Events from the
Official DECK LOG RECORDS of the USS SALT LAKE CITY CA25

December, 1941
List of Information Transcribed from Copies of Originals

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Dec. 1st, 1941
[0-4 Hours]
Steaming in condition of readiness III, in company of TASK FORCE 8. Escorting the USS ENTERPRISE CV-6, Aircraft Carrier

[4-8 Hours]
Commenced maneuvering to conform to movements of guide during launching of aircraft.

Moss, Abbie L., MM2c, USN made daily inspection of all power boats, conditions satisfactory.

All aircraft inspected by Officer, ball-red-02 Deceased Cheney, Ralph E., Ensign, USNR. Conditions satisfactory.

[8-12 12- 16 Hours]
Commenced & completed fueling USS CRAVEN alongside to starboard, having delivered 63,822 gals. fuel oil & providing provisions.

Made daily inspection of magazines and smokeless powder samples... conditions normal.

Commenced & completed fueling USS ELLET, having delivered 51, 785 gals. fuel oil and provisions.

Commenced maneuvering to take station in cruising disposition 8-V, 1 mile from USS ENTERPRISE fleet guide.

[16-18 Hours]
Commenced conforming to movements of the USS ENTERPRISE recovering aircraft. USS NORTHAMPTON left formation.

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Dec. 3rd, 1941
[0-4 Hours]
Steaming in condition of readiness III, in company with TASK FORCE 8, with USS ENTERPRISE.

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Dec. 7th, 1941
[0-4 Hours]
Steaming as before in condition of readiness III in company with TASK FORCE 8, in the company of the USS ENTERPRISE

[8-12 Hours]
Word received of Japanese attack on PEARL HARBOR & ISLAND OF OAHU. State of War exists between the UNITED STATES OF AMERICA and the EMPIRE OF JAPAN.

Catapulted SOC 5-CS-15 to starboard, Pilot Deceased Crowley, Dennis S., Lt. USN
Catapulted SOC 5-CS-16 to port, Pilot Davis, B. L., Ensign, USNR.

[12-16 Hours]
Steaming as before. Sighted NUHAY ISLAND. Sighted enemy aircraft, distance 28 miles. Set condition II, starboard watch in main battery.

[16-18 Hours]
Deceased West, Ernest W., S1c, USN, received wound above left eye. Treated in Sick Bay and returned to duty. Not due to misconduct.

Merchant ship sighted on parallel course, distance abt. 18 miles. Directed to join COMDESBATFOR. Made various course and speeds to form column.

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Dec. 8th, 1941
[0-4 Hours]
Steaming in condition of readiness II in company with COMCRUDIV 5, USS NORTHAMPTON guide.

[4-8 Hours]
Steaming as before

Catapulted following planes as indicated:
5-CS-13 to starboard, pilot, ball-red-02 Deceased Tate, William J., Jr., Lt. (jg), USN.
5-CS-14 to port, pilot, ball-red-02 Deceased Katenkamp, Edmond H., Ensign, USNR.

[8-12 Hours]
Commenced acting independently and maneuvering incident to entering port and streaming starboard paravane. Captain at the Conn., Navigator on the bridge, engines in high pressure combination. Both anchors ready for letting go. Passed between Pearl Harbor channel entrance buoys.

Orresen, O. H., Pilot, USN reported on board for duty.

[12-16 Hours]
Maneuvering, conforming to channel. Moored starboard side to port side to USS NEOSHO. Commenced fueling ship.

Transferred Raymond, J., F2c, USN to USS SOLACE for treatment, with bag & hammock. Records & accounts retained on board.

Received Waldrup, Benny Dewey, CSM, USN, from USS SOLACE for duty having completed treatment.

[16-18 Hours]
Moored in harbor. Hoisted in the following airplanes to port as indicated:
5-CS-15; 5-CS-13; 5-CS-14; 5-CS-16.

The following men reported aboard from the USS VESTAL for duty:
Jerney, K. A., BMkr1c, USNMacumber, M. M., BMkr1c, USNWatson, O. L., F2c, USN,
Young, E. F., BMkr2c, USN

Received from US NAVHOSP, Pearl Harbor, T.H., for duty
ball-red-02 Deceased Pierce, Robert E., FC2c, USN.

