CONFIDENTIAL


WAR DIARY



U.S.S. PICKING
DD-685


OFFICE OF NAVAL RECORDS AND LIBRARY

            
 December 1, 1943                Zone description plus four:
00-24   Moored port side to U.S.S. HUNT at berth 36, pier 3, NOB,
        Norfolk Va.  SOPA is Commander-in-Chief, U.S. Atlantic
        Fleet; in U.S.S. VIXEN
         
December 2, 1943.               Zone description plus four:
        Moored as before.
1145    Underway in accordance with CinCLANT despatch 271342 of
        November, formed task group 29.17 with ROCKY MOUNT, FAYETTE and
        HUNT.  OTC is CTG 29.17 in ROCKY MOUNT.  Steaming various courses 
        and Speeds conforming to channel.
1817    Took departure from Buoy XS, took screening station 3310 on
        ROCKY MOUNT, set base course 122° T&G (131° psc) at standard
        speed 14 knots.
2000    Position Latitude 36°46'N  Longitude 74°13'W.
        Changed base course to 185°T&G (214°psc).
         
December 3, 1943                Zone description plus four:
        Steaming as before.
0800    Position Latitude 34°20'N Longitude 73°35'W.
1200    Position Latitude 33°19'N Longitude 73°35'W.
1354    Changed base course to 215°T&G (240°psc).
1418    Commenced firing burst practice.
1422    Ceased firing having expended 1 round 5"/38, 134 rounds 40MM
        and 480 rounds 20MM ammunition.
2000    Position Latitude 31°35'N Longitude 73°55'W.
        Changed base course to 185°T&G (199°psc).
         
December 4, 1943                Zone description plus four:
        Steaming as before.
0800    Position Latitude 28°45'1N Longitude 74°15'W.
0810    Changed base course to 177°T&G (206°psc).
1200    Position Latitude 27°59'N Longitude 74°06'W.
2000    Position Latitude 26°08'N Longitude 73°53'W. 

December 5, 1943                Zone description plus four:
        Steaming as before.
0041    Changed base course to 185°T&G (l99°psc).
0636    Changed base course to 199°T&G (215°psc).
0800    Position Latitude 23°50'N Longitude 74°09.5'W.
1200    Position Latitude 23°14'N Longitude 74°26'W.
1341    Sighted Bird Rock Light bearing 250°T distance 27000 yards.
1412    Commenced firing burst practice.
1414    Ceased firing, having expended 15 rounds 5"/38, 196 rounds
        40MM, and 104 rounds 20MM ammunition.
1425    Changed base course to 197°T&G (213°psc).
1722    Changed base course to 155°T&G (163°psc).
2000    Position Latitude 21°33'N Longitude 74°39'W.
2030    Changed base course to 154°T&G (162°psc).

December 6, 1943                Zone description plus four:
        Steaming as before.
0113    Sighted Cape Maysi light bearing 180°T distant 23 miles.
0223    Changed base course to 212°T&G (215°psc).
0718    Sighted Island of Haiti bearing 155°T distant 40 miles.
0800    Position Latitude 19°11'N Longitude 74°47'W.
0912    Sighted Vanassa Island Light bearing 178°T distant 20 miles.
1052    Changed base course to 192°T&G (194°psc).
1200    Position Latitude 18°10'N Longitude 75°18.5'W.
1615    Changed base course to 214°T&G (216°psc).
2000    Position Latitude 16°36'N Longitude 76°04'W.
         
December 7, 1944                Zone description plus four:
        Steaming as before.
0702    Changed base course to 260°T&G (272°psc).
0710    Sighted convoy bearing 250°T distant 10 miles, on course
        clear to port.
0800    Position Latitude 14°47'08"N Longitude 77°27'00"W.
0625    Changed base course to 215°T&G (214°psc).
1200    Position Latitude 14°04'N Longitude 77°54'W.
1333    Changed base course to 205°T&G(205°psc).
2000    Position Latitude 12°50'N Longitude 78°51'W.
2000    Changed base course 195°T&G (195°psc).

December 8, 1943                Zone description plus four:
        Steaming as before.
0800    Position Latitude 15° N. Longitude 78°W.
1100    Sighted examination vessel, entrance to Canal Zone bearing
        182° T distant 3 miles.  Commenced steaming various courses
        and speeds conforming to channel entering Colon, C. Z.
1341    Anchored in berth M52 Limon Bay, Colon, C. Z. 
1539    Underway for transit of Panama Canal, steaming various courses
        and speeds conforming to the channel; pilot at the conn.
2248    Completed transit of canal, entered Balboa Reach.
2329    Moored starboard side to HUNT at dock 7, Balboa, Panama.  SOPA
        is CDD 104 in HUNT.

December 9, 1943                Zone description plus four:
        Moored as before.
0105    Set clocks back one hour to zone time plus 5.
         
December 10, 1943               Zone description plus five:
        Moored as before.
1227    Underway in company with U.S.S. HUNT in accordance with
        Compacseafron despatch 091440 of December.  Steaming various  
        Courses.
1312    Took departure from Buoy 2, set base course 180° T&G, 178° psc.  
        At standard speed 15 knots.
1841    Changed base course to 225° T&G, 212° psc.
2000    Position Latitude 7°12' N. Longitude 00°03' W.
2045    Changed base course to 270° T&G, 255° psc.
2100    Sighted Morro Paercos Light bearing 320° T, distance 21 miles.

December 11, 1943               Zone description plus five:
        Steaming as before.
0155    Sighted Isla Jicarita Light bearing 293° T, distance 16.5
        miles.  
0350    Changed base course to 294° T&G, 282° psc.
0800    Position  Latitude 7°28' N. Longitude 82°50' W.
0801    Sighted Point Burica bearing 349° T, distance 30 miles
0950    Changed base course 296° T&G, 280° psc.
1200    Position Latitude 7°53' N. Longitude 83°45' W.
1401-   Steaming various courses and speeds while conducting-
1442    exercises.  Tested machine gun battery expended 23 -
        rounds 40MM and 60 rounds 20MM ammunition.
1930    Set clocks to zone description plus five and one half.
2000    Position Latitude 8°48' N. Longitude 85°40' W.
2100    Changed base course to 305°T&G, 301° psc.

December 12, 1943               Zone description plus five:
        Steaming as before.
0200    Changed base course to 280° T&G, 273° psc.
0638    Tested machine gun battery, expending 66 rounds 40mm and 60 
        rounds 20mm ammunition.
0712    Changed course to 296° T&G, 291° psc.
0800    Position Latitude 10°13' N, Longitude 88°46' W.
1200    Position Latitude 10°41' N, Longitude 89°36' W.
1420-   Steaming various courses and speeds while conducting exercises.
1523
1730    Set clocks to zone description six.
1930-   Steaming various courses and speeds while conducting exercises.
2000
2000    Position Latitude 11°32' N, Longitude 91°43' W.  Changed base 
        course to 295° T&G, 287° psc.

December 13, 1943               Zone description plus six:
        Steaming as before.
0644    Fired burst practice expending one round 5"/38 Illuminating, 76 
        rounds 40mm, 122 rounds 20mm ammunition.
0800    Position Latitude 120°57' N, Longitude 94°34' W.
1045    Fired burst as target for U.S.S. HUNT expending one round 5"/38 AA 
        Common ammunition.
1200    Position Latitude 13°22' N, Longitude 95°34' W.
1315-   Steaming various courses and speeds while conducting exercises.
1523
1730    Set clocks to zone description plus six and one half.
1930-   Steaming various courses and speeds while conducting exercises. 
2000
2000    Position Latitude 14°09' N, Longitude 97°32' W.

December 14, 1943               Zone description plus six and one half:
        Steaming as before.
0631    Fired burst practice expending one round 5"/38 AA Common, five 
        rounds 5"/38 Illuminating, 87 rounds 40mm, 65 rounds 20mm 
        ammunition.
0800    Position Latitude 15°22' N, Longitude 100°14' W.
0915    Fired burst practice expending seven round 5"/38 AA Common 
        ammunition.
1200    Position Latitude 15°15' N, Longitude 101°16' W.
1340-   Steaming various courses and speeds while conducting exercises.
1510
1517    Fired burst practice expending seven round 5"/38 AA Common, 12 
        rounds 40mm ammunition.
1730    Set clocks to zone description plus seven.
1930-   Steaming various courses and speeds while conducting exercises.
2000     
2000    Position Latitude 16°07' N, Longitude 103°14' W.
2400    Changed base course to 308° T&G, 296° psc.

December 15, 1943	              Zone description plus seven:
        Steaming as before
0545    Steaming various courses and speeds while conducting exercises.
0639    Fired practice star shell spread, expending five rounds 5"/38
        Illuminating Ammunition. 
0800    Position Latitude 18°29'N  Longitude  107°09'W.
0931    Fired burst practice, expending seven rounds 5"/38 AA-Common
        Ammunition.
1158    Changed standard speed to 16 knots.
1200    Position Latitude 19°11'N  Longitude 107°09'W.
1359    Steaming various courses at various speeds while conducting
        exercises.
1730    Set clocks to zone description plus seven.
1930    Steaming various courses and speeds while conducting exercises. 
2000    Position Latitude 20°31'N  Longitude 108°55'W.

December 16, 1943               Zone description plus seven:
        Steaming as before.
0545    Steaming various courses and speeds while conducting exercises. 
0800    Position Latitude 22°31'N  Longitude 111°28'W.                
1059    Changed standard speed to 26 knots.            
1200    Position Latitude 23°13'N  Longitude 112°49'W.          
1410    Changed base course to 320°T&G (3113°psc).          
2000    Position Latitude 25°37'N  Longitude 115°20'W.           
2400    Changed base course to 348°T&G (340°PSC).         

December 17, 1943               Zone description plus seven:
        Steaming as before
0618    Sighted coast of Lower California bearing 030° T distant 66
        miles.
0800    Position Latitude 29°56'N  Longitude 117°15'W.           
1200    Position Latitude 31°26'N  Longitude 117°11'W.           
1235    Changed base course to 000°T&G (350°psc).           
1258    Changed base course to 075°T&G (067°psc).           
1300    Sighted Point Loma bearing 074°T, distant 19 miles.       
1315    Commenced steaming various courses and speeds approaching San
        Diego Harbor.           
1339    Passed Buoy Able abeam to port, entered swept channel.             
1509    Moored with fifteen fathoms of chain to anchorage buoy No. 26
        San Diego Harbor.  Various units of U.S. Fleet Present, SOPA is
        ComFleetAir, West Coast. 
1539    U.S.S. HUNT moored alongside to starboard.            
                         
December 18, 1943               Zone description plus seven:             
        Moored with 15 fathoms of chain to anchorage buoy No. 26, San
        Diego Harbor.  U.S.S. HUNT alongside to starboard.  Various
        units of U.S. Fleet present.  SOPA is ComFltAir, West Coast.
          
December 19, 1943               Zone description plus seven 
        Moored with 15 fathoms of chain to anchorage buoy No. 26, San
        Diego Harbor.  U.S.S. HUNT alongside to starboard.  Various
        units of U.S. Fleet present.  SOPA is ComFltAir, West Coast.
               
December 20, 1943               Zone description plus seven 
        Moored as before.     
        U.S.S. HUNT underway from alongside.      
             
December 21, 1943               Zone description plus seven 
        Moored as before.     
1506    Underway in company with U.S.S. WILLIAM D. PORTER in accordance	
        with ComNorPac secret dispatch 180123 of December steaming of
        various courses and speeds conforming to the channel.
1712    Passed Buoy Able abeam to starboard, entered International
        waters.  Set base course 257°T&G (246° psc).  Standard speed 15
        knots.  
1830    Set clocks to Zone Description Plus Eight.
2000    Position Latitude 32° 21'N  Longitude 118° 21'W.
2331    Changed base course to 294° T&G (286° psc).

December 22, 1943               Zone description plus eight 
        Steaming as before.
0800    Position Latitude 33° 02'N  Longitude 121° 31'W.
1200    Position Latitude 33° 21'N  Longitude 122° 35'W.
1730    Set clocks to Zone Description Plus Eight and One Half.
2000    Position Latitude 34° 08'N  Longitude 125° 07'W.
2341    Changed base course to 306° T&G (299° psc).

December 23, 1943               Zone description plus eight and one-half 
        Steaming as before.
0600    Steaming various courses and speeds while conducting exercises.
0800    Position Latitude 35° 45'N  Longitude 128° 10'W.
1029    Sighted escort carrier bearing 027° T, distant 7 miles,
        identified as U.S.S. RANDOLPH.  
1200    Position Latitude 36° 21'N  Longitude 129° 11'W.
1415    Fired burst practice, expending 14 rounds 5"/38 AA-Common, 315	
        rounds 40MM, 424 rounds 20MM ammunition.
1735    Set clocks to Zone Description Plus Nine.
2000    Position Latitude 37° 32'N  Longitude 130° 32'W.

December 24, 1943               Zone description plus nine
        Steaming as before
0800    Position Latitude 39° 12' N.  Longitude 134° 05' W. 
1200    Position Latitude 39° 46' N.  Longitude 135° 05' W.
1730    Set clocks to zone description plus nine and one half.
2000    Position Latitude 41° 02' N.  Longitude 137° 13' W.

December 25, 1943               Zone description plus nine and one-half
        Steaming as before
0800    Position Latitude 42° 43' N.  Longitude 140° 24' W. 
1200    Position Latitude 43° 17' N.  Longitude 141° 29' W.
1730    Set clocks to zone description plus ten.
2000    Position Latitude 44° 27' N.  Longitude 143° 43' W.
          
December 26, 1943               Zone description plus ten
        Steaming as before
0800    Position Latitude 46° 06' N.  Longitude 146° 30' W. 
0824    Changed base course to 302° T&G, 290° psc.	
1000    Changed standard speed to 14 knots.
1200    Position Latitude 46° 34' N.  Longitude 147° 36' W.
2000    Position Latitude 47° 30' N.  Longitude 149° 45' W.

December 27, 1943               Zone description plus ten
        Steaming as before
0800    Position Latitude 48° 51' N.  Longitude 153° 05' W. 
0830    Changed base course to 306° T&G, 295° psc.
1200    Position Latitude 49° 29' N.  Longitude 154° 07' W.
1600    Changed standard speed to 12 knots.
2000    Position Latitude 50° 30' N.  Longitude 155° 40' W.

December 28, 1943               Zone description plus ten 
0800    Position Latitude 51° 51' N.  Longitude 158° 18' W.
0900    Changed course to 297° T&G, 281° psc.
1200    Position Latitude 52° 03.5' N  Longitude 158° 56' W.
1323    Sighted ship bearing 324° T., range 7 miles.
        Steamed various courses to keep clear.
1405    Ship identified as U.S.S.R.S. SOVEETSKAYA NEFF. 
2000    Position Latitude 52° 57' N. Longitude 161° 47' W.
2231    Picked up Mt. Shishaldin on radar, bearing 330° T., distance 110 
        miles.

December 29, 1943               Zone description plus ten
        Steaming as before
0400    Steaming various courses and speeds while passing through Unimak
        Pass, and approaching Dutch Harbor, Alaska. 
0600    Sighted Scotch Cap Light bearing 325° T., distant 15 miles.
0800    Position Latitude 53° 20' N.  Longitude 164° 48' W. 
0837    Passed Akutan Island abeam to port, distant 12 miles.  
0917    Passed Unalga Island abeam to port, distant 16 miles.
1339    Passed through anti-submarine net gate, entered Dutch Harbor, 
        Alaska.
1415    Moored port side to U.S.S. SPROSTON at Dutch Harbor, Pier, 
        Dutch Harbor, Alaska.  Various units of U.S. Fleet present in 
        harbor.  S.O.P.A. is C.T.F. 94 in U.S.S. RICHMOND.
1447    U.S.S. WILLIAM D. PORTER. Moored alongside to starboard.

December 30, 1943               Zone description plus ten
        Moored as before.

December 31, 1943               Zone description plus ten
        Moored as before.

January 1, 1944                 Zone description plus ten
        Moored port side to U.S.S. SPROSTON at Dutch Harbor Pier, Dutch 
        Harbor, Alaska, U.S.S. WILLIAM D. PORTER alongside to starboard.  
        Various units of U.S. Fleet present in harbor.  SOPA is 
        ComNorPacFor.

January 2, 1944                 Zone description plus ten
        Moored as before
0800    The Commander Destroyer Squadron 49 shifted his flag from U.S.S.
        SPROSTON to U.S.S. PICKING.
0840    Underway in company with Task Force 94 in accordance with 
        ComNorPac secret dispatch 312125 of December, 1943.  Steaming 
        various courses and speeds conforming with channel while 
        standing out of Dutch Harbor, Alaska.
1016    Took position with DesRon 49 in standard anti-submarine screen 
        ahead of cruiser formation: U.S.S. RICHMOND, U.S.S. DETROIT and 
        U.S.S. RALEIGH.  U.S.S. PICKING's position ahead of guide ship, 
        distant 4000 yds.  Steaming various courses and speeds while 
        carrying out screening exercises.
1120    Set base course 259° T&G 252° psc, standard speed 15 knots.  
1206    Commenced zigzagging according to plan.
1326    Ceased zigzagging.  Left cruiser screen.  Steaming various
        courses while carrying out tactical exercises.
1540    Rejoined cruiser screen.  Commenced zigzagging according to 
        plan.  
2000    Position Latitude 53° 55' N  Longitude 169° 50' W.
2019-   Steaming various courses and speeds while carrying out tactical  
2045    exercises.  Ceases zigzagging.

January 3, 1944                 Zone description plus ten
        Steaming as before
0021    Changed base course to 250° T&G 239° psc.
0800    Position latitude 53° 00' N.  Longitude 174° 40' W.
0917    Commenced zigzagging according to plan.
0955    Ceased zigzagging.
1000    Steaming various courses and speeds while carrying out main 
        battery radar offset firing practice.  Expended 10 rounds 5"/38 
        cal. AA Common ammunition.
1200    Position Latitude 52° 53' N.  Longitude 175° 50' W.
1400    Steaming various courses and speeds while approaching Kuluk Bay,
        Alaska.
1659    Set base course 000° T&G 357° psc.
1727    Commenced zigzagging according to plan.
2000    Position Latitude 52° 44' N.  Longitude 176° 50' W.  Changed 
        base course to 315° T&G 316° psc.

January 4, 1944                 Zone description plus ten  
        Steaming as before
0030    Changed base course to 090° T&G 084° psc.
0330    Changed course to 135° T&G 126° psc.
0400    Changed course to 180° T&G 170° psc.
0712    Changed base course to 215° T&G 211° psc.
0851    Changed base course to 000° T&G 357° psc.
0930    Left cruiser screen in company with DesDiv 98.  Steaming various
        courses and speeds while carrying out exercises.
1406    Completed exercises, proceeding to Sweepers Cove, Adak Island, 
        Alaska.
1437    Fired burst practice, expending 3 rounds 5"/38  AA Common and 71 
        rounds 40mm ammunition.
1735    Moored starboard side U.S.S. SPROSTON in nest with U.S.S. WILLIAM D.
        PORTER and U.S.S. WICKES at Buoy #1, Sweepers Cove, Adak Island,
        Alaska.  Various units of U.S. Fleet present in harbor.  SOPA is
        ComNorPacFor.

January 5, 1944                 Zone description plus ten 
        Moored as before.

January 6, 1944                 Zone description plus ten
        Moored as before.
1253    Underway from alongside U.S.S. SPROSTON at Buoy #1, Sweepers Cove, 
        Adak Island, Alaska in accordance with ComNorPac dispatch 05318 of 
        January, 1944.  Steaming various courses and speeds conforming to 
        the channel. 
1400    Steaming various courses and speeds in company with U.S.S. CHARLES J.
        BADGER, U.S.S. ISHERWOOD, and U.S.S. LUCE while carry out exercises.
2125    Fired illumination practice, expending 14 rounds 5"/38 Illuminating
        ammunition. 
2150    Set base course 270° T&G 078° psc, standard speed 15 knots.  Assumed
        guide with U.S.S. CHARLES BADGER, U.S.S. ISHERWOOD and U.S.S. LUCE
        forming standard anti-submarine screen ahead.

January 7, 1944                 Zone description plus ten
        Steaming as before.
0100    Changed course to 090° T&G 078° psc.
0800    Position Latitude 52° 30' N  Longitude 176° 19' W. 
0915    Steaming various courses and speeds while conducting exercises. 
1358    Fired shore bombardment exercises at Great Sitkin Island, expending 
        30 rounds 5"/38 AA Common ammunition.
1920    Set base course 000° T&G 005° psc.  Formed in anti-submarine screen
        with U.S.S. ISHERWOOD and U.S.S. LUCE.  U.S.S. CHARLES J. BADGER 
        guide.  standard speed 15 knots.
2320    Changed course to 090° T&G 078° psc.

January 8, 1944                 Zone description plus ten
        Steaming as before.
0054    Changed course to 180° T&G 173° psc.
0720    Assumed guide.  U.S.S. CHARLES J. BADGER, U.S.S. ISHERWOOD, U.S.S. 
        LUCE forming in standard column astern.  Steaming various courses and
        Speeds while carrying out exercises in Kuluk Bay, Alaska.
0816    Fired night bombardment exercise, expending 31 rounds 5"/38 AA Common
        and 34 rounds 5"/38 Illuminating ammunition.  
1056    Fired radar calibration practice, expending 50 rounds 5"/38 AA Common
        ammunition.
1700    Entered Sweepers Cove, Adak Island, Alaska.
1741    Moored to Buoy #1, Sweepers Cove, Adak Island, Alaska.  Various units
        of U.S. Fleet present in harbor.  SOPA is ComNorPacFor. 

January 9, 1944                 Zone description plus ten:
        Moored as before.
1615    Underway from Buoy #1, Sweepers Cove, Adak Island, Alaska,
        Steaming various courses and speeds while proceeding to
        Moor alongside U.S.S. MARKAB.
1630    Moored starboard side to U.S.S. MARKAB at Buoy #2, Sweepers Cove,
        Adak Island, Alaska.  Various units of U.S. Fleet present.
        SOPA is ComNorPacFor.

January 10, 1944                Zone description plus ten:
        Moored as before.

January 11, 1944                Zone description plus ten:
        Moored as before.
1055    U.S.S. GILMORE (DE 18) moored alongside to port.
1200    Commander Destroyer Squadron 49 shifted his flag to U.S.S. SPROSTON.

January 12, 1944                Zone description plus ten:
        Moored as before.
1304    Underway from alongside U.S.S. MARKAB at Buoy #2, Sweepers Cove, 
        Adak Island, Alaska.  In accordance with ComNorPac despatch 120545
        Of January, 1944.  Steaming variouses courses and speeds while
        Standing through channel.
1453    Commenced exercising at general drills.
1643    Commenced steaming various courses and speeds in company with
        U.S.S. CHARLES J. BADGER and U.S.S. LUCE.  Formed in column, U.S.S.
        CHARLES J. BADGER guide, U.S.S. LUCE and U.S.S. PICKING following
        In that order.
1700    Set base course 000° T&G 352° psc, standard speed 10 knots.
1901    Formed standard anti-submarine screen with U.S.S. LUCE, U.S.S.
        CHARLES J. BADGER guide, Ship's position 45° on Starboard bow of 
        U.S.S. CHARLES J. BADGER, distant 3000 yards.  Changed base course 
        To 330° T&G 327° psc.
1840    Changed base course to 150° T&G 140° psc.  By countermarch
        Movement.
1920    Changed speed to 15 knots.
2232    Changed base course to 060° T&G 057° psc.
2300    Changed base course to 000° T&G 355° psc.

January 13, 1944                Zone description plus ten:
        Steaming as before
0130    Changed base course to 270° T&G, 269° psc.
0305    Changed base course to 180° T&G, 174° psc.
0600    Had radar contact on Great Sitkin Island, bearing 120° T.
        distant 25 miles.
0700    Changed course to 270° T&G, 269° psc.
0720    Left anti-submarine screen, took station in column with
        U.S.S BADGER and U.S.S. LUCE.  U.S.S. BADGER guide.  Base 
        Course to 350° T&G, speed 10 knots, 94 r.p.m.
0930    Left formation to join U.S.S. SPROSTON, U.S.S. WICKES, and
        U.S.S WILLIAM D. PORTER.  Took position in column astern of  
        U.S.S. SPROSTON; U.S.S. WICKES, and U.S.S. PRTER astern of 
        U.S.S. PICKING.  Steaming various courses and speeds while 
        conducting tactical exercises in Kuluk Bay and vicinity.
1700    U.S.S. CHARLES J. BADGER and U.S.S. LUCE joined formation.
1752    Changed base course to 180° T&G, 087° psc.
1814    Changed base course to 280° T&G, 274° psc.
2000    Changed base course to 100° T&G, 084° psc.
2200    Changed base course to 280° T&G, 280° psc.

January 14, 1944                Zone description plus ten: 
        Streaming as before.
0000    Changed base course to 100° T&G, 087° psc.
0210    Changed base course to 280° T&G, 282° psc.
0400    Changed base course to 100° T&G, 087° psc.
0600    Changed base course to 280° T&G, 282° psc.
0645    Had radar contact on Great Sitkin Island, Alaska, bearing
        105° T. distant 23 miles.
0700    Changed base course to 100° T&G, 087° psc.
0800    U.S.S. LUSE and U.S.S. BADGER left formation.
0935    Changed base course to 280° T&G, 282° psc.
1013    Steaming various courses and speeds while carrying out exercises
        in vicinity of Great Sitkin Island, Alaska.
1111-   Fired radar calibration practice, expending 90 rounds 5"/38
1645    AA - Common ammunition.  Test fired automatic weapons, expending
        69 rounds 40mm AA ammunition.
2107    Set base course 320° T&G, 319° psc, speed 10 knots.
2140    Changed base course to 290° T&G, 288° psc.

January 15, 1944                Zone description plus ten:
        Steaming as before.
0110    Changed base course to 110° T&G, 097° psc.
0507    Changed base course to 290° T&G, 288° psc.
0610    Had radar contact on Great Sitkin Island, bearing 130° T, distant 26
        miles.
0800    Commenced steaming various courses and speeds while carrying on 
        tactical exercises north Adak Island, Alaska.
1310    Commenced fighter director exercise.
1506-   Fired automatic weapons practice with towed sleeve, expending 805 
        rounds
1606    40mm AA and 974 rounds 20mm AA ammunition.
1714    The Commander, Destroyer Squadron 49 shifted his flag from U.S.S. 
        SPROSTON to U.S.S. PICKING.
1820    Entered Sweepers Cove, Adak Island, Alaska.
1836    Moored port side to U.S.S. WILLIAM D. PORTER at buoy #1, Sweepers 
        Cove, Adak Island, Alaska.  Various units of U.S. Fleet present in 
        harbor.  SOPA is ComNorPacFor.

January 16, 1944                Zone description plus ten:
        Moored as before.
1115    Underway from alongside U.S.S. WILLIAM D. PORTER at buoy #1, Sweeper 
        Cove, Adak Island, Alaska, in accordance with verbal orders of 
        ComDesRon 49, steaming various courses and speeds while proceeding 
        to Sand Bay, Great Sitkin Island, Alaska.
1338    Entered Sand Bay, Great Sitkin Island, Alaska.
1345    Anchored in Sand Bay, Great Sitkin Island, Alaska, in 15 fathoms of 
        water with 90 fathoms of chain to the starboard anchor.
1557    Underway from anchorage, steaming various courses and speeds while 
        proceeding to moor.
1610    Moored starboard side to U.S.S. CHARLES J. BADGER at N.O.B. Pier, Sand
        Bay, Great Sitkin Island, Alaska.  Various units of U.S. Fleet
        present.  SOPA is ComNorPacFor.

January 17, 1944                Zone description plus ten:
        Moored as before.
0830    Underway in company with U.S.S. CHARLES J. BADGER, and U.S.S. LUCE,
        from N.O.B. Pier, Sand Bay, Great Sitkin Island,  in accordance with 
        ComDesRon 49 secret despatch 170900 of January.  Steaming various 
        courses and speed while standing out of Sand Bay and into Kuluk Bay.
1028    Joined Task Force 94.  Took station in destroyer anti-submarine 
        screen 3000 yards ahead of cruiser column of U.S.S. RICHMOND, U.S.S.
        DETROIT, and U.S.S. RALEIGH.
1039    Set base course 000* T&G, 346* psc., Speed 15 knots.
1100    Commenced zigzagging according to plan.
1115    Ceased zigzagging.  Formed in anti-aircraft screening disposition.  
1135    Formed in anti-submarine screen 3000 yards ahead of cruiser column.
1150    Changed base course to 180* T&G 176* psc.
1218    Commenced zigzagging according to plan.
1246    Ceased zigzagging.  Commenced steaming various courses and speeds 
        while standing through Kuluk Bay and into Sand Bay, Great Sitkin
        Island, Alaska.
1428    Moored port side to N.O.B. Pier, Sand Bay, Great Sitkin Island, 
        Alaska.  Various units of U.S. Fleet present in harbor, S.O.P.A. is 
        CTF 94 in U.S.S. RICHMOND.

January 18, 1944                Zone description plus ten:
        Moored as before.
0030    Underway in company with U.S.S. CHARLED J. BADGER from N.O.B. Pier, 
        Sand Bay, Alaska in accordance with ComNorPac secret despatch 180723 
        Of January.  Steaming various courses and speeds while standing out
        of Sand Bay and Kuluk Bay.
0150    Set base course to 270* T&G, 268* psc., speed 15 knots.
0209    Changed speed to 25 knots.
0600    Changed base course to 210* T&G, 205* psc.  Had radar contact on 
        Amchitka Island, Alaska bearing 250° T, distant 28 miles.
0800    Commenced steaming various courses and speeds while carrying out 
        search for lost aviators south of Rat Islands, Alaska.
1938    Set base course 067° T&G, 060psc., speed 10 knots.
2000    Position Latitude 49° 49'N. Longitude 174° 14'E.  Commenced firing
        starshells hourly to aid in search.
2200    Commenced zigzagging according to plan.

January 19, 1944                Zone description plus ten:
        Steaming as before.
0420    Ceased zigzagging.  Changed speed to 18 knots.  Ceased firing 
        starshells having expended eight rounds 5"/38 Illuminating
        ammunition.
0736    Changed base course to 245° T&G, 245° psc.
0800    Position Latitude 49° 32'N.  Longitude 174° 26'E.
0912    Changed base course to 067° T&G, 060° psc.  Changed speed to 15 knots.
0915    Fired one round 5"/38 Illuminating ammunition.
1200    Position Latitude 49° 48'N.  Longitude 175° 06'E.
1417-   Fired burst practice, expended seven rounds 5"/38 AA-Common and 32 
1515    rounds 40mm AA ammunition.
2000    Position Latitude 50° 19°N.  Longitude 177° 21'E.
2113    Changed speed to 20 knots.
2200    Changed base course to 061° T&G, 049°psc.
2227    Fired one round 5"/38 Illuminating ammunition to investigate reported
        light.  Results negative.

January 20, 1944                Zone description plus ten:
        Steaming as before.
0200    Changed base course to 000° T&G, 347° psc.
0330    Changed base course to 050° T&G, 036° psc.
0600    Changed base course to 090° T&G, 080° psc.
0800    Position Latitude 52° 06'N.  Longitude 178° 02'W.
0845    Sighted Kanaga Island, bearing 170° T., distant 15 miles.
1020    Changed course to 117° T&G, 109° psc.
1030    Sighted Task Force 94 in sortie from Kuluk Bay, Alaska.
1050    Joined Task Force 94.  Took station in anti-submarine screen 5000
        yards ahead of cruiser column of U.S.S. RICHMOND, U.S.S. DETROIT, 
        and U.S.S. RALEIGH.  Base course 000° T&G, 347° psc.  Speed 15 knots.
        Commenced zigzagging according to plan.
1200    Position Latitude 52° 20'N.  Longitude 176° 23.5'W.
1245    Ceased zigzagging.  Commenced steaming various courses and speeds 
        while carrying out exercises.
1346    Took position in battle disposition while cruisers fired Day Battle
        Practice at towed target.  PICKING with DesDiv 97 in van destroyer
        group.
1510    Simulated division torpedo attack.
1730    Took station in anti-submarine screen ahead of cruiser column.  Ran 
        course 000° T&G, 347° psc.  Speed 25 knots, zigzagging according to 
        plan.
1800    Ceased zigzagging.
2000    Position Latitude 54° 27'N.  Longitude 176° 08'W.  Changed base 
        course to 210° T&G, 210 psc.

January 21, 1944                Zone description plus ten:
        Steaming as before.
0200    Changed base course to 165° T&G, 147° psc.
0225    Changed base course to 120° T&G, 112° psc.
0500    Took station in battle diposition.  Task force column.  PICKING 
        guide.
0545    Changed base course to 160° T&G, 161° psc.  Commenced approach to 
        Great Sitkin Island for shore bombardment exercise.
0650    Commenced steaming various courses and speeds while firing exercise. 
        Base fire course 160° T&G, 161° psc.
0652-   Fired shore bombardment exercise expended 24 rounds 5"/38 AA Common 
0753    and six rounds 5"/38 Illuminating ammunition.
0815    Took station in anti-submarine screen 3000 yds. ahead of cruiser
        column.  U.S.S. RICHMOND guide.
0934    Moored to anchorage buoy #1, Sweepers Cove, Adak Island, Alaska.  
        Various units of U.S. Fleet present in harbor.  S.O.P.A. is 
        ComNorPacFor.
0945-   U.S.S. LUCE, U.S.S. CHARLES J. BADGER, U.S.S. SPROSTON moored 
1030    alongside to port in that order. 

January 22, 1944                Zone description plus ten:
        Steaming as before.

January 23, 1944                Zone description plus ten:
        Steaming as before.

January 24, 1944                Zone description plus ten:
        Moored as before.
0902    Underway from anchorage buoy #1, Sweeper Cove, Adak Island, Alaska in
        company with Task Force 94 in accordance with ComNorPac secret
        dispatch 140009 of January, 1944.  Steaming various courses and speeds
        while standing out of Sweeper Cove and into Kuluk Bay.
0920    Took station in anti-submarine screen 5000 yds. ahead of cruiser 
        column of U.S.S. RICHMOND and U.S.S. RALIEGH.  OTC is CTF 94 in 
        RICHMOND.
0959    Set base course to 350° T&G, 338 psc.  Speed 15 knots.
1015    Commenced zigzagging according to plan.
1047    Ceased zigzagging.  Changed base course to 340° T&G, 327° psc.  Took
        position in Task Force column.
1110-   Fired machine gun practice at towed sleeve, expending 258 rounds 40mm,
1155    812 rounds 20mm ammunition.
1200    Position Latitude 52°25' N, Longitude 176°52' W.
1220    Changed base course to 015° T&G, 003° psc.  Took position in anti-
        submarine 5000 yds. ahead of cruiser column.
1332    Commenced zigzagging according to plan.
1457-   Steaming various courses and speeds while carrying out exercises.  
1600
1600    Resumed position in anti-submarine screen, set base course 275° T&G,
        271° psc. Speed 16 knots.
1606    Commenced zigzagging according to plan.
1845    Ceases zigzagging.  Steaming various courses and speeds while carrying
        out night torpedo attack exercises.
2000    Position Latitude 52°16' N, Longitude 179°04', Longitude 179°04' W.
2145    Resumed station in anti-submarine screen ahead of cruiser column.  
        Base course 275° T&G, 271° psc.  Speed 16 knots.

January 25, 1944                Zone description plus ten:
        Steaming as before.
0800    Position Latitude 53°11' N, Longitude 174°20' E.  Commenced 
        zigzagging according to plan.
1000    Commenced steaming various courses and speeds while carrying out
        exercises.
1128    Sighted Attu Island bearing 250° T&G, distant 26 miles.
1136    Resumed station in anti-submarine screen.  Base course 275° T&G, 267°
        psc.  Speed 16 knots.
1147    Commenced zigzagging according to plan.
1200    Position Latitude 53°11' N, Longitude 174°12' E.
1254    Ceased zigzagging.  Steaming various courses and speeds while carrying
        out exercises.
1451    Commenced approach to Massacre Bay, Attu Island, Alaska.  Task Force 
        in column, PICKING guide.
1545    Entered Massacre Bay. 
1556    Anchored in Massacre Bay, Attu Island, Alaska.  Various units of U.S.
        Fleet present.  OTC is CTF 94 in U.S.S. RICHMOND.

January 26, 1944                Zone description plus ten:
        Moored as before.
1353    Anchor aweigh, underway in company with Task Force 94 from Massacre 
        Bay, Attu Island, Alaska in accordance with CTF 94 visual dispatch 
        262215 of January, 1944.  Steaming various courses and speeds while 
        standing out through channel.
1514    Took station in anti-submarine screen 5000 yds ahead of cruiser  
        column.  OTC is CTF in 94 in U.S.S. RICHMOND. Base course 050° T&G, 
        045° psc. Speed 12 knots.
1533    Commenced zigzagging according to plan.
1800    Changed base course to 110° T&G, 335° psc.
2000    Position Latitude 53°07.5' N, Longitude 174°56' E.  Changed base 
        course to 335° T&G, 335° psc.
2057    Took station in special Task Force disposition #3, PICKING with DesDiv 
        97 in screening line 10,000 yds. ahead of cruiser column.  
2210    Took Station in special Task Force disposition #4, PICKING with DesDiv 
        97 forming on line of bearing 45° to left of base course, 13,000 yds. 
        Ahead of cruiser column.
2240    Resumed station in anti-submarine screen 5000 yds ahead of cruiser
        column.  Base course 335° T&G, 335° psc.  Speed 12 knots. 

January 27, 1944                Zone description plus ten:
        Steaming as before.
0107    Changed base course to 270° T&G, 270° psc.
0800    Position Latitude 54°02' N, Longitude 172°00' E.
0920    Changed base course to 135° T&G, 135° psc.  Changed speed to 15 knots.
0950    Changed speed to 7 knots.
1000    Commenced steaming various courses and speeds while carrying out
        exercises.
1630    Resumed station in anti-submarine screen.  Base course 110° T&G, 105° 
        psc. Speed 8 knots
1650    Changed base course to 095° T&G, 092° psc.

January 28, 1944                Zone description plus ten:
        Steaming as before.
0610    Changed base course to 155° T&G, 160° psc.
0630    Changed base course to 200° T&G, 195° psc.
0700    Changed speed to 15 knots, 148 RPM.
0800    Position Latitude 53°38' N, Longitude 173°35' E.
0803    Changed base course to 270° T&G, 270° psc.
0811    Commenced steaming various courses and speeds while carrying out
        exercises.
1200    Position Latitude 53°32' N, Longitude 172°57' E.
1330    Resumed station in anti-submarine screen.  Base course 125° T&G, 135°
        psc. Speed 15 knots.
1355    Commenced zigzagging according to plan.
1516    Changed speed to 15 knots.
1529    Changed course to 110° T&G, 115° psc.
1535    Ceased zigzagging.
1642    Commenced steaming various courses and speeds while approaching 
        Massacre Bay, Attu Island, Alaska.
1820    Entered Massacre Bay.
1825    Anchored in 8 fathoms of water in Massacre Bay, Attu Island, Alaska.
        Various units of U.S. Fleet present in harbor.  SOPA is CTF 94 in
        U.S.S. RICHMOND.

January 29, 1944                Zone description plus ten:
        Anchored as before.

January 30, 1944                Zone description plus ten:
        Anchored as before.

January 31, 1944                Zone description plus ten:
        Anchored as before.

February 1, 1944                Zone description plus ten:
        Anchored in Massacre Bay, Attu Island, Alaska. Various units of U.S. 
        Fleet present in harbor.  SOPA is CTF in U.S.S. RICHMOND.  U.S.S. 
        WICKES moored alongside to port.
1650    U.S.S. WICKES underway from alongside.
1707    Underway from anchorage, steaming various courses and speeds while
        proceeding alongside U.S.S. WICKES alongside U.S.S. KUYAMA.
1733    Moored port side to U.S.S. WICKES, alongside U.S.S. KUYAMA.  Massacre 
        Bay, Attu Island.
1923    Underway from Massacre Bay, Attu Island, Alaska in company with Task 
        Group 94.6 in accordance with ComNorPac secret despatch 020449 of 
        February in execution of secret operation order 2-44.  Steaming
        various courses and speeds while standing through channel.  O.T.C. is 
        CTF 94 in U.S.S. RICHMOND.
2007    Set base course to 087° T&G, 077° psc.  Speed 15 knots.
2100    Changed base course to 030° T&G, 035° psc.
2110    Changed speed to 12 knots.
2206    Changed speed to 15 knots.  Changed base course 300° T&G, 295° psc. 
2215    Took station in destroyer anti-submarine screen, position 4000 yards
        ahead of guide.  Changed speed to 12 knots.
2221    Changed base course to 345° T&G, 342° psc. Commenced zigzagging 
        according to plan.

February 2, 1944                Zone description plus ten:        
        Steaming as before.
0050    Changed speed to 15 knots.
0150    Changed base course to 243° T&G, 253° psc.
0500    Ceased zigzagging.
0800    Position Latitude 52°32' N, Longitude 170°48' E.
0917    Commenced zigzagging according to plan.
1030    Changed speed to 16 knots.
1200    Position Latitude 49°35' N, Longitude 161°00.1' E.
1736    Changed base course to 244° T&G, 253° psc.
2000    Position Latitude 48°55' N, Longitude 157°20' E.

February 3, 1944                Zone description plus ten:
        Steaming as before.
0800    Position Latitude 49°57' N, Longitude 162°14' E.
1125-   Test fired 40mm battery, expending 62 rounds 40mm AA ammunition.
1146        
1200    Position Latitude 48°57' N, Longitude 160°35' E.
1210    Changed speed to 21 knots.
1600    Changed course to 254° T&G, 253° psc.
2000    Position Latitude 48°26' N, Longitude 156°55' E.
2200    Changed base course to 335° T&G, 253° psc.  Took station in advanced 	  
        screening disposition.  Ceased zigzagging.
2300    Changed speed to 25 knots.

February 4, 1944                Zone description plus ten:
        Steaming as before.
0002    Changed base course to 350° T&G, 301° psc.
0030    Changed base course to 335° T&G, 330° psc.
0130    Left Task Group 94.6 in company with Task Unit 94.6.3.  Commenced 
        steaming various courses and speeds while approaching southern shore 
        of Paramushiro Island, Kurile group, Japan.  OTC is ComDesRon 49 in 
        PICKING.
0224    Set course 110° T&G, 109° psc.  Speed 20 knots.
0230    Commenced firing shore bombardment on Musashi Wan, Kurabu Zaki area of
        Paramushiro Island, Japan in accordance with ComNorPac operation order
        2-44. (Report of action made in CO PICKING secret letter
        DD685/A12-1/A16-1 serial 001 of 5 February 1944.) 
0253    Ceased firing, having expended 742 rounds 5"/38 AA-common ammunition.
0300    Changed course to 150° T&G, 149° psc.  Commenced retirement.
0310    Commenced steaming various courses and speeds while effecting 
        rendezvous with Task Group 94.6.
0410    Rejoined Task Group 94.6.  Took station in destroyer anti-submarine 	  
        screen.  Position 4000 yards ahead of guide.  Set course 110° T&G, 
        125° psc.  Speed 25 knots.
0449    Commenced zigzagging according to plan.
1100    Changed base course to 063° T&G, 062° psc.
1105    Took station in task group anti-submarine screen.
1200    Position Latitude 52°10.2' N, Longitude 170°25' E.
2000    Position Latitude 51°55' N, Longitude 172°10' E.  Changed base course 
        to 066° T&G, 064° psc.  Changed speed to 18 knots.  Took station in 
        anti-submarine screen.  PICKING 4000 yards ahead of guide.

February 5, 1944                Zone description plus ten:
        Steaming as before.
0800    Position Latitude 51°50' N, Longitude 170°28' E.
0900    Took station in scouting line, distance between ships 8000 yards.  
        PICKING in station adjacent and to right of guide.
1155    Sighted Attu, Alaska bearing 035° T, distance 31 miles.
1243    Resumed station in anti-submarine screen, position 4000 yards ahead of
        guide. 
1337    Changed base course to 035 T&G, 021 psc.
1456    Took station in channel formation, ships in column distance 1000 
        yards.  PICKING column leader.
1530    Changed speed to 15 knots.
1535    Left formation in company with U.S.S. WICKES and U.S.S. YOUNG to 
        commence search for lost planes in accordance with ComNorPac secret 
        dispatch 052359 of February 1944.  Set course 270° T&G, 265 psc.  
        Changed speed to 20 knots.  OTC is ComDesRon 49 in PICKING.
1540    Changed speed to 25 knots.
1740    Changed base course to 156° T&G, 163 psc.  Changed speed to 10 knots.
        Ships in scouting line 10,000 yards.
1755    Changed base course to 170° T&G, 170° psc.
1932    Changed speed to 15 knots.
2000    Position Latitude 52°21.1' N, Longitude 171°59.5 E.  Commenced firing
        starshells at 45 minute intervals to aid in search.
2315    Changed speed to 12 knots.
2338    Changed base course to 130° T&G, 140 psc.  Changed speed to 10 knots.

February 6, 1944                Zone description plus ten:
        Steaming as before.
0030    Ceased firing starshells, having expended eight rounds 5"/38 
        Illuminating ammunition.
0800    Position Latitude 51°13.5' N, Longitude 173°07' E.
1155    Set course for Adak, Alaska in accordance with ComNorPac secret 
        dispatch 061945 of February 1944.  Changed base course to 085° T&G, 
        095 psc.  Ships in column open order.  PICKING guide.
1200    Position Latitude 50°54' N, Longitude 173°45' E.  Changed speed to 15
        knots.
1807    Changed speed to 18 knots.
2000    Position Latitude 51°02' N, Longitude 177°14' E.
2345    Changed base course to 095° T&G, 098° psc.

February 7, 1944                Zone description plus ten:
        Steaming as before.
0050    Changed base course to 105° T&G, 104° psc.
0053    Changed speed to 23 knots.
0615    Changed base course to 090° T&G, 088° psc.
0800    Position Latitude 52°15' N, Longitude 179°45' W.
0825    Changed speed to 25 knots.
0945    Changed base course to 125° T&G, 135° psc.
0947    Sighted Great Sitken Island bearing 110° T, distance 28 miles.
0948    Changed base course to 110° T&G, 115° psc. 
1040    Changed base course to 180° T&G, 184° psc.
1050    Commenced steaming various courses and speeds while standing through 
        Kuluk Bay. 
1134    Entered Sweepers Cove, Adak, Alaska.
1141    Moored to Buoy #1, Sweepers Cove, Adak, Alaska.  Various units of
        U.S. Fleet present in harbor.  SOPA is ComNorPac.
1200    U.S.S. YOUNG moored alongside to port.
1210    U.S.S. WICKES moored alongside U.S.S. YOUING.
1320    U.S.S. SPROSTON moored alongside to starboard.

February 8, 1944                Zone description plus ten:
        Moored as before.

February 9, 1944                Zone description plus ten:
        Moored as before.

February  10, 1944              Zone description plus ten:
        Moored as before.

February  11, 1944              Zone description plus ten:
        Moored as before.

February  12, 1944              Zone description plus ten:
        Moored as before.

February  13, 1944              Zone description plus ten:
        Moored as before.

February  14, 1944              Zone description plus ten:
        Moored as before.
0927    Underway from nest at buoy #1, Sweepers Cove, Adak, Alaska in
        accordance with ComDesRon 49 dispatch 140550 of February, steaming on 
        various courses and speeds while standing out of Sweepers Cove and 
        through Kuluk Bay.
0950-   Steaming various courses and speeds in vicinity of Great Sitken Island
1344    While conducting drills and exercises.
1344    Commenced proceeding toward Sweepers Cove.
1418    Moored starboard side to U.S.S. WICKES at buoy #1, Sweepers Cove, 
        Adak, Alaska in nest with U.S.S. YOUNG. 
1428    U.S.S. SPROSTON moored alongside to port.

February  15, 1944              Zone description plus ten:
        Moored as before.
0915    U.S.S. YOUNG underway from nest.
1020    U.S.S. SPROSTON underway from nest.
1205    U.S.S. KIMBERLY underway from nest.

February  16, 1944              Zone description plus ten:
        Moored as before.

February  17, 1944              Zone description plus ten:
        Moored as before.

February  18, 1944              Zone description plus ten:
        Moored as before.
 0927   Underway in accordance with ComNorPac dispatch 182050 in company with
        U.S.S. KIMBERLY (CDD 98), U.S.S. CHARLES J. BADGER, U.S.S. WICKES,
        U.S.S. WILLIAM D. PORTER, and U.S.S. YOUNG.  Steaming various courses
        and speeds while standing out of Sweepers Cove and through Kuluk Bay.
1000    Formed special anti-aircraft disposition.  Commenced steaming in 
        general vicinity of Great Sitken Island, Alaska while conducting 
        exercises.
1452    Entered Sand Bay, Great Sitken Island, Alaska.
1517    Moored starboard side to NOB Pier, Sand Bay.
1532    U.S.S. YOUNG moored alongside to port.  Ships present: Destroyer 
        Squadron 49 less U.S.S. SPROSTON and U.S.S. LUCE.  SOPA is ComDesRon 
        49 in PICKING.

February  19, 1944              Zone description plus ten:
        Moored as before.
0932    Underway in company with U.S.S. WICKES, U.S.S. WILLIAM D. PORTER, 
        U.S.S. YOUNG, U.S.S. KIMBERLY and U.S.S. CHARLES J. BADGER from NOB 
        dock, Sand Bay, Great Sitken Island, Alaska in accordance with 
        ComDesRon 49 dispatch 190005 of February 1944.  Steaming various 
        courses and speeds while standing into Kuluk Bay.         
1016    Commenced tactical exercises to make comparison of destroyers turning 
        circles.
1112    Commenced standing toward Sweepers Cove, Adak Island, Alaska.  
1245    Moored to buoy #1, Sweepers Cove.  Ships present: various units of 
        U.S. Fleet.  SOPA is ComNorPac.
1255    U.S.S. KIMBERLY moored alongside to starboard.
1315    U.S.S. WILLIAM D. PORTER and U.S.S. CHARLES J. BADGER joined nest.

February  20, 1944              Zone description plus ten:
        Moored as before.
1035    Underway in accordance with ComDesRon 49 dispatch 200024 of February 	  
        enroute Sand Bay, Great Siken Island, Alaska.  Steaming various 
        courses and speeds while standing through Kuluk Bay.
1145    Entered Sand Bay.
1205    Moored starboard side, NOB Pier, Sand Bay.
1235    U.S.S. WILLIAM D. PORTER moored alongside to port.  Ships present: 
        various units of U.S. Fleet.  SOPA is ComNorPac.  
1900    Set clocks to zone description plus eleven.

February  21, 1944              Zone description plus eleven:
        Moored as before.
0818    Underway in company with U.S.S. WILLIAM D. PORTER in accordance with 	  
        ComDesRon 49 dispatch 132045 of February.  Steaming various courses 
        and speeds while standing out of Sand Bay and through Kuluk Bay and 
        while conducting exercises in vicinity of Great Sitken Island.
0927    Tested 20mm and 40mm battery, expending 62 rounds of 40mm and 120 
        rounds of 20mm AA ammunition.
1410    Entered Sand Bay.
1549    Moored starboard side to NOB Pier, Sand Bay.
1625    U.S.S. S-46 moored alongside to port.  Ships present: various units of
        U.S. Fleet.  SOPA is ComNorPac.

February  22, 1944              Zone description plus eleven:
        Moored as before.
1610    U.S.S. S-46 underway from alongside.

February  23, 1944              Zone description plus eleven:
        Moored as before.

February  24, 1944              Zone description plus eleven:
        Moored as before.

February  25, 1944              Zone description plus eleven:
        Moored as before.
1252    Underway in accordance with ComDesRon 49 dispatch 252210 of February.
        Steaming various courses and speeds while proceeding out of Sand Bay
        and through Kuluk Bay to Sweepers Cove, Adak.  
1440    Set clocks to zone description plus ten.
1757    Moored starboard side to U.S.S. DOHERTY alongside U.S.S. BLACK HAWK at
        buoy #2, Sweepers Cove, Adak.  Ships present: various units of U.S.
        Fleet.  SOPA is ComNorPac.
1810    U.S.S. S-46 moored alongside to port.

February  26, 1944              Zone description plus ten:
        Moored as before.

February  27, 1944              Zone description plus ten:
        Moored as before.

February  28, 1944              Zone description plus ten:
        Moored as before.
0815    Underway in company with Task Force 94 in accordance with ComNorPac
        dispatch 280201 of February.  Steaming various courses and speeds
        while proceeding out of Sweepers Cove and through Kuluk Bay.  OTC is
        CTF 94 in RICHMOND.
0906    Formed in destroyer anti-submarine screen on U.S.S. RICHMOND.  PICKING
        station 4000.  Set base course 000° T&G, 351psc, speed 15 knots.
0931    Changed base course to 300° T&G, 299 psc.  Formed in column, PICKING
        leader.
1012-   Fired automatic weapons practice at towed sleeve, expended 872 rounds
1053    40mm AA and 1070 rounds 20mm ammunition.
1150    Reformed anti-submarine screen.  PICKING station 3.5025.
1340    Formed Vee battle disposition, U.S.S. RICHMOND guide.  PICKING station
        bearing 207° relative from guide, distant 2250 yards.  Steamed various
        courses and speeds while conducting exercises.
1535    Reformed anti-submarine screen.  PICKING took station 4000.  Set
        course 273° T&G, 271° psc, speed 15 knots.
1538    Commenced zigzagging according to plan.
1630    U.S.S. SPROSTON left formation.  PICKING took station 5345.  Commenced
        tracking exercise.
2000    Position Latitude 052°58' N, Longitude 179°53' W.
2015    SPROSTON returned.  PICKING took station 4000.
2120    Had radar contact bearing 112° T, distant 11 miles.  Contact
        identified as U.S.S. WICKES.	

February  29, 1944              Zone description plus ten:
        Steaming as before.
0745    PICKING took station 3.5300 in anti-submarine screen.
0800    Position Latitude 53°02' N, Longitude 177°49' E.
0830    Took station 4320 in screen.
0950    Changed base course to 255° T&G, 249° psc.
1015    Changed speed to 12 knots, 115 rpm.
1020    Ceased zigzagging.
1200    Position Latitude 53°14.5' N, Longitude 174°52' E.
1604    Changed base course to 255° T&G, 295° psc.
1750    Changed base course to 090° T&G, 097° psc.  PICKING took station 5015.
1800    Changed speed to 20 knots.
1805    Changed speed to 15 knots. 
1818    Changed speed to 20 knots. 
1845    Commenced steaming various courses and speeds while cruising northward 
        of Attu Island, Alaska.
2000    Position Latitude 53°04' N, Longitude 173° 23.5' E.

March 1, 1944                   Zone description plus ten:
        Steaming in company with Task Force 94 enroute Attu, Alaska on base
        Course 285° T&G, 295° psc, speed 8 knots.  OTC is CTF 94 in U.S.S.
        RICHMOND.  Destroyers in anti-submarine screen 58.  PICKING station
        5345.
0130    Changed base course to 105° T&G, 099° psc.  PICKING station is 5015.
0445    Changed speed to 12 knots, 115 rpm.
0655    Changed base course to 165° T&G, 159° psc.  Changed speed to 15 knots,
        148 rpm.
0728    Changed base course to 220° T&G, 217° psc.
0800    Position Latitude 052°54.5' N, Longitude 173°41' E.
0815    Changed speed to 10 knots.  Task force formed in column, PICKING
        guide.
0849    Sighted Attu channel entrance buoy bearing 225° T, distance 200 yards.
        Commenced steaming various courses and speeds while proceeding through
        channel into Massacre Bay, Attu.
1016    Anchored in 13 fathoms of water with 90 fathoms of chain to the
        starboard anchor in berth D13, Massacre Bay, Attu.  SOPA is CTF 94 in
        U.S.S. RICHMOND.
1107    Underway steaming various courses to moor alongside U.S.S. CUYAMA to
        fuel.
1150    Moored starboard side to U.S.S. CUYAMA.  Commenced fueling.
1259    Completed fueling.  Underway steaming various courses and speeds while
        proceeding to anchorage.
1311    Anchored in 18 fathoms of water with 60 fathoms of chain to the
        starboard anchor in berth D10, Attu.
1512    Shifted anchorages.  Anchored in 12 fathoms of water with 90 fathoms
        of chain to the starboard anchor.
1846    Underway in company with Task Force 94 in accordance with ComDesRon 49
        dispatch 020405 of March 1944.  Steaming various courses and speeds
        while proceeding out of Massacre Bay and through entrance channel.
1956    Destroyers formed in anti-submarine screen 58, PICKING station 5015.
2000    Position Latitude 52°49.5' N, Longitude 173°36.3' E.
2023    Set base course 330° T&G, 330° psc, speed 15 knots.
2040    Commenced zigzagging according to plan.
2150    Changed base course to 270° T&G, 270° psc.

March 2, 1944                   Zone description plus ten:
        Steaming as before.
0000    Changed base course to 244° T&G, 249° psc.
0500    Ceased zigzagging.
0800    Position Latitude 52°33' N, Longitude 170°14' E.
1015    Destroyers formed in anti-aircraft screen.  PICKING station 1.5000
1156    Changed speed to 16 knots.
1200    Position Latitude 52°11' N, Longitude 168°57' E.
1245    Destroyers formed in anti-submarine screen PICKING station 5015.
1340    Had radar contact (SG) bearing 150° T, distant 28 miles, believed to 
        be aircraft.      
1350    Destroyers formed anti-aircraft screen.  PICKING station 1.5000
1450    Sighted PBY bearing 160° T, distant 7 miles.
1716    Ceased zigzagging.
1720    Destroyers formed anti-submarine screen.  PICKING station 5015.
1922    Changed speed to 14 knots.
2000    Position Latitude 51°13.2' N, Longitude 164°58' E.

