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

October, 1942
List of Information Transcribed from Copies of Originals

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October 1st-3rd, 1942
Anchored in Berth A-6, Segond Channel, Espiritu Santo, New Hebrides. General inspections, fueling, etc.

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October 4th, 1942
[0-4 Hours]
Anchored in Berth A-6, Segond Channel, Espiritu Santo, New Hebrides.

[4-8 Hours]
Anchored as before.

Transferred ball-red-02 Deceased Lund, John I., RM3c & Howard, George H., RM3c to USS CURTISS, with bags & hammocks for temporary duty during period this ship (SLC) is in port.

1107-1130: Held swimming call on starboard side for benefit of ship's company.

[16-18 Hours]
Anchored as before.

Received on board 47 bags of mail from USS MOJABA.

Lalime, A. W., S1c Deceased received laceration of right knee while getting into motor whale boat. Negligence not apparent. Treated in Sick Bay and returned to duty.

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October 5th, 1942
[0-4 Hours]
Anchored in Berth A-6, Segond Channel, Espiritu Santo, New Hebrides.

[4-8 Hours]
Anchored as before. Commenced making preparations for getting underway.

[8-12 Hours]
Anchored as before.

0825: Hoisted out to port, CS-15, pilot, Tate; to starboard, CS-16, pilot, Taylor. Completed preparations for getting underway.

0835: Underway to go alongside tanker SS GULFBIRD for fueling. Captain at the Conn., Exec. Officer, & Navigator on the Bridge. Maneuvering to moor port side of tanker. Commenced fueling having received 2,699.5 barrels of fuel oil. Cast off from tanker; underway to anchor in assigned berth A-6.

[12-16 Hours]
Anchored as before. Captain called officially on COM AIR SO PAC on board the USS CURTISS.

[20-24 Hours]
Anchored as before. Sighted a plane bearing north over Espiritu Santo, dist. about 5 miles, altitude abt. 8,000 ft. AA Batteries alerted, notified COM AIR SO WEST PAC. Plane circled for a few minutes and disappeared without being identified.

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October 6th, 1942
[0-4 Hours]
Anchored in Berth A-6, Segond Channel, Espiritu Santo, New Hebrides.

[8-12 Hours]
Anchored as before. 0830: Hoisted out the following aircraft for channel entrance patrol as indicated:
CS-16 to port, pilot, Morse; CS-14 to starboard, pilot, Katenkamp

The following officers were promoted to ranks for temporary service as indicated, having accepted appointment:
Barnes, S. C., Ensign To Lieut. (jg) ball-red-02
Barnhart, H., WT1c to Machinist
Caplinger, R. C., CSK to Act. Pay Clerk
Cheney, R. E., Lt.(jg) To Lieut. ball-red-02 Deceased
Dahlen, V. R., Mach. to Ensign ball-red-02 Deceased
Drew, W. H., CMM to Machinist
Halvorson, G. G., Ensign To Lieut. (jg) ball-red-02 Deceased
Hawkins, J. K., Bos'n to Ensign
Hoag, Jr., W. P. to Ensign Deceased
Hosey, W. B., Ensign To Lieut. (jg) ball-red-02
Johns, Jr., R. G., Ensign To Lieut. (jg) Deceased
Kent, G. L., Mach. to Ensign
Knight, F. S., Lt.(jg) To Lieut.
Lambert, J. R., Lt.(jg) To Lieut. ball-red-02 Deceased
Lee, C. M., Ensign To Lieut. (jg) Deceased
Linn, R. S., Elect. to Ensign Deceased
Lott, G., Act. Pay Clerk to Ch. Pay Clerk ball-red-02 Deceased
Markl, C., CBM to Boatswain Deceased
McKalson, B. M. Ensign To Lieut. (jg)
Moran, Ralph T., FC1c to Gunner ball-red-02
Patrick, W. M., CTC to Gunner ball-red-02 Deceased
Peck, G. M., CQM to Boatswain ball-red-02 Deceased
Peska, F. J., CBM to Boatswain
Ramsey, L. B., Lt.(jg) To Lieut. ball-red-02 Deceased
Register, A. B., CEM to Electrican ball-red-02 Deceased
Rich, I. T., CWT to Machinist ball-red-02
Sauter, F. G., ACMM to Machinist
Schumann, P. A., Ensign, (SC) to Lt. (jg) (SC)
Smallwood, Jr., R. C., Lt.(jg) To Lieut. Deceased
Smith, W. H., CEM to Ensign
Squires, A. J., CEM to Electrican ball-red-02 Deceased
Waits, M. L., Pay Clerk to Ensign
Weber, W. H., BM1c to Boatswain Deceased
Yost, L. E., Act. Pay Clerk to Ensign


