Monday, September 02, 2013

Sunday, September 2, 1945 - VJ-Day

Lt. Williams and Cpl. List in Tokyo
From the diary of Lt. C. M. Williams on September 2, 1945, as he was waiting on board ship with other servicemen ready to occupy Japan after the official surrender:
2 September 1945 Sunday
Got up at 0715. We were anchored in Leyte Gulf. We moved out at 0815. I took some things down in the hold and got a different pair of shoes. Cpl. List was with me. Cpl. List and I read magazines on the fantail until about 1500. I got me a rubber life preserver. I got some ice cream and hersheys from the ship’s store. The waves are rocking the ship now, but not too bad. We['re] going straight to Japan. I wrote a letter to Harold E., and Ruthie. I went to church.

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