USS LANSING (DE-388) ACTIVITY LOG

(Excerpted from actual deck logs obtained from National Archives, Washington DC)

(Italicized entries are added by editor)

 

1-1-44 0000 Steaming in formation. Nine escort ships and one tug in company.

0822 Standing into Great sound, Bermuda Islands.

1155 Moored to mooring buoy E-1, Great Sound Bay, Bermuda, BWI

1215 USS EICHENBERGER (DE-202) moored alongside port side

1230 USS UNDERHILL (DE-682) moored alongside starboard side

1500 Held flag hoist drill with USS ALTAIR (AD-11)

1600 Secured from flag hoist drill.

1727 All ships gun crews departed for Naval Operating Base, Bermuda for anti-

aircraft firing practice.

2305 Ship's gun crews returned from Naval Operating Base, Bermuda.

1-3-44 0654 USS UNDERHILL (DE-682) underway

0658 USS EICHENBERGER (DE-202) underway

0705 Underway, standing out to sea for gunnery exercise

0843 Sea buoy abeam to port, steaming in formation, third ship in column astern

of USS PRIDE (DE-323)

0928 Took position number 4 in column astern USS DURANT (DE-389)

1141 Manned battle stations and commenced exercise O-9.

1155 Opened fire on plane-towed sleeve, starboard run, with all 3"/50 cal. Guns,

all 20 MM and 40 MM guns

1156 Ceased firing.

1223 Ceased exercise O-9, having expended the following ammunition: 3"/50

caliber AA-44 rounds; 40MM (Service) - 48 rounds; 20MM (Service) -

315 rounds.

1310 Commenced exercise O-8.

1313 Ceased firing and exercise O-8, having expended the following ammunition:

3"/50 caliber AA - 30 rounds; 40MM (Service) - 32 rounds; 20 MM

(Service) - 315 rounds.

1321 Secured from battle stations

1440 Called all hands to battle stations.

1502 Fired full pattern of Depth Charges, expending 13 charges.

1538 Fired A/S projector Mark 10, expending 24 Service rounds.

1540 Secured from battle stations.

2000 Underway, steaming in formation.

1-4-44 0829 Commenced exercise G-8.

0830 Released two tanks of screening smoke.

0846 Completed exercise G-8.

0930 Resumed position in formation with other ships of division.

1256 Standing into Murray's Anchorage, Bermuda

1329 Anchored in Murrays Anchorage

1606 Underway into Great Sound Bay

1800 Moored starboard side to USS EICHENBERGER (DE-202) to mooring

buoy E-1, Great Sound Bay, Bermuda

1-5-44 1301 Commander Lyons, USN and inspection party from USS HENRY L.

KENYON (DE-683) aboard to conduct BAKER inspection.

1303 All hands to quarters.

1510 All hands to battle stations and conduct battle problem.

1546 All hands secured from battle stations.

1605 Lt. Martin (MC), USNR, and Lt. Taft (SC), USNR, departed for USS

HAMUL (AD-20) after completing BAKER inspection. Commander

Lyons, USN, and inspection party departed for USS HENRY L.

KENYON (DE-683) after completing BAKER inspection.

1-6-44 1231 Held quarters for inspection.

1303 Captain Burchett, USN, Chief Staff Officer, Commander DD-DE

Shakedown Task Group and Lieut. Commander Donald F. Gibson

(MC), USN, Staff Medical Officer came aboard to make departure

inspection "Able".

1414 Captain Burchett, USN and Lt. Commander Gibson

USN, departed having completed departure inspection "Able".

1537 Underway for Charleston, South Carolina, per operations order No. 14-44-

0013933, issued by Commandant Naval Operating Base, Bermuda,

British West Indies.

1-7-44 0335 Picked up radar contact bearing 3230 T, 3240 p.g.c., distance 20 miles

0410 Sounded general alarm, commenced steering various courses to intercept

target.

0438 Identified target as an allied tanker

0440 Secured from general quarters

1-8-44 1030 Commanding Officer made regular weekly inspection of ship

1619 Radar contact target bearing 0790 T, 34000 yards

1644 Sighted target and identified same as allied tanker

1-9-44 0845 Fired 13 charge pattern of depth charges from all "K" Guns and tracks

0939 Steering various channel courses at various speeds standing into Charleston

Harbor.

1145 U.S. Navy Tug CATAWBA (AT-68) alongside to port. Vessel in tow.

1150 U.S. Navy Tug BLACK FOX (YTB 177) alongside to port.

1154 Moored starboard side to Pier G-4, Charleston Navy Yard, Charleston, South Carolina

1-10-44 1740 Lieutenant Commander S. R. Sands, Jr., USCG., was this date advanced to

rank of Commander, as of 1 December 1943.

1-12-44 1339 Underway in tow by two Navy Tugs, proceeding to dry dock

1402 Entered drydock number one

1420 Secured in drydock number one, Charleston Navy Yard

1-13-44 0700 Commenced flooding dry dock

0740 Dock flooded

0846 Underway in tow of two Navy Tugs enroute to dock G-2, Charleston Navy Yard

0932 Moored starboard side to USS FALGOUT (DE-324) at Pier G-4, Charleston Navy Yard

1-17-44 0545 Commenced receiving fuel oil from YO-22

0832 Completed fueling of ship. Received 40,050 gallons

1-18-44 0830 Underway assisted by two Navy tugs.

0835 Tugs departed. Vessel underway standing out to sea in accordance with CTF

23, Dispatch 171430

0845 Commenced runs on degaussing range

0900 Completed degaussing runs

0934 Commenced Radio Direction Finder calibration, and compass comparisons.

1035 Completed calibration, standing out to sea

1230 Stopped starboard engine due to shaft overheating. Ceased zigzag.

1248 All engines ahead at 290 RPM.

1600 Changed course in order to offset repairs to sound gear

1850 Radar contact bearing 047T, distance 22,000 yards

1910 Radar contact determined to be unidentified US Navy Blimp

1-20-44 0800 Standing into New York Harbor.

1059 Moored port side to North side of Pier 9, Thompkinsville, Staten Island, NY

1-22-44 0010 Underway in accordance with Commander Task Force 23 despatch and Commander Task

Group 02.9 despatch operating with Escort Division 13, (USS FROST [DE-144]

USS HUSE [DE-145], USS INCH [DE-146], USS SNOWDEN [DE-246]

USS STANTON[DE-247], USS SWASEY [DE-248]) escorting New York Section

Convoy UGS-31 to Norfolk, Virginia

0800 Underway forming convoy while standing down Swept Channel, New York,

New York

0847 Took station on starboard flank of convoy zigzagging on Patrol Plan 3-A.

Speed of advance 9.5 knots.

1122 Lost one Mark IX Depth Charge, set on safe, while testing hydraulic release

system in Latitude 39039 North, Longitude 7004015 West, in

fourteen (14) fathoms of water.

1500 All hands to battle stations.

1550 Secured from battle stations.

1600 Sounds General Quarters to investigate sound contact.

1611 Secured from General Quarters.

1-23-44 0000 Underway on base course 1910 True at 210 RPM, on zigzag Patrol Plan 3-A,

screening convoy UGS-31, bearing 0750 Relative, distance 3000 yards

from guide ship 71.

0300 Convoy commenced forming in column single file.

0559 Standing down Swept channel to Chesapeake Bay.

0800 Standing into Norfolk Swept Channel.

1240 Maneuvering on various courses at various speeds guiding convoy into Swept Channel.

1447 Released from further duty with convoy UGS-31 (New York Section) by Commander

Escort Division 13

1455 Chesapeake Bay Entrance lighted whistle buoy abeam to starboard.

1510 Standing up Thimble Shoal Channel. General Quarters depth charge party

held one (1) hour depth charge drill.

1735 Moored port side to starboard side USS DURANT (DE-389) on south side

of Pier 5, Naval Operating Base, Norfolk, Virginia

1-24-44 0755 Shift mooring lines to permit USS DURANT (DE-389) and USS VANCE DE-387)

to undock

0805 Moored port side to USS EICHENBERGER (DE-202)

1240 USS LANSING (DE-388) ordered to report to Commander Escort Division

46 for duty afloat in training Destroyer Escort crews

1-25-44 0725 Four officers and 109 enlisted men reported aboard for training afloat

0811 Underway standing into Elizabeth River Channel

0834 Entered Hampton Roads Channel

0852 Passed through harbor net gate.

0905 Standing down Thimble Shoal Channel. Commenced holding various drills

for Training Crew.

0925 Standing into Lower Chesapeake Bay, conducting scheduled exercises for

Training crew.

1136 Anchored one (1) mile East of York Spit Channel to thirty (30) fathoms of

Starboard chain in seventeen (17) fathoms of water.

1556 Passed through Harbor Net Gate.

1711 Moored portside to USS PRIDE (DE-323) at South side of Pier 5, Naval Operating Base,

Norfolk, Virginia

1810 USS CHAMBERS (DE-391) moored to starboard side

1-26-44 0744 Five officers and 140 enlisted men from USS RICHARD S BULL (DE-402) reported

aboard for training afloat. ENS W.T. DOOR departed in charge of a party of twenty-four (24)

enlisted men for gunnerytraining at the Anti-Aircraft Training Center, Dam Neck, Virginia

0758 Underway standing into Hampton Roads

0830 Passed through Harbor Net Gate. Training crew of DE-402 commenced holding drills

1400 Held one hour depth charge drill.

1411 Underway to rendezvous with Exercise Group at Buoy 10

1437 Made rendezvous with Exercise Group

1540 Standing up Thimble Shoal and into Hampton Roads

1746 Moored starboard side to port side USS FALGOUT (DE-324) at Pier 5,

Naval Operating Base, Norfolk, Virginia

1800 ENS W.T. DOOR and party of 24 enlisted men returned from gunnery training

at the Anti-Aircraft Training Center, Dam Neck, Virginia

1-27-44 0708 ENS W.T. DOOR departed in charge of a party of twenty-four (24) enlisted men

for gunnery training at the Anti-Aircraft Training Center, Dam Neck, Virginia

0720 Shifted mooring to permit USS EICHENBERGER (DE-202) to depart.

0745 Five officers and 130 enlisted men from USS RICHARD S BULL (DE-402)

reported aboard for training afloat

0814 Underway.

0949 Training crew commenced anti-submarine exercise on ping boat.

1100 Training crew engaged in heaving line drill and instructions in painting and seamanship.

1150 Completed all exercises.

1323 Training crew to battle stations

1355 Underway, training crew secured from battle stations

1510 Standing into Thimble Shoal channel

1535 Passed through harbor net gates

1550 Stopped all engines, drifting

1700 Underway standing into berth

1741 Moored port side to USS VANCE (DE-387) at Pier 5, Naval Operating Base,

Norfolk, Virginia

1750 ENS W.T. DOOR and party of 24 enlisted men returned from gunnery training

at the Anti-Aircraft Training Center, Dam Neck, Virginia

1-28-44 0715 ENS W.T. DOOR departed in charge of a party of twenty-four (24) enlisted men

for gunnery training at the Anti-Aircraft Training Center, Dam Neck, Virginia

0740 Four officers and 108 enlisted men of crew of USS AHRENS (DE-575) reported aboard for

training afloat

0804 Underway into Elizabeth River Channel

0822 Anchored. Commenced training

1626 Underway

1715 Moored portside to USS VANCE (DE-387) at south side of Pier 5, Naval Operating Base,

Norfolk, Virginia

1735 Officers and men of DE-575 (USS AHRENS ) departed, having completed

days scheduled training exercises.

1-29-44 0710 ENS W.T. DOOR departed in charge of a party of twenty-four (24) enlisted men

for gunnery training at the Anti-Aircraft Training Center, Dam Neck, Virginia

0740 Four officers and 151 enlisted men of USS JOHN M BERMINGHAM (DE-530) reported

aboard for training afloat

0751 Underway in Elizabeth River Channel

0805 Underway on degaussing range

0844 Anchored in Hampton Roads, Virginia

0930 Training crew engaged in lowering and hoisting of motor whaleboat

1030 Training crew to battle stations

1135 Training crew secured from battle stations.

1300 Training crew to battle stations

1330 Secured from battle stations

1415 Training crew engaged in flag hoist drill

1455 Training crew engaged in hoisting motor whaleboat.

1604 Anchor aweigh

1620 Moored port side to USS FALGOUT (DE-324) at south side of Pier 5,

Naval Operating Base, Norfolk, Virginia

1645 Training crew of DE-530 (USS JOHN M BERMINGHAM) departed

1700 ENS W.T. DOOR and party of twenty-four (24) enlisted men returned from

gunnery training at the Anti-Aircraft Training Center, Dam Neck, Virginia

1-31-44 0715 ENS W.T. DOOR departed in charge of a party of twenty-four (24) enlisted men

for gunnery training at the Anti-Aircraft Training Center, Dam Neck, Virginia

0720 One Officers Steward and three Stewards Mates trainees aboard

0730 Four officers and 102 enlisted men of USS JOHN M BERMINGHAM (DE-530) reported

for training afloat

0827 Underway into Elizabeth River Channel

0835 Ran degaussing range to check degaussing

0841 Standing out of Hampton Roads enroute to Exercise Area.

0900 Underway as before conducting exercises for training crew.

1107 Held steering casualty drill

1111 Secured from steering casualty drill

1147 Anchored in lower Chesapeake Bay

1257 Underway

1536 Standing up Thimble Shoal Channel into Hampton Roads

1640 Running degaussing range to check degaussing

1709 Moored portside to USS THOMAS (DE-102) at south side of Pier 5, Naval

Operating Base, Norfolk, Virginia

1720 Training crew of DE-530 (USS JOHN M BERMINGHAM) departed, having

completed scheduled training

1725 ENS W.T. DOOR and gunnery party returned from Anti-Aircraft Training

Center, Dam Neck, Virginia

2-1-44 0715 ENS W.T. DOOR and party of twenty-four (24) enlisted men departed for Dam

Neck, Virginia, for gunnery training at Anti-Aircraft Training Center.

0730 Four Stewards Mates reported aboard from Naval Training Station, Norfolk,

for training afloat

0740 Four officers and 146 enlisted men from USS WISEMAN (DE-667)

reported aboard for one day of scheduled training afloat

0755 Underway in Elizabeth River Channel.

0805 Anchored in Hampton Roads

0900 Training Crew of DE-667 engaged in the following drills and instruction:

battle stations, war cruising watches, boat drill, special sea details, line

handling and seamanship, painting, cleaning, operation of handy billy

and portable submersible pump.

1455 Underway in Hampton Roads

1530 Ran degaussing range to check degaussing

1555 Completed degaussing check.

1600 Training crew DE-667 (USS WISEMAN) secured from all drills and instruction.

1617 Moored portside to USS LOWE (DE-325) south side Pier 5, Naval Operating Base,

Norfolk, Virginia

1645 Four (4) Stewards Mates, aboard for one day of training afloat, departed for

Naval Training Station, Norfolk, Virginia.

1700 Four (4) officers and one hundred forty-six (146) enlisted men of DE-667

(USS WISEMAN) departed for Naval Training station, Norfolk,

Virginia, having completed one day of scheduled training afloat.

1730 ENS W.T. DOOR and party of twenty-four (24) enlisted men returned from

Anti-Aircraft Training Center, Dam Neck, Virginia.

2-2-44 0705 ENS W.T. DOOR and twenty-four (24) enlisted men departed for gunnery

training at the Anti-Aircraft Training Center, Dam Neck, Virginia

0710 Four Stewards Mates reported aboard from naval Training Station, Norfolk

0730 Four officers and 121 enlisted men of PF-56 (USS COVINGTON) reported

aboard for one day scheduled training afloat

0806 Underway for training

0816 Anchored in Hampton Roads, Virginia

0900 All officers and crew aboard, not previously inoculated, receiving Yellow Fever injections

0905 Training crew to battle stations

1000 Training crew secured from battle station

1024 Underway standing into dock to effect repairs to anchor windlass.

1035 Moored port side to south side of Pier 5, Naval Operating Base, Norfolk VA

1305 Four (4) enlisted men from USS ALCOR (AR-10) aboard to repair anchor windlass.

1530 Four (4) Stewards Mates departed, having completed one day of training afloat.

1600 ENS W.T. DOOR and party of twenty-four (24) enlisted men returned from

Anti-Aircraft Training center, Dam Neck, Virginia.

2-3-44 0600 Anchor windlass undergoing examination and repair. ENS W.T. DOOR and

party of twenty-four (24) enlisted men departed for Anti-Aircraft

Training Center, Dam Neck, Virginia, for gunnery training

0710 Four Stewards Mates reported aboard from Naval Training Station, Norfolk, for

one day of instruction afloat

0745 Seven officers and 118 enlisted men of crew of PF-56 (USS COVINGTON)

reported aboard for one day scheduled training afloat

1515 Four (4) Stewards Mates from naval Training Station, Norfolk, Virginia,

aboard for one day of training afloat, departed having completed scheduled training.

1520 Seven officers and 118 enlisted men of crew of PF-56 (USS COVINGTON)

departed for Naval Training station, Norfolk, Virginia, having completed scheduled training

1646 ENS W.T. DOOR and party of twenty-four (24) enlisted men returned from

gunnery training at Anti-Aircraft Training Center, Dam Neck, Virginia.

1800 Repairs to Anchor Windlass completed, repair party from USS ALCOR (AR-10) departed.

2-4-44 0715 One Officers Steward and three (3) Stewards Mates reported on board for

training from Naval Training Station, Norfolk, Virginia

0750 USS LOWE (DE-325) unmoored from starboard side

1545 One Officers Steward and three (3) Stewards Mates, aboard from Naval

Training Station, Norfolk, Virginia for training departed

1555 USS STEWARD (DE-238) moored alongside to starboard

1700 Received from U.S. Naval Ammunition Depot, Portsmouth, Virginia, two

(2) filled Elco Smoke Tanks. Delivered to U.S. Naval Ammunition

Depot, Portsmouth, Virginia, two (2) empty Elco Smoke Tanks

2-5-44 0930 Commenced taking on fuel. Draft forward Nine (9) feet eleven (11) inches;

twelve (12) feet six (6) inches aft.

1030 Commanding Officer held ship inspection.

1455 Completed taking on fuel. Received twenty-seven thousand eight hundred

thirty-one (27,831) gallons of fuel. Draft aft twelve (12) feet six (6)

inches, forward ten (10 feet seven (7) inches.

2-6-44 1425 Underway in accordance with operational order of CTF 23.

1430 Ran degaussing range to test degaussing

1512 Standing down Thimble Shoal Channel.

1624 Cape Henry Light abeam to starboard, distance three (3) miles

1637 Standing down swept channel. Assumed assigned station on USS CORE (CVE-13)

2-7-44 0000 Underway in company with USS VANCE (DE-387) escorting USS CORE (CVE-13)

from Norfolk, Virginia, to New York, New York

1015 Commenced depth charge loading and depth setting drill

1025 New York Harbor swept channel buoy A abeam to starboard.

1115 Secured from depth charge drill

1324 Entered anti-submarine boom net defenses

1405 Anchored off Pier 10, Tompkinsville, Staten Island, New York.

1408 YT-344 (SWATANE) alongside to starboard

1413 Underway proceeding to moor

1420 YT-344 (SWATANE) departed

1418 Moored port side to Pier 10, Berth 8, Naval Section Base, Tompkinsville,

Staten Island, New York

1440 USS VANCE (DE-387) moored alongside to starboard

2-9-44 1253 Six (6) officers, together with nine (9) Sound Men and sixteen (16) enlisted men from

depth charge crew received four (4) hours training on Attack

Teacher at Pier 9, Naval Section Base, Staten Island, New York

2-10-44 0645 Underway standing down New York Harbor and Ambrose Channel in

accordance with Operational Order of CTF 23, from New York to Norfolk, Virginia

1200 Underway forming convoy.

1320 All hands to battle stations. Repair parties engaged in streaming FXR gear.

20MM gun crews and depth charge party receiving instructions, 3/50

Caliber gun crews engaged in loading drill. One (1) round of 3/50

Caliber Anti-Aircraft ammunition disposed of over side due to faulty fuse.

1430 Secured from battle stations and drills, Repair Parties continued streaming FXR gear

1440 Convoy base course set at 1960 true and p.g.c., speed of advance six (6) knots

1530 FXR gear streamed and operating satisfactorily

1545 Repair parties secured.

1600 Underway screening convoy. Increased speed to nine (9) knots.

1917 Departed day escort station and assumed night station

2-11-44 0000 Underway zigzagging on base course 1960 true escorting convoy UGS-33

from New York to Norfolk, Virginia, speed of advance 9.5 knots.

0625 Departed night escort station and assumed day station

1155 Norfolk swept channel buoy XS abeam, convoy forming two columns

1200 Underway maneuvering to gather convoy, scattered as result of thick fog

1525 Escorting six ships of convoy

2115 Standing into Thimble Shoal Dredged Channel.

2216 Passed through Net gate.

2239 Standing up Elizabeth River.

2324 Moored starboard side to USS DURANT (DE-389) on North side of Pier 2, Naval

Operating Base, Norfolk, Virginia

2-12-44 1230 Tested depth charge hydraulic system, found to be in good working order

1430 Commenced fueling.

1530 Completed fueling, draft forward ten (10) feet four (4) inches, draft aft

twelve (12) feet six (6) inches; having received 10571 gallons fuel oil

1544 Underway to anchorage off buoy 1, Thimble Shoals Channel

1653 Thimble Shoal Channel Lighted Buoy abeam to port

1702 Anchored in Lynnhaven Roads, Virginia

2-13-44 0433 Underway standing down Lynnhaven Roads

0440 Lighted White dredging Buoy abeam to port

0530 Standing down swept channel at two-thirds speed

1134 Entrance buoy XS abeam to port

1210 Maneuvering for screening and forming convoy (UGS-33)

1330 All gun crews engaged in drills. Repair Party Three engaged in closure drills

1415 Secured from quarters and all drills

1505 Training film exhibited to all Damage Control personnel.

1530 Maneuvering to assume station in convoy

1600 Underway as before, maneuvering to assume station in escort plan

1610 Maintaining station in escort plan at two-thirds speed. Convoy speed of

advance six (6) knots.

1752 Departed station to deliver spare parts to USS CHAMBERS (DE-389) for

chemical recorder (Ed. - log error, should be DE-391)

1840 Assumed assigned escort station

2-14-44 0000 Underway in North Atlantic, zigzagging, escorting convoy UGS-33 Speed

of advance is six (6) knots.

0455 Underwater sound contact, called watch to action stations, contact proved

to be echo from wake of accompanying escort vessel

0500 Secured from action stations

0721 Departed station to investigate vessel bearing 1030 true, distance seven

thousand (7000) yards. Vessel responded satisfactorily to challenge.

0703 Convoy speed of advance now eight (8) knots.

0756 Assumed assigned station in escort plan

1000 Commenced zigzagging on Patrol Plan 2A

1200 Commenced zigzagging on Plan 3A. Speed of advance increased to nine (9) knots.

1320 Mustered all hands at quarters; the following drills and instructions were

held: battle stations, 3/50 Caliber loading drill, 20MM and depth

charge instruction, Damage Control parties viewing damage control motion pictures.

1500 Secured from battle stations and all drills and instructions.

2000 Underway as before zigzagging in accordance with Patrol Paln 3A, speed of

advance nine (9) knots.

2-16-44 0000 Underway in North Atlantic escorting Convoy UGS-33 enroute North Africa. Speed

of advance is nine (9) knots.

0730 Speed of advance is seven (7) knots.

0930 Speed of advance is nine (9) knots.

1300 Commenced patrolling on Patrol Plan 3A

1950 Departed escort station to close port column of convoy to signal ships to dim lights.

2000 Underway as before steering various courses and speeds signaling ships to dim lights.

2027 Resumed regular escort station patrolling accordance Plan 3A

2-17-44 1304 All hands to battle stations. Commenced test firing all guns in accordance

with orders from Commander Task Force 66

1335 Secured from test firing and battle stations. Expended the following Service

ammunition: Seven (7) rounds 3/50 Caliber Anti-Aircraft; eight (8)

rounds 40 MM; three hundred seventy-seven (377) rounds 20MM. No casualties.

