Log April 1, 1945
Courtesy Ari Phoutrides
Attached is the official log for April 1, 1945 the day Okinawa was invaded.
It was obtained from the National Archives. It was Easter Sunday and seemed
ironic that while much of the world was celebrating this holy day, we were
killing each other in this part of the world.
Please note the comments on the "4 to 8" watch. They state "Proceeding to
objective area off demonstration beaches". Actually, the Laffey was not
involved with the actual invasion as such on main beachheads to the
northwest. The "demonstration" invasion consisted of everything that happened
on the main beachheads, other than the troops going ashore. There was the
pre-bombardment by the Navy, the bombing of the beaches by the Navy planes,
the debarkation of the troops from the transports, the waves circling in their
designated areas, and the waves actually proceeding toward the beaches. But
that's where it stopped. They turned around and returned to their mother
ships. This tactic was supposed to draw the main beachhead Japanese forces to
the south. Unfortunately, the enemy had already entrenched themselves in the
south and left just a small force at the main beachhead.
Also, on the "8 to 12". I was somewhat amused at the entry "0800 Mustered
crew on stations; no absentees." It was highly unlikely anyone would go AWOL
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