China and Japan

December 12, 1945 Kagoshima, Kyushu, Japan "We are in Kagoshima, Kyushu, Japan, and it is snowing at 37.  Not snowing hard, just enough to blot out anything within 300 yrds., then the sun comes out and the snow melts.  We anchored last night about dark; it was raining, then, so hard we couldn't get our bearings.  (Later).  It is now 70 and the snow melts as soon as it hits the deck.  We are unloading.  On our way over last night a Japanese woman had a baby on the tank deck.  The sea was rough, but she is O.K.  These were civilians we were hauling this trip."

Newspaper clipping Japanese on ship


December 22, 1945 Tsingtao, China "We pulled into Tsingtao today.  While we were in Kyushu, there was a storm in the northern part of the Yellow Sea.  Several ships were damaged slightly and we caught some of the heavy seas, but had no serious damages.  It is down to 36 with no snow.  We'll spend Christmas here so far as we know now.  I am eligible for discharge by March 1, 1946.  So, I hope I can get home by Easter.  Of all the islands I've seen out here, Biak [New Guinea], is the most scenic and so peaceful; also colorful. The New Hebrides would come under the same head, I believe, too.   The rest aren't worth going to, walk on, or swim in the surface around them."

December 27, 1945
Yellow Sea, China
"We thought we were going to Tsienten, China, but are going to Shanghai, instead.  We are in the middle of the Yellow Sea now, and it is beginning to get rough.  We had a fairly nice Xmas.  We had a small tree, some put cotton on it; the electricians put the lights on, 'Merry Christmas' was made from pipe cleaners and someone put boxes together to spell it.  When we pulled out at 1600, December 25th, the harbor was lighted by the ships with strings of lights all over them.  It was swell looking.  Last night, while on the 12-4 watch, I picked up Frisco, on the chartroom radio, and heard how the other half of the world was celebrating.   They (the program), took us to a ship which was some 600 miles out at sea, steaming 14.5 knots into San Pedro.  Last year, in Hollandia, it was very hot and sticky.   Here it is cold and dry."

January 1, 1946 Shanghai, China "One year overseas.  We pulled into Shanghai on the evening of the 29th, early enough for a picture to be made.  There are 3 or 4 ships moored alongside each other and they, in turn, are moored between two buoys.  There are about 60 buoys; 'The Fleet Really is In.'  I had liberty the 30th.  Caught a rickshaw for 75  and rode about 3 miles into the city.   When we were ready to return, we asked a Russian in a restaurant to tell the boy where we wanted to go.  He did and we made it O.K.  It is a strange place, but Shanghai is really the best city I've been in yet!  The waterfront looks a bit like Chicago.  The sampay boats peddle their trade along the river to each ship."

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January 4, 1946 "We have been here almost a week now.  I have been shore only once.  We have to go in at 12:30 and stay until 10:30, and that's more than I care to fool around.  It is around 32-40, but we don't feel it."


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