USS Salt Lake City's "Saltshaker"
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Actual date of newsletter not available
Source: SLC Memorabilia Collection
The Navy will increase in size by nearly 500,000 in the first half of 1944, War Manpower
Commission officials have revealed. It was explained that the expansion will be necessary to
man the growing fleet and provide a corresponding increase in supporting personnel ashore.
"My Dog Tag and Me"
As I lay down to sleep last night
I heard my dog tag say:
"Don't worry, I'm your friend, my lad,
I'm with you night and day,
An if death should ever part us,
Don't let it make you blue,
For I'll prove that I am faithful
By going home for you."
Now it's true my dog tag is faithful
And goes where 'ere I roam;
But I sure will do my damndest
To beat my dog tag home.
Do not write of this offensive (South Pacific) as a minor island hop. This push can reverse
the status of the opposing forces in the Pacific War. Salamaua, Lae and Munda are
intermediate objectives on the road to a larger objective - Rabaul, heart and center of the
Japanese Naval, air and land establishment on the southwestern periphery. North of Rabaul
there is only open sea (775 miles of it) between the periphery and the great naval base at
Truk in the Carolines. From Rabaul the Allies also could strike behind the Japs' long line,
across the inner shipping lanes to India itself.
Return to Battle of the Komandorski Island Index
Original Newspaper clipping cut down: Paper name: ? Digest
Date: January 31st, 1946, Location not listed.
"One Ship Fleet" in Drydock
The "One Ship Fleet" glided into Drydock 1 at the Naval Shipyard this week. It was the heavy
cruiser USS SALT LAKE CITY, which won her nickname during the battle of Cape Esperance in
October of 1942. It was there that she interposed herself between the crippled BOISE and the
enemy under heavy, accurate fire. She sustained three major hits of eight-inch caliber, but
regardless of these, she sank one heavy cruiser, one auxiliary and one destroyer.
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