2-18-44 1030 Commanding Officer held weekly ships inspection below decks.

1345 Depth charge parties held drill. Radar and Sound men view training film.

2-20-44 2035 Ceased using plan 3A, commenced patrol on erratic courses.

2-21-44 1320 Mustered crew at quarters; the following drills were held: battle stations,

3/50 Caliber gun crews, sections two (2) and three (3) held loading

drill, all 20MM gun crews held drills, Damage Control parties held shoring drill.

1427 Secured from battle stations.

1445 Secured from all drills.

2-22-44 0940 Ceased patrolling plan 3A, commenced steering erratic course.

1630 Speed of advance no eight (8) knots.

2-24-44 0800 Speed of advance nine (9) knots.

0830 Speed of advance six (6) knots.

0930 Speed of advance nine (9) knots

2-25-44 0800 Commenced patrolling on plan 3A

1030 Commanding Officer held weekly ships inspection below decks

1300 Mustered crew at quarters. The following drills were held: battle stations,

3/50 Caliber gun loading drill, 20MM gun drill, flashing light drill.

1445 Secured from battle stations and all drills. Surveyed one (1) round 3/50

caliber Illuminating and two (2) rounds 3/50 Caliber Anti-Aircraft

ammunition because of projectiles having become unseated from case.

1641 Departed regular escort station to assume temporary station ahead of Number 41

1741 Returned to regular escort station

1800 Commenced patrolling station on Patrol Plan 3A

1904 Ceased patrolling station on Patrol Plan 3A.

2-26-44 0700 Commenced patrolling escort sector using Patrol Plan 3A

1915 Ceased patrolling on Plan 3A

2-28-44 1300 Mustered crew at quarters; the following drills were held: battle stations;

20MM and 3/50 Caliber gun crews loading drill depth charge drill

drills in streaming FXR gear.

1405 Secured from battle stations and all drills

1600 Convoy speed of advance reduced to seven and on-half (7 ) knots.

2-29-44 0700 Commenced patrolling escort sector using Patrol Plan 3A

0830 Speed of advance six (6) knots.

1402 Speed of advance increased to seven (7) knots. Radar and Sonar men

received one (1) hour instruction on materiel. Damage Control parties

held one (1) hour discussion on War Damage Reports.

3-1-44 0000 Underway in North Atlantic escorting convoy UGS-33 enroute North

Africa; patrolling using patrol plan 3A. Speed of advance is seven (7) knots.

0730 Ceased patrolling on Patrol Plan 3A

0835 Speed of advance 8.5 knots, patrolling on plan 3A

1300 Mustered the crew at quarters; the following drills were held Battle stations

1317 Fire drill for Damage Control parties, fire in I.C. Room and First Lieutenants locker

1318 First extinguisher and hose on scene; 3:/50 Caliber gun crews held loading drill; FXR

instruction and drill

1330 Secured from battle stations and fire drill

1410 Secured from all drills. Radar and Sonar men receiving instruction in materiel

for one (1) hour

1515 Changed convoy Base course and increased speed of advance to 8.7 knots

1800 Increased speed to full, steering various courses to assume new station on starboard flank

of convoy

1820 Assumed new station

1823 Departed station to investigate Number 32, which was out of station

1854 Called all gun crews to battle stations

1910 Returned to station

1955 Secured gun crews from battle stations

3-2-44 0155 Sighted Cape Spartel Light bearing 076 true distant approximately twenty (20) miles

0300 Ceased Patrol Plan 3A. Maneuvering on various courses at various speeds standing

into Strait of Gibraltar Swept Channel

0735 Changed base course, speed of advance now five and one-half (5 ) knots.

Maintaining station on starboard flank of convoy

1010 Task Force 66 relieved of duty as escort for convoy UGS-33, enroute Casablanca orders

of CTF 66 . Standing out of Gibralter Straits

1105 Steering various course, various speeds standing out of swept channel

1548 Maneuvering into formation

1707 Commenced zigzagging using plan No. 5 making good 8.6 knots, speed of advance

3-3-44 0000 Underway in North Atlantic enroute from Gibralter to Casablanca, French Morocco

0542 Ceased zigzagging

0655 Casablanca swept channel buoy A abeam to starboard

1055 Anchored in Casablanca swept channel

1228 Commenced heaving around on anchor

1236 Underway standing into Casablanca harbor

1248 Passed through boom defenses

1300 Moored port side to USS COSSATAT (AO-77) at berth 21 Naval Operating Base,

Casablanca, French Morocco

1347 Commenced taking on fuel from Tanker COSSATAT (AO-77)

1355 USS MERRILL (DE-392) moored to starboard side

1525 Fueling completed, having received 37.635 gallons Diesel fuel oil

3-4-44 0930 Four (4) officers and eight (8) enlisted men attended Attack Teacher training at Naval

Operating Base, Casablanca, French Morocco

1300 Liberty granted to Section Two and one-half of Section Three, to expire at 2200,

this date

2200 Liberty party returned on time

3-5-44 1245 Granted liberty to First Section and one-half of Third Section, to expire at 2200,

this date

2200 Liberty party returned on time

3-7-44 1130 HATCH, W.T. S1c suffered broken humerus bone in right arm in attempting to clean

the water extractor in the laundry

1230 HATCH, W.T. S1c transferred to U.S. Naval Hospital, Casablanca, French Morocco

1350 Mustered the crew at quarters. No absentees

1355 USS MERRILL (DE-392) departed from starboard side

1400 Secured from quarters. Made all preparations for getting underway

1412 Underway in obedience to verbal orders of Commander Task Force 66

1427 Set standard speed fifteen (15) knots

1449 Swept channel buoy X abeam to starboard

1540 Called all hands to battle stations

1617 Secured from battle stations

1622 Swept channel buoy A abeam to port. Speed of advance is ten (10) knots

1715 Speed of advance now 16.6 knots, steaming in column open order in

company with nine (9) ships

3-8-44 0000 Underway in North Atlantic in Task Force 66. Speed of advance is 16.6 knots

0028 All hands to battle stations. Conducted night firing and depth charge operations

in accordance with operation order Spangle of Commander Task Force 66

0223 Secured from battle stations and operation Spangle. Expended fourteen (14)

rounds 3/50 Caliber Illuminating Ammunition and four (4) depth charges

0540 Reduced speed of advance to eight (8) knots

0655 Increased speed of advance to ten (10) knots Sighted convoy on

starboard bow, distance 8 miles

0730 Departed formation to assume assigned escort station on Convoy GUS-32

0821 Assumed station in escort screen, position 4, escorting Convoy GUS-32 from North Africa

to United States

1000 Commenced patrolling on Plan 3A

3-9-44 1110 Ceased patrolling on Plan 3A

1117 Resumed patrolling on Plan 3A

1800 Speed of advance now 9.3 knots

1830 Convoy made exercise emergency turn to starboard

1841 Convoy made emergency turn to port

3-10-44 0705 Ceased patrolling on Plan 3A; using a modified patrol

0800 Patrolling station, speed of advance is 9.3 knots

0918 Speed of advance reduced to nine (9) knots

1100 Commanding Officer held weekly ships inspection below decks

3-11-44 0804 Speed of advance increased to nine and one-half (9 ) knots

1000 Commanding Officer held weekly inspection above decks

1308 All gun crews to battle stations. Held gun and depth charge drill

1325 Gun crews secured from battle stations

3-12-44 1410 Held small arms drill. Expended one thousand (1000) rounds of .22 Caliber ammunition

3-13-44 0650 Discovered ships stack aflame, caused by gases igniting carbon deposits in stack.

Fire immediately brought under control

1245 Sounded standby alarm

1254 Departed station investigating underwater sound contact

1304 Secured from standby

1345 Resumed station. Underwater sound contact proved to be wake echo

3-16-44 1600 Held small arms target practice; expended seven hundred (700) rounds of .

22 Caliber and eighty-three (83) rounds of .45 Caliber ammunition

1720 Half masted colors in honor of deceased merchant seaman

1750 Two blocked colors

3-17-44 1030 Commanding Officer held weekly ships inspection below decks

3-18-44 1155 Commanding Officer held weekly ships inspection topside

1615 Held Small Arms drill; expended 300 rounds of .22 Caliber ammunition

1850 Called all hands to battle stations

1900 Secured from battle stations

3-19-44 2100 Sounded alert, investigating sound contact

2110 Secured from alert, contact proved to be wake echo

3-22-44 0400 Underway as before. Patrolling assigned station. Speed of advance is eight (8) knots

0700 New York Section of GUS-32 broke off. Maneuvering to assume new station on port beam

of Chesapeake Section

0800 Underway as before maneuvering various courses and speeds while forming Convoy

0830 Assumed station ten degrees (100) forward of the port beam of number 11, distance

three thousand (3000) yards

1015 Speed of advance increased to ten (10) knots

1201 Speed of advance increased to eleven (11) knots

1645 Assumed patrol station on port side of convoy, abeam of leading ship,

distance two thousand (2000) yards

1835 Assumed new position abeam of number 31

3-23-44 0000 Underway in North Atlantic escorting Chesapeake Section of Convoy

GUS-32 enroute Chesapeake Bay

0015 Sighted buoy XS bearing 2700 true, distant approximately six (6) miles

0100 Commenced patrolling port flank of convoy

0232 Standing up swept channel in Chesapeake Bay

0239 Buoy XS abeam to port

0251 Buoy SO1 abeam to port

0725 Swept channel buoy 2 CB abeam to port

0730 Standing down channel

0750 Buoy Sugar 14 abeam to starboard. Commenced maneuvering around buoy

1200 Standing out of Norfolk swept channel

3-24-44 0000 Underway in North Atlantic enroute New York in company with the

USS VANCE (DE-387), USS CALCATERRA (DE-390),

and USS MERRILL (DE-392) Speed of advance is 15 knots

0630 Standing up swept channel to Ambrose Lightship

0820 Buoy Item abeam standing up Ambrose Channel

0912 Passed through nets, maneuvering Gravesend Bay preparing to anchor

0925 Anchored in Gravesend Bay

1000 Tug T F CARROLL and ammunition barge alongside

1013 Barge and tug departed having received 40 Mark IX depth charges

1023 Commenced heaving around

1027 Underway enroute to Navy Yard, Brooklyn

1138 Navy tug alongside

1145 Maneuvering to dock at Navy yard

1151 Moored starboard side to port side of USS VANCE (DE-387) at pier C3 Navy Yard,

Brooklyn, N.Y.

1805 Navy yard tug alongside. Underway to drydock #4 Navy Yard, Brooklyn, New York

1845 Navy Yard tug departed. Secured in drydock #4, Navy Yard, Brooklyn, New York

2020 Dock empty

3-25-44 0800 Yard workmen aboard making repairs and alterations

2245 Fire reported under Mark 51 gun director on flying bridge. Three 15 lb extinguishers of

CO2 were used after which a careful check was made for damage

2254 Fire reported out, no discernible damage, smoke apparently caused by welding heat on

the Deck Tread surface of flying bridge

3-26-44 1415 Ships boat removed to Navy Yard Boat Shop

3-27-44 0802 Commenced flooding dry dock

0847 Bow afloat

0853 Stern afloat. Navy Yard workmen aboard making repairs and alterations

1013 Navy Yard tug YT 475, alongside. Departed from drydock #4, Navy Yard, Brooklyn,

New York. Underway in tow, USS VANCE (DE-387) moored to starboard side

1029 Moored pier H, Navy yard, Brooklyn alongside USS Murphy (DD-623)

1330 Navy Yard tug alongside. Underway in tow

1335 Moored port side of USS Blue (DD-744) in berth 15, pier J, Navy Yard, Brooklyn,

New York, with USS Vance (DE-387) moored to starboard side.

3-29-44 2200 Received from Navy Supply, Navy Yard, Brooklyn, N.Y., two (2) chiffoniers and

two (2) berths (Ed. Chiffonier - A narrow, high chest of drawers or bureau,

often with a mirror attached.)

3-30-44 0830 Received from Master Rigger, Navy Yard, Brooklyn, N.Y., two (2) sets of life raft

lashings. Navy Yard workmen aboard making various repairs and alterations

3-31-44 1030 Received from optical laboratory 10 Mark 14 gun sights

1115 Commenced dock trial

1128 Dock trial secured

4-1-44 0000 Moored port side to USS BLUE (DD-774). Navy Yard workmen aboard making

various repairs and alterations

4-2-44 1050 Commenced fueling ship

1200 Received from Supply Officer, New York Navy yard, F.X.R. gear

1325 Completed fueling ship having received on board 42,420 gals. of fuel oil

4-3-44 0000 Moored port side to USS BLUE (DD-774) and berth J-15, New York Navy Yard,

Brooklyn, New York; USS VANCE (DE-387) moored to starboard side

0725 USS BLUE (DD-774) departed from alongside and berth J-15.

0750 Three (3) officers and nine (9) sound men departed for Attack Teacher

Training, New York Navy Yard, Brooklyn, N.Y

1020 Attack Teacher party returned

1045 Received fifty (50) Red Cross Survivor Kits

1800 USS VANCE (DE-387) cast off lines from alongside and departed

4-4-44 0715 Disconnected telephone, power, fresh water, salt water, and steam lines from dock

0820 Navy Tug YT 475 alongside, pilot aboard to assist in getting underway

0827 Underway enroute Gravesend Bay

0835 Pilot and tug departed

0929 Anchored Gravesend Bay, in 7 fathoms of water to 27 fathoms port chain

0945 Tug JEAN CARROL alongside with ammunition lighter

1025 Tug and lighter departed having delivered from Naval Ammunition Depot, Iona Island,

ammunition as per invoices

1030 CG 64309 alongside to receive 3 seabags for transportation to Ellis Island and US

Marine Hospital

1140 Commenced heaving around

1144 Underway standing down Ambrose Channel

1155 Passed through anti-submarine boom defenses

1448 Swept channel buoy A abeam to starboard

1522 Rendezvoused with USS BAKER (DE-190), USS CALCATERRA (DE-390) and

USS MERRILL (DE-392). Assumed guide USS CALCATERRA, USS MERRILL,

and USS BAKER abeam to starboard, distance between ships 2000 yards.

1630 Tested smoke generator and found it to be in proper working order

1850 Tested general alarm and gas alarm, both working satisfactorily

4-5-44 0000 Underway North Atlantic enroute to Casco Bay in company with

USS BAKER (DE-190), USS CALCATERRA (DE-390), USS MERRILL (DE-392)

at 212 R.P.M. (16.5 knots)

1701 Portland lighted whistle buoy abeam to starboard. Steering various courses at

various speeds standing up swept channel and into Hussey Sound

1822 Moored to mooring buoy 1A, Casco Bay, Maine.

1831 USS CALCATERRA (DE-390) moored to port side,

1850 USS BAKER (DE-190) moored to starboard side

4-6-44 0205 Commenced taking on fresh water from YW-87

0225 Secured from taking on water. Received nine (9) tons of fresh water

0740 USS CALCATERRA (DE-390) departed

0744 USS BAKER (DE-190) departed

1020 Underway to new anchorage

1040 Anchored in anchorage Fox Casco Bay, in 40 feet of water to 30 fathoms of port chain

1420 All hands to battle stations

1440 Three inch gun crews held loading drill

1455 All damage control parties held drills under supervision of damage control

officers of Staff of Commander Destroyers, Atlantic Fleet

1542 Secured from battle stations and drills

4-7-44 0815 Seven officers and seventy enlisted men departed for General and Fire

Fighting Schools

1423 U.S. Navy Water Barge YW 87 moored to starboard side, commenced

taking on water, receiving 26 tons

1440 Barge YW 87 departed starboard side

1645 General school party returned from days instruction

4-8-44 0735 Underway standing out of Casco Bay to participate in scheduled exercises

0846 Portland Harbor approach lighted buoy PB abeam to starboard

0910 Standing out swept channel

0943 Commenced scheduled exercises with submarine S-20 (SS-125), in exercise area M-2

1525 Completed exercises with submarine

1600 Depth charge parties held drill dropping nine (9) Mark 9 depth charges

1615 Mid channel buoy #4 abeam to port. Standing up swept channel and into

Portland, Maine, harbor

1710 Anchored in berth 4, Casco Bay, Portland, Maine, in thirteen (13) fathoms

of water to sixty (60) fathoms of port chain

2127 YW 87 moored alongside to port transferring twenty-seven (27) tons of

water to this vessel

2155 YW 87 departed alongside

4-9-44 0756 Underway standing out of Casco Bay and down the swept channel in

company with Escort Division 45 [USS VANCE (DE-387), USS LANSING (DE-388),

USS DURANT (DE-389), USS CALCATERRA (DE-390),

USS CHAMBERS (DE-391), USS MERRILL (DE-392)] and USS BAKER (DE-190)

0845 Gun crews to battle stations and loading drill

0920 Secured battle stations

1045 Sounded general quarters, commenced gunnery anti-air craft practice firing

with plane towed target

1147 Damage control parties exercised at fire drill in B4

1154 Secured from fire drill.

1312 Commenced firing at target

1313 Ceased firing

1317 Commenced firing at target

1319 Ceased firing

1337 Secured from general quarters and target practice. Expended forty-four (44)

rounds 3/50 ammunition, one hundred eight (108) rounds 40mm

ammunition and one thousand eighty five (1085) rounds of 20mm service ammunition

4-10-44 0000 Underway North Atlantic enroute Norfolk, VA., in company with Escort Division 45

plus USS BAKER (DE-190)

1300 All hands to quarters

1337 All hands to battle stations

1409 Secured from quarters and battle stations

1440 Commenced formation steaming at various courses and speeds exercising

at tactical maneuvers

1635 Ceased tactical maneuvers

4-11-44 0355 Maneuvering various courses at entrance Norfolk swept channel

0401 Buoy XS abeam to starboard

0611 Buoy PS abeam to port

0739 Buoy 2CB abeam to starboard

0825 Entered Thimble Shoal Channel, buoy #1, abeam to port

0912 Passed through net gate

0915 Standing in Hampton Roads

0957 Anchored off Naval Operating Base, Hampton Roads, Norfolk, Virginia, in

forty (40) feet of water to twenty two (22) fathoms of port chain

1201 Commenced heaving around on anchor

1205 Anchor aweigh. Tug YT 150 along starboard side. Underway.

1217 Moored port side to USS CALCATERRA (DE-390) at Pier 3, Naval

Operating Base, Norfolk, VA. Tug departed

1304 USS BAKER (DE-190) moored to starboard side

1510 Commenced taking on fuel oil

1710 Completed fueling, having received 15,000 gallons of fuel oil

4-12-44 1743 All hands to quarters

1810 Underway departing from pier

1825 Secured from quarters

1843 Entered AS boom defenses

1930 Anchored in Lynnhaven Roads, in 58 feet of water to 60 fathoms of chain

4-13-44 0000 Anchored in Lynnhaven Roads, Chesapeake Bay, Virginia, standing by to

escort convoy UGS 39 United States to Mediterranean Ports

0355 Anchor at short stay

0432 Underway standing out of Lynnhaven Roads

0515 Chesapeake Bay entrance lighted white buoy 2CB abeam to port.

Standing down Norfolk swept channel

0930 Buoy XS bearing 270 T, distance 7800 yards. Patrolling area in

accordance with Sortie Plan

1121 Buoy XS abeam to starboard

1317 All hands to battle stations

1350 Secured from battle stations

1600 Underway as before. Speed of advance 6 knots; convoy forming

1830 Speed of advance increased to 8 knots

1900 Speed of advance increased to 8.5 knots. Commenced patrolling on patrol plan 3A

4-14-44 0400 Underway as before, patrolling on Patrol Plan 3A. Speed of advance 8.5 knots

0730 Speed of advance increased to 9.5 knots

1030 Commanding Officer held weekly inspection below decks

1310 All hands to quarters

1328 All hands to battle stations

1358 Secured from battle stations

1605 Signal drill with flashing light with USCG BIBB (WPG-31) for forty-five (45) minutes

4-15-44 0000 Underway North Atlantic with Task Force 60, escorting convoy UGS 39

0930 Convoy exercised at emergency turn to port

0942 Convoy made emergency turn to starboard

1120 Ships generator went out of of commission, operating on emergency Generator

1140 Ships generator back in commission

1430 Completed one hour of gas mask drill

1815 Completed two (2) hours of drill with flashing light with USCG BIBB (WPG-31)

4-17-44 1015 Commenced test firing of automatic weapons. Expended following

ammunition: 120 rounds 20mm, AA; 90 rounds of 45 cal; 2 red very

shells; and 1 red star signal light; - no casualties

1300 All hands to quarters

1315 All hands to battle stations

1335 Test fired main battery, expended three (3) rounds 3:/50 cal. AA

ammunition. Gun crews held loading drill

1400 Secured from battle stations and all drills

4-18-44 0707 Ceased patrolling on plan 3A

1340 All hands to quarters. Held resuscitation drill, loading drill, and signal drill.

Damage control parties had lecture on power casualties

1420 Secured from quarters and all drills

1700 Signalman strikers held forty-five (45) minutes drill in flashing light with

USCG BIBB (WPG-31)

4-19-44 0700 Commenced patrolling on Plan 3A

1335 Held quarters

1340 Held the following drills: C Division, gas mask drill Damage Control Parties,

first aid talk and movie; Depth Charge Drill and Loading drill for gun crews

1440 Secured from drills

1500 Articles of the Government of the United States Navy read to C Division

1608 Articles of the Government of the United States Navy read to C Division

1630 USS CALCATERRA (DE-390) on starboard side close aboard - exchanged

motion picture

film - and sent over 25 pounds welding electrodes

1642 USS CALCATERRA departed. Resumed patrolling on 3A. Speed of

advance 9.5 knots

4-20-44 1110 Stack on fire

1115 Fire extinguished; cause carbon deposits in stack. Expended two fifteen

pound extinguishers(CO2)

1450 Advanced ships clocks sixty (60) minutes, to +2 time zone

4-21-44 0115 Sound contact bearing 1300 T, range 1200 yards. Commenced steering

various courses and various speeds developing contact.

0120 Classified contact as non-submarine, resumed base course

1325 Tested Depth Charge Release, found to be in good working order

4-22-44 1030 Commanding Officer held weekly inspection above decks

1340 20mm gun crews #9 and #10 and 3/50 cal. Gun crews #2 and #3 held drills

4-23-44 1530 Three inch gun crews held loading drill

4-24-44 0100 Advanced ships clocks one (1) hours to zone +1 time

1325 All hands to battle stations

1333 Commenced test firing. Damage Control Parties engaged in fire drills

1347 Ceased test firing. Expended the following ammunition: four (4) rounds 3/50 cal.

AA ammunition; eight (8) rounds 40mm; six-hundred (600) rounds 20mm.

