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

February, 1942
List of Information Transcribed from Copies of Originals

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Feb. 1st, 1942
[0-4 Hours]
Steaming in condition of readiness II with TASK GROUP 8.1, in column as follows: USS DUNLAP, USS NORTHAMPTON & USS SLC. COMCRUDIV 5 in USS NORTHAMPTON, SOPA & OTC. Received anonymous submarine warnings.

[4-8 Hours]
Went to General Quarters. Maneuvered to launch planes as follows:
5-CS-13, pilot, Lt. D. S. Crowley
5-CS-14, pilot, Lt. (jg) W. J. Tate, Jr.
5-CS-15, pilot, Ens. E. H. Katenkamp
5-CS-16, pilot, Ens. B. L. Davis

Island of WOTJE sighted dead ahead. Attack commenced by planes from USS ENTERPRISE. Maneuvered ship to fire on targets on WOTJE and in lagoon. USS DUNLAP opened fire on Japanese patrol vessel. USS NORTHAMPTON opened fire. Commenced firing turrets on objectives. Fire in forward 1 point 1 clipping room, under control, caused by shorted electrical contact. No damage incurred. Ship maneuvered to close targets and to avoid enemy salvoes and possible submarine attacks. Patrol vessel sunk by USS DUNLAP

[8-12 Hours]
Enemy auxiliary vessel in lagoon sunk by our turret gun fire. Shifted fire to shore objectives. AA Battery commenced firing on shore objectives. Continued to maneuver ship to provide best targets for gun fire and to avoid enemy straddles. Large fires started on Island. Ceased firing and commenced to withdraw from Island. Maneuvered to avoid possible submarine contact. Set condition I for AA Battery and condition II for main battery. Maneuvered incident to recovering of aircraft. Planes recovered except for 16, which was damaged in recovery while alongside. USS DUNLAP rescued personnel and sank plane. Personnel uninjured. Formed column on USS NORTHAMPTON proceeding to form with USS ENTERPRISE to northward, zigzagging in accordance with plan No. 1. USS ENTERPRISE and 3 destroyers sighted on horizon ahead. Set condition II in AA Battery. Ship received no damage from engagement and no personnel injured.

[12-16 Hours]
Commence maneuvering on various course and speeds to join USS ENTERPRISE. Six enemy bombers sighted. Went to torpedo defense stations. Commenced firing on enemy aircraft and commenced maneuvering to repel attack. Stick of bombs dropped near USS ENTERPRISE which was not hit. One enemy plane shot down by port 1.1 battery. Remaining bombers withdrew under attack by USS ENTERPRISE fighters. Sighted two enemy high altitude bombers. Sounded torpedo defense and commenced firing. Bombs dropped near USS ENTERPRISE. Bombers withdrew under attack by USS ENTERPRISE fighters. Maneuvered to repel attack.

[16-18 Hours]
Steaming as before, maneuvering to repel bombing attack. Ceased firing at enemy bombers and maneuvered to regain station on USS ENTERPRISE. Secured from torpedo defense. Set condition I in AA Battery. Regained station 1500 yd. astern of USS ENTERPRISE.

[18-20 Hours]
Sounded torpedo defense. Commenced maneuvering following motions of USS ENTERPRISE

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Feb. 5th, 1942
[0-4 Hours]
Steaming in condition of readiness II, condition "ZED" (modified), in company with TASK FORCE 8.

[4-8 Hours]
Sighted Haleakala on the Island of Maui, distance about 25 miles.

[8-12 Hours]
Sighted Diamond Head lighthouse, distance about 38 miles. Sighted Barber's Point lighthouse, distance about 23 miles.

Catapulted following planes as indicated:
5-CS-14 to starboard, pilot, Lt. D. S. Crowley
5-CS-13 to port, pilot, Lt. (jg), W. J. Tate, Jr.

