Wednesday, December 19, 2007
10 October 1944
This afternoon we marched about 4.5 miles from Camp Stoneman to the docks in Pittsburg Calif. where we boarded the ferry “Catalina”. We were really jammed on board, having about enough space for ourselves, our equipment, and duffel bags. The trip down to San Francisco took about 4-5 hours and was only broken by a lunch of sandwiches, fruit, and candy. Time was passed by the usual bull sessions and song fests. Upon docking at SF we were given coffee and cookies by the Red Cross. After that we boarded the ship. It was the S.S. Lurline, one of the Matson Lines finest liners and also one of the largest on the Pacific. We were immediately billeted in compartment C-1 on C deck aft and went to sleep.