This is a neat collection of photos that a WAC send to a friend after the war. She traveled from Manila to New Jersey. They crossed the Pacific Ocean on the Evangeline, landed in San Francisco, and rode a train across the US to Fort Dix. She numbered all the photos and included a page of captions. We hope you enjoy!
Envelope which contained the photos
Letter that accompanied the photos.
October 3, 1945 – Pier No. 15, Manila P.I.
Skyline of Manila from the Evangeline
Starboard side of the Evangeline
Navy’s G.I. Laundry on FanTail of the Evangeline.
Enlisted Women’s Sun Deck — Fo’clse.
Enlisted Women’s Sun Deck — Fo’clse with the Eniwetock, Marshall Islands Harbor in the background.
Officers’ Sun Deck.
Some left-overs from Boat and Fire Drill on Starboard Side of the Evangeline (Mae West)
T/Sgt. Palmer is sitting on what is known in the Navy as the “Head”.
October 21, 1945 brought these rough waters.
Everything came out all right, and she feels much better.
The gang was out to see the Golden Gate Bridge.
Closer to the Bridge and Home.
The Golden Gate Bridge — “This Is It”.
The other side of the bridge brought this “Welcome Home Ship” (and the tears flowed like wine)
San Francisco Skyline from the Evangeline.
San Francisco Pier from the Evangeline.
Camp Stoneman, Cal. Waiting on the trucks.
The trucks at last — Now for some Winter clothing issue.
They only had two sizes: Too small or too large.
The train to Fort Dix at a stopover.
A stopover at El Navajo, New Mexico – How we rushed for that glass of milk. How different from a beer ration line.
Did anyone ever find that guy?
Finally, Fort Dix. Even the officers carried their own.
Loading on the buses to take us down to the Separation Center.
Baggage piled for the Showdown.
Did you manage to get your sweater out in time to put under your shirt?
And now the Parting of the Ways — Goodbye to the Army and on to civilian life again.
Photo captions included with letter.