The following casualties were sustained: #10, 20mm gun, faulty primer; #5, 20mm gun,

improper tension on magazine. All safety precautions adhered to

1430 Secured from battle stations and drill

1435 Engineering division holding as mask drill. Radar men holding plotting (C.I.C.) drill.

Divisions #1 and #2, had reading of the Articles For The Government of the Navy

1530 Secured from all drills

2050 Ceased patrolling on plan 3A, commenced patrolling independently

4-25-44 0830 Section II held 3/50 cal. loading drill

1330 Held quarters and following drills: O and E Divisions, Articles for

Government of U. S. Navy; Depth Charge Party, loading drill; 20mm

gun crews, 20mm movie instruction; 3/50 gun crews, loading drill

1500 Secured from drills

4-26-44 0100 Advanced ships clocks one hour to zone 0 time

0820 Section 2 held 3/50 loading drill

1400 Commenced patrolling on patrol plan 3A

1410 Repair parties witnessed a chemical warfare educational film

1540 Depth Charge parties held loading drill. 3/50 cal. gun crew (section 2) held loading drill

1605 Held abandon ship drill

1620 Secured from abandon ship drill

4-27-44 0100 Advanced ships clocks one (1) hour to zone 1 time

1325 All hands to battle stations

1438 Secured from battle stations. Held following drills: 3/50 loading drill,

depth charge loading drill, C.I.C. plotting, and first aid

1500 Maneuvering to pick up mail from USS BIBB, C.G., (USCG BIBB [WPG-31]) for

redelivery to Convoy Commodore, Vice Commodore, and Rear Commodore

1520 Alongside USS BIBB, C.G., (USCG BIBB [WPG-31])

1522 Received mail

1558 Passed line to SS TOLTEC. Delivered mail.

1615 Confidential letter lost overboard. Maneuvering to retrieve letter

1621 HATCH W. T., GM1c, over the side to retrieve letter

1627 HATCH, W. T. returned aboard unsuccessful in attempt to regain letter

1630 HATCH, W. T. again over the side retrieving letter and returning aboard.

1631 Maneuvering to come alongside SS SAMDART (#31) to deliver mail

1635 Starboard engine out of commission due to backing up of exhaust gasses resulting

from blower defect in forward engine room, (B-1). Damage control parties

summoned to scene

1639 Sounded General Quarters

1641 Starboard engines returned to operation. Secured from General Quarters

1704 Delivered mail

1706 Maneuvering to come alongside SS REBECCA BOONE and deliver mail

1742 Maneuvering to return to patrol station

1804 Resumed regular patrol station patrolling, using patrol plan 3A. Speed of

advance 9.5 knots

4-28-44 0100 Advanced ships clocks one (1) hour, now on zone 2 time

0815 Ceased patrolling on plan 3A. Using independent patrol plan

1600 Section 2, held 3/50 cal. loading drill

1725 Convoy forming in 4 columns

1745 Assumed new patrol station 300 on port bow of left column, distance 3000 yards

1845 Patrol station changed to 450 on port bow of left column, distance 3000 Yards

4-29-44 0735 Half masted colors in honor of deceased Frank C. KNOX, Secretary, U. S. Navy

0845 Standing up Gibraltar Straits.

1044 USS CHAMBERS (DE-391) alongside starboard quarter to pass mail

1045 Mail received, USS CHAMBERS (DE-391) departed

1147 Speed of advance 6 knots. Convoy reforming, underway Mediterranean Sea

with Task Force 60

1500 Speed of advance increased to 8.5 knots

1545 3/50 gun crews held loading drill

1600 Commenced patrolling on patrol plan 3A

1830 Speed of advance reduced to 7.5 knots

1923 Speed of advance reduced to 7.0 knots

2040 All gun crews called to Battle Stations.

2200 Secured gun crews from Battle Stations

2347 Sighted Cape DeTres Forcas Light bearing 1270T

4-30-44 0620 All gun crews called to battle stations

0730 Secured gun crews from battle stations

1000 Ceased patrol plan 3A. Using independent patrol. Convoy on zig-zag plan #15

1200 Speed of advance 5.6 knots; convoy zig-zagging on plan 15 at 7 knots

1250 Convoy ceased zig zagging, escorts commenced patrolling on plan 3A,

speed of advance 7.0 knots

1330 Reduced speed of advance to 6.5 knots

1450 Ceased patrolling on plan 3A, commenced patrolling independently

1502 USS THOMAS (DE-140) alongside to pass confidential mail

1505 Received mail, USS THOMAS (DE-140) departed

1515 Convoy executed emergency 450 turn to port

1530 Convoy executed emergency 450 turn to starboard

1717 Oran Section of convoy departed

2000 Commenced patrolling patrol plan 3A

2020 Gun crews and air defense men to Battle Stations

2200 Secured from Battle Stations

5-1-44 0510 Sighted Cape Tenes Light bearing 1380T

0600 All gun crews to battle stations

0700 Secured from battle stations

1500 Signalman and quartermaster strikers held one(1) hour blinker drill

2031 Gun crews to battle stations

2031 Two-blocked National Ensign which had been half-masted in observance of death of

Secretary of Navy, Frank Knox

2043 Held small arms instruction and firing practice, expended 400 rounds 22 cal. ammunition

2206 Secured from battle stations

5-2-44 0540 Called all gun crews and air defense men to battle stations

0700 Secured gun crews and air defense men from battle stations

1008 Signalmen completed one hour semaphore drill

1235 Convoy executed 450 emergency turn to starboard

1248 Convoy executed 450 emergency turn to port, resumed base course

1300 Signalmen and quartermasters completed one hour blinker drill

1946 Gun crews to battle stations

2130 Secured from battle stations. Resumed war cruising watch

2259 Maneuvering to clear unidentified vessel from path of convoy

2315 Vessel determined to be clear of convoy.

2332 Resumed patrol station

5-3-44 0120 Sighted Cape Serrat Light bearing 1320

0420 Commenced maneuvering maintaining patrol position next to

USS BIBB (CG) [USCG BIBB (WPG-31)]

0746 Task Force 60 relieved as escort of UGS 39, standing into Bizerte Harbor

0750 Anchored off Bizerte Harbor entrance in 25 fathoms of water to 45 fathoms

of port chain

1012 Anchor detail to stations

1037 Ships boat waterborne

1039 Underway standing into Bizerte Harbor

1205 Moored port side to starboard side of USS COFFMAN (DE-191) at

Pte Carriere fuel docks, Bizerte, Tunisia

1225 USS DURANT (DE-389) moored to starboard side

5-4-44 0810 Commenced fueling, draft 90 forward, 102 aft

1049 Finished taking on fuel. Received 41,515 gallons of fuel oil. Draft forward

1011; aft 124

5-5-44 0951 Air alert sounded

0952 Ready gun crews to battle stations

1001 Secured from battle stations

1242 Six (6) officers and nine (9) Sonar men departed for Attack Teacher

Training at Advanced Amphibious Training Base, Bizerte

1520 Held swimming call

1530 Attack Teacher Training party returned aboard

1610 Secured from swimming call

1620 Church party departed for Advanced Amphibious Training Base

1750 Church party returned aboard

5-7-44 0600 Church parties commenced departing for church at Advanced Amphibious

Training base

1025 Church parties returned

1250 Lieutenant (jg), W. T. HATCH, departed in charge of athletic party

1325 Lieutenant (jg), W.T. DOOR departed in charge of swimming party

1700 Lieutenant (jg), W.T. DOOR returned with swimming party

1705 Lieutenant (jg), W.T. HATCH returned with athletic party

5-9-44 1020 Held 30 minute steering engine casualty drill. Tested hydraulic depth

charge release system, results satisfactory

1317 Athletic and swimming parties departed

1645 Athletic party returned

1710 Swimming party returned

5-10-44 1000 Held one (1) hour signal drill

5-11-44 0835 USS DURANT (DE-389) departed from starboard side

0852 Underway standing out of Bizerte to join Convoy GUS 39, in accordance

with operational orders from C.T.F. 60

1025 Commenced swinging ship (to determine deviation of magnetic compasses)

1055 Secured from swinging ship. Maneuvering to assume position in formation

with Escort Division 45

1218 Called all hands to battle stations for firing exercises with towed sleeve

1311 Commenced exercises

1315 Damage control parties holding Rescue Breathing Apparatus drill

1332 Ceased exercises having fired three (3) starboard runs and two (2) port runs

1340 All personnel except damage control parties secured from battle stations. The

following service ammunition expended during firing exercises: Forty (40) rounds

3/50 cal. anti-aircraft; one hundred (100) rounds 40mm anti-aircraft; six hundred

and seventy-five (675) rounds of 20mm. No. 8, 20mm had one (1) misfire due to

faulty primer. No. 3, 3/50 cal. gun had one (1) misfire due to broken cotter pin

on sear arm

1500 Maneuvering to come alongside USCGC BIBB (WPG-31) to receive mail

1520 Alongside USCGC BIBB (WPG-31) and received mail

1525 Departed from alongside USCGC BIBB (WPG-31) steering various courses

at various speeds to deliver confidential mail

1640 Maneuvering in Convoy GUS 39 to deliver confidential mail

1650 Maneuvering to come alongside SS CARRILLO

1716 Passed mail to SS CARRILLO

1720 Assumed assigned escort station on port beam of #11

1930 Underwater sound contact range 1300 yards. Maneuvering to evaluate Contact.

1944 Sound contact evaluated as non-submarine

1958 Reduced speed to 172 R.P.M. and resumed escort station

2220 Commenced steering various courses; increased speed to 360 R.P.M.,

assisting Fox 2 in investigation of radar contact

2238 Contact friendly vessel, reduced speed to 172 R.P.M., commenced

maneuvering to resume escort station

2315 Assumed patrol station

5-12-44 0528 Maneuvering guiding vessels from Bone, Algeria, North Africa, into proper

positions in convoy

0913 Stopped starboard engine, reduced speed on port engines

0930 Commenced patrolling on patrol plan 3A

0947 Increased speed to 220 R.P.M. on port engine

1147 Convoy made emergency turn to starboard

1155 Convoy made emergency turn to port

1310 All hands to quarters

1340 All hands to battle stations

1400 Secured from battle stations. C division held .45 cal. pistol drill, repair

parties held damage control drills

1830 Held small arms drill for crew

2030 Secured from small arms target practice; expended following

ammunition: 500 rounds .22 cal. ammunition

5-13-44 1040 Commanding Officer held weekly inspection

1342 Maneuvering to assume station ahead of Algiers Section of convoy

5-14-44 0222 Convoy made emergency turn of 450 to starboard

0240 Convoy executed 450 turn to port and resumed base course 2610T

0433 Sounded General Quarters, enemy submarine having been sighted on surface

by ship in convoy

0445 Secured from General Quarters

1807 Convoy executed 450 emergency turn to port, base course 2300T

1825 Convoy executed 450 emergency turn to starboard resuming base course 2750T

2003 Underwater sound contact bearing 2300T, range 1100 yards.

2008 Dropped one depth charge set to 100 feet

2008.5 Dropped one depth charge set to 100 feet

2010 All hands to General Quarters

2015 Increased speed to full. Maneuvering in convoy between columns 1 and 2

2017 Convoy made emergency turn to port

2018 Contact evaluated to be non-submarine

2020 Secured from General Quarters. Convoy made emergency turn to port

2030 Reduced speed to 250 R.P.M., and assumed escort station

2035 Stopped the starboard engine

5-15-44 0850 Maneuvering to come alongside SS JOHN C SPENCER to transfer sick seaman

0950 Maneuvering to come alongside USS COSSATOT (AO-77) to transfer

DOOR, W. T. Sea. 1c, U.S.N.R., received from SS JOHN C SPENCER.

1035 Man transferred to USS COSSATOT (AO-77) . Maneuvering to resume regular patrol

1120 Resumed regular patrol station

1125 Depth charge hydraulic release system tested and found to be in good

working order

1400 Depth charge parties held drill

1435 Depth charge parties secured from drill

1500 Increased speed, departed station to come alongside USCG BIBB (WPG-31)

1523 Maneuvering alongside USCGC BIBB (WPG-31)

1524 Passed mail to USCG BIBB (WPG-31)

1527 Departed from USCG BIBB (WPG-31) to assume escort station ahead of column one (1).

1540 Assumed escort station

1545 Damage control parties holding chemical warfare drill. Held small arms

target practice; expended following ammunition: 300 rounds of .

22 cal.; 42 rounds .45 caliber

1645 Tested general and ready alarms, results satisfactory

5-16-44 0038 Standing out of Strait of Gibraltar

0420 Departed station to investigate unidentified vessel.

0421 Increases speed to full, maneuvering on various courses to intercept vessel

0448 Vessel identified as a Swiss Merchant Ship; warned her to keep clear of convoy

0450 Maneuvering to investigate second vessel in path of convoy

0525 Vessel identified as a Swiss Merchant Ship; warned her to keep clear of convoy

0531 Maneuvering to resume patrol station

0615 Resumed station

1330 Signalman completed thirty (30) minutes flashing light drill. Mustered crew at quarters

1345 Secured from quarters. Quartermasters and signalmen observed training film

1400 Set back all ships clocks one (1) hour to minus one (-1) zone time

1700 Commenced patrolling on plan 3A

5-17-44 1000 Signalmen held signal drill

1100 Set back ships clocks one (1) hour to zone zero (0) time. Signalmen

secured from signal drill

1200 Patrolling on plan 3A, speed of advance 10.0 knots

1300 Held quarters

1320 Secured from quarters, held following drills; 3/50 loading drill, 20mm

casualty instruction, first aid instruction, pistol instruction, signaling instruction

1400 Secured from drills

1500 Signalmen completed one hour signal practice with USS CALCATERRA (DE-390)

and USS BIBB (CG) (USCG BIBB [WPG-31])

5-18-44 1100 All ships clocks set back sixty minutes for zone +1 time. Signalmen and

quartermasters completed two hours flashing light drill with escort vessels

1315 Mustered crew at quarters

1338 Sounded alarm for fire in Compartment A-205L (Forward berthing

compartment).

1339 First hose led out

1341 All equipment at scene

1350 Secured from fire drill and quarters

1500 Signalman strikers completed one (1) hour blinker drill

5-19-44 1000 Quartermasters and signalmen holding blinker drill with other escorts

1030 Commanding Officer held weekly inspection below decks

1135 Secured from inspection

1312 Held quarters

1330 Secured from quarters, held following drills; depth charge loading and

setting drill; hedgehog loading drill

1400 Secured from drills

1500 Signalman strikers completed one hour blinker drill

1830 Sighted Santa Maria Island, Azores, bearing 3180 T, distance of 40 miles

5-20-44 1030 Commanding Officer held ships inspection

1100 Signalmen completed one hour signal drill

1400 Signalmen holding blinker drill

1500 Secured from signal drill

5-21-44 0800 Patrolling on plan 3A, speed of advance 10.0 knots

1100 Signalmen strikers completed one hour blinker drill with escorts

1113 Observed Azimuth of Sun, determined gyro error to be 40 W. Changed

course (2650 T) to 2690

1300 All hands to quarters

1315 Secured from quarters

1400 Set all ships clocks back sixty minutes to plus 2 zone time

1805 Observed azimuth of sun and determined Gyro-compass error to be 20 W

5-22-44 0812 Maneuvering to come alongside USS COSSATOT (AO-77) to transfer

seaman patient.

0902 DOOR, W.T. Sea. 1c, U.S.N.R. aboard for transfer to SS JOHN C SPENCER (#72)

0916 Maneuvering to come alongside SS JOHN C SPENCER

0959 DOOR, W.T., put aboard SS JOHN C SPENCER. Returning to

assigned patrol station

1019 Resumed assigned patrol station

1100 Signalman strikers completed one (1) hour blinker drill with escort vessels

1325 Mustered all hands at quarters

1340 All hands called to battle stations

1344 Held damage control drill

1345 Gun crews and depth charge parties held drill

1410 Secured from battle stations. Signalmen held one hour signal drill with other escorts

1713 Convoy executed 450 emergency turn to starboard

1745 Convoy executed 450 emergency turn to port

5-23-44 0840 Reduced speed to allow USS VANCE (DE-387) to come alongside

0906 USS VANCE (DE-387) alongside starboard quarter to receive medical

supplies (100,000 units Penicillin. 20 cc. Triple distilled water)

0909 USS VANCE departed - maneuvering to resume escort station

0945 Resumed station and patrol on plan 3A

1140 Ceased patrolling on plan 3A, commenced patrolling independently

1500 Signalmen and quartermaster strikers completed one hour blinker drill with

escort vessels

5-24-44 0909 Observed azimuth of sun, gyro error determined to be two degrees (20) west

1100 Signalmen and quartermasters completed two (2) hours blinker drill

5-25-44 1100 Signalmen and quartermasters completed two (2) hours signal drill.

1326 Departed assigned patrol station to come alongside SS JAMES BRECK (#92)

in order to receive patient aboard for further transfer to USS COSSATOT (AO-77)

1400 Ships clocks set back one (1) hour to plus three (3) zone time

1413 PUMP, F. W., Volunteer Engineer Corps., US Merchant Marine, received aboard

1530 Patient, PUMP, F. W., transferred to USS COSSATOT (AO-77)

1536 Maneuvering to overtake convoy and resume assigned patrol station

1655 Resumed escort station and commenced patrolling

5-26-44 1230 Commenced patrolling on patrol plan 3A

1810 Departed from station to lay smoke screen

1825 Commenced laying smoke screen to test Todd Smoke Generator apparatus

1834 Secured from laying smoke screen

1900 Convoy reduced speed of advance to 9 knots

5-27-44 1030 Commanding Officer held ships inspection

1100 Signalmen and quartermasters completed one hour blinker drill with escort vessels

1400 Set back ships clocks one (1) hour to +4 zone time

1855 Held small arms target practice; expended following ammunition; 150

rounds .22 cal and 100 rounds of .45 cal. ammunition

5-28-44 0749 Maneuvering to come alongside USS COSSATOT (AO-77) to transfer patient

0827 Alongside USS COSSATOT (AO-77), received line

0834 Transferred to this vessel, patient, PUMP, F. W., Volunteer Engineer

Corps., US Merchant Marine

0836 Maneuvering away from USS COSSATOT (AO-77)

0856 Maneuvering to come alongside port side of #34

0916 First line passed to #34

0925 Transferred patient, F. W. PUMP, to #34, SS JAMES BRECK

0930 Maneuvering to resume station

0948 Resumed regular station

1515 Commenced patrolling on 3A

1623 Convoy breaking up into two sections, maneuvering to assume position #2 in

screen of New York Section

1658 Assumed assigned station

5-29-44 1838 Convoy forming two columns, assumed patrol station port beam of left hand

column leader, distance 3000 yards

5-30-44 0000 Underway in North Atlantic with Task Force 60, escorting the New York

Section of convoy, G.U.S. 39. Patrolling assigned station.

Speed of advance 8 knots.

0045 Sighted buoy A bearing 2740T, distance about 6 miles

0125 Buoy A abeam to port. Standing up swept channel to New York Harbor

0356 Buoy G abeam to starboard close aboard

0420 Buoy H abeam to port

0445 Buoy I abeam to port

0557 Standing up Ambrose Channel

0618 Entered boom defense

0632 Anchored in Gravesend Bay in 42 feet of water to 30 fathoms of starboard

chain on the following bearings: Fort Lafayette, 3180T; Coney Island

Gas Tank, 1180T; Hamilton High School 0140T

0915 Tug J. F. CARROLL JR along starboard side with ammunition lighter.

0920 Commenced transferring ammunition

1045 Completed transfer of ammunition having unloaded: 989 rounds 3/50;

4 short cases; 4652 rounds 40mmAA; 29520 rounds 20mm AA; 98 depth

charges; 106 depth charge detonators; 6 torpedo detonators; 6 torpedo exploder

mechanisms; 210 impulse charges; 288 hedgehog fuses; 349 hedgehog projectiles;

98 depth charge pistols; 99 depth charge booster extenders; 98 depth charge

boosters; 1 can black powder; 3 torpedo war heads

1222 Navy Tug YTL 475 alongside; pilot COTTRELL, aboard to assist in Docking

1233 Moored port side to Pier 3, Navy Yard, New York

1245 USS COFFMAN (DE-191) along starboard side

1320 Commenced receiving water, steam and electricity from Navy Yard

2000 Commenced flushing firemain with fresh water

6-1-44 0900 Received from Service To Forces Afloat, Navy Yard, New York, thirty (30) pies

and ten (10) gallons of ice cream for the General Mess, no invoice.

0920 Ships boat removed from ship to Boat Shop, Navy Yard, New York, for overload test

1630 Dock services, water, electricity and steam secured preparatory to shifting berth

1700 U.S. Navy Tug YTB-42 alongside

1705 With USS COFFMAN (DE-191) still moored to starboard side, ship

departed from entrance, Dry Dock #3, Navy Yard, New York, in tow

1725 Moored starboard side to USS COFFMAN (DE-191) at Pier C, Berth #3,

Navy Yard, New York

6-2-44 0915 Delivered to Williamsburg Coat Apron and Supply Company,

New York, N.Y. 216 blankets to be dry cleaned

0920 Working party of twenty (20) men reported aboard from Manhattan Beach

Training Station, New York, N.Y.

1530 Working party of twenty (20) men departed for Manhattan Beach

Training Station, Brooklyn, N.Y.

6-3-44 0848 Working party of twenty (20) men reported aboard from Manhattan Beach

Training Station, New York

1145 Secured shore fresh water, steam and electric lines and commenced

preparations to shift berth inboard at Pier C

1147 Tugs YTM-12 and YTM-42 alongside to assist in shifting berth

1210 USS COFFMAN (DE-191) departed from our starboard side, shifted lines to dock

1215 Moored starboard side to Pier C, Navy Yard, New York

1223 USS COFFMAN (DE-191) moored to port side

1247 Commenced taking fresh water and electricity from shore

1338 Fire discovered in signal bag on port side of signal bridge

1343 Fire extinguished having expended three 15 lb CO2 extinguishers in

extinguishing flames. Cause of fire determined to be sparks caused by

welding by yard workman on mast. Damage caused by fire: one flag

bag, flag bag cover, and one complete set alphabet flags, numeral

flags, numeral pennants, and special pennants

1348 Commenced taking shore steam

2005 USS COFFMAN (DE-191) cast off lines and departed

6-4-44 0915 Working party of eighteen (18) men reported aboard from Manhattan Beach

Training Station

1515 Working party of eighteen (18) men departed for Manhattan Beach Training

Station, New York

6-5-44 0900 Working party of nineteen (19) men reported aboard from Manhattan Beach

Training Station. Received from Service To Forces Afloat, Navy Yard,

New York, the following supplies for the General Mess:twenty-five (25) pies

ten (10) gallons of ice-cream

1225 Two (2) officers and four (4) men departed for Attack Teacher training at

Navy Yard, New York, Annex

1230 Commander Simon R SANDS, Jr, US Coast Guard, relieved of command of

this ship by Lieutenant-Commander Richard F REA, USCG

1245 Commander Simon R SANDS, Jr, departed this unit for Coast Guard

Receiving Station, Staten Island, New York, for further assignment to duty

6-6-44 0000 Received from Services to Forces Afloat, Navy Yard, New York, the following

supplies for the General Mess: 58 pounds of cinnamon buns; 20 gallons of milk

0930 Received from Supply Officer, Navy Yard, New York, ten (10) gallons of

milk and twenty-five (25) pies for general mess

1052 Leak reported in B-3. Cause found to be that bolts holding sea chest valve

had been loosened to effect repairs on valve and pressure of water forced valve

off line. Manned fire, bilge, and submersible pumps.

1058 Leak stopped and necessary repairs made

6-7-44 0640 USS CONKLIN (DE-439) moored to port side

0900 Working party of nineteen (19) men from Manhattan Beach Training Station aboard

1055 Commenced holding dock trials

1133 Secured dock trials. Received from Supply Officer, Navy Yard, New York,

ten (10) gallons of ice cream for the General Mess

6-8-44 0900 Working party of twenty (20) men reported aboard from Manhattan Beach

Training Station

1545 Working party of twenty (20) men departed for Manhattan Beach Training Station

6-9-44 0851 Working party of twenty (20) men reported aboard from Manhattan Beach

Training Station

1244 Commenced taking fuel oil

1345 Completed taking on fuel having received aboard forty-four thousand, seven hundred

thirty (44,730) gallons

1600 Working party from C. G. Training station, Manhattan Beach, N. Y. departed ship

6-10-44 0700 Secured following services from shore: steam, water, electricity. Secured

fresh water in fire and flushing system

0750 Called special sea details. Mustered remainder of crew at quarters

0940 Cast off all lines, underway out of Navy Yard assisted by Navy Tug,

YTB 276 (TAVIBO), and pilot COTRELL

0947 Tug YTB 276 (TAVIBO), and pilot COTRELL departed, standing down

New York harbor enroute to Gravesend Bay

1105 Anchored Gravesend Bay, in 58 feet of water to 30 fathoms of starboard chain

1315 Tug PRATTON and ammunition lighter alongside

1400 Tug PRATTON and ammunition lighter departed. Received forty (40) rounds

350 AA ammunition, fifteen (15) depth charge markers, one thousand two hundred

sixty (1260) rounds 20mm ammunition, two thousand forty-eight (2048) rounds

40mm ammunition, sixteen (16) rounds 40mm dummy drill ammunition,

five thousand (5000) rounds 22 cal. ammunition, and six (6) rounds of line

throwing ammunition

1514 Tug HOOSIER STATE and ammunition lighter OVER CLIFF alongside

1600 Received ammunition from lighter OVER CLIFF

1845 HATCH. W.T., S1c, sustained laceration first metatarsal of right foot severing

the flexure ligament as result of having dropped one box of four 350 cal. Cartridges

on it while engaged in loading ammunition. Treated aboard and Division

Medical Officer called

1915 CG 80001 alongside to starboard. P.A. Surgeon TODD, USPHS aboard.

1918 CG 80001 departed from alongside

1920 Completed loading of ammunition. The following amounts were received aboard;

nine hundred eighty nine (989) rounds 350 cal. cartridges; four (4) 350 cal.

short cases; four thousand six hundred fifty two (4652) rounds, 40mm AA

ammunition; twenty nine thousand five hundred twenty (29520) rounds, 20mm

anti-aircraft; ninety-eight (98) depth charges; one hundred six (106) depth charge

detonators; two hundred ten (210) impulse charges; two hundred eighty eight

(288) hedgehog fuses; three hundred forty-nine (340) hedgehog projectiles;

ninety-eight (98) depth charge pistols; ninety-nine (99) depth charge booster

extenders; ninety-eight (98) depth charge boosters.

