|5 December 1943
Unit arrived at Camp Kilmer, New Jersey. This camp was
our staging area.
6 December 1943 to 20 December 1943
Spent in staging area. Activities consisted of close
order drill, parades, competitive drills, and organization of a fife and
21 December 1943
Departed from Camp Kilmer and arrived Bayonne, New Jersey.
Boarded ferry at Bayonne to Queen Mary.
22 December 1943
Aboard Queen Mary we were assigned as mess and detail
23 December 1943
Today we sailed down the Hudson River past the Statue
25 December 1943
Few of the people aboard enjoyed their Christmas dinner.
This trip was reported to be the roughest crossing the Queen Mary had ever
29 December 1943
Dropped anchor in Firth of Clyde, near Grenock, Scotland.
30 December 1943
Advance party debarked: rode by rail from Grencok, Scotland
to Swindon, England.