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Old 08-28-2005, 04:13 PM
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August 19, 1945

I've noticed that there are U.S. veterans of foreign wars who post on here and thought some might find it interesting to read a newspaper that was printed onboard a ship at the end of World War II. This was a special edition that was printed just 4 days after they learned they were going to New York instead of Manila. They had boarded the ship on August 7, 1945 in Leghorn, Italy.

"It was another announcement . . . probably that troops would have to continue fire drills until they got the time down to three minutes or less . . . but no, this was an announcement in a very quiet dull-like tone . . . "The ship's destination has been changed to New York...Wow!!! Talk about celebrations . . . 3,000 men went absolutely nuts . . . Guys cried . . . G.I.'s screamed, "We're going home buddy . . . we're going home . . . we're on the way . . . I'll be home by this time next week . . . Hey man! Washington didn't forget us after all . . . we're going home"

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The only other copy of this paper I've seen online is a transcript with an annoying copyright warning on the website. Such a document, in my opinion, should be freely available to the public. I scanned a copy that was among my father's papers, so I can offer those scans without hindrance. The original was yellowed, but the scans are black on white. There are 9 pages, scanned at high enough resolution for printing rather than reduced for a browser.

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Old 08-28-2005, 05:48 PM
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Those are cool Grouch. I do not have near enough time to flip thru them all right now as I have to leave for work in a few moments. I will continue where I left off when I get home.


My son has an old newsprint from the local sports section,it is from 1927 or something like that. It is of the Baseball team we had here in Lou. It is framed and hanging in his room.
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Grouch, those were great!
Theres a few of us that know what its like to pass Gilbralter headed home. I have seen the insides of the old ships and can't imagine what living conditions were like then. I never pulled into New York, never made it for Fleet Week.
I can tell you the joy of going past the Cheseapeake Bay Tunnel and bridge, then you really know your home. The feelings arriving home are just as special now as then.

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Old 08-28-2005, 06:38 PM
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I've never been in the service so I can only try to imagine what coming home from a "situation" might be like. What really struck me about this ship's newspaper is that these troops expected to have to go from the European Theater to the Pacific and keep on fighting. One of my great uncles was an engineer who went through that very same scenario.
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