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

January 1945
List of Information Transcribed from Copies of Originals
Contributed by Charles & Nell Payne

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Jan. 1st, 1945
The very first watch of the New Year, you know,
Should be written in verse which now follows below:-,
In the Marianas Islands at the Island of Saipan,
Anchored fast in Saipan Harbor where she'll take off for Japan
Lies the good old SALT LAKE CITY in L-88, her berth,
With some 2 and 20 fathoms twixt her hull and mother earth.
The anchor out to port lies deep in coral, mud, and sand,
And 150 yards of chain keeps swinging well in hand.
Anchorage bearings are as follows: - Beacon "G" 044 degrees T (oh forty four)
Beacon "F" 057 degrees T (zero five seven) and beneath are listed more.
075 degrees T (seventy five) the radio tower, Beacon "E" bears 146 degrees T (one six four)
Plot 'em out and in amazement you should get a pin point fix!

Boiler #4 is steaming madly, giving power all night through,
While the ship is still and darkened and in base condition II.
Modified condition Zebra's set below deck number 2,
And the CHESTER has the radar guard and sweeps the sky of blue.
Vice Admiral J. H. Hoover in the CURTISS AV-4 (AV four)
Is Commander Forward Area and SOPA what's more.
There are lots of ships about us from the great Pacific Fleet,
And together with merchantmen, this outfit can't be beat.
So here's to old Swayback, her officers and men,
Cause in 45' she'll give the Japs a lot more hell again.

Deceased H. F. Lang, Lieut., USN.

Zimmer, Herman Aldridge, S1c received a simple fracture of the right arm while loading ammunition in the 5 inch powder hoist. Injured in line of duty with negligence not apparent. Treated at Sick bay and admitted to the binnacle list.

Jan. 2nd, 1945
Steaming in company with Task Group 94.9, consisting of the following units: CHESTER(CA27), SALT LAKE CITY(CA25), PENSACOLA(CA24), DUNLAP(DD384), FANNING(DD385), CUMMINGS(DD365), DAVID W. TAYLOR(DD551), ELLET(DD398), ROE(DD418).

Carrying out operation orders for shore bombardments and destruction of shipping at ChiChi Jima, Haha Jima, and Iwo Jima.

Jan. 3rd, 1945
Steaming as before

Williams, G. F., S2c received simple fracture of right forearm when arm was caught in dumb waiter while lifting food into it. Treated in sick bay and returned to duty under observation.

Jan. 4th, 1945
Steaming as before

Welch, Roland Jesse, Cox received a laceration on the right hand. Injury was received by sticking a sail needle into his hand while sewing canvas. Injury was in line of duty and not as result of own misconduct. Man was treated and returned to duty.

Kulhanek, Edwin C., Cox received laceration of 3rd finger while **skylarking with a shipmate the finger nail was torn loose. Injury was treated and man was returned to duty. Injury was in line of duty and not as result of own misconduct. **Skylarking: The act of running about the rigging of a vessel in sport; hence, frolicking; scuffing; sporting; carousing.

Burt, Robert O., MM3c received lacerations on the back while securing an electric motor. The motor raced and exploded. Man was injured by flying fragments. Treated and returned to duty. Injury was in line of duty and not as result of own misconduct.

Jan. 5th, 1945
Steaming as before

Commenced firing with main battery at assigned targets on Chichi Jima Island. Ordered to proceed in accordance with annex Baker of operation order to bombard and destroy shipping at Haha Jima Island with DUNLAP(DD384) and CUMMINGS(DD365). Commenced firing at ship sighted anchored at south enst end of Chichi Jima. Commenced firing at assigned targets on Haha Jima Island. Ceased firing.

FANNING(DD385) under attack by enemy plane. Set Condition I thoughtout ship. Enemy plane retired after attempting strafing attack on FANNING.

Sighted single engine unidentified plane - 16 miles. Commenced maneuvering on various courses and speeds to form approach disposition in line of bearing. Commenced firing at assigned targets on Iwo Jima Island with main batter.

ROE(DD418) reported that she was under air attack by two torpedo planes. Commenced maneuvering to form cruising disposition. Commenced firing at enemy plane with secondary battery to starboard. Ceased firing having expended 27 rounds. Lost sight of enemy plane. ROE rejoined formation.

Jan. 6th, 1945
Steaming in the company of Task Group 94.9 enroute to Ulithi after bombarding the Bonin Islands and Iwo Jima.

Keller, Donald E., F1c received a first degree burn on left arm while removing trays from sterilizer in the scullery. Injury was in line of duty and not as result of own misconduct.

Hester, Oscar Nelson, S1c Deceased received a wound on his right forearm from a knife blade while at work. Injury was treated and man was returned to duty. Injury was in line of duty and not as result of own misconduct.

Jan. 7th, 1945
Steaming in the company of Task Group 94.9 enroute to Ulithi, Caroline Islands.

