"We made orders n 7/14, cleared on 7/21 and left on 7/24 for Manila. Before we left, we got rid of our accumulated stuff. (Junk) I sold my customized cot for $50.00. (I made $15.00 on this deal). We sold the radio and parachute, and split the money. I bought a new A-2 jacket and a B-4 bag. There would be no need for barracks bags now. Sure with I had that leather jacket now, but it probably wouldn't fit."
Six of us flew to Manila in a C-47. There were four of our crew, Sheldon, Ward, Goff, and I. We didn't known when Walker, Pressey, or Steve, All, and Willie left Morotai. After we got settled in Manila, we went to a restaurant for dinner. I had a very small pork cop, a boiled potato, and a tossed salad. The salad was a little piece of lettuce and very thin slice of pink tomato. The price was $2.30, and a lot of money at that time. We didn't eat out again. I believe we were in Manila until August 3, when we boarded a very large banana boat for home. I don't know the name of the ship, but aw we were boarding, there were Navy personnel checking us in from their list. Once again, IO was asked if I could type. I said, "Yes", and this guy told me to go with a Navy-type guy and take my bag. I didn't have to go below where everyone else did. Instead, he showed me to a room on deck with four beds, and told me that I would be assigned to the ship's newspaper, and would have access to any place on the ship. I also would eat with the ship's crew. My God, how lucky could I get? Wow!! We put out a mimeographed paper every other day and passed it out all over the ship. I even got to go up on the bridge and interview the Captain. The only bad thing about this whole deal, if you can call it bad, was the continuous zig-zagging of the ship to avoid submarines. We did this until we got close to the West coast of the United States."
"We were three days out of Seattle when the war was over, and we put out a special edition of the paper, which was called "The Pacific Express." This was August 14, 1945."
"On August 17th, we landed in Seattle. What a beautiful, glorious sight to be back in the States. After disembarking and getting settled, I called Mother and Dad and told them that I would be home soon, that I would be on a train to Camp Atterbury, Indiana, and I would call from there. As it turned out, I left Camp Atterbury for home on August 23rd. I called and told my folks I would arrive at the bus station at 9:30 P.M. the same day in Toledo. Instead, they checked the bus schedule and found out it stopped in Maumee before continuing in to Toledo. (Maumee is only 15 minutes from Swanton). My dad, two brothers, and two sisters-in-law were waiting for me when I got off the bus. My gosh, how glad I was to see them all. I got a great big hug from dad, but Mother wanted to wait at home for me. I got my bag from the bus and we were gone...15 minutes to home. When we arrived, I was the first one into the house, and there was my mom, standing there crying, and so was I. My Lord, the neighbors and friends came and there was so much food, I couldn't believe it. My dad went out to the kitchen and came in with two beers. That was the first time that my dad and I ever had a beer together, but it wasn't the last time."
Next time - final discharge.