March 3, 1944                   Zone description plus ten:
        Steaming as before.
0457    Changed speed to 16 knots.
0800    Position Latitude 50°24' N, Longitude 162°35.1' E.
1022    Destroyers formed in anti-aircraft screen.
1027    Changed base course to 240° T&G, 246° psc.  Changed speed to 18 knots.
1200    Position Latitude 50°00' N, Longitude 161°15' E.
1339    Changed speed to 20 knots.
1422    Changed base course to 246° T&G, 256° psc.
2000    Position Latitude 48°41' N, Longitude 137°29' E.
2130    Task force formed in two columns by divisions.  DesDiv 97 to the 
        right, division guides on relative bearing 090°.  Interval 3500 yards.  
        PICKING formation guide.
2200    Changed base course to 280° T&G, 292° psc.
2215    Changed speed to 25 knots.
2355    Had radar contact on Shasukotan Island, Kurile Group, Japan bearing 
        300° T, distant 83,000 yards.

March 4, 1944                   Zone description plus ten:
        Steaming as before standing into pass south of Shasukotan Island, 
        Kurile Group, Japan.         
0151    Changed base course to 285° T&G, 298° psc.
0200    Entered Sea of Okhotsk.  Changed speed to 20 knots.  PICKING guide 
        with DesDiv 97, formed scouting line 6000 yards ahead of U.S.S. 
        RICHMOND and DesDiv 98, scouting line normal to course, scouting 
        distance 4 miles.  Commenced searching area for enemy shipping.
0400    Changed base course to 050° T&G, 061° psc.
0700    DesDiv 97 commenced forming in column, PICKING guide.  Changed base 
        course to 060° T&G, 071° psc.  DesDiv 97 took departure from TF 94.
0800    Position Latitude 49°39' N, Longitude 154°24' E.
0831    Changed speed to 22 knots.
0930    Approached Musashi Wan, Kurabu Zaki area of southern Paramushiro 
        Island for shore bombardment in accordance with CTF 94 operation order 
        2-44.
1002    Bombardment postponed due to low visibility.  Changed course to 120° 
        T&G, 115° psc, proceeding to rejoin remainder of Task Force 94 to 
        eastward of Onekotan Island.
1056    Rejoined Task Force 94.  Destroyers formed anti-submarine screen 58, 	  
        PICKING station 5015.  Base course to 185° T&G, 190° psc.  Speed 20 
        knots.
1200    Position Latitude 49°19' N, Longitude 155°10' E.
1245    Destroyers formed in anti-aircraft screen.  PICKING station 1.5000.
1305    Changed base course to 090° T&G, 091° psc.
1401    Changed speed to 15 knots.
1514    Changed base course to 180° T&G, 175° psc.  Changed speed to 20 knots.
1528    Changed base course to 090° T&G, 091° psc.  Changed speed to 15 knots.
1630    Changed base course to 295° T&G, 306° psc.
1738    Changed base course to 330° T&G, 334° psc.
1820    Changed base course to 010° T&G, 010° psc.
1849    Changed base course to 337° T&G, 335° psc.  Commenced proceeding 
        toward southern shore of Paramushiro Island for shore bombardment in 
        accordance with CTF 94 operation order 2-44.
1900    Commenced taking station with DesDiv 97 in van echelon 8000 yards 
        ahead of U.S.S. RICHMOND and DesDiv 98.
1945    Bombardment cancelled due to heavy seas.  Destroyers rejoined, formed 
        in anti-submarine screen 58.  PICKING station 5015.  Base course to 
        110° T&G, 112° psc, enroute Attu, Alaska.
2000    Position Latitude 49°29' N, Longitude 155°35' E.
2020    Changed base course to 090° T&G, 091° psc.
2240    Changed base course to 340° T&G, 342° psc.
2310    Changed base course to 090° T&G, 091° psc.

March 5, 1944                   Zone description plus ten:
        Steaming as before.
0800    Position Latitude 49°38.5' N, Longitude 159°14.6' E.
1200    Position Latitude 49°35' N, Longitude 160°25' E.
1200    Changed base course to 065° T°G, 060° psc.
2000    Position Latitude 50°28' N, Longitude 162°55' E.
2124    Changed speed to 12 knots.
2227    Changed speed to 10 knots.
2353    Departed from Task Force 94 in company with DesDiv 97, less WILLIAM D.
        PORTER, steaming on course 065° T&G, 060° psc, speed 10 knots, enroute
        Attu, Alaska.

March 6, 1944                   Zone description plus ten:
        Steaming as before.
0000    Changed speed to 13 knots.  DesDiv 97 formed in column, open order,
        PICKING guide.
0039    Changed base course to 070° T&G, 053° psc.
0050    Changed speed to 15 knots.
0100    Changed speed to 18 knots.
0800    Position 51°45' N, Longitude 166°30' E.
1000    Changed base course to 075° T&G, 055° psc.  Changed speed to 21 knots.
1025    Changed speed to 24 knots.
1115    Changed base course to 085° T&G, 060° psc.
1132    Changed base course to 095° T&G, 089° psc.
1200    Position Latitude 52°08' N, Longitude 167°41' E.	
1230    Sustained gyro casualty.  U.S.S. YOUNG assumed guide.
1247    Changed base course to 070° T&G, 060° psc.
1257    Changed speed to 10 knots.
1300    Gyro casualty rectified.
1358    Test fired automatic weapon battery, expending 120 rounds 40mm AA and
        100 rounds 20mm AA ammunition. 
1744    Changed speed to 15 knots.  Changed base course to 060° T&G, 051° psc.
1747    Changed base course to 070° T&G, 061° psc.  Changed speed to 10 knots.
1815    PICKING reassumed formation guide.
2000    Position Latitude 52°38' N, Longitude 169°40' E.  Changed speed to 15
        knots.
2230    Formed in division scouting line, PICKING guide.  Scouting line on
        bearing 305°-125° T.  Scouting distance 5 miles.  Commenced searching
        for enemy submarine reported in area.
2300    Changed base course to 035° T&G, 022° psc.
2330    Commenced zigzagging.

March 7, 1944                   Zone description plus ten:
        Steaming as before.
0200    Changed base course to 090° T&G, 083° psc.
0630    Changed base course to 160° T&G, 173° psc.
0730    Sighted Chirikoff Point, Attu Island, bearing 169° T, distant 10 
        miles.
0850    Changed base course to 1800° T&G, 193° psc.  Changed speed to 20 
        knots.
0916    Sighted Attu channel entrance buoy bearing 217° T, distant 4 miles. 
0920    Entrance buoy abeam, commenced steaming various courses and speeds 
        while proceeding through channel into Massacre Bay, Attu.
1020    Moored starboard side to U.S.S. RAMAPO in Massacre Bay, Attu, to fuel.
1050    U.S.S. WICKES moored alongside to port.
1130    U.S.S. WICKES underway from alongside.
1430    Completed fueling, underway from alongside U.S.S. RAMAPO in accordance
        with verbal orders of CDS 49.  Steaming various courses and speeds
        while standing out of Massacre Bay and through channel.
1545    Took station 4000 yards on port beam of U.S.S. SPROSTON.  Steaming 
        various courses and speeds while conducting anti-submarine search in 
        vicinity of Agattu Island, Alaska.
1831    Attu channel entrance buoy abeam, entered channel.
1938    Moored with 15 fathoms of chain to buoy #1, Massacre Bay, Attu.  SOPA 
        is CDS 49 in PICKING.
2115    U.S.S. YOUNG moored alongside to port.

March 8, 1944                   Zone description plus ten:
        Moored as before.

March 9, 1944                   Zone description plus ten:
        Moored as before.

March 10, 1944                  Zone description plus ten:
        Moored as before.
0827    Underway from buoy #1 to anchor in accordance with verbal orders of 
        CDS 49.          
0840    Anchored in 16 fathoms of water with 90 fathoms of chain to the port
        anchor in Massacre Bay, Attu.
1823    Underway in company with DesDiv 97 less U.S.S. WILLIAM D. PORTER in
        accordance with CDS 49 dispatch 110400 of March.  Steaming various
        courses and speeds while standing out of Massacre Bay and through
        channel.
2045    Formed in division scouting line, scouting bearing 000° - 180° T, 
        scouting distance 4 miles.  Order of ships SPROSTON, WICKES, PICKING 
        guide, YOUNG.  Set base course 270° T&G, 275° psc.  Speed 12 knots.  
        Commenced search for enemy submarine north of Attu.

March 11, 1944                  Zone description plus ten:
        Steaming as before, conducting search for enemy submarines in vicinity 
        of Attu.
0300    Changed base course to 000° T&G, 350° psc.
0410    Changed base course to 090° T&G, 090° psc.
0423    Changed base course to 070° T&G, 071° psc.
0800    Position Latitude 53°44' N, Longitude 172°11' E.
1005    Changed base course to 210° T&G, 210° psc.
1200    Position Latitude 53°17' N, Longitude 171°57' E.
1247    Changed base course to 180° T&G, 173° psc.
1500    Changed base course to 090° T&G, 077° psc.
1555    Changed base course to 045° T&G, 040° psc.
1613    Changed speed to 10 knots.
1730    Changed base course to 225° T&G, 230° psc.
1904    U.S.S. WICKES and U.S.S. SPROSTON investigated surface radar contact
        bearing 193° T, distant 21000 yards.  Changed course to 150° T&G, and
        stood by to assist if necessary.
1929    Contact identified as EDWARD C. DALY (DE17).  Resumed base course.
2000    Position Latitude 52°31' N, Longitude 171°53' E.

March 12, 1944                  Zone description plus ten:
        Steaming as be fore, conducting search for enemy submarines in the 
        vicinity of Attu.
0230    Changed base course to 045° T&G, 040° psc.
0800    Position Latitude 52°10' N, Longitude 171°37' E.
1050    Changed base course to 020° T&G, 010° psc.
1200    Position Latitude 52°26' N, Longitude 171°53' E.
2000    Position Latitude 53°10' N, Longitude 172°09' E.

March 13, 1944                  Zone description plus ten:
        Steaming as be fore, conducting search for enemy submarines in the
        Vicinity of Attu.
0530    Changed base course to 180° T&G, 184° psc.
0800    Position Latitude 53°56' N, Longitude 173°42' E.
1146    Changed base course to 030° T&G, 023° psc.
1200    Position Latitude 52°19' N, Longitude 173°08.5' E.
2000    Position Latitude 54°04' N, Longitude 174°02' E.

March 14, 1944                  Zone description plus ten:
        Steaming as before, searching for enemy submarines in vicinity of 
        Attu, Alaska.
0000    Changed base course to 200° T&G, 209° psc.
0820    Position Latitude 53°12' N, Longitude 173°40' E.
0940    Changed speed to 15 knots.
1002    Test-fired machine gun battery expending 60 rounds 40mm ammunition.
1003    Changed base course to 210° T&G, 215° psc.
1030    Sighted Chirikoff Point, Attu bearing 210° T, distant 14 miles.
1036    Changed base course to 270° T&G, 277° psc., proceeding  toward east 
        channel to Massacre Bay, Attu.
1043    Entered east channel.
1110    Anchored in 17 fathoms of water in Massacre Bay, Attu.  Ships present:
        various units of U.S. Fleet.  S.O.P.A. is ComDesRon 49 in PICKING.
1721    Underway to go alongside U.S.S. RAMAPO in Massacre Bay to fuel.
1740    Moored port side to U.S.S. RAMAPO.
1924    Underway in company with DesDiv 97 less U.S.S. WILLIAM D. PORTER in 	  
        accordance with CDS 49 despatch 142343 of March.  Steaming various 
        courses and speeds while standing out Massacre Bay.
2010    Took position as guide in division column (open order).  Set base 
        course 010° T&G, 004° psc.  Speed 10 knots.
2200    Took position as guide in scouting line, normal order, true bearing of
        scouting line 000° - 180° T.  Scouting distance 4 miles.  Set base
        course 315° T&G, 315 psc.  Commenced searching for enemy submarines
        northward of Attu Island.

March 15, 1944                  Zone description plus ten:
        Steaming as before, searching for enemy submarines in vicinity of Attu
        Island.
0200    Changed base course to 225° T&G, 227° psc.
0700    Changed base course to 160° T&G, 162° psc.
0800    Position Latitude 52°42.5' N, Longitude 172°13.5' E.
0954    Commenced steaming various courses and speeds while conducting 
        exercises.
1200    Position Latitude 52°29.9' N, Longitude 112°12' E.
1620    Fired AA burst practice, expending 66 rounds of 5"/38 AA Common and 
        389 rounds of 40mm ammunition.
1647    Commenced standing toward South Channel to Massacre Bay, Attu.
1707    Entered South Channel.
1746    Anchored in 15 fathoms of water in Massacre Bay, Attu.  Various units 
        of U.S. Fleet present.  S.O.P.A. is ComDesRon 49 in PICKING. 

March 16, 1944                  Zone description plus ten:
        Anchored as before.
0822    Underway in company with DesDiv 97 less WILLIAM D. P0RTER in
        accordance with ComDesRon 49 despatch 152330 of March, 1944. 
        Steaming various courses and speeds while standing out of
        Massacre Bay.
0915    Commenced steaming various courses and speeds while making
        preparations to hold Gunnery exercises.
1040    Exercises cancelled, commenced standing toward Massacre Bay, Attu.
1130    Anchored in 15 fathoms of water in Massacre Bay. Ships present:
        various units of U. S. Fleet. S.0.P.A. is ComDesRon 49 in PICKING.
1859    Underway in company with U.S.S. WICKES and U.S.S. SPROSTON on signal
        from ComDesRon 49. Steaming various courses and speeds while standing
        out of Massacre Bay.
2000    Took position as guide in column open order. Set base course
        000° T & G, 350° psc. Speed 15 knots.
2200    Took position in scouting line normal to base course, U.S.S. WICKES
        guide, scouting distance 4 miles. Commenced searching for enemy
        submarines to northward of Attu.
2227    Changed speed to 12 knots. Commenced zigzagging.

March	17. 1944	                 Zone description plus ten:
        Steaming as before, searching for enemy submarines in vicinity of 
        Attu, Alaska.
0300    Took departure from scouting line. Set base course to 212° T & G,
        220° psc, proceeding to position for exercises with aircraft.
0600    Commenced steaming various courses and speeds while carrying out
        exercises.
0800    Position Latitude 53°55' N. Longitude 172° 35' E. l000-llO3 Fired 
        main battery offset practice, expending 50 rounds 5"/38
        cal. AA-Common ammunition. Fired AA burst practice, expending 60 
        rounds 5"/38 cal. AA-Common. 522 rounds 40mm and 1184 rounds
        20mm ammunition.
1105    Commenced steaming various courses and speeds while proceeding toward
        east channel to Massacre Bay, Attu.
1306    Entered east channel.
1335    Anchored in fifteen fathoms of water in Massacre Bay, Attu. Ships
        present: various units of U. S. Fleet. S.0.P.A. is ComDesRon 49 in
        PICKING.
1855    Underway in company with U.S.S. WICKES and U.S.S. SPROSTON on signal
        from ComDesRon 49. Steaming various courses and speeds while standing 
        out of Massacre Bay, Attu.
2000    Took position with U.S.S. SPROSTON in scouting line, normal order,
        scouting distance 4 miles. Set base course 000° T & G, 350° psc Speed
        18 knots. Commenced searching for enemy submarines to northward of
        Attu.
2030    Commenced zigzagging according to plan.

March 18, 1944	                 Zone description plus ten:
        Steaming as before, searching for enemy submarines in vicinity of 
        Attu, Alaska.
0345    Changed base course to 180° T & G, 188° psc.
0500    Ceased zigzagging.
0530    Commenced steaming various courses and speeds while carrying out 
        exercises with aircraft.
0715    Completed exercises. Took position as guide in column with
        U.S.S. SPROSTON. Set base course 180° T & G, 192° psc. Speed 20 
        knots.
0740    Sighted U.S.S. WICKES bearing 172° T, distant 8 miles.
0800    Position Latitude 53°55' N. Longitude 173° 40' E.
0930-   Fired main battery offset practice, expending 51 rounds 5"/38 cal. 
0950    AA-Common Ammunition.
1000    Fired AA burst practice, expending 31 rounds 5"/38 cal. AA Common, 202 
        rounds 40mm, 300 rounds 20mm ammunition.
1014    Commenced steaming various courses and speeds while standing toward 
        east channel to Attu.
1131    Sighted U.S.S. BADGER and U.S.S. LUCE, enroute Adak to Attu, bearing 
        160° T, distant 7 miles.
1205    Entered east channel.
1255    Moored to buoy #2, Massacre Bay, Attu. Ships present: various units 
        of U.S. Fleet. S.0.P.A. is ComDesRon 49 in PICKING.
1522    U.S.S. SPROSTON moored alongside to starboard.
1700    ComDesRon shifted flag to U.S.S. SPROSTON.
1900    U.S.S. SPROSTON underway from alongside.
1907    Underway on signal of ComDesRon 49 enroute Adak, Alaska. Steaming 
        various courses and speeds while standing out of Massacre Bay.
2010    Joined with U.S.S. WICKES, which took position 3000 yards on 
        PICKING's port beam. Set course 105° T & G, 100° psc., speed 20 
        knots, enroute Adak, Alaska.
2124    Had radar contact on two friendly AK's escorted by U.S.S. AUSTIN, 
        bearing 090° T, distant 24,000 yards.
2327    Had radar contact on Buldir Island, bearing 142° T, distant
        37 miles.
	
March 19, 1944                  Zone description plus ten; 
        Steaming as before.
0410    Kiska Island abeam to starboard, distant 37 miles.
0800    Position Latitude 52° 24' N. Longitude 179° 58' E.
0816    Changed speed to 22 knots.
0943    Changed base course to 100° T & G, 086° psc.
1010    Changed base course to 105° T & G, 092° psc.
1145    Sighted Adak Island bearing 112° T, distant 42 miles.
1200    Position Latitude 52° 21' N. Longitude 177° 40' W.
1305    Changed base course to 120° T & G, 114° psc.
1412    Changed base course to 180° T & G, 181° psc.
1440    Commenced steaming various courses and speeds while standing through 
        Kuluk Bay to Sweepers Cove, Adak.
1538    Moored port side to U.S.S. WILLIAM D. PORTER at buoy #1 Sweeper's 
        Cove, Adak. Ships present: various units of U. S. Fleet. S.0.P.A. is 
        ComNorPac.

March 20, 1944                  Zone description plus ten:
        Moored as before.
0711    Underway, steaming various courses and speeds enroute Finger Bay, 
        Adak.
0730    Entered Finger Bay.
0800    Moored starboard side to pier, Finger Bay.
0852    Underway, entered drydock No. 1.
1140    Dock dry, commenced repair work on hull and rudder.

March 21, 1944                  Zone description plus ten:
        In drydock as before.

March 22, 1944                  Zone description plus ten:
        In drydock as before.

March 23, 1944                  Zone description plus ten:
        In drydock as before.

March 24, 1944	                 Zone description plus ten:
        In drydock as before.
0955    Commenced flooding drydock.
1309    Ship waterborne.
1338    Commenced moving out of drydock using power of dock winch and YT 363 
        and YT 138.
1401    Bow crossed dock sill.
1405    Moored starboard side dolphins, Finger Bay.
1500    Underway, steaming various courses and speeds enroute Sweepers Cove, 
        Adak.
1610    Moored starboard side to U.S.S. WICKES alongside U.S.S. BLACK HAWK at 
        Buoy #2, Sweepers Cove. Ships present: various units of U.S. Fleet. 
        SOPA is ComNorPac.
1630    U.S.S. AUSTIN moored alongside to port.
2106    Set condition of readiness one on report of unidentified aircraft.
2120    Secured from condition one. Aircraft identified as friendly.

March 25, 1944                  Zone description plus ten:
        Moored as before.

March 26, 1944                  Zone description plus ten:
        Moored as before.
0845    U.S.S.AUSTIN underway from alongside.
0938    U.S.S.GILMORE moored alongside to port.

March 27, 1944                  Zone description plus ten:
        Moored as before.
0732    U.S.S. WICKES underway; PICKING moored starboard side to BLACK HAWK.

March 28, 1944                  Zone description plus ten:
        Moored as before.
1000    CDS 49shifted flag from U.S.S. SPROSTON to U.S.S.PICKING.

March 29, 1944                  Zone description plus ten:
        Moored as before.

March 30, 1944                  Zone description plus ten:
        Moored as before.
1107    U.S.S.GILMORE underway from alongside.
1159    U.S.S.YOUNG moored alongside to port.

March 31, 1944                  Zone description plus ten:
        Moored as before.

April 1,1944                    Zone description plus ten:
        Moored starboard side to U.S.S. YOUNG alongside U.S.S. BLACK HAWK at  
        buoy #2, Sweepers Cove, Adak, Alaska. Ships present: various units of 
        U. S. Fleet. S.O.P.A. is ComNorPac.
1556    Underway in company with U.S.S. ISHERWOOD KIMBERLEY, WICKES and 
        SPROSTON in accordance with ComDesRon 49 mailgram. 010642 of April, 
        1944. Commenced steaming various courses and speeds standing out of 
        Sweepers Cove and through Kuluk Bay, and while conducting night 
        cruising exercises in vicinity of Great Sitkin Island.

April 2,1944                    Zone description plus ten:
        Steaming as before.
0800    Position Latitude 52° 12' N. Longitude 176° 27' W.
1200    Position Latitude 52° 35' N. Longitude 176° 22' W.
2000    Position Latitude 52° 10' N. Longitude 176° 321 W.

April 3,1944                    Zone description plus ten:
        Steaming as before.
0855    Sighted Great Sitkin Island bearing 190° T, distant 10 miles.
0927-   Test fired main battery, expending 24 rounds 5"/38 AA-Common
0944    ammunition.
0952    Fired anti-aircraft burst practice expending 10 rounds 5"/38 AA-
        Common, 299 rounds 40mm AA, 960 rounds 20mm ammunition 
1130    Commenced standing in to anchorage in Kuluk Bay.
1226    Anchored in Kuluk Bay in 19 fathoms of water with 90 fathoms of chain 
        to the port anchor.
1414    Underway steaming various courses and speeds standing into
        Sweepers Cove.
1459    Moored starboard side to U.S.S. YOUNG alongside U.S.S. BLACK HAWK at 
        buoy #2, Sweepers Cove. Ships present: various units of U. S. Fleet. 
        S.O.P.A. is ComNorPac.
1515    U.S.S. PC 46 moored alongside to port.

April 4, 1944                   Zone description plus ten:
        Moored as before.
1539    Underway in accordance with CTF 94 Op. Orders 4-44 of 2 April
        1944. Steaming various courses and speeds standing out of Sweepers 
        Cove and through Kuluk Bay.
1810    Set course 090° T & G, 068° psc. Commenced standing toward Akuksak 
        Pass.
1830    U.S.S. WILLIAM D. PORTER, WICKES, ISHERWOOD (CDD 98), KIMBERLY joined 
        company. Formed squadron column, normal order. PICKING guide. O.T.C. 
        is CDS 49 in PICKING.
1906    Akuksak Island abeam to port, distant 1000 yards.
1930    Changed base course to 130° T & G, 120° psc. Set speed 10 knots.
2010    Changed base course to 180° T & G, 180° psc.
2030    Changed base course to 238° T & G, 242° psc.
2100    Commenced forming scouting line on bearing 283° - 103° T, ships in 
        normal order, distance 20,000 yards. Base course 238° T & G, 242° 
        psc. PICKING guide. Commenced searching for enemy submarine on track 
        laid down in CTF 94 Op. Order 4-44.
2335    Changed base course to 225° T & G, 230° psc. Commenced closing 
        scouting distance to 15,000 yards.
2345    Changed speed to 18 knots.
2347    Changed speed to 21 knots. Changed base course to 205° T & G, 210° 
        psc.
2355    Changed base course to 170° T & G, 168° psc.
2359    Changed speed to 15 knots.

April 5, 1944                   Zone description plus ten:
        Steaming as before.
0105    Commenced zigzagging according to plan.
0200    U.S.S. WICKES assumed formation guide.
0800    Position Latitude 49° 56' N. Longitude 176° 51' W.
0900    Changed speed to 15 knots.
1200    Position Latitude 49° 01' N. Longitude 177° 03' W.
2000    Position Latitude 47°b 14' N. Longitude 177° 30' W.

April	6, 1944                   Zone description plus ten:
        Steaming as before.
0000    Changed base course to 202° T & G, 209° psc. Changed speed to
        12 knots.
0800    Position Latitude 45° 06' N. Longitude 178° 10' W.
0900    Changed base course to 220° T & G, 221° psc.
1145    Ceased zigzagging.
1200    Position Latitude 44° 41' N. Longitude 178° 50' W.
1305    Changed speed to 15 knots.
1308    Changed speed to 17 knots.
1700    Changed base course to 094° T & G, 080° psc.
1715    Changed base course to 081° T & G, 066° psc. Changed speed to
        20 knots.
1846    Changed base course to 094° T & G, 080° psc. Changed speed to
        17 knots.
2000    Position Latitude 43° 46' N. Longitude 178° 41' W.

April	7, 1944                   Zone description plus ten:
        Steaming as before.
0800    Position Latitude 43° 55' N. Longitude 174° 10' W.
1200    Position Latitude 44° 38' N. Longitude 172° 56' W.
        Changed speed to 18 knots.
2000    Position Latitude 46° 12' N. Longitude 170° 17' W.

April	8, 1944                   Zone description plus ten:
        Steaming as before.
0800    Position Latitude 48° 18' N. Longitude 166° 02' W.
1007    Commenced exchanging stations with PORTER, ISHERWOOD exchanging 
        stations with WICKES.
1043    ISHERWOOD assumed guide; PICKING in new station.
1115    Changed speed to 23 knots.
1200    Position Latitude 49° 04' N. Longitude 164° 39' W.
2000    Position Latitude 50° 56' N. Longitude 160° 55' W. Changed speed to 
        18 knots. U.S.S. ISHERWOOD, KIMBERLY, YOUNG left formation.
2300    Changed course to 046° T & G, 020° psc. Changed speed to 19 knots.

April 9, 1944                   Zone description plus ten.:
        Steaming as before.
0145    U.S.S. WILLIAIJ D. PORTER left scouting line to proceed on duty 
        assigned. U.S.S. SPROSTON assumed PORTER's station.
0800    Position Latitude 53° 20' N. Longitude 156° 55' W.
        Changed base course to 050° T & G, 024° psc. Changed speed to 18 
        knots.
1200    Position Latitude 54° 10' N. Longitude 155° 09' W.
1240    Changed speed to 15 knots.
1315    U.S.S. WICKES left scouting line to proceed on duty assigned.
2000    Position Latitude 55° 28' N. Longitude 152° 26' W.

April 10, 1944                  Zone description plus ten:
        Steaming as before.
0700    Changed base course to 312° T&G, 300° psc. SPROSTON took station on 
        starboard beam, distance 15,000 yards.
0930    Test fired automatic weapons battery, expending 60 rounds 40MM AA, 
        240 rounds 20MM AA ammunition.
1118    Changed base course to 274° T&G, 264° psc.
1123    Had radar contact on Marmot Island, bearing 288° T&G, distance
        45 miles.
1230    Commenced steaming various courses and speeds while proceeding toward 
        channel leading to Women's Bay, Kodiak Island, Alaska.
1345    Entered channel.
1557    Moored port side to Permanent Pier, Women's Bay, Kodiak Island. Ships 
        present various units of U.S. Fleet. SOPA is ComDesRon 49 in PICKING.
1845    Set clocks to zone description plus nine.

April 11, 1944                  Zone description plus nine:
        Moored as before.

April 12, 1944                  Zone description plus nine:
        Moored as before.

April 13, 1944                  Zone description plus nine:
        Moored as before.

April 14, 1944                  Zone description plus nine:
        Moored as before.

April	15. 1944                  Zone description plus nine:
        Moored as before.
1641    Underway in company with U.S.S. SPROSTON enroute Adak, Alaska 
        in accordance with verbal orders of ComDesRon 49 in compliance 
        ComDesRon 49 dispatch 160238 of April 1944. Steaming various 
        courses and speeds while standing through channel.
1805    Set base course 090° T&G, 084° psc, speed 22 knots.
1810    Set clocks to zone description plus ten.
1839    Changed speed to 25 knots.
1900    Changed base course 180° T&G, 178° psc.
1942    Changed speed to 20 knots while SPROSTON proceeded to take 
        station 10,000 yards on PICKING's port beam.
2000    Position Latitude 51°05' N, Longitude 151°34' W.
2008    With SPROSTON on station, changed speed to 25 knots.
2130    Changed base course to 240° T&G, 237° psc. Changed speed to 20 
        knots while SPROSTON readjusted station.
2225    With SPROSTON on station, changed speed to 25 knots.
2305    Changed speed to 21 knots.

April 16, 1944                  Zone description plus ten:
        Steaming as before.
0300    Had radar contact on Chirikoff Island, bearing 318° T, distance
        71,500 yards.
0800    Position Latitude 54°27'N, Longitude 157°37' W. Changed speed to 22 
        knots.
1120    Changed base course to 270° T&G, 263° psc. Changed speed to
        15 knots to permit SPROSTON to reassume station abeam to port, 
        distance 10,000 yards.
1140    With SPROSTON on station, changed speed to 22 knots.
1200    Position Latitude 53°45' N, Longitude 159°38'W.
1245    Commenced full power run to test main engines, increasing speed by 
        gradual increments up to 31 knots. SPROSTON steamed independently.
1447    Had radar contact on Unimak Island, bearing 310° T, distance
        90 miles.
1600    Changed base course to 251° T&G, 246° psc.
1620    Secured from full power run due to casualty in boiler feed water 
        regulator. Changed speed to 10 knots on port engine, 15 on Starboard.
1626    Changed speed to 15 knots on both engines.
1700    U.S.S. SPROSTON took station on PICKING's port beam, distance
        10,000 yards. Changed speed to 22 knots.
1945    Changed speed to 20 knots.
2000    Position Latitude 53°07' N, Longitude 165°20' W.

April 17, 1944                  Zone description plus ten:
        Steaming as before.
0354    Changed base course to 262° T&G, 258° psc.
0552    Passed Unaska Island abeam to starboard, distance 27 miles.
0615    Passed Chagalak Island abeam to starboard, distance 27 miles.
0730    Changed base course to 330° T&G, 320° psc. Commenced passage of 
        Amukta Pass. SPROSTON took position astern, distant 10,000 yards.
0735    Sighted Seguam Island bearing 300° T, distant 261/2 miles.
0755    Sighted Amukta Island bearing 055° T, distant 221/2 miles.
0800    Position Latitude 52°35' N, Longitude 171°35' W.
0810    Passed Amukta Island abeam, distant 21 miles.
0840    Passed Seguam Island. abeam distant 111/2 miles.
0950    Changed base course to 260° T&G, 260° psc.
1200    Position Latitude 52°35' N, Longitude 173°40' W.
1230    Changed base course to 251° T&G, 251° psc.
1513    Sighted Great Sitkin Island bearing 195° T, distant 11 miles.
1517    Changed speed to 21 knots.
1538    Changed, base course to 205° T&G, 205° psc. Changed speed to 25  
        knots. SPROSTON took station in column open order, distant
        1000 yards.
1620    Commenced steaming various courses and speeds while proceeding 
        through Kuluk Bay, Adak, Alaska.
1713    Moored port side to U.S.S. ISHERWOOD in nest with U.S.S. KIMBERLY and 
        U.S.S. YOUNG at buoy #1, Sweepers Cove, Adak, Alaska. Ships
        present various units of U.S. Fleet. SOPA is ComNorPac.

April 18, 1944                  Zone description plus ten:
        Moored as before

April 19, 1944                  Zone description plus ten:
        Moored as before

April 20, 1944                  Zone description plus ten:
        Moored as before

April 21, 1944                  Zone description plus ten:
        Moored as before.
1323    Underway in accordance with ComDesRon 49 dispatch 211042 of April,
        1944. Steaming various courses and speeds while standing out of 
        Sweepers Cove and into Kuluk Bay, Adak.
1344    Anchored in 11 fathoms of water in berth D-11, Kuluk Bay, Adak.
        U.S.S. CONCORD and U.S.S. ISEERWOOD anchored in vicinity. SOPA is 
        ComNorPac.

April 22, 1944                  Zone description plus ten:
         Anchored as before.

April 23, 1944                  Zone description plus ten.:
        Anchored as before.
0750    Underway in accordance with CTF 94 Exercise Plan 1-44. Steaming 
        various courses and speeds while standing out of Kuluk Bay.
0826    Commenced antisubmarine sweep in accordance with CTF 94 Sortie Plan 
        1-44.
0938    Joined Task Force 94, OTC is CTF 94 in U.S.S. CONCORD. Took station 
        with Task Unit 94.2.3 in column 4000 yards dead ahead of CONCORD. 
        Commenced gunnery exercises in accordance with CTF 94 Exercise Plan 
        1-44, Exercise.
1159    Completed exercises, having expended 69 rounds 5"/38 AA-Common 
        ammunition. Steaming various courses and speeds in vicinity of Cape 
        Adaqdak, Adak.
1320    Took station No. 4 in antisubmarine screen 59.
1405    Took station No. 1 in antiaircraft screen 73.
2130    Took station with Task Unit 94.2.3 in column 4000 yards ahead of 
        CONCORD. Commenced gunnery exercises in accordance with CTF Exercise 
        Plan 1-44, Exercise.
2345    Completed exercises, having expended 20 rounds 5"/38 AA-Common and 5 
        rounds 5"/38 Illuminating ammunition. Commenced taking station #4 in 
        antisubmarine screen 59. CONCORD guide.

April 24, 1944	                 Zone description plus ten:
        Steaming as before.
0020    Took station No. 4 in antisubmarine screen 59, CONCORD guide. Base 
        course 000° T & G, 353° psc.
0041    Changed base course to 060° T & G, 044° psc.
0047    Changed speed to 20 knots.
0109    Changed base course to 300° T & G, 299° psc. Changed speed to
        16 knots.
0510    Formed search disposition #2 in accordance with CTF 94 Op. Order 
        6-44; took station #2 in scouting line normal to base course, eight 
        miles ahead of guide, CONCORD.
0613    Commenced zig-zagging.
0800    Position Latitude 53° 24' N. Longitude 179° 48' W.
0923    Commenced steaming various courses and speeds while conducting 
        simulated Task Force Attack maneuvers.
1142    Exercises completed, took station No. 4 in antisubmarine screen
        59.  CONCORD guide. Base course 210° T & G, 207° psc. Speed 16 knots. 
        Commenced zig-zagging.
1200    Position Latitude 53° 32' N. Longitude 179° 00' E.
1315    Took station No. 4 in antiaircraft screen 73, CONCORD guide in circle 
        center. Commenced steaming various courses and speeds while  
        conducting fighter director exercises in accordance with CTF 94 
        Exercise Plan 1-44, Exercise A-4.
1557    Exercises completed, took station No. 4 in antisubmarine screen 59, 
        CONCORD guide. Base course 270° T & G, 274° psc. Speed 16 knots.
1630    Took station in Task Force search disposition No. 2 in accordance 
        with CTF 94 Op. Order 6-44. Station in scouting line normal to base 
        course 8 miles ahead of guide, CONCORD.
2000    Position Latitude 53° 04' N. Longitude 175° 41' E.
2243    Radar contact on Shemya Island, bearing 238° T distant 32.2 miles.

April 25, 1944                  Zone description plus ten:
        Steaming as before.
0020    Took station No, 4 in antisubmarine screen 59, CONCORD guide. Changed 
        base course to 300° T & G, 303° psc.
0500    Changed base course to 120° T & G, 103° psc. by countermarch.
0520    Commenced zig-zagging.
0800    Position Latitude 53° 19' N. Longitude 173° 23' E.
0947    Took station #4 in antiaircraft screen 73, CONCORD guide in circle 
        center. Steaming various courses and speeds simulating evasive 
        maneuvers while exercising with aircraft.
1158    Completed exercises, commenced standing toward Massacre Bay, Attu.
1229    Passed Massacre Bay east channel entrance buoys abeam to port, 
        distant 300 yards.  Commenced proceeding through channel.
1318    Anchored in 14 fathoms of water in berth D-13, Massacre Bay. S.O.P.A. 
        is CTF 94 in CONCORD.
1513    Underway, steaming various courses and speeds, proceeding alongside 
        U.S.S. BRAZOS to fuel.
1530    Moored port side to BRAZOS.
1640    Completed fueling, underway, steaming various courses and speeds, 
        proceeding to anchorage.
1651    Anchored in 15 fathoms off water in Massacre Bay, Attu.

April 26, 1944                  Zone description plus ten:
        Anchored as before.

April 27, 1944	Zone Description plus ten:
        Anchored as before.
1356    Underway in company with DesDiv 97 in accordance with CTF 94
        mailgram 262025 of April, 1944. OTC is CDS 49 in PICKING.  Steaming 
        various courses and speeds while standing out of Massacre Bay and 
        conducting tactical exercises south of Attu.
1700    Formed in scouting line, natural order normal to base course,
        scouting distance 2 miles. PICKING guide. Base course 165° T&G, 
        164° psc. Speed 18 knots. Commenced searching for lost aircraft.
1725    Commenced zig-zagging according to plan.
1748    Changed base course to 230° T&G, 237° psc. Readjusted scouting line 
        to bearing normal to base course.
1800    Ceased zig-zagging. Commenced steaming various courses and speeds 
        investigating underwater sound contact.
1816    Results of investigation negative, resumed base course 230° T&G, 
        237° psc., speed 15 knots.
1902    Changed speed to 17 knots.
2000    Position Latitude 51° 54' N. Longitude 171° 51' E.
2241    Changed base course to 080° T&G, 039° psc.
2246    Changed base course to 230° T&G, 237° psc.

April	28.	1944	Zone description plus ten:
        Steaming as before.
0000    Changed base course to 040° T&G, 031° psc.
0213    WILLIAM D. PORTER reported radar contact bearing 143° T, distant 32 
        miles. No investigation made.
0440    Radar contact on Attu Island bearing 220° T, distant 56 miles.
0550    Ceased zig-zagging.
0600    Commenced steaming various courses and speeds while conducting 
        torpedo, aircraft tracking and smoke exercises.
0800    Position Latitude 52° 34' N. Longitude 172° 32' E.
1010    Joined company with DesDiv 98.
1200    Position Latitude 52° 08' N. Longitude 172° 22' E.
2000    Position Latitude 52° 43' N. Longitude 171° 19' E.
2146    Completed exercises.  Took station as guide in antisubmarine
        cruising formation; remaining ships forming antisubmarine screen 58. 
        Base course 340° T&G, 343° psc. Speed 15 knots.
2230    Commenced zig-zagging.
2300    Changed base course to 270° T&G, 276° psc.

April 29, 1944	Zone description plus ten:
        Steaming as before.
0200    Changed base course to 113° T&G, 108° psc. by countermarch.
0744    Commenced steaming various courses and speeds while conducting smoke 
        exercises in vicinity of Attu.
0800    Position Latitude 52° 24' N. Longitude 171° 59' E.
1010    Formed antiaircraft screen 72, PICKING guide in circle center. 
        Exercised at evasive maneuvers.
1105    Commenced standing toward Massacre Bay, Attu.
1150    Passed Massacre Bay south channel entrance buoy abeam to port distant 
        200 yards.
1216    Anchored in 15 fathoms of water in berth D-12, Massacre Bay. S.0.P.A. 
        is CTF 94 in CONCORD.
1939    Underway, steaming various courses and speeds proceeding alongside 
        U.S.S. BRAZOS to fuel.
1957    Moored port side to BRAZOS at buoy #3, Massacre Bay. Commenced 
        fueling.
2050    Underway having completed fueling. Steaming various courses and  
        speeds proceeding to anchorage.
2100    Anchored in 15 fathoms of water berth D-12, Massacre Bay.

April 30, 1944	Zone description plus ten:
        Anchored as before.

May 1, 1944                     Zone description plus ten:
        Anchored in 15 fathoms of water in berth D-12, Massacre Bay, Attu, 
        Alaska. Ships present: units of the U.S. Fleet. SOPA is CTF 94 in 
        U.S.S. CONCORD.
0730    Underway in company with destroyers of Task Force 94 in accordance 
        with CTF 94 Exercise Plan 2-44 of April. Steaming various courses and 
        speeds while standing out of Massacre Bay through South Channel.
0829    Commenced patrolling sector along channel in accordance with CTF 94 
        Sortie Plan 3-44.
0900    U.S.S. CONCORD and U.S.S. DETROIT stood out from Massacre Bay. 
        Commenced taking station #6 in anti-submarine screen 59, CONCORD 
        guide. Base course 230° T&G, 236° psc. Fleet speed 17 knots.
0920    Took station #4 in anti-submarine screen 56. KIMBERLEY, SPROSTON and 
        PORTER (T.U. 94.2.4) took departure for scheduled exercises.
0944    Commenced taking station #2 in scouting line eight miles ahead of 
        guide in CONCORD in accordance with Search Plan #2, CTF 94 Operation 
        Order 6-44. Scouting line 105° - 285° T, distance 8 miles.
1200    Position Latitude 52° 05' N, Longitude 172° 43' E, On station in 
        scouting line. Base course 195° T&G, 197° psc. Speed 18 knots.
1300    Commenced Day Search and Attack Exercise in accordance with Annex A of
        CTF 94 Exercise Plan 2-44.
1320    Changed base course to 090° T&G, 079° psc. Changed speed to 20 knots.
1345    Commenced steaming various courses and speeds while maneuvering for 
        simulated attack on ships of T.U. 94.2.4 representing enemy convoy.
1455    Exercise completed. Commenced taking station #4 in antisubmarine 
        screen 59, CONCORD guide. Base course 230° T&G, 234° psc. Changed 
        speed to 18 knots.
1630    Changed base course to 034° T&G, 0300 psc. Changed speed to 15 knots.
1651    Took station #2 in scouting line 8 miles ahead of guide in CONCORD in 
        accordance with Search Plan #2 of CTF 94 Op. Order 6-44. Scouting 
        distance 8 miles, line of bearing 170° - 350° T. Base course 260° 
        T&G, 258° psc.
1830    Changed base course to 080° T&G, 068° psc.
2000    Position Latitude 51° 16' N, Longitude 172° 05' E.
2300    Commenced Night Search and Attack Exercise in accordance with Annex A 
        of CTF 94 Exercise Plan #2-44.
2339    Steaming various courses while maneuvering for simulated night 
        torpedo attack.

May 2, 1944                     Zone description plus ten:
        Steaming various courses and speeds while taking part in Task Force 
        Night Attack Exercise in company with Task Force 94. OTC is CTF 94 in 
        CONCORD.
0045    Exercise completed. Proceeding to rejoin remainder of Task Force in 
        cruising disposition.
0229    Took departure from Task Force in company with WICKES and SPROSTON in 
        accordance with verbal orders of CTF 94 to carry out search in 
        accordance with ComFairWing 4 dispatch 010658 of May 1944.  Formed in 
        column, PICKING guide.  OTC is ComDesRon 49 in PICKING.  Base course 
        320° T&G, 319° psc.  Speed 20 knots.
0300    Changed base course to 279° T&G, 286° psc.
0700    Formed scouting line normal to base course. Scouting distance 5 
        miles. PICKING guide.
0800    Position Latitude 52° 55' N, Longitude 170° 57' E.
1100    Changed speed to 25 knots.
1200    Position Latitude 52° 09' N, Longitude 167° 59' E. Changed speed to 
        28 knots.
1207    Changed base course to 285° T&G, 294° psc.
1400    Changed speed to 25 knots.
1455    Sighted sono-buoy bearing 310° T, distant 400 yards.
1500    Commenced circling area while firing at buoy with main and secondary 
        battery. Expended 17 rounds 5"/38 AA-Common, 723 rounds 40mm 
        ammunition.
1552    Commenced rejoining WICKES and SPROSTON.
1745    Resumed station in scouting line, base course 285° T&G, 290° psc. 
        Speed 27 knots.
1930    Changed base course to 250° T&G, 250° psc.
2000    Position Latitude 53° 48.8' N, Longitude 163° 13' E.
2010    Surface radar contact bearing 117° T, distant 11,000 yards.
2034    Sighted Russian merchantman bearing 160° T, distant 8000 yards.
2219    Changed speed to 28 knots.
2220    Changed speed to 25 knots.
2221    Changed base course to 250° T&G, 250° psc.
2300    Changed base course to 000° T&G, 359° psc. Changed speed to 15 knots.
2315    Radar contact on Kronotski Pt., Kamchatka Peninsula bearing 354° T, 
        distant 40 miles.

May 3,1944                      Zone description plus ten:
        Steaming in company with U.S.S. WICKES and U.S.S. SPROSTON on search 
        mission in vicinity of Kronotski Pt, Kamchatka Peninsula in scouting 
        line on base course 000° T&G, 359° psc, speed 15 knots, scouting 
        distance 5 miles. OTC is ComDesRon 49 in PICKING
0115    Two surface radar contacts bearing 105° T and 100° T, distance
        17 miles. Did not investigate.
0118    Changed course to 035° T&G, 034° psc. to evade contacts.
0130    Changed course to 105° T&G, 110° psc. for further evasion.
0249    Resumed base course 065° T&G, 064° psc.
0629    Surface radar contact bearing 150° T, distance 26,400 yards.
0649    Changed speed to 18 knots.
0710    Sighted surface vessel identified as Russian merchantman.
0730    Changed base course to 090° T&G, 090° psc. Changed scouting  
        distance to 6 miles.
0800    Position Latitude 54° 33' N, Longitude 164° 32' E.
0940    Sighted Komandorski Islands bearing 058° T, distance 45 miles.
1102    Changed base course to 112° T&G, 117° psc.
1130    Changed base course to 180° T&G, 190° psc.
1200    Position Latitude 54° 20' N Longitude 165° 55' E.
1300    Changed base course to 105° T&G, 107° psc.
2000    Position Latitude 53° 35' N, Longitude 169° 05' E.
2014    Changed base course 116° T&G, 118° psc. Changed speed to 14.5 
        knots.

May 4, 1944                     Zone description plus ten:
        Steaming in company with U.S.S. WICKES and U.S.S. SPROSTON enroute
        Attu in scouting line on base course 116° T&G, 118° psc, speed 14.5
        knots, scouting distance 6 miles.
0150    Radar contact on Cape Wrangell, Attu, Alaska, bearing 095° T, distant 
        60 miles.
0500    Changed base course to 296° T&G, 297° psc.
0530    Changed base course to 116° T&G, 114° psc.
0531    Sighted Cape Wrangell bearing 081° T, distant 18 miles.
0715    Commenced steaming various courses and speeds in vicinity of Cape 
        Wrangell seeking rendezvous with Task Force 94.
0800    Position Latitude 52° 37' N, Longitude 172° 36' E.
1101    Sighted ships of Task Force 94 bearing 299° T, distant 25,000 yards. 
        Commenced rejoining.
1155    Took station #4 in anti-aircraft screen #73, CONCORD guide. Base 
        course 180° T&G, 182° psc. Speed 15 knots. OTC is CTF 94 in CONCORD.
1200    Position Latitude 52° 26' N, Longitude 172° 38' E.
1205    Changed speed to 17 knots,
1245    Took revised station in anti-aircraft screen #73. CONCORD guide.
        CONCORD and DETROIT on screening circle in positions 3090 and 3270    
        respectively. PICKING in station #2. Commenced steaming various 
        courses and speeds while taking part in anti-aircraft exercise, in 
        accordance with Annex D of CTF 94 Exercise Plan 2-44.
1503    Fired main battery at towed sleeve in high altitude run. Expended 9 
        rounds 5"/38 AA - Common ammunition.
1552    Exercise completed. Commenced standing toward south channel entrance 
        to Massacre Bay, Attu.
1615    Took station in anti-submarine screen 59.
1808    Entered south channel to Massacre Bay.
1845    Anchored in 15 fathoms of water in Berth D-12, Massacre Bay. Ships 
        present: various units of U.S. Fleet. SOPA is CTF 94 in CONCORD.

May 5, 1944                     Zone Description plus ten:
        Anchored in berth D-12 Massacre Bay, Attu.
0655    Underway in accordance with CDS 49 despatch 050750, steaming various 
        courses and speeds proceeding alongside U.S.S. YO 163 to fuel.
0721    Moored port side to U.S.S. YO 163 in berth B-4, Massacre Bay.
0956    Underway from alongside YO 163, proceeding to anchorage.
1009    Anchored in 15 fathoms of water in berth D-12, Massacre Bay.

May 6, 1944                     Zone Description plus ten:
        Anchored in berth D-12, Massacre Bay.

May 7, 1944                     Zone Description plus ten:
        Anchored in berth D-12, Massacre Bay.

May 8, 1944                     Zone Description plus ten:
        Anchored in berth D-12, Massacre Bay.

May 9, 1944                     Zone Description plus ten:
        Anchored in berth D-12, Massacre Bay, Attu.
0930    Underway in company with U.S.S. WICKES, U.S.S. SPROSTON, U.S.S.
        WILLIAM D. PORTER, U.S.S. CHARLES J. BADGER, U.S.S. YOUNG, in 
        accordance with CDS 49 mailgram 070508 of May, 1944, steaming various 
        courses and speeds while standing out of Massacre Bay and while 
        conducting exercises to southward of Theodore Point, Attu. 0.T.C. is 
        CDS 49 in PICKING.
1045    Fired balloon practice for automatic weapons, expending 543 rounds 
        40mm A.A., 1035 rounds 20mm A.A. ammunition.
1752    Commenced standing toward south channel into Massacre Bay, Attu.
1845    Anchored in 15 fathoms of water in berth D-12, Massacre Bay, Attu. 
        Ships present: various units of U. S. Fleet. S.O.P.A. is CO DETROIT.

May 10, 1944                    Zone Description plus ten:
        Anchored in berth D-12, Massacre Bay, Attu.
0648    Underway in company with U.S.S. WICKES, U.S.S. SPROSTON, U.S.S. 
        WILLIAM D. PORTER, U.S.S. CHARLES J. BADGER, U.S.S. YOUNG, in 
        accordance with CDS 49 mailgram 070508 of May, 1944, steaming various 
        courses and speeds while standing out of Massacre Bay and conducting 
        exercises south of Attu. 0.T.C. is CDS 49 in PICKING.
1329    Fired automatic weapons towed sleeve practice, expending 131 rounds 
        40mm A.A., 357 rounds 20mm A.A. ammunition.
1549    Commenced standing toward south channel into Massacre Bay, Attu.
1617    Anchored in 15 fathoms of water in berth D-12, Massacre Bay, Attu. 
        Ships present; various units of U. S. Fleet. S.O.P.A. is CTF 94 in 
        U.S.S. CONCORD.

May 11,1944                     Zone Description plus ten:
        Anchored in berth D-12, Massacre Bay, Attu.
1058    Underway in company with U.S.S. ISHERWOOD, U.S.S. KIMBERLY, U.S.S. 
        LUCE, U.S.S. WICKES, and U.S.S. SPROSTON, in accordance with CDS 49  
        mailgram 070508. Steaming various courses and speeds while standing 
        out of Massacre Bay and conducting exercises south of Attu. 0.T.C. is 
        CDS 49 in PICKING.
1600    Commenced standing toward south channel into Massacre Bay, Attu.
1700    Anchored in 15 fathoms of water in berth D-12, Massacre Bay, Attu. 
        Ships present: various units of U. S. Fleet. S.O.P.A. is CTF 94 in 
        U.S.S. CONCORD.

May 12, 1944                    Zone Description plus ten:
        Anchored in berth D-12, Massacre Bay, Attu. 
0754    Underway in company with U.S.S. WICKES, U.S.S. SPROSTON, U.S.S. 
        ISHERWOOD, U.S.S. KIMBERLY, U.S.S. LUCE, in accordance with CDS 49 
        mailgram 070508 of May, 1944. Steaming various courses and speeds 
        while standing out of Massacre Bay and conducting exercises south of 
        Attu. O.T.C. is CO DETROIT.
1148    Fired main battery offset practice, expending 74 rounds 5"/38 AA - 
        Common ammunition.
1340-   Towed target for aircraft bombing and strafing exercise.
1548
1641    Commenced standing toward south channel into Massacre Bay, Attu.
1738    Moored port side to U.S.S. YO 163 in berth B-4, Massacre Bay, Attu, 
        to fuel.
1900    Underway from alongside U.S.S. YO 163 steaming various courses and 
        speeds proceeding to anchorage.
1917    Anchored in 15 fathoms of water in berth D-12, Massacre Bay, Attu. 
        Ships present: various units of U. S. Fleet. S.O.P.A. is CTF in
        U.S.S. CONNCORD 

May 13. 1944                    Zone Description plus ten:
        Anchored in berth D-12, Massacre Bay, Attu.
0724    Underway in company with U.S.S. WICKES, U.S.S. SPROSTON,
        U.S.S. ISHERWOOD, U.S.S. KIMBERLY, U.S.S. LUCE, in accordance with 
        CDS 49 mailgram 070508 of May, 1944. Steaming various courses and 
        speeds while standing out of Massacre Bay and conducting exercises 
        south and east of Attu. O.T.C. is CO DETROIT.
1247    Commenced standing toward east channel into Massacre Bay, Attu.
1315    Anchored in 15 fathoms of water berth D-12, Massacre Bay. Ships 
        present: various units of U. S. Fleet. S.O.P.A. is CTF 94 in U.S.S. 
        CONCORD.

May 14, 1944                    Zone Description plus ten:
        Anchored in berth D-12, Massacre Bay, Attu.
0700    Underway in company with DesRon 49 less U.S.S. KIMBERLY and
        U.S.S. WICKES and plus U.S.S. BRAZOS, in accordance with CDS 49 
        despatch 080330 of May, 1944. Steaming various courses and speeds 
        while standing out of Massacre Bay and conducting fueling and towing 
        exercises north of Attu. O.T.C. is CDS 49 in PICKING.
1430    Took station with SPROSTON in antisubmarine screen 52, BRAZOS guide, 
        commenced standing toward east channel to Massacre Bay, Attu.
1820    Took departure from BRAZOS at channel entrance, proceeding with 
        SPROSTON to join DesRon 49 less ISHERWOOD, KIMBERLY and LUCE, north 
        of Attu.
2000    Position Latitude 530 14' N. Longitude 173° 34' E.
2100    Commenced night search and attack exercise.
2352    Completed exercises. Set base course 290° T & G, 289° psc. Speed 12 
        knots. Formed column, PICKING guide.

May 15. 1944                    Zone Description plus ten:
        Steaming as before.
0100    Changed base course to 180° T & G, 185° psc., changed speed to 15 
        knots.
0325    Cape Wrangell, Attu, abeam to port distant, 15 miles.
0800    Position Latitude 52° 34' N. Longitude 172° 51' E.
0900    Commenced day search and attack exercise.
1025    Completed exercise, commenced standing toward south channel to
        Massacre Bay, Attu.
1227    Anchored in 15 fathoms of water in berth D-12, Massacre Bay,
        Attu. Ships present: various units of U. S. Fleet. S.O.P.A.
        is CO DETROIT.
1730    Base alert, condition one set for possible air attack.
1746    Secured from base alert condition one.

May 16, 1944.                   Zone description plus ten:
        Anchored in berth D-12, Massacre Bay, Attu.
0800    Underway in company with U.S.S. WICKES U.S.S. SPROSTON, U.S.S.
        WILLIAM D. PORTER, U.S.S. CHARLES J. BADGER, U.S.S. YOUNG in
        accordance with CDS 49 despatch 161755 of May, 1944.  Steaming 
        various courses and speeds while proceeding out of Massacre Bay and 
        holding antiaircraft exercises south of Attu. O.T.C. is CDS 49 in 
        PICKING. 
1114-   Fired high altitude 5" A.A. practice with plane towing sleeve,
1125    expending 20 rounds 5"/38 AA - Common ammunition. 
1240    Commenced standing toward south channel to Massacre Bay, Attu. 
1347    Anchored in 15 fathoms of water in berth D-12, Massacre Bay, Attu. 
        Ships present: various units of U. S. Fleet. S.O.P.A. is CO Detroit.

May 17. 1944                    Zone description plus ten:
        Anchored in berth D-12, Massacre Bay, Attu.

May 18, 1944                    Zone description plus ten:
        Anchored in berth D-12, Massacre Bay, Attu. 
0837    Underway independently in accordance with CDS despatch 180915 of May, 
        1944. Steaming various courses and speeds while proceeding out of 
        Massacre Bay and conducting exercises south of Attu. 0.T.C. is CDS 49 
        in PICKING. 
0943-   Towed target for aircraft skip bombing and strafing exercises. 
1055
1058-   Fired automatic weapons antiaircraft practice with balloon targets, 
1135    expending 642 rounds 40mm A.A., 1100 rounds 20mm A.A. ammunition.
1155    Commenced standing toward south channel entrance to Massacre Bay, 
        Attu.    
1348    Moored starboard side to U.S.S. YO 163, at buoy B-4, Massacre Bay, 
        Attu and commenced fueling.    
1418    Underway from alongside U.S.S. YO 163. Proceeding to anchorage.
1444    Anchored in 15 fathoms of water in berth D-12, Massacre Bay, Attu. 
        Ships present: various units of U. 3. Fleet. S.O.P.A. is CTF 94 in 
        U.S.S. CONCORD.

May 19, 1944                    Zone description plus ten:
        Anchored in berth D-12, Massacre Bay, Attu.