[12-16 Hours]
Anchored as before. Hoisted in CS-14 to port, pilot, Katenkamp; CS-16 to port, pilot, Morse. Captain held inspection of lower decks. Hoisted in USS CHESTER plane #5, pilot Lt. G. G. Holliday, USNR.

Ship went to General Quarters in response to signal from COM SO WEST AIR PAC. Commenced making preparations fro getting underway. Secured from General Quarters & set condition of readiness III. Following ships of TASK FORCE 64 stood in: USS CHESTER, USS MINNEAPOLIS, USS FARENHOLT, USS BUCHANAN, USS DUNCAN & USS LAFFEY. Steamed USS CHESTER plane #5, pilot G. G. Holliday, Lt. Returned ship to regular routine at anchor.

[16-18 Hours]
Anchored as before. Observed destroyer dropping depth charges while standing out of channel, several PBY's were circling in vicinity.

[18-20 Hours]
Anchored as before. Transferred 32 bags of US Mail to USS GRAYSON & USS GWIN

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Octorer 7th, 1942
[0-4 Hours]
Anchored in Berth A-6, Segond Channel, Espiritu Santo, New Hebrides. Special submarine patrol being maintained at center entrance of channel.

[8-12 Hours]
Anchored as before. Hoisted out aircraft CS-15, pilot, Taylor; CS-14, pilot, Cheney.

Transferred Howard, Edward R., ARM1c ball-red-02 Deceased to COM AIR SO PAC, with bag, hammock, records & accounts FFT COMSERFOR(PAC) for aviation cadet training.

[12-16 Hours]
Anchored as before. Hoisted in the above named aircraft & pilots.

[16-18 Hours]
Anchored as before. Hoisted out aircraft CS-15, pilot, Katenkamp; CS-16, pilot, Cheney; CS-14, pilot, Taylor. CS-15 & 16 were taken aboard the USS BOISE. CS-14 remained in port while ship engaged in night exercises.

1711: Underway, proceed out of Segond Channel, in company with USS SAN FRANCISCO, USS BOISE & three screening destroyers.

[18-20 Hours]
Steaming as before. Ship went to General Quarters for night firing practice. Sighted flashing light on horizon. USS SAN FRANCISCO commenced firing on target to port.

[20-24 Hours]
Steaming as before. Commenced firing main & 5" AA batteries to port. Ammunition expended: 5 rounds 8" common, 8 rounds 5" starshells, 12 rounds 5" common, no casualties. Conforming to movements of guide. Secured from General Quarters, set condition of Readiness II.

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October 9th, 1942
[4-8 Hours]
Steaming in condition of Readiness II with SAN FRANCISCO & USS BOISE.

Sighted San Cristobal Island, distance 60 miles.

[8-12 Hours]
Steaming as before. Set conditions for AA Battery exercises. Held General Quarters for drill. USS BOISE launched SLC planes CS-15 & 16 for search and inner air patrol. Set conditions for standing by on one half hour notice.

[12-16 Hours]
Steaming as before. Maneuvering to recover aircraft CS-15 & 16. Received destroyer alongside to port for delivery of mail.

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October 11th, 1942 [0-4 Hours]
Steaming in condition of Readiness II in company with Task Force 64.

[12-16 Hours]
Steaming as before. Sighted two friendly ships, distance 15 miles. Sighted Rennell Island, distance 70 miles.

[16-18 Hours]
Steaming as before. Catapulted plane CS-16 to port, pilot, Katenkamp, passenger Cheney, to fly to Tulagi. Recovered CS-15 to starboard.

