DECK LOG BOOK & WAR DIARY

CONDENSED






USS DENVER

CL 58




JANUARY 1, 1945

TO

JANUARY 31, 1945

 

Monday, 1 January, 1945

Enroute to LEYTE, GULF, PHILIPPINE ISLANDS, as part of special task group, DENVER, MONTPELIER, CLAXTON, SMITH, Rear Admiral R. S. RIGGS, USN, Commander Cruiser Division TWELVE, U.S.S. DENVER, Flagship.

00 04 Watch

Ploughing steadily through the Western sea,

Enroute to San Pedro Bay in old Leyte.

As special task unit, DENVER plus three,*

All keeping station on the dauntless "D".

Rear Admiral Riggs is OTC

In the DENVER, known also as the mighty "D".

Zigging and zagging in the bright moonlight,

Plan 25 we are following all this night.

Our course 296, our speed 18,

Gyrating on toward the Philippines.

Far below with muted roar,

Driving mightily boilers 2 and 4.

Readiness III and "B" throughout,

To keep us from harm, within and without.

Piercing the night, still as a church,

DENVERs radar has air-surface search.

Throughout topside the ship is darkened,

To prevent the enemy from being hearkened.

Over a sea that is soft and caressing,

Secure in the knowledge that were always progressing,

We steam on into a bright new year,

Alert and confident, undimmed with fear.

*U.S.S. MONTPELIER, CLAXTON and SMITH.

M. F. Healy, Jr., Lt., USNR.

04 08 Watch

Steaming as before on course 281oT(PGC) speed 18 knots, base course 296oT(PGC), zig-zagging in accordance with plan 25. 0723 Ceased zig-zagging and steadied on course 306oT(PGC) to received destroyer along port side. 0736 Slowed to 10 knots. 0747 Received U.S.S. SMITH along port side. Transferred, Beard, C. R., CFC, 272 18 49, USN, to SMITH for temporary duty in connection with repair of fire control equipment. 0757 U.S.S. SMITH cast off and stood clear to resume station in screen. 0759 Went to 17 knots.

R. E. Call, Lt., USNR.

 

08 12 Watch

Steaming as before on course 306oT(PGC) speed 17 knots. 0802 Resumed zig-zagging in accordance with plan 25, base course 296oT(PGC). 0815 Mustered crew on stations. Absentees: none. Made daily inspection of magazines and smokeless powder samples. Conditions: normal.

L. A. Bird, Lt., USN.

12 16 Watch

Steaming as before on course 296oT(PGC), speed 17 knots, zig-zagging in accordance with plan 25. 1256 Ceased zig-zagging and resumed base course 296oT(PGC). 1257 Changed fleet course and axis to 280oT(PGC). 1308 Commenced zig-zagging in accordance with plan 25, base course 280oT(PGC). 1356 Ceased zig-zagging and resumed base course 280oT(PGC). 1357 Changed fleet course and axis right to 296oT(PGC). 1405 Resumed zig-zagging in accordance with plan 25, base course 296oT(PGC).

H. H. McCammond, Lt.(jg), USN.

16- 18 Watch

Steaming as before on course 296oT(PGC), speed 17 knots, zig-zagging in accordance with plan 25. 1700 Set all clocks back one hour to 9 time zone. Ceased zig-zagging and resumed base course 296oT(PGC). 1610 Resumed zig-zagging in accordance with plan 25, base course 296oT(PGC).

M. F. Healy, Jr., Lt., USNR.

18 20 Watch

Steaming as before on course 296oT(PGC), speed 17 knots, zig-zagging in accordance with plan No. 25. 1833 U.S.S. SMITH reported possible submarine contact. 1835 Changed course to 186oT(PGC), ceased zig-zagging. SMITH left formation to investigate possible sound contact. 1840 Changed course to 231oT(PGC). 1844 Changed course to 276oT(PGC). 1845 SMITH reported results of contact negative and rejoined formation. 1848 Changed course to 296oT(PGC). 1851 Changed course to 330oT(PGC). 1901 Changed course to 296oT(PGC).

R. E. Call, Lt., USNR.

20 24 Watch

Steaming as before on course 296oT(PGC), speed 17 knots. 2004 Commenced zig-zagging in accordance with plan No. 25 and went to 18 knots. 2321 Ceased zig-zagging and resumed base 296oT(PGC). 2328 Changed course and axis to 303oT(PGC).

L. A. Bird, Lt., USN.

0800 Position; Latitude, 04o-25N, Longitude, 136o-41.1E.

1200 Position; Latitude, 04o-53.2N, Longitude, 135o-44.5E.

2000 Position; Latitude, 05o-46.5N, Longitude, 133o-54E.



Tuesday, 2 January, 1945

00 04 Watch

Steaming in company with Special Task Group consisting of U.S.S. DENVER, MONPELIER, CLAXTON and SMITH. OTC is Rear Admiral R. S. Riggs in DENVER. Course 303oT(PGC) and speed 18 knots, zig-zagging in accordance with plan No. 25. Guide is DENVER with MONTPELIER 1,000 yards astern and screen formation 52. Ship is darkened, in Material Condition "B" and Condition of Readiness III. Boilers No. 2 and 4 cut in on main steam line.

H. M. Brinser, Lt., USN.

04 08 Watch

Steaming as before on base course 303oT(PGC), speed 18 knots, zig-zagging in accordance with plan No. 25. 0545 Set Condition I for dawn alert. 0545 Went to General Quarters for Dawn Alert. Conducted battle problem. 0632 Set Condition III. 0632 Secured from General Quarters, set Readiness Condition III and Material Condition "B".

M. F. Healy, Jr., Lt., USNR.

08 12 Watch

Steaming as before on course 303oT(PGC), at speed 18 knots, zig-zagging in accordance with plan No. 25. 0815 Mustered crew on stations. Absentees: none. 0817 Slowed to 17.5 knots. Made daily inspection of magazines and smokeless powders samples. Conditions: normal.

R. E. Call, Lt., USNR.

 

12 16 Watch

Steaming as before on course 303oT(PGC), at speed 17.5 knots, zig-zagging in accordance with plan No. 25. 1232 Set Condition of Readiness I in the anti-aircraft battery, unidentified plane bearing 190oT, distance 10 miles. 1233 Formed "5-V" formation. 1249 Unidentified plane left area. Resumed cruising formation as before. 1250 Set Condition of Readiness II(AA). 1421 Ceased zig-zagging and resumed base course. 1424 Changed course and axis to 000oT(PGC). 1426 Went to 22 knots. 1436 Changed course and axis to 340oT(PGC). 1455 Sighted hospital ship, U.S.S. EMILY WEEDER, bearing 025oT. 1500 Launched plane No. 8 to starboard to search in company with one U.S.S. MONTPELIER plane, along course 270oT, for a distance of 60 miles from 10o 02 N, 129o 23 E, this search made to investigate SOS signal reported by U.S.S. HOPE (AH 7), who picked up signal at 1040(I), bearing 272oT from position 10o 02 N, 129o 34 E. Pilot Lt.(jg) E. G. Yesko, A-V(N), 251058, USNR; radioman, Ivy, T.R., ARM2c, 617 93 30, USNR. 1538 Launched plane No. 7 to starboard to search along Latitude 10o N from Longitude 127o 56 E to 128o 22 E, in company with one U.S.S. MONTPELIER plane. Pilot Ensign D. G. Hartlaub, A-V(N), 346932, USNR; radioman, Tucker, A.D., Jr., 357 41 75, ARM2c, USNR. 1546 Went to 24 knots. 1555 Commenced zig-zag plan No. 25.

L. A. Bird, Lt., USN.

16 18 Watch

Steaming as before, on base course 340oT(PGC), speed 24 knots, zig-zagging in accordance with plan No. 25. 1749 Ceased zig-zagging returned to base course; slowed to 18 knots. 1753 Slowed to 10 knots, for aircraft recovery. 1754 Changed course right to 035oT(PGC). 1758 Recovered plane No. 8; assigned search area covered, results negative.

G. K. Dress, Lt., USN.

18 20 Watch

Steaming as before on course 035oT(PGC) at 10 knots. 1802 Hoisted in and secured to catapult plane No. 7; assigned search area covered, results negative. 1830 Went to 18 knots. 1804 Changed course to 340oT(PGC). 1805 Set Condition I for dusk alert. 1805 Went to General Quarters for Dusk Alert. 1809 Changed fleet course and axis to 290oT(PGC). 1819 Commenced zig-zagging in accordance with plan No. 25 and darkened ship. 1824 Went to 19 knots. 1852 Set Condition III. 1852 Secured from General Quarters and set Material Condition "B" and Condition of Readiness III.

H. M. Brinser, Lt., USN.

 

20 24 Watch

Steaming as before on course 290oT(PGC), zig-zagging in accordance with plan No. 25, speed 19 knots. 2233 Ceased zig-zagging and resumed base course 290oT(PGC). 2241 Changed fleet course and axis to 272oT(PGC). 2248 Commenced zig-zagging in accordance with plan No. 25, base course 272oT(PGC).

R. E. Call, Lt., USNR.

0800 Position; Latitude, 07o-27.9N, Longitude, 130o-59.2E.

1200 Position; Latitude, 08o-02.5N, Longitude, 130o-07.3E.

2000 Position; Latitude, 09o-49N, Longitude, 128o-29.5E.

 


Wednesday, 3 January, 1945

00 04 Watch

Steaming in company with Special Task Group. This Task group consists of the following ships: U.S.S. DENVER, MONPELIER, SMITH and CLAXTON. Rear Admiral R. S. Riggs is OTC and guide in the DENVER. Steaming on course 272oT(PGC), speed 18 knots, zig-zagging in accordance with plan No. 25. The ship is darkened, Material Condition "B" and Readiness Condition III set. Boilers No. 1 and 4 in use. This ship has short range air and surface radar guard. 0220 Made radar contact on Mindanao Island, bearing 235oT(PGC), distance about 55 miles. 0240 Radar contact with Siargao Island, bearing 263oT(PGC), distance 61,500 yards. 0303 Ceased zig-zagging and resumed base course. 0304 Changed course and axis to 305oT(PGC). 0311 Slowed to 17 knots. 0316 Resumed zig-zagging in accordance with plan No. 25. 0325 Sighted Siargao Island visually, bearing 260oT(PGC), distance 20 miles. 0341 Changed course to 308oT(PGC).

L. A. Bird, Lt., USN.

04 08 Watch

Steaming as before on course 308oT(PGC), speed 17 knots, zig-zagging in accordance with plan No. 25. 0600 Set Condition I for dawn alert. 0600 Went to General Quarters for Dawn Alert. 0620 Ceased zig-zagging, resumed base course. 0629 Changed course right to 328oT(PGC). 0630 Commenced pumping ballast. 0635 Secured from General Quarters, set Material Condition "B" and Readiness Condition III, except in the anti-aircraft battery. 0637 Changed course left to 288oT(PGC) for entrance into Leyte Gulf. 0645 Went to 19 knots. 0649 Passed sono buoy, abeam to starboard, distance about 1 mile. 0650 Passed son buoy abeam to port, distance about mile. 0654 Changed course right to 308oT(PGC). 0655 Passed through Surigao Strait into Leyte Gulf, with Homonhon Island abeam to starboard, distance 10 miles and Desolation Point abeam to port distance 19 miles. 0708 Changed course and axis left to 305oT(PGC). 0715 Sighted group of ships, hull down bearing 295oT(PGC). 0737 Set Readiness Condition II(AA) in the anti-aircraft battery. 0738 Set Condition 2AA. (AA battery fully manned). 0740 Previously sighted ships identified as units of Task Group 77.2

G. K. Dress, Lt., USN.

 

08 12 Watch

Steaming as before on course 305oT(PGC) at 19 knots. 0815 Mustered crew on stations. No absentees. 0820 Slowed to 15 knots. 0823 Changed course and axis to 330oT(PGC). 0830 U.S.S. SMITH came alongside to starboard to receive mail. 0835 U.S.S. SMITH cast off. 0845 Slowed to 10 knots to receive charts from pilot boat. 0840 Changed course to 332oT(PGC). 0850 Changed course to 335oT(PGC). 0851 Went to 15 knots. 0909 Proceeding on various courses and speeds conforming to channel entering San Pedro Bay, Philippines Islands and passed No. 1 buoy abeam to port about 1,000 yards. Captain at the Conn, Executive Officer and Navigator on the bridge. 0915 Proceeded independently. 0953 Maneuvering to alongside U.S.S. CARIBOU. 1010 Moored to U.S.S. CARIBOU, berth 16, SAN PEDRO BAY for fuel. 1010 Moored port side to starboard side of U.S.S. CARIBOU in Berth No. 76, with six manila lines. 1030 Commenced receiving fuel from U.S.S. CARIBOU. Ships draft forward 22 6", aft 25 9". 1045 Set Condition of Readiness III. Made daily inspection of magazines and smokeless powder samples. Conditions normal.

H. M. Brinser, Lt., USN.

12 16 Watch

Moored as before, alongside U.S.S. CARIBOU for fueling. 1255 Completed receiving fuel, having received 216,310 gallons of fuel oil. 1306 Let go all lines. Having made all preparations for getting underway, at 1307 underway from alongside tanker U.S.S. CARIBOU, in Berth 75, San Pedro Bay, Philippines Islands. Maneuvering on various courses and speeds proceeding to assigned berth. Captain at the conn, Executive Officer and Navigator on the bridge. Ships draft forward 24 3", aft 25 10". 1307 Cast off from U.S.S. CARIBOU. 1346 Anchored in berth 100, SAN PEDRO BAY. 1346 Anchored in Berth No. 100, San Pedro Bay, Philippine Islands, in 10 fathoms of water with 45 fathoms of chain to the port anchor, on the following true bearings: Lighthouse on Mariquitdaquit Island 122o; Old Fort on Leyte 204o; Beacon on Mt. Guihandang, Leyte Island, 297.5o; Lighthouse on Jinamac Island 005o. 1400 Secured steering engines, put main engines on 1 hours notice. Set special Gunnery Condition III throughout the ship. 1423 Set modified Condition of Readiness III in the anti-aircraft battery. 1525 Received LCI 958 along port side to receive fresh water. 1540 Commenced discharging fresh water to LCI.

G. S. Freutel, Lt.(jg), USNR.

16 18 Watch

Anchored as before. 1615 Completed pumping fresh water to LCI 958, having discharged 4,000 gallons. 1627 LCI 958 cast off from port side. 1730 Set Condition of Readiness III in the anti-aircraft battery.

L. A. Bird, Lt., USN.

 

18 20 Watch

Anchored as before. 1830 U.S.S. EMILY WEEDER (USA) stood in and anchored in berth assigned. 1830 Darkened ship. 1900 Received LCI 700 along port side to transfer passengers. 1930 Cast off lines of LCI 700. 1935 Beard, C.R., 272 18 49, CFC, USN, returned aboard having completed temporary duty aboard U.S.S. SMITH. 1945 Set modified Condition of Readiness III in the anti-aircraft battery.

M. F. Healy, Jr., Lt., USNR.

20 24 Watch

Anchored as before.

J. B. Heifner, Lt.(jg), USNR.

0800 Position; Latitude, 10o-49N, Longitude, 125o-26.3E. 



Thursday, 4 January, 1945

00 04 Watch

Anchored in Berth 100, San Pedro Bay, Philippine Islands Group, in 10 fathoms of water with 45 fathoms of chain to port anchor. The ship is darkened, Material Condition "B" set, and the ship is in modified Condition of Readiness III. Boiler No. 1 is in use for auxiliary purposes and No. 4 boiler is in standby condition. Ships present: U.S.S. WASATCH (SOPA Vice Admiral Kincaid), DENVER, MONTPELIER, BOISE, PHOENIX, CONVERSE, TAYLOR, CLAXTON, EDWARDS, RADFORD, HOPEWELL, FOOTE, OBANNON, STANLEY, PRINGLE, PHILIP, MC GOWAN, CHARLES AUSBURNE, SPENCER, and various auxiliary, harbor, district and merchant vessels.

J. R. Hatcher, Lt.(jg), USN.

04 08 Watch

Anchored as before. 0550 Called away the anti-aircraft battery. 0630 Set Condition III in the anti-aircraft battery. 0700 Called away the anti-aircraft battery. 0713 Set modified Condition III in the anti-aircraft battery.

H. M. Brinser, Lt., USN.

08 12 Watch

Anchored as before. 0815 Mustered crew at quarters, no absentees. U.S.S. STANLEY, AUSBURNE, FOOTE and STERETT underway and stood out. 0830 Lighted fires under boiler No. 4. 0835 U.S.S. WACHAPREAGUE and HMS K-376 underway and stood out. 0855 Cut No. 4 boiler in on main steam line. Mr. A. Raymond, war correspondent was transferred, by verbal orders, to U.S.S. PHILIP (DD498). 0900 Secured No. 1 boiler. 0935 U.S.S. MERTZ, STEMBLE, and MC DEMUT stood in and anchored. 0945 U.S.S. JACCORD and U.S.S. LLOYD ACREE stood in. Made daily inspection of magazines and smokeless powder sample, conditions normal.

R. E. Call, Lt., USNR.

12 16 Watch

Anchored as before. 1300 Held Catholic Mass. 1350 U.S.S. COGHLAN underway from alongside U.S.S. MONTPELIER. 1400 U.S.S. RADFORD and FLETCHER underway. 1408 U.S.S. NICHOLAS underway. 1408 Lighted fires under No. 1 boiler. 1420 Made routine test of smoke generators. 1510 U.S.S. HOPEWELL underway. 1520 No. 1 boiler cut in on main steam line. 1525 Tested steering gear, preparatory to getting underway; results satisfactory. 1556 Stationed special sea and anchor details.

G. K. Dress, Lt., USN.

 

16 18 Watch

Anchored as before. Having made all preparations for getting underway, at 1618 underway, with units of Task Group 77.3 and Task Unit 77.1.2, OTC is in the U.S.S. PHOENIX. Maneuvering on various courses and at various speeds, Captain has the Conn, Executive Officer and Navigator are on the bridge. Ships draft at getting underway: 24 2" forward, and 259" aft. 1618 Underway from SAN PEDRO harbor as part of Task Group 77.3, Rear Admiral R. S. BERKEY, USN, O.T.C. 1634 Passed channel buoy No. 5 abeam to starboard, distance 500 yards. 1635 Passed channel buoy No. 2 abeam to port, distance 1200 yards. 1638 Secured special sea and anchor details. 1650 Passed lighthouse abeam to starboard, distance 1800 yards. 1715 Passed clear of channel on departure course 190oT(PGC), maneuvering to form Cruising Disposition "V". 1730 On station in Cruising Disposition "V", DENVERs station 135, axis 270oT(PGC), fleet course 160oT(PGC), speed 15 knots; guide is MONTPELIER bearing 090oT(PGC), distance 1400 yards.

R. E. Call, Lt., USNR.

18 20 Watch

Steaming as before on course 160oT(PGC), speed 15 knots. 1800 Set Condition I for dusk alert. 1800 Went to General Quarters for Dusk Alert. 1805 Slowed to 10 knots and changed course to 120oT(PGC). 1817 Shifted steering control to conning tower. 1808 Commenced zig-zagging in accordance with plan No. 1. 1825 Shifted steering control to pilot house. 1846 Ceased zig-zagging and resumed base course. 1849 Secured from General Quarters and set Condition of Readiness III, except in the anti-aircraft battery which is in Condition I. Set special Material Condition "B". 1850 Changed course to 180oT(PGC) and went to 15 knots. Set Condition III. 1912 Set Condition of Readiness III throughout the ship. 1921 Went to 20 knots. 1924 Changed course to 200oT(PGC). 1925 U.S.S. DENVER designated fleet guide. 1957 Changed course to 180oT(PGC).

L. A. Bird, Lt., USN.

20 24 Watch

Steaming as before on course 180oT(PGC), speed 20 knots. 2000 Entered SURIGAO STRAIT. 2001 1850 Changed course left to 150oT(PGC). 2010 U.S.S. MONTPELIER, designated formation guide, bearing 090oT(PGC), distance 1414 yards. 2014 Slowed to 15 knots. 2019 Slowed to 10 knots. 2039 Changed course right to 180oT(PGC). 2200 Slowed to 9 knots. 2250 Changed course right to 241oT(PGC); DENVER designated formation guide. 2300 Entered MINDANAO SEA. 2302 Slowed to 8 knots.

G. K. Dress, Lt., USN.

2000 Position; Latitude, 10o-27N, Longitude, 125o-17E. 



Friday, 5, January, 1945

00 04 Watch

Steaming in company with Task Group 77.3 and 77.1.2 which consists of U.S.S. PHOENIX, DENVER, MONTPELIER, OBANNON, HOPEWELL, NICHOLAS, TAYLOR, FLETCHER, RADFORD; (77.1.2) BOISE, COGHLAN, EDWARDS. Rear Admiral R.S. Berkey, USN, is OTC in U.S.S. PHOENIX. U.S.S. DENVER is guide; in Cruising Formation "V"; fleet axis 270oT(PGC); course 241oT(PGC); speed 8 knots. Ship is darkened, special Material Condition "B" and Condition of Readiness III is set throughout the ship. Boilers 1 and 4 in use. 0105 Commenced zig-zagging in accordance with plan No. 21.

H. M. Brinser, Lt., USN.

04 08 Watch

Steaming as before, on course 201oT(PGC), in Cruising Formation "V"; speed 8 knots, zig-zagging in accordance with plan No. 21. 0432 Ceased zig-zagging , resumed base course 241oT(PGC). 0434 Changed course to 230oT(PGC). 0600 Set Condition I for dawn alert. 0600 Went to General Quarters for Dawn Alert. 0608 Shifted steering control to steering aft and then to conning tower. 0630 Resumed steering control in Pilot House. 0634 Went to 9 knots and commenced zig-zagging in accordance with plan No. 39Z, on base course 230oT(PGC). 0640 Secured from general Quarters, set special Material Condition "B" and Condition of Readiness III, except in the anti-aircraft battery. 0700 Set Condition 2AA. 0700 Set Condition 2(AA) in the anti-aircraft battery.

R. E. Call, Lt., USNR.

08 12 Watch

Steaming as before, zig-zagging in accordance with plan No. 39 Z, on course 220oT(PGC); speed 9 knots. 0815 Mustered crew on stations. Absentees: none. 1003 Ceased zig-zagging and resumed base course 230oT(PGC). 1006 Changed course right to 241oT(PGC). 1011 Resumed zig-zagging in accordance with plan No. 39 Z, on base course 241oT(PGC). 1021 Made daily inspection of magazines and smokeless powder samples. Conditions: normal. 1050 U.S.S. FLETCHER left formation to investigate unknown object. 1055 Ceased zig-zagging and resumed base course. 1058 Changed course right to 260oT(PGC). 1102 Resumed zig-zagging in accordance with plan No. 39 Z, on base course 260oT(PGC). 1105 U.S.S. FLETCHER reported unknown object as abandoned life raft. 1127 U.S.S. FLETCHER rejoined formation.

L. A. Bird, Lt., USN.

 

12 16 Watch

Steaming as before on base course 220oT(PGC), speed 9 knots, zig-zagging in accordance with plan No. 39 Z. 1257 Ceased zig-zagging, resumed base course. 1257 Sighted group of ships, hull down, bearing 276oT(PGC). 1259 Changed base course right to 290oT(PGC). U.S.S. PHOENIX assumed formation guide, bearing 000oT(PGC), distance 1440 yards. 1302 Resumed zig-zagging in accordance with plan No. 39 Z. 1306 FLETCHER left formation to investigate the surface craft mentioned previously. 1321 FLETCHER reported them as friendly native boats and returned to her station. 1400 Ceased zig-zagging, resumed base course. 1402 Changed course left to 260oT(PGC); DENVER assumed fleet guide. 1402 Resumed zig-zagging in accordance with plan No. 39 Z. 1435 Flash red Control green signaled by OTC; formed special Cruising Disposition for red alert, ceased zig-zagging. 1510 Flash white Control green signaled by OTC; formed Cruising Disposition "V". 1511 Sighted torpedo broaching to starboard; went to General Quarters to repel submarine attack; commenced maneuvering at various courses and speeds to avoid torpedoes. 1513 Set Condition I. PHOENIX sighted two torpedoes passing ahead from midget submarines which broached after firing. Torpedoes missed. U.S.S. TAYLOR attacked submarine with gunfire, depth charges, and reported ramming. 1523 Steadied on course 260oT(PGC); U.S.S. NICHOLAS and TAYLOR left formation to engage enemy midget submarine (reported 60 in length). 1530 U.S.S. TAYLOR rammed and destroyed enemy submarine. 1534 Commenced zig-zagging in accordance with plan No. 39 Z. Set Condition 2AA. 1540 Slowed to 9 knots. 1540 Secured from General Quarters, set Readiness Condition III except in the anti-aircraft battery; set Condition II(AA) in the anti-aircraft battery; remained in Material Condition "A". 1551 Went to 15 knots; changed course left to 210oT(PGC).

G. K. Dress, Lt., USN.

16 18 Watch

Steaming as before, on base course 210oT(PGC), speed 15 knots. 1602 changed course left to 180oT(PGC). 1609 Changed course right to 240oT(PGC). 1613 Changed course right to 300oT(PGC). 1613 U.S.S. PHOENIX assumed formation guide; bearing 000oT(PGC), distance 1400 yards. 1624 Changed course left to 280oT(PGC). 1625 Slowed to 9 knots. 1631 Commenced zig-zagging in accordance with plan No. 21. 1700 Entered SULA SEA. 1733 Set modified Material Condition "B" throughout the ship. 1734 Made emergency change of course right to 320oT(PGC), and went to 15 knots. 1736 Entered Sulu Sea. 1743 Slowed to 9 knots. Results of investigation of sound contact negative. 1747 Resumed zig-zagging in accordance with plan No. 21, base course 280oT(PGC). 1750 Ceased zig-zagging and resumed base course 280oT(PGC).

