The 3rd Division went from Ft. Ord to Camp Pickett VA. While there Bill took radio training. When the Division was assembling to begin it's crossing to Africa Bill was given a truck and he picked his life long buddy to be Al Smiley to help waterproof the truck. Bill said some were able to go down to the galley and snack. This was greatly different on the Queen Elizabeth that I went over to England on because they were feeding all day and no doubt half the night. 16,000 men eat a lot of food. The complaint was the same however that the food was bad. Definitely not cruise ship cuisine.
Bill said the voyage wasn't unpleasant although it took 16 days to cross.
ext. The assault on North Africa
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