Submitted by: Scott W. Boness
Nephew of Lynden Lambrecht
Subject: My uncles memoirs June 1, 1944 -
Feb 26 1945
Life on the
memoirs of Lynden Lambrecht
Left T.I. Calif,
for Pearl Harbor
aboard U.S.S. Sea Corpral, Armytransport, lousy chow, rough
trip, hard on dry land sailors!
Tied up to dock at Fleet
Landing Pearl. Got our first news of
Tranfered to Aiea Rec Bks.
until recently this was just a cane
Rough Bks, no windows, pleasant
stay, first class, gold bricks, no
work for us. Eat, sleep,
beer, movies, ball games, smokers!
of big league ball players, Di Maggio,
Mize, and others. Slipped out for
is the life!
Tranfered to U.S.S. Orvetta.
Breakdown first time so we didn't
sail. This is some Barge, the Japs
wouldn't even want it. Several
Lift anchor bound for
Several boys drew Pearl
duty, good deal, Russian Markovich, Al
Leach, Dick Leonard, and I left of
Mingvs' commandoes. Slim
Lambertson,Lord Smith, Ole Olsen, Al
Olinger, Bill Rhoads from Keyport
among the unlucky passengers. Russian
has five days P&P for goldbricking.
Ours is legal just now.
for a day.
Third and fifth fleets based here.
Aug 2nd -13th
Laying around, working, party
now and then.
Transfered to U.S.S. Lexington,
Rose's "Blue Ghost"
Aug 13th - 19th
Getting squared away. Only 3
openings in torpedo gang for the nine
of us. Lucky to be one of thethree.
Aug 19th - 29th
Working on fish. One day off
for beer party on
RedIsland. More munitions than ship
ever had aboard before.
Lifted anchor with task force
"8" Admiral Marc Mitcher fast carrier
Have criss crossed equator,
bald head to show for it - First
fighter sweeps over
Sept 7th - 8th
Many strikes, no opposition.
Sept 9th - 10th
Raids on Cebu
fighters get 14 planes.
task force, jumped by two Jap. Bomb
miss by 100 yards. First I'veseen.
- - -
Cover invasion of Pelileu - not
much for us to do - Can see star shell
at night - Two buddies of mine - Sauce
Klein & Bud Christoffel ashore with
no bogies, surprising many Jap planes
and ships hit.
Meat balls out this
morning, no damage, could see land
this morning. Pilots had good hunting,
many ships and planes, most of themon fields.
Sept 23rd - 24th
Going south, Raids on
Dropped anchor at north end of
Many Japs on island within
sight, sail every night, load bombs at
Anchored at Ulithi - Japs have
evacuated recently. This will be Our
new base. Bad storms recently, 4 cans
Left Ulithi ( Scuttlebut says
Oct 6th - 9th
Traveling north fast, fuel from
Okinawa and other islands
of Rukyv group. 250 miles below Japan
Hits on two A.K.S. some planes shot up
Raids over Luzon
and fuel from tankers.
- A.T. General quarters 22 hours
straight. Not much to eat, no sleep.
Plenty of shooting today, 3 planes
splashed at dusk over next task group.
They burn dam good. Tojo lamp lighters
light up the sea for miles around. My
mind is made up I am ready to go home
any time. Like to see the man who
wasn't scared! Big air battles over
same story, plenty of targets and A.A.
planes coming back badly shot up, some
missing, these pilots have guts. Used
five fish with good results, under
almost constant attack, ships guns
splashed two more Japs. C.L. Cambard
took a fish. Cans takes her under tow.
has ever seen the salts say!
again. Everyone is damn tired, no real
sleep or chow for five days. Several
near misses from bombs.These Japs were
good pilots. A dozen or two broke into
task group about 10 feet off the
water, fish all over the place, not
many planes get away. One suicide hit
4 days straight is unusual but theres
still many targets. Only two hours
sleep. Many bogies around, task group
C.A.P. having field day. Houston
(C.L.) takes two fish. Her and Cambars
both safe. Pilots have smashed all
records. Total planes in five days
will go over 500. Leaving tonight Damn
lucky to get out with these light
Out to fuel. Jap fleet reported
300 miles N.W. Several casualities
from crew drinking alchol
injectionfluid from F.6.
Jap fleet backs down.
Low on chow, beans and spam.
Oct 20th - 21st
This is it. Supported
Fuel from tanker. Head back
Our task group is closest group
in toward Leyte.