May 20, 1944                    Zone description plus ten:
        Anchored in berth D-12, Massacre Bay, Attu.
0747    Underway in company with Task Force 94 in accordance with CTF 94 
        Exercise Plan 4-44 of May, 1944. Steaming various courses and speeds 
        while proceeding out of Massacre Bay and patrolling channel during 
        sortie. O.T.C. is CTF 94 in CONCORD.
1006    Took station 3250 in task force formation, CONCORD guide, and 
        prepared to stream target for aircraft strafing and bombing 
        exercises. Set base course 060° T & G, 056° psc., speed knots.
1025    Commenced streaming target.
1155    Secured from towing exercises, no planes having arrived, and took 
        station #4 in antisubmarine screen 59. CONCORD guide.
1200    Position Latitude 53° 11' N. Longitude 174° 54' E.
1230    Changed base course to 330° T & G, 328° psc.
1340    Took station #4 in antiaircraft screen 73, CONCORD guide. Commenced 
        steaming various courses and speeds up to 30 knots while conducting 
        automatic weapons antiaircraft exercise with plane towing sleeve.
1415    Took station #8 in antiaircraft screen 73, CONCORD guide in station 
        3090.
1729    Completed antiaircraft exercise, having expended 873 rounds 40mm AA 
        and 1545 rounds 20mm AA ammunition.
1735    Took station 12,000 yards bearing 330° relative from CONCORD and 
        commenced exercise in voice radio reception.
1853    Took station 16,000 yards from CONCORD.
2000    Position Latitude 53° 39.5' N. Longitude 173° 52' E.
2018    Took station 18,000 yards from CONCORD.
2111    Completed exercise, took station #4 in antisubmarine screen 59, 
        CONCORD guide. Base course 020° T & G, 017° psc. Speed 17 knots.
2128    Changed speed to 14 knots.
2138    Changed base course to 035° T & G, 031° psc.
2250    Took station #4 in antiaircraft screen 73, CONCORD guide. Changed 
        speed to 17 knots.
2330    Commenced steaming various courses while conducting tracking 
        exercises with aircraft1 in accordance with Exercise 5, CTF 94 
        Exercise Plan 4-44

May 21, 1944                    Zone description plus ten:
        Steaming as before, conducting exercises with aircraft. 
0135    Exercises completed. Took station #4 in antisubmarine screen 59, 
        CONCORD guide. Base course 085° T & G, 076° psc. Speed 16 knots.
0800    Position Latitude 54° 44' N. Longitude 177° 48' E.
0920    Changed base course to 090° T & G, 082° psc.
1041    Took station #2 in scouting line 8 miles ahead of CONCORD, guide in 
        search disposition #2, CTF 94 Op. Orders 6-44. Prepared for day 
        search and attack exercise in accordance with Exercise 6 CTF 94 
        Exercise Plan 4-44. Scouting course 090° T & G, 082° psc. Scouting 
        speed 16 knots.
1200    Position Latitude 54° 39' N. Longitude 179° 51' E. Changed speed to 
        10 knots.
1418    Had radar contact bearing 090° T, distant 30,000 yards. Contact 
        presumed to be DETROIT, PORTER and WICKES simulating enemy force. 
        Commenced steaming-various courses and speeds and making smoke 
        intermittently while simulating attack according to Attack Plan 2 of 
        CTF 94 Op. Order 6-44. Expended two  smoke generator tanks, Mark 2.
1702    Exercise completed. Took station #4 in antisubmarine screen 59, 
        CONCORD guide. Base course 115° 105 psc., speed 18 knots.
1929    Took station #4 in antisubmarine screen 56. ISHERWOOD KIMBERLY and 
        LUCE took departure to make simulated night torpedo attack.
2000    Position Latitude 54° 58' N. Longitude 177° 53° W.
2300    Took station 5000 yards ahead of guide, CONCORD in special 
        disposition for repelling night torpedo attack.
2335    Had radar contact bearing 065° T., distant 30,000 yards, assumed to 
        be ISHERWOOD group. Commenced exercising at repelling night torpedo 
        attack in accordance with Exercise 8 of CTF 94 Exercise Plan 4-44. 
        Steaming various courses and speeds while conducting exercise 
        maneuvers and illuminating simulated  enemy target with starshells. 
        Expended 23 rounds 5"/38 Illuminating ammunition.
1330-   Fired 5" antiaircraft practice, using sleeve target towed by plane.
1514    Expended 162 rounds 40mm AA and 600 rounds 20mm AA ammunition.
1330-   Fired 5" antiaircraft practice, using sleeve target towed by plane.
1514    Expended 162 rounds 40mm AA and 600 rounds 20mm AA ammunition.

May 22, 1944                    Zone description plus ten:
        Steaming as before.
0040    Completed night torpedo attack exercise. Took station #4 (55315) 
        in antisubmarine screen 59, CONCORD guide. Base course 185° T & G,
        185° psc., speed 20 knots.
0640    Radar contact on Great Sitkin Island bearing 175° T., distant 
        40 miles.
0708    Changed base course to 165° T & G, 165° psc.
0730    Changed base course to 180° T & G, 178° psc.
0746    Changed base course to 270° T & G, 265° psc.
0753    Changed course to 000° T & G, 345° psc.
0800    Position Latitude 52° 15' N. Longitude 176° 34' W.
0822    Left task force formation in company with WICKES and SPROSTON and
        commenced steaming various courses and speeds while preparing to 
        fire day battle practice in accordance with Exercise 9 of CTF 94
        Exercise Plan 4-44.
0917    Fired one depth charge Mark 9 due to accidental striking of breech
        mechanism of port after projector by stray shell case.
0932    Fired day battle practice with towed sled, expending 25 rounds
        5"/38 AA - Common ammunition.
1034    Rejoined Task Force 94. Took station #5 (3080) in antiaircraft 
        screen 73, DETROIT guide. Base course 160° T & G, 149° psc., speed
        15 knots.
1045    Changed speed to 25 knots.
1131    Left formation. Commenced steaming various courses and speeds 
        patrolling channel during entrance of Task Force 94 into Kuluk Day,
        Adak, Alaska.
1337    Moored starboard side to U.S.S. WICKES in nest with U.S.S. KIMBERLY
        and U.S.S. BLACK HAWK at buoy #1, Sweepers Cove, Adak. Commenced
        tender overhaul using facilities of BLACK HAWK. Ships present:
        various units of U. S. Fleet. S.0.P.A. is ComNorPac.

May 23, 1944                    Zone description plus ten:
        Moored in nest with U.S.S. BLACK HAWK, U.S.S. KIMBERLY and
        U.S.S. WICKES at buoy #1 Sweepers Cove, Adak, undergoing tender
        overhaul.

May 24, 1944                    Zone description plus ten:
        Moored in nest with U.S.S. BLACK HAWK, U.S.S. KIMBERLY and
        U.S.S. WICKES at buoy #1 Sweepers Cove, Adak, undergoing tender
        overhaul.

May 25, 1944                    Zone description plus ten:
        Moored in nest with U.S.S. BLACK HAWK U.S.S. KIMBERLY and
        U.S.S. WICKES at buoy #1 Sweepers Cove, Adak, undergoing tender
        overhaul.

May 26, 1944                    Zone description plus ten:
        Moored in nest with U.S.S. BLACK HAVK, U.S.S. KIMBERLY and
        U.S.S. WICKES at buoy #1 Sweepers Cove, Adak, undergoing tender
        overhaul.

May 27, 1944                    Zone description plus ten:
        Moored as before.
1352    Underway independently, in accordance with Capt. of Port, Adak
        despatch 272345 of May, 1944, steaming various courses and speeds
        while proceeding through Kuluk Bay and conducting ship1s exercises.
2034    Commenced standing into Sand Bay, Great Sitkin Island.
2110    Moored port side to NOB dock, Sand Bay. Ships present various units
        of U. S. Fleet. S.O.P.A. is ComNorPac.

May 28, 1944                    Zone description plus ten:
        Moored as before.
0730    Underway independently in accordance with CDS 49 despatch 272340 of
        May, 1944. Steaming various courses and speeds while standing out 
        of Sand Bay and conducting exercises in Kuluk Bay.
1352    Rendezvoused with SPROSTON and fired 5" offset practice, expending
        11 rounds 5"/38 Common and 2 rounds 5"/38 AA -Common ammunition.
1535    Fired automatic weapons smoke float practice, expending 64 rounds
        40mm AA, 360 rounds 20mm. AA ammunition.
1635    Commenced standing into Sweepers Cove, Adak.
1700    Moored to buoy #2 Sweepers Cove, Adak. Ships present: various
        units of U. S. Fleet. S.0.P.A. is ComNorPac.
1715-   U.S.S. KIIVBERLY, U.S.S. WICKES, U.S.S. SPROSTON moored alongside
2005    to port in that order.

May 29, 1944                    Zone description plus ten:
        Moored to buoy #2 Sweepers Cove, Adak in nest with 
        U.S.S. KIMBERLY U.S.S. WICKES, U.S.S. SPROSTON.

May 30, 1944                    Zone description plus ten:
        Moored to buoy #2 Sweepers Cove, Adak. in nest with
        U.S.S. KIMBERLY U.S.S. WICKES U.S.S. SPROSTON.

May 31, 1944                    Zone description plus ten:
        Moored as before.
0940    U.S.S. KIMBERLY and U.S.S. SPROSTON underway from alongside.
1018    U.S.S. WICKES underway from alongside.
1022    Underway independently in accordance with CDS 49 mailgram. 310215
        of May, 1944, steaming various courses and speeds while proceeding
        through Kuluk Bay and conducting ship's exercises.
1104    Took station on SPROSTON's port beam, distance 1500 yards for radar
        check.
1200    Completed check, took departure from SPROSTON.
1359    Commenced standing into Sand Bay, Great Sitkin Island.
1420    Moored port side to NOB dock, Sand Bay. Ships present: various
        units of U. S. Fleet. S.0.P.A. is ComNorPac.

June 1, 1944                    Zone description plus ten:
        Moored to NOB Pier, Sand Bay, Great Sitkin Island, Alaska. Ships
        present: units of Destroyer Squadron 49 and auxiliary craft. 
        S.O.P.A. is ComNorPac.
0904    Under way in company with U.S.S. WICKES U.S.S. YOUNG, 
        U.S.S. SPROSTON and U.S.S. CHARLES J. BADGER in accordance with
        ComDesRon 49 despatch 010605 of June, 1944. Steaming various 
        courses and speeds while standing out of Sand Bay and conducting
        exercises in vicinity of Great Sitkin Island. O.T.C. is CDS 49 in
        PICKING.
1104-   Fired 5" offset practice, SPROSTON target, expending 2 rounds
1119    5"/38 AA, 13 rounds 5"/38 Common.
1330-   Fired 5" antiaircraft practice, using sleeve target towed by plane.
1514    Expended 162 rounds 40mm AA and 600 rounds 20mm AA ammunition.
1653    Commenced standing toward Sand Bay, Great Sitkin Island.
1908    Moored port side to NOB Pier, Sand Bay.  Ships present: units of
        DesRon 49 and auxiliary craft.  S.O.P.A. is ComNorPac.

June 2, 1944                    Zone description plus ten:
        Moored to NOB Pier, Sand Bay.
0839    Underway in company with U.S.S. WICKES, U.S.S. YOUNG, 
        U.S.S. SPROSTON, U.S.S. CHARLES J. BADGER in accordance with CDS 49
        despatch 010605 of June, 1944. Steaming various courses and speeds
        while standing out of Sand Bay and conducting exercises in vicinity
        of Great Sitkin Island. 0.T.C. is CDS 49 in PICKING
1130-   Fired 5" director controlled and local control battle practice using
1229    sled target towed by tug. Expended 40 rounds 5"/38 AA - Common
        ammunition.
1400-   Exercised at simulated torpedo attack.
1730	
1730    Commenced standing toward Sand Bay, Great Sitkin Island.
1910    Moored starboard side to NOB Pier, Sand Bay, Great Sitkin Island. 
        Ships present: units of DesRon 49 and auxiliary craft. S.0.P.A. is
        ComNorPac.

June 3, 1944                    Zone description plus ten:
        Moored to NOB Pier, Sand Bay.
0942    Underway in company with U.S.S. WICKES, U.S.S. YOUNG, U.S.S.
        SPROST0N and U.S.S. CHARLES J. BADGER in accordance with CDS 49
        despatch 030600 of June, 1944. Steaming various courses and speeds
        while standing out of Sand Bay and conducting exercises in vicinity
        of Great Sitkin Island. 0.T.C. is CDS 49 in PICKING.
1018-   Exercised at simulated torpedo attack.
1300
1348    Fired automatic weapons antiaircraft practice using sleeve target
1425    towed by plane. Expended 1633 rounds 40mm AA and 803 rounds 20mm 
        AA ammunition.
1513    Commenced standing toward Sweepers Cove, Adak.
1631    Moored to buoy #1 Sweepers Cove, Adak. Ships present: various 
        units of U. S. Fleet. S.0.P.A. is ComNorPac.

June 4, 1944                    Zone description plus ten:
        Moored to buoy #1 Sweepers Cove, Adak.

June 5, 1944                    Zone description plus ten:
        Moored to buoy #1 Sweepers Cove, Adak.
0726    Underway in company with destroyers, Task Force 94 in accordance 
        with CTF 94 mailgram 030740 of June, 1944. Steaming various courses
        and speeds while standing out of Sweepers Cove and patrolling in
        Kuluk Bay during sortie of cruisers, Task Force 94 in accordance 
        With CTF 94 Sortie Plan 2-44.
0830    Cruisers, TF 94, (CHESTER, PENSACOLA, CONCORD, DETROIT) commenced
        sortie.
0930    Took station #5 in antisubmarine screen 59 (cruising disposition
        (6S). Base course 000° T & G, 340° psc. Speed 16 knots. Guide
        CHESTER. 0.T.C. is CTF 94 in CHESTER.
0947    Took station #5 in antiaircraft screen #74, CHESTER guide in station
        #7 (3090). Fleet axis 000° T.
1151    Changed base course to 180° T & G, 182° psc.
1200    Position Latitude 52° 25' N. Longitude 176° 39' N. Took station #5 
        in screen of cruising disposition 5R, CONCORD guide. Fleet axis 
        000° T.  Base course 180° T & G, 182° psc.
1245    Changed base course to 090° T & G, 093° psc.
1300    Changed base course to 056° T & G, psc.
1355    Changed base course to 309° T & G, 289° psc.
1500    Changed base course to 000° T & G, 341° psc.
1600    Changed base course and fleet axis to 275° T & G, 259° psc.
        Changed speed to 17 knots.
1850    Commenced steaming various courses and speeds while exercising
        at simulated bombardment deployment in accordance with Exercise 5 
        of ComCruDiv 5. Exercise Plan 1-44.
2000    Position Latitude 53° 03' N. Longitude 178° 33' W.
2042    Exercise completed took station #5 in screen of cruising disposition
        5R, CONCORD guide. Fleet axis and base course 270° T & G, 255° psc.
        Speed 16 knots.
2327    Commenced steaming various courses and speeds while exercising with
        aircraft in aircraft search and attack exercise according to 
        Exercise 6 of ComCruDiv 5 Exercise Plan 1-44.
2359    Took station #5 in antisubmarine 59 (cruising disposition 6S),
        CHESTER guide. Fleet axis 270° T. Base course 274° T & G, 258° psc.
        Speed 15 knots.

June 6, 1944                    Zone description plus ten:
        Steaming as before.
0636    Changed base course to 270° T & G, 257° psc.
0648    PORTER and WICKES left stations to investigate suspicious
        radar contacts bearing 278° T distant 33000 yards. Took station #1
        in antisubmarine screen 56 during their absence.
0655    Contacts identified as friendly. PORTER and WICKES rejoined. Resumed
        station #5 in antisubmarine screen 59.
0700    Changed speed to 20 knots.
0704    Changed speed to 15 knots.
0800    Position Latitude 53° 15' N., Longitude 176° 59' E.
0825    Changed speed to 20 knots.
0935    Took station #5 in screen of cruising disposition 5R, CONCORD guide.
        Fleet axis 270° T., Base course 270° T & G, 257° psc.
1008    Took station in screen of cruising disposition 5V, CONCORD guide.
        Fleet axis and, base course 270° T & G, 257° psc. Speed 20 knots.
1040    Changed base course to 274° T & G,. 261° psc. Commenced fighter
        director exercise in accordance with Exercise 7 of ComCruDiv Five
        Exercise Plan 5-44.
1200    Position Latitude 53° 22.2' N. Longitude 175° 02' E.
1216    Exercise completed.
1304    Changed speed to 16 knots.
1330    Radar contact on Attu Island bearing 242° T & G, distant 58 miles.
1335-   Fired automatic weapons antiaircraft practice using sleeve target 
1419    towed by plane. Expended 268 rounds 40mm AA and 879 rounds 20mm. 
        AA ammunition.
1427-   Steaming various courses and speeds while exercising at deployment
1500    in battle disposition.
1506    Took station #5 in screen of cruising disposition 5R, CHESTER
        guide, fleet axis and base course 175° T & G, 181° psc. Speed 14
        knots.
1603    Changed base course to 180° T & G, 193° psc.
1641    Changed base course to 182° T & G, 184° psc.
1731    Commenced steaming various courses and speeds patrolling channel
        entrance to Massacre Bay, Attu in accordance with ComCruDiv 
        Entrance Plan 1-44.
1830    Entered east channel to Massacre Bay.
1930    Anchored in 15 fathoms of water in berth D-26, Massacre Bay, Attu.
        Ships present: various units of U. S. Fleet. S.O.P.A. is CTF 94 in
        CHESTER.

June 7, 1944                    Zone description plus ten:
        Anchored in berth D-26, Massacre Bay, Attu.

June 8, 1944                    Zone description plus ten:
        Anchored in berth D-26, Massacre Bay, Attu.

June 9, 1944                    Zone description plus ten:
        Anchored in berth D-26, Massacre Bay, Attu.
1317    Underway in accordance with ComDesRon 49 despatch 091935 of June
        1944 to go alongside U.S.S. BRAZOS to fuel.
1355    Moored port side to BRAZOS, fueled to capacity.
1410    U.S.S. WICKES moored alongside to starboard and fueled.
1632    Completed fueling, underway for anchorage.
1644    Anchored in 15 fathoms of water in berth D-26, Massacre Bay.

June 10, 1944                   Zone description plus ten:
        Anchored in berth D-26, Massacre Bay, Attu.
0848    Underway in company with destroyers of Task Force 94 in accordance
        with CTF 94 mailgram 100125 of June, 1944. Steaming various courses
        and speeds while standing out of South. Channel, Massacre Bay and
        patrolling during sortie of cruisers, Task Force 94.
1000    Cruisers commenced sortie.
1047    Took station #5 in screen of task force cruising disposition
        5 Roger, CONCORD guide. 0.T.C. is CTF 94 in CHESTER. Fleet axis
        230° T., base course 230° T & G, 226° psc. Speed 16 knots.
1110    Changed base course to 178° T & G, 186° psc.
1115    Changed speed to 18.5 knots.
1200    Position Latitude 52° 27.5' N. Longitude 172° 48' E.
1312    Changed base course to 173° T & G, 182° psc.. Changed speed to
        16 knots
1604    Changed speed to 15.5 knots.
1617    Changed speed of advance to 16 knots.
1641    Changed base course to 231° T & G, 228° psc.
1724    YOUNG left formation to take station as picket. PICKING took
        station #5 in eight ship screen.
2000    Position Latitude 50* 45' N. Longitude 172* 01' E.
2019    Changed base course to 230* T & G, 226* psc.
2150    YOUNG rejoined formation. PICKING took station #5 in nine ship
        screen.
2230    CHARLES J. BADGER left formation to take station as picket. PICKING
        took station #3 in eight ship screen.

June 11,1944                    Zone description plus ten:
        Steaming as before.
0800    Position Latitude 48° 49' N. Longitude 168° 33' E.
1115    RALEIGH and ISHERWOOD left formation. PICKING took station #1 in
        seven ship screen.
1200    Position Latitude 48° 015' N. Longitude 166° 58.5' E.
1255    ISHERWOOD and RALEIGH resumed stations. CHARLES J. BADGER returned
        from picket duty. PICKING took station #5 in nine ship screen.
1600    RALEIGH left formation to return to Adak.
1645    Took station #5 in screen of cruising disposition 6 Roger. Changed
        fleet axis to 260° T. Changed base course to 231° T & G, 229°. 
1814    Proceeded to investigate radar contact reported by CHESTER bearing
        300° T., distant 8000 yards from formation. Search negative. 
        Resumed station.
1900    Changed base course to 235° T & G, 232° psc.
1928    CHARLES J. BADGER left formation to take station as picket. PICKING
        took station #3 in eight ship screen.
2000    Position Latitude 46° 46.5' N. Longitude 164° 35' E.

June 12, 1944                   Zone description plus ten:
        Steaming as before.
0530    Changed base course to 296° T & G, 290° psc.
0800    Position Latitude 45° 38' N. Longitude 160° 54' E.
1200    Position Latitude 45° 55' N. Longitude 159° 35' E.
1445    BADGER (picket ship) reported surface radar contact bearing 285°
        T., distant 25,000 yards from formation.
1453    Contact proved false.
1502    Changed base course to 288° T & G, 283° psc.
1509    Changed speed of advance to 15 knots.
2000    Position Latitude 46° 56' N. Longitude 157°04' E.
2001    Changed base course to 297° T & G, 295° psc, Changed speed to 20
        knots.

June 13, 1944                   Zone description plus ten:
        Steaming as before.
0140    BADGER returned from picket duty. PICKING took station #5 in nine
        ship screen.
0159    Changed base course to 310° T & G, 311° psc.
0315    Radar contact on Matsuwa Island, Japan, bearing 358° T., distant
        75,300 yards.
0358    Executed H-70 time in accordance with ComCruDiv Five Op. Order 14-44.
        PICKING with YOUNG and SPROSTON (T.U. 94.3.1) detached from Task
        Force 94 to proceed on mission assigned. YOUNG and SPROSTON formed
        column astern. Steaming various courses and speeds while approaching
        Matsuwa Island for radar search and shore bombardment.
0516    Set base bombardment course, first run - 296° T & G, 294° psc. Speed
        18 knots.
0524    Fired three starshell spreads over Matsuwa harbor area. Starshells
        obscured by fog. Expended 15 rounds 5"/38 Illuminating ammunition. 
0527-   Fired shore bombardment of Matsuwa Island in accordance with
0551    ComCruDiv Five Op. Order 14-44, expending 432 rounds 5"/38
        AA-Common ammunition. (Complete account in C.O. PICKING.
        Secret ltr. DD685/A16/A12 serial 002 of 13 June 1944). 
0538    Changed base course to 116° T & G, 114° psc. for retirement
        phase.
0605    Commenced steaming various courses and speeds to rejoin Task Force
        94.
0719    Rejoined task force. Took station #4 in screen of cruising
        disposition 5 course 090° T Roger, CONC0RD guide. Fleet axis 080° T;
        Base T&G, 110° psc. Speed 28 knots.
0800    Position Latitude 48° 05' N. Longitude 154° 40' E. 
1200    Position Latitude 48° 05' N. Longitude 157° 30' E. 
1348    Changed base course to 070° T & G, 084° psc.
1527    Surface radar contact bearing 001° T., distant 13,500 yards. Target
        tracked on course 170° T., speed 20 knots. 
1535    Target changed course to 230° T., speed 23 knots, range 10000 yards.
1547    Radar contact faded at range 16000 yards. No investigation was
        ordered. Target was not sighted because of 700 yards visibility in
        fog.
1735    Changed speed to 25 knots.
1930    Changed speed to 20 knots.
2000    Position Latitude 48° 58' N. Longitude 162° 03' E.

June 14, 1944                   Zone description plus ten:
        Steaming as before.
0100    Changed speed to 15 knots.
0242    YOUNG investigated contact bearing 340° T., range 10000 yards.
0315    Contact proved false6
0800    Position Latitude 50° 09' N. Longitude 166° 57' E.
1200    Position Latitude 50° 23' N. Longitude 168° 29' E.
1600    Changed fleet axis to 000° T; changed base course to 090° T & G,
        106° psc.
1800    Changed base course to 000° T & G, 349° psc.
2000    Changed base course to 090° T & G, 103° psc. Position Latitude 
        57° 21' N. Longitude 171° 01' E.

June 15, 1944                   Zone description plus ten:
        Steaming as before.
0115    Changed base course to 003° T & G, 350° psc.
0647    Commenced steaming various courses and speeds while making entry
        through south channel into Massacre Bay, Attu.
0759    Moored port side to U.S.S. CUYAMA in berth D-14, Massacre Bay, and
        fueled. S.O.P.A. is CTF 94 in CHESTER.
0900    U.S.S. SPROSTON moored alongside to starboard.
1302    Underway in company with SPROSTON in accordance with CTF 94 despatch
        152245 of June 1944. Steaming various courses and speeds while
        standing through south channel out of Massacre Bay and proceeding
        with maximum power to rendezvous with plane at reported enemy
        submarine contact position 70 miles northwest of Cape Wrangell, 
        Attu.  O.T.C. is CDS 49 in PICKING,
1545    Commenced searching for enemy submarine.
1607    Underwater sound contact bearing 103° T., range 1200 yards. 
        Commenced attacking.
1612    Dropped eleven charge, depth charge pattern, set for 350 ft. depth.
        Expended 5 depth charges MK 7, 6 depth charges 9. Continued
        investigation of area.
1700    Commenced retiring search plan in accordance with FTP 219. SPROSTON
        took station on port beam distant 2500 yards. Set base course 300° 
        T & G, 285° psc. Speed 15 knots. Varied course in accordance with
        plan.
1815    U.S.S ENGSTR0M (DE50) and U.S.S. GILMORE (DE18) joined and proceeded
        on search
2000    Position Latitude 53° 28' N. Longitude 170° 33' E.

June 16, 1944                   Zone description plus ten:
        Steaming as before.
0000    ENGSTROM and GILMORE took departure in accordance with verbal orders
        of CDS 49. PICKING and SPROSTON formed scouting line normal to base 
        course, base course 252° T & G, 245° psc., scouting distance 18,000
        yards, PICKING guide. Commenced radar search for enemy submarine in
        direction of Kurile Islands, at speed 25 knots.
0500    Changed base course to 086° T & G, 100° psc. Changed speed to 18
        knots. Commenced standing toward Massacre Bay, Attu.
0800    Position Latitude 52° 26' N. Longitude 169° 06' E.
1200    Position Latitude 52° 22' N. Longitude 170° 00' E.
1310    Test fired automatic weapons, expending 36 rounds 40mm AA, 28 rounds
        20mm AA ammunition.
1338    Changed base course to 070° T & G, 079° psc.
1403    Sighted Attu Island bearing 037° T., distant 50 miles.
1625    Commenced steaming various courses and speeds while standing 
        through south channel into Massacre Bay, Attu. SPROSTON in column
        astern.
1714    Moored port side to U.S.S. CUYAMA in berth D-14 in Massacre Bay, 
        Attu and fueled to capacity.
1921    Underway to anchorage.
1931    Anchored in 15 fathoms of water in berth D-26, Massacre Bay. Ships
        present: various units of U. S. Fleet. S.O.P.A. is CTF 94 in CHESTER.

June 17, 1944                   Zone description plus ten:
        Anchored in berth D-26, Massacre Bay, Attu. S.0.P.A. is ComNorPac.

June 18, 1944                   Zone description plus ten:
        Anchored in berth D-26, Massacre Bay, Attu.

June 19, 1944                   Zone description plus ten:
        Anchored in berth D-26, Massacre Bay, Attu.

June 20, 1944                   Zone description plus ten:
        Anchored in berth D-26, Massacre Attu.

June 21, 1944                   Zone description plus ten:
        Anchored in berth D-26, Massacre Attu.

June 22, 1944                   Zone description plus ten:
        Anchored in berth D-26, Massacre Attu.
0630    Underway, proceeding alongside U.S .S. CHESTER.
0651    Moored starboard side to CHESTER at buoy #2, Massacre Bay, and
        commenced transferring fuel oil to CHESTER.
0908    Completed transferring fuel.
0922    Underway from alongside CHESTER, proceeding alongside U.S.S.
        YO 163.
0951    Moored starboard side to YO 163 at buoy #4, Massacre Bay,
        and commenced fueling.
1100    Completed fueling.
1111    Underway, proceeding to berth D-26 to anchor.
1130    Anchored in berth D-26, Massacre Bay.

June 23, 1944                   Zone description plus ten:
        Anchored in berth D-26, Massacre Attu.

June 24, 1944                   Zone description plus ten:
        Anchored in berth D-26 , Massacre Bay, Attu.
0637    Underway in company with destroyers, Task Force 94, in
        accordance with CTF 94 mailgram 240021 of June, steaming various
        courses and speeds while proceeding through west channel out of
        Massacre Bay, and patrolling during sortie of cruisers, Task Force
        94.
0745    Took station number 5 in task force cruising disposition 5 Roger,
        CONCORD guide, fleet axis 300° T, base course 231° T & G, 229° psc.,
        fleet speed 16 knots. 0 .T. C. is CTF 94 in CHESTER.
0901    Changed base course to 234° T & G, 234° psc.
0936    Took station number 7 in antiaircraft cruising disposition 3 Victor,
        CHESTER guide, fleet axis 300° T.
1120    Took station number 5 in cruising disposition 5 Roger, CONCORD 
        guide, fleet axis 300° T.
1200    Position Latitude 52° 12' N. Longitude 171° 48' E.
2000    Position Latitude 50° 54' N. Longitude 169° 14.8' E.
2023    YOUNG left formation to act as picket. PICKING took station number 5
        in eight-ship screen.

June 25, 1944                   Zone description plus ten:
        Steaming as before.
0800    Position Latitude 49° 06' N. Longitude 165° 18' B.
0900    Changed base course to 246° T & G, 246° psc.
1035    Changed fleet axis to 045° T; PICKING took station number five in
        eight-ship screen.
1200    Changed base course to 285° T & G, 285° psc. Position Latitude 
        48° 35' N. Longitude 163° 50' E.
1453    Radar contact on unidentified aircraft bearing 116° T, distant
        44 miles.
1500    Changed fleet speed to 25 knots. Stood by to repel air attack.
1527    Lost contact on aircraft on bearing 000° T, distant 26 miles.
1554    Changed base course to 215° T & G, 221° psc.
1600    Changed base course to 285° T & G, 285° psc.
1820    Changed base course to 281° T & G, 281° psc.
2000    Position Latitude 49° 10.5' N. Longitude 159° 53' E.
2340    YOUNG returned to formation; PICKING took station #5 in nine-ship
        screen.

June 26, 1944                   Zone description plus ten:
        Steaming as before.
0141    Radar contact on Kurabu Zaki, Paramushiro, Japan, bearing 311° T,
        distant 40 miles.
0145    Changed base course to 270° T & G, 273° psc.
0259    Changed speed to 20 knots.
0300    Executed H-60 time in accordance with ComCruDiv Five Op. Order
        15-44. PICKING. with YOUNG and SPROSTON (T.U. 94.3.1) left task 
        force formation to proceed on mission assigned. Formed column,
        PICKING guide. Steaming various courses and speeds while approaching
        Kurabu Zaki for radar search and shore bombardment.
0350    Had surface radar contact bearing 038° T, distant 7200 yards.
0352    Commenced firing on surface contact.
0356    Checked Lire.
0357    Resumed firing on second surface radar contact bearing 103° T,
        distant 4400 yards.
0400    Ceased firing at surface contacts. Set base bombardment course 040°
        T & G, 045° psc. Speed 20 knots.
0404-   Fired shore bombardment on Kurabu Zaki, Paramushiro in accordance
0417    with ComCruDiv Five Operation Order 15-44. (Complete account of
        bombardment and encounter with surface targets in C.O. PICKING
        Secret ltr. DD685/A16/A12, serial 004 of 26 June 1944.
0407    Changed base course to 352° T & G, 344° psc.
0409    Changed speed to 18 knots.
0417    Commenced steaming various courses and speeds to rejoin Task Force
        94.
1430-   Had many small surface radar contacts at ranges of 1800-10,000 yards.
1504    These contacts were later evaluated as fishing boats.
0440-   Fired on contact bearing 120° T, range 7500 yards.
0449    
0456    Fired on contact bearing 120° T, range 1800 yards.
0457    Ceased firing. Complete expenditure for bombardment and surface
        firing was 954 rounds 5"/38 AA - Common ammunition.
0600    Rejoined task force. Took station #1 in cruising disposition 5 Roger,
        CONCORD guide, fleet axis 090° T, base course 090° T & G, 109° psc. 
        fleet speed 28 knots.
0603-   Conducted evasive maneuvers to avoid reported torpedo wakes.
0608
0702    CHESTER radar guardship, reported unidentified aircraft contacts.
        Changed cruising disposition to 5 Victor; PICKING took station
        #3 in screen, CONCORD guide. Stood by to repel air attack.
0800    Position Latitude 50° 02' N. Longitude 158° 10' E.
0931    Friendly planes reported approaching from eastward.
1030    Screen reported clear of unidentified aircraft.
1133    Changed base course to 065° T & G, 072° psc.
1200    Position Latitude 50° 05' N. Longitude 160° 50' 2.
1700    Changed base course to 067° T & G, 072° psc.
2000    Position Latitude 51° 34' N. Longitude 166° 21' E.
2010    Took station #1 in cruising disposition 5 Roger, CONCORD guide.
        Fleet axis 090° T. Changed speed to 20 knots

June 27, 1944                   Zone description plus ten:
        Steaming as before.
0530    Changed base course to 058° T & G, 061° psc.
0536    Changed fleet speed to 16 knots.
0652    Radar contact on Attu Island bearing 085° T, distant 50 miles.
0800    Position Latitude 52° 58.3' N. Longitude 171° 32' E.
1002    Sighted Red Head, Attu, bearing 102° T distant 31 miles.
1032    Changed base course to 097° T & G, 109° psc.
1200    Position Latitude 53° 17' N. Longitude 173° 12' E.
1600    Changed fleet speed to 17 knots.
1635    Radar contact on Buldir Island bearing 150° T. distant 55 miles.
2000    Position Latitude 53° 06.5' N. Longitude 176° 47' E.

June 28, 1944                   Zone description plus ten:
        Steaming as before.
0745    Changed base course to 121° T & G, 133° psc. Changed fleet speed
        to 15 knots.
0800    Position Latitude 52° 40' N. Longitude 177° 57.5' W.
0855    Changed fleet axis to 180°; PICKING took station #4 in screen,
        CONCORD guide.
0915    Radar contact on Great Sitkin Island bearing 105° T, distant
        50 miles.
1155    Sighted Great Sitkin Island bearing 120° T, distant 12 miles.
1215    Changed base course to 180° T & G, 192° psc.
1245    Commenced steaming various courses and speeds patrolling along
        entrance channel into Kuluk Bay during entrance of cruisers, Task
        Force 94.
1301    Commenced steaming various courses and speeds proceeding toward Sand
        Bay, Great Sitkin Island.
1344    Moored starboard side to NOB Pier, Sand Bay.
1357    U.S.S. YOUNG moored alongside to port.  Ships present: Destroyer
        Squadron 49 and auxiliary craft.  S.O.P.A. is ComNorPac.

June 29, 1944                   Zone description plus ten:
        Moored as before.

June 30, 1944                   Zone description plus ten:
        Moored as before.

July 1, 1944                    Zone description plus ten:
        Moored to NOB Pier, Sand Bay, Great Sitkin Island, Aleutian
        Islands. U.S.S. YOUNG alongside to port. Ships present:
        Destroyer Squadron 49 and auxiliary craft. S.O.P.A. is
        ComNorPac.

July 2, 1944                    Zone description plus ten:
        Moored to NOB Pier, Sand Bay, Great Sitkin Island, Aleutian
        Islands. U.S.S. YOUNG alongside, to port. Ships present:
        Destroyer Squadron 49 and auxiliary craft. S.O.P.A. is
        ComNorPac.

July 3, 1944                    Zone description plus ten:
        Moored to NOB Pier, Sand Bay, Great Sitkin Island, Aleutian
        Islands. U.S.S. YOUNG alongside to port. Ships present:
        Destroyer Squadron 49 and auxiliary craft. S.O.P.A. is
        ComNorPac.

July 4, 1944                    Zone description plus ten:
        Moored to NOB Pier, Sand Bay, Great Sitkin Island, Aleutian
        Islands. U.S.S. YOUNG alongside to port. Ships present:
        Destroyer Squadron 49 and auxiliary craft. S.O.P.A. is
        ComNorPac.

July 5, 1944                    Zone description plus ten:
        Moored to NOB Pier, Sand Bay, Great Sitkin Island, Aleutian
        Islands. U.S.S. YOUNG alongside to port. Ships present:
        Destroyer Squadron 49 and auxiliary craft. S.O.P.A. is
        ComNorPac.

July 6, 1944                    Zone description plus ten:
        Moored to NOB Pier, Sand Bay.
0900    CDS 49 shifted flag to SPROSTON.
0935    U.S.S. YOUNG underway from alongside.
0948    Underway independently in accordance with CDS mailgram 060210 of 
        July, 1944. Steaming various courses and speeds while standing out
        Of Sand Bay into Kuluk Bay and conducting exercises in vicinity of
        Great Sitkin Island.
1646-   Fired automatic weapons using balloon targets, expending 370 rounds
1655    40mm. AA., 559 rounds 20mm AA ammunition.
1729    Commenced standing into Sand Bay.
1819    Moored to NOB Pier, Sand Bay, Ship's present: various units of
        Destroyer Squadron 49 and auxiliary craft. S.O.P.A. is ComNorPac.
        Fueled to capacity from pier.

July 7, 1944                    Zone description plus ten:
        Moored to NOB Pier, Sand Bay.
0821    Underway in company with U.S.S. S-46 in accordance with CDS 49
        mailgram 060210 of July, 1944. Steaming various courses and speeds
        while standing out of Sand Bay.
0922    Joined U.S.S. YOUNG and commenced anti-submarine exercises with S-46.
        O.T.C. is C.O. PICKING.
1203    Completed anti-submarine exercises, took departure from YOUNG. and 
        S-46 and joined U.S.S. SPROSTON.
1300    Commenced exercising at simulated torpedo attack with SPROSTON.
1554    Exercises completed, commenced standing toward Sweepers Cove, Adak,
        Aleutian Islands.
1740    Moored port side to U.S.S. KIMBERLY at buoy #1, Sweepers Cove, Adak.
1845    SPROSTON moored alongside KIMBERLY port side. Ships present:
        various units of U. S. Fleet. S.O.P.A. is ComNorPac.

July 8, 1944                    Zone description plus ten:
        Moored to buoy #1 Sweepers Cove, Adak.
0827    Underway in company with U.S.S. SPROSTON in accordance with CDS 49
        mailgram 060210 of July 1944. Steaming various courses and speeds
        while standing out of Sweepers Cove and conducting exercises in 
        Kuluk Bay. 0.T.C. is C.0. PICKING.
0945    Commenced exercise at simulated torpedo attack, SPROSTON target.
1300    Commenced acting as target for SPROSTON.
1440    Exercise completed, commenced standing toward Sand Bay, Great Sitkin
        Island.
1653    Moored starboard side to NOB Pier, Sand Bay.
1703    U.S.S. WICKES moored to port side.
1724    U.S.S. YOUNG moored to port side of WICKES.  Ships present:
        various units of Destroyer Squadron 49 and auxiliary craft. S.O.P.A.
        is ComNorPac.

July 9, 1944                    Zone description plus ten:
        Moored starboard side to NOB Pier, Sand Bay.
0840    Underway in company with U.S.S. S-46 in accordance with CDS mailgram
        060210 of July 1944. Steaming various courses and speeds while
        conducting anti-submarine exercises in vicinity of Great Sitkin
        Island. O.T.C. is C.O. PICKING.
1302    Exercise completed. Took departure from U.S.S. S-46 and commenced
        standing toward Sweepers Cove, Adak.
1420    Moored port side to U.S.S. KIMBERLY at buoy #1 Sweepers Cove, Adak.
        Ships present: various units of U.S. fleet. S.O.P.A. is ComNorPac.

July 10, 1944                   Zone description plus ten:
        Moored to buoy #1, Sweepers Cove, Adak.

July 11, 1944                   Zone description plus ten:
        Moored to buoy #1, Sweepers Cove, Adak.
0827    Underway in company with U.S.S. WILLIAM D. PORTER in accordance with
        CDS 49 dispatch 110450 of July, 1944. Steaming various courses and
        speeds while standing out of Sand Bay and conducting exercises in
        Kuluk Bay. O.T.C. is C.O. PICKING.
1003    Commenced exercising at simulated torpedo attacks, PICKING target
        for PORTER.
1213    Commenced acting as firing ship, PORTER target.
1350    Exercise completed.  Commenced standing toward Sand Bay, Great
        Sitkin Island.
1545    Moored starboard side to NOB Pier, Sand Bay.
1610    U.S.S. WILLIAM D. PORTER moored alongside to port.
1630    U.S.S. YOUNG moored alongside U.S.S. WILLIAM D. PORTER. Ships
        present: various units of U.S. fleet, and U.S. Merchant Marine.
        S.O.P.A. is ComNorPac.

July 12, 1944                   Zone description plus ten:
        Moored to NOB Pier, Sand Bay, Great Sitkin Island. 
0911    Underway in company with Destroyer Division 97 in accordance with
        CDS 49 dispatch 120847 of July.  Steaming various courses and speeds
        while standing out of Sand Bay and conducting exercises in vicinity
        of Great Sitkin Island.
1004    Commenced radar torpedo exercise TR-1 (DesPac Torpedo and Gunnery
        Exercise, 1944) U.S.S. YOUNG acting as target.
1046    Fired torpedo Mk 15, No. 14765, in exercise shot.
1056    Recovered torpedo.
1314    Commenced acting as target for U.S.S. WILLIAM D. PORTER.
1500    Commenced search for torpedo lost by U.S.S. SPROSTON.
1800    Search negative.  Commenced standing toward Sand Bay, Great Sitkin
        Island.
1925    Moored starboard side to NOB Pier, Sand Bay.
1945    U.S.S. SPROSTON moored alongside to port.  Ships present: various
        units of Destroyer Squadron 49 and auxiliary craft. S.0.P.A. is
        ComNorPac.

July 13, 1944                   Zone description plus ten:
        Moored to NOB Pier, Sand Bay, Great Sitkin Island.
0830    Underway independently in accordance with CDS 49 mailgram 230816 of
        June 1944. Steaming various courses and speeds while standing out of
        Sand Bay and conducting damage control exercises in vicinity of Cape
        Adajdak, Adak Island. O.T.C. is C.O. PICKING.
1205    Anchored in berth D-4, Kuluk Bay, Adak.  Ships present: various units
        of U.S. fleet. S.O.P.A. is ComNorPac.

July 14, 1944                   Zone description plus ten:
        Anchored in berth D-4, Kuluk Bay.

July 15, 1944                   Zone description plus ten:
        Anchored in berth D-4, Kuluk Bay, Adak, Alaska.
1000    Underway in company with Destroyer Division 97 in accordance with CDS
        49 despatch 150344 of July, steaming various courses and speeds while
        standing out of Kuluk Bay and conducting exercises in vicinity of
        Great Sitken Island. OTC is CDS 49 in PICKING.
1325    Commenced exercising at simulated sectional torpedo attacks.
1605    Commenced standing toward Sand Bay, Great Sitken Island.
1857    Moored starboard side to NOB Pier, Sand Bay and fueled.
1910    U.S.S. WILLIAM D. PORTER moored alongside to port. Ships present:
        Destroyer Division 97 and auxiliary craft. SOPA is ComNorPac.

July 16, 1944                   Zone description plus ten:
        Moored starboard side to NOB Pier, Sand Bay.
0948    Underway in accordance with CDS 49 dispatch 160642 of July.
        Steaming various courses and speeds while proceeding to anchorage
        area in Kuluk Bay.  
1122    Anchored in Berth D-5, Kuluk Bay, Ships present: various units of
        U.S. Fleet. SOPA is ComNorPac.

July 17, 1944                   Zone description plus ten:
        Anchored in berth D-5, Kuluk Bay, Adak.
0728    Underway in accordance with ComCruDiv 5 Exercise Plan 2-44 of July.
        Steaming various courses and speeds while standing out of Kuluk Bay
        and patrolling during sortie of Cruiser Division 5.
0915    Joined with Destroyer Division 97 and Cruiser Division Five in Task
        Group 94.1. Commenced steaming various courses and speeds while
        conduction exercises according to ComCruDiv 5 Exercise Plan 2-44. OTC
        is CTF 94 in USS CHESTER.
1535    Commenced standing toward Kuluk Bay anchorage area.
1610    Anchored in Berth D-4, Kuluk Bay, Adak. Ships present: various units
        of U.S. Fleet. SOPA is ComNorPac.

July 18, 1944                   Zone description plus ten:
        Anchored in berth D-4, Kuluk Bay, Adak.
0659    Underway in accordance with ComCruDiv 5 Exercise Plan 2-44 of July.
        Steaming various courses and speeds while standing out of Kuluk Bay
        and patrolling during sortie of Cruiser Division Five.
0845    Joined with Cruiser Division 5 and Destroyer Division 97 in Task
        Group 94.1. Commenced steaming various courses and speeds while
        conducting exercises in accordance with ComCruDiv 5 Exercise Plan
        2-44.
1610-   Fired automatic weapons battery with smoke float targets, expending
1631    312 rounds 40mm, 692 rounds 20mm AA ammunition.
1739    Commenced standing toward anchorage area, Kuluk Bay, Adak.
1817    Anchored in berth D-4, Kuluk Bay, Adak.
1830    Underway to shift anchorage.
1835    Anchored in berth D-4, Kuluk Bay, Adak. Ships present: various units
        of U.S. Fleet. SOPA is ComNorPac.

July 19, 1944                   Zone description plus ten:
        Anchored in berth D-4, Kuluk Bay, Adak.
0728    Underway in accordance with ComCruDiv 5 Exercise Plan 2-44 of July.
        Steaming various courses and speeds while standing out of Kuluk Bay.
0802    Commenced returning to Kuluk Bay anchorage area in accordance with 
        voice radio orders of CTF 94.
0845    Anchored in berth D-4, Kuluk Bay.
0852    Underway in accordance with voice radio orders of CTF 94. steaming
        various courses and speeds while standing out of Kuluk Bay and
        patrolling during sortie of Cruiser Division 5.
1033    Joined with Destroyer Division 97 and Cruiser Division Five in Task
        Group 94.1. Commenced steaming various courses and speeds while
        conducting exercises in accordance with ComCruDiv Five Exercise Plan
        2-44.
1727    Commenced standing toward Sweepers Cove, Adak.
1837    Moored starboard side to U.S.S. BLACKHAWK at buoy #2, Sweepers Cove,
        Adak.
1903    U.S.S. AM 137 moored alongside to port. Ships present: various units
        of U.S. Fleet. SOPA is ComNorPac.

July 20, 1944                   Zone description plus ten:
        Moored starboard side to U.S.S. BLACKHAWK at buoy #2, Sweepers Cove,
        Adak.

July 21, 1944                   Zone description plus ten:
        Moored starboard side to U.S.S. BLACKHAWK at buoy #2, Sweepers Cove,
        Adak.
0648    Underway in accordance with ComCruDiv 5 Exercise Plan 2-44 of July.
        Steaming various courses and speeds while standing into Kuluk Bay and
        patrolling during sortie of Cruiser Division 5.
0842    Joined Cruiser Division 5 and Destroyer Division 97 in Task Group
        94.1. Commenced steaming various courses and speeds while conducting
        exercises north of Adak Island.
1430    Commenced standing toward anchorage area, Kuluk Bay.
1535    Took departure from Task Group 94.1. Commenced steaming
        independently, standing toward Sand Bay, Great Sitkin Island.
1711    Moored port side to NOB Pier, Sand Bay and fueled.
1748    U.S.S, WILLIAM D. PORTER moored alongside to starboard. Ships
        present: Destroyer Squadron 49 and auxiliary craft. SOPA is
        ComNorPac.

July 22, 1944                   Zone description plus ten:
        Moored to NOB Pier, Sand Bay, Great Sitkin Island.
0833    Underway independently in accordance with CDS 49 despatch
        220513 of July, steaming various courses and speeds proceeding to
        Sweepers Cove, Adak.
1027    Moored starboard side to U.S.S. KIMBERLY in nest with U.S. S. WICKES
        and U.S.S. ISHERWOOD at buoy #1 Sweepers Cove. Ships present: various
        units of U. S. Fleet. S.O.P.A. is ComNorPac.

July 23, 1944                   Zone description plus ten:
        Moored in nest at buoy #1 Sweepers Cove, Adak.

July 24, 1944                   Zone description plus ten:
        Moored in nest at buoy #1 Sweepers Cove, Adak.
0615-   U.S.S. WICKES, U.S.S. ISHERWOOD, U.S.S. KIMBERLY underway from 
0635    nest.
0702    Underway in accordance with CTF 94 despatch 222140 of July, steaming
        various courses and speeds while standing out of Sweepers Cove and
        patrolling during sortie of cruisers, Task Force 94.
0840    Took station #5 in task force cruising disposition 6 Roger, U.S.S. 
        CONCORD guide, fleet axis 270°T, base course 352° T&G, 336° psc., 
        Fleet speed of advance 16 knots. O.T.C. is CTF 94 in U.S.S. CHESTER. 
        Proceeding enroute Massacre Bay, Attu.
1140    Changed base course to 277° T & G, 272° psc.
1200    Position Latitude 52° 51' N. Longitude 176° 41.8' W.
1550    Underwater sound contact bearing 210° T, distance 2500 yards.
        Commenced steaming various courses and speeds to investigate contact.
1621    Contact proved false rejoined formation.
1700    Changed fleet speed to 17 knots.
2000    Position Latitude 53° 06' N. Longitude 179° 54.2' E.

July 25, 1944                   Zone description plus ten:
        Steaming as before.
0620    Changed base course to 267° T & G, 266° psc.
0800    Position Latitude 53° 24.5' N. Longitude 174° 25.5' E.
        Changed fleet axis to 200° T; PICKING took station #9, CONCORD
        guide.
0906    Changed base course to 200° T & G, 206° psc.
1002    Changed fleet speed to 15 knots.
1019    Changed base course to 205° T & G 208° psc.
1042    Changed course to 195° T & G, 199° psc., commenced proceeding
        independently through east channel entrance into Massacre Bay,
        Attu. Changed speed to 25 knots.
1118    Commenced steaming various courses and speeds proceeding to
        anchorage in Massacre Bay.
1208    Anchored in berth D-11 Massacre Bay, Attu. Ships present: various
        units of U. S. Fleet. S.O.P.A. is CTF 94 in CHESTER.

July 26, 1944                   Zone description plus ten:
        Anchored in berth D-11, Massacre Bay, Attu.
0835    Underway in accordance with CDS 49 despatch 260732 of July 1944,
        proceeding alongside U.S.S. BBAZOS.
0855    Moored starboard side to BRAZOS and fueled to capacity.
0956    Underway, having completed fueling. Proceeding to anchorage.
1008    Anchored in berth D-11, Massacre Bay.

July 27, 1944                   Zone description plus ten:
        Anchored in berth D-11 Massacre Bay, Attu.
0900    Underway in company with Task Group 94.2, (Desron 49 less WICKES,
        PORTER and LUCE) in accordance with CDS 49 Operation Order 1-44.
        Steaming various courses and speeds while standing out of Massacre
        Bay.
0940    Formed cruising disposition 9-R, PICKING guide. Fleet axis 277° T&G,
        base course 230° T & G, 234° psc., fleet speed 12 knots. O.T.C. is
        CDS 49 in PICKING. Proceeding toward Kurile Islands, Japan for 
        anti-shipping sweep.
1012    Changed fleet speed to 15 knots.
1019    Changed base course to 269° T & G, 26° psc.
1146    Changed base course to 277° T & G, 277° psc.
1200    Position Latitude 52° 40.8' N. Longitude 172° 17.3' E.
1529    Tested automatic weapons, expending 92 rounds 20mm and 60 rounds
        40mm ammunition.
2000    Position Latitude 53° 00.5' N. Longitude 168° 51' E.
2103    Changed base course to 270° T & G, 270° psc.

July 28, 1944                   Zone description plus ten:
        Steaming as before
0800    Position Latitude 53° 01' N. Longitude 163° 31' E.
1200    Position Latitude 53° 00.5' N. Longitude 161° 51' E.
1247    Surface radar contact bearing 330° T, distant 22,000 yards. Contact
        determined to be second echo of land - Kamchatka Peninsula, Siberia.
1414    Surface radar contact bearing 296° T, distant 11 miles. Commenced
        steaming various courses and speeds to evade contact.
1500    Radar contact on Cape Shipunski, Kamchatka, bearing 280° T, distant
        28 miles.
1544    Lost surface contact on bearing 020° T., distant 25,000 yards.
        Changed base course and fleet axis to 217° T & G, 2300 psc.
1600    Changed fleet speed to 25 knots.
1928    Changed fleet speed to 18 knots.
1959    Changed base course to 037° T & G, 032° psc. Entered area of 
        unlimited visibility.
2000    Position Latitude 51° 4.9.8' N. Longitude 158° 15.3' E.
2002    Changed fleet speed to 27 knots.
2014    Changed base course to 077° T & G, 080° psc. Commenced reentering
        zone of reduced visibility which extended to northward and eastward.
2023    Changed base course to 037° T & G, 032° psc.
2047    Changed fleet speed to 18 knots.
2100    Changed base course to 090° T & G, 085° psc.
2125    Visibility increased to unlimited.
2131    Changed base course to 060° T & G, 059° psc.
2136    Entered fog bank.
2146    Visibility increased to unlimited.
2200    Unidentified aircraft radar contact bearing 280° T., distant
        11 miles. Took station #6 in cruising disposition 9-V, ISHERWOOD
        guide, fleet axis 217° T, base course 040° T & G, 038° psc., fleet
        speed 30 knots. Prepared to repel air attack.
2202    Visibility decreased to 500-1000 yards.
2218    Changed base course to 070° T & G, 074° psc. Contact faded.
2220    Took station as guide in cruising disposition 9 Roger, fleet axis
        217° T, base course 070° T & G, 074° psc., fleet speed 18 knots.
2331    Changed base course and fleet axis to 088° T & G, 095° psc.
        proceeding enroute Attu, sweep having been abandoned due to
        unfavorable weather and visibility conditions.
2337    Changed fleet speed to 25 knots.

July 29, 1944                   Zone description plus ten:
        Steaming as before.
0545    Changed fleet speed to 18 knots.
0800    Position Latitude 52° 25' N. Longitude 166° 06' E.
1200    Position Latitude 52° 28' N. Longitude 167° 59' E.
1217    Changed speed to 19 knots.
1305    Surface radar contact bearing 042° T., distant 24,000 yards.
        U.S.S. SPROSTON investigated contact.
1313    Changed base course to 038° T & G, 023° psc.
1315    Changed fleet speed to 15 knots.
1327    Changed fleet speed to 25 knots.
1328    SPROSTON reported contact friendly.
1329    Changed fleet speed to 19 knots.
1334    Changed base course to 088° T & G, 089° psc.
1604    Changed base course to 090° T & G, 093° psc. Changed fleet
        speed to 20 knots.
1825    Radar contact on Attu Island bearing 065° T., distant 45 miles.
1859    Changed fleet speed to 21 knots.
2005    Changed base course to 085° T & G, 081° psc.
2100    Formed in column, BADGER guide. PICKING in station #2.
2115    Changed base course to 050° T & G, 026° psc.
2124    Changed base course to 044° T & G, 028° psc. Changed speed to
        25 knots.
2133    Commenced steaming independently on various courses and speeds
        while proceeding through west channel into Massacre Bay.
2215    Moored starboard side to U.S.S. BRAZOS in berth D-13 Massacre Bay,
        and commenced fueling to capacity.
2230    YOUNG moored to starboard side of BRAZOS. Ships present: various 
        units of U. S. Fleet. S.O.P.A. is CTF 94 in CHESTER.

July 30, 1944                   Zone description plus ten:
        Moored to U.S.S. BRAZOS in berth D-13 Massacre Bay, Attu, fueling.
0005    Completed fueling to capacity.
0635    Underway to anchorage.
0651    Anchored in berth D-11, Massacre Bay.

July 31, 1944                   Zone description plus ten:
        Anchored in berth D-11, Massacre Bay, Attu.

August 1, 1944                  Zone description plus ten 
        Anchored in berth D-11, Massacre Bay, Attu, Aleutian Islands.  Ships 
        present: Task Force 94 and various units of U. S. Fleet. S.O.P.A. is 
        CTF 94 in CHESTER.
1134    Underway in accordance with CTF 94 mailgram 312006 of July, 1944.  
        Steaming various courses and speeds while standing through West 
        Channel out of Massacre Bay and patrolling during sortie of Cruisers, 
        Task Force 94.
1340    Formed in cruising disposition 9-Roger, U.S.S. CONCORD guide, O.T.C.
        is CTF 94 in CHESTER.  Fleet axis 244° T, base course 244° T & G, 
        246° psc.  Fleet speed 16 knots.  PICKING in station #4 of eight ship 
        screen.  YOUNG not present in screen.  Task Force proceeding enroute 
        to Kurile Islands, Japan to carry out bombardment in accordance with 
        ComCruDiv 5 Operation Order 18-44.
1558    YOUNG joined screen.  PICKING in station #4 of nine-ship screen.
1820    WICKES left screen to act as picket.  PICKING in station #4 of eight-
        ship screen.
2000    Position Latitude 51° 51.5' N. Longitude 170° 29.5' E.

