This log was provided by Kenneth Davis RM2 and it documents his time on the USS Terror from 10/2/1943 to 12/14/1943

LOG OF THE U S S TERROR (CM-5)

SATURDAY OCTOBER 2, 1943

0800 - CONTINUED LOADING.

1300 - GOT UNDERWAY FOR FRISCO.

SPEED: 15 KNOTS

1800 - 2000 WATCH

0800 – 1200 WATCH

1405 - SECURED SEA DETAIL. SET CONDITION 2 WATCH 1

1515 - PASSED THE FRENCH BATTLESHIP "RICHLIEU" AND

ESCORTS.

1845 - DARKEN SHIP

1912 - G.Q.

1932 - SECURED FROM G Q

REMARKS:

THERE ARE ONLY 3 SHIPS IN CONVOY. US & 2 DE’S

CABANA (DE-261) & DIONNE (DE-260)

WEATHER CLEAR & COOL. SEA SMOOTH. BUT, DID

THE GUYS GET SICK!! "KANEVSKY" WAS THE FIRST TO

TO GET SICK UP HERE. WE START "SUNRISE SUNSET

SERINADE" TOMORROW

SUNDAY OCTOBER 3, 1943

0510 - G Q

0645 - SECURED FROM G Q

1400 - MOVIES "BITTER SWEET"

1845 - DARKEN SHIP

1910 - G Q

1937 - SECURED FROM G Q

REMARKS

WEATHER GETTING ROUGHER AND FELLOWS SICKER!!

NOTHING OUT OF THE REGULAR SEA ROUTINE HAPPENED

TODAY.

1600 - 1800 WATCH

0000 – 0400 WATCH

MONDAY OCTOBER 4, 1943

0610 - G Q

0647 - SECURED FROM G Q

1106 - G Q MADE A CONTACT

1115 - COURSE 177

1120 - CHANGED STD SPD TO 15 KNOTS

1124 - SET ZIG ZAG COURSE

1125 - COURSE 195

1126 - SECURED FROM G Q

1845 - WAS CHALLANGED BY ?? 280’

1855 - G Q - COURSE 177

1900 - SET ZIG ZAG COURSE 350. BASE 177

1915 - COURSE 142

1920 - 177

1925 - 142

1930 - 177

1933 - SECURED FROM G Q

REMARKS:

1200 – 1600 WATCH

2000 – 2400 WATCH

SPEED: 12 TO 15 KNOTS

WATER MUCH SMOOTHER TODAY. BUT, IT WAS CLOUDY ALL

DAY & WAS RAINING ON & OFF ALL AFTERNOON.

AT 1106 THE CABANA DE-262 HAD A CONTACT & WE WENT

GQ. DURING WHICH, WE CHANGED OUR STANDARD SPD TO

15 KTS & SET A 35 DEGREE ZIG ZAG COURSE. AT 1845 WE

WERE CHALLANGED BY CONVOY BEARING 280 AND ANSWERED.

EVERYTHING WENT OFF OK TODAY. THE FURTHER SOUTH WE GO,

THE HOTTER IT GETS.

TUESDAY OCTOBER 5, 1943

0500 - SPOTTED 13 SHIP CONVOY 210’

0600 - SIGHTED SAN SALVADOR LIGHT

0612 - G Q BASE COURSE 198’

0630 - PATROL PLANE FROM ??

0633 - SET ZIG ZAG COURSE OF 35’

0635 - COURSE 163’

0637 - SECURED FROM G Q

0640 - BASE COURSE 198’

1000 - FIRED #3 STBD 40 MM GUN

1020 - FIRED #4 PORT 40 MM GUN

1050 - SIGHTED SCHOOL OF LARGE SHARKS

1900 - G Q BASE COURSE 154’

1915 - DE HAD SUB CONTACT

1920 - SIGHTED NE TIP OF CUBA. 54 MILES

1932 - SECURED FROM G Q

REMARKS:

0800 – 1200 WATCH

1800 - 2000 WATCH

NOTHING HAPPENED TODAY, EXCEPT WE FIRED THE 40 MM

GUNS AT BALLOONS, BUT, MISSED AS USUAL. WE SIGHTED

THE SAN SALVADOR LIGHT THIS MORNING AND ALSO

A 13 SHIP CONVOY, ABOUT THE SAME TIME. FROM THE

POSITION AND COURSE WE WERE THIS MORNING, WE ARE

HEADING FOR GUANTANOMO BAY. CROSSED TO TROPIC Of

CANCER DURING THE NIGHT.

