Harold S. Deal’s Journal
Part 1
 12/6/43 – 1/17/45

The following is a verbatim transcription of a handwritten journal that my grandfather kept during his service on the USS Liddle. I have tried to transcribe these entries as accurately as possible, however my grandfather wrote very small and mistakes are likely, especially in the names or ranks of the servicemen.

Please Note:  Two of the men that my Grandfather’s log indicated were injured in the attack later died:  Gerald J. Leshok, Lt. (jg) on December 10, 1944, and Philip E. Walker, S1/c on December 14, 1944.  As this is a verbatim transcription of the journal and reflects only what my grandfather knew at the time, these names are not listed as killed in action.  It often took the Navy weeks or months to reach a final conclusion regarding the killed, wounded, and missing in action, and at the time of these entries my grandfather would not have known the final fate of these men.  I would like to thank the Destroyer Escort Sailors Association (DESA) Webmaster for bringing this discrepancy to my attention so I can acknowledge the sacrifice of these men.

12/6/43 (1600)

U.S.S. Liddle (DE206) placed in Commission: at Navy Yd. Charleston, SC

12/31/43 to 1/27/44

"Shakedown," Bermuda

1/28/44

Convoyed Norwegian merchant vessel to Norfolk, VA

1/30/44

In Port, Charleston, SC

2/8/44 to 2/10/44

At Sea

2/10/44

New York, NY

2/11/44 to 2/23/44

Convoy to British Isles (Troops & Supply)

2/23/44

Swansea, Wales

2/23/44 to 2/26/44

Swansea, Wales

2/26/44 to 3/9/44

Convoy back to States

3/9/44 (0530)

Dropped convoy at Boston and refueled then enroute to New York

3/10/44 to 3/20/44

In Port, Navy Yard, New York, NY. Home on 3-day leave.

3/20/44 to 3/22/44

At Sea: Practice with submarines

3/23/44 to 4/1/44

At Sea Run with DDs and DEs from New York to Gibraltar

4/1/44 to 4/5/44

In Port – Gibraltar

4/6/44

At Sea: Picked up convoy to States

4/21/44

Convoy split up

4/22/44

Escorted convoy to Norfolk

4/23/44

Navy Yard, New York

5/3/44 to 5/4/44

New York to Casco Bay

5/4/44 to 5/7/44

In Port: Casco Bay, ME

5/8/44 to 5/10/44

Enroute from Casco Bay, ME to Norfolk, VA

5/10/44 to 5/12/44

In port, Navy Yard, Norfolk, VA

5/12/44 to 6/1/44

At Sea, 6/1/44 (2100) In Port, Bizerte, Tunisia

6/1/44 to 6/10/44

In Port, Bizerte, Tunisia. Visited Bizerte, Karouba and Tunis.

6/10/44 (1515)

At Sea

6/30/44

In Port, New York Re-conversion Program from DE to APD

7/1/44 to 9/17/44

In Port: New York for Conversion Program. (28 day leave in August)

9/18/44

At Sea: trials

9/21/44

In Port: Brooklyn

9/22/44

Underway, at sea

9/23/44 (1030)

In Port: Norfolk, VA

9/24/44 (1245)

Underway, at sea

9/24/44 to 9/27/44

Maneuvers in Chesapeake Bay

9/27/44 to 9/29/44

In Port, Norfolk, VA

9/30/44 (0600)

Underway – at sea

10/4/44

Entered Panama Canal (Colon at 1630). 2300 – completed trip through canal. In port, Balboa.

10/5/44 to 10/6/44

In Port: Balboa

10/7/44 (0830)

Underway – at sea, enroute to Galapagos Islands.

10/9/44

Galapagos Islands: Received summons from King Neptunus Rex & his Royal High Court to appear before him at 0900 this date. Received initiation in the Royal Coffin and am now a Shellback.

10/9/44

Enroute to Bora Bora, Society Islands, So. Pacific. Smooth sailing. Cool.

10/20/44 (0900)

In Port, Bora Bora, Society Islands.

10/21/44 (0745)

Underway – at sea from Bora Bora enroute to New Guinea.

10/27/44

Crossed International Date Line. 26 October 1944 – lost completely in the process.

11/1/44 (0700)

At Anchor, New Guinea

11/2/44 to 11/16/44

Hollandia, New Guinea

11/16/44

At Sea: Convoy duty with LSTs to Leyte, P.I.

11/24/44 (1700)

Underway – At Sea

11/27/44 (1700)

Palau for Refuel

11/28/44

At Sea

11/29/44 to 12/6/44

At Anchor: Leyte Gulf

12/6/44

Picked up troops and started for invasion at Ormoc.

12/7/44 (0700)

Troops embarked and made the beach without incident. Assumed position, screening the harbor.

12/7/44 (1000)

At about 1000 enemy aircraft approached.

12/7/44 (1115)

At about 1120 attacked by plane which we shot down. At 1122 enemy plane crashed ship in a suicide dive. Plane struck ship on the port side on the bridge & signal bridge. Explosion and fire started simultaneously. Fire got under control. Following casualties occurred:

Missing: 11
Dead: 25
Wounded: 32

Wounded treated throughout the day and night. What few dead it was possible to move were taken to the Mess Hall. Many of the dead were caught in the wreckage and it was impossible to extricate them.

