Corporal William E. Erickson, son of Mr. and Mrs. Melvin
Erickson, Route 1, Rock Falls, now stationed at New Guinea, tells of hitting a
volcanic storm en route from the Hawaiian Islands, where he was stationed from
January 1 of this year, until the time he went to New Guinea.
He entered the service in September 1940 and received
his training in Louisiana.
Corporal Erickson quotes from a newspaper published by
troops in New Guinea:
“The hitherto undisclosed story of an eerie
volcanic storm which trapped a big American troop ship and drove her onto a
South Pacific coral reef, was learned by the Call
Bulletin here today.
“Hundreds of troops aboard the transport were
evacuated into Liberty ships and LCIs, without a single reported casualty,
according to official accounts of the incident.
“The vessel, after more that two days aground, was
backed off the [**data missing**]