1925 Tug HOOSIER STATE and lighter OVER CLIFF departed from alongside

2000 Underway on various courses at various speeds standing out of Gravesend

Bay into Ambrose Channel

2005 Standing down Ambrose Channel

2022 Lighted buoy #14 abeam to port

2038 Ambrose Channel lighted buoy #1A abeam to starboard

2105 Swept channel, buoy H abeam to port, standing down Swept Channel

2334 Swept Channel buoy A abeam to port. In company with USS VANCE (DE-387)

and USS CHAMBERS (DE-391) in column, distance 1000 yards. Speed of

formation 10 knots

6-11-44 0000 Underway North Atlantic Ocean with Escort Division 45 enroute to Casco Bay, Maine.

Steaming in formation; position third in column, speed of advance 10.0 knots

0305 Assumed position four in column

6-12-44 1247 Portland Approach Channel buoy P abeam to starboard

1317 All hands to battle stations. Underway standing up Portland Approach Channel

1335 Secured from battle stations

1344 Entered anti-submarine boom defense nets

1401 Ships boat water borne

1448 Moored starboard side to port side of USS VANCE (DE-387) at berth

A-1, Casco Bay, Maine

1530 Past Assistant Surgeon Todd, USPHS, departed for USS VANCE (DE-387)

1600 Commander, Destroyers, Atlantic Fleet representatives aboard to inspect

Communications Department and conduct Damage Control drills

1615 Commenced damage control drills. All hands to battle stations

1715 Conducted depth charge loading drill

1735 Secured from battle stations and drills

1800 Commander, Destroyers, Atlantic Fleet representatives departed ship

NOTE: Lieutenant Commander R. F. REA, USCG, was this date promoted

to the rank of Commander for temporary service in accordance with

AlCoast No. 45-44, to rank as such from January, 1944

6-13-44 0215 Liberty boat from USS DENEBOLA (AKR-289), alongside

0605 Representatives of Commander, Destroyers, Atlantic Fleet aboard for

training purposes in connection with exercises scheduled for the day

0634 Underway standing out of Casco Bay enroute to exercise area

0745 Portland lighted whistle buoy abeam to port

0838 All gun crews to battle stations. Commenced scheduled exercises

0850 Commenced surface firing main battery, port run

0853 Ceased firing main battery

0911 Commenced firing main battery on starboard run

0915 Ceased firing

0944 Commenced firing main battery, port run

0946 Ceased firing

1000 Commenced firing main battery on starboard run

1002 Ceased firing

1100 Commenced firing main battery, starboard run

1104 Ceased firing

1116 Commenced firing main battery on port run

1119 Ceased firing

1120 Secured gun crews from battle stations. Expended ninety (90) rounds 3/50 cal.

anti-aircraft ammunition

1422 All hands to battle stations to continue scheduled exercises. Commenced

anti-aircraft battle practice types Tare and George

1431 Commenced firing

1448 Ceased firing

1450 Commenced firing

1451 Ceased firing

1456 Commenced firing

1457 Ceased firing

1459 Commenced firing

1500 Ceased firing

1605 Commenced firing

1609 Ceased firing

1610 Commenced firing

1612 Ceased firing

1614 Commenced firing

1615 Ceased firing. Completed anti-aircraft firing practice. Expended following ammunition:

157 rounds 3/50 cal. AA; 2520 rounds 20mm service; 398 rounds 40mm service

1625 Standing into Casco Bay

1708 Portland lighted buoy P abeam to port

1733 Portland Approach Swept Channel lighted buoy PB abeam to starboard

1747 Entered boom defense

1836 Moored starboard side to port side of USS VANCE (DE-387)

1840 Representatives of Commander, Destroyers, Atlantic Fleet aboard for

training purposes, departed having completed scheduled exercises

6-14-44 0631 Underway, standing out of Casco Bay, Maine

0649 Passed through boom defense nets; standing out swept channel

0721 Portland Harbor Approach Lighted buoy PB abeam to starboard

0738 Portland Harbor Approach lighted buoy abeam to starboard

1233 Maneuvering preparatory to making anti-aircraft runs

1329 All hands to battle stations

1359 Commenced firing, starboard run

1400 Ceased firing

1404 Commenced firing on port run

1405 Ceased firing

1411 Commenced firing on port run

1412 Ceased firing

1413 Commenced firing on starboard run

1414 Ceased firing

1429 Commenced firing on starboard run

1430 Ceased firing

1434 Commenced firing on port run

1435 Ceased firing

1438 Commenced firing on starboard run

1439 Ceased firing

1440 Commenced firing on port run

1441 Ceased firing

1444 Commenced firing on starboard run

1445 Ceased firing

1448 Commenced firing on port run

1449 Ceased firing

1450 Secured from battle stations, and anti-aircraft firing runs. Ammunition expended as

follows: one hundred forty seven (147) rounds 3/50 anti-aircraft; two thousand five

hundred twenty (2520) rounds 20mm; five hundred fifty one (551) rounds 40 mm

1600 Underway screening USS BIBB (USCG BIBB [WPG-31]) and USS VANCE (DE-387)

1656 Commenced towing exercises with USS BIBB (WPG-31)

1658 Received first line

1700 Lost line

1714 Received second line from USS BIBB (WPG-31)

1733 Secured tow line to chain

1742 Underway in tow of USS BIBB (WPG-31)

1803 Cast off tow line and set course for rendezvous

1855 Commenced maneuvering at rendezvous position, while conducting C.I.C. Exercises

2000 Underway to rendezvous with USS BIBB (WPG-31) and Escort Division 45 to conduct night

smoke exercises. Assumed escort station #2 in screening operations

2010 All gun crews to battle stations

2018 Commenced patrolling on patrol plan 3 able

2030 Commenced making smoke

2116 Completed making smoke, exercises ended

2120 Maneuvering to assume fourth station in column, USS VANCE (DE-387) is the guide

6-15-44 0800 Underway as before, proceeding to exercise area

0950 Called all 3/50 gun crews to battle stations, commenced day battle practice

1107 Commenced firing main batteries to starboard

1111 Ceased firing, day battle practice completed, expended 18 rounds 3/50 cal.

AA ammunition

1158 Commenced maneuvering holding rescue of survivors drill

1222 Secured from rescue of survivors drill

1225 Depth charge parties holding depth charge loading drill

1305 Secured from depth charge loading drill

1325 Maneuvering forming into column with other ships of Escort Division #45

1335 Damage control parties holding damage control drills. Radarmen viewing

educational film

1430 Ordnance division viewing educational film

1536 Secured from all drills and educational films

1540 Enroute to Casco Bay

1735 Standing up swept channel and into Casco Bay

1833 Anchored in forty (40) feet of water to thirty (30) fathoms starboard chain in

Berth H, Casco Bay, Maine

1845 Underway to shift berth

1853 Anchored in forty (40) feet of water to thirty (30) fathoms starboard chain in

Berth G, Casco Bay, Maine

2100 Navy Water Barge alongside to transfer fresh water

2125 Completed transfer of fresh water having received twenty-seven (27) tons aboard

2219 Transferred to USS VANCE (DE-387) twenty (20) plaster loaded A/S

projectiles, Mark X

6-16-44 0530 Members of staff of Commander, Destroyers, Atlantic Fleet, aboard in connection

with scheduled exercises of the day and inspection of engineering department of ship

0807 Commenced heaving anchor round

0809 Anchor hove short. Underway standing out of Casco Bay

0827 Passed through A/S defense boom

0955 Maneuvering into position astern USS VANCE (DE-387)

1010 Lying to awaiting increased visibility

1110 Underway to exercise area

1120 Submarine submerged

1158 Commenced first run of hedgehog exercises on submarine

1210 Fired (2) plaster loaded hedgehog projectiles. Making second hedgehog run

1224 Fired two (2) plaster loaded hedgehogs

1400 Commenced making creeping attacks on friendly submarine

1550 Completed scheduled exercises; submarine surfaced

1610 Standing up swept channel in Casco Bay, escorting S-125 (S 20)

1704 S-125 departed

1744 Moored starboard side to east side of Pier Fox, Long Island, Maine,

assumed ready duty in accordance with SOPA, Casco Bay, Maine,

visual dispatch 161744.

1840 YF 335 alongside

2025 Received twenty (20) plaster loaded A/S projectiles, Mark X, from

USS VANCE (DE-387)

2100 YF 335 departed port side

6-17-44 0640 Representatives of Commander, Destroyers, Atlantic Fleet aboard, in

connection with anti-submarine warfare exercises of the day

0724 Underway standing out of Casco Bay and swept channel

0935 Submarine submerged

1020 Commenced first run of anti-submarine warfare exercises

1415 Damage control parties held decontamination drill

1500 Control parties secured from drill

1530 Completed scheduled anti-submarine warfare exercises with submarine

1535 Maneuvering preparatory to dropping practice depth charge pattern

1552 Fired depth charge pattern. Expended ten (10) depth charges, eight (8)

arbors and eight (8) impulse charges

1555 Set course for Portland Harbor Sea Buoy

1650 Portland Lighted buoy P abeam to starboard

1655 Portland buoy PB abeam to port

1738 Entered boom defense net

1758 Anchored at berth I in Casco Bay, Maine in forty (40) feet of water to

thirty (30) fathoms of starboard chain

6-18-44 0725 Two (2) officers and forty (40) men departed to attend Training School at

Portland, Maine

1010 Received from USS DENEBOLA (AKR-289), 30 Mark X hedgehogs

1231 Received from Training Officer USS DENEBOLA (AKR-289), training aids

and publications

1443 YD 54 along port side, commenced fueling

1550 School party returned from Portland, Maine

1638 Completed fueling having received 13748 gallons fuel oil

2026 Navy barge YW 87 along port side

2055 Water barge YW 87 departed having delivered 10,000 gallons of water

6-19-44 0545 Called all hands to quarters

0553 All hands present, secured from quarters

0600 Lieutenant KAPP, USNR, reported aboard as ASW observer

0625 Commenced heaving around on anchor

0638 Underway standing out of Casco Bay

0735 Rendezvoused with Italian submarine VORTICE (S-502) for days exercises

and underway to operating area

0900 Submarine submerged, commenced anti-submarine warfare exercises

1235 Parted tow line on submarine marker buoy

1239 Picked up marker buoy. Continued anti-submarine exercises

1500 Complete exercises. Submarine VORTICE (S-502) surfaces

1510 Escorting submarine VORTICE (S-502)

1635 Portland Harbor Approach lighted white buoy abeam to starboard.

Maneuvering standing up swept channel and into Casco Bay

1745 Ships boat departed to return marker buoy to Italian submarine

VORTICE (S-502)

1750 Motor-boat from USS DENEBOLA (AKR-289) alongside.

Lieutenant KAPP, departed ship

1800 Ships boat returned and hoisted aboard

1805 Maneuvering standing out of Casco Bay and down swept channel exercises

1905 Portland Harbor Approach buoy abeam to port, maneuvering effecting rendezvous

with Escort Division #45, for scheduled night exercises. Ships in company;

USS DURANT (DE-389) and USS MERRILL (DE-392)

2018 Joined other ships of CORTDIV 45, and assumed station, 1000 yards astern

of USS CHAMBERS (DE-391), speed five (5) knots

6-20-44 0000 Underway North Atlantic Ocean with Escort Division 45 plus tug and target

for night firing exercises

0023 Night firing exercises canceled, tug enroute to base escorted by

USS DURANT (DE-389) and USS CALCATERRA (DE-390).

0025 Escorts formed in column, our position number 4

0810 USS DURANT (DE-389) and USS CALCATERRA (DE-390) rejoined division

having escorted tug KALMIA (ATA-184) to base. Formed in column astern this

ship in the order named

1305 Mustered all hands at quarters

1325 Three inch fifty and depth charge party held loading drill. Repair party one (1) of

damage control received instruction on closures

1445 Secured from drills

6-21-44 0000 Underway in North Atlantic Ocean enroute to Norfolk, VA., with Escort Division #45

proceeding in column. Speed of advance 13 knots

1300 All hands to quarters

1415 Secured from quarters and all drills. Held 3/50 loading drill, 20mm

loading drill, depth charge drill, and instructions for damage control parties

2304 Swept channel buoy XS abeam to port

2305 Swept channel buoy S1 abeam to port

2343 Swept channel buoy S-3 abeam to port

6-22-44 0000 Underway North Atlantic Ocean with Escort Division 45 enroute to Norfolk, VA,

standing up Chesapeake Bay Swept Channel

0300 Lighted whistle buoy 2CB abeam to port, commenced steering various

courses at various speeds standing into Middle Ground Channel

0549 York River junction lighted bell buoy abeam to starboard, standing up York River

0726 Anchored in York River in forty two feet of water to thirty fathoms of

starboard chain on the following bearings: Ammunition Depot

Chimney 233.50T; Yorktown monument 157.50T, Gloucester point light 1390T

0912 Underway standing into dock of Naval Mine Depot, Yorktown, VA

0955 Moored starboard side to berth 2, Naval Mine Depot

1000 Commenced transfer of depth charges to dock. Transferred four (4) Mark (VI)

depth charges and seventy three (73) Mark IX, Mod. 1, depth charges

1042 Completed taking on the following ammunition: One hundred thirty-two (132)

depth charges, Mark IX, Mod. 3; eighty (80) depth charge pistols, Mark VI, Mod. 1;

Eighty (80) depth charge booster extenders, Mark VI, Mod. 1; seventy-five boosters,

Mark VI, Mod. 2; seventy-two (72) detonators, Mark I, Mod.1; all received from

Naval Mine Depot, Yorktown, VA

1050 Underway standing down York River into Chesapeake Bay

1135 Entered Chesapeake Bay, standing down York River Channel into Lower Bay

1243 Standing up Thimble Shoal Channel

1300 Entered anti-submarine boom defense nets

1333 Moored starboard side to port side USCGC BIBB (WPG-31), Pier 2, Berth 25,

Naval Operating Base, Norfolk, Virginia

2142 Received from Naval Ammunition Depot, St. Juliens Creek, Virginia,

one thousand three hundred sixty (1360) rounds of 40mm ammunition and

six thousand four hundred eighty (6480) rounds of 20mm ammunition

6-23-44 1015 Commenced fueling

1040 Received from N.A.D., St Juliens Creek, VA., 300 rounds 3/50 AA Special

1112 Completed fueling, having received 8,895 gallons fuel oil from Navy

Supply Depot, Norfolk, VA

1740 USS CALCATERRA (DE-390) cast off lines and departed from starboard side.

All bridge equipment tested in preparation for getting underway, found to be in

good working order

1745 Cast off all lines, underway to anchorage Lynnhaven Roads

1920 Anchored in Lynnhaven Roads in 42 feet of water to 30 fathoms of

starboard chain on the following bearings: Cape Henry Old Tower

1120T, Can buoy #1, 3390T, Examination Vessel 0680T

6-24-44 0310 Underway standing out Lynnhaven Roads

0406 Chesapeake Bay entrance lighted whistle buoy 2CB abeam to starboard. Standing

out swept channel

0935 Buoy XS abeam to port

1245 Maneuvering to assume patrol station with Task Force #60 on Convoy

GUS 46 ( Log error, should be UGS)., in accordance with Escort Plan

1259 Assumed regular patrol station

1305 Called all hands to quarters. Held following drills: 3/50 cal. loading drill;

depth charge loading drill; 20mm crews instruction on Mark 14 sight, and rescue

of survivors instruction for damage control parties

1400 Secured from all drills and instruction

1900 Commenced patrolling station on patrol plan 3. Speed of advance increased

to 9.5 knots

6-25-44 0000 Underway North Atlantic Ocean with Task Force 60 escorting Convoy U.G.S. 46 to

North African Ports. Patrolling station #4 on patrol plan 3, speed of advance 9.5 knots

0633 Ceased patrolling on plan 3

6-26-44 1300 Mustered all hands at quarters

1320 Called all hands to battle stations

1331 Held following drills; Damage control parties held fire drill; 3/50 cal., 40mm

and depth charge parties held loading drills

1403 Secured from battle stations

1410 Lookout training film shown to section 1 of Divisions I and II

1534 CTF 60 ordered all escorts to air defense sectors to repel simulated air attack.

Called all gun crews to battle stations

1710 Secured from simulated air attack. Resumed normal patrol station #4. Gun crews

secured from battle stations

6-27-44 0200 Advanced ships clocks one hour to zone +3 time

1103 CTF 60 ordered all escorts to air defense sectors to repel simulated air

attack. Called all gun crews to battle stations

1128 Secured from simulated air attack. Resumed normal patrol station. Gun

crews secured from battle stations

1305 Mustered crew at quarters. 3/50 gun crews and 40mm gun crews held loading

drill; 20mm gun crews held casualty drill; depth charge parties held loading drill;

damage control parties held shoring drill

1415 Secured from quarters and all drills. Sections 1 and 2 of divisions I and II

saw training film on Lookouts

1440 Secured from training film

1445 Signalman strikers held flag-hoist drill

1550 Secured from flaghoist drill

1655 All gun crews to battle stations

1710 Secured from battle stations

6-28-44 0727 Ceased patrolling on plan 3, commenced independent patrol

0733 Escorts 2 and 3 left screen to commence fueling

0733 Increased speed to 240 R.P.M., patrolling stations 2 and 4

0955 Reduced speed, commenced patrolling station #4

1300 Mustered crew at quarters

1321 Held abandon ship drill

1330 Secured from abandon ship drill. Called all hands to battle stations. Depth charge

parties held first aid drill, damage control parties held fire drill in A-202L, signalmen

and quartermasters held flag hoist drill with USS MCNULTY (DE-581)

1419 Secured from quarters and battle stations

1530 Secured from all drills

6-29-44 0833 Convoy executed emergency 450 turn to starboard

0838 Convoy executed emergency 450 turn to port

1020 Observed azimuth of the sun and found no error in gyro-compass

1205 Commenced patrolling stations 2 and 4.

1246 Resumed station 4

1300 Mustered crew at quarters signalmen holding flag-hoist drill with

USS McNULTY (DE-581)

1320 All hands to battle stations

1330 Secured from battle stations, held following drills; 3/50 cal. crew holding

hedgehog drill; 20mm crews safety precaution instruction; damage control parties

holding damage control instruction

1445 Secured from all drills

1515 Commenced patrolling stations 2 and 4. Secured flag hoist drill with

USS McNULTY (DE-581)

1800 Resumed regular station #4. Commenced patrolling on plan 3

2005 Held small arms practice. Expended one hundred sixty (160) rounds of

.22 cal. ammunition

6-30-44 1030 Commanding Officer held weekly inspection below decks

1130 Secured from inspection

1318 All gun crews called to battle stations

1328 Commenced test firing guns

1341 Secured from test firing guns. Expended nine (9) rounds 3/50 cal. AA ammunition,

seventy two (72) rounds 40mm ammunition, and four hundred fifty (450) rounds

30mm ammunition. No casualties

1345 Depth charge parties held first aid drill

1430 Secured from all drills

7-1-44 0200 Set ships clocks ahead sixty (60) minutes to zone plus two (2) time

0307 Sounded general quarters

0313 Convoy executed 450 emergency turn to starboard

0320 Convoy executed emergency turn to starboard of 450

0334 Convoy executed 450 emergency turn to port

0337 Convoy executed 450 emergency turn to port

0341 Secured from general quarters

0359 Resumed regular station, commenced patrolling on patrol plan 3

1100 Commanding Officer held weekly inspection

1307 Mustered crew at quarters

1323 Secured from quarters. Held C.I.C. plotting drill

1430 Secured from plotting drill

2001 Held small arms drill. Expended two hundred fifty (250) rounds of .22 cal. ammunition

7-2-44 1850 All gun crews to battle stations

1905 Commenced independent patrol

1917 Held AA defense test firing, expended 15 rounds 3"/50 cal. AA; 49 rounds 40mm;

one casualty number 3, 3"/50 cal. Gun, misfire due to faulty primer

1930 Resumed patrolling on plan 3

7-3-44 1308 Commenced test firing all guns. Called all hands to battle stations.

Expended following ammunition: 41 rounds 3"/50 AA; 164 rounds

40mm AA; and 480 rounds 20mm AA. Number 1, 20mm had misfire

due to broken cartridge case

1415 Signalmen held semaphore drill

1605 Ceased patrol plan 3

1624 USS CHAMBERS (DE-391) along starboard side. Received shot line from

USS CHAMBERS (DE-391); exchanged movies.

