Wow! Thank you so much for so much great information! I will check them all out. As far as our departure date, it was sometime in March of '45. I have 1 of those crossing date line certificates dated April 7, and I know we landed in the LA area in early May (4?). I know it took longer to travel as we were told that the ship had to zigzag back & forth as there were still Japanese subs supposedly in the waters.
Again thank you so much!