1944: The Boston, on it’s way to the South Pacific (to participate in Operation Reckless — the support of Gen. MacArthur’s invasion of Hollandia and other enemy strongholds on New Guinea), crosses the Equator for the first time and the men are inducted into the Realm of King Neptune — a centuries old Navy Initiation ritual.
This document graciously supplied by the family of Augustus Harris, S1C, CA-69
1945: The Boston is steaming home after being detached from it’s task group at the start of operations against Okinawa leading up to the Invasion on April 1. On March 9, 1945, the Boston is sailing east toward Pearl Harbor.
1946: The Boston sails north from San Francisco to the boneyard at the Puget Sound Naval Shipyard – where she finishes her AMAZING Pacific Tour on March 12, 1946.