Plane crashed against starboard side of USS SAN FRANCISCO while attempting recovery. USS SAN FRANCISCO left formation. USS BOISE designated as Fleet Guide.

[18-20 Hours]
Steaming as before. Captain addressed officers and crew on night operations. Ship sighted, distances 20 miles. Identified as USS FULLER.

[20-24 Hours]
Steaming as before. Launched CS-15 to starboard, pilot, Tate, passenger, ball-red-02 Deceased Morgan, C. W., ARM1c. Plane burst into flames near the tail immediately and the flames spread forward rapidly. Plane landed in the water about 500 yards from the ship. The flames flared up for about 2 or 3 minutes, then died away. [Story Here]

Destroyers formed column ahead and aft of cruisers. Jettisoned 6-600# depth charges. USS SAN FRANCISCO plane reported 3 ships sighted 16 miles from Savo Island. USS HELENA reported contact. 2346: Ships opened fire on enemy ships to starboard. 2348: Ceased fire on orders from Commander of Task Force 64. 2351: Ships resumed fire to starboard, maneuvering as necessary to keep most effective fire. 2359: Ceased fire on order from Commander of Task Force 64. 2400: Flashed recognition lights.

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October 12th, 1942
[0-4 Hours]
Steaming as before in condtion of readiness I in company with Task Group 64.2.

0011: Opened fire with main and five inch batter on the enemy. 0012: Noted USS BOISE on fire ahead, this ship maneuvered radically to starboard to avoid collision when USS BOISE turned to port. 0014: Resumed base course astern USS SAN FRANCISCO. 0016: This ship hit by enemy salvo. Forward Fireroom lost control and had to be flooded with steam to extinguish fire. Lost steering control on bridge and shifted to steering aft. Abandoned central station, flooded forward magazines; paint locker and gasoline storage flooded with Co2. 0049: Sighted unidentified ship, illuminated with 2 starshells and ship proved to be USS SAN FRANCISCO. Removed central station. Fell in astern USS SAN FRANCISCO. Maneuvered on courses and speeds with power available following movements of USS SAN FRANCISCO incident to leaving battle area. USS HELENA joined the column from astern. USS BOISE joined formation from the port.

[4-8 Hours]
Steaming as before. Set special condition II. Submarine sighted by USS HELENA on starboard quarters. Sighted periscope on starboard. Opened fire at periscope. No hits observed. Periscope disappeared.

[8-12 Hours]
Steaming as before. Sighted oil drum in water on starboard bow, distance 1000 yards. Sighted two planes, distance, 700 yards. Commenced maneuvering to regain station in formation 600 yards astern USS BOISE, on base course. Sighted PBY, distance 8 miles. Set Special Condition II. Lookouts reported submarine periscope. All engines ahead full. Commenced maneuvering to avoid possible submarine.

USS HELENA left formation to recover aircraft. USS LAFFEY rejoined formation. Work being done repairing damage. 617 barrels Fuel oil lost due to damage.

[12-16 Hours]
Steaming as before. Maneuvering to receive destroyer alongside for mail delivery. USS LANSDOWNE came alongside to starboard and delivered aboard 7 bags of US Mail.

Lt. W. J. Kuhn, CaC., USN, held funeral services on well deck. Attended by Commanding Officer, Officers and Crew off watch. Marine Guard of Honor fired three volleys of musketry. The mortal remains of the following were committed to the deep.
Bivin, Vernard Eugene, S1c, USN ball-red-02 Deceased
McLeary, Michael Allen, F2c, USNR Deceased
Acree, Lloyd Edgar, AOM3c, USN ball-red-02 Deceased
Grave, Vernon Alvin, S2c, USNR ball-red-02 Deceased
Kronquist, Harold Eric "Gus", CFC(PA), USN ball-red-02 Deceased

Periscope reported. Opened fire with AA Batteries. Destroyer commenced dropping depth charges. USS HELENA & USS LANSDOWNE left formation, proceeding as directed. Sighted Rennell Island, distance 60 miles. USS LAFFEY reported submarine contact.

[18-20 Hours]
Steaming as before. Set condition of Readiness II.