M. F. Healy, Jr., Lt., USNR.

 

18 20 Watch

Steaming as before, on base course 280oT(PGC), speed 9 knots. Commenced zig-zagging in accordance with plan 20 Z. 1830 Set Condition I for dusk alert. 1830 Went to General Quarters for Dusk Alert. Set Condition III. 1927 Ceased zig-zagging and changed course to 260oT(PGC). 1933 Changed course to 300oT(PGC). 1937 Secured from General Quarters and set special Material Condition "B" and Condition of Readiness III except in the anti-aircraft battery. Set Condition II(AA) in the anti-aircraft battery. 1940 Commenced zig-zagging in accordance with plan 20 Z, on base course 280oT(PGC). 1950 Ceased zig-zagging. Set Condition of Readiness III in the anti-aircraft battery.

R. E. Call, Lt., USNR.

20 24 Watch

Steaming as before, on base course 280oT(PGC), speed 9 knots. 2000 Changed course right to 330oT(PGC). 2005 Resumed zig-zagging in accordance with plan 20 Z.

L. A. Bird, Lt., USN.

0800 Position; Latitude, 09o-14.3N, Longitude, 124o-17.5E.

1200 Position; Latitude, 08o-57.6N, Longitude, 123o-44.5E.

2000 Position; Latitude, 08o-55N, Longitude, 122o-36E.
 



Saturday, 6 January, 1944

00 04 Watch

Steaming in company with Task Group 77.3 and 77.1.2, Rear Admiral R.S. Berkey, USN, in PHOENIX OTC. Task Group 77.3 consists of U.S.S. PHOENIX, DENVER, MONTPELIER, OBANNON, HOPEWELL, NICHOLAS, TAYLOR, FLETCHER, and RADFORD. 77.1.2 consists of U.S.S. BOISE, COGHLAN, and EDWARDS. In Cruising Formation "V"; fleet axis 270oT(PGC); PHOENIX is guide bearing 000oT, distance 1440 yards. Ship is darkened, in Readiness Condition III and modified Material Condition "B"; boilers 1 and 4 in use. On base course 330oT(PGC); speed 9 knots, zig-zagging in accordance with plan 20 Z. 0023 Slowed to 7 knots. 0035 Set Condition I in AA Battery. Bogie closing from northeast. No attack developed, closes approach of bogie being 13 miles. 0035 Manned the anti-aircraft battery for possible air attack. 0058 Set Condition III. 0058 Set Readiness Condition III throughout the ship.

G. K. Dress, Lt., USN.

04 08 Watch

Steaming as before on base course 330oT(PGC), speed 7 knots, zig-zagging in accordance with plan 20 Z. 0432 Made radar contact on unidentified aircraft, bearing 315oT(PGC), distance 19 miles. 0436 Set Condition I in AA Battery. Bogies closing from northwest. Two bigies were on screen bearing 330oT, distance 17 miles. This was nearest approach to formation. 0436 Set Condition of Readiness I, in the anti-aircraft battery. 0446 Went to 8 knots. 0457 Unidentified aircraft passed clear of formation. Set Condition of Readiness II in the anti-aircraft battery. 0458 Set Condition 2AA. 0615 Set Condition I for dawn alert. 0615 Went to General Quarters for Dawn Alert. 0650 Secured from General Quarters. Set Condition of Readiness III except in the anti-aircraft battery. Set special Material Condition "B" throughout the ship. 0700 Set Condition of Readiness II in the anti-aircraft battery. 0745 Set Condition 2AA.

M. F. Healy, Jr., Lt., USNR.

08 12 Watch

Steaming as before, on base course 330oT(PGC), zig-zagging in accordance with plan 20 Z. 0830 Mustered crew on stations. No absentees. 0853 Went to 9 knots. 0900 Changed base course to 310oT(PGC). 0948 Changed base course to 330oT(PGC). 1004 Commenced ) zig-zagging in accordance with plan 38-Z; on base course 330oT(PGC). Slowed to 8 knots. 1100 Changed base course to 000oT(PGC). Fired automatic weapons for test purposes. 1145 Made daily inspection of magazines and smokeless powder samples. Conditions normal.

R. E. Call, Lt., USNR.

 

12 16 Watch

Steaming as before, zig-zagging in accordance with plan 38-Z, speed 8 knots, base course 000oT(PGC). 1359 Ceased zig-zagging and resumed base course. 1400 Changed course left to 335oT(PGC) and went to 9 knots. 1410 Resumed zig-zagging, plan 38-Z. 1449 Ceased zig-zagging and resumed base course and went to 20 knots; maneuvered to form special anti-aircraft disposition "V". 1452 Resumed normal cruising formation "V" and slowed to 9 knots. 1501 Resumed zig-zagging, plan 38-Z, on base course 335oT(PGC). 1543 Made emergency turn to 255oT(PGC) and went to 20 knots. 1547 Slowed to 9 knots. 1548 Changed course to 335oT(PGC), and resumed zig-zagging, plan 38-Z.

L. A. Bird, Lt., USN.

16 18 Watch

Steaming as before on base course 335oT(PGC), speed 9 knots, zig-zagging in accordance with plan 38-Z.

G. K. Dress, Lt., USN.

18 20 Watch

Steaming as before on base course 335oT(PGC), speed 9 knots, zig-zagging in accordance with plan 38-Z. 1825 U.S.S. HOPEWELL reported sound contact, bearing approximately 235oT(PGC), distance 4,000 yards. 1815 Set Condition I for dusk alert. 1827 Went to General Quarters for Dusk Alert. Made emergency change of course right to 055oT(PGC). 1828 Went to 15 knots. 1829 Went to 20 knots. 1832. Changed course right to 090oT(PGC). 1834 Changed course left to 040oT(PGC). 1835 U.S.S. HOPEWELL reported sound contact not submarine. 1836 Slowed to 15 knots. 1837 U.S.S. BOISE designated formation guide, bearing 045oT(PGC), distance 2,000 yards. 1839 Changed course left to 000oT(PGC). 1841 Slowed to 9 knots. 1834 Changed course left to 335oT(PGC). U.S.S. PHOENIX resumed guide, bearing 000oT(PGC), distance 1400 yards. 1846 Resumed zig-zagging in accordance with plan 38-Z. Base course 335oT(PGC). 1942 Secured from General Quarters. Set Condition of Readiness II in the anti-aircraft battery and Condition of Readiness III throughout remainder of ship. Set Modified Material Condition "B". 1947 Set Condition III. 1958 Slowed to 8 knots.

M. F. Healy, Jr., Lt., USNR.

20 24 Watch

Steaming as before, on base course 335oT(PGC), speed 8 knots, zig-zag plan No. 38-Z. 2030 Set Readiness Condition III throughout the ship.

R. E. Call, Lt., USNR.

0800 Position; Latitude, 10o-01.3N, Longitude, 121o-55E.

1200 Position; Latitude, 10o-27.2N, Longitude, 121o-41E.

2000 Position; Latitude, 11o-24N, Longitude, 121o-18E.

 


Sunday, 7 January, 1945

00 04 Watch

Steaming in the Sulu Sea, Philippine Islands Group, in company with Task Group 77.3 plus Task Unit 77.1.2, which consists of: U.S.S. PHOENIX, BOISE, MONTPELIER, DENVER, OBANNON, HOPEWELL, NICHOLAS, TAYLOR, FLETCHER, RADFORD, COGHLAN and EDWARDS. Rear Admiral R .S. Berkey, USN, in U.S.S. PHOENIX is OTC. In Cruising Formation "V"; U.S.S. PHOENIX is guide, bearing 000oT, distance 1440; axis 270oT(PGC); DENVER station 1315; zig-zagging in accordance with plan No. 38-Z on base course 335oT(PGC), speed 8 knots. The ship is darkened, in Material Condition "B" modified and Readiness Condition III. DENVER has short range air radar guard. Boilers 1 and 4 in use. 2345 Set Condition of Readiness II in the anti-aircraft battery. 0000 Set Condition 2AA. (1 hour before moonrise). 0058 Went to 9.5 knots. 0100 Sighted Ilim Island, bearing 023oT, distance about 16 miles. 0105 Sighted San Jose light, Mindoro Island, bearing 001oT, distance 30 miles. 0121 Went to 10 knots. 0157 Ceased zig-zagging and resumed base course. 0159 Changed course right to 000oT(PGC). 0210 Resumed zig-zagging, plan No. 38-Z. 0252 Ceased zig-zagging and resumed base course. 0258 Changed course right to 010oT(PGC). 0346 Changed course left to 330oT(PGC). 0355 Lighted fires under boiler No. 3 to boost steam.

L. A. Bird, Lt., USN.

04 08 Watch

Steaming as before on course 330oT(PGC), speed 10 knots. 0400 Lighted fires under boiler No. 2 to boost steam. 0505 Let fires die out under boiler No. 3 and at 0510 under boiler No. 2. 00615 Set Condition I for dawn alert. 0615 Went to General Quarters for Dawn Alert. 0638 Changed course right to 000oT(PGC). 0642 Enemy twin engine bomber dropped two bombs about 1000 yards on starboard beam of DENVER. This plane came from west at an estimated altitude of 1000 feet and was not picked up by radar or visually in time for A.A. fire. Plane went out of sight toward LUZON without being fired upon. Numerous bogies were reported in vicinity from this time to 0720 but no further attacks developed. 0647 Went to 20 knots. 0656 Changed course right to 160oT(PGC). 0700 Slowed to 11 knots. 0705 Enemy dive bomber made unsuccessful run on formation; went to 20 knots. 0714 Changed course right to 340oT(PGC). 0717 Slowed to 10 knots. 0720 Changed course right to 020oT(PGC). 0722 Changed course left to 290oT(PGC). 0725 Secured from General Quarters, set Readiness Condition III except in the anti-aircraft battery, which remained in Condition I; remained in Material Condition "A". 0730 Set Readiness Condition II(AA) in the anti-aircraft battery. 0731 Set Condition 2AA. 0731 Changed course left to 150oT(PGC). 0736 Changed course right to 330oT(PGC). 0754 Slowed to 5 knots to take station on U.S.S. SUAMICO for fueling exercise; SUAMICO designated guide.

G. K. Dress, Lt., USN.

 

08 12 Watch

Steaming as before on course 330oT(PGC), speed 5 knots. 0802 Went to 10 knots. 0830 Mustered crew on stations. Absentees: none. 0840 Changed course left to 300oT(PGC). 0840 Japanese bomber appeared over formation. Ceased fueling exercise. Commenced maneuvering independently on various courses at various speeds while screen fired on plane. 0844 Combat air patrol shot down plane. 0848 Slowed to 10 knots, and resumed base course 300oT(PGC). 0854 Resumed fueling exercise. 1000 Made daily inspection of magazines and smokeless powder samples. Conditions: normal. 1040 All cruisers closed in to circle 1; U.S.S. SUAMICO guide bearing 045oT(PGC), distance 1,000 yards. 1125 Completed fueling exercise; U.S.S. SUAMICO left formation. 1129 U.S.S. PHOENIX designated formation guide, bearing 000oT(PGC), distance 1400 yards.

M. F. Healy, Jr., Lt., USNR.

12 16 Watch

Steaming as before on base course 300oT(PGC), zig-zagging in accordance with plan 38-Z, speed 10 knots. 1200 Entered South China Sea. 1300 Entered SOUTHCHINA SEA 1510 Slowed to 9 knots. 1558 Ceased zig-zagging and resumed base course.

R. E. Call, Lt., USNR.

16 18 Watch

Steaming as before on course 300oT(PGC), speed 9 knots. 1600 Changed course right to 340oT(PGC) and slowed to 8 knots. 1610 Resumed zig-zagging, plan No. 38-Z.Set Condition I. Several bogies on screen to the northwest, closing. 1744 Went to General Quarters for air alert. Maneuvered on various courses and speeds to form special Cruising Disposition "V". 1758 Resumed "V" Cruising Formation; base course 340oT(PGC), speed 15 knots.

L. A. Bird, Lt., USN.

 

18 20 Watch

Steaming as before on course 340oT(PGC), speed 15 knots; ship is at General Quarters. 1803 Commenced zig-zagging in accordance with plan 38-Z. 1804 Secured from General Quarters, set Readiness condition III except in the anti-aircraft battery. 1811 Commenced maneuvering on various courses and speeds to repel enemy air attack. 1815 Commenced firing on one single engine Jap plane, range 10,000 yards, bearing 340o relative, altitude 3400 feet. Plane attempted suicide attack on PHOENIX but was shot down by combined AA fire from several ships at 1817. Other bogies were in vicinity, but no further attacks developed. 1816 Opened fire on enemy plane. 1818 Enemy plane shot down on starboard beam, distance about 2,000 yards; ceased firing. 1836 Went to General Quarters for Dusk Alert. 1840 Changed course left to 120oT(PGC). 1844 Slowed to 8 knots. 1850 Lighted fires under boilers No. 2 and 3. 1851 Cut in boiler No. 3 on main steam line. 1900 Cut in boiler No. 2 on main steam line. 1907 Changed course right to 250oT(PGC). 1917 Commenced maneuvering to form normal Cruising Disposition. 1925 On station. 1936 Changed course right to 350oT(PGC). 1937 Secured from General Quarters, set Readiness Condition III, except in the anti-aircraft battery and modified Material Condition "B". 1946 Set Readiness Condition III throughout the ship. Set Condition III.

G. K. Dress, Lt., USN.

20 24 Watch

Steaming as before on course 350oT(PGC), speed 8 knots. 2010 Hauled fires under boilers No. 1 and 4.

M. F. Healy, Jr., Lt., USNR.

0800 Position; Latitude, 12o-40N, Longitude, 120o-40.8E.

1200 Position; Latitude, 13o-00N, Longitude, 120o-10E.

2000 Position; Latitude, 13o-39.7N, Longitude, 119o-25.2E.

 


Monday, 8 January, 1945

00 04 Watch

Steaming in company with Task Groups 77.3 plus Task Unit 77.1.2 in the South China Sea. This group consists of the U.S.S. BOISE, PHOENIX, MONTPELIER, DENVER, OBANNON, HOPEWELL, NICHOLAS, TAYLOR, FLETCHER, RADFORD, COGHLAN and EDWARDS. In Cruising Formation "V" with PHOENIX guide, bearing 000oT, distance 1440 yards. Rear Admiral R.S. Berkey is OTC in U.S.S. PHOENIX. Fleet axis 270oT(PGC). Base course 350oT(PGC), speed 8 knots. Boilers 2 and 3 in use. The ship is darkened, in Special Material Condition "B" and Condition of Readiness III set throughout the ship. 0130 Set Condition 2AA (AA battery fully manned) 1 hour before moonrise. 0130 Set Condition of Readiness II(AA) in the anti-aircraft battery. 0200 Commenced zig-zagging in accordance with plan No. 38-Z; went to 9 knots. 0240 Set Condition I in AA battery. Several bogies on SK screen to the northwest at 15 to 20 miles. 0242 Sounded anti-aircraft call to repel air attack. 0258 Bogies commenced closing from 325oT, 11 miles. 0300 Commenced firing, range 6000 yards, bearing 320o relative, altitude 900 feet. 0301 Commenced firing at enemy plane coming in on port bow. 0302 Ceased firing. 0304 Ceased firing. 0324 Bogies closing from 325oT, range 12 miles. 0325 Commenced firing, range 6700 yards, bearing 290o relative, altitude 3600 feet. 0326 Commenced firing at enemy plane coming in from port. 0327 Ceased firing. Set Condition 2AA. 0330 Ceased firing.

R. E. Call, Lt., USNR.

04 08 Watch

Steaming as before, zig-zagging in accordance with plan No. 38-Z, on base course 350oT(PGC), speed 9 knots. 0615 Set Condition I for dawn alert. 0615 Went to General Quarters for Dawn Alert. 0725 Set Condition 2AA. 0727 Secured from General Quarters and set Condition of Readiness III except in the anti-aircraft battery; set Material Condition "B" modified. 0735 Set Condition of Readiness II in the anti-aircraft battery. 0755 Commenced maneuvering to form special anti-aircraft disposition "V".

L. A. Bird, Lt., USN.

 

08 12 Watch

Steaming as before, maneuvering to form special cruising disposition to repel enemy air attack. 0801 On station, steadied on course 350oT(PGC); went to 20 knots. 0805 Twin engine enemy plane, probably FRANCES, attacking from the west at low altitude. 0806 Commenced maneuvering to evade attack by enemy plane; opened fire to starboard. 0807 Commenced firing, range 11,000 yards, bearing 228o relative, altitude 2800 feet. Plane fish-tailed violently on the approach and was manifestly bent on suicide crash. 0810 Plane shot down by DENVERs five inch and 40mm fire. 0810 Observed enemy aircraft destroyed off port quarter, distance 500 yards; ceased firing. 0821 Steadied on course 350oT(PGC), speed 9 knots. 0828 Manned the anti-aircraft battery to repel possible air attack. 0829 Went to 20 knots. 0834 Changed course right to 150oT(PGC). Mustered crew on stations. Absentees: none. 0848 Slowed to 10 knots; formed Cruising Disposition "V". 0843 U.S.S. MONTPELIER designated formation guide. 0851 Changed course left to 350oT(PGC); PHOENIX assumed guide. 0902 Commenced zig-zagging in accordance with plan No. 38-Z. 1032 U.S.S. OBANNON left formation to investigate floating object; found to be Japanese whaleboat (unoccupied) and sunk by machine gun fire. 1042 U.S.S. NICHOLAS left station to investigate floating object. Object found to be oil drum. 1044 NICHOLAS returned to station. 1047 OBANNON returned to station. 1110 Made daily inspection of magazines and smokeless powder samples. Conditions: normal.

G. K. Dress, Lt., USN.

12 16 Watch

Steaming as before on base course 350oT(PGC),speed 10 knots, zig-zagging in accordance with plan No. 38-Z. 1201 Changed course right to 020oT(PGC). U.S.S. BOISE designated formation guide, bearing 045oT(PGC), distance 2,000 yards. 1211 Resumed zig-zagging in accordance with plan No. 38-Z. 1446 U.S.S. RADFORD, bearing 080oT(PGC), reported sound contact. 1448 Made emergency change of course left to 270oT(PGC), and went to 15 knots. 1447 U.S.S. RADFORD reported contact to be non-submarine. 1456 Changed course right to 020oT(PGC). 1502 Slowed to 9 knots and resumed zig-zagging in accordance with plan No. 38-Z. 1534 Changed course right to 060oT(PGC), and went to 15 knots. 1544 Resumed zig-zagging in accordance with plan No. 38-Z.

M. F. Healy, Jr., Lt., USNR.

16 18 Watch

Steaming as before on base course 060oT(PGC),speed 15 knots, zig-zagging in accordance with plan No. 38-Z. 1603 Changed course to 120oT(PGC), and ceased zig-zagging. 1615 Changed course to 160oT(PGC). 1619 Changed course to 180oT(PGC). 1620 Went to 20 knots. 1621 Changed course to 210oT(PGC). 1639 Changed course to 190oT(PGC). 1656 Changed course to 180oT(PGC). 1722 Radar contact with Task Force 79, bearing 162oT(PGC), distance 24 miles.

R. E. Call, Lt., USNR.

18 20 Watch

Steaming as before on base course 180oT(PGC),speed 20 knots. 1801 Changed course left to 170oT(PGC). 1807 Set Condition I for dusk alert. 1808 Went to General Quarters for Dusk Alert. 1810 to 1817 Observed four enemy planes (probably VALS) shot down by CAP in vicinity of Task Group 78, about 10 miles, bearing 100o True. 1810 Changed course right to 210oT(PGC). U.S.S. BOISE, COGHLAN and EDWARDS left the formation to join Task Force 79. 1815 Observed splashes of 3 "Vals" shot down by our Combat Air Patrol. Commenced maneuvering to form special Cruising Formation "V". 1816 Material Condition "A" set throughout the ship. 1819 U.S.S. DENVER designated formation guide. 1822 On station on circle 1.5. Changed course right to 350oT(PGC). 1828 to 1855 Numerous bogies in vicinity south and southwest. 1830 Slowed to 12 knots. 1838 Changed axis to 000oT(PGC), and assumed station in Cruising Formation "V" on circle .8; DENVER guide bearing 000oT(PGC), PHOENIX bearing 240oT(PGC) and MONTPELIER 120oT(PGC). 1848 Changed course right to 030oT(PGC). 1852 Went to 20 knots, took station on circle 1.5 in Cruising Formation "V"; U.S.S. PHOENIX and MONTPELIER bearing 210oT and 150oT(PGC), respectively, distance 2,600 yards. 1856 Commenced firing on enemy single engine plane in suicide glide on KITKUN BAY, range 14,400 yards, bearing 025o relative, altitude 1000 feet. 1856 Observed "bogeys" being taken under fire over transport group. Commenced maneuvering to avoid being hit by enemy aircraft. Commenced firing the 5" battery intermittently at air targets. 1858 Checked fire to avoid firing on friendly ships. 1859 Plane crashed KITKUN BAY. 1900 to 2000 Numerous bogies in vicinity. One observed shot down by AA fire at 1904. 1900 Went to 25 knots. 1901 Observed enemy aircraft splash close aboard transport in transport group. Ceased firing 5" battery. 1913 Changed course right to 000oT(PGC). 1914 Slowed to 15 knots. 1926 Slowed to 10 knots. 1939 Secured from General Quarters; set Condition of Readiness III except in the anti-aircraft battery. Set modified Material Condition "B". 1940 Changed course right to 090oT(PGC).

L. A. Bird, Lt., USN.

 

20 24 Watch

Steaming as before on course 090oT(PGC), speed 10 knots. 2004 Changed course left to 000oT(PGC). 2010 Set Condition III. 2025 Set Readiness Condition III throughout the ship. 2035 Changed course left to 180oT(PGC), slowed to 8 knots. U.S.S. PHOENIX assumed formation guide; bearing 210oT(PGC), distance 2,600 yards. 2100 MARCUS ISLAND, KADASHAN BAY, ROWELL and BULL joined disposition. 2140 Task Unit 77.4.4, U.S.S. MARCUS ISLAND and KADASHAN BAY joined the formation from astern. U.S.S. R.S. BULL and R.M. ROWELL also joined formation. Formed Cruising Disposition 5-LS; MARCUS ISLAND guide, bearing 139oT(PGC), distance 1300 yards. 2202 Changed course left to 090oT(PGC). 2211 Changed course left to 000oT(PGC). 2218 U.S.S. HOPEWELL and TAYOR left formation, proceeded north ahead of formation to pick up U.S.S. SHAMROCK BAY and escort her back to join this formation. 2300 Went to 12 knots. 2344 Slowed to 6 knots.

G. K. Dress, Lt., USN.

0800 Position; Latitude, 15o-19.9N, Longitude, 118o-57E.

1200 Position; Latitude, 15o-57.5N, Longitude, 118o-54E.

2000 Position; Latitude, 16o-03.7N, Longitude, 119o-04.1E.

 


Tuesday, 9 January, 1945

00 04 Watch

Steaming in company with Task Groups 77.3 and 77.4.3, on course 0000oT(PGC), speed 6 knots; fleet axis 000oT(PGC), in formation 5-LS. Rear Admiral R.S. Berkey, USN in U.S.S. PHOENIX is OTC. U.S.S. MARCUS ISLAND is guide, bearing 139oT, distance 1300 yards. These Task Groups consists of: U.S.S. PHOENIX, DENVER, MONTPELIER, MARCUS ISLAND, KADSHAN BAY, OBANNON, NICHOLAS, FLETCHER, RADFORD, R.S. BULL and R.M. ROWELL. Boilers NO. 2 and 3 are in use. The ship is darkened, with Condition of Readiness III and modified Material Condition "B" set throughout. The DENVER has short range radar guard. 0027 Went to 8 knots. 0037 Changed course left to 180oT(PGC). 0129 Changed course left to 000oT(PGC). 0145 SHAMROCK BAY joined disposition. 0200 Set Condition 2AA. (1hour before moonrise). 0200 Set Condition of Readiness II in the anti-aircraft battery. 0255 U.S.S.S. SHAMOCK BAY, TAYLOR and HOPEWELL joined this formation and took stations. 0300 Changed course left to 270oT(PGC) and went to 10 knots. 0310 Commenced zig-zagging in accordance with plan No. 7.

M. F. Healy, Jr., Lt., USNR.

04 08 Watch

Steaming as before on base course 270oT(PGC), speed 10 knots, zig-zagging in accordance with plan No. 7. 0438 Set Condition I in AA battery bogies to southwest. These appeared to be snoopers and no attacks developed. 0438 Set Condition of Readiness I in the anti-aircraft battery to repel possible air attack. 0450 Ceased zig-zagging. 0500 Changed course to 045oT(PGC). 0510 Commenced zig-zagging in accordance with plan No. 7 on base course 045oT(PGC). 0615 Set Condition I for dawn alert. 0615 Went to General Quarters for Dawn Alert. 0630 ComCarDiv 27 in U.S.S. MARCUS ISLAND assumed tactical command. 0635 Ceased zig-zagging. 0638 Went to 15 knots. 0649 Changed course to 355oT(PGC). 0702 Slowed to 10 knots. 0715 Secured from General Quarters and set Condition of Readiness III except in the anti-aircraft battery. Set Special Material Condition "B". 0727 Changed course to 345oT(PGC). 0740 Set Condition of Readiness II in the anti-aircraft battery. 0745 Set Condition 2AA. 0752 Changed course to 205oT(PGC).