August 2, 1944                  Zone description plus ten:
        Steaming as before.
0800    Position Latitude 50° 28' N. Longitude 165° 34' E.
0900    Changed base course to 245° T & G, 251° psc.
0910    Changed fleet axis to 020° T, PICKING took station #4.
1200    Position Latitude 50° 02.9' N. Longitude 163° 57.1' E.
1300    Changed fleet speed to 25 knots.
1504    SC radar contact on unidentified plane bearing 270° T, distance
        35,000 yards.  WICKES reported contact on TBS.  Prepared to repel air 
        attack.
1508    Formed in disposition 6-Victor, CONCORD guide.  PICKING took station 
        #4.
1510    Sighted one Japanese type Betty bearing 335° T, distance 4000 yards. 
        Plane passed out of sight in reduced visibility on  bearing 335° T.
1511    Changed base course to 177° T & G, 183° psc.
1518    Changed base course to 090° T & G, 085° psc.  Commenced partial 
        retirement due to detection.
1535    Changed fleet speed to 28 knots.
1930    Formed in cruising disposition 9-Roger, CONCORD guide.  PICKING took 
        station #4 in screen.
1938    Changed fleet speed to 18 knots.
2000    Position Latitude 49° 37.5' N. Longitude 165° 32' E.
2030    Changed base course to 105° T & G, 116° psc.
2044    SG radar contact on surface vessel bearing 110° T, distant 15 miles.
2049    Changed fleet speed to 25 knots. 
2051    Contact identified as U.S.S. ATR 32. 
2052    Changed fleet speed to 18 knots.

August 3, 1944                  Zone description plus ten:
        Steaming as before.
0200    Changed base course to 000° T & G.
0330    Changed base course to 272° T & G, 273° psc.  Proceeding to carry out 
        bombardment of Paramushiro, Kurile Islands.
0800    Position Latitude 49° 56' N. Longitude 165° 56' E.
1054    WICKES reported radar contact on unidentified aircraft bearing 220°
        T, distant 7,900 yards.
1055    Formed in disposition 6-Victor. PICKING in station #2.   Prepared to 
        repel air attack.
1100    Changed fleet speed to 25 knots.
1115    Changed base course to 000° T & G, 358° psc. WICKES lost contact.
1123    Changed base course to 063° T & G, 058° psc.  Commenced retirement. 
        Bombardment abandoned by CTF 94. Commenced standing toward Attu, 
        Aleutian Islands.
1132    Formed in cruising disposition 6-Roger.
1137    Changed fleet speed to 16 knots.
1200    Position Latitude 50° 04' N. Longitude 164° 51' E.
2000    Position Latitude 51° 02' N. Longitude 167° 53.2' E.

August 4, 1944                  Zone description plus ten:
        Steaming as before.
0612    Changed fleet speed to 17 knots.
0735    Radar contact on Attu Island bearing 032° T, distant 45 miles.
0800    Position Latitude 52° 23.8' N. Longitude 171° 52.7' E.
0818    Changed fleet axis to 060° T, PICKING took station #4 in screen.
0830    Changed base course to 058° T & G, 048° psc.
0920    Sighted Attu Island bearing 353° T, distant 25 miles.
1000    Changed speed to 15 knots.
1055    Commenced steaming various courses and speeds proceeding to patrol 
        sector for entry of cruisers, Task Force 94.
1105    Commenced patrolling.
1118    Commenced standing through West Channel into Massacre Bay, Attu.
1203    Anchored in berth D-11, Massacre Bay. Ships present: various units of 
        U. S. Fleet. S.O.P.A. is CTF 94 in CHESTER.
1622    Underway proceeding alongside U.S.S. RAPIDAN in berth D-13.
1648    Moored starboard side to RAPIDAN; fueled to capacity.
1926    Underway from alongside RAPIDAN; proceeding to anchorage.
1940    Anchored in berth D-11, Massacre Bay.

August 5,1944                   Zone description plus ten: 
        Steaming as before.
0637    Underway in accordance with CTF 94 mailgram 050739 of August, 1944.
        Steaming various courses and speeds while standing through East 
        Channel out of Massacre Bay and patrolling during sortie of Cruisers, 
        Task Force 94.
0905    Formed in cruising disposition 6-Roger, CONCORD guide, O.T.C. is CTF 
        94 in CHESTER.  Fleet axis 090°T, base course 040° T & G, 037° psc. 
        Fleet speed 16 knots.  PICKING in station #5 in screen.
1001    Formed in special antiaircraft disposition, all ships in Task Force 
        on 3000 yard circle, CHESTER guide in station #1.  PICKING in station 
        #9.
1025 -  Fired automatic weapons antiaircraft practice using towed sleeve 
1033    target.  Expended 130 rounds 40mm, 380 rounds 20mm.
1054    Formed in cruising disposition 6-Roger, CHESTER guide.  PICKING in 
        station #5 of screen.
1112    Changed base course to 090° T & G, 090° psc.
1125    CONCORD assumed guide.
1200    Position Latitude 53° 12' N.  Longitude 174° 31.5' E.
1440    Formed in disposition 6-Victor, CHESTER guide.  PICKING in station 
        #7.
1533    Formed in cruising disposition 6-Roger, CONCORD guide.  PICKING in 
        station #5.
1800    Changed base course to 095° T & G, 092° psc.
2000    Position Latitude 53° 10' N.  Longitude 177° 46' E.
2335    Radar contact on Semisopochnoi Island bearing 168° T, distant 60 
        miles.

August 6, 1944                  Zone description plus ten: 
        Steaming as before.
0215    Changed base course to 107° T & G, 105° psc.
0327    Radar contact on Gareloi Island bearing 165° T, distant 
        85 miles.
0340    Radar contact on Tanaga Island bearing 145° T, distant 81 miles.
0345    YOUNG and LUCE left formation to act as targets in tracking exercise. 
        PICKING took station #5 in seven-ship screen.
0405    Changed fleet speed to 15 knots.
0515    Commenced tracking exercise.
0615    Exercise completed, YOUNG and LUCE rejoined.  PICKING took station #5 
        in nine-ship screen.
0800    Position Latitude 52° 44' N.  Longitude 177° 14' W.
0818    Changed fleet axis to 180° T, PICKING took station #1 in screen.
0900    Changed base course to 160° T & G, 171° psc.
0917    Sighted Great Sitkin Island bearing 245° T, distant 45 miles.
1125    Changed base course to 180° T & G, 189° psc.
1147    Changed fleet speed to 15 knots.
1211    Changed fleet speed to 10 knots.
1216    Changed fleet speed to 15 knots.
1233    Commenced steaming various courses and speeds entering Kuluk Bay.
1306    Took departure from Cruisers, T.F. 94.  Proceeding to Sand Bay, Great 
        Sitkin Island.
1507    Moored port side to LUCE, alongside SPROSTON at NFS Pier, Sand Bay.  
        Fueled to capacity.
1704    Underway from alongside LUCE, proceeding to Sweepers Cove, Adak.
1850    Moored starboard side to U.S.S. BLACK HAWK at buoy #2, Sweepers Cove. 
        Commenced tender repair.  Ships present: various units of U. S. 
        Fleet. S.O.P.A. is ComNorPac. 
2000    LUCE moored alongside to port.
2030    ISHERWOOD moored alongside LUCE.

August 7, 1944                  Zone description plus ten:
        Moored alongside BLACK HAWK at buoy 2, Sweepers Cove, Adak.

August 8, 1944                  Zone description plus ten:
        Moored alongside U.S.S. BLACK HAWK at buoy #2, Sweepers Cove, Adak.
0632    Underway in company with CruDiv 5 and Desron 49 less KIMBERLY, PORTER
        and YOUNG, in accordance with ComNorPac despatch 072007 of August, 
        1944.  Steaming various courses and speeds while standing out of 
        Sweepers Cove and leading sortie of CruDiv 5 through Kuluk Bay, 
        Asugsak Pass and Chugul Pass.  O.T.C. is ComCruDiv 5 in CHESTER.
0852    Departed Chugul Pass.  Formed in cruising disposition 6-S, destroyers 
        in antisubmarine screen 56, CHESTER guide.  PICKING in station #1. 
        Base course and fleet axis 155° T & G, 165° psc.  Fleet speed 16 
        knots.
1042    Sighted LCVP (landing craft) adrift, bearing 100° T, distant 6000 
        yards.  ISHERWOSD investigated and found boat unoccupied.
1200    Position Latitude 51° 03' N.  Longitude 175° 06' W.
2000    Position Latitude 49* 08' N.  Longitude 173° 35' W.
2015    Changed base course to 156° T & G, 162° psc.

August 9, 1944                  Zone description plus ten:
        Steaming as before.
0030    Took departure, in company with Desron 49 less KIMBERLY, PORTER,
        YOUNG, from CruDiv 5 and commenced standing toward San Francisco,
        Cal. in accordance with ComNorPac despatch 072007 of August, 1944.
        Formed special disposition, PICKING guide, remaining destroyers on 
        1500 yard circle.  O.T.C. is CDS 49 in PICKING.  Changed base course 
        to 094° T & G, 084° psc, speed 17 knots.
0300    Set clocks to zone description plus nine and one-half.
0800    Position Latitude 48° 02' N.  Longitude 170° 02' W.
1200    Position Latitude 47° 57' N.  Longitude 168° 17' W.
2000    Position Latitude 47° 48' N.  Longitude 165° 02' W.

August 10, 1944                 Zone description plus nine and one-half: 
        Steaming as before.
0000    Set clocks to zone description plus nine.
0732    Changed base course and fleet axis to 105° T & G, 091° psc.
0800    Position Latitude 47° 27.5' N.  Longitude 159° 36' W.
1200    Position Latitude 47° 10.6' N.  Longitude 157° 57.3' W.
2000    Position Latitude 46° 29.5' N.  Longitude 155° 12' W.

August 11, 1944                 Zone description plus nine:
        Steaming as before.
0000    Set clocks to zone description plus eight and one-half.
0735    Changed course to 110° T & G, 094° psc.
0800    Position Latitude 45° 40.5' N.  Longitude 149° 47' W.
0811    Sustained gyro compass casualty.  ISHERWOOD assumed guide.
0925    Casualty remedied.  PICKING assumed guide.
1200    Position Latitude 45° 17.5' N.  Longitude 148° 16.2' W.
1530    Changed fleet speed to 17.5 knots.
2000    Position Latitude 44° 31' N.  Longitude 145° 09.5' W.

August 12, 1944                 Zone description plus eight and one-half:
        Steaming as before.
0000    Set ship's clocks to zone description plus eight.
0800    Position Latitude 43° 21.5' N.  Longitude 140° 41.5' W.
1042    Changed base course and fleet axis to 110° T & G, 103° psc.
1200    Position Latitude 42° 43' N.  Longitude 139° 05.5' W.
2000    Position Latitude 41° 50.5' N.  Longitude 136° 15' W.  
        Changed fleet speed of advance to 16 knots.

August 13, 1944                 Zone description plus eight:
        Steaming as before.
0000    Set ship's clocks to zone description plus seven and one-half.
0640    Changed fleet speed of advance to 10 knots.
0800    Position Latitude 40° 21.2' N.  Longitude 132° 32.2' W.
1200    Position Latitude 39° 33' N.  Longitude 131° 56.5' W.
1712    Changed fleet speed of advance to 18 knots.
2000    Position Latitude 38° 59.8' N.  Longitude 129° 55' W.  
        Changed base course and fleet axis to 113° T & G, 099° psc.

August 14, 1944                 Zone description plus seven and one-half:
        Steaming as before.
0000    Set ship's clocks to zone description plus seven.
        Changed fleet speed of advance to 14 knots.
0450    Changed base course and fleet axis to 097° T & G, 078° psc.
0700    Changed fleet speed of advance to 10 knots.
0800    Position Latitude 38° 01' N.  Longitude 126° 26' W.
0913    Changed fleet speed of advance to 8 knots.
1200    Position Latitude 37° 56' N.  Longitude 125° 43' W.
        Changed base course and fleet axis to 180° T, 179° psc.
1210    Changed fleet speed of advance to 11 knots.
1803    Changed fleet speed of advance to 14 knots.
        Formed in column normal order, PICKING guide.
        Changed fleet speed of advance to 15 knots.
1820    Changed base course to 067° T & G, 043° psc.
1832    Changed fleet speed of advance to 13 knots.
2000    Position Latitude 36° 44.5' N.  Longitude 125° 19.5' W.
2033    Formed in column open order.
        Changed fleet speed of advance to 14 knots.

August 15, 1944                 Zone description plus seven:
        Steaming as before.
0000    Changed base course to 054° T & G, 028° psc.
0400    Radar contact on Farallon Island bearing 050° T, distant 30 miles.
0426    Changed base course to 062° T & G, 035° psc.
0457    Sighted San Francisco Channel buoy "A" bearing 060° T, distant 6000 
        yards.
0512    Changed base course to 071° T & G, 045° psc.  Entered swept channel.
0517    Commenced steaming various courses and speeds conforming to the 
        channel, proceeding into San Francisco harbor.
0623    Took pilot on board.
0747    Anchored in anchorage area number 9, San Francisco Bay.
        Ships present: various units of U. S. Fleet.  S.O.P.A. is ComDesRon 
        49 in PICKING.
1400    Took pilot on board.
1440    Underway, steaming various courses and speeds proceeding to moor.
1500    Moored starboard side to Pier 25, San Francisco.

August 16, 1944                 Zone description plus seven:
        Moored to pier 25, San Francisco, Calif.

August 17, 1944                 Zone description plus seven:
        Moored to per 25, San Francisco, Calif.
1100    S.O.P.A. shifted to C.O. U.S.S. BATAAN.
1610    U.S.S. HOPKINS (DMS13) moored alongside to port.

August 18, 1944                 Zone description plus seven:
        Moored to pier 25, San Francisco, Calif.

August 19, 1944                 Zone description plus seven:
        Moored to pier 25, San Francisco, Calif.
1017    Underway from south side of Pier 25.
1050    Moored starboard side to North Side of Pier 25.

August 20, 1944                 Zone description plus seven:
        Moored to pier 25, San Francisco, Calif.

August 21, 1944                 Zone description plus seven:
        Moored to pier 25, San Francisco, Calif.

August 22, 1944                 Zone description plus seven:
        Moored to pier 25, San Francisco, Calif.

August 23, 1944                 Zone description plus seven:
        Moored to pier 25, San Francisco, Calif.

August 24, 1944                 Zone description plus seven:
        Moored to pier 25, San Francisco, Calif.

August 25, 1944                 Zone description plus seven:
        Moored to pier 25, San Francisco, Calif.

August 26, 1944                 Zone description plus seven:
        Moored to pier 25, San Francisco, Calif.  S.O.P.A. is C.O. 
        U.S.S. SARASOTA (APA).
0557    Underway in accordance with ComDesRon 49 Movement Order 1-44, 
        proceeding on various courses and speeds enroute anchorage area 
        #12, Naval Anchorage, San Francisco Harbor, California.
0616    Anchored in anchorage area #12, berth #5, Naval Anchorage,
        San Francisco Harbor, California.
0711    Underway in accordance with ComDesRon 49 Movement Order 1-44.
        Steaming various courses and speeds while standing through main ship 
        channel out of San Francisco Harbor.
0954    Formed squadron formation 6, U.S.S. PICKING guide, O.T.C. is 
        ComDesRon 49 in U.S.S. PICKING.  Fleet axis 280° T, base course 
        280° T & G, 262° psc.  Fleet speed 15 knots.  Proceeding in 
        company with DesRon 49 less U.S.S. WILLIAM D. PORTER,
        U.S.S. YOUNG, and U.S.S. KIMBERLY enroute Pearl Harbor, T.H. 
1200    Position' Latitude 37°-45' N,  Longitude 123°-38.8' W.
1202    Changed base course to 270° T & G, 254° psc.
1333    Changed base course to 220° T & G, 214° psc.
1352    Changed fleet speed to 18 knots.
1728    Changed base course to 246° T & G, 236° psc.
1753    Formed column open order by divisions.
1900    Set ship's clocks to zone description plus seven and one-half.
2000    Position Latitude 36°-43.8' N.  Longitude 125°-43' W.

August 27, 1944                 Zone description plus seven and one-half:
        Steaming as before.
0800    Position Latitude 35° 165' N.,  Longitude 129°-48' W.
1200    Position Latitude 34° 515' N.,  Longitude 130°-59' W.
1900    Set Ship's clocks to zone description plus eight.
2000    Position Latitude 33° 26.8' N.,  Longitude 134°-01.5' W.

August 28, 1944                 Zone Description plus eight:
        Steaming as before.
0800    Position Latitude 31°-34.5' N.,  Longitude 138°-14' W.
0910    Commenced scheduled exercises conducting simulated torpedo attack;
        DesDiv 98 attacking unit, DesDiv 97 target unit.
0940    Completed simulated torpedo attack, formed squadron formation #6, 
        U.S.S. PICKING guide.  Fleet course and axis 246° T & G, 233° psc.
        Fleet speed 18 knots.
1200    Position Latitude 31°-10' N.,  Longitude 139°-26' W.
1405    Commenced scheduled exercises conducting simulated torpedo, attack;
        DesDiv 97 attacking unit, DesDiv 98 target unit.
1430    Completed simulated torpedo attack, formed squadron formation #6, 
        PICKING guide.  Fleet course and axis 246° T & G, 227° psc.,
        fleet speed 18 knots.
1600    Formed column of divisions, PICKNG guide.
1609    Test fired MK 32 fuzed 5" projectiles; 24 rounds expended.
1610    Changed base course to 240° T & G, 221° psc.
1615    Test fired automatic weapons; ammunition expended 20 rounds, 40mm
        and 14 rounds 20mm.
1640    Formed in squadron formation #6, PICKING guide, fleet course
        and axis 240° T & G, 221° psc., fleet speed 18 knots.
1900    Set ship's clocks to zone description plus eight and one-half.
2000    Position Latitude 29°-47.2' N.  Longitude 142°-03.1' W.

August 29, 1944                 Zone Description plus eight and one-half:
        Steaming as before.
0800    Position Latitude 27°-50.2' N.  Longitude 145°-43.2' W.
0915    Commenced scheduled exercises conducting simulated torpedo attack;
        DesDiv 98 attacking unit, DesDiv 97 target unit.
1010    Completed simulated torpedo attack, formed squadron formation #6, 
        PICKING guide, fleet course and axis 240° T & G, 228° psc.,
        fleet speed 18 knots.
1200    Position Latitude 27°-15' N.  Longitude 146°-51.5' W.
1357    Commenced scheduled exercises conducting simulated torpedo attack; 
        DesDiv 97 attacking unit, DesDiv 98 target unit.
1432    Completed simulated torpedo attack, formed squadron formation #6, 
        PICKING guide, fleet course and axis 240° T & G, 222° psc.,
        fleet speed 16 knots.
1900    Set ship's clocks to zone description plus nine.
2145    Sustained casualty on underwater sound equipment. 
2300    Underwater sound equipment casualty remedied, back in operation.

August 30, 1944                 Zone description plus nine:
        Steaming as before.
0800    Position Latitude 24°-21.5' N.  Longitude 151°-58' W.
1200    Position Latitude 23°-59.1' N.  Longitude 153°-03.5' W.
1417    Changed base course to 246° T & G, 228° psc.,
        changed fleet speed to 14 knots.
1656    Squadron formed column of divisions, PICKING guide.
1843    Changed base course to 234° T & G, 218° psc.,
        changed fleet speed to 13 knots.
1900    Set ship's clocks to zone description plus nine and one-half.
2227    Radar contact on Maui Island bearing 195° T., 126 miles distance.
2250    Changed base course to 244° T & G, 228° psc.
2320    Changed base course to 270° T & G, 252° psc.
2336    Changed base course to 240° T & G, 224° psc.
2345    Changed base course to 230° T & G, 215° psc.

August 31, 1944                 Zone description plus nine and one-half:
        Steaming as before.
0650    Commenced anti-aircraft firing exercise.
0945    Completed anti-aircraft firing exercise having expended 229
        rounds of 40mm and 176 rounds of 5"/38 AA common ammunition.
0947    Changed base course to 000° T & G, 345° psc.
        Changed fleet speed to 20 knots.
0955    Changed base course to 009° T & G, 354° psc.
        Changed fleet speed to 15 knots.
1002    Steaming various courses and speeds proceeding toward harbor
        entrance channel Pearl Harbor, T.H.
1207    Steaming various courses and speeds conforming to entrance
        channel Pearl Harbor, T.H.
1334    Moored starboard side to U.S.S. GENESES, Pier H-4, Pearl
        Harbor, T.H.  Ships present: various units of U, S. Fleet.
        S.O.P.A. is CincPac.

September 1, 1944               (Zone + 9 1/2)

        At 1300 sortied with Task Group 33.2 after getting underway at 1140 
in accordance with C.T.U. 33.8.1 mailgram 010900 of 1 September, 1944.  Task 
group proceeded from Pearl Harbor to amphibious training area in vicinity of 
Maalaea Bay, Maui Island, operating as directed by C.T.G. 33.2 training order 
ComGrpSixPhibsPac A601-44, conducting tactical maneuvers enroute.  PICKING in 
transport screen.

September 2, 1944.

        Arrived at training area about 0630, spent the day and night
screening transport area while exercise landings were carried on by Task 
Group 33.4.

September 3, 1944.

        Underway from transport area at 0830 screening transports for anti-
aircraft firing exercise, (PICKING did not fire due fouled range) remaining 
at sea that night conducting tactical maneuvers.

September 4, 1944.

        Arrived once again at training area, commenced screening transport 
area for landing exercises.  These operations were continued until 1800 
September 6, 1944 when we formed with Task Group 33.4 and proceeded back to 
Pearl Harbor.

September 7, 1944.

        Arrived in Pearl Harbor about noon, and moored in berth D-4, Middle 
Loch.

September 9, 1944               (Zone + 9 1/2)

        At 0700 stood out of Pearl Harbor channel after getting underway at 
0630 in accordance with ComDesPac speedletter 080718 of 8 September 1944.
Steaming in company with U.S.S. TWIGGS enroute to Kahoolawe Island, T.H., for 
shore bombardment exercises.  From 0800 until 0930 conducted radar 
calibration firing with U.S.S. ELLIOT towing, then proceeded to shore 
bombardment exercise area.  Arrived at exercise area at 1200 and commenced 
the various phases of the exercise, operating according to instructions in 
D.T.B. 3-44 (Destroyer gunfire and support of landing operations).

September 10, 1944.

        About 1300 completed last phase of shore bombardment and set course 
for Pearl Harbor; conducted anti-aircraft firing before entering harbor at 
1730.	About 1800 moored alongside U.S.S. YOSEMITE, in berth Xray-20, for a 
four-day tender upkeep period.

September 15, 1944.

        At 1500 sortied with Task Group 33.2 after getting underway at 1100 
in accordance with C.T.U. 33.8.1 secret mailgram 120404 of 12 September 1944.  
Task Group enroute from Pearl Harbor to Eniwetok Atoll, operating as directed 
by C.T.G. 33.2 attack plan A303-44.  PICKING in station #1 of special 
disposition 2-CS.  Commander Task Group, and O.T.C. is Rear Admiral Royal in 
U.S.S. ROCKY MOUNT.  
        Position: 
           2000 - Latitude: 20°-37.5' N;  Longitude: 158°-39.8' W.

September 16, 1944.             (Zone + 10)

        Conducted tactical maneuvers from 1330 to 1500. 
        Positions:
           0800: Latitude - 19°-37.4' N;  Longitude - 160°-56' W. 
           1200: Latitude - 19°-29' N;  Longitude - 161°-38' W. 
           2000: Latitude - 19°-11' N;  Longitude - 163°-06' W.

September 17, 1944              (Zone + 11)

        Participated in tactical maneuvers from 1330 to 1500.
        Positions:
           0800: Latitude - 18°-33.3' N;  Longitude - 165°-40.5' W. 
           1200: Latitude - 18°-22.2' N;  Longitude - 166°-38.0' W. 
           2000: Latitude - 18°-02.0' N;  Longitude - 168°-05.0' W.

September 18, 1944.

        Participated in tactical maneuvers during the morning, and exercised 
at repelling air attacks during early afternoon.
        Positions:
           0800 - Latitude - 17°-18' N;  Longitude - 170°-26' W.
           1200 - Latitude - 17°-02.9' N;  Longitude - 171°-13' W.
           2000 - Latitude - 16°-32.2' N;  Longitude - 172°-43.8' W.

September 19, 1944.             (Zone / 11-1/2)

        During the late morning participated in AA firing exercise, and 
conducted tactical maneuvers in the early afternoon.
        Positions:
           0800 - Latitude - 15°-35' N;  Longitude - 175°-19' W.
           1200 - Latitude - 15°-32.7' N;  Longitude - 176°-00' W.
           2000 - Latitude - 15°-03' N;  Longitude - 177°-34' W.

September 21, 1944.             (Zone 12)

        Participated in tactical maneuvers in the afternoon, and shortly 
after sunset conducted a radar controlled simulated torpedo attack on 
transport group.
        Position:
           0800 - Latitude - 14°-21.5' N;  Longitude - 179°-22' W.
           1200 - Latitude - 14°-08' N;  Longitude - 179°-46' E.
           2000 - Latitude - 13°-37.0' N;  Longitude - 1780-04' E.

September 22, 1944.             (Zone - 11-1/2)

        Exercised at tactical exercises during the afternoon, and in the 
early evening conducted a simulated torpedo attack on transport group.
        Positions:
           0800 - Latitude - 12°-52' N;  Longitude - 175°-57' E.
           1200 - Latitude - 12°-39' N;  Longitude - 175°-09' E. 
           2000 - Latitude - 11°-57' N;  Longitude - 173°-50' E.

September 23, 1944.             (Zone - 11)

        Positions:
           0800 - Latitude - 11°-20' N;  Longitude - 171°-34.3' E.
           1200 - Latitude - 11°-05' N;  Longitude - 170°-52' E.
           2000 - Latitude - 10°-52' N;  Longitude - 169°-22' E.

September 24, 1944.

        Positions:
           0800 - Latitude - 10°-19.5' N;  Longitude - 167°-04.8' E.
           1200 - Latitude - 10°-33.2' N;  Longitude - 166°-29' E.
           2000 - Latitude - 10°-49.3' N;  Longitude - 165°-01.1' E.

September 25, 1944.

        Arrived Eniwetok Atoll, M. I. about 1300 and after conducting entry 
patrol entered harbor, fueled and anchored in Northern Anchorage at 1900.
        Positions:
           0800 - Latitude - 11°-21.8' N;  Longitude - 162°-54.5' E.
           1200 - Latitude - 18°-17.7' N;  Longitude - 162°-33.2' E.
           2000 - Latitude - 11°-36' N;  Longitude - 162°-18' E.

September 28, 1944.

        Underway from Eniwetok Atoll, M. I. about 0800, in accordance with 
C.T.U. 33.8.1 secret mailgram 271845, PICKING took position in transport 
screen proceeding in company with T.G. 33.2 enroute to Manus Island.

        O.T.C. is C.T.G. 33.2 (Rear Admiral Royal) in U.S.S. ROCKY MOUNT.
        Positions:
           0800 - Latitude - 11°-36' N;  Longitude - 162°-28' E.
           1200 - Latitude - 11°-13.7' N;  Longitude - 162°-28' E.
           2000 - Latitude - 9°-11' N;  Longitude - 162°-00' E.

September 29, 1944.

        Positions:
           0800 - Latitude - 07°-20.2' N;  Longitude - 161°-36' E.
           1200 - Latitude - 06°-37' N;  Longitude - 161°-29' E.
           2000 - Latitude - 05°-08.6' N;  Longitude - 161°-20.5' E.

September 30, 1944.             (Zone - 10-1/2)

        Participated in tactical exercises during morning and early
afternoon.
        Positions:
           0800 - Latitude - 02°-57.8' N;  Longitude - 161°-15.9' E.
           1200 - Latitude - 02°-38.8' N;  Longitude - 160°-28.5' E.
           2000 - Latitude - 01°-58' N;  Longitude - 158°-54.0' E.

October 1, 1944                 Zone time (-)9

        About 0900 participated in tactical drill.  2000 in company with 
U.S.S. WICKES; made simulated torpedo attack on Task Group 33.2.
        Positions:
           0800 - Latitude - 00°-58.0' N;  Longitude - 156°-20.5' E.
           1200 - Latitude - 00°-47.0' N;  Longitude - 155°-40.5' E.
           2000 - Latitude - 00°-02' N;  Longitude - 153°-52.5' E.

October 2, 1944                 Zone time (-)

        Participated in fighter director exercise during afternoon.
        Positions:
           0800 - Latitude - 00°-34.5' S;  Longitude - 151°-30.5' E. 
           1200 - Latitude - 00°-41.2' S;  Longitude - 150°-41.0' E. 
           2000 - Latitude - 00°-49.0' S;  Longitude - 149°-06.0' E.

October 3, 1944                 Zone time (-)

        About 1500 anchored in Seeadler Harbor, Manus Island, Admiralty 
Islands.
        Positions:
           0800 - Latitude - O1°-46.0' S;  Longitude 147°-20.0' E. 
           1200 - Latitude - 01°-55.0' S;  Longitude 147°-18.0' E.

October 9, 1944                 Zone time (-) 9

        0700 Underway for training from Seeadler Harbor, Manus Island
in accordance with C.D.S. 49 secret letter FC4-49/Al6-3A5 serial 0051 
of 5 October 1944.

        During morning and early afternoon made simulated depth charge 
attacks on the S-45. About 1600 anchored in Seeadler Harbor, Manus 
Island.

October 10, 1944.               Zone time (-)9

        0700 Underway from Seeadler Harbor Manus Island in accordance with 
CDS 49 secret letter FC4-49/A16-3A5 serial 0051 of 5 October 1944.  During 
morning compensated ship's magnetic compasses.  During early afternoon test 
fired 5"/38 special projectiles.  1630 Anchored in Seeadler Harbor, Manus 
Island.

October 14, 1944.               Zone time (-) 9

        0830 Underway from Seeadler Harbor, Manus Island in accordance with 
C.T.U. 79.11.2 top secret mailgram 130040 of October and commenced screening 
sortie of Task Group 79.2.  Upon completion of sortie, formed cruising 
disposition 5-CS with Task Group 79.2 and set course from Manus Island to 
assault area, Leyte Island, P.I., in accordance with Commander Task Group 
79.2 attack order A604.  O.T.C. ComTaskGroup 79.2 (Rear Admiral Royal), in 
U.S.S. ROCKY MOUNT.
        Positions:
           1200 - Latitude - 01°-46.0' S;  Longitude 147°-07.0' E. 
           2000 - Latitude - 00°-50.3' S;  Longitude 145°-56.0' E.

October 15, 1944.               Zone time (-) 9

        During morning participated in tactical exercises.
        Positions:
           0800 - Latitude - 00°-31.3' N;  Longitude - 144°-21.6' E.
           1200 - Latitude - 00°-52.8' N;  Longitude - 143°-43.1' E.
           2000 - Latitude - 01°-38.0' N;  Longitude - 142°-13.5' E.

October 16, 1944.               Zone time (-)9

        During morning participated in tactical exercises.
        Positions: 
           0800 - Latitude - 03°-01.4' N;  Longitude - 140°-08.9' E.  
           1200 - Latitude - 03°-21.2' N;  Longitude - 139°-24.1' E.
           2000 - Latitude - 04°-04.2' N;  Longitude - 138°-41.0' E.

October 17, 1944.               Zone time (-)9

        During early darkness participated in tactical exercises, maneuvers 
of Task Group 79.2 without signal.
        Positions:
           0800 - Latitude - 05°-13.3' N;  Longitude - 136°-25.0' E.
           1200 - Latitude - 05°-38.7' N;  Longitude - 135°-50.0' E.
           2000 - Latitude - 06°-17.0' N;  Longitude - 134°-39.1' E.

October 18, 1944.               Zone time (-)9

        During morning participated in tactical exercises.
        Positions:
           0800 - Latitude - 07°-13.7' N;  Longitude - 132°-46.3' E. 
           1200 - Latitude - 07°-28.5' N;  Longitude - 132°-10.1' E. 
           2000 - Latitude - 08°-03.4' N;  Longitude - 131°-08.5' E.

October 19, 1944.               Zone Time (-)9

        About 1330 formation was possibly sighted by snooper plane on bearing 
236° T., distance thirty-one miles.  Fighters were vectored out by FDO of 
C.V.E., but failed to intercept.  At 1600 formed special approach disposition 
for attack on Leyte Island, U.S.S. PICKING in screening station #1, 2900 
yards ahead of guide.
        Positions: 
           0800 - Latitude - 09°-01.0' N;  Longitude - 129°-12.8' N.
           1200 - Latitude - 09°-25.5' N;  Longitude - 128°-25.5' N.
           2000 - Latitude - 09°-57:0' N;  Longitude - 125°-07.5' N.

October 20, 1944                Zone time (-)9

        At 0130 ship went to general quarters, began passing between Homonhon 
and Dinagat Islands entering Leyte Gulf and proceeding to Assault Area.  At
0620 U.S.S. MC DERMUT in formation ahead reported she was under air attack by
a single Japanese aircraft, type unidentified.  The plane was fired on by 
ships in formation but no damage was observed.  At 0800 arrived at Assault 
Area, east of Dulag, formed AS and AA screen for transports.  U.S.S. 
PICKING'S screening station Number twenty-three, with bearings as follows: 
Catmon Hill 310° T., Tangbo Point 129° T., right tangent Samar Island 
034-1/4° T.  1000 Assault troops began to land on eastern beach areas of 
Leyte Island; resistance was reported as mild; bombardment by fire support 
ships continued.  Early in afternoon, by order of Screen Commander, U.S.S. 
PICKING moved in closer to transport area to provide more effective AA 
screen.  1605 Held general quarters, single engine enemy plane, type 
unidentified, sighted passing over formation area, making radical course
changes to avoid AA fire from ships of formation.  Plane disappeared in the 
direction of Samar Island, no damage observed.  U.S.S. PICKING did not open 
fire because of foul bearing.  Later, U.S.S. HONOLULU, furnishing fire 
support in close to the beach opposite Catmon Hill was reported to have been 
torpedoed and severly damaged by attack of previous plane.  The plane made 
its attack from inland, undetected until it cleared Catmon Hill at which time 
its range was very close to the U.S.S. HONOLULU.  1715 Anchored in screening 
station to screen transports that were directed not to retire.  All ships 
commenced laying smoke; at sunset the harbor was partially covered by low 
broken smoke screen.  1834 Made radar contact on enemy planes bearing 265°T., 
distance forty-six miles, ship went to general quarters for air attack.  1836 
Observed AA fire on bearing 265° T, about five minutes later four Japanese 
planes, identified as SALLY type bombers, were sighted at a very high 
altitude, approach angle about 70°, as they emerged from clouds and smoke; 
planes passed directly overhead.  At 1842 U.S.S. PICKING opened fire with all 
batteries, fire was ceased at 1846 having expended the following ammunition: 
thirty-four rounds of 5"/38, 120 rounds of 40mm and 300 rounds of 20mm.  All 
the 5"/38 ammunition was expended as the, planes were going away from the 
ship.  Planes passed out of visual range in the direction of Samar Island;
no damage observed.  Enemy planes remained in area until about 1930 at which 
time received report that no enemy planes were in the area, secured from 
general quarters.  By 2100 all the smoke screen had been carried away by a 
moderate breeze to seaward.  

        It is considered opinion of the Commanding Officer that smoke 
over an assault area is a most effective passive defense.  Many enemy 
aircraft were undoubtedly frustrated in attacks on large vessels 
thereby and expended their bombs half heartedly on tugs, destroyers, 
and other smaller craft.
        Position:
           0800 - Latitude - 10°-53.3' N;  Longitude - 125°-11.1' E. 
           1200 - Latitude - 10°-53.3' N;  Longitude - 125°-11.1' E.

October 21, 1944                Zone time (-)9

        At midnight all ships began laying smoke and continued for 
twenty minutes of each hour until sunrise at which time the harbor was 
covered with a dense smoke screen, visibility about 500 yards.  At 0526 
radar contact on enemy plane reported bearing 310° T. distance 20 miles 
from reference point "Molly", ship went to general quarters.  Shortly 
after alert, AA, fire was observed in several places from bearing 205°
T. to 320° T., no planes were sighted by this ship.  Several reports 
of radar contact on enemy planes were received during following two 
hours after initial attack.  About 0700 U.S.S. HUMPHREYS reported a 
Japanese plane had crashed in the water and four survivors had been 
rescued.   0726 Area clear of enemy aircraft.  0848 Two Japanese planes 
identified as "VAL" type bombers were reported sighted over assault 
area.  This ship went to general quarters.  AA fire over Assault Area 
was observed and two planes sighted but were out of range for 
recognition.  Planes disappeared over Leyte Island, no damage to them 
observed.  By 0945 area was clear of enemy planes.  There were no other 
alerts until late afternoon about 1700 when enemy planes were reported 
over Carigara Bay area.  No planes attacked or approached within gun 
range.  At sunset held routine general quarters and all ships 
commenced laying smoke. At 1856 Enemy aircraft were reported to be 
approaching from the West. Shortly after this, light AA fire was 
observed in several places toward Leyte Island, although no planes 
were sighted by this ship.  At 1952 there were no enemy planes in the 
area.

October 22, 1944                Zone time (-)9

        During mid-watch, enemy aircraft contact reported bearing 205° T., 
distance 52 miles.  Aircraft remained on screen for 10 minutes, then opened 
range and faded.  0530 Held routine general quarters, all ships commenced 
laying smoke.  Shortly after, enemy aircraft reported bearing 260° T, 30 
miles from reference point "Molly".  At this time the harbor was partially 
covered with smoke, visibility was good except on bearings toward the beach 
area.  0622 Small ships bearing 215° T., distance 15 miles reported under air 
attack by Japanese bombers identified as Vals.  AA fire was observed in the 
vicinity of the small ships and later in a northward direction, range about 
five miles, no planes were reported shot down.  Various ships in the harbor 
reported near bomb misses.  No planes were sighted by this ship.  0643 Ceased 
laying smoke at which time the harbor was covered with a dense smoke screen, 
visibility about 500 yards.  0700 Area was clear of enemy aircraft.  By 0930 
the smoke screen had been carried away by a moderate breeze to seaward.  1030 
Shifted berth to point "Baker", bearing as follows:  Catmon Hill 310-1/2° T,
Vigia Point 326-3/4° T, Tangbo Point 209° T, right tangent of Samar Island 
0342° T.  At 1433 U.S.S. MACDONOUGH reported a sound contact, bearing 265° T,
distance 2 miles.  PICKING got underway to assist in developing the contact. 
Both ships searched the area for two hours but did not regain contact.
PICKING then returned to screening station at point "Baker", and anchored.  
At 1816 all ships commenced laying smoke and about twenty minutes later, we 
held routine general quarters.  Enemy aircraft reported bearing 271° T, 
distance 10 miles.  The harbor was partially covered by clouds of smoke, 
visibility poor in smoke areas.  AA fire was observed on bearings 315° T at 2
miles, and 225° T at 3 miles.  At 1848 U.S.S. MACDONOUGH on bearing 190°
T, 2 miles reported one enemy aircraft, believed to be Val, crashed in 
flames,as result of MACDONOUGH fire.  1856 Enemy aircraft reported bearing 
180° T, distance 6 miles and 350° T, distance 5 miles.  AA fire observed in 
both directions but no planes reported shot down or damaged.  Other enemy 
aircraft were reported on various bearings within a radius of 4 miles, at 
varying times, until about 2000 when area was reported clear of enemy 
aircraft.  At 2000 secured from general quarters, and stopped making smoke.

October 23, 1944                Zone time (-) 9

        At 0515, all ships commenced making smoke.  One hour before sun rise, 
this ship went to general quarters and shortly thereafter, unidentified 
aircraft were reported approaching from 230° T, distant 14 miles.  About 
one-half hour later, the U.S.S. HARADEN reported a near bomb miss from a 
single engine aircraft; no damage done.  AA fire was observed on various 
bearings until shortly after sunrise, at which time, the area was declared 
clear of enemy planes; secured from general quarters and stopped making 
smoke.  No planes were sighted by PICKING during this period.  Early in the 
afternoon, got underway and proceeded to the center of area "How", the inner 
transport area, where we anchored while CDS 49 went aboard MOUNT OLYMPUS 
(Flagship of CTF 79, Vice Admiral Wilkenson) for conference.  Upon the return 
of CDS 49, PICKING weighed anchor and proceeded back to screening station at 
point "Baker".  Enroute to point "Baker", a floating mine was sighted and 
sunk by small arms fire of this ship, bearing 270° T, distant 3 miles from 
point "Baker".  After sinking mine, proceeded to screening station and 
anchored.  Commencing about 1800, many unidentified planes were reported 
closing on transport area from the west, at first report, ship went to 
general quarters and all ships commenced making smoke.  Neither aircraft nor 
AA fire was observed, although smoke screen covered but a small portion of 
the harbor.  About an hour later, "All Clear" was signaled, and we secured 
from general quarters and ceased making smoke.

October 24, 1944.               Zone time (-)9

        About one hour before sunrise, the first enemy planes were detected 
in the area, the ship went to general quarters.  SOPA ordered all ships
to make smoke.  The planes remained in the area for about an hour but did not 
attack, nor were they fired on, they then opened range and faded, all clear 
was reported, the ship secured from general quarters and ceased making smoke. 
At 0800 several unidentified aircraft were reported in area, ship went to 
general quarters for air attack and all ships began making smoke in 
accordance with SOPA orders.  Shortly after alert, several enemy planes were 
sighted bearing 270° T, distance 8 miles, ships in that vicinity fired on the 
planes but did no damage.  Twice, during the next hour, groups of enemy 
planes were reported approaching from a westerly direction, and were driven 
away.  Several enemy planes and one friendly fighter were reported destroyed. 
Several single plane raids closed over the formation from all directions but 
attacks were broken up by AA fire.  One plane, later identified as friendly, 
was slightly damaged by AA fire.  At 0900 ships bearing 315° T, distance 6 
miles reported they were under air attack by several Japanese bombers, 
identified as Vals.  Intense AA fire was observed in that direction.  Shortly 
hereafter, U.S.S. LEUTZE reported a near bomb miss and being strafed during 
this attack and that there had been a few minor casualties.  Of the attacking 
group, one plane was reported probably shot down and one damaged.  By this 
time the transport area was covered with a dense smoke screen which extended 
out about five miles.  A breeze from seaward was slowly carrying it inland.  
Shortly after the previous attack, PICKING weighed anchor and steamed at 
various courses and speeds to remain in screening station.  Planes continued 
to attack, usually in groups of one or two.  At 0905 LCI 105 reported a direct 
bomb hit and that she was sinking.  Several of the attacking planes were 
reported damaged by AA fire but none shot down.  At 0918 a group of enemy 
planes were reported approaching from 285° T., distance 47 miles.  Fighters 
were vectored out, and intercepted the raid.  The enemy retired having several 
planes shot down by friendly fighters.  SOPA ordered smoke to be ceased.  At 
0930 all clear was reported, secured from general quarters and anchored in 
screening station.  About 1100 the harbor was clear of smoke except for a 
short distance off the shore line.  At 1105 got underway in accordance with 
CDS 49 verbal orders and began proceeding to area HOW, where transports were 
anchored.  Shortly thereafter enemy aircraft were reported closing on bearing 
230° T., distance 30 miles.  The raid was intercepted by friendly fighters 
before it could attack and was driven away.  About 15 minutes later another 
raid was reported closing from the same direction, distance 80 miles.  This 
raid was also driven away by friendly fighters, each time several Japanese 
planes were reported destroyed with out loss to our fighters.  At 1140 U.S.S. 
ERBEN reported that she was under attack by single enemy aircraft.  The plane 
was fired at by ships in that area but no damage was reported to ships or the 
plane.  Shortly after this an unidentified plane, believed to be enemy 
reconnaissance, closed at a high altitude, circled the North end of the 
harbor and retired.  Single enemy aircraft continued to close the formation 
from all directions until 1330.  No planes attacked, all that closed within 
gun range were fired on, but none were destroyed.  Early afternoon formed 
sortie screen for Task Unit 79:14.8.  Upon completion of sortie, formed 
special cruising disposition and proceeded from Leyte Gulf enroute to 
Hollandia, N.G. in accordance with ComTask Force 79 secret dispatch 240124. 
PICKING in screening station number one, U.S.S. CLAY guide, OTC was Commander 
Task Unit 79:14.8, Rear Admiral Royal, in U.S.S. ROCKY MOUNT.  About 1700 
many unidentified aircraft were reported in Leyte Gulf Area, ships went to 
general quarters.  Plane did not close within 100 miles of formation but 
remained in area for about an hour at which time they retired.  About an hour 
later unidentified aircraft were reported bearing 255° T., distance 40 miles 
from formation, planes opened range and faded.  Secured from general 
quarters.  At 2235 unidentified aircraft was picked up by radar of this vessel 
bearing 036° T., distance 37 miles.  Aircraft closed to twenty-five miles, 
circled, opened range and faded.  About ten minutes later two unidentified 
planes were picked up on bearing 165° T., distance 28 miles, ship immediately 
went to general quarters.  Plane crossed the front of the formation at this 
range and began to close rapidly on bearing 120° T.  2251 Commenced firing 
with 5" battery in full radar control at which time the range was 10,500 
yards.  At 2252 ceased firing as planes turned left and began to open range.  
Ammunition expended;37 rounds of AA Common.  About two minutes later observed 
a red flash and glow low over the water on bearing 145° T., range about 6 
miles, believed to be aircraft shot down.  Shortly after this lost radar 
contact and secured from general quarters.
        Positions:
           1200 - Latitude - 11°-00' N;  Longitude - 125°-11.8' E. 
           2000 - Latitude - 10°-23.0' N;  Longitude - 125°-55.0' E.

October 25, 1944                Zone time(-)9

        At 0935 departed from Task Unit 79.14.8 along with U.S.S. SPROSTON 
and U.S.S. HALE and began proceeding to Leyte Gulf at 25 knots in accordance 
with ComTaskForce 79 secret dispatch 242326.  Formed column open order with 
PICKING guide.  OTC was CDS 49 in PICKING.  Shortly after departure 
intercepted following transmission on the local air warning net: "CTG 77.4 to 
CTG 77.2, one Sangamom aircraft reported at 0900 two groups of Japanese fleet 
bearing 030° T., distance 100 miles from Homonhon Island, course 270° T., 
speed 25 knots.  One CL dead in the water at 0954 ITEM."  Early in the 
afternoon joined Task Group 77.4.1 in accordance with orders of CTF 79 and 
took screening station bearing 330° T. on circle six from fleet center.
Task Group 77.4.1 reported it had been under intermittent air attack all 
morning and several ships were damaged.  During afternoon from 1400 until 
sunset several unidentified aircraft were contacted within 20 miles of the 
formation.  On each contact, carrier fighter planes of this group intercepted 
the enemy and destroyed or drove them away.  During one alert, an enemy plane 
was seen to crash in the water astern of the formation.  No enemy aircraft 
attacked the formation during the afternoon.  During early darkness Task 
Group 77.4.3, 25 miles away, and with no screen, reported being trailed by an 
unidentified surface vessel.  PICKING, SPROSTON and HALE were directed to 
investigate.  Held general quarters for surface attack.  Upon approaching the 
area of the unidentified surface contact, this vessel got a surface contact 
bearing 356° T., distance 20,800 yards.  About 20 minutes later contact 
on unidentified surface contact was lost on bearing 345° T., range 9500 
yards.  Contact was assumed to be surfaced submarine which has 
submerged.  A scouting line bearing 270° T., distance 3000 yards from 
PICKING, guide was formed.  Shortly after contact disappeared from 
screen, U.S.S. SPROSTON, the center ship of scouting line, made sonar 
contact and attacked with depth charges.  PICKING then began 
maneuvering to make run on submarine, but did not gain contact.  At 
2125, ten minutes after SPROSTON's depth charge attack, got radar 
contact on two unidentified aircraft bearing 006° T., distance 21 
miles, range closing.  SPROSTON reported still having sonar contact. 
At 2136, when the aircraft had closed to 12000 yards, commenced firing 
with 5" battery in full radar control.  2140 Ceased firing on 
aircraft, having expended 55 rounds of Common.  Shortly after firing 
was ceased, a parachute was sighted, descending on the port side.  
U.S.S HALE reported seeing a damaged plane plunge into the water.  
During next half hour various unidentified aircraft contacts were 
made but did not close within gun fire range.  On orders of CTU 77.4.3 
PICKING and HALE proceeded to join Task Group 77.4.3 and furnish A/S 
and A/A screen. SPROSTON was ordered to remain in area and search for 
submarine.
        Positions:
           0800 - Latitude - 09°-24.5' N;  Longitude - 127°-50.8' E.
           1200 - Latitude - 09°-41.0' N;  Longitude - 127°-07.8'E.
           2000 - Latitude - 10°-01' N;  Longitude - 126°-56' E.

October 26, 1944                Zone time (-)9

        About midnight, in company with U.S.S. HALE, joined Task Unit 
77.4.3 in area east of Leyte Gulf to furnish A/S and A/A screen.  The 
Task Unit steamed on a south easterly course at 15 knots and at 
Sunrise was approximately 125 miles south east of the Leyte Gulf 
entrance.  There were no unidentified contacts or alerts during the 
morning.  At 1111, on orders of C.T.F. 79, PICKING broke off from Task 
Unit 77.4.3 and set course for Leyte Gulf at 20 knots.  Shortly after 
darkness, contacted U.S.S. MOUNT OLYMPUS and escorts and joined 
formation which was enroute to Peleliu Island.
        Positions:
           0800 - Latitude - 08°-42,5' N;  Longitude - 129°-08.3' E.
           1200 - Latitude - 08°-34.8' N;  Longitude - 129°-29.8' E.
           2000 - Latitude - 10°-00.5' N;  Longitude - 126°-57.5' E.

October 27, 1944.               Zone time (-)9

        Steaming as before.  Between 1745 and 1500 heard transmissions in 
Japanese language on the MN Transceiver.
        Positions:
           0800 - Latitude - 05°-29.5' N - Longitude - 128°-52.2' E.
           1200 - Latitude - 05°-10.2' N - Longitude - 129°-27.5' E.
           2000 - Latitude - 07°-31.7' N - Longitude - 131°-02.0' E.

October 28, 1944.               Zone time (-)9

        At noon formation arrived at Peleliu Island of the Palau Group for a 
few hours stay while CTF 79, Vice-Admiral Wilkinson, went ashore.  Upon 
arrival fueled from U.S.S. MOUNT OLYMPUS.  After fueling was completed, got 
under way and patroled area south of anchorage.  About sunset Vice-Admiral 
Wilkinson returned to the MOUNT OLYMPUS and formation began sortie.  Upon 
completion of sortie, the special cruising disposition was formed and course 
set for Hollandia, N.G., PICKING again in screening station #1.
        Positions:
           0800 - Latitude - 07°-04.5' N;  Longitude - 133°-40.3' E.
           1200 - Latitude - 07°-01.0' N;  Longitude - 134°-10.5' E.
           2000 - Latitude - 06°-37.0' N;  Longitude - 134°-32.3' E.

October 29, 1944.               Zone time (-)9			

        Steaming as before.
        Positions:
           0800 - Latitude - 04°-50.0' N;  Longitude - 135°-49.0' E.
           1200 - Latitude - 04°-19.0' N;  Longitude - 136°-16.0' E.
           2000 - Latitude - 03°-07.0' N;  Longitude - 137°-06.0' E.

October 30, 1944.               Zone time (-)9

        Steaming as before.
        Positions:
           0800 - Latitude - 01° 15.5' N;  Longitude - 138° 27.0' E.
           1200 - Latitude - 00° 45.5' N;  Longitude - 129° 10.0' E.
           2000 - Latitude - 00° 35.0' N;  Longitude - 140° 01.0' E.

October 31, 1944.               Zone time (-)9

        About 0900 entered Humboldt Bay, Hollandia, N.G., fueled ship and 
anchored in assigned berth.
        Positions:
           0800 - Latitude 02° 33.0' S;  Longitude - 140° 45.5' E.
           1200 - Latitude 02° 34.9' S;  Longitude - 140° 44.9' E.
           2000 - Latitude 02° 34.9' S;  Longitude - 140° 44.9' E.

November 5, 1944.               Zone time (-)9

        At 1030 got underway in accordance with C.T.U. 79.15.4 (Captain 
Allen) secret mailgram 032245 of November 1944.  Patrolled sortie station 
until completion of sortie at which time Task Unit 79.15.4 formed special 
cruising disposition, PICKING in station #1 of antisubmarine screen plan #55, 
and set course for Biak Island.  OTC and disposition guide in U.S.S. LAMAR.
        Positions:
           0800 - Latitude 02°-34.6' S;  Longitude 140°-44.9' E.
           1200 - Latitude 02°-31.0' S;  Longitude 140°-50.0' E.
           2000 - Latitude 01°-45.5' S;  Longitude 139°-37.0' E.

November 6, 1944.               Zone time (-)9

        Arrived at Biak during early afternoon and transports anchored
in assigned anchorage area.  Screening ships, began patrolling assigned 
area, PICKING patrolling area between Roerbaseba Island and point "ABLE", 
Latitude 01°-16' S,  Longitude 136°-05' E.  A strong west wind made anchoring
difficult and at sunset C.T.G. 79.15.4 declared anchorage unsatisfactory.
Transports were ordered to get underway and retire in area South and West of 
Biak Island over night.  Upon completion of sortie, formed special cruising 
disposition, PICKING in screening station #1 of anti-submarine screen #55, 
and commenced steaming various courses to remain in area.
        Positions:
           0800 - Latitude 01°-22.5' S;  Longitude 137°-24.0' E. 
           1200 - Latitude 01°-23.1' S;  Longitude 137*-59.5' E. 
           2000 - Latitude 01°-23.9' S;  Longitude 137°-56.0' E.

November 7, 1944.               Zone time (-)9

        Steamed various courses during the night to remain in area South and 
West of Biak.  At sunrise the sea and wind had calmed and the transports 
proceeded to their respective anchorages and began loading operations. 
Screening ships commenced patrolling previously assigned areas.
        Positions:
           0800 - Latitude 01°-18.7' S;  Longitude 136°-10.2' E.  
           1200 - Latitude 01°-17.0' S;  Longitude 135°-06.0' E.
           2000 - Latitude 01°-18.2' S;  Longitude 136°-07.8' E.

November 8, 1944.               Zone time (-) 9
        At noon changed patrol area in accordance with CDs 49 orders;
new area between the west tip of Owi Island and Point "Baker", Latitude 
1°-15.5' S.  Longitude 136°-04.0' E.
        Positions:
           0800 - Latitude - O1°-17.2' S;  Longitude - 136°-06.1' E.
           1200 - Latitude - O1°-17.5' S;  Longitude - 136°-05.6' E.
           2000 - Latitude - 01°-16.6' S;  Longitude - 136°-09.3' E.

November 9, 1944.               Zone time (-) 9
        During early morning left patrol area to escort U.S.S. DOYEN from Mios 
Woendi to Biak.  Upon completion of escort duty, returned to patrol area and 
continued patrolling previously assigned station.  At 1600 changed patrol 
station to area southeast of Impenia between Sambersberi Point and Tamao 
Point.
        Positions:
           0800 - Latitude - 1°-23.0' S;  Longitude - 136°-21.8' E.
           1200 - Latitude - 1°-15.6' S;  Longitude - 136°-05.0' E.
           2000 - Latitude - 1°-15.3' S;  Longitude - 136°-00.7' E.

November 10, 1944.              Zone time (-) 9
        At 0800 ceased patrolling station and escorted U.S.S. ALCYONE from 
Biak to Mios Woendi Anchorage.  Upon arrival at Mios Wowndi fueled ship, 
after completion of fueling, got underway enroute to Biak to escort U.S.S. 
DOYEN from Biak to Mios Woendi.  About 1500 joined with DOYEN and set course 
for Mios Woendi.  After completion of escort duty, anchored in Mios Woendi
Anchorage.
        Positions:
           0800 - Latitude - 01°-12.9' S;  Longitude - 136°-00.8' E.
           1200 - Latitude - 01°-20.4' S;  Longitude - 136°-23.5' E.
           2000 - Latitude - 01°-16.0' S;  Longitude - 136°-20.3' E.

November 14, 1944.              Zone time (-) 9
        At 0740 got underway in accordance with C.T.U. 79,15.4 secret 
mailgram 130330 of November and commenced patrolling sortie station.  Upon 
completion of sortie, formed special cruising disposition and set course to 
Leyte Island, P.I. in accordance with C.T.U. 79.15.4 movement order of 3 
November 1944.  PICKING in station #l of antisubmarine screen plan #55.  
O.T.C and guide in U.S.S. LAMAR.  O.T.C., ComTaskUnit 79.15.4., Captain 
ALLEN.  About sunset, rendezvous with NOEMFOOR and HOLLANDIA groups of Task 
Unit.  All groups formed special cruising disposition "ABLE",, with O.T.C. and 
guide in U.S.S. LAMAR.  PICKING in station #1 of anti-submarine screen 
plan #58
        Positions:
           0800 - Latitude - 01°-19.0' S;  Longitude - 136°-24.0' E.
           1200 - Latitude - 01°-02.5' S;  Longitude - 136°-26.5' E.
           2000 - Latitude - 00°-25.0' N;  Longitude - 136°-04.0' E.

November 15, 1944.              Zone time(-) 9
        Steaming to Leyte, zig-zagging during day light hours.  At sunset 
simulated a "FLASH RED", (air attack).  Formed anti-aircraft "cruising 
disposition in which the screening ships closed in around the transports to 
1500 yards, PICKING's station 1500 yards ahead of the guide, U.S.S. LAMAR.
After the disposition was formed all ships began laying a smoke screen using 
chemical smoke.  As far as could be determined chemical smoke, or any smoke 
in sufficient quantity, provide a most effective anti-aircraft defense.  About 
an hour later, formed the normal cruising disposition, each ship in her 
previous station.
        Positions:
           0800 - Latitude - 02°-37.0' N;  Longitude - 135°-11.0' E.
           1200 - Latitude - 03°-12.8' N;  Longitude - 134°-48.5' E.
           2000 - Latitude - 04°-53.0' N;  Longitude - 134°-35.0' E.