Under attack all day. Our task group
pilots break all records. Really a
crack air group in " 19 ". Essex Comm.
splashes 9 Japs alone. C.V.L.
Princeton hit just off starboard beam.
Explosions and flames hundreds of feet
in the air. Later sunk by our on cans.
Many dive bombers. Our ships guns get
two more. Many near misses. It took
more than luck to get us out of this
today. C.A.P. did a good job. G.Q. all
Jap fleet out again. Reinforced
by other task groups.
for Leyte Gulf.
Hit and smashed Jap fleet. 4 flat
tops, dozen of crusiers and battle
wagons, many cans, fleets guns sink
the cripples after the pilots smash
them up. We used 27 fish alone,
excellant results. Today was the day.
Knocking out a few stragglers,
125 survivers come aboard from cans
who picked them off the
Oct 27th - 30th
East for Ulithi.Boy it'll be good to get back,
should get some chow again.
Anchored in Ulithi
Admiral Mitcher leaves ship for
Lift anchor steaming south for
Manus in the
AdmiralityIslands. Headed for 5 days
relaxation, sleep and beer.
Jap fleet reported out again.
Change course towards Leyte
- lost contact.
Nov 3rd - 4th
ManilaBay again. (Big T ) C.A.P. leaves
3 suicide planes in , shot one down,
another crashes in flames against our
aft island structure. Quad 5 (40mm)
wiped out,(Slim is
on 7). Group of 20mm wiped out, 46
dead, 120 injured. Lost one fellow
from the shop and two wounded.
of swell guys gone. Not a nice site to
again despite many guns out if
commission. Dam hard on crew. Japs
around again today, plenty scared,
wish we would have got that vacation.
Headed back to base. Large
burial at sea. Kamikazes parachute
still in radar screen. Don't care for
Anchored in Ulithi. U.S.S Jason
repair ship comes along side. Dreams
of state side repair job shattered.
aboard hospital ship. (Flat tops -
Intrepid, Belleau Woods, and
states bound for battle repairs)
Nov 9th - 19th
Repairs, new paint job.
Six two man subs slipped by
anti sub nets. Sank tanker near us.
Smoke thousands of feet in air. Cans
and D.E.'s dropped depth charges.
Reports of Jap sailors in water. One
sub grounded on reef.
Left Ulithi with Admiral Bogan
aboard. Now in new task force.
Dec 2nd - 7th
Anchored in Ulithi.
Steering casuality. Almost hit
B.B. New Jersey
( to bad we didn't ) Admiral Halsey is
Strikes over Luzon.
Dec 15th - 16th - 17th
Fighter patrol night and day to
keep Japs down while
is invaded. Clark
field one of main targets.
Steaming for Ulithi. Fueling on
Drop anchor. Ulithi atoll. Xmas
Eve, Xmas party and good chow. Work as
All loaded , many
rockets. Big E. returns from
with night fighters. Underway.
Tranfered torpedomen to V.5.
Ordinance, not so hot.
Jan 1st. 1945
Wish I was home to help
celebrate last night, instead of in
Headed north east.
Jan 3rd - 4th
Damn chilly out. Hit
Damn few Japs. Fuel from tanker.
Jan 6th - 7th
Luzon. Preparing way for its invasion.
straits into China sea.
Lingayen Gulf. Not as much
opposition as expected.
Raid shipping Camiron Bay
Sank 5 A.K.S. and light cruiser. Three
hits with our fish. No air opposition.
Fuel from tanker and air
searchs. Pilot from Hancock broke
formation and landed on Jap air strip.
Why is a big mystery. Other Pilot
strafe and burned plane.
Scouting for Jap fleet. Picked
up 5 Chinks from life raft.
24 today. Getting old. Strikes
over Hong Kong,
Heavy A.A. Bad weather. Several bogies
splashed by C.A.P. G.Q. all day.
Weather good, many targets, used 5
fish 3 hits. Many A.K.'s damaged or
sunk. A.A. is terrific. Many planes
lost over target, others damaged.
Searches often jumped by Jap. patrols.
Jan 17th - 18th - 19th
Fueled cans. Searches and
G.Q. several times during
day and night. Passing through
north of Luzon.
Japs seem to shuttle back and forth
from Luzon and
C.A.P. splash 10 assorted planes. All
task forces fired at dusk. No actual
attacks on ships. Going out of
China sea. Glad to get
out. Low on chow and no mail.
