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Land Ho! Souvenir Edition, Daily Squier (January 5, 1946).

Single 6-pp. souvenir edition of the newsletter printed aboard the USS General George O. Squier during its voyage of December 1945 and January 1946, transporting troops home from World War II, containing a letter to the troops about their return home and re-acclimating to life in the United States, the ship's roster, statistics on the ship itself, a brief biography of the Commanding Officer, a blurb about entertainment on board including movies, music, and a variety show, a ship's log with details of the voyage and blank spaces to fill in the details of the last few days, a small comic, and a blank section to collect autographs of friends and their home addresses for the purpose of staying in touch. 4to., 10 1/2 x 8 in. Original self-wrpps., staples lacking, pages loose. Some browning and damp-staining, overall good. U.S.S. General George O. Squier, 1946.

The USS General George O. Squier was a US Navy transport ship in World War II, launched November 11, 1942. Between October 1943 and March 1944 it made three round-trip voyages carrying troops from San Francisco to the Pacific theaters, before making a voyage that July carrying 3300 troops to Italy. In August 1944, the Squier was part of Operation Dragoon, the Allied landing operation in Southern France. From October 1944 to September 1945, the ship made 10 transatlantic voyages carrying troops from points along the East Coast to the UK and France, and from September 1945 to June 1946 made six additional voyages carrying troops home from the Far East and Europe. The ship was decommissioned on July 10, 1946. This issue of Land Ho! dates to one of those voyages, part of what was known as Operation Magic Carpet, to repatriate American soldiers after the war.

The first page of this newsletter contains a very poignant letter from Major Walter G. Stebbins, addressed to the soldiers returning home from war. "The chances are you have been wondering what America is going to be like when you get back...You see, a lot of sociologists, educators, writers and other self-styled expers have been writing a lot about the readjustment of the service man. They have been telling the folks at home about how the GI who has been winning a war, is going to be a changed man when he gets back...The GI's were capable of taking care of things as they found then in strange lands where they were fighting. They adjusted themselves to those conditions in pretty good order and won a war while they were doing it...There are apt to be a few changes in the home front picture. Maybe there's a factory on the corner lot where you used to play ball and maybe Aunt Fanny has a new baby girl, but those aren't important changes...When you get home, show the folks you don't need any readjustment. Show them you're still Bill Jones, Tom Black or whoever you are. Show them you're still a good American, capable of taking all things as they come - no matter what comes. Show them you're the kind of guy it takes to build up the future, to plan, to progress and to take your place in the American picture just as our forefathers did when they laid the foundation for the greatest land on earth."

As of February 2022, OCLC does not locate any holdings of this newsletter.

This souvenir issue is accompanied by a photograph of the USS General George O. Squier, with a handwritten itinerary of a soldier's journey to the reverse. On December 4, 1945, the unknown soldier left Piardoba in West Bengal, traveling first to Kanchrapara, also in West Bengal, and then on to Camp Hialeah in South Korea. On December 13th the soldier came aboard the Squier. Once aboard, the solider notes that the ship sailed down the Hooghly River in West Bengal, to the Bay of Bengal, and stopped in Colombo, Ceylon to refuel before relaunching into the Arabian Sea. Christmas Day was spent in the Red Sea, and the ship entered the Suez Canal on December 27th. They saw the Rock of Gibraltar on January 2, 1946, and sailed across a "somewhat rough" Atlantic Ocean for the first part of January, before arriving at Staten Island on January 10th.

Book ID: 51807

Price: $225.00