(Information based on letters that I wrote my mother) New Super Bomb. It must have been common knowledge, it passed the Censor. The type of the device was known only to a select few. We were at Tinian 26 July 1945. We must have left for Okinawa soon after that date.
We were at Okinawa in early August. We road out a bad storm soon after arriving at Buckner Bay. We found that we must leave the harbor early in the afternoon. The harbor was filled with ships of all types. Aircraft Carriers, cruisers, destroyers, landing craft, cargo vessels, all trying to get out at the same time.
The route, from the harbor, was fairly narrow. By the time that we got out, the seas were very rough. We formed up in a large column of landing craft, of all types. We were near the end of the line. Darkness came early, because of the storm. We used radar and our signal lights to keep from colliding.
Early the next morning, we found that our ship was leading the column of landing craft. Some of the older destroyers capsized. No help could be offered. The seas were too high. at times over one hundred feet. We steamed over to the Formosa Straitsand road out the storm there. We went back to Okinawawhen the storm was over. I am not sure if we had unloaded our load of pontoons at White Beach, in Buckner Bay, before or after the storm. We were under air attacks every night, after returning from the storm. Our job was to make smoke to cover the ships in the harbor. The smoke was produced by an oil burning machine. We were anchored by out stern anchor. causing the wind to always blow from our stern to bow. Our decks were covered with oil. from the smoke. I received my only wound one night during an air attack. I slipped on the oily deck, and fell upon a paint scraper, on my way to my battle station. I guess I rate a purple heart. No proof appears in my records.
6 August 1945,The first A-bomb was dropped on Japan. They did not get the full message. Another Bomb was dropped 9 August 1945.