Friday, January 15, 2010

Japan at last! Arrival at Yokohama

The first letter written on land was another V-Mail, giving a brief account of his arrival in Yokohama.  The return address reads:  Maj. W.T. Gillham, APO 22958, c/o PM San Francisco, Calif.

30 Oct 45

Dearest Darling,

We got into Yokohama last night and spent most of the night moving by truck & rail to Replacement Depot #4, about 25 or 30 miles from Tokyo, near the Atsugi Air Base.  It is an old Jap army cantonment and has just been occupied a few days, and everything is a mess, but I don't expect to be here long.  The boat trip was fine and on schedule.  Saw Fuji Yama as we came into the bay.  I am in fine shape, but you need to be.  Got my foot locker O.K.  I don't expect any mail for a while yet.

Lots of love,



Modern-day view of Mt. Fuji from the Pacific Ocean,
with the U.S.S. Curtis Wilbur in the foreground.

Modern map of Tokyo Bay, showing Yokohama,
where the Mayo docked.