1638 USS CHAMBERS (DE-391) departed. Resumed patrol plan 3

1945 Held small arms practice and expended two hundred (200) rounds .22 cal. ammunition

7-4-44 0200 Set ship's clocks ahead sixty minutes to zone plus one time

0730 Ceased patrolling on plan 3

1000 Commenced patrolling on plan 3

1245 Tested pyrotechnics projectors expended three (3) rounds of flares, one (1) each of green,

white and red (ED - Happy Fourth of July)

1335 Maneuvering to go alongside SS JAMES HOBAN (#22) to take aboard one tank of Freon

for transfer

1419 Received Freon aboard

1423 Maneuvering to alongside SS JAMES E HOWARD (#131) to transfer Freon

1517 Transferred Freon

1521 Maneuvering to resume regular patrol station

1550 Resumed regular patrol station and patrol plan 3

1850 Patrolling stations 2 and 4

1948 Resumed patrolling station 4 on patrol plan 3

2150 Sound contact bearing 0850 T, range 1100. Sounded general quarters. Maneuvering

to develop contact

2213 Secured from general quarters, sound contact evaluated to be non-submarine

2230 Resumed station #4, patrolling on plan 3

7-5-44 0638 Departed regular patrol station to come along port side of USS MATTAPONI (AO-41)

to take on fuel

0718 Towing line made fast aboard. Fuel hose being received aft

0720 Commenced taking on fuel

0818 Fueling completed having received 21805 gallons diesel fuel oil

0822 Cast off lines maneuvering to resume escort station

0900 Resumed station 4 patrolling independently

1300 All hands called to battle stations

1330 Secured from battle stations; held following drills: C.I.C. plotting drill, 3"/50 loading drill,

20mm loading drill, 40mm loading drill, depth charge loading drill and damage control drill

1405 Signalmen held blinker drill

1430 Section two (2) shown aircraft identification film

1435 Tested depth charge hydraulic release; found to be in good working order

1500 Secured from all drills

1915 Held small arms drill. Expended two hundred (200) rounds .22 cal. ammunition

7-6-44 0200 Advanced ship's clocks one hour to zone zero (0) time

1300 Mustered all hands at quarters

1310 Secured from quarters

1315 Held C.I.C. plotting drill

1415 Secured plotting drill

7-7-44 1030 Commanding Officer held weekly inspection below decks

1130 Secured from inspection

1303 All hands called to battle stations

1320 Signalmen held semaphore drill, 3"/50 gun crews held loading drill, 20mm gun crews

held instruction on 20mm; 40mm gun crews held instruction on 40mm guns

1400 Secured from battle stations and all drills

7-8-44 0138 Maneuvering to intercept and divert Portuguese merchant ship from path of convoy

0200 Maneuvering alongside merchant ship

0225 Resumed station

1050 Commanding Officer held weekly topside inspection

7-10-44 0200 Set ship's clocks ahead sixty minutes to zone minus one time

0945 Convoy commenced forming four columns, commenced maneuvering to assume

new patrol station

1030 Assumed new station, second escort on port flank of convoy

1440 Standing into Strait of Gibraltar

1500 Held depth charge loading drill

2039 USS KNOX (DE-580) alongside to pass mail

2044 Received confidential mail. USS KNOX (DE-580) departed from alongside

2046 All hands to battle stations

2137 Secured from battle stations

7-11-44 0330 Sighted Cape Tres Forcas Light bearing 1550T, distance approximately 20 miles

0710 Departed station to deliver mail to SS TOLTEC

0737 Alongside SS TOLTEC

0741 Departed SS TOLTEC maneuvering to come alongside SS BENG H LATROBE to deliver mail

0809 Departed SS BENG H. LATROBE, to resume station #4

0835 Resumed station #4

2035 Assumed air defense station

2041 All hands to battle stations

2116 Secured from battle stations. Resumed patrolling station #4

2201 Assumed air defense stations. Sounded general quarters

2243 Assumed regular station. Secured from general quarters

7-12-44 0030 Unidentified aircraft in vicinity

0056 Received Red warning from CTF 60

0122 Called all gun crews to battle stations

0124 Sounded general alarm

0125 Assumed air defense station in Sector II. Commenced laying smoke screen

0228 Smoke generator overheated. Secured making smoke

0256 Resumed making smoke

0335 Enemy aircraft sighted close ahead crossing from port to starboard

0342 Radar contact at 0600 T, range 3 miles. Commenced firing on bearing of 0600 T

0344 Ceased firing. Expended sixteen rounds of 3/50 AA ammunition. No casualties

0427 Secured from laying smoke screen

0435 Secured from general quarters

0715 Advanced ship's clocks sixty (60) minutes to minus two (-2) zone time

2000 Assumed air defense station in Sector II, patrolling independently

7-13-44 0608 Departed station to carry out fueling operation. Maneuvering to come alongside

USS MATTAPONI (AO-41)

0654 Alongside USS MATTAPONI (AO-41), first line out

0711 Received fuel hose forward

0712 Commenced taking fuel forward

0722 Received fuel hose aft, commenced taking fuel aft

0737 Completed fueling operation having received 1260 gallons diesel fuel oil

0739 Fuel lines let go

0740 Exchanged movies with USS MATTAPONI (AO-41)

0750 Let go all lines, departed port side of USS MATTAPONI (AO-41), maneuvering

to return to station

1315 Mustered crew at quarters

1317 Crew engaged in the following drills: 3"/50 cal. Gun crews' first aid drill; 0mm gun crews receiving

instruction on 20mm guns; 20mm gun crews receiving instruction on 40mm guns; depth charge parties

holding depth charge loading drill; C.I.C. team holding plotting drill; damage control parties

viewing training film

1430 Secured from quarters and all drills

1535 Maneuvering to assume new position as second (2nd) escort on port flank of convoy

7-14-44 0753 Commander Task Force 60 relieved as Escort Commander of U.G.S. 46, escorts relieved

and ordered to proceed to Bizerte

0755 Proceeding to Bizerte Harbor

0940 Maneuvering standing into Bizerte Harbor

1034 Moored port side to USS DURANT (DE-389) at Berth B, Pointe de lInfirmerie, AATB,

Bizerte, Tunisia

7-15-44 0845 Party of sixty men departed to AATB for training in gas warfare

1010 Party returned from chemical warfare training at AATB, Bizerte

1700 Beach party returned aboard

1800 Recreation party departed for recreation field #4, at AATB, Bizerte

2100 Recreation party returned aboard

7-16-44 0000 Moored port side to starboard side USS DURANT (DE-389) with USS CALCATERRA (DE-390)

moored to starboard side at Berth B, Pointe de lInfirmerie, AATB, Bizerte, Tunisia, North Africa

0600 Church party departed

0745 Swimming party departed

7-17-44 0800 Swimming party departed

1030 Received from Naval Armory, AATB, Bizerte, 128 rounds, 3/50 cal. AA ammunition.

Transferred to Naval Armory AATB, Bizerte, 20 cases 3/50 cal. brass; 4 cases 20mm brass;

22 cases 40mm brass

1630 Swimming party returned

1817 Athletic party departed

2110 Athletic party returned

7-18-44 0805 Swimming party departed

0950 Party departed for gas chamber for gas drill

1028 Gas chamber party returned

7-19-44 1300 Commanding Officer and party departed for Attack Teacher, AATB, Bizerte

1510 Commanding Officer and party returned from Attack Teacher

1812 Baseball party departed for field #4

2120 Baseball party returned

7-20-44 0640 Secured shore water connections

0730 USS CALCATERRA (DE-390) cast off lines and underway

0737 Cast off all lines underway maneuvering out of berth, standing out of Bizerte harbor

0805 Standing out of Bizerte Jetty

0850 Commenced swinging ship to obtain compass deviation

0912 Completed swinging ship. Maneuvering to form column with CortDiv 45

0928 In column, distance between ships 1000 yards5

0958 Called all hands to battle stations

1032 Commenced anti-aircraft battle practice

1032 Commenced firing

1032.5 Ceased firing

1038 Commenced firing

1038.5 Ceased firing

1043.5 Commenced firing

1044 Ceased firing

1112 Commenced firing

1112.5 Ceased firing

1116 Commenced firing

1116.5 Ceased firing. Completed exercise. Expended the following ammunition: 66 rounds 3/50 cal.

A.A., 90 rounds 40mm A.A. and 490 rounds 20mm A.A. Number 3, 3/50 gun had one casualty

faulty firing mechanism

1119 Secured from battle stations

1447 Maneuvering to assume screening station with convoy G.U.S. 46

1530 Assumed assigned patrol station on course 2930 T

7-21-44 0000 Patrolling station on port flank of convoy. Speed of advance is 8.5 knots

0635 Changed base course, speed of advance 6.5 knots. Convoy forming broad front

0909 Convoy increased speed of advance to 8.5 knots

1030 Commanding Officer holding weekly inspection below decks

1115 Secured from inspection

1315 Tested depth charge release, and found to be in good working order

2001 Assumed air defense sector stations

2237 Convoy executed emergency turn to starboard to course 3150 T

7-22-44 0520 Red alert, enemy aircraft in area

0526 Called gun crews to battle stations

0527 Commenced laying smoke screen

0551 Called all hands to battle stations

0601 Secured from battle stations, stopped making smoke

0902 Maneuvering to come alongside USS McNULTY (DE-581)

0920 Along starboard side of USS McNULTY (DE-581), passed first line

0922 Transferred one 42 lb case of cheese to USS McNULTY and received 200 pounds of salt from

USS McNULTY

0926 Departed starboard side of USS McNULTY (DE-581), for station

0935 Resumed regular patrol on assigned station

7-23-44 1500 Range finder operators completed one hour of instruction and drill

1600 Patrolling on patrol plan 3, speed of advance is 9.5 knots

7-24-44 0605 Sighted Point De La Almina Light bearing 2580 T

0635 Assumed air defense station, patrolling independently

0940 Convoy reduced broad front. Assumed channel patrol station on port flank of convoy

1300 Mustered crew at quarters: held the following drills and instructions; 40mm gun crews received

first aid instruction; depth charge parties held loading drill; signalmen, quartermaster strikers

received instructions on standing gangway watch; C.I.C. plotting team held plotting drill;

damage control parties viewed training film

1430 Secured from quarters and all drills

1535 Convoy speed reduced to 6.0 knots. Convoy began forming broad front

1730 Convoy completed forming broad front, assumed station #4, speed of advance increased to

9.5 knots

1930 Commenced patrolling on plan 3

1945 Range finder operators completed one hour drill and instruction

7-25-44 0200 Set ships clocks back sixty (60) minutes to zone 1 time

1100 Signalmen and quartermaster strikers completed one hour signal drill with adjacent escorts

1300 Mustered all hands at quarters

1315 Held abandon ship drill

1325 Secured from abandon ship drill. 20mm gun crews received first aid instruction. 40mm gun crews

shown training movie. Damage control parties held drill; depth charge parties held loading drill and

quartermasters and signalmen received instruction

1430 Signalmen held flag hoist drill

1530 Secured from drills

7-26-44 0200 Set ships clocks back sixty (60) minutes to zero (0) time zone

0735 Departed station to sink mine. Maneuvering near mine

0755 Position of mine 350 36N, 140 24W. Sank mine, expending following ammunition: 60 rounds,

20mm, 60 rounds .30 caliber and one (1) dye marker

0758 Maneuvering to resume station

0820 Resumed assigned station

1300 Mustered crew at quarters; held the following drills; battle stations; C.I.C. plotting drill;

depth charge setting drill; pointers, trainers and sightsetters drill for 3/50 cal. guns;

damage control parties received instructions on the use of Co2

1330 Secured from quarters and all drills

1845 Signalmen and quartermasters completed one hour range finder drill

2015 Held small arms target practice: expended 300 rounds .22 cal. ammunition

7-27-44 1000 Completed one hour range finder drill for signalmen and quartermasters

1110 Signalmen and quartermaster strikers completed one hour blinker drill with adjacent escorts

1500 Small arms target practice: expended 150 rounds .45 cal. and 300 rounds .22 caliber

7-28-44 0000 Patrolling station #4, on plan 3, speed of advance is 9.5 knots

0908 USS McNULTY (DE-581) alongside to port to transfer supplies and motion pictures

0921 USS McNULTY (DE-581) departed from alongside

1030 Commanding Officer held weekly inspection below decks

1300 Mustered crew at quarters

1315 All hands to battle stations held following drills: depth charge parties, first aid drill;

3:/50 gun crews loading drill; C.I.C. plotting drill; damage control parties casualty and

simulated fire drills

1357 Secured from battle stations and all drills

1500 Signalmen and quartermaster strikers completed one hour blinker drill with adjacent escorts

2045 Held small arms target practice; expended 400 rounds .22 caliber ammunition and 100 rounds

.45 caliber ammunition

7-29-44 0200 Set back ships clocks sixty (60) minutes to +1 time

1025 Commanding Officer held inspection topside

1122 Secured from inspection

1230 Depth charge parties held loading drill

1500 Signalmen and quartermaster strikers completed one hour blinker drill with adjacent escorts

7-30-44 1425 Ceased patrolling on plan 3, commenced independent patrol

1515 Signalmen and quartermaster strikers completed one hour blinker drill with adjacent escorts

7-31-44 0930 Signalmen held flag hoist drill

1300 Mustered crew at quarters. Gun crews held loading drill and 40mm instruction. Damage

control and depth charge parties witnessed training films. Signalmen and quartermaster

strikers held blinker drill with adjacent escorts

1500 Secured from all drills

2000 Commenced patrolling on plan 3

8-1-44 0000 Underway in North Atlantic Ocean with Task Force 60 escorting convoy G.U.S. 45,

on base course 2680T, at 205 R.P.M., patrolling station #4 on plan 3,

speed of advance 9.5 knots

0200 Set back ships clocks sixty (60) minutes to +2 time zone

0750 Ceased patrolling on plan 3; commenced independent patrol

0857 Increased speed, commenced patrolling stations 2 and 4

1015 Reduced speed, resumed patrolling station 4

1100 Signalmen and quartermaster strikers completed one hour blinker drill with adjacent escorts

1215 Maneuvering to investigate underwater sound contact bearing 2700 T, distance 800 yards

1225 Contact evaluated non-submarine, return to regular station

1230 Resumed patrolling station

1300 Departed station to investigate unidentified object in water

1310 Alongside object, standing by until convoy clears

1335 Maneuvering to return to station

1350 20mm and 40mm gun crews shown training film

1400 Resumed regular station

8-2-44 1330 Depth charge parties holding loading drill

1440 20mm and 40mm crews viewed training film

1500 Signalmen and quartermasters completed one (1) hour drill with adjacent escorts

1505 Secured all drills

8-3-44 1300 Called all hands to quarters

1320 All hands to battle stations

1348 Commenced test firing all guns

1351 Ceased firing

1355 Commenced firing

1356 Ceased firing

1358 Commenced firing

1359 Ceased firing. Completed firing having expended the following service ammunition: 600 rounds

20mm AA; 212 rounds 40mm AA and 28 rounds 3/50 AA. No casualties

1402 C.I.C. held plotting drill

1412 Secured from battle stations

8-4-44 0200 Set ships clocks back sixty minutes to plus three (+3) time zone

1920 Held gunnery exercise George 3, expended one (1) 3/50 cal. illuminating shell no casualties

8-5-44 1100 Signalmen held one (1) hour blinker drill

1500 Signalmen strikers completed one (1) hour blinker drill

1905 Held gunnery exercise George 3. Expended one round 3/50 cal., illuminating ammunition

8-6-44 1100 Signalmen and quartermasters completed one (1) hour flashing light drill with adjacent escorts

1500 Signalmen and quartermaster strikers completed one hour blinker drill with adjacent escorts

8-7-44 0830 Maneuvering to take assigned station with New York Section of G.U.S. 46

0943 Assumed assigned station 16,000 yards on the axis of convoy

8-8-44 0730 Departed station proceeding to buoy ABLE.

0800 Maneuvering to reach Swept Channel Approach Lighted Whistle Buoy A

0858 Buoy A abeam to starboard. Maneuvering in vicinity of buoy

1000 Maneuvering to assume patrol station on starboard flank of convoy

1025 Assumed patrol station on starboard flank of convoy

1103 Swept Channel Approach Lighted Whistle Buoy abeam to port. Steering various channel

courses at various speeds standing up swept channel

1309 Buoy G abeam to port close aboard. Relieved of escort duty with Task Force 60, ordered

to proceed to Navy Yard, New York

1344 Gedney Channel Whistle Buoy abeam to starboard close aboard; standing up Ambrose Channel

1420 Passed through harbor defense nets; standing up New York enroute to Navy Yard, New York

1515 Navy tug YTL 475 alongside to starboard to assist in mooring

1521 Moored port side to USS DALE W PETERSON (DE-337) at Pier G, Berth 13, at

New York Navy Yard, Brooklyn, New York

1533 YTL 475 and Pilot KELLY departed

1550 Commenced taking shore power

1605 Commenced taking shore water

1658 Commenced taking shore steam. Yard telephone installed

8-9-44 0050 USS VANCE (DE-387) moored to starboard side

8-10-44 1500 Two officers and five (5) men departed for Attack Teacher

1715 Attack Teacher party returned

2035 Received from Supply Officer, Navy Yard, New York, Attack Plotter 25434

8-11-44 1020 Ensign W. T. DOOR and four (4) men departed for ASW school

1140 Ensign W. T. DOOR returned with party from ASW school

1730 Ships SL Radar antenna replaced by Navy Yard, New York

8-13-44 0900 Church party departed

1415 YO-16 moored to starboard side and passed fuel lines to USS PETERSON (DE-337)

8-14-44 Log sheet missing

8-15-44 0525 Secured all power, steam, air and water lines to shore, preparatory to shifting berth

0542 Navy Yard tug TAVIBO (YT 276) along starboard side

0545 Navy Yard tugs YT 3173, YTL 475, along starboard side, towing lines passed aboard

0600 Cast off lines from USS PETERSON (DE-337). Towed to Berth 12, pier G,

Navy Yard, New York

0606 Passed lines to USS METIVIER (DE-582), moored port side to

0610 Navy Yard tugs TAVIBO (YT 276), YT 3173, YTL 475, departed with pilot

0655 Received water and power from shore

0702 Received steam from dock

1350 Commenced dock trial

1355 Secured from dock trial

8-19-44 0750 Lieut. SAUTTER, USNR, and Lieut. (jg) HESS, USNR, aboard to calibrate gyro-compass

0833 Yard tug YT 475 along starboard side to assist in departure from dock

0835 Cast off all lines, underway, standing out of Navy Yard

0938 Passed through anti-submarine defense nets

0946 Ambrose Channel buoy 17 abeam to starboard, standing down Chapel Hill Channel enroute

to anchorage in Sandy Hook Bay

1028 Anchored in Sandy Hook Bay in 28 feet of water to 20 fathoms of starboard chain

1117 YF 634 moored to starboard side for transfer of ammunition

1127 Commenced transfer of depth charges and empty shell cases to YF 634 and commenced

receiving ammunition

1310 Completed receiving ammunition. Transferred following ammunition to Supply Officer,

N.A.D., Leonardo, New Jersey: 65 depth charges, mark 9, mod. 2; 65 depth charge pistols,

mark 6, mod. 1; 65 depth charge booster extenders, mark 6, mod. 1; 65 depth charge boosters,

mark 6, mod. 1; 65 detonators, mark 1; 288 hedgehog fuzes mark 136, mod. 5;

25 hand grenades; 16, 40mm empty ammunition cases; 20, 3/50 empty ammunition cases

and 4, 20mm empty ammunition cases. Received the following ammunition from Supply Officer,

N.A.D., Leonardo, New Jersey: 96 rounds 3/50 AA; 288 hedgehog fuzes,

mark 131, mod. 3; 2 depth charge markers, mark 1, mod. 1; 208 rounds 40mm AA;

50 rounds .45 cal. blanks; 25 hand grenades; 65 depth charges, mark 8, and

65 depth charge pistols mark 7, mod. 1

1312 YF 634 departed starboard side

1320 Underway, standing out of Sandy Hook Bay

1335 Underway in Lower Bay, compensating magnetic compass

1505 Secured from compensating compass

1516 CG 68004, along starboard side

1517 Lieut. SAUTTER, USNR, and Lieut. (jg) HESS, USNR, Departed

1518 Maneuvering standing out Gedney Channel

1548 Gedney Channel Entrance Lighted buoy abeam to port

1600 Forming into columns in the following order: USCGC BIBB (WPG-31) guide,

USS LANSING (DE-388), USS CHAMBERS (DE-391), USS MERRILL (DE-392).

1605 Standing down swept channel

1742 Swept channel lighted whistle buoy A, abeam to port

8-20-44 1525 All gun crews at battle stations

1557 Whistle buoy 2JL abeam to starboard

1558 Commenced firing on practice G A.A. exercise

1559 Ceased firing

1601 Commenced firing on practice G A.A. exercise

1602 Ceased firing

1630 Commenced firing practice G A.A. exercise

1631 Ceased firing

1633 Commenced firing on practice T A.A. exercise

1634 Ceased firing

1635 Commenced firing on practice T A.A. exercise

1636 Ceased firing

1636 Gunnery exercises completed, secured from battle stations. Expended 72 rounds

3/50 cal. A.A.; 1500 rounds 20mm; 473 rounds 40mm, no casualties

1640 Stopped all engines

1647 Underway, holding breeches buoy drill with USCGC BIBB (WPG-31)

1710 Heaved first line

1713 Passed breeches buoy to USCGC BIBB (WPG-31) buoy returned

1716 Passed breeches buoy second time buoy returned

1719 Let go all lines

1801 Portland lighted whistle buoy P abeam to starboard close aboard. Commenced

standing up Portland swept channel

1850 Entered anti-submarine defense nets, standing up to buoy A1

1900 Lowered ships boat

1917 Moored starboard to USS GOFF (DD-247) at berth A1, Casco Bay, Maine

1923 Secured anchor chain to buoy

1930 USS CHAMBERS (DE-391) alongside and moored to port side

8-21-44 0505 USS GOFF (DD-247) cast off all lines and departed

0825 Lieutenant KRELL, U.S.N.R., ComDesLant Gunnery Staff Officer, aboard to

inspect gunnery department

0955 Lieutenant DRISKILL, U.S.N.R., ComDesLant Education Staff Officer aboard

0957 Lieutenant KRELL, U.S.N.R., departed

1038 USS IWANA (YTB-272) alongside and moored to starboard side

1049 USS IWANA (YTB-272) departed

1050 Ensign HAMILTON, U.S.N.R., ComDesLant Staff Training Aids Officer aboard

1203 Lieutenant DRISKILL and Ensign HAMILTON departed

1320 Lieutenant CLARK, U.S.N., ComDesLant Staff Damage Control Officer, aboard

with Lieutenant MAYER, U.S.N., and MERRILL, CCM, U.S.N.

1420 Sounded general alarm

1430 YW 87 alongside and moored to starboard side. Commenced taking on water

1440 Held damage control and fire drills

1500 Secured taking on water. Received 6740 gallons. YW 87 departed

1505 Secured from general quarters and all drills

1530 Lieutenant CLARK, Lieutenant MAYER and MERRILL, CCM, departed

1614 Recreation party of fifty (50) men departed

1630 Granted liberty to port section of crew to expire at 2400 at Portland Navy Landing

1840 USS VANCE (DE-387) alongside and moored to starboard side

2010 Recreation party returned

2400 Liberty party returned on time

8-22-44 0550 Four (4) staff officers and one (1) enlisted man from ComDesLant aboard in connection

with scheduled exercises

0635 USS VANCE (DE-387) departed starboard side

0648 Underway standing out of Casco Bay

0649 Called all gun crews to battle stations

0720 Passed through anti-submarine defense nets

0750 Examination vessel abeam to port

0816 Portland lighted whistle buoy P abeam to port

0905 Submarine VORTICE submerged

1007 Commenced scheduled ASW exercises. Commenced run on submarine VORTICE

1024 Fired on submarine

1031 Fired on submarine. Secured from first run

1106 Commenced second run on submarine

1118 Fired on submarine

1126 Fired on submarine. Secured from second attack. Expended sixteen (16) rounds,

Mark 10 plaster loaded hedgehog projectiles

1200 Underway as before, speed of advance 3 knots. Conducting exercises with Italian submarine

VORTICE in company with USS VANCE (DE-387) and USS DURANT (DE-389)

1214 Commenced simulated creeping attacks on submarine

1319 Repair parties held simulated fire drill in compartment B-2

1320 Depth charge parties and O division attended movie on Mark VIII depth charges

1455 Secured from anti-submarine warfare exercises

1518 Submarine surfaced

1520 Escorting submarine to Portland Examination Vessel

1609 Portland lighted whistle buoy P abeam to starboard. Standing up Portland Harbor

approach on various courses at various speeds

1631 Portland Examination vessel abeam to starboard. Submarine departed

1651 Entered anti-submarine boom defense

1723 Moored starboard side to East side of pier Fox, Long Island, Casco Bay, Maine

1738 Four (4) staff officers and one (1) enlisted man departed, days exercises having been completed

1756 Commenced taking on fuel

1845 Finished taking on fuel, received 7,526 gallons diesel oil

1855 Received from the USS DECATUR (DD-341) twenty four (24) plaster loaded

hedgehog projectiles

8-23-44 0643 Cast off all lines underway standing out of Casco Bay

0655 Ships boat secured aboard

0715 Passed through anti-submarine defense nets, standing out Portland swept channel

0758 Portland Harbor sea buoy abeam to starboard close aboard

0830 Joined USS VANCE (DE-387) and USS DURANT (DE-389)

0955 All hands to battle stations. Commenced scheduled exercises

1017 Damage control parties held first aid, fire and collision drills

1046 Commenced firing on G exercise

1047 Ceased firing

1050 Commenced firing on G exercise

1103 Ceased firing

1108 Commenced firing on T exercise

1109 Ceased firing

1113 Commenced firing on T exercise

1114 Ceased firing

1116 Secured from battle stations and all drills Expended sixty (60) rounds 3/50 ammunition,

two hundred seventy seven (277) rounds 40mm ammunition, and

one thousand four hundred forty (1440) rounds 20mm ammunition

1155 Maneuvering awaiting to make scheduled very short range target practice run

1212 Sounded general quarters. Commenced firing ready guns, at surface target

1214 Commenced firing all guns

1217 Ceased firing. Expended ammunition as follows: 28 rounds A.P. 3/50;

2 rounds 3/50 AA; 660 rounds 20mmAA; and 67 rounds 40mmAA. No casualties.