WEDNESDAY OCTOBER 6, 1943:

0610 - G Q BASE COURSE 215’

OFF ISLE OF HAITI (PORT SIDE)

0635 - SECURED FROM G Q

1130 - SLOWED DOWN , TO TAKE A MAN ABOARD FOR AN OPERATION

1155 - TOOK MAN ABOARD

1500 - SIGHTED ISLE OF "JAMAICA"

1910 - G Q COURSE 210’

1937 - SECURED FROM G Q

REMARKS:

0400 – 0800 WATCH

1600 – 1800 WATCH

25’N 78’W

WEATHER TODAY WAS, CLEAR & SMOOTH. WE ARE BEGINNING TO SEE

MORE FLYING FISH EVERYDAY. I GOT ONE OF THOSE "SEMI TROPICAL" BURNS TODAY AND IS IT EVER SORE!!

WE GET INTO PANAMA SOMETIME FRIDAY MORNING AND THEN UP THE

COAST TO "FRISCO"!! I’LL THEN BE ABLE TO GET HOM,E ON AN OVER-

NIGHT LIBERTY!!!. THE OFFICER IN CHARGE OF THE BOAT FROM THE

DE-260 "CABANA" GOT A BAD CUTOVER HIS RIGHT EYE AS THEY

LOWERED THE SLING TO PICK UP THE MAN FROM THE "DIONNE"

THURSDAY OCTOBER 7, 1943:

0200 - SIGHTED HOSPITAL SHIP OFF THE STBD SIDE. 21 MILES.

BELONGING TO ??

0611 - G Q COURSE 210’

0633 - SECURED FROM G Q

0945 - "CALIFORNIA WEATHER" RAIN & SUNSHINE

1030 - FIRED NUMBERS 7 – 8 –9- & 10 20 MM & NUMBERS 1 & 2 40 MM

GUNS

1915 - G Q COURSE 110’

1933 - SECURED FROM G Q

REMARKS:

NOTHING HAPPENED TODAY EXCEPT WE FIRED OUR 20MM & 40 MM GUNS

FRIDAY OCTOBER 8, 1943:

0630 - G Q COLON IN SIGHT

0935 - DROPPED HOOK & TOOK ON PILOT OFF COLON

1013 - UNDERWAY FOR FIRST SET OF LOCKS, 3 ATLANTIC LOCKS

1113 - ENTERED FIRST LOCK

1138 – ENTERED SECOND LOCK

1440 - PASSED EVER RUNNING SHOWER AT SIDE OF MALARIA STATION

1445 - GAYONCUT. PLAQUE ON STBD IN MEMORY OF LOST LIVES BUILDING CANAL

1515 - ENTERED PACIFIC LOCK "RADICIOD"

1629 - SECOND LOCK "MIRAFLURA"

1648 - LEFT PACIFIC LOCKS

1651 - SET CLOCKS BACK TO 1551

1625 - (CWT) TIED UP TO PIER 18 BALBOA STBD SIDE TO

1630 - GANGWAY LAYED. 735 BAGS OF MAIL UNLOADED

1830 - LIBERTY!! (PORT) EXPIRE 2300

REMARKS:

WE WENT THROUGH THE PANAMA CANAL TODAY FOR MY FIRST TIME!!!

 

SATURDAY OCTOBER 9, 1943:

0900 - LIBERTY: STBD

1300 - LIBERTY UP: STBD

1330 - LIBERTY : PORT

1730 - LIBERTY UP: PORT

1800 - LIBERTY: STBD

2300 - LIBERTY UP: STBD

REMARKS::

NOTHING HAPPENED EXCEPT FOR LIBERTY. AND WHAT LIBERTY!!!!

THE FELLOWS CAME BACK SO .FOULED UP THAT COULD NOT STAND THEIR WATCHES!!!

OUR LIBERTY WAS SPLIT UP TODAY. I WAS IN THE STBD SECTION & I HAD LIBERTY IN THE MORNING & AT NIGHT. THIS MORNING 4 OF US WENT TOGETHER FROM MY DIVISION. "FERGUSON" SM3C, "PARKER" QM3C, "ZANDE" RADAR STRIKER & ME.

THEY WERE DRINKING "TOM COLLINS" & I WAS DRINKING "RUM & COKES". DID WE HAVE FUN!!!!!

WE WENT TO "SL0PPY JOES" , "THE CHICAGO BAR" & MANY OTHERS.

AT NIGHT, WE WENT TO THE RIALTO CLUB". A VERY MODERN NIGHT

CLUB & SAW A VERY GOOD FLOOR SHOW. WE ALL GOT BACK ON TIME!!

"ERROR" THE SHIP’S MASCOT, WAS RESTRICTED TODAY BY THE CUSTOMS OFFICER.