Commenced maneuvering incident to entering port. Captain at Conn., Executive Officer, and Navigator on the Bridge, incident to entering Pearl Harbor, TH. Moored to buoy C-3, Pearl Harbor, T.H.

[12-16 Hours]
Moored as before to buoy C-3, Pearl Harbor, T.H. Commence fueling ship and taking on aviation gasoline.

The following men were transferred to USS SOLACE for treatment, with bags and hammocks. Records and accounts to follow by guard mail.
Shipley, J. P., F2c, USN
Metcalf, Charles A., S2c, USN ball-red-02 Deceased

Received from the US REC. STAT., Pearl Harbor, TH., for duty with bags and hammocks:
Hildebrand, N., CRM(PA), USN Deceased
Starcevich, S. L., Y1c, USN ball-red-02
Vickery, H. W., AMM3c, USN
Hurry, D. L., S2c, USN ball-red-02 Deceased
Brown, R. G., S2c, USN ball-red-02 Deceased
Monslow, Herbert P., S2c, USN ball-red-02 Deceased
Provost, G. J., WT1c, USN
Lalime, A. W., S1c, USN Deceased

The following officers reported for duty on board this vessel:
Halvorson, George G., Ensign, USN ball-red-02 Deceased
Hosey, William B., Ensign, USN ball-red-02
Johns, Jr., Ralph G., Ensign, USN Deceased
McKalson, Bruce M., Ensign, USN
Taylor, James D., Ensign, USN ball-red-02 Deceased
Carter, Grayson B., Commander, USN ball-red-02 Deceased

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Feb. 6th, 1942
[0-4 Hours]
Moored in Berth C-3, Pearl Harbor, TH.

[12-16 Hours]
Received NAVY YARD floating crane alongside to port with replacement guns for guns No. 6 & 8.

Received on board, with bag, hammock, records, & accounts from the US. NAVHOSP, Pearl Harbor, TH.
Gorohoff, George J., PhM1c, USN ball-red-02 Deceased

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Feb. 7th, 1942
[0-4 Hours]
Moored in Berth C-3, Pearl Harbor, TH.

[8-12 Hours]
Transferred to US NAVHOSP, Pearl Harbor, TH., with bags, hammock, records & accounts for duty:
Edge, C. C., PhM1c, USN

Transferred to REC STAT. Pearl Harbor, TH. with bag, hammock, records and accounts for further transfer to Norfolk, VA.
Brem, R. E., SM2c, USN ball-red-02 Deceased

Transferred the following men to REC. STAT. Pearl Harbor, TH. with bags, hammocks, records & accounts for further transfer as indicated:
To TERMINAL ISLAND, CA.
Jaksich, T. N., EM3c, USN
Howell, J. E., F2c, USN

To Norfolk, VA.
Turberville, A. R., F2c, USN
Mack, G. W., CCStd(AA), USN

To San Francisco, CA.
Strawn, W. A., SF2c, USN ball-red-02

To Portland, OR.
Berkeley, H. J.[H], F2c, USN

[16-20 Hours]
Transferred the following men with bags, hammocks, records & accounts FFT to NAS, San Diego, CA.
Herbeck, M. F., AMM2c, USN ball-red-02 Deceased
Stupka, L. M., AOM2c, USN Deceased

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Feb. 8th, 1942
[0-4 Hours]
Moored in Berth C-3, Pearl Harbor, TH.

[16-20 Hours]
Transferred Deceased Shoulders, Harold D., RM2c, USNR, V-3 with bag, hammock, records and accounts to REC. STAT. Pearl Harbor, TH., FFT to NAV. TRAINING SCHOOL (RADIO), Los Angeles, CA., for temporary duty under instruction.

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Feb. 9th, 1942
[0-4 Hours]
Moored in Berth C-3, Pearl Harbor, TH.

[16-20 Hours]
Transferred the following men to REC. STAT. Pearl Harbor, TH., FFT to SUBBASE, New London, Conn., with bags, hammocks, records & accounts.
McCormack, J. F., RM2c, USNR
Perkins, J. J., EM3c, USN

Transferred ball-red-02 Deceased Wiley, W. H., F2c, USN to USS SOLACE for treatment.