[18-20 Hours]
Completed receiving 689,808 gals. fuel

Received on board from USS OKLAHOMA
Leonard, Cecil B., F2c, USN
Polk, Howard M., F2c, USN


Received on board from USS WEST VIRGINIA
Ancel, J. B., S1c, USN ball-red-02 Deceased
Bagdricwicz, J., F1c, USN
Balser, L. F., F2c, USN
Barns, K. R., F2c, USN
Barritt, George N., S2c, USN ball-red-02 Deceased
Baucom, R. O., S1c, USN
Bender, W., S2c, USN
Bennett, Lacey E., S1c, USN ball-red-02 Deceased
Bingham, B. L., S2c, USN
Boyd, W. T., S2c, USN
Branson, M. G., F2c, USN ball-red-02 Deceased
Branswim, J. K., S1c, USN
Brawn, L. M., F1c, USN
Brooks, L. E., S1c, USN
Bryan, D. E., F2c, USN
Burdick, D. C., S2c, USN
Casey, J. J., F2c, USN
Chambers, T., S1c, USN
Christiansen, J. J., F2c, USN
Cole, D. F., F2c, USN
Connal, D. R., S2c, USN
Cooley, A. L., S1c, USN
Cooper, S. D., S2c, USN Deceased
Cotton, G. L., S2c, USN
Cowell, K. W., S1c, USN
Cox, A. C., S1c, USN
Cunningham, James L., S2c, USN ball-red-02 Deceased
Cyr, J. L., F2c, USN
Dolinsky, J. J., S1c, USN
Drummond, H., S1c, USN
Egeland, E. D., S1c, USN Deceased
Ellison, W. C., S2c, USN
Ely, E. N., F2c, USN ball-red-02
Engstrom, R. L., S2c, USN
Ernst, W. J., S2c, USN
Everman, A. B., S2c, USN
Fortenberry, G. N., S1c, USN
Fussell, J. H., S2c, USN
Gaffaney, D. A., S1c, USN
Fussell, J. H., S2c, USN
Gaffaney, D. A., S1c, USN
Gassidy, P. E., S2c, USN
Gleason, A. J., S2c, USN
Hall, E. C., S1c, USN
Henderson, J. J., S2c, USN Deceased
Hinds, E. S., S2c, USN
Holtz, W. F., F2c, USN
Horton, F., F1c, USN Deceased
Hunter, J. D., F1c, USN ball-red-02
Isaacs, J. H., F2c, USN
Johnson, S. E., S1c, USN
Kent, H. A., S2c, USN ball-red-02
Kent, R. R., S2c, USN ball-red-02
Kronberger, E. M., S1c, USN ball-red-02 Deceased
Kuechenmeister, H. F., F1c, USN
Lane, Herman L., S2c, USN ball-red-02 Deceased
Leyden, J. E., S1c, USN
Lichtman, B., S1c, USN ball-red-02
Lilly, A., S1c, USN ball-red-02 Deceased
Liment, J. H., F1c, USN
Lorenzen, R. C., S2c, USN
Lovegrove, D. W., F1c, USN
Lyon, A. T., S2c, USN
Martin, J. W., F1c, USN
Masci, A. J., S1c, USN
McCarthy, R. P., F1c, USN
McMichen, A. L., S1c, USN
Mickelson, D. A. S2c USN
Moylan, A. W., S2c, USN
Peterson, H. C., S2c, USN ball-red-02
Sissna, W. R., F1c, USN
Snead, H. L., S2c, USN
Taylor, L. A., S2c, USN
Thrailkill, H. F., F1c, USN
Vandre, Glenn E., S1c, USN ball-red-02 Deceased
Wells, C. A., S2c, USN
Witherow, E. H., F1c, USN ball-red-02 Deceased

Pursuant to COMCRUSCOFOR mailgram 180023 of Nov. 1941, received
Chabot, J. A. A., MM1c, USN, with bag & hammock for duty.

[20-24 Hours]
Moored as before

Got underway to shift berths. Captain at the Conn., Navigator on the Bridge. Anchored in Pearl Harbor, TH. in 6 fathoms of water, mud and sand bottom, with 15 fathoms of chain to starboard anchor. Electricial fire in uptakes of No. 1 fire room. Fire extinguished with slight damage.

