An oil slick was sighted at 2050 hours. General quarters was sounded and lasted until 2145 hours.
On 1 June I received a signal which I immediately gave to our First Officer. We executed the signal at 0249 hours to make an emergency turn 45 degrees to port. This was followed by an emergency turn of 45 degrees to starboard at 0329 hours. Smoke was made at at 2100 hours because of a U-boat alert .
The next day another emergency turn to starboard was ordered at 1412 hours. This was followed by an emergency turn to port at 1428 hours. GQ sounded at 2035 hours and lasted until 2200 hours. the same type of zig-zag turns were made on 4 June and 5 June.
On 6 June the Commodore sent a message stating there were more ships joining the convoy making a total of 62 ships. We also received news that the invasion of Normandy was uderway.
At the same time we received a message to fly the American flag for half an hour at 0820 hours out of respect for a Merchant Marine engineer on ship No.74 who had died from unknown causes.
That is a brief "rundown" of events happening to our ship about the time of the invasion of Northern France.