USS LANSING (DE-388) ACTIVITY LOG
(Excerpted from actual deck logs obtained from National Archives, Washington DC)
(Italicized entries are added by editor)
11-10-43 1400 Commissioning ceremonies were held on board this vessel. The Supervisor of
Shipbuilding, U.S. Navy, Houston, Texas, acting as the representative of the
Commandant, EIGHTH Naval District, received the ship from Brown Shipbuilding
Company, Houston, Texas and delivered the ship to the Commanding Officer Lieutenant
Commander Simon R. SANDS, U.S. Coast Guard.
1405 The commissioning pennant was hoisted and flown from the foremast.
1410 The Commanding Officer read his orders assuming command, Commandant, Coast Guard
Ltr CG-71-531, under date of 15 October 1943.
1420 Commissioning representatives of the Commandant, EIGHTH Naval District and
contractor departed from the ship.
11-12-43 1430 Commenced taking fuel aboard.
1700 Completed fueling, having taken aboard 38,000 gallons of fuel oil.
11-13-43 0750 Tested general alarm. Found unsatisfactory. Repairs being made.
0935 Commenced loading ammunition from San Jancinto Ordnance Depot as per allowance
1255 General alarm in working order.
1305 Chemical alarm tested. Found to be in working order.
2035 Secured from taking aboard ammunition.
11-26-43 1030 Commanding Officer made inspection of ship. Satisfactory, with minor deficiencies.
1045 Received from Dellanena Candy Company, Galveston, Texas, 60 boxes of
candy bars and 2 cartons of Durham tobacco.
11-29-43 Underway enroute to Key West FL (Note: underway time not listed in log)
12-1-43 0440 Made radar contact bearing 1200 (T) distance 43000 yards.
0525 Sounded General Quarters, steered various courses to intercept target vessel
0551 Challenged vessel, reply satisfactory – resumed course and secured from
1315 Held steering gear casualty drill.
1330 Secured from steering gear casualty drill.
1358 Dry Tortugas Light abeam to port, distance Six (6) miles.
1525 Twenty-eight foot Shoal Lighted Buoy abeam to port, distance two and one-
half (2 ˝) miles.
1652 Sand Key Light abeam to port.
1700 Key West Entrance Buoy abeam.
1749 Moored alongside USS Alden (DD-211) at Pier “B”, Key West, Florida
1900 Received signal flags on Navy Invoice #151724-44.
12-2-43 0717 Underway in channel to shift mooring
0755 Moored starboard side to Pier “B”, Key West, Florida
1700 DOOR, W.T. S1c, severely cut palm of left hand at base of thumb, while using razor
blade. Treated by HATCH, W.T. PhM3c, and taken to Base Hospital, Naval Operating
Base, Key West Florida, for examination. No treatment at Base Hospital.
12-3-43 0000 Moored north side Pier #1, Naval Operating Base, Key West, Florida
12-4-43 2009 Underway enroute Bermuda, British West Indies
12-5-43 0250 Navy Patrol blimp overhead, departed on course 1100T
0730 Exchanged recognition signals with convoy.
0815 Gun Key Light bearing 0700 (T), distant twelve (12) miles.
0950 All hands to quarters. Talk by Captain.
1015 Challenged vessel bearing 3200 rel. Identified as PC-1174.
1622 Sighted Matanilla Lighted Whistle Buoy bearing 1550, distance 9 miles
1943 Sighted white flare on port bow, distant approximately 2 miles
1945 Investigated area fully by sight and radar without result. Flare believed to have been
12-7-43 1255 Sighted vessel bearing 0600T distance 3-1/2 miles
1259 Changed course and challenged vessel receiving correct reply
12-8-43 0115 Challenged unidentified allied war vessel, reply satisfactory
0700 Exchanged recognition signals and calls with aircraft carrier USS CROATON (CVE-25)
and its escort
0815 Sighted Mount Hill Lighthouse bearing 255, distance approximately 10 miles.
0910 Stopped both engines, drifting, awaiting Pilot.
1111 St. George Entrance lighted buoy Number 4 abeam to port.
1241 Moored starboard side to USS DARBY (DE-218), which is moored
starboard to USS HAMUL (AD-20) in Great Sound Bay, Bermuda, British West Indies
1300 Vessel undergoing informal inspection by members of the staff of
Commander Task Group 23.1, DE Shakedown Group.
1830 Gun crews attended motion picture aboard USS HAMUL (AD-20) for
instruction in hedge-hog loading and firing.