Battle of Cape Esperance Index of Records

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October 13th, 1942
[0-4 Hours]
Steaming in condition of Readiness II in company with Task Group 64.2. Ships in column at standard distance: USS SAN FRANCISCO, USS BOISE, USS SALT LAKE CITY. Two destroyers forming screen. Boilers #5, 6, 7, & 8 on the line, with main engines in maneuvering combination. Forward fireroom out of commission, along with several of the ship's compartments, due to damage sustained in action. Steering control is in steering station aft.

[4-8 Hours]
Steaming as before in condition of Readiness III. Sighted Espiritu Santo, distance 58 miles. Sighted the USS AARON WARD & the USS LARDNER, distance 12 miles.

[8-12 Hours]
Steaming as before. Made daily inspection of magazines and smokeless powder samples. Following conditions exist. Group one magazines were flooded during battle. A-407-M, A-411-M, and A-413-M are partly flooded only. A-414-M has a small oil and water leak. All precious abnormal temperatures are normal again.

[12-16 Hours]
Steaming as before. USS BOISE held funeral services for her dead. Followed her movements in half- masting colors. USS SAN FRANCISCO sighted submarine. Set Condition I in Anti-Aircraft. Made preparation for entering port. Commenced maneuvering on various courses and speeds, standing into Segond Channel, Espiritu Santo Island, New Hebrides Islands. Passed Tutuba Island abeam to starboard and Bogaclo Island abeam to port, distance from each, 800 yards. Anchored in Berth "B-4".

Hoisted in plane CS-14 to port.

[16-18 Hours]
Anchored in Berth "B-4" in Segond Channel, Espiritu Santo Island, New Hebrides Islands.

Transferred the following personnel, wounded in action, to the USS SOLACE with bags, hammocks, records & accounts, for treatment:
Claudmantle, A., BM2c
Jones, Harry L., Jr., GM2c ball-red-02 Deceased
Barnickle, Jr., A., S1c
Franklin, L., S1c
Fletcher, D. P., SK2c
Green, P. E., S2c
Leyden, J. E., S1c
Crain, Jr., H. W., Pfc, USMC


[18-20 Hours]
Anchored as before.

Midelburg, C. W., Lt.(jg) was detached from this vessel to report to COM SO WES PAC for duty in connection with division service.

Transferred Detweiler, D. C., RM2c with bag, hammock, records & accounts to COM SO WES PAC for duty in connection with ?liaison service.

Established boat patrol at western entrance of Segond Channel.

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October 14th, 1942
[0-4 Hours]
Anchored in Berth B-4, Segond Channel, Espirito Santo island, New Hebrides Islands in Condition III with extra Anti-submarine lookout posted. Ship has eleven degree list to port to facilitate work being done to repair damage done to hull at frame 28, starboard, during recent action.

[8-12 Hours]
Anchored as before. Hoisted in plane CS-16, pilot Katenkamp, passenger, Cheney. Set condition of readiness III. Made daily inspection of all magazines and smokeless powder samples. Conditions normal except high temperature in ready box #5 is being reduced and restoration of forward magazine group to service and inspection of powder is being continued.

[12-16 Hours]
Anchored as before. COM AIR SO PAC material Officer, Captain Cowdry, USN, came aboard to inspect damage to ship. COM TASK FOR 64 Officials called on the Captain.

[16-18 Hours]
Anchored as before. COM TASK FOR 64 Officers left the ship. Anti-submarine patrol boat left the ship.

[20-24 Hours]
Anchored as before.

Currier, R. N., Lt., USN left the ship for temporary duty on the staff of COM TASK FOR 64.

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October 15th, 1942
[0-4 Hours]
Anchored in Berth B-4, Segond Channel, Espirito Santo island, New Hebrides Islands in condition of Readiness III. 0200: Heard about 20 heavy explosions, estimated distance 10 miles. Received notice from COM AIR SO PAC that an air field on Espirito Santo Isle had been bombarded by some sight artillery.

[4-8 Hours]
Anchored as before. Set Condition I in Anti-Aircraft batter. Task Fore 64, less this ship, USS BOISE & USS FARENHOLT got underway and stood out of the channel. Set Special Condition II.

