So that’s the end of the diary. Levi eventually made it back to Bangor, WI, and lead a long and fruitful life. His post war years were probably just as interesting; it’s a shame that he didn’t keep another diary! He spent time running a distribution company, and even dabbled in inventing (eg. Illuminable Display Box for Photos , Insect Trap)! Levi passed away in December of 1986, at the age of 75.
If you are just stumbling across this site for the first time, you can start from the beginning, or check out the links in the side bar for more information. For the rest of you, thanks for reading and for all the help deciphering his handwriting. There are still a number of spots that I couldn’t quite figure out, so if you have any guesses please leave a comment!
Thanks again, and I hope you all enjoyed reading his diary as much as I did!
25th Tues. – X-mas
Had a swell dinner. Turkey, mashed potatoes, dressing and gravy, lettuce, celery, cranberries, corn, fruit, minced meat pie, fruit cake, hot biscuits, soup, ice cream, and coffee. Gave out a bag of nuts, candy, etc. and a present. Received a nice leather billfold. Our name is on the board.
Got my call in to Marine at 1000. Took less than 20 minutes. That without doubt is the sweetest and most important phone call I’ll ever make.
Left Bundy at 0900 on ferry – “Ernie Pyle” – for Stoneman. Arrived at 1410. Into trucks to barracks Block 9 – Bldg. #3 on 14th and Jefferson in Section M.
Called home again and wished them Merry Xmas. Put in call at 1730 and got it thru at 2200. Sure was swell. Talked to Marine, the boys, and Mother.
The Great Day – 1st saw lights from good old USA at 0612. Weather sure is cold. The Golden Gate in the fog at 0900. A welcome ship, music, and American gals. Just looking at them was a treat for sore eyes. Looks like we are here for some time. W. Coast guys got off. I am sure they will enjoy their xmas. Received a partial pay of $10 and got a pass. Dunham, Bell, and I – Came in at 1:00 really plastered. No women, strictly on the level. Just being back is such a treat.
Cooking tonight – 1930 – 0400. Feeling better.
Work again tonight. Nothing new.
Everything going swell. It is cooler and the food has been good. We crossed the date line at 1400 so tomorrow will be Wed – Dec 12 too. I forgot to mention the dream I had on the night of the 7th. It was so crazy that I wrote it down.
Smooth sailing after 2 days of damn rough going. Temp yesterday 58 degrees.
Happy Birthday, my darling.
Had telegrams sent home – $0.25.
At 9:26, just after we had completed the breakfast, the order came that the Gen. Bundy was in stoves [? illegible] to be packed in 1/2 hr. and all tents down, etc. What a hilarious day. Moved to the beach at 1700. Loaded at 1936, hungry as heck. Were fed coffee, bread, fried spuds and fresh hamburgers and gravy. Bunked down in “sick bay” – nice mattress, showers, and everything.
Tie ropes called up at 0027 and left for sea at 0653. Ate good breakfast but started to get sick at noon.
Traveled 362 miles – sick as hell.
Traveled 863 miles. Feeling better. Got some sea sickness pills and they sure helped. Worked in laundry and did some washing of my own. It is swell down there. Fresh apples to eat and cold.