ARMY & NAVY
There were leis for everybodysome made of ginger flowers, some of paper. Planes flew overhead. Bands played Aloha Oe. WAVEs kissed sailors. A hula dancer performed on the flight deck. The Saratoga, biggest U.S. aircraft carrier left in World War II was sailing for home.
The Sara's hangar deck, the pilots' ready rooms and even the admiral's flag office had been turned into quarters for over 2,000 sailors, who tossed their leis in the water as the big carrier weighed anchor from Pearl Harbor. Soon 35 smaller escort carriers would be similarly transformed into Navy transports.
Back in the U.S.,...