R. E. Call, Lt., USNR.

 

08 12 Watch

Steaming as before on course 270oT(PGC), speed 10 knots. 0832 Changed course left to 180oT(PGC). 0849 Commenced maneuvering at various courses and speeds conforming to flight operations. 0900 Mustered crew on stations. Absentees: none. 0937 Changed course right to 010oT(PGC). 1000 U.S.S. PHOENIX assumed guide. 1007 Formed Cruising Formation 5-R; guide bearing 210oT(PGC), distance 2,600 yards. 1024 Changed course left to 280oT(PGC). 1028 Changed course left to 190oT(PGC). 1053 U.S.S. MARCUS ISLAND, designated guide, bearing 120oT(PGC), distance 1,500 yards. 1109 Commenced maneuvering at various courses in connection with scheduled carrier aircraft operations. 1153 Went to 15 knots. 1159 Changed course left to 040oT(PGC).

L. A. Bird, Lt., USN.

12 16 Watch

Steaming as before on course 040oT(PGC), speed 15 knots. 1216 Changed course left to 020oT(PGC) for carrier flight operations. 1224 Slowed to 10 knots. 1245 Went to 12 knots. 1258 Operations completed, changed course right to 050oT(PGC). 1305 Changed course left to 020oT(PGC). 1310 Changed course left to 340oT(PGC). 1318 Slowed to 10 knots. 1320 Changed course right to 020oT(PGC). 1328 Changed course left to 000oT(PGC). 1336 Went to 12 knots. 1400 Changed course left to 280oT(PGC). 1404 Changed course left to 190oT(PGC). 1429 Changed course left to 170oT(PGC). 1446 Changed course right to 210oT(PGC). 1454 Changed course right to 310oT(PGC). 1459 Changed course right to 020oT(PGC), for scheduled carrier flight operations. 1510 Changed course left to 000oT(PGC). 1530 Operations completed, changed course right to 060oT(PGC). 1542 Changed course left to 000oT(PGC). 1545 Slowed to 10 knots. 1651 Changed course right to 060oT(PGC). 1654 Changed course left to 000oT(PGC).

G. K. Dress, Lt., USN.

16 18 Watch

Steaming as before on base course 040oT(PGC), speed 10 knots. Maneuvering on various courses while engaged in carrier flight operations. 1650 Changed course right to 050oT(PGC), having completed flight operations. 1656 Went to 12 knots and changed course right to 140oT(PGC). 1708 Changed course right to 180oT(PGC). 1729 Changed course right to 190oT(PGC). 1741 Changed course right to 200oT(PGC). 1746 Changed course right to 290oT(PGC). 1750 Changed course right to 010oT(PGC). 1752 Slowed to 10 knots. 1758 Changed course left to 280oT(PGC) and went to 12 knots.

M. F. Healy, Jr., Lt., USNR.

 

18 20 Watch

Steaming as before on course 280oT(PGC), speed 12 knots. 1803 Maneuvered on various courses at various speeds while carriers conducted flight operations. 1825 Set Condition I for dusk alert. 1825 Went to General Quarters for Dusk Alert. 1918 U.S.S. SHAMROCK BAY left the formation to join Task Group 77.4.2. 1932 Secured from General Quarters. Set Special Material Condition "B" and Condition of Readiness III except in the anti-aircraft battery. 1945 SHAMROCK BAY escorted by HOWARD CLARK and EDMONDS left disposition. 1947 Set Condition III. 1954 Changed course left to 210oT(PGC). 1955 Changed course to 180oT(PGC). 1948 Went to 12 knots.

R. E. Call, Lt., USNR.

20 24 Watch

Steaming as before on course 180oT(PGC), speed 12 knots. 2019 Rear Admiral R. S. Berkey, USN, in U.S.S. PHOENIX assumed duties of OTC. 2027 Set Readiness Condition III in the anti-aircraft battery.

L. A. Bird, Lt., USN.

0800 Position; Latitude, 16o-47N, Longitude, 119o-07.7E.

1200 Position; Latitude, 16o-48.9N, Longitude, 119o-07.8E.

2000 Position; Latitude, 17o-21.8N, Longitude, 119o-12.1E.

 


Wednesday, 10 January, 1945

00 04 Watch

Steaming in company with Task Groups 77.3 and 77.4.3, Rear Admiral R.S. Berkey, USN in U.S.S. PHOENIX is OTC. This group consists of the following: U.S.S. PHOENIX, DENVER, MONTPELIER, MARCUS ISLAND, KADSHAN BAY, NICHOLAS, TAYLOR, RADFORD, FLETCHER, HOPEWELL, OBANNON, R.S. BULL, and R.M. ROWELL. In Cruising Disposition 5-LS; MARCUS ISLAND is formation guide, bearing 146oT, distance 1,800 yards; fleet axis 000oT(PGC); DENVERs station 1.5000. Ship is darkened, in Readiness Condition III and special Material Condition "B"; boilers No. 2 and 3 in use. On course 180oT(PGC), speed 12 knots. 0300 Set Condition 2AA. (One hour before moonrise). 0300 Set Readiness Condition II(AA) in the anti-aircraft battery.

G. K. Dress, Lt., USN.

04 08 Watch

Steaming as before on base course 180oT(PGC), speed 12 knots. 0615 Set Condition I for dawn alert. 0615 Went to General Quarters for Dawn Alert. 0630 Rear Admiral W.D. Sample, USN, in U.S.S. MARCUS ISLAND designate as OTC. 0652 Changed course left to 090oT(PGC), for carrier flight operations. Maneuvering on various courses at various speeds for flight operations. 0712 Changed course right to 180oT(PGC), and slowed to 12 knots. 0714 Secured from General Quarters. Set Condition of Readiness III, except in the anti-aircraft battery and modified Material Condition "B". 0735 Set Condition 2AA. 0735 Set Condition of Readiness II in the anti-aircraft battery.

M. F. Healy, Jr., Lt., USNR.

08 12 Watch

Steaming as before on base course 180oT(PGC), speed 12 knots. 0801 Changed course to 230oT(PGC); went to 15 knots. 0830 Changed course to 290oT(PGC). 0843 Changed course to 010oT(PGC) and maneuvered on various courses at various speeds during flight operations. 0900 Mustered crew on stations. No absentees. 0910 Formed formation 5-V. 0916 Changed course to 190oT(PGC). 0922 Formed disposition 5-R. 0926 Changed course to 010oT(PGC). 0935 Task Group 77.4.5 joined Task Group. 0936 Went to 15 knots and commenced maneuvering at various speeds on various courses for carrier flight operations. 0955 Changed course to 010oT(PGC). 1015 U.S.S. PETROF BAY, SAGINAW BAY, CONNER, and CHARRETTE joined this formation. 1112 Changed course to 230oT(PGC). 1145 Made daily inspection of magazines and smokeless powder samples. Conditions normal.

R. E. Call, Lt., USNR.

 

12 16 Watch

Steaming as before on base course 230oT(PGC), speed 12 knots. 1201 Commenced maneuvering on various courses and speeds during carrier flight operations. 1303 U.S.S. KADASHAN BAY left the formation together with U.S.S. CHARRETTE and CONNER as anti-submarine screen. 1314 Changed course left to 030oT(PGC). 1326 Went to 15 knots. 1335 Rear Admiral G.R. Henderson, USN, in U.S.S. SAGINAW BAY assumed duties of OTC. 1355 Changed course left to 020oT(PGC). 1414 Changed course right to 180oT(PGC). 1425 Commenced zig-zagging in accordance with plan No. 6. 1556 Ceased zig-zagging and resumed base course 180oT(PGC).

L. A. Bird, Lt., USN.

16 18 Watch

Steaming as before on base course 230oT(PGC), speed 15 knots. 1602 Changed course left to 040oT(PGC) for scheduled carrier flight operations. 1609 Went to 18 knots. 1620 Slowed to 15 knots. 1635 Changed course left to 350oT(PGC). 1647 Changed course right to 020oT(PGC); went to 18 knots. 1649 U.S.S. R.M. ROWELL reported casualty to one of main engines, speed reduced to a maximum of 10 knots. 1715 Changed course left to 015oT(PGC). 1716 Manned the anti-aircraft battery to repel one enemy aircraft. 1726 No attack developed, set Readiness Condition II(AA) in the anti-aircraft battery.

G. K. Dress, Lt., USN.

18 20 Watch

Steaming as before on base course 015oT(PGC), speed 18 knots. Maneuvering on various courses while engaged in carrier flight operations. 1817 Changed course left to 015oT(PGC), having completed flight operations. 1825 Slowed to 16 knots. 1830 Set Condition I for dusk alert. 1830 Went to General Quarters for Dusk Alert. Unidentified aircraft reported bearing 130oT(PGC), distance 24 miles. Enemy plane commenced attack from south. 1835 Commenced firing, range 11,000 yards, bearing 180o relative, altitude 15,000 feet. Plane which was identified visually as VAL or TOJO, dropped two bombs which fell astern of SAGINAW BAY and escaped to west employing violent evasive maneuvers. 1837 Changed course right to 020oT(PGC). Commenced firing anti-aircraft battery on Japanese aircraft. 1839 Went to 20 knots. Japanese aircraft retiring outside of range of anti-aircraft battery. Ceased firing. 1840 Ceased firing. Numerous bogies were screen to the east and southeast, but none approached closer than 10 miles. 1843 Slowed to 15 knots. 1844 Changed course left to 015oT(PGC). 1906 Changed course left to 000oT(PGC). 1920 Rear Admiral R. S. Berkey, USN, in U.S.S. PHOENIX assumed duties of OTC. 1924 Changed course right to 170oT(PGC). 1931 Slowed to 10 knots. 1932 Secured from General Quarters. Set Condition of Readiness III except in the anti-aircraft battery and modified Material Condition "B". 1945 Set Condition of Readiness III in the anti-aircraft battery. 1955 Screen clear Set Condition III. 1956 Changed course right to 180oT(PGC).

M. F. Healy, Jr., Lt., USNR.

 

20 24 Watch

Steaming as before on course 180oT(PGC), speed 10 knots. 2000 Commenced zig-zagging in accordance with plan No. 7, base course 180oT(PGC). 2000 Man overboard reported by Repair III. Ordered destroyers astern to make a search as they passed through our water. 2010 Made sight muster of crew and found no absentees. Upon investigation, decided that trash being thrown overboard was responsible for report.

R. E. Call, Lt., USNR.

0800 Position; Latitude, 15o-07.5N, Longitude, 119o-18.3E.

1200 Position; Latitude, 15o-11N, Longitude, 118o-57.2E.

2000 Position; Latitude, 15o-40.6N, Longitude, 119o-25.2E.

 


Thursday, 11 January, 1945

00 04 Watch

Steaming in company with Task Groups 77.3 and 77.4.6, Rear Admiral R.S. Berkey, USN, in U.S.S. PHOENIX is OTC. This Task Group and unit consists of the following: U.S.S. PHOENIX, MONTPELIER, DENVER, MARCUS ISLAND, PETROF BAY, SAGINAW BAY, COGHLAN, CONNER, NICHOLAS, TAYLOR, CHARRETTE, RADFORD, FLETCHER, OBANNON, HOPEWELL, R.S. BULL, and R.M. ROWELL. In Cruising formation 5-R; U.S.S. SAGINAW BAY is guide, bearing 240oT(PGC), distance 1,500 yards; axis 000oT(PGC); DENVERs station 1.5000; base course 180oT(PGC), speed 10 knots, zig-zagging in accordance with plan No. 7. The ship is darkened and special Material Condition "B" and Condition of Readiness III is set throughout the ship. Boilers No. 2 and 3 in use. 0150 Ceased zig-zagging and resumed base course 180oT(PGC). 0200 Changed course right to 270oT(PGC). 0210 Resumed zig-zagging, plan No. 7. 0345 Set Condition 2AA (One hour before moonrise). 0345 Set Condition or Readiness II in the anti-aircraft battery. 0350 Ceases zig-zagging and resumed base course.

L. A. Bird, Lt., USN.

04 08 Watch

Steaming as before, on course 270oT(PGC), speed 10 knots. 0400 Changed course right to 000oT(PGC). 0410 Resumed zig-zagging in accordance with plan No. 7. 0615 Set Condition I for dawn alert. 0615 Went to General Quarters for Dawn Alert. 0630 Rear Admiral G. R. Henderson, USN, in U.S.S. SAGINAW BAY designated OTC. 0654 Ceased zig-zagging, resumed base course. 0715 Secured from General Quarters, set Readiness Condition III except in the anti-aircraft battery and modified Material Condition "B". 0723 Changed course left to 320oT(PGC) for carrier flight operations. 0730 Set Condition 2AA. 0742 Changed course right to 000oT(PGC). 0738 Set Readiness Condition II(AA) in the anti-aircraft battery. 0743 Went to 16 knots. 0747 Slowed to 10 knots. 0749 Changed course left to 340oT(PGC). 0754 Changed course left to 180oT(PGC).

G. K. Dress, Lt., USN.

 

08 12 Watch

Steaming as before, on base course 180oT(PGC), speed 10 knots. 0808 Changed course right to 210oT(PGC). 0813 Set condition I in AA battery. Bogies reported in vicinity. Twin engine enemy plane sighted at 30,000 feet, bearing 110oT, range 20,000 yards, estimated. Plane apparently was on reconnaissance and retired to southeast. 0814 Set Condition of Readiness I in the anti-aircraft battery to repulse Japanese aircraft, bearing 210oT(PGC), distance 8 miles. 0820 Went to 15 knots. 0831 Changed course left to 180oT(PGC) and slowed to 10 knots. 0832 Set Condition 2AA. 0837 Japanese aircraft withdrew from gun range. Set Condition of Readiness II in the anti-aircraft battery. 0907 Changed course right to 000oT(PGC). 0921 Went to 21 knots. Commenced zig-zagging in accordance with plan No. 7. 0930 Mustered crew at quarters. Absentees: none. 1007 Ceased zig-zagging and resumed base course 000oT(PGC). 1008 Went to 15 knots. 1017 Changed course right to 025oT(PGC) and commenced maneuvering on various courses for carrier flight operations. 1025 Changed course right to 180oT(PGC), having completed flight operations. 1047 Slowed to 13 knots, changed course left to 040oT(PGC), and commenced maneuvering on various courses for carrier flight operations. 1050 Made daily inspection of magazines and smokeless powder samples. Conditions: normal. 1110 Changed course left to 320oT(PGC) and slowed to 12 knots, having completed flight operations.

M. F. Healy, Jr., Lt., USNR.

12 16 Watch

Steaming as before on course 320oT(PGC), speed 12 knots. 1215 Changed course to 180oT(PGC). 1225 Went to 14 knots. 1227 Commenced zig-zagging in accordance with plan No. 7, base course 180oT(PGC). 1312 Ceased zig-zagging and commenced maneuvering on various courses at various speeds for carrier flight operations. 1438 Came to course 170oT(PGC) and went to 15 knots. 1447 Commenced zig-zagging in accordance with plan No. 7, base course 170oT(PGC). 1538 Ceased zig-zagging and steadied on base course.

R. E. Call, Lt., USNR.

16 18 Watch

Steaming as before on base course 170oT(PGC), speed 15 knots. 1603 Commenced zig-zagging in accordance with plan No. 7. 1612 Ceased zig-zagging and resumed base course. 1615 Changed course left to 000oT(PGC). 1618 Slowed to 10 knots. 1630 Changed course right to 000oT(PGC). Changed course right to 180oT(PGC). 1632 Went to 15 knots. 1649 Changed course left to 000oT(PGC) and slowed to 10 knots. 1758 Changed course right to 180oT(PGC) and went to 15 knots.

L. A. Bird, Lt., USN.

 

18 20 Watch

Steaming as before on course 180oT(PGC), speed 15 knots. 1815 Commenced zig-zagging in accordance with plan No. 7. 1830 Set Condition I for dusk alert. 1830 Went to General Quarters for Dusk Alert. 1831 Ceased zig-zagging, resumed base course. 1850 Changed course right to 000oT(PGC), commenced carrier flight operations. 1853 Slowed to 10 knots. 1910 Changed course left to 310oT(PGC). 1920 Changed course right to 000oT(PGC). 1929 Completed flight operations, changed course left to 270oT(PGC). 1933 Went to 14 knots. 1935 Rear Admiral R.S. Berkey in PHOENIX designated OTC. 1941 Secured from General Quarters, set Readiness Condition III and modified Material Condition "B". 1946 Set Condition III.

G. K. Dress, Lt., USN.

20 24 Watch

Steaming as before on base course 270oT(PGC), speed 14 knots. 2000 Changed course left to 280oT(PGC) and slowed to 10 knots. 2010 Commenced zig-zagging in accordance with plan No. 7.

M. F. Healy, Jr., Lt., USNR.

0800 Position; Latitude, 15o-21.5N, Longitude, 119o-06.3E.

1200 Position; Latitude, 15o-21.1N, Longitude, 119o-04.8E.

2000 Position; Latitude, 14o-47.3N, Longitude, 119o-08.1E.

 


Friday, 12 January, 1945

00 04 Watch

Steaming in company with Task Groups 77.3 and Task Unit 77.4.6, Rear Admiral R. S. Berkey, USN, is OTC in U.S.S. PHOENIX. This force consists of the following: U.S.S. PHOENIX, DENVER, MONTPELIER, MARCUS ISLAND, SAGINAW BAY, and PETROF BAY, plus screening force: U.S.S. CONNER, NICHOLAS, TAYLOR, CHARRETTE, RADFORD, FLETCHER, OBANNON, HOPEWELL, R.S. BULL, and R.M. ROWELL. Cruising Disposition 5-R, with guide in SAGINAW BAY; DENVERs position 1.5000; guide bears 240oT(PGC), distance 1500 yards. Course 180oT(PGC), speed 10 knots, zig-zagging in accordance with plan No. 7. Ship is darkened, with Special Material Condition "B" and Condition of Readiness III set throughout. Boilers No. 2 and 3 are in use. 0050 Ceased zig-zagging, resumed base course 180oT(PGC). 0100 Changed course left to 000oT(PGC). 0110 Commenced zig-zagging in accordance with plan No. 7, base course 000oT(PGC), went to 14 knots.

R. E. Call, Lt., USNR.

04 08 Watch

Steaming as before on base course 000oT(PGC), speed 14 knots. 0500 Set Condition 2AA. (1/2 hour before moonrise). 0500 Set Condition II in the anti-aircraft battery. 0615 Set Condition I for dawn alert. 0615 Went to General Quarters for Dawn Alert. 0622 Material Condition "A" set throughout the ship. 0630 Rear Admiral G.R. Henderson, USN, in U.S.S. SAGINAW BAY assumed duties of OTC. 0642 Slowed to 10 knots. 0715 Went to 14 knots. 0715 Lighted ship. 0728 Set Condition 2AA. 0728 Secured from General Quarters. Set Modified Material Condition "B" and Readiness Condition III except in the anti-aircraft battery. 0740 Set Condition of Readiness II in the anti-aircraft battery.

L. A. Bird, Lt., USN.

 

08 12 Watch

Steaming as before on base course 000oT(PGC), at speed 14 knots. 0802 U.S.S. CHARRETTE, CONNER and OBANNON left formation on assigned duty. 0802 On "Flash Red" formed special Cruising Disposition to repel air attack. 0810 No attack developed. On "Flash White" reformed Cruising Disposition 5-R. 0815 Changed course to the left by turn movement to 180oT(PGC). 0823 Slowed to 10 knots. 0832 Rear Admiral R.S. Riggs, USN, in U.S.S. DENVER designated OTC of fueling group, consisting of U.S.S. DENVER, MONPELIER, TAYLOR and HOPEWELL for fueling exercise. 0833 Commenced fueling exercise, changed course to the left, by turn movement to 090oT(PGC); commenced maneuvering independently on various courses and at various speeds to take station on port side of U.S.S. SCHUYLKILL. 0856 On station abreast U.S.S. SCHUYLKILL, on course 030oT(PGC), at speed 7 knots. 0900 Received forward tow line from U.S.S. SCHUYLKILL. 0915 Mustered crew on stations. Absentees: none. 0917 Commenced fueling. 1007 Completed fueling, having received 183,949 gallons. 1022 Cast off, proceeded independently on various courses and at various speeds to retake station in Cruising Disposition 5-R. 1040 On station in 5-R, Rear Admiral G.R. Henderson, USN, OTC in U.S.S. SAGINAW BAY; on course 030oT(PGC), at speed 7 knots. 1045 U.S.S. PETROF BAY designated fleet guide, bearing 180oT(PGC), distance 3,000 yards. 1050 Made daily inspection of magazines and smokeless powder samples. Conditions: normal. 1055 Commenced maneuvering on various courses, at various speeds conforming with flight operation. 1139 U.S.S. SAGINAW BAY designated fleet guide. bearing 240oT(PGC), distance 1500 yards. 1145 Changed course left to 020oT(PGC).

G. K. Dress, Lt., USN.

 

12 16 Watch

Steaming as before on base course 020oT(PGC), at speed 14 knots. 1205 Went to 10 knots. 1207 Changed course right to 050oT(PGC) and slowed to 7 knots, having completed flight operations. 1217 Changed course left to 030oT(PGC). 1224 Changed course right to 060oT(PGC). 1233 Changed course left to 000oT(PGC). 1248 Changed course right to 025oT(PGC), and went to 9 knots. Commenced maneuvering on various courses at various speeds for carrier flight operations. 1311 Went to 10 knots. 1327 Changed course left to 115oT(PGC), having completed flight operations. Slowed to 7 knots. 1339 Changed course left to 030oT(PGC). 1340 Changed course right to 060oT(PGC). 1357 Changed course left to 000oT(PGC). 1418 Changed course right to 025oT(PGC), and went to 10 knots. 1420 Japanese twin-engine bomber sighted visually, bearing 130oT(PGC), bearing 10.5 miles. 1423 Set Condition IAA. Twin engine enemy plane was sighted visually at 165oT, position angle 30o. This plane was not picked up by search radars of the formation and the MK. 4 radars of this ship showed no response. Plane made no attack and retired to the southeast. 1423 Set Condition of Readiness I in the anti-aircraft battery. 1435 Set Condition 2AA. 1435 Set Condition of Readiness II in the anti-aircraft battery, Japanese plane having retired. 1435 Having completed fueling exercise, U.S.S. SCHUYLKILL and TALLULAH, escorted by U.S.S. CHARRETTE and CONNER left formation. 1439 Changed course right to 200oT(PGC). 1440 Went to 18 knots. 1454 Changed course right to 020oT(PGC), for carrier flight operations. 1455 Slowed to 10 knots. 1501 Changed course right to 200oT(PGC) and went to 18 knots, having completed flight operations. 1523 SK Radar went out of commission. 1539 Changed course right to 010oT(PGC), and slowed to 12 knots for carrier flight operations. 1551 Changed course left to 200oT(PGC), having completed flight operations. 1555 Went to 18 knots.

M. F. Healy, Jr., Lt., USNR.

16 18 Watch

Steaming as before on base course 200oT(PGC), at speed 18 knots. 1609 Changed course to 010oT(PGC) and slowed to 12 knots. 1622 Changed course to 200oT(PGC) and went to 18 knots. 1647 Changed course to 010oT(PGC) and slowed to 12 knots. 1700 Changed course to 200oT(PGC). 1702 Went to 15 knots. 1747 Changed course to 000oT(PGC), slowed to 12 knots. 1755 Changed course to 010oT(PGC). 1800 SK Radar back in commission.

R. E. Call, Lt., USNR.

 

18 20 Watch

Steaming as before on base course 010oT(PGC), at speed 12 knots. 1807 Changed course left to 230oT(PGC). 1809 Went to 15 knots. 1830 Set Condition I for dusk alert. Numerous bogies appeared on screen to the eastward, but none closed the task group. 1830 Went to General Quarters for Dusk Alert. 1838 Material Condition "A" set throughout the ship. 1840 Went to 18 knots. 1842 Changed course right to 000oT(PGC). 1847 Observed anti-aircraft fire off starboard quarter. 1850 Slowed to 15 knots. 1853 Slowed to 10 knots. 1905 Changed course right to 005oT(PGC). 1910 Observed bomb splash off starboard bow, bomb believed to have been dropped by friendly plane. 1913 Commenced maneuvering on various courses and speeds to avoid torpedo wake sighted off port bow of U.S.S. SAGINAW BAY. 1925 Resumed base course 005oT(PGC) and speed 10 knots. 1930 Set Condition III. 1930 Secured from General Quarters. Set modified Material Condition "B" and Readiness Condition III, except in the anti-aircraft battery. 1945 Set Readiness Condition III in the anti-aircraft battery. 1950 Turned on forward red truck light for night flying.

L. A. Bird, Lt., USN.

20 24 Watch

Steaming as before on course 005oT(PGC), at speed 10 knots. 2005 Lit fires under boilers No. 1 and 4 to boost steam. 2007 Carrier flight operations having been completed, secured red light on fore truck. 2012 Changed course to the right, by turn movement, to 180oT(PGC). 2021 Rear Admiral R. S. Berkey, USN, in U.S.S. PHOENIX assumed duties of OTC. 2022 Changed course to the right, by turn movement, to 270oT(PGC). 2105 Changed course to the left to 240oT(PGC)by turn movement, went to 15 knots. 2110 Changed course to the left by turn movement to 210oT(PGC). 2124 Slowed to 10 knots. 2130 Secured fires under boilers No. 1 and 4. 2150 U.S.S. CONNER and CHARRETTE returned from assigned duty and took assigned stations in formation screen. 2200 Commenced zig-zagging in accordance with plan No.7.

