On December 5, 1941, Chicago led a task force built around the carrier Lexington to Midway Island, at the western end of the Hawaiian Islands, about 1,000 miles from Pearl Harbor.
The good news was that Enterprise and the newly arrived Yorktown had attacked the Marshall and Gilbert islands. Those attacks had a great effect on morale.
After the Battle of Midway there was a week in a rest camp at Pearl Harbor.
I passed a typing test and became a member of the staff of Rear Adm. Newton.
Our task force put to sea in early January 1942, to attack the Japanese in the Marshall and Gilbert islands, but the mission was called off on the eve of the attack.
Chicago's buoy was a couple of hundred yards astern of Arizona, and I was saddened to look at her.
What pitching is in a short series in baseball, goaltending is in the Stanley Cup playoffs.
A chief petty officer taught me shorthand, which got me promoted to yeoman first class.
Another nice thing was that I would type out letters home for the admiral's stewards. They would then feed me the same food the admiral ate.
The Japanese invaded Tulagi, in the Solomon Islands, on May 4.
In basic training we had been told to watch out for Japanese spies.
I received my parents' permission and went into the Navy on June 3, 1941.
We began intercepting Japanese radio transmissions, which indicated the two forces were very close to each other. We found out later that we were moving in opposite directions and passed each other by 32 miles.
Lexington did launch its air group when a Japanese carrier was reported.
We made air attacks on the Japanese anchorage, sinking and damaging several vessels. However, the Japanese were alerted to the fact that American carriers were nearby.
You could tell that America was gearing up for war.
My assignment was in the communications office, where I typed out dispatches.
Always avoid picking up hitch-hikers who are wearing a mask.
If it's free, it's advice; if you pay for it, it's counseling; if you can use either one, it's a miracle.
Those who will not start, will never finish.
Everybody knew that I could type pretty well.
I was assigned to the heavy cruiser Chicago.
My observations of Japanese naval fighting men, their abilities and equipment led me to believe that they gave a better account of themselves than we did.