My Life in the Service

The diary of Levi Chapiewsky

Oct 10-18, 1944

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10 Tues.
Duffel bags loaded. Everyone excited. One platoon stays back as rear echelon. Got a lovely letter from Marine.

11 Wed.
Still not ready. Played Pinochle all day. Got 3 nice letters.

12 Thurs.
Left Finch today, just a year ago I left for the army. About 450 men and enough ammo and high octane to blow us to kingdom come if lit. Heat is terrific. Had sandwiches and coffee for supper. There are ships everywhere.

13 Fri.
Day passed without a mishap. Feeding is fair.

14 Sat.
Anchored at Hollandia. More ships. Played 500. Sure is hell taking a crap in a through with about 50 guys watching. Hot as hell. Rain tonight.

15 Sun.
A beautiful morning. Our mission the invasion of Leyte at Tacloban. We land 48 hrs after 1st wave.

16 Mon.
D-day is the 20th. Convoy moving out at 5:00 AM. Impossible to describe the beauty of the various types and sizes of ships maneuvering for their positions. All truck machine guns were mounted to aid in air attack.

17 Tues.
On guard – 4 hr. shift. Crossed equator yesterday. We get two bars and 1 gum each day. Good food. Hot as hell.

18 Wed.
Most beautiful sunrise. Entered extreme danger zone. Played 500 all day. Burning hot all day.

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April 19, 2011 at 8:36 pm

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