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July 26, 1944 – On your way to Italy! With shovels?

Posted by Joe Hartnett on August 11, 2014  /   No Comments

While complaining of discomfort and trying to organize a cup of ice cream from the ship’s store – “For Navy Personnel Only” – you still had time to search for clues to your ultimate destination. …

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July 24, 1944 – Oran, Algeria – time to change ships

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Sailing past several French warships flying the tricolor, the USS Mariposa docked in the port of Oran, Algeria, at 0700 hours, five hours in advance of Eastern Standard Time. You had crossed the Atlantic and …

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July 23, 1944 – Convoyed through the Straits of Gibraltar to Africa!

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One event that never failed to arouse a great deal of interest was the daily antiaircraft gun drill held by the ship’s crew. You viewed the winging of toy balloons with professional and personal interest, …

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July 19, 1944 – One miserable night, card games, and sudden death

Posted by Joe Hartnett on August 10, 2014  /   No Comments

On your third night out, a great number of you became dreadfully ill.  Retching soldiers bent by abdominal pains crawled to sick bay begging for relief.  The medics worked throughout the night trying to ease …

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July 16, 1944 – Onboard the USS Mariposa

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With others in the 3rd Battalion, you were assigned to a small stateroom. There were twelve of you in the room, with four-tiered canvas bunks rising from floor to ceiling along three walls. You had …

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July 15, 1944 – Spectacular sea and sky (night)

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When night came, you went up on deck.  It was completely dark, not a single light showing.  You could see every star in the sky and the brilliant phosphorescence as the bow of the ship …

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July 15, 1944 – Shipping out (day)

Posted by Joe Hartnett on August 7, 2014  /   No Comments

Early on the morning of July 15, 1944, Combat team 370 lined the streets of Camp Patrick Henry.  Each man answered to his name and number.  You shouldered your packs and headed off to the …

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June 19, 1944 – A promotion to private first class

Posted by Joe Hartnett on August 6, 2014  /   No Comments

You were promoted to the rank of private first class just before leaving Fort Huachuca.  An order came down from battalion or regimental headquarters through the company commander, listing all those soldiers who had been …

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June 15, 1944 – Four thousand men head East to ‘points unknown’

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Not long after you return from your brief furlough, Combat Team 370, more than four thousand men, boarded trains and headed east.  You were not informed of your destination.  Again you stopped twice a day …

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June 8, 1944 – Meeting a beautiful young lady

Posted by Joe Hartnett on August 6, 2014  /   No Comments

During your time in Arizona, you received one ten-day pass and left for Los Angeles by train from Tucson.  You visited with family and one day drove your  mother’s car, a gray 1937 Plymouth, to …

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