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Dec. 9th, 1941
[0-4 Hours]
Anchored in Pearl Harbor, TH. Condition of readiness III set. Commenced all preparations for getting underway.

[4-8 Hours]
Completed preparations for getting underway. 0447: Got underway in company with TASK FORCE 8, Captain at the Conn., Navigator on the Bridge. Standing out of Pearl Harbor, TH. conforming to movements of USS ENTERPRISE. Too station 3500 yards astern of USS ENTERPRISE. Hoisted colors at the gaff. All aircraft inspected by Lt. D. S. Crowley, USN. Conditions satisfactory. A. L. Moss, MM2c, USN, made daily inspection of all power boats. Conditions satisfactory.

Insert..."Press Release"...abt. Dec. 8-9th, 1941
Remarks made by ball-red-02 Deceased Capt. Ellis M. Zacharias to his ship's company.

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Dec. 10th, 1941
[0-4 - 4-8 Hours]
Steaming in condition of readiness III, in material condition "ZED", in company with TASK FORCE 8.

Steaming as before. Commenced maneuvering conforming to movements of USS ENTERPRISE launching aircraft.

SLC aircraft inspected by ball-red-02 Deceased Ensign R. P. Morse, USNR; condition satisfactory. Inspection of all power boats J. H. Vanden Bos, MM1c, USN; condition satisfactory.

[8-12 Hours]
Steaming as before. Commenced zigzagging in accordance with plan No. 2. Acting on signal of destroyer ahead to avoid submarine waters. Conformed to movements of USS ENTERPRISE in recovering aircraft.

[12-16 Hours]
Steaming as before. Conforming with movements with GUIDE in conducting aircraft operations and to avoid submarines. Sighted submarine periscope. Fired two 5" shots to call attention to danger.

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Dec. 11th, 1941
[0-4 - 4-8 Hours]
Steaming in condition of readiness III in company with TASK FORCE 8.

Word received GERMANY has declared war on the USA.
Word received ITALY has declared war on the USA.

[8-12 Hours]
Steaming as before

Sighted submarine periscope, distance about 400 yards. Fired machine gun in order to call attention to submarine. Swung left to bring submarine astern. Torpedo wake believed sighted on port quarter after ship straightened out. AA Director picked up periscope and opened fire with 5" gun. Sighted oil spot about 300 yards.

[12-16 Hours]
Steaming as before.

USS GRIDLEY reported submarine contact and dropped 4 depth charges causing black eruption. Maneuvered to avoid submarine waters. Fired machine gun in direction of periscope. USS GRIDLEY attacked, bringing oil slick to surface.

Dec. 12th, 1941
[0-4 Hours]
Steaming in condition of readiness III in company with TASK FORCE 8.

[4-8, 8-12 Hours]
Steaming as before. Aircraft inspections made by Ensign R. P. Morse, USNR. Power boat inspections made by A. L. Moss, MM2c, USN. Conditions satisfactory. Avoiding submarine waters.

Catapulted the following aircraft:
5-CS-15 to starboard, pilot, Ensign R. P. Morse, USNR
5-CS-16 to port, pilot, Lt. (jg) W. J. Tate, Jr., USN.

[12-16 Hours]
Steaming as before. Maneuvering to avoid submarine waters.

Launched the following aircraft as indicated:
5-CS-13 to starboard, pilot, Ensign E. H. Katenkamp, USNR
5-CS-14 to port, pilot, Ensign R. E. Cheney, USNR
Commenced maneuvering to recover aircraft "DOG" method. Recovered airpane 5-CS-16 to starboard. Recovered airplane 5-CS-15 to port.

USS GRIDLEY fired 5" battery and proceeded to vicinity of hostile submarine where depth charge was dropped.

[16-18 Hours]
Steaming as before.

Recovered following airplanes "DOG" method: 5-CS-13 to starboard & 5-CS-14 to port.

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Dec. 13th & 14th, 1941
Steaming as before. Normal procedures. Fueled the USS FANNING, USS MAURY & USS MCCALL & provided provisions.

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Dec. 15th, 1941
[0-4 Hours]
Steaming in condition of readiness III in company with TASK FORCE 8.

[20-24 Hours]
Graves, W. H., F2c, USN received second degree burns, left arm, when he fell while on watch in the after-engine room, arm striking hot steam line. Diagnosis: Heat exhaustion. Injury received within command, negligence not apparent. Admitted to Sick Bay for treatment.

