Two April Troopships Going To New York
I-B personnel leaving for the United States in April will see the Statue of Liberty rather than the Golden
Gate bridge as one of the first familiar Stateside sights, it was learned this week when Theater headquarters announced
a revised shipping schedule for next month.
Under the new plan, two "General" type transports will travel to the U.S. via the Suez Canal and the
Mediterranean, docking in New York. These two ships will be the first from the I-B to dock on the East Coast in several
The General Sturgis will sail from Calcutta on April 12, replacing General Heintzelman
which was scheduled to depart Calcutta for San Francisco on April 16. The General Hersey will sail fro New York
from Calcutta on April 21 in place of the General Scott which was originally slated to leave Calcutta for Seattle
on April 27.
Spokesmen said the switch in ships will not affect the number of personnel moved homeward during the
month and added that with the sailing of the General Hersey, all personnel eligible to return to the United States
under the April 30 criteria will have been started toward home.
The two new April ships average about 3,200 spaces for personnel, it was said.
March shipping plans were unchanged this week. The Marine Jumper is scheduled to leave Calcutta
about March 22 for Seattle, followed by the Marine Cardinal which will sail on March 24 for San Francisco.
This white swim outfit modeled by shapely Beverly Thomson, was created to be worn by Betty Hutton in a forthcoming
picture. But we ask you, would you call Beverly a substitute? Any of you gentlemen want to help her fix that shoe?