 to 08.00:

Moored as before. 07.20 JACKSON, Charles E. (586-258) M Att 3c (R) put on report by Ensign J.H. SILCOX USCGR for failure to get up at Reveille.


20.00 to 24.00:

Moored as before. 22.00 Liberty party returned on time.


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12 January 1943

Lat 19.921, Long -75.151

At Guantanamo Bay.

[Wind variable force 1-4; light broken cloud; air temperature average 74°F]


00.00 to 04.00:

Moored port side to starboard side of USCGC “Spruce” at pier Baker, Guantanamo Bay.


08.00 to 12.00:

Moored as before. 08.00 HUTCHINS, Henry T. (205-020) CPhM (P) granted 15 days’ leave of absence effective this date, leave to expire before noon 28 January 1943. 08.00 LOWE, William H. (203-428) RM 1c (P) assigned to temporary duty for course of instruction at Radio Engineering and Maintenance School. At completion of course report to Commanding Officer, 10th Naval District, effective this date. 08.00 SCULLY, William F. (274-165) QM 2c (P) assigned for temporary duty at Naval Optical School, Washington, DC. Upon completion of temporary duty returns to this ship for assignment to duty; 10 days’ leave en route, granted by the Commanding Officer. 11.00 MEIERS, Herman (546-825) Sea 2c (R) placed on report for not properly completing assigned work by JOHNSON, W.F. (206-909) Cox (P).


12.00 to 16.00:

Moored as before. 12.35 KAZUCK, Anthony E. (545-041) Sea 2c departed for US Naval Dispensary for treatment. 13.45 Towed to fuel dock by “Spruce”. 15.30 Small store party ashore. 15.30 CO held report mast cases of following named men and made the following awards respectively, (1) HAGGERTY, Thomas W. (519-909) Sea 2c (R); (2) BEENSTOCK, Robert J. (550-003) Sea 2c (R); (3) KRUEGER, George R, Jr. (524-666) Sea 2c (R); (4) JACKSON, Charles E. (586-258) M Att 3c; Awards respectively: (Deck Court) (10 hours’ extra duty) (warned) (5 hours’ extra duty) 15.45. Completed taking aboard 5,014 gallons fuel oil from fuel dock.


16.00 to 20.00:

16.00 Shifted mooring from fuel dock to pier Baker with assistance of “Spruce”. 16.00 Liberty granted to Starboard Watch to expire at 22.00, this date. 16.15 Moored port side to starboard side of “Spruce” at pier Baker, Guantanamo Bay.


20.00 to 24.00:

Moored as before. 22.00 JACKSON, Charles E. (586-258) M Att 3c (R) completed 2 hours’ extra duty with 3 hours remaining. 22.00 Liberty party returned on time with exception of CARROLL, James M. (208-541) Yeo 1c who is absent overleave from this time.


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13 January 1943

At Guantanamo Bay and en route to San Salvador Island.

Lat 19.921, Long -75.151

[Wind variable E force 3-7; broken cloud; air temperature average 74°F]


00.00 to 04.00:

Moored as before. 01.00 CARROLL, James M. (208-541) Yeo 1c returned to ship 3 hours overleave.


04.00 to 08.00:

07.22 Underway on various courses and speeds standing out.


08.00 to 12.00:

Underway as before various courses and speeds. 08.09 Windward Point Light abeam to port close aboard. 08.15 Increased to standard speed of 90 RPM. 09.53 Set course 75° T. 11.45 changed course to 82°T.


12.00 to 16.00:

Underway as before at standard speed of 90 RPM on base course 82° T screening USCGC “Spruce”. 12.50 changed course to 80° T and increased speed to 91 RPM. 13.43 Punta Caleta Light abeam to port, distant 1 mile. 14.00 changed course to 059° T. 15.35 changed course to 359° T. 15.54 Cape Maysi Light abeam to port, distant 2 miles.


16.00 to 20.00

Underway as before at standard speed of 90 RPM on base course of 359° T screening “Spruce”.


20.00 to 24.00:

Underway as before at standard speed 88 RPM on base course 359° T. 20.55 JACKSON, Charles E. (586-258) Matt 3c completed 1 hour’s extra duty, 2 hours remaining. Issued 82 night rations to crew.


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14 January 1943

At sea and at San Salvador Island.

Lat 23.20, Long -74.53

[Wind variable E force 1-3; sea moderate; cloudy with haze; air temperature average 74°F]


00.00 to 04.00:

Underway as before at standard speed of 88 RPM on base course 359° T screening USCGC “Spruce”. 01.25 Increased speed to 90 RPM. 02.42 Increased speed to 100 RPM. 03.05 Changed course to 340° T. 03.30 Reduced speed to 90 RPM. 03.40 Changed course to 352° T.


04.00 to 08.00:

Underway as before at standard speed (90 RPM) on base course of 352° T, screening “Spruce”. 04.33 Castle Island Light abeam to starboard, distance 2 miles. 04.45 Increased speed to 100 RPM. 05.20 Decreased speed to 94 RPM. 05.54 Changed course to 253° T. 07.03 Increased to 100 RPM.


12.00 to 16.00:

Underway as before base course 354° T at standard speed of 90 RPM. [Various drills.] 14.10 Practical instruction on .30 caliber Lewis machine guns. Expended 582 rounds. 14.35 Reduced speed to 93 RPM 15.35 Changed course to 346° T.


16.00 to 20.00:

Underway as before at standard speed 93 RPM on various courses. 16.20 Various speeds, proceeding to anchorage. 16.32 Anchored, Long Bay (off Cockburn Town), San Salvador Island, Bahamas, in 7 fathoms of water to 30 fathoms of port chain.


20.00 to 24.00:

Anchored as before. 22.00 JACKSON, Charles E. (568-258) M Att 3c completed 2 hours’ extra duty, none remaining.


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15 January 1943

At San Salvador Island.

Lat 24.043, Long -74.543

[Wind SSW backing SE force 1-3; sea smooth; broken cloud; air temperature average 76°F]


00.00 to 04.00:

Anchored as before in 7 fathoms of water, 30 fathoms of port chain in Long Bay anchorage, Cockburn Town, San Salvador Island, Bahamas in company with USCGC “Spruce”, maintaining anti-submarine screen.


04.00 to 08.00:

07.31 Anchor aweigh, ahead on various courses and speeds. 07.53 ahead at standard speed 100 RPM. Set course 205° PGC 205° True.


08.00 to 12.00:

Underway at various speeds on various courses while “Spruce” proceeds to anchorage. 08.43 Commenced swinging ship in order to compensate the compasses. 11.40 Secured from swinging ship, underway at various speeds on various courses resuming position.


16.00 to 20.00:

Underway drifting as before 16.30 Ahead at ⅓ speed. 19.44 Anchored in Long Bay, San Salvador, Bahamas in 15 fathoms water to 30 fathoms chain.


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16 January 1943

At San Salvador Island.

Lat 24.043, Long -74.543

[Wind variable E force 1-3; sea smooth; broken cloud; air temperature average 76°F]


00.00 to 04.00:

Anchored as before in 15 fathoms of water, 30 fathoms of port chain in Long Bay anchorage, Cockburn Town, San Salvador Island, Bahamas using QC equipment to protect USCGC “Spruce”.


04.00 to 08.00:

07.34 Underway at various speeds on various courses to best screen “Spruce”.


08.00 to 12.00:

Underway at various courses and speeds, proceeding into anchorage at South West Point, San Salvador Island, Bahama Islands, screening “Spruce”. 08.45 Anchored in 20 fathoms of water to 60 fathoms of port chain. 08.50 Lowered No.1 boat and same away with a working party of 20 men to work in conjunction with “Spruce”.


16.00 to 20.00:

16.50 Anchor aweigh. Underway at various speeds on various courses. 16.54 Increased speed to 110 RPM proceeding to new anchorage. 17.42 Anchored in 10 fathoms of water to 30 fathoms of port chain in Long Bay (off Cockburn Town), San Salvador Island, Bahamas, maintaining gun crew watch and using QC equipment continuously.


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17 January 1943

At San Salvador Island.

Lat 24.043, Long -74.543

[Wind variable SE force 2-4; sea smooth; broken cloud; air temperature average 76°F]


00.00 to 04.00:

Anchored as before in 10 fathoms of water, 30 fathoms of port chain in Long Bay anchorage, Cockburn Town, San Salvador Island, Bahamas in company with USCGC “Spruce” using QC equipment to protect “Spruce”.


04.00 to 08.00:

07.47 Anchor aweigh, underway various courses and speeds.


08.00 to 12.00:

08.02 Underway screening “Spruce”. 08.45 Reduced speed, proceeding into anchorage at Southwest Point. 09.32 Anchored in 15 fathoms of water to 30 fathoms port chain. 09.50 Working party of 20 men departed to work in conjunction with “Spruce” contingent 11.45 Working party returned.


12.00 to 16.00:

Anchored as before. 13.20 Working party of 20 men departed to shore to work for “Spruce”.


16.00 to 20.00:

Anchored as before. 15.55 Working party returns.16.14 Anchor aweigh, underway at various courses and speeds. 17.43 Anchored in Long Bay, San Salvador, Bahama Islands, in 10 fathoms of water to 30 fathoms of starboard chain at Cockburn Town anchorage. Maintained gun crew watch and QC equipment.


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18 January 1943

At San Salvador Island.

Lat 24.043, Long -74.543.

[Wind variable SE force 2-6; sea slight; cloudy; air temperature average 76°F]


00.00 to 04.00:

Anchored as before in 10 fathoms of water, 30 fathoms of port chain in Long Bay anchorage, Cockburn Town, San Salvador Island, Bahamas in company with USCGC “Spruce” using QC equipment to protect “Spruce”.


04.00 to 08.00:

07.52 Anchor aweigh, underway on various courses and at various speeds. 07.59 Underway at standard speed, 100 RPM, on course of 215° T proceeding with “Spruce”.


12.00 to 16.00:

Underway as before, various courses and speeds proceeding to anchorage at Southwest Point. 16.45 Anchored at Southwest Point, San Salvador, Bahama Islands, in 7 fathoms of water to 30 fathoms of port chain.


16.00 to 20.00:

Underway as before, various courses and speeds, screening “Spruce”. Proceeding to anchorage. 16.45

Anchored in Long Bay, San Salvador, Bahama Islands, in 10 fathoms of water to 30 fathoms of port chain at Cockburn Town anchorage. True bearings: North Point 345°; Cockburn Town Light 39°.


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19 January 1943

At San Salvador Island.

Lat 24.043, Long -74.543..

[Wind variable SE force 2-4; sea smooth; broken cloud; air temperature average 76°F]


00.00 to 04.00:

Anchored as before in 10 fathoms of water, 30 fathoms of port chain in Long Bay anchorage, Cockburn Town, San Salvador Island, Bahamas in company with USCGC “Spruce” using QC equipment to protect “Spruce”.


16.00 to 20.00:

Anchored as before. 16.00 The following named men advanced in rating from Sea 2c (R) to Sea 1c (R) effective this date. GORDON, Arthur R. (561-780) Sea 2c (R), BURAS, Joseph J. (528-839) Sea 2c (R), KUCZYNSKI, Stanley (545-036) Sea 2c (R).


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20 January 1943

At San Salvador Island.

Lat 24.043, Long -74.543..

[Wind variable NE force 1-3; sea smooth; broken cloud; air temperature average 74°F]


00.00 to 04.00:

Anchored as before in 10 fathoms of water, 30 fathoms of port chain in Long Bay anchorage, Cockburn Town, San Salvador Island, Bahamas in company with USCGC “Spruce” using QC equipment to protect “Spruce”.


