After a 3 year hitch in the S.W. Pacific I sailed back under the Golden Gate bridge March 8, 1945.  Boarded a troop train heading for Ft. Snelling, Minnesota. Had a 6 hour layover in Omaha on March 12, my 22nd birthday. Had 2 sisters and Mother living in Omaha, we got together for a birthday dinner before I headed up to Snelling.  Best birthday party I ever had. March 15,  I was turned loose on a 21 day furlough. Headed straight to Watertown.