Joe Beauchamp, FN, 1944-47 in the day
G.Q. all night. Kamikaze dove into cruiser Birmingham, huge explosion
Went over to visit LST 227. Had a visit with a boot camp buddy. Had
G.Q. last night.
G.Q. every morning between 0210 and 0500. Very little sleep. Getting
us down. No church services Sunday
G.Q. all night. Saw several planes shot down under search lights. A
410 plane raid came over. Two phosphorous bombs exploded near us killing
several. Man on LSM in well burned his feet on smoke generator
No G.Q. What a relief. Shot down 124 Jap planes from midnight on the
10th until noon on the 11th. Saw night fighters take off from Yontan air
field. Looks good
G.Q. last night. Very early about 0630 four planes came in very low! I
came up from engine room and I was scared shitless when I saw them. Chief
Ladao was next to me and he saw them too. Two made suicide dive on
Battleship New Mexico one into merchant ship. Other escaped. G.Q. all
G.Q. last night
Went over to visit another mate from boot camp.aboard GC 4 at one time
a luxury liner between Philippines and Panama
G.Q. all night. Shot down 3 planes.
G.Q. all night. We have had 125 G.Q.’s since we have been here since
April 1st, getting all of the crew down, no sleep. We have an LSM in the
G.Q. all night.
No G.Q. last night. Good
G.Q. all night, shot down seven planes.
G.Q. last night. Bastards came over during pouring rain, shot one
LCI #758 and LCT #1427 in well for repairs.
G.Q. three times during night. Last night a Jap bomber
landed on Yontan Field with 62 Japs aboard, all had hand grenades and TNT.
USS Missouri pulled into harbor today. Nice job!
Took in our LCM’s for another invasion. USS Missouri pulled out, USS
New Mexico and USS Idaho are in here now.
G.Q. early this AM, shot at several planes. Our planes have been
flying in formation all day and looks good. We’ve had 5 days of rain.
Memorial Day, still raining, good chow.
1st two months in Okinawa. LCI #119 in well took suicide plane and
bomb in fan tail. Killed 12 men hit near Okinawa. Got six planes to it’s
Church services aboard Crescent City.
Entered sick bay for treatment on cyst
Entered sick bay for treatment on cyst
Discharged from sick bay, feeling better. Saw movie for first time
since March 23rd. Movie was Hit the Ice with Abbott and Costello.
Lost #2 boat but we already have another, stores coming aboard.
Doctors gave away cigarettes!!!
Still raining but continue to work in well.
G.Q. last night, LSD#6 took six near misses, killed one man in small
G.Q. at 2200. Island is now secured. We had 4 near misses last night.
General Simon Bolivar killed on Okinawa.
Church services aboard ship, Captain’s inspection postponed. Latest
scuttlebutt is that we leave tomorrow.
Church services aboard today. Latest that we leave tomorrow
Left Okinawa at 0900, three months here. We are LSD’s 4, 5, 6 and an
escort for each. Underway for Guam and homeward bound. Calm weather
Underway for Guam, Eniwetok and stateside. Took a shot in arm??
No fireworks at sea, very calm.
Guam Island looks good. Carriers and CV’s all over the place. LSD’s
4,5, & 6 tied together. Part of crew went ashore for beer.
LSD’s #4 & #6 left early, LSV #3 tied alongside, underway at noon.
On our own, no more Escorts.
Set clocks ahead ½ hour, smooth sailing
Saw few ships but the Mighty Gunston must go on. Sleeping topside now.
Clocks set ahead ½ hour. No more G.Q.
Arrived Eniwetok, unloaded LCT’s which we picked up at Guam. At Guam
we left LSM’s, underway supposed to reach Pearl Harbor on 17th.
Had navigation lights on last night. General drills today, had my
dress blues altered
Same dope, quarters for muster. Now they say we are only going as far
as Pearl Harbor. Duty in C.P.O. quarters, reveille is 0530. Tex is in sick
bay so we have to break in a new man. We cross International dateline
tomorrow at 1830, tomorrow is also Friday the 13th. Everything is
shipshape, same dope
Duty in C.P.O. quarters, buffed and waxed steel decks.
General drills, dirty guns, so much crap flying we couldn’t see, many
Pulled into Pearl Harbor, pretty scenery, many ships. Tied alongside
LSD #4 Epping Forest. LSD #6 has already left. Got first liberty in
sixteen months, had a few drinks, bought souvenirs and took pictures. My
buddy Tex got picked up by the Shore Patrol for not squaring his hat
Got a Dear John from sweetheart. Underway at 1500 going to Portland,
Oregon. Capt. Bentley was drunk and announced it on PA. Hooray. Bentley’s
home was in Portland, Oregon so that was good. We ended up at Swan Island
Shipyard for repairs.
LSD #4 Epping Forest is way behind us and can’t catch up. We are
making good speed
Hitting rough weather, ship is rolling and pitching like hell. When we
were in the typhoon In Okinawa the ship listed 40 degrees. Wow.
Buffed decks in C.P.O. quarters again
Still at sea, making good time but sea is very damn rough
Albatross have been following up since we left Pearl Harbor, they say
that’s good luck. Still can’t see LSD #4 Epping Forest.
I get first leave home, Maybe 20 days, get into states tomorrow.
That was the end of my log. I guess you know that we had been through
Hell so now it was time to party and we did. Because flying was for the
rich I took a train home to New York state. I think I was able to stay
home for about 10 days, then headed back to my ship. I was on the train in
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma when they dropped the Bomb so there was not much
celebrating. When I got back to Portland I was the ship’s chauffeur. I’d
pick up a vehicle from the motor pool in the morning, pick up the Captain
and other officers, then get mail, etc. So I had every night liberty. So
the party went on for quite a while.
The War was Over.
A recent photo of Joe