12.00 to 16.00:

Anchored as before. 13.25 Took on water from “Spruce” moored astern. 15.15 Ceased taking on water. 15.20 “Spruce” unmoored.


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21 January 1943

At San Salvador Island.

Lat 24.043, Long -74.543.

[Wind variable NE force 3-4; sea moderate; cloudy with squalls; air temperature average 72°F]


00.00 to 04.00:

Anchored as before in 10 fathoms of water, 30 fathoms of port chain in Long Bay anchorage, Cockburn Town, San Salvador Island, Bahamas in company with USCGC “Spruce” using QC equipment to protect “Spruce”.


12.00 to 16.00:

14.01 Weighed anchor, underway and proceeding at full speed on various courses. 14.35 Set course 170° T. 14.40 Changed course to 145°. Reason: orders Naval Operating Base, Guantanamo Bay, Cuba message 211703. Returned to anchorage because of cancellation message 211703 and orders from Naval Operating Base, Guantanamo Bay.


16.00 to 20.00:

Underway as before at full speed of 111 RPM on course 145° T. 16.07 Changed course to 327° T, reduced speed to 90 RPM. 17.20 Changed course to 335° T. 17.30 Base course 355° T. 17.40 Course changed to 020° T. 17.45 Southwest Point Light abeam to starboard distance ¾ mile. 17.46 Changed course to 017° T. 18.43 Anchored in 9 fathoms of water to 30 fathoms port chain, Long Bay, Cockburn Town anchorage, San Salvador Island, Bahamas. 20.20 YP437 anchored in Long Bay, Cockburn Town, San Salvador; relieved USS “Unalga” of escorting “Spruce” at this time.


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22 January 1943

At San Salvador Island and en route to Guantanamo Bay.

Lat 24.043, Long -74.543

[Wind variable E force 3-4; sea moderate; broken cloud; air temperature average 72°F]


00.00 to 04.00:

Anchored as before in 9 fathoms of water to 30 fathoms of port chain, in Long Bay, Cockburn Town anchorage, San Salvador Island, Bahamas on following True bearings: Cockburn Town Light 35° T; Southwest Point Light 198° T. Maintaining gun crew watch and using QC equipment to protect USCGC “Spruce”. 02.00 Commenced heaving in on anchor. 02.09 Anchor aweigh and underway at various speeds on various courses. 02.15 Set course of 211° T at standard speed of 95 RPM. 02.54 Southwest Point Light abeam to port, distant approximately 2 miles. 02.55 changed course to 174°T.


12.00 to 16.00:

Underway as before on base course 174° T at standard speed of 95 RPM. 13.00 [Held various drills.] 14.00 Changed course to 164° T. 14.08 Reduced speed to 80 RPM. 14.20 Increased speed to 95 RPM. 15.32 Castle Island Light abeam to port, distance 4.8 miles. 15.33 Changed course to 169°.


20.00 to 24.00:

Underway as before on base course 169° T at standard speed of 95 RPM. 21.40 Contact bearing 70° T range 2300 yards 20° broad. Changed course to 70° T, speed to 115 RPM. 21.47 General Quarters. 21.50 All stations manned and ready. 21.52 Changed course to 300° T. 21.57 Expended 4 Mk VI depth charges approximate position Lat 21°12’N, Long 74°13’W. Dropped center of 4 charges diamond pattern; 2 charges from racks set at 100 feet. “K” guns set for 50 yard throw (1403. charge) and “K” gun depth charges set at 150 feet. An 8-second interval used between charges. Searched vicinity until 23.55 without regaining contact. 23.55 Secured from General Quarters; changed course to 169° T and speed to 95 RPM. Issued 82 night rations to crew.


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23 January 1943

At sea and at Guantanamo Bay.

Lat 20.1, Long -75.2

[Wind mainly NE force 1-3 and calm; sea smooth; broken cloud; air temperature average 76°F]


00.00 to 04.00:

Underway on course 169° T at standard speed 95 RPM proceeding to Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. 03.37 changed course to 151° T.


04.00 to 08.00:

Underway as before on course of 150° T at standard speed 95 RPM. 05.09 Cape Maysi Light abeam to starboard, distance 7 miles. 05.32 Changed course to 216° T. 07.29 Changed course to 261° T. 07.55 Punta Caleta Light abeam to starboard distance 4 miles.


08.00 to 12.00:

Underway as before at standard speed of 95 RPM on course 261° T. 10.42 Changed course to 263° T. 11.00 Commanding Officer held regular weekly ship’s inspection.


12.00 to 16.00:

Underway as before on base course 163°T at standard speed 95 RPM. 13.10 Various courses and speeds searching for reported contact in area bearing 157°T from Windward Point Light distant 4,000 yards. 14.25 After failure to locate contact abandoned area and changed course to 323°T, standard speed 95 RPM. 14.40 Windward Point Light abeam to starboard close aboard. Set degaussing. Secured sound gear. Various courses and speeds proceeding in to Guantanamo Bay. 15.09 Secured degaussing, moored port side to “Jan Van Brakel” [Free Dutch Navy escort vessel], pier A.


16.00 to 20.00:

Moored as before. 16.00 Liberty granted to Port Watch expires 22.00 this date. 18.15 PG66 [USS “Restless”, formerly HMS “Periwinkle”] moored port side to our starboard side 17.15 POLANCO, Jaime (500-231) M Att 1c (R) reported aboard from District Coast Guard Officer 10th Naval District. QUINONES M Att 2c (R) reported aboard after being AOL. CLARK, Ray J. (102-053) CSK reported aboard from office of District Coast Guard Officer 10th Naval District having reported there from inpatient treatment US Naval Hospital San Juan.


20.00 to 24.00:

Moored as before. BEENSTOCK, Robert J. (550-003) SEA2/C (R) completed 4 hours’ extra duty as of 1/21/43 and 1/22/43 (2 hours per day) 4 hours remaining. 22.00 Liberty party returned on time. 22.30 PERRITT, McRoy (501-558) F 1c (R) received lacerated wounds, area of right hand. Treatment rendered; not serious. 23.12 Secured from taking on water.


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24 January 1943

At Guantanamo Bay.

Lat 19.921, Long -75.151

[Wind variable E force 2-4; light broken cloud; air temperature average 72°F]


00.00 to 04.00:

Moored as before port side to pier “A” Guantanamo Bay, receiving water service from shore.


04.00 to 08.00:

07.33 Unmoored from “Jan van Brakel”. Stood out and moored port side to pier A.


08.00 to 12.00:

Moored as before. 09.40 CHURCH, Albert B.(211-764) RM 2c (P) was detached this date and assigned to 10th Naval District, will report for temporary duty at the Radio Engineering and Maintenance School 1 February 1943. Upon completion of course will report to Senior Coast Guard Officer, 10th Naval District for assignment to duty. 10.45 Ensign Jacob E. SNYDER and Ensign George F. HUTCHINSON detached this date and will report to Superintendent of Shipbuilding, Naval Operation, Orange, Texas for assignment to duty.


12.00 to 16.00:

Moored as before. 13.00 Liberty granted to Starboard Watch until 22.00 this date. 14.40 Attack teacher party ashore.


16.00 to 20.00:

Moored as before. RNMS “Jan Van Brakel” moored on starboard side. 17.20 Attack teacher party returned.


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25 January 1943

At Guantanamo Bay.

Lat 19.921, Long -75.151

[Wind NW backing SE force 1-2; light broken cloud; air temperature average 73°F]


00.00 to 04.00:

Moored as before port side to pier “A” Guantanamo Bay, receiving water service from shore. 01.00 BEENSTOCK, Robert J. (550-003) Seaman 2c (R) completed 2 hours of his extra duty, 2 hours remaining.


16.00 to 20.00:

Moored as before. 16.45 Received aboard from Naval Operating Base Guantanamo Bay, Cuba four Mk VI depth charges, complete. 18.10 McCRYSTAL, George E. (542-501) Sea 2c (R) departed for inpatient treatment at US Naval Hospital Guantanamo Bay. 18.30 Underway on various courses and speeds proceeding to fuel dock. 18.29 Unmoored. 18.43 Moored port side to fuel dock. 18.50 Commenced taking on fuel and water.


20.00 to 24.00:

Moored as before. 20.10 Secured from taking on fuel. Received 33,125 gallons of fuel oil. 22.00 Liberty party returned. 23.00 BEENSTOCK, Robert J. (550-003) S 2c (R) completed 2 hours’ extra duty, no hours remaining.


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26 January 1943

At Guantanamo Bay and en route to Trinidad.

Lat 19.921, Long -75.151

[Wind NE veering SE force 2-5; broken cloud; air temperature average 74°F]


00.00 to 04.00:

Moored as before port side to fuel dock Guantanamo Bay.


04.00 to 08.00:

Moored as before. 05.50 NEEL, Sam (205-829) F 1c departed on 10 days’ emergency leave granted by Commanding Officer, to expire 12.00, 6 February 1943. Ensign James H. SILCOX USCGR departed for temporary duty East Coast Sound School, Key West, Fla. 06.00 SULLIVAN, Rudolph (223-665) F 1c departed for inpatient treatment at US Naval Hospital. 06.25 Unmoored, underway on various courses and speeds standing out of Guantanamo Bay. 07.07 Various courses and speed 85 RPM screening while convoy forms.


08.00 to 12.00:

Underway at standard speed 85 RPM on various courses while convoy is forming. 08.10 Secured degaussing; placed sound gear in operation. 10.30 Base course 182° gyro. 11.00 Decreased speed to 40 RPM. 11.15 Decreased speed to 35 RPM. 11.20 Course changed to 184° gyro 185° True. 11.25 Increased speed to 100 RPM.


12.00 to 16.00:

Underway at standard speed of 100 RPM on base course 182° gyro, 183° T. 13.00 All hands at quarters. 13.07 Officers’ Call. 13.11 Held General Quarters drill. 14.00 Base course changed to 179°T.


16.00 to 20.00:

Underway at standard speed of 100 RPM screening starboard side of convoy. 18.26 Navassa Island Light abeam to port, distance 9 miles.


20.00 to 24.00:

Underway at standard speed of 100 RPM on base course 178° gyro 179° True, screening starboard side of convoy. 20.00 Course changed to 146° gyro 147° True. Issued 79 night rations.


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27 January 1943

At sea en route to Trinidad.

Lat 16.03, Long -73.83

[Wind variable E force 3-5; sea moderate; broken cloud; air temperature average 76°F]


00.00 to 04.00:

Underway as before screening on base course 147°T at standard speed of 100 RPM.


12.00 to 16.00:

Underway at standard speed of 100 RPM screening convoy on base course 145° gyro, 146° T. 15.15 Increased speed to full. 15.38 Resumed standard speed of 100 RPM.


20.00 to 24.00:

Underway as before screening on a base course 141° True at standard speed of 100 RPM. 22.00 Course change to 121° True. Issued 79 night rations.


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28 January 1943

At sea en route to Trinidad.

Lat 13.83, Long -71.42

[Wind variable SE force 4-6; sea moderate to rough; mainly broken cloud; air temperature average 76°F]


00.00 to 04.00:

Underway as before at standard speed 100 RPM on base course 121° T.


16.00 to 20.00:

Underway at standard speed (90) RPM, screening convoy on base course 120° PGC 121° True. 17.00 Changed course to 114° PGC, 115° True. 17.36 Reduced speed to (85) RPM. 19.30 Reduced speed to (75) RPM. 20.00 Carried out evening routine.


