Signalman George Pitts:
March 7, 1945: The Boston got underway today with her Homeward Bound pennant flying 800 ft. in the air. Six inches per man is what the pennant is supposed to represent. While leaving Ulithi, all the carriers, cruisers, batts. and destroyers bid us a “bon voyage.”
March 17, 1945: The Hawaiian Islands popped up over the horizon this afternoon. As we came into the Harbor we could see Diamond Head, Waikiki Beach and the famous Royal Hawaiian Hotel, which Paul Veno + myself visited before. It sure is wonderful to see some kind of civilization. God knows how I’ll feel when we pull into California.