G. K. Dress, Lt., USN.

0800 Position; Latitude, 15o-22.9N, Longitude, 119o-10.2E.

1200 Position; Latitude, 15o-35N, Longitude, 119o-15.7E.

2000 Position; Latitude, 15o-38.3N, Longitude, 119o-19E.

 


Saturday, 13 January, 1945

00 04 Watch

Steaming in company with Task Groups 77.3 and Task Unit 77.4.6, Rear Admiral R. S. Berkey, USN, OTC in U.S.S. PHOENIX. This Task Group consists of U.S.S. PHOENIX, DENVER, MONTPELIER, MARCUS ISLAND, SAGINAW BAY, PETROF BAY, CONNER, NICHOLAS, TAYLOR, CHARRETTE, RADFORD, FLETCHER, OBANNON, HOPEWELL, R.S. BULL, and R.M. ROWELL. In Cruising Disposition 5-R, U.S.S. SAGINAW BAY guide; bearing 240oT(PGC), distance 1500 yards. DENVER station 1.5000; axis 000oT(PGC). Ship is darkened, in Material Condition "B" modified, and Readiness Condition III. Boilers Nos. 2 and 3 in use. On course 210oT(PGC), at speed 10 knots, zig-zagging in accordance with plan No. 7. 0250 Ceased zig-zagging and resumed base course 210oT(PGC). 0300 Changed course left to 110oT(PGC). 0310 Commenced zig-zagging in accordance with plan No. 7.

M. F. Healy, Jr., Lt., USNR.

04 08 Watch

Steaming as before on base course 110oT(PGC), at speed 10 knots, zig-zagging in accordance with plan No. 7. 0615 Set Condition I for dawn alert. 0615 Went to General Quarters for Dawn Alert. 0630 Rear Admiral G. R. Henderson, USN, CTU 77.4.6, in U.S.S. SAGINAW BAY assumed tactical command of this group. 0631 Ceased zig-zagging and resumed base course. 0712 Changed course to 315oT(PGC). 0718 Secured from General Quarters, and set modified Material Condition "B", Condition of Readiness III except in the anti-aircraft battery. 0725 Went to 14 knots and commenced zig-zagging in accordance with plan No. 7, base course 315oT(PGC).0734 Set Condition 2AA. 0735 Set Condition of Readiness II in the anti-aircraft battery.

R. E. Call, Lt., USNR.

08 12 Watch

Steaming as before on base course 315oT(PGC), at speed 14 knots, zig-zagging in accordance with plan No. 7. 0806 Ceased zig-zagging and resumed base course 315oT(PGC). 0809 Changed course right to 045oT(PGC). 0810 Slowed to 12 knots. 0820 Changed course left to 000oT(PGC). 0822 Resumed zig-zagging in accordance with plan No. 7. 0830 Ceased zig-zagging and resumed base course 000oT(PGC). 0832 Commenced maneuvering on various courses and speeds during flight operations. 1038 Changed course left to 270oT(PGC). 1042 Resumed zig-zagging in accordance with plan No. 7, on base course 270oT(PGC). 1043 Made weekly inspection of magazines, smokeless powder, bombs, pyrotechnics, magazine sprinklers, shell stowage sprinklers, hangar space sprinklers. Conditions normal. 1137 Ceased zig-zagging and resumed base course 270oT(PGC). 1145 Changed course left to 120oT(PGC)and went to 16 knots. 1152 Changed course left to 105oT(PGC).

L. A. Bird, Lt., USN.

12 16 Watch

Steaming as before on base course 105oT(PGC), at speed 16 knots, conducting flight operations. 1204 Changed course right to 225oT(PGC) and slowed to 12 knots, flight operations completed. 1226 Commenced zig-zagging in accordance with plan No. 7, base course 225oT(PGC). 1329 Ceased zig-zagging and resumed base course 225oT(PGC). 1243 Changed course left to 095oT(PGC), went to 16 knots for flight operations. 1250 Slowed to 8 knots. 1300 Went to 12 knots. 1311 Went to 18 knots. 1330 Changed course right to 270oT(PGC), slowed to 15 knots, flight operations completed. 1344 Changed course left to 180oT(PGC) and commenced zig-zagging in accordance with plan No. 7. 1411 Ceased zig-zagging, resumed base course 180oT(PGC). 1415 Changed course left to 080oT(PGC) and went to 18 knots. 1429 Slowed to 12 knots. 1436 Changed course right to 225oT(PGC). 1520 Changed course left to 080oT(PGC), went to 18 knots for flight operations. 1544 Changed course left to 270oT(PGC), slowed to 12 knots, flight operations completed.

G. K. Dress, Lt., USN.

16 18 Watch

Steaming as before on base course 270oT(PGC), speed 12 knots. 1603 Commenced zig-zagging in accordance with plan No. 7. 1643 Ceased zig-zagging and resumed base course 270oT(PGC). 1644 U.S.S. R.S. BULL left formation to investigate submarine, reported by anti-submarine patrol, bearing 160oT(PGC), distance 9 miles. 1646 Changed course right to 080oT(PGC), for carrier flight operations. 1647 Went to 18 knots. 1703 Slowed to 12 knots. 1705 Changed course left to 270oT(PGC), having completed flight operations. 1711 Resumed zig-zagging in accordance with plan No. 7. 1720 Ceased zig-zagging and resumed base course 000oT(PGC). 1724 Changed course right to 180oT(PGC). 1743 Changed course left to 080oT(PGC) and went to 18 knots for carrier flight operations. 1754 Changed course left to 070oT(PGC).

M. F. Healy, Jr., Lt., USNR.

18 20 Watch

Steaming as before on course 070oT(PGC), at speed 18 knots. 1809 Maneuvered on various courses at various speeds while carriers conducted flight operations. 1830 Set Condition I for dusk alert. 1830 Went to General Quarters for Dusk Alert. 1911 Steadied on course 270oT(PGC), at speed 12 knots. 1914 Rear Admiral R. S. Berkey, USN, CTG 77.3 assumed tactical command. 1942 Secured from General Quarters. Set modified Material Condition "B" and Readiness Condition III. 1943 Set Condition III. 1956 Changed course to the right by turn movement to 315oT(PGC), and slowed to 10 knots.

R. E. Call, Lt., USNR.

 

20 24 Watch

Steaming as before on course 315oT(PGC), speed 10 knots. 2000 Commenced zig-zagging in accordance with plan No. 7, base course 315oT(PGC). 2205 U.S.S. R.S. BULL rejoined formation and took position in station No. 10. Results of search negative.

L. A. Bird, Lt., USN.

0800 Position; Latitude, 14o-54.5N, Longitude, 119o-08.3E.

1200 Position; Latitude, 15o-07N, Longitude, 118o-57.4E.

2000 Position; Latitude, 15o-03.6N, Longitude, 119o-12.1E.

 


Sunday, 14 January, 1945

00 04 Watch

Steaming in company with Task Groups 77.3 and Task Unit 77.4.6, Rear Admiral R. S. Berkey, USN, OTC in U.S.S. PHOENIX. This Task Group consists of the following: U.S.S. PHOENIX, DENVER, MONTPELIER, MARCUS ISLAND, SAGINAW BAY, PETROF BAY, plus screening force consisting of U.S.S. CONNER, NICHOLAS, TAYLOR, CHARRETTE, RADFORD, FLETCHER, OBANNON, HOPEWELL, R.S. BULL, and R.M. ROWELL. In Cruising Disposition 5-R, axis 000oT(PGC); DENVERs station 1.5000; U.S.S. SAGINAW BAY guide, bearing 240oT(PGC), distance 1500 yards. Ship is darkened, in modified Material Condition "B", and Readiness Condition III. Boilers Nos. 2 and 3 in use. On course 315oT(PGC), speed 10 knots, zig-zagging in accordance with plan No. 7. 0050 Ceased zig-zagging and resumed base course 315oT(PGC). 0100 Changed course left to 225oT(PGC). 0110 Resumed zig-zagging in accordance with plan No. 7. 0150 Ceased zig-zagging and resumed base course 225oT(PGC). 0200 Changed course left to 135oT(PGC). 0210 Resumed zig-zagging in accordance with plan No. 7.

G. K. Dress, Lt., USN.

04 08 Watch

Steaming as before, on base course 135oT(PGC), speed 10 knots. Zig-zagging in accordance with plan No. 7. 0615 Set Condition I for dawn alert. 0615 Went to General Quarters for Dawn Alert. 0630 Ceased zig-zagging and resumed base course 135oT(PGC). 0630 Rear Admiral G. R. Henderson, USN, in U.S.S. SAGINAW BAY designated OTC. 0630 Changed course left to 000oT(PGC) for carrier flight operations. 0636 Went to 15 knots. 0712 Slowed to 12 knots, having completed flight operations. 0717 Secured from General Quarters. Set Condition of Readiness III, except in the anti-aircraft battery, and modified Material Condition "B". 0720 Resumed zig-zagging in accordance with plan No. 7. 0729 Set Condition 2AA. 0730 Set Condition of Readiness II in the anti-aircraft battery. 0730 Ceased zig-zagging and resumed base course 000oT(PGC). 0732 Changed course left to 300oT(PGC).

M. F. Healy, Jr., Lt., USNR.

 

08 12 Watch

Steaming as before on course 300oT(PGC), at speed 12 knots. 0810 Went to 15 knots. 0828 Changed course left, by turn movement to 180oT(PGC). 0830 Slowed to 12 knots. 0859 Slowed to 10 knots. 0900 Mustered crew on stations. No absentees. 0900 U.S.S. PETROF BAY maneuvered independently to conduct flight operations. 0911 Slowed to 8 knots. 0919 Changed course left, by turn movement to 055oT(PGC). Went to 17 knots. 0920 U.S.S. PETROF BAY resumed station in formation. 0928 Changed course left, by turn movement, to 045oT(PGC). 0931 Went to 12 knots. 0933 Changed course right, by turn movement, to 180oT(PGC). 0946 Commenced zig-zagging on base course 180oT(PGC), in accordance with plan No. 7. 1018 Ceased zig-zagging and changed course left, by turn movement, to 050oT(PGC). Maneuvering on various courses at various speeds while carriers conducted flight operations. 1042 Steadied on course 170oT(PGC) at 12 knots. 1045 U.S.S. DENVER assumed new station 2340, in Cruising Formation 5-R. Guide is SAGINAW BAY, bearing 210oT(PGC), distance 1400 yards. While cleaning, one gun on 40 mm mount No. 25, was accidentally discharged. There was no damage to material or personnel injury. 1046 Changed course left by turn movement, to 040oT(PGC). Went to 18 knots. 1056 U.S.S. BOISE, EDWARDS and COGHLAN joined this formation and took assigned stations in this formation. 1104 Maneuvered on various courses at various speeds while carriers conducted flight operations. 1155 Made daily inspection of magazines and smokeless power samples. Conditions; normal. Steadied on course 010oT(PGC).

R. E. Call, Lt., USNR.

12 16 Watch

Steaming as before on course 010oT(PGC), at speed 18 knots. 1202 Changed course left to 200oT(PGC). 1205 Slowed to 16 knots. 1244 Commenced maneuvering on various courses and speeds while carriers conducted flight operations. 1345 Changed course left to 180oT(PGC), and slowed to 15 knots. 1352 Commenced zig-zagging in accordance with plan No. 7. 1405 Ceased zig-zagging and changed course left to 130oT(PGC). 1406 U.S.S. FLETCHER left formation to investigate possible submarine contact. 1411 U.S.S. FLETCHER rejoined formation, results of investigation negative. 1415 Changed course left to 330oT(PGC) and went to 18 knots. 1424 Changed course left to 180oT(PGC) and slowed to 12 knots. 1433 Resumed zig-zagging in accordance with plan No. 7. 1438 Went to 16 knots. 1509 Ceased zig-zagging and resumed base course 180oT(PGC). 1515 Changed course right to 350oT(PGC), and went to 18 knots. 1523 Changed course right to 350oT(PGC). 1540 Changed course left to 180oT(PGC) and slowed to 16 knots. 1546 Slowed to 12 knots.

L. A. Bird, Lt., USN.

 

16 18 Watch

Steaming as before on course 180oT(PGC), at speed 12 knots. 1608 Went to 16 knots. 1610 Commenced zig-zagging in accordance with plan No. 7. 1637 Ceased zig-zagging and remained on present course 200oT(PGC). 1645 Changed course right to 340oT(PGC). 1646 Went to 18 knots. 1656 Changed course left to 170oT(PGC). 1702 Commenced zig-zagging in accordance with plan No. 7. 1736 Ceased zig-zagging, remained on present course 170oT(PGC). 1743 Changed course right to 350oT(PGC) conforming with carrier flight operations.

G. K. Dress, Lt., USN.

18 20

Steaming as before on base course 350oT(PGC), speed 16 knots. 1801 Changed course left to 180oT(PGC) and slowed to 12 knots, having completed flight operations. 1810 Resumed zig-zagging, plan No. 7. 1828 Ceased zig-zagging, remained on course 155oT(PGC). 1830 Set Condition I for dusk alert. 1830 Went to General Quarters for Dusk Alert. 1834 Changed course left to 010oT(PGC), and went to 16 knots, for carrier flight operations. Maneuvering on various courses during flight operations. 1905 Slowed to 10 knot, having completed flight operation. 1907 Resumed zig-zagging plan No. 7, base course 350oT(PGC). 1910 Rear Admiral R. S. Berkey, USN, in U.S.S. PHOENIX resumed duties of OTC. 1924 Ceased zig-zagging and resumed base course 350oT(PGC). 1932 Changed course left to 225oT(PGC). 1935 Secured from General Quarters. Set Condition of Readiness III and Modified Material Condition "B". Set Condition III. 1940 Resumed zig-zagging, plan No. 7.

M. F. Healy, Jr., Lt., USNR.

20 24 Watch

Steaming as before on base course 225oT(PGC), speed 10 knots, zig-zagging in accordance with plan No. 7. 2350 Ceased zig-zagging and resumed base course 225oT(PGC).

R. E. Call, Lt., USNR.

0800 Position; Latitude, 15o-16N, Longitude, 119o-01.4E.

1200 Position; Latitude, 15o-09.3N, Longitude, 119o-07E.

2000 Position; Latitude, 14o-50.6N, Longitude, 118o-51.7E.

 


Monday, 15 January, 1945

00 04 Watch

Steaming in company with Task Groups 77.3 and Task Unit 77.4.6, Rear Admiral R. S. Berkey, USN, OTC in U.S.S. PHOENIX. This Task Group and unit consists of: U.S.S. PHOENIX, DENVER, MONTPELIER, BOISE, MARCUS ISLAND, SAGINAW BAY, PETROF BAY, CONNER, NICHOLAS, TAYLOR, CHARRETTE, RADFORD, FLETCHER, OBANNON, HOPEWELL, EDWARDS, COGHLAN, R.S. BULL, and R.M. ROWELL. In Cruising Disposition 5-R modified, axis 000oT(PGC); DENVERs station 2340; U.S.S. SAGINAW BAY guide, bearing 210oT(PGC), distance 1500 yards. Ship is darkened, in modified Material Condition "B", and Readiness Condition III. Boilers Nos. 2 and 3 in use. On course 315oT(PGC), speed 10 knots. 0000 Changed course left to 135oT(PGC). 0010 Commenced zig-zagging in accordance with plan No. 7. 0050 Ceased zig-zagging and resumed base course. 0100 Changed course left to 040oT(PGC). 0110 Resumed zig-zagging, plan No. 7, on base course 040oT(PGC).

L. A. Bird, Lt., USN.

04 08 Watch

Steaming as before on course 040oT(PGC), at speed 10 knots, zig-zagging in accordance with plan No. 7. 0615 Set Condition I for dawn alert. 0615 Went to General Quarters for Dawn Alert. Set Material Condition "A". 0630 Rear Admiral G. R. Henderson, USN, in U.S.S. SAGINAW BAY assumed OTC. 0630 Ceased zig-zagging and remained on present leg of zig-zag plan 015oT(PGC). 0710 Changed course left to 350oT(PGC). 0714 Secured from General Quarters, set modified Material Condition "B", Readiness Condition III, except in the anti-aircraft battery. 0715 Commenced zig-zagging in accordance with plan No. 7. 0730 Set Condition 2AA. 0730 Set Condition II(AA) in the anti-aircraft battery.

G. K. Dress, Lt., USN.

 

08 12 Watch

Steaming as before on base course 340oT(PGC), at speed 10 knots, zig-zagging in accordance with plan No. 7. 0830 Ceased zig-zagging and resumed base course 350oT(PGC). 0835 Changed course right to 000oT(PGC). 0841 Resumed zig-zagging, plan No. 7. 0900 Mustered crew on stations. Absentees; none. 0911 Set Condition of Readiness I in the anti-aircraft battery to repel unidentified aircraft bearing 130oT(PGC), distance 18 miles. 0912 Set Condition I in AA Battery. Bogie bearing 110oT, distance 35 miles, closing. 0917 Bogie identified as B-24 by CAP. Set Condition 2AA. 0918 Plane identified as friendly. Set Condition of Readiness II in the anti-aircraft battery. 0940 U.S.S. MARCUS ISLAND designated as formation guide, bearing 120oT(PGC), distance 2300 yards. 0949 Ceased zig-zagging and resumed base course 000oT(PGC). 0958 Received U.S.S. OBANNON on port side for transfer of appendicitis patient. Received Apodada, R.B., 842 95 44, S1c, USNR, accompanied by bag, hammock, records and accounts aboard for appendectomy. 1016 Cast off all line of U.S.S. OBANNON. 1019 Changed course right to 010oT(PGC). 1026 Changed course left to 345oT(PGC). 1044 Maneuvering on various courses for carrier flight operations. 1045 Made daily inspection of magazines and smokeless powder samples. Conditions: normal. 1049 U.S.S. MONTPELIER designated formation guide, bearing 090oT(PGC), distance 1300 yards. 1104 Changed course left to 340oT(PGC), having completed flight operations. 1109 Resumed zig-zagging, plan No. 7. 1136 Ceased zig-zagging, remaining on present course 340oT(PGC). 1139 Changed course left to 180oT(PGC). 1150 U.S.S. PHOENIX designated formation guide, bearing 193oT(PGC), distance 2700 yards. 1158 Resumed zig-zagging, plan No. 7. 1200 Performed appendectomy on Apodaca, R.B., 842 95 44, S1c, USNR. Condition: good.

M. F. Healy, Jr., Lt., USNR.

12 16 Watch

Steaming as before on base course 180oT(PGC), at speed 10 knots, zig-zagging in accordance with plan No. 7. 1302 Ceased zig-zagging and steadied on course 160oT(PGC). 1318 Changed course left by turn movement to 015oT(PGC). 1325 Changed course right by turn movement to 180oT(PGC). 1340 Changed course right by turn movement to 170oT(PGC). 1414 Commenced zig-zagging in accordance with plan No. 7, on base course 170oT(PGC).

R. E. Call, Lt., USNR.

16 18 Watch

Steaming as before at speed 10 knots, zig-zagging in accordance with plan No. 7, on base course 170oT(PGC). 1604 Ceased zig-zagging and remained on course 180oT(PGC). 1611 Maneuvering on various courses for flight operations. 1702 Ceased carrier flight operations and resumed course 180oT(PGC) and went to 15 knots. 1707 Went to 16 knots. 1718 Commenced zig-zagging in accordance with plan No. 7, base course 180oT(PGC).

L. A. Bird, Lt., USN.

 

18 20 Watch

Steaming as before on course 180oT)PGC), at speed 16 knots, zig-zagging in accordance with plan No. 7. 1830 Set Condition I for dusk alert. 1830 Went to General Quarters for Dusk Alert. Set Material Condition "A". 1835 Ceased zig-zagging and remained on present course 200oT(PGC). 1840 Changed course right to 000oT(PGC) and slowed to 10 knots. 1905 U.S.S. DENVER designated formation guide. 1917 Commenced zig-zagging in accordance with plan No. 7. 1920 Rear Admiral R. S. Berkey, USN, in U.S.S. PHOENIX assumed OTC. 1930 Secured from General Quarters. Set modified Material Condition "B", Readiness Condition III except in the anti-aircraft battery.1937 Set Condition III. 1937 Set Condition of Readiness III in the anti-aircraft battery. 1950 Ceased zig-zagging, resumed base course 000oT(PGC).

G. K. Dress, Lt., USN.

20 24 Watch

Steaming as before on base course 000oT(PGC), speed 10 knots. 2001 Changed course left to 225oT(PGC). U.S.S. PHOENIX designated formation guide, bearing 193oT(PGC), distance 2700 yards. 2010 Commenced zig-zagging in accordance with plan No. 7.

M. F. Healy, Jr., Lt., USNR.

0800 Position; Latitude, 15o-15.3N, Longitude, 118o-59.4E.

1200 Position; Latitude, 15o-42N, Longitude, 118o-56.8E.

2000 Position; Latitude, 15o-04.6N, Longitude, 119o-16.9E.

 


Tuesday, 16 January, 1945

00 04 Watch

Steaming in company with Task Groups 77.3 and Task Unit 77.4.6, OTC is Rear Admiral R. S. Berkey, USN, in U.S.S. PHOENIX. This Task Group consists of the following: U.S.S. PHOENIX, DENVER, BOISE, MONTPELIER, MARCUS ISLAND, SAGINAW BAY, PETROF BAY; screening force U.S.S. CONNER, NICHOLAS, TAYLOR, CHARRETTE, RADFORD, FLETCHER, OBANNON, HOPEWELL, EDWARDS, COGHLAN, R.S. BULL, and R.M. ROWELL. In Cruising Formation 5-R modified, axis 000oT(PGC); DENVERs station 2340, with guide U.S.S. PHOENIX, bearing 193oT(PGC), 2700 yards. Ship is darkened, in modified Material Condition "B" and Readiness Condition III. speed 10 knots, course 225oT(PGC), zig-zagging in accordance with plan No. 7. Boilers Nos. 2 and 3 in use. 0050 Ceased zig-zagging, resumed base course 225oT(PGC). 0100 Changed course left to 090oT(PGC). BOISE assumed guide, bearing 143oT(PGC), 3300 yards. 0110 Resumed zig-zagging in accordance with plan No. 7. 0250 Ceased zig-zagging, resumed base course 090oT(PGC). 0300 Changed course left to 010oT(PGC). MONTPELIER assumed guide, bearing 090oT(PGC), 1350 yards. 0310 Resumed zig-zagging in accordance with plan No. 7. 0350 SAGINAW BAY assumed guide, bearing 210oT(PGC), 1400 yards.

R. E. Call, Lt., USNR.

04 08 Watch

Steaming as before on base course 010oT(PGC), at speed 10 knots and zig-zagging in accordance with plan No. 7. 0535 U.S.S. MONTPELIER assumed guide, bearing 090oT(PGC), distance1400 yards. 0615 Set Condition I for dawn alert. 0615 Went to General Quarters for Dawn Alert. Rear Admiral G. R. Henderson, USN, in U.S.S. SAGINAW BAY assumed tactical command of this Task Group. 0630 Ceased zig-zagging, and remained on course 345oT(PGC). 0730 Set Condition 2AA. 0730 Secured from General Quarters. Set Condition of Readiness III, except in the anti-aircraft battery where Condition II was set, and modified Material Condition "B". 0745 Changed course left to 190oT(PGC). 0747 Went to 15 knots.

L. A. Bird, Lt., USN.

 

08 12 Watch

Steaming as before on base course 190oT(PGC), at speed 15 knots. 0803 Commenced zig-zagging in accordance with plan No. 7. 0900 U.S.S. PHOENIX designated formation guide, bearing 193oT(PGC), distance 2700 yards. 0900 Mustered crew on stations. Absentees: none. 0904 Ceased zig-zagging, and remained on course being steered, 170oT(PGC). 0910 Changed course right to 180oT(PGC). 0917 Resumed zig-zagging in accordance with plan No. 7. 1004 Ceased zig-zagging, and remained on course being steered, 190oT(PGC). 1012 Changed course left to 030oT(PGC) and slowed to 10 knots, for flight operations. 1035 Changed course left to 345oT(PGC) and slowed to 10 knots. 1043 U.S.S. MONTPELIER designated formation guide, bearing 090oT(PGC), distance 1350 yards. 1047 Changed course right to 015oT(PGC). 1053 Slowed to 9 knots. 1055 Made daily inspection of magazines and smokeless powder samples. Conditions: normal. 1116 Changed course right to 180oT(PGC) and went to 15 knots, flight operations completed. 1122 U.S.S. PHOENIX designated formation guide, bearing 193oT(PGC), distance 2700 yards. 1143 Changed course left to 030oT(PGC) and slowed to 12 knots for flight operations. 1159 Changed course right to 015oT(PGC), flight operations completed.

G. K. Dress, Lt., USN.

12 16 Watch

Steaming as before on base course 180oT(PGC), speed 12 knots. 1248 Changed course left to 030oT(PGC), for carrier aircraft operations. 1255 Commenced maneuvering on various courses and speeds for flight operations. 1305 Changed course left to 225oT(PGC), having completed flight operations. 1317 Commenced zig-zagging, plan No. 7, base course 225oT(PGC). 1403 Ceased zig-zagging and remained on course being steered, 235oT(PGC). 1410 Changed course right to 020oT(PGC). Commenced maneuvering on various courses and speeds conforming with carrier flight operations. 1535 Changed course right to 180oT(PGC), having completed flight operations. 1536 Went to 12 knots. 1547 Resumed zig-zagging, plan No. 7. 1553 Ceased zig-zagging and resumed base course 180oT(PGC).

M. F. Healy, Jr., Lt., USNR.

16 18 Watch

Steaming as before on base course 180oT(PGC), at speed 12 knots. 1646 Changed course left, by turn movement, to 030oT(PGC). 1653 Changed course left, by turn movement, to 010oT(PGC). U.S.S. DENVER designated formation guide. 1658 Slowed to 10 knots. 1703 Changed course left, by turn movement, to 000oT(PGC). 1707 Commenced zig-zagging in accordance with plan No. 7, on base course 000oT(PGC). 1738 Ceased zig-zagging and resumed base course. 1740 Slowed to 9 knots. 1756 Went to 10 knots. 1757 Resumed zig-zagging in accordance with plan No. 7, base course 000oT(PGC).