November 16, 1944.              Zone time-(-) 9
        During early morning shortly after sunrise, U.S.S. KIMIBERLY and
U.S.S. YOUNG joined the formation.  Screening ships formed a circular screen, 
equally spaced on the 5000 yard circle around the transports.  PICKING in
station #1 on fleet axis.
        Positions:
           0800 - Latitude - 07°-08.0' N;  Longitude - 133°-13.0' E.
           1200 - Latitude - 07°-29.0' N;  Longitude - 132°-32.0' E.
           2000 - Latitude - 08°-12.0' N;  Longitude - 131°-05.0' E.

November 17, 1944               Zone description (-) 9
        Steaming enroute to Leyte.  During the morning made radar contact on 
an unidentified aircraft bearing 335° T., distance 16 miles.  Ship went to 
general quarters.  Aircraft was later identified as a fighter from a friendly 
carrier group operating in the area and furnishing fighter cover for convoys 
entering and leaving Leyte area.

        One hour before sunset, formed a special anti-aircraft cruising 
disposition in which the screening ships closed into 2000 yards around the 
transports.  PICKING in station 2000 yards ahead of the guide.  The O.T.C. 
ordered all ships to general quarters in preparation for probable air 
attacks.  The ship remained at general quarters until one hour after sunset 
at which time the normal cruising condition of readiness was set.
        Positions:
           0800 - Latitude - 09°-18.0' N;  Longitude - 128°-42.0' E. 
           1200 - Latitude - 09°-36.0' N;  Longitude - 127°-58.0' E. 
           2000 - Latitude - 10°-13.0' N;  Longitude - 126°-39.0' E.

November 18, 1944               Zone description (-) 9
        At midnight commenced passing through Surigao Strait between Dinagat
and Homonhon Islands proceeding into Leyte Gulf and at unloading area.  At 
0500 Transport Division 30 screened by Brooks, C. J. BADGER and WICKES was 
ordered to leave disposition and proceed to assigned area and unload.  The 
remainder of the disposition arrived at its unloading area, Latitude - 11°-05' 
N; Longitude - 125°-00' E., in the vicinity of Tacloban about two hours later.  
The transports anchored and the screening ships took screening stations, 
PICKING's station 2000 yards bearing 270° T., from center of transport area.  
Shortly after transports had anchored, unloading just commenced, unidentified 
aircraft were reported in area.  Ship went to general quarters in preparation 
for air attack.  About ten minutes later intense AA fire was observed to the 
North about five miles.  One enemy plane made a suicide dive into a merchant 
ship that was anchored in that vicinity causing a large explosion and fire.  
Another enemy plane was observed shot down over land near Tacloban by two 
P-38 fighters.  At the same time two Japanese "ZEKE" type aircraft were 
sighted approaching this TASK UNIT from the south.  The planes were
fired on by all the ships in the area but continued to close and made dive 
bombing attacks on the transports.  One of the planes was hit and crashed in 
the water before releasing its bombs.  The other plane released bombs at the 
ALCYONE but missed, then looped out of this dive and made a suicide dive 
On the U.S.S. ALPINE.  The plane burst into flames while in the dive, crashed 
into the water and exploded close on the ALPINE's port beam.  A fire was 
caused in the ALPINE.  Ammunition expended by this ship: 8 rounds of 5" AA 
Common, 54 rounds of 40mm, 89 rounds of 20mm.  Shortly after the attack on 
the ALPINE, two P-47 type fighters crossing over the Northern part of the 
harbor were fired on very intensely by ships in that vicinity.  The planes 
were identified as friendly by this ship and CDS 49 transmitted the word to 
that effect over the voice radio but firing continued until the planes were 
out of gun fire range.   No ships of this TASK UNIT opened fire.  0915 Area 
was declared clear of enemy aircraft, ship secured from general quarters.  
During the afternoon there were three alerts but no enemy planes were 
sighted.  At 1645 upon completion of unloading, ships of the TASK UNIT got 
underway, formed an anti-aircraft cruising disposition, O.T.C. and guide in 
U.S.S. LAMAR, and proceeded from Leyte Gulf. O.T.C. is ComTaskUnit 79.15.4,
Captain Johnson.  After clearing Suriago Strait formed special cruising 
disposition "BAKER", with O,T.C. and guide in U.S.S. LAMAR, and set course 
for Manus Island of the Admiralty Group.  PICKING in station #1 of anti-
submarine screen plan #57.
        Positions:
           0800 - Latitude - 11°-06.0' N;  Longitude - 125°-03.5' E.
           1200 - Latitude - 11°-06.3' N;  Longitude - 125°-03.4' E. 
           2000 - Latitude - 10°-42.5' N;  Longitude - 125°-30.5' E.

November 19, 1944               Zone description (-) 9
        Steaming as before enroute Leyte to Manus.  During the morning 4 
fighters from the Lunga Point reported to FDO in the WICKES to act as combat 
air patrol for this TASK UNIT.  The planes remained in area for about two 
hours and were detached.
        Positions:
           0800 - Latitude - 09°-25.0' N;  Longitude - 127°-14.5' E.
           1200 - Latitude - 08°-45.0' N;  Longitude - 127°-54.0' E. 
           2000 - Latitude - 08°-06.0' N;  Longitude - 126°-16.0' E.

November 20, 1944.              Zone description (-) 9
        Steaming enroute Leyte to Manus.  During the morning, screening
ships that were low in fuel, fueled from the transports.  PICKING did not 
require fuel.
        Positions:
           0800 - Latitude - 07°-00.0' N;  Longitude - 131°-47.0' E.
           1200 - Latitude - 06°-46.0' N;  Longitude - 132°-18.0' E. 
           2000 - Latitude - 06°-05.0' N;  Longitude - 133°-38.0' E.

November 21, 1944.              Zone description (-) 9
        Steaming enroute from Leyte to Manus.
        Positions:
           0800 - Latitude - 04°-58.0' N;  Longitude - 135°-49.0' E.
           1200 - Latitude - 04°-37.0' N;  Longitude - 136°-33.0' E. 
           2000 - Latitude - 03°-48.0' N;  Longitude - 138°-10.0' E.

November 22, 1944.              Zone description (-) 9
        Steaming as before enroute from Leyte to Manus.  During afternoon 
transports held target practice on surface targets launched from ships of the screen.
        Positions:
           0800 - Latitude - 02°-18.0' N;  Longitude - 140°-13.0' E.
           1200 - Latitude - 01°-52.0' N;  Longitude - 140°-52.0' E. 
           2000 - Latitude - 01°-02.5' N;  Longitude - 141°-53.0' E.

November 23, 1944.              Zone description (-) 9
        Steaming as before, enroute Leyte to Manus.  During the afternoon the 
transports held target practice on targets launched from ships of the screen.
        Positions:
           0800 - Latitude - 00°-05.0' N;  Longitude - 147°-53.0' E.
           1200 - Latitude - 00°-06.0' N;  Longitude - 144°-38.0' E. 
           2000 - Latitude - 00°-29.0' N;  Longitude - 146°-02.0' E.

November 24, 1944.              Zone description (-) 9
        Arrived at Manus at 0730 and conducted anti-submarine patrol while 
the transports entered port.  After transports had entered, ceased 
patrolling, entered port and anchored in assigned berth.
        Positions:
           0800 - Latitude - 01°-52.0' S;  Longitude - 147°-20.0' E.
           1200 - Latitude - 01°-59.2' S;  Longitude - 147°-15.6' E. 
           2000 - Latitude - 02°-00.5' S;  Longitude - 147°-23.0' E.

November 28, 1944.              Zone description (-) 9
        At 0800 got underway and proceeded from Seeadler Harbor in accordance 
with CTF 79 secret dispatch 210646 of November 1944.  Patrolled sortie 
station while the transports made sortie.  Upon completion of sortie, formed 
a special cruising disposition and set course to Finschaven, New Guinea.  
O.T.C. and guide in U.S.S. LAMAR.  PICKING in station #1 of anti-submarine 
screen plan #54.  O.T.C. is COMTRANSDIV 38, Captain Johnson.

        During the morning the transports held anti-aircraft firing exercises
        Positions:
           0800 - Latitude - 01°-59.4' S;  Longitude - 147°-17.3' E.
           1200 - Latitude - 01°-48.5' S;  Longitude - 147°-26.5' E. 
           2000 - Latitude - 03°-26.1' S;  Longitude - 147°-13.0' E.

November 29, 1944.              Zone description (-) 9
        Arrived at Finschaven at 1100 and conducted anti-submarine patrol 
while the transports loaded boats.  Upon completion of loading, formed the 
normal cruising disposition and set course to Cape Torokina, Bougainville 
Island of the Solomon Group. O.T.C. and guide in U.S.S. LAMAR.  PICKING in 
station #1 of anti-submarine screen plan #54. O.T.C. is COMTRANSDIV 38, 
Captain Johnson.
        Positions:
           0800 - Latitude - 06°-47.0' S;  Longitude - 147°-44.0' E.
           1200 - Latitude - 06°-35.0' S;  Longitude - 147°-54.0' E. 
           2000 - Latitude - 06°-30.0' S;  Longitude - 148°-05.0' E.

November 30, 1944.              Zone description (-) 9
        Steaming as before enroute Manus to Bougainville.
        Positions:
           0800 - Latitude - 06°-36.0' S;  Longitude - 150°-18.0' E.
           1200 - Latitude - 06°-39.0' S;  Longitude - 151°-04.0' E. 
           2000 - Latitude - 06°-34.0' S;  Longitude - 152°-45.0' E.

December 1, 1944.               Zone description (-) 9
        PICKING operating under Commander Task Force 79, Vice Admiral T. S. 
Wilkinson, USN, Commander Third Amphibious Force, Pacific Fleet.  With the 
Seventh Fleet in the South West Pacific Area.  Assigned to Destroyer Squadron 
49 and operating as a squadron unit under the Command of Captain E. R. 
McLean, Jr., USN, Commander Destroyer Squadron 49.

        At 0700 arrived at Cape Torokina, Bougainville Island, Solomon
Islands and conducted anti-submarine patrol while the transports entered 
Empress Augusta Bay.  After the transports had anchored, ceased patrol, 
entered port and anchored in the destroyer anchorage.  At noon changed zone 
time to minus 11.
        Positions:
           0800 - Latitude - 06°-21.0' S;  Longitude - 154°-59.0' E.
           1200 - Latitude - 06°-14.5' S;  Longitude - 154°-59.2' E. 
           2000 - Latitude - 06°-14.5' S;  Longitude - 154°-59.2' E.

December 3, 1944.               Zone description (-)11
        At 0930 underway, proceeded to area "FOX", South of Empress Augusta
Bay, Bougainville Island, Solomon Islands between Latitude 06°-18' S.,  
Longitude - 154°-55' E. and Latitude - 06°-21' S.,  Longitude - 154°-59' E.
and began patrolling in accordance with CDS 49's anti-submarine patrol plan.  
At noon, having been relieved by the WICKES, ceased patrol, entered port and 
anchored in the destroyer anchorage, Torokina.
        Positions:
           0800 - Latitude - 06°-15.7' S;  Longitude - 155°-01.3' E.
           1200 - Latitude - 06°-17.5' S;  Longitude - 154°-57.0' E. 
           2000 - Latitude - 06°-14.0' S;  Longitude - 154°-59.8' E.

December 4, 1944.               Zone description (-)11
        At noon underway, proceeded to area "FOX" and began antisubmarine 
patrol.  During the afternoon held battle problem drill.
        Positions:
           0800 - Latitude - 06°-14.0' S;  Longitude - 154°-59.4' E.
           1200 - Latitude - 06°-17.3' S;  Longitude - 154°-56.4' E. 
           2000 - Latitude - 06°-20.0' S;  Longitude - 154°-57.0' E.

December 5, 1944.               Zone description (-)11
        Steaming as before; conducting anti-submarine patrol in area "FOX".
At noon, upon being relieved by the SPROSTON, ceased patrol, entered port and 
anchored in the destroyer anchorage, Torokina.
        Positions:
           0800 - Latitude - 06°-18.0' S;  Longitude - 154°-55.0' E.
           1200 - Latitude - 06°-16.0' S;  Longitude - 154°-58.0' E. 
           2000 - Latitude - 06°-14.0' S;  Longitude - 154°-59.8' E.

December 7, 1944.               Zone description (-)11
        At noon got underway, proceeded to patrol area "FOX" and began 
anti-submarine patrol in this area.
        Positions:
           0800 - Latitude - 06°-13.0' S;  Longitude - 154°-59.0' E.
           1200 - Latitude - 06°-18.8' S;  Longitude - 154°-56.0' E. 
           2000 - Latitude - 06°-18.0' S;  Longitude - 154°-55.0' E.

December 8, 1944.               Zone description (-)11
        Steaming as before conducting anti-submarine patrol in area "FOX".
        Positions:
           0800 - Latitude - 06°-18.0' S;  Longitude - 154°-55.0' E.
           1200 - Latitude - 06°-19.5' S;  Longitude - 154°-53.3' E. 
           2000 - Latitude - 06°-14.0' S;  Longitude - 154°-59.0' E.

December 9, 1944.               Zone description (-) 11
        Steaming as before, conducting anti-submarine patrol in area "FOX".
At noon, when relieved by SPROSTON, ceased patrolling, entered port and 
anchored in the destroyer anchorage, Torokina.
        Positions:
           0800 - Latitude - 06°-19.5' S;  Longitude - 154°-53.3' E.
           1200 - Latitude - 06°-19.1' S;  Longitude - 154°-53.5' E. 
           2000 - Latitude - 06°-13.8' S;  Longitude - 154°-59.5' E.

December 10, 1944.              Zone description (-) 11
        Remained anchored in Empress Augusta Bay until 2045 at which time the 
ship got underway, proceeded to area "FOX" and commenced antisubmarine 
patrol.
        Positions:
           0800 - Latitude - 06°-13.8' S;  Longitude - 154°-53.2' E.
           1200 - Latitude - 06°-13.8' S;  Longitude - 154°-53.2' E. 
           2000 - Latitude - 06°-13.8' S;  Longitude - 154°-53.2' E.

December 11, 1944.              Zone description (-) 11
        Steaming as before conducting anti-submarine patrol in area "FOX".  
During the morning held AA firing exercises with all batteries; ammunition 
expended: 46 rounds 5" AA Common, 200 rounds 40mm, 58 rounds 20mm.
        Positions:
           0800 - Latitude - 06°-18.0' S;  Longitude - 154°-55.0' E.
           1200 - Latitude - 06°-18.0' S;  Longitude - 154°-55.0' E. 
           2000 - Latitude - 06°-18.0' S;  Longitude - 154°-55.0' E.

December 12, 1944.              Zone description (-) 11
        Steaming as before conducting anti-submarine patrol in area "FOX".  
During morning held AA firing exercise with the machine gun battery.  During 
the afternoon held AA firing exercise with all batteries Ammunition expended 
during exercises: 50 rounds of 5"/38, 1808 rounds of 40mm, 3485 rounds of 
20mm.
        Positions:
           0800 - Latitude - 06°-15.0' S;  Longitude - 155°-00.5' E.
           1200 - Latitude - 06°-19.0' S;  Longitude - 154°-59.5' E. 
           2000 - Latitude - 06°-18.0' S;  Longitude - 154°-55.0' E.

December 13, 1944.              Zone description (-) 11
        Steaming as before conducting anti-submarine patrol in area "FOX" 
south of Empress Augusta Bay.  1230 After having been relieved by the 
MONSSEN, ceased patrol, entered port and anchored in the destroyer anchorage 
at Torokina.
        Positions:
           0800 - Latitude - 06°-16.0' S;  Longitude - 155°-01.1' E.
           1200 - Latitude - 06°-13.2' S;  Longitude - 154°-57.0' E. 
           2000 - Latitude - 06°-14.0' S;  Longitude - 155°-00.0' E.

December 15, 1944               Zone description (-) 11
        At 0811 got underway, proceeded to sortie station and conducted 
anti-submarine patrol.  Upon completion of sortie, formed the cruising 
disposition with TASK GROUP 79.5 and set course for Huon Gulf, New Guinea in 
accordance with CDS 49 Movement Order Number 2-44.  PICKING in station #1 of 
anti-submarine screen plan #57.  Guide is LST 625.  O.T.C. is CDS 49 in 
PICKING.

        During the afternoon held AA firing exercises with the machine gun 
battery.  Ammunition expended: 400 rounds of 40mm, 235 rounds of 20mm.
        Positions:
           0800 - Latitude - 06°-14.0' S;  Longitude - 155°-00.0' E.
           1200 - Latitude - 06°-33.5' S;  Longitude - 154°-47.8' E. 
           2000 - Latitude - 06°-37.0' S;  Longitude - 153°-43.0' E.

December 16, 1944               Zone description (-) 11
        Steaming as before, enroute Cape Torokina, Bougainville Island to 
Huon Gulf, British New Guinea.
        Positions:
           0800 - Latitude - 06°-52.5' S;  Longitude - 152°-08.5' E.
           1200 - Latitude - 06°-47.5' S;  Longitude - 151°-37.0' E. 
           2000 - Latitude - 06°-38.0' S;  Longitude - 150°-46.0' E.

December 17, 1944               Zone description (-) 11
        Steaming as before enroute Torokina, Bougainville to Buna, New
Guinea.  At 1230 joined up with TASK GROUP 79.6 and formed a special cruising 
disposition in accordance with C.T.U. 79.11.3's Movement Order 2-44.  PICKING
in station 6000 yards ahead of the guide.  Guide is WALTER C. WANN (DE412).  
O.T.C. is C.T.U. 79.11.3 in PICKING.
        Positions:
           0800 - Latitude - 06°-34.0' S;  Longitude - 149°-23.0' E.
           1200 - Latitude - 06°-45.5' S;  Longitude - 148°-55.0' E. 
           2000 - Latitude - 07°-11.9' S;  Longitude - 148°-07.0' E.

December 18, 1944               Zone description (-) 11
        Steaming as before enroute Torokina, Bougainville to Bona, New 
Guinea.  Shortly after mid night made radar contact on TASK GROUP 79.2 which 
was also proceeding to Bona for the assault rehearsal.  During the early 
morning commenced entering Huon Gulf in accordance with the assault plan.  
After all groups had entered the gulf, screening ships took station in 
accordance with C.T.U. 79.11.3's anti-submarine and anti-aircraft screening 
plan.  At 0900 the assault groups commenced landing exercises.  Shortly after 
landing exercises began, held general quarters for drill air attack in 
accordance with CTF 79 verbal orders.  Friendly planes made simulated air 
attacks for about an hour.  During the afternoon another simulated air attack 
was held.
        Positions:
           0800 - Latitude - 06°-50.0' S;  Longitude - 147°-04.8' E.
           1200 - Latitude - 06°-50.2' S;  Longitude - 147°-03.6' E. 
           2000 - Latitude - 06°-49.0' S;  Longitude - 146°-59.0' E.

December 19, 1944               Zone description (-) 11
        Lying to in anti-submarine and anti-aircraft screening station, 
assault groups carrying out assault rehearsal.  During the day drill Bogies
made simulated air attack.  At 1600 the transport groups departed from the 
area.  PICKING proceeded to LST area and anchored.
        Positions:
           0800 - Latitude - 06°-49.0' S;  Longitude - 146°-59.0' E.
           1200 - Latitude - 06°-50.0' S;  Longitude - 147°-04.0' E. 
           2000 - Latitude - 06°-50.5' S;  Longitude - 146°-50.4' E.

December 20, 1944               Zone description (-) 11
        At 0500 underway and proceeded from HUON GULF.  Upon completion of 
sortie, formed a special cruising disposition with TASK GROUP 79.5, TASK 
GROUP 79.6 and TASK UNIT 79-11.3 and set course for MANUS ISLAND, ADMIRALTY 
ISLANDS in accordance with C.T.U. 79.11.3 Movement Order 2-44.  PICKING in 
station on the fleet axis 6000 yards ahead of guide.  Guide is LST 625.  
O.T.C. is C.T.U. 79.11.3 in the PICKING.
        Positions:
           0800 - Latitude - 06°-51.4' S;  Longitude - 147°-20.0' E.
           1200 - Latitude - 06°-57.0' S;  Longitude - 147°-54.5' E. 
           2000 - Latitude - 05°-38.0' S;  Longitude - 147°-45.0' E.

December 21, 1944               Zone description (-) 11
        Steaming as before enroute BUNA, N.G. to MANUS.  During the afternoon 
held anti-aircraft firing exercises with all batteries; tow planes furnished 
by CNB, MANUS.  Ammunition expended: 50 rounds of 5" AA Common, 78 rounds of 
40mm.  At 1800 changed zone time to minus nine.
        Positions:
           0800 - Latitude - 04°-16.0' S;  Longitude - 147°-15.5' E.
           1200 - Latitude - 03°-45.5' S;  Longitude - 147°-14.5' E. 
           2000 - Latitude - 02°-23.0' S;  Longitude - 147°-17.0' E.

December 22, 1944               Zone description (-) 11
        Arrived at MANUS at sunrise, conducted anti-submarine patrol while 
TASK GROUP 79.5 entered port.  After T.G. 79.5 had entered, ceased patrol, 
entered port and anchored in assigned berth in SEEADLER HARBOR.  Remainder of 
screening ships continued anti-submarine patrol while T.G. 79.6 entered port.  
At 0730 Changed zone time to minus ten.
        Positions:
           0800 - Latitude - 01°-58.8' S;  Longitude - 147°-18.7' E.
           1200 - Latitude - 01°-58.8' S;  Longitude - 147°-18.7' E. 
           2000 - Latitude - 01°-58.8' S;  Longitude - 147°-18.7' E.

December 27, 1944               Zone description (-) 10
        At 1245 underway in accordance with C.T.U. 79.11.3 Top Secret 
Mailgram 241600 of December 1944 and proceeded from SEEADLER HARBOR.  Upon 
completion of sortie, formed special cruising disposition with TASK GROUP 
79,5, TASK GROUP 79.6 and TASK UNIT 79.11.3 and set course for assault area 
LUZON, P.I.  In accordance with C.T.U. 79.11.3 Movement Plan 1-44.  
Disposition guide and O.T.C. in PICKING.  O.T.C. is C.T.U. 79.11.3 (CDS 49).  
At 1700 Changed zone time to minus nine (-9).
        Positions:
           0800 - Latitude - 01°-58.5' S;  Longitude - 147°-18.5' E.
           1200 - Latitude - 01°-58.5' S;  Longitude - 147°-18.5' E. 
           2000 - Latitude - 01°-31.0' S;  Longitude - 146°-53.0' E.

December 28, 1944               Zone description (-) 10
        Steaming as before enroute MANUS ISLAND to assault of LUZON, P. I.
        Positions:
           0800 - Latitude - 00°-26.0' S;  Longitude - 146°-49.0' E.
           1200 - Latitude - 00°-21.0' S;  Longitude - 146°-18.0' E. 
           2000 - Latitude - 00°-02.0' N;  Longitude - 145°-19.0' E.

December 29, 1944               Zone description (-) 9
        Steaming as before enroute MANUS ISLAND to LUZON, P.I.  During the 
morning and afternoon exercised at forming the assault approach disposition.
        Positions:
           0800 - Latitude - 00°-39.0' N;  Longitude - 144°-22.0' E.
           1200 - Latitude - 00°-45.0' N;  Longitude - 143°-54.0' E. 
           2000 - Latitude - 00°-20.0' N;  Longitude - 143°-08.0' E.

December 30, 1944               Zone description (-) 9
        Steaming as before enroute MANUS ISLAND to LUZON ISLAND, P.I. During 
the afternoon exercised at forming the assault approach disposition.
        Positions:
           0800 - Latitude - 02°-05.5' N;  Longitude - 141°-34.0' E.
           1200 - Latitude - 02°-19.0' N;  Longitude - 141°-01.0' E.
           2000 - Latitude - 02°-49.0' N;  Longitude - 140°-04.0' E.

December 31, 1944               Zone description (-) 9
        Steaming as before enroute MANUS ISLAND to the assault of LUZON 
ISLAND, P.I.  At 1120 P.C.  1418 reported sonar contact southwest of the 
disposition.  Contact proved negative.  During the evening there were three 
sonar contact reports by various ships of the screen all of which proved 
negative.
        Positions:
           0800 - Latitude - 03°-30.0' N;  Longitude - 138°-39.0' E.
           1200 - Latitude - 03°-47.0' N;  Longitude - 138°-11.0' E.
           2000 - Latitude - 04°-09.0' N;  Longitude - 137°-20.0' E.

January 1, 1945                 Zone description (-) 9
        PICKING operating with the SEVENTH Fleet under Commander Task Force 
79, Vice Admiral T. S. Wilkinson, USN, Commander Third Amphibious Force, 
Pacific Fleet in accordance with CANF, SWPA, operation plan 17-44.  Assigned 
to Task Unit 79.11.3 in accordance with Commander Task Force 79 attack plan 
A305-44.  Commander Task Unit 79.11.3 is Captain E. R. McLean, Sr., USN, 
Commander Destroyer Squadron 49, U.S.S. PICKING, flagship.

        Proceeding in company with Task Group 79.5, Task Group 79.6 and Task 
Unit 79.11.3 (Tractor Group of T.F. 79) to the assault of LUZON ISLAND, P.I.  
In a special cruising disposition with guide and O.T.C. in PICKING.  O.T.C. 
is C.T.U. 79.11.3
        Positions:
           0800 - Latitude - 04°-51.0' N;  Longitude - 136°-04.0' E.
           1200 - Latitude - 05°-07.0' N;  Longitude - 135°-38.0' E.
           2000 - Latitude - 05°-28.0' N;  Longitude - 134°-30.0' E.

January 2, 1945                 Zone description (-) 9
        Steaming enroute MANUS ISLAND to the assault of LUZON ISLAND, P.I.
At 0700 made rendezvous with and assumed station 9 miles astern of Task 
Force 78.  During the morning one unidentified aircraft was contacted bearing 
011° T., distance 44 miles.  The "BOGEY" remained in the area about 15 
minutes, then opened range and faded.
        Positions:
           0800 - Latitude - 06°-00' N;  Longitude - 132°-49' E.
           1200 - Latitude - 05°-07' N;  Longitude - 135°-38' E.
           2000 - Latitude - 05°-28' N;  Longitude - 134°-30' E.

January 3, 1945                 Zone description(-) 9
        Steaming enroute MANUS ISLAND to the assault of LUZON ISLAND, P.I.  
During the morning, ships of the screen fueled from the tanker accompanying 
the disposition.  At 0910 the O.T.C. ordered all ships of the disposition to 
general quarters in preparation for possible air attack by unidentified 
aircraft reported to be approaching the disposition. No enemy aircraft closed 
within visual range; at 0945 secured from general quarters and set the normal 
cruising condition of readiness.
        Positions:
           0800 - Latitude - 08°-01' N;  Longitude - 129°-37' E.
           1200 - Latitude - 08°-14' N;  Longitude - 129°-06' E.
           2000 - Latitude - 08°-48' N;  Longitude - 128°-12' E.

January 4, 1945                 Zone description (-) 9
        Steaming enroute MANUS ISLAND to the assault of LUZON ISLAND, P.I. 
During the afternoon there were several reports of unidentified aircraft 
contacts but no planes attacked or closed within visual range of the
disposition.  At 1800 formed a special cruising disposition for passing 
through SURIGAO STRAIT; the screening ships on each flank closed in to 1000 
yards of the main body.  At 2100 entered SURIGAO STRAIT between HOMONHON and 
DINAGAT ISLANDS.
        Positions:
           0800 - Latitude - 09°-33.0' N;  Longitude - 126°-54.0' E.
           1200 - Latitude - 09°-47.0' N;  Longitude - 126°-30.0' E.
           2000 - Latitude - 10°-32.0' N;  Longitude - 125°-51.0' E.

January 5, 1945                 Zone description (-) 9
        Steaming enroute MANUS ISLAND to the assault of LUZON ISLAND, P.I. 
During the morning passed from SURIGAO STRAIT into MINDINAO SEA.  At various 
times during the day, unidentified aircraft contacts were reported by ships 
of the disposition but none closed within visual range.
        Positions:
           0800 - Latitude - 09°-31.2' N;  Longitude - 124°-42.5' E.
           1200 - Latitude - 09°-19.0' N;  Longitude - 124°-14.0' E.
           2000 - Latitude - 08°-55.0' N;  Longitude - 123°-10.0' E.

January 6, 1945                 Zone description (-) 9
        Steaming enroute MANUS ISLAND to the assault of LUZON ISLAND, P.I. 
During the early morning passed from MINDINAO SEA into the SULU SEA.  There 
were only two definitely unidentified aircraft contacts during the day.  Once 
at sunrise which closed to 16 miles on bearing 353° T., and again at 0940 
closing to 25 miles on bearing 205° T.
        Positions:
           0800 - Latitude - 09°-29.0' N;  Longitude - 122°-05.0' E.
           1200 - Latitude - 09°-59.0' N;  Longitude - 121°-51.0' E.
           2000 - Latitude - 10°-52.5' N;  Longitude - 121°-37.0' E.

January 7, 1945                 Zone description (-) 9
        Steaming enroute MANUS ISLAND to the assault of LUZON ISLAND, P.I.
During the morning ships of the screen fueled from-tankers that joined the 
formation at daylight.  There were no alerts during the day until about one 
hour before sunset at which time unidentified aircraft were reported 
approaching the disposition.  This raid did not close within visual range.  A 
half an hour later another raid was reported closing the disposition from the 
west.  This raid, consisting of three TOJO type Japanese aircraft, was 
sighted at a distance of 3 miles, approaching from the sun.  The planes 
closed the disposition to 1500 yards, then two of them banked sharply to the 
right and made dive bombing attacks on the landing craft group.  The third 
plane turned left and attacked the ISHERWOOD in screening station #1, 7000 
yards ahead of the guide.  There was no damage to any ships.  One plane was 
observed shot down over the landing craft group, the other two retired.  
PICKING did not fire as range was fouled when planes were seen.  PICKING was 
stationed as guide in center-of disposition.

        During early darkness, formed a cruising disposition for repelling
surface attacks in which the destroyers present of DesDiv 97, under tactical 
command of CDS 49, took station 1500 yards broad on starboard bow of
disposition center and the destroyers present of DesDiv 98, under tactical 
command of CDD 98, took similar station on the port side.  At 2230 observed 
starshell illumination bearing 350° T., 3500 yards.  During the period from 
2230 to 2255, observed gun fire and occasional heavy explosions in the 
vicinity of the starshells.  A few minutes after the firing ceased, a message 
was intercepted on the T B.S. to the effect that friendly forces had sunk a 
SHIGURE class Japanese destroyer in the vicinity of the previously observed 
firing.
        Positions:
           0800 - Latitude - 12°-11.7' N;  Longitude - 120°-56.2' E.
           1200 - Latitude - 12°-42.8' N;  Longitude - 120°-42.2' E.
           2000 - Latitude - 13°-37.0' N;  Longitude - 119°-45.0' E.

January 8, 1945                 Zone description (-) 9
        Steaming enroute MANUS ISLAND to the assault of LUZON, P.I.  One hour 
before sunrise the carriers accompanying TASK FORCE 78 launched the CAP. 
Soon after the carrier planes had been launched, unidentified aircraft were 
reported to the east; dog fights between friendly and enemy planes were 
observed in the direction of land bearing 030° T., 15 miles.  Several enemy 
planes were reported destroyed.  Two of the Japanese aircraft, possibly 
ZEKES, broke through and made bombing attacks on ships of the disposition 
ahead.  One Japanese aircraft made a suicide crash into the CVE KADASHAN BAY,
causing damage.  The other plane, having released bombs, retired under heavy 
AA fire with no damage observed.  There were no other attacks during the day 
although several unidentified aircraft were reported.  One raid, after
darkness, closed to within 8 miles of the disposition, then retired.
        Positions:
           0800 - Latitude - 15°-02.0' N;  Longitude - 119°-05.0' E.
           1200 - Latitude - 15°-40.5' N;  Longitude - 119°-08.5' E.
           2000 - Latitude - 16°-40.0' N;  Longitude - 119°-20.6' E.

January 9, 1945                 Zone description (-) 9
        Steaming enroute MANUS ISLAND to the assault of LUZON ISLAND, P.I. 
At 0215 entered LINGAYEN GULF and formed the approach disposition; PICKING
remained disposition guide.  After steaming for about three hours in the 
approach disposition, the screening ships departed and proceeded to assigned 
screening stations in the assault area, PICKING proceeded to station #85.  A 
half hour before sunrise the SOPA ordered all ships to general quarters to 
repel enemy air attacks.  At sunrise the first raid, consisting of about 3 
ZEKES and 1 BETTY, approached from the east.  As soon as the planes were 
within gun fire range, all ships opened fire.  This ship opened fire with the 
5" battery on a ZEKE bearing 175° T., about 7500 yards away.  A few minutes 
later the machine guns opened fire on another ZEKE that had closed in over 
head.  Both planes were fired on until out of gun fire range.  The 5" battery 
target was believed badly damaged by many ships firing and later crashed over 
land.  Ammunition expended: 47 rounds of 5" special ammunition, 31 rounds of 
40mm and 1 round of 20 mm.  Two planes of this raid made suicide dives into 
ships of the assault force.  Shortly after eight o'clock, arrived in assault 
screening station (#85) and commenced lying to in accordance with the Screen 
Commander's Screen Plan.  Bearing location of station #85: POPTUGUESE PT: 
229½° T.; LEFT TANG.  CABALITIAN ISLAND 252° T.  CENTER CAMOS ISLAND 206½° T.
The fire support ships continued the bombardment until shortly before the 
troops began to land at 0930.

        At noon this ship proceeded to the eastern side of the screening area 
to deliver guard mail to ships of DESRON 49 in that area.  While in the area, 
two Japanese aircraft, one TONY and one VAL, were sighted approaching from 
SAN FABIAN.  The aircraft made bombing attacks on ships in the vicinity and 
immediately made suicide dives, the VAL into the USS MISSISSIPPI and the TONY
into HMAS AUSTRALIA.  Upon completion of the mail delivery, proceeded back 
and resumed assigned screen station.

        At 1800 the first transports, T.U. 79.14.1, commenced retirement.  
CDS 49 in PICKING was ordered as Screen Commander for this unit.  While 
enroute to rendezvous location, several enemy aircraft were reported in the 
area and at various times heavy AA fire was observed throughout the area. 
Just before sunset, two Japanese aircraft were sighted attacking ships 
bearing 350° T., 10 miles.  At 1856 this ship opened fire on a twin engined
believed to be SALLY type Japanese bomber bearing 010° T., range 8000 yards. 
The plane went out of gun fire range with no apparent damage.  A few minutes 
later fire was opened on a Japanese TOJO type plane bearing 163° T., range 
8000 yards.  This plane passed out of visual range quickly because of 
darkness.  At 1926 intensive AA fire was observed off the starboard beam at a 
range of about 4 miles.  This ship was able to pick up the target with the 
fire control radar and fired with the 5" battery in full radar control while 
the target remained within range.  Ammunition expended during the raid: 96 
rounds of 5", 37 rounds 40mm.  At 2100 the "ALL CLEAR" sounded, secured from 
general quarters and set the normal cruising condition of readiness.  Upon 
completion of sortie, 2300, formed a special cruising disposition with TASK 
UNIT 79.14.1 and set course for LEYTE ISLAND, P.I., PICKING in station 6000
yards ahead of the guide on the fleet axis.  OTC and guide in USS LEONARD
WOOD. OTC is CTU 79.14.1

        The sortie of T.U. 79.14.1 from the transport area was a dangerous 
and difficult operation which included weaving through formations of 
battleships in utter darkness during their emergency turns to avoid air 
attack.  This ship narrowly averted colliding on two occasions.
None of the raids were detected by air search radar.  The noon raid 
surprised the entire harbor and made their attacks before the ships could be 
alerted to repel them.  This is a prime example of the inability of air 
search radar in landlocked harbors to give early warning and the importance 
of look-outs as the primary means of detection while in such places.
        Positions:
           0800 - Latitude - 16°-07.9' N;  Longitude - 120°-10.3' E.
           1200 - Latitude - 16°-07.5' N;  Longitude - 120°-13.3' E.
           2000 - Latitude - 16°-16.0' N;  Longitude - 120°-12.0' E.

January 10, 1945                Zone description (-) 9
        Steaming enroute LUZON ISLAND, P.I. to LEYTE ISLAND, P.I.  Shortly 
after midnight the USS LOUISVILLE joined the disposition.  Shortly before 
sunrise unidentified aircraft contacted bearing 115° T., 8 miles, ship was
at dawn general quarters.  About five minutes later one ZEKE type Japanese 
aircraft was sighted as it commenced to dive in an attack on the WICKES.
Bombs were released at an altitude of about 3000 feet and resulted in a near 
miss off the WICKES' port beam.  The plane was fired on by ships in that 
vicinity as it retired in the direction of MANILA, but apparently no
damage was caused.  There were no other alerts during the day.  CAP was 
maintained by Army P-38 planes and fighters from the KADASHAN BAY.
        Positions:
           0800 - Latitude - 16°-02.0' N;  Longitude - 119°-00.0' E.
           1200 - Latitude - 15°-18.0' N;  Longitude - 119°-05.0' E.
           2000 - Latitude - 13°-32.0' N;  Longitude - 119°-22.7' E.

January 11, 1945                Zone description (-) 9
        Steaming enroute LUZON ISLAND, P.I., to LEYTE ISLAND, P.I.
        Positions:
           0800 - Latitude - 11°-46.0' N;  Longitude - 121°-03.0' E.
           1200 - Latitude - 10°-59.5' N;  Longitude - 121°-28.0' E.
           2000 - Latitude - 09°-23.1' N;  Longitude - 122°-13.0' E.

January 12, 1945                Zone description (-) 9
        Steaming enroute LUZON to LEYTE.  At 1800 arrived at LEYTE, 
escorted transports to transport anchorage, then proceeded to SAN PEDRO
BAY and anchored in assigned berth in inner anchorage.
        Positions:
           0800 - Latitude - 09°-17.0' N;  Longitude - 124°-25.0' E.
           1200 - Latitude - 09°-42.6' N;  Longitude - 125°-10.7' E.
           2000 - Latitude - 11°-12.5' N;  Longitude - 125°-04.0' E.

January 13, 1945                Zone description (-) 9
        Lay at anchor in the inner anchorage, SAN PEDRO BAY, throughout 
the day except for about two hours while going alongside the tanker to 
fuel and returning to berth.
        Positions:
           0800 - Latitude - 11°-05.4' N;  Longitude - 125°-06.5' E.
           1200 - Latitude - 11°-09.9' N;  Longitude - 125°-08.9' E.
           2000 - Latitude - 11°-09.9' N;  Longitude - 125°-08.9' E.

January, 14, 1945               Zone description (-) 9
        At 0200, the U.S.S YOUNG, while conducting an anti-submarine 
patrol in the area east of the transport anchorage off TAYTAY POINT, 
LEYTE, reported a positive submarine contact and after several depth 
Charge attacks, reported a possible "KILL".  At noon a periscope was 
reported sighted in Latitude - 11°-00' N.;  Longitude - 125°-30' E. by 
an army patrol plane; this ship, accompanied by the EDWIN A. HOWARD,
proceeded immediately to the vicinity of the sighted periscope and 
searched the area.  During the afternoon and night, both ships conducted 
the retiring search procedure in area between MANICAN, SAMAR and
HOMONHON ISLAND, results negative.
        Positions:
           0800 - Latitude - 11°-09.6' N;  Longitude - 125°-05.6' E.
           1200 - Latitude - 11°-02.3' N;  Longitude - 125°-14.5' E.
           2000 - Latitude - 10°-59.2' N;  Longitude - 125°-35.2' E.

January 15, 1945                Zone description (-) 9
        Continued the retiring search procedure between MANICANI, HOMONHON 
and SAMAR ISLANDS until 0700 at which time ceased patrol, proceeded to the 
transport anchorage off TAYTAY POINT, LEYTE and anchored one mile east of the 
transports.
        Positions:
           0800 - Latitude - 10°-49.5' N;  Longitude - 125°-14.0' E.
           1200 - Latitude - 10°-47.0' N;  Longitude - 125°-07.8' E.
           2000 - Latitude - 10°-47.0' N;  Longitude - 125°-07.8' E.

January 16, 1945                Zone description (-) 9
        At 0630 underway and proceeded to the inner anchorage, SAN PEDRO BAY, 
to make provisioning arrangements and pick up guard mail.  During the 
afternoon returned to the transport anchorage and anchored in area east of 
the transports.  At 0800, Captain Bert F. BROWN, USN, relieved Captain E. R. 
McLEAN, Jr., USN, as Commander Destroyer Squadron 49, U. S. S. PICKING, 
flagship.
        Positions:
           0800 - Latitude - 11°-11.0' N;  Longitude - 125°-04.0' E.
           1200 - Latitude - 11°-06.6' N;  Longitude - 125°-04.8' E.
           2000 - Latitude - 10°-48.1' N;  Longitude - 125°-07.4' E.

January 17, 1945                Zone description (-) 9
        Remained anchored in area east of transport anchorage until noon, 
then moved to the inner anchorage, SAN PEDRO BAY.  At 2025 went to general 
quarters for air attack in accordance with SOPA T.B.S. signal.  Shortly after 
the alert, light AA fire was observed in the vicinity of TACLOBAN, no
aircraft were sighted by this ship.  At 2117 the "ALL CLEAR" sounded, secured 
from general quarters and set condition of readiness II.
        Positions:
           0800 - Latitude - 10°-48.1' N;  Longitude - 125°-07.4' E.
           1200 - Latitude - 11°-48.1' N;  Longitude - 125°-07.4' E.
           2000 - Latitude - 10°-40.1' N;  Longitude - 125°-02.4' E.

January 18, 1945                Zone description (-) 9
        At 0607 the SOPA ordered all ships to general quarters to repel 
expected enemy air attacks.  There were a few reports of enemy aircraft 
contacts, but no unidentified aircraft were contacted or sighted by this 
ship.  The "ALL CLEAR" was given at 0642, secured from general quarters, set 
condition of readiness II.
        Positions:
           0800,1200,2000, Latitude - 11°-05.5' N;  Longitude - 125°-03.0' E.

January 19, 1945                Zone description (-) 9
        Remained anchored in the center anchorage, SAN PEDRO BAY, LEYTE all 
day.

        At 2045 the shore fighter director station reported unidentified 
aircraft to be in the area, the SOPA ordered all ships to general quarters to 
repel expected air attack.  "ALL CLEAR" was given at 2120.  Again at 2200 
unidentified aircraft were reported in the area; all ships were ordered to 
general quarters.  2240 "ALL CLEAR."  No unidentified aircraft were contacted 
or sighted by this ship during either alert.
        Positions:
           0800,1200,2000, Latitude - 11°-06.0' N;  Longitude - 125°-03.0' E.

January 20, 1945                Zone description (-) 9
        Anchored in center anchorage, SAN PEDRO BAY, LEYTE.  At 0604 Held 
general quarters to repel expected air attacks in accordance with the SOPA 
"Flash Red".  During the next half hour, several unidentified aircraft 
reports were intercepted over voice radio circuits; none closer then 
twenty-five miles to the bay.  "ALL CLEAR" was given at 0651.
        Positions:
           0800,1200, 2000, Latitude - 11°-06.0' N;  Longitude - 125°-03.0' E.

January 21, 1945                Zone description (-) 9
        At 0630 underway, proceeded to vicinity of transport anchorage off 
TAYTAY POINT, LEYTE and conducted an anti-submarine patrol the remainder of 
the day.  The only air alert during the day was at sunset when the shore 
fighter director station reported unidentified aircraft thirty-five miles 
west of TACLOBAN.  All ships were ordered to general quarters.  The alert 
lasted from 1828 until 1843.
        Positions:
           0800 - Latitude - 10°-51.5' N;  Longitude - 125°-07.3' E.
           1200 - Latitude - 10°-52.1' N;  Longitude - 125°-05.1' E.
           2000 - Latitude - 10°-52.1' N;  Longitude - 125°-05.1' E.

January 22, 1945                Zone description (-) 9
        Continued anti-submarine patrol until noon at which time proceeded to 
SAN PEDRO BAY, LEYTE and anchored in the center anchorage.
        Positions:
           0800 - Latitude - 10°-55.3' N;  Longitude - 125°-07.5' E.
           1200 - Latitude - 10°-55.8' N;  Longitude - 125°-07.4' E.
           2000 - Latitude - 11°-04.6' N;  Longitude - 125°-03.7' E.

January 23, 1945                Zone description (-) 9
        At anchor in SAN PEDRO BAY all day except for about 4 hours in the 
afternoon during which time fueled ship and replenished ammunition.
        Positions:
           0800 - Latitude - 11°-04.7' N;  Longitude - 125°-03.7' E.
           1200 - Latitude - 11°-04.7' N;  Longitude - 125°-03.7' E.
           2000 - Latitude - 11°-08.5' N;  Longitude - 125°-08.2' E.

January 24, 1945                Zone description (-) 9
        PICKING operating with SEVENTH FLEET, attached to TASK FORCE 78 under 
the command of Vice Admiral D. BARBEY, USN, in accordance with CANF, SWPA Op 
Plan 18-44; re-assigned from TASK FORCE 79.  Assigned to TASK GROUP 78.3 in 
accordance with CTF 78 Op Plans 1-45 and 2-45, under command of 
Rear Admiral D. STRUBLE, USN, COMPHIBGR 9.  Further assigned to TASK UNIT 
78.3.5 in accordance with CTG 78.3 Op Plan 1-45.  Commander TASK UNIT 78.3.5 
is Captain B. F. BROWN, USN CDS 49, U.S.S. PICKING, flagship. 

        Anchored in center anchorage, SAN PEDRO BAY, LEYTE.
        Positions:
           0800,1200, 2000, Latitude - 11°-06.0' N;  Longitude - 125°-03.0' E.

January 25, 1945                Zone description (-) 9
        Anchored in center anchorage, SAN PEDRO BAY, LEYTE.  During the 
afternoon, an hour before sunset, unidentified aircraft were reported in the 
area.  All ships went to general quarters in accordance with the SOPA "Flash 
Red".  At 1845 the "All Clear" was given; no attacks having been made, nor 
were any planes sighted by this ship.
        Positions:
           0800,1200, 2000, Latitude - 11°-06.0' N;  Longitude - 125°-03.0' E.

January 26, 1945                Zone description (-) 9
        At 0945 got underway and proceeded to the transport anchorage off 
TAYTAY POINT, LEYTE.  Upon arrival in the anchorage area, formed an 
anti-submarine screen with TASK UNIT 78.3.5, screening ships, to seaward of 
the transports and awaited their sortie.  After the transports had completed 
sortie, formed a special cruising disposition with TASK GROUP 78.3 and 
proceeded from LEYTE GULF enroute to the assault of Southern LUZON ISLAND, 
P.I. in accordance with CTG 78.3 Operation Plan 1-45.  PICKING in station #1 
of circular anti-submarine screen, 4500 yards ahead of fleet center on the 
fleet axis.  Disposition guide is U.S.S. HARRIS (APA-2).  OTC is CTG 78.3 
(Rear Admiral A.D. STRUBLE, USN) in U.S.S. MOUNT McKINLEY.  There were no 
unidentified contacts, air or surface during the day.  Army P-38's furnished 
CAP during day light hours.  U.S.S. WICKES acting as fighter director ship.
        Positions:
           0800 - Latitude - 11°-06.0' N;  Longitude - 125°-03.0' E.
           1200 - Latitude - 10°-50.0' N;  Longitude - 125°-13.0' E.
           2000 - Latitude - 09°-33.0' N;  Longitude - 124°-47.0' E.

January 27, 1945                Zone description (-) 9
        Steaming enroute LEYTE, P.I. to the assault of Southern LUZON, P.I. 
At 1238 contacted an unidentified aircraft bearing 200° T., distance 48 
miles.  The OTC ordered all ships to general quarters in preparation for 
enemy sir attacks.  Formed an anti-aircraft cruising disposition in which the 
screening ships closed in to 1500 yards around the transports.  Twenty 
minutes later the aircraft was identified, visually, as a friendly B-24 type
bomber.  Secured from general quarters, set the normal cruising condition of 
readiness and formed the regular cruising disposition.  Twice during the 
following two hours unidentified aircraft were reported approaching the 
disposition, and in each case, identified as friendly after closing within 
visual range.  CAP was furnished by Army and Navy fighters directed by the 
WICKES.
        Positions:
           0800 - Latitude - 09°-00.5' N;  Longitude - 122°-45.0' E.
           1200 - Latitude - 09°-27.0' N;  Longitude - 122°-16.0' E.
           2000 - Latitude - 10°-32.0' N;  Longitude - 121°-42.0' E.

January 28, 1945                Zone description (-) 9
        Steaming enroute LEYTE, P. I. to the assault of Southern LUZON, P.I. 
At 1511 contacted TASK UNIT 78.3.4, landing craft of the assault force, 
bearing 300° T., 15 miles.  About three hours later, over took and passed the 
landing craft in accordance with the Operation Plan.
        Positions:
           0800 - Latitude - 12°-16.0' N;  Longitude - 120°-55.6' E.
           1200 - Latitude - 12°-50.3' N;  Longitude - 120°-31.7' E.
           2000 - Latitude - 13°-49.5' N;  Longitude - 119°-27.8' E.

January 29, 1945                Zone description (-) 9
        Steaming enroute LEYTE, P.I to the assault of Southern LUZON, P.I. 
Arrived in the assault area, (SAN NARCISCO BEACH) at 0515 and all ships were 
ordered to take assault stations.  The PICKING's task was to furnish fire 
support (preliminary bombardment and call fire if needed) in area between 
"RED" and "BLUE landing beaches.  As the ships were proceeding to their 
assault stations, natives came to meet them in outrigger canoes and insisted 
there were no Japanese in the area and that the guerrillas were in control; 
further investigation proved this to be true and at daylight U. S. flags were 
observed at several places along the beach.  On order of the OTC, the 
bombardment was called off and the fire support ships lay to in their assault 
stations, the PICKING's being 2000 yards off shore between RED and BLUE boat 
lanes, as the troops landed.  The first waves landed at 0830.  Many natives 
were observed congregated along the beach line as the troops landed.  In the 
afternoon, the DENVER with two DD's as escorts, was ordered to proceed to 
SUBIC BAY and bombard GRANDE ISLAND.  The DENVER reported there was no sign 
of enemy action and bombardment was deemed unnecessary.  The OTC issued an 
attack plan in which the APD's of the TASK GROUP would land one battalion of 
troops on GRANDE ISLAND the following morning.

        At 1900 the transports that had completed unloading formed TASK UNIT 
78.3.20 and stood out to sea.

        There were no air attacks or unidentified aircraft contacts during 
the day.  CAP was furnished by Army and Navy fighters directed by the MOUNT 
McKINLEY and WICKES.  The ship remained at general quarters the entire day 
during day light hours, securing one hour after sunset.
        Positions:
           0800 - Latitude - 15°-00.0' N;  Longitude - 120°-03.0' E.
           1200 - Latitude - 14°-59.6' N;  Longitude - 120°-02.8' E.
           2000 - Latitude - 14°-59.8' N;  Longitude - 120°-03.0' E.

January 30, 1945                Zone description (-) 9
        At 0530 the APD's stood out, enroute to the assault of GRANDE ISLAND. 
At sunrise proceeded from assault station to the anti-submarine screen and 
commenced lying to in accordance with orders of the screen commander, CDS 49. 
During the afternoon, commencing at 1400, fueled from the CAPRICORNIUS
(KA-59).  Upon completion of fueling, returned to the screen and anchored in 
assigned station.  At 1730, the SPROSTON, having returned from a trip to 
SUBIC BAY, reported that GRANDE ISLAND was under control of U. S. troops. 
The troops landed with no opposition and reported no Japanese on the Island.
        Positions:
           0800 - Latitude - 14°-59.3' N;  Longitude - 120°-01.2' E.
           1200 - Latitude - 14°-59.3' N;  Longitude - 120°-01.2' E.
           2000 - Latitude - 15°-01.3' N;  Longitude - 120°-01.6' E.

January 31, 1945                Zone description (-) 9
        Maintained station in anti-submarine screen until noon at which time 
proceeded to SUBIC BAY to pick up Commodore CARLSON, CTS 13, in accordance 
with CTG 78.3 (Rear Admiral STRUBLE) verbal orders.  Arrived in SUBIC BAY at
1300 and lay to in area North of GRANDE ISLAND while the Commodore and his 
staff came aboard.  After the Commodore was aboard, proceeded back to 
transport area off SAN NARCISO.  At 1200 CTG 78.3 transferred his flag to the 
U.S.C.G.C. INGRAM. in the transport area at 1600, let the Commodore off and 
resumed regular station in the screen.  At sunset the remainder of the 
transports, screened by some units of DESRON 49 and available DE's formed 
TASK UNIT 78.3.23 and stood out to sea.  PICKING remained in area.
        Positions:
           0800 - Latitude - 15°-01.3' N;  Longitude - 120°-01.6' E.
           1200 - Latitude - 14°-48.6' N;  Longitude - 120°-03.5' E.
           2000 - Latitude - 15°-04.2' N;  Longitude - 120°-01.0' E.

February 1, 1945                Zone description (-) 9
        PICKING operating with SEVENTH FLEET, attached to TASK FORCE 78 under 
the command of VICE ADMIRAL D. BARBEY, USN, in accordance with CANF, SWPA Op. 
Plan 18-44.  Assigned to TASK GROUP 78.3 in accordance with CTF 78 Op. Plans 
1-45 and 2-45, under command of REAR ADMIRAL A.D. STRUBLE, USN, COMPHIBGR 9.
Further assigned to TASK UNIT 78.3.5 in accordance with CTG 78.3 Op. 
Plan Commander TASK UNIT 78.3.5 is CAPTAIN B. F. BRONN, USN CDS 49, 
U.S.S. PICKING, flagship.  Conducted anti-submarine patrol in area west of 
transport anchorage off SAN NARCISO.  At 1530 CTG 78.3 in USCGC INGHAM, left 
the area and proceeded to SUBIC BAY: S.O.P.A. is CTU 78.3.5, CDS 49, in 
U.S.S. PICKING.
        Positions:
           0800 - Latitude - 15°-00.2' N;  Longitude - 120°-00.7' E.
           1200 - Latitude - 15°-00.0' N;  Longitude - 120°-01.2' E.
           2000 - Latitude - 15°-00.0' N;  Longitude - 120°-00.0' E.

February 2, 1945                Zone description (-) 9
        Patrolling in anti-submarine screen off assault beach areas, SAN
NARCISO, LUZON.  At 0225 made radar contact on unidentified aircraft bearing
280° T., 37 miles; held general quarters to repel possible enemy air attack.
The aircraft was tracked in to 12 miles at which time contact was lost on a
bearing of 280° T.  An half four later an unidentified airplane approached
from over land, crossed over the assault area and retired on a northwesterly 
course.  Motor noises were heard as it passed overhead and shortly thereafter 
radar contact gained.  The plane was tracked out to range 12 miles on bearing 
300° T. where contact was lost.  0314 "ALL CLEAR" was given, secured from 
general quarters, set condition of readiness II.  Again at 0445, unidentified 
aircraft were reported by the shore fighter director station, the S.O.P.A., 
CDS 49, in PICKING, ordered all ships to general quarters.  Twenty-five 
minutes later, the "ALL CLEAR" was given, no unidentified aircraft having 
been contacted by this ship.  0725 Ceased antisubmarine patrol, formed a 
special cruising disposition with the remaining landing craft and screening 
ships in the vicinity and set course for SUBIC BAY, LUZON, in accordance with 
CTG 78.3 instructions of the previous day.  Disposition guide, LST 1025.  OTC 
is CTU 78.3.5, CDS 49, in PICKING.  Arrived in SUBIC BAY at 1240 and anchored 
in assigned berth.
        Positions:
           0800 - Latitude - 15°-00.0' N;  Longitude - 120°-00.6' E.
           1200 - Latitude - 14°-44.5' N;  Longitude - 120°-12.2' E.
           2000 - Latitude - 14°-47.3' N;  Longitude - 120°-14.0' E.

February 3, 1945                Zone description (-) 9
        Remained anchored in SUBIC BAY all day.  Twice during the evening, at 
2053 and 2236 unidentified aircraft were reported in the vicinity, each time 
the S.O.P.A. ordered general quarters, each alert lasting for an half hour.
There were no unidentified aircraft contacts made by this ship during either 
alert.
        Positions:
           0800 - Latitude - 14°-47.4' N;  Longitude - 120°-14.0' E.
           1200 - Latitude - 14°-47.4' N;  Longitude - 120°-14.0' E.
           2000 - Latitude - 14°-47.4' N;  Longitude - 120°-14.0' E.

February 4, 1945                Zone description (-) 9
        At anchor in SUBIC BAY, LUZON until late afternoon. During the 
afternoon CTG 78.3 (REAR ADMIRAL A. D. STRUBLE) ordered the PICKING and 
WICKES to accompany TASK UNIT 78.3.26, scheduled for sortie at 1700, to 
MINDORO ISLAND, then to pick up another task unit and return to SUBIC BAY.
Underway at 1700 and proceeded from SUBIC BAY.  Upon completion of sortie of 
the landing craft, formed a special cruising disposition with TASK UNIT 
78.3.26 in accordance with CTG 78.3 instructions.  Disposition guide and OTC 
in LST 924. OTC, COMLSTGR 44.  PICKING in station about 3200 from the fleet
center.
        Positions:
           0800 - Latitude - 14°-47.3' N;  Longitude - 120°-14.0' E.
           1200 - Latitude - 14°-47.3' N;  Longitude - 120°-14.0' E.
           2000 - Latitude - 14°-32.0' N;  Longitude - 119°-58.0' E.

