E.R. Chumley was in the U.S. Navy
during World War II. He was aboard the USS
Palawan. The diary
documents Chumley's locations and activities with chronological entries beginning when he
was sworn into the Navy on December 3, 1943 and continuing until September 16, 1945. Near
the end of the chronological entries there is a notation in different handwriting which
states that Chumley died in Danville, Kentucky on May 23, 1959. Towards the middle of the
diary Chumley recorded a military joke, and in the back he recorded some names and locations
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