1300 Proceeding to rendezvous with tanker to conduct fueling exercise

1345 Commenced fueling exercise, maneuvering to come astern of USS MATTOLLE (AO-17)

1415 Picked up tow line

1424 Secured tow line, picked up fuel hose

1432 Fuel hose aboard and secured

1440 Cast off fuel hose

1442 Cast off tow line. Maneuvering to come along port side of USS MATTOLLE (AO-17)

1455 Along port side of USS MATTOLLE (AO-17)

1508 Received tow and fuel lines aboard

1515 Cast off fuel line

1517 Cast off tow line

1542 Completed scheduled fueling exercise, maneuvering away from side of USS MATTOLLE (AO-17)

1550 Assumed station 2000 yards ahead of USS MATTOLLE (AO-17)

1830 Maneuvering preparatory to carrying out scheduled exercises

1930 Maneuvering taking stations as Escort vessel #3, in nine (9) column convoy

1950 Assumed assigned station and commenced scheduled exercises

1957 Commenced laying smoke screen

2011 Smoke generator on fire

2013 Smoke generator fire extinguished

2020 Smoke screen exercise secured

2045 Assumed station fourth ship in column with Escort Division 45

8-24-44 0000 Underway North Atlantic Ocean with Escort Division 45, fourth ship in column,

speed of advance 10 knots

0405 Departed station in formation, proceeding to Portland Harbor Examination vessel

0620 Portland Harbor Approach lighted buoy abeam to port. Standing up channel

0710 Examination Vessel abeam to starboard. Maneuvering awaiting arrival of exercise submarine

0725 Ships boat departed to pick up and transfer ComDesLant Staff from Submarine

0749 Five (5) officers and three (3) enlisted men reported aboard for days Exercises

0751 Ships boat departed for USS DURANT (DE-389)

0757 Ships boat returned

0800 Underway as before hoisting aboard ships boat

0805 Standing out swept channel enroute to exercise area, escorting submarine S-20

0837 Portland Harbor sea buoy abeam to starboard

0911 Submarine S-20 submerged

0922 Commenced first run on submarine

0940 Fired hedgehog

0943 Commenced second run

0951 Fired hedgehog

0956 Commenced third run

1008 Fired hedgehog

1013 Commenced fourth run

1018 Fired hedgehog

1022 Commenced fifth run

1026 Fired hedgehog. Expended twenty (20) rounds plaster loaded Mark X hedgehogs

1100 Commenced run on submarine for depth charge attack

1120 Fired on submarine completing attack

1125 Ships boat departed with ComDesLant Fleet Representatives for USS FARQUAHR (DE-139)

1142 Ships boat returned and hoisted aboard

1150 Commenced coordinated attack on submarine, S-20, with USS FARQUAHR (DE-139)

1200 Underway as before, speed of advance 3 knots, simulating creeping attacks

on submarine S-20 with USS FARQUAHR (DE-139)

1342 Secured from anti-submarine warfare exercises, submarine surfaced

1345 Enroute to depth charge firing area

1445 Ordered full depth charge pattern set fired 13 charge pattern expended 13 Mark IX Mod.

3 depth charges, 8 arbors, 8 #1 impulse charges

1517 Portland Harbor sea buoy abeam to port close aboard standing up swept channel

1625 Anchored in berth O, Casco Bay, Maine, in forty (40) feet of water to thirty (30) fathoms

of starboard chain.

1800 Supply barge YF 335 alongside to port

1815 Supply barge YF 335 departed from alongside

1845 Liberty granted to starboard section, to expire at Navy Landing, Portland, Maine,

at 0100, 25 August 1944

8-25-44 0639 Underway standing out of Casco Bay

0650 Gun pointers and trainers held drill

0715 Secured from pointers and trainers drill

0748 Portland Harbor sea buoy abeam to starboard

0810 Maneuvering taking station on USS MATTOLE (AO-17)

0845 Assumed station

0905 Maneuvering astern USS MATTOLE (AO-17) to carry out fueling exercises

0930 Picked up towing line

0935 Picked up hose line

0941 Towing line aboard and secured

0950 Fuel hose aboard and secured

0955 Cast off fuel line

0956 Cast off towing line. Maneuvering to come alongside, starboard, USS MATTOLE (AO-17)

1014 Towing line aboard and secured

1015 After hose aboard

1020 Cast off fuel line and towing line. Maneuvering resuming station

1022 All hands to battle stations

1027 Commenced firing on anti-aircraft practice G run

1028 Ceased firing

1043 Commenced firing on practice G run

1044 Ceased firing

1049 Secured from battle stations. Expended 23 rounds 3/50 cal. AA ammunition,

720 rounds 20mm ammunition, 129 rounds 40mm ammunition

1339 All hands to battle stations

1403 Commenced firing AA battle practice, type G runs

1404 Ceased firing

1422 Commenced firing

1424 Ceased firing. Maneuvering to pick up sleeve

1445 Returned to station

1447 Commenced firing

1448 Ceased firing

1449 Commenced firing

1450 Ceased firing

1454 Commenced firing T type runs

1455 Ceased firing

1526 Commenced firing

1527 Ceased firing

1529 Commenced firing

1530 Ceased firing

1532 Commenced firing

1533 Ceased firing

1534 Commenced firing

1535 Ceased firing. Exercise completed. Expended ammunition as follows: ,340 rounds 20mm AA;

529 rounds 40mm AA and 58 rounds 3/50 AA. No casualties

1541 Maneuvering to take station with USS DURANT (DE-389)

1617 USS DURANT (DE-389) alongside to starboard. Engaged in breeches buoy drill

1635 Secured from breeches buoy drill

1650 In company with USS DURANT (DE-389) maneuvering to rendezvous with

USS MATTOLE (AO-17). Commenced operating smoke generator

1740 Secured smoke generator. Maneuvering to take station on starboard bow of

USS MATTOLE (AO-17)

1755 Assumed station

2001 Commenced scheduled gunnery exercises

2030 Called all hands to battle stations

2101 Commenced firing on starboard beam

2105 Ceased firing

2204 Commenced firing

2208 Ceased firing. Secured from exercises, expended 30 rounds 3/50 cal. illuminating shells

2210 Secured from battle stations, assumed patrol station on port bow of USS MATTOLE (AO-17)

2313 Detached from patrol for duty with USS VANCE (DE-387)

8-26-44 0720 Portland Harbor approach buoy abeam to port. Steaming in column of ships,

USS VANCE (DE-387) the guide

0917 Maneuvering carrying out exercise in formation steaming

1012 Stopped all engines preparatory to carrying out towing exercise

1040 Commenced towing exercise

1050 Being towed by USS CHAMBERS (DE-391)

1119 Cast off tow line

1130 Maneuvering to come alongside USS DURANT (DE-389) to continue towing exercises

1200 Maneuvering to take USS DURANT (DE-389) in tow

1201 First line aboard USS DURANT (DE-389)

1225 USS DURANT (DE-389) cast off tow line

1234 Secured from towing exercise

1253 Maneuvering to rejoin Division 45

1315 Called all hands to battle stations

1408 Commenced anti-aircraft firing on GEORGE run

1409 Ceased firing

1412 Commenced firing, on GEORGE run

1413 Ceased firing

1418 Commenced firing on TARE run

1419 Ceased firing

1420 Commenced firing on TARE run

1421 Ceased firing

1441 Commenced firing on TARE run

1442 Ceased firing

1445 Commenced firing on TARE run

1446 Ceased firing. Secured from battle stations. Expended 30 rounds 3/50 cal. AA;

1800 rounds 20mm AA; 414 rounds 40mm no casualties

1450 Damage control parties held decontamination drill, depth charge parties secured from loading

and setting drill

1510 Maneuvered to form 2100 relative on USS VANCE (DE-387)

1536 Commenced laying smoke screen

1550 Secured from making smoke

1654 Maneuvered to form 1800 relative on USS VANCE (DE-387)

1742 Portland lighted whistle buoy P abeam to starboard. Standing up Portland Channel

1828 Entered anti-submarine net defenses

1851 Anchored in 42 feet of water to 30 fathoms of starboard chain in berth I, Casco Bay, Maine

1855 Motor launch alongside. Received from USS ALCOR (AR-10) 13 depth charges Mark 9 Mod. 2,

13 depth charge boosters Mark 6, Mod. 2, 13 depth charge pistols, Mark 6 Mod. 1,

13 depth charge detonators Mark 1, Mod. 1, 8 depth charge arbors

1912 Motor launch departed. Transferred to Naval Ammunition depot, Hingham, Mass.,

seventy three (73) cases empty 3/50 brass

8-27-44 0626 Commenced heaving around on anchor

0639 Underway, standing out of Casco Bay, Maine

0705 Passed anti-submarine defense nets, standing out Portland swept channel

0754 Portland Sea buoy abeam to starboard, close aboard

0822 Called all hands to battle stations

0914 Commenced scheduled exercise, Local Control Battle Practice, commenced firing

0917 Ceased firing

0928 Commenced firing

0931 Ceased firing

0956 Commenced firing

1000 Ceased firing. Completed L.C.B.P.

1010 Commenced D.S.P.

1024 Commenced firing

1025 Ceased firing

1041 Commenced firing

1042 Ceased firing. Completed D.S.P., Day Spotting Practice. Expended following ammunition:

59 rounds 3/50 AA

1043 Secured from battle stations

1202 Maneuvering on various courses at various speeds exercising at formation steaming

1240 Holding steering engine casualty drill

1255 Secured from steering engine casualty drill

1300 All gun crews to battle stations

1305 Commenced GEORGE: runs

1322 Commenced firing on starboard run

1323 Ceased firing

1325 Commenced firing on port run

1326 Ceased firing

1353 Commenced firing on port run

1354 Ceased firing

1357 Commenced firing on starboard run

1358 Ceased firing

1400 Commenced TARE: runs

1401 Commenced firing, port run

1402 Ceased firing

1405 Commenced firing on starboard run

1406 Ceased firing

1421 Commenced firing on port run

1422 Ceased firing

1425 Commenced firing on starboard run

1426 Ceased firing

1430 Commenced firing on starboard ruin

1436 Ceased firing

1440 Secured all gun crews from battle stations. Expended the following ammunition in days

anti-aircraft exercises: thirty (30) rounds 3/50 cal. AA; two thousand nine hundred forty

(2940) rounds, 20mm AA: five hundred eighty-seven (587) rounds, 40mm AA

1535 Exercising at formation steaming

1635 Portland Harbor approach buoy abeam to starboard. Standing up Portland Harbor Channel

1700 Portland Harbor Examination Vessel abeam to starboard

1722 Passed through anti-submarine defense net

1742 Anchored at Casco Bay, Maine, in berth H in 42 feet of water to 30 fathoms of starboard chain,

on the following bearings: Waites Landing 3080T; Cow Island Ledge Light 0610T,

and Clapboard Island 0180T.

1807 YF 1023 Along port side

1821 YF 1023 departed port side

8-28-44 0545 Lieutenant (jg) MANNING, USNR, and SMITH, SoM2c, reported aboard for days exercises

0600 Lieutenant WYLIE, USNR, reported aboard for days exercises

0641 Underway, standing out of Casco Bay, Maine

0643 Called all gun crews to battle stations

0701 Passed through anti-submarine defense nets, standing down Portland Harbor Approach Channel

0729 Portland Harbor Examination vessel abeam to port

0758 Portland Approach buoy P abeam to port

0830 Submarine S-20 submerged. Commencing scheduled exercises

0930 Commenced first attack run on submarine

0932 Simulated depth charging submarine. Maneuvering for re-attack

0940 Commenced re-attack

0943 Fired hedgehog

1030 Commenced second run on submarine

1033 Simulated depth charging submarine

1043 Commenced re-attack

1045 Ceased re-attack

1116 Commenced third run on submarine

1125 Simulated depth charging submarine

1133 Commenced re-attack

1137 Fired hedgehog

1200 Underway as before maneuvering on various courses and speeds carrying out scheduled exercises

1215 Commenced first creeping attack on submarine

1308 Simulated depth charging submarine

1330 Commenced to direct USS VANCE (DE-387) on submarine

1346 USS VANCE (DE-387) simulated depth charging submarine

1355 Commenced to direct USS DURANT (DE-389) on submarine

1412 USS DURANT (DE-389) simulated depth charging submarine

1422 Submarine S-20 surfaced. Escorting S-20 to Casco Bay, Maine

1537 Portland lighted whistle buoy P abeam to starboard. Standing up Portland Harbor

Approach Channel

1600 Underway as before, standing up swept channel and into Casco Bay, Maine

1637 Motor boat alongside

1639 Commander, Destroyers Atlantic Fleet, representatives Lieutenant WYLIE, USNR and

Lieutenant (jg) MANNING, USNR, and SMITH, SoM2c, USNR, departed ship in motor boat

1705 Moored port side to west side of Pier F, Long Island, Casco Bay, Maine. Assumed ready duty

1715 Commenced taking on fuel

1745 Completed taking on fuel, having received from Naval Fuel dock, eleven thousand three hundred

ninety-one (11,391) gallons

1755 U.S. Navy Supply barge alongside

1815 U.S. Navy Supply Barge departed from alongside

8-29-44 0632 Underway standing out of Casco Bay and swept channel

0633 Called all gun pointers and trainers to battle stations

0730 Secured gun pointers and trainers from battle stations

0735 Portland Harbor approach sea buoy abeam to port

0751 Maneuvering to take station in Escort Division #45 formation

0805 Assumed assigned station, fourth ship in column

1011 Called all hands to battle stations

1026 Commenced firing on GEORGE anti-aircraft run

1027 Ceased firing

1100 Commenced firing on GEORGE run

1101 Ceased firing

1107 Commenced firing on TARE run

1108 Ceased firing

1109 Commenced firing on TARE run

1110 Ceased firing

1111 Secured from battle stations, expended following ammunition: 30 rounds 3/50 cal. AA;

258 rounds 40mm service; 1080 rounds 20mm service

8-30-44 0000 Underway North Atlantic Ocean with Escort Division 45, enroute to Norfolk, Virginia.

Station fourth ship in column, distance 800 yards

1300 Mustered crew at quarters. Held instruction on Lookouts for all seamen,

by means of motion picture training film

1400 Held gas mask drill for E Division. Exercised at flag-hoist drill with other ships

of Escort Division #45

1410 Secured from quarters and all instruction

1525 Secured from flag hoist drill

8-31-44 0125 Chesapeake Bay entrance swept channel buoy XS abeam to port, distance 800 yards.

Standing up swept channel

0612 Buoy 2CB abeam to port. Standing up swept channel and into Thimble Shoal Channel

0805 Standing into Hampton Roads

0846 Moored port side to south side Pier #5, Naval Operating Base, Norfolk, VA

0900 USS MERRILL (DE-392) moored to starboard side

0930 Signalmen and signalman strikers engaged in flag-hoist drill with other ships at Naval Operating Base

1030 Secured from flag hoist drill

1355 Commenced taking on fuel

1435 Ceased taking on fuel. Received aboard five thousand, eight hundred forty nine (5849) gallons fuel.

Delivered the following ordnance supplies to Officer in Charge, Fifth Naval District

Depth Charge Pool, Norfolk, Va.: One (1) depth charge pistol, Mark 9, Mod. 1;

One hundred twenty-one (121) depth charge pistols, Mark 6, Mod. 1; ninety-five (95) depth charge

booster extenders, Mark 6, Mod. 1; forty-seven (47) depth charge boosters, Mark 6, Mod. 1.

Received the following ordnance supplies from Naval mine Depot, Yorktown, Va.; One (1)

depth charge pistol, Mark 9, Mod. 3, eighty (80) depth charge pistols, Mark 6, Mod. 2; thirty (30)

depth charge boosters, Mark 6, Mod. 2; Eighty (80) depth charge booster extenders, Mark 6,

Mod. 2

9-1-44 0000 Moored port side to south side pier #5, Naval Operating Base, Norfolk, Va.,

USS KNOX (DE-580) moored to starboard side

1420 Completed loading ammunition, having received the following from Naval Ammunition Depot,

St. Juliens Creek, Va; 400 rounds 3/50 cal. AA, 32 rounds 3/50 cal. ILL.,

3008 rounds 40mm AA, 15660 rounds 20mm

1827 USS KNOX (DE-580) cast off all lines, departed from starboard side

1830 Secured all shore services

1835 Cast off all dock lines, underway maneuvering various courses and speeds standing

away from dock draft 11 forward, 129 aft

1839 Maneuvering down Elizabeth River Channel

1908 Passed through anti-submarine defense nets, maneuvering out Thimble Shoals

Channel enroute to anchorage, Lynnhaven Roads, Va

2008 Anchored in Lynnhaven Roads in 58 feet of water to 60 fathoms of starboard chain on

the following bearings: Cape Henry Light 1080 T; Thimble Shoal Lighted Bell buoy #1,

0130 T; Lynnhaven Bridge beacon 2340 T

9-2-44 0323 Commenced heaving round on anchor

0340 Underway standing out of Lynnhaven Roads

0428 Chesapeake Bay Entrance Lighted whistle buoy 2CB abeam to port

0637 Channel buoy S-9 abeam to port

1005 Buoy XS abeam to port close aboard, increases speed to 250 R.P.M., commenced

steering various courses conducting sound search in vicinity of buoy XS

1344 Assumed assigned station in escort screen; commenced patrolling with Task Force 60,

escorting convoy UGS 53

1800 Speed of advance of convoy increased to 9 knots

1915 Increased speed of advance to 9.5 knots

9-3-44 0000 Underway North Atlantic Ocean with Task Force 60, escorting convoy UGS 53 on

base course 1130T. Patrolling assigned station, speed of advance 9.5 knots

0832 Departed station assumed air defense station #8

0930 Changed base course to 1220T

0943 All hands to battle stations

0948 Convoy commenced laying smoke screen. Omitted making smoke due to clogged fuel line

in smoke generator

1022 Planes commenced simulated attack on convoy

1034 Completed air defense exercises. Secured from battle stations

1055 Assumed regular patrol station #6

1101 Increased speed to assume station #5

1127 Assumed patrols station #5

1300 Commenced patrolling on plan 3

1415 Convoy executed 450 turn to starboard. Maneuver on various courses at various speeds

to assume station

1435 Assumed station

1920 Held small arms target practice, expended 100 rounds 45 cal. ammunition

9-4-44 1300 All hands to Quarters

1325 Secured from quarters. Held the following drills: Depth charge setting drill; 3/50 loading drill;

40mm loading drill; 20mm loading drill; damage control instruction and CIC plotting drill

9-5-44 0000 Underway North Atlantic Ocean with Task Force 60 escorting convoy UGS 53

on base course 1160T. Patrolling assigned station on patrol plan 3, speed of advance 9.5 knots

1242 Convoy changed base course to 0820 T

1300 Mustered crew at quarters, C division viewed first aid training film; E Division held

Rescue Breathing Apparatus drill. Divisions I and II held telephone talker drill

1425 Secured from quarters and all drills

9-6-44 1300 All hands to battle stations

1307 Commenced test firing

1309 Ceased firing

1314 Commenced firing

1315 Ceased firing. Expended 600 rounds 20mm ammunition, 137 rounds 40mm ammunition

and 18 rounds 3/50 AS ammunition

1335 Secured from battle stations, Held the following drills: CIC plotting drill, depth charge

loading drill, 20mm loading drill, damage control drill and first aid

9-7-44 1400 Reduced speed to 190 R.P.M

1410 Called 3/50 cal. gun crews to battle stations

1504 Secured gun crews from battle stations

9-8-44 0200 Advanced ships clocks sixty (60) minutes to +2 time

1015 Tested depth charge hydraulic release and found to be in good working order

1030 Commanding Officer held weekly inspection below decks

1140 Secured form inspection

1305 All hands to quarters

1320 Secured from quarters. Depth charge parties held loading drill, C division held

3/50 and 20mm loading drill, Divisions I and II viewed film on painting instructions

2005 Held small arms target practice, expended 14 rounds 45 cal. ammunition,

200 rounds 22 cal. ammunition

9-9-44 0205 Maneuvering to investigate underwater sound contact

0220 Returned to station, results of investigation negative

1030 Commanding Officer held weekly topside inspection

1145 Secured from inspection

9-10-44 0000 Underway North Atlantic ocean with Task Force 60 escorting convoy UGS 53 on

base course 0910 T at 205 R.P.M. Patrolling on plan 3, speed of advance 9.5 knots

1630 Convoy executed 300 turn to port, base course 0610 T

1830 Convoy executed 300 turn to starboard base course 0910 T

9-11-44 1255 All hands to quarters

1320 All hands to battle stations

1328 Held rescue of survivors drill

1355 Held modified AA practice. Commenced firing

1356 Ceased firing

1358 Commenced firing

1400 Ceased firing. Completed firing, no casualties. Expended following

ammunition: 24 rounds 3/50 AA; 104 rounds 40mm AA; 600 rounds 20mm AA

1630 Convoy changed base course to 1200 T

1830 Convoy changed base course to 0850 T

9-12-44 0200 Set ships clocks ahead sixty (60) minutes to zone + 1 time

1300 Mustered crew at quarters. Depth charge parties and 3/50 cal. gun crews

viewing training film Damage control parties holding fire drill; Engineering division

holding engineering casualty drill; Quartermasters and signalmen receiving instruction

on signal publications

1430 Secured from quarters and all drills

9-13-44 1300 Departed station to go alongside USS ELOKOMIN (AO-55)

1328 Alongside starboard side USS ELOKOMIN (AO-55)

1330 Passed first line

1334 Transferred movies to USS ELOKOMIN (AO-55) and received spare part, SLA Radar

deflection coil assembly, and movies

1341 Let go all lines maneuvering to return to station

1431 Resumed regular station

1830 Changed base course to 0890 T

9-14-44 0150 Convoy executed 450 emergency turn to starboard

0205 Convoy executed 450 emergency turn to port

1304 Commenced battle problem

1306 All hands to battle stations

1334 Completed battle problem

1342 Commenced gunnery exercise GEORGE 4

1347 Ceased firing

1349 Secured from battle stations; having expended 18 rounds, 3/50 cal. AA; 119 rounds 40mm;

540 rounds 20mm, casualties; 40mm twin, #1 and #2 40mm jammed due to short recoil and

failure to eject empty case from rammer tray; all safety precautions observed.

Replaced outer crank and shaft assembly; both guns from spare parts - all units slightly twisted.