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Feb. 10th, 1942
[0-4 Hours]
Moored in Berth C-3, Pearl Harbor, TH.

[8-12 Hours]
Captain E. E. Stone was relieved as Executive Officer by Carter, G. B., Commander, USN.

Received Grewohl, R. F., GM3c, USN from USS SOLACE for duty.

[12-16 Hours]
Transferred with bag, hammock, records & accounts to the USS LOUISVILLE for duty:
Bates, George M., Y1c, USN Deceased

Left the ship for temporary duty at US NAV. AIR STATION, Pearl Harbor, TH.
Davis, B. L., Ensign, USNR, A-V(N)

Transferred the following men, with bags, hammocks, records & accounts as indicated:
Hermann, Erik C., CQM(PA), USN to REC. STAT. Pearl Harbor, TH., FFT to US REC. SHIP, San Francisco, CA. for duty in USS FRANKLIN BELL detail.

Musgrave, Arthur W., RM1c, USNR, V-3 to US REC. STAT., Pearl Harbor, TH., FFT to US REC. STAT., Norfolk, VA. for duty in YMS-59 detail.

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Feb. 11th, 1942
[0-4 Hours]
Moored in Berth C-3, Pearl Harbor, TH.

[8-12 Hours]
Reported aboard this vessel for temporary duty
Barnes, Swift C., Ensign, D-V(G), USNR ball-red-02
Busch, Frederick A., Ensign, D-V(G), USNR

Captain E. E. Stone, USN was detached from this vessel and ordered to duty in the TWELFTH NAVAL DIST.

[20-24 Hours]
Moored in Berth C-3, Pearl Harbor, TH.

Received 80 rounds 5"; 30 rounds 8"; 720 rounds 1.1" target ammunition.

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Feb. 12th, 1942
[0-4 Hours]
Moored in Berth C-3, Pearl Harbor, TH.

[4-8 Hours]
ball-red-02 Hunter, J. D., F1c, USN made daily inspection of all power boats. Conditions satisfactory.

[8-12 Hours]
An airplane, believed to be a P-40, crashed about 100 yd. on the starboard quarter of the USS NORTHAMPTON. Shortly afterward, one man from the airplane, apparently the pilot, landed in the water about 300 yd. astern of this ship; his parachute appeared to have opened only partly. The man was immediately rescued by a ML from the USS MEDUSA. He was alive when picked up.

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Feb. 13th, 1942
[0-4 Hours]
Moored in Berth C-3, Pearl Harbor, TH.

[8-12 Hours]
Launched following planes as indicated:
5-CS-13 to stbd., pilot, Tate, Jr., W. J., Lt. (jg), USN
5-CS-14 to stbd., pilot, Morse, R. P., Ensign, USNR
5-CS-16 to stbd., pilor, Taylor, J. D., Ensign, USNR


Plane 5-CS-15 hit a buoy while trying to take off, wings damaged. Plane towed to NAS., Pearl Harbor, TH.

Recovered plane 5-CS-13 to starboard., pilot, Lt. (jg) W. J. Tate, Jr., USN.
Plane 5-CS-14 collided with YW16 while approaching the ship. YW16 was on planes starboard. hand. Barge apparently did not back down. Plane speeded up just before the collision and almost cleared. Wing tip of plane damaged. Plane picked up and re-launched by ship and sent to NAS., Pearl Harbor, TH.

[12-16 Hours]
Felaire, L., OS1c, USN transferred to REC. STAT. Pearl Harbor, TH., FFT to REC. STAT., Philadelphia, PA.

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Feb. 14th, 1942
[0-4 Hours]
Moored in Berth C-3, Pearl Harbor, TH.