R. E. Call, Lt., USNR.

 

18 20 Watch

Steaming as before, zig-zagging in accordance with plan No. 7, on base course 000oT(PGC), speed 10 knots. 1830 Set Condition I for dusk alert. 1830 Went to General Quarters for Dusk Alert. 1835 Ceased zig-zagging and resumed base course. 1837 Slowed to 9 knots. 1902 Went to 10 knots, and zig-zagging in accordance with plan No. 7. 1905 Rear Admiral R. S. Berkey, USN, in U.S.S. PHOENIX assumed tactical command of this Task Group. 1923 Ceased zig-zagging and resumed base course. 1926 Changed course to 010oT(PGC) and went to 13 knots. 1927 U.S.S. MONTPELIER designated formation guide. 1930 Set Condition III. 1930 Secured from General Quarters. Set Condition of Readiness III and special Material Condition "B" throughout the ship. 1955 Lit fires under boiler No. 1.

L. A. Bird, Lt., USN.

20 24 Watch

Steaming as before on course 010oT(PGC), at speed 13 knots. 2000 Lit fires under boiler No. 4. 2036 Slowed to 10 knots. 2041 Changed course to the left by turn movement to 000oT(PGC). 2045 Commenced zig-zagging in accordance with plan No. 7. 2143 Cut in No. 4 boiler on main steam line. 2145 U.S.S. HOPEWELL left the formation to investigate surface contact. 2153 Secured fires under boiler No. 3. 2153 Ceased zig-zagging and changed course to the left, by turn movement, to 030oT(PGC). 2204 Cut in No. 1 boiler on main steam line. 2205 Changed course to the left, by turn movement to 000oT(PGC). 2207 Secured fires under boiler No. 2. 2216 U.S.S. HOPEWELL reports previously reported surface craft to be damaged friendly aircraft (PBM) and is proceeding to rescue survivors. 2239 Resumed zig-zagging in accordance with plan No. 7. 2338 U.S.S. HOPEWELL reports all survivors from PBM on board and is ordered to sink plane by gun fire.

G. K. Dress, Lt., USN.

0800 Position; Latitude, 15o-06.8N, Longitude, 119o-05.3E.

1200 Position; Latitude, 14o-42.4N, Longitude, 119o-07.8E.

2000 Position; Latitude, 14o-54N, Longitude, 119o-05.2E.

 


Wednesday, 17 January, 1945

00 04 Watch

Steaming in company with Task Groups 77.3 and Task Unit 77.4.6, Rear Admiral R. S. Berkey, USN, in U.S.S. PHOENIX is OTC. This Task Group consists of the following: U.S.S. PHOENIX, BOISE, DENVER, MONTPELIER, PETROF BAY, MARCUS ISLAND, SAGINAW BAY; screening force: U.S.S. CONNER, NICHOLAS, RADFORD, TAYLOR, CHARRETTE, FLETCHER, OBANNON, EDWARDS, COGHLAN, R.S. BULL, and R.M. ROWELL. Cruising Disposition5-R modified; axis 000oT(PGC); DENVER station 2340; U.S.S. MONTPELIER guide bearing 090oT(PGC), distance 1350 yards. Ship is darkened, modified Material Condition "B" and Readiness Condition III set throughout. Boilers Nos. 1 and 4 in use; course 010oT(PGC), speed 10 knots, zig-zagging in accordance with plan No. 7, base course 000oT(PGC). U.S.S. HOPEWELL is temporary detached from the formation on assigned duty. 0130 U.S.S. HOPEWELL rejoined formation and took assigned station.

M. F. Healy, Jr., Lt., USNR.

04 08 Watch

Steaming as before on base course 000oT(PGC), at speed 10 knots, zig-zagging in accordance with plan No. 7. 0450 Ceased zig-zagging and resumed base course. 0501 Changed course left, by turn movement, to 270oT(PGC). Slowed to 8 knots. U.S.S. DENVER assumed formation guide. 0510 Commenced zig-zagging in accordance with plan No. 7 on base course 270oT(PGC). 0550 Ceased zig-zagging and resumed base course. 0600 Changed course right, by turn movement, to 000oT(PGC). 0610 Commenced zig-zagging in accordance with plan No. 7, on base course 270oT(PGC). 0615 Set Condition I for dawn alert. 0615 Went to General Quarters for Dawn Alert. 0616 Ceased zig-zagging and resumed base course. 0617 Rear Admiral G. R. Henderson, USN, in the U.S.S. SAGINAW BAY assumed tactical command. 0656 Rear Admiral R. S. Berkey, USN, in the U.S.S. PHOENIX assumed tactical command. 0658 Went to 12 knots. 0659 Secured from General Quarters. Set modified Material Condition "B" and Readiness Condition III, except in the anti-aircraft battery. Set Readiness Condition II(AA) in the anti-aircraft battery. Set Condition 2AA. 0732 Slowed to 10 knots. 0745 Changed course right, by turn movement, to 180oT(PGC). 0745 Task Unit 77.4.6, including escorts was detached from this Task Group to report to Commander Task Group 77.4 for duty.

R. E. Call, Lt., USNR.

 

08 12 Watch

Steaming as before on base course 180oT(PGC), at speed 10 knots. 0801 Changed course left, by turn movement, to 030oT(PGC). Formed Cruising Disposition "V" on axis 000oT(PGC); DENVERs station 1315. 0808 U.S.S. MONTPELIER assumed formation guide bearing 090oT(PGC), distance 1440 yards. 0827 Changed course left, by turn movement, to 020oT(PGC) and slowed to 7 knots. 0900 U.S.S. OBANNON came alongside port quarter for transfer of mail. Mustered crew on stations. Absentees: none. 0910 U.S.S. OBANNON cast off from alongside. 0943 Changed course right, by turn movement, to 200oT(PGC) and went to 12 knots. 0934 U.S.S. PHOENIX assumed guide, bearing 180oT(PGC), distance 1400 yards. 1010 Changed course left, by turn movement, to 020oT(PGC). 1013 U.S.S. MONTPELIER assumed guide, bearing 090oT(PGC), distance 1400 yards.. 1021 Changed course left, by turn movement, to 010oT(PGC) and slowed to 8 knots. 1029 Made daily inspection of magazines and smokeless powder samples. Conditions: normal. 1123 Changed course right by turn movement, to 050oT(PGC). 1145 U.S.S. OBANNON left formation to proceed on detached duty.

L. A. Bird, Lt., USN.

12 16 Watch

Steaming as before on course 050oT(PGC), at speed 8 knots. 1203 U.S.S. TAYLOR left formation to rescue personnel of crashed aircraft. 1215 Changed course to the left, by turn movement to 040oT(PGC). 1313 Changed course to the right by turn movement to 060oT(PGC). 1338 Changed course to the left by turn movement to 040oT(PGC). 1406 Changed course to the left by turn movement to 030oT(PGC). 1416 U.S.S. TAYLOR returned to formation after completing assigned mission, and was ordered to leave formation to deliver rescued personnel to U.S.S. MANILA BAY. 1429 Changed course to the right by turn movement to 040oT(PGC). 1518 Changed course to the left by turn movement to 020oT(PGC). 1552 Changed course to the right by turn movement to 040oT(PGC).

G. K. Dress, Lt., USN.

16 18 Watch

Steaming as before on course 050oT(PGC), at speed 8 knots. 1701 Changed course right to 150oT(PGC). U.S.S. BOISE designated formation guide, bearing 135oT(PGC), distance 2000 yards. 1706 Changed course right to 180oT(PGC). U.S.S. PHOENIX designated formation guide, bearing 180oT(PGC), distance 1400 yards. 1742 Changed course right to 220oT(PGC). 1746 Went to 12 knots.

M. F. Healy, Jr., Lt., USNR.

 

18 20 Watch

Steaming as before on course 220oT(PGC), at speed 12 knots. 1805 Slowed to 10 knots. U.S.S. TAYLOR returned to formation and took assigned station. 1826 Changed course left by turn movement to 200oT(PGC). 1830 Set Condition I for dusk alert. 1830 Went to General Quarters for Dusk Alert. 1930 Secured from General Quarters. Set modified Material Condition "B" and Readiness condition III. 1945 Set Condition III.

R. E. Call, Lt., USNR.

20 24 Watch

Steaming as before on course 200oT(PGC), at speed 10 knots. 2012 Went to 12 knots. 2030 Changed course left by column movement to 160oT(PGC). 2031 U.S.S. BOISE assumed formation guide, bearing 135oT(PGC), distance 2000 yards. 2115 Changed course right by column movement to 210oT(PGC). 2116 U.S.S. PHOENIX assumed formation guide, bearing 180oT(PGC), distance 1400 yards. 2122 Slowed to 10 knots.

L. A. Bird, Lt., USN.

0800 Position; Latitude, 16o-23.8N, Longitude, 119o-03.1E.

1200 Position; Latitude, 16o-38.1N, Longitude, 119o-12E.

2000 Position; Latitude, 16o-37.2N, Longitude, 119o-22.5E.

 


Thursday, 18 January, 1945

00 04 Watch

Steaming in company with Task Groups 77.3, Rear Admiral R. S. Berkey, USN, OTC in U.S.S. PHOENIX. This Task Group consists of the following: U.S.S. PHOENIX, BOISE, MONTPELIER, DENVER; with screening force of U.S.S. EDWARDS, TAYLOR, NICHOLAS, COGHLAN, RADFORD, FLETCHER, and HOPEWELL. In Cruising Disposition "V", axis 000oT(PGC); DENVERs station 1315; U.S.S. PHOENIX guide, bearing 180oT(PGC), distance 1400 yards. Ship is darkened, in modified Material Condition "B" and Readiness Condition III. Boilers No. 1 and 4 in use. On course 210oT(PGC), at speed 10 knots. 0253 U.S.S. OBANNON rejoined formation and took assigned station in screen. 0330 Changed course to the left by turn movement to 180oT(PGC).

G. K. Dress, Lt., USN.

04 - 08 Watch

Steaming as before on base course 180oT(PGC), speed 10 knots. 0435 Lighted fires under boilers Nos. 2 and 3 to boost steam pressure. 0535 Hauled fires under boilers Nos. 2 and 3. 0615 Set Condition I for dawn alert. 0615 Went to General Quarters for Dawn Alert. 0752 Went to 14 knots. 0730 Set Condition 2AA. 0730 Secured from General Quarters. Set Condition of Readiness II in the anti-aircraft battery; Condition of Readiness III throughout rest of ship and Modified Material Condition "B". 0734 Changed course left to 170oT(PGC). U.S.S. BOISE designated formation guide, bearing 135oT(PGC), distance 2000 yards. 0737 Slowed to 12 knots.

M. F. Healy, Jr., Lt., USNR.

08 12 Watch

Steaming as before on course 170oT(PGC), at speed 12 knots. 0806 Went to 14 knots. 0845 Mustered crew on stations. No absentees. 0936 Changed course right by turn movement to 200oT(PGC). Slowed to 12 knots. 1031 Changed course left by turn movement to 180oT(PGC). 1100 Made daily inspection of magazines and smokeless powder samples. Conditions: normal.

R. E. Call, Lt., USNR.

 

12 16 Watch

Steaming as before on course 180oT(PGC), at speed 12 knots. 1330 Changed course left by turn movement to 150oT(PGC) and went to 15 knots. 1407 Commenced maneuvering on various courses and speeds to join formation with Task Unit 77.4. 1437 On station in Cruising Disposition 5-R; course 180oT(PGC); axis 000oT; speed 10 knots; guide is in U.S.S. SAVO ISLAND. Rear Admiral F. B. Stump USN assumed tactical command in U.S.S. NATOMA BAY. DENVER station No. 8, 2.5330. 1430 Went to 12 knots. 1437 Commenced zig-zagging in accordance with plan No. 6. 1449 U.S.S. PETROF BAY designated formation guide. 1500 Ceased zig-zagging and resumed base course. 1503 Changed course by turn movement to 160oT(PGC). 1515 Commenced zig-zagging in accordance with plan No. 6. 1559 U.S.S. MARCUS ISLAND designated formation guide, bearing 163oT(PGC), distance 4300 yards.

L. A. Bird, Lt., USN.

16 18 Watch

Steaming as before on course 160oT(PGC), at speed 12 knots, zig-zagging in accordance with plan No. 6. 1617 Ceased zig-zagging and resumed base course 160oT(PGC). 1644 Changed course to the left by turn movement to 062oT(PGC) and slowed to 10 knots for flight operations. 1649 Commenced maneuvering conforming with carrier flight operations, on various courses at speed 10 knots. 1726 Changed course to the left by turn movement to 290oT(PGC), flight operations completed. 1739 Went to 12 knots.

G. K. Dress, Lt., USN.

18 20 Watch

Steaming as before on base course 290oT(PGC), speed 12 knots. 1830 Set Condition I for dusk alert. 1830 Went to General Quarters for Dusk Alert. 1841 Changed course right to 070oT(PGC). 1843 Slowed to 10 knots. 1855 Changed course right to 110oT)PGC), and went to 12 knots. 1900 Rear Admiral R. S. Berkey, USN, in U.S.S. PHOENIX assumed tactical command. 1906 Slowed to 8 knots. 1910 Task Unit 77.3.1 departed for MINDORO. 1930 Task Unit 77.3.1, consisting of U.S.S. PHOENIX, BOISE left formation. Task Unit 77.4.1, consisting of U.S.S. NATOMA BAY and SAVO ISLAND, together with screening vessels left formation. 1933 Rear Admiral R. S. Riggs, USN, in U.S.S. DENVER assumed tactical command of Task UNITS 77.3.2 AND 77.4.2, which consists of the following: U.S.S. DENVER, MONTPELIER, TULAGI, PETROF BAY, STEAMER BAY, MARCUS ISLAND, and eleven screening destroyers and destroyer escorts. 1935 Formed Cruising Disposition 5-R. U.S.S. DENVER is guide in station No. 7 - 2045. 1942 Secured from General Quarters. Set Condition of Readiness III and modified Material Condition "B". 1945 Set Condition III. 1954 Changed course left to 060oT(PGC), and went to 10 knots.

M. F. Healy, Jr., Lt., USNR.

 

20 24 Watch

Steaming as before on course 060oT(PGC), at speed 10 knots. 2003 Changed course left to 000oT(PGC). 2100 Changed course left to 250oT(PGC). U.S.S. MONTPELIER designated formation guide, bearing 225oT(PGC), distance 4000 yards. 2111 Commenced zig-zagging, plan No. 7, base course 250oT(PGC).

R. E. Call, Lt., USNR.

0800 Position; Latitude, 14o-39.9N, Longitude, 119o-06.9E.

1200 Position; Latitude, 14o-08.4N, Longitude, 119o-04.3E.

2000 Position; Latitude, 13o-17.5N, Longitude, 119o-12E.

 


Friday, 19 January, 1945

00 04 Watch

Steaming in company with Task Groups 77.3.2 and 77.4.2, Rear Admiral R. S. Riggs, USN, OTC in U.S.S. DENVER. These Task Units consist of: U.S.S. DENVER, MONTPELIER, TULAGI, PETROF BAY, STEAMER BAY, MARCUS ISLAND, ABBOTT, BELL, EDWARDS, COGHLAN, RADFORD, FLETCHER, CAMPBELL, BURNS, GOSS, HALLIGAN, and HALL. In Cruising Disposition 5-R, axis 000oT(PGC); DENVERs station 2045; U.S.S. MONTPELIER guide bearing 225oT(PGC), distance 4000 yards. Ship is darkened, in special Material Condition "B" and Readiness Condition III. Boilers No. 1 and 4 in use. On course 250oT(PGC), speed 10 knots, zig-zagging in accordance with plan No. 7. 0350 Ceased zig-zagging and resumed base course 250oT(PGC).

L. A. Bird, Lt., USN.

04 08 Watch

Steaming as before on course 250oT(PGC), at speed 10 knots. 0400 Changed course to the right by turn movement to 000oT(PGC); U.S.S. DENVER designated formation guide. 0410 Resumed zig-zagging in accordance with plan No. 7. 0450 Ceased zig-zagging, resumed base course 000oT(PGC). 0500 Changed course to the right by turn movement to 090oT(PGC). 0510 Resumed zig-zagging in accordance with plan No. 7. 0615 Set Condition I for dawn alert. 0615 Went to General Quarters for Dawn Alert. Set Material Condition "A". 0630 Rear Admiral W. D. Sample, USN, in the U.S.S. MARCUS ISLAND assumed tactical command of this group. 0704 Ceased zig-zagging and remained on course being steered 070oT(PGC). 0708 Changed course to the left by turn movement to 060oT(PGC). 0712 Changed course to the right by turn movement to 090oT(PGC). 0715 Secured from General Quarters. Set modified Material Condition "B" Readiness Condition III, except in the anti-aircraft batter. Set Condition II(AA) in the anti-aircraft battery. 0717 Commenced zig-zagging in accordance with plan No. 7. 0730 Set Condition 2AA.

G. K. Dress, Lt., USN.

08 12 Watch

Steaming as before on base course 090oT(PGC), at speed 10 knots, zig-zagging, plan No. 7. 0845 Mustered crew on stations. Absentees: none. 1011 Ceased zig-zagging, remaining on course being steered, 070oT(PGC). Commenced maneuvering on various courses at various speeds for carrier flight operations. 1045 Made daily inspection of magazines and smokeless powder samples. Conditions: normal. 1057 Changed course right to 100oT(PGC), having completed flight operations. 1102 Resumed zig-zagging, plan No. 7. 1120 Ceased zig-zagging and resumed base course 100oT(PGC). Commenced maneuvering on various course for carrier flight operations. 1136 Changed course right to 100oT(PGC), having completed flight operations. 1148 Resumed zig-zagging, plan No. 7.

M. F. Healy, Jr., Lt., USNR.

12 16 Watch

Steaming as before on base course 100oT(PGC), at speed 10 knots, zig-zagging in accordance with plan No. 7. 1320 Ceased zig-zagging and resumed base course. 1324 Changed course left by turn movement to 060oT(PGC). Maneuvered on various courses at various speeds during flight operations. 1359 Steadied on course 265oT(PGC). 1408 U.S.S. MONTPELIER designated formation guide. 1411 Commenced zig-zagging in accordance with plan No. 7 base course 265oT(PGC).

R. E. Call, Lt., USNR.

16 18 Watch

Steaming as before on base course 265oT(PGC), at speed 10 knots, zig-zagging in accordance with plan No. 7. 1639 Ceased zig-zagging and remained on course being steered, 285oT(PGC). 1641 Maneuvered at various courses for carrier flight operations. 1719 Changed course right by turn movement to 210oT(PGC), having completed carrier flight operations. 1735 Commenced zig-zagging in accordance with plan No. 7, base course 210oT(PGC). 1743 Ceased zig-zagging and remained on course 190oT(PGC). 1750 Changed course left by turn movement to 100oT(PGC).

L. A. Bird, Lt., USN.

18 20 Watch

Steaming as before on course 100oT(PGC), at speed 10 knots. 1800 U.S.S. DENVER designated formation guide. 1809 Changed course left by turn movement to 080oT(PGC). 1830 Went to General Quarters for Dusk Alert. Set Material Condition "A". 1830 Set Condition I for dusk alert. 1830 Changed course right by turn movement to 110oT(PGC). 1847 Changed course left by turn movement to 050oT(PGC), for flight operations. 1914 Flight operations completed. 1927 Rear Admiral R. S. Riggs, USN, in U.S.S. DENVER assumed tactical command. 1930 Secured from General Quarters, set modified Material Condition "B" and Readiness Condition III throughout the ship. 1934 Changed course right by turn movement to 104oT(PGC) and went to 12 knots. 1945 Set Condition III. 1946 Commenced zig-zagging, plan No. 7.

G. K. Dress, Lt., USN.

20 24 Watch

Steaming as before on base course 104oT(PGC), speed 12 knots, zig-zagging, plan No. 7. 2015 Went to 13 knots.

M. F. Healy, Jr., Lt., USNR.

0800 Position; Latitude, 13o-16N, Longitude, 118o-23.7E.

1200 Position; Latitude, 13o-18.3N, Longitude, 118o-56.2E.

2000 Position; Latitude, 13o-16.2N, Longitude, 119o-05.3E.


Saturday, 20 January, 1945

00 04 Watch

Steaming in company with Task Group 77.3.2 and 77.4.2; Rear Admiral R. S. Riggs, USN, is OTC in U.S.S. DENVER. Ships in this group are: U.S.S. DENVER, MONTPELIER, PETROF BAY, STEAMER BAY, MARCUS ISLAND, and TULAGI; plus screen: U.S.S. ABBOTT, BELL, EDWARDS, COGHLAN, RADFORD, FLETCHER, CAMPBELL, BURNS, GOSS, HALLIGAN, and HALL. DENVER in station 2045 is guide; course 104oT(PGC), speed 13 knots; axis 000oT(PGC); formation 5-R; zig-zag plan No. 7. Ship is darkened, in modified Material Condition "B" and Readiness Condition III set throughout. Boilers No. 1 and 4 in use. 0146 Ceased zig-zagging, resumed base course 104oT(PGC) and slowed to 8 knots. As part of Task Unit 77.3.2, separated from Task Group 77.4.2, and set course for MANGAIRIN BAY. 0153 Went to 15 knots. Task Unit 77.3.2 commenced maneuvering independently. This group consists of: U.S.S. DENVER, MONTPELIER and four screening destroyers, U.S.S. EDWARDS, COGHLAN, FLETCHER, and RADFORD. Cruising in column formation, DENVER leading ship, guide and OTC; destroyers equally spaced. 0205 Task Unit 77.4.2. ordered to proceed independently as previously directed. 0236 Commenced zig-zagging in accordance with plan No. 7; base course 104oT(PGC). 0355 Ceased zig-zagging and resumed base course.

R. E. Call, Lt., USNR.

04 08 Watch

Steaming as before on course 104oT(PGC), speed 15 knots. 0400 Lit fires under boilers No. 3. 0402 Changed course by column movement to 147oT(PGC). 0405 Lit fires under boiler No. 2. 0413 Commenced zig-zagging in accordance with plan No. 7. 0505 Let fires die out under boiler No. 3. 0510 Let fires die out under boiler No. 2. 0530 Slowed to 12 knots. 0533 Ceased zig-zagging and resumed base course 147oT(PGC). 0549 Changed course by column movement to 180oT(PGC). 0606 Changed course by column movement to 120oT(PGC). 0610 Joined Task Unit 77.4.1, Rear Admiral F.B. Stump, USN, in U.S.S. NATOMA BAY in tactical command. Formed Cruising Disposition 5-R; DENVER station 1.5000; axis 000oT(PGC); course 310oT(PGC), at speed 12 knots. 0615 Set Condition I for dawn alert. 0615 Went to General Quarters for Dawn Alert. 0647 Went to 17 knots. 0730 Set Condition 2AA. 0730 Secured from General Quarters. Set modified Material Condition "B"; set Condition of Readiness II in the anti-aircraft battery; and Condition of Readiness III throughout the rest of the ship. 0734 Changed course to 335oT(PGC). 0738 Changed course to 130oT(PGC). 0742 Task Unit 77.3.2, Rear Admiral R.S. Riggs, USN, in tactical command in U.S.S. DENVER, plus U.S.S. MONTPELIER, RADFORD and EDWARDS, detached to proceed as previously directed. Formed column of cruisers, DENVER leading and guide. 0745 Went to 20 knots. 0755 Commenced zig-zagging in accordance with plan No. 24; base course 130oT(PGC).

L. A. Bird, Lt., USN.

08 12 Watch

Steaming as before on course 130oT(PGC), at speed 20 knots, zig-zagging in accordance with plan No. 24. 0805 Ceased zig-zagging and resumed base course 130oT(PGC). 0808 Changed course and axis to the right by column movement to 142oT(PGC). 0811 Resumed zig-zagging in accordance with plan No. 24. 0845 Mustered crew on stations. Absentees: none. 0902 Ceased zig-zagging and resumed base course 142oT(PGC) and slowed to 10 knots. 0904 Slowed to 5 knots. 0906 Stopped all engines to receive anchorage charts from pilot boat. 0915 The Captain took the Conn. 0920 Commenced maneuvering on various courses and at various speeds proceeding independently to take fueling station in Mangarin Bay, Mindoro Island, Philippine Group. 1011 Commenced fueling from U.S.S. PECOS. 1011 Moored starboard side to tanker U.S.S. PECOS in Berth No. 114, Mangarin Bay, Mindoro Island, Philippines Group. 1025 Commenced fueling. Ships draft forward 23 6", aft 24 9". 1040 U.S.S. PT 344 moored to port quarter. 1050 U.S.S. PT 344 cast off and stood clear. Made daily inspection of magazines and smokeless powder samples. Conditions: normal. 1118 Completed fueling. 1118 Completed fueling, having received 189,234 gallons of fuel oil and 600 gallons of gasoline. 1118 U.S.S. LCT 677 moored to port quarter to receive empty powder containers.