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29 January 1943

At sea en route to Trinidad.

Lat 13.97, Long -69.57

[Wind variable E force 4-6; sea rough; broken cloud; air temperature average 76°F]


00.00 to 04.00:

Underway screening as before on base course 114° PGC 115° T at standard speed of 80 RPM.


08.00 to 12.00:

Underway as before. 11.45 BURAS, Joseph J. (528-839) Sea 1c put on report by JOHNSTON, William F. (206-909) Cox (P) for refusing to obey order. 10.30 Changed course to 100° T.


20.00 to 24.00:

Underway, screening as before on a base course 100°T at standard speed of 95 RPM. Issued 79 night rations.


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30 January 1943

At sea en route to Trinidad.

Lat 12.28, Long -67.25

[Wind variable E force 4-6; sea rough; broken cloud; air temperature average 76°F]


00.00 to 04.00:

Underway screening as before on base course 100°T at standard speed of 95 RPM.


08.00 to 12.00:

Underway screening as before on base course 100°T at standard speed 95 RPM. 09.45 BROWN, Herbert W. Jr. (500-250) Sea 2c (R) advanced in rating to Sea 1c (R) effective this date.


16.00 to 20.00:

Underway at standard speed of (95) RPM on base course 94°PGC 95° True. 17.30 Reduced speed to (90) RPM. 18.25 Increased speed to (95) RPM. 19.55 Carried out evening routine.


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31 January 1943

At sea en route to Trinidad.

Lat 12.00, Long -64.50

[Wind variable NE force 4-6; sea moderate to rough; broken cloud; air temperature average 78°F]


00.00 to 04.00:

Underway screening as before on base course 94° T 93° PGC at standard speed 95 RPM.


12.00 to 16.00:

Underway screening as before on base course 089° PGC, 090° T at standard speed 95 RPM. 13.55 Reduced speed to 85 RPM. 15.00 Changed base course to 094° PGC, 095° T and increased standard speed to 95 RPM.


20.00 to 24.00:

Underway screening as before on base course 95° T at standard speed 95 RPM. 23.00 Course changed to 125° T. Issued 79 night rations.


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[Crew mentioned]


Name

Badge

Rank

Date Joined

Date Left

Notes

Herbert W. Brown Jr.

500-250

Seaman 2c (R)



Advanced to Seaman 1c (R) on 30 Jan 1943

Joseph J. Burras

528-839

Seaman 2c (R)



Also mentioned as Buras
Advanced to Seaman 1c (R) on 19 Jan 1943

Albert B. Church

211-764

Radioman 2c (P)


24 Jan 1943

Left at Guantanamo

Burrell Fore

205-852

Gunner’s Mate 3c (P)



Advanced to Gunner’s Mate 2c (P) on 7 Jan 1943

Arthur R. Gordon

561-780

Seaman 2c (R)



Advanced to Seaman 1c (R) on 19 Jan 1943

Charles F. Gray

220-655
(220-665)

Gunner’s Mate 3c (P)



Advanced to Gunner’s Mate 2c (P) on 7 Jan 1943

Stanley Kuczynski

545-036

Seaman 2c (R)



Also mentioned as Kusinski
Advanced to Seaman 1c (R) on 19 Jan 1943

William H. Lowe

203-428

Radioman 2c (P)


12 Jan 1943

Left at Guantanamo for temporary duty

Jaime Polanco

500-240
(500-231)

Mess Attendant 1c (R)



Returned aboard at Guantanamo from temporary duty on 23 Jan 1943

Marcial Quinones

500-241

Mess Attendant 2c (R)



Returned aboard at Guantanamo from temporary duty on 23 Jan 1943

William F. Scully

234-166

Quartermaster 2c (P)


12 Jan 1943

Left at Guantanamo for temporary duty

Jack S. Thuma

253-107
(253-109)

Radioman 3c (P)



Changed status from permanent to temporary duty on 10 Jan 1943



LOGS FOR FEBRUARY 1943


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[List of officers]


Name

Rank

Address

Date Joined

Date Left

Notes

Earle Gardner Brooks

Lieutenant Commander

276 NE 38th Street, Miami, FL.

Wife: Doris.


15 Feb 1943

Left at Guantanamo for temporary duty
Command passes to Robert Raymond Russell

Robert Raymond Russell

Lieutenant

39 Raven Road, Lowell, MA.

Wife: Martha.




G.G. Van Dyke

Passed Assistant Surgeon USPHS

1225 Nashville Avenue, New Orleans, LA.

Wife: Catherine.




Otto Gaich

Lieutenant (jg)

839 Taylor Avenue, Alameda, CA.

Wife: Gladys.




John E. Schmeltzer

Ensign (R)

4420 Brandywine Street NW, Washington, DC.

Father: John E.



Appointed Lieutenant (jg) on 4 Feb 1943

Frank Close Schmitz

Ensign

5704 16th Avenue NE, Seattle, WA.

Mother.




Russell I. Johnson

Ensign (R)

Cottonwood, ID.

Mother: J. Matt.




William S. Schaill

Ensign (R)

36 Bethune Street, New York City, NY.

Wife: Jane.




Juan J. Del Castillo

Ensign (R)

Seaman Avenue, Bayport, Long Island, NY.

Mother: Ruth M.




James Heyward Silcox

Ensign (R)

4 Colonial Street, Charleston, SC.

Mother.





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1 February 1943

At sea and at Trinidad.

Lat 11.13, Long -62.13

[Wind variable NE force 2-4; sea moderate; broken cloud; air temperature average 78°F]

00.00 to 04.00:

Underway screening as before on base course 125°T at standard speed of 95 RPM.


12.00 to 1600:

Underway screening as before on base course 125°T at standard speed 95 RPM. 12.40 Set degaussing. 12.55 Piped Officers’ Call. 13.00 All hands to quarters.13.10 Crew fell aft to quarterdeck where G.G. VAN DYKE, Lieutenant US Public Health Service, gave a lecture on personal cleanliness. 14.02 Changed base course to 110°T.


16.00 to 20.00:

Underway as before screening convoy at standard speed of (95) RPM on base course 109° PGC, 110° True. 16.00 Various courses and speeds screening convoy entering Boca de Navios, Trinidad. 19.16 Chacachacare Island Light abeam to starboard close abeam.


20.00 to 24.00:

Underway as before proceeding toward anchorage in Teteron Bay, Trinidad, BWI. 20.20 Moored starboard side to port side of YO135 at Naval Operating Base, Section Base, Teteron Bay, Trinidad.


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2 February 1943

At Trinidad.

Lat 10.68, Long -61.66

[Wind E backing N force 1-2; broken cloud; air temperature average 76°F]


00.00 to 04.00:

Moored as before starboard side to port side of YO135 at Section Base, Naval Operating Base, Teteron Bay, Trinidad BWI.


08.00 to 12.00:

Moored as before. 09.15 STARNES, Vernell B. (222-081) QM 3c (P) reported aboard for assignment to duty.


12.00 to 16.00:

Moored as before 12.45 Commanding Officer held mast in the cases of the following named men; sentences: QUINONES Marcial (500-241) M Att 2c (R) December 13 1942, restricted until return to Guantanamo; BURAS Joseph J. (528-839) Sea 1c (R) January 29 1943, warned and excused; BEENSTOCK Robert J. (550-003) Sea 2c February 2 1943, 25 hours’ extra duty.


16.00 to 20.00:

Moored as before. 17.45 BRAY, Charles E. Jr. (220-042), EM 1c (P) through no misconduct of his own and while on duty, received an injury to his left eye. He was taken to the Base Hospital Teteron Bay for treatment.

19.35 BRAY, Charles E. Jr. returned from Base Hospital.


20.00 to 24.00:

Moored as before. 24.00 Liberty party returned on time with the exception of the following named men who are overleave from this date: SILCIO, Charles (559-103) M Att 2c (R), POSSETTI, Everest C. (562-003) Sea 2c (R), PETROSKI, Joseph W. (552-043) Sea 2c (R) NASH, Donald A. (517-270) Sea 2c (R); KROGER, Elmo (513-867) Sea 2c (R) FIFELSKI, Donald J. (544-609) Sea 2c (R).


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3 February 1943

At Trinidad.

Lat 10.68, Long -61.66

[Wind NE force and calm; drizzle; air temperature average 74°F]


00.00 to 04.00:

Moored as before starboard side to port side of YO135 Teteron Bay, Trinidad. MANINT, Horace I. (510-000) MM 2c (R) placed on report by APPLEBY, Eugene C. (222-441) MM 1c (P) for standing inefficient watch and refusing to obey orders. 01.10 the following men returned aboard after being 1 hour and 10 minutes overleave: SILCIO Charles (559-103) M Att 2c (R), POSSETI Everest C. (562-003) Sea 2c (R), PETROSKI Joseph W. (552-043) Sea 2c (R), NASH, Donald A. (517-270) Sea 2c (R), KROGER Elmo G. (513-867) Sea 2c (R). 03.55 FIFELSKI, Donald J. (544-609) Sea 2c (R) returned aboard after being 4 hours overleave.


04.00 to 08.00:

07.35 Underway at various speeds on various courses standing out of Teteron Bay and proceeding to Naval Air Station, Trinidad. 09.16 Moored starboard side to oil pier, NOB. 10.15 Commenced taking stores aboard for general mess. 10.30 Commanding Officer ashore. 10.57 Commanding Officer aboard. 09.30 Commenced taking fuel oil and water aboard. 11.00 Secured from taking fuel oil aboard, 35,154 gallons.16.05 Secured from taking on water.


16.00 to 20.00:

16.25 Underway at various courses proceeding to new mooring station. 17.38 Moored port side to south side pier No.1 at Section Base, Teteron Bay. 17.45 HOLMES, Stewart D. (230-364) BM 2c (P) while absent during temporary duty at DCG Office San Juan, PR, transferred to the office of the District Coast Guard Officer, 6th Naval District for assignment to duty. EVANS, Charles R. (548-184) advanced this date from S 2c (R) to S 1c (R). GRIMSLEY, Leonard W. (234-006) advanced this date from S 1c to Cox (P). BUTT, Alfred W. (541-088) advanced this date from S 2c (R) to S 1c (R).


20.00 to 24.00:

Moored as before. 24.00 Liberty party returned on time with the exception of two men: HARRISON, Calvin H. S 2c (R) (513-813), and FOURAKER, Clarence, SC 1c (222-187).


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4 February 1943

At Trinidad.

Lat 10.68, Long -61.66

[Wind mainly calm; cloud and rain; air temperature average 74°F]


00.00 to 09.00:

Moored as before port side to south side pier No.1 at Section Base, Teteron Bay. 24.45 HARRISON, Calvin H. S 2c (513-818) (R) returned overleave 55 minutes this date. 01.15 FOURAKER, Clarence SC 1c (222-187)(P) returned 1 hour and 15 minutes overleave this date.


09.00 to 16.00:

Moored as before. 12.00 Ensign John E. SCHMELTZER accepted as Lieutenant (jg) US Coast Guard Reserve; appointment dated 29 January with rank as such from 31 December 1942. 13.30 Picnic party away. 13.15 Report mast held by Commanding Officer in the case of the following named men: FIFELSKI, Donald J. (544-609) Sea 2c (R), FOURAKER, Clarence (222-187) SC 1c (P), HARRISON, Calvin H. (513-818) Sea 2c (R), KROGER, Elmo G. (513-867) Sea 2c (R), NASH, Donald A. (517-270) Sea 2c R, PETROSKI, Joseph W. (552-043) Sea 2c, POSSETTI, Everest C. (562-003) Sea 2c (R), SILCIO, Charles (559-103) M Att 2c (R); the sentence was restriction to the ship during the stay in this port. In the case of MANINT, Horace I. (510-000 MM 2c (R) sentence – warning.


