My Life in the Service

The diary of Levi Chapiewsky

Oct 19-23, 1944

with 3 comments

19th Thurs.
Whole convoy stopped for 1 hr. last night (2 to 3). Don’t know what was wrong. Sun a brilliant red this AM, like a huge balloon. Navy planes doing plenty of practicing overhead. On guard tonite.

20th Fri.
This is the day – I wish the boys the best of luck.

21 Sat.
Beachhead established. Got the news from the states.

22 Sun.
Coast line in view at 5:00 AM. Navy has buoys out with red flags on them to show the lane to follow. We stood on the deck, like in a box seat and watched this amazing scene unravel before us. Battleship laid down smoke screen along the shores, so we passed thru the straits. Planes everywhere, Jap gas drums blown up by navy bomber. Bomb explosions, anti aircraft fire, machine gun fire vibrated in unison like a symphony score. At 10:00 AM all is quiet. We are in the bay. Can see Tacloban.

23 Mon.
Still in harbor. No chance to unload. Fireworks day and night. No sleep. No hits on us. Japs reinforcements are shelled by navy guns at a port 12 miles away. Strafed by bomber. Dove right over us out of low clouds. Sitting on top of our wrecker when he came. Bullets everywhere. One navy gunner wounded. No one else hurt. We were lucky.

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Written by mylifeintheservice

April 20, 2011 at 8:10 pm

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  1. Check this out…
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_Leyte
    Cool photos to go with the narrative.

    I’m confused about what your great grandfather did or was… why didn’t he go with ‘the boys’ on the 20th? Was he not infantry? Navy? I guess maybe I don’t know what naval troops do…

    jen z

    April 21, 2011 at 9:36 am

    • He was in the 506th engineer company. I guess this meant he didn’t have to be in the actual initial invading force (eg. ‘the boys’), but instead come in after a beachhead was established to build bridges, maintain vehicles, etc.

      mylifeintheservice

      April 21, 2011 at 1:05 pm

      • woah. reading about halfway down that history makes me really want to see what he has to say in tomorrow’s entry :)

        jen z

        April 21, 2011 at 1:57 pm


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