Letters from War – Return to the United States delayed by a broken ship propeller, September 1945

This is part of our “Letters from War” series documenting the World War II letters of Irvin Schwartz of Pine Grove, PA. The letters were all published in the West Schuylkill Press-Herald between 1943 and 1945. 

Read the previous letter here


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Staff Sergeant Irvin Schwartz, 1945

September 25, 1945

Calas Staging Area

Marseilles, France

Dear Mae:

A broken screw on the USS Mount Vernon just ten minutes before we were to take the plank this morning has temporarily slowed our shipment to the states. The troop ship has been towed to Gibraltar for repairs, and we are scheduled to leave in about five days, probably Monday, the first [of] October.

The trip home requires about seven days, and we will dock at Hampton Roads, near Newport News, Virginia. I will arrive at Indiantown Gap, Penna., prior to coming home.

We arrived here from Rheims on Friday, and certain elements of the Ninth Armored have already left for America.

T/Sgt. Irvin Schwartz


Featured Image: Calas Staging Area near Marseilles, France, where Schwartz awaited his return to the US (National WW2 Museum)

This is part of a series titled: “Letters from War.” Read more of the letters written by Irvin Schwartz during World War II


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