[12-16 Hours]
Anchored as before. Assembled all hands on well deck for an address by the Captain. Commenced making preparations for getting underway. Hoisted out plane CS-14, pilot, Katenkamp for ALS? Patrol.

[16-18 Hours]
Anchored as before. Flight quarters hoisted in CS-14. Completed preparations for getting underway for Noumea, New Caledonia in accordance with COM AIR SO PAC dispatch. Captain at the conn., Executive Officer, and navigator on the Bridge. Order of ships: USS SALT LAKE CITY & USS BOISE. Maneuvering incident to leaving port and conforming to channel.

[18-20 Hours]
Maneuvering incident to leaving port. Passed between Bocacio Island & Tutuba Island. USS FARENHOLT acting as anti-submarine screen ahead of this ship. Sighted two fires on side of mountain of Malekula Island. Secured special sea detail. Set condition of readiness II.

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October 16th, 1942
[0-4 Hours]
Steaming with USS BOISE & USS FARENHOLT in condition of Readiness II.

[8-12 Hours]
Steaming as before. Sighted ship, distance 15 miles. Passed two patches of discolored water (light green) on starboard beam, distance 350 yards. Launched CS-14, pilot, Morse. Conformed to movements of USS BOISE while she recovered aircraft. Sighted two ships, distance 15 miles. Identified as friendly.

Made daily inspection of magazines and weekly inspection tests of magazine flood & sprinkling systems. Conditions: Group #1, flooding system will be out of commission until the storeroom in which it is located can be pumped dry. Group#1 sprinkling system is out of commission, but is under repair. There is slight salt water seepage in starboard bulkhead. Of A-414-M (8/55 cal. Powder magazine), caused by stressed rivets. The average seepage is 5 gals. Every 24 hours. There is 6 of water in A-511 -M and A-511-M. all other magazines of Group #1 are dry and conditions normal. Speed revolution indicator back in commission. Siren back in commission. Visibility decreased with rain squalls during middle of watch, gradually clearing up towards end of watch.

[12-16 Hours]
Steaming as before. Recovered CS-14

[18-20 Hours]
Steaming as before. Contact report. Sounded General Quarters. USS FARENHOLT ordered to investigate ship.

[20-24 Hours]
Steaming as before in General Quarters. Target sighted drawing aft and closing slowly. Loaded main battery except for primers. Ship identified itself as USS PRESIDENT POLK. Secured from General Quarters. Took powder out of main battery guns.

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Oct. 17th , 1942 recorded so badly faded that Im unable to read any of them. I was able to make out that the USS SLC anchored in Berth A-2, Great Roads, Noumea, new Caledonia

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Oct. 18th, 1942
[0-4 Hours]
Anchored in Berth A-2, Great Roads, Noumea, new Caledonia

[8-12 Hours]
Anchored as before. Hoisted out CS-16, pilot Cheney.

Transferred Royle, C. C., FG2c & Payne, G. F., Bkr2c to US Naval Dispensary, Noumea, New Caledonia, for treatment. Records & accounts were sent by special messenger. Returned to the ship on Oct. 20th, 1942.

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Oct. 20th, 1942
[0-4 Hours]
Anchored in Berth A-2, Great Roads, Noumea, new Caledonia .

[8-12 Hours]
Anchored as before. Hoisted out planes CS-16, pilot, Katenkamp, passenger, Morse & CS-14, pilot, cheney, passenger, Taylor.

Temperature being reduced in ready box 11?. Hoisted in CS-14 & 16.

[12-16 Hours]
Anchored as before. Received 17 bags US Mail. Eight boxes and one trunk for further transfer.

[16-20 Hours]
Anchored as before.

Transferred Ewing, M. O., SK1c to USS WHITNEY, for duty with the flag alliance, with bag, hammock, records & accounts.

Transferred the following named men to the USS WHITNEY FFT, with bags, hammocks, records & accounts:
Deceased Cobb, C. W., SM3c; Lacey, D. C., SM3c; Hill, B. D., RM3c; Rowell, A. M., RM3c; McCaughan, A. B., V-3?
Stephens, C. P., SK2c and Harness, L. M., SK3c

[20-24 Hours]
Anchored as before.

