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

August, 1943
List of Information Transcribed from Copies of Originals

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Aug. 1st, 1943 - NO REMARKS

Aug. 2nd, 1943

ball-red-02 Deceased Loe, Donald G., S1c received lacerations, middle finger, right hand at Batt II 8" fired slamming water tight hatch on finger causing injury. Man treated by Lt. Whitehead and returned to work.

Aug. 3rd, 1943

Received the following named men from USS NEOSHO with bags, hammocks, records and accounts:
Beckman, C. L., S2c
Boynton, C. E., S2c ball-red-02 Deceased
Stone, L. C., S2c ball-red-02 Deceased
Stoner, F. W., S2c
Welch, R. J., S2c
One other name that I can not read the handwriting for the last name. Initals H. H., S2c


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Aug. 4th, 1943

The following named men were transferred to the US Hospital Dispensary

Hammet, Benjamin R., Jr., MM2c, chronic arthritis in right ankle
McCuistion, Howard Elsworth, CEM(AA), Arthritis, acute, Mutliple joints
Williams, Thomas George, S1c, Diag. Undetermined.

Rear Admiral W. D. Baker, USN, reported on board to award the following citations to officers and enlisted men of the USS SALT LAKE CITY.

The following SILVER STAR MEDAS and Letters of Commendations were awarded to Officers and enlisted personnel by Rear Admiral W. D. Baker, US navy, this date; for the Commander North Pacific Force, United States Pacific Fleet:

ball-red-02 Deceased Commander Worthington S. Bitler, US Navy for service as set forth in the following Citation is awared the Silver Star Medal.

"For gallantry and intrepidity during the battle off the _______ on _______, when the Task Group of which his ship was a part engaged a superior enemy _______force twice its size, for a period of three hours and twenty-five minutes. Throughout the engagement, Commander Bitler as Executive Officer of a heavy cruiser proceeded from one damage area to another, in utter disregard of his own safety, and continuously supervised the progress of damage control. His calm attitude, his wide knowledge of damage control procedures and methods, absolute fearlessness and disregard of his own safety were a source of strength and confidence to all with whom he came in contact; and his reports to the Commanding Officer during the action, on the extent of damage and condition of the ship greatly assisted the Commanding Officer in making decisions and in fighting his ship. His conduct was at all times in keeping with the highest traditions of the naval service."

s/ T. C. Kinkaid, Vice Admiral, U. S. Navy


ball-red-02 Deceased Commander James T. Brewer, US Naval Reserve for service as set forth in the following Citation is awared the Silver Star Medal.

Commander James T. Brewer, U. S. Naval Reserve for service as set forth in the following Citation is awarded the Silver Star Medal.

"For gallantry and intrepidity during the battle off the _____ on _____, in which the Task Group of which his ship was a part, engaged a superior enemy force of twice its size for a period of three hours and twenty-five minutes. Commander Brewer, as Gunner Officer of a heavy cruiser, had so organized his department that with fifty percent replacements, over half of whom were in their first ship, was able, within fifteen days of leaving the yard, to inflict heavy damage upon the enemy forces. From his station on the Flying Bridge, under heavy gunfire from two heavy cruisers, he coolly directed the fire of his batteries, inflicting severe damage on enemy ships. His conduct was at all times in keeping with the highest traditions of naval service."

s/ T. C. Kinkaid, Vice Admiral, U. S. Navy


Deceased Lieutenant (JG) Chester M. Lee, U. S. Navy for service as set forth in the following Citation is awarded a Letter of Commendation.

"For meritorious conduct throughout the engagement with superior enemy surface forces off the ______, at his battle station, as evaluator, in Combat Information Center, and for his leadership and organizational abilities as Radar Officer in a heavy cruiser. Under heavy, effective enemy gunfire and extremely adverse conditions, including six-inches of water on deck, doors being blasted open and plotting sheets being ripped apart; he deliberately and in an outstanding manner continued to perform the duties of his station. His conduct throughout was in keeping with the highest traditions of the naval service."

s/ T. C. Kinkaid, Vice Admiral, U. S. Navy
Permanent Citation
ball-red-02 Deceased Frank Sulewski, CGM(AA), U. S. NAVY service as set forth in the following Citation is awarded a Letter of Commendation.

