Quarters for muster* was held today for the second time this cruise. The kids aren’t used to punctuality and drifted up there from 5 to ten minutes late. I tried to impress them of the error of their ways. I still do not see in them the interest in their job that is so necessary. I feel that if I didn’t continually harass them they would relax and never give night fighting a thought until there were called upon to take off. There is so much they don’t know or have forgotten that it worries me to see so little interest or initiative on their part to leave all there is to know. They don’t seem to realize that their lives depend on how well they know their job. Pete Aurand came over to see me today which was nice of him. I was glad to find out that he feels as I do about most things in this game. He is smart (not on this account only) and certainly doesn’t lack guts. Standby tonight. Secured about 2200.
* Depending upon the type of ship and its operating schedule, quarters for muster and inspection are held each workday before 0800. (source Internet)
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Tomorrow, February 12, 1944…
We left Majuro today at 0930…
Note about Pete Aurand
Evan Peter Aurand was born in New York City on June 10, 1917. He was the son of Margaret Decker, a great-granddaughter of Texas leader Sam Houston, and U.S. Army officer Henry S. Aurand. A 1938 graduate of the United States Naval Academy, his long and fruitful navy career evinced a lifelong devotion to naval aviation and to his country. His flight experience spanned the development of modern aircraft. He trained at Pensacola in 1940 in the F4B-4 and qualified to fly the S-2E before he retired.
During World War II, he served in combat service in the Pacific Theater, which earned him the Navy Cross, a Legion of Merit medal, a Navy Commendation Medal, the Air Medal, two Distinguished Flying Crosses and a Presidential Unit Citation aboard the USS Bunker Hill, he was part of Project Affirm, based at Quonset Point Naval Air Station, which, at great peril to the pilots involved, pioneered radar-guided flight and thus, night-fighting capability for the U.S. fleet. For that service, he was decorated with the Legion of Merit and another Navy Commendation Medal.
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