|On 9 September 1943, the unit moved back into garrison at Camp Davis to complete training for overseas shipment. Record and familiarization firing of small arms was completed, officers and men were sent through the infiltration course, training in all other subjects was reviewed, and final tests of the battalion's various sections were given and successfully passed.|
The Cunard liner Queen Mary, in the wartime gray paint that earned her the nickname "The Gray Ghost,"
steams up the Hudson River toward her berth. Off the Queen's starboard bow are the two massive
Lincoln Tunnel ventilation towers at the foot of 38th Street.
On 5 December 1943, the battalion left Camp Davis by train for the
staging area at Camp Kilmer, New Jersey. After staging,
the unit was sent to the New York port of embarkation, from where it boarded
the Queen Mary, sailing for Great Britain on
23 December 1943. The ship was very crowded, necessitating
double-bunking, with many of the men forced to sleep on deck. In addition, the crossing
was rough and many of the men were seasick, especially during a storm which raged
through Christmas Day. Officially, this voyage of the Queen was designated 30E (denoting her
thirtieth wartime voyage to England, the E indicating east; return trips to New York were designated using a W, for west). Her first wartime voyage (designated No. 1) took place on 21 March 1940 (New York to Sydney, Australia). Her first voyage to Gourock carrying American troops (No. 16) took place
from 2 to 7 August 1942. Here are some facts about the 225th's crossing:
The Queen Mary, fantail swarming with GIs, enters the Atlantic
for a crossing to Great Britain. The liner often
transported over 15,000 men in a single trip.
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