16.00 to 20.00:

Moored as before 16.00 Liberty granted to Starboard Watch to expire at 24.00 this date 18.00 Picnic party returned aboard. 19.50 Held 8 o’clock reports; all muster but FOURAKER, Clarence (222-187) SC 1c (P) (restricted to the ship for duration of stay this port) who after a thorough search of ship was declared to be absent without leave.


20.00 to 24.00:

Moored as before. 23.30 FOURAKER, Clarence (222-187) SC 1c (P) still absent without leave after a thorough search of the ship was made.


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5 February 1943

At Trinidad.

Lat 10.68, Long -61.66

[Wind NE force 1-3; broken cloud; air temperature average 74°F]


00.00 to 09.00:

Moored at Teteron Bay Section Base Trinidad BWI. Liberty party returned on time. 08.00 FOURAKER, Clarence (222-187) SC 1c (P) absent without leave this date 12 hours.


09.00 to 16.00:

Moored as before. 09.45 After a thorough search of ship FOURAKER, Clarence (222-187) SC 1c was found to be still missing, at this time being 13 hours and 45 minutes absent without leave. 12.55 Ensign F.C. SCHMITZ and Ensign W.S. SCHAILL departed for Recreation Hall, Section Base to attend lecture on small arms. 13.40 CONNER, Wilburn P. (222-866) CMM (P) departed for outpatient treatment at Section Base Hospital. 14.40 CONNER, Wilburn P. (222-866) CMM (P) returned aboard.


16.00 to 24.00:

Moored as before. 16.00 Liberty granted to Port Watch to expire at 24.00. 15.00 Picnic party returned. 22.00 FOURAKER, Clarence (222-187) SC 1c (P) returned aboard after 26 hours absent without leave.


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6 February 1943

At Trinidad.

Lat 10.68, Long -61.66

[Wind NE force 1; broken cloud; air temperature average 74°F]


00.00 to 09.00

Moored at Teteron Bay Section Base Trinidad BWI.


09.00 to 16.00:

Moored as before. 11.00 Commenced ship’s inspection. Brought aboard stores for general mess from Naval Operating Base, Supply Department. 13.00 Held report mast for FOURAKER, Clarence (222-187) SC 1c (P) for offense noted in log of 4 February 1943; awarded a Deck Court.


16.00 to 24.00:

Moored as before. FOURAKER, Clarence (222-187) SC 2c (P) tried by Deck Court No 2-43 this date for being absent overleave for a period of 26 hours from 08.00, 4 February 1943 to 10.00 5 February 1943. Sentenced to be reduced in rating from SC 1c (P), and to lose $33.00 per month of his pay for a period of two months, total loss of pay $66. Approved by reviewing authority, Commanding Officer of “Unalga” this date.


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7 February 1943

At Trinidad.

Lat 10.68, Long -61.66

[Wind mainly calm; broken cloud; air temperature average 75°F]


00.00 to 09.00

Moored at Teteron Bay Section Base Trinidad BWI. 03.00 BRADFORD, Curtis Lee (558-698) Sea 2c R departed this date on 10 days’ emergency leave.


09.00 to 16.00:

Moored as before. 09.00 Commenced taking on water from dock.


16.00 to 24.00:

Moored as before. 19.50 Carried out evening routine. 24.00 Liberty party returned on time.


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8 February 1943

At Trinidad and en route to Guantanamo Bay.

Lat 11.10, Long -62.20

[Wind variable ENE force 3-5; sea smooth; broken cloud; air temperature average 74°F]


04.00 to 08.00:

Moored as before. 05.15 Commenced taking on water. 05.40 Secured taking on water. 06.18 Underway at various speeds and courses, standing out of Teteron Bay. 06.56 Chacachacare Island Light abeam to port close aboard.


08.00 to 12.00:

Underway as before various courses and speeds 10.05 Changed course to 305° PGC, 304° T. Standard speed 95 RPM. 10.50 Changed course to 290° PGC 287° T 11.37 Changed course to 301° PGC 302° T.


12.00 to 16.00:

Underway screening as before on base course 302° T at standard speed of 95 RPM. 12.59 Piped Officers’ Call.


16.00 to 20.00:

Underway at standard speed (95) RPM on base course 301° PGC, 302° T. POLANCO, Jaime (506-240) M Att 1c placed on report by Master-at-Arms for having in his possession clothing not rightfully his. 18.15 Changed course to 269° PGC, 270° T. 19.55 Carried out evening routine.


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9 February 1943

At sea en route to Guantanamo Bay.

Lat 11.68, Long -65.40

[Wind variable ENE force 1-3; sea smooth; broken cloud; air temperature average 74°F]


00.00 to 04.00:

Underway as before, screening on base course 270°T at standard speed of 85 RPM. 00.40 Increased speed to 95 RPM. 03.02 Gyro compass out; steering by standard compass. 03.15 Lost convoy, various courses searching for convoy.


04.00 to 08.00:

Underway at standard speed of (95) RPM on various courses. 04.15 Increased speed to standard speed of (110) RPM on various courses trying to locate convoy. 06.30 Reveille. 06.35 Set course of 268° PGC, 265° True. 07.00 Changed course to 270° PGC, 275° T. 07.40 Commenced steering by gyro compass, course 270° PGC, 275° True.


12.00 to 16.00:

Underway as before screening on base course 270° T at standard speed of 95 RPM. 12.55 Piped Officers’ Call. 13.00 All hands to quarters. Resuscitation and semaphore drills were held.


16.00 to 20.00:

Underway at standard speed of (95) RPM on base course 270° PGC.


20.00 to 24.00:

Underway as before screening on a base course of 270° T at standard speed of 95 RPM. 20.45 Los Roques Light abeam to starboard. Issued 82 night rations.


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10 February 1943

At sea en route to Guantanamo Bay.

Lat 11.93, Long -68.73

[Wind variable ENE force 1-4; sea slight; broken cloud with occasional showers; air temperature average 74°F]


00.00 to 04.00:

Underway, screening as before on base course of 270°T at standard speed of 95 RPM.


12.00 to 16.00:

Underway as before screening on base course 290°T at standard speed of 95 RPM. 12.40 Altered base course to 297°T. Ensign F.C. SCHMITZ USCG held safety precaution lecture.


16.00 to 20.00:

Underway at standard speed (95) RPM screening astern of convoy on base course 297° True. 18.00 Changed course to 328° True.


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11 February 1943

At sea en route to Guantanamo Bay.

Lat 14.27, Long -71.03

[Wind variable ENE force 4-6; sea moderate to rough; broken cloud; air temperature average 74°F]


00.00 to 04.00:

Underway as before screening on base course of 328° T at standard speed of 95 RPM.


12.00 to 16.00:

Underway screening as before on base course 324° T at standard speed of 95 RPM. 13.00 Lieutenant R.R. RUSSELL USCG held classes in seamanship on quarterdeck for deck force.


20.00 to 24.00:

Underway as before screening on base course of 324° T at standard speed of 95 RPM. Issued 82 night rations.


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12 February 1943

At sea en route to Guantanamo Bay.

Lat 16.75, Long -73.07

[Wind variable ENE force 4-6; sea moderate to rough; broken cloud; air temperature average 77°F]


00.00 to 04.00:

Underway screening as before on base course 324°T at standard speed of 95 RPM.


12.00 to 16.00:

Underway as before screening on base course 315°T at standard speed of 95 RPM. 12.55 Piped Officers’ Call. 13.00 All hands to quarters. Ensign F.C. SCHMITZ USCG gave lecture on depth charges while others had classes in semaphore.


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13 February 1943

At sea and at Guantanamo Bay.

Lat 19.55, Long -75.07

[Wind variable N force 1-3; sea slight; cloudy; air temperature average 77°F]


00.00 to 04.00:

Underway screening as before on base course of 315° T at standard speed of 95 RPM.


12.00 to 16.00:

Underway as before screening on base course 350° T at standard speed 90 RPM. 13.25 Screening on various courses at various speeds. 14.20 Set degaussing and hoisted sound gear. 15.09 Moored port side to starboard side of HNMS “Jan Van Brakel” at fuel pier Naval Operating Base, Guantanamo Bay. 16.45 Commenced taking on fuel oil.


16.00 to 24.00:

Moored as before. 16.00 Liberty granted to Starboard Watch to expire 23.00 this date. 16.00 NUNZIATA, Silvio A. (550-040) Sea 2c (R) reported aboard for resumption of regular duties, having reported at Naval Operating Base, Norfolk, Va., at expiration of leave of absence at 10.15, 23 December 1942, to await transportation to “Unalga”. Subsequently directed to proceed to District Coast Guard Officer, 7th Naval District to await transportation to “Unalga”. 17.35 Completed fueling; 31,900 gallons fuel oil taken aboard. 18.05 All hands at stations for unmooring ship. 18.10 Unmoored, underway various courses and speeds proceeding to new berth. 18.45 Moored port side to USS “Fred J Talbott” [destroyer], pier “A”.


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14 February 1943

At Guantanamo Bay.

Lat 19.921, Long -75.151

[Wind NW force 3 and calm; broken cloud; air temperature average 76°F]


00.00 to 09.00:

Moored as before port side to USS “Fred J. Talbot” pier “A”.


09.00 to 16.00:

Moored as before. 08.30 Church party ashore. 10.30 Church party returned on time. 12.15 McCRYSTAL, George E. (542-501) Sea 2c (R) returned aboard from US Naval Dispensary, Guantanamo Bay. HUTCHINS, Henry T. (205-020) CPhM (a) (P) reported aboard from 15 days’ leave. BOOTH, Leonard K. (220-970) Sea 1c returned aboard from 10 days’ leave. 114.15 KAZUCK, Anthony E. (545-041) Sea 2c (R) departed for US Naval Hospital, for inpatient treatment.


16.00 to 24.00:

Moored as before. 17.45 MILLER, Franklin J. (225-740) changed rating from QM 1c (P) to SM 1c (P). ECONOMIDIES, Thomas J. (546-412) advanced in rating from Sea 2c (R) to Sea 1c (R) effective this date. 18.40 Sound party departed for operation of attack teacher. 19.30 BEENSTOCK, Robert J. (550-003) Sea 2c (R) completed 2 hours’ extra duty with 23 hours remaining. 22.00 Sound party returned on time 23.00. Liberty party returned on time.


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15 February 1943

At Guantanamo Bay.

Lat 19.921, Long -75.151.

[Wind NW and N force 3-4; cloudy; air temperature average 74°F]


00.00 to 09.00:

Moored as before port side to USS “Fred J. Talbot” pier “A” Guantanamo Bay, receiving water from the dock. 06.30 Reveille. 08.00 General inspection for all hands. 08.30 Received from the Communication Base, Curtis Bay, Maryland radio parts. Received 1 carburetor from USCG Base, San Juan, PR. Received 1 blinker signal gun from Headquarters.


09.00 to 16.00:

09.30 Lt Comdr. E.G. BROOKS departed on temporary duty to District Coast Guard Office, 10th Naval District, San Juan PR. 11.30 Received aboard commissary stores. 01.15 Shifted mooring from port side “Fred J. Talbot” to pier A, assisted by YT169. 14.10 Master gyro removed for repairs in gyro repair shop.


