Dungaree Parties

There was no real liberty in the South Pacific war zones. The captain would put half the crew ashore on a deserted beach for two warm beers and a little recreation. When there was no beach available, they were even allowed a party on the fantail. Empty cans had to be weighted down and  “deep sixed” over the side. 

Beach Party Kerama Retto

Doug Aitken commandeered a mule for a joy ride. 

Officers heading back to the ship

Louis Veesenmeyer, home on leave