"For meritorious conduct as gunnery repairman, gunnery repair party, of a heavy cruiser, during operations of U. S. naval forces against enemy surface units off ________. Under most difficult conditions, with enemy fire falling close, and with each hit or near miss magnified in sound to those below decks, upon the order from control, "make arrangements and shift ammunition from turret II to turret III," he vigorously and aggressively set about collecting men from mounts, relay parties, repair parties, and passengers, put the enormous task into operation, moving projectiles by hand, and moved powder aft on the second deck in such orderly and efficient manner that no one was hurt, no powder or projectiles were dropped, even though the decks were wet and slippery from water and oil. His conduct was at all times in keeping with the highest traditions of the naval service."

s/ T. C. Kinkaid, Vice Admiral, U. S. Navy
Permanent Citation
ball-red-02 Bommarito, Vito J., SF1c, U. S. NAVY for service as set forth in the following Citation is awarded a Letter of Commendation.

"For meritorious conduct during the engagement with a superior enemy force, in a three and on-half hour engagement, off the ______. While patrolling his part of the ship, during the heaviest part of the action and while the ship was the objective of heavy enemy fire, he discovered a partially flooded compartment and with complete disregard to his own safety entered the darkened compartment, dogged down the hatch above him and proceeded to investigate and isolate the damage. By his fearlessness and prompt, courageous action in entering the flooded compartment, without assistance and protection, further flooding of the larger compartment was prevented. Later during the action he traced out and repaired a damaged compressed air line to the smoke generator. His conduct throughout was in keeping with the highest traditions of the naval service."

s/ T. C. Kinkaid, Vice Admiral, U. S. Navy
Permanent Citation


Deceased Earl A. Wolfe, QM2c, U. S. NAVY for service as set forth in the following Citation is awarded a Letter of Commendation.

"For meritorious conduct in his duties as quartermaster in charge of the after steering station of a heavy cruiser, throughout a three hour and twenty-five minute engagement against a superior ____ force off ______. When casualties required the shifting of steering to auxiliary steering motor, Wolf, by quick thinking and initiative and rapid shifting, although the steering engine room was in total darkness and subject to intense vibrations from high speed and shock from own gunfire and near misses, enabled steering control to be regained immediately. He kept the Captain fully informed of steering conditions at all times, and carried out orders to the wheel promptly and accurately, thus contributing markedly to his ship's success in effecting timely maneuvers. His conduct throughout was in keeping with the highest traditions of the naval service."

s/ T. C. Kinkaid, Vice Admiral, U. S. Navy
Permanent Citation


ball-red-02 Deceased Harry B. Elam, S1c, U. S. NAVY for service as set forth in the following Citation is awarded a Letter of Commendation.

"For meritorious conduct in a heavy cruiser during the engagement of the vessel against a superior enemy force off the _____. He was in charge of an after handling room and magazine crew. After about two and one-half hours of battle, the ammunition in his battery was almost exhausted. Orders had been given to transfer ammunition from the forward magazines for use in the after mounts. Still under fire and having to keep water-tight doors closed, congestion occurred in a compartment under which a shell hit had been received and the powder in that compartment was in danger. The men handling the powder were temporarily disorganized. Elam arrived and, although almost exhausted, he organized the men, removed the powder from danger, and stowed it below in record time with complete disregard of his own safety. This is considered one of the finest examples of spontaneous leadership. His conduct was at all times in keeping wit the highest traditions of the naval service."

s/ T. C. Kinkaid, Vice Admiral, U. S. Navy
Permanent Citation


ball-red-02 Deceased Lieutenant Lyle B. Ramsey, U. S. NAVY for service as set forth in the following Citation is awarded a Letter of Commendation.

