|Adair embarked upon
an 11 week assignment in the southwestern Pacific, reporting for
duty to the Commander, 7th Fleet, on 5 November 1944 and for one month
thereafter, made short voyages between ports including Noemfoor(to
the West) and Finschhafen (to the East) in New Guinea.
Early in February 1945, the attack transport voyaged from Leyte to the
southern Solomons to prepare for the last major amphibious assault of the
war, the invasion of Okinawa.
She concluded her stay in the Solomons with a week of maneuvers and then departed Guadalcanal on 15 March with elements of the 4th Marines and the 11th Construction Battalion (Special) embarked, passing through here and on to Ulithi Atoll in the western Carolines.
Linn Sheckler and his ship mates attended Fire Fighting School here.
Read experiences of Selene Weise.
Weise's first overseas duty station was Hollandia, New Guinea, where she found her training came in handy. "The shipment of which I was part (left) the ship in the South Pacific by cargo net," she recalled. "We did in fact have to worry about malaria, and in some cases dodge enemy action. I for one would have hated not having had the training we did.
"When you send women into combat zones, you had better train them as well as the men," she added, tongue in cheek. "You can never assume a typewriter shields them from combat."
Base G, where she worked, was 15 miles from where the WACs were billeted. Hollandia, three degrees south of the equator in rainforest that gets some of the most rainfall in the world, offered a new experience.
"The area is volcanic, with mountains that look like little kids had drawn them," she said. "The roads had been built by our troops, and were still being built right out of the sides of the mountains. That trip to work everyday was without exception a hair-raising experience. The traffic was bumper to bumper.
"Hollandia had become a string of encampments along the coast with 85,000 troops. It was supplying the landings on Leyte (the Philippines), which had just occurred in October 1944. I have never in my life seen so much of everything. Stuff was stored in temporary warehouses or on pallets in the open. There were simply miles of 55-gallon drums of gasoline. Hollandia processed virtually everything and everybody for the Philippine campaign."
It also processed a myriad of crypto traffic. Weise logged messages in and out that were to be encrypted or decoded. She also deciphered parts of codes.
Read experiences of Alfred Gray Oglesby as told by his son:
Diving for Pennies:
Dip Your God**** Flag!
How Many Did You Get,
Go To South Pacific Map