James A. Harris to Family, Letter, September 10, 1945.
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Air Mail Northern Japan Sept. 10th, 1945 Dearest folks, Well, censorship regulations have been lifted, so get ready for a full description of things...I shoved off from San Francisco March 20th at 8:00 P.M. on a big Matson liner. (a former peace-time luxury liner now used as a troop transport) It was loaded to the gills with sailors, soldiers and marines. (also some Waves and Wacs which we only saw from a distance) The trip took 5 days and I had a lot of fun on the way since we all had "staterooms" with only 5 to the room. We arrived in Pearl Harbor about 3:00 P.M. of the 25th & they had a marine Band out to greet us at the dock. (I think the main reason they were there was because of the Waves & Wacs that were getting off there) We went down through the main part of Honolulu & went 6 miles up in the hills to AIEA naval receiving station. 30 minutes after we got there I was headed for the mess hall in my working clothes & stayed in same until about an hour before I left which was 10 days later, the 4th of April. At that time I was hauled down to the docks along with 150 more "sad sacks" to be dumped aboard and old army transport that looked like it might have seen some rough duty during the last war. The holds were full of army troops so you can imagine what a time we had. There, also I was lucky enough to catch K.P. for the entire trip. We didn't