Oct 23, 1942 – Friday

4:30am We wandered all over the ship trying to find a place to sleep.  Everything was full so we just plopped down on deck.  Swanson and I went to get 11 boxes of candy for the fellows.  That was my last time to touch shore for how long I don’t know.  At 7:00pm we were moved into the officers lounge and were given cots to sleep on.  It was crowded but was heaven compared to what the others had to contend with.  About 11:30pm Lt. Griffith came in and told us to go out and load our TNT and Bangalore torpedoes. The colored stevedores would not handle it.  Finally we got to bed.

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