G. K. Dress, Lt., USN.

12 16 Watch

Moored as before, starboard side to U.S.S. PECOS. 1227 Cast off lines of LCT 677. 1230 Cast off all lines to U.S.S. PECOS. Having made all preparations, got underway from Berth No. 114. Proceeding on various courses at various speeds to go alongside S.S. BLUEFIELD VICTORY in Berth No. 152. Captain at the Conn, Executive Officer and Navigator on the Bridge. Ships draft: forward 24 3"; aft 25 6". 1312 Moored port side to S.S. BLUEFIELD VICTORY in Berth No. 152, in 38 fathoms of water. Following single manila lines are in use: bow line, crossed springs forward and crossed springs aft, and stern line. 1400 Commenced receiving ammunition from S.S. BLUEFIELD VICTORY. 1520 Completed receiving ammunition. 1525 Received LCT 677 alongside starboard quarter. 1535 Cast off all lines to LCT 677. 1540 Cast off from S.S. BLUEFIELD VICTORY. 1540 having made all preparations, got underway from alongside S.S. BLUEFIELD VICTORY. Proceeding on various courses at various speeds, conforming with channel, with Task Unit 77.3.2, which consists of U.S.S. DENVER,MONTPELIER, COGHLAN, RADFORD, EDWARDS, and FLETCHER. Rear Admiral R.S. Riggs, USN, in U.S.S. DENVER is OTC. Captain at the Conn, Executive Officer and Navigator on the Bridge. Ships draft forward 24 3", aft 25 6". Boilers Nos. 1 and 4 in use for steaming.

M. F. Healy, Jr., Lt., USNR.

 

16 18 Watch

Steaming as before on various courses at various speeds conforming with channel. 1628 Changed course to 300oT(PGC) by turn movement to the right. Went to 10 knots. 1629 Took departure from Mangarin Harbor, Mindoro Island, with right tangent Ambulong Island bearing 182oT(PGC), nearest point distance 6 miles. 1648 Went to 15 knots. 1655 Commenced zig-zagging in accordance with plan No. 8, base course 300oT(PGC). 1725 Ceased zig-zagging and resumed base course. 1725 Changed fleet course and axis by corpen movement to 330oT(PGC) the right. 1735 Commenced zig-zagging in accordance with plan No. 8, base course 330oT(PGC).

R. E. Call, Lt., USNR.

18 20 Watch

Steaming as before, zig-zagging in accordance with plan No. 8, on base course 330oT(PGC), speed 15 knots. 1810 Set Condition I for dusk alert. 1810 Passed Task Unit 78.11.8, distance 5 miles to port on course 325oT(PGC). 1830 Went to General Quarters for Dusk Alert. 1842 Ceased zig-zagging and resumed base course 330oT(PGC). 1844 Changed course left to 320oT(PGC). 1850 Resumed zig-zagging, plan No. 8. 1945 Set Condition III. 1945 Secured from General Quarters. Set modified Material Condition "B" and Readiness Condition III, except in the anti-aircraft battery. Set Readiness Condition II in the anti-aircraft battery. 1951 Ceased zig-zagging and resumed base course 320oT(PGC). 1958 Changed course and axis left by column movement to 284oT(PGC).

L. A. Bird, Lt., USN.

20 24 Watch

Steaming as before on course 284oT(PGC), at speed 15 knots. 2004 Commenced zig-zagging in accordance with plan No. 8. 2023 Set Condition of Readiness III in the anti-aircraft battery. 2035 Lit fires under boilers Nos. 2 and 3 to boost steam. 2140 Let fires die out under boilers Nos. 2 and 3. 2250 Made radar contact with task Unit 77.4.3, bearing 253oT(PGC), distance 26 miles. 2352 Ceased zig-zagging and resumed base course 284oT(PGC). 2359 Changed fleet course and axis by column movement left to 264oT(PGC).

G. K. Dress, Lt., USN.

0800 Position; Latitude, 12o-36.5N, Longitude, 120o-41.9E.

1200 Position; Moored to PECOS in berth 114, MANGAIRIN BAY, MINDORO ISLAND.

2000 Position; Latitude, 12o-56.8N, Longitude, 120o-27.8E.

 


Sunday, 21 January, 1945

00 04 Watch

Steaming in company with Task Group 77.3.2, Rear Admiral R.S. Riggs, USN, is OTC in U.S.S. DENVER. This Task Unit consists of U.S.S. DENVER, MONTPELIER, RADFORD, FLETCHER, EDWARDS, and COGHLAN. In column formation. U.S.S. MONTPELIER 1,000 yards astern of U.S.S. DENVER, with bent-arc screen ahead. U.S.S. DENVER guide. Ship is darkened, in modified Material Condition "B" and Readiness Condition III. Boilers No. 1 and 4 in use. On course 104oT(PGC), speed 13 knots. 0010 Commenced zig-zagging, plan No. 8.

M. F. Healy, Jr., Lt., USNR.

04 08 Watch

Steaming as before on course 264oT(PGC), speed 15 knots, zig-zagging accordance with plan No. 8. 0547 Slowed to 12 knots. 0615 Set Condition I for dawn alert. 0615 Went to General Quarters for Dawn Alert. 0623 Ceased zig-zagging and resumed base course. 0625 Changed course to the left by turn movement to 210oT(PGC). 0651 Joined Task Group 77.3, in company with Task Group 77.4. 0651 Took station No. 8 (2315) in Cruising Formation 5-R with Task Group 77.4; axis 000oT(PGC), course 050oT(PGC), speed 10 knots. Guide is the U.S.S. SAVO ISLAND, bearing 184oT, distance 1450 yards. Rear Admiral F. B. Stump in NATOMA BAY is OTC. 0721 Changed course left by turn movement to 270oT(PGC). 0730 Set Condition 2AA. 0735 Secured from General Quarters. Set modified Material Condition "B" and Readiness Condition III, except in the anti-aircraft battery. Set Condition II(AA) in the anti-aircraft battery. 0736 Commenced zig-zagging in accordance with plan 17-Z, base course 270oT(PGC).

R. E. Call, Lt., USNR.

08 12 Watch

Steaming as before on base course 270oT(PGC), speed 10 knots, zig-zagging accordance with plan No. 17-Z. 0845 Mustered crew on stations. Absentees: none. 1008 Ceased zig-zagging and remained on present course 290oT(PGC). 1010 Commenced maneuvering on various courses for carrier flight operations. 1044 Ceased flight operations and changed course left by turn movement to base course 010oT(PGC). 1045 Made daily inspection of magazines and smokeless powder samples. Conditions: normal. 1053 Resumed zig-zagging, plan No. 17-Z. 1105 U.S.S. NATOMA BAY designated guide, bearing 087oT, distance 1450 yards.

L. A. Bird, Lt., USN.

 

12 16 Watch

Steaming as before on course 010oT(PGC), at speed 10 knots, zig-zagging accordance with plan No. 17-Z. 1222 Ceased zig-zagging and resumed base course 010oT(PGC). 1227 Changed course to the right by turn movement to 050oT(PGC) for flight operations. 1240 Changed course to the right by turn movement to 130oT(PGC). 1245 U.S.S. BOISE designated formation guide, bearing 135oT, distance 4000 yards. 1248 Commenced zig-zagging, plan No. 17-Z. 1320 Ceased zig-zagging and resumed base course 130oT(PGC). 1325 Changed course to the left by turn movement to 050oT(PGC) for flight operations. Steamed on various courses conforming to movement of carriers. 1408 Changed course to the right by turn movement to 130oT(PGC) flight operations completed. 1416 Commenced zig-zagging in accordance with plan 17-Z. 1510 Ceased zig-zagging and resumed base course 130oT(PGC). 1526 Changed course to the left by turn movement to 050oT(PGC) for flight operations. 1529 Went to 12 knots. 1534 Changed course to the left by turn movement to 045oT(PGC). 1546 Slowed to 10 knots. 1547 U.S.S. RADFORD came alongside to port to receive stores. 1554 Having completed transfer of stores, U.S.S. RADFORD cast off and stood clear. 1559 Changed course to the right by turn movement to 130oT(PGC).

G. K. Dress, Lt., USN.

16 18 Watch

Steaming as before on base course 130oT(PGC), speed 10 knots. 1608 Resumed zig-zagging, plan No. 17-Z. 1631 Ceased zig-zagging and resumed base course 130oT(PGC). 1642 Changed course left to 040oT(PGC) for carrier flight operations. 1714 Changed course left to 270oT(PGC), having completed flight operations. 1720 U.S.S. PHOENIX designated formation guide, bearing 180oT, distance 2850 yards. 1731 Resumed zig-zagging, plan No. 17-Z.

M. F. Healy, Jr., Lt., USNR.

18 20 Watch

Steaming as before on base course 270oT(PGC), speed 10 knots, zig-zagging in accordance with plan No. 17-Z. 1830 Set Condition I for dusk alert. 1841 Ceased zig-zagging and resumed base course 270oT(PGC). Went to General Quarters for routine Dusk Alert. 1851 Material Condition "A" set throughout the ship. 1855 Changed course right by turn movement to 040oT(PGC). 1900 Changed course left to 035oT(PGC). 1901 Went to 12 knots. 1905 Changed course right to 040oT(PGC). 1911 Rear Admiral R. S. Berkey, USN, CTG 77.3 in U.S.S. PHOENIX assumed tactical command of this group. 1912 Changed course left to 270oT(PGC) and slowed to 10 knots. 1933 Commenced zig-zagging in accordance with plan No. 17-Z, along base course 270oT(PGC). 1934 Secured from General Quarters. Set modified Material Condition "B" and Readiness Condition III throughout the ship. 1945 Set Condition III.

R. E. Call, Lt., USNR.

 

20 24 Watch

Steaming as before on base course 270oT(PGC), speed 10 knots, zig-zagging in accordance with plan No. 17-Z. 2250 Ceased zig-zagging and resumed base course. 2300 Changed course left by turn movement to 115oT(PGC). 2310 Resumed zig-zagging, plan 17-Z.

L. A. Bird, Lt., USN.

0800 Position; Latitude, 12o-54.2N, Longitude, 117o-53.3E.

1200 Position; Latitude, 13o-06.2N, Longitude, 117o-39.2E.

2000 Position; Latitude, 13o-04.3N, Longitude, 117o-44.2E.

 


Monday, 22 January, 1945

00 04 Watch

Steaming in company with Task Groups 77.3 and 77.4, Rear Admiral R.S. Berkey, USN, OTC in the U.S.S. PHOENIX. This Task Group consists of the following: U.S.S. PHOENIX, BOISE, DENVER, MONTPELIER, NATOMA BAY, MARCUS ISLAND, PETROF BAY, and SAVO ISLAND; with screening force: U.S.S. TAYLOR, BELL, EDWARDS, RADFORD, COGHLAN, FLETCHER, CONNER, CHARRETTE, OBANNON, BURNS, SEIVERLING and MOORE. In Cruising Disposition 5-R; axis 000oT(PGC); DENVER station 2315; U.S.S. PHOENIX guide bearing 180oT(PGC), distance 2850 yards. Ship is darkened, in modified Material Condition "B" and Readiness Condition III. Boilers Nos. 1 and 4 in use. On course 115oT(PGC), speed 10 knots, zig-zagging in accordance with plan No. 17-Z. 0155 Lit fires under boilers Nos. 2 and 3 to boost steam. 0217 Let fires die out under boilers No. 2 and 3.

G. K. Dress, Lt., USN.

04 08 Watch

Steaming as before on base course 115oT(PGC), speed 10 knots, zig-zagging, plan No. 17-Z. 0500 Lighted fires under boilers No. 2 and 3 to boost steam pressure. 0535 Hauled fires under boilers No. 2 and 3. 0600 Rear Admiral F. B. Stump, USN, in U.S.S. NATOMA BAY assumed tactical command. Set Condition I for dawn alert. 0615 Went to General Quarters for Dawn Alert. 0650 Ceased zig-zagging, remaining on course being steered 075oT(PGC). 0658 Changed course left to 020oT(PGC) for carrier flight operations. 0712 Changed course right to 145oT(PGC), having completed flight operations 0715 Made radar contact on U.S.S. SUAMICO and PECOS, bearing 120oT(PGC), distance 25 miles. 0730 Set Condition 2AA. 0730 Secured from General Quarters. Set Modified Material Condition "B", Readiness Condition II in the anti-aircraft battery and Readiness Condition III throughout rest of ship. 0740 Changed course left to 050oT(PGC). 0746 Went to 12 knots. 0749 Changed course right to 060oT(PGC) and went to 15 knots. 0759 Went to 17 knots.

M. F. Healy, Jr., Lt., USNR.

08 12 Watch

Steaming as before on course 060oT(PGC), speed 17 knots. 0812 Commenced maneuvering independently to form modified 5-R for fueling with U.S.S. SUAMICO, PECOS, plus screen U.S.S. THOMASON and LOVELACE. 0816 Took station with U.S.S. SUAMICO formation guide, bearing 128oT(PGC), distance 3450 yards. 0845 Mustered crew on stations. No absentees. 1102 Commenced forming Cruising Disposition 5-R. 1120 Assumed station 3330 in formation 5-R, U.S.S. SUAMICO guide, bearing 140oT(PGC), distance 3800 yards. 1145 Made daily inspection of magazines and smokeless powder samples. Conditions: normal.

R. E. Call, Lt., USNR.

 

12 16 Watch

Steaming as before, on base course 020oT(PGC), speed 8 knots. 1310 Completed fueling operations. 1316 Changed course left by turn movement to 240oT(PGC) and went to 10 knots. 1321 U.S.S. MONTPELIER designated formation guide, bearing 090oT(PGC), distance 3,000 yards. 1333 Changed course right by turn movement to 035oT(PGC). 1340 Changed course right by turn movement to 040oT(PGC). 1345 Went to 15 knots. 1358 Changed course left by column movement to 260oT(PGC) and slowed to 10 knots. 1427 U.S.S. NATOMA BAY, designated formation guide, bearing 098oT(PGC), distance 1260 yards. 1440 Carriers and cruisers assumed station on circles 2 and 2.5 respectively. 1456 Commenced zig-zagging in accordance with plan 17-Z, on base course 260oT(PGC). 1517 Ceased zig-zagging and resumed base course 260oT(PGC). 1528 Changed course by turn movement to 045oT(PGC). 1534 Changed course left by turn movement to 040oT(PGC). 1540 Changed course right by turn movement to 090oT(PGC). 1543 Slowed to 10 knots. 1546 Resumed zig-zagging, plan 17-Z.

L. A. Bird, Lt., USN.

16 18 Watch

Steaming as before on course 090oT(PGC), at speed 10 knots, zig-zagging in accordance with plan No. 17-Z. 1639 Ceased zig-zagging and resumed base course 090oT(PGC). 1643 Changed course left by turn movement to 025oT(PGC) and went to 12 knots. Steamed on various courses conforming to movements of carriers during flight operations. 1658 Went to 14 knots. 1714 Changed course to the right by turn movement to105oT(PGC) and slowed to 10 knots; flight operations completed. 1723 U.S.S. MARCUS ISLAND designated formation guide, bearing 137oT(PGC), distance 4350 yards. 1745 Commenced zig-zagging in accordance with plan 17-Z.

G. K. Dress, Lt., USN.

18 20 Watch

Steaming as before on base course 105oT(PGC), speed 10 knots, zig-zagging, plan No. 17-Z. 1821 U.S.S. SUAMICO, PECOS, THOMASON, LOVELACE, left formation and proceeded as previously directed. 1830 Set Condition I for dusk alert. 1838 Ceased zig-zagging and resumed base course 315oT(PGC). 1842 Changed course left to 035oT(PGC), for carrier flight operations. 1845 Went to General Quarters for Dusk Alert. 1846 Changed course right to 045oT(PGC) and went to 14 knots. 1852 Slowed to 12 knots. 1855 U.S.S. TULAGI designated formation guide, bearing 202.5oT(PGC), distance 1260 yards. 1906 Changed course left to 315oT(PGC) and slowed to 10 knots, having completed flight operations. 1910 Resumed zig-zagging, plan No. 17-Z. 1925 Rear Admiral R. S. Berkey, USN, in U.S.S. PHOENIX assumed tactical command. 1942 Secured from General Quarters. Set Readiness Condition III and Modified Material Condition "B". 1945 Set Condition III.

M. F. Healy, Jr., Lt., USNR.

 

20 24 Watch

Steaming as before on base course 315oT(PGC), speed 10 knots, zig-zagging, plan No. 17-Z.

R. E. Call, Lt., USNR.

0800 Position; Latitude, 12o-33.6N, Longitude, 118o-30E.

1200 Position; Latitude, 12o-57.7N, Longitude, 118o-43E.

2000 Position; Latitude, 13o-11.9N, Longitude, 118o-49.8E.

 


Tuesday, 23 January, 1945

00 04 Watch

Steaming in company with Task Groups 77.3 and 77.4, Rear Admiral R. S. Berkey, USN, OTC in the U.S.S. PHOENIX. These Task Group consist of U.S.S. PHOENIX, DENVER, BOISE, MONTPELIER, NATOMA BAY, MARCUS ISLAND, TULAGI, PETROF BAY, SAVO ISLAND, SEIVERLING, MOORE, BELL, HOPEWELL, ABBOT, CAMPBELL AND GOSS. In Cruising Formation 5-R; axis 000oT(PGC); DENVERs station 2.5330; U.S.S. TULAGI guide, bearing 202.5oT(PGC), distance 1260 yards. The ship is darkened, in modified Material Condition "B" and Readiness Condition III. Boilers No. 1 and 4 in use. On course 315oT(PGC), zig-zagging in accordance with plan No. 17-Z, speed 10 knots. 0050 Ceased zig-zagging and resumed base course 315oT(PGC). 0100 Changed course left by column movement to 205oT(PGC). 0110 Resumed zig-zagging, plan No. 17-Z.

L. A. Bird, Lt., USN.

04 08 Watch

Steaming as before on base course 205oT(PGC), at speed 10 knots, zig-zagging in accordance with plan No. 17-Z. 0600 Rear Admiral F. B. Stump, USN, in U.S.S. NATOMA BAY assumed tactical command. 0630 Set Condition I for dawn alert. 0630 Went to General Quarters for Dawn Alert. Set Material Condition "A". 0640 U.S.S. FLETCHER rejoined formation and took station assigned. 0657 Ceased zig-zagging and resumed base course 205oT(PGC). 0700 Changed course to the left by turn movement to 030oT(PGC) and went to 14 knots for flight operations. 0716 Slowed to 10 knots, flight operations completed. 0722 Commenced zig-zagging in accordance with plan 17-Z. 0722 U.S.S. STEAMER BAY designated formation guide, bearing 111oT(PGC), distance 3200 yards. Set Condition 2AA. 0730 Secured from General Quarters. Set modified Material Condition "B" and Readiness Condition III, except in the anti-aircraft battery. Set Condition II(AA) in the anti-aircraft battery. 0735 U.S.S. RADFORD rejoined the formation and took screening station assigned. 0757 U.S.S. MOORE came alongside to port. Transferred Baca, D.E., CFC(AA), USN, 306 02 40, to U.S.S. MOORE via breeches buoy for temporary duty. Ceased zig-zagging with formation and steadied on course 010oT(PGC), during transfer operations.

G. K. Dress, Lt., USN.

 

08 12 Watch

Maneuvering on various courses at various speeds with U.S.S. MOORE alongside. 0804 Cast off all lines to U.S.S. MOORE. 0805 Resumed station 2.5330 in formation. Ceased zig-zagging and resumed base course 030oT(PGC), at speed 10 knots. 0809 Changed course right to 090oT(PGC). 0816 Resumed zig-zagging, plan No. 17-Z. 0833 Ceased zig-zagging and resumed base course 090oT(PGC). 0845 Mustered crew on stations. Absentees: none. 0850 Changed course left to 280oT(PGC). 0901 Changed course left to 190oT(PGC). 0915 U.S.S. PHOENIX designated formation guide, bearing 180oT(PGC), distance 4350 yards. 0945 Changed course left to 130oT(PGC). 1000 Made daily inspection of magazines and smokeless powder samples. Conditions: normal. 1002 Changed course right to 260oT(PGC). 1016 Changed course right to 035oT(PGC) for carrier operations. Commenced maneuvering on various courses at various speeds for flight operations. 1055 Changed course left to 260oT(PGC), and slowed to 10 knots, having completed flight operations. 1100 Resumed zig-zagging, plan No. 17-Z.

M. F. Healy, Jr., Lt., USNR.

12 16 Watch

Steaming as before, on course 260oT(PGC), speed 10 knots, zig-zagging in accordance with plan No. 17-Z. 1238 Ceased zig-zagging and resumed base course 260oT(PGC). 1245 Changed course right by turn movement to 040oT(PGC). Went to 15 knots. 1256 Changed course left by turn movement to 260oT(PGC) and slowed to 10 knots. 1301 Commenced zig-zagging in accordance with plan No. 17-Z on base course 260oT(PGC). 1326 Ceased zig-zagging and resumed base course. 1334 Maneuvered on various courses at various speeds to conduct flight operations. 1409 Commenced zig-zagging in accordance with plan No. 17-Z, on base course 280oT(PGC). 1519 Ceased zig-zagging and steadied on 320oT(PGC). 1523 Maneuvered on various courses at various speeds to conduct flight operations. 1532 Changed course left to 350oT(PGC) upon completion of flight operations. 1546 Commenced zig-zagging in accordance with plan No. 17-Z along base course 350oT(PGC).

R. E. Call, Lt., USNR.

16 18 Watch

Steaming as before on course 350oT(PGC), speed 10 knots and zig-zagging in accordance with plan No. 17-Z. 1642 Ceased zig-zagging and resumed base course 350oT(PGC). 1648 Changed course right by turn movement to 015oT(PGC) for carrier flight operations. 1709 Changed course right by turn movement to 020oT(PGC). 1715 Changed course left by column movement to 350oT(PGC), upon completion of flight operations. 1722 Resumed zig-zagging in accordance with plan No. 17-Z, base course 350oT(PGC).

L. A. Bird, Lt., USN.

 

18 20 Watch

Steaming as before on course 350oT(PGC), at speed 10 knots and zig-zagging in accordance with plan No. 17-Z. 1808 Ceased zig-zagging and remained on course being steered 010oT(PGC). 1811 Changed course to the right by turn movement to 025oT(PGC) for flight operations. 1822 Resumed zig-zagging in accordance with plan No. 17-Z, flight operations completed. 1845 Went to General Quarters for Dusk Alert. Set Material Condition "A". 1849 Ceased zig-zagging and resumed base course 025oT(PGC). 1854 Changed course to the right by turn movement to 035oT(PGC), and went to 12 knots for flight operations. 1906 Changed course to the left by turn movement to 025oT(PGC) and slowed to 10 knots, flight operations completed. 1909 Commenced zig-zagging in accordance with plan No. 17-Z. 1930 U.S.S. RADFORD and NICHOLAS left formation to assume assigned picket stations. 1935 Secured from General Quarters. Set modified Material Condition "B" and Readiness Condition III. 1940 U.S.S. Montpelier designated formation guide, bearing 090oT(PGC), distance 2500 yards. 1940 Rear Admiral R. S. Berkey, USN, in U.S.S. PHOENIX assumed tactical command. 2000 Set Radar Condition III.

G. K. Dress, Lt., USN.

20 24 Watch

Steaming as before on course 025oT(PGC), speed 10 knots, zig-zagging, plan 17-Z. 2250 Ceased zig-zagging and resumed base course 025oT(PGC). 2300 Changed course right 195oT(PGC). U.S.S. PHOENIX designated formation guide, bearing 180oT(PGC), distance 4350 yards. 2319 Resumed zig-zagging, Plan No. 17-Z.

M. F. Healy, Jr., Lt., USNR.

0800 Position; Latitude, 13o-02.5N, Longitude, 117o-51.7E.

1200 Position; Latitude, 13o-01.7N, Longitude, 117o-50.3E.

 


Wednesday, 24 January, 1945

00 04 Watch

Steaming in company with Task Groups 77.3 and 77.4, Rear Admiral R. S. Berkey, USN, in U.S.S. PHOENIX is OTC. This Task Group consists of the following ships: U.S.S. PHOENIX, DENVER, BOISE, MONTPELIER, NATOMA BAY, PETROF BAY, SAVO ISLAND, STEAMER BAY, TULAGI, and MARCUS ISLAND: screening ships. U.S.S. FLETCHER, EDWARDS, COGHLAN, CONNER, TAYLOR, CHARRETTE, OBANNON, BURNS, SEIVERLING, MOORE, BELL, GOSS, HOPEWELL, ABBOT, and CAMPBELL. In Cruising Disposition 5-R; axis 000oT(PGC); DENVERs station 2.5330; PHOENIX guide, bearing 180oT(PGC), distance 4350 yards. U.S.S. RADFORD and NICHOLAS are 12 and 24 mile pickets. Ship is darkened, in modified Material Condition "B" and Readiness Condition III. Base course 195oT(PGC), speed 10 knots, zig-zagging in accordance with plan No. 17-Z. Boilers No. 1 and 4 in use.

R. E. Call, Lt., USNR.

04 08 Watch

Steaming as before on base course 195oT(PGC), speed 10 knots, zig-zagging in accordance with plan 17-Z. 0600 Set normal radar guard condition. 0630 Set Condition I for dawn alert. Bogie bearing 275oT, 28 miles which did not close but passed to southward of disposition, distance 13 miles, course 140oT. 0630 Went to General Quarters for Dawn Alert. Rear Admiral F. B. Stump, USN, in U.S.S. NATOMA BAY assumed tactical command. 0637 Ceased zig-zagging and resumed base course 195oT(PGC). 0638 Set Material Condition "A". 0640 U.S.S. MONTPELIER designated guide, bearing 090oT(PGC), distance 2500 yards. Commenced maneuvering at various courses for carrier flight operations. 0730 Set Condition 2AA. 0750 U.S.S. RADFORD and NICHOLAS rejoined formation. 0710 Ceased flight operations and steadied up on base course 085oT(PGC). U.S.S. STEAMER BAY designated formation guide, bearing 111oT(PGC), distance 3200 yards. 0722 Resumed zig-zagging, plan No. 17-Z. 0730 Secured from General Quarters. Set modified Material Condition "B" and Readiness Condition III, except in the anti-aircraft battery in which Condition II is set.