1935 Maneuvering to investigate underwater sound contact, bearing 0200 T, distance 600 yards

1945 Returned to station, contact evaluated non-submarine

9-15-44 0200 Advanced ships clocks sixty (60) minutes to zero (0) time zone

0754 Commenced maneuvering various courses and speeds to carry out fueling exercises

0810 Maneuvering to come alongside USS ELOKOMIN (AO-55)

0817 Alongside USS ELOKOMIN (AO-55)

0818 First line secured

0825 Forward and after hoses secured, commenced taking on fuel

0845 Ceased taking on fuel. Exchanged movies

0850 Let go all lines, maneuvering to resume patrol station. Received 28,456 gallons diesel fuel oil

from USS ELOKOMIN (AO-55)

0925 Resumed station, commenced patrolling on plan 3

1030 Commanding Officer held weekly inspection below decks

1153 Secured from inspection

1300 Mustered crew at quarters. S division, signalmen, and quartermasters, received 20mm

instructions, divisions I and II viewed film on talker procedure, E division held engineering

casualty drill

1400 Secured from quarters and all drills

1920 Changed base course to 0880 T

9-16-44 1030 Commanding Officer holding weekly topside inspection

1123 Secured from inspection

2236 Departed station to divert Portuguese vessel clear of convoy

2253 Standing by Portuguese vessel

2337 Portuguese vessel clear of convoy. Returning to assigned station #5, on various courses and speeds

9-17-44 0113 Resumed assigned patrol station

1040 Changed base course to 0850 T

1730 Convoy changed base course to 0570 T

9-18-44 1015 Changed base course to 0850 T

1035 Convoy commenced forming (4) columns, reduced speed to 140 R.P.M., maneuvering

to take station on starboard flank of convoy

1140 Resumed station second escort on starboard flank of convoy

1244 Cape Spartel Light abeam to starboard

1305 Mustered all hands to quarters

1315 Changed course to 0810 T

1323 Held man overboard drill, 3/50 gun crews held loading drill and hedgehog loading drill,

20mm and 40mm crews held loading drill, depth charge crew received instruction,

damage control parties saw movie on first aid

1400 Changed base course to 0760 T. secured from all drills

1630 Convoy commenced forming broad front, speed of advance 1 knot.

1725 Assumed patrol station #5. USS MCNULTY (DE-580) alongside to deliver mail

1729 USS MCNULTY (DE-580) departed

9-19-44 0200 Advanced ships clocks sixty (60) minutes to minus one (-1) time zone

1300 Mustered crew at quarters

1315 Secured from quarters. Held the following drills and instruction: abandon ship drill;

fire-fighting instruction for damage control parties; gunnery instruction for all gun crews;

C Division viewing First Aid Training film

1324 Changed base course to 0930 T

1500 Maneuvering to assume patrol station #3

1515 Assumed patrol station #3

1515 Secured from all drills and instruction

9-20-44 1305 Commenced holding battle problem

1310 All hands to battle stations

1341 Changed base course to 0830 T

1345 Secured from battle stations, completed battle problem

1601 Convoy changed base course to 0850 T

2145 Convoy changed base course to 0900 T

9-21-44 1615 Convoy commenced forming three columns, reduced speed to 170 R.P.M., maneuvering

to assume new station

1654 Assumed assigned escort station, broad on starboard bow or right hand column,

distance 4000 yards

9-22-44 0200 Entered swept channel, Canal de la Galite

0703 Task Force 60 relieved of escort duty. Proceeding into Bizerte, Tunisia, Harbor

0734 Jeter Nord light abeam to starboard

0805 Moored port side to Berth Baker, Pointe de lInfirmerie, Bizerte, Tunisia

0839 USS CALCATERRA (DE-390) moored to starboard side

1700 Commenced taking on fuel

1810 Completed taking on fuel. Received 14910 gallons of fuel oil from AATB, Bizerte

9-23-44 0747 USS CALCATERRA (DE-390) departed starboard side

0752 Underway standing out of Bizerte Harbor, Tunisia

0855 Assumed position with Task Force 60 in column open order formation interval

between ships 600 yards, with USS VANCE (DE-387) guide

1300 Mustered crew at quarters. No absentees

1302 Read Articles For Government of Navy to crew

1425 Secured from quarters

1839 Commenced standing down swept channel into Palermo Harbor

1925 Anchored Palermo Bay, (Sicily), in 17 fathoms of water to 75 fathoms of port chain

on the following anchorage bearings, Point Arenella, 3340 T; Breakwater Group

Flashing Light 3110 T, San Giovanni Chimney, 2200 T

9-24-44 0710 Commenced heaving around on anchor

0735 Underway standing into Palermo Harbor

0833 Entered anti-submarine defense nets

0851 Moored port side to north side of pier 3, Naval Operating Base, Palermo, Sicily

0904 USS MERRILL (DE-392) moored to starboard side

0942 Commenced taking shore water

9-25-44 0700 USS MERRILL (DE-392) departed from alongside

0715 Let go all lines departed pier 3, standing out of Palermo Harbor

0730 Standing out of Swept Channel to rendezvous with Italian submarine CAGNI for

anti-submarine warfare exercises

0830 In exercise area, submarine submerged

0835 Commenced scheduled exercises, as attacking ship in coordinated attack,

USS MERRILL (DE-392) assisting ship

0904 Commenced firing on submarine

0906 Ceased firing. Maneuvering to make second run

0958 Commenced second run, USS MCNULTY (DE-581) assisting ship

1004 Commenced firing on submarine

1014 Ceased firing

1129 Submarine surfaced. Completed scheduled exercises. Maneuvering into Palermo swept channel

1220 Entered anti-submarine boom defenses

1245 Moored port side to north side pier 3, Naval Operating Base, Palermo, Sicily

1250 USS MERRILL (DE-392) moored to starboard side

9-26-44 1825 Two officers and six enlisted men departed for attack teacher, N.O.B., Palermo, Sicily

2105 Attack teacher party returned

9-27-44 0730 Two officers and six enlisted men departed for attack teacher, N.O.B., Palermo, Sicily

1145 Two officers and six enlisted men returned from attack teacher

1153 HATCH, W. T. CQM, returned aboard from in-patient treatment at

U.S. Naval Hospital, Palermo, Sicily, having been admitted at 2150, 25 September, 1944,

for treatment of injuries received from unknown origin

1700 USS MERRILL (DE-392) departed starboard side

1708 Underway standing out of Palermo Harbor

1715 Passed through anti-submarine defense boom

1716 Maneuvering out of swept channel

1800 Assumed position with Task Force 60 in column closed order formation, interval between

ships 600 yards, with USS VANCE (DE-387) guide. Speed of advance 10 knots

9-28-44 0000 Underway with Task Force 60 in Tyrrhenian Sea on course 2640 T, steaming in column.

Speed of advance 13 knots

1057 All hands to battle stations

1110 Commenced anti-aircraft battle practice, TARE type run to starboard. commenced firing

1111 Ceased firing

1113 Commenced firing

1114 Ceased firing

1116 Commenced firing

1117 Ceased firing

1119 Commenced firing

1120 Ceased firing

1123 Commenced firing

1124 Ceased firing

1127 Commenced firing

1128 Ceased firing. Completed exercise. Expended following ammunition: 78 rounds 3/50 AA

840 rounds 20mm AA and 239 rounds 40mm AA. No casualties

1129 Secured from battle stations

1415 Maneuvering to assume station on starboard flank of convoy GUS 53

1430 Assumed patrol station on base course 2930 T, at 175 R.P.M., speed of advance 10 knots

9-29-44 0625 Changed course to 2900 T, Convoy forming broad front

0910 Departed station #8 to assume station #6

0945 Commenced independent patrol plan

9-30-44 0000 Underway in Mediterranean Sea with Task Force 60 escorting convoy GUS 53.

Speed of advance set at 9.5 knots. Patrolling independently

0925 Speed of advance reduced to 7 knots

1025 Commanding Officer held weekly inspection topsides. Departed station to escort ship into

Algiers Harbor

1040 Secured from inspection

1105 Relieved by local escort (T-60) who will escort merchant ship into Algiers. Maneuvering

to return to station

1115 Resumed station

1130 Departed station to close convoy for purpose of arranging ships in first column in their proper order

1245 Resumed patrol station #6

1400 Commenced patrolling station on patrol plan 3

1430 Increased speed of advance to 9 knots

10-1-44 0855 Maneuvering various courses and speeds patrolling and assisting Oran joiners

0900 Convoy changed base course to 2750 T, speed of advance reduced to 6.5 Knots

1000 Resumed patrolling station six (6)

1115 Speed of advance increased to 9 knots

2230 Convoy changed base course to 2640 T

10-2-44 1010 Convoy commenced forming narrow front of four columns. Ceased patrol plan 3

1015 Convoy executed emergency turn to starboard, course 3180 T

1030 Assumed station on port flank of convoy

1140 Convoy changed base course to 2730 T

1158 Convoy changed base course to 2430 T

1300 Mustered crew at quarters. No absentees

1317 Secured from quarters. Held the following drills: 3/50 gun crews, pointer, trainer

and sightsetters drill; E Division and Damage control parties viewing Fire-Fighting film;

depth charge parties, signalmen and sonar men receiving Anti-Submarine warfare instruction

20mm and 40mm Gun crews, gas mask drill

1400 Convoy changed base course to 2370 T

1430 Secured from all drills

1435 Convoy changed base course to 2590 T

1524 Convoy changed base course to 2550 T

1620 Convoy commenced forming broad front, maneuvering to assume normal patrol station

1725 Assumed patrol station, speed of advance 6 knots

1900 Commenced patrolling on plan 3

10-3-44 0200 Set ships clocks back sixty (60) minutes for zero time zone

1300 Called all hands to quarters

1313 Increased speed to 265 R.P.M. All gun crews witnessing training film; depth charge party

received 20mm instruction; C division held gas mask drill. Damage control parties holding

rescue-breathing apparatus drill

1530 Departed station #6 to assume station PETER

1550 Commenced patrolling independently on station PETER

10-4-44 0840 Departed station to intercept radar target

0845 Identified target as Portuguese gunboat

0900 Maneuvering on various courses at various speeds approaching USS VANCE (DE-387)

0930 Commenced tactical maneuvers with USS VANCE (DE-387) as guide, USS DURANT (DE-389)

and USS MERRILL (DE-392)

1200 Underway as before, engaged in tactical maneuvers. Speed of advance 10 knots

1301 Commenced gunnery exercise G-5

1301 Fired flare

1302 Commenced firing

1303 Ceased firing

1305 Fired flare

1306 Commenced firing

1307 Ceased firing. Completed exercise G-5

1308 All hands to battle stations

1313 Speed of advance increased to 12 knots

1317 Convoy changed base course to 2770 T

1321 Commenced gunnery exercise G-6

1322 Commenced firing, port run

1323 Ceased firing

1324 Commenced firing port run

1325 Ceased firing

1326 Commenced firing port run

1327 Ceased firing

1331 Secured from battle stations and exercise G-6

1336 Commenced gunnery exercise G-3

1337 Fired one (1) round 3/50 A.A.

1338 Fired one (1) round 3/50 A.A.

1350 Fired two (2) rounds 3/50 A.A

1350 Secured from exercise G-3. Expended the following amount of ammunition in all exercises:

Nine (9) rounds 3/50 cal. anti-aircraft; four hundred eighty (480) rounds 20mm;

one hundred nineteen (119) rounds 40mm; two (2) rounds signal flares

1450 Maneuvering preparatory to taking USS DURANT (DE-389) alongside

1459 USS DURANT (DE-389) alongside to starboard to transfer motion pictures

1509 Transfer of motion pictures completed. USS DURANT (DE-389) departed from alongside

1515 Completed tactical maneuvers. Maneuvering to resume assigned patrol station

1540 Assumed patrol station

10-5-44 1303 Held locker inspection

1332 Secured from locker inspection

1830 Increased speed to investigate radar target

1843 Investigation determined target to be passing clear of convoy. Returning to patrol station

1930 Resumed patrol station

10-6-44 0200 Set back ships clocks sixty (60) minutes to plus one (+1) zone time

1030 Commanding Officer held regular weekly inspection below decks

1115 Secured from inspection

1300 Called all hands to quarters

1315 Secured from quarters, all hands to abandon ship stations

1328 Secured abandon ship drill, held following drills: C division, telephone talker instruction;

gun crews, training film on Mark 14 gun sight; Depth charge parties held depth charge setting

drill; damage control parties received instruction on setting up casualty power system

1400 Secured from all drills

1630 Exercises watch at action stations

10-7-44 0853 Departed stations, to investigate radar contact bearing 2340 T, distance 23,000 yards

0855 Convoy changed base course 2800 T

0917 Radar contact identified as three merchant ships joining convoy with a local escort from Azore Islands

1100 Maneuvering to take fuel from USS ELOKOMIN (AO-55)

1218 Forward and after hose aboard

1222 Commenced taking on fuel

1238 Completed taking on fuel. Received 23,310 gallons of diesel fuel from USS ELOKOMIN (AO-55)

1246 Forward and after fuel hoses cast off. Departed from alongside USS ELOKOMIN (AO-55)

returning to station PETER

1304 Convoy increased speed of advance to 9.5 knots

1310 Convoy changed course to 2820 T

1317 Commenced exercising gun crews on exercise G-6

1329 Completed gunnery exercise G-6. Expended seventeen (17) rounds 3/50 ammunition

and one hundred eighty (180) rounds 20mm AA ammunition

1352 Resumed patrol station PETER.

1543 Departed from patrol station PETER for T-2 exercise

1558 Changed course to 0200 T, at 227 R.P.M., commencing T-2 exercise

1704 T-2 exercise completed. Maneuvering returning to patrol station

1738 Resumed regular patrol station

1815 Exercised gun crews at Action Stations

1830 Convoy changed base course to 2720 T

10-8-44 0810 Departed station, maneuvering to join USS VANCE (DE-387), USS CALCATERRA (DE-390)

and USS MERRILL (DE-392) in tactical exercises

0845 Commenced tactical exercises with USS VANCE (DE-387) in tactical command.

Maneuvering on various courses and speeds

1120 Set course 2650 T, at 212 R.P.M., having temporarily secured from tactical exercises

1245 Resumed tactical exercises

1304 Commenced firing exercise GEORGE-5

1314 Exercise GEORGE-5 completed, commenced firing exercise GEORGE-6

1325 Completed exercise GEORGE-6, commenced firing exercise GEORGE-3

1350 Exercise GEORGE-3 completed, commenced firing GEORGE-1

1411 All gun crews to battle stations

1425 Changed course to 1000 T

1430 Completed exercise GEORGE-1, secured gun crews from battle stations having expended

the following ammunition in gunnery exercises: 22 rounds 3/50 cal. AA; 309 rounds 40mm;

1560 rounds 20mm; 4 smoke signals; no casualties

1438 Steering various courses, various speeds carrying out tactical maneuvers

1500 Secured from maneuvers, set course 2300 T, at 325 R.P.M., to assume

station for carrying our TARE-2 exercise as target ship

1600 Commenced TARE-2 exercise as target ship, base course 3300 T, at 240 R.P.M., on plan 19

1700 Completed TARE-2 exercise. Maneuvering to assume station #7

1720 On station patrolling on patrol plan #3

10-9-44 0200 Set ships clocks back sixty minutes to plus two (+2) time zone

1330 Sections one (1) and two (2) of the deck force held gas mask drill. Depth charge parties

view 20mm training film

10-10-44 1500 Ceased patrolling on plan 3

10-11-44 1300 Mustered crew at quarters. No absentees

1315 Secured from quarters, held the following drills: all hands to battle stations; steering casualty drills;

CIC drill; tracking drill by gun crews; fire drill by damage control parties. Damage control

parties received drill in battle phone talker procedure

1430 Secured from all drills and battle stations

1900 Commenced patrolling on plan 3

10-12-44 0200 Set ships clocks back sixty (60) minutes to plus three (+3) zone time

1256 Commenced patrolling stations 5 and 7

1300 Mustered all hands at quarters

1315 Secured from quarters. Damage control parties receiving first aid instruction. 20mm and 40mm

gun crews shown movie on 44mm gun. Depth charge parties and 3/50 gun crews receiving

instruction on 20mm gun

1400 Secured from drills

1415 C division received instructions on duties of gangway watch

1512 Returned to station #7, patrolling on plan 3

10-13-44 0915 Held rescue and survivors drill. Expended one (1) No. 2 impulse charge. Maneuvering on various

courses at various speeds

0939 Secured from rescue and survivors drill. Maneuvering to resume station

0942 Resumed station

1030 Commanding Officer holding weekly inspection below decks

1100 Exercises depth charge watch at action stations

1112 Secured from inspection

1300 Mustered all hands at quarters

1308 Departed station #7 to station #10, Maneuvering to assume new station

1315 Held uniform inspection of crew

1330 Secured from inspection and quarters

1341 Assumed station #10, resumed patrolling on plan 3

10-14-44 1030 Commanding Officer held weekly topside inspection

1110 Secured from inspection

10-15-44 0200 Set ships clocks back sixty (60) minutes to zone plus four (+4) time zone

0410 Departed station to direct merchant ship #15 into position

0509 Resumed station

1045 Increased speed to 360 R.P.M., to assume patrol station #8

1053 Assumed patrol station #8, reduced speed to 160 R.P.M

1135 Departed station #8 to close escort on station #1

1200 Underway as before to close escort #1 and receive visual dispatch

1219 Departed convoy in accordance with orders Commander Task Force 60

(visual dispatch 151555 October 1944) in Latitude 350 32N, Longitude 670 25W,

escorting HMS TROUNCER (LST [3] 3523) to buoy XS Hampton Roads, Virginia.

Set base course 2820 T, at 365 R.P.M. Speed of advance 18 knots

1329 Reduced speed to 325 R.P.M.

1400 Commenced patrolling on zig-zag plan 8, speed of advance 16.75 knots

1822 Reduced speed to 300 R.P.M. Ceased zig-zag plan #8

10-16-44 0000 Underway in North Atlantic Ocean escorting H.M.S. TROUNCER (LST [3] 3523) to

buoy XS. Speed of advance 14.75 knots

0600 Commenced patrolling on zig-zag plan 8, speed of advance 16.75 knots

0730 Ceased patrolling on plan 8, changed course to 2920 T, speed of advance 18 knots

1005 Sighted Chesapeake Bay Approach buoy XS, bearing 2900 T, distance 9 miles

1025 Buoy XS abeam to port. Departed company of H.M.S. TROUNCER (LST [3] 3523)

to rejoin convoy GUS 53

1300 Mustered all hands to quarters

1320 Secured from quarters. C division receiving instruction in small arms; Damage control parties

holding handy-billy drill and instruction

1350 Reduced speed to 240 R.P.M., due to break in fuel line on #3 engine

1647 Maneuvering effecting rendezvous with convoy GUS 53

1705 Maneuvering to assume station #3

1739 Assumed station #3. Speed of advance 8 knots. Commenced patrolling independently

10-17-44 0458 Departed station #3 to assume station ABLE

0534 Assumed station ABLE

0648 Departed station to divert friendly merchant vessel

0708 Returning to station #3

0731 Assumed station #3

0733 Convoy forming narrow front to enter Chesapeake Bay Approach swept channel.

Assumed station on starboard flank of convoy

0824 Buoy XS abeam to port

0830 Commenced patrolling starboard flank of convoy

1230 Commenced patrolling vicinity of buoy S-10

1315 Maneuvering to go alongside USS DURANT (DE-389) to exchange movies

1337 First line over, exchanging movies

1340 Let go all lines, departed from USS DURANT (DE-389)

1340 Relieved of escort duty with convoy GUS 53, in latitude 360 53N, longitude 750 26W,

set course 0850 T, at 360 R.P.M., speed of advance 20 knots

1550 Buoy XRAY-SUGAR abeam to port close aboard, changed course to 0510 T, reduced speed

to 325 R.P.M., speed of advance 18 knots

10-18-44 0000 Underway in North Atlantic Ocean with Escort Division 45, less USS MERRILL (DE-392),

steaming in column, of which USS LANSING (DE-388) is third ship

0505 Lighted whistle buoy A abeam to port, close aboard, standing up New York

Harbor swept channel

0717 Lighted bell buoy I abeam to port close aboard, proceeding up Ambrose channel independently

0800 Passed through anti-submarine defense nets

0800 Underway as before, standing into Gravesend Bay

0810 Anchored on the following bearings, in 42 feet of water to 45 fathoms of port chain,

Fort Lafayette, 3210 T, Ambrose Channel Lighted buoy 18-A, 2030 T

0818 CG 80001 (ex-GOMOL) along port side. Lieutenant Comdr. ELLIOTT, USNR,

Lieutenant (jg) SMITH, USNR, and Mr. KNOPPLE, Mechanical Engineer,

Navy Yard, New York, reported aboard for temporary duty in connection with post repair trial

0825 Underway standing out of Gravesend Bay for engine trial run

0840 Passed through anti-submarine defense nets

0850 Standing down Chapel Hill Channel

0935 Reversed course, standing up Chapel Hill Channel

1003 Entered anti-submarine defense nets

1012 Fort Lafayette Light abeam to port

1030 Gowanus Flats Lighted buoy 24 abeam to starboard

1045 Gowanus Flats Lighted buoy 30 abeam to starboard, standing up Buttermilk Channel

1104 Passed under Brooklyn Bridge

1109 YT 173 (USS MANISTEE) along port side. Pilot COTTRELL aboard

1116 Moored starboard side to port side of USS J W WARD (DE-243), North Side Pier 6,

New York Navy Yard, Brooklyn, New York

1207 Commenced taking steam, water and electricity from the dock

1210 Lieutenant Comdr. ELLIOTT, USNR, Lieutenant (jg) SMITH, USNR

departed, temporary duty completed this date

10-19-44 0430 Received from Supply Officer, Navy yard, New York, the following for the general mess,

18 lb cinnamon buns, 18 lb. Doughnuts, 20 lb. Cake, 20 lb. Bread, 20 gallons milk

0930 Working party of sixteen (16) men reported aboard from Manhattan Beach

Receiving Station, New York

1030 YMT 19 (USS NYACK), YMT 173 (USS MANISTEE), YMT 151 (USS KONOKA),

and YMT 112 (USS ACTIVE) alongside to port

1053 Underway with USS J W WARD (DE-243) in tow of tugs to shift berth

1115 USS J. W. WARD (DE-243) departed

1125 YMT 19 (USS NYACK), YMT 173 (USS MANISTEE), YMT 151 (USS KONOKA),

and YMT 112 (USS ACTIVE) departed. Moored starboard side to starboard side

USS CHAMBERS (DE-391) south side pier G berth 13

1559 Working party of sixteen (16) men departed for Manhattan Beach, New York

1915 USS BALDWIN (DD-624) moored alongside to port

2338 USS BALDWIN (DD-624) departed from alongside

10-20-44 0500 Received from Supply Officer, Navy yard, Brooklyn, New York, sixty (60) pounds bread,

twenty (20) gallons milk, eighteen (18) pounds cinnamon buns, eighteen (18) pounds doughnuts,

and twenty (20) pounds plain cake for general mess

0800 Liberty party returned on time. Yard workmen aboard engaged in various alterations and repairs

0903 Working party of sixteen (16) men reported aboard from Manhattan Beach Receiving Station,

New York

1500 Granted regular liberty to expire 0800 tomorrow. Working party of sixteen (16) men departed

for Manhattan Beach, New York

1935 Navy Barge YSR 15 (GLOBE #15 sludge removal barge) moored to port

10-21-44 0000 Moored starboard side to starboard side USS CHAMBERS (DE-391) pier "G" berth 13,

Navy Yard, Brooklyn, New York. YSR 15 moored alongside

0520 Received from Supply Officer, Navy Yard, Brooklyn, New York, forty (40) pounds of bread,

twenty (20) gallons of milk, thirty (30) pies, thirty-six (36) pounds of buns,

thirty-six (36) pounds of jelly rolls and forty (40) pounds of cake

10-22-44 1420 USS RICKETTS (DE-254) moored alongside port side

1422 All dock service secured

1430 Tugs alongside

1440 Underway in tow, enroute to dry dock #2

1452 Through gate of dry dock #2, New York navy Yard

1455 All line over tugs cast off

1515 Commenced receiving dock service

1517 Gate in place commenced pumping

1525 Stern on keel blocks

1540 Bow at rest on keel blocks

1600 In drydock #2, Navy yard, New York, with USS RICKETTS (DE-254)

1640 Pumping completed

10-23-44 1245 Working party of twenty-one (21) men reported aboard from Manhattan Beach

receiving station, New York

1530 Working party of twenty-one (21) men departed for Manhattan Beach Receiving Station,

New York

10-24-44 0800 Yard workmen aboard engaged in various alterations and repairs

0915 Working party of nineteen (19) men reported aboard from Manhattan Beach

Training station, New York

1220 Commenced flooding dry dock

1315 Vessel waterborne. Draft forward, eleven (11) feet, aft, eleven (11) feet, two (2) inches

1440 Underway in tow of YT-151 (USS KONOKA) and YT-173 (USS MANISTEE),

USS RICKETTS (DE-254) along port side

1448 Moored starboard side to port side of USS KNOX (DE-580) at North side of Pier G,

Berth 14, Navy Yard, Brooklyn, New York. USS RICKETTS (DE-254) moored to port side

1530 Working party of nineteen (19) men departed for Manhattan Beach Training Station, New York

10-25-44 0800 Yard workmen aboard engaged in various alterations and repairs

0900 Working party of sixteen (16) men reported aboard from Manhattan Beach

Training Station, New York

1035 Received two (2) fuse setters and one (1) gun trainer from New York NavyYard

1530 Working party of sixteen (16) men departed for Manhattan Beach Training Station, New York

10-26-44 0925 Working party of seventeen (17) men reported aboard from Manhattan Beach Training Station

1430 Working party of seventeen (17) men departed for Manhattan Beach Training Station

10-27-44 1010 Received from Supply Officer, Navy Yard, Brooklyn, New York, fifteen (15) pies for general mess

1030 Commenced holding dock trials

1047 Secured dock trials

1600 Fuel barge YO-64 alongside to port. Commenced taking on fuel

1715 Completed taking on fuel. Received 38,388 gallons diesel oil

10-28-44 0800 Yard workmen aboard making various alterations and repairs

0910 Working party of fifteen (15) men from Manhattan Beach Training Station, aboard

1200 Working party of fifteen (15) men departed for Manhattan Beach, New York

1600 Mustered crew at quarters

1610 Secured from quarters

1630 Granted liberty to those members of crew not having been on leave, liberty to expire 2400 this date

2400 All liberty party returned on time

10-29-44 0800 Secured dock services, water, electricity and steam

0811 Navy tugs YTB 151 (USS KONOKA) and YTB 173 (USS MANISTEE) alongside

to assist in undocking

0830 Cast off all lines, underway standing out of Navy Yard

0831 Tugs departed, maneuvering standing down New York Harbor

0929 Passed through anti-submarine defense booms

0935 Main channel lighted whistle buoy 17, abeam to starboard, close aboard, commenced

standing down Chapel Hill Channel

1028 Moored starboard side to east side of US Naval Ammunition Dock, Leonardo, New Jersey

1045 Commenced taking on ammunition

1137 Completed loading ammunition, having received from Naval Ammunition Depot,

Earle, New Jersey; 180 rounds 3/50 cal AA; 112 rounds 3/50 cal. AP;

40 rounds 3/50 cal. AP; 3060 rounds 20mm A.A., H.E.T.; 1980 rounds 20mm A.A., H.E.T.;

180 rounds 20mm B.L.P.; 320 rounds 40mm H.E.I.T.S.D.; 688 rounds 40mm A.P.T.

