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Sept '45

 

6 SEPTEMBER '45

THE BATAAN STEAMS INTO TOKYO BAY, THUS FULFILLING THE DESTINY FORECAST BY THE SHIP'S SONG. WE DROP ANCHOR BETWEEN YOKOSUKA AND YOKOHAMA, ABOUT FIVE MILES OFF SHORE. IN THE AFTERNOON, THE SHIP SAILS OUT OF TOKYO BAY, BOUND FOR OKINAWA TO PICK UP PASSENGERS FOR THE LONG TRIP HOME. AT DUSK, WITH FUJIYAMA ON THE STARBOARD BEAM, THE USUAL ORDER "DARKEN SHIP" IS HEARD. THEN AFTER A FEW SECONDS, THE BOATSWAIN'S MATE CALLS OUT, "LIGHTEN SHIP." THE LIGHTS GO ON AGAIN TO THE SOUND OF CHEERING, FOR THE WAR AT LAST SEEMS REALLY OVER, AND THE BATAAN IS HOMEWARD BOUND.

8 - 10 SEPTEMBER '45

THE SHIP IS ANCHORED IN BUCKNER BAY AT OKINAWA. PASSENGERS, 549 OF THEM, ARE TAKEN ABOARD, BUT UNFORTUNATELY, NO FRESH PROVISIONS. SPAM AND APPLE BUTTER REMAIN THE MAINSTAYS OF OUR MEALS. ON THE TENTH, WE WEIGH ANCHOR AND ARE OFF FOR PEARL HARBOR.

10 - 20 SEPTEMBER '45

UNDERWAY FOR PEARL HARBOR. SPAM, SPAM, AND MORE SPAM.

20 -25 SEPTEMBER '45

PEARL HARBOR, WE LOSE OUR WEST COAST PASSENGERS, PICK UP SOME MORE EAST COAST ONES AND RECEIVE SOME BADLY NEEDED FRESH PROVISIONS. PEACE -- IT'S STILL WONDERFUL; FRESH VEGETABLES -- THEY'RE WONDERFUL, TOO. ON THE 25TH WE ARE HOMEWARD BOUND AGAIN. THIS TIME FOR PANAMA. WE FLY THE HOMEWARD BOUND PENNANT, STRETCHING FROM MAINMAST TO FLIGHT DECK, AND BUOYED UP BY SOME OPTIMISTIC BALLOONS, IT'S A GAY AND HAPPY SIGHT.

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