12-9-43 0637 Underway maneuvering to moor alongside USS HAMUL (AD-20) upon departure of
USS DARBY (DE-218)
0657 Moored alongside USS HAMUL (AD-20)
1601 Held fire drill for inspecting officer, DE Shakedown Group
1602 First fire hose at scene of fire
1603 All fire fighting equipment at scene of fire
1605 Secured from fire drill.
1650 Gun crews returned from Anti-Aircraft Training Center, N.O.B., Bermuda
1820 Damage Control Party departed to USS HAMUL (AD-20) for damage control
12-10-43 0700 Underway enroute for training with submarines
0850 Called all hands to Battle Stations.
0915 Secured from Battle Stations
0955 Exercising with submarine R-1 (SS-78)
1710 Moored to starboard side of USS ALGER (DE-101) at anchorage E-5, Great
Sound Bay, Bermuda, British West Indies
12-11-43 0500 Called all hands to tend mooring lines because of storm
0540 Set war cruising watch
0725 Underway standing out to sea. Port anchor fouled in rigging and boat davits
of USS ALGER (DE-101) because of violent winds setting us down while unmooring.
0900 Proceeding to sea in company with USS GEORGE (DE-697) and
USS SAMUEL S MILES (DE-183).
0903 All hands to Battle Stations.
1330 Carried out recognition drill with ships in company
1615 North swept channel buoy abeam to starboard, distance about 5 miles
1626 Entered the narrows, St. George, Bermuda.
1700 Anchored in Murray’s Anchorage
12-12-43 0725 Commenced heaving around
0741 Anchor aweigh, underway enroute to Great Sound Bay, Bermuda, British West Indies
0905 Moored to USS GEORGE (DE-697) at mooring buoy E-5, Great Sound Bay, Bermuda,
British West Indies
12-13-43 0650 Underway, standing out of Great Sound Bay
0850 All hands to Battle Stations.
0910 Forming in column with ten DE’s to hold screening and fueling at sea exercises upon
contacting tanker USS MATTAPONI (AO-41)
0915 Secured from Battle Stations.
12-14-43 0046 Increased speed to full ahead
0047 Engines #3 and #4 taken off line due to overheating
0101 Main engines #3 and #4 restored to line, speed full ahead.
0905 Alongside port side of USS MATTAPONI (AO-41) for fueling at sea exercise
1300 Joined USS CALCATTERA (DE-390) for torpedo exercises
1442 Complete torpedo exercises and took up position 700 yards astern of
USS CALCATTERA (DE-390)
1820 Anchored in Murray’s Anchorage, The Narrows, St Georges, Bermuda
12-15-43 0732 Underway in column 700 yards behind USS CALCATTERA (DE-390) for
training and exercises
1007 Commenced gunnery exercises making runs on USS CALCATTERA (DE-390).
1119 Completed exercises, acting as target vessel for USS CALCATTERA (DE-390)
1323 Called all hands to Battle Stations making training runs on DE-390.
1405 Secured from Battle Stations
1625 North swept channel buy abeam to starboard entering St. Georges, Bermuda.
1740 Entered Don Donald channel
1823 Moored mooring buoy D-4, St Georges, Great Sound Bay, Bermuda
12-16-43 0705 Unmoored, underway standing out of Great Sound Bay
0735 Don Donald Channel Entrance Spar Buoys abeam
0740 Vessel aground south of Tide Gauge off Spanish Point, 100 yards north of lighted buoy 29
0742 Reported grounding to Commander DE Shakedown Group by T.B.S., commenced taking
soundings to determine extent of grounding – on the port bow aft to frame 49; on the
starboard bow aft to frame 12
0745 Commenced moving 3”/50 Cal. ammunition from forward magazines to after magazines.
Inspection of all compartments completed, no flooding or leaks found
0820 Tug YT-274 (USS POKAGON) passed towing hawser to stern and commenced pulling the
stern up into the wind
0828 All engines backing, increasing to full speed
0834 Vessel backed off coral reef
0840 Cast off tug, underway proceeding to Great Sound
0943 Moored to Buoy D-4 in Great Sound, Bermuda, BWI
1500 Engaged in flag hoist drill with USS ATTAIR (Ed. - log error, ship should be
USS ALTAIR (AD-11)
12-17-43 1027 Underway to R.D.F. Anchorage, Great Sound, for calibration.
1045 Anchored in 33 feet water to 30 fathom chain.
1050 Commenced R.D.F. calibration
1210 R.D.F. calibration completed
1225 Underway to mooring D-4, Great Sound, Bermuda
1245 Moored alongside USS Falgout (DE-324) at buoy D-4, Great Sound, Bermuda, BWI
1500 Held flag hoist drill with the ATTAIR (Ed. - log error, ship should be
USS ALTAIR (AD-11)
1550 Boarding and Salvage Party from this vessel boarded USS FALGOUT (DE-324) and was
inspected by its First Lieutenant.
