navy logo small  6 17 2010 10 39 20 PM  QM3

While at Sasebo I had accumulated enough points to qualify for discharge. I was sent to Tokyo via train to board the USS Runels (APD 85).  The train stopped at Hiroshima so I had the opportunity to view those ruins.  I was part of the ship's company aboard the Runels not just a passenger.

Bill talks about his assignment aboard USS Runels: sound icon

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USS Runels - APD85

runels a       runels b       runels c       runels d 
       Pictures taken aboard the Runels in 1946 - © Bill Rankin

Bill talks about food, duty stations and his blue-jacket manual: sound icon

An APD is a ship with a DE hull that has had the interior altered to transport troops.  We sailed from Tokyo and made R&R stops at Eniwetok, Pearl Harbor, San Diego, and then through the canal and up the East Coast to Philadelphia.