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Diary of Commander, Joseph K. Taussig, Commander, U.S. Destroyer Little



July 21

Brest [France]

     The convoy arrived at eight o’clock this mornings. Little went alongside the oiler Los Angeles and took on fuel oil. . . .

     At 3:20 Vernou stopped by and picked up Shackford, Howe and me.1 We went ashore and walked throughout the afternoon. Many people were on the streets and in the country. They seemed happy in spite of the war. Our sailors have taken the place of the missing French men. And the amount of money they spend in Brest has given the people a prosperity which must have been unexpected. During the six weeks I have been here the appearances of the shops have improved noticeably. . . .

Source Note: D, RNW, Joseph K. Taussig Papers, Mss. Coll. 97.

Footnote 1: Cmdr. Walter N. Vernou, commander, Sigourney; Cmdr. Chauncey Shackford, commander, Martha Washington; Cmdr. Alfred G. Howe, commander, Conner.

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