End of the Journey
|January 7, 1946 Husingpoo River, China||"Been busy with working parties,
for supplies, on watches, sunrise and colors, cleaning compartments and aft steering.
We got underway yesterday and came along a dock, loaded with Jap Army. We
then anchored in the river Husingpoo until this A.M. We are going to Sasebo, Japan.
I saw a basketball game on the next ship last night, then hit the sack about 9.
Headache started up and I had the 12-4 watch! Boy, did I feel rotten.
Then we had sea detail at 600; I got up, took over while the other fellow had chow.
I wanted none of it, believe me!"
|January 8, 1946||"I had the 4-8 watch this A.M.
Have set the ships clocks; awoke the Ex. Officer at 5:55; went to shoot stars; saw a
most beautiful sunrise. We should arrive tomorrow about 7 A.M."
|January 9, 1946 Sasebo, Japan||"We brought the Japs back to
Sasebo; there's a storm coming up, so there is no telling how long we will be here.
We left Shanghai the 7th; reached here this A.M. and dropped anchor. An hour later
we raised it. Before chow tonight, we had upped and dropped anchor 8 times, staying
in each place about a half hour. An LCT was following us around to unload us, but we
would never be in the right position. Were we tired from logging, making changes in
speed and answering all summons? I'll say!"
|January 13, 1946 Hwangoo River, China||"Anchored again in the Hwangoo
River. It is nice out, about 56º, and a beautiful night. It is Sunday."
|January 18, 1946 Shanghai, China||"I had a watch last night and the
moon was so pretty; no clouds, must have been full. What a night going to waste!
We are in Shanghai, once more. I've been ashore twice; there are lots of
wonderful shops. Our boiler is no good, so we stay here until it is fixed."
|January 22, 1946
to Manchuria, China
|"We are hauling Chinese troops to
Manchuria. It is supposed to be ice bound and we have no steam heat. This is
the trip I've been dreaming of....MY LAST."
|January 25, 1946||"Here is the score; we expect to
return to Shanghai, then five of us will catch a troop ship home. We've been without
steam heat for a week, so last night I slept with my clothes on."
|January 28, 1946
|"I am at Taku but don't know if I
can see Bob. There is no liberty, EXCEPT for the officers. We have to make a
trip to Sasebo, so the officers wouldn't let us catch the ship leaving here for
|January 30, 1946||"We leave tomorrow. I didn't
get to see Bob, altho I was only ten miles from him. We have about 4 days to Sasebo,
then go to Shanghai. 3 days there in port in Sasebo, 2 days to enter Shanghai, then
I'm on my way home, I hope!!"
|February 8, 1946
to Sasebo, Japan then Shanghai, China
|"With the world situation as it
seems to be just now, I fear Russia will step on Great Britain before I can get home.
Could this next war, then, be the last, with the world going up in smoke? I
have enjoyed the scenery out in the wide old Pacific. Down around Hollandia, it was
stuffy and hot, but up here it is clear and cold. At Sasebo, it was like a picture;
blue sky, with high white clouds, a cool breeze; green valleys and hills. Gee, it
will be great to get home, tho, and I thank God I have one to return to."
|February 10, 1946 Shanghai, China||"I have spent my last day on Ye old LST and the rumors are that we will catch a slow ship going into New York. That will a long five weeks at sea. It is now 6:30 P.M. and I wonder what and when it will be when I write once more ... or will I?"|
|March 29, 1946
San Francisco, California, USA
|Western Union Telegram:
"SHIP IS IN DOCKS MONDAY. AM FINE HOW ARE THINGS. LOVE TO GRANDPARENTS
ALSO. LETTER FOLLOWS ANSWER THROUGH RED CROSS TO THIS SHIP.
T.H. MCLEOD QM, USS LASALLE CARE RED CROSS SAN FRANCISCO"