WWII Soldier's Journal



Journal of Arthur Dolifka

 

Arthur Dolifka Photo

1942-1944 South Pacific World War II

 

Left States July 19, 1942 from San Diego aboard S.S. Lurline

Disembarked at British Samoa (Apia) July 30, 1942

Left Samoa for Wallis Island Aug 9, 1942 aboard S.S. Hawiian Merchant

Arrived Wallis Island Aug 12, 1942  - Stayed 14 months., 8 days

Left Wallis Island Oct 20, 1943 aboard S.S. Henry Birch.  Arrived Pago Pago, American Samoa Oct 22, 1943. Left Pago Nov 17, 1943 aboard the S.S. Marmacport.  Arrived at Maui Hawaii Nov. 25, 1943.  Had a salmon sandwich for chow.

Left Maui Jan 11, 1944 aboard U.S.S. Leonard Wood - Arrived Honolulu Jan 12

Left Honolulu Jan 23, 1944.  Arrived Kwajalein Jan 31. Left Kwajalein Jan. 31.

Arrived Eniwetok Feb 17, 1944

Hit Engebi Island Feb 18. Secured after 6 hrs. Went back to ship.

Feb. 19, 1944.  Hit Eniwetok Island.  Secured Feb 21.  Went back to ship.

Feb 22, 1944.  Hit Parry Island. Secured Feb 23. 

Left Eniwetok Feb 24 for Kwajalein.  Arrived Feb 27, 1944.

Left Kwajalein on LST-127

March 21, 1944.  Ailinglaplap Atoll.  38 Japanese dead.  5 captured.

March 23, 1944.  Ebon Atoll.  17 killed.  6 captured.

March 26, 1944.  Namorik Atoll.  No resistance.

March 27, 1944.  Kili Atoll.  No resistance.

March 28, 1944.  Back to Kwajalein.  Left 4am.  Here we go again....

March 31, 1944.  Ailuk Atoll.  No resistance.

April 2, 1944.  Mejit Island.  7 dead.

April 3, 1944.  Likiep Atoll

April 5, 1944.  Disembarked from LST-127 to U.S.S. Leedstown

April 13, 1944.  Arrived Guadalcanal. From here expect to go fighting again.

Formed 1st Marine Brigade (22 Marines and 4th Marines - former 1st 2nd 3rd and 4th Raider Battalions. 

Arrived Oakland California June 19, 1944

Arrived Hanover Kansas

Arrived Klamath Falls Oregon July 27, 1944