"For meritorious conduct as spotting officer of a heavy cruiser during operations of U. S. naval forces against superior enemy surface units off ____. Against an enemy completely alert and already shooting, Lt. Ramsey made observations that caused early damage to an enemy cruiser at a range of twenty thousand yards; and during the ensuing three hours or more, further damage to that and other ships. During part of the action, Lt. Ramsey's visibility was restricted by smoke pipe gases. Lt. Ramsey was charged wit the laborious duty of repair, upkeep and alignment. The excellent state of readiness of the main battery of his ship was evidenced by its outstanding performance in action. The conduct of Lt. Ramsey was at all times in keeping wit the highest traditions of the naval service."

s/ T. C. Kinkaid, Vice Admiral, U. S. Navy
Permanent Citation


Sidney P. Matthews, CWT., U. S. NAVY for service as set forth in the following Citation is awarded a Letter of Commendation.

"For meritorious conduct as assistant to the officer-in-charge of the fuel oil handling detail of a heavy cruiser, during a three and one-half hour engagement with a superior enemy force off the _____. The ship was under continuous heavy fire and sustained severe damage to the fuel oil system, causing the loss of power as a result of all boiler fires being extinguished. By his fearlessness, methodical and spontaneous response to the effects of wide spread damage to the fuel oil system and precise determination and tabulation of available fuel, he rendered valuable assistance in restoring and maintaining the fuel supply at a time when the continued loss of power would have jeopardized the safety of all on board and might have caused the loss of the ship. His conduct throughout was in keeping with the highest traditions of the naval service.

s/ T. C. Kinkaid, Vice Admiral, U. S. Navy
Permanent Citation

Armstrong, Henry R., Carpenter reported on board for duty.
Perez, Joseph Sam, S2c reported aboard for duty from USS MANKAB

The following named men reported aboard for duty.
Hoge, James R., S2c and McMickin, Billy J., S2c


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Aug. 5th, 1943

The following named men re-enlisted this date on this vessel for four (4) full years.

Wilroy, W. T., CBMDeceased Henson, M. J., CMM(AA)Dodge, C. W., BM2cWortman, F. E., CWT,
ball-red-02 Deceased Matison, Carl O., EM1c

Transferred Flynn, Clarence F., CGM(AA) with bag, hammock, records and accounts to the U.S. Naval Air Station for further transfer to the U.S. Navy Yard, Washington, DC for a course in Gunner's Mate School (New Construction).

Received the following named men aboard with bag, hammock, records and accounts for duty.
St. Lawrence, R., S2c,   Street, A. P., S2cTempleton, B. I., AS

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Aug. 6th, 1943

Transferred the following named men to the U. S. NAVAL DISPENSERY:
Johnston, H. R., SC2c & Sigafoose, G. J., S1c

Aug. 7th, 1943

Peachey, Jack W., PhM3c was discharged from service in the U.S. Naval Reserve with an Honorable Discharge and re-enlisted in the U. S. Naval Service for six (6) full years.

Smythe, John [Jamie] H., BM1c was discharged from the U.S. Naval Service this date with an Honorable Discharge by reason of Expiration of Enlistment.

Strong, E. H., CGM(AA) reported aboard with bag, hammock, records and accounts for duty.

The following men reported on board for duty with bags, hammocks, records and accounts:
Dziewulski, M. J., S2c Deceased
Earley, F. X., S2c ball-red-02 Deceased
Earley, H. F., S2c
Eckert, D. I., S2c
Eckman, C. V., S2c
Dunker, S. J., S2c ball-red-02 Deceased
Dupuis, N. W., S2c
Durkin, T. J., S2c
Dussault, F. A., S2c
Dwyer, W. L., S2c Deceased
Received the following named men aboard for duty with bags, hammocks, records and accounts:
Wiederholt, Anthony R., F3c ball-red-02 Deceased
Wilcox, D. L., F3c
Bertch, R. C., S2c
Biondo, A. P., S2c ball-red-02 Deceased
Blair, R. E., S2c ball-red-02
Cobler, R. C., S2c
Coder, A. S., S2c Deceased
Cowie, A. G., S2c
Eshelman, O. J., S2c
Estep, R. E., S2c
Grizzell, R. E., S2c ball-red-02 Deceased
Hunlley, T., M2c

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Aug. 8th, 1943

Transferred Poluszak[Paluszak], J. A., Platoon Sgt., USMC and Hancock, J. R., Sgt. USMC to Officers Traning Center, Camp Ellison, San Diego, CA. with bags, hammocks, records and accounts for duty.

