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 Author  Topic: U.S. Naval Training and Distribution Center - Shoemaker, CA
  Scott Swiger

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I wish I could remember where this happened, from stories from my dad. He arrived at a base getting ready to ship out, and was assigned to a WAVE barracks. It was corrected much to his disappointment. His name was Herman so it was kind of funny. Anyone know any women named Herman?


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Wayne:
According to "Knights of the Sea" and "At Close Quarters" Ron 23 went to Mindoro, Philippine Islands but had no action there.

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I was sent to Shoemaker in April or May 1945 from Fargo Bldg in Boston, MA. There was a large group of PT Boaters on the AT&SF train that brought us there. I recall some work details but I also recall quite a lot of liberties. On one weekend pass, three of us spent it at the Hearst estate. I never worked at the canneries while on liberty.but I did work at a cement factory and an ice plant to make some extra money. What impressed me the most about Shoemaker were the constant barrack searches for cameras, diaries, etc that might violate security and the never ending crap games. There could be 4 or 5 games going on at the same time in a section. I am not a gambler but i was amazed at the amount of money that was being bet on each game. I don't recall the name of the ship that took us to the SoPac but just about all the PT Boaters made the trip. About halfway to the Philippines, the PA system on the ship announced the dropping of the first atom bomb. We eventually landed at Samar and the war was effectively over.


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Pat:
I can recall the 5 day troop train trip from Boston to Shoemaker. There was a crap game going continuously night and day the whole trip. Like you I was amazed that sailors had that much money to bet.

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How long was the usual stay at Shoemaker? Trying to piece information together here. As I mentioned before my Dads separation papers list his service as Ron 17; Ron 14 and Ron 23 in order. Assuming his stay at Shoemaker was during his transition from Ron 14 (PT 99 Porkers Stern I believe) to reassignment in Ron 23.
Ron 14 (Panama Canal Zone) shows it was decommissioned in September of 1944 from the information that showed the Jean Lafitte sailed from San Francisco in late December of 1944, could it have been possible for him to be there from September till December of 1944?
Again his separation papers under service schools completed lists in order, Torpedo Sch San Diego, CA; Torpedo Sch Advanced; Coco Solo, Canal Zone; Torpedo Sch Newport, RI.
Since Torpedo Sch Newport, RI follows the Canal Zone reference, could he have first been sent to school in Newport and then sent to Shoemaker?
(of course all of this assumes the order of appearance on his separation papers is in correct chronological order)



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