1610 Boarding Party returned. Held boat drill
1615 Signal drill secured.
1645 Boat drills secured.
12-18-43 0705 Underway for anti-submarine exercises.
0953 Submarine R-1 (SS-78) submerged
0955 Various courses and speeds tracking R-1 (SS-78) on practice depth charge runs.
1405 Submarine R-1 (SS-78) surfaced.
1615 Man overboard from USS RIDDLE (DE-185)
1619 HATCH, W.T., GM1c, overboard to assist in rescue
1627 DOOR, W.T.,BM1c, overboard to assist in rescue
1627 PUMP, F.W. USNR aboard. Treated for exposure and exhaustion
1718 Moored alongside USS FALGOUT (DE-324) at Buoy D-4, Great Sound Bay, Bermuda
12-19-43 0902 Lieutenant (jg) Sikes and Ensign Roberts came aboard from USS HAMUL (AD-20) to
make damage control inspection as to closure and condition Baker and Able.
0918 All hands to Battle Stations.
0945 Secured from Battle Stations.
1246 Ship’s boat departed with Lieutenant (jg) HATCH, W.T., soundmen and quartermasters to
report us USS HAMUL (AD-20) for special instruction.
1501 Ship’s boat returned with party from USS HAMUL (AD-20)
12-20-43 0652 Underway for anti-submarine exercises with submarine R-7 (SS-84)
1000 Submarine R-7 (SS-84) submerged, conducting anti-submarine exercises.
1445 Secured from exercises having expended thirty-two (32) rounds of plaster loaded A/S
projectiles, Mark IV, Mod. A (Hedgehog)
1556 Anchored in Murray’s Anchorage in eight (8) fathoms of water to sixty (60) fathoms of
12-21-43 0701 Underway standing out to sea.
0735 Sea Buoy abeam to port. Escorting with submarine R-16 (SS-93) to
operating area for anti-submarine warfare exercises.
0810 Submarine submerged.
1332 All hands to Battle Stations.
1353 Submarine surfaced, concluding scheduled exercise.
1420 Secured from Battle Stations.
1645 Moored starboard side to USS EICHENBERGER (DE-202) at Buoy Easy-One,
Great Sound Bay, Bermuda, BWI
12-22-43 0704 Underway standing down channel.
1009 Submarine R-16 (SS-93) submerged, commenced schedule exercises.
1300 Held sight setter drill, pointer and trainer drill and loading drill for 3”/50
Caliber gun crews. Damage Control Drill held by repair parties.
1330 Secured from drills.
1416 Submarine surfaced. Completed scheduled exercises.
1530 Entering the Narrows, Bermuda. Note: expended 24 rounds of plaster
loaded A/S projectiles Mark IV, Mod. A (Hedgehog).
1717 Moored port side to USS EICHENBERGER (DE-202) at mooring buoy E-1
12-23-43 0920 Navy Fuel Barge HEBE moored alongside on starboard side. Commenced
taking on fuel.
1120 Fueling completed. 41,441 gallons taken on.
1500 USS EICHENBERGER (DE-202) unmoored from mooring buoy E-1.
USS UNDERHILL (DE-682) moored to mooring buoy E-1. Moored port side to
USS UNDERHILL (DE-682)
12-24-43 0702 Underway for anti-submarine exercises
0817 On order Commander Task Group 23.1, anchored in Murray’s Anchorage
0958 Underway standing into Great Sound
1118 Anchored in Great Sound Bay awaiting completion of preparations aboard
USS UNDERHILL (DE-682) for receiving this vessel alongside.
1145 Underway to mooring
1151 Moored alongside USS UNDERHILL (DE-682) at Buoy E-1, Great Sound Bay
1510 Held flag hoist drill with USS CALCATTERA (DE-390)
1511 Tested depth charge hydraulic releasing mechanism, found to be in good working order.
1559 Secured from flag hoist drill.
12-25-43 0748 Underway for anti-submarine exercises
1100 Formed anti-submarine screen around USS MARAPOSIA (Ed. – incorrect spelling,
probably USS MATTAPONI (AO-41)