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16 February 1943

At Guantanamo Bay.

Lat 19.921, Long -75.151

[Wind NW and N force 2-3; broken cloud; air temperature average 70°F]


00.00 to 09.00:

Moored port side to pier A Guantanamo Bay.


09.00 to 16.00:

Moored as before. 09.45 BEENSTOCK, Robert J. (550-003) S 2c (R) on report for being out of uniform by Mr. SCHMITZ. 09.45 POSSETTI, Everest C. (562-003) S 2c (R) on report for being out of uniform by Mr. SCHMITZ. 13.30 Party of 5 men from Naval Operating Base aboard to repair galley stove.


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17 February 1943

At Guantanamo Bay.

Lat 19.921, Long -75.151

[Wind variable N force 2-3; broken cloud; air temperature average 70°F]


00.00 to 09.00:

Moored as before. 06.30 Reveille. 08.08 PALMER, Hansel (513-865) S 2c (R) departed on 10 days’ emergency leave. 08.00 Sound party ashore to attack teacher school. 08.20 Party of 5 men from NOB aboard to work on galley range.


16.00 to 24.00:

Moored as before. Liberty granted to Starboard Watch to expire at 23.00 this date. 19.00 BEENSTOCK, Robert J. (550-003) Sea 2c (R) completed 2 hours’ extra duty with 21 hours remaining.


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18 February 1943

At Guantanamo Bay.

Lat 19.921, Long -75.151.

[Wind variable N force 2-3; cloudy; air temperature average 70°F]


00.00 to 09.00:

Moored port side to pier A.


09.00 to 16.00:

Moored as before. 08.45 Commenced taking on water from the dock. 10.25 Commenced taking on electricity from dock. 10.30 Commenced taking on steam from the dock. 13.20 Ensign William S. SCHAILL departed with a party of 10 men for practice and instruction at rifle range. 15.30 Range party returned.


16.00 to 24.00:

Moored as before. 20.00 BEENSTOCK, Robert J. (550-003) Sea 2c (R) completed 2 hours’ extra duty with 19 hours remaining.


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19 February 1943

At Guantanamo Bay.

Lat 19.921, Long -75.151

[Wind variable N force 0-1; cloudy; air temperature average 72°F]


00.00 to 09.00:

Moored as before, port side to pier “A”, Naval Operating Base, Guantanamo Bay.


09.00 to 16.00:

Moored as before. 09.00 KRUEGER, George R Jr. (524-666) Sea 2c R placed on report; out of uniform while working topside. 10.30 Ship’s master gyro returned from gyro repair shop.


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20 February 1943

At Guantanamo Bay.

Lat 19.921, Long -75.151

[Wind mainly calm; broken cloud; air temperature average 74°F]


00.00 to 09.00:

Moored as before, port side to pier “A”, Naval Operating Base, Guantanamo Bay.


16.00 to 24.00:

Moored as before. 19.50 Carried out evening routine. 23.00 Liberty party returned on time.


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21 February 1943

At Guantanamo Bay.

Lat 19.921, Long -75.151

[Wind mainly calm; broken cloud; air temperature average 74°F]


00.00 to 09.00:

Moored as before port side to pier “A”, Guantanamo Bay, Cuba taking on fresh water and receiving electricity and steam from dock. 07.00 Reveille. 08.00 Church party ashore.


09.00 to 16.00:

10.40 Church party returned. 11.15 DONOVAN, William J. (550-410) Sea 2c (R) referred to US Naval Dispensary ambulance status under observation for skull fracture. 11.15 Domestic tanks filled. ECONOMIDES, Thomas J. (546-412) advanced in rating from Sea 1c (R) to SC 3c (R) effective this date. 11.40 QUINONES, Marcial (500-241) M Att 2c (R) placed on report by Ensign W.S. SCHAILL for refusing to obey order given by Officer’s Steward.


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22 February 1943

At Guantanamo Bay.

Lat 19.921, Long -75.151

[Wind variable E force 1-2; broken cloud; air temperature average 74°F]


00.00 to 09.00:

Moored port side to pier “A” Guantanamo Bay Cuba receiving water, steam and electricity from dock. 06.30 Reveille. 07.30 SILCIO, Charles (559-103) M Att 3c placed on report by Ensign W.S. SCHAILL for twice refusing to obey orders.


09.00 to 16.00:

Moored as before. THOMAS, A.E. SoM 3c USS “Fury” [corvette] treated for lacerated wound over right eye. 13.05 Range party departed for small arms range.


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23 February 1943

At Guantanamo Bay.

Lat 19.921, Long -75.151

[Wind variable calm; broken cloud; air temperature average 77°F]


00.00 to 09.00:

Moored port side to pier “A” Guantanamo Bay Cuba receiving water, steam and electricity from dock.


09.00 to 16.00:

Moored as before. 09.15 Small arms range detail departed. 10.50 Received aboard stores for use in general mess. 11.30 Range party returned. 13.00 Held report mast in the cases of the following named men: BEENSTOCK, Robert J. (550-003) Sea 2c (R) for offense as logged 16 February 1943 awarded 2 hours’ extra duty. KRUEGER, George R. Jr. (524-666) Sea 2c (R) for offense as logged 16 February 1943 awarded 2 hours’ extra duty. SILCIO, Charles (559-103) M Att 2c (R) for offense as logged 22 February 1943 awarded 5 hours’ extra duty. QUINONES, Marcial (500-241) M Att 2c (R) for offense as logged 21 February 1943 awarded 2 hours’ extra duty.


16.00 to 24.00:

Moored as before. 16.00 Liberty granted to Starboard Watch to expire 23.00 this date. 16.55 Sound party departed for attack teacher. 20.00 SILCIO, Charles (559-103) M Att 2c (R) completed 2 hours’ extra duty, 3 hours remaining. BEENSTOCK, Robert J. (550-003) Sea 2c (R) completed 2 hours’ extra duty, 19 hours’ extra duty remaining. POSSETTI, Everest C. (562-003) Sea 2c (R), KRUEGER, George R. Jr. (524-666) Sea 2c (R) completed 2 hours’ extra duty, no extra duty remaining. 23.00 Liberty party returned on time.


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24 February 1943

At Guantanamo Bay.

Lat 19.921, Long -75.151

[Wind variable force 1 and calm; broken cloud; air temperature average 77°F]


00.00 to 09.00:

Moored port side to pier “A” Guantanamo Bay, Cuba receiving water, steam and electricity from dock.


09.00 to 16.00:

Moored as before. DERNBACH, John A. (224-573) F 2c advanced in rating from F 2c to F 1c as of 23 February 1943.


16.00 to 24.00:

Moored as before. 16.00 Received aboard 1 tool and material kit for QC equipment. 20.30 BEENSTOCK, Robert J. (550-003) Sea 2c completed 2 hours’ extra duty, 17 hours remaining 21.30 SILCIO, Charles (559-103) M Att 3c (R) completed 3 hours’ extra duty, no hours remaining. 23.00 Liberty party returned on time, with exception of FIFELSKI, Donald J. (544-609) Sea 2c (R) and HARRISON, Calvin H. (513-818) Sea 2c (R).


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25 February 1943

At Guantanamo Bay.

Lat 19.921, Long -75.151

[Wind variable force 1 and calm; broken cloud; air temperature average 77°F]


00.00 to 09.00:

Moored port side to pier “A” Guantanamo Bay, Cuba receiving water, steam and electricity from dock. 00.00 HARRISON, Calvin H. (513-818) S 2c (R) returned aboard 1 hour overleave. 06.30 Reveille. 07.15 FIFELSKI, Donald J. (544-609) S 2c (R) returned aboard 8 hours and 15 minutes absent overleave.


09.00 to 16.00:

09.15 JOHNSTON, William F. (206-909) Cox (P) departed. 13.00 Report mast held by Commanding Officer in the cases of the following named men for offenses as noted in log this date: (1) FIFELSKI, Donald J. (544-609) Sea 2c (R) returned aboard 8 hours and 15 minutes absent overleave; (2) HARRISON, Calvin H. (513-818) Sea 2c (R) returned aboard 1 hour overleave; awarded following sentences respectively: (1) 20 days’ restriction to work on cleaning boilers, (2) 5 days’ restriction.


16.00 to 24.00:

17.15 PERRITT, McRoy (501-558) F 1c in single irons for own safe keeping placed on report for assault with deadly weapon by Ensign W.S. SCHAILL.


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26 February 1943

At Guantanamo Bay.

Lat 19.921, Long -75.151

[Wind variable force 1-3; broken cloud; air temperature average 76°F]


00.00 to 09.00:

Moored port side to pier “A” Guantanamo Bay Cuba receiving water, steam and electricity from dock. 02.00 BEENSTOCK Robert J. (550-003) Sea 2c (R) completed 2 hours’ extra duty,15 hours remaining. PY16 [Zircon”] moored starboard side.


09.00 to 16.00:

Moored as before. 09.20 Lt (jg) John E. SCHMELTZER USCGR departed this date on 10 days’ emergency leave of absence to expire before 12.00 9 March 1943. 09.45 4 officers and 10 men departed for instruction in anti-submarine warfare. 11.00 Range party returned. 12.00 Anti-submarine warfare instruction party returned. 13.00 Report mast held for PERRIT, McRoy (501-558) F 1c (R) for offense as logged 25 February 1943: awarded a Summary Court Martial.14.00 By order of Commanding Officer, PERRITT, McRoy (501-558) F 1c (R) was released from single irons and made a prisoner-at-large to await trial by Summary Court Martial.


16.00 to 24.00:

Moored as before. Liberty granted to Port Watch to expire 23.00 this date. 23.35 BEENSTOCK, Robert J. (550-003) Sea 2c (R) completed 2 hours’ extra duty with 13 hours remaining.


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27 February 1943

At Guantanamo Bay.

Lat 19.921, Long -75.151

[Wind NW backing SW force 1-2; broken cloud; air temperature average 74°F]


00.00 to 09.00:

Moored port side to pier “A” Guantanamo Bay, Cuba receiving water, steam and electricity from dock.


09.00 to 16.00:

Moored as before. 09.30 Summary Court Martial, Lieut (jg) Otto GAICH, USCG, Senior Member, met to try the case of PERRITT, McRoy (501-558) F 1c (R) and adjourned at 11.00 to await action of convening authority, the defendant as noted above to remain a prisoner-at-large awaiting the action of receiving authority. 11.20 Held ship’s inspection. 10.45 Received aboard stores for general mess.


16.00 to 24.00:

Moored as before. 17.00 Secured taking electricity from dock. 20.00 BEENSTOCK, Robert J. (550-003) Sea 2c (R) completed 2 hours’ extra duty, 11 hours remaining.


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28 February 1943

At Guantanamo Bay and en route to Haiti.

Lat 19.921, Long -75.151

[Wind variable force 1-3; broken cloud; air temperature average 74°F]


00.00 to 09.00:

Moored port side to pier “A” Guantanamo Bay, Cuba receiving water, steam and electricity from dock. 06.30 Church party departed.


09.00 to 16.00:

Moored as before. 13.50 DONOVAN, William J. (550-010) Sea 2c (R) reported aboard from US Naval Dispensary for resumption of regular duties. 11.00 Church party returned.


