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Clarence H. Smalley's log

July 20 2013 at 12:32 AM
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Keith Smalley  (no login)


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My father, Clarence H. Smalley, graduated from Pennsylvania State University in spring of 1941. He also received his commission as a 2nd Lt. Infantry in the U.S. Army upon graduation. He attended Infantry Officer's Basic course at Ft. Benning, Ga. from 6/25/41 until 9/19/41. On 10/22/41 he received orders to the Phillipines. On 11/6/41 he received orders to sail on 11/21/41 Ft. Mason, Ca. to Manila, Phillipine Islands. He did so on the Bloemfontein.

He kept a typed log from when they left San Francisco Harbor on 11/21/41 until 4/15/42. The entries relating to the Bloemfontein's route are as follows:

Nov. 28 Honolulu, Waikiki
Nov. 29 left Honolulu Harbor
Dec. 6 crossed the equator
Dec. 7 The Japs opened up on Pearl Harbor
Dec. 9 crossed the International Date Line
Dec. 10 lost this day over the date line
Dec. 13 Suva Fiji Islands
Dec. 14 left Suva
Dec. 22 put in the Bay of Brisbane
Dec. 27 moved on the Bloemfontein
Dec. 30 Started for Darwin
Jan. 6 arrived Darwin

As far as I know that was the last my father was on the Bloemfontein. From his military records I believe he left Australia in the spring 1944.

 
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  • Re: Clarence H. Smalley's log - Nelson on Jul 20, 2013, 4:52 PM
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