Received Larson, G. C., FC3c aboard for duty.

Transferred Warner, F. J., PhoM1c to Alameda, CO. for duty.

Detached Porterfield, James T. S., Ensign ball-red-02 Deceased to proceed to nearest Naval activity for further transportation.

Transferred Deceased Driscoll, Joe W., GM2c to report to Naval Air Station school, New York.

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Aug. 9th-19th, 1943 - NO REMARKS

Aug. 20th, 1943

Bach, C. J., F2c received abrasions and contusions of left posterior chest while in vicinity of airplane crane. Crane slipped from stand causing above injury. He was treated at sick bay and admitted to sick list. Negligence not apparent.

ball-red-02 Deceased Pugsley, Edmund B., Lt. Comdr. was detached from this vessel and ordered to proceed to Miami, FL. to report to the Commanding Officer, Subchaser Training Center, for temporary duty under instructions pending further assignment.

DeWoody, J. D., S2c reported aboard this ship with bag, hammock, records and accounts for duty.

ball-red-02 Deceased Bennett, A. J., GM1c was transferred from this vessel for further transfer to nearest receiving ship or station in the US., for further transfer to the US Navy Yard, Washington, DC. for instruction in Gunner's Mate School.

Holland, M. L., EM1c was transferred from this vessel for further transfer to nearest receiving ship or station in the US. for futher transfer to Naval Traning School (Diesel Electric), Cleveland, OH.

Holtz, W. F., MM2c was transferred to receiving ship, San Francisco, CA. for instruction in Diesel School.

ball-red-02 Deceased Nelson, L. B., MM1c was transferred from this ship to nearest receiving ship or station in the U.S. for further transfer to the Resident Inspector of Navy Materian, Milwaukee, Wis.

ball-red-02 Ely, E. N., WT2c was transferred from this ship to nearest receiving ship or station in the US for further transfer to the Naval Yard, Philadelphia, PA.

Cushion, H. L., EM1c was transferred from this ship to the nearest receiving ship or station in the U.S. for further transfer to the Submarine Base, New Loudon, Conn.

Igno, F., St1c was transferred from this vessel to nearest receiving ship or station in the U.S. for assignment to duty in new construction.

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Aug. 21st, 1943

Transferred Dunham, L. D., Y2c to Flag Allowance in ComCruDiv 4 for duty.

Transferred Swan, J. W., FC1c to US Navy Yard, Washington, D.C., for enrollement in Fire Control School.

Transferred Rupert, Floyd C., S2c to the Dispernsary, U. S. Naval Air Station.

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Aug. 23, 1943

Evans, W. C., Lt.(jg) was detached from this vessel to proceed and report to the CO nearest Naval Activity for further transfer to the USS MINEAPOLIS for duty.

Aug. 24th-25th, 1943-NO REMARKS

Aug. 26th, 1943

ball-red-02 Deceased Glidewell, R. A., SC1c sustained simple fractures of the 4th and 5th toes, right foot, when he dropped water breaker on foot. Negligence not apparent. Man treated in sick bay and returned to duty.

Aug. 27th-28th, 1943 - NO REMARKS

Aug. 31st, 1943

The following men reported on board for duty with bags, hammocks, records and accounts.
ball-red-02 Deceased Stichman, Arlyn L., MM2cball-red-02 Deceased Podlinsek, F. M., MM2c,   Richardson, F. W., EM3c

Deceased Engle, Aubrey D., Lt. was transferred with records and accounts to report to the CO, Subchaser Training Center, Miami,FL.

Edwards, Arthur T. M., Lt.(jg) left the ship to report to CO. for temporary duty on new construction. Returned on Sept. 5th, 1943.

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