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

May 1944
List of Information Transcribed from Copies of Originals

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May 1st, 1944
Moored in Berth C-5, PEARL HARBOR, T.H. Ship is darkened in condition of readiness III with material condition Zebra set throughout the ship. Ship enroute to Navy Yard, Mare Island, San Francisco, CA., under orders of CINCPAC.

Commenced loading 8" ammunition, having taken aboard 200 AP projectiles, Mk. 19, bule dye, bursting charge explosive "D", tracer, orange T.D.F. Mk. 23.

ball-red-02 Deceased Karins, John Joseph, SF2c returned aboard for duty.

Sounded Officers Call for quarters for Commendations and Awards. Rear Admiral E. G. Small, COMCRUDIV 5, came aboard and presented the Distinguished Flying Cross to ball-red-02 Deceased Dana, Martin Laurence, Lt. and the Air Medal to ball-red-02 DeceasedPorterfield, Earnest Carroll, ARM1c with Citations and Awards as follows:

In the name of the President of the United States, the Commander in Chief, United States Pacific Fleet, takes pleasure in presenting the DISTINGUISHED FLYING CROSS to LT. MARTIN LAURENCE DANA, USNR for service as set forth in the following CITATION:

"For heroism and extraordinary achievement while participating in aerial flight. He was engaged in a combat mission and occupied as a pilot and Air Spot in a plane over Japanese held Wotje Island during a bombardment delivered by a surface vessel. He received orders to proceed to Maloelap, seventy-two miles distant and rescue, if possible a crashed fighter pilot whose plane had been shot down and who was only three miles from hostile Taroa Island. He was flying the only seaplane in the area and affected the rescue under the most trying conditions of wind (force 20-25 knots) and sea within effective range of Japanese anti-aircraft guns. His deliberate courage far exceeded the mere performance of duty and the professional skill employed was in keeping with the highest traditions of the naval service."

Signed by C. W. Nimitz, Admiral, U. S. Navy


In the name of the President of the United States, the Commander in Chief, United States Pacific Fleet, takes pleasure in presenting the AIR MEDAL to EARNEST CARROLL PORTERFIELD, ARM1c, US NAVY for service as set forth in the following CITATION:

"For meritorious achievement while participating in aerial flight. He was engaged in a combat mission and occupied as radioman in a U.S.S. SALT LAKE CITY plane over Japanese held Wotje Island during a neutralizing bombardment delivered by that vessel on 7 February, 1944. This place received orders to proceed to Maloelap, seventy-two miles distant and rescue, if possible, a crashed pilot whose "Wildcat" fighter plane had been shot down and who was reported to be swimming in the lagoon only three miles from hostile Taroa Island. In Maloelap Lagoon, within range of enemy guns, his plane nearly capsized during the process of getting the injured flier aboard. He prevented this disaster by climbing up the port wing until the starboard one, which was partly submerged, came free of the water. Before the take-off, he lightened the plane and made room for the added passenger by jettisoning the twin machine gun installation and loose gear, including his own parachute. His alacrity in hooking on the plane during the subsequent recovery alongside the cruiser in a heavy sea and a 30 knot wind, greatly aided the recovery in keeping with the highest tradition of the naval service."

Signed by C. W. Nimitz, Admiral, U. S. Navy


Maneuvering on various courses and speeds conforming to the channel to leave Pearl Harbor, T.H.

ocean wave

May 2nd-5th, 1944-Resumed Base Course -NO REMARKS

May 6th, 1944

Made radar contact on the Golden Gate bridge at 32 miles. Received signal to follow movements of the USS CHESTER, conforming to the channel. Passed FARALLON ISLAND to port. Passed under GOLDEN GATE BRIDGE. Commenced maneuvering at various courses and speeds preparing to enter anchorage. All engines stopped. Dropped starboard anchor in anchorage #7, San Francisco Bay.

Moored port side to Naval Ammunition Dock, Mare Island Navy Yard, Mare Island, CA.

Transferred Hamilton, Joe G., S1c to M.I.N.H. for medical treatment for lacerated right middle and fourth finger.

Ship shifted with tide carrying away three brows, carring four cases of 40mm into water (16 rounds in each case), and causing two men, Beeler, C. H., S2c and Hancock, William B., S2c to fall overboard. These two men were rescued, examined by the medical officer and found physically fit. Negligence not apparent.

May 7th, 1944
Completed removing all ammunition from ship, having transferred it to the naval Ammunition Depot, Mare Island, CA., for storage, with all componets, and ordnance equipment incident thereto:

Pumped all aviation gasoline to receiving tank truck.

May 8th, 1944
Hundreds of Officers and Enlisted men were given a 20 day leave while in port. They are all to return on May 28th, 1944.

Findling, James W., E-V(6) reported aboard for duty.

May 9th, 1944
Ship is now receiving all services from the docks.

Stover, Harold D., AOM3c returned aboard with records and pay accounts for duty.

The following named men were transferred to MARINE BARRACKS, NAVY YARD, MARE ISLAND, CA. for duty:
Davis, Ivan K., Sgt., USMCBell, Elmo L., Corp., USMCCox, Denver[Doug] H., Corp., USMC,
Rathsack, Robert C., ACK(C), USMCRMcAlpine, Verne W., Sgt., USMC

Vlahos, Demetry G., D-M reported for duty aboard this vessel.