Jan. 8th, 1945
Steaming in the company of Task Group 94.9 enroute to Ulithi, Caroline Islands. Maneuvering at various courses and speeds. Passed entrace buoy #2 abeam to starboard. Passed through submarine nets. Morroed port side to SEPULGA(AO-20) in berth 17. Set special sea and anchor dteails and prepared to get underway to shift berts. Transferred ammunition empties and material to SEPULGA. Completed fueling ship. Underway to proceed to assigned berth #27.

Hancock, William B., S1c fell and received laceration of left orbital region while at work. He was treated in sick bay and returned to duty. Injury was in line of duty and not as result of own misconduct.

Deceased Shankowsky, Charles T., S2c returned from liberty having sustained laceration of right hand. Injury in line of duty and not result of own misconduct. Man treated and returned to duty.

Jan. 9th, 1945
Anchored in Ulithi Harbor, Ulithi Atoll, Western Caroline Islands in Berth 27

[08-12]Hoisted out aircraft CS-6 to port; pilot Lt. W. P. Strickland and R. M. Epperson, ARM2c for familiarization flight. [16-18] Hoisted in plane

The two following men were transferred for treatment to the S.S. GENERAL STURGISS in Oahu:
Deceased Elmendorf, Harold Patrick, S1c Diagnosis: Hernia
Sclater, George Strahle, S1c Diagnosis: Cardiac Arrhythmia

ball-red-02 Deceased Lowery, Andrew Jackson, S2c was transferred to the USS PRAIRIE for treatment. Diagnosis: Chronic Tonsillitis

ball-red-02 Belvees, Carl N., S1c reported aboard for duty.

Jan. 10th, 1945
Anchored in Ulithi Harbor, Ulithi Atoll, Western Caroline Islands in Berth 27

The following named men were transferred with orders to report to the nearest Naval District Continential USA
Williams, Donald Vernie, CSK In Charge
Bailey, Alfred J., Bkr2cCollier, Ralph P., SF2cDavid, Verlin M., EM2cJones, Edwin L., CSK,
Knapick, William C., MM1cMahon, David W., MM1cDeceased Scofield, William G., BM1c

Jan. 11th, 1945
Anchored in Ulithi Harbor, Ulithi Atoll, Western Caroline Islands in Berth 27

Transferred White, Linn Spencer, S1c to the nearest receiving station on west coast of the US for assignment to duty by ComWest Sea Fron.

Commenced maneuvering at various courses and speeds for leaving port. Passed through the ainti submarine nets. Commenced and completed firing exercises of 5" guns

Jan. 12th, 1945 Steaming in the company with Task Group 94.9.

Jan. 13th, 1945
Steaming in the company with Task Group 94.9.

Bird, E. C., Cox received a compound fracture of proximal phalanyx of 3rd and 4th finger of left hand. Injury occurred during heavy weather when a hatch swung closed on his hand. He was treated in sick bay and placed on Binnacle list.

Jan. 14th - 15th, 1945
Cruising in the company with Task Group 94.9.

Jan. 16th, 1945
Steaming in the company with Task Group 94.9.

Deceased Turner, W. R., F1c suffered a lacerated right thumb while attempting to open a can with a knife and the knife slipped cutting the thumb. He was treated at sick bay and admitted to sick list.

Jan. 17th, 1945
Steaming in the company with Task Group 94.9.

Commenced maneuvering at various speeds and courses to enter Saipan Harbor, Saipan, Marianas Group. Passing through submarine nets. Anchored in Berth L-72.

Elliott, Virgil Henry, SM3c suffered a laceration of the scalp when he bumped into a 40mm gun barrel. He was treated at sick bay and returned to duty.

Armstrong, Harry Raymond, Chief Carpenter was detached from this vessel and ordered to nearest naval hospital in continental USA for observation and treatment.

Jan. 18th, 1945
Anchored in Saipan Harbor in Berth L-72

Keithley, R. W., S2c received first degree burns on both hands when he spilled hot grease on his hands while lifting a tray of pork chops from the dummy waiter in the Mess Hall. Injury was received in line of duty. He was treated at sick bay and admitted to the binnacle list.

Commenced maneuvering at various speeds and courses to move to Berth L-82, Saipan Harbor

Jan. 19th, 1945
Anchored in Saipan Harbor in Berth L-82

Jackson, Arthur D., Lt. reported on board for duty.

Transferred the following named men to report to the nearest receiving station on the West Coast of the US for assignement by Commander Western Sea Frontier

ball-red-02 Deceased Drust, Robert C., CY, In Charge,  ball-red-02 Deceased Kinder, John W., SSMB2cball-red-02 Thunstedt, Richard C., RM1c,
Washam, Orval M., Bkr1cWilliams, Ancil C., CM3cDi Bella, Sam, SC1c

Jan. 20th, 1945
Anchored in Saipan Harbor in Berth L-82

Penka, Ludwig Hardwig, SF3c was transferred this date to the US Naval Dispensary at Saipan for observation.

ball-red-02 Tritt, Clair S., FC01c returned on board for duty after being on emergency leave in the US.

