My Life in the Service

The diary of Levi Chapiewsky

Nov 22-27, 1945

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22- Thanksgiving
In a way this month has gone by quite fast, but individually the day are monotonously long. Today I had the kitchen shift so I am going to write down the day’s menu. Breakfast – 2 fried eggs, bacon, apricots, toast and coffee – 8:00 am. Dinner – Roast turkey, grazy, mashed potatoes, corn, creamed carrots, dressing, pears, bread and jam, cold tea – 2:30 pm. Lunch – 6:00 – Cake (I baked it), soup, bread, coffee. In every sense the meals were good and were appreciated. The day was cloudy with frequent showers.

25th Sun.
The “Marine Carp” pulled in this PM. The 155 Inf. load: Are they a happy bunch.

26th
“Gen. Aultman” and the 124 Inf. left today.

27th
“The Logan”, a converted Liberty, came in tonight. Ours tomorrow I hope.

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Nov 7-11, 1945

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Nov 7 – Wed.
Went back in the kitchen to help out. Greek, Becker and myself. Had ice cream for supper – was that a treat. Target date – 15th.

8th Thurs.
Was told that I had received the Bronze Star.

11th Sun.
Ships taking 31st. At Taloma (Davao) – Imperial (15), Charles Carrol (18), Kota Agoeng (20). At AgusanGen. Aultman (19), Marine Carp (22), Gen. Howze (25), Goodhue (28), Lubock (29).

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Oct 19-31, 1945

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19 Fri.
All money was exchanged for American money. Good sign for an early start.

25th Thurs.
“Short Arm” inspection today.

26th Fri.
Fractured left shoulder on tick foul.

27th Sat.
Went to 90th Field for X-ray and got strapped up. 4 letters from Marine and one from Ray. Marine’s last letter too as she received my letter telling her not to write. Her letter Oct. 17th.

31st Wed.
Went to hosp. today on account of my shoulder. 90th Field – Yard #6 – nurse – Miss Hayes. Had it real nice. It was a good rest. Came back on Nov. 3. Still no ships.

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Oct 3-18, 1945

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3rd Wed.
Visited Ken and saw Danny Kaye in The Wonder Man. Sure is screwy. Ken figures on going home with the 31st. Wished to Hell we would find out something.

6th Sat.
Banged up my right elbow from a tick foul. Had it x-rayed but nothing broken. No mail. Started to load equip. today. Raining tonight.

8th Mon.
All 80 pointers and 35 and 38’s got their papers and left at 4:00 PM today on an LCI. Will go to Leyte in 18 hrs.

11th Thurs.
Ken came over tonight to say goodbye. He leaves for home tomorrow. Al came with him and we drank my beer and talked until 10:30. He sure was happy.

12th Fri.
Whoopie – we are free of our bridge equip. today. Have taken it all to Eng. Depot. I never had a more pleasant job.

18th
Did our last work for the 506th this PM getting Pioneer Chests in tool tent. Then we cleaned up the tents and packed our belongings. At 12:38 we pulled out for 106 Engr. Said Goodbye 506. Show Dragon Seed, Katherine Hepburn.

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Sept. 6-28, 1945

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6th Thurs.
Still raining every night. No rumors.

7th Fri.
Censorship was lifted today. Rain.

11th Tues.
Nothing new on getting home. Sure am getting restless. Nice weather now.

17th Mon.
Our discharge papers went in today. Those of 35 and the 80 pointers. How long now?

20th Thurs.
Rumored that the C.O. put in for bronze stars for some of the men. How many and who gets them is still unknown.

21st Fri.
Heard today by Gen. Marshall that points will be lowered to 70 on 1-Oct and to 60 by 1-Nov. I should be leaving by the 1st.

24th Mon.
The C.P. rescinded points and now they tell me I have only 79. I am lacking 3 days of having the extra point. What luck. Played my 1st B.B. game overseas. We won 49 to 16.

25th Tues.
Orders to go to Japan came today.

28th Fri.
Washed clothes today and practiced basketball tonight. No new rumors.

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Sept. 2-4, 1945

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2nd Sun.
V-J day at last. Dunham and I went over to Kev’s and had a little celebration. Eats and all the beer we could drink. Had a nice time. Came back at 23:30. Happy Birthday Butch.

4th Tues.
Just found out I had the necessary 80 points for discharge. What a happy day. Honey – it won’t be long.

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Aug 31, 1945

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31 Fri.
The end of another month. The days seem longer than ever before. Tomorrow I take over the 3rd squad and maybe a Sgt.’s rating. Still watching how I stand in regard to going home. At present it looks like I shall see Japan before I get home. Elmer and I visited Kenneth yesterday and stayed for supper. Took pictures and had a nice visit. He envied our going to Japan.

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