Received Armantrout, R. L., RM2c with records & accounts, from US Naval Advance Base, Noumea, New Caledonia, for duty.

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Oct. 21st, 1942
[0-4 Hours]
Anchored in Berth A-2, Great Roads, Noumea, new Caledonia .

[4-8 Hours]
Anchored as before. Set Special Condition II.

Gailey, William S., Acting Pay Clerk reported aboard from the USS ARGONNE FFT.

Completed preparations for getting underway.

[8-12 Hours]...This section completed faded out, but from the report of the next section, the SLC got underway.

[16-18 Hours]
Steaming as before. Set all clocks ahead to conform to -12 zone time.

[18-20 Hours]
Steaming as before. Sighted ships, distance 10 miles. All hands went to General Quarters.

[20-24 Hours]
Steaming as before. USS FARENHOLT ordered to investigate. Ships identified as friendly destroyer and auxiliary. Secured from General Quarters. Set Condition of Readiness II.

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October 22nd, 1942
[0-4 Hours]
Steaming in Condition of Readiness II in company with Task Group 66.7.

[4-8 Hours]
Steaming as before. Sighted Matthew Island, distance 33 miles.

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October 23rd, 1942
[0-4 Hours]
Steaming in Condition of Readiness II in company with Task Group 66.7. USS SLC as Guide with USS FARENHOLT screening.

[4-8 Hours]
Steaming as before. Set Condition of Readiness III. Sighted sailing vessel, distance 8 miles. Directed USS FARENHOLT to investigate. Commenced maneuvering incident to investigation. Vessel identified as Golden Hind, British Registry, Master W. E. D'Ling, carring government stores and equipment from Suva to Auckland. Resumed base course.

[8-12 Hours]
Steaming as before. Daily inspection of magazines and smokeless powder samples. Conditions are: A-414-M leaks about 100 gallons of salt water per day. .30 & .45 cal. ammunition in A-511-M is submerged in fresh water. A-413-M has small leak.

[12-16 Hours]
Steaming as before. Changed to 31 time zone. All clocks set ahead one hour.

[18-20 Hours]
Steaming as before. Crossed th 180th Meridian, from West to East.

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October 23rd, 1942-repeated due to Time Zone Change
Steaming in Condition of Readiness II in company with Task Force 66.7. USS SLC as Guide, with USS FARENHOLT screening.

[8-12 Hours]
Steaming as before. Shifted rudder control to steering aft for drill. Mounted safety stop carried away starboard side. Rudder jammed at hard left. Shifted to port steering unit. Regained control. Shifted rudder control to the bridge. Inspection of Magazines condition normal with the exception of A-414-M, which leaks about 100 gallons of salt water per day.

[12-16 Hours]
Steaming as before. Sighted ship, distance 10 miles. Ship investigated by USS FARENHOLT & identified as John Dickenson, American registry carrying Naval supplies.

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October 24th, 1942
Steaming in condition of readiness II in company with Task Group 66.7, USS SLC as Guide.

[4-8 Hours]
Steaming as before. Radar contact, distance 9 miles. Identified as floating drydock under tow.

[8-12 Hours]
Steaming as before. Sighted Tutuila Island, Samoa, distance 65 miles. Inspection of Magazines Condition: A-414-M leaked 150 gallons of water overnight; A-413-M leaked 1 gallon. Both being bailed out. Launched aircraft for inner air patrol. CS-14, pilot, Taylor, CS-16, pilot Katenkamp.

[12-16 Hours]
Steaming as before. Commenced maneuvering incident to entering port. Captain at the Conn. Passed Tower Rock abeam to port, distance 2,500 yards. Passed Breaker Point abeam to port, distance 2,000 yards. Anchored in Berth #2, Pago Pago, Tutuila, Samoa. Hoisted in planes, CS-16 & CS-14. Commenced maneuvering incident to shifting berths. Pilot, Lt. Ford, at the Conn. Captain, Executive Officer, and Navigator on the Bridge. Moored starboard side to fueling dock at Pago Pago, tutuila, Samoa.