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Dec. 16th, 1941
[0-4 Hours]
Steaming as before in condition of readiness III in company of TASK FORCE 8.

[12-16 Hours]
Sighted Island of Oahu, T. H. Left formation, took command of USS BALCH and proceeded independently to Pearl Harbor, T.H.

[16-18 Hours]
Moored in Berth C-3, Pearl Harbor, TH.

Received Shipley, Jack P., F2c, USN from US NAVHOSP, Pearl Harbor, T. H., with bag and hammock, for duty.

[18-20 Hours]
Moored as before

ball-red-02 Gardner, V., S2c, USN, returned aboard having been on temporary boat patrol duty.

[20-24 Hours]
Received aboard from US NAVHOSP., Pearl Harbor, TH. with bag and hammock for duty
Osborne, W. R., S2c, USN ball-red-02 Deceased
Dempsey, M. M., S2c, USN

Received aboard from the USS OKLAHOMA for duty
Spence, A. J., BM2c, USN
Cain, C. E., GM3c, USN
Berkeley, H. H.[J], F2c, USN


Received aboard from the USS WEST VIRGINIA for duty
Sulewski, Frank, GM1c, USN ball-red-02 Deceased

George, D. A., SK1c, USN returned from 51 days leave.

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Dec. 17th, 1941
[0-4 Hours]
Moored in Berth C-3, Pearl Harbor, T.H.

[8-12 Hours]
Kent, O. L., Machinist, USN reported on board for temporary duty.

[12-16 Hours]
Received the following men on board from the USS WEST VIRGINIA for temporary duty:
McLear, F. W., S1c, USN
Watkins, B. J., Cox, USN
Bray, R. T., Y3c, USN
Smith, A. D., GM3c, USN
Conningham, P. D., GM3c, USN

Emergency Personnel Office ordered the following men from Rec. Ship, Pearl Harbor, T. H., on board for temporary duty.
Linn, R. S., Elect, USN
Hughes, T. H., MM2c, USN ball-red-02 Deceased

Talbert, Carl L., F1c, USN ball-red-02 from the USS CASSIN DD372

Mitchell, P. J., S1c, USN from the USS WEST VIRGINIA

Strawn, W. A., SF3c, USN ball-red-02 from the Rec. Station, Pearl Harbor, T. H. for temporary duty.

De Los Santos, G., OC1c, USN from the USS OGLALA for temporary duty.

Visconti, A. A., F3c, USN from the Rec. Station, Pearl Harbor, T. H. for temporary duty.

Breeze, E. H., S2c, USN ball-red-02 Deceased from the USS WEST VIRGINIA for temporary duty.

[16-18 Hours]
Emergency Personnel Office ordered received
Penhollow, M. D., SM2c, USN from the USS CALIFORNIA for temporary duty.

Grant, Robert L., S1c, USN returned aboard having completed temporary duty at the NAS, Pearl Harbor, T. H. with bag, hammock, records and accounts.

Quigley, Lowell M., S1c, USN returned aboard having completed temporary duty with TRAIN SQUADRON SIX BASE FORCE, with bag, hammock, records, and accounts.

Received from YARDCRAFT for temporary duty
Jennings, D. G., MM1c, USN
Rourke, J. P., S1c, USN

Received the following men from the USS OKLAHOMA for temporary duty.
Boyer, M. L., BM1c, USN
Comorat, V. J., BM2c, USN
Mihalka, A. M., Cox, USN ball-red-02 Deceased
Claudemantle, A., GM2c, USN
Postlethwaite, R. E., BM1c, USN Deceased
Monroe, L. L., Cox, USN
Ware, D. A., CMM, USN for temporary duty

Received the following men from the USS WEST VIRGINIA
Bush, H. P., Bkr3c, USN
Clingenpeel, D. O., S1c, USN

Holt, B. E., MAtt1c, USN from USS NEVADA

Purvis, W. R., F3c, USN from USS ARIZONA

Ramsey, C. P., F2c, USN from USS SHAW

Received the following for temporary duty
Lade, H. J., QM1c, USN from USS OKLAHOMA