MANY OF OUR GUYS WERE HOISTED ABOARD IN CARGO NETS.

SUNDAY OCTOBER 10, 1943:

1245 - LEFT PIER 18 BALBOA

1353 - G Q 190’

1413 - SECURED FROM G Q

REMARKS:

AS WE WERE LEAVING, A DIVISION OF PT BOATS WERE MAKING

PRACTICE ATTACKS ON US. THEY CAME RUSHING ON US & THEY LATER

LAYED A SMOKE SCREEN ACROSS OUR BOW.

OUTSIDE OF THAT, NOTHING ELSE HAPPENED ALL DAY. WE DIDN’T HAVE

G Q AT NIGHT AS THE SKIPPER SAID THE ONE AT NOON WAS ENOUGH.

BUT, TOMORROW WE START OUR REGULAR ROUTINE.

WE HAVE THE SAME 2 DE’S AS WE HAD THE FIRST TIME.

MONDAY OCTOBER 11, 1943:

0553 - G Q COURSE 285’

0606 - SECURED FROM G Q

1748 - G Q COURSE 297’

1815 - SECURED FROM G Q

REMARKS:

SPEED 16

8’ N 84.5’’ W

TUESDAY OCTOBER 12, 1943

0610 - G Q COURSE 297’

0629 - SECURED FROM G Q

1900 - SET CLOCKS BACK ONE HOIUR TO 1800

1808 - G Q COURSE 297’

1821 - SECURED FROM G Q

REMARKS:

SPEED: 16 KNOTS

WEDNESDAY OCTOBER 13, 1943

0540 - G Q COURSE 297’

0608 - SECURED FROM G Q

1215 – SIGHTED SCHOOL OF PORPOSE

1912 - G Q COURSE 297’

1930 - SECURED FROM G Q

REMARKS:

SPEED: 16 KNOTS

THURSDAY OCTOBER 14, 1943:

0612 - G Q COURSE 297’

0620 - SECURED FROM G Q

1853 - G Q COURSE 297

1905 - SECURED FROM G Q

REMARKS:

SPEED: 16 KNOTS

FRIDAY OCTOBER 15, 1943:

0620 - G Q COURSE 297’

0636 - SECURED FROM G Q

1905 - SET CLOCKS BACK 1 HOUR TO 1805 (PWT)

1814 - G Q COURSE 315

1828 - SECURED FROM G Q

REMARKS:

SPEED: 17

TODAY, WE FINALLY ENTERED CALIFORNIA TIME! WE ARE 3

HOURS BEHIND NORFOLK’S TIME AND IN GCT WE ARE IN +7 ZONE.

WHICH MEANS WE ADD 7 HOURS TO THE SHIP’S TIME TO MAKE IT

RADIO TIME (GCT)

AT NOON, WE CHANGED OUR BASE COURSE TO 315’

SATURDAY OCTOBER 16, 1943:

0553 - G Q COURSE 315’

0608 - SECURED FROM G Q

1858 - G Q COURSE 320’

1914 - SECURED FROM G Q

REMARKS:

DURING THE NIGHT, ONE OF THE DE’S HAD RUDDER TROUBLE AND

THEY WERE GOING AROUND IN CIRCLES TRYING TO KEEP UP WITH US.

TODAY, AT NOON, STARTED OUR SECOND WEEK UNDERWAY. WE

SHOULD GET INTO "FRISCO" EITHER MONDAY AFTERNOON OR TUESDAY

MORNING. THEN, I’LL BE ONLY 97 MILES FROM HOME! I’VE MADE A

ROUND TRIP AROUND THE STATES NOW! I’M BACK TO WHERE I WAS

SWORN INTO THE NAVY BACK ON FEB 10, 1942.

WE WERE SUPPOSED TO BE PAID YESTERDAY. BUT, LTJG WOOD, OUR

PAY MASTER, SAID NO AS HE WANTED TO MAKE SURE WE HAD SOME

MONEY TO GO ASHORE ON. BUT, THAT WONT MAKE ANY DIFFERENCE TO

ME. I OWE ALL MY PAY OUT NOW!!!

SUNDAY OCTOBER 17, 1943:

0615 - G Q COURSE 320’

0633 - SECURED FROM G Q

1100 - ANNOUNCED ABOUT STOLEN GUNS & KNIVES

1837 - G Q COURSE 320

1854 - SECURED FROM G Q

 

REMARKS:

TODAY, IT WAS ANNOUNCED THAT SEVERAL BOXES OF CARGO

WERE BROKEN INTO AND A CARBINE, PISTOLS , SHEATH KNIVES,

BOLLOS AND SEVERAL OTHER THINGS WERE TAKEN SINCE WE LEFT

PANAMA AND NO LIBERTY WOULD BE GRANTED IN SAN FRANCISCO.