February 5, 1945                Zone description (-) 9
        Steaming in company with TASK UNIT 78.3.26. At 0800 left the 
disposition, in company with the WICKES, and proceeded to MINDORO ISLAND at 
22 knots.  Arrived in MANGARIN BAY, MINDORO ISLAND at,1300 , fueled ship, 
then anchored in assigned berth in the anchorage area.
        Positions:
           0800 - Latitude - 13°-11.9' N;  Longitude - 119°-22.6' E.
           1200 - Latitude - 12°-36.0' N;  Longitude - 120°-42.0' E.
           2000 - Latitude - 12°-20.8' N;  Longitude - 121°-02.0' E.

February 6, 1945                Zone description (-) 9
        Anchored in MANGARIN BAY, MINDORO ISLAND, P.I.  At 1200 got underway 
and proceeded from MANGARIN BAY along with the other ships of TASK UNIT 
78.3.27.  Upon completion of sortie, 1300, formed a special cruising
disposition with TASK UNIT and set course for SUBIC BAY, LUZON in accordance 
with CTG 78.3 instructions of 4 February 1945.  PICKING in station #1 of 
Anti-Submarine Screen Plan #52.  Disposition guide, U.S.S. GRASP (ARS 24).
OTC is CTU 78.3.27; CDS 49, in PICKING.  At 2000 U.S.S. THOMASON and U.S.S. 
NEUENDORF destroyer escorts, joined the disposition; formed Anti-Submarine 
Screen #54, with PICKING in station #1.  An half hour before midnight, 
unidentified aircraft were contacted bearing 220° T, 60 miles.  The aircraft 
closed the range slowly and passed down the port side of the disposition at 
30 miles.  Contact was lost at 0005, February 7, bearing 325° T., 57 miles.
        Positions:
           0800 - Latitude - 14°-20.8' N;  Longitude - 121°-02.0' E.
           1200 - Latitude - 14°-20.8' N;  Longitude - 121°-02.0' E.
           2000 - Latitude - 13°-08.0' N;  Longitude - 120°-09.0' E.

February 7, 1945                Zone description (-) 9
        Steaming enroute MINDORO to SUBIC BAY, LUZON.  Shortly after 
midnight, the THOMASON reported a sonar contact, after investigation, 
evaluated as large school of fish.  At 0325 the U.S.S. PHOENIX and escorts
overtook this disposition and CTG 77.3, in the PHOENIX, ordered the THOMASON
and NEUENDORF to join him.  PICKING and WICKES remaining as screen for TASK 
UNIT 78.3.27, formed Anti-Submarine Screen Plan 52, with PICKING in station 
#1.  Arrived in SUBIC BAY at 0840 and anchored in assigned berth.  There was 
one air alert during the evening at 2102, which lasted for three quarters of 
an hour; no planes attacked, nor were any contacted by this ship.
        Positions:
           0800 - Latitude - 14°-43.1' N;  Longitude - 120°-11.8' E.
           1200 - Latitude - 14°-43.1' N;  Longitude - 120°-11.8' E.
           2000 - Latitude - 14°-43.1' N;  Longitude - 120°-11.8' E.

February 8, 1945, through February 12, 1945     Zone description (-) 9.
        Remained anchored in SUBIC BAY.
        Positions:
           0800 - Latitude - 14°-43.0' N;  Longitude - 120°-11.0' E.
           1200 - Latitude - 14°-43.0' N;  Longitude - 120°-11.0' E.
           2000 - Latitude - 14°-43.0' N;  Longitude - 120°-11.0' E.

February 13, 1945.              Zone description (-) 9.
        Anchored in SUBIC BAY, LUZON.  0330 CDs 49 temporarily transferred 
his pennant to the U.S.S. WICKES.  At 0400 underway, joined TASK UNIT 78.3.6 
(Mine Sweepers) and set course for CORREGIDOR ISLAND to carry out
minesweeping operations in accordance with CTG 78.3 OP Plan 4-45.  PICKING's
task, assisted by the YOUNG, was to furnish close fire support to the Mine 
sweepers.  Arrived in vicinity of CORREGIDOR at 0900 and commenced sweeping a 
lane from the southwest to the island in order that the bombardment group 
(cruisers and destroyers) might close and bombard.  By 1100 the Mine Sweepers 
had swept a lane to within point blank range of CORREGIDOR without drawing 
fire.  1100 PICKING and YOUNG (fire support unit) lay-to in area 4000 yards 
southwest of CORREGIDOR and took targets of opportunity under fire; there was 
no return fire.  At 1115 the bombardment group commenced the bombardment, 
range about 8000 yards.  16 pre-war mines were reported swept and destroyed. 
At 1330 moved to the entrance of MARIVELES HARBOR and fired on favorable 
targets until about 1530.  Ammunition expended during the day: 113 rounds AA 
Common.  At 1600 ceased operations and commenced retirement back to SUBIC BAY 
in accordance with the OP Plan.  There was no return fire from either
CORREGIDOR or MARIVELES (BATAAN) all day.  This was believed to be the 
results of continous air strikes on both places, by friendly planes.  Shortly 
after departing from  the CORREGIDOR area, made rendezvous with the WICKES and
CDS 49 transferred his pennant back to this ship.  PICKING was relieved by
the WICKES as support for the Mine Sweepers and proceeded independently to 
SUBIC BAY.  Arrived in SUBIC BAY at 2045 and anchored.
        Positions:
           0800 - Latitude - 14°-18.5' N;  Longitude - 120°-18.6' E.
           1200 - Latitude - 14°-20.7' N;  Longitude - 120°-32.1' E.
           2000 - Latitude - 14°-32.8' N;  Longitude - 120°-12.5' E.

February 14, 1945               Zone description (-) 9
        Remained anchored in SUBIC BAY until 1730 at which time got underway 
and patrolled in area south of GRANDE ISLAND until the assault group (landing 
craft) sortied.  Upon completion of sortie formed a cruising disposition with 
TASK GROUP 78.3 and set course for MARIVELES HARBOR, BATAAN PENINSULA, LUZON 
in accordance with CTG 78.3 OP Plan 4-45.  OTC and guide in USCGC INGHAM.
OTC is CTG 78.3 (REAP ADMIRAL A. D. STRUBLE, USN).  PICKING in station 2330.
PICKING's task in this phase of the operation: Escort the assault group to 
the assault area and then furnish fire support, preliminary bombardment and 
call fire.
        Positions:
           0800 - Latitude - 14°-32.8' N;  Longitude - 120°-12.5' E.
           1200 - Latitude - 14°-32.8' N;  Longitude - 120°-12.5' E.
           2000 - Latitude - 14°-40.7' N;  Longitude - 120°-05.0' E.

February 15, 1945.              Zone description (-) 9
        Steaming in company with TASK GROUP 78.3 enroute SUBIC BAY to the 
assault of MARIVELES, BATAAN PENINSULA LUZON.  Shortly after midnight the 
fire support group commander (CTG 77.3 reported there were still active gun 
batteries on CORREGIDOR that had inflicted damage on fire support ships 
during the previous day.  CTG 78.3 delayed the scheduled "H" - hour in order 
that the fire-support ships would have more time to neutralize resistance 
from CORREGIDOR.  At 0830 the OTC ordered "H" - hour for 1000.  Upon arrival 
in the assault area, all ships were ordered to take assault stations.  
PICKING left the disposition and proceeded to fire support area at the 
entrance to MARIVELES HARBOR and west of the landing craft lane.  As the 
landing craft were lying to in assault area about 3 mile northwest of 
CORREGIDOR, splashes were observed among them caused by gun fire from 
CORREGIDOR.  Fire support ships quickly silenced the shore battery and no 
further fire from CORREGIDOR was observed.  0850 Arrived in assault station 
and commenced bombardment of the MARIVELES area at 0915.  During the 
bombardment, friendly bombers made heavy air strikes on both CORREGIDOR and 
MARIVELES.  The bombardment and air strikes ceased at 0950 and the assault 
troops commenced landing at 1000 against no apparent opposition.  Ammunition 
expended in fire support mission: 275 rounds 5" AA Common, 130 rounds 40 mm.
After the assault troops had landed and as the LSM's were proceeding to the 
beach, LSM 169 struck a submerged mine causing, heavy damage and blowing a 
number of personnel into the water.  Five of the survivors were brought 
aboard this ship for treatment and were later transferred to the hospital 
LST.  At noon CDS 49 in PICKING received orders to take charge of the 
Anti-Submarine screen around the assault area.  PICKING proceeded to the 
vicinity of the Anti-Submarine screen five miles west of CORREGIDOR and 
conducted Anti-Submarine patrol in assigned area.  At sunset CTG 78.3 in 
U.S.C.G.C. INGHAM commenced retirement for the night.  TASK MIT 78.3.5 was 
ordered to furnish Anti-Submarine screen for retirement.

        PICKING was assigned to station #1 of Anti-Submarine Screen Plan 56.
Retirement was made due west of CORREGIDOR at 5 knots, screening ships 
patrolling stations at 10 knots.
        Positions:
           0800 - Latitude - 14°-19.2' N;  Longitude - 120°-25.5' E.
           1200 - Latitude - 14°-24.9' N;  Longitude - 120°-30.3' E.
           2000 - Latitude - 14°-22.8' N;  Longitude - 120°-29.0' E.

February 16, 1945.              Zone description (-) 9
        Steaming as before in accordance with retirement instructions.
Shortly after midnight PICKING, YOUNG and WICKES were ordered to proceed to 
the assault area to repel "Suicide" - boat attacks on friendly shipping.  All
ships were ordered to clear the assault area until daylight.  Arrived in 
assault area at 0520 and patrolled in western end of south channel to MANILA 
BAY until 0730, then commenced lying to in area three miles west of 
CORREGIDOR.  From 0730 until 0830, bombers made heavy air strikes on 
CORREGIDOR, concentrating on the western half of the island where 
paratroopers were scheduled to land.  0840 The paratroopers commenced landing 
on the western part of CORREGIDOR; this phrase lasted for about an hour. 
0850 Commenced steaming various courses and speeds proceeding to the southern 
side of CORREGIDOR to take station for the next phrase of the operation, 
amphibious assault.  PICKING's task again was fire support.  At 0916 arrived 
in station 2000 yards south of the assault beach and about 500 yards west of 
the landing craft lane, and commenced the bombardment at 0941.  The 
bombardment was coordinated with air strikes both ceasing at 1020.  The 
assault troops imediately proceeded to the beach, landing against light 
machine gun fire.  There was one mortor observed firing from the hills west 
of the landing beach which was silenced by gun fire from this ship.  A half 
an hour later, an enemy pill box firing at boats was knocked out by this 
ship's gun fire.  During the afternoon moved in to within 800 yards of the 
beach in order to furnish better protection to boating to and from the beach.
While in close to the beach, a large explosion occurred about 400 yards off 
the starboard bow of this ship believed to be a controlled mine exploding, 
fortunately, no damage caused.  At 1630 retired from the fire support area.
Ammunition expended: 718 rounds 5" AA Common, 28 rounds 5" Common.  1800 
Departed from the assault area in company with the WICKES and YOUNG and set 
course for LEYTE ISLAND in accordance with CTG 78.3's instructions.  In 
column formation with guide and OTC in PICKING.  OTC is CDS 49.
        Positions:
           0800 - Latitude - 14°-43.0' N;  Longitude - 120°-11.0' E.
           1200 - Latitude - 14°-43.0' N;  Longitude - 120°-11.0' E.
           2000 - Latitude - 14°-43.0' N;  Longitude - 120°-17.0' E.

February 17, 1945.              Zone description (-) 9
        Steaming enroute CORREGIDOR to LEYTE.  At 0600 while off the coast of 
MANGARIN BAY, MINDORO ISLAND, the SS KENESAW MOUNTAIN joined the formation.
DD's formed Anti-Submarine screen plan #53, KENESAW MOUNTAIN as guide; 
PICKING in station #1.
        Positions:
           0800 - Latitude - 12°-02.8' N;  Longitude - 120°-57.9' E.
           1200 - Latitude - 11°-07.2' N;  Longitude - 121°-33.3' E.
           2000 - Latitude - 09°-21.0' N;  Longitude - 122°-16.8' E.

February 18, 1945.              Zone description (-) 9
        Steaming enroute CORREGIDOR to LEYTE.  Arrived in SAN PEDRO BAY, 
LEYTE at 1600 and anchored in assigned berth, passage from MANILA BAY made 
without incident.
        Positions:
           0800 - Latitude - 09°-36.5' N;  Longitude - 124°-58.0' E.
           1200 - Latitude - 10°-17.2' N;  Longitude - 125°-21.5' E.
           2000 - Latitude - 11°-05.4' N;  Longitude - 125°-03.4' E.

February 19, 1945.              Zone description (-) 9
        PICKING with DesRon 49 less U.S.S. YOUNG ceased operating with 
Seventh Fleet and commenced operating with Fifth Fleet amphibious forces 
under overall command of Admiral R. A. SPRUANCE, USN.  Immediate superior is 
CDS 49, Captain B. F. BROWN, USN in PICKING.  Anchored in SAN PEDRO BAY,
LEYTE, P.I.
        Positions:
           0800 - Latitude - 11°-05.1' N;  Longitude - 125°-03.0' E.
           1200 - Latitude - 10°-56.5' N;  Longitude - 125°-03.2' E.
           2000 - Latitude - 11°-10.2' N;  Longitude - 125°-09.5' E.

February 20, 1945 through February 28, 1945.     Zone description (-) 9.
        From the afternoon of the twentieth until the morning of the 
twenty-fifth moored alongside U.S.S. DIXIE (AD 14) carrying out necessary 
ship repairs and upkeep.  Remainder of the period, up until afternoon of the
twenty-eighth, was spent at anchor in SAN PEDRO BAY with tender availibility 
to continue with ships repairs and upkeep.  About 1630 - 28th entered dry 
dock in ARD 19 to exchange propellers.
        Positions:
           0800 - Latitude - 11°-10' N;  Longitude - 125°-11' E.
           1200 - Latitude - 11°-10' N;  Longitude - 125°-11' E.
           2000 - Latitude - 11°-10' N;  Longitude - 125°-11' E.

March 1, 1945.                  Zone description (-) 9
        PICKING a unit of the, FIFTH FLEET and flagship of 49, Captain
BROWN, USN.  Acting under COMPHIBGROUP 7, Rear Admiral KILAND; flagship,
U.S.S. MT. MCKINLEY.  In drydock ARD-19 since 1630 yesterday to have screws 
replaced by those of the damaged DD, RENSHAW.  The bottom was scraped and 
painted with one coat antifouling during the night.  Underway from drydock at 
1143, receiving fuel and ammunition during the afternoon.  Anchored in berth 
121, SAN PEDRO BAY, for the night.
        Positions:
           0800 - Latitude - 11°-09.0' N;  Longitude - 125°-09.2' E.
           1200 - Latitude - 11°-08.2' N;  Longitude - 125°-09.4' E.
           2000 - Latitude - 11°-08.2' N;  Longitude - 125°-09.4' E.

March 2, 1945.                  Zone description (-) 9
        Shifted to berth 62, SAN PEDRO BAY; in the morning, continued with
minor ship repairs.
        Positions:
           0800 - Latitude - 11°-07.9' N;  Longitude - 125°-07.7' E.
           1200 - Latitude - 11°-03.4' N;  Longitude - 125°-10.4' E.
           2000 - Latitude - 11°-03.4' N;  Longitude - 125°-10.4' E.

March 3, 1945 through March 6, 1945.     Zone description (-) 9
        Anchored as before; completed "at anchor" availability period.

March 7, 1945.                  Zone description (-) 9
        Just after daylight, on verbal orders of CDS 49, shitted to TARRAGUNA 
ANCHORAGE, LEYTE GULF.  This will facilitate communications with COMPHIBGROUP 
7 in the U.S.S. MT. MC KINLEY at TARRAGUNA.
        Positions:
           0800 - Latitude - 10°-51.6' N;  Longitude - 125°-02.8' E.
           1200 - Latitude - 10°-51.6' N;  Longitude - 125°-02.8' E.
           2000 - Latitude - 10°-51.6' N;  Longitude - 125°-02.8' E.

March 9, 1945.                  Zone description (-) 9
        In accordance with Commander Amphibious Group 7 Training Order, 
A70345, PICKING assigned to TASK GROUP 51.1, with Rear Admiral KILAND, in
MT. MC KINLEY, T.G. commander.  By the same order, PICKING further assigned 
to T.U. 52.1.13 (Western Islands Attack Group Screen), with Captain BROWN, 
CDS 49, T.U. commander; flagship, PICKING.  In accordance with 
ComUDTSPhibsPac Op. Order 4-45, effective March 9 only, PICKING re-assigned 
to TASK GROUP 52.11, Captain HANLON, T.G. commander; flagship, U.S.S. GILMER.
PICKING further assigned to fire support task unit 52.11.2, with Captain
BROWN, T.U. commander; flagship, PICKING.  These two training orders are 
based on COMPHIBGROUP 7 attack plan, A701-45; and movement plan, A702-45.
Underway in morning for rehearsal U.D.T. operations in accordance with 
ComUDTSPhibsPac Op. Order 4-45, in company with U.S.S. ISHERWOOD and
U.S.S. KIMBERLY; O.T.C. was C.T.U. 52.11.2, Captain BROWN; flagship, PICKING.
Joined other units of T.G. 52.11 at 0700 northwest of HOMONHON ISLAND, P.I. 
Made four rehearsal assaults according to plan during the day.  PICKING's 
assignment, to form a line of departure with other DD's for the assault 
boats, and to render simulated fire support for the U.D.Ts.  Returned to 
TARRAGUNA ANCHORAGE in the evening in company with ISHERWOOD and KIMBERLY.  
Reverted to T.U. 52.1.13.
        Positions:
           0800 - Latitude - 10°-49.0' N;  Longitude - 125°-39.4' E.
           1200 - Latitude - 10°-49.3' N;  Longitude - 125°-39.6' E.
           2000 - Latitude - 10°-51.5' N;  Longitude - 125°-03.8' E.

March 10, 1945.                 Zone description (-) 9
        Underway in the morning in accordance with COMPHIBGROUP 7 Training 
Order A703-45, proceeded to AA firing area north of SULUAN IS., P.I., in 
company with ISHERWOOD and KIMBERLY.  O.T.C. was C.D.S. 49, Captain BROWN;
flagship, PICKING.  At 0930 U.S.S. ABERCROMBIE, DE-343, and U.S.S.
OBERRENDER, DE-344, joined formation.  Scheduled AA firing practice delayed 
by rain squalls; were carried out during the morning and afternoon.  The 
5"/38 40mm, and 20mm batteries were exercised in the morning and afternoon.
Evasive emergency turns were made during several runs.  Returned to TARRAGUNA 
in the evening.
        Positions:
           0800 - Latitude - 10°-49.0' N;  Longitude - 125°-39.4' E.
           1200 - Latitude - 10°-49.3' N;  Longitude - 125°-39.6' E.
           2000 - Latitude - 10°-51.5' N;  Longitude - 125°-03.8' E.

March 13, 1945.                 Zone description (-) 9
        Underway before dawn for sortie patrol station east of transport 
area.  At completion of sortie, formed special cruising disposition
"1 TARE" with TASK GROUP 51.1, PICKING in station #1 of anti-submarine 
screen plan 57.  Formation proceeded to sea through SURIGAO STRAIT in
accordance with COMPHIBGROUP 7 Training Order A703-45.  Enroute to
southeastern LEYTE for rehearsal amphibious operations.  O.T.C. is C.T.G. 
51.1, Rear Admiral KILAND, in U.S.S. MT MC KINLEY.  Screen Commander is 
C.T.U. 51.1.13, Captain MOOSBRUGGER, flagship, U.S.S. BISCAYNE.
        Positions:
           0800 - Latitude - 10°-47.2' N;  Longitude - 125°-11.3' E.
           1200 - Latitude - 10°-37.4' N;  Longitude - 125°-38.5' E.
           2000 - Latitude - 10°-40.8' N;  Longitude - 125°-37.8' E.

March 14, 1945.                 Zone description (-) 9.
        Returned into LEYTE GULF through SURIGAO STRAIT.  When north of 
HIBUSON ISLAND, the PICKING, in company with CHARLES J. BADGER, WILLIAM 
D. PORTER and KIMBERLEY left their screening stations; formed a scouting
line with PICKING in center as guide, and conducted an anti-submarine
sweep along the proposed transport track; O.T.C., Captain BROWN; 
flagship, PICKING.  Sweep made to within 3,000 yards of CABUGAN GRANDE 
ISLAND where ships acted independently and proceeded to their assigned 
anti-submarine patrol sectors.  PICKING first conducted search around 
CABUGAN GRANDE and CABUGAN CHICO ISLAND before going to sector A-5.
Ships of screen synchronized so that all units move in same direction 
around periphery of screen.  Patrol maintained throughout day during 
rehearsal amphibious operations.  Ships adjusted by Screen Commander, as 
necessary to cover patrols of destroyers called in for simulated fire 
support or fighter direction.
        Positions:
           0800 - Latitude - 10°-32.3' N;  Longitude - 125°-26.9' E.
           1200 - Latitude - 10°-23.5' N;  Longitude - 125°-21.0' E.
           2000 - Latitude - 10°-29.0' N;  Longitude - 125°-14.0' E.

March 15, 1945.                 Zone description (-) 9.
        Continued anti-submarine patrol during day.  On verbal orders 
from Screen Commander, anchored for the night.
        Positions:
           0800 - Latitude - 10°-26.5' N;  Longitude - 125°-24.2' E.
           1200 - Latitude - 10°-27.5' N;  Longitude - 125°-24.5' E.
           2000 - Latitude - 10°-35.2' N;  Longitude - 125°-14.3' E.

March 16, 1945.                 Zone description (-) 9
        Departed training area in the afternoon in anti-submarine screen with 
TRANSDIV 49.  Escorted transports to SAN PEDRO BAY and anchored off DULAG 
when released.
        Positions:
           0800 - Latitude - 10°-35.2' N;  Longitude - 125°-14.3' E.
           1200 - Latitude - 10°-29.0' N;  Longitude - 125°-16.8' E.
           2000 - Latitude - 10°-57.6' N;  Longitude - 125°-04.0' E.

March-17, 1945 through March 20, 1945.     Zone description (-) 9
        Made final preparations for coming operation; fueled and took aboard 
ammunition and stores.

March 21, 1945.                 Zone description (-) 9
        Got underway at 1130 in accordance with COMPHIBGROUP 7 Movement Order 
No. A702-45 and patrolled assigned station in sortie area.  The transports 
formed up in four columns and the PICKING took screen station #1 in cruising 
disposition "l-K".  The Task Group set course to pass through SURIGAO STRAIT 
enroute to the assault on KERAMA RETTO, RYUKYU ISLANDS.  This attack will 
precede and support the main landings on OKINAWA SHIMA.  This "WESTERN 
ISLANDS ATTACK FORCE" is commanded by C.T.G. 51.1, Rear Admiral KILAND, in 
the MT. MC KINLEY, AGC-7.  Screening ships are patrolling stations when the 
convoy is not zigzagging.
        Positions:
           0800 - Latitude - 10°-08.9' N;  Longitude - 125°-09.8' E.
           1200 - Latitude - 10°-55.48' N;  Longitude - 125°-11.8' E.
           2000 - Latitude - 10°-34.6' N;  Longitude - 126°-07.8' E.

March 22, 1945.                 Zone description (-) 9
        Formation had AA firing practice in the morning; tactical exercises 
in the afternoon.
        Positions:
           0800 - Latitude - 11°-44.3' N;  Longitude - 127°-50.6' E.
           1200 - Latitude - 12°-08.0' N;  Longitude - 128°-27.5' E.
           2000 - Latitude - 13°-08.0' N;  Longitude - 129°-33.9' E.

March 23, 1945.                 Zone description (-) 9
        A deviation in course towards the north was made so as to shorten the 
proposed route slightly.  Apparently this was done to put the convoy back on 
its time schedule.  Tactical maneuvers were held in the afternoon.
        Positions:
           0800 - Latitude - 14°-54.0' N;  Longitude - 131°-08.5' E.
           1200 - Latitude - 15°-44.8' N;  Longitude - 131°-30.8' E.
           2000 - Latitude - 17°-17.0' N;  Longitude - 132°-07.0' E.

March 24, 1945.                 Zone description (-) 9
        Fueled at sea from transport U.S.S. CHILTON in the morning.
        Positions:
           0800 - Latitude - 19°-47.6' N;  Longitude - 132°-01.5' E.
           1200 - Latitude - 20°-41.0' N;  Longitude - 131°-32.8' E.
           2000 - Latitude - 22°-01.9' N;  Longitude - 130°-37.0' E.

March 25, 1945.                 Zone description (-) 9
        Made radar contact with tractor group ahead of this formation in the 
afternoon.  Went to general quarters when T.U. 51.1.2 sighted an enemy 
aircraft.  Plane was sighted by PICKING low on water at about 10 miles but 
disappeared to north without attacking.
        Positions:
           0800 - Latitude - 23°-47.8' N;  Longitude - 128°-15.0' E.
           1200 - Latitude - 23°-55.4' N;  Longitude - 128°-44.0' E.
           2000 - Latitude - 24°-36.2' N;  Longitude - 127°-41.3' E.

March 26, 1945.                 Zone description (-) 9
        Just after midnight made radar contact on RYUKYU ISLANDS 
bearing 001°; range, 75,000 yards.  The transports arrived in their assault 
area approximately on schedule (0430).  The PICKING and other screening ships
made a sweep 6,000 yards beyond the transport area, were released, and 
proceeded to their assigned patrol sectors and the assault of KERAMA RETTO 
commenced as scheduled in COMPHIBGROUP SEVEN's Op. Order A701-45.  The 
PICKING went south of KERAMA RETTO to patrol K-14 southern end of TOKASHIKI-
SHIMA.  At dawn, eight enemy aircraft were reported in the area.  None of 
these approached the PICKING, but ships to the west were attacked, and 
KIMBERLY was reported hit by "suicider".

        Relieved on station by U.S.S. KINZER APD91, about 1800; 
proceeded to transport area to take station in the screen and depart 
with the transports in accordance with the night retirement plan.  
The transports were in cruising disposition 1-K; O.T.C. was C.T.F. 
51.1 in the MT. MC KINLEY.  A southerly route was taken  initially 
        Positions:
           0800 - Latitude - 26°-18.6' N;  Longitude - 127°-14.6' E.
           1200 - Latitude - 26°-18.6' N;  Longitude - 127°-14.6' E.
           2000 - Latitude - 25°-55.0' N;  Longitude - 127°-00.0' E.

March 27, 1945.                 Zone description (-) 9
        Returned to transport area at dawn and proceeded to patrol 
station south of TONAKI-JIMA.  Enemy planes were in the area at 
sunrise.  Three two-engined bombers were observed about seven miles 
to the northeast, one of which  was shot down by surface fire.  While 
assault continued, PICKING patrolled station during the day, left 
without relief in the evening to form up with the transports.  
Retired to sea as last night; PICKING in station #1 of a ten-ship 
screen.
        Positions:
           0800 - Latitude - 26°-18.2' N;  Longitude - 127°-10.0' E.
           1200 - Latitude - 26°-18.5' N;  Longitude - 127°-10.3' E.
           2000 - Latitude - 25°-43.8' N;  Longitude - 127°-12.9' E.

March 28, 1945.  Zone description (-) 9
        Returned to KERAMA RETTO at dawn; left the transports and 
took station in patrol sector R-8 south of KUBA-SHIMA.  Retired to 
sea with the transports in the evening: O.T.C., COMTRANSRON 17 in 
U.S.S. CHILTON.  Enemy planes were over the formation about 2000.
        Positions:
           0800 - Latitude - 26°-07.3' N;  Longitude - 127°-11.1' E.
           1200 - Latitude - 26°-07.5' N;  Longitude - 127°-10.0' E.
           2000 - Latitude - 25°-46.4' N;  Longitude - 127°-11.0' E.

March 29, 1945.                 Zone description (-) 9
        Enemy planes were near the formation all evening; just after 
midnight, one closed to two miles.  Several others appeared during 
the night; none closed the formation within gun range until four 
o'clock when one approached from astern of transports and dropped a 
bomb.  The U.S.S. WYANDOT AKA92, reported a near miss on her 
starboard bow.  She took an 8° list but reported the machinery intact.
This plane approached from a sector where DD gun range was fouled by 
transports.  After this attack, one DD was stationed astern of 
transports as A/A Screen.  Released from formation on return to assault area, 
proceeded to patrol sector R-1 north of MAE-SHIMA Several enemy planes 
approached the area at dawn and later in the morning, but did not come within 
effective gun range of this vessel.  Relieved on station at 1200 by U.S.S. 
REEVES, APD52, in order to fuel.  Fueled from tanker in West Anchorage, 
KERAMA RETTO, and relieved the KIMBERLEY in patrol station R-7.  Commenced 
nightly retirement with transports in the evening; O.T.C., COMTRANSRON 17 in 
U.S.S. CHILTON.  About eleven o'clock an enemy plane closed the formation to 
seven miles, opened, and returned to within two miles.  Evasive emergency 
turns were ordered by the O.T.C. PICKING opened fire with main battery with 
no visible results.  Expended 78 rounds 5" in full Radar Control.  The plane 
opened and disappeared from radar screen on a southerly course, without 
attacks on transports.
        Positions:
           0800 - Latitude - 26°-10.0' N;  Longitude - 127°-22.8' E.
           1200 - Latitude - 26°-18.5' N;  Longitude - 127°-10.3' E.
           2000 - Latitude - 25°-43.8' N;  Longitude - 127°-12.9' E.

March 30, 1945.                 Zone description (-) 9
        Released from the transport screen on return to the assault area in 
the morning and assigned to patrol station R-3 north of ZAMAMI-SHIMA.  
Continued on this patrol during the day and night.
        Positions:
           0800 - Latitude - 26°-17.5' N;  Longitude - 127°-18.0' E.
           1200 - Latitude - 26°-17.3' N;  Longitude - 127°-18.1' E.
           2000 - Latitude - 26°-17.5' N;  Longitude - 127°-18.1' E.

March 31, 1945.                 Zone description (-) 9
        Left patrol station R-3 at noon to investigate a floating derelict 
reported to be ten miles northeast of us.  The wreck was a wooden sailing 
vessel approximately one hundred feet in length much battered by gunfire and 
a serious danger to navigation.  Direct hits with depth charges and five inch 
projectiles failed to demolish the hulk.  PICKING sent over a boat and lashed 
on a depth charge set at 30 feet, then fired at and cut lashing which dropped 
the depth charge directly under hulk; this shell did not demolish wreck but
necessitated that our boat gather up the scattered large lumber.  Next time, 
will attempt nothing but towing clear for wooden hulks.  PICKING was ordered 
to remain in the vicinity of the derelict to warn off other ships.
        Positions:
           0800 - Latitude - 26°-16.0' N;  Longitude - 127°-10.1' E.
           1200 - Latitude - 26°-20.0' N;  Longitude - 127°-28.0' E.
           2000 - Latitude - 26°-20.2' N;  Longitude - 127°-38.1' E.

April 1, 1945.                  Zone description (-) 9
        Provided information to ships standing in for the main assault on 
OKINAWA to prevent their colliding with the derelict.  About daybreak, 
observed U.S.S. PURDY firing at friendly TBF's, so informed her.  The 
derelict was taken in tow by a YMS and removed late in the morning.  At 1200, 
PICKING was detached from TASK FORCE 51 to become a unit of T.F. 54.  T.F. 54 
is the fire support unit for the OKINAWA operation and commanded by Rear 
Admiral DEYO.  First assignment was to relieve U.S.S. BRYANT, DD665, which 
was screening the U.S.S. ARKANSAS, BB33, in fire support sector 4.  This 
sector off the southwestern coast of OKINAWA is assigned to T.G. 51.19, 
commanded by Rear Admiral BLANDY.  Accompanied ARKANSAS to northern entrance 
of East Anchorage when she retired to KERAMA RETTO for fuel.  Proceeded to a 
point off southeastern shore of OKINAWA to report to C.T.G. 51.19 in the 
U.S.S. ESTES, AGC12.  The PICKING was assigned to screen for the ESTES and 
the TUSCALOOSA.  The original plans called for a night bombardment of 
southeastern OKINAWA.  These orders were cancelled and a night retirement was 
made to the northeast.  At sundown, an enemy aircraft approached and our 
surface units were observed firing on it eight miles to the south.  This 
plane retired and there were no other alerts during the night.
        Positions:
           0800 - Latitude - 26°-20.4' N;  Longitude - 127°-27.0' E.
           1200 - Latitude - 26°-18.9' N;  Longitude - 127°-27.0' E.
           2000 - Latitude - 26°-04.8' N;  Longitude - 127°-47.1' E.

April 2, 1945.                  Zone description (-) 9
        At 0430, while returning to southern OKINAWA, an unidentified 
aircraft was reported in the area.  Some AA fire observed but this ship saw 
no enemy planes.  By sunrise the area was clear of unidentified aircraft. 
The PICKING proceeded to fire support sector 4, southwest of OKINAWA Enroute, 
a "VAL" was suddenly reported over the transports which were returning from 
their night retirement.  Several transports opened fire.  The CAP was sent to 
investigate; no further reports were received.  At 0730 the U.S.S. ARKANSAS
approached, and the PICKING joined her as screen as she proceeded southward 
around OKINAWA.  PICKING set up an anti-submarine patrol to seaward of the 
ARKANSAS while the latter was lying-to off the demonstration "beaches" on the 
southeastern coast of OKINAWA while T.G. 51.2 conducted a "demonstration" 
landing feint.  Early in the afternoon the PICKING was ordered to join a 
screen for the TUSCALOOSA, proceed to fire support sector 5 off the southern 
beachheads on the west coast of OKINAWA and reported to C.T.F. 54.

        Picking was released by the TUSCALOOSA upon arrival in Fire Support 
Sector 5 and joined the U.S.S. TENNESSEE, flagship of Rear Admiral DEYO, 
C.T.F. 54.  TASK GROUP 54.1 sortied from the assault area and proceeded
northward on a night retirement; PICKING in station one of a circular screen 
composed of twelve destroyers.  The heavy units included four battleships and 
three cruisers.  O.T.C. was C.T.F. 54 in the TENNESSEE.  At sunset, enemy 
aircraft was reported over the assault area.  Our force was already alerted 
for a possible twilight attack.  No aircraft approached within gun range.
        Positions:
           0800 - Latitude - 25°-58.5' N;  Longitude - 127°-40.0' E.
           1200 - Latitude - 25°-59.5' N;  Longitude - 127°-41.5' E.
           2000 - Latitude - 26°-38.5' N;  Longitude - 127°-30.5' E.

April 3, 1945.                  Zone description (-) 9
        At 0200, when the force was 30 miles northwest of IHEYA RETTO and 
about to turn south towards OKINAWA, C.I.C. reported an air target at
17 miles closing from the northeast.  This aircraft soon turned away, flew 
over to the west of the formation and then made another approach from
the southwest.  The disposition was now zigzagging on a base course of
south.  This course made the PICKING furthest astern on the fleet axis. 
Ships on the starboard bow opened fire.  It was now determined that there 
were three planes in the attack.  They dropped flares and C.I.C. reported the 
radar had contact on "window".  A lookout reported that he observed a
balloon.  The aircraft opened the range to the northeast and one closed 
again.  PICKING opened fire at 10,000 yards.  It continued to close 
directly at PICKING, made a strafing run at very low altitude, dropped a 
torpedo, and passed overhead.  No hits were made on the PICKING by the
plane's gun fire.  The torpedo was observed to hit the water.  Flank speed 
was rang up and the rudder was put over hard right, the torpedo passed close
but clear astern.  About five minutes later an underwater explosion was heard 
and felt.  55 rounds of 5", 13 rounds of 40mm, and 60 rounds of 20 mm were 
expended without any visible results.  Another one of the attacking planes 
was shot down by DDs ahead.  The O.T.C. ordered the PICKING to investigate 
the vicinity of the wreckage of the latter plane for a possible surviving 
pilot.  No evidence of one could be found and the PICKING rejoined the 
formation.  On return to OKINAWA in the morning, PICKING screened the IDAHO,
NEW MEXICO and TUSCALOOSA to KERAMA RETTO.  These ships entered the 
anchorage and the PICKING proceeded to eastern OKINAWA to report to C.T.F. 
51.19 in the ESTES.  Joined and escorted the PENSACOLA which was also 
reporting to C.T.F. 51.19.  Screened the ESTES off the southeast coast of 
OKINAWA during the morning.

        At noon the PICKING was verbally ordered by C.T.F. 51.19 to relieve 
the ISHERWOOD in Fire Support Sector 3, and fire on targets of opportunity 
within a designated area on the west coast of OKINAWA.  The purpose of this 
bombardment was to hamper Japanese movement to the north.  However, due to a 
change in plans, the TEXAS could not furnish a plane for observation and 
spotting; so, the bombardment was cancelled.  Instead, PICKING, was ordered 
to relieve the ISHERWOOD which was screening the ESTES, 15 miles to the 
northeast.  Escorted the ESTES to southern OKINAWA, and then released to 
carry out night assignment.  PICKING was assigned to Fire Support Sector 4.
A night harassing bombardment was conducted on road junctions and barracks in 
the towns of ITOMAN and ZAWA, southwestern OKINAWA.  Firing commenced at dark 
and was to continue until daylight.  Since the allowance was 100 rounds of AA 
common, it was decided to expend eleven rounds per hour.  Orders were to keep 
way on, so a figure eight patrol track was laid out 10,000 yards off the 
beach.  Firing was done by condition watches.  C.I.C. gave ranges, bearings 
and target heights to plot.  Firing intervals were irregular.
        Positions:
           0800 - Latitude - 26°-15.3' N;  Longitude - 127°-30.2' E.
           1200 - Latitude - 26°-00.0' N;  Longitude - 127°-45.1' E.
           2000 - Latitude - 26°-07.0' N;  Longitude - 127°-05.0' E.

April 4, 1945.                  Zone description (-) 9
        Continued harassing fire on selected targets according to plan during 
the night and early morning.  At 0430 an unidentified aircraft was reported 
in the area by C.T.F. 52.  The ship went to general quarters for a possible 
air attack.  This condition continued till dawn and prevented the firing of 
our complete allowance of one hundred rounds.  Ninety-three rounds of 5 inch 
AA common were expended.  Results of the bombardment were not observed.  At 
0715 the PICKING joined the U.S.S. TUSCALOOSA south of OKINAWA and proceeded, 
in accordance with verbal orders from C.T.G. 51.19, to rendezvous with 
T.U. 52.3.2 at a point east of OKINAWA.  This T.U. (administrative title, 
SWEEP UNIT TWO), commanded by Commander MITCHELL in the U.S.S. FORREST, 
DMS24; had been assigned to clear an unswept area which ran along the east 
coast of OKINAWA and extended ten miles out from the beach.  Two DMS's 
formed on the TUSCALOOSA according to anti-submarine plan 52; PICKING astern 
of the cruiser.  The TUSCALOOSA and PICKING were to furnish fire support for 
the mine sweepers.  The operation proceeded without air attack or fire from 
shore batteries.  In the afternoon, the TUSCALOOSA received a report that a 
damaged L.C.I. was drifting in the southern sector of the area to be swept 
and was hampering operations.  The PICKING was ordered by the TUSCALOOSA to 
investigate and sink the L.C.I. if necessary.

        The vessel was LCI 82 which had been hit by a suicide enemy motor
torpedo boat early in the morning.  It had a hole in the port side extending 
almost the entire length of the freeboard and was abandoned by the crew.  It 
was being taken in tow by LCI 725.  The senior LCI present sent a message 
that the proper reports had been made in regard to the damage.  PICKING 
rejoined the TUSCALOOSA and the mine sweeping operation.  Sweeping was 
completed for the day by evening, the TUSCALOOSA and PICKING received verbal 
orders from CTU 51.19 to proceed to Fire Support Sector Three which covers 
south eastern OKINAWA.  In the night orders from CTU 51.19, PICKING was 
designated one of the two destroyers to screen the TUSCALOOSA during her 
night harassing bombardment.
        Positions:
           0800 - Latitude - 26°-05.0' N;  Longitude - 127°-57.0' E.
           1200 - Latitude - 26°-10.2' N;  Longitude - 128°-00.4' E.
           2000 - Latitude - 25°-59.7' N;  Longitude - 127°-44.3' E.

April 5, 1945.                  Zone description (-) 9
        The PICKING and MORRISON screened TUSCALOOSA in anti-submarine screen 
#52 while the cruiser conducted a night harassing bombardment on targets 
behind enemy lines in southern OKINAWA.  OTC was Commanding Officer, U.S.S.
TUSCALOOSA.  Firing was done from Fire Support Sector Three, southeast of 
OKINAWA; the formation maneuvered in that area during the night.  At 0715 
MORRISON left station to proceed on assigned duty; TUSCALOOSA accompanied by 
PICKING proceeded north to act as fire support ships for Mine Sweeping UNIT 
TWO.  The sweeps were to clear area Q-5 east of, OKINAWA.  ESTES, 
flagship of CTG 51.19, ARKANSAS, and WICHITA were present with their escorts.
BILOXI was maneuvering further to seaward conducting a shore bombardment.  At 
1055 the OTC, CTG.51.19, assigned definite areas of responsibility to the 
fire support ships.  TUSCALOOSA and PICKING were to cover the small islands 
from ICHI BANARE to HAMAHIKA SHIMA.  However, before arriving on station, CTG 
51.19 verbally ordered ships under his command to prepare for a mass air 
attack.  Earlier in the morning CTF 51 had sent a message to ships present to 
expect heavy air attacks from KYUSHU today.  The DD's, APD's and DM's formed 
a circular screen around ESTES, TUSCALOOSA, ARKANSAS and WEST VIRGINIA which 
had come up.  The ship went to general quarters, but no enemy air attacks 
were made.  The formation, PICKING in station 4 of a fifteen ship screen, 
maneuvered along the southeastern coast of OKINAWA awaiting the expected air 
attack.

        At 1500 PICKING and LEARY were designated to escort the WICHITA, 
TUSCALOOSA, ARKANSAS and MARYLAND to Fire Support Sector 5, southwest of 
OKINAWA.  As the formation arrived at the destination, the NEVADA also in the 
area reported a shore battery of an estimated calibre of 6" was firing on 
her.  The position of this gun was easily determined by flashes.  PICKING 
obtained permission to fire and opened up with two five gun salvos.  The 
cruisers and battleships were now firing with their heavier guns and PICKING 
ceased fire.  At least two splashes were observed astern of the NEVADA.
Firing stopped from the beach; ships proceeded northward at flank speed.  Our 
shore batteries on KEISE SHIMA took the enemy gun under fire.  Proceeded to 
PT. "MONK", the rendezvous point for ships of T.F. 54 retiring to sea for the 
night.  Various units of T.F. 54 formed up as T.U. 54.2 in special cruising 
disposition 5RD: four battleships and four cruisers equally spaced on circles 
2 and 3.5 respectively, 14 destroyers in circular screen on circle 7.
PICKING in station 12.  OTC was CTF 54, Rear Admiral DEYO, in the TENNESSEE.
IDAHO was desinated as guide.  Formation retired to the north on an initial 
course of 340° T.  At 2124 C.I.C. detected Japanese air-borne radar, 147 mc, 
1700 pulse rate, on the intercept gear.
        Positions:
           0800 - Latitude - 26°-11.0' N;  Longitude - 128°-05.0' E.
           1200 - Latitude - 26°-05.4' N;  Longitude - 127°-58.2' E.
           2000 - Latitude - 26°-30.2' N;  Longitude - 127°-29.6' E.

April 6, 1945                   Zone description (-) 9
        At 0115, when T.G. 54.2 was thirty five miles northwest of OKINAWA
on its night retirement route, C.I.C. made radar contact on an unidentified 
aircraft twenty five miles to the south.  The ship went to general quarters 
for a probable air attack.  Seven minutes later two screening ships at the 
head of the formation opened fire.  The target was not on a safe bearing for 
the PICKING to fire.  The plane burst into flames and hit the water 3000 
yards off the starboard beam.  Special anti-aircraft cruising disposition 5VD 
was formed.  In this formation, ships of the screen maintained their 
stations; the cruisers and battleships formed a circular disposition on 
circle 3.  The ship went to general quarters again at 0320 when radar contact 
was made on an air target 085°, 16 miles.  The main battery opened fire in 
full radar control when the plane came within range.  Results of the firing 
were not observed, but the aircraft turned and opened up the range.

        At 0415 control opened fire on an unidentified aircraft bearing 214°
T., 6000 yards,(fleet course, 130° T.); and eight minutes later on another one 
at the same range and bearing.  All firing was done in full radar control.  A 
total of 33 rounds of 5" was expended.  There were no further attacks on the 
formation, although at 0556 AA firing was observed in the assault area ten 
miles south.  On return to OKINAWA the PICKING was released to proceed to 
Eastern Anchorage, KERAMA RETTO for fueling operations, fuel on hand was down 
to 41%.  Fueling completed, got underway from alongside the tanker, passed 
through net at the northern entrance and proceeded towards the transport area 
off the beachheads to report to CTF 54 in the TENNESSEE for duty.  Enroute, a
plane believed to be a "PEGGY" suddenly appeared from the east over OKINAWA, 
flew over KEISE-SHIMA and disappeared to the southwest.  22 rounds of 5"/38 
were fired by the condition watch. Bombs were released over KEISE-SHIMA in an 
attempt to hit our shore batteries there, but all hit the water.  The plane 
made its run almost completely undetected by ships in the area.  The 
TENNESSEE was maneuvering in Fire Support Sector Four to the south.  PICKING 
joined her as escort.  The BARTON came up later and anti-submarine screen 52 
was formed with PICKING in station #2.  The TENNESSEE proceeded up towards 
Fire Support Sector Five.  The heavy units of T.F. 54 started forming up for 
night retirement at 1600.  Destroyers patrolled while screening during 
sortie.  At 1630 an enemy plane was reported in the area and the ship went to 
general quarters.  However, no planes come within effective gun range.  Near 
Ie Jima an enemy plane went into a suicide dive that missed ships in the area 
and crashed into the water.  At 1635 the ship was at general quarters again; 
several unidentified aircraft were approaching from 300° T.  Five minutes 
later 4 "TONY" type Japanese planes were visible coming in low from the west.
Several ships opened fire.  One plane was observed to change course to the 
left and head away from the area in a northeasterly direction.  Two continued 
on in very low over the water on a suicide run on the PICKING.  One of these 
was hit at 1000 yards, nosed upwards, burst into flames and dove into the 
water.  The other closed the range to a hundred yards or less.  Tracers from 
PICKING's 40mm guns could be seen striking the target.  It exploded into 
flames.  A large part of the wreckage struck the water a few yards off the 
port quarter.  The performance of both the main battery and machine gun 
batteries in destroying the two attacking planes was outstanding and 
prevented the ship from suffering certain damage, Rounds expended were: 109 
rounds of 5"/38, 333 rounds of 40mm, 180 rounds of 20mm.  One man standing by 
on top of the main battery director was struck in the leg by flying metal 
from a 5" air burst.  Instead of retiring to sea with T.G. 52.3, the PICKING
was ordered to provide night illumination for 24th Corps front lines.  Lay to 
(anchored at 2200) in Fire Support Sector Five, south of the transport area 
and five thousand yards from the beach.

        Spotting was done by shore fire control party.  Ammunition expended 
was 6 star shells per hour, total - 48 rounds.
        Positions:
           0800 - Latitude - 26°-15.1' N;  Longitude - 127°-21.2' E.
           1200 - Latitude - 26°-16.0' N;  Longitude - 127°-22.1' E.
           2000 - Latitude - 26°-20.3' N;  Longitude - 127°-38.1' E.

April 7, 1945                   Zone description (-) 9
        Fired starshells as directed by shore fire control party who 
designated target areas to be illuminated and spotted.  At 0337 firing was 
discontinued when unidentified aircraft were reported in the area.  Ships
were ordered to make smoke by C.T.F. 51, the SOPA; 48 rounds of 5" 
starshells were expended during the night.  Underway at daylight and 
maneuvered outside the transport area while awaiting assignment.  Passed 
U.S.S. HYMAN which had been hit at the forward torpedo mount by a "suicide" 
plane during yesterday's air attacks.  PICKING's medical officer went aboard 
to render assistance to the wounded.  At 0820, relieved the ANTHONY in Fire 
Support Sector Five and waited for call fire missions from the beach.  At 
1025 received a call for fire in target area 7977Q.  Fired four one gun 
salvos and received a "cease firing" from the shore fire control party.
Shifted to a new target area and fired one round of neutralization fire. 
Another call was received at 1300 to fire on an enemy artillery position.
Results of firing were reported as "very good" by the fire control party. 
Commenced firing on a new target at 1340.  A fire was started, results were 
reported "good".  Total ammunition expended on problems was 45 rounds of AA 
Common and 3 rounds of White Phosphorous.  Relieved on call fire station at 
1500 by U.S.S. HARDING, DMS 27.  CDS 49 returned to the ship from a 
conference aboard the TENNESSEE.  Reports were received that an enemy task 
force is heading southward from JAPAN.  T.F. 54 would intercept any enemy 
ships attempting an attack on our beachheads. At 1530 T.F. 54 sortied and 
formed up in special approach disposition 4AD.  T.G. 54.5, composed of six 
battleships in division columns at center; T.G. 54.6 consisting of three 
cruisers and eleven destroyers on the right flank; T.G. 54.7, four cruisers 
and ten destroyers, the left flank force.  Cruisers 5000 yards and destroyers 
4000 yards from center of the battle line.  IDAHO designated as guide.  OTC 
is CTF 54 in the TENNESSEE.  PICKING assigned to left flank force.  T.F. 54 
rehearsed deployment.  At 1846 an unidentified aircraft was detected by
radar closing from 042° T., range 17 miles.  The ship went to general 
quarters.  A "ZEKE" broke out of the clouds on the starboard bow and 
commenced a suicide dive into the U.S.S. MARYLAND.  An intense barrage of AA 
fire was setup by the ships present, but the plane got through and crashed 
into MARYLAND's number three turret.  The MARYLAND commenced to sheer out of 
column, but returned to station and reported her condition as "excellent,".
81 rounds of 40mm and 15 rounds of 20mm were expended by the PICKING.
Formation steamed in north-south directions west of IE SHIMA.  At 2300, the 
Task Force went into cruising formation 5RD, upon news that TF 58 had 
intercepted and destroyed the lap task force.  PICKING in station 19 of a 
twenty ship circular screen.
        Positions:
           0800 - Latitude - 26°-20.0' N.  Longitude 127°-41.2' E.
           1200 - Latitude - 26°-16.9' N.  Longitude 127°-41.7' E.
           2000 - Latitude - 26°-52.3' N.  Longitude 127°-32.5' E.

April 8, 1945.                  Zone description (-) 9
        At sea in company with T.F. 54 northwest of OKINAWA.  Formation in 
special cruising 5RD, a circular disposition.  PICKING in station 19 of a 
nineteen ship screen.  The force returned to the OKINAWA area in the morning.
PICKING assigned to render fire support for Sweep Unit Ten, if needed.  Joined 
the sweeps west of IE SHIMA.	The area north of that island was swept 
O.T.C. was COMINRON 3 in the GWIN, DM33.  PICKING and GWIN took station in 
column a thousand yards north of the minesweeping column.  No mines or fire
from the beach was encountered.  At 1436, the area was swept clear, the 
sweeps recovered their gear, and the PICKING accompanied the minesweeps as 
far as the rendezvous point west of the transport area for units of TF 54 
retiring for the night.  The sweeps continued on to KEROMA RETTO.  PICKING 
commenced forming up with T.G. 54.2 which sortied for the night retirement.
Formation proceeded north in special cruising disposition 5 VM.  O.T.C, 
C.T.G. 54.2, COMBATDIV 4, in WEST VIRGINIA.  PICKING in station one of a 
nine ship circular screen.  No planes attacked during the night, but the 
C.A.P. knocked down several raiding enemies northwest of OKINAWA at sunset.
        Positions:
           0800 - Latitude - 26°-26.9' N.  Longitude 127°-34.1' E.
           1200 - Latitude - 26°-44.3' N.  Longitude 127°-41.0' E.
           2000 - Latitude - 26°-46.8' N.  Longitude 127°-21.4' E.

April 9, 1945.                  Zone description (-) 9
        Arrived back at area west of transport area in the morning in company 
with T.G. 54.2.  Released from formation at 0615 and ordered by C.T.F. 53 to 
proceed to Fire Support Sector 7, northwestern OKINAWA, with U.S.S. SAN
FRANCISCO.  PICKING a unit of T.F. 53 for the day's assignment with orders 
are to support the 6th Marine Division moving up the MOTOBU PENINSULA.  The 
LAFFEY joined up northwest of IE SHIMA.  The SAN FRANCISCO launched an 
observation plane for spotting purposes.  Communications were established on 
an assigned frequency with a shore fire control party working with the 8th 
Regiment.  Bombardment was conducted from the northern side of the peninsula.
The approximate front line positions as received by message were plotted on a 
grid chart to avoid firing into friendly positions.  Also, the shore fire 
control party advised ships as to whether or not their line of fire was safe.
The first target selected by the F.C. party was a point of land on the 
northeastern end of the peninsula.  Men in uniform and probable boats were 
reported in the area.  Fifty rounds were fired into the area, in addition to 
those of the LAFFEY; but, the fire control party reported the firing was 
"ineffective".  The SAN FRANCISCO's plane spotted a large tank which was 
taken under fire by the cruiser.  Results were not reported.  While awaiting 
another mission, orders were received from C.T.F. 53 to relieve the BILOXI.
Proceeded to NAGO WAN, a bay southwest of the MOTOBU PENINSULA, by circling 
around IE SHIMA to avoid upswept water in the strait between IE SHIMA and 
OKINAWA.  On station at 1220.  Firing was ordered by shore fire control 
party; spotting done by a plane from FANSHAW BAY, CVE-70.  A danger line was 
given to the south of which would be dangerous to friendly patrols.  Sixty-
six rounds of AA Common were fired into the first target, a town in the 
center of the peninsula.  Results were reported as "very good" by the plane; 
and several fires were started.  Firing was shifted to a new target area 
which was covered with 20 rounds of AA Common.  The observer reported that 
all salvos were well within the area and that all installations in the area 
were eliminated.  The next target selected was outside the range of the main 
battery: 19,000 yards.  The beach was closed to shorten the range, but this 
was not sufficient to bring the target within effective range.  However, 6 
rounds of AA Common and a single round of white phosphorus were fired.  No 
observation was made and a new target was requested.  Thirty-two rounds of AA 
Common were fired into a town in the northern side of MOTOBU.  Results were 
excellent.  A road junction was pitted, a bridge knocked out.  The 
bombardment was shifted to a town further to the west.  The area was well 
covered with 72 rounds of AA Common.  Two bridged knocked out, roads pitted, 
the town half demolished.

        PICKING was ordered by CTF 54 to report to the NEW MEXICO and escort 
her to the rendezvous for the night retirement.  The LAFFEY relieved on call 
fire support station, and PICKING proceeded to KERAMA RETTO to join the NEW
MEXICO.  Took station ahead of the NEW MEXICO north of KERAMA RETTO and
escorted her to PT "MONK", the night retirement rendezvous for units of 
TF 54.  PT "MONK" is nine miles west of ZAMPA MISAKI, the prominent point of 
land on western OKINAWA.  Elements of TF 54 sortied and formed up in special 
cruising disposition 5RD as TG 54.2.  OTC, CTF 54 in the TENNESSEE; SOPA, 
Commander 5th Fleet in the NEW MEXICO.  Took departure from PT "MONK" at 1800 
and commenced zigzagging at 1530.  Ships were assigned radar guard sectors.
Went to general quarters at 1856 when an unidentified aircraft was detected 
bearing 245° T, 5 miles from the fleet center.  Fired at a low flying plane 
which broke out of the clouds on the port side and quickly disappeared again.
Visibility was very poor with approaching darkness and a drizzling rain.
Eighty one rounds of 5" and thirty-two rounds of 40mm were fired in full 
radar control with results unobserved.  The ROOKS in station #6 of the 
circular screen reported having been attacked by three planes, one a 
"BETTY".  The attack was turned back without any damage having been sustained 
by any ships of the formation.  Secured from general quarters, but another 
attack followed seven minutes later.  A plane came in from the west and 
circled the formation.  PICKING opened fire along with other ships.  Target 
was sighted on the port beam in flames.  C.I.C. detected another air target 
035°, 26 miles.  PICKING opened fire when it was within effective range and 
shot it down in flames at a range of 3 miles.  Lights were reported near the 
burning plane.  The IRWIN investigated and reported the glow was being caused 
by a chemical effect.  An amplifying report stated that the plane had carried 
a charge of white phosphorous.  103 rounds of Mk 32, 44 rounds of Mk 18 and 
70 rounds of 40mm were expended during the raid.  No further attacks were 
made during the night.
        Positions:
           0800 - Latitude - 26°-49.4' N;  Longitude - 127°-44.0' E.
           1200 - Latitude - 26°-39.6' N;  Longitude - 127°-44.9' E.
           2000 - Latitude - 26°-54.5' N;  Longitude - 127°-32.0' E.

April 10, 1945                  Zone description (-) 9
        Task Force 54.2 made a wide circle counterclockwise by a series of 
course changes and headed southward so as to arrive back in the vicinity of 
the transport area at daybreak.  No air attacks occured during the dawn
alert, but at 0650 a low-flying enemy plane was reported ten miles north
of "BOLO", the contact reference point, PICKING at that time five miles west 
of there.  Returned to general quarters, but no planes came within range.