Jan. 21st, 1945
Anchored in Saipan Harbor in Berth L-82

Griffith, W. F., S2c received lacerations of left hand while working on airplane motor. Wrench in hand slipped and threw hand over projecting piece of "safety wire". Injury was treated and man returned to duty. No misconduct found.

Jan. 22nd, 1945
Anchored in Saipan Harbor in Berth L-82

Made preparations for getting underway. Maneuvering at various courses and speeds for leaving port.

ball-red-02 Deceased Troy, Richard C., S2c(FC) and Logan, A. P., S2c reported aboard this vessel for duty.

Commenced maneuvering to form cruising disposition.

Jan. 23rd - 24th, 1945
Steaming in company with Task Group 94.9 enroute to Iwo Jima, Volcano Islands to carry out shore bombardment in accordance with ComBatDiv7 Operational Orders.

Jan. 25th, 1945
Steaming in company with Task Group 94.9 enroute from Iwo Jima to Ulithi Atoll.

Elander, Frank S., S1c received a lacerated wound on his head while going to battle station. Injury incurred in the line of duty. He was treated at sick bay and returned to duty.

Jan. 26th, 1945
Steaming in company with Task Group 94.9 enroute to Ulithi Atoll.

Woolson, Clyde F., FC3c received a lacerated wound on his right index finger while working on gun director. He was treated and returned to duty.

Commenced maneuvering on various courses and speeds to proceed to northern anchorage in Berth 20 in Ulithi Harbor, Ulithi Atoll.

Lawson, J. J., S2c received a skull fracture when he slipped from a wet 20mm ammunition ready box and landed on his head. The injury occurred in line of duty and was not due to own misconduct. He was treated and placed on the binnacle list for observation.

Jan. 27th, 1945
Anchored in northern anchorage in Berth 20 in Ulithi Harbor, Ulithi Atoll.

ball-red-02 Deceased Kronberger, Edward M., BM2c suffered a puncture wound on nose while splicing wire. He lost his grip and the wire snapped in his face. He was treated at sick bay and returned to duty.

The following named men repotred aboard for duty.
Bowers, John H., S2c(RDM)
Hickman, C. E., F2c
Hicks, Carma L., F2c
Humphreys, Kenneth D., F2c ball-red-02
Imry, William, F1c(MoMM) Deceased
Jacobsen, Beal J., F1c(MoMM)
Jarrell, Douglas E., F1c(MoMM)
Jarvis, Gerald K., F1c(MoMM)
Jenks, Leslie F., F1c(MoMM) ball-red-02
Kara, John V., F2c
Key, Wallace D., F2c
Martin, John A., F1c(EM)
Marttila, Edwin E., F1c(EM) ball-red-02 Deceased
Masteller, Nevin C., F1c(EM) Deceased
Mathias, Gerard, F1c(EM)
McBeth, Hershel A., F1c(EM)
McBride, James D., F1c(EM)
McGee, Troy Olson, F1c(EM)
McGowan, Robert E., F1c(EM)
Pelkola, Reid M., S2c(GM)
Pitchford, G. J., Jr., S2c(GM)
Plotkin, Charles S., S2c(GM)
Randolph, Eugene R., S2c(GM)
Ransberger, Don D., S2c(GM) Deceased
Ranville, Robert W., S2c(GM)
Ratliff, William J., S2c(GM) ball-red-02
Reynolds, Chester C., S2c(GM)
Rogers, John B., S2c(GM) ball-red-02 Deceased


Jan. 28th, 1945
Anchored in northern anchorage in Berth 20 in Ulithi Harbor, Ulithi Atoll.

The following named men were transfered to the INDEPENDENCE (CVL22) for transportation to the Receiving Ship, San Francisco, CA. for assignment to duty by BuPers:
Balser, Leslie Leroy, EM1cAmos, Arthur Vernon, MM2cDeceased Dale, Marvin Wilson, MM2c
Stewart, Charles, TC1cball-red-02 Deceased Johnson, McKinley Rutherford, GM2cPalmgren, Palmer Sheridan, GM2c
Keever, Charles Lee, FC3cHaslund, Christen Gunderson, Jr., GM3cBaldwin, Robert Allen, FC2c

Jan. 29th, 1945
Anchored in northern anchorage in Berth 20 in Ulithi Harbor, Ulithi Atoll.

[Akins]Adkins, H. E., F1c received laceration of fourth finger, left hand while using a drill press. The vise slipped and caught his hand. Injury incurred in line of duty and not due to own misconduct. Wound was treated and man returned to duty.

Craig, B. E., S1c received a laceration of the head when hit by empty ammunition tank while handling ammunition. Injury in the line of duty and not due to own misconduct. Wound treated and man returned to duty.

Jan. 30th-31st, 1945
Anchored in northern anchorage in Berth 20 in Ulithi Harbor, Ulithi Atoll.

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