12/8/44

Wounded and dead transferred to U.S.S. Mercy for disposition.

12/9/44

Received 9 ambulatory patients from U.S.S. Mercy back aboard.

12/8/44 to 12/14/44

In port, San Pedro Bay, Leyte, P.I.

12/15/44 (1400)

Under way at sea. Enroute to Manus Island

12/21/44

In Port: Manus Island, Admiralty Islands

12/25/44

Xmas Day: Los Negros Island, Admiralty Islands.

12/21/44 to 12/30/44

In Port Manus, Admiralty Islands

12/30/44

Underway at sea, enroute to Pearl Harbor.

1/4/45

Crossed 180 meridian, gained a day. 1/4/45 for 2 days.

1/8/45

Pearl Harbor

1/9/45

Left Pearl Harbor for States.

1/14/45 (0800)

Rendevous with a squadron of LSMs. Patient transferred to this vessel (USS Liddle) for emergency appendectomy.

LSM89 Patient: Decker, W.A
LSM88 Medical Officer: M.A. Tomolo, Lt USNR
LSM87 Medical Officer: C.H. Rossberg, Lt (jg) USNR
LSM89 Corpsman – A.J. Landry Phm1/c

10:45 operation started
11:25 operation finished.

1/16/45

In Port: San Francisco. Patient transferred to USN Hospital

1/17/45

In Port: Alameda, California, Bethlehem Steel Yard.

List of Dead Missing and Wounded – 7 Dec 1944 aboard USS Liddle (APD-60), Ormoc Bay, Leyte Island, Phillipine Islands.

DEAD:

Basset, C.A.

Lt (jg)

Beeftink, H.J.

S1/c

Caramanica, F.J.

F2/c

Cunningham, S.

Lcdr (Executive Officer)

Deane, J.D.

SM3/c

Denning, F.M.

S1/c

Dumas, T.J.

S1/c

Epler, W.

SK2/c

Gilbert, J.

Lt (jg)

Graddy, W.B. Jr.

RM1/c

Greenbaum, J.W.

Lt (jg) Medical Officer

Gurski, T.E.

S2/c

Hitchner, M.H.

RdM2/c

Lowman, M.S.

RdM2/c

Matyas, E.A.

RdM2/c

Murphy, James A. Jr.

Lt (jg)

Olson, K.L.

F1/c

Perez, J.M.

Y2/c

Piccirilli, N.F.

Ens (sc)

Russell, D.A.

RM3/c

Teague, R.C.

RdM3/c

Zeck, R.H.

EM2/c

Died of Wounds or Injuries Received in action:

Daine, T.J.

S1/c

Gabler, A.P.

S1/c

MacLean, S.C.

S1/c

Total Dead – 25

Missing in Action

Brogger, Lloyd C.

Lcdr (Captain)

Eagon, G.V.

S1/c

Freeman, W.H. Jr.

S1/c

LaFollette, C.W.

CY

McAlpine, T.E. Jr.

Lt

Neff, D.R.

FC3/c

Paradis, J.A. Jr.

SM1/c

Simcox, T.A.

SoM2/c

Solano, A.A.

SM2/c

Thompson, S.F.

SK1/c

Vazquez, J.A.

S1/c

Wounded in action:

Bowman, D.H.

RT1/c

Braun, C.L.

S1/c

Dane, L.J.

S1/c

Dennis, E.E.

S1/c

De Fraber, H.R. Jr.

QM2/c

De Vault, W.E.

S1/c

Dittsmer, H.J.

S2/c

Globan, M.

S1/c

Hammert, A.H.

Cox

Jones, F.C.

S1/c

Leshok, G.J.

Lt (jg) [1]

Manning, W.W.

EM1/c

Montgomery, A.J.

SdM3/c

Moore, R.W.

Cox

Reed, E.A.

S1/c

Smith, M.C.

Y3/c

Stickel, Y.A.

GM3/c

Walker, P.E.

S1/c [2]

Willet

HR

Workman, W.E.

S1/c

Following were wounded or injured & sent to Hospital ship – but returned same day after treatment:

Egidi, L.

S1/c

Bailey, R.L.

CQM(PA)

Fogarty, J.T.

S1/c

McKnight, T.J.

EM3/c

O’Connell, J.Y.

S1/c

Peterson, E.L.

MoMM2/c

Pietras, W.E.

S1/c

Stumpp, F.H. Jr.

S1/c

Szur, B.B.

S2/c

The Medical Officer Lt. J.W. Greenbaum MC USNR was among the casualties.

Lt. Eugene B. Sorum, MC USNR and Robert Wedig PhM1/c from the USS Hughes came aboard in response to signals for assistance. Also Lt. McClelland from APD 62 came aboard and remained until patients were transferred. A Pharmacist Mate (Norton Phm1/c) was also aboard and remained until patients were transferred.

END OF PART 1


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[1] Gerald G. Leshok, Lt. (jg) died on 12/10/1944 from injuries received in action.

[2] Philip E. Walker S1/c died on 12/14/1944 from injuries received in action.