L. A. Bird, Lt., USN.

 

08 12 Watch

Steaming as before on base course 085oT(PGC), at speed 10 knots, zig-zagging in accordance with plan 17-Z. 0845 Mustered crew on stations. No absentees. 1012 Ceased zig-zagging and resumed base course 085oT(PGC). 1017 Changed course to the left by turn movement to 020oT(PGC) for flight operations. Steamed on various courses conforming to movement of carriers during flight operations. 1050 Changed course to the left by turn movement to 330oT(PGC), flight operations completed. 1050 Made daily inspection of magazines and smokeless powder samples. Conditions normal. 1103 Commenced zig-zagging, plan No. 17-Z. 1150 Set Condition I in AA Battery. CAP reported an unidentified plane at 20,000 feet, altitude over the disposition. This plane was visually identified as a VENTURA. 1151 Manned the anti-aircraft battery to repel possible air attack.

G. K. Dress, Lt., USN.

12 16 Watch

Steaming as before on base course 330oT(PGC), speed 10 knots, zig-zagging, plan 17-Z. 1203 Set Condition 2AA. 1205 Unidentified aircraft identified as friendly. Set Condition of Readiness II in the anti-aircraft battery. 1325 Ceased zig-zagging, remaining on course being steered, 350oT(PGC). 1330 Changed course right to 025oT(PGC) and commenced maneuvering on various courses at various speeds for carrier flight operations. 1401 Changed course right to 190oT(PGC), and slowed to 10 knots, having completed flight operations. 1406 U.S.S. PHOENIX designated guide, bearing 180oT(PGC), distance 4350 yards. 1410 Resumed zig-zagging, plan No. 17-Z. 1506 Ceased zig-zagging, resuming base course 190oT(PGC). 1509 Changed course right to 330oT(PGC). 1521 Changed course left to 290oT(PGC). 1528 U.S.S. NICHOLAS left formation to investigate small boat, bearing 010oT(PGC), distance 16 miles, containing two men. 1529 Changed course right to 025oT(PGC) for carrier flight operations. 1533 went to 12 knots. 1539 Changed course left to 320oT(PGC) and slowed to 10 knots, having completed flight operations. 1544 Resumed zig-zagging, plan No. 17-Z.

M. F. Healy, Jr., Lt., USNR.

16 18 Watch

Steaming as before on course 320oT(PGC), at speed 10 knots, zig-zagging in accordance with plan 17-Z. 1635 U.S.S. NATOMA BAY was designated fleet guide, bearing 098oT(PGC), distance 1260 yards. U.S.S. PHOENIX left the formation to join U.S.S. NICHOLAS for transferring Japanese prisoners of war. 1638 Ceased zig-zagging and resumed base course. 1641 Went to 12 knots and maneuvered on various courses for carriers to conduct flight operations. 1727 Steadied on course 320oT(PGC), at speed 10 knots. 1734 U.S.S. NICHOLAS rejoined the formation. Commenced zig-zagging in accordance with plan No. 17-Z, on base course 320oT(PGC). 1745 U.S.S. PHOENIX rejoined the formation.

R. E. Call, Lt., USNR.

18 20 Watch

Steaming as before on course 320oT(PGC), speed 10 knots, zig-zagging in accordance with plan No. 17-Z. 1818 Ceased zig-zagging and remained on course being steered, 000oT(PGC). 1820 Changed course right by turn movement to 025oT. 1825 Changed course right by turn movement to 035oT(PGC). 1827 Went to 12 knots. 1834 Resumed zig-zagging, plan No. 17-Z. 1836 Slowed to 10 knots. 1845 Set Condition I for dusk alert. 1845 Went to General Quarters for Dusk Alert. 1852 Ceased zig-zagging and resumed base course 035oT(PGC). 1917 Changed course left by turn movement to 305oT(PGC). U.S.S. TULAGI designated formation guide, bearing 202.5oT(PGC), distance 1260 yards. 1921 Resumed zig-zagging in accordance with plan No. 17-Z, on base course 305oT(PGC). 1934 Rear Admiral R. S. Berkey, USN, in U.S.S. PHOENIX, assumed tactical command. 1935 Set Condition III. 1935 Secured from General Quarters. Set modified Material Condition "B" and Readiness Condition III. 1945 U.S.S. EDWARDS and COGHLAN left the formation on assigned duty.

L. A. Bird, Lt., USN.

20 24 Watch

Steaming as before on course 305oT(PGC), speed 10 knots, zig-zagging in accordance with plan 17-Z. 2055 U.S.S. DENVER designated formation guide. 2350 Ceased zig-zagging and resumed base course 305oT(PGC).

G. K. Dress, Lt., USN.

0800 Position; Latitude, 13o-17.8N, Longitude, 117o-41.3E.

1200 Position; Latitude, 13o-29.6N, Longitude, 117o-56.9E.

2000 Position; Latitude, 14o-08.6N, Longitude, 117o-49.1E.

 


Thursday, 25 January, 1945

00 04 Watch

Steaming in company with Task Groups 77.3 and 77.4, Rear Admiral R. S. Berkey, USN, in U.S.S. PHOENIX is OTC. These task groups are composed as follows: 77.3: U.S.S. PHOENIX, BOISE, DENVER, and MONTPELIER: 77.4: U.S.S. NATOMA BAY, STEAMER BAY, TULAGI, MARCUS ISLAND, PETROF BAY, and SAVO ISLAND; and screen: U.S.S. FLETCHER, TAYLOR, CONNER, CHARRETTE, OBANNON, RADFORD, BURNS, SEIVERLING, MOORE, BELL, HOPEWELL, NICHOLAS, ABBOTT, CAMPBELL and GOSS. In Cruising Disposition 5-R modified; axis 000oT(PGC), DENVER station 2.5330. U.S.S. DENVER is guide. Ship is darkened, in modified Material Condition "B" and Readiness Condition III. Boilers No. 1 and 4 in use. On course 305oT(PGC), speed 10 knots. 0000 Changed course left to 160oT(PGC). 0010 Commenced zig-zagging, plan 17-Z. U.S.S. BOISE designated guide, bearing 150oT(PGC), distance 5,000 yards.

M. F. Healy, Jr., Lt., USNR.

04 08 Watch

Steaming as before on base course 160oT(PGC), at speed 10 knots, zig-zagging in accordance with plan 17-Z. 0630 Set Condition I for dawn alert. 0630 Went to General Quarters for Dawn Alert. Rear Admiral F.B. Stump, USN, CTG 77.4 in U.S.S. NATOMA BAY assumed tactical command. 0656 Ceased zig-zagging and steadied on course 120oT(PGC). 0700 Maneuvered on various courses at various speeds for carrier aircraft operations. 0715 U.S.S. MONTPELIER designated formation guide, bearing 090oT(PGC), distance 2500 yards. 0728 Steadied on course 045oT(PGC), at speed 10 knots. 0734 Commenced zig-zagging in accordance with plan 17-Z, on base course 045oT(PGC). 0735 Set Condition 2AA. 0735 Secured from General Quarters. Set modified Material Condition "B" and Readiness Condition III, except in the anti-aircraft battery. Set Readiness Condition II in the anti-aircraft battery.

R. E. Call, Lt., USNR.

 

08 12 Watch

Steaming as before on base course 045oT(PGC), speed 10 knots, zig-zagging in accordance with plan No. 17-Z. 0856 Ceased zig-zagging and resumed base course 045oT(PGC). 0845 Mustered crew on stations. Absentees: none. 0900 Changed course right by column movement to 180oT(PGC). 0910 U.S.S. SAVO ISLAND designated formation guide, bearing 163oT(PGC), distance 4350 yards. 0930 U.S.S. MOORE came alongside starboard side. Baca, D.E., CFC(AA), 306 02 40, USN, having completed temporary duty on board U.S.S. MOORE was returned to this ship via breeches buoy. 0937 U.S.S. MOORE cast off from alongside. 0940 Resumed zig-zagging, plan 17-Z, on base course 180oT(PGC). 0951 Made daily inspection of magazines and smokeless powder samples. Conditions: normal. 1013 Ceased zig-zagging and resumed base course. 1010 Commenced maneuvering on various courses and speeds for carrier flight operations. 1054 Steadied on base course 190oT(PGC) and slowed to 10 knots. 1101 Resumed zig-zagging, plan 17-Z.

L. A. Bird, Lt., USN.

12 16 Watch

Steaming as before on course 190oT(PGC), at speed 10 knots, zig-zagging in accordance with plan No. 17-Z. 1310 Ceased zig-zagging and resumed base course 190oT(PGC). 1317 Changed course to the left by turn movement to 055oT(PGC) for flight operations. Steamed on various courses conforming with movements of carriers during flight operations. 1353 Went to 12 knots. 1357 Changed course to the right by turn movement to 190oT(PGC) and slowed to 10 knots, flight operations completed. 1404 Resumed zig-zagging in accordance with plan 17-Z. 1448 Ceased zig-zagging and remained on course being steered, 150oT(PGC). 1453 Changed course to the left by turn movement to 140oT(PGC). 1501 Resumed zig-zagging in accordance with plan 17-Z. 1505 U.S.S. JENKINS and LAVALLETTE reported for duty and took their assigned stations in formation screen. 1519 Ceased zig-zagging and resumed base course 140oT(PGC). 1525 Changed course to the left by turn movement to 055oT(PGC) for flight operations. 1539 Changed course to the left by turn movement to 320oT(PGC), flight operations completed. 1539 U.S.S. DENVER designated formation guide.

G. K. Dress, Lt., USN.

16 18 Watch

Steaming as before on base course 320oT(PGC), speed 10 knots. 1644 Changed course right 065oT(PGC) for carrier flight operations. 1718 Changed course left 320oT(PGC), having completed flight operations.

M. F. Healy, Jr., Lt., USNR.

 

18 20 Watch

Steaming as before on course 320oT(PGC), at speed 10 knots. 1808 Changed course right by turn movement into the wind for carriers to conduct flight operations. Went to 12 knots. 1845 Received U.S.S. JENKINS alongside port quarter. 1900 Set Condition I for dusk alert. 1900 Went to General Quarters for Dusk Alert. 1932 U.S.S. JENKINS cast off to take station in formation. 1905 Set Material Condition "A". 1933 Changed course left by turn movement to 325oT(PGC). Slowed to 10 knots. Commenced zig-zagging in accordance with plan 17-Z on base course 325oT(PGC). 1935 Set Condition III. 1936 Secured from General Quarters. Set Material Condition "B" modified and Readiness Condition III. Rear Admiral R. S. Berkey, USN, in U.S.S. PHOENIX assumed tactical command.

R. E. Call, Lt., USNR.

20 24 Watch

Steaming as before on base course 325oT(PGC), speed 10 knots, zig-zagging in accordance with plan No. 17-Z. 2035 U.S.S. FLETCHER and RADFORD left the formation to take assigned picket stations.

L. A. Bird, Lt., USN.

0800 Position; Latitude, 13o-45.3N, Longitude, 117o-48.1E.

1200 Position; Latitude, 13o-34.6N, Longitude, 118o-02.7E.

2000 Position; Latitude, 13o-38.6N, Longitude, 118o-08E.

 


Friday, 26 January, 1945

00 04 Watch

Steaming in company with Task Groups 77.3 and 77.4, Rear Admiral R. S. Berkey, USN, OTC in U.S.S. PHOENIX. These task groups consist of U.S.S. PHOENIX, BOISE, MONTPELIER, DENVER, NATOMA BAY, MARCUS ISLAND, SAVO ISLAND, STEAMER BAY, PETROF BAY and TULAGI, with a screening force of U.S.S. HOPEWELL, JENKINS, CONNER, BELL, LAVALLETTE, ABBOTT, OBANNON, NICHOLAS, BURNS, TAYLOR, SEIVERLING, GOSS, CAMPBELL, MOORE, FLETCHER and RADFORD. U.S.S. RADFORD and FLETCHER pickets ahead of formation on bearing 340oT, distance 24 and 12 miles respectively. In Cruising Disposition 5-R; axis 000oT(PGC); DENVER station 2.5330; U.S.S. DENVER is formation guide. Ship is darkened, in modified Material Condition "B" and Readiness Condition III. Boilers No. 1 and 4 in use. On course 325oT(PGC), speed 10 knots, zig-zagging in accordance with plan 17-Z. 0050 Ceased zig-zagging and resumed base course 325oT(PGC). 0100 Changed course to the left by turn movement to 190oT(PGC). 0110 Resumed zig-zagging in accordance with plan 17-Z; U.S.S. PHOENIX designated formation guide, bearing 180oT(PGC), distance 4350 yards.

G. K. Dress, Lt., USN.

04 08 Watch

Steaming as before on base course 325oT(PGC), speed 10 knots, zig-zagging in accordance with plan No. 17-Z. 0630 Set Condition I for dawn alert. 0630 Went to General Quarters for Dawn Alert. 0630 Rear Admiral F.B. Stump, USN, in U.S.S. NATOMA BAY assumed tactical command. 0653 Ceased zig-zagging and remained course being steered 170oT(PGC). 0700 Changed course left 035oT(PGC) for carrier flight operations. 0700 U.S.S. MARCUS ISLAND designated formation guide, bearing 137oT(PGC), distance 4350 yards. 0730 Set Condition 2AA. 0730 Changed course right 105oT(PGC), having completed flight operations. 0730 Secured from General Quarters. Set Readiness Condition II in the anti-aircraft battery. Condition III throughout the rest of ship, and modified Material Condition "B". U.S.S. RADFORD and FLETCHER rejoined formation and took assigned stations. 0735 Received U.S.S. JENKINS alongside starboard quarter for transfer of mail.

M. F. Healy, Jr., Lt., USNR.

 

08 12 Watch

Steaming as before on course 105oT(PGC), at speed 10 knots. 0821 U.S.S. JENKINS cast off all lines. 0825 U.S.S. BURNS came alongside starboard quarter for transfer of mail. 0845 Mustered crew on stations. Absentees: none. 0931 U.S.S. BURNS cast off all lines. 1015 Changed course to the left by turn movement to 025oT(PGC), for carriers to conduct flight operations. Maneuvered on various courses during flight operations. 1049 Steadied on course 270oT(PGC), at speed 10 knots. 1115 U.S.S. TULAGI designated formation guide, bearing 202.5oT(PGC), distance 1260 yards. 1145 Made daily inspection of magazines and smokeless powder samples. Conditions: normal.

R. E. Call, Lt., USNR.

12 16 Watch

Steaming as before on base course 270oT(PGC), speed 10 knots. 1336 Changed course right by turn movement to 055oT(PGC), and went to 14 knots. 1344 Changed course left by turn movement to 045oT(PGC). 1405 Changed course right by column movements to 180oT(PGC) and slowed to 10 knots. 1428 U.S.S. PHOENIX designated formation guide, bearing 180oT(PGC), distance 4350 yards. 1505 U.S.S. FLETCHER came alongside starboard quarter. 1513 U.S.S. FLETCHER cast off from alongside. 1524 Changed course left by turn movement to 045oT(PGC) and went to 12 knots. 1530 Changed course right by turn movement to 055oT(PGC). 1533 Changed course right by turn movement to 160oT(PGC), and slowed to 10 knots.

L. A. Bird, Lt., USN.

16 18 Watch

Steaming as before on course 160oT(PGC), at speed 10 knots. 1645 Changed course to the left by turn movement to 055oT(PGC) for flight operations. 1650 Went to 12 knots. 1712 Changed course to the left by turn movement to 330oT(PGC), and slowed to 10 knots, flight operations completed. 1723 Commenced zig-zagging in accordance with plan 17-Z. 1727 U.S.S. DENVER designated formation guide.

G. K. Dress, Lt., USN.

 

18 20 Watch

Steaming as before on base course 330oT(PGC), speed 10 knots, zig-zagging, plan 17-Z. 1814 Ceased zig-zagging and remained on course being steered, 350oT(PGC). 1820 Changed course right 055oT(PGC), and went to 12 knots for carrier flight operations. 1840 Resumed zig-zagging, plan 17-Z, having completed flight operations. 1841 Slowed to 10 knots. 1850 Ceased zig-zagging and resumed base course 055oT(PGC) for carrier flight operations. 1853 Went to 12 knots. 1855 Changed course left 025oT(PGC). 1900 Set Condition I for dusk alert. 1900 Went to General Quarters for Dusk Alert. 1907 Changed course left 325oT(PGC) and slowed to 10 knots, having completed flight operations. 1917 Resumed zig-zagging, plan 17-Z. 1942 Secured from General Quarters. Set Readiness Condition III and modified Material Condition "B". 1943 Set Condition III. 1945 U.S.S. RADFORD and NICHOLAS left formation to take assigned picket stations.

M. F. Healy, Jr., Lt., USNR.

20 24 Watch

Steaming as before on course 325oT(PGC), speed 10 knots, zig-zagging plan 17-Z. 2007 Rear Admiral R. S. Berkey, USN, in U.S.S. PHOENIX assumed tactical command. 2150 Ceased zig-zagging and resumed base course, 325oT(PGC). 2200 Changed course left 175oT(PGC). 2210 Resumed zig-zagging in accordance with plan No. 17-Z. U.S.S. BOISE designated formation guide, bearing 150oT(PGC), distance 5,000 yards.

R. E. Call, Lt., USNR.

0800 Position; Latitude, 13o-22.4N, Longitude, 117o-43E.

1200 Position; Latitude, 13o-20.8N, Longitude, 118o-00.6E.

2000 Position; Latitude, 13o-26.1N, Longitude, 117o-49.3E.

 


Saturday, 27 January, 1945

00 04 Watch

Steaming in company with Task Groups 77.3 and 77.4, Rear Admiral R. S. Berkey, USN, OTC in U.S.S. PHOENIX. These task groups consist of the following: U.S.S. PHOENIX, BOISE, DENVER, MONTPELIER, NATOMA BAY, MARCUS ISLAND, SAVO ISLAND, PETROF BAY, STEAMER BAY, TULAGI, HOPEWELL, JENKINS, CONNER, BELL, LAVALLETTE, ABBOTT, OBANNON, BURNS, TAYLOR, SEIVERLING, GOSS, CAMPBELL, MOORE, FLETCHER and CHARRETTE. RADFORD and NICHOLAS are on picket duty ahead of the formation. In Cruising Formation 5-R; axis 000oT(PGC); DENVERs station 2.5330; U.S.S. BOISE guide; bearing 150oT(PGC), distance 5,000 yards. Ship is darkened, in modified Material Condition "B" and Readiness Condition III. Boilers Nos. 1 and 4 in use. On course 175oT(PGC), speed 10 knots and zig-zagging in accordance with plan 17-Z.

L. A. Bird, Lt., USN.

04 08 Watch

Steaming as before on course 175oT(PGC), at speed 10 knots, zig-zagging in accordance with plan 17-Z. 0550 Ceased zig-zagging and resumed base course 175oT(PGC). 0600 Changed course to the left by turn movement to 080oT(PGC). 0610 Resumed zig-zagging in accordance with plan 17-Z. 0610 U.S.S. MONTPELIER designated formation guide, bearing 090oT(PGC), distance 2500 yards. 0630 Rear Admiral F.B. Stump, USN, in U.S.S. NATOMA BAY assumed tactical command. 0630 Set Condition I for dawn alert. 0630 Went to General Quarters for Dawn Alert. Set Material Condition "A". 0652 Ceased zig-zagging and remained on course being steered, 060oT(PGC). 0700 Changed course to the left by turn movement to 045oT(PGC) for flight operations. 0705 Formation commenced maneuvering to take fueling stations as assigned. 0718 Changed course to the left by turn movement to 035oT(PGC), slowed to 8 knots, flight operations completed. 0722 Set Condition 2AA. 0722 Secured from General Quarters. Set modified Material Condition "B", Readiness Condition III, except in the anti-aircraft battery. Set Readiness Condition II(AA) in the anti-aircraft battery. 0725 U.S.S. RADFORD and NICHOLAS rejoined formation and took assigned stations. 0730 Changed course to the right by turn movement to 070oT(PGC) and went to 12 knots. 0737 Changed course to the left by turn movement to 030oT(PGC) and slowed to 8 knots. 0739 Commenced maneuvering independently on various courses and at various speeds to take station for fueling. 0739 U.S.S. SUAMICO, PECOS and SALAMONIE and two escorts, U.S.S. LOVELACE and THOMASON joined formation and took assigned stations. 0758 U.S.S. SALAMONIE designated formation guide, bearing 137.5oT(PGC), distance 2,000 yards.

G. K. Dress, Lt., USN.

 

08 12 Watch

Steaming independently as before, on various courses at various speeds to take station for fueling. Captain has the Conn. 0819 Went alongside U.S.S. SUAMICO for fueling. 0834 Commenced receiving fuel oil at forward connection. 0842 Commenced receiving fuel oil at after connection. 0845 Mustered crew on stations. Absentees: none. 0926 Completed receiving fuel at forward connection. 0931 Completed receiving fuel at after connection. 0940 Cast off all lines to U.S.S. SUAMICO, having received 150,808 gallons of fuel oil. Commenced maneuvering on various courses, at various speeds to take station in formation. 1000 On station in station 3330 in Cruising Disposition 5-R modified; U.S.S. SALAMONIE formation guide, bearing 137oT(PGC), distance 2160 yards; fleet axis 000oT(PGC); fleet course 035oT(PGC), fleet speed 8 knots. Officer-of-Deck relieved the Conn. 1021 Received U.S.S. RADFORD alongside to starboard for transfer of passengers and receipt of official mail. 1025 Transferred passengers. 1036 Cast off all lines to U.S.S. RADFORD. 1045 Made daily inspection of magazines and smokeless powder samples. Conditions normal. Made weekly inspection of magazines, smokeless powder, bombs, pyrotechnics, magazines sprinklers, shell stowage sprinklers and hangar spaces. Conditions: normal.

M. F. Healy, Jr., Lt., USNR.

12 16 Watch

Steaming as before on course 035oT(PGC), speed 8 knots. Exercising at fueling operations. 1515 Fueling exercises completed. 1521 Went to 10 knots. 1527 Commenced forming 5-R; U.S.S. BOISE designated formation guide, bearing 150oT(PGC), distance 5,000 yards; DENVERs station 2.5330. 1540 On station. Fueling ships and their screen left formation, proceeding independently. 1544 Changed course right to 150oT(PGC). 1552 Commenced zig-zagging in accordance with plan 17-Z.

R. E. Call, Lt., USNR.

16 18 Watch

Steaming as before on base course 150oT(PGC), speed 10 knots, zig-zagging, plan 17-Z. 1627 Ceased zig-zagging and resumed base course. 1631 Commenced maneuvering on various courses and speeds for carrier flight operations. 1745 Completed flight operations and steadied on base course 150oT(PGC), speed 10 knots. 1752 Resumed zig-zagging, plan 17-Z.

L. A. Bird, Lt., USN.

 

18 20 Watch

Steaming as before on course 150oT(PGC), at speed 10 knots, zig-zagging in accordance with plan 17-Z. 1847 Ceased zig-zagging and remained on course being steered, 110oT(PGC). 1850 Changed course to the left by turn movement to 060oT(PGC) and went to 16 knots. 1900 Set condition I for dusk alert. 1900 Went to General Quarters for Dusk Alert. Set Material Condition "A". 1909 U.S.S. DENVER designated formation guide. 1914 Changed course to the left by turn movement to 300oT(PGC) and slowed to 10 knots. 1920 Rear Admiral R. S. Berkey, USN, in U.S.S. PHOENIX assumed tactical command. 1921 Commenced zig-zagging in accordance with plan 17-Z. 1922 U.S.S. FLETCHER and RADFORD left formation to proceed to assigned picket stations. 1925 Task Unit 77.10.3 left the area. 1945 Set Condition III. 1946 Secured from General Quarters, set modified Material Condition "B" and Readiness Condition III.

G. K. Dress, Lt., USN.

20 24 Watch

Steaming as before on base course 300oT(PGC), speed 10 knots, zig-zagging, plan 17-Z.

M. F. Healy, Jr., Lt., USNR.

0800 Position; Latitude, 12o-34.1N, Longitude, 117o-56.1E.

1200 Position; Latitude, 13o-01N, Longitude, 118o-15.7E.

2000 Position; Latitude, 13o-06.9N, Longitude, 118o-15.7E.

 


Sunday, 28 January, 1945

00 04 Watch

Steaming in company with Task Groups 77.3 and 77.4, Rear Admiral R.S. Berkey, USN, in U.S.S. PHOENIX is OTC. These task groups consist of the following: U.S.S. PHOENIX, DENVER, BOISE, MONTPELIER, NATOMA BAY, PETROF BAY, STEAMER BAY, TULAGI, MARCUS ISLAND, SAVO ISLAND; and screen force: U.S.S. HOPEWELL, BELL, JENKINS, CONNER, LAVALLETTE, ABBOTT, OBANNON, BURNS, TAYLOR, SEIVERLING, GOSS, CAMPBELL, MOORE, CHARRETTE, and NICHOLAS. U.S.S. RADFORD and FLETCHER in 12 and 24 mile picket, bearing 340oT. Cruising Formation 5-R; DENVER is guide, in station 2.5330. Course 300oT(PGC), speed 10 knots axis 000oT, and zig-zagging in accordance with plan 17-Z. Ship is darkened, in modified Material Condition "B", Readiness Condition III. Boilers Nos. 1 and 4 in use. 0350 Ceased zig-zagging, resumed base course 300oT(PGC).

