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Subject: WWII Navy Amphibous training at San Bruno


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Janet Harrill
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Date Posted: 20:50:55 11/11/14 Tue

My father was in the Navy in WWII. I know he trained at San Bruno. I remember seeing pictures of him with a group dressed like soldiers or marines. I always thought that was strange since he was in the Navy. He never talked much about the mission he was on at the end of the war. I found out after he died that he had been with the amphibious unit that was set to invade the coast of Japan. He used to joke that he rode a magic carpet one time, when we would see anything about the Arabian Knights. I didn't know the significance until I read about the operation to pick up service men throughout the South Pacific that was called Magic Carpet. From what I read the whole mission they were on to invade Japan was to be kept secret and I'm sure they told them that at the time. He never revealed much about that. He said that they were ready to leave on a mission and had been told that most of them would probably die, when they heard that Japan had been bombed. I would like to know if anyone remembers my father or could give me any information about his service. His name was John Baxter Harrill S1/C. He may have been called Shorty or J.B.

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