After the Battle of Midway there was a week in a rest camp at Pearl Harbor.
If it's free, it's advice; if you pay for it, it's counseling; if you can use either one, it's a miracle.
On December 5, 1941, Chicago led a task force built around the carrier Lexington to Midway Island, at the western end of the Hawaiian Islands, about 1,000 miles from Pearl Harbor.
Lexington did launch its air group when a Japanese carrier was reported.
In basic training we had been told to watch out for Japanese spies.
Our task force put to sea in early January 1942, to attack the Japanese in the Marshall and Gilbert islands, but the mission was called off on the eve of the attack.
The good news was that Enterprise and the newly arrived Yorktown had attacked the Marshall and Gilbert islands. Those attacks had a great effect on morale.
A chief petty officer taught me shorthand, which got me promoted to yeoman first class.
Another nice thing was that I would type out letters home for the admiral's stewards. They would then feed me the same food the admiral ate.
I passed a typing test and became a member of the staff of Rear Adm. Newton.
I received my parents' permission and went into the Navy on June 3, 1941.
Chicago's buoy was a couple of hundred yards astern of Arizona, and I was saddened to look at her.
Everybody knew that I could type pretty well.
I was assigned to the heavy cruiser Chicago.
My assignment was in the communications office, where I typed out dispatches.
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