16.00 to 24.00:

21.00 Captain W.H. LEE, USNR aboard for passage as salvage officer. 21.10 Unmoored, underway at various courses and speeds standing out of Guantanamo Bay. Proceeding to the assistance of the SS “State of Maryland” aground off Cape Haitien, Haiti. 21.50 Set course 90°T standard speed 90 RPM. 22.28 Stopped, hot bearing reported by engine room. 22.35 Underway at standard speed 90 RPM on base course 88°T.


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[Crew mentioned]


Name

Badge

Rank

Date Joined

Date Left

Notes

Alfred W. Butt

548-088

Seaman 2c (R)



Advanced to Seaman 1c (R) on 3 Feb 1943

John A. Dernbach

224-573

Fireman 2c



Also mentioned as Dernback
Advanced to Fireman 1c on 24 Feb 1943

Thomas J. Economide

546-412

Seaman 2c (R)



Also mentioned as Economidies, Economides, Economedis
Advanced to Seaman 1c (R) on 14 Feb 1943
Advanced to Ship’s Cook 3c (R) on 21 Feb 1943

Charles R. Evans

548-184

Seaman 2c (R)



Advanced to Seaman 1c (R) on 3 Feb 1943

Clarence Fouraker

222-187

Ship’s Cook 1c (P)



Found absent without leave while restricted to the ship on 4 Feb 1943
Returned aboard on 5 Feb 1943
Awarded deck court on 6 Feb 1943
Rating reduced to Ship’s Cook 2c (P) on 6 Feb 1943

Leonard W. Grimsley

234-006

Seaman 1c



Advanced to Coxswain (P) on 3 Feb 1943

Stewart D. Holmes

220-364

Boatswain’s Mate 2c (P)


3 Feb 1943

Transferred while on temporary duty

William F. Johnston

206-909

Coxswain (P)


25 Feb 1943

Left at Guantanamo

Franklin J. Miller

225-740

Quartermaster 1c (P)



Changed rating to Signalman 1c (P) on 14 Feb 1943

Silvio A. Nunziata

550-040

Seaman 2c (R)



Returned aboard at Guantanamo on 13 Feb 1943

McRoy Perrit

501-558
(501-588)

Fireman 1c (P)



Also mentioned as Perrit McKaye, Perritt McRoy
Placed on single irons for assault on 25 Feb 1943
Summary Court martial awarded on 26 Feb 1943, made Prisoner at large
Summary Court martial held on 27 Feb 1943, adjourned same day

Vernell B. Starnes

222-081

Quartermaster 3c (P)

2 Feb 1943


Also mentioned as Starnes Verdell
Joined at Trinidad


[Passengers mentioned]


Name

Badge

Rank / Occupation

Notes

A. E. Thomas

-

Soundman 3c

Aboard from USS Fury for treatment of wound on 22 Feb 1943

W. H. Lee

-

Captain USNR

Aboard for passage as salvage officer on 28 Feb 1943



LOGS FOR MARCH 1943


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[Crew list]

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[List of officers]


Name

Rank

Address

Date Joined

Date Left

Notes

Robert Raymond Russell

Lieutenant

39 Raven Road, Lowell, MA.
Wife: Martha.




G.G. Van Dyke

Passed Assistant Surgeon USPHS

1225 Nashville Avenue, New Orleans, LA.
Wife: Catherine.


27 Mar 1943

Left at Guantanamo

Otto Gaich

Lieutenant (jg)

839 Taylor Avenue, Alameda, CA.
Wife: Gladys.




John E. Schmeltzer Jr.

Lieutenant (jg) (R)

4420 Brandywine Street NW, Washington, DC.
Mother.


17 Mar 1943

Left at San Juan

Frank Close Schmitz

Ensign

5704 16th Avenue NE, Seattle, WA.
Mother: Frankie.




William S. Schaill

Ensign (R)

36 Bethune Street, New York City, NY.
Wife: Jane.




Russell I. Johnson

Ensign (R)

Cottonwood, ID.
Mother.




Juan J. Del Castillo

Ensign (R)

Seaman Avenue, Bayport, Long Island, NY.
Mother: Ruth.




James Heyward Silcox

Ensign (R)

4 Colonial Street, Charleston, SC.
Mother.

10 Mar 1943


Returned aboard at Guantanamo from temporary duty

William R. Tench

Assistant Surgeon Lieutenant (jg) USPHS


24 Mar 1943


Joined at Guantanamo


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1 March 1943

At sea and at Haiti.

Lat 19.98, Long -72.90

[Wind variable ENE force 4-6; sea slight; broken cloud; air temperature average 76°F]


00.00 to 04.00:

Underway at standard speed 100 RPM on base course 88°T echo ranging. 03.14 Punta Caleta Light abeam to port, distance 13 miles.


12.00 to 16.00:

Underway as before at standard speed 100 RPM on base course 090°T. 12.40 Changed course to 106°T. 13.37 Tortuga Island East Point Light abeam to port, distance 3½ miles.


16.00 to 20.00:

Underway at standard speed 100 RPM on course 106°T. 16.15 Changed to various courses and various speeds entering Cape Haitien Harbor. USAT “State of Maryland” aground on Gran Mouton Shoal, 1100 yards, 153°T from Point Picolet Light. Anchored in 10 fathoms of water to 30 fathoms port chain. 16.55 Captain W.H. LEE USNR and the Commanding Officer departed for USAT “State of Maryland” to obtain grounding information. 18.05 Captain W.H. LEE USNR and Commanding Officer returned with information that the “State of Maryland” was aground forward and along her starboard side drawing 13’6“A” forward normally and on an 11 foot shoal. All liquid cargo had been removed aft and 90 tons general cargo had been discharged into lighters. 18.35 Weighed port anchor altering position to pull on “State of Maryland”. 18.40 Anchored in 10 fathoms water to 75 fathoms starboard chain, 400 yards on port quarter of “State of Maryland”. 18.55 Began running line by motor launch to the grounded vessel.


20.00 to 24.00:

Anchored as before. 20.15 120 fathoms of 10“A” hawser run to and secured on the stern of grounded vessel. 20.35 Hawser secured aboard “Unalga”; began working up slowly to 75 RPM with “State of Maryland” backing full. 20.50 Making 75 RPM increasing slowly to maximum speed. 21.00 Making maximum speed and strain on hawser. 21.05 Hawser parted about 60 fathoms from stern of “Unalga”; engine backed ⅔ and then stopped. Began taking hawser aboard. 22.15 Motor dinghy alongside with messenger from grounded vessel heaving in other half of hawser. 22.40 All hawser aboard; messenger left. Bent on to “Maryland’s” stern. Ceased operations for night, preparing to splice hawser after changing in morning. Result of operations; “State of Maryland’s” stern was slewed around 5° to port with no apparent drag astern. Issued 83 night rations.


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2 March 1943

At Haiti [and at sea].

Lat 19.754, Long -72.184

[Wind E backing ENE force 1-5; sea smooth; broken cloud; air temperature average 76°F]


00.00 to 04.00:

Anchored as before in 10 fathoms of water to 45 fathoms of starboard chain on the following True bearings: Point Picolet 322°, first black buoy 229° T; in Port of Cap Haitien.


04.00 to 08.00:

Anchored as before. 04.15 USAT “State of Maryland” indicated she had floated free by backing her engines. 04.30 Hauled messenger in. 04.45 Hoisted motor boat. 04.49 Underway at various courses and at various speeds standing out of harbor, running back and forth across harbor entrance. 07.10 Proceeding into Cap Haitien, various courses and various speeds.


08.00 to 12.00:

Underway as before. 08.05 anchored in 7 fathoms of water to 30 fathoms port chain in Cape Haitien Harbor.


20.00 to 24.00:

23.35 Weighed anchor proceeding at various courses and speeds out of harbor. Issued 83 night rations.


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3 March 1943

Lat 19.97, Long -74.12

At sea and at Guantanamo Bay.

[Wind NE veering WSW force 2-3; sea slight; broken cloud; air temperature average 76°F]


00.00 to 04.00:

Underway on various courses at ⅓ speed standing out of Cape Haitien Harbor. 00.10 Increased speed to ⅔. 00.40 Increased speed to 100 RPM and commenced screening ahead of USAT “State of Maryland” on base course 293°T. 01.15 Increased standard speed to 105 RPM. 02.20 Reduced standard speed to 95 RPM. 02.50 Changed course to 276°T. 03.04 Tortuga Island East Point Light abeam to starboard, distance 2 miles.


04.00 to 08.00:

Underway screening as before on base course 276°T at standard speed 95 RPM. 04.20 Changed course to 270°T. 05.00 Tortuga Island West Point Light abeam to starboard. 05.15 Changed course to 265°T.


12.00 to 16.00:

Underway as before on base course 265°T at standard speed 100 RPM. 13.15 Changed course to 280°T. 14.25 “State of Maryland” ordered to proceed independently to destination.


16.00 to 20.00:

Underway as before at standard speed 105 RPM on base course 264°T. 16.55 Changed course to 258°T. 17.30 Changed various courses and various speeds standing into Guantanamo Bay.18.10 Moored starboard side to D156 [destroyer “J Fred Talbott”] at fuel dock. 18.48 Commenced taking fuel and water aboard. 18.35 Captain W.H. LEE USNR having completed passage aboard, departed. 19.25 Completed fueling ship, having received aboard 13,325 gallons of fuel oil. Secured taking water aboard. 19.40 Received stores for the general mess. Unmoored; underway changing berths.


20.00 to 24.00:

20.24 Moored port side to HMS [HMCS] “Halifax” at pier Baker. 21.15 Commenced taking on water. 22.40 Secured taking on water. 23.10 ROSARIO Francisco (500-023) M Att 2c (R) and QUINONES Marcial (500-241) M Att 2c (R) placed on report by FOURAKER, Clarence (222-187) SC 2c for washing clothes in galley urns. 23.18 Underway at various courses and speeds standing out of Guantanamo Bay. Issued 83 night rations.


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4 March 1943

At sea en route to San Juan.

Lat 20.02, Long -74.03

[Wind variable NE force 1-3; sea smooth; broken cloud; air temperature average 76°F]


00.00 to 04.00:

Underway at various speeds on various courses standing out of Guantanamo Bay. 00.15 Set course 097°T, speed 80 RPM. 00.30 Changed course to 080°T.


04.00 to 08.00:

Underway at standard speed of 80 RPM on base course 080°T. 05.33 Changed course to 260°T. 06.03 Changed course to 080°T. 06.45 Increased to standard speed of 100 RPM. 07.30 Increased to standard speed of 105 RPM approaching convoy. 07.45 Relieved SC 1030 of two vessels in convoy. Reformed new convoy.


08.00 to 12.00:

Underway as before proceeding to position ahead of convoy on course 082°T standard speed 105 RPM. 09.15 in position; course 082° T standard speed 105 RPM. Screening ahead of convoy.


12.00 to 16.00:

Underway as before screening convoy on base course 082°T at standard speed 105 RPM. 13.00 The Commanding Officer held report mast and assigned punishment as follows: for offense noted in log 3 March 1943. ROSARIO, Francisco (500-231) M Att 2c (R) for washing clothes in galley urn, awarded 10 hours’ extra duty. QUINONES, Marcial (500-286) M Att 2c (R) for washing clothes in galley urn, awarded 10 hours’ extra duty. 13.15 Commenced test-firing .30 caliber machine guns. 13.25 Secured from test-firing having expended 97 rounds of.30 caliber ammunition. 15.25 changed course to 090°T.


16.00 to 20.00:

Underway screening as before on base course 90° T. 16.30 Tortuga Island East Point Light abeam to starboard, distant 10 miles.


