Shipping out for Japan
The Navy Pier at Broadway
Landing In San Diego, CA. 1954
We are shipping out to Japan and Korea via Hawaii.
The mate in dress blues waving the cap is flag yeoman
first class Marion Webb. He was not making the cruise
with the ship. I don't remember if he later joined the ship
or transferred off. I think that he later joined the ship.
Part of the crew friends and family seeing us off.
The blonde that is the fifth person down from the
yeoman is the only one that I recognize and she is
Copper's wife. Copper was a quartermaster from
Richmond, Virginia and had married a local San Diego girl.
The Marine band giving us a send off. We had a
marine detachment aboard with their equipment
of trucks and trailers. Don't remember tanks. But
they could have had LVTs down on the tank deck.
We left on October 11, 1954, bound for Kaneohe,
T. H. then to Pearl Harbor on to Yokosuka.
Marine and Navy brass that were
there on the dock when we left.