        The PORTERFIELD reported she was attacked by and shot down an "OSCAR"
type Japanese plane.  Ships of the night retirement group were now proceeding 
independently.  PICKING ordered by CTF 55 to take aboard ammunition from
an LCI in the HAGUSHI ANCHORAGE (transport area).  Six hundred and forty 
rounds of AA Common and flashless powder were transferred aboard by an LCM.
Empties were unloaded.  Operation was completed by 1230.  Continuous rain 
squalls and fog prevented effective fire support, and CTF 55 gave the order 
to standby and be prepared for any fire support missions that might be 
needed.  Remained underway, patrolling five miles west of the transport area.
Bad weather and poor visibility continued through the afternoon, and no calls 
were received for fire support.  Moved down towards NAHA and the front lines 
late in the afternoon, anticipating a night firing assignment in that sector.
At 1645 the night assignment was received from CTF 55: Call fires from 1900
until dawn.  A frequency was given on which to contact the NLO on the beach.
The latter requested six rounds of star shells per hour, in an area close to 
the beach and over the Japanese front lines.  An additional order received 
later called for five rounds of harassing fire per hour commencing at 2000.
The target area included road junctions a mile behind the Japanese front 
lines.  Remained underway, maneuvering in an area 6000 yards off the beach, 6 
miles north of NAHA, until after dark when the ship anchored at short stay.
Ships, particularly small craft, were advised by CTF 51 on the voice radio 
circuit to expect heavy seas.  Swells increased in size and rain squalls 
continued, but the seas did not attain very dangerous proportions during the 
night.  Illumination and harassment firing proceeded on schedule.
        Positions:
           0800 - Latitude - 26°-24.8' N;  Longitude - 127°-40.5' E.
           1200 - Latitude - 26°-25.1' N;  Longitude - 127°-39.5' E.
           2000 - Latitude - 26°-18.4' N;  Longitude - 127°-43.5' E.

April 11, 1945.                 Zone description (-) 9
        Continued with night illumination and harassing fire in assigned 
target areas during the night.  By daylight, 74 rounds of starshells and 51 
rounds of AA Common were expended.  Underway at sunrise, maneuvered to 
seaward of the transport area while awaiting further orders from C.T.F. 55.
By eight o'clock, no assignment had been received.  Weather was bad, rain and 
low ceiling.  Anchored again in the fire support area, standing by to get 
underway should a call be received.  At 0948 a shell from an enemy shore 
battery splashed a thousand yards off the starboard quarter.  The anchor 
detail was alerted to heave in immediately should the firing continue.  The 
size of the projectile was estimated at four inches.  Location of gun could 
not be determined.  The enemy held city of NAHA was six miles to the south; 
the enemy lines, three miles southeast.  No more splashes were observed.  At 
1015, enemy aircraft were reported twenty-five miles north of Pt. ZAMPA the 
contact reference point.  Underway and went to general quarters to repel a 
possible air attack.  However, no enemy planes came within the immediate 
area.  At 1053 a fire call mission was received.  Communications had been 
established with the N.L.O. and the spotting plane on an assigned frequency.
Firing was commenced on the target -- a Japanese 100 mm gun firing from 
target area 7877.  The observation plane (from the C.V.E. FANSHAW BAY) 
reported his plane was hit by enemy AA fire and he had to make an emergency 
landing on YONTAN airfield.  Continued to fire with navigational ranges 
without spots until another spotting plane arrived on station.  One gun 
salvos were used until the projectiles were dropping on or near the target.
Two gun salvos, either slow or rapid fire, were fired to neutralize the area.
Firing was ceased at 1343 and the ship went to general quarters when an 
unidentified aircraft approached to thirteen miles on a bearing of 275° T.
The plane went over land (KERAMA RETTO) and finally disappeared from the 
screen.  Bombardment was resumed until 1640.  All firing was done by the 
condition watches.  In general, results were good and the firing effective in 
neutralizing four target areas containing gun emplacements and defense works.
227 rounds of 5" AA. Common and 1 W.P. were expended.  The plane returned to 
base and no further call fire missions were received.  Maneuvered in the area 
until after dark and anchored south of the HAGUSHI transport area, 6 miles 
north of NAHA.  At 1905 received orders from C.T.F. 55 to take two target 
areas under harassing fire commencing at 2000.  Five rounds were to be 
expended in each area per hour.  Target areas included a town and road 
junctions between the enemy lines and NAHA.  Scheduled firing was interrupted 
by an unidentified plane which approached from the north, and closed to 17 
miles before retiring from the area.  Ships in transport area made smoke.
At 2200, two new target areas were received from C.T.F. 55.  Twenty rounds 
were to be expended in one; fifty rounds in the other.  Firing intervals were 
to be irregular and bombardment was to extend until daylight.  134 rounds were 
expended during the night.
        Positions:
           0800 - Latitude - 26°-18.7' N;  Longitude - 127°-41.7' E.
           1200 - Latitude - 26°-18.5' N;  Longitude - 127°-41.8' E.
           2000 - Latitude - 26°-18.7' N;  Longitude - 127°-42.8' E.

April 12, 1945.                 Zone description (-) 9
        At 0320 an enemy plane approached the area, went to general quarters.
Range closed to 8 miles on a bearing of 005° T.  Ships in the anchorage to the 
north fired with no visible results.  Visibility was poor in the smoke 
screen, but smoke cover was welcome.  At 0420 a twin-engined enemy bomber 
passed overhead.  The fantail sentry observed two bombs explode off the 
stern, close aboard.  The soundman reported two underwater explosions.  Plane 
was not fired at as the ship was in smoke and detection not early enough for 
a good solution.  Enemy planes were back in the assault area again at dawn, 
but none came within range of this ship.  Underway at dawn; remained in the 
same area to await further fire support missions.  Assigned to work under 
C.T.F. 55 for the day.  Stood by until arrival of an observation plane on 
station.  The air borne spotter saw a possible radar station and observation 
post which was taken under fire. Sixty-five rounds of AA Common were used to 
neutralize the area.  The bombardment was shifted to a target area containing 
a gun emplacement.  Enemy artillery fire was visually sighted and the 
location taken under fire.  At 1330 an enemy mass air attack commenced on 
shipping in the OKINAWA area.  Each enemy raid was effectively intercepted by 
the C.A.P.  The enemy planes were in groups of four to fifteen.  Most of the 
planes reported were "VALS"; others were "ZEKES" and "BETTYS" .  Only one 
enemy plane reached the transport area.  A "VAL" emerged from over the land 
from the east, went into a slow gliding dive and hit into the rigging of a 
transport.  The SAN FRANCISCO detected the plane before the dive, and opened 
fire with the 5" and 40mm batteries.  The target was not on a safe bearing 
for the PICKING to fire the main battery, and outside the effective range of 
the 40 mm guns (5,000 yards).  Several of our ships sustained damage.  The 
radar picket ships to the north were hardest hit.  At least seventy enemy 
aircraft were counted shot down.  The raids decreased in size and frequency 
and at 1645 the air was clear of enemy aircraft.  Left the fire support area 
at 1715 without relief and proceeded to rendezvous with T.G. 54.2, the night 
retirement force, in accordance with C.T.F. 54 orders.

        Retired to the north in company with units of T.F. 54.  O.T.C.,
C.T.F. 54 in TENNESSEE.  At 1945 went to general quarters for an unidentified 
aircraft bearing 345° T., 5 miles.  This plane identified later as a "BETTY",
came up from astern of the formation and was fired upon by screening
destroyers to the south.  Two more planes were detected to the northeast at 
ranges of nine and twelve miles.  These two did not close the formation.
There was another raid at 1940.  This plane dropped flares over the 
formation.  Two flares were dropped with six and seven stars in each.  Two 
underwater explosions were felt fourteen minutes later.
        Positions:
           0800 - Latitude - 26°-21.5' N;  Longitude - 127°-42.5' E.
           1200 - Latitude - 26°-16.8' N;  Longitude - 127°-41.3' E.
           2000 - Latitude - 26°-16.7' N;  Longitude - 127°-39.8' E.

April 13, 1945.                 Zone description (-) 9
        Departed from formation in company with the BARTON with orders from 
C.T.F. 52 to proceed to KERAMA RETTO for logistics.  fueled and took aboard 
ammunition until 1700.  441 rounds of Mk 18, 282 Mk 32, and 75 starshells 
were transferred aboard from L.S.T. 701.  These projectiles had been 
transferred from the NEVADA which was leaving the forward area.  Logistics 
completed, proceeded to transport area off HAGUSHI to obtain mail for 
T.G. 51.19 from the TENNESSEE.  Joined the U.S.S. ARKANSAS in Fire Support 
Three off southeastern OKINAWA.  PICKING and CALLAGHAN screened ARKANSAS
during the night while the battleship conducted a night harassing bombardment 
on target areas in southeastern OKINAWA.
        Positions:
           0800 - Latitude - 26°-01.3' N;  Longitude - 127°-42.5' E.
           1200 - Latitude - 26°-11.4' N;  Longitude - 127°-19.6' E.
           2000 - Latitude - 26°-12.8' N;  Longitude - 127°-20.5' E.

April 14, 1945.                 Zone description (-) 9
        Continued to screen the ARKANSAS with the CALLAGHAN until 0624,
when released to carry out morning assignment.  Proceeded into NAKAGUSUKU 
WAN, eastern OKINAWA, to join units of T.G. 51.19 in furnishing fire support 
for troops driving towards the south.  Communications were established with 
an N.L.O. on the beach and a V.O.F. plane.  Bombardment was commenced on a 
target area in which there was reported to be much enemy activity.136 rounds
of AA Common and 3 rounds of white phosphorous were fired.

        At 1115 an enemy plane was reported in the area.  It was described as 
being "silver" and "very fast" -- making "400 knots".  It quickly left the 
area under attack from the C.A.P. and the bombardment was resumed on various 
targets chosen by the spotter and N.L.O.  During the afternoon, a large fire 
was started in oil dump, a pillbox was damaged, and five gun emplacements 
were neutralized.  282 rounds of AA Common and 2 rounds of white phosphorous 
were expended.  At sundown units of T.G. 51.19 retired to sea.  The PICKING
and the LAWS remained to furnish night illumination.  Anchored after dark and 
at 2000 commenced scheduled firing of star shells in the designated target 
areas at a rate of 6 rounds per hour.  Gun flashed were observed behind the 
enemy lines.  These were reported and permission was given to fire into the 
area.  Five rounds were fired to neutralize the area after which the location 
was watched to detect any further firing, of which no more was observed.  At 
2150 harassing fire was commenced on three target areas assigned by 
C.T.F. 55.  A total of 105 rounds of AA Common was to be used on these 
targets throughout the night.
        Positions:
           0800 - Latitude - 26°-13.1' N;  Longitude - 127°-50.4' E.
           1200 - Latitude - 26°-13.1' N;  Longitude - 127°-50.4' E.
           2000 - Latitude - 26°-13.9' N;  Longitude - 127°-51.6' E.

April 15, 1945.                 Zone description (-) 9
        Conducted night illumination and harassing fire until morning.
69 starshells and 115 rounds of AA Common were fired into three target areas.
The S.F.C. party reported the illumination as being very good, and that our 
firing was instrumental in putting down a Japanese counterattack which
commenced at 0415.  At 0620 20 additional rounds of AA common were fired into 
a target area designated by C.T.F. 55.  Ship was underway before sunrise and 
at 0703 proceeded to the southeastern end of NAKAGUSUKU WAN and set up an 
anti-submarine patrol in an area assigned by C.T.G. 51.19.  Screened the 
bombarding heavy units of T.G. 51.19 until 1800.  Formed up for the night 
retirement with T.G. 51.19.  O.T.C., C.T.G. 51.19 in WICHITA.  PICKING in 
station two of anti-submarine screen 56.  While the formation was proceeding 
from NAKAGUSUKU WAN an enemy plane (TOJO) approached from the north.  The 
WICHITA fired several rounds of 5" and the plane retired, minimum range to 
PICKING was 16,000 yards.  Another plane was observed over OKINAWA, ten miles 
to the west.  It flew in a large are over the island through a barrage of AA 
fire and disappeared to the north.  These planes were apparently on
reconnaissance rather than raiding missions.  They flew at high speed in 
level flight and made no attacks.

        The disposition proceeded to sea on an initial southeasterly course.
At 2015 and again at 2330 an unidentified plane was detected to the west. 
Neither of these came within gun range of the formation.
        Positions:
           0800 - Latitude - 26°-11.3' N;  Longitude - 127°-53.5' E.
           1200 - Latitude - 26°-11.1' N;  Longitude - 127°-52.0' E.
           2000 - Latitude - 25°-57.3' N;  Longitude - 128°-14.0' E.

April 16, 1945                  Zone description (-) 9
        At 0220 a large enemy plane, probably a bomber approached from west 
and passed close aboard the formation.  Fire was not opened as friendly night 
fighter was pursuing the enemy plane.  At 0540, on orders from CTG 51.19, 
left the formation (steaming southeast of OKINAWA) and escorted the BILOXI to 
the western side of OKINAWA.  Joined the COLORADO south of KEISE JIMA and 
screened it back around the southern end of OKINAWA and into NAKAGUSUKU WAN.
At 0850, as the COLORADO and PICKING entered NAKAGUSUKU WAN, many enemy 
planes were reported coming from the north and were attacking our picket 
ships.  The OTC, CTG 51,19 ordered a circular anti-aircraft formation on an 
axis of 090° T to facilitate moving out of the bay if necessary.  The raiding 
enemy planes were effectively met by the CAP.  None reached the area, 
although the attacks persisted throughout the morning and afternoon.  The 
scheduled bombardments went on.  PICKING set up an anti-submarine patrol to 
seaward of the firing heavy units.  Departed from NAKAGUSUKU WAN at 1800 with 
the fire support units of 51.19 and retired to seaward on a course of 150° T.
Left the formation at 2000 in company with the COLORADO and proceeded to Fire 
Support Sector Three, southeastern OKINAWA, to conduct night harassing 
bombardment in accordance with CTG 51.19 orders.  125 rounds of AA Common 
were to be expended on assigned target areas.
        Positions:
           0800 - Latitude - 26°-02.5' N;  Longitude - 127°-39.4' E.
           1200 - Latitude - 26°-13.0' N;  Longitude - 127°-52.3' E.
           2000 - Latitude - 26°-04.6' N;  Longitude - 128°-04.2' E.

April 17, 1945.                 Zone description (-) 9
        Steamed in company with COLORADO in Fire Support Sector Three, off 
southeastern OKINAWA and furnished harassing fire in two target areas.  125 
rounds of 5" AA common were expended.  Went to general quarters when an 
unidentified aircraft was reported approaching the area from the north.  This 
plane did not come closer to the ship than 22 miles.  Escorted COLORADO to 
NAKAGUSUKU WAN in morning.  Arrived in the bay at 0650 and proceeded to fire 
support station at the southwestern end.  Established communications with a 
V.O.F. spotter and shore fire control party; commenced firing in areas 
selected by S.F.C., applying observers spots.  Targets were a pillbox, gun 
emplacements, and locations of enemy activity.  By 1200, 580 rounds of AA 
common were expended.  Salt water was used to cool the heated gun barrels.
Relieved on station at noon by the CALLAGHAN; set up an anti-submarine patrol 
outboard of the ARKANSAS conducting shore bombardment in the bay.  At 1444 a 
"Helldiver" in formation was observed to give off smoke and lose altitude.
One man parachuted into the water three thousand yards west of TSUGEN JIMA, 
in the eastern end of NAKAGUSUKU WAN.  The pilot landed his plane on the 
water successfully and took to a rubber life raft.  He was picked up by an 
L.C.I. outside of the bay.  PICKING proceeded at flank speed to the 
assistance of the radioman.  He was taken aboard uninjured having kept afloat 
by means of a rubber raft dropped by a plane of the squadron.  Transferred 
the radioman (DYKES, Wilson H., ARMlc, U.S.S. BUNKER HILL) to the HUTCHINS
enroute to HAGUSHI for further transportation to KERAMA RETTO.  At 1800 ships 
of C.T.G. 51.19 ceased day bombardment, sortied, and proceeded to sea off 
southeastern OKINAWA.  C.T.G. 51.19 was COMCRUDIV 4 in the WICHITA.  At 2200 
enemy aircraft were around OKINAWA.  One of these circled the formation.
O.T.C. ordered ships to hold fire until the range was closed to 3,000 yards.
The plane retired without attacking.
        Positions:
           0800 - Latitude - 26°-12.3' N;  Longitude - 127°-50.0' E.
           1200 - Latitude - 26°-12.1' N;  Longitude - 127°-59.2' E.
           2000 - Latitude - 26°-07.3' N;  Longitude - 128°-06.6' E.

April 18, 1945.                 Zone description (-) 9
        The task group (51.19) steamed various courses during the night so as 
to remain in an area off the southeastern coast of OKINAWA.  At 0510 the 
LEARY left the formation and COMDESRON 49 took charge of the screen.  The 
THOMPSON and PICKING formed anti-submarine screen 52.  Proceeded independently 
at 0614 to NAKAGUSUKU WAN to render fire support to the 24TH ARMY CORPS 
pushing southward on OKINAWA.  On assuming station in the western part of the 
bay, established communications with a S.F.C. party and spotting plane.  A 
pillbox, houses and caves were taken under fire.  A direct hit was made on the 
pillbox; houses were blown up.  In addition to Naval bombardment, the enemy's 
positions were subjected to a heavy air strike from 1100 till 1220.  Also, the 
army ground forces are regrouping and preparing for a new drive, commencing 
tomorrow, the 19th.  In the afternoon, no spotting plane was available and, at 
the suggestion of the S.F.C. party, PICKING moved towards YONABARU WAN to 
close the beach and pick out targets of opportunity.  Enemy activity was 
sighted in a gulley and the area was covered.  Several stone tombs in the 
hillside which afford excellent protection  were fired into.  Firing was 
ceased at 1600 in order to retain an allowance on board for a scheduled 
bombardment tomorrow morning.  Anchored after dark in a "standby" condition 
for call fire support.  Opened fire at 2330 on enemy shore batteries firing 
on our lines.  Expended four rounds. Battery was silenced.
        Positions:
           0800 - Latitude - 26°-11.6' N;  Longitude - 127°-49.4' E.
           1200 - Latitude - 26°-14.0' N;  Longitude - 127°-30.8' E.
           2000 - Latitude - 26°-09.0' N;  Longitude - 127°-52.2' E.

April 19, 1945.                 Zone description (-) 9
        Underway at 0500 to move down into YONABARU WAN and take station for 
scheduled shore bombardment.  This bombardment preceded the attack of our 
land forces and was organized by C.T.G. 51.19 (COMCRUDIV 4 in WICHITA) 
Operation Order 1-45.  Ships of the fire support group were to be in assigned 
stations at 0540.  Firing was scheduled from 0600 to 0640.  Each ship was 
given definite target areas to neutralize.  PICKING fired 212 rounds of AA 
Common and 15 rounds of white phosphorous.  Almost the entire allowance 
of AA Common was now expended.  The EDWARDS relieved on station and PICKING
assumed her anti-submarine patrol in the channel north of CHIKUNIGA SHOAL.
At noon, relieved the CALLAGHAN of her patrol across the entrance channel to 
NAKAGUSUKU WAN south of TSUKEN-SHIMA in accordance with orders of CDS 56.  At 
1355 received orders from CDS 56 to assist SC 1312 in a sound search in the 
southern part of the bay west of KUTAKA.  The sub chaser had reported a sound 
contact south of her anchorage.  Two sweeps of the area produced negative 
results; sound contact had probably been made by one of the many reefs in 
the area.

        Received orders from CRUDIV 6 to accompany the SAN FRANCISCO, 
COLORADO and MOBILE around to Fire Support Sector 6 off the western 
side of OKINAWA.  CALLAGHAN and PICKING formed anti-submarine screen 52.
Formation proceeded around southern OKINAWA and up the western coast in a 
heavy rain.  Ships of the formation joined units of T.F. 54.2 and retired 
northward to sea for the night.  O.T.C. , C.T.G. 54.2 in the BIRMINGHAM.
Shifted from a special circular anti-aircraft defense to a cruising 
disposition at 2115.  No air raids were encountered during the night.
        Positions:
           0800 - Latitude - 26°-13.7' N;  Longitude - 127°-55.7' E.
           1200 - Latitude - 26°-13.7' N;  Longitude - 127°-53.2' E.
           2000 - Latitude - 26°-40.7' N;  Longitude - 127°-31.8' E.

April 20, 1945.                 Zone description (-) 9
        Formation of T.F. 54.2 broke up at 0617 on return to assault area.
Screened SAN FRANCISCO to KERAMA RETTO.  Entered EASTERN ANCHORAGE to fuel 
and replenish ammunition.  A strong ebb tide running through the anchorage 
combined with a 12 knot wind made ship handling in the crowded narrow 
confines of the channel difficult.  There is no protection given by the 
islands at the northern or southern ends of the harbor.  Logistics were 
completed at 1615.  A total of 1,355 rounds of	common, 44 rounds AA 
"special", 74 starshells and 31 common projectiles were received.  Screened 
the MOBILE to NAKAGUSUKU WAN.  Anchored in the western end of the bay after 
dark and commenced firing starshells in assigned grid areas at the rate of 6 
per hour.  At 2250, on request of 7TH INFANTRY DIVISION and orders of C.T.G. 
51.13, further given target area for harassing fire.  There were a few 
snooper enemy planes in the area during the night.  There were no reported 
attacks.
        Positions:
           0800 - Latitude - 26°-11.5' N;  Longitude - 127°-19.7' E.
           1200 - Latitude - 26°-13.3' N;  Longitude - 127°-20.2' E.
           2000 - Latitude - 26°-13.2' N;  Longitude - 127°-50.2' E.

April 21, 1945.                 Zone description (-) 9
        Furnished night illumination and harassing fire until dawn.  The 
harassing fire was requested by the 7TH INFANTRY  DIVISION. A total of 134 
rounds of starshells and 141 rounds of 5" AA common were expended on all 
targets.  Remained at anchor during the day.  No calls for fire support were 
received.

        In the evening CTG 51.19 (ComCruDiv 6) ordered SALT LAKE CITY,
MOBILE, PICKING and CALLAGHAN to anchor at dusk in assigned berths near the 
entrance channel to NAKAGUSUKU WAN.  Air attacks were expected during the 
night.  Several enemy planes were in the OKINAWA area during the night, but 
no attacks were made on ships in NAKAGUSUKU WAN.
        Positions:
           0800 - Latitude - 26°-13.2' N;  Longitude - 127°-50.2' E.
           1200 - Latitude - 26°-13.2' N;  Longitude - 127°-20.2' E.
           2000 - Latitude - 26°-15.0' N;  Longitude - 127°-53.0' E.

April 22, 1945.                 Zone description (-) 9
        Weighed anchor before dawn and moved in with the cruisers taking fire 
support stations.  Awaited arrival of minesweepers which were to clear the 
area between KUTAKA and OKINAWA; PICKING was assigned by CTG 51.19 to render 
fire support to these sweepers.  Took a station at 0730 at the southern 
extremity of the swept area in NAKAGUSUKU WAN.  Sweep operations were carried 
on by YMS's.  The area contains many shoals and LCVP's rigged with sweeping 
gear were used in shallow areas.  Sweeping operations were completed at 1630
with no fire having been encountered from the beach.  Anchored at dusk in an 
assigned berth in western NAKAGUSUKU WAN.  Enemy planes attacked OKUIAWA in 
force during the day.  Two outlying ships, the LONGSHAW and ISHERWOOD, were 
damaged, but the Combat Air Patrol prevented the enemy raiders from reaching 
the beachhead area.  Fifty-three enemy planes were reported shot down, mostly 
by CAP.
        Positions:
           0800 - Latitude - 26°-10.4' N;  Longitude - 127°-52.5' E.
           1200 - Latitude - 26°-10.2' N;  Longitude - 127°-52.8' E.
           2000 - Latitude - 26°-13.0' N;  Longitude - 127°-56.2' E.

April 23, 1945.                 Zone description (-) 9
        Proceeded at 0635,by orders of CTG 51.19, to HAGUSHI to report to CTG 
51.22.  Anchored in the transport area.  Took aboard 175 starshells and 40 
rounds of AA Common as directed by CTF 52, and returned to NAKAGUSUKU WAN to 
report to CTG 51.19.  Arrived at 1600 and lay-to until dusk before anchoring 
in berth assigned by CTG 51.19.  Received no night firing assignments.
        Positions:
           0800 - Latitude - 26°-15.0' N;  Longitude - 127°-53.0' E.
           1200 - Latitude - 26°-19.2' N;  Longitude - 127°-42.7' E.
           2000 - Latitude - 26°-14.0' N;  Longitude - 127°-50.5' E.

April 24, 1945.                 Zone description (-) 9
        Rain and bad weather prevented bombarding with air spot throughout 
the day.  Received no fire support missions until a night harrassing 
assignment was given by C.T.G. 51.19 at 1955.  Thirty rounds were to be 
expended in each of four target areas.
        Positions:
           0800 - Latitude - 26°-14.2' N;  Longitude - 127°-50.0' E.
           1200 - Latitude - 26°-14.2' N;  Longitude - 127°-50.0' E.
           2000 - Latitude - 26°-13.5' N;  Longitude - 127°-49.2' E.

April 25, 1945.                 Zone description (-) 9
        Expended 200 rounds on four target areas during night harassing fire 
mission.  Underway at dawn in accordance with orders of C.T.G. 51.19 and 
proceeded in company with the LAWS to Fire Support Sector Five (transport
area, HAGUSHI) to join the TEXAS and escort her to NAKAGUSUKU WAN.  PICKING
and LAWS formed anti-submarine screen for TEXAS west of NAHA and returned to 
NAKAGUSUKU WAN.  Back in that bay at 1030.  Lay to, expecting large scale air 
attack.  The threatening weather of the past two days had hampered air 
operations, and it was probable that the enemy would take advantage of the 
weather.  At 1600, assigned to a call fire mission by C.T.G. 51.19.  Worked 
with a S.F.C. party and an air borne spotter from the TEXAS.  A building, 
caves, trenches, and a rifle pit were hit before the OSC had to return to 
TEXAS.  Expended 58 rounds 5" AA common.  Anchored after dark and at 2040 
commenced night harassing fire on targets designated by C.T.G. 51.19.  A 
total of 90 rounds were to be expended over a period lasting until dawn.  At 
2230, commenced firing an additional 12 rounds of starshells per hour after 
an urgent request was made by the S.F.C. party.
        Positions:
           0800 - Latitude - 26°-07.5' N;  Longitude - 127°-36.4' E.
           1200 - Latitude - 26°-12.5' N;  Longitude - 127°-50.3' E.
           2000 - Latitude - 26°-14.8' N;  Longitude - 127°-49.8' E.

April 26, 1945.                 Zone description (-) 9
        Ceased illumination and harassing firing at 0552 having expended 159 
rounds 5" AA common and 36'rounds of starshells.  Underway at 0723 and 
proceeded to Fire Support Sector Five (HAGUSHI) in company with the CALLAGHAN
to report to C.T.F. 54 in accordance with orders of C.T.G. 51.19.  Upon 
arrival at transport area, reported to C.T.F. 54 in the TENNESSEE and 
anchored standing by for further assignment.  Night orders were to remain 
anchored.  Bad weather prevented any enemy air operations.
        Positions:
           0800 - Latitude - 26°-12.6' N;  Longitude - 127°-56.5' E.
           1200 - Latitude - 26°-22.0' N;  Longitude - 127°-41.9' E.
           2000 - Latitude - 26°-22.0' N;  Longitude - 127°-41.9' E.

April 27, 1945.                 Zone description (-) 9
        Underway from HAGUSHI ANCHORAGE at 0530 for logistics at KERAMA 
RETTO.  Assigned to T.G. 51.15 by C.T.G. 52 for these operations.  Steamed in 
company with the SALT LAKE CITY, MOBILE and CALLAGHAN.  Replenished 
ammunition, unloaded empties, fueled and took aboard provisions during the 
day.  Returned with the same ships in the evening to HAGUSHI and reported to 
C.T.G. 54.2.  Received an anchorage assignment for the night.  At 1901 
received a report on the voice radio that an enemy shore battery was 
harassing ships in the southern end of the anchorage.  The report stated the 
location of the gun position was in a grid area to the north of NAHA.  Went 
to general quarters at dusk when AA bursts were observed to the north.  It 
turned out that the plane was friendly and had been taken under fire by one 
of our own ships which had thought the aircraft's actions unfriendly.
Returned to general quarters at 2050.  Three groups of enemy planes were 
reported approaching the area from the east and northeast.  Smoke boats laid 
an effective screen over the anchorage.  The SOPA ordered ships to hold fire 
until given permission to commence firing.  At least one of the planes came 
within two miles of the anchorage and was fired on by many ships.  PICKING
did not fire; the plane was invisible through the smoke.  At 2335 another 
unidentified plane was in the area.  Smoke was made and then followed more 
obviously wild shooting by machine guns at an invisible target.
        Positions:
           0800 - Latitude - 26°-11.2' N;  Longitude - 127°-19.7' E.
           1200 - Latitude - 26°-12.0' N;  Longitude - 127°-20.2' E.
           2000 - Latitude - 26°-21.9' N;  Longitude - 127°-41.9' E.

April 28, 1945.                 Zone description (-) 9
        The air raids which commenced last evening continued through the 
night intermittently.  PICKING did not fire, in accordance with SOPA's 
instructions.  No targets were sighted through the smoke, rendering the AA 
automatic weapons ineffective.  At 0255 a BETTY was reported shot down, and 
at 0330 another plane was observed falling in flames.

        At 0400 the area was clear of enemy planes.  It 0615, in accordance 
with CTF 51's instructions, proceeded with the LEARY and the MOBILE to 
NAKAGUSUKU WAN; arrived in the bay at 0900 and reported to CTG 51.19.
Assigned to work with a S.F.C. party and air borne spotter at 1015, and 
commenced call fire at 1050 on Southeast OKINAWA.  Targets included 
crossroads, a pillbox and enemy positions: 100 rounds of AA Common were
expended.  At 1603 a "flash red" condition was established in the bay. 
Went to general quarters, got underway and stood by the heavy units to render 
AA fire support.  No enemy planes came within range or sight, although there 
were several to the north and west.  Anchored at dusk in assigned berth in 
western part of the bay, and at 1950 commenced firing night illumination for 
24TH CORPS.  Firing was interrupted at 1950, 2126, and 2217 when enemy 
aircraft were in the OKINAWA area.  One of these approached to 12,000 yards, 
but PICKING did not fire, the target being too close to the limits of 
effective range.  Resumed night illumination at 2308, plus harassing fire in 
five target areas.
        Positions:
           0800 - Latitude - 26°-02.7' N;  Longitude - 127°-51.5' E.
           1200 - Latitude - 26°-13.1' N;  Longitude - 127°-50.2' E.
           2000 - Latitude - 26°-13.7' N;  Longitude - 127°-51.0' E.

April 29, 1945.                 Zone description (-) 9
        Ceased firing night illumination and harassing fire at 0540 having 
expended 140 rounds of 5" AA Common and 63 rounds of starshells.  Weighed 
anchor at 0550 and, in accordance with orders of CTG 51.19, escorted the 
TUSCALOOSA to the area on the western side of OKINAWA which is protected by 
an anti-submarine screen.  PICKING and BARTON formed screen on TUSCALOOSA,
accompanied her to a point off the south end of OKINAWA from where the 
TUSCALOOSA continued on up the western side of the island.  BARTON and 
PICKING joined the ARKANSAS and NEW ORLEANS to screen those ships enroute to 
NAKAGUSUKU WAN.  The BARTON broke off in Fire Support Sector Three 
(Southeastern OKINAWA,) to carry on firing missions in that area.  On return 
to NAKAGUSUKU WAN, anchored and commenced answering call fires.  Results of 
the mornings firing were reported excellent by the shore fire control party.
Enemy mortar and machine gun positions which were harassing the advance of 
our troops were neutralized.  Bombardment was resumed in the afternoon. 
Caves, a hut, and a square building were blasted.  Received no night firing 
assignment.  Enemy planes were in the OKINAWA area during the night.  None 
attacked in the area.  Ships were anchored and kept hidden in a smoke screen 
made by LCI's.
        Positions:
           0800 - Latitude - 26°-01.8' N;  Longitude - 127°-39.5' E.
           1200 - Latitude - 26°-13.5' N;  Longitude - 127°-50.6' E.
           2000 - Latitude - 26°-14.2' N;  Longitude - 127°-51.0' E.

April 30, 1945.                 Zone description (-) 9
        Commenced firing bombardment at 0655 in target areas selected by 
S.F.C. party.  An air borne spotter arrived on station at 0837.  Fire was
shifted from a pillbox to an area containing caves, entrenchments and
enemy troop movements.  The area was well covered; ceased firing at 0936.
Resumed firing, at 1205 into a reported blockhouse, caves.  Expended 96 
Rounds AA Common.  Underway for HAGUSHI at 1311 in company with the
BIRMINGHAM and the LEARY to report to C.T.G. 54.2 in accordance with orders 
received from C.T.F. 52.  T.G. 54.2 is the covering group prepared to meet 
any enemy surface force threatening transports.  Anchored at 1700 in berth 
assigned by C.T.G. 54.2 at HAGUSHI.  Went to general quarters at 2227, as an 
enemy plane approached from the northwest; plane orbited to seaward of the 
anchorage area then retired from the area.  Received a message today stating 
a POW reported that our naval gunfire was the weapon most feared by the 
enemy ashore.
        Positions:
           0800 - Latitude - 26°-13.2' N;  Longitude - 127°-49.5' E.
           1200 - Latitude - 26°-13.2' N;  Longitude - 127°-49.5' E.
           2000 - Latitude - 26°-21.1' N;  Longitude - 127°-41.9' E.

May 1, 1945                     Zone description (-) 9
        PICKING is operating as a unit of the forces assaulting OKINAWA 
SHIMA, under the command of Vice Admiral TURNER, ComPhibsPac and C.T.F. 51.
PICKING in TASK GROUP 54, the gun fire support and covering force.  These 
Ships are further assigned to task groups: TASK GROUP 54.1, the western fire 
support group; TASK GROUP 51.19 the eastern fire support group; TASK GROUP 
54.2, the covering force.  TASK GROUPS 54.1 and 51.19 render fire support to 
the land forces from the western and eastern sides of OKINAWA respectively.
There is also a TASK GROUP 54.3 which is the logistics group at KERAMA RETTO 
replenishing fuel and ammunition.  Ships operating on the western side of the 
island are grouped collectively into TASK GROUP 51.22, the western control
group.  Fire support ships are assigned and interchanged among these groups 
as necessary.  At present, PICKING is in TASK GROUP 54.2.  These ships are 
anchored at HAGUSHI.  As a rule these ships anchor at night and include the 
ships forming TASK GROUP 54.3 in the morning to go to KERAMA RETTO for 
logistics.  Underway at 0500 for KERAMA RETTO.  O.T.C. of logistics group, 
C.T.G. 54.3, commanding officer U.S.S. ST. LOUIS.  Spent day at EASTERN 
ANCHORAGE, KERAMA RETTO fueling ship and replenishing ammunition.  Returned 
to fire support sector five, northwest of NAHA, western OKINAWA in the 
evening (1830) with the same logistics group.  Relieved the NEW MEXICO of her 
fire support duties in accordance with C.T.G. 51.22 orders.  Anchored in 
southwest corner of HAGUSHI ANCHORAGE and commenced night harassing fire and 
illumination, starshells spotted by shore fire control party.
        Positions:
           0800 - Latitude - 26°-13.2' N;  Longitude - 127°-20.5' E.
           1200 - Latitude - 26°-11.9' N;  Longitude - 127°-20.1' E.
           2000 - Latitude - 26°-19.5' N;  Longitude - 127°-40.9' E.

May 2, 1945                     Zone description (-) 9
        At 0035, splashes were sighted 200 yards off the port beam.  Weighed 
anchor with approval of C.T.G. 54.2 and manned the main battery for counter 
battery fire, (night firing mission was being carried out with two guns).
Another salvo landed 200 yards off the starboard bow a few minutes after the 
first.  Commenced counter battery firing according to a prearranged plan of 
C.T.G. 51.22 commander of the western fire support group, who had assigned 
ships under his command target areas to be covered.  These areas included the 
most likely and the known locations of enemy gun positions.  Expended 76
rounds of 5" AA Common in counter battery firing.  Ceased this firing at 0123 
by orders of CTG 51.22 and resumed scheduled night assignment.  No further 
enemy firing was encountered during the night.  Night harassing and
illumination firing was completed at 0456, having expended 126 rounds of AA 
Common and 15 starshells.  Communications having been established with a 
shore fire control party, commenced call fire mission at 0850.  Target area 
was on the shore line and contained Japanese infantry.  The area was 
thoroughly covered with 439 rounds of AA Common and 11 rounds of white 
phosphorous; shore fire control party reported results as being exceedingly 
satisfactory.

        Rain and fog prevented operation of spotting planes all during the 
day.  Maintained slow deliberate fire in areas in and around NAHA until 1735, 
102 rounds were expended in the afternoon's bombardment.  At 1800, the 
PICKING and BIRMINGHAM were assigned to a special night mission: to impede 
the operations of enemy suicide boats, the western coast of OKINAWA from NAHA 
to ITOMAN was to be illuminated by starshells and harassing fire was to be 
delivered in areas which formed probable bases for these boats.  In addition
the enemy held air strips at NAHA and ITOMAN were to be harassed to prevent
any possible operations of these air field during the night.  PICKING
commenced operations at 1915, taking NAHA airport under bombardment.  At 2010
joined the BIRMINGHAM and set up a patrol at five knots in a general 
north-south direction, between the NAHA airport and the airstrip at ITOMAN.
The latter strip had been under construction.  To systemize the night 
operations the BIRMINGHAM assumed the responsibility of illuminating until 
0030, at which time, the PICKING would relieve.  Also, at 2320 the 
BIRMINGHAM assigned the PICKING specific target areas for harassing 
bombardment.
        Positions:
           0800 - Latitude - 26°-18.8' N;  Longitude - 127°-42.0' E.
           1200 - Latitude - 26°-21.0' N;  Longitude - 127°-40.5' E.
           2000 - Latitude - 26°-11.0' N;  Longitude - 127°-34.0' E.

May 3, 1945.                    Zone description (-) 9
        Continued anti-small boat patrol and harassing fire mission till 
morning.  Left BIRMINGHAM at 0500 and bombarded ITOMAN airstrip until 0540.
Fifty rounds of 5" AA common were expended in this mission.  During the 
Entire night's operations, 184 AA common and 44 starshells were fired.
Proceeded to HAGUSHI to await further orders.  Assigned to call fire missions 
by C.T.G. 51.22.  Anchored off NAHA and commenced firing into enemy held 
positions at 0824 as directed by shore fire control party.  At 1233 a small 
scale raid was made by a VAL, KATE and an OSCAR.  No damage was sustained by 
our forces.  Received a call for fire at 1544.  77 rounds of AA common were 
fired into enemy troops.  Air bursts were reported as "excellent".  At 1650 
enemy AA guns were sighted firing on friendly planes.  Fired 44 rounds of 5" 
AA common into the location.  No further firing was observed from the enemy 
guns.  Proceeded to HAGUSHI and anchored in berth assigned by C.T.G. 51.22.
There was another small enemy air raid at dusk (1850).  None of these planes
reached the anchorage area.  One VAL was observed shot down by 3 planes of 
the Combat Air Patrol.
        Positions:
           0800 - Latitude - 26°-16.0' N;  Longitude - 127°-38.5' E.
           1200 - Latitude - 26°-16.0' N;  Longitude - 127°-38.5' E.
           2000 - Latitude - 26°-24.0' N;  Longitude - 127°-41.1' E.

May 4, 1945.                    Zone description (-) 9
        From 0215 till 0415 enemy planes were over and around the transport
Area harassing ships in the anchorage.  Ships, were kept under a smoke screen 
during these attacks.  Several of these planes were illuminated by our search 
lights on the beach, and the engines of one group could be heard overhead.
At 0346 a string of five bombs hit the water 500 yards from the PICKING.
No damage was observed by these explosions.  In the morning, accompanied the 
group of ships going to KERAMA RETTO for logistics.  Fueled and replenished 
ammunition in EASTERN ANCHORAGE.  Enemy aircraft were reported in the area at 
0800, but the anchorage was not attached.  Replenishing some 1300 rounds was 
not assisted by the "Flash Red"; this vessel finally gave up trying to 
replenish at general quarters and put all hands on the ammunition, to 
expedite clearing the LST loaded with ammunition.  Returned to HAGUSHI in the 
evening with the logistics group and anchored for the night.  Enemy planes 
were reported approaching from the north at 1900, on our arrival at the 
anchorage.  This attack was effectively met by the combat air patrol; none 
reached the anchorage or the assault area, the combat air patrol reported
shooting down some fifteen enemy planes, mostly ZEKES and VALS.
        Positions:
           0800 - Latitude - 26°-12.0' N;  Longitude - 127°-20.0' E.
           1200 - Latitude - 26°-12.0' N;  Longitude - 127°-20.0' E.
           2000 - Latitude - 26°-22.5' N;  Longitude - 127°-41.9' E.

May 5, 1945.                    Zone description (-) 9
        Enemy snooper planes were in the OKINAWA area from midnight until 
0350.  The closest any of these approached was six miles.  There were no 
reports heard of any damage to ships in the anchorage.  Remained at HAGUSHI 
during the day while Captain BROWN, Commander Destroyer Squadron 49, and the 
ship's gunnery officer made an inspection of the front lines, on the beach.
These observations by naval personnel are made primarily from a gunnery 
standpoint to better acquaint ships with the problems and results of naval 
bombardments.  Underway at 1745 proceeding to NAKAGUSUKU WAN in accordance 
with orders of C.T.G. 51.19.  Anchored in that bay at 2005 and at 2017 
commenced night harassing fire in areas assigned by C.T.G. 51.19 and 
illumination fire as directed by shore fire control party.
        Positions:
           0800 - Latitude - 26°-22.0' N;  Longitude - 127°-41.9' E.
           1200 - Latitude - 26°-22.0' N;  Longitude - 127°-41.9' E.
           2000 - Latitude - 26°-13.5' N;  Longitude - 127°-51.0' E.

May 6, 1945.                    Zone description (-) 9
        Anchored in NAKAGUSUKU WAN, eastern OKINAWA providing, night  
harassing fire and illumination with other units of TG 51.19.  Held
general quarters at 0225 for an energy raid of a few planes.  The 
closest of these approached to seven miles on a bearing of 175° T, but 
then opened the range to the west and north.  Continued with night 
assignment until 0510, 167 AA Common and 45 Starshells were expended 
on the night mission.  Call fire missions were commenced at 0645 using 
a VOF plane for spotting.  Targets for the day were a blockhouse and
caves.  Firing was interrupted several times during the morning by
enemy planes reported in the area.  A "TONY" and a "DINAH" were 
sighted to the northwest.  None of these planes approached NAKAGUSUKU 
WAN, but bombardment was checked in accordance with current practice.
A total of 346 rounds of AA Common and 16 rounds of White Phosphorous
were expended on call fires.  At 1630 the beach along the southern 
part of the bay was raked with 40mm fire.  The beach affords many 
possible hiding places for suicide boats, 1232 rounds of 40mm were 
expended on this mission.  Anchored for the night and at 2055 
commenced night harassing fire as scheduled by CTG 51.19 and 
illumination requested by a shore fire control party on the beach.
        Positions:
           0800 - Latitude - 26°-11.5' N;  Longitude - 127°-48.3' E.
           1200 - Latitude - 26°-11.5' N;  Longitude - 127°-48.3' E.
           2000 - Latitude - 26°-13.0' N;  Longitude - 127°-49.0' E.

May 7, 1945                     Zone description (-) 9
        Conducting night harassing bombardment and illumination fire 
from NAKAGUSUKU WAN.  Went to general quarters at 0211 when an 
unidentified plane approached from the north to 22 miles.  Plane 
remained in area until 0310.  At 0420 another snooper closed to seven 
miles before retiring.  Completed night bombardment mission at 0515 
having expended 125 rounds of AA Common and 37 Starshells.  At 0752 
commenced firing call fires for shore fire control party with 
air-borne observer spotting.  The spotter reported that the
bombardment sealed several caves and furnished good harassing fire in 
the area.  Other caves, one of which contained a gun emplacement were 
the targets during the day's firing which ceased at 1430.  Ammunition 
expenditure: 389 rounds of 5" AA Common, 20 rounds of White
Phosphorous, 17 rounds of 5" Common.  Underway at 1439 in company with
the MOBILE and the ROOKS to report to CTG 54.2.  Escorted the to 
HAGUSHI and received orders from CTF 51 to report to CTG 51.19.
Returned to NAKAUSUKU WAN at 27 knots arriving at 1930.  Received a 
harassing and illumination fire assignment for the night from CTG 
51.19.
        Positions:
           0800 - Latitude - 26°-13.0' N;  Longitude - 127°-51.6' E.
           1200 - Latitude - 26°-13.2' N;  Longitude - 127°-51.6' E.
           2000 - Latitude - 26°-13.8' N;  Longitude - 127°-50.3' E.

May 8, 1945.                    Zone description (-) 9
        Conducting night harassing fire and illumination from NAKAGUSUKU WAN.
Completed assignment at 0514 having expended 135 rounds of AA common and 127 
starshells.  Proceeded to KERAMA RETTO at 0600 in company with the ARKANSAS 
and ROOKS.  Completed logistics operations at 1630 with fuel tanks topped off 
and full ammunition allowance aboard.  Departed EASTERN ANCHORAGE at 1735 and 
escorted the MOBILE to fire support sector six, western OKINAWA.  Anchored in 
southwestern HAGUSHI ANCHORAGE and at 1955 commenced night harassing and 
illumination call fire as assigned by C.T.G. 51.22.
        Positions:
           0800 - Latitude - 26°-04.2' N;  Longitude - 127°-48.4' E.
           1200 - Latitude - 26°-12.0' N;  Longitude - 127°-20.0' E.
           2000 - Latitude - 26°-18.6' N;  Longitude - 127°-42.3' E.

May 9, 1945.                    Zone description (-) 9
        Ceased firing night mission at 0510.  Expended 100 rounds of 5"/38 AA 
common and 42 starshells.  Stood by for call fires from shore fire control 
party.  Fired first mission at 0805 having moved southward to a position
off NAHA TOWN to close range and get a better line of fire on the assigned 
target area.  This area contained JAP infantry. As requested by the shore 
party, fired on a nave, a large building, and neutralized other areas.
Ceased firing at 1655.  Ammunition expenditure for day's firing: 264 5"/38 AA
common and 21 5"/38 white phosphorous projectiles.  Anchored in a position 3 
miles north of NAHA TOWN to deliver harassing fire in areas assigned by 
C.T.G. 51.22 and illumination as directed by the shore fire control party.  A 
small group of enemy planes attempted a raid at dusk, but failed to get any 
further than the combat air patrol.
        Positions:
           0800 - Latitude - 26°-16.5' N;  Longitude - 127°-39.7' E.
           1200 - Latitude - 26°-14.5' N;  Longitude - 127°-38.0' E.
           2000 - Latitude - 26°-17.5' N;  Longitude - 127°-42.0' E.

May 10, 1945                    Zone description (-) 9
        Enemy planes attempted assaults on OKINAWA from midnight till 0445.
Nine groups of them came in on different bearings suggesting a planned 
coordinated attack.  Many of these were effectively intercepted by night 
fighters, others retired without reaching the beachhead or the anchorage 
area.  A few closed the range to five miles of the HAGUSHI ANCHORAGE but 
either made no attacks or missed their targets by a wide margin.  There were 
no reports of any damage having been sustained by shipping.  However, fire 
support operations were interrupted since no bombarding or illuminating is 
conducted during air raids.  216 rounds or 5"/38 AA common and 3 starshells 
were expended before midnight and during the lulls between air raids.  At 0811 
commenced call fire missions as directed by the shore fire control party and 
using spots of an air borne spottor.  An enemy counter attack was being 
launched.  The morning's firing was requested to neutralize areas containing 
troops.  Ammunition expended during the morning: 112 rounds of 5"/38 AA 
common, 3 rounds of white phosphorous.  A reported BETTY flew over OKINAWA at 
1350 at a very high altitude.  No attack was made.  At 1437 opened fire on a 
target area believed to contain enemy artillery.  17 Rounds of 5"/38 AA common 
were expended when fire was ceased; the spotter had to return to base because 
of an AA hit (estimated about 20mm) on the tail of his plane.  Proceeded to 
HAGUSHI at 1630 to replenish ammunition from an LST.  At 1915 completed taking 
aboard 700 rounds of powder and AA common projectiles.  Returned back to fire 
support station and anchored after dark four miles north of NAHA.  Commenced 
harassing areas assigned by C.T.G. 51.22 and illuminating as directed by 
shore fire control party.
        Positions:
           0800 - Latitude - 26°-17.0' N;  Longitude - 127°-39.7' E.
           1200 - Latitude - 26°-17.1' N;  Longitude - 127°-39.9' E.
           2000 - Latitude - 26°-17.3' N;  Longitude - 127°-38.6' E.

May 11, 1945                    Zone description (-) 9
        Night bombardment and illumination checked at 0115 when enemy planes 
were closing from the north.  These raiders were in the area until 0500.
Ships were hidden in smoke and there were no reports of damage.  Ceased
night firing at 0547, having expended 98 rounds of AA Common and 6 starshells.
Held general quarters at 0800, many enemy planes were reported approaching 
OKINAWA.  Ships of TASK GROUP 54.1 formed special cruising disposition 6VT.
This formation provides an adequate defense against aircraft while permitting 
the fire support ships to continue their call fire missions.

        The air attack was very effectively met by the combat air patrol and 
outlying ships.  No enemy planes reached the immediate vicinity; 78 were 
reported shot down.  Released from formation at 1026 to resume previously 
assigned duty.  Resumed call fire station in fire support sector 5.  Relieved 
on station at 1826 by the HALL having received no further missions.
Proceeded to HAGUSHI to join TASK GROUP 54.2.  Assigned an anchorage for the 
Night.  The wind and sea increased after dark, the northerly winds averaging 
25 knots.  Adjusted anchorage at 2115 to prevent possibility of swinging into 
nearby ships.

May 12, 1945.                   Zone description (-) 9
        No logistics being required, assigned to call fire missions instead 
of proceeding to KERAMA RETTO.  Fired a rapid preparation fire for the 6th 
MARDIV from 0656 until 0715 to precede an advance by that force.  Received a 
report from the shore party at 0800 that many JAP 40 and 105 MM guns were 
knocked out by this bombardment.  Next targets were caves and gun 
emplacements.  Several of these were fired on and neutralized during the 
morning and early afternoon.  Spotted as directed by air borne observer.
Ceased firing at 1600 having expended 898 rounds of 5" 38 cal. AA common and 
5 rounds of 5" 38 cal. white phosphorous projectiles.  Relieved on call fire 
station at 1603 by the IRWIN.  Assigned to anti-suicide boat or "flycatcher" 
operations for the night with COMCRUDIV 5 in the SALT LAKE CITY in charge. 
Ships with this duty illuminate the coast line from NAHA to the southern end 
of OKINAWA, harass possible small boat bases, support LCI's working close to 
the beach, destroy any suicide boats contacted; and, in addition, harass the 
airstrips at NAHA and ITOMAN to prevent any possible operation of these 
fields by the enemy.  PICKING in station 7,000 yards south of the SALT LAKE
CITY.  Anchored at 2205, 4 miles west of ITOMAN airstrip, and continued 
operations.  No suicide boats were encountered.
        Positions:
           0800 - Latitude - 26°-16.0' N;  Longitude - 127°-39.2' E.
           1200 - Latitude - 26°-16.0' N;  Longitude - 127°-39.2' E.
           2000 - Latitude - 26°-09.9' N;  Longitude - 127°-35.9' E.

May 13, 1945.                   Zone description (-) 9
        Enemy planes in small numbers, and at ranges too great for the 
PICKING's guns, were in the OKINAWA area until daylight.  Harassed ITOMAN 
airstrip from 0500 to 0510 in a pre-dawn bombardment.  Total ammunition 
expended during the night: 159 rounds 5"/38 AA Common and 76 Starshells.  At 
0540 proceeded to KERAMA RETTO for logistics in company with the SALT LAKE
CITY and the BEALE.  On return to OKINAWA at 1830, relieved the PRESTON of
her fire support duties.  A few JAP planes attempted a raid on OKINAWA at 
dusk, but failed to get by the combat air patrol and picket ships.  Commenced 
harassing fire in areas designated by the shore fire control party at 2038.
        Positions:
           0800 - Latitude - 26°-10.5' N;  Longitude - 127°-19.5' E.
           1200 - Latitude - 26°-10.5' N;  Longitude - 127°-18.8' E.
           2000 - Latitude - 26°-16.6' N;  Longitude - 127°-36.6' E.

May 14, 1945                    Zone description (-) 9
        At 0300 an enemy plane was reported approaching from the northwest.
By 0330 there were several enemy aircraft in the area.  Ceased harassing and 
illumination fire; went to general quarters.  One plane passed within three
miles.  The Commanding Officer's policy is to hold fire at night unless 
directly attacked in order to avoid disclosing position by gun flashes or
tracers (if not operating as part of a screen).  Fired an emergency 
illumination at 0350 on request of shore party.  By four o'clock the area was 
clear of enemy planes.  Continued night assignment until 0510.  Expended 188 
rounds of 5" AA Common and 8 starshells during the night.  First call in the 
morning was a rapid neutralization fire during which 133 rounds of AA Common 
and one of white phosphorous were expended.  An attempt was made to knock 
down a radio tower being used as an observation post.  Direct hits only 
damaged some of the structural members.  Fired 144 rounds of AA Common and 
5 rounds white phosphorous.  In the afternoon fired in enemy held positions 
containing troops, caves, a pillbox and mortar positions.  At 1800 formed up 
with TASK GROUP 54.1 in the special AA disposition used at times, of expected 
heavy air raids.  Assigned to "flycatcher" duty for the night.  The primary 
object is to illuminate the coast of OKINAWA from NAHA to ITOMAN to 
facilitate detecting "suicide" boats, motor torpedo boat's, and barges.  In 
addition, the enemy held airfields at NAHA and ITOMAN are bombarded to 
prevent their use by the JAPS.
        Positions:
           0800 - Latitude - 26°-16.6' N;  Longitude - 127°-36.6' E.
           1200 - Latitude - 26°-16.6' N;  Longitude - 127°-38.8' E.
           2000 - Latitude - 26°-15.8' N;  Longitude - 127°-37.8' E.

May 15, 1945                    Zone description (-) 9
        Ceased firing night mission at 0512; expended 114 rounds of 5" AA 
Common.  Ships of TASK GROUP 54.1 underway at 0515 prepared to form up and 
maneuver should there be a dawn air attack.  No attacks made.  Assigned to 
TASK GROUP 54.1 for the day.  Commenced firing at 0838 on enemy gun
emplacements.  Shore fire control party gave a "cease fire" after six direct 
hits were made.  Other targets for the morning were camouflaged gun 
positions, caves, a block house and pillbox.

        Furnished with an air borne spotter in the afternoon who located
 enemy activity and troop movement.  Bombarded these areas using a plane's 
spots during afternoon.  At 1800 formed up with units of TASK GROUP 54.1 in 
special AA disposition for mutual support against a possible dusk air 
attack.  This formation is used at dawn, dusk, and at other times when air 
attack is expected.  The axis is made parallel to the beach to permit shore 
bombardment to be maintained.  Received a call at 190U to fire on enemy 
artillery position.  Battery was reported as silenced by the shore spotter.
Ships released after dark (1938) to proceed on night duty.  Anchored at 2009 
in a position three miles northwest of NAHA.  Commenced night harassing and 
illumination.
        Positions:
           0800 - Latitude - 26°-14.2' N;  Longitude - 127°-37.4' E.
           1200 - Latitude - 26°-15.5' N;  Longitude - 127°-39.7' E.
           2000 - Latitude - 26°-14.7' N;  Longitude - 127°-37.6' E.

May 16, 1945                    Zone description (-)9
        Went to general quarters at 0315 for approaching enemy planes.
Secured at 0400, no attacks having been made, and resumed shore bombardment.
Completed night firing mission at 0452; 5" ammunition expended: 32 starshells
and 16 AA Common.  Relieved of call fire duty at 0600 to proceed to KERAMA 
RETTO for logistics.  Returned to fire support sector five, northwest of 
NAHA, with the logistic group.  Anchored there at 2015 and commenced night 
harassing and illumination fire as assigned by CTG 51.22.  A small number of 
enemy planes were over OKINAWA at 2000 and again at 2140 to midnight.  At 
2257 a low flying twin engined enemy bomber passed from over land directly 
over the PICKING.   The plane was visible for a few seconds and a 5 round 
burst of 20mm was fired by this vessel with no observed results.
        Positions:
           0800 - Latitude - 26°-11.3' N;  Longitude - 127°-19.8' E.
           1200 - Latitude - 26°-12.5' N;  Longitude - 127°-19.9' E.
           2000 - Latitude - 26°-18.0' N;  Longitude - 127°-42.3' E.