20.00 to 24.00:

Underway screening as before on base course 90° T at standard speed 105 RPM. ROSARIO, Francisco (500-231 M Att 2c (R) and QUINONES, Marcial (500-241) M Att 2c (R) completed 4 hours’ extra duty; 6 remaining. Issued 83 night rations.


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5 March 1943

At sea en route to San Juan.

Lat 19.77, Long -69.65

[Wind variable E force 4-6; sea slight; broken cloud; air temperature average 75°F]


00.00 to 04.00:

Underway at standard speed 105 RPM screening convoy on base course 090° T. 03.30 Base course changed to 110°T.


12.00 to 16.00:

Underway as before screening convoy on base course 110°T at standard speed 105 RPM. 13.45 Changed course to 111°T.


20.00 to 24.00:

Underway screening as before on base course 111°T at standard speed 106 RPM. 23.15 Reduced standard speed to 90 RPM. ROSARIO, Francisco (500-231) M Att 2c (R) and QUINONES, Marcial (500-241) M Att 2c (R) completed 4 hours’ extra duty, 2 hours remaining. Issued 83 night rations.


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6 March 1943

At sea and at San Juan.

Lat 18.457, Long -66.111

[Wind variable E force 4-6; sea moderate to rough; cloudy with haze and showers; air temperature average 75°F]


00.00 to 04.00:

Underway as before screening convoy on base course 110°T at standard speed 90 RPM. 00.45 Increased speed to 95 RPM. 03.43 Increased standard speed to 100 RPM.


12.00 to 16.00:

Underway as before screening convoy on base course 110°PGC, 111°T at standard speed 100 RPM. 13.42 Standing into San Juan Harbor. 14.18 Moored port side to US Coast Guard Dock. 14.30 Commenced taking on water from dock.


16.00 to 20.00:

Moored as before. 17.30 Liberty granted to Starboard Watch to expire at 02.00 March 7th 1943.18.00 QUINONES, Marcial (241-500) M Att 2c (R) and ROSARIO, Francisco (500- 231) M Att 2c (R) completed 2 hours’ extra duty, none remaining. 18.50 Unmoored, underway at various courses and speeds proceeding to fuel dock. 19.10 Moored port side to fuel dock pier 9. 19.55 Commenced fueling ship.


20.00 to 24.00:

Moored to pier 9 port side to taking on fuel. 20.30 Completed fueling ship having received aboard 16,493.8 gallons fuel oil. 20.35 Unmoored; underway at various courses and speeds. 20.50 Forward steering station out of commission; steering cable off quadrant. 20.52 Shifted to after steering station, underway as before. 21.13 Number 4 mooring line fouled in screw. 21.20 Moored port side to Coast Guard Dock. 21.20 Received aboard communications and gunnery supplies from Coast Guard Base, Curtis Bay, Maryland. 23.30 Completed repairs on steering cable. 23.40 Salvage launch with diver aboard alongside to repair fouled screw.


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7 March 1943

At San Juan and en route to Guantanamo Bay.

Lat 18.457, Long -66.111

[Wind variable NE force 4-6; sea moderate; broken cloud; air temperature average 75°F]


00.00 to 04.00:

Moored to USCG Base taking on water from dock. 00.45 Hawser cleared of screw; diving party departed. PERRIT, McRoy (501-558) F1C (R) transferred to USCG Base, San Juan. Liberty party returned on time with exception of CARROLL, James M. (208-541) Y 1c who is absent on authorized liberty.


04.00 to 08.00:

Moored as before. 04.50 STARNES, Verdell B. (222-081) QM 3c (P) departed this date on 10 days’ emergency leave granted by the Commanding Officer to expire before noon 17 March 1943. 06.40 Unmoored, underway, on various courses and at various speeds, standing out of San Juan Harbor.


08.00 to 12.00:

Underway screening forward convoy’s starboard bow on base course 278°T at standard speed 95 RPM.


12.00 to 16.00:

Underway as before screening convoy on base course 278°T at standard speed 95 RPM. 14.07 All hands to quarters. Held 20 minutes of calisthenics. 14.30 Secured from quarters. 14.45 Point Borinquen Light abeam to port, distance 6 miles.


20.00 to 24.00:

Underway as before screening on starboard bow of convoy on base course 297°T at standard speed 98 RPM. Issued 80 night rations.


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8 March 1943

At sea en route to Guantanamo Bay.

Lat 19.85, Long -69.82

[Wind ENE veering E force 4-5; sea moderate; broken cloud; air temperature average 75°F]


00.00 to 04.00:

Underway as before screening convoy on base course 297°T at standard speed 98 RPM..


04.00 to 08.00:

Underway screening as before on base course 297°T at standard speed 98 RPM. 05.20 Cape Samana Light sighted bearing 249°T, distant 10 miles.


12.00 to 16.00:

Underway as before screening convoy on base course 297°T at standard speed 98 RPM. 15.43 Gyro compass out of commission, steering by magnetic compass. 15.50 Gyro compass cut back in.


16.00 to 20.00:

Underway screening as before on base course 297°T at standard speed 98 RPM. 16.04 Gyro compass cut out. 16.29 Gyro compass cut back in. 16.45 Changed course to 272°T.


20.00 to 24.00:

Underway as before on base course 272°T at standard speed of 98 RPM. Gyro compass out of commission. Issued 80 night rations.


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9 March 1943

At sea en route to Guantanamo Bay.

Lat 20.22, Long -73.10

[Wind ENE and E force 4-5; sea moderate; broken cloud; air temperature average 75°F]


00.00 to 04.00:

Underway screening as before on base course 272°T, at standard speed 98 RPM.


12.00 to 16.00:

Underway as before screening convoy on base course 235°T at standard speed 98 RPM. 12.07 Reduced standard speed to 90 RPM.


20.00 to 24.00:

Underway as before screening convoy on base course 235°T at standard speed 90 RPM. Issued 80 night rations.


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10 March 1943

At sea and at Guantanamo Bay.

Lat 19.921, Long -75.151

[Wind NE backing NW force 2-4; broken cloud; air temperature average 74°F]


00.00 to 04.00:

Underway screening convoy as before on base course 235°T at standard speed 90 RPM. 01.50 Changed course to 295°T.


04.00 to 08.00:

Underway screening convoy as before on base course 295°T at standard speed of 90 RPM. 04.10 Observed explosion on the horizon, bearing 012°T, distant approximately 20 miles; all hands to General Quarters. 04.35 Increased to standard speed of 105 RPM. 04.45 Secured from General Quarters.


08.00 to 12.00:

Underway as before. Changed course to 320°T and standard speed to 105 RPM screening ahead on starboard bow of convoy. 10.45 Passed abeam to starboard West Point Light close aboard standing in to Guantanamo Bay. 11.15 Moored at west mooring BBS starboard side to.


12.00 to 16.00:

Moored as before. 15.05 Ensign J.H. SILCOX, USCGR reported aboard having completed temporary duty at East Coast Sound School, Key West.


16.00 to 20.00:

Moored as before. 17.19 Unmoored, underway at various courses and speeds proceeding to new berth. 17.42 Moored starboard side to fuel dock. 18.03 Commenced fueling and taking on water. 18.22 Completed fueling ship having received on board 16,584 gallons Navy Standard fuel oil. 18.00 Liberty granted to Port Watch to expire at 23.00 this date. 18.10 The following named men reported aboard for resumption of regular duties having previously reported at ODCGO, 7th Naval District, upon expiration of leave of absence to await transportation to “Unalga”: NEEL, Samuel (205-829) F 1c, BRADFORD, Curtis L. (558-698) Sea 2c (R). 18.10 PENDLETON, Niles C (241-028) F 2c reported aboard for resumption of regular duties having previously reported at ODCGO, 7th Naval District, upon expiration of 10 days’ leave of absence and 5 days’ extension thereof to await transportation to the “Unalga”.18.10 CARROLL, James M. (208-541) Y 1c returned aboard after having reported to the District Coast Guard Officer, 10th Naval District at 07.50 Sunday 7 March 1943 at the expiration of authorized liberty. 18.50 SULLIVAN, Rudolph (223-665) F 1c reported aboard for resumption of regular duties after having completed inpatient treatment and subsequent temporary duty at the US Naval Hospital, Guantanamo Bay, awaiting arrival of “Unalga”. Enlistment extended for a period of 38 days to cover period absent from duty due to own misconduct. 19.11 Unmoored, underway shifting berths. 19.22 Moored port side to starboard side of “Jan Van Brakel” at pier B”.


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11 March 1943

At Guantanamo Bay.

Lat 19.921, Long -75.151

[Wind variable force 0-3; broken cloud with drizzle; air temperature average 74°F]


00.00 to 09.00:

Moored port side to starboard side of “Jan Van Brakel” at pier “B”.


20.00 to 24.00:

Moored as before. 17.00 Liberty granted Starboard Section to expire at 23.00 this date. 20.00 FIFELSKI, Donald J. (544-609) Sea 1c (R), after thorough search of ship was found to be absent without leave from this time and date. This man is in a restricted status. 22.20 FIFELSKI, Donald J. (544-609) Sea 1c (R) returned aboard after having 2 hours and 20 minutes absent without leave. 23.00 Liberty party returned on time.


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12 March 1943

At Guantanamo Bay and en route to San Juan.

Lat 19.921, Long -75.151

[Wind variable E force 2-4; broken cloud; air temperature average 76°F]


00.00 to 09.00:

Moored port side to starboard side of “Jan Van Brakel” at pier “B”.


04.00 to 08.00:

06.10 Underway standing out of Guantanamo Bay, Cuba at various courses and speeds. 06.47 Increased speed to 105 RPM. Screening harbor entrance while making up convoy.


08.00 to 12.00:

Underway at standard speed of 105 RPM screening convoy on various courses. Gyro compass out of commission, steering by magnetic compass. 09.00 Convoy base course set at 170°T. 09.30 Gyro compass cut back in.


16.00 to 20.00:

Underway screening convoy as before at standard speed of 105 RPM on base course 170°T. 16.15 Reduced speed to 103 RPM. 17.17 Navassa Island Light abeam to starboard, distant 8 miles.


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13 March 1943

At sea en route to San Juan.

Lat 17.30, Long -72.43

[Wind SE backing NE force 4-6; sea moderate; broken cloud with squalls; air temperature average 75°F]


00.00 to 04.00:

Underway at standard speed of 103 RPM on base course of 105° (T) 103° gyro. Screening starboard bow of convoy.


08.00 to 12.00:

Underway screening as before on base course 105°T at standard speed 93 RPM. 08.05 Increased standard speed to 97 RPM. 09.00 Increased standard speed to 100 RPM. 11.00 Commanding Officer held ship’s inspection.


20.00 to 24.00:

Underway screening convoy as before on base course 081°T at standard speed 100 RPM. Issued 85 night rations.


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14 March 1943

At sea en route to San Juan.

Lat 18.38, Long -69.85

[Wind mainly NE force 4-6; sea moderate; broken cloud with squalls; air temperature average 76°F]


00.00 to 04.00:

Underway screening convoy on base course 081° (T) 079° (G) at standard speed of 100 RPM. 01.00 Changed course to 039° (T) 037° (G).


08.00 to 12.00:

Underway screening as before on base course 039°T at standard speed 100 RPM. 11.50 Changed course to 125°T. SS “Pollux” detached from convoy standing into Trujillo, Dominican Republic.


