ARMY & NAVY: Distaff Invasion


Gleaming white in peacetime paint, the Army transport Thomas H. Barry eased out from Manhattan's Pier 84, nosed down the Hudson to the sea. Aboard her, goggly with excitement, 349 Army wives & children milled through the maze of corridors and companionways, clustered on deck for photographers, clung to the rail with last, fluttering farewells. The first contingent of service families was off to join the occupation forces in Europe.

Because few enlisted men had so far asked for their dependents, the passenger list was top-heavy with officers' families. Among the...

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