MONDAY OCTOBER 18, 1943:

NO ENTRY RECORDED

TUESDAY OCTOBER 19, 1943:

0615 - G Q HEADING INTO FRISCO! ! !

0710 - SECURED FROM G Q

0908 - DROPPED HOOK IN SAN FRANCISCO BAY!!

REMARKS:

AT LAST!! I’M BACK IN FRISCO & COULD GET HOME ON AN OVERNIGHT

LIBERTY. BUT, THERE IS NO LIBERTY AS WE ARE PULLING OUT AGAIN

TOMORROW ABOUT 1600 FOR PEARL HARBOR!! THE "SCUTTLEBUT" IS

THAT WE ARE DUE BACK IN "FRISCO" IN 3 WEEKS. I HOPE SO! ALL

STOLEN CARGO WAS TURNED IN EXCEPT, 1 KNIFE, A .45 & THE CARBINE.

GOT MAIL TODAY. THERE WERE 25 BAGS BROUGHT ABOARD & I ONLY

GOT 1 LETTER & 7 NEWSPAPERS! BETTER LUCK NEXT TIME! MAIL CLOSES

AT 10:00 TOMORROW.

THERE WAS NO G Q TONIGHT OR EVEN DARKEN SHIP. I WAS UNLUCKY

ENOUGH TO HAVE THE WATCH WHEN WE PULLED IN & TOMORROW, I

HAVE THE 1600 – 1800 WATCH & WE ARE SUPPOSED TO PULL OUT AT 1600.

WEDNESDAY OCTOBER 20, 1943:

1630 - UNDERWAY FOR PEARL HARBOR WITH 80 PASSENGERS

1710 - PASSED UNDER BAY BRIDGE

1729 - PASSED THRU THE GATE

1740 - PASSED UNDER GOLDEN GATE BRIDGE

1745 - PASSED POINT DIABLE ABEAM TO STBD MILE

1750 - PASSED POINT BONETA 1 MILE

SIGHTED I MILE ROCK

REMARKS:

TODAY, WE LEFT "FRISCO " FOR PEARL HARBOR.

WE DIDN’T GET LIBERTY SOO, I DIDN’T GET HOME AS I HAD PLANNED.

WE ARE SUPPOSED TO GET BACK IN ABOUT 3 WEEKS. SO, STILL HAVE A

CHANCE TO GET HOME! SO CLOSE & YET SO FAR.

THURSDAY OCTOBER 21, 1943:

0615 - G Q COURSE 250

0645 - SECURED FROM G Q

1833 - G Q COURSE 245

1845 - SECURED FROM G Q

REMARKS:

SPEED: 18 KNOTS

NOTHING HAPPENED TODAY ALL DAY, A FLOCK OF ABOUT 25 ALBATROSS HAVE BEEN FOLLOWINGUS ABOUT 50 YARDS OFF THE STERN

OCTOBER 22 – 24

NO ENTRIES

MONDAY OCTOBER 25, 1943:

ENTERED PEARL HARBOR

TUESDAY NOVEMBER 2, 1943:

UNDERWAY FOR "FUNA FUTI" IN THE "ELLIS ISLANDS"

SUNDAY NOVEMBER 13, 1943:

JAPS RAIDED "FUNA FUTI"

THURSDAY NOVEMBER 17, 1943:

JAPS RAIDED "FUNA FUTI" AGAIN

WE RETURNED FIRE! NO HITS!!

SUNDAY NOVEMBER 27, 1943:

LEFT "FUNA FUTI" FOR PEARL HARBOR

SATURDAY DECEMBER 4, 1943:

0830 - ENTERED PEARL HARBOR TO AWAIT TRANSFER BACK TO "FRISCO"

1300 - LEFT SHIP FOR RECEIVING STATION

1900 - MOVED FROM RECEIVING STATION TO "CAMP AEIA"

WEDNESDAY DECEMBER 8, 1943:

0930 - WENT ABOARD USS POCOMOKE

1100 - LEFT PIER FOR THE STATES

1600 - LEFT THE BAY

TUESDAY DECEMBER 14, 1943:

1200 - ENTERED SAN FRANCISCO BAY!!!

1700 - LEFT USS POCOMOKE ON A NAVY TUG BOAT

2000 - LEFT TREASURE ISLAND ON A SHORT "48" & TOOK GENE TAYLOR WITH ME.

END OF LOG:

log kept by Kenneth E Davis RM2

original plank owner.

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