R. E. Call, Lt., USNR.

04 08 Watch

Steaming as before on course 300oT(PGC), speed 10 knots. 0400 Changed course left by column movement to 210oT(PGC). U.S.S. PHOENIX designated guide, bearing 180oT(PGC), distance 4350 yards. Commenced zig-zagging in accordance with plan 17-Z, on base course 210oT(PGC). 0630 Set Condition I for dawn alert. 0630 Went to General Quarters for Dawn Alert. Rear Admiral F.B. Stump, USN, in U.S.S. NATOMA BAY assumed tactical command. 0637 Set Material Condition "A". 0654 Ceased zig-zagging and remained on course being steered, 190oT(PGC). 0702 Changed course left by turn movement to 030oT(PGC). U.S.S. MONTPELIER designated formation guide, bearing 090oT(PGC), distance 2500 yards. 0707 Went to 14 knots. 0714 Slowed to 10 knots. 0715 Changed course right by turn movement to 030oT(PGC). U.S.S. MARCUS ISLAND designated formation guide, bearing 137oT(PGC), distance 4350 yards. 0726 U.S.S. FLETCHER and RADFORD rejoined the formation. 0724 Commenced zig-zagging in accordance with plan 17-Z, on base course 095oT(PGC). 0730 Set Condition III. 0730 Secured from General Quarters. Set modified Material Condition "B" and Readiness Condition III.

L. A. Bird, Lt., USN.

 

08 12 Watch

Steaming as before on course 095oT(PGC), at speed 10 knots, zig-zagging in accordance with plan 17-Z. 0822 Ceased zig-zagging and resumed base course 095oT(PGC). 0828 Changed course to the left by turn movement to 030oT(PGC) and went to 12 knots for flight operations. 0837 Changed course to the right by turn movement to 095oT(PGC), flight operations completed. 0840 Slowed to 10 knots. 0845 Mustered crew on stations. Absentees: none. 0847 Commenced zig-zagging in accordance with plan 17-Z. 1010 Ceased zig-zagging and resumed base course 095oT(PGC) for flight operations. 1016 Changed course to the left by turn movement to 050oT(PGC). Made daily inspection of magazines and smokeless powder samples. Conditions: normal. 1020 Maneuvered on various courses conforming with movements of carriers during flight operations. 1026 Fired no-load shot in port catapult. 1043 Changed course to the right by turn movement to 095oT(PGC), flight operations completed. 1048 Resumed zig-zagging in accordance with plan 17-Z.

G. K. Dress, Lt., USN.

12 16 Watch

Steaming as before on base course 095oT(PGC), speed 10 knots, zig-zagging, plan 17-Z. 1300 Formed TASK UNIT 77.3.1, (Rear Admiral R. S. RIGGS, USN, U.S.S. DENVER, Flagship), and set course for rendezvous with TASK GROUP 78.3. 1306 Ceased zig-zagging and commenced maneuvering on various courses at various speeds to leave formation with Task Unit 77.3.1, which consists of U.S.S. DENVER, RADFORD and FLETCHER. Rear Admiral R. S. Riggs, USN, in U.S.S. DENVER is OTC. 1325 Formed special Cruising Disposition with U.S.S. DENVER as guide, U.S.S. FLETCHER and RADFORD in anti-submarine screen No. 52. Base course 088oT(PGC), speed 17 knots. 1355 Commenced zig-zagging, plan 23.

M. F. Healy, Jr., Lt., USNR.

16 18 Watch

Steaming as before on base course 088oT(PGC), speed 17 knots, zig-zagging in accordance with plan 23. 1615 Fired three (3) no-load shots in starboard catapult to test new launching cable. Results: satisfactory. 1710 Made visual contact with Lubang Island, bearing 075oT, distance 64 miles.

R. E. Call, Lt., USNR.

18 20 Watch

Steaming as before on base course 088oT(PGC), zig-zagging in accordance with plan 23, speed 17 knots. 1802 Ceased zig-zagging and resumed base course. 1804 Changed course and axis left by column movement to 060oT(PGC). 1808 Changed course and axis left by column movement to 010oT(PGC). 1815 Sighted group of ships hull down bearing 040oT(PGC), identified as Task Group 78.3. 1845 Went to General Quarters for Dusk Alert. 1849 Commenced maneuvering on various courses and speeds to take station 5,000 yards astern Task Group 78.3. 1924 Slowed to 11 knots. 1930 On station. 1944 Changed course left by turn movement to 310oT(PGC). 1945 Secured from General Quarters. Set modified Material Condition "B" and Readiness Condition III, except in the anti-aircraft battery, in which Condition II is set. 1959 Changed course right 320oT(PGC).

L. A. Bird, Lt., USN.

20 24 Watch

Steaming as before on course 320oT(PGC), at speed 11 knots. 2015 Set Readiness Condition III in the anti-aircraft battery. 2030 Changed course to the right by turn movement to 350oT(PGC). 2035 Commenced zig-zagging in accordance with plan No. 6. 2152 Ceased zig-zagging and resumed base course 350oT(PGC). 2217 Changed course and formation axis to the right by column movement to 005oT(PGC). 2224 Commenced zig-zagging in accordance with plan No. 6.

G. K. Dress, Lt., USN.

0800 Position; Latitude, 13o-21.9N, Longitude, 117o-30.2E.

1200 Position; Latitude, 13o-20N, Longitude, 117o-58.7E.

 


Monday, 29 January 1945

00 04 Watch

Underway with Task Unit 77.3.1, which consists of U.S.S. DENVER, FLETCHER and RADFORD. In special Cruising Disposition with U.S.S. FLETCHER and RADFORD in anti-submarine screen No. 52. Steaming in company with Group 78.3, which is 5,000 yards ahead. Rear Admiral A. D. Strubble, USN, in U.S.S. MOUNT MCKINLEY is OTC. On base course 005oT(PGC), speed 11 knots, zig-zagging plan No. 6. Fleet axis is 005oT (PGC). Boilers Nos. 1 and 4 in use. Ship is darkened, with Readiness Condition III and modified Material Condition "B" set. 0100 Ceased zig-zagging and resumed base course. 0156 Changed course and axis right to 025oT(PGC). 0215 Went to 12 knots. 0230 Changed course and axis right to 050oT(PGC).

M. F. Healy, Jr., Lt., USNR.

04 08 Watch

Steaming as before on course 050oT(PGC), speed 12 knots. 0418 Went to 13 knots. 0500 Changed course right to 090oT(PGC). 0516 Slowed to 8 knots. Task Group 78.3 deployed for landing operation. 0628 Slowed to 5 knots. 0630 Went to General Quarters for Dawn Alert. 0730 Secured from General Quarters. Set modified Material Condition "B" and Readiness Condition III, except in the anti-aircraft battery. Set Readiness Condition II in the anti-aircraft battery. 0731 Steadied on course 190oT(PGC) and commenced maneuvering independently at various speeds and on various courses.

R. E. Call, Lt., USNR.

08 12 Watch

Lying to in transport area off Zambales beach-head. 0815 Received boat alongside. 0817 Commander Cruiser Division 12 left the ship to confer with CTF 78.3 aboard U.S.S. MOUNT MC KINLEY. 0915 Commander Cruiser Division 12 returned aboard. 0930 U.S.S. FLETCHER came alongside port quarter. 0956 U.S.S. FLETCHER cast off from port quarter. 1030 Task Unit 77.3.1, consisting of U.S.S. DENVER, FLETCHER, and RADFORD; Rear Admiral R. S. Riggs, USN, in U.S.S. DENVER OTC and guide, left Zambales beach head area to proceed independently to cover minesweeping operations in Subic Bay. Set course 200oT(PGC), speed 15 knots. 1040 Commenced zig-zagging in accordance with plan No. 23. 1048 Ceased zig-zagging and resumed base course. 1052 Changed course to 153oT(PGC). 1103 Resumed zig-zagging in accordance with plan No. 23.

L. A. Bird, Lt., USN.

 

12 16 Watch

Steaming as before on course 153oT(PGC), at speed 15 knots, zig-zagging in accordance with plan No. 23. 1200 Ceased zig-zagging and resumed base course. 1205 Changed course and axis to the left by turn movement to 120oT(PGC). 1231 Slowed to 12 knots. 1233 Commenced zig-zagging in accordance with plan No. 23. 1242 Catapulted plane No. 7 to port for anti-submarine patrol. Pilot Ensign P.R. Anderson, A-V(N), USNR; observer: Jones, E.V., ARM3c, USNR. 1244 Ceased zig-zagging and remained on course being steered 115oT(PGC). 1245 Changed course by emergency turn movement to 295oT(PGC) to evade sound contact reported by U.S.S. RADFORD. 1252 Sound contact reported negative. 1255 Catapulted plane No. 8 to starboard for spotting assignment. Pilot: Lt.(jg) E.G. Yesko, A-V(N), USNR; observer: Ivy, T.R., ARM2c, USNR. 1255 Changed course to the right by turn movement to 120oT(PGC). 1256 Resumed zig-zagging in accordance with plan No. 23. 1300 Went to General Quarters for shore bombardment of Grande Island, Subic Bay, Philippine Islands. 1306 Ceased zig-zagging and resumed base course 120oT(PGC). 1307 Set Material Condition "A". 1309 Commenced maneuvering on various courses and at various speeds in preparation for bombardment. 1445 Previously scheduled shore bombardment cancelled. Secured from General Quarters. Set modified Material Condition "B", Readiness Condition III except in the anti-aircraft battery. 1446 Went to 15 knots. 1450 Steadied on course 020oT(PGC), slowed to 10 knots. 14555 Recovered plane No 7 to port. 1457 Changed course to the left by turn movement to 000oT(PGC). 1458 Slowed to 5 knots. 1500 Went to 10 knots. 1502 Set Condition II(AA) in the anti-aircraft battery. 1503 Recovered plane No. 8 to port. 1504 Changed course to the left by turn movement to 180oT(PGC). 1540 Maneuvered on various courses conforming to movements of minecraft recovering sweeping gear. 1552 Steadied on course 210oT(PGC).

G. K. Dress, Lt., USN.

16 18 Watch

Maneuvering on various courses at various speeds while minecraft recover minesweeping gear. 1630 Changed course right to 040oT(PGC) and slowed to 5 knots. Steaming in company with Task Units 77.3.1 and 78.3.6. Task Unit 78.3.6 consists of U.S.S. SAUNTER, SALUTE, SCOUT, SCRIMMAGE, SENTRY, SCUFFLE, SATE, TRIUMPH, PURSUIT and REQUISTE. In special Cruising Disposition with U.S.S. RADFORD and FLETCHER and Task Unit 78.3.6 in circular anti-submarine screen on circle 5, U.S.S. DENVER in guide station 0000. Fleet axis is 000oT(PGC). Rear Admiral R. S. Riggs, USN, in U.S.S. DENVER is OTC. 1645 Changed course right to 270oT(PGC). 1710 Went to 8 knots. 1726 Went to 10 knots. 1758 Changed course right to 180oT(PGC).

M. F. Healy, Jr., Lt., USNR.

 

18 20 Watch

Steaming as before on course 180oT(PGC), at speed 10 knots. 1807 Changed course left by turn movement to 090oT(PGC). 1822 Changed course left by turn movement to 000oT(PGC). 1830 Changed course left by turn movement to 270oT(PGC). 1844 Commenced zig-zagging in accordance with plan No. 23, on base course 270oT(PGC). 1845 Went to General Quarters for Dusk Alert. H.M.A.S. WARRECO and U.S.S. YMC 316 joined the formation. 1910 Darkened ship. 1930 Secured from General Quarters, set special modified Material Condition "B" and Readiness Condition III.

R. E. Call, Lt., USNR.

20 24 Watch

Steaming as before on base course 270oT(PGC), zig-zagging in accordance with plan No. 23, speed 10 knots. 2150 Ceased zig-zagging and resumed base course 270oT(PGC). 2200 Changed course right by column movement to 040oT(PGC). 2210 Resumed zig-zagging, plan No. 23.

L. A. Bird, Lt., USN.

 


Tuesday, 30 January 1945

00 04 Watch

Steaming in company with Task Unit 77.3.1 and units of Task Unit 78.3.6, Rear Admiral R.S. Riggs, USN, OTC in U.S.S. DENVER. Task Unit 77.3.1 consists of the U.S.S. DENVER, RADFORD, and FLETCHER. The ships of 78.3.6 are the U.S.S. SAUNTER, SALUTE, SCOUT, CRIMMAGE, SENTRY, SCUFFLE, SAGE, TRIUMPH, PURSUIT, REQUISITE, UMS 316, and H.M.A.S. WARREGO, in anti-submarine cruising formation. Axis 270oT(PGC); U.S.S. DENVER guide. Ship is darkened, in modified Material Condition "B" and Readiness Condition III. Boilers Nos. 1 and 4 in use. On course 040oT(PGC), at speed 10 knots, zig-zagging in accordance with plan 23. 0050 Ceased zig-zagging and resumed base course 040oT(PGC). 0100 Changed course to the right by turn movement to 130oT(PGC). 0110 Commenced zig-zagging in accordance with plan No. 23. 0115 On receiving sonar contact report, ceased zig-zagging and changed course to the right by turn movement to 060oT(PGC). 0120 Sonar contact negative. 0122 Changed course to the right by turn movement to 130oT(PGC). 0132 Commenced zig-zagging in accordance with plan No. 23. 0200 Ceased zig-zagging and resumed base course, 130oT(PGC). 0202 Changed course to the right by turn movement to 225oT(PGC). 0216 Commenced zig-zagging in accordance with plan No. 23. 0339 Ceased zig-zagging and resumed base course 225oT(PGC). 0344 Changed course to the left by turn movement to 110oT(PGC). 0355 Resumed zig-zagging in accordance with plan No. 23.

G. K. Dress, Lt., USN.

04 08 Watch

Steaming as before on base course 110oT(PGC), speed 10 knots, zig-zagging in accordance with plan No. 23. 0454 Ceased zig-zagging and resumed base course. 0500 Changed course left to 070oT(PGC). 0509 Resumed zig-zagging, plan No. 23. 0630 Went to General Quarters for Dawn Alert. 0655 Ceased zig-zagging and resumed base course. 0659 Changed course left to 008oT(PGC). 0702 U.S.S. DENVER, RADFORD and FLETCHER left formation on duty assigned. 0712 Changed course left to 210oT(PGC). 0713 Went to 15 knots. 0715 Secured from General Quarters. Set Condition of Readiness II in the anti-aircraft battery, Condition of Readiness III throughout rest of ship, and modified Material Condition "B". 0724 Slowed to 10 knots. 0737 Changed course left to 045oT(PGC), and went to 15 knots. 0742 Catapulted plane No. 8 to starboard. Pilot: Ensign D.G. Hartlaub, A-V(N), USNR, (346932); observer: Tucker, A.D., Jr., 357 41 75, ARM2c, USNR. 0745 Changed course left to 000oT(PGC), and slowed to 10 knots. 0748 Changed course right to 020oT(PGC). 0756 Changed course left to 220oT(PGC).

M. F. Healy, Jr., Lt., USNR.

 

08 12 Watch

Steaming as before on base course 220oT(PGC), at 10 knots. 0823 Changed course right by turn movement to 020oT(PGC). 0830 Task Groups 77.6.6, 77.6.7, 77.6.8 and 77.6.9 joined up. 0842 Changed course to the right by turn movement to 045oT(PGC). 0845 Mustered crew on stations. Absentees: none. 0905 Went to 15 knots. 0911 Slowed to 5 knots. 0914 Changed course left by turn movement to 330oT(PGC). 0918 All engines stopped, lying to. 0920 Commodore M.O. Carlson, USN, ComTransDiv 37 came aboard for official visit with ComCruDiv 12. 0940 Went to 5 knots, on course 030oT(PGC). 0955 Commodore M.O. Carlson, USN, left the ship. 1012 Went to 10 knots and maneuvered on various courses into the wind to launch one plane. 1029 Catapulted plane No. 7. Pilot: Lt.(jg) E.G. Yesko, 251058 USNR; observer: Ivy, T.R., ARM2c, 617 93 30, USNR. 1030 Went to General Quarters for fire support of landing party on Grande Island, Subic Bay, Philippine Islands. 1039 All engines stopped. Maneuvered as necessary to maintain position for fire support. 1128 Set Condition of Readiness II in the main battery and Readiness Condition III in the Engineering Department. 1153 Recovered plane No. 8. Set modified Material Condition "B", Readiness Condition III, except in the anti-aircraft battery. Set Readiness Condition II(AA) in the anti-aircraft battery. 1159 Went to 10 knots and steadied on course 270oT(PGC). Made daily inspection of magazines and smokeless powder samples. Conditions normal.

R. E. Call, Lt., USNR.

12 16 Watch

Steaming as before and hove to on station for fire support of landing operation on Grande Island, Subic Bay, Philippine Islands. 1258 Recovered plane No. 7. 1535 Having completed assigned duty in support of landing, took departure from Subic Bay area, in company with Task Unit 77.3.1. Went to 12 knots and set course 250oT(PGC). 1543 Commenced zig-zagging, plan 23.

L. A. Bird, Lt., USN.

16 18 Watch

Steaming as before on course 250oT(PGC), at speed 12 knots, zig-zagging in accordance with plan 23.

G. K. Dress, Lt., USN.

18 20 Watch

Steaming as before on base course 250oT(PGC), speed 12 knots, zig-zagging, plan 23. 1845 Went to General Quarters for Dusk Alert. 1935 Secured from General Quarters. Set Readiness Condition III and modified Material Condition "B".

M. F. Healy, Jr., Lt., USNR.

 

20 24 Watch

Steaming as before on course 250oT(PGC), speed 12 knots, zig-zagging plan 23. 2329 Ceased zig-zagging, changed course left by counter march, to 097oT(PGC). 2337 Commenced zig-zagging in accordance with plan 23, base course 097oT(PGC).

R. E. Call, Lt., USNR.

 


Wednesday, 31 January 1945

00 04 Watch

Steaming in company with Task Unit 77.3.1, Rear Admiral R.S. Riggs, USN, is OTC in U.S.S. DENVER. This Task Unit consists of U.S.S. DENVER, RADFORD, and FLETCHER; in anti-submarine screen; Cruising Formation, axis 097oT(PGC), U.S.S. DENVER is guide. Ship is darkened, in modified Material Condition "B" and Readiness Condition III. Boilers Nos. 1 and 4 in use. On base course 097oT(PGC), zig-zagging in accordance with plan No. 23, speed 12 knots. 0321 Made radar contact with Lubang Island, bearing 105oT(PGC), distance 45 miles.

L. A. Bird, Lt., USN.

04 08 Watch

Steaming as before on course 097oT(PGC), at speed 12 knots, zig-zagging in accordance with plan 23. 0513 Ceased zig-zagging and resumed base course 097oT(PGC). 0515 Changed course and axis to the left by turn movement to 070oT(PGC) and went to 16 knots. 0525 Resumed zig-zagging in accordance with plan 23. 0544 Sighted Cabia Island, P.I., visually bearing 110oT(PGC), distance 14 miles. 0623 Ceased zig-zagging and resumed base course. 0613 Changed course and axis to the right by turn movement to 095oT(PGC). 0615 Went to General Quarters for Dawn Alert. Set Material Condition "A". 0619 Commenced zig-zagging in accordance with plan 23. 0625 Went to 17 knots. 0655 Changed base course to the left by turn movement to 090oT(PGC). 0720 Ceased zig-zagging and resumed base course 090oT(PGC). 0722 Slowed to 12 knots. 0730 Secured from General Quarters. Set modified Material Condition "B", Readiness Condition III, except in the anti-aircraft battery. Set Condition II(AA) in the anti-aircraft battery. 0735 U.S.S. TINSMAN came alongside to deliver official mail. 0737 Passed Lubang Island, P.I., on starboard beam, distance 7 miles. 0745 U.S.S. TINSMAN cast off from alongside and stood clear.

G. K. Dress, Lt., USN.

08 12 Watch

Steaming as before on base course 090oT(PGC), speed 12 knots. 0808 Changed course left to 080oT(PGC) and went to 18 knots. Commenced maneuvering on various courses at various speeds for support of landing of United States Army troops at Naugbu, Luzon Island. 0830 Went to General Quarters for support of landing. 0835 Catapulted plane No. 8 to starboard. Pilot: Ensign P. R. Anderson, A-V(N), USNR, (351108); observer: Jones, E..V., 609 09 11, ARM3c, USNR. 0838 Catapulted plane No. 7 to port. Pilot: Lt.(jg) E.G. Yesko, A-V(N), USNR, (251058); observer: Ivy, T.R., 617 93 30, ARM2c, USNR. 0912 Set Readiness Condition II, except in the anti-aircraft battery. 1100 Set Readiness Condition II in the anti-aircraft battery. 1132 Recovered plane No. 8 to port.

M. F. Healy, Jr., Lt., USNR.

12 16 Watch

Steaming as before on course 000oT(PGC), speed 5 knots. 1205 Changed course right by turn movement to 020oT(PGC). 1207 Catapulted plane No. 8 for anti-submarine patrol. Pilot: Ensign D.G. Hartlaub, (346932), USNR; observer: Tucker, A.D., Jr., ARM2c, 357 41 75, USNR. 1212 Changed course right by turn movement to 065oT(PGC). 1214 All engines stopped. Lying to. 1217 Hoisted aboard plane No. 7. 1420 Made daily inspection of magazines and smokeless powder samples. Conditions: normal. 1430 Set modified Material Condition "B" and Readiness Condition III, except in the anti-aircraft battery. Set Condition II(AA). 1516 Recovered plane No. 8. Went to 10 knots and steadied on course 050oT(PGC). 1521 Having completed duty, took departure as Task Unit 77.3.1 consisting of U.S.S. DENVER, FLETCHER and RADFORD; Rear Admiral R.S. Riggs, USN, ComCruDiv 12 OTC in DENVER. Went to 14 knots, set course and axis 235oT(PGC). 1530 Took departure, Fortune Island bearing 000oT(PGC), distance 3 miles. 1543 Changed course right by turn movement to 270oT(PGC). 1555 Commenced zig-zagging plan No. 6.

R. E. Call, Lt., USNR.

16 18 Watch

Steaming as before on base course 270oT(PGC), zig-zagging in accordance with plan No. 6, speed 14 knots. 1626 Ceased zig-zagging and remained on course being steered, 290oT(PGC). 1634 Resumed zig-zagging, plan No. 6. 1643 Ceased zig-zagging and resumed base course 270oT(PGC). 1702 Resumed zig-zagging, plan No. 6.

L. A. Bird, Lt., USN.

18 20 Watch

Steaming as before on base course 270oT(PGC), at speed 14 knots, zig-zagging in accordance with plan No. 6. 1825 Ceased zig-zagging and resumed base course. 1830 Changed fleet course and axis by turn movement to the left to 225oT(PGC). 1840 Commenced zig-zagging in accordance with plan No. 6. 1845 Went to General Quarters for Dusk Alert. Set Material Condition "A". 1930 Secured from General Quarters. Set modified Material Condition "B" and Readiness Condition III. 1931 Ceased zig-zagging and resumed base course 225oT(PGC). 1939 Changed course and axis to the left by turn movement to 171oT(PGC) and slowed to 12.5 knots. 1948 Commenced zig-zagging in accordance with plan No. 6.

G. K. Dress, Lt., USN.

 

20 24 Watch

Steaming as before on base course 171oT(PGC), speed 12.5 knots, zig-zagging, plan 6. 2230 Made radar contact on Task Group 77.3, bearing 180oT(PGC), distance 20 miles. 2232. Ceased zig-zagging and resumed base course. 2237 Commenced maneuvering on various courses at various speeds to join Task Group 77.3 2309 Commenced maneuvering independently on various courses at various speeds to take assigned station in formation of Task Group 77.3 2330 On station 1315 in Cruising Disposition "V". Formation guide U.S.S. PHOENIX, bearing 180oT(PGC), distance 1400 yards; fleet axis is 090oT(PGC); fleet course 110oT(PGC), speed 10 knots. Task Group 77.3 consists of U.S.S. PHOENIX, BOISE, MONTPELIER, DENVER, RADFORD, FLETCHER, ABBOTT, HOPEWELL and LAVALLETTE. Rear Admiral R. S. Berkey, USN, in U.S.S. PHOENIX is OTC. 2333 Commenced zig-zagging plan 20-Z, and went to 12 knots.

M. F. Healy, Jr., Lt., USNR.


 

ORDNANCE

  1. All ordnance material and equipment performed with customary effectiveness and reliability. No material casualties or deficiencies occurred.
    1. Ammunition Expended:
    2. 5"/38 315 Mk. 32 40mm 1476

      5"/38 202 AA Common 20mm 992

    3. Performance of enemy ordnance equipment and material.
    1. None observed except the air attacks enumerated above.

 

DAMAGE

    1. Battle damage to won ship and planes none.

2. Battle damage to enemy units One single engine plane was shot down by combined AA fire of several ships on 7 January.

One twin engine plane (probably FRANCES) was shot down by the five inch and automatic weapons on 8 January.

One single engine plane crashed KITKUN BAY on 8 January.

 

SPECIAL COMMENTS AND INFORMATION

    1. Communications
    2. were excellent as far as could be observed from this ship.
    3. Radar
    4. The area of operations of this task unit was such as to make use of our radar capabilities to the fullest.
    5. Enemy Operations
    6. One enemy submarine was believed sunk in MINDANAO SEA as we were enroute to the objective. There were no surface ship contacts made by this unit.
    7. Enemy Air Operations
    8. are described in enclosures. The suicide dive bomber remains a serious threat. Nothing new in the way of offense or defense developed in this operation.

 

PERSONNEL PERFORMANCE AND CASUALTIES

    1. No personnel casualties were incurred during this period of this report. All personnel performance was of a high order.

 

LESSONS LEARNED, CONCLUSIONS AND RECOMMENDATIONS

    1. Mark 32 Fuse.
    2. The failure of the 5" battery when using Mark 32 fusec ammunition to destroy dive bombers has been unfavorably commented on. The consensus of opinion seems to be that destruction where effected has been done by 40mm guns. If the Bureau of Ordnance has conducted any recent indicative tests along this line, information thereof would be welcomed.

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