1310 All hands to Battle Stations.
1345 Secured from Battle Stations.
1450 Secured from screening exercise.
1744 Moored alongside USS EICHENBERGER (DE-202) at buoy E-1, Great
Sound Bay, Bermuda, BWI
12-26-43 0652 Unmoored, underway with USS EICHENBERGER (DE-202 and
USS UNDERHILL (DE-682) for anti-submarine exercises
0917 Submarine R-6 (SS-83) submerged.
0939 Commenced practice depth charge runs on submerged submarine
1400 Completed anti-submarine exercises.
1415 Submarine R-6 (SS-83) surfaced.
1654 Moored starboard side to USS UNDERHILL (DE-682) at mooring buoy E-1, Great Sound
Bay, Bermuda, BWI
12-27-43 0639 Underway for scheduled torpedo exercises
1056 Changed base course in company with USS FALGOUT (DE-324)
1115 Commenced practice torpedo runs with USS FALGOUT (DE-324)
1345 Commenced firing torpedo run
1422 Fired port torpedo to starboard, USS FALGOUT (DE-324) target vessel.
1510 Recovered torpedo.
1515 Underway to rejoin formation.
1725 Forming scouting line of 9 vessels, USS DURANT (DE-389) guide
1815 Commenced radar tracking exercise.
1850 Completed radar tracking exercise.
12-28-43 0825 Changed course to conduct scheduled exercises with USS PRIDE (DE-323)
0847 Conducted passing mail at sea exercise.
0926 Visit and search party from USS PRIDE (DE-323) aboard
0930 Visit and search party, USS PRIDE (DE-323) departed
0942 Visit and search party, Lieutenant (jg) W.T. Door, III, in charge, departed for
USS PRIDE (DE-323)
1010 Visit and search party returned, exercise completed.
1025 USS PRIDE (DE-323) alongside to pass towing hawser.
1030 Towing hawser made fast. USS PRIDE (DE-323) commenced towing this vessel
1100 Cast off towing hawser, maneuvering to take USS PRIDE (DE-323) in tow.
1116 Passed towing hawser to USS PRIDE (DE-323), commenced towing exercise.
1145 Took towing hawser on board, completed towing exercise.
1727 Maneuvering in Great Sound with Torpedo Work Boat from USS HAMUL (AD-20)
alongside. Exchanged Mark VIII, Mod. 3, torpedo expended in exercise shot for a ready
torpedo Mark VIII, Mod. 3.
1814 Moored to portside of USS EICHENBERGER (DE-202) at buoy E-1, Great Sound Bay,
12-29-43 1910 Liberty party returned aboard. HATCH and DOOR reported aboard having boarded
wrong liberty boat; unable to return to their ship, USS FALGOUT (DE-324) due to
12-30-43 0652 Unmoored, underway for standing out to sea
1035 Commenced scheduled exercises; gunnery runs on target vessel.
2015 Commenced tracking exercise
2105 Completed tracking exercise.
12-31-43 0000 Steaming in formation, nine (9) ships in company.
1012 Commenced practice gunnery runs
1030 Held Commanding Officer’s inspection below decks.
1200 Preparing to make firing runs on target being towed by Navy Tug,
USS CHOCTAW (AT-70)
1245 Called all 3”/50 gun crews to battle stations, commenced approach on target.
1302 Commenced firing all 3”/50 caliber guns.
1306 Ceased firing, expended 15 rounds of A.A. ammunition. Maneuvering to
make second run on target.
1545 Commenced firing all 3”/50 caliber guns.
1557 Ceased firing; expended 29 rounds of 3”/50 caliber A.A. ammunition.
1654 Commenced firing with number 2, 3”/50 caliber gun, all port 20MM guns
and 40MM heavy machine guns.
1656 Ceased firing.
1708 Commenced firing.
1709 Ceased firing.
1722 Commenced firing
1723 Ceased firing all guns. Expended 14 rounds of 3”/50 caliber A.A.
ammunition, 48 rounds of 40MM service ammunition and 300 rounds
of 20MM service ammunition.
1731 Commenced firing a high angle anti-aircraft practice.
1732 Ceased firing
1740 Commenced firing
1741 Ceased firing. Expended 2 rounds of 3”/50 caliber A.A. ammunition, 24
rounds of 40MM service ammunition and 240 rounds of 20MM
1800 Underway to conduct night firing exercises.
2002 Commenced firing 3”/50 caliber guns, illuminating target.
2006 Ceased firing. Expended 15 rounds of 3”/50 caliber star shell ammunition.
2120 Commenced firing 3”/50 caliber guns
2127 Ceased firing. Expended 15 rounds of 3”/50 caliber star shell ammunition
and 15 rounds of 3”/50 caliber A.A. ammunition.
2246 Illuminated target with port searchlight and commenced firing gun number
2, 3”/50 caliber.
2250 Ceased firing. Expended 10 rounds of 3”/50 caliber A.A. ammunition.
See 1944 deck logs for continuation