August 18 - Back in Pozzuoli and took on more American troops.
August 22 - Disembarqued troops at St. Maxime, France.
August 28 - Back in Mers-el-Kebir, Algeria. Were ordered to Algiers to pick up French troops. They turned out to be an undisciplined, carefree lot. One vision that sticks in my mind is when a French officer found that the troops had smuggled a dog aboard. He immediately grabbed the dog and threw it overboard. Everyone could see that we were too far from shore for the dog to make it back.
September 6 - Disembarqued French troops at St. Tropez, France.
September 9 - Back in Pozzuoli.
October 1 - Disembarqued French Colonial troops in Marseille.
October 5 - Back in Pozzuoli.
October 7 - October 10 - In Livorno (Leghorn). Took on Russians who had been forced to fight for the Nazis. Returned them to Pozzuoli.
October 12 - Pozzuoli.
October 16 - October 25 - Palermo, Sicily for dry-docking. Palermo had interesting Moorish churches.
October 26 - Naples.
October 27 - Pozzuoli.
October 29 - October 31 -Livorno.
November 1 - November 5 - Pozzuoli.
November 6 - Livorno.
November 8 - November 23 - Bizerte, Tunisia.
November 15 - November 25 - Mers-el-Kebir, Algeria.
November 26 - Passed the Pillars of Hercules and Gibraltar.
December 11 - Norfolk, Va. after a very rough crossing of the Atlantic.
Paul. I don't have more detailed notes on the above period. In recapitulation notes I have it says that we carried American, French, French Colonial, Brazilian, Greek, British and Russian troops. Also I might mention that Pozzuoli was an ancient Roman port called, I believe, Puteoli. Walking along the shore in parts of Pozzuoli
one could see columns of Roman temples perfectly preserved. The tops of the columns were about six or seven feet below the surface. Pozzuoli was also the home of Sophia Loren, who would have been 11 at that time.