Joseph J. Valinksy served aboard the USS
Monterey as an Aviation Metalsmith First Class from September 20, 1943, to December 29, 1944. Against Naval protocols, Valinsky kept a journal of his time aboard from leaving port in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, to the South Pacific via the Panama Canal. He kept a nearly daily log of activities aboard the ship, of both day to day duties and accounts of attacks. It ends December 29, 1944, when Valinsky returned stateside. Valinksy, serving on the USS
Monterey was part of the naval forces in several battles in the Pacific Theatre: Marshall Islands, Palau Island, Marianas, Taiwan, and Saipan. In addition to providing naval support to ground troops during landings, the USS
Monterey was also involved in skirmishes with Japanese forces on both sea and air.
In addition to the 100-page journal, the collection also includes his honorable discharge certificates from 1945 and 1954, correspondence from the Veteran’s Administration and Secretary of the Navy dated 1945-1946, and various wallet-sized military id service cards from 1942 to 1946. Of special note is a letter dated June 17, 1945, from Bud Knight giving the USS
Monterey’s strike report and battle history as the ship left the Pacific to make port for repairs.