1137 Transferred following to Naval Ammunition Depot, Earle, New Jersey;

six (6) Mark VIII depth charges; 152 rounds 3/50 cal. A.P.

1147 Underway, standing away from ammunition dock, enroute to anchorage

1157 Moored Sandy Hook Bay in 30 feet of water to 45 fathoms of port chain, on following bearings:

Half Moon Hotel 0150 T; Sandy Hook Light 0870 T; Navesink Light 1520 T

1410 CG 57018 along starboard side

1415 CG 57018 departed starboard side

1805 Commenced heaving around on anchor

1814 Underway standing out of Sandy Hook Bay

1820 Standing out Gedney Channel

1847 Examination vessel abeam to starboard

1850 Gedney Channel lighted whistle buoy close abeam to port

1900 Set course 1620 T, standing out of swept channel

10-30-44 0000 Underway North Atlantic Ocean with Escort Division 45 less USS CALCATERRA (DE-390)

and USS MERRILL (DE-392) enroute to Portland, Maine. Steaming second ship

in column on course 0890 T at 220 RPM, speed of advance 13 knots

0700 USS CALCATERRA (DE-390) joined formation

1300 Mustered crew at quarters

1325 Secured from quarters. All hands at battle stations. All gun crews held drills.

Damage Control parties receiving instruction in fire-fighting

1351 Secured from battle stations

10-31-44 0000 Underway North Atlantic Ocean with Escort Division 45 less USS MERRILL (DE-392)

enroute to Portland, Maine. Steaming second ship in column on course 3300T at 245 RPM,

speed of advance 14 knots

0625 Portland Harbor Approach Lighted Buoy to port. Standing up swept channel and into

Casco Bay, Maine

0742 Anchored in berth O in 40 (40) feet of water to thirty fathoms of port chain,

on the following bearings: Waites Landing Light, 2730 T; Brothers Island beacon, 2360T,

Clapboard Island beacon 0390T

0900 DesLant Damage Control inspection party, aboard for inspection and drills

0938 Damage Control Parties set Condition Baker

1017 All Hands to Battle Stations for battle problem

1110 Secured from Battle Stations

1115 All DesLant inspection parties departed having completed inspection and exercises

1445 Veered port chain fifteen (15) fathoms to forty-five (45) fathoms

1944 YTL 719 along starboard side

2255 Received from USS ALCOR (AR-10) twenty four (24) plaster-loaded A/S Projectiles, Mark 10

2307 Mr. PERCELL, Western Electric Technician aboard

11-1-44 0045 Mr. PERCELL, Western Electric Technician departed

0740 Lieut. HATCH, USCG, departed in charge of a party of four (4) officers

and forty seven (47) men for General School, Portland, Maine. Lieut. DOOR, USCGR,

departed with a party of two (2) officers and twenty (20) men for Fire Fighters School, Casco Bay, Maine

0902 CG 83426 alongside; Lieutenant BERG, USNR, and five (5) men aboard

for purpose of calibrating Radio Direction Finder

0940 YG 25 alongside for disposal of ships garbage and trash

1015 Received from Director of training, Training Films: Ships Nomenclature;

Radar Jamming, and Battle of Russia

1020 YG-25 departed from alongside

1045 Lieutenant BERG, and five (5) men departed ship

1046 CG 83426 departed from alongside

1047 HATCH, W. T. S2c(RdM) departed for USS ALCOR (AR-10)

for medical examination. Detained aboard USS ALCOR (AR-10) for observation; diagnosis, possible mumps

1420 Motorboat from USS ALCOR (AR-10) alongside. Mr. CHASE, Radio Corporation of American

Representative aboard for purpose of checking S1a Radar

1430 Signalmen strikers completed one (1) hour flag hoist drill with USS ALCOR (AR-10)

1535 Party returned aboard from fire-fighting school

1600 Liberty boat alongside. Granted liberty to Starboard Section to expire at 0100, 2 November, 1944,

at Navy Pier, Portland, Maine. Ships liberty party departed

1635 Mr. CHASE, Radio Corporation of America Representative departed for USS ALCOR (AR-10)

in ships boat

1650 Party attending General School, Navy Pier, Portland, Maine, returned aboard

1755 YF-1023 alongside

1803 YF-1023 departed from alongside

11-2-44 0220 CG 38677 alongside to deliver message

0245 CG 38677 departed alongside

1430 Signalmen and signalmen strikers completed one (1) hour flag hoist drill with USS ALCOR (AR-10)

1432 All gun crews called to battle stations. Held tracking drill

1450 All gun crews secured from battle stations

1500 Quartermasters commenced holding steering casualty drills

1530 Quartermasters secured from Steering casualty drills

1526 YG 25 alongside to port for disposal of ships garbage and trash

1555 YG 25 departed from alongside

1840 YTB 272 (USS IWANA) along port side. Received supplies from Supply Officer,

U.S. Navy Section Base, Portland Maine

1845 YTB 272 (USS IWANA) departed port side

11-3-44 1025 Commenced heaving around on anchor

1033 Underway standing out of Casco Bay, Maine

1101 Passed anti-submarine defense nets, standing down swept channel

1139 Lighted buoy PETER BAKER abeam to port close aboard

1217 In operating area for Anti-submarine Warfare Exercises with submarine S-20 in company

with USS VANCE (DE-387) and FNS SENEGALSE (T22)

1227 Submarine submerged commenced scheduled exercises

1530 Secured from anti-submarine warfare exercises. Having expended 12 plaster

loaded Mark X hedge hog projectiles

1555 Fired full depth charge pattern one casualty faulty primer in impulse charge, expended

12 Mark IX depth charges, 7 arbors, 8 number 2 impulse charges

1620 Portland Approach Lighted buoy abeam to port close aboard, standing up Portland Approach Channel

1724 Entered anti-submarine defense nets, steering various courses, various speeds to mooring

1752 SOPA Motor launch alongside and departed with ASW Staff Officers

1802 Moored port side to USS CHAMBERS (DE-391) at berth Able-1 Casco Bay, Maine

2010 DesLant Staff Communications Officer aboard to make communications inspection

2150 Navy Water Barge YW-87 alongside to starboard to deliver fresh water

2215 YW-87 departed having transferred 27 tons fresh water

2235 DesLant Staff Communications Officer departed

11-4-44 0705 DesLant Engineering Staff Officer reported aboard

0705 DesLant Radar Staff Officer aboard for inspection

1009 Underway standing out of Casco Bay, Maine

1028 Passed through Anti-submarine Defense Boom, standing down Swept Channel

1040 Visibility zero, due to fog

1201 Anchored in ninety (90) feet of water to seventy-five (75) fathoms of port chain 2000 East

of Portland Harbor Approach Buoy PB

1447 Underway standing down swept Channel for exercise area

1529 Called all Gun Crews to Battle Stations

1530 In company with USS VANCE (DE-387) and USS CHAMBERS (DE-391)

1550 Commenced scheduled exercise TDD, Anti Aircraft Battle Practice

1551 Commenced firing on port run

1552 Ceased firing

1553 Commenced firing on starboard run

1554 Ceased firing

1556 Commenced firing on port run

1557 Ceased firing

1612 Completed exercise, secured Gun Crews. Expended fifteen (15) rounds 3/50 A.A.;

120 rounds 20 mm A.A. and twenty-nine (29) rounds of 40mm A.A. No casualties

1654 Maneuvering standing up Swept Channel

1726 Entered Anti-submarine Defense Booms

1750 Moored starboard side to port side of USS DURANT (DE-389) at Berth A-1 in Casco Bay, Maine

1820 USS VANCE (DE-387) moored to port side

2338 RCA Radar Technician came aboard to check equipment

11-5-44 0145 RCA Radar Technician departed

0730 USS VANCE (DE-387) departed port side

0739 Underway standing out of Casco Bay, Maine

0738 Passed through Anti-submarine Defense Boom, standing into Swept Channel

0821 Commenced maneuvering vicinity Peter Baker due to decreased visibility

0900 Anchored in Gulf of Maine in 16 fathoms of water to 60 fathoms port chain on following bearings:

Portland Approach Buoy PETER BAKER 2710 T, West Cod Ledge Buoy 3150 T

1110 Commenced heaving around on anchor

1116 Underway maneuvering vicinity buoy PETER.

1415 Maneuvering to conduct breeches buoy drill with USS DURANT (DE-389)

1437 USS DURANT (DE-389) alongside, first line secured

1440 Seaman from USS DURANT (DE-389) passed over by breeches buoy and returned

1445 Let go all lines, maneuvering to rejoin balance of Division, in vicinity of Portland Channel Approach Buoy

1542 Maneuvering standing up Portland Approach Channel

1632 Entered anti-submarine defense booms

1656 Moored starboard side to East side pier Fox, Long Island, Casco Bay, Maine

1738 Commenced receiving fuel draft

1745 Commenced taking on fresh water

1758 Completed fueling having received 10,547 gallons of fuel

11-6-44 0739 Underway standing out of Casco Bay

0757 Passed through anti-submarine defense booms, standing down swept Channel

0820 Reversed course returning to port in accordance with orders SOPA, Casco Bay, Maine

maneuvering various courses, various speeds standing up swept channel

0852 Passed anti-submarine defense booms

0910 Anchored in Casco Bay, Maine, at Berth 9 in fifty eight (58) feet of water to sixty (60) fathoms

of port chain on following bearings: Little Chebeag Island Light 0400 T; Clapboard Island Light, 3220 T

1529 Underway standing out of Casco Bay, Maine

1608 Passed through anti-submarine defense booms, standing down swept Channel

1646 Portland Harbor approach buoy abeam to port. In company with USS VANCE (DE-387)

and USS CALCATERRA (DE-390), formation column of ships, distance 800 yards

11-7-44 1517 Lighted whistle buoy C abeam to port distance mile, standing up New York Harbor swept channel

1630 Gedney Channel Lighted whistle buoy abeam to starboard. Maneuvering standing up Gedney Channel

1703 Maneuvering into Sandy Hook Bay and Naval Ammunition Depot, Earle, New Jersey

1754 Moored starboard side to east side Pier 1, Naval Ammunition Depot, Earle, New Jersey

1907 Underway standing out of Naval Ammunition Depot and Sandy Hook Bay

1925 Standing up Chapel Hill Channel

1947 Entered Ambrose Channel, standing up Ambrose Channel and into The Narrows

2005 Fort Lafayette Light abeam to starboard

2009 Maneuvering in Upper Bay

2106 Moored starboard side to port side of USS VANCE (DE-387) at South Side of Pier #9,

Naval Frontier Base, Staten Island, New York

2225 USS DURANT (DE-389) moored to port side

11-8-44 1016 FRIEDMAN, Chief Radio Electrician, USN, reported aboard from U.S. Naval Frontier Base,

Tompkinsville, New York, to effect repairs to Sonar equipment

1018 FAIL, SF1c, USN, reported aboard from U.S. Naval Frontier Base, Tompkinsville,

New York, with working party to repair port life raft cradle

1136 FRIEDMAN, Chief Radio Electrician, USN departed

1900 FAIL, SF1c, USN, departed with working party. KLOTZ, SF2c, USN, reported aboard from

U.S. Naval Frontier Base, Tompkinsville, New York, with working party

2045 SIDWELL, EM1c, USN, reported aboard from U.S. Naval Frontier Base, Tompkinsville,

New York, to effect repairs to portable transmitter of bull horn

2315 SIDWELL, EM1c, USN, departed

11-9-44 0045 KLOTZ, SF2c, USN, and working party departed

0740 ROSENBLATT, SF3/c, reported aboard, with working party, from U.S. Naval Frontier Base,

Tompkinsville, New York

1000 Commenced taking on fuel from YO-166

1100 Completed taking on fuel; received 10622 gallons

1545 ROSENBLATT, SF3/c, USN, and working party of eight (8) men departed ship

11-10-44 0315 USS DURANT (DE-389) departed from alongside to port

0340 YTB-344 (USS SWATANE) alongside. Underway standing out of Lower Bay

0404 Entering The Narrows

0445 Ambrose Channel Entrance lighted whistle buoy 1A abeam to starboard; Standing down

Ambrose Channel and New York Harbor approach swept channel

0715 Lighted whistle buoy A abeam to port. Commenced patrol of area west of, and adjacent to,

convoys base course 1960 T

1130 Assumed station #3 on starboard bow of convoy UGS 60, New York section. Commenced

patrolling station independently. Speed of advance 8 knots

11-11-44 0000 Underway with Escort Division 45, less USS MERRILL (DE-392) and

USS CHAMBERS (DE-391) escorting New York Section of convoy UGS 60

0240 Departed station to divert unidentified ship from path of convoy

0325 Returned to assigned station

1015 Departed patrol station to investigate apparent difficulty of ship #33 of convoy

1033 Patrolling area about disabled merchant ship #33

1100 Ship #33 effected repairs. Maneuvering to rejoin convoy

1132 Convoy reduced speed of advance to 6 knots

1134 Maneuvering in search of lifeboat lost by convoy ship #13

1145 Sighted lifeboat

1159 With lifeboat in tow, maneuvering to rejoin convoy

1405 Maneuvering approaching merchant ship #13

1415 Cast lifeboat adrift. Standing by while convoy merchant ship #13 picks up lifeboat

1527 USS VANCE (DE-387) alongside to starboard

1532 Received from USS VANCE (DE-387) confidential mail. USS VANCE (DE-387) departed

1540 Maneuvering to assume station #8 in accordance with Escort Plan

1640 Assumed station #8, commenced patrolling

1900 Commenced patrolling on plan #3

2246 Departed patrol station to determine damage to disabled merchant ship

11-12-44 0000 Maneuvering directing disabled merchant ship clear of convoy and returning stragglers to convoy

0026 Maneuvering to resume patrol station

0100 Resumed patrol of station

11-13-44 1300 Mustered crew at quarters

1323 Secured from quarters. Called all hands to battle stations. Damage control parties held

shoring instruction, gun crews held loading drill, CIC held plotting drill, and depth charge parties

held loading drill

1337 Commenced test firing

1352 Ceased test firing. Expended eight (8) rounds 3/50 caliber AA ammunition,

seven hundred eighty (780_ rounds 20mm AA ammunition, and one hundred twelve (112)

rounds 40mm ammunition

1445 Secured from all drills

11-14-44 0200 Advanced ships clocks sixty (60) minutes to +3 zone time

1300 Mustered crew at quarters

1317 Secured from quarters all hands to abandon ship stations

1330 Secured from abandon ship stations, held following drills: Gun crews holding casualty drill,

General quarters talkers and depth charge crews receiving talker instructions; signalmen and

quartermasters receiving quartermaster instruction

1436 Ready gun crews to action stations, commenced firing

1445 Secured from gunnery exercises having expended 5 rounds 3/50 cal. AA, 390 rounds 20mm

one casualty #10 20mm broken hammer - repaired

11-15-44 1300 Mustered all hands at quarters

1320 Secured from quarters. Held the following drills: 3/50 caliber gun crews loading drill;

depth charge parties, loading drill; 20mm and 40mm gun crews saw 20mm instruction film;

signalmen received quartermaster instruction; damage control parties received instruction

1400 Departed station to assume position for Tare 2 exercise as target ship

1600 Taking station for tracking exercise

1600 Patrolling on Plan 20 for tracking exercise

1705 Completed tracking exercise, maneuvering to escort straggler

1726 Maneuvering to assume patrol station

1829 Assumed station 8, patrolling on plan 3

11-16-44 1035 Increased speed to 300 RPM to assume station 6

1055 Commenced patrolling station 6

1300 Mustered crew at quarters

1315 Secured from quarters. Held the following drills: Signalmen and quartermasters holding

range finder drill; 20mm gun crews and depth charge parties 20mm loading drill; 40mm gun crews

40mm loading drill; 3/50 caliber gun crews viewing training film; damage control parties

receiving shoring instruction

11-17-44 1030 Ceased patrolling on Plan 3

1030 Commanding officer held ships inspection

1215 Secured from inspection

11-20-44 0200 Set ships clocks ahead sixty (60) minutes to zone plus two (+2) time

0705 Departed patrol station to escort USS KENNEBEC (AO-36) in accordance orders

Commander Task Force 60 of 19 November, 1944, (latitude 370 12 N, longitude 320 19 W),

maneuvering to close USS KENNEBEC (AO-36)

0840 Assumed patrol station on USS KENNEBEC (AO-36)

11-21-44 0000 Underway in North Atlantic Ocean escorting USS KENNEBEC (AO-36) enroute Bermuda Island

2037 Short circuit occurred on electrical panel board in B4 engine room. Power failure on all pumps

and electrical equipment throughout ship, all engines stopped. Emergency generator cut in

2040 Shifted to hand steering

2045 Power restored

2046 Shifted steering to wheelhouse

11-22-44 1330 Damage control parties holding shoring drill, 40mm gun crews witnessing training film

1400 Set ships clocks back sixty (60) minutes to zone plus three (+3) time

1320 Secured from all drills

11-24-44 0456 #3 ships service generator stopped due to failure of fuel pump. Loss of electric power

throughout ship resulted

0458 #2 ships service generator placed in operation. #1 and #2 main propulsion engines in operation

0501 All main propulsion engines in operation

11-25-44 0100 USS KENNEBEC (AO-36) stopped to effect repairs to main steam line

0103 Maneuvering on various courses screening USS KENNEBEC (AO-36)

11-26-44 1250 Bermuda Swept Channel Buoy abeam to starboard, standing up Swept Channel

1305 Standing into Narrows

1315 Standing into Murrays anchorage

1340 Maneuvering to go alongside USS KENNEBEC (AO-36)

1409 Moored starboard side to port side of USS KENNEBEC (AO-36) in Murrays Anchorage,

Bermuda Islands

1500 Commenced receiving diesel fuel oil from USS KENNEBEC (AO-36)

1526 Completed receiving fuel oil. Received 34,035 gallons of diesel fuel oil

1555 Underway for Port Royal Bay, Bermuda Islands

1704 Anchored in Port Royal Bay, Bermuda B.W.I. in berth PR-6 in 7 fathoms of water to

45 fathoms of port chain on the following bearings: Gibbs Hill Light 1090T, right tangent

Morgan Island 0200T, Tucker Island Water Tower 3550T

11-27-44 0900 Set ships clocks back sixty (60) minutes to zone plus four (+4) time

1100 Delivered one gun train indicator Mark 23 Mod. 3 to USS ALTAIR (AD-11)

11-28-44 0755 Barge YG-22 moored to port side

0805 Barge YG-22 departed port side

11-29-44 0810 Barge YG-22 moored to starboard side

0834 Barge YG-22 departed starboard side

0927 Lieut. HATCH, USCGR departed in charge of a party of one (1) officer and

six (6) enlisted men for Attack Teacher, N.O.B. Bermuda

1144 Received from USS ALTAIR (AD-11) Fire Control Shop one gun train indicator Mark 23 Mod 3

1200 Lieut. HATCH, USCGR returned with party of one (1) officer and six (6)

enlisted men from Attack Teach, N.O.B. Bermuda

1630 Lieut. DOOR, USCGR departed with a party of one (1) officer and

forty-seven (47) enlisted men for AATC, Warwick Parish, Bermuda

2015 Lieut. DOOR, USCGR reported aboard with party of one (1) officer and

forty-seven (47) enlisted men from AATC, Warwick Parish, Bermuda

11-30-44 0925 Lieutenant HATCH, departed with party of 2 officers and 8 enlisted men for

Attack Teacher, N.O.B., Bermuda

1047 Barge YG-22 along port side

1142 Barge YG-22 departed from port side

1157 Lieutenant HATCH and party returned from Attack Teacher

1504 Lieutenant DOOR, departed with 50 enlisted men for AATC, Warwick Parish, Bermuda

1632 Commenced heaving around on anchor

1638 Underway to shift anchorage

1648 Anchored in berth PR-6, Port Royal Bay, Bermuda, in 7 fathoms of water to 45 fathoms

of port chain on the following bearings: Gibbs Hill Light 1100 T; Pearle Island Light, 0200 T;

Water Tank Morgans Island, 3560T

1920 Lieut. DOOR, and party of 50 enlisted men returned from AATC, Warwick Parish, Bermuda

12-1-44 0840 All depth charge parties departed for instruction at N.O.B., Bermuda

0840 Barge YG-22 along starboard side

0850 Barge YG-22 departed from starboard side

1052 All depth charge parties returned from Naval Operating Base, Bermuda

1326 Recreation party departed for Riddells Bay, Bermuda

1720 Recreation party returned from Riddells Bay, Bermuda

12-2-44 0940 Lieut. HATCH and party of 3 officers and 5 enlisted men departed for

Attack Teacher at N.O.B., Bermuda

1215 Lieut. HATCH and Attack Teacher party returned

1225 Barge YG-22 along starboard side

1246 Barge YG-22 departed from starboard side

12-3-44 1234 Sea Barge #16 along port side

1330 Sea Barge #16 departed port side. Received 5940 gallons of water

1600 YG-22 along port side

1605 YG-22 departed port side

12-4-44 0741 Underway standing out of Port Royal Bay, Bermuda

0802 Maneuvering standing down DunDonald Channel

0825 DunDonald Channel Buoy #34 abeam to starboard, entered Ship Channel

0900 Underway standing out of Bermuda Swept Channel

0930 Bermuda Swept Channel Buoy abeam to port close aboard, commenced escorting

USS KENNEBEC (AO-36)

1300 Mustered crew at quarters

1315 Secured from quarters, held the following drills: Battle Stations; Signalmen holding

flag hoist drill with USS KENNEBEC (AO-36); Rescue of Survivors drill; 3/50 cal.

gun crews holding loading drill; 20mm and 40mm gun crews receiving instruction on 40mm guns;

C.I.C. plotting team holding plotting drill

1410 Secured from all drills and instruction

12-5-44 2105 USS KENNEBEC (AO-36) reported steering casualty. Increased speed to 280 RPM

steering various courses conducting screening operations

2110 Steering casualty reported repaired. Steering various courses to resume station

2124 Assumed regular patrol station

12-6-44 0738 Effected rendezvous with UGS 62 in Latitude 350 49 N, Longitude 540 16 W

1159 Advanced ships clocks sixty (60) minutes to Zone plus three (+3) time

1320 Maneuvering to assume position astern tanker USS KENNEBEC (AO-36) during fueling exercises

1327 Assumed station

1400 Mustered crew at quarters

1420 Secured from quarters. Held the following drills and instruction: Man overboard drill;

closure drill by damage control parties; 3/50 gun crews loading drill; 20mm gun crews and

depth charge parties receiving instruction on 20mm guns; 40mm gun crews receiving instructions