May 10th, 1944
Received from the MARINE BARRACKS, Mare Island, the following named men for duty.
ball-red-02 Payne, Charles T., Pfc, USMCball-red-02 Rice, Charles E., Pfc, USMCball-red-02 Samhat, Nayef, S, Pfc, USMC,
ball-red-02 Deceased Kasberg, Walter, Pfc, USMC  Lei, Leo, Pfc, USMC

May 11th, 1944
Received aboard fro duty from Marine Barracks, Mare Island, ball-red-02 Scheibner, Paul E., 1st Sgt, USMC

Arnold, Clarence Robinson, AerM1c reported aboard for duty. He left the ship on May 17th, 1944 to proceed to Commanding Officer, USS VEGA for duty.

May 12th, 1944
All enlisted personnel with their bedding transferred to barracks, NAVY YARD, MARE ISLAND for temporary living quarters.

May 13th, 1944
Zerran, Edward Albin, S2c was transferred to the US NAVAL HOSPITAL, Mare Island, CA. for further treatment after treatment at sick bay. Diagnosis: Fracture, simple. (4th toe right foot). Scaused by dropping a full case of 40mm ammunition on right foot. Returned on May 24th, 1944

May 14th, 1944 - NO REMARKS

May 15th, 1944
McMicken[McMickin], Billy Joe, F1c was transferred this date to the US Naval Hospital, Mare Island, CA., for operation.

The following named men were transferred to the CO, Marine Barracks, Navy Yard, Mare Island, CA. for duty.
Bell, Owen, Corp., USMCWhetstone, De Verle E., Corp., USMCWhitlock, James W., Corp., USMC
Doyal, Coy R., Pfc., USMC

May 16th, 1944
The following named men reported on board this date for duty. ball-red-02 Deceased Adams, Birney A., USMCR in charge.

ball-red-02 Deceased Bill, Marion J., USMCR,    ball-red-02 Deceased Atkinson, Dean M., USMCR,    ball-red-02 Deceased Lucas, Homer W., USMCR,
Deceased Tappert, Darrell F., USMCR,    Deceased Tyler, Gordon H., USMCR,    ball-red-02 Thompson, Charles B., USMCR

Richardson, Farlen Wesley, EM2c was transferred this date to the US Naval Hospital, Mare Island, CA. for treatment. Diagnosis: Dermatitis Herpetiformis. Returned on May 27th, 1944.

Nielson, Elden B., GM2c and Schmidt, Robert Clyde, GM2c were detached to report to Commandant Navy Yard, Washington, D. C., for a course in instruction in Advanced Gunners Mate school.

Stewart, James Harold, FC1c was detached for a course of instruction in Advanced Fire Control School at the Navy Yard in Washington, D.C.

May 17th, 1944
Wright, James Elmer, S1c was transferred to the US Naval Hospital, Mare Island, CA. for operation. Returned on May 24th, 1944

May 18th, 1944-NO REMARKS

May 19th, 1944
ball-red-02 Deceased Boland, John N., Lt. Comdr. was detached from duty to report to the Commandant of the 12th Naval District for further assignment by BuPers.

By order of the CO, Dobszewicz, W. E., Bkr2c was transferred to the US Naval Hospital, Mare Island, CA. for treatment of acute catarrhal fever. Returned on May 24th, 1944.

May 20th-21st, 1944 - NO REMARKS

May 22nd, 1944
Lumenti, J. H., MM2c received second degree burns on tips of second and third fingers and palm of left hand while at work within the command. He was engaged in extinguishing a trash fire at barracks; Negigence not apparent.

May 23rd, 1944
Reifschneider, Jacob George, AerM2c reported aboard for duty this date.

May 24th, 1944
McElwain, Richard S., Ensign reported on board for duty.

Renner, Ira V., ACMM(AA) was detached and ordered to report for duty under instruction to CO, U.S. Naval Air Technical Training Center, Chicago, IL.

May 25th, 1944
Sorensen, Alfred Theodore, MM1c returned on board for duty.

May 26th, 1944
ball-red-02 Deceased Hodge, Richard W., Lt. Comdr. was detached from the ship to report to Comtwelve for assignment.

Hall, John E., CPhM(PA) reported aboard this vessel for duty from receiving ship at San Francisco, CA.

ball-red-02 Deceased Booras, Samuel G., HA1c reported aboard for duty.

May 27th, 1944
Going, Hugh C., HA1c reported aboard for duty.

May 28th, 1944
Hundreds of Officers and Enlisted men that left on May 8th, 1944 for 20 leave, returned to the ship.

Lee, George R., Lt. Comdr., Airship Headquarters Squadron One, reported aboard for duty as First Lt., and DC officer.

Schell, I. F., MM1c was transferred to the US Naval Hospital, Mare Island, CA. for treatment. Diagnosis: Unknown beyound Arthritis, acute, both ankles.

May 29th, 1944
Freeman, J. L., Cox was transferred to Naval Hospital, Mare Island, CA.

ball-red-02 Talbert, Carl L., WT1c was injured by falling in open oil tank in B Division Compartmen. Diagnosis: Laceration of Right leg. Man was treated in sick bay and returned to duty.

May 30th, 1944-NO REMARKS

May 31st, 1944
Otwell, Bernie was transferred to the Marine Quarters, Fleet Marine Force, San Diego, Camp Elliot, for duty.

Lee, Oliver, StM1c was transferred to the US Naval Hospital, Mare Island, CA. for treatment.

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