[8-12 Hours]
Reported aboard from the USS NORTHAMPTON for temporary duty and instruction in l . l" aircraft battery. Records and accounts to remain aboard USS NORTHAMPTON
Neighbors, E. L., GM1c, USN
Gardner, R. W., GM2c, USN

[12-16 Hours]
Got underway schedule operations, Captain at the Conn., Exec. Officer & Navigator on the Bridge. Standing out of Pearl Harbor, TH.

Two civilians came on board for passage authorized by CINCPAC
Robert Casey Deceased of Chicago Daily News & Foster Haley of the New York Times.

[16-18 Hours]
Commenced maneuvering to take station 3000 yd. from USS ENTERPRISE. Following destroyers in company as screening vessels:
DESRON 6 less USS ELLET, USS FANNING, USS BENHAM, USS GRIDLEY, plus USS RALPH TALBOT, USS BLUE and USS MCCALL. USS SABINE took station from fleet guide, distance 1500 yards.

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Feb. 22nd, 1942
[0-4 Hours]
Steaming in condition of readiness II in the company with TASK FORCE 16.1 in 6-V formation.

[4-8 Hours]
Commenced maneuvering to go alongside USS SABINE. This ship taken in tow by USS SABINE along USS SABINE'S port side.
ball-red-02 Godde, Bernard E., Bkr3c, USN, was struck in the left side of the face by a steel rod and line shot from a line-throwing gun on the USS SABINE, received a puncture wound (key letter "F"), while this ship was engage in fueling operations. Godde came topside from below at the Well Deck and turned to go aft when struck. The injury was: 1. Within command; 2. Not work; 3. Negligence not apparent. Man seen by the Medical Officer and admitted to the sick list.

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Feb. 24th, 1942
[0-4 Hours]
Steaming in condition of readiness II in the company with TASK FORCE 16.7.

[4-8 Hours]
Steaming as before. Launched two aircraft for bombing and gunnery observation. Sighted Wake Island, distance 16 miles. Three enemy aircraft approached and dropped bombs which landed near USS NORTHAMPTION & USS MAURY. Aircraft repelled by AA fire, one plane hit and crashed in water. Maneuvered on various courses and at various speeds. USS NORTHAMPTION opened fire on Wake Island with main battery. Enemy fire landing close aboard on starboard beam. Commenced firing starboard AA battery on land objectives.

[8-12 Hours]
Steaming as before, maneuvering on easterly courses incident to bombarding Wake Island. Ceased bombarding Wake Island, having started numerous fires and other damage to structures on the Island. Sight small patrol vessel, distance 8 miles. Sighted three two motor enemy bombers being attacked by friendly fighters. One enemy bomber shot down in flames. USS MAURY sank small patrol vessel. Shifted ship control to Pilot House. Sighted enemy patrol bomber. Secured from General Quarters and set condition I in AA battery, condition II in repair parties, and condition III in ship control. Sighted small enemy patrol vessel which USS BALCH sank.

[16-18 Hours]
Steaming as before. Enemy patrol bomber shadowing on port quarter.

[18-20 Hours]
Steaming as before. Two enemy bombers, two engine type, sighted overhead. Four bombs dropped from height of 13,000 feet which landed about 200 yards off starboard quarters, no damage received. Bombers retired under AA fire. Maneuvered to unmask battery and to avoid bombs.

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Feb. 26th, 1942
[0-4 Hours]
Steaming in condition of readiness II in the company with TASK FORCE 16.7.

[4-8 Hours]
Steaming as before. Sighted USS SABINE and screening DD's, dist. 8,000 yd. Sighted USS ENTERPRISE, dist. 18,000 yd.

[8-12 Hours]
Steaming as before. Dense Fog set in. Visibility reduced to about 400 yards. Lost sight of all ships. Visibility increased to 3500 yards. Sighted USS SABINE and accompanying destroyers.

[12-16 Hours]
Steaming as before. Clear of fog bank. Visibility increased until all ships visible. Commenced maneuvering to take position astern of USS ENTERPRISE in channel formation No. 1.

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