May 17, 1945.                   Zone description (-) 9
        Ceased firing night harassing and illumination fire at 0505 having
expended 85 rounds of 5" AA common and 33 rounds of starshells.  Stood by for 
call fires from shore fire control party.  With a spotting plane on station, 
commended firing on cave at 0740.  From 0900 to 0915 expended 226 rounds of AA 
common as a preparation fire to precede advance of 1st MARDIV troops.
Continued bombardment throughout day in areas designated by shore party.
Expended a total of 369 AA common and 60 white phosphorous during day's
firing.  In special A.A. disposition with T.G. 54.1 at dusk for mutual support 
against enemy planes.  Commenced firing night harassing fire mission at 2034.
No enemy planes in area, anchored at 2100.  At general quarters at 2112 and 
again at 2158 when an enemy plane was in area.  Neither of these came within 
firing range.  Continued bombardment.
        Positions:
           0800 - Latitude - 26°-12.2' N;  Longitude - 127°-36.3' E.
           1200 - Latitude - 26°-12.3' N;  Longitude - 127°-36.7' E.
           2000 - Latitude - 26°-15.7' N;  Longitude - 127°-38.3' E.

May 18, 1945.                   Zone description (-) 9
        Completed night harassing fire assignment at 0526 having expended 163
rounds of AA common and 4 starshells.  Stood by awaiting call fires from 
shore fire control party.  Received no requests for fire and at 0744 directed 
by C.T.G. 54.1 (western fire support commander) to proceed and render any 
possible assistance to the LONGSHAW (DD559).  This destroyer had gone aground 
southwest of NAHA airfield.  The visibility, although it was two hours after 
sunrise, was very poor.  A low haze reduced the visibility to 3,000 yards or 
less.  Sufficient landmarks could not be seen until approximately 0745 to rely 
totally on visual bearings for piloting.  PICKING closed the LONGSHAW by a
circuitous route, approaching from the southwest to clear the shoals as far 
as possible.  A series of bearings on the grounded ship plotted her position 
grid area 6768 05, latitude 26°-11'-13" N., longitude 127°-37'-15" E.  She was 
being set on the reef with a northeasterly current running at that time.  The 
shoals in this area extend 2,600 yards from the beach on OMINESAKI, the point 
projecting out from the airfield.  The LONGSHAW had shifted weight aft -
projectiles, fuel, and personnel.  She then made an attempt to back off with 
no results.  PICKING made a try at pulling her off with a tow, but the wire 
cable parted.  The LONGSHAW also reported her shackle had given.  The tug,
ARIKARA, AT98, arrived and PICKING backed off to stand by to render any
assistance.  The tug was unable to pull her off and it was apparent that the 
destroyer had run well up on the shoal.

        Marine growth was exposed about 3 feet on her hull forward.  At 1100 
the LONGSHAW reported she was under fire from enemy shore batteries.  PICKING 
went to general quarters and. commenced immediate counter-battery fire at the 
beach.  A shell was observed to hit near number two stack on the starboard 
side.  The JAPS were obviously taking advantage of the grounded LONGSHAW and 
making her the primary target.  The enemy gun fire, as near as could be 
determined by the fall of the shots, was coming from the direction of the 
airfield.  The LONGSHAW was firing on that bearing and the PICKING also 
opened up in rapid fire with all 5" and the starboard 40 mm guns.  Having 
been lying to, PICKING steamed on a northwesterly course to allow all guns to 
bear on the airport and make a difficult target for the enemy's guns,
estimated to be 3 to 5 inch field artillery pieces.  A fire broke out forward 
on the LONGSHAW in the vicinity of gun two and the bridge, and at 1105 a 
violent explosion occurred which blew off the bow, demolished the bridge. 
The hull forward of number two stack was burning heavily with a black smoke.
An oil fire burned on the water around the forward part of the ship and 
around the bow which had been hurled forward 200 yards.  Several salvos, 
estimated at six, splashed on either side of the PICKING at distances of two 
to five hundred yards.  The tug, only two hundred yards astern of the 
LONGSHAW was not hit.  Flashes from the enemies gun fire were sighted by 
bridge personnel on the PICKING and the location was taken under rapid fire.
Various other units of T.G. .54.1, the fire support group, arrived in the 
area and commenced counter battery fire.  The enemy fire ceased soon after 
the first explosion in the LONGSHAW.  Bearings on the gun flashes plotted 
them in grid area 7071, four hundred yards north of the airstrip and 300 
yards in from the beach.  The gig was put into the water and sent to pick up 
survivors.  The whaleboat had gone to the MISSISSIPPI with a stores working
party earlier in the morning, and it was recalled to be used for the same 
purpose.  Six LCI's were sent by C.T.G. 54.1 for rescue work.  L.C.I. 355 
went alongside the starboard quarter of the burning LONGSHAW to take aboard 
survivors.  At 1155, L.C.I. 352 was hit on the bow.  The PICKING gig was
alongside her at the time transferring survivors.  Many of the survivors 
jumped back into the water and had to be recovered again.  Those still aboard 
the LONGSHAW were jettisoning powder and projectiles from the fantail.  A 
systematic counter-battery fire plan was set up by C.T.G. 54.1 which insured 
harassing all possible gun emplacements by assigning fire support ships 
definite target areas of responsibility.  This plan was put into effect at 
1158 with ships using slow deliberate fire.  According to reports by a 
signalman survivor and a fire and rescue party from the tug, all classified 
publications and special equipment were destroyed.

        It was evident that the LONGSHAW was beyond salvage and it was
decided by C.T.F 54 to completely destroy her by torpedo fire.  PICKING was 
assigned the task by C.T.G. 54.  Took station 2100 yards northwest of the
LONGSHAW to give a target angle as close to 270 as possible and permit the
torpedo track to clear all shoals.  The first torpedo crept to the right, 
missed the stern by less than 25 yards and exploded on the shoal beyond.  The 
second run was identical to the first.  A third run looked good-possibly a 
little to the left - but it appeared to strike a shoal, glance off to the 
left and detonated underwater before reaching the target.  The track of the 
fourth shot went directly to the center of the hull, but it failed to 
explode.  The EDWARDS now tried two torpedo shots.  The first missed and 
exploded on the shoal just beyond; the second failed to explode.  The EDWARDS
then commenced firing 5"/38 projectiles. One of these caused a violent 
explosion in the LONGSHAW.  However, she still remained above water and
fairly intact.  PICKING fired her fifth torpedo from a position to the
southwest to ensure that the torpedo would miss any shoals.  It struck on the 
starboard quarter of the LONGSHAW causing a terrific explosion, blowing away
large pieces of metal.  The hull now settled and took on a 15° starboard 
list.  There could have been nothing left of value on the LONGSHAW.  But it 
was battered further with 5"/38.  One of these caused another large 
explosion.  There were now only two twisted pieces of wreckage projecting 3 
and 4 feet above water.  PICKING ceased fire and moved out to join the SALT
LAKE CITY which was lying to observing the operation of destroying the
LONGSHAW.  Released at 1825 by COMCRUDIV 5 to proceed on assigned duty.
Steamed northward to HAGUSHI ANCHORAGE and reported to C.T.G. 54.2, CONBATDIV 
4 in the WEST VIRGINIA.  Assigned an anchorage for the night at HAGUSHI.
Enemy planes were around OKINAWA in moderate force during the night 
commencing at 1915.  PICKING effectively hidden in smoke screen.  DRAKE FIELD 
was reported bombed three times.  Night fighters shot down 12 of the raiders.
        Positions:
           0800 - Latitude - 26°-10.6' N;  Longitude - 127°-36.8' E.
           1200 - Latitude - 26°-10.5' N;  Longitude - 127°-36.2' E.
           2000 - Latitude - 26°-28.0' N;  Longitude - 127°-54.5' E.

May 19, 1945.                   Zone description (-) 9
        Underway at 0445 proceeding from HAGUSHI to KERAMA RETTO in company 
with units of TASK GROUP 54.3, the logistics group.  Fuel and ammunition 
replenished, returned to HAGUSHI and anchored for the night as a unit of TASK 
GROUP 54.2.
        Positions:
           0800 - Latitude - 26°-11.1' N;  Longitude - 127°-20.2' E.
           1200 - Latitude - 26°-19.9' N;  Longitude - 127°-20.1' E.
           2000 - Latitude - 26°-19.9' N;  Longitude - 127°-44.1' E.

May 20, 1945.                   Zone description (-) 9
        Remained at HAGUSHI ANCHORAGE during the day; computer out of 
commission, ships force attempting repairs.  A small air raid at dusk failed 
to do any damage to ships in the anchorage.
        Positions:
           0800 - Latitude - 26°-19.8' N;  Longitude - 127°-44.0' E.
           1200 - Latitude - 26°-19.9' N;  Longitude - 127°-44.1' E.
           2000 - Latitude - 26°-19.9' N;  Longitude - 127°-44.1' E.

May 21, 1945.                   Zone description (-) 9
        Underway for KERAMA RETTO at 1140 in accordance with orders of C.T.F. 
52 for tender availability to affect repairs to Mk one computer.  Anchored in 
EASTERN ANCHORAGE.
        Positions:
           0800 - Latitude - 26°-19.1' N;  Longitude - 127°-44.1' E.
           1200 - Latitude - 26°-19.1' N;  Longitude - 127°-38.2' E.
           2000 - Latitude - 26°-12.1' N;  Longitude - 127°-19.8' E.

May 22, 1945                    Zone description (-) 9
        Remained anchored at EASTERN ANCHORAGE, KERAMA RETTO while computer 
was being repaired with tender assistance.  Received 5 Mk 15 torpedoes to 
replace those expended on destruction of LONGSHAW.
        Positions:
           0800 - Latitude - 26°-12.1' N;  Longitude - 127°-19.8' E.
           1200 - Latitude - 26°-12.1' N;  Longitude - 127°-19.8' E.
           2000 - Latitude - 26°-13.1' N;  Longitude - 127°-20.1' E.

May 23, 1945                    Zone description (-) 9
        Repairs to computer nearly completed in the morning, topped off and 
at 1055 proceeded to HAGUSHI.  Assigned to TASK GROUP 54.2 by C.T.F. 51.
Anchored in HAGUSHI ANCHURAGE.  Rain prevented extensive enemy air 
operations; two snoopers approached from the north during the night.
        Positions:
           0800 - Latitude - 26°-12.1' N;  Longitude - 127°-13.1' E.
           1200 - Latitude - 26°-19.8' N;  Longitude - 127°-41.0' E.
           2000 - Latitude - 26°-21.3' N;  Longitude - 127°-42.0' E.

May 24, 1945                    Zone description (-) 9
        Underway from HAGUSHI at 0515 to relieve the LEARY on call fire 
station off NAHA at 0600.  Bombarded from 1000 to 1600 using plane spot.
Expended 226 rounds of 5"/38 AA common and 5 rounds of white phosphorous 
neutralizing areas containing caves and gun emplacements.  Commenced night 
firing assignment at 2015 harassing areas assigned by C.T.G. 51.22.  Enemy 
planes in small numbers were in the area at various intervals commencing at 
2040.  One was observed shot down.  Others were illuminated by shore based
searchlight.  There was no reported damage to our vessels, although one enemy 
plane was reported to have landed, wheels up on Yontan, disgorging enemy 
troops who did considerable damage to planes and gasoline supplies with hand 
grenades.
        Positions:
           0800 - Latitude - 26°-16.8' N;  Longitude - 127°-40.0' E.
           1200 - Latitude - 26°-14.0' N;  Longitude - 127°-38.5' E.
           2000 - Latitude - 26°-17.5' N;  Longitude - 127°-42.0' E.

May 25, 1945                    Zone description (-) 9
        Enemy planes in moderate force attacked at midnight and were in the 
area until 0300.  Nine groups of planes made the raid.  The airfields were 
reported bombed.  Ceased night firing mission at 0445 having expended 152
rounds of 5" AA Common.  Relieved the BARTON at 0600 northwest of NAHA in 
answering call fires.  During day's firing, scored three direct hits on gun 
positions in caves, and destroyed building used as observation post by the 
Japs.  Expended 189 rounds of 5" AA Common and 4 rounds of white phosphorous.
Remained underway in an assigned station while conducting night harassing 
fire.  Continued unfavorable weather curtailed enemy air operations.
        Positions:
           0800 - Latitude - 26°-16.0' N;  Longitude - 127°-38.3' E.
           1200 - Latitude - 26°-16.8' N;  Longitude - 127°-39.6' E.
           2000 - Latitude - 26°-15.4' N;  Longitude - 127°-38.8' E.

May 26, 1945                    Zone description (-) 9
        Completed night firing at 0500 having expended 159 rounds of AA 
Common.  Remained in area northwest of NAHA to continue fire support during 
day.  At 0815 took area containing enemy artillery pieces under a harassing 
fire of 8 rounds per hour.  Weather remained foggy throughout day hindering 
air and shore spotting of gun fire.  At 1500 bombarded areas in which enemy 
troop movements were observed.  Ceased bombardment at 1615; 111 rounds of 
5"/38 AA Common expended.  At 1850 proceeded to anchor at HAGUSHI as a unit 
of TASK GROUP 54.2. There were no enemy air raids.
        Positions:
           0800 - Latitude - 26°-17.7' N;  Longitude - 127°-39.3' E.
           1200 - Latitude - 26°-16.7' N;  Longitude - 127°-40.2' E.
           2000 - Latitude - 26°-19.6' N;  Longitude - 127°-43.5' E.

May 27, 1945                    Zone description (-) 9
        Underway at 0540 proceeding with TASK GROUP 51.3 from HAGUSHI 
ANCHORAGE to KERAMA RETTO for logistics.  Departed KERAMA RETTO at 1700 
having fueled and replenished ammunition.  Assigned to TASK GROUP 54.2, 
anchored in HAGUSHI ANCHORAGE.  There were many enemy air raids during the 
night commencing at 2000.  Only a few of these flew over the anchorage area; 
one was observed shot down by AA fire.  At least eight more were reported 
destroyed by our night fighters and outlying picket ships.
        Positions:
           0800 - Latitude - 26°-12.5' N;  Longitude - 127°-20.4' E.
           1200 - Latitude - 26°-11.8' N;  Longitude - 127°-19.9' E.
           2000 - Latitude - 26°-21.4' N;  Longitude - 127°-42.4' E.

May 28, 1945                    Zone description (-) 9
        As of midnight, Fifth Fleet designated Third Fleet under command of 
Admiral Halsey.  The following changes in task organization now in effect: 
task forces 50, 51, and 54 become task forces 30, 31, and 32 respectively;
task groups 54.1, 54.2, and 54.3 become 32.11, 32.12, and 32.13.  There is no 
command to correspond with C.T.F. 52; all group and unit designations of T.F.
52 remain as units of T.F. 32.  However, C.T.F. 32, Rear Admiral Mc Cormick, 
exercises command of Task Group 32.11, 32.12, and 32.13; C.T.F. 31 in command 
of all other units of T.F. 32.

        Anchored in HAGUSHI ANCHORAGE with TASK GROUP 54.2.  At general 
quarters at 0730; ships warned to be alert for low flying planes over land.
Weather foggy.  At 0810 a plane identified as a TONY made a suicide attack on 
An LCI bearing 310° T, 5000 yards; missed, and exploded in the water.  All 
clear at 0858.  Underway at 1715 for fire support group, southwestern 
OKINAWA, to conduct "flycatcher", or anti-small boat operations, during the 
night.  At 1817, when the PICKING had made the turn south, west of NAHA 
AIRFIELD, an enemy shore battery took the ship under fire.  A shell, estimated 
3" to 4" in calibre, exploded 100 yards off the starboard side even with bridge.
The commanding officer immediately went to flank speed and commenced 
maneuvering radically.  A second salvo splashed in the wake 100 yards astern.
The enemy gun flashes were seen in a direction of and above the airfield.
Commenced a rapid counter-battery fire in that area.  All enemy fire had ceased 
by 1827.  PICKING ceased firing at 1835 having expended 245 rounds of 5"/38 AA 
Common.  Continued southward to southern end of OKINAWA to conduct harassing 
fire from that area.  The surface search radar was inoperative until 2015.  It 
became necessary to anchor after dark in order to repair the antenna and to 
avoid the danger of collision or going aground on the shoals off southern 
OKINAWA.  The radar back in, a patrol was established, and night bombardment 
commenced.
        Positions:
           0800 - Latitude - 26°-21.4' N;  Longitude - 127°-42.4' E.
           1200 - Latitude - 26°-21.4' N;  Longitude - 127°-42.4' E.
           2000 - Latitude - 26°-05.0' N;  Longitude - 127°-37.0' E.

May 29, 1945                    Zone description (-) 9
        Continued bombardment while patrolling southwest of OKINAWA until 0510.
275 rounds of 5"/38 AA Common were expended on harassing fire; 3 starshells on 
an unidentified LCI.  Proceeded to a station three miles northwest of NAHA to 
answer call fires as requested by the shore fire control party.  However, the 
latter had no targets to take under fire.  The ground forces (1st MARDIV) were 
not anxious to have close fire support since the lines were in a fluid state,
and friendly patrols were operating in enemy territory.  A spotting plane 
reported on station but a low haze and fog prevented the spotter from observing 
from altitudes greater than 500 feet.  The BARTON reported a 6" enemy coast 
defense gun south of NAHA east of the airport.  Our plane took a look at it 
when the haze lifted momentarily.  The observer verified the position and 
reported it was an open mount.  One round of 5"/38 AA Common was fired.

        Fire was not resumed on the gun due to the continued haze and the 
evaluation by another air spotter in the afternoon that the gun was not 
operational.  Fired into enemy troop locations during the afternoon.  Results 
reported as excellent by the shore spotter; the JAP troops were forced to 
retreat from their position.  Expended 135 rounds of 5"/38 AA Common.  At 
1800 joined TASK GROUP 32.11 in a dusk AA formation.  Released at 1900 to 
take station two miles west of NAHA airfield for night assignment.  Commenced 
harassing and illumination fire at 2000.  At 2200 accompanied the VINCENNES
to a new fire support station 3½ miles northwest of NAHA TOWN.  Continued 
night firing from there.
        Positions:
           0800 - Latitude - 26°-16.6' N;  Longitude - 127°-38.3' E.
           1200 - Latitude - 26°-14.8' N;  Longitude - 127°-38.1' E.
           2000 - Latitude - 26°-12.5' N;  Longitude - 127°-36.0' E.

May 30, 1945.                   Zone description l-) 9
        Expended 192 rounds of 5"/38 AA Common during night's harassing fire.
Visibility poor during the day; remained in vicinity of U.S.S. IDAHO for 
mutual air support.  Commenced night harassing and illumination fire at 1900.
        Positions:
           0800 - Latitude - 26°-13.2' N;  Longitude - 127°-34.5' E.
           1200 - Latitude - 26°-15.2' N;  Longitude - 127°-37.5' E.
           2000 - Latitude - 26°-05.8' N;  Longitude - 127°-22.9' E.

June 1 1945                     Zone description (-) 9
        PICKING operating with TASK FORCE 32, the GUNFIRE and COVERING FORCE 
at OKINAWA, Rear Admiral Mc CORMICK in the IDAHO.  Further assigned to TASK 
GROUP 32.11, the WESTERN FIRE SUPPORT GROUP, commanded by senior officer in 
the group.  Supporting Army and Marine ground forces on southwestern OKINAWA 
SHIMA.  Present night mission is to harass assigned target areas at irregular 
intervals and to guard against enemy "suicide boats" and barges by
illuminating the southwestern coast of OKINAWA.  Conducting operations with 
the VICKSBURG.  Ceased firing at 0452 having expended 107 rounds of 5"/38 AA 
common and 73 starshells.  Weather fogy in the morning.  Joined LOUISVILLE
and later the VICKSBURG for mutual AA Support in accordance C.T.G 32.11 
verbal dispatch.  Exercised at depth charge attack drills during the day.
Reassigned with the VICKSBURG to "flycatcher" or anti-small boat patrol for 
the night.  Commenced harassing and illumination fire at 2015.
        Positions:
           0800 - Latitude - 26°-12.7' N;  Longitude - 127°-33.2' E.
           1200 - Latitude - 26°-18.2' N;  Longitude - 127°-39.2' E.
           2000 - Latitude - 26°-08.2' N;  Longitude - 127°-34.6' E.

June 2 1945                     Zone description (-) 9
        Released from "flycatcher" duties by ComCruDiv 14 at 0543.  155 
Rounds 5"/38 AA common were expended in harassing fire; 23 starshells in 
illumination.  Illumination was ceased by all ships during most of the night 
as directed by C.T.G. 31.22 to permit reconnaissance of the NAHA area by 
small boats.  At 1000, with approval of C.T.G. 31.22 and 32.11, proceeded to 
south western tip of OKINAWA to harass targets in the area.  Steamed 2000 -
4000 yards from the beach to permit effective firing of the 40mm guns.
Harassed the town of KIYAMU with 40mm.  A cruiser's observation plane 
reported troops were being flushed out, and fires were started.  Two rock 
pillboxes spotted along the beach were battered with 5" common.  Operations 
were ceased at 1540 due to bad visibility caused by heavy rains.  Ammunition 
expended: 71 rounds 5"/38 common, 2800 rounds of 40mm.  Proceeded to south 
of KEISE SHIMA to screen heavy ships.  After dark moved south again to 
conduct "flycatcher" operations off southwestern OKINAWA during the night.
Carried out mission in same manner as last night.  VICKSBURG covered 
coastline to north.
        Positions:
           0800 - Latitude - 26°-09.0' N;  Longitude - 127°-35.5' E.
           1200 - Latitude - 26°-03.9' N;  Longitude - 127°-38.5' E.
           2000 - Latitude - 26°-04.5' N;  Longitude - 127°-36.1' E.

June 3, 1945                    Zone description (-) 9
        A few enemy planes were in the area during the night; but there were 
no reported attacks.  Completed night "flycatcher" mission at 0515, expended 
175 rounds of 5"/38 AA common and 68 starshells.  Assigned to deep support of 
3rd PHIBSCORPS for the day.  A list of targets were given to bombard with the 
aid of an air-borne spotter.  Commenced firing at 0810 in these areas which 
contained blockhouses, a radio direction finder, and a cave.  Pin-pointing 
targets has become increasingly difficult due to excessive gun erosion, the 
total number of rounds fired now close to 15,000.  Today, after a great many 
small and inconsistent spots had to be made, the commanding officer decided 
to recommend to the TASK FORCE commander that the PICKING be assigned to duty 
other than fire support pending regunning.  Commenced night harassing fire at 
2014 on targets assigned by C.T.G. 31.22.
        Positions:
           0800 - Latitude - 26°-08.0' N;  Longitude - 127°-34.0' E.
           1200 - Latitude - 26°-07.5' N;  Longitude - 127°-34.2' E.
           2000 - Latitude - 26°-08.3' N;  Longitude - 127°-35.1' E.

June 4, 1945                    Zone description (-) 9
        Harassed fire target areas with 200 rounds of 5"/38 AA common during 
the night.  Proceeded to HAGUSHI ANCHORAGE at 0597 to replenish 
ammunition.  Returned towards the fire support area at noon in a heavy 
rainstorm.  Relieved the PRESTON of fire support duties and stood by awaiting 
call fires from the shore fire control party.  Received no missions in the 
afternoon probably due to the poor visibility and the rapid changes in the 
front line Took night station west of SENEGA SHIMA at 1800.  Received a call 
at 1815.  Target was two mortar positions close to the front lines just east 
of NAHA AIRFIELD.  Results were good, the shore party reported direct hits 
with 4 gun salvos.  Expended 3 rounds 5" white phosphorous and 47 rounds of 
AA common.  Commenced adjusting illumination for the night at 1945, after 
which the scheduled night illumination and harassing fire assignments were 
carried out.  At 2200 an urgent request for illumination was received from 
the 6th MARDIV.  Permission was obtained from C.T.G. 31.22 to deliver the 
illumination and station shifted northward to give a desired line of fire.
Ships prepared for heavy weather, an approaching typhoon is expected to pass 
100 miles to the eastward of OKINAWA between midnight and noon tomorrow.
        Positions:
           0800 - Latitude - 26°-20.6' N;  Longitude - 127°-42.5' E.
           1200 - Latitude - 26°-20.6' N;  Longitude - 127°-42.6' E.
           2000 - Latitude - 26°-12.0' N;  Longitude - 127°-35.2' E.

June 5, 1945                    Zone description (-) 9
        Ceased harassing and illumination firing at 0500; expended: 140 
rounds 5"/38 AA common, 66 rounds starshells.  Having been assigned a list of 
possible targets by C.T.G. 31.22, commenced day's firing at 0803 when a 
spotting plane was on station.  Neutralized an area containing caves and gun 
emplacements, then shifted in closer to the beach to take a possible fuel 
dump under fire.  The target was apparently empty since direct hits failed to 
start any fires.  Ceased firing at 1015.  Expended: 42 rounds 5"/38 AA 
common.  The weather had closed in and the observation plane returned to 
base.  No targets could be taken under direct fire.  Maneuvered in area 
during the afternoon, the air borne observer unable to return for spotting.
Took night station at 1855 patrolling 3 miles off southwestern OKINAWA.  Went 
to general quarters at 1928 when four enemy planes were reported in the area.
At 1932 two planes broke out of a low ceiling directly astern (to the south).
The after 20mm's opened fire, but the diving planes were not close enough for 
effective shooting.  The two enemy planes crash dived into the MISSISSIPPI
and the LOUISVILLE.  Expended: 150 rounds of 20mm projectiles.  Patrolled in 
company with the MISSISSIPPI (her damage was not serious) during the night 
while rendering harassing fire.
        Positions:
           0800 - Latitude - 26°-04.0' N;  Longitude - 127°-35.0' E.
           1200 - Latitude - 26°-08.2' N;  Longitude - 127°-34.9' E.
           2000 - Latitude - 26°-10.1' N;  Longitude - 127°-35.5' E.

June 6, 1945                    Zone description (-) 9
        Ceased night firing mission at 0430; expended: 190 rounds of AA 
common.  Remained in sector off southwestern coast OKINAWA to give fire 
support for 6th MARDIV.  Commenced day's firing at 0745.  Targets were a fuel 
dump, camouflaged trucks and areas, and locations of enemy troop movements.
The fuel dump was hit directly with no visible effects; the air borne spotter 
believed it empty.  One truck was destroyed and the other areas neutralized 
with AA common and white phosphorous.  Ceased firing at 1540 due to an air 
strike in the area.  Total ammunition expended: 264 rounds AA common, 27 
rounds white phosphorous.  Conducted "flycatcher" (anti-small boat) 
operations off southwestern OKINAWA in company with the VICKSBURG during the 
night.  Illuminated the coast line and harassed targets assigned by C.T.G. 
31.22.
        Positions:
           0800 - Latitude - 26°-05.5' N;  Longitude - 127°-37.0' E.
           1200 - Latitude - 26°-06.0' N;  Longitude - 127°-37.0' E.
           2000 - Latitude - 26°-06.2' N;  Longitude - 127°-36.5' E.

June 7, 1945                    Zone description (-) 9
        Patrolling off southwestern OKINAWA in company with the VICKSBURG 
illuminating the coast to prevent enemy operation: of small boats and 
harassing target areas in southern OKINAWA.  Ceased firing at 0509; expended 
160 rounds 5"/38 AA common, 64 starshells.  At 0540, PICKING relieved of fire 
support duties by the GUEST.  Proceeded to HAGUSHI to report to C.T.F. 31 for 
further orders.  Assigned to TASK GROUP 31.5 as a radar picket support ship.
Directed to proceed to KERAMA RETTO for replenishment of fuel and ammunition.
Logistics completed, returned to HAGUSHI and anchored for the night.
        Positions:
           0800 - Latitude - 26°-21.2' N;  Longitude - 127°-42.5' E.
           1200 - Latitude - 26°-10.2' N;  Longitude - 127°-19.0' E.
           2000 - Latitude - 26°-21.5' N;  Longitude - 127°-42.6' E.

June 8, 1945                    Zone description (-) 9
        Underway at 0812 for radar picket station number nine, 18 miles 
southeast of KUME SHIME.  Joined at 0900 by the MOALE.  Arrived on station
at 1115.  O.T.C., C.D.S. 49 in PICKING.  Picket station composed of the 
fighter director ship, 2 supporting destroyers, and 4 supporting LCS's.  Three 
destroyers patrolling at 15 knots, 1000 yards apart in an equilateral 
triangle; LCS's patrolling 5,000 yards to the southwest on parallel courser. 
All bogies contacted during the day were later identified as friendly.
        Positions:
           0800 - Latitude - 26°-21.5' N;  Longitude - 127°-42.6' E.
           1200 - Latitude - 25°-57.0' N;  Longitude - 126°-48.8' E.
           2000 - Latitude - 25°-58.1' N;  Longitude - 127°-48.9' E.

June 9, 1945                    Zone description (-) 9
        At 0210 contacted an unidentified plane 35 miles to the south.  At 
0310 this plane evaluated as enemy had closed to 20 miles on various courses 
escaping a friendly night fighter.  Went to general quarters.  Plane 
continued closing to three miles and then retired to the west.  There were no 
further contacts until 2000 when the WADSWORTH picked up a low flying plane 
to the north.  This plane, which may have taken off from KUME SHIMA, 20 miles 
to the north, closed to 12 miles, changed course to the west and contact was 
lost.  At 2055, the ships of R.P. STATION NINE proceeded to a night station, 
13 miles to the east; as directed by C.T.F. 31.
        Positions:
           0800 - Latitude - 25°-58.5' N;  Longitude - 127°-54.4' E.
           1200 - Latitude - 25°-59.0' N;  Longitude - 126°-53.0' E.
           2000 - Latitude - 25°-58.1' N;  Longitude - 127°-48.9' E.

June 10, 1945                   Zone description (-) 9
        Held routine general quarters at 0500.  All battle stations are 
manned at dawn and dusk, the most probable times for air attacks.  Proceeded 
to day station at 0517.  No air attacks encountered during the day or night.
        Positions:
           0800 - Latitude - 26°-01.9' N;  Longitude - 126°-54.0' E.
           1200 - Latitude - 25°-58.2' N;  Longitude - 126°-55.0' E.
           2000 - Latitude - 25°-58.2' N;  Longitude - 126°-55.0' E.

June 11, 1945.                  Zone description (-) 9
        The MASSEY relieved the WADSWORTH at 1517 as fighter director ship.
Shifted to night station at 2150.
        Positions:
           0800 - Latitude - 25°-58.5' N;  Longitude - 126°-54.0' E.
           1200 - Latitude - 26°-01.8' N;  Longitude - 126°-54.0' E.
           2000 - Latitude - 26°-01.8' N;  Longitude - 126°-54.0' E.

June 12, 1945                   Zone description (-) 9
        Ships of the picket station were called in by C.T.G. 31.5, to be at
the outer screen (outside the transport area, HAGUSHI) at dawn.  There was a 
possibility that a typhoon approaching from the south would pass over the 
OKINAWA area.  Arrived 3 miles southeast of KERAMA RETT0 at dawn and awaited 
further orders.  The typhoon was passing clear 200 miles to the west.
PICKING and MOALE directed by C.T.G. 31.5 to enter EASTERN ANCHORAGE, KERAMA 
RETTO, for logistics.  The MASSEY and the LCS's proceeded on to HAGUSHI. 
Fueled, took aboard tracerless 40mm ammunition for night AA firing; proceeded 
to HAGUSHI at 1244 and anchored there at 1357.
        Positions:
           0800 - Latitude - 26°-10.4' N;  Longitude - 127°-19.8' E.
           1200 - Latitude - 26°-11.3' N;  Longitude - 127°-19.4' E.
           2000 - Latitude - 26°-21.9' N;  Longitude - 127°-42.7' E.

June 13, 1945                   Zone description (-) 9
        Anchored at HAGUSHI with 2 days availability to clean firesides and 
repair a leaking economizer.
        Positions:
           0800,1200,2000, Latitude - 26°-21.9' N;  Longitude - 127°-42.7' E.

June 14, 1945                   Zone description (-) 9
        Anchored at HAGUSHI.
        Positions:
           0800,1200,2000, Latitude - 26°-21.9' N;  Longitude - 127°-42.7' E.

June 15, 1945                   Zone description (-) 9
        Underway to fuel ship at sea from a tanker outside of HAGUSHI 
ANCHORAGE.  Fueling operations completed (only topping off was required), 
returned to HAGUSHI and anchored at 0713.  Two enemy planes snooped in the 
area 20 miles to the north from 2135 to 2215.
        Positions:
           0800,1200,2000, Latitude - 26°-21.9' N;  Longitude - 127°-42.7' E.

June 16, 1945                   Zone description (-) 9
        Anchored at HAGUSHI.  A few enemy bombers were over OKINAWA from 
0400 to 0500.  Two, identified as BETTY's, were shot down by night fighters.
One dropped bombs, hitting an LCVP in the HAGUSHI ANCHORAGE.  At 1117 
proceeded to radar picket station #15 eighteen miles west of IHEYA SHIMA.
As directed by C.T.G. 31.5.  On station at 1340, relieved the CONVERSE as a 
radar picket support ship.  ComDesRon 49 relieved ComDesDiv 46 as O.T.C. 
Fighter director ship, the PRITCHETT; other support ships: the CAPERTON and 4
LCS's.  Contacted no enemy planes during the day or night, although 
unidentified friendly planes constitute a continual nuisance.
        Positions:
           0800 - Latitude - 26°-21.0' N;  Longitude - 127°-43.0' E.
           1200 - Latitude - 26°-33.0' N;  Longitude - 127°-40.0' E.
           2000 - Latitude - 27°-12.0' N;  Longitude - 127°-40.0' E.

June 17, 1945                   Zone description (-) 9
        A quiet day except for a few "false alarm" enemy air contacts and a 
sound contact by the CAPERTON later evaluated as a wake echo.  The KEITH
arrived on station at 1700 to relieve the CAPERTON tomorrow morning.
        Positions:
           0800 - Latitude - 27°-04.0' N;  Longitude - 127°-35.0' E.
           1200 - Latitude - 27°-04.5' N;  Longitude - 127°-34.0' E.
           2000 - Latitude - 27°-04.1' N;  Longitude - 127°-35.0' E.

June 18, 1945                   Zone description (-) 9
        Patrolled during day with no enemy air raids encountered.
        Position:
           0800 - Latitude - 27°-04.0' N;  Longitude - 127°-35.0' E.
           1200 - Latitude - 27°-08.0' N;  Longitude - 127°-40.0' E.
           2000 - Latitude - 27°-11.0' N;  Longitude - 127°-49.0' E.

June 19, 1945                   Zone description (-) 9
        The night was quiet with no enemy planes in the immediate area.  At
0155 a BETTY was shot down in flames 19 miles southwest by a night fighter.
Proceeded to day station at 0457.  Contacted no hostile planes other than the 
usual unidentified friendies during the day and night.  Moved up to night 
station at 2018.
        Position:
           0800 - Latitude - 27°-04.0' N;  Longitude - 127°-35.0' E.
           1200 - Latitude - 27°-09.2' N;  Longitude - 127°-40.0' E.
           2000 - Latitude - 27°-08.0' N;  Longitude - 127°-40.0' E.

June 20, 1945                   Zone description (-) 9
        At 0805, PICKING and PRITCHETT relieved by the ANTHONY and DYSON; 
ComDesRon 49 relieved as O.T.C. by ComDesRon 24.  Proceeded to KERAMA RETTO 
for logistics.  Fueled and provisioned ship; proceeded to HAGUSHI and 
anchored.
        Position:
           0800 - Latitude - 27°-07.0' N;  Longitude - 127°-30.0' E.
           1200 - Latitude - 26°-11.5' N;  Longitude - 127°-19.5' E.
           2000 - Latitude - 26°-22.0' N;  Longitude - 127°-42.0' E.

June 21, 1945                   Zone description (-) 9
        Underway at 0430 with other destroyers present to form an AA screen 
1,000 yards to seaward of the HAGUSHI ANCHORAGE.  No enemy air attacks during 
the day.  Patrolled station until after dark, stood into the anchorage and 
anchored at 2050.
        Position:
           0800 - Latitude - 26°-24.5' N;  Longitude - 127°-40.0' E.
           1200 - Latitude - 26°-23.4' N;  Longitude - 127°-41.0' E.
           2000 - Latitude - 26°-24.2' N;  Longitude - 127°-42.1' E.

June 22, 1945                   Zone description (-) 9
        Single enemy planes dropped bombs on the beach at 0113 and again 
at 0217.  Destroyers present got underway at 0800 and formed a screen to 
seaward of the anchorage; enemy planes reported approaching.  During the 
morning, an estimated 30 planes attempted a raid on OKINAWA.  None of these 
reached their targets but were intercepted by the friendly Combat Air Patrol.  
Entered the anchorage at 1525 and anchored.  Underway at 1705, proceeding to 
southwestern OKINAWA for night's duty assigned by CTG 31.5.  Patrolled a 
screening station eight miles west of Southern OKINAWA during the night.  
Went to General Quarters at 2200 when an enemy plane was contacted to the 
north.  This or another planes dropped two groups of flares 14 miles to the 
northeast.  No other raids during the night.
        Positions:
           0800 - Latitude - 26°-14' N;  Longitude - 127°-42' E.
           1200 - Latitude - 26°-26' N;  Longitude - 127°-41' E.
           2000 - Latitude - 26°-12' N;  Longitude - 127°-30' E.

June 23, 1945                   Zone description (-) 9
        Ceased patrolling off southwestern OKINAWA at 0620 and proceeded to 
HAGUSHI to pick up mail before departing for SAIPAN.  At 0900, released from 
TG 31.5 to escort a convoy from OKINAWA to SAIPAN.  The screening group, 
PICKING, WICKES, HALL, designated as TU 31.29.16; escort commander, Captain 
BERT F. BROWN, ComDesRon 49 in PICKING.  Convoy designated OKS 9 with the 
convoy commodore in the J. FRANKLIN BELL. The convoy sortied from HAGUSHI ay 
0830, formed up with the eight merchantmen and naval auxiliary units in two 
columns, and the three screening destroyers in a standard anti-submarine 
screen.  Departed OKINAWA at 1000 for SAIPAN, steaming along prescribed route 
at 9 knots.  CTG 31.5 believes PICKING will be further routed to the United 
States for routine Navy Yard overhaul.
        Positions:
           0800 - Latitude - 26°-21.5' N;  Longitude - 127°-42.5' E.
           1200 - Latitude - 25°-58.3' N;  Longitude - 127°-32.1' E.
           2000 - Latitude - 25°-11.5' N;  Longitude - 128°-13.5' E.

June 24, 1945                   Zone description (-) 10
        Steaming in company with convoy OKS #9, enroute to SAIPAN.  Three 
escorting destroyers in anti-submarine screen #53, patrolling stations in 
accordance with plan #3 section 4383 of F.T.P. 223A.
        Positions:
           0800 - Latitude - 24°-25.1' N;  Longitude - 129°-45.5' E.
           1200 - Latitude - 23°-45.1' N;  Longitude - 130°-59.4' E.
           2000 - Latitude - 23°-15.1' N;  Longitude - 132°-11.0' E.

June 25, 1945                   Zone description (-) 10
        Received orders from C.T.F. 31, to report to the port director SAIPAN, 
for routing to PEARL HARBOR, where report to ComDesPac for further routing to 
the WEST COAST for overhaul.
        Positions:
           0800 - Latitude - 22°-18.9' N;  Longitude - 134°-10.9' E.
           1200 - Latitude - 22°-00.0' N;  Longitude - 134°-48.2' E.
           2000 - Latitude - 21°-31.6' N;  Longitude - 136°-12.8' E.

June 26, 1945                   Zone description (-) 10
        Steaming as before; weather fair.  Work is underway by all departments 
in preparing job orders for yard overhaul.  Boxing matches were renewed by the 
crew on the fantail today, the strain of forward area activity lifted.
        Positions:
           0800 - Latitude - 20°-02.7' N;  Longitude - 174°-52.0' E.
           1200 - Latitude - 19°-47.7' N;  Longitude - 138°-32.6' E.
           2000 - Latitude - 19°-09.1' N;  Longitude - 139°-23.8' E.

June 27, 1945                   Zone description (-) 10
        Enroute OKINAWA SHIMA to SAIPAN, with convoy OKS #9.
        Positions:
           0800 - Latitude - 18°-10.5' N;  Longitude - 140°-48.9' E.
           1200 - Latitude - 17°-47.5' N;  Longitude - 141°-21.0' E.
           2000 - Latitude - 17°-12.5' N;  Longitude - 142°-08.8' E.

June 28, 1945                   Zone description (-) 10
        Enroute OKINAWA SHIMA to SAIPAN, with convoy OKS #9.
        Positions:
           0800 - Latitude - 16°-25.4' N;  Longitude - 143°-20.3' E.
           1200 - Latitude - 16°-27.0' N;  Longitude - 143°-46.8' E.
           2000 - Latitude - 15°-44.9' N;  Longitude - 144°-10.3' E.

June 29, 1945                   Zone description (-) 10
        Sighted lights on SAIPAN., 35 miles to the east, at 0320.  The main 
body of the convoy formed a column and commenced entering SAIPAN HARBOR 
through the torpedo nets at 0700.  PICKING and the two other destroyers 
conducted an anti-submarine patrol to seaward and followed the merchant ships 
in at 0830.  Fueled ship and anchored  in an assigned berth.  PICKING, HALL 
and WICKES underway at 1830 for PEARL HARBOR via a route passing to the south 
of ENIWETOK in accordance with sailing orders of the port director, SAIPAN.  
Speed of advance to be 16.5 knots.  O.T.C. 49, in PICKING.
        Positions:
           0800 - Latitude - 15°-12.2' N;  Longitude - 145°-31.6' E.
           1200 - Latitude - 15°-10.9' N;  Longitude - 145°-39.1' E.
           2000 - Latitude - 15°-19.5' N;  Longitude - 146°-04.0' E.

June 30, 1945                   Zone description (-) 10
        Enroute SAIPAN to PEARL HARBOR.
        Positions:
           0800 - Latitude - 16°-25.4' N;  Longitude - 143°-20.3' E.
           1200 - Latitude - 16°-27.0' N;  Longitude - 143°-46.8' E.
           2000 - Latitude - 15°-44.9' N;  Longitude - 144°-10.3' E.

July 1, 1945                    Zone description (-) 12
        Steaming in company with U.S.S. WICKES (DD578) and U.S.S. HALL
(DD583) enroute SAIPAN ISLAND, MARIANAS to PEARL HARBOR, OAHU, T.H. with 
PICKING as guide.  O.T.C. is Captain Bert F. BROWN, USN, Commander Destroyer 
Squadron FORTY-NINE in U.S.S. PICKING.
        Positions:
           0800 - Latitude - 12°-54.8' N;  Longitude - 156°-12.0' E.
           1200 - Latitude - 12°-38.0' N;  Longitude - 157°-20.0' E.
           2000 - Latitude - 12°-09.3' N;  Longitude - 159°-49.3' E.

July 2, 1945                    Zone description (-) 11
        Sighted RIGILI ISLAND, ENIWETOK ATOLL, at 0527.  Stood into SOUTHERN 
ANCHORAGE at 0745 to fuel ship.  Underway at 1100 to continue trip to PEARL 
HARBOR and the west coast, U.S.A.  The SPROSTON joined up at ENIWETOK.
        Positions:
           0800 - Latitude - 11°-24.0' N;  Longitude - 164°-24.9' E.
           1200 - Latitude - 11°-27.0' N;  Longitude - 164°-30.3' E.
           2000 - Latitude - 11°-51.9' N;  Longitude - 164°-46.9' E.

July 3, 1945                    Zone description (-) 10
        Steaming as before enroute SAIPAN to PEARL HARBOR in quarter echelon 
formation to the right.  Held tactical exercises from 1000 to 1113 and from 
1316 to 1420.
        Positions:
           0800 - Latitude - 13°-14.5' N;  Longitude - 168°-32.4' E.
           1200 - Latitude - 13°-26.4' N;  Longitude - 169°-37.0' E.
           2000 - Latitude - 14°-04.4' N;  Longitude - 171°-37.9' E.

July 4, 1945                    Zone description (-) 12
        Steaming as before enroute SAIPAN to PEARL HARBOR.
        Positions:
           0800 - Latitude - 14°-44.7' N;  Longitude - 175°-10.2' E.
           1200 - Latitude - 15°-08.1' N;  Longitude - 176°-21.2' E.
           2000 - Latitude - 15°-32.0' N;  Longitude - 178°-34.0' E.

July 4, 1945                    Zone description (+) 11
        Steaming as before enroute SAIPAN to PEARL HARBOR.  Held tactical 
exercises from 1003 to 1126 and from 1400 to 1537.
        Positions:
           0800 - Latitude - 16°-26.5' N;  Longitude - 178°-18.5' E.
           1200 - Latitude - 16°-44.1' N;  Longitude - 177°-09.8' E.
           2000 - Latitude - 17°-11.2' N;  Longitude - 175°-08.3' E.

July 5, 1945                    Zone description (+) 11
        Steaming as before enroute SAIPAN to PEARL HARBOR.  Held tactical 
exercises from 100 to 1128 and from 1401 to 1518.
        Positions:
           0800 - Latitude - 17°-55.1' N;  Longitude - 171°-37.5' E.
           1200 - Latitude - 17°-21.2' N;  Longitude - 170°-35.3' E.
           2000 - Latitude - 18°-42.4' N;  Longitude - 168°-18.5' E.

July 6, 1945                    Zone description (+) 11
        Steaming as before enroute SAIPAN to PEARL HARBOR.
        Positions:
           0800 - Latitude - 18°-59.4' N;  Longitude - 164°-39.3' E.
           1200 - Latitude - 19°-06.9' N;  Longitude - 163°-40.1' E.
           2000 - Latitude - 19°-29.0' N;  Longitude - 161°-38.2' E.

July 7, 1945                    Zone description (+) 10
        Steaming as before enroute SAIPAN to PEARL HARBOR.  0800 Held AA 
practice firing using towed sleeve.  1008 Completed AA practice firing.  
Expended 147 rounds 5"/38 AA common, 2680 rounds 40mm and 3942 rounds 20mm 
ammunition.  1205 Proceeding into PEARL HARBOR, OAHU, T.H.  1343  Moored in 
berth X-22 in MIDDLE LOCH, PEARL HARBOR.
        Positions:
           0800 - Latitude - 20°-24.5' N;  Longitude - 157°-57.0' E.
           1200 - Latitude - 21°-23.2' N;  Longitude - 158°-57.9' E.
           2000 - Latitude - 21°-23.2' N;  Longitude - 158°-58.1' E.

July 8, 1945                    Zone description (+) 9½
        At 1437 underway and proceeded PEARL HARBOR, OAHU, T.H. to SAN 
FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA, in company with U.S.S. WICKES (DD578), U.S.S. SPROSTON 
(DD577) and U.S.S. BRACKET (DE41).  O.T.C. Captain Bert F. BROWN, USN, 
Commander Destroyer Squadron 49 in U.S.S. PICKING.
        Positions:
           0800 - Latitude - 21°-23.2' N;  Longitude - 158°-58.1' E.
           1200 - Latitude - 21°-23.2' N;  Longitude - 158°-58.1' E.
           2000 - Latitude - 22°-05.0' N;  Longitude - 157°-34.0' E.

July 9, 1945                    Zone description (+) 9½
        Steaming as before enroute PEARL HARBOR to SAN FRANCISCO.
        Positions:
           0800 - Latitude - 24°-17.1' N;  Longitude - 154°-33.2' E.
           1200 - Latitude - 25°-01.0' N;  Longitude - 153°-45.5' E.
           2000 - Latitude - 26°-13.4' N;  Longitude - 151°-43.0' E.

July 10, 1945                   Zone description (+) 9½
        Steaming as before enroute PEARL HARBOR to SAN FRANCISCO.
        Positions:
           0800 - Latitude - 28°-05.0' N;  Longitude - 148°-41.1' E.
           1200 - Latitude - 28°-36.0' N;  Longitude - 147°-47.0' E.
           2000 - Latitude - 29°-45.0' N;  Longitude - 145°-37.0' E.
July 11, 1945                    Zone description (+) 9
        Steaming as before enroute PEARL HARBOR to SAN FRANCISCO.
        Positions:
           0800 - Latitude - 31°-12.9' N;  Longitude - 142°-19.5' E.
           1200 - Latitude - 31°-45.2' N;  Longitude - 141°-17.0' E.
           2000 - Latitude - 32°-34.3' N;  Longitude - 139°-31.0' E.

July 12, 1945                   Zone description (+) 9
        Steaming as before enroute PEARL HARBOR to SAN FRANCISCO.
        Positions:
           0800 - Latitude - 34°-08.7' N;  Longitude - 136°-05.7' E.
           1200 - Latitude - 34°-35.2' N;  Longitude - 135°-02.0' E.
           2000 - Latitude - 35°-26.0' N;  Longitude - 132°-42.5' E.

July 13, 1945                   Zone description (+) 8
        Steaming as before enroute PEARL HARBOR to SAN FRANCISCO.
        Positions:
           0800 - Latitude - 36°-32.5' N;  Longitude - 129°-01.6' E.
           1200 - Latitude - 36°-57.0' N;  Longitude - 127°-45.5' E.
           2000 - Latitude - 37°-18.0' N;  Longitude - 126°-29.0' E.

July 14, 1945                   Zone description (+) 7
        Steaming as before enroute PEARL HARBOR to SAN FRANCISCO.
Stood into SAN FRANCISCO BAY and anchored in berth #7.  At 0827 underway 
enroute SAN FRANCISCO BAY to Naval Ammunition Depot, MARE ISLAND, CALIFORNIA 
to unload all ammunition and pyrotechnics.  Upon completion of unloading 
ammunition underway enroute Naval Ammunition Depot, MARE ISLAND to Navy Yard 
MARE ISLAND Navy Yard, MARE ISLAND, CALIFORNIA to undergo routine overhaul.

July 15 to July 31, 1945        Zone description (+) 7
        Moored in MARE ISLAND Navy Yard, MARE ISLAND, CALIFORNIA, USA, 
undergoing routine overhaul.

August 1 to August 12, 1945     Zone description (+) 8
        Undergoing routine overhaul, MARE ISLAND Navy Yard, MARE ISLAND, 
CALIFORNIA.

August 13, 1945                 Zone description (+) 8
        Continuing with overhaul.  Assigned to DesRon 55 by Cominch deferred 
dispatch 110253 of August 1945.

August 14, 1945                 Zone description (+) 8
        Japan declared her willingness to surrender.  Hostilities ceased at 
1600.        

August 15 - 16, 1945            Zone description (+) 7
        On the morning of the 15th, Commander B.J. SEMMES, Jr., USN relieved 
as Commanding Officer of the PICKING by commander C.T. MAURO, USN.

August 17 - 29, 1945            Zone description (+) 7
        Went out of drydock at noon the 17th, and alongside Berth #16, MINY to 
continue with overhaul.

August 30, 1945                 Zone description (+) 7
        Got underway for NAD, in the morning for sonar gear check, degaussing 
runs, compass adjustment and RCM calibration in SAN FRANCISCO BAY.  Returned 
to MARE ISLAND at night and moored to Dolphins at Radar calibration Range.

September 1, 1945               Zone description (+) 7
        PICKING undergoing routine overhaul at MARE ISLAND NAVY YARD, MARE 
ISLAND, CALIFORNIA.  At present, moored to the Dolphins at the Radar 
Calibration Range, M.I., for radar calibration check.  Returned into the yard 
in the afternoon, moored alongside the dock, and continued with overhaul.

September 2 - 3, 1945           Zone description (+) 7
        Continued overhaul.

September 4, 1945               Zone description (+) 7
        Underway at 0600 to conduct full power trails at sea.  These were 
delayed until 1130 due to a heavy for outside the Farallon Islands.  Speed 
was slowly built up to 34 knots, and maintained for four hours.  All circuits 
and equipment were tested during the day and a deficiency list made up.  The 
machine gun batteries were test fired on clear bearings when the fog lifted.  
An increase in fog density later in the afternoon prevented safe firing of 
the 5" battery.  The depth charge battery was test fired.  The full power 
trails were successful; the only big disappointment was the inability to 
complete the structural firing test due to the low visibility.  Returned to 
the navy yard in a heavy fog and moored at 2300.
        Positions:
           0800 - Latitude - 37°-49' N;  Longitude - 122°-26' E.
           1200 - Latitude - 37°-41' N;  Longitude - 124°-27' E.
           2000 - Latitude - 37°-46' N;  Longitude - 122°-39' E.

September 5 - 6, 1945           Zone description (+) 7
        Completed overhaul, correcting deficiencies found during the post 
repair trails on the 4th.

September 7, 1945               Zone description (+) 7
        Underway at 1000 in accordance with CWSF movement order no. 374-45-
11, enroute to SAN DIEGO, for refresher training.
        Positions:
           0800 - Latitude - 37°-55' N;  Longitude - 122°-10' E.
           1200 - Latitude - 37°-26' N;  Longitude - 122°-20' E.
           2000 - Latitude - 35°-45' N;  Longitude - 121°-59' E.

September 8, 1945               Zone description (+) 7
        Enroute to SAN DIEGO, at S.O.A. 16 knots, passing south of the 
CHANNEL ISLANDS.  Entered SAN DIEGO, at 1600 and moored alongside the U.S.S. 
WICKES in North San Diego Bay.
        Positions:
           0800 - Latitude - 32°-48' N;  Longitude - 118°-50' E.
           1200 - Latitude - 32°-36' N;  Longitude - 118°-15' E.
           2000 - Latitude - 32°-45' N;  Longitude - 117°-13' E.

September 9, 1945               Zone description (+) 7
        In the morning, an inspection party from the Underway Training Unit 
came aboard for an arrival personnel and material inspection.

September 10, 1945
        Underway at 0620, for A/S training area 80 miles southwest of SAN 
DIEGO.  Rendezvoused there with the minesweeper GAVIA, and the submarine 
SPOT.  The sub submerged and coordinated depth charge attacks were made on 
her by the GAVIA and PICKING.  The GAVIA returned to port at 1600; the SPOT 
and PICKING remained in the area over night.
        Positions:
           0800 - Latitude - 32°-39' N;  Longitude - 117°-14' E.
           1200 - Latitude - 32°-21' N;  Longitude - 117°-26' E.
           2000 - Latitude - 31°-29' N;  Longitude - 118°-06' E.

September 11, 1945              Zone description (+) 7
        Resumed A/S drills with SPOT in the morning.  All ship's officers 
were given experience at conning during these runs.  The GAVIA came out and 
relieved the PICKING at 1330.  Returned to port and moored in South San Diego 
Bay at 1600.
        Positions:
           0800 - Latitude - 37°-35' N;  Longitude - 118°-17' E.
           1200 - Latitude - 31°-35' N;  Longitude - 118°-08' E.
           2000 - Latitude - 32°-41' N;  Longitude - 117°-09' E.

September 12, 1945              Zone description (+) 7
        Made practice torpedo runs with the ZELLARS in a training area 25 
miles west of SAN DIEGO.  A blimp was on hand to photograph the runs and 
assist in retrieving torpedoes.  Each ship made three runs.  Exercises were 
completed at 1430.  Returned to port and moored in South San Diego Bay.
        Positions:
           0800 - Latitude - 32°-38' N;  Longitude - 117°-12' E.
           1200 - Latitude - 32°-32' N;  Longitude - 117°-33' E.
           2000 - Latitude - 32°-41' N;  Longitude - 117°-09' E.

September 13, 1945              Zone description (+) 7
        At sea for gunnery exercises, operating with a YMS with target in 
tow.  Fired radar calibration firing during the morning at 0600 and 10,000 
and 15,000 yards.  Ran a train check during the afternoon and night spotting 
and illumination exercises from 2015 till 2105.  Remained in the operating 
area during the night.
        Positions:
           0800 - Latitude - 32°-11' N;  Longitude - 117°-30' E.
           1200 - Latitude - 32°-25' N;  Longitude - 117°-56' E.
           2000 - Latitude - 32°-30' N;  Longitude - 117°-53' E.

September 14, 1945              Zone description (+) 7
        During morning fired long range battle practice and radar spotting 
practice.  A plane was on station at 1300 for AA firing on a sleeve.  
Completed gunnery exercises at 1520 and proceeded to SAN CLEMENTE ISLAND for 
night shore bombardment practice.  This latter exercise was cancelled and a 
course was set for SAN DIEGO, to arrive there the following morning.
        Positions:
           0800 - Latitude - 32°-27' N;  Longitude - 117°-47' E.
           1200 - Latitude - 32°-35' N;  Longitude - 117°-52' E.
           2000 - Latitude - 32°-48' N;  Longitude - 118°-19' E.

September 15, 1945              Zone description (+) 7
        Entered port at 0600 and moored in a destroyer nest, San Diego Bay.
        Positions:
           0800 - Latitude - 32°-42' N;  Longitude - 117°-10' E.

September 16 - 19, 1945         Zone description (+) 7
        Remained in harbor at SAN DIEGO.  The PICKING is to be reduced to an 
inactive status; whether or not she is to be de-commissioned is not known.

September 20, 1945              Zone description (+) 7
        Unloaded all ammunition.

September 21, 1945              Zone description (+) 7
        Berthed at the SOUTH QUAY WALL, NAVAL REPAIR BASE, SAN DIEGO, 
CALIFORNIA, along with other destroyers scheduled for inactive duty.

September 22 - 30, 1945         Zone description (+) 7
        Going ahead with inventories and repairs to have the ship ready for 
de-commissioning.  The PICKING is to be a ship of the Pacific Reserve Fleet 
now forming.  Under present plans, one destroyer of a group will remain in 
commission and be responsible for the other ships in the group.  Since 
flagships are to remain in commission, it is believed that the PICKING will 
be decommissioned.

This concludes the War Diary of the PICKING
In the next phase of the project I will add all the dispatches and Battle Reports
I also have part of the Damage Control Book




Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships of the U.S.S. PICKING DD-685

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U.S.S. PICKING


Ray Sorrell PICKING's page

Phil Finkle Unofficial Homepage of the U.S.S. PICKING

NavSource Online: Destroyer Photo Archive USS PICKING

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