20.00 to 24.00:

Underway screening as before on base course 125°T at standard speed 100 RPM. 21.00 Changed course to 081°T. Issued 85 night rations.


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15 March 1943

At sea and at San Juan.

Lat 18.60, Long -66.95

[Wind mainly NE force 4-5; sea moderate; broken cloud; air temperature average 77°F]


00.00 to 04.00:

Underway on course 081°T at 100 RPM screening ahead of convoy. 04.00 Changed course to 000°T.


04.00 to 08.00:

Underway screening convoy as before on base course 000°T at standard speed 100 RPM. 05.58 Mona Island Light abeam to port, distant 14 miles. 06.23 Chain on steering engine gave way, shifted to hand steering, after steering station. Reduced speed to 95 RPM. 06.35 Changed course to 046°T.


08.00 to 12.00:

Underway as before screening on base course 046°T at standard speed 95 RPM using after steering station. 10.05 Steering chain repaired, cut in steering engine and secured after steering station. 10.15 Increased standard speed to 100 RPM. 10.45 Changed base course to 090°T and increased standard speed to 103 RPM.


12.00 to 16.00:

Underway as before. 13.00 Commanding Officer held mast in the case of FIFELSKI, Donald J. (544-609) Sea 2c (R) for having been absent without leave for a period of 2 hours and 20 minutes while in a restricted status on 11 March 1943; sentence: awarded 20 days’ restriction and 12 hours’ extra duty. 15.05 Increased standard speed to 105 RPM.


16.00 to 24.00:

Underway as before screening convoy on base course 090°T at standard speed of 105 RPM. 17.15 Various courses and speeds approaching San Juan Harbor. 17.43 Port San Juan Light abeam to port, close aboard. 18.05 Moored port side to pier No.9, to take on fuel. 18.30 Commenced taking on fuel and water. 19.00 Completed fueling ship, having taken on 20,489.25 gallons of fuel oil. 19.05 Secured taking on water. 19.25. Unmoored, underway, proceeding to new berth at the Coast Guard Dock. 19.45. Moored port side to dock. 24.00 Liberty party returned on time, with the exception of POLANCO, Jaime (500-240) M Att 1c (R), who following a thorough search of the ship was declared absent overleave from this time and date, and GONZALES, Herman (500-202) Sea 1c.


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16 March 1943

At San Juan.

Lat 18.457, Long -66.111

[Wind variable E force 1-5; cloudy; air temperature average 75°F]


00.00 to 09.00:

Moored port side to Coast Guard Dock, receiving water supply from the dock. 06.30 Reveille. 06.30 GONZALEZ, Hernan (500-202) Sea 1c returned aboard after being 6½ hours absent overleave. POLANCO, Jaime (500-240) M Att 1c is absent overleave 9 hours at 09.00 this date.


09.00 to 16.00:

Moored as before.13.40 A board to inquire into the readiness of the US Coast Guard Cutter “Unalga” for sea duty, consisting of the following officers, Senior member Lieut. M.B. HARMISON USNR and Lt (jg) W.B. QUINN USNR. The report of findings and recommendations will be submitted by 17.00, March 16 1943. 14.00 CARROLL, James M. (208-541) Y 1c (A) (P) advanced in rating from Y 1c to CY(a) (P) effective 16 February 1943. BRAY, Charles E. Jr. (220-042) EM 1c (a) (P) advanced in rating from EM 1c (P) to CEM (a) (P) effective 6 March 1943.14.20 GORDON, Arthur R. (561-780) S 1c (R) absent without leave during working hours. 15.25 Unmoored; underway various courses and speeds standing out of San Juan. 15.38 Port San Juan Light abeam to starboard close aboard, increasing speed to maximum at various courses. 15.43 Set degaussing. 15.40 Gyro compass out of commission. 16.00 All hands to mooring stations.16.03 Port San Juan Light abeam to port close aboard. 16.53 Moored port side to US Coast Guard Dock.


16.00 to 24.00:

Moored as before 18.50 GORDON, Arthur R. (561-780) Sea 1c (R) returned aboard by Navy Shore Patrol after being absent without leave 4 hours and 30 minutes. 23.00 GONZALEZ Hernando (500-202) Sea 1c (R) after a thorough search of the ship was found to be absent without leave from this time. POLANCO, Jamie (500-240) M Att 1c returned aboard absent overleave 23 hours this date. 23.00 THOMPSON Charles L. (548-231) Sea 2c (R) placed on report for disobeying an order given by W.S. SCHAILL Ensign. HELFIN, Charles A. (550-374) Sea 2c causing a disturbance at the gangway placed upon report by W.S. SCHAILL Ensign. 24.00 GONZALEZ, Hernando (500-202) Sea 1c (R) returned aboard after being absent without leave 3 hours this day. CAVANAUGH, Thomas J. (251-473) Sea 1c after a thorough search of the ship found to be absent without leave from this date; liberty party returned on time with the exception of CARRINGTON Charles G. (508-194) F 1c (R). And GRIMSLEY, Leonard W. (234-006) Cox. Following a thorough search of the ship these men were declared absent overleave 3 hours and 30 minutes. CAVANAUGH James J. (251-473) Sea 1c placed on report for being under the influence of liquor and out of uniform while carrying ship’s mail.


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17 March 1943

At San Juan.

Lat 18.457, Long -66.111

[Wind variable force 1-4; broken cloud with some drizzle; air temperature average 74°F]


00.00 to 09.00:

Moored port side to Coast Guard Dock, receiving water supply from the dock. 00.45 CARRINGTON, Charles G. (508-194) F 1c returned aboard 45 minutes overleave. 01.10 CAVANAUGH, Thomas J. (251-473) Sea 1c returned aboard 1 hour and 10 minutes absent without leave. 02.00 GRIMSLEY, Leonard W. (234-006) Cox returned aboard after being 2 hours overleave.


09.00 to 16.00:

09.25 BROWN, Herbert W. Jr. (500-250) Sea 1c R departed this date on 5 days’ leave of absence to expire before 12.00 23 March 1943 granted by Commanding Officer. 09.30 QUINONES, Marcial (500-241) M Att 2c (R) departed this date on 15 days’ leave of absence to expire before 12.00 2 April 1943 granted by Commanding Officer. 11.10 APPLEBY, Eugene C. (222-441) MM 1c (P) while in performance of duty received injuries to the left leg, departed for Naval Air Station Dispensary for x-ray for possible fracture. 11.30 Lt (j.g)., John E. SCHMELTZER, US Coast Guard Reserve, specialist, transferred to District Coast Guard Office, 3rd Naval District, for assignment to duty while on authorized leave of absence in the US. 11.35 THUMA, Jack S. (253-107) RM 3c (P), temporary duty made permanent as of this date. 13.00 Commanding Officer held report mast and assigned punishment as follows: POLANCO, Jaime (500-240) M Att 1c (R) for offense noted in log 16 March 1943 awarded 10 days’ confinement at Coast Guard Brig, San Juan, PR. GORDON, Arthur. (561-780) S 1c (R) for offense noted in log 17 March 1943 awarded 11 hours’ extra duty and 11 days’ restriction. GONZALEZ, Hernando (500-202) Sea 1c (R) for offense noted in log 16 March 1943 awarded 13 hours’ extra duty. CARRINGTON, Charles G. (508-194) F 1c (R) for offense noted in log 16 March 1943 awarded 2 hours’ extra duty. THOMPSON, Charles I. (548-231) Sea 2c (R) for offense noted in log 16 March 1943 awarded 10 days’ confinement at Coast Guard Brig, San Juan. HELFIN, Charles A.(550-374) Sea 2c (R) for offense noted in log 16 March 1943 awarded restriction for 10 liberties. GRIMSLEY, Leonard W. (234-006) Cox (P) for offense noted in log of 16 March 1943 awarded 4 hours’ extra duty. 13.00 HAGGERTY, Thomas W. (519-909) Sea 2c R while on duty was under the influence of liquor and unable to appear at report mast for offense noted in log 16 March 1943. 13.00 CAVANAUGH, Thomas J. (251-473) Sea 1c (R) after a thorough search of the ship, was found to be absent without leave from this date on. 14.15 CAVANAUGH, Thomas J. (251-473) S 1c (R) returned aboard after being absent without leave for a period of 1¼ hours. 14.20 GORDON, Arthur (561-780) (R) while restricted and after a thorough search of the ship was found to be absent without leave from this date on. 14.20 Published the findings and sentence in the case of PERRITT, McRoy (501-558) F 1c (R), tried by Summary Court Martial for “assault with a dangerous weapon”. Finding “Guilty”; sentence: “to be discharged from the US Coast Guard with a bad conduct discharge” approved by convening authority.


16.00 to 24.00:

Moored as before. The following named men transferred to Coast Guard Brig San Juan in accordance with sentence awarded at mast of this date: POLANCO, Jaime (500-240) M Att 1c R, THOMPSON, Charles I. (548-241) Sea 2c (R). 16.15 APPLEBY, Eugene (222-441) MM 1c (P) returned from Naval Air Station Dispensary. Placed on light duty. 18.30 HARRISON, Calvin A.(513-818) Sea 2c R returned aboard from absence without leave for a period of 4 hours, 30 minutes by own admission. 19.15 GORDON, Arthur R. (561-780) (R) returned aboard after being absent without leave for a period of 4 hours, 55 minutes. 20.30 GRIMSLEY, Leonard W. (234-006) Cox (P) completed 2 hours’ extra duty with 2 hours remaining 22.00 CLARK, Ray J. (102-053) CSK transferred this date to District Coast Guard Office, 10th Naval District for assignment to temporary duty and further transfer to Commanding Officer Dominican Flotilla for assignment to duty. 22.30 GONZALES, Hernando (500-202) S 1c (R) completed 2 hours, 30 minutes extra duty with 10 hours, 30 minutes remaining. 24.00 Liberty party returned on time with the exception of the following named men still on authorized liberty, NARRAL, Juan (107-731), Off Std 1c and ROSARIO, Francisco (500-231) M Att 2c (R).


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18 March 1943

At San Juan and en route to Guantanamo Bay.

Lat 18.457, Long -66.111

[Wind variable ENE force 2-6; sea moderate to rough; broken cloud with some rain; air temperature average 74°F]


00.00 to 04.00:

Moored port side to Coast Guard Dock, receiving water supply from the dock.


04.00 to 08.00:

Moored as before. 05.00 Following named men transferred this date to report to the District Coast Guard Officer, 10th Naval District for assignment to duty with the Captain of the Port Detail of that place: KROGER, E.G. (513-367) Sea 2c (R); McCRYSTAL, G.E. (542-601) Sea 2c (R); RAULERSON, Leo D. (548-026) Sea 2c (R); THOMPSON, Charles I. (548-231) Sea 2c (R); FIFELSKI, D.J. (544-609) Sea 2c (R); BOOHER, F.J. (517-234) Sea 2c (R). 05.00 Following named men reported aboard for assignment to duty: JACKSON, Carmon E. (612-202) Y 3c (R); also SMITH, Raymond R. (563-010) Sea 2c (R); ARDEN, Michael Jr. (603-816) Sea 2c (R); SCHUYLER, Edmond L. (563-006) Sea 2c (R); SINDICICH, Edward J. (607-647) AS (R); SINDICICH, Nicolas J. Jr. (607-633) AS (R); LANE, Herschel E. (613-900) F 3c (R); SINDELAR, John H. (608-556) AS (R); TULLOS, Laverne C. (613-620) F 3c (R); PORTER, Boyd J. (613-414) F 3c (R); JONE