L/CPL Robert J. Slattery, Marine Corps League Det #206, NEWSLETTER, Apr 2018 - 6
Janice Jamison gets a thank you letter and certificate

Sunday I was in Newark NJ at the Metropolitan Baptist Church and gave Janice Jamison a thank you letter and certificate for all the flag blankets she makes.

Note, the thank you letter was from David Dinkins he was the mayor for NY 1990 – 1993 and was in the Marines. The blanket she made was for the 50th anniversary of the Montford Point Marines

Sea Story: My Trip To Korea in April 1951

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.

Pete Gallo