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USS SALT LAKE CITY DETACHMENT
Sept. 13. 1929 - Left Norfolk for Philadelphia
Dec.9, Came aboard ship
Dec. 11 - Ship commissioned Was Admiral Latimer's orderly
Dec. 16 Made Private First Class
Jan. 20, 1930
Ship left drydock 1300. Anchored in river for about an hour. Weighed anchor at 1428 and shoved off for the breakwater. Had a 12 to 4 watch - Captain's orderly. Anchored inside of Delaware breakwater about 2030.
Ship at anchor inside of breakwater all day. Weighed anchor at 1800 and shoved off for New York. Had emergency drills including fire drill; collision, and abandon ship. Wrote to Lill while on 1264 watch last night.
Under way all last night. Dropped anchor somewhere in the river outside of New York at 800.
At anchor all day. Ellis Island not for off
Weighed anchor at 800 and left for Newport, NI. Averaged about 22 or 23 knots per hour. Good sailing. Got on "Howly's
list for piping of about Neptune's Rex(?) Anchored at Newport at 1700. Captain's gig run aground about 1900. Colder than hell up here in this country. Am ready for tropical
Jan. 25th - Jan. 30th missing
The last day of the month and also payday. Drawed $15 and went to Phila. Called up Lill but she wasn't home. Got a letter and picture from her today.
The day after payday and a few of the fellows feeling blue. Didn't even have a glass of beer last night. On guard today.
I went to West Phila but didn't turn out so good. Did not like service men, especially Sailors and Marines. Key Captain's orderly found asleep on post by Mr. Oelch? Going up for Captain's mast. Probably get a summary.
Marines started signal drill and automatic weapons school again. J. A. Wood, Jr. made private first class.
Hayes went ashore last night and didn't come back this morning. Rumor has it that he is in the brig along with several others. Hayes got 25 or 30 days. Lieut Monahan bailed him out. The popular song in this detachment is now "What kind of birds don't fly".
Locker box inspection. General drills this morning.
Helluva day from start to finish. Work all day and get hell about everything besides. Orderlys unsatisfactory. Haley got to dam many orders to give for just a corporal even if he is police sergeant.
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