Little opposition over targets. Pilots
report many P38's & B24's
fields. Must now be in use. Other task
groups have attacks. T hit by dive
bombers. 10 Japs shot down. Hancock on
our port quarters damaged when one of
her T.B.M.'s cracked up with depth
Fuel from tanker.
Jan 24th - 25th
MAIL. Steaming south
Dropped the hook at
Jan 27th - Feb 9th
Loading supplies. 17 new fish.
One beach party.
Underway. Air group "9" aboard.
Heading north. 90 miles west of
Air group practicing attacks.
Fuel from tanker.
Start speed run into
maybe rugged. 1 Betty splashed, 1
Feb 16th -17th
Weather poor. Total for our task group
3 flat tops, 146 shot out of air, many
destroyed on ground, two plane
factorys hard hit. No Japs reached
Covering two Iwo
Fueled and loaded ammo. First
time ammo ever loaded underway. MAIL.
Bogies at night, task group fired. New
B.B. Missouri splashed two. Sara
reported hit many times. She's fresh
from training duty at
Sea C.V.E. reported sunk.
Bogies again. Big E. joins us.
She was with Sara. Both carriers had
all night fighter air groups.
Feb 22nd - 26th
again. Rugged going ashore. We can hear
the fire directors over our R.B.D.
they must be using S.O.2 C.S. for this
work. By the sound of it you would
think its just practice. Using Many
Cans, Cruisers, B.B.S, for support.
Planes dropping everything including
Pilots ran into snow. Still manage to
get insome good strikes.
Heading south. Strikes on
cancelled because of bad weather. This
best Naval base.
Strikes over Okinawa
and RokyoIsland. Many photo planes used.
This might be next group invaded or so
South bound for Ulithi.
Anchored in Ulithi Atoll.
March 7th - 8th
Unloading supplies - straight
dope - We're State side boundWOW ! ! !
Lifted anchor with C.L. Boston
and C.V.L. San Jacinto.
Two suicide Japs raid Ulithi.
One C.V. hit.
Anchor at Eniwetok,
Underway for states.
March 25th -26th
Removed warheads from fish. Hit
storm and had one hell of a time
keeping 600 lbs of torpex from
crawling in your rack.
Anchor at sub nets. Unloading ammo.
Reports from the fleet having rugged
time in South Japan
and RukyoIsland. Kamikazes hit several flat
tops. Thank God we missed this one.
Hope they don't cut our leaves short.
Invasion of Okinawa
First leave party off. 21 days.
Sara and T.- in.
March 29th - 30th
Worked 24 out of 32 hours and
then had liberty. Plenty tired. Ah
that beer is good.
Fire watches. Good chow.
Till April 19th
Nice chicks working on ship.
This is the duty. Wasp hit at
returns. Mitchers flagship.
(Left eve of 17th via plane for
offically starts. 22days of living.
Spent night there. HOME this is it.
First time since Jan 44. Great to be
back. Old buddies gone and gas
rationing only signs of war.
Leave home hope not for long.
Hit Bremevton with ski of
spent last night in
Trial run in Sound. Tranfered 3
T.M.V. and brought 2 aboard.
Trial run. Loading
Gunnerys. No more 20 m.m. gun
Tied up at
Mouse, Ole, and I lower Frisco
champaygne supplys. Big night.
Take 100 tiny tims aboard
(1200lb rockets) Hard day. Our
vitamens from last night don't help
any. Les came aboard for several
Last state side liberty.
points west loaded with Medium
bombers. Gunnery on the way.
Left for gunnery and air group
drill. A.G. 94 aboard. F6 F's, F4 V's,
S.B. 2 C's, T.B.M's.
Liberty. 5 new
with C.V. Hancock and C.L.V.
June 14th - 19th
Gunnery practice for air group.
Strike Wake. Practice for
pilots. Set ships record for Ammo used
in one day. Worked on rockets.
Couldn't stand many days like today.
June 21st - 25th
Leyte P.I. bound. Jap subs hit
two A.K.'s near by.
Dropped anchor in
SanPedroBay. History was made here. Started loading
supplys. One Rec. Party. Don't care
Sub contacts off
No opposition. Aircraft hard to find.
July 11th - 12th
Fuel Cans, head north.
north most of
July 14th - 15th
B.B. Pound beach, wipe out several
steel mills, Pilots sink
ferrys. Good intelligence, exact time
schedules of ferrys Known. Some air
Spot British fleet while
fueling. The war must be almost over
then. Not impressed by it.
