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 Letter to wife Lil [11/4/45]

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over; walked thru [sic] the main center of the city without seeing much except neon lights ablaze and innumerable movie houses; visited a few USOs & service centers and almost dozed off in one of them.

When we returned to the railroad station, all the servicemen were shunted into several cars, all coaches of the vintage 1910 or thereabouts--wooden coaches with stoves in each of them. And worse, the cars were in a filthy condition with papers & dirt over the floors & seats. These cars were apparently unearthed from somwhere to provide transportation for a few hundred men en route to the Bremerton Separation Center and {illegible} four unfortunately were forced to take the same accomodations. The coaches were crowded and I had but one meagre seat with the result no sleep thruout [sic] the night. The air was close with smoke & liquor odors; one sailor vomited all over the aisle near me & refused to clean up the mess. And for hours several of the men had a boisterous conversation between nips of drinks about their amours and navy experiences. We were a bedraggled, blearyeyed bunch when we arrived in Seattle, took a cab to the ferry slip and

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 Letter to wife Lil [11/4/45]

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