Barkley, O. D., RM3c, USN from USS CALIFORNIA

Jodoin, R. J., F2c, USN from USS NEVADA

Bidwell, F. S., S1c, USN from USS WEST VIRGINIA

Received on board from the USS ARIZONA
Foster, J. P., S1c, USN
Harrell, A. B., S1c, USN

Collier, R. P., S2c, USN from USS OGLALA

Melville, A. C., S2c, USN ball-red-02 Deceased from USS CALIFORNIA

[18-20 Hours]
Received on board with bag & hammock for temporary duty
Stecz, Michael, QM3c, USN ball-red-02


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Dec. 18, 1941
[0-4 Hours]
Moored in Berth C-3, Pearl Harbor, T.H.

[8-12 Hours]
ball-red-02 Deceased Loe, Donald G., S2c, USN returned on board from REC. STAT. Pearl Harbor, TH., having completed temporary duty.

Emergency Personnel Office received the following men from the USS WEST VIRGINIA, with bags & hammocks, for temporary duty:

Corder, C. S., S1c, USN ball-red-02 Deceased
Gregory, T. I., S2c, USN
Jacobson, O. M., S1c, USN ball-red-02
May, J. G., S1c, USN
Lalime, A. W., S1c, USN Deceased
Barton, J. D., S1c, USN
Branson, D. K., S1c, USN
Krenn, A. J., S1c, USN
Ankrom, R. M., S2c, USN
Briscoe, E. W., S1c, USN
Yunker, S. N., F3c, USN




Admiral Husband E. Kimmel, USN, hauled down his personal flag and Admiral W. S. Pye, USN, hoisted his personal flag and took command as CINCPAC.

Received the following men from the USS OKLAHOMA with bags & hammocks, for temporary duty:
Smith, L. F., F2c, USN

Received from the USS UTAH with bags & hammock for temporary duty:
DeLara, J., OS1c, USN
Aaron, G. L., S2c, USN

Received from the USS WEST VIRGINIA with bags & hammock for temporary duty:
Lagesse, L. E., S1c, USN
Woodbury, O. N., S2c, USN

[12-16 Hours]
De Honestis, V. J., BMstr, USN
Transferred with bag, hammock, records & accounts, to REC. Station, Pearl Harbor, T.H. for General Detail.

Received the following men from the USS ARIZONA for temporary duty:
Bowen, Jr., Andrew Jackson, CMM, USN Deceased
Eskew, W. V., MM2c, USN ball-red-02 Deceased
Gallagher, W. F., CEM, USN
Ridley, W. H., RM3c, USN
Bush, L. W., MAtt2c, USN

[18-20 Hours]
Received from the USS SHAW for temporary duty:
Lynch, J. E., RM3c, USN

[20-24 Hours]
Reported aboard this vessel for temporary duty as EXECUTIVE OFFICER
Stone, Earl E., Comdr., USN Deceased

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Dec. 19th, 1941

[0-4 Hours]
Moored in Berth C-3, Pearl Harbor, T.H.

[8-12 Hours]
Got underway, Captain at the Conn., Executive Officer & Navigator on the Bridge. Standing out of Pearl Harbor, TH. to Channel.

[12-16 Hours]
Commenced maneuvering to conform to movements of the USS ENTERPRISE recovering aircraft.

Medley, W. J., S1c, USN, received lacerated wounds of the right brow, left elbow, left abdomen, and scalp, when thrown against a lifeline stanchion by a wave as he was walking aft on the starboard side of the main deck aft, negligence not apparent. Treated in Sick Bay and man admitted to the sick list.

Dec. 20th - 30th, 1941 consisted of conforming to the formation of the USS ENTERPRISE, inspections, sending out scout planes.

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Dec. 31st, 1941
[0-4 Hours]
Steaming in company of TASK FORCE 8, USS ENTERPRISE as guide.

[12-16 Hours]
Maneuvering to enter Pearl Harbor, TH. Channel.

Received Hannus, M., Pilot on board.

Moored starboard side in Berth 17, US NAVY YARD, Pearl Harbor, TH. Receiving fresh water from dock.

[16-18 Hours]
Commenced receiving fuel from the dock.

The following men returned from leave on time:
Milliken, W. A., CBM, USN
Ross, V. R., ACOM, USN
Matison, Carl O., EM2c, USN ball-red-02 Deceased

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