DECK LOG - USS JACCARD DE 355
Tuesday, 1 January 1946
Moore starboard side to the USS Davis DE 357, who
Is starboard side to the South side of Pier number two
In the harbour, the City and the Philippine Island called Cebu.
In use are all the lines from one through six,
By doubling two to five, securely she sticks.
Also in use are boiler number two and engineroom number, the same,
With the regular in-port watch as our goal to maintain.
Now the material condition is Baker "modified",
To keep the ship afloat and save the Captain's hide.
At forty minutes past midnight, aboard came Krizan, Andrew (n),
He is SV6, USNR, and twenty minutes overdue,
And 856-97-00 is his serial number, MoMM2c(T) his rate,
Now a prisoner at large, since liberty expired at 0015 this date.
AT 0050 Madison, James Morgan, 976-34-87, S1c, V6(SV) was back,
Overleave thirty-five minutes, hence a prisoner at large, aware of the fact.
C. W. Coble
Submitted by DESA member Al Gregg, USS Jaccard DE 355
"UNITED STATES SHIP RICHARD M. ROWELL DE 403 Monday, 1 January
Here we are at the end of nineteen forty-four,
Finding ourselves in Task Unit Seventy-seven point Four point Four,
Steaming in company with Task Group Seventy-eight point One,
Taking our order from ComBatRon One.
The base course is three two zero,
Our destination is dealing with Hirohitho,
Nine knots, one three five r.p.m., in fleet speed,
Our plans are to make him feel real humble indeed.
The boilers are in use, and the engineering plant is split,
We have the Nips guessing what and where we will hit.
Zigzagging as per Plan Number one,
We are looking for some New Year's fun.
Our immediate superior is ComCortDiv Two Seven,
Who, like us, has no use for sons of heaven,
Our station is number one in Screen Fifty-two,
And since that's all that's exciting, we'll bid you adieu.
Gordon J. Andrew.
Lt. (jg), CD, U.S.N.R" (Communications Officer)
Above poem taken from Log Books received at the SLATER Museum as part of donated items from Joseph Iannucci - radioman aboard USS RICHARD M. ROWELL DE-403 during WW II.
The Log Books had been taken from the ship before it was scrapped in Oregon and sent to Joe and he has saved them for many years. This historical information is now part of the SLATER Library
USS O'FLAHERTY DE 340
Tuesday, 1 January 1946
Moored starboard side to port side of USS Osmus; (DE 701) at Pier "C", Todd Shipyard, Smith Island, San Pedro, California. Receiving power, steam and water from the dock.
Moored as before this New Year's Day
At Todd Ship Yard, San Pedro,
A Year ago we were far away
Dodging Jap shells and torpedo.
An exciting year was the one just passed
The rest will be different I hope,
The Japs and the Germans we completely outclassed
And we know with the future we'll cope.
(signed) Paul L. Callan, Lt. Comdr. USNR
Submitted by DESA member Sid Morrow, USS O'FLAHERTY DE 340