On April 11th, 1951, President Truman fired General Douglas MacArthur. I
remember this vividly. It was announced over the speaker as we
were aboard troop ship APA 201 carrying marines to Korea. We were
first making a stop in Kobe, Japan.
We safely sailed through a tornado. The ocean was very, very rough. It
was so bad even the sailors were seasick after the tornado.
We had overnight liberty in Kobe. That following morning we were
instructed to get our sea bags and we had to carry them over to this
huge warehouse. Upon entering the warehouse we were ordered to fall into
battalion formation and called to attention and then told to stand
up our sea bags up in front of us. We then marched back to the ship.
Our sea bags were going to be stored in this warehouse right where we
left them while we were in Korea. It was quite a sight to see the
thousands of sea bags standing alone.
In April of 1952 on our way back to the States aboard the General
William Weigel Merchant Marine Troop ship carrying 4123, marines we
stopped in Kobe and picked up our sea bags from the warehouse. They
where right where we left them a year prior.
We then boarded the ship and sailed for San Francisco. We arrived at end
of April and debarked at Treasure Island. (I believe tears came into my
eyes as we sailed under the Golden Gate Bridge.)
My next duty station was with the 3rd Marine Air Wing at Masters Field
Miami, Florida, as a cook until I was discharged on October7th 1953.