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Re: Treasure Island & New Orleans
You are to be commended, Rusty, for making available here so much A.G. history. I passed through the AGC NOLA in early 1945 and I can contribute nothing of historical value; my memories of the place are almost all bad. The CO, as I remember, was a LCDR Timmons who had curious notions about keeping his charges fit. Every morning, he had all us transients running around a track and, since most of us had been at sea for extended periods and were unused to physical exercise, we fell out all along the track, throwing up and trying to breathe. The war was then winding down, the Battle of the Atlantic was over, and ships calling at East Coast ports were losing A.G. personnel, especially radiomen and signalmen, to the Fleet. I asked if I could be assigned to a ship heading that way and was told, "Of course." I was soon sent to a tanker, which proceeded to Baytown, Texas, where it took on a cargo and then set a course to the south -- not to the East Coast but to the Panama Canal and back out to the far Pacific.