[16-18 Hours]
Moored as before. Pilot, Lt. Ford, left the ship. Received USS FARENHOLT alongside, their starboard to our port. Commenced receiving fuel from dock. Commenced pumping aviation gas to dock.

[18-20 Hours]
Moored as before. Received for transportation, height-finding equipment, property of US Maine Corps. Received US mail for transportation. Anti-aircraft condition "Green" in effect in harbor; ship to fire on any air targets within range. Commenced pumping aviation gasoline to tank trucks for delivery to US Maine Aviation Base, Tutuila Island, Samoa. Mr. K. de G. MacVitty, Consul General of the United States, reported on board for transportaion.

[20-24 Hours]
Moored as before. Ceased pumping gasoline, having delivered 2,425 gallons. Received 5658.8 barrels of fuel oil from dock.

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October 25th, 1942
[0-4 Hours]
Moored starboard side to eastern fueling dock, Pago Pago Harbor, Tutuila, Samonan Islands.

[4-8 Hours]
Moored as before. Commenced making prepartions for getting underway. The following officers came aboard for transportation to Pearl Harbor, T.H. by verbal order of the Commanding General at Samoa.
Major A. T. Hunt, USMCR, Captain J. F. Ingram, USMCR & Marine Gunner, J. F. Smith, USMC.

Got underway for Pearl Harbor, T.H. Pilot conning, Captain, Executive Officer, & Navigator on the Bridge. Standing out of Pago Pago Harbor, Tutuila, Samoa. Set condition of readiness I in the AA Batteries. Captain took conn. Pilot left the ship. Passed Tower Roc, abeam to starboard, distance abt. 1200 yards. Received dispatch from shore signal station stating that we were in to close. Secured special sea and anchor detail. Secured from Condition I in AA Batteries. USS FARENHOLT too station ahead as anti-submarine screen.

[8-12 Hours]
Steaming as before. Sighted AFU Island of Manua Islands group, distance 37 miles. Made daily inspection of all magazines. A-414-M has 25 gallons of water & A-413-M has 10 gallons. Water being bailed out of both magazines. Heavy rain squall set in at about 1006, visibility reduced to 3,000 yards, wind increased and swells grew heavy. Passed from under squall at 1020, visibility increased gradually, wind lessened, and swells became smaller. Ship rolling easily.

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October 26th, 1942
[0-4 Hours]
Steaming in condition of readiness II with Task Group 66.7 with USS FARENHOLT screening ahead.

[4-8 Hours]
Steaming as before. Passed through an electrical storm.

[8-12 Hours]
Steaming as before. Launched aerological balloon for launching aircraft. Launched CS-14, pilot Morse, & CS-16, pilot Cheney, for tow sleeve for gunnery exercise. Set condition I in automatic weapons and special condition II in 5"battery. Whistle & siren tested satisfactorial. Commenced AA firing exercises, maneuvering incident to them. Casualty Projectile exploded prematurely in No. 3 barrel of 1.8/75 mount No. 3. No injuries to personal. No. 3 barrel out of commission but remainder of mount still in satisfactory conditions. Ceased firing exercises. Recovered CS-14 & CS-16. Water being bailed out of A-414-M & A-413-M.

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October 28th, 1942
[0-4 Hours]
Steaming in condition of readiness II in company with Task Group 66.7. USS FARENHOLT as anti-submarine screen ahead.

[8-12 Hours]
Steaming as before. Inspection of all magazines: A-414-M leaked 200 gallons of water overnigh; A-413-M leaked 5 gallons of water. Both being bailed out. Steps being taken to reduce temperature of ready box #8.

[12-16 Hours]
Steaming as before. Catapulted airplanes CS-16, pilot Katenkamp & CS-14, pilot, Taylor, for inner air patrol. USS FARENHOLT came alongside and received 38,585 gallons of fuel. Recovered planes CS-14 & 16. Put CS-14 out of commission to check oil leak.

[16-18 Hours]
Steaming as before. Jacoby, J. M., Lt. (MC) performed an appendectomy on Sneden, I. J., SK2c. Post-operative condition good.

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