My Life in the Service

The diary of Levi Chapiewsky

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Apr 29-30, 1944

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29 – Sat.
Pulled out of Ora Bay at 3:42 today. Are going in Convoy! Sub chasers circle all around us. Course is altered every 3 min. Ships moved 3 abreast then change and cross [see diagram]. Troop ships are mixed with this hauling frt. [freight?]. In this way if a sub spots a ship that is loaded with men they take its location in the convoy and in dusk or dawn they try and strike that ship.

30 – Sunday
Services this morning. Pulled into Finchschafen at 1:15 this PM. Order on ship has gone to hell. No one listens to anybody else. Food, if any at all, is terrible. Elmer got me a sandwich or I wouldn’t have had supper. Have to stay on ship tonight. Hot and now rain.

[Ed. Note: accidently cut off last sentence, sorry!]

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Apr 26-28, 1944

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April 26 – Wednesday
Put on a show on the boat. Gary Cooper and Barbara Stanwyck in “Balls of Fire.” Saw it before but sure got a bang out of it again. Looks like we are moving out. Left dock for the bay and anchored. Other ships are moving around and there are plenty of them. Looks like a convoy from here. Saw 2 submarines.

27 – Thurs.
Ships everywhere maneuvering into position. Transports and freighters. There are thousands of men moving in. At 3:15 we pulled anchor and we are on our way to Finschhafen. Are in damn dangerous waters now as we will be pushing within 60 miles of the Japs. Where ever you look tonight you can see the pale red, white, and blue lights of the convoy ships. I prayed for safety.

28 – Fri.
Pulled into Ora Bay, N. Guinea this AM. Are now docked in the bay. Talk about ships. They are here. Hot than[sic] hell. Had short arm[? illegible]. Played Jass all day.

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February 8, 2011 at 8:18 pm

Apr 19-20, 1944

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April 19 – Wednesday
Terribly hot and are packed in like gally[sic] slaves. Ventilation not working either. The hole is Hell. Tonight at about 10:30 a sub raised out of the water on the port side about 200 yds. out. It was a monstrous thing about 300 yds. long. It flashed a message by a red code light swung to the left and disappeared. I was sleeping on the deck at the time and didn’t see it, but those that did were mighty scared.  It mist have been an Allied Sub without doubt. An [? illegible] Albatross lit on the masts to-night and everyone says that means good luck to the ship. I hope so, think all day long of home.

April 20 – Thurs.
Same old story. Hot as hell. Living like a bunch of dogs. It can’t be worse where we are going. The grub is just as bad.

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Apr 11, 1944

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April 11 – Tuesday

In dangerous waters. Crucial hours are the first hour of dawn and the last hour of daylight. The sub will make his attack as near to the hour of darkness as possible. Not quite as hot to-day and no rain. Had a rifle inspection. Mine was O.K. I don’t know what is going to give out first, but I believe my rear end will – the steel of this shop hasn’t any soft spots. Still marvel at the beauty of the sky, with its various hues and cloud formations – like and artists making sweeps across the canvas with his brush, continually changing the picture before your eyes. Have you been thinking of me to-day?

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January 27, 2011 at 6:36 pm

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