Monday, November 09, 2009

greatly surprised

April 1942

We next sighted land on April 6, 1942. This time it was Brisbane, Australia and our destination after spending 37 days onboard. We camped temporarily in the city about a mile from the docks. The camp was located in the "Queensland Turf Club", a very very beautiful race track.

On Wed. April 4 we recieved our morning orders & said goodbye & cheerio to Camp Ascot. Our next destination was Darwin, where we went to help an amm. company there. From here we took another train ride to Sydney arriving there on Thurs & the whole company took a "train" to Camp **** (another beautiful race track) on the outskirts of the city, where we stayed until 5:30 P.M. that evening. At 6:30 P.M. we went back to that station and took a train to Melbourne. still further down the coast.

We were greatly surprised, including Capt. Meyers, when we finally wound up at the docks prepared to take another boat ride. I'll be darn if we didn't board a ship that came over in our convoy from New York. The "Santa Paula" also of the "Gray Line", however it was not the sister ship of the "Santio Lucia" as the "Santa Anita" was, which was also in our convoy


This is Harry's War Diary---every word is typed here exactly as it appears in his journal. Harry M. Haslam (1919 - 2007) was my father in law and served in WWII.

When the writing is illegible, I have replaced it with

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