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Dec 25, 1945 [Last Post]

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25th Tues. – X-mas
Had a swell dinner. Turkey, mashed potatoes, dressing and gravy, lettuce, celery, cranberries, corn, fruit, minced meat pie, fruit cake, hot biscuits, soup, ice cream, and coffee. Gave out a bag of nuts, candy, etc. and a present. Received a nice leather billfold. Our name is on the board.

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September 13, 2011 at 8:20 pm

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Dec 20-24, 1945

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20th Thurs.
Got my call in to Marine at 1000. Took less than 20 minutes. That without doubt is the sweetest and most important phone call I’ll ever make.

23rd Sun.
Left Bundy at 0900 on ferry – “Ernie Pyle” – for Stoneman. Arrived at 1410. Into trucks to barracks Block 9 – Bldg. #3 on 14th and Jefferson in Section M.

24th
Called home again and wished them Merry Xmas. Put in call at 1730 and got it thru at 2200. Sure was swell. Talked to Marine, the boys, and Mother.

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Dec 19, 1945

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19th Wed.
The Great Day – 1st saw lights from good old USA at 0612. Weather sure is cold. The Golden Gate in the fog at 0900. A welcome ship, music, and American gals. Just looking at them was a treat for sore eyes. Looks like we are here for some time. W. Coast guys got off. I am sure they will enjoy their xmas. Received a partial pay of $10 and got a pass. Dunham, Bell, and I – Came in at 1:00 really plastered. No women, strictly on the level. Just being back is such a treat.

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Dec 5-18, 1945

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5th Wed.
Cooking tonight – 1930 – 0400. Feeling better.

7th Fri.
Work again tonight. Nothing new.

12th Wed.
Everything going swell. It is cooler and the food has been good. We crossed the date line at 1400 so tomorrow will be Wed – Dec 12 too. I forgot to mention the dream I had on the night of the 7th. It was so crazy that I wrote it down.

16th Sun.
Smooth sailing after 2 days of damn rough going. Temp yesterday 58 degrees.

17th Mon.
Happy Birthday, my darling.

18th Tues.
Had telegrams sent home – $0.25.

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Dec 1-4, 1945

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1st Sat.
At 9:26, just after we had completed the breakfast, the order came that the Gen. Bundy was in stoves [? illegible] to be packed in 1/2 hr. and all tents down, etc. What a hilarious day. Moved to the beach at 1700. Loaded at 1936, hungry as heck. Were fed coffee, bread, fried spuds and fresh hamburgers and gravy. Bunked down in “sick bay” – nice mattress, showers, and everything.

2nd
Tie ropes called up at 0027 and left for sea at 0653. Ate good breakfast but started to get sick at noon.

3rd Mon.
Traveled 362 miles – sick as hell.

4th Tues.
Traveled 863 miles. Feeling better. Got some sea sickness pills and they sure helped. Worked in laundry and did some washing of my own. It is swell down there. Fresh apples to eat and cold.

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August 23, 2011 at 8:23 pm

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Nov 28, 1945

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28th
Tearing down kitchen and packed bags this A.M.

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August 22, 2011 at 7:17 pm

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Nov 22-27, 1945

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22- Thanksgiving
In a way this month has gone by quite fast, but individually the day are monotonously long. Today I had the kitchen shift so I am going to write down the day’s menu. Breakfast – 2 fried eggs, bacon, apricots, toast and coffee – 8:00 am. Dinner – Roast turkey, grazy, mashed potatoes, corn, creamed carrots, dressing, pears, bread and jam, cold tea – 2:30 pm. Lunch – 6:00 – Cake (I baked it), soup, bread, coffee. In every sense the meals were good and were appreciated. The day was cloudy with frequent showers.

25th Sun.
The “Marine Carp” pulled in this PM. The 155 Inf. load: Are they a happy bunch.

26th
“Gen. Aultman” and the 124 Inf. left today.

27th
“The Logan”, a converted Liberty, came in tonight. Ours tomorrow I hope.

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August 17, 2011 at 6:18 pm

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