In the month of August 1943, while stationed in Espirito Santo, in addition to extensive and continuing repairs to HMAS Hobart, Dad's ship, Vestal, tackled numerous routine repairs to various vessels of the fleet. In relative order of service and repair, these ships included: YFD-21, Celeno, Monogahela, PC-477, SS Matthew Lyon, YMS-97, Denver, Patapsco, Cleveland, LST-448, LST-485. Plus Vestal tended to various shop jobs on ships and at the harbor base.
At least 5 times this month the ship was ordered to general quarters as enemy planes were spotted. On the 24th, the shore batteries fired at aircraft off and on for 2 1/2 hours.
Source: USS Vestal War Diary, August 1943