Pilots report Japs hold A.A. unless
actual bombing runs are made. C.A.P.
splash 17 airborne Japs around task
force. Mostly Judys torp. planes. Man
walks into prop while loading bombs on
hanger deck, funeral tomorrow. AL
Leach 21 today.
Fuel. Landing partys packed,
ready to go.
First strikes off, radioed to drop
bombs in sea when Truman announces
Japs quit. Halsey gives V. speech.
Bonn Homme Richards damaged in bomb
explosion, not serious. Marine
accidently shot himself while checking
Special V.J. day church
service, V.J. chow, and 2 bottles of
beer to splice main brass. Why don't
we do this more often? Wars end hasn't
caused too much excitement. Point
system, a single man don't rate at
all. Fleet comes together as a unit to
have pictures made.
Fuel,chow, mail. Many A.P.A.
join us to remove landing forces. Take
over Marine's 20's.
Admiral Sherman makes Lex his
Patrol Japs. Taking many pics.
Aug 23rd - 24th
Patrol search for P.W. camps.
Pics show P.W. waiving and raising
Drop P.W. food and supplys.
Don't mind this job at all.
changes flag to Wasp. She may be our
relief but her flight deck was twisted
in typhoon. She may have to go back
Transfered from T-F 38-1 to
38-3. Saw home islands several times
again raises flag. Wasp to U.S.A.
Sherman & Capt Robbins fly to
Lex. first C.V. ever to enter
TokyoBay. Anchor off
Lift anchor at 1730 with fleet
landing forces aboard.
Marines to their ship.
Sept 8th - 9th
Provisions and fuel. Chow is
very low, Beans and more beans.
takes flag ashore. Anchor off
Sept 11th - 14th
At anchor taking on supplys.
Few men getting liberty. Report Japs
starved but friendly. Slim leaves for
discharge, Mouse and Grady for school.
Execs Rep aboard.
Lift anchor. ( 1 ) Striker
reports from - T -. Chrystal ball says
state side by
X mas. I wonder. In reply to Co.
Ser. force message. In regard to
quality of 3rd fleet food. Halsey
reports " Quanity insuffcient to
report on Quality - He ain't kidding
beans 3 times a day is a little to
Sept 16th - 23rd
Anchor at Siapah to take aboard
air group 92 - air group 94, will
Exect. Off. Ahron leaves ship.
Underway at 1500.
Mail call. Painting ship, loading
supplys. Beach partys every 3 or 4
days, still not much beer. First time
ashore in 3 months.
Little dope on our last 5 weeks
of the war. 2,172 sorties flown, 471
tons of bombs, 2,782 rockets used, 191
planes destroyed, 64 drops, 176
damaged, many ships sunk or damaged,
trains and factories pounded,
3,000,000 gals of fuel used and
800,000 gals. of aviation gas.
Lift anchor bound for
Tokyo. Ad. has
Ran into typhoon on way.
Okinawa took a beating
Oct 14th - 24th
Ships work. A few liberty in
Lift anchor for several days of
drill at sea.
Tie up in
Oct 28th - Nov 5th
Ships work and occasional
Nov 5th - 9th
Drills at sea. One mid air
Back to anchorage.
Captain grow new Captain.
Dispatch from C.T.F. "58" say probable
date of relief arriving is Jan 20th.
Too damn long.
Out to sea for several days of
say dispatch has just been recieved
saying Lex and Intrepid will be
relieved in a few days. Stateside in
Dec. Best news since V.J day.
Loaded Army passengers.
Underway for the States with
Dec 5th - 7th
Docked in States. First leave
but no transportation.
Left for home.
Jan 14th, 1946
Back aboard after a swell
leave. Ship is anchored near
Jan 14th - Feb 14th
Taking it easy. Last month
Leave ship for
Feb 15th - 20th
At T.I. awaiting transportation
to Great Lakes.
Feb 20th - 24th
So. Pacific R.R. though
and then north.
Arrive at Lakes and begin
Very unusual. Ship is two years
old today. She has steamed 146,000
miles, 18,000 landings abroad. Picked
up a little more dope on the Lex life
in Her 2 years. The distance traveled
is equal to 6 times around the world.
She has burned 27,000,000 gals. of
fuel oil. Her planes have used 79,098
gals of gas. Her guns have destroyed
17 aircraft. Her planes have shot down
367 meatballs, she has been in 21
raids and covered 7 amphibious
landings. Taken part in two navel
actions against the Jap. Fleet. There
are 610 men left of Her original crew.
She